We’ve got the prescription for your rainy weekend blues… a solid line up of killer tunes. YES I AM NOW A DOCTOR.
1. THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS ft. ST. VINCENT– Under Neon Lights
The band’s forthcoming record, Born In The Echoes, is out July 17th but we already know there are going to be some super cool guest appearances, like Beck, Q-Tip (on the track “Go”) and this one with Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent.
2. THE WOMBATS – Greek Tragedy
You’ll be into this Liverpool trio if you dig Passion Pit and Two Door Cinema Club! FYI This video is effed. If you’re in a band and have super-fans, this is mind in its deepest, darkest place. On a happier note, their latest album, Glitterbug is out now!
3. COURTNEY BARNETT – Pedestrian At Best
Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION was in studio last week and reminded us how much we dig Courtney Barnett’s debut record, Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Think. A little grunge, a little punk and a lot of deadpan that somehow feels so alive.
4. ARKELLS – 11:11
Our Hamilton heroes have announced their third single off High Noon! You’ll be hearing this a lot. Soon. There’s no official music video yet so this is the live version they did for us a little while back.
5. OBERHOFER – Memory Remains
Brooklyn, New York’s Brad Oberhofer announced his second release, Chronovision, with a song that clearly draws inspiration from 80s alt-pop gods, Elvis Costello and The Cure. A press release described it as “signature amped psycho-pop with orchestral flourish, new wave flare, and grungy fuzz, but multiplied with his intensity that only time and life’s gut checks can enhance.” THAT’S WHY BANDS HIRE P.R. PEOPLE. Who else writes like that? The new record is in stores August 21st.
6. THE KATHERINES – Cherry Lips
So excited about this new band from Vancouver. It’s made up of two sisters and their lifelong best friend and their alt-pop is very reminiscent of a lively Phantogram and Lorde. To make this even better, Hawksley Workman had a hand in the writing of this particular tune. I am very excited for their debut record, To Bring You My Heart.
7. PHASES – I’m In Love With My Life
Unless you’re a super talented singer, most people don’t have a great experience with karaoke. Usually sounds like Cameran Diaz in My Best Friend’s Wedding (especially that one New Year’s I spent singing Papa Roach “Last Resort with a bunch of Brazilian dudes that barely spoke English. What is wrong with my life). Turned out a little better for this LA quartet who founded their band in a karaoke bar back in 2009. Their music video was directed by award-winning film, television, commercial and music video director Ethan Tobman, a dude who has designed and consulted on music videos for Taylor Swift, Beyonce, MGMT, and Daft Punk to name a few.
8. JJ & THE PILLARS – Burning Leaves
Tomorrow we announce the Edge Next Big Thing Top 20 and of course it made us think of last year’s winner, JJ & The Pillars. If you need more reason to buy their latest EP, here’s another one. *Also, as of tonight only, you can get a free download of the song “The Bench” here.
9. VINYL THEATRE – Breaking Up My Bones
If you dig the Killers, Young The Giant and Two Door Cinema Club (second mention of the night!) you’ll love Wisconsin’s Vinyl Theatre. This is off their debut record, Electrogram, available in stores now!
10. ELLIOT MOSS – Slip
Ready for a slow jam? Elliot Moss is a 21 year old multi-instrumentalist from New York City. His record, Highspeeds, was played, mixed and produced…pretty much all by himself and really brings out his musical influences on each track. There’s definitely some Bon Iver and Radiohead. Pretty cool record – stream the whole thing here.
11. LORD HURON – Fool For Love
Los Angeles based alternative-folk outfit returned with their second record a few months ago called Strange Trails.
12. LEON BRIDGES – Coming Home
This soul singer from Texas got his break after being featured on Apple’s iPhone 6 commercial as well as a few super hyped appearances at SXSW. He played in a church while I stood outside and cried that I didn’t make it in. Whaaaa. He’s in town October 23rd at The Danforth Music Hall.