A wave of new sounds: 5 new tracks you'll hear on The Current

by Peter Valelly

This week we kick off another fall member drive here at The Current, but that doesn't mean there's nothing else exciting going on. Here, you can check out a sampling of some of the great new music we've added to our mix lately, including new tracks from established artists like Tegan and Sara and A.C. Newman alongside relative newcomers Dark Dark Dark and Lavender Diamond.

Tegan & Sara – "Closer"

Canadian twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara have amassed a huge and passionate following over the course of 17 years playing together, with six full-lengths of smart, heartfelt indie-pop in their wake. A seventh, Heartthrob, is due out in January, and the band has already released the first single from that album, the lush electro-pop tune "Closer."

A.C. Newman – "Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns"

New Pornographers frontman A.C. Newman is set to release his third solo LP Shut Down the Streets next week. Fellow erstwhile Pornographer Neko Case moonlights on backing vocals on the lead single, "Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns," a masterclass in warm-hearted power-pop complete with crunchy guitars and a bright, surging chorus.

Dark Dark Dark – "Tell Me"

Experimental jazz-folk ensemble Dark Dark Dark guested on last weekend's Local Show and were featured in our Local Music Exchange last week, but their reach extends far beyond the Twin Cities scene. Hotly tipped by tastemaking outlets like Pitchfork, Dark Dark Dark are sure to find their buzz picking up steam on the heels of the release of their third full-length album Who Needs Who earlier this week. Check out their single "Tell Me."

Tragically Hip – "At Transformation"

These Canadian rock vets have enjoyed only sporadic U.S. success during nearly three decades of existence, but they're a well-established staple of their native country's rock scene, routlinely catapulting their albums to the top of Canada's charts and picking up Juno Awards (think the Grammys, but Canadian). Now for Plan A, released this week, marks the quintet's twelfth album, and lead single "At Transformation" is a driving alt-rock epic.

Lavender Diamond – "I Don't Recall"

This L.A.-based act crafts soaring, melodic indie-pop with equal footing in electro and country. Last month they released their third full-length album Incorruptible Heart, produced by Damian Kulash of OK Go. "I Don't Recall," off of that album, puts frontwoman Becky Stark's complex and charismatic vocal presence center stage.