The Tams – Untie Me#TBT, R&B / Soul, Toby tams

The Tams – Untie Me

I got to hear this song for the first time last Friday at a late night hot rod show with a bunch of old timers in a Maryland mall parking lot. Needless to say, the 65 year old DJ blew me away with some deep cuts in between engine roars.


Wings Of Freedom – July ’15Cassiel, Julia, Paige, Toby wings of freedom

Wings Of Freedom – July ’15

Treat yoself this glorious independence day to an all-day playlist by your favorite rabble-rousin’ patriots. Bonus contributions from everyone’s favorite American Mike Del Rey. so get those grills fired up and those flags a’ flyin’, cause it’s the 4th of July, baby.


P L A Y L U S T – J U L Y ’15Cassiel, Electronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby July

P L A Y L U S T – J U L Y ’15

We know, we know, we’ve been slackin’ a bit, but here’s over an hour of new tunes to start July out right.

Jack Grace – Hills
LEISURE – Got It Bad
Panda Bear – Crosswords (Pete Rock Remix)
Misun – After Me
PHONY PPL – Why iii Love The Moon
Sam Cooke – Having a party (ProleteR tribute) EP edit
Havvks – Revival
La Luz – Don’t Wanna Be Anywhere
The Parrots – I’m Not Alone
Hudsone Mohawke – RYDERZ (Ruckus Edit)
PHONY PPL – Yesterdays Lips
luca – Best On ft Tei Shi
Petit Biscuit – Palms [Filthy Fortune Records]
Kenny Segal – summer thots
Misun – Nobody Knows
Mesa Luna – Church Garden
Slow Magic – Waited 4 U (ODESZA Remix)


Kenny Segal – CollegeHip-Hop, Toby kenny-segal-college

Kenny Segal – College

LA-based KennySegal wanted to “reflect back on my favorite part or college…” See what he means with this track.

ROSEAU – AlrightElectronic, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby roseau-350x350

ROSEAU – Alright

ROSEAU took a mic and a laptop into an abandoned warehouse and recorded as many different sounds as possible to create this track. It took a year and a half, but it’s finally here. Get the free download.

Converse Rubber Tracks Studio OpeningCassiel, Electronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby Rubber Tracks

Converse Rubber Tracks Studio Opening

Converse loves the “creative class” and seeks out ways to support the musicians that have supported them in so many ways throughout the years. I got to sit down with some of the people behind the project to get filled in on the details, check it all out here.

The Parrots – I’m Not AloneFolk / Rock / Alt, Toby parrots_cover2_copy

The Parrots – I’m Not Alone

Whoa. The Parrots new EP, Weed For The Parrots, will be on loop for the foreseeable future. These dudes make you feel like you’re tripping on the beach.

Sam Cooke – Having a party (ProleteR tribute)Electronic, Hip-Hop, R&B / Soul, Toby ProleteR

Sam Cooke – Having a party (ProleteR tribute)

This guy has been making slick remixes of older tracks from Toulouse and all of them are free. Check out his soundcloud page for quick and easy downloads.


luca – Best On ft. Tei ShiElectronic, Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby beston

luca – Best On ft. Tei Shi

Luca and Tei Shi colab’ now my favorite track of the summer.


SOAK – Sea CreaturesFolk / Rock / Alt, Toby SOAK

SOAK – Sea Creatures

Still just 18 years old, SOAK sounds like a veteran. This track is off of her debut album, ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’, released through Rough Trade. She’ll be playing DC9 on July 12th for just $12. Don’t miss it.

Converse Rubber Tracks#TBT, Electronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby Abbey_hires

Converse Rubber Tracks

A friend of mine, hit me up with a new Converse Announcement surrounding it’s Converse Rubber Tracks music platform, which is slated to take over some of the most iconic recording studios in music history later this fall.

For the first time ever, Converse Rubber Tracks will have the keys to legendary studios including Abbey Road in London, England; Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, California; Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, Germany; Tuff Gong in Kingston, Jamaica — among many others. Aspiring artists of all genres from all corners of the world are encouraged to apply; selected artists will then have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of legends, past and present, and record original music in each of the studios during a two week period in September 2015 – at absolutely no cost.

So if you’re an “aspiring artist” head over to their registration page: before Wednesday, June 24th.

Backyard Hang#TBT, Cassiel, Electronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Julia, Paige, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby Banff, Canada in the 1950s (4)

Backyard Hang

Spring has sprung and summer is near. The Ruckus fam put together over four hours of tunes to chill to outdoors. We’ll keep adding to it if you keep following.


Young Fathers – ShameElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby Young Fathers

Young Fathers – Shame

From YOUNG FATHERS’ new album WHITE MEN ARE BLACK MEN TOO, released April 6th on BIG DADA Records. These dudes have been rumored to put on an incredible live show, with the video to prove it. NYC fam’, go see them on April 10th at Music Hall of Williamsburg. DC kids, catch them at Rock & Roll Hotel on April 12th.


Richard Swift – Would YouFolk / Rock / Alt, Toby richard

Richard Swift – Would You

This guy is talented. He has produced songs for acts like Foxygen, Guster and The Shins, played bass and sang back up vocals with the Black Keys, and most importantly; created his own sound.

On his production style, Swift said: “Most of my recording techniques come from looking at photos on the inside of Sly & The Family Stone or Beatles LPs, or from watching ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ and thinking, ‘Oh! That’s where they put the mic!”


P L A Y L U S T – M A R C HElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Paige, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby records

P L A Y L U S T – M A R C H

We missed February, but March needed a P L A Y L U S T, enjoy:

Toby & Paige

P L A Y L U S T – J A N U A R YElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Pop, R&B / Soul, Toby january image

P L A Y L U S T – J A N U A R Y

We missed December, but thought we’d put together a special 40 minute Playlust for January. From some of our consistent favorites like St. South, to new acts like FOYNES, it’s all here.



Truly Madly Mixtape // 0115Cassiel, Julia, Paige, Toby TrulyMadly1

Truly Madly Mixtape // 0115

Is it better to burn out than to fade away? We aren’t trying to do either. Fresh batch of mixtapes from the gang, plus a bonus collabo from Julia and Cassiel on some January Disco vibes. Enjoy fools!!!!!!!!!!!



Deers – BambooFolk / Rock / Alt, Toby Deers

Deers – Bamboo

Based in Madrid, these babes have the harmony game of a 60s girl group. Watch out for Deers.


P L A Y L U S T – N O V E M B E R#TBT, Electronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Pop, Toby November Playlust Logo-page1

P L A Y L U S T – N O V E M B E R

It’s been a bit since the last Playlust, so here’s a strong set of our latest favorites to make up for it.


Misun InterviewElectronic, Folk / Rock / Alt, Hip-Hop, Pop, Toby misun-superstitions

Misun Interview

We were lucky enough to interview Misun just in time for their debut album release! Check it all out here.