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Say Anything

Say Anything’s New Album Doesn’t Have Any Guitars On It

Last month Say Anything confirmed that they would be releasing their sixth studio album, titled Hebrews, June 10 via Equal Vision Records. What they didn’t tell us though was how ambitious and unique this project was going to be. Today, the band teamed up with Billboard to reveal some very exciting details about their upcoming album as well as premiere the lead single.

In a brief interview with Billboard, Max Bemis states that there aren’t any guitars on the album. Instead, it’s full of orchestral instruments. In addition to that, there are sixteen guest vocalists on the album. The …

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Watch Manchester Orchestra Perform On ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’

Last night, Georgia’s Manchester Orchestra stopped by The Late Show With David Letterman to perform the title track off their fourth studio album, Cope, which hits shelves today (April 1) via Loma Vista. Check out the outfit’s stellar live performance by following the jump below, and let us know what you think in the replies.

In the next few months, you’ll be able to catch the five-piece as they tour the country with the equally talented Balance and Composure, and the always-wonderful Kevin Devine And The Goddamn Band; view a full list of dates here and check out …

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REVIEW: Manchester Orchestra – ‘Cope’

Artist: Manchester Orchestra
Album: Cope
Genre: Rock
Label: Favorite Gentlemen / Loma Vista

Most of my adolescence was spent exclusively listening to heavy music. If it wasn’t metal (or hardcore punk, post-hardcore, you get the idea), I probably wasn’t listening to it.

It wasn’t until college that I began listening to lighter music (or “indie rock,” whatever that term even means anymore), and Manchester Orchestra’s I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child was one of the first albums to spark that shift in my musical development. I don’t even remember how I discovered them. I was probably just looking through …

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MUSIC VIDEO: Manchester Orchestra – “Top Notch”

Manchester Orchestra have unleashed (as a SPIN exclusive for now) the dark, chilling music video for “Top Notch,” the lead single from their upcoming LP Cope. The album hits stores on April 1, and from the sounds of “Top Notch” and what frontman Andy Hull has said about the release, it could be the band’s heaviest record yet.

The band will soon hit the road on the Cope Tour with support from Kevin Devine and Balance and Composure. That tour kicks off on April 17 in Tampa, FL and runs through the end of May. Manchester Orchestra’s full slate …

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LISTEN: Manchester Orchestra – “Top Notch”

Manchester Orchestra have released a new track titled “Top Notch,” from their upcoming album, Cope.

With a giant sound, and a noticeably heavier production than Simple Math, the Atlanta based band is back with a shout. Featuring a massive opening, followed by consciously orchestrated blasts of sounds, the band takes you on quite the adventure. With Andy Hull sounding as smooth as ever (who would have thought otherwise?), and a skillfully crafted structure, “Top Notch” will most likely be on my constant listening schedule for the rest of the week.

Follow us after the jump to experience it …

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Manchester Orchestra Members Release Solo Tracks

As a part of the Fadeaway Records compilation, Fadeaway Records 10: Friends, members of the Atlanta-based band have released three solo tracks.

The three songs are performed by frontman Andy Hull, Robert McDowell and Chris Freeman. Hull’s “Back of Your Old Church” offers up a great representation of his comforting, breathy vocals reminiscent of his Right Away, Great Captain! days. McDowell, performing under the pseudonym “Gobotron,” brings the careful, edging “Walk Like A Dog,” beckoning thoughts of Simon and Garfunkel. Freeman, calling himself “Alaska” took the concept route with “A Teacher In The Sun,” taking the voice of a …

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STREAM: Manchester Orchestra/Frightened Rabbit/Grouplove Record Store Day Split

Manchester Orchestra‘s Record Store Day split release with Frightened Rabbit and Grouplove has officially hit the web for your streaming pleasure.

On one hand is the group’s collaboration with Frightened Rabbit, “Architect,” which is essentially all acoustic with mulch-tracked and effect layered vocals. On the other is the electronic and full band Grouplove collaboration, “Make It To Me.”

Seeing as how it’s a RSD release, the split will be sold in stores on April 20. Follow the jump to listen to the split.…

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Kevin Devine & Andy Hull Release Details About Upcoming LPs

In a recent interview with Property Of Zack, Kevin Devine and Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra, Bad Books) spoke in depth about their bands, their past and upcoming plans for the future as musicians.

Kevin Devine has confirmed that he will start recording a new full length album March 11, and then will start work on a second LP April 14. Manchester Orchestra will also be hitting the studio on March 11 to begin recording their fourth full length album. Additionally, MO will be releasing a split with Grouplove, and a second split with Frightened Rabbit. More …

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Bad Books Announce Winter Tour

Bad Books, the side project of Kevin Devine and Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra, have announced an upcoming winter tour. The tour, which kicks off on February 13, will feature support from The Front Bottoms and Weatherbox.

For those of you who have yet to check out Bad Books latest record II, be sure to pick up your copy in time to sing along at a show near you. Head through the jump to view the tour dates and be sure not to miss out on this great tour. …

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WATCH: Bad Books – “Forest Whitaker” Acoustic

Kevin Devine and Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra are the two songwriters in Bad Books, whose recent album, II, we are in love with. Now you can see the two songwriters perform their song “Forest Whitaker” off their sophomore album acoustically.

This performance is softer and more emotional than the original – I suppose stripped down performances will do that. The band is currently concluding its tour, with one US show tonight and two UK shows the only ones currently schedule.

Hear the song in its softer form here by clicking “Read more.”…

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ALBUM STREAM: Bad Books – ‘II’

Bad Books, the indie rock super group that is Kevin Devine and Andy Hull and his Manchester Orchestra, have streamed their new album, II, out October 9. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a review from us at UTG that’s coming soon.

Just as we loved the lead single, we’re loving this so far. I personally think the album is a bit heavier than I expected – and that’s a good thing. You can hear the entire album for yourself right here after the break.…

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STREAM: Bad Books – “It Never Stops”

Kevin Devine, Andy Hull and the Bad Books gang have reinvented themselves with the stream of their new song “It Never Stops” and UTG cannot get enough. Bad Books II finds a drop date of October 9 through Triple Crown Records/Favorite Gentlemen Recordings.

Be sure to pick up your special pre-order package for Bad Books II by simply heading to Triple Crown’s official website or on iTunes. Are you enjoying this new material as much as we are?…