The National – “Carin at the Liquor Store”

Don’t be fooled—there’s no liquor store in this video. We were expecting to see some liquor, maybe some beer, even this girl Carin, but all we get is negatives of some bearded dudes.

Also, that piano melody sounds like the one from “I Don’t Believe In The Sun.”

“Carin at the Liquor Store” is taken from The National’s upcoming Sleep Well Beast album.

-Scott Bryson

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Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

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The more we listen to this Waxahatchee—don’t ask us to pronounce that—album, the more we’re convinced it’s a reincarnation of the record we were hinting at when we posted that “Silver” video last week.

Out in the Storm is more lyrically sophisticated than that seminal debut by The Weekend, but the sentiment is comparable; this is the stuff of all good pop albums—failed relationships, insecurity, and in the end, renewal—and it’s far more world-weary than bedroom-bound.

Katie Crutchfield has surrendered a turbulent ride to us—one that trades blazing, cathartic blows (see “Silver”) with hindsight-wise parries (check out “Recite Remorse” below).

-Scott Bryson

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The Heat Death – “I’m Already There, Sunshine”

Seems Shotgun Jimmie and Jose Contreras formed a band without us noticing and released a video, earlier this year.

Towns don’t get much more deserted than this burg they’re rolling through—one dude on a bike is the only sign of life. They’ll have no difficulty getting those carts back to the grocery store without anyone noticing.

Science tidbit: the band’s name refers to the proposed event that will herald the demise of the universe. Cheery! Google tidbit: There are several other bands named Heat Death (but without the The); *this guy* is the most interesting.

-Scott Bryson

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Julie & The Wrong Guys – “You Wanted What I Wanted”

A slice of angry rock from the typically soft-spoken Julie Doiron, served with a side of road trips and raging animated people.

Doiron and her accidental new band—Eamon McGrath and members of the Cancer Bats—are releasing a self-titled full-length in September.

-Scott Bryson

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Waxahatchee – “Silver”

There’s a distinct early-2000s vibe wafting from this one. Not many bands wander the streets or perform in foiled rooms these days.

“Silver” comes from the just-out Waxahatchee album, Out in the Storm.

The name Waxahatchee, by the way, is taken from a creek in Alabama that’s known for its populations of crappie and round rocksnail.

-Scott Bryson

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Beliefs – “1994”

We were treated to “1992” before their last record. This time around, “1994” heralds the arrival of a new Beliefs album.

Habitat comes out in September. The band’s Jesse Crowe has said: “We don’t want to be a shoegaze band anymore,” so we should be hearing something different from this one.

Performing at the nexus of the universe is certainly out of the ordinary, but they make it look relatively effortless.

-Scott Bryson

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Ox – “Prom Queen”

Living on a bus in a field—now there’s a taste of true freedom. Want your livingroom outside? No one’s complaining. And sure, your band can perform all it wants, but where do you plug in the amps?

“Prom Queen” comes from Ox’s 2009 album, Burnout. Our titular lady is here chugging a bottle of wine while she dances like no one’s watching. That’s our kinda prom queen.

-Scott Bryson

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