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Aphex Twin 'SYRO' listening parties happening in NYC and LA next week and around the world
Aug 29, 2014 9:47am | Brooklyn Vegan

As you may know, Aphex Twin is back in action and releasing SYRO -- his first new album 13 years -- which will be released via Warp on September 23. Ahead of that there will be free listening parties in major cities worldwide. The NYC listening event happens Saturday, September 6 at 4 PM, location TBA. For an opportunity to attend, you'll need to RSVP between Sunday (8/31) at 4 PM -- September 2 at Midnight EST. RSVP will be here. They'll then pick names lottery-style.

Full list of cities getting "listening opportunities" below...

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Woman killed in bus crash at Burning Man festival
Aug 29, 2014 9:46am | NME
The bus was transporting passengers around the site in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada


Tears For Fears announce first US tour in three years
Aug 29, 2014 9:35am | Cosequence Of Sound

New wave veterans Tears For Fears have confirmed a string of US tour dates, marking their first visit to the country in three years. The September jaunt culminates with the band’s appearances at Portland’s Project Pabst Music Festival. See the current schedule below.

The tour comes as the band gears up for the release of their first new album in 10 years.  Below, listen to their excellent cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start”.

Tears For Fears 2014 Tour Dates:
09/17 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
09/20 – Thackerville, OK @ Global Event Center
09/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
09/24 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
09/27 – Portland, OR @ Project Pabst Music Festival



J Mascis Tied To A Star
Aug 29, 2014 9:30am | CMJ

Since the return of the original Dinosaur Jr. lineup in 2007 with the instantly classic Beyond, J Mascis and company have been on a roll. His immediately recognizable guitar stylings are no longer only a defining characteristic of Dinosaur Jr. albums, but a key reference point in indie rock’s critical discourse. For some twenty years now, we have likened talented new guitarists who are unafraid of big amps and thick, fuzzy tones to Mascis, in the same way that he was once likened to the classic rock players he emulates. However, despite the ever-increasing size of congregation at the Church of Mascis, that guitar has never once sounded tired.

Although some fans considered ’90s Dinosaur Jr. albums, after the departures of bassist Lou Barlow (of Sebadoh) and drummer Murph, to be essentially J Mascis solo albums, it was not until 2011 that the first proper solo J Mascis solo LP, Several Shades Of Why, was released. That album largely found Mascis trading in his signature electric axe for its acoustic counterpart, picking and strumming his way through a batch of direct, beautiful tunes.

Released this week on Sub Pop, Tied To A Star reads like the sonic sequel to Several Shades. It is largely acoustic, punctuated by the occasional fit of electric guitar and, when the songs call for it, drums. This album expands upon Mascis acoustic side to great effect. His voice, normally settled comfortably amon...


Aphex Twin announces international listening parties for new album 'Syro'
Aug 29, 2014 9:28am | NME
Fans will be able to hear new album before its September 22 release



MOKB Premiere : Souvenir Stand : Fall
Aug 29, 2014 9:24am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Musical trends have shifted over the years, but the lush experimental orchestral arrangements of the 1960s made popular by the likes of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson have always remained a constant. Acts like She & Him, The Morning Benders (can we please get The Morning Benders back!?), and even Vampire Weekend have drawn from this era creating a sound that is as fresh today as it was then.

Souvenir Stand, the act helmed by New York City’s Stephanie Cupo, are another who craft beautiful, girl group pop songs with a Twin Peaks aesthetic. On October 2nd, they will release a 7″ named SURPRISE (physically via Beautiful Strange/digitally via Silent Stereo) containing two new tracks. The b-side is this timely titled jewel “Fall”. It should provide the perfect back sound as we say goodbye to the summer and look ahead to autumn this Labor Day weekend. Stream it below.


MOKB Premiere : The Mercy Beat : Sweet (Soto Voce Remix)
Aug 29, 2014 9:22am | My Old Kentucky Blog

After being somewhat shrouded in mystery upon first learning about The Mercy Beat, we now know that the trio is comprised of Matty Bennett, Ian Smith and Sam Endicott, whom the latter you may recognize from early aughts act The Bravery. Their debut self-titled EP is out now on French label OSKAR Recordings. Today, they have unveiled a remix to the song that began this new chapter in their musical journey, “Sweet”. Reworked by Soto Voce (Miguel De Vivo from LA’s Villains), it takes more of a droning direction sonically dimming the brightness of the original. Listen below.


Miley Cyrus' homeless VMA guest hands himself in to police
Aug 29, 2014 9:17am | NME
Jesse Helt was wanted in Oregon since 2011 after violating probation



Native America Like A Dream (Stereogum Premiere)
Aug 29, 2014 9:07am | StereoGum

Native America sounds ancient, but not pre-Columbian ancient. Rather, on upcoming LP Grown Up Wrong the New Orleans trio trades in ebullient, hooky classic rock as filtered through about a half-dozen psych-pop revivals. “Like A Dream,” for instance, is slightly hallucinatory, highly rambunctious, and always riding a contagious groove. It’s as physical as it is ephemeral; it shimmers and it shakes. “Let me tell ya ’bout a different time, when no one smiled for pictures,” sings frontman Ross Farbe. “I remember when the evenin’ light shined so colorful, and nothin’ else could take me away.” There’s a lot going on here sonically, yet it all feels so simple — like the good old days, allegedly, although that sort of nostalgia is probably just a fantasy too. Listen and enjoy below.

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Song : Mister Lies : Deepend
Aug 29, 2014 9:06am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Producer artist Nick Zanca aka Mister Lies has teamed up with Orchid Tapes for the release of his second LP, Shadows, due out October 28th. It will feature contributions from singer Harrison Lipton and labelmate, Arrange. His first song from it is the highly emotive “Deepend”. The song is full of sparse, but layered construction and lyrics that are almost shouted such as Don’t pull me up, I will drown happily. It plays like a cathartic release of sadness caused by something severely traumatic. It is hard not to be moved by the song. Listen below.


Steve Carell plays a killer in 'Foxcatcher' - watch new trailer
Aug 29, 2014 9:01am | NME
Star of 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' dons prosthetic nose for true life drama



Head In The Clouds: The Top 25 SoundCloud Tracks Of The Week
Aug 29, 2014 9:00am | CMJ


You’re probably still reeling from the blast of excitement that hit when you peeped our initial artist line-up for CMJ Music Marathon this year. But now it’s time to settle down, because there will be much more excitement to come, and we wouldn’t want you to overwhelm yourself. So sit back, plug in your headphones and cool off with our 25-track SoundCloud playlist of the best tunes we heard this week.

Ryan Hemsworth’s new joint makes an appearance, as does his past collaborator Qrion, his recent Secret Songs choice Mulekid, and the R&B duo Abhi//Dijon, who Hemsworth once sampled. Six degrees of separation, from this point on, will always begin with Ryan Hemsworth.

The post Head In The Clouds: The Top 25 SoundCloud Tracks Of The Week appeared first on CMJ.


Reading Festival 2014
Aug 29, 2014 8:59am | The Line Of Best Fit
Reading Festival, a rite of passage for many, returned this year with clout and despite criticism is still an important feature in Britain's ever-widening catalogue of festivals.

Cold War Kids announce new album, Hold My Home, stream First
Aug 29, 2014 8:51am | Cosequence Of Sound

Cold War Kids have announced details of their fifth studio album, Hold My Home, which will arrive October 21st via Downtown Records. It serves as the follow-up to 2013s Dear Miss Lonelyhearts.

The 11-track album was produced by guitarist Dan Gallucci and frequent collaborator Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, Matt and Kim) at the bands personal studio in San Jose, California.”

Already weve heard the stirring lead single, “All This Could Be Yours”. Now, to coincide with today’s announcement, the band has shared “First”. The track is grand and regaling, a sonically uplifting mix of jittery guitars, handclap rhythms, and dynamic vocal harmonies. Again, Cold War Kids arent exactly reinventing the wheel, but rather emphasizing their core strengths of solid, enjoyable guitar rock.

Listen in below.

Hold My Home Tracklist:
01. All This Could Be Yours
02. First
03. Hot Coals
04. Drive Desperate
05. Hotel Anywhere
06. Go Quietly
07. Nights & Weekends
08. Hold My Home
09. Flower Drum Song
10. Harold Bloom
11. Hear My Baby Call

The band has also shared the music video for “All This Could Be Yours”, a black-and-white clip of one womans journey around a big city. Watch it below.



Noveller made a video diary on St Vincent tour, playing shows w/ Sun Araw, JG Thirlwell & Lee Ranaldo (dates, videos)
Aug 29, 2014 8:47am | Brooklyn Vegan

Noveller opening for St Vincent in Chicago (more by James Richards IV)

Drone guitar master Noveller (aka Sarah Lipstate) recently wrapped a tour opening for St. Vincent, during which she kept a video diary. It's 40 videos and just over an hour and a half long. You can watch the whole thing below.

Noveller has other live appearances coming up, mostly in her hometown of NYC. She'll open the second of two Sun Araw shows happening at Baby's All Right on September 3 & 4. Night 1 will be opened by Man Forever and Hiro Kone, and night 2 also has Psychic Reality on the bill. Tickets for both shows are still available.

She also has two duo sets with J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus) coming up, one of which we previously mentioned, the David Lynch Foundation benefit happening at Saint Vitus on October 4 (tickets). The other happens two days earlier at Joe's Pub (10/2). Tickets for that one are on sale now.

Sarah will also play a duo set with Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo in the Amphitheater space at Lincoln Center on November 20, along with a screening of Sarah's filmwork.

All dates are listed, with the video diary from the STV tour, below...

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