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Premiere: Passeport – “Bengal Light”

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2019

Today we have the honor of premiering the brand new single from Passeport, the Cincinnati, Ohio-based electropop trio of Mia Carruthers, Brian Davis, and Benjamin Hines. They all met while playing in Multimagic and formed Passeport in 2016. Along with “Bengal Light,” they’ll release a set of singles that will lead to their debut EP, which will be released by Modern Outsider.

“Bengal Light” is pretty much everything good about the electro/synth-pop genre, with a big 80s inspired sound that is led by the strong vocals of Carruthers who pushes the melody forward with confidence and ease. It’s a natural pop gem that sounds crystal clear and full of life, the type of smart effortless pop music that you wish was the thing actually dominating those radio airwaves.

You can find your exclusive first listen to “Bengal Light” below, along with a bit of info from the band about the meaning behind the track.

The song itself sounds very aspirational even hopeful. Personally, as a lyricist, I have a hard time penning something that is on the nose “hopeful” in an authentic way — so, I did as I normally do, and just wrote what was going on with me emotionally. There were feelings of distrust and betrayal that I was struggling with and needed an outlet for. I put them into Bengal Light and the floodgates really opened. This song addresses some personal things I was struggling with at the time relating to losing Seb from the group, but it also applies to our current political climate. Paranoia and corruption are underlying themes. Can you trust what’s in front of you? What you see? Who you love? I think we’re all asking ourselves these questions right now.

Premiere: Mantra Love – “IDC”

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2019

Mantra Love is the Houston, Texas duo of brothers Derek and Fabian Silva. They’re back with their brand new single “IDC,” a song that today we have the great honor and privilege of premiering.

“IDC” has the cool swagger and charm of The Strokes with the more modern rock aspects of bands like Twin Peaks that give the track youthful vital energy that gives it some layers of depth and dimension.

Here’s what the song means, directly from the band themselves:

IDC is about when a person consistently uses you. They are an emotional vampire sucking you dry of every bit of empathy you have left until you just don’t give a shit anymore. You have given them all you can give and still they don’t ever return the favor. It’s always a one way street with them and you are just over it.

Enjoy your exclusive listen to “IDC” below.

Jimmy Eat World

Third Eye Blind

This summer Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind combined forces for a run through amphitheaters throughout the country in a summer tour dubbed “Gods of Summer tour.” This combination was a nostalgia trip for many, including myself who hadn’t seen Jimmy Eat World perform since they opened up for Green Day at Giants Stadium way back in 2005. Meanwhile, I had somehow never seen Third Eye Blind before, something that was long-overdue.

Ra Ra Riot

And opening up for both of them was Ra Ra Riot, a band who we have seen plenty of times throughout the years, although it’s been since their 2015 performance at Baby’s All Right since I caught them personally. With their brief opening time slot, the band, currently operating as an all-male four-piece, mostly stuck to new material from their upcoming album Superbloom, out next month via Rob the Rich Recordings/Caroline.

Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World was up next and Wasted no time getting the crowd into their performance, kicking things off with a lively performance of “Pain,” as well as “Bleed American.” Their 14-song set was perfectly aware of what fans wanted, staying close to the other expected fan favorites such as “Sweetness,” “A Praise Chorus” and “The Middle,” as well as some deeper cuts like “Lucky Denver Mint.” The band had the crowd with them, singing back every word from the minute they launched into the very first song and made it clear why they have been able to maintain their longevity so strongly after all these years. The band also hinted that they have finished work on a new album that will be released later this year, which means that the touring won’t be stopping anytime soon for Jimmy Eat World.

(Third Eye Blind)

The night acted as a time capsole of sorts which ended with the performance from Third Eye Blind, still going strong after nearly three decades. We all know the hits, they haven’t gone anywhere, and the crowd aptly ate up all of them when they were played and belted out every word accordingly (these songs being “”Never Let You Go,” “Jumper,” “How’s It Going to Be” and “Semi-Charmed Life.”) So often when you go to a show with a band known primarily for a set of songs, from a certain period, unfortuantely you can tell that the crowd came for those songs only. This was not the case on this night, as fans were equally passionate for efforts like “Motorcycle Drive By” and “Losing a Whole Year,” a track that actually followed the supposed to be final song of the encore (“Semi-Charmed Life”) but frontman Stephen Jenkins was so impressed with the crowds reaction that they decided to send them off with one final reason to party.

All in all, it was a great night of music that may have been a trip down memory lane, but a perfectly welcome one at that. Not to mention that all three bands have their own brand new albums right on the horizon, with plenty more gas left in their respective tanks.

Find a full photo gallery from all three sets, along with the setlists, posted below.

Ra Ra Riot:

Jimmy Eat World:

Jimmy Eat World setlist:

1. Pain
2. Futures
3. Bleed American
4. Lucky Denver Mint
5. 23
6. Work
7. Love Never
8. Sweetness
9. Always Be
10. Hear You Me
11. Sure and Certain
12. Big Casino
13. A Praise Chorus
14. The Middle

Third Eye Blind:

Third Eye Blind setlist:

1. Screamer
2. The Kids
3. Never Let You Go
4. Back To Zero / Can You Take Me / London
5. Graduate
6. Wounded
7. I Want You
8. Slow Motion (Stephan Jenkins solo)
9. Motorcycle Drive By
10. Company of Strangers
11. Jumper
12. Bonfire / Anything / Crystal Baller / Blinded (When I See You)
13. How’s It Going to Be

Encore:

14. Waze
15. Semi-Charmed Life
16. Losing a Whole Year

Photos by Dana Pacifico

Australian singer and songwriter Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker) returned with his new album Run Fast Sleep Naked back in April via Downtown Records/Future Classic.

Last weekend he brought his tour in support of the new record to Brooklyn for a pair of sold out shows at Brooklyn Steel (his first performances here since he played Sotheby’s back in April).

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was in attendance for his night 2 performance on July 13 and captured photos from his performance, all of which can be found posted in the gallery below.
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Photo by Cooper Fox

Chicago rockers Twin Peaks have announced their brand new album Lookout Low will be released on September 13 via Grand Jury Music.

The band has continued to surprise with their mature evolution with every new album and based on the fantastic new single “Dance Through It,” their evolution continues strong. The album was recorded at Monnow Valley with producer Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, U2, Kings of Leon). For this album, the band’s mission was to capture the exhilarating vibe of their shows and based on this song, they’ve done just that. There are some strong Rolling Stones vibes felt here, something that suits them quite well.

Find the official music video for “Dance Through It,” which was directed by Ariel Fisher and Léo Schrepel, posted below along with Twin Peaks’ upcoming tour dates and the Lookout Low tracklist.
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We last caught Operators last December when the band ran through some old Handsome Furs songs to a sold out audience at Baby’s All Right.

They returned this year with their sophomore album Radiant Dawn, which was released via Last Gang Records. On July 11th the trio of Dan Boeckner, Devojka and Sam Brown returned to New York for a headlining performance at Bowery Ballroom in support of the new record.


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slenderbodies – “Away From You”

By Will Oliver, July 17th 2019

California duo Slenderbodies, have returned with a brand new single “Away From You,” the latest to be shared from the duo’s upcoming album Komorebi out September 20th via Avant Garden/Island Records.

Led by a strong passionate falsetto and some smooth summery electronic productions, “Away From You” is an effortless and charming pop take that goes down easy. There’s a romantic feeling to it that works its magic with a lovely charm that seems to flow out of them naturally. The release date is perfect as we have some relentless hot weather outside and this is a nice cool down from the summer heat.

Enjoy a listen to the song below and find the band’s upcoming tour dates in support of the new album posted right after.
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Photos by Killian Young

Chvrches are still on tour in support of 2018’s Love Is Dead, which was released via Glassnote Records.

We last saw Chrvches in December when they played as a part of Alt 92.3’s Holiday Show at Barclays Center but the last proper headlining show of their own here was at their pre-Governors Ball underplay at Elsewhere, which made their performance on July 11th at Radio City Music Hall a special one for them and their fans.

Our photographer Killian Young was there to capture photos from their performance, all of which can be found posted below, along with the setlist.
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