Rubblebucket are back today with a ridiculously inventive music video for Sun Machine standout “Lemonade.” The video, available on YouTube in 360 degrees, was helmed by Julia Barrett-Mitchell, Alex Suber & Dane Benko. It comes along with a lengthy Billboard feature that dives into the backstory of the song, the video, and the romantic breakup at the core of the new record. It’s also only a matter of days before the band kicks off another run of dates in support of Sun Machine. Tickets in the tour section.
Today marks the release of I’m Set, the debut EP from Baby Boys. By now you know the drill: the band is comprised of Minneapolis musician and artist Caleb Hinz (of Happy Children), alongside Hippo Campus co-founders Jake Luppen and Nathan Stocker. “I’m Set is what happens when the focus turns away from charts and radio play, and instead returns to the pure bliss of creative fulfillment,” says Atwood Magazine in an early review of the EP.
Previously the band released a pair of music videos. “Beatdown” is a frantic, homespun collage of imagery created by Hinz. Meanwhile, “Kinky Toe” is a study in alien triumph and perseverance directed by Ethan Nelson. Paste reviewed the song as part of their Daily Dose feature and wrote: “The song opens on a Dirty Projectors-esque wavelength, all glitchy samples and hushed, feathery vocals until it blows wide open a minute in, a cascading acoustic guitar riff and reverberant beat casting the track in a downright radiant glow. “Kinky Toe” stuffs a fistful of ideas into its sub-three-minute runtime, refusing to walk any kind of line, euphoric and unexpected all the way through.”
Today marks the release of Haulm’s latest EP, Posture. Following on the heels of last year’s Stay For Me, the collection of songs features Haulm’s distinct brand of icy, downtempo electronic. Pre-dated by singles “Fraction” and “Loss,” the 5-song release is rounded out by downtempo opener “Fate,” the witchy ambience of “Clouds,” and “Rushing,” a slow-burner that has a similarly-minded music video, available above. Stream it wherever you stream.
Baby Boys are back with “Beatdown,” the second song released from the upcoming EP, I’m Set, due out March 1st. Watch the self-directed video above, and head over to Bandcamp to pre-order one of those sweet green cassettes before they run out.
Today, Gorilla Vs. Bear unveils the new music video for “Paris,” from Samia’s recently released double A-side single. “NYC’s Samia follows up her boisterously defiant “Lasting Friend” vid by gently tugging at our heartstrings with something a little more low-key, in the nostalgia-inducing new visuals for her tender breakup song ‘Paris,'” says GvsB. “The video is made up of sweet archival family footage of lil’ Samia, interspersed with more recent, glowingly hazy film shots, co-directed by Samia and Zak Adams.”
The clip comes on the eve of Samia kicking off a lengthy run of dates alongside Donna Missal. Find them all over in the tour section. The run will make a pit stop at SXSW down in Austin. Watch this space for more details soon.
Over the weekend, The FADER unveiled “s_M00n,” a new music video from Bedstudy. Directed by Rodney Passé, it’s a quirk-filled live performance, bookended by vignettes of a budding romance. The song, which FADER called “a trip into electro-R&B funk and beyond” is on the band’s forthcoming dot wave EP, due this Friday. Pre-order it here.
And if a live rendition is more your speed, the band recently stopped by Break Thru Radio for a session. Watch them play “s_M00n” below, and listen to the full podcast and interview with BTR here.
Today Haulm return with their new single “Fraction.” Fragile and disjointed, with frontman JT Norton’s falsetto tip toeing above Reed Kackley’s frosty house production, the song is vintage Haulm. Like the previously released “Loss,” the new song is taken from the Posture EP, which will be available everywhere on February 22nd. In the meantime, give it a listen at all streaming services today.
Meet Baby Boys.
The Minneapolis trio finds the sweet spot between pop abstraction, introspective folk, revved up freak outs, and everything in between. Their debut EP, I’m Set, is coming March 1st and you can hear the first single, “Kinky Toe,” right now. The video, a study in alien triumph, was directed by Ethan Nelson. The EP will be available on cassette or digital. The cassette is limited to 500 copies, and comes in a pretty awesome green shell tape. Snag it over on their Bandcamp right now.
If you’re from Minneapolis, you probably know the individual members of the band already. Caleb Hinz is the mind behind Happy Children (…and Normal Parents). Jake Luppen & Nathan Stocker are both members of our very own Hippo Campus.
Samia is back today with two new songs. “Lasting Friend” and “Paris” were released last night, and this morning we were gifted a music video for “Lasting Friend.” As if this wasn’t already an embarrassment of Samia riches, we’ve also announced two wonderfully lengthy tours she’ll be joining oh so soon. In February she heads out with Donna Missal (who we love), and in April she’ll be riding shotgun with our very own Hippo Campus. Needless to say, we’re excited. And you should be too.
Our friends over at Stereogum premiered the music video for “Lasting Friend” this morning. It was directed by Ruby Rose Makkena. “It’s a punchy, fuzzed-out tune doused with unapologetic honesty,” says Stereogum. “She repeats the opening line, “I’m not ashamed of my past” over and over, not totally convinced of its truth. Each word becomes a confessional as she confronts her relationships with the boys of her youth. And in the chorus she calls them out by name. “I have this party anecdote about how the boys in middle school used to line up in the gym and touch my boobs,” Samia said via email. “It’s as funny as it is difficult for me to grapple with, because it’s how I learned to measure my worth. I made a lot of friends that way and it’s hard to unlearn that routine; we were all trying to make sense of the roles we were assigned.”