In the rambunctious new video for Small Black‘s “No Stranger,” a glance shared by two strangers on a train sparks a fantasy that has the pair partaking in some “wanton destruction and debauchery” after road-tripping to a lake. It might remind you of this Rhye video…almost shot-for-shot at some points (a pastoral car ride, a concluding bonfire). The narrative this time tells a classic case of missed connections fit for a Craigslist post – an immediate attraction, the lack of time to act on it followed by the indulgent wondering of “what if.”
“No Stranger” comes from the Brooklyn electronic dream pop outfit’s sophomore record Limits of Desire LP, recently released through Jagjaguwar. Small Black will play a free show at Morgan’s Pier with Heavenly Beat on June 26th. More information can be found here.
Philadelphia’s resident synth-trop outfit Work Drugs will release their new full-length Maverickstomorrow via Bobby Cahn Records. The smooth hit makers have shared a video for the title track in anticipation of the release, setting the song to a montage of nostalgic summer footage including clips of Gilligan’s Island and beach parties a la Beach Blanket Bingo. Watch the video below and learn more about their free show at Morgan’s Pier on July 10th here.
PAWS kick-off the free summer concert series at Morgan’s Pier tonight. Hailing from various corners of Scotland, the garage rock trio released their FatCat debut LP Cokefloat! in 2012 and were met with overwhelmingly positive reviews from both sides of the ocean. With a retro nineties sound that brings to mind the best of Stephen Malkmus and J Mascis, PAWS are band best seen live (where their guitars can really squeal). More information about tonight’s free show with We Were Promised Jetpacks can be found here. Watch PAWS perform “Sore Tummy” below.
The new music video for the lively and Liz Phair-esque “Coast to Coast” sees Waxahatchee returning to its namesake with some friends and videographer Ryan Russell. Filmed along Alabama’s Waxahatchee Creek earlier this year, it’s an unfussy, casual and fun visual element to the song, a dockside swimming party on a sunny day. Whether or not there will be similar cannonballs into the Delaware when Waxahatchee plays a free show at Morgan’s Pier on July 31 remains to be seen, but for now you can check out the video below. Cerulean Salt is out now on Don Giovanni Recordings.
Scottish garage pop rockers Paws have announced a free show at Morgan’s Pier on June 12th with We Were Promised Jetpacks. The trio made their fuzz rock debut last year with Cokefloat on FatCat Records and were charismatic enough at this year’s SXSW to land on The Key’s 10 Bands We Loved at SXSW list. Likely influenced by Pavement, Weezer and perhaps Dinosaur Jr, Paws create short and sweet sing-a-long nuggets that will get any crowd sweaty. Information for the free show can be found here. Below, stream Cokefloat single “Sore Tummy.”
This is a pretty awesome track from the fun and talented Crutchfield sisters. For Rookie Mag’s “Theme Song” series, Katie (of Waxahatchee) and Allison (of Swearin‘) reinvented Grimes’ bubbling synthesizer racer “Oblivion” as a guitar-rock song, underscoring the 60s pop influences that might not have been as evident before. Check out out below (and compare it against the original after the jump). Waxahatchee plays a free show with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists on July 31, a double-bill of such awesomeness that Morgan’s Pier might just collapse and float away into the Delaware. Swearin’ has no local shows coming up, but we hope to see them again very soon.
It’s a transitional time for Brooklyn’s Woods, as the indie rock band prepares to move out of their recording studio and home Rear House and welcomes a new drummer to the fold. On the heels of last year’s Bend Beyond LP, the quartet will mark the new chapter with the release of a new 7″ in July that will include a cover of The Kinks’ “God’s Children” on the b-side. The track was written by Ray Davies and originally recorded in 1971 for the soundtrack to Percy. Woods’ version re-examines the song through a Simon & Garfunkel-like sonic lens, highlighting the socially conscious lyrics and retaining its vintage aura and atmosphere. Woods will play a free show at Morgan’s Pier with Parquet Courts on July 24th; more information can be found here. Stream “God’s Children” below.