We’ve got Summer Camp – who just this morning dropped the video for new single “Crazy” – hitting Popshop West next month for their first US show in a long minute, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t get them over to our fair city while we’re at it. Never to fear, the UK darlings will be making their triumphant return the following weekend, taking the stage at Popshop Brooklyn alongside none other than our other favorite Londoners, Lovelife. It’s all going down at Brooklyn Bowl late night April 12th, with $10 advance tickets now on sale HERE.
This time it’s personal. Our international league of New Shapes superfriends has assembled once again at our Austin HQ, the Red Eyed Fly, for another SX day party for the ages, this time presented by our good friends at FILA. Indoors, we’ve got the down-home whiskey-fueled vibes of The Silver Palms getting things started before the UK’s Bears Den, Wolf Alice, Bipolar Sunshine and BBC Sound of 2014 longlister Nick Mulvey round things out. Outdoors, we’ve got the upbeat, solar-powered vibes of Great Good Fine Ok, The Preatures, Bad Suns, Jungle, Magic Man, and perhaps the sunniest of them all, Panama Wedding, seeing us through to completion. It’s all going down next Thursday March 13th at Red Eyed Fly, RSVP now at newshap.es for free entry but be sure to show up early as entrance is first come, first serve and previous years have gotten pretttttty craze. See you in Texas.
Ever since making their instasummer debut with “Atlas” on these very pages last summer, COIN have been putting their money where their mouth is, taking their breezy indie pop to new heights on each subsequent release. Today the Nashville quartet return with a rollicking new single in “It’s Okay”, just in time for the warm weather and sunny smiles of SXSW. Coming off like the endearing younger cousin to Miniature Tigers and Walk The Moon with candy-coated synths and Modest Mouse guitar licks, it’s the kind of shit day party dreams are made of, so make sure to catch them in Austin next week before they take over the airwaves this summer.
Brooklyn’s Great Good Fine Ok first stole our hearts last fall with angelic debut single “You’re The One For Me” and their skyscraping remix of St. Lucia‘s “Elevate”. This week they make their long-awaited live debut on Popshop supporting Panama Wedding, and today celebrate the occasion with the unveiling of sophomore single “Not Going Home”, a shaken-not-stirred concoction of lucid dreamwave pop. As the pillowy falsetto and crystalline synths set sail across 24-carat seas, it takes flight like the middle child of Carousel and Passion Pit eloping with Gypsy & the Cat. And if their secret shows last week were any indication, folks are in for a serious treat at The Westway this Thursday when the Great Goods step out live for the first time publicly. Tickets for the festivities are still available HERE but are likely to sell out by the time doors roll around on Thursday, so act now before it’s too late.
Stop the presses: Chromeo just melted the whole polar vortex on barnstorming new single “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”. Produced by Oliver, it’s the duo’s most pop offering to date – in the best way possible – and sounds like the kind of record we could see making a deep run at radio throughout this spring and into the summer. We are definitely with this.
We’ve seen King Deco around our shows for a few years now, but today she steps out as her own artist to buzz about with “One”. Produced to silky smooth perfection by Felix Snow, with a forthcoming debut EP boasting production from ASTR‘s own Adam Pallin, there’s a lot to get excited about here. Today we’ve got the exclusive premiere of her debut video for the aforementioned track, a hazy kaleidoscope of astral projections and celestial heartbeats, set to the ethereal harmonies of King Deco’s honey-throated vox. The king has arrived.
Already the best new act to bear the Kitsuné crest in years (and years?) and quickly setting up to be the UK’s next massive hype act, Years & Years are making quite an early run of it. And with debut single “Real”, the wildfire pop trio are rapidly blazing a trail through the credible dance circuit like it’s second nature. From the menacing production to frontman Olly Alexander’s emphatically empathetic vocals, it’s a bona fide stunner and there’s just no hiding it. Hooks on hooks for days, that chorus topline got us like :-O
A few weeks back, we joined forces with our best mates National Anthem and Chess Club to launch a new monthly spinoff of our New Shapes series at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club. After the runaway success of the launch party February 5th, which saw ASTR and The Silver Palms tear the roof off a packed house despite London’s tube strike in full effect, we’re back to announce a massive sophomore edition for the March installment. Coming in hot with a co-headline bill for the ages, we’ve got the UK debut of New Zealand’s next huge things Broods, alongside a very special guest performance from Chess Club’s first lady MØ, fresh off selling out her 600-cap headline at Heaven the next night. Rounding things out are Southeast London DJ duo Soulcircuit on the decks, and it’s all going down March 5th at 7pm for the low low price of £5. This one will hit capacity early though so come early or get shut out. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
We’ll always have a special place in our heart for Panic! At the Disco, amplified tenfold now that they’ve decided to take our Magic Man guys on the road with them this summer alongside our dear friends Walk The Moon. Which brings us to Panic’s wintry new video for “Nicotine”, which we’re premiering today to celebrate the on-sale for the whole run of shows, tickets for which you can now cop HERE.
Summer Camp are some of our favorite humans in the game, and we’ve been patiently waiting for the London power couple to bring their ’80s nostalgia trip back to the Neon Gold stage ever since they first graced it two years ago. And just like that, they’re making their Popshop West debut this spring (with an NYC play to follow), as they take over the Echo for another prom night to remember. Supporting, we’ve got the UK’s own emperors of the sun, Fenech-Soler, with mystery newcomers Mercy Beat getting things started early. It’s all going down at 8pm on April 8th with $8 advance tix now available HERE.