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Suede and Frank Turner to headline Kendal Calling 2014
Mar 6, 2014 12:31pm | NME
De La Soul, Miles Kane and Happy Mondays will also perform at the festival this summer
PREMIERE: Optical Sounds second Toronto(ish) compilation, Psych Pop 2
Mar 6, 2014 12:30pm | Chart Attack
Optical Sounds has been Torontos unofficial psychedelic home base for about six years now, operating in their own underground, independent of both blog buzz and music industry bullshit. A “label in the loosest sense (more focused on community and parties than physical releases), Optical Sounds has become a hub for any artist who feels like pumping up the reverb, dabbling in paisley or gazing at their shoes, whether or not theyre part of the official roster theyll still be invited to play one of their ragers.
Weve got the official premiere of Optical Sounds second compilation, Psych Pop 2, streaming below, and its another gloriously imperfect snapshot of a scene that refuses to confine itself to a single sound or location. Like the last compilation (which included the words From Toronto), the albums title is a loose umbrella: theres all-D drone from Ostrich Tuning, girl group sun pop from The BB Guns, orchestral space rock from Flowers of Hell, dirty garage from B-17 and guest appearances by Montreals Chevalier Avant-Garde, New Yorks Your 33 Black Angels, and more. Optical Sounds co-founder Richard Gibson explains (that’s him up there with his older brother/OS partner/fellow ginger Robert):
Listen: Mac DeMarco Brother
Mar 6, 2014 12:25pm | CMJ
Listen: Thanks for the Line from Taylor Hawkins new band The Birds of Satan
Mar 6, 2014 12:17pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Earlier this week, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins announced the launch of a new side-project called The Birds of Satan. Also featuring Mick Murphy and Wiley Hodgen, of Hawkins’ Chevy Metal cover band, the trio will release their self-titled debut on April 15th via Shanabelle Records. Now, for our first taste of the seven-track effort, the Birds have unveiled “Thanks for the Line”.
From the opening cascade of drums and strutting guitars, “Thanks for the Line” is an unpretentious rock romp, easy on the ears and a solid head-bobber. Hawkins’ voice may not have Grohl’s sturdiness, but he moves it playfully through the chorus, giving it all the peaks and valleys a flashy prog-rock band would ever want. Still, he’s got other tricks, too, like the unexpected piano ballad he delivers halfway through the song that’s unexpectedly torn to shreds by Murphy’s vicious guitar shredding. With a kind of punkish approach to the whole prog-rock concept, Hawkins and Co. make grandiosity and intricate musical structures seem just like good old fashioned rock and roll.
Listen in below:
The Birds of Satan Tracklist:
Lettermans Turned Future Islands Performance Into A Meme
Mar 6, 2014 12:16pm | StereoGum
Earlier this week, Future Islands performed for the first time on the Late Show With David Letterman, and they absolutely ripped shit, eliciting straight-up giggling glee from Letterman himself. And Letterman has not forgotten it. He called back to it during last night’s monologue a couple of times, without context, just yelling “Let’s dance!” And whoever runs his Tumblr also posted the gif above recently. Let’s just keep this going, OK? If it makes Future Islands famous, it’s worth it. Watch the monologue below.
Cuddle Formation & Emily Reo Dreams Of Bermuda (Yoshis Story)
Mar 6, 2014 12:15pm | StereoGum
Emily Reo caught our attention last year with her unique electronic-pop songs like “Coast” and her cover of “Birds Of Paradise.” Despite the heavily electronic arrangements, they still sounded like some beautiful, worn thing you’d find hidden away in an attic. She recently collaborated with Cuddle Formation (aka Noah Klein) to contribute this new track to the Dreams project. The Stadium & Sound art series takes visual collages by Nathaniel Whitcomb and lets a band (previous entries have included Mutual Benefit, Dustin Wong, and Gem Club) create music inspired by it. “Dreams Of Bermuda,” which took inspiration from the collage you can see in excerpt above (and in full here), is warm and tropical like the name suggests, as Reo and Klein layer gentle melodies under thumping drum beats and twitchy Oval-style glitches. Listen and download it below.
Ringo Deathstarr played Mercury Lounge with Purple (pics)
Mar 6, 2014 12:14pm | Brooklyn Vegan
photos by Joe McCabe
Ringo Deathstarr @ Mercury Lounge, 3/4/2014
Austin shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr will release their new album, God's Dream, on March 25 (it came out in Japan last year) and the band are currently crushing eardrums on the East Coast in support of it. The tour hit NYC on Tuesday (3/4) at Mercury Lounge, with openers Purple and Christines. Pictures from that show (we missed Christines, sorry) are in this post.
Ringo Deathstarr have a few more shows in the Northeast (they play Alston, MA tonight, 3/6) before heading home to be a part of the madness that is SXSW.
More pics below...
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Dan Sartain Details New Album, Dudesblood, Shares Tour Dates
Mar 6, 2014 12:06pm | CMJ
Following 2012s Too Tough to Live, quasi-abilly, Alabama alt-cat, Dan Sartain, has announced the release of his next studio effort, Dudesblood, out April 29 via One Little Indian. This album promises to be one of his most eclectic yet, with the lead single being a cover of The Knife’s Pass This On (out April 22). Before his album hits shelves, Sartain will be playing throughout the U.S. in the upcoming months and opening for a reunited Rocket From The Crypt before headlining his own shows. For now, check out Marfa Lights and the tour dates below.
Tour Dates For Dan Sartain
03/28 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
03/29 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex *
03/30 – Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar
03/31 – San Diego, CA – Bar Pink
04/04 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts *
04/05 – Washington D.C – Black Cat *
* w/ Rocket From The Crypt
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Listen: How To Dress Wells gorgeous new song Words I Dont Remember
Mar 6, 2014 11:56am | Cosequence Of Sound
Since the release of his excellent 2012 album Total Loss, How To Dress Wells Tom Krell has collaborated with Shlohmo and Jacques Greene and even covered Kanye West, Drake, and Smog. This week, he finally returns with his first original HTDW composition in nearly two years.
“Words I Don’t Remember” sees Krell expanding on the ambient, electronic-R&B sound of his past material, conjuring up a breathy and blossoming ballad. “If you could let your angels out, I’d rescue one at a time,” he confesses, sounding like a man down on bended knee. Listen in below.
“Words I Don’t Remember” will officially be released on March 7th via Domino Recording Company. There’s no word yet on whether it will appear on a full-length album, but it’s worth noting the track’s posted on the HTDW website “What Is This Heart”.
While we await further details, check out the dates for Krell’s spring tour alongside Forest Swords. He’s previously mentioned he’d be “playing a lot of new material”.
How To Dress Well 2014 Tour Dates:
The 50 best Pharrell tracks
Mar 6, 2014 11:53am | Fact Magazine
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It’s no exaggeration to call The Neptunes (Pharrell and Chad Hugo) the most successful pop producers of the early ’00s – in fact, it’s pretty much fact, with the duo gridlocking the Billboard charts in 2002 and 2003 with a run of hits that even Timabaland couldn’t match. Add Pharrell’s status as one of hip-hop’s most in-demand hook men (and, you know, owner of one of the world’s most in-demand faces) to that, and the man was inescapable, but to resent it was just silly. Nobody was delivering hits like this guy.
With his new solo album GIRL ready to take the world by storm – just ask his record label Columbia, who’re preparing to follow their recent success with Daft Punk and Beyonce by “launch[ing] Pharrell as a global solo superstar” – we thought it was about time to look back and rank his 50 greatest moments as a producer, singer, rapper and songwriter, ranging from 1993 to 2013.
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Art Release Therapy @ 3rdEye(Sol)ation: February 28, 2014
Mar 6, 2014 11:45am | CMJ
The setlist for Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Ages first co-headlining Australian show
Mar 6, 2014 11:39am | Cosequence Of Sound
Photo by Ben Kaye
Nine years ago, Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails joined together to tour the U.S.A. Last night, the two rock bands reconvened for a new co-headlining jaunt, this time down through Australia and New Zealand. The tour opened in Sydney, where a coin flip determined that Nine Inch Nails would take the opening set.
Featuring Trent Reznor, Robin Finck, Ilan Rubin, and Alessandro Cortin, the newly-minted quartet ran through a 20-song set similar to what they’ve been playing for the last year or so. As expected, the set was heavy on material from the band’s new LP, Hesitation Marks, while also mixing in tracks from The Downward Spiral, Pretty Hate Machine, and Broken.
Queens of the Stone Age, meanwhile, closed out the evening with an 18-song, career-spanning setlist. Nearly half the songs came from …Like Clockwork were most of the rest of the setlist was comprised of greatest hits.
Holding true to their words, the night featured no on-stage collaborations. In a recent interview with triple J radio, Homme said each band wanted to solidify their own sets before considering the idea of joining forces. “The initial plan is for everyone to do their thing,” he explained. “So much of the time it sounds lovely to smash it all together. Lets just start by everyone kicking their ass and doing their thing.
By the end...
The Black Keys announced as final Latitude headliner
Mar 6, 2014 11:33am | NME
The band join Damon Albarn and Two Door Cinema Club at the top of the bill
INFLUENTIA: Robert Alfons of Trust on the influences behind Joyland
Mar 6, 2014 11:27am | Chart Attack
Welcome to INFLUENTIA, where we track the unusual, surprising, or interesting influences behind an artist’s new album. Today, Robert Alfons of Trust curates a selection of video game music, books, and Kate Bush.
Robert Alfons thinks the new record he wrote as Trust is “a pop record.” There’s no immediate reason to dispute him: his dark electro project’s second full-length Joyland (out now on Arts & Crafts) is far more prismatic than the steely and menacing tones of debut album TRST. But there’s certainly an unmistakeable enthusiasm in the new tracks, perhaps thanks to Alfons’ newly developed liberation.
“I definitely think the new record is a lot more playful and on purpose,” he says of Joyland, his first since his former bandmate Maya Postepski left to focus on Austra. “I let myself dive into those other emotions and those other sort of ideas, whereas the first one I kept a mood to it.”
It’s wasn’t a straight path to Joyland. Some of the albums songs were written even before TRST, but Joyland couldn’t have been made without the touring and travelling enabled by that record. “I definitely got inspired by the energy of playing live shows a lot, travelling to different places and writing music in those different places.” But other influences that left their mark on t...
Jacques Greene teases new LuckyMe EP, announces tour dates
Mar 6, 2014 11:26am | Fact Magazine
The Phantom Vibrate EP is due out next month.
Jacques Greene will return with his latest slate of R&B-tinged house tunes, judging by the minute-long preview clip he just shared. The Phantom Vibrate EP is due out on April 28 via longtime home LuckyMe Records and is his first original music since last year’s On Your Side EP.
In addition to the new teaser, he’s set to hit the road for an expansive world tour, wrapping up some UK/EU dates before debuting his new live show at the loaded LuckyMe x Warp showcase at SXSW. Greene will also launch the live show in Brooklyn, Montreal, and London; the full list of dates is below.
March 6 – Newcastle, World HQ
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