MUSIC

Who Are the Linda Lindas, the Young Asian/Latinx Band Taking Over the Punk World?

The quartet — who are all between 10 and 16 years old — went viral for a performance in the L.A. Public Library.

The Linda Lindas

With traditional concert venues on pause for the better part of the last 14 months, bands have sought out different ways to safely get their fix of performing live.

Many went the livestream route, scheduling well-produced digital concerts and using Instagram as their stage. Some larger artists gave drive-in concerts a spin. The Flaming Lips stuck to safety precautions in the most Flaming Lips way possible: by providing each attendee their own personal human hamster ball.

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Music Lists

An Introduction to Twee Pop in 8 Essential Albums

From Beat Happening to Belle & Sebastian, we look at eight albums that came to define an underground subgenre.

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There's indie music. There's pop music. And then, there's indie pop.

Before indie pop was used as a descriptor for left-leaning pop acts like HAIM, Gus Dapperton, and King Princess, the subgenre embodied a very different ethos. Originally stemming from the British post-punk movement of the 1970s, the indie pop scene that followed appealed to young music geeks who appreciated DIY methods, a playful attitude, and good, old-fashioned songs about crushes.

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Music Lists

7 East Asian Emo Bands You Need to Know

"Midwest emo" isn't reserved just for American suburbia.

There is an emo band in China called Chinese Football and another in Japan called Japanese Baseball.

For too long, emo has been deferred to the white guys. Even the title of "Midwest Emo" — the subgenre that arose from pioneering bands like American Football and Cap'n Jazz — inadvertently implies that the space was reserved for suburbanites in one of the whitest regions of the United States.

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Music Lists

6 Bands That Changed Their Sound for the Better

Some bands sell out, others change for the better.

Remember when Maroon 5 morphed from a budding funk-rock act into a bunch of lukewarm, autotuned pop ninnies?

It's a special kind of heartbreak when a band sells out. When The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus went from making stimulating post-hardcore music to schmalzy pop-rock on their third album, Lonely Road, fans and critics alike were turned off by the group's new glossed-over sound. Emo fans still feel strong resentment towards Fall Out Boy for mutating into dubstep-whomping robots, and let's not even discuss the descent of Aerosmith.

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MUSIC

Fans Bought $7.1 Million of Music on Bandcamp Last Friday

The platform continues to host #BandcampFridays, where they waive revenue shares to further help artists.

It's no secret that it's tough out there for musicians right now.

Many have used their spare time as an opportunity to post covers, but the truth is that without a chance to tour, a lot of smaller musicians are facing a major setback. Bandcamp, whose artist-friendly platform has already paid musicians significantly more than sites like Spotify and Apple Music, has been going the extra mile.

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New Releases

Joe Scarborough Finds the Funk and More New Music for Your Weekend

Plus new music from Yola, The Mowgli's, Molly Chapman and more.

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RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of the top singles, albums, and videos of the week, so you can head into your weekend with a new list of killer tunes.

SINGLES

Independent Counsel of Funk | "She Ain't Got You Yet"

Independent Counsel of Funk, the brainchild of Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, takes a funk-infused stand in their latest single. Scarborough wrote, arranged, and produced the track as a teaser for more singles to follow in partnership with Sony's RED MUSIC.

You Might Also Like: The Black Keys, Jack White, Band of Skulls

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American Football | "Every Wave To Ever Rise" (ft. Elizabeth Powell)

Indie outfit American Football paired up with Land of Talk's Elizabeth Powell for the latest track off their forthcoming album. "We were all crazy about her voice already," said frontman Mike Kinsella. "The melody and some fill in lyrics were already written and demoed but once she was on board I thought it'd be fun/add some depth to her 'character' by having her sing a line in French."

You Might Also Like: Owen, The Promise Ring, Beach House

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VIDEOS

Molly Chapman | Not Yo Bitch

Molly Chapman - Not Yo Bitch (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

Molly Chapman is over toxic masculinity, and she makes that abundantly clear in her cheeky video.

You Might Also Like: Cardi B, Meghan Trainor, Dua Lipa

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ALBUMS/EPS

Yola | Walk Through Fire

British soul queen Yola teamed up with Dan Auerbach for the release of her first solo album. Yola puts a soulful spin on traditional country, carefully assembled to set her apart from other Nashville hopefuls.

You Might Also Like: The Long Ryders, Dan Auerbach, The Raconteurs

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Mike Edel | THRESHOLDS

Pacific Northwest artist Mike Edel paired up with Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla for his latest studio album. Edel takes the concept of "radio friendly" music and adds his own flair, effectively raising the bar for everyone in the Seattle music scene.

You Might Also Like: The Wallflowers, Nada Surf, Rogue Wave

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Bobby Long | Sultans

In his fourth album, British singer-songwriter Bobby Long opened himself up and and added a splash of unfiltered honesty. "Vocally this album was different for me," he said. "I was really inspired by John Lennon's vocals and the rawness he would get, especially on early Beatles records or his solo stuff. Letting emotion get in the way and kind of showing my true colours. I wanted to be brave, especially on the deeply personal songs so I just left it all out there."

You Might Also Like: Marcus Foster, Johnny Flynn, Sam Bradley

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The Mowgli's | American Feelings

California indie collective The Mowgli's infuse their latest EP with their signature breezy style and heart warming lyrics. "This EP speaks to the youth of America," says vocal/guitarist Josh Hogan "Being a person is hard, and we're all just trying to be people here."

You Might Also Like: Youngblood Hawke, Atlas Genius, Vinyl Theater

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Allie Delyanis is an award-winning and losing freelance journalist based in New York City. She likes bands, books, breakfast food, and would love to be David Sedaris when she grows up. You can find more of her work on www.delyanis.com.


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