Part Polyphonic Spree, part Devendra Banhart and part MGMT, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros are folksy, falsetto and fantastic. Judge for yourself with a free download of "40 Day Dream," the opening track off the band's debut album, "Up From Below." "40 Day Dream" is a stomping, swaying track that sounds like Sharpe & Co. are channeling MGMT by way of "Magical Mystery Tour."
Kevin Hearn sure lucked out with guest guitar playing courtesy of Lou Reed on the track "Coma." Noisy guitar reverberates alongside unquestionably poppy, weightless vocal harmonies, "Coma" is off Kevin Hearn & Thin Buckle's "Havana Winter." The album is out now in the US via Hearn's own label Celery Music.
With high pitched shrieking vocals, buzzing guitars and just plain old energetic instrumentation, The Willowz are definitely looking back while looking forward on their track "Repetition." The band's new album "Everyone" doesn't come out until October 6th on Dim Mak/Downtown Records but get a free download now to check it out.
Remember "Cult Of Personality?" Well Living Colour are back with their new album "The Chair In The Doorway," set for release September 15 on Megaforce Records. Get a listen with a free download of "Behind The Sun," with its flowing and edgy pop rock sound.
Somber, serious and simply mesmerizing, take a listen to "Chain," off Vic Chesnutt's upcoming album "At the Cut," with a free download.
This fall Vic Chesnutt will embark on a six-week North American tour in support of "At the Cut," the Athens, GA-based singer-songwriter’s latest effort. The touring band features Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto and members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion, all of whom collaborated with Chesnutt on the new album which is out September 22nd on Constellation Records. "At the Cut" is the follow-up to "North Star Deserter," Chesnutt's 2007 collaborative recording with the same group, lauded by SPIN for "[turning] chronic disquiet into disturbingly palpable dread-folk" and Pitchfork for "[sounding] like a return to the dark woods after years in the city."
Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval returns along side My Bloody Valentine's Colm O'Ciosoig to deliver her long awaited sophomore album "Through The Devil Softly" on September 1st with Nettwerk. Take a listen to Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions with the wispy and hauntingly dark folk of "Blanchard."
For nearly the last 30 years, Japan's Shonen Knife have got music fans jumping with their '60s pop and '70s punk influenced sound. Part The Beach Boys and part The Ramones. Now the band are getting set to release their new album "Super Group" on August 25th via Good Charamel Records. Take a listen with a free download of the album's bright and poppy title track.
As the saying goes, go big or go home. And that's just what Chicago's Kill Hannah do on "New York City Speed." Synthesizers blast as robotic vocals provide back-up for frontman Mat Devine. It's pure Kill Hannah, just as you last remembered them.
Kill Hannah is releasing "New York City Speed" as a free download and it's your first peek at their upcoming third album, "Wake Up The Sleepers." The "New York City Speed" demo has been floating around fan club forums nearly a year. As homage to the fans' love of that version, the track begins with a few bars of the demo's intro before launching into the newly mastered cut.
To celebrate the completion of the new record, Kill Hannah has joined Lacuna Coil on a July tour of the western US. They'll be on a full North American tour this fall as well.
The Honey Brothers might be borrowing the inspiration for their melodies and harmonies from the Beach Boys, but the feel good, hip-swinging, sugary sweet indie-meets-new wave sound is all them. Check out the New York band with a free download of their single "Demonstration," off Honey Brothers' EP of the same name.