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Looks Like The Rapture Broke Up
Mar 7, 2014 4:46pm | StereoGum
All signs point to the New York dance-punks the Rapture quietly breaking up. As Consequence Of Sound points out, a press release for an upcoming Red Bull Music Academy event in New York lists guitarist and passionate hyena-yawper Luke Jenner as “formerly of the Rapture.” When self-titled sought clarification, Jonathan Galkin of DFA Records responded mysteriously: “I kept thinking it might blow over, but that might not be the case. Feel free to go to press with this headline: ’Did the Rapture Break Up and Not Tell Anyone?’” That’s not exactly explicit confirmation, but it’s close enough to pour one out tonight for one of the greatest bands of the dance-punk revival.
The Men played Bowery Ballroom, touring with Nude Beach, playing The Wick with Obits (dates & new videos)
Mar 7, 2014 4:41pm | Brooklyn Vegan
The Men @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/5/14 (via Todd
Brooklyn punks/country rockers/jammers The Men just released their new album Tomorrow's Hits this week and celebrated by bringing their tour with The Ukiah Drag to Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (3/5) for a hometown release show. You can check out a video of the band from that show, along with their new music video for "Pearly Gates" from the new record, below.
The Men will avoid SXSW insanity by heading to Europe for a tour next week, and later in the year they'll tour with their Brooklyn pals Nude Beach. That tour includes a show at new Brooklyn venue The Wick on May 10, and making it even more exciting, Obits are on that show too. That's a great triple bill. Tickets for the Wick show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Obits also just put out a new video. It's an animated one for the song "I'm Closing In" from last year's Bed & Bugs. Check that out, along with the Men videos and the list of tour dates, below...
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Pure X Heaven
Mar 7, 2014 4:29pm | StereoGum
Austin’s Pure X will release their third album (and Fat Possum debut) next month. “Heaven” builds off of what we heard on “Starlight,” embracing the sun-drenched, serene vibe that they’ve spent their last two records refining. Their new album was recorded to tape over a five-day period in a century-old Texas dance hall. You can listen below.
The Heavy Lowdown: NY Death Fest II adds to line-up, weekend shows and more
Mar 7, 2014 4:20pm | Brooklyn Vegan
By Doug Moore
Municipal Waste at Santos Party House, 2012
(photo by Wyatt Marshall)
This week ran a little slow as the music industry geared up for the clusterfuck that is SXSW, but it saw some notable developments anyhow. (And if you're going to Austin, here's our guide to metal at SXSW.) Here's the low-down.
First, live stuff for this weekend: Dehumanized is topping a brutal death metal bill at The Acheron tonight (3/7). Tortuous Inception, Kalopsia, Forced Asphyxiation, & Hypoxia provide support (tix). On Saturday (3/8), there are two shows with Japanese headlining acts: experimental weirdos Vampilia will put in the first of a few NYC appearances alongside Mick Barr, Kevin Hufnagel, & MV Carbon at Silent Barn, while punkers System Fucker will team up with Aspects of War, Nomad, Herpes, & Warthog for an Acheron show (tix).
Some other developments:
Swedish punks Infernöh's aforementioned TBA appearance on April 12 has been slated for the Acheron.
NY Death Fest II has announced the rest of its lineup. Notable additions include long-running West Coast punks Nausea and New York death metal icons Mortician. The full lineup is listed below.
Speaking of SXSW: if you're headed to Austin and you've got an ear f...
Colourmusic releasing 'May You Mary Rich' (streams), playing SXSW and other dates
Mar 7, 2014 4:08pm | Brooklyn Vegan
by Bill Pearis
Oklahoma psych trio Colourmusic will return with their new album, May You Marry Rich, on March 25 via Memphis Industries. The new album is a little more synth-heavy than 2011's My _____ is Pink but in there you can still hear the rhythmic influence of Can and their spacerocking OK neighbors The Flaming Lips. We're premiering "Silvertape," which is one of the more insterstellar tracks off the record, and you can stream it (and another song) below.
Colourmusic will be in Austin for SXSW and are only playing one show (Wednesday night at 1 AM, yikes) and will warm up for that with an Oklahoma City show the day before. They were excellent when I caught them at SXSW 2011 and let's hope a full tour is in the works.
Tour dates are listed, along with the song streams, album art
and tracklist, below...
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The Rapture break up, tell no one
Mar 7, 2014 3:58pm | Cosequence Of Sound
Brooklyn dance-punk outfit The Rapture have called it quits. Only problem is, they didn’t bother to tell anyone.
News of the split actually came via a press release for the Red Bull Music Academys latest New York takeover, where frontman Luke Jenner is listed as “formerly of The Rapture” on the lineup for a two-night William Onyeabor tribute concert. For confirmation, self-titled reached out to the trio’s on-again/off-again label DFA Records. Label manager Jonathan Galkin issued this slightly cryptic statement:
Formed in 1998, the band was heralded as the forerunners of the early 2000s post-punk revival. They released four full-length LPs during their run, highlighted by 2003′s Echoes and its breakout smash “House of Jealous Loves”. Their final release came in the form of 2011′s In the Grace of Your Love.
Below, enjoy an impromptu best-of:
The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Mar 7, 2014 3:56pm | StereoGum
This was one of those weeks where the best music-related video wasn’t a music video. It was Future Islands performing on Letterman and just fucking going for it. Letterman has already introduced frontman Samuel T. Herring’s dancing as a recurring joke on the show, and I sincerely hope it’s because he realizes that dancing was awesome, not because it was weird or whatever. (We’ll never know; it’s always impossible to tell with Letterman.) This was intense, everything-on-the-line performance, and it was maybe, hopefully, the rare late-night TV performance that actually makes a serious difference in a band’s career. I have this vague idea that Future Islands could be the Odd Future-style Band You Have To See at SXSW next week, and if that happens, that performance will be a huge part of the reason. But I still haven’t started including things like late-night performances in this column, so go ahead and enjoy a column that, for whatever reason, is absolutely packed with punk-identified guitar bands this week.
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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