Stream : Marika Hackman : Deaf Heat EP

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London bird Marika Hackman has her new EP, Deaf Heat, hitting stores next week via Dirty Hit Records. For those not too familiar, she lays dark, brooding vocals on top of a bed of tender melodies updating folk music to something more contemporary to the modern musical soundscape. After the release of two fantastic EPs in just the past year, it is quite clear she is truly a special talent who’s going to continue to see her profile rise. Find the stream the full EP, which includes a superb cover of Lykke Li’s “If Follow Rivers”, below.

Song : How To Dress Well : “Repeat Pleasure”

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Tom Krell or the artist better know as How To Dress Well is really hitting his stride as of late. After giving us what may go down as one of the better songs this year in “Word I Don’t Remember”, he gave us another silky-smooth gem “Repeat Pleasure”. Both songs will appear on his just announced Rodaidh McDonald-produced new album, “What Is This Heart?”, scheduled to see the light of day on June 24th via Weird World. Listen below.

What is This Heart? Tracklist:
1. 2 Years On (Shame Dream)
2. What You Wanted
3. Face Again
4. See You Fall
5. Repeat Pleasure
6. Words I Don’t Remember
7. Pour Cyril
8. Precious Love
9. Childhood Faith in Love (Everything Must Change, Everything Must Stay the Same)
10. A Power
11 Very Best Friend
12 House Inside (Future Is Older Than the Past)

Song : The Antlers : “Palace”

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After way too long of a wait, The Antlers are set to return with their first long-play since 2011’s Burst Apart. Titled Familiars, it was recorded and produced by the band at their Brooklyn studio and will be out on June 17 via Anti- (US)/Transgressive (UK). The first song from it is “Palace” for which they share a video with it. Listen and watch below.

Familiar Tracklist:
1. Palace
2. Doppelgänger
3. Hotel
4. Intruders
5. Director
6. Revisited
7. Parade
8. Surrender
9. Refuge

Album Stream : RAC : ‘Strangers Pt. I & II’

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Having made some of the most memorable remixes over the years, Andre’ Allen Anjos aka RAC is streaming the both parts of his debut Strangers LP (the first part has been out since March). The collection has been in the works for somewhere around three and half years and, just like all his work to date, it is pure accessible pop bliss that you don’t have to be guilty about. It features such notable artists as St. Lucia, YACHT, Penguin Prison, Tegan & Sara, Tokyo Police, and more. The album is officially out April 1st through Interscope. Get your weekend started by streaming it below.

Songs : Burnt Ones : “Spellbreakers” & “New Heroes of Subscription Services”

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Indianapolis expatriates, and now Bay Area-based, Burnt Ones have announced the March 25th release of their third LP, Gift. Burnt Ones has self-released multiple singles, EPs, and a couple LPs on a variety of imprints – including our own, now-defunct Roaring Colonel Records and the more reputable Burger Records – so it is great to see the band land at John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records. Their brand of scuzzed-out glam rock is a great fit. The band will open for Ty Segall on some upcoming dates, and here are two new tracks from Gift for you to try out.

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MOKB Album Premiere : MiWi La Lupa : New Way Home

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Buffalo native and current New York City resident MiWi La Lupa will be releasing, next Tuesday, his debut album, New Way Home, via the fine folks at Team Love Records. After his move to NYC in 2005, he found himself performing alongside a diverse array of talents such as Les McCann, David Byrne, Bill Frisell, Femi Kuti, Charlie Hunter, and El-P. This diversity and his blue-collar roots help shape what was to become New Way Home.

Spanning just eight songs, La Lupa was able to explore and examine the emotions of frustration, grief, and forgiveness we all experience over the course of our lives. Talented friends Joanna Warren, Conor Elmes, Curtis Fowlkes, Rob Jost, Mara Kaye, Natalie John, Timothy Allen, Bill Frisell, and Conor Oberst. The result is a satisfying listen that offers several seamless twists and turns from one genre to the next covering blues, country, folk, and rock.

Give it a spin below a week in advance and, if you like what you hear, purchase the album here. La Lupa will immediately will be heading out on the road in support of the release starting next week, so be sure to check out the first string of dates below.

Tour Dates:
01.21.14 – Manhattan, NY @ Bowery Electric (Album Release Party With Last Good Tooth)
01.25.14 – Buffalo NY @ DBGB
01.26.14 – Buffalo NY @ Milkies
01.28.14 – Detroit, MI @ Lager House
01.29.14 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
01.30.14 – Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter
01.31.14 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s Bar

Album Trailer : Sam Smith : In The Lonely Hour

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If there is one album to for us to pick that we are excited about and have no worries it will deliver, it is Sam Smith’s debut LP In The Lonely Hour. The album will drop on May 24th through Capital Records and, to get us all warm and fuzzy, he revealed a 2-minute trailer showing him in the studio recording. Check it out below along with the recently released remix of Smith’s “Nirvana” by British producer Until The Ribbon Breaks.