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Sydney-based indie-rock artist Timi Temple has returned with his groovy new single “Quick Words, Long Trouble,” which he produced himself.

Today we have the honor and privilege of premiering this big rock anthem, one that has a big-time psych-rock groove and some summer-sounding melodies that are brought home in a fashion that just begs to be played at maximum volume with the windows down during a nice summers drive. This sounds like the sort of rock anthem you’d hear on the radio in the 90s, a soundtrack for a much simpler time indeed.
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Premiere: The Tins – “Sooner or Later”

By Will Oliver, October 17th 2019

The Tins have returned with their brand new single “Sooner or Later” which the Buffalo art-rockers will release officially on October 18th via AWAL.

Today we have the honor of premiering the exclusive first listen of “Sooner or Later,” which showcases the band continuing to push the boundaries of their sound in a new direction while never straying too far to the point where they lose themselves either. “Sooner or Later” features drummer Dave Muntner leading the charge on vocals, with the track going to some dark minimalist places that we haven’t quite heard from them before and feels like a perfect fit for the fall season and Halloween activities that await.
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Video Premiere: SWOLL – “Unwound”

By Will Oliver, September 25th 2019

Photo by Kevin Chambers

Baltimore natives SWOLL began as a collaboration between Matt Dowling and Ben Schurr and last year they released their first bit of music before they even began playing shows.

Their self-titled debut album came not long after and the band toured in support of the album, becoming more of a band and less of a bedroom recording project, recruiting synth player Erik Sleight and lighting artist Zak Forrest to give their live shows a new direction.
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Brooklyn quartet Dropper are set to release their brand new EP and will celebrate it’s release with a hometown show tomorrow night at The Sultan Room.

The band have given us the privilege of premiering the whole EP in full with you, which you can find streaming below in its entirety. It’s 3 songs of passionate rock that has a very 90s influence but one that channels modern concerns in a way that feels very natural and moving. They have a knack for knowing how to give time to build a song up and deliver that final blow that you have been waiting for.

If you like what you hear, be sure to grab tickets for the release show tomorrow night and see what the band is all about in person.

New York musician Noah Chenfeld, whose music we have shared here before, has returned with a brand new song entitled “Stuck on a Page,” which was produced by Vlad Holiday.

It’s a smart and contemplative ballad that Chenfeld performed live during a show a City Winery, and today we have the honor premiering both the video of this live performance as well as the song itself.

Chenfeld lives it all on the floor on the sincere “Stuck on a Page,” showing off a dynamic range that marks him as a young artist with a voice worth listening to. He has proven to us that he can rock out but also turn things down a notch and offer something more vulnerable and personal, which proves to us he’s an artist worth gravitating towards.

Find his live performance at City Winery posted below, as well as the official stream of “Stuck on a Page” posted right below.
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Premiere: Passeport – “Bengal Light”

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2019

Today we have the honor of premiering the brand new single from Passeport, the Cincinnati, Ohio-based electropop trio of Mia Carruthers, Brian Davis, and Benjamin Hines. They all met while playing in Multimagic and formed Passeport in 2016. Along with “Bengal Light,” they’ll release a set of singles that will lead to their debut EP, which will be released by Modern Outsider.

“Bengal Light” is pretty much everything good about the electro/synth-pop genre, with a big 80s inspired sound that is led by the strong vocals of Carruthers who pushes the melody forward with confidence and ease. It’s a natural pop gem that sounds crystal clear and full of life, the type of smart effortless pop music that you wish was the thing actually dominating those radio airwaves.

You can find your exclusive first listen to “Bengal Light” below, along with a bit of info from the band about the meaning behind the track.

The song itself sounds very aspirational even hopeful. Personally, as a lyricist, I have a hard time penning something that is on the nose “hopeful” in an authentic way — so, I did as I normally do, and just wrote what was going on with me emotionally. There were feelings of distrust and betrayal that I was struggling with and needed an outlet for. I put them into Bengal Light and the floodgates really opened. This song addresses some personal things I was struggling with at the time relating to losing Seb from the group, but it also applies to our current political climate. Paranoia and corruption are underlying themes. Can you trust what’s in front of you? What you see? Who you love? I think we’re all asking ourselves these questions right now.

Premiere: Mantra Love – “IDC”

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2019

Mantra Love is the Houston, Texas duo of brothers Derek and Fabian Silva. They’re back with their brand new single “IDC,” a song that today we have the great honor and privilege of premiering.

“IDC” has the cool swagger and charm of The Strokes with the more modern rock aspects of bands like Twin Peaks that give the track youthful vital energy that gives it some layers of depth and dimension.

Here’s what the song means, directly from the band themselves:

IDC is about when a person consistently uses you. They are an emotional vampire sucking you dry of every bit of empathy you have left until you just don’t give a shit anymore. You have given them all you can give and still they don’t ever return the favor. It’s always a one way street with them and you are just over it.

Enjoy your exclusive listen to “IDC” below.

[Premiere]: Elle Belle – “WKND”

By Will Oliver, June 27th 2019

(Photo by Casey Curry)

Los Angeles native Christopher Pappas has made a career as a versatile and prolific composer who has written music for NASA, composed an award-winning off-broadway musical and assembled and conducted his own orchestra, not to mention making music with his group The Everyday Visuals.

He now returns with his other proejct Elle Belle, with the release of the brand new single “WKND,” which we have the grand pleasure of sharing with you today as an exclusive first listen premiere ahead of it’s release via Little Record Company, the record label of Pierre de Reeder of Rilo Kiley.
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