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Cln – Left Behind

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Soak in the melodic tones and slightly-mumbled emotive vocal atmosphere of “Left Behind” the vibrant-synth heavy beauty from new Brisbane artist/beatmaker cln.. “Left Behind” is the second track to release after cln.’s lyrically-charged album-debut stunner Hold Me. Both tracks are from the singer-songwriter/producer’s upcoming not-yet-titled EP that is out in July. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Rationale – Re.Up

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B3SCI recently premiered the career debut original track “Fast Lane” from talented new London-based producer Rationale which has since hit 475,000 plays on Soundcloud in about a month. The newcomer vocalist and producer Rationale just dropped a fresh lyrically expressive female-vocal-infused track “Re.Up” which features Rationale’s grounding and passionate vocal touches amidst a melodic brightly-lulling backdrop of electro style. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Ryder – Pretty Little Gangster

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Check out the dark-pop sensibilities and straightforward star-potential vocals of NY-born LA-based indie-pop songstress Ryder who’s new career debut single “Pretty Little Gangster” is a great introduction to her fresh potential as an unsigned talent. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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Boxed In – Mystery (Pat Lok’s Yukon Soul Mix)

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After a slew of excellent impeccably-produced new releases as of late Vancouver DJ/producer Pat Lok, who is rapidly becoming one of B3SCI’s new favorite 2015 artists, turns in another brilliant new topped-out instrumental-heavy remix. His new ‘Yukon Soul’ edit of “Mystery” (from London-based band Boxed In) is a dynamic mesh of expansive beats, percussive-accents and a buoyant hand drum vibe that are all carefully constructed to make a really rad dance-friendly track. If you are Stateside and into the Pat Lok sound, ge stoked! He is on a short US tour (through the end of July) starting with a performance May 30th in Denver. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

5.30 || Denver || Club Vinyl w/ Hotel Garuda
6.12 || Los Angeles || V Lounge w/ Cherokee
6.13-14 || Palm Springs || Splash House
6.19 || Kansas City || Riot Room
7.22 || Washington DC || U Street Music Hall w/ Darius
7/25 || San Francisco || TBD w/

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Review: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds @ The Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles 05/20/15

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On the heels of his sophomore solo album, Chasing Yesterday, Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds returned to Los Angeles recently to play a sold out night at the newly restored Orpheum Theater in downtown LA. The venue itself was the perfect setting for an evening of new age dad rock, timeless songwriting, witty banter, and of course, in typical Gallagher fashion, not giving a fuck.

Rarely, if ever. will you go to a show (sold out or not) without any opening or support act. So leave it to the classic Scrooge of Noel Gallagher to be the one to not even bother with adding another act to the bill. But why should he, his fans will move heaven and earth for just the rare chance to see him. Critics alike can’t resist the opportunity to either admire ‘the talented’ Oasis brother Noel Gallagher, or more traditionally, find a reason to water him down to ‘has been’ status or a derivative melodic thief. Everybody will always want a glimpse at the bluntly worded Brit behind one of the self proclaimed biggest bands in the world. The good news, is that night it felt as if the wake of Oasis had finally subsided and fans were in attendance to see Noel Gallagher, the songwriter, deliver a collection of his favorite songs.

The main set consisted heavily of tracks off Noel’s self-titled debut and freshly released Chasing Yesterday LP. There’s little surprises to what Noel Gallagher does with his live show. While its quite excellent, there’s no frills. Sonically, it’s very reminiscent of ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ era Oasis onward, his band is a 5 piece of guitars, keys, bass, drums, along with the occasional appearance of a small horn section. That’s about it, Noel doesn’t seem to care much about lights or visuals, or flashy moves on stage, he’s there to share songs. In good pitch and strong voice the seasoned rock star sang his way through solo highlights such as “Everybody’s On the Run”, “Lock All The Doors”, “If I Had Gun”, “Face Of God”, “The Death Of You And Me”. Hearing Noel Gallagher perform solo, you can get a great understanding of where he truly comes from musically. There’s always been an interesting combination of traditional Folk and Punk Rock roots in his instincts and delivery. Much of his new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’ nods toward 70s and 80s inspired Classic Rock like Tom Petty, The Band, Neil Young, and more. While those influences were always there, they sometimes seemed a bit shadowed by his indulgence in Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Stones, The Smiths, Stone Roses, all the usual Brit Classics to which Noel has endured critics’ scrutiny. Chasing Yesterday is surely Noel’s most adventurous genre pushing release to date. The album finds itself peering beyond the vary boundaries that Noel himself has set throughout his career, with arrangements, vocal melodies, and solo sections that you can tell had always been part of Noel’s depths and appreciation, but perhaps were ideas he thought weren’t right to explore on earlier projects. In short, as a follow up to his self-titled debut, Chasing Yesterday manages yet another and more expansive breath of fresh air for the songwriter.

Of course Gallagher snuck a few lesser expected Oasis cuts into the set, such as Noel’s signature rendition of B-side “Fade Away”, and the nostalgic punkier Definitely Maybe classic, “Digsy’s Dinner”. Between tunes there was little talking from Noel, until almost like script, he took cues from friendly hecklers shouting, ‘where’s Liam?!’. Taking in stride (this dude has to have heard that question a million times) Noel would happily banter back ‘who’s Liam’ or would roll into a short story about how he last time he was in LA he found himself having an ‘Extraordinary evening with Marilyn Manson and his brother’. Noel Gallagher’s encore consisted of more predictable Oasis songs like “Champagne Supernova”, “The Master Plan”, and “Don’t Look Back In Anger”. In some ways the encore felt unfortunate, with issue not being that the songs didn’t sound incredible; or that these tunes weren’t great songs, nor that fans were singing along in ecstatic joy to hear them, but more so the idea that perhaps one of the best and prolific songwriters of the last 30 years just might himself finally believe that his greatest songwriting efforts have been achieved. Making you wonder what a title like Chasing Yesterday really means to him.

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Samm Henshaw – Better

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21-year old UK singer Samm Henshaw is maybe the best vocalist to emerge in indie music so far this year. Gifted with a D’Angelo-esque falsetto and John Legend-level sense of melody, ballad-y track “Better” is indicative of an artist that has very little between him and stardom. Samm Henshaw will release his debut EP “The Sound Experiment” on July 17.

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Kins – Young

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UK band Kins return on July 6 with a new EP “Cyclical” on East City Records. “Young” is a clattering, inventive, urgent bit of well-constructed guitar rock centered thematically on an immediate real quality that is very refreshing in the context of current independent music.

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Desta French – Take You For Dead

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Desta French, a new artist out of North London, runs the palette stylistically of the last 30+ years of R&B on debut “Take You For Dead”. Equal parts 80’s-esque fidelity in the instrumental and new wave Banks, Jessie Ware, Twigs in melody, “Take You For Dead” is most importantly a really great song and a worthwhile debut.

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Premiere: Johnny Delaware – Truth

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Johnny Delaware is sort of modern troubadour. The South Dakota-bred now South Carolina-based songwriter crafts organic, uniquely arranged songwriter pop, full of gumption and broad emotive quality as exampled on brand new track “Truth”. As part of a split 7″ for Hearts and Plugs Records with alt-country artist Susto, “Truth” explores soaring instrumentation and subtle electronic elements within the songwriter idiom packaged up in a sweeping tune that we love. Sample the B3 Premiere of Johnny Delaware’s “Truth” below and head to Hearts and Plugs’ website here to pre-order the new split 7″.

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Bruce Rave Recaps The Great Escape

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B3’s Bruce Rave headed Brighton earlier this month to take in UK breaking artist festival The Great Escape. Sample below Bruce’s notes on some selected bands to keep tabs on the in nearest future.

bohicas

The Bohicas are blistering live with huge guitar hooks.

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Dutch Uncles are very precise with some songs hookier than others.

aquilo

Aquilo have immense talent and played a pretty set that endured sound problems.

PINS

The girl band Pins reminds many of Best Coast (and they’ve toured together), but they do what they do well with good songs and tight playing.

boxedin

Boxed In is a band that was unfamiliar to me and they nicely blend electro and rock.

hippocampus

Hippo Campus had only played live in Minnesota until this March, and this UK gig impressed the crowd.

rayboy

Rat Boy attracted a bevy of high-end industry types. He’s considered hip hop but to me his high energy set was much more on the rock side.

slaves

Slaves was one of the most buzzed bands. If you like it hard, heavy, and humorous with some punk anger mixed in, this set would have been right up your alley.

rhodes

On the other hand, Rhodes was equally effective in a soft and sweet way.

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Spring King are a fun guitar band that plays fast with melody.

blossoms

Blossoms matched their buzz with a good set in the very difficult Green Door Store venue.

maccabees

The surprise closing set was by Maccabees. This was my first experience where most people in the hall were fans, since UK industry peeps know this band real well. While staid reactions were the norm, this set resulted in animated fans singing along.

Lots of bands I would have liked to see, time permitting, including The Vaccines, Alabama Shakes, Bully and The Strypes.

Check out Bruce’s “Go Deep” show on Fridays 1-3 pm Pacific, 4-6 pm Eastern, 9-11pm GMT. Also listen to past shows at Bruce’s blog and follow Bruce on Twitter.

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MIYNT – Baby One More Time (Britney)

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Stockholm-based newcomer MIYNT sets Brit’s iconic hit to a dusty grey-chromatic stage on new dirge-styled cover of “Baby One More Time”.

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JAHKOY – Heart Smile

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Get into the mood setting late-night summertime chill-zone of lovely new “Heart Smile” the brightly-laced synth-driven R&B-vocaled house jam from Toronto artist, singer-songwriter JAHKOY. Reviewed by Erin Shay.

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