Stream Band Aparte’s debut album via Impose, out this week on Manifesto Records

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From down the end of Los Angeles, the barebones gravepunk duo Band Aparte strips down and combines elements of gothic rock, synthpunk, and beachy lo-fi as macabre appreciation simmers in the gut of the city. Vocalist Brian Mendoza effortlessly channels Joy Division and Nick Cave, crooning into a death bouquet with his shirt unbuttoned. But he’s not doing it to imitate Morrissey’s aesthetic —  Band Aparte’s shows are fast and fierce, and the crowd works up a sweat at every venue they play.

It’s a dangerous mixture that has crushed nights alongside such bands as Cruelty Code, Roses, Ghost Noise, and Terminal A.
Stream the band’s debut album ‘Memory On Trial’ in its entirety a day early over at Impose Magazine and on SoundCloud.

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Roses announces debut LP + Shares new single via Stereogum

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Camera Trouble is the lush first full-length record from L.A. band Roses. Across 10 brooding songs, the drum-machined trio makes something fresh using familiar pop sounds from decades past. The reference points – from The Cure and Cocteau Twins to Adore-era Smashing Pumpkins and what feels like a million little things in between- are never hidden or obscured. And the record is stronger because of it.

Roses is three California boys: Juan, Victor, and Marc. They’ve been making reverbed dream
pop together since 2013, when Juan Velasquez, a founding member of late-aughts punk band
Abe Vigoda, met Marc Steinberg at a gay bar in Silverlake. They bonded over cool old music,
started jamming, and something clicked. Once Juan hit up Victor Herrera, a longtime friend
from the L.A. scuzzy rock underground, Roses became a living, breathing thing. The trio put out
a four-song EP in 2014, and played shows with DIIV, Dum Dum Dum Girls, and Wild Nothing. But it’s on Camera Trouble, out this fall on Group Tightener, where these three really come into their own. They’ve gained confidence, both as individual adult humans and as a songwriting unit, and the payoff is dazzling.

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Band Aparte announces debut album, shares “Cherry Chapstick” via Noisey

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Photo Credit: Chustin C.
From down the end of Los Angeles, the barebones gravepunk duo Band Aparte strips down and combines elements of gothic rock, synthpunk, and beachy lo-fi as macabre appreciation simmers in the gut of the city. Vocalist Brian Mendoza effortlessly channels Joy Division and Nick Cave, crooning into a death bouquet with his shirt unbuttoned. But he’s not doing it to imitate Morrissey’s aesthetic —  Band Aparte’s shows are fast and fierce, and the crowd works up a sweat at every venue they play.

It’s a dangerous mixture that has crushed nights alongside such bands as Cruelty Code, Roses, Ghost Noise, and Terminal A.
Stream album standout “Cherry Chapstick” over at Noisey and on SoundCloud.

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Crystal Soda Cream Releases Work & Velocity

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“Welcome welcome, take a dive.” On their by now 4th release CRYSTAL SODA CREAM yet again prove to know how to pull out all the stops: shimmering cold & toxic, passionate & sharp tongued, claustrophobic & elegantly wasted with usual aplomb.

This time in addition: bilingual – english & german! By revealing “Work & Velocity” this Vienna threesome – Theresa Adamski (dr, keys, voc), Philipp Forthuber (voc, guit) and Sebastian Ploier (bass) – bears a distinct breed of post punk, that is not just a zealous reflection of the cold, old days in a cloudy mirror, much rather CSC manage to forge a bridge between a thoroughly thought through reminiscence of stylistic device and the framing of a paramountly contemporary statement. So why mention Rowland S. Howard, Geisterfahrer or Au Pairs?

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Michael Zaxxon “My Body Is Dead” out on April 8.

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michael zaxxxon. Michael Zaxxon. MICHAEL ZAXXON! M.I.C.H.A.E.L. fucking Z.A.X.X.O.N!!!

So what is this you ask? Well, it’s the sound of something called LOVE… something with HEART…and no, perhaps not soul, but if we did have did have a soul we would put it RIGHT HERE. For you. For us. For the sake of absolutely nothing but the pure joy if being HERE and doing THIS right NOW. Yes! What you call a personal insult we call ART… a thing of BEAUTY.

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Charlie Hilton shares “Something For Us All” video, announced tour dates with Wild Nothing

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Charlie Hilton has shared a video for “Something For Us All.”  The latest offering from her stunning debut album, Palana, out now on Captured Tracks.  The FADER premiered the Chris Taylor directed video and said it “finds beauty in loneliness, confusion, and longing.”

Charlie has also announced a string of Spring tour dates with Wild Nothing, Whitney and Mac DeMarco. All dates below.

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Canada’s Meter Bridge and London’s Rodney Cromwell team up on ‘It Was Nothing’ single

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Canadian synthwave duo Meter Bridge are releasing their latest single ‘It Was Nothing’ through WEATNU Records. Comprised of two tracks, this is being offered as a free download via Bandcamp. In this thoughtfully arranged and sparkly composition, moogs whistle and rhythms click into the night, as these two voices blend into a sound that is part Human League, part Blade Runner, and 100% Meter Bridge.

Meter Bridge, who are Richard Kleef and Jill Beaulieu, have a distinctive and unmistakable sonic identity, unique from anybody else on the current electronica scene. This is led by their trademark multi-layered boy / girl melodic vocals, melded with minimalistic groove-infused alternative dance melodies teetering between retro and futuristic.

It Was Nothing is about a public figure spreading lies that play on peoples’ heartstrings… for the purpose of getting millions of people supporting a false agenda,” explained frontwoman Jill Beaulieu. “This kind of hypocrisy is very difficult to expose… because ignorance is bliss.”

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LISTEN: OPERATORS “BLUE WAVE”

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Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) recently announced the debut album for his band Operators, titled Blue Wave, out worldwide April 1st on Last Gang Records. Having already shared the first single, “Cold Light,” which Consequence of Sounddescribed as “guitar-slung aggression that is simultaneously danceable yet foreboding,” the band invites you to hear their icy soul/kraut rock jam title track, “Blue Wave.”

Recently, “Cold Light” saw early adds at XMU, KEXP (Seattle, WA), KUTX (Austin, TX), WFUV (New York, NY), and is currently on the Spotify US Top 50 Viral Chart, garnering more than 100k listens over the weekend.

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Fake Moss Release “Under The Great Black Sky”

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After a three year hiatus following the barely noticable dissolution of the earlier four-piece incarnation of the band, vocalist, guitarist and song writer Erik Johnsson decided it was time to record some music again.

Teaming up in 2008 with D. Kaufeldt – the engineer for the EP “She´s smashing the room again” and the album “It’s you against the city tonight” – some seriously unfocused studio sessions on an irregular basis commenced.

From Erik’s ever growing collection of great demos, snippets/riffs and/or lyrics, 11 songs were quite quickly assembled and boiled down to their essentials, then developed and confirmed as good enough to continue working with.

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We Are Temporary – Crossing Over ☆ Out Feb 19 via Stars & Letters

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We Are Temporary, the wired and weird brainchild of Brooklyn’s Mark Roberts, is as much the result of a musical obsession as a philosophical one. With boldly confessional lyrics and vocal deliveries funneled through nightfall beats and orchestral synths, We Are Temporary mines through the dark matter of personal experience: a near-death incident and debilitating anxiety attacks; a near divorce; a privileged, but tumultuous childhood in Europe’s opera houses; his humanistic atheism versus his wife’s devout Mormonism.

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