Indie Rock

Jangle-pop artist Patrick Damphier releases single "Pretend It" from upcoming LP

Jangle-pop artist and former Paper Rival member Patrick Damphier has announced his upcoming LP Say I'm Pretty, which drops on 02.01.2019. To kick off the countdown to release day, Damphier has posted the first single from the album, called "Pretend It". The track has a hazy feel much like the early 2010s work of Real Estate; Billboard, which premiered the single, called Damphier's most recent work "broad-ranging" and "intricate". "Pretend It", with its dark post-punk influences, features fellow singer-songwriter collaborators Jessica Lea Mayfield, Richard Swift, and Molly Parden. It's one of a handful of tracks that Damphier chose for Say I'm Pretty out of a catalogue of over 150. Take a listen to "Pretend It" below. - Will Sisskind


Minor Moon @ Empty Bottle (11/19)

Minor Moon has released a new single called “Hold Me Up (Liar)”. This is the Sam Cantor fronted band’s third single of 2018 following-up “It’s Okay” and “Sacrificial Animal”.

You can catch Minor Moon at Empty Bottle on Nov. 19th with Paul Moody and The Revelators and Deli favorite Brendan Losch.

Close Kept

The trio of Charlie Wynne, Loc Tran and Scott Hartge known as Close Kept released their latest album, Better Yet, last week via Flesh and Bone. The album, their first since 2016 and first as a trio, is collection of tracks recorded over the last three years.

The album’s lead single is also the title track, “Better Yet”, but out favorite track remains the earnest and meditative song they performed last year for Sofar Chicago, “Basement Steps”.

Getaway Dogs' New EP Brings Beachy Psych Without the Stoned Out Zone Out

Santa Cruz-based band Getaway Dogs take beachy psych rock to a refreshing new place. What makes these guys stand out from the sea of surf pop is the unexpected turns their songs take. There’s plenty of time to zone into the music but you won’t zone out—just as you feel the foggy reverb floating through the air a nice touch of tambourine walks in, a snappy drum, maybe a whistle, and those soothing vocals reminiscent of a younger, more angelic Anthony Kiedis—and we mean that in the best of ways—and you’re hooked all over again. Songs like “Excuses/Opinions II”, which starts, “I cannot explain myself / to my demons” bring listeners into the story and give a feel for the characters within each song. Getaway, indeed. Check out their links and take a little musical journey. -Michelle Kicherer

The Bellwether Syndicate "Republik"

The Gothic duo of William Faith and Sarah Rose Faith, also known as The Bellwether Syndicate, recently released a new single called “Republik” via Sett Records. This is their first single of 2018 and the follow-up to their 2017 debut EP “The Night Watch”.

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