Cynthia Orgel

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    Truss Gives Liars' 'Pro Anti Anti' a Sprightly Remix

    At the end of March, Liars released their delightfully freaky seventh album, Mess. One of the nightmare-inducing standouts, "Pro Anti Anti," delivers four minutes of savage whirrs and eerie, glittery pulses. Come July 1, the Los Angeles-based trio of avant-garde oddballs will release a digital single of "Pro Anti Anti" on Mute, with a limited-edition vinyl set to drop on July 15. The single contains several remixes of "Pro Anti Anti," including Factory Floor's stretched-out, stuttering house version and the hoppy romp crafted by inventive London producer Truss (a.k.a Tom Russell).

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    Hear Liar Remix TRUST's Springy Synth Romp 'Lost Souls/Eelings'

    Back in March, Toronto darkwave whiz TRUST (a.k.a. Robert Alfons) released his sophomore album, Joyland, featuring the vibrant, club-ready thumper "Lost Souls/Eelings." Now, the mesmeric track has been remixed by Bucharest-based electronic ace Liar. Longer than its predecessor, this just-shared redux bubbles with tension as crisp handclaps pop in the foreground while growling, glitchy synths echo into a sonic strobe light effect.

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    Hear the Fresh & Onlys Fight Evil on 'Who Let the Devil'

    On June 10, the Fresh & Onlys will follow 2012's Long Slow Dance with House of Spirits, a 10-song LP that's on the way via Mexican Summer. But first, we have "Who Let the Devil," an advance track that finds frontman Tim Cohen stewing over the loss of a sinister companion. (Hint: He's named in the title).Still, Cohen isn't entirely alone. Menacing bass and sharp drum-machine beats keep him company as he asks, "Who let the devil walk into my house when I was born dyin'?" Jangling guitar and steady, soaring vocals swoop in as Cohen realizes he's doomed: "I pick my bottle right up / I put my bottle right down / I'm thirsty for my own blood right now / I taste the fear in my mouth." Stream "Who Let the Devil" below, and scroll down further for the Fresh & Onlys tour dates.

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    Watch Band of Skulls Strip Garage-Blues Bare for SXSW Live Session

    Back in March, British trio Band of Skulls played a stripped-down set for On-Airstreaming, an interview-and-performance video series that operates out of Austin. Singer-guitarist Russell Marsden and singer-bassist Emma Richardson delivered their signature mix of acidic-sweet boy-girl vocals for "Nightmares" and "Asleep at the Wheel," two highlights from the band's recently released third LP, Himalayan. Marsden and Richardson both played acoustic guitar for the subdued twofer, as did drummer Matt Hayward.Now, the good folks at On-Airstreaming have shared footage of the intimate live session. Find "Nightmares" above and "Asleep at the Wheel" below, followed by an interview with Band of Skulls, in which they discuss appearing on late-night TV, being featured on Guitar Hero, and more.

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    Hear Wharfer's Musing Folk Ballad 'Hawley'

    Last summer, Wharfer (a.k.a. singer-songwriter Kyle Wall) released The Rattling, an album of subtle, bedroom-folk treasures. Wall recorded the full-length in his Brooklyn home and backyard, a process that imbued the 10-track set with a dusky, lo-fi preciousness. Since then, the Scranton native has finished a follow-up dubbed the Eyelids EP. Due June 10, the five-song short-player was mixed on Wall's phone without mics. Despite that minimalist approach, the singer's voice booms with a newfound confidence reminiscent of Bill Callahan.Preview the Eyelids EP by streaming its opening tune, "Hawley," below. No drums are necessary on the mellow track, what with the mix of understated double bass and trembling mandolin, played by seasoned jazz musicians David Speranza and Roy Williams, respectively.

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    Stream Kristeen Young's Hot-Blooded, Dave Grohl-Assisted LP, 'The Knife Shift'

    Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit. The title of a 1970s poetry collection by Charles Bukowski? Well, yes, but the phrase could also serve as a mission statement for piano-slayer Kristeen Young. The St. Louis-bred singer-songwriter (and regular Morrissey tourmate) channels the otherworldly, art-rock dramatics of Kate Bush, along with the ferocity of Sleater-Kinney — it's a dynamic that powers Young's soon-to-be-released seventh album, The Knife Shift.Due May 13, the upcoming LP boasts an impressive guest list.

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    Late Guest at the Party Deploy Electro-Pop Stunner 'Atmosphere'

    Back in 2011, Italian synth-pop quartet Late Guest at the Party left their scenic, seaside hometown of Rimini for (where else?) Brooklyn. Since then, they have been hard at work on a new batch of jittery thumpers dubbed Repeater. Set to be self-released on July 15, the upcoming LP is preoccupied with the thrilling-but-draining sensation of living in a crowded, kinetic city, as heard on the just-dropped single "Atmosphere."Pounding bass rumbles throughout the tense "Atmosphere," and glitchy synths tease one moment, then appease the next by morphing into a soft, high-pitched hum. Meanwhile, producer/lead singer Caleb Shreve remains self-possessed as he delivers the keep-calm-and-carry-on chorus: "We're all cut the same / Gone before we came / All the planets wanted space / Don't worry about the taste, can't change it anyway / Everyone's afraid of nothing." Dive into "Atmosphere" below.

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    Hear Melted Toys' Alluring Synth-Pop Gem 'Blush'

    This summer, Melted Toys will release its self-titled debut album, the follow-up to 2011's watery Washed & Dried EP. In advance of the upcoming set, the San Francisco quartet — consisting of Steven Harkins (vocals, keys, guitar), Daniel Rosado (guitar), Ole Haarstad (drums), and Brian Wakefield (bass) — has shared the LP's lead single, "Blush." The just-released track begins with the kinds of whistles and hollers often heard at a sporting event and closes out with faint church bells; in between are sharp synth whirrs, crisp drumming, and Harkins' impish but seductive vocals. Listen to "Blush" below, and look out for Melted Toys, due July 15 via Underwater Peoples.

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    Hear Pompeya's Lively Pop-Funk Ode to 'Night'

    Last year, Pompeya debuted its animated pop-funk with a collection of 12 shimmering tracks appropriately dubbed Tropical. Now, the Moscow-based four-piece is on the cusp of releasing the Night EP, a follow-up that, if its swayable title track is any indicator, will add a mellow freshness to Pompeya's brand of upbeat, frisky disco. Press the play button below for perky guitar, gentle bass, and a new wavy chorus ("Night will keep you in her eyes / Night will guide you through the stars / Night will always have you / Night will be a friend") that would fit nicely in an early-'80s Duran Duran track. The Night EP is out June 17 via Brooklyn label No Shame, and the "Night" single is available right now on iTunes.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Future, Thee Oh Sees, Kelis, and Lefse Records' 'The Space Project'

    Close out the work week by streaming new albums from Future (who headlined our SPIN's 2014 SXSW day party at Stubb's), Thee Oh Sees, Kelis, and the late, great Jason Molina.1) Future, Honest. "Featuring appearances from huge names including Drake, Kanye West, Pharrell, Pusha T and André 3000, the songs on [Future's] follow-up to 2012’s Pluto is, in his own words 'just a reflection of me…I stayed mysterious [with Pluto] because I wanted people to feel like they're growing with me. There's no room for growth if people already know everything about you. With Honest, I know what I'm doing much more.'" (via MTV U.K.)2) Thee Oh Sees, Drop. "We all got a bad scare late last year when the prolific and consistently great garage-psych institution Thee Oh Sees announced their hiatus, but now here we are just a few months later and the band is back with a brand new album.

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