Festival Fever: Syd Arthur

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Now that yet another Coachella has passed we can get ready for…oh right, another Coachella. One band that will be playing Indio this weekend is Cantebury’s Syd Arthur. Distiller.fm recently caught up with the bluesy, psychedelic foursome. Hit the jump for a video interview in which they talk about their festival experiences, influences, making a living as musicians and more. You can also check out studio performances of “Garden Of Time” and “Hometown Blues” below.

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Lana Del Rey – West Coast

Down on the West Coast, we got a saying
If you’re not drinking, then you’re not playing

After some false starts, teaser billboards and a Coachella preview, Lana Del Rey finally, with little fanfare, released a track off her imminent second album Ultraviolence this morning. The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach was confirmed in February as the album’s producer, and his gritty, bluesy influence is palpable in this first single.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard something truly new, and “West Coast” is nice, yes, but it’s no expansive, commanding, masterpiece first single. If we can compare it to anything off Born To Die, it’s like a softer, darker “Diet Mountain Dew.” But LDR is still a master of duality here, balancing darkness & light, passivity & insistence, dependence & independence. Ultraviolence will be out via Interscope whenever she decides, but our best bet is sometime in May. Until then, a black and white Lana spinning circles on the beach will ease us into spring.

You can catch Lana Del Rey headlining this year’s sweetlife festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 10th.

Video Premiere: Colleagues – Parents’ House

Colleagues are a Swedish five-piece making sparkling technicolor dream pop that stands out even in a vast sea of Scandanivian talent. We’re beyond excited to premiere the brand new video for their stunning debut single “Parents’ House,” featuring exclusive footage from Roy Andersson’s cult classic teen romance film A Swedish Love Story. “Parents’ House” had us at hello with a cloudburst of ambling keyboard lines, shimmering guitar riffs and infectious sing-along vocals. But the love affair got serious during the mid-song breakdown, a quasi-orchestral torrent of pure feeling evoking vintage M83 that spirals into a freewheeling instrumental outro. By the time the track finally dissolves in a ghostly swirl of filter and phase-shifting effects it’s magic. This song is beyond up our alley – it’s redefining our alley right now. Recommended for fans of St. Lucia, Miami Horror, Cut Copy, Delorean, eighties sound palettes, and sublime romantic pop.

Colleagues’ double A-side Tears / Parents’ House is out April 14th via In Stereo Records. Buy here.

Festival Fever: Surfer Blood

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With SXSW in our rearview mirrors, Festival Fever rages on towards Coachella. The mega-festival kicks off its first week on Friday. One act that will be playing in Indio this weekend are indie-rock mainstays Surfer Blood. Diffuser.fm recently caught up with the West Palm Beach outfit to talk about the upcoming, their influences and more. Hit the jump for the interview along with performances of “Demon Dance” and “Drinking Problem.”

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Introducing: Benjamin Booker

I first met Benjamin Booker a couple years ago when a New Orleans publication asked me to interview a new musician who just showed up in town. No one knew anything about him except that he was from Florida and he’d recorded a few songs on his sister’s laptop. The editor who assigned it to me sent me one black-and-white photo of a kid descending a set of stairs into a cellar…and one song — a grainy mp3 of “Have You Seen My Son?” I listened to the song. I listened again. I couldn’t believe it. For every 100 times an editor sends you a song of some no-name artist, you’ll find one gem. This wasn’t just a gem. This was a real voice. A fully-formed voice.

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The Antlers – Palace

In Oasis’ actually great late era song “Little By Little,” Noel Gallagher sings, “True perfection has to be imperfect / I know that that sounds foolish but it’s true.” While perfection is impossible to achieve in music, I do believe that there is a such thing as a “perfect song.” I can’t really describe what makes a song “perfect,” but that “HOLY SHIT” feeling comes along once or twice a year for me after hearing a song for the first time.

I knew that “Bad Religion” by Frank Ocean was going to be my song of 2012 within seconds of watching his performance with the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon right before channel ORANGE dropped in July of that year. Similarly, the simple piano riff in Rhye’s “The Fall” is still stuck in my head over a year after I first heard it, and I believe that the track’s raw emotionality is absolutely unparalleled in modern music. Whether it’s the lyrics, the emotions, or the goosebumps that come from hearing a great song for the first time, every now and then, a song can really feel perfect. And then, on a gloomy New York morning, “Palace” by the Antlers stops by your depressing cubicle on a seemingly endless Monday and leaves you absolutely speechless, rendering you unable to continue doing anything productive until you’ve replayed the track at least seven more times.

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LOLAWOLF – Jimmy Franco

LOLAWOLF prove they’ve got the magic touch with yet another killer single, “Jimmy Franco.” The track channels tropical vibes packed with enough bounce to propel you to the moon and back. Three months in and 2014 looks like it’s one of the best yet thanks to this trio.

“Jimmy Franco” comes packaged with its own video, in which Zoe and beau A$AP Rocky get their flirt on in an abandoned Bushwick building. Watch it above.

STREAM: Lolawolf – “Jimmy Franco”

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Strange Colores

The video for Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks latest track ”Strange Colores” should come with a seizure warning. It’s a quick-cutting, light-flashing slice of chaos as Tare and company trade the horror show for the fun house. The song, however, has a simple, repetitive structure, but there’s still a rush of exhilaration when the chorus hits and the band breathlessly sings — almost chants — a hypnotic string of syllables. Two tracks in and we already have reason to be very hopeful for their upcoming debut.

Check out “Strange Colores” above, and watch out for Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks’s Enter the Slasher House, out April 7th/8th via Domino Records.

Festival Fever: Wakey! Wakey!

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SXSW may be over but Festival Fever rages on. The latest artist to star in Diffuser.fm’s spotlight series is Wakey! Wakey! After the jump you’ll find videos of the Brooklyn-based alt-poppers performing “Call Me Up” and “Phoebe Cates,” along with an interview in which frontman Mike Grubbs talks about his festival experiences, Ms. Cates, the songwriting process and more.

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Festival Fever: Torres

Add Torres to your list of artists to catch at SXSW. The Nashville singer-songwriter beyond impresses with just her voice and guitar, not unlike Daughter. Get to know her via these Diffuser.fm videos, which include performances of “A Proper Polish Welcome” and “Strange Hellos,” after the jump.

And don’t forget, All Things Go is teaming up with Indie Shuffle for an extra rad showcase at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop this Friday with Ghost Beach, Joywave, Wolf Alice and more. Details at the link below.

RSVP: ATG x Indie Shuffle Official Showcase

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