Weekly Roundup: New tracks from Boy In Space, Paper Jackets, more plus live footage from Jimmy Eat World
As the world remains indoors, Atlas is here to lift spirits with a lineup of incredible music to occupy your ears. Check out releases from Future Misters, Boy In Space and even an incredible live Empty Room Gig from Jimmy Eat World!
Future Misters: “Tension”
Make no mistake: the production is clean, but the song is dirty. The Grand Rapid, MI quartet has finally found its stride and is taking cues from gritty lofi rockers like The White Stripes, The Kinks, and Jet. In his songwriting, Trevor Sharnas taps into the world of dive bars, house parties, and the view of the world from the group’s van—one that’s looking pretty promising if the trend of tight releases continues.
Jimmy Eat World: Empty Room Gig at The Rebel Lounge
Arizona legends Jimmy Eat World looked at the state of the scene and decided they could give back. Singer Jim Adkins played the first Empty Room Gig at local Arizona venue Crescent Ballroom. This week, Adkins performs from iconic Phoenix room The Rebel Lounge, supporting the staff and security that make so many amazing shows happen throughout the year. Watch Adkins play through some classic Jimmy Eat World tunes and purchase a shirt to support AZ concert staff here!
Block by Block West – April 25th on Discord
This virtual “Minecraft festival” is being broadcasted on Discord to raise funds for the CDC’s COVID-19 response fund. Pussy Riot and nothing,nowhere top the stacked bill that also includes HUNNY, Fever333, Heart Attack Man, and plenty more. Details will be announced as the event gets closer.
Pandora Launches “Listen In” Playlist Curation Program
Pandora has teamed up with artists across several genres to release curated playlists. Bad Wolves and The Chainsmokers are among those whose playlists were released in this first round, but the streaming service promises upcoming content from All Time Low, Fitz & the Tantrums, and more.
Pete Zen: “Be My Mother Fxcker”
NYC solo artist Pete Zen wrote and recorded “Be My Mother Fxcker” all in one sitting. After all, there’s nothing else to do while the city is on lockdown. The charming pop single is a no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point nontraditional love song existing in a world where everyone almost needs to waste time. But, it cuts out the confusion and frustration because there’s enough of that right now.
The Wrecks: “Out of Style”
Los Angeles-based The Wrecks have a cheeky new single- filled with both spoken word on the verses and 80s power choruses. For everyone currently on lockdown, this track is the perfect indoor dance party song. Sadly, we won’t be hearing it live for a while, but the energy from The Wrecks’ latest era is sure to fire up returning concert audiences.
Paper Jackets: “What They Call a Life”
This indie rock song is another must-add to your quarantine playlist. The dual vocals between James Mason and Aimee Proal lift “What They Call a Life” to anthemic heights and deliver a message that music fans could definitely use right now. While we might be stuck inside right now, Paper Jackets are here to remind us that “nothing really lasts forever” and that we’ll come out the other side of bad times to find much better ones.
Boy In Space: “u n eye (live)”
Boy In Space is undoubtedly your next pop obsession. Robin Lundbäck’s unique voice lends an ethereal quality to this live recording for a dreamy earworm track that’s impossible to resist. The live video was shot in a spectrum of color, keeping the aesthetic simple to focus on the song and what may be the latest pop breakthrough.
M3F Fest Shares 2020 Statement
“This year in particular, we realize how lucky we are that M3F was able to take place. We are deeply proud that our 100% non-profit festival was able to do good in a tough time for many. We donated over $600,000 to some great causes (up 20% from last year)! Highlights include Phoenix Children’s Hospital Music Therapy Program, Habitat for Humanity – Northern Arizona Chapter, Teach for America, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We enthusiastically hosted them onsite to share their message, and rally our community around great causes. M3F has donated over $2M to charity since our start in 2004, and we’re just getting started. :)”
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