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Darlingside: New Album and Tour

darlingsideDarlingside is bringing their ethereal indie folk westward for a tour in advance of their new album, which is due September 18th. The album will be titled Birds Say and it’s the band’s second studio effort, following 2012’s Pilot Machines and last year’s split EP (with Heather Maloney) concert LP Live At The Loft, recorded in Portsmouth, NH. After the release, the band will be back on the East Coast for another run that will last through October and will see the band opening for the great Patty Griffin. See the full itinerary here.

The band released a trailer for the new album, featuring enough lovely footage from their recording sessions to mesmerize a studio geek such as myself.

Here’s the full version of the song featured in the trailer, released just yesterday:

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Jordan Corey’s “Focus” Out Today

Jordan Corey has just dropped her new single “Focus” via her Bandcamp page. It’s a complex and subtle pop song, with a heavy electronica influence. It marks a departure from some of the more vintage elements of her previous singles, with a thoroughly modern vibe. The propulsive beats and bass lines bubble underneath soothingly lush synth swells and Corey’s incredibly restrained but compellingly melodic vocal. Layered harmonies cut in and out to complement the synthesizer. Overall, it’s a beautiful relief from some of the aggressively uptempo and overwrought pop currently bombarding the airwaves.

A onetime OurStage ‘Artist of the Week,’ Corey recently played the infamous Electric Daisy Carnival EDM festival. She’s been teasing a video to accompany “Focus,” so we hope to have more from her soon.

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The Immaculate Guitar Pop Of Late Cambrian’s “Objects May Appear”

cambrianIt’s not easy to be a really hooky pop band while also being markedly original. But on their newest LP Golden Time, Late Cambrian have shed their more direct influences in favor of a unique take on the time-tested guitar/bass/drums/harmonies formula. Take for instance the song “Objects May Appear,” which just got the video treatment. Irresistible chord changes come in waves, sweeping over a syncopated beat and lead guitar line, and on top of it all are, yes, incredibly sweet melodies and harmonies. The video is a kind of perfect, zen experience that simply enhances your complete absorption into the song. I’m not saying they’re changing the face of music forever – it’s still guitar pop – but if you can listen to / watch this just once, well, you’re a stronger person than I.

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“On The Wire” With Air Traffic Controller

airtrafficcontrollerExcited to alert you to this stellar new track from Air Traffic Controller, who we keep telling you about. A reliably catchy pop rock band, to be sure. But they’ve just debuted a song called “On The Wire,” which feels like a big artistic leap for the band, if not the mark of a whole new direction. This sonically adventurous song finds frontman Dave Monroe stepping back in favor of Casey Sullivan, whose lead vocal elevates the whole production. And a hell of a production it is, by longtime collaborator Bleu, who also co-wrote. Must-hear:

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Jes Hudak And Corvyx Duet On Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”

hudakCover versions of songs can be hit and miss. If you’re covering a song, that generally means it’s a song you love, which hopefully means that the original is pretty damn good, which begs the question, why do another version? In most cases, the answer is simply because you felt like it, which is perfectly fine, but fans of the original are probably not going to come away feeling especially rewarded.

Then there are the more rare cases where the covering artist brings something new to the song, leaving the listener with a new appreciation for a previously unrealized dimension of the song. Such is the case with this cover of Nirvana‘s “Heart-Shaped Box,” originally from the In Utero album. It doesn’t hurt that Jes Hudak and Corvyx are two of the most interesting singers out there, who also happen to harmonize beautifully together. And that this video was shot live is all the more impressive. Enjoy.

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Darling Parade’s “Run Away”

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Yes, it’s another summer Popsplosion™ to blast from your car stereo. What can we say, it’s that time of the year. This time, our old friends Darling Parade, on the heels of last year’s acclaimed full-length rocker Battle Scars and Broken Hearts, have gone full-throttle pop with their newest single. “Run Away” features a brilliantly catchy melody over crunchy guitar hooks, and a hint of synth for good measure. Here it is:

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Steph Shaw’s “Meant To Be”

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It was released a month ago, and we’re only now catching up with the new single from Steph Shaw, “Meant To Be.” We are embarrassed. BUT we’re making up for lost time this morning with several consecutive spins of this ornately orchestrated, pulsing pop song. Staccato percolations quickly lock into place with the drums before giving way to flowing strings, all tied together with Shaw’s lilting melody. Check it out below; available now on iTunes.

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Keep Your Hands Busy: Vol. 2 – The Shills

theshillsWe brought you the first single at the end of March, and now Baeble Music has the premiere of the new album from Boston’s The Shills. Keep Your Hands Busy: Vol. 2 is one of the most musically-inventive/adventurous-yet-still-totally-accessible-and-fun-to-listen-to indie rock albums you’re likely to hear this year. And you can dance to it. Listen to the new single, “Oh, This Devilish Place,” below. Buy it here.

Lady Lamb On World Cafe Live

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and band – aka Lady Lamb – performed their new “Billions Of Eyes” plus a few other songs on World Cafe Live. She also spoke with David Dye in an interesting interview, which included an explanation of a reference in “Billions Of Eyes” to her relative who was named a saint. She also talks about songwriting and the recent truncation of her stage name. You can listen to the whole interview with all of the songs here.

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Brittney Bouchard’s Driving New Single “Paper Airplanes”

10991042_10153035993242856_5143793895508910123_nSometimes all you need is a high-energy pop song, smashed full of hooks. That’s what landed in the inbox this morning, and none too soon for a drizzly Friday. Los Angeles-based singer Brittney Bouchard released her single “Paper Airplanes” back in February, and we somehow missed it – but it’s on repeat around OurStage HQ now. The track starts simply enough with a cool guitar figure against an ambient background and then builds into a radio-ready pop explosion. Hope to hear more from Bouchard soon.