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LA Font released debut album and new 7", playing East Coast show in August (dates, streams)
Jul 31, 2014 9:35am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Los Angeles band LA Font make hooky guitar pop that's equal parts '70s powerpop and '90s indie rock. I caught them in Austin at SXSW this year and they're a pretty fun live band too. Their debut album, Diving Man, came out last fall and they just released a new 7" this week. Both are worth checking out and you can stream them below.

LA Font will be making their first trip to the East Coast next month, including two NYC shows: August 24 at Baby's All Right with Swimming, and Radical Dads (tickets), and then Cake Shop on August 25 with more TBA.

All dates are listed, along with album and 7" streams, below...

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Watch Arcade Fire Cover Creedence Clearwater Revivals Hey Tonight In Mountain View
Jul 31, 2014 9:35am | StereoGum

Throughout Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour, they’ve performed a locally relevant cover during the encore. For their visit to the Bay Area’s Shoreline Amphitheatre, that meant a run through the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic “Hey Tonight” with bespectacled sideman (and budding solo artist) Richard Reed Parry on lead vocals. Watch the full performance below.


Lorde to curate new Hunger Games soundtrack, announces new tour dates
Jul 31, 2014 9:35am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Andrew Whitton

Lorde has been charged to curate the soundtrack to the forthcoming installment of The Hunger Games franchise. The young pop star will not only contribute the first single to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, but also hand-pick the other artists appearing on the soundtrack. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on November 21st.

(Read: 20 Strange Soundtrack Choices In Film)

In related news, Lorde has expanded her upcoming North American tour, adding new dates in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Berkley, and Los Angeles. See the updated docket below.

Lorde 2014 Tour Dates:
08/01 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/03 Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
09/05 Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center
09/06 Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
09/07 Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
09/11 Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Folk Fest
09/12 Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach
09/14 New York, NY @ JBL Live at Pier 97
09/15 New York, NY @ United Palace Theater
09/16  New York, NY @ United Palace Theater
09/18 Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Ampitheater
09/19 – Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown
09/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ iHeart Radio Music Festival
09/22 Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
09/23 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
09/24 Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
09/26 Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion
09/27 Councils Bluff, IA...

Album Stream Premiere: Ladada Ladada
Jul 31, 2014 9:30am | CMJ


Today we’ve got an album premiere for you, Ladada’s self-titled debut on Gold Robot Records, out August 5. There’s a relaxed air about this record that feels like music made by a man—one Josiah Schlater—secure in his place in the musical world. For this fellow, that would be a small, secluded storage room somewhere near Virginia Beach creating this sunny pop that sounds way more expansive than the claustrophobic confines he tracked it all in. Considering he’s toured around in bands that went from a major label (MAE on Capitol) to another on indie Frenchkiss (We Are Trees), here’s guessing he’s gone rouge on the whole biz career planning thing and is just floating off to whatever jangly, lilting clouds and green grass fields will have him and his torn paisley shirts. Summer’s still here, and so’s Ladada, so check out the album below.

Josiah Schlater, aka Ladada

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Lily Allen says Miley Cyrus' live show is 'up there with Oasis or the Stone Roses'
Jul 31, 2014 9:26am | NME
Allen will tour with the pop star for a string of dates in the US next month

Temples played 'Fallon' (watch), free River Rocks and Surf Lodge shows are next week
Jul 31, 2014 9:15am | Brooklyn Vegan

UK band Temples are currently on tour in North America and were in NYC last night (7/30) to make their network TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. They played "Shelter Song" off their debut album, Sun Structures, and you can watch that below.

Temples will be back in NYC next week to play the River Rocks finale on August 7 with Here We Go Magic and Spires. That show is free. They'll also play Montauk's The Surf Lodge on August 9 which is free as well. The band will be on tour through the end of October, including another NYC show at Irving Plaza on 10/27 (tickets).

All dates are listed, along with their Fallon performance video, below.

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Song : Dead Times : Every Moment
Jul 31, 2014 9:14am | My Old Kentucky Blog

LA duo Dead Times have a new song to latch on to called “Every Moment”. The song is a slithering late night slow jam showcasing some Prince-esque falsetto floating over snapping percussion. It is sensual and seductive begging to be played next time you are trying to set the mood for that special person in your life. Find it below along with previously released great cover of Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby” made famous by Ariel Pink.


Torturing the saxophone: Read Robert Crumbs baffled verdict on Mats Gustafssons free jazz skronking
Jul 31, 2014 9:07am | Fact Magazine

“You actually go on TOUR with that stuff. Wow.”

It’s not strictly the newest of discoveries, but we couldn’t resist sharing this brilliant bit of correspondence from famed illustrator and obsessive record collector Robert Crumb to the wild Swede of free jazz saxophone, Mats Gustafsson.

The letter was reproduced in the liner notes for Gustafsson’s latest album, Torturing The Saxophone, which takes its name from Crumb’s baffled evaluation of his playing style.

“I just totally fail to find anything enjoyable about this, or to see what this has to do with music as I understand it, or what in God’s name is going on in your head that you would want to make such noises on a musical instrument,” writes Crumb, who admits he has labelled the CD with “Torturing the saxophone Mats Gustafsson”.

Crumb adds: “Quite frankly, I was kind of shocked at what a negative, unpleasant experience it was, listening to it.”

The record, incidentally, compiles three of Gustafsson’s ultra-limited LPs, on which the skronker puts his free jazz spin on compositions by Duke Ellington, Albert Ayler and Lars Gullin. Perhaps Crumb would have preferred his free jazz with a sprinkling of Neneh Cherry, as heard on her 2012 album collaboration with Gustafsson’s free jazz outfit The Thing.


Jack White delivers scorching 38-song, three-hour set at Detroits Jack White Theater
Jul 31, 2014 9:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by David James Swanson /

On Wednesday night, Jack White played the second of a two-night stand in his hometown of Detroit. After waging war against the Fox Theater and its plush seats, White took to the much more friendly confines of the Masonic Temple. If you’re up on your Third Man history, Masonic Temple is the venue White saved from foreclosure last year by paying off its 140,000+ in back taxes. In light of his actions, the Masonic Temple Association renamed its Cathedral Theater to the Jack White Theater. So, technically, Jack White played Jack White Theater last night, and man, did he give one hell of a show.

White delivered a scorching 38-song, three-hour performance that included virtually every White Stripes song you’d want to hear, including the tour debuts of “The Big Three Killed My Baby” and “Apple Blossom”, along with rarely played songs like “I Fought Piranhas” and “Screwdriver”.

The set also included an appearance from Dead Weather bandmates Alison Mosshart and Dean Fertita, who accompanied him on “I Cut Like a Buffalo”. He also briefly covered Led Zeppelin’s “Lemon Song” during his performance of “Ball and Biscuit”.

See the full setlist and fan-shot video below.

“I Cut Like a Buffalo” w/ The Dead Weather:


Q&A: Isa Cucinotta, Programmer Of The Sound + Vision Music Documentary Series
Jul 31, 2014 9:00am | CMJ

When your next door neighbors little brother can take his smart phone in the backyard and film his dad washing the car, you get a direct sense of why, and how, there are so many documentaries coming down the pike the last few years. Music documentaries especially seem to be having their moment. Aside from recent surprise hits like 20 Feet from Stardom, Searching for Sugarman, and A Band Called Death, there are promising docs coming on the DC hardcore scene, 60s psych-rock masters, the Seeds, Japanese garage-punk band Teengenerate, a Chicago punk history, and 90s noise-rock label, Amphetamine Reptile, to name just a very few.

Its either a golden age or an embarrassment of riches, time will tell. But you can trust that when venerated NYC performing arts hub Lincoln Center decides to run a music documentary series, it will be special. Enter Isa Cucinotta. Shes been a film programmer at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for a while, and shes about to unveil the second annual Sound + Vision film series, featuring a wide array of musical topics, special guest Q&As, and live performances as well. The series starts tonight and goes through August 9.

So how did you become involved with the Sound + Vision series?
I started it myself last year, simply because I noticed there were so many good music documentaries out there, and I wanted to show them to people. I proposed it to our program director, and he ...

Living Room releasing an LP, kicking off tour at Suburbia on Saturday (dates & new song stream)
Jul 31, 2014 8:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Living Room at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)

If you go to punk/emo shows in Brooklyn, there's a good chance you've caught Living Room at least once. They're basically the resident band at Suburbia and have opened tons of notable bills elsewhere in the area for Hop Along/Sidekicks, You Blew It!, Slingshot Dakota and others. Their new album, Moonchaser, comes out August 19 via Jetsam-Flotsam (pre-order digital or physical), and we've got the premiere of its title track in this post. The song sounds like a long lost b-side off Braid's Frame & Canvas, employing that band's anthemic yet ever so slightly off-key vocals and almost-math rock subtleties. Listen below.

The band are heading out on a tour in August, which includes multiple shows with Vetter Kids in the Southern US, and it kicks off with a hometown show at Suburbia on Saturday (8/2) with Del Paxton, What Moon Things and Bethlehem Steel. $5 at the door gets you in, and Living Room will have limited test presses of their new album available.

All tour dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

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Tom Pettys Lackluster New Album Will Be His First #1
Jul 31, 2014 8:49am | StereoGum

Into The Great Wide Open peaked at #13. Wildflowers made it to #8. Full Moon Fever, one of the most iconic rock albums of its day, stalled out at #3. Damn The Torpedoes was stuck at #2 for seven weeks in 1979, unable to overcome Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Even 1993′s Greatest Hits collection, an album that just about everyone owned, only made it to #5. Somehow, in a career that’s lasted nearly four decades, Tom Petty has never had a #1 album, but that’s about to change. That headline up there is a bit harsh; Tom Petty is incapable of writing a bad song, and Hypnotic Eye, Petty’s new album with his Heartbreakers, has its moments. But Hypnotic Eye is never going to be anyone’s favorite Tom Petty album. It is, however, going to be his first #1. Billboard projects that the album could sell as many as 100,000 copies in its first week. Barring something crazy happening, that’ll be good enough to land at the top of next week’s charts. (If you really want Shabazz Palaces to get recognition, Stereogum comments section, buy every copy of Lese Majesty in existence and see if you can’t snatch that #1 spot away.)

Anvil playing shows, including NYC; Metal Pistol too (dates)
Jul 31, 2014 8:45am | Brooklyn Vegan

By Ian Chainey


Famously down-on-their-luck Canadian heavy metallers Anvil will be playing select dates in October. The band featured in the feel-good redemption documentary Anvil: The Story Of Anvil -- I'm not crying, my computer is dusty -- have three shows lined up: two in Canada and one at NYC's the Bowery Electric on October 19. There they'll be joined by Lords of Mercy, Sweet Magma, and Danse De Sade. Tickets are available now. All three of Anvil's dates appear below.

Metal Pistol

Speaking of bands that could use a boost, the Bowery Electric has quite the eclectic calendar of upcoming shows. One band that stands out is Metal Pistol, who are playing a few dates in around NYC in the coming months, including Bowery Electric on August 3. The drum-machine aided trio categorize themselves as "hard rock/metal" which is accurate, but doesn't really come close to capturing their oddball magnificence. However, I'm going to try using the multitude of examples at my disposal. Ready?

Example 1: They're named Metal Pistol.

Example 2: Vocalist Sunny Lee also wields a keytar.

Example 3: The picture above.

Example 4: Per their Facebook bio, "Singer-song writer Sunny Lee forges driving acidic melodic lyrics over the heavy metal thunder...

Alice Cooper and Kiss pay tribute to late Lou Reed guitarist Dick Wagner
Jul 31, 2014 8:37am | NME
Wagner died in Phoenix, Arizona yesterday (July 30)

Watch Vin Diesel Cover Sam Smiths Stay With Me
Jul 31, 2014 8:32am | StereoGum

Vin Diesel’s gravelly, marblemouthed voice is an absolute natural wonder, which is presumably the reason he’s playing the voice of the walking alien tree Groot in the new Marvel movie Guardians Of The Galaxy. Last year, a video of Diesel singing a weirdly emotional cover of Rihanna’s “Stay” went viral, and someone at the British radio station Capital FM clearly realized that Diesel should sing a cover of every pop song with “Stay” in the title. So on a recent visit to the station, Diesel ended up singing Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” moving from operatic basso to deeply painful falsetto without any warning whatsoever. The cover is a thing of absolute majesty, and you can watch it below.


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