1. Wild Beasts @ Pitchfork Festival (7/18/14)

    Wild Beasts dark synth-rock soundscapes was an early highlight on Saturday at Pitchfork. The British quartet’s melancholic anthems are probably better suited for shadowy clubs than a bright summer day but the band made the most of it and provided a mesmerizing set.

    Setlist: Mecca / Reach a Bit Further / Sweet Spot / A Simple Beautiful Truth / Daughters / Hooting & Howling / Bed of Nails / A Dog’s Life / Wanderlust / All the King’s Men

    View all my photos from Pitchfork Festival (Saturday) here.

  2. Electric Youth "Runaway"




    I think, other than Chromatics, Electric Youth have had my favorite post-Drive OST career. Here’s another brilliant, hypnotic tune from the synth-pop duo for their upcoming debut LP.

    Innerworld is out 9/30 on Secretly Canadian

  3. Twin Peaks @ Pitchfork Festival (7/19/14)

    I arrived late to Twin Peaks' rowdy opening set on Saturday at Pitchfork Festival but I did get to hear them play great new single “I Found A New Way”, watch one member smash his guitar and whip it into the crowd, plus observe the first of many crowd surfers on what was probably the most crowd surf-y day I’ve experienced at the Fork.

    View my photos from Pitchfork Festival (Saturday) here.

  4. Spoon "Inside Out"




    Both singles that Spoon have released from their upcoming They Want My Soul have been superb, but the new track “Inside Out” might just be my favorite. It has an incredibly addictive beat and an otherworldly sound that is just beautiful. Listening on repeat for the foreseeable future.

    They Want My Soul is out 8/5 on Loma Vista

  5.  Beck @ Pitchfork Festival (7/18/14)

    I wasn’t quite sure what to expect for Beck's headlining slot on Friday night at Pitchfork Festival this year, this being my first time seeing him perform, but I left his show thoroughly impressed. He had an infectious energy and his band’s musicianship was top-notch. Plus the majority of the set was hits so even a casual fan like myself got oodles of enjoyment from seeing tracks like “Where It’s At”, “Gamma Ray”, “Devil’s Haircut”, “E-Pro” and yes, even “Loser” played to perfection.

    Setlist: Devil’s Haircut / Black Tambourine / Soul of a Man / Gamma Ray / I Think I’m in Love / I Feel Love (Donna Summer cover) / Blue Moon / Lost Cause / Loser / Get Real Paid / Soldier Jane / Chemtrails / Heart Is a Drum / Wave / Waking Light / Girl / E-Pro / Sexx Laws / Debra / Where It’s At

    View all my photos from Pitchfork Festival (Friday) here.

  6. God Help The Girl (dir. Stuart Murdoch)

    As a huge fan of all things Stuart Murdoch, including the God Help The Girl album from a few years back, I’m super excited for his directorial debut, based on the aforementioned album. This whimsical trailer looks like Belle & Sebastian transcribed to screen which is everything I was hoping for.

    God Help The Girl (dir. Stuart Murdoch)

    As a huge fan of all things Stuart Murdoch, including the God Help The Girl album from a few years back, I’m super excited for his directorial debut, based on the aforementioned album. This whimsical trailer looks like Belle & Sebastian transcribed to screen which is everything I was hoping for.

  7. Tiny Ruins "Me at the Museum, You in the Wintergardens"




    One of my favorite things I did on my trip to Australia was see New Zealand folk singer-songwriter Tiny Ruins play live at Mojo’s Bar in Fremantle. Here’s her lovely track, “Me at the Museum, You in the Wintergardens” which is stunning and poignant on record, and was even more-so live.

    Get Tiny Ruins’ new LP, Brightly Painted One at iTunes

  8. Slow Club “Suffering You, Suffering Me”

    Quickly becoming one of my favorite tracks of the year, Slow Club's “Suffering You, Suffering Me” is an exuberant throwback soul-pop romp. Watch the track's enticing music video above starring the duo as fighter & trainer on the female boxing circuit.

    Complete Surrender is out now via Witchita Recordings

    Slow Club “Suffering You, Suffering Me”

    Quickly becoming one of my favorite tracks of the year, Slow Club's “Suffering You, Suffering Me” is an exuberant throwback soul-pop romp. Watch the track's enticing music video above starring the duo as fighter & trainer on the female boxing circuit.

    Complete Surrender is out now via Witchita Recordings