New Track – Yann Tiersen : Midsummer Evening

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A Midsummer Evening is the first track from Yann Tiersen’s richly, textured, upcoming album, ∞ (Infinity) –  out on Mute Records May 2oth.

“The idea was to start with toy instruments as a reference to my early works, then manipulate the sounds electronically. Then I added a new layer of acoustic instrumentation, and repeated the same process. Finally I repeated the process once more with strings, so the whole album was a constant back and forth from acoustic to electronic to digital, and then back to analogue.” (Yann Tiersen)

 The new track is streaming below.

New Video – Screaming Females : Boyfriend

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“Boyfriend” is from Screaming Females first ever live album, Live At The Hideout, recorded over two nights in Chicago, IL by Steve Albini. Music video Edited and Directed by Mark Pallman.

GovBall Announces Single Day Lineup

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Want first dibs on single day tickets? If you have a Citi card you can buy them in advance: tomorrow, Wednesday, April 2 at 10:00am EST. All you need to do is enter the first 6 digits of your Citi credit or debit card to unlock your special promo. Tickets can be found HERE.


ON-SALE TIMING AND PRICING INFO

  • Citi Pre-Sale starts at 10:00am EST tomorrow, Wednesday, April 2.
  • General On-Sale is at 12:00pm (Noon) EST on Friday, April 4. BE READY. Single day tickets are limited in quantity.

Single day tickets are $100 + $15 in fees, while 3-day tickets (which are selling fast) are just $230 + $20 in fees. If our arithmetic is correct, that means you can attend a 3rd day for an additional $20. The choice is yours, make the right one.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz unveil new music in video interview

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Julian-Casablancas-The-Strokes-640x422Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas introduced his new band The Voidz in this VHS-style video interview, which you can watch below.

New Video – Bleachers : I wanna Get Better

bleachers-i-wanna-get-better-featuredBleachers‘ debut single I Wanna Get Better is set for a July 14th UK release.  The as-yet-untitled debut album will follow on August 4th though Columbia records. Watch the new video, directed by Lena Durham (Girls) :

New Video – Small Black : Real People

Small-Black-Real-People-608x608Small Black has released a video for “Real People”, the title track off of their forthcoming 12″ EP. Helmed by Nick Bentgen, this video perpetuates the off-beat beauty from Bentgen and Small Black’s previous joint venture for “Breathless”. Bentgen described the concept behind the video and working with Small Black:

Stream Real People EP via SPIN

Help LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy make the NYC subway into a symphony

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New York, I love you, but your subway sounds  are bringing me down…

LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy wants to soundtrack New York City’s subway system. Sign the petition & let’s make this happen New York!: http://www.subwaysymphony.org/ 

Live – Man Man @ The Constellation Room at The Observatory, LA

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DSC_2855It’s been nearly 4 years since I last saw Man Man perform (Forecastle, June 2010) and seven years since the first time I had the pleasure of seeing them. Following that last time seeing them, Honus Honus commented in a mild-mannered fashion contrary how he liked my smile and would like to kidnap me in order to get my face on the side of milk cartons under the missing persons section. Fortunately for me that practice was stopped in the late ’80s.

On Saturday, in The Constellation Room at The Observatory, it was nice to see that the insanity never stopped. Following the arrival of Pow Pow, Brown Sugar & Shono all wearing matching backwards skeleton costumes (a departure from the tennis uniforms I’d seen a few years ago), Honus Honus arrived donning a sparkly robe in the style of a boxer or priest, back to the crowd, commanding the energy levels of the room rise to the animlaistic madness that was shortly to pursue and like a practicioner of black magic, his commands to rise had their intended effect. Launching into “End Boss” from last fall’s “On Oni Pond,” the frenzy began and left nothing wanting.

Honus Honus and Pow Pow both have such fantastic stage presence, particularly the former who reminds me of my two-year nephew at Halloween….trying on every costume and playing with every toy that he can find. That includes a space alien mask, a fur coat, a naval jacket, and of course the aforesaid skeleton costume and robe. Falling in dramatic exasperation a number times, Honus Honus and the whole band at large just seem to have so much fun performing; all actors playing the roles they’ve crated for themselves. And their fans love it…sporting warpaint, headbands, capes and a disproportionaltely high number of violations of the wearing-a-band-shirt-to-that-band’s-concert rule.

Opener Xenia Rubinos who had a very tribal, animalistic pop-singed set herself, joined for a number of songs in her own skeleton costume, dancing and acting a back-up singer to the madness happening on stage. Her drummer for the night joined briefly just long enough to stage dive.

With a 20 song set they spanned their entire discography in a strangely cohesive way considering the stylistic differences of the later two albums. While naturally the bulk of the set was dedicated to showcasing their latest, Rabbit Habbits also saw a lot of attention and the other three received at least 2 songs, largely all in their epic 7 song encore. Those in the crowd chanting “one more song” at the end of the first set had no idea what they were in store for. As the encore started with “Steak Knives” it became apparent to any Man Man fan that they couldn’t end on such a light note and that wild times were coming.

setlist:

  1. End Boss
  2. Top Drawer
  3. Zebra
  4. Loot My Body
  5. Mr. Jung Stuffed
  6. Paul’s Grotesque
  7. Pink Wonton
  8. Head On
  9. King Shiv
  10. Piranhas Club
  11. Push the Eagle’s Stomach
  12. Doo Right
  13. Born Tight

Encore:

  1. Steak Knives
  2. Life Fantastic
  3. El Azteca
  4. Sparks
  5. Engrish Bwudd
  6. Werewolf (On the Hood of Yer Heartbreak)
  7. Sarsparillsa

Live – Marissa Nadler @ Church on York, LA

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On Friday night at the Church on York, Marissa Nadler took to the stage backed by a cello and viola. Perhaps never were a venue more suited to a performance. An old defunt church draped in a single continuous swathe of white plastic ribbon from cedar ceiling to the pews which largely match her own style, in her white dress with loose rips at the hem. From what used to be an altar, Marissa and her friends performed with a beautiful spirituality befitting the venue dreamy and atmospheric harmonies and even incense burned to complete the spiritual experience.  Only the tecate and blue moon seemed ill-fitting. The harmonies were never stronger than in “Firecrackers” and those harmonie gave way briefly a few songs later to put an emphasis on a rockier sound in “Anyone Else” as the cello gave way to keys. The set was largely dedicated to her latest album, “July” with almost the entire set coming from it. In fact it was the full album save only for “Desire” and “Nothing in My Heart.”  Despite the solemnity in so much of Marissa’s music, she took a number of occasions to connect with the audience, joking about her version of a “Shredder” being “Was it a Dream?” and describing the absurdity of being asked to perform “Drive” recently on the talk radio show “Car Talk,” noting that its about quite a bit more than merely being in a car and driving. She made that abundantly clear by the emotional proclamations that “If you ain’t made it by now, you ain’t ever going to make it” and how there’s “nothing like the way it feels.” The set ended with the first song of the night that wasn’t from July, namely set-closer “Fifty Five Falls” from her 2004’s “Ballads of Living and Dying” and the darkness of that song contrasted just as well with the parochial environment as the more light and dreamy songs did.  For the encore, or what Marissa called the “codicil,” she performed a Townes Van Zandt/Bruce Springsteen mash-up cover of “Tecumseh Valley”/”I’m On Fire.”
1. We Are Coming Back
2. Holiday In
3. Dead City Emily
4. Firecrackers
5. 1923
6. Anyone Else
7. Was it a Dream (our shredder)
8. Drive
9. I’ve Got Your Name
10. Fifty Five Falls
11 Encore: Tecumseh Valley/I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen/Townes Van Zandt cover)

Julian Casablancas contributes a New Track to “The Unseen Beauty” documentary

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julian-casablancas-xoxo-february-2013-04 (1)Listen to Julian Casablancas“Human Sadness” at the 7:00 minute mark of The Unseen Beauty trailer, which you can watch below.

Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium form New Duo – Inventions

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On April 1st Temporary Residence Ltd. will release the debut full length from Inventions, a new band formed by longtime friends, tourmates, and labelmates Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, and Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky. The group represents somewhat of a dream duo for anyone familiar with the unparalleled emotional resonance of Cooper and Smith’s respective outlets: Eluvium has long been at the vanguard of the ever-burgeoning worlds of ambient and neoclassical, while Explosions in the Sky’s towering output has garnered them the kind of critical respect and commercial success that typically eludes instrumental music.

Song Premiere – Villa Kang : Naked Trees

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“Naked Trees”, Villa Kang’s latest track, is noticeably categorized as Downtempo, Post-EDM, Noir Pop. The song invites its listener into a drug-addled, pre-dawn soundscape that intros sparsely with choir, guitar and vocals but soon drops with dark, pitched vocal yelps, a thick driving bass, rich synths, and a down-tempo, dance beat.

Exclusive first listen here:

2014 Governors Ball Line-up Revealed

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The 2014 lineup for New York’s Governors Ball Music Festival is here.

You can look forward to:

OutKast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, the Strokes, Damon Albarn, Phoenix, TV on the Radio, Julian Casablancas, James Blake, Disclosure, Interpol, Foster the People, The Kills, Grimes, Spoon, Neko Case, Empire of the Sun, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Childish Gambino, Janelle Monáe, Kurt Vile, Chance the Rapper,  Jenny Lewis, Broken Bells,  Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, AlunaGeorge, Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike), Deafheaven, Banks, SKATERS, Wild Belle, Bastille, The Head and the Heart, The Naked and Famous, Fitz and the Tantrums, RJD2, Tanlines, Diarrhea Planet, La Roux, and The Glitch Mob.

June 6th-8th at Randall’s Island Park.

Three-day General Admission and VIP passes are available through the festival’s website.

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New Track – Chromeo : Come Alive

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Chromeo has been hard at work promoting their new album White Women. The duo unexpectedly resurrected Death From Above 1979 as their backing band to perform “Sexy Socialite” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, they shot an epic album trailer with Parisian design firm Surface to Air to preview“Over Your Shoulder” and partnered with contemporary artists SnarkitectureMILK Studios & Tumblr to create The White Room installation in New York. The newest edition (pun intended) in an ever growing and exciting list of collaborators is Toro y Moi, featured on their buoyant new single,“Come Alive”. 

Listen here:

Why stop there:

New Track – Warm Soda : Young Reckless Hearts

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140110-warm-soda-young-reckless-hearts-coverWarm Soda Premieres New Track “Young Reckless Hearts” on Rolling Stone.

Listen to it HERE. 

You can also Listen to “When Your Eyes Meet Mine” on Soundcloud:

New Track – Nicole Atkins : Girl You Look Amazing

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We have a brand new track from indie/psych crooner Nicole Atkins called “Girl You Look Amazing,” off her new album Slow Phaser, coming February 4th via her own imprint Oh’ Mercy!

New Track – Pompeya : 90 (Fred Falke Remix)

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Prolific French house phenomenon Fred Falke has been hard at work in the studio and following a big remix for Pompeya he is playing selective shows across the country. You can catch him in New York this Thursday – December 12th at Le Poisson Rouge. Doors open at 11:00pm.

Get Tickets HERE.

Listen – Nicoloas Jaar’s Hour-Long John Lennon Tribute Mix

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john-lennon-hd_151881-1920x1080With the passing of the 33rd anniversary of John Lennon’s assassination, Nicolas Jaar made an hour-long experimental tribute mix to John Lennon, titled “Our World.” Listen to the minimalist spaced out mix below:

New Track – Haim : Forever (Giorgio Moroder Remix)

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Ital-Synth Disco guru Giorgio Moroder gives Haim’s “Days Are Gone” a club stomp remix complete with robot voices.

New Track – Reputante : Deep Set Eyes

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reputante-oceansideThe first single from the EP, “Deep Set Eyes” is available to stream via Soundcloud:

The video for the band’s Lock Me Up is also out now, and the song is available for free download here.

To celebrate the release Reputante will play a hometown show in New York at Mercury Lounge November 7 (tickets HEREas well as in London at the Shacklewell Arms on November 13 (tickets HERE).

 

New Track – Rey Pila : Alexander

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slideshow_2Another great new track from Cult Records – Rey Pila’s single, ‘Alexander’.

Backed with their unique take on 80s classic ‘Lady In Red’, you can download the tracks for $0.75 each from the Cult webstore now at http://bit.ly/ReyPilaOutNow.

You can listen to both tracks on the Cult Youtube channel below too:

For more on Rey Pila, check out this rad interview http://bit.ly/MeetReyPila.

New Track – SKATERS : Deadbolt (Twin Shadow Remix)

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New Track – Alt-J : Tessellate ∫∂√

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alt-J, the Mercury Prizing winning foursome from Leeds UK, will be releasing an EP of remixes titled Summer on November 25. Jim James, Dave Sitek, Odd Future’s the Internet, Ben Lovett (of Mumford & Sons), Hanz and Ben De Vries all remixed songs from the band’s debut album An Awesome Wave.

Album Stream – The River Tiber : The Star Falls EP

artworks-000062849195-x10pw6-t500x500There’s seemingly something in Toronto’s water resulting in a high quantity of soulful electronic music. The latest, awesomest export is River Tiber, a 22-year old producer, singer, and visual artist whose debut EP The Star Falls drops today. Equal parts Sade and Thom Yorke, this is perfect Autumn listening.

New Track – Good Girl and The Bad Times : Cute When I Cry

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Good Girl and The Bad Times are a brother/sister duo – Eli and Jenny Block.

Splitting life between London and New York, the pair have written and recorded two albums worth of material, accompanied by a ramshackle collective of musician and artist friends.

Cover your hair in your eyes

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MTV Unplugged: Nirvana

With the anniversary of the filming of Nirvana’s “Unplugged In New York this week. Here is a brief oral history about the Meat Puppets appearance on the show.

Read – Cover your hair in your eyes – here

Video – Bob Dylan : Like a Rolling Stone

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The greatest music video in history has now been made. 48 years after the release of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” a music video has now been made for the classic and it was well worth the wait.

Watch here. 

 

New Track – Little Spoon : Connection

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littlespoon_connectionToday Little Spoon streams his radical new DIY pop single “Connection”. This track, following the summer jam “i fux with tha future”, is taken from his sophomore effort girl friend foreverdue out early next year. 

Video – Major Lazer – Jet Blue Jet (feat. Leftside, GTA, Razz & Biggy)

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safe_imageI can’t imagine that Jet Blue is going to be using this for promo anytime soon, but here’s a new wildly trippy Major Lazer video for “Jet Blue Jet” featuring Leftside off Free The Universe bringing new meaning to the mile “high” club. Check it below:

Video – Avec Sans : Hold On + Left-Field Remix

Avec Sans are soon to be releasing new single “Shiver”. In the meantime check out the remix they did of last single “Hold On”. It’s the first time we’ve seen an original video re-envisioned to fit a remix. Both videos are by Chief Productions and Sing J Lee (Pins/Chvrches director) and both the original and the stuttering, left-field remix are audio/visual feasts.

Video – Har Mar Superstar : Prisoner (feat. Juliette Lewis)

Julian Casablancas label Cult Records presents Har Mar Superstar getting rad and romantic with Juliette Lewis on BMX bikes in the new video for “Prisoner”. Oddly Familiar. Where have I seen this before?

New Track – Sterling Fox : Ghost

Check out the latest song from NYC rock and roll singer Sterling Fox. “Ghost” is a tribute to 1950s teenage tragedy ballads. Best known for having produced Lana Del Rey’s breakout hit “Video Games”, Fox is now hard at work on a full length album on his indie label Silver Scream Records. He is also featured on “Shame on Me” on the new Avicii album True.

Album Stream – Yuck : Glow & Behold

After the departure of their original frontman, Daniel Blumberg – British indie-rock band Yuck is back with Max Bloom on vocals and a long awaited second album Glow & Behold. 

Yuck stream the new album in full via the New York Times and share another live clip from RAK Studios, this time performing album cut “Rebirth.”

Having just played a sold-out 3 night residency at the Macbeth, don’t miss the band showcasing material from Glow & Behold on tour this Autumn supporting their heroes, the Pixies, in October, and several shows at CMJ in New York, before embarking on a headline UK tour in November.

Video – Small Black : Breathless

Small Black have premiered their new video for “Breathless” today via VEVO’s Indie Wednesday. Directed by Nick Bentgen, the video is a last burst of summer road trip before the weather turns. The strikingly intimate, yet disjointed images run together in a rush of nostalgia. Kolenik says the song itself is about “feeling free of your own body with the ability to look down at yourself and evaluate.”
There is also a live version of the video, commissioned by Stillwater Artisanal, the brewery that created Small Black’s namesake beer. Filmed at 285 Kent in Brooklyn and Ovvio Arte in Nashville, with live recording from 285 Kent and footage from Ian Perlman, the video takes you inside Small Black’s energetic & entrancing live show.
Small Black released their latest record, Limits of Desire, earlier this year and it has garnered glowing reviews and support from varied corners. Pitchfork called lead track “Free At Dawn” “Simultaneously understated and anthemic” and says “[Small Black] are absolutely going for it.” Stereogum praised the album as “lush and widescreen” and Other Music said, “it’s as if the rainbow colors are now being refracted through a flawlessly cut diamond.”

New Track – Dr. Dog : Love

The AV Club  just premiered the newest track from Dr. Dog, “Love.” The song, an energetic supremely catchy burst of re-imagined soul, is from the group’s upcoming new album B-Room which hits stores October 1st. Chegg it out.

Video – Daft Punk : Lose Yourself to Dance

Here we have it – first official video from Daft Punk for “Lose Yourself to Dance” directed by: Thomas Bangalter, Guyman de Homem-Christo, Warren Fu,  Paul Hahn & Cedric Hervet.

Video – Caveman : In the City

Watch Caveman’s horrifying new video  for “In the City” starring Julia Stiles.  A tourist couple visits New York City for the first time. They soon discover that underneath the surface of the playground of the city, lies a world of darkness and horror.

Get a free MP3 –  “Shut You Down'”

Listen to the rest of the album here:

New Track – Chromeo : Over Your Shoulder

Chromeo is back!  On Tuesday, Holy Ghost! & Chromeo joined forces with Touch Sensitive and new DFA collab Museum of Love (Pat Mahoney of LCD and Jee Day) for a live broadcast on Boiler RoomHoly Ghost! have their sophomore LP out and Chromeo came down to play some of their first new recorded music in two years.  Even though the show was private, you still get to watch the amazing music, free, live, online:   http://boilerroom.tv/chromeo_holy_ghost_touch_sensitive_museum_of_love_sinkane/

Album Stream – Holy Ghost! : Dynamics

The full new album Dynamics from Holy Ghost! is here! and you can stream it below:

New Video – Petite Meller : Backpack

Chegg out the stylish and “cheeky” new video for “Backpack” from “nuovo jazzy-pop” singer and native Parisian Petite Meller. Directed by A.T. Mann & Napoleon Habeica (the Mexican photographer who created the American Apparel visual aesthetic),”Backpack” is a memoir of a French summer vacance, shot in the French Riviera that pays homage to French New Wave Cinema, winking at Godard’s “Pierrot le Fou” and George Henri Cluzot’s “L’Enfer”. 

Album Stream – Arctic Monkeys : AM

Next week, Arctic Monkeys release their fifth album, AM.  You can hear its low-slung rock and R&B grooves via this free iTunes stream.

New Track – Alt-J : Breezeblocks (RZA Remix)

alt-J have shared a reworking of “Breezeblocks” remixed by producer, multi-instrumentalist, and Wu-Tang Clan member, RZA. The remix premiered today on Jay Z’s Life + Times site. The release of this remix comes just in time for alt-J’s September 12th performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Album Stream – Mrs Magician : B-Sides

Mrs Magician’s upcoming album appropriately titled, B-Sides is a collection of, you guessed it, B-sides recorded throughout the entirety of Mrs Magician’s lifespan and is now available nationwide via drummer Cory Stier’s  (also of the Cults) label, Thrill Me Records. You can hear the record streaming in it’s entirety here: https://soundcloud.com/thrillmerecords/sets/mrs-magician-b-sides/s-Eznz8.
 
B-Sides is a follow up to the debut critically acclaimed full-length Strange Heaven (produced by John Reis- Hot Snakes, Rocket From The Crypt, The Night Marchers).  “I’m excited these songs are coming out on a physical release, in true Mrs Magician fashion,” frontman Jacob Turnbloom comments. ” It’s honest and self deprecating, everything I love about real pop-punk. It shows where Tommy (guitar) & I were when we started this band. It’s a documentation of our friendship turned eventually into a band. It shows our growth as song writers and producers. I’m proud of the record no matter how imperfect it may seem, it’s real and the lyrics reflect that.” Complete with 17 tracks, the record is full of the witty, gloomy narratives Mrs Magician is known for all the while blending together “la,la, la’s” and choir boy harmonies, creating a perfect juxtaposition.