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Maria Usbeck - Amparo (Final)

premiere: Maria Usbeck – Amparo

Although we were certainly fans of her work in the "voguish summertime goth" new wave band Selebrities, Maria Usbeck's timeless solo debut LP is a somewhat unexpected, subtly dazzling triumph that registers as one of the most pleasant surprises of the year...

LANZA LIVE

Jessy Lanza performs live on CBC

Jessy Lanza + drummer Tori Tizzard recently performed some highlights from Lanza's new record Oh No during a recent studio session for CBC Music, and they also mixed in a couple of classics from her debut Pull My Hair Back (fun fact: the vocal sample in "Kathy Lee" is actually Kate Upton saying "cat daddy" ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). Watch a few of the highlights below, check the whole performance over on CBC's youtube channel, and see Jessy + Tori do their thing live at one of our Texas Summer shows next month:

Yumi Zouma - Yoncalla

stream Yumi Zouma’s new album Yoncalla

New Zealand dream-pop heroes Yumi Zouma have become one of our favorite bands over the last couple of years on the strength of two stellar EPs and their irresistible, dreamily danceable live show, and the group's long-awaited debut full-length Yoncalla is finally (almost) here, dropping next week via Cascine...

MARISSA NADLER

Marissa Nadler x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover

It's been over a decade since we first fell in love with the music of Marissa Nadler -- sometime around the moment I first heard her flawless "Diamond Heart", which remains one of my favorite songs of all time -- and I distinctly remember the thrill of discovery every time she'd upload one of her exquisite and still underrated cover songs on myspace. So it goes without saying that we're very honored to have her take the reigns of the site on this, the release date of her gorgeous and haunting seventh album Strangers. Stick around throughout the day as Marissa shares some of her favorite music and art, starting with this post on the new Black Mountain record:

SHABAZZ DAWN

video: Shabazz Palaces – Dawn in Luxor

Lese Majesty's celestial, tone-setting opening track gets some suitably majestic visuals from director Stephan Gray, who calls the "Dawn in Luxor" vid a "daydream on a nightwalk". Images courtesy of NASA's Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit. Watch below + catch your boys Shabazz Palaces opening for Radiohead in LA this summer:

ZASTROSZY

video premiere: Phèdre – ZASTROSZY

Toronto duo Phèdre and the HATAW interpretive dance crew/"CYBORGS" get a little bit surreal at a carnival midway in the vibrant video for the group's frenetic, genre-defying new single "ZASTROSZY"...

GvsB ALBUMS OF 2015

We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site. So many stars seemed to serendipitously align this year — our 10th as a blog — for sounds that veered right into our own personal, sometimes insular little lane: the triumphant return of Grimes; the improbable meteoric rise of Leon Bridges from seemingly out of nowhere (i.e., right here in our own backyard); a sweet, thoroughly relatable, '90s-hip-hop-inspired record from Panda Bear (our favorite artist); two Beach House albums in the span of two months; D'Angelo with probably the best show we've seen since the last time he rolled through town 15 years ago; Grouper started a pop group; the summer of Jamie xx; and on and on. If 2015 had seen the release of Dear Tommy and new music from Shabazz Palaces or Burial (all still possible, I suppose), our blog might have imploded. With all of that said, I still feel like we went as deep as ever this year, and as always, there were some genuinely incredible hidden gems to uncover if you spent a little time digging. Let us know how your year went as you check the full list of our 50 favorite records of the year, and lose yourself in our nearly 3-hour-long spotify playlist:

GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2015

premiere: Earth Boys – You Were Mine

FEEL THE RHYTHM

Here's another new gem from 2MR (the Brooklyn label that brought us Kedr Livanskiy's brilliant debut 12" a couple months back), in the form of this dreamy, vintage deep house groover from NYC duo Earth Boys, who just recently released their debut on Vancouver label 1080p...

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listen to Terror Jr.’s Jamie xx-sampling “Trippin”

TERROR JR

I think we can all agree that we're over "mysterious"/anonymous groups that appear out of the ether (or in a Kylie Jenner lipgloss commercial, in this case) so fully formed that there is roughly a 0% chance they aren't already signed to a major label, but this one gets a pass, because a. it's apparently the new project from always on-point SZA collaborator/"señor vocal chop" Felix Snow, b. this is by far the best song they've released at this point, and c. that Jamie xx sample. Plus it's kind of fun trying to guess who that vocalist is (please be Kylie):

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listen to 4 enchanting unreleased tracks from Melody’s Echo Chamber

MELODY PROCHET

We haven't heard from Paris' Melody Prochet in a minute, aside from the dreamy "Shirim", which was one of our favorite tracks of 2014, and whose official existence sadly seems to have been scrubbed from the internet for some unknown reason (you can, and should, still seek it out through unofficial channels though, because it rules)...

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premiere: stream Maria Usbeck’s transportive debut LP Amparo

Maria Usbeck - Amparo (Final)

Although we were certainly fans of her work in the "voguish summertime goth" new wave band Selebrities, Maria Usbeck's timeless solo debut LP is a somewhat unexpected, subtly dazzling triumph that registers as one of the most pleasant surprises of the year...

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