Sounds

“Gone” by JR JR

Bands change their names all the time, but often enough that comes with a new musical direction and even a lineup change. For Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., it simply means dropping the Dale Earnhardt part of the name for just JR JR, bringing some of the confusion between them and the NASCAR driver to a more manageable level. Regardless of the name change, the Detroit indie rock duo is sure to keep adding followers to their growing fan base, especially with a new self-titled album coming out September 25th via Warner Bros. Check out their new, feel-good single Gone for a taste of what’s to come from JR JR!

“Cough It Out” by The Front Bottoms

This week we’re bringing you something awesomely homegrown from New Jersey’s, The Front Bottoms. After releasing just two albums on Bar/None Records, they’ve now joined forces with Fueled By Ramen, which can only mean one thing — a new record should be coming our way soon! Check out their recent video for Cough It Out, which definitely shows off their folkier side!

“Fallin 4 U” by Part Time

This week we’re featuring Part Time! The band’s new Burger Records’ release, Virgo’s Maze, is a double LP full of scratches and home recordings spanning the last five years. The collection was recorded in and between Los Angeles, San Francisco and El Paso with the band’s mastermind David Loca playing all the instruments with the exception of five of the songs where some friends helped out on drums and bass. It also represents the first time Loca has had complete creative control over an entire album. Check out the lead single, Fallin’ 4 U!

“Sparks” by Beach House

Since the beginning, Beach House has been outdoing itself with every new record they’ve released, getting increasingly more popular with their fans and critics. By a fifth album release, some bands would crack under this pressure and try to make music for the masses, but not Beach House. In the new single Sparks (from their upcoming record Cherry Depression due out Aug 28th on Sup Pop) a noticeable sonic evolution has taken place. The decision to get louder and more aggressive, and dare we say more mature and less commercial is bound to usher in a new era for their career. We love a band that stays true to itself, and know this is only going to keep old and new fans engaged in their work. Beach House tour dates have been announced from late summer through the end of the year, and tickets are guaranteed to disappear quickly. We’re stoked to share their single Sparks!

“Hi-line” by Heartless Bastards

This week Austin rockers Heartless Bastards are not only bringing us new music from their recently released fifth studio record, Restless Ones, but also we get a funny video featuring none other than Bushwick Bill of Geto Boys. The new album, which was recorded in El Paso with Grammy Award-winning producer John Congleton, definitely keeps the band on the path of good old fashioned rock and roll. Heartless Bastards are currently touring the country through the fall with acts including Craig Finn and Alberta Cross. Check out their video for the single Hi-Line!

“Before the World Was Big” by Girlpool

Girlpool is an awesome band we’re stoked to be telling you about. The Philly-via-LA duo released their debut album, Before the World Was Big, on June 2nd, on Wichita Recordings, and will be touring the States and Europe throughout summer and fall. Fans of artists like Kimya Dawson will want to catch Girlpool’s video for Before The World Was Big!

“Red Cow” by mewithoutyou

This week we’re featuring mewithoutyou! This week the Philadelphia five-piece will release their sixth studio album, Pale Horses, on Run For Cover Records. The Will Yip-produced LP is their first since 2013’s Ten Stories. As we speak, the band is on a US tour with bands that include Foxing and Lithuania. You can get the full tour schedule here. In the meantime, check out their single Red Cow!