• Dec 5 2012

    A Message From Thom Yorke

    We received a note from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke yesterday and thought we’d share it with you. It’s regarding his newest musical project called Atoms For Peace, and a brand new album titled Amok. This is all new music which was written specifically for this project. We’re looking forward to hearing the record. The musical lineup is stellar as you will see below.

    Here is Thom’s note:


    Oct 10 2012

    Jack White Debuts New Video For I’m Shakin’

    Today Jack White hit us all hard enough to leave us black ‘n’ blue with double vision as he unleashed the brand new Dori Oskowitz-directed video for “I’m Shakin‘”.  Jack’s cover of Little Willie John‘s classic “I’m Shakin'” is the fourth single from his universally acclaimed debut album Blunderbuss (Third Man/Columbia).


    Oct 8 2012

    Album Review: Mumford And Sons’ Babel

    By J. Brown

    With banjos blazing and foot-stomping galore, the English quartet Mumford & Sons are back with their highly anticipated second album Babel. Their gritty and triumphant take on folk rock has seen unparalleled success around the world in the past few years, which has consequently built high expectations for their follow up to the commercial success of Sigh No More. After all, it’s pretty hard to top a musical journey that has included playing at the Grammys with Bob Dylan and performing for President Barack Obama at the White House.


    Oct 4 2012

    Rhythm Seed Artist Spotlight On Foxygen

    In May 2011, Foxygen‘s Sam France and Jonathan Rado nervously handed off a CD-R of their homemade mini-opus Take the Kids Off Broadway to producer/multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift after his performance in a Lower East Side club. The duo, who had just mixed and burned the disc that very night, had been devotees of Swift’s outsider-pop oeuvre since high school, when they first began recording their own pubescent forays into oddball rock n’ roll (at least a dozen records were finished before they graduated high school).


    Oct 3 2012

    Menomena Debuts New Video

    Barsuk Records has just released Menomena‘s video for “Plumage,” off their new album Moms. The video was directed by Trevor McMahan, who described the clip as “the ultimate illustration of the beautiful conflict in the band’s music – that aural struggle between instruments and ideas that is complex, satisfying, and always unmistakably Menomena.”


    Sep 25 2012

    Madness Announce New Studio Album

    UK ska and pop band Madness have today announced details of their 10th studio album Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da, which will be released on October 30th, 2012. The band is also delighted to announce that the artwork for the album has been designed by the legendary British artist Sir Peter Blake. The first single, “My Girl 2” will be serviced to radio shortly.


    Sep 20 2012

    Exitmusic Release New Video For The Modern Age

    Exitmusic have kindly shared a new video for their new single “The Modern Age“. The beautiful pastoral and haunting images from director Daniel Ryan fit smoothly with front woman Aleksa Palladino‘s emotionally drenched vocal.

    Of the inspiration for the shoot, Palladino says, “Devon and I spent a few years volunteering at wild life rescue centers and, despite all the best efforts of very knowledgeable and compassionate staff members, sometimes an animal would just die from the shock of being captured. Their bodies would shut down because they knew they were not free. It has always stayed with us.  That’s where we got the idea for the video.”


    Sep 18 2012

    M83 Recorded Live At The Nine Thirty Club

    By Myles Crawley

    Currently streaming on NPR is a stunning live recording from the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. of French producer Anthony Gonzalez, aka M83. The band is currently on tour throughout the US (see below for dates).Their show is edgy and well crafted. The production is first rate and the musicianship displayed by the band is nothing short of phenomenal.


    Sep 17 2012

    The Killers Release Battle Born and Announce New Tour

    The Killers will be releasing their 4th studio album, Battle Born, tomorrow September 18th, 2012 on Island Records.  Fans can stream it now via iTunes.  Click here for more.

    The Killers will also be hitting the road this winter with a full U.S. tour supporting Battle Born beginning after Thanksgiving.  The dates see the band playing their fourth show at New York City’s prestigious Madison Square Garden, among other venues.  Tegan and Sara will support on all dates, which are listed below.


    Aug 21 2012

    Keane Go Analog For Legendary United Record Pressing

    On September 18th Keane will release Upstairs At United – Vol. 5, a special edition 4 track vinyl 12 inch. The disc was recorded in analog for Nashville based label 453 Music, a division of United Record Pressing.  This special edition is available for pre-order here.

    The band performed a stripped down version of four catalog songs for an exclusive “Upstairs At United” series of all-analog recordings in one take straight to tape, inside the historic United Record Pressing plant in Nashville, Tennessee.


    Aug 17 2012

    Jack White And The Peacocks Live In Seattle

    Story and Photos by Alana Crawley

    There are some people who exist on a completely different level than the rest of the world.  They possess such incredible talent and their creations are so complex, with every detail tuned to perfection.  After seeing Jack White play the WaMu Theater in Seattle on August 14, I am convinced that he is one of these people.


    Aug 15 2012

    Album Review: Azure Ray’s As Above So Below

    By J. Brown

    When artists Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor harmonize their sounds under the moniker Azure Ray, listeners have come to expect a dreamy essence to the pop duo’s sound but on their forthcoming six-song EP, As Above So Below, Fink and Taylor take Azure Ray into an alternate universe.  The dream-like quality remains, but these songs are almost eerie-sounding, far more electronic, minimalist and sonically rich. The album is inspired by parallel realities that seem cruelly just out of reach when lulled into a state of calm by their honeyed and wispy vocals, as though the words float above you like clouds your hands will never grasp.


    Jul 30 2012

    Public Image Ltd. Announces New Tour

    Public image Ltd has announced a much-anticipated North American headlining tour. It launches October 3 in Orlando and concludes November 3 with an appearance at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin. The tour is in support of This Is PiL, their acclaimed first album of new music in 20 years that was released this past May via their own PiL Official label.


    Jul 19 2012

    Roger Waters To Promote Amnesty International Via Social Media Technology

    Longtime Amnesty International supporter Roger Waters will make history with his upcoming The Wall tour finale. Set for July 21st at QuébecCity’s famed Plaines d’Abraham, the momentous production will see the construction of Waters’ biggest wall to date – over 800 feet across, with a groundbreaking surround-sound system, as well as additional lighting and pyrotechnics. What’s more, the epic event will utilize innovative Intellitix RFID technology to promote Amnesty International with what is expected to become a viral online campaign of consciousness.


    Jul 18 2012

    The Who Announce New Quadrophenia Tour

    This morning, via a private video conference from London, The Who announced a major North American arena tour where they’ll perform their iconic 1973 double album Quadrophenia in its entirety, along with a selection of Who classics. The critically acclaimed Quadrophenia marked the British band’s second rock opera (after Tommy), raised the bar for rock albums as an art form and hit #2 on the U.S. Billboard album chart.  Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined by Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass), Simon Townshend (guitar/backing vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Loren Gold (keyboards/backing vocals) and Frank Simes (musical director, keyboards/backing vocals)


    Jul 16 2012

    Jack White’s New Video

    Today Jack White released “Freedom at 21,” the third video from his universally acclaimed debut record Blunderbuss (Third Man/Columbia).
    Directed by Hype Williams, whose trailblazing 1990s work with 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G. and Missy Elliott defined the modern hip hop visual aesthetic-and whose more recent clips for Kanye West and Nicki Minaj expanded it that much further.


    Jul 11 2012

    Album Review: Paleface One Big Party

    By J. Brown

    Life’s winding roads can take us down many paths, but when you’re committed to navigating the world on your own terms, it follows that you’ll cover enough ground for a wealth of experiences that are ripe for musical picking. This is particularly true for the long and varied career of Paleface, who has released a dozen records, toured all over the country, and inspired and collaborated with a boatload of talented artists. Recorded at Thunderdome Studios, One Big Party, produced by Paul ‘Ena’  Kostabi and Paleface, is his second full-length release under Ramseur Records, which houses notable acts like the Avett Brothers (bonus note: Paleface has collaborated and performed on three albums by the Avett Bros).


    Jul 10 2012

    Twin Atlantic Announce Intimate Campfire Sessions Contest

    UK rockers Twin Atlantic have just announced an intimate and fun promotional contest called “Campfire Sessions”. At each of their stops along the current WARPED Tour, Twin Atlantic fans will have the opportunity to meet the band and see them perform an intimate, acoustic session near their bus. The experience was dubbed the “Campfire Sessions” because the band’s acoustic performance will take place sitting around a fake campfire. The guys will also share delicious S’mores with the lucky winners, creating the campfire staple using Marshmallow Fluff given the difficulty of roasting marshmallows using a fake campfire.


    Jul 9 2012

    Counting Crows Release New Album And Begin Second Leg Of Tour

    In the spirit of their new album Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation), Counting Crows will be introducing some of their favorite artists on the second leg of their headlining summer tour, The Outlaw Roadshow, which grew out of the Outlaw Roadshow indie rock showcases that Adam Duritz and Ryan Spaulding of Ryan’s Smashing Life have been staging at CMJ and SXSW in recent years. Supporting the Crows on The Outlaw Roadshow’s 2nd leg this summer will be We Are Augustines, Kasey Anderson and The Honkies, and Field Report.


    Jul 2 2012

    Dirty Projectors Set To Tour And Release Short Film

    Hi Custodian is a Dirty Projectors short film written and directed by David Longstreth featuring music from Swing Lo Magellan, the band’s newest album which releases July 10th, and is slated for a summer release. The film stars members of the band and was shot over the course of five days in late April 2012 in several locations in Southern California.  Watch the new trailer here.