Feminists Can Be Funny

Featuring some pretty hardcore salad-eating, Childbirth’s new video for their song, “Let’s Be Bad”, tells the story of a hardworking woman (comedienne Alicia McDaidwho decides to be crazy for once–i.e. eating cake and drinking a few glasses of wine. Lead singer Julia Shapiro fades in and out in a godlike fashion, whispering, “Let’s be bad,” into McDaid’s ear. The rest of the band is there, too, in their usual maternity gowns.

The Seattle punk trio released the video in late November and the song is off their album, Women’s Rights. Bree McKenna opens the song with a dark bass line accompanied by Stacy Peck’s dynamic drumming. Distorted guitars drone on as Shapiro mocks the gravity that many women put on their diets. I’m going to take Childbirth’s advice and eat some cake and drink wine, and I have a good feeling you will too. Take a look at their video if you’re not convinced.

And if you like it just as much as I do, here’s a heads up: Childbirth is coming to Nuemos on December 18!

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Claire Marvet



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ASTR Has Been Waiting For You (NEW Music Video)

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After an
almost excruciating wait, ASTR has finally released their new single, “Activate
Me”
. Originally intended to be released late February, the duo left fans in the
dark for months as the two worked, unbeknownst to the fans, on a music video.
Below is the product of their labors, a cold, dark video that suits perfectly the
abysmal aura of the band.

“Activate Me”
is co-produced by Rodney Jerkins (A.K.A. “Darkchild”), an American record producer
who’s worked with the greats (Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston,
just to name a few, he’s also worked with popular artists of the day, like Rihanna,
Justin Beiber, and Lady GaGa.) Both band members Adam Palin and Zoe Silverman have expressed
in previous interviews a great admiration for the production giant, so I can
only imagine the enthusiasm that went into making this track.

As an ASTR
fan from the beginning, I could quickly hear the foreign influence in the
track. ASTR have always steered clear of the simplistic pop beat that is
present in the chorus of “Activate Me”, always opting for the more rhythmic beats
of hip-hop and R&B, as can be heard on the verses. Though Jerkins is an incredible
producer in his own right, I couldn’t help but feel that his presence on this
track was more of a burden than a blessing. The transition and flow of the song feels interrupted by the switch from the rhythmic beat of the verse to the
mechanic beat of the chorus.

That being
said, “Activate Me” is a strong track, perfectly foreshadowing the imminent release of their much-anticipated album. I highly recommend checking out ASTR’s EP, “Varsity”; it’s a perfect collection of moody electronic R&B tracks that sound both sinister and uplifting at the same time.

Stay tuned for more ASTR, these guys are hitting the music scene with
full force.

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Alexander Bonilla

Dreamy German duos: Milky Chance

Hey, hey, hey, hey friends. Sometimes it’s good to acknlowledge oldies as goodies.

So let’s just talk about Milky Chance.

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A German folk duo with reggae and electronic music influences made up of Clemens Rehbein
(vocals and instrumentals) and Philipp Dausch (production and DJing),
Milky Chance is badass. Their album, Sadnecessary,
released just last year in October, has 11 tracks that you will either love or
hate. I don’t really think there’s really an in between with Milky Chance. They’re
chilled out dance pop, they’re a German folk jazz duo. It’s hard.

 “Stolen
Chance,” a more upbeat tempo track is the song that made it for Milky Chance,
is catchy with a dance beat of synchronistic claps, funky bass, and on- beat
drums. The vocals are more harmonious, and the -lyrics instantly just get
anyone to groove, with Rehbein crooning, “And I want you/We can bring it on the floor/You’ve never danced like this
before/We dont talk about it/Dancin’ on do the boogie all night long/ Stoned in
paradise, shouldn’t talk about it.” It’s chill, but it’s a boogie song with an
electro-tech vibe finishing out the song.

Rehbein has a
very distinct vocal style, and production wise, the two create this blend of
folk, reggae, and pop with almost this electronic aspect thrown in there for
kicks. “Flashed Junk Mind”  and “Stunner”
on Sadnecessary are some easily
the most relaxed tracks on the album, delivering beautiful broken up rhythms
and scratchy, raspy vocals.  Quickly, you
learn to discover the aesthetic of Milky Chance and you wonder if their sound
will become repetitive and old. But then there’s tracks like “Becoming,” that
instantly give you vibes of old Southern jazz, mixed with indie folk, and
you realize there’s no way Milky Chance can bore you.

The best track of the album is easily “Down by the River.”  Rehbein’s scratchy croons of his lyrics of “Down
by the river, I
was drawn by your grace/ Into tempest of oblivion and to the Lovers place"
overlaying some rhythmically guitar melodies.

It’s probably a song that is the most pop on the album, but has good rhythm and sound.In comparison to “Feathers” and “Sweet Sun” has a sense of dissonance and non-conforming rhythm. It’s free-flowing, it’s a song you listen to when you just don’t care anymore.

I’m not going to lie, I definitely don’t listen to these
guys for their lyrical creativity. It’s lacking a little in that department. It’s
their instrumental rhythms that I love, and I can admit, I love the sound of
Rehbein’s raspy vocals, reminiscent to me of  The Tallest Man on Earth. These guys have already gotten big, but
if you’re fan of vocally distincty Gotye, or the instrumentally dreamy XX, you’ll like this German sound.

They’re on tour this year, so if you have tickets already to
see them somewhere throughout the U.S., then you’re a cool cat. Boogie to “Stolen
Dance” for me.

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Ariana Rivera

New MV: Purity Ring – bodyache

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Purity Ring’s sophomore album Another Eternity has been out for a bit now (link to the
full album review later in the article), and I am happy to say that one of my favorite songs on the LP now has a music video (of sorts). The video is a looping
animation of a female with golden feathers instead of skin set to the syrupy track, “bodyache.”

The
sugary melody of the chorus acts as the perfect high to the low of the
sorrow-filled lyrics:

“I,
I, I lied, now I’m lying awake

I,
I, I cried ‘til my body ache”

Producer
Corin Roddick initiates the track with an irresistibly sweet marimba-like riff
that hovers dreamily over the entirety of the track, teetering right on the
edges of the song alongside the vocals of singer Megan James. You can feel the gravity Roddick adds to the track with his dark synths and rubber-filled bass, leaving James
to orbit with her candied incantations.

This
track is definitely a highlight of the album, and you can check out a full
review of the album done brilliantly by Rainy Dawg’s Garret M here.

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Coming Up: Toro Y Moi – What For? (Album Preview)

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Earlier today, Toro Y Moi surprised us all with a track we never expected! “Buffalo” (available on SoundCloud below) premiered on The Fader this morning along with a few insights into TYM’s creative process:

When I started writing this song I was experiencing a bit of writer’s block and this song was what pulled me out. As soon as I wrote it, I knew it would set the tone for the entire album.

And so it did. Comparing this track with TYM’s last release from this album, we can hear similar vibes of snares and solidarity. Both “Buffalo” and “Empty Nesters” rely on a driving rhythm beneath insightful lyrics. ‘Cause you love it all / ‘Cause you’ll find a way / To keep on… Check out the video from the January release below:

Stay tuned (on Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for more coverage of Toro Y Moi’s latest endeavor! I am excited to see what other singles are planned for release before the album (tracklist below) drops in April!

What For? (Expected Release Date: April 7, 2015)
01 What You Want
02 Buffalo
03 The Flight
04 Empty Nesters
05 Ratcliff
06 Lilly
07 Spell It Out
08 Half Dome
09 Run Baby Run
10 Yeah Right

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DJ Desman

Alabama Shakes: “Don’t Wanna Fight”

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On February 10 Alabama Shakes released the first single on their new album called Sound & Color, out on April 21. As a follow up to their 2012 album Boys and Girls, I’m expecting really good things from the Shakes’ new material. I already love what I’ve heard in “Don’t Wanna Fight,” but I’m excited to see what else they’re going to bring to the table. 

Here’s the “Don’t Wanna Fight” animation video, check it out–

This funky, soulful song revolves around lead singer/guitarist Brittany Howard’s mesmerizing voice. The power of the lyrics in “Don’t Wanna Fight” is upheld by the depth in Howard’s voice and the surrounding instrumentals. 

The Alabama Shakes have been working on Sound & Color for the past year. Since teaming up with Blake Mills, a California-based songwriter/producer, the band has produced and recorded 12 tracks for this new album that will be released this spring. Sound & Color will be full of genre-bending songs, showing how the band digs into music history, touching on psychedelia and punk, gospel and classic rock, while maintaining the originality that attracted so many listeners when the group emerged from Athens, Alabama in 2011.

The group is planning an international tour upon the album’s release and will be playing at music festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, as well. The band will also appear on an upcoming episode of Live from the Artist Den, premiering on public television stations this week.

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You can preorder this album on iTunes, Amazon or the band’s website. Prepare yourselves for the release of Sound & Color this spring and keep your eyes peeled for the Alabama Shakes’ upcoming tour dates, too. 

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George Ezra’s Grand Debut

English singer/songwriter George Ezra blessed the United States with the release of his debut album on Tuesday, January 27. Don’t be fooled by his baby-face, though; Ezra sings with a voice deeper and more complex than the ocean itself.

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The 21-year-old’s debut studio album, Wanted on Voyage, can be found here on Spotify. This album was released in Europe last June, so you may have heard “Budapest,” the album’s biggest hit, being overplayed on radio stations nearly everywhere.

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Ezra has been compared to other male solo artists such as Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran, but I think he deserves vast distinction due to his shifting musical style and the creativity and detail of his lyrics and music videos.

George Ezra’s hard-to-define style kept me on my toes while listening to Wanted on Voyage. For example in his track “Stand By Your Gun,” Ezra reminds you of the ‘80s by using his deep, thunderous vocals to contrast beautifully with an array of groovy synth sounds. As a whole, Wanted on Voyage is rather unpredictable, but it’s Ezra’s deep, sweeping voice that connects the tracks and completes the album.

On another note, George Ezra’s music videos are thought-provoking and beyond creative. The video for the first track on this album, “Blame it on Me,” tells a story alongside the song’s audio that will make you laugh, cry and feel incredibly thankful that you aren’t in George’s position.

You can find more music videos from Wanted on Voyage on Ezra’s YouTube channel here.

He has a great voice, catchy songs and killer music videos. George Ezra is a contemporary jack of all trades. What’s not to love?

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Seattle Sounds: The Weather – 1983 (New Music Video)

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On November 25, The Weather, posted a status update:

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Throughout the night, various images and videos were also uploaded – building excitement with the band’s fanbase. Experience the anticipation for yourself:

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After weeks (and weeks) of waiting, the Seattle-based trio finally gave us a “sneak peak” photo, only to be followed up by a link to stream the single on a pretty random Soundcloud.

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Oh I’m sure it’s coming realllll soon, guys!

Yesterday, the music video finally dropped and it was definitely worth the wait! Check out the retro-scopic throwback track below:

If you recognize those faces, that’s not a surprise! Lead singer, Mychal Cohen originally formed the group as Campfire Ok. The original band’s albums, Strange Like We Are (2011)and When You Have Arrived (2013) have been acclaimed for their studio and live performances.

Since Campfire Ok’s last release, the lineup has changed and producers, Chad Copelin and Jarod Evans, have helped put together The Weather’s recording debut. To celebrate, the band will be performing with Ravenna Woods and St. Paul de Vence at Neumos THIS SATURDAY!

Get tickets now, RSVP on Facebook, and check out The Weather’s website for all sorts of new music and info!

New Video: Jesse Romo – The Beauty of One

Jazzy and slow, Jesse Romo, starts off his latest track, “The Beauty of One” with a casual collection of guitar and drums. As the vocals begin, a wave of relaxation washes through all the instruments at once. Although the music isn’t technically difficult, it does challenge the listener to take in the message that Jesse strives to convey. “It is about feeling lost and alone, having a spiritual experience, and coming to find connectedness with the Universe,” the artist shares in the description of the song’s music video:

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A compilation of various Yosemite and Joshua Tree time lapses accompany the song as it drifts through various states of calamity. Check out the music video on Facebook or in the stream above.

This track is decidedly different than the music that can be found in Romo’s previous releases. While mixtapes like Listen, Love (Epilogue) and Afterthoughts rely heavily on sample-based production around jazz and hip-hop, other projects like happykid vibes out like old school Nintendo. This single ushers the first time that Jesse’s voice has appeared on a track – needless to say, I am glad to hear it.

To explain the inspiration behind the song, Romo states:

I started writing this song last summer, during a difficult couple of months in my life. Facing trials and tribulations again recently, but now with a greater sense of hope, I felt it was time to complete the song.”

There’s plenty of more beauty to be found in this artist’s work on Bandcamp and Soundcloud. Feel free to stream and download anything as he has gladly offered it all up for free!

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DJ Desman