BULLY releases video for “FOCUSED”

Watch the video for “Focused,” directed by Rozalina Burkova

Bully has not stopped since the the release of their ferocious and powerful sophomore album Losing on Sub Pop last Fall. The Nashville 4-piece is headed by Alicia Bognanno, who’s songwriting not only cuts to core but has a vocal snarl unlike any other.
The video for “Focused” is out today, directed by Rozalina Burkova, who tell us that the animated music video is “loosely based on the theme of coming of age and the ups and downs friendships and relationships.” Alicia went on to say, “I let Rozalina take the reins on this one. I am a huge fan of all her animation work and wanted her to do what she felt was best for this video.”
“The bass hops around nervously in nearly constant eighth notes, with drums syncopated against it à la the Police; a guitar on the left offers a neat new-wave hook while another one on the right grumbles occasionally with dissonant, distorted squawks. And as those tensions flare into multiple little crescendos, the singer Alicia Bognanno gets herself more and more worked up.” –New York Times
“Instead of recreating the Rorschach blot scream-a-thons of the ’90s, Bully choose to inflate that decade’s raw timbre with words that feel intimate and necessary.” 

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Listen to ‘My Boy’

Car Seat Headrest has unveiled another preview from forthcoming new album Twin Fantasy – a re-recorded, re-imagined new version of the 2011 self-released Bandcamp masterpiece of the same name – which will be released February 16th on Matador Records. The track was featured as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1.

Album opener ‘My Boy (Twin Fantasy)’ commences with the sparse declaration of “my boy, we don’t see each other much,” and blossoms into a towering climax, with the life-affirming mantra of “It’ll take some time, but somewhere down the line / We won’t be alone” standing as the statement-of-intent for the record’s exhilarating, adventurous sonic and emotional world. Continue reading


King Tuff – THE OTHER
out 03/04/2018
on Sub Pop via Rhythmethod
Last week, Kyle Thomas – aka King Tuff- released his first new song in four years, titled “The Other,” which NPR called a “meditative deliberation and mystic reflection.” Today, he’s excited to share that the song will be also be the lead track on his new album of the same name. The Otherwill be out on Sub Pop Records this April 13th, and is available for pre-order HERE.
Today you can also hear the official first single from the album, “Psycho Star.” It is a prime representation of King Tuff’s soulful and cosmic new direction. Listen to the song via the Cameron Dutra directed video here:

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Estere shares ‘Rent’

In a society that values material possessions as a measurement of success, how do we rebuild the meaning of ‘ownership’ to give true power?

Singer-songwriter, producer and social anthropologist, Estère encourages us to think about the preceding question in her hyper-percussive new track ‘Rent’, out today.

This new track is accompanied by a stunning, dance-heavy video, which sees Estère twist her way around various physical obstacles, including an army of pink pastel doors. The dance was choreographed by Estère with Wellingtonian dancer Emma Martin, creating a dance sequence that is both powerful and playful.

“My movement [in the video] sometimes comes across a bit unpolished, gawky – which I think rings true to this idea of ownership and just doing what you would naturally do in your own body. It’s not about being the best,” Estère reflects.

The entrancing visual was filmed in the lush surroundings of the Waitakere Ranges, directed by Alexander Gandar (Humans) and produced by Billie Ruck. Photo credit – Shamima Lone.

‘Rent’ is the first taste of whats to come from Part Two of Estere’s forthcoming double album, My Design, On Others’ Lives. The two-part work is due for release on Friday 27th April. It will be available on CD and vinyl (via RPM), cassette (via Prison Tapes) and all digital platforms (via DRM NZ). Continue reading

7 Days to go to join Lawrence Arabia’s Singles Club!

First single, Solitary Guys, already with club members for weeks, is released to the public today!

Listen to Solitary Guys below:


One of New Zealand’s most acclaimed songwriters returns to releasing music, but in a new way. Feeling  strangled by music industry release norms of premieres, deadlines and embargoes on his music, Lawrence Arabia decided to take a step closer to his fans sending them his new music as he makes it.

With an ambitious task of producing  one brand new single every month for 12 months, Lawrence has buddied up with Kickstarter to form the Singles Club. Fans receive new material hot off the press in return for pre-ordering the full album or other nominal contributions to the cause. As Lawrence explains, “Lawrence Arabia’s 2018 Singles Club is a chance to support the creation of my new music AND receive my very latest work as close as possible to its creation without having to wait for the long process of the pressing and pre-release publicity of a record….Essentially you’re purchasing my next “album” in advance.” Continue reading

The most frightening music video you’ve seen in a while

A Place To Bury Strangers Announce New Album Pinned

– out April 13th on Dead Oceans

Watch The Video For Lead Single “Never Coming Back”

A Place To Bury Strangers have announced their new album, Pinned, coming out April 13th on Dead Oceans. Their fifth full-length finds them converting difficult moments into some of their most urgent work to date. It’s their first since the 2016 election, and their first since the 2014 closing of Death By Audio, the beloved Brooklyn DIY space where founding guitarist/singer Oliver Ackerman lived, worked, and created with complete freedom.

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The Film

Featuring Kojey Radical, AJ Tracey,Jevon, Dotty and Hacko

“These towers block vision, but the ends still feel like home tome” NEW GEN ‘Fuck Your Feelings-Kojey Radical’

NEW GENERATION is a15-minute short film inspired by lyrics from the NEW GEN album, released on XLRecordings back in 2017. The film’s concept, conceived by film making duo The Rest, was to highlight the issues faced by London’s inner-city youths ;issues that are accelerating at a rapid rate with every budget cut and implemented austerity measure.“We didn’t want to make a film directly about the music from the NEW GEN album, we wanted to try and paint a picture of the world that breeds it,”explains Lewis Levi, one half of the directing duo. “In the shadows of the steel and shiny city centre of London, inner city life can be grim in comparison, but that’s where the magic grows.”


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Share new track ‘Cowgirl’

Debut album out February 9th
See Dunes live at Backbeat – Feb 16th!
More details here

Starting the New Year off right, today Dunes reveal a new song from their self-titled debut album due out February 9th, 2018. Listen to uplifting and upbeat ‘Cowgirl’ below, which comes with an accompanying music video.

Filmed around the sisters’ Mangawhai stomping ground by Garth Badger of Thievery Studios, we are pulled behind two running silhouettes as they cross all kinds of terrain.


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