Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

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Last week Unknown Mortal Orchestra announced the release date of their new album, Multi-Love, due out May 26 on Jagjaguwar. This will be the group’s third studio album and follow-up to their 2013 record II. UMO also shared the title-track, which according to a press release is a reflection on relationships: “airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align. Where [frontman Ruban Nielson] addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together.”

Stream the swoon-worthy track and check out their upcoming North American tour dates below.

UMO North American Tour Dates:

06/02 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
06/03 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
06/04 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
06/05 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
06/06 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
06/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
06/09 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
06/10 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
06/11-14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
06/14 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
06/15 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
06/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
06/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
06/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

St Tropez – Maybe Nothing

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A couple months back I featured the haunting debut track “In Pictures” for St Tropez, a promising new outfit out of Oakland. Since then, the five-piece with a penchant for psychedelia and ‘bittersweet indie rock’ have dropped a couple more dreamy tracks on their SoundCloud page. Stream their shadowy second single, “Maybe Nothing” below and get lost in the fuzzy synths and atmospheric sound. Where these guys really shine is in their outros — which in this case kicks in around the 3:45 mark so make sure you stick around.

Look out for St Tropez’s debut full length to be released sometime this fall, and keep track of their latest happenings on the band’s facebook page.

Jagwar Ma – Man I Need

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Noel Gallagher has declared himself a fan of Jagwar Ma — the dance rock duo whose music he deemed more important than an Oasis reformation. And no wonder — the Aussie’s debut album, Howlin’ is replete with energy, synths and chemistry. On the album track “Man I Need,” Gabriel Winterfield’s vocals and the structure of the riffs seem to roll along in unison with one another. Stream the single, along with Andy Buchan’s free edit below.

Note: It was just announced that Jagwar Ma will be performing at Coachella this year!

Washed Out – It All Feels Right

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After an unsuccessful job search upon completion of his graduate program in 2009, an unemployed Ernest Greene did the next best thing. He moved back in with his parents and started producing music out of his bedroom under the name Washed Out. Thanks to social media and the influential blogosphere, his music gained momentum and in 2011, he was signed to SubPop records.

The now established Atlanta-based band released their second album, Paracosm, this past summer to favorable reviews from critics. Savvy listeners will also recognize their sound — catalogued under the chillwave movement — from the opening sequence of the hit series Portlandia. Listen to “It All Feels Right” off the new album and check out their upcoming West Coast tour dates below.

 

Washed Out Upcoming Tour Dates:
1/26/14 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House Concert Hall
1/27/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Rey Theatre
1/28/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
1/30/14 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
1/31/14 Seattle, WA @ Neptune
2/1/14 Vancouver, Canada @Commodore Ballroom
2/2/14 Bellingham, WA @Viking Union @ Western Washington University