TOP INDIE SONGS - WEEK 34

8/20/18
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It's the VMAs tonight, although there's a far more important live music event taking place in approximately one month's time...

...WE ARE: THE GUARD'S FIRST-EVER LIVE NIGHT!!!

That's right, after months of planning, we're SO psyched to announce our inaugural live event at our favorite venue in the WHOLE of Los Angeles, Echoplex! The fweakiest yetis in town, PPL MVR, will be headlining on the night, while queer icon jesse saint john and funeral pop legends MXMS will be acting as support! We'll also be there, so if you want to chat or hang out, make sure to book your tickets NOW, and we'll see YOU on Tuesday, September 18 for what's going to be an UNMISSABLE evening of rad live music!

Here are this week's Top Indie Songs from Cat Power, Moses Sumney, Broods, and more!

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CAT POWER (FEAT. LANA DEL REY) – WOMAN

It's no big secret that Lana Del Rey basically learned everything that she knows from the iconic Cat Power, so it seems fitting that student and teacher are finally brought together on this latest single to be lifted from Cat's forthcoming album Wanderer, a rustic Americana ode to female empowerment that hears the pair singing like sisters over a southern sunset.

 

SEXTILE – SPUN

They may be down to only two members, but Los Angeles synth punk outfit Sextile are sounding bigger and better than ever on their latest single. Featured on their forthcoming EP 3, “Spun” is nothing short of unrelenting, with frontman Brady Keehn's frenetic growl leading the charge atop a salvo of squealing distorted guitars and pummeling drums.

 

KING PRINCESS – UPPER WEST SIDE

Coinciding with the announcement that she'll be touring Europe in September, King Princess has shared the clip for “Upper West Side.” The anthemic power ballad is no doubt my favorite cut from June's Make My Bed EP, with this visual of Mikaela Straus serving up a variety of looks, including prom queen and masked bandit, only confirming that fact.

 

MOSES SUMNEY – CALL-TO-ARMS

Having got militant on “Rank & File,” Moses Sumney returns to more familiar territory on “Call-to-Arms.” The centerpiece of the Los Angeles singer-songwriter's recent EP Black in Deep Red, 2014 is a sprawling jazz rock odyssey, with Moses delivering a truly affecting wordless vocal performance over an increasingly bombastic backdrop.

 

LPX – MIGHT NOT MAKE IT HOME

Nothing to see here, just LPX straight-up kicking our butts with her latest single “Might Not Make It Home.” The former MS MR frontwoman Lizzy Plapinger is the definition of a rock and roll goddess in the making, so stop what you're doing for the next three-and-a-half minutes and crank this euphorically neon love letter to nights out in New York City up to 11!

 

ALT-J – 3WW (OTG REMIX FEAT. LITTLE SIMZ)

Ahead of the release of their hip hop-driven remix album REDUXER in September, alt-J have shared OTG's take on “3WW.” To call this brooding reinterpretation unrecognizable from the RELAXER original would almost seem an understatement, with London rapper Little Simz bringing some seriously intense lyrical heat over OTG's moody trip hop beats.

 

BARRIE – TAL UNO

When it comes to dream pop, it doesn't get much more lucid than this. No, really, New York City band Barrie have that soft-focus, washed-out sound down to perfection on their latest single and the follow-up to “Canyons,” “Tal Uno,” which calls to mind a slow dance at a high school prom, as viewed through a blurry-eyed lens.

 

PRISMO – SOLO

Prismo continues to make the transition from celebrated electronic producer to bad ass rock star on his latest single. Described as a “battle cry for self-love,” “Solo” finds the Austin artist oozing with a kind of confidence and sex appeal that doesn't come around too often (I mean, how many dudes do you see playing guitar solos while surrounded by fire?).

 

GIRL IN RED – 4AM

If you're like me and spend most of your nights staring up at the ceiling while your mind races with all kinds of thoughts about life, death, and everything in between, then girl in red has just the song for you. “4am” is an insomniac's anthem if I've ever heard one, with its lo-fi warmth wrapping around you like a comfort blanket to see you through the small hours.

 

BROODS – PEACH

Mondays suck, but Broods are here to get your week off to an exhilarating start with their latest single “Peach.” “I'm high and I'm low, no control/But everything's looking peach,” sings Georgia Nott throughout this deliriously intoxicating slice of synth pop, which the Auckland duo say is about “celebrating those moments when everything feels awesome.”

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Don't forget to book your tickets for We Are: The Guard's first-ever live night TODAY! x

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Jess Grant is a frustrated writer hailing from London, England. When she isn't tasked with disentangling her thoughts from her brain and putting them on paper, Jess can generally be found listening to The Beatles, or cooking vegetarian food.