We’ve given every tip of the hat we possibly could to The 1975. So at this point, we’re just going to post their latest track “fallingforyou” — a smooth, electronic, R&B-tinged jam — and hope you’ll take our word that it’s superb. Stream it below.
“fallingforyou” appears on The 1975′s upcoming IV EP, due out May 20th via Dirty Hit/Vagrant.
DC: Come catch the 1975 at a special edition of All Things Gold on June 20th at U Street Music Hall. Advance tickets available for $12 (or $15 at the door) at the link below.
Queens of the Stone Age have just released a 1:50 minute animated video preview for “Kalopsia,” the second such release from their upcoming album … Like Clockwork. “Kalopsia,” which features a vocal spot from Trent Reznor, picks up where the first release “I Appear Missing” left off but follows new characters in a menacing post-apocalyptic setting. The track is dreary and haunting until about 1:20, when it kicks into true QOTSA heavy gear. Watch it above.
Keep an eye out for …Like Clockwork, which also features a celebrity contribution from Elton John, due out June 3rd via Matador.
Not long ago we introduced you all to MMX and their chill-inducing track “Stay.” Today we’re premiering the video for “Ritual,” another track off their phenomenal debut EP, Child. Like “Stay,” “Ritual” impresses as it builds, beginning softly with a pulsating synth line before blossoming into a stunning amalgam of keys, guitars and Ashley Wilkie’s first-class vocals. The video matches the track well, stringing together monochrome shots of the band to spectacular effect. Watch it above and study up on MMX. You’re going to want to know about these guys.
Those of you in the UK can catch MMX on tour this June. Dates after the jump.
Psychedelic revivalism seems to be a hot genre these days. London’s Antimatter People are no stranger to it, but don’t cast them with the rest of the crowd. In an era when most psych acts opt follow a retro, lo-fi approach to their music, Yehan Jehan’s outfit opts for a crisp sound and production style — reminiscent of Pink Floyd at their finest — which ironically does more justice to their forerunners than do their compatriots. Give “Mossy Grounds” a listen below and you’ll see what we mean.
The six members of Sleeper Agent are taking on giants with their cover of Blondie’s classic “One Way Or Another.” What do you do when standing toe-to-toe with Debbie Harry on her home turf? You pick up the pace, kick up the fuzz and wail your hearts out. Harry’s powerful, razor-sharp vocals are replaced here by Alex Kandel’s snarling yowl while the group fills in behind with filthy guitar licks and frenetic drums beats. It’s not measured and commanding like Blondie’s original tune, but instead is straight up, in-your-face and absolutely uncontrollable.
Sleeper Agent are heading into the studio this year to record the follow up to their 2011 debut, Celabrasion.
STREAM: Sleeper Agent – “One Way Or Another (Blondie Cover)”
Gary Clark Jr. has it all: conspicuous style, a convincingly bluesy voice and raw, mesmerizing, Hendrix-like guitar talent. His latest video for “Numb,” off of last year’s Blak and BluEP, features GC Jr. embattled in a tumultuous relationship and gives insight into his very personal style of coping, namely collect guitar and amplifier, load aforementioned items into a tricked out Cadillac Fleetwood, drive into the country and blow off some steam.
The only reason that I can really think of that would warrant the use of “numb” and Gary Clark Jr. in the same sentence would be to describe my complete loss of all sensation after watching him annihilate over a minute long guitar solo in the middle of this video. Watch it above.
What do you get when you pop The Misfits, The Thermals and Wavves into a blender? Bloody Knees — a big, delicious mess.
Bloody knees – a group of childhood friends hailing from Cambridge (UK) – whip up a tasty concoction of horror-laden surf punk rock. Their debut EP is loaded with slacked off punk rock riffs reminiscent of Danzig-era Misfits with all the darkened fifties-pop pizzazz. All of the songs here – with the exception of skating ode “(Not) Skateboarding” – are written in classic Misfits fashion, dealing with themes of death, blood and the horrific. Why? Because, according to frontman Bradley Griffiths, “It’s just fun singing about death and blood and knives and shit.” Also, his day job is cleaning up a hospital so being surround by puke, blood and disease will do that to you. But with a voice sounding like a sober-ish Darby Crash (with dashes of Glenn Danzig and Nathan Williams) on top of infectiously catchy riffs, it’s hard not to find yourself singing along.
Watch Bradley, Chris, Tom, and Sam muck around in the video for the their single “Ears, Eyes, Ohs and Yous” above. The Bloody Knees EP is slated for a June 17th release via Heart Throb Records.
Thee Oh Sees haven’t always been the band you see today. The psych-rock stalwarts began as the one-man side project of John Dwyer and over the next decade slowly evolved into its current four-member iteration, changing names five times along the way. One thing that has been constant about The Oh Sees, however, is their tendency to put out good music.
For their latest venture, Thee Oh Sees have teamed up with Adult Swim and a handful of garage rock heavy hitters for Garage Swim. The compilation album features tracks by Mikal Cronin, King Tuff, The Black Lips and King Kahn to name a few. Thee Oh Sees’ contribution, “Devil Again,” has been offered up as the first taste from this album. It’s the type of straightforward, head bangin’ rock song that you love to hear from these guys. Stream it below.
Not to get all Almost Famous on you, but the closest I have ever come to death was while I was standing on an Athens, Georgia street with the members of Futurebirds. I was there for Athfest, the great music festival, and I had just met the guys in the band. We were watching some very pretty girl sing whose name I forget, and a bolt of lightning struck the building next to us. The top of the building exploded, more or less, sending brick and concrete falling down on the street. I swear to God this happened. I fell flat on my chest, proving once and for all how poorly I would react in a battlefield situation.
Eye Emma Jedi‘s “Places” is the sort of guitar-driven, adrenaline-pumping indie rock we don’t nearly get enough of these days. Hailing from Norway, these Scandinavian chaps spent 100 days outside the village of Marbella on the Southern coast of Spain recording their debut album. “Places” is our first taste of said LP and reminds us of Fang Island in all the right ways. Fun fact: Dan Croll used to play with these guys. So chew on that. Stream the track below.