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Premiere: Same Girls – “Wait”

By Will Oliver, May 14th 2019

Photo by Kiyo Vigliotti

Oakland indie rock band Same Girls are an indie rock band out of Oakland who released their debut album Young Minded via Text Me Records in September 2018.

The trio of childhood friends, Taifa Nia, Tyler Valentino, and Otto Janes are gearing up for the release of their new single “Wait” tomorrow. But lucky for you, we are the privilege of premiering it one day early for your exclusive listen.
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Jonah Yano & BADBADNOTGOOD – “Nervous”

By Will Oliver, May 9th 2019

(Photo by Kyle Berger)

BADBADNOTGOOD are always keeping things interesting and fresh, not just sonically but with their use of collaborations and teamwork.

Their latest collab is “Nervous” a brand new song they recently released with Japanese-Canadian artist Jonah Yano. “Nervous” is as smooth as silk, effortlessly blending elements of r&b, indie rock and soul into something that is very much unique to both Yano and the band’s identities. So much so that it’s surprising to hear that it’s just the fifth song that Yano has written, one that is apparently influenced by Joni Mitchell.
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The road to Vampire Weekend’s new album Father of the Bride (out May 3rd via Columbia Records) has been a long one. After a long six years, the band has been getting fans ready for the new release by slowly releasing new music. First, it was the grand single “Harmony Hall” and “2021,” then more recently “Sunflower” and “Big Blue.” Not to mention some pretty high-profile music videos.
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The National Release New Song “Light Years”

By Will Oliver, April 4th 2019

(The National with director Mike Mills)

The National will release their new album I Am Easy To Find on May 17th via 4AD. Along with the album announcement came the release of the opening track “You Had Your Soul with You.”

Today the band returned with another new album cut with “Lights Years,” along with its official music video which features scenes from Mike Mills upcoming short film for the album, I Am Easy To Find, which stars Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander
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We can always count on Kishi Bashi to release great music and based on his newly released single “Summer of ’42,” he’s done it yet again. The track is taken off his new album Omoiyari, released via May 31st via Joyful Noise Recordings.

The swoonful track is as lovely and romantic as you’d expect from Bashi, with all the beautiful strings and thoughtful theatrics that is unique to his sound and something that I can’t imagine anyone else pulling off. We’re excited to hear what else Bashi has in store for us on the rest of the record.

Find “Summer of ’42” available to stream below, along with the Omoiyari tracklist and upcoming tour dates, which includes a performance at Murmrr Theatre on June 19th.
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DYGL – “A Paper Dream”

By Will Oliver, March 7th 2019

DYGL are a band originally from Japan who now call London home a have returned with their brand new single “A Paper Dream.”

The track takes influence from classic rock bands of the past and gives them a glossy new energy and shine that fits them oh too well. There’s an almost effortless charm to this track that absolutely shined through

Enjoy a listen to “A Paper Dream” below and be sure to catch them down in Austin next week if you’re in town for SXSW.
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The Black Keys Release New Song “Lo/Hi”

By Will Oliver, March 7th 2019

The Black Keys are finally back, returning today with brand new song “Lo/Hi,” their first new music since their 2014 album Turn Blue. The long break has been understandable, considering th band had toured seemingly non-stop since the release of their mainstream breakthrough album Brothers in 2010.

“Lo/Hi” is a welcome return to the band that draws back to the more blues-inspired garage rock that made so many of us fall in love with them, but also incorporating the bigger produced sounds that have made up their more recent era.

“Lo/Hi” was written and produced by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, and recorded at Nashville’s Easy Eye Sound studio. While no official announcement regarding a new album has been made, we can only assume “Lo/Hi” will be included on the long-awwaited new album.

Enjoy a listen to “Lo/Hi” below.
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Detroit singer-songwriter Stef Chura is back with her new album Midnight, which will come out via Saddle Creek on June 7. The album was produced by Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest whose stamp can be felt on her lead single “Method Man.”

The track explores a slightly heavier garage rock angst felt that shifts forms a few times during it’s brisk but effective 3-minute runtime.

Find some background on the track from Chura herself below:

A long time ago I was pondering the literal words “Method Man” while listening to Wu-Tang. There was a person in my life that I had a confusing array of emotions for, sometimes I was in love with him, I admired and looked up to him, I thought of him as superior to me. He was older than me and I was a teenager. At that age I experienced a titanic amount of anxiety that usually expressed itself as silence.

This song was born out of a total frustration regarding a man who seemed “methodical” to me. He was literate. He waxed poetic. Almost someone…how do I say this…that you wanted to be condescending to you? As long as they were talking to you. He drank a lot of energy drinks and had this overall outlook that no one understood him. That he was in on some kind of cosmic secret that I couldn’t get. He smoked so many cigs it stained his fingers yellow.

He was always talking, and I was so enamored with this person. I was always nervous to reply. He would go on and on for hours. He sometimes would look at me and be like “oh maybe you won’t get this…. maybe you don’t get this.” I was too terrified to say much.

Stream the track below, where you can also find the album art/tracklist, as well as some upcoming tour dates which include a performance at Rough Trade NYC on

Dublin rockers Fontaines D.C. will release their debut album Dogrel on April 12th via Partisan Records. Based on the amount of amazing singles that they’ve released over the past couples of years and ahead of the album’s release, it’s easy to say that it’s one of my most anticipated albums of the entire year.

Today they hit back with “Roy’s Tune,” a subtle centerpiece from the able that is one of their most gentle and contemplative songs to date.

“Roy’s Tune” was written primarily by guitarist Conor Curley who provides this background about the song’s origin:
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