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The Menzingers & Taking Back Sunday add new NYC & Philly shows to tour; The Sidekicks released a new video (watch)
Jan 27, 2015 1:47pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: The Menzingers in Chicago in 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan))

As discussed, Taking Back Sunday and The Menzingers are teaming up for a tour together, and since we last spoke they added dates in NYC and Philly. Following their now-sold-out NYC show on March 18 at Best Buy Theater, they'll play another show at the same venue a day later (3/19). Tickets for the newly-added show will be available soon and are on VIP presale now. Updated dates are listed below.

In related news, Taking Back Sunday's John Nolan is also working on a new solo album, which he's currently funding on PledgeMusic.

In semi-related news, The Menzingers' Epitaph labelmates The Sidekicks (who have covered The Menzingers) just made a video for "Everything In Twos" off their new album Runners in the Nerved World, that they just celebrated at a BV-presented NYC show. Watch that (via Wondering Sound) below. Speaking of Epitaph, they just signed Desaparecidos.

Lastly, during the Bouncing Souls' 'Home for the Holidays' celebration in late December, The Menzingers played an acoustic set at one of the Souls' charity raffles. Watch a high quality full-set video, with their updated list of dates and the Sidekicks video, below...

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Q&A: Jessica Pratt On Her Mothers Death, Recording On A 4-Track, And Fusing Fantasy With Reality
Jan 27, 2015 1:45pm | StereoGum

When Jessica Pratt sings, something billows out of her. It isn’t merely her remarkable voice — soft and scratchy with a singularity that’s almost chilling — but a bigger force. Pratt is a songwriter whose lyrics fill space and hang there long after the first utterance. Her singing voice is so mesmerizing that the comparisons to other odd-voiced women (Joanna Newsom, Vashti Bunyan) come easy, but her closest companion in songwriting might actually be Bill Callahan. They both construct deviously simple melodies that warp into lingering, linear stories with a tendency to end sharply and suddenly, or not at all.


Timber Timbre expand tour, add 2nd Bowery Ballroom show
Jan 27, 2015 1:42pm | Brooklyn Vegan

As mentioned, Canadian dark folk group Timber Timbre will be on tour in February, including NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 2/23 with Thus Owls. You can still get tickets to that show but a second Bowery Show has been added for the following night (2/24). Openers TBA. Tickets to the just-added show go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/28) at noon.

That's one of a few dates that have been added to Timber Timbre's tour and all are listed below...

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Coachella Announces 2015 Sideshows
Jan 27, 2015 1:41pm | StereoGum

If you’re in the Los Angeles area and you couldn’t get Coachella tickets before they sold out, you will not necessarily have to hit the secondary-ticket market. Many of the acts from the Coachella undercard are playing Coachella-sponsored shows in Los Angeles in the week between the two Coachella weekends. Tame Impala, Belle & Sebastian, Swans, Interpol, the War On Drugs, Drive Like Jehu, FKA twigs, Desaparecidos, Father John Misty, Jenny Lewis, Caribou, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Toro Y Moi, Cloud Nothings, Azealia Banks, Ride, Built To Spill, and Ratatat are among the many, many bands playing shows in the area. You can find more info at the Goldenvoice website.

The Amazing Safe Island
Jan 27, 2015 1:40pm | StereoGum

Swedish quintet the Amazing introduced their upcoming album Picture You with the title track, which made the cut for The 5 Best Songs Of The Week last fall, then released the second single “The Headless Boy” earlier this year. Today, the band drops a third preview from the album, “Safe Island.” The track opens with a menacing sweep and is then driven by densely-amped guitars, and a smooth syncopated drum pattern with a rhythmic drum roll transitioning between bars. Check it out below.


L7 Announce Reunion Shows, Documentary Kickstarter
Jan 27, 2015 1:26pm | StereoGum

As teased last month, Los Angeles grunge group L7 are back, and to announce their reunion they’ve enlisted Rob Zabrecky to star in a playfully eerie clip entitled A Night At The Morgue. In the video, Zabrecky unearths a box of old mementos marked 1985 to 2001 — the band’s active years — and the news of their reunion literally appears in his hands.


Cipha Sounds 'no longer with' Hot 97
Jan 27, 2015 1:19pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Less than 24 hours after comedian and longtime Hot 97 DJ Cipha Sounds made the news for voicing his frustrations with Hot 97, and revealing he turned down offers to work at 105.1 (unlike Angie Martinez who recently made the switch), Hot 97 has released an "OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON CIPHA SOUNDS" via a press release. The VERY SHORT (and very cold) statement literally just says: "Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM. We wish him well on his future endeavors."

Meanwhile, find Cipha Sounds every Friday night as part of the Hip Hop Improv Show at UCB East in the East Village,

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Album Of The Week: Natalie Prass Natalie Prass
Jan 27, 2015 1:17pm | StereoGum

First things first: All hail Björk’s Vulnicura. It’s the best album that’s come out in the past week, but you already knew that, and we already wrote about it. So, as usual, let’s use this space to dig a little deeper.

This week was a two-horse race, and it was close. There were more than two albums’ worth of good music, of course, and if you’re sleeping on Menace Beach’s ’90s alt-pop fuzz-blast Ratworld or Aphex Twin’s trickier-than-it-needs-to-be Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP, you should stop. But the thing that decided this week was a knock-down drag-out between two young singer-songwriter ladies from opposite coasts who draw on your parents’ record collections and make hushed, intimate, ridiculously pleasant music. This week was the war between Prass and Pratt. Jessica Pratt, the California folk singer who records solo and lo-fi enough that you can hear her fingers squeaking on strings, made On Your Own Love Again, a breeze of a record that drifts past you like summer breeze. Other than one moment where Pratt’s guitar intentionally lurches out of tune for a bar or two, On Your Own Love Again asks nothing of you. It flutters and whispers and throws scented-candle calm vibes all over your living room. It’s great at what it does, and I changed my mind about 15 times before I finally sat down to write this thing. But I ultimatel...

Glen Hansard announces Jason Molina tribute EP, shares Songs: Ohia cover Being In Love listen
Jan 27, 2015 1:15pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Irish crooner and former Swell Season frontman Glen Hansard has announced a new covers EP in tribute to late Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. mastermind Jason Molina. Entitled It Was Triumph We Once ProposedSongs of Jason Molina, it’s due out March 17th via Overcoat Recordings.

Hansard’s tribute is a rather fitting one, as he and Molina were good friends who toured together and released a split EP in 2000. In fact, Hansard’s tribute features the same musicians who played on Molina’s landmark 2003 album Magnolia Electric Co., including Jeff Panall, Jennie Benford, Dan Sullivan, and Rob Sullivan.

In a statement, Hansard writes, “Jason Molina was a hero and a friend. I wrote him my first fan letter, I always loved his music and singing these songs is the only way to make sense of losing him.”

To accompany today’s announcement, Hansard has shared his cover of “Being In Love”, originally off Songs: Ohia’s 2000 album The Lioness. In this rendition, Hansard pays reverence to the source material while adding his own guitar-based spin to the powerful, organ-led song. Listen in below.

In 2013, Hansard teamed up with Molina’s formers bandmates to perform the song during a show at Chicago’s Metro.

It Was Triumph We Once ProposedSongs of Jason Molina Tracklist:
01. Being...

Yumi Zouma Catastrophe Video
Jan 27, 2015 1:09pm | StereoGum

New Zealand trio Yumi Zouma introduced the world to their wispy dream pop on last year’s self-titled EP, and the plans to follow it up have already been set in motion. EP II will be out in March of this year, and today they’ve shared the video for their new single “Catastrophe.” Is anyone else getting strong Twin Peaks vibes from the diner scene coffee close-ups and the sleepy small-town minutia? By the time everyone starts succumbing to a mysterious force, it almost feels like a natural extension of the eerie vibes. The clip was directed by BANGS, who has previously done videos for the likes of Hundred Waters and Mutual Benefit. Also, it is apparently part one of a two part film — so the cliff-hanger ending will be resolved soon. Watch it below.


POP ETC Wicked Game (Chris Isaak Cover)
Jan 27, 2015 1:06pm | StereoGum

Covering Chris Isaak’s 1989 boudoir ballad “Wicked Game” isn’t exactly an original move; indie types have been cranking out their own versions of the song for years. (The last time one popped up on our radar, it was Lydia Ainsworth in December.) But it’s not like it’s ever a bad idea to refashion that song. It’s a great song, and new versions of it usually turn out pretty lovely. The latest to take a stab at it are POP ETC, the former Morning Benders, who recently dropped a cover of the Gin Blossoms’ “Follow You Down” on us. POP ETC are working on a new album, and we’ve lately heard new originals, like “Running In Circles” and the Yoko Kanno collab “ís.” From songs like those, it’s clear that they’re on a real roll lately. Their new “Wicked Game” cover is further evidence; it’s a great showcase for their idiosyncratic vocal arrangements. Listen to it below.


Magic! Lead 2015 Juno Nominees, Mac DeMarco & Alvvays Up For Breakthrough Awards
Jan 27, 2015 12:55pm | StereoGum

Do you believe in Magic!? Well, the Junos do. The Canadian music awards announced their 2015 nominations today, and as Global News reports, the white reggae bruddahs lead the field with five: Breakthrough Group Of The Year, Pop Album Of The Year, Single Of The Year, Juno Fan Choice, and Songwriter Of The Year. Kiesza and Leonard Cohen each have four nods. Hedley, Nickelback, and Serge Fiori follow with three apiece. Drake, Arcade Fire, the Weeknd, and Michael Bublé are also among the nominees. Notably, Alvvays will compete with Magic! for that Breakthrough Group award, but based on these figures, bet on Magic! Mac DeMarco will compete with Kiesza and others for Breakthrough Artist Of The Year. Another interesting category is Electronic Album Of The Year, where Caribou, Lydia Ainsworth, and Ryan Hemsworth will face Deadmau5. For a full list of nominees, click here.


Travi$ Scott released 2 new songs ft. Future, Partynextdoor and Young Thug, who he's touring with (dates, stream)
Jan 27, 2015 12:54pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Travi$ Scott

Kanye associate Travi$ Scott is still in the process of planning his official debut album, and today he dropped two new songs that may or may not appear on it. The first is called "High Fashion" and features Future, and the second is called "Nothing But Net" and features past collaborator (and Drake associate) PARTNEXTYDOOR, Young Thug and producer Boi-1da. Both are pretty in line with the kind of melodic rap that's been taking off lately, as you can hear for yourself below.

Travi$ and Young Thug will also be hitting the road together for a tour this March. That brings the two rappers to NYC on March 12 at Webster Hall and also hits SXSW. Tickets for that show (and the whole tour) go on sale at 10 AM local time on Friday (1/30) with a presale beginning Wednesday (1/28).

Young Thug is still fresh off the hype of his 2014 mixtape with Rich Homie Quan and Birdman. Stream that, with the two new Travi$ Scott songs and list of tour dates, below...

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NOW HEAR THIS: Kaytranada meets his match, Alex G rises
Jan 27, 2015 12:53pm | Chart Attack
Now Hear This is a deep dive into the standout songs of the moment. Today, a great new collaboration between Kaytranada and Vic Mensa, Torche's sugar sweet sludge, and Alex G's woozy ballad.

Kaytranada feat. Vic Mensa, "Drive Me Crazy"

Montreal producer Kaytranada made his name with remixes, but as he moves into full-scale collaborations (let's call them "pre-mixes"), he's showing what he can really do (hence "Leave Me Alone"'s appearance on our Best Canadian Songs of 2014 list). Vic Mensa is at his best over neon electronic beats (the rap flow every DJ dreams of), so this is a natural fit. An anthem waiting for a dance floor. - Richard Trapunski

Kaytranada's debut album will be out this year on XL.

Torche, "Loose Men"

When metal is mostly a hyper-masculine world and singer-guitarist Stephen Brooks is one of the few openly homosexual artists working in the genre, a song called "Loose Men" seems wonderfully transgressive. It's also another example from the sludgy Floridian crew that hooky and heavy-as-fuck have never been mutually exclusive. - Chris Hampton

Restarter is out February 24 on Relapse Records.

Alex G, "Sarah"

Alex G is the underground tape (or, this being 2015, Bandcamp)-traded artist you know will blow up big as soon as he's placed in the right palm. "Sarah" is an unreleased song from Trick, a 2012 album ...

L7 announce reunion: Seminal grunge band to play first shows in 15 years
Jan 27, 2015 12:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound

L7 has announced plans to reunite for its first live performances in nearly 15 years. The Los Angeles band led by Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner, whose ferocious brand of grunge and punk was championed heavily by Nirvana, have confirmed gigs at Spain’s Azkena Rock Festival and France’s Hell Fest, with the promise that “more dates will be added, so don’t freak out!”

Additionally, the band has thrown its support behind a new documentary. A Kickstarter page for L7: Pretend We’re Dead, directed by Sarah Prince, went live Tuesday and has already raised $6,300 as of publication. An accompanying description says the film is “culled from over 100 hours of vintage home movies taken by the band, never-before-seen performance footage, and candid interviews.”

Watch a trailer for the documentary below.

Also revisit their songs “Shove” and “Pretend We’re Dead”.

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