Montezumas frontman Kristian Matsson started recording a set of rustic, gravelly-voiced tunes, ones that nodded to fellow SwedesHomesick Hank and Thomas Denver Jonsson, under the nom de soloact The Tallest Man on Earth in the early 2000s. His self-titled debut EP was released on Sweden’s Gravitation Records in 2006. The “Pistol Dreams” single followed one year later, leading up to the release of the Tallest Man on Earth’s first full-length album, Shallow Grave, which hit stores in 2008. Matsson spent the rest of 2008 and 2009 touring, opening for Bon Iver and John Vanderslice as well as playing solo shows. After signing with Dead Oceans, Matsson released The Wild Hunt in April of 2010, which was quickly followed by a five-song EP titled Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird. His third studio full-length, 2012′s There’s No Leaving Now, eschewed the urgency and austerity of The Wild Hunt for a more relaxed and conversational approach.
The Tallest Man On Earth will tour the U.S. this summer including dates at Sasquatch and Bonnaroo. He will also perform in cities across the West, Midwest, and South where he has yet to perform since the release of his critically acclaimed album There’s No Leaving Now. Strand of Oaks will open for Tallest Man on all dates. Swedish National Television (SVT) recently caught up with The Tallest Man’s Kristian Matsson and his wife, Idiot Wind’s Amanda Bergman, in a four-part mini-documentary that provides a rare glimpse at their life away from the stage. Watch STV’s Documentary on The Tallest Man on Earth HERE.
Hot on the heels of a successful trip to SXSW, where ABC News included the quartet in their feature on “7 Emerging Artists On The Rise” Hands is pleased to announce their April Residency at Los Angeles’ The Echo. The band will be playing shows in support of their debut full length, Synesthesia, due April 30 via Kill Rock Stars. The residency is presented by 98.7 FM and will take place every Monday in April. Additionally the band just released a remix of White Arrows‘ “Roll Forever.”
Hands makes music like a rip tide, swirling in overlapping loops and riffs, slowly enveloping you. The group’s members – Geoff Halliday, Ryan Sweeney, Sean Hess and Alex Staniloff – craft their hypnotic sound from a single dropping note that builds into a reverberating roar that crashes over you like a wave. It’s a mesmerizing trick that they pull off on their debut LP, Synesthesia. Songs like “Videolove” and “Trouble” show Hands’ innate ability to blend instruments and electronics into a deep texture that moves ethereally through genres. Hands moves from rock to synth-pop to skyrocketing stadium anthem, often within the same song. The interplay of Sweeney’s esoteric guitar riffs, Hess’ technical tempos, Staniloff’s thumping bass and Halliday’s soaring vocals and affected keyboards help Hands build a dynamic atmosphere, where a lesser band would only manage empty atmospherics. Read more
Acclaimed Dutch photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos recently completed “Piece Of Shit”, a short film on Ratking. Shot on Super 16mm, “Piece Of Shit” features Ratking performing a live, one take version of their song of the same name from last November’s WIKI93 EP (Hot Charity / XL). The result is a documentary-style video shot in the trio’s Brooklyn practice space that displays Marcopoulos’ signature muted, black and white aesthetic.
To compliment the film, Marcopoulos created a limited edition, 5″ x 7″ zine comprised of 38 original film stills, photographs and screen grabs. Titled “Piece Of Shit”, the zine documents RATKING wandering New York City, recording their debut album with legendary DJ / audio engineer Young Guru (at Just Blaze’s Harlem studio), and rehearsing for their upcoming tour with GZA. “Piece Of Shit”, the zine, is limited to 150 copies and will be available from XL Recordings’ online store, Dashwook Books, Reed Space and at RATKING’s upcoming live shows. Check out the video for “Piece Of Shit”, and the the group’s upcoming live shows below.
Sunflower Dead is out on the road now with All That Remains, HellYeah, and Nonpoint! Select dates will also include performances by In This Moment.
Sunflower Dead consists of Jamie Teissere (guitar, formerly of Droid), Michael Del Pizzo (vocals, piano, accordion), Jaboo (guitar) formerly of Two Hit Creeper, Luis Gascon (bass) touring member of Buckethead, and Jimmy Schultz (drums) touring drummer of In This Moment.
The band formed with a goal of creating an undeniable unit that would not just move but more importantly, entertain people.
Hunters are excited to announce their signing to Mom + Pop for their debut LP this summer. To gear up for the upcoming release, they will be joining Bleached and JEFF the Brotherhood on tours across the US this spring. Since releasing their 2011 EP Hands On Fire, Hunters have been hard at work touring and playing live shows with METZ, Cloud Nothings, A Place To Bury Strangers and The Kills. They’ve also had breakout performances at last year’s CMJ with shows at Brooklyn Vegan’s showcase and the FADER FORT. Hunters have also been featured on the cover of the Village Voice along with acclaim from The New York Times, New Yorker, FADER, SPIN, Filter among many others. With a fury of fuzzed out guitars and bodies being strewn across the stage, Derek Watson and Izzy assault the masses with a wave of barely contained chaos. The tour kicks off in Austin on April 12th. They were one of our favorites at SXSW.
Photo by Adam Christopher Seward
Toronto-based industrial surfgaze trio Odonis Odonis share the second single from their upcoming Better EP, out April 16 on Buzz Records. The track is entitled “Intelligence,” and can was premiered over at Stereogum.
The band’s cryptic EP teaser video is streaming below, it was directed and edited by Dean Tzenos.
The band will be hitting the road in Spring providing main support for METZ, as well as playing this year’s Austin Psych Fest (w/ A Place to Bury Strangers). Full tour dates below. They also just recently played the 35 Denton Fest.
Industrial surfgaze outfit Odonis Odonis is the brainchild of prolific polymath, Dean Tzenos. Having spent 2012 supporting their debut LP, Hollandaze, with luminaries such as Ty Segall, Fucked Up and Mogwai; Odonis Odonis now return with the Better EP (April 16, 2013). Read more
The time has come! Tickets are on sale at 12pm Noon across all markets for ALL 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest tour stops. Get your tickets NOW . Additionally, today is the kick off for the 72-hour $20 Get Off Your Ass ticket deal! Act now – for the next 72 hours (through Monday, March 25th) get off your ass and get $20 lawn tickets for the 2013 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL . Get your 72-hour Get Off Your Ass tickets at the official ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL webiste.
On Monday, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the world’s biggest hard and heavy music touring festival announced its electrifying sixth-year lineup at the official press conference, which took place at the legendary Whisky A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA. An impressive 3.8 mile processional of custom motorcycles and carriages ushered this year’s artists from the Hollywood Palladium all the way to their final destination at the Whisky. Fans, press and industry came out in droves to witness what proved to be an amazingly unprecedented event. Check out some exclusive footage on the official ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL YouTube page now:
Artists performing on the 2013 thunderous fest include main stage metal and horror legend, festival closer, ROB ZOMBIE, plus, the triple gold certified FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and a monster lineup that includes additional main stage bands MASTODON and AMON AMARTH. The festival area is led by stage closers CHILDREN OF BODOM and MACHINE HEAD as well as BEHEMOTH, JOB FOR A COWBOY, EMMURE, BORN OF OSIRIS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, BUTCHER BABIES, BATTLECROSS, HUNTRESS, THROWN INTO EXILE and CITY IN THE SEAFour stages will be presented this year for the first time ever and the stages include the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE, THE JAGERMEISTER STAGE, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STAGE, as well as, the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY CONCOURSE STAGE, (local bands performing on the Sumerian Records/Headbang for the Highway Stage will be announced in June). The World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team THE METAL MULISHA is also confirmed to perform on most dates. Read more
Awolnation‘s “Sail,” gets the TDE treatment courtesy of Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Sounwave. The world gets it courtesy of the Leakers for now. There’s not much to say here other than Kendrick, Ab & Sounwave murdered this shit, but what else would you expect?!
The music news the entire world has been awaiting has finally been proclaimed. One of the most ginormous bands in history, Daft Punk, have finally announced their new record. The album Random Access Memories will be released on Columbia May 21st. Here is the cover art, and here are two commercials that were on Saturday Night Live. It will be their fourth, their last was 2005′s Human After All.