It’s that super busy time of year which doesn’t seem to ever slow down until we are finally relieved by the holidays themselves. There is so much going on right now with holiday preparations, sports, shopping, cleaning, and without doubt the never ending barrage of constant new music. For us that means catching more shows than normal. Recently hometown hero Annie Clark returned to DFW for a trio of performances as St. Vincent, 2 of them being her usual concerts, and between them was a free, unplugged acoustic set.
Here we go again!
3rd Round of Official 2012 Showcasing Artists
Wiz Khalifa is not just satisifed with being a successful artist himself, he wants to be a mogul. To that pursuit he’s been making moves to get the right players in place. That means recruiting for the new label Taylor Gang. He had already inked a deal with former model Lola Monroe, who was nominated for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at this year’s BET Awards.
The new announcement is that of newly signed Juicy J, of Three 6 Mafia fame. The Memphis rapper, who is a co-founder of Three 6 Mafia and an Academy Award winner, declared the announcement last week on Hood Rich Radio. Juicy J also just dropped “Stoners Night Pt. 2” , the lead single from his new mixtape Blue Dream & Lean. It features Wiz, and will lead towards a compilation album in 2012. You can download the mixtape for free here.
Update: Here is another video taken from a song off this mixtape, featuring Kreayshawn. And another new one, called “Juicy J Can’t”.
Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves. Which album not only set the artist atop of the industry, but stapled them in as musical gods.
Vote on all of our Sunday’s Best
Shady Records’ artist Yelawolf made his television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week. Promoting his new full length release Radioactive, here is Catfish Billy performing “Let’s Roll“. We are predicting a huge year for him in 2012. You can read our review of his live show at SXSW 2011 here, where we were lucky enough to see him in a room of only about 400 people.
We have been waiting for the full version of this for MONTHS! Here is Trent Reznor’s (featuring Karen O) cover of Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song”. You can download 6 songs for free from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack now on NIN’s Official Site.
The Black Keys are taking over the US in March with help from the Arctic Monkeys! Go to their official site to listen to some of the tracks off their new album, El Camino. Tickets are on sale 12/6 at 10am for their official mailing list subscribers. Check them out on Saturday Night Live this weekend! Below are the North American dates as well as their video for “Lonely Boy”.
Field Mouse is a four-piece dream pop band from Brooklyn, NY. Seamlessly interweaving influences from shoegaze, indie, and power pop, Field Mouse offers lush sonic textures and expansive soundscapes to complement the airy, wistful vocals of singer/guitarist Rachel Browne. Through complex and delicate harmonies, the songwriting of Browne and guitarist Andrew Futral breathes new life into common themes of lost love and renewal.
The band has been honing its sound since the release of its 2010 debut, You Are Here, and has solidified its lineup with the recent addition of bassist Allison Weiss and drummer Geoff Lewit. Their latest single, “You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom,” finds the group realizing the their musical vision, incorporating rich synthesizers and feedback to give an edge to its soaring arrangements and pop sensibilities. The stunning, amazing visuals are both hypnotizing and mesmerizing! How are they still unsigned?!
Happy December! You know what that means? 2012 tour dates are being announced! First up – Doomtree!
The hip hop crew from Minneapolis will be traveling around the US this January and February in support of their new album, No Kings. The album already reached #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. They played during CMJ in Brooklyn in October, and will also be at next year’s SXSW. Catch them on the road next month! Read more
Adele, Bon Iver, Kanye West, Foo Fighers, Cut Copy, Wilco, Foster The People, Nicki Minaj, Skrillex, Fleet Foxes…while it might sound like an indie music lover’s dream line up for a festival, these are just a partial listing of last night’s 54th Annual Grammy Award Nominations. If you needed confirmation that the indie scene is alive and well and is here to stay, then read on. The biggest news is probably that Kanye and Adele leading the pack, both with 7 and 6 nods, respectively. West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, released in 2010, is still eligible for this Grammys. Kanye though did not get nominated for the Album of the Year category. I will be interesting to see him compete with himself and Jay-Z for best Rap Album with Watch the Throne. Here is a listing of the nominations: Read more