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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?

Boy George played Irving Plaza (pics, setlist, video)
Apr 23, 2014 1:28pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Boy George @ Irving Plaza, 4/22/2014

George quoted Eckhart Tolle telling the crowd to stay in the now and songs included "Feel the Vibration," "Live Your Life" and George proclaimed that "love is bigger than war" during the track "Bigger Than War." George, who seemed happy to be back on the New York stage soaked up the love that the crowd (which included Miss Guy and Debbie Harry) was showering him with. He told funny anecdotes in between songs and thanked the crowd for not talking too loudly to each other during the new songs. He especially thanked the crowd for supporting his new album - [Accorging2G]
With a new solo album out, Boy George made his NYC live stage return last night (4/22) at Irving Plaza, part of his current tour. The two-hour set featured much of the new album, covers (Yoko Ono, Bread, T. Rex, Bob Dylan), solo material but just a mere four Culture Club songs ("Church of the Poison Mind," "Karma Chameleon," "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?" and "Victims"). What, no "Time (Clock of the Heart)"?

Full setlist, videos and more pictures from the show are below...

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Watch: Little Dragon performs on the Queen Latifah Show
Apr 23, 2014 1:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In case you forgot (or, never knew in the first place), Queen Latifah is back on television with her own daytime talk show The Queen Latifah Show. Not one to let Ellen have all the musical draw, the Queen invited Swedish synthpop act Little Dragon to perform their new song “Paris”. Oh, and there were bubbles! Catch the replay below.

Little Dragon will release their new album, Nabuma Rubberband, due out May 13th via Loma Vista. For more, check out “Klapp Klapp” and “Let Go”. Catch them on tour this summer.

Local Natives Bowery (No-Face Remix) (Stereogum Premiere)
Apr 23, 2014 1:02pm | StereoGum

Last January Local Natives dropped one of the first good albums of 2013, Hummingbird. It closed with “Bowery,” a song that went all over the place fitting crashing drums, bright piano melodies, and pummeling drum machines into a couple climactic minutes. The new remix by producer No-Face jumps around with the same unpredictability but onto different planes as it falls between chiming atmospheric ambience and big, punchy dance music. Listen to it below and head to the band’s website for song stems to make your own remix.


Coldplay to air primetime special Ghost Stories on NBC next month
Apr 23, 2014 12:59pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Pete Ohs

Coldplay return with their new album, Ghost Stories, on May 19th. Taking a page from Arcade Fire, the band will preview the release with an hour-long primetime special on NBC. Simply titled “Coldplay: Ghost Stories”, the program will focus on the band’s sixth LP, integrating intimate, live-performance footage shot in front of an 800-person audience in Los Angeles in March. A press release adds, “Atmospheric projection will deliver awe-inspiring 360-degree imagery around, above and below the band while being woven into the overall filmed narrative.”

The special promises a setlist of new songs, like Ghost Stories lead single “Magic”, as well as catalog classics such as “Paradise” and “Clocks”. For a taste of what to expect, watch a trailer below.

“Coldplay: Ghost Stories” airs on Sunday, May 18th at 7pm ET on NBC.

For more Ghost Stories action, check out MidnightAlways In My Head, Anothers Arms, and the newly unveiled “Oceans”. Also, catch Coldplay on the May 3rd episode of Saturday Night Live

Listen: Call Me Like Dove
Apr 23, 2014 12:50pm | CMJ

Los Angeles native Call Me Like is one-third of the hip-hop trio Pac Div. Likes new track Dove is a layered gem with diverse samples and unexpected movements that will bend your mind. A jazzy horn section weaves throughout, while quick jolts of vocals and a fast-paced drum kick snap in the background. These elements work together to make a seamless and unique product. Give it a listen below.

The post Listen: Call Me Like – “Dove” appeared first on CMJ.

St. Vincent Playing SNL Season Finale With Host Andy Samberg
Apr 23, 2014 12:48pm | StereoGum

Spring has finally sprung, which means what remains of the traditional network TV season is winding down, and with it the 39th season of Saturday Night Live. As such, the show announced its hosts and musical guests for the final three episodes of the season on Tumblr today. On 5/3 Andrew Garfield aka The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will host with Coldplay on musical duties. (Incidentally, Coldplay will be back on NBC a few weeks later.) The 5/10 episode features host Charlize Theron with musical guest the Black Keys. And most excitingly, the 5/17 season finale will feature St. Vincent (in her SNL debut!) alongside host Andy Samberg. If anybody can live up to last year’s kinetic finale, it’s Annie Clark. And if we’re seriously lucky, maybe Samberg and his Lonely Island crew will incorporate Clark into a digital short for old times’ sake. We already know she’s got a knack for music-related comedy.


St. Vincent, Coldplay, and The Black Keys to play SNL
Apr 23, 2014 12:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Heather Kaplan

Saturday Night Live has tagged three members of rock royalty to headline upcoming episodes. Coldplay will serve as musical guest for the show’s May 3rd episode, The Black Keys will take the stage on May 10th, and none other than St. Vincent will play the show’s season finale on May 17th.

Coldplay will return for their fifth stint on SNL, appearing alongside host Andrew Garfield (star of Spider-Man). They’ll be supporting the release of their new album, Ghost Stories.

The Black Keys made their SNL debut back in 2011. This go around, they’ll be playing songs from their forthcoming album, Turn Blue. Maya Rudolph will host the episode

As for Annie Clark, she’ll continue her meteoric rise by making her SNL debut alongside former cast member Andy Samberg, who will serve as host. She’ll be continue her support of her recent self-titled fourth album.

Below, watch The Black Keys perform “Lonely Boy” on SNL back in 2011.

PREMIERE: Selections, Vol. 1, a live compilation of great Toronto musicians by Mechanical Forest Sound
Apr 23, 2014 12:29pm | Chart Attack

In 2009, Joe Strutt decided to turn his hobby into a slightly more public hobby. Years later, hes the unofficial documentarian of a local scene that, even in its most established historical records, can still be fairly transient. Drawn into the online live music taping community by his Wilco fandom, Strutt started a blog, Mechanical Forest Sound, as a place to post and file his recordings of Toronto shows. Five years since he started, Strutts rogue hobby has not only been accepted and praised by the music scene that it's provided permanence, but integrated and made official.

This weekend, Strutt celebrates his 40th birthday with a pair of shows in Toronto: a night at the Tranzac with Light Fires, Not The Wind, Not The Flag, and more; and the Lee Paradise record release at the Silver Dollar (we premiered the record yesterday). Hes also teamed up with a pair of great Toronto labels, Pleasence and Reel Cod, for a limited edition cassette, a miniature best of Mechanical Forest Sound called Selections, Vol. 1. You can listen to the two sides of the tape below, read the track listing, and read some of Strutt's thoughts on the release, the shows, and the Toronto music scene:

Side A:     
Mantler - I Guarantee You a Good Time / Canaille - Safer Than We Know / Sandro Perri - Changes / Afrafranto - Juliana / Gentleman Reg - It's True / On...

People Get Ready announce new LP (stream a track), playing record release show at Rough Trade after River to River kickoff
Apr 23, 2014 12:26pm | Brooklyn Vegan

People Get Ready will release their new album, Physiques, on June 24 via Brassland. The album was made with Deerhoof's Greg Saunier in downtown Manhattan's Clocktower Gallery (which is now, sadly, being renovated for condos). The album's title track is the first single and you can stream that below.

Known for their occasional high-concept, choreographed live shows, People Get Ready are part of the 2014 River to River Festival's kickoff event on June 19 at Battery Park's North End Way which is a free afternoon show. After that, they'll play a record release show at Rough Trade on June 24. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/25) at noon.

No other tour dates have been announced yet -- the band's Jen Goma is currently busy playing as part of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart who are on tour through May. More dates will hopefully be announced soon but meanwhile check out People Get Ready's new song below.

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Birminghams Supersonic Festival completes lineup with Pharmakon, Felix Kubin and more
Apr 23, 2014 12:16pm | Fact Magazine

Birmingham’s premiere experimental music festival has revealed its final selection of acts.

Anyone who’s managed to hike out to Supersonic before knows how bloody good it is, and how much its organizers have done to make sure it’s a sidestep from the competition. While the majority of other festivals fight amongst themselves trying to snatch identikit lineups of bedraggled nostalgia-core reduxes and hype dance acts that’ll be forgotten in six months, Supersonic has solidified its legacy by simply picking excellent music.

This year is no different, and they’ve managed to make sure 2014 is a biggie, with Michael Gira‘s louder-than-you troupe Swans, Bjork-collaborators Matmos and Midwestern noise pioneers Wolf Eyes taking the headline spots. This is just scratching the surface too, there’s appearances from Sleaford Mods, Codeine’s Chris Brokaw, Basic House, Jenny Hval, and plenty from artists you might not know before hand, but you’ll probably end up falling for before the weekend’s out.

The last set of additions throws US noisy type Pharmakon (who just finished a US tour with Brummie industrial metal deities Godflesh), German synth fetishist Felix Kubin, Khünnt

Doug Gillard releases 2nd single from 'Parade On' (listen) ++ stream/download his record release show set
Apr 23, 2014 12:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

(photo via @impose)

Doug Gillard released his excellent new solo album, Parade On, earlier this month which features 11 examples of his expert popsmithery. If you haven't heard it yet, you can check out the video for "Ready for Death" and a stream of dreamy new single "Your Eyes" below.

Doug also played a record release show at Glasslands on April 8 and NYC Taper was there:

Having previewed some of this material earlier in the month at Cake Shop, Gillard and his band were in fine form as they showed off new songs from Parade On alongside older Gillard songs like "Me & the Wind" and "Drip-Nose Boy". For a special treat, Gillard closed the set with one of Doug's earlier songs "I Am A Tree", first performed by his band Gem, and later, Guided by Voices.
You can stream NYC Taper's recordings of "Overseas" and "I Am a Tree" below and download the whole set at his website.

Doug's next solo dates are opening for his old bandmates Guided by Voices. He's playing both the NYC show (May 23. Bowery Ballroom) and the DC show (May 24. Black Cat) which are sold out.

Streams and video below...

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Q&A: Veruca Salts First Joint Interview In 17 Years + The Museum Of Broken Relationships Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Apr 23, 2014 12:14pm | StereoGum

If you came of age at a certain time — say, that musical sweet spot around 1993/’94 when the “Alternative Nation” was just coming into full bloom — chances are Veruca Salt were/are very important to you. In 1994, I was enduring my first year of college, and American Thighs — Veruca Salt’s much-beloved debut album — was basically the unofficial soundtrack of my life. Not only were Veruca Salt ostensibly just very cool — a band fronted by two badass guitar-wielding women, Nina Gordon and Louise Post — their music was oddly prescient as well, neatly ushering in a swarm of other bands who understood the benefit of marrying snarly guitars with undeniable pop hooks and gooey vocal harmonies. Given that “Seether” — the band’s breakthrough single — was one of the most omnipresent songs of the ’90s, the future seemed (at least in that moment) to be Veruca Salt’s for the taking. They sold more than a million records, they toured with other, similarly great bands (Hole and PJ Harvey among them) and played an arena show in front of 10,000 people in their hometown of Chicago. Still, the story of Veruca Salt — like so many of their ’90s brethren — would turn out to be a cautionary tale of sorts. After releasing their Bob Rock-produced sophomore album, Eight Arms To Hold You, and doing a lengthy round of touring, Gordon abruptly left the band in what she n...

Sasquatch! Music Festival reveals 2014 schedule
Apr 23, 2014 12:13pm | Cosequence Of Sound

The 2014 edition of Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place May 23rd – 25th at the Gorge in George, WA. With just a month to go, festival organizers have revealed the schedule.

Day one features OutKast as headliners, along with Mogwai, Phosphorescent, Chance the Rapper, Foals, De La Soul, and Phantogram. The biggest conflicts? They’re aren’t many: De La Soul plays opposite Liars and Foals’ set overlaps with Phosphorescent and Phantogram.

Saturday’s a little bit tougher: The National will headline, but their set overlaps with both Tyler the Creator and Cut Copy’s. M.I.A., Panda Bear, and Austra all play the same time, as do Neko Case, Washed Out, and Deafheaven. Also, First Aid Kit is pinned against The Dodos.

Queens of the Stone Age headline the festival’s third and final day. Before that, you’ll have to choose between Portugal. the Man and AlunaGeorge, and Parquet Courts, HAIM, Bob Mould, and BANKS, Cold War Kids and Hannibal Buress, and tUnE-yArDs and Pink Mountaintops.

Check out the full schedule at the festival’s website, or below.

Video Premiere: Gay Dante And Susan
Apr 23, 2014 12:10pm | CMJ


Yeah, we know, the band name is kind of dumb, but thats nothing new in this era of eh band names. And theyre from Canada, so who knows, its probably some kind of a comedy deal. And maybe they are gay, and, oh, whatever. Arent we all post-post-modern at this point? Nothing means anything anymore, so lets move on to this Gay video premiere.

First off, that “photosensitive epilepsy” warning at the start? Not a joke. Brief bits of colored tubes quickly shifts to the band spazzing in some bar, beach goers swimming around with the shiftiness of a 20s silent flick, someone gets their eye poked out, cheap cracked animation appears, and yet more of those colored tubes. Its all a bit of a jittery mess of fun, not unlike the quirky, chirpy keyboard pop tune that zips along with it. And again, it all probably “means” little except that the nifty hook should stick with you and might make for a fine, first shot of summers coming soundtracking.

Gay has worked with US Girls husband/collaborator, Slim Twig, and theyve got a new mixtape, To The Choir, coming out in May on U.K. label Heart Throb, with UK tour dates to follow. For now, meet Dante And Susan and check the tour dates below.

UK Tour Dates For Gay:
05/02 – Cardiff – Four Bars w/ Jay Arner
05/03 – Liverpool – Liverpool Sound City
05/04 – Manchester – Soun...

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