TOM LEVIN Premieres Heavenly Single, “Mind’s Eye”

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Sweden-based TOM LEVIN has just released his U.S. debut single, “Mind’s Eye,” via The Vinyl DistrictTom Levin proves to be a breath of fresh air, and a thinking man’s songwriter with a distinct and powerful voice to match his songs. His often foot-stomping-folk-rock tendencies are instantly enticing.

Taken from his latest album, Them Buffalo, the tracks were co-written when Tom was involved with the project The House of Songs, where artists from all over the world and different genres, come together to write music.

Them Buffalo is the counterpart to Levin‘s early 2014 album, Them Feet.  “Mind’s Eye,” brings static handclaps which set the tone over acoustic guitars and haunting voices which introduce the song. Levin’s voice joins with a spark of life, accompanied with a stunning light string section that carries throughout.

 The album’s lyrical themes are life-long friendship, becoming of age, grandmothers, everyday life as a parent and having discussions about human values with men at car rentals. “With the help from a metronome, on which I increased the tempo, I embraced the stadium rocker within me and began writing,” says Levin.
Listen to TOM LEVIN’s “MIND’S EYE” here: 
https://soundcloud.com/tomlevin/minds-eye?in=tomlevin/sets/them-buffalo

Tom Levin “Them Buffalo”

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Tom Levin is has just released his new album, Them Buffalo, which is laced with folk tendencies and rock rebellion. Levin grew up in Sweden, before relocating to Australia for University where he began to write songs. Garnering critical acclaim with his accessible brand of music, Levin proves to be an unstoppable musical force. Them Buffalo is the sixth album that Levin has released, and the second he has put out this year alone. The earlier 2014 album titled Them Feet, is a slower approach to music, as Them Buffalo proves to be a faster and more vibrant take on his musical endeavors.

Pepper Rabbit, “Murder Room”


Introduced the other day on Stereogum, “Murder Room” is a new song from LA’s Pepper Rabbit and the latest preview track from their new album, Red Velvet Snowball, which came out August 9th, on Kanine Records.  Penned by Xander Singh and described as the most straightforward pop song he’s ever written, “Murder Room” talks that talk and walks that walk.  There’s not much else to say about it: hot potato synth, hot potato drums, and some pretty harmonies.  Nothing in the song is sustained, it just bounces along, proud of its poppiness. You can look forward to hearing it live on Pepper Rabbit’s Fall tour with Calgary art-rock group, BRAIDS.

Tour Dates:

09/13 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL ^
09/15 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN ^
09/16 – The Royal Albert Arms Hotel – Winnipeg, MB ^
09/19 – Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB ^
09/20 – The Republik – Calgary, AB
09/22 – Rifflandia – Victoria, BC ^
09/24 – Sunset Tavern – Seattle, WA ^
09/25 – Holocene – Portland, OR ^
09/27 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA ^
09/28 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA ^
09/29 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA ^
09/30 – Sail Inn – Tempe, AZ ^
10/01 – Corazon – Santa Fe, NM ^
10/02 – Lowbrow Palace – El Paso, TX ^
10/04 – The Mohawk – Austin, TX ^
10/05 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX ^
10/06 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO ^
10/07 – The Bishop – Bloomington, IN ^
10/08 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH ^
10/09 – Magic Stick Lounge – Detroit, MI ^
10/10 – Call The Office – London, ON ^
10/15 – Babylon – Ottawa, ON
10/16 – Le Cercle – Quebec, QC ^
10/19 –  SPACE – Portland, ME ^
10/20 –  Great Scott – Boston, MA ^
^ w/ BRAIDS

A New Chairlift Track for You to Enjoy

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New York City’s Chairlift are back to work after some “time off” collaborating with the likes of Das Racist and Washed Out.  The duo have released a new single featuring the title track off their upcoming album, “Amanaemonesia.” Currently, the single’s A-side is available for streaming on their website, but you will likely have to wait or shell out eventually for the B-side, “Peculiar Paradise.”

Matt Pond PA Want You to Pick the Songs They Play

The East Coast is about to have Matt Pond PA roll through on somewhat of a co-headlining tour with Rocky Votolato.  For this tour, both artists will be accompanied by full bands, so they have claimed to “bring more of the rock” this time around.  If that sounds exciting to fans of either band, here is the real treat: Matt Pond PA are accepting votes from you to pick the songs they will play on the tour.  Votes should be sent to mppa@mattpondpa.com, and will be compiled by guitarist Chris Hansen. Choose wisely.

Tour Dates:

SEPTEMBER:

09 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club

12 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

13 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room

14 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

15 – Harrisburg, PA @ Abbey Bar

16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg

17 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

18 – Ithaca, NY @ Castaways

19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

21 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

22 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade

23 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club

24 – St. Augustine, FL @ Cafe Eleven

26 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub

27 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder

(West Coast dates to be announced soon)

CSS Reveal Cover, Tracklist, and Title for Upcoming Third LP

Now that CSS have finished making the rounds on their co-headlining tour with Sleigh Bells, it’s back to the business that got them there.  The Brazilian dance rock outfit will release La Liberación (cover art above) on August 22nd, at the peak of the Summer season — as if they weren;t the cause for enough perspiration already.  The album will feature cuts like “I Love You” and “Fuck Everything,” so don’t think you know what to expect.  La Liberación also features collaborations from Ratatat, Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, and Mike Garson (the guy who played piano on David Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane”).  Check back for the eventual preview track.

La Liberación Tracklisting:

I Love You
Hits me like A Rock
City Grrrl
Echo of love
You Could Have It All
La Liberación
Partners In Crime
Ruby Eyes
Rhythm To The Rebels
Red Alert
Fuck Everything