If you happen to be in Europe, it would probably be a smart idea to head to Barcelona next weekend for the Primavera Sound festival. Along with big names like The Pixies and Lee "Scratch" Perry, the festival is also hosting some XLR8R favorites like Beach House, Moderat, Major Lazer, Tortoise, The Field, Delorean, Boy 8-Bit, Ganglians, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Liquid Liquid, and many others. Read more »
Brett Johnson might be from Dallas, Texas, but his latest EP, Things That Go Bump In the Night (Part 1) shows that he isn't your typical southern gentleman. Nimble beats, wonky bass, and a lot of attitude are evident on the record's four tracks, and with endorsements from Mark Henning, Ernesto Ferreyra, and Lauhaus rolling in, Johnson's sounds will be brought to many more ears in the coming months.
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Parisian synth-pop newcomers Chateau Marmont will see their second EP, Nibiru, come out on Institubes at the end of May. After a busy year remixing everyone from Ladyhawke to La Roux, the quartet toughened their sound to create a slightly darker, more dancefloor-friendly record. And with remixes from Gavin Russom and Oneohtrix Point Never on the way, it's certain that the group will be heard in the club this summer. Check the tracklisting and the first single after the jump! Read more »
London-via-Chula Vista rocker Jeremy Jay will see the release of his latest album, Splash, next week on K, to be followed by a massive tour spanning Europe and North America. With another album coming out in the fall, the young crooner is certainly keeping busy! Check out the tour dates post-jump. Read more »
It's not often that XLR8R gets behind a moody, melodic pop band like Beach House, but songs like "Zebra" are just plain undeniable. The song's new video offers up a brief psychedelic journey where everything is viewed through some sort of washed-out kaleidoscope. Read more »
Brian McBride of Belgian ambient group Stars of the Lid and [a]pendics.shuffle (a.k.a. Ken Gibson) have finally come together to form a new supergroup, Bell Gardens. With a first EP, Hangups Need Company, and several live performances as a 10-piece band under their belts, Bell Gardens' sound is sure to please fans of swelling ambience and dreamy pop structures. Look for a full-length later in the year, and check out the EP tracklisting below! Read more »
Our friends at Self-Titled copped a great mix from XLR8R fave Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never) for their Needle Exchange mix series. This one features the likes of everyone from Demdike Stare to Andreas Vollenweider. Check the Self-Titled link for a detailed tracklist, or listen below.
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