Hot on the heels of her west coast run with our other queen of hearts, Marina & The Diamonds, Christine And The Queens brings her stateside invasion to NYC for a very special performance at Le Poisson Rouge next month. Warming things up will be Montreal’s finest new duo, Milk & Bone, along with New York’s own Salt Cathedral in the direct support slot. It’s all going down April 21st, with tickets nearly sold out but still available HERE, so don’t sleep. This is going to be one for the ages.
Foreign Fields are a new duo out of Nashville making us break character and give in to their irresistible brand of folk laced with subtle electronics. Comprised of Eric Hillman and Brian Holl, new single “I Have Your Weapons” is at once atmospheric and epic, channeling a heartland cross between Jónsi and Justin Vernon. Their latest EP, What I Kept In Hiding, delivers this and much much more, and if you’re in Austin next week, don’t miss them on the brilliant Communion showcase (sandwiched in between Laura Marling and Leon Bridges no less). Get involved and get familiar below.
After featuring on the massive new Chainsmokers single, Great Good Fine Ok are back in full force with a brand new track today on EP closer, “Something To Believe In”. This time around, the kimono boys team up with the pop tropic prince himself, St. Lucia, and the result feels like all the stars in the galaxy aligning for one night of cosmic majesty. GGFO’s 2M2H EP is out next week, get your preorder on HERE and find faith in “Something To Believe In” below.
The Knocks‘ aptly-titled So Classic EP arrives April 7th on Big Beat / Neon Gold, and we’re celebrating the only way we know how with an EP release party at Le Poisson Rouge featuring a rare one-of-a-kind DJ set not yet seen before from the NYC partystarters. The last one of these we did sold out well in advance, so get your $15 tickets HERE now before it’s too late. Then in May, the guys return to the live scene with a west coast run featuring support from bicoastal pop sensation Phoebe Ryan on her debut tour, hitting The Echoplex May 29th for a very special Neon Gold Presents show in LA (tix HERE). Tickets for both are on sale now but likely to go fast, don’t miss out party people.
Every year an unsigned band drops a big song in the lead up to SXSW and becomes the band everyone’s falling all over themselves to see all week. And this year, we’re gonna go ahead and call it now: Sydney’s Tigertown are that band. One listen to their summer anthem-in-waiting “Papernote,” and we immediately had to have them on everything we were doing down there. Produced to radiant pop perfection by Iceland’s Siggi and our dudes Captain Cuts – straight chilling at the top of the alternative charts these past few weeks with their Walk The Moon number one – it’s an early contender for the alt radio song of the summer, from the sky-scraping synths to the Instagram-filtered vocals. Once it hits that top-down, hands-in-the-sky moment in the chorus, it already feels like the Southern hemisphere’s answer to St. Lucia and HAERTS that we’ve been thirsting for our entire lives. Get down with Tigertown below, and be sure to catch them playing New Shapes and Neon Golden at SXSW next week.
Gypsy & The Cat are back. We’ve been caught up in a whirlwind love affair with the Melbourne duo ever since they first won us over with debut heater “Jona Vark” way back in ’09. Flash forward to the present, and Gypsy now have two gold standard LPs under their belt and a brand new single that we’re very excited to premiere today. “Lost Control” takes the wheel and swerves directly into ‘90s French disco territory as glitchy synths and suntanned vocals take over like Empire of the Sun going through a Daft Punk phase. Get. Involved.
Mating Ritual is a new solo outfit from LA, featuring Pacific Air‘s Ryan Lawhon on a brand new personal odyssey. After a promising string of initial singles, Lawhon is back today with “Hum Hum” and we have to be honest with you, it’s kind of a gamechanger. “Hum Hum” is the perfect song title in a sense, in how it lures you in but doesn’t even remotely hint at the full grandeur of what’s to come. Driving guitars, unrelenting drums and anthemic vocals all join hands in perfect harmony here, as Lawhon strikes the perfect balance between the rollicking brilliance of “Black Skinhead” and Yeasayer’s early output – think “2080″ streamlined for maximum radio impact – and further carves out a place for himself in A&R meetings nationwide.
Hot on the heels of our big official showcase announcement last week, we’re back today to reveal the lineup for New Shapes SXSW 2015. This year, we’re teaming up once again with our superfriends National Anthem, Chess Club, Communion, This Fiction and THREEE to bring you a real justice league of international talent. Inside, we’ve got Australian shadowdancer George Maple warming things up for a one-two punch of Tei Shi and LOLAWOLF, before Swedish bombshell Tove Styrke and UK darling Jack Garratt take things to the next level in the finale. Outside, we’ve got Baltimore pop barons Sun Club kicking it all off ahead of a very special TBA guest, Sydney’s finest Tigertown and our good friends X Ambassadors, before a legendary pairing of Cathedrals and Seinabo Sey top the marquee and close things out in style. Made possible by our new favorite sun protectors over at Hook LDN (seriously they’re fresh as hell and we want every single pair), it’s all going down Thursday March 19th at the Red Eyed Fly, from 11:30-6pm. It’s FREE ENTRY with RSVP HERE, but come out early as this thing’s been known to run at capacity all day long.
Christine And The Queens‘ “Saint Claude” was without a doubt our favorite song of last year, so it’s with boundless excitement that we roll it out in America today via a beautiful premiere with The Creators Project. The title track from her forthcoming debut US EP, it’s a bilingual swan song that never fails to make our hearts go electric every time that chorus scrapes the skies. The video – which received ‘Video of the Year’ honors at the French Grammy-equivalent Victoires de la Musique awards last month – is every bit as magic, featuring Christine at her most MJ, as surreal touches seep in all around courtesy of French directing duo J.A.C.K. The Saint Claude EP is out April 14th on Neon Gold / Because / Atlantic, get your preorder in HERE and cop lead singles “Saint Claude” and “Tilted” immediately.
As you already know, FROOT has been a non-stop sugar rush hit parade, with each new fruit juicer than the last. Today we get the ultimate squeeze, as the Prince of Neon Gold himself, St. Lucia, steps up to bless the “FROOT” that started it all with his very own zebra stripes. As zig-zag house synths and a pulsing beat stream up the track with astro heat, Jean takes Marina to infinity and beyond on his finest remix to date (which, if you’ve beenstayingupon your St. L, is really saying something). Take the ride below.