• Twin Peaks

    Hear Twin Peaks Blend Frantic, Yearning Guitars on 'Strawberry Smoothie'

    The last we heard from Twin Peaks, they were on tour with the Orwells and SPIN photographer Daniel Topete, assembling a photo diary that featured shots of the two bands drinking in churches and playing lively, wild sets. Now, the Chicago-based foursome has unleashed a bright, hyper track called "Strawberry Smoothie." The third single from Twin Peaks' upcoming Wild Onion LP, the new song throws a dizzy nod to the Buzzcocks' playfully rough-edged guitar-rock while frontman Caiden Lake James howls and pleads from the center of the mess. Sample "Strawberry Smoothie" below, and look out for Wild Onion when it arrives on August 5 via Grand Jury Music. 

  • Slow Magic

    Slow Magic Enchants With Ethereal Dance Ballad 'Hold Still'

    In an effort to cloak his sound behind some mystery, Slow Magic always performs wearing a colorful animal mask of vague identity, and has never disclosed much information about himself. His music is just as curious. Since his 2012 Triangle LP, the masked beatmaker has revealed only two songs: "Girls," and the just-unveiled "Hold Still." On the second track, Beach House-d organ blends with bold synths and crisp handclaps, and, eventually, minimalist jazz-infused piano meets heavily pitch-altered vocals."Hold Still" will appear alongside "Girls" on Slow Magic's upcoming album, How to Run Away, which is out September 9 through Downtown Records.

  • Brooklyn Shanti

    Brooklyn Shanti and Jahdan Blakkamoore Deliver Laid-Back Video for 'This Feeling'

    Brooklyn Shanti is a North Carolina-born producer and em-cee, whose new video "This Feeling" is surprisingly simple for a guy who seems to have a hand in everything from musical spoken word collaborations to being dubbed the Indian Bambaataa by the Universal Zulu Nation. Featuring the Guyanese reggae artist Jahdan Blakkamoore, "This Feeling," produced by Thornato, is a reggae-pop ode to the ladies of summer. (He sings: "It's the summertime / So many mamis / I think I found my princess / my Rani Rani.") Watch the video for "This Feeling" above and look out for Brooklyn Shanti's forthcoming album, due out September 9 via Someplace Called Brooklyn.

  • Sunrise artwork

    Slaptop Celebrates a Carefree Summer in 'Sunrise' Video

    San Francisco's Slaptop is a college student recording out of his dorm room. That's not to say he hasn't had his share of success: "Sunrise," his single debut and only release to date, the producer has broke into the Top 5 of the Electronic charts on iTunes. And after watching the video for the single, it appears that he's fun to hang out with too. Over the course of the Gabriel Gomez-directed, documentary-style vid for "Sunrise," Slaptop and his friends get into various shenanigans; they ride around in shopping carts, set off fireworks, skateboard naked, and watch the sunrise together. The message?

  • Hear Musee Mecanique's Existential Folk Ballad, 'The Lighthouse and the Hourglass'

    Hear Musee Mecanique's Existential Folk Ballad, 'The Lighthouse and the Hourglass'

    "Every grain of sand is sifting through the hourglass," Portland quintet Musée Mécanique warn on "The Lighthouse and the Hourglass," the first single from the group's upcoming sophomore album. A yearning folk-rock song seasoned with clean arpeggiated guitar, the track outlines overarching themes of transition and growth. The "flag we've managed for so long," they advise, must eventually be let go. Stream "The Lighthouse and the Hourglass" — with its sizable drum rolls and strong, swelling horns and strings — below. The tune features on Musée Mécanique's forthcoming From Shores of Sleep, a Kickstarter-funded LP that arrives on August 26 via Tender Loving Empire.

  • TRAAMS

    TRAAMS Dance to Trippy Retro Vibes in 'Selma' Video

    Last year we premiered TRAAMS' debut album Grin, which SPIN’s Kyle McGovern called "11 tracks of tunefully deranged, remarkably giddy guitar pop." Now, the British trio has released a retro-looking, computer-wave video for new track "Selma," featuring floating guitars and a blurry, colorful aesthetic reminiscent of the '80s. The stop motion video neatly dovetails with TRAAMS' self-described "wonky pop" sound and will be followed on July 15 by their upcoming EP, Cissa, produced by Hookworms' MJ and former Test Icicles member Rory Atwell.

  • Joel Jerome

    Hear Joel Jerome's Cheerfully Trippy 'Everybody Wants Somebody'

    Joel Jerome has made a name for himself in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles as "Papa Joel," after producing records by local artists featured on Manimal, Burger, and Lolipop Records. On August 26, the hometown hero will go solo with Psychedelic Thriftstore Folk, his one-man debut (Jerome previously led the band DIOS with his brother, Kevin). The upcoming LP, which is on the way via Manimal, includes the Joe Cocker-conjuring "Everybody Wants Somebody," a seven-minute lead single filled with organ, shakers, gospel-style vocals, and a lengthy guitar solo. Listen below, and look out for an upcoming documentary about Joel Jerome, directed by Jacquelinne Cingolani and produced by Karri Bowman.

  • Destruction Unit

    Destruction Unit Delivers Brash Noise-Punk on 'Dust'

    With a new track as part of the next installment of Adult Swim Singles, Arizona noise-punk outfit Destruction Unit will be debuting their first new music since the release of last year's Deep Trip. The quintet's contribution is entitled "Dust," a panicked track heavy on brash drums and distorted vocals that evokes a twisted image of cowboys on acid, sprinting through the desert in a paranoid race to their death.

  • golden features, tell me, nicole millar, video

    Watch Golden Features' Dark and Perplexing 'Tell Me' Video

    A few months ago, Australian producer Golden Features released a self-titled, four-song EP that opened with "Tell Me," a haunting club cut that featured guest vocals from fellow Aussie Nicole Millar. Now, the track has an unsettling video to match its eerie allure. Directed by Lachlan Dickie, the black-and-white clip follows Golden Features as he stalks across a post-apocalyptic wasteland while wearing his signature faceless mask. Millar's airy singing hangs over the atmosphere, but Golden Features is there on the ground, moving through the woods and into a bizarre warehouse filled with mysterious characters sporting video cameras, holding mannequins, and thrash-dancing (while on crutches, no less) to the pulsating beat.Watch the video above, and head over to iTunes to grab the Golden Features EP.

  • menace beach, tennis court

    Hear Menace Beach's Slacker-Sludge Triumph 'Tennis Court'

    Back in January, Menace Beach released Lowtalker, a five-track collection of fuzz-powered noise-pop. On September 1, the British outfit will follow that collection with a double A-side featuring the simultaneously taunting and playful "Tennis Court." Frontman Ryan Needham's distorted vocals contrast the cleaner voice of guitarist/keyboardist Liza Violet, whose effortless singing recalls early Juliana Hatfield. Meanwhile, the sludgy guitar riffs and squealing feedback nod to Ty Segall, as the song trails off with a simple synth melody swaying side to side.Stream "Tennis Court" below, scroll down further for Menace Beach's tour dates, and pre-order the upcoming 7" through Memphis Industries.Menace Beach Summer tour dates:
July 11 - Liverpool, U.K. @ East Village Arts ClubJuly 12 - Reading, U.K. @ Sub89July 25 - Sheffield, U.K. @ TramlinesAugust 1 - Derbyshire, U.K.

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