Premiere : Tyler Childers singing “Honky Tonk Flame” at Sun King Brewery

We’ve been excited proponents of the movement back towards old school and outlaw country. Artists like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton have brought back authenticity and much-needed real-life grit to country music. This resurgence has now brought forth a second generation, if you will, to get very excited about, and Tyler Childers is a fellow Kentuckian that certainly fits that description. Childers was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky, a small, dwindling coal mining area in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, so he knows more than a little bit about struggle and underbelly of lawlessness and booze that is glossed over by the thick fog of religion in these poor, rural areas.

The new 10-song album, Purgatory, recorded at Nashville’s The Butcher Shoppe studio, was produced by Sturgill Simpson as well as David Ferguson. It features Simpson on acoustic guitar and to no surprise a host of world-renowned players (Stuart Duncan, Miles Miller, and Russ Pahl, among others).

Lucky Indianapolis show-goers can catch Childers this Saturday at the Sun King Brewery VIII Anniversary party, which also features Nikki Lane and Parker Milsap! Tickets available at MOKB

Toro y Moi Announces New LP, Unveils Video for “Girl Like You”

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One of the hardest workers and true chameleons in the game, Chaz Bear (fka Bundick) releasing his fifth studio, named Boo Boo, album under the Toro y Moi moniker on July 7th via Carpark Records. The album was recorded over the last year in Portland, Oregon during a trying time for the multi-talented artist. The following is a personal statement from the man himself about the LP:

After 7 years of touring and recording, I found myself becoming self conscious about my position in life as a “famous” person, or at least my version of whatever that is. My dreams had become my reality, yet I was somehow unable to accept this new environment. I couldn’t help but fall into what might be described as an identity crisis. A feedback loop of fearful thoughts left me feeling confused. I felt as though I no longer knew what it was that I actually wanted and needed in and out of life, and at times I felt unable to even tell what was real.

During this time of personal turmoil, I turned to music as a form of therapy, and it helped me cope with the pain that I was feeling. I’d listen to the same ambient song over and over again, trying to insulate myself from reality. I fell in love with space again.

By the time I felt ready to begin working on a new record, I knew that this idea of space within music would be something that propelled my new work forward. The artists that were influencing what I was making included everyone from Travis Scott to Daft Punk, Frank Ocean to Oneohtrix Point Never, Kashif and Gigi Masin. I recognized that the common thread between these artists was their attention to a feeling of space, or lack thereof. I decided that I wanted to make a Pop record with these ideas in mind. That idea for a record is what eventually became Boo Boo.

Below is a visual for the melodic first single “Girl Like You.” Pre-order the release on all formats here.

Watch Video for Hoops’ “Sun’s Out”

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Nostalgic sheen and sun-soaked vibes are in heavy abundance on Hoops’ debut LP, Routines, out now via Fat Possum Records (and available for purchase here). With that, it makes sense that found footage extraordinaire David Dean Burkhart would work his magic for one of their tracks. “Sun’s Out” gets a retro visual featuring clips of ’80s commericials, show, and so on capturing the careless moods of the song. Find the video below and be sure to catch the band on one of their remaining dates on their latest tour. You will find us at their show here in our backyard of Indianapolis with other Indiana artist Oreo Jones and Amy O, who recently dropped the fantastic song “Lavender Night” off her upcoming LP. Should be an amazing night of live music.

Tour Dates:
6/06 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
6/07 – Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
6/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right ^ (SOLD OUT)
6/09 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott ^
6/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle ^
6/12 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien ^
6/13 – Ottawa, ON @ Pressed ^#
6/14 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G ^
6/15 – Detroit, MI @ El Club ^
6/16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Urban Artifact Brewery
6/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi *

^ w/ Joy Again
# w/ Nap Eyes
* w/ Oreo Jones & Amy O

Watch Misty Coast’s Video for “Leap Year”

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Dreamy, psychedelic vibes are a necessary requirement of a balanced music diet and Norwegian duo Misty Coast, comprised of Megaphonic Thrift members Linn Frøkedal and Richard Myklebust, are the latest discovery keeping us healthy. The pair have an album anticipated around September of this year and have dropped a couple of singles expected to appear on the release in “Heavy Head On a Body” and “Leap Year.” Echoing vocals over gliding, sometimes ethereal instrumentation capture more intimate moods. The visual for the bass-driven “Leap Year” can be found below.

Haim Return with “Right Now”

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Haim will be returning with their long-overdue follow-up to 2013’s breakout Days Are Gone on July 7th via Polydor. Titled Something to Tell You, the album was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid along with some contributions from Rostam Batamanglij as well. Putting an end to the teases over the last week or so, they have unloaded a video for “Right Now” shot at Los Angeles’ Valentine Studios by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Watch Elisa’s Video for “Morning Again”

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We have been finding ourselves falling more and more into the sounds of Rhode Island’s Elisa and her upcoming Morning Again EP out on May 2nd. The first single from the release was the sparkling ’80s-indebted “You Can Wear The Mink” and now we get the equally captivating EP title track glistening in late ’70s disco sheen in the vein of a Blondie with a hint of Stevie Nicks. Despite the tracks up-beat production, the song is, according to Elisa, a “response to the culture of violence that seems uniquely pervasive to America” related to what seems to be the constant news of police brutality, rape, mass shootings, and so on. Find the video and stream below.

Watch Hazel English’s Video for “More Like You”

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Oakland-based Hazel English will be releasing her double EP Just Give In / Never Going Home on May 12th via Polyvinyl/Marathon Artists. “More Like You” is the latest nostalgia trip from her and it comes with a road trip home video exploring coast of northern California filmed by Ian Tulud & David Vieira. Pre-order for the release can be found here, including lovely early-bird colored vinyl options.

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Watch Dream Wife’s Video for “Somebody”

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Already very much fans of British/Icelandic born trio Dream Wife, we were absolutely blown away by the intensity of their live show during SXSW a few weeks back. Their already great catalog, yet still small catalog of songs take another, even better form in a live setting turning the volume up quite a few notches. “Somebody” is their latest female-empowering single and today they have unloaded a “direct and simple” video for the song. According to the band, they “drew inspiration from the male dominated iconography of 70s glam rock; a time where men were able to explore their femininity.” While there is nothing official, you can most likely expect their debut album in the very near future. You can grab “Somebody” and the rest of their music via Bandcamp.

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