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SXSW being sued by family of car crash victim
Dec 19, 2014 8:40am | Brooklyn Vegan

Photo: SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

Earlier this year at SXSW, a tragic drunk driving crash killed four and injured several others. The driver, Rashad Owens, has already been jailed on capital murder charges, and now The Associated Press reports that SXSW is being sued by the family of Steven Craenmehr, who was struck while riding his bike during the incident.

"A festival organizer or traffic design consultant of ordinary intelligence would have anticipated the danger," the lawsuit says with regards to the amount of traffic safeguards SXSW had set up and amount people packed into the city that week.

SXSW lawyers released a statement, which reads, "What happened on Red River was a terrible tragedy, caused by Rashad Owen's utter disregard of human life. Our hearts continue to ache for those injured and the families of those who lost their lives. We look forward to his prosecution for his awful crimes."

SXSW returns in 2015 from March 17-22. Several artists have been announced so far.

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DiSmas Playlist: Alternative Christmas Music
Dec 19, 2014 8:39am | Drowned In Sound

Over the years, DiS (with plenty of help from our Music Forum - thank you all) set about creating the ultimate Christmas playlist to take the bother out of deciding what to listen to at this time of year.

We've picked covers by some of our favourites like Sufjan Stevens, The Polyphonic Spree and Katy Perry, plucked a few festive originals by Frightened Rabbit, The Raveonettes and Emmy the Great, and then smothered the playlist with Christmas classics and seasoned the selection with some Snoop Dogg. Oh and if that wasn't enough, we added Tom Waits' 'Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis ' for good measure, because we can.

Currently, this 5 hours long playlist has a total of 88 (partly because the number 88 looks a little like two snowmen). However, we want to add 12 more songs to up it to 100 tracks. Over to you to make suggestions using the Twitter hashtag #DiSmas or by commenting on this facebook post.


A very DiS Christmas playlist.


Marc Bolan Xmas Riff
Sufjan Stevens Jingle Bells
Fall Out Boy What's This?
Fountains Of Wayne I Want An Alien For Christmas
Jimmy Eat World Last Christmas
The Killers Don't Shoot Me Santa
The Darkness Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)
Smash Mouth Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
The Polyphonic Spree Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Sufjan St...

Hear An Unreleased Broken Social Scene Song & A 17-Minute Italian Opera From Fucked Up
Dec 19, 2014 8:33am | StereoGum

As a way to make some sort of artistic sense out of the year we just had, the Canadian newspaper The Globe And Mail recently teamed up with the Canadian Opera Company and the indie label Arts & Crafts to share a six-song compilation called Broadsheet Music: A Year In Review. The compilation features Canadian musicians contributing songs inspired by the 2014′s news events, sometimes with the help of opera singers. For the occasion, Broken Social Scene contributed the unreleased song “Golden Facelift,” which comes from the same sessions that gave us 2010′s Forgiveness Rock Record. Even though the song is technically old, it’s still the first new BSS song we’ve heard since 2010. The comp also has Fucked Up doing a 17-minute Italian opera called “Voce Rubata.” The song piece only features opera singers. Damian Abraham never shows up, and it never turns into a punk song. The band wrote it themselves. It’s one of the weirdest things they’ve ever done. The comp also features a solo song from BSS member Brendan Canning, as well as BSS member Jason Collett teaming up with Zeus on another one. Listen to all of it and read some words about the BSS and Fucked Up contributions below.


Foo Fighters make Fallon smile like an idiot watch
Dec 19, 2014 8:25am | Cosequence Of Sound

What, you think just because the HBO docu-series about Sonic Highways has finished for the season that Foo Fighters aren’t still going to promote the hell out of it? Come on now. After their previous stop at the Howard Stern Show, the Foos returned to TV land with an appearance on The Tonight Show. They made Jimmy Fallon display that trademark idiot’s grin of his with a performance of “I Am A River”, which featured the accompaniment of a string orchestra. Watch the replay below.

Next year, Foo Fighters will kick off their international, scalper-damning stadium tour with a show in Santiago, Chile on January 15th. Through all the stops on the massive year-long jaunt, there isn’t a single date in Italy. That’s something fans are looking to change, as 1,000 fans in the country’s Romagna region are getting together to simultaneously perform “Learn to Fly” in hopes of attracting the band to their area. See if FF is coming to your area here.

tix on sale: Electric Wizard, Animal Collective, Helmet, Swans, Gaslight Anthem, The Movielife, Ex Hex, Bob Saget, more
Dec 19, 2014 8:24am | Brooklyn Vegan

If you missed out on getting tickets in the BV presale for the Alvvays show at Bowery Ballroom, you can get them in the general on-sale, starting today at noon.

Tickets for the Iggy Azalea, Nick Jonas and Tinashe show at Barclays Center are on sale now.

Tickets for the Electric Wizard show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM.

Animal Collective's Deakin and Geologist have scheduled another DJ date at Brooklyn Bowl, happening February 6. Tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for The Gaslight Anthem show at Webster Hall go on sale today at 10AM. Their Terminal 5 show is sold out.

Tickets for the Enslaved, Yob and Ecstatic Vision show at Gramercy Theater go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the The Twilight Sad show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for the recently added Helmet show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Their other two NYC shows are sold out.

Tickets for the Swans show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the the Movielife reunion show at Irving Plaza go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Ex Hex show at MHOW go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their LPR show are on sale now.

Tickets for the Psychedelic Furs show at MHOW g...

Horse Feathers -- 2015 tour dates & LP stream
Dec 19, 2014 8:15am | Brooklyn Vegan

Photo: Horse Feathers @ Sasquatch 2009 (more by Chris Graham)

Portland folk rockers Horse Feathers released So It Is With Us, the followup to 2012's Cynic's New Year, earlier this fall via Kill Rock Stars. If you've yet to hear it, you can stream it in full below. A tour has now been announced in support of it for 2015, hitting NYC on March 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale at noon today (12/19).

All dates are listed, with the LP stream, below...

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Watch Jenny Lewis & Ryan Adams Play Kimmel Together
Dec 19, 2014 8:13am | StereoGum

There was a lot happening on late-night TV last night, but we should not discount the rare chance to see Jenny Lewis singing next to Ryan Adams, the man who co-produced most of her great 2014 album The Voyager. Adams and Lewis have been touring and performing together lately. And last night, when Lewis was the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Adams joined her impressively large backing band, adding a sick solo or two. They played on the show’s outdoor festival stage, which how now been made up to look extra-Christmasy. On the show proper, they did “She’s Not Me,” a song Adams covered recently. And as an online bonus, they also did the single “Just One Of The Guys.” Watch both performances below.


Miguel releases surprise three-song EP listen
Dec 19, 2014 8:11am | Cosequence Of Sound

Following the release of 2012s spectacular Kaleidoscope Dream, R&B crooner Miguel has limited his output to A-list collaborations and one-off releases, including duets with Jessie Ware, Janelle Monáe, and Mariah Carey, Adult Swim single “Cant Sleep Together”, and contributions to both the Girls and Hunger Games soundtracks. Now, seemingly out of nowhere, Miguel has released a new three-song EP.

Though the effort is officially untitled, Stereogum points out that the cover art hints at this being another of the Art Dealer Chic EPs, a series of pre-Kaleidoscope releases that helped break the singer to a new audience.

The three tracks find Miguel expanding on his sultry brand of funk-laden R&B: “nwa” is a low-key jam that spins together bits of evocative soul and West Coast rap (courtesy of veteran MC Kurupt); “HollywoodDreams” is a methodical soul-rock fusion, where the vocals soar over huge, anthemic guitars; and “Coffee”, which the singer teased a few months back, is an especially deliberate slow jam,  supplemented with bits of junky EDM and strands of funk. Listen to the entire EP below.

Miguel releases 3-song EP ft. Kurupt (listen)
Dec 19, 2014 8:03am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

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Miguel hasn't released an album since 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, but he's stayed active, working with Jessie Ware, Janelle Monae, Beyonce and others. And now he's uploaded a surprise 3-song EP to his Soundcloud, which is pretty thirst-quenching for anyone that's longing for a Kaleidoscope Dream followup.

The first song is called "NWA" and features Kurupt. Stream all three below...

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Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams perform together on Jimmy Kimmel Live watch
Dec 19, 2014 7:55am | Cosequence Of Sound

Jenny Lewis was listed as the sole musical guest on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, but it was anything but a solo performance. The Rilo Kiley singer was joined on-stage by Ryan Adams, who produced her latest LP, The Voyager. Together, they performed a pair of tracks from the album in “She’s Not Me” and “Just One of the Guys”. Watch the replay below.

Lewis and Adams recently co-headlined a US tour. During a stop in Tulsa, they joined forces on-stage to cover each other’s songs.

“She’s Not Me”:

“Just One of the Guys”:

Below, revisit our recent interview with Lewis at Forecastle Festival.

The Bug, Powell, Mumdance and more sign up to play CTM 2015
Dec 19, 2014 7:54am | Fact Magazine

Berlin’s CTM festival returns for its 16th edition in January.

There’s already a phenomenal list of artists – experimental music veteran Craig Leon, Atari Teenage Riot’s Alec Empire, Raster Noton duo Emptyset, sad boy rapper Yung Lean, Jenny Hval and Susanna and loads more.

Now the third wave has been announced, with appearances confirmed from The Bug, Sherwood & Pinch, Atom TM, Powell, Lorenzo Senni, JK Flesh, Mumdance, Logos and Shapednoise, TCF and loads more.

For more info and tickets, head to the CTM website.

Watch Foo Fighters Perform I Am A River On Fallon
Dec 19, 2014 7:50am | StereoGum

The Foo Fighters promotional tour for Sonic Highways never seems to end: after a week-long residency on Letterman, an 8-episode HBO series, and appearances on Ellen, Howard Stern, and 60 Minutes, the band still thought it was necessary to make an appearance on Jimmy Fallon, which they did last night. They performed “I Am A River,” and you can watch below.


The Colbert Report Says Goodbye With An All-Star Serenade & Neutral Milk Hotels Holland, 1945
Dec 19, 2014 7:47am | StereoGum

Last night, Stephen Colbert ended his incredible nine-year run as host of The Colbert Report, airing his final episode. In the show’s last-ever segment, Colbert brought a vast and head-spinning array of celebrity guests to the stage, and they all teamed up to sing the 1939 standard “We’ll Meet Again.” (It’s the same song that ended another work of great American satire, Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.) There were plenty of musical figures up there with Jon Stewart and Big Bird and Tom Brokaw and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Eliot Spitzer: Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Ric Ocasek, Peter Frampton, Barry Manilow, Pussy Riot, Toby Keith. But “We’ll Meet Again” wasn’t the show’s final moment.


The Pinkprint
Dec 19, 2014 7:39am | Fact Magazine

Available on: Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money/Republic

Nicki Minajs third studio album The Pinkprint is a break-up record for people who are ready to fuck again. ‘Pills N Potions’ foretold a project full of forgiving meditations and subdued pop after promises of no more ‘Starships”s. But what starts emotional, sing-songy and damn near like a Drake album, then maps the dynamic scope of the internal negotiations one makes in love and business.

After an opening triptych of maudlin pseudo-ballads (‘All Things Go’, ‘I Lied’, ‘The Crying Game’), the bird call comes. There, Minaj delivers two of her greatest pop songs ever. They are unsaccharine and tantamount to your favorite rappers gnarly sex missives. ‘Get on Your Knees’ and ‘Feelin’ Myself’ embody the duality of a woman’s autonomous sexuality: on the first, Nicki demands that her partner “act like a peasant” and commands all of her bedroom needs. Contrasted with ‘Feelin’ Myself’, the album’s standout, where Nicki flexes four flows (and makes sure you know it), you begin to see that duality. Nicki’s second verse puts a lot of stock in the empowerment that can happen when you submit: “He said, ‘Damn, Nicki, it’s tight’ / I said, ‘Yeah, nigga you right’ / He said, ‘Damn, bae, you so little / But yo...

Listen To Miguels New Surprise EP
Dec 19, 2014 5:51am | StereoGum

In early 2012, when he was still just a promising major-label R&B prospect with one album to his credit, Miguel released his Art Dealer Chic EP series. Those three EPs established Miguel as a powerful, strange, masterful songwriting force and set him apart from his peers. Not long afterward, he released his woozy, psychedelic, sexed-out breakout Kaleidoscopic Dream, which turned him into a major star. And now he’s gone back to that EP well. Last night, with no advance warning, Miguel dropped three brand-new songs on Soundcloud, and they’re all pretty incredible. The EP doesn’t have a title, at least not one that Miguel’s announced yet, though the words Art Dealer Chic are written in the background of that very suggestive cover art. But its three songs still hang together as a cohesive work. Opening track “NWA” features the veteran L.A. rapper Kurupt, and it’s a slick, funky slow-burner with some spaghetti-western guitar. “HollywoodDreams” is a mellow, instinctive soul-rocker with a serious hook to it. Miguel teased the closing track “Coffee” on Instagram a couple of months ago, and it’s a conversational, easy, devastating slow jam. Taken together, all three songs make Miguel sound like a 2014 version of prime-era Prince. This is a small piece of work, just under 10 minutes of new music, but it’s a deeply impressive one, and I really hope it’s indicative of wha...

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