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New Music: Dead Gaze - "Runnin On the Moon"

October 7, 2013

Cole Furlow of Dead Gaze wants your brain to take a vacation, and he's made an album hoping to whisk your thoughts away from the mundane yet stressful troubles of everyday life. Who couldn't use a mental holiday?

"Runnin On the Moon" is a new song from Brain Holiday, out October 22nd on FatCat/Palmist. It immediately begins with a toe-tapping beat with cymbal clashes, and leads into an easygoing pop melody layered with screeching guitars and (what sounds like) horns. You can either completely space out and enjoy the melody at face value, or focus your attention a bit deeper and truly escape in the different layers. I would suggest out of those two, you'd do the latter.

Click to listen to "Runnin On the Moon" by Dead Gaze!

New Music: Destroyer "El Rito"

October 7, 2013

Liz Caruso

All creative minds likely go through a similar crisis to Destroyer's Dan Bejar. Destroyer has been around for over a decade now, being founded in 1995 and going on to release several albums and EP's throughout the years. What to do, then, when you become detached from the only language you write songs in? Get renewed inspiration from a different language, of course! Dan wrote:

It was 2013. The English language seemed spent, despicable, not easily singable. It felt over for English; good for business transactions, but that's about it. The only other language I know is Spanish, and the only Spanish songs I really know are those of Sr. Chinarro, led by Antonio Luque. I've been a decades-long fan of how he conducted his affairs, his strange words, his melodies that have always felt so natural (this is important), his bitter songs about painting the light. Something about them, I knew I could do it.

And he did just that. The EP (aptly named Five Spanish Songs), featuring Sr. Chinarro's songs, will be out November 25th on Merge Records. In the meantime, get a preview of the record with the new song "El Rito" - the classic rock riffs in this rendition reminds me almost of The Rolling Stones, but there's still a slight melancholic undertone in his voice that is more apparent in Sr. Chinarro's original recording. Listen to the song at the SoundCloud link below!

Destroyer - "El Rito"

She & Him Announce "Volume 3" Release Date

January 29, 2013

liz caruso

It's been over two years since She & Him's last (original) release - and I am beyond excited for this news! Not that I don't enjoy Christmas tunes, especially when they're crooned so sweetly by Deschanel, but I'll take new material instead of overdone holiday cheer any day. And I'm in luck, considering the new album will consist of 11 new songs and a few covers.

The band announced today that Volume 3 will hit the shelves May 7th, and they'll be embarking on a summer tour throughout United States and Canada. Are you prepared to handle all that Zooey-ness again yet, America? Check out the tracklisting and tour dates below!

Volume 3:
1. I've Got Your Number, Son
2. Never Wanted Your Love
3. Baby
4. I Could've Been Your Girl
5. Turn to White
6. Somebody Sweet to Talk To
7. Something's Haunting You
8. Together
9. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
10. Snow Queen
11. Sunday Girl
12. London
13. Shadow of Love
14. Reprise (I Could've Been Your Girl)

Tour Dates
Jun 13 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Jun 15 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
Jun 16 Austin, TX ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
Jun 18 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theater
Jun 19 Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Jun 21 San Diego, CA SDU Open Air Theatre
Jun 22 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre*
Jun 23 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl*
Jun 25 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Gardens
Jun 27 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah's Stir Cove
Jun 29 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom #
Jul 1 Ann Arbor, MI Hill Auditorium #
Jul 3 Montreal, QUE Montreal Jazz Festival Symphony Hall #
Jul 4 Toronto, ON Toronto Urban Roots Festival #
Jul 6 New York, NY Central Park Summerstage #
Jul 9 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for Performing Arts #
Jul 10 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion #
Jul 11 Vienna, VA Filene Center at Wolf Trap #
* with Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
# with Camera Obscura

Vacationer @ Henry Fonda Theater

October 24, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA

by Wei Shi

Vacationer @ Henry Fonder Theater - Los Angeles, CA - October 17, 2012 - Photos by Wei Shi

Between the relaxing coos of vocalist/bassist, Kenny Vasoli, and projected archival footage of waterfalls, far off vacation destinations, and lawn sprinklers, you could almost feel the summer sun on your skin. Vacationer breezed through LA last Wednesday with their dreamy, cool tunes to accompany what finally feels like the start of autumn in Southern California.

Their US tour with Bombay Bicycle Club recently came to an end, but if you're craving more Vacationer in your life, you can have a listen to their debut album Gone on Downtown Records until their next trip around the states.

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The New Trust @ Down & Out

October 18, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA

by Wei Shi

The New Trust @ Down & Out - Los Angeles, CA - October 9, 2012 - Photos and Words by Wei Shi

If you're looking for meek, avert your eyes and ears. The New Trust, otherwise known as a trio of rock with members Josh Staples (bass/vocals), Sara Sanger (guitar/vocals) and Julia Lancer (drums), kicked off their US tour at the Down & Out Bar, Los Angeles 10/9/12.

Later in the month, they'll drop by Chicago for a few days to record their fourth full album. Make no mistake, this will be good. In the meantime, you can catch a preview of some new songs during their live dates.

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Video: Chairlift - "I Belong in Your Arms" (Japanese Version)

September 18, 2012

I am obsessed with Chairlift, and don't care who knows it. Something (out on Columbia) is one of those albums I liked a lot upon first listen, and became a "grower album" in the sense that every time I hit the repeat button, the songs seem to make an even bigger impact. I find myself randomly busting out the dance moves from "Amanaemonesia" in my office chair, singing "Ghost Tonight" all the time, and not to mention, "I Belong in Your Arms" is a song so sweetly catchy it was re-recorded in another language.

I've actually been meaning to share this video for a couple weeks, but I have a wistful love/hate relationship with this Japanese version due to their performance at FYF fest, when they abruptly exited the stage halfway through performing the song. Ah, so many longing sighs... Come back to Los Angeles soon, Chairlift!

Foster the People / The Kooks / Kimbra @ Central Park

June 5, 2012 - New York, NY

by Chris La Putt

Foster the People @ Central Park - New York, NY - May 29, 2012 - Photos by Chris La Putt

Combine the hopelessly infectious tunes of Foster the People, the undeniable British charm The Kooks ooze, and Kimbra's sultry vocals paired with her quirky songwriting, and you've got one killer line-up. Lots of lucky New Yorkers had not only one - but two! - opportunities last week to see these three play the same gig. (East coast seems to get all the coolest stuff come summer... Nope, not bitter at all.)

One of our favorite photographers and fellow nyan cat enthusiast Chris La Putt was at the first concert on the 29th to capture lots of photos for the site. And the pictures weren't limited to those on stage; see if you're able to spot yourself in the crowd!

For all the unlucky New Yorkers who didn't catch either show, Foster the People and Kimbra will be reuniting at Central Park to play with Tokyo Police Club on June 11th.

Click here to check out all of the photos!

Best Coast @ Fox Theater

May 23, 2012 - Oakland, CA

By Amoreena Lucero

Best Coast @ Fox Theater - Oakland, CA - May 19, 2012 - Photos by Amoreena Lucero

In 2010, Best Coast dominated the blogosphere with the anxiously anticipated debut album Crazy For You, nabbing them spots on an overwhelming amount of Best of 2010 lists. Since then, they've wasted little time in recording their second full-length, The Only Place, released just last Tuesday on Mexican Summer. With the new material, they brought on Jon Brion as producer, a man who requires no introduction within the music industry. The resulting sound - although definitely further from the lo-fi sensibilities of its predecessor - still remains true to the laid-back guitar driven tunes they've become known for.

Best Coast kicked off their tour on the West Coast (it is the best coast, after all) last weekend; Amoreena was at their Oakland gig at the Fox Theater this past Saturday, and took a great many of awesome photos!

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Ben Kweller @ Great American Music Hall

May 1, 2012 - San Francisco, CA

by Amoreena Lucero

Ben Kweller @ Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA - April 26, 2012 - Photos by Amoreena Lucero

Considering the man is only thirty years old, it's astounding to be able to truthfully state Ben Kweller has nearly two decades of music experience under his belt. The release of his fifth, latest album Go Fly a Kite brings about another milestone in his career, as it is the first of his to be released on his own record label The Noise Company.

Kweller has been hitting up venues all over the country in support of the new material, and just last week he made an appearance at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

Click here to check out Amoreena's photos!

Noah Gundersen / Sleeper Agent @ Great American Music Hall

May 1, 2012 - San Francisco, CA

by Amoreena Lucero

Noah Gundersen @ Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA - April 26, 2012 - Photos by Amoreena Lucero

Among the supporting acts for Ben Kweller's San Francisco show were Noah Gundersen - whose music pairs intriguing, folky guitar-twinged melodies with his sister's bursts of violin - and Sleeper Agent - a Kentucky based six-piece who produce infectious pop-rock hooks and have an extremely energetic presence at live shows.

Amoreena was able to capture some great shots of both groups. Click here to check out the pictures!

Spectrals @ Great American Music Hall

April 14, 2012 - San Francisco, CA

by Amoreena Lucero

Spectrals @ Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA - April 4, 2012 - Photos by Amoreena Lucero

Spectrals - the brainchild of Louis Jones - who's just barely reached US drinking age at twenty-one - recently played the Great American Music Hall. Not unlike Cults, the group they were opening for, their music takes a great amount of influence from music of past eras. Most notably, garage rock, classic pop and twinges of doo wop all show throughout Bad Penny, their debut LP. The album is perfect for a lazy summer day of lounging around with a glass of strawberry lemonade, so I urge you to do exactly that. But not before you check out these photos of their performance by Amoreena Lucero!

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Cults @ Great American Music Hall

April 14, 2012 - San Francisco, CA

by Amoreena Lucero

Cults @ Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA - April 4, 2012 - Photos by Amoreena Lucero

Cults, the indie pop darlings who swiftly won over our hearts from the very moment "Oh My God" was released, have been continuing their tour efforts this spring in support of their debut self-titled LP. Amoreena was at their San Francisco show and was able to capture some great moments and psychedelic projections from the gig!

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Video: Mr. Little Jeans - Runaway

April 2, 2012

Guys, I have to chuckle. I just must. The name Mr. Little Jeans incites nothing but a trill of giggles. It plants images in my head of hipster boys with too-tight jeans drinking kombucha. Or, you know, whatever those hipster folk do nowadays (eat goji berries, maybe?).

Moving past that, I was pleasantly surprised that behind the pseudonym Mr. Little Jeans is Monica Birkenes, a girl with a whispery, intoxicating voice with an excellent song called "Runaway", the first single off her upcoming debut album. That LP will drop this upcoming August on Sony, but in the meantime, we have this music video to tide us over. Directed by Zach Shields of Dead Man's Bones (excuse me while I soon at the mere mention of anything Gosling-related), the clip encapsulates the mood of the song and the tone of Monica's voice. (Plus, the beginning parts almost remind me of Logan's Run, or some other dystopian universe. /Geek moment.)

Dirty Projectors Announce New Album Details

April 2, 2012

Just Friday, Dirty Projectors released a new song. Today, as the work week begins to crank back into gear, they revealed the remaining details of their new album, Swing Lo Magellan. (These folks waste no time, and I love it.) The LP will be out in time to perfectly coincide with the middle of summer on July 10th. Naturally, it will be released on the same label as 2009's Bitte Orca, Domino. Check out the tracklisting below!

01 “Offspring Are Blank”
02 “About to Die”
03 “Gun Has No Trigger”
04 “Swing Lo Magellan”
05 “Just From Chevron”
06 “Dance For You”
07 “Maybe That Was It”
08 “Impregnable Question”
09 “See What She Seeing”
10 “The Socialites”
11 “Unto Caesar”
12 “Irresponsible Tune”

Album Artwork and Tracklist Unveiled for Fiona Apple's New Album

April 2, 2012

My favorite Fiona Apple album, coincidentally, has the longest title. Here's hoping The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cards will serve you more than Ropes will ever do might serve as my second (or first!) favorite.

Even though I feel as if every fan is well aware by the time I write this, Fiona unveiled the album artwork and tracklisting for her fourth full-length - the long overdue follow-up to Extraordinary Machine - earlier today. Even if you've already heard, the epicness (no, really, it's being released on Epic Records) of this release's details is worth another mention, no? If only so that I can remember this happy moment when I'm anxiously anticipating a fifth release, which will probably be nearly another decade from now.

The tracklist can be viewed below, and the cover can be seen above. Enjoy! And keep telling yourself, June 26th is only 85 more days away.

01 Every Single Night
02 Daredevil
03 Valentine
04 Jonathan
05 Left Alone
06 Werewolf
07 Periphery
08 Regret
09 Anything We Want
10 Hot Knife