Isabel Imperatore

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    Rusko and Pusher Weave Funky Electro on 'I Wanna Mingle'

    Rusko, the British producer who taught the United States a lesson in Dubstep 101, has taken a turn in recent years. His most recent single, "I Wanna Mingle" features Pusher and favors experimental, funk-laden electro rather than his once-characteristic, wobble-heavy brostep. In July, Rusko released his ! EP, showcasing sonic exploration into genres such as soulful glitch, tropical trap, and acid jazz. Now the production O.G. furthers his voyage into melodic future-bass on the new track off of the ! Volume 2 EP slated for September 16 through Universal/FMLY Records. Combining bouncy arpeggios and glittering glissandos, "I Wanna Mingle" creates a lush sonic landscape that shows appreciation for melody. Listen below.

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    7 Albums to Stream: Interpol, Jeezy, Blonde Redhead, and More

    Cure your end-of-the-summer blues by streaming new albums from Interpol, the recently arrested (again) Jeezy, Rubblebucket, and more.1) Interpol, El Pintor. "The gloomy New York City indie-rock OGs are streaming their fifth album, El Pintor, on NPR right now ahead its September 9 release. It's a fine return to form for the 'Anywhere' musicians, whose Joy Division-inspired post-punk has become more well-rounded and accessible with age, 12 full years after the release of their debut album, Turn On the Bright Lights. Interpol members Paul Banks, Sam Fogarino, and Daniel Kessler are all on hand for the 10-track disc, which includes moody single 'Ancient Ways.'" — SPIN (via NPR)2) Jeezy, Seen It All. "Atlanta drug-rap motivational speaker Jeezy has now made five proper studio albums, as well as a neverending string of mixtapes.

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    The Drums Wax Existential With a Goldfish in 'I Can't Pretend' Lyric Video

    The Drums recently followed their skull-rattling "Magic Mountain" single with the glistening but bummed-out "I Can't Pretend." Now, they've shared a lyric video for the track, which consists of a goldfish swimming around in a tiny tank in a dark room as song lyrics splash across the screen. Here's what the Drums' Jonny Pierce had to say about "I Can't Pretend": "The moment we take our first breath, we become slaves to this life and to it's pointlessness — and there really is no out. If that seems heavy-handed, well that's because our shared reality is... a heavy one. I've never had much of a drive to build an empire or much less a retirement fund, simply because it's a lot of shuffling about for nothing... in the end it's all for nothing. Some days this hopelessness chains me to my bed.

  • Watch the Barr Brothers' Pulsating Hi-Def Video 'Half Crazy'

    Watch the Barr Brothers' Pulsating Hi-Def Video 'Half Crazy'

    Exploring the outskirts of blues, the Barr Brothers utilize accentuated guitar bends and soulful vocal strains to deliver their newest track, "Half Crazy." The song's ultra hi-def, performance-focused video, meanwhile, gets intimate with the Montreal natives, documenting their rich use of classical strings and expressive drums. The black-and-white beauty follows the vibration of every harp string while lead singer Brad Barr delivers warm folk-inspired vocals. Check out the polished campfire gathering above, and look out for the Barr Brothers' upcoming Sleeping Operator LP, out October 7 through Secret City Records.

  • Pop Heroine Lowell Inspires Daydreams With 'Summertime'

    Pop Heroine Lowell Inspires Daydreams With 'Summertime'

    Dream-pop sensation Lowell demanded recognition with her first EP, I Killed Sarah V., which featured such sing-along bombshells as February's "88." Now the Canadian songstress delivers an empowering pop ballad, "Summertime," with conviction. Offering layers of endearing vocal harmonies, powerful grand piano gestures, and anthemic percussion, Lowell actualizes high-spirited pop that Haim and Grimes could commend. This latest triumph will appear on her upcoming LP We Loved Her Dearly, out September 16 via Arts & Crafts, but you can listen to it now by clicking that play button below.

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    Nude Beach Bare Details of Upcoming Double Album '77'

    Nude Beach will return just as summer comes to an end. The garage-pop enthusiasts have announced that their sophomore album, 77, will arrive on October 21. On the way via Don Giovanni Records, the follow-up to 2012's II will be a double LP that drummer Ryan Naideau describes thusly: "77 is a collection of stuff we've been working on for the past couple of years. We recorded the whole thing ourselves in a basement studio on Long Island and in bedrooms in Brooklyn and are psyched to share this record with everyone."The record's hard-hitting lead single, "I Can't Keep the Tears From Falling," highlights the trio's affection for pre-iPhone, pre-iAnything garage-rock sound.

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    Watch the Away Days' Dazzling, Smoky 'Paris' Video

    Turkish dream-pop troupe the Away Days rep for their hometown of Istanbul in the video for "Paris," the shoegazing quartet's new self-released single. As seen above, the outfit occupies an Instagram-worthy scene — a sunset in the woods — and performs for an audience of zero. Lit up by smoky colored flares, the Away Days project a shimmering, head-swaying spell with lax energy, punchy drums, and lead singer Oguz Can Ozen's affected, distant vocals. Watch the enchanting video above.

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    Radiator Hospital Render Sprightly Punk on 'Cut Your Bangs'

    The power-pop outfit Radiator Hospital have a knack for melodramatic melancholy. Want proof? Stream "Cut Your Bangs," a new track from the Philadelphia quartet that will not only grace their next album but also appears on a recently released charity compilation. The perfectly sad sonnet trades in ironically upbeat lo-fi guitars and plainspoken lyrics that coolly break your heart: "You say you'll cut your bangs, I'm calling your bluff / When you lie to me it's in the small stuff."Listen to "Cut Your Bangs" below, and find the anti-love ballad on The Big Comp II, which features 85 tracks by 85 different artists, including Into It. Over It., the Menzingers, and the Hotelier. All proceeds from the comp will be donated all to 1BlueString and The Nature Conservancy.

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    Aaron Freeman (a.k.a. Gene Ween) Unveils Pop Adorned 'Freeman' LP

    Ween founder — formerly known as Gene Ween — has returned to his birth name, Aaron Freeman, and is taking on a fresh, sober perspective with his self-titled debut. The opening track "Covert Discretion" addresses Freeman's drug and alcohol-induced public meltdown that eventually led to the breakup of the beloved '90s avant-prog-rock heroes. He reveals: "I'll be blacked out for the night / In the morning I can't remember a thing / I'm on the bus now / They won't look at me." Since Freeman has gone to rehab, gotten clean, and now lives in Woodstock, NY, where he teaches kids guitar at the Academy of Rock.In some ways Freeman is a continuation of Ween, but with additional mainstream appeal. (Think Paul McCartney post-Beatles.) The album delivers artful songcraft with subtly offbeat hooks; it's lush contemporary pop for fans of classic rock.

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    The Green Seed Revive Conscious Hip-Hop on 'Drapetomania'

    The Green Seed plant a new D.A.I.S.Y. age on their refreshing, socially conscious debut effort Drapetomania. The emcees R-Tist and C.O.M.P.L.E.T. take turns delivering penetrating lines (and rhymes about Jude Law) while DJs FX and Jeff-C provide rich supporting textures and quaking beats. With an emphasis on boom-bap breaks and sampled soul, the group's aesthetic and work ethic ("We show skills with no frills") pay tribute to classic backback rap. Tackling contemporary issues — as on the anti-Internet stance "Diss Connect" ("So before you send that next text / You might want to disconnect and unplug and give the real world some love") — and universal themes of the heart and home, the multifarious southern hip-hop crew creates a smart, infectious, 13-track LP exuding positivity and self-awareness.

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