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Charli XCX Just Dropped A New Music Video For 'Vroom Vroom'

Charli XCX Just Dropped A New Music Video For 'Vroom Vroom' | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
The pop artist just released this dominantly black-and white video that feature a lot of leather body suits.

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Trudy and the Romance premiere oddly dreamy single “He Sings” — listen

Trudy and the Romance premiere oddly dreamy single “He Sings” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Liverpudlian trio channel Mac DeMarco's odd DIY aesthetic on latest offering.
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White Zombie plan retrospective box set, share early track “Scarecrow #2” — listen

White Zombie plan retrospective box set, share early track “Scarecrow #2” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
NYC horror punks showcase their looser, jammier side on previously unreleased song.
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The Strokes, New York City, and the Photographer Who Was There for It All

The Strokes, New York City, and the Photographer Who Was There for It All | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Cody Smyth watched his friends transition from dive-bar regulars into one of the biggest rock bands in the world.
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Premiere: FASIV collect footage of police brutality in raw video for “Police”

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UNDER THE RADAR: Premiere: FASIV collect footage of police brutality in raw video for “Police”. 

Sometimes the truth lies in the details. FASIV , FKA Strange Hotel, tackle this head-on in their new video for song "Police." In the video, they take the song's theme of police brutality and apply it quite literally to the content: footage of assaults taken right from news stations. .

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Mrs Magician premiere new song “Eyes All Over Town” — listen

Mrs Magician premiere new song “Eyes All Over Town” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Stare long enough at the artwork for Bermuda (seen below), the forthcoming album from San Diego’s Mrs Magician, and you just may convince yourself that you’re being hypnotized and sucked into alternate world. The image is no coincidence as it not only matches the LP’s themes of addiction, religion, and “the incoherent yet intoxicating aroma of modern day conspiracy theories,” but also the brooding, urgent punk that lines its 11 tracks.
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Stream: PJ Harvey’s new album The Hope Six Demolition Project

Stream: PJ Harvey’s new album The Hope Six Demolition Project | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Spanning 11 tracks, the LP serves as Harvey’s ninth to date following 2011’s Let England Shake. It was recorded in sessions that were open to the public as part of an exhibition in London last year. As a press release notes, the full-length chronicles a “unique artistic journey which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C.” It’s presumably named after a plan by the U.S. Department Of Housing And Urban Development to revitalize public housing projects.
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The Smiths and The Cranberries supergroup D.A.R.K. share new song “Loosen the Noose” — listen

The Smiths and The Cranberries supergroup D.A.R.K. share new song “Loosen the Noose” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
UNDER THE RADAR: The Smiths and The Cranberries supergroup D.A.R.K. share new song “Loosen the Noose” . 

Science Agrees is the forthcoming album from D.A.R.K., a new supergroup made up of The Smiths bassist Andy Rourke, The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, and New York based DJ/producer Olé Koretsky. 

We heard their debut single “Curvy” last month; now, they’ve unboxed “Loosen the Noose”. Unlike its more upbeat predecessor, D.A.R.K.’s latest offering is a moody, new wave cut featuring pleading lines like “One last time, I want to feel you near me, together as one.” 

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Listen: Mice On Stilts - Khandallah

Listen: Mice On Stilts - Khandallah | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Auckland outfit Mice On Stilts have shared haunting new single 'Khandallah' as they prepare to release their new album Hope for a Mourning this month. 

Songwriter Ben Morley says of the track, “I used to work for an internet provider and every day I'd speak to different people from all around Aotearoa. 

While working there I spoke to a woman who lived in Khandallah. For whatever reason the word just kind of stuck with me. I looked up the suburb and read all about it. The name means 'resting place of god'." 

The record is due out 15th April via Aeroplane Music, but in the meantime soak this up.
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Brian Eno shares 21-minute title track to new album The Ship — listen

Brian Eno shares 21-minute title track to new album The Ship — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
From the electronic pioneer's first new solo album in four years.
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Mourn share new single “Storyteller” — listen

Mourn share new single “Storyteller” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Catalonian punks scream and bash their way toward beauty.

Catalonian rockers Mourn could nominally be classified as a punk band, but that label doesn’t particularly capture what makes them great: jagged guitar riffs, jazzy basslines, and shouted lyrics that veer between vulnerable and aggressive like a driver drunk on sangria. As you can hear on the band’s new single “Storyteller”, though, they serve this sonic chaos on platters of beautiful grooves. The track perfectly captures pretty much everything that made their self-titled debut one of last year’s pleasant surprises. 

 “Storyteller” is the latest single off Ha, Ha, He., which will be released on June 3rd via Captured Tracks
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Between Joy Division and ‘Blue Monday’: New Order live in the East Village, NYC, 1981

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IN CONCERT: BETWEEN JOY DIVISION AND ‘BLUE MONDAY’: NEW ORDER LIVE IN THE EAST VILLAGE, NYC, 1981. 

Before they recorded their classic 1983 album Power Corruption & Lies, New Order made an extended trip to New York and absorbed some of the city’s more upbeat sounds into their own morose and world-weary music. Latin salsa, 12” remix culture and the electronic beats they heard in nightclubs like Danceteria and the Roxy were obvious inspirations for the music they would soon come to make. 

But at the time this was videotaped—live at the Ukrainian National Home in New York’s East Village on November 18, 1981—New Order were still largely Joy Division minus Ian Curtis, a post punk band, not the electronic dance quartet they would soon become. It’s a fascinating document of the group during what is perhaps the least documented era of their long career. As I would personally chose Movement over anything else in their catalog, this was a real treat to watch. 

Low lights, the intense musicians saying almost nothing to the audience, a concert held in a hot sweaty dance hall—there’s an extremely underground quality to this show.

 Tracklist 01. 00:00 ICB 02. 04:05 Dreams never end 03. 07:20 Everything's Gone Green 04. 12:35 Truth 05. 17:15 Senses 06. 21:50 Procession 07. 25:50 Ceremony 08. 30:35 Denial 09. 35:30 Temptation 

Bernard Sumner (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards) Stephen Morris (Percussion, Keyboards) Gillian Gilbert (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards) Peter Hook (Vocals, Bass)
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Foxtails Brigade release new video for "No Fate" - The Bay Bridged - San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music

Foxtails Brigade release new video for "No Fate" - The Bay Bridged - San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
UNDER THE RADAR: Foxtails Brigade release new video for “No Fate”..

 "No Fate," from their upcoming self-titled LP, is one of the more straightforward tracks from the album. It charges ahead like nursery-rhyme punk rock, bursting at the seams with kinetic energy, its forward momentum threatening to demolish anything in its way. The accompanying video is likewise crackling with movement, from shaky shots of the band members to the black and white animations spliced between them. 

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Song of the Day - Kids by Dream Wife

Song of the Day - Kids by Dream Wife | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
...but this is the first time for Dream Wife. They describe their sound as "poolside pop with a bite", I can't disagree with that. So succinct, yet entirely perfect for a London spring Friday night.
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Animal Collective perform “FloriDada” on Colbert — watch

Animal Collective perform “FloriDada” on Colbert — watch | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
A technicolor rendition complete with wild visual backdrops.

The experimental pop collective continued their busy streak last night on Colbert, where they rolled out an über psychedelic rendition of Painting With standout “FloriDada”. Panda Bear and the gang’s stage setup featured some intense technicolor illustrations, including a strange creature with a glove and horn for ears.
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KDVS presents: ORMF XVI Festival in Davis

KDVS presents: ORMF XVI Festival in Davis | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
The best part of this festival is the lineup — yes, it's not that one band all the middle schoolers and middle aged men are raving about, but they are all the bands you might go out of your way to see at a random house or venue. Sure, Davis is not really the Bay Area, but this festival has so many of my favorite and truly noteworthy Bay Area musicians that the only negative for me is, How am I going to get there from San Francisco? From The She's (who are working on a new album and playing Phono del Sol on July 9) to Meat Market (who just released a new album) to Jay Som (who...come, on do you really not know who Jay Som is yet?) to Soar (who are really a new Bay Area super group) and so many freaking more, the lineup is stacked.
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MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #87 (17.04.2016)

MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #87 (17.04.2016). 


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Fear of Men deal with emotional turmoil on “Trauma” — listen

Fear of Men deal with emotional turmoil on “Trauma” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
Brighton’s Fear of Men are gearing up to release their sophomore album, Fall Forever, this June. The 10-track collection comes after their 2014 debut Loom and is previewed this week with “Trauma”.

Speaking to Noisey, singer Jessica Weiss talked about the concept of “trauma” and its relation to the song itself, saying, “It’s how we deal with it that defines us … To me, dealing with trauma is not about looking back, it’s about taking that experience and putting it under your own control, letting it become a part of you.” 

 She continued, “Some of the lyrics are very personal, some are intuitive images, but generally it’s about the difficult relationship between feeling completely violated and feeling powerful enough to rise above it.” 

 Mirroring the turmoil that one associates with pain and healing, the song features stabbing percussion and strings that seem to sigh and shout. Stream it below.
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New Track: "When I'm With You" - Hurry

New Track: "When I'm With You" - Hurry | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
It seems that frontman Matt Scottoline has totally embraced his pop sensibilities on Hurry's forthcoming album Guided Meditation. Below is the second sampling, called "When I'm With You," off the new record, which will be out on April 29 via Lame-O Records.
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Delorean announce new album, share shimmery “Muzik” — listen

Delorean announce new album, share shimmery “Muzik” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
UNDER THE RADAR: Delorean announce new album, share shimmery “Muzik” — listen. 

On June 22nd, Spanish electronic outfit Delorean will return with their first album in nearly three years, Muzik. The Apar follow-up collects together nine new tracks and marks their first since their harrowing kidnapping in Mexico City in October 2013. 

As a preview of the LP, which is due out through PHLEX, Delorean have revealed the title track as the lead single. Produced by The xx and John Talabot associate Pional, the dreamlike, breezy number glimmers with pastel synths and the cool metal of steel drums. 

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MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #86 (10.04.2016)

MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #86 (10.04.2016). 


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Hante. premieres the stylish and intimate video for “Noir”

Hante. premieres the stylish and intimate video for “Noir” | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
UNDER THE RADAR: Hante. premieres the stylish and intimate video for “Noir”. 

Hante., Phosphor‘s and Minuit Machine‘s Hélène de Thoury‘s solo act, released one of our favorite albums this year so far, entitled This Fog That Never Ends. Behind this very dramatic album title, there lies some blackness beneath. Entirely performed and composed on electronic instruments, Hante.’s bleak synth scapes lives up to the expectations the album title invokes. Noir, one of the album’s standout songs, now has a visually stunning video, stylistically shot in theme with it’s titled, the video was edited and directed and starring, the project’s mastermind—and shot by Paul Vauvrey and Dorothée Menec.
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Wire share new single “Internal Exile” — listen

Wire share new single “Internal Exile” — listen | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
From the English outfit's forthcoming mini-album, Nocturnal Koreans.

Ever prolific, Wire are set to return with a brand new mini-album, Nocturnal Koreans, on April 22nd through Pink Flag. 

The album’s eight tracks are culled from the same recording sessions as last year’s self-titled effort, but were clearly set apart as something sonically different. New single “Internal Exile” demonstrates that well with its paced staccato layered in floating ’80s guitars. 

It’s a steady build for most of the song, but really takes off a little after the halfway mark as gliding synth notes liven the rhythm and Colin Newman reiterates the simple refrain of “Marching.”
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Video: Tourettes - The New New Zealand

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UNDER THE RADAR: Tourettes - "The New New Zealand". 

Working class wordsmith Tourettes aka Dominic Hoey has unveiled a new track as he inches closer to releasing his album Feel Like Shit, Looking Great. 

Titled 'The New New Zealand', the damning slice of social commentary talks about "this country's relentless slide into becoming a neoliberal wasteland", according to Tourettes, who further blurs the lines between spoken word and rap with his captivating delivery, pulled along by gilded production courtesy of Abraham Kunin. 

The track's release comes accompanied by a video created by Eddy Fifield who has also made clips for the likes of Team Dynamite, Thee Rum Coves and Glass Owls.
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New Track: "Caterpillar" - Honey Radar

New Track: "Caterpillar" - Honey Radar | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
“Caterpillar” provides an optimistic foreshadowing of Honey Radar’s forthcoming album Blank Cartoon, which will be available on May 20 via What’s Your Rupture?. 

The song sticks as a tasty guitar riff engages with clairvoyant vocals and the casual yet locked-in snap and pop of percussion, completed with an Acid Test conclusion.
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