EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Stream Collisions by NYC's TAUK

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We already told you why people love Phish. And, perhaps, some of those very reasons are why folks are also gravitating toward NYC's TAUK, a dirty, funky foursome whose new album Collisions is out tomorrow. "Collisions is the next step for TAUK," says guitarist Matt Jalbert. "We took the things we liked from the last record and expanded on them. There's more texture, more groove, and each band members' personality stands out more. We've grown a lot since our last release and this album is a really great snapshot of where we are now as a band."

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Brooklyn's Jay Stolar Explores the Power of Sex in New Single "Just an Animal"

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New York's tempo may slow during the hot and sweaty summer, but the pace is only picking up for Jay Stolar. The Brooklyn poly-genre multi-instrumentalist has made a name for himself as a one-man musical enterprise, producing, playing, and songwriting for television and other artists in addition to composing his own music. A contempo brew of soulful pop-rock, his harmony-laden solo debut, More Than We Think, was released last year, unveiling a style and craftsmanship that earned him comparisons to Darryl Hall, Bruno Mars, and... Adele. More recently, he wrote and recorded "Just an Animal," one of several new songs-turned-music videos inspired by a fortuitous collaboration and a resulting session at Flux Studios, a "brilliant recording studio on 2nd St. and 2nd Ave. in Manhattan." In the midst of his summer-long residency at Rockwood Music Hall, Jay recently spoke with us about the story behind this hard-hitting R&B banger and life as a New York musician.

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Exclusive: It's "All Love" for Daytona and Harry Fraud

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Hi haters. Rapper Daytona has nothing but love for you. The Bronx native lets his detractors fuel his flow on "All Love," his new, summer-ready single with producer Harry Fraud.

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Exclusive Premiere: El Gant, Ill Bill and Chris Webby Are "The Three Amigos"

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El Gant announced himself on the New York City underground scene in the early aughts. The emcee's latest track, "The Three Amigos," sees him joining lyrical forces with Ill Bill and Chris Webby over a perky, guitar-laden Jack Of All Trades production. You can stream the track exclusively below -- and read on to hear El Gant plotting to update the '80s comedy of the same name, paying tribute to his new verbal cohorts, and reminiscing over Uncle Howie.

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Dead Stars Wrote the Perfect "Anti-Summer" Song Just in Time for Summer

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Dead Stars are going to share a bill with their heroes this summer. "We've been big fans of Dinosaur Jr. for most of our lives, so we're psyched to be on the same bill as those guys," says singer/guitarist Jeff Moore of the upcoming line-up for our 4Knots Music Festival. In Dead Stars' music, the influence of a band like Dinosaur Jr. is apparent in their lively fuzz.

The latest addition to the Brooklyn band's canon is the breezy "Summer Bummer," a fairly happy tune with some "anti-summer" lyrics, as Moore says. Check out the new tune from Dead Stars after the jump.

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Brooklyn's Mother Feather Draw on Missy Elliott for Inspiration

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Ann Courtney is huge Missy Elliott fan. "She's everything," says the lead singer of Mother Feather with reverence. "She sounds so empowered."

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PREMIERE: "MRI" by Tati Ana

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Tati Ana
From NYC via Russia, Tati Ana supplies pulsating, dark, Phantogram-esque songs made more brooding by her soulful voice. Her somber mystery is best experienced live, and fortunately Tati will be opening for New Young Pony Club tonight (5/5) at Brooklyn Bowl for a 'School Night' event.

In the meantime, we're happy to share her new track "MRI" off the EP she'll be dropping this summer. Give it a listen after the jump.

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PREMIERE: Patrick Park's "Let's Go" Video

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Patrick Park's sound has a good foot-stomping quality, perfectly fitting into a Mumford & Sons/ Lumineers lineage but with a refreshing twist. There's something more organic about Park, and thanks to director Ted Newsome, he has a really beautiful clip to match his latest single "Let's Go."

"I really love this video. I think that it works really well for this song," says the singer-songwriter. "The song is pretty straightforward and is all about that desire to leave those things that weigh us down behind and start again." Newsome shot the video with a couple of non-actors who regularly hop freights, a mode of travel Park has always been intrigued by and romanticizes.

Check out the music video for "Let's Go" after the jump.

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PREMIERE: Small Sur's "Wild Geese" for Singles Club - Issue #2

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Remember how Sub Pop used to have its own subscription service for fans of the label to get new music? That idea has been reconfigured for the 21st century thanks to a new and quarterly publication called Singles Club. In November, they debuted their first single, Daniel Bachman's "Coming Home." Being a subscriber to Singles Club means getting a 7" with the single on Side A and an exclusive interview with the artist on Side B.

We're happy to premiere the second single, Small Sur's "Wild Geese." "We chose Small Sur because their music is kind and pure," says Jeffrey Silverstein, a mastermind behind this project. He adds: "Everything happens really fast these days and they are a perfect reminder of what it is to just be, to appreciate the here and now. They're kind of the best anti-anxiety medication you can find." Bob Keal of Small Sur adapted a Mary Oliver poem for his contribution to the club and is excited to be part of a project with such a clear and passionate vision.

Listen to Small Sur's new tune after the jump.


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Exclusive Premiere: Shabaam Sahdeeq and DJ Spinna's "Do You"

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Back in the late-'90s, the Brooklyn-based Shabaam Sahdeeq and DJ Spinna formed something of an impromptu duo: Tracks like the Rawkus-released "5 Star Generals" showcased Shabaam's studied flow allied to Spinna's signature space-funk production. It's a winning chemistry that's back in effect with "Do You," a bonus cut from S-Dub's new Keepers of the Lost Art album (out April 22nd) which you can stream below for your listening pleasure.

While you dip into the track's endearingly abrasive charms, here's Shabaam breaking down his history, explaining the difference between rappers and verbalists, and teasing about a possible four elements of hip-hop showdown with Spinna.

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