POPSHOP NYC: TOVE LO

Tove Lo‘s selling out shows left right and center, blowing through both her NYC debut at Popshop April 24th and our Brooklyn show with her the next night at Baby’s All Right in barely a week. But as we announce the full lineup for her Popshop headline today, we’re giving you a chance to win tickets because this is going to be one for the ages. Featuring one of our favorite support bills to date, we’ve got the live debut of Sweden’s other next huge thing, Mapei, kicking things off early before hometown hero Gordon Voidwell does his thing in the direct support slot. It’s all going down at The Westway April 24th, enter for your chance to win tix HERE via our friends at DoNYC.



FALL INTO FOREVER.

Hey SIREN, we think we like you too. The LA newcomers make their presence known (and then some) today with debut single “I Think I Like You”, and it’s a bit like Alex Winston found herself a clone raised on the dark side of the moon and joined forces to have a go at Tegan & Sara‘s twin pop thrones. With upbeat pixie vocals counterbalanced by the track’s menacing production, SIREN come calling with a casual majestic prowess and lock you in their crosshairs with a centripetal magnetism. Something tells us we won’t be the last wayward sailors to fall under their spell, consider yourself warned.

ALL THAT WE WERE.

Betty Who is so our team she’s basically the captain, and her new video only further cements that status as it arrives hot and fresh out the kitchen today, comprised primarily of footage from her LA headline debut at Popshop West earlier this year. Glad this dropped though, as that show marked Betty’s induction into the Popshop Hall of Fame making her one of only a handful of acts to hit the NYC/LA/Brooklyn trifecta with us and we totally owe her a plaque or something.

IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU.

Mapei‘s been one of our favorite newcomers to the alternative pop game in recent memory, and this week she arrives with the video for her anthem-in-waiting, “Don’t Wait”, to accompany the full-scale rollout of her EP by the same name. Directed by Dori Oskowitz, the video provides a perfectly patient accompaniment, a slow-motion bounce through the hazy soothing cycle of young love. And with remixes from Chance The Rapper, Benny Blanco, Kingdom and Giraffage, the EP is a veritable hit parade of alternate takes on the pristine original. Enjoy the Chance remix below, on which Chicago’s finest delivers his lysergic flow with a soothsaying permanence that elevates the original to new heights, and keep an eye out for Mapei coming to a Neon Gold stage near you soon.

THROW ME A LAND LINE.

Morning Parade tore the roof off the new year and alternative radio with sophomore album comeback single, “Alienation”, and now they’ve got a sterling remix to accompany it courtesy of Grouplove’s space ghost take on the original, premiering exclusively with us today. Stripping away the beat and turning up the atmosphere, Grouplove construct a pulsating powerhouse from plaintive piano chords, gradually building towards an emotional climax by the song’s finale. Dive into the exclusive premiere below and keep an eye out for the Parade’s Ben Allen-produced new album Pure Adulterated Joy, coming in hot May 6th.

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED.

We’ve gone on about Sydney rumble kids Jinja Safari quite a bit in these pages and hosted their US debut on New Shapes a few CMJs ago, and now co-frontman Pepa Knight has gone and launched a brand new solo project. Combining Avey Tare’s brand of Animal Collectivism with a touch of Local Natives thrown in for good measure, he’s perfected his own style of highly original tipi pop, inspired by his travels in India and other exotic locales. Get familiar with the myth that is Pepa Knight, exclusive premiere below.

EVERYTHING MOVES SO FAST.

There’s a new girl on the block by the name of Lavachild, and we hope this Brooklyn-via-Vancouver transplant is here to stay. The solo project of one Chantel Marie, Lavachild seizes you from the opening notes of debut single “Want U To” and never lets up. Like the perfectly minimalist middle point between the enchanted pop of Mononoke and low-key grace of Wet, “Want” is a masterclass in elegant understatement, the soft instrumentals laying the foundation over which Chantel’s lush vocal pirouettes take center stage. The perfect soundtrack for a midnight wander through NYC, the video finds Lavachild doing just that, and we’ve got the exclusive premiere for you above.

GOT A DOWNTOWN FIRE.

Layla‘s been kicking about the UK music scene for a minute now, but she returns this week with her latest and quite possibly greatest offering yet, “Smokestacks”. With it, the fringe-framed chanteuse concocts a hazy blood orange ballad that’s equal parts rousing and mellowing, from the dramatically escapist piano touches to the piercing vocal harmonies and thumping industrial drums. It’s as if the kindred spirits of Florence & The Machine and MS MR chose to haunt the same abandoned opera house, and it’s available for streaming below.

NEON GOLD + POPGUN PRESENT: TOVE LO

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Tove Lo invades our shores next month for her debut headline shows, topping the marquee at Popshop West on April 22nd before making her way to New York for her sold out NYC debut on Popshop two days later. But if you missed the boat on Popshop tickets, worry not, as we’re adding one more show for our Brooklyn constituency the next night on April 25th. It’s our maiden voyage at Brooklyn’s latest and greatest new venue Baby’s All Right, featuring support from local heroes Great Good Fine Ok, with 10pm doors and $12 advance tickets now available here. Don’t delay.


THERE YOU ARE.

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There’s a new royal family in town, and they go by Prinze George. The NYC pop outfit arrive on the scene with a bang in new single “This Time”, picking up where the boundless promise of earlier offering “Victor” left off. All stroke-of-midnight synths and regal, sky-scraping vocals, it’s like Banks or Mr Little Jeans channeling M83, the kind of clandestine pop that ‘80s smoke machine dreams are made of. Get royal below.

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