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In The Mix: Pure Bathing Culture

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Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman have been making music together for several years. They played with Andy Cabic in the band Vetiver for a while where they began to connect musically before going on to play shows as Pure Bathing Culture. They got a lot of attention back in 2013 with the release of their debut album Moon Tides, a beautiful, chilled-out dream-pop record. Leading the way was the song “Pendulum.”

 

 

The Portland duo describe the music on Moon Tides as what came naturally to them when they wrote together. But on their new album, Pray For Rain, they knew they wanted to step out of the box and approach writing and recording differently than they had in the past. They chose the right guy for job, enlisting the acclaimed producer and engineer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, The Walkmen, Sarah Jaffe) to help take their music in a new direction. They recently released the album’s title track and right off the bat we hear a change in sound, with the up-beat drum samples and wall of swirling synths and guitars that comes tumbling in. Versprille is also sounding more confident than ever on “Pray For Rain.” Listen below, and keep your ear out for new music from Pure Bathing Culture on WTMD.

Pray For Rain comes out 10/23 on Partisan.

 

The Saturday Alternative: 08-29-15

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This week on The Saturday Alternative, we rocked out with brand new music from The Dead Weather, The Fratellis and Australian punk rockers Royal Headache. We heard a catchy new single from Emily Haines and Metric, and had some fun with with the energetic Baltimore band, Sun Club. They just signed to ATO Records and…

Weekend on the Radio Aug. 27th – 30th

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Time to make your plans with Sam and Don. It’s Weekend on the Radio, made possible by Live Baltimore. There’s the Charm City Mods vs. Rockers event. There’s also a wizard at AVAM, Silversun Pickups and oysters in Fells. Plus the All Mighty Senators are at BWI, The Fleshtones are at the Patterson, and the…

In The Mix: Gospel Machine

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  Minneapolis quintet Gospel Machine describe themselves as a “garage gospel” band. Their music brings to mind some of the greats, like Otis Redding and Sharon Jones, and it’s that garage-grit and attitude, along with frontwoman Jayanthi Kyle’s stunning vocals, that make their sound so authentic. We’ve taken notice here at WTMD, and we think…

In The Mix: Boy & Bear

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  We’ve been fans of Aussie band Boy and Bear since 2011, when we first heard their smooth and infectious, emotionally driven indie-folk rock. Their debut album, Moonfire, swept the ARIA Awards that year, winning them five awards out of seven nominations, including Album of the Year and Best Group. Their song “Feeding Line” was…

The Saturday Alternative: Playlist 08-22-15

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 This week on The Saturday Alternative, we dove right in with a wildly impressive new song from Diane Coffee, the solo project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming. We hit the dance floor with exciting new music from Disclosure, who are set to release their highly anticipated followup to 2013’s Settle, and we got moving to a…

In The Mix: Them Vibes

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The secret’s out on Nashville five-piece Them Vibes. Since forming a couple years ago, they’ve been tearing up the Nashville and Austin underground with their raw and sweaty rock’n’roll and energetic live shows. Now, with the gritty sway and swagger of their new single “Mamma’s Got A Secret,” they seem ready to take over the…

In The Mix: Rayland Baxter

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If you had to neatly file away the music of singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter, the “Americana” folder would be a suitable place. That being said, there is something very unique about his sound that is helping to bring him fans of all kinds; from the roots and country purists, to the hip indie rockers. He recently…

The Saturday Alternative: Playlist 08-15-15

This week on The Saturday Alternative, we heard a haunting new track from DC synth pop duo GEMS, who are set to release their debut full length, “Kill The One You Love,” in October.  We also heard a fresh new sound from Night Beds (aka. Winston Yellen), a beautifully ethereal and rhythmic new song from…

Weekend On The Radio: August 13th – 16th

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It’s hot. It’s August. Time for The Hot August Music Festival this weekend. Plus, the Ravens are playing, along with Citizen Cope, Matt Hutchison, Edwin McCain, and The Rhythm Future Quartet. And if music and football aren’t enough, there’s art, airiel art at the Patterson, and the painted kind at the Towson Arts Collective. Listen…

In The Mix: Carroll

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    Allow us to introduce you to Carroll, a Minneapolis based quartet who are just starting to make waves nationally with their hazy, moody and psychadelic brand of dream-pop. You may have already heard their song “Alligator” on WTMD.   Named after the street where singer/guitarist/keyboardist Brian Furlow and drummer Charlie Rudoy shared a…

In The Mix: Lianne La Havas

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‘In the Mix’  is a new series where we introduce you to some of the up and coming artists and bands that you’ll hear on WTMD.     London born singer songwriter Lianne La Havas may be an unfamiliar name to most Americans, but she’s been a rising star in the UK since first arriving…

The Saturday Alternative: Playlist 08-08-15

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This week on The Saturday Alternative, we rocked out with new music from Nashville’s Them Vibes, Atlanta’s Starbenders, San Diego’s Wavves, and Oxford’s Foals. We got down and dirty with dance-punks !!! (pronounced “Chk Chk Chk”) and British producer Julio Bashmore, and we got weird with La Luz and Gardens & Villa. We also checked…

Beach House Preview Two New Songs From “Depression Cherry”

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A couple of weeks ago the acclaimed Baltimore duo Beach House (Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand) released a new song called “Sparks,” our first taste of their forthcoming album Depression Cherry.  It’s a breathtaking song with lots of surprising sounds and textures, and it left many of us anxious and curious to hear more of…

Weekend on the Radio: Aug. 6th – 9th

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It’s a First Thursday weekend starting tonight. Plus there’s bug music at the Natural History Society of Maryland, and Baltimore music at The Crown. Little Italy is back to showing movies, BronyCon is back and One Direction joins in the pony fun. Also, Sublime and more music downtown and the Jewish Museum of Maryland has…

Weekend on the Radio: July 30th – August 2nd

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It’s a wet and wonderful weekend in Baltimore with Fluid Movement’s new water ballet called Goldblum in it’s final weekend. Plus there’s the Imporv Festival and Baltimore’s birthday. Also, there’s lots of music this weekend- including: Legends of Etc at Live Lunch, Cara Kelly at BWI Live, Tedeschi Trucks at Pier 6, Delbert McClinton, and…