The Dirty Nil – “Zombie Eyed”

A bit of a grunge-inspired throwback from the guys in The Dirty Nil on “Zombie Eyed,” which is a track that comes off the band’s new split with Northern Primitive. Grab one of the 300 copies here.

I’m really digging the hell out of this track. The guitars blare, and the melodic leads are absolutely killer. The chorus is catchy as hell, too. It perfectly personifies that happy middle ground between aggressive and downright catchy that so many bands in the 90s championed.

Kiran Leonard – “Dear Lincoln”

A music video from multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Kiran Leonard. The tune comes from the newly remixed and mastered version of his Bowler Hat Soup album. Give a full listen to the album here.

Tame Impala- Lonerism

With a more colorful recording, bolder experiments, and more expansive jams, Australia’s Tame Impala shows nothing but improvement on their sophomore effort, Lonerism.

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Big K.R.I.T.- Live From the Underground

On his first major label effort, Big K.R.I.T. tricks out his trademark Southern hip hop sound with an abundance of horns, strings, piano, and guest singers.

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YRRS- “Mob Life”

A catchy, fun, and lo-fi garage pop gem from the new YRRS 7″, which is set for release via Keep It Yours on June 25th. The video itself is a smattering of clips from the Larry Clark film Another day in paradise. Ooo, James Woods!

Fang Island- Asunder

From the forthcoming album Major, Fang Island just released the track “Asunder.” Its a cool song, sounding a bit like the Strokes, if Julian Casablancas was quite a bit happier. It’s a summery track, with solid riffs, catchy vocals, and a shiny-gloss production. Go ahead, turn this one up in your car with the windows down.

Look for this album on July 24th via Sargent House.

Aesop Rock- “Zero Dark Thirty”

Aesop Rock has emerged from where ever he has been hiding for the last five years with a new music video and single. He has continued to improve his abstract lyrical style and delivery in this track, which is probably one of his catchiest to date while still maintaining that lyrical density he is known for.

The video features a bearded Aesop sitting in front of a plain white wall used a canvas for a graffiti artist to continuously tag with different images. The images resemble what I imagine it is like to be inside the mind and imagination of Aesop, dark, yet interesting and colorful. These images change frequently creating an interesting dynamic with Aesop Rock sitting stationary under them.

Skelethon is set to drop July 10 on Rhymesayers.

Terry Malts- “I Do”

Some energetic punk pop courtesy of Terry Malts, who just released released its new album ,Killing Time, last week. Now to go along with that release they have a video for the track “I Do.”

The song has a lot of energy and is undeniably catchy to the point that it becomes infectious. It is immediately uplifting and is just begging to be danced to do. The video features the band goofing around in what appears to be a basement. They casually play along with the song in way that totally supports its overall mood. It also messes around with motion blur and glare from lights which produce some interesting images. Good luck trying to get this song out of your head once you’ve given it a listen.

Arctic Monkeys- “R U Mine?”

Arctic Monkeys have released a new standalone single and video for the song “R U Mine?”. The track is generally just a fun pop song, but it’s actually a memorable and catchy change of pace from the group’s last album, Suck It and See.

The video is pretty light as well it features prominently front man Alex Turner and drummer Matt Helders goofing around in a car. Simple as it is there is something entertaining about that simplicity.

“R U Mine?” is available now on iTunes.

King Tuff- “Wild Desire”

Summery, fun, catchy, and lo-fi is a sound a lot of new acts shoot for, but few of them actually achieve it on the level of Vermont singer-songwriter Kyle Thomas. Whether you’re listening to some of his solo stuff under the name “King Tuff,” or some tracks from his band Happy Birthday, you’ll probably hear a hook that’ll be worth humming for weeks.

Thomas has a new single dropping under the King Tuff name on Suicide Squeeze this April, and you can stream it above. The title: “Wild Desire.” I’d say the title is pretty appropriate, because this track certainly brings some wild desires out of me. It kinda makes me wanna pig out on snacks at a local 7-Eleven, steal a car, and go on a road trip to Las Vegas, which is where I’ll blow my entire life savings on stuff that I’d probably find to be illegal if I checked a law book or two.

Thomas’ vocal delivery feels so young, brash, and snotty. He’s on the prowl for a good time, and his music brings the necessary mood. The verses have a really driving quality to them, and the chorus showcases the perfect amount of release. It’s a stellar piece of garage pop.

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