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Virgin Forest Dream Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 26, 2015 9:52am | StereoGum

When he’s not touring as the keyboardist for Phosphorescent, Scott Stapleton serves as frontman and songwriter for the Brooklyn-based band Virgin Forest, which also includes members of Deer Tick. After breaking his hand in a fight in Germany while on tour with Phosphorescent, Stapleton returned to his native Florida to convalesce, and, as these things go, he ended up writing a whole new album with his good hand. While the band’s first two records offered a dusty take on American rock and roll music, the upcoming VF3 finds Virgin Forest exploring some nocturnal electronic textures, described by Stapleton as “a meeting of early Massive Attack and Bertie Higgins.” The new video for the aptly titled song “Dream,” shot by Matthew Walker in hazy, dreamlike black and white, is a moody affair that wordlessly but powerfully documents the story of a drag queen and her ex-lover. Watch the video and check out the album’s full tracklist below.


Mikal Cronin releasing 'MCIII', touring, playing Bowery Ballroom (dates & new song stream)
Jan 26, 2015 9:51am | Brooklyn Vegan

Mikal Cronin will release his third solo album, titled MCIII, which is out May 5 via Merge. Like his last album, Mikal played nearly everything on the album and wrote the string arrangements too. You can stream "Made Up My Mind" from the album, below.

In celebration of the new album, Mikal Will be playing select live dates this spring, including NYC on actual album release day (5/5) at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/28) at noon. All tour dates are listed, along with the song stream and album tracklist, below...

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Ariel Pink Dayzed Inn Daydreams Video
Jan 26, 2015 9:46am | StereoGum

Together, Ariel Pink and director Grant Singer made two of last year’s best music videos. Pink and Singer’s clips for “Put Your Number In My Phone” and “Picture Me Gone” were fascinatingly creepy, mysterious pieces of Kubrick-damaged work. They’ve now teamed up again for the clip for “Dayzed Inn Daydreams,” another song from Pink’s pom pom album, and it’s a very different video. The video stars Rick Wilder, the almost impossibly skinny ex-frontman of late-’70s L.A. punks the Mau-Mau’s. As Singer explains it, Wilder plays the leader of a band that was around decades ago — another version of himself, basically — who’s trying to hold it together, existing in everyday life even though he should really be allowed to live as some sort of glam-rock alien. Pink appears in the video, though he really only gets a couple of cameos. It’s an oddly touching and beautiful piece of work, and you can watch it below.


Cast of Full House reunites to sing the shows theme song watch
Jan 26, 2015 9:43am | Cosequence Of Sound

Jeff Franklin’s 60th birthday party was a Full House: most of the Tanner family was on hand to serenade the show’s creator with a rousing rendition of its theme song. That included Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) and Danny (Bob Saget) as well as Becky (Lori Loughlin), D.J. (Candace Cameron), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), Kimmy (Andrea Barber), even the theme song’s vocalist Jesse Frederick. Basically everyone except the Olsen twins and Dave Coulier. Watch a pair of fan-shot clips of their singalong below.

This weekend’s reunion comes amidst rumors of a Full House reboot involving Stamos, Saget, and Coulier and other principal cast members. Stamos also waxed nostalgia in 2013 when he reunited his Full House band Jesse and the Rippers for an appearance on Fallon.

Mikal Cronin Made My Mind Up
Jan 26, 2015 9:42am | StereoGum

Mikal Cronin back! The melodious Cali garage-rocker and Ty Segall Band member will follow 2013′s great MCII with the aptly titled MCIII. Cronin played everything on the album including tzouras, French horn, saxophone, and trumpet, and he arranged the strings. Judging from the tracklist, the entire second half is a six-part suite. Lead single “Made My Mind Up” is as endlessly likable as anything he’s ever done, a smartly assembled and briskly executed blast of guitar-pop goodness. Hear it below.


Chris Weisman Dont Be Slow (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 26, 2015 9:37am | StereoGum

The town of Brattleboro, Vermont doesn’t necessarily breed hitmakers, but it has provided the underground with a variable slew of influential singer-songwriters and avant-punk bands in recent years. Blanche Blanche Blanche, Great Valley, and the folks at OSR Tapes are just a few that come to mind. Adding to the list is singer-songwriter Chris Weisman, who has been quietly releasing his particular marque of equally quiet music out of the Brattleboro hills in the years since he recorded alongside King Tuff’s Kyle Thomas in their band Happy Birthday.


Sufjan Stevens announces 2015 tour (Beacon Theatre & Kings Theatre included)
Jan 26, 2015 9:23am | Brooklyn Vegan

As previously mentioned, Sufjan Stevens is releasing a new album, Carrie & Lowell, on March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty. He just wrapped up a run of his new piece, Round-Up, at BAM, and now he's announced a lengthy spring tour in support of the new album. It kicks off in Philly on April 10 and hits NYC the next night at Beacon Theatre (4/11), and then returns to NYC for a show at Brooklyn's newly refurbished Kings Theatre on May 1. Tickets for the whole tour go on sale at 10 AM local time on Friday (1/30) with a Ticketmaster presale starting 10 AM on Tuesday (1/27) and a venue presale starting 10 AM on Wednesday (1/28). Presale password is EUGENE.

All dates are listed below...

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Sufjan Stevens announces North American tour
Jan 26, 2015 9:21am | Cosequence Of Sound

In March, Sufjan Stevens will return with his first new album in five years, Carrie & Lowell. Today, he’s announced plans for an extensive North American tour in support of the LP. Kicking off April 10th in Philadelphia, the 32-city trek runs through mid-June.

Spanning 12 tracks, Carrie & Lowell will see Stevens returning to his folk roots, according to a press release. The title is named after his mother and stepfather and, as such, themes include life and death, love and loss, and the artists struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love. It will be released on March 31st by Drag City Records.

Sufjan Stevens 2015 Tour Dates:
04/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
04/11 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
04/12 – Hartford, CT @ The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts
04/14 – Portland, ME @ Merrill Auditorium
04/15 – Albany, NY @ The Palace Theater
04/16 – Cleveland, OH @ Cleveland Masonic Auditorium
04/17 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theater
04/18 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre
04/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
04/21 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
04/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
04/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
04/24 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
04/27 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
04/28 – Grand Rapids...

Sufjan Stevens Announces Spring 2015 North American Tour
Jan 26, 2015 9:17am | StereoGum

Sufjan Stevens is taking this comeback thing very seriously. Not only is he releasing Carrie & Lowell, his first proper album in five years, this spring. He also just announced a massive two-month North American tour. Check out the dates below, and buy tickets here beginning this Friday, 1/30 at 10AM EST.


Dead Heavens History In My Hands (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 26, 2015 9:17am | StereoGum

Walter Schreifels is a very rare beast: A New York hardcore legend who was around for the music’s legendarily thugged-out CBGB-matinee early days but who’s stayed musically relevant since then. Schreifels was a crucial part of the legendary Gorilla Biscuits, and since then, he’s led bands like Quicksand and Rival Schools, only bolstering his legend. Schreifels has one new band called Vanishing Life, and we posted their single “People Running” last year. But he’s also leading another new group called Dead Heavens, which also features former members of Youth Of Today, White Zombie, and Cults. Given the personnel involved, Dead Heavens’ debut single “History In My Hands” is not the song you’d expect. It’s a strummy, hooky, instantly likable classic-rock jam, a song that wears its early-’70s Stones influence on its sleeve and also has some early-’90s Lemonheads in its DNA. Check it out below.


Kid Ink Be Real (Feat. Dej Loaf) (Prod. DJ Mustard)
Jan 26, 2015 9:12am | StereoGum

Kid Ink’s 2014 album, My Own Lane, positioned him as one of the most faceless, least distinguishable rappers in the game. Chris Brown hooks and DJ Mustard beats carried his hits “Show Me” and “Main Chick” to the point that I honestly can’t even remember what his voice even sounded like or anything he rapped, and those songs were inescapable. He was on his Flo Rida — and like Flo Rida, it sold. Thus, Ink will probably continue to be a vessel for urban radio hits for the foreseeable future.


Title Fight streaming new LP (listen ++ updated tour dates)
Jan 26, 2015 9:11am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Title Fight have already released three songs from their upcoming third album and first for ANTI-, Hyperview, and now they've made the whole thing available for streaming ahead of its February 3 release date. As you probably figured out by now if you've listened to the singles, Hyperview has the ever-changing punk band going full-on shoegaze. It wasn't a totally unexpected move -- "Head in the Ceiling Fan" off 2012's Floral Green explored the style most directly and it's there a bit in the guitars of "Lefty," "Numb But I Still Feel It" and "In-Between," not to mention Title Fight's never made the same record twice.

And the new sound suits them well. Songs like "Dizzy," "Your Pain Is Mine Now" and "Liars Love" are on par with any good shoegazey indie rock band of late, and if you want that old Title Fight, it does pop up on a few songs ("March" is probably the best of these). The whole record's great. Listen on NPR.

Title Fight will be on tour soon, including a run with La Dispute and The Hotelier that hits NYC on March 27 at Webster Hall (sold out). They also play a Long Island fest the next day with Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater and more, which is not sold out.

Streams of the album's three singles and updated list of tour dates, below...

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A Forest Of Stars Drawing Down The Rain (Stereogum Premiere)
Jan 26, 2015 8:57am | StereoGum

Non-domestic black metal has a tendency toward the theatrical — Mayhem and Watain are currently co-headlining a US tour providing ample evidence of just that — but few if any black metal acts commit quite as fully (or as weirdly) as English black metal septet (!) A Forest Of Stars. The band presents itself as a Victorian-era secret society, ostensibly a “Gentlemen’s Club” but privately engaging in dark occult practices. I’m not exaggerating. The band’s current bio opens with: “It is the year 1895. The mysterious Gentlemen’s Club of A Forest Of Stars publicizes its fourth opus in the current format of a phonograph cylinder.” The “Gentlemen’s Club” bit is a clever touch, belied immediately by the fact that one of the band’s members is a woman: their flautist/violinist/co-vocalist, who goes by the name Katheryne, Queen Of The Ghosts. (Other members’ aliases: Mr. T.S. Kettleburner, Mr. Titus Lungbutter, Mr. William Wight-Barrow, Mr. John “The Resurrectionist” Bishop, Mister Curse, and the Gentleman.) Their promo pics look like this; their website looks like this (you won’t be surprised to learn it’s filled with easter eggs). Their music is constructed and delivered with equal commitment: A Forest Of Stars play a form of prog/folk/psych black metal that is equal parts Winterfylleth and Eluveitie and … I dunno, Jethro Tull? Eleanor Catton’s 2013 novel

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders To Keep And Be Kept (Feat. Sharon Van Etten)
Jan 26, 2015 8:52am | StereoGum

Jack Ladder is an Australian bandleader with a big, decadent, surly voice that invites inevitable comparisons to his countryman Nick Cave, and he’s also got a backing band called the Dreamlanders that counts Kirin J Callahan among its number. He’s already teamed up with Sharon Van Etten on “Come On Back This Way,” a song on his 2014 album Playmates. And she also appears on “To Be And To Be Kept,” another track that shows up on the album, which will see American release next month. “To Be And To Be Kept” is a big, searching, easy-to-like ballad, and you can hear it below.


Death Cab for Cutie share "Black Sun" from new LP, announce tour with The Antlers (dates, stream)
Jan 26, 2015 8:48am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Death Cab at Beacon Theatre in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

As discussed, Death Cab for Cutie is releasing their eighth album, Kintsugi, on March 31 via Atlantic -- their last with Chris Walla and first with an outside producer (Rich Costey) -- and they've now premiered its first single, "Black Sun" (one of three songs they recently debuted live). As you'd probably expect if you've heard the last few Death Cab albums, it's much cleaner and bigger sounding stuff than the band's introverted beginnings, and you can especially hear that they brought a big-name producer on board for this one. Listen for yourself, via the lyric video, below.

The band also announced a tour, much of which is with The Antlers, whose Familiars was one of our favorite albums of 2014. Unfortunately no NYC show at the moment. All dates are listed below.

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