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HAIM IS BACK BABY.

The three jewish sister queens have announced their sophomore album, Something to Tell You, and released a new video for “Right Now” and yes, it is straight up ~~girl magic~~.

Filmed in one take in Valentine Recording Studios by director Paul Thomas Anderson, the video starts off with Danielle Haim sitting ever so gracefully on a piano as she begins singing “gave you my love, you gave me nothing.” The camera starts shifting toward basshead Este Haim serving up crazy bass face that we missed and chanting “right now, right now.” Last but not least, baby sister Alana is moving about multi-tasking with different instruments. Then, it gets straight up ’80s magical with a sort of Toto’s “Africa” vibe if that makes sense?? Around the end, Este and Alana serve looks as they bang on their drums and pure magic emanates out of them. Okay, maybe not but you know what I mean.

In the past four years, the HAIM sisters have performed with Prince, Taylor Swift and made Stevie Nicks the fourth HAIM sister. After touring around for three years, they headed back home to San Fernando Valley to record their album with the help of producers Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij, ex-member of Vampire Weekend.

Something to Tell You comes out July 7 and we can’t wait! That’s all the news for now but don’t forget to catch the musical sisters on SNL with Melissa McCarthy on May 13th. Will they play old jams? Perform the new “Right Now”? Or maybe even release a new track by then? Only time can tell.

Watch the video for yourself!

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As if we needed more reasons to love the boys from SWMRS.

Bands just starting out know all about the struggles of getting the word out about their gigs. It’s frustrating and stressful at times, but SWMRS and the Uncool Records team have started a wicked incentive to help bands connect with fans and spread the word about their upcoming shows.

The Uncool Record Report (@TheUncoolReport on twitter) is managed by SWMRS bassist and Waterloo Teeth vocalist Seb Mueller. The Report is a useful way of not only networking with bands around the world, but also spreading the word about their upcoming gigs.

Getting featured by the Report is easy-peasy; all you need to do is shoot them an email! Make sure you include as much information relating to the show in your email and a show flyer if you have one. Once they receive all the info, your event will be featured on their twitter account. Pretty badass, if you ask us.

Not only does the Report broadcast shows across the world, but they also keep you up to date with Uncool Records artists. So if you’re into Waterloo Teeth and SWMRS (obviously), it’s also another way to discover new music which is a serious advantage.

Resources like the Uncool Record Report are paramount and vital for helping our scene grow and adapt a positive, inclusive environment. We can’t wait to see what these guys have planned next.

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Vampire Weekend lead singer Ezra Koenig has finally shared some deets about Mitsubishi Macchiato (MM),  the working title for the band’s upcoming album and we are hella excited. He also gave small updates on what the band has been up to in the past years.

On his personal Instagram account, he explained that fans deserve some information and shared the upcoming album’s working title saying it is a helpful concept. I’m still not sure what that means after much thought but kind of has a nice ring to it and is a cool tongue twister if you say it enough times.

He gave a timeline sharing that after Modern Vampires of the City was released back in 2013, they still toured and promoted it for most of 2014 and took the next year as a mental health year considering “putting 3 albums in stores was taxing.” He also mentioned that work was done in 2015 on a vibey project, although it’s not clear whether that was his own personal venture or the bands.

In 2016, Koenig wrote that mad research was done with grad students at the library as they wrote several things for MM?? Again, not sure if he’s kidding considering the guy loves joking around on social media on a regular basis. Now in 2017, they have been recording and trying to finish the album up. So what exactly do we know about it?

Koenig wrote, “hmm, it’s a lil more springtime than the last one. guitar’s not dead. there are songs (currently) called “Conversation” & “Flower Moon.” Flower Moon is hard to finish but I think it belongs on the album…I should probably stop there cuz all of that information is subject to change & I can’t tell you the really good stuff anyway.”

Again, not a load of information coming from Koenig but it’s better than the dark abyss fans have been thrown into for the past four years! That sounds a little too heavy…I mean, thanks to social media we DO know a little more on what the band’s been up to.

Here’s a little overview of each member:

  1. Rostam Batmanglij, a vital member who helped found the band and made a load of the great indie music, left the band and ventured into his own projects making great singles such as “EOS” and “Gravity Don’t Pull Me.” He also teased a new album coming out in 2017 via twitter and has worked as a producer/writer with artists: Hamilton Leithauser, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ra Ra Riot, Santigold, Frank Ocean and Solange Knowles. Pretty rad amirite??
  2. Not a lot can be said of Ezra Koenig himself besides that he was is a huge Bernie Sanders advocate, is dating Rashida Jones and still loves tweeting humorous things mixed with replies to fan tweets and political news which he sometimes starts discussing. He’s also occasionally seen on his friends Chromeo, Ariel Rechtshaid and Diplo’s snap stories…probably because he’s making music with them considering he has in the past. I mean his music collabs with Diplo and 2011 tweet IS the reason Beyonce’s jam “Hold Up” uses the tweet as a lyric.
  3. Groovy bassist Chris Baio still shakes his booty on stage except that rather with indie vibes, it’s to the beat of his own sunkissed house electronic music. He released several EPs and even an album back in 2015 titled The Names which he toured around for a bit.
  4. Drummer Chris Tomson has definitely been the most lowkey of them all but we do know he got married and recently released his own music with his side project! He stood up from the drum seat and became the lead singer/guitarist of Dams of the West releasing Youngish American in late February of this year.

That’s all we really know for now but are on the lookout for more to come so stay posted! 

every day I get comments & questions about the next Vampire Weekend album. obviously, we gotta take our time & get it right but the fans deserve some information. I know it feels like it’s been an eternity since the last one but time…is strange. this is what’s been happening: 2013- MVOTC release 2014 – still touring/promoting 2015 – mental health year (putting 3 albums in stores was taxing), worked on a vibey project you’ll hear abt soon 2016- writing LP4, long days in the library researching w/ the grad students 2017 – recording, trying to finish ASAP what else can I tell you without playing myself? hmm, it’s a lil more springtime than the last one. guitar’s not dead. there are songs (currently) called “Conversation” & “Flower Moon.” Flower Moon is hard to finish but I think it belongs on the album. working title is still Mitsubishi Macchiato cuz it is a helpful concept. I should probably stop there cuz all of that information is subject to change & I can’t tell you the really good stuff anyway 🍍🔥🍍🎶🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕🌖🌗🌘🌚

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It’s 2017, I feel like we shouldn’t have to be talking about this again, but festival season is approaching. Line-ups are being announced and again there’s an astonishing lack of women on the bills. This is not a new thing: lack of representation has been a huge issue, and fans and journalists alike have been calling out festival organizers, especially in the last couple of years. We would think by now they got the message, right? I know.

In January, UK festival Reading & Leeds began announcing their line up. In the first announcement, there was only one woman on the list of 11 performers. That’s on the other side of the Atlantic, though; what about North America?

On Wednesday, both Lollapalooza and Warped Tour announced their line ups. The latter is taking 90 bands on the road; 14 are made up of women and 3 of them are playing the main stages. However little in number they are, these acts might be the most interesting ones on the whole tour. I’ll explain below.

Reading and Leeds: Back at it again with sexism

On January 20th, the first batch of performers for Reading & Leeds festival were announced and included headliners such as Muse and Kasabian. 20 acts, 57 male and 1 female: Against The Current’s singer Chrissy Costanza. Here’s a visual that shows a startling reality.

 

Were people happy? Of course not. Reading & Leeds organizers were called out, stories were written on the lack of representation, hell broke loose on social media. Alternative Press interviewed Chrissy about the situation and, of course, she agreed it was infuriating to say the least, but she also brought a different perspective to the discussion: fans need to support female artists and bands first so that promoters know what to look for. She referred to a poll about the Reading & Leeds line up that asked who people wanted to see on the festival. All they got were male bands (and obvious choices such as Paramore and PVRIS). Chrissy’s point is that we have to directly show organizers we are into female acts so that they can be aware of who to book.

It’s an interesting point of view, which leads me to ask… isn’t pointing out the lack of female representation directly showing promoters we want more diversity in festivals? Is media doing enough to forward the talk on representation? How much influence do fans actually have on line ups? I can’t actually answer all of these questions, but there’s definitely enough to think about there.

Can these women save this year’s Warped Tour?

March 22nd brought us the Warped Tour line up announcement. It may be only me, but it feels like this is the least exciting group of acts this tour has ever had—I can’t honestly remember the last time when I went through the list and couldn’t find one band that made me want to go. (To be fair, it might mean I am getting old, but remember how amazing last year was?)

Earlier this year, Kevin Lyman & co. had already given fans the Warped Rewind at Sea cruise, which is happening in the fall. 14 bands and 2 special guests are confirmed, and the only woman is Babs from Emo Nite. There are still more acts to be announced, though.

All things considered, there wasn’t much hope for women at Warped Tour this year–I mean, do female musicians want to go on a tour who supports anti-choice organizations and gives a platform for pedophiles?

Despite all that, Warped’s line up has 16 acts made up of females or with females in them. This constitutes 17.7% of the 90 performers. Three of these acts are on the Journeys’ main stages: New Years Day, Jule Vera, and Save Ferris.

Since I am complaining about this situation, I believe it’s fair to say that apart from the bands playing the main stages, I did not know many of the female acts on Warped Tour this year. Maybe they are not the style I’m into, maybe they weren’t on my radar, or maybe I simply ignored them.

I wasn’t excited about any of the “male bands” (should we start saying male bands like we do girl bands?) I knew, so I went out to check the “female bands”. I opened all of their Facebook pages, as well as searched their songs on Spotify. One of the first bands I came across was War On Women. They followed the Warped announcement with the following post:

War On Women has accepted an offer to play Vans Warped Tour this summer. This might be surprising for some, and I understand why. We are “anti-” a lot of things that Warped Tour seems neutral on, or even worse, “pro-”. While in the past it might have been on a smaller scale, we have always been fully comfortable forcing our way into potentially hostile environments to share our intersectional feminist messages with folks who might not hear it otherwise. We take that challenge on because we are very privileged people in most ways, and we always hope that if we’ve opened a few people up to the things we value, they might be more likely to find out about bands like G.L.O.S.S., Downtown Boys, and La Armada. We won’t be checking our activism at the door this summer, and we are so excited to share our safer spaces project with you in the coming days. Stay tuned.

You can check out the full statement here.

It made me wonder: are women going to use this platform to promote change? Warped Tour is a show where a lot of people, especially young people, go to check out acts they don’t already know. The festival goers are so immersed into the music and the scene that what happens affects them. People find their new favorite bands on Warped Tour. If they’re moving through stages and catch War on Women talking about the issues they care about, is it likely they’ll catch the message?

I sure hope so. The people in this scene have had enough of important voices not taking sides. Kids have had enough of not feeling safe in what was supposed to be their safe space. Maybe attending this year’s Warped Tour is less about singing along to the same songs by the same bands all over again; maybe it is about hearing more important messages. Maybe it’s not about the number of women, but what they can say.


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Queer-pop goddess Hayley Kiyoko just blessed us with a brand new single and video.

Kiyoko directed the video for “Sleepover” and it shows her in a room on her bed depicting her dreams about a girl whom she has a crush on, played by the stunning Christina Santini. The song is about the same, where you have unrequited love for someone and want to be more than friends. The video shows Hayley and the girl she has a crush on dancing, sleeping, getting steamy, and taking a pink bath together – the tub is honestly about to overflow with not just water. Sadly, these moments are happening all in Hayley’s head, dammit, so relatable!

Not only is this video cute, hot, sexy, and visually so stunning, the representation is EVERYTHING. This is just what we need, LBGT representation, and POC LGBT representation. Previously, Kiyoko gave us “Girls Like Girls” and “Gravel to Tempo”, where she gave young queer girls a spotlight. She’s unafraid to go there and show the world who she is.

“Sleepover” is a slower jam when compared to Kiyoko’s previous releases (This Side of Paradise EP and Citrine EP), but still grooves. You can catch Hayley Kiyoko on tour this month, but it’s nearly sold out so hurry!!! You won’t want to miss her.

“Sleepover” is the newest track from the singer to be featured on her debut album.

Check out the new video below:


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Slacker rock artist Mac DeMarco recently performed inside a dog grooming parlour and it’s just as adorable as it sounds.

With his recent two singles released off of his upcoming album This Old Dog, DeMarco flew over to East London’s Groom Dog City with Crack Magazine where he promoted and performed “This Old Dog” alongside pooches Foxton and Tilly.

The video, a stripped down version of the song, features the dogs getting groomed and fluffed behind DeMarco in ever so lovely VHS quality.

Before his performance, Mac states, “You may be asking yourselves, why? Why is Mac in Groom Dog City? Why? Well probably because the next song I’m going to play is called ‘This Old Dog’ and no, it may not be speaking about a real dog in the song. This is what my press will probably look like for the next two years.” We hope so Mac. We really hope so.

This Old Dog comes out May 5 but for now, you can hear “This Old Dog” and “My Old Man” here.

Check out the video below!


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IT’S COMING. After the Unsolved Era, we weren’t sure how long it would take for Allie to announce that CollXtion II would be released, but finally we have a date: June 9th, everyone! The indie-pop songstress also announced a 5-city tour along with the album release date, she’ll be hitting the globe! You can get the VIP experience at her show, which includes a meet and greet, and exclusive hands-on access to the album before anyone else.

By pre-ordering you’ll instantly receive “Casanova,” in its full production, of course. Previously, “Casanova” was released on the Unsolved Playlist in a piano demo form. Now, it takes shape in a house version that will give you so many feels. The album is said to also include a track written by collaborator Troye Sivan, whom Allie worked with on his debut album. Each song will include a visual in the form of a GIF, in true Allie X fashion. You can grab tickets here. Peep the track list and pre-order bundles here (alliex.com).

  1. Paper Love
  2. Vintage
  3. Need You (feat. Valley Girl)
  4. Casanova
  5. Lifted
  6. Simon Says
  7. Old Habits Die Hard
  8. That’s So Us
  9. Downtown
  10. True Love Is Violent

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Our Lorde and Savior is back and better than ever. Lorde has blessed our ears with her new song titled “Green Light.”

Three years ago, Lorde released her debut album Pure Heroine and after a year of touring, seemed to have disappeared from the music world completely. Of course, we had her song for the Catching Fire soundtrack and her collab with Disclosure, but we haven’t had new Lorde music in forever!!

This song is surprisingly different, all while maintaining the same sound she’s known for. Opening with somber piano and slowly evolving into funky, upbeat dance sound, this song is extremely new. I should also add that this song doesn’t sound anything like Pure Heroine. Something definitely new, but the sound fits Lorde’s voice well.

Despite this song being a new direction for Lorde, I have a strong feeling that this song will be in everyone’s head all festival season long.

Check out the new song and video below!

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All Time Low have officially (more like finally) announced their debut album, Last Young Renegade. Yes, we said debut – as in their first album being released on Fueled by Ramen instead of Hopeless Records.

The album was announced through a poetic post on Instagram, hinting at themes of total self-rediscovery and realization by singer Alex Gaskarth himself. There are also hints at Stranger Things influenced music (which we are totally here for), as well as paying homage to the late Prince, Bowie and George Michael on the record.

Who is the Last Young Renegade? After all this time writing music, playing in a band- checking moment after moment off the bucket list- collecting mistakes, making memories, I wondered what it might be like to write about myself if I wasn’t the one standing in my shoes. Who am I from the other side of the mirror? I tried to change perspective in my approach to writing and center in on all of the different versions of me that other people might have met over the years, through the ups and the downs, in the public eye and behind closed doors. Would I like this person? Do I like this person? Do I even recognize this person anymore? I realized that there’s a lot more to me than I’m usually ready to acknowledge, both good and bad. In that realization, I noticed a common thread. We are who we are, even when we try our hardest not to be. It’s a challenge to accept it sometimes. I gave those other sides of me a persona, and a name– then came the stories like a flood. It was a way for me to confront demons without having to sit at the dinner table with them. That’s the journey on this record: a story of self-realization. Of growing into your own skin through the eyes of someone watching it all unfold on the big screen, wearing a ‘Frankie Says Relax’ t-shirt. Like watching an old familiar movie, but suddenly you’re Marty McFly. We tried a lot of new things on this album, all within the context of what we love so much about All Time Low– There’s no denying that we were binge watching Stranger Things at the time, while also reflecting on the loss of some of our favorite musicians; Prince, Bowie, George Michael… I think the influence comes through in the best ways. We all felt pulled to exciting and different places as we searched for inspiration, approaching something that’s become so familiar to us from a new direction. I truly hope everyone listening enjoys this record as much as I do. It’s been an amazing journey. The album comes out June 2nd and will be available for pre-order on Friday, Feb 24th. We’ll also be posting some pre-order merch bundles, so stay tuned. Pre-order options will be up on alltimelow.com. xo Alex

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Digital pre-orders go live on February 24 at 12 a.m. (yes, tonight!) and webstore-exclusive physical bundles will be live at 12 pm (local time) as well.

All this and more can be found on their website, as well their newly released single, “Dirty Laundry”, which we reviewed here.

Also, real quick, can we talk about how awesome it is that they have Tegan and Sara on a track? Peep the tracklist below.

1. Last Young Renegade
2. Drugs & Candy
3. Dirty Laundry
4. Good Times
5. Nice2KnoU
6. Life of the Party
7. Nightmares
8. Dark Side of Your Room
9. Ground Control (feat. Tegan and Sara)
10. Afterglow

Will you be picking up a preorder?

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The most pure, truly good thing in music is when bands show appreciation for their fans, and no one does that better than The Maine. The band just released their video for “Bad Behavior”, giving us a lesson in Treating Your Fans Right 101.

We’re all for music videos with live footage and shots of fans in the crowd. The ~Arizona Emo Group~ took this up a notch by featuring footage from their very own festival, 8123 Fest. There’s something electric about seeing fans in a different environment. It’s not just a normal concert; fans met each other for the first time after this band brought them together, they saw all the spots in Arizona that the band has spoken about for the past 10 years, and they got to take in the spectacle of a hometown show.

We may or may not have combed the video to check for footage of ourselves… and we found our contributor, Sarah! You can find her around the 2:00 mark.

You can watch the video (or obsessively attempt to find yourself in it) below!


Did The Maine feature you in their new video?

No? Same here. 🙁

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