Posts Tagged ‘alterantive’

April 13, 2018
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We’re rather crestfallen that we didn’t get a chance to catch Stevie Wolf when we were at SXSW last month despite how much he’s enamored us with with his sooty yet vulnerable sound, a rousing fusion of alt pop, bluesy rock, and electro-soul. Listening to new single Yves Klein Blue leaves us hoping we’ll get a new chance to catch him in California somewhere down the line. After all, Colorado isn’t too far away, right? Stevie Wolf has delivered a song that alternates between booming determination and tender introspection. He explores feelings of loneliness and disconnection on Yves Klein Blue, which exposes those innermost thoughts of wanting to find a true connection and raises the question “could you ever know me at all?” Stevie’s growing presence in the new music scene has lead to countless streams on his prior singles as well as coveted placements on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist and the US Viral 50 list. Keep up with him on his quirky, clever website, here.

April 2, 2018

Mourn, a rock quartet who hails from Barcelona, recently announced their third full length, Sopresa Familiar, out June 15th via Captured Tracks. They’ve also shared a fantastic new tune and video named Barcelona City Tour. I actually did take a city tour in Barcelona a couple years ago, and it would’ve been a massive treat to have had this energizing song to accompany my adventures. It’s a raucous and boisterous extravaganza with riotous drums, angular guitars, and yelping vocals. Obviously, there’s nothing to mourn here, only some glorious and unruly, mathy rock to celebrate. Barcelona City Tour’s music video was directed by the band itself. Mourn’s new album will delve into themes including experiences with toxic figures in the music industry, being abandoned as touring teens in a foreign country, and letting go of the past. Pre-order the album, here.

March 30, 2018

How we missed out on new Halcyon Drive earlier this month is rather puzzling, but let’s just chalk it up to the chaos that normally envelopes us during the month of March due to SXSW and a flurry of other events/occurrences. I think I’ve found a new meaning to apply to the term “March Madness”. Fortunately for us, the Melbourne based indie rock group has unleashed a music video for their compelling new single Silver Ray, which immediately caught our attention and captured our hearts with its rambunctious percussion, grainy howling vocals, and crunchy hooking pop rock. We’ve been fans of this band for several years now, and Silver Ray quickly reminds us why our penchant for their music has never faded and will surely continue onwards. Those in Australia can jam out to this rambunctious tune live by catching Halcyon Drive on the remaining dates of their tour. Tickets are available, here.

March 30, 2018
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We’ve been more than ravenous for new Bloodboy music this past year after the Los Angeles based surfer-turned-musician thrilled us with her blazing pop rock time and time again since her debut two years ago, culminating in a superbly brazen and incendiary EP named Best of Bloodboy. Her return last month with Sex Crime was much cause for celebration, and now Lexie Papillion has followed that rambunctiously smoldering tune up with another homerun of a sultry sizzling, charismatic pulling song named ‘Is Now A Good Time To Ruin Your Life?’. Signature broiling guitars and her ever impassioned, heated vocals keep us charmed and swooning. The punky garage rock and grungy pop of ‘Is Now A Good Time To Ruin Your Life?’ is big and bold, emphatic and glamorous. And it leaves us even more excited for Bloodboy’s forthcoming debut album Punk Adjacent than we were before, which we didn’t think was possible. You can find the track on iTunes, here.

March 27, 2018
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Last Friday was huge for this long time fan of NoMBe, the genre defying electro-soul artist who counts Pharrell as one of his fans. We’ve taken a spectacular journey with the acclaimed musician over the past year as he unveiled amazing song after song from his debut album They Might’ve Even Loved Me, and the full record has finally hit the shelves! NoMBe scored millions of streams online in the process, plus everything he’s created for our eager ears has been inspired by the women in his life. I was fortunate enough to finally catch an incendiary NoMBe set at SXSW over a week ago, where the charismatic musician performed a stunning set with his all female band (another way in which he supports the feminist movement). You can stream They Might’ve Even Loved Me in full, here. Aside from all the phenomenal songs we’ve already shared in the past (most recently, Drama with Big Data which just received a lot of love from Sir Elton John), the album features a few new tunes, like this song, Man Up, a muggy curling, toasty swaggering electric soul jam that melds old fashioned panache with modern day genius. Man Up is like Two Feet and Milky Chance grooving out together, with a thick coating of NVDES’ wonky whimsicality. They Might’ve Even Loved Me is also available from major outlets, here. I can’t wait for NoMBe to make his San Francisco debut at Popscene on April 25th, alongside Mansionair. It’s going to be a magnificent night. Find out more about his forthcoming tour, here.

March 24, 2018
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To be honest, we never want to let go of Nightly, so it’s quite appropriate that their new song is named Holding On. The Nashville alt pop cousins made a huge return last month on Miss You Like Hell, and now they’ve followed it up with this heartfelt anthem, a misty swathe of romantic 80s synthpop and lovesick sentimentality. Nightly recently wrapped up a sold-out run of tour dates supporting NF in the states, and they’ll re-unite with The Struts in Los Angeles at the Roxy on May 31st. Holding On can be found on iTunes, here.

March 6, 2018
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Frankie Simone might be new on our radar, but we’ve quickly decided that we need to try and catch her at SXSW next week now that we’ve come across the Portland “priestess of pop’s” latest single, War Paint. We march exultantly to the tribal rhythms found on the magnificent and fierce rallying cry. The queer artist envisions her robust clattering, deep booming alt pop as a conduit for collective enlightenment, self-empowerment, and awakening, or a way “to celebrate every type of human.” War Paint is a rebellious battle cry, a unifying anthem celebrating difference and advocating equality. The resounding song comes with a video that visually captures its inspiring energy. “Simone is a High Priestess of Pop: the stage is her pulpit, and her message of love and acceptance is universal.” Frankie Simone’s debut EP will arrive on June 1st via Infinite Companion. Pre-order/pre-save LOVE//WARRIOR, here.

March 2, 2018
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As long time fans of NoMBe, the German-born Los Angeles-based musician who’s been taking us on a brilliant journey with the monthly songs off his forthcoming debut album, we have much to celebrate soon. Not only is Noah McBeth making an appearance at SXSW later this month (with a set at our pal We Found New Music’s showcase co-presented by Interscope, details here), but NoMBe has also announced his San Francisco debut, alongside Mansionair, at Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop on April 25th (tickets, here). As if all this welcome news hasn’t already left us delirious with excitement, NoMBe has teamed up with Brooklyn electro/alt project Big Data on a fresh new tune, too! You never know quite what to expect when a NoMBe track crops up. He’s given us woozy intoxicating soul tracks, alt R&B infused jams, and a plethora of everything in between. On Drama, NoMBe and Big Data gives us torrid strumming, funky strutting electro soul, and it leaves us ever the more ravenous for debut album They Might’ve Even Loved Me, arriving March 23rd on TH3RD BRAIN Records. Each song on the album tells a different story about the women who have shaped NoMBe’s life, from his godmother, Chaka Khan, to high school crushes, summer flings, his girlfriend, and his mother. Through NoMBe’s music, we vicariously experience love, intimacy, sex, heartbreak, and euphoria, and we find ourselves relating to it all through our own personal heartaches and joys, too. Drama is a muggy sweltering, smooth gliding meditation on romantic turmoil. The single is available, here.

February 27, 2018
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Novocain is a common anesthetic, which as most people who’ve had surgery or some sort of dental procedure know, causes numbness. But British quartet BLOXX’s new single Novocain is far from numbing or desensitizing. Its assured strut and contagious bassline drives us to tap our feet feverishly. The rising four piece have a huge year ahead of them, including a tour UK with Pale Waves, dates with The Wombats, a string of other spring gigs, as well as several fest appearances. I can imagine them igniting the crowd with Novocain and its exuberant art rock meets shimmering guitar pop energy. Download or stream Novocain, here.

February 20, 2018
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With a musical moniker like Buzzy Lee, it’s almost as if Sasha Spielberg already knew she’d pick up a whole lot of buzz with her music. The Los Angeles based singer songwriter is the daughter of renowned film mogul Steven Spielberg, but she’s making her own way with glossy and coltish pop on whimsical Coolhand, which was produced by esteemed artist Nicolas Jaar. Coolhand’s sass and playfulness evokes a mix of Feist and JAIN, but enveloped in a fluid and murky, dreamy and surreal soundscape. It’s quite the dynamic and kinetic arrangement, and it explores our notions of self-worth as entailed by our addiction to social media. Coolhand is the lead single from Buzzy Lee’s forthcoming EP, Facepaint, due out April 27th on Future Classic. Pre-order, here.