Next month’s Popshop NYC is the bicoastal co-headline of our dreams with New York’s VÉRITÉ and LA’s Gallant lighting up the Westway stage, and it’s a bill so nice we had to do it twice, as we bring the tag-team special across the country for a second act at Popshop West in July. Coming in hot July 9th, it’s another double threat night for the ages and a show so bigtime we’re supersizing it downstairs in the wide open spaces of The Echoplex. But even with the added capacity these tickets will go fast, so get your advance tix now HERE.
Kita Alexander is the latest Down Under sensation about to make some serious waves across international waters. Or catch them. The 19-year old Byron Bay surfer makes her sterling debut today with “My Own Way”, a delicate lo-fi pop gem with subtle electronics, drifting in on the Fleetwood Mac side of HAIM like a breezy déjà vu daydream. Her DIY home video (above) is equally personal, shot by Kita herself, an intimate snapshot of her universe that serves as the perfect introduction to the Australian chanteuse. Get up close up top.
Our number one stunner Alex Winston has been keeping the fireplace in our hearts ablaze ever since stomping out of the shadows with the one-two knockout punch of “Careless” and “We Got Nothing” on Neon Gold earlier this year. Today, we’re pleased to unveil the official video treatment, directed by none other than BANGS, back in the Neon Gold groove once again after directing The Knocks‘ “Classic” clip last summer. Bringing their signature surrealism to the table in spades, it’s a delightfully offbeat take on the power pop belter that finds Winston haunting the halls of a senior center like the friendly ghost she truly is. Dive in above and be sure to cop one of the last few copies of the pink lemonade 7” single from the Neon Gold Shop while you still can HERE.
ASTR has been burning up the stratosphere for a long minute now, since first stepping out with their debut Varsity EP on Neon Gold last year. Now, one year and a string of stellar Drake and Rae Sremmurd covers later, the dynamic duo return with “Activate Me”. All ’90s house synth stabs and searing reverb chock full of longing, it’s an intergalactic blast of brooding space pop, mixed to perfection by the legendary Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins himself. ASTR’s long-awaited Varsity follow up, Homecoming, arrives later this year; activate yourself below in the meantime.
There’s something stirring across the Atlantic and she goes by the name of Wølffe. In only a matter of months, the London pop songstress went from Goldsmiths dropout to the latest artist taken under the wing of Elton John’s Rocket management, and today she makes quite the entrance with her femme fatale debut single, “Shoot You Down”. The haunting production falls somewhere between the heavy militaristic pulse of Seinabo Sey‘s “Pistols At Dawn” and the unshackled resplendence of Nick Jonas‘ “Chains”, and lays the perfect backdrop for Wølffe’s weight-of-the-world gospel to shine at the forefront. Get familiar with the exclusive premiere below ahead of her debut UK live dates this week and next.
After turning heads in 2013 with their barnstorming debut EP, Hunter Hunted return today with the first single from their forthcoming major label debut. The LA duo strike alt radio gold on “Blindside”, packed full of arena-sized hooks and skyscraping singalongs, tailor made for festival season or your next great road trip. Hit the blindside below and catch Hunter Hunted out on tour with Smallpools now ahead of co-headline dates with Young Rising Sons later this summer.
It’s no secret POWERS know their way around a big song. Their Knocks collaboration, “Classic“, is still burning up the airwaves nearly a year on from its initial release with syncs continuing to roll in left right and center, and now the LA power couple return with a white-hot burner of their own on new single “Beat of My Drum”. With all the makings of another heatwave anthem, it’s like a supercharged take on the sun-kissed earworm pop of Torches-era Foster The People. Move to the beat of POWERS’ drum below and be sure to catch their much anticipated live debut at Popshop West supporting PRIDES next week, tickets still available HERE.
Flor is a rising new quartet from LA-via-Portland with their finger on the alt pop trigger. After fluttering across our radar last year with their cardiac arrest debut single, “Heart“, they return today with brand new offering, “Unsaid”. As the stargazing synths work their magic, it feels like Panama Wedding and Magic Man skylarking under warm summer skies, all breezy electronics and incandescent vocals. Flor make their much anticipated return to the LA live scene supporting Client Liaison at Popshop West next month, get your earlybird tix HERE now.
And now for something completely different, meet Malibu’s Bird Dog. Sporting a scruffy sun-baked swagger that’s quintessentially west coast, debut single “The Ocean and The Sea” is every bit as expansive as it sounds, playing out like a spellbinding cross between Local Natives, Grouplove, Iron & Wine and Sufjan Stevens (no small coincidence given they made their record with principle Sufjan collaborator, James McAllister). Dive headfirst into “The Ocean and The Sea” below, and keep an eye out for the California kings to make their way to a Neon Gold live stage near you soon.
Anyone who’s caught Rudimental live over the past few years may have noticed a secret weapon in their live arsenal by the name of Anne-Marie Nicholson, and today she steps into the spotlight in her own right with debut single “Karate”. When she’s not rocking the mic she’s casually a 3x world karate champion, and “Karate” wields together blood-pumping vocals with a militant backbeat that fills you with adrenaline and serotonin all at once, a Mortal Kombat pop anthem that plays like a video game but feels like real life. Get familiar below.