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Kendra Amalie

A sweeping introduction to an artist deep into their practice, Kendra Amalie's Intuition is a star map to a new and developing sound space. An exploratory and (sometimes) shredding finger-style 12-string guitarist (both acoustic and electric), band leader, synthesist, new media creator, and experimental producer, the Wisconsin-based musician is also a songwriter occupying an ethereal zone between galaxy-brain cosmic transmissions and deep, personal expression. There's a concept and narrative arc to Intuition, too, the action moving from underwater locales to boat to city to global consciousness to farmland to the etheric plane and back to water. Shifting her music-making energies over the past several years, Intuition is the sound of a powerful new voice in focus. Intuition is a sound-based cross-section of a larger body of work. An arrival and a destination, Intuition is also surely a stopover, too. Meet Kendra Amalie.

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Baroness
Grammy-nominated exploratory rock band Baroness return with their most ambitious work to date, fifth album Gold & Grey. Set for release on the band's own Abraxan Hymns, Gold & Grey spills triumphantly past genre barriers, their anthemic alt-metal hooks ricocheting between the circuitous twists of prog and jazz, the moody swirls of space-rock and noise, and the hypnotic pulses of trip-hop and 20th Century minimalism.
 
"This is the most clear representation of the artistic vision I have for the band that we've ever done," says Baroness vocalist, guitarist and founder John Dyer Baizley. "I'm surprised that we got as far with it as we did."
 
Baizley sees the diverse, adventurous album as a "lateral step" from the streamlined, immediate guitar-rock of the band's last release, Purple, championed by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and L.A. Weekly as one of the best metal albums of 2015. Gold & Grey works like a melodic puzzle, melodies and harmonic ideas borrowed, repurposed and reinterpreted across three sides of vinyl. Lyrics are full of sonic Easter eggs; unorthodox prog is hidden inside the most accessible songs; tunes emerge from swirling chaos and dense layers of sound. The album is given color by strings, glockenspiel, tubular bells, piano, synthesizers and even field recordings of the chaos after a transformer blew up outside of the recording studio.
 
"The term I kept using was that I wanted to create something that was more kaleidoscopic than our former records," says Baizley, who embraced the wide lens and limitless journeying of artists like Pink Floyd, Neurosis, Massive Attack and Scott Walker. "We were trying to say something new with our instruments, with our sound intact, with the spirit of the band intact, but not applying the typical conventions when possible."
 
For the first time ever, there's a spotlight on Baroness' powerhouse rhythm section – driving-and-spilling drummer Sebastian Thomson (Trans Am, Publicist) and jazz-honed bassist Nick Jost. Bustling with rhythmic complexity, the band occasionally swerves into highways of math rock, post-rock, krautrock and various strains of electronic music. In addition, the band has absorbed Gina Gleason, a gifted guitarist whose résumé includes playing with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas and jamming with both Smashing Pumpkins and Carlos Santana. Gleason's voice harmonizes with Baizley and Jost, bringing new tone to the band.
"It's great for me to have such a full-bodied trust in the other musicians in the band because they play at such a high level," says Baizley. "I never, ever in a million years thought I'd play with musicians of that caliber and now I'm surrounded by them."
 
Like Purple, the band recorded with prismatic, Grammy-winning producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT, Mercury Rev) at his Tarbox Studios. "There were so many split second decisions and just weird ideas that got used," says Baizley. "I credit Dave for a lot of this because he was never one to say 'No, that's insane.' It was like almost the more out there the idea, the more likely he was to encourage it to be developed and grown.”
 
"We went outside, in front of Dave's studio, on one of his off days, we miked up a wooden post and hammered a nail into it," says Baizley. "There's so much hidden in there. There's also some audio samples of some of my friends. I literally did the Pink Floyd thing. I set up a little booth in my basement. I said, go down there, you got five minutes, tell me the toughest thing you want to tell me. And boy, it was tough to listen to. I pulled those quotes, effected them and they popped into one of the tracks."
 
Lyrically, Gold & Grey plumbs similar depths of emotion. On previous albums, Baizley has sung boldly and openly about his mental health and the recovery process from the traumatic bus accident the band and their crew suffered in 2012.
 
"Where Purple was me lyrically trying to work out how to adjust to a new normal, I think Gold & Grey is a more grown-up and more subtle collection of words that reflect how I am trying to deal with the longer term effects of having experienced so many terrible things," says Baizley. "There's a mental component. There's a physical component. I choose to use the band as a place where I can take all of this stress, pain, anxiety, all these realities, and make them something good."
 
Nearly 15 years since releasing their first EP, Baroness are finding a way forward by reveling in chaos.
 
"We'd listen to playback and there was a general sense of confusion," says Baizley of the Gold & Grey sessions. I couldn't figure out how Gina was making that sound. I didn't understand how the rhythm that Nick and Sebastian were playing worked with what I was doing – but it did. It was a really exciting to feel like we were maybe on the edge of just falling apart. We didn't want to know what was going on. We wanted to be always a little bit surprised by ourselves."
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Miss June

Miss June is what happens when angst matures. Raised in the embers of punk rock, Miss June harness jagged, noisy guitars filtered through the unrivalled stage presence of frontperson Annabel Liddell, unafraid, unapologetic and ready to wake up the music scene. Described as "some unholy union between Sonic Youth and Le Tigre" the NZ four piece, completed by the music school alumni recruited by Liddell - guitarist Jun Park, bass player Chris Marshall and drummer Tom Leggett - has built a reputation for fierce, formidable and head-spinning live shows. Miss June have caught the attention of acts like The Foo Fighters, Shellac, Wolf Alice and Idles who have all eagerly harnessed their support on stage. Over the past 12 months Miss June have held industry figures and tastemakers alike in the palms of their hands following the buzz generated from their 2018 BIGSOUND showcase, a ground swell which culminated in the band choosing to sign early in 2019 with New York label Frenchkiss Records (Passion Pit, Bloc Party, The Hold Steady, Local Natives, The Drums, & The Antlers). 2019 is set to be a landmark year for Miss June. On May 31st they release the lead single "Best Girl", backed with fan favourite "Twitch", taken from their impending debut album Bad Luck Party (expected September 2019). Combining elements of post-punk, no-wave and rock, the Tom Healy (Jen Cloher, Tiny Ruins, Die! Die! Die!) produced record sees Miss June still holding close their DIY roots while creating a blistering, reckless sound full of melodic hooks and overdriven riffs that are at once immediately recognizable and yet entirely their own. Miss June are fast growing into a force to be reckoned with. Miss June demand attention. There has never been a better time for Miss June to make noise. Get in now. Or miss out.

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Foals

Part 2, like Part 1, was produced by Foals themselves: Yannis Philippakis (vocals/guitar), Jimmy Smith (guitar), Jack Bevan (drums) and Edwin Congreave (keys), with Philippakis and Congreave contributing bass too. The album simmers with the pure visceral intensity which has long been emblematic of the band— “The Runner” and “Black Bull” are streamlined attacks, and this approach also informs“10,000 Feet”— while retaining the opening chapter’s eclectic nature. “Wash Off” marries manic world music-tinged grooves with a punk-like intensity and the cinematic instrumentals “Red Desert” and “Ikaria” underline that Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost is a journey rather than a mere collection of songs.

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Allah-Las

On their fourth LP (after Allah-Las, Worship The Sun and Calico Review), drummer Matt Correia, bassist Spencer Dunham, and guitarists Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian A.K.A Allah Las turn their collective gaze outward and toward the horizon. Simply titled LAHS (a reference to a common misspelling of the band’s name), their forthcoming release on Mexican Summer finds the band turning in their most cohesive and ambitious work yet. “We’ve been traveling a lot the past couple years and I think that played a role in influencing the broader variety of songs on this record” Correia explains. And this is precisely what sets LAHS apart from its predecessors -- a record inspired less by time, but by place. “LAHS to me feels like a soundtrack to the past 5 years or so. A sort of audio postcard to anyone who wants to listen.”  

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Dan Luke and The Raid

“It's like a coming-of-age crisis,” says Daniel Shultz about Out of the Blue, the messy and melodic debut album from his band, Dan Luke and The Raid. “It’s about being in that space in your 20s where you’re trying to get your shit together and figure things out in life. You’re dealing with your problems”—the singer, songwriter and guitarist pauses—“even as you’re going out and partying and getting into trouble all the time.”

Shultz and his Dan Luke & The Raid band mates know a thing or two about the last part of that equation, as evidenced by the songs and subject matter on Out of the Blue. Throughout the album’s 10 tracks, people are passed out on curbs under neon signs (“Black Cat Heavy Metal”), breaking hearts over rolled-up dollar bills (“Exoskeleton”), leaving baggies lying in passenger seats (“Money Mouth”) and faking smiles and feeling ashamed (“Golden Age”). Legs are bleeding, faces are numb and Shultz declares his band to be the “diamond kings of smut.” All the while, the music throbs and pulses and twitches and buzzes with the energy and enthusiasm and inexperience of youth, bursting with harsh, distorted guitar chords, blown-out synths squiggles and hopped-up rhythms—as well as, on occasion, moments of stunning and sincere melodic beauty.

With the weight and experience of events that have been at times joyful and sad, poignant and puerile, triumphant and tragic, Dan Luke and The Raid continue to carve out their future, one musical moment at a time. “What we want to do is create music, and create music in a way where people feel something,” Shultz says. “And when we see that happening it’s an amazing thing.”

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Beastie Boys

Ill Communication is the fourth studio album by the Beastie Boys. It was released on May 31, 1994 by Grand Royal Records. Co-produced by Beastie Boys and Mario C and featuring the singles Sabotage, Get It Together, Sure Shot, and Root Down. Pressed on Limited Edition 180-Gram Silver Metallic vinyl.

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Beastie Boys

Paul's Boutique is the second studio album from the Beastie Boys. Released on July 25, 1989, on Capitol Records, it was produced by the Dust Brothers and features the singles Hey Ladies and Shadrach. Pressed on Limited Edition 180-Gram Translucent Violet vinyl and spread across 2LP’s for the first time ever.

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Beastie Boys

The Root Down EP from Beastie Boys was released on May 23, 1995. The first three tracks are variations of the track "Root Down", and the remaining seven tracks were recorded "live in Europe, winter 1995". Pressed on 4 random colored Limited Edition 180-Gram vinyl (Red, Orange, Green, or Blue).

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Beastie Boys

To the 5 Boroughs is the sixth studio album by the Beastie Boys. The album was released on June 15, 2004 internationally, and debuted #1 on the Billboard 200. Featuring the singles Ch-Check It Out, Triple Trouble, Right Right Now Now, and An Open Letter To NYC. Pressed on Limited Edition 180-Gram Blue Vinyl.

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