The harmonies are simply gorgeous in Paper Lions’new single, “Philadelphia.” Being based in the Pennsylvania city, of course I was curious but, it didn’t take long for my ears to fall in love.
Canadian folk rockers effortlessly lead soaring guitar riffs and then bring you down to minimal and clear instrumentation. The combination of these four gentleman bring to your ears a wonderful combination and solid product.
Grab the single below and ready yourself for their August release of My Friends. Check out their current North American tour schedule as well and see if they’re stopping in a city by you.
Lo-fi is alive and well, the warmer temps are forever the cure.
From Long Island, NY, The Post Nobles effortlessly play loose chords, hazy choruses, and all around solid psychedelic rock with plenty of surfy riffs to brighten things up. Their self-titled EP is a quick snippet of what these four are truly capable of. With such an easy going sound, it’s not hard to cruise through this album and be left with only wanting more.
With tracks like upbeat pop tracks like “Summer Toons,” or the incredibly catchy “Nickel and Dime,” this EP is definitely loop-worthy. Thankfully all 6 tracks are free and up for grabs on either their bandcamp or Soundcloud page.
There’s an incredible amount of things that I love about Cloud Control’s newest single, “Dojo Rising.”It ranges from the loud to soft vocals, melancholic content, and heavy hitting percussion. It’s an unavoidably all-around solid track.
The group has come a long way and their sound has completely refined over the years. A track that surely will be on repeat, stream the song below and be sure to keep watch for their upcoming album, Dream Cave, due out September 17th (USA, via Votiv).
I’ve never been a huge Portugal. The Manfan before. I recognized they played fantastic music but for some reason, I was never actively following their work. Today completely changes that.
Evil Friends, their latest LP release, was worked on by production genius, Danger Mouse. I absolutely love the collaboration. From track to track, I was really hit by their effortless sound. This release is one to spin on and on for days, re-listening while trying to find something new in each song. I also love the diversity from tracks like “Plastic Soldiers” to the electronic side of “Modern Jesus,” it really solidifies this band’s true talent.
Stream Evil Friends below and be sure to grab your very own copy here.
I’m human, and I will admit that. I get tired unmotivated, burned out, the list could go on. Stepping off that plane in a different time zone, different coast, was incredibly recharging. Wandering around an unknown city and getting my sense of direction was simply mentally refreshing. I tried my best to have a handful of drafted posts to keep content alive on this blog last week but, I was just a little too absorbed in my new found surroundings.
One thing that dropped while I was gone was the highly anticipated sophomore release from Philadelphia’s The Bailey Hounds. All The Blood In The World, is a dark, americana sounding collection. Lead singer, Ryan Petrillo has immense control over his raw vocals covering strong and loud ranges to soft, slow-burners. The instrumentation is flawless with an incredible Western feel.
From start to finish, the album is completely listenable for a Sunday afternoon. Listen below, grab it here, and be sure to visit their Facebook page for more.
Man, do I love when artists put out videos after the drop the single. It gives you enough time to soak in the track on a different level which I think makes watching the visual version a lot more interesting.
I love having a picture in my own mind of, my own sort of imagery associated with the track and then seeing the artist or band’s interpretation. “In The City” has a darker, erie tone that really strikes a chord with listeners yet, Caveman show us a vastly different picture. Our eyes are met with bright, high exposure shots of a happy tourist couple exploring New York City. Things soon become disturbing and haunting, playing very well with the slow buildup of the track that eventually fizzles out. Recognize the leading lady? That’s Julia Stiles.
Hit play above and grab their newest and self-titled album here.
I really love this refined sound The Dodos have settled themselves into. Their latest single, “Confidence,” sets the tone, an uplifting beat that turns into racing rhythms and guitars. The maturation and years these two have been playing together has done wonders.
I’m absolutely enthralled for their forthcoming release, Carrier, due out late this Summer.
This is one of my most favorite times of the year. Summer jams are in full force and I couldn’t be any happier.
I’m a sucker for a good pop anthem, some well placed synths, and catchy, driving choruses that remain in your head for days. A five piece consisting of L.A. based expats, WALLA bring power-pop to another level. I love the brit-rock guitars, loads of lo-fi, and bouncy percussion – these gentleman make up quite the combination.
Listen to their newest single, “Nature,” below and stay tuned, their forthcoming Nature EP is set to release on June 4, 2013.