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Violent Reaction releasing a new LP on Revelation, touring the US (dates & four song streams)
Mar 5, 2015 3:35pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

The UK's Violent Reaction recall old school straight edge hardcore and Oi!, and they're set to deliver another dose of that on their sophomore LP, Marching On. It's due March 31 via the legendary Revelation Records, which has been responsible for a handful of the band's straight edge influences. (For example, a recent press photo has singer Tom P wearing the shirt of Rev co-founder Ray Cappo's band Youth of Today.) Listen to the just-released "No Pride" (via Lambgoat) and three other rippers from the LP, below.

Violent Reaction were on our side of the pond with The Flex last year, and they'll return for another tour here this spring. The tour is leading up to DC's Damaged City Fest, and it hits NYC along the way at Acheron on April 3 with La Misma, Arms Race, Standoff and NYC Headhunters. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the four song streams, below...

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Föllakzoid Electric Video
Mar 5, 2015 3:27pm | StereoGum
Chilean psych rockers Föllakzoid dropped the ruminant single “Electric” off their upcoming album III a little over a month ago. The track sits in a homeostatic place: never quite hitting a crescendo, but not leaving the ear completely unstimulated. The visuals have that same effect on the eye, as directors Domingo Garcia-Huidobro and Ion Rakhmatulina […]




SPOTLIGHT: Mands incredibly vicious, just plain incredible improv album 15/6/2014
Mar 5, 2015 3:16pm | Chart Attack

Back in 2013, while playing a show together with their respective bands in Trois-Rivières, Tim Keen (drummer of Ought) and Amy Macdonald (of Public Transit, Nennen, and formerly of Gyre Spire & Spindle) bonded over their mutual interest in heavy music. Having no outlet for their more aggressive leanings, say, in powerviolence and post-hardcore, the two decided to team up and have a go at making a lot of noise together.

With Keen on drums and sometimes vocals and Macdonald on guitar and handling most of the singing duties, friend and neighbour Kaity Zozula (of Lungbutter and the now defunct Femmaggots) joined soon after on bass to complete the line-up. Mands has a handful of releases already, Best Practices and a split with Lungbutter, but 15/6/2014 is their most impressive effort to date.

From the jumpstart of Waterline, 15/6/2014 is not a record that lets you breath, much less recall whatever it was you were doing before you pressed play. Though some of the songs push close to 10 minutes, they overflow with atonal and fervent energy; time feels completely irrelevant.

We spoke to Mands Macdonald about how the band approached recording and how they nailed it in just two takes.

15/6/2014 is out now via Misery Loves Co.

15/6/2014 by Mands

Chart Attack: So the liner notes for 15/6/2014 explains that it was recorded in two long takes and Tim...


Fashawn released a new LP ft. Nas & others, on tour (dates and album stream)
Mar 5, 2015 2:47pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Fresno, CA rapper Fashawn signed to Nas' Mass Appeal Records last year, and last week the label released The Ecology, Fashawn's long-awaited followup to his promising 2009 debut, Boy Meets World. Nas features on the new record, as does Dom Kennedy, Busta Rhymes, BJ the Chicago Kid and more, and it was mostly produced by Exile. Stream the full album below.

Fashawn is on tour now in support of The Ecology with openers SonReal, DJ Exile and Earthgang. The tour hits NYC on March 11 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates, including SXSW, are listed below...

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Urban Cone Come Back To Me (Feat. Tove Lo)
Mar 5, 2015 2:41pm | StereoGum
On “Come Back To Me,” the five piece Swedish group Urban Cone manage to take Of Monsters And Men-style camaraderie and funnel it into an infectious, confetti-throwing pop song. As we saw when they guested on Porter Robinson’s “Lionhearted,” you can file these guys next to Passion Pit or Miike Snow in the “towering, glitchy […]



Mormon Crosses release new single ft. White Lung's Mish Way
Mar 5, 2015 2:28pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Mormon Crosses w/ Mish Way in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Vancouver punks Mormon Crosses toured last year as an opener for their neighbors White Lung -- the above picture is from the Chicago show on that tour when White Lung singer Mish Way joined them on stage -- and today they've put out a new two-song single, Exit Type (Two). The first song, "Braxton Hicks," features spoken word from Mish in a Patti Smith/Velvet Underground fashion, and the second, "Amber," has Mormon Crosses in a more aggressive punk mode. White Lung guitarist Kenneth William mastered the tracks.

Listen to both below, and grab the track with Mish for free at bandcamp.

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Guts Club @ Bell House: March 4, 2015
Mar 5, 2015 2:21pm | CMJ


A cold, rainy evening set the scene for Lindsey Baker, aka Guts Club, last night at the Bell House in Brooklyn. This was the latest show since the release of her latest album, The Arm Wrestling Tournament, which debuted last month. Baker thoughtfully handpicked the evening’s lineup, compiling a cohesive theme of artists with a knack for offbeat narratives.

Pony Farm opened up the showcase with a set of lo-fi numbers graced by a surprisingly unassuming glockenspiel. Haunting melodies taunted then titillated, leaving you with an intrigue you never knew you could feel for a metallophone. Amiable vocal harmonies triggered a charming chord, while visuals did not disappoint either, with drag queens and scenes from Xanadu.

Mindtroll was next in the lineup to deliver uniquely instrumented tunage and lyrical content varying from “the old creepy guy at the party” to “prosopagnosia” (the disorder when you cannot recognize faces). Surprises kept coming as the eclectic punk quartet also added unexpected sounds of accordion and megaphone beeps. Closing out their set, Eve Bates traded out her accordion for another snare, producing double percussion and subsequently rounding out their sound in the manner of a riot grrl drumline.

Before headlining the nights showcase, Lindsey Baker made heads turn with her eccentric music videos displaying home movies of babies and bikinis, countered with vivid animation. Guts Cl...


Weezer side project The Relationship releasing a 7" on Burger, touring; sitcom based on Rivers Cuomo casts its lead
Mar 5, 2015 2:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Brian Bell w/ Weezer at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Dana (distorton) Yavin)

First Weezer was announced for Burger Records' Burgerarma Four festival, and more recently it's been announced that Burger signed The Relationship, the band fronted by original (and current) Weezer guitarist Brian Bell. They've had a rotating lineup, but Brian's currently joined by drummer Anthony Burulcich (who was in The Bravery and briefly in Morrissey's live band), bassist John LaRue (who's also worked with Albert Hammond Jr), and guitarist Nate Shaw. Their new 7", "Oh Allen," will be out April 8 via Burger, and you can watch a video of them playing that song at last year's Weezer Cruise, below.

The Relationship are also on Burgerama Four, and right after that they'll head out on a lengthy US tour with support from Gringo Star. The tour hits NYC on April 29 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/6) at 1 PM. All dates are listed below.

Burger's '90s alternative game has been on point lately. To recap, in the past year they've also signed The Muffs and Superdrag spinoff The Lees of Memory.

And in other Weezer news, Detour, the upcoming FOX sitcom based on Rivers Cuomo's life, has found its Rivers. Deadline reports that British actor Ben Aldridge will star as Michael Sturges (the character based on Rivers), and that Joey Morgan will be cast in ...


Chromatics premiere new song I Can Never Be Myself When Youre Around listen
Mar 5, 2015 2:13pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Chromatics are expected to release their new album, Dear Tommy, this year. Thus far, the Kill For Love follow-up has been previewed with the sensual “Just Like You”. Now, the band’s revealed “I Can Never Be Myself When Youre Around”.

While its slow jam predecessor seemed fitting for a romantic night in with a loved one, this latest track would easily find a home on the dance floor. “We live just to love/ Getting lost on our own”, frontwoman Ruth Radelet coos, backed vocally by Desires Megan Louise. Streaks of smoldering synths and a throbbing beat keep the whole affair invigorated and aglow. Listen in below.

There’s no set release date for Dear Tommy, however, the group’s resident producer Johnny Jewel has promised to share new music regularly until it finally drops.

Dear Tommy Tracklist:
01. Fresh Blood
02. In Films
03. Time Rider
04 I Can Never Be Myself When Youre Around
05. Cherry
06. She Says
07. Just Like You
08. 4 A.M.
09. Teacher
10. Camera
11. Dear Tommy
12. Touch Blue
13. After Hours
14. Shadows
15. In Silence
16. Colorblind
17. Endless Sleep



Bandcamp breaks $100 million in money raised for artists
Mar 5, 2015 2:08pm | Fact Magazine

In addition to hitting the nine-figure milestone, the site reports it’s raised $3.4 million in the last 30 days alone.

Bandcamp hit the biggest milestone in their history today announcing that fans have given 100 million dollars to artists. Near the end of 2013 Bandcamp announced they’d hit the $50 million mark promising they would double it in only 18 months. They did it in 16.

Beginning with humble origins in 2007, Bandcamp began gaining popularity around the beginning of this decade when artists saw it as an alternative to the typical label system and smaller labels saw it as a way to get music out while keeping costs down. The site allows artists to put up their music for streaming/downloading for free and famously embraced the “name your price” system, taking a percentage from each purchase rather than charging artists to use the site.

The stats from today reveal fans give artists an average of $3.5 million every month and roughly 16,000 records are uploaded every day. That’s a new album every five seconds.

Check out some of the best Bandcamp releases so far this year in the January edition of The Best Of Bandcamp.

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Bandcamp breaks $100 million in money raised for artists
Mar 5, 2015 2:08pm | Fact Magazine

In addition to hitting the nine-figure milestone, the site reports it’s raised $3.4 million in the last 30 days alone.

Bandcamp hit the biggest milestone in their history today announcing that fans have given 100 million dollars to artists. Near the end of 2013 Bandcamp announced they’d hit the $50 million mark promising they would double it in only 18 months. They did it in 16.

Beginning with humble origins in 2007, Bandcamp began gaining popularity around the beginning of this decade when artists saw it as an alternative to the typical label system and smaller labels saw it as a way to get music out while keeping costs down. The site allows artists to put up their music for streaming/downloading for free and famously embraced the “name your price” system, taking a percentage from each purchase rather than charging artists to use the site.

The stats from today reveal fans give artists an average of $3.5 million every month and roughly 16,000 records are uploaded every day. That’s a new album every five seconds. Shout out to FACT contributor Laurent Fintoni for the tip.

Check out some of the best Bandcamp releases so far this year in the January edition of The Best Of Bandcamp.

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Fans have given artists $100 million through Bandcamp
Mar 5, 2015 2:08pm | Fact Magazine

The site has also raised $3.4 million in the last 30 days alone.

Bandcamp hit the biggest milestone in its history today, announcing via a short note on the homepage that listeners have spent $100 million on artists through the direct-to-fan platform since its launch in 2007. Near the end of 2013 the site announced it had hit the $50 million mark and promised to double that in only 18 months in the end they did it in 16.

Bandcamp has been gaining popularity since the beginning of this decade when artists began using it as an alternative to the typical label system, while smaller labels have seen it as a way to get music out while keeping costs down. The site allows artists to put up their music for streaming or download for free, and famously embraced the “name your price” system, taking a percentage from each purchase rather than charging artists to use the site.

The latest stats reveal that fans give artists an average of $3.5 million every month, and roughly 16,000 records are uploaded every day that’s a new album every five seconds.

Check out some of the best Bandcamp releases so far this year in the January edition of The Best Of Bandcamp.

The post Fans have given artists $100 million through Bandcamp appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Watch Ryan Adams & Natalie Prass Cover Shes Like The Wind From Dirty Dancing
Mar 5, 2015 2:07pm | StereoGum
Ryan Adams and Natalie Prass are currently touring together, and along with the rest of the music world, it appears that Adams has become a pretty big fan of Prass in the process. They’ve already been collaborating together onstage a bit, and last night at their show in Cork, Ireland, the pair covered “She’s Like […]



Chromatics share second song from 'Dear Tommy' ++ listen to a track from Johnny Jewel's 'Lost River' soundtrack
Mar 5, 2015 2:07pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Chromatics have released another song off their new album, Dear Tommy, which is due out sometime this year. That's the cover art above. "I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around" features backing vocals from Megan Louise from Desire and is much more of a dancefloor-filler than the atmospheric "Just Like You." You can stream or download it below.

You can also listen to a track from the soundtrack to Ryan Gosling's Lost River which is by Johnny Jewel of Chromatics. Stream "Bullytown" below as well.

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Remy Banks rem. (Feat. Nasty Nigel) Video
Mar 5, 2015 2:04pm | StereoGum
On the heels of releasing the first single from his forthcoming project higher., Remy Banks has dropped the accompanying visuals for “rem.” and the video is black and white and Queens all over. It features shots of Banks and his World’s Fair crew repping their borough all over, and a nice meta touch is guy […]


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