After cementing their status as a live force to be reckoned with their debut shows late last year, Cathedrals return to our fair city June 20th with a one night only headliner at Le Poisson Rouge before the duo carry onto Firefly that weekend. For those who missed their showstopping NYC debut at CMJ, we’re teaming up with Popgun to relive the glory with their headline debut proper at LPR. It’s all going down June 20th, with advance tickets now available HERE. We suspect this one will quickly go the way of their sold out west coast run (kicking off this week), so get your tickets now before it’s too late.
Cloud Fighter is a new mystery pop project out of Brooklyn that we’re excited to introduce to you today. We know quite literally nothing else about him / them except that debut single “Bloom” was produced to supersonic perfection by our very own Luke Moellman of Great Good Fine OK. From the dream city Youth Lagoon synths to the native St. Lucian guitar licks, that chorus is the sound of all your tropical escapist fantasies coming true and you can’t ask for much more in the dead of winter. Exclusive premiere below.
New year, new Knocks. After burning up the whole damn summer last year with “Classic”, The Knocks return today with the latest taste on their forthcoming debut full length (more on that soon), in the form of fresh-to-death late nite slowburner “Dancing With Myself”. Starring The Knocks’ own Mr. J-Patt in a superstar turn on lead vox, the oil-slick bass groove paves the way for Patts to swoop in on the hook and speed away into the night on nothing but cloud nine harmonies and Miami Vice convertible dreams. Gamechanger.
With the all-killer, no-fillerBlush EP here at last, it’s real hard to play favorites, but it seems Cathedrals may have saved the best for last. Clock Opera‘s been laying low in the lab since tearing through an immaculate three year run that saw him establish himself as one of the brightest production minds in the game through a string of immaculate remixes and his staggering debut album, Ways To Forget, but today the wait is over. Dusting off his gloves for another round, the chop pop mastermind returns today with a comeback for the books as he undoes “Unbound” into a moodlit masterpiece that makes a beeline straight for your heartstrings and never lets up. The Blush EP is out NOW for free download HERE. Get your blush on.
Handsome Ghost is a mysterious new specter by way of New York and Boston who’s wasted no time haunting our hearts and minds since arriving on the scene with debut single “Blood Stutter” last week. With a vocal that finds the perfect middle point between Nate Ruess and Sam Beam as imagined through a ghostly electronic filter, principle ghost Tim Noyes crafts “Blood Stutter” into a gently anthemic indie-prom number with a power folk current surging through its veins just below the surface. Get familiar with Handsome Ghost below and catch him on the road with Misterwives and BØRNS this spring.
Cathedrals‘ forthcoming remix collection, Blush, has been on a full-on hit parade of late, and today they’re back to unveil the latest treat. Fellow San Franciscans TastyTreat flip the slow-motion heartbreak of “Want My Love” into a downtempo Flume-inescent riptide of warped balearics and lush stuttering synths. Blush is available for free download in its entirety next Tuesday, but for now float into the ether with another free taste below.
Marina’s acoustic FROOT series has been consistently moving us to tears for a few months now, and today she takes us back to the infinity room for a stripped back take on new single “I’m A Ruin”. Get ruined above.
Our next Popshop BK is a special one. We’ve been all over Tuxedo since they first stepped on the scene nearly two years back. Like a perfect cross between Les Sins and Breakbot, the all-star duo of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One perfectly satisfy that saturday night fever that we’ve been afflicted with all our lives. So to celebrate their debut LP release on March 3rd, we’re bringing Tuxedo’s buttoned-down grooves to the East Coast with an official album release party at Brooklyn Bowl. It’s all going down March 7th, with $10 advance tickets now available HERE.
Who is Lorentz? Whoever you want him to be. He’s also a new Sweden sensation whose latest offering is a song of the year contender based on song title alone. Opening with a sample of one of the greatest pick up lines in television history, “The.OC.S01E01.DVD-Rip.Xvid” finds Lorentz trading vox with fellow Swedes Say Lou Lou as they reminisce about everyone’s favorite SoCal darlings and interpolate Phantom Planet‘s “California” classic on the hook. Basically it’s The OC theme song of our Scandinavian dreams and demands your attention below.
We first introduced you to Mideau about a year back and today, the Utah duo return with the lead single off their forthcoming debut full length. From the fever dream vocals to the lush orchestral heartstrings, “Maude” channels the likes of Laura Veirs and Jenny Lewis as Mideau trade the sunny disposition of breakout single “Way With Words” for more pensive territory here. It’s a warm, welcome return to the folk hero (and heroine) anthems of days gone by… Close your eyes and think back to the glory days of Midlake and Sufjan for a moment to get your head right, then press play below.