Sea.Hear.Now Festival Announces 2020 Lineup

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2020

Today the Sea.Hear.Now Festival announced it’s 2020 lineup and it’s a good one. Headlining the festival, which will take place on September 19-20 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, is the legendary Pearl Jam, along with The Avett Brothers, Cage The Elephant, Billy Idol, Lord Huron, The Beach Boys, Patti Smith and Her Band, The Growlers, Grouplove, Dr. Dog, Phoebe Bridgers and Gang Of Youths.
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The National have covered INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart” as a part of the compilation Songs for Australia, featuring covers of Australian acts in order to benefit the fire-stricken country’s rehabilitation efforts. The compilation will be released on March 12th via BMG and was helmed by Australian folk-pop singer Julia Stone.

The band stays true to the spirit of the original while offering up their own National-esque twists that make it a good tribute but also distinctly enough their own to make it a more than a worthwhile cover.

Enjoy the cover below.

[new]: Day Wave – “Starting Again”

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2020

Photo by Daniel Topete

Day Wave, the project of Jackson Phillips, has returned with his new single “Starting Again,” which will be released via PIAS Recordings.

The lush dreamy nature that Phillips has been perfecting throughout his career sounds true and full of life on “Starting Again,” packed to the brim with emotion and coming from a place of importance to him as a songwriter.
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Today Car Seat Headrest announced their new album Making A Door Less Open will be released on May 1st via Matador Records.

“Can’t Cool Me Down” has been a part of the band’s live set for some time now and here it gets a bit of a more of electronic treatment. Which isn’t an accident, as the album is “the result of a fruitful “collaboration” between Car Seat Headrest, led by Will Toledo, and 1 Trait Danger, a CSH electronic side project consisting of drummer Andrew Katz and Toledo’s alternative persona, “Trait.””

The band actually recorded the album twice, once with live guitars, drums and bass, and then once in a MIDI environment using purely synthesized sound. These two approaches were combined during the mixing process, using elements from both sessions with additional overdubs.
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Phoebe Bridgers Releases “Garden Song”

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2020

Photo by Olof Grind

Phoebe Bridgers has returned with her brand new single “Garden Song,” with a music video directed by her brother, Jackson Bridgers.

Although she’s kept plenty busy with her side projects Boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Center, his is her first new solo material in nearly three years since her release of Stranger In The Alps and it sees the talented singer-songwriter pick up right where she left off. We can only hope that this means a new album will be on the way later in the year.
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The Strokes – “Bad Decisions”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2020

Photo by Jason McDonald

It’s happening folks. The Strokes will finally return with their long-awaited new album The New Abnormal which will be released on April 10th via Cult Records/RCA Records.

We heard the atmospheric and synth-driven first single “At The Door” and now the band have hit back with a more signature Strokes-sounding anthem with “Bad Decisions.” It has some 80s classic rock qualities that have a nostalgic quality, before spanning into something that will definitely be a welcome return for fans of the Strokes older work.
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