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Listen: Julian Casablancas And The Voidz Human Sadness
Sep 2, 2014 12:50pm | CMJ

We’ve heard whisperings about the forthcoming LP from Julian Casablancas and his new band, the Voidz, for a while now. There were brief teasers, and the band played a string of sometimes-alienating summer gigs. The first proper taste of Casablancas and The Voidz’s upcoming LP, Tyranny (due out later this month via Casablancas’ own label Cult), arrived today in the form of a doozy of a track called Human Sadness.

The song confounds expectations at every turn. Most notably it clocks in at just under eleven minutes, which is already new territory for Casablancas, a known master of tune concision. The song is also disarmingly beautiful, meandering through a number of muted, woozy variations on a theme before exploding into a fuzzy guitar solo and then cooling back down. Will it be disorienting for Casblancas’ fanbase? Maybe. Is it worth a listen? Definitely. Check out the track below, as well as Tyrany‘s tracklist and the band’s upcoming dates after that.

Tracklist For Tyranny:
01. Take Me In Your Army
02. Crunch Punch
03. M.utually A.ssured D.estruction
04. Human Sadness
05. Where No Eagles Fly
06. Father Electricity
07. Johan Von Bronx
08. Business Dog
09. Xerox
10. Dare I Care
11. Nintendo Blood
12. Off To War

Tour Dates For Julian Casablancas And The Voidz:
10/16 ...

Five shows you cant miss at this years Unknown Festival
Sep 2, 2014 12:43pm | Fact Magazine

Croatia’s Unknown Festival kicks off next Monday, and it’s looking like another event that you wouldn’t be wise to miss.

With a jam-packed line-up and a location that should leave you slack jawed (no narcotics needed), you shouldn’t need very much convincing and FACT have put together the five events you need to check out without fail.

Chic ft. Nile Rodgers

It’s Chic and Nile Rodgers, what more do you need? Rodgers has been absolutely everywhere recently (we’re going to call it the post-’Get Lucky’ effect) but there’s a damn good reason for it, and when you manage to see Chic live, you’ll know what we’re on about.

Forest Swords

Tri-Angle experimental sort Forest Swords makes music that sounds like a collision of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Ennio Morricone, which is basically exactly what we want to hear. One for when the sun’s heavy in the sky, and the smoke’s rising thick and fast from the front of the stage.


Let’s be honest, even if you’re at a music festival you’re still on holiday, and holidays mean partying. We can’t think of anyone better to soundtrack a good party than Jackmaster – just make sure you leave yer snobbery at the door.


Exciter, The Rods, High Spirits & more playing Defenders of the Old Fest III; Dawnbringer readies new LP (stream a track)
Sep 2, 2014 12:28pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Wyatt Marshall

Chris Black with Dawnbringer, July 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

Canadian old-school thrash band Exciter will be playing the Defenders of the Old Festival III which goes down in Brooklyn at The Bell House on March 13 & 14, 2015 with the band's original lineup. Exciter hasn't played the US in 30 years. In addition to Exciter, the initial line-up also includes old-school US metal band The Rods, the like-minded October 31, and Montreal's retro doom-y band Cauchemar. No word on advance tickets yet, but stay tuned here and at the event's Facebook page for more developments.

In related news, Chris Black's High Spirits, the awesome Chicago retro metal band, earlier this year released the fantastic LP You Are Here. Black's better-known band Dawnbringer is releasing a new album this year, too, out on October 28 on Profound Lore. Dawnbringer recently shared "One-Eyed Sister" off of Night of the Hammer and you can listen to it in this post. As we've come to expect from Dawnbringer -- and, really, anything from Chris Black -- it's excellent and, on first listen, seemingly timeless.

Stream below...

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Nude Beach See My Way (Stereogum Premiere)
Sep 2, 2014 12:27pm | StereoGum

77, the forthcoming third album from the Brooklyn-based trio Nude Beach, is an 80-minute double album, a ridiculous thing from a band whose stock in trade is the short, shimmering old-school power-pop singalong. But judging by what we’ve heard from the album so far, that just means they’ll have time to pack in more hooks than anyone knows what to do with. “I Can’t Keep The Tears From Falling” and “For You,” the first two songs we’ve heard from the album, are both wildly catchy and confident windows-down gems, and you can say much the same about “See My Way,” the beautifully jangly nugget that you can hear below. Also below, read some words about the song from frontman Chuck Betz.


Wilco announce 20th anniversary tour dates, archival box set
Sep 2, 2014 12:19pm | Cosequence Of Sound

This week, Wilco return to the road for their first tour dates of 2014. They’ve now expanded that jaunt to include a second leg of shows in October.

According to a press release, the tour comes in celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary. Also in the cards is an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on October 27th, as well as Wilco’s first-ever “best of” collection and rarities box set. Additional details will be revealed soon.

Wilco 2014 Tour Dates:
09/03 Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
09/04 Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Theatre
09/06 Arrington, VA @ Lockn Festival
09/07  Arrington, VA @ Lockn Festival
10/21 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
10/22 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
10/23 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
10/25 – Raleigh, NC @ North Carolina Museum of Art
10/28 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
10/29 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre

The Flaming Lips collaborated with Death by Audio on limited edition "Space Ring Pedal"
Sep 2, 2014 12:09pm | Brooklyn Vegan

The good folks at guitar pedal shop Death by Audio have just announced their latest limited-edition artist collaboration: The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal. That's what it looks like (naked torso not included), above, and here's a description of what it does:

The Flaming Lips have worked with Death By Audio to design a truly unique effect capable of manipulating and transporting sound into exciting new dimensions. The circuit works by using a telephone decoding chip that is then squashed into a ring modulator comprised of specially matched diodes and custom wound transformers. This creates blooming, rich sounds ranging from warped tremolo staccatos to wild arpeggiator type sequences to alien fax machines hurled at the sun.

The Space Ring has knobs for Volume, Psychedelic Warp, and an XYZ switch that flips the carriers with the modulators to create more modulated insanity.
To hear what that actually sounds like, check out a video in this post. The Flaming Lips Space Ring Pedal is only available the month of September and comes with a poster designed by Wayne Coyne. The first 200 pedals are signed by the band -- order yours.

Previous DbA collaborations have included Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer.

In other news, Lips side project Electric Wurmz released their album a couple weeks back, and Flaming Lips' song-by-song cov...

Run The Jewels Unveil RTJ2 Artwork, Tracklist
Sep 2, 2014 12:07pm | StereoGum

When Killer Mike and El-P shared shared their concrete-shattering Run The Jewels single “Blockbuster Night Part 1,” they also mentioned RTJ2 would be out at 10/28 on Mass Appeal. Now hip-hop’s greatest active duo has shared the artwork and tracklist for the album. In addition to previously mentioned guest spots by Rage Against The Machines Zach De La Rocha and Blink-182s Travis Barker, RTJ2 features visits from Beyoncé producer BOOTS, former Foxygen member Shaun Fleming AKA Diane Coffee. There’s also a song called “Love Again (Akinyele Back),” which is probably nice and raunchy. And I can’t wait to hear what “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” is like. Check out the tracklist below along with a lengthy slate of tour dates that spans all of North America and includes a trip Down Under around New Year’s. Get stoked.


MONO Where We Begin
Sep 2, 2014 12:04pm | StereoGum

The Japanese band MONO has been making glacial, metallic, all-consuming post-rock for 15 years, and over that time, they’ve been getting grander and more orchestral with their music. Next month, though, they’ll pull a Use Your Illusion, releasing two albums on the same day, and both albums strip back their sound a bit. The Last Dawn is, at least according to a press release, the brighter of the two, wheras Rays Of Darkness is heavier and doomier. “Where We Begin,” a track from The Last Dawn, is a very pretty seven-minute exercise in slow-building shoegaze-influenced instrumental grandeur, and you can hear it below.


Q&A: Perfume Genius On The Weird Politics Of Being A Gay Artist
Sep 2, 2014 12:04pm | StereoGum

If there were any justice in the world, Perfume Genius’ sophomore album, 2012′s Put Yr Back N 2 It, would have been a much bigger deal. As it was, that record, though critically beloved, drew attention for lots of weird reasons: The promo ad was rejected by YouTube for not being “family safe” (i.e., it showed two men hugging) and the album’s excellent “Hood” video became extra poignant and sad after one of the video’s stars, adult entertainer Arpad Miklos, later took his own life. The album’s somewhat harrowing subject matter tapped into relatively universal themes — the desire to love and be loved, how we choose to make peace with our past — but still so much of the conversation regarding the album centered specifically on its gayness. As an out gay music journalist myself, I found it sort of grimly amusing how many times I was told by my straight white dude peers something along the lines of, “You know, I actually really love that Perfume Genius record,” as if it were somehow surprising they might relate to something so queer, usually with the unspoken tone of “I’m not gay, bro. But I’m cool with this.” It’s the same thing I used to hear back when the Magnetic Fields released 69 Love Songs back in 1999, and older rock critics that I knew had to stop talking about Wilco for five minutes to admit that, yes, even I can relate to this.


Made In America, Philadelphia: August 30-31, 2014
Sep 2, 2014 11:53am | CMJ

Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia has recently become synonymous with music lovers and thrill seekers alike, playing host to Jay-Z’s brainchild, the Made In America festival. The franchise, which started in 2012, now holds the title of the first festival to have two legs running simultaneously in the U.S. (2014 marked the first year the event went bi-coastal, reaching audiences in L.A. over the holiday weekend, too). Playing for the benefit of the local United Way and backed by major sponsors (including Budweiser, Live Nation, Roc Nation and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway), roughly 50 musical acts who were said to “embody the diverse American musical spirit” came to support the cause.

Saturday played host to a slew of indie rockers, rappers and electronic artists on four different stages. Set times for both days often ran in conflict with the hurried crowds of dazed teens and twenty-somethings darting back and forth between stages. Among the 24 acts preforming on day one, we caught snippets of performances by Young And Sick, Cherub, the Neighborhood, DJ Cassidy, Destructo, Holy Ghost!, City And Colour, Mayer Hawthorne, Chromeo, J. Cole, the National, Glassjaw, Steve Aoki, and headliner Kanye West.

Most brought epic sets, no doubt hoping to garner new fans from across musical divides, one of the best reasons for these mega-fests to exist. Those who may have had an easier time gaining that wider fanbase were Chromeo and Mayer Hawthron...

Usher announces North American tour dates
Sep 2, 2014 11:50am | Cosequence Of Sound

Usher has announced the dates for his upcoming “The UR Experience” tour. Hitting markets in both the US and Canada, the 27-date outing kicks off on November 1st in Montreal, Quebec and winds down December 14th in Tampa, Florida. Consult the full schedule below.

In a press release, Usher said, “With ‘The UR Experience,’ I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests. I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like theyve never seen or heard before.” The first two confirmed special guests are rapper August Alsina and DJ Cassidy.

The tour comes in support of Ushers eighth studio album, Everything You Can Imagine, due out this month via RCA. The album includes the singles “Good Kisser”, “Believe Me”, and the Nicki Minaj-aided “She Came To Give It To You”. Watch the video for the latter below.

Usher 2014 Tour Dates:
11/01 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
11/02 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
11/04 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
11/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
11/07 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
11/10 – Washington DC @ Verizon Center
11/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
11/13 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
11/14 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun

James Franco's 'The Sound And The Fury' watch first clip
Sep 2, 2014 11:45am | NME
'This Is The End' actor co-stars in latest directorial effort with Seth Rogen and Danny McBride

Listen: Foxygens new song Cosmic Vibrations
Sep 2, 2014 11:45am | Cosequence Of Sound

Foxygen will return with their sophomore album, …And Star Power, on October 14th through Jagjaguwar. Spanning a whopping 24 songs, the new double LP finds the San Francisco outfit expanding on the psych rock leanings of their last release, 2013’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic. In anticipation, the band’s let loose a new song called “Cosmic Vibrations”.

Whereas Foxygen basked in the folk pop warmth of sunny lead single “How Can You Really”, their latest sounds as though it was born in some musty netherworld. The track starts with ear-shattering noise before morphing into an eerie and ambling lo-fi number — one that seems to come off as more “spooky incantation to raise the dead” than mere “psychedelic rocker.” If Sam France’s devilish bellow doesn’t successfully induce chills, then the crafty organs surely will. Listen in below.

And Star Power Tracklist:
01. Star Power Airlines
02. How Can You Really
03. Coulda Been My Love
04. Cosmic Vibrations
05. You & I
06. Star Power I: Overture
07. Star Power II: Star Power Nite
08. Star Power III: What Are We Good For
09. Star Power IV: Ooh Ooh
10. I Dont Have Anything/The Gate
11. Mattress Warehouse
12. 666
13. Flowers
14. Wallys Farm
15. Cannibal Holocaust
16. Hot Summer
17. Cold Winter/Free...

The New Basement Tapes (Feat. Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford) Married To My Hack
Sep 2, 2014 11:44am | StereoGum

In 1967, Bob Dylan and the Band got together to work on a whole pile of songs, many of which eventually came out as The Basement Tapes. But many of those songs were left unfinished, and now producer T Bone Burnett has gotten together with an all-star cast to finish some of those songs, setting Dylan’s old lyrics to music. The project features people like Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, and Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford. We’ve already posted the lyric video for “Nothing To It,” and now they’ve shared another one, for a messy two-minute ramble called “Married To My Hack.” Come on. You know you want to hear Costello’s Bob Dylan impression. It’s below.


Run the Jewels reveal more 'RTJ2' details, announce tour with Ratking and Despot (dates)
Sep 2, 2014 11:40am | Brooklyn Vegan

Run the Jewels at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)

Killer Mike and El-P's Run the Jewels project have shared more details about their forthcoming RTJ2 LP (due 10/28 via Mass Appeal), including the album artwork, tracklist, and more confirmed guest appearances. In addition to the previously announced appearances by Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) and Travis Barker (blink-182), the LP will feature Boots (who produced a lot of Beyonce's last album) and Foxygen side project Diane Coffee. They also mentioned there will be an RTJ2 remix album in 2015 on Fool's Gold.

RTJ also announced a tour with Ratking (who play the NYU Mystery Concert this week) and Despot which includes a NYC show happening on November 29 at Stage 48. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/3) at noon.

All dates are listed, with the artwork, tracklist and a stream from the LP, below...

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