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NAVY AND CREAM

video: U.S. Girls – Navy & Cream

U.S. Girls shares the hazy video for "Navy & Cream", one of the highlights from last year's incredible Half Free, one of 2015's best albums (probably in our top 5 if we could go back and revise our perenially premature list)...

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hear 5 unreleased tracks from Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges just dropped the deluxe version of his stellar debut LP Coming Home, featuring 5 previously unreleased songs, including a couple of tracks we saw demo'ed on a putting green in downtown Fort Worth at Niles City Sound back in 2014...

KEDR HEART

listen to Kedr Livanskiy’s new spring mixtape

Russian Kedr Livanskiy’s spellbinding debut EP January Sun is hands down our favorite release of the young year so far. And if, like us, you've worn out the record's amazing first two singles, Kedr's just shared an eclectic new spring mixtape to tide you over until the EP's official February 19th release date...

BEVERLY VICTORIA VIDEO

video premiere: Beverly – Victoria

Psyched to premiere the glowing, dream-like Jacob Graham-directed visuals for Beverly's achingly beautiful new single "Victoria", which was co-written by Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart...

DJDS IDLY VIDEO

video premiere: DJDS – I Don’t Love You

We made this video with our good friend and collaborator Daniel Pappas. He and our other friend Nick Walker have directed all the videos for our album, but for this one Nick was in Jamaica, so Dan took the helm by himself...

GvsB x JANUARY 2016

January 2016 mix

Listen to our first monthly mix of 2016, featuring new tracks from Arca, Mall Grab, Kedr Livanskiy, Erykah Badu, Future + more...

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

SONGS 2015

Following last week's Albums of 2015 list, here are our favorite songs of the year: we went deeper than ever this time out, and while 111 tracks might seem like a lot to love in any given 12 month span, I feel like the list is a pretty accurate representation of just how unreal 2015 has been for new music. Featuring multiple entries from Grimes, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Kendrick Lamar, Chromatics, Erykah Badu, Beach House, TOPS, and Cindy Lee, and spanning from underground Russian dance music and soaring Norwegian pop to incendiary west coast rap and inspired Texas soul, and just about everywhere in between. Check out the full list below, right after you hit play on that nearly 7-hour-long Spotify playlist:

GORILLA VS. BEAR’S SONGS OF 2015

Mood Hut crew announces Disco Mantras 12″

DISCO MANTRAS

Not exactly sure who or what these tracks are, but we do know this comes from a forthcoming 12" LP from Vancouver's Mood Hut crew, and it sounds exceedingly dope. According to the soundcloud description, the aptly named Disco Mantras is made up of "loose-ish collaborations straight from the swamps and isolated bus stops of the lower mainland…" Zone out to this 11-minute Disco Mantras teaser + check the full tracklist below:

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listen to Sober’s Satin Sheets Vol. 5: Mixtape & Chill

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Dallas DJ/producer/luminary Sober drops his annual Valentine's Day gift for lovers: this year's installment of Satin Sheets might be the smoothest yet, featuring classics from Missy, Aaliyah, Janet, Jodeci, and an intro from Dallas' own Erykah Badu...

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Gorilla vs. Bear presents: Leon Bridges – Live in Dallas

LEON BRIDGES DALLAS

We're thrilled to present Leon Bridges' return to DFW in September, for a homecoming show at Dallas' historic Fair Park Music Hall, with special guest London's Lianne La Havas. We're giving away a signed poster (pictured) + a pair of tickets for this one; just let us know your favorite Leon song in the comments below or on Facebook or Instagram, and I'll pick a winner in the coming weeks...

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George Clanton’s 100% Electronica getting cassette release; hear unreleased track “Make You Cry”

CLANTON TAPE

One of our favorite records of last year is getting a limited cassette release this month, complete with a handful of unreleased tracks and alternate versions on the b-side, courtesy of Greenville, SC, tape label Plastic Response...

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hear 5 unreleased tracks from Leon Bridges’ Coming Home sessions

polaroid by Faith Silva
polaroid by Faith Silva

Leon Bridges just dropped the deluxe version of his stellar debut LP Coming Home, featuring 5 previously unreleased songs, including a couple of tracks we saw demo'ed on a putting green in downtown Fort Worth at Niles City Sound back in 2014...

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