Electric Saturdays : Bonobo :: Flashlight

Oct 18th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , ,

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Bonobo | Flashlight

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Dream Machines :: Started At One

Oct 16th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , ,

Scope the latest single from Dream Machines, invoking a synth-fueled syncopated beat, an anthemic rock & roll chorus, and some oh-so-sweet falsetto back-up vocals. Enjoy and download for free HERE.

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Jaakko Eino Kalevi :: Speak Out

Oct 15th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , , ,

It’s all over, the cold and grey are back. Hurry up and start waiting for spring. Or, embrace the frustration of fall and winter with its rarer, thus more beautiful, moments of release. Tension builds and builds… you’re cooped up in a buddy’s apartment, someone puts on a summer hit and everyone is dancing hard with big smiles. I’ll take that moment over a midsummers boogie, it’s more necessary. So, here is ammunition for that, a smile track from sunny Helsinki. Enjoy.

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Giveaway + Preview : Jillette Johnson w/ Mary Lambert at U Street Musical Hall (Oct 23)

Oct 14th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , ,
Jillette Johnson’s voice is strong and exciting because it’s unstable. Sometimes on her excellent debut album Water In A Whale, it’s lavishly heavy and amorous, and other times it grinds, grits and cracks like a windshield in a hailstorm. The New York songstress knows how to display her emotional lyricism through this spectrum of vocal tricks, matching captivation and infatuation with smooth hooks and everything else with war-torn, epic singing. Just one listen to “Torpedo”, which combines intensity with self-confidence, showcases Johnson’s strength as a newcomer to the pop conversation. The saccharine hook brings listeners back to the central theme of the song: even in the face of her biggest challenges and fears, the artist is standing her ground and ignoring all the bullshit. Johnson uses the song’s winding verses to flex her voice’s range and complexity, and the marching strings and piano melody that boils around her only adds to the powerful message of the track.

One can only imagine how affecting and life-affirming “Torpedo” or any of Water In A Whale would sound like live. Luckily for us, Johnson is touring the country this fall with the lovely and equally moving Mary Lambert. For those in the capitol, the pair will be playing at U Street Music Hall on Oct 23, and we have tickets to give away! Comment below or tweet us @newdust for a chance to claim them and witness this new rising star. Also, check out the video for Torpedo. See you there!

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Breezy Sundays : The Yetis :: Little Surfer Girl

Oct 12th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , , ,

As fall sets in, and we think about the long lost days on the beach, we offer up this breezy and appropriately named track “Little Surfer Girl” from Allentown, PA’s The Yetis. Enjoy…

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PREMIERE : The Olympics :: Who Are You (video)

Oct 10th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , ,

Music is one of the greatest channels for powerful emotional release. Most of us claim we’re optimists, but the darkness in life really makes for the most impassioned listening experiences. This has been proven time and time again on mainstream radio—the public’s veneration of tracks like “Someone Like You” by Adele or “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus proves that we are empowered by our idols’ shared misfortune and solitude. It’s even more common to relate to tragedy in rock, which finds much of its soul-searching disillusionment in Blues music.

The Olympics embody this emotional turmoil excellently in their new single “Who Are You”. The track has all the right elements to create a wholly downcast mood. A harried guitar solo, impassioned vocals, and explicit lyrics that fully expose the narrative of the song: “I hope you choke in your sleep” is the climatic kiss-off here in a track about unobtainable affection and rejection. “Who Are You” is immediate, and satisfies our masochistic nostalgia for feeling abject and unlovable. It’s also a poignant and direct exercise in pop-structured rock, and introduces the Olympics to a wider audience. While the band hasn’t come any closer to reconciliation with the track’s out-of-reach lover, they define themselves as musicians.

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