WHEN LAVINTHAL MET BEER, PART THREE: REELIN' IN THE YEARS
Not the coolest, most enlightened label. (10/21a)
PRINCE WILL LIVE 4EVER
The posthumous rollout begins. (10/21a)
Don't whiff on The Lumineers, KG urges. (10/21a)
KRAUSS TOWN TRAFFIC
A summit meeting at the Tower (10/21a)
Looking back, 2016 has been a huge year for Canadian Alternative act The Strumbellas, and they’re just getting started. After signing with Glassnote in January, their first single, “Spirits,” shot up the Alt chart, maintaining the #1 spot for three consecutive weeks. This exposure gave them the velocity to reach milestones like performing at festivals—including Lollapalooza, British Summer Time and Newport Folk Festival—and playing sets with their personal idols, Mumford & Sons. Can you tell I’m kvelling? Oy.
I caught their live show with our Queen of Alternative, Karen Glauber, at Alt 98.7’s Summer Camp, where we tried to convince the band to marry us if Trump wins the presidency; in case you were wondering, they obliged after Karen promised Daniel Glass that she'd provide a dowry to cover us both.
This week marks the launch of their second single, “We Don’t Know,” a heart-wrenching yet optimistic tune about the trials and tribulations associated with being a person. Peep iGen tomorrow for a look at their brand new video, or if you’re feeling adventurous, catch them live in Vegas at Life Is Beautiful Festival on 9/25.
The Super Jew
A new one from the L.A.-based alt/rockers of HUNNY has surfaced. The pop-infused, 3-minute sing-a-long follows the superbly catchy "Vowels (and the Importance of Being Me)" and of course their rawer and more melancholy debut, "Cry For Me"—an arguable smash that's racked up north of 1m Soundcloud plays.
You can catch these synth-loving sweethearts on tour with Bleached and Beach Slang this fall. See a full list of dates on their site.
Still without a label, this is definitely an act to keep an eye on. As for booking, they're repped by UTA.
JONES' "Melt" is one of those songs that instantly hits you with a blanket of calm, like the first sip from a bloated glass of red wine after a monstrous day.
It certainly doesn't hurt that the electro-R&B songstress enlisted the production help of HONNE, who delivered one of my favorite albums of the year last month.
Watch the just-released music video here, and look for her debut album, New Skin, to drop via PIAS in October. And if you don't trust me, know that Sam Smith referred to her Indulge EP as "fucking beautiful."