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by Adrien Begrand

17 Jun 2015


With a lavish, contemplative style comparable to Ellie Goulding and London Grammar, Los Angeles-based electronic duo Néonhèart is set to release their debut EP Awakening. Canadian singer Christina O’Connor and Chinese songwriter/producer HAOO create an intoxicating sound on the shimmering first single “Comatose”, but the beauty of the track is amplified in the gorgeous new video, which we’re very pleased to premiere.

by Brice Ezell

17 Jun 2015


The paradox inherent to many major music festivals, whether it’s California’s Coachella or Texas’ South by Southwest (SXSW), is that given the preponderance of choices available to music fans, it’s often difficult to choose where to go at all. Extensive lineups offer plenty of choice, but at the same time they create a din that’s hard to cut through in order to find something truly special. Nevertheless, if one takes the initiative to look beyond the headliners and main stages, she can find exciting music being performed in the nooks and crannies of even the most overwhelming music festivals.

Luke Winslow-King‘s performance for Lagunitas CouchTrippin’ at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas is one such case. View the performance and read about what went into it below.

by Brice Ezell

16 Jun 2015


Whether or not this tune is a spiritual sequel of sorts to the National‘s “The Geese of Beverly Road” is anyone’s guess.


Kintsugi is out now via Atlantic; read PopMatters‘s review of the LP here.

by Brice Ezell

16 Jun 2015


Few bands populated high school playlists as much as the Plain White T’s did in the mid-to-late ‘00s. With the ubiquitous platinum single “Hey There Delilah” the group became an internationally recognized name, and since then they’ve put out a steady stream of LPs, including this year’s American Nights.

Below you can watch the Plain White T’s play the tune “Pause”, taken from American Nights for the At: Guitar Center webseries.

by Brice Ezell

16 Jun 2015


Photo: From Live in Denton, TX (dir. Jason Lee and Eric Noren)

Live in Denton, TX is out now through ATO Records.

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