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VIDEO PREMIERE: Tycho – Artist Feature

You might disagree, but Scott Hansen, better known by Tycho, is in our opinion quite the interesting musician. We had the chance to sit down with him before his show at The Crofoot back in April. Also, this video will definitely prep you or fill the empty spot left in your head that’s dedicated for Electric Forest this weekend.

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Dead Girlfriends – On Fraternity

If you’re a huge fan of squealy, noisy, and dark electronic pop, then Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Dead Girlfriends is perfect for you. Formerly known as Elite Gymnastics, James Brooks makes the kind of ambient, melancholy pop that is perfect for any indie dramedy that’s ever even thought about being in Sundance. With a strong, decidedly feminist and political message, the lyrics are often just as interesting as the music. Be sure to check out the brand new track “On Fraternity” off the 2013 Stop Pretending EP below. Read More…

Volcano Choir – Byegone

For a slow start to your Monday, we give you Volcano Choir. With a slow, somewhat long buildup reminiscent of that one famous The Who song, “Byegone” finally clashes into a sea of tumultuous guitars and cymbals as if a thunderstorm had formed secretly overhead. While slow, they can be said to sound like a noisier version of Bon Iver (it is a Justin Vernon project after all) and when fast, you might hear a lot of Arcade Fire in them. Be sure to check out the song “Byegone” off their album Repave out September 3rd below. Read More…

Natively Foreign – Contemplating Minds

Straight out of Spring Lake, Michigan, Natively Foreign are one of the most budding local bands around. With a perfect mix of alternative rock, indie, post rock, and a myriad of other genres, there’s no way these guys won’t blow up. Dark and gloomy vocals rest on a pendulum of upbeat and downtempo songs that span the ends of the human condition. Be sure to check out the track “The Forest.” Also, “Contemplating Minds” off their album Instincts Are Misleading below. Read More…

Forest Swords – The Weight of Gold

British music producer Matthew Barnes, better known as Forest Swords, makes the kind of downtempo electronic music that you can get lost in for hours. With ambient textures and creative rhythm sections, the music is a very cool mix of post rock and electronic. His choppy, computerized vocals soar and gently carry you from the beginning of the song to the end. Though typically slow to build, it is the peaks and troughs of his music that create such emotionality and expression. Check out the first single off of his debut full-length Engravings (out August 26th) below. Read More…

Boards of Canada – Cold Earth

With their first album in eight years, Scotland’s electronic act Boards of Canada have had their listeners on quite the anticipation ride. After anonymously releasing a short clip of music and spread rumors that it might be theirs. With this clip came a six-digit code, though its purpose was unknown. Over the following few months, more codes were released through outlets such as BBC, Adult Swim, and NPR. Their website wouldn’t allow access to anyone without a password, which was also unavailable. Once the user entered all six codes, it revealed a video announcing their new album. So after all that work, is it really worth it? Short answer: yes. Check out the track “Cold Earth” off of Tomorrow’s Harvest below. Read More…

Grouper – Vital

Grouper is Liz Harris, Portland, Oregon-based multi-instrumentalist and experimental folk artist with a penchant for echoes and ambience. The big, roomy, nearly atmospheric brand of folk is reminiscent of newer Bon Iver and Deerhunter. With eight albums in as many years, Liz Harris is one of the most consistent artists out right now. Plus, with widely recognized support from acts such as Animal Collective and Xiu Xiu, it’s going to be hard not to garner some attention. Be sure to check out the Grouper song “Vital” off her 2013 album The Man Who Died In His Boat below. Read More…

Tera Melos – New Chlorine

A band that could only come out of California, Tera Melos seems to enjoy confusing the crap out of their listeners. Jazz-based math rock with elements of electronic and house music thrown in, they’re actually considered to be innovators of the math rock scene. The rhythmic structure of each song can only be characterized as “chaotic.” Guitar-tapping, start-and-stop dynamics, and the extreme use of guitar pedals and effects make Tera Melos one of the most interesting bands to watch live. You can actually catch them this weekend when they open for TTNG at The Magic Stick. Check out the track “New Chlorine” off their tamest album to date: 2013’s X’ed Out below. Read More…

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