The Breakers - RNR's Guide to the BEST new music

We love finding new music.  More so, we love sharing the new music we find with you!  That's why we've launched The Breakers - a new music feature highlighting songs and artists we think you'll love! Check out who we've been checking out below! 

The Killers - Caution


If there's on thing you can say about The Killers - it is that they can write some catchy songs ... From Mr. Brightside to The Man - Brandon FLowers and co. have been churning out some of the greatest post punk synth pop new wave revival alt rock jams since they formed in 2001. 


The band will release their their 6th studio album titled Imploding the Mirage on May 29 - and the first single - Caution - is an absolute banger ... as to be expected.




The Killers are due to  hit the road to support the album this fall, with a stop in Wasthington DC on Octobert 3rd .... However - due to Corona Virus pandemic - the band decided to delay the on sale of the tickets for the tour ... but - they are doing something pretty cool for those feeling the effects of the national emergency - they will be donating a portion of their ticket income to charities helping out help people whose service industry jobs are impacted by the Coronavirus.  Keep an eye out HERE for when tickets will be on sale


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HAIM - The Steps


HAIM - the trio of sisters from LA  will release their third studio album - Women in Music PtIII  via Columbia Records on April 24  (preorder here )


When asked about the album title - Alana Haim said :


"I liked it because we are literally women in music and we always get written about that way, so it seemed cool to make it our own and control the narrative.  It made me think about some of our experiences more.”


As for the cover art - it seems to be a nod to their past ... the band played their first show at the famed Canters Deli in LA ... and to promote Women in Music PtIII - the band embarked on a delis across America tour - that included a stop in DC (see footage here) 


The first single released from Women in Music PtIIIThe Steps  - was accompanied by a Paul Thomas Anderson and Danielle Haim directed video - which you can check out below: 


Haim - The Steps




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Bakar - Hell N Back


When the song Hell N Back arrived at the station ... we fell in love with Bakar immediately... we weren't alone either - everytime we played the track - more and more of you reached out asking about the singer from London.  


Turns out - we weren't the only ones who were impressed ... the musician - who got started by posting tracks to Soundcloud using samples from Bombay Bicycle Club and King Krule - has also caught the ear of Elton John and Skepta. He's been compared to Bloc Party and says he uses bands like Foals and Madlib to create a sound that's a melting pot of indie, rap, rock, and punk.  


check it out for yourself ... the only thing we can't figure out is why he didn't list LP or Peter Bjorn and John as an influence ;) 


Bakar - Hell N Back (Official Video)





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Tennis - Need Your Love


The husband and wife indie pop duo Tennis are back with their fifth full-length release - Swimmer - and the lead single is the perfect way to introduce an album that was released on Valentine's Day  


Tennis - Need Your Love (Official Video)




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The Lone Bellow - Count Me Me




It's been a while since we've heard from our friends The Lone Bellow (rememeber the good times we had at their Private Artist Showcase in 2017?


Well - the alt-country / Americana trio from Brooklyn - are back - with a new album called Half Moon Light.  And the lead single is another killer track! 


In case you missed the showcase and the story of the band (or just need a refresher) - the band started as a project of lead singer Zach Williams.  After his wife suffered temporary paralysis following a horseback riding accident - Zach began journaling as a coping mechanism.  After her recovery - the couple moved to Brooklyn - and linked up with old friend Brian Elmquist and Kanene Pipkin - and The Lone Bellow was born.  


Since then - they have released four albums and their latest output might be our favorite! 



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Marcus King - The Well

Sure - anyone can call themselves a "23 years old guitar phenom and innovative songwriter" but when you catch the (easy) eye of Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and he produces your debut solo album - you must be doing something right! 


That's just what happend to South Carolina Native Marcus King ... who's new album El Dorado is out now on Auerbach's label Easy Eye Sound.  We totally dig the track The Well ... 


Marcus King - The Well (Official Music Video)


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Michigander - Misery


For Jason Singer - the naming his musical project Michigander (a nickname for someone from Michigan) was the perfect way to pay homage to his homestate.  


“I’ve always loved the Midwest.  I don’t ever see myself leaving. Everybody gravitates towards the coasts, but I love it here. It’s homey. We have seasons. Everything is close together. My motto is, ‘It’s not about where you are, but who you’re with’. Well, everyone I love is here. I’d rather be with people I care about back here than be alone in the best place in the world. The music speaks to all of that.” 


And that it does- the track Misery spoke to us the first time we heard it and was one of our favorite finds of 2019 - and now our song of the week on The Breakers  

Michigander -Misery 









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Coldplay - Orphans


Everyday Life - The latest album from Coldplay - is an adventurous departure from the sound the band has become associated with .. and we really dig it! 


The song Orphans was one of our favorite tracks of 2019 - ending up at number 12 of our top songs of 2019 ... Take a listen below and see why 






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The Highwomen - Crowded Table


We've been big on The Highwomen for some time now ... remember that amazing cover of The Chain


But maybe its the holiday season that has us really into their newest single - Crowded Table.  


"I want a house with a crowded table" just has a nice holiday vibe to it ... so let this be the soundtrack to your holiday meals :) 

The Highwomen: Crowded Table








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Vampire Weekend - Sunflower


Vampire Weekend's fourth studio album Father of the Bride was the band's first project in nearly six years - and it was well worth the wait!  The 18 song output from the NYC indie rock outfit is already on multiple "best of 2019 lists" and the band is also been named one of "the most ~important~ bands of the 21st century" 


All that aside -  they are pretty chill people - doing a lot of cool things in 2019 - like an Earth Day Pop Up Concert, taking audience requests at their shows, and even sitting down with our own Nicole for a podcast episode.  


But the new song from FOTB we can't stop listening to is Sunflower ... and we aren't the only ones loving it - its already been streamed 16 MILLION times! Check out the official Jonah Hill directed video below, featuring cameos by Jerry Seinfeld and Fab 5 Freddy.  


Vampire Weekend - Sunflower ft. Steve Lacy (Official Video)




Speaking of the podcast with Nicole - here it is: 



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Teskey Brothers - So Caught Up


Blues from down under ...that's what The Teskey Brothers provide ... formed in 2008 by brothers Josh (vocals) and Sam Teskey (guitar) - along with Brendon Love (bass ) and Liam Gough (drums)  - the band has an infectuous sound that is a blend of R&B, soul and jazz - reminiscent of Wilson Pickett, and Otis Redding.  Check out the lead single - So Caught Up from their album Run Home Slow.  


The Teskey Brothers - So Caught Up (Official Video)



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CAAMP - By & By



We get lots of records from new bands here at the station … some good … some not so good.  But sometimes we get some that blow us away … and that’s what happened when we pressed play for the first time on By & By – the new record by the Athens, Ohio trio known as CAAMP. 


Yes – CAAMP – two A’s … so people could find them easier on the internet. 


The band has been at it since 2013 – gigging, recording, grinding – but with their latest release – By and By (available now via Mom & Pop Records), the band does just what their website claims – “Ohio boys make a beautiful noise”


Just listen to Peach Fuzz below and try to disagree  





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Local Natives - Violet Street


Local Natives describe When Am I Gonna Lose You, the latest single from Violet Street - their 4th studio album, as a song about 'when you feel like something is just way too good to be true almost and you just know that you are going to mess it up or fate is going to intervene ... and its kind of a sad name for a love song' 


That's pretty heavy from a band that has led the way in the SoCal Indie genre with their airy laid back styles ... the song may have a heavy meaning - but the sound carries the sound they have been championing for the past decade! 


Local Natives - When Am I Gonna Lose You (Official Music Video)

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The National - I Am Easy To Find


Album after Album - The National continue to grow and expand musically.  The band's latest release, I Am Easy To Find, is their 8th full length album and on it - they explore previsously unchartered musical  territory.  The album features special guests, different sounds, and unexpected turns - but still the same quintesential song writing ... but in the end - I Am Easy to Find - "features several songs that will feel like returning home for longtime National fans"


Check out  You Had Your Soul With You - the albums first single below 




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Cage the Elephant - Social Cues



There are some iconic duos out there - Batman and Robin, Hamburgers and Fries, Han Solo and Chewbacca ... but when Beck and Cage the Elephant teamed up and released the BANGER Night Running - it went on our heavy rotation playlist (also of note - Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle has a writing credit on the song too!)


Night Running is just ONE of the jams we love off Cage's new album Social Cues ... and we can't wait to see them live at Merriweather with Beck ! 


Catch Beck, Cage the Elephant and Spoon at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 22


Cage The Elephant, Beck - Night Running (Official Video)





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Adia Victoria - Different Kind of Love



The first thing you need to know about Adia Victoria is that she is not an Americana artist.  Victoria was quick to correct someone once that "Adia Victoria does not sing Americana.  Adia Victoria sings the blues." 



And Adia Victoria sings the blues well.  Adia first came across our radar when she popped in the studio for an impromptu performance.  We were all blown away and cancelled our plans for the night and headed to her show in DC.  


Since then - we've been tracking her every move and falling more and more in love with the track "Different Kind of Love"  


Take a listen for yourself and tell us we're wrong.  We hope to be seeing whole lot more of this Nashville songstress soon! 



Adia Victoria - Different Kind Of Love [Official Music Video]







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Delacey - My Man


Sometimes you spend a lot of time behind the scenes in the music industry and finally want to get a little shine for yourself... case in point - Delacey.


She's been writing hit songs for other artists for artists like Halsey and Zara Larrsson for a while now - but kept the track My Man for herself ... and we're super glad for her selfishness :) 


From the opening line - "Bitch don't steal my man ... he's got a weakness for girls like you" ... she had us hooked ... with her laid back vibes reminding us a little of Lana Del Ray ... check it out for yourself and let us knw what you think! 




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Flora Cash - Run This Town


We love the atmospheric indie folk and pop music that Flora Cash put out … but what we love even more is how the duo came to be… In 2012, the pair met on SoundCloud and formed a cross-Atlantic courtship which led to a musical connection.  Soon, Shpresa Lleshaj traveled from Stockholm to Minneapolis to collaborate with Cole Randall in person. They returned to Sweden together and immediately began work as Flora Cash.


Their new EP – PRESS – features the super dreamy They Own This Town … be sure to pick it up today! 


Flora Cash play Baltimore Soundstage on May 8th.  


flora cash - They Own This Town (Official Video)




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Jade Bird - I Get No Joy


Last year ... we were all over Jade Bird after hearing her sing at SXSW in Austin - we immediately booked her to come to Annapolis for a Private Artist Showcase (see pictures here) 


Over the past year - we've heard plenty from the British singer, songwriter and musician's album - and the latest track might just be our favorite yet!  Check out I Get No Joy Below and pick up a copy her self titled album when it hits stores April 19! 






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Smith and Thell - Forgive Me Friend


Smith and Thell might be new to you  ... but the Swedish pop/folk group consisting of Maria Jane Smith and Victor Thell have been making music since 2012.  Critics have described their songs as ... "instant classic, you'll get ... immediately' and they've been popping up on top 10 lists all over.


Fans of Mumford and Sons or Of Monsters and Men will love their newest single Forgive Me Friend.  


Smith & Thell - Forgive Me Friend  








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Florence and the Machine - Moderation



Florence and the Machine's 4th studio album, High As Hope is an album we just can't put down.  It features the 'titanic voice' of Florence Welch that SPIN Magazine says 'can summon long-buried ghosts, and then obliterate them fully with a gale-force roar'  


The latest single - Moderation - seems to sum up Florence Welch in one line ... 'Want me to love you in moderation?  Do I look moderate to you?"


Florence & the Machine are still on the road touring for the album - and will play Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 3... get tickets HERE ... 


Check out the video Moderation below: 


 Florence + The Machine - Moderation (Audio)







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MORGXN ft.Walk The Moon - Home


When morgxn first released HOME - it wasn't meant to have a feature on it ... but when the alt-pop star performed the song with Nicholas Petricca from Walk the Moon at Lollapalooza - he "felt something cosmic in that moment and the idea was born to make a new version.  


Check out the new version below and we expect to be humming along all winter, spring, and summer! 



The Strumbellas - Salvation



There's been a lot of 'genre classifications' used to describe The Strumbellas ... alternative country, indie rock, farm emo, and even "gothic folk" ... but its all good - cause they just keep putting out good music.


The Canadian band's latest output is called Salvation and we're hoping you dig it as much as we do ... and we'll also be keeping an eye out for a full album and some tour dates! 



Rayland Baxter - Wide Awake


So ... we know that Rayland Baxter hasn't lived in Annapolis in a minute .. ok - he left after graduating from Annapolis High School ... but we still claim him :)  Plus - one of our favorite songs right now - Hey Larocco is about him spending a night in Baltimore's Central Booking ... lol 





Check out when Rayland joined Bob Waugh in studio before his Rock N River Cruise






Death Cab For Cutie - Thank You For Today


So it MIGHT be a stretch to put Death Cab For Cutie in The Breakers - since they've been putting out music for 21 years ( remember they were the #103.1 song of 2016? )  ... but their latest record - Thank You For Today sure makes us thankful that they've been able to keep at it for so long. 


So far we've been listening to 2 tracks in particular - Northern Lights and Gold Rush - but the whole album is jam packed with wonderfulness from Ben Gibbard and crew.  Here's the video for Gold Rush ... a song about 'neighborhoods and how  they evolve over the years' ... sound familiar DC? 





Check out highlights from Death Cab For Cutie's show at The Anthem on 10.17.18 HERE





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Noah Kahan - False Confidence


At only 21 years old, Noah Kahan's got a pretty strong resume - - - he's toured along side Ben Folds, Anderson East, and Milky Chance.  He's also already performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  


Kahan's latest single, False Confidence is one of our favorite records this year .. and we're predicting mire resume builders coming in 2019! 




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Elle King - Shake the Spirit


Elle King's ability to blend country, rock, soul & blues have made her the perfect cross over artist ... and we're not ashamed to be onboard with that ... who doesn't love when Ex's &Oh's comes on the radio in the car, at home or in the bar? 


With her sophmore album, Shake the Spirit - Elle is back in the drivers seat and taking no prisoners ..  you could say she has no Shame in her game :)  






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Maggie Rogers - Light On


We've got to admit, watching Maggie Rogers' ascention to stardom has been pretty incredible.  The Easton, MD native has gone from recording albums in broom closet studios to being the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.  It seems like it was just the other day we were talking with her about duck blinds, crab picking, and being a shore girl at Hudson Street Sounds ... and now we're hoping she can get us on the guest list for one of her upcoming sold out shows in DC (December 14 with Mumford & Sons at the Capital One Arena and her headlining shows March 25 and 26 at the 930 Club). 


Maggie Rogers is no overnight sensation ... she began playing harp at age 7 and later added piano, guitar, and songwriting to her repitoire.  She recorded her first record while she was a senior in high school ... and used it on her admission application to NYU.  While studying in New York - she took a a master class with Pharrell Williams and wrote the song Alaska for one of the classes project.  A video of Pharrell crying while listening to the song went viral and Rogers was on her way.      


While we have to wait until January18, 2019 for Maggie Rogers'  full length album, Heard It In A Past Life to be release,  we do have some singles from the record to enjoy for now.  Like Light On.  Check it out below and then do yourslef a favor and go preorder the new album HERE 





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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Tearing at the Seams


After his father was killed in a car crash, a 13 year old Nathanial Rateliff taught himslelf how to play guitar.  He spend the next 2 decades playing guitar and working various jobs.  In 2013, he  linked up with a group of musicians in Denver, including longtime collaborator John Pope III, and  began performing under the moniker Nathanial Rateliff & The Night Sweats.  


The band's second full length album, Tearing At The Seams debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Top 200 and was dubbed a "must hear".  We love just about every track on the record, but the song 'Hey Mama' (and the video featuring the band with their mothers) really gets us.  





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Check out our pix from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats' show at The Anthem HERE



Barns Courtney - 99


Prince may have wanted us to 'Party like it's 1999' but Barns Courtney wants us to 'Live like it's 1999' with his new single, 99.  The song is 'about losing touch with your former self and the needless formalisation of fun in our daily lives as we age' and might have one of our favorite lyrics of the year - Heart strung, young and dumb, Yeah, we had no fear.  Way back when we said we'd both be millionaires


And the video is pretty epic too (see below) ... when asked it, Barns said "This video is an imagining of life on a different path. And a an insight into my own struggles with identity, and the bizarre ritual of growing up." 


We hear ya Barns ... we hear ya ...



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Florence and the Machine - High as Hope



Florence and the Machine are back in 2018 with their 4th studio album, High As Hope.  The album features the 'titanic voice' of Florence Welch that SPIN Magazine says 'can summon long-buried ghosts, and then obliterate them fully with a gale-force roar'


Florence & the Machine recently played a pair of soul lifting shows at The Anthem ... but we hope to see them come back through our area sooner than later ... 


Check out the videos for two of our favorite tracks from the record - 





Sky Full of Song:




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Brett Dennen - Here's Looking at You Kid EP


Our 2nd entry for The Breakers is another familiar face ... yep - our old pal Brett Dennen (and Private Artist Showcase alum) is back with a new EP and the title track, Here's Looking at You Kid is on heavy rotation over here at RNR ... Check out the video and add the EP to your collection! 






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George Ezra - Staying at Tamara's


Maybe we're a little biased since we just had a private lunchtime concert with him, but George Ezra's music earned him the honor of being our inaugrual listing on The Breakers.  His new album Staying at Tamara's is packed full of catchy hooks - but we can't stop singing Shotgun


Check out the video below ... and good luck getting the song out of your head! 



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