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by Brice Ezell

15 Jun 2015


In PopMatters‘s “Best New/Emerging Artists of 2013” feature, Josh Langhoff says of the British electronic duo Disclosure, “Their songs have massive hooks that you will hum. And yet—their really reprehensible youth leading them to believe they can do anything—they’ve also achieved that rarefied house ideal, music whose micro changes wreak seismic havoc to body and mind.”

With their new LP Caracal, then, Disclosure have one heck of a debut to follow up. The duo recently took to the stage at Wild Life, with guest vocalist Gregory Porter in tow, to perform Caracal single “Holding On”.

by Brice Ezell

12 Jun 2015


Major and the Monbacks played together as a band for seven years prior to the release of their self-titled debut, which is out now. However, if you listen to any of the tunes on Major and the Monbacks, you’d be forgiven for thinking that these chaps only just discovered their passion for music; the energy is high, and the joy is infectious. It’s a testament to this Norfolk, Virginia outfit’s verve and tenacity that after being together for so long, it sounds like they’re reveling in the music anew even still. For a fine case in point, watch the video to the soul-drenched “I Do” below, which is a lungful of fresh air in a world where passionless indie rock is increasingly the norm.

by Brice Ezell

11 Jun 2015


Photo: Jessica Scarane

Last week, PopMatters premiered the self-titled album by the Delaware outfit Teen Men; you can still stream the entire thing here on the site. Although that LP is plenty colorful on its own, now there is some additional visual accompaniment to bring the music even more to life, in the form of the new music video for the Teen Men number “Kids Being Kids”. Whether you’re bobbing your head along to the bassline or tracking along the side-scrolling videogame, there’s definitely plenty that is interesting for the ears and eyes.

by Brice Ezell

10 Jun 2015


London’s Field Day Festival was as big as ever this year, and in addition to the big festival stages, a variety of artists, including Run the Jewels, Mac DeMarco, and Baxter Dury cozied up in the back of a London black cab to play some of their newest tune for the Black Cab Sessions. View five of those performances in the playlist video below.

by Brice Ezell

10 Jun 2015


In the press materials for their new LP, Giant, the Salt Lake City, Utah group L’Anarchiste explain that the music was “written in the foothills of Salt Lake City in the trees on a hammock by a creek”. When watching the video to the Giant track “Samundar”, though, such an idyllic, pastoral description comes off as a little odd—if not funny. Although the song does feature a banjo, as good an instrument to play while relaxing in a hammock as ever there was, it’s far from the Americana fold. Musically, the song is tough to pin an easy description on—which makes it all the more appealing. Visually, “Samundar” takes the music up another notch with an arresting series of dances, as you can view in the video below. In an age where indie rock groups, even those claiming to be “experimental”, typically fall into the rote, boilerplate moves that have been done countless times before, hearing a band like L’Anarchiste craft such intriguing sonic landscapes is quite refreshing.

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Fave Five: Alpine

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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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