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Artists to Watch: Tennis

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Denver duo Tennis will surely see their star rise after their upcoming LP Ritual in Repeat drops on September 9th. With two studio albums and an EP under their belt, wife and husband Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley have enlisted the aid of producers Richard Swift (The Shins and returning Tennis collaborator), Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), and Jim Eno (Spoon) for their latest. Take a listen to the gorgeous “Never Work For Free” through SoundCloud, or grab a free copy for your fine self via email at Tennis’ website!

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Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando

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Ange Alex

I owe him a poem:

Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town. 

He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.

He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.

He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make

There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.

Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.

He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too

Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.

Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.

Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:

If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out. 

The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.

I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius! 

Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.

 

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Artists to Watch: WASI

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LA’s WASI have the best creation story. The band came together in a way that seems like it’d be straight out of a high school movie–vocalists ₵osmo and Jess joined forces when “₵osmo booked a show with a non-existent band. In that 3-week notice, they picked up their instruments for the first time and performed under the moniker The Midol Poppers.”

And the rest is herstory.

The then-duo became a four piece riot-pop band when college friends Garret Harney and Dylan Robin came aboard this year. WASI just dropped their EP Bleed Pop, which you can stream over at Billboard. Or even purchase! Do that!

Of the EP, ₵osmo says, “When we wrote these songs on Bleed Pop we wanted to showcase our feelings of being trapped and silenced that I feel is an underlying fear that a lot of people relate to. At first it’s just a fun POP EP, but these songs carry a lot of weight of our experiences of figuring out our own identity, social injustice that really angers us and just overcoming personal struggles.”

Grab Bleed Pop now (it’s only $5, c’mon do it) and enjoy the infectious electro-pop energy that WASI serve up. They’re a definite welcome addition to the queer music scene, so keep watching! Catch the release party tonight at WASI haunt The Smell in Downtown L.A.

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Artists to Watch: Jacco Gardner

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This edition of Artists to Watch should just go without saying for the Dutch artist. In fact, this feature is kind of a hybrid Throwback Thursday. (I’m throwing a lot of colloquial headlines at you here, my apologies.)

But in all seriousness, Jacco Gardner is back in a big way. Signing with Polyvinyl in North America, Gardner will return with the new album Hypnophobia, which follows the 2013’s record Cabinet of Curiosities. I reviewed that sparkler way back when. Now in 2015, Gardner will certainly see his star on the rise.

Ahead of Hypnophobia‘s May release, lead single “Find Yourself” throws us back into Gardner’s brand of 60’s baroque pop. As with his last album, the musician has a magic touch that makes his tracks timeless even though they’re cloaked in a period style. “Find Yourself” is catchy, spiraled daydream, sure to be a career hallmark for Gardner.

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