It’s the weekend! And. You. Know. What. That. Means! It’s time for the Weekend Showcase, featuring some great new music from the not-so-distant future. There’s a bit of nostaglic feel to the playlist, in particular to the ’80s.
If this is the first time you’re listening to the Weekend Showcase, some things to help you if you like the tracks:
- If you like the artist / band, click on their name to be taken to their Facebook page or website.
- If you like the song and want to hear more tracks from the artist, click on the song title.
Get to know these artists & bands! The tracklist follows the playlist, which might be our most expansive one to date (we know, we’ve said this before).
- “All the Time” by Nai Harvest kicks off the playlist with a band. It’s the second single from the UK post-punk rockers’ forthcoming album, Hairball (4/28 on Topshelf Records).
- “Sentimental Wilderness” is the new single from White Denim frontman, James Petralli’s solo project, Bop English. It has some elements of White Denim, but a much more laid-back track. Petralli’s debut solo album, Constant Bop (4/14, Downtown Records).
- “I Know” is the surprisingly new single from Astronauts, Etc., one of Ben’s favorite (there goes the idea of writing them as Hidden Gem). Known for their dream- and synth-pop, this single echos of the sublime pop of the ’80s. We can’t wait for the next, surprise single.
- “Floating Forever” is the terrific, synth number from Stockholm twins Johanna and Miriam Tewolde Berhan – better known as Taxi Taxi. The sound recalls the ethereal qualities of Milk & Bone with an 80s flair. Check the video and other tracks from the Floating Forever EP by clicking the song title.
- “What Do I Say” is from Connecticut sibling duo Mission Zero. The sultry, indie-pop-rock tune is one of two initial releases from Chenot and David’s forthcoming EP, People in Glass Yachts, which comes out May 1. Check out “Lotus” by clicking on the song title.
- “Dotted Line” is a little indie-rock track by Little Rock, Arkansas band Bombay Harambee. The single, which is a cross between Interpol and The Tragically Hip, is part of a Double 7″ the band released on their recent tour. Click on the song title to hear the other track and get details.
- “Killer Flamingo Bay” is the self-appreciating (or maybe self-depreciating) tune from Flamingo Bay. The Hamilton, Ontario trio create punk-rock, rock, garage rock, and southern rock music that is fun, whimsical, and unpretentious. Hear more from their debut LP, Big Tunes, by clicking the song title.
- “Raincoats” is the brand new single from London masters of ethereal dub-step and garage, Maribou State. The sensual track is the latest from their forthcoming album, Portraits (06/01, Counter Records).
- “Already Standing” is the devastatingly beautiful, new single from Stockholm singer-songwriter Feivel. The track marries Cat Power and Lykke Li into one powerful track. Oh, it’s also frontwoman’s Elin Hörberg‘s birthday (she told us!). Happy Birthday!!!
- “Let Me Be” is the brand new single from Hans Island, a collaboration between Copenhagen native Marie Dahlstrom and Toronto producer Mawhs. It’s an ethereal, dub-step track that resonates with the coolness of Jessie Ware.
- “Fade Away” is the new single from Bordeaux, France’s Northod. It’s a breezy, dreamy, synth-pop track. They’ve released a similarly enticing video, which you can see by clicking on the song title.
- “Wendy” (and not about our Wendy) is the biographical, rock tune from Brooklyn quintet Robot Princess. Think Ben Folds Five meets Weezer. The single is from the Teen Vogue LP + Action Movies EP, which is out now on Fleeting Youth Records. Hear more from the double album by clicking on the link.
- “Bruise” is the terrific B-side to London indie band Beach Baby’s “Ladybird” single. A song perfect for a cool, breezy day, let the quartet take you back to 70s rock.
- “You Lead the Way” is the latest single from Manchester pop band Girl Friend. It’s a groovy, catchy song that ebbs with the sound of the ’80s. Think a more restrained Passion Pit.
- “Want You Part II” is the electronic-pop single from Melbourne, Australia resident David Pugliesi, who goes by the name LA Rocksteady. The catchy, buzzy single is from his equally buzzy debut EP, 1987. Hear more by clicking the song title.
- “UKNOWWHATIWANT” from French-Danish collective Elektrisk Gønner is the catchy, trippy, electro-pop-rock song made for the club scene. Some beeps in the song, so take heed, but it might get you moving.
- “Woman Without Her Love” is the sparking, ambient, dream-pop track from PILLARS. Little is known of the London-based musician and songwriter, although she released a terrific series of remixes of her terrific 2014 single, “Attacker”. Click the link to hear that single.
- “Mind Your Manors” is the peppy, indie-rock tune from Hamilton, Ontario’s Bandicoots. It has a sound of early 2000s era UK indie rock, and, if you listen closely, has hints of Arctic Monkeys.
- “Every Song Sung to a Dog” is the allegorical, new single from Fred Thomas. This single, which is from his forthcoming album All Are Saved (4/7 on Polynvinyl Records), is somewhere between Bob Dylan and Mac DeMarco – clever, witty, and brilliant.
- “Sundays” is the magnificent, debut single by Michael Gunvalson, who is going by the moniker Val Son. With the intimacy of early Death Cab for Cutie and the stirring brilliance of The War on Drugs and Strand of Oaks, the Minneapolis songwriter has blown the roof off the expectations for his forthcoming singles.
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