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Lay Low Resurfaces with New Video, European Tour Dates

by Suzy Exposito | 17 hours ago
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Icelandic folk singer-songwriter Lay Low is back in action. Almost a year since the release of her seventh solo release, Talking About the Weather, today she releases the official video for “One Of Those Nights.” Her voice is warm and crisp against layers of gentle, woodsy guitar.

Lay Low will be playing at New York City’s CMJ Music Marathon on October 23 and 24th; followed by the Iceland Airwaves Festival from November 5th-9th. She will also support fellow Icelander Ásgeir on tour through Europe this fall and winter. Check out her tour dates below.

Tour Dates

11/9 – Koncerthuset, Kaupmannahöfn, Denmark
11/10 – Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
11/12 – Kesselhaus KulturBrauerei, Berlin, Germany
11/13 – Gebäude 9, Cologne, Germany
11/24 – Komedia, Brighton, UK
11/25 – The Fleece, Bristol, UK
11/26 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK
11/29 – Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden
11/30 – Stacken (Nalen), Stockholm, Sweden
12/2 – Byscenen, Trondheim, Norway
12/4 – USF Verftet, Bergen, Norway
12/5 – Høvleriet, Haugesund, Norway
12/6 – Folken, Stavanger, Norway
12/7 – Union Scene, Drammen, Norway
12/8 – Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway

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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 4 days ago
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Who was your favorite featured artist this week? You have until 11am EST next Friday to cast your vote for the next Artist of the Week! Choose between the following:

Moelogo

For years the UK has been cultivating its flourishing Afrobeats scene. There’s something about the kind of beats that are inspired by mother Africa that can make it feel like the sun has come out — and God knows the UK can use a little more sunshine in its supremely cloud heavy days. Little surprise, then, that Moelogo is the latest burgeoning star to emerge from London, via Lagos. His upbeat, sunny disposition and accompanying sound seems to be sitting well with gloom-fatigued Londoners and, well, anyone who likes a catchy, well-sung hook and infectious production.

Camilla Sparksss

Barbara Lenhoff is like a punk version of Miranda July who uses her quirkiness for more startling purposes. Her electro project Camilla Sparksss is just one of the Canadian-bred creative’s outputs — she’s also a photographer and a filmmaker. And with every data point in her biography, she seems more legendary and mysterious: she single-handedly built a car, was raised with small brown bear and, a few years go, exhibited a series of images in France that look like faces pressed on a photocopier.

Salt Cathedral

About a year and half ago, Brooklyn-based band Il Abanico changed its name to Salt Cathedral, an homage to the enigmatic underground cathedral built within the tunnels of a salt mine in Zipaquirá, Colombia. Formed by Nicolas Losada and singer Juliana Ronderos, together they create electronic pop music that parallels the mystique of one of the marvels of architecture: it’s labyrinthine, yet atmospheric and highly evocative.

Jakil

Sure, the Edinburgh-born, dance pop mates may look like American Apparel models because they dress in lackadaisical, hipster garb and cultivate a fresh vibe as they jam out, as shown in their latest video and single, “Istanbul.” But don’t be fooled by their cool demeanor. These passionate guys possess a lot of soulfulness, but know what it takes to master an infectious pop ditty.

Nostalghia

Ciscandra Nostalghia gives the impression that she’s supremely intense. Audible quivers, a childlike tone, grating shrieks and a soaring operatic style are among the devices in her vocal canon, and she employs them with both earnest fragility and palpable passion. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call her debut album, Chrysalis, a work of performance art. That it was crafted in the wake of being booted from her traditionally minded parents’ home — her mother is Iranian and her father is Russian — makes a lot of sense. 


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Listen: Electric Punanny – “Rosa Caleta”

by MTV Iggy | 5 days ago
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Electric Punanny has been running one of NYC’s hottest monthly parties for over four years now, pairing the swagger of Jamaican dancehall with hard-hitting electronica. So it only makes sense that the duo of Jasmine Solano and MeLo-X would step into the studio every now and then to drop something of their own design for their next party (or yours).

Insert “Rosa Caleta,” the latest production endeavor from the duo. Cut immediately after an appearance at Berlin’s Chester club and named after their favorite Berlin-based Jamaican restaurant by the same name, the duo described the track as an ode to the German capital. Much like the eclectic array of sounds found at their parties, the track is an infectious mash of global bass reimagined through a jungle-infused beat with an airy-techno swing.

The group promises more productions like “Rosa Caleta” in the near future so stay tuned. —Words by Saxon Baird 

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Listen: Breton – “Titan”

by MTV Iggy | 6 days ago
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On November 10, Breton will release a deluxe edition of their album War Room Stories via Cut Tooth. The expanded album will include eleven new tracks, including never before heard tune, “Titan.” Filled with bouncing synths, tropical beats, and cooed choruses, it bodes well for what’s to come. Listen to the Antoine Gaillet co-produced track below. —Words by Laura Studarus

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PREMIERE: Watch the New Video for Niña Dioz’ “Alquimista”

by Isabela Raygoza | 7 days ago
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“I turn pain into art,” professes the goddess of underground rap Niña Dioz in her newest single “Alquimista,” produced by LA’s Luney Tunez (Rihanna, Future). True to her badass style, the self-proclaimed alchemist and Monterrey native hits us with her hardest verses yet, lyrically disclosing how the magic happens to spark her creative, dope flow. The track rolls on reverberating bass and an addictive, high pitched keyboard loop that evokes classic West Coast hip-hop.

Today we proudly unveil the music video for “Alquimista,” charged with Niña Dioz’ steamy confidence and that minty cool attitude that we just can’t get enough of.

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Follow FEMM’s Tokyo Takeover on MTV 81

by Beverly Bryan | 8 days ago
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We’re pretty into FEMM’s whole deal over here. That’s Far East Mention Mannequins, the high-concept electro duo behind the life giving “Fxxk Boys Get Money.” After seeing the latex wrapped, breathtakingly robotic twerking in the video for that one, we’d follow these two self-reportedly plastic provocateurs anywhere they were going.

Naturally, we were filled with squee when we found out they were going on a tour of all of Tokyo’s most fascinating hangouts and hotspots via our friends at MTV 81. First stop on FEMM’s Tokyo Takeover, a tour of cult cafés and restaurants. (This rabbit hole goes way deeper than maid cafes, kids.) Yes, please, take us with you.

Gaze upon the wonders of Ninja Akasaka and watch MTV 81 for more FEMM-tastic adventures.

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Artist of the Week: Vote For Your Favorite!

by Suzy Exposito | 11 days ago
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Who was your favorite featured artist this week? You have until 11am EST next Friday to cast your vote for the next Artist of the Week! Choose between the following:

Sırma

Sırma’s latest EP titled Instincts is like a relic out of a mythical Mediterranean land that atmospherically weaves Turkish folk instrumentation with the 24-year-old’s hypnotic, reverberating vocals. When the ambient electronic beats come in, you ask whether this 4-track EP is an anachronism or if time and space don’t really matter when you listen to Sırma.

Mere Women

Actually made up of two women and one man, Mere Women transcend the humility of their name, even if it is a tongue-in-cheek jab at the patriarchy. They march to the cleverly syncopated beat of the drums, churn out eerie synth melodies and sign each bar with angular scribbles of guitar. The punky, baroque-flavored uncertainty that colored their 2012 debut, Old Life, is more carefully distilled with a stony discipline in their latest release, Your Town.

Kaleo

With dirt under their fingernails and the northern lights reflecting in their eyes, Iceland’s Kaleo plays the kind of grimy rock that flies in the face of their country’s penchant for all things ambient/ethereal. Sure they cando soft and pretty. (See: To Emma, Forever Ago-worthy track, “All the Pretty Girls.”) But the Mosfellsbær-based quartet is more about guitars riffs of every flavor than cooed choruses. Blues? Check. Country? Oh yeah. Rock? Of course — they’ve got that too.

Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan is that guy that you know you know. Hint: have you ever seen X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Yup, that’s him as James Howlett. He also has one of the most visited YouTube channels in Australia. But despite all his success in the visual world, the 19 year-old now has his claws in a different role — moody electronic singer-songwriter. The South Africa born/Australia-based musician’s debut EP TRXYE will go a long way toward reminding fans that, in addition to appearances on screens large and small, Sivan also possesses some formable pipes.

Mechanimal

If you like your riot-inspired post-punk buried in the underbelly of industrial drone, then pack up your ski mask and black lipstick, because we’re going to Greece. The trio of bearded, beefy men is back with a ferocious and angrier concept album called Secret Science, their second LP out today. It has the melodic, prog soundscape of Mars Volta with and the frenetic, punk energy of Joy Division. They’ve dubbed their specialty brew “drone ‘n’ roll.”


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LA’s Girlpool Announce Tour Dates with Jenny Lewis

by Suzy Exposito | 12 days ago
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Comprised solely of Cleo Tucker on guitar and Harmony Tividad on bass, Los Angeles indie duo Girlpool have caused a stir in the music world with their stripped-down and subversive ballads on love, friendship and sexual politics. Fans of Marine Girls, The Raincoats and ’60s garage groups in general will revel in their upcoming debut self-titled EP. The EP is set for release on November 18th via Wichita Recordings.

Girlpool have also announced the expansion of their fall tour, including some dates with singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley, The Watson Twins). Listen to their latest single, “Blah Blah Blah,” and check out their tour dates below:

TOUR DATES

10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg +
10/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Hazzard Hall $
10/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio $
10/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn $
10/20 – Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Bard College $
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio ^
10/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
10/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn %
10/28 – Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase #
11/5 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 ~
11/6 – Westbury, NY @ The Space ~
11/7 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre ~
11/8 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre ~
11/14 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope
11/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Bar Bloc
11/16 – Sunderland, UK @ Pop Records (Free In-Store)
11/17 – London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
11/18 – London, UK @ Rough Trade West (Free In-Store)
11/19 – London, UK @ Sebright Arms &
11/23 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
11/24 – Paris, FR @ Cafe Charbon (Free Show)
12/1 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *

~ = w/ Jenny Lewis
+ = w/ Kera and the Lesbians
$ = w/ Slutever
^ = KXLU CMJ Showcase
% = Father/Daughter CMJ Showcase
# = w/ Free Cake For Every Creature and Adult Mom
& = w/ Alex G
* = The Echo residency

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