Two amazing women passed away last year that were a big part of my childhood, and this song was inspired by them. It’s about love, loss, and the fragility of life.Kotomi

Our introduction to LA’s Kotomi came via one of the best songs of last year, in the form of her dreamy/dizzying collab with Ryan Hemsworth + Doss, from Hemsworth’s 2014 LP Alone for the First Time. She returns today with a shimmering, soaring emotional pop anthem, which feels very hopeful and life-affirming despite being born of her recent experiences with loss and letting go. Kotomi tells us that “The Last Time” is the first in a series of singles she’ll be releasing in 2015, with a new song coming on the first Tuesday of every month this year: “They’ll be eclectic, and there will be lots of them :)

Download “The Last Time” below, or pay whatever you’d like for it over on Kotomi’s bandcamp.

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Catch the warm breeze as Cat + Stas get spaced-out with their Black Constellation cohorts and Sub Pop labelmates Porter Ray and the Palaceer on the laid back and lifted title track from their new LP. THEESatisfaction‘s EarthEE is out February 24 on Sub Pop.

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Johnny Jewel is at it again over on soundcloud, offering up a previously unreleased version of probably my favorite Chromatics song ever for free download. Grab it below, and watch the video for the original here.

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[directed by Sam Fleischner / shot in Lisbon]

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[taken from Lower Dens' brilliant third album Escape From Evil, out March 31 on Ribbon Music]

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get on your surfboard and ride” — bop english

White Denim‘s James Petralli has been one our favorite songwriters since we first heard WD’s thrillingly frenetic, very intense raw demos on myspace (RIP) almost 10 years ago now. Petralli’s always seemed to have a million brilliant, barely-contained ideas up his sleeve, as anyone who’s experienced the evolution of his band’s adventurous/experimental and often mind-blowing live sets can attest. Over the past 5+ years, he’s harnessed and honed these ideas into some of the best jams of his life, in the form of a beautiful, sprawling, and characteristically genre-defying record under his longtime moniker Bop English. Today Bop unveils the album’s rollicking opening track, “Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control)“; listen below, and grab it now on iTunes. Bop English’s timeless debut LP Constant Bop is out April 21 via Downtown in the States, and on limited blue & yellow vinyl via Blood and Biscuits.

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We’re teaming up with Red Bull Sound Select to curate a series of amazing shows here in Dallas in 2015. First up: our dream(pop) bill featuring Montreal’s TOPS, LA’s Puro Instinct, and Dallas’ own Blackstone Rangers, at Three Links in Deep Ellum on Thursday, March 12. Only $3, but you need to RSVP here to get in on that.

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