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The Shortlist – August 27, 2016

The Best New Music Every Week

This week is full of chill, atmospheric jams with a few bangers here and there, so plug in this playlist and wind down from a long week.

5edd8a864e0731e44f499de47ed74e5582b204e0Dawes – When the Tequila Runs Out

The California-based Americana act, Dawes, are set to release their fifth studio album next month and this lead single finds the band expanding their sound with more electronic groove and a driving bass backbone.


8d205154821bb17a389ffc32714a522f4341788aKyle – Doubt It

Kyle’s flow is a refreshing diversion from what has become the standard lyrical structure but his attitude is what really sets him apart.  He has fun on “Doubt It” and it’s hard to not have fun with him.


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Glass Animals are following up their critically acclaimed debut, Zaba, with a new, high concept project called How To Be A Human Being.  This single, which recalls classic 8-bit video game soundtracks, is cool, smooth, and a promising teaser for the new album.

b9cdc861cfa793b13fdaf5e2fd5d0e4a8f483c51Metallica – Hardwired

Metallica has a tortured past sprinkled with infighting, scandals, and wild diversions from the genre they helped create.  This new single hearkens back to the glory days though with strong thrash roots and and some stomach-churningly good guitar work.  If it’s any indication of the upcoming albums as a whole, it could be a magnificent return to form.


edbe418c20d213a931f3dfe762fc04d5f2ac5786Banks – Mind Games

Banks is delivering more of her practiced and honed pop sensibilities with strong vocals and production that lets the words speak louder.  This track clearly pulls influences from the new experimental-pop class of FKA Twigs, Lianne La Havas, et al. and the style suits Banks well.


d0ce7d2eedf692d27839a3436314f7f8b7aab982Tall Heights – Iron In The Fire

Tall Heights are a Boston based duo producing ethereal indie folk similar to Bon Iver and Local Natives.  They deliver something unique to the genre especially with their most recent album Neptune from which this single comes.  There’s a sincerity about the group that sets them apart.


1b15739fcd5200ad60ed5803dcac7a1550d86abcBall Park Music – Whipping Boy

The atmospheric chorus filters enveloping every element of Ball Park Music’s sound make them more than just your usual indie power-pop band.  Their new project Every Night The Same Dream is dreamy guitar rock at its best.


a897166753c99841173cb93d4d5298153608d463SG Lewis – Holding Back (Feat. Gallant)

Gallant offers his whispy falsetto to SG Lewis’ groovy production on this track.  It has the wah-wah effect of classic funk but as the chorus comes in, it transitions to something closer to disco or 80’s blue-eyed soul.  It’s no party anthem, but it’s chilled out and doesn’t overstay its pleasantness.


7a6f7f7486ee2d59e50754bbd2ca606fb4a14757Danny Brown – Pneumonia 

The other major banger on this week’s playlist, Danny Brown’s latest single has a minimalist beat that relies mostly on surprising and aggressive accent hits.  Brown is at his grittiest here and the instrumental fittingly sounds like something out of a horror film.  It’s three and a half minutes of pure Danny Brown.


d501e1fdaa9ff08b1a9288d6d2609fe1a77c6b18courtship. – Stop For Nothing

I decided to end this playlist on a up note with the only existing track by LA duo courtship.  “Stop for Nothing” is a bouncy dancepop track with catchy synths and a great staggered bass line.  It’s a promising debut for a band that no one knows anything about, but at the very least, they know how to make a fun song.


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#TheSpark: Hot Music For The Week of 04/10 – 04/16

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Spark! This is where we invite all of you normal people to come inside of the AltWire circus tent and see what music has captured our ears for the week!

Here are some of the hard-working & unique artists that we’ve found ourselves listening to this week. Please enjoy and be sure to show the artists plenty of love, as they work hard to bring you all of this awesome music!

WAKRAT – “Knucklehead”

WAKRAT is Timmy C’s (from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave) new band. They describe themselves as “Two French Nationals and one American Anarchist – a fresh breath of societal angst wrapped in sonic urgency”. The video was shot at the group’s rehearsal studio. The video was filmed using cameras attached to drones and GoPros hooked up to “ceiling fans, drums, drills, the floor, you name it,” as Timmy C puts it. After watching this video, I definitely felt the insanity of being “locked in my aquarium”, just like the chorus says!

Amanda Markley – “Jealousy”

Amanda Markley’s ode to jealousy will stir memories within everyone who has experienced the emotion when seeing another couple. Especially if ½ of that couple is someone that you had feelings for! You can tell Amanda is singing from heartfelt experience on Jealousy. The emotion in her voice will make you jealous as you realize one fact: that only Amanda could bring this song to her audience and make us feel the emotion in this song.

To Live As Wolves – Stalemate ft. Davey Muise

To Live as Wolves is a post-hardcore band from Staten Island, NY. Stalemate is the first music video from the band’s sophomore EP “Breakneck Road”, which was released on April 8th. The “Breakneck Road” EP, has a very un-selfish purpose, as you can tell by this video. The different sub-melodies found within Stalemate set the tone very well for the different mood variations within the song. They ask the question, “Am I the only one who feels this way?” while displaying a noose. They then to go on to let the audience know that they, in fact, are not alone. As a matter of fact, neither is anyone else who feels this way.

Decyfer Down – “Nothing More”

Nothing More is the first single from Decyfer Down’s new independent album, “The Other Side Of Darkness”, which was released on April 1, 2016! This song is a badass way to tell evil goodbye, as Decyfer Down cuts the ties with Satan in the ultimate break-up. It’s also metaphoric for the listener, who can easily substitute a jilted lover in place of Satan. Either way, there’s nothing there anymore, and this relationship doesn’t need any closure.

Holland Road – “Heart on my Sleeve”

Holland Road is a band that makes you remember better times. This is their first single “Heart on my Sleeve”. See our review of “Heart on my Sleeve” here for more!

Dream Drop – “A Letter to My Friends”

Dream Drop is an Alternative Rock Band who is really hard to classify as mere “Rock”. They can easily be a multi-genre band as they display on A Letter to my Friends. In other words, their music is right up AltWire’s Alley! On this song, the letter to their friends aren’t the typical friends that you think of when you see the title. In between guitar riffs, you may want to write a letter to your “friends” also!

Jynx – “Taker”

Jynx comes with a super hard song with Taker. If this song makes you feel as if Jynx is looking right through you, then you need to re-evaluate your life choices. The reason why? This song is all about pretenders. Jynx is not only discrediting pretenders on Taker, they also appeal to them by saying, “Be real – official – step your game up son”. That, in my opinion, may be the statement of the year!

Demon In Me – “Make It Hurt”

The audience will really feel the pain in Demon In Me’s Make It Hurt. The pain of carrying feelings for an ex while they move on, seemingly oblivious to the mental damage they’ve done. Meanwhile, the demons that remain continue to taunt and torture on this song. The fact that the antagonist “didn’t mean it” means nothing. The demon’s are still there and it still hurts.

Servant Sun – “Taste of Silver”

Servant Sun’s Taste of Silver is a song about the bringing their audience the truth in the never-ending darkness of the endless night. Lies are transparent. This song will make the listener picture Servant Sun as true “Guitar Heroes” who came to expose the liars. Taste of Silver could easily be a theme song, as the sun begins to rise to illuminate the darkness!

Making Monsters – “Better”

Better is the first single from the upcoming EP, “Bad Blood”, coming out May 13th. The video is filmed on a set that was pulled straight from a monster flick. Horror background and all, Making Monsters has a kick-ass anthem in Better. Their audience is going to wonder if it’s possible for Making Monsters to create any songs better than Better. If this song is any indicator of what “Bad Blood” will be like, the Billboard charts will be that much “better” for Making Monsters!