song premiere: priory “put em up”

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It’s a serious feat to write a sunny electro-pop ballad that manages to cover some heavy content, like homophobia and swapping traditional gender roles. Somehow, the Oregon-based duo Priory created a track that not only takes on social issues that most artists aren’t comfortable confronting their entire careers, but they did it on their first (and only) EP since their self-titled debut album, back in 2011. If “Put Em Up” speaks for the rest of their Weekend EP, out October 14, then we’re beyond excited for what else these guys have to say. Because one thing's for sure: we totally agree with whatever that message might be.

For “Put Em Up,” Priory took inspiration from member Brandon Rush’s brother’s experience in the military, where he was regularly harassed for being gay. In the brave efforts of capturing the essence of his brother’s experience, Brandon and Kyle break the chorus down simply to: “Boys will be boys who like boys who just like girls, and that’s alright. We’re hangin’ with the boys that look like girls tonight.” Although the title suggests that this song is all about throwing punches, it turns out to be an anthem for accepting everyone’s sexuality and the ways in which they identify. No fists (unless you count fist pumping) necessary.

Recently signed by Warner Bros. Records, it hasn’t been an easy ride for these guys. They’ve had to sell pretty much everything (including their own blood?!), but that struggle has definitely translated into some killer music with political undertones. Serious props to these guys for toughing it out and producing something truly different. Listen below for some all-inclusive love.

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."