Quick Hits: Brody Dalle, Secret Cities, The Vacant Lots, Orenda Fink, Mainland

  • Covered in blood, booze and pills, Brody Dalle debuted her new video for “Don’t Mess With Me” on Refinery 29. The track is from Dalle’s debut solo release, Diploid Love, a riotous blast of punk rock with a pop sheen that storms through ideas about the modern age, triumphing against the odds and even spirituality. Brody will debut the deeply personal track, “Don’t Mess With Me” on television on the Late Show With David Letterman on July 23.
  • Secret Cities‘ new LP ‘Walk Me Home’ is out now on Western Vinyl (Dawn Landes, Old Podrida, Ava Luna). Funded by Kickstarter and recorded in a brisk 10 day burst of collaborative creativity at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco with Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Deerhoof, Erase Errata) manning the controls, ‘Walk Me Home’ marks the first time the band recorded together in a studio. AllMusic gave the album 4 stars and hailed it as Secret Cities’ “strongest release yet.” Stream the album in full at AllMusic.
  • The Vacant Lots‘ debut album ‘Departure’ is released on June 30 and the duo from Burlington, Vermont, have already won over some influential fans – including Alan Vega (who has just released a split single with them), Anton Newcombe (who has invited them to support The Brian Jonestown Massacre on their UK tour), Dean Wareham (who guests on their album) and cult novelist Jerry Stahl (who has been raving about them on Twitter). In anticipation of the release The Vacant Lots are sharing their video for “6 AM” via The Quietus.
  • Orenda Fink will release her new album, ‘Blue Dream,’ on August 19 via Saddle Creek. Entertainment Weekly has premiered “You Can Be Loved” from the album.
  • Check out Mainland‘s summery video for ‘Leave The Lights On.’


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