Indie Rock

J Bengoy wax forlornly on youth in new single “Stick Up Kids”

Burlington-by-way-of-New York outfit J Bengoy pivot towards a more synth-forward sound on new single “Stick Up Kids.” Keeping the same anthemic approach to songwriting that characterized their 2018 LP Dogwood Winter, the new single finds the recently relocated Brooklyn group centering their sound around cool keys, though some nice syncopation between strings and synth lends some energy to the song’s wistful, somewhat dreamy chorus detailing bygone days of “dumb teenage fun.” Regardless of the pivot, J Bengoy retains their consummate approach to crafting earworm indie bops — stream it below ahead of their forthcoming sophomore album American Camp, out later this summer.

Cold Beaches "Problems and Heartache (I Got Them)"

Cold Beaches has released visuals for the lead single, "Problems and Heartache (I Got Them)", from their forthcoming album, Drifter, which is due out July 31st.

The video was directed by the band, and finds lead singer, Sophia Nadia, riding around the city on her skateboard at night.

War Strings readies debut with double single "Seventeen" and "Archer"

Singer-songwriter Andrew Stogel will put out his debut album as War Strings, called Who Cares How It Ends, on June 19th. Using inspiration from former stints as the frontman for indie and psych rock groups, War Strings is a grittier evolution from the groups that Stogel has performed with in the past. The darker vibe comes from Stogel's months-long recovery from a major head injury, which caused him to remain bedridden for the better part of a year. But this long road back to good health allowed Stogel to reflect and write what would become Who Cares How It Ends, which includes the two tracks "Seventeen" and "Archer". Take a listen to the double single below. - Will Sisskind

Bruges "A Thread of Light"

Noise Rock quartet Bruges recently released a new album called A Thread of Light. This is the band's follow-up to their 2019 album, An Erasure of Form, and a strong step forward in their exploration of layered, sludgy drone.

The band released the album back on June 5th to coincide with bandcmap waiving their fees, and donated the proceeds from the release to the local charities Assata's Daughters and My Block along with matching those proceeds from the band.

Topaz "Help Yourself to My Garden"

Topaz has released his latest album, Help Yourself to My Garden. We shared the album's first single, "Sirens", back in May, but it is now accompanied by the video below. The album's second single is called "Troublemaker" and was released late last month.

Topaz is the beautiful Dream Pop of Zack Johnson, nd this album is his follow-up to 2018's High Society.

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