If world-class songwriting is your bag, then look no further. Celebrated and much-loved musician Ron Pope is set to release ‘Atlanta’, a truly breath-taking record packed with sensational adult pop songs. Highlight track ‘One Grain Of Sand’ is a belter which showcases Pope’s strong vocals, while the title track’s emotive lyrics create a beautiful atmosphere. One for fans of Ray LaMontagne and Ben Howard, Ron Pope’s ‘Atlanta’ is out on June 12. Or, if you can’t wait until then – and let’s face it, who can? – don’t miss the the exclusive iTunes release on April 17.
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Imagine Dragons are a four piece rock band out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Through utilizing emotional songwriting and a whimsical attitude paired with an unstoppable work ethic these guys have been seeing well earned success lately. I was fortunate enough to catch their set this week at the Bowery Ballroom here in NYC and I was definitely moved by their performance. You can just feel the honesty and power in their songs as lead singer Dan Renolds switches off between wailing his heart out and banging on a huge bass drum. They are definitely worth seeing in your town when they come through on their spring tour, so don’t miss out. You can get a taste of their sound with the free download of their single “It’s Time” below or by picking up their latest EP “Continued Silence” on iTunes today.
Young quartet The Sanctuaries are an intriguing band. Combining influences new and old, their sound is both fresh yet nostalgic. Take ‘Soft Crime’, for example. Sharp guitars and insistent rhythms are firmly rooted in the present, while David Stern’s wistful vocals take us back to a more shoegazey era. One of the most promising acts out there, The Sanctuaries’ record ‘Annette’ features ‘Soft Crime’.
Atlanta band Black Lips have recently put out a new single titled “Sick Of You” to great reception. The B-Side to that single, though, has been a reputation all it’s own which is funny to me because both tracks are out takes from the groups successful record Arabia Mountain.
In a way being the B-Side of a B-Side has helped earn “Dance With You” a reputation of its own while raising questions as to why it wasn’t included on last year’s full length. The track contains all that we’ve come to expect from Black Lips: a thick bass line, shifting tempos, and groovy/psychedelic jams. Stream it below to see what I mean and, maybe, accept the band’s invitation to dance.
Dive are a band that hail from Brooklyn, and they possess a sound which at first seems typical of bands from the area – jangly guitars, wistful vocals, etc. But it’s tracks like ‘How Long Have You Known’ which really set Dive apart as something special. With infectious guitar lines and reverb complementing the questioning and hazy vocals, this track creates a perfect gloom-tinged summer atmosphere. Look out for Dive’s debut LP ‘Oshin’, out June 26.
Searching for songs to fill a playlist is like a year round Easter egg hunt, but instead of filling a basket with pastel plastics, melted chocolates, and golden coins, we fill a folder full of colorful melodies, melded genres, and rich harmonies. We also make sure to compost the occasional rotten egg when it comes around. We like doing our part to save the musical environment wherever we can…
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Shura – River
The Great American Canyon Band – Burn
Dear John Letters
Eye of Yours
Parlovr – You Only Want It ‘Cause You’re Lonely
You Only Want It Cause Youre Lonely
Death and Desire
If you’ve been searching for the latest in gorgeous indie-pop, then look no further. Minus The Tiger are a group from the Netherlands, and as their track ‘Animals’ shows, they really are something special. Combining gentle guitars and electronics creates a delicate background for Anne Broekman’s feather-light vocals to shine through. One for the Lykke Li and jj fans out there, Minus The Tiger’s self-titled debut album is out now.