Tuesday, June 30, 2015

No Devotion Announce Debut Album

No Devotion, the band featuring former Thursday front man Geoff Rickley and the former members of LostProphets, will release their debut, Permanence in September.

Take a look at the tracklisting, below, and watch the album trailer:

01. Break
02. Permanent Sunlight
03. Eyeshadow
04. Why Can't I Be With You?
05. I Wanna Be Your God
06. Death Rattle
07. 10,000 Summers
08. Night Drive
09. Stay
10. Addition
11. Grand Central

Miguel on Kimmel

Watch Miguel perform "Coffee" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Monday, June 29, 2015


CzarfaceEvery Hero Needs a Villain
The sequel to the surprisingly fantastic 2013 debut from 7L, Esoteric and Inspectah Deck, ups the ante for the follow-up. As the fictional hip-hop hero Czarface was introduced to audiences on the last record like an audio comic book, this go around Czarface meets his villain and the people he needs to fight off to survive. While this concept record is not only a hell of a lot of fun to listen to, it also shines thanks to it’s guests MF DOOM, GZA, Method Man, RA The Rugged Man, JuJu of the Beatnuts and many others. Every Hero Needs a Villain is like the hip-hop version of The Avengers and just as much fun to hear as that flick was to see.

Florence and the Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Three albums in, Florence is proving that she is more than just a musical machine, but a modern musical goddess. The Welsh singer with a voice that can make angels cry returned with her most personal album to date. Focusing on personal heartbreak and overcoming obstacles, Florence takes her arraignments and sound to a new level.

Jamie xx In Colour
The perfect record for the summer has arrived. The xx DJ has been making solo records with the likes of Gil Scot-Heron and EP’s under his name, but now with his full on debut, he brings his xx members and shines like the sun. In Colour combines his ambient sounds he is known for but combines calypso, soka, hip-hop, jazz, and raga, all over eletronic beats. This is a record for the beach, sunsets, and lounging.

A$AP Rocky At. Long. Last. A$AP.
Following his triumphant debut, A$AP Rocky’s sophomore release outshines it’s predecessor. His latest hears him battle heartbreak over the loss of his friend and A$AP Crew member A$AP Yams and his experimentation with LSD, where he even took inspiration from an unlikely source for hip-hop – The Beatles. This is a drug infused journey into the mind of a broken man who is looking to rebuild and bringing special guests like Kanye West, Rod Stewart, Mos Def, UGK, Future, and others, it is Rocky himself who shines.

After 13 years, Conor Oberst’s punk band returns to wax after years of reunion gigs and brings out a side in Oberst that many thought was long gone. Desaparecidos is Oberst at his political best in years but also hears him having the most fun he has had in just as long of a time. Payola is a welcome return and glad there is a band out there saying something without too much production or care in the world.

Thundercat The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
Following up his masterpiece – Apocalypse, Thundercat returns with a surprise mini-album that stuns and only makes you wish this was stretched out to a full release.

Four Tet Morning / Evening
Sometimes you just need two songs to sum up your day and Four Tet has mastered that. From the rising sun and reading the news with your cup of coffee, to that sun setting while you are eating dinner, this two-song album captures those moments in sound just perfect.

Rolo Tomassi Grievances
The British hardcore band return with another balls-to-the-fucking-wall bonkers record that combines mathcore, melodic hardcore and enough punch that makes you feel like you just got out of a boxing ring with Mike Tyson during his ear biting years.

SlavesAre You Satisfied?
The Britrock inspired duo released their very British and very cocky debut after being one of 2014’s biggest buzz bands. Are You Satisfied? Combines the crass of Sex Pistols and the swagger of Exile-era Stones.

Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect
The 1980’s called and it wants it’s sound back! The Killers frontman goes back in time for his sophomore solo record and brings a flavor all his own. While musically it is not that mind blowing, he does manage to showcase that if this record came out 30 years ago, he would be one of the biggest stars of that decade, probably bigger than he is now.

LeftfieldAlternative Light Source
16 years since their last album, the British nightlife duo are back with their third record and it brings back the trip hop flavor they helped usher in with a new school twist.

Sharon Van EttenI Don’t Want to Let You Down E.P.
Following last year’s Are We There, singer / songwriter Sharon Van Etten returns with an E.P. that showcases some of her best work. I Don’t Want to Let You Down is a window into her soul.

Palma VioletsDanger in the Club
One of the most talked about British bands returns with their sophomore album and lose a bit of their punk edge but bring with them a dance-rockabilly vibe on their latest. If their debut was more Nevermind the Bollocks, this record is more Combat Rock.

The Darkness Last of our Kind
Say what you will about The Darkness, but this band knows how to have fun. On their fourth release they stick to the cock-rock glam-meets-hair metal that has been their ticket to audiences for the last decade.

Of Monsters and MenBeneath the Skin
The sophomore release from Iceland’s indie-pop stars is much more retrospective and ambient than their previous release. Beneath the Skin is a look at humans treating the planet and viewing it, in some cases, from the animals point of view, which was done by fellow Icelander Bjork on “Human Nature.”

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin The High Country
The latest release from the Missouri indie rock darlings is nothing new in sound but just a new release to relish in.

The Vaccines English Graffiti
In 2011, when The Vaccines arrived they showed so much promise. A new, exciting, young English garage rock band that writes great songs and takes the Britpop ideas of the ‘90’s and mixes it with garage punk. What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? is still one of the best debut’s of the decade. A year later they released their sophomore record, The Vaccines Come of Age, and while it sounded much like their debut, it had a couple songs that were gems like “Teenage Icon,” “No Hope,” and “I Always Knew.” Now as the band has reached international acclaim and are friends with models and Mumford and Sons, like Mumford for their third record they wanted a change in musical direction. English Graffiti unfortunately is boring, dull, and hears a band trying too hard to be something they are not. It really should be called “What Did You Do With The Vaccines?”

Riff Raff Purple Panther
In many ways you want to look at Riff Raff as the hip-hop version of The Darkness, but you can’t and you simply can’t put your finger on what exactly you are listening to on Purple Panther.

Since Muse have become a festival and stadium loving band, they have dropped in style. Their latest record, Drones, is surprisingly more disappointing than their last record, The Second Law, which was a disaster. Maybe instead of trying to make the world believe in conspiracy theories, they should conspire to go back to basics.

The Who at Glastonbury

Watch The Who perform their classic, "My Generation" during the closing night of Glastonbury.

Quick News

Speaking to The Talkhouse, Radiohead's Philip Selway has said in September the band will ramp up work on their latest album. The drummer said, "in fits and starts, but come September it just becomes quite a full schedule.”

A new documentary on the life of founding Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett called Have You Got It? will arrive this year.  It will take an intimate look at the man who started the group, his departure in 1968, then the reclusive life he had in his subsequent years.

Chance the Rapper will star in the murder mystery film, Slice, which is about the death of a pizza delivery man. Chance will play the lead role, no other word or info about the film has been released.

Speaking to NME, Kaiser Chiefs have confirmed they are writing their new album and are also looking for a producer. Singer Ricky Wilson told the magazine, "The writing is going well. Whatever the schedule is, we’re ahead of it. On the last album, we were quite nervous without (departed drummer) Nick (Hodgson). We didn’t know if we could go on the right track without him. We just did it from the heart and that went really well. But this time we’re enjoying it a lot more, not worrying so much.”

In August, Method Man will release his new album, The Meth Lab. The Wu-Tang member has released the tracklisting to the project:
1. Intro
2. The Meth Lab (feat. Hanz On, Streetlife)
3. Straight Gutta (feat. Redman, Hanz On, Streetlife)
4. Bang Zoom (feat. Hanz On, Streetlife, Eazy Get Rite)
5. 50 Shots (feat. Mack Wilds, Streetlife, Cory Gunz)
6. The Pledge (Hanz On, Streetlife)
7. 2 Minutes of Your Time
8. Worldwide (feat. Hanz On, Uncle Murda, Chedda Bang)
9. Soundcheck (feat. Hanz On, Carlton Fisk)
10. Water (feat. Chedda Bang)
11. Lifestyles (Cardi, Eazy Get Rite, Freaky Marciano)
12. The Purple Tape (feat. Raekwon, Inspectah Deck)
13. Intelligent Meth  (feat. Masta Killa, Streetlife, iNTeLL)
14. Symphony (feat. Hanz On, Streetlife, Kash Verrazano, Carlton Fisk, Killa Sin)
15. What You Getting Into (feat. Streetlife, Donny Cacsh)
16. Another Winter (feat. Hanz On, Streetlife, Carlton Fisk)
17. Rain All Day (feat. Hanz On, Dro Pesci)
18. So Staten (feat. Hanz On, Hue Hef)
19. Outro

FKA Twigs at Glastonbury

Watch FKA Twigs perform "Water Me" during Glastonbury's closing night.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

FFS at Glastonbury

FSS aka Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, made their Worthy Farm debut Sunday at Glastonbury. Watch them perform "Police Encounters."

Ryan Adams at Glastobury

Ryan Adams performed "Stay With Me" during his Sunday night set at Glastonbury. Take a look!

Death Cab for Cutie at Glastonbury

Watch Death Cab For Cutie perform "Black Sun" Sunday night at Glastonbury.

The Chemical Brothers at Glastonbury

The Chemical Brothers brought an assault on all senses Sunday night at Glasto. Take a look!

Paul Weller at Glastonbury

Watch The Modfather Paul Weller return to Worthy Farm and perform the title track off his new album, Saturn's Pattern.

Belle & Sebastian at Glastonbury

Watch Belle & Sebastian perform "If You Find Yourself in Love" Sunday at Glastonbury.

alt-J at Glastonbury

Watch alt-J perform "Left Hand Free" during their Sunday night Glasto set!

The Fall at Glastonbury

Watch Mark E. Smith bring out his current line-up of The Fall perform "Wolf Kidult Man" during their Sunday Glasto set!

Fat White Family at Glastonbury

Watch Fat White Family perform "Touch the Leather" during their Sunday Glasto set!

Palma Violets at Glastonbury

Watch Palma Violets perform "Best of Friends" Sunday at Glastonbury!

Future Islands at Glastonbury

Watch Future Islands perform "Seasons" during their blistering Sunday Glasto set!

Patti Smith at Glastonbury

Patti Smith had her set on Sunday of Glastonbury and performed "People Have the Power" but also brought out His Holiness Dali Lama to celebrate his 80th birthday. Take a look!

Highlights of Kanye West at Glastonbury

Kanye West didn't have the most welcomed reception at Glastonbury this year. A petition was sent out to get him from stop performing earlier this year, but Yeezy seemed to silence critics with his Saturday night headlining performance. Take a look at some clips above. Below, watch some of the more viral moments as a comedian named Lee Nelson stage invaded his set when he did "Black Skinhead," as well as Kanye doing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Death From Above 1979 at Glastonbury

Watch Death From Above 1979 simply beat the shit out of everyone Saturday at Worthy Farm during their Glasto set.

Spiritualized at Glastonbury

Watch Spiritualized perform "Soul on Fire" Saturday night at Worthy Farm.

La Roux at Glastonbury

Watch La Roux perform her hit "Bulletproof" Saturday night at Glasto!

Ben Howard at Glastonbury

Watch Ben Howard perform "I Forgot Where We Were" during his Saturday set at Glasto.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Suede FULL Glastonbury Set

Suede returned to Worthy Farm and delivered an impeccable career spanning set, which even included a brand new song, Saturday night at Glastonbury.

Paloma Faith at Glastonbury

Watch Paloma Faith perform "Only Love Can Hurt Like This" during her Saturday afternoon set at Glasto!

George Ezra at Glastobury

Watch George Ezra perform "Did You Hear The Rain?" on a very sunny Saturday afternoon at Worthy Farm.

Slaves at Glastonbury

Watch Slaves perform "The Hunter" during their Saturday Glasto set!

Live Review: Jeremy Loops @ Brooklyn Bowl

This week marked an extraordinary step in civil and human rights as same-sex marriage was legal in all of America. It also marked the 20th anniversary of what could be the most important sporting event of all time -- South Africa's surprise win when the hosted the Rugby World Cup in 1995. A year after Nelson Mandela was elected to office, Madiba found a way to unite his countrymen black and white through sport and by hosting the Rugby World Cup, which was predominately watched and loved by white South Africans during Apartheid, he closed the racial barrier and had everyone believe in their Springboks. While the anniversary was celebrated in all of South Africa this week, their latest export Cape Town musician and activist Jeremy Loops was in America concluding his massive U.S. tour and on the day same-sex couples were allowed to marry everywhere in America, he brought his tour to a close. It was a fitting end for someone who spreads the message of peace, love, harmony, and most of all, brotherhood.

Read Our Interview with Jeremy Loops

Blowing into his harmonica from the stairs above the Brooklyn Bowl stage, Loops came strutting down and walked on stage to a screaming audience while he beat boxed, played harmonica and looped it altogether to a dazzled crowd. As he began to sing and loop his voice into his pedals, many were wondering if he was going to have a full band play with him. Low and behold, after three songs musicians Sakitumi, Ben Brown, and Jamie Faull joined him along with Johannesburg rapper Motheo Moleko -- now it was time for the party to star. Loops combines folk, jazz, hip-hop, and even blue grass to get his unique and eclectic sound across and has a whole room doing a ho-down, stomping their feet and even line dancing at points to his music.

Hear Our South African Mixtape Feat. Jeremy Loops! 

"This has been a very tough and very rewarding eight weeks," Loops told the audience halfway through his 40-minut set, "I had bronchitis last week, I was in the hospital, but I still had to perform. Coming on stage and seeing your faces gave me adrenaline and the show went on. Thank you. I couldn't think of a better way to finish this tour than here in Brooklyn," he said. He will release his debut album, Trading Change, in America this August and has seen his crowds get significantly larger than when he first arrived two years ago. It is clearly because of his talent but also how much he and his band give to the crowd during their gigs.

Closing his tour at Brooklyn Bowl on a Friday night was a fitting way to send off Loops and his talented band back home to Cape Town and enough to feel they made an accomplishment and a dent here in the U.S.

SBTRKT at Glastonbury

Watch SBTRKT bring the fury during his Friday night slot at Glasto doing "New Dorp. New York."

Jamie xx at Glastonbury

Watch Jamie xx perform "Loud Places" and "I Know There is Gonna Be (Good Times)" during his Friday night closing set at Glastonbury!

Sharon Van Etten at Glastonbury

Watch Sharon Van Etten begin Saturday at Glasto with "I Don't Want to Let You Down."

The Gaslamp Killer at Glastonbury

The always strange and brilliant Gaslamp Killer took his show to the massive Glasto crowd on Friday. Take a look!

Hot Chip at Glastonbury

Watch Hot Chip wow the crowd when they did "Need You Now" Friday night at Glasto!

Rudimental at Glastonbury

One of the best live acts around - Rudimental, brought their energy to Glasto late Friday night when they did "Never Let You Go."

Mary J. Blige at Glastonbury

Mary J. Blige has fallen in love with London and the rest of England, so it is no surprise she showed her affection during her Friday performance at Glasto when she did "Doubt."

Alabama Shakes at Glastonbury

Watch Alabama Shakes shake down Friday at Glasto performing "Don't Wanna Fight."

The Libertines at Glastonbury

The Libertines were Friday night's special surprise guest at Glastonbury. Take a look at the band performing "Don't Look Back" and "Gunga Gin" to the amazed crowd.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Florence & The Machine Cover Foo Fighters During Glastonbury Set

Foo Fighters were supposed to headline Friday of Glastonbury but after Dave Grohl broke his foot in Sweden earlier this month, the band had to pull out. They were replaced by Florence & The Machine who covered Foo's "Times Like These" and paid tribute to Grohl during their headlining set.

Also, below watch her perform "Ship to Wreck" later on in her set. 

Live Pix: Pete Rock at Brooklyn Bowl

On Wednesday, Pete Rock celebrated the release of his new album, Petestrumentals 2 and brought out a slew of his friends that included DJ Premier, Talib Kweli, Slum Village, Das EFX, Large Professor, Sean Price and many more. 

Our own RICH D SMOOV was on hand to capture the action. Take a look!

DJ Premier
 Large Professor
 Slum Village

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Catfish & The Bottlemen at Glastonbury

Watch Catfish & The Bottlemen perform "Pacifier" during their massive Glasto set!

The Vaccines at Glastonbury

Watch The Vaccines perform "Dream Lover" during their Friday Glasto set!

Frank Turner & Billy Bragg Perform Together at Glastonbury

Watch Frank Turner join the legendary Billy Bragg inside the BBC Music Teepee Friday at Glastonbury!

Motorhead's FULL Glastonbury Set

Watch Motorhead's FULL Friday Glasto performance from the Pyramid Stage.

James Bay at Glastonbury

Watch James Bay perform his hit "Hold Back the River" during his Friday Glasto set.

Everything Everything Perform at Glastonbury

Watch Everything Everything perform "Regret" Friday at Glastonbury.

Leon Bridges at Glastonbury

Watch Leon Bridges perform "Coming Home" during his Friday Glastobury Set.

Damon Albarn's 'Alice In Wonderland' Musical Trailer Has Arrived

Next week, Damon Albarn's Alice In Wonderland-inspired musical wonder.land, will premiere at the Manchester International Festival and will run till July 12. The Guardian has premiered the trailer for the upcoming stage production that is directed by National Theatre's Rufus Norris.

Morrissey on Fallon

Morrissey performed "Kiss Me A lot" on The Tonight Show on Thursday. Take a look at the King of Pain in action.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Desaparecidos on Seth Meyers

Conor Oberst's awesome punk band Desaparecidos released their first album in 13 years last week. To celebrate, the band made their network TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Take a look!

Major Lazer on Fallon

Watch Major Lazer with special guest MO bring the noise and bring the funk on The Tonight Show.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Great Soundtracks: Almost Famous

While Cameron Crowe's latest film, Aloha, tanked at the box office, and it is a shame since Jonsi of Sigur Ros did the score like he did Crowe's last film, We Bought a Zoo, which also tanked. There was a time when a Cameron Crowe film was important to film goers. His projects like Singles, Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, were not just hits, they were cult classics and Oscar nominated films. Who would have thought that the kid who wrote Fast Times at Ridgemount High would go on to be a flop later in his career? Yet, above all of his films, his greatest is hands down, Almost Famous and it's soundtrack is just as much of a star as the film that is loosely based on his life.

With original music from the fictional band in the movie, Stillwater, and featuring artists like The Who, Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, Rod Stewart, and many others, this soundtrack serves as a love letter to 70's rock. Even 15 years later, the songs are as timeless now as they were then.

Recommended Reading: Jay Z 'Decoded'

Whenever Jay Z does something, anything, even removing the hyphen between his name, it is a big deal. So, in 2010 when he released his autobiography and memoir, Decoded, fans got a chance to not just read the backstory of their favorite rapper but hear how he came up. It was the first time he spoke about his life and didn't use beat. It was an candid and intimate look at a man who is used to flaunting how great his life is and while he has rapped about his past and his rise to fame, this was the first time such details were further explained. From growing up in the harsh Marcy projects to being inspired by Biggie, Jay Z didn't just want to be just another rapper from Brooklyn or just some project casualty, he wanted more. Decoded goes into his thought process from leaving his drug dealing past behind to become the mogul that he is now.

Low Detail New Album

Indie darlings Low will release their new album, Ones and Sixes, in September via Sub Pop.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single "No Comprende."

01 Gentle
02 No Comprende
03 Spanish Translation
04 Congregation
05 No End
06 Into You
07 What Part of Me
08 The Innocents
09 Kid in the Corner
10 Lies
11 Landslide
12 DJ

Quick News

David Bowie is planning a massive box set series to chronicle his cameleon-like career. The first set, Five Years 1969-1973 will arrive in September. It will feature remastered versions and different cuts of his iconic albums 1969's Space Oddity, '70's The Man Who Sold the World, '71's Hunky Dory, '72's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, '73's Aladdin Sane and Pin Ups. As well as two live albums - 2008's Live Santa Monica '72 and 1983's Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture Soundtrack.

In other David Bowie news, Dexter actor Michael C. Hall has been cast as Lazarus in the stage adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth. The musical has no opening date yet, but it will be titled Lazarus and will feature music from the film's soundtrack as well as new Bowie tunes.

Rhys Webb of The Horrors spoke to Clash and said that the band are working on a new album with Adele producer Paul Epworth and hope to have it out this year. He said, "We’re actually working on a new album at the moment. So we’re not really having any downtime. We’re writing and recording. Hoping to release a new record this year. We wanted to get back in there and get writing. We had a really busy year of touring, so we were ready to get working on new stuff. It’s just because time flies, and it moves so quickly and before you know it, it will be a couple of years between releases."

Queen will mark the 40th anniversary of "Bohemian Rhapsody" with a beer. The Czech brewed beer will arrive later this year and will feature the band's logo on the label.

Slayer have released the cover to their upcoming album, Repentless, which arrives in September. Take a look at the cover, below:

Public Image Ltd. will also release their new album, What the World Needs Now, in September and have also released an anti-religious cover like Slayer. Take a look below:

The Roots & Erykah Badu Had An Epic Jam at Roots Picnic

Last month, The Roots hosted their annual 'Roots Picnic' in Philly during Memorial Day Weekend. Now, Billboard has posted a video of one of the highlights of the festival -- Erykah Badu backed by The Roots doing an epic 17-minute medley that included Badu's "Love of My Life", Roots' "Act Too," Grandmaster Flash's "The Message," Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M.," Kanye West's "Gold Digger," Nas' "Made You Look," Beanie Sigel and Freeway's "Roc the Mic," Lox's "Money, Power, Respect." Take a look!

Disclosure Album Trailer

In September, Disclosure will release their new album, Caracal, take a look at the trailer, above!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Leon Bridges on Fallon

Watch Leon Bridges stun everyone on The Tonight Show.

Belle and Sebastian on Seth Meyers

Watch Belle and Sebastian perform "Sukie in the Graveyard" and "Allie" on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Monday, June 22, 2015

New Order Announce New Album!

For the first time in a decade, New Order will release a new album. The record, Music Complete will arrive in September and is the first New Order album to not feature founding member Peter Hook. The current line-up of the band is Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris, Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham.

Read Our 2014 Interview with Peter Hook

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

  1. Restless
  2. Singularity
  3. Plastic
  4. Tutti Frutti
  5. People On The High Line
  6. Stray Dog
  7. Academic
  8. Nothing But A Fool
  9. Unlearn This Hatred
  10. The Game
  11. Superheated

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stream Four Tet's New Album

Four Tet released his new album Morning / Evening and now you can hear it!

Live Review: Dillinger Escape Plan @ Irving Plaza

"You are not going to let me fucking die, right?" Dillinger Escape Plan singer Greg Puciato said looking down to the crowd as he scaled the railings of the second floor of Irving Plaza. Within minutes of his band coming on stage, Puciato was already bored of traditional screaming / singing right at the crowd, so he upped the ante and began climbing whatever was in his way in the venue to go higher and higher before he jumped into the audience during the opening song, "Prancer." This was how Dillinger Escape Plan said hello to New York City and goodbye to their current tour.

In the final night of their spring tour, the band played a sold-out Irving Plaza and turned the venue upside down on Saturday night. If the sounds of bones breaking and limbs separating from bodies had a soundtrack, it would be set to this band. With the destructive stage abilities of an early punk band mixed with the bone crunching thrash of Slayer and the technical abilities of some of the finest jazz bands, Dillinger Escape Plan take everything and multiply it to the 100th power and then add more when they do it live. Songs like "Milk Lizard," "Happiness is a Smile," and "One of Us is the Killer," were a three way punch to the crowd of sonic intensity and no one seemed to mind. This is how everyone in that room wanted it to be -- loud, chaotic, and intense.
In the 65 minutes they were on stage, Dillinger Escape Plan left their mark and then some. Drummer Billy Rhymer's body moves so fast behind his kit, it is almost as if he doesn't have time to think. Guitarist Ben Weinman is the Keith Richards to Puciano's Jagger, he wants to join in on the fun and still abuse his instrument. He too would climb parts of the stage and perform without missing a beat. Yet, it was Puciano who would steal the show. For the grand finale of "43% Burnt," he went across the railings of Irving Plaza's second floor again and made his way to the middle of the venue, up top to the soundboard and took a leap of faith jumping two stories into the crowd, all while screaming his lungs out. What is fascinating is how this band abuses not just their gear but themselves night after night to please their audience, but this is why this band needs to be experienced in concert. It was one of the most incredible performances and gigs New York City has seen in a long time.

Saturday, June 20, 2015


June's playlist of 27 musical musings is now up on Spotify. Take a listen!

Iron Maiden Announce Double Album!

Iron Maiden will release their new album, a double record called The Book of Souls in September. 

Singer Bruce Dickinson said on the band's website, "We’re really excited about The Book Of Souls and had a fantastic time creating it. We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us. We were delighted to discover the same magical vibe is still alive and very much kicking there! So we immediately felt at home and the ideas just started flowing. By the time we’d finished we all agreed that each track was such an integral part of the whole body of work that if it needed to be a double album, then double its going to be!”

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

Disc 1
1. If Eternity Should Fail (Dickinson) 8:28
2. Speed Of Light (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:01
3. The Great Unknown (Smith/ Harris) 6:37
4. The Red And The Black (Harris) 13:33
5. When The River Runs Deep (Smith/ Harris) 5:52
6. The Book Of Souls (Gers/ Harris) 10:27

Disc 2
7. Death Or Glory (Smith/ Dickinson) 5:13
8. Shadows Of The Valley (Gers/ Harris) 7:32
9. Tears Of A Clown (Smith/ Harris) 4:59
10. The Man Of Sorrows (Murray/ Harris) 6:28
11. Empire Of The Clouds (Dickinson) 18:01

Quick News

According to a press release, Savages have finished recording their second album and are in the mixing stages of the LP. No word on a release date, though some speculate it will arrive this fall.

Noel Gallagher has confirmed he is already working on his third album. Gallagher told NME, "I’m already a bit of the way into my next record. As for what it will eventually say on the cover though remains to be seen." Gallagher released his latest album, Chasing Yesterday, in March.

For the first time in decades, Darlene Love will release a new solo album. The record titled Introducing  Darlene Love will arrive later this year and will feature Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Van Zandt, Jim Webb, Linda Perry, Desmond Child, and Joan Jett. It was produced by Steven Van Zandt.

As mentioned earlier this week, Hold Steay front man Craig Finn will release his sophomore solo album, Faith in the Future, in September. Take a look at the cover, below:

Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney will release her memoir, Hunger Makes A Modern Girl, in October. In a press release it says, "HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL is an intimate and revealing narrative of her escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era's flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series Portlandia years later." Take a look at the cover below:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mercury Rev Announce 1st Album in 7 Years!

Mercury Rev will release their eighth album and first in seven years - The Light in You, in September. This is the first record from the band to just be made by members Jonathan Donahue and Grasshoper

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single "The Queen of Swans."

The Queen Of Swans
You've Gone With So Little For So Long
Central Park East
Emotional Freefall
Coming Up For Air
Autumn's In The Air
Are You Ready?
Moth Light
Rainy Day Record

Thundercat Announces Mini-Album

Musical mastermind Thundercat has announced he will release a mini-album next week called The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam. Part of the album was produced by his friend and collaborator Flying Lotus. The album will also arrive via Lotus' label, Brainfeeder.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and hear the first single "That Moment."

01 Hard Times
02 Song for the Dead
03 Them Changes
04 Lone Wolf and Cub
05 That Moment
06 Where the Giants Roam/Field of the Nephilim

Miguel Covers Slaves for BBC

The kickass BBC Radio 1 Lounge has hosted it's latest cover. This time it comes from Miguel who covered British band Slaves' single "Hey." Take a look!

Philip Selway on Kimmel

Watch Radiohead's Philip Selway perform "Around Again" and "Coming Up For Air" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Live Review: Catfish and The Bottlemen @ Webster Hall

In what will be their last small New York City show for a long time, British sensations Catfish and The Bottlemen returned to Manhattan to perform at a sold-out Webster Hall just months after they played Bowery Ballroom earlier this year. The band, who released their debut in the UK and Europe last fall, struck the shores of the U.S. and the ears of listeners earlier this year when The Balcony was finally released here. For a band with such a bizarre name, they take the influences of 80's era Springsteen and mix it with The Killers, The Strokes, and Arctic Monkeys, to craft a catchy and enjoyable rock and roll sound that makes up for their title.

Arriving on stage just after 10pm, the band were greeted with a very loud New York welcome from the fans. Singer Van McCann's personality resembles that of a young Chris Martin, charismatic, humble, charming, and most of all not jaded just yet by the popularity of how big his band is getting -- this may change once McCann starts dating within the celebrity world. For now, the wide-eyed and bushy haired front man is all smiles and all heart as he gets to live out his dream with his mates. Opening with "Rango" and "Pacifier," the band played in front of a giant backdrop of The Balcony's cover and under the crimson lights of Webster Hall, this rock and roll show was one for the fans. Instead of doing what many do at gigs these days, chat, check their cell phones, the entire room was engaged, screaming the words back to the band and at points were louder than the musicians on stage. This of course made McCann and his friends want to play harder and better.

For the hour they were on stage, they tore through their album with the loudest applause coming from songs like "Kathleen, and "Homesick." It was their global smash single, "Cocoon," where McCann mentioned he wrote in New York City when they signed to Communion, the record label owned by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons. Of course that was the song that got the most love from the crowd, especially when they threw in a cover of Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" into it. Closing with "Tyrant," Catfish and the Bottlemen showed that they have the heart and will do be one of Britain's best rock bands and as their shows get bigger, they will prove it.

This was their final U.S. gig for a while as they return to Europe for summer festivals  but they will be back in the fall, apparently with a new record and when they return to New York it won't be the 800-person Webster Hall they will play, it will be the 3,000 person Terminal 5.

Quick News

Following Dave Grohl's recent announcement that Foo Fighters had to cancel their European tour, including their headline set at Glastonbury after Grohl broke his foot last weekend on stage in Sweden, Florence & the Machine will be taking over Friday night's headlining spot.

Speaking to a Dutch website, 3voor12, and translated by Radiohead fan site members, Johnny Greenwood gave an update on the band's follow-up to 2011's King of Limbs. He said, "We didn't do anything together for too long, so restarting took a lot of time. We're working in periods now."

Hold Steady front man Craig Finn will release his sophomore solo album, Faith in the Future, in September.

Pavement will release a rarities compilation in August called The Secret History, Vol. 1 via Matador Records. The 30-song comp features B-sides, rarities, John Peel Sessions, and a 1992 live concert at Brixton Academy.

Speaking to NME, Theo Hutchcraft of Hurts has cited that Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan and Motown, were all inspirations for the duo's third album, Surrender, arriving in October. He also said, "This time we decided to see how things would turn out if we enjoyed ourselves and went to some exciting places. It made us look outwards for the first time in a long time. The second record was very internal and very intense so we craved the opposite. Now, at this stage in our lives, to make a record that would sound as dark as the second or as melancholy as the first wouldn't be a true reflection of us. That's not to say it's all a barrel of laughs though; we're still drawn to the darker side."

Also speaking to NME was Pete Doherty who said that Amy Winehouse had a tremendous influence on the upcoming Libertines album and she seemed to be the band's muse. He said, "The studio was quite sparsely decorated, but we did have a little NME front cover of Amy Winehouse over the mixing desk the whole time," Doherty said. "The one constant in the mixing room, apart from John Hassall, who was always there from dawn to dusk, was the picture of Amy. She was never a massive fan of my songwriting, or at least she never admitted to it! She was a bit of a harsh critic, but in a lot of ways we were kindred spirits, and all the boys loved her. She was quite inspirational as well, because while she was critical, that’s because she had very high standards."

Jill Scott will release her new album, Woman, next month. Take a look at the cover, below:

Eagles of Death Metal Announce 1st Album 7 Years!

Eagles of Death Metal - the glam metal band featuring Jesse Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme will release their third album, their first in eight years, ZIPPER DOWN in October.

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

01 Complexity
02 Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)
03 Got a Woman
04 I Love You All The Time
05 Oh Girl
06 Got the Power
07 Skin Tight Boogie
08 Got a Woman (slight return)
09 The Deuce
10 Save a Prayer (Duran Duran cover)
11 The Reverend

Wale on Kimmel

Watch Wale perform "The Matrimony" and "The Girls on Drugs" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Courtney Bartnett on Fallon

Watch Courtney Bartnett perform "Pedestrian at Best" on The Tonight Show.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jamie xx on Seth Meyers

Watch Jamie xx bring along a cast of friends including his xx band maters, members of Warpaint, Savages, Chairlift and the Harlem Gospel Choir for his performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Quick News

Kurt Vile has announced the title of his new album, which is to be called b’lieve i'm goin down, no release date has been set.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, D'Angelo said he is hard at work on his follow-up to Black Messiah.  He said, "What I'm working on now is like a companion piece. I hope people receive it that way. It's part of the same vision." Another interesting part of the article was when he said, "If it were left entirely up to me, [Black Messiah] wouldn't have come out. I had to get out of my head. Because there were so many songs that I wanted people to hear."

Hurts will release their new album, Surrender, in October. Take a look at the tracklisting, below:
'Some Kind of Heaven'
'Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us'
'Rolling Stone'

Frank Turner has released the cover to his new album, Positive Songs for Negative People, which will arrive in August. Take a look at the cover:

 Duran Duran have announced that their new album, Paper Gods, which will arrive in September. Mark Ronson, Mr. Hudson, John Frusciante, Nile Rogers, Janelle Monae, and Lindsay Lohan all contributed to the album. Take a look at the cover, below:

Against Me! To Release Live Album

Just after storming the Northside Festival on Saturday, Against Me! will release a new live album in September called 23 Live Sex Acts. 

The live record features cuts from across their latest tour. 

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below:

02. Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
03. Cliché Guevara
04. True Trans Soul Rebel
05. I Was A Teenage Anarchist
06. New Wave
07. Walking Is Still Honest
08. Turn Those Clapping Hands Into Angry Balled Fists
09. Transgender Dysphoria Blues
10. Pretty Girls (The Mover)
11. I Still Love You Julie
12. High Pressure Low
13. Don't Lose Touch
14. Miami
15. White Crosses
16. Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ
17. How Low
18. Black Me Out
19. Thrash Unreal
20. Unconditional Love
21. The Ocean
22. Sink, Florida, Sink
23. We Laugh At Danger and Break All The Rules

Tyler, The Creator & Vince Staples Freestyle on Hot 97

Tyler, The Creator and Vince Staples were both in NYC over the weekend performing shows. We caught Staples at the Northside Festival on Sunday and Tyler had a sold-out gig at Irving Plaza. The two rappers met up on Hot 97 on Monday morning and did a freestyle together, take a look.