Alt Pop

New Music Video: "Bang, Bang" - Cheerleader

Cheerleader has returned with a new single “Bang, Bang”. Directed by Evan Henderson, the group’s animated video intriguingly peels away layers, revealing playfully bizarre imagery. Luminous, dreamy psych-pop is on full display. You can catch Cheerleader performing this evening at Ortlieb's, supported by Buddie and Kirby Sybert.

   

EXNATIONS release new single "Tether," play Gold Sounds 07.13

EXNATIONS is a trio out of Brooklyn with a devilish knack for creating some moody synth-pop. The group goes against the grain of the genre’s typical upbeat style to create something a bit more broody, but that still pays respects to the sugary synth-pop ethos. The band’s latest single “Tether” is driven by a speedy drum beat, stylish guitar riffs, and the vocal delivery of lead singer Sal Mastrocola, whose verses have that seemingly effortless color to them à la Alex Turner. “Tether” is the lead single of the group’s upcoming EP Pink Haze, set for release June 28th. The group’s current live schedule has stops in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, but the release party will be at Gold Sounds in Brooklyn July 13th. Check out “Tether” below. - Rene Cobar

   

Indie pop artist Alex Di Leo performs 06.12 at True Music Room

Indie pop artist Alex Di Leo will perform at the True Music Room at the Cambria Hotel on June 12th; it comes as one of the first shows in a long string of performances around America. Di Leo released his latest album, the EP Strange Open Land, in November 2018, and his latest single "High" this past spring. The indie pop jam has hints of inspiration from groups like lovelytheband and Imagine Dragons, making for the sort of song that would stir up a crowd at a summer music festival or get people dancing on the beach. Check out Di Leo when he takes the stage at True Music Room on June 12th before he sets out on tour, and take a look at the music video for "High" below. - Will Sisskind

   

New Track: "Fault Line" - Riverby

“Fault Line” is featured on Riverby's debut EP, The Guide to Oversharing. It's a delightful, radio-friendly throwback from a bygone era with Sophia Greenberg delivering a warm yet heart-aching tale. Depicting temporary happiness and the long-term, melancholy aftershocks, the song characterizes how one disregards the long view in favor of the moment. And with that, a sense of loss, rather than a memory of joy, remains. You can get the feels with Greenberg and company tomorrow evening at Connie's Ric Rac, where they will be joined by Dweller and Patrick Donovan.

   

Jeanines prepare new album, play Trans-Pecos on 6/12

Hearkening back to the UK twee pop sound of the mid-80's, Brooklyn's Jeanines are set to release their self-titled debut album on June 14th. Partnering with Slumberland Records makes perfect sense as that label has specialized in next generation bands emulating the C86/early Creation sound since it's inception in 1989. The wistful lyrics, vocals and guitar of Alicia Jeanine and My Teenage Stride Jed Smith's bass and drums perfectly combine to create new songs within this timeless sound. “Either Way” (streaming below) captures the melancholy charm of original era bands like Talulah Gosh, who were as influential as any of the Sarah Records pioneers. It's jangly, indie-pop that couples doubt with a sense of hope (“you have got to stay.”) Just released new single “Too Late” (streaming here) takes that a step further, with a more frantic velocity echoing its lyrical sentiment of regret. The album is now available for preorder, while the band play next on 6/12 at Trans-Pecos, and 6/22 at Alphaville for their release show. -Dave Cromwell