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CMJ Mixtape: February 2016
Feb 8, 2016 3:24pm | CMJ

CMJ presents the Mixtape, a monthly compilation of free tunes just for you. Featuring music from Yeasayer, TEEN, LUH, and more! Download Now! Tracklist: 01. Yeasayer – “I Am Chemistry” 02. TEEN – “Tokyo” 03. Lovespeake – “DNA” 04. Black Betty – “Valley Low” 05. onDeadWaves – “Blackbird” 06. LUH – “I&I” 07. Flowers – […]

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Scott Aukerman announces Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast tour
Feb 8, 2016 3:21pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Comedy Bang! Bang! is more than just an IFC show popular enough to nab “Weird Al” Yankovic as a co-host. Scott Aukermans comedic baby began life as a podcast, a medium where it still sees tons of success as it just released its 400th episode. Now, Aukerman has announced he’s taking the web show on the road with a live taping tour this spring.

Aukerman will be joined by comics Lauren Lapkus, Paul F. Tompkins, and Neil Campbell as he travels North America recording new material for the podcast. The trek takes up most of May, kicking off in Los Angeles before skipping all the way to the East Coast and heading back westward. Find the full itinerary below, followed by Comedy Bang! Bang! episode 400, featuring Jason Mantzoukas (How Did This Get Made) and Andy Daily (Review).

Comedy Bang! Bang! 2016 Tour Dates:
04/30 Los Angeles, CA @ Theater at the Ace
05/06 Toronto, ON @ Convocation Hall
05/07 Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
05/08 Philadelphia, PA @ Keswick Theatre
05/09 Washington, DC @ The Lincoln Theatre
05/10 Durham, NC @ The Carolina Theatre of Durham
05/11 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
05/13 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
05/17 Dallas, TX @ Texas Theatre

Gorilla vs. Bear presents: Leon Bridges Live in Dallas
Feb 8, 2016 3:20pm | Gorilla Vs Bear

We're thrilled to present Leon Bridges' return to DFW in September, for a homecoming show at Dallas' historic Fair Park Music Hall, with special guest London's Lianne La Havas. We're giving away a signed poster (pictured) + a pair of tickets for this one; just let us know your favorite Leon song in the comments below or on Facebook or Instagram, and I'll pick a winner in the coming weeks...

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Nardwuar returns with first interview since suffering stroke
Feb 8, 2016 3:13pm | Fact Magazine

Nardwuar is back in fine form following his stroke.

The music world was shocked late last year when beloved music interviewer Nardwuar The Human Serviette suffered a stroke and later underwent heart surgery. He’s since recovered and now he’s back doing what he does best. Nardwuar shared his latest interview — with Ty Segall — today and looks to be doing just fine. Watch it below.

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Big Freedia playing shows, including NYC with Soul Rebels (who have two other shows with Talib Kweli & more)
Feb 8, 2016 3:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Big Freedia at FFF Fest 2015 (more)
Big Freedia

Fresh off an appearance on Beyonce's instantly-beloved New Orleans-inspired song "Formation," New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia has expanded her upcoming tour schedule. For one of her shows, she'll be the special guest with NOLA brass band The Soul Rebels on February 25 at Brooklyn Bowl in NYC. That's the first of a three-night stand for The Soul Rebels at that venue. Natasha Diggs opens.

The other two Soul Rebels shows are with Talib Kweli, with Buckshot, Smif N Wessun and Kirk Knight joining on 2/26 and Rakim and Nigel Hall joining on 2/27. Special guests are also promised both of those nights. Tickets for all three shows, including a three-night pass, are available.

Freedia is also set to drop her new single, "I Heard," on February 23. While you wait for that, revisit "Formation" and check out her list of tour dates, below...

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Nardwuar talks with Ty Segall in first interview since his stroke
Feb 8, 2016 3:11pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Ty Segall

Nardwuar has just released a video interview with Ty Segall -- it's the first the Canadian icon has released since his stroke last year. Happy to report Nardwuar is in typical chipper and obsessive form, pulling out obscure facts from Ty's past and showering him with a variety of gifts. We learn about Ty's connection to Carol King, The Surfaris, and Laguna Beach, plus an anecdote about playing frisbee while on mushrooms. Glad to see you're doing well, Nardwuar! Watch the video below.

Ty, who just released a short film and is a producer on the upcoming Death By Audio documentary, will be in NYC soon when his tour with The Muggers hits Webster Hall for two shows at the end of the month.

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The Killers are working on a new album with Elton John
Feb 8, 2016 3:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Back in November, Elton John invited Brandon Flowers onto his Beats 1 radio show, Rocket Hour, for a little chat. During their conversation, The Killers frontman talked about how he grew up listening to John’s many records, which should come as no surprise to fans given the band’s glam rock leanings.

John, in turn, returned the compliment, saying, “When Brandon makes a record whether it’s for The Killers or on his own he comes and plays me the album, adding, “Usually, Im very happy and excited to hear it. And I usually play mine to him.”

Now, it appears the two kindred spirits will officially be joining forces in the studio. In a new video interview with Shazam, John spilled the beans, mentioning he has plans to fly to The Killers’ hometown of Las Vegas to work on their next album, the follow-up to 2012’s Battle Born. Given their shared music taste and onscreen chemistry, the collaboration should yield some nice results.

Watch the Shazam interview below.

Revisit Flowers’s appearance on John’s Rocket Hour program.

John’s new album, Wonderful Crazy Night, is out now via Mercury Records.

Rihannas ANTI Hits #1 In Week 2
Feb 8, 2016 3:01pm | StereoGum
Rihanna's ANTI Hits #1 In Week 2Releasing ANTI via a million free TIDAL downloads may have been enough for Rihanna to weasel her way into a platinum record certification, but the release strategy didn't count towards Billboard's album charts. Last week, ANTI only scored 460 sales in the United States, making for the lowest chart debut of the pop … More »

Ted Cruz unable to answer question about his favorite band, because hes a human robot
Feb 8, 2016 2:52pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Recently Republican presidential candidate John Kasich promised that, if elected, he would reunite Pink Floyd. It appears unlikely human robot Ted Cruz will take a similar position. Asked by Head Count about his favorite musician, Cruz stared blankly into the camera, gave a half-ass chuckle, and quickly scampered away. Perhaps he just revealed an alternate way to say Chk Chk Chk, or maybe his robot wires malfunctioned and he was unable to recite a memorized answer. Either way, it looks like he’ll have difficulty courting indie rockers like Ezra Koenig and Kurt Vile away from Bernie Sanders.

Cruz’s non-answer appears in a brief video from Head Count that seeks to learn more about New Hampshire’s young voters ahead of Tuesday’s primary. The Cruz cameo appears at the 2:24 mark.

Ra Ra Riot Foreign Lovers
Feb 8, 2016 2:41pm | StereoGum
Ra Ra RiotRa Ra Riot resurfaced last year when they released the debut single off of their forthcoming album, which just so happened to feature ex-Vampire Weekender Rostam Batmanglij. Since then, we've seen a video for that song and heard another single, "Absolutely," and today the band's sharing a new one. Listen to … More »

Watch Sufjan Stevens Live Carrie & Lowell Video
Feb 8, 2016 2:35pm | StereoGum
sufjan-liveSufjan Stevens toured pretty much all of last year in support of his most recent album, Carrie & Lowell, and today he's shared a live video of him performing the title track alongside his touring band. This was filmed at a show in Charleston, South Carolina in November. Watch below. More »

Update: Frontman Peter Cetera to reunite with Chicago for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction or not
Feb 8, 2016 2:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound

In April, Chicago will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In a letter posted to his website, frontman and founding member Peter Cetera announced that he will reunite with his former bandmates at the ceremony.

Cetera left the band in 1985 to pursue a solo career. When Chicago’s induction was first announced in December, keyboardist Robert Lamm said Cetera had “emphatically declined” an invitation to reunite at the induction ceremony. However, it appears Cetera has since had a change of heart. Not only does he plan to appear at the April 8th ceremony, he says he’ll join the band for a performance.

“As a finale, we can walk onstage together one last time as a group, Ill strap on the bass, and we can do ’25 or 6 to 4′ in the key of E,” Cetera writes. “I believe it would make for one fantastic Hall of Fame moment and satisfy those who have always wanted some sort of reunion.”

Along with Cetera and Lamm, Chicago’s founding lineup included Terry Kath, James Pankow, Walter Parazaider, Danny Seraphine, and Lee Loughnane. Lamm, Pankow, Parazaider, and Loughnane remain active members of the band. Kath unfortunately passed away in 1978, and Seraphine left the band in 1990.

In his letter, Cetera also suggests that Laudir de Oliveira, Donnie Dacus, Kenny Cetera, Chris Pinnick, and Bill Champlin, all of who played a promin...

Nails playing two East Coast shows in April
Feb 8, 2016 2:23pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Nails at Saint Vitus in 2015 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)

Grindcore monsters Nails don't really tour anymore, but they do have a couple of shows coming up for interested parties. In addition to that previously-announced Decibel show in Philadelphia with Noisem, Horrendous, Misery Index, Dying Fetus and others, they'll be playing on Long Island at Amityville Music Hall on April 15. That show will also include black metal rippers Black Anvil along with Barge and NYC Headhunters. The band is saying that these are their only two East Coast shows coming up any time soon. Tickets for LI are on sale now.

Stream the (great) most recent Nails LP Abandon All Life below...

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Belly reforming for UK/North American tours, new music too
Feb 8, 2016 2:13pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis


More '90s reunion news: Belly, Tanya Donelly's post-Throwing-Muses band, are reforming. It's the original lineup of the band, including brothers Tom and Chris Gorman plus bassist Gail Greenwood. There will be UK shows in July followed by a North American tour in August and September. Belly are also promising new songs. Stay tuned.

Belly made two albums in their original era: 1993's terrific Star which spawned the hit "Feed the Tree," and 1995's King. Check out a few videos from those 120 Minutes days, below...

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Stream: Mint Juleps sophomore album Broken Devotion
Feb 8, 2016 2:05pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Portland duo Mint Julep will release their sophomore album, Broken Devotion, on February 12th via Unseen Music. Ahead of the official street date, the record is streaming in full below.

Broken Devotion comes almost five years after the band’s debut, 2011’s Save Your Season. Part of the wait was due to multi-instrumentalist Keith Kenniff’s solo projects as Goldmund and Helios. The other reason is because he’s married to Mint Julep vocalist Hollie Kenniff, and there’s only so much pressure a couple should put on their relationship.

“Its been great for Hollie and me to bond over making music and to have that music feed into our relationship,” Keith said, noting he started the band to get his wife singing. “Writing music can be stressful, but theres that joy that comes from creating something that you know youll have for a really long time. We can finish an album and move on, and then go back years later and let the songs tell us what was happening then, what we were feeling. Its a cool way to mark all these very specific moments in our lives together.

On Broken Devotion, those moments are captured in soaring electropop, a lush evolution from the shoegaze influences suffusing Save Your Season. That slow-burning aesthetic hasn’t entirely been washed out, however, and is present on tracks like “Twilight St...

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