Monthly Archives: August 2015

Enjoy this stream of Cold Beat’s new album “Into the Air”

The punk electro-pop band Cold Beat is streaming their new album “Into the Air.” The new album, their second LP and out Sept. 4 on Crime On the Moon, shows off the group’s wide range of influences.

Strong vocals throughout, from bassist and vocalist Hanna Lew, embody the rich-sounding youth of early Blondie’s pop nuggets and that punk rock sound, as on “Broken Lines.” Lew’s voice may be the closest to Debby Harry’s as you can get, while still maintaining her own identity. Her vocals soar freely throughout the album, emitting a dreamwave warmth.

The vintage synth sound of “Am I Dust” and the ragged guitar intro and propulsive drumming of the punk-driven “Sisters” both show the band’s broad versatility on the album. They can be haunting, as on the instrumental “Clouds” and moody, on the space-rock closer “Ashes.” Through it all is Lew, who makes the whole thing sound easy. The San Francisco native‘s previous project was with the all-girl outfit Grass Widow.

Cold Beat only has a handful of tour dates, so you’ll have to head to Brooklyn to see them.


Fri. Sept. 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool

Sat. Sept. 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium

Sun. Sept. 20 – New York, NY @ Other Music (7PM)

Sun. Sept. 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn

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Lou Barlow’s “Brace The Wave” is streaming at NPR Music

Lou Barlow‘s album “Brace The Wave,” his first in eight years, is streaming at NPR Music.

On the new album, Barlow has pieced together a mixed bag of folk songs that reminds listeners of his inner struggles and fears. Barlow’s lonesome, echo-filled vocals and organic guitar strumming incorporates prog-rocklou-barlow-lounging-by-jens-jurgensen-1987 and synth influences, as on “Moving.” Barlow can also easily drop about five stories with the toned-down “Pulse” or the buzz-laden “Boundaries.” Somehow it all fits. The sonic landscape he’s created is a natural move for Barlow, a founding member of Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr. and The Folk Implosion.

On the stunning, acoustic “Lazy,” Barlow is resigned as uses stark, honest language to describe the pain of a love not returned. “Friendly neglect no longer protects my heart, filling a pocket with scar only weighs me down/Understanding is only demanding more/ What am I bending backwards for? Couldn’t you turn around?” Barlow pleads.

Listen to the rest of “Brace the Wave” at NPR Music. “Brace The Wave” is out Sept. 4 on Joyful Noise Recordings.

Barlow recorded the album in less than a week in Easthampton, Mass., one of the most off-the-map places you find yourself, and it’s perfect for Barlow’s easygoing and eclectic folk sound.

His tour kicks off Sept. 8 in Boston at Great Scott:

Lou Barlow Tour Dates:
9/8: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
9/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
9/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
9/11: Washington, DC @ DC9
9/22: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
9/23: San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co.
9/24: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
9/25: Pioneertown, CA @ Desert Stars
9/26: Costa Mesa, CA @ Wayfarer (early show)

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Django Django has put out a juicy-sweet video for “Pause Repeat”

Enjoying a nice blue lolly.

Enjoying a nice blue lolly.

Django Django‘s video for “Pause Repeat” is basically a neverending conga line of overly saturated strawberries, basketballs, ruby-red grapefruit, blue lemons and fake grass, and other sporting goods. It’s one of those videos with a continuous feed of images, and all of them are vibrantly colored and a joy to watch.

Check it out:

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LP from new-wave punks Suburban Lawns to be reissued

Light in the Attic Records have put out details on a few of their September reissues.

suburban lawns pic

Sue “Su Tissue” McLane

Among them is a release of the self-titled LP from California new wave art punk group Suburban Lawns, who have been out of print since 1980 — way too long. The band formed in 1978 in Long Beach. That LP was their only release.

This vinyl reissue is the first for the post-punk band, as well as the first time on CD format. New artwork and newly revealed photos and five bonus tracks are part of the release.

Watch a video (with lyrics)  for “Janitor” — The video is classic ’80s avant garde propaganda in all its glory.

Listen to “Flying Saucer Safari”:

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Stop what you’re doing and view Mike Krol’s hilarious video for “Neighborhood Watch”

In Mike Krol’s new video for “Neighborhood Watch,” no one is safe from the law.

In the video, it appears that just a picture of a cop (Krol’s cover art) holding his hand out as if to say “stop” is enough to halt bad guys in their tracks — people like candy shoplifters, druggies and people who like jazz. Flashes of red add a comic-book superhero vibe. Even when a guy holds up two girls with a knife, his picture is all that is needed to physically push the guy down. Epic.

Watch for New York comedians Michael Lisk (from The Best Show with Tom Scharpling), Nate Fernald, Brett Davis, Kady Ruth Ashcraft in the video.

Mike Krol’s new album is out Aug. 28 on Merge Records. His “Ball & Chain” tour begins Sept. 4.

Mike Krol “Ball & Chain” tour dates:
Sep 04 Madison, WI – Strictly Discs in-store
Sep 09 Milwaukee, WI – The Cactus Club
Sep 10 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Sep 13 Spokane, WA – Big Dipper
Sep 14 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern*
Sep 15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
Sep 17 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop*
Sep 18 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo*
Sep 19 San Diego, CA – Seven Grand
Sep 20 Tucson, AZ – Hotel Congress
Sep 22 Austin, TX – The Mohawk (inside)
Sep 24 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Sep 25 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room
Sep 26 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
Sep 27 Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s
Sep 28 New York, NY – Cake Shop
Sep 29 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
Oct 01 Cambridge, MA – Out of the Blue Gallery
Oct 02 Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo
Oct 03 Ottawa, ON – House of Targ
Oct 04 Toronto, ON – The Drake
Oct 05 Detroit, MI – Majestic Cafe
Oct 06 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Oct 23 Valencia, ES – Deleste Festival
Oct 25 Paris, FR – Point Ephemere^
Oct 26 Guildford, UK – The Boileroom
Oct 27 Bristol, UK – Start the Bus
Oct 28 Manchester, UK – The Eagle Inn
Oct 29 London, UK – Shacklewell Arms
Oct 30 Amsterdam, NL – London Calling @ Paradiso
Oct 31 Groningen, NL – Vera
Nov 04 Stockholm, SE – Fritz’s Corner @ Lilla Hotellbaren
Nov 05 Oslo, NO – Revolver
Nov 06 Göteborg, SE – Woah Dad HQ
Nov 07 Copenhagen, DK – Drone Bar
Nov 08 Hamburg, DE – Molotow Bar
Nov 09 Berlin, DE – The Monarch
* w/ Mac McCaughan + The Non-Believers
^ w/ Ezra Furman

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Lanterns on the Lake share ethereal new song “Faultlines”

Atmospheric indie-rock artists Lanterns on the Lake have shared details of their upcoming new album “Beings,” on which they began working in February 2014 — right after their U.S. and European tours. Guitarist Paul Gregory has produced and mixed “Beings.”

Vocalist Hazel Wilde says of their writing process:

“The ideas came effortlessly and in abundance. At first we had no expectations, no prescribed ideas of how we wanted the songs to turn out. We were just writing and playing together because that’s what we’d always done.”

Working in their Newcastle rehearsal room seems to have only strengthened their ability to create ghostly soundscapes. Listen to the dramatic new song “Faultlines” — the piano melody works gorgeously with heavenly strings toward the end of the song.

“Beings,” their third full-length album, will be out Nov. 13 on Bella Union.



Beings Tracklisting:

  1. Of Dust & Matter
  2. I’ll Stall Them
  3. Faultlines
  4. The Crawl
  5. Send Me Home
  6. Through the Cellar Door
  7. Beings
  8. Stepping Down
  9. Stuck For An Outline
  10. Inkblot

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The carefree punk sound of Wimps’ “Super Me” is worth a listen

I love the lighthearted punk vibe of Wimps, a Seattle three-piece whose first LP, “Repeat,” was released in 2013, but are Seattle punk-rock veterans. Wimps have cool nicknames too: Guitarist and vocalist Rachel Ratner is Butts, bassist Matt Nyce is Meth Teeth and drummer Dave Ramm is The Intelligence.

After touring the states in support of “Repeat,” in 2013, they self-released a series of tapes, as well as put out a 7-inch on Help Yourself Records and support for the band grew from there.

Stream their latest five-song cassette EP “Super Me,” which was released Aug. 7 on Kill Rock Stars. A full-length EP is due later in the year.

Here’s the remainder of their tour dates:

08/21 Portland, OR @ Star Theater (w/ Fucked Up)
08/27 Seattle, WA @ Olympic Sculpture Park at Seattle Art Museum*
08/28 Spokane, WA @ Baby Bar*
08/29 Boise, ID @ The Water Cooler*
* w/ Pony Time

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Kanye West to headline FYF Fest; Frank Ocean cancels “on his own terms”

Kanye West will now headline FYF Fest on Saturday in Los Angeles. According to a press release Thursday night, “Frank Ocean has decided on his own terms to cancel his appearance.” No word on the reason for the late switch.

Morrissey is still scheduled to headline the Sunday FYF show.

Weekend passes are still available for the music festival which is at L.A. Memorial Sports Arena and Exposition Park. General-admission two-day festival passes for $175 are almost gone. Visit for more info.

Below is the updated poster:

kanye west poster fyf fest Aug 2015

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Hear the Odesza/Little Dragon collaboration “Light”

Odesza today released a new single, “Light,” on which Swedish electronic band Little Dragon is featured. “Light” is part of a deluxe edition of “In Return,” coming Sept. 18 on Counter Records.

There’s a backstory to how Little Dragon and Odesza joined forces on “Light.” Little Dragon had sought out Odesza for a remix a song from their album “Nabuma Rubberband.” According to a press release, Little Dragon’s label sent Odesza the stems for a different song, which was not on the album. The idea sat for months, until Odesza and Little Dragon co-headlined a show in Boston. They got together then to build a new Odesza song around the Little Dragon vocal stem.

Listen to “Light” below. The two bands sound perfect together, like they should have collaborated a long time ago. Yukimi Nagano’s sensual R&B vocals intertwine and flows with Odesza’s trademark swaying melodies.

The deluxe edition of “In Return” will have live versions of “Bloom,” IPlayYouListen,” and “Say My Name” (which features Zyra), plus instrumental versions of each song on “In Return.”  A limited 10-inch vinyl will be out Nov. 1.

The second phase of the group’s just-announced tour includes dates in Australia, Germany and across the U.S.

ODESZA IN RETURN WORLD TOUR (new shows in bold):
Thu. Sept. 3 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
Fri. Sept. 4 – Calgary, AB @ (Mad Decent Block Party)
Sat. Sept. 5 – El Paso, TX @ Sun City Music Festival
Sun. Sept. 6 – Stroud, OK @ Backwoods Camping & Music Festival
Thu. Sep. 24 – Wellington, New Zealand @ San Fran
Fri. Sep. 25 – Auckland, New Zealand @ St. James Theatre
Sat. Sep. 26 – Melbourne, Australia @ Listen Out Festival
Sun. Sep. 27 – Perth, Australia @ Listen Out Festival
Sat. Oct. 3 – Sydney, Australia @ Listen Out Festival
Sun. Oct. 4 – Brisbane, Australia @ Listen Out Festival
Fri. Oct. 9 – Brussels, Belgium @ VK
Sat. Oct. 10 – Paris, France @ Le Trianon
Sun. Oct.11 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg @ Rockhal
Wed. Oct. 14 – London, United Kingdom @ KOKO
Thu. Oct. 15 – Berlin, Germany @ Kesselhaus
Fri. Oct. 16 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
Sat. Oct. 17 – Cologne, Germany @ Club Bahnhof
Fri. Oct. 30 – New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Oct. 31 – Live Oak, FL @ Suwannee Hulaween
Tue. Nov. 3 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (2nd show added) (SOLD OUT)
Wed. Nov. 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (SOLD OUT)
Thu. Nov. 5 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Nov. 6 – Richmond, VA @ The National (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Nov. 7 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (early show added) (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Nov. 7 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (late show) (SOLD OUT)
Sun. Nov. 8 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Wed. Nov. 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (early show added) (SOLD OUT)
Wed. Nov. 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (late show) (SOLD OUT)
Thu. Nov. 12 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (2nd show added) (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Nov. 13 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Nov. 14 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Nov. 15 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (3rd show added) (SOLD OUT)
Wed. Nov. 18 – Montreal, QC @ Olympia
Thu. Nov. 19 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
Fri. Nov. 20 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
Sat. Nov. 21 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Sun. Nov 22 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
Mon. Nov. 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Tue. Nov. 24 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Thu. Nov. 26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
Fri. Nov. 27 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre
Tue. Dec. 1 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Wed. Dec. 2 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Thu. Dec. 3 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Dec. 4 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Dec. 5 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Sun. Dec. 6 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre (2nd show added) (SOLD OUT)
Mon. Dec. 7 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre (3rd show added)
Fri. Dec. 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Sat. Dec. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
Sun. Jan. 3 – Miami, FL @ Holy Ship!

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FKA twigs drops conceptual new video and EP for “M3LL155X”

On Aug. 3, FKA twigs debuted the dark “Figure 8” off her upcoming EP. The scratchy, drawn-out growl she emits as part of that foreboding song has now been put to real life.

Today twigs, a British dancer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, released a 16-minute conceptual, at times squeamish video featuring “Figure 8” and three other songs from her new five-song EP, “M3LL155X,” out tomorrow on Young Turks.

According to a story in Pitchfork, the video is explained as: “an aggressive statement conceptualising the process of feeling pregnant with pain, birthing creativity and liberation.”

The video begins with “Figure 8” and an elderly woman with gold teeth and an interesting fetish. It segues into “I’m Your Doll,” where twigs portrays a blow-up doll ready to do her bidding. “I’m feeling like a loaded gun,” she says.

For the pop-synthy “In Time,” she’s pregnant only part of the time, asking a man to “stay with me through this.” When her “water” breaks as vivid paint rolling down her legs, he’s disgusted.

In the last song, the previously released video for the uber-vogue “Glass & Patron,” she gives birth to a flowing mass of brightly colored scarves, essentially freeing herself from “being told who I am.”

Watch the video for “M3LL155X” below. The cover art for the album is above.

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