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Forty-year-olds making pop-punk is not a good look: Blink 182, Stormzy and more in Singles Club
May 2, 2016 11:57am | Fact Magazine

Each week on the FACT Singles Club, a selection of our writers work their way through the new music of the week gone by.

With the way individual tracks are now consumed, the idea of what constitutes a single has shifted dramatically in the last half a decade, and it’s for this reason that the songs reviewed across the next pages are a combination of 12 vinyl releases, mixtape cuts, SoundCloud uploads and more. This week, DWN and Kingdom, Rihanna & Calvin Harris, Blink 182 and more.

Mila J – ‘TBH’

Chris Kelly: Mila J deserves so much more than being “Jhene Aiko’s sister”, but its been two years since ‘Smoke, Drink, Break-up’ and ‘My Main’ and I have no idea who she is as an artist, other than “occasionally drops standard issue, Ty Dolla/Mustardesque West Coast jam”. (5)

Son Raw: R&Bs post-Rihanna, post-Drake mining of dancehall for inspiration is a welcome move and the best parts here are the weird string samples and dutty wine-inducing rhythm. But part of me cant help but think this is America cleaning up a notoriously rude genre for pop consumption. Block those thoughts out, and this is much more enjoyable. (6)

Daniel Montesinos-Donaghy: Mila J has a delivery you either love or hate, a light voice toughened up with attitude borrowed from rap music. On ...

I dont want to lose my mind again: DiS meets Frightened Rabbit
May 2, 2016 11:52am | Drowned In Sound
Id lost sight of why we were still doing it.

The last time I spoke to Scott Hutchison, in the summer of 2014, was to talk about a low-key solo record hed made under the name Owl John. By way of comparison to Frightened Rabbit, it was an eccentric listen, with stormy, experimental instrumentals written on Mull providing the platform for lyrics preoccupied with his then-recent move from Edinburgh to Los Angeles. He barely toured it, and outwith the most hardened of Rabbit fans, it seemed to fly under the radar. Hutchison, though, is as candid in conversation as he is in his songwriting and duly, the pullquote read: this record saved Frightened Rabbit.

Nearly two years later, the passage of time hasnt diluted that sentiment. In late 2013, Hutchison and his bandmates seemed to have the world at their feet; they were selling out some of the biggest rooms theyd ever played on either side of the Atlantic, on the back of their rapturously-received major label debut. Behind the scenes, though, things were falling apart, with the grind of the road taking a hefty toll and the dull weight of disillusionment nullifying the positives. We toured the arse off Pedestrian Verse, says Hutchison, and I think everyone could sense the enthusiasm waning.

Improbable as it might have seemed to the outside world at that poi...

Garbage announce tour, including Central Park SummerStage
May 2, 2016 11:41am | Brooklyn Vegan

Garbage are releasing their new album Strange Little Birds on June 10 via their label STUNVOLUME. Now they've announced a US tour in support of the LP, kicking it off at Milwaukee's Summerfest.

That tour includes two NYC-area shows: NJ's Starland Ballroom on July 27 and NYC's Central Park SummerStage on Au...

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Red Hot Chili Peppers to release new single Dark Necessities this week
May 2, 2016 11:40am | Cosequence Of Sound

Back in March, Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis revealed that the band was “in the home stretch” of finishing up their new album, the long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s I’m With You. Come this Thursday, May 5th, fans will be able hear their first preview of that record with new single “Dark Necessities”.

RHCP took to Twitter this morning to share the good news; more details regarding the single (and perhaps the LP?) will be revealed following the track’s premiere according to sources close to the band (via “Dark Necessities” marks the Peppers’ first official single in about five years, though music lovers will be delighted saddened to know that the track likely won’t be related to Flea’s recent bass-centric cover of the National Anthem.

While many details regarding the new album have yet to be revealed, we do know that Danger Mouse has production credits and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich was brought in to mix. It’s also the first Peppers’ release not produced by the renowned Rick Rubin since 1989’s Mother Milk.

New song Thursday.

— Red Hot ChiliPeppers (@ChiliPeppers) May 2, 2016

Revisit a few singles off I’m With You:

Weaves One More Video
May 2, 2016 11:38am | StereoGum
Weaves One More VideoToronto rock outfit and Band To Watch Weaves are set to drop their self-titled debut this summer. They shared the frenzied lead single "One More" before killing their set at our unofficial SXSW party, and today that song gets the album's first visual treatment. More »

Footage of Arcade Fire performing No Cars Go in 2003 unearthed watch
May 2, 2016 11:30am | Cosequence Of Sound

This summer, indie heavyweights will Arcade Fire return to stage to headline festivals including Panorama, WayHome, and NOS Alive. But the Montreal outfit wasn’t always the top-billed headlining band they are today.

Footage of one of Arcade Fire’s very earliest gigs was recently unearthed by YouTuber Ryan Mills. The concert took place in early 2003 in Toronto, and the clip captures what must be one of the band’s first-ever live performances of their major hit “No Cars Go”. The song was originally recorded in 2002 for their self-titled EP, which they sold online and on tour the following year. They would later re-record it for their sophomore LP, Neon Bible, but in the video above, you can hear its earliest forms.

At the time, the band featured Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Tim Kyle on guitar, and Dane Mills on drums. As you can hear, Chassagne was still finding her voice and Butler was just starting his journey to being the powerful frontman he is today. The sound may not be fantastic (both because of the old video and what seems like less than perfect live mixing), but there are certainly hints at the greatness that was to come from the then-necessant band.

For more Arcade Fire nostalgia, check out footage from another early 2013 gig at Toronto’s Rivoli.

Hey Mercedes expand tour, add TWIABP, Prawn, Velvet Teen & more openers
May 2, 2016 11:26am | Brooklyn Vegan

There's a new show added at Brooklyn's Market Hotel with Prawn, with a BrooklynVegan presale starting Wednesday.

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Q&A: Chris Cohen On His New Album As If Apart
May 2, 2016 11:25am | StereoGum
Chris CohenChris Cohen is not a household name, but he's been around. Back in 2000, he formed the Curtains with Trevor Shimizu, and amidst releasing several albums under that moniker, he also put in stints playing with Deerhoof, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, and Cass McCombs. He's one of those characters in the indie world who's had … More »

J. Robbins Anodyne & Abandoned Mansions
May 2, 2016 11:13am | StereoGum
J Robbins - AnodyneJ. Robbins is a DC punk legend, a former frontman of the great post-hardcore bands Jawbox and Burning Airlines. These days, he's a family man, living in Baltimore and producing bands like Two Inch Astronaut and Coliseum. But Robbins also makes his own music from time to time, and in preparation for a quick tour, … More »

Luna playing two nights at Rough Trade in October (one playing 'Penthouse' in full)
May 2, 2016 11:12am | Brooklyn Vegan

Luna are continuing to play shows after last year's reformation, including a sold-out show at Brooklyn's Bell House in May. This fall, Luna will be heading to the UK for a couple festivals -- including the Rockaway Beach indoor fest at Butlin's Bognor Regis Resort that also has Killing Joke, Saint Etienne, Suede and more...

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Thermals @ Market Hotel: April 28, 2016
May 2, 2016 11:12am | CMJ

The Thermals played their second NYC-area show last Thursday at Market Hotel in Brooklyn. Touring on the release of their latest album We Disappear (Saddle Creek), and coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of their classic The Body, The Blood, The Machine (Sub Pop), they brought in a sold out crowd of fans old and new […]

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HAIM cover Fleetwood Macs Dreams at intimate benefit gig watch
May 2, 2016 11:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

Pop rock sisterly trio HAIM have long worn their love for Fleetwood Mac on their sleeves. Beyond the influence to their own music, they’ve performed with Stevie Nicks and covered the band multiple times before. Their most recent ode to the Mac came during an intimate benefit to aid the Girls Rock Camp Foundation on Friday in Santa Barbara, California.

As Stereogum reports, the band performed a cover of “Dreams” alongside their own tracks such as “Honey & I” and “The Wire”. The acoustic take on the track saw bassist Este Haim taking lead in a space that looked to be no bigger than a fancy living room.

Watch fan-shot footage below.


“The Wire”:

“Honey and I”:

Bear vs Shark reunite, announce Flint water crisis benefit show
May 2, 2016 11:01am | Brooklyn Vegan

Michigan's Bear vs. Shark had a brief career in the early/mid 2000s, with an EP and two full lengths -- 2003's Right Now, You're in the Best of Hands. And If Something Isn't Quite Right, Your Doctor Will Know in a Hurry and 2005's Terrorhawk -- before breaking up in 2005. The first is a raw math-punk basher and the second has artier tendencies and sharper production, and both are fantastic in their own ways...

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an interview with Weekend Nachos, and "Dust" stream (ft. Dylan of Full of Hell)
May 2, 2016 10:58am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Kelly Kettering


Relentless Chicago grindcore act Weekend Nachos has in fact finally relented, as their fifth and final album Apology will be released on May 20 via Relapse Records (pre-ord...

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Its 2016, and Bruce Springsteen is dabbing on stage
May 2, 2016 10:45am | Cosequence Of Sound

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