Los Angeles-based Stephen‘s future is burning impossibly bright, SEO be damned. Rarely does a project arrive so fully-realized while completely self-contained, but Stephen’s debut offerings – written, performed, produced, mixed and mastered entirely by himself – burn brilliant with a power and depth to the production and songwriting that’s in a league of his own right now. “Fly Down” is his latest seismic release and follows on the heels of last month’s “Remembering Myself” – which debuted to the tune of a million-plus streams in its first week online last month – out now on Stephen’s own Halfway House Records.
Hottest unsigned artist alive Kiiara continues her unstoppable conquest through 2015 today with another ice cold heater in the form of “Intention”. It’s everything we’ve come to expect and more from the year’s fastest-rising alt-pop phenom, as her forthcoming debut Meet Me In The Cornfield EP looms ever larger on the horizon with each new track.
Panama Wedding is back. After ascending to the stars with one of last year‘s brightest warm weather anthems on “All Of The People” off the Parallel Play EP, our favorite Wedding singer returns today with a fresh start on “A Brand New Life” off his forthcoming Into Focus EP. Replete with smooth-talking vocals and cathartic coming-of-age synths, “Brand New Life” finds Panama at his most Peter Gabriel, as he scores the John Hughes soundtrack to his own fairytale story on his most autobiographical track to date. Into Focus arrives November 6th on Glassnote ahead of Panama’s fall tour with Great Good Fine Ok later that month.
Appearing out of thin air like some kind of west coast Houdinis, Oyster Kids are LA’s latest magic kids set to cast a spell on the world. With no other info to their name, the mysterios make their shadowy debut today with “Creepy”, a 24 karat alt-radio winner that rides a sinister Danger Mouse groove while flashing a mischievous Foster The People grin, with brooding shades of Sir Sly and Electric Guest thrown in for good measure.
No stranger to our Neon Gold stage, Swim Deep wash up on our shores December 2nd as they top the marquee at Baby’s All Right for a very special Popshop NYC. $12 advance tickets now available HERE, with special guest supports to be announced soon (flyer illustration: Alexandra Bernabei).
National Anthem rarely disappoints, and their latest offering comes in the form of Ardyn - UK twins Rob and Katy Pears. The duo stepped out last week with debut single “Universe”, a dramatic and atmospheric affair that spirals upwards with the self-assured resilience of Kate Bush and flutters back to earth with all the fragile gravitas of The XX, sprawling and intimate at the same time. Get familiar below.
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. GRAND BALLROOMMARLIN ROOMSTUDIO
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.