Jen Jamin

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  • 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.

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    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.

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    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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    Hear Sadie Dupuis Cover Josie and the Pussycats in Lo-Fi Longing

    On Record Store Day (a.k.a. April 19), Father/Daughter Records will drop Faux Real, a covers-only compilation featuring songs by fictitious bands. The upcoming, limited-edition 12-inch includes tunes originally heard in That Thing You Do!, Daria, Freaky Friday, The Goofy Movie, and more, remade by Field Mouse, Bent Shapes, Potty Mouth, and Body Parts, to name a few. Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis also contributes to the collection, reimagining Josie and the Pussycats' 1970's power-pop anthem "Pretend To Be Nice" as a quietly powerful piece of lo-fi slacker-rock. Listen below, and find the full Faux Real track list further down.Faux Real track list:1. Bent Shapes - "Ow, My Face!" by Mystik Spiral (from Daria)2. Potty Mouth - "Take Me Away" by Pink Slip (from Freaky Friday)3. Levek - "Don't Blame the Dynamite" by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (from The Muppets)4.

  • deap vally, sxsw 2014, house of vans

    See Pusha T, Deap Vally, Dum Dum Girls and More Play SPIN's House of Vans SXSW Party

    Last week, Pusha T, Dum Dum Girls, and Lydia Loveless played SPIN's House of Vans party at South By Southwest, and they each ranked among the Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014. Angel Olsen, Deap Vally, Charli XCX, Eagulls, Until the Ribbon Breaks, Kelela, DJ Rashad, Casual Sex, and goodbyemotel also performed at the star-studded showcase, which took over two stages at the Mohawk. The event was open to the public, but for those of you who were not able to attend, we've provided a quick recap, featuring footage of the various sets, all soundtracked by Deap Vally's fierce "Baby I Call Hell." Watch it above, then check out SPIN's list of the 40 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014.

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    See Photos From Americana Music Association's SXSW Showcase

    This year's South By Southwest featured a number of must-see showcases, not least of all was the Americana Music Association at Pandora Discovery Den. Many notable performers filled out the 2014 Den Artist lineup, including Lucinda Williams and Best New Artist alumna Hurray for the Riff Raff — who ranked among the 40 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2014. Find exclusive photos below.         

  • future, spin at stubb's, sxsw 2014

    Don't Miss Future, Cloud Nothings, and More at SPIN's Stubb's SXSW 2014 Party

    SPIN has thrown a South By Southwest day party at Stubb's for the past 11 years, and that streak will continue in 2014. On Friday, March 14, Stubb's will host a star-studded, SPIN-curated showcase featuring live performances by Future, Cloud Nothings, Against Me!, ScHoolboy Q, Future Islands, Warpaint, Radkey, Temples, and the Orwells.Doors open at 11 a.m., and a complimentary brunch of Bloody Marys and tacos will be served until 12:30 p.m. SPIN at Stubb's is sponsored in part by Nokia, Esurance, Crispin Cider, and Tito's Handmade Vodka.Find a detailed schedule below — and to RSVP, go to www.spin.com/sxsw-stubbs-2014.

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  • 3 Twin Shadow — To The Top " 03:20
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