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Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Fantasy

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The combination of Alina Baraz’s breathy float-on-top-the-mix vocal and producer Galimatias’ vibed-down exotic-y beats has produced some of B3’s favorite tracks of 2013 and 2014 including the very accurately titled “Pretty Thoughts”. “Fantasy” is another strong exercise in the Baraz/Galimatias formula and deserves your attention below. “Fantasy” is excerpted from the upcoming “Urban Flora” EP.

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Rating 8.3

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09-24-14

Black Honey – The Taste (demo)

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Duly Noted Records’ Black Honey debuts today another very strong track. “The Taste” is HUGE. Buoyed by a chorus of the biggest, most potent composition, “The Taste” finds Black Honey stretching their sound and accessibility to potential Radio 1 level heights. Wow.

Black Honey (Soundcloud)

Rating: 8.8

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09-24-14

Rochelle Jordan – Lowkey (Feat. JMSN)

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Mega-talent Rochelle Jordan is joined by the equally great JMSN for a new remix to “Lowkey”. We touched yesterday on Kiesza’s excellent R&B turn how it felt in quality and construction like (in the context of the seemingly everywhere right now “alt-R&B) believable R&B, Jordan’s starry-eyed “Lowkey” remix is composed of similar credible DNA. A++

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Rating: 8.7

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09-24-14

Luke Million – Light & Sound

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Luke Million, one half of the Aussie duo The Swiss, offers the superb french disco-flavored “Light & Sound”. If you’re into Flight Facilities or Darius or Cherokee, the warm vibe-y dance vibes of Million’s “Light & Sound” is likely up your street. “Light & Sound” is the title track from Luke Million’s upcoming EP for etcetc out September 26.

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Rating 8.3

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09-24-14

Blood Moon – Ghost

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“Ghost” by Blood Moon is a fresh dance-floor ready jam from the newly formed Imaginary Friends label. The track Brooklyn-residing Jesse Brickel is a great 8-bit-styled hazy 80’s-evoking dreamscape. The tap-along song “Ghost” serves as a noteworthy debut for both artist and label. By Brian Litwin

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Rating 8.3

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09-24-14

PHOTOS: Meg Myers @ The Echo in Los Angeles on 9/18/2014

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Photos and Words by Russ Ramos

It’s been a short minute since Meg Myers played a show in Los Angeles, and so this intimate homecoming gig at The Echo was a must see. I can safely say that with every show Meg plays, the bar is raised – something of which more artists need to take note. Meg Myers proved to the soldout Echo that night that she’s here to stay. Myers had the entire venue singing along to “Desire”. For the few lucky fans that were able to grab a ticket, she also played new tracks that have not yet been heard live. Meg will be opening for Royal Blood at The Troubadour at the end of the month. If you’re fortunate to have tickets, you don’t want to be late for Meg.

Meg Myers (Facebook)

Tour Dates

09/20 Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House (w/ Royal Blood)
09/21 St. Louis, MO @ 105.7 The Point Big Summer Show
09/22 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
09/23 Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live (w/ Royal Blood)
09/24 Dallas, TX @ Trees (w/ Royal Blood)
09/26 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock (w/ Royal Blood)
09/28 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (w/ Royal Blood)

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09-23-14

B3SCI Presents: Teleman w/ White Dove on Tuesday, September 30 @ Bootleg HiFi in Los Angeles!

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UK collective Teleman follow up their busy summer of festival dates across the pond with select State-side shows in support of their great debut album ‘Breakfast’. The NME darlings will make their way to the Bootleg HiFi in Los Angeles on Tuesday, September 30 to perform a dazzling set of Brit inspired pop for concert-goers with support coming from Cali rock collective White Dove. Doors for the event are at 8:00pm, and tickets are $10 in advance – $12 day of show. Ages 21+. More details for the show can be found HERE.

*OR* you can try your luck with us and enter to win a pair of tickets to the show PLUS White Dove’s new White Iris Records single ‘Caroline/Sarah’s Song’ on 7-inch (you can jam out to the stellar tracks below). To win just email us HERE and let us know you’d like to be entered in the ‘Teleman / White Dove Giveaway’. Our winner will be picked at random from the pool of submissions by Tuesday morning on September 30, so keep an eye on your inbox (one entry per person). Good luck!

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09-23-14

Kiesza – Bad Thing (Feat. Joey Bada$$)

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Kiesza’s “Hideaway” is one of indie in 2014 biggest success stories. The dance-flavored track topped the UK single chart in April and the song’s video has amassed over 100M views on YouTube. “Bad Thing”, Kiesza’s new track, is not “Hideaway” but it is very good. The R&B-styled and Joey Bada$$-featuring (!) song has the accompanying weight and believe-ability that much of the oft-maligned alt R&B blog genre is missing in Sept 2K14. Kiesza is real and “Bad Thing” is great.

Kiesza canada (Soundcloud)

Rating 8.3

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09-23-14

Polarsets – Whispers

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“Whispers” is the new single from Polarsets just-released debut LP Parasols. “Whispers” capably blends a diverse set of sounds (lo-fi, psychedelic, the tiniest tinges of R&B) within the context of a melodically-plus package. Parasols, the new album from Polarsets, is out now.

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Rating 8.4

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09-23-14

Premiere: Field Division – Of Lives We’ve Never Known

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The majestic and cinematic pop of “Of Lives We’ve Never Never Known” is new from Nashville duo Field Division. Excerpted from the twosome’s forthcoming EP “Reverie State”, “Of Lives We’ve Never Known” lilts and pulses about its 4:48 duration where whirling reverbed atmospheres and a layered far-off vocal work well symbiotically as a singular and quite powerful instrument. Enjoy the B3 Premiere of “Of Lives We’ve Never Known” and look for Field Division’s Konrad Snyder-produced (Kopecky Family Band, Night Beds) EP “Reverie State” on October 28th.

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Rating 8.1

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09-23-14

Striving Vines – Sound of Tomorrow

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“Sound of Tomorrow” is pinpoint perfect new indie pop from Denmark via band Striving Vines. Catchy, instantly accessible, instrumentally interesting; many of the component pieces for indie pop breakout success are evident on “Sound of Tomorrow”. “Sound of Tomorrow” is excerpted from Striving Vines new Obstacles LP which is out today.

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Rating 8.6

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09-22-14

Sundays – Theia Mania

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The truly stunning “Theia Mania” is new from Canadian R&B artist and producer Sundays. Immediately at ~0:17 in the track, Sundays’ sublime alto takes hold and sets the theme and feel of the record. “Every bit of me is all a flutter while, you’re touching me…. I wanna keep fallin'”, Sundays wrote “Theia Mania” about what she describes as “the thrill and uncertainty of big city love”. The dynamic between the urban/sophisticated R&B of instrumental and Sundays’ earthy, center around which the whirlwind transpires narrative is particularly special here. Sample “Theia Mania” from Sundays’ upcoming “Neverland” EP out October 28th on Roshambo Records.

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Rating 8.3

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09-22-14