Baltimore, Maryland is home to some of the most influential and halcyon millennial musicians and bands. The port city houses the headquarters of dream pop’s high watermark act Beach House, a new electronica forefather Dan Deacon and freak folk’s beloved Animal Collective. While these three acts—which only represent a sliver of the talent exploding from Baltimore—are incredibly different from each other, they have one trait in common: acute passion in their idiosyncratic sounds. Hearing Victoria Legrand sing “Zebra” makes you tear up in ways you never thought you could, just as Animal Collectives most contemporary pop tracks make you dance with a special kind of abandon. This musical fervor is the precedent that the Maryland city has set.
It makes sense then that a group of local acolytes are channeling the same sweaty intensity that the city has made notorious. Raindeer, the recently expanded solo project of Charlie Hughes is making lysergic, balmy pop that’s just as fun to listen to as it is committed to creating a unique sonic space. There are hints of Ponytail and Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips in the now five-piece band’s first singles; and in Hughes’ vocals, you can hear his love for Baltimore’s expressive vocalists. “This Is Rock N’ Roll” is a definite standout from their upcoming LP You Look Smashing. Its prismatic accordion loops and yelping vocals are juxtaposed with gorgeous harmonies and guitars that are drenched in the heat and joy of a humid Maryland summer. And even when the group dips into their influences, they sound audaciously individual at the same time. Hearing Raindeer’s new singles remind fans of Baltimore’s immense transformation of the new millennium’s most innovative rock and pop music. Don’t look away now—Raindeer is proof that the burgeoning scene hasn’t imploded yet.
Sep 4th, 2014 :
, dream pop
, synth pop
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…
DC’s own Furniteur is now out with their self-titled EP. For those keeping score, we are a big fans of the collaboration of artist and musician Brittany Sims, Kevin Bayly of former Dance Party fame and now BRETT, and Mike Toohey (also from BRETT). Their debut single and track one, “Modern Love” is a nice dose of 80s pop and the rest of the EP follows the same breezy path. Grab the EP at Prince George Records on cassette, as well as iTunes for all you crazy kids with your iPods. Enjoy…
Grouplove and Portugal. The Man have been busy on the road, currently co-headlining the Honda Civic Tour. They’ll be making a stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion next Friday, September 12th — and we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets! Grouplove, the quirky LA indie band and the Portland-based psych-rockers PTM are vastly different in style, but both known for their energetic live performances. And as if that weren’t enough cause for excitement, fellow Portlanders and indie rock outfit Typhoon will be joining them as well.
Sample some of the bands’ latest efforts below as you plot how to win your tickets. To enter, please shoot us a tweet @newdust or comment below. If you don’t win this one, you can still support these great groups by getting your tickets HERE. Hope to see ya there!
*Note, Rock & Bus will be providing rides from the Foggy Bottom metro stop, for those in need of transpo. Tickets jump after September 10th, so be sure to plan ahead. More details here.
Get breezy with Jerry Folk’s remix of Lemaitre’s “Wait”. Perfect sunny after afternoon jam, complete with disco beats and catchy hooks. Enjoy…
Enjoy this indie-pop banger from VÉRITÉ. Obviously a great track for a Friday. Channels the Lorde aesthetic of driving fast and the Lana Del Ray “die young” vibes. Have a good weekend nerds…