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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 […]
Genre-defining electronic duo's latest offering is their most accessible yet. Softer, 'aloha-esque' tracks flow effortlessly with those reminiscent of yesteryear - resulting in a winding, polarised sonic voyage.
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 […]
Joey Bada$$ / Dick Diver You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights... Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era, Flatbush ZOMBiES, The Underachievers, Phony PPL, Smoke DZA, Dyme A Duzin, 22...
by Bill Pearis Turkington in Ant-Man He's best known for his sweaty Borscht Belt yukkster alter-ego Neil Hamburger, but Gregg Turkington has had an active career outside of that. In addition to running Amarillo Records (home of Anton LaVey, the...
The 2015 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival takes place this week, Wednesday (7/8) through Saturday (7/11), and new updates were recently announced. The annual Brooklyn Bodega-presented festival begins with a "conference on Hip-Hop, Technology and criminal justice reform" on Wednesday,...
by Bill Pearis Some of you may remember mid-'00s UK band Late of the Pier who were lumped in with the "nu-rave" genre that included Klaxons and New Young Pony Club. Their sole album, 2008's Fantasy Black Channel, is one...
photo: Hop Along at Baby's All Right in May (more by Amanda Hatfield) We just mentioned how a lot of music websites (like NPR) use this year midpoint to post their favorite albums of the year so far. Pitchfork isn't...
Scarface, one-third of the Houston rap heroes Geto Boys, was hospitalized in Houston on June 30. Billboard reports that he's now resting at home, though details about his condition are currently unclear.
Today when I woke up, my mobile text messages and social media inboxes were inundated with comments seeking information about Scarface’s medical condition. As some of you may be aware, he was hospitalized in Houston this past Thursday, on June 30th following a Geto Boys show in Albuquerque the night before in support of our Office Space Tour. I am not at liberty to speak on his condition, and wouldn’t even if I was, as it is a private matter, but I will say that he is in good spirits, and sends his love to all who have supported him throughout his career, and personal life. Although I’m his bandmate, I’m also a Scarface fan, so I know it’s hard for you guys not having details, but I will try to keep you updated as much as I can without invading his privacy. Thanks and say a prayer for my homey!
At press time, the group's Kickstarter has raised over $30,000 toward their goal of $100,000.
Last year, the enigmatic PC Music-affiliated producer Sophie released the 12" "Lemonade" b/w "Hard". The A-side, "Lemonade", has now been used to soundtrack a new McDonald's ad. (Yes, it's for their lemonade.) Watch it below.
Recently, Canadian politiciansRachel Notley (Premier of Alberta), Don Iveson (Mayor of Edmonton), and Naheed Nenshi (Mayor of Calgary) unveiled a new T-shirt using the Nine Inch Nails logo—a play on their respective initials. Apparently, the shirts didn't go over very well with the band.
In an interview with the CBC (as Exclaim! points out), Iveson—who isn't pictured above and hasn't been photographed with the shirt—claimed that he was informed of "infringement" related to the shirt. "We got advice that there were some concerns about the trademark and essentially to cease and desist," he said.
When asked if he received a shirt, he laughed and replied, "On the advice of my attorney, I can't comment."
During an interview with The Sunday Times, Miguel was asked about Frank Ocean. "I wouldn’t say we were friends," he said (via Billboard). "To be completely honest—and no disrespect to anyone—I genuinely believe that I make better music, all the way around." Tonight on Twitter, he released a statement titled "no need to compare apples to oranges."
"Yes, I am competitive, we ALL have to have a level of competitiveness to put ourselves on the line day in and day out," he writes. "But I also believe there's room for all artists. That's what Wildheart is all about: celebrating individuality." Here's the full statement:
Ballerino—a founding member of South-East London-based artist collective squareglass—released his B-side single "Love / Concentrate" via the squareglass Bandcamp page last month. The release featured two fragile originals from Ballerino and a remix of "Love" ...
Newly launched, Helsinki-based imprint Dept. will release Denzel & Bravik's VA1 on July 13. The label endeavours to "promote Nordic electronic music whilst pioneering its local talent," and does so in style ...
On July 23, LA / Denver-based label Shoeboxx Recordings will release Denver-based artist Anton Krueger's (a.k.a. Bollywood Life) debut EP, MANYA. The three track EP will be available as a free digital download along ...
Live Evil, the festival that was founded on Darkthrone guru Fenriz’s Band Of The Week, and has since grown to be the biggest event in the underground metal calendar, is back for its fourth gathering of the denim-clad and bullet-belted hordes - and we have an exclusive lineup announcement.
Vans Warped Tour is in full swing, and our snapper Ashley Osborn went here, there and everywhere to grab these shots of Pierce The Veil, Asking Alexandria, Neck Deep, Memphis May Fire and As It Is from the July 04 date in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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.