Christine And The Queens‘ breakout 2015 was a force to be reckoned with, and her 2016 looks set to follow suit, as Christine returns to the states this spring to bring the dizzying grandeur of her live show to the US festival circuit. Preceding her live return will be a brand new remix EP for her breakout hit “Tilted”, with none other than MS MR leading the way with the first rework today. All future perfect synth work and crystalline queen vocal chops, the Brooklyn duo reimagine the original with all the drama and emotional gravitas they’ve become known for. It’s basically all of our favorite humans in the game on one track, and you can stream it below ahead of the Tilted EP out next month.
Bearson has been ON ONE for a minute now, but today the Norwegian sensation makes a quantum leap to the next level with brand new single “Want You”. A gamechanger in every sense of the word, “Want You” features a starmaking vocal turn from fellow Scandinavian heatseeker Cal and is a top-back summer night drive into neon oblivion, powered by jet fueled synths and an interstellar groove that takes you to the moon and back. It’s the first cut off his forthcoming debut EP and just one of many reasons we’re tipping Bearson for massive things in 2016 and beyond. Get familiar below.
With April right around the corner, we’re ready to pull back the curtain on our first Popshop West of spring. Topping the marquee we’ve got heatseeking Brooklyn dynamos Cardiknox – fresh off the Route 55 Tour with The Knocks – in the headline slot, with support from none other than rising superstar ROZES, hailing from Philadelphia, Los Angeles and The Charts via her star-making vocal turn on The Chainsmokers‘ “Roses”. It’s all going down April 26th at The Echo, with advance tickets now available HERE.
Glass Gang have arrived. After first landing on the scene with 2014’s Lower, they storm back onto the radar stronger than ever on new single “Outside Your Love”. Produced to haunting atmospheric perfection by Sonny Diperri (Animal Collective, M83), it’s got all the monolithic skyscraping emotion of an Arcade Fire funeral march and reintroduces them as one of Brooklyn’s most exciting new bands. With no label, no management, and no downside, Glass Gang look set to make serious waves with this one.
Hoodlem has always been the realest of the real, but never more than on new single “4 Real”. The Melbourne shadow kids have been making noise for a minute now, but arrive properly later this month with their eponymous debut EP on March 25th. Get real with their latest below and preorder the Hoodlem EP now here.
ROMES are a brand new quartet out of Toronto that are about to make some serious waves out of the Great White North. With all the jubilant skyward synths and angeldusted production you can handle, first offering “Tryna Be” is a lightning in a bottle debut that’s good to the last drop, jolting you to life like a shot to the heart of straight serotonin. Get familiar with ROMES below and keep an eye out for their debut EP, Believe, coming April 8th.
Hot on the heels of our official Neon Golden showcase announcement earlier this week, it’s our New Shapes day party coming out swinging for SX 2016. This year we’re teaming up once again with our good friends at Communion, Chess Club, National Anthem, This Fiction and THREEE for yet another twin tower bill for the ages, but going bigger and better than ever before at our brand new Austin home Barracuda. Lighting up the outside stage, we’ve got DC’s brightest Sun Club before UK buzz kids Pumarosa and KLOE set the stage for CMJ’s breakout stars Lewis del Mar, our down under superstars Tigertown and teen dream sensation Grace Mitchell.
Inside, we’ve got femme fatal heartbreakers Transviolet and Frances before our beloved dreamers Savoir Adore take things up a notch and Belgium’s biggest band Oscar & The Wolf close things out alongside UK living legends Everything Everything in the indoor finale. It’s all going down next Wednesday March 16th at Barracuda (formerly Red7), with free entry with RSVP HERE for all you 21+ folk out there, so come one, come all, but come early as this party tends to fill up fasttt.
12:00 Sun Club
3:00 Lewis Del Mar
5:00 Grace Mitchell
12:30 Billie Marten
2:30 Savoir Adore
3:30 Oscar and the Wolf
4:30 Everything Everything
Step Rockets are single-handedly putting Minneapolis on the alt pop map. After making their official kiss off debut a while back with first single “Kisser” – a song that still feels like it could take over alt radio two years on from release – and a few sterling follow ups, the band roars back onto the scene with a brand new heater on “West Coast”. Arriving ahead of their long-awaited debut Future Nature EP, it’s got all the layer-cake synths and sugar-sweet hooks you could possibly ask for, and it’s exactly what you need today.
Ladies and gentlemen, Clock Opera is back. The esteemed London quartet return with their second step back into the limelight after a few seasons away from the game today and, as is often the case with this lot, the wait’s been ever so worth it. Following up their magnum opus debut Ways To Forget and last year’s comeback offering, “Changeling”, new single “In Memory” is an unforgettable return to form with all the weight-of-the-world gravitas, swelling cinematic grandeur and dark conviction that Clock have made themselves known for. Brace yourself for their second full length coming in hot and heavy this summer.
There must be something in that Pacific water. After announcing their arrival in grand fashion late last year with their mischievous debut on “Creepy”, LA duo Oyster Kids return today with easy breezing new single, “Lips”. All top back cruising-down-the-405 vibes, it’s sunny alt pop with a citrus twist and shades of both Gotye and Foster The People, which you know we’re not mad at. Get familiar below.