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Deadboy preps White Magick EP for Local Action, shares colorful Inner Palace
Mar 26, 2015 4:31pm | Fact Magazine

The South London producer returns with a new EP next month.

Following the brilliant one-off single ‘It Did Not Feel Right’, Deadboy will return with the White Magick EP through Local Action [full disclosure: a label independently operated by FACTs Tom Lea].

Some of the songs on White Magick were teased on Deadboy’s Truancy Mix last year (which we called the best mix of the week on its release). Today you can hear one of those songs in full with the new single ‘Inner Palace’ which features some of the producer’s most bright and colorful work to date.

Listen to ‘Inner Palace’ below and grab White Magick on April 20th via Local Action. [via Resident Advisor]

White Magick Tracklist:
01. ‘White Moon Garden’
02. ‘Inner Palace’
03. ‘Rye Angel’
04. ‘Sad Sniper’
05. ‘Copwar’
06. ‘I Will Let His Ocean Flow Through’

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That Kendrick Lamar Song From Colbert Hasnt Been Recorded, Wont Be Released
Mar 26, 2015 4:21pm | StereoGum
Way before the frenzy surrounding the release of To Pimp A Butterfly erupted, Kendrick Lamar caused another mini-stir when he performed a moving, untitled, jazzy, funky song as the last musical guest on The Colbert Report. One of his collaborators on the song (and extensively on Butterfly and elsewhere), Terrace Martin, already talked about how Lamar wrote the song the day before they performed it, but now he's confirmed that the song has never been recorded aside from the live performance.

John Renbourn, RIP
Mar 26, 2015 4:19pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Folk legend John Renbourn sadly passed away at his home in Hawick, Scotland, The Guardian reports. He was 70.

In addition to releasing a large amount of solo albums from 1965 through 2011, John was a founding member of the great British folk-jazz band Pentangle, along with Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson, Terry Cox, and Bert Jansch (who we lost in 2011). John contributed guitar and vocals to the band, as well as other stringed instruments including sitar and banjo.

Rest in peace, John. You'll be missed and your contributions to music won't be forgotten.

Listen to Pentangle's arrangement of the traditional "Cruel Sister," the title track to their 1970 epic, below...

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Prurient Dragonflies To Sew You Up
Mar 26, 2015 4:14pm | StereoGum
Earlier this year, Prurient -- the noise project of Dominick Fernow -- announced a new double album called Frozen Niagara Falls, to be released on Canadian metal label Profound Lore. Now, we have our first taste of the record: "Dragonflies To Sew You Up," a growling, relentless, five-minute industrial assault. The song has no proper beginning, instead barging in with pummeling machine-gun clacks and Fernow's aggro-vox firing holes directly into your brain. After a few minutes, though, "Dragonflies To Sew You Up" slows down as Fernow reloads his magazine for the next barrage, allowing gentle keyboard melodies to take center stage. It's really not much of a respite, but stacked up against the cold violence of the rest of the song, it feels like a tropical oasis. Listen below.

Free Cake For Every Creature The Day To Day
Mar 26, 2015 3:28pm | StereoGum
Most of the friends we make in life are meant to be there for a finite amount of time. Fate or whatever nudges two people together and lets you go through certain experiences together. They help you grow, you help them as well, and then we drift onto the next experience and the next friend. Obviously there are exceptions to this rule, but I can think of about a dozen people offhand who have made a profound impact on my life that I rarely talk to anymore. In most cases, nothing "happened" -- besides growing up -- it's just that we lost touch, moved onto different stages in our lives, met new people. That's what Katie Bennett's captures on "The Day To Day," the latest track from her upcoming Free Cake For Every Creature tape Moving Songs. Her characteristically clean strumming and hurried wordplay here are punctuated by yelps and woo-hoos, a celebration of moving on in life while still knowing that person that helped you so much is existing somewhere out there. "I wish you happiness, but now you don't exist on my plane," she sings. "You're still my friend, even though we lost each other in the day to day." The track ends on a forlorn note, a callback to her last single. Listen below.

East Village building collapses, huge fire after explosion
Mar 26, 2015 3:27pm | Brooklyn Vegan

"Well an entire BUILDING just collapsed on 2nd Avenue and 7th street in the #EastVillage!!" - mikenouveau

Firefighters were on the scene of an apparent explosion on Thursday afternoon in the East Village, and a building at the site appeared to have been partly destroyed while another building was engulfed in flames.

Francis X. Gribbon, the chief spokesman for the New York Fire Department, said the preliminary indication was that some kind of gas explosion preceded the inferno.

"It was probably a gas thing, it looks like," he said. "But that's not confirmed."

He said one injury had been confirmed so far: a critical injury. He said it was not immediately clear if the buildings were occupied.

By 4:05 p.m., Mr. Gribbon said, the event was in the seventh alarm, meaning that roughly 250 firefighters were on the location from about 50 Fire Department units. The buildings are at 121 and 123 Second Avenue. [NY Times]

Gothamist says, "The FDNY has now confirmed there are multiple injuries at the scene. The residential building has a nail salon (E-Nail) and a women's clothing store (Enz's); it is right next door to vegetarian mainstay B&H Dairy" and that "the neighboring building is also engulfed in flames", and that "According to various people at the scene, the second building (which is reportedly 121 E 2nd Street) has collapsed completely. That building contains Sushi Park...

Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens playing 3 NYC shows before California w/ Rocket From the Crypt & The Bronx
Mar 26, 2015 3:26pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Dead Heavens at Saint Vitus in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Walter Schreifels' new-ish garage/psych band Dead Heavens have had no lack of hometown NYC shows lately, and they've currently got three more coming up. First is their Saint Vitus show on April 16 with Philly riffers Ruby the Hatchet (which Sweden's Blues Pills unfortunately dropped off), and then they play two nights at Bowery Electric, May 14 and 21. The first of those is with opener Slonk Donkerson and the second is with Slavve. Tickets for the Vitus and Bowery Electric shows are on sale now.

Those Bowery Electric shows happen just before they head across the country to open for the reunited Rocket From the Crypt and The Bronx in California (tickets). That's one of three upcoming dates for RFTC, the other two being Houston's Free Press Summer Fest and Montreal's Heavy Montreal.

Stream Dead Heavens' recent "History In My Hands" / "36 Chambers" single below...

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Built to Spill premieres strange new video for Living Zoo watch
Mar 26, 2015 3:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Built to Spill has unveiled a video for “Living Zoo”, the band’s first new song in over five years. Directed by Jordan Minkoff, the clip follows a couple of guys who are out on what’s supposed to be a good ol’ hiking trip. Their adventure in the great outdoors takes an unexpected turn, however, when they encounter a secret cult-like group. The bizarre visual goes on to show Doug Martsch & co. magically “performing” from the depths of a lake and our happy campers experiencing some kind of metamorphosis. Watch below.

“Living Zoo” is taken from the indie rock outfit’s forthcoming album, Untethered Moon, due out on April 21st through Warner Bros. Records. In support, Built to Spill is scheduled to hit the road on a US tour next month.

Kate Tempest played Mercury Lounge (pics) & Rough Trade (review), doing free reading in Brooklyn tonight
Mar 26, 2015 3:25pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Kate Tempest @ Mercury Lounge 3/24/2015

"Don't clap, it'll make it cheesy," Kate Tempest told the crowd at Rough Trade, heartfelt, as she enthused about playing her first show in Brooklyn, home to heroes like Mos Def and Biggie. This was the last show of her first American tour -- "a trip that absolutely changed my life" -- and she was positively beaming onstage. You couldn't help but smile or shout back at her genuine enthusiasm. Backed by an excellent band that included her producer/collaborator Dan Carey on synthesizers, a drummer (everything seemed to be played live to me) and a backing vocalist, Tempest absolutely mesmerized from the second she hit the stage. It is hands-down the best live performance I've seen this year.

She is not the female version of The Streets. She is not Lady Sovereign. See her live and you'll know. The songs on her debut album, Everybody Down (based on her new novel, Hold Your Own) and are detail-rich stories of everyday people trying to connect in a world of constant distractions. Being human to each other, doing things that matter, never giving up -- subjects that are not new but Tempest delivered with passion and conviction and serious flow. We need more like her.

Interesting side note: one of the things that gives Kate Tempest's album such a distinctive sound, musically, is...

Heartless Bastards announced a new album & tour with Craig Finn, played SXSW (dates, video)
Mar 26, 2015 3:24pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Heartless Bastards at Willie Nelson's Ranch during SXSW (via)

Bluesy garage rockers Heartless Bastards will release the followup to 2012's Arrow with Restless Ones on June 16 via Partisan. The album was produced by John Congleton, who's recently helmed records by St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Swans, Cloud Nothings and others. You can hear a few clips at

The band also announced a tour with support from Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn taking place June into early July. Craig's on almost every show, but not the one in NYC, which happens June 15 at Webster Hall. Stay tuned to find out who's opening that one. Tickets for it go on sale Friday (3/27) at 10 AM.

The band were just in Austin for SXSW last week. Watch a video of them playing an acoustic WFUV session that was taped down there, with their list of dates, below...

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Willie Nelson to launch Willies Reserve brand of marijuana, open stores across America
Mar 26, 2015 3:24pm | Fact Magazine

Willie’s Reserve aims “to be a bright light amongst this trail as were trying to extract ourselves from the goo of prohibition”.

Willie Nelson will launch his own chain of marijuana stores in states where the drug is legalized, the Daily Beast reports. After being briefly mentioned by the country music star and activist at SXSW, the plan was expanded upon by the official spokesperson and marijuana lobbyist Michael Bowman who talked with the publication about the business.

Named Willie’s Reserve, the stores will feature special strains in addition to branded merchandise. Created by Neslon and his family, the company aims to begin by opening stores in Washington, Colorado, and Alaska, where marijuana is legalized, and will move forward elsewhere if other states vote the same.

Built around what they nickname “the anti-Walmart model”, Willie’s Reserve plans to hold high standards for all their products in an effort to empower small growers and manufacturers. Bowman expanded on the inspiration and goals of the business.

Willie has spent a lifetime in support of cannabis, both the industrial hemp side and the marijuana side. He wants it to be something thats reflective of his passion. Ultimately, its his. But it was developed by his family, and their focus on environmental and social issues, and in particular this crazy war on drugs, and trying to...

FACT at SXSW 2015 Atlanta rap superstars Migos on staying ahead of the game
Mar 26, 2015 3:12pm | Fact Magazine

This year, FACT TV’s Bryan McKay, Chris Kelly and John Twells packed up and headed to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest 2015 and talked to some of the festival’s most exciting artists.

There are few acts in Atlanta right now quite as important at Migos, and we managed to track them down (after a long cat-and-mouse chase around one of Austin’s most labyrinthine hotels) to talk about why their flow has been so influential and what they’ve got in store for the rest of the year.

To see the rest of our SXSW coverage head here.

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Local H share new song, announce tour (dates & stream)
Mar 26, 2015 3:08pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo by Katie Hovland

Long-running Chicago rockers Local H are still going strong, and celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band this year. They're releasing their eighth album, Hey, Killer, on April 14 via G&P Records (pre-order via their Pledgemusic page), and just premiered the riffy single "The Misanthrope" over at Loudwire. Listen below.

Local H will also do some extensive touring, beginning in mid-April and continuing through July. The tour hits NYC on June 19 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

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

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Virginia Wing releasing deluxe edition of 'Measures of Joy,' share new video, touring Europe (dates, streams)
Mar 26, 2015 3:02pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

UK band Virginia Wing have a new video for "A Complex Outline" from last year's terrific, Broadcast-y Measures of Joy. It was filmed on a landfill site in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in one day by Frankie Pike and Misha Hering, who also recorded their album. In it, singer Alice Merida Richards drags a parachute (filled with something) around the hillside, starts a's all ambiguous and creepy. Kind of like the song. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

In other news, Measures of Joy is being reissued in a deluxe edition featuring two-color vinyl with added bonus tracks. It's out May 11 and you can pre-order it here. Virginia Wing are also on tour in Europe, playing Munich tonight with The Notwist, a pretty good double bill. All dates are listed, along with the video, below...

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Weed Yr Songs
Mar 26, 2015 2:58pm | StereoGum
When I interviewed the hardcore band NEEDS on Monday, we attempted to unpack what their Vancouver rock music scene might look like to outsiders. What we eventually agreed on is: Most people in the U.S. barely know any bands who owe their reputation to Vancouver, aside from White Lung, and they're based in L.A. now! Weed are one of the most notable bands coming up out of the Vancouver scene, and as it turns out, one of Weed's members used to play in NEEDS way back in the day. About a month ago, we premiered "Stay In The Summer," the first single off of Weed's forthcoming Lefse full-length Running Back, and today the band's offered up "Yr Songs." Listen below.

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