Lana Del Rey – West Coast

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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.

Introducing: Siren

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Siren prove themselves deserving of their namesake with debut single “I Think I Like You.” Comprised of longtime friends Kat Ostenberg and Skyler Stonestreet, the L.A. duo operates with the same vocal affinity that makes contemporaries like Say Lou Lou so damn good. If this alluring pop masterpiece is a sign of things to come, consider ourselves very excited for new music from these two. Stream “I Think I Like You” below.

STREAM: Siren – “I Think I Like You”

Michael Jackson – A Place With No Name (America Cover)

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Nearly five years after his death, the illustrious King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is still showering us with jams. To build anticipation ahead of the release of his posthumous album, Xscape, MJ’s camp has released a couple of teasers on Soundcloud. They offer a glimpse into the reimagined artist and posit what he would sound like if he were still around today. With producers like Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins on board, this is a project worth getting excited over.

Nestled alongside the aforementioned teasers is “A Place With No Name,” a previously recorded cover of America’s 1972 hit “A Horse With No Name.” A snippet of the song was leaked shortly after Jackson’s death in 2009, and then again in 2013. Now you can listen to a full version of the track below.

Michael Jackson’s Xscape is set to hit iTunes on May 13th.

STREAM: Michael Jackson – “A Place With No Name (America Cover)”

Interview: Johnny Stimson

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On Wednesday, April 2nd, All Things Go will once again be joining up with Communion DC to deliver some of the most promising up-and-coming musicians to Gypsy Sally’s. In advance of the show, we checked in with sugary pop crooner Johnny Stimson — who will share the stage with Sturgill Simpson and Pleasure Cruises — to discuss his recent success and future plans.

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STREAM: Johnny Stimson – “SO. GOOD.”

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George Barnett – 3 Statues

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George Barnett qualifies himself as a pop virtuoso on “3 Statues.” The Herefordshire artist’s latest single not only finds Mr. Barnett in full vocal form, but he also takes on all production and recording duties on this one. A rare breed indeed. Fans of Justin Timberlake and Mute Math will enjoy this slice of funk and hip-hop influenced pop music. Stream “3 Statues” below.

STREAM: George Barnett – “3 Statues”

Sivu – Dumb (Nirvana Cover)

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British singer-songwriter Sivu gives us a dreamy pop take on Nirvana in his cover of “Dumb.” It’s hard to please when covering such an influential band, but going for one of the deeper cuts on In Utero was a good choice. Minimalist and modern, Sivu’s keyboard-driven version feels a more fitting tribute to Kurt Cobain than the hideous statue that was recently unveiled in Aberdeen.

Sivu’s newest EP Can’t Stop Now is out on iTunes via Warner Music UK. Stream “Dumb” below.

STREAM: Sivu – “Dumb (Nirvana Cover)”

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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SAFIA – Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds

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No, SAFIA weren’t hiding under their bedsheets when they came up with the title for “Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds.” The Australian trio’s latest track is actually an extra smooth cross between ASTR and Sam Smith that combines the best of electro, pop and R&B without sounding stale. Stream the track below, and if you’re interested in a free download you can snag one in exchange for a like on the band’s Facebook.

STREAM: Safia – “Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds”

Jhene Aiko – My Afternoon Dream

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2014 is shaping up to be a good year for Jhene Aiko. Building off of her haunting feature on Drake’s “From Time,” which she also performed on SNL, the Los Angeles based singer released her debut Sail Out EP in November. Since then she’s been popping up all over the place doing feature-spots and press in the lead-up to her forthcoming full-length debut.

Ms. Aiko turned 26 yesterday and decided to give her fans a birthday present in the form of new track “My Afternoon Dream.” The song features lush production from Key Wayne, utilizing a piano loop and strings along with a simple beat and bassline. Aiko’s vocals provide bring some dreaminess to the music, her gentle crooning at times giving way to a bouncy, almost rap delivery, but never losing its measured quality. The pace and mood of the song make it perfect for a rainy day. “My afternoon dream / When the world is sleeping / I am still thinking / Of my blue dream / It’s bliss.” Aiko has ensured that the bliss is all on the listener’s side.

Stream Jhene Aiko’s “My Afternoon Dream” below, and stay tuned for her Souled Out LP, out May 2014.

STREAM: Jhene Aiko – “My Afternoon Dream”

9:30 Club & All Things Gold Present: The Colourist @ U Street Music Hall

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All Things Gold and 9:30 Club are taking over U Street Music Hall next Friday, March 21st for an extra special early show featuring ATG Records alumni The Colourist. This will be the California dream-rockers proper headline debut in the District, and if that doesn’t get you excited enough, they’re bringing along Night Terrors of 1927 and The Wind And The Wave as support. Don’t miss this one — grab your tickets at the link below.

TICKETS: All Things Gold
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STREAM: The Colourist – “Little Games”

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