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Varsity Fine Forever out 5/29, 'Runaway' video out now
From the very start of “Runaway,” the opening track on Varsity’s third album 'Fine Forever', it’s clear that the Chicago quintet has morphed into something new. While still working in indie-pop tradition that recalls groups like Fleetwood Mac, Rilo Kiley, and Alvvays, the band has taken the recognizable pieces of their sound and reached across sonic boundaries to reframe the genre in their own image.
Portrayal of Guilt / Slow Fire Pistol Split 7" pre-orders + stream available now
Portayal of Guilt and Slow Fire Pistol have announced their bludeoning two track split 7", which is available now on streaming services, with pre-orders running currently in our store. You can catch both bands on tour together next next month for a string of dates, with Portrayal of Guilt playing other Southeast cities throughout March. 'Two sides of bleak and blackened chaos from two bands dredged in sludgy hardcore and screamo. Portrayal of Guilt leans into its prowling menace while new-to-me Slow Fire Pistol swarms with pg.99-inspired punk fury.' - NPR"
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"Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook is also a pop poet, and the third album from his nostalgic indie-pop project recalls the grainy, jangly melodicism of college rock." - Pitchfork
Bandleader Getz seems to have fallen into a deep romance, found his calling in life and settled into a positive state of mind, while still looking for answers to many of the questions that life often forces us to ask ourselves. Altogether seeks to capture that sense of balance and the constant pursuit of wellness and reflection - Exclaim.ca
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Georgia Maq Pleaser LP is out now!
Georgia Maq has established herself in recent years as the singer and guitarist of Melbourne, Australia indie rock band Camp Cope, whose sophomore album How to Socialise and Make Friends won widespread acclaim, topping a slew of 2018 end of year lists including NPR, Pitchfork, Billboard, Bandcamp, Stereogum, The Guardian, and Brooklyn Vegan. The 8 tracks of Georgia's first solo release Pleaser shimmer and pulsate, calling to mind pop artists like Lorde, Robyn, Charli XCX and Gwen Stefani. “I took more time to record the songs and play around with them, and I liked that because I could change things and experiment more,” Maq says, continuing “I think the pressure of working with other people drove me to finish the songs, which I hated but also loved because it’s nice to be challenged."
RFC signs Glass Beach “the first glass beach album” streaming now, in stores 1/24/20
The fifteen songs that make up the record have truly been through the ringer, and the result is ambitious, theatrical and chaotically memorable. Abandoning genre limitations makes glass beach’s talent for songwriting all the more apparent –– mathy guitar leads, catchy drum grooves, melodic basslines, and the constant interplay of horns, synths, and even the intermittent theremin set the perfect scene for j’s stunning vocal performance, which can shift from a charming falsetto to unhinged screaming to robotic autotune to the lead of a sing-a-long in an instant.