TOP POPS! Tei Shi, Shy Girls, Oko Tygra, Force Publique (Track Premiere)

Top indie pop tracks and tour dates from Tei Shi, Shy Girls, Oko Tygra, a Force Publique track premiere, and some SXSW shout-outs.

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Force Publique – “Hopeless”
Track Premiere

The premiere single from Force Publique’s 6-song cassette, Bloom, “Hopeless” has one foot in atmospheric ’90s trip-hop and one in the modern synth world. It’s immediately apparent that Force Publique know what it is to be dramatic in their delivery, but their dynamism only really becomes apparent after the memorable swirling synth line takes over and as the noisy, distorted ambiance is allowed space to bubble through.

Catch the Portland-via-Denver male-female duo of James Wayne and Cassie Graves at The Boreal in Eugene on March 27th, with Pastel Ghost from Oakland and Nightspace from Seattle. A west coast tour is forthcoming later this year, and damn, that’s a sexy album cover.

Tei Shi – Verde EP

Um, not to brag, but — Tei Shi is one of those artists we’ve had our eyes on since she first hit the scene with her self-titled 2013 EP, Saudade. My, has she matured since then. With every new single, she asserts more and more her role as a dominant one-woman powerhouse, causing eyes both male and female to flutter towards her with adoration. “Bassically” comes from her April 14th release of her Verde EP, out on Mom + Pop and Arts & Crafts.

Catch her at upcoming SXSW shows as well as upcoming high-five-exchanging tour dates with our other favorites, Shy Girls. All of these things will be celebrated below in this post, where you can also catch Val’s guest-spot on a recent Shy Girls track, and a performance of Beyonce’s “No Angel” from our SXSW party last year. Don’t miss her — and get your ass out to our 2015 SXSW party, DREAMFORCE.

Photography by Eric White

Tei Shi – “Bassically” (Body Language Remix)

Tei shi – “Basically”

Tei Shi – “No Angel” (Beyonce Cover)

3/16 (6:40PM) – Tumblr @ Mohawk
3/18 (2:30PM) – Secret Sounds @ Holy Mountain
3/18 (9:00PM) – BMI @ Bar 96
3/19 (1:45PM) – New Shapes @ Red Eyed Fly
3/19 (8:00PM) – Stubb’s
3/20 (7:00PM) – NYLON x The dFm Present Terrace @ The W Hotel
3/21 (10:00PM) – Pigeons & Planes @ Hype Hotel

4/29/15 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY ^
5/8/15 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA %
5/14/15 – Komedia (The Great Escape) – Brighton, UK
5/15/15 – Beursschouwburg – Brussels, BE
517/15 – Paradiso Nord (London Calling) – Amsterdam, NL
5/19/15 – Pop Up du Label – Paris, FR
5/22/15 – Dot to Dot Festival – Manchester, UK
5/23/15 – Dot to Dot Festival – Bristol, UK
5/24/15 – Dot to Dot Festival – Nottingham, UK
6/2/15 – o2 Academy – Bournemouth, UK *
6/3/15 – o2 Brixton Academy – London, UK *
6/5/15 – Shacklewell Arms – London, UK
6/6/15 – Field Day Festival – London, UK
6/7/15 – Parklife Festival – Manchester, UK
6/12/15 – Bestival Toronto Island – Toronto, ON
8/7/15 – Squamish Valley Music Festival – Squamish, BC

^ w/ Shy Girls
% Popscene w/ Lapsley
* w/ Jungle

Shy Girls – 4WZ Mixtape

Shy Girls – “Arrest Me” (Ft. Tei Shi)
Shy Girls’ Dan Vidmar and Tei Shi’s Valerie Teicher get naughty and talk bedroom secrets on the visually-evocative “Arrest Me”, where the two embrace their complementary vocals like whoa. This comes from Shy Girls’ self-dropped mixtape, 4WZ, which features many an incredible guest spot, from other predictable / non-predictable folks like Junglepussy, Antwon, and Rome Fortune.

You can stream in its entirety on Soundcloud or download from their website. Full upcoming tour dates below, along with two other extraordinary tracks from the mixtape.

Shy Girls – “Renegade”

Shy Girls – “Always The Same” (Ft. Junglepussy)

4/21/15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Bar Deluxe*
4/22/15 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge*
4/24/15 – Springfield, MO – The Outland
4/25/15 – Chicago, IL – Schubas*
4/26/15 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison*
4/27/15 – Allston, MA – Great Scott*
4/29/15 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom^*
4/30/15 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall*
5/01/15 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl*
5/07/15 – Orlando, FL – The Social*
5/08/15 – Miami, FL – Bardot Miami*
5/10/15 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar*
5/13/15 – New Orleans, LA – Hi Ho Lounge#
5/14/15 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s#
5/15/15 – Austin, TX – Holy Mountain#
5/16/15 – Dallas, TX – Three Links#
5/1715 – Albuquerque, NM – Stereo Bar at El Rey#
5/20/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo#
5/22/15 – San Francisco, CA – Popscene at Rickshaw Shop#
5/27/15 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl#
5/28/15 – Seattle, WA – Barboza#
5/29/15 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom#

* w/ Young Ejecta
^ w/ Tei Shi
# w/ P. Morris

Oko Tygra – Glass Jaw / Plasticine 7″

Featured here are the two tracks from the Denver four-piece Oko Tygra’s latest 7″. As it creeps up like a slow burn, “Glass Jaw” is a prime example of the band’s blissful use of restraint, and “Plasticine” gets better and better with every listen. As with most dream pop, the idea is not necessarily to blow minds here — and the band readily references Slow Dive and Cocteau Twins as influences — but just like those artists, it is a feel, a mood immemorial, which one sometimes just can’t help but turn to for mellowed out satisfaction.

Oko Tygra – “Glass Jaw”

Oko Tygra – “Plasticine”


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Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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