Minneapolis indie rocker Mark Mallman has had a long and fruitful career for the past 20 years, keeping Midwest indie rock alive and thriving. For those who declare rock ‘n’ roll dead, Mallman convinces that rock can still give us something to believe in. Lead track “Hologram Jesus” makes that point right from the get-go as Mallman pleads that he’s desperate to feel something real. In his case it’s music and we leave convinced that music can be both a balm and a healing force.
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More immediate and with less mess than the fateful prom detailed in Stephen King’s Carrie, Nashville band Coyotes in Boxes’ “Vaporize” features an unsuspecting tuxedoed male at the stroke of midnight on their latest single. A coarse mix of doo-wop and feedback, Coyotes singer/guitarist Steven Holland describes “Vaporize” as the standard “boy-meets-girl scenario”, one in which “boy invites girl to this year’s end-of-the-world themed prom only for boy to be sacrificed by girl’s cult devotees to raise the Old Ones. You know, what every teenager deals with these days.”
Featuring guitarist Sean Dunn of Athens, Georgia’s Five-Eight, “Vaporize” will be released as a digital single and limited-edition cassette, both including b-side “Good Kitten”, on March 25 via Twin Cousins Records.
Since 2005, influential rapper Lyrics Born has been releasing a series of Variety Show sets. Similar to a mixtape in that these “shows” bring in a bunch of guests and feature a generally looser form than a label release, Lyrics Born‘s sets originally went out on CD, but switched to Internet distribution after the fourth season in 2009. However, unlike many mixtapes, Lyrics Born conceives these sets as shows and there’s an amazing flow from song to song, rather like a really well-produced radio show. Season 7 The Series Finale is now here and it features many highlights from previous seasons as well as a bunch of new exclusive Lyrics Born tunes. This is classic rap that’s completely irresistible.
Sadly, this is indeed the last season for the “program”, but fortunately Lyrics Born has a rich catalogue to enjoy and he has a new career retrospective, Now Look What You’ve Done, Lyrics Born! Greatest Hits, releasing April 15th that celebrates his 25 years in hip-hop. Lyrics Born says that “it’s time to close old doors and open new ones”
Swiss brothers Matt, Joe, Simri-Ramon and Esra Buchli form the folk-pop group 77 Bombay Street and, true to their status as siblings, their harmonies are lucious and affecting. In the last seven years, the band has honed their pop perfect sound by playing more than 300 concerts, including appearances at major music festivals in Europe. Meanwhile 77 Bombay Street has scored at the Swiss Music Awards, having won “Best Album Pop Rock National” and “Best Hit National”. Now the group is releasing their new single “Seven Mountains” on March 25th via Gadget Records, backed with “Once and Only”, the tune we are premiering today. Matt, who handles vocals and guitar with 77 Bombay Street says that “the lyrics come straight from my heart but true love can happen more than once.”
Switzerland’s ELVETT intriguingly blend acoustic instruments and mellow electronics via analogue synthesizers to create a mesmerizing soulful pop sound. “Everybody Say…” is the duo’s new summery video and it springs from the recent Who Shot First? EP, which we recommend and you can listen to below.