Wallows

Premiere: Wallows - “Pulling Leaves Off Trees”

Nov 14, 2017

The Southern California indie-rock trio Wallows has attracted a surge of industry attention ever since releasing their debut single “Pleaser" and getting out of the starting gate in a blur, selling out a string of sold-out shows that introduced it to the music world. Zane Lowe gave follow-up track “Sun Tan” its radio debut on Beats1 and did the same for Wallows' latest "‘Pulling Leaves Off Trees". Under the Radar has the online premiere of the track that brims with the band's 90's alt-rock influence. Listen below.

Despite forming less than a year ago, Wallows members Braeden Lemasters, Dylan Minnette and Cole Preston have been playing music together for nearly a decade. You may recognize Minnette from his lead role in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and the super creepy horror thriller Don't Breath. Turns out he's in a good band as well. "Pulling Leaves Off Trees", engineered by the band's friend Stefan Mac at his studio in Lake Forest, CA, is yet another in a sequence of buzzworthy songs the band has released since its formation. 

Says Minette about the song,“On one magic, fateful day, Braeden and I were going to a movie together, and before we left, Braeden said ‘Hey, we should just try to write a song really quickly before we go.’ What resulted, was the music of ‘Pulling Leaves Off Trees’ in about 3 minutes. Over time and after piecing it all together, it became a personal song about the insecurities of affection in your youth and letting it take over.”  

 

 

Wallows is set to keep the buzz going in 2018 with its first headlining tour in North America, kicking off January 24th in San Francisco. Check the rest of the dates below.

 

Wallows Winter Tour 2018

January 24 - San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

January 26 - Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge

January 27 - Vancouver, BC Rio Theater

January 28 - Seattle, WA Chop Suey

January 30 - Santa Barbara, CA Velvet Jones

February 1 - San Diego, CA House of Blues Voodoo Room

February 2 - Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre

February 3 - Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

February 22 - Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall

February 23 - Detroit, MI Third Man Records Cass Corridor

February 24 - Toronto, ON Mod Club

February 26 - Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs

March 1 - New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

March 2 - Philadelphia, PA The Foundry at The Fillmore

March 3 - Washington, DC Union Stage

March 5 - Richmond, VA The Broadberry

March 6 - Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle

March 7 - Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle

March 9 - Nashville, TN Third Man Records

March 10 - Atlanta, GA Vinyl

March 12 - Dallas, TX Club Dada

March 13 - Houston, TX House of Blues - Bronze Peacock Room

 

 

Young Jesus

Watch: Young Jesus “Feeling” Stop-Motion Video

Nov 14, 2017

Chicago's Young Jesus is the latest addition to the Saddle Creek label roster that keeps filling out with strong new artists. The Los Angeles via Chicago experimental outfit joins other young groups like Big Thief and Twinsmith on the label and will be releasing its new album S/T on February 23rd. "Feeling" is the great ten minute single that lands somewhere in the Slint / Pavement area with expansive post-rock scope. Check out the stop-motion video directed by Jordan Epstein and guitarist-singer-songwriter John Rossiter. below.

"The video is a stop motion animation/series of poems I made and wrote, a broadcast from an imagined and ethereal space I've been working within through various zines and recordings called Conceptual Beach." Says Rossiter. "Along the Beach I hope to investigate confusion, complexity, and anxiety with playfulness and sincerity." 

Tennis

Watch: Tennis “I Miss That Feeling” Video

Nov 11, 2017

On Friday, Tennis released it's new and excellent new EP We Can Die Happy. The five new tunes continue Tennis's maneuvers in nostalgia pop. They also released the video for one of the tracks "I Miss That Feeling", which take the duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley back to an Ed Sullivan like scenario. Check it out below. 

Parks

Premiere: Parks “Fools” Video

Nov 09, 2017

Boston five-piece Parks did not ride the facile road toward its emergence, encountering one setback after another in putting together its self-titled debut album. They're here now though and here's to perseverance. Their first single, "Sweater Weather," released in earlier this year, won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and inspired folks like the Lumineers and Tennis to ask them to share their stages. Under the Radar has the video premiere of their next single and lead track from the forthcoming album "Fools".             

Parks' frontman Brian E. King describes how all of the difficulty turned out to be a blessing in disguise: “All the delays and the record taking so long to come together gave me the opportunity to explore more abstract and vibe-y sounds to push the songs beyond catchy melodies and average lyrics,” says King. “The songs are deceptive since they never stay on the same path for too long. There are lots of twists and turns....Making this album coincides with the worst time in my life. My mom died. The band lineup was in flux. My girlfriend, also my bandmate and best friend, and I broke up. I got diagnosed with stage-zero stomach cancer. It was a complete roller coaster,” says King, before adding with a laugh, “But I couldn’t be happier with this record."

King had this to say about "Fools": "The song is about leaving behind the seemingly endless obstacles in life — whether they're personal, romantic, or even creative ones. But also leaving behind negative people and not-so-great friends, too. I've felt a lot of loss in my life, and the concept of running out of time is terrifying, so hopefully, this is a little anthem for everyone dealing with the bullshit of everyday life and feeling trapped."

Parks is King, Stu Dietz on guitar, Andrew Jones on drums, Rob Johanson on bass, and Robin Melendez on backing vocals. 

 

Montero

Watch: Montero “Tokin The Night Away” Video

Nov 07, 2017

Montero is Australian artist and musician Ben Montero, who is based variously in Athens, Melbourne, New York, Austin and anywhere else he can lay his hat. Today, Montero is announcing his new album, Performer, coming out February 2 on Chapter Music. Along with the announcement, he’s sharing the new single, “Tokin’ The Night Away,” accompanied by an animated video Montero made himself. The amusing animation accompanies the chill soft-funk tune somewhere between Tame Impala and Mac DeMarco. Check it out below.

As well as being somewhat of an idiosyncratic character and musical mastermind, Montero is also a visual artist. Ben's comic-based style illustrates a column for Vice and his art has graced album covers, t-shirts, and posters for Mac DeMarcoAriel PinkKurt VilePond and others.

Here's some info about his new album from the press release: The album Performer was produced by Ben, Jay Watson of Tame Impala/Pond/Gum, and Grammy Award-winning engineer Riccardo Damian at Mark Ronson’s Tileyard studios in London. All instruments were played by Ben, Jay and Riccardo, save some violin by Emily, a waitress from the studio cafe, and electric piano from Ben’s uncle Jason.

Performer glories in the widescreen soft rock tradition, updating the romantic classicism of golden era love songs with a psychedelic pop brush. Montero's music evokes the extended soundscapes and textures of 70s prog, the easy listening adult weirdness of Jimmy Webb and Burt Bacharach, and the sports arena pounding of vintage MOR rock - sometimes all in the space of one song. With an emphasis on clear vocals, soaring melodies, lush instrumentation and dreamy glam pomp, Performer ventures into gently surreal realms of romance, yearning, and wonder.

Montero will be joining Mac Demarco on an EU & UK tour that begins tonight in Hamburg, DE. Check the rest of the dates below.

 

 

MONTERO EU & UK TOUR DATES:

Tue. Nov. 7 - Hamburg, DE @ Grunspan w/ Mac DeMarco
Wed. Nov. 8 - Berlin, DE @ Astra w/ Mac DeMarco
Thu. Nov. 9 - Berlin, DE @ Astra w/ Mac DeMarco
Fri. Nov. 10 - Cologne, DE @ Kantine w/ Mac DeMarco
Sat. Nov. 11 - Lille, FR @ Aeronef w/ Mac DeMarco
Mon. Nov. 13 - Nantes, FR @ Stereolux w/ Mac DeMarco
Tue. Nov. 14 - Paris, FR @ Olympia w/ Mac DeMarco
Wed. Nov. 15 - London, UK @ The Shacklewell Arms
Fri. Nov. 17 - London, UK @ Coronet w/ Mac DeMarco
Sat. Nov. 18 - London, UK @ Coronet w/ Mac DeMarco
Sun. Nov. 19 - London, UK @ Coronet w/ Mac DeMarco
Mon. Nov. 20 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City Main Hall w/ Mac DeMarco
Tue. Nov. 21 - Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy w/ Mac DeMarco
Wed. Nov. 22 - Dublin, IRE @ Vicar Street w/ Mac DeMarco
Fri. Nov. 24 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands w/ Mac DeMarco
Sat. Nov. 25 - Machester, UK @ Academy w/ Mac DeMarco
Sun. Nov. 26 - Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy w/ Mac DeMarco
Mon. Nov. 27 - Brighton, UK @ Dome w/ Mac DeMarco
Tue. Nov. 28 - Brussels, BE @ AB w/ Mac DeMarco
Wed. Nov. 29 - Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli w/ Mac DeMarco
Thu. Nov. 30 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso w/ Mac DeMarco

Gunn-Truscinski Duo

Stream: Gunn-Truscinski Duo’s New Album Bay Head

Nov 06, 2017

It's not common knowledge that Steve Gunn and drummer John Truscinski form a duo that records timeless music forged on the instincts of American rock instrumentalism. The Gunn-Truscinski duo's new album Bay Head is out now on Three Lobed Recordings and you can stream the whole trip below.

Back in August, Kim Gordon wrote a terrific prologue to the record in which she paints a wonderful picture of what you're getting into, and what you will be quite happy to stay in:

It’s an anomaly to make a record created out of the pleasure and desire of simply making music together. A record with no commercial aspirational location. The new duo record from John Truscinski (drums, synths) and Steve Gunn (guitars), Bay Head, makes it look easy, carving out a space where none existed before with assurance, resonating beautifully along the way.

If I were forced to put what John and Steve play into a genre I would simply call it “music.” There’s a quality of timelessness to it without being nostalgic that is impossible to manufacture. It comes from their years of playing together based on a formula of chemistry. Bands are fragile ecosystems. The best ones have a melding that results in a musicality that otherwise can’t be found in a melody or lyric, or an effect pedal. While Bay Head is the third record the duo has recorded together, John has played drums and helped shape the songs and the sound on all Steve’s more song-configured albums. Their bond is tight, unique, and effective.

As an instrumental record Bay Head has no literal voice. It doesn’t need it, as the constant flow between the drums and guitar describe fully and without a narrator. Steve’s guitar leads you along a contemplative path that describes an inner monologue that is more expressive than if there were words. Some of the guitar parts are worked out and then set free, improvised in the playing. But it’s hard to tell. It all sounds deliberate. Bay Head is the accumulation of the duo’s years of playing music together where each can guess where the other is going to go next. The cover collage by their longtime friend Bill Nace reflects what is both abstract and figurative about this unique musical collaboration.

As I drink my morning coffee, I use the Gunn-Truscinski Duo’s records as a way to make my way into the day. As I am writing, answering email and the like, I find that the spirit of their music matches the gentle light and morning coolness that breeds inspiring thoughts before the LA sun blasts it all away and the day’s minutiae take over. Basically, Bay Head is great music to procrastinate to! -Kim Gordon, Los Angeles, August 2017

 

Flying Lotus

Watch: New Flying Lotus Video “Post Requisite”

Nov 02, 2017

This one seemed to be dropped from the cosmos only inhabited by Flylo. Flying Lotus just gave us the official video for "Post Requisite" directed by Winston Hacking. Flying Lotus videos are always artistically cool and this one is no different. It's a short track but the collage style video is a perfect fit for the vibe of what may be a foretelling of a new record, bopping in the jazzy way that only a Flylo track can. Flying Lotus is currently on tour and putting on shows in 3D projection...Whoa. Check the cool new video below.

Ought

Watch: “These 3 Things” Video From Forthcoming Ought Album

Nov 01, 2017

Montreal's Ought announced the release its third album today, Room Inside the World, out February 16th and shared the first single “These 3 Things” and an accompanying video, as well as a world tour itinerary for 2018. The new album will be its first on Merge Records. Check out the provocative and humorous video for "These 3 Things" below.

The directors of Jonny Look (Grizzly Bear, Cloud Nothings, Cass McCombs) and Scottie Cameron had this to say: "Life can be problematic. Everything takes time and energy. We challenged ourselves to create devices of great convenience using three items. When initially testing the convenience machines without the human variable, we discovered luxury and success. However, it was sterile. The beauty only came with the unpredictable moments brought by the human element. Being human is better than looking for an easy way out."

Frontman Tim Darcy brought some deserved attention to Ought last February with his great solo album Saturday Night and now returns to the fold of his band a year later with a new LP. Here's some background on Room Inside the World from the press release:

Recorded at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn with producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Silver Jews), Room Inside the World was approached with newfound patience. Together, Ought constructed a (digital) mood board to set their intentions: Brian Eno and Stereolab synths, the Mekons’ 1985 album Fear and Whiskey, and Gerhard Richter and Kenneth Anger’s sexy, fluorescent hyperreal all made it into the melting pot. Holed up in their rehearsal building, an industrial rock block (and sock factory) overlooking the Trans-Canada Highway, the band strove for greater detail and specificity than before while remaining true to the collaborative, intuitive writing process that yielded their earlier work. Vibraphone, justly intonated synthesizers, drum machines, and a 70-piece choir suffuse the precise post-punk breakdowns that spangled Ought’s first two albums, giving rise to an emotional complexity that pushes their characteristically taut sound to greater depths.

 

 

Ought on tour:

Nov 03 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar*
Nov 04 Brooklyn, NY – Silent Barn$ ***SOLD OUT***
Nov 05 Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall*
Nov 07 Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall*
Nov 08 Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit*
Nov 09 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop*
Nov 10 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar*
Nov 11 Chattanooga, TN – Sluggo’s*
Nov 12 Tallahassee, FL – The Wilbury*
Nov 13 Gainesville, FL – The Wooly*
Nov 14 Miami, FL – Gramps*
Nov 16 Orlando, FL – The Social*
Nov 17 St. Petersburg, FL – Et Cultura Festival*
Nov 18 Charleston, SC – The Royal American*
Nov 19 Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House*
Nov 20 Arden, DE – Arden Gild Hall#
Mar 06 Montreal, QC – Théâtre Fairmount^
Mar 07 Toronto, ON – Lee's Palace
Mar 09 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall 
Mar 10 St Louis, MO – Off Broadway^
Mar 11 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room^
Mar 17 Mesa, AZ – Underground%
Mar 18 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room%
Mar 19 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom% 
Mar 20 San Francisco, CA – The Independent%
Mar 22 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios%
Mar 23 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey%
Mar 24 Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt% 
Mar 26 Calgary, AB – The Palomino%
Mar 27 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s Cantina%
Mar 29 Winnipeg, MB – The Good Will Social Club%
Mar 30 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry% 
Mar 31 Madison, WI – High Noon
Apr 02 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups% 
Apr 04 Washington, DC – The Black Cat
Apr 05 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Apr 06 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Apr 07 Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Apr 20 Bristol, UK – The Exchange
Apr 21 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Apr 22 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
Apr 23 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
Apr 24 London, UK – Garage
Apr 26 Paris, FR – Maroquinerie
Apr 27 Nantes, FR – Stereolux
Apr 28 Bordeaux, FR – Iboat
Apr 30 Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie
May 01 Winterthur, CH – Albani
May 02 Brussels, BE – Botanique
May 03 Cologne, DE – Bumann & Sohn
May 04 Berlin, DE – Kantine am Berghain
May 05 Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
May 07 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord

* w/ Waxahatchee
^ w/ Snail Mail 
% w/ Flasher
$ w/ Trace Mountains and Boys Online
# w/ Shame and Grace Vonderkuhn