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On The Verge: Yellow Ostrich

posted March 6, 2012, 10:16 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, On The Verge, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Yellow Ostrich, Strange Land

Barsuk Records is excited to release Yellow Ostrich‘s sophomore album Strange Land, out today. The album is currently streaming in full on Paste and Spinner. Recently, SPIN said the new record “finds them declaring themselves a fully formed, teeth-gnashing studio concern,” while Rolling Stone praised the “catchy and guitar-heavy” single “The Shakedown.”  In conjunction with the release, the band just launched a headlining tour.

The tour began with a sold out date in Allston, MA at Great Scott on March 3rd and will wrap up with a hometown show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge on April 12th. The jaunt also includes a stop at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, where they will play several showcases (see schedule below). Read more

Artist Update: Norah Jones

posted March 6, 2012, 9:15 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment 3 Comments

Tags: Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts

Norah Jones has released “Happy Pills,” the lead single from her forthcoming Danger Mouse produced album Little Broken Hearts. The song—which is available today through all digital retail outlets and streaming services—is a buoyant parade of sunshiny hooks that has met with an enthusiastic response from both fans and critics alike. “Happy Pills” is also the #1 Most Added song this week at AAA Radio. Little Broken Hearts, out May 1st—which is now available for pre-order at Amazon and iTunes—is a stunning 12-track set that features original songs co-written by Jones and Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) and is the fascinating next step in the artistic evolution of one of the music world’s most consistently intriguing singer-songwriters.

“Happy Pills” surprised Read more

Artist Update: Best Coast

posted March 6, 2012, 8:44 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The Only Place, Best Coast

New details are emerging about the upcoming record release of indie music favorites Best Coast. The Only Place, their sophomore release,  is due to be released May 15th by Mexican Summer. We plan to catch the band live this weekend at the 35 Denton Festival. Track listing and album art work below. They will be touring with another drummer most likely. According to the press release, ““I’m trying really hard to grow up.  I’m trying to let go of my bad habits and the immature things I still drag around with me.” They have been working with Jon Brion on this project, who has also formerly with Fiona Apple, Rhett Miller, Sean Lennon, The Wallflowers, Kanye West, Dido, Spoon, and Of Montreal.

Bethany was in the news last week for announcing a new fashion line she helped design with Urban Outfitters. She was formerly an intern at The Fader, and even started their style column, Thrintage. Tour dates and track listings are posted below.

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Artist Update: Jane’s Addiction

posted March 5, 2012, 2:47 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The Great Escape Artist, Jane's Addiction

Jane’s Addiction have been earning nothing short of stellar reviews and selling out shows on the first leg of their North American ‘Theatre of the Escapists’ tour. The set list features material from their acclaimed album The Great Escape Artist (Capitol Records) plus classic songs that have not been played in more than twenty years, such as “Classic Girl” and “I Would for You”.

Delivering an immersive theatrical experience as only they can in classic and intimate theatres, the alt-rock pioneers–frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins, along with Chris Chaney on bass—have now announced the second leg of the tour. Dates are listed below…

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Bro Fest 2012

posted March 4, 2012, 3:14 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Bro Fest

Parade of Flesh’s BRO FEST 2012 is celebrating it’s 5th year of bringing established and emerging indie rock, garage, punk and hardcore acts to Dallas on the Sunday after SXSW. This year will be another all ages, one-day / THREE -stage showcase of awesomeness on Sunday March 18th, 2012. In this intimate ‘club-style’ concert/event/festival/whatever you want to call it, patrons will be able to experience a little bit of what they are missing in Austin. Check out the line up:

ALL PIGS MUST DIE (massachusetts),
BALACLAVA (richmond, va),
BASS DRUM Of DEATH (oxford, ms),
The COATHANGERS (atlanta),
CODE ORANGEKIDS (philly/pittsburgh),
COLISEUM (louisville),
CRYSTAL ANTLERS (long beach),
CROCODILES (san diego)
The GROWLERS (long beach),
HOSPITALITY (brooklyn),
MAPS & ATLASES (chicago),
The MEN (brooklyn),
NARROWS (seattle/london/san diego),
OFF! (los angeles),
PRINCE RAMA (brooklyn),
SLEEPY SUN (san francisco),
TITUS ANDRONICUS (glen rock, nj),

Previous line ups from the years before have included:

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Sunday’s Best: Van Halen

posted March 4, 2012, 12:20 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Music News, Releases, Sunday's Best, Top Albums, Tour | comment 2 Comments

Tags: Van Halen, A Different Kind Of Truth, Van Halen

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.

This week is the one and only, Van Halen. Their storied legacy begins way back in 1978 with their eponymous debut, Van Halen. They  immediately and simultaneously rewrote the rules of rock guitar and hard rock in general. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen redefined what electric guitar could do, developing a blindingly fast technique with a variety of self-taught two-handed tapping, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and effects that mimicked the sounds of machines and animals. It was wildly inventive and over the top, equaled only by vocalist David Lee Roth, who brought the role of a metal singer to near-performance art standards. Roth wasn’t blessed with great technique, unlike Eddie, but he had a flair for showmanship that was derived as much from lounge performers as Robert Plant. Together, they made Van Halen into the most popular American rock & roll band of the late ’70s and early ’80s, and in the process set the template for hard rock and heavy metal for the ’80s.

Throughout the ’80s, it was impossible… Read more

On The Verge: White Arrows

posted March 2, 2012, 1:05 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Interviews, Music News, On The Verge, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

We have been fans of this band since last summer. White Arrows may never divulge the source of their strange magic, but it’s hard not to picture a mystic dance floor hidden in the midst of tropical rainforest. The Los Angeles band stands at these balmy crossroads like a vision from an alternate reality: classic without leaning on nostalgia, visionary but not unfamiliar. What should be a collision of sounds and styles-ritualistic rhythm and four-four thump, synth sequences and strummed guitars, garage-y grind and airy atmosphere-is, in this quintet’s capable hands, a fluidly seething whole. Call it Psychotropical pop, something both busy and breezy. Call it Paul Simon in space (others have). Call it what you will. This is White Arrows.

The White Arrows story begins with a blind boy. Read more

On The Verge: FIDLAR

posted March 2, 2012, 11:32 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, On The Verge | comment 1 Comment

FIDLAR (fuck it dog, life’s a risk) are slackers at heart. The only thing they really care about is skateboarding; trivial things like doing their homework and making the grade in school have little meaning to them. But when their adopted Vietnamese brother turns up dead after discovering an error in the shipping records at his place of work, FIDLAR begins to suspect something more. Refusing to accept the police’s theory of suicide, FIDLAR launches their own investigation, determined to uncover the truth of what really happened to their brother. They will be playing SXSW 2012. They recently topped L.A. Weekly’s “Five Local Bands Who Will Be Huge In 2012″ list.
Check out their brand new video:
Hailing from L.A., FIDLAR – made up of Brandon, Max, Zac, and Elvis – started playing together in 2009 and after a year of leaking their demos with ‘found footage’ music videos that glorified teenage breasts, shaking asses, smoking meth, shooting guns and the entire opening credits of Top Secret – FIDLAR released their first 7″ EP, DIYDUI through White Iris. Following the success of DIYDUI and the band’s beer-soaked marathon schedule at CMJ 2011, FIDLAR will release the “No Waves/No Ass” 7” on Mom+Pop (Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian) March 13th.”FIDLAR channel elements of classic acts like the White Stripes and Pixies, while practically begging for a co-headlining tour with contemporaries like Bass Drum of Death and JEFF the Brotherhood (the latter of whom we recently caught when they stopped by Death By Audio in Brooklyn). FIDLAR live” – SPIN

Video Of The Week: Danny Brown “Greatest Rapper Ever”

posted March 2, 2012, 10:09 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The Hybrid, Danny Brown, Childish Gambino, XXX

Detroit MC Danny Brown is turning up everywhere in 2012. From the new XXL 2012 Freshman List to Bonnaroo to opening tour support for Chilidish Gambino, to landing on the cover of the Fader, whether he is hanging with his friend A$AP Rocky or talking trash about Mac Miller, he seems to be popping up everywhere. We will be catching his live show at 35 Denton Fest, and hopefully at SXSW also. We are also trying to set up an interview when we see him open for Childish Gambino.

This video is for the song “Greatest Rapper Ever”, off his Hybrid album/mixtape. Expect to hear a lot more about this artist in 2012.


Nocturnal Festival 2012

posted March 2, 2012, 8:25 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Written by special guest correspondent Katie Covens

No one could have predicted a leap day like this one. Insomniac Events made this February 29th very exciting with the release of the official Nocturnal Wonderland 2012 lineup. After a long wait, a list of thirty-two artists was announced on the event website,  The upcoming Texas festival will be held on April 27th and 28th. Please note, this is not the final lineup. There will be more artists added to the list, at a later date.

The three headliners listed, on phase one, are Tiesto, Royksopp, and Sound Tribe Sector Nine. Insomniac has a good understanding of the electronic music scene. Based on the artists named thus far, one can see the great consideration  Insomniac had in each of their choices. The event will highlight a range of EDM.

Update: Phase 2 line up has been revealed, and includes: Chromeo, Auto Body, J Rabbit, Lotus, and more.

These electronic genres include dubstep, drum and bass, jungle, house, dance, progressive trance, trip-hop, synthpop, nu-disco, jam-funk, electroclash, and more. There are many artists that fall somewhere in-between. The balance of genres is most heavily weighted by grimey post-industrial sound, with artists such as Datsik, 12th Planet, Nero, and Pendulum. Insomniac didn’t forget dance music though! If you enjoy moving and grooving, you’ll surely have a great time watching artists such as Calvin Harris, MIMOSA, Hardwell, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, The M Machine, and Röyksopp. Lastly, for those diehard jamband followers, Insominac graciously topped their headliners with Sound Tribe Sector Nine. Nocturnal Wonderland is off to an amazing start. Get your tickets early! This electronic festival is going to be incredible, and we are planning on covering it for you. Catch the official trailer below:

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