[Fresh] Brika – Expectations

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Brika
Expectations

Sometimes days at the dojo can be a little time consuming. Constantly caught up with our day to day activities of ninja star practice, slinking around in the prone position, and learning the perfect way to extract precious artifacts from other clan’s dojos, we sometimes miss out on something special. While we as ninjas are proud, we’re also humble. We missed the boat on this one, and for that, we apologize.

Coming out of Miami, FL Brika carries a swagger that is undeniable. Signed to Art House Records, she encourages you to sell your clothes and keep your thoughts, which is a mindset that we’re can’t admire enough, especially given the current state of pop culture.

“Expectations,” is an alt-soul tune, simplistic yet powerful in nature. With only a future-bass style backdrop, comprised of a booming bassline, a dark melody, and Brika’s god-given talents, we’re left speechless.

While we’re sad we haven’t been enjoying this for the full two months it’s been out, we’re sure as hell glad we finally stumbled across it.

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[Indie Pop] Bastille – Bad Blood (Little Daylight Remix)

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Bastille
Bad Blood (Little Daylight Remix)

Gotta love new music Tuesdays, right? Earlier this afternoon, Brooklyn’s alt-electronic trio Little Daylight dropped their debut album Hello Memory via Capitol Records. To commemorate this day and the announcement of their US tour dates (featured below), the group has released this stunning indie pop remix of one of our all-time favorite artists, Bastille.

Boasting a dancy percussion mix and a some echoing guitar riffs, this band proves why their high-octane show has toured with the likes of Bastille, Charli XCX, The Neighborhood and more. Including some festie performances, their highly charming sound has impressed the blogosphere, and will continue to do so with this energetic remix.

7/15/14 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Record Release Party) ** SOLD OUT **
8/7/14 Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
8/8/14 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
8/9/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn *
8/11/14 Houston, TX @ House of Blues *
8/12/14 Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr. Bar-B-Q *
8/13/14 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
8/15/14 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
8/16/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed *
8/18/14 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *
8/19/14 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
8/20/14 West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour *
9/15/14 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
9/16/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
9/17/14 Harrisonburg, VA @ James Madison University
9/19/14 Washington, DC @ DC9
9/20/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
9/23/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater #
9/25/14 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile #
9/26/14 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #
9/27/14 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore #
10/3/14 Sacramento, CA @ TBD Festival

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[Indie Rock] Young Rising Sons – King of the World

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Young Rising Sons
King Of The World

If Michael Cera, Ellen Page, Zooey Deschanel, and Zach Braff made a movie together, this song would be on on the trailer.

After premiering Young Rising Son’s debut track, “High,” we knew that this Jersey-based quartet was onto something special. A few short weeks later, and this up-and-coming indie rock sensation landed themselves a deal on Interscope Records. Not too shabby, eh?

In their latest release, we’re offered up a summer-inspired, infectious rock anthem that has one of those choruses that refuses to leave your memory. You could hear this song once, go out for a long night of boozing, and still wake up singing

We’ll rule the world, together, forever. With hearts of gold, who needs any treasure? We’ll take our time just living our lives, our castle in the sky-ay-ay, if I was King of the World

These guys are quite possibly hitting up a city near you soon. We suggest you pick up tickets ASAP, as this is a show you wont want to miss. Peep the tour dates below and whip out that credit card.

August 7 // The Basement, Columbus, OH // with Little Daylight

August 8 // Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN // with Little Daylight

August 9 // Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA // with Little Daylight

August 11 // House of Blues – Bronze Peacock, Houston, TX // with Little Daylight

August 12 // Stubbs JR, Austin, TX // with Little Daylight

August 13 // House of Blues – Cambridge Room, Dallas, TX // with Little Daylight

August 15 // Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO // with Little Daylight

August 18 // Club Congress Phoenix, AZ // with Little Daylight

August 19 // Voodoo Room, San Diego, CA // with Little Daylight

August 20 // Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA with Little Daylight

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[Garage Rock] Racing Glaciers – VHS

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Racing Glaciers
VHS

Frantic and frenzied, Racing Glaciers new track VHS certainly underlines it’s analogue title: presenting a throw back to Northern England’s indie golden era. Disposing of the modern blueprint, Racing Glaciers exchange carefully crafted climaxes for a dose of the DIY. A somewhat raw release, VHS side steps all things overly curated and instead replaces the modern thirst for soundscapes of intellectualised intricacy with some good old fashioned Northern Soul.

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[Indie Rock] We Were Promised Jet Packs – Safety In Numbers

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We Were Promised Jetpacks
Safety in Numbers

Boasting one of the single best names in the music industry, Edinburgh-based five-piece We Were Promised Jetpacks bring a swirling culmination of electric percussion work, cinematic builds and emotion-rich soundscapes that oh-so-few can accomplish.

Grabbing our ears back in These Four Walls, this indie rock outfit brought us varying elements of indie rock genres, providing us with an intense and overwhelmingly enjoyable listening experience for quite some time. In all honesty, we can’t count how many times we’ve listened to “It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning,” and “Quiet Little Voices.” In fact, we’d be quite interested to see the actual statistics.

In their latest release, we’re offered another drum-centric tune with glorious guitar melodies wavering in the background. Coupled with Adam Thompson’s subdued vocals, “Safety In Numbers,” brings a warm, security-blanket-type feeling of comfort. WWPJ are back and Unravelling is going to be one hell of an album.

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Mac DeMarco at Great American Music Hall 7/9 [Event + Photo Review]

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Mac DeMarco
Cooking Up Something Good

When the term “pop music” became commonplace in the 1950s, it was used to describe the emerging genre of rock ‘n roll that draws inspiration from blues, folk and jazz among other classic influences. Since that time its definition has grown with times and their respective fads–snowballing to encompass a variety of styles, most recently the manufactured, electronic-based sound that dominates the top 40 charts. Few contemporary artists evoke a sense of nostalgia for pop of the past as well as the Canadian-bred, Brooklyn-based Mac DeMarco

Musically, DeMarco strums an airy guitar paired with vocals just quirky enough to bring the great psych-rock leads to mind and, with an analog-only studio in Brooklyn, he likely uses some of the same recording equipment. Mac certainly has his fair share of songs related to love and heartbreak, but he also has a strong counter-cultural youthful tone as he cleverly recounts mischief. His sophomore album, Salad Days, demonstrates the maturation of a seasoned musician with more introversion without losing that light feel.

We had a chance to catch Mac DeMarco at his second consecutive sold-out show at the intimate Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and, just as we expected, he proved an incredibly engaging performer. Opening his set with the fan-favorite first tracks of his two albums, “Cooking up Something Good” and “Salad Days” respectively, Mac and his impressive ragtag band immediately drew the crowd in never looking back. DeMarco, with flowing hair under his hat and a distinctive gap between his front teeth, brings an extremely unique and kooky stage presence, which displays, just like his music, an artist in a decade of his own.

Full of fan interaction, and intermittent comedy bits, Mac DeMarco’s set includes a perfect amount variation. Even during the slowest portion, “Let My Baby Stay,” fans could be heard singing along to every word, a testament to the consistently strong music he has released thus far. Check out our photos from the show below and don’t miss a chance for a fantastic evening–you can find MacDeMarco’s upcoming dates here.

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Aer – Whatever We Want (Video)

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Aer
Whatever We Want

Since releasing their self-titled second album in January, Aer have been busy selling out shows and earning themselves spots at major music festivals, Outside Lands being the most recent announcement. Earlier this week, the Boston-bred, genre-fusing duo released some visuals for one of our favorite songs from the album, “Watever We Want,” and they come right in time for summer. The video takes David and Carter back in time with Adidas jumpsuits among other hilarious outfits as they trash a house with some ferocious looking dogs. The fun and goofy feel match the song’s positive energy making it perfect for a sunny Saturday afternoon, as always with Aer. Enjoy the video below and make sure to check our exclusive interview with Aer from a few months back to learn some more about these up ‘n comers.

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