Milk Crate #90

Photo by Samuel Zeller

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1“Dang!” – Mac Miller (feat. Anderson .Paak)

Genre: Rap

Yup.

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2“Ghost” – VHS Collection

Genre: Synth-Pop

“It’s a dance beat played on live drums with some darker lyrics, which is a combo we love.”

And so do we. Seriously, that’s a fantastic one-two punch. VHS Collection is coming off of a Lollapalooza high — not surprising, given their aptitude for catchy synth leads and high-energy live performances. The New York three-piece makes dancing joyfully while drenched in nostalgia-soaked tears seem totally okay.

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3“Magazine Perfection” – The Khanz

Genre: Indie-Electronic

“Magazine Perfection” is the first taste we’ve had of The Khanz‘s newest material, and it is hauntingly beautiful — like the view of a wild storm from a warm house. It’s hard to pin them down, but think CHVRCHES. And then push the envelope a little towards ZHU. I’m blown away that this eccentric four-piece hasn’t received more praise and social media kudos.

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4“Teddy Bear” – Toni and Ash

Genre: Pop

Britney Spears’ teenage girl charm meets Prince style guitar & bass. Miss the 80’s? Simply watch the video for a ‘Wedding Singer’ style teleportation back to the disco. Katy Perry had dancing sharks, Toni and Ash have a band made of life-sized dancing teddy bears. It’s okay to be a little freaked out.

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5“The Toxic Waste Song” – Matt Ferree

Genre: Pop-rock

“The song is about a man who is changing everything about himself to win back the girl of his dreams.”

Matt Ferree doesn’t play the smoke and mirrors game — he knows what’s in his tool shed and plays the appropriately constructed music. Driven by a tinge of 2000’s emo (think Plain White T’s, Say Anything) and modern day pop appointments, this not-so-feel-good pop-rock tune winks with upbeat fervor and sighs with lyrical hesitance.

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