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Are You In or Are You Out? Of Course You’re In

“…like what might happen if Beck produced a track for LCD Soundsystem.” – Stereogum

“Think of this new track as the nonchalant older kid that just embodies cool. It doesn’t have to try very hard… Try to get this one out of your head.” – Earmilk

Black Kids, who have announced their new track “Obligatory Drugs”, have released the first of some new music since their 2008 debut album Partie Traumatic. The single appears on their forthcoming sophomore album Rookie, out September 15.

 

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Listen: Radclyffe Hall – “OMG”

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Listen: Radclyffe Hall – “OMG”

Dark pop outfit Radclyffe Hall have released the second single, “OMG”, off their forthcoming full-length debut. Following up to their premiere single “Dare to Dream,” “OMG” exhibits Radclyffe Hall’s continued exploration of dark pop, both in music and lyrics.

“OMG” is musically reminiscent of 2013 breakout Lorde, characterized by a strikingly heavy, dark and open ambience enhanced by frontwoman Dhy Berry’s vocal harmonies that echo in cavernous waves.

Earmilk describes “OMG” as having a dark pop feel with “menacing and synthy 80’s stylings,” noting, “Because some people are always leaving, whether physically or within their own minds, and when you realize it that is the “OMG” moment that you dread and a feeling you can’t shake.”

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Listen: Mainland – Shiner EP

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Listen: Mainland – Shiner EP

Watch the video for “Leave the Lights On” below

“Though lead singer Jordan Topf sneers, “Living in the city, I get so bored,” with Julian Casablancas-like aplomb in the track’s bridge, the adolescent energy and colorful nostalgia of these visuals are anything but blasé.” – SPIN

“the spirit of the sunkissed old rock is well alive in this piece, with an infectious guitar line to hook and a solid bass and drum section which gives it an almost krautrocky, motorik feel.” – Tiny Mix Tapes

“They’re great on stage, with tons of humor and energy in each show.” – Blackbook

“Mainland has released a perfect ode to summer: the video for their single “Leave The Lights On.” – Earmilk

“Brooklyn indie rockers Mainland recently released their sophomore EP Shiner featuring four diverse songs of driven guitar rock, including noteworthy single “Savant” (streaming), an upbeat and semi-epic punk rock gem bearing sonic overtones ranging from spaghetti western soundtracks to the irresistible punk-folk of The Pogues.” – The Deli

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Check ‘Em Out: Midnight Faces

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Listen: Midnight Faces – “This Time”

The Fire Is Gone is the second album by Los Angeles-based duo Midnight Faces, comprised of vocalist Philip Stancil and composer Matthew Doty of Saxon Shore, the pioneering instrumental post-rock band founded by Doty and Josh Tillman aka Father John Misty.

Scheduled for release on May 13th, the album is the follow-up to 2013’s debut Midnight Faces release Fornication, which despite Doty’s astute reminder that “‘Indie’ and ‘80’s’ are not genres,” reminded folks fondly enough of those sounds to draw the attention of MTV Buzzworthy and MTV Hive along with popular and influential music discovery websites such as Under The RadarMy Old Kentucky BlogEarmilk, and Baeblemusic among others.

To better understand what The Fire Is Gone is, please understand what it isn’t: No fancy producers, no big name special guests, no one wearing robot costumes, no all-analog studio, and no songs recorded live to tape.

“We made this album by ourselves and for ourselves,” Doty says. “We made it in my apartment on a computer one track at a time. If you dig the tunes, cool. If you don’t, that’s cool, too.”  Fair enough, but there’s a damn good chance you’ll be landing in the camp of the former.

Still, Doty asserts, “Just what L.A. needs –another fucking 80’s new wave band, right?” Well, no. But when the songs are as good as what Midnight Faces is cranking out, perhaps the listener should be the ultimate judge of that? In fact, The Fire Is Gone is an even more evolved take on the sound that Doty and Stancil already had pretty damn near perfect.

“We laid the drum and bass line fairly quickly, but were unsure where to go next for a while,” Doty explains of “This Time,” the latest track from The Fire Is Gone recently premiered via The Onion A.V. Club. “And when I say a while, I mean like 30 minutes.  I think we took a break to go watch ‘Shark Tank’ or something.  Uhh, I mean have a beer and a cigarette.  When we came back, Phil started whistling with a bunch of reverb on it.  It just seemed to hit the spot.”

Midnight Faces Live

05/01 Hollywood, CA @ Spare Room @ Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
05/10 San Francisco, CA @ Milk Bar w/ We Will Be Lions, Owenstone
05/13 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ New Young Pony Club, We Are Sirens
05/21 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater Record Release Show

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Tracklist:

  1. Wake Me
  2. Over Again (STREAM)
  3. Shadows
  4. Hold Tight
  5. This Time (STREAM)
  6. Give It Up
  7. Animal
  8. The Fire Is Gone

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Download: DWNTWN – “Missing You”

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Listen/download: DWNTWN – “Missing You”

“Shimmery, ethereal indie/electro-pop in excelsis.” – The Guardian

“We need all the sunshine we can get right now, and DWNTWN has it in spades.” – USA Today’s Pop Candy

“It is absolutely sublime.” – My Old Kentucky Blog

“…catchy melancholy pop with twinkling electronics that could be sung by thousands during a festival twilight in the near future.” – RCRD LBL

“…devastatingly affecting indie-pop.” – Buzzbands LA
“We don’t know much about L.A. electro-pop duo DWNTWN besides the fact that we want to hear a lot more music from them.” – NYLON Magazine

“Easing tension with mellow and drawn-out soundscapes” – Earmilk

DWNTWN brings their sweeping wall of sound, complete with synths, banjos, handclaps, and singer Jamie Leffler’s ethereal voice. 

“This is a song for my grandpa who passed away last year. He was the most loving man and I miss him everyday, but writing this song helped me come to terms with losing him. I hope it can relate to anyone who has lost someone special”, says Leffler.

People Magazine just featured the band’s “Til Tomorrow” (which I LOVE — and posted here) as one of ten songs to soundtrack the desert road trip to Coachella, and also Blackbird Blackbird got a goose bump inducing remix from DWNTWN’s Robert Cepeda for his new single “There is Nowhere”, which premiered on Earmilk.  Haunting guitar and sparse drum kicks build to a harmonious vocal crescendo of Blackbird Blackbird’s Mikey Maramag and DWNTWN’s Jamie Leffler.

“Missing You” will be released on DWNTWN’s self-titled EP, dropping April 29th on Jullian Records. 

DWNTWN Live:

Thursday April 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Standard Hotel downtown (Free) 
Thursday April 24 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room (Tickets here)
Friday April 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Neck of The Woods (Tickets Here)
Monday April 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ School Night/Bardot (Free, EP Release show) 
Tuesday April 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Sayers Club (Free, 2nd EP Release show)
Thursday May 1 – New York, NY @ Santos Party House (Tickets here)
Friday May 2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery w/ New Young Pony Club (Tickets Here)

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Newest Love: Walking Shapes

Epic” – SPIN

… a strange sort of calm we can’t deny.” – Earmilk

… a bass-heavy, atmospheric rock aesthetic and frenetic live shows that draw comparisons to Radiohead and Alt-J.” – BPM

The new video “Winter fell” from Walking Shapes reflects the state of emotional flux, feeling overwhelmed and is depicted by two masked dancers in a confined space.

“The song ‘Winter fell’ came about during a ‘polar vortex,’” singer Nathaniel Hoho tells Village Voice, who deems the tune “much warmer than its subject matter.” It’s a song about being forced to take a break, reflecting and coming to terms with one’s inner demons, while simultaneously embracing the good things and people in life.

Heralded by publications such as SPIN and Earmilk, Walking Shapes was formed by way of mountains, and through the tides of the city. Their fierce and eclectic debut Taka Come On channels their love to their home New York City. Featuring Nathaniel Hoho on vocals and guitar; 
Jesse Kotansky on guitar, violin, vocals
; Jake Generalli on keys, vocals; 
Dan Krysa on bass and vocals; and 
Christopher Heinz on drums, Walking Shapes meld driving guitars, intricate arrangements and visually evocative songwriting into stunning audio refractions on New York’s sonic landscape.

Debut album Taka Come On out next week!

Catch Walking Shapes’ Riveting Live Shows this Spring: 

4/3: Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
4/4: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
4/5: Ponoma. CA @ Acerogami
4/6: San Francisco, CA @ Brick @ Mortar Music Hall
4/7: Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot
4/8: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Room
4/12: Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar
4/13: Fayetteville, AR @ Smoke and Barrel
4/14: Oklahoma City, OK @ VZD’s
4/19: Nashville, TN @ High Watt
4/21: Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
4/23: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
4/24: New York, NY @ Bowery Electric
4/25: New York, NY @ DROM

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