This 4 piece grunge band from Toronto is starting to make a serious buzz. Currently making their way all the way through the USA right now; they get a brief break back home before heading to Europe in the New Year. I’m diggin’ their latest single "Desire" from their recently released album "Sore". This track just oozes 90’s rock n roll. Basically soft grunge with beautiful atmospheric 0ooh’s that would almost make Kim Deal jealous . You can tell they’re still just dying to unleash some intense overdrive all over the place. The track "Purple Rage" is a good example of this as they show off a little more anger although they never lose the tight rhythm and catchy melodies ….as I’m writing this I got completely off track while playing the video game on their website. Needless to say… Dilly Dally is doing some cool shit and you can see them live at the Horseshoe on November 27th.
The members of electronic duo The Familiar share a Norwegian heritage, and are based one in Brooklyn and the other one in a place called Tromsø, which appears to be a Norwegian city that’s closer to the North Pole than Iceland. No wonder they sing about "Patience" (the title of their single streaming below) in ways that are not exactly heart warming! Of course this is very stereotypical of us, but it’s undeniable that the amount of sunlight a country gets has a direct influence on the kind of art it produces – it’s no coincidence that northern cultures are the primary creators of anything "Goth." The Familiar isn’t exactly goth, but they are dark and sober in ways reminiscent of electronic bands of the ’80s, and they acknowledge all we said by defining their music as "Dark Arctic ElectroPop." Fortunately though, Ruth Mirsky’s voice breaks the "aural ice" with her simple melodies and thoughtful lyrics full of melancholy. The band just released their sophomore EP "Seconds," which can be streamed in its entirety here.
After having played in a variety of bands throughout his life (including NGHBRS), New York musician Ian Kenny is now focusing on his solo rock project, under the moniker of King Neptune. The band’s first and only single released to date, “Black Hole” (streaming below) is an honest and infectious break-up song about the perception of knowing someone and the realization that it’s not true. The song starts off as a passionate, slightly angry rock ‘n’ roll anthem, slowly evolving through a disorderly succession of the five stages of grief. Acceptance seems to set it in the mellow ending, until the final sentence "I knew you" pretty much denies any progress, sending the author back to the stage of "denial." King Neptune is set to play the Cake Shop tonight (06.30). – Madeleine Grossman
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Below is a new music video from Free Cake For Every Creature for the track "All You Gotta Be When You’re 23 Is Yourself," which was directed by Allysa Yohana. It stars the band subdudely performing at a bday party. You can find the single on their latest album Talking Quietly Of Anything With You, which is out now via Double Double Whammy. Free Cake For Every Creature will be hitting the road this September with Diet Cig.
Shelf Life, a.k.a. Scott Leitch, has released a new full-length album Alright, Okayyy, which is available for streaming and purchase below. The record offers a relaxing, bedroom–pop dynamic as acoustic melody comes to the forefront, while moments of twisted, gritty transition provide an appealing textural contrast. Shelf Life performs at PhilaMOCA on Monday, July 18 with Amanda X, Yankee Bluff, and Winter Break.
theMIND (aka Zarif Wilder) has released his debut LP, Summer Camp. You can download the project for free at his website. theMIND is a member of the THEMpeople collective and this release features contributions from Donnie Trumpet, Knox Fortune, Noname, Towkio, Sylvie Grace, and many more. Below is the projects fantastic title track.
Shot after hours at Han Dynasty’s Old City location, Mumblr’s new music video for “Ole,” found on their latest album The Never Ending Get Down (Fleeting Youth Records), interprets the song’s sexually tense subject matter via dance. Directed by Sean Brown, Scott Stitzer and Katy Ament demonstrate a playful intense energy, locking into that infectious yet seriously raucous vibe that the band has etched out. You can catch them next Tuesday at Goldilocks Gallery with Pill Friends, Past Life, and Tomato Dodgers.
Tonight is a rare & super-special Oakland Seaweed Sway show with three amazing folk bands performing in Oakland: Foxtails Brigade, Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow (touring through from Austin) and honey.moon.tree (Aslan Rife is in town from Seattle for HickeyFest, joined by locals Joe Lewis & Andrew Maguire). This is one of those line ups you may never see again, so take note and enjoy an evening of great music at The Night Light in Oakland!
The handsome fellas in Pet Sun have just released a new music video for their tune "The Dawn" which is the opening track off their debut self-titled LP. The video is a good balance between a low budget horror movie and a 90’s grunge video. The tune obviously rips with their Fender Mustangs cranked, bass lines groovin, Parth doin god knows what on drums and Stephane’s vocals alternating between vicious yelling and soothing "aahh’s". You should already own the Pet Sun LP. So watch this video now k? – Kris Gies
Hamilton jangle-poppers Jaunt have released a new track from their upcoming EP. "Hello" is a quick alt-pop tune with high end vocals laying quite comfortably over some jangly guitars. The whole tune slithers in and out of your mind like a dream. It’s short and catchy. Definitely makes you want to hear more of this EP which will be released in July. – Kris Gies