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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Apr 24, 2015 4:42pm | StereoGum
Admittedly, this is a bit of a weird week for 5 Best Songs. Not weird because the songs are stranger than usual (they're not) or because they're weak in some way (they're super not), but because there's no single track that casts a gigantic shadow over the others. But weirdness often makes for great spectacle. More »




Kimya Dawson & Paul Baribeau on "book as you go" tour, will hit NY w/ Toby Goodshank, Hamell on Trial, Roger Manning
Apr 24, 2015 4:20pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Fans of the NYC antifolk scene will want to be at Trans Pecos on Monday (4/27) as Kimya Dawson headlines a a very notable bill. The night also includes sets from Kimya's Moldy Peaches bandmate Toby Goodshank, antifolk progenitors Roger Manning and Hamell on Trial, as well as Michigan folk-punk singer Paul Baribeau. Tickets are on sale now.

This is part of what Kimya and Paul Baribeau are calling a "book as you go tour" that hits Pittsburgh on Saturday (4/25) and Philadelphia on Sunday (4/26). Where else will Kimya play? Follow her on Twitter for updates.

All known tour dates, and a stream of tourmate Baribeau's 2010 album, Unbearable, below...

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Gacha
Apr 24, 2015 3:38pm | StereoGum
Berlin producer Gacha's pearly, electronic comedowns are soothing above all. In advance of releasing his debut full-length Send Two Sunsets, we premiered the title track, and now he's shared two others. "Let Me Love You" is not a Ne-Yo cover, but a lingering command that's far more meditative than demanding. On "Waterfalls," he's … More »



Mobb Deep added to Maryland Deathfest (seriously), playing other shows too (including NYC this Sunday)
Apr 24, 2015 3:37pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Maryland Deathfest is less than a month away (May 21-24), and the lineup was already stacked with Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Primordial, Inter Arma, Tombs, D.R.I., Conan, Ufomammut, Sodom and so many more. Yet MDF still felt the need to sweeten the deal, so they went ahead and added one more to the lineup: Mobb Deep.

You didn't read that wrong, and it's not some foreign metal band with a lawsuit ahead of them. The legendary Queensbridge hip hop duo Mobb Deep are playing at 11:30 PM on the Thursday of MDF (5/21) at Baltimore Soundstage, amongst this otherwise metal, hardcore, and metal-related lineup. It's not crazy -- it's not like Slayer wasn't on Def Jam, Anthrax never collaborated with Public Enemy, and metal and hip hop haven't had a crossover fan base for years -- but it should be interesting to see how this goes down. Tickets for just the Mobb Deep show are on sale, and anyone with an MDF 4-day pass or a Thursday Soundstage ticket can get in too.

Mobb Deep also have several other dates including a hometown NYC show this weekend at BB King's on Sunday (4/26) with Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist and Smif-N-Wessun. Tickets for Sunday's show are still available.

Meanwhile, their seminal 1995 album, The Infamous, turns 20 tomorrow (4/25). Listen to "Shook Ones Pt. II" from that record, with their tour dates and the updated MDF schedule, below...

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Stuart David released a new Looper album / box set & a memoir about his days in Belle & Sebastian (win them both)
Apr 24, 2015 3:28pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Stuart David has been making music as Looper since 1998 when he was still a member of Belle & Sebastian (he left in 2000). What started as a project with his wife, Karn, turned into a four-piece band and Looper released three albums between 1998 - 2002. (Looper's song "Mondo '77" was used in a lot of commercials and movies.) Then in the mid-'00s Stuart began suffering from chronic fatigue which all but ended his creative output. He's been getting better and 2015 makes a flurry of activity for him. He released The All-Night Cafe, a memoir of the early days of Belle & Sebastian, and a new Looper album, Offgrid:Offline which just came out via Mute. You can stream that in full, via Rdio, below.

That new album is also part of a career-encompassing Looper box set titled These Things, which rearranges the songs into five mixtapes categorized by genres. You can read more about that (and listen to it via Rdio) below. The box set also features liner notes by Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess. We've got a copy of both the These Things box set and The All-Night Cafe memoir to give away. Details below.

Belle & Sebastian, meanwhile, will play NYC's Radio City Music Hall in June.

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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Apr 24, 2015 3:22pm | StereoGum
One of the videos getting a lot of notice this week is Calexico's clip for "Falling From The Sky," starring José González and an absolutely disgusting worm creature. I can recognize that it's a very good video, but it's not on this list, because I hate that fucking worm creature. It just skeeves me … More »



Speedy Ortiz did a Reddit AMA and we turned it into a playlist
Apr 24, 2015 3:14pm | Chart Attack

Speedy Ortiz's new album Foil Deer is giving them the breakout success they've deserved for years. But, even while receiving glowing reviews and breathless magazine profiles, the members of the band seem just eager to share the wealth and shout out other bands, artists, comics and movies that you might not know but should. So an interview with Speedy Ortiz can sometimes feel like a book club or an RIYL service (even in our mostly goofy Band 2 Band interview, they still managed to sneak in a plug for the Boston band Francine).

Yesterday, the band did a Reddit AMA. And, naturally, they left plenty of media for their fans to look up. Since Reddit is good for one type of media (text and lots of it), we thought we'd give it the full embed treatment (like we did for Mac DeMarco) and turn it into a playlist. Here are some music picks, chosen by Reddit user speedyortiz.

What they're listening to now:

Sadie: Shamir

Mike and Devin: Earl, Kendrick, Action Bronson

Favourite Boston Bands:

Sadie: "Boston's got sick shit. Gotta support dat local scene. Cool bands to check out from Boston: Idiot Genes, Sneeze, Ursula, Grass is Green, Fleabite, Palehound, Bong Wish"

Kitchen 7" by Palehound

Favourite Washington, D.C. bands:

Devin McKnight: "I grew up there, so I was always a big part of the ...


Little Dragon remixed by Chet Faker, touring from Las Vegas to NY (win tix to Governors Ball!)
Apr 24, 2015 3:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Little Dragon's most recently announced show, a Governors Ball aftershow at NYC's Brooklyn Bowl (not to be confused with Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas which they're also playing), sold out quickly. It's not on the poster above, but it happens the night before they end their North American tour at Governors Ball. Their festival set, on Saturday, June 6th, happens the same day as Bjork, SBTRKT, Future Islands, Kiesza, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, Atmosphere, and more. Tickets to that are still available, and we're giving a pair away! Enter the contest, and listen to stream of the band's recently-released Chet Faker remix of "Pretty Girls", below...

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John Metcalfe
Apr 24, 2015 3:08pm | StereoGum
Violinist John Metcalfe is an expert at bridging the classical and pop worlds, and his latest single does just that. "Just Let Go," from Metcalfe's upcoming The Appearance Of Colour casts Bat For Lashes singer Natasha Khan's AutoTuned vocals against a mystically creeping orchestral slow build and, eventually, a deconstructed trip-hop thump. It's a marvelous … More »



Arabrot announce new EP & tour with Pinkish Black (dates)
Apr 24, 2015 2:50pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Norwegian noise rockers Arabrot will follow last year's I Modi EP with another EP called You Bunch of Idiots on June 16 via Eolian Empire in the US and Fysisk in Europe. That's the artwork above, and the tracklist is below, but no music has come out from it yet.

Arabrot also confirmed a North American tour to follow the EP's release, including a run with Texas goth duo Pinkish Black. That leg wraps up in NYC on July 19 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Pinkish Black last released Razed to the Ground in 2013, and earlier this year they said its followup is done. Details on that are still TBA, but meanwhile stream a track from Razed to the Ground and Arabrot's I Modi EP, with the list of dates, below...

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Mumford & Sons really hate their name:
Apr 24, 2015 2:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Mumford & Sons have made some changes for their upcoming album, Wilder Mind, and they aren’t being shy about why. Guitarist/banjoist Winston Marshall told Consequence of Sound that yes, he really did hate the banjo for awhile, and now his bandmates have said their name and old style are bunk too.

“I definitely regret the band name,” frontman Marcus Mumford told NME. “If I’d known it was going to go this way, I would have wanted to call it anything other than my last name. It’s a ball-ache. We thought about changing it, but it’s a bit late now.”

(Read: Mumford & Sons: Electric Minds)

One thing it wasn’t too late to change, however, was their choice in clothing. “I think it would be fair to say that we’ve noticed that in some of our old photos we look like absolute idiots,” said keyboardist Ben Lovett. “There were so many car crashes. We look like us in our photos now. I don’t even want to describe how we used to look.”

Still, Mumford holds that the changes in both sound and style weren’t decisive actions as much as natural progressions. “We didn’t sit down and say, ‘Let’s wear leather guys.’ Over an eight-year period you behave differently,” he said, echoing statements he made in our recent feature on the band. &#822...


Mumford and Sons really hate their name:
Apr 24, 2015 2:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Mumford and Sons have made some changes for their upcoming album, Wilder Mind, and they aren’t being shy about why. Guitarist/banjoist Winston Marshall told Consequence of Sound that yes, he really did hate the banjo for awhile, and now his bandmates have said their name and old style are bunk too.

“I definitely regret the band name,” frontman Marcus Mumford told NME. “If I’d known it was going to go this way, I would have wanted to call it anything other than my last name. It’s a ball-ache. We thought about changing it, but it’s a bit late now.”

(Read: Mumford and Sons: Electric Minds)

One thing it wasn’t too late to change, however, was their choice in clothing. “I think it would be fair to say that we’ve noticed that in some of our old photos we look like absolute idiots,” said keyboardist Ben Lovett. “There were so many car crashes. We look like us in our photos now. I don’t even want to describe how we used to look.”

Still, Mumford holds that the changes in both sound and style weren’t decisive actions as much as natural progressions. “We didn’t sit down and say, ‘Let’s wear leather guys.’ Over an eight-year period you behave differently,” he said, echoing statements he made in our recent feature on the band. “Yo...


Listen to Britney Spears and Giorgio Moroder
Apr 24, 2015 2:02pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Britney Spears has never been shy about incorporating electronic music into her brand of pop. (Just see 2013’s glowstick-ready single “Work B**ch”.) She’s also been open to reaching back into the ’80s for sources of inspiration, as these rejected demos — written by New Wave-loving singer-songwriter Dev Hynes — prove. For her latest release, a cover of Suzanne Vega


The Infamous Turns 20
Apr 24, 2015 2:02pm | StereoGum
When Kanye West was recording My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in Hawaii, he famously hung a sign on the studio wall that read "What would Mobb Deep do?" That means Kanye wanted people like Justin Vernon and Rick Ross to put themselves in the same mindset of two teenage Queensbridge hyenas, young geniuses at the … More »



Japanther's Ian Vanek making music as Howardian (listen), touring, playing Shea Stadium w/ Guerilla Toss & more
Apr 24, 2015 2:01pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Ian Vanek, who is one half of Japanther, also records low-fi fuzzpop under the name Howardian. An album, Land of the Low Tides, came out back in January and you can stream a couple tracks from that below. Look out for a new EP, A Goddess In Yer Way, this summer.

Howardian is currently on tour with Ben Katzman's Degreaser (not the mostly Australian band of the same name) and they'll play Brooklyn on Saturday (4/25) at Shea Stadium with Bueno and Guerilla Toss (who are also playing Northside Fest). All tour dates are listed below.

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