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What's going on Monday? (Lauryn Hill, Power Trip, Thao, Alvvays, Arto Lindsay, Eric Copeland, more)
Jul 27, 2014 11:00pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Power Trip at Saint Vitus in January (more by Caroline
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Lauryn Hill @ Brooklyn Bowl
Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, Avers @ MHOW
Alvvays @ Rough Trade
Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder, Razorheads @ Saint Vitus
Onyx, Van Blue, Daniel Thomas, Lolow the Don @ The Studio at
The Kooks, CLARA-NOVA @ Webster Hall
Stream: Spider Bags new album Frozen Letter
Jul 27, 2014 10:23pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Chapel Hill punk rockers Spider Bags will release their fourth studio album, Frozen Letter, on August 5th via their new label Merge Records. In anticipation, its streaming in full at NPR.org.
The follow-up to 2012s Shake My Head features eight tracks, and was recorded in just three days by engineer/producer Wesley Wolfe. In addition to signing the bands paychecks, Merge co-founder and Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan guests on lead guitar.
According to a press release, the album is the first by Spider Bags latest lineup, which features frontman Dan McGee, bassist Steve Oliva, and drummer Rock Forbes. The release explains that by “slimming down to a three-piece, the band members found they connected musically, and most importantly, they all liked each other. Building upon the foundation laid down by its predecessor, Frozen Letter rocks with the clairvoyance of three musicians who have spent a lot of time recording and touring together over the last few years.”
The release concludes, “Taken as a whole, Frozen Letter manages to glide along the razors edge, and true to an actual acid trip, there are moments of utter terror alongside unfettered joy.”
The album is preceded by two singles, “Back With You Again in the World” and “Japanese Vacation”.
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.
Frozen Letter Tracklist:
Listen: FKA Twigs new song Video Girl
Jul 27, 2014 9:44pm | Cosequence Of Sound
British experimental R&B artist FKA Twigs has unveiled “Video Girl”, the second track off her forthcoming debut, LP1. Following the sensuous grooves of “Two Weeks”, this latest track veers toward the realm of minimalist trip-hop, with the organic flutter of sweltering guitars paired with robotic rattle of an MPC to create an interesting sonic dichotomy. Twigs voice attempts to find balance between both notions, that of visceral heartache and a sense of artificial distance, resulting in rich layers of heartache and remorse embedded in her otherwise angelic croon.
Of the song, Twigs recently told Pitchfork, “I wrote that very shortly after I stopped being a video girl. When I got signed, I stopped dancing Id given up that part of my life. I would go out, and somebody would be like, Oh, I recognize you! Id hope it was because theyd heard my music, but theyd say, Are you that girl from the Jessie J video? Id always say no, and theyd be like, Youre lying! Id say, No! Its not me. Theyd say, You look just like her. And Id be like, I know. So many people say that! Its weird!”
Listen in below (via Tecoapple):
LP1 is due out August 12th via Young Turks. For more sounds, check out live versions of the album tracks “Lights On”, “Pendulum”, and “Give Up“. Plus, watch the totally beguiling video for her remix of 2012s “Ache”.
Keith Urban concert leads to 22 people in the hospital, 50 others taken into custody
Jul 27, 2014 9:38pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Photo via Facebook
At a Keith Urban concert in Mansfield, MA on Saturday night, 22 people were hospitalized and 24 others were treated at the scene for alcohol-related ailments, according to the Boston Herald. In addition, police took more than 50 people into custody and made several alcohol-related arrests.
Mansfield Police Chief Ron Sellon and Fire Chief Neil Boldrighini said in a joint statement:
“Last evenings Keith Urban concert was not anticipated to present with the volume of issues handled, but measures were in place to provide appropriate and adequate care and protection to all patrons. As a result, although there was a higher than expected volume, appropriate care was available through the expandable model.
In total, Fire and EMS attended to 46 medicals resulting in 22 transports mostly alcohol-related. The large number of medicals in a shortened time of approximately three hours caused the activation of a phase one EMS plan utilizing ambulances from five mutual aid communities. Police dealt with a steady stream of intoxicated persons as well, resulting in over 50 people being taken into protective custody and a number of others arrested for alcohol-related issues.
Back in June, nearly 40 people were hospitalized for alcohol and drug-related ailments following an Avicii concert in Boston.
FKA Twigs Video Girl
Jul 27, 2014 8:59pm | StereoGum
FKA Twigs’ debut album LP1 comes out in a few weeks and so far, all we’ve heard is the fantastic “Two Weeks.” A new song called “Video Girl” has leaked from the album and it’s another great, slow-burning R&B track. In an interview with Pitchfork, she talked about this song: “I wrote that very shortly after I stopped being a video girl. When I got signed, I stopped dancing — I’d given up that part of my life. I would go out, and somebody would be like, ’Oh, I recognize you!’ I’d hope it was because they’d heard my music, but they’d say, ’Are you that girl from the Jessie J video?’ I’d always say ’no,’ and they’d be like, ’You’re lying!’ I’d say, ’No! It’s not me.’ They’d say, ’You look just like her.’ And I’d be like, ’I know. So many people say that! It’s weird!’” Listen below.
Lily Allens Handcuffs Prank Backfires
Jul 27, 2014 5:59pm | StereoGum
Yesterday, Lily Allen posted a photo to Instagram of her being put in handcuffs outside of Gold Coast Airport in Queensland, Australia, where she’ll be playing shows for the next two weeks. The photo was posted with just the word “#uhoh” and gained more than 7,700 likes. According to The New Zealand Herald, an Australian police spokesman said that Allen requested that the officers who were escorting her out of the airport place her in handcuffs in order to take the photo. Lily’s obviously no stranger to controversy, but this little prank seems to have gotten real people in trouble. “It appears the members involved were caught in the moment and standard protocol were breached,” the spokesman said and noted that the incident was now being investigated internally. The photo has been removed from Instagram as well.
'The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?' nears completion
Jul 27, 2014 5:57pm | NME
First trailer for documentary about Nic Cage superhero flick debuts at Comic-Con
Batman has gone death metal
Jul 27, 2014 5:08pm | Cosequence Of Sound
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Batman, this particular writers personal savior and hero and singular male influence. In that time, countless writers and animators have imagined a plethora of alternative takes on the Dark Knight. Thats a list that includes at least three worlds where Bruce Wayne is a vampire, a Batman who becomes a Green Lantern, and the always adorable Batmouse. Now, YouTube collective ArhyBES have shared their homage to the mighty Bat mantle by casting the Caped Crusader as the leader of a death metal band.
The awesomely-titled “BATFACE” video features The Children of Batman (rounded out by the Tim Drake-era Robin, Nightwing, and Jason Todd/Red Hood) performing a tune from another animated outfit, Dethkloks “Face Fisted”. With an animated style reminiscent of a grittier Animaniacs, the clip features Bats kicking hoodlum booty, serenading his greatest foes (which somehow includes a giant hot dog?), partaking in some sewing, and basically thrashing like theres no tomorrow. Worlds Greatest Detective? Nah, try Worlds Gnarliest Metal God.
Watch it below. Im gonna do so about 100 times, just as soon as I put on my homemade Batman PJs.
Garden Festival and Electric Elephant 2014: the DiS review
Jul 27, 2014 2:58pm | Drowned In Sound
Located on the south east coast of Croatia between Zadar and Split sits the picturesque town of Tisno snuggled between hills and the crystal-clear water of the Adriatic. Ships bob in the harbour, the sun beats down life seems idyllic. But for the summer period, the Hostin Rastovac camping/apartment site becomes a hive of activity, with music, partying and sun-worshipping rolling together into an intoxicating, celebratory atmosphere. I was thrilled to have the chance to join in with the festivities for the latter part of The Garden Festival and the whole of Electric Elephant 2014 back-to-back, giving an insight into a unique party providing a glorious summer experience.
The festival takes place in a surprisingly compact space in and around the site itself the main stage being located just down from the reception amongst myriad trees, the beach bar facing the stretching blue carpet of the Adriatic dotted by revellers sat on inflatables, with several other DJ booths being located around the site. Cocktail in hand, we soak up the atmosphere by the beach bar as the sun dips in the sky before Theo Parish gets things underway with a brilliantly deep and evocative tech/house set before we make our way to the nearby open-air Barbarellas disco to dance under the stars to the beats of Levon Vincent until the fatigue of travel takes us, and we make our way back to the apartment.
Much of the second day is missed exploring the remarkable K...
Watch Jack White Join Beck On Loser, Pay No Mind, & Where Its At In Providence
Jul 27, 2014 2:08pm | StereoGum
After headlining Newport Folk Festival on Saturday night, Jack White made his way over to Beck’s concert in nearby Providence, Rhode Island to perform for his whole encore. The two did “Loser” and “Pay No Mind” together and were joined by Sean Lennon for an extended version of “Where It’s At” before leaving the stage. Watch some fan videos of the special appearance below.
Azealia Banks Heavy Metal And Reflective
Jul 27, 2014 1:31pm | StereoGum
When Azealia Banks announced that she had been let go from her label deal at Interscope, it meant that we were one step closer to finally hearing the debut album that we’ve been curious about since “212″ was released over two years ago. “Heavy Metal And Reflective” is her first new song since she gained independence and, while it’s more hype track than lead radio single, it’s something that shows that Banks still has “it” on some level. Listen and read a tweet from Banks about the song (which leaked early) below.
Watch: Jack White makes surprise appearance at Becks show in Providence
Jul 27, 2014 1:21pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Photo by @brendanciecko / Twitter
Providence, Rhode Island was the place to be on Saturday night. During the encore of his show at the Performing Arts Center, Beck brought out Jack White as a special guest. Together, they played “Pay No Mind”, “Loser”, and a medley of “Where It’s At” and “One Foot in the Grave”. Beck apparently introduced White as “the best bartender in the world.”
Below, watch a pair of fan-shot videos from the performance (via The Future Heart).
Beck and White, of course, have a long history together. In 2011, Beck released a standalone single through White’s Third Man Records, and they also worked together on several other songs for possible inclusion on a forthcoming Beck album. White also contributed to the music version of Beck’s Song Reader LP.
Watch Nicki Minaj And Aimee Mann As Gem Fusions (?!) On Cartoon Networks Steven Universe
Jul 27, 2014 1:17pm | StereoGum
Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe is a weird show, created by a former writer for Adventure Time. The two shows share a lot of the same qualities: a deep and expansive fantastical universe, quirky characters, and a smart use of celebrity voice actors. “Weird” Al Yankovic and Biz Markie have appeared on Adventure Time and Aimee Mann and Tom Scharpling have done Steven Universe. Another to join that list is Nicki Minaj, who appears in an upcoming episode alongside Mann. They both play “gem fusions” and duke it out on the show. Mann plays a character named Opal (the fusion of Amethyst and Pearl) while Minaj plays the villain called Sugilite (Amethyst fused with Garnet, who is voiced by Estelle). While the episode they both appear in doesn’t air until the end of August, their scenes have made their way onto YouTube and you can watch them below.
Wireless 2014: the DiS review
Jul 27, 2014 1:17pm | Drowned In Sound
For years Wireless seemed to be suffering from an identity crisis. It had the least promising of beginnings, burdened by O2 with a name that could only have been thought up in a boardroom, only to be followed by a succession of corporate sponsors from Barclaycard to Yahoo! The festival changed locations even more frequently: moving from Londons Hyde Park and Harewood House in Leeds, to a car park outside the Olympic Park in Stratford, before settling, for now at least, in Finsbury Park in north London and Perry Park in Birmingham. It was only recently that organisers Live Nation finally gave the festival some stability by fixing on a musical identity.
Hip hop found its way into the lineup in 2008, perhaps as an attempt to repeat the success of Jay Z at Glastonbury, but it set a precedent for what followed, with Kanye West headlining the next year and, somewhat unimaginatively, Jay Z returning once again in 2010. Gradually, hip hop and R&B acts transformed what had been a fairly average pop festival, culminating with the surprise booking of A Tribe Called Quest, Nas and 2 Chainz in 2013. Now in 2014, Wireless has - in the space of three years - accidentally become the UKs foremost hip hop music festival. A decision, one gets the sense, guided more by market share metrics and profit margins rather than any particular affection for the genre. But enough about the festival itself - we are here after all for the second coming of Yeezus.
First though, there is ...
Charli XCX scores first UK Top Ten hit with 'Boom Clap'
Jul 27, 2014 1:03pm | NME
Ed Sheeran continues his reign in the Official Albums Chart
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