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Weezer and Pixies have been touring with each other since last summer (we caught them at PNC Bank Arts Center in July) and have brought the tour into 2019, with a big time stop in New York last night at a packed Madison Square Garden.

Weezer has kept plenty busy this year, following the release of their cover albums The Teal Album as well as their new album The Black Album, not to mention a pretty big sketch on SNL during the Holiday season. Meanwhile, last year saw the Pixies released their reissue of Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, which brought them to Brooklyn for a three-night run when they performed both albums at Brooklyn Steel back in November.

Pixies started their set last night extremely strong, with two of their biggest hits “Here Comes Your Man” and “Where Is My Mind?” placed into the first three songs of the set. They always deliver the goods live but seemed to be on a particularly strong wavelength last night, where their 16-song set received a well-deserved standing ovation.

Although Weezer are touring in support of The Black Album, only one song (“Can’t Knock the Hustle”) was played from it, smartly leaving plenty of room on the set list for older favorites mainly pulled off of The Blue Album. While Matt Damon and Leslie Jones can continue to argue for all of us about how we feel about old and new Weezer, the band seem to know what fans really want and delivered all of the expected favorites like ”

“Say It Ain’t So,” “El Scorcho,” and “Hash Pipe,” some more recent new favorites like “Perfect Situation,” “Pork and Beans,” and of course their covers of Toto’s “Africa,” as well as A-Ha’s “Take On Me” and the first live performance of their cover of TLC’s “No Scrubs” that Rivers performed solo in the middle of The Garden, following an acoustic performance of “Island in the Sun.”

With the strict 11 p.m. curfew, the band didn’t waste any time and chugged along giving us yet another memorable live performance that proves that despite what you think of their new efforts, they still know how to deliver the goods live.

Find a full gallery of photos of both Pixies and Weezer’s performances below, along with their setlists.

Pixies:

Pixies setlist:

1. Nimrod’s Son
2. Here Comes Your Man
3. Where Is My Mind?
4. Death Horizon
5. Motorway to Roswell
6. Gouge Away
7. Classic Masher
8. Monkey Gone to Heaven
9. Gigantic
10. Rock Music
11. Isla de Encanta
12. In the Witching Hour
13. Caribou
14. Hey
15. Winterlong (Neil Young cover)
16. Vamos

Weezer:

Weezer setlist:

1. Buddy Holly
2. My Name Is Jonas
3. (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
4. El Scorcho
5. Buddy Holly
6. Undone (The Sweater Song)
7. Africa (Toto cover)
8. Surf Wax America
9. Pork and Beans
10. Can’t Knock the Hustle
11. Island in the Sun
12. No Scrubs (TLC cover)
13. Up the Beach (Jane’s Addiction cover)
14. Beverly Hills
15. You Gave Your Love to Me Softly
16. Perfect Situation
17. Hash Pipe

Encore:

18. Take On Me (A-Ha cover)
19. Say It Ain’t So

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will return with new album Fishing For Fishies on April 26th via ATO Records/Flightless Records.

They already gave us a first taste of the album back in January with “Cyboogie” and have returned with a music video for the latest single and title track “Fishing For Fishies” a more mellow but still very much in the unique wheelhouse of their sound, with some blues and folk-influenced sprinkled in with their usual weird psych grooves.

Find the video for “Fishing For Fishies” available to watch below along with the Fishing For Fishies tracklist.
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Delsbo Beach Club – “Another Day”

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2019

Swedish indie rockers Delsbo Beach Club already released their new EP Four tracks & a burger in January and are already back with another new EP A burger in Åkersberga, which will be released on April 26 via Rama Lama Records.

The band has let go of the EP’s lead single “Another Day,” a rather irresistible slice of indie pop that is further proof that these guys know how to write one hell of a memorable tune, perfect for listening on a hot summer afternoon.

Enjoy a listen to “Another Day” below and find the EP available to purchase here.
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Van Goose – “Where’s My Guy?”

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2019

Van Goose, the project of Marcy Playground drummer Shlomi Lavie channels the dance rock of acts like LCD Soundsystem with the vibrant and groovy “Where’s My Guy?” taken from his newly released album Habitual Eater.

The bassline reminds of LCD Soundsystem’s “Time To Get Away” before slowly expanding into something entirely of its own.

It’s a great fun track that will surely get your foot tapping, one that can be found streaming below.
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Aaron Taos – “Denial” (Feat. Tedy Brewski)

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2019

Last week saw New York-based musician Aaron Taos release his new album Birthday Boy and although we shared the stream of the album we are back today with a focus on album cut “Denial.”

The bedroom pop offering is like a more pop-oriented Mac DeMarco/Boy Pablo offering but one that takes a wild turn with a guest feature from Tedy Brewski.

Enjoy a listen to “Denial” below.
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Couch Surf – “Is This Real”

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2019

Earlier this month we introduced you to Couch Surf, the California-based project of musician Taylor Barnes. We shared his track “Washed Out” from his recently released self-titled debut EP and today we hit back with another standout from the EP, the stunning “Is This Real.”

The track combines some lo-fi charm and unusual vocal delivery that pairs well with a more California sun-soaked Strokes feel that pairs quite nicely together.

Enjoy a listen to “Is This Real” below.
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Shy Shy Shy – “Neon”

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2019

Danish duo Shy Shy Shy have returned with their new EP Gloss, which features their lovely new single “Neon,” a track that the band wrote after coming back home from a Paul McCartney show

“Neon” is a smartly crafted electro-pop that sees the band taking their sound to new heights but also retaining the elements that caught our attention last year with their debut album Make Up.

Enjoy the track below via the official music video for the song which was directed by Dennis Morton & Mathias Strømfeldt.

The Oceans – “High On You”

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2019

Copenhagen dream-pop outfit The Oceans have returned with a new single entitled “High On You.” It’s the second single shared from their EP II, following the previously shared “Without Love We’re Nothing”.

The track dives head first into dreamy melodies taken straight from the 80s, with some sunny melodies and synth contrasting with the fuzzy shoegaze inspired guitar work to a nice effect.

Enjoy a listen to “High On You” below.
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Julia Rakel – “You’re Not Getting It”

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2019

Swedish musician and producer Julia Rakel is the latest signing to Stockhold indie label Rama Lama Records, who will release her debut EP indie fEElz on March 15th.

The announcement comes with the release of her dreamy new single “You’re Not Getting It,” which feels like the sort of offering that would’ve been a music blog smash in the late 2000s (this is meant as a compliment). The warm textures are reminiscent of some of the work of acts like Memoryhouse, with a lingering sense of melancholy and some lovely vocals that will sweep you right off your feet.

Enjoy a listen to “You’re Not Getting It” below and find the EP available to preorder at their Bandcamp.
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Brighton band Delta Sleep will celebrate Record Store Day on April 13 with the release of their Ghost City Rarities EP, which will be released via Big Scary Monsters. The EP sees them share both unheard of and reimagined versions of songs taken from their album Ghost City.

This includes a track entitled “Sultans of Ping” which feels like a mix of Deerhoof, The Go! Team and We Were Promised Jetpacks. The song features some stunning guest vocals from Japanese math rock outfit Tricot.

Enjoy a listen to “Sultans of Ping” below.
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