UPDATE: Due to the usual rash of unforeseen circumstances that often arise for international acts in the lead up to CMJ and SX, a few of the announced acts – Tigertown, Banners, Iris Gold and Corbu – are no longer able to play, but we’re thrilled to welcome Joe Jonas’ DNCE and Kaya Stewart on board, as well as our official media partner NYLON.
CMJ is coming in hot next month, which means our flagship New Shapes showcase is looming large on the horizon once again. And truly looming larger than ever, as we upgrade from Santos Party House to the wide open spaces of Webster Hall, for a triple crown blowout across all three rooms. As always, we’re teaming up with our brothers-in-arms Chess Club and National Anthem to bring you the latest and greatest from all around the world, and as always, you’re not going to want to miss it. Headlining the Grand Ballroom main stage we’ve got none other than LA kings of summer Smallpools, joined by two of the year’s most promising stars-of-tomorrow in everyone favorite pop mermaid Phoebe Ryan and Joe Jonas’ . Rounding things out in the main room, we’ve got LA dreamweavers Machineheart and California partyrockers PARTYBABY, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to the Grand Ballroom, we’ve got the Marlin Room and Studio popping off all night long, highlighted by sets from POWERS, Johanan, Photocomfort, ELOHIM, Oscar & The Wolf and many many (many) more. It’s all going down exactly one month from today on October 15th, with doors at 5pm and advance tickets now available HERE. $25 advance tix gets you access to ALL three rooms (that’s 18 bands and 6+ hours of music), or a $15 flat ticket gets you double decker access to the Marlin and Studio rooms downstairs. And perhaps best of all, it’s a rare 16+ show for all our underage fans out there. See you in a month.
It’s been a long minute since we last heard from Anna of the North but the wait was most definitely worth it. We first introduced you to Anna with her seminal debut, “Sway”, and today the Oslo ice princess returns with a white hot follow up in the form of “The Dreamer”. From the sunrise intro to the starburst chorus and sunset denouement, it doesn’t get any dreamier than this. “The Dreamer” is out now courtesy of our good friends at Honeymoon.
Christine And The Queens x Christophe x Kanye West = ‘Paradis Perdus’. Currently tearing up the single charts in her native France, the track is the latest taste of her forthcoming US debut Christine And The Queens, out October 16th on Neon Gold / Because / Atlantic (preorder HERE).
DAGNY arrives this week from London via Norway with one of the freshest debuts we’ve heard in a long minute. With all the makings of a rose-tinted open road pop behemoth,”Backbeat” feels alive and immortal and everything in between as DAGNY’s vocals ache and arc over the high notes and the heart-pumping backbeat propels it all forward towards infinite possibilities. We love this.
STOP THE PRESSES: The Knocks are back with their biggest single yet. Lacing an untouchable Matthew Koma topline over an impossibly pristine tropical house beat, “I Wish” is an open love letter to one Ms. Taylor Swift as The Year of Taylor rolls on. Grab your own copy HERE and get it in high rotation for the weekend, and may we all find our Taylor Swifts tonight.
CuckooLander is back. Following on from last year’s sterling debut CuckooLander EP, the former Charli‘s angel returns this week with her finest offering to date on “MotherNature”. Featuring Ms. Lander at her most David Byrne, “MotherNature” is a psycho thriller through and through, as Holly’s vocal soars high above razor sharp guitars and growling bass grooves all set to a perfect National Geographic meets Roxy Music visual courtesy of London’s Common Works.
Last year X Ambassadors‘ Sam Harris changed the game with a starmaking feature on The Knocks‘ “Comfortable”. Today The Knocks return the favor with a dark disco take on Ambassadors’ runaway smash “Renegades”. Get down above.
Secret Weapons have been making some serious local noise for a minute now, and this past summer made their Popshop debut alongside Phoebe Ryan and Client Liaison. But today they make a quantum leap to the next level on sterling new single “Something New”, produced to triumphant pop perfection by Alex Aldi (Magic Man, Tiny Victories). Uplifting power pop at it’s most powerful, “Something New” feels like synth gospel as the duo swing for the fences on their most anthemic offering to date. Get into something new below.
Christine And The Queen‘s rapid ascent to the international throne continues today with her latest conquest, as she makes her directorial debut both behind and in front of the camera in the brand new video for “No Harm Is Done”. Choreographed to perfection by Marion Motin and showcasing Christine and her dancers alongside Tunji Ige, it’s a minimalist triumph that lends the track’s call to arms even more gravity. Look out for Christine And The Queens’ eponymous English debut out October 16th ahead of her North American tour supporting Marina And The Diamonds, preorder available HERE now.
Our first Popshop of the fall arrives next week with LA Priest and Mansionair, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Coming up in November, we’ve got the UK’s new queen of soft pop heartbreak, Shura, gracing our stage just once with her gentle ‘80s touch and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her. Don’t be too shy to come out and get involved November 5th at Baby’s All Right, special guest supports to be announced soon and advance tickets now available HERE. No indecision allowed.