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Stream Hinds’ ‘Leave Me Alone’ before you buy it

Garage-rock band Hinds, hailing from Madrid, today released one of the most hotly anticipated albums (so far) of 2016 — Leave Me Alone.

It’s streaming now on NPR, for your listening pleasure. FYI: NPR points out that hind is another word for a female red deer.

Their sound is a bit like ’60s harmony Britpop or laid-back surf-pop, which then turns right around and slaps you with some harsh punk reality.

In their press release, the band explained how they expected a perhaps sunnier album and were rather taken aback when that’s not what came out.

“Feelings are more balanced, like in life. So suddenly we had a more sober – or even sad – album than we expected. Please don’t think we’ve turned into depressive people or something, we’ve always been humans, it’s just we’re now showing it to you.”

Hinds are on the lo-fi side but with amped-up passion, authenticity and sheer confidence. Leave Me Alone, their full-length debut, contains demos and a cover of The Headcoats’ “Davey Crockett” for Record Store Day. Hinds have already released the singles “Garden” and “San Diego.”


Hinds is on Mom + Pop/ Lucky Number. Read more details at NPR.

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Music world stops as Eagles of Death Metal crew member among 129 killed in Paris attacks

The terrorist attacks Friday in Paris that has killed at least 129 and injured more than 350 hit the music world hard as well. The band Eagles of Death Metal, which was performing at the Bataclan venue in Paris on Friday night, was onstage when shots rang out. People in the concert hall were held hostage by the gunmen, according to police. When the siege was over, at least 87 lay dead.

Early reports on social media contradicted whether band members had escaped the attack uninjured. Hours after the massacre ended, the band was reported safe.

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But it was reported Saturday that a member of the EDM crew, merch manager Nick Alexander, 36, was killed in the attack at the Bataclan.

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According to a story by the Telegraph, a former girlfriend of Alexander, Helen Jane Wilson, was with Alexander during the shooting, and was injured in both legs. She attempted mouth to mouth resuscitation on Alexander.

“I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life,” said Wilson. For more on those details, read the Telegraph’s story.

Polina Buckley, Alexander’s girlfriend, posted this on Saturday:

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Eagles of Death Metal have canceled the rest of their European tour and are heading back to the U.S. The Deftones, which also had shows scheduled at the Bataclan, are also heading back to the States.

As news of the attack spread around the world, other bands have scrapped European tour dates.

Foo Fighters, who have played with Eagles of Death Metal in the past, released a statement after canceling their shows:

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour,” Foo Fighters wrote in a statement. “In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

U2 was scheduled to film a live concert in Paris for an HBO Special on Saturday, but canceled that as well as a Sunday show. According to a statement Friday on their website:

“As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.”
“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight. We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”
British duo Ultimate Painting was also scheduled to play a set at La Maroquinerie in Paris, but canceled their show.
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Coldplay was scheduled to livestream their show in Los Angeles on Friday, but scrapped those plans. Instead, the band held a moment of silence before playing an acoustic version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Coldplay did play a short set for fans who were already heading to the show at the Belasco Theatre.

“Tonight’s live stream for TIDAL & KROQ has been postponed out of respect for the terrible events in Paris. We send our love and prayers to the people of Paris.”

France is in the midst of three days of mourning. Check back for more details and updates.

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Check out an unreleased Garbage song, “Subhuman Supersize Mix”

On Oct. 2, the 20th anniversary edition of Garbage’s self-titled debut album will be out — it includes all remixes and previously unreleased tracks from the rock band’s hugely popular album.
One of those unreleased songs is the blissfully long and grunge-y “Subhuman Supersize Mix,” which of course features Shirley Manson’s vocals — she can morph her voice from a growl to a pretty soar to a drugged-up cokehead. No one does it quite like her.

Credit: Joseph Cultice

Credit: Joseph Cultice

“Garbage” was originally released Aug. 15, 1995, and included the songs “Stupid Girl” and “Only Happy When It Rains.”

While we’re in a new generation of music, and 1995 is in NO WAY like 2015, the band’s mix of electronic, grunge and rock sounds still resonates.

Check out the audio of “Subhuman Supersize Mix”:

From Manson:

This is a very special occasion for all of us in garbage. We are particularly excited about the upcoming tour ­- the intent of which is pretty much the celebration of a 20 year long affair between us and those who have loved us. ­

You can buy the CD and digital configurations starting Oct. 2. A double-vinyl LP will be available Oct. 30 in Europe.
Details on 20th anniversary “Garbage” release:

The 20th Anniversary Edition of Garbage will be released in the following configurations:
Garbage 20th Anniversary Standard Edition (Remastered) (12 tracks)
Garbage 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Remastered) (original 12 tracks + 9 G-sides)
-Garbage 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition  (Remastered) (original 12 tracks + 9 G-sides + 29 Remixes + 12 Alternate Versions):
-Garbage 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition  (Remastered)  (CD 1: Garbage original 12 tracks / CD2: 9 G-Sides)
Garbage’s debut album remastered from the original analogue tapes.
Includes- “g-sides” compilation.
Garbage 20th Anniversary Standard Edition (2LP: Garbage original 12 tracks)
Double LP of Garbage’s debut album remastered from the original analog tapes.
Includes download card.
Garbage 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (3LP: Garbage original 12 tracks / G-sides / fan zine)
Garbage 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition – (3LP box set)
Garbage’s debut album remastered from the original analogue tapes.
180gm Vinyl – Exclusive limited edition fan generate zine.? Do you mean generated?
Includes “g-sides” compilation.
Includes download card and autographed photo of band.
UNRELEASED TRACKS (on digital super deluxe edition)
“Vow” (Joan of Ark Mix)
“Vow” (Stripped Down Mix)
“Vow” (Tuesday Night Club Mix)
“Fix Me Now”(Alternate Subbass Mix)
“Subhuman” (Supersize Mix)
“#1 Crush” (Early Demo Mix)
“Strokes of Luck” (Early Demo Mix)
“My Lovers Box” (Early Demo Mix)
“Not My Idea’ (Early Demo Mix)
“Only Happy When It Rains” (Early Demo Mix)
“Supervixen” (Early Demo Mix)

Their 20 Years Queer tour begins in October:

October 6, 2015
San Diego, CA
Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay
October 7, 2015
Oakland, CA
Fox Theater
October 8, 2015
Los Angeles, CA
Greek Theatre
October 10, 2015
Las Vegas, NV Blvd Pool @ Cosmopolitan Hotel
October 13, 2015 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
October 14, 2015 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
October 15, 2015 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
October 17, 2015 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theatre
October 18, 2015 Madison, WI Orpheum
October 19, 2015 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Theater
October 21, 2015 Boston, MA Orpheum
October 23, 2015 Westbury, NY The Space @ Westbury
October 24, 2015 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theater
October 26, 2015 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
October 28, 2015 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
October 29, 2015 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
October 31, 2015
Cologne, Germany Palladium
November 2, 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark Store Vega
November 4, 2015 Tillburg, Holland 013
November 5, 2015 Brussels, Belgium Forest National
November 7, 2015 Paris, France Zenith
November 8, 2015 London, UK Brixton Academy
November 9, 2015 London, UK Brixton Academy
November 11, 2015 Moscow, Russia Crocus City Hall*
November 13, 2015 Manchester, UK Academy
November 14, 2015 Edinburgh, UK Usher Hall
*Support TBC

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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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Listen to the new track from Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's "Multi-Love" is due for release May 26

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Multi-Love” is due for release May 26

Unknown Mortal Orchestra has announced it’s back, and released details of their new album, “Multi-Love,” due out May 26 on Jagjaguwar.

According to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s singer, songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson in a press release:

“It felt good to be rebelling against the typical view of what an artist is today, a curator,” Nielson says. “It’s more about being someone who makes things happen in concrete ways. Building old synthesizers and bringing them back to life, creating sounds that aren’t quite like anyone else’s. I think that’s much more subversive.”

Check out the title track, “Multi-Love,” at Soundcloud.

1. Multi-Love
2. Like Acid Rain
3. Ur Life One Night
4. Can’t Keep Checking My Phone
5. Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty
6. The World Is Crowded
7. Stage or Screen
8. Necessary Evil
9. Puzzles

Their tour begins May 7 in Oregon.

Thu. May 7 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Sat. May 9 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sun. May 10 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
Wed. May 20 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Thu. May 21 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
Fri. May 22 – Coventry, UK @ Warwick University w/ Django Django
Sat. May 23 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Sound City
Mon. May 25 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Tue. May 26 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Wed. May 27 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
Thu. May 28 – Paris, FR @ La Flèche d’Or
Fri. May 29 – Sun. May 31 – Nîmes, FR @ This is Not a Love Song Festival
Sat. May 30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Tue. June 2 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Wed. June 3 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
Thu. June 4 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
Fri. June 5 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
Sat. June 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Mon. June 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Tue. June 9 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Wed. June 10 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Thu. June 11 – Sun. June 14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
Sat. June 13 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Sun. June 14 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Mon. June 15 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Tue. June 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Wed. June 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Fri. June 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

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Listen to Turbo Fruits’ garage-love anthem “The Way I Want You”

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If there was ever a band that could honestly and successfully conjure the romantic and updated-for-the 21st-century punk-rock vision of the Ramones, it would be Turbo Fruits.

The Nashville-bred rock band have cemented a name for themselves through their electric live shows and brash love songs. Now, the band has financed its new album, “No Control” after running into creative issues with Serpents and Snakes Records after their 2012 album “Butter.”

“No Control” was produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and Jeremy Ferguson from Battle Tapes Recording.

Listen to Turbo Fruits’ garage-punk anthem “The Way I Want You.”

Vocalist and guitarist Jonas Stein had this to say about the lyrics:

““A lot of the lyrical content (both the song and the album) is about a relationship not working out. The lyrics are simple but heartfelt – about heartache and heartbreak. This song idea came to me at an unexpected moment, working on my family’s farm. I jumped off the tractor and ran inside, grabbed my guitar and recorded a rough idea on my voice memos app on my phone. Kingsley [Brock, guitarist] later helped me flesh it out – he knew what I was going through and really honed in on my feelings. He’s been my friend since childhood and can read my brain better than anyone. It’s funny because the song didn’t originally make the finished album, but Patrick [Carney, producer] insisted we try it again. We had run out of money so he recorded it at his house and hired an engineer. He did that for a couple songs and they turned out great and we love them. We owe him big time.””

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Turbo Fruits’ album “No Control” is out April 20 on Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers.

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Nite Fields release gorgeous track “Prescription”

Nite Fields have released another beautiful love song in the form of “Prescription,” off their debut LP “Depersonalisation.” “Prescription” is among a host of songs the quartet of Danny Venzin, Chris Campion, Liza Harvey and Michael Whitney recorded over four years in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

The lyrics of post-punk bitterness of “Prescription” are wrapped in an intricate, exquisite guitar melody that’s their signature. “You wanna break my stride, you wanna rule the tides, you wanna rip the heart from my insides,” Venzin drolly sings.

The Aussie band’s much-awaited album is out Feb. 3 on felte.

Listen to “Prescription” on Soundcloud. And in case you missed it, check out the previously released “You I Never Knew.”

Nite Fields have plenty of European dates to choose from:
01/22: Petrozavodsk, RU @ Amsterdam Club
01/23: St Petersburg, RU @ More Club
01/24: Moscow, RU @ Powerhouse
01/27: Kharkov, UA @ Akuna Matata
01/29: Kiev, UA @ Closer
01/30: Athens, GR @ Death Disco
01/31: Larissa, GR @ Sto Peripou
02/01: Thessaloniki, GR @ Mavri Tripya
02/04: Skopje, MK @ MKC
02/05: Sofia, BG @ Mixtape 5
02/07: Bucharest, RO @ Question Mark
02/12: Tallinn, EE @ Sinilind
02/13: Tartu, EE @ Genialistide Club
02/14: Riga, LV @ Depo
02/18: Vilnius @ Kablys
02/20: Zurich, CH @ Exil
02/21: Paris, FR @ Espace B
02/23: London, UK @ The Old Blue Last

02/26: Essen, DE @ Goethebunker

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Alert: Parquet Courts on Letterman tonight

Parquet Courts is scheduled to play on Letterman tonight.

Don’t forget to switch the tube on tonight: Brooklyn’s own Parquet Courts (or Parkay Quarts if you please) will be on the “Late Show with David Letterman” tonight. This indie-punk band is one of the hardest-working outfits these days, so expect a quality, kickass show.

Max Savage better hold onto his drums. Dave Letterman is ready to buy them, according to this mini Dave montage. “Are those your drums or are those rentals?…. Are these yours?….. Those are very nice. ….. How old are those? …. What sex are they?…. Those are beautiful.”

Parkay Quarts’ new album, “Content Nausea” is also available on LP starting today, while Parquet Courts will set foot on their latest tour, starting Jan. 24 in Baltimore. A bevy of supporting bands will also be there, including Nots, a hot punk band from Memphis, Priests, Whatever Brains and Sheer Mag.


Parquet Courts is scheduled to play on Letterman tonight.


Sat. Jan. 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar w/ Priests

Sun. Jan. 25 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern w/ Priests

Mon. Jan. 26 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings w/ Priests & Whatever Brains

Wed. Jan. 28 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt w/ State Radio

Thu. Jan. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/ Predator, Uniform

Fri. Jan. 30 – Gainseville, FL @ The Wooly w/ Merchandise, Soda

Sat. Jan. 31 – Tampa, FL @ American Legion Hall w/ Merchandise, Soda

Mon. Feb. 2 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Down Under w/ Merchandise, Soda

Tue. Feb. 3 – Pensecola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall w/ Merchandise, Soda

Wed. Feb. 4 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree w/ Nots, Moodkiller

Thu. Feb. 5 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In w/ Nots

Fri. Feb. 6 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight w/ Whatever Brains

Sat. Feb. 7 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Priests, Sheer Mag

Sun. Feb. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/ Blues Control, Sheer Mag

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Nots have punk locked up with “We Are Nots”



Slow songs are overrated. Any band that says they’re punk but then tries to sneak in a “slow” song — imposters. Stick with the real thing.

If you’re looking for that authenticity, that brazen punk, Nots have it.

There’s a bold intensity to the quartet’s latest, “We Are Nots,” — a passion fueled by youth’s abandon and bravery. That lack of fear is what drives young music and ideas, and what keeps real punk music alive.

If you listen to “Dust Red” from the band’s earlier 7”— their sound was even more garage and muffled in its darkness and desolateness. It’s good to hear that with this full-length debut, they’ve been polished up a bit from that extreme lo-fi scuzz-dust.

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With the blazing opener, “Insect Eyes,” they’ve already announced their signature sound, although they sometimes veer off with indie-rock bass melodies as on “Strange Rage.”

Besides strong showings by bassist Madison Farmer and guitarist Natalie Hoffmann, Charlotte Watson’s drumming is delivered machine-gun style, and Alexandra Eastburn’s synth keeps up that creature-feature blackness that gets stuffed into your head with a pneumatic drill.

The bonus on “We Are Nots” is that they’re mostly full-length songs– most are more than 2 minutes. “Reactor” is nearly 4 minutes—eons for a punk song, but no worries—it’s not overdone, just damn fun.

It’s so refreshing to hear four Memphis women blasting up such a hardcore sound from the underground. It’s like a breath of fresh air— heavy, strong, rank air, laden with sex and sweat, that you just can’t get enough of.


“We Are Nots” was out Nov. 11 on Goner Records.

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Dead Weather is alive! Listen to “Buzzkill(er)” and “It’s Just Too Bad”

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Today Jack White’s (other, other) band, The Dead Weather, officially released the song “Buzzkill(er)” with B-side “It’s Just Too Bad.”

The songs follow the release of “Rough Detective” and “Open Up (That’s Enough)” that were out at the beginning of the year.

Vocalist Alison Mosshart of The Kills brings the grunge on both, sounding like she just surfaced from the inky depths of a Quentin Tarantino film — so it’s definitely worth your time.


“Buzzkill(er)” was originally released only through Third Man Records’ Vault subscription series, but both songs will be out digitally Nov. 4.

A new album from The Dead Weather is expected in 2015.

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