We’re about halfway through 2019 and it’s clear that The National’s new album I Am Easy to Find (released via 4AD) is one of the year’s best and will remain so as the year goes on. We saw them play the whole album in full ahead of its release back in April at the Beacon Theatre and just saw them perform an intimate and brief set at the iHeartRadio Theater on the album’s release day.

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Photos by Matt Esposito

Moon King, the project of Toronto native Daniel Benjamin, returned in April with his new album Voice Of Lovers, released via Arbutus Records.

He’s currently touring in support of the new album, which brought him to Brooklyn on June 12th for a performance at Elsewhere (Zone One).

Our photographer Matt Esposito was there to capture photos from his performance, as well as openers The Gloomies and Masino. Find all of his shots posted in the gallery below.

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Last month Seattle folk outfit The Head and the Heart returned with their new album Living Mirage via Warner Bros. Records/Reprise Records. They celebrated its release day with an intimate performance at Bowery Ballroom and will return this Sunday with a much larger showing in Queens at Forest Hills Stadium.

The show, which is the inaugural year of the ALT92.3 Summer Open, sports a lineup that will also feature performances from Young The Giant, Fitz & The Tantrums and Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional. It will be a great diverse day of music that will go perfectly for a nice summer day at Forest Hills.

There are still some tickets available for the show which can be found here.

Photos by Qbertplaya

Australian rockers Wolfmother haven’t released a new album since Victorious in 2016 (although they released new single “Happy Wolfmothers Day” last year) but they stopped in to the East Coast for a small run of intiamte shows, including a performance in New York on June 10th at Irving Plaza. This was our first time catching them here since their performance at Webster Hall in 2016.

Our photographer Qbertplaya was there to capture photos from their performance, as well as openers Lionize and The U.S. Americans. Find all of her shots along with Wolfmother’s setlist posted below.

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On June 8th I caught my first free Summerstage performance at Central Park, a special night spent with Parquet Courts. The band are still touring in support of their well received 2018 album Wide Awake!, following up their big headlining show last winter at Hammerstein Ballroom.

Sachiko Kanenobu

The show kicked off with a special perforamnce from Japanese cult folk legend Sachiko Kanenobu who was inspired to start playing again with the help of guitarist Steve Gunn. They performed many lovely offerings from her 1972 debut album Misora, which is being re-released via Light In The Attic Records.
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Photo by Jen Meller

Forgetter is the project of DC multi-instrumentalist David Klinger, who is preparing for the release of his brand new album Parts of Anything out on August 2nd via Blight.Records.

Today we have the honor of premiering the album’s lovely single “Maple Seeds.” The track has a fragile heartbreaking nature at its start but soon transports the listener to a more psychedelic soundscape with more experimental worlds clashing with its heartbreaking folk nature.

Here’s a little bit of personal background into “Maple Seeds” from Klinger himself:

‘Maple Seeds’ is basically a breakup song. I think there are often peaceful moments of accepting a situation you don’t want to be in, surrounded by the desperation of trying to change what you can’t. Like you might be at a point where you can enjoy a few small things, but that doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing from here on out, or that it’s only gonna get better. Although it will eventually. I mean, probably. Or what do I know – I can’t promise anything except that I’m rooting for you.

You can get a sense of both hectic and heartfelt nature of an emotional breakup within “Maple Seeds,” a song that hits you in the core and finds way to surprise you all the same.

Enjoy your exclusive first listen to “Maple Seeds” below and find the album available to preorder from his Bandcamp page.

Cathedral Bells, the project of Florida musician Matthew Messore. He has followed up his debut EP with his dreamy new single “Eighth Wonder of the World,” with release from Good Eye Records.

It’s a hazy and shimmering gem of indie rock that channels some of the 80s dream pop from acts like Wild Nothing that used to grace blogs like these all the time in the late 2000s. It absolutely nails the sound that its going for and leaves us very excited to see what else that Messore has in store for us in the future.

For now, enjoy a listen to “Eighth Wonder of the World” below.

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New York’s Yeasayer returned with their fifth album Erotic Reruns on June 7th, the first that they self-released on their very own Yeasayer Records.

We saw them play a few of these new songs at their intimate performance at Rough Trade NYC back in April, which includes their most recent single “Ecstatic Baby.” Its music video one is a trippy psychedelic trip that feels like a journey through the hidden worlds of your favorite N64 games.

Find the music video for “Ecstatic Baby” posted below.

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El Rocko – “Half The Day”

By Will Oliver, June 19th 2019 Indie Listen Stream

El Rocko is the project of Chattanooga-based artist Chase Waller. He began the El Rocko project as a college student, performing solo shows at school festivals and in Chattanooga’s independent music scene.

Recently signed to Yellow Racket Records, Waller has released his lovely debut single “Half the Day.” The track is equally influenced by both 90s alt-rock and 80s rock, the track has a lush and dreamy easy-going summer feel to it, one that reminds of some of the indie pop gems from bands like Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

Enjoy a listen to “Half The Day” below and find the track available to purchase at your own price at his Bandcamp.

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Monday Morning Matinee

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