Monday 21 October 2013

Out This Week - 21st October 2013

Best Coast - This Lonely Morning

The first single from new Best Coast mini-album 'Fade Away' was 'I Don't Know How', a song that used their trademark pop hooks but scrubbed them up to move away from the early lo-fi recordings, something many of that class of bands will need to do. It was ace, and so is 'This Lonely Morning' which offers up much of the same wonderful guitar-pop that's difficult not to like.

Best Coast's website

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Catch them live:

Oct 21 Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Oct 30 Hangout, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Oct 31 The Wall Livehouse, Taipei, Taiwan
Nov 02 Symmetry Festival, Singapore, Singapore
Feb 13 Fillmore Auditorium with The Pixies, Denver, CO
Feb 14 Belly Up Tavern with The Pixies, Aspen, CO
Feb 15 The Great Salt Air with The Pixies, Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 17 Orpheum Theater with The Pixies, Vancouver, Canada
Feb 18 Paramount Theater with The Pixies, Portland, OR
Feb 19 Schnitzer Auditorium with The Pixies, Portland, OR
Feb 21 Fox Theater with The Pixies, Oakland, CA
Feb 22 Civic Theater with The Pixies, San Jose, CA
Feb 23 The Joint with The Pixies, Las Vegas, NV
Feb 24 Comerica Theatre with The Pixies, Phoenix, AZ
Feb 25 Kiva Auditorium with The Pixies, Albuquerque, NM
Feb 27 Bayou Music Center with The Pixies, Houston, TX
Feb 28 South Side Ballroom with The Pixies, Dallas, TX
Mar 01 Austin Music Hall with The Pixies, Austin, TX

The High Wire - Under A Spell

Who knows what TSOC faves The High Wire will give us next? Will it be dreampop, lo-fi, shoegaze, alt-rock, fuzz, gospel, pop? The first single from forthcoming third album, due in January, was the very fine 'LNOE', and it's now followed-up by the gospel/alt-pop/fuzz-rock of the dreamy and experimental 'Under A Spell', a song that sounds like a band moving forward.

The High Wire's website

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Hannah Georgas - Somebody

Vancouver artist Hannah Georgas released her debut album 'This Is Good' in 2010, and the critics agreed with the title, as it received multiple award nominations. Now the indie/alt-pop songstress is back with a follow-up, hoping to build on that success. Her self-titled new album is out this week and free track 'Somebody' is easily up to scratch with its splendid cross-style sound.

Download 'Somebody' for free by heading here

Hannah Georgas' website

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Catch her live:

TUE 22 OCT Le Cercle, Qu├ębec, QC, Canada
WED 23 OCT Tide & Boar Gastropub, Moncton, NB, Canada
THU 24 OCT Halifax Pop Explosion 2013, Halifax, NS, Canada
FRI 25 OCT Hunter's Alehouse, Charlottetown, PE, Canada
SAT 26 OCT Capital Complex - Capital Bar, Fredericton, NB, Canada
SAT 26 OCT Capitol Theatre, Moncton, NB, Canada
TUE 29 OCT The Casbah, Hamilton, ON, Canada
WED 30 OCT Aeolian Hall, London, ON, Canada
FRI 01 NOV Dublin Street United Church, Guelph, ON, Canada
SAT 02 NOV Great Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
TUE 05 NOV Starlight, Waterloo, ON, Canada
WED 06 NOV Le Cabaret Du Mile End, Montreal, QC, Canada
THU 07 NOV National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage, Ottawa, ON, Canada
FRI 08 NOV National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage, Ottawa, ON, Canada
SAT 09 NOV The Grad Club, Kingston, ON, Canada

The Thespians - Why Do I Like You?

A few years ago The Thespians would be huge by now. The Liverpool band specialise in modern garage-punk of the variety that took off in the wake of The Strokes, The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys and so on, but importantly they sound different from those bands. Their energetic and melodic style is much less shambolic but equally as tuneful, and new single 'Why Do I Like You?' is bursting with life.

The Thespians' website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

25/10/2013 SUPPORTING SPACE, EVAC, Liverpool
31/10/2013 ITALY Antica Traccia, Taurianova, Italy
01/11/2013 ITALY Garden, Cittanova, Italy
02/11/2013 ITALY Blue Dahlia, Gioiosa Ionica, Italy
13/12/2013 HARE AND HOUNDS, Birmingham


Mona & Maria - My Sun

I think we can safely file this one under "major new talent arriving". Mona & Maria are a Norwegian duo whose debut album 'My Sun' is out this week. They've been compared to Nico, and you can get that from the vibe, but the harmonies here are stunning, and if you can imagine that sound with added (but never over-the-top) orchestration then you're getting close. Now you just need to envisage it being remixed by Sonic Boom as he was working on the recent Cheval Sombre album. It's the use of electronics along with those breathtaking voices and such a fabulous song in general that stand this track head and shoulders above just about everything else released this week. Gorgeously majestic.

Mona & Maria's website

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