It’s Oscars weekend! Well, aaalmost. Do you have a red carpet event to attend? Are you stocked up on your champagne, have your most glam dress/tux ready to wear? Yeah, didn’t think so. It’s more fun watching in your PJs anyway, let’s be honest. So is listening to the week’s best in new music, so let’s give it a go, shall we?
The adorably punkish girl duo, (appropriately called) Gal Pals, open us up with their full album — it’s so lackadaisically charged, you’ll get confused which season we’re in (which is probably a good thing). They’re cutesy hardcore, 100% danceable Garage Rock. Next, there’s KNTRLR, who’s an interesting contradictory of sound: one that begins with a menacing growl but turns into pure, fun Pop Synth. Yeah, get intrigued.
Malik B & Mr. Green come back this week with yet another single for us from their upcoming album. This time, they’ve added Skrewtape to the mix to create something very different: a gnarly lead guitar takes to the background while the dudes while old-school Boom-Bap Hip-Hop takes center stage. Also adding a track to mix, Ruby the Hatchet throws down with another old-school sound. This time, though, harnessing the Psychedelic Metal feel through mesmerizing female vocals.
We go all out this week with 4 music video premieres. This first one has been in the works for a while now, but it’s finally made its way into the world! The Bright Light Social Hour‘s first video from the upcoming album is out, and it’s a beautiful trip into a post-apocalyptic landscape. There’s also: Revolution Saints inside the studio, a Nightwish story as told through fairy tales, and Sin Circus just… jammin’.
Have a listen and a watch, and enjoy the Oscars!
Gal Pals: Full album stream via Stereogum
Velvet Rut out February 24 on PaperCup Music
KNTRLR: Full album stream via Spin
The Great Filter out February 24 on Goodnight Records
Malik B & Mr. Green: “Crown of Thorns” track premiere via Okay Player
Unpredictable out February 24 on Enemy Soil
Ruby the Hatchet: “Heavy Blanket” track premiere via Metalsucks
Valley of the Snake out February 24 on Tee Pee Records
The Bright Light Social Hour: “Infinite Cities” music video premiere via Life+Times
Space Is Still the Place out March 10 on Frenchkiss Records
Revolution Saints: “Here Forever” music video premiere via YouTube
Revolution Saints out February 24 on Frontiers
Nightwish: “Élan” music video premiere via YouTube
Endless Forms Most Beautiful out March 31 on Nuclear Blast Entertainment
Sin Circus: “Chemical Youth” music video premiere via Radial
Chemical Youth out now