Indie Rock

Personal Trainer's toes the line on debut "Backyard"

New York and Philly-based indie trio Personal Trainer modulate between energies hushed and explosive on debut single “Backyard,” a standout first release that demonstrates the group’s aptitude for powerfully anthemic songwriting. This is in large part due to the immense restraint that separates the track’s verses from its immediately sing-alongable chorus; underpinning lead vocalist Melina Harris’ initially quiet performance are the soft palpitations of a muted percussive backbone and feedback-adjacent guitar arpeggios, both of which come to the precipice of burning it all down before artfully scaling back. Personal Trainer’s balancing act eventually leads to a rip-roaring, instantly memorable vamp (“Well I’m making the rules as I go”), accentuated by harmonies and scorching garage rock riffs, delivering a satisfying, triumphant listen. No NYC gigs on the horizon (though they are playing in New Haven on May 26th), so stream the track below in the meantime. —Connor Beckett McInerney

   

Indie Rock

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21:00
Band name: 
DinnerwMattGilchrest
FULL Artist Facebook address (http://...): 
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Venue name: 
Hole in the Wall
   

Beach Bunny "Honeymoon"

The debut full-length, Honeymoon, from Beach Bunny is out today, February 14th, via Mom + Pop. The album's latest single is called "Promises" and is accompanied by the video below directed by everybody's baby.

Beach Bunny will be performing a sold out show at Metro on February 22nd. The band will also be performing in-store and signing copies of the album at Reckless Records Wicker Park tonight, Feb. 14th, from 6 to 9pm. 

   

NIIKA “Blue Smoke”

NIIKA has released the first single, “Blue Smoke”, from her forthcoming album, Close But Not Too Close, which is due out May 1st. 

This is the work of Nika Nemirovsky and she also released a Maren Celest directed video for the single that you can watch below. 

   

PREMIERE: June Pageant's dreamy debut "Wundergurl" is anything but sleepy

A healthy dose of synth and dream pop inform “Wundergurl,” the debut single by Jersey City indie trio June Pageant, a fitting introduction to their relaxed, lounge-friendly bops. Written by members Lauren Rosato and Oscar Suh-Rodriguez (the latter formerly of no-holds barred punk project NoPop), the track quickly hits its stride, transitioning from sparse keys and percussion to a brighter, fuller sound as bright, overdriven guitar riffing emerges in the tracks second-half. This instrumental interplay between colder and warmer elements underlines Rosato’s vocal calming vocal performance, which serves as the track’s centerpiece and keeps things delightfully cool, but never sleepy. Recommended for fans of RHYE and Parcels, we’re excited to hear what else June Pageant has to offer in the (hopefully) near future — until them, stream out premiere of “Wundergurl” below.