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M. Ward announces new album 'More Rain' and shares first single "Girl From Conejo Valley" (listen)
Dec 1, 2015 9:45am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

M Ward

M. Ward will release More Rain, his first solo album in four years, via Merge on March 4. (He also stays busy with She & Him and Monsters of Folk.) The title is a reference to his Portland, OR home, as well as the bad news world many of us inhabit:

I think one of the biggest mysteries of America right now is this: How are we able to process unending bad news on Page One and then go about our lives the way the Style section portrays us? There must be a place in our brains that allows us to take a bird's-eye view of humanity, and I think music is good at helping people -- myself included -- go to that place.
Warm vibes beam out from the album's first single, "Girl From Conejo Valley," which would make a good soundtrack to lounging in bed on a Sunday reading the Style section. Listen below.

You can catch M. Ward on the road next year with Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins, including two nights at NYC's Beacon Theatre on February 3 & 4. Tickets are still available though, according to Ticketmaster, "not many left." All dates are listed, along with More Rain's cover art, tracklist and new song stream, below.

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Bror Forsgren I Had a Dream Last Night Video (Stereogum Premiere)
Dec 1, 2015 9:44am | StereoGum
Bror Forsgren - Previously a part of groups such as Jaga Jazzist, the Lionheart Brothers, and Silence The Foe, the now-solo Norwegian art-pop musician Bror Forsgren goes meteoric with his latest track. "I Had a Dream Last Night" is an exclusive non-album single that follows up this year's debut LP Narcissus, and it is bathed in artful synths … More »

Watch A Teaser For Phoenix & Bill Murrays Christmas Single
Dec 1, 2015 9:35am | StereoGum
Phoenix - Alone On Christmas DayOn Friday, we'll finally get to see Bill Murray's all-star Christmas special A Very Murray Christmas. Sofia Coppola directed the movie, and the celebrity guests include her husband Thomas Mars and Mars' band Phoenix. And also on Friday, Phoenix and Mars will release "Alone On Christmas Day," the new Christmas song that they … More »

Todays MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 12/1/15
Dec 1, 2015 9:24am | My Old Kentucky Blog

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available via OnDemand.

Santigold ft. ILoveMakonnen – Who Be Lovin’ Me
Petite League – Not Always Happy
Dumbo Gets Mad – Youniverse
Menace Beach – Holidays Are Heavy
Nicole Dollanganger – Helena (My Chemical Romance cover)
Jaakko Eino Kalevi ft. Farao – Everything Nice (Popcaan cover)
Great Good Fine Ok + Panama Wedding – Easy Lover (Phil Collins cover)
Bruvvy – Dire Love
Dahlia Sleeps – Hessian
Ducktails – Don’t Want To Let You Know
Danny L Harle – Always Remember
Neon Indian – C’est La Vie (Say the Casualties)
Joy Again – Looking Out For You
Gare Du Nord ft. Robert Johnson – Pablo’s Blues
Mazzy Star – Look On Down From The Bridge
Night Beats – Power Child
Dear Tracks – All The Outs Are Free
Emily Yacina – Loser
Abelard – I’m OK For Now
Florist – The Birds Outside Sang
Sean Nicholas Savage – Suburban Nights
MALAA – Notorious
Kendrick Lamar – Black Friday
Bitter:Sweet – Drama
Wild Nothing – TV Queen
Panther Martin – Everybody All At Once, Everything

Watch The Flaming Lips Play Bad Days On Fallon
Dec 1, 2015 9:17am | StereoGum
Flaming Lips on Fallon videoThe Flaming Lips guested on The Tonight Show yesterday and performed "Bad Days" off of 1995's Cloud Taste Metallic, which turned 20 this year and which we once named the best Lips album ever. The band has been on Miley Cyrus' Milky Milky Milk tour in support of her recent surprise album Miley … More »

Hamiltons Lin-Manuel Miranda Wrote The Cantina Music In Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Dec 1, 2015 9:16am | StereoGum
Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda Wrote The Cantina Music In Star Wars: The Force AwakensTwo pop culture phenomena come together as one: Last night on Jimmy Fallon, Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams revealed that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the cantina music for the new film. Also known as the music that those aliens play in the bar in Mos Eisley! The original was composed by … More »

LOYAL Blue & The Green
Dec 1, 2015 9:15am | StereoGum
LOYALSix-piece UK ensemble LOYAL play melancholy electronic pop music informed by house and R&B. That's a popular medium these days, but LOYAL's new single "Blue & The Green" separates them from the pack. It's a breathy, understated track that casts some ghostly soul samples, plaintive keyboard chords, and nimble guitar work against subtly intensifying electronic … More »

Public Enemy hitch a ride from fan to concert after taxi fails to show up
Dec 1, 2015 9:15am | Cosequence Of Sound

Immediately following an album signing event on Saturday, Public Enemy were scheduled to perform a gig in Sheffield, England alongside The Prodigy. The hip-hop outfit’s agenda was going as planned, until the taxi tasked with taking Chuck D and Flavor Flav to the concert drove off without them.

Fortunately for the two MCs, a Good Samaritan and longtime fan named Kevin Wells stepped in to lend a hand. Wells, who’d attended the in-store signing, offered to drive them to Motorpoint Arena in his Ford Focus. It was a tight squeeze, as evidenced by a selfie Wells took (seen above), but a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing for any fan.

“They were such nice guys, we had a right laugh,” Mr. Wells told The Telegraph of the ride. “We were chatting away, but the phone was constantly going as their management were clearly worried.”

At one point during the drive, they were all belting “Bohemian Rhapsody”. “Then as we were coming through Attercliffe, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, by Queen, came on the radio,” Wells said. “Everyone was singing the words and rocking out in the back of my car, it was like a Waynes World moment. I was looking in the rear view mirror thinking, ‘Is this actually happening?'”

Chuck D and Flavor Flav managed to reach the venue just in the nick of time, 15 minutes before Public Enemy was set to hit the stage. As for Well...

At the Drive-In reuniting again, playing Rock on the Range (with RHCP, Megadeth, Clutch, Ghost, DFA1979 & more)
Dec 1, 2015 9:08am | Brooklyn Vegan

photo: ATDI at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
At the Drive-In

At the Drive-In briefly reunited in 2012, and lately Cedric and Omar have been busy with their band Antemasque (now including Travis Barker), but they're ready to reunite once again. Their only date announced so far is bro-rock fest Rock on the Range, which happens May 20-22 in Columbus, OH.

The rest of that fest includes Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Ghost, Wolfmother, Death From Above 1979, Clutch, Between the Buried and Me, The Sword, Code Orange and Wild Throne, but it's mostly stuff you'd want to avoid like Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, A Day to Remember, Bring Me the Horizon, P.O.D., Issues, etc. You can check out the full lineup here and get tickets here.

Let's hope ATDI add more shows. Meanwhile, watch their 2012 Coachella performance below...

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My Morning Jacket played 4 nights & 4 totally different sets at Beacon Theatre (setlists, pics from 11/25 w/ Strand of Oaks)
Dec 1, 2015 9:05am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by P Squared

MMJ @ Beacon Theatre, 11/25/2015
My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket brought their tour to NYC for four shows at the Beacon Theatre on November 24, 25, 27 & 28 with openers Woods, Strand of Oaks, Cass McCombs and Craig Finn for the respective nights. We were at the 11/25 show with Strand of Oaks and pictures of that whole night are in this post.

Obviously, MMJ broke out a ton of songs from throughout its history over the course of the four nights, playing a totally different set at each show and finding time to hit some of Jim James's solo tracks and songs from Monsters of Folk and The New Basement Tapes. As mentioned, during the 11/28 show, MMJ asked for a moment of silence and covered Eagles of Death Metal's "I Love You All The Time" as a tribute to those who died in the Paris attacks.

Strand of Oaks also have some shows coming up, including the one in Long Island at Cannon's Blackthorn on December 10 with Reigning Sound. Tickets for that show are still on sale.

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Watch Fall Out Boyz II Men Play Kimmels Mash Up Monday
Dec 1, 2015 9:01am | StereoGum
Fall Out Boyz II MenAll month, Jimmy Kimmel Live has been bringing together pun-based band combinations for its Mash Up Monday series: Color Me Bradd, Joss Stone Temple Pilots, Jewel & The Gang. The show saved its biggest combination for last. On the outdoor festival stage last night, Kimmel united R&B legends Boyz II Men with … More »

The Flaming Lips celebrate 20 years of Clouds Taste Metallic on Fallon watch
Dec 1, 2015 9:00am | Cosequence Of Sound

While simultaneously touring the US as Miley Cyrus’ backing band, The Flaming Lips are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their acclaimed seventh album Clouds Taste Metallic. A deluxe reissue, dubbed Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic, was released last week, offering fans a slew of bonus material. And last night, the Lips appeared on The Tonight Show to perform the album track “Bad Days” live. Replay the decidedly low-key performance — at least, by Flaming Lips standards — below.

premiere: Still Corners unveil dreamy new single Horses at Night
Dec 1, 2015 9:00am | Gorilla Vs Bear

London dream-pop duo Still Corners unveil their twinkling new single: we've always felt these two would make the ideal house band for an '80s prom (hugest compliment, in my opinion) and the romantically swaying "Horses at Night" elicits the kind of bittersweet yearning that would make it a perfect, vaguely cinematic anthem for a final slow-dance. Taken from the group's almost-finished third full-length, due sometime in 2016. Visuals by Lucy Dyson:

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Glassjaw New White Extremity
Dec 1, 2015 8:55am | StereoGum
Glassjaw - New White ExtremityThere was a moment, back in 2002-2003, when Long Island was being positioned as "the next Seattle" (Alternative Press and Victory Records decreed as much!). But now, more than a decade later, most non-natives remember only Brand New and Taking Back Sunday from that "scene." I grew up on LI, though, and I worked for … More »

Glassjaw release new single "New White Extremity" from long-awaited third album (listen)
Dec 1, 2015 8:55am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Glassjaw (now with a new rhythm section) still haven't released an album since their great 2002 sophomore LP Worship and Tribute and they haven't released music at all since 2011's Coloring Book EP. But today they just dropped the new single "New White Extremity," which Pitchfork says is from the long-rumored third album, and that more album details will follow. It certainly sounds like Glassjaw -- it's heavy, spastic, and flamboyant as ever -- and it's more than good enough to get excited about this album. Listen below.

As previously mentioned, Glassjaw are touring with Coheed & Cambria and Silver Snakes. That tour hits NYC on March 4 at the Theater at MSG. Tickets for that show are still available.

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