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Sea Wren

21 Jul

Tucson, AZ’s Sea Wren is the side project of Cherish Rendon, who also plays for the fabulous psych-pop band, The Resonars. As Sea Wren, Cherish writes, sings and plays all guitars on all songs, with fellow Resonar, Matt Rendon, on the drums.

Her self-titled debut is out now on cassette through Lolipop Records and digitally available from Sea Wren’s Bandcamp page. It’s a jangly, garage-pop gem that you will find yourself playing over and over again. Give the standout track, “Birds of Slumber” (below) a spin to see what I mean.

Sea Wren – Birds of Slumber from S/T (2016)

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Ladyhawke

13 Jul

New Zealander Pip Brown, AKA Ladyhawke, has made some changes in her life over the three years since her last album’s release. She gave up drinking and focused on getting healthy. This new found health is clearly evident on her newest sunny, electro-pop release Wild Things.

Album opener ‘A Love Song” (below) is packed with bright tones and throbbing synths – a real pop gem that’s sure to get a dance party started, even if it’s only a dance party for one.

Wild Things is out now and available from Polyvinyl Records. Check it out.

Ladyhawke – A Love Song from Wild Things (2016)

Fascinations Grand Chorus

9 Jun

This New York duo’s bouncy debut, self-titled EP, is a pop-stomping good time. Who knew that a mutual love for the Misfits could bring two people together to create something as catchy as this.

Check out the jangly EP opener “Welcome”(below) for a sampling of the Fascinations Grand Chorus’ goodness, then head over to their Bandcamp and pick this sucker up. I’m hoping there’s lots more music to come from these two. Enjoy.

Fascinations Grand Chorus – Welcome from S/T EP (2016)

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Night School

8 Jun

Night School are a 3-piece garage pop band out of Oakland, Ca. Their sugary sweet, debut full-length, Blush, is packed with reverbed vocal harmonies over shimmery, fuzzed-out guitars. Give the sun-soaked “Last Disaster” (below) a spin – it’s a 60′s era pop gem that’s sure to get you bopping around the house.

Blush is out on June 17 through Graveface Records. You should definitely check this out.

Night School – Last Disaster from Blush (2016)

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Blktop Project

20 May

I’ve been a fan of Tommy Guerrero since I was 13 years old, 1987 – the year I picked up on skateboarding. The Bones Brigade were in their prime and Guerrero was my favorite skateboarder. During that year my friends and I watched The Search For Animal Chin at least 100 times. His flaming dagger deck was one of my very first rides.

Flash forward to 2004 when I was reintroduced to Tommy Guerrero as a musician on this very site in a post by site founder Sean. Now, 12 years later Tommy is still at it with his new band BLKTOP PROJECT featuring Josh Lippi and fellow skaters Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez.

Recorded live over two days, their new album, Concrete Jungle is a loose, grooved-out, rocker of a record with a great jam session feel to it. Check the stream of “A New Line” below for a taste. It’s a real rump shaker.

Concrete Jungle is out today through Guerrero’s own Too Good records and available to buy from his Bandcamp page.

New Boss

15 Apr

Fuzzy, hook-driven, psych pop goodness is what you get when you fire up New Boss’s solid new release Home Problems. Check out the title track below, then head over to Funny / Not Funny Records’ site and snatch yourself a copy. Enjoy.

New Boss – Home Problems from Home Problems (2016)

Woods

13 Apr

Brooklyn’s Woods are back with their outstanding 9th LP, City Sun Eater in the River of Light. Taking the best parts of almost every genre of music out there and adding it their already wonky, folk-psych sound, Woods have created a groove-driven (dare I call it “groove-psych”), psychedelic rock masterpiece.

Check out the head bobbing beat of “Can’t See At All” (below) for a mere sampling of how cool this album is.

City Sun Eater… is out now and available on whatever media suits your fancy from WOODSIST Records – I highly, highly recommend it.

Woods – Can’t See At All from City Sun Eater in the River of Light (2016)

Radiation City

1 Mar

Portland-based Radiation City recently dropped their third LP and first with Polyvinyl Records. Synesthetica is a hook-driven, electro-pop gold mine – the deeper you dig into the album the more rich stuff you find. Check out one of many standout tracks “Milky White” (below) for a taste.

Synesthetica is out now and available in all formats from Polyvinyl.

Radiation City – Milky White from Synesthetica (2016)

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Sea Pinks

18 Feb

Belfast trio Sea Pinks play an infectious style of hook driven, fuzzy pop that I can’t get enough of. Their new LP, Soft Days, has had me bouncing around the house for weeks, it’s one of my favorite listens right now. Check out the fuzzed-out, jangly guitars of title track “Soft Days” (below) for a sample.

Soft Days is out now through CF Records and available to buy on their Bandcamp page.

Sea Pinks – Soft Days from Soft Days (2016)

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WRAY

15 Feb

Shimmery guitars over pounding drums and dark throbbing bass lines, somewhat reminiscent of The Cure’s early releases, is what Birmingham, AL trio, WRAY,  bring to the table on their sophomore release Hypatia. Give the title track a spin below, it’s killer post-punk meets shoegaze goodness.

Hypatia is available now from Communicating Vessels. You should get your hands on it now.

WRAY – Hypatia from Hypatia (2016)