It’s equal parts astounding and impressive that The Kills have been around for 15 years. For a band formed on the perilous dynamic of Alison Mosshart’s wildly frenetic, outsized vocalist and Jamie Hince’s ultra-cool, blues-indebted guitar work, one can envision a world where they burn out quickly over two or three impressive records then leave behind a beautiful corpse. Thankfully they’re smarter than that, and their longevity can be credited, at least in part, to their commitment to evolution while still maintaining the core tenets of their sound. No two Kills records sound the same, but you also wouldn’t think any of them were made by a different band.
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An offshoot of local Chicago heroes NE-HI, Earring crafts post-punk that sparkles and shimmers underneath squalls of noise. Their new single “Flower Every” hits pretty hard, and is absolutely worth a listen. Then there’s the Australian sensation G Flip, who’s poised to break out in a big way this year. “Killing My Time” is her second single, and it’s so crazy good and addictive, helping to prove the first thing we heard from her wasn’t simply a fluke. We’re also being treated to something new from Kllo, though it’s a bit more downtempo and somber than normal for them. Still, the song has plenty of potential, and is pretty gorgeous to boot. Traverse the jump, and you’ll find even more tracks from the likes of Cautious Clay, Josh Pan & X&G, Liminal Drifter, Miss Red, Plage 84 (ft. Khadijah Lopez), Resina, Sons of An Illustrious Father, Sophie Meiers, and Them Are Us Too.
Earring – Flower Every
G Flip – Killing My Time
Kllo – Potential
Cut Copy’s Ben Browning takes the lead in today’s Pick Your Poison, bringing plenty of sunshine to a funky, disco-infused new song. Taking a darker, yet still magical tone with their synth-rock, Foreign Air’s latest is certainly lively enough to motivate you through another tough Monday. Then keeping with the generally sunnier theme, the latest pop gem from TALA is a gentle reminder to try and stay upbeat when facing tough situations. Other artists you can discover in this collection after the jump include fresh ones from Cajsa Siik, Cuban Doll (ft. Lil Yachty & Lil Baby), DJ Healer, FOXTROTT, MAUII, Max Styler (ft. Ella Boh), Menachem 26, STANAJ (ft. Ty Dolla $ign), and more!
Ben Browning – Sunshine Baby
Foreign Air – Loud Magic
TALA – Stay Here In The Sun (ft. Naughty Boy)
Sometimes you just need a great instrumental ambient electronica track in your life, and today feels like one of those days. Arp has you covered, with the first track from their upcoming record ZEBRA, which will be out in late June. One of my favorite albums so far this year arrived courtesy of the punk band Camp Cope, as How to Socialise & Make Friends ripped through a collection of songs aimed at dismantling the patriarchy. Now Camp Cope have guested on fellow Aussie Dan Sultan’s new collaboration-packed EP, and the results are nothing short of…killer. You can also dig into another beautiful and moving folk song from Rosie Carney. Keep it going past the jump and indulge in more songs from Basement Revolver, Blackaby, Bone Nest, La Force, Chicago’s own Ric Wilson (ft. Kweku Collins, Nick Kosma & Rane Raps), Sara Diamond, Super8 & Tab (ft. Hero Baldwin), Westerman, and The Yada Yada Yadas.
Arp – Fluorescences
Dan Sultan – Killer (ft. Camp Cope)
Rosie Carney – Bare
A new solo tune from Big Thief’s Buck Meek kicks off today’s edition of Pick Your Poison. His self-titled debut album comes out in 10 days, and you can hear the opening track below. It’s about auto mechanics and the bond between men and machines. Despite calling the track “Bad Decisions”, it would be a good decision for you to check out the latest single from Chromeo. You can also get another taste of the upcoming album from Chicago’s own Deeper, who have really been making some waves both locally and internationally these last couple months. Stroll beyond the jump for more music from artists including Dear Nora, East & Atlas, The Hunna, Jack Larsen, Paris Youth Foundation, Thyla, Value Void, and more!
Buck Meek – Joe By the Book
Chromeo – Bad Decision
Deeper – Feels
While I recover from too many mint juleps this past Kentucky Derby weekend, please take some new music to start your week off with a bang. There are some great downloads in this extended set from Casey Wickstrom, Elujay, Yalls, and Young Hunting. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from Arroyo, Dagny, Dinosaur Jr., Dylan St. John (ft. TWO32), FHONO, Gallant, Julia Michaels (ft. Trippie Redd), LINES (ft. Dolores Haze), Prince Fox (ft. The Griswolds), Richard Edwards, SASH, and Thunderpussy.
In preparation for the upcoming Cinco de Derby (Cinco de Mayo x Kentucky Derby) weekend, here’s another strong collection of tracks that’ll hopefully inspire and ignite your celebrations. Get psychedelic with another taste of Black Moth Super Rainbow’s upcoming album. Pisces is the solo project of Happy Hollows’ Sarah Negahdari, and her new song “Heavy the Weight” was inspired by her recent appearance as a contestant on The Price Is Right. The Adult Swim Singles series is the gift that keeps on giving, which is why you can enjoy something fresh from Thundercat today. Stay in the saddle after the jump for more music from notables such as Big Ups, Eliza Shaddad, Erin Rae, Freedom Fry, Marc E. Bassy, Oddnesse, Set Mo, Valley Queen, and Vilde.
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Bottomless Face
Pisces – Heavy the Weight
Thundercat – Final Fight
If you’re not already familiar with Cuco, now is a good time to start, because he’s quickly on the way to becoming an underground superstar. Realistically speaking, he probably already is. You can hear his latest single below, with special guest J-Kwe$t. We’re getting another preview of the final Frog Eyes album today as well, with the dynamic “Your Boss’s Shirt”. And Now, Now return with another song off their first album in six years. Proceed past the jump for more music from such talents like DENA (ft. Eyedress & Rhxanders), Elke, The fin., Helix, Leon Vynehall, Oliver Hazard, Reese LAFLARE (ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Vory), Wild Pink, and WILLIAM.
Cuco – Lucy (ft. J-Kwe$t)
Frog Eyes – Your Boss’s Shirt
Now, Now – MJ
Let’s wrap up April with a bang, shall we? And by “bang” I mean a collection of dynamite new songs to stream and download. That includes tracks from Declan O’Donovan, KPT, The Lamps, and Outbanders. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, there’s plenty more greatness from Bing & Ruth, COG, DRAMA< Joni, Kailee Morgue, Nik Freitas (ft. Lucius & Springtime Carnivore), Quinn Lewis, Shygirl, StayLoose (ft. Nevve), Super Future (ft. Kinnie Lane), Wussy, and Zilo. Antonio Breez – 2PAC
The new illuminati hotties record is out in a couple weeks, and if you’re not already aware of this up-and-coming band, now’s as good of a time as any to familiarize yourself with their particular brand of indie rock. Same goes for Peach Kelli Pop, who have been around for awhile and make delightfully lo-fi garage rock that sticks in your head for days. Part of me believes that River Whyless are about to become the next Lumineers or Dawes, so if you’re a fan of well-crafted folk with strong vocal harmonies, definitely give their latest song a spin. After the jump, you’ll find more tracks from artists, including Gladius James (ft. Wiz Khalifa), Gui Boratto, Juliana Daugherty, Kagoule, Katie Von Schleicher, Pile, San Mei, Welshly Arms, and White China.
illuminati hotties – Patience
Peach Kelli Pop – Black Cat 13
River Whyless – Motel 6
Something new from Chvches kicks off today’s edition of Pick Your Poison, and honestly it’s just a small part of some of the greatness contained within. The latest from Jon Hopkins is an electronica delight, and enough to ignite dance floors around the world. Those that enjoy folk and folk-adjacent music might discover something wonderful from Sam Evian below as well. Cruise past the jump for more songs from artists like Aisha Burns, ANNA, Buck Meek (of Big Thief), Coleman Hell, Gabriella Cohen, gobbinjr, Jennifer Castle, Michael Christmas, and QUIX.
Chvrches – Miracle
Jon Hopkins – Everything Connected (Edit)
Sam Evian – IDGAF
Aisha Burns – We Were Worn
ANNA – Razor
Buck Meek – Maybe
Coleman Hell – Killer
It’s a known fact that some of the world’s best pop music comes from Sweden. Boys is nearly impossible to Google project of Nora Karlsson, but the results are worth the trouble you’ll have searching for more. Other highlights in today’s Pick Your Poison include a catchy new pop tune from Elohim, and a gorgeously crafted indie pop track from Swimm. Head past the jump for more music from Allure, Bad Breeding, Branchez & Big Wet, Brandon Pope, Hanna Vu (ft. Satchy), Jilly Anais, JOYNER, Post Louis, and Walton.
Boys – Hemtjänsten
Elohim – Half Love
Swimm – Easy Way Out
Hope your vinyl collection is flush with whatever you picked up this weekend for Record Store Day. Personally, I slept in and then stopped by the very tiny shop a few blocks from my apartment to browse over whatever they had left. There wasn’t much available (they purposely didn’t order a lot because they’re so small), but I still managed to snag a copy of the original 2011 version of Car Seat Headrest’s Twin Fantasy, which was re-recorded and released with some different arrangements and lyrics earlier this year. Also, even though it wasn’t s Record Store Day exclusive, I finally purchased a copy of INXS’ classic album Kick in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Feel free to share what you picked up in the comments. As for today’s Pick Your Poison, I’m happy to recommend downloads in this set from In Sonitus Lux, Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Phosphenes, and Youth in a Roman Field. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Amanda Tenfjord, Anki & October Child (ft. NEAVV), Eleanor Friedberger, Lemaitre (ft. Jerry Folk), Michal Menart, Muki, Nedelle Torrisi, Nick Catchdubs, The Pale White, Paris (ft. Trippie Redd), Steve Aoki & Vini Vici (ft. Mama Aoki), and YellowStraps.
Don’t forget that Record Store Day is this Saturday! Make sure to stop in at your local, independent vinyl retailer and buy something. There are plenty of exclusives available too, which should make the trip worth it. Hit up recordstoreday.com for full details. Some days it’s particularly tough to decide which songs to feature in any given day’s collection of tracks. Today is one of those days. Need to include at least one local artist if possible, so I’d encourage you to give Chicago’s own Deeper a shot. Their debut album will be out next month, but you can get a taste of their intricate, post-punk(-ish) sound below. Hundred Waters tend to specialize in beautiful music with a pop twist, and while their latest song might not be their catchiest, the piano ballad “Mushroom Cloud” still manages to stun. Then there’s Omni’s new one, which falls perfectly in line with their intricate and lo-fi guitar work. Sail on past the jump if you’ve got any interest in hearing more music from artists such as AVEC, CHILDCARE, Margaux Avril, RF Shannon, Sarah Mary Chadwick, Sharda, Sugar Candy Mountain, Taleen Kali, and Ukiyo (ft. Chimes).
Deeper – Pavement
Hundred Waters – Mushroom Cloud
Omni – Confessional
There are a few real delights in today’s edition of Pick Your Poison. That particularly goes for fans of synth-infused pop music. The latest French language single from Anemone is bright as a summer’s day with a hook that’ll stick with you even if you don’t understand the language. There’s also a new one from Chad Valley, which keeps the upbeat vibe going with a sparkling slice of dance pop. And while the latest song from Frog Eyes’ final record might not have the energy of the other two, it still manages to harness a shimmering beauty that few bands are able to do better. Just beyond the jump, you’ll find plenty more music from names such as Kell Kellum, Kutiman, Lotic, LP Giobbi, Nytrix, Richard Edwards, Route 8, Sons Of An Illustrious Father, and more!
Anemone – Bout De Toi
Chad Valley – See-Through
Frog Eyes – Pay for Fire