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Artist Update: Crystal Castles

posted February 22, 2012, 11:25 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

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From out of nowhere it would seem, Crystal Castles has released a new music video. The electronic rock duo just posted the official video for their song “Suffocation“.  It was directed by Ethan Kath in collaboration with VS. Magazine.  Better late than never, eh?

On The Verge: Blood Orange

posted February 22, 2012, 9:28 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, On The Verge, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Devonté Hynes is from Houston but was raised in the UK.  He has been bouncing back and forth between Los Angeles and New York City for the past three years. Devonté has produced a lot of music. Some for himself: Test Icicles, Lightspeed Champion and some for others: Basement Jaxx, Florence+The Machine, Theophilus London, Solange Knowles, Cassie, Diana Vickers. Somewhere in between all of this, Blood Orange was created.

Blood Orange will also be getting a big break this year, going on tour as opening support for Florence+The Machine, and also playing SXSW. He sounds like Toro Y Moi meets Prince meets TV On The Radio meets Beck. According to the Guardian, Hynes had been working with Solange Knowles, a singer who is also the sister of Beyoncé, on her 3rd record, randomly meeting her by chance in a LA studio. Later he was invited to Jay-Z’s office for a meeting, with Solange and Beyonce coming along.

Hynes was originally part of Florence’s band and co-wrote an early B-side for the group. Recorded in Nebraska by Bright Eyes producer Mike Mogis, the album was a critical success but was widely ignored by the public. A second album, the patchy Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You followed in 2010. By this point Hynes had already started to focus on writing and producing for other people, working with X Factor contestant Diana Vickers in 2009, as well as rapper Theophilus London and Solange (the latter is currently holed up with Hynes writing songs for R&B singer Cassie’s much-delayed second album).  For the time being, Lightspeed Champion is in semi-permanent retirement, though a third album has already been demoed.

You can see his latest music video here, directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz, and shot on VHS. Tour dates are also listed below.

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Artist Update: Fair To Midland

posted February 22, 2012, 9:08 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Live At The Machine Shop, Fair To Midland

We caught a live show of the Dallas, TX based 5 piece metal group Fair To Midland, back in December. We came away very impressed, and now it seems that we weren’t the only ones who enjoyed their live performance.  The band has a new DVD that is scheduled for release on March 27th.  It was recorded live at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI on December 17th, 2011. You can pre-order a copy of it from their official website at Watch the trailer below, and read our review of their live show here.


Artist Update: Every Time I Die

posted February 22, 2012, 8:33 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Vans Warped Tour 2012, Vans Warped Tour, Ex Lives, Every Time I Die

The New York 5 piece hard rockers Every Time I Die are gearing up to release their new record, Ex Lives, on March 6th. They will also be playing the Van’s Warped Tour this summer. Here is their brand new music video just released, “Revival Mode“. You can pre-order on CD and vinyl at You can also see the first video from this new project here, “Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space”.

Update: You can now stream their new record on soundcloud for free here! There is also video released of them in the studio.

On The Verge: Class Actress

posted February 21, 2012, 11:44 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, On The Verge | comment Leave a Comment

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The Brooklyn trio is preparing to return for their 2nd appearance at SXSW.  Lead vocalist Elizabeth Harper, a former drama major from Los Angeles, describes Class Actress as “dance pop for deep thought.  Blunt, playful, lascivious…a bit denser and a bit weirder than the stuff you would hear on Top 40 radio… generally stuff that sounds interesting and a tad more adventurous.”  Harper and her collaborators Mark Richardson and Scott Rosenthal released Rapprocher (French for “to come close to”) to positive reviews last fall on Carpark Records. Elizabeth had been writing delicate, wistful songs of longing and detachment for several years when she met musician & psychoanalyst-in-training Mark Richardson in 2009 and asked him to remix one of her tracks.  Their creative chemistry was instantaneous and along with multi-instrumentalist/engineer Scott Rosenthal, the two formed Class Actress and recorded the debut EP Journal of Ardency, which was released to much acclaim by Chris Taylor’s (of Grizzly Bear) Terrible Records in 2010. Read more

Artist Update: Deer Tick

posted February 21, 2012, 11:08 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

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Partisan Records is excited to release Tim, the new EP from Deer Tick on February 28, 2012. Taken from the same sessions that produced the band’s highly acclaimed latest full-length, Divine Providence, Tim comprises four unreleased songs as well as an acoustic version of the single, “Main Street.” (This version is the first time McCauley ever played the song. He had finished writing it just minutes before). Tim will be released digitally only at first, and then will be available on 10″ vinyl during the band’s spring tour. It will be streaming all of this week at

The reaction to Divine Providence has been fantastic. Besides appearing on Late Show with David Letterman and The Conan O’Brien Show, the NY Times called singer/guitarist John McCauley “slyly insightful,” while Rolling Stone hailed that with the Divine Providence, Deer Tick has found the “comfortable sweet spot where the romantic rhythms of girl-group pop, the raspy punk of Nirvana and the rootsy, blue-collar poetry of Bruce Springsteen all blend together into something fresh and new.”  Spin called the record “revelatory,” and American Songwriter said that Divine Providence is “music the Creator Himself may have sent…the best, funniest, most detailed, thrilling blast of rock and roll since The Hold Steady’s Boys and Girls in America. It’ll have you dancing while you’re thinking about the lyrics and positing all kinds of intellectual theories as you listen to its very danceable grooves. In fact, you won’t know which one to do first. And the coolest thing? You will not care.”

Tim and Divine Providence were produced by the band, along with Adam Landry and Justin Collins.

Artist Update: tUnE-yArDs

posted February 21, 2012, 9:43 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

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tUnE-yArDs is currently on tour as the opening support in Europe for St. Vincent. It has just been announced that they will be also touring North American this summer. Dates are listed below:

June 1st, 2012       Terminal 5                                    New York, NY
June 3rd, 2012     9:30 Club                                       Washington, DC
June 5th, 2012    Jefferson Theater                         Charlottesville, VA
June 6th, 2012     The Orange Peel                           Asheville, NC
June 10th, 2012  Contemporary Arts Center     Cincinnati, OH
June 11th, 2012  Wexner Center For the Arts    Columbus, OH
June 12th, 2012  Mr Small’s                                       Pittsburgh, PA
June 13th, 2012  Town Ballroom                             Buffalo, NY
June 14th, 2012  Pearl Street                                    Northampton, MA
July 31st, 2012     La Tulipe                                      Montreal, QC
August 1st, 2012  Phoenix Concert Theatre      Toronto, ON
August 2nd, 2012  Crofoot Ballroom                    St Pontiac, MI

On The Verge: Chiddy Bang

posted February 21, 2012, 8:47 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, On The Verge, Releases | comment 2 Comments

Breakout electro inspired hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang, comprised of rapper Chiddy and producer Xaphoon Jones, releases their much buzzed about debut album Breakfast exclusively on the iTunes Store today ( and nationally with all retail and digital outlets on February 28th. Additionally, Chiddy Bang’s song “Handclaps & Guitars” will be this week’s FREE iTunes “Single of the Week,” starting today.

The album, which venerable music magazine Spin declared as “one of the most anticipated debuts” and which Alternative Press has already praised for being “filled with Cap’n Crunch-y nuggets of pure, sweet, mainstream hip-pop” was written over the course of the last year while extensively touring throughout the US, Europe and as far as Australia.

Surrounding the release date, Chiddy Bang will make multiple national television appearances with performances of their hit single “Ray Charles” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on February 24th, Conan on February 27th and The Wendy Williams Show on March 1st. “Ray Charles”, the first single off Breakfast and recently performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, is rapidly climbing the Top 40 and Rhythm radio charts. With rave reviews from Billboard and one of USA Today’s Playlist picks and strong radio support in major markets including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver, the single is poised to continue it’s ascent through the release of the album.  The video which is in rotation on MTV2, mtvU, Fuse and Teen Nick, has racked up over 2 million views on VEVO since it’s January 6th premiere.

In conjunction with the release of Breakfast, Chiddy Bang has linked up with software developer Smule and their MadPad sound mixing application. Smule’s MadPad app turns everyday sights and sounds into the ultimate percussive instrument.  Remixers can play thousands of premade sets or make their own video soundboard in just minutes.  Chiddy Bang have created a number of their own MadPad video sets, one of which they remixed to their single “Ray Charles.”  A video featuring the band both recording and performing the MadPad version of “Ray Charles” can be seen exclusively on Chiddy Bang’s and Smule’s YouTube channels. Users can play with Chiddy Bang’s sets by downloading MadPad, which is free this week in the iTunes App store.

Known for their dedication to touring and energetic live shows, which included memorable performances at Bamboozle, Bonnaroo, Virgin Festival and Austin City Limits in 2011, Chiddy Bang will have several album release shows starting February 22nd with stops in Los Angeles, DC, Philadelphia and New York City.

Governors Ball Music Festival 2012

posted February 21, 2012, 8:21 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

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Founders Entertainment is excited to announce the lineup for the 2012 edition of the Governors Ball Music Festival. Expanding to two days in its second year, the festival will take place on June 23rdand 24th, providing attendees with a full weekend’s worth of good times and great music spread across two stages with no overlapping sets. Building upon the inaugural year line-up that focused on Dance, Hip Hop, and Electronica, Governors Ball 2012 will also incorporate Indie Rock, Americana, and Pop acts. There will be a distinct vibe to each day, with Saturday mirroring the lineup featured at Governors Ball 2011, and Sunday’s bill focusing primarily on the expanded genres. Single and Two Day tickets will be available, as well as VIP packages. A limited quantity of Pre-Sale tickets for the event will go on sale this Wednesday, February 22nd at 5 am EST via Living Social. A direct link to this pre-sale will be made available on

2012 Governors Ball Music Festival Confirmed Artists:

Saturday, June 23rd

Passion Pit (First NYC show in 2 years)

Duck Sauce (feat. A-Trak and Armand Van Helden)


Special Disco Version (James Murphy and Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem)


Major Lazer


Big Gigantic

Penguin Prison

Walk the Moon

Art vs Science


Nobody Beats the Drum

Sunday, June 24th

Beck (First NYC show since 2008)

Modest Mouse

Explosions in the Sky

Devendra Banhart

Cage the Elephant

Built to Spill



Freelance Whales

Alberta Cross

The Jezabels

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Episode 107: Original American Indie

posted February 21, 2012, 3:00 am by CharlesMartel | Filed Under Podcast | comment Leave a Comment

A brief look at some of the music and the artists which have shaped modern music and yet, in some cases, have been all but forgotten.

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