Posts Tagged ‘2012’

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Zammuto (of The Books) Announce New Album, Stream “Hegemony”

Not a week goes by where I don’t get sad knowing The Books are no longer around. But then, almost immediately following that thought, I remember we have Zammuto and thank the musical stars above. Started by Nick Zammuto of The Books shortly after the band called it quits in 2012, Zammuto stays in line with The Books’ found sound electronic style but replaces the cello with plenty of luxurious harmonies and shaky guitar lines. On September 2, Zammuto will be releasing his sophomore solo album, Anchor, via Temporary Residence.

Our first taste of the album comes in the …

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OM Announce Fall Tour Dates

Last we heard from experimental drone metal band OM, they were touring in support of their excellent fifth album, Advaitic Songs, in 2012. The Drag City release saw them growling their best behind a wave of black shirts and deadpan stares like they do best. Now the trio will be hitting the road again for a short US tour this fall, presumably covering a range of their material.

Their dates kick off in Boston on October 2 at The Sinclair and see them traveling through New England all the way to Minneapolis and Kentucky in a little over a …

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Beck’s ‘Song Reader’ Finally Gets an Album… and Every Cool Musician Is On It

Back in 2012, Beck put out Song Reader. It was his first set of new solo songs since 2008′s Modern Guilt, a whopping 20 tracks long, and… only sheet music? He created an album that he wanted fans to create themselves, giving everyone the lyrics and sheet music (tempo and notes included) to find out what the songs sounded like. The material has been performed sparsely at some concerts, but that’s about it. Well, until now.

Song Reader will now be released as an album on July 29 via Warby Parker (like the glasses) and Capitol Records. Even cooler …

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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 …

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Andrew Bird Announces New Album and Tour

Violin and whistler extraordinaire Andrew Bird has been dropping new releases somewhat quietly in the past few years, and they’ve each had their own sweet charm. First there was 2012′s Hands Of Glorythen there was 2013′s I Want to See Pulaski at Night; now he’s returning with a covers album, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…

The longstanding folk duo The Handsome Family and Townes Van Zandt will get to hear their material covered on the full-length album due out June 3. Considering he covered “The Giant of Illinois” on compilation album Dark Was

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Watch Taking Back Sunday’s “There’s No ‘I’ In Team” Performance From the TAYF10 DVD

Taking Back Sunday have released the DVD version of “There’s No ‘I’ In Team” from their tour for the 10th anniversary of Tell All Your Friends. The footage is from their stop at New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom. You can watch the video below after the jump.

Steady camerawork and crisp audio in the video (thanks, technology) make for what I imagine is a nearly perfect live tour DVD. Although considering what a big hit this is for the band, the crowd is pretty calm. But then again, I think they’re all too squished together from the sellout show to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Nancy, Please

Movie: Nancy, Please
Director: Andrew Semans
Writer: Will Heinrich, Andrew Semans
Studio: Small Coup Films

A simple case of writers block spirals out of control in slow motion in this drama laced with black humor.

We all know what it is like to feel stuck. Whether it is a paper you are having trouble writing for school, a painting you do not know how to finish, or even where to start on fixing your old car, we have all been there at some point. At it’s core, this is what Nancy, Please is all about, and that makes it a …

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Ke$ha Goes From Bad To Worse; Adds Pitbull To “Crazy Kids” Remix

Last week we brought you a stream of Ke$ha’s “Crazy Kids” remix featuring club-rap phenomenon Will.i.am. The track was, to put it lightly, panned across the board by critics and fans alike. People love Ke$ha’s care-free brand of music, but the addition of Will.i.am.’s referential musical styling was one no one wanted to hear. So what do you do when you superstar-studded remix flops? Simple. Release another version, only this time featuring someone people will [hopefully] want to hear.

The latest remix of “Crazy Kids” hit the net this morning and instead of Will.i.am boasts a new verse from …

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Thursday Frontman Geoff Rickley Blogs ‘The Nine Circles of Vans Warped Tour’

Warped Tour is a unique experience for every individual at each and every date. Whether you’re a fan, band member, crew member, or person who managed to sneak in, your time at Warped is unquestionably different than everyone else who attends any given date. However, after you’ve attended or performed on the tour for a few years you begin to notice patterns, pitfalls, and other oddities. Sometimes those observations make their way to the public, and such is the case with this story.

Thursday frontman Geoff Rickley spent half of last Summer on Van’s Warped Tour performing acoustic. Though it …

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MOVIE REVIEW: I Declare War

Film: I Declare War
Directors: Robert Wilson and Jason Lapeyre
Starring: Siam Yu, Gage Munroe

While having an original idea for a film is one thing, bringing that idea to life in a way that is viable to large audiences is a completely different story. I Declare War is one of the few films that succeeds in both these areas, though many may argue it’s not a film for everyone, and hopefully it finds the attention it deserves in the months to come.

When bringing an original idea to life, it’s important to cut to the chase as fast as …

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WATCH: ‘Buried’ Meets ’127 Hours’ In The First Trailer for ‘Detour’

There have been a number of films in recent years telling the tale of an individual trapped in unfortunate circumstances with only their thoughts to keep them company. Of those, only a few have really been worth remembering longer than the time it took to walk from the cineplex to your vehicle. Director William Dickerson wants to add another must-see film to this subgenre, and later this year he’ll attempt to do just that with Detour.

So how do you take a genre that has been beaten into the ground (no pun intended) quite a bit in recent years? …

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WATCH: Guns N’ Roses – “Paradise City” From Upcoming 3D DVD ‘Appetite For Democracy’

There is so much heartbreak in writing this article. As someone who didn’t get into anything beyond radio music until his late teens (and I mean late), there is still a spot in my heart for Guns N’ Roses. Part of me wants (or wanted) to see them live, reunion lineup or no, just so I could have seen these songs sung live by a no-longer-fat Axl Rose.

Now, modern Guns N’ Roses have a live DVD coming up, filmed in 3D because apparently nothing says “music” like guitars coming towards you slightly while wearing glasses. They released …