Tuesday, September 30, 2014



Thom YorkeTomorrow’s Modern Boxes
Surprise! We got a new Thom Yorke record and like his main band, Radiohead, Yorke found a creative way to release his latest offering, this time, via BitTorrent. Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is officially the second solo album from Yorke, and he has confirmed with this record that Atoms For Peace are now their own separate entity. Working with longtime producer Nigel Goodrich, Yorke released a record that showcases his musical thumbprint with some of his most introspective and straightforward lyrics to date.

Death From Above 1979The Physical World
Ten years after their landmark debut, Canadian post-hardcore thrashers DFA 1979 regrouped and released their sophomore record. The Physical World is a bit more polished then their debut, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, and it is also much more political than ever before. Still this band made us all wait to hear them again and this proves it was worth the wait.

Statik Selektah - What Goes Around
One of the hottest indie producers in hip-hop looks to really show the world what his craft is and why he is one of the most important people in the business right now when it comes to controlling the decks. Statik Selektah hones all of that in on What Goes Around, his later offering that features a slew of guests that reads like a "whose who" of hip-hop. Featuring the likes of Action Bronson, Joey Badass, Styles P, Talib Kweli,  Snoop Dogg, B-Real, Black Thought, NORE, Sheek Louch, Dilated Peoples, and many more.

The Irish singer / songwriting rising sensation is not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve and his brilliant debut is a showcase of emotion, creativity, and passion.

Foxygen - …And Star Power
Foxygen bursted onto the scene last year with their incredible album, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, and return with another incredible dive into the musical sonicsphere.  …And Star Power is the third album from this ambitious California duo and clocking in at over 80 minutes, the venture further into physcadelica that fans of Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, and Frank Zappa would love.

For the Bloc Party frontman’s second solo album, he dabbles more into ambient and personal territory but also sticks to his love of electronic and rock in the same retrospective collection of new tracks. Trick is a treat for fans of Kele and Bloc Party around the world and while this record won’t be getting a party started like his main band’s albums or his solo debut would, it still brings enough emotion and attention to his craft.

Robert PlantLullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
The iconic voice of Led Zeppelin returns in a much more stripped down fashion with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters and brings forth another dimension to a career that could have ended a long time ago, yet, Plant still forges ahead making new music and sounds to challenge himself and keep busy.

Julian Casablancas and the VoidzTyranny
The second solo album from The Strokes front man hears Casablancas do his typical garage rock meets 80’s new wave vibe. He also ventures off into punk, funk, and space rock on a record that has the singer showcasing nearly every type of music he likes and throwing it into one record.

Black Map
Members of dredg, Far, and The Trophy Fire team up for a post-hardcore showdown and their debut does not disappoint. Combining thunderous rhythm sections and heavy riffs, this is a band to look out for.

Leonard Cohen Popular Problems
The legendary poet and singer returns to celebrate his 80th birthday and to show that he still has it and still has something to say.

The DrumsEncyclopedia
The fun in the sun New York City surf rockers return with their third record and following the pattern of their first two albums, they still bring heartfelt lyrics to a very pop-friendly sound.

StarsNo One Is Lost
The Canadian rock ensemble return with more joy, fun, and dance anthems than one could imagine. No One Is Lost is Stars at their usual greatness and still loving what they are doing.

SBTRKTWonder Where We Land
The second album from British producer SBTRKT hears the electronic guru making sharp turns in his sonic scope of musical landscape. With special guests Ezra Koenig, Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg, Sampha, Wonder Where We Land plays like an event rather than a record.

John MellencampPlain Spoken
Twenty-two albums in, John Mellencamp still has so much to say about the world around him and while his roots rock, folk influences shine through, we are glad he still has something to get off his chest.

MelvinsHold It In
The second Melvins record to be released this year and features a totally different line-up than previous records, in fact, this is a classic Melvins record line-up and still making classic Melvins noise.

TennisRitual in Repeat
The third album from the husband and wife duo hears them still making fun in the sun surf pop that is playfully romantic, cute, and charming.

Michael Ceratrue that
Scott Pilgrim himself, Michael Cera, surprised fans last month with the release of his lo-fi solo debut, true that, and what is even more surprising is that the actor actually has pretty good chops holding his own on a full record.

The Flaming Lips With a Little Help From My Fwends
Like they did with Dark Side of the Moon a few years back, The Flaming Lips call in their friends Miley Cyrus, Moby, Phantogram, My Morning Jacket and more to cover The Beatles’ masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. While the idea of having this mixture of music together to cover the greatest album of all time sounds amusing and entertaining, the record should not be touched, even by the biggest of Beatles fans.

Aretha Franklin on Letterman

Watch The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin cover Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" on Letterman!

Belle & Sebastian Album Trailer

Belle & Sebastian released an album trailer to their forthcoming record, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. The record arrives early next year. Take a look!

Quick News

Speaking to Q magazine, Adam Clayton has said that U2 are already working on the follow-up to Songs of Innocence and it is called Songs of Experience. Clayton said, ""I think we've probably got 70 per cent of the material that we think will go onto it. The 30 per cent that we're missing I think we'll be able to generate relatively easily. But the amount of energy it will take to refine the perspective of those songs is hard to predict." Though, fans should take this with a grain of salt, considering that after No Line on the Horizon was released in 2009, the band confirmed they were working on a record called Songs of Assent and it was going to be released soon after, and alas, it never was.

Arca who is having a big year after working with Kanye West and FKA Twigs, and who is set to release his debut later this year, has confirmed that he is working on Bjork's new album and is the sole producer to her follow-up to Biophilia. No word as to when the album will arrive.

Following yesterday's announcement that Rancid will release their new album ...Honor Is All We Know, the band confirmed it will arrive at the end of October.

Speaking to NME, Jimmy Page has confirmed that there are no plans for a Led Zeppelin reunion of any kind. Then, speaking at a Q&A session, Page did confirm that he wants to assemble a band to play his own material and tour his various bodies of work from solo material, Zeppelin tunes, and others. He said, "If I was to play again it would be with musicians that would be… some of the names might be new to you. I haven't put them together yet but I'm going to do that next year. If I went out to play, I would play material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds. There would certainly be some new material in there as well. I love playing live, I really do. Live concerts are always an interesting challenge because it means you can always change things as you're playing every night. You can make it even more of an adventure. I would play all of the things I'm known to play – instrumental versions of 'Dazed And Confused' etcetera, etcetera…"

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bad Brains: A Band In DC Documentary

While the Bad Brains documentary, A Band in DC has been making it's festival rounds for a couple years, it has never been released to DVD or any streaming service. Someone recently uploaded the whole film to YouTube, which you can watch now.

Rancid Announce New Album

Rancid have announced details of their first album since 2009's Let The Domino's Fall. Their latest record will be called, ..Honor is All We Know. No release date has been given. Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

1. Back Where I Belong
2. Raise Your Fist
3. Collision Course
4. Evil's My Friend
5. Honor Is All We Know
6. A Power Inside
7. In The Streets
8. Face Up
9. Already Dead
10. Diabolical
11. Malfunction
12. Now We're Through With You
13. Everybody's Sufferin'
14. Grave Digger

Quick News

Following their comeback gigs in London over the weekend, Pete Doherty confirmed that The Libertines are going to release a new record. Details of said record were not revealed.

Speaking to Metal Hammer, Ozzy Osbourne confirmed that Black Sabbath will record their final album next year and team up again with Rick Rubin. Oz said, "The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great. We all made friends, we didn't fuck around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we're going to do one more album, and a final tour. Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to Sharon, 'What's going on? Because if there's no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again,' and she came back and said, 'Let me look into it.' Three weeks later I asked her about it again, and she said, 'Oh, I still have to talk to so and so...' and I said, 'Sharon, I ain't fucking 21 any more, if we're going to do it I want to do it before I'm 70!' Time isn't on our side! So she made the call and came back and said, 'Yeah, the record company wants another album.'"

Speaking to Absolute Radio, Bono confirmed that U2 will be touring next year. He also mentioned that the band will be playing venues like London's O2 Arena and will be doing more of an arena tour rather than the 360 Tour spectacle the band did from 2009-2011 which saw them play stadiums around the world on the biggest stage ever erected for a gig. 

Belle and Sebastian will release their first album in six years called Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance in January.

Tears for Fears will reissue their landmark 1985 album, Songs From The Big Chair, in a special six-disc box set this fall.

Royksopp Detail Final Album

Following their massive summer tour with Robyn, Royksopp have announced that they will be hanging it up in November with the release of their final album, The Inevitable End. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, as well as hear the first single, "Skulls."

1) Skulls 
2) Monument feat. Robyn (T.I.E. Version) 
3) Sordid Affair  (Ryan James, Man Without Country) 
4) You Know I Have To Go (Jamie McDermott, The Irrepressibles)
5) Save Me (Susanne Sundfør)
6) I Had This Thing (Jamie McDermott, The Irrepressibles) 
7) Rong (Robyn)
8) Here She Comes Again (Jamie McDermott, The Irrepressibles) 
9) Running To The Sea (Susanne Sundfør) 
10) Compulsion (Jamie McDermott, The Irrepressibles)
11) Coup de Grace
12) Thank You

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Quick News

Speaking to Billboard magazine, Andre 3000 has said he will be making a solo record but has not started it. The rapper said, "I haven’t even started on [it]. I’ve got to find something I’m excited about. To be clear there is no retirement."

R.E.M. are working with MTV and will release a 6-DVD retrospective of the band's entire catalog of performances on the channel called R.E.MTV. The massive set will be out in November.

Carl Barat has announced this his new band, The Jackals will release their debut album early next year. The band formed after Barat posted a series of ads online looking for musicians last year. In a press release, Barat said, "I actually started making this record solo, but the long and short of it is I just didn’t like my own company. I was lucky, because I found a bunch of people who genuinely fit together as a gang."

U2 released the cover to physical release version of their latest album, Songs of Innocence, which will arrive next month. Take a look below:

Robert Plant on Fallon

Watch Robert Plant perform on Friday's Tonight Show.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Surprise! A New Thom Yorke Record

Thom Yorke and Nigel Goodrich just pulled a fast one and released a surprise record via BitTorrent called Tomorrow's Modern Boxes. Take a look at the press release below:

Norah Jones on Conan

Watch Norah Jones close out "George Harrison Week" on Conan.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Quick News

Neil Young will release his new album, Storeytone in November.

For one night only, former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri will rejoin Josh Homme and his old band during their Halloween concert at The Forum in L.A. When asked about how it came up, Oliveri told NME, "Josh asked me to come up and do six songs with Queens, like an encore set. A reunion, but not a reunion. I’m going to get up and play some bass and sing some songs at the end of the show. It should be an interesting night." He was then asked if he will do it again, Oliveri said, "That’s pretty much up to Josh. It’s his band, and when he pulls the trigger on something, it’s up to him. I put myself out there a few different times in the past 10 years at Queens shows. I’d go and see them play and say, ‘Hey man, I’m here! Do you want me to sing a song?’ I stopped asking him after a while, and then he asked me! It’s pretty much just when he wants to do something, these days. It’s not up to me, is what I’m saying."

Speaking to Uncut about the latest Pink Floyd record, David Gilmour said it is a tribute to late keyboardist Rick Wright saying, "When we finished 'The Division Bell' sessions, we had many pieces of music, only nine of which had become songs on the LP," he says. "Now with Rick gone and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right these revisited tracks tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire. "It is a tribute to him. I mean, to me, it's very evocative and emotional in a lot of moments. And listening to all the stuff made me regret his passing all over again. This is the last chance someone will get to hear him playing along with us on that way he did."

Bruce Springsteen will reissue his first seven albums on remastered CD and vinyl this November. The box set titled, The Album Collection Vol 1 1973-1984, is the first time these records have been bundled together and will come with a 60-page book.

Speaking to Carson Daly, Kendrick Lamar has stated that he hopes for his sophomore album to arrive before the end of the year. Lamar said, "I’m hoping to push it out before 2015. I’m gonna say that. I’m working hard in the studio.”

AC/DC will release their new album, Rock or Bust, this December. It will be the first album without founding member Malcolm Young, who has left the band while he battled an undisclosed illness.

Paloma Faith on Letterman

Watch Paloma Faith perform "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" on Letterman.

Dhani Harrison on Conan

Watch Dhani Harrison honor his father during "George Harrison Week" on Conan by performing "Let It Down," and "The Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pink Floyd New Album Trailer

Pink Floyd released a trailer for their upcoming album, The Endless River and in it, fans can year a snippit of the first Floyd music in 20 years!

Julian Casablancas & The Voidz on Fallon

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas and his new band The Voidz performed on The Tonight Show. Take a look!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Paul Simon on Conan

Watch Paul Simon continue George Harrison Week on Conan by performing The Beatles classic, "Here Comes the Sun."

Bryan Ferry Announces New Album

Music legend Bryan Ferry will release his new album, Avonmore in November. The star-studded record will feature contributions from Johnny Marr, Terje, Nile Rodgers, Flea, Ronnie Spector, Mark Knopfler and Maceo Parker.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, as well as hear the first single, "Loop De Li."

01 Loop De Li
02 Midnight Train
03 Soldier of Fortune
04 Driving Me Wild
05 A Special Kind Of Guy
06 Avonmore
07 Lost
08 One Night Stand
09 Send In The Clowns
10 Johnny & Mary

Quick News

Surfer Blood have taken to social media to confirm that their new album is finished. No details on a title or a release date were given.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke has spent the last two days tweeting cryptic photos with everything ranging from a record on a player to drafts of lyrics. Though, while teasing fans, he did confirm the band are currently in the studio working on new music.

Sahara band Tinairwen will release a new EP, Inside / Outside: Joshua Tree Sessions in November.

Speaking to NME, Ryan Adams said he will release his long lost album, Blackhole, next year and he might possibly do it on Record Store Day.

CJ Ramone will release his new album, Last Chance to Dance in November.

Team Sleep, the other side-project of Deftones' Chino Moreno are in the studio for the first time in nearly a decade working on their sophomore album. The band are recording their album in Woodstock, New York, while no word has been given on the release of the album, many are speculating next year to mark the 10th anniversary of their debut.

The Replacements recently spoke to Rolling Stone about their current reunion and the possibility of making new music. The music magazine has now published that "the Replacements say they'll likely make an album at some point in the future." They've written a handful of songs." The band have not released a record in 24 years. No word on a release date.

Earlier, we mentioned that Idris Elba is working on a Nelson Mandela tribute album called mi Mandela, that is arriving in November. Take a look at the cover below:

Idris Presents... mi Mandela

Actor, producer, and DJ Idris Elba, who portrayed late South African leader Nelson Mandela in last year's film, Long Walk To Freedom, will release a tribute album that celebrates South African music and the life of Madiba with mi Mandela. The album arrives in November and features contributes from various South African musicians, Mumford & Sons and James Blake. Take a look at the trailer above.

Tweedy on Colbert Report

Watch Tweedy make their TV debut on The Colbert Report performing "Low Key" and "World Away."

The Black Keys on Fallon

Watch The Black Keys perform on The Tonight Show!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Beck on Conan

To kick off "George Harrison Week" on Conan, Beck performed Harrison's solo single, "Wah-Wah" on Monday's show. Take a look!

Pink Floyd New Album Details

As it was announced earlier this year, the first Pink Floyd record in 20 years will be released this November. The surviving members of the iconic band released the cover art to the forthcoming The Endless River, above, and the tracklisting, below. 

Band leader David Gimour said in a press release about the record, "The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."

The record is a tribute to keyboarding Rick Wright, who died in 2008.

'Things Left Unsaid'
'It's What We Do'
'Ebb And Flow'
'The Lost Art of Conversation'
'On Noodle Street'
'Night Light'
'Allons-y (1)'
'Allons-y (2)'
'Talkin' Hawkin''
'Eyes To Pearls'
'Louder Than Words'


Take a look at September's 27-song playlist and hear it on Spotify!

Hozier Debut Album Details

Our August Rising Artist, who we recently did an interview with -- Hozier, has finally announced details of his self-titled debut album. The record is arriving next month and was co-produced by Hozier and Rob Kirwin. Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

1.Take Me to Church
2.Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene
3.Jackie and Wilson
4.Someone New
5.To Be Alone
6.From Eden
7.In a Week
9.Work Song
10.Like Real People Do
11.It Will Come Back
12.Foreigner’s God
13.Cherry Wine

Friday, September 19, 2014

Live Review: The Replacements @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium

It was the stadium that once housed The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra. It was the backdrop for a Hitchcock film. After years of closure from the entertainment industry, last summer the iconic Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens reopened with Mumford & Sons as their first live concert in the venue for the first time in years. This summer, it looked as if the tradition would continue with acts like Lil' Wayne and Drake, Modest Mouse and Brand New performing, and for it's closing program, they saved the best for last -- The Replacements with special guests The Hold Steady and Deer Tick.

For the first time in over 20 years, The Replacements returned to New York City. "Sup Queens!" bassist Tommy Stinson said to the audience as they strutted out on stage to thunderous applause. The Minneapolis band grabbed their gear and jumped right into "Favorite Thing" and "Takin' A Ride." The audience, which was divided among men in their middle ages and 30-somethings all turned into teenagers again seeing their heroes, a band that has meant so much to their youth, life, and musical taste, back on stage again. An event they never thought they would see again after 1991 when the band played their finals shows. After a long hiatus, The Replacements returned last year to raise money for former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who had suffered a severe stroke, and they performed at Riot Fest and did a few small shows before hitting the festival circuit this year and a small tour of arenas and stadiums. Now, headlining New York City on a Friday night during the final official weekend of summer, it is enough to get anyone excited, but for these fans it meant something so much more. Sure, it is not The Replacements that were hear in the early 90's, the only founding members are Tommy Stinson and singer / guitarist Paul Westerberg, they are now backed by drummer Josh Freese and guitarist Dave Minehan. For the 90-minutes the band was on stage, it was as if they never went on a long hiatus. They sounded perfect and looked as if they were having the time of their lives. Westerberg lead the audience in anthems like "Bastards of Young," "Take Me Down to the Hospital," "Valentine," "Androgynous," and even a Jackson 5 cover of "I Want You Back." With smiles on their faces and even Macaulay Culkin watching from the wings, The Replacements looked like this is going to be a permanent move for them. "You guys are our best audience yet! You are doing a better job at singing the words than I am," Westerberg said at one point. Yet, the crowds biggest reaction would come for "Left of the Dial" and "Alex Chilton." Closing the night with "Unsatisfied," The Replacements left their mark on New York City, just as they did over 20 years prior.

Opening the show were Replacement fans and formidable bands, Deer Tick and The Hold Steady. While Deer Tick went on very early, around 6:30, they played to a near-empty arena, but sounded fantastic. With their short, 30-minute set, Deer Tick warmed-up whoever was in the stadium for what was to come.

Just after 7, The Hold Steady stepped up to the plate and banged out "Constructive Summer" as fans rushed into the portals and into the stadium. Frontman Craig Finn looked as if he was a kid on Christmas morning singing his songs, saying, "I can't believe we are opening for my favorite band. We just did it last week in Minneapolis, where I grew up. Now, The Ramones are from right here in Forest Hills! When I was 13, I was in a tennis court and someone asked me who my favorite band was, 'I said The Ramones,' the guy said, 'If you like The Ramones, you should listen to The Replacements.' I took the guy's advice and bought whatever the most recent Replacements record was at the time, it was Hootenanny, I loved it. They then became my new favorite band. I just love how we are playing a tennis court in the home of The Ramones, opening for The Replacements. It all comes full circle!" It was a hit packed set that featured new songs "Spinners" and "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You," as well as Steady favorites, "Chips Ahoy!," "Stuck Between Stations," "Your Little Hoodrat Friend," "Stay Positive," "Sequestered In Memphis," and "You Can't Make Him Like You." With just 45-minutes on stage, The Hold Steady brought the fun, the joy, and the energy to what was to come. It was without a doubt, a glorious night to be an indie rock fan.

Quick News

Swedish House Mafia spin-off, Axwell /\ Igrosso have signed to DefJam recordings and will release their debut album next year.

Queen will release another posthumous Freddie Mercury record called Queen Forever in November. This album will feature Queen's collaborations with Michael Jackson.

Longtime David Bowie producer Tony Visconti told CNN that The Thin White Duke will be making a new album. He said, "There's gonna be another album, definitely... soon." No word on a release. Visconti was then asked if Bowie would tour behind this new album, he said, "I don't think he's gonna busk in the tube... on the Underground. As far as a concert is concerned I have no idea. He clearly didn't promote 'The Next Day' with a concert and whether he does for the next one I don't know and I couldn't predict that - it's up to him. It's whatever takes his fancy."

Sad news to report, Guided By Voices have broken up...again. The band, who reunited in 2011 and released a string of albums have called it quits again and have cancelled all upcoming functions.

Rumors are swirling that former Against Me! drummer Jay Weinberg has joined Slipknot. The Iowa metal ensemble has not confirmed this. When Spin magazine asked Against Me! front woman Laura Jane Grace about Weinberg, who left the band in 2012, Grace said, "I just woke up one morning and read on Twitter that he was leaving the band." Grace later then tweeted: "Dear Slipknot, good luck with that. #shitbag."

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Death From Above 1979 spoke about their break-up, new album, and reunion. When asked about why they got back together, bassist Sebastian Grainger said, "The basic reason this band got back together was because I was sick of the disdain I had for it. I was sick of, like, the animosity between Jesse and I. I couldn't live with it anymore; I found it exhausting to have someone in my life that I had problems with. I found it therapeutic to at least share an email. And then the band was still good. The coupon was still valid, it had not expired."

Conan Shows How To Remove U2's New Album From iCloud

Not thrilled U2's new album showed up on your iCloud? Conan's hilarious team show an extreme way of getting it off.

Tegan & Sara on Conan

Watch Tegan & Sara play "I Was A Fool" on Conan!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Live Pix: Portugal. The Man / Grouplove @ Rumsey Playfield


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U2 will grace the cover of Time this week and inside the issue, Bono talks about the future of music saying, it will be "an audiovisual interactive format for music that can’t be pirated and will bring back album artwork in the most powerful way, where you can play with the lyrics and get behind the songs when you’re sitting on the subway with your iPad or on these big flat screens. You can see photography like you’ve never seen it before."He then went on to say that his plan / future of seeing how music will be delivered will be "so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music — whole albums as well as individual tracks."He claims that the new delivery format is about 18 months away from existing and is working with Apple on how to get it out.

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler spoke to Canadian sports radio show, Melnick in the Morning about how he has no plans to retire. He said, "I never want to put out something that’s not great. This last tour we did is the best, it’s the best shows we’ve ever played, so I feel like we’re kind of right in our prime right now — so I’m not really thinking about retirement yet ’cause we’re kind of like firing on all cylinders at this point."

So, after years of waiting, Dr. Dre will not be calling his new album Detox at all. Then again, we have no idea if or when it will arrive. Aftermath producer and Dre affiliate Dawaun Parker said to Shots Fired, "I won’t say what the title is ’cause I haven’t seen that online or anything yet."

Gwar have added a female singer to the band, her name is Vulvatron. She made her debut with the iconic metal band this weekend at Riot Fest.

The Dismemberment Plan will release their 2001 album, Change for the first time ever on vinyl this November. 

Paulo Nutini on Kimmel

Watch Paulo Nutini perform "Iron Sky" and "Scream" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quick News

Taking to social media, Australia's Gold Fields have shown that they are in the studio working on their sophomore album. No release has been set.

Earlier this year, fans in Richmond, Virginia, where Dave Grohl lived and owns a home, started a fan funded campaign to get Foo Fighters to play in their city. They reached their goal and the Foo's are obliging and tonight will play the concert and thus Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones has declared September 17, "Foo Fighters Day."

Also getting a day in his honor is David Bowie. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is declaring September 23, "David Bowie Day" in the city to celebrate the opening of "David Bowie Is.." the retrospect on the iconic singers career that will be on display the Museum of Contemporary Art.

In December, a four-CD live box set of The Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane will be available for the first time. The set called, All of You: The Last Tour 1960, features the iconic groups 1960 European tour that featured the end of Davis working with Coltrane.

Metallica will be releasing a live box set that will feature all of the bands 27 2014 performances. The set will be available in batches of three every Monday from now until the end of the year.

Black Map, featuring members of Dredge, Far, and Trophy Fire will release their debut, ....And We Explode next month via Minus Head.

Speaking to NME, Serge Pizarro of Kasabian said the band are already working on the next record. Saying, "I'm always thinking about [the next record]. As soon as a week's passed after finishing one record, I'm on to the next. I've no idea whatsoever what it's going to be like yet – this is the best bit 'cos it could go anywhere. But it'll definitely be heavy. It'll definitely be bombastic. That's what's going on in my head right now."

Could Jay Z and Beyonce be releasing a joint album? The blockbuster couple are reportedly working on an album together according to DJ Skee. He said on his radio show, "The biggest couple in music… they’re working on an album together. You know who I’m talking about – Jay Z and Beyoncé. I have confirmed. I have talked with a couple of sources. We all know what Jay Z did with Samsung last year, and we all know how Beyonce came out of nowhere, but this secret will top all of them.” No official word has been made.

Unlocking the Truth on Colbert!

Watch teen metal sensations, Unlocking The Truth perform "Free As You Wanna Be" on The Colbert Report!

Public Enemy & The Roots on Fallon

To celebrate Def Jam's 30th anniversary, Public Enemy were backed by The Roots on The Tonight Show to perform "Public Enemy No. 1." Take a look!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Live Review: Portugal. The Man / Grouplove @ Rumsey Playfield

When you woke up this morning and saw the weather, going to an outdoor concert was the last thing on your mind. As the wind picked up, temperature dropped and rain fell in typical unforgiving New York fashion, standing outside would be the last of your plans on a Tuesday in September. Then, just as quickly and as hard as the rain came, it all cleared up and blue skies suddenly appeared and like the rain, all of those doubts about your evening plans suddenly went away. The Honda Civic Tour co-headlined by Portugal. The Man and Grouplove pulled into Rumsey Playfield in Central Park and was the final outdoor concert of the 2014 season.

At 7 p.m. sharp, Grouplove took the stage to bring their jam band-meets-soul-rock inspired groves to the park. The band, who were in town exactly six months ago, brought the same energy, fun, and joy they did to Terminal 5 but this time on their outdoor set. With enough laser beam lights to signal a satellite in the sky, Grouplove had the crowd in pure in pure bliss. Singer and guitarist Christian Zucconi cut off his normal long locks for a crew cut looked like a totally different person on stage, while singer and keyboarding Hannah Hooper wore a Beyonce inspired outfit, kept telling the crowd, "This night is bittersweet for us. It is the last night of the tour and we really have become like family with Portugal. The Man." While her look liked like Queen Bey's, the band also paid tribute to the singer with a rousing performance of "Drunk in Love." With nearly all of their singles played and Zucconi and Hooper feeding off the crowds energy, dancing around, jumping into the audience and bouncing on stage, it was a fantastic way to shake off your end of work jitters. After an hour on stage, they retreated to wings, only to come back a few moments later with members of Portugal. The Man for an encore of The Who's "Baba O'Reilly." The cover song motif would last through the night as Portugal. The Man would show during their performance.

After a 30-minute break between bands, Portugal. The Man walked on stage at 8:30 and instead of breaking out into one of their own numbers, they jumped into a cover of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2," which then would become the long intro to "Purple Yellow Red and Blue," it was then straight into "All Your Light." Just as they were warming up within their set, they broke out "Evil Friends," which included a cover of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's "Dayman," thrown into the mix. With trippy images being projected behind them and the same laser lights Grouplove used were now being blasted into the crowd for a different band. As a majority of the songs coming off last year's fantastic Evil Friends and 2011's In The Mountain In The Cloud, the band were playing their largest show to date in New York City. Bassist Zach Carothers would express the same sentiments as Hannah Hooper did explaining to the crowd how important this tour was for them and how it brought on a family like atmosphere between the two bands. While the songs always sound fantastic live from this band, one of the amazing things about them is how you can see them nearly every night of the week and it will always be a different concert. We have been covering this band consistently since 2009 and never have we left a gig of theirs disappointed or underwhelmed, they known how to put on a great show and pack a surprise. One of those surprises was a cover of Oasis' "Don't Look Back in Anger," which had all of Rumsey Playfield singing along to the chorus. Carothers joked, "We wrote that song a long, long time ago." While their main set, like Grouplove, lasted an hour, they retreated to the wings and returned for an encore that sent the audience to the heavens. Carothers and singer John Baldwin Gourley came out again to thank everyone on the tour and express their gratitude to everyone involved and how much they love New York City, "This is the greatest city in the world," Gourley said before breaking into the opening chords of "Sleep Forever," which lead to a gigantic build-up that brought them singing The Beatles' "Hey Jude." As you walked out of the park and the bands were long off stage, the crowd was still chanting "Nah, nah, nah, naaah! Hey Jude!," as they returned home. 

Buzzcocks Detail New Album

Earlier this month, we caught The Buzzcocks at Webster Hall where they announced that they were releasing a new album. Now, details of said record have emerged. The record called, The Way, will arrive on November 18. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, as well as hear the first single, "It's Not You." 

1 - Keep On Believing
2 - People Are Strange Machines
3 - The Way
4 - In The Back
5 - Virtually Real
6 - Third Dimension
7 - Out Of The Blue
8 - Chasing Rainbows / Modern Times
9 - It's Not You
10 - Saving Yourself

Quick News

Manchester Orchestra surprised fans today with the release of their album, Hope, a companion piece and different interpretation to this year's fantastic album, Cope. Hope is currently on iTunes and will arrive physically in November.

Before James Mercer was in The Shins and Broken Bells, he was in a band called Flake Music and their 1992 debut, When You Land Here, It Is Time to Return is being reissued on vinyl and remastered. It will arrive in November.

Taking to social media, Rick Ross announced that his new album is called Hood Billionaire and that "it's coming." No release date was given. 

As we know Frank Ocean is in the studio working on his sophomore album, it has been confirmed that he is working with Hit Boy, Happy Perez, Charlie Gambetta, Kevin Ristro, and Rodney Jerkins. Still no word as to when the record will arrive.

Much like Frank Ocean, another star from 2012 working on his sophomore album is Kendrick Lamar. The rapper told Rolling Stone that fans can expect “aggression and emotion” on the next LP. No word as to when it will arrive, though, the interview was given in Rolling Stone's Fall Music Preview.

Mastodon on Kimmel

Watch Mastodon perform "The Motherload" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Great Soundtrack: Rock 'N Roll High School

While The Ramones celebrated their first gigs 40th anniversary last month, none of the original and founding members of the band were unfortunately alive to celebrate it. Yet, the legacy of The Ramones still lives on. The band have sold more T-shirts than albums and are still one of the most talked about bands of all time, which is why they are legends. Yet, before they had reissues or massive "Best of" or Greatest Hits compilations, The Ramones had Rock 'N Roll High School, the soundtrack to the fantastically campy 1979 film based around a teen trying to get the band to play at her high school.

Though The Ramones are the centerpiece of the film, other music from that era appears on the soundtrack with artists like Alice Cooper, Brian Eno, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Nick Lowe, and others, in fact, The Ramones only have three songs on the soundtrack and one is a medley of their hits. However, just like the film, the soundtrack is still a blast to listen to and a great way to honor the punk gods from Queens.

Recommended Reading: Broken Summers

Henry Rollins is known the world over as an influential singer and writer, and Renaissance Man, but he is also known as an activist and when he has something on his chest, he needs to get it off. In 1993, three teens from West Memphis, Arkansas, were convicted of murdering three boy scouts in their town of Robin Hood Hills. The convicted, Jason Baldwin and Jesse Misskelly were sentenced to life behind bars while Damien Echols was sentenced to Death Row. Thanks to a power HBO documentary, Paradise Lost, the teens story was told to America. The teens were then dubbed, "The West Memphis Three." When people saw it, many realized that these teens were the subject of a witch hunt and wanted further evidence to show if they actually were the murderers. Many celebrities including Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, director Peter Jackson, Dixie Chicks Natalie Maines and Henry Rollins banded together to find the truth. In 2003, Rollins released his book Broken Summers, which is about the making of, touring, and release of his West Memphis Three compilation, Rise Above, which was Rollins and guests doing covers of Black Flag tunes.

Unlike his other life on the road book, Get in the Van, many of these stories cover a global scale of massive highs and plummeting lows and is told in diary entry, like most of Rollins' books, and details nearly a daily account of what his life was like making and touring behind Rise Above. From playing Black Flag songs he had not done in a while to working with guest musicians to sing on the record and then dealing with various people whose opinions conflicted with Rollins', this book see's his exhausting efforts for the truth to be set free. With all of the proceeds of the album going to the legal team for the West Memphis Three as well as a percentage of book sales from Broken Summers, this book showed how people on the outside did so much for the three unjustly locked up on the inside and helped spread their word.

In 2011, West Memphis Three were released from prison thanks to the outpouring of support and fundraising efforts for the case to be reexamined and that no evidence directly linked the Three to the murders of those children.

Yusef Announces New Album

Yusef, the artist formally known as Cat Stevens, will release his first record in five years called Tell 'Em I'm Gone. Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below.

1. "I Was Raised in Babylon"
2. "Big Boss Man"
3. "Dying to Live"
4. "You Are My Sunshine"
5. "Editing Floor Blues"
6. "Cat and the Dog Trap"
7. "Gold Digger"
8. "The Devil Came From Kansas"
9. "Tell 'Em I'm Gone"
10. "Doors"

Quick News

The parents of the late Amy Winehouse unveiled a statue of their daughter on Sunday in the Camden section of London, England. The statue was shown to the public on what would have been her 31st birthday.

Madonna's reps have confirmed that her Diplo-produced LP will arrive in 2015. Her manager said, "She is having a lot of fun" making the record with the Mad Decent mastermind.

After 15 years in The New Pornographers, drummer Kurt Dahle is leaving the band. In a statement posted on their Facebook page, the band broke the news and wrote, "Kurt Dahle is leaving the New Pornographers. It has been a great 15 years playing with an amazing drummer, singer and performer. We wish him the best. Everything is still full steam ahead with the band and we look forward to continued rocking and singing of songs."

Queen are teaming up with Stoli to release a special brand of vodka called "Killer Queen." According to Brian May, he told NME, "Freddie loved vodka and used to carry a dry ice cooler full of vodka with him on tour." The bottles will begin shipping to realtors next week. Take a look at it below:

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Last week as U2 stunned the music world by releasing a surprise album via iTunes that was automatically placed in every users iCloud, it showed the Irish rock legends are still looking for innovative ways to release their music and continue to be the biggest band in the world. As Irish rock music will always be associated with U2, another emerging artist has the potential to become the new face of new music coming from Ireland. The artist is Hozier, a singer / songwriter from Bray who has been stealing hearts around his country and through Europe, this summer turned heads stateside at Lollapalooza and Newport Folk Festival. As he readies his debut album, which will come next month, we spoke to Hozier about his career, the legacy of modern Irish music, and his debut. Take a look below:

After two critically acclaimed EP’s, it came time for you to record your debut. What was it about making your debut that felt so special?

I just wanted to follow on from the EPs as naturally as possible, keep the same format of working between home and studio with Rob. I was lucky to have the trust from the labels to do what we felt worked. I got to explore a few new sounds and some more cheerier sounding songs, which was a challenge but I think I learned a huge amount about the process.

What did you learn about yourself as a musician and songwriter while making this album?

That's a difficult question. I come away having learned something new about production and recording each time I work in studio. Finishing a song is liberating in that it creates space in your head for new work. I suppose this project led me to fear less the brighter, more upbeat productions a little less. You learn a lot about working with a deadline on a project like this also.

What was the experience like working with Rob Kirwan, who has worked with PJ Harvey and Depeche Mode? Where you a fan of his work before hand?

I was somewhat familiar with his work on PJ Harvey's record. He's worked with an incredible list of people. I was largely unfamiliar with his work before we got together on the first EP, but we developed a great working relationship. He got the music immediately, and was eager to keep some of the rougher aspects of the recording style, which is great. He has a very effective 'if it feels good, do it' outlook sometimes, which is great as it counters my tendency to overthink things sometimes.

With so many great bands from Ireland – U2, The Pogues, Bell X1, The Frames, and so many more, do you ever think about the legacy you will have on modern Irish music?

I try not to, but it crosses my mind from time to time. Artists and bands like that are partly the reason I do what I do. I would hope that if nothing else, my work might inspire people in the same way I've been inspired by other musicians. Or if somebody could get as much joy out of listening and playing music that I have, I'd be very happy.

Hailing from Ireland, how much has your native country had an influence on your music?

I'd imagine it has had quite an influence, being exposed to the writers and musicians that have hailed from Ireland over the years, it's language, it's unique sense of humour and it's troubled history. There's a lot of joyful things about being Irish, a lot of sad things too at the same time - it may be part of the reason many Irish people defy classification. Admittedly, I tend to reflect on the sadder parts, albeit in a joyful way. Something the Irish do very well.

You are becoming a national treasure in Ireland, what is the experience like coming to the U.S. and playing gigs here?

National treasure is strong word. Ireland has been very supportive and I'm made feel very welcome when I get home though. My first experiences in the U.S. were quite over whelming. They were some of my first shows abroad. I think we first played in New York, the Slipper Room on the Lower East Side. The reaction was so warm, I was genuinely shocked. Those were some of the first times I heard lyrics being sang back to me. It was genuinely encouraging, I'm really excited to come back in September.

For your first headlining fall tour, you have so many sold-out dates in large markets like New York, Nashville, and Chicago. How do you respond to such acclaim?

I don't really know how to respond. I feel incredibly fortunate and I'm very grateful for everyone's support. I have some fantastic fans. Things moved a lot faster than I ever thought would happen, especially in America. I'll try to give everyone as good a show as possible.

What do you want fans to take away from this album?

I suppose that's up to them. There's a lot of light and shade on the album, I'm sure people will come away with different things. It's certainly laced with quite dark imagery at times, but I try to convey it in as pretty a way as possible. I just tried to reflect honestly the emotions behind the music - they're all based on very flawed human feelings. Some awful and some joyous, the songs just try cut to the core of those.

How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard of you before?

It's bluesy singer songwriter music influenced by gospel, soul and folk. Cold Specks coined the term 'Doom Soul' for her music which I always loved, some songs could maybe be described that way... this album goes to some bright fun areas too though, I think.

What has been the most amazing thing about your career thus far?

I've been taken aback by the support shown from fans. Also unbelievable is the support shown from established musicians and songwriters whom I greatly respect. I don't often reflect upon it, but when I stop to think on a quiet day that I'm living out my dreams, that's amazing enough.

You recently played the legendary Newport Folk Festival, what was that experience like?

Newport would be a favourite memory from this year if not of my life, it was definitely one of the most rewarding to date. To be around such incredibly talented artists was astounding and deeply humbling. The whole atmosphere of that festival is unique to itself. Much of my music education comes from footage of performances at Newport and the artists that are part of it's legacy, performing there was a surreal honour.

Where does Hozier go from here?

I've a few more dates in Europe coming up before a 6 week US tour which I'm very much looking forward to. The album is released in early October in US and UK, I'm eager to get it out there and begin thinking about upcoming projects. Maybe have some time in the future to write more material, and perhaps work on some collaborations.

Wale Album Trailer

Watch the trailer to Wale's upcoming The Album About Nothing, in the trailer he gets a little help from Jerry Seinfeld. Still no word as to when this record is arriving.

Arca Announces Debut Album

After a slew of EP's, Kanye West and FKA Twigs collaborator Arca has announced his debut album, Xen. The record arrives on November 4 via Mute. Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

01 Now You Know
02 Held Apart
03 Xen
04 Sad Bitch
05 Sisters
06 Slit Thru
07 Failed
08 Family Violence
09 Thievery
10 Lonely Thugg
11 Fish
12 Wound
13 Bullet Chained
14 Tongue
15 Promise

Quick News

Sad news to report, Crystal Fighters drummer Andrea Marongui has passed away. The cause of death is unknown at the time, the band confirmed the news via their Facebook page saying, ""One of the most brilliant, skillful and charismatic drummers to have ever graced the stage." Our thoughts go to his friends, family, and bandmates.

Speaking to BBC6 Music, Julian Casablancas has said that The Strokes might rendezvous in January to start working on a new record.  He said, "In January we might meet up and work on some ideas. Everyone is psyched. Everything is in a really cool place."

After releasing the single "Go" to mixed reaction, Grimes has scrapped the album she was making and has opted to start fresh. No word as to when the record will be done.

Odd Future are teaming up with Dash Radio to create a 24/7 music channel based around the band and their influences. The station will be commercial free and on Tuesday's it will feature a live show featuring members of the hip-hop collective.

To celebrate their 50th anniversary The Kinks are releasing a box set called The Anthology 1964-1971. The set, which is due this fall, will feature five discs of their classic hits, demos, rarities, and live cuts.

On October 27, Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham will moderate the Toronto mayoral debate. While Rob Ford has pulled out of the race, Abraham will be entertaining the issues among his city's future leader.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ingrid Michaelson on Kimmel

Watch Ingrid Michaelson perform "Girls Chase Boys" and "Afterlife" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! 

Ryan Adams on Letterman

Watch Ryan Adams perform "Gimme Something Good" on Letterman.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Quick News

Sad news to report, former Primal Scream guitarist Rob 'Throb' Young has passed away at 49. No cause of death has been determined and the death is not being treated as suspicious. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, loved ones, and bandmates.

Lykke Li opened up to Rolling Stone about her work on the latest U2 album, Songs of Innocence. Li sings on the final track on the record, "The Troubles." She revealed that Danger Mouse brought her in over a year ago to work on the vocals, then she was approached over the summer to sing them again, this time with Bono. She said, "Bono was very kind. He was kind of like the quiet leader, instructing me how to sing in tune – which I usually don’t. Mostly, they let me do my own thing, but we tried different things like to whisper it to someone or to scream it to someone, but it was all about creating intimacy. We turned off all the music and sang only to the drums, so it was really getting to what the core of the song meant. I had a wonderful time."

Jay Z and Kanye West are heading into the film business. The duo signed on to produce the upcoming Chris Rock film, The Five, while Questlove of The Roots will serve as Executive Music Producer. The film arrives next year.

The House of Love will release a CD/DVD from a concert in England they did last year. The package titled, Live at Lexington 13.11.13 will come in November.