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New Video: Tiny Desk Concerts - Girlpool

Girlpool, the duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, made a visit to NPR's Tiny Desk crew in DC for one of their intimate performances. The mini-setlist consisted of "Cherry Picking," "Ideal World, and the title track from their latest album Before The World Was Big. You can view the footage below, and download the audio recordings for free HERE. (Photo by Alyssa Yohana)

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Blue Smiley Opening for Girlpool at Nico Nico Mansion June 27

Describing Blue Smiley’s latest LP as ok works in name only. The trio has found a delicate balance, weaving in and out of the onslaught of fuzzed-out and soft-spoken, semi-muted vocals, peeling back that outer and revealing a calmer rhythmic-oriented foundation. That adaptable sense offers an up-close glance, and then steps into battle, ramping up at a blistering pace and then slowing down again - all while the constant contextual smattering of percussion serves as a stabilizing gauge. The trio is a part of an excellent billing tonight at Nico Nico Mansion, which also includes Free Cake For Every Creature, the Katie Bennett-fronted group, whose songs occupy the intimacy of a bedroom, lyrically exploring the adventures of an ever-changing perspective in a catchy honest manner. The duo of Cleo Tucker & Harmony Tividad, otherwise known as Girlpool, similarly captures a youthful essence that touches on innocence and simultaneously cuts deeper as a naturally catchy bass-guitar combination permeates. Californian folk-crooning outfit Watercolor Paintings/Drawing Water on tour with Dark Shrines (of The Color Green) tie together a balanced introspective billing. Nico Nico Mansion, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5-$7 Donation, All Ages - Michael Colavita





New Track: "Jungle Gym" - Harmony Tividad

Girlpool captures the wonderment of adolescence on their debut full-length album Before The World Was Big, due out June 2 via Wichita Recordings. Harmony Tividad continues that exploration with her solo effort "Jungle Gym." It's the B-side of her new EP, aptly titled two songs. The duo will be on tour this summer in support of its forthcoming record. The group will be stopping back into Philly on Friday, August 14 at Everybody Hits.

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New Music Video: "Before The World Was Big" - Girlpool

As the release of their LP Before The World Was Big via Wichita Recordings on June 2 rapidly approaches, Girlpool (the pairing of Cleo Tucker & Harmony Tividad) have shared a new music video for its title track. Shot on Coney Island, Allyssa Yohana captures the joyful essence of youth that the song’s lyrics embody, and the vintage film reel effect is an excellent touch. Step into summer! (Photo by Alice Baxley)

Sunday Video: Girlpool – "Before the World Was Big"

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Free rock outfit Media Jeweler releasing debut single in June

It's difficult to contemplate music absent of pop structure or influences in the age of genre-revivalism and commercialized indie. Difficult, but not impossible. Just ask Media Jeweler.

Formed in 2013 from three members of the now-defunct Moon Pearl, an “8+ piece tidal wave of uncomfortable party music” based in Irvine, the avant garde Media Jeweler has ties to Irvine's DIY arm Acrobatics Everyday, and two of the members simultaneously create musical/sexual tension as part of Santa Ana post-hardcore band Windy. Self-described as free rock, i.e. "not grunge, not punk, not alt, not anything," Media Jeweler have confused listeners (in a good way) playing convention-defying music across California venues with freaky local acts like So Many Wizards, Roman Candles, and most recently Girlpool. In time these musical entrepreneurs hope to establish a travel agency, produce a cooking show, and create a Media Jeweler smartphone app with the end-goal of making millions by playing popular rock music. Fingers crossed.

Media Jeweler’s debut album $99 R/T Hawaii will "come out" sometime this summer. Expect to see their 7” debut single “Looking Back” in June, a song about “the feeling of thinking about the stuff you did before the moment that you are in at that moment. It has no words but that is the sort of feeling you are supposed to feel when you listen to the song.”

They'll be playing a string of shows in San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles this week to support touring band Ava Luna and Young Lovers. Watch their album teaser below. - Ryan Mo

 

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