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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

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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Alexander Bonilla

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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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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