D.C.-based dream-pop outfit Humble Firehave followed up their last album Builder with a cover of Tear For Fear’s 80’s classic “Mad World.”

They have released the reworked version of the classic after living in Washington, D.C. during the Trump era, finding a new way to look at the song and focusing on the “the outrage felt by people who want to make positive change in a world marked by absurdity,” while also giving the lyrics new layers of dimension.

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Photos by Anthony Bauer :: Words by Will Oliver

Throughout their impressive career trajectory, The National have found ways to pull you in, instill confidence in you that they will release new music that will very much be “The National,” while also shape-shifting and evolving every step of the way. Most will point to 2017’s Sleep Well Beast but really, think about how far they’ve come from the raw Americana found on their 2001 self-titled debut. With every new album, they find new ways to push the limits of their sound and continue their steady evolution, while simultaneously finding a way to still keep that core sound of theirs that had become unflappable.

On May 17th the band will release their eighth studio album I Am Easy To Find via 4AD. It’s interesting that the first two songs shared from the album (“You Had Your Soul With You” and “Light Years”) seem to represent a bridge to this point, with the former representing the new direction and the latter sounding more directly in their wheelhouse, leaving fans eager to find out where exactly this new LP would take them.

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The Claypool Lennon Delirium, the partnership between Sean Lennon and Primus’ Les Claypool, returned this year with their sophomore album South of Reality, released back in February via ATO Records.

On April 16th their tour in support of the new record brought them back to New York for a performance at Brooklyn Steel. The set, which featured a good mix of songs shared between their debut and sophomore album, as well as covers of Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine” as well as a spot on cover of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows,” an extra special one with just how similar Sean’s vocals are to his dads. The show maintained a strong psychedelic current that never waned at any point during the performance.

Find a full gallery of photos from The Claypool Lennon Delirium, along with their setlist, posted below along with shots of openers Uni.

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Photos by Matt Esposito

Last year saw Michael Benjamin Lerner return with new Telekinesis album Effluxion, released via Merge Records. He’s currently on tour in support of the record, and dropped in to Brooklyn on April 16th for a performance at Rough Trade NYC, along with supporting acts SONTALK and The Royal Arctic Institute.

Our photographer Matt Esposito was there to capture photos from all three performances, all of which can be found in the photo gallery below along with the setlist.

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The Secret Whistle is the Portland, Oregon-based musical project of bassist/multi-instrumentalist Forest Gallien and knob-twiddler/crate-digger Daniel Friedman.

On Friday they released their new album Creeks, a track featuring songs that the duo describes as a combination of subtle elements of hip-hop, lo-fi, dub, ambient, and electronica creating something of a “unique synthesis of experimental organic sounds and textures.”

Take the beautiful and moody “Leisure Theif” that finds a pocket of space that reminds us of some of the best work of acts like Tycho, Bonobo and even Explosions In The Sky. These guys create a textured mood and atmosphere that strikes you immediately and never ever lets go.

Find the lovely “Leisure Theif” available to hear below and the entire album available to hear and purchase now from their Bandcamp.

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Amo Amo – “Antidote”

By Will Oliver, April 21st 2019 Indie Listen Stream

Photo by Robbie Jeffers

Los Angeles’ Amo Amo will release their self-titled debut album on April 26. The record was produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and we already shared single “When I Look At You.”

Today we hit back with the smooth “Antidote,” a track that blends some r&b elements with something of an underlying psych rock tone with James’ smokey touch felt all throughout the track. His fingerprints are all over the track and we assume the rest of the album, which we can’t wait to hear in full.

Enjoy a listen to “Antidote” for now below.
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You may best know Josephine Wiggs as the bassist of The Breeders. She will release her debut solo album We Fall on May 17th with release coming via The Sound of Sinners.

“The Weeping of the Rain” is a meditative instrumental track from the album that is a slow burn but one that rewards the listener as it goes on. It carries a ton of weight and emotion effectively and convincingly.

Enjoy a listen to the haunting song below and find the album available to preorder over at Bandcamp.

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Simon Linsteadt – “Bleeding Wine”

By Will Oliver, April 21st 2019 Folk Listen Stream

Simon Linsteadt is a singer-songwriter and composer living in New York City who has returned with his brand new album The Fool.

“Bleeding Wine” is a track off the album and is a familiar folk sound but one that Linsteadt completely makes into his own, delivering an emotional and honest performance that hits you where it counts. Here’s Linsteadt’s description of the pretty offering:

This song was recorded in spring of 2018 in Northern California. It was a joy to overlay different percussion elements using household pots and pans. I recorded the song on an 8-track tape machine, overlaying myself singing and playing guitar, bass, mandolin, and other experimental sounds. The rhythmic feel of the song is both rich and laid back. I blended my interest in Latin jazz rhythms with my unshakable California folk sentimentality.

Enjoy a listen to “Bleeding Wine” below

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American Trappist is the project of Philadelphia-based songwriter/producer Joe Michelini, formerly of the New Jersey folk-rock band River City Extension. Last year saw the release his new album Tentanda Via which Michelini recorded at Trax East in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Today we take a look at his new single “Holy Moses,” which features vocals from Lesley Barth. It’s an easy-going folk offering that feels honest and sincere, even with its themes of judgment and forgiveness. Here’s how Michelini describes the song:

This is a song about judgment and forgiveness. I’m an atheist but sometimes I feel like it would be easier to believe I was born flawed (garden of eden, all that) than to accept that I’ve been an asshole at certain points in my life by choice. I recorded it myself in the Philly suburbs. Inspired by the early Girls recordings, Ariel Pink, and Cass McCombs. “Holy Moses” features New York songwriter Lesley Barth.

Enjoy a listen to “Holy Moses” below via the music video for the song

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She Keeps Bees – “Kinship”

By Will Oliver, April 21st 2019 Indie Listen Stream

She Keeps Bees will return with their new album Kinship on May 10th via Ba Da Bing Records. It’s their first album in five years, of which we got a preview of back in March with lead single “Coyote.”

Today we hit back with the title track “Kinship,” another lovely offering from the duo who find a moody and atmospheric place to inhabit on the track which is beautifully written and produced to provoke a mood and feeling of emotion.

Enjoy a listen to “Kinship” below.

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