Popstrangers’ ‘Antipodes’ LP – Out Today February 28th 2013 By brooke

Popstrangers’ ‘Antipodes’ LP – Out Today

Recorded in a 1930s dancehall and spanning psych, pop and angular indie across its ten songs, the debut LP from Auckland’s Popstrangers is certainly a nod to the Kiwi legend of stand-out guitar music. Out today, Antipodes has caught attention worldwide – released in America by the much loved Car Park Records (Cloud Nothings, Beach House), and soon seeing the band relocate to the northern hemisphere. Watch the far-out ‘Heaven’ clip below, and find the excellent Antipodes on iTunes here.

Introducing Olympia’s Milk Music February 26th 2013 By brooke

Introducing Olympia’s Milk Music

Olympia quartet Milk Music had only six recorded songs until 2012 – their debut EP, Beyond Living earning their stripes as one of the strongest get ups to emerge from the punk rock world in recent times. Now, they’ll release their first longplayer, Cruise Your Illusion on Friday March 29 – 12 cuts of cosmic, electric soul rock with Crazy Horse to the left of its influences, and the Velvet Underground its right. Stream ‘I’ve Got A Wild Feeling’ below, and read an interview with frontman Alex Coxen here.

New Music from The Men’s ‘New Moon’ February 24th 2013 By brooke

New Music from The Men’s ‘New Moon’

Anyone who had the chance to see The Men perform on Laneway Festival last month will have heard the slow-burning, Crazy Horse styled sounds appearing between their straight up rock numbers – a perfect preview to the band’s new record, New Moon - out on Friday March 8. More textured, shifting in tempo and even adopting some classic twang, stream ‘I Saw Her Face’, another cut from the forthcoming album below.

Bearhug Back With New EP, ‘Over Easy’ February 18th 2013 By brooke

Bearhug Back With New EP, ‘Over Easy’

It’s been a while since we’ve heard new tunes from Bearhug: not since the release of their debut record Bill, Dance, Shiner in March last year. The guys have been busy though – writing, touring with Stephen Malkmus and soon heading to the states for SXSW, as well as recording a new EP, Over Easy - due for release on Friday April 19. Teaming with Ivan Vizintin (Ghoul, PVT), they’ve nailed four of their best produced songs yet. Stream Over Easy opener ‘Fireworks’ below.

Wild Nothing Share ‘Only Heather’ Clip February 14th 2013 By brooke

Wild Nothing Share ‘Only Heather’ Clip

Wild Nothing takes dream-pop to the streets on his new video for Nocturne stand-out ‘Only Heather’. Directed by Ryan Reichenfeld and filmed in a single take in downtown LA, it comes less than a month before Jack Tatum and his band play their first ever Australian shows. They visit Brisbane, Sydney, and have a handful of special Melbourne appearances on their very long awaited live debut – find full dates & ticketing info here.
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Popstrangers’ Get Visual with ‘What Else Could They Do?’ February 13th 2013 By brooke

Popstrangers’ Get Visual with ‘What Else Could They Do?’

Popstrangers nail the striking mix of industrial energy and lush visual story that’s come to define Auckland music with their new video for ‘What Else Could They Do?’. Does anyone else watch this clip and immediately get that great sense of New Zealand art? It’s lifted from the band’s debut record, Antipodes – out on Friday March 1, to be followed up with Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne dates the next week. Read about those here.

Merchandise Announce New LP, ‘Totale Nite’ February 13th 2013 By brooke

Merchandise Announce New LP, ‘Totale Nite’

Florida’s Merchandise have played with punk, noise and Brit-pop across their discography, though finally settle on textured, densely layered rock that lifts elements from all three on their new release, Totale Nite. Formed of five long-form cuts, Totale Night will see the trio lap the world in 2013 – fingers crossed for an Australian tour. Here’s its first song – the buoyant, industrial ‘Anxiety’s Door’. Read more about Merchandise here.

Jim James Stars in ‘A New Life’ February 12th 2013 By brooke

Jim James Stars in ‘A New Life’

It’s an affirming take from Jim James first solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God, and now ‘A New Life’ has received the visual treatment: a dance in the desert, suited perfectly to Regions’ soulful, orchestral details. Find Regions… on iTunes here.