Friday, March 29, 2013

The Thermals - The Sunset

New album Desperate Ground is out 4/16 via Saddle Creek.

They Might Be Giants - Nanobots!

From They Might Be Giants' brand new album Nanobots. Available now!

Shellshag - Forever Video!

New album Shellshag Forever is out April 16!

Fossil Collective - Wolves Video!

Debut album Tell Where I Lie is out April 8th!

pacificUV - Russians

After The Dream You Are Awake is slated for release on May 14 via Mazarine Records.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rogue Wave - College

New album Nightingale Floors available June 4th, 2013.

Thes Oh Sees - Minotaur Video!

Floating Coffin is out 4/16 on Castle Face.

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #52

Track List:
1)  Big Eyes  Almost Famous  Being Unkind
2) Odonis Odonis  Better  Better
3) Cayucas  Bigfoot  Bigfoot
4) White Fence  Cyclops Reap  Trouble is Trouble Never Seen
5) The Coathangers   Derek's Song 7"  Derek's Song
6) Wax Idols  Discipline and Desire  Stare Back
7) Telekinesis  Dormarion  Ghosts and Creatures
8) Generationals  Heza  Put A Light On
9) Dutch Uncles  Out of Touch In the Wild  Fester
10) Dump  Superpowerless  Superpowerless
11) Aye Nako  Unleash Yourself  Molasses
12) Kurt Vile  Walkin On A Pretty Daze  Never Run Away
13) Junip  Junip  Your Life, Your Call
14) Wilderness  Vengeance

Free Langhorne Slim and the Law EP!!

For a short period of time, Langhorne Slim is offering a free 5 song EP This Is The Way We Move via Noise Trade!

The Fiery Piano - More Like A Tiger, Less Like A Dove - Free Download!

Sweden's The Fiery Piano roar into action with free download track More Like A Tiger, Less Like A Dove off album Second Space. Click through to the Soundcloud page to get the free download.

Manett - Spider

Manett's self-released The Sea Urchin EP is out Easter Sunday, March 31.

Dead Gaze - I Found The Ending Video!

Dead Gaze out May 21 on FatCat / Palmist.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Young Galaxy - New Summer

New Summer single available April 2nd on Paper Bag Records. Full length album Ultramarine out April 23rd.

Phosphorescent - Song For Zula Video!

Muchacho is currently out on Dead Oceans.

Passion Pit - Cry Like A Ghost Video!

From the album Gossamer.

The Coathangers - Merry Go Round Video!

The Coathangers released a split 7” with labelmates Nü Sensae as the third installment in their series of split 7”s on Suicide Squeeze. Their track on the 7" is Derek's Song. As a special surprise, today The Coathangers share the video for the song Merry Go Round.

Cold Cave - A Little Death to Laugh Video!

From the 7" of the same name that was released last Fall.

Bleached - Dead in Your Head

Ride Your Heart out April 2 on Dead Oceans!

Hanni El Khatib - Penny

New album Head in the Dirt due out April 30th.

Stream Dutch Uncles New Album "Out of Touch in the Wild" Courtesy of KCRW

Out Of Touch In The Wild is out April 2nd!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Marnie Stern - Immortals Video!

Off album Chronicles of Marnia.

Cloud Boat - Youthern

Cloud Boat album Book of Hours is out May 27, 2013 on Apollo.

Wavves - Afraid of Heights Video!

Off album Afraid of Heights!

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks - Leave on the Light

How Far Away out May 28, 2013 on Woodsist.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Sacrilege" Video

Mosquito out April 16 via Interscope.

Stream Mikal Cronin Track "Weight"

From the album MCII, out May 7, 2013 on Merge Records.

7 Silly Questions w/ Wildlife!

I first heard of Wildlife when we received their fantastic video for Sea Dreamers off their debut release Strike Hard, Young Diamond. I instantly fell in love with their epic, soaring sound. Earlier this month, Wildlife released a brand new LP, On the Heart, and I just had to know more about their lives. Thankfully, despite being incredibly busy with all the events surrounding a new release, Derek Bosomworth (bass) and Dwayne Christie (drums) had time to answer our highly dubious questions!

What's the most embarrassing band you loved as a kid?
Dwayne: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. I wrote down and memorized all the words to "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Good Vibrations".

What is the first record you bought?
Derek: I remember getting the Weird Al tape that had the Jurassic Park song on it. I was super into that. Probably also Bat Out of Hell.

Unicorns vs. Narwhals? Who would win in a fight? 
Derek: Well realistically unicorns would probably fight with their hooves more than their horn. So in effect they have 2 methods of attack over the Narwhal. However if the battle was at sea, there would be an obvious advantage to the Narwhal. Pretty simple stuff really.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you on the road?
Derek: Once at a truck stop Graham threw a Gatorade bottle at Tim and hit him right in the face. Right square in the fucking face!

Who has the worst van etiquette? 
Dwayne: Graham has the worst van etiquette. Always farting either as soon as he comes into the van after being outside for ages. Or farting right when we're about to park and get out of the van, instead of holding it in for 30 more seconds.

Who is in heavy rotation on your iPod?
Derek: We just had a 30 hour drive back from Texas two days ago and we listened to a TON of Radio Lab. Its such a good time passer and makes me feel like I'm learning something. Everyone should listen to Radio Lab. The episode on Parasites is amazing!

What is the worst fight over nothing that you got into with each other after being road weary and exhausted?
Derek: We don't fight very often. We maybe bicker about flatulence or waiting for people who forgot they had to pee at the rest stop. There was a very late night argument in Vancouver over the key to the hotel room which got pretty heated. But that was mostly alcohol influenced.

Junip - Your Life, Your Call - Free Download!

"Your Life, Your Call", from upcoming self-titled Junip album, out this Spring on City Slang in Europe and Mute Records in North America.

This Vision - Hungry Heart Video!

Sweden's This Vision will release a new album sometime in the Fall of 2013! For now, watch the Hungry Heart video!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Stream New Generationals Album Thanks to Hype Machine!

Heza comes out on 4/2!

Stream Telekinesis Album Domarion In Full At NPR!

Telekinesis will release Dormarion on April 2 on Merge Records. Stream the whole album thanks to NPR!

Odonis Odonis - Better

Better is out April 16th on Buzz Records.

Stream Caveman's New Album Via NPR First Listen!

Caveman is out April 2nd on Fat Possum.

Stream Mount Kimbie - Made to Stray

Taken from new album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth out in May 2013 on Warp Records.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Woolen Men - Hold It Up Video!

The Woolen Men's self titled release is out on Woodsist.

White Fence - Fragility

White Fence's new LP CYCLOPS REAP is due April 9th via Thee Oh Sees' Castleface label, and preceding that is the Pink Gorilla 7" -- "Fragility" is one of two exclusive B-sides on the single.

Marika Hackman - Bath Is Black

"Bath Is Black" from Marika Hackman's debut mini-album That Iron Taste.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sigur Rós - Brennisteinn Video!

From the upcoming Sigur Rós album Kveikur due out June 17/18 on XL Recordings.

Free Download - The Autumn Owls - Great Atlantic Drift

Viva Indie Rock is happy to premiere "Great Atlantic Drift" off Autumn Owls record The Long Way Around, which features lush, lovely acoustic arrangements of all the tracks off 2012's Between Buildings, Toward The Sea. You can hear the whole album at no charge by simply downloading their new, totally free App from the Apple Store!

The Thermals - Born to Kill Video!!

New album Desperate Ground is out 4/16 on Saddle Creek.

Kurt Vile - Never Run Away

"Never Run Away" from Kurt Vile's upcoming album Wakin On A Pretty Daze, out April 9 on Matador!

The Postal Service - Turn Around

10th Anniversary edition of Give Up is out on April 9 in the U.S. and April 8 in the UK via Subpop.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Teepee - Stray Away (She Was Only Real When I Was)

Off album Distant Love. Visit Teepee's site for tour dates.

King Dude - I Know You're Mine Video!

From Burning Daylight released in 2012.

GRMLN - Teenage Rhythm

"Teenage Rhythm" is the first single off GRMLN's debut full-length Empire. Out June 4, 2013 on Carpark Records.

Generationals - Put a Light On Video!

Heza is out April 2 on Polyvinyl Records!

Golden Grrrls - Take Your Time Video!

Self-titled debut album out now on Slumberland!

Future Bible Heroes - Living, Loving, Partygoing

From the album Partygoing out June 4, 2013 on Merge Records.

White Woods - Big Talking

White Woods is the alias for Julia Kugel, better known for her work as the guitarist and vocalist for Atlanta’s riotous garage rockers The Coathangers. The Big Talking 7" will be out soon on Suicide Squeeze.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rilo Kiley - Let Me Back In Video!

Box set rkives is out on April 2 via Little Record Company.

Stream Savages - She Will

The first preview track from Savages' forthcoming album Silence Yourself available on 6th(UK)/7th(US) May 2013 from Matador Records.

Stream Cold Cave - People Are Poison

Oceans With No End is available now on Deathwish Inc.

The Men - I Saw Her Face Video!

From New Moon out now on Sacred Bones Records.

This Vision - Hungry Heart

Released on the band's own etiquett Devotion Records and is recorded in their own studio in the harbor of Helsingborg, Sweden. It's the first track to appear from an upcoming studio album, planned for November 2013.

Kisses - Huddle

Kids in LA out on May 14 on Cascine.

Telekinesis - Ghosts and Creatures Video!

Telekinesis’ Dormarion is out April 2 on Merge.

Stream Free Time "Nothin But Nice"

Free Time self titled debut to be released by Underwater Peoples Records on May 28.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Download Wilderness "Vengeance"

Wonderful music from Sweden. Check out Wilderness!

Stream Vampire Weekend Tracks "Diane Young" and "Step"

Vampire Weekend's third LP Modern Vampires of the City is out in the U.S. on May 7.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Joy Formidable - Little Blimp Video!

Wolf’s Law is out now on Canvasback.

Stream Wavves Album "Afraid of Heights" Courtesy of NPR!

Out 3/26 on Mom + Pop.

BERNARD ET BIANCA - White Mountain Lies - Free Download!

More great music from Sweden. BERNARD ET BIANCA's debut album comes out April 10. Be sure to watch the video for The Awakening.

The Multiple Cat - The Hill Pt. 1 Video!

The Multiple Cat's new LP is scheduled for a late spring release on Future Appletree/Guilt Ridden Pop.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Honheehonhee - Rooftop Archipelagos Video!

Amazing new video from Canada's Honheehonhee. Track is from their 2012 Shouts LP!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Spring Offensive - No Assets Video!

Spring Offensive hails from the UK! Check out their charming video for new track No Assets!

Lissi Dancefloor Disaster - Waves Album

Lissi Dancefloor Disaster is a experimental art pop music movement band originating from Uppsala, Sweden. They recently released their great debut album Waves! Take a listen to tracks Shy and Try!

Camperdown and Out - Manly Video!

Charming Aussie band Camperdown & Out’s album Couldn’t Be Better is out March 22 on Popfrenzy.

Clucker - Junk Food Video!

Mother and daughter team up to form Madrid, Spain's Clucker. They are also part of indie rock bands Fuckaine and Sex Museum. Take a look!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Joanna Newsom - The North Star Grassman and the Ravens Video!

"The North Star Grassman and the Ravens" is originally by British folk singer-songwriter Sandy Denny.

Stream Exsonvaldes Album "Lights"

Fantastic French band Exsonvaldes new album Lights comes out on March 18th! They were kind enough to let us stream the entire album! Take a listen, it is worth your time!

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #51

Track List:
1) Saigon  Night Fever (Who Could Have Known)
2) Scott and Charlene's Wedding  Two Weeks EP  Two Weeks
3) Wildlife  ...On the Heart   If It Breaks
4) Girls Names  The New Life  Occultation
5) The Men  New Moon  The Seeds
6) Golden Grrrls  Golden Grrrls  Date IT
7) Suuns  Images du Futur  Minor Work
8) Dream Curtain  Glowing
9) The Mary Onettes  Hit the Waves  Can't Stop the Aching
10) The Oh Sees  Floating Coffin  Toe Cutter-Thumb Buster
11) Her Parents  Why Don't You Just Fuck Off
12) Julian Lynch  Lines  Shadow
13) Young Dreams  Between Places  Footprints

Pale Spectres - I Know We're Special

Off the Helen of Troy EP out now on Little Treasures.

Ra Ra Riot - I Shut Off (Live on KEXP) Video!

KEXP.ORG presents Ra Ra Riot performing "I Shut Off" live in the KEXP studio. They posted this March 12, but it was recorded back in Feb! We really enjoy this live performance way more than the over-produced recordings!

Stream Jenny Broke the Window - Ravel

Jenny Broke the Window. Really great indie pop from Australia! Take a listen!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Family Band - Lace Video!

Family Band’s album Grace & Lies is out now on No Quarter.

Her Parents - Why Don't You Just Fuck Off Video!

Irreverent punks Her Parents released a video for their fun track Why Don't You Just Fuck Off! From the album Happy Birthday, released on the 13th of May 2013 on Alcopop! You can download this track free HERE!

Hello Goodbye - A Take Away Show

La Blogotheque is at it again filming amazing bands in ridiculous settings as part of their Take Away Show series. This time Hello Goodbye performs for children and passers by in a park in San Francisco's China Town. It's charming! You might recall when they put Sigur Ros in a french cafe!

Web of Sunsets - Fool's Melodies

"Fool's Melodies" is the debut single from Web of Sunsets, a trio based in Minneapolis and featuring members of Gospel Gossip, Robust Worlds, and Heavy Deeds. Album due out this April on End of Time.

Download Your Fuzzy Friends - Don't Touch My Mustache

Hilarious NC electropop band Your Fuzzy Friends is offering up their track "Don't Touch My Mustache" as a free download! Do it.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dragonette - Run Run Run Video!

Album Bodyparts out now!

Download Scott & Charlene's Wedding - Gammy Leg

New EP Two Weeks is out in the US today via London label Critical Heights.

Download Saigon - Night Fever (Who Could Have Known?)

Amazing Swedish band Saigon is offering a free download of track Night Fever (Who Could Have Known?). Also, watch the video! It's great! They are currently working on a full length release!

Rainbow Chan - Skinny Dipping

Wonderful Australian artist Rainbow Chan released her first single from her new EP due out sometime in Summer 2013!

Local Natives - Soiree de Poche

Local Natives absolutely kill it in La Blogotheque's latest Soiree de Poche. If you are unfamiliar with the Soiree de Poche series by La Blogotheque, it's an amazing concert series performed in intimate settings. They are so remarkably well filmed and recorded, I could watch them for hours and hours. Take a look!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sigur Rós - Blossom/Happipola Video - Teams With Japanese Animators to Raise Funds for Japanese Earthquake Charity

Zapuni LLC, a new enterprise formed to support survivors of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Northern Japan,has announced the release of two new anime music videos to raise money and awareness for children who survived the disaster, which claimed nearly 20,000 lives. The two original music videos are “Psychedelic Afternoon,” a previously unreleased version, written by Ryūichi Sakamoto and David Byrne, performed by David Byrne and Imani and animation by UrumaDelvi, and “Blossom,” featuring the song “Happipola” written and performed by Sigur Rós and animation by Yutaka Yamamoto. Viewers are encouraged to donate to School Music Revival, a charity dedicated to bringing music to the lives of children affected by the earthquake and tsunami, by downloading the video and/or the Psychedelic Afternoon music track from iTunes, by buying limited edition iPhone cases with artwork from Uruma Delvi and Yutaka Yamamoto,and by donating directly to School Music Revival. More info HERE!

If you wanna see the David Byrne video, click here.

The Twilight Sad - Tell Me When We're Having Fun

The Twilight Sad share a previously unreleased B-side track from last year's No One Can Ever Know LP. Look for them on tour this month with Frightened Rabbit.

Wavves - Demon To Lean On VIdeo!

From the album 'Afraid of Heights' out March 26th on Mom+Pop (US/CA) & Inertia (AUS).

Fuckaine - Summer Songs For Kids EP!

Spanish band Fuckaine recently released their catchy EP Summer Songs for Kids! Take a listen below! Look for a new release from them this year on the terrific label Origami Records!

Iceage - Morals Short Film!

Caught this on Pitchfork. Cali Thornhill Dewitt, Dan O'Sullivan, and Jason Baker followed Iceage around New York for two days and put the footage together along with a live performance of Morals.

Foals - Late Night Video!

Off latest release Holy Fire!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Blood Sister - Why Would You Video!

Blood Sister!

The Arctic Wife - Constancia Video!

Yet another amazing Scandinavian band! I saw The Arctic Wife thanks to Swede & Sour!

Phoenix - Entertainment Video!

Bankrupt! is out 4/23 on Glassnote.

Beach House - Wishes Video!

Bloom is out now on Sub Pop.

FIDLAR - Max Can't Surf II: The Zuk Trip Video!

FIDLAR LP is available now through Mom+Pop.

The Jim Jones Revue - 7 Times Around The Sun

7 Times Around The Sun is released as a single by Play It Again Sam and Punk Rock Blues Records on Monday 13 May. It also appears on The Jim Jones Revue's new album 'The Savage Heart' out now.

Merchandise - Who Are You?

Totale Nite LP out April 2nd on Night-People Records.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

PAWS @ Glasslands March 5th - Live Show Review

PAWS finally landed in America Tuesday night! This blog has been waiting to see them live ever since we first heard single “Sore Tummy” tear open 90s riffs and bring it to 2012. These are hardworking guys from Glasgow, Scotland who’ve earned their debut tour across the pond. Their punk is much more reflective and melancholic, and less in-the-moment; there really isn’t even a clear shout in their debut album Cokefloat! until track 9 (“Tulips”). They sing songs about mothers and fathers, bullies and ex-girlfriends, and Cupid, who fucked them up pretty bad apparently. They never really threaten to go off rails and do something conventionally “punk,” but that doesn’t mean it’s not good stuff.

Otherwise known as that band Japandroids wear often on their chests, PAWS (all-caps) still seem a bit mysterious to me, even after they did a 7 Silly Questions interview with this blog. Where does that name come from? What’s the significance of a coke float, and can I drink one with the band? And is the cover to their album meant to brainwash us? Either way, it’s working. Here’s to hopefully many more tours in America, more record releases, and more notoriety.

Check out their full tour below. Definitely try and make it if they’re in your city—they’re selling an exclusive EP cassette called “Tiger Lily” with three unreleased songs! Or you can just stream it here.

And check out more PAWS photos here!

-Story and Photos by Joe Waslin

Tour Dates:
3/7 - DC9, Washington DC
3/8 - The Barbary, Philadelphia PA
3/9 - Shea Stadium, Brooklyn NY
3/10 - The Spotty Dog, Hudson NY
3/11 - Great Scott, Allston MA
3/13 - 3/16 SXSW, Austin TX

Listen to New She & Him Track "Never Wanted Your Love"

New album Volume 3 is out May 7 on Merge.

Brandt Brauer Frick feat. Om'mas Keith - Plastic Like Your Mother Video!

We normally don't post this genre, but this video is pretty interesting and a tad bit creepy! Brandt Brauer Frick's new album Miami is out March 11th (March 19th in the US) on !K7 Records.

Psychic Twin - Strangers Video!

Strangers 7" out now on Polyvinyl Records!

Tour Dates:
3/07    Lafayette, IN - Foam City  
3/08    Chicago, IL - Schubas  %
3/09    Champaign, IL - Mike N Molly's   
3/10    Memphis, TN - Murphy's    
3/11    Fort Worth, TX - Live Oak  $
3/12    Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's  $ 3/13    Austin, TX - Valhalla - Nicodemus Agency Showcase - 11:00pm (SXSW)
3/15    Austin, TX - Shangril-La - Ink's Middle of the Map Day Party - 2:15pm (SXSW)
3/16    Austin, TX - House of Commons - Redefine Magazine Day Party - 4:00pm (SXSW)

$ w/ Maserati
% w/ On An On
^ w/ Stagnant Pools, So Many Dynamos and more

Viva Indie Rock Podcast #50

Track List:
1) The Men  New Moon  Supermoon
2) Moon King  Obsession II   Appel
3) Suuns  Images du Futur  Powers of Ten
4) China Rats  Nip It In The Bud  Nip It In The Bud
5) Olof Arnalds  Sudden Elevation  German Fields
6) The Woolen Men  The Woolen Men  Hold It Up
7) Golden Grrrls  Golden Grrrls  Wrld Peace
8) Helado Negro  Invisible Life  Dance Ghost
9) Wildlife  ...On the Heart  Bonnie
10) G/L/A/S/S/C/A/N/D/Y  After Dark 2  The Possessed
11) Andre Obin  The Arsonist  Blue Powder
12) Julianna Barwick  Pacing 7"  Call

Download The Oh Sees "Toe Cutter - Thumb Buster"

Floating Coffin is out 4/16 via Castle Face.

Download Fol Chen's "IOU"

The False Alarms is out March 19, 2013 on Asthmatic Kitty!

CHVRCHES - Recover Video!

New EP out March 25 in the UK and March 26 in the U.S. via Glassnote.

The Phoenix Foundation - The Captain

New Zealand's The Phoenix Foundation are all set to return with their new double album Fandango on May 14, 2013.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ski Lodge - Just To Be Like You

New Ski Lodge single "Just To Be Like You" out April 16th on Dovecote Records.

Stream pacificUV "24 Frames"/Download Free Sampler!

First single from pacificUV's upcoming album, "After the Dream You Are Awake" (May 14, 2013). Click the link below to download pacificUV Sampler (2003-2012)!

Stream Eleanor Friedberger - Stare at the Sun

he Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger solo album Personal Record is out 6/4 on Merge.

Iggy and the Stooges "Burn"

Iggy and the Stooges "Ready To Die." In Stores April 30 on Fat Possum Records.

The Uncluded - Scissorhands Video!

Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson are back with a second video! Hokey Fright is out May 7.

Fossil Collective - Boy With Blackbird Kite

New album "Tell Where I Lie" is set for an 8th April release via Dirty Hit.

Download Olad Arnalds "Return Again"

New album Sudden Elevation released 2/6/13 via One Little Indian Records.

Stream Julian Lynch - Gloves

From Julian Lynch's upcoming "Lines" LP out 3.26.13 on Underwater Peoples.

We Are the Storm - Monument Video!

We are the Storm's latest single on Stockholm based Kvalität records. The band's second LP, Wastelands will be released later this spring.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Metz - Wasted Video!

METZ’s self-titled album is out now on Sub Pop. Stereogum got the video debut earlier today.

Stream The Stillwalker's "Everytune" EP

Take a listen to Finland's The Stillwalkers! Their Everytune EP is out now on Resorrection Records.

Downlooad DanDan's "Satan" EP FREE!!!

Great Swedish band DanDan is offering free downloads of their Satan EP! We highly recommend it!

Stream Phosphorescent's "Muchacho" in Full Thanks to NPR!

Muchacho is out March 19th on Dead Oceans.

Tour Dates:
03/12-17/13 Austin, TX: SXSW
03/25/13 Philadelphia, PA: Johnny Brenda's w/ Strand of Oaks
03/26/13 Washington, DC: Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Strand of Oaks
03/27/13 Pittsburgh, PA: Club Cafe w/ Strand of Oaks
03/28/13 Bloomington, IN: The Bishop w/ Strand of Oaks
03/30/13 Denver, CO: Hi Dive w/ Strand of Oaks
04/01/13 Salt Lake City: Urban Lounge w/ Strand of Oaks
04/03/13 San Diego, CA: Casbah w/ Strand of Oaks
04/05/13 Los Angeles, CA: Troubadour w/ Strand of Oaks
04/06/13 San Francisco, CA: The Independent w/ Strand of Oaks
04/08/13 Portland, OR: Doug Fir Lounge w/ Strand of Oaks
04/09/13 Seattle, WA: Neumos w/ Strand of Oaks
04/12/13 Saint Paul, MN: Turf Club w/ Strand of Oaks
04/13/13 Chicago, IL: Lincoln Hall w/ Strand of Oaks
04/15/13 Toronto, ON: Horseshoe Tavern w/ Strand of Oaks
04/16/13 Montreal, QC: Petit Campus w/ Strand of Oaks
04/17/13 Boston, MA: Brighton Music Hall w/ Strand of Oaks
04/18/13 New York, NY: Bowery Ballroom w/ Strand of Oaks
05/05/13 Kilkenny, IE: Set Theatre (Kilkenny Roots Festival)  
05/07/13 Manchester, UK: Ruby Lounge 
05/09/13 Brussels, BE: Les Nuits du Botanique - Rotonde
05/10/13 Amsterdam, NL: Bitterzoet
05/11/13 Berlin, DE: Kantine am Berghain
05/12/13 Koln, DE: Blue Shell
05/14/13 Paris, FR: l'espace B
05/15/13 London, UK: Village Underground
05/16/13 Brighton, UK: The Great Escape

The Leisure Society - Fight For Everyone Video!

The Leisure Society album Alone Aboard The Ark out April 16, 2013 via Full Time Hobby.

Stream The Mudders' "Super Apple" EP in Full!

Swedish band The Mudders are coming out with the Super Apple EP on April 1st! They are kind enough to stream the whole thing in advance! Take a listen!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Stream PAWS Tour EP!

Scottish garage-rock band PAWS kick off their US tour tomorrow, and to celebrate the band put together a tour-only tape EP, limited to 50 handmade copies. Take a listen!

Tour Dates:
3/5 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
3/6 New York NY - Cake Shop
3/7 Washington DC - DC9
3/8 Philadelphia PA - The Barbary
3/9 Brooklyn NY - Shea Stadium
3/10 Hudson NY - The Spotty Dog
3/11 Allston MA - Great Scott
3/13 Austin, TX - Red 7 - Force Field PR / Stones Throw (SXSW)
3/14 Austin, TX - Scoot Inn - Converse / Thrasher (SXSW)
3/14 Austin, TX - The Side Bar - The Midgetmen Party (SXSW)
3/14 Austin, TX - Valhalla - Fat Cat Showcase (SXSW)
3/15 Austin, TX - The Grackle - Exploding In Sound (SXSW)
3/15 Austin, TX - Homeslice Pizza (SXSW)
3/16 Austin, TX - The Mohawk - Flowerbooking / Onion AV (SXSW)

Parquet Courts - Smart Aleck Kid

Borrowed Time is out 3/18 via What’s Your Rupture?/Rough Trade.

Fol Chen - 200 Words Video!

The False Alarms available on Asthmatic Kitty Records March 19, 2013.

Wax Idols - When It Happens

Discipline & Desire out March 26 on Slumberland!

The Soft Moon - Insides Video!

Album Zeros is out now on Captured Tracks. This video premiered on Stereogum this morning.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) Video!

II is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Stream Skip Zone's Entire "Black Country" EP!

Helsinki, Finland's Skip Zone is streaming their entire terrific Black Country EP on Soundcloud!Take a listen! A limited edition CD with hand-painted covers will follow!

Exsonvaldes - L'Aérotrain Video!

Exsonvaldes new album Lights is available on March 18th!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Foxygen at Pianos, NYC 2/28/13 - Live Show Review!

My Dad lives and breathes and dies by the Rolling Stones. To him, it’s the only the band that ever mattered. So during a depressing November day last year, when I failed to get him way over-priced Stones tickets for their shows in Jersey and Brooklyn, I told him about Foxygen. “You’ve got to hear this guy; he sounds just like Mick Jagger!” I clicked different points of their songs off the EP Take The Kids Off Broadway, but couldn’t find a good reference point. Instead we heard a different sound every time I changed it. “Oh yeah, they also sound like the Doors, and the Zombies, and…yeah.”

Foxygen are much harder to pin down than their detractors insist. It’s new and fresh and overcomes the derivative output that traps many of their peers by being consistently jagged and surprising with their abrupt time-changes. One second singer Sam France is affecting a Lou Reed impersonation, the next a Dylan, and so on. Is it a joke? Is it a tribute? They do rock their own way. I mean their new record is called We Are the 21st Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, certainly not the ambassadors of 20th century rock and roll. Maybe they’re a nostalgic band, mining a range of sounds from the 60s and 70s and being playful about it. It may feel like a farce, but it’s actually a lot of fun.

Most performers I see fall into two categories: pleasant, but a little boring, or there’s moshing, so who really cares about what’s happening onstage anyway? There are few exceptions. Foxygen is one of those exceptions. They aren't just musicians: they’re spontaneous, funny, and weird. Sam rapped for a bit, saying things like “Chinese chicken tenders” (“That was a new song”), asked all the people named Dan in the room to raise their hand, and someone brought out a doll puppet. That all sounds a bit dumb, but believe me, bands like Foxygen are quite a rarity these days.

Perhaps I’ll take my Dad to see them one day. They could be my Rolling Stones. Or maybe I should just give up veganism and eat some Chinese chicken tenders with Foxygen. They make me question animal rights! They’re that good.

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-Photos and Story by Joe Waslin 
**All photos copyright Joe Waslin Photography. For licensing, contact Joe via his Flickr page.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Parenthetical Girls - A Note to Self Video!

Parenthetical Girls' album Privilege is out now! Go buy it!

Generationals - Put a Light On

From the album Heza available 4/2/13 on Polyvinyl.

Milk Music - Cruising With God

Cruise Your Illusion out April 2nd via Fat Possum Records. Look for them on tour this Summer with Merchandise and Destruction Unit!

Wampire - Spirit Forest

From the album Curiosity available 5/14/13 on Polyvinyl.

China Rats - Nip It In The Bud

Thanks to Nylon, you can download China Rats great new track Nip It in the Bud!

Hanni El Khatib - "Family" Video!

New album Head In The Dirt due April 30th from Innovative Leisure.

Stream Akron/Family - "Until The Morning"

Akron/Family Sub Verses out April 30, 2013 on Dead Oceans.

Tjutjuna " Mousetrap"

Westerner is out on LP/Digital on April 30th via Fire Talk. Psst...if you click through to Soundcloud, you can download this track!

Stream Small Black Track "Free At Dawn"

Small Black Limits Of Desire out May 14, 2013 on Jagjaguwar!