Big Scary releases new track "Organism"27 Jul 2015

Acclaimed Australian duo Big Scary returns to their creative, musical sanctum and releases new song "Organism." The grooving, …  ·read more·

Acclaimed Australian duo Big Scary returns to their creative, musical sanctum and releases new song "Organism." The grooving, rhythm-driven track is the first new music fans will have the chance to hear since the US release of their Australian Music Prize-winning full-length, Not Art, in January 2014. Listen here.

The pair have been spending a great deal of their time working on new material for their upcoming album, and are currently putting the finishing touches on what is set to be another forward-thinking journey into one of the most inventive and challenging pop acts in recent years. As frontman/producer Tom Iansek said of the song, "it's moving back towards Jo and me as a band and the dynamic between us. It's refocusing on the duo. With this has come a lot of stripping back of the non-essential, using less to create more. Using new and unfamiliar textures but keeping the performance firmly grounded in that of two people playing." Drummer Jo Syme added, "it's a quirky, three-minute pop song — obnoxious sax stabs dance with the bass, and the simple parts slot in around each other with little rhythmic tricks."

Big Scary are set to take their new song (and maybe a few more works-in-progress) on the road this September for a headlining North American tour, kicking off in Vancouver on September 4 at The Cobalt, hitting Bumbershoot, Pygmalion, and Midpoint music festivals, and ending October 2 at Mercury Lounge in New York City. The band is set to tour the EU & UK through the end of the year. You can find all tour dates and information at www.bigscary.net, or on Barsuk's shows page. ·read less·

Say Hi premieres track at Stereogum24 Jul 2015

Stereogum has premiered album standout "The Grass Is Always Greener" from the forthcoming Say Hi record Bleeders Digest (out September 18) saying the track "maintains Elbogen's singular …  ·read more·

Stereogum has premiered album standout "The Grass Is Always Greener" from the forthcoming Say Hi record Bleeders Digest (out September 18) saying the track "maintains Elbogen's singular sound, matching smart, concise guitar and synth figures with tight grooves and understated vocals that hit like decrepit lullabies".

Say Hi's Australian tour with Death Cab for Cutie starts July 26. His US tour with Telekinesis starts October 1 at The Shakedown in Bellingham, WA. ·read less·

Hibou reveals live performance video, tour dates with Cayucas23 Jul 2015

Peter Michel, who records under the name Hibou, is excited to share a live-performance video of his song "Above Us." The track is taken from his upcoming self-titled debut album being released September 18. The video premiered via Flood who said, "the video he and his touring band have shared for album cut 'Above …  ·read more·

Peter Michel, who records under the name Hibou, is excited to share a live-performance video of his song "Above Us." The track is taken from his upcoming self-titled debut album being released September 18. The video premiered via Flood who said, "the video he and his touring band have shared for album cut 'Above Us' strips away the song's buoyant drum pattern and sticky guitar work, leaving behind a cascading piano melody and Michel's gentle voice. Armed with nothing more than piano, bass, and acoustic guitar, and lit by the sunlight coming through the windows, the trio transform Michel's parents' living room into an intimate cafe space and reveal the expertly built structure that supports one of Hibou's strongest songs."

Hibou is touring across North America throughout July and August this summer, opening for Cayucas. ·read less·

Babes announce debut album15 Jul 2015

Babes — the pop-rock family five-piece from Los Angeles — makes their full-length debut with Untitled (Five Tears), out October 30 on Barsuk. …  ·read more·

Babes — the pop-rock family five-piece from Los Angeles — makes their full-length debut with Untitled (Five Tears), out October 30 on Barsuk. Noisey premiered the lead single "I've Got a Reason to Keep on Living," saying it "crests a sunny surf-pop wave. Yet there's an element of obsession lurking in these beachy grooves." Listen here.

The band, siblings Aaron, Zach, and Sarah Rayne Leigh, along with cousins Jeffrey Baird and Bryan Harris, have all been playing music together since they were children and recorded the new LP on a mobile rig in various places around Los Angeles.

Babes honed their skills recording with producers and songwriters such as Steve Lindsey (Leonard Cohen, Elton John), Jeff Barry (The Dixie Cups, The Ronettes, Phil Spector), Benji Hughes (Jeff Bridges), Charlie Midnight (James Brown) and Matthew Wilder (Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus). Untitled (Five Tears) is Babes' debut LP following their self-titled and self-produced EP on Harvest Records in 2014, which Buzzbands LA says "oozes with the beauty and innocence of pop's past" and Stereogum raves, "...retro strains of girl-group pop and twee in a way that will resonate with 
Camera Obscura fans." ·read less·

Watch DCfC perform "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive" on Conan14 Jul 2015

Watch Death Cab for Cutie perform "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive" from their album Kintsugi on Conan. The band is on tour now — tour dates …  ·read more·

Watch Death Cab for Cutie perform "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive" from their album Kintsugi on Conan. The band is on tour now — tour dates can be found here. ·read less·

Chris Staples announces brand new EP, US tour09 Jul 2015

Chris Staples is excited to announce that he will be releasing a new EP, Cheap Shades, on July 24th. Cheap Shades is a follow up to his widely acclaimed Barsuk debut American Soft. Staples will kick off a nationwide tour in support of the new release in San Francisco on July 27th.

Chris Staples is excited to announce that he will be releasing a new EP, Cheap Shades, on July 24th. Cheap Shades is a follow up to his widely acclaimed Barsuk debut American Soft. Staples will kick off a nationwide tour in support of the new release in San Francisco on July 27th.

Barsuk welcomes Babes29 Jun 2015

We're excited to welcome Los Angeles, California's Babes to the Barsuk family! Check out the video for "ATMO", from their self-titled EP.

We're excited to welcome Los Angeles, California's Babes to the Barsuk family! Check out the video for "ATMO", from their self-titled EP.

Trails And Ways premieres "Jacaranda" on KEXP18 Jun 2015

Today, Trails and Ways premiered the video for "Jacaranda", from their debut album Pathology, at KEXP. The video, which features a mysterious …  ·read more·

Today, Trails and Ways premiered the video for "Jacaranda", from their debut album Pathology, at KEXP. The video, which features a mysterious glowing orb and a young skater girl, can be seen here. ·read less·

New album from Say Hi18 Jun 2015

We're very pleased to announce that Bleeders Digest, the new record from Say Hi, will be released on September 18th. A US tour with Telekinesis starts October 1st at The Shakedown in Bellingham, WA. Bastion of independent music KEXP has a premiere of album standout "Creatures of the Night" that you can listen to here.…  ·read more·

We're very pleased to announce that Bleeders Digest, the new record from Say Hi, will be released on September 18th. A US tour with Telekinesis starts October 1st at The Shakedown in Bellingham, WA. Bastion of independent music KEXP has a premiere of album standout "Creatures of the Night" that you can listen to here. ·read less·

Video premiere from Small Feet17 Jun 2015

Small Feet are excited to unveil the video for "All And Everyone", the first single from their debut album From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean out August …  ·read more·

Small Feet are excited to unveil the video for "All And Everyone", the first single from their debut album From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean out August 7th. You can watch it here.

"Beautifully haunting music."KEXP

"Immediately contagious."Clash (UK)·read less·

Mates of State premieres video at Pitchfork16 Jun 2015

Today Mates of State debuted the video for "Staring Contest", the lead single off You're Going To Make It, at Pitchfork. You're Going To Make It is out today in North …  ·read more·

Today Mates of State debuted the video for "Staring Contest", the lead single off You're Going To Make It, at Pitchfork. You're Going To Make It is out today in North America on Barsuk, and yesterday in Europe on Fierce Panda Records. Watch the video here.

"Though their latest EP comes after twelve albums, two children, and many, many years since their first interaction, You're Going To Make It manages to feel as love-struck and starry eyed as ever." — NOISEY·read less·

Hibou premieres track on Stereogum01 Jun 2015

Hibou, the Seattle-based project of 21-year-old Peter Michel, has signed to Barsuk and we'll be releasing the band's self-titled …  ·read more·

Hibou, the Seattle-based project of 21-year-old Peter Michel, has signed to Barsuk and we'll be releasing the band's self-titled debut album on September 18. Today Stereogum premiered the album's lead track "Dissolve," saying "The track starts out as an especially warm and friendly spin on the C86 sound — all steady pulse, luminescent guitar, and mystical whispers — before exploding into a wonderfully florid prog-rock finish that feels like an entire woodland scene bursting into a celebratory dance routine, possibly with aliens present."

Listen here. ·read less·

Trails and Ways premieres "Skeletons" on Earmilk21 May 2015

Earmilk has premiered the video for "Skeletons" from the upcoming Trails and Ways release Pathology. The video features the dancing …  ·read more·

Earmilk has premiered the video for "Skeletons" from the upcoming Trails and Ways release Pathology. The video features the dancing of Arthur Cadre, finalist in the most recent France's Got Talent from France, whose contortionist-influenced style is a perfect match for the music. Dance along right here.

Pathology, the debut full length record from Oakland, CA's Trails and Ways, will be released on June 2nd. A US tour in support of the album begins June 5th at The Independent in San Francisco, CA. ·read less·

Mates of State debuts "Beautiful Kids" on Stereogum20 May 2015

Mates of State has debuted "Beautiful Kids", the second song off the upcoming release You're Going To Make It, at Stereogum. Pitchfork announced earlier …  ·read more·

Mates of State has debuted "Beautiful Kids", the second song off the upcoming release You're Going To Make It, at Stereogum. Pitchfork announced earlier this spring that You're Going To Make It will be available in North America on Barsuk Records June 16th and in Europe on Fierce Panda June 15th. The duo unveiled "Staring Contest", the first single off of You're Going To Make It, at a few weeks ago at NPR.

"'Staring Contest' practically bursts with the giddy excitement of new love." - NPR

"'Staring Contest' is about young love, the kind that surfaces in an instant and is probably extinguished three weeks later once it’s no longer worthy gossip material and everyone involved is over it." - Stereogum ·read less·

Small Feet premieres video14 May 2015

Small Feet is excited to premiere the video for "Rivers (Original)" at KEXP, who said the stunning video captured "the chilling mood of the …  ·read more·

Small Feet is excited to premiere the video for "Rivers (Original)" at KEXP, who said the stunning video captured "the chilling mood of the song brilliantly.. Small Feet's gentle guitar picking paired with ethereal sound textures that frame Stålhamre's slightly reverberating voice is countered by the stark, striking visuals of a man running in reverse, consumed by fire".

The Swedish band, who premiered the "Rivers (Original)" single with the excellent non-album b-side "One At The Helm" on Consequence of Sound last week, will release their debut album From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean August 7th. ·read less·