Excited to share the brand new music video for Minus the Bear's "Last Kiss," which premiered last week via VICE Creators Project. Directed by Dan Huiting and filmed at his studio in Minneapolis, the video is intended to look like it was shot through a kaleidoscope. "When I first heard 'Last Kiss,'" Huiting shares, "I instantly saw the band performing in a new, digital world that would be beautifully surreal and geometrically inspired." Check out the rad video below and read the full premiere here!
Thrilled to share that Ruby Force, the latest project from musician Erin McLaughlin, has been named one of Rolling Stone Country's "10 New Artists You Need to Know." They describe her sound as "progressive country with an indie flair, like Jenny Lewis' twangier cousin," going on to add that "she paints colorful tales using a broad sonic palette, drawing from country, Americana, rock and indie pop for a sound that lands somewhere between Rilo Kiley and Nikki Lane."
Be sure to read the full piece here & listen to her new single below!
So excited to share this Pitchfork review of Smidley's brand new self-titled record, which came out last Friday, June 2nd on Triple Crown. Smidley is the project of Foxing frontman Conor Murphy, named after his beloved black lab mutt (RIP).
Pitchfork awarded the album a 7.5, declaring that "on his solo debut, the frontman of emo band Foxing offers a mix of bubble-grunge, jangly power-pop, and breezy balladry," and adding that "it manages to be as heavy and compelling as his main group." You can read the full piece here and buy the album via Triple Crown!
What a weekend! Thrilled to share this New York Times review of the "10 best sets" from Governors Ball 2017, a collection of "gospel rap, kiss-off pop and more." Among those included are headliners Lorde, Chance the Rapper, and Tool, who capped off Sunday night with a set Jon Pareles described as "gorgeously relentless," in addition to acts that played earlier in the day, like Dua Lipa, Charles Bradley, and Lo Moon. You can read the full article here.
Another incredible long weekend on Randall's Island in New York City; here's to 2018!
Excited to share this live video of Minus the Bear playing "Last Kiss" that was featured on Deadspin's "Up All Night." The song comes off their latest record, VOIDS, which came out this past March to much critical acclaim; Noisey praised the "dichotomy between dark imagery and danceable, inventive rock [that] has always been a hallmark of Minus The Bear's sound."
Be sure to watch the video on Deadspin!
Thrilled to share this new interview between Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and NPR's Terry Gross on Fresh Air. Speaking at length yesterday, April 4th, the two discussed topics ranging from gender to parenthood to the culture surrounding punk music, including how Grace used punk clothes and style "as a form of armor" growing up. "It was a form of expression, in a way," she shares, "that I couldn't express myself how I wanted to otherwise."
Be sure to listen to the full interview over at NPR Music!
So thrilled to share NPR Music's love of Anna Meredith after her incredible run at SXSW last week. The celebrated UK composer and electronic artist stunned critics and concertgoers alike in Austin, at shows that were a part of her debut US run. As NPR Music states, "Bob [Boilen] describes her SXSW performance as one of the 'most uplifting musical moments' he's seen in his lifetime." Boilen himself took to Instagram while at the festival to herald Anna as "the best artist I've seen at #sxsw2017 and one of the most creative bands I've seen in years."
Read the full piece over at NPR Music to see Anna's inclusion in their roundup, "Why SXSW Matters: The Best of What We Saw, 2017."
Psyched to share that both Anna Meredith and CLOSENESS have been featured on NPR Music's "All Songs Considered" SXSW playlist, praising the former for her incredible ability to "shuffle through instrument loops and stacked harmonies" and the latter for their "dream-pop anthem[s]." Both artists will be playing multiple shows at SXSW this week; be sure to check them out if you're in Austin & listen to the whole playlist here!
Thrilled to announce that Liverpool dream-pop duo Her's are releasing their debut collection, Songs of Her's, which will include all of their recorded output to date, plus six brand new songs, on May 12th via Heist or Hit Records. Today, Stereogum has premiered new single "Speed Racer," praising it as "the best of the lot" of the band's forthcoming collection, which they're already hailing as "an excellent introduction to the band's radiant slacker-pop."
We're excited to share the latest single off of Minus the Bear's forthcoming sixth studio album, VOIDS, which is due out March 3rd via Seattle's Suicide Squeeze Records. The anthemic "Last Kiss" premiered today on AV Club, who hail the song as "another step in Minus the Bear's evolution, one that's seen it continue defying expectations and exploring new sounds with each new album."
Thrilled to share this Pitchfork feature with Wire's Colin Newman "on the music that made him." Newman writes pieces on the albums that have proven most crucial to his life, ranging from The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night to Arvo Part's Tabula Rasa. Newman has been busy readying Wire's forthcoming 15th studio album, Silver / Lead, which is due out March 31st.
Read the full Pitchfork piece here and listen to Wire's new single, "Short Elevated Period," via SoundCloud below.
Thrilled to share that Rogue + Jaye have been named one of Rolling Stone's "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know." Their forthcoming debut record, Pent Up, "matches Jaye's Southern tenure with Rogue's penchant for lo-fi northwest vibes, dipped in the Technicolor gloss of Hollywood dreams," Rolling Stone writes, further praising their unique array of influences, which include "seventies rock, British folk, and even Hawaiian music."
Be sure to read the full piece here and be on the lookout for Pent Up this year!
Very excited to announce that Minus The Bear are releasing their first record in five years, VOIDS, which is due out March 3rd on the storied band's original label home, Seattle's Suicide Squeeze Records. Today, Noisey is sharing an exclusive interview with frontman Jake Snider and guitarist Dave Knudson, as well as the album's first single, "Invisible." In addition, the band announced a spring 2017 North American tour in support of the new album, kicking off in March and ending with a hometown show in Seattle at Showbox on April 15th. These dates are not to be missed; take it from Knudson himself: "I can't wait to go bananas and play all of these songs. It's going to be awesome."
Start making your travels plans for the first weekend in June - Governors Ball is back and better than ever, bringing their 2017 lineup to New York City's Randall's Island Park from June 2nd - 4th. Headlined by Tool, Chance The Rapper, Phoenix, Childish Gambino, and Lorde, this is a festival featuring genre-spanning, decade-spanning acts that you simply can't miss.
Check out the full lineup below and get your tickets via the official website!
We're psyched to share Rolling Stone's new exclusive interview with Mike Kinsella and Steve Holmes of American Football. Rolling Stone's Suzy Exposito investigates the band's "'art project'" inception on the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois, the 1999 release of their first self-titled LP, and the subsequent "international cult following" that ensued after they'd graduated college and disbanded. After a short reunion tour in 2014, American Football came together again to release a brand new record, also self-titled, which came out on Polyvinyl last month. Exposito describes the new album as "a testament to American Football's artistic and emotional evolution," going on to assert that "the production feels tighter, as do the band's intricate, mathy compositions."
Excited to share the new song from Leeds-based Living Body, "I Recollect," which is taken from their forthcoming debut album Body Is Working. Stereogum, who premiered the song, write that "I Recollect" is "a straightforward and titillating track with an anodyne melody and delicate bassline," specifically taking a moment to praise Katie Harkin's vocals as "light and articulate with a sense of jaded urgency."
Thrilled to share the video of Haley Bonar's incredible performance for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. Her latest record, Impossible Dream, came out August 5th on GNDwire (US) / Spit Comet (CA) / Memphis Industries (UK + EU). NPR wrote that the record "finds the underrated Minnesotan in top form," while Stereogum asserted, "Bonar's voice and lyrics are as pure and potent as ever," and Consequence of Sound praised her for creating "a whimsical masterclass of indie-pop songwriting."
Listen to Haley's NPR Tiny Desk Concert here & hear standout songs, "Hometown," "Jealous Girls," and "Called You Queen."
Thrilled to share the latest track from American Football, "Desire Gets In The Way," which was premiered by GQ in conjunction with an exclusive interview with frontman Mike Kinsella. The song is the third to come off the band's highly-anticipated forthcoming album, American Football, out October 21st on Polyvinyl Records. As GQ's Jake Woolf writes, the song, along with American Football's overall body of work, is "raw, sometimes complicated and, most of all, emotionally honest."
Listen to "Desire Gets In The Way" and read the whole GQ piece here!
Thrilled to share From Indian Lakes' new single, "The Monster," which was premiered last week on NPR Music. It's the first track to be released off the band's forthcoming new record, Everything Feels Better Now, out October 14th on Triple Crown Records. NPR Music has already praised the album as being a collection of "moody indie rock songs that look to the terse internal monologues of Now, Now and the atmospheric pop of Mew."
Excited to share that Ed Harcourt's song, "There Is A Light Below," was added to this week's new mix on NPR Music's All Songs Considered. Curated by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, they write that Furnaces, Harcourt's newest album from which the song is lifted, is "a stirring, often searing look at what Harcourt calls the 'menace' of men in the world."
Read the full piece & listen to the mix on NPR Music, and be on the lookout for Furnaces, out Friday, August 19th.