With SXSW just around the corner, it’s time once again to announce our annual official Neon Gold showcase and we’re not gonna lie: this is one of our favorite lineups to date. Getting right down to it, we’ve got Brooklyn young guns Great Good Fine Ok warming things up early, before a knockout one-two punch of Sweden’s next superstar Tove Lo and our hometown heroes Wet kicks things into high gear as night falls and heartbeats quicken.
Then it’s a double dose of Neon Gold darlings in HAERTS and Magic Man, as both cruise into town on a tidal wave of buzz ahead of hotly-anticipated debut albums set for release later this year. Closing things out in the grand finale, it’s another Scandinavian superstar-in-waiting as MØ tops the marquee alongside veteran Australian partystarters, Miami Horror. It’s all going down Saturday, March 15th as part of Austin Party Weekend at our Texas party home Empire Garage, with doors at 7pm and full set times below. Free entry with SXSW badge but subject to capacity, so come early and stay late.
It’s about time you meet London’s JUCE, a liquid dream girl group stuck in the ’90s, but let’s be real, who isn’t these days. It was only a matter of time before someone followed capably in HAIM‘s footsteps, but a little less Fleetwood Mac, a little more TLC. Debut single “Call You Out” does exactly that, jam-packed with enough soul-tipped lip and easy breezy grooves to make anyone feel like a golden age MTV kid. Sip on that JUCE below.
We’re officially a week out from Tove Lo‘s Truth Serum EP, a six-track stunner from a future superstar we’d bet the house on. Given her trackrecord exclusively composed of military-strength pop bombshells, the narcotic fireworks and flashbulbs of “Not on Drugs” should come as no surprise, but good luck keeping your jaw off the floor here. Seducing you with a femme fatale allure that grows increasingly radioactive, it goes full atomic when the chorus drops, vaporizing everything in its path with glitterati space rockets and immortal vocal hooks. Imagine Katy Perry‘s ear-candy dramatics with a touch of No Doubt‘s riotous anguish, all inflected with that straight-outta-Stockholm killer pop instinct that keeps the song teasing and euphoric even as it lays its heartbreak bare. “Not On Drugs” is maddeningly addictive, and if it leaves you wanting more, we don’t blame you: preorder Truth SerumHERE, and don’t miss Tove’s US debut at our official SXSW showcase on March 15th at Empire Garage.
Fresh off their coast-to-cost tour supporting St. Lucia, Los Angeles noir-pop phenoms Sir Sly have gone and covered Drake‘s soul-fueled bedroom burner, “Marvin’s Room”. And as a stripped-back, spine-curling affair, it’s smooth-as-hell and every bit as heartbreaking..
The Westway era of Popshop is off to a beautiful start with our first two ticketed shows of the year sold out and the third – next week with Panama Wedding – quickly heading in that direction as well (get yr tix HERE while you can). And so we keep on rolling onwards and upwards with the first show of spring coming in hot April 3rd. This time around, we’ve got a another knockout double feature starring UK synth kings Fenech-Soler making their triumphant return to our shores alongside LA partystarters Holychild, preaching their pop gospel to the Westway choir. With more special guests to be announced soon, this one has all the makings of another one for the books. Get your $12 advance tickets HERE now and watch this space for updates.
This Thursday’s Popshop with MisterWives and Little Daylight just sold out last week, and we’ve got a little something special for y’all to celebrate. New kid on the block, LA’s Milkman, just took MisterWives’ quickly-building new single “Reflections” and candy-flipped it into a strobe-lit, Ellie-gilded rave weapon. As MisterWives’ first lady Mandy Lee spills her heart on the dancefloor, Milkman’s pulsating synths surge through you like techno chills. Get your fistpump on below and get ready for another massive Popshop this Thursday at The Westway.
It’s always been love at first listen with Cathedrals, whose first offering “Unbound” was one of the most arresting debuts we heard last year. Now, with their alchemically perfect follow-up “Harlem,” the San Francisco duo is flashing stratospheric ambition and effortless instincts to match. “Harlem” opens with an angel glow that melts and thrills over a prickly Pixies-lite guitar loop, releasing waves of technicolor melody and dark, ardent harmony that interlock and transform each other as the song expands into a breathless, quixotic dream. Then the heartbeat quickens and it’s off to the races, as the guitars roar to life and propel the track to a thrilling conclusion. Try to keep your heart out of “Harlem,” we dare you.
Meet WATERS, a brand new thing out of San Fran set to rule the airwaves with their homegrown brand of indie rock. Debut single “Got To My Head” arrives this week like a rush of white-hot serotonin to the head, all golden gate harmonies and gung-ho hooks scorching the asphalt like a born-again Grouplove on a collision course with destiny. And with sessions afoot with the likes of Captain Cuts and POP ETC, the future couldn’t be brighter. Get WATERS into your head below.
Mideau are a new duo straight out of the cultural hotbed of Provo, Utah, who are clearly onto something with their sunny disposition and radiant debut single, “Way With Words”. All extra-soothing power vocals and high-energy guitars, it’s reminiscent of a tousled mix between Feist, Mr. Little Jeans, and Atlas Genius. Their debut video arrives today, a one-shot one-man wonder that we’re not entirely sure isn’t found Wes Anderson B-roll footage, but that’s praise of the highest caliber coming from us. Catch Mideau at SXSW next month and be sure to keep an eye on this lot in the months to come.