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PAPA – “Put Me To Work”


It’s been a little while since we’ve gotten new material from QM friends PAPA. The Los Angeles band who played one of our shows earlier this year have been hard at work on their upcoming album, and the first of it hit “The Web” today (the internet, I mean the internet). “Put Me To Work” [...]

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Video: Disclosure – “Latch” (feat. Sam Smith)


You know a video for a song is good when you can no longer separate rolling image from melody after exposure. Like an outbreak (not the scary monkeys) of musical disease, it infests every future connotation of the tune in your head, expanding a context beyond the sound. An already memorable track, UK production duo [...]

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MØ – “Pilgrim”

MØ is 23-year-old Copenhagen native who makes punchy electropop that’s already been compared to Grimes, and fellow Scandinavian Lykke Li. “Pilgrim” is brooding and unapologetic, carried by well-placed horns and supportive synths that can’t overshadow her deep-belly vocals that feel like they’re burning a hole through your back pockets. It has some ominous progressions, but any dark [...]

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Rhye – “The Fall”


We’ve been fans of Rhye since their mysterious debut track “Open” came out of nowhere early this year. Well we now know a little bit more about the Los Angeles by way of Berlin duo Robin Hannibal and Mike Milosh, but it’s almost better keeping their shroud of mystery in tact behind the fleeting moods their [...]

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Neuroscience and Chinese Food: An Interview with Ariel Pink

On an unusually active Thursday night at Oberlin College, I had the curious opportunity of sharing some words with Ariel Pink, currently on tour with his band Haunted Graffiti supporting their new record, Mature Themes. Pacing the sidewalk with impressive composure for a 34-year-old in a glittered blouse, the neon-haired Pink had some feisty things to [...]

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Frank Ocean – “Blue Whale”


Last night, Frank Ocean released (“dropped”) a non-album track via his Tumblr page that acts both lyrically and sonically as an epilogue to his recently praised album Channel Orange. Though Ocean’s signature falsetto is nowhere to be found on “Blue Whale,” a song he raps instead of sings on, it’s still full of his corner-of-the-room thoughts, [...]

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Brolin – “NYC”


“NYC” is the debut single from UK bedroom producer Brolin, who sounds like the urban, streetwise counterpart to San Diego’s Youth Lagoon. Water treading vocals will quickly bring to mind the way Trevor Powers builds tension through muffled secrets before a well-timed outburst of clarity, but trades in an environment of floating space for the grounding [...]

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On An On – “Ghosts”


Certain music lends itself to a heightened form of driving, that makes the entire experience, even here in good ol’ Los Angeles “melt outside the lines.” What may be our subconscious admiration for cinematic moodiness inclines us towards the slow-motion vision that kicks in once the right song soundtracks our automotive voyage (because that’s what [...]

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Schultz and Forever – “Falling”


Eighteen year-old Danish singer Jonathan Schultz (not Daniel Radcliffe) is behind Schultz and Forever, whose lead single “Falling” is an early morning stroll through the woods. Its quiet, simple strumming reflects like ripples in a creek, that points to both the beginning and the end of finding and losing someone, like a vignette that fades back [...]

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