Marlin’s Dreaming – “Sink or Swim”

By Will Oliver, February 24th 2020

New Zealand indie outfit Marlin’s Dreaming has released the first single, “Sink or Swim,” taken from their new album, Quotidian.

The track has a shoegaze influenced beach rock sound, like a combination of the dreamy and hazy elements of DIIV and some more of the melodic polish of Real Estate. All the elements come together with the lush vocals showcased in the chorus that slowly but surely reveals it’s sneaky and smart pop hooks that soon reel you in.

Below find a description about the song from the band.

“It’s a song about detachment, the feeling of struggling to be present and feeling like I was at the whim of something outside of myself,” said frontman Semisi Maiai about the inspiration for the new song. “I wrote it over the last year where I felt like I was going through motions of living without much pre-consideration or afterthought, just simply doing things as they happened.”

Enjoy the official “Sink or Swim” music video below.

Photos by Dutch Doscher

Last year Silversun Pickups returned with their fifth album Widow’s Weeds, released via the band’s very own imprint, New Machine Recordings.

They’re touring in support of the record, which brought them to Los Angeles on February 7th for a performance at The Wiltern. This show was our first time catching the band since they performed at Brooklyn Steel back in 2017.
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Photos by Bryan Lasky

Ezra Furman returned last year with her new record Twelve Nudes, which saw release via Bella Union.

In January Furman embarked on a residency at Massachusetts-based venue Once Somerville and extended it into early February. Our photographer Bryan Lasky was there to capture the February 4th performance, which also featured an opening set from Anjimile.

Find photos from both performances posted in the gallery below.
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Photos by Qbertplaya

Son Little returned with his new album aloha on January 31st, via ANTI- Records.

The day before the album was released, he performed an intimate set at the Loreto Theater at The Sheen Center for radio station WFUV as a part of their Marquee concert series. Along with a set of songs of the new album, he played some older favorites and participated in an interview with DJ Darren DeVivo as a part of the station’s live broadcast.
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Downtown Market – “Stay With Me”

By Will Oliver, February 12th 2020

Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Downtown Market make the sort of delightful rock that feels like it’s time-traveled straight from the 90s indie rock scene.

This is felt strongly on their new single “Stay With Me,” which was released tonight. The track features dual female/vocals of members Sleepingowl and KurumiI Sasak that have a playful tone that works in tandem with the slick guitar work that carries a playful yet nostalgic tone that we can’t quite shake.
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Cuesta Loeb – “grass it grows”

By Will Oliver, February 4th 2020

Cuesta Loeb is a NYC-native who now calls Los Angeles home and is preparing the release of a brand new EP. “Grass It Grows” is the new single from it and it’s one that hits in all the right ways.

It’s a sun-soaked rocker with a mix of garage fuzz and 90s nostalgia vocal work, it’s completely addictive and hooks you in right from the very first note.

Enjoy a listen to “Grass It Grows” below.
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Photos by Dutch Doscher

Cautious Clay returned earlier this year with his new EP Table of Context and had his “Cold War” find itself in Olivia Wilde’s fantastic directorial debut Booksmart, giving the rising artist an even bigger boost than he’s already been receiving all year long.

We caught him earlier this summer when he performed a special show at The Guggenheim in July and caught him last week when he headlined Brooklyn Steel on December 9th.

Our photographer Dutch Doscher was there to capture photos from his performance, all of which can be found posted in the gallery below.
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