We’ve been on board with Capital Cities since the moment their heatwave anthem “Safe + Sound” first took the world by tsunami a few summers back, and this week marks the dawn of a new chapter in their fairytale story. With the dust now settled on their remarkable debut campaign, co-frontman Ryan Merchant and resident brass master Spencer Ludwig step out with their latest endeavor, debuting their brand new project, HISTORY, on these very pages today. Co-produced with the one and only RAC, their self-assured – and self-titled – debut single is a synth-powered starburst of epic proportions, coming correct with all the glitz and glamour of Holy Ghost! and Penguin Prison and then some. Consider it history in the making.
Golden Coast are a new LA duo with a breezy, sun-kissed sound wholly befitting their name. Soaking up all the rays we’re currently missing out on over here in the Least Coast, new single “Futurist” is a sunshine-heavy, reverb-doused pop number that grazes the sky with glorious falsettos and laid-back tropical hues. Get familiar with Golden Coast below and catch them supporting Tove Styrke and Parade of Lights at Popshop West this Thursday, advance tickets still available HERE.
As our first Popshop West of the new year with Parade of Lights and Tove Styrke crests over the horizon next week (tickets still available HERE), we’ve got another big one to bring your way for February. Having firmly established themselves as one of the breakout new acts of 2014, Cathedrals cruise into the new year with a full head of steam as they make their headline debut on Popshop West February 26th ahead of back-to-back sold out homecoming shows at The Independent in San Francisco. Rounding out the bill are Chicago heatseekers Empires and LA buzz darlings LANY. The Cathedrals live experience is simply one of those once-in-a-lifetime things you’re just not allowed to miss and this *will* sell out, so get your $10 advance tickets HERE now and don’t get left out.
We’ve been up on Manchester’s finest Oceaán ever since our good friends over at Chess Club first turned us on to his hypnagogic debut EP, The Grip. And today, Oceaán’s rapidly expanding universe collides with that of Melbourne’s Hoodlem, as the shadowy duo remix Grip lead single “Veritas”. The Down Under dark angels – whose recent Tobtokcollaboration for Kitsuné was a highlight of 2014′s twilight – peel back the future-perfect Jai Paul touches of the original and dial up the funk, as deep space disco synths and breathless looping vocals whisk you away gently into the night. The Grip EP is available on 12” vinyl in the US via B3SCI here, and in the UK on Chess Club here.
Dark Waves is an LA newcomer who snuck up on us in the shadow of the night last year. Nick Long’s debut EP dropped a few months back, and with it arrived shadow-kissed sleeper hit “I Don’t Wanna Be In Love”. As sinister guitars lock lips with his earnest croon, it unravels slowly like strung-out direct hit to the heartstrings. Like a silver sun cross between The Neighbourhood, Sir Sly, and MXTHR, it’s a monochrome slow-burner that feels right at home. Get familiar below and catch him live at Popshop West supporting Tove Styrke and Parade of Lights next Thursday, tix still available HERE.
Oh you thought just because 2014 was over The Year of XCX was too? Think again. As if you didn’t already know, Charli dropped her white-hot SUCKER punch of a sophomore album stateside last month and it’s god damn perfect. Hot on its heels is its UK release next month, arriving as an XL version featuring two exclusive new burners, with a supercharged version of standout stunner “Doing It” featuring Rita Ora leading the charge as her latest single. It’s a bedazzling us-against-the-world do-it-to-it duet, produced by alt-hitmaker du jour Ariel Rechtshaid and featuring more razor sharp hooks than we even know what to do with. It’s out one month from today with the UK album release to follow on February 16th – UK angels get your preorder on HERE and for all you stateside angels, grab SUCKER right HERE right now.
As the sun sets on 2014 and we look ahead to the new year, Marina & The Diamonds returns to usher in 2015 with the latest taste of FROOT on perhaps her most epic offering yet, “Immortal”. The perfect soundtrack to the infinite possibilities of New Years Eve and the hungover reality of New Years Day, it’s yet another delicious squeeze of FROOT to tide you over until the album’s arrival this spring. Preorder FROOTnow and get the title track and “Happy” instantly, plus “Immortal” as soon as the clock strikes midnight and 2015 hits tonight.
Just in time for Christmas Eve, our very own HAERTS have an early holiday treat for all of you boys and girls. Nini, Ben, and Garrett recently recorded a stripped-down rendition of the John & Yoko classic, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” and the result is nothing short of a Neon Gold Christmas miracle. Shot in stark black-and-white, it really tugs at your heartstrings and looks like a long-lost demo dusted off after years in obscurity and set free into the world. Get festive above and see you in the new year, Internet.
There’s a new heiress to the Swedish pop throne, and she goes by the name of Seinabo Sey. We announced a very special deluxe release of her debut EP on *gold* 10″ vinyl earlier this week, and now you can go ahead and get your tickets for her inaugural US tour, on sale today. If you missed Seinabo reigning supreme over our New Shapes CMJ showcase earlier this fall, make things right at Le Poisson Rouge next month. It’s all going down to celebrate her deluxe EP release January 27th, with $15 advance tickets now available HERE. And for our West Coasters, Seinabo hits the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever on February 4th, $18 advance tix now on sale HERE. So mark your calendars and get your preorder in for that solid gold For Madeleine EPHERE, because everything about this is going to be *very* special.
We knew we loved the body diamond bros Great Good Fine OK (via their sterling debut EP and their cross-dressing antics in one of the best videos of the year) but we didn’t know how much… Until now. Watch them get extremely up close and personal on the latest episode of Slumber Party @Emmieshouse (above). What’s Slumber Party @Emmieshouse you ask? Why it’s only the best web series out there starring our professional BFF Emmie as she entertains our favorite bands with her signature bedtime antics, truth or dare, and – in the case of this episode – a very special spa day as GGFO put the man in manicure. Seriously you’re about to watch a grown ass man get his legs shaved, and you’re going to like it. Previous Slumber Party guests include our beloved Marina & The Diamonds, MS MR, Charli XCX, Betty Who, ASTR, The Knocks + more – catch up on all the previous action here.