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Lykke Li Gunshot
Apr 16, 2014 2:46pm | StereoGum

I Never Learn, the new album from the Swede-pop goddess Lykke Li, looms, and she’s already shared two songs, the twin dirges “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone” and “No Rest For The Wicked.” “Gunshot,” the third song she’s shared from the album, is still something of a ballad, but it’s more of a midtempo ’80s power-ballad type of thing, with cavernous drums and a chorus that will rip you right open and steal your soul. It rivals Twin Shadow’s “To The Top” as the best Phil Collins song I’ve heard this week, and it’s streaming at this site, which also features the song’s lyrics (via Pitchfork).

I Never Learn is out 5/6 via LL/Atlantic.

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Odonis Odonis bandleader Dean Tzenos leads a crash course in industrial
Apr 16, 2014 2:42pm | Chart Attack
Our favourite artists dig up five records that they consider Essential by any definition they like. This week, Odonis Odonis leader Dean Tzenos breaks down the "Hard Boiled" industrial music influences behind the band's fantastic new record.

Dean Tzenos played an accidental joke on himself when he labelled the music on his first Odonis Odonis record, 2011's Hollandaze, "industrial surfgaze." Since then, just about every review comes affixed with the terminally catchy subgenre tag. But even though it's become their albatross, "industrial surfgaze" is also fairly accurate. Their new album Hard Boiled Soft Boiled cordons the two sides of their sound into two distinct segments: the heavy industrial-influenced Hard Boiled side and the dreamy, shoegazey Soft Boiled side.

"The whole idea, even from the beginning of the project, was to treat our albums like mixtapes," says Tzenos. "So I actually found one of the original mixtapes that I had when I was a kid. One of the sides was mostly industrial music, and the other one was bands like My Bloody Valentine, Jesus And Mary Chain, New Order, The Stone Roses and all these shoegaze bands that were starting to come up at the time, like Slowdive. I had that in mind with this album. I wanted to do both ends of the spectrum."

The thing is, maybe its hip now, but for most of my life it was never hip. It was outsider mu...

Infest playing shows, including their first-ever in NYC (dates)
Apr 16, 2014 2:41pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Doug Moore

Infest in Miami, 2013 (more by Kris Alan Carter)

Since reforming after a 22-year hiatus last year, West Coast powerviolence pioneers Infest have been gradually working their way up the East Coast via a series of one-off dates: their first East Coast show was in Miami last March; the band followed it up with an appearance at the Invisible Oranges-sponsored A389 Bash this January, and put in an appearance at Damaged City Fest this past weekend. They will finally put in their first-ever NYC appearance on June 28 at the Wick, with support from Paint It Black, Replica, and Ajax. Tickets are on sale now.

Infest will also be venturing near the East Coast for an August 22 show in Cleveland. Warm up for the NYC date with their now-classic Live At KXLU session below...

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Listen: Le Butcherettes share three songs from their new album Cry Is for the Flies
Apr 16, 2014 2:40pm | Cosequence Of Sound

As we noted earlier this week, Le Butcherettes  the Mexican garage rock outfit led by Bosnian Rainbows and Kimono Kult member Teri Gender Bender  will soon return with a new album, Cry Is for the Flies. Now, more details of the LP have emerged: it’s officially due out May 15th and is proceeded by three singles, “Burn the Scab”, “Your Weakness Gives Me Life”, and the previously released “Demon Stuck in Your Eye”. Stream all three, plus a bonus track titled “Blackhead”, below.

Whereas “Demon” was highlighted by buzz-sawing guitars, “Burn the Scab” is driven by Teri’s manic howling, and “Your Weakness” finds strength in its explosive, reach-for-the-skies chorus. Meanwhile, the rattling hypnotics of “Blackhead” suggest even Le Bucherettes’ non-singles pack a mean, mean punch.

An accompanying message on the group’s Bandcamp notes: “Purchase the 3 Le Butcherettes singles from their upcoming album, Cry Is for the Flies, and get the full album for free on May 1st, two weeks prior to its May 15th release. Get the bonus track, “Blackhead”, with your purchase for immediate download.”

Cry Is for the Flies will be issued via Omar Rodríguez-López’s label/production company Nadie Sound Inc. Pre-orders are ongoing.

Watch: Yuck Southern Skies Video
Apr 16, 2014 2:40pm | CMJ

Today, shoegaze-y alt-rockers Yuck shared a dreamy video for Southern Skies, the title track off their new EP, released this week. The EP provided fans with some airier, unexpected sounds from the band, and Southern Skies is no exception. Its super mellow, and the video matches the track seamlessly. An extended shot of a building is layered with nearly translucent moving images of cars and a Ferris wheel. It’s a relaxing meditation on nature and the passage of time…or something. So sit back in your chair and watch the video below.

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Listen: Lykke Lis new song Gunshot
Apr 16, 2014 2:31pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Lykke Li has unveiled “Gunshot”, the second single from her upcoming third studio album, I Never Learn, due out May 5th via LL/Atlantic Records. Similar to last month’s “No Rest For The Wicked”, Li pairs emotionally-gripping lyrics with surprisingly bombastic musical accompaniment. However, as opposed to simply focusing her sorrow inward, keeping it buried within her own soul, she’s now striving for personal catharsis, unearthing layers of anguish and deep-seated regret over a somewhat danceable medley of arena-rock guitars and dusty blues piano. Listen to the song here.

For more sounds, check out the teaser track “Love Me Like Im Not Made of Stone” and “Du är den ende”, written specifically for Swedish crime thriller Tommy.

I Never Learn Tracklist:
01. I Never Learn
02. No Rest for the Wicked
03. Just Like a Dream
04. Silverline
05. Gunshot
06. Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone
07. Never Gonna Love Again
08. Heart of Steel
09. Sleeping Alone

Perfect Pussy expand tour again (3 NYC shows total)
Apr 16, 2014 2:29pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Perfect Pussy at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy really do not stop touring. They brought their ongoing tour to NYC for two shows earlier this month, and they already have plans to return THREE more times in the near future. As mentioned in our NYC Record Store Day Guide, they'll play the big FREE RSD in-store at Rough Trade NYC on Saturday (4/19) afternoon with Nothing, Hospitality, Fear of Men, Palehound and more. They're also sticking around Brooklyn that day for a midnight show at Silent Barn with Arm Candy (more info).

As we also mentioned today in our Northside Festival update, Perfect Pussy will return for a TBA Brooklyn show during that festival (6/12-15). Stay tuned for more info on that.

Updated Perfect Pussy dates (including shows with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Potty Mouth) are listed, with a video of them at 285 Kent in 2013, below...

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Arm Candy released an LP, playing shows w/ Perfect Pussy, Priests, Downtown Boys, Chumped & more (dates & streams)
Apr 16, 2014 2:26pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Arm Candy

Brooklyn lo-fi punk trio Arm Candy recently put out their debut album, The Right to Bear Arm Candy, with six original tracks plus a cover of "What Kind of Monster Are You" by all-female '90s Dischord trio Slant 6. If you're a fan of the band they chose to cover, you might dig this too, and you can check it out by streaming it below. It's also downloadable (name your price) at bandcamp.

Arm Candy have been playing a good deal of local shows lately (maybe you caught them with Priests and Noun or with SVPER and Palehound), and they'll continue to do so. Three of those shows are this weekend, including the previously discussed Death by Audio (4/18) stop of the Priests / Good Throb tour, which also includes Brooklyn's Household.

Then on Saturday (4/19) they play the free WBAR-B-Q at Barnard College with Inc. Ka, LVL UP and more. Later that night they'll play a midnight show at Silent Barn with Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy and multiple DJs. More info on Facebook.

They also play another show on May 29 at Shea Stadium with local pop punks Chumped, Priests' pals Downtown Boys (following their tour with EMA which hits NYC twice), and Canadian punks TV Freaks.

Stream The Right to Bear Arm Candy below...

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Lorde meets baseball legend George Brett, the inspiration behind her hit Royals
Apr 16, 2014 2:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

“Royals” may have been the best song of 2013, but only now has the story behind Lordes hit single finally come full circle.

According to the MLB’s Twitter acount, before her Las Vegas show last night, the New Zealand pop star met Kansas City Royals’ iconic third baseman and Hall of Famer George Brett. While Lorde undoubtedly befriends professional athletes and celebrities on a regular basis, the encounter was anything but a standard meet-and-greet.

If you’ll recall, last year it was revealed that “Royals” the single that launched Lorde’s career and earned her a Grammy was inspired by a 1976 photo of Brett (seen below).

“I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs,” she told VH1 back in September. “He was a baseball player and his shirt said, Royals’. It was just that word. Its really cool.”

Brett had previously been invited to Lorde’s concert in Kansas City, but scheduling conflicts kept them from actually meeting face to face. He instead sent her a signed jersey that also bore the endearing message, “Lorde, you are Royal to me.” Though I’m admittedly not a huge sports fan, even **I** would’ve loved to have been a fly on the wall in the room where both baseball and pop music’s royalty came together.

Front 242 playing NYC, Chicago and Tampa this fall
Apr 16, 2014 2:20pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

With singles like "Headhunter" and "Tragedy for You," Belgium's Front 242 were one of the biggest, most influential industrial/EBM dance acts of the late '80s and early '90s. The band -- which still features core members Jean-Luc De Meyer, Daniel Bressanutti, Patrick Codenys and Richard 23 -- has continued on while other genres came and went, though their most recent studio album was 2003's Pulse. While it's not a full tour, Front 242 will be playing select U.S. dates this fall, including NYC at Irving Plaza on September 24. Tickets to that show are on sale now.

Front 242 will also play The Orpheum in Tampa, FL on September 25 and then Chicago (the home of their old label Wax Trax!) at Metro on September 27. Check out a selection of videos and streams below...

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Chvrches We Sink (The Range Remix) + Alternate Versions Of Recover, The Mother We Share, Gun
Apr 16, 2014 2:14pm | StereoGum

Chvrches are taking a bit of a victory lap in 2014 after their rise to success last year. In addition to focusing on other upcoming artists through their new label, the trio will being going on a US tour with the Range (aka James Hinton) and reissuing The Bones Of What You Believe with some alternate versions and remixes of songs like “Recover,” “The Mother We Share,” and “Gun.” Below you can listen to the Range’s remix of “We Sink.”


Listen: Pink Mountaintops The Second Summer Of Love
Apr 16, 2014 2:10pm | CMJ

As they gear up for the release of their first album in almost five years, Get Back, Pink Mountaintops share another new track. Weve heard the fun, strange song, North Hollywood Microwaves, and today we have The Second Summer Of Love. The track sounds classic and scorching, and feels more like the Pink Mountaintops we know than that first one. Get Back is out April 29 via Jagjaguwar. Check it out the new track (via Stereogum) below.

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Listen: Yucks lovely new song Southern Skies
Apr 16, 2014 2:08pm | Cosequence Of Sound

U.K. indie rockers Yuck unexpectedly released their new EP Southern Skies today via iTunes. The four-track offering, which includes the shoegaze-indebted singles “Athena” and “Another One”, as well as the title track, which is streaming below.

Unlike the first two previews of the EP, “Southern Skies” highlights the sometimes raucous band at their most meditative and melancholy. The song doesn’t burst at the seams with fuzzy freneticism. Instead, it ambles around with lackadaisical charm, aiming for beautiful, atmospheric heights. Check out the illuminating visual for “Southern Skies” below.

Southern Skies Tracklist:
01. Athena
02. Set in Motion (feat. Sebastian Fors)
03. Another One
04. Southern Skies

Wu-Tang Clan affiliated rapper cuts off own penis
Apr 16, 2014 1:59pm | NME
Andre Johnson is alleged to have attempted suicide in the early hours of this morning (April 16)

Jay Zs Made In America Fest Is Coming To L.A.
Apr 16, 2014 1:47pm | StereoGum

The Jay Z-curated, Budweiser-owned Made In America festival first came to Philadelphia two years ago and quickly established a rep as one of America’s better-put together big general-interest music fests. And now it’s expanding. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Made In America will come to L.A.’s Grand Park 8/30-31, Labor Day weekend. This won’t replace the Philly festival; instead, both shows will run simultaneously. (It’ll be interesting to see whether they’ll have two different lineups or whether someone will jet all those bands across the country between shows.) About 50,000 people are expected for the L.A. shows, and Jay and L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti made the announcement this morning. (People who live near Grand Park showed up to boo because that’s what people do.) Made In America hasn’t announced a lineup yet, but it’s coming soon.

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