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 …

The Juan MacLean In A Dream

The Juan MacLean (feat. LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang) Announce New Album, Share “A Place Called Space”

It’s the middle of the week and that’s a good enough reason to dance. Considering The Juan MacLean (the duo of John MacLean and former LCD Soundsystem member Nancy Whang) just shared a new single, you now have the music for your celebration, too.

For the first time since the band’s 2011 odds and ends collection Everybody Get Close, The Juan MacLean will be releasing a new LP. The record, called In a Dream, comes out September 16 via DFA. A press release describes it as being Whang’s “triumph” and “the Nancy Show,” so it’s reasonable to expect the same …


J. Cole Shares Heartfelt Letter About ‘The Warm Up’ Turning Five, “Lights Please” Music Video, Tour Dates

This year is the five-year mark since North Carolina rapper J. Cole‘s breakthrough mixtape The Warm Up dropped. He’s escalated quickly in fame since then, working alongside modern greats like Eminem, Justin Timberlake, and Kendrick Lamar. To honor the anniversary of that release, J. Cole stopped by Sway last weekend to shoot a 30-minute special of RapFix and also wrote a letter to fans on his Dreamvillain blog about The Warm Up, its impact, and his rising fame. It’s a sweet, genuine read. Check it out after the jump.

J. Cole also announced the dates for …

Sharon Van Etten Are We There

REVIEW: Sharon Van Etten – ‘Are We There’

Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Album: Are We There
Genre: Folk Rock
Label: Jagjaguwar

Sharon Van Etten is a rarity among musicians. The New Jersey native will step onstage and squabble with her three-piece backing band, combining nervous jokes with a half-snort laugh that would probably get a kid bullied in middle school. She’s a bit clumsy, somewhat outspoken, and always innocently honest. It’s been five years since she began twirling around the music scene, cutting herself open again and again for her songs, yet despite the continual applause she’s gotten onstage and off, Etten has always …

Bishop Allen Lights Out

Bishop Allen Announce First Album in Five Years, Stream Single “Start Again”

It’s been five long years since Bishop Allen‘s last album, 2009’s naive pop Grrr…, but now the Brooklyn indie rock band is back with Lights Out, due out August 19 via Dead Oceans. Leading single “Start Again”–yes, it’s quite aptly titled–is a poppy synth-driven song that perfectly bridges where the band left off to where they find themselves now: a gentrified Brooklyn whose scene is anything but underground.

According to Bishop Allen’s press release, Lights Out is the result of “ten years, three full-lengths, twelve EPs, thousands of shows, a move out of Brooklyn, a new home in the …

Echo And The Bunnymen

ALBUM STREAM: Echo and the Bunnymen – ‘Meteorites’

It’s been five years since we last had a new record from seminal post-punks Echo and The Bunnymen, but alas, it’s time. The Liverpool band are streaming their eleventh album, Meteorites, in full over at The Guardian before it comes out on June 3 via 429 Records.

We’ve already heard the seven-minute “Market Town” single, and now with the whole album up for streaming, it’s true what frontman Ian McCulloch said of the album. With claims that Meteorites is “more edgy than anything [he’s] done” and that the band took a “whole new approach,” we feel like …


Hear Newly-Discovered Chance The Rapper Mixtapes That Sample Adele and Coldplay

Perhaps the biggest news to come out about Chance the Rapper since his collaboration with the Biebs on “Confident” has just been unveiled. Two Chance The Rapper mixtapes from 2009 have emerged online in their entirety. Listen to both mixtapes after the jump.

Titled Good Enough and Back To School Pack, the mixtapes came out in 2009 — that’s three years before the Chicago rapper’s debut mixtape, 10 Day, came out and four years before this year’s breakthrough Acid Rap. Looks like we have a Reddit user to thank for scouring through the Chicago rapper’s old Facebook page. …

Danny Brown

Watch Danny Brown’s ‘Old’ Album Documentary

Detroit rapper Danny Brown is teasing the release of his upcoming album, Old, by releasing a documentary titled The Old Documentary. Filmed back in 2009, the hour-long documentary was shot by Nic Notion and features interviews and live footage in accordance with the new album.

Old just saw its release date pushed back to October, or supposedly due to some of Brown’s tweets. Turns out he threatened to leak the album before its date… so naturally they pushed back the date. Read more about the ordeal here.

It’s expected that Danny Brown will be performing much of the …

Cartel 2012

Cartel’s New Album Is Finished

Cartel have recently updated their entire fan base with news that the upcoming album is finished. Read a special message from the group below and let Under The Gun Review know how excited you are for this release. We will continue to update our viewers with streams, artwork and details in the weeks to come.

This 2013 effort will follow-up 2009’s Cycles.

“New album is D-U-N DONE! Finished. Finito!

Stay tuned for lots more soon including album title, track listing, and of course… new music. Can’t wait for you to hear this bad boy!”


LIVE STREAM: Paramore – “Monster”

Yesterday, alternative rock juggernauts, Paramore, played their first show in a while in Pomona, California at the famed Fox Theater. A fan equipped with a camera caught the outfit performing their hit, “Monster”. The track was Paramore’s contribution to the Transformers: Dark of the Moon OST soundtrack. Give it a view after the jump.

Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Jeremy Davis have been hard at work on their fourth album for several months now. It will be the groups’ follow-up to 2009’s Brand New Eyes. It will also be the first album by the group as a trio; …

Bad Books Announce New Record, Sign to Label

Indie rock “super group” Bad Books will be releasing their sophomore album, Bad Books II, on October 9. The group also announced that they have signed to Triple Crown Records. Check out the album art for Bad Books II at the bottom of this post.

Bad Books is comprised of the entirety of alternative rock outfit Manchester Orchestra and indie folk artist Kevin Devine. The group came together in 2010 following a tour stint between the two entities. They released their self-titled debut in the Fall of 2010 via Favorite Gentleman Records (the label of Manchester Orchestra’s lead …

Brand New

Jesse Lacey Talks About Brand New

Alternative rock outfit, Brand New, are not the most outgoing of all the “big bands” in the alt-scene today. Their well known spat with American media has been in full-force for over six years now, which has manifested itself in an all-out boycott of US outlets. However, the Long Island quintet have been more cooperative with Canadian and European media… especially as of recently.

Brand New singer, Jesse Lacey, recently did an enlightening interview with ExtremeNonchalance.com where he spoke on various topics ranging from the aforementioned media boycott to what direction he believes Brand New will head in for …

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