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Watch Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Play Three Hypnotic Eye Tunes On Kimmel
Aug 1, 2014 12:52pm | StereoGum

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers just released their new album Hypnotic Eye, and it’s about to be their first-ever #1. That’s probably not why Jimmy Kimmel Live made a big deal about featuring the band on last night’s episode. That probably had something to do with four decades of incredible songs. Rather than playing in Kimmel usual studio, the show brought its entire audience to Petty’s rehearsal space to watch him and the Heartbreakers play three songs (“U Get Me High,” “American Dream Plan B,” “Forgotten Man“) from the new album. Petty and Kimmel also did a quick interview together, with Petty’s sardonic sensibility coming across nicely. Watch it all below.


Foo Fighters set date for first episode of 'Sonic Highways' and new song debut
Aug 1, 2014 12:47pm | NME
The first of eight episodes will be shown Stateside on October 17

Diarrhea Planet Spooners
Aug 1, 2014 12:45pm | StereoGum

For their contribution to this summer’s impressive Adult Swim singles series, Diarrhea Planet delivered a new song titled “Spooners” that manages to blend fist pump-inducing rock with a structure that surprises until the end. Moving along for the first minute with sludgy riffs, they work their way to a fake-out ending before lunging back with even more intensity than before. Listen below.


Ben Frost touring, playing NYC concert series 'Tinnitus' (dates)
Aug 1, 2014 12:39pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Ben Frost at Brooklyn Masonic Temple in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)

Iceland-by-way-of-Australia extreme noise composer Ben Frost has recently announced some fall tour dates as he continues to support his excellent 2014 album A U R O R A. The tour will include a stop in NYC for a show at The Wick on October 18. That show is presented by Pitchfork's metal arm, Show No Mercy, and preexisting metal series Blackened Music as the first in a new series they're calling "Tinnitus," which will focus on "composers of extreme sound." Frost generally performs with a band that includes master percussionists Thor Harris (Swans) and Greg Fox (Liturgy, Zs), among other talented musicians, and his live show is something to behold. No word on who'll be playing with him (or the rest of the lineup) but tickets are on sale now.

Check out full tour dates for Ben Frost along with video of a live performance, below...

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Slipknot unveil first new song in six years 'The Negative One'
Aug 1, 2014 12:30pm | NME
The band have also announced plans for a new album

Bear In Heaven Time Between Video
Aug 1, 2014 12:25pm | StereoGum

Soaring, space-bound synth-rock band Bear In Heaven are about to put out their first album since 2012 — their excellent new album is called Time Is Over One Day Old and you can stream it here. Today, we’re getting a video for first single “Time Between,” a pointillistic portrait of New York City’s late-night denizens. “We came up with this loose concept of the time between dusk and dawn,” frontman Jon Philpot explains to T Magazine. That shadowy period is when the city’s most exciting weirdos come out to play, and director Nick Bentgen, determined to capture them all, spent a month filming nocturnal moments — both real and imagined, mundane and bizarre — in Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs. “The following day, they have to go back to being themselves and carrying on with life, as we all do,” says Philpot. Watch the video below.


LIVE REVIEW: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds dramatize a greatest hits performance at Torontos Sony Centre
Aug 1, 2014 12:18pm | Chart Attack

There are musicians you go to catch and then there are artists you go to see. Nick Cave falls squarely into the second category. As much as he's developed a distinctive Southern gothic-meets-blues-meets-Old-Testament-terror sound, the past decades have seen the post-punk pioneer write his own lecherous, suavely savage, perpetually unbuttoned persona.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds swaggered on stage at Toronto's stately Sony Centre ostensibly to promote the upcoming sort-of documentary 20,000 Days On Earth, which is playing in limited run across select cities. The band has been accompanying the film on tour, but it doesn't premiere in Toronto until September. So this soft-seat concert somewhere between a career-spanning spectacle and a victory lap for 2013's Push The Sky Away.

Truthfully, there wasn't much of a distinction. After nearly two years of touring, the newer songs fit seamlessly among Bad Seed greatest hits, the more atmospheric slow builds enhancing the explosiveness of songs like "The Mercy Seat" and "Tupelo."

Like any good horror film, pacing is everything.

Credit Warren Ellis, the wild-bearded guitarist/violinist/flautist/all-around-badass who, following the departure of longtime Bad Seed Mick Harvey, has become Nick Cave's (red) right hand man. Ellis' furious fiddling during songs like "We Real Cool" made him look and sound&nbs...

Blue Moon Marquee (CKDU) and Vaudeville Etiquette (KAOS)
Aug 1, 2014 12:15pm | CMJ

Vaudeville Etiquette (via Facebook)

Each week the CMJ staff sifts through thousands of radio playlists that contribute to the weekly CMJ charts. In the Chart Discovery column, we highlight exciting artists, albums and songs brought to our attention by the charts of our reporting panel of college and non-commercial radio stations. This round’s picks come via CKDU in Halifax, NS, and KAOS in Olympia, WA; plus, an update from a Chart Discovery favorite.

Blue Moon Marquee on CKDU

Swing, ragtime and delta blues blend with a scratchy voice and a sense of gypsy freedom to create Blue Moon Marquee’s Lonesome Ghosts. CKDU’s No. 12 pick this week sounds like a slick Dapper Dan center part and a pencil-thin mustache in an old jazz hall, a few rays of summer sunlight squeezing through tightly-closed wooden window slats, with dust dancing in the humid light as someone serves you a glass of bourbon or bathtub gin.

Lonesome Ghosts by Blue Moon Marquee

Vaudeville Etiquette on KAOS

Ragtag, boot-stompin folk and swaying ballads make up Debutantes and Dealers from the Seattle-based Vaudeville Etiquette. Floating harmonies sing romantic tales to the backdrop of country western, gospel and banjo-pluckin’ folk.

Debutantes & Dealers [preview] by Vaudeville Etiquette


Back in March, the airy, fun electro-pop tunes of GG...

Portugals Semibreve Festival adds Plaid, Mark Fell and more to lineup
Aug 1, 2014 12:14pm | Fact Magazine

Portugal’s yearly experimental music expo Semibreve has expanded its list of players.

It was already looking like something of a bounty for fans of music’s weirder side, with performances confirmed from Demdike Stare (and member Miles Whittaker in solo mode), Warp’s patten, Roll the Dice, Karen Gwyer + Maria Mónica and more, and now it’s looking even more tantalizing.

The festival have added veteran Warp duo Plaid, who will no doubt be performing tracks from their enjoyable new full-length Reachy Prints; Sheffield-based experimental electronic music staple Mark Fell, who will also be performing as Sensate Focus; Touch’s Thomas Ankersmit; Cronica’s @C; Polish artist Anna Zaradny and Berlin’s Pierce Warnecke.

For more information and tickets make sure you head over to the Semibreve site.

Vaults Lifespan Video
Aug 1, 2014 11:49am | StereoGum

A couple weeks back we premiered “Lifespan,” an exceptional brooding synthpop epic by UK trio Vaults. Now the song has a video worthy of its sonic splendor. Directed by Nick Rutter and the band, its eerie, artful imagery is inspired by medieval “dance of death” paintings. Watch and enjoy below.


Q&A: Opeth On Pale Communion, Bad Taste, & Record Store Binges + Hear New Song Eternal Rains
Aug 1, 2014 11:46am | StereoGum

A funny thing happened on Twitter earlier this year: Longstanding Swedish band Opeth became a trending topic when details of their new album, Pale Communion were released. Wasn’t this once a Scandinavian metal band with a small but dedicated audience? The buzz confirmed what many have known for a long time: Opeth have moved far away from being just a metal band and ascended to much larger public awareness, as their music has moved far away from metal and into much stranger, proggier territories (a shift first evidenced in earnest on 2011′s Heritage). At the same time, they have kept — actually, grown — a rabid fan base that rivals Rush in terms of dedication. Then, though, in keeping with their tradition of defying expectations and trends (and trending topics), Opeth pushed back the release of Pale Communion by two months — having nothing to do with the album — which was completed on deadline — but reportedly because the band’s brilliant-but-unpredictable frontman was too consumed with writing and recording new music to address such details as album art and promotional stills. Whatever the case, Pale Communion is an unusual and remarkable record, closer to the jazz-fusion of Mahavishnu Orchestra than the death metal being made by contemporaries like Carcass. Åkerfeldt and Opeth guitarist Fredrik Åkessonon — who joined the band prior to 2008′s Watershed &#821...

Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty
Aug 1, 2014 11:46am | CMJ

One of the most overused cliches in music is that an artist or an album doesnt sound like anything else. From a journalists prospective, its a pretty lazy phrase to throw around that alludes to a lack of research and a reliance on hyperbole, not to mention in most cases its just downright inaccurate. Well, after struggling with it for a while and doing copious amounts of research, Ive decided Im okay with saying that Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty does not sound or feel like any other hip hop album out there. It may not even be a hip hop album. At times it feels more like an experimental electronic effort that uses the flows of MC Ishmael Butler as an additional instrument to compliment the other-worldly synths and beats of Palaces multi-instrumentalist Tendai Maraire.

The entire album is a complete anomaly in todays hip hop landscape. “Weird” rap is supposed to be as hyper-aggresive, gaudy and in-your-face as possible these days—that charge being led by Atlanta stalwarts like Gucci Manes 1017 crew (Young Thug, Waka Flocka, Lex Luger and all) and the LA ratchet scene lining up behind the likes of YG, Ty Dolla Sign, Nipsey Hussle and DJ Mustard. Not only does Shabazz Palaces not sound like, or even seem to share any influences or musical components with, any of the artists listed above, they honestly dont even sound like theyre from the same planet. Really though, they arent. They come from Seattle, a rap scene that has ...

Foxes In Fiction Ontario Gothic
Aug 1, 2014 11:44am | StereoGum

Orchid Tapes label head Warren Hildebrand, who records as Foxes In Fiction, is getting set to release a death-haunted new album called Ontario Gothic, and we’ve already posted the early track “Shadow’s Song.” Like that song, the album’s title track features string arrangements from Owen Pallet. It’s a song about a friend of Hildebrand who died, and it’s gorgeously rendered dream-pop with waves upon waves of gossamer synth, with keyboards and strings and voices all blurring into each other, shoegaze-style. Below, listen to the song and read some words from Hildebrand about it.


Lollapalooza 2014 begins -- find us in Toyota Soundwave tent (w/ Cut Copy, The Districts, Duke Dumont, Lucius, more)
Aug 1, 2014 11:39am | Brooklyn Vegan

fun with Ghost BC in last year's Lolla Soundwave tent (more by Cory Dewald)

Lollapalooza returns to Chicago for the 10th consecutive year this weekend, taking over Grant Park from Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3. The lineup, which is partially streaming online all weekend, includes Eminem, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Spoon, Cut Copy, Run the Jewels, Into It. Over It., Chance the Rapper, and many more. We're happy to announce, that like last year, BrooklynVegan is again hosting some of the artists in the Toyota Soundwave tent.

With the help of our on-stage host Billy Jones, we'll have performances and Q&A sessions from Cut Copy, Lucius, San Fermin, The Districts, Duke Dumont, Shy Girls and more. You can find the BrooklynVegan-presented & suggested part of the schedule below, and you can find the Soundwave tent on the Lollapalooza 2014 map north of the central fountain, and just south of Jackson Drive -- not far at all from the BMI Stage, and stumbling distance from Da Beers Garden.

Schedule below...

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Aug 1, 2014 11:33am | My Old Kentucky Blog

LOVELESS, the side project of High Highs Oli Chang has been creating some pretty amazing music over the last year. His latest output is a contemplative, sprawling track titled “ACME”. In the song, you hear elements of ambient, downtempo, and nu-disco. Just like the artwork for the song, you get a sense of floating above the clouds feeling an overwhelming sense of weightlessness. While not attached to any formal release, we are hoping that all of this output will lead to an EP or LP sometime in the near future. Listen below.

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