Once upon a time, the key word for Wye Oak’s music was “catharsis,” mostly thanks to Jenn Wasner’s volcanic guitar breaks. But on 2014’s Shriek, they dismantled the formula they’d recently perfected in favor of a restart, a redefinition. And The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs is the culmination of that, an album that defies easy comparison as Wasner and Andy Stack meld stratospheric synths, wiry rhythms, and melted guitar lines. The catharses are often subtler now, but there’s a whole different kind of release in hearing a band sound like this  like freedom. There’s still an inherent melancholy to their music, but Wye Oak are now processing that differently. Rather than stare into the depths of human experience, they’re reaching for the horizon and turning their searching eyes skyward.

The phrase “dream pop banger” would be a contradiction in terms if not for this glorious song, the centerpiece of Wye Oak’s album of the same name. Jenn Wasner, who has spent a decade honing one of the greatest voices in indie-rock, sings about the inexorable urge to seek patterns in chaos, repeating the title with mantra-like fervor: “The louder I call, the faster it runs / The louder I call, the faster it runs.” And then the song seems to do precisely that, growing faster, louder, more joyously overwhelmed, as it spins around and around its central refrain.


Released April 6th, 2018,

Written and Produced by Wye Oak 
Jenn Wasner: vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, programming
Andy Stack: drums, guitar, bass, programming, keyboards, piano, upright bass

Pedal Steel on “You of All People” and “Join” by Colt Miller
Cello on “My Signal” by Paul Wiancko 
Violin on “My Signal” by Michi Wiancko 
String Arrangement on “My Signal” by Paul and Michi Wiancko


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Flasher are a trio who play an amalgamation of joyful, frenetic pop, punk, post-punk and shoegaze. The band released their debut album, Constant Image, this year via Domino Records, and it landed among our list of the best albums of the year. What sets them apart from many of their peers is their knack for writing such immediate pop melodies and their slick production value, which maintains their chugging rock energy and allows their impressively consistent tracklist to shine. Each member contributes vocals—guitarist Taylor Mulitz (formerly of Priests) is playful and self-assured, bassist Danny Saperstein’s vocals are snotty and eccentric and drummer Emma Baker lends gorgeous vocal harmonies

Flasher – “Skim Milk” from ‘Constant Image’, out now on Domino Record Co.

We’ve really enjoyed Constructive Summer the past few months especially the shows where we play Stay Positive from front to back. It’s been thrilling to play songs we haven’t tackled a lot in the past 10 years and we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. Now we’re excited to announce in celebration of 10 years of Stay Positive, a reissue of the album on vinyl that’s been put together with our friends at Vagrant Records. Here’s the rundown on the 10 Year Anniversary Deluxe Edition:

—3LP Triple Gatefold w/Die Cut Jacket
—Cut at 45RPM
—Original Album Plus 8 B-sides
—Remastered by Dave Gardner
—Limited Edition Colored Vinyl

The official street date is December 7th. Keep your eyes open for an opportunity to order the album on limited edition colored vinyl directly, with the option to purchase a vintage reissue Stay Positive t-shirt and poster.

There are still a limited amount of tickets available for the first two shows of Massive Nights III at Brooklyn Bowl November 28 & 29. As with previous Massive Nights shows at Brooklyn Bowl, we’ll have surprise openers each night and the Wednesday, November 28th show will be a Stay Positive celebration, with the album being performed in full. Thanks for listening, thanks for understanding and….Stay Positive!
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The Hold Steady crush New York City from this West 4th Street rooftop, busting out the hits from their album Stay Positive. And yup, if you’re wondering, the gong actually does get used.

The Hold Steady – Stay Positive [Reissue/2880] 3xLP (Vagrant)
10th anniversary reissue on 3xLP triple gatefold with die cut jacket. Cut at 45rpm for audiophiles. Includes original album, rarities, plus three never before released tracks.

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When singer and guitarist Jenna Moynihan saw the phrase “Daddy Issues” scribbled on the bathroom wall of a now-defunct Nashville DIY venue, she mistakenly assumed it was the name of an all-girl punk outfit sure to become her next favorite band. Upon realizing that no such band existed, Moynihan and friends Emily Maxwell (drums) and Jenna Mitchell (bass) picked up their instruments, taught themselves how to play and started their own band. Three years later, Daddy Issues  release their full-length vinyl debut Deep Dream, out via Infinity Cat Recordings.

Daddy Issues writes self-aware grunge pop about friendship, lost love and life as an urban twenty-something. They openly discuss complex issues like bodily integrity but graft in bits of snark and charm to the otherwise arresting topic. This empowering viewpoint coupled with aggressive distortion and bubbly melodies gives the trio a distinct dynamism. Recorded on November 15th, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

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Allison Crutchfield, Kyle Gilbride, and Jeff Bolt were just getting started when Swearin’ first called it quits. But then they said fuck all that and made something new. When Swearin’ broke up in 2015, they left a lot more broken hearts in their wake than just those of their central members (the band’s initial split coincided with the dissolution of a romantic relationship between singer/guitarists Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride). The Philadelphia group’s fuzzy, basement-bred take on pop-punk—situated somewhere between Cub, Pixies, Helium, and The Thermals, with a little Mascis-fried guitar tossed in for good measure  meant quite a bit to many people, and few of them were ready to give it up so fast.

Luckily, neither was the band. After taking some time and space for themselves—which, for Crutchfield, meant a move to Los Angeles, touring as a member of her sister Katie’s similarly beloved band Waxahatchee, and putting out a solo record under her given name; for Gilbride, engineering/producing for acts such as All Dogs and GirlpoolSwearin’ have decided to get the gang back together, reuniting with original drummer Jeff Bolt, and bringing on a new touring bassist, All Dogs’ Amanda Bartley, who is now an official member of the group. Their new record, Fall into the Sun, finds the band more confident than ever, and just the slightest bit tidier, too—though nobody’s going to mistake their rough-hewn, homemade sound for Carly Rae Jepsen just yet (or ever, if they’re true to the ethos outlined on the following pages).

Swearin’ chat between two shows in Portland (both opening for another band that people were stoked to see back together: Jawbreaker) to get up to speed on all their new doings.

Allison Crutchfield:  said that It gave me a lot more confidence. When Swearin’ stopped doing things, I immediately decided to focus on solo stuff, without giving much thought to how that would be different. When you’re the center of something, though, everyone’s looking to you for answers, everyone’s asking you questions, you’re making the production choices… It was really exciting for me, even though I like collaborating a lot.

But it was also really anxiety-inducing. That made me excited to do Swearin’ again, just for the pure “oh, yes, I don’t have to do everything by myself!” factor. We’re a team that makes decisions together.

I think the distance, for each of us, was also good. In the first iteration of the band, we were touring together all the time, living together, and everything was very intertwined. Not doing that for a while, all of that’s sort of been untangled. Now we’re adults who don’t spend all of our time together, and we actually have new things to share when we see each other.

Jeff Bolt added At the end of the first version [of the band], Kyle and Allison were still dating, and three-fourths of us were living together, so it was a lot to handle. Having a new bass player, who’s bringing a new energy to it. Amanda’s made it more positive for the rest of us, but also having her in the band has made us want to be on our best behavior so we don’t scare her away, even though she’s an old friend!

Whether it was intentional or not, we just kind of picked up where we left off, and we were both thinking about the time and space between.This album sounds the slightest bit crisper than previous efforts. This record was actually recorded the exact same way as our other records: at home, with Kyle engineering and co-producing. If anything, I think the difference is just that it’s been five years since we’ve done a record, and Kyle has gotten better at recording.


Grimey, acid highway full throttle; Viagra Boys twisted dark punk album Street Worms is an interesting ride as vocalist Sebastian Murphy lets you ride shotgun while this trip takes you blazing to the top of a mountain before speeding right back down to the basement again. The bass line ferociously drives the car and the drums make sure you stay on the road – this is one of those trips where you sporadically wake up and find yourself in strange situations, wondering how the fuck you got there. From the Shrimp shack to the dog show, one minute you’re playing rugby ball the next moment you’re being eaten by worms, and between the fading lights and the strange look on your friend’s face Murphy grabs your ears and asks you what it really is you want from this life.

This is an album about illusions of realness, the absurdum of existence and the joke on humanity. Street Worms is Viagra Boys debut studio album, a debut that instantly let them occupy their absolute own space in music history. “It was all a dream, but it was so nice. I had a nice house and such a lovely wife. We had a little dog, such a little dog, it reminded me of a large dog. Just a miniature size.” Produced by Daniel Fagerström (Skull Defekts, Chronic Heist) and Pelle Gunnerfeldt (Fireside, The Hives) for YEAR0001 2018. For fans of Idles, Shame, Fucked Up, Devo and the Birthday Party.


From the new album ‘Street Worms’ came out 28th September

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Two years on from the release of New View, Eleanor Friedberger came back with a new album. “Rebound” released through French Kiss Records it was mostly recorded alone by Eleanor with assistance from producer Clemens Knieper.

It sees her going in a bit of a new direction, swapping live instruments for electronic drums, synthesisers and more muted guitars. It also takes inspiration from her time spent in Greece, immersing herself in the culture. Melodically subtler than Friedberger’s past albums, Rebound still swings thanks to her innate, and often-overlooked, knack for songwriting. This could be Friedberger’s finest solo album to date.

Taken from the album Rebound released May 4th, 2018.

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London rock trio Yak have announced the follow-up to 2016’s Alas Salvation. Their second studio album Pursuit of Momentary Happiness is out on February. 8th 2019, via Third Man Records and Virgin EMI. They’ve also shared their latest single, “Fried,” following the release of previous tracks “Bellyache” and “White Male Carnivore.” “Fried” is full of fuzzy punk grumbles as the track ramps up via frontman Oli Burslem’s jagged howls and an epic, distorted cacophony of guitars.

If these three new cuts from their record are a good indication of the album’s overall sound, it appears that the heavy-rock origins of Alas Salvation have been rekindled, as their turbo-charged guitar flamethrowers have been dusted off and wielded with a bold ferocity once again.

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Previously only available on a vinyl 7″ for Record Store Day: Black Friday in 2014, Conor Oberst‘s songs “Standing on the Outside Looking In” and “Sugar Street” are now available digitally. The tracks were recorded during the sessions for his 2014 Nonesuch Records debut album, Upside Down Mountain, of which Rolling Stone said: “A sumptuous immersion in ’70s California folk pop, it is the most immediately charming album he has ever made.”

Conor Oberst released his Nonesuch Records debut album, Upside Down Mountain, in the May of 2014. Earlier that spring, he had previewed what was to come with the release of a limited-edition vinyl 7″ for Record Store Day, featuring the album track “Hundreds of Ways” b/w the album outtake “Fast Friends.” Later that year, for Record Store Day: Black Friday, came another limited-edition vinyl 7″ with two non-album tracks recorded during the Upside Down Mountain sessions: “Standing on the Outside Looking In” b/w “Sugar Street.” All of those tracks are finally available now digitally and can be heard here below.

Previously only available for Record Store Day: Black Friday, released on November 24th, 2014, The tracks were recorded during the sessions for Oberst’s 2014 Nonesuch Records debut album, Upside Down Mountain,

From the Standing On The Outside Looking In/Sugar Street Record Store Day 7-inch single.

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Holly is an emerging singer-songwriter who grew up in the moors of the Durham Dales. Her debut EP ‘Ilex’ has seen radio play from Radio 6 Music, a feature on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape listening to the music of Holly Rees, we’re instantly transported back to a simpler time. With acts like Laura Marling, Emmy The Great  were at the forefront of a folk-led movement, acoustic guitars and beautiful words ruled the roost and it felt like the start of a quiet revolution. but Holly Rees reminds us folk is not a dirty word in the pantheon of pop.

Holly also released her excellent EP, Slow Down, a few months back, and now this week shared a brand new single, “Stick Around”. Holly’s music has that certain wide-eyed rural sheen that only a sky full of stars without the distraction of cars and street lights can bring. “What’s this thing in my chest skipping in circles”, Holly sings with a beautiful simplicity and raw honesty; this is music that makes a connection with no bells and whistles, just a personal truth laid bare for all to see.


Stick Around is available now.