Next month’s Popshop with Christine And The Queens is already well on its way to selling out (few tix still available HERE), so naturally we’re already looking ahead to May with the Great Scots, Prides, gatecrashing our shores to headline a Popshop of their own. Supporting is a double dose of heatseeking up-and-comers in Handsome Ghost and Strange Names, making for a killer bill from start to finish. It’s all going down May 14, with advance tickets available now HERE and already selling quickly.
Colleagues have been cooling our jets for a long minute now after first arriving on the scene with the tropical one-two punch of “Parents’ House” and “Tears” way back when. Today, the Stockholm mysterios return with “Somewhere” – a dashing burst of cosmic synths and lush cinematic grandeur that sounds like M83 scoring the sequel to Drive. Acquaint yourself with Colleagues below ahead of their debut EP arriving May 18th on In Stereo.
After slingshotting Montgomery to the stars and back on his chart-topping remix for “Not Around”, the mythical Japanese Wallpaper returns today with an ethereal original cut. Featuring local Australian songbird, Airling, “Forces” is something to reckon with. From the twinkling atmospherics to the skin-tight vocal uplift, it’s giving us the chills just talking about it. Make everything right with the world below.
There’s a new LA duo on our radar by the name of Bleitch. New single “Paint By Numbers” is their most Metric offering yet, as frontgirl Madeleine Deutch owns the night with Emily Haines-style swagger set to Piers Baron’s galaxy of starry constellation synths. The perfect calling card for the latest promising duo to call LA home, it’s anything but by-the-numbers and warrants your immediate attention below.
Cathedrals dropped a flawless remix EP, Blush, last month and followed it up with a furious run through SXSW, and today the Golden Gate duo return with a brand new video for “OOO AAA”. Following the moody cubism of their debut “Unbound” video, they’ve teamed up with good friend and local director, Frank Door, on a noir exploration of alienation and desire. Half shot on location at The Sub (the duo’s warehouse space where the band was born) and half in Agape (the historically preserved mansion that’s also their studio), it plays like a Polanski-esque psycho thriller that’s scary good. See for yourself above.
16 year old London wunderkind Declan Mckenna is about as precocious as it gets. Currently being chased by just about every label, manager and publisher in the UK, debut single “Brazil” makes it easy to see why. With a riff-soaked sunny side-up intro that draws you in from the get-go, it’s got all the makings of a modern British classic. A protest song to FIFA president Sepp Blatter masquerading as a summer-ready dashboard mainstay, it sounds like the perfect middle point between Jamie T and Fyfe Dangerfield, with shades of Pete Doherty thrown in for good measure. And with the industry going full Hunger Games over the young Londoner at the moment, you’re going to want to get familiar ASAP before he follows Lorde’s footsteps to the adolescent alt radio throne.
Fresh off an incredible run through SXSW, Christine And The Queens returns to the states next month for her debut headline shows in New York and LA, and with her Le Poisson Rouge headline already sold out, we’re thrilled to add a second NYC show due to popular demand. Going down two days later on April 23rd, we’re honored to welcome Christine to the Westway catwalk for what’s sure to be a very special Popshop to remember. Tickets are on sale now, and given how quickly she blew through 700 tix at LPR, you’re going to want to lock yours down ASAP before this one follows suit. See you there, New York.
Noonie Bao is an incredible talent. Since stepping out with her Swedish Grammy-nominated debut album in 2012, she’s firmly established herself in the top tier of Scandinavian songwriters, with credits including the topline and vocal on Avicii‘s global smash “I Could Be The One”, as well as multiple cuts on the new Charli album including current single “Doing It” with Rita Ora and instant classic LP closer “Need Ur Love”. So yeah, it’s safe to say she’s had a pretty good run of it, and this week she returns to keep things rolling with brand new solo single “I’m In Love”. Piercing through your heart like a sugarcoated arrow straight from Noonie’s gold-dusted quiver, it’s the perfect taste of her forthcoming new EP and sophomore album. Bow down and reacquaint yourself with Noonie Bao below.
Christine And The Queens took SXSW by storm last week, laying down three of the most spectacular sets we’ve ever experienced in Austin. Already a living legend in her native France, it seems she’s well on her way to achieving similar status stateside, if SXSW and her already sold out NYC debut at Le Poisson Rouge next month is any indication. Today her takeover continues, as we roll out EP and live set closer “The Loving Cup” alongside it’s Paris Is Burning-inspired video, a self-actualized stunner about embracing your true self and finding your fierceness within. Preorder the Saint Claude EPHERE ahead of it’s April 14th release on Neon Gold / Because / Atlantic, and get a one-two punch of instant grat charmers “Tilted” and “Saint Claude”.
The Charli XCX hit parade continues this week, as we get a brand new video for “Famous” via the YouTube Music Awards that’s arguably her cleverest clip to date. Directed to disturbed perfection by none other than Tim & Eric‘s Eric Wareheim, it’s a surrealist trip down the stan culture rabbithole to its dark underbelly, like Black Mirror for the YouTube generation. Proceed with caution and experience the social media apocalypse for yourself above.