Thursday, April 24, 2014

Flume Shares Remix of Lorde's "Tennis Courts"

What started as a Twitter exchange between New Zealand starlet, Lorde, and one of music's hottest producers/DJs, Flume, has resulted in one hell of a remix.

Flume shared his remix of "Tennis Courts" which takes the song to new heights, originally a little drab and slow, the track now glistens with heavy bass and catchy handclaps. Check it out below, and catch Flume in a city near you (tour dates following the video).

Fri. July 18 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Sat. July 19 - Toronto, ON @ Time Festival
Sun. July 20 - Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
Thu. July 24 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Fri. July 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sat. July 26 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live (Mad Decent Block Party)
Sun. July 27 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park (Mad Decent Block Party)
Tue. July 29 - Boston, MA @ Royale
Wed. July 30 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Fri. Aug. 1 - Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Sun. Aug. 3 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Tue. Aug. 5 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
Thu. Aug. 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
Sun. Aug. 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
Thu. Aug. 14 - Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
Fri. Aug. 15 - Biddinghuizen, AN @ Lowlands
Sat. Aug. 16 - Beaucaire, FR @ Positiv
Sun. Aug. 17 - Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, DE @ Dockville
Wed. Aug. 20 - Nice, FR @ Theatre de Verdure
Thu. Aug. 21 - Charleville, FR @ Cabaret Vert Festival
Fri. Aug. 22 - @ Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Sat. Aug. 23 - Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
Sun. Aug. 24 - Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Thu. Aug. 28 - Zurich, CH @ Open Air

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Faint - "Evil Voices" Music Video

Following a hiatus which spanned several years, The Faint have released their sixth studio album, Doom Abuse, via SQE Music. Their first single, "Evil Voices" recently premiered on Noisey and it picks up right where the group left off with 2008's impeccable album, Fasciination.

The video, directed by Nik Fackler, was based off of a bad DMT trip - I promise you, I wouldn't make this up...

The Faint's Todd Fink says of the video:

"Meat tubes, violent princesses, futuristic gods and neon rubber souls being excavated from skulls and wrapped around a cogs, it was a no brainer. We were stoked to work with someone who could actually make things like this happen"

Check out the video below, and stay tuned for much more coverage of The Faint in the very near future, who are launching a US tour this week (dates found below the vid).

The Faint's Upcoming Tour Dates

April 24 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
April 25 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
April 26 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
April 27 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
April 30 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
May 1 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
May 2 - Austin, TX @ The Belmont
May 3 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live - Ballroom
May 6 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room
May 7 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
May 9 - Jacksonville Beach, FL @ Freebird Live
May 10 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Heaven
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
May 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Willamsburg
May 16 - Boston, MA @ Royale NightClub
May 17 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
May 19 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
May 20 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 22 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
May 23 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue 
May 27 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
May 28 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
May 30 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune
May 31 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
June 1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
June 2 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 
June 3 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent 
June 5 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
June 6 - Los Angeles,, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
June 7 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre 
June 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
June 12 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
June 13 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mazzy Star- "I'm Less Here" MUSIC VIDEO

In honor of Record Store Day, Mazzy Star have shared a music video for new single, "I'm Less Here". Never before released, "I'm Less Here" has been a part of the band's live set for years. Watch the video below:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Parquet Courts - "Sunbathing Animal" Video

One of our favorite punk outfits Parquet Courts shared their first video and title track from their much-anticipated follow-up to Light Up Gold. The video features frontman Andrew Savage's cat Frida getting stoned on a normal afternoon. Don't worry though, as director Andy Capper explains below, no cats were given harmful chemicals during the shoot.

Every afternoon [Frida] takes a nap in that spot, but that afternoon she knew she was being observed. So I created a special tea that I found on a cat lady website that was full of herbs that could allegedly make a cat sleepy. You got some valerian root, some poppy seed extract, skullflower caps, chamomile.... I gave that to her and she was kinda being a bit more chill but she was still moving around a bit too much. And I guess we basically made the sofa area of my apartment into a cat paradise in order to get her to perform. We had bird songs playing on the iPhone, the window was open for bird noises outside. We put some food on the couch and then finally some cat nip."

The LP, Sunbathing Animal, is due out on June 3rd, 2014.

The Felice Brothers premiere "Cherry Licorice"

Earlier this year the Felice Brothers shared with us the Favorite Waitress album teaser, shedding much excitement and light on their new, much anticipated followup to 2011’s Celebration Florida. The album is the “product of the Felice Brothers as a live touring band” and also features more collaboration than heard on previous albums. Nonetheless the Felice Brothers live performance is something that captivated myself and many others at 2010’s Newport Folk Festival and had introduced me to a unique sounding band that seems to draw influences from a variety of americana/folk acts, but is certainly not limited to. As briefly heard on the album teaser, “Cherry Licroice,” the albums first single can be heard below.

Favorite Waitress is set for a June 17th release date, check for upcoming tour dates!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Liars- Mess REVIEW

Less a mess than a direct sonic pummeling, one's enjoyment of Mess will most likely correlate to how one prefers their Liars. When we last checked in with Liars, it was on 2012's WIXIW- an occasionally frustrating puzzle of dark, electronic wandering fully committed to distancing itself from the garage noise which had characterized the band's output to that point. WIXIW was a byzantine effort- no doubt intentional- that seemed to demand further context. With Mess, the intricacies of its predecessor have not been abandoned, only delivered more accessibly- which results in an album every bit as dynamic and grandiose but with none of WIXIW's intermittent pomp.

The precedent for Mess is unmistakably set with album opener “Mask Maker”, where the warped vocals of Angus Andrews beg to be at-first depantsed (that’s right) before they ultimately demand the listener’s face (again, that’s right) all while set against a thunderous 4x4 beat. The song does everything but froth at the mouth. Then seemingly without pause, we are thrust into the pulsating cacophony that is “Vox Turned D.E.D.” (come to think of it, you could just lump these two together into one big, off-the wall, bonkers electro-floorstomper). Suffice to say, Liars have always straddled the line of novelty; yet the self-awareness of Mess plays to their strengths more so than any album in the band’s growing catalogue. Calling to mind the Knife's early-era goth-camp (think: their self-titled debut LP and Deep Cuts), Mess is unabashedly goofy in all the ways that WIXIW was obtuse- while still maintaing the band's darker, more experimental core (see: “Can’t Hear Well”, the Thom Yorkian “Darkslide” and the devilish “Perpetual Village”). Even if Mess threatens to recklessly derail itself from one moment to the next, the album boasts an unbridled clarity absent from earlier Liars offerings; the band has never sounded this confident before on record. Tracks like “Pro Anti Anti” and the explosive highlight “Mess on a Mission” expertly create a happy medium of tasteful adrenaline-junkie pop that distract from the rare moments of overblown indulgence, such as the endless album closer "Left Speaker Blown". Far from an elegant affair, Mess finds Liars deeply embedded in their own breakneck comfort zone- not only an exciting place to be, but one worth returning to as well.