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Check ‘Em Out: Midnight Faces


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



  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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Video: Pompeya – “Slaver”


Pompeya is about a month away from releasing Tropical, their first LP in America out on October 29th via No Shame. Today, the band is putting out the single for the third track on the album, “90“, and a music video for the song “Slaver“. While both tracks feature the signature Pompeya groove, they each have their own distinct flavor, showing off the consistency and versatility of the band’s songwriting abilities.

MTV Hive had this to say: “Slaver”, the first single and opening track off ‘Tropical’, is a supreme debut into the celestial world that is Pompeya. With a clear knack for arrangement, the band merges lush synths with spiraling guitars and a rhythm section bringing relentless, heavy funk.“ Click here for the full feature.

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Download: SWIMM – “Too Old”

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You can’t deny that this band pens blistering psych-rock tunes.” – MTV Hive

Swimm is the swirling and whirling combination of Chris Hess’s guitar, keyboard and voice and Adam Winn’s drums and harmonica; Formerly of Le Blorr, this duo is bringing a fresh sound to their art as Swimm with their debut Feel EP to be released on April 23rd.


Feel EP starts out riding high on a psychedelic wave of rock ‘n roll distortion with the record’s first single “Too Old” which you can listen and download below.


Listen/download: Swimm – “Too Old”

Swimm has manifested a shoegaze-influenced sound on Feel EP that also contains acoustic, gauzy tracks with an intimacy that will draw you in like “Darkness of Love”, as well as breezy, danceable songs like “Feels”.

“I think we are into music that stretches in different directions,” singer Chris Hess explained. “We love float-y feeling dance music as much as we like psychedelic rock.”


4/5 – Jacksonville, FL – Mellow Mushroom
4/6 – Melbourne, FL – Downtown Debauchery
4/13 – Deerfield Beach, FL – Kahuna Bar & Grill
4/19 – Ybor City, FL – New World Brewery
4/20 – West Palm Beach, FL – Respectable Street
4/26 – Orlando, FL – The Social
4/27 – Satellite Beach, FL – The Sports Page Live
4/28 – The Garage – Winston Salem, NC
4/29 – Asbury Park, NJ – Lance & Debbie’s Wonder Bar
5/2 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
5/3 – Glasslands – New York, NY

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Download: Scattered Trees – “Four Days Straight” (Barbaric Merits Remix)

Scattered Trees share a “Four Days Straight” remix by Barbaric Merits with their fans.

Download: Scattered Trees – “Four Days Straight” (Barbaric Merits Remix)

The Chicago quintet Scattered Trees’ Daytrotter Session show their skilled, multi-layered heartfelt songs HERE. The band premiered their latest video for “Sympathy” with MTV Hive. Directed by Scattered Trees’ guitarist/keyboardist J.M. Harper, “Sympathy” is a stark, poignant exploration of love, loss, and redemption — themes the band touches upon in their recently released full-length record. Praising the video, MTV Hive’s Jason Newman wrote, “The clip is a mini-movie that looks like a deleted scene from Werner Herzog’s soldier-gone-mad epic “Aguirre: The Wrath of God” … it feels more like an artsy, methodical short film than the budget-conscious, lo-fi approach employed by many indie bands.” Watch the video HERE.

Scattered Trees Upcoming Tour Dates:
* – w/ The Parlotones
$ – w/ a Lull
% – w/ Quiet Corrall

11/04: West Hollywood, CA @ Roxy Theatre *
11/05: San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
11/25: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall $ (HOMECOMING THANKSGIVING SHOW)
11/26: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry $
11/30: Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Froom %
12/03: Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s

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