LAHS is the upcoming LP from Allah Las out October 11th on Mexican Summer. In the video for the new record’s first single “In The Air” directed by Sam Kristofski, the band lug guitarist Pedrum Siadatian’s limp carcass around their native Los Angeles following a paralyzing blow dart drug-injection. From the poolside of a villa in the hills to a helicopter ride over Hollywood or a midday’s cruise in a vintage convertible along the banks of the Los Angeles River stormwater channel, the band’s wide visual appetite and musical variety symbolize the geographic omnipresence and expansive cultural hash captured in their sound.
Chicago’s Twin Peaks have released a new single and announced their upcoming full-length Lookout Low, their first music since their Sweet ‘17 Singles project in 2017. On “Dance Through It,” the band evolve their guitar-dominated rock song craft to incorporate the breezy pace and fetching melodies of late-70s production without compromising the group’s lovable indie spark.
“Valleys (My Love)” is the second single from the upcoming Whitney record Forever Turned Around out August 30th via Secretly Canadian. The band birth another sobering anthem from the aching pressures of unrequited romance that swell from the pit in the stomach to a pair of barely uncompromised tear glands.
“I feel like I’m holding on to a place in your heart that’s long gone.”
"What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul" designed by Bailey Elder.
The first of a series of garments emblazoned with timeless lyrics extracted from Old Time music and early mountain culture with profits donated to different charities that support the lands and peoples where the lyrics originate.
Written by F.J. Berry in 1912 and popularized by Old Time musicians of the Appalachian Mountains such as Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, and Lester Flatt, "What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul" asks the deepest of introspective inquiries. So, do you have your answer yet?
Profits from the sale of this shirt go to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, an organization that manages and preserves the 2,200 miles of scenic trail that winds through the beautiful Appalachian Mountains and the homes of many of the finest Old Time and bluegrass artists in history.
Screen printed by Minor Press on Gildan Heavy cotton tees. Hand-dyed shirts were made one by one with organic turmeric and are unique products. The shirt you receive may look different than the images displayed.
Pitchfork Music Festival takes place July 19-21 and brings extraordinary and diverse programming to Union Park in Chicago to celebrate its 14th year. Legendary performers Mavis Staples and The Isley Brothers join indie veterans Belle & Sebastian, Low, and Sterolab as well as a deep schedule of New Commute mainstays like Whitney, Amen Dunes, Cate Le Bon, Khruangbin, and Parquet Courts.
There are also several exciting aftershows each night found here.
Weekend wristbands and single-day tickets are available here.
“Oh! What a War is a production of the Earth Girl Helen Brown Center for Planetary Intelligence Band (E.G.H.B.C.F.P.I.B.) with video synthesizer footage courtesy of Lefty Rybrow (Ryan Browne). The narrative is intended to provide a brief history of American armed conflicts over a 500+ year history however many armed engagements of the United States are not accounted for in this story nor are they in the common historic record. These blank spots are the result of numerous forces influencing the telling of history including discrepancies in the classification of such conflicts as war/not war such as the current global network of US special operations forces and any number of past conflicts funded by the American taxpayer without any official declaration of war. The 12-year long Cold War-era civil war in El Salvador which claimed 75,000 lives with heavy backing by the Carter and Reagan administrations is one such example of a serious foreign engagement that does not make the official roster of American wars. If your war was not included, we apologize. For those offended by the content of this story please note that the raw timeline and subjects of this narrative were drawn from the common informational sources below. We hope that the lyrical suggestion that there is “really nothing left” of the American Indian does not offend those American Indian populations surviving and thriving today. This is a lyrical device meant to reflect the relentless and brutal force of the US Military assault on the American Indian in a series of conflicts which dominate the early history of American war from 1775-1923 and which are regarded by many historians and academics as being genocidal in nature. We single out top military contractors as complicit as it is only those individuals and organizations that make war their business who profit off its propagation. All others pay. We believe in peace.”
From a chaotic cityscape to an ocean baptism, the video for the second single “Footseps” from the highly anticipated debut record from Modern Nature follows frontman Jack Cooper through environments paralleling the juxtaposition of the band’s sprawling pastoral bedrock and motorik blasts.
Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, one-third of the mystifying folk-singing outfit Mountain Man, directs her first solo recording into a luscious patch of delicate lullabies with simple instrumentation and humid auras of jubilant pop rhythms. Dawnbreaker is a wellspring of disarming beauty; the dreamy hush of Sauser-Monnig’s voice gliding along as the captivating subtle details in each song unfurl.
All photos by Kendall Atwater
The chiaroscuro of Erin Durant’s delicate, forlorn singing against the deft splashes of piano and airy dulcimer swipes echoes a bygone era of folk. Her Keeled Scales debut is a stripped-back affair that bridges youthful purity and fragile intimacy animated by moments from weary mornings, slowly rising tides, and empty rooms with “cigarette smoke left as an evening dew.”
“Pretty Boy” is the first music from Indiana’s Kevin Krauter since last year’s Toss Up, his first on Bayonet Records. The latest step for the sunken-hearted pop songwriter is a hopeful outlook smiling at former stressors and riding horses all the way back home.