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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Rising Star Jake Miller Releases New EP

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

American rapper, Jake Miller released his new EP, “The Road Less Traveled" today.

In my humble opinion, I think it’s pretty damn good. He sounds like a more mature Justin Bieber, with much better lyrics, similar catchy beats, and significantly less auto-tune (sorry Beliebers).

Miller, a student at the University of Miami who grew up in Weston, Fla., taught himself to play the drums and guitar at a young age, according to his website. His first live performance was in March 2011, where he opened for Snoop Dogg in Pompano Beach, Florida. He also has played alongside other notable artists, such as Mac Miller, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston, and Asher Roth.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Chécalo: La Santa Cecilia at the Rialto

Posted By on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Check out this amazing video from the Latin Grammy nominated La Santa Cecilia. This Los Angeles band will be at the Rialto, Tuesday, April 9. Tickets are $10 presale or $15 at the door. They'll be playing with Santa Pachita, Vox Urbana, Salavdor Duran and Conjunto Imperial.

The video, sponsored by the the National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON), is for the group's new single "El Hielo" (I.C.E.). It was made in collaboration with director Alex Rivera, NDLON and La Santa Cecilia.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Margaret Thatcher is Dead, So Let's Listen to Music

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died today at the age of 87, and perhaps the best way to celebrate note her death is with music.

Flip through the music magazines of the era—NME, Melody Maker, even Smash Hits—and you’ll be astonished by the number of references to Thatcherism (do they even mention David Cameron these days?), with musicians organizing the unfortunately-named pressure group “Red Wedge,” organized by musician Billy Bragg and former Jam frontman Paul Weller, to oppose Thatcher’s rule.

Their politics were frequently confused and immature—and in Morrissey’s case, psychopathically radical, beginning with "Margaret on the Guillotine," which reminds us that the former Smith's lead singer never held back his hatred of the Iron Lady—but the songs were often exceptionally good. So The Daily Beast has assembled the era’s best anti-Thatcher songs of the Thatcher decade, from the obvious (Elvis Costello’s “Tramp Down the Dirt”) to the obscure (The Pop Group’s “Justice”).

You can listen to all the music selection right here:

Twenty-five years later, one can presume that the former Smiths frontman is experiencing a rare moment of good cheer. Because like many British musicians of the era, Morrissey was fond of excitedly presaging the Iron Lady’s demise. “The entire history of Margaret Thatcher is one of violence, oppression, and horror,” Morrissey once told Rolling Stone. “She is only one person and can be destroyed. I just pray there is a Sirhan Sirhan [RFK’s assassin] somewhere. It’s the only remedy for this country at the moment.” When in 1984 the Irish Republican Army exploded a massive bomb at a Conservative Party conference, killing five and disabling many others, he expressed his “sorrow” that “Thatcher escaped unscathed.” The British punk band Angelic Upstarts responded with a song cheering the Brighton attack (“killers unite / killers with the right!”).

My favorites — Morrissey, of course, but a ska-moving version of Dylan's "Maggie's Farm," from the Specials:

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Indie Rockers City and Colour Release New Song, Announce New Record

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM

  • City and Colour Facebook page

Dallas Green, the Canadian soft-rock musician who's been going by the moniker of City and Colour for nearly a decade, has streamed a second song from his forthcoming record, The Hurry and the Harm.

Green announced the record last week in a Facebook message, about a week after streaming "of space and time," the first song to be released from the record. Today, in another Facebook post on the City and Colour's German Facebook page, the band released the newest song, "Thirst."

Judging by these two latest tracks, it looks like Green's upcoming album will continue down the same road that 2011's Little Hell turned down, which saw Green and his supporting band playing heavier songs, but still keeping simple, acoustic elements in a handful of tracks.

Various hints through Facebook posts have indicated that a tour for the record is imminent, so fans should keep their fingers crossed for a stop at the Marquee in Tempe. The Hurry and The Harm will drop on June 4, and an iTunes preorder will be available on April 9.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Watch Santigold in Short Film

Posted By on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, artist Wangechi Mutu is now living in Brooklyn and has recently collaborated with musician Santigold to put together an animated short film.

Titled The End of eating Everything, the film is presented by Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and MOCAtv on YouTube.

In the description of the video, it says, "The 8-minute video, 'The End of eating Everything,' marks the journey of a flying, planet-like creature navigating a bleak skyscape. This "sick planet" creature is lost in a polluted atmosphere, without grounding or roots, led by hunger towards its own destruction. The animation's audio, also created by Mutu, fuses industrial and organic sounds."

Although Mutu is an established sculptor, this is her first endeavor into animated filmography. It is a part of her new exhibition "Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey," according to Indie Wire.

The video is a three minute excerpt of the actual eight minute short film that can only be viewed in person at Duke's Nasher Museum of Art, which began on March 21 and runs through July 21. Below the clip of the film, there is a video of an interview between Santigold and Mutu about their collaboration.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

The Queens of the Stone Age Website Will Play an Awful Lot of Noise From Their New Album At You

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Queens of the Stone Age, the band with an oft-rotating membership and hard-rocking, groovy songs, has announced via their website that their new album will be dropping in June — and as a treat, they'll play a sample of the sounds you'll be hearing.

Emphasis there on "sounds": the sample that plays when you load up is a loop of what sounds like people flailing at their instruments — though, in my estimation, it's more likely to be a short, short segment of what a new tune on the forthcoming ...Like Clockwork album, which is set to have a slew of guests.

From NME:

Elton John will also appear on the new Queens Of The Stone Age album. Other guests confirmed to appear include Trent Reznor, Mark Lanegan, Nick Oliveri and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters. The band will be playing a number of festivals this summer, including Benicàssim in Spain, and Download in the UK.

I'm f—king pumped.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Deluxe Version of Phoenix's New Album to Have 71 Bonus Tracks

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Phoenix announced Wednesday on their Twitter page that the deluxe version of their newest album, Bankrupt!, will offer 71 "demos and sketches."

According to Pitchfork, this edition will feature an entire extra hour of features on top of the 41 minute regular edition album.

The album, which is available to pre-order on iTunes now, is set to come out on April 23 in the U.S., and April 22 in in the U.K.

The band is currently preparing for their headlining slot at Coachella on April 13 and 20. Before their performance at the music festival, they will be making a few stops on the way, and Tucson is one of them.

Phoenix is playing at AVA Amphitheater on April 9. If you can't make it out to Coachella to see them headline, get ticket information on their Tucson performance here.

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Dewey Does Austin: Dewtron Meets the Protomen

Posted By on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Like Capt. Willard lost in the jungle, I'm in the thick of it now. Time is of the essence, and due to a developing earache my patience is nil.

I saw a lot of bands, and most of them were crap. But the ones of note are:

The Protomen (TN) - For fans of dirt bikes, Michelob, "city rock", Streets of Fire, Loverboy, community theater, Ennio Morricone and truck-stop boogie. The Protomen (and one Protowoman) are an eight-piece band who aren't afraid to mix slick power ballads with retro-soundtrack dynamics. Their three albums, Act I, Act II and the forthcoming Act III tell the sci-fi tinged stories of "The Protomen", complete with various band-members acting out central roles. It sounds cheesy and gimmicky, but it works. I'd love to see a complete show rather than a showcase from these guys. Speaking of...

Pissed Jeans (PA) - Lead singer Matt Korvette is the preening and writhing love-child of Jesus Lizard's David Yow and Johnny Rotten. They would have been proud of this caged beast twisting, yowling, hunching his back and displaying pure contempt for the audience. At one point he launched into a tirade on SXSW, saying with a wide, shit-eating grin "this is a showCASE, not a show. Next time you see a shitty band here tell them that." The band only played a 25-minute set at the old, converted cattle-hall venue, but it was a great set full of piss and vinegar fuck you.

Death (MI) - Not the death metal band every rebellious teenager has a passing phase with. Nope, this is the amazing proto-punk band from Detroit. Good news for fans: they're the subject of a new doc called A Band Called Death and they have a new album in the pipes! Death played an impressive hour-long set at a packed tiny dive. They played the entirety of ...For the Whole World to See, plus a beautiful Marvin Gaye cover and a couple of new ones. Unfortunately, the security at this venue were complete assholes. Anytime there was any movement in the crowd, the bouncers were right there making sure nobody bobbed their head too much or shimmed their shoulders excessively. I was wedged between one meathead and the band's monitor, and the slight earache I had earlier fully blossomed during the set. Remind me to get some earplugs today.

Always on the run, talk to you soon.

Over and out.

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