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Vlad Holiday - Children
Vlad Holiday - Children

Vlad Holiday - Children


“Do you remember the world when we were children?” When life becomes too hard to bear, we all curl up in bed and mourn the loss of the simplicity of being young. And we remember our childhood to be so blissful and carefree that adulthood always feels like a let down. Vlad Holiday, previously of Born Cages, and his new single, “Children,” captures those early memories like a tearful car ride late at night. With a dreamy, electric hook that tugs at your heart like the coziest sunset, Holiday tries his best to repress the pain of adulthood. “Lie to me and say goodnight / It’ll be alright,” he moans as the beat breaks down. It’s a heartbreaking sentiment, one that we all carry with us, but it’s one that we learn to deal with and even find joy in.

Brett Myers on March 12, 2018
Madam West - Strongest Son

Madam West - Strongest Son


New York's neo-soul jazz-funk quintet Madam West have announced a new EP, Warm Bodies. Along with the announcement came the first single, "Strongest Son." The different elements of the arrangement sound like they could be chiptunes from a Super Mario Bros soundtrack but Madam West's performance is so tight that they pull it off without seeming kitsch at all. The juxtaposition of the buoyant bed of music with the apocalyptic lyrics makes "Strongest Son" feel like a unique perspective on current events. Frontwoman Sophie Chernin shrewdly describes the track as "Ralph Wiggum skipping merrily along with a lunchbox while the Springfield Plant explodes in the background." Warm Bodies is out 3/23 via Floordoor Records.

Bobby Lewis on March 8, 2018
Joanna Sternberg - This Is Not Who I Want To Be

Joanna Sternberg - This Is Not Who I Want To Be


There is an honesty that comes through in the music of New York's Joanna Sternberg that cannot be replicated. Joanna's new album Then I Try Some More unfolds like a collections of snapshots, with questions that are raised but never quite answered and emotions that come up and never quite settle. It’s easy to get right the heart of these songs, as they are produced simply, highlighting Sternberg’s endearing vocal timbre, which sits somewhere between Neil Young and Karen Dalton. “This is Not Who I Want To Be” is about the frustration that comes along with not caring for yourself or acting in the way that you wish you could. Along with being an incredible singer-songwriter, Joanna also is an accomplished jazz bassist and visual artist, who describes art as "magical love that helps people heal." This sentiment can be felt in "This Is Not Who I Want To Be" and all throughout the rest of the album. 

Nicole Rodriguez on March 8, 2018
pronoun - run

pronoun - run


If you timed your adolescence to coincide with the turn of the millennium, the chances are that you spent at least a few nights behind a jammed bedroom door blasting Blink 182. Eighteen years later, enter pronoun, a Brooklyn-based artist with a Twitter bio that states, “opinions here are AGGRESSIVELY my own” (emphasis very much hers). Her newest single, “run,” streams the gleeful angst of those teenage years through the filter of a maturing musician. Distorted guitar riffs and heavy toms — effective enough tools in her 2016 EP, There’s no one new around you. — blaze just a bit hotter when paired with the singer’s newfound sense of harmony, and like any good breakup song, “run” has verbal jabs aplenty. Close the bedroom door, turn it to 10 and press play.

Matt Megan on March 8, 2018
Ang Low - Let Go

Ang Low - Let Go


Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Ang Low came out with his new EP All I Remember in January, after putting himself on the map with electro-soul debut Life Goes Down EP in 2014. What happens in this collection of songs and especially on this single is the tightening of Ang Low's song craft and his revealing of the raw emotion at the center of it all. "Let Go" is stripped down with bare production, leaving open spaces for his voice to bloom and his story to resonate through. With minimal percussion and very subtle synths painting the track, it is as if the song soars through the atmosphere, untouched and unburdened. As Ang Low sings, "should I let go?" we feel him letting go, and falling softly into this landscape. He strikes a beautiful balance between intimacy and experimentation, but most of all, we feel these songs coming straight from the heart, and moving at full force.

Nicole Rodriguez on March 8, 2018
King Princess - 1950

King Princess - 1950


Having passed up a record deal at the incredibly tender age of 11, King Princess has finally released her first official single, “1950.” It’s a story of unrequited love told through a queer perspective. Queerness has not always been celebrated publicly, and King Princess wanted to address that specific pain in her lyrics, pleading, "did you mean it when you said I was pretty?" This track is rich with vocal harmonies soaring high in the tippy top of her range, oozing with emotion. Playing every instrument on the track and producing it on her own, King Princess had full creative control of this song, which really pays off. Every moment of “1950” is thick, gooey and addictively rhythmic; it’s a pop groove that shows so much raw talent and technical prowess, and it promises to be the beginning of something wholly refreshing.

Grace Eire on March 7, 2018
The Drums - Meet Me In Mexico

The Drums - Meet Me In Mexico


There’s nothing more encouraging than seeing an artist care about the world. Especially an indie artist who’s willing to forgo money to help others. The Drums recently released a groovy jam called “Meet Me In Mexico” and all the proceeds from the track will be sent to two Mexican organizations dedicated to helping those affected by last year’s devastating earthquake. In a statement, singer Jonny Pierce “had reached a mountaintop of frustration with Donald Trump and his Country Club of Dumb Americans” and felt a need to escape from the States. Sonically, it’s a fast, almost frantic track in typical fashion from The Drums. Featuring more synths and vocal loops than usual, “Meet Me In Mexico” feels ready for an indie disco floor. One where you can dance knowing you’re doing it for a good cause.

Brett Myers on March 6, 2018
The Lonely Biscuits - Afterglow

The Lonely Biscuits - Afterglow


With a sound hearkening back to the 90s alternative-rock of yesteryear, “Afterglow” is the latest single released in advance of The Lonely Biscuits’ debut album The Universe In You. Polished off by Nick Bockrath of Cage the Elephant, it is no surprise the song stays true to the genre with a simple bass, electric guitar and drum kit, topped by Grady Wenrich’s gritty tenor. Together they’ve created this ode to that moment when you crush too hard and they choose the other guy. With lines like “I guess I didn’t think you’d lead me on, I guess I read it wrong, I’m stupid. / He isn’t funny, he can’t write songs,” they keep the vibe light and energetic making this a great summer jam for all those who can’t seem to find a love that sticks around. The Universe In You is set to be released March 30.

Nick Arcos on March 6, 2018
Andrew Bird - Distant Stations

Andrew Bird - Distant Stations


“I sing lost songs from nowhere,” John Darnielle wrote many years ago. In a new compilation album, Andrew Bird covers the lost song “Distant Stations” from the Mountain Goats’ record All Hail West Texas. The record, entitled I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats, features renditions of the Mountain Goats songs by artists such as Laura Jane Grace and Mothers. “Distant Stations” is a tongue-in-cheek nod to the original, pairing Bird’s sweet sensibilities with overdriven guitar and Darnielle-esque spoken word lyrical delivery. Pre-order the entire album here.

Kaycie Satterfield on March 5, 2018
The Boobies - Carried Away

The Boobies - Carried Away


Masterfully recorded at the lovely The Creamery Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and included on The Creamery Mixtape 2.O, “Carried Away” from The Boobies is everything you could want from an upbeat garage-pop track. Coming in strong with a catchy, surfy guitar riff and quickly exploding into bottom-heavy drums, the song still has so much room to grow as it moves forward, eventually leading up to a growl: “come on baby get back in bed” during the chorus. This song is packed full of grit while also giving off a very polished pop sound, and you can really sense the feeling of getting all caught up and carried away in a relationship as the mellower verses lead into the wailing choruses.

Grace Eire on March 5, 2018
Dungen & Woods - Turn Around

Dungen & Woods - Turn Around


Of magic and Marfa, “Turn Around” is the fruit of two bands’ dreamy Texas getaway. Every year, independent label Mexican Summer hosts a recording residency at Myths multidisciplinary cultural program. In 2017, Dungen of Sweden and Woods of Brooklyn set up shop in idyllic Marfa to create together. The two bands, kindred psych-rock spirits, came up with an atmospheric, dream-like track that’s surely in tune with the vibrations of Marfa. You can pre-order the whole album here. 

Kaycie Satterfield on March 2, 2018

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