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This Must Be The Band: A living tribute to Talking Heads Stop Making Sense
Apr 24, 2014 12:55pm | Chart Attack

Its the part of the show everybody always talks about. The rhythm section locks in on a mean strut as the singer bobbles over to the microphone. His suit must be 10 sizes too big. He tics and jiggles, throwing whole bolts of polyester with every jerk, the way a hula girl throws her grass skirt with her hips. He marches, he shimmies with his shoulders, he seduces like a lounge singer, crooning Its always show time, here at the edge of the stage. It looks hilarious and that means it looks perfect. The audience dances and hollers along: Stop making sense, stop making sense. The spotlight blows his shadow across the back wall.

Thirty years after the performance first captivated theatre audiences, fans and film critics, youd hardly even notice that that silhouette isnt David Byrnes and that the players behind him arent the Talking Heads. The name of this band is This Must Be The Band.

For the last seven years, the group has toured the Heads' catalogue from Costa Mesa, California to New York City. And while theyre always well-received their most popular date is undoubtedly the annual hometown Stop Making Sense recreation a note-for-note, prop-for-prop performance of what's often called "the best concert film of all time." Last November, they played in front of 2,000 bouncing fans, a near-sold out crowd at Chicagos historic Riviera Theatre, almost the size of the performance it's restaging.

Chicago musician Charlie Otto was born in 198...

Independent record stores boast massive 2000% vinyl sales jump on Record Store Day
Apr 24, 2014 12:54pm | Fact Magazine

Originally posted on The Vinyl Factory

Stop the grumbling, Record Store Day has achieved what it originally set out to do.

New in-depth music analytics service BuzzAngle Music have announced the first ever release of daily sales stats to show the massive impact Record Store Day has on independent record stores.

According to the data, independent record shops posted an average 645% sales growth on Record Store Day (19th April) this year in comparison to the previous Saturday, a hike that was more than reflected in a gobsmacking 1,855% increase in vinyl sales for the industry as a whole.

Put the two together and you get the biggest stat of all; a whopping 2,042% increase in vinyl sales at independent stores on Record Store Day compared to the previous Saturday.

Despite the accusations from labels and artists of mainstream hijacking, back-logged pressing plants and extortionate touting that have plagued this years celebration, the annual event has overwhelmingly succeeded in supporting the independent record shops for whom the whole thing was conceived in the first place seven years ago.

BuzzAngle Music have also announced the biggest sellers from this years event with Tame Impalas Live LP and Nirvanas Pennyroyal Tea / I Hate Myself and Want To Die single taking the top spots. See the 25 best selling albums and singles below and peruse BuzzAngles full report here

Thee Oh Sees playing free outdoor Northside Festival show
Apr 24, 2014 12:48pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Thee Oh Sees @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)

As mentioned, Thee Oh Sees' hiatus was a brief one -- the same amount of time off for most bands wouldn't even be noticed -- and they're playing California shows in May. Still no word if a proper tour is in the works, but the band will play Brooklyn's Northside Festival, an outdoor show at McCarren Park on June 14. Like the CHVRCHES show on 6/15, this is free and open to the public but you will need to RSVP which you can do beginning Friday (4/25) at noon.

Thee Oh Sees' new album, Drop, was released on Record Store Day (4/19) and you can stream it via Rdio. Updated tour dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Thee Oh Sees playing free outdoor Northside Festival show" at brooklynvegan

Miami city commissioners vote down resolution to ban Ultra Music Festival
Apr 24, 2014 12:47pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Ultra Music Festival will remain in Miami after city commissioners voted 4-1 to keep the music festival at Bayfront Park, according to WSVN-TV.

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and city commissioner Marc Sarnoff called for an end to Ultra after a security guard was severely injured in a stampede during the first day of the festival last month. Over the course of the entire weekend, 76 festival-goers were arrested, 28 of them for felonies, and 118 others were treated by paramedics. Meanwhile, a 21-year-old man was found dead in his car after attending the festival.

There were reports of Regalado and Sarnoff backtracking from their position, however, a motion was filed and voted on by City of Miami commissioners today. Fortunately for Ultra, the vote was in its favor.

In the days leading up to the vote, Ultra Music Festival organizers launched an on-line petition to keep the festival in Miami. As of publication, the petition has accrued nearly 50,000 signatures.

In an accompanying statement, Ultra organizers said this year’s festival employed 257 police officers a day, including 18 undercover officers. However, in the wake of this year’s tragic events, the festival is “conducting a top-to-bottom review of its security protocol and continues its long-standing commitment to the security and safety of its patrons and personnel.”

Following today’s news, Ultra announc...

Listen: Lost Boy ? Wasted
Apr 24, 2014 12:40pm | CMJ

Brooklyn fuzz-rock band Lost Boy ? has given us a guitar-pop preview of their forthcoming Wasted EP with the release of its title track, which tumbles and grooves along in a coating of garage-rock distortion. Frontman Davey Jones, who essentially took on the EP alone, crafts a seamless and subtle melody that flows with the various lead guitar lines that lie at the forefront of this jam. Wasted comes out on May 27 via Exploding In Sound, but you can check out the title track (via Stereogum) below.

The post Listen: Lost Boy ? – “Wasted” appeared first on CMJ.

There are far too many phones on the dance floor: Theo Parrish plans vinyl sale, dance workshop
Apr 24, 2014 12:36pm | Fact Magazine

The Detroit veteran aims to return the focus to dancing with a vinyl sidewalk sale, a workshop and a dance competition.

Theo Parrish and his Sound Signature label will hold the events on May 23 in conjunction with Detroit’s Universole dance competition.

“Everyone knows there are far too many phones on the dance floor, and far too many solitary fist pumpers,” says Parrish in a statement. “The association is a reminder that the DJ, the song, and the people need to move as one at the dance.”

Universole will include a workshop, a dance contest and a party that features Marcellus Pittman. The sidewalk sale will include Parrish’s new Footwork EP along with “lots of other available titles, and some Detroit-only items as well as special merchandise.” [via RA]

Recently, Parrish spoke out about selfies and Soundcloud, among other topics. Similarly, FACT’s Laurent Fintoni assessed the Unsound Festival’s photography ban.

Siinai Shopping Trance
Apr 24, 2014 12:30pm | StereoGum

Siinai are progressive kraut-rockers from Finland, and their new album Supermarket is due out June 17 via Splendour. As you may have surmised from both the album title, and the title of their new track “Shopping Trance,” the project is an attempt to make “a soundtrack for the supermarket nations.”


New Orleans Jazz Fest reveals 2014 TV broadcast schedule
Apr 24, 2014 12:22pm | Cosequence Of Sound

New Orleans Jazz Fest kicks off this weekend, though you don’t need to hit the Big Easy in order to catch this year’s festivities. Several of the sets will be broadcast live on AXS TV, including Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Phish, Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, and String Cheese Incident.

The broadcast will air Thursday, May 1st – Sunday, May 4th beginning at 3:00pm ET. Every night a re-broadcast of each of the day’s sets will be shown at 10:00pm. Check out the full schedule below.

Thursday, May 1st:
Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters
Jason Isbell
String Cheese Incident

Friday, May 2nd:
Vampire Weekend
Alabama Shakes
Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys
Anders Osborne
Irma Thomas
Marcia Ball

Saturday, May 3rd:
Theresa Anderson
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Honey Island Swamp Band
Better Than Ezra

Sunday, May 4th:
Arcade Fire
John Fogerty
The Revivalists
The Radiators
Voice of the Wetlands Allstars
Ivan Nevilles Dumpstaphunk
w/ special guest Art Neville

Watch The New Video For Paul Wellers Record Store Day 14 Single, Because Hes Never Participating In Record Store Day Again
Apr 24, 2014 12:15pm | StereoGum

The always-sharp Brit-rock liver (and former Jam and Style Council frontman) Paul Weller released a new single called “Brand New Toy” on Record Store Day. It’s a clean, bouncy power-pop number, and in its new Joe Connor-directed video, Weller and his backing band casually knock the song out while the camera makes it look like they’re part of a huge kaleidoscope. Enjoy it while you can because Weller is done with this Record Store Day business. In a post on his website, Weller brings up the common complaints that everyday fans, including some who’d lined up for hours, couldn’t get the single because predatory types had bought up all the copies and were selling them on eBay before RSD even started. Well claims he won’t be participating in Record Store Day again. Check out the video and the note from Weller again.


The Horrors covered Frankie Knuckles' "Your Love" (listen); The Obamas, Elton John & Summerstage offer tributes
Apr 24, 2014 12:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

We lost house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles earlier this month and tributes are still pouring in, none more notable than former Chicago resident and current man in charge President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. They released a condolence letter to Knuckles' family that read in part:

Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field, and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe.

You can see a photo of the letter below.

Meanwhile, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has set up the Frankie Knuckles Fund to support HIV information, testing and treatment. Says Sir Reg:

Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of colour, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.
In more musical news, The Horrors just covered Frankie Knuckles' classic single "Your Love" as part of a session for BBC DJ Zane Lowe. Recorded live at the Beeb's famed Maida Vale studios, you can stream that below as part of the whole session -- "Your Love" kicks in at the 18 minute mark. Perhaps they'll play it at their Converse Rubber Tracks show next week (which is now sold o...

Big Freedia announces Just Be Free LP, unleashes Explode
Apr 24, 2014 12:12pm | Fact Magazine

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The Queen of Bounce readies her latest album.

Big Freedia has spent more than a decade as a global ambassador for New Orleans bounce, a frenetic club style that had dancers twerking long before Miley Cyrus came along. The singer’s latest album, Just Be Free, is due out on June 17 via Freedia’s Queen Diva Music imprint, and the title has multiple meanings.

“Being ‘free to be who you’ is one,” the singer tells Rolling Stone. “We live in a society where we have a lot of liberties. Its just not like this everywhere in the world. This album is my first studio recorded album where I came up with concepts beforehand. So much of my music is appreciated live, but I think these tracks are one you can listen to at a late night twerk party or an afternoon barbecue and enjoy!”

Lead cut ‘Explode’ is the type of track Freedia has mastered, an anthem that begs the listen to “Release your wiggle / Release your anger / Release your mind / Release your job/ Release the time.” Stream it below. The album is available to pre-order now.

1. Turn Da Beat Up
2. Dangerous
3. N.O. Bounce
4. Jump On It
5. Lift Dat Leg Up
6. Ol’ Lady
7. Where My Queens At
8. Explode

Landlady @ Shea Stadium: April 23, 2014
Apr 24, 2014 12:10pm | CMJ

Last night, Brooklyn’s own Landlady closed out a three-night April residency at Shea Stadium in support of their forthcoming album, Upright Behavior. Opening acts, Relatives and the Westerlies, prepped the crowd with feel-good, soft-around-the-edges guitar music, embellished by a five-piece horn section in the second half of Relatives’ set.

Upon starting their 11 p.m. set, Landlady frontman Adam Schatz called out individuals to fill in the empty space separating the stage and the crowd. At this point in this residency, the group knew how to work a crowd in the intimate, dimly-lit venue, how to get the audience full engaged with their ebullient, spiritual music. The five members kicked off the set with a slow number, a goosebumpy a capella arrangement that echoed painfully through the venue. The remainder of their set was anything but slow, especially with two percussionist working strenuously to advance the languid rhythms of each subsequent number.

Schatz was a remarkable performer, throwing his whole body into songs like Above My Ground and The Globe, using his hands to grab at some magical energy floating through the air. For their final song, Landlady was joined by a number of brass and woodwind players who blared and squawked triumphant gold tones from the crowd.

Photos by Angel E. Fraden.

The post Landlady @ Shea Stadium: April 23, 2014 appeared first on CMJ.

Song : Vaults : Premonitions
Apr 24, 2014 12:08pm | My Old Kentucky Blog

While we suspected mysterious British three-piece Vaults were something special after hearing their gorgeous “Cry No More” and “Vultures”, but this new one “Premonitions” confirms that they are ready to be dubbed as a next big thing. The vocals are sultry and epic with production that is second to none. It is an absolute stunner that will be out on June 9th via National Anthem. Listen below so you can tell everybody you were in on them early.

Watch: Katy Perrys incredible video for Birthday
Apr 24, 2014 12:04pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In past videos, Katy Perry has played several outlandish characters, including nerdy tween Kathy Beth Terry in “Last Friday Night” and an evil, be-grilled Cleopatra in “Dark Horse”. But now, in the video for Prisms latest single “Birthday”, Perry takes her costumed hijinx up to Eddie Murphy levels by playing a total of five unique characters. It’s like Dana Carvey’s The Master of Disguise, only less grating and tiresome.

Nearly unrecognizable, Perry plays the bar mitzvah DJ Yosef Shulem, over-the-hill British dancer Goldie, Kriss the “Craigslist Clown”, Ace the animal Trainer, and a “social-media-savvy princess” named Mandee. Each are assigned the task of crashing an actual birthday party and wreaking havoc (and possibly long-term psychological damage) on unsuspecting kiddies. There’s bouncy castles, traffic accidents, midgets, wild rabbits, and even false legs used as guitars. (Sort of reminds me of my 11th birthday party.) Slap on your party hat, grab a slice of cake, and watch it below.

“I went undercover as five of the world’s worst birthday entertainers because I was sick of making, like, gorgeous music videos where I’m, like, sexual,” Perry said in a statement. “I just feel that can get boring… so I made the most insane music video ever with hidden cameras.”

'Doctor Who' actor Matt Smith dismisses rumours linking him to 'Sherlock' appearance
Apr 24, 2014 12:04pm | NME
Creator Stephen Moffat previously claimed he would not rule out casting actor in BBC1 series

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