La Force – You Amaze Me

by New Music Michael on June 8 2018

laforceNot the typical fare we usually post here on NMM, but I just can’t stop listening to this new track from Ariel Engle’s new project, La Force. Engle joined Broken Social Scene prior to their acclaimed 2017 album Hug Of Thunder, and also was part of AroarA with her husband Andrew Whitman (who’s also been part of BSS). It’s a luscious, sensual track, in fact a love song for Whitman. Like I said, statistically significantly more mellow than a lot of the music I listen to, but oh my god so good.

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Yoke Lore – Cut And Run

by New Music Michael on June 8 2018

New York indie pop act York Lore’s newest EP, Absolutes, drops July 27th, and in advance of that, they’ve released the video for Cut And Run. Check it out above.

York Lore is dominated by the emotional soul of multi-instrumentalist, dancer, and visual artist Adrian Galvin. The video for this track was shot outside of Los Angeles in the chaotically disparate locations of the Angeles National Forest, and the basement of a Dollar Store near Long Beach. If Galvin’s name rings a bell, well then it should – he was previously a member of both Walk the Moon, and Yellerkin.

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by New Music Michael on February 3 2018

Back in 2015 there was this addictive little indie pop track called Seventeen, by this little band out of the Oakland/SFO region called Sjowgren. Yeh yeh, I know, sounds more like a band out of Norway or Sweden. But nope.

They’re back with another pretty wicked track. Check out Waiting Room above. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any news on an album or anything, but there’s a handful of singles on Spotify if you wanna check out more.

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I’ve been a fan of Victoria project Freak Heat Waves for a while now. Even saw the Victoria ambient punk act live at the now-defunct Wunderbar back in 2015. Well, they’ve not only got a new tour coming up, but are also doing a North American tour. And I don’t mean a North American tour of the type that has two or three dates in Canada. Nope, this one’s pretty close to 50/50, including a date at the Starlite Room with Preoccupations on May 3rd.

The new album is titled Beyond XXXL, They have a new single, which you can stream above, called Self Vortex. According to the band, they’ve gone a bit off the deep end with instrumentation this time around, with the band “set on creating our own sounds … (w)e processed everything, blended drum machines with real drums, and re-amped our synths and guitars to get into a mutant futuristic zone. New territory was the goal.”

New territory. Mutant futuristic zone. Sounds like perfection to me.

Tour Itinerary:

  • Apr 13 – Montreal QC at Casa Del Popolo
  • Apr 17 – Burlington VT at Monkey Bar
  • Apr 18 – Boston MA at Brighton Music Hall (w/Preoccupations, as are all dates with a *)
  • Apr 19 – Brooklyn NY at Rough Trade*
  • Apr 20 – Brooklyn NY at Elsewhere (Zone One)
  • Apr 21 – Brooklyn NY at Park Co-op Church
  • Apr 23 – Philadelphia PA at Underground Arts*
  • Apr 24 – Washington DC at Rock & Roll Hotel*
  • Apr 25 – Pittsburgh PA at Funhouse
  • Apr 26 – Columbus OH at A&R Music Bar*
  • Apr 27 – Chicago IL at Empty Bottle*
  • Apr 29 – Minneapolis MN at 7th Street Entry*
  • Apr 30 – Fargo ND at Aquarium
  • May 01 – Winnipeg MB at Pyramid Cabaret*
  • May 02 – Saskatoon SK at Vangelis
  • May 03 – Edmonton AB at Starlite*
  • May 04 & 05 – Calgary AB at Palomino*
  • May 06  – Victoria BC at Upstairs
  • May 09 – Vancouver BC at Cobalt*
  • May 10 – Portland OR at High Water Mark
  • May 11 – Boise ID at Olympic
  • May 12 – Salt Lake City UT at Diabolical
  • May 14 – Kansas City MO at Minibar
  • May 15 – Indianapolis IN at Pioneer
  • May 16 – Detroit MI at Marble Bar
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Middle Kids – Mistake // Debut LP Out May 4

January 31, 2018

So, you remember that song a little while back by the Middle Kids called The Edge Of Town (check it out below if you haven’t yet). God, I sang along with that song for a long time, always cranked up super loud. Well, the Australian indie project led by lead singer/guitarist Hannah Joy and her [...]

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Neil Diamond – Then And Now

January 24, 2018

I don’t remember hearing a lot of music growing up with my parents and younger brother. Perhaps that’s strange, what with my dad getting his start in the media industry as a radio engineer and then DJ. But regardless, there are three distinct genres of music I do recall as a youngster: German pop (especially [...]

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Field Music – Share A Pillow // Open Here out February 2

January 24, 2018

Huh. I guess I’m not surprised this song struck a nerve, given that Peter Brewis has stated that the lyrics are based around the bed time routine of his young son. More notably, his sadness at having to go to bed by the sounds of it. Been there. Share A Pillow is the third single [...]

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Lucius – Neighbors // Acoustic Album NUDES Due Out March 2

January 19, 2018

The dueling vocalist duo of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laesig, and the rest of the quartet Lucius, released their newest single Neighbors today (stream it above). It’s the first single off their newest album, an acoustic release titled NUDES. It’ll be out on March 2, and features a total of ten tracks, including one with [...]

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