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Listen: Twin Shadows new single To The Top
Apr 15, 2014 9:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by Milan Zrnic

It’s a shame George Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow, wasn’t making music back in 1987. He would’ve been a prime candidate to score a theme song for Sly Stallone’s classic arm wrestling vehicle, Over the Top. At least that’s what one might gather upon listening to his latest single, “To the Top”.

After slumming it in Austin dumpsters, Twin Shadow returns with just the right anthem to bring him… back to the top, as the title and chorus suggests. And similar to anything off 2010′s Forget or 2012′s Confess, “To the Top” sounds straight out of ’80s FM radio, as Lewis matches his vocals with Foreigner’s Mick Jones and revisits just about every ’80s action ballad shipped to screen.

That’s just our take. Here’s his:

What is it when you realize that someone isn’t right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell.

It’s not like the first time, once loved love evolves, and you no longer have as much control, and it frustrates you. I think because of this feeling we find ourselves constantly wanting to reset, like new years resolutions, like dreaming up moments from the past where the ending flips on its head, like true forgiveness…We just want to s...

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Eurydice
Apr 15, 2014 9:00am | StereoGum

New York indie-poppers the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are back with their new album Days Of Abandon next month, and they just about knocked us dead with the LP’s first single “Simple And Sure.” They’ve now shared single number two, and it’s nearly as impressive. “Eurydice” sticks with the band’s early-’90s dream-pop aesthetic, but it’s got a big, glowing widescreen chorus, and it’s the sort of thing that some very smart director could use to soundtrack a romantic-comedy running-in-the-rain montage. Listen to it below.


Girl Band stream 25-second song 'The Cha Cha Cha' listen
Apr 15, 2014 8:59am | NME
Stream Irish band's Record Store Day release

Watch: Matthew and the Atlas Nowhere Now
Apr 15, 2014 8:50am | The Line Of Best Fit

Communion alumni Matthew and the Atlas – the working name of Matt Hegarty – released his slow-burner of a debut Other Rivers earlier this week and new single “Nowhere Now” is set to follow early next month.

“Nowhere Now” is the follow up to recent cut “Pale Sun Rose” and the clip for the track has a distinctly abominable flavour. Pulling at the empathy heartstrings, we follow a misfit monster on his travels from the forest to the city in search of belonging. It’s a fine accompaniment to Hegarty’s distinct vocals and the songs strident sensitivity.

Watch the video above. The track is released via Communion on 5 May and Other Rivers is out now – read our review.

Matthew and the Atlas tour the UK this month with Wilsen supporting. Dates below.

21 April – Cardiff, The Globe
22 April – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
24 April – Glasgow, Broadcast
25 April – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
26 April – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
28 April – Nottingham, Bodega
30 April – London, Dingwalls

Peace to premiere new song 'Money' tonight (April 15)
Apr 15, 2014 8:49am | NME
Second new track from Birmingham band's forthcoming album to arrive later today

Real Estate Crime Video (Feat. Andy Daly & Nick Kroll)
Apr 15, 2014 8:35am | StereoGum

Real Estate previously worked with New York underground-comedy overlord Tom Scharpling on their “Easy” video, and now Scharpling is back to direct their new video for “Crime,” from the gorgeously zoned-out new album Atlas. The video features comedy types like Andy Daly and Nick Kroll. In one of those meta tricks that Scharpling pulls off better than anyone else, Daly, star of the new Comedy Central show Review, plays an extremely broke Tom Scharpling, who is happy to take money from whoever to put a bunch of extremely dumb ideas in his music video. So here we have a video about undead skateboard enthusiasts, strange ceramic sculptures, and the more innocent days of the 20th century. It’s a wonderful, ridiculous piece of work, and you can watch it below.


Listen: Lucas Nord Wasting Time [Premiere]
Apr 15, 2014 8:33am | The Line Of Best Fit

Rising Stockholm producer Lucas Nord returns today with a new cut lifted from a new EP that follows on from last year’s debut album Islands

Initially brought to our attention via the Tove Lo featuring “Run On Love”, Nord’s production on “Wasting Time” is a far more restrained affair than previous offerings. Whereas “Run On Love” was quite literally balls to the wind full throttle euphoria, here we see a chilled approach – all smoothed out around the edges, 5am at Café del Mar vibes.

Listen below. Lucas will release the lead single from the as yet untitled new EP soon with “Wasting Time” a taster of what’s to come.

20th anniversary edition of Nas' 'Illmatic' streaming online listen
Apr 15, 2014 8:27am | NME
'Illmatic XX' features a bonus disc of rarities and remixes

video premiere: Throwing Shade Sweet Tooth
Apr 15, 2014 8:20am | Gorilla Vs Bear

London producer Throwing Shade‘s shimmery, Emily Bee-assisted “cosmic R&B” confection “Sweet Tooth” gets a quite literal visual interpretation, as a bunch of dudes get straight up sugar-faced, honey-lipped, and candy-eyed by some unknown assailant. “Sweet Tooth” is taken from Throwing Shade’s 19 Jewels EP, out May 19 on No Pain in Pop. Video + 12″ artwork by Rachel Noble.

Hysterics touring, playing 2 NYC shows, one w/ Exit Order
Apr 15, 2014 8:20am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Olympia's Hysterics have been circulating the blogosphere for some time now, and for good reason. Their most recent EP, Can't I Live?, is an excellent six-track collection that evokes the best moments of early hardcore but doesn't feel regressive. My personal favorite song on it might be the closing track, "No Vision," which has a similar sense of urgency (and similar guitar riffs) to Nervous Breakdown-era Black Flag, but actually sounds angrier.
I wrote the above about Olympia punks Hysterics when we highlighted them recently and mentioned they had TBA shows planned. Those shows have now been announced. The band will play a few dates in their home state this month, and then before a European tour they'll hit NYC on May 2 at 538 Johnson with Exit Order (who just won us over at their show with Priests), New Crime and Sorrows; and May 3 at Death by Audio with Ajax (mems of Creem, Nuclear Spring) and God Mode (not to be confused with the record label).

All of their dates are listed, with a stream of the Can't I Live? EP, below...

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Listen: Swans new song Oxygen
Apr 15, 2014 8:19am | Cosequence Of Sound

Swans have unveiled “Oxygen”, the second track from their crowd-sourced thirteenth studio album, To Be Kind, due out May 13th via Young God/Mute Records. Despite being a full minute longer than the already-lengthy “A Little God in My Hands”, “Oxygen” is a much less daunting musical endeavor.

Layering in bits of funk guitar and rhythm, group harmonies that evoke nights at the pub, and a cannonade of drums, the band’s emerged with something playful and energetic. Don’t worry, though, as the Fun Train eventually takes a turn for the Swans worse, devolving into a familiar barrage of primal angst and bone-jarring noise. But, hey, it’s a damn groovy time while it lasts.

(Read: Dusting Em’ Off: Swans – Children of God)

Listen in below:

As previously reported, To Be Kind was recorded by Michael Gira at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, and features St. Vincents Annie Clark, Cold Specks, Little Annie, and Bill Rieflin, in addition to the usual lineup of Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris, and Christopher Pravdica.

Echo and the Bunnymen announce 2014 North American tour
Apr 15, 2014 8:13am | Cosequence Of Sound

Echo and the Bunnymen have announced North American tour dates in support of their upcoming album, Meteorites, due out June 3rd via 429 Records. The 15-city jaunt begins in Los Angeles on August 1st. Check out the full docket below.

Described as the bands best work for a very long time,” Meteorites was produced by Killing Jokes Youth and features a lineup of frontman Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant, guitarist Gordy Goudie, and bassist Stephen Brannan. Listen to the album tracks “Market Town”, “Lovers on the Run”, and “Holy Moses”.

Echo and the Bunnymen 2014 Tour Dates:
05/02 Leamington Spa, UK @ Assembly Rooms
05/06 Paris, FR @ Alhambra
05/07 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
05/08 Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
05/10 Oxford, UK @ Academy
05/11 Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfurn Hall
05/13 Newcastle, UK @ Tyne Theatre
05/14 Manchester, UK @ Ritz
05/16 Edinburgh, UK @ Queens Hall
05/17 London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire
05/18 Bristol, UK @ Academy
05/20 Liverpool, UK @ Philharmonic
08/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theater
08/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
08/04 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
08/05 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
08/06 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
08/09 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
08/10 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
08/14 – Detroit, MI @ St. ...

The Roots reveal album cover for 'And Then You Shoot Your Cousin'
Apr 15, 2014 8:09am | NME
The band have said previously the album will be another conceptual release

Courtney Barnett debuted a new song, covered Lemonheads, playing Other Music after Coachella (updated dates, videos)
Apr 15, 2014 8:01am | Brooklyn Vegan

Courtney Barnett @ Coachella 2014 (photo by Sarah Polly Parker)

Australian psychedelic folk rocker Courtney Barnett finally gave her double EP, A Sea of Split Peas, a US release today (4/15) via Mom + Pop. She's currently in the US for Coachella, which she played this past weekend and will play again this coming weekend, and she's also got a few other dates here surrounding the festival. After it ends, she'll play a Connecticut show on 4/22 and then hit NYC's Other Music on April 23 for an in-store to celebrate the US release of her album. The only way to gain entry to that show is to order the album from Other Music, and space is very limited.

Courtney will be back in North America for a full tour later in the year which includes NYC shows happening on June 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (part of Northside Festival) and June 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows are with Benjamin Booker, and tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

Courtney also just debuted a new song, "Depreston," in her NPR Tiny Desk Concert which premiered this week. Not long before that, she covered The Lemonheads' "Bein' Around" during an acoustic session at the Brooklyn waterfront. You can videos of both of those, with the list of dates, below...

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Watch MGMT Take Cool Song No. 2 To Conan
Apr 15, 2014 7:53am | StereoGum

We are now in the week between Coachella weekends, and that means Southern California is now crawling with bands with relatively open schedules, and at least a few of them will spend their time showing up on L.A.-based late-night talk shows. Last night, that meant MGMT showed up on Conan to do a relatively straightforward rendition of “Cool Song No. 2,” a tricky psych-pop song from the self-titled album that they released last year. I have no idea how to describe what they were wearing, but it was impressive. Watch the performance below.


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