Chet Faker – 1998Electronic, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby Chet Faker

Chet Faker – 1998

Chet Faker hasn’t disappointed me…ever. Not once. Everything he puts out kills me. This one makes me wanna jump outta bed and move. If you don’t have tickets to his show in DC on 5/15, do so now. It will sell out, and you will miss out. Listen to the rest of Chet’s album Built On Glass on Spotify here.
Kitten – Like A StrangerCassiel, Folk / Rock / Alt, Pop images-5

Kitten – Like A Stranger

LA’s Kitten, fronted by force-to-be-reckoned-with Chloe Chaidez, has really locked down the 80s alt-rock pop thing, and are finally releasing their debut album this summer. I just love how Janet Jackson this video is.


Taylor McFerrin – The Antidote (feat. Nai Palm)Hip-Hop, R&B / Soul, Toby McFerrin

Taylor McFerrin – The Antidote (feat. Nai Palm)

Loving this collabo from Taylor McFerrin and Nai Palm off McFerrin’s forthcoming Early Riser. Set to drop June 3rd from LA indie label Brainfeeder, the album is sure to impress.

Production on point,


Quadron – “Crush”Julia, Pop, R&B / Soul coco-o-quadron-flower

Quadron – “Crush”

This whimsical sultry swoonfest by Danish duo Quadron is wooing me out of my rainy day blues today. Frontwoman Coco O’s voice is so goddamn dreamy. If you want to listen to a really great soul album, check out the rest of the duo’s 2013 album Avalanche. Honestly, y’all. So nostalgic and transporting, I can almost pretend that the guy next to me on the subway didn’t just piss himself.

Sylvan Esso – CoffeeElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Pop, Toby SE

Sylvan Esso – Coffee

We finally got around to checking out Sylvan Esso’s video for their track “Coffee” and it rules. Dancing, house parties, puke and close ups all combine to make this video something spectacular. Watch out for their debut album coming out in May and an interview we have with them soon!


Summer Camp – Round The MoonElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Pop, Toby Summer Camp

Summer Camp – Round The Moon

Married couple Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey make up Summer Camp, with a synth-heavy 80s pop sound. They’re playing an early show (6:30 PM) tonight, 4/11, at DC9, get $10 tix here or at the door.

See you tonight,


Chad VanGaalen – “Where Are You?”Folk / Rock / Alt, Julia CVG_ShrinkDustLPJacket_Working

Chad VanGaalen – “Where Are You?”

This song was introduced to me by a buddy of mine through a playlist we share. Upon reading about this guy, I’m definitely intrigued. Originally from Calgary, Canada, Chad VanGaalen got his start recording his own CDs with hand-made art. Shrink Dust, to be released at the end of April, will be his fifth full-length album, and beyond having some of the coolest artwork EVER, it is also partially the soundtrack to an animated sci-fi film project he’s working on called Translated Log of Inhabitants. I could write on and on about this guy, but I’ll let you just listen for yourself.


Donovan – Riki Tiki Tavi#TBT, Cassiel images-4

Donovan – Riki Tiki Tavi

I’ve always loved Donovan’s trippy folk-pop odes of yesteryear and can’t believe he’s still doin’ it – he released another album just last year. I’m sure to give it a listen, but I’ll always be partial to this old gem. A song comparing The Jungle Book with the socio-political climate of the 60s? By a Scottish folk-singing girly man? Who influenced the Beatles, not the other way around? Sure!


#TBT Playlist#TBT, Folk / Rock / Alt, R&B / Soul, Toby Funkadelic

#TBT Playlist

I just threw together a 3.5 hour playlist of some of my favorite throwback tunes. Mostly Soul, Motown and Rock & Roll. Hope you like.


Chrome Sparks – GoddessElectronic, Hip-Hop, Toby Chrome Sparks

Chrome Sparks – Goddess

We first heard about Ann Arbor-based Chrome Sparks a couple years back with his free album My <3, and of course his track “Marijuana.” You can definitely hear some of that album on this new track. He’s better than ever and playing at DC9 on 4/30/14. Get $10 tickets here if you’ll be around DC.


SZA – “Sweet November”Julia, Pop, R&B / Soul SZA-Z-ALBUM-COVER

SZA – “Sweet November”

Okay. So, it’s quite possible that my obsession with SZA is bordering on unhealthy, but after listening to Z, her first full-length that was just released today, none of y’all can tell me nothin’. Between Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA, Top Dawg Entertainment is officially running the game in 2014. I’m not mad about it.

Stream the full album here.


Fuzz – “This Time I Found A Reason”Folk / Rock / Alt, Julia bands_fuzz

Fuzz – “This Time I Found A Reason”

Fuzz is a project inspired by and named for the almighty “Fuzz Face” pedal: an effects pedal used for electric guitar and bass whose name alone is perfectly descriptive of its effect and sound. Its namesake band is masterminded by garage rock wunderkind Ty Segall and his childhood friend Charles Mootheart. After reading their bio on Trouble in Mind Records, it would seem that no description could do them better justice; “FUZZ brings the heavy; addictive & ferocious slabs of doomy fuzzed-out psychedelic rock & fucking ROLL that break open the gates of Hades & lurch forward like rabid hounds of Hell!” If that doesn’t sell you on them, maybe this layman’s youtube comment will: ”i would like to make a song, called : ‘ I was virgin before your songs Ty Segall’ “

Damn straight.


First Aid Kit – “Silver Lining”Folk / Rock / Alt, Julia first-aid-kit-stay-gold-2014-promo-636-1

First Aid Kit – “Silver Lining”

Oh good lord, yes.

First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk band made up of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg. “Silver Lining” is the first single from their forthcoming second LP Stay Gold, and if the rest of the record is as lush as this first single, I’d say we have a lot to look forward to.



TĀLĀ – “The Duchess”Electronic, Julia, Pop TALA_Duchess_750_750_90_s

TĀLĀ – “The Duchess”

We don’t know too much about London-based Iranian producer TĀLĀ, other than the fact that she rules. This track was informally released through London label Aesop, home to other Ruckus faves like Sohn.


Cherry Glazerr – “Grilled Cheese”Folk / Rock / Alt, Julia, Pop Cherry-Glazerr-band-photos

Cherry Glazerr – “Grilled Cheese”

Ladies and gents, meet my new obsession: Cherry Glazerr is an acid-washed dream-pop band out of LA fronted by guitarist dreamboat Clementine Creevy. I love this shit, guys.

“Get on your knees if you want a bite.”


Tek.lun – Hip Hop Feat. GoldLinkHip-Hop, Toby Tek.Lun

Tek.lun – Hip Hop Feat. GoldLink

Welp, HW&W (Huh What & Where) Recordings gives us yet another banger. This track is off of Tek.lun’s debut beat tape: Ridin’ Round. It’s available on bandcamp for a name-your-price with no minimum, but $how $ome love here.

GoldLink, rapping on this track, is coming to DC on 4/12, and one of our favorite producers, Lakim, will be opening for him. Get $15 tickets to their show at U st Music Hall here.

“In the back seat,”


Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Thuggin”Hip-Hop, Julia header

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Thuggin”

I got totally blindsided by the release of Piñata, the collaboration lovechild of rapper Freddie Gibbs and beatpro legend Madlib, released just a couple weeks ago. This album almost sounds like a remix project – the combination of Gibbs’ grittier, drawling flows and Madlib’s sample-heavy, Dilla-style beats are almost antithetic, but it works.

That Scarface leather jacket though….


L’Orange – “The Mad Writer” (ft. yU)Hip-Hop, Julia lorange

L’Orange – “The Mad Writer” (ft. yU)

One particularly lazy couch-bound afternoon, my roommate put on L’Orange, and my interest was piqued. The North Carolina-based beat producer finds his inspiration in pre-1950s jazz (as you may gather) and has a vintage feel similar to old Wax Tailor and Nightmares on Wax. This track is off his 2012 album The Mad Writer, featuring yU, one of my absolute favorite DC emcees.


P L A Y L U S T – M A R C HCassiel, Electronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Julia, Paige, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby march playlust

P L A Y L U S T – M A R C H

Well we’re sneaking this March Playlust in under the wire. It’s been a solid month of tunes, so here’s over an hour of our beat-driven favorites.



Pale – RundownElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby Pale

Pale – Rundown

Not sure how I missed this one when it came out 4 months ago. Pale is a London-based musician, but I can’t seem to find much more on him/them.

This track will do for now,