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Hear Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2’s space-y new jam “JBS”

Chaz Bundick Meets The Matson 2 | via the artist's Facebook page
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 | via the artist’s Facebook page

From Les Sins to PLUM to his production work for other artists, Chaz Bundick has always kept busy outside of his main output as Toro y Moi. Now, he’s teaming up California brothers in jazz outfit The Mattson 2 and dropping the monikers altogether for, you guessed it, Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2. Their debut album Star Stuff is out this March 31st, and you can hear its sprawling new single “JBS” below. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Creepoid

After eight years, two moves, three lineup reconfigurations and incalculable miles logged on their various tour vans — an incalculable number of tour vans, perhaps — Philadelphia psychedelic punks Creepoid have come full circle.

The four childhood friends who founded the band in the winter of 2009 are the same four adults who rage in the band today. On bass and vocals, Anna Troxell; on guitar and vocals, Sean Miller; on lead guitar, PeteJoe Urban; on drums, Pat Troxell. Their sound has gone from tense-but-subdued (2010’s Yellow Life Giver) to loud (2011’s Horse Heaven, 2014’s Creepoid) to very very loud (2015’s Cemetery Highrise Slum) and back to a dynamic state that embraces moments decidedly subdued — something we hear in this week’s Key Studio Session.

Yes, the amplifiers are cranked — crushingly so, and used brilliantly to sculpt sound in breathtaking ways. “I’m Only,” the first of two new tracks the band debuted in their performance this week, is one of their hardest-hitting songs to date — it hammers right out the gate as syncopated beats, staccato chords and howling string bends pummel their way into a languid and drifting verse. Next to Bardo Pond, Creepoid probably possesses the best understanding of volume and vibe out of anybody we’ve recorded in this series. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Mars Parker

Philly’s Mars Parker came on our radar relatively recently, back when he opened for Camp Candle at Boot And Saddle in October.  But in the grander scheme of things, we’re a little late to the party — Mars has been active in the Soundcloud zone for a few years now, releasing singles, EPs and full-length mixtapes that explore a variety of sounds and approaches to this thing we call hip-hop.

His latest, Mars Museum 3, finds its focus in a surrealistic tapestry of tripped-out jazzy production and warm melodies that strike a the balance between bars that spit and bars that sing. It’s a comfortable flex zone inhabited by luminaries like the Grammy champ Chance the Rapper, party rocker Future, and local celeb PnB Rock. Mars has the style and charisma to sit alongside those names in due time, and he showed his skills off for us in this week’s Key Studio Session. Continue reading →

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Celebrate Slowdive with this new covers compilation, featuring Bryant Eugene Vazquez and more

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist
Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

With the promise of new music imminent, interest in shoegaze heroes Slowdive has increased exponentially in recent months. They began performing live again a few years ago, and this past January, they shared their first new song in 22 years. Now, Brazil-based The Blog That Celebrates Itself is taking time out of its busy schedule of self-love to celebrate Slowdive’s music with a new covers compilation. They’re calling it Just For A Life. Continue reading →

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Mean Lady champions positivity on Nature

Mean Lady | via the artist's Facebook page
Mean Lady | via the artist’s Facebook page

Delaware’s Mean Lady are back with Nature, their first full length since 2013. Katie Dill and Sam Nobles have been making colorful electro-pop together for years, taking a couple years off for Nobles to work with a handful of other DE bands and Dill to explore the improv scene in LA, but they’re sounding more blissed-out and positive than ever here. It dropped just in time for Valentine’s Day, and you can stream it now below. Continue reading →

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Steve Gunn takes on the Smiths for Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Sessions

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Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh | courtesy of Matador Records

Lansdowne native / Brooklyn resident Steve Gunn is the latest artist to take on Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Sessions, a cover series that has seen some pretty eclectic combinations. For his part, Gunn selected two Smiths tracks: “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” from Louder Than Bombs and “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” from the self-titled debut.

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