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Perfectly mixing West Coast psychedelia with 70s soul, Chicano Batman never has any trouble finding a groove. Such is the case with their recent collaboration with Mexican indie singer, Caloncho, on their two track EP.  Kicking it off is “Háblame,” a high-spirited piece that merges Caloncho’s sweet voice and Chicano’s Batman’s soulful melodies. Sung in Spanish, the lyrics were inspired by Caloncho’s newborn daughter. That inspiration stretches into the song’s music video, which centers around children as they seek asylum in the United States and reunite with their family. It’s all about love, so much so that proceeds from the EP benefit the KIND Organization, which provides legal assistance to children who migrate to the United States alone.

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“Wish I could speak, but I have nothing to say,” lazily sings lead singer/guitarist, Lila Ramani, on “Part III,” Crumb’s latest single since their 2017 EP, Locket. The vulnerable reflection is nothing new from the psych-pop band that finds solace in emotional exploration. Their music tends to reflect that, swaying effortlessly between groovy and sleepy, captivating the listener in a calm soundscape. With two EPs under their belt, the New York-based quartet has kept busy with touring and recording their first full-length album. “Part III” is our first taste of Crumb’s new material, which seems to cement everything heard in their EPs while finding a new stride. We can’t wait to hear what’s next from Crumb.

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“Toothpaste for breakfast/And I’ll check to see we’re all alive.” The first lines off “Blue Tick,” the latest single from Melbourne-based duo Good Morning. The track is the fourth single from their upcoming album, The Option, set for release on April 5. Though Stefan Blair and Liam Parson have been releasing music as Good Morning since 2014, “Blue Tick” is not too far off from the sound crafted on their popularly received EP, Shawcross. At the same time, the track shows just how far their sound has evolved through continued experimentation and a developed sense of craft. It’s heard in the subtle details, the memorable melodies and lyrics. All the while, Good Morning makes it looks easy; their songs feel natural and unhurried. It’s a rare magic that Good Morning has seemed to capture, one that expresses itself in lines like “I’ve been swiping left and right all day and I still don’t feel any good.” While that may be the case, there’s a sense of optimism in the delivery, like things will get good eventually, whenever that may be.

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On Colin Caulfield’s latest single, “Get to the Point,” the L.A. based musician/singer has established himself as a solo artist while showcasing his distinct feel-good sound. Groovy in all the right places, the track is sincerity done right: straightforward and playful. Despite the upbeat sound, we hear Caulfield dive deep into the failures of dysfunctional relationships. It’s a reminder to save yourself some time and call it quits when you see the warning signs—to get to the point. Ignorance is just one of the many themes Caulfield has explored under his own name since launching his solo career apart from DIIV, which he joined in 2013. Caulfield has come a long way since then, with a collection of soulful pop songs under his belt. We can’t wait to see where the rest of 2019 takes him.

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Drugdealer, the recording project of Michael Collins, is back with “Fools” off the forthcoming Raw Honey. The groovy track is the perfect follow-up to 2016’s The End Of Comedy, evoking the spirit of the 70s via contemporary means, creating a timeless, multi-textured pop. The same goes for the track’s theme, a commentary on humankind unbound by decade or generation: “Fools they lie to each other, ah/Fools they hide from their lovers, ah.” Though “Fools” is Collins alone, minus a saxophone, Raw Honey—like most Drugdealer music—will feature the talents of Dougie Poole, Harley Hill-Richmond and Weyes Blood among others. We can hardly wait to listen to what Drugdealer has in store. Raw Honey is set for release on April 19th via Mexican Summer.

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“A Bigger Picture” is the latest single from San Francisco-based Sonny & the Sunsets. The breezy, laid-back tune is the first taste of the upcoming album, Hairdressers From Heaven, the successor to 2016’s Moods Baby Moods. The new album is to be the first release from Rocks In Your Heard Records, which singer/songwriter Sonny Smith started himself and is in the process of fundraising for. Until then, Smith has given us  “A Bigger Picture” to rock to in anticipation of the new record. Charming and sweet, the track is classic Sonny & the Sunsets, never taking itself too seriously and finding meaning in daily trivialities. “I painted a painting of you and me/Hot dog buns and ding dongs on the beach/Let’s be free.” With a new label and a new album, we can’t wait to see/hear what creativity Smith’s newfound freedom brings about.

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Experimental musician/performance artist Gary Wilson goes back to his roots on his latest release, “The King of Endicott.” Before becoming an underground lo-fi legend and amassing a cult following, Wilson was born and raised in The North Side of Endicott, New York. Looking back at his hometown now, a few decades down the line, Gary refers to Endicott as a “magical land” where he sits on the throne. The track is classic Wilson, from its setting in a park to his pleas to “hold your hand” on a “Friday Night.” It’s an immersive electro-funk world that Wilson has been reigning in since 1977’s classic You Think You Really Know Me, which Wilson recored in his parents’ basement in Endicott. With “The King of Endicott,” Wilson shows just how far he’s come while remaining true to his wacky self, pressing the boundaries of indie music and influencing artists in all genres.

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“Why I Came to California,” is the latest release from Dent May, a cover of Motown legend Leon Ware’s original 1982 version. May brings a lively, playful spirit to the soulful tune, capturing the charm of California that brought him over in the first place. Born in Mississippi and now based in L.A., May has no trouble embracing the lyrics, which journey from the forests of Northern California all the way down to San Diego. From the sound of his voice, it’s clear May has a deep appreciate for the Golden State. He’s not the only one. Ware, who penned the lyrics along with Janis Siegel, found himself venturing out West from his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Almost four decades later, it’s easy to see why. “All the youth seekers come to California.” We’re glad it’s brought artists like Ware and May over, keeping the love for California alive through groovy tunes, new, old or reimagined.

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