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Upset covered 7 Seconds, playing SXSW including BV day party; Swearin' playing MHOW tonight (win tix!)
Mar 7, 2014 3:56pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Upset -- the new band fronted by former Vivian Girls/Best Coast drummer Ali Koehler, along with Patty Schemel (Hole), Jenn Prince, and a rotating fourth member (which did/does include Kickball Katy, Kyle Gilbride from Swearin', Rachel Gagliardi of Slutever) -- released their punky, poppy debut LP, She's Gone, back in 2013 via Don Giovanni, and they've now paid tribute to one of their punky influences, 7 Seconds, whose song "Not Just Boys Fun" they recorded a cover of. Check out that cover below.
Upset will also be heading to SXSW, where they'll play a number of shows including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday, March 14 at Red 7, which also includes Parquet Courts, Beth Israel and more TBA. (full lineup coming very soon, we promise!) You can check out their whole schedule below.
In related news, Kyle Gilbride, who produced She's Gone and performed as a member of Upset at the Don Giovanni showcase in February will play NYC tonight when his band Swearin' brings their tour to Music Hall of Williamsburg (3/7) with Even Hand and Certain Spiders. It's the band's second NYC show this week (they played Cake Shop last night with former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone), and was recently moved to MHOW from Rough Trade. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win are below.
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Listen: SZAs dreamy new song Babylon
Mar 7, 2014 3:50pm | Cosequence Of Sound
CoSigned artist Solana Rowe, a.k.a. SZA, had a huge 2013. After signing with Top Dawg Entertainment, the alt-R&B songstress then teamed up with her fellow TDE associates for a string of promising collaborations. She joined Kendrick Lamar during live performances of “Swimming Pools” and “Poetic Justice”, appeared on ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron, revamped her song “Ice.Moon” with the help of Ab-Soul, and hopped on Isaiah Rashad’s own “Ronnie Drake”. SZA seems poised for another busy year, starting with the release of her new Z EP, due out April 8th.
Co-produced by Mac Miller, “Babylon” is our latest glimpse of this new release, a throbbing cut that sees SZA cozily floating in her neo-R&B comfort zone. Steamy, cavernous beats pound against her soulful, airy coo, a clashing of sonic elements that somehow sounds so enticing to the ear. SZA has a way of doing that spotting the sweet common ground between opposing forces, reinventing the ordinary into the magical. We saw that on last year’s well-received S EP, and it looks as though we’ll see more of it on Z. Check out the track below via its equally dream-like video.
SZA previews new EP with DJ Dahi-produced Babylon
Mar 7, 2014 3:46pm | Fact Magazine
The smokey siren readies her first effort for TDE.
Save a few tracks, Solana SZA Rowe has mostly kept quiet since linking up with Top Dawg Entertainment (home to Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q et al) last year.
Thankfully, it looks like the off-kilter vocalist will release her next EP next month, and the first cut is in impressive one. ‘Babylon’ finds SZA heart-heavy and lovelorn over a left-field rap-R&B-club hybrid produced by ‘Money Trees’ / ‘Worst Behavior’ scribe DJ Dahi; it wouldn’t sound out of place on Night Slugs.
Watch the video (directed by SZA and APLUSFILMZ) below; #Z is due out April 8. For more SZA, check out our interview from last year.
SZA Babylon Video
Mar 7, 2014 3:43pm | StereoGum
“I can’t recall the last time I took advice from anyone,” is the way SZA begins her entrancing new single “Babylon.” Her last words? “Crucify me.” In between, she gracefully emits breathy sighs that suggest she doesn’t need anybody’s advice over a gurgling, ominous beat from DJ Dahi, who’s done work for her TDE brethren Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q as well as Drake’s “Worst Behavior.” (Apparently Mac Miller helped too.) SZA co-directed the clothes-removing, water-submerging video with APLUSFILMZ. Immerse yourself in it below.
YG Who Do You Love (Feat. Drake) Video
Mar 7, 2014 3:26pm | StereoGum
Later this month, the L.A. rapper YG, whose hardscrabble West Coast party rap was recently dubbed “an exciting sign that the system still works” by our own Tom Breihan, will release his major-label debut My Krazy Life. We already saw videos for his all-star “My Nigga (Remix)” and “Left Right.” Now comes a clip for the DJ Mustard-produced Drake collab “Who Do You Love.” Director Benny Boom sets these guys at a house party that makes this song feel even more fun than it did before. Watch it.
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden hint at joint U.S. tour
Mar 7, 2014 3:18pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Photos by David Hall / Debi Del Grande
Nine Inch Nails are in the midst of a co-headlining Australian tour with Queens of the Stone Age, but it looks like Trent Reznor and Co. have already lined up another massive joint tour.
As The PRP points out, LiveNation.com briefly listed a co-headlining date featuring Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden, scheduled for Sunday, August 17th in Dallas, TX. Not long after the listing was pulled, both bands shared short videos featuring a similar aesthetic and a quick-moving barrage of various American cities and concert venues. Neither band responded to our request for comment.
Nine Inch Nails teaser:
Reznor previously announced plans to return to North America in 2014 for another leg of touring in support of the band’s latest LP, Hesitation Marks. Meanwhile, Soundgarden are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album Superunknown and have already lined up gigs at South by Southwest and Sasquatch! Music Festival.
If the news does prove true, it sees two longtime rivals coming together for the first time since their infamous show in Molson Park, Ontario in 1994. As Reznor recounted in a 2009 interview, “We had a chip on our shoulder about Soundgarden because their record came out the same day Downward Spiral came out and they beat us to #1 on&nb...
Watch Blue Ivy Totally Ruin Beyoncés Grammy Rehearsal
Mar 7, 2014 3:03pm | StereoGum
Here’s something cute to start your weekend off right. Perhaps you recall that Beyoncé and Jay Z opened the Grammys telecast with a performance of “Drunk In Love.” A video of Beyoncé’s rehearsal (with a Jay Z body double, incidentally) has surfaced that’s entertaining for reasons other than Bey’s breathtaking performance. Not that she charges through this rehearsal with anything less than authority — it’s just that in the final seconds, her baby daughter absolutely melts away her showbiz poise. During the song’s outro, Blue Ivy gets ahold of a microphone and repeats “Surfboard,” then “Hi mommy,” causing the superstar diva to crack a humongous smile. You’ll grin too when you watch it below.
50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW
Mar 7, 2014 2:59pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), below...
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10 NYC artists to check out at SXSW 2014
Mar 7, 2014 2:57pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis, Wyatt Marshall & Zach Pollack
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House in
2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
The insanity that is SXSW is about to uproot folks from around the globe, sending them to Austin for a week to see 628 bands. While there will be great music from all around the world there, we thought, being a NYC-based website, we'd highlight ten artists from our hometown we think you should check out if you'll be there. You can listen to two tracks each from each band (who's on RDIO) in our RDIO playlist, and browse the list below.
Also check out our list of 50 artists from around the world (including four of the ones here) we're excited to see at SXSW and our SXSW metal preview (including NYC's Psalm Zero), and if you're going, we hope to see you at our official showcase, Invisible Oranges' showcase, or one of our day parties!
Check out the list and stream the playlist below...
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Parquet Courts ready new 7" & LP, playing SXSW including BV day party w/ Beth Israel (dates)
Mar 7, 2014 2:48pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Parquet Courts will release a new 7" for Record Store Day with two new songs, "Pilgrims to Nowhere" and "Sunbathing Animal." You can hear the latter right now -- if you can read sheet music and have access to a musical instrument, or know someone who can/does. You can see a small version of that sheet music (shades of Beck) below or download a high-res here. According to producer Jonathan Schenke, Parquet Courts' new album is in the can and about to be mastered.
The band's last NYC show was back in January at The Acheron around the time of their Fallon appearance. You can now watch that entire Acheron show below. And if you want to see them live, the band will be in Austin, TX next week for SXSW, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (3/14) at Red 7. After that Parquet Courts will play a few West Coast shows.
The band's next scheduled NYC show is June 11 at Bed-Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club with Detroit's Protomartyr (who play our Saturday day party and will be in NYC in April), plus Future Punx, and Xerox. No word on tickets for that show yet.
Also playing our Friday day party are Austin's own Beth Isreal whose new album Dental Denial will be out on Dull Tools, the label co-run by Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage. They'll also play the Dull Tools party at Austin's The Owl on Saturday (3/15) with Parquet...
Ron Reyes further comments on Black Flag disaster
Mar 7, 2014 2:38pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Ron Reyes w/ Black Flag in 2013 (more by
Today in Black Flag: Following vocalist Ron Reyes being fired, bassist Dave Klein quitting, and the band apologizing for "falling short in 2013" and replacing Ron with Mike Vallely on vocals, Ron has recently made more comments on the whole thing. A recent article on Beatroute reads:
"When I found out about Flag, one of the first things I said to Greg was, 'We must take the high road on this. Do not disrespect those guys in public. They have the public's support. People LOVE Keith Morris, people LOVE Chuck Dukowski, people LOVE Bill Stevenson. If we come against those guys we are going to look like bitter old men. Greg said, 'Fuck it. I am bitter.' He did it and it completely backfired. I didn't even know about Greg's lawsuit until the day it went public. Mike V told me. Once the lawsuit came out (August 2013) we were the Evil Flag. There was the Good Flag and the Evil Flag...it was really hard. When I started I was on good terms with those guys. All of a sudden they stopped responding to my emails. Relationships were severed and I was guilty by association.""
Play a vintage-style videogame based on Futures Move That Dope
Mar 7, 2014 2:23pm | Fact Magazine
Turn on the Sprites?
Okay, we all want Future to just knuckle down and make sure Honest has been finished, but it looks like whoever’s handling his marketing division might have other ideas.
Latest single ‘Move That Dope’ (which was given the deluxe video treatment this week) has now been granted it’s own videogame, and those of you who still remember the 1980s will no doubt get a kick out of it.
Playing like a dramatically stripped-down version of Grand Theft Auto it’s not gonna win any awards at this year’s E3, but it’s an enjoyable enough time waster for anyone tired of Flappy Bird, and c’mon, the song is already one of the best of the year.
Try your luck below. [via Pitchfork]
TEEN Not For Long Video
Mar 7, 2014 2:20pm | StereoGum
Today, psych-pop quartet TEEN, who will release The Way And Colour this spring, share a new video for “Not For Long.” Roland von Tessin’s video takes frontwoman Kristina Lieberson and recreates her as a disembodied head with an insect-like headdress. In some of the shots, like the one above, the symmetry and severity of the design seem oddly reminiscent of Fuck Buttons’ iconic album covers. Watch it below.
Pure X Heaven
Mar 7, 2014 2:15pm | Gorilla Vs Bear
[Austin's Pure X unveils another lovely track from their forthcoming LP Angel, out next month on Fat Possum]
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