Broods- “Mother & Father”

If you’re looking for irresistibly catchy, intelligently crafted pop with a slightly dark, moody edge that sets it apart from the mass of generic stuff out there, look no further than the latest single from New Zealand electropop duo Broods. With a steady, driving beat, soaring, yearning choruses, and wonderfully varied vocal dynamics, it evokes the best work of artists such as Ellie Goulding, Lorde, Florence and The Machine, and MSMR. I’m thinking “Mother & Father” just might be the song that gains this relatively new duo even more recognition and popularity.

Stream it here:

Alt-J “Hunger of The Pine”

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Alt-J are set release the follow up to their Mercury Prize-winning debut album “An Awesome Wave” on Sept 22. They’ve given us a little taste of what’s to come with the first single, “Hunger of The Pine.” It’s on the more dark, downtempo side, with lyrics that evoke a painful longing and desire. It also incorporates a little Miley Cyrus sample that actually enhances the mood of the song quite brilliantly.

Stream it here:

Basement- “Summer’s Colour”

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Basement are among my favorite bands in the “90’s/grunge influenced” genre, right up there with Balance and Composure and Superheaven. After announcing an indefinite hiatus a couple years back, they’ve made a rather surreptitious return and will release a 3 song EP called “Further Sky” on July 29.

You can stream their new song and read an interview with guitarist Alex Henery, via Noisey.

Saves The Day- Warped Tour Set

To celebrate Jukebox Breakdown’s 300th post, here are six live songs from the band who inspired me to create this site, Saves The Day. The songs were performed on June 13, day one of the 2014 Vans Warped Tour in Houston.

Here’s the set list:

“Let It All Go”
“Remember”
“Shoulder To The Wheel”
“Anywhere With You”
“Jukebox Breakdown”
“Holly, Hox Forget Me Nots”

Jessie Ware- “Tough Love”

This new single by British vocalist Jessie Ware was the perfect song to find near the top of my soundcloud stream when I came back from vacation today. It’s on the more understated, ambient side, but it still has a gently enticing, almost hypnotic beat that made me put it on repeat for a little while.

If you’re a fan of electronic music with female vocals in the vein of Ellie Goulding, MSMR, Polica or Lana Del Rey, this song will be right up your alley.

Dikembe- “Gets Harder”

Dikembe just released another song from their upcoming album “Mediumship.” It’s hard hitting, grungy, and full of awesomely heavy melodies and achingly emotive vocals. If you’re a fan of bands like Balance and Composure, Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, Joyce Manor, or Touche Amore, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.

Stream “Gets Harder” here:

Dikembe will be on tour with Weatherbox this July/August. Dates are listed below.

July 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
July 12 – Charlotte, NC @ Area 15
July 13 – Chapel Hill @ Local 506
July 14 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
July 15 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
July 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire
July 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
July 18 – Albany, NY @ The Ice House
July 19 – Long Island, NY @ The Woodshop
July 20 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
July 22 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
July 23 – Toronto, ON @ The Cave at Lee’s Palace
July 24 – Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s
July 26 – Chicago, IL @Township
July 27 – St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
July 29 – Lawrence, KS @ Art Closet Studio
July 30 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
July 31 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Shred Shed
August 2 – San Francisco, CA @ TBD
August 3 – Pomona, CA @ Growing Up is Dumb Fest
August 5 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
August 6 – Murrieta, CA @ The Dial
August 7 – Mesa, AZ @ 51 West