25 Great EPs From 2018

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Best EPs Of 2018Every year, the parameters for this list get a little more specious. With the rise of streaming services and the decline of physical media, the distinctions between a 7″ and a 12″ have largely faded away. Today, everything is a “project” or a “collection” or (groan) a “playlist.” Artists are still releasing EPs in name, … More »

Porter Robinson shares favorite full albums of 2018

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With the year coming to a close and hindsight coming into 20/20 view, most everyone is reflecting on the tracks and albums that defined their year. Porter Robinson is no exception to this tendency, and following his shoutouts to his favorite tracks of the year on his birthday, it’s only natural he’d take the next step and shout out his favorite full albums released in 2018.

Robinson has been spinning fluid and loving sound since he walked through the door and these personal shout-outs from musician to musicians hold an intrinsic value. Twitter may have its shortcomings but a door into the-minds-ear of a producer like Robinson in a blessing. Robinson with just a few links and the words “i love” is able to connect worlds of music, influence, and sonic innovation.


Kero Kero Bonito’s Time ‘n’ Place is a sweet, psychedelic, sweeping collection of tracks soft on the ear and penetrating towards to soul. Harmonious and experimental, the trio from London seamlessly brings raw acoustic and instrumental sound together with contemporary electronic noise. The album has bass (both guitar and beats), synths, breakdowns, build-ups, subtle poetic freestyling, jovial sing-alongs, eastern and western influence — making it a mosaic of an album. The juxtaposition between the tracks “Only Acting” and “Sometimes” truly show how versatile these three are. Robinson really did everyone a favor with this glance.


G Jones didn’t really need any looks, having had DJ Shadow call him “the most gifted Ableton beatmaker I’ve ever seen.” Still, The Ineffable Truth‘s unprecedented standing is not to be overlooked. Released October 26, the traction on this work is simply exponential. Sometimes a solid record reveals itself right off the bat. Within seven seconds of the first track, “222 / Unknowable,” G Jones does just that. A wise voice simply states, “I want to feed off of this feeling which seems to be coming from everything,” after the briefest pause, in big-bang fashion G Jones rips the world apart for just a moment. He knows how to break down space and resemble it and has an understanding of sound and technology that combined create an organic experience. Making this form of music that organic is what will continue to propel these beats into the future.


Swardy‘s Here on My Own is a beautiful collection of one half of The M Machine‘s essence. Light, fun, and mystical, this five-track release causes a desire for introspection that Robinson himself has a talent of bringing forth. The tracks are flush with groove, melody, and steady beats that allow the listener to close their eyes and explore their minds and their hearts. These tracks don’t get stale and supply a timeless opportunity to explore the infinite space that is the self.  Appropriately, Here on My Own is out through Mat Zo‘s Mad Zoo label.

Stream Kero Kero Bonito’s New Album Time ‘n’ Place

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Kero Kero Bonito - Time 'n' PlaceSurprise! Time ‘n’ Place, Kero Kero Bonito’s first album for new label home Polyvinyl Records, is out now. KKB have been teasing Time ‘n’ Place since lead single “Time Today” came out in May, and they announced their Polyvinyl deal two weeks ago upon the release of “Make Believe.” But the … More »

Kero Kero Bonito scare you by shouting “SURPRISE,” delight you seconds later because it’s to release their new album Time ‘n’ Place

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Last we spoke of Kero Kero Bonito, the London-based bilingual popsters had just signed with Polyvinyl Records and teased that further details on their new album, Time ‘n’ Place, would “be revealed soon.” Well, the details have been revealed, and the details are that Time ‘n’ Place is out now.

As with their TOTEP EP earlier this year, KKB have avoided the whole “announce an album several months in advance and then wait to release it on a pre-determined Friday” rigmarole, opting for the much more exciting route of surprise-releasing their music whenever they feel like it! Don’t know about you all, but our Monday sure just went from angry Garfield still in his pajamas… to happy Garfield jumping out of a cake.

But enough editorializing. Here’s the fun part: you can download or stream Time ‘n’ Place right now

after some more info!

A physical copy of Time ‘n’ Place, out January 11, 2019, is available to pre-order here. Songs on the album include the previously released “Make Believe,” the previously-featured-on-TOTEP “Only Acting,” and songs with titles like “Dump” and “Visiting Hours.” Read all the track titles alongside all the dates for KKB’s upcoming world tour below. While down there, yes, finally, find a link to listen to Time ‘n’ Place to your heart’s content, upside down and inside out, etc.

Oh! Check out the artwork down below too!

And, hey, don’t forget to re-watch the “Make Believe” video!

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OK, really now: LISTEN, GO!

Time ‘n’ Place tracklist:

01. Outside
02. Time Today
03. Only Acting
04. Flyway
05. Dump
06. Make Believe
07. Dear Future Self
08. Visiting Hours
09. If I’d Known
10. Sometimes
11. Swimming
12. Rest Stop

Kero Kero Bonito world tour:

10.02.18 – Brighton, UK – Patterns
10.03.18 – Bristol, UK – Rough Trade ^
10.04.18 – Manchester, UK – YES ^
10.05.18 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast ^
10.06.18 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
10.16.18 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall $ ^
10.17.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere $ ^
10.18.18 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA $ ^
10.19.18 – Hoboken, NJ – Stevens Institute of Technology
10.20.18 – College Park, MD – MilkBoy ArtHouse $ ^
10.23.18 – Atlanta, GA – 529 Club $ ^
10.24.18 – New Orleans, LA – Hi-Ho Lounge $
10.25.18 – Houston, TX – Satellite Bar $
10.26.18 – Austin, TX – Barracuda $
10.27.18 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger $
10.28.18 – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Company $
10.30.18 – Norman, OK – The Opolis $
10.31.18 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf $
11.01.18 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole $
11.02.18 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater #$ ^
11.03.18 – Long Beach, CA – Tropicalia Fest
11.04.18 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater #$
11.05.18 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore #
11.08.18 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom #$
11.09.18 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret #$
11.10.18 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre #$
11.13.18 – Grinnell, IA – Grinnell College – Gardner Lounge $
11.14.18 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall $
11.15.18 – Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx $
11.16.18 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace $ ^
11.17.18 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa $
11.18.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
11.22.18 – Paris, France – L’Olympic Café
11.23.18 – Brussels, Belgium – Beursschouwburg
11.24.18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Sugarfactory
11.26.18 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
11.27.18 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Ideal Bar
11.28.18 – Berlin, Germany – The Monarch
11.29.18 – Warsaw, Poland – Smolna
02.07.18 – Manchester, England – Gorilla
02.08.18 – Bristol, England – Thekla
02.09.18 – Glasgow, Scotland – SWG3

$ Tanukichan
# Frankie Cosmos
^ sold out

Kero Kero Bonito – “Make Believe” Video

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Kero Kero BonitoKero Kero Bonito, an English group that playfully merges J-pop, twee, alt-rock, and quirky experimental electronics, has become one of our favorite bands over the years. (I can’t believe it’s been three and a half years since we first saw them at SXSW and more than four since our first postMore »

Kero Kero Bonito sign with Polyvinyl, share single, tease deets for new album Time ‘n’ Place

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Kero Kero Bonito have signed to Polyvinyl, which means, yes, at long last, ordering a Kero Kero Bonito CD through the mail will now net you one of the signature Airheads candies the label sends out with its merchandise. The signing is truly a match made in some sugary pop heaven.

In addition to announcing this exciting signing (and, indeed, in celebration of it), Kero Kero Bonito have dropped a new single on the world. It’s called “Make Believe,” and you can watch its James Hankins-directed video below. “Make Believe” will appear on the group’s upcoming second album, Time ‘n’ Place, about which a press release states that details “will be revealed soon.”

The single also brings with it a “digital exclusive b-side” in the form of the track “World Tour 2018,” which has previously been released in a tour announcement video, but is now more widely and conveniently available.

AND FINALLY: the Kero Kero crew are also about to launch grueling gonzo world tour. You can gaze in fear at their huge list of dates below.

“Make Believe” video:

Kero Kero Bonito tour:

10.02.18 – Brighton, UK – Patterns
10.03.18 – Bristol, UK – Rough Trade ^
10.04.18 – Manchester, UK – YES ^
10.05.18 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast ^
10.06.18 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
10.16.18 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall $ ^
10.17.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere $ ^
10.18.18 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA $ ^
10.19.18 – Hoboken, NJ – Stevens Institute of Technology
10.20.18 – College Park, MD – MilkBoy ArtHouse $ ^
10.23.18 – Atlanta, GA – 529 Club $ ^
10.24.18 – New Orleans, LA – Hi-Ho Lounge $
10.25.18 – Houston, TX – Satellite Bar $
10.26.18 – Austin, TX – Barracuda $
10.27.18 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger $
10.28.18 – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Company $
10.30.18 – Norman, OK – The Opolis $
10.31.18 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf $
11.01.18 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole $
11.02.18 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater #$ ^
11.03.18 – Long Beach, CA – Tropicalia Fest
11.04.18 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater #$
11.05.18 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore #
11.08.18 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom #$
11.09.18 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret #$
11.10.18 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre #$
11.13.18 – Grinnell, IA – Grinnell College – Gardner Lounge $
11.14.18 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall $
11.15.18 – Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx $
11.16.18 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace $ ^
11.17.18 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa $
11.18.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
11.22.18 – Paris, France – L’Olympic Café
11.23.18 – Brussels, Belgium – Beursschouwburg
11.24.18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Sugarfactory
11.26.18 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich
11.27.18 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Ideal Bar
11.28.18 – Berlin, Germany – The Monarch
11.29.18 – Warsaw, Poland – Smolna
02.07.18 – Manchester, England – Gorilla
02.08.18 – Bristol, England – Thekla
02.09.18 – Glasgow, Scotland – SWG3

$ Tanukichan
# Frankie Cosmos
^ sold out

Morrissey, Cardi B, Kali Uchis Headlining Tropicália Music & Taco Festival 2018

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If you’re tired of seeing the same artists on the festival circuit, Tropicália Music & Taco Fest might be for you. This year’s festival will take place at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, California on 11/3 and 11/4. The headliners include Morrissey, Cardi B, Mac Demarco, Mazzy Star (in their first US performance in … More »

Kero Kero Bonito Announce World Tour With Theme Song

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Earlier this year, Kero Kero Bonito released their TOTEP EP and soon followed that with “Time Today” and an announcement that they have a new album called Time ‘n’ Place in the wings, the follow-up to 2016’s excellent Bonito Generation. More »

Oscar – “1UP” (Feat. Sarah Midori Perry) Video

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Oscar - "1UP" (Feat. Sarah Midori Perry) VideoAside from this hilarious tweet, Oscar’s new single “1UP” with Kero Kero Bonito frontwoman Sarah Midori Perry is the first we’ve heard from the (Brit)pop-rocker since his debut Cut And Paste. Back in 2016, he easily managed to reflect the sad boy vibes of Morrissey. Now, the spacious, long and drooping voice … More »

Kero Kero Bonito – “Time Today” Video

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Kero Kero BonitoKero Kero Bonito, the band version of a live cartoon, ventured away from their usual bouncy electro-pop into surprising rock outbursts on their TOTEP EP earlier this year. From the sounds of their new single, the English trio’s sound is continuing to evolve. More »