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by Evan Sawdey

30 Jun 2015

Australian sextet Alpine's  newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

Photo: Tracey Lee Hayes

Alpine aren’t a mere pop group, no. This Australian sextet is comprised of people who are thoroughly obsessed with pop music, just as much fans as they are creators, and they have managed to synthesize those influences into one hell of a journey, one which has taken them all over the world.

Although formed in 2009, the group’s sparse full-length, A is for Alpine, didn’t come out until 2012, after which the six friends—consisting of singers Pheobe Baker and Lou James, guitarist Christian O’Brien, bassist Ryan Lamb, keyboardist Tim Royall, and drummer Phil Tucker—slowly began their ascent into pop prominence. Although still biggest in their homeland, their appearances on high-profile platforms like NPR’s famed Tiny Desk Concert series helped people get wrapped into the group’s lush sound, spare but pointed, James and Baker’s cooing harmonies helping give warmth to the group’s accessible, tranquil pop pleasures.

by Adrien Begrand

30 Jun 2015

Jazz duo Painting  teams up with filmmaker Hideki Shiota for an unsettling, stylish new video to the piece "Inside a Cup / Unsure".

Pianist/producer Emanuel Ruffler has joined forces with drummer/producer/rapper Kassa Overall to create the jazz duo Painting, and they’re set to release their debut EP Gravity later this summer. Additionally, they’ve teamed up with filmmaker Hideki Shiota to make a haunting, stylish new video for the composition “Inside a Cup / Unsure”, which we’re glad to premiere.

by Sachyn Mital

30 Jun 2015

Two days after  the historic 5-4 Supreme Court, New York City's Pride March, like others around the country, felt celebratory and joyful.

The timing couldn’t have been better. Two days after the historic 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that found the Constitution affirms same-sex couples have the right to marry, New York City’s Pride March, like others around the country, felt celebratory and joyful. As the New York Times reported on the fruitful effects the decision had for organizers, “Odd-numbered years we do well,” James Fallarino, a spokesman for the parade, said. One of the organizers, Chris Martin, said there were about 20 volunteers earlier last week to help inflate balloons. After the Supreme Court decision, his Facebook page was inundated with requests to be included.”

Before the March kicked off, there was a moment of silence as well as a proclamation that the event was not a parade, not until equal rights were obtained for all LGBT people. The New York Times also stated, “At East 36th Street, the actor Ian McKellen, a grand marshal, waved his rainbow flag at spectators. An announcer asked the crowd for a brief period of silence in honor of those who could not be there: those who died of H.I.V./AIDS, those who committed suicide, those who fell victim to hate crimes. Moments later, the gravity gave way again to festivity. The actor Tituss Burgess broke into the national anthem, and scantily clad men wove their way through the marchers.” Check out photos from the festivity below.

by Adrien Begrand

30 Jun 2015

The electronic three-piece  House of Blondes debuts a new track just in time for summer vacation.
Photo by
Kurt W. Sawilla

Three years after the release of their debut album Clean Cuts, New York electronic trio House of Blondes are set to put out the follow-up Stranger Still this summer. As timing would have it, they have a shimmering new electropop track called “First of July” that we’re more than happy to premiere just in time for that symbolic start of a kid’s summer vacation.

by Sloane Spencer

30 Jun 2015

Dex Romweber may  feel that his age is catching up with him, but that hasn't stopped him from making the music he loves one bit.

Photo: Anthony Nguyen

Roots rock cult hero, Dex Romweber, first came to my attention in Flat Duo Jets, back when I was going to all ages shows in Atlanta and Athens, and hiding out in the bathroom to stay for the later 21 and older shows. The Dex Romweber Duo began with his buddy, Crash LaResh, and later with his sister, Sara Romweber (of Let’s Active and Snatches of Pink).

Dex Romweber Duo‘s last album, Images 13, derives its name from the cover art, an existing piece from Romweber’s own portfolio, not referencing the number of tracks (there are 12).

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"Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

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