The Sweet Serenades – “Runaway”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2020

Stockholm’s The Sweet Serenades will return with their new album City Lights on March 27th.

They’ve recently released the album’s third single “Runaway, which is described as being “inspired by endless skies and new beginnings – a road trip tune. Arena Indie with big emotions.”

This isn’t far off, as the track shines through with an upbeat synth feel and a dramatic vocal performance that reminds a bit of The Killers. Produced with a polished style, “Runaway” is an uplifting anthem that feels triumphant.

Enjoy a listen to “Runaway” below.

Born Idiot – “Blue Is My Color”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2020

Photo by Lucas Martin

Born Idiot are a band from France who has released their colorful new single “Blue Is My Color.”

The song will be included on their debut album Full Time Bored, which will be released in September via Géographie. It’s got some smooth tender production and heavenly vocals that add up to create a romantic feeling in the air that flows confidently with ease.

You can find the music video for the track available to watch below.
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Beauty Queen – “Sweet Memory”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2020

Beauty Queen, the LA-based project of singer/songwriter Katie Iannitello, has returned with her new single “Sweet Memory,” following last year’s “Out Of Touch.”

The track, which was produced by Tennis, features a bit of their signature synth-driven pop sound with a bit of a sleek polish to compliment her smokey vocals. There’s a vintage warmth to the production and her performance that is a match made in heaven.

Beauty Queen shares this of “Sweet Memory”:

“I wrote the first line of ‘Sweet Memory’ during one of my 2.2-mile walking commutes from the ramen restaurant I worked at, to the eight bedroom house I lived in during my time in San Francisco. I couldn’t take the bus because I get motion sickness…so needless to say I got a lot of exercise when I lived there. Walking at night was so peaceful, yet, I did find there to be moments when someone would be striding towards me and I’d wonder…who is this person? Why are they walking? To where? From where? I liked living in a walking city because I got to see a lot of people in their day to day.”

Enjoy a listen to “Sweet Memory” below.

Cape Weather – “Try Harder”

By Will Oliver, February 23rd 2020

Cape Weather is the Los Angeles-based duo of Natalie Smith and Eric Jackowitz. They’ve only released a handful of songs to date but have already garnered attention from them.

There’s no doubt that this will continue with their latest release, “Try Harder.” Reminiscent of some of the earlier work of Tennis, “Try Harder” has a sun-soaked timeless quality to it that is hard to resist. Smith’s vocals soar high above the polished instrumentation that sounds like a perfect summer day.
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Leif Erikson – “When Love Rings”

By Will Oliver, February 23rd 2020

Last month we shared “Question Time,” a track from London band Leif Erikson’s upcoming EP Question Time. The group has returned with a second offering from the release with “When Love Rings.”

The groovy offering showcases some smooth guitar work and instrumentation that is held together by some well-fitting smokey vocals. There’s an elegant bluesy quality to the track, one that suits the theme of the song. The band explains:
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EllaHarp – “Screaming Into the Void”

By Will Oliver, February 21st 2020

EllaHarp is the project of San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Ella Dawn Jenkins. The singer is also a talented harp player who combines the two forces to create an artful pop genre that is almost its own entity entirely. Not only does she write all her songs but she self-produces, as well as designing her own harp.
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Photos by Bryan Lasky

Last year saw Juliana Hatfield release not only her new album Weird but also her Police Covers album, Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police.

On February 12th she performed selections of both when she stopped in to play Massachusets venue Once Somerville along with opener Will Dailey.

Our photographer Bryan Lasky was there to capture photos from both performances, all of which can be be found in the gallery below.
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[Photos]: Tove Lo at Brooklyn Steel (February 12, 2020)

By Dana Pacifico, February 19th 2020

Photos by Dana Pacifico

Last year saw Swedish pop singer Tove Lo return with her fourth album Sunshine Kitty via Island Records. She’s been touring in support of it throughout the new year, which brought her to New York for a pair of shows at Brooklyn Steel on February 12th & 13th.

Our photographer Dana Pacifico was there to capture photos from her Night 1 performance. You can find all of her photos posted in the gallery below, along with the setlist.
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Photos + Article by Will Oliver

Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien is gearing up for the release of his debut solo album under the name EOB. The album, entitled, Earth, will be released via Capitol Records on April 17th.

Last week, O’Brien kicked off a set of intimate shows to showcase the songs off the album for the very first time to a live audience. This included a very sold out show at Le Poisson Rouge on February 10th.
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