Maud Deitch

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New York, NY

  • Donovan Blanc

    Stream Donovan Blanc's Euphoric, Self-Titled Debut

    New Jersey duo Donovan Blanc, whose Joseph Black and Raymond Schwab previously recorded as Honeydrum, are releasing their band's self-titled debut EP, on June 24 via Captured Tracks. The album begins with new wave guitars layered over bright synths, before slowly swooping into a blissed-out sonic trance. With nods to psych-inspired flutes and surf-rock's rolling toms, the songs recall a mellower, stoned-out Monkees. Stream the Donovan Blanc in full below.

  • Tele Novella

    Watch Tele Novella's Dia de los Muertos Dance on 'Trouble in Paradise'

    When Austin psych-pop band Tele Novella released their video for "Umbrella at the Station" back in October, the band felt influenced by equal parts Nancy Sinatra and The Virgin Suicides, combining classic '60s rhythms with a macabre undertones. Their newest video for "Trouble in Paradise," the first single off their forthcoming Cosmic Dial Tone EP, drives that aesthetic home. The song has a slinky, staccato beat that allows lead vocalist Natalie Gordon's deep, syrupy voice draw you close before slipping away with a snake-like hiss. Naturally, the accompanying video for "Trouble in Paradise" is a Dia De Los Muertos prom-slash-seance, complete with face paint, flower crowns and a smoke machine. It's the oddities of Beetlejuice meeting the collage-stylings of Rookie Mag, all drenched in darkness.

  • Big Freedia

    Big Freedia's 'Explode' Gets Electrifying Remix From Angor Republic

    As the release of her new album approaches Big Freedia, the Queen Diva of New Orleans bounce, wants to make sure your twerk game is on point. Back in April she announced her upcoming album, Just Be Free with "Explode," a frenetic bounce track that rallied the queen's loyal followers to "release your wiggle." While Freedia previously stated that the tracks on Just Be Free "were ones you could listen to at a late night twerk party or an afternoon BBQ," the first official remix for "Explode" demands you dance. Taken to new (or at least different) heights by upstart bay area EDM duo Angor Republic, the remix turns Freedia’s rallying cry into a scream, trading quick beat, vertical pulse of the original into a crystalline acid-trap banger. Listen to the remix below and get ready to start twerking when Just Be Free drops on June 17 via Queen Diva Music.

  • Dream Boat

    Dream Boat Delivers Glowing Psych-Folk on 'Way Out'

    If aquarius is the most visionary of all signs in the zodiac, Dream Boat's Page Campbell and Dan Donohue (who share not only the same sun sign but also the same birthday), may be the sonic water bearers of 2014 Athens, Georgia psychedelia. Their resume, and that of their collaborators, spans the canon of the local psych scene -- including members of The Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, and Neutral Milk Hotel -- incorporating and building on many of its primary tenets."Way Out," the first single off of their sophomore album The Rose Explodes, due out September 16 via Cloud Recordings/Arrowhawk, and is a steadily loping, spaced-out strings-and-synths meditation. It wouldn't sound entirely out of place in a new-millenium incarnation of the classic '90s new age compilation, Pure Moods, and serves as a cosmic, tender take on the dark, vibed-out psychadelia of the band's debut years ago.

  • MS MR Talk Public Access TV, the Apocalypse, and Other Dark Influences

    MS MR Talk Public Access TV, the Apocalypse, and Other Dark Influences

    A little bit of darkness swirls around MS MR — singer Lizzy Plapinger's perpetually neon hair notwithstanding. The Brooklyn synth-pop duo released a Revelations-referencing debut album Secondhand Rapture with Columbia Records in May. We caught up with Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow before their set at the 2013 ACL Music Festival to talk about the dark ideas that inform their sound, including the real inspiration for their album's stormy lead single "Hurricane," which is far more literal than you might think.

  • Widowspeak Swamps ACL 2013

    Watch Widowspeak Play 'Swamps' in a Garden at ACL Music Festival 2013

    Swooning crooners Widowspeak may have gotten their start in the first wave of the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Tacoma '90s revival, but they’ve proven their staying power with a much darker sound. That's why we took to the woodsy Umlauf Sculpture Garden during this year's ACL Music Festival with singer Molly Hamilton, co-writer and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas, and their traveling band for an intimate performance of "Swamps." The song is the near-titular track from the duo's October 29 album The Swamps, out via Captured Tracks.

  • David Byrne and St. Vincent at the Capitol Theatre, June 29, 2013

    David Byrne and St. Vincent Bring Tight Chemistry to New York's Capitol Theatre

    David Byrne and St. Vincent have been touring their collaborative 2012 LP Love This Giant for close to a year now, so it stands to reason the duo has developed both a super-tight live show and a compelling personal rapport. Saturday night, they invaded Port Chester, New York's historic Capitol Theater with a 10-piece, mostly brass band, placing their new joint material alongside some of the biggest hits from their own respective careers.

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