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Motion City Soundtrack is set to release the video documentary I Am The Movie: The Movie on May 13th through Epitaph Records. Motion City Soundtrack culled hours of video footage and photographs from the early ’00s when the band recorded and released their debut album, I Am The Movie first in 2002 on their own, […]
Secrets are streaming their new video for “Maybe Next May”, check it out below. The band will head out on the Hollow Bodies tour this week with Blessthefall and will be appearing on all of Warped Tour this summer. Check out the tour dates here.
Emery will launch a crowdfunding campaign next Tuesday, April 1, on BadChristian.com to help support the band’s upcoming full-length, You Were Never Alone. The album will be released this summer on BadChristian Music, the record label founded by Emery members Matt Carter and Toby Morrell and former Emery bassist Joey Svendsen. You Were Never Alone […]
I Am The Avalanche are streaming their new album, Wolverines, over on billboard.com. The album is due out this Tuesday March 18th and is also available for pre-order on iTunes for just $7.99. I Am The Avalanche will be making the following U.S. appearances starting next week. Tour dates below. Wolverines Tour 2014 MARCH 17 […]
A few weeks back I went to the Ryman in Nashville to see Jake Bugg, upcoming singer-songwriter from England, along with The Skins and The Weeks. I expected a great show from Bugg, but I hadn’t taken the time to listen to The Weeks prior to the show. As soon as they hit the stage […]
In late May hard-hitting rockers FIDLAR and METZ brought their tour to Bowery Ballroom for the first of a sold out two-night run, with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg coming the following night. This was a duel-headlining tour, with the two bands rotating as headliners each night. The show featuring an opening set […]
This May marked my second time at Boston Calling, solidifying it along with New York’s Governors Ball and Delaware’s Firefly as one of the premier music festivals in the East Coast. Every spring and fall fans come together in City Hall Plaza for an unforgettable weekend of music. and this May was no different. Although […]
Who better to close out the Boston Calling Music Festival, than local Boston heroes, Pixies? I last caught the Pixies at The Capitol Theatre last May, and since then, the group has been touring steadily for the past year. Newly acquired bassist Paz Lenchantin has really grown to be a nice fit for the group […]
I’ll be honest, one of the true drawing points of the 2015 spring edition of Boston Calling was the booking of Tenacious D, the comedic rock duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass. I never actually thought I’d get to see them play live, which made their appearance one of the must sees performances of […]
After catching TV On The Radio rock the beautiful Kings Theatre just a few days before, I once again caught up with the Brooklyn rockers at Boston Calling last May. The festival setting allowed the guys to trim the set to something more of a greatest hits set, starting with “Young Liars” and closing with […]
When you launch Apple Music today for the first time, let Daye Jack‘s Soul Glitch be the first album you check out. The Nigerian-born, Atlanta-raised rapper was still attending NYU for Computer Science last year when his mixtape Hello World blew up on Soundcloud. On his WBR debut, Daye’s unique lyricism and aesthetic become even more personal. We sat down […]
JUST GET UNDRESSED Coming straight off the release of her Mine EP and blissful heartbreak jam “We Won’t” with Jaymes Young, Phoebe Ryan returns with a video for the penultimate track “Homie.” Diving into a bar and onto the stage for karaoke, the video features an intoxicating Phoebe downing drinks and looking for the kind of special friend we all […]
Algiers is a four-piece from Atlanta, GA, whose debut record is the soundtrack to rebellion that boisterously incorporates past generations of protest music. The classic-sounds of hymnal-blues, punk, gospel, protest-soul, and even 90’s industrial that are incorporated into their music, are a reminder that the social and political oppression that spawned those styles of music are still alive today– […]
TRY NOT TO BE RELENTING Netherlands duo Klyne caught the attention of the blogosphere earlier this year with the release of their debut single “Paralyzed.”Warm-coated production courtesy of Ferdous Dehzad provide ample coverage for singer Nick Klein to wrap around his deep-crooning vocals as it all ebbs and flows into a deep-seated groove. The result is an emotionally charged shock of lo-fi electronica. […]
With most major festivals offering similar lineups this Summer, it’s nice when you find a gem that switches it up a bit. Case in point: Mamby On The Beach on Oakwood Beach in Chicago July 11th and 12th. The headliners are worth it alone, but with undercard acts such as Goldroom, Classixx [Live!], James Murphy […]
by Bill Pearis Dick Diver celebrating American freedom in Cleveland (photo via @Dick_Divas) Australia's Dick Diver are currently on tour in the US, and have just added an NYC show TONIGHT (7/5) at Cake Shop with Green Pages and Beastie...
Lifter Puller at D4th of July (via Hold Steady Twitter) Dillinger Four celebrated their 21st anniversary and America's independence yesterday with their D4th of July festival in Minneapolis that also included Against Me!, Scared of Chaka, Toys That Kill, and...
photo: Chris Gethard @ Rough Trade (more by Ryan Muir) You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights... Dick Diver, Green Pages, Beastie Vee @ Cake Shop Australia's Dick Diver...
Happy Fourth of July! Pleaser check out our guide to holiday events and fireworks, and you can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of today and tonight's shows. Meanwhile, here are some highlights... Swirlies, Krill, Advaeta @...
by Andrew Sacher Veteran hip hop producer Statik Selektah is following last year's What Goes Around with another solo album, Lucky 7, on Tuesday (7/7) via Showoff/Duck Down. Like its predecessor, it's insanely stacked with impressive guests. Action Bronson, Joey...
Charanjit Singh, the keyboardist and guitarist credited with pioneering acid house music, has died in his sleep, the Wire reports. He was 75.
A former session musician in Bollywood, Singh spent the early 1980s experimenting with Indian raga on the Roland TB 303, TR 808, and Jupiter 8. His album Synthesizing: 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat, recorded in Mumbai in 1982, was among the first to use the 303, some years before it became synonymous with acid house. A commercial failure, the record regained attention as an acid house prototype in the early 2000s thanks to record collector Edo Bouman, who reissued the LP in 2010 on his label Bombay Connection. Speaking to the Guardian at the time, Bouman said: "[Singh] made close to 10 albums, but they all were cover albums. He told me, 'Frankly, this was the best thing I did. Other albums are all film songs I just played. But this was my own composition. Do something all of your own, and you can make something truly different.'"
At the time of his death, Singh had been planning a live show in London and an album of Indian folk music.
This weekend at Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Damon Albarn performed a 5-hour set with the Africa Express Project that included a cover of the Clash's "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", which he performed with Songhoy Blues, Nick Zinner, Jeff Wooten, and Seye Adeklan. Watch video below.
After the marathon set (which ended around 4 AM), Albarn was told he had to stop, so he encouraged the audience to keep cheering so that he could continue to perform. The crowd obliged to such an extent that security came out and literally carried Albarn off stage. Watch video and other select performances from the show below.
Africa Express is an organization that brings together musicians from multiple cultures, continents, and genres. They've put on concerts in Europe and Africa, and have released a series of recorded projects, including Terry Riley's In C Maliand a corresponding film about the making of the album that featured Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, and Nick Zinner.
"Should I Stay or Should I Go" (cover):
Albarn being carried off stage:
Damon Albarn covering Randy Newman's "Baltimore" with Laura Mvula and Graham Coxon:
Tilley discussed the origins of the intro—the part where Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock are carried by police officers—which features a new verse from Lamar. Apparently, while Tilley and Lamar were discussing the imagery of having cops carry the car, Lamar came up with some new music on the spot.
...All of a sudden, Kendrick was like, “Hold on, man. I’m totally hearing something completely different for this right now.” He’s like, “I’m gonna write this song and we’ll send it to you tonight. But we’ll do this song as a segment before the video even starts.” So, they sent me the song like two days later and we continued to build on it.
Tilley also discussed some of the clip's symbolism. Lamar is supposed to represent a Superman-like figure—a superhero in the sky that kids "aspire towards". He also discusses Lamar's smile at the end:
Well, you know, it’s all a dream world. So, he’s really saying, “Everything is still gonna be alright.” At the end, really, when he smiled, we were all playing around with the fact that we should just have the chorus come back like, “We gon’ be alright!” But then it would have just kept going. But like I said, it’s really all about the positivity.
Last month, Dave Grohl fractured his leg after falling off the stage at a Foo Fighters concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. The injury forced Foo Fighters to cancel a string of European tour dates, including the band's appearance at the Glastonbury Festival. Last night, the Foos returned to the stage for the first time since Grohl's injury. To accommodate his leg, which was in a cast, Grohl performed from a throne. Watch footage of the performance below via NME.
The performance was the band's 20th anniversary Fourth of July blowout at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The daylong concert also included performances from Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Trouble Funk, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
Tweedy, the band featuring Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, were the musical guest on the July 4 episode of "CBS This Morning", as part of the program's ongoing "Saturday Sessions" series. As well as performing Sukierae tracks "Low Key" and "Wait for Love", Jeff and Spencer sat down with Anthony Mason to chat about working together. The whole family were interviewed together for a segment on Jeff's wife Sue Miller's ongoing cancer treatments.
A new film by award-winning director Asif Kapadia explores the turbulent life of Amy Winehouse. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with the director about his film, which uses taped interviews and family videos to paint an intimate portrait of the late singer.
Near the end of Friday's news cycle, Anthony Naples' Proibito label dropped word of a forthcoming record from former XLR8R podcast contributor Huerco S. The Brooklyn-based producer born Brian Leeds has been the ...
The normal progression goes something like this: an artist releases several albums, enjoys praise, and then eventually makes a greatest hits compilation. Michael Stasis, a singer songwriter based in Los Angeles, will effectively alter that progression with his upcoming Arbutus Records release RIP III. Stasis has recorded a prolific catalogue of songs over the past few years, none of which have been officially released. For that reason, RIP III will serve as an overview of Stasis' work to date and, more importantly, an official introduction to his music. Stasis' first official release covers an extensive period of his career in music, reflected in the varying styles of the songs on the record. Surf rock, psychedelia, ballads, and even a healthy dose of pop make important imprints on the slated release. Today we share with you "Venus of Soap", the first single from RIP III to be released alongside the album's announcement. The track is unhurried and gentle, exploring both psychedelia and surf rock without dipping too far into either genre. It culminates in an breezy chorus where Stasis breathily repeats, with tacit sarcasm in his voice, "Laugh it off". And momentarily, it really sounds like he is laughing at something – maybe at the "Venus of Soap" that keeps slipping out of his hands and into the drain. Check out the new track below.
Francine Thirteen is important. An afronaut hailing from Dallas, Francine Thirteen describes her latest work as "ritual pop." This is a smart move – not only because "ritual pop" is indeed a fitting picture of the Venusian's music, but also because of the mutual power that the two words "ritual" and "pop" lend to each other. ‘Ritual’ evokes the transformation (and conglomeration) of mundane acts into efforts-toward-the-supernatural. In that way, 'pop' acts as a storehouse of possible mundane actions from which ‘ritual’ draws. Popular music, insofar as it is widely enjoyed (by the 'populace'), must be in some way mundane and repetitive. That is pop's plainspoken charm. But of course, the pop worth surrounding yourself with works so much harder than that. It's not interesting unless it does things you don't fully understand. Introduce: ritual. Introduce: the unknown, the superhuman, forces that signal either toward the greater good or the greater vice. The Venusian seems to know this dearly. She appeals to the dissonant, the odd musical variables, the imperative narrative, and to her own high and hyper-feminine voice which is, in the best way, sonically disruptive. On her new track, "Lady Mary, The Fire/Pars Una," she chases the divine as though it were an ever-retreating vision, never quite attaining beatification but striving all the same. Ritual pop is still, after all, pop – still essentially earthly and therefore appealing in the way that pop music must be. Francine Thirteen’s work tickles the senses with rich tones; it is almost animal-like ('universal') in its gritty rhythms and grounded beats. And in that way, the Venusian, the demi-goddess, acts as a conduit between our present reality and some other unattainable world.
“Lady Mary, The Fire/Pars Una” will be featured on Francine Thirteen’s forthcoming EP, 4 Marys and the King.
Continuing to make music over some distance has nurtured a new approach for Sam Haar and Zach Steinman, aka Blondes. In tossing digital files back forth, a seamless fifty-minute display of comprehensive, atmospheric techno was created, one where dancefloor music of the "banging" variety is gradually as well as professionally on offer. Rein bears thoughtful amounts of prog house bass and intricate beatscaping. Shrills of UFO-synth at times sit on top of earthy glitch, and eventually a harp-like, circular melody pushes through the crowd. As its sustain level varies, tail ends of gorgeous nether-layers are suddenly perceivable, dare I say comparably so to whale tails shooting up and spraying everything before sinking back into the cool, watery depths. By the middle of the ongoing jam, we can almost visualize the shimmery alphabet of this particular group's language. If you want to learn Blondes' language, Rein is the manual for you.
Rein,in turn, inspired the three track EP Persuasion, which seems to have sifted out all the bigger, more stomping qualities from these sessions. Each track is lengthy yet succinct, beginning with title track "Persuasion," which is mostly about a conversation between some claps and low octave acid. Entering in the middle of track is what sounds nearly identical to a more notable part of Stellar OM Source's "Elite Excel," a part that Kassem Mosse capitalizes on in his remix of the song. "Son" has a certain harmless pride to it. It is a full-blown set builder or turning-point-of-the-night anthem. "Inner Motive" is spacious, demanding, and rhythm heavy, which is delicious. Every now and again, the tides are cleared, cathartically, immediately before the accumulation begins once again, just like daily thunderstorms on a desert mesa.
Rein will be appropriately released on cassette for limited purchase on June 23rd. Persusasion is available August 7th on vinyl and digital formats. These sibling releases are brought to you by RVNG Intl.