Stream Slow Crush’s New Album Aurora

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Slow Crush - AuroraOver the last few years, I’ve written at length about heavy bands transitioning away, slightly, from what’s typically defined as “heavy music” and toward something ostensibly lighter: shoegaze. More »

Frog Eyes – “The Idiot’s Idiotic Storm”

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Frog EyesFrog Eyes, the long-running Vancouver indie-rock band led by Carey Mercer, have finally called it a day. They released their final studio album, Violet Psalms, in May, and they played their final show less than two months later at the Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles on 7/3. But fortunately, before they say goodbye … More »

Ryley Walker On His Unlikely Dave Matthews Band Covers Album

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Ryley-WalkerBack in May, Ryley Walker released his fourth album Deafman Glance. It marked the most significant transformation in an already shape-shifting career, finding Walker miles away from the folk troubadour we once knew as he delved into a battle-scarred sound indebted to Chicago post-rock and perhaps truer to himself than any of his … More »

Pip Blom – “Come Home”

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Pip BlomPip Blom is the name of a four-piece band from Amsterdam, and it’s also the name of their very talented leader, because if you’ve got a name that good you shouldn’t let it go to waste. Pip Blom have been putting out music for a few years now, accumulating a sizable collection of … More »

Gong Gong Gong – “Siren 追逐劇”

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Beijing duo Tom Ng and Joshua Frank make transnational blues with swarming psychedelic borders as Gong Gong Gong. Drawing from the sounds of West Africa to Southeast Asia to Bo Diddley, they’ve forged rushing, pulsing rhythms with lyrics that recount Cantonese tales of absurdity, lust, and love. Their debut US single “Siren 追逐劇” is out today … More »

Styrofoam – “Fully Present” Video

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Styrofoam is Belgium’s Arne Van Petegem. Although he spent much of the aughts releasing albums for Morr and Nettwerk, playing in the Notwist’s live band, and opening for the likes of Death Cab For Cutie and Jimmy Eat World, he’s been pretty much MIA since 2010’s Disco Synthesizers & Daily Tranquilizers. That changes today. Van … More »

NVDES – “Mind Body Soul Music” Video

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NVDES - "Mind Body Soul Music" VideoJosh Ocean (no relation to Frank, obviously) used to make ’80s-inspired pop in a duo called Ghost Beach. Now he’s gone solo under the name NVDES making noisy gospel-inflected dance music. Or at least that’s the sound of “Mind Body Soul Music,” the opening track from his upcoming album Vibe City Utah. More »

Buxton – “Jan” Video

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Houston-based five-piece Buxton make psychedelia-infused Americana, in which classic dusty, acoustic melancholy is subtly transformed by agitated production, syncopated rhythms, buzzy keys, and a healthy dose of self-awareness. The band embraces the genre and their rootsy Texan origins, but skirts these categories’ trappings for a bigger, dreamier sound inspired by the likes of Talk Talk’s … More »

The Natvral – “Know Me More” (Feat. Jess Weiss)

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Kip BermanA lot has changed for Kip Berman in the past couple of years. Since recording the last Pains Of Being Pure At Heart album, the lead singer and songwriter of the New York indie-pop band has moved to New Jersey, become a father, and started recording new music under a new name: the Natvral. “I … More »

Pulgas – “That’s A Big Stain”

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Pulgas - More Like Us EPPhiladelphia-based artists Simon Martinez and Zane Shields have a weird and wild musical project together called Pulgas. With Martinez on guitar and vocals and Shields handling drums, they conjure a “cosmogenetic whirlpool” (per their official bio) of musty jazz and funk, hyperactive electronic beats, and lo-fi indie balladry. Their songs tend to morph through a … More »