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Monday, July 22, 2013

Music Monday! The Lower 48, Quiet Life, Swahili, Slutty Hearts, UMO

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Michael Madsen, it's Music Monday!

We'll kick off with a new one from the Lower 48 from their fine new six-song EP, which will be released on August 16 at the band's show at the Doug Fir. The 100-percent-terrific "That's What I'll Say" is a slice of perfect pop, complete with kaleidoscopic swirls of sunshine and Beatlesesque harmonies—not to mention that it straight-up rocks. This is what a perfect summer jam sounds like—download a hi-res MP3 of it here and rock it over and over. Again, the Lower 48 is playing the Doug Fir on August 16; they're also playing the Clinton Street Fair this Saturday, July 27.

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Quiet Life announced today that they're touring with the Head and the Heart this fall, going on a string of national dates with the Seattle band in October and November. That's a great coup for the Portland band, and great timing, too—Quiet Life's new one, Wild Pack, comes out October 29 on Mama Bird Recording Co. Here's "Devil's Kin," an uptempo, twanging stomper with some broken-hearted lyrics fueling the fire.

More Music Monday Madness after the jump!

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Here's a new one from Swahili, who recently wrapped up a string of dates with Youth Lagoon. It's possible the pop proclivities of Youth Lagoon's Trevor Powers rubbed off, as this track is surprisingly straightforward in relation to what Swahili have done in the past. It tones down the mystic canyons of darkly tribal psychedelia-electronica in favor of a breezy, cruising song that's painted in primary colors. And it's a great fit for the band, too, reminiscent of groups like School of Seven Bells and Austra. Swahili hopes ot have a new record finished at the end of August; in the meantime, check out another new one on Soundcloud. They're playing Holocene on Wednesday, July 31, opening for Aan and Sun Angle, and at the Doug Fir with Nightbox and Forrest Day on Monday, August 12.
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Here's "Swallow Your Gold" from Slutty Hearts. It's torchy, swooning, slinky garage rock that's like a prom slow-dance with a touch of menace. Slutty Hearts have an EP coming out later this year on Cassingle and Loving It (and via self-released vinyl), and it makes the most of the band's newly expanded four-piece lineup; with the addition of drummer Joey Bewley, singer Marisa Laurelle was able to come out from behind the kit (Phil Collins style) to front the band. Slutty Hearts are playing Club 21 on Saturday July 21; they'll also play Slim's as part of No Fest on August 10 and at Valentine's on August 28.
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Last up! It's another Unknown Mortal Orchestra remix, as "So Good at Being in Trouble" gets muddied and repurposed by Black Noi$e. This is damn near unrecognizable, as the laidback, stoney groove is ripped to shreds, turned into an eerie, futuristic club track. Verses by Killer Mike and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire complete the transformation. I don't know if Jagjaguwar is going to release all these collected UMO remixes on one platter, but if they do, it'll be one to mess with the brainpan.


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