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premiere: Amy O – Sunday Meal

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Bloomington's Amy Oelsner, aka Amy O, follows up the soaring, short-but-sweet blast of sunny nostalgia that is her new single "Lavender Night" with another melodic, vaguely '90s-recalling anthem/highlight from her excellent new record Elastic, out soon on Winspear. "Sunday Meal" is an emotional and relatable celebration of the concept of "home", wherever that may be, inspired by the death of Amy's grandmother last summer. Amy tells us about the new track:

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Hoops x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: PARTS – Flower

PARTS

We’ve been friends with them for awhile and on top of being pretty damn cool, they make GREAT music. We’ll be touring together this summer, and I couldn’t be happier. -- Drew from Hoops

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Hoops x Gorilla vs. Bear takeover: Judah – O Yeah

o yeah

Judah is my best friend in the whole wide world. It is pretty inspiring to always be able to hear what he is working on. He likes to hop around in terms of genre/style with his recordings. Sometimes he is working on breakneck punk rockers and other times he puts out beautiful gems like this. The guy is really on to something. -- Drew from Hoops

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video premiere: Hoops – On Top

HOOPS ON TOP

Bloomington's Hoops share the video for their blissed-out new single "On Top", one of the many highlights from the group's forthcoming debut LP Routines. The gently warped and sweetly inspirational Kevin Krauter-penned jam gets a fitting vintage VHS public access vibe, courtesy of director Jake Huber...

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Hoops share a track from their forthcoming debut LP Routines

HOOPS ROUTINES

Bloomington's Hoops share the first glimpse at their stellar forthcoming debut LP Routines, and the group stays pretty true-to-form in the best possible way with the typically melodic, blissed-out and easy guitar pop gem "Rules", which I believe floated around in solo demo form for a bit last year...

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premiere: stream Permit’s Vol. 1 EP

PERMIT VOL 1

Psyched to premiere the new EP from Bloomington's Permit, the new project from Jack Andrew and the prolific Drew Auscherman of Hoops. The duo makes blistering, super infectious, feel-good lo-fi garage-pop/punk rippers -- think “Thin Lizzy, but twice as fast”, in the band's own words -- that feel like fleeting, sub-2:00 bursts of hazy sunshine that never overstay their welcome...

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premiere: Hoops announce new EP for Fat Possum, share first single “Cool 2″

HOOPS EP

"Cool 2 was one of the first songs we wrote for the EP. We like it because it is short, but it also represents what we want to do as a band. We tried to create an atmosphere around a short chord progression."

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premiere: listen to Hoops Tape #3

HOOPS

We still have the first two tapes from Drew Auscherman's lo-fi guitar pop project Hoops on heavy rotation, and the Bloomington group (now a 4-piece) is back with their third warm and fuzzy collection of endlessly replayable, sun-warped jams, in the form of the 5-song Tape #3...

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Hoops – Feelin’ Fine

Tape #3

We're still hooked on Hoops' undeniably infectious and charming tapes #1 + #2, which dropped earlier this year. Today the band offers the first glimpse at their next tape in the form of new track "Feelin' Fine", and it's more of the kind of fuzzy, vaguely nostalgic and summer-ready lo-fi guitar-pop vibes that we loved about the first two releases...

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