LA’s very own dirge queen, Chelsea Wolfe is set to release her new album Abyss on August 7, and from the sounds of the third single “After the Fall” she’s on course to deliver another masterwork of ethereal sludge. The track proffers a slight but welcome evolution to the tried and true sounds Ms. Wolfe has perfected on earlier releases: crushing bass distorts, a jagged synth interlude rings out, and drums like distant thunder are battered into moments of sparse echo by one hell of a fuzz pedal — all laced together by those signature throaty wisps. It amounts to a dystopian love song, which according to a press release ‘attempts to capture the frustration of being stuck inside a dream, unable to wake up.’ Hear it below.
Today marks the release of a surprise album by none other than bass wizard Stephen Bruner, professionally known as Thundercat. The mini-LP, which was announced only a few days ago is entitled The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam and was released on Flying Lotus‘ label Brainfeeder. FlyLo actually co-produced the lead track “Them Changes,” which is a funky and jazz-infused jaunt about the crimson aftermath of a love gone wrong. The number also features notable jazz musician Kamasi Washington on sax. We can’t say enough good things about this one, so listen below and then head over to iTunes to purchase / hear the album in full.
LA trio by way of Nashville LANY have just released a new song in advance of their tour that kicks off tonight in the district (supporting Tove Stryke) at DC9. The new jam, “Someone Else” is a silky smooth pop ballad that shows a softer side to the band than previous efforts. Be sure to check them out if you happen to occupy any of the locales listed on their tour schedule below.
2015 UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Supporting Tove Styrke:
May 04 | DC9 Nightclub, Washington, DC, US
May 05 | The Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA, US
May 07 | The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY, US
May 08 | Rough Trade NYC, Brooklyn, NY, US
May 09 | The Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA, US
May 11 | The Shelter, Detroit, MI, US
May 12 | Schuba’s Tavern, Chicago, IL, US
May 13 | Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN, US
May 16 | The Media Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada
May 17 | The Crocodile, Seattle, WA, US
May 18 | Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR, US
May 20 | The Chapel, San Francisco, CA, US
May 21 | Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA, US
Maudlin Strangers tour:
June 18 | Constellation Room in Santa Ana
June 19 | The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ
June 20 | Beauty Bar in Las Vegas, NV
June 22 | The Loading Dock in Salt Lake City
June 24 | El Corazon in Seattle, WA
June 25 | Hawthorne Theatre Lounge in Portland, OR
June 29 | Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, CA
July 1 | The Echo in Los Angeles
July 31 | Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL
Newly arrived artist on the scene Quigley makes quite the impression with just one listen. The LA songstress creates unconventional electropop in the same vein as female vocalists such as Grimes, Empress Of, and Banoffee, with a bit of Purity Ring‘s futurism as well. Her latest single “Lost Again” is a compelling, chimerical confection that will be featured on her forthcoming EP. Written, produced and mixed by Quigley herself, the debut album Initium drops May 8.
After releasing an array of remixes, LA-based production duo BETABLOCK3R shared their first original track entitled “In My Head” earlier this month. Managed by Martin Kierszenbaum (founder of Cherrytree Records), the indie-electronic group manifests the post-disco era of the ’80s on the single with its plucky bass lines, driving beat and funk guitar. Essentially it’s the perfect nu-disco tune to get your synapses flowing for the weekend, so get it in your head (and ears) by streaming below.
Meet Mirror Talk, the LA-based quartet who combine new wave grooves with silky smooth vocals and ’80s soundscapes. In fact their new track, “1/M/T” sounds just like an ’80s power ballad, complete with choppy bass and dancey synths. The single will be featured on the group’s upcoming EP 1997, due out May 19 on Yellow Year Records.
The LA-based quartet Milo Greene released their second LP Control to favorable reviews in January this year. The record marks a shift in tone for the inherently likable indie-pop act, who worked with Joey Waronker (musician for Beck, R.E.M. and Atoms for Peace) and Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Foster The People and Ellie Goulding) on the production. Following their 2012 self-titled debut, which embodies more of an indie folk aura, the new album moves toward a dancier, synth-driven sound that also showcases each of the band member’s individual talents as they share the spotlight, vocally and instrumentally.
Watch the lyric video for the infectious, finger-snapping single “On The Fence” off the new LP below, then check out some of our favorites from the first album.
After a supporting gig for Bombay Bicycle Club last fall, Milo can now be seen on their first headlining tour in North America. DC locals should be sure to catch their set at Rock & Roll Hotel this Sunday, March 15.
It’s Friday! Get “Torn Up” with The Black and The White, an indie trio from LA who make 80s inspired synthpop. With infectious melodies, fresh falsetto and slinky synths, it’s hard not to get invested in this uptempo jam. Stream their first single since releasing their 2013 debut EP Futures below.
Stylized synthpop act Pr0files first caught P0etry’s attention in 2013 with their debut single, “Call Yourself a Lover.” The LA-based duo, comprised of Danny Sternbaum and Lauren Pardini are longtime friends who came together to make dreamy pop tunes. They’re no strangers to the music circuit though, as both have been involved in separate projects, with Sternbaum composing film scores and Pardini cutting her teeth writing for DJ Khalil’s production team (Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Drake) and Corin Roddick of Purity Ring.
Their new song, “Get it Up” is an upbeat, disco-soaked track that will have you grooving for the weekend in no time. Enjoy this beat below, along with the inaugural track that first enchanted us.
Once upon a time in a strange la-la land, there was a musical outfit called MVSCLES who caught our ears in 2012 with the pithy and endearing tune, “sweet n sour.” After going into hiding for awhile, the LA-based dreampop duo have reemerged under the name WATERBED with their new single “around.” It’s a welcome return, with its whimsical melodies and kaleidoscopic synths, sonically similar to Grimes. Members Chad and Cat are currently in the studio working on their debut album. For more of their particular bubblegum flavor, we recommend streaming the sprightly track “somethin” below as well.