Premiere: Barcelona – On Off


Meet the new Barcelona. Now going the way of the producer, the Seattle three-piece have abandoned indie rock for more electronic pastures. Their revamped sound comes out in full force on new track “On Off.” The song comes off Know Love, the third part of their three-EP The Melodrama series. Fans of sexy synth-laced R&B jams à la How To Dress Well and James Blake will dig this one in particular. Stream “On Off” below.

Barcelona’s Know Love comes out March 18th. They also have a slew of tour dates coming up, including a few SXSW shows. Check them all our after the jump.

STREAM: Barcelona – “On Off” [PREMIERE]


Premiere: Lucy Mason – The Less We Say

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Lucy Mason has one of those rare voices that goes well with anything. Pop, classical, folk — it’ll work. The Australia-by-London artist will be showcasing her talents on her upcoming White As Snow EP. “The Less We Say,” one of five tracks on the release, is a stellar example of Mason’s songwriting chops. She commands with nothing but her enveloping vocals over minimal keys and guitar until the song explodes into its cloud-parting conclusion. Stream “The Less We Say,” along with the EP title track, below.

Lucy Mason will be releasing her White As Snow EP on March 31st.

STREAM: Lucy Mason – “The Less We Say” [PREMIERE]


COIN – It’s Okay


COIN do some growing up on new track “It’s Okay.” Though the members of this Nashville four-piece have already proven themselves to be masters of fun, infectious indie-pop with tracks like “Honey” and “Atlas,” “It’s Okay” shows the band taking itself a bit more seriously, repurposing the usual bright keys and guitar to a hopeful sound that channels the more anthemic work of Local Natives and Passion Pit. We like what we hear. Give the track a listen below.

STREAM: COIN – “It’s Okay”

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Simple and Sure


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are one of the safest bets in indie music. Their first two albums were jam-packed with shoe-gazey pop that jangled with good cheer and lovely hooks. It was music for music fans, a modern group that looked back lovingly upon the Smiths and Belle and Sebastian without seeming totally derivative. I loved them, and most of my friends who loved music loved them as well.

Their new track, “Simple And Sure”, off the forthcoming Days of Abandon (out April 22nd via Yebo Records) seems like a natural addition to their canon, but it is even brighter than previous songs by the band. The joy of listening to Pains was hearing the bright pop hooks, then diving in and finding the darkness in each track. I’m sure I’ll get there with “Simple and Sure,” but for now, the name of the track is pretty reflective of the song itself. This is a song by a band that’s so sure itself they can make a pretty, simple song. Don’t fault them for it. Stream “Simple And Sure” below.

STREAM: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Simple and Sure”

Introducing: BAD90s


When you think Boise, Idaho, odds are you don’t immediately think “pop music.” After Boise’s Trevor Powers blew the indie would up with his Pitchfork-approved Youth Lagoon albums, though, more and more people are looking to this western outpost as a place where pop music can thrive.

BAD90s comes from Boise, and are comprised of Eric Heavin of Owlright, David Wood of TEENS and GAYZE, and Sarah Masterson, a local writer and visual artist. They say there isn’t a lead singer in the band, but on debut track “On the Way,” Masterson takes the lead before the whole gang comes in on the chorus. The song is an infectious, layered pop tune that builds to a big hook. And while it’s a pop tune, the song’s lyrics are straight Boise — the song is about a young person whose family falls apart, built around a simple refrain of a mother who works the horses at the racetrack until her husband leaves. It’s a beautiful, rural story of destruction, set to what sounds like a lost demo for M83′s Saturdays = Youth Give it a whirl below.

STREAM: BAD90s – “On The Way”

Florrie – Seashells

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The drummer-singer-songwriter-model known as Florrie has been on the ATG radar since 2010, when Zack was looking for love in a major way. We aren’t entirely sure how that turned out for him, but since Florrie continues to produce some incredible tunes, it’s safe to assume that her focus doesn’t lie on American men like our ATG founders. At any rate, the British beauty has released a completely infectious new pop song in advance of a 3-song/video EP to come in April. “Seashells” is so infectious that it will get stuck in your head after the first listen, but the Indian-inspired beats and samples keep it interesting enough that you won’t mind letting it stay there all day. Hear for yourself by streaming it below.

STREAM: Florrie – “Seashells”

Mr Little Jeans – Good Mistake


Mr Little Jeans might be most well known at this point for her inventive cover of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs.” With new track “Good Mistake,” it should be clear to anyone that this is no one hit wonder. The song has a funky dance beat and ominous synths which loop and repeat underneath her whispered vocals. The beat builds and she lets loose for the chorus. The instrumental break in the middle of the song is an undeniable groove. It would be a bad mistake to bet against Mr Little Jeans, who looks like she’s on her way to big things.

Listen to “Good Mistake” below and check out the Good Mistake EPavailable now.

STREAM: Mr Little Jeans – “Good Mistake”

Introducing: Bleachers


Jack Antonoff (of fun. and Steel Train fame) expands his prolific portfolio with new project Bleachers. His debut track “I Wanna Get Better” is both massive and homemade in sound, and borrows from all of Antonoff’s pop experiences since those Drive Thru days. And yes, he manages to show off his guitar chops with a firework-launching solo. Give “I Wanna Get Better” a listen below.

STREAM: Bleachers – “I Wanna Get Better”

Premiere: Nicky Blitz – Alex


A couple years back you may remember that ATG Records opened its doors with a little single called “Alive” from a very talented dude named Nicky Blitz. You then heard his song “Summer Sinner” on TV every day and probably bought an Accord or Surface tablet. Well the man is back and ready to take on 2014, starting with brand new track “Alex.” Living somewhere near the intersection of synth pop and acid folk, the latest from the Miami-based artist is above all another piece of fun music in the spirit of his earlier work. Give “Alex” a listen below.

DC: Make sure to check Nicky Blitz out when he plays the sweetlife Festival on Saturday, May 10th at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

STREAM: Nicky Blitz – “Alex” [PREMIERE]

Introducing: JUCE


Georgia, Charlin and Cherish make up the London trio JUCE. If you’re still bitter about how disappointing your Valentine’s Day weekend turned out, their debut track “Call You Out” is exactly what you’ll need to recover from the heartache. The soulful hook, gorgeous harmonies and girl-power groove will instantly remind you of Haim, and that’s certainly not a bad comparison. Get down with JUCE’s retro-pop below.

STREAM: Juce – “Call You Out”