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Ben Watt streaming new album, 'Hendra' (listen), reschedules NYC & LA dates for June, now playing two nights at Joe's Pub
Apr 18, 2014 1:57pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Ben Watt & Bernard Butler (via Ben's Facebook)

Everything But the Girl guitarist Ben Watt had to postpone his NYC and LA shows due to visa issues but those shows -- his first-ever solo headlining in the U.S. -- have been rescheduled. He's now playing two nights at NYC's Joe's Pub on June 11 & 12 and tickets are on sale now. Right after that, he'll jet to LA to play The Echoplex on June 13. Like before, he'll be accompanied at those shows by former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.

Meanwhile, Ben's new solo album, Hendra, is out April 29 but you can stream the whole thing (via The Guardian) below...

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So Greg Dulli and Joseph Arthur Did a Podcast And...
Apr 18, 2014 1:56pm | The Daily Swarm



Via Soundcloud:

Signed to Peter Gabriels record label in 1997, Joseph Arthur is a singer, songwriter, poet, and artist from Akron, OH. He has toured the world with shows filled with a mixture of live painting, music, and spoken word poetry. Joseph has released over 20 albums, ranging from solo records to collaborations with Dhani Harrison and Ben Harper of Fistful of Mercy, and RNDM with Pearl Jams Jeff Ament. He has collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Michael Stipe and Coldplay, to name but a few. His latest releases are The Ballad of Boogie Christ Acts 1 & 2, part of a planned trilogy, and his new book, I Miss the Zoo and Other Poetry Selections (EM Press).

“A triple threat artist since the mid-'90s, bridging music, poetry and painting with prolific creativity and unyielding inventiveness.” – NPR


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Video Premiere: Secret Colours Into You
Apr 18, 2014 1:45pm | CMJ

Secret Colours – Photo by Lenny Gilmore


When you watch the video for Secret Colours’ totally psychedelic single, Into You, you might feel a little hazy. That’s because not only is the song a bass-heavy funk jam, but the visual for it is like being trapped inside an acidic fever dream. Splurges of color, flashes of light and glitter bombs galore vibe around a fuzzy scene as the band plays live. Secret Colours’ new album, Positive Distractions Part II, drops on April 29. Check out our premiere of the Into You video below.

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Coachella 2014 wknd 2 underway; live TV broadcast includes Arcade Fire, Beck, Haim, Nas, MGMT, Pixies, QOTSA, more
Apr 18, 2014 1:21pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Coachella 2014 Weekend 1 Day 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Coachella 2014 wrapped up its first weekend this past Sunday, and the second weekend is underway as we speak (set times). If you're not in California braving the desert, you can stream many of the sets starting today (4/18) at 9 PM EST.

Last week's stream was hosted on Coachella's YouTube channel, but this week's will be air on television on the AXS TV channel. Sets that will stream today include Haim, Neko Case, Broken Bells, Kate Nash and more.

Sets that stream on Saturday include Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, Nas, Future Islands, MGMT, Fatboy Slim and more; and on Sunday, they'll air Beck, Arcade Fire, Muse (from Saturday), Fishbone, Daughter, Pet Shop Boys (from Saturday), and more. Each day's stream will also re-air the following day at 2 PM EST.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Coachella coverage, check out day 1 pictures, day 2 pictures, and day 3 pictures of weekend 1.

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FIDLAR, Mac DeMarco, together PANGEA, White Fang, Sleep and more @ Burgerama III day 2 (belated pics)
Apr 18, 2014 1:18pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Debi Del Grande;

Mac DeMarco / FIDLAR / together PANGEA / White Fang

On Sunday, Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco was preparing for his set in the green room when we caught up with him. "I used to think Burger was just garage, but it's more 'anything goes' nowadays," said DeMarco. His set on the main stage bounced between funky guitars that shimmered and dipped low during a spaced-out rendition of "Ode to Viceroy," where DeMarco celebrated his favorite brand of cigarettes through song...

..."I just want to get really high, smoke weed until I die," sang [FIDLAR singer Zac] Carper, who banged up his knees pretty badly early in the set. The letters for FIDLAR appeared above the stage in flaming letters that resembled the Vegas skyline on the Fourth of July, while the band scared the shit out of everyone by tossing small firecrackers into a puddle of water and beer that covered the stage - which at times, looked like it was ready to go up in flames. At points, the entire surrounding area smelled like gun powder, cheap beer, and weed. - [LA Weekly]
In addition to Georgia soul singer Curtis Harding, the second day (3/23) of Burgerama III in Santa Ana, CA featured a lot of wild, widely diverse sets -- FIDLAR, Mac DeMarco, metal band Sleep, together PANGEA, White Fang and more all...

Watch: MS MRs in-studio session and video interview
Apr 18, 2014 1:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Consequence of Sound, in conjunction with McDonalds, is excited to share the latest installment of its Festival Fever video series featuring New York indie-pop duo MS MR. 

Watch as the band performs two tracks from last year’s Secondhand Rapture: “Think of You” is a slow and sultry neo-R&B ballad in the vein of The xx, while “Hurricane” starts out with a similar aesthetic before expanding into a dance-pop ballad with a bit more pep and vigor to it.

For the Q&A portion, the pair discusses how they met at university, how keyboardist/producer Max Hershenow almost became a dancer, the differences of writing music versus performing, playing festival gigs, the importance of fashion, and much more.

Check out all the videos below.

“Think of You”:

“Hurricane”:

Interview:



Curtis Harding releasing 'Soul Power' on Burger Records ++ belated pics from Burgerama III
Apr 18, 2014 1:14pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Debi Del Grande; words by Bill Pearis

Curtis Harding @ Burgerama III, 3/23/2013

Atlanta's Curtis Harding played one of my favorite sets I saw during SXSW where his "magnetism, pipes and chops were evident from note one." The guy's the real deal. Harding will release his debut album, Soul Power, on May 6 via Burger Records. You can check out the video for horn-fueled first single "Keep on Shining" below.

Right after SXSW, Curtis headed to Santa Ana, CA for Burgerama III where he played day 2 (3/23). A belated set of pictures from his set there are in this post. The rest of the day 2 pics are here, and day 1 pics are here.

More of those pics, plus the video, album art and tracklist, below...

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Alan Licht & Brian Chase Immediate Release
Apr 18, 2014 1:02pm | StereoGum

Alan Licht and Brian Chase recently announced their plan to release a collaborative album. Chase is best known for drumming in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, while Licht remains a heavyweight of experimental and improvised music (and a pretty great hired gun as you might have heard via Lee Ranaldo’s new band). Their upcoming album, We Thought We Could Do Anything, finds them crafting dense improvisation that drifts like snowstorms. Below you can listen to the song “Immediate Release,” which provides anything but, yet has a glacial loveliness all its own.

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'70s Boston punks La Peste reissuing 7" on RSD (stream it)
Apr 18, 2014 12:58pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

While any English punk band worth two shits could get a label deal in the heyday of punk, a lot of American groups were on their own. Had La Peste done a proper LP circa '77/'78 with the backing of a decent label, surely it would have been on a par with the all-time punk classics of the era. They were that good - a scorching powerhouse of a band with the songs to back it all up. As it is, their patched-together debut album belongs in the record collection of anyone who professes to enjoy punk rock. [Faster and Louder]
Boston punks La Peste's only official release during their brief career was the 1978 single "Better Off Dead" b/w "Black." If you're unfamiliar, fans of '70s punk will find this right up their alley, but it also sounds like it could've come from any of today's garage punk bands as well. "Better Off Dead" is as good an example of '70s American punk as any, but the b-side, "Black," is sleazy psychedelia that sounds informed by the sludgier moments of The Stooges before them, but also predicts much of the underground rock of the decade that followed.

The songs have been out there over the years, but Wharf Cat Records (home to a similarly-minded newer band, The Ukiah Drag) is giving the 7" a reissue on Record Store Day, aka this Saturday, 4/19 (pre-order). Both tracks have been remastered (and sound noticeably nicer than the versions floating around on YouTube), and the rel...


Afghan Whigs @ Pappy and Harriets: April 11, 2014
Apr 18, 2014 12:55pm | CMJ


Last Thursday night, the Afghan Whigs played a Coachella warm-up show at Pappy and Harriet’s, a venue in the Joshua Tree desert village of Pioneertown, CA. Literally in the middle of nowhere, Pappy and Hariett’s has no cell reception, so aside from the occasional fan snapping a picture, phones were in pockets allowing for everyone to truly focus on the music, like they would during the Afghan Whigs’ career peak during the ’90s.

The songs were rocking loud and people were dancing too hard to leave and partake of the BBQ being cooked up near the outdoor stage. The desert wind seemed to settle down for the show so no one needed to worry about dust blowing in their drinks or down lead singer Greg Dulli’s vocal chords allowing him to project and scream as needed. The band was probably comfortable playing in the desert air because, as Dulli commented during the set, the band’s most recent album was recorded at the nearby Rancho de la Luna which is owned by Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal), who was in the audience that evening. The Whigs played for an hour and a half with an encore that featured a cover of Heaven on Their Minds from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar.

Although a major reason this show went so well was because the members of the recently reunited alt-rock stars played their hearts out to die hard fans, the magic of a cell phone-free venue with a beautiful starry s...


Eminem to headline Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2014?
Apr 18, 2014 12:27pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Austin City Limits Music Festival will reveal its 2014 lineup on Tuesday, April 22nd. And by the looks of it, Eminem could one of the headliners.

Today on his Instagram, Eminem teased a Texas-related announcement set for the same day ACL will reveal its lineup. “Texas – ‘Square Dance’ with me! Announcement coming 4/22.” he wrote. The caption was accompanied by the above photo.

Eminem has never before played the Austin festival, though his booking would make sense. He’s already confirmed to headline ACL’s sister festival, Lollapalooza, in August.

(Read: Eminem’s 20 Best Songs)

Aside from Eminem, OutKast and The Replacements also could appear on this year’s lineup, according to Austin-based music reporter Michael Corcoran. Stay tuned to Festival Outlook for additional lineup news and rumors in the lead-up to Tuesday’s announcement.



Puce Mary playing NY's Alright afterparty tonight, LA's Posh Isolation Fest in May +++ stream a track
Apr 18, 2014 12:12pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Wyatt Marshall

Puce Mary at Northside Fest 2013 (photo by Samantha Marble for Pitchfork)

Last minute Friday night plans alert: Denmark's Puce Mary, a Posh Isolation affiliate noise artist who has plans to play that label's LA fest in May, will play the US much sooner at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right tonight (4/18). Tonight's show is an Ascetic House-presented afterparty (midnight start) for the ongoing New York's Alright festival, and features a genre-appropriate lineup of Ligature (Chris Hansell, of Warthog/Foreplay, ex-The Men), Venerence (Sean Ragon, Cult of Youth) and Nothing Changes alumni Saran Man. There will also be music from DJ Jane Pain (of Foreplay), DJ Pissdrinker (of Hoax), and more TBA in the front room from 10 PM until 4 AM. Tickets for tonight's show are available.

Puce Mary isn't playing one of the New York's Alright main events, which tonight include Inmates, Anasazi, Omegas, Proxy, Warthog, and Mercenary at Le Poisson Rouge (5 PM, tickets); and Zyanose, La Misma, Aspects of War and Life Chain at Acheron (10 PM, no advance tix).

The only other US date we're currently aware of for Puce Mary is Posh Isolation's two day fest in LA with Lust for Youth, Iceage, Sexdrome, Lower and


Throwing Copper Turns 20
Apr 18, 2014 12:04pm | StereoGum

The ’90s was a strange and wonderful time when lighters-up power ballads could contain lyrics like “Her placenta falls to the floor.” That kind of thing was almost mandatory, actually. Even the blandest bands were expected to be unrepentantly weird. Into that era strode Live, an ambitious bunch of art-bros from the alleged “Shit Towne” of York, Pennsylvania (per our own Tom Breihan, essentially a smaller version of legendarily bleak Youngstown, Ohio) who knew how to strike exactly the right combination of mystical oddity and milquetoast approachability. Live were unaffiliated with any significant scene or movement, but their REM-meets-Pearl Jam-meets-Counting Crows jangle-wail fit snugly into the landscape of mid-’90s alt-rock radio. Their sophomore release, Throwing Copper, was one of the most dominant rock records of the ’90s, a slow-building success story that spawned four hit singles, sold 8 million copies, and made it to #1 almost a year after its release. It is almost impossible to overstate how popular this album was in its day, which seems crazy now because Live didn’t make it into the canon of “important” ’90s music and has become somewhat of a punchline, but that’s the value in puzzling over history from time to time. Throwing Copper turns 20 years old tomorrow; its time has come.

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James Blake premieres Jamie xxs Girl on BBC Radio 1 show
Apr 18, 2014 11:51am | Fact Magazine

For the second time, technically.

Last month, James Blake played a mysterious track by “Simon Tallywhacker” called ‘Bloke’ on his BBC Radio 1 show, and as he revealed last night, the song is actually Jamie xx’s forthcoming ‘Girl’. Stream the show now it’s the first song he plays.

Continuing the antics, Blake interviewed and played a few tracks by Rizzle Kicks fan “DJ Badger,” who Pitchfork posits is Stephen Merchant.

Jamie xx will release ‘Sleep Sound / Girl’ on May 5.


Jamie xx Girl
Apr 18, 2014 11:50am | StereoGum

Every month or so, James Blake shows up on BBC Radio 1 to host his Residency show, where he debuts new songs and remixes and does some interviews and talks a lot. Last month, he played “Bloke,” which he said was a new track from the mysterious “Simon Tallywhacker,” an artist who had no internet presence before the show and no record of actually existing. Blake admitted at the start of this month’s show that the track was actually a new one from Jamie xx. The track’s actually called “Girl” and will serve as as the flipside to his new “Sleep Sound” 12″. Blake ends up talking over a lot of the song but you can hear it at the very beginning of his mix right here. (via Pitchfork)

“Girl/Sleep Sound” is out 5/5 on Young Turks.




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