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Stream Hightower’s cover of Suzanne Vega’s ‘Luka’ for Free

Hightower have shared a free stream of their cover of Suzanne Vega’s ‘Luka’.

The track will be included in the forthcoming Sea Shepherd Vol. III compilation, out on March 29 via Uncle M Records.

Sea Shepherd is one of the most active marine conversation. Uncle M has made contributions to the organization for years. 100 per cent of the profits from the compilations have been donated to their efforts to rescue whales and dolphins.

Volume III brings together skate punk and ska bands for reinterpretations of pop and metal songs. They have previously shared Satanic Surfers‘ take on Iron Maiden’s ‘Sanctuary’ and Spanish Love Songs‘ cover of Phoebe Bridgers’ ‘Funeral’;

1 SATANIC SURFERS – Sanctuary (Iron Maiden)
2 SMILE AND BURN – Alles Cool (Jennifer Rostock)
3 THE BUNNY GANG – Problem What Problem (Donots)
4 SPANISH LOVE SONGS – Funeral (Phoebe Bridgers)
5 ROGERS – L`Amour Toujours (Gigi D`Agostino)
6 HIGHTOWER – Luka (Suzanne Vega)
7 TEQUILA & THE SUNRISE GANG – Angels (Robbie Williams)
8 SHORELINE – Budapest (George Ezra)
9 ENDLESS HEIGHTS – Head Over Heels (Tears For Fears)

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Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Toro y Moi’s ‘Ordinary Pleasure’

The video for Toro y Moi‘s ‘Ordinary Pleasure’ takes the viewer on a tour through the band’s Company Records studio.

The clip introduces the members of the band as they break out into a performance of the track as Chaz Bear dances around the space. It’s taken from their latest release Outer Peace, out now on Carpark Records.

Chaz grew up in a musical household in South Carolina, where it wasn’t uncommon to hear music that varied from Michael Jackson to Elvis Costello to The Specials. He began recording his own music in high school, having 10 releases under his belt as Toro y Moi when he signed to Carpark Records in 2009.

Just before he graduated from the University of South Carolina, he caught the attention of music bloggers everywhere. His bedroom recordings were compiled into his first album for Carpark, Causers of This.

He followed it with 2011’s Underneath the Pine, which saw move away from the sample-based aesthetic of Causers and found him using live instruments. He’s released at least one album a year since then with styles varying from the psych-rock-based What For to the R n’ B of 2018’s Boo Boo.

His latest release represents a homecoming after a short stint spent in Portland. Outer Peace features appearances from friends and is more playful than the sparse Boo Boo, an album he recorded in relative isolation. The album weaves a number of influences that vary from hip-hop to Eurodance to ambient with funk mixed in.

Catch Toro t Moi on the following dates;

2/15 – Miami, FL @ iii Points Festival (DJ SET)
3/1 – Phoenix, AZ @ M3F Festival
3/9 Tampa, FL @ Gasparilla Music Festival
3/20-24 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
3/22 – New Orleans, LA @ BUKU Music + Art Project
4/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Good Room (DJ SET)
4/20 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall (DJ SET)
5/22 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Lisboa Ao Vivo
5/23 – Porto, Portugal @ Hard Club
5/24-25 – Madrid, Spain @ Tomavistas Festival
5/26 – London, UK @ All Points East
6/2 – Paris, France @ We Love Green
6/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl (w/ Chromeo, Noname & Ian Isiah)
1. Fading
2. Ordinary Pleasure
3. Laws of the Universe
4. Miss Me (feat. ABRA)
5. New House
6. Baby Drive It Down
7. Freelance
8. Who I Am
9. Monte Carlo (feat. WET)
10. 50-50 (feat. Instupendo)

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Maverick Sabre’s ‘Slow Down’ featuring Jorja Smith

UK-based Irish singer Maverick Sabre has shared the video for ‘Slow Down’, featuring long-time collaborator Jorja Smith.

It’s the third track from his forthcoming album When I Wake-up, out on March 22.

The clip finds Sabre in the role of a cab driver and Smith as a passenger as the pair share a confessional ride through the lens of passing street lights, rear view mirror and raindrops.

“The video inspired by the lyrics in the song represents two people, both in a similar experience expressing honestly, unfiltered, how they feel. The question we wanted to leave open was whether these two characters in the story are connected or not and if that even matters, what does is no matter what experience/situation you are in there is someone else who is feeling the exact same way,” Sabre said in a statement.

It’s the follow-up to his second single, ‘Her Grace’ featuring the Grammy-nominated Chronixx.

Sabre first appeared on the scene with his 2012 debut Lonely Are the Brave that charted at #2 and featured the hit single ‘Let Me Go’, which hit #16 on the UK singles chart.

He’s opened for Smith in the past and headlined his first show in two years at the Jazz Cafe as part of Annie Mac Presents. Catch Maverick Sabre on the following dates;

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1. Preach
2. Drifting 
3. Into Nirvana 
4. Guns in the distance 
5. Don’t Talk about it 
6. Slow Down ft. Jorja Smith 
7. Her Grace ft. Chronixx 
8. Weakness 
9. A Mile away 
10. Big Smoke 
11. Into Hope 
12. War 
13. Glory

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Warbly Jets’ ‘Propaganda’

LA trio Warbly Jets have shared the video for the title track from their latest EP Propaganda.

The band spent the last year opening for Liam Gallagher, criss-crossing the world three times and their track ‘Alive’ was featured in the opening to the PS4 game Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Warbly Jets self-produced the EP at Ultrasound Studios in downtown LA.

“Our culture at large has been weaponized by propaganda. We exist like robots inside of a program we ourselves created The era of real life human interaction is heading for a swift end. We experience life through likes, comments, and products ignoring the chaos and suffering around us,” frontman Samuel Shea explained in an e-mail.

In keeping with their DIY ethos, the band enlisted drummer Saamuel Richard to direct the video for ‘Propaganda’.

“The idea behind the visual direction of this song is to show a side of feeling overwhelmed. There’s lots of fast changes showing pain and over-saturation,” Richard said. “The Propaganda EP is primarily sample based, so the idea was to match the visuals to what the music is also doing. There’s lots of sample footage of propaganda and pain. I also shot super 8 footage of people on the streets of Los Angeles, showing different sides of life. My goal was to shine a light on the extreme suffering and overindulgence.”

The EP finds the band exploring a society where life is increasingly commodified.

‘Propaganda’ is a term as much as it’s a cultural ethos that’s been widely accepted. Anything from advertisement to self-aggrandizement qualifies,” multi-instrumentalist Julien O’neill said. “From social media, push notifications, targeted ads—we’ve openly elected to carry around miniature billboards, playing our part under the promising guise of a sense of ‘connection.’ We feel empty without it.”

After a year of non-stop touring, the band returned to the studio with a new perspective.

“We were getting burnt out and really wanted to shake up our writing process, so we’ve been working much more with samplers and keyboards,” Shea added.

Catch Warbly Jets on the following dates;

2.10 – Boston, MA @ Middle East

2.12 – Montreal, QC @ Quai Des Brumes^

2.13 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Underground^

2.14 – Detroit, MI @ Third Man Records^

2.15 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas^

2.16 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry^

2.17 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room

2.19 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

# w/ Collapsing Scenery

^ w/ Moonwalks

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1. PROPAGANDA

2. COOL KILL MACHINE

3. NO ALLEGIANCE TO THE GAME


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: The Sh-Booms’ ‘Audible’

Orlando, Florida’s The Sh-Booms have shared the video for ‘Audible’ from their forthcoming debut album The Blurred Odyssey, out on March 22 via Limited Fanfare Records.

Since coming together in 2011, the band has shared the stage with a number of acts including The Roots, Of Montreal, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Jacuzzi Boys, Budos Band, Big Freedia, Lee Fields, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and The B-52’s.

The Sh-Booms toured with The B-52s in 2017 and 2018.

Singer Brenda Radney joined the band’s line-up in 2015 after signing to Justin Timberlake’s Tenman record label and appearing on his album the 20/20 Experience Pt.2. She joined The Sh-Booms after she was recording in the same studio as frontman Al Ruiz and clicking with him.

The release of The Blurred Odyssey follows a relentless touring schedule and a 2016 EP titled Usage Fee. The album was produced by Grammy Award-nominee Alan Armitage.

Catch The Sh-Booms on the following dates;

3/15/19 – Voltaire – West Palm Beach, FL

3/16/19 – The Atlantic – Gainesville, FL

3/22/19 – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL

3/23/19 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL

3/29/19 – Las Rosas – Miami, FL [FREE SHOW]

3/30/19 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL

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1. Amidst Chaos

2. Detox to Retox

3. Leon The Hustler

4. Audible

5. Late Night Lover

6. Dry Eyes

7. Walk it Off

8. King & Queen

9. Drop ’em Dead

10. The Final Sleep


Stream Buckman Coe’s ‘Endlessly’ for Free

Vancouver-based roots musician Buckman Coe has shared a free stream of ‘Endlessly’, the third single from his forthcoming album Gathering Storm, out on February 22.

“This song started with the extremely catchy ‘oooh’ section in the chorus and a few delirious late nights jamming after reminiscing and rewatching some of my favourite mind-melting movies about identity, and soul connections over lifetimes,” Coe said in a press release.

The track features an appearance by Portland-based singer Lynx. It explores the connection between souls over different lifetimes. It’s the musical equivalent of movies like Cloud Atlas and Mr. Nobody.

Coe also offered free streams of the album’s title track and ‘Be Free’ ahead of Gathering Storm release.

Catch Buckman Coe on the following dates;

February 13 – Montreal, QC – Folk International Alliance Showcase
February 22 – Berkley, CA – The Back Room
March 1 – Galiano Island, BC  – South End Hall*
March 2 – Salt Spring Island, BC – Beaver Point Hall*
March 7 – Victoria, BC – Upstairs Cabaret*
March 8 – Denman Island, BC – Community Hall*
March 9 – Tofino, BC – Legion*
March 14 – Duncan, BC – Duncan Showroom*
March 15 – Nanaimo, BC – The Queen’s*
March 16 – Powell River, BC – McKinney’s*
March 21 – Nelson, BC – Spiritbar*
March 22 – Calgary, AB – TBA*
March 23 – Edmonton, AB – Almanac*
March 28 – Chilliwack, BC – TractorGrease*
March 29 – Squamish, BC – Knottyburl**
March 30 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw**

* w/ Tonye Aganaba
** w/ Tonye Aganaba + Erica Dee

01.  Gibberish Dub (feat. Caleb Hart)
02.  Price You Pay (feat. Tonye Aganaba + Erica Dee)
03.  Be Free (feat. Tonye Aganaba + Erica Dee)
04.  Endlessly (feat. Lynx)
05.  Deep In Your Love (feat. Tonye Aganaba + Erica Dee)
06.  Gathering Storm (feat. Caleb Hart)
07.  Soundsystem (feat. Erica Dee)
08.  Eye To Eye (feat. Meiwa)
09.  Thank You (feat. Meiwa)
10. 11th Hour


Empress Of Shares Video for ‘I Don’t Even Smoke Weed’ & Tour Dates

LA-based artist Empress Of, aka Lorely Rodriguez,  has shared the self-directed visuals for ‘I Don’t Even Smoke Weed’ from her latest release Us, out now on Terrible Records.

The video finds her performing in front of crowd at a warehouse party with her own distinctive dance moves and vocals.

The new album finds Rodriguez shifting her focus outwards and building a sense of community with listeners as well as collaborating with other artists such as Blood Orange and DJDS.

She recorded Us all over Southern California. From a studio with no windows to one in her home of Highland Park, it also included a studio with, “A really loud cricket. He was there, like, all month,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “And I was trying to track vocal tracks and he’d be like, CHIRP, CHIRP!”

It marked the first time she recorded an album in isolation. She would later invite collaborators Blood Orange, DJDS and Spanish electronic producer Pional. Us remains a showcase for Rodriguez as a producer and lyricist, though she remains modest.

“Lorely plays every instrument half-assed,” she said, “Put that in the bio.”

She also remains coy about her songwriting process as well; “I don’t write out chords for my songs. Everything is intuitive in production. I don’t have one piece of sheet music for my songs,” Rodriguez said.

Though she received help from her friends, she estimates she produced 70 per cent of the album. Rodriguez also feels frustrated that the media fixates on her jazz music education since she feels that singing to Celine Dion and Mariah Carey in her living room were far more formative. She also lists her mother as another influence.

Her debut album’s title, Me, was deeply personal, so much so that she admitted that performing the songs live was difficult.

“It was, like, every day, just giving myself to the audience,” she said.

Rodriguez aims to shift this dynamic on the new album, creating an equal exchange of energy between her and the listener.

“It’s not just love songs. It’s about different experiences of the heart,” she said. “I want it to be like a mirror, and [the audience] sees a little bit of themselves in every song.”

Empress Of also announced the dates of her North American and European tour;

1. Everything To Me
2. Just The Same
3. Trust Me Baby
4. Love For Me
5. I Don’t Even Smoke Weed
6. Timberlands
7. I’ve Got Love
8. All For Nothing
9. When I’m With Him
10. Again