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Dendrons x Wait In Line

Chicago-based five-piece, Dendrons are sharing their new single, "Wait in Line" – it's the latest to be lifted from their forthcoming second album, 5-3-8 which is out on August 26.  The band announced the record alongside their signing to Innovative Leisure last month with "Double Ending" which was tipped at Under the Radar upon release – the new single, which comes with an animation directed by Rapapawn Studio's Óscar Raña and Cynthia Alfonso doubles down on the band's agitated Krautrock-inflected art-rock which has previously found them open for the likes A Place to Bury Strangers, Omni, FRIGS and The KVB. The band will be touring the US later this month/next with dates in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and more – full run below.

5-3-8 – titled as a reference to the lyrical refrain that appears at a few points of the album of “fifths, thirds, octaves only” – was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas and Highland Recording Studio in Phoenix, Arizona; it was produced by Tony Brant and Sonny Di Perri (Protomartyr, DIIV, Nine Inch Nails, Animal Collective, Emma Ruth Rundle, Dirty Projectors) before being mastered at Elysian Sound by Dave Cooley. "Wait in Line" showcases bubblegum-pop-adjacent guitar lines and Motorik beats – it ebbs and flows throughout, showing dynamic to the band's sound and ability to blend the loud with occasional moments of respite. 

Speaking about the single, singer/guitarist, Dane Jarvie says: "The song is influenced by “The Lottery in Babylon,” a short story by the magical realism author, Jorge Luis Borges. Dealing with the role that chance supposedly plays in life, and a political and socio-economic system that operates and revolves around that variable as dogma, followed by its subsequent corruption of it. In many ways, it is a criticism of the human tendency to claim dominion of nature and capitalize on it anyway."

Check out "Wait In Line"

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Jun 23 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Walrus
Jun 24 - Tampa, FL @ Hooch & Hive
Jun 25 - Charleston, SC @ Cutty's Elliotborough
Jun 26 - Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room 
Jun 27 - Atlanta, GA @ 529 
Jun 29 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
Jun 30 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel 
Jul 01 - New York City, NY @ Berlin
Jul 02 - Philadelphia @ Century Bar
Jul 03 - New York City, NY @ Trans-Pecos 
Jul 05 - Baltimore, MD @ Downsquares 
Jul 06 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge
Jul 07 - Asheville, NC @ Fleetwood's 
Jul 08 - Nashville, TN @ TBA

Mapache x Roscoe's Dream

"Easy like Sunday Morning… Roscoe's Dream drips with escapist charm." — Mojo Magazine ★★★★

Today, Mapache — Clay Finch and Sam Blasucci's cosmic-folk band best known for their “quintessentially laid-back” tunes (UNCUT) and  “grooves so strong you can basically hear the sunshine” (NPR Music) — releases Roscoe's Dream on Innovative Leisure / Calico Discos. Brimming with the best of golden state folk, the band’s third LP of originals captures the sheer joy of sloppy face-kisses and sunny mid-afternoon walks between sweet harmonies and blissed-out guitar licks.

Listen to Roscoe’s Dream here. 

Roscoe's Dream included in NPR's Notable Releases for June 10, 2022 here.

On Mapache’s third LP of originals, the band’s 14-year-old Boston Terrier Roscoe takes center stage, scampering through a collection of deconstructed golden-age sketches, gentle rippers that pay homage to the DJ Art Laboe, and loving covers of Bo Diddley's "Diana" and Gabby Pahinui's "Kauai Beauty."

Having honed their distinct folk-western musicality on 2020’s From Liberty Street, Mapache’s Roscoe’s Dream proves that Blasucci and Finch’s chemistry, cultivated since they were young schoolmates, is alchemic. Calling in a handful of friends to play additional parts — including Farmer Dave Scher of Beachwood Sparks on melodica and lap steel plus Spencer Dunham of the Allah-las on bass — has allowed Mapache to expand their distinct style through the full-bodied musicality of a bigger band.

“Roscoe's Dream drips with escapist charm,” says Mojo in an all new four star review, while Shindig praises the duo as "wayfaring strangers with a penchant for evoking beloved sounds and moods of the past, Mapache have matured into an entity with its own accomplished sound." 

Roscoe’s Dream follow’s last year’s 3, a lovingly crafted collection of covers that Aquarium Drunkard praised for being “curated in the best possible way: tracks that still sound quintessentially Mapache." Mapache will be hitting the road for a string of West Coast shows this May and June — full dates below.

Upcoming Mapache Shows

6/15 - Costa Mesa - Wayfarer

6/18 - Bolinas - Smiley’s Tavern

6/19 - Sacramento - Harlows

6/21 - Albany - Ivy Room

6/22 - Sonoma - Sebastiani Theater

6/23 - Nevada City - Crazy Horse Saloon

6/25 - Chico - Duffys

7/12 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel

7/13 - Tuscon, AZ - Hotel Congress Plaza

7/15 - Fort Collins, CO - The Aggie

7/16 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall

7/17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Commonwealth Room

7/19 - Boise, ID - Neurolux

7/21 - Seattle, WA - Sunset

7/22 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

7/23 - Vancouver, BC - Wise

7/24 - Eugene, OR - Sessions Music Hall

7/26 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel

7/28 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriets

7/29 - Los Angeles, CA - Zebulon

7/30 - Los Angeles, CA - Zebulon

Tijuana Panthers x Slacker

"Their latest single still feels full of the creative youthful abandon they’ve maintained since the late-’00s, with “Slacker” leaning into the influence of their native SoCal’s early punk scene." - - FLOOD

In advance of Tijuana Panthers' new album Halfway to Eighty - a set of post-Cramps, post-DEVO outsider rock and roll that channels the production sound and attitude of SoCal punk legends Black Flag and Circle Jerks - the band share a video for third album single "Slacker" which is "An ode to all the slackers out there trying to get it together. Keep on the straight and narrow, there is light at the end of the tunnel."

Dendrons x Double Ending

Chicago-based five-piece, Dendrons return with their new single, "Double Ending" which comes inline with news of the band's signing to Innovative Leisure alongside announcing their second album, 5-3-8 which is to be released on August 26, 2022. The new single arrives as a scintillating mesh of post-punk, Krautrock and outsider-pop, turning the dial on the sound of their previous album which found them opening for the likes of A Place to Bury Strangers, Omni, FRIGS and The KVB before having their momentum halted by the pandemic. Alongside the news of the new album, the band is announcing a headline tour June/July – full run of dates below.

5-3-8 – titled as a reference to the lyrical refrain that appears at a few points of the album of “Fifths, thirds, octaves only” – was recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, Texas and Highland Recording Studio in Phoenix, Arizona; it was produced by Tony Brant and Sonny Di Perri (Protomartyr, DIIV, Nine Inch Nails, Animal Collective, Emma Ruth Rundle, Dirty Projectors) before being mastered at Elysian Sound by Dave Cooley. "Double Ending" demonstrates the more muscular sound that the band is tapping into on this second outing, nodding to the sounds of Wire, Gang of Four and Swirlies. 

Speaking about the single, Dane Jarvie of the band explains: "The basis of the song deals with concepts of monotony, drudgery of modern life and daily tasks, with ambiguous existential pay-offs, and the flexibility of truth and meaning depending on context."

Read more about the release up on Under The Radar

Tour Dates
Jun 23 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Walrus
Jun 24 - Tampa, FL @ Hooch & Hive
Jun 25 - Charleston, SC @ Cutty's Elliotborough
Jun 26 - Greenville, SC @ The Radio Room 
Jun 27 - Atlanta, GA @ 529 
Jun 29 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor
Jun 30 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel 
Jul 01 - New York City, NY @ Berlin
Jul 02 - Philadelphia @ Century Bar
Jul 03 - New York City, NY @ Trans-Pecos 
Jul 05 - Baltimore, MD @ Downsquares 
Jul 06 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Black Forge
Jul 07 - Asheville, NC @ Fleetwood's 
Jul 08 - Nashville, TN @ TBA

Lionel Boy x SHDWS

"A drifting, dreamy piece of indie pop” - CLASH

Having recently released his EP 'UP AT 4', Hawaiian-born, Long Beach-based songwriter Lionel Boy is sharing the first single from the second EP, "SHDWS". The second EP in this two-part series 'DOWN AT 8' is due June 17th via Innovative Leisure. 

Speaking about the the track, Lionel Boy said "I listen to people speak about their “friends” and I think, “are you really friends?” I guess I wrote this song in observation of that—how people in my life have these friendships that seem to really frustrate them but, for whatever reason, they continue to keep close. Friendships where there’s usually more bad to say than good. They go out with them...and then complain about going out with them. Maybe they don’t know they can do better...maybe they’re just as bad a friend...but it made me think that we’re all just shadows making friends with other shadows. And that’s not how I want to navigate friendships in my own life; it’s too much work to have to suit up every night just to go out and spend time with someone I don’t even like being around."

Lionel Boy’s sound mixes spacey synthesizers, impromptu breakbeats & bedroom pop. The airy, jazz-cracked, electronic pop of Lionel Boy belies a wistful romanticism, a careful observational streak, and a meditative fixation on life and death. Lionel Boy is soulful and easy-going, both introspective and laissez faire, extremely mellow but never soft-headed. 

'UP AT 4' and 'DOWN AT 8' are a collection of songs that started off as demos in Lionel Boy's living room. Following the release of his debut album, Lionel Boy wanted to continue exploring producing and collaborating with friends. 

"I felt like I spent all and none of 2021 working on these songs. Producing these EPs looked like a lot of early mornings and evenings spent at my computer screen. Some days feeling like I made no changes at all. I’m a pretty early riser—waking up at 4 am which are when many of these songs came to mind. I spend most of my time working when the world is quiet which sounds nice but isn’t always the easiest to do when you live in an older apartment with downstairs neighbors. Everything I do to get things moving in the morning is an inconvenience to the people around me—the creaky wood floors, tracking vocals, tapping my drum machine...just one of the many ways I’ve woken up my girlfriend throughout the years. Trying to find a balance between making my music when the creativity strikes while also being a respectful roommate/neighbor is tricky but we make it work.

I’m grateful for the people who have helped me elevate these songs beyond this space. Friends like Brett Kramer, Andrew Pham, Ukiah Bogle, Casey Liu, Nathan Hawelu, Harlem (Dotager) and Jonny Bell were crucial to making these songs what they are now."

UP AT 4 tracklist:
1. FREEZE
2. SHADOWBOXING
3. LOVE
4. SMWYG
5. GLORY DAZE (Bonus Track)

DOWN AT 8 tracklist:
1. CLOUDS
2. LOOP
3. SHDWS 
4. SLFR