Matter of Time – Surfer Blood

I wish I could remember how I first came across Surfer Blood because that moment must have been magical. All I know is that the song ‘Floating Vibes’ was the first song I ever heard by them and it remains one of my favorite songs to this day.

I went through a phase in college where all I listened to was hazy garage and surf rock/pop – never mind the fact that I was going to school in Wisconsin. Surfer Blood fell in that category, coming out of West Palm Beach, Florida and sounding like they just stepped off the beach and into their parents’ garage to jam with each other. My love was heightened when they played a free show at my school and I was embarrassingly singing my heart out at the front of a crowd of about 20 people.

Years later, they’ve now releasing their fourth album, Snowdonia, with a bit of a new sound after the sad passing of their guitarist last year at only 27 years old. A little older, a little more melancholy, but still exciting and a little gritty all while having delicate vocal melodies and harmonies. Enjoy!

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You Don’t Get Me High Anymore – Phantogram

The first time I ever heard a Phantogram song was at a Phantogram show.

I was at Lollapalooza with my best friend, who was already a big fan and wanted to see them. Their singer, Sarah Barthel, was dressed in all black despite the ninety degree heat and sported a jet black bob with blunt bangs. Their songs had a huge, heavy beat with airy vocals and catchy hooks. I instantly loved them.

This is the first single from their new album, Three, due out September 16th. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album and I’ll definitely be seeing them when they come to New York in October.