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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Ariel Pink :: Put Your Number In My Phone

Oct 9th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , ,

Easily the most associated word with lo-fi pop master Ariel Pink is weird. His music, his interviews and his visual impressions are always pleasantly distorted and out in left field. Wherever you land in his almost endless discography, you’ll encounter the absurd sounds and visions that Pink inhabits—he’s one of those artists whose persona in the public eye is believably the same even in his most private moments.

And the weirdness continues! Pink’s new solo album pom pom is due later this fall on 4AD, and the lead single is an instant classic. “Put Your Number In My Phone” is sunny and hilarious on its own, but with accompaniment of its eerily engaging video, the complacency of the music becomes the soundtrack to a lucid dream. I don’t know what makes me more uncomfortable: the man with the Darth Vader mask or Pink’s green cowboy hat. Check out the song and the vision below, and appreciate that Ariel Pink never ceases to defy expectations as a connoisseur of the queer and off-kilter.

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Dead Professional :: Bad Memory + 10/16 show at Rock And Roll Hotel

Oct 8th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , ,

Enjoy the latest, Springsteen-esque lofi pop jam from VA’s Dead Professional. His full length debut is called Hard Hard Hard and it goes on sale November 18. Also, go see him on October 16 at Rock and Roll Hotel in DC w/ Caveman. Enjoy…

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Tristen :: No One’s Gonna Know + show at DC9 on 10/14

Oct 7th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , ,

Tristen Gaspadarek, known simply as ‘Tristen’ is a Chicago-bred, currently Nashville-based singer-songwriter. The “synth-pop siren” (according to SPIN) has received positive praise in her relatively short career from numerous outlets including Rolling Stone, NPR, and KCRW. Her sophomore album CAVES — the follow up to Charlatans At the Garden Gate — was released July 2013 via Pupsnake/Thirty Tigers. The album marks a shift in tone for Tristen, who along with chief collaborator Buddy Hughen hones a more modern and melodic marriage of electronic synths and infectious hooks on the latest effort.

The standout track from CAVES, “No One’s Gonna Know,” immediately draws you in from start to finish. Listen below; and DC folks can catch Tristen playing DC9 as part of her fall tour October 14th.

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Long Walks on the Beach :: Knew It By Heart

Oct 6th, 2014 : by :: Tags: , , ,

One of our favorite lo-fi acts, Long Walks On The Beach is back, with his latest “Knew It By Heart”. Happy Monday…

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