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Zola Jesus :: Go (Blank Sea)

September 19th, 2014 : Post by :: Categories

Killer new single from Zola Jesus off her new album TAIGA to be released October 6th in Europe/UK and October 7th in North America. Enjoy…

Team Spirit :: Surrender + (video)

September 16th, 2014 : Post by :: Categories

One of rock’s greatest strengths as a genre of music is its sonic physicality. Without the added force of lyrics and vocal harmonies, rock’s warm guitars, thundering bass and crashing drums make it an easy target for emotionally and bodily affecting music. Team Spirit excels in their innate understanding of this specific power of music, turning their songs into conduits of brave, unfettered power and even existential awareness. The band’s approach isn’t subtle—Ayah Al Adhamy’s lyrics in “Teenage Heart” extend from the title linearly into brazen, passionate dissonance in the throws youth and virility. “I swear I’ll do my best/I don’t want this to fall apart/Cause I still suffer from a teenage heart”. The sincerity in lines like these are all that’s needed over the crashing force of the group’s instrumentals. This is powerful pop rock at its finest, straddling the line between orderly songwriting and spiraling chaos.

Understandably, that duality is what it feels like to be on the cusp of formal adulthood, where moments of acute nostalgia and fear of responsibility come in huge waves for the first time in life. So Team Spirit are tackling this shift in human existence without pretension, instead focusing on the explicitness of rock ‘n roll to answer their questions. If it worked on “Teenage Heart”, it’s even more effective on the group’s newest single “Surrender”. The track is longer and even more grandiose than before, previewing Team Spirit’s upcoming debut album Killing Time. “Surrender” sidesteps a direct confrontation with youth and adulthood by sound tracking music’s most universal themes: love. Al Adhamy’s soaring chorus leaves nothing up to speculation—whether the band members are afraid of adulthood’s mortality or youth’s solipsism, they use their colossal brand of rock to disavow the human dilemmas all together. “Surrender” is a song that knows what it wants to be and is staggeringly successful in instilling its message in the listener.

Watch and listen to the new single below, and get pumped for the band’s debut album Killing Time, out Sept. 30 on Vice.

GIVEAWAY: Cherub and Ghost Beach at 9:30 Club on 9/27

September 15th, 2014 : Post by :: Categories

Listen up, we’ve got another ticket giveaway for you! As part of The Champagne Showers Tour, Cherub and Ghost Beach are going to be performing a sold-out show September 27th at 9:30 Club. In other words — this could be your last opportunity to score tix.

To see Cherub’s “fresh electrified take on risque pop” and Ghost Beach’s blend of “tropical grit pop” live, send us a tweet @Newdust or leave a comment below. In addition to two comp tickets, to make the deal that much sweeter we’ll also be throwing in a limited-edition Ghost Beach beach ball. Three cheers for well branded trinkets and who said summer has to end? Preview tracks from both groups below, as you ponder why we should award you with tickets to what’s sure to be an electric show.

GIVEAWAY : All Things Go – Fall Classic :: Featuring Future Islands, HAERTS, Tove Lo & more…

September 4th, 2014 : Post by :: Categories

Next weekend is the All Things Go: Fall Classic and we are all very excited for this homegrown festival. So excited in fact, that we are giving away two tickets. To enter to win tweet us @newdust or comment below telling us why you deserve tickets to party with All Things Go and company on September 12.

The lineup is fantastic and features headliner Future Islands as well as other great indie acts such as HAERTS, Tove Lo, DC’s own U.S. Royalty, Bear Hands, Panama Wedding and Young Summer. For those who don’t win tickets grab ‘em HERE and see ya there…