TOP POPS! Tei Shi, Shy Girls, Oko Tygra, Force Publique (Track Premiere)

Top indie pop tracks and tour dates from Tei Shi, Shy Girls, Oko Tygra, a Force Publique track premiere, and some SXSW shout-outs.

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Jose Gonzalez – Vestiges & Claws Album Review (Mute Records)

José González’s music has always maintained a timeless quality. In the realm of contemporary folk, there is no competition for his soothing yet soulful tones and melodic, plucking guitar. On Vestiges & Claws, the first solo album he’s released in 7 years, a new kind of electrifying energy is at play. Melding the intimately personal with the overwhelming impersonal, González takes us on a journey with him, creating the kind of depth that elevates a folk album from pleasant background music to a collection that will stay and grow with you — as it has evidently stayed and grown with him — for a long time.

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Lilacs & Champagne Band Interview: Midnight Features w/ Emil Amos & Alex Hall

“It’s kind of fun to have this open-ended series… It’s really just the psychological triggers that you do with yourself. No one is actually imposing restrictions or boundaries on you, but at times, you feel like you have a place, a repository to fit these other ideas, that doesn’t lose your format.” – Alex Hall, on Lilacs & Champagne’s Midnight Features series

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Metavari Band Interview: Black as Midnight on a Moonless Night

Oftentimes, a complete change in sound and a long delay between full-length albums marks the death knell of a band, or at least a rebirth. After a long brainstorming session — during which the band lost a guitarist, put out an EP without that guitarist, and gained another in time for the latest record — Metavari has returned, and the Metavari you hear on Moonless is not the Metavari you heard six years ago, during the release of Be One of Us and Hear No Noise. This time around, the quartet from Fort Wayne, Indiana, seems to have found its niche in the instrumental world, eschewing the grand sonic explosions commonly associated with post-rock in favor of analog and electronic sounds and samples.

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DREAMFORCE (#37) Austin SXSW 2015 Unofficial House Party Announcement & Mixtape

REDEFINE magazine and Holocene present their fifth annual SXSW 2015 Unofficial House Party at House of Commons, on Friday, March 20th, 2015, featuring Rome Fortune, Beacon, Yumi Zouma, Ellie Herring, Young Ejecta, J Fernandez, Doomsquad, Phedre, Grandparents, and Golden Spun. Audio-visual delights from Vision System and vVv Stardust.

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GRAMMIES – GREAT SOUNDING Album Review (Self-Released)

Everything you need to know about GRAMMIES’ new record GREAT SOUNDING can be found in its gloriously stupid title. The album constantly inverts itself, offering up increasingly next level instrumentation, song craft and emotional depth to an altar of self-sacrifice, producing a rare jazz gem that excels through humility rather than bombast. It’s an unconventional combination of far out mid-70s avant jazz, one piece jumpsuit boogie grooves and budget bin New Age cassette tape ambiance that conjures magic from the hilarious excess of early ’80s Adult Contemporary without stepping into joke band territory or leaning too much on whimsical nostalgia and irony.

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