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Britta Phillips releasing first-ever solo album -- listen to her cover of Evie Sands' "One Fine Summer Morning"
Feb 10, 2016 11:28am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Britta Phillips

Britta Phillips has made records with Luna and as one half of Dean & Britta, not to mention her early-'90s band The Belltower. (She was also the singing voice of Jem.) Here comes her first solo album, Luck Or Magic, which will be out April 29 via Double Feature Records. The record started as a collaboration with electronic producer Scott Hardkiss, who died in 2013. She shelved the project for a while but came back to it with help from producer Eric Broucek. The album is half covers (including The Cars' "Drive" and Dennis Wilson's "Fallin' In Love") and half Phillips originals. The first single is a gorgeous cover of Evie Sands' "One Fine Summer Morning" from 1969, and you can listen to that below.

Speaking of, Dean & Britta recorded the soundtrack to Noah Baumbach's 2015 film Mistress America, and released a 7" single last month with Britta covered Dylan's "Don't Think Twice" on one side, and they both tackle Paul and Paula's 1962 hit "Hey Paula." you can listen to the Dylan cover below as well.

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Manchesters Levelz to play Hackneys Shapes in May
Feb 10, 2016 11:26am | Fact Magazine

Watch out London: the Mancs are coming.

MCR crew Levelz – the loose-knit, 14-strong group of MCs, DJs and producers – will take over Shapes in Hackney Wick on May 27 for what is bound to be a gloriously mixed bag of a show. They’ve even been described as “Wu-Tang meets the Happy Mondays.

Last month saw their release of the LVL 11 mixtape, which takes in hip-hop, grime and dubstep to drum & bass, house and even a sprinkling of jazz.

And in other non-music related Levelz news, they made a bit of a name for themselves in December when they hijacked the social media channels of embattled booking agency Elastic Artists, as a form of protest against unpaid debts.

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California Dreamin: The Los Angeles Of Lana Del Rey And Father John Misty
Feb 10, 2016 11:18am | StereoGum
fjm_lanaLast night, Lana Del Rey debuted a new video for "Freak," a standout from her 2015 release Honeymoon. It was anticipated, and is notable, because of a particular guest star: Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty. While it had never seemed like a given that the two would collaborate, it feels inevitable now that … More »

Graves at Sea releasing long-awaited full length, touring (dates and song stream)
Feb 10, 2016 11:16am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Graves at Sea

Doom band Graves at Sea are releasing an album and touring in 2016. Though they've been around for years (and ended a four-year hiatus in 2012), this is actually their first full length album. It's called The Curse That Is... and due April 1 via Relapse. So far they've released the title track, an extended riff-monster of a song that covers a ton of ground over the course of its 11 minutes. You can stream it below and pre-order the album now.

That tour will bring Graves at Sea through NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on April 17 with Order of the Owl. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Stream "The Curse That Is" and check out tour dates below...

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Battles 2006 classic EP C/B EP comes to vinyl
Feb 10, 2016 11:13am | Fact Magazine

Mirrored and Gloss Drop will also be repressed.

Warp has announced a comprehensive campaign of Battles reissues, with all of the band’s early releases available on vinyl again.

As well as represses of Mirrored and Gloss Drop in the original deluxe packaging, the classic EP C/B EP will be available on vinyl for the first time.

EP C/B EP was originally released on CD by Warp in 2006 when Battles could still be loosely classified as a math rock band, and compiled the music from EP C on Monitor Records, the B EP on Dim Mak, and the Tras single on Cold Sweat Records.

While Tras and B EP saw a vinyl release, none of EP C has been previously available on wax. Warp’s reissue features new gatefold artwork by Battles guitarist Dave Konopka, and comes as a double LP.

The reissues all arrive on April 1 and join last year’s La Di Da Di. Battles will also be touring in spring – dates for that below.

Mar 22 Dublin, IE @ Button Factory
Mar 23 Liverpool, GB @ O2 Academy 1
Mar 24 London, GB @ Ele...

Yeasayer share dreamy new song, bizarre Donald Trump-inspired album artwork
Feb 10, 2016 11:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

On April 1st, Yeasayer are set to return with their fourth studio album, Amen & Goodbye, via Mute Records. Spanning 13 tracks, the follow-up to 2012’s Fragrant World was recorded at Outlier Inn Studio in New York with help from Joey Waronker of Atoms for Peace.

Last month, the Brooklyn natives revealed “I Am Chemistry”, the excellent lead single and their first new song in nearly three years. Now, they’re sharing another offering, a slowly unfurling psych pop gem.

The track, whose title has not been revealed, can be heard in a new video that showcases more of Amen & Goodbye’s bizarre artwork from David Altmejd. The band describe it as “Sgt. Pepper meets Hieronymus Bosch meets Dali meets Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” which sounds just about right.

Check it out below.

And for kicks, see if you can spot the Donald Trump reference in this video screenshot:

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Amen & Goodbye Tracklist:

The Trp release new track Never Learn
Feb 10, 2016 10:56am | Fact Magazine

This anonymous, globally-based R&B trio are ones to watch.

The Trp are following up their 2014 underground hit YAHUDA with some loosie releases this year, including ‘Never Learn’. Their sound combines the indie experiments of early TV on the Radio and the classic soul of DeBarge.

Of the track, the group says: “We were inspired by things all humans deal with at some point or another – denial, bad patterns and connecting with yourself…So the story written from the perspective of the psychedelic subconscious of a girl. She’s at a crossroads, and deciding whether she’s going to change or continue her current ways.”

Stream ‘Never Learn’ below.

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DJ EZ to play non-stop 24-hour set for Cancer Research UK
Feb 10, 2016 10:55am | Fact Magazine

The garage legend might be superhuman after all.

DJ EZ and his lightning-fast fingers have taken on a mind-boggling challenge in the name of charity. On Saturday, February 27, EZ will embark on a 24-hour DJ set to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The set will begin at 6pm and continue until the same time Sunday evening, so you can plan your living room rave accordingly. Head to JustGiving to make a donation or text DJEZ77 £ with your amount to 70070.

We’ve done the maths, and at EZ’s standard rate of about a record per minute, he’s going to need over 1,400 records in his bag. That’s a big bag. Big up EZ!

I am delighted to announce that from 6pm on Saturday the 27th of February I will be performing a non-stop 24 hour live stream charity DJ Set with 100% of donations going to Cancer Research UK! #DJEZ24HourSet

Posted by DJ EZ on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Suspect Package: How music clubs and subscriptions are changing music
Feb 10, 2016 10:54am | Drowned In Sound
As 2016 is well under way, how are you resolutions going? Good, glad to hear that youre still not smoking. Keep it up. This is a good one to try and stick to. How about your resolution of trying to find more new, interesting, and exciting music? Sorry to hear its not going that well. Here are some quick and easy solutions that might make 2016 the year when you discover your new favourite band...

The only real question is how much you have to spend and whether you care about physical product or not? If youre just a music fan who hasnt got time or space to house an ever growing vinyl collection, then Spotify, or a similar service, is probably for you. You get everything you need at the click of a button and, if you dont like something, what does it matter as you havent invested a lot of time and money in it. Click again and find something you do like. However, if you like the idea of being sent a surprise package each month/quarter that you have no idea what is inside, then Flying Vinyl or one of the other physical clubs might just be for you!

Here are just a few of the music subscription services that Ive enjoyed over the last year...

Flying Vinyl

Whats the deal: Flying Vinyl ethos is on sending you the best new alternative music straight to your door.

What do you get: You get 5 7 singles, 1 always being...

Com Truise Diffraction
Feb 10, 2016 10:53am | StereoGum
Com Truise - Interstellar LA producer Com Truise (real name Seth Haley) will release a new EP, Silicon Tare, later this year, his first since 2014's Wave 1 EP. "Diffraction" is the lead single, and it continues with the same kind of warm and spacey pings that he's been doing since his 2011 debut. Listen below. More »

Pkew Pkew Pkew opening for PUP in NYC on Friday (listen to their new song "Mid 20's Skateboarder")
Feb 10, 2016 10:38am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Pkew Pkew Pkew

As previously mentioned, Toronto punks PUP are playing shows, including NYC on Friday (2/12) at Saint Vitus (sold out) and June 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets). The openers at Vitus are their Toronto neighbors/pals Pkew Pkew Pkew.

If you dig PUP, you'll probably like Pkew Pkew Pkew too. They're up a very similar alley of well-produced anthemic punk rock with lots of drinking references. Their self-titled debut album is due out at some point in the near future via Royal Mountain Records, the same label PUP is on in Canada (and Alvvays, Hollerado, and more). It was recorded by Jon Drew (who's also worked with PUP, Fucked Up and Single Mothers) and Ryan Mall (who's also worked with Lucero, The Bouncing Souls, and The Gaslight Anthem). "Mid 20's Skateboarder" from that album premieres in this post. Check it out below.

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The Diarrhoea of Modern 'Culture' DiS meets Steve Mason
Feb 10, 2016 10:37am | Drowned In Sound
With the release of his new studio album Meet the Humans drawing close this February 26th, Scottish art pop veteran Steve Mason kindly took the time to talk us through his ever shifting style, fond reflections on The Beta Band and the diarrhoea of modern 'culture'.

Once known as a cranky interviewee, today he claims those who were all cunts are now lovely as we're all skint and need the attention. A fair summary of what turned out to be a delightful chat...

So how has the year been treating you so far then?

Good, we finished the album in June last year so I've just been waiting like seven months to get the thing off the ground and moving. So yeah, it's just been a very good month so far as after you sit on something for so long, it can be quite hard.

Congratulations on the album, I've had a chance to listen to it a handful of times and it's really, really good. Structurally though, it seems a lot more concise than Monkey Minds was even though your still batting between musical styles what happened over the last three years to influence this more concise tone?

Well I think it was Monkey Minds that happened really. I try and kind of do... not the opposite of what I've done each time, but I try and give each album it's own identity and obviously Monkey Minds was...

Watch Out Kendrick, Heres Ed Sheeran Rapping Eminems Criminal
Feb 10, 2016 10:34am | StereoGum
Ed Sheeran CriminalApparently Adele isn't the only Brit that can spit a rap lyric or two. During an interview on French media news site Clique, Ed Sheeran rapped eight bars of an Eminem verse from "Criminal," off of 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP, even quicker than Em did on the original song. This … More »

L.A. dreampop band Crescendo ready new LP 'Unless' (listen), touring around SXSW
Feb 10, 2016 10:28am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis


Los Angeles band Crescendo make dreampop that both shimmers and snarls. The band's second album, Unless, is due out next week (2/19) via We Were Never Being Boring and is superior shoegaze pop that will appeal to fans of Eternal Summers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Field Mice, and The Radio Department. Lovely new single "Tell" makes its premiere in this post and you can listen to that, along with a few other songs on the album, below.

Like a lot of bands, Crescendo will be heading to SXSW next and will be touring around it. Unfortunately they aren't heading any further east than Texas but all dates are listed below.

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The Bataclan Plans To Reopen This Year
Feb 10, 2016 10:26am | StereoGum
The Bataclan Plans To Reopen This YearThe Bataclan -- the historic Paris venue which was the site of the horrific terrorist attack in November that killed 89 people -- plans to reopen for concerts before the end of the year, according to ABC News. In a statement today, the club's owners said that "we'll do our best to host … More »

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