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GvsB Best Songs of 2018 Spotify Playlist

2018 has been such a bountiful year for incredible new music from favorites new and old that it's been almost impossible to keep up, but I'm doing my best...


PYNKIE – Dew ♥

Shout out to the lazylazyme and DDB for the simultaneous heads up on this new jam from New Jersey's Lindsey Rae Radice aka PYNKIE, feeling like a hazy, impossibly romantic codeine dream thanks to those narcotic pitched down vocals and woozy instrumentation...


Anemone joins the Luminelle family

Impromptu dance parties have been breaking out nightly in our living room for weeks now, thanks to Montreal artist Chloé Soldevila aka Anemone, and her irresistible new Baby Only You & I EP...


Grouper – Parking Lot

Liz Harris returns next month with another devastating Grouper album, in a similar vein as her 2014 masterpiece Ruins. Grid of Points is a starkly beautiful, intimate, and achingly fleeting "set of songs for piano and voice", inspired by "the idea that something is missing or cold"...


video premiere: Sun June – Young

Austin's Sun June call their beautiful debut LP Years a "we’ve-been-broken-up-a-long-time" record, and the video for their new single "Young" couldn't possibly be a more perfect or lovely intro to the band's dreamily bittersweet "regret pop"...


As the internet's collective attention span continues to dwindle away and the clickbait economy slowly ruins everything good, we made a conscious effort this year to spend more time listening to fewer things. Discovering new favorites will always remain a priority around here, but it felt good to devote more quality time to absorbing ambitious, flawed, elaborately nuanced and layered masterpieces like Dust, Quazarz, Party, and The OOZ. And the more immediate records that we fell in love with at first listen -- TOPS’ Sugar at the Gate, the super charismatic Carti mixtape, and Kelly Lee Owens’ enveloping debut full-length, to name a few -- felt more like all-time favorites with each spin. While anyone in our top 5 could have staked a legit Album of the Year claim depending on the day, we had to put the two EPs that announced the arrival of dance music's brightest new star in their rightful spot at the top of our list. Here are our favorite records of 2017:


premiere: stream Sloppy Jane’s debut LP Willow


The most unexpectedly intense and unforgettable performance I saw at SXSW this year came in broad daylight on Saturday morning, as I wandered into Cheer Up Charlie's just as the genre-defying Brooklyn-via-LA ensemble Sloppy Jane took the outside stage, their fearless leader Haley Dahl already disrobing and spewing blue vomit all over the stage...

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Tess Roby shares dreamy new single “Catalyst” from her debut album Beacon


Montreal based musician + photographer Tess Roby follows up last year's beautiful "Ballad 5" with another dreamy and poignant new synth-pop gem from her stellar debut LP Beacon, a "spiritual homage" to her late father, inspired by the Beacon's magical pull...

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polaroids from SXSW 2018 featuring U.S. Girls, Natalie Prass, G Flip + more

Meg Remy of U.S. Girls
Meg Remy of U.S. Girls

Polaroids from some of the best sets we saw in Austin this year, featuring U.S. Girls, Faye Webster, Hater, Forever + more. All photos by Patrick Waites on Polaroid Originals film.

Amen Dunes – Believe


We've already expressed our strong feelings for his new full-length Freedom, and today Damon McMahon aka Amen Dunes shares the third track from the album, with the sprawling, poignant "Believe". According to a press release, it's "a song of forgiveness and of reckoning", as McMahon comes to terms with his mother's illness and mortality, and it certainly feels like the record's emotional center and heart (and arguably its best song)...

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