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(Rock The Bells) Video Of The Week: The Alchemist Featuring Danny Brown & Schoolboy Q “Flight Confirmation”

posted August 24, 2012, 2:51 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Russian Roulette, The Alchemist, Rock The Bells 2012, Rock The Bells Fest, Danny Brown, Rock The Bells Festival, Schoolboy Q

Super-producer The Alchemist recently dropped Russian Roulette on Decon. The album plays like a beat collage featuring the biggest names in indie rap (Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Mr Muthafuckin’ eXquire, etc). As we already reported last month, a new music video is out from it.  Often gruesome, always NSFW, footage-finder/visual collagist/director Jason Goldwatch did the official clip for “Flight Confirmation” feat. Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q off the new record. We premiered this video about a month ago, so here it is again in case ya missed it. Check out Schoolboy Q perform live this weekend, at the Rock the Bells fest.

Vitaminwater and FADER present: Uncapped Featuring Matt & Kim, Nas

posted August 24, 2012, 2:07 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The Fader, Vitaminwater, Nas, Fader, Matt & Kim

Your personal playlists aren’t defined by genres, so why should your concerts be? Sometimes the most exciting sounds come from the most unexpected combinations. This summer, Vitaminwater has partnered with FADER to bring you “Uncapped,” a nationwide concert series dedicated to bringing the best artists working in hip-hop, electronic and indie rock and combining them in an unprecedented series of shows. Fans should be prepared because each concert promises to be an exciting shuffle of sounds they couldn’t possibly contain.

The sixth concert of the series took place last night in Detroit at the masonic temple – a Motor City institution and the world’s largest masonic temple, with the unexpected pairing of Matt & Kim and Nas.

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Ariel Pink premieres “Only In My Dreams” video

posted August 24, 2012, 1:20 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, MP3, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: James Ferraro, Mature Themes, Ariel Pink, Moon Diagrams, ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI, TEEN

“Mature Themes, Pink’s grittier, gristlier, and funnier follow-up, clarifies that Before Today was not a sign of things to come but rather just a signpost along his unknowable path.” – Pitchfork, Best New Music review

“Mature Themes is the best thing Pink has ever done.” Stereogum

“The work of a unique mind.” NME

“Ariel Pink has a dreamy, old-fashioned way with melody. But he’s also prone to jarring interjections, switching without ceremony from a smooth Donny Osmond croon to campy impersonations of daffy robots and soap-opera vampires.” – New York Times

“The visionary Los Angeles singer-songwriter has obsessively excavated the forgotten refuse of the past, recombining it into a secret history of pop, and inspiring an entire indie generation” – SPIN

With latest album Mature Themes, released this week, Ariel Pink and his band Haunted Graffiti have Read more

On The Verge: 2:54

posted August 24, 2012, 10:13 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, On The Verge, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The XX, 2:54

One of the breakthrough bands of the year, 2:54 (sisters Hannah and Colette Thurlow), have been announced as support for The xx on their highly-anticipated US tour in October. They play seven dates together, starting in LA and winding up in Milwaukee, following the release of their self-titled debut album in May on Fat Possum, and after also being personally invited by The xx to support them on their European comeback tour in September.

2:54 -sisters Hannah and Colette Thurlow- have debuted a special cover version of Seal and Adamski’s Nineties classic, ‘Killer’. Currently main support to the XX on their European comeback tour, they just premiered the surprise track online, with Colette commenting, “There’s a nostalgia to ‘Killer’ that each member of the band identifies with. We grew up listening to Seal. ‘Kiss from a Rose’ and ‘Crazy’ are such big songs. We thought it would be interesting to re-work a pop song and put a 2:54 spin on it. The lyrics are really moving too; melancholic and tough. To me it feels like a song about hope and solidarity.”

It’s been an amazing year for 2:54 so far, in June they completed a US headline tour, followed by a run of high-profile summer festival slots all around Europe, not to mention a slew of fevered acclaim for their debut LP. This return to the US also follows the release of their latest single ‘Sugar’ in late September, and will represent another amazing chapter in what’s been a momentous 2012 for 2:54.  Tour dates listed below.

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Artist Update: Major Lazer

posted August 23, 2012, 5:57 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Dirty Projectors, Major Lazer, Diplo, Get Free

Today Major Lazer released the absolutely beautiful video for “Get Free” featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, shot in Jamaica and directed by SoMe, and made an excellent song even better.

Major Lazer was Read more

Artist Update: Yellow Ostrich

posted August 23, 2012, 4:44 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The Shakedown, Strange Land, Yellow Ostrich

Barsuk Records is excited to announce that Yellow Ostrich are heading out on a fall tour in support of their latest album Strange Land. The headlining tour begins October 26th at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia and wraps up November 14th at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. The jaunt also includes dates with Sharon Van Etten. In conjunction with the tour, the band is releasing a 6-song effort entitled Ghost on October 23rd, available digitally and on vinyl exclusively at these shows. Full tour dates are below.

Recently, Yellow Ostrich released Read more

Music Emissions Minute: #SPOceaniaTour to Kick Off in Canada

posted August 23, 2012, 4:45 am by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Music Emissions Minute, Podcast | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Billy Corgan, Oceania Tour, Oceania, The Smashing Pumpkins

There may not be NHL hockey played this October, but one thing Canadians have to look forward to is an arena rock tour by alternative first liners The Smashing Pumpkins. This is the Pumpkins’ first full tour of Canada since the Summersault festival series in 2000, and will be highlighted by them performing their new album-within-an-album Oceania in its entirely. Don’t worry, frontman Billy Corgan promises you’ll also hear plenty of so-called classics, which the band are actively soliciting through their social networks. has all the links you need for tickets, which are on sale now, including VIP packages where you get an intimate 3-song backstage concert. It may only be with one original Pumpkin, but that’s pretty rawking if you ask me! With your Music Emissions Minute, this has been the ROCKthusiast Gilles LeBlanc.

Artist Update: Killer Mike

posted August 22, 2012, 9:29 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: R.A.P. Music, Killer Mike

Killer Mike is proud to debut the Benjamin Dickinson directed music video for “Untitled ft. Scar” from his critically acclaimed album R.A.P. Music. Killer Mike is currently finishing up his last run of shows with El-P before embarking on a new national tour with GZA, Sweet Valley, and Bear Hands. Scroll down to view all of the tour dates.

Atlanta-born rapper and Grammy®-Award winner Killer Mike released Read more

Somethin’ Bout Kreay

posted August 22, 2012, 6:49 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Somethin’ Bout Kreay, Kreayshawn

Our last update about Kreayshawn was just a few weeks ago, when she released a new music video, and it’s already been a year since the young white female emcee busted onto the indie music scene. The Northern California rapper seemed to explode onto the interwebz overnight, with her viral music video “Gucci Gucci”. It’s been awhile since she has been in the news, word is she has been hard at work behind the scenes on getting her new album ready. Somethin’ Bout Kreay, via Columbia Records, was pushed back this week from August 14th to September 18th. But the good news is that we now have the album art and track listing. Tour dates also follow, and included is a new European tour video she also recently uploaded. It covers her visiting London, Denmark, France, and Amsterdam. Finally, word is her and Azealia Banks have patched things up and ended their beef, and may even be working together soon.

According to hip-hop website Baller Status, Kreayshawn has announced a headlining, all-girl tour launching this fall, dubbed the “Group Hug” tour. The 28-city tour will feature female rap peers Rye Rye, Honey Cocaine, and Chippy Nonstop; and will kick off on November 1st in Oklahoma City, and travel across the U.S., stopping in Houston, Tampa, Orlando, Atlanta, Boston, Philly, New York, and several Canadian cities, before wrapping on December 16th in San Diego, California.

Via Baller Status

Contest: Riot Fest in Toronto (CLOSED)

posted August 22, 2012, 3:08 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Sponsors | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Riot Fest 2012, Riot Fest Toronoto, Riot Fest

Win tix to Riot Fest in Toronto Canada for Sunday, September 9th at Fort York: Garrison Common. Just keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for more info!

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