7 (Sub Pop), the new album from Beach House, has earned a spot on virtually every “best albums of 2018 thus far” list. (We can’t wait until the end of the year to make best-of lists anymore?) Along with yet another successful album release has come yet another world tour that will keep Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally on the road until the end of October. Get a glimpse of what 7 is all about by watching the new video for “Black Car.”
Happy Fourth Of July from MAGNET and Galaxie 500. Get drunk and look at the Empire State Building. Read our Over/Under on the short-lived but highly influential trio of Dean Wareham, Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang while you wait for the fireworks.
Albert Hammond Jr.’s video for “Far Away Truths” is full of fun and passion. You can find the song on the Strokes guitarist’s new album, Francis Trouble (Red Bull), which explores the still-born death of Hammond’s twin, Francis. (Read our recent feature for more insight into this very personal LP.) Although the topic is dark, the music is full of light and energy. Watch the clip for “Far Away Truths” right now.
Will Stewart’s latest album, County Seat (Cornelius Chapel), earned him a place on Rolling Stone‘s list of “10 new country artists you need to know” earlier this year. We couldn’t agree more, as the veteran of both Timber and Willie And The Giant has upped his game as a serious songwriter. The Alabama native returned home after a stint in Nashville, and County Seat definitely embraces his love of the Yellowhammer State. “Sipsey,” the first single and lead track off the nine-track album, references the Sipsey Wilderness Preserve in northwest Alabama. Stewart uses this visual to nostalgically describe the innocence of youth. Watch the video for “Sipsey” to see for yourself.
We Are The West just released debut album The Golden Shore in March. The Los Angeles duo’s cool and thoroughly original sound is known to many locals via Brett Hool and John Kibler’s monthly underground parking-garage concert series. If you’re unable to make it to these one-of-a-kind performances, you can check out We Are The West instead in its video for The Golden Shore track “Any Day Of The Week.” You can also catch the duo live on the West Coast in July and August.
Our Philly baby brothers are growing up right in front of our eyes. Just named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far,” Low Cut Connie’s Dirty Pictures (Part 2) (Contender) is definitely worthy of all the hype. Adam Weiner And The E. Passyunk Ave Band are kicking off a two-week tour with Social Distortion supporting the LP tonight in Columbus, Ohio, before heading out on their own the rest of the summer. Low Cut Connie has a brand-new video for album closer “Hey! Little Child” (an Alex Chilton cover) that reflects the band’s lifestyle offstage, hanging at dive bars, snapping pictures and just having a good time. Watch it now; to us, it feels like a typical night out on the streets of Philadelphia.
Howlin Rain just issued highly anticipated fifth album Alligator Bride (Silver Current). Three singles have been released from this seven-song LP thus far, including the rockin’ “Missouri.” The video for “Missouri” showcases the energy and passion of the band as it performs live out in the middle of nowhere. You can catch Howlin Rain—lead by the always-busy Ethan Miller (Comets On Fire, Heron Oblivion, Feral Ohms, Odyssey Cult)—on tour this summer all over the U.S. and watch the clip for “Missouri” while you order your tickets.
Tracyanne & Danny’s video for “It Can’t Be Love Unless It Hurts,” the new single of their self-titled debut on Merge, tunes you into a funny and haunted narrative. It flows along with a couple opening up their own bed and breakfast in a “haunted” castle in Scotland before “scary” stuff starts to happen. Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby) are currently in the middle of their first North American tour. Check them out, and check out the video for “It Can’t be Love Unless It Hurts” now.
Pale Waves are about to set out on an extensive world tour, traveling all over the globe until December. The Manchester quartet is promoting not only its acclaimed All The Things I Never Said EP but also new song “Kiss,” slated for the band’s upcoming debut LP. Watch the video for “Kiss” now, and look out for Pale Waves bringing their killer goth pop to a town near you.
Goldfrapp is following up the success of last year’s Silver Eye with a deluxe edition of the album coming out July 6 on Mute. Along with this reissue comes a video for “Ocean” (featuring Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan), shot in Spain on the beautiful beaches of Fuerteventura and in Madrid. Goldfrapp is heading out on tour in July, so try to catch them then if you live in Europe. In the meantime, check out the Alison Goldfrapp-directed video for “Ocean.”