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Taking influence from just about everything under the sun (including the sun itself), San Francisco-based trio Lemonade has steadily built a name for itself around town with a strange brew of psych-heavy tropical rock and sweat-drenched live performances. Comprised of childhood buddies Callan Clendenin, Alex Pasternak, and Ben Steidel, the band is preparing for the release of its self-titled debut, out October 7 on True Panther Sounds. Having already shared the stage with an eclectic array of headliners, such as Black Moth Super Rainbow, White Williams, Modeselektor, and Crystal Castles, the boys are well ready for their upcoming West Coast tour that begins this weekend, followed by an appearance in New York for CMJ 2008. Sip up!
Talkdemonic's third longplayer, Eyes at Half Mast, will be released tomorrow, so naturally, the Portland, OR-based instrumental pop duo has unleashed the first single off the album, ready and waiting for the iPod. If the dense, melody-heavy string arrangements and bluegrass-style guitars on this track are any indication of the band's latest musical musings, we'll be caning this album for a few weeks to come. Be sure to check the band on the road this fall.
Sweat.X is the Miami-ready “ghetto-rave” side project of South African rapper Spoek Mathambo and Markus Wormstrom, whose debut EP Ebonyivorytron was well-received when it hit the floor last October. Already known for their hits “Pop That Coochi” and “Glitterati”, the latest single off their new 187 EP, “Jack”, will have you shaking the ass you never knew existed in time to any number of foul-mouthed, club-ready rhymes. The duo will be bringing their bootilicious bass synths stateside this December – are you ready to jack? Lulu McAllister
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Toronto-based threesome Woodhands just released their latest album, Heart Attack. “Dancer,” the appropriately named first single, is an enthusiastic electro-pop gem with a dirty underbelly. Sweet female vocals run up against abrupt male shouting (Is he screaming “You’re Michael Jackson”?) over bright synths that slow for an understated, glitchy bridge. The composition will either make you move or make you “want to cry while you’re having sex,” as the band puts it. Lulu McAllister
Lake are unabashed makers of pop music, and this, paired with their apparent love of Dr. Seuss, makes for an upbeat, feel-good debut album, Oh the Places We'll Go, for K records. Members of the group, all currently based in Olympia, WA, are all multi-instrumentalists and songwriters in their own right. Combined, they make danceable, slightly psychedelic music fill of snares, keyboards, reverb-drenched vocals, and thoughtful lyrics. And you have to give props to a band unafraid of referencing the name of a Dr. Seuss book for an album title. Photo by John Ringh.
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