You don't want to see what's inside my work email. You really don't want to see the piles of press releases and premiere requests that are currently stacked up in the hundreds, hitting my digital ceiling as I attempt to start my Monday with a focused plan to productively sift through the relevant news and turn pre-packaged announcements into clickable content.

So-and-so is releasing a new five-track EP in a few months, your problematic fave dropped a pretty risque new video and that washed up band that no one has even thought of for a good decade now, has decided to reunite and head out on a world tour. These are the things I need to post at a fervent pace, to not only keep up with the over-saturated blogosphere, but to harness the steady stream of emails that will inevitably continue their high-pressured pursuit into my inbox all hours of the day for the remainder of the week, (and probably on the weekend too, depending on the publicist.)

So to combat the rat-race, we're offering a content compromise in the form of our new daily column, Live From The Gutter - an afternoon recap of the day's press releases and the contents of my 405 email.


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Leo Stannard reveals stunning live video for 'In My Blood'

20-year-old multi-instrumentalist Leo Stannard quite evidentally lays his soul bare in his brooding new single, In My Blood, via Black Butter Records. In a black and white video, he hugs the piano to deliver a live rendition of the track. Watch below.


Blaenavon unveil new single and announce headlining London show

Transgressive-signed teenagers Blaenavon have unveiled their new single 'Let’s Pray,' which is their second track from their forthcoming debut album with Grammy-winning producer Jim Abbiss. "When the best songs have all already been written, order yourself a smile and a steak - equally as rare - chew with your mouth closed and your hands in your pockets and wait... Wait for sanity. She'll settle up," Ben Gregory says. The single also comes with the announcement of their first headlining London show at Scala on October 14.


Watch Ryley Walker's celebratory video for 'The Roundabout'

Ryley Walker's new video for 'The Roundabout' makes the Fourth of July look like the best thing to ever happen. The celebratory visuals directed, filmed and edited by Joe Martinez Jr. and the track was taken from his upcoming album Golden Sings that Have Been Sung, out August 19 on Dead Oceans. "Fourth of July in Pilsen is the height of summer in Chicago," Ryley sais. "Dozens of crews with ad hoc explosives and a beer in hand make for a blitzkrieg celebration. I lived at 21st/Leavitt some years back and got to know this evening first hand very well. Forever my favorite part of summer in the city. This video hopefully captures a few of those moments of joy from the people involved."


Jenn Wasner announces London show and shares video for Semaphore

Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak has released her first single from Flock of Dimes's forthcoming solo debut LP If You See Me, Say Yes. The track comes with a vibrant video which she describes as a "struggle to communicate over distances literal and figurative." Flock of Dimes will perform in London at The Victoria in Hackney on October 4.


Big Thief announce debut UK shows for September

Brooklyn's Big Thief have a new album. Masterpiece, which is now available via Saddlecreek, and the band is now coming to the UK to perform the tracks for the very first time. Find dates below.

  • September 1st | Manchester, UK - Gorilla
  • September 2nd | Glasgow, UK - Hug & Pint
  • September 3rd | Leeds, UK - Headrow House
  • September 4th | Portmeirion, UK - Festival No. 6
  • September 6th | London, UK - Koko
  • September 8th | Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso

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Other news:

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Watch Radiohead perform 'Let Down' for the first time in a decade

How To Dress Well shares 'Lost Youth/Lost You' from new album Care

Morrissey announces world tour