Jen Jamin

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  • NYPC

    NYPC Delivers Echoing Disco-Pop on 'Sure As The Sun'

    NYPC, formerly known as the British dance-punk group New Young Pony Club, have returned after nearly a seven year hiatus in preparation for the release of a new, self-titled album due out in the US in May. The experimental pop outfit gone from four members to two — NYPC now consists of vocalist Tahita Bulmer and multi-instrumentalist Andy Spence — revamping both their appearance and sound. Recorded in London, NYPC is a refined middle-ground between the streamlined arrangements of their last record, The Optimist, and the frenzied, ecstatic surge of beats found on their earlier Fantastic Playroom. The self-produced new album's lead single "Sure As The Sun," is driven by a pulse of synth-fueled disco-pop. The track is complemented by the meditative, light-tempered waves of it's B-side, "Mercurial." Stream both tracks and find the band's US tour dates below.

  • papertwin

    Papertwin Cast Synth-Pop Haze on Disarming 'Alkaline'

    Brooklyn's Papertwin already have two EPs to their name, and soon they'll have a third. On June 17, the dream-pop trio — composed of Max Decker (vocals, guitar, synth), Francis Cardinale (drums), Nick Shopa, (synth) — will self-release the Vox Humana EP, their first studio effort (last year's Peru EP, like 2011's Porcelain, was a homemade project). The upcoming, six-track collection opens with "Alkaline," a new wavy slice of synth-powered shoegaze. Get lost in it below.

  • curtis harding, soul power

    Q&A: Curtis Harding Talks Gospel-Fueled Solo Debut 'Soul Power'

    Curtis Harding speaks with the easy drawl of an accomplished artist. Even without a microphone, there's a quiet, confident power in the singer-songwriter's smoky voice. But there's also a freshness and an unmasked eagerness, the mark of someone who's just beginning his career.

  • Watch the Tijuana Panthers Play Detective in 'Cherry Street' Video

    Watch the Tijuana Panthers Play Detective in 'Cherry Street' Video

    All it took was some doughnuts and caution tape to make the Tijuana Panthers want to play detective. In their new video for "Cherry Street," a skuzzy, guitar-pop track from the band's forthcoming Wayne Interest release, the group uses their favorite Cherry Street Doughnut shop for the mission. Directed by Ashley and Megan Fenton, the clip opens as a pair of lifeless lips begin to sing with the voice of the trio of singer's Phil Shaheen, who warns that there's mischief afoot in the parking lot. As is the case of most crime scenes, Tijuana Panthers play music and set the backdrop as the dumbfounded store owner, uninterested witnesses, and a dazed detective try their hand at making sense of the murders. Guided by some delicious baked treats, the Long Beach trio takes us through the strange, day-glo-tinted mystery. Watch the case of "Who Donut?" unfold above.

  • black angels, An Occurrence on 4507 South Third Street

    Hear Black Angels' Psyched 'An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street'

    On Record Store Day (April 19), the Black Angels will birth Clear Lake Forest, a seven-track, limited-edition EP that's on the way via Blue Horizon Records. Pressed on clear vinyl, the upcoming set follows the Austin outfit's fourth studio album (last year's Indigo Meadow) and features the just-released track "An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street." Opening with thumping organ, the new song comes drenched in distortion and imbued with the warm, stirring croon of frontman Alex Maas. Take part in the off-kilter hoedown by pressing the play button below.

  • cocktails, tough love, adult life

    Hear Cocktails' Punchy Power-Pop Gem 'Tough Love'

    Cocktails mix radiant power-pop enthusiasm and crisp West Coast textures on "Tough Love," a just-released track from the quintet's upcoming debut album Adult Life, due June 17 via Father/Daughter Records. Recorded and mixed by Rob Good of Warm Soda, the full-length follows the San Francisco crew's self-titled EP, which arrived last year. For now, though, enjoy the breezy, hummable "Tough Love" below. Crack open all surrounding windows and press play.

  • Dinosaur Jr., Amherst, 1985

    Q&A: Dinosaur Jr.'s Murph Discusses Alt-Rock Heroes' Past, Present, and New Oral History

    Dinosaur Jr. by Dinosaur Jr. is the comprehensive oral history of the titular Amherst trio, as told by those who witnessed the band's birth, breakup, and fruitful reunion. Out now via Rocket 88 Books, the limited-edition text contains exclusive interviews with band members J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Emmett Jefferson "Murph" Murphy, as well as former mates Mike Johnson and George Berz, and other longtime friends of the beloved alt-rock pioneers.Also featured in the coffee-table-friendly chronicle: rare band flyers, previously unseen photos, original gig contracts, and other visual memorabilia (including a poster from when a certain band of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees opened for Dino).

  • Vensaire

    Stream Vensaire's Shimmering, Otherworldly Debut 'Perdix'

    Vensaire's intricate fusion of international folk influences, Western pop, and indie-rock culminates with Perdix, their self-released debut due out April 15. Formed in late 2011 in New York's Chinatown, the five-piece — Alex LaLiberte (vocals/guitar), Windowspeak's Robert Earl Thomas (guitars/vocals), Hunter Hawes (bass), Alex Jacobs (drums, percussion), and Renata Zeiguer (violin, vocals) — put out their self-titled EP in 2012.

  • white mystery, dubble dragon, video

    Watch White Mystery Shred in Technicolor for 'DUBBLE DRAGON' Video

    White Mystery come out with curly, red afros thrashing in the music video for "DUBBLE DRAGON," the title track from their upcoming, self-released album. The nearly seven-minute, cinematic clip teams Chicago siblings Miss Alex White (vocals and guitar) and Francis Scott Key White (drums) with Don Bolles, legendary drummer from the Germs and 45 Grave.Directed and produced by Alxis Ratkevich and Chris Newton, the video follows a young boy as he embarks on a psychedelic journey, led by Bolles, through Los Angeles' Chinatown. As seen above, the trip is interrupted throughout, as the camera repeatedly cuts to technicolor footage of White Mystery tearing through their wonderfully filthy garage-rock.The DUBBLE DRAGON LP arrives on April 20. To complement the 20-track effort, the sister-brother duo will embark on a world tour this April. See the complete route over at the White Mystery website.

  • dan croll, seet disarray, from nowhere, video

    Dan Croll Is a Tambourine King in 'From Nowhere' Live Video

    At this point, Dan Croll has been teasing his upcoming debut album for nearly a year, releasing a smattering of singles that includes the balmy electro-folk hybrid "From Nowhere." Produced by Joe Willis in an abandoned school gym in Liverpool, Sweet Disarray offers a variety pack of intricate harmonies and instrumentals, made whole by Croll's illustrious songwriting and knack for fluid genre-jumping. To promote the new effort — which finally arrives on April 1 via Capitol Records — the bespectacled Brit has taken a break from locking eyes with strangers to share a live video of "From Nowhere," performed live in Dingwalls, London last November. Watch the clip above and head over to iTunes to purchase the full LP.

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