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Kylesa Announce Indefinite Hiatus
Apr 29, 2016 5:00pm | StereoGum
Kylesa have announced they'll be taking a break for an indeterminate amount of time. Per Brooklyn Vegan, the Georgia rockers are going on hiatus after 15 years developing their murky, punishing version of heavy psych and building a devoted fan base. Fingers crossed that it won't be for long. They didn't cite a specific … More »
The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Apr 29, 2016 4:38pm | StereoGum
Can you believe that just last Friday, we were living in a pre-Lemonade, pre-Views world? We still had so much to look forward to! And now we have NOTHING. Oh well, we had a good run. But before we call it quits, we should probably talk about the week's best songs, right? Just to clarify, … More »
Matchess releasing 'The Rafter' (listen to eerie "The Fog"), touring, playing Northside with Spray Paint, Beech Creeps & more
Apr 29, 2016 4:25pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Whitney Johnson of Verma has a new album coming out via her Matchess solo project. The Rafter will be out June 3 via Monofonus Press, which once again displays her skills at making eerie, often unnerving, music...
Tacocat Talk Video
Apr 29, 2016 4:02pm | StereoGum
Each of Tacocat's videos for their new album, Lost Time, has been vividly imagined: "I Hate The Weekend" was a raucous, confetti-filled house party, "Dana Katherine Scully a pitch-perfect X-Files parody/homage. Their clip for "Talk," which was directed by Marcy Stone-Francois, sees the Seattle band dedicating themselves to a DayGlo aesthetic and … More »
Warren G butchered the 7th Inning Stretch at todays Cubs game
Apr 29, 2016 3:55pm | Cosequence Of Sound
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
Apr 29, 2016 3:47pm | Drowned In Sound
Having released four albums in the space of 18 months and eight since forming in 2010 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard win the award for most prolific band on the planet hands down. Although taken to their hearts by the psych rock fraternity, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard really are something of a law unto themselves. Over the course of their records to date - not to mention the band's incendiary live performances - they've happily fused elements of soul, metal, krautrock, jazz and punk into a melting pot that shows no sign of sticking to the same ingredients just yet.
So it should come as no surprise that album number eight continues in a similar vein, albeit a much heavier one than its most recent predecessor, last year's Paper Mâché Dream Balloon. Entitled Nonagon Infinity, it pretty much does as it says on the tin. It consists of nine pieces of music all linked together that actually sees final number 'Road Train' loop back into opener 'Robot Stop' at its close.
Sonically more in tune with the feral assault of their aforementioned live shows, Nonagon Infinity also represents their most effortlessly fluent collection to date. Indeed, those who've witnessed any of their recent gigs will recognise the majority of the record. With a relentless energy and no holds barred approach t...
Levitation makeup shows announced (full schedule)
Apr 29, 2016 3:41pm | Brooklyn Vegan
See you at Slowdive tonight.
The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Apr 29, 2016 3:39pm | StereoGum
All of the music videos on this week's list come from women or, in one case, a band with one man in it. I don't know what this means, exactly, but step your music-visual game up, people with dicks. This week's picks are below. More »
Left With Pictures - Afterlife
Apr 29, 2016 3:37pm | Drowned In Sound
Its been a long five years since Left With Pictures' last release, 2011s In Time. That record had an unusual release whereby each of the 12 songs were dished out monthly and premiered on Gideon Coes BBC 6Music show. This year sees the band returning to a more traditional approach, a very honest one that firmly wears its heart on its sleeve.
As you might suspect given the title, this record deals primarily with mortality, endings, and new beginnings. Lead single Terra Firma's stark, hymnal folk is sung from the perspective of a dying person's lover. Its a determined and unwavering picture of sorrow. The resolutely heartfelt vocals promise One day Ill find you at the water's edge; it's genuinely touching, but it escapes saccharine idealism by also confessing grim secret realities, friends that rallied round at first/left thinking that they'd seen the worst. Musically, it is minimalism used most effectively - a barely-there synth line and piano - leaving the harmonising vocals to speak volumes. It is only towards the end that it opens up and becomes fuller offering a well-needed release.
The candid nature of the record is both thematically and musically reminiscent of The Antlers' shattering Hospice. Amongst the pressing bass line and reaching chorus the protagonist confesses, I make a bloody mess of al...
Torche were in a van accident (everybody's ok)
Apr 29, 2016 3:35pm | Brooklyn Vegan
"You spin me right round on black ice ice baby. Shit was terrifying, but we're all ok."
Prince's death investigation now part of a criminal probe
Apr 29, 2016 3:32pm | Brooklyn Vegan
A twist in the investigation into Prince's
death on April 21: it's now part of a criminal probe. The
Minneapolis StarTribute reports:
Kylesa going on indefinite hiatus
Apr 29, 2016 3:28pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Kylesa have announced an indefinite hiatus. The Georgia-based psychedelic sludge band have been doing their thing for 15 years now, and they've been able to build the kind of fanbase and crossover success that a lot of underground metal bands dream of...
Converge releasing 'You Fail Me: Redux' in June
Apr 29, 2016 3:20pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Converge have announced a reissue of their seminal 2004 album You Fail Me. The follow-up to the slightly more famous Jane Doe is every bit the masterpiece that that record is, and as is always the case with Converge, is as searingly beautiful as it is furiously ugly...
Melt Yourself Down - Last Evenings On Earth
Apr 29, 2016 3:13pm | Drowned In Sound
Oh its getting heavy Kushal Gaya sings during the opening salvo of Dot to Dot, the first track on Melt Yourself Downs new album Last Evenings on Earth. Gaya isnt joking. MYDs 2013 self-titled debut is pop music next to Last Evenings on Earth. The compositions are more complex, the music tighter and everything has an immediacy that was missing before.
Three years ago, MYD sounded like no one else. Their debut was the perfect mix of jazz time signatures, punk attitude, Afro-Beat rhythm section and electronic blips and beeps filling in the gaps as if Fela Kuti was fronting Antibalas while they ran through some punk numbers. Now theyve returned and its business as usual, and that business is making forward thinking music.
The real power of Last Evenings on Earth comes from its
intensity. Dot to Dot kicks the album off in fine form. Hip-hop
rhythms are interspersed with one of the tightest horn sections
since the J.B.s, while the while the bass rumbles on with enough
power to cause landslides along the Jurassic coast. Lead single The
God of You follows and MYDs blueprint is in full effect, except
everything has a slightly aggressive slant to it. Wareham and co
are pissed off and have something to say. This focused fervour is
refreshing and gives the album an edge over its predecessor.
SUNN O))) releasing triple live album, announce Levitation makeup show with Sleep and Boris
Apr 29, 2016 3:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Sleep, Boris and SUNN O))) playing one small $5 show....
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