Atlas Genius – Trojans

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Australia is constantly churning out great indie groups, and Atlas Genius is no exception. They released their debut LP When It Was Now a couple months back, and just last week put out a cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” that elevates the original. (Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of the original, but I dig their acoustic rendition. Hoping DP has more to offer on their new album that releases next week).

If you’re not already familiar, sample the group’s genius with the infectious tracks “Trojans” and “Symptoms” below.

 

And for another great cover of the XX, go here.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

5/20 Soho Restaurant and Music Club Santa Barbara, CA
5/22 Harlow’s Sacramento, CA
5/24 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
5/25 Sasquatch Festival Quincy, WA
5/26 Venue Vancouver, Canada
5/29 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
5/31 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
6/1 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
6/4 Fine Line Music Cafe Minneapolis, MN
6/6 Deluxe at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
6/7 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
6/9 3rd & Lindley Nashville, TN
6/11 The Norva Norfolk, VA
6/12 The Canal Club Richmond, VA
6/14 Bayou Cafe Albany, NY
6/15 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
6/17 Met Cafe Providence, RI
6/18 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
6/19 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
6/20 Wolf Den Uncasville, CT
6/21 Firefly Music Festival Dover, DE
6/23 The Opera House Toronto, Canada
6/24 Shelter Detroit, MI
6/27 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
7/6 Kelowna’s Waterfront Park Vancouver, Canada
7/10 Ottawa Blues Festival Ottawa, Canada
7/13 Bunbury Music Fest Cincinnati, OH
8/2 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
8/44 Osheaga Music and Arts Festival Montreal, Canada
9/20 91X Fest San Diego, CA

Ra Ra Riot – Is It Too Much

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I had all but overlooked Ra Ra Riot‘s new album (panned by critics), when whilst on my way to work one morning I heard the following track on the radio and had that old swooning feeling associated with the group’s debut record, The Rhumb Line.

The NY-based group’s third album, Beta Love released January 2013 comes as a departure from their signature chamber/baroque pop sound, which incorporated more string instrumentation and less electronic elements (the cellist recently left the band). “Is It Too Much,” however, hearkens back to their original sound and is a reminder of the group’s sweet and poignant appeal.

Despite the transitional period the band is evidently experiencing, I regret not being able to see them at DC’s 930 Club the day after their album dropped. Hopefully there will be more opportunities in the future, however, as the group navigates their way (and their place) in this brave new electronic era.