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Lil Wayne, Anti-American or Just Clumsy?
Jun 18, 2013 1:30pm | The Daily Swarm
Lil Wayne isn’t making any new friends, and while that may fit in with DJ Khaled’s new mantra on life, it might not bode well for Wayne’s PR team. He recently caught a lot of flack for this video which shows the rapper stepping on the old stars and stripes, but he swears it wasn’t a statement. Via Spin:
Listen to Brendan Benson
Jun 18, 2013 1:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Brendan Benson had a fairly productive 2012. He started his own record label and publishing company, Readymade, and released his fifth solo album, What Kind of World. This year, The Raconteur has an equally hectic schedule, with plans to release a new song every month leading up to a full-length LP for Black Friday in November. For the month of June, Benson has unveiled “New Words of Wisdom”.
Benson’s sometimes bluesy, sometimes folksy sensibility takes on a slightly Caribbean vibe, with the defiant acoustic guitar paired with the pseudo-tropical hum of organs for a refreshing slice of Benson’s rural musicality. Still, Benson’s vocal presence remains the song’s core, sounding equally stoic and prepared and emotionally bankrupt as he contemplates what comes after the heartache (“I’ll call you friend/But we both know/That a thousand years/Couldn’t heal these wounds”). Listen in below.
For more from Benson, be sure to check out January’s “Swimming”, February’s “Oh My Love”, March’s “Purely Automatic”, April’s “Diamond”, and May’s “Swallow You Whole”.
Also watch Benson’s recent interview with Rock it Out! Blog:
Local Natives unveil 'You & I' video - watch
Jun 18, 2013 1:29pm | NME
The single comes from their most recent album 'Hummingbird'
Frightened Rabbit announce U.S. headlining tour
Jun 18, 2013 1:25pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Following a busy summer festival schedule and a string of September dates with The National, Scottish folk outfit Frightened Rabbit will head out on their own North American tour. The jaunt runs through the end of October and comes in support of the band’s latest album, Pedestrian Verse.
Frightened Rabbit 2013 Tour Dates:
Listen: Yeah Yeah Yeah Guitarist Nick Zinner's New/Old Band Challenge of the Future...
Jun 18, 2013 1:23pm | The Daily Swarm
Meet the new project, same as the old project, at least as far as it concerns Yeah Yeah Yeah’s guitarist Nick Zinner.
It turns out the electric-axe legend used to play in this band called Challenge of the Future before getting together with Karen O and the kids. Now, he’s getting the band back together in order to help out a close friend. From a press release:
Action Bronson played Bonnaroo, playing Santos w/ Harry Fraud (who produced his new EP) after Firefly (dates, stream)
Jun 18, 2013 1:21pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Action Bronson -- the Queens-based rapper/gourmet chef known for handing out weed and steak dinners during live performances -- fit the Bonnaroo vibe like an extra large glove. He passed blunts to the soundboard operator, asked the audience to toss drugs onstage (they obliged), and routinely ventured not only into the crowd but outside of the performance tent itself. With just an announcement of "the show's out here now," Bronson left most of the crowd dumbstruck as he disappeared from view, circled the stage, and finally returned to a hero's welcome. Once his hour-long, freestyle-heavy set ended (after a performance of his debauchery-heavy "Hookers at the Point"), the crowd was left chanting his name, understandably thirsty for even more. [Billboard]Queens rapper Action Bronson played Bonnaroo this past weekend, and this coming weekend (6/21), he'll play Delaware's Firefly Music Festival. After that, he'll return home to NYC to play a show at Santos Party House on June 25 with Harry Fraud, who produced Bronson's new EP, SAAAB Stories, which is out now and can be streamed via Spotify (where it premiered) below. Bronson also said in an interview with Whoo Kid (via HipHopDX) that it's going to be his last one-producer project, which he has many of, including Rare Chandeliers with The Alchemist, Blue Chips with Party Supplies, and more.
Tickets for the Santos show are on sal...
Inter Arma, Anicon and Pyrrhon played the IO 'Summer Thunder' show at Union Pool (pics)
Jun 18, 2013 1:14pm | Brooklyn Vegan
photos by Caroline Harrison
Inter Arma at Union Pool, 6/15/2013
Unlike Heavy Blanket the week before, the free Invisible Oranges presented Summer Thunder show on Saturday (6/15) did NOT get any noise complaints and went on as planned. This could be because the bands played indoors, but still featured raucous sets from Inter Arma (who played with Torche at 285 Kent), Anicon (who are hitting the road) and Pyrrhon (currently in the lab, working on a new LP). Regardless, the perfect weather, cheap beverages and great bands made for an excellent day at Union Pool. Many thanks to the bands, venue and all who attended! Pictures from the show are in this post and even more are up at at Invisible Oranges.
More pics below
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Mumford and Sons Bassist Posts Surgery Update on Twitter...
Jun 18, 2013 1:05pm | The Daily Swarm
It looks like the gray skies are clearing for folk-favorites Mumford and Sons who recently had to cancelt their Bonnaroo date due to a blod-clot on the surface of their bassist’s brain. Thankfully, said bassist Ted Dwayne has come out of surgery smiling and seems to be enjoying a speedy recovery. The band posted a picture on their twitter:
Perhaps the guys will be able to hit the road again soon, but for now, we hope he focuses on getting better. PS – Dwane pulls off the bald look very nicely.
Thom Yorke Paints to End Poverty...
Jun 18, 2013 12:57pm | The Daily Swarm
Thom Yorke has a lot of money, but the rest of the world doesn’t, and he’s not about that. He teamed up with artist and long-time Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood on a painting, and now he’s auctioning that painting to raise money for charity. More fromRolling Stone:
Phosphorescent announces U.S. tour dates, opening for Robert Plant
Jun 18, 2013 12:55pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Matthew Houck, a.k.a. Phosphorescent, already had a jam-packed tour schedule with tons of summer festival gigs and fall European dates lined up. Now, he’s announced a new batch of U.S. shows, including two opening for the one and only, Robert Plant. It looks like the Brooklyn based singer-songwriter will be on the road for most of what’s left of 2013, which means you literally have no excuse not to see him and witness his excellent Muchacho album in live form.
For a preview, check out our report of Phosphorescent’s show from last weekend’s Northside Festival in Brooklyn.
Phosphorescent 2013 Tour Dates:
Watch: Fuck Buttons
Jun 18, 2013 12:51pm | CMJ
The post Watch: Fuck Buttons’ “The Red Wing” Video appeared first on CMJ.
Chicago rapper Giftz drops crushing new single
Jun 18, 2013 12:50pm | Fact Magazine
The South Side of the Chi.
Whilst fellow Chicago driller Chief Keef might be having a pretty crappy week all being said (despite his appearance on Yeezus), the city’s burgeoning rap scene is still moving onwards and upwards – something that’s plain and clear on this new cut from local rapper Giftz. Featuring a guest appearance from man-0f-the-moment
Watch New NSFW Music Video For Die Antwoord's 'Cookie Thumper'...
Jun 18, 2013 12:43pm | The Daily Swarm
Only Die Antwoord’s Yo-Landi can take a piss on screen and look sexy doing it.
In the South African ZEF-siders’ new video, the blonde bomber takes center-stage, hogging the track and the screen as counterpart Ninja takes over directorial duties. It’s as much of a bizarre mind-bender as anything else they’ve done, telling the story of a naughty girl who’s all grown up, set to some disjointedly delicious beats.
This might be a new level of raw, even for Die Antwoord. Sometimes the video is hard to watch. What do you think?
Album Of The Week: Austra Olympia
Jun 18, 2013 12:39pm | StereoGum
Music critics make mistakes all the time, and I made one two years ago, when I reviewed Austra’s debut album Feel It Break for Pitchfork. I gave that album a positive review, but it was one of those wait-and-see positive reviews, like, “They’re onto something here! Let’s see what they can do next time around!” This was wrong. They were not onto something. They did something. Austra was, and is, the group led by Katie Stelmanis, a much-admired fixture on Toronto’s art-punk scene with a voice like a heavily medicated soaring eagle. She’d linked up with a group of synthetic musicians and a pair of unearthly-beautiful twins who sang soft-monotone backing vocals, and together, they’d made an album of miasmic, uncanny synthpop, music that used the grammar of dance music to cast a warm spell that never once invited dancing. The album stuck firmly within a single mode, never varying from its thick and deep central sound, and maybe that lack of variance was why I didn’t entirely trust the spell that the album cast on me. If they expanded that core sound, I thought, maybe that spell would become stronger. This was dumb, because two years later, that album’s spell lingers; it might’ve even gained in strength. But it wasn’t entirely dumb, because now Austra have made an album that expands on their original sound, and it’s even better than the one that came before.
Firefly Fest is in Delaware this weekend (schedule, map, BrooklynVegan Soundwave, other side stages & more)
Jun 18, 2013 12:35pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It's been crazy both in and not-in the NYC-area for festivals this past week. NYC was taken over by a very muddy Governors Ball last weekend (6/7-9), and this past weekend (6/14-16), while almost every Brooklyn venue took part in the Northside Festival, Toronto was hosting NXNE and Tennessee had Bonnaroo to name the ones we were most focused on. That's all behind us now, but those who are into festivals still have much more to look forward to this summer including another big one on the east coast this weekend.
This coming weekend, Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23, the Firefly Music Festival is returning to Dover, Delaware's Dover International Speedway, which is only about a 3 hour drive (directions) from NYC. The festival debuted last year, and like Governors Ball, they've upped their game a bit this year. There will be a bunch of great bands across four main stages, like:
On Friday, there's sets by Django Django, Dr. Dog, Action Bronson, Foxygen, Public Enemy, Grizzly Bear, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Earl Sweatshirt (who was added to the lineup in May) and more. And besides RHCP vs Earl (who start 15 minutes apart), the conflicts that day aren't too bad.
On Saturday, there's sets by Japandroids, Jim James (who replaced Imagine Dragons, so bonus points for that), Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes vs Lord...
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