David Bevan

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Manhattan, NY

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    First Spin: Download Theresa Andersson's 'What Comes Next'

    For the past 20 years, Swedish-born soul singer Theresa Andersson has called New Orleans her home. It's rubbed off on her. "What Comes Next," a cut from her forthcoming full-length Street Parade, blends Scandinavian pop smarts with the sort of lively, brassy energy that belies the record's title. And, added bonus: Andersson's hot-to-the-touch vocals find a wonderful counterpart here in the more temperate pipes of Peter Moren, he of Peter Bjorn and John fame. Street Parade is due April 24 on Basin Street Records. DOWNLOAD

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    Video Premiere: Bleached's Sun-Streaked 'Searching Through the Past'

    Three months after we heard Bleached's latest song for the very first time, "Searching Through the Past" still sounds so good. For the single's sun-streaked, Molly Schiot-directed visual, the sisters Clavin (Jessica and Jennifer, formerly of L.A. punk outfit Mika Miko) got the hell out of town, rode horses, chased tumbleweeds, and snuck into a graveyard. We repeated, the band snuck into a graveyard to shoot this thing. Read Jennifer's account below! "We had to wake up at 4 a.m. to get to Santa Clarita by 5 a.m. for sunrise and got to see the eclipse on the way up. Originally we had wanted horses in the video so that's why this spot was chosen. There was a graveyard there I had known about, but didn't know if we would be able to get in it. We did by crossing a barbed wire fence and climbing a huge hill. When we got up there the gates swung open on their own.

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    First Spin: Kishi Bashi's 'It All Began With a Burst'

    With the help of a Kickstarter fund that surpassed his original goal by miles, Kishi Bashi — strings guru and recent producer/touring member for the psychedelic circus that is Of Montreal — will release his debut full-length, 151a, on April 10 via Joyful Noise. Check out "It All Began With a Burst," a weightless, cartwheeling electro-pop romp that's all fizz and no fuss: DOWNLOAD

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    First Spin: Hear Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear's Haunting 'Saint Nothing'

    On March 20, Warp will release Silent Hour / Golden Mile, a five-song solo EP from Grizzly Bear/Department of Eagles guitarist Daniel Rossen that's set to include "Saint Nothing," the plaintive, piano-based heartbreaker streaming below. We cannot emphasize the word "plaintive" enough — there's simply no way to teach someone to communicate sadness the way Rossen can. (We've tried, it doesn't work.) And hearing this helps us appreciate the many individual layers of Grizzly Bear's music that much more. So yeah, time to get excited for that next full-length that's supposedly in the works.

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    Watch Light Asylum's 'Skull Fuct' Video (If You Do Not Have Epilepsy)

    As we type this, Light Asylum are hard at work on what will be the Brooklyn darkwave duo's first full-length for new label home Mexican Summer. (You may remember their reissue of the self-released In Tension EP in June of last year.) Above, you'll find a shot of Shannon Funchess in the studio, lost in a moment. And below? A stark and spooky, Emilxa Xury?owicz and Cezary Zacharewicz-directed clip for "Skull Fuct," an older song that's lost none of its charge. Heed this official warning: "This film contains flashing lights which may not be suitable for photosensitive epilepsy."

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    Video Premiere: Miniature Tigers' Cleavage-y 'Female Doctor'

    When considering visual complements to "Female Doctor," the synth-lined earworm from Brooklyn indie-pop outfit Miniature Tigers' forthcoming full-length, Mia Pharaoh, the group opted to go literal. Director Max Goldblatt spliced together the following cleavage-heavy clip from Eastern European reality TV footage, homing in on sequences in which female nurses chase unsuspecting patients with gargantuan enema bulbs. Enjoy. Mia Pharoah is due March 6 courtesy of Modern Art.

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    First Spin: Y La Bamba's Fleet-Footed 'Squawk'

    According to press release legend, "mariachi-inspired" Portland indie folk collective Y La Bamba took their name from Bamba, a six-toed cat lead vocalist Luz Elena Mendoza chilled with while recuperating from an illness that ended a spiritual quest in India. Though Mendoza started out writing and recording alone in her bedroom, her songwriting has since benefitted from a wealth of musicians (including the Decemberists' Chris Funk) and caught the ear of Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, who produced their forthcoming full-length, Court the Storm. Check out the fleet-footed melodies and moves of album cut "Squawk". It's out February 28 via Tender Loving Empire. DOWNLOAD

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    Video Premiere: Bosco Delrey's Slinky 'Baby's Got a Blue Flame'

    Sometimes all it takes is the right bass line. Such is the case with "Baby's Got a Blue Flame," the opening brush from Memphis-bred Mad Decent rock outlier Bosco Delrey's debut full-length, Everybody Wah — a track you may or may not remember reading about in this space last May. Below, spend a moment or two with the similarly submerged, psychedelic feel of its new visual accompaniment, a vintage clip that finds Monsier Delrey and his bandmates at work.

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    Listen to Porcelain Raft's 'Unless You Speak From Your Heart'

    Dream-pop journeyman Mauro Remiddi's Porcelain Raft will drop debut full-length Strange Weekend on January 24 via Secretly Canadian. Here's another tune to hold you over until that day arrives: "Unless You Speak From Your Heart," a gorgeous, lightly sweetened album cut.

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    First Spin: Hear Fresh & Onlys Guitarist Wymond Miles' 'Hidden Things Are Asking You to Find Them'

    Last month, we checked in with the Fresh & Onlys as they continued work on their full-length follow-up to 2010's Play It Strange. What we didn't know at the time was that guitarist Wymond Miles had something additional works: a solo EP. Due February 7 on 12" vinyl via Sacred Bones, Earth Has Doors is "thematically based on the concepts of eschatology, anthroposophy, and Gnostic and Hermetic symbolism." Check out the skyscraping psych of "Hidden Things Are Asking You to Find Them.:

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