Banks

In 2014, BANKS released Goddess, one of my favorite albums of the year, and I’ve been waiting for some new material since then. Thankfully, the wait is over. The song is called “Better” and it’s more of that sultry R&B-esque pop that she does so well.

Other than the video below, there isn’t a lot of info, but my take is that there’s an album coming out early next year. Until then, it’s hit play. Again, and again.

ASTR

My first introduction to NYC electronic-duo ASTR came in 2014 when I heard their Varsity EP, and became obsessed with their song “Blue Hawaii.” It was part electronica, part pop, and a chorus nod to Blackbox’s “Everybody Everybody.” A year after the fact, the duo released, “Activate Me,” another ASTR song that I’ve played the crap out of. And now, the’ve added another into the mix. The song is called “Invincible” and its languid, 80’s synth vibe is another showcase into the talent that these two possess.

 

Their Homecoming EP (which more than likely will feature “Activate Me” and “Invincible”) is set for release sometime this year. The duo is also hitting the road as support for Ryn Weaver, and Holychild. Check out the dates below.

ASTR Tour

Beat Connection

As you can tell from past posts, I’m a fan of that fusion of indie-pop and electronica. Something about a well-crafted song in that genre that makes me want to shoulder-dip whenever I hear it. Case in point: Beat Connection‘s new single, “Rosealene,” off their new record Product 3 out 10/23 via ANTI-.  It’s a three minute slice of syrupy, and undulating indie-pop-tronica goodness. Check it out below.

Following their appearance at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Beat Connection will kick off their headlining tour at the end of the month.
2015 Tour Dates
10/30 – The Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA
10/31 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
11/04 – Humboldt Brews – Humboldt, CA
11/05 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
11/06 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
11/07 – The Loft at UCSD – San Diego, CA
11/08 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
11/11 – Stubbs Jr – Austin, TX
11/12 – Studio at Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
11/13 – House of Blues / Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX
11/14 – Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA 
11/15 – Club Downunder / Florida State University – Tallahassee, FL
11/18 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
11/19 – DC9 – Washington, DC
11/20 – Great Scott – Allston, MA
11/21 – Knitting Factory (Knit Ball) – Brooklyn, NY
11/22 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
11/25 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
11/27 – Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QC
11/28 – The Drake – Toronto, ON
12/02 – The Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
12/03 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
12/04 – The Frequency – Madison, WI
12/05 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
12/06 – Vega – Lincoln, NE
12/09 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
12/10 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
12/11 – The Watercooler – Boise, ID
12/12 – The Bartlett – Spokane, WA
12/19 – Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver, BC
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