Harriet – Bent


Harriet has the kind of sound that draws you in and makes you want to keep listening—in large part due to the strong storytelling aspect of their music. Makes sense given the band’s influences, which include Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis & the News, Paul Simon and Radiohead according to frontman and founder Alex Casnoff. Named after Casnoff’s grandmother, the promising act is a four-piece from LA whose debut album will be arriving January 2016. The album, entitled American Appetite is purportedly a 12-track collection exploring “the American condition, and the power and greed that it ensues.”

Listen to two varied tracks off the forthcoming LP — “Bent” and title track “American Appetite” below.

[GIVEAWAY]: TV On The Radio @ 9:30 Club on 11/16


Gather ’round Coke Can denizens, we’ve got two tickets to give away to the sold-out TV On The Radio show on Sunday, November 16 at DC’s 9:30 Club. If you missed your chance to grab tickets to see Tunde, Kyp, and the rest of the lads make music, well now’s your chance. Enter to win by leaving a comment below or sending a tweet to @CokeCanPoetry.

They’re sure to be in good form as they parade their latest wares from their forthcoming album Seeds, notably among them the new single “Happy Idiot” (which you can preview below). Even if you’re new to TVOTR’s scheduled programming, we highly encourage you to check them out. Their recent fare boasts seriously catchy melodies backed by resolute basslines, while their older releases run the gamut from lo-fi funk to semi-orchestral threnodies.

Standout tracks from their back catalog include “Ambulance,” “Will Do,” and “Wolf Like Me.” To whoever wins: if they play “Blues From Down Here” or pull out their a capella cover of the Pixies’ “Mr. Grieves,” please leave our contributor Jon a message telling him how it was.

Ready, set, good luck!

BANKS – Beggin For Thread


While BANKS is getting ready to drop her debut album, Goddess — out September 9 via Harvest Records — she recently released another sultry single, “Beggin For Thread” in anticipation of the long awaited debut. Known for her raw and emotionally charged lyricism, the moody songstress cuts to the core on the new track with lyrics like “My words can come out as a pistol / And I’m no good at aiming, but I can aim it at you.” Displacement of anger is a dangerous thing, but certainly makes for good songwriting. Listen to the latest single, along with the Schlohmo-produced track “Brain” below.

BANKS will be performing at DC’s 9:30 Club September 26, BUT the show is already sold out. I suggest you get over to StubHub now if you care to see this angsty crooner live; I hear she puts on a wicked performance.

RMX Roundup: MS MR + Goldroom / The 1975 + EMBRZ / Mr Little Jeans + Y&S


Time for another edition of Remix Roundup! The LA producer Goldroom has been killing it lately, and I’m loving his mix of MS MR‘s “Hurricane.” This track has already been given the remix treatment several times over, but Goldroom brings something new to the table with signature sun-drenched production. Next we have EMBRZ, the boy wonder from Ireland with a knack for glitch-pop. His take on The 1975‘s track “Settle Down” is spot-on with his chopped up synths and sonic dreamscape. And finally, Dutch artist Nick Van Hofwegen (Young & Sick) has teamed up with Harvest Records labelmate, Mr Little Jeans to give her song “Good Mistake” a darker, more digitized remodel. Retaining the original catchy melody that makes the original so brilliant, the soulful ‘Y&S $500 Remix’ is a fresh new way to enjoy the electropop number. Stream all three electronic gems below.

The Preatures – Is This How You Feel?


Australian band The Preatures burst onto the scene last year in a powerful way with their second EP, Is This How You Feel. Fronted by Isabella Manfredi — whose vocal chops channel the likes of Stevie Nicks — the Preatures’ sound is referential to the rhythmic and tightly-sequenced pop of the 80s that seems to be making a comeback these days (much to my delight).

Take a listen to their ridiculously infectious, feel-good title track below. They’ll be playing a couple of shows in NYC this week, before hitting up SXSW the next and continuing the festival circuit with Coachella and Bonnaroo. AND — to let my DC friends in on a little secret — they’ll be opening for the as-of-yet-unannounced MS MR show at 930 Club in June!!

BANKS – Warm Water // Waiting Game


BANKS, the LA-based chanteuse has garnered a lot of attention in the music scene this year for her sultry R&B-inflected sound. The groovy beats on her track “Warm Water” — produced by none other than TEED — get turned up a notch in this house remix by producer Figgy below. Be sure to pick up the free download here, then check out the devastating SOHN-produced track “Waiting Game” — released on her EP London last month.

BANKS performs in DC this Saturday at DAR Constitution Hall with The Weeknd (full tour dates below). No furlough for the fervid artistes.

BANKS Tour Dates (Supporting the Weeknd):
10/02 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
10/04 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
10/05 – Washington, D.C.@ DAR Constitution Hall
10/07 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/08 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/11 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
10/13 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
10/14 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
10/15 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
10/17 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
10/19 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
10/20 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall