If you have been following Toro y Moi on Soundcloud, you would have noticed he has been sharing new song over the last month or so with no information regarding their existence. Well, it looks like we have the answer with a dropbox link appearing on his Instagram for a new mixtape or album called Samantha featuring Kool A.D., Rome Fortune, Washed Out, and Nosaj Thing. The download also comes with a pdf of various photos of him and a girl presumably whom the release is named after.
Since The xx hit, it has become more and more of a norm to see trios (after all 3 is the magic number) making minimalistic pop comprised of two men and woman with CHVRCHES being the most notable along with other such acts London Grammar, Vaults, among others to varying results. The latest entry to this group is Copenhagen’s CHINAH. Their first song “Away From Me” didn’t really grab us, but we are warming up to their latest, the sharply crafted “We Go Back.” Find the stream below and, if they stick to formula, expect and EP from them in the very near future.
Indianapolis hip-hop artist Sirius Blvck and team known as Ghost Town Collective have been prolific over the past few years without losing quality in the process. Earlier this summer, he dropped his seventh studio album, Chedda Biscuits, for mass consumption. Today, we have the visual companion to song “Hocus Pocus,” quite possibly our favorite track on the album. Find it below and, for those in area, be sure to catch him along with a ton of other artists at Chreece, a celebration of hip-hop culture in Indianapolis.
Multifaceted and prolific Chicago musician Spencer Radcliffe has his debut album (under his own name) Looking In out via Run For Cover Records on October 2nd. The LP throws Radcliffe’s hat in what has become a compelling and resurging lo-fi, indie-rock scene. His latest song is the moody, bedroom-appropriate “Yankee.” While obvious in comparison, current contemporary Alex G comes to mind with the slightly unconventional song construction and odd, yet effective inclusion of dog barks. Yes, guitar-based rock is not dead and we just might be seeing the pendulum beginning to swing its way again. Listen below.
Sat 10/10 Chicago, IL @ Pinky Swear$
Sun 10/11 Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar$
Mon 10/12 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddah$
Tue 10/13 Montreal, ON @ le Divan Orange$
Wed 10/14 New Haven, CT @ Bar$
Thu 10/15 Flemington, NJ @ 90 Main&
Fri 10/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca*
Sun 10/18 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar*
Tue 10/20 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, @ Bard College&
Wed 10/21 Boston, MA @ Out of the Blue Gallery&
Thu 10/22 New York, NY @ The Silent Barn&
Mon 10/26 Chambersburg, PA @ Nathan Miller Chocolate^
Thu 10/29 Atlanta, GA @ The Cleaners
Fri 10/30 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Café@
Sun 11/1 St Louis, MO @ Firebird@
Mon 11/2 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar@
$ w/ LVL UP
& w/ Pinegrove
* w/ Pity Sex & Wild Honey
^ w/ Elvis Depressedly, Rozwell Kid, Wishlist
@ w/ Alex G
Lo-fi hero Alex G announced his new album Beach Music a couple of weeks back along with sharing the first song from it “Bug.” The release will be out on October 9th and his first on Domino Records. Today, he dropped the visual for the song shot in Ojai, California and directed by Micah Van Hove exploring “the cyclical nature of a relationship, the addictive quality of love and the joy and confusion it brings.” Watch below.
Production extraordinaires Giraffage and Slow Magic announced additional dates for their So Cute! tour along with a new song of the same name. Can we call it the tour track? Regardless, the song is an illuminating affair blasting the listener with blinding synths mixed with varying beats meditative humms. Find the track and tour dates below.
Nov. 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Nov. 25 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Nov. 26 – Toronto, ON @ Hoxton
Dec. 8 – Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo
Dec. 9 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune
Dec. 10 – Victoria, BC @ DISTRIKT
Dec. 11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Dec. 17 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency
Dec. 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda
Dec. 19 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
Dec. 20 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
November 6th will see the release of Chico, the sophomore LP from Chicago band Santah, via Yes Club Records. The album follow’s their much lauded 2010 debut White Noise Bed along with subsequent You’re Still A Lover EP from 2012 and Awwh Man 7” from last year. We have already heard “Sunkeeper” from the album, now they have given us the pleasure of introducing a second song titled “Did We Sing?.” The track brings in dreampop touchstones without straying too far from more traditional pop-rock constructs and hooks that are both engaging and satisfying. Listen below.
Oct 1, Indianapolis IN, TBA
Oct 2, Chicago, IL Township
Oct 3, Dayton OH, Blind Bob’s
Oct 4, Detroit MI, House Show
Oct 5, Cleveland OH, TBA
Oct 6, Columbus OH, Double Happiness
Oct 7, Cincinnati OH, MOTR Pub
Oct 8 Louisville KY, Tim Faulkner Gallery
Oct 9, Bowling Green KY, Tidball’s
Oct 10, Nashville TN, TBA
Oct 13, Washington D.C., DC9
Oct 15, NYC, CMJ Festival
Oct 16, NYC, CMJ Festival
Oct 17, NYC, CMJ Festival
Oct 22, Milwaukee WI, Club Garibaldi
Oct 24, Champaign IL, Highdive