Author Archives: Brooks Hays

Six years after Vampire Weekend set the indie blogosphere on fire with the Afro-syncopated prepster-pop of their self-tiled debut, the band is set to release its third album, Modern Vampires of the City. Now, you can hear the album’s first two tracks, “Diane Young” and “Step,” which find the Ivy League foursome sounding more confident […]

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GEMS. Finally, a DC band to get really, really excited about. Like, really excited. After wooing listeners with two dreamy jams in 2012, the guy-girl duo today dropped a third nugget of sonic gold, “Pegasus,” prior to their inaugural SXSW appearance in March. Smooth, slow and meandering but never lost, “Pegasus” floats on a wistful […]

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Ernest Greene’s (Washed Out) newest track, “The Sound of Creation,” may have been commissioned by Philips the electronics giant, but it belongs in Phillips the museum — because this dreamy three-minute soundscape is a work of Art with a capital A. It’s also Gorgeous with a capital G. Indie-meets-industry collaborations don’t always produce these kinds […]

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Matt Duncan, a master songcrafter hailing from Lexington, KY, has so far flown under the radar. But if Duncan continues to churn out butter-smooth soul-pop gems like “Lone Ranger,” his reputation is sure to grow. The first single off his second record, Soft Times, “Lone Ranger” is a magical carpet ride through 70s jazz-rock, pop, […]

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Some describe Mac DeMarco‘s music as “off-kilter pop” or “slacker rock.” DeMarco brands it “jizz jazz.” Whatever you call it, it’s awesome. Mac’s latest effort, 2, is near perfect. And in his latest video, the lazy groover “Dreamin” is nicely paired with footage of the always raunchy, exceedingly goofy DeMarco driving around the slums of […]

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I love nature. I also love Toro Y Moi. So, as you can imagine, I was pretty floored when the artist né Chazwick Bundick’s newest video came out, combining both nature and Toro into the most artful of video montages. What makes the whole endeavor even more glorious is that it’s set to the soulful […]

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Want shimmering waves of acid-washed guitar fuzz to knock you down into the oncoming breakers, rending you helpless to the onslaught of shoe-gaze sea foam? If so, you came to the right place. Brooklyn’s Lazyeyes throw the garage-like distortion of the Northwest and the surf-rock vibes of the Left Coast on top of the heavy […]

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If you’re a FIFA ’13-obsessed, headset-adorning gamer, you’ve likely heard this song one of the many nights you’ve spent twiddling your controller into the wee hours, talking smack to 3rd graders in Korea. For those unfamiliar, this is how they do “chillwave” in Brazil: dreamy, bouncy, tropical electro-pop. Zemaria are relatively unknown at the moment, as […]

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At first listen, Tame Impala sounds like a band stuck in the past — their musical growth stunted, having never left the Magical Mystery Tour bubble bath of their youth. But a second listen warrants a third, then a fourth, and pretty soon you’ve consumed their newest record, Lonerism, ten or twelve times in the last […]

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