Weekend Tune-Up; Minus the Bear, Bearcubs and Young Galaxy lead a new music playlist — stream/download

Beary cool collection of the best new hip-hop and indie rock.

click to enlarge BEARY COOL: Minus The Bear, who have a slow jam streaming in our new music playlist below. - Shervin Lainez
Shervin Lainez
BEARY COOL: Minus The Bear, who have a slow jam streaming in our new music playlist below.

The warmth is slowly creeping back into our days. The mild days will soon give way to scorching heat. While you're outside partaking in activities, your Weekly Tune-Up is always a great partner. You can take it anywhere and it won't complain how many times you hit repeat. Be sure to hit that follow button while on the Spotify page. Let's see what's got me buzzing on this week's mixtape.

Minus The Bear is back! After a five year hiatus the Seattle indie rockers have given us VOIDS, their sixth proper LP. Known for their guitar riffs, mid-tempo grooves and prog-rock influences, Minus The Bear have brought all of those sounds from their previous albums and hit blend on VOIDS. MTB are always good for at least one slow jam rocker per album, and "Erase" falls right in line; meanwhile frontman Jake Snider's vocals are as smooth and rangy as ever.

London-based Bearcubs (Jack Ritchie) have kept hype around by releasing some impressive tunes one at a time, and now we have Underwaterfall, his latest EP. "False Mirrors" is my favorite track of the four from the EP. Ghostly vocals surround electronic pulses and thumping bass lines. Ritchie has put together one sexy package. I will be looking forward to his future releases.

Let's be honest, Canadians know how to create music and have been doing so for some time now. Young Galaxy being from Montreal are part of that talent pool from our northern neighbors. I've been a longtime fan of Young Galaxy and always have an eye out for new material, since they release one of singles from time to time. "Stay For Real" is their new tune and appears to be more serious this time around with a poignant message. It's your typical Young Galaxy with splashes of dreamy disco wooziness and the airy vocals from Catherine McCandless. Keep doing your thing, YG. 

Weekend Tune-Up LIV - stream/download

01. Minus The Bear, "Erase"

02. Ride, "Home Is A Feeling"

03. Bad Wave, "Time to Get Lost"

04. High Hazels, "Pitch Black Night"

05. Real Estate, "Stained Glass"

06. Asgeir, "Unbound"

07. Chastity Belt, "Different Now"

08. Furns, "Nite Time"

09. Temples, "Born into the Sunset"

10. Cold War Kids, "Can We Hang On?"

11. Jay Som, "Baybee"

12. Bearcubs, "False MIrrors"

13. FKJ, "Skyline"

14. Amir Obe, "WISH YOU WELL"

15. Young Galaxy, "Stay for Real"

Scroll to read more Music News articles


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.