Aug
15

Download of the Week: Poolside “Slow Down”


There’s a certain amount of mysteriousness surrounding Los Angeles chill-out duo Poolside (consisting of Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise), but there’s no doubt they’ve chosen apt names for both their band and new single. The track, “Slow Down,” is a languid piece of what Nikolic and Paradise call “daytime disco,” and listening to it, you can’t help but feel lilted away…whether you’re reclined on a Chaise lounge next to a turquoise-colored swimming pool or not. Poolside’s full-length release, Pacific Standard Time, is out this month, so look for it!

Download here

Pacific Standard Time - Poolside

Aug
13

Featured Artist: Charli XCX


We’ve been waiting (im)patiently for Charli XCX to drop some new music…and she finally did so last month with the release of this awesome single, “You’re The One.” Brashly challenging herself to send contemporary pop music back to its original edge, the 19-year-old Brit (whose real name is Charlotte Aitchison) has been collaborating lately with Los Angeles indie-weirdo Ariel Pink, as well as with Patrik Berger, who produced and wrote Robyn’s insanely great “Dancing On My Own” a couple years back. This first taste of Charli XCX’s upcoming album certainly doesn’t disappoint — let us know what you think!

Aug
08

Download of the Week: Cat Power “Ruin”

By now, Chan Marshall — best known to anyone who’s followed music for the last decade-plus as Cat Power — doesn’t really need an introduction. The once-erratic singer-songwriter managed to conquer her formidable demons and fears in the ’00s, and after a pair of covers albums and a stint in Memphis working with seasoned gospel and R&B musicians, she’s once again doing her own thing. Cat Power’s new album, Sun, will be released in September, and we’re offering a taste of it here with its chiming lead single, “Ruin.” Lighter, airier, and possessing a relaxed swagger, we’re betting that Sun will end up as one of our favorites of 2012 by year’s end!

Download Here

Cat Power

Aug
06

Featured Artist: Smash


After vacating the drum stool for indie favorites Real Estate in 2011, Etienne Duguay has since gone in a completely different direction with his new band, Splash. Duguay’s Brooklyn-based group is immensely influenced by the dance-pop of the early/mid 1980s, and their sole single to date, the shimmering “Ever After,” reminds us of Madonna’s “Lucky Star” — so naturally, we adore it. We hope you do, too!

Jul
30

Sally’s Pre-Heat Playlist for the US Open

Jul
30

Featured Artist: Purity Ring


Purity Ring is a platform for Corin Roddick and Megan James to create their own brand of jittery, danceable electro tunes. The Canadian duo has been working together for about two years and just released what we think is their most accessible track yet, the quietly anthemic “Fineshrine.” Roddick’s crafty drum programming pairs gracefully with James’ feathery vocals here, making for an ideal soundtrack as you wind down after a long summer’s day of fun in the sun.

Jul
25

Download of the Week: Field Report “Taking Alcatraz”

If you unscramble the letters in Field Report, you get the last name of the lead singer, Chris Porterfield. While his name might not ring a bell, you’ve definitely heard him before, since he produced and played on Bon Iver’s records. He lives in Wisconsin too, making a similar strain of quiet folk rock that floats by like a breeze from an open window. Singing from his chest instead of in a falsetto, Porterfield is a littler rougher around the edges than Bon Iver, but that’s not a bad thing. He’s currently touring all over the country, supporting the self-titled Field Report album, which we love.

Download Here

Jul
23

Featured Artist: Clams Casino


The New Jerseyite popularly known as Clams Casino (his friends and family call him Mike Volpe) has turned into one of hip-hop’s newest shining lights. Drawing more inspiration from chillwave artists such as Washed Out than from hip-hop’s traditional past, the producer/instrumentalist drops hazy beats that ebb and flow like sea tides — an ideal soundtrack for a mellow afternoon under the summer sun. And while you’re likely to hear Clams’ most popular work with Lil B and Mac Miller on the radio these days, he’s been sneakily releasing mix tapes of his instrumentals via Twitter that are definitely worth tracking down!

Jul
23

Sally Fitzgibbons is Huntington Beach Bound!

Sally is coming to our hometown of Huntington Beach!! Come out and support Sally as she competes in the US Open July 28th to August 5th at the Huntington Beach Pier. Send @Sally_Fitz and @Roxy your go to pump up song and we will put together a pre heat playlist for her! #GoSally
Jul
18

Download of the Week: Sister Crayon “Arcane”


This isn’t the first time we’ve checked in with Sister Crayon, whose Enter Into Holy (Or)ders EP was one of our favorites from a couple years ago. The band’s infectious beats, burbling keyboards, and smart female vocals just scream “Roxy girl” to us. Now they’re working on a new release, and they’ve leaked a demo to us called “Arcane.” With softly brushed drums, and hushed vocals it sounds like we’re being let in on a secret. During this blistering hot summer it’s nice to relax with a gauzy, dreamy song like this, and we’re hoping they finish up the rest of them soon.

Download here

Sister Crayon