Sonic Roundup 8/17

Ray Dalton joins team Macklemore X Ryan Lewis for their recent in-studio at KEXP
photo by Jim Bennett

  • When Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed live on KEXP last month (listen here if you missed it), they introduced a brand new song called “Can’t Hold Us” featuring the debut of young local singer named Ray Dalton. The official version of the new tune, along with Dalton’s stunning vocals, has just been released as a new single. Listen here and get up!

  • Just days after the release of their debut album I Want That You Are Always Happy, Australian indie folk collective The Middle East took the stage at the Australian Splendour in the Grass festival and called it their “last show ever.” A couple weeks later, the group appeared on Facebook to announce their split. As a parting gift, the band left behind a pair of videos for new track “Jesus Came to My Birthday Party.” Watch them both below, and R.I.P. The Middle East.

  • Fucked Up have already set the stage with “Queen of Hearts,” and now they’ve returned to their convoluted meta narrative stilt for the next video from their fantastic album David Comes to Life. The five-minute clip for “The Other Shoe” juxtaposes scenes from the narrative with shots of the band walking menacingly down the street, all with a gritty dystopian color palette. Check it:

  • Providence, RI, band Deer Tick has just announced their latest album, Divine Providence, to be released on October 25 on Partisan Records. You can listen to the first single, “Miss K,” here:

Deer Tick - Miss K

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  • Feist‘s follow-up album to 2007′s The Reminder is entitled Metals, and if lead single “How Come You Never Go There” is any indication, it’s a rather sterile title for an album that looks to be warm and smoky. Seattle fans everywhere should be stoked to hear this song at every single Starbucks for the next two years!

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