Festival season may be reaching its twilight, but Escape Music Festival is keeping the dream alive through fall, with their two day extravaganza popping off October 11th and 12th on Pier 9 in Brooklyn. To help kick it off, we’re getting involved the only way we know how: with a rad as hell preparty September 18th at Popshop NYC. Topping the marquee at Westway are none other than our hometown heroes, ASTR, lighting up the stage with their space age swagger, plus support from LA’s finest Conway and local heatseeker VÉRITÉ. Advance tickets now available HERE, let’s go big for this one New York.


We’ve loved HAERTS since St. Lucia first played us “Wings” behind closed doors a lifetime ago, and their Hemiplegia EP endures as one of our favorite records ever to bear the Neon Gold crest on its hide. So it’s with great pride that we unveil their latest – and quite possibly greatest – single effort today with “Giving Up”. Featuring Nini’s vocals soaring higher than ever over a driving, interstellar backbeat, it’s builds slowly but surely throughout its four minute run, eventually climaxing in a shoutalong middle eight for the ages. The lyric video above provides an alluringly perfect mood piece for the track, as HAERTS bare their soul (and a whole lot of skin) for their finest offering to date. Give in below.


Wolf Gang are one of our favorite gangs around, having ably demonstrated an increasing penchant for the epic, stadium-sized anthems befitting of a band who spent much of last year on the road supporting Coldplay in arenas all over the continent. Today, they return with possibly their biggest offering to date, with a lighters-in-the-air number called “Lay Your Love Down” that make it easy to envision the four-piece headlining arenas of their own in the not-too-distant future. Riding a gallant piano progression and a galloping kickback, the track finds Max at his most Chris Martin, that time spent on the road together clearly paying dividends here. Lay into it below, and catch Wolf Gang out on tour with Sir Sly on a Neon Gold all-star run for the ages next month.


Neon Gold makes its maiden voyage Down Under next week for this year’s BIGSOUND conference, and you better believe Airling‘s damn near the top of our list of homegrown talents to check out during our stay. We’ve been all about the honey-throated Australian chanteuse since she first strongarmed us with the silky-smooth hypnotism of debut singles “Ouroboros” and “The Runner”. And this week, she returns with the latest offering from her forthcoming debut EP in “Wasted Pilots,” another 90′s R&B slow-burner that soars gently through your consciousness like a faraway jetliner marking its path across a twilight sky. Keep an eye out for the Love Gracefully EP dropping September 19th, preorder available now from our friends at Pieater HERE.


Monarchy released one of the finest singles of the year with “Living Without You” last spring, and now they’re back with another out-of-this-world space heater on “Almost Human”. As it warms up and floods you with layers upon layers of vocoded harmonies, gradually introducing understated synth tones and falling comet synths as it swells towards its conclusion, Monarchy take things to “Hide And Seek” levels of future-perfect emotion that would make Imogen proud. And if you’ve got a flair for the cinematic, Monarchy are also hosting a competition to make their next music video for “Almost Human” with a cash money prize, all talented humans welcome.


We first met Fiona Grey one late NYC night last autumn with Kitten and Charli XCX, so we already knew she was good people, but little did we know she was something of a star in her own right. Today we’re here to talk about Fiona’s own “Beauty Queen”, a heartfelt lowrider that woos its way into your teen dream heart like a rebellious cross between Lorde and Christina Aguilera, with melodic shades of INOJ‘s “Love You Down” thrown in for good measure. “Beauty Queen” is the lead track off Grey’s just-released Belladonna EP, tuck into it below.


VÉRITÉ‘s been all up on our radar in a big way since unleashing debut single “Heartbeat” and sophomore stunner “Strange Enough” on the world earlier this year, but today marks a quantum leap to the next level with her latest offering “Weekend”. Revving to life like an open-road Lana heartbreaker racing down dimly lit streets, it steadily picks up steam as it transforms into an absolute belter of alt pop escapism that feels entirely her own. From the teen dream lyrics to its skywriter synths and supercharged vocals, “Weekend” is one of the best unsigned records you’ll hear all year, and yet another reason we’re quite sure that VÉRITÉ is the absolute truth and then some. Fall in love below and catch VÉRITÉ making her hotly-anticipated live debut with ASTR at Popshop next month, advance tickets still available HERE.


Our girl Charli XCX comes through with the drop-out anthem of the decade on new single “Break The Rules”, and continues to break new ground in her candy-coated pop oeuvre with the video this week. It’s technicolor big screen pop perfection, lovingly name-checking and tongue-in-cheeking all our favorite high school movie tropes, from Jawbreaker to Carrie and everything in between, featuring cameos from Kitten and Rose McGowan herself along the way. It’s a pop culture crash course and the first of many heavy hitters to come from Charli’s forthcoming sophomore full-length, Sucker, blazing onto your stereos October 21st on Neon Gold / Atlantic (preorder HERE).


Cathedrals have been our new religion since day one, converting us immediately with their holy trinity of initial singles. Today, we’re very excited to announce the long awaited arrival of their eponymous debut EP on Neon Gold, out digitally and physically (on black grape transparent 10″ vinyl) September 8th to coincide with the band’s LA and San Fran shows that same week. To celebrate the occasion, we’re pulling back the curtain on EP standout “OOO AAA”, perhaps the band’s most impressive effort to date. Constructed from the ground up around an addictive stutter-step vocal chop, the track’s industrial synths and fuzzed-out bass define the band’s darkest, most immense track yet, an impossibly unique offering that puts Cathedrals in a league of their own in the current alternative pop landscape. The five track Cathedrals EP arrives September 8th on Neon Gold, and is yours to preorder now from the Neon Gold Shop HERE. And don’t miss Cathedrals’ LA debut at next month’s Popshop West September 10th with WATERS and Zella Day (tickets HERE), followed by their hometown EP release show the next night co-headlining Popscene with Thomas Barfod at the Rickshaw Stop.


The Knocks turned our whole summer up big style with their feel-good heatwave new single, “Classic”, which dropped to a rapturous reception last week. Hot on the heels of the original (and we didn’t think it could possibly get any hotter), RAC throws his hat in the ring this week with his own alternate reality remix. Like it’s second nature, RAC weaves a gentle tapestry of warm buoyant synths and textural guitar scratches that perfectly complement POWERS‘ Crista Ru’s vocals and wouldn’t feel out of place on his own polished trophy shelf of RAC originals. Stream the remix below, and catch RAC and The Knocks out on tour together this fall.