Kimbra Announces Fall US Tour Dates

In 2011, Kimbra made her splash in the US by staring in Gotye’s massive hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” and received high praise for her own full-length record, Vows. Now the New Zealand singer-songwriter is dropping bizarre, infectious hits like “90s Music” off her upcoming sophomore album, The Golden Echo, due out August 19 via Warner Bros. In support of that release, she will be hitting the road this fall for a short US tour.

The headlining tour kicks off on October 20 in San Francisco, sees a stopover at the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, and concludes in Boston at Brighton Music Hall in November, all with support by electro-pop artist Empress Of. Tickets go on sale on July 25. Check out the full list of dates below: Read more »


Stream Shabazz Palaces’ Lush New Album ‘Lese Majesty’

Shabazz Palaces, still mysterious even after discovering Seattle’s Ishmael Butler was behind the project, returns. The fascinating Sub Pop art rap releases Lese Majesty in one week, but you can hear it for a week via NPR’s First Listen series.

The album has plenty of the avante garde weirdness of past Shabazz tunes, but it’s also a surprisingly lush, relaxed release. As Andrew Matson points out, “the album’s title comes from the French phrase for sacrilege against royalty.” Perhaps its posh nature shouldn’t be a surprise, then, as the names gracing the album and its tracks relate to royalty.. Butler even has some pet pythons leashed in the accompanying photo, though it’s in front of a swapmeet. To delve further into the weirdness, pre-order the album from Sub Pop.


Hostage Calm

Hostage Calm Premiere New Music Video and Announce ‘Die On Stage’

After first listening to Hostage Calm’s late 2012 release, Please Remain Calm, I thought I was hearing the Connecticut-based band at their very best. After giving “Your Head/Your Heart” a play for the first time, I find myself corrected.

The quartet’s music video for the lead single of their newly announced album, Die On Stage, was shared by AV Club earlier today and can be found following the jump. Yes, they may be clinging to their 60s shtick more than ever before, but I suppose this is just another case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This track is so full of layered, pop-tinged vocals and glockenspiel fills that you might actually have a punk song your parents might actually want to listen to.

Follow the jump to get a look at the tracklist and cover art for Die On Stage, which will be released on September 16 through Run For Cover Records. Stay posted for pre-order info.

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SBTRKT Wonder Where We Land

SBTRKT Announces New Album, Shares Single feat. Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig

Earlier this year, UK producer SBTRKT dropped a surprise EP out of nowhere. Today, he has announced the release of Wonder Where We Land, his highly-anticipated follow-up to his 2011 self-titled debut. Oh 2014, how sweet you are. The album artwork is above and a creepy trailer for the album can be seen after the jump.

SBTRKT will premiere the album’s first single on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 program later this afternoon. The best part? It features Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. Stay tuned for a stream of the song. With this and news of Flying Lotus’ new album, it’s a great day for electronic music.

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Flying Lotus Announces New Album ‘You’re Dead!’ and Tour

California electronic musician and producer Flying Lotus is undeniably talented. He creates sweeping trip-hop-infused electronic beats and funk-laced rhythms that speak from the soul, although maybe that’s because he’s related to John Coltrane. Earlier this year he shared previously unheard material and a music video for “Phantasm,” but now we finally get word of new material. On October 7, Flying Lotus will drop a new album titled You’re Dead! via Warp. Heads up: it’s going to be incredible.

The follow-up album to 2012′s excellent Until the Quiet Comes has been teased for some time now. In November of last year, he tweeted that the album has more of a “jazz feel” and that it’s been undergoing production fine-tuning for months. All relatives aside, the jazz influences may come from his recent work with jazz legend Herbie Hancock.

See the full list of tour dates in support of You’re Dead! below. If you want to be his number one fan, pick up a copy of Bob Ross on DVD and give it to him at one of the stops. Flying Lotus is so nice that it’s almost guaranteed he would give you swag in return. Read more »


Texas In July Announce New Record

Metalcore outfit Texas In July have revealed all of the details surrounding their forthcoming fourth full-length. Entitled Bloodwork, the band’s first record to feature vocalist J.T. Cavey is set to hit stores September 16 via Equal Vision Records. Adding onto the excitement in the vocal department, Miss May I frontman Levi Benton is featured on one of the album’s 11 tracks.

To see the album’s confirmed tracklisting, follow the jump. For a taste of how the record is going to sound, click here to stream its first single, “Broken Soul.” Read more »


Röyksopp & Robyn Share “Do It Again” Video

Swedish pop queen Robyn and Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp teamed up earlier this year to release a collaborative mini-album titled Do It Again (out now on Dog Triumph, via Wall Of Sound/Cooking Vinyl). Back in April, they put out a lyric video for the album’s title track, but now the single has gotten a proper music video — and it was worth the wait.

Directed by Martin de Thurah, the “Do It Again” black and white video is a beautifully shot clip that takes place in Mexico and tells a huge story about oppression and rebuttal with the youth and a city’s people. While Robyn and Röyksopp are in the video, they make sure to stay as mere players in the larger tale, a humble decision for the sake of art.

Watch the video below and catch them on tour when they stop near you. Read more »


U2 Reportedly Releasing New Album “Before the End of the Year”

Irish rock legends U2 have been working on this new album for a while, and a couple lucky beach-goers have even overheard Bono spinning some of the tracks at his getaway home. Now, according to The Sun, “the new album will drop before the end of the year, most likely in November,” and the band will probably play in London as a part of this year’s iTunes Festival.

The record is U2′s first album since 2009′s No Line on the Horizon and their 13th in total. They’re “very confident” ahead of their long-awaited comeback, and rightfully so considering they have been recording with Danger Mouse. Another source said the album has been “a real struggle for them to make” and that it’s taken “a long time” but that they’re convinced “the wait has been worth it.” Read more »


Kanye West Announces New Single “All Day,” Explains Why Jay Z and Beyonce Missed His Wedding

GQ magazine’s latest issue stars none other than Kanye West and his cover story is an extensive interview that delves into new music, his wedding, and what he thinks of Drake (“Let’s be honest—he got last summer.”). The most exciting bit of the interview is that Kanye does announce he has a new single on the way titled “All Day” that will drop in “the next couple of weeks.” According to Kanye, it’s a club song (like “Don’t Like” or “Niggas in Paris”). As for the album, it’s coming in “most likely September.”

Read more about the new track in the following excerpt:

What does that mean in terms of putting the new record together? Do you want the pendulum to swing back and do something more pop, like Twisted Fantasy or GraduationI think just my usual pattern is like that. It’s like a pendulum. The pendulum gains momentum by swinging in the other direction. Even lyrically, I think about certain lines that I say on my new single, which is called “All Day,” that usually Jay would say, but Jay’s not on there. So I say, All day, nigga, it’s Ye, nigga. Shopping for the winter, it’s just May, nigga. Ball so hard, man, this shit cray, nigga. You ain’t getting money unless you got eight figures. Right? Jay would have said that. And then eventually I would have came in with, like, whatever I come in with. But the balance of a meal is that when people walk in, they want water first. People definitely weren’t getting water first on Yeezus. I do fight with myself to say, “Keep fighting.” But also, you know, you can’t win every single fight. It’s a long war, and if you’re out there trying to, like, blow up every single building, you won’t win the war.

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Boardroom Heroes

Stream Boardroom Heroes’ New Song “Never Ready,” Pre-Orders for ‘New Wage’ EP Live

The punks in DC-based band Boardroom Heroes just released a killer new track, titled “Never Ready,” which comes off of their latest EP, New Wage. The song is fast, catchy, and sounds like that late night skate session you have with your buddies on a cool Summer night. Is that a weird comparison? Probably, but it fits.

Boardroom Heroes also put up the pre-orders for the new record; the 10-inch vinyl version of the record is limited to 500 copies, and you can pre-order that here, or you can pick up a digital copy on Bandcamp. It’s honestly up to you.

Recorded by Brian McTernan at Salad Days Studios in Baltimore, we’ve gotten a chanced to listen to the full record, and we can tell you this is something that is most certainly worth picking up. Click through the break to hear “Never Ready,” but make sure you let us know what you think of the new song in our comments section. Read more »


Watch Spoon’s Apocalyptic Video for “Do You”

In two weeks, Spoon will drop their brand new album, They Want My Soul – their first new record in four years. We’ve already heard (and been listening to relentlessly) album single “Do You,” and today we finally get a chance to watch accompanying footage in the song’s new music video.

Directed by Hiro Murai, the video is a beautiful, continuous long shot that paces around a car frontman Britt Daniel is driving. He’s bruised, battered, and clearly exhausted, but we don’t know the reason. Keep your eyes on the screen while he cruises down a burning Sunset Boulevard to find out why. As Murai told Urban Outfitters (who helped put out the video), “Not to get super heady about a music video concept, but I’m really interested in a pocket moment that takes place in a doomsday world.”

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Joyce Manor Release New Music Video for “The Jerk”

Joyce Manor‘s (incredible) new record Never Hungover Again has released today, and in commemoration and promotion of that, the punk quartet has released a music video for “The Jerk.”

This video runs a little longer and contains far less throws and submission holds than what they put out for the album’s lead single, “Catalina Fight Song,” but there are still plenty of oddball moments for your entertainment. For example, camcorder footage of a man hula hooping three hoops at once and a girl swinging torches around. See it with your own eyes following the jump.

Never Hungover Again can be streamed right here and can even be picked up via iTunes or Epitaph’s store. Want to know our take on it? Check out our review. Read more »