Damn, I simply can’t get enough Honeyblood. The Glasgow based two-piece made up of Shona McVicar and Stina Tweeddale, call themselves “noisy Scottish girls” and say they’re “making songs about things they really hate, and things that are okay.” With lyrics like, “I don’t think he would hurt me, I know he would. It’s in his blood,” It’s certainly working in their favor.
The foxy rockers refer to their genre of music as, “garage rock, crunch pop,” and it results in some incredibly catchy rock jams tinted with just a hint of sweetness. The name Honeyblood suits them perfectly. The duo is currently on tour with Courtney Barnett, which is an excellent combination of rockin’ girls on guitars who sing about intriguing things. Today, they’ve released a video for “Killer Bangs” which can be found on their debut album due out July 15th via FatCat Records. Enjoy Honeyblood – Choker Honeyblood – Bud
PHOX, the 6 piece indie-pop band based in Wisconsin has been charming the music world hard. The group describes their sound as “music that straddles Feist and Monty Python,” and their playfulness shines.
Since the 2013 release of their debut EP, Confetti, the group was donned “Madison’s musical success story of 2013,” by The Daily Page. They also took the festival circuit by storm playing SXSW, and iTunes Music Festival in London. PHOX is also already highly beloved by NPR and has been popping up in publications like The New York Times, NY Mag, Salon, and Vogue, all with adoring reviews.
The group recently signed with Partisan Records and will be releasing their highly anticipated self-titled, debut album June 24th complete with a massive US tour in May. It’s easy to hear and see why the group is so lovable, especially with the re-release of their soulful single and official video for, “Slow Motion.” Have a listen and watch this “bunch of friends from the Midwestern circus hamlet, Baraboo, WI, a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants.”
The moment Mt. Royal‘s jam, “Missing Reward” hit my ears, I immediately became obsessed. Since then, I’ve repeatedly listened to the group during my commute, while at work in between editing sessions, and I find any excuse to pop my headphones in for one more listen.
Who is Mt. Royal? They’re a new “vintage psychedelia” pop 5-piece out of Baltimore, Maryland (who took their name from a street in their hometown) fronted by the magnetic and soulful, Katrina Ford of Celebration. The group released their self-titled debut EP on January 27th via Bella Union and have hopes for an album release this spring/summer.
Though no tours are listed for Mt. Royal, aside from a show here and there listed in Brooklyn, keep your eyes and ears open. In the mean time, listen to Mt. Royal on Spotify (you can find the full EP here), give them a follow on Facebook and Twitter, and watch their glittery, glamorous video for “Missing Reward.”
About six months ago, a homie of mine asked if I’d listened to the AlunaGeorge EP, You Know You Like It. He said it was the “hipster bubblegum-pop event of the season.” I looked up two songs and waved it off. “Just a Touch” and “You Know You Like It” were catchy, but I was having 90s R&B flashbacks, and I just wasn’t in the mood for the sound at the time. However, with the recent release of AlunaGeorge’s “Your Drums, Your Love,” arguably the strongest jam of the lot, I’ve succumb to the “hipster bubblegum-pop” and have been fully immersing myself in the “baby-voiced aesthetic” that the duo produce. “Your Drums, Your Love” will be ‘officially’ released early October and their debut album is slated for early 2013.
AlunaGeorge – Your Drums, Your Love
Generationals has a new addictive jam FINALLY! … and a new EP, Lucky Numbers. The duo from New Orleans, Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, produce indie “jangle pop” and since their Con Air album release in ’09, I’ve just haven’t been as excited about their jams, until now. Lucky Numbers is a synthy, upbeat, summery little number that’ll get you bouncin’.
Generationals – Lucky Numbers
Perth, Australia – The city everyone told me not to bother visiting while I lived in Melbourne – But then again, that’s a typical Melbournian response for you – No where in Australia is as great as the all-mighty Melbz. However, amazing things do hail from Perth, like the psychedelic rockers Tame Impala. The groove rock band has a new album, Lonerism, due October 9th and Elephant is their debut jam – It’s a dreamy, brilliantly rockin’ trancey number that gets you in the 70s moooood.
Tame Impala – Elephant
Have you streamed the new Animal Collective album, Centipede HZ on npr like just about everyone else has? Applesauce from the new LP is by far my favorite jam and it stays true to Animal Collective form. Listen to most of the jams pre-release on npr (and now Spotify) for the goods. Enjoy the video (and all its weirdness) for Today’s Supernatural from the album, out early September:
Animal Collective – Applesauce