Reptar just debuted their new video for their single “Sebastian”. Directed by Deadhorse, Ben Fries and Jesse Cain (who have also created memorable promos for the likes of Kindness, Holy Ghost, and Theophilus London), the clip combines performance footage of Reptar’s lead singer Graham Ulicny, shot from several angles simultaneously to create a surreal and cubistic effect, with living tableaus. The tableaus depict the story of Saint Sebastian, the Christian saint and martyr and earliest gay icon, who was tied to a tree and shot with arrows before ultimately being clubbed to death for his criticism of the Emperor.
You can listen to our interview with Reptar here, and see their other video for “Three Shining Suns”.
The noise pop duo Sleigh Bells have been getting their fair share of attention in 2012. Besides landing on Spin Magazine’s cover and performing on SNL, the band have also been opening on tour for The Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame’s newest inductees: The Red Hot Chili Peppers. They have also been selling out shows in which they were the featured headliners. Maybe it was all that touring that inspired this new video, “Demons”.
The time has arrived for the official announcement. This year’s lineup, taking place October 12th-14th includes:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Florence and the Machine
Iggy & the Stooges
A veteran of New York’s anti-folk scene, songwriter Regina Spektor makes quirky, highly eclectic, but always personal music. Born and raised in Moscow until age nine, Spektor listened to her father’s bootleg tapes of Western pop and rock as a young child and also learned to play piano. She and her family moved from Russia to the Bronx, where she was immersed in American culture (at the time, hers was the first Russian family in the borough in 20 years). Eventually, Spektor and her family became part of a community that balanced her Russian Jewish roots with her new home’s culture. Meanwhile, she continued to practice piano anywhere she could, including at her synagogue, until her family got a piano of its own.
Tours with the Strokes, Kings of Leon, Mates of State, and the Moldy Peaches’ Kimya Dawson further raised Spektor’s profile. She also toured the U.K., where the success of “Us” as a European single led to the release of the CD/DVD retrospective Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories early in 2006. That summer, Begin to Hope, her first album of original material for Sire, arrived. Begin to Hope enjoyed popularity on both sides of the Atlantic and went gold in America, where it also cracked the Top 20. Spektor’s first-ever live release, Live in London, was recorded and filmed at London’s legendary Hammersmith Apollo, and released in 2010. In summer 2011, Spektor reunited with Elizondo in Los Angeles to begin recording her next album, What We Saw from the Cheap Seats. The dark, driving single “All the Rowboats” arrived in February, and the new album itself will be released next week.
But thanks to NPR, you don’t have to wait that long to listen to it. Bit torrents in general have been struggling recently, so you can listen to the entire record now before it’s released for free by streaming it here.
And check out this new video:
This time last year, Austin City Limits released their lineup for the 2011 festival. And even though it hasn’t been officially announced yet, a few leaks are starting to emerge. Tickets go on sale this week, so we are expecting the official lineup to be released tonight or tomorrow (Tuesday the 22nd). The fest had a promotion going this weekend, and like last year anyone in Austin could buy ACL lottery tickets, and scratch them off to reveal some of the artists who will be appearing. Since this has been going on over the weekend, you can bet that some of that information is already making its way online.
My first personal prediction is M83. They are scheduled to be in Dallas Thursday October 11th, and ACL kicks off on October 12th this year. Now about those artists revealed by the scratch off tickets: Delta Spirit, Childish Gambino, Quiet Company, Steve Earle, Punch Brothers, LP, and…The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Most of these can be confirmed by other websites, while the Childish Gambino and Red Hot Chili Peppers is being reported by the great Brooklyn Vegan, where this pic is from. Hopefully more details to come soon this week.
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Vegan
Update: Consequence of Sound is now reporting that the Chilli Peppers rumor was fake. They have also added the following artists to the expected lineup: (Photo Credit Below: Consequence Of Sound)
Bombay Bicycle Club
Gary Cark Jr.
Two Door Cinema Club
COS is also claiming the following artists may appear:
We should know officially by this time tomorrow.
Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves to see which release by an artist not only set them atop of the industry but stapled them in as musical gods.
Tags: Kill Devil Hill
Review, Photos, & Video by Mark Ambrose
My evening started right after I left my day job. A quick motorcycle ride to downtown Dallas, to meet up with Kill Devil Hill during the venue’s sound check for an in-person interview. Being my first interview, I was a little nervous but mostly excited; I felt it went pretty well. If you haven’t already done so, check it out by visiting the link at the end of this review; the audio file is at the bottom of the interview page. After interviewing Vinnie, Rex, Mark, & Dewey on the tour bus, I made my way outside to find a line of quite a few fans already waiting to get into the club or grab a few autographs from the bands; it was hard to tell since the venue still had 1 hour to go before opening the doors. Let me also go on record and say that this was only one of two times I had ever been on a tour bus full of musicians (this one actually with them present); it was kind of surreal at first, but I was able to keep my professional composure.
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It’s already been nearly a year since the young white female emcee Kreayshawn 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, is due out August 14th. The first single ”Breakfast (Syrup),” featuring 2 Chainz, leaked online, and the music video, directed by Baby Krea herself, is due out tomorrow, according to hip-hop site Rap-Up. It will be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon on Tuesday, you can download the mp3 for free now below. They are also claiming the new upcoming album will feature guest spots from Kid Cudi, V-Nasty, and Diplo among others. You can also watch an exclusive live video of her performing it for the first time at Club Rome in Fresno on Mardi Gras.
Fuse caught up with her at Bamboozle fest this weekend for a quick chat. She told them about bum-rushing Skrillex’s set, drinking milk at the club, and the new music video for her collabo with 2 Chainz, which she directed. ”The song’s about drugs and money,” she says. “But the video is all about breakfast.” Watch the video and get the whole story.
Update: As promised yesterday, here is the brand new music video just released today!
Last summer, we had the privilege of attending the inaugural Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival in Dallas. The highly influential indie music blog has quickly become a favorite among both fans and critics alike. They have a proven track record of being ahead of the curve when it comes to predicting up and coming indie bands, sometimes even before they are on the radars of Spin and Pitchfork. Last year’s one day mini fest included White Denim, Preteen Zenith, Shabazz Palaces, Grimes, and others. This year’s upcoming (and now annual) event takes place again at Dallas’ Granada Theater, the area’s best live venue, on July 28. The lineup announced for the 2nd Annual 2012 Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival are Glass Candy, Chromatics, Twin Sister, Taken By Trees, Laurel Halo, A.Dd+, and DJ Sober.
Tags: Wu-Tang Clan
Review by Special Guest Correspondant Carla Howard (Carlita)
NYC Early 90′s. Baggy jeans that required constant pulling up. Sweatshirts with army jackets. Timberland boots. If you were there, you remember. We were impressionable teenagers, living in the city producing music that continues to live on forever, in the midst of one of the greatest golden eras of hip-hop. The idea of a rap supergroup was in its heyday. Will give props to anyone who can STILL name all Wu-Tang members (FYI Wu includes Inspecktah Deck, Raekwon, Ghostface, Method Man, Rza, Gza, U-God, Masta Killa, and ODB). Could hold out hope, that will be the question to a Jeopardy answer one day (not likely). Nostalgically listening to Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers), that era seems like yesterday. Am still amazed with that many members in a group how they were able to get all of them on tracks.
Learning that the Clan was coming through Los Angeles again, I wanted Read more