Hoops Announce Debut LP, Stream First Single “Rules”

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It has been a crazy year and change since we first broke Indiana homies Hoops. Today, after signing with Fat Possum and releasing their debut EP in 2016, they are dropping their debut long-play, Routines, on May 5th through Fat Possum. Unlike their EP, the album pulls back to their more lo-fi cassette recordings that made us fall for them in the first place, while stillmaintaining their quick-witted guitar melodies. The first track “Rules” is one of many highlights on a LP that is going to fully showcase band really coming into its own musically. Pre-roder the release on all formats, including limited cotton candy vinyl here.

Routines Tracklisting:
1. Sun’s Out
2. Rules
3. On Top
4. Benjals
5. Burden
6. On Letting Go
7. The Way Luv Is
8. Management
9. All My Life
10. Underwater Theme
11. Worry

Tour dates:
2/18 – Norman, OK @ The Opolis
2/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
2/22 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic *
2/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre *
2/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop Music Festival *
2/27 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
2/28 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
3/01 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
3/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room *
3/04 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
3/09 – Nashville, TN @ Freakin Weekend at The End
3/10 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
3/12-18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
5/12-14 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
5/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo ^
5/26-28 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
6/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right +

* w/ Tennis
^ w/ PARTS
+ w/ Joy Again

The Return of Annie Hardy

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Eleven (11) years ago, I wrote about Giant Drag’s Hearts and Unicorns album, and Annie Hardy appeared to be on top of the world. She would soon be playing Coachella as well as the Reading and Leeds festivals, while also being named one of the Top 50 Coolest People of the Year by NME. But then she just dropped out.

Hardy recently told LA Weekly, “Whatever your name is — whether it’s a band or a business — it always takes on the energetic frequency of the name. Giant Drag was always these huge bummers.”

Hardy farted around with a project or two but eventually fell out of music. She got a bad boyfriend, ditched him, found love, and became a mother, but tragically for only 17 days. Hardy lost her son, Silvio, to SIDS. After her son’s death, Hardy refound music and says that writing songs helped her with the grief, say goodbye, and ultimately saved her life.

The new album, Rules, will be released on April 7th, and the first single, “Want” features Don Bolles from The Germs on drums and Stephen McBean from Pink Mountaintops and Black Mountain on guitar.

Listen to “Care” by David Bazan

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A couple weeks ago, we emailed David Bazan to find out more about his cover of “The Commander Thinks Aloud” from the Barsuk Records ACLU benefit album, but he was unavailable and deep in studio work, finishing up this new album.

Care is an album that was written during the second half of 2016, and is a response to both political and personal crises, seeking ways forward in each. The album, Bazan’s third in less than a year, was produced, recorded, and mixed by Bazan and legendary producer Richard Swift, and will be released on March 7th via Undertow. Below is the slow-burning title track….

Listen to “Sisters” by NE-HI

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Chicago band, NE-HI has released their new single, “Sisters,” from their upcoming album Offers, to be released on February 24th through Grand Jury Music. It’s an energetic, jangly guitar-driven garage rock jam with some enjoyable sing-shout group vocals.

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Charly Bliss Announce Debut LP, Stream New Track “Glitter”

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We fell heavy for New York City-based Charly Bliss and their Weezer-esque track “Ruby” last year and now the four-piece have announced their debut album, Guppy, set to drop on April 21st via Barsuk Records“. “Glitter” is the lead single from the release deeply rooted in early to mid-’90s rock with a poppy sheen that makes it irresistible. According to frontwoman Eva Hendricks, the song is “about dating someone who’s too much like you and it making you feel full of self-hatred.” Spine the track below.

Listen to “Daylight” by Shadow Band

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Mike Bruno is the leader of Shadow Band, a project that has been creating music in and around Philadelphia for the last few years. The band has recently signed with Mexican Summer and will be releasing their debut full-length, Wilderness Of Love, on February 24th. Following the dominant motif of a Mexican Summer band, you can expect a solid brand of psych-folk styling in their sound.

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Listen to “Omaha” by Toro Y Moi

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Sometimes Chaz Bundick of Toro Y Moi gets so busy trying to push the envelope, usually in one of his many, many side projects, you lose track of his basic musical talent to crush out a simple, beautiful song. He does it right here.

Many talents are contributing songs to the Our First 100 Days project. Yesterday was Chaz’s day. Keep up with this great project, as it is really just getting rolling, and donate to the cause!