We’ve been having a bit of a love affair with Client Liaison ever since experiencing their larger-than-life live show at BIGSOUND last year, so we’re thrilled to be bringing them stateside for their NYC and LA headline debuts on our Popshop nights next month. In NYC, they’re topping the marquee alongside Phoebe Ryan as part of our Westway grand finale series on June 18th, and in LA the spotlight’s all theirs, as they headline Popshop West at The Echo the next week. It’s all going down June 23rd with an all-star supporting cast to be announced soon and $10 advance tickets available now HERE.
We’ve been high on Hopium since they delivered one of the best songs of last summer on “Dreamers”, and this week they’re back looking set to do it all over again with a massive follow up in “Right Now”. Getting maximum results from a highly minimal production approach, it’s got all the hooks and production chops of a Top 40 Mustard hit - not to mention an orchestral auto-tuned outro that’d make Kanye proud – and one of the best videos of the year to boot. Directed by the band with Yoav Lester, it’s a fittingly hyperkinetic, color-splashed concept video, drenched in gradients and reverse cuts and inspired by the technicolor work of James Turrell. Get hooked above or below.
We’ve had a close eye on Made In Heights ever since they crash landed from another universe with their stunning eponymous debut album a few years back. Today, Kelsey and Sabzi return with the announcement of their long-awaited forthcoming sophomore follow up, titled Without My Enemy What Would I Do and meticulously teased out over the past year via a string of pristinestandaloneofferings. The latest arrives today in the form of “Slow Burn”, a surrealist dance gem that whispers into your ear and keeps your blood pumping, equal parts chill-out and chill-inducing. Preorder Without My Enemy… now ahead of its release May 26th HERE and get down below.
Glasgow’s slowly but surely been emerging as a hot bed of alternative pop gold with CHVRCHES and Prides leading the charge in recent years, and today BDY PRTS become the latest Scots to join the fold. Trading the quainter leanings of debut single “IDLU”, the duo strike out into more R&B territory on latest offering “Cold Shoulder”. All electrifying guitars and shimmering synths, the melodies shine through like a Scottish HAIM covering “Cry Me A River”, and it’s a damn good reason to sit up and pay attention the Glaswegian two-piece in the weeks and months to come. “Cold Shoulder” is out June 15th, catch the exclusive premiere below.
If you were around last week to catch the magical NYC debut of Christine And The Queens, you may have caught precocious openers, Milk & Bone. The Montreal dream-pop duo first burst out the floodgates with a three-peat of gold standard singles in “New York”, “Coconut Water”, and their latest, “Pressure”. Swiftly approaching the 1 million mark on Soundcloud, “Pressure” is just cool enough to help you beat the heat this summer, as the duo’s delicate vocals swirl together in a humid haze like sweet summer rain wafting in through a cracked window. Drift away below and be sure to cop their debut EP, Little Mourning, out now through our friends at Honeymoon right HERE.
As you mayhaveheard by now, Westway is shutting it’s doors July 1st to make way for a new luxury condo development. But before it goes, we’re closing things out with a grand finale run for the ages all the way through the month of June. Last week we announced VERITE and Gallant‘s one-two punch co-headline June 11th, and today we’ve got another double-down thriller to roll out with Melbourne’s Client Liaison making their NYC debut and Phoebe Ryan celebrating the release of her hotly-anticipated debut EP. It’s all popping off at The Westway June 18th, get your $12 advance tickets now HERE and watch this space for more on our Westway closing celebrations.
Gang of Youths first burst onto the international radar at SXSW last year, and have since made waves aplenty in their native Australia and beyond. Earlier this month the band released their long-awaited debut album Positions to the tune of a Top 5 debut in Australia, and this week set their sights on the rest of the world as they roll out new anthem “Restraint & Release” internationally with an exclusive premiere on these very pages today. Like a long lost rip-roaring gem from the Cold War Kids archive with a tough-as-nails National edge, it’s pumped full of fair-weather hooks and a far-out vocal snarl. Mixed and engineered with a golden touch from Tigertown‘s own Chris Collins, it’s a devastatingly bright new direction for the Sydney four-piece. Get down below.
Summer’s coming in hot and our June Popshop lineup is turning up the temperature to follow suit. Coming out swinging with a bicoastal co-headline for the ages, we’ve got NYC’s fastest rising star VÉRITÉ sharing the marquee with LA starchild, Gallant. And with stunning debut EPs under each of their belts already, this is not one to miss. It’s all going down June 11th at Westway, with $12 advance tickets now available HERE.
Two years back we introduced you to a local native by the name of Jed Nayef and his still-quite-timeless debut single “Freaks”. Today, we’re excited to premiere his latest and greatest fatalist pop number, “For The Money”. All breathless vocals, searing synths, and warped production, Nayef doesn’t shortchange here and delivers the perfect follow-up to last month’s rough gem, “Diamonds In The Dirt“. Get reacquainted with the name Jed Nayef below.
LA’s prodigal duo, Holychild, have been burning things up for a minute now, dating way back to last year’s Mindspeak EP. But today we meet a brand new Holychild, bigger and badder than ever before, as they come hard out the gates with immense new offering “Money All Around” ahead of their forthcoming debut LP. From Louie Diller’s bombastic synth stabs to Liz Nistico’s stutter-step vocal turn, it’s a monolithic pop anthem that arrives just in time for this week’s summer-in-the-city weather. Holychild’s The Shape of Brat Pop To Come hits June 2nd on Glassnote, preorder now HERE and cop “Money” and “Happy With Me” up front instantly.