Girls Names: “Bury Me” (CD Preview; Video; MP3)

Belfast trio Girls Names have released a video for their song “Bury Me” via our friends at Stereogum. The uptempo song is a memorable slice of indie pop. But it’s still complicated by supple shadings: jangly, echoing guitars and moody vocals supply a deliciously bittersweet contrast.

Girls Names – Bury Me from stereogum on Vimeo.

The group’s LP Dead to Me is out on 4/26 via Slumberland Records.

Girls Names – Seánce on a Wet Afternoon by Slumberland Records

Royal Bangs: “Fireball” (Soundcloud)

The Royal Bangs are getting set to release Flux Outside, their third album on March 29th via Glassnote. In the lead-up to the release they’re going to be busy as all get out, playing nine shows at next week’s SXSW festival (dates below), followup touring, and appearing as musical guests on David Letterman on 4/1.

Here’s “Fireball,” a rousing teaser track from the LP.
Fireball by Royal Bangs by Glassnotemusic



11:20 PM – Thrillist Party
@ Antone’s
203 W. 5th Street (@ Lavaca)


9:15 PM – w/ Two Door Cinema Club
@ La Zona Rosa
612 W. 4th Street (@ Rio Grande)


4:15 PM – The Windish Agency / Laneway Festival / Eat Your Own Ears / Austinist Present
@ Mohawk
912 Red River St. (@ E. 10th)

11:00 PM – Billboard Bungalow Official SXSW Showcase
@ Buffalo Billiards
201 E. 6th St. (Brazos/San Jacinto)

4:00PM – Waterloo Records Day Party
@ Waterloo Records
600A N. Lamar (@ W. 6th)


7:30PM – The Treehouse Diddly
@ Cheers Shot Bar
416 E. 6th St. (Trinity/Naches)


1:30PM – Rachael Ray’s “Feedback” Day Party
@ Stubb’s
801 Red River St. (@ E. 8th)

11:00PM – The Windish Agency House for ND
@ 501 Studios
501 I-35 (5th/Brushy)

Mar 30 GREENVILLE, NC – Live Bar
Mar 31 ASHEVILLE, NC – Emerald Lounge
Apr 01 CHAPEL HILL, NC – Local 506
Apr 02 BALTIMORE, MD – Golden West
Apr 03 WASHINGTON, DC – Black Cat
Apr 04 PHILADELPHIA, PA – Kungfu Necktie
Apr 05 BROOKLYN, NY – Knitting Factory
Apr 06 NEW YORK, NY – Mercury Lounge
Apr 07 BOSTON, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Apr 08 MONTREAL, QC – Casa Del Popolo
Apr 10 BUFFALO, NY – Soundlab
Apr 11 TORONTO, ON – Drake
Apr 12 PITTSBURGH, PA – Brillobox
Apr 13 COLUMBUS, OH – Kobo
Apr 14 CLEVELAND, OH – Grog Shop
Apr 15 DETROIT, MI – Magic Stick
Apr 16 CHICAGO, IL – Empty Bottle
Apr 17 APPLETON, WI – Mill Creek Bar
Apr 18 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Triple Rock
Apr 19 LINCOLN, NE – Duffy’s Tavern
Apr 20 DENVER, CO – Larimer Lounge
Apr 21 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Urban Lounge
Apr 22 BOISE, ID – Neurolux
Apr 24 SEATTLE, WA – Chop Suey
Apr 25 VANCOUVER, BC – Media Club
Apr 26 PORTLAND, OR – Holocene
Apr 27 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Rickshaw Stop
Apr 29 LOS ANGELES, CA – Echo
Apr 30 SAN DIEGO, CA – Soda Bar
May 01 PHOENIX, AZ – Rhythm Room
May 02 TUCSON, AZ – Club Congress
May 04 DALLAS, TX – Club Dada
May 05 AUSTIN, TX – Emo’s
May 06 HOUSTON, TX – Fitzgerald’s
May 07 BATON ROUGE, LA – Spanish Moon
May 08 TALLAHASSEE, FL – Engine Room
May 09 ORLANDO, FL – Will’s Pub
May 11 TAMPA, FL – Crobar
May 12 ATLANTA, GA – 529
May 13 BIRMINGHAM, AL – Bottletree

Banjo or Freakout debut LP is out today (stream)

Banjo or Freakout
Memphis Industries/Rare Book Room

Alessio Natalizia has been releasing bedroom pop under the moniker Banjo or Freakout since 2009. In addition to singles and EPs, he also shared a whacky Christmas collection with us this past holiday season.

While the project’s moniker may lead one to assume a certain level of whimsy, Banjo or Freakout is actually filled with well-crafted and, often, quite earnest songs. Indeed, there are passages of beautiful melodic construction – witness the delicately sung and gauzily atmospheric “From Everyone Above,” the rousing mid-tempo “105,” and the reverb-tinged dream pop number “Go Ahead.”

“Bedroom pop” isn’t really about equipment anymore. Artists’ penchant for low fi today is often more about style than resources. Banjo or Freakout’s music-making is “bedroom pop” in the sense that it favors close-miked intimacy and a warm ambience over sonic sheen. But the arrangements certainly aren’t lacking in passages featuring intricate layering: Check out the spooky multi-tracking of synths, sound effects, and vocals on “Can’t be Mad for Nothing,” or the busily attired break on “Fully Enjoy.” Thus, Natalizia joins this particular genre in terms of spirit, but doesn’t let the low-fi limitations of yesteryear constrain his latter day DIY project, in terms of aesthetic or musical ambition.

Banjo or Freakout by Banjo or Freakout

Jon Hopkins Remixes David Lynch (Soundcloud)

Jon Hopkins crafts elaborate and thoughtful electronica arrangements; he seems like the perfect artist to delve into the convoluted creativity of David Lynch. Hopkins appears on a new David Lynch compilation (out now on Sunday Best), remixing the track “I Know.” He’s also at work on a new album for the Domino imprint: a collaboration with King Creosote that will be out later in 2011. And he’s touring up a storm (dates below).

David Lynch – I Know (Jon Hopkins Remix) by Jon Hopkins

Tour Dates
FRI 3/18 TORONTO, ON The Guvernment

SAT 3/19 MONTREAL, PQ Club Soda

SUN 3/20 BROOKLYN, NY Music Hall

MON 3/21 NEW YORK, NY Webster Hall

WED 3/23 WASHINGTON, DC 9:30 Club

THU 3/24 ATLANTA, GA Masquerade

FRI 3/25 MIAMI, FL Ultra Music Festival

MON 3/28 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Grand Ballroom

TUE 3/29 LOS ANGELES, CA Wiltern

WED 3/30 LOS ANGELES, CA Low End Theory, The Airliner

John Vanderslice covers Atlas Sound

Here’s a stream of one of the bonus tracks on White Wilderness, John Vanderslice’s new recording (out this week on Dead Oceans!). The original was recorded by one of our favorite side projects: Bradford Cox’s Atlas Sound (with a guest appearance by AC’s Panda Bear).

Thus far, the Vanderslice rendition is only available if you buy the LP as a download from Amazon (wish that it was included on my hard copy!).

John Vanderslice – Walkabout by Cover Me

(With thanks to Cover Me and Stereogum)

Adventure: “Feels Like Heaven” (Soundcloud)

Baltimore based synth pop artist Adventure (Benny Boeldt) has a busy 2011 planned. He’s playing at SXSW, touring with Toro Y Moi, and releasing his sophomore LP Lesser Known in March (3/22, Carpark). Check out a streaming teaser track from the LP below.

Adventure “Feels Like Heaven” by carparkrecords


Mar 13 – Denton, TX@ 35 Conferette

Mar 17 – Austin, TX @ Carpark/Paw Tracks SXSW Showcase at 512 upstairs

Mar 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge*

Mar 31 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge*

Apr 01 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room*

Apr 02 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown, Jr.*

Apr 03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Seventh Street Entry*

Apr 05 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle*

Apr 06 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop*

Apr 07 – Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar*

Apr 08 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa*

Apr 09 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*

Apr 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*

Apr 11 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*

Apr 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church*

Apr 13 – Baltimore, MD @ The Talking Head*

Apr 14 – Washington, D.C. @ Rock n Roll Hotel*

Apr 15 – Carrboro, NC @ Local 506*

*With Toro Y Moi