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A Victim of Society releasing debut LP (stream a track)
Apr 23, 2014 2:20pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

If you're from North America and you're not familiar with Athens, Greece psychedelic rock duo A Victim of Society, they may be familiar to some of your favorite psych bands. They've played recent Athens shows with The Black Angels, Moon Duo, Dirty Beaches and Disappears, and if you're a fan of any of those bands, you'll likely dig AVOS too. Their debut album, Distractions, comes out soon via Greek label Inner Ear Records (also home to their art rock neighbors The Callas), and you can get a taste of that from its single "Certain Sense," which premieres in this post. The track is a total trip through spacey guitar effects, distortion-drenched vocals, and demonic surf-rock melodies.

Check it out below...

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Listen: Hercules And Love Affair I Try To Talk To You Feat. John Grant
Apr 23, 2014 2:17pm | CMJ


Weve been hearing a lot lately from Andy Butlers project, Hercules And Love Affair, in anticipation of the release of the group’s studio effort, The Feast Of The Broken Heart, out May 26 via Moshi Moshi. We boogied to the single Do You Feel The Same and got down to its B-side, Raid, before plugging into Working Miracles. Now the collective has teamed up with John Grant for this trance-inducing, shimmery single, I Try To Talk To You. Grants richly smooth lower register paired with a scintillating beat makes for a powerful house banger.

The post Listen: Hercules And Love Affair – “I Try To Talk To You” Feat. John Grant appeared first on CMJ.



Listen: Veruca Salts new song The Museum of Broken Relationships
Apr 23, 2014 2:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Greg Kordan

For Record Store Day 2014, recently reunited alt-rockers Veruca Salt released a special 10-inch single. The vinyl not only featured their classic track “Seether”, but a pair of brand new songs, the band’s first bit of new material in nearly 15 years. Listen to one of those new cuts, a crunchy number entitled “The Museum of Broken Relationships”, below via its Greg Kordan-directed music video.

Founding Veruca Salt members Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack, and Jim Shapiro are currently working on a new full-length and will hit the road this summer, marking their first tour with the original lineup since 1995. Consult their full itinerary.

Veruca Salt 2014 Tour Dates:
06/22 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
06/23 Seattle, WA @ The Tractor Tavern
06/24 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
06/26 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
06/27 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
07/09 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
07/10 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
07/11 Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival
07/12 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
07/13 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
07/21 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
07/22 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
07/24 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
07/25 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
07/26 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall



Bonnaroo 2014 update: late night lineup, comedy lineup
Apr 23, 2014 2:14pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As you may know, Bonnaroo returns to Manchester, TN in June. The main lineup and the Club Stage lineup were already announced and 'Roo just announced the late night artists including Chance the Rapper, Darkside, Deafheaven, Die Antwoord, Disclosure, Frank Ocean, Ice Cube, Mastodon, Meshuggah, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Pusha T, The Flaming Lips, Ty Segall, White Denim and more. Full late night lineup below.

Since we last spoke, the festival's comedy lineup was also announced and it includes Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, TJ Miller, Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, Sasheer Zamata, Seth Herzog, Emily Heller and Brad Williams.

Tickets for the fest, whose main lineup includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel and more, are still available.

Full late night lineup below...

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Sigur Rós Jónsi scores atomic bomb TV show Manhattan
Apr 23, 2014 2:12pm | Fact Magazine

Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi is set to dip his toe into scoring yet again.

At this point the singer/songwriter is an old hand – aside from helping out Cameron Crowe on numerous occasions, Jónsi has also collaborated with pal (and regular foil) Alex Somers on recent indie flick The Wilderness of James, and this isn’t even mentioning all the times Sigur Rós have ended up used as cinematic catnip.

Well now Jónsi and Alex Somers are set to make a jump to the small screen, penning music for upcoming US TV show Manhattan. The series is set in the midst of the Second World War, at the point when the pursuit of new destructive technology led to the development of the frightening atomic bomb. Codenamed The Manhattan Project, the device was eventually deployed in Japan, and is seen as the action that brought the war to a bloody conclusion.

Manhattan is helmed by The West Wing‘s Thomas Schlamme, and written by Masters of Sex scribe Sam Shaw, and if anyone can help bring a sufficient blend of horror and triumph it’s Jónsi. The show is set to debut on WGN in July. [via Exclaim]


Joey Bada$$ Mr. Wonderful
Apr 23, 2014 2:10pm | StereoGum

The young Brooklyn boom-bap nostalgist Joey Bada$$ is apparently way more of an MMA fan than anyone realized. His new song “Mr. Wonderful” is an ode to the UFC light heavyweight fighter Phil Davis, and Davis will use it as entrance music before his forthcoming bout against Anthony Johnson. The song is only two minutes long, and it’s literally entirely about Davis and all the ways he’ll beat you up. The beat, from producer Kirk Knight is a weird bleepy thing and a welcome sign that Bada$$ might move beyond ’90s-rap pastiches. Listen below.

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Listen: PAWS Owls Talons Clenching My Heart
Apr 23, 2014 2:00pm | CMJ

PAWS – Photo by Martin Baker


The great thing about PAWS’ new track, Owls Talons Clenching My Heart, is its honesty. Despite the track’s super poetic title, the lyrics are simple and confused: “And I feel bad, because youll be mad/and thatll make you sad/and I dont want to make you sad.” It reads like a note written in the middle of the night from one lover (or ex-lover) to another. The echo-y nature of the vocals captivates and invites you to snuggle into its warmth. Listen to the track (via Stereogum) below, and anticipate some mixed emotions.

Tour Dates For PAWS:
04/23 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
04/24 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
04/25 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
04/26 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
04/28 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
04/29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
05/01 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
05/02 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
05/03 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
05/06 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium
05/07 – San Francisco, CA – Independent
05/08 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
05/09 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
05/10 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
05/11 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
05/14 – Dallas, TX – Dada<...

stream Veruca Salt's two new songs from their #RSD14 single (and watch a video for "The Museum Of Broken Relationships")
Apr 23, 2014 2:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Veruca Salt in 2014

The reunited Veruca Salt released their first new music since the Clinton administration as a Record Store Day single. Both new songs -- "The Museum Of Broken Relationships" and "It's Holy" -- pick up where Nina, Louise and the rest of the band left off. There's now a video for "The Museum Of Broken Relationships" which you can watch (via Stereogum) below. You can also stream both songs via a YouTube video below too.

As mentioned, Veruca Salt are touring this summer with two NYC shows (Bowery Ballroom on July 24 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 25) both of which are sold out.

Video and streams below...

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Beck covers Arcade Fire's 'Rebellion (Lies)' - watch
Apr 23, 2014 1:57pm | NME
The artist played an acoustic version of the track during his set at the second Coachella Festival



Bonnaroo reveals 2014 late-night lineup
Apr 23, 2014 1:53pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Time to stock up on Red Bull: Bonnaroo has revealed the lineup of artists who will play late-night sets during this year’s festival. They include Frank Ocean, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Darkside, Chance the Rapper, Mastodon, Skrillex (both solo and his Superjam), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, Ice Cube, the as-yet-announced Superjam, and Die Antwoord.

This mean artists such as Kanye West, Jack White, Elton John,  Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Lionel Richie, Damon Albarn, and Neutral Milk Hotel will play sets at a much more reasonable time of day. (Says the guy who wakes up at 6:00am every day.) The full schedule will be revealed shortly.

(Read: Top 10 Music Festivals in North America: Spring 2014 Power Rankings)

Bonnaroo takes place June 12th – 15th in Manchester, TN. Tickets remain available through the festival’s website. ICYMI, read our full analysis of this year’s lineup.



Chart Attack presents Universe: A Live Soundtrack Experiment, featuring Absolutely Free and Fresh Snow
Apr 23, 2014 1:45pm | Chart Attack

Like most things in vogue with music nowadays, movies with live soundtracks are impractical, yet hold a certain spiritual and sonic allure. We still buy records, and we're strongly considering a physical subscription to Wax Poetics, so it's no surprise that we're now planning a free, all-ages live soundtrack event of our own.

On Thursday, May 15 at The Revue Cinema in Toronto, we're hosting a screening of three galactic short films of our home in space, with original scores, composed and performed live by a trio of local psychedelic acts: Absolutely Free, Fresh Snow, and Marcel Ramagnano. Each artist will bring their own musical meditations from real-life images of people and planets: a montage of archival film footage from planet Earth and its inhabitants; a look at the Apollo 11 mission and man's first steps on the moon; and sublimely abstract (but genuine) satellite photography of Saturn and its moons.

Three films, three performances, one night only. It's fuelled by Pistonhead, with refreshments on sale for $4. Again, the show's free, and you can bring your child.

It's at 400 Roncesvalles Avenue (just south of Dundas West station). Doors at 8:30PM, films start at 9PM sharp. We'll see you Thursday, May 15 for a unique exploration of our cosmic backyard.

Watch Absolutely Free's poolside performance of "Clothed Woman, Sitting" ...


Mixtape Of The Week: Gucci Mane & Young Thug Young Thugga Mane La Flare
Apr 23, 2014 1:42pm | StereoGum

Someone on Twitter (and I wish I could remember who) pointed out a fascinating factoid recently: Every time Gucci Mane goes away to prison — something that happens way too often — one of his 1017 Brick Squad understudies blows the fuck up. First, it was OJ Da Juiceman. Then, it was Waka Flocka Flame. And most recently, after Gucci went away late last year on a weapons charge, it was Young Thug. The craggy-voiced Atlanta weirdo had signed with Gucci’s 1017 Brick Squad earlier in 2013, and he made perfect sense as a new asset in Gucci’s empire. His presence gave Brick Squad an injection of all-over-the-place freewheeling energy. And signing with Gucci gave Thug a certain focus, as well as access to the upper echelon of Atlanta rap producers. Under Gucci, Thug’s music, once dizzy and sometimes impenetrable, became frantic but focused, and those qualities helped him break through on big songs like “Stoner” and “Danny Glover.” But since Thug and Gucci both move in mystery, it’s hard to say where they are with each other now, or when they might’ve made the new tape Young Thugga Mane La Flare. Gucci embraces and rejects collaborators all the time, often set off by completely innocuous offenses. Thug signed with another label immediately after Gucci went to prison, plunging himself into legal limbo with both labels. And since Gucci’s been locked up for months, the tracks on the tape have to date back ...


Touche Amore announce tour w/ Tigers Jaw & Dads (dates)
Apr 23, 2014 1:42pm | Brooklyn Vegan

LA post-hardcore rippers Touche Amore have been loving the road lately. They've already hit NYC on two tours in the past year in support of 2013's great Is Survived By (we caught them at SXSW too), and they've announced yet another string of North American dates from late June through the end of July with Tigers Jaw and Dads. There's no NYC date for this one, but they'll hit Long Island's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on July 15 and they have the day off before that, so hopefully they'll add something in NYC? Tickets for the Long Island show go on sale Friday (4/25) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

You can also catch Tigers Jaw in NYC not long before that when their tour with Pity Sex hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 18. Tickets for that show are still available.

All Touche Amore dates, including The Fest, are listed with a recent full-set live video from Tampa, below...

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St Vincent reschedules May UK shows for August
Apr 23, 2014 1:31pm | NME
Annie Clark has also added three extra dates to the tour



Listen: Joey Bada$$ new song Mr. Wonderful
Apr 23, 2014 1:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In the past, Joey Bada$$ songs have soundtracked summer block parties, your Valentine’s rendezvous, and even NBA games. Now, the young emcee’s offered his services to the unlikely domain of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), as his song “Mr. Wonderful” will serve as the entrance music during Phil Davis’ upcoming fight against Anthony Johnson.

With a title taken from Davis’ nickname (not quite as menacing as “Rampage” or “The Smashing Machine”), the song doesn’t instantly feel like proper theme music, as Kirk Knight’s beat of jangly drums and choppy bass feels too abstract or experimental. Luckily, Bada$$’ rhymes bring the pain, as he delivers heavy-handed lines about face-shattering kicks and Davis’ unmatched prowess at breaking arms. Not sure if such theme music will actually help secure a KO, but let’s hope Davis at least avoids the fate of this guy.

Listen in below:

UFC 172 goes down this Saturday at 10pm/7pm ET. Maybe Bada$$ will make an appearance and/or throw some ‘bows?


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