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Speedy Ortiz did a Reddit AMA and we turned it into a playlist
Apr 24, 2015 3:14pm | Chart Attack

Speedy Ortiz's new album Foil Deer is giving them the breakout success they've deserved for years. But, even while receiving glowing reviews and breathless magazine profiles, the members of the band seem just eager to share the wealth and shout out other bands, artists, comics and movies that you might not know but should. So an interview with Speedy Ortiz can sometimes feel like a book club or an RIYL service (even in our mostly goofy Band 2 Band interview, they still managed to sneak in a plug for the Boston band Francine).

Yesterday, the band did a Reddit AMA. And, naturally, they left plenty of media for their fans to look up. Since Reddit is good for one type of media (text and lots of it), we thought we'd give it the full embed treatment (like we did for Mac DeMarco) and turn it into a playlist. Here are some music picks, chosen by Reddit user speedyortiz.

What they're listening to now:

Sadie: Shamir

Mike and Devin: Earl, Kendrick, Action Bronson

Favourite Boston Bands:

Sadie: "Boston's got sick shit. Gotta support dat local scene. Cool bands to check out from Boston: Idiot Genes, Sneeze, Ursula, Grass is Green, Fleabite, Palehound, Bong Wish"

Kitchen 7" by Palehound

Favourite Washington, D.C. bands:

Devin McKnight: "I grew up there, so I was always a big part of the ...



Little Dragon remixed by Chet Faker, touring from Las Vegas to NY (win tix to Governors Ball!)
Apr 24, 2015 3:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Little Dragon's most recently announced show, a Governors Ball aftershow at NYC's Brooklyn Bowl (not to be confused with Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas which they're also playing), sold out quickly. It's not on the poster above, but it happens the night before they end their North American tour at Governors Ball. Their festival set, on Saturday, June 6th, happens the same day as Bjork, SBTRKT, Future Islands, Kiesza, White Lung, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst, Atmosphere, and more. Tickets to that are still available, and we're giving a pair away! Enter the contest, and listen to stream of the band's recently-released Chet Faker remix of "Pretty Girls", below...

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John Metcalfe
Apr 24, 2015 3:08pm | StereoGum
Violinist John Metcalfe is an expert at bridging the classical and pop worlds, and his latest single does just that. "Just Let Go," from Metcalfe's upcoming The Appearance Of Colour casts Bat For Lashes singer Natasha Khan's AutoTuned vocals against a mystically creeping orchestral slow build and, eventually, a deconstructed trip-hop thump. It's a marvelous … More »



Arabrot announce new EP & tour with Pinkish Black (dates)
Apr 24, 2015 2:50pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Norwegian noise rockers Arabrot will follow last year's I Modi EP with another EP called You Bunch of Idiots on June 16 via Eolian Empire in the US and Fysisk in Europe. That's the artwork above, and the tracklist is below, but no music has come out from it yet.

Arabrot also confirmed a North American tour to follow the EP's release, including a run with Texas goth duo Pinkish Black. That leg wraps up in NYC on July 19 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Pinkish Black last released Razed to the Ground in 2013, and earlier this year they said its followup is done. Details on that are still TBA, but meanwhile stream a track from Razed to the Ground and Arabrot's I Modi EP, with the list of dates, below...

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Mumford & Sons really hate their name:
Apr 24, 2015 2:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Mumford & Sons have made some changes for their upcoming album, Wilder Mind, and they aren’t being shy about why. Guitarist/banjoist Winston Marshall told Consequence of Sound that yes, he really did hate the banjo for awhile, and now his bandmates have said their name and old style are bunk too.

“I definitely regret the band name,” frontman Marcus Mumford told NME. “If I’d known it was going to go this way, I would have wanted to call it anything other than my last name. It’s a ball-ache. We thought about changing it, but it’s a bit late now.”

(Read: Mumford & Sons: Electric Minds)

One thing it wasn’t too late to change, however, was their choice in clothing. “I think it would be fair to say that we’ve noticed that in some of our old photos we look like absolute idiots,” said keyboardist Ben Lovett. “There were so many car crashes. We look like us in our photos now. I don’t even want to describe how we used to look.”

Still, Mumford holds that the changes in both sound and style weren’t decisive actions as much as natural progressions. “We didn’t sit down and say, ‘Let’s wear leather guys.’ Over an eight-year period you behave differently,” he said, echoing statements he made in our recent feature on the band. &#822...


Mumford and Sons really hate their name:
Apr 24, 2015 2:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Mumford and Sons have made some changes for their upcoming album, Wilder Mind, and they aren’t being shy about why. Guitarist/banjoist Winston Marshall told Consequence of Sound that yes, he really did hate the banjo for awhile, and now his bandmates have said their name and old style are bunk too.

“I definitely regret the band name,” frontman Marcus Mumford told NME. “If I’d known it was going to go this way, I would have wanted to call it anything other than my last name. It’s a ball-ache. We thought about changing it, but it’s a bit late now.”

(Read: Mumford and Sons: Electric Minds)

One thing it wasn’t too late to change, however, was their choice in clothing. “I think it would be fair to say that we’ve noticed that in some of our old photos we look like absolute idiots,” said keyboardist Ben Lovett. “There were so many car crashes. We look like us in our photos now. I don’t even want to describe how we used to look.”

Still, Mumford holds that the changes in both sound and style weren’t decisive actions as much as natural progressions. “We didn’t sit down and say, ‘Let’s wear leather guys.’ Over an eight-year period you behave differently,” he said, echoing statements he made in our recent feature on the band. “Yo...


Listen to Britney Spears and Giorgio Moroder
Apr 24, 2015 2:02pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Britney Spears has never been shy about incorporating electronic music into her brand of pop. (Just see 2013’s glowstick-ready single “Work B**ch”.) She’s also been open to reaching back into the ’80s for sources of inspiration, as these rejected demos — written by New Wave-loving singer-songwriter Dev Hynes — prove. For her latest release, a cover of Suzanne Vega


The Infamous Turns 20
Apr 24, 2015 2:02pm | StereoGum
When Kanye West was recording My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in Hawaii, he famously hung a sign on the studio wall that read "What would Mobb Deep do?" That means Kanye wanted people like Justin Vernon and Rick Ross to put themselves in the same mindset of two teenage Queensbridge hyenas, young geniuses at the … More »



Japanther's Ian Vanek making music as Howardian (listen), touring, playing Shea Stadium w/ Guerilla Toss & more
Apr 24, 2015 2:01pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Ian Vanek, who is one half of Japanther, also records low-fi fuzzpop under the name Howardian. An album, Land of the Low Tides, came out back in January and you can stream a couple tracks from that below. Look out for a new EP, A Goddess In Yer Way, this summer.

Howardian is currently on tour with Ben Katzman's Degreaser (not the mostly Australian band of the same name) and they'll play Brooklyn on Saturday (4/25) at Shea Stadium with Bueno and Guerilla Toss (who are also playing Northside Fest). All tour dates are listed below.

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Giorgio Moroder
Apr 24, 2015 1:08pm | StereoGum
Giorgio Moroder's new album Déjà Vu is his first in 30 years, and it also features a ton of wacky and unexpected high-profile pop star collaborations. The wackiest and most genius might be Britney Spears covering Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner," which has made it online a little earlier than expected. Listen to Moroder … More »



The Replacements confirm work on new music, debut
Apr 24, 2015 1:01pm | Cosequence Of Sound

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Are the Grateful Dead touring with John Mayer this fall?
Apr 24, 2015 12:51pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Are the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary / Fare Thee Well shows turning into the Long Goodbye? Billboard reports that, in addition to the two shows in California and three in Chicago this summer, surviving members of the Dead are talking about touring with John Mayer this fall:

According to insiders, the trek is due to kick off in October, with the Grammy-winning singer and guitarist having already begun to jam in a rehearsal-like setting with select members of the group, chief among them [Bob] Weir. Observers say he's ecstatic about the prospect. A rep for the band tells Billboard that it's "premature" to suggest any such outing is being planned.
Of course Mayer and Grateful Dead members have history, and Bob Weir played with Mayer on The Late Show with David Letterman back in February. (Video below.) Official word from The Greatful Dead is still that the Chicago shows will be their last. Stay tuned.

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Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles
Apr 24, 2015 12:30pm | StereoGum
La Luz frontwoman Shana Cleveland is releasing her solo debut with her other band, the Sandcastles, in May. We premiered the finger-picked rattler "Itching Around" a few weeks back, and before that she also shared the quiet, cat-stretch lazy track "Golden Days." Now, she's directed a drama-kid-weird video for yet another excellent song … More »



Plague Vendor share new song "Wanted Man"; tickets still available for Brooklyn with Bad Religion
Apr 24, 2015 12:28pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Last year, California garage punks Plague Vendor released their ripping debut album Free to Eat on Epitaph, and they're currently in the studio working on its followup. To give us a taste of what's to come, the band posted a demo of the tentatively-titled "Wanted Man," which makes this new album seem pretty promising. It has all the unfiltered fiery punk of the debut intact, but there's also a flamboyant swagger that reminds you they're not only on the label that brought us Rancid and NOFX, but also the one that put out the first Hives album. Check out the new song below.

As previously mentioned, Plague Vendor have an upcoming tour opening for Epitaph honcho Brett Gurewitz's band Bad Religion. That tour has Bad Religion playing two-night stands in various cities with an all-20th century set on night 1 and an all-21st century set on night 2. There's two separate runs in NYC -- 6/9 & 6/10 at MHOW and 6/11 & 6/12 at Bowery Ballroom -- and three of those are sold out but you can still get tickets to the 6/10 MHOW show, which is a 21st century set.

Plague Vendor also play Desert Daze Festival in Mecca, CA with Failure, Chelsea Wolfe, White Lung and more; and open one of Alkaline Trio's discography shows in San Francisco. All of their dates are listed, with the new song, below...

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The 10 hip-hop and r
Apr 24, 2015 12:27pm | Fact Magazine

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