Pulaski is a city in both western Virginia and south-central Tennessee, and yet, in the one song with lyrics on Andrew Bird’s new EP, he’s begging an anonymous someone to come back to Chicago. Given that signpost, Bird’s mostly likely referring to Pulaski Park on the west side of town, but place doesn’t necessarily matter on I Want to See Pulaski at Night. Because on his new EP, the prolific, fiddle-touting, whistling Bird creates a cinematic musical experience that opens itself to both individual interpretation and universal experience.
Kneebody is an interesting band that skirts the borders of jazz and indie rock, somewhat akin to the Chicago band Tortoise. The band consists of Adam Benjamin on keyboards, Shane Endsley on trumpet, Kaveh Rastegar on bass, Ben Wendel on tenor saxophone and Nate Wood drums. The music is textured and finely nuanced, like on "Trite" which makes a good impression with buzzing fender rhodes piano and bubbling bass and drums providing ample support for the horns.
Band's upcoming release is based on 'Ender's Game' novel. The Flaming Lips are preparing to put out an EP based on the themes from Ender's Game. The band had previously signed on to write a song for the film adaptation of the popular novel by Orson Scott Card, and decided to extend the project to a full-length album, Stereogum reports.
The cerebral Texan rockers turn in a richly textured reflection on small-town youth, writes Ally Carnwath. Like plenty of literate heartland rock bands before them, Okkervil River riff on the theme of small-town youth. Their seventh album is set in mid-1980s New Hampshire and examines or reimagines the childhood of frontman Will Sheff. He's a fine lyricist and the songs are rich with detail of the hopes, frustrations and Atari computer games of his formative years without drifting into nostalgic reverie. But the musical arrangements, laden with pianos, brass, synths and strings in occasionally strained approximation of Arcade Fire, aren't always so nuanced. Still, in its more understated moments, such as slow-burn closer Black Nemo, music and memory chime beautifully.
Frightened Rabbit is on a hot streak. Starting with September of last year and the State Hospital EP, then through the release of Pedestrian Verse in February, and finally on Tuesday with the Late March, Death MarchEP, the band has given us a succession of great releases in just under twelve months, consistently operating at a ridiculously high level. This new EP has just three new tracks, but two of them—”Radio Silence” and “Default Blues”—are good enough to make me think they might’ve been competitors for this list if I’d been writing this a few months down the line.
The band's 13-disc 'Sound System' boxset will be released later this month. The comprehensive collection of the band's music will be released later this month (September) and features remastered versions of all their studio albums. Speaking to The Telegraph about his reasons for deciding to present the punk band's back catalogue in this fashion, Jones explained that it is in keeping with the way people now tend to consume TV series in bulk.
"It was just an opportunity to do something now," Jones said, "to represent the music. I like the idea of the ideas carrying on somehow – like Che Guevara's. It's also a restoration, because the tapes would've rotted soon. So it's just the recorded works, presented as best possible – no different from the complete series ofKojak or Breaking Bad. That's how everyone buys things these days, isn't it?"
Case confronts inner turmoil and gives in to grief on her sixth album. Let us know what you think of this exclusive stream. On her last album, Middle Cyclone, Neko Case sung about creatures snuffling, frogs and tornadoes, the beauty of ancient nature and our inner animals. Her Attenborough-inspired artistry won her two Grammy nominations in 2009 as well as thrusting her into the glare of the mainstream. So will the singer's sixth album continue the wave of acclaim, given that it's largely about loneliness and death? The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You charts the internal minefield of childhood, love, and loss by way of power pop, classic rock, folk and Motown. The album emerges from a three-year period Case describes as full of "grief and mourning," in the wake of the deaths of many close to her.
Celebrating the city that brought us Stevie Wonder, Juan Atkins, Iggy Pop and Madonna - here's our guide to Detroit music. Grit, noise and a bubbling tension: it was these components that made Motor City the birthplace of some of the all-time greatest musicians. With news this week that Detroit has become the largest US city to file for bankruptcy, it's time to celebrate the place that inspired the fruition of techno, Motown and garage rock. From its smoke filled back-alleys to the offices of its seminal labels, Detroit has spawned the likes of Aretha Franklin, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, MC5, Suzi Quatro, Rodriguez, Funkadelic, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Knack, Diana Ross, Sufjan Stevens, Del Shannon, Alice Cooper and too many more to list.
The vinyl-or-digital debate rages on and audiophiles of all stripes have strong opinions on one side or the other. Saying anything almost feels like a reopening of old wounds. Technically speaking, sound engineers record modern music in digital, so most would say that digital playback sounds exactly like they engineered it. Since the early 1990s at the latest, oversampling of the digital stream has driven the difference between an engineered, digital recording and digital playback far beyond the range of human hearing.
I was two years old when the Replacements played Grant Park in 1991. I’ve studied their work like scripture since I was 16, all the while praying for what seemed like an impossible reunion. And when it was announced, I hesitated.
Five days after going on a hunger strike, Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been hospitalized.
Tolokonnikova is currently on strike to protest the working conditions of what she calls “slave labor” in Russia’s Mordovia prison. According to her husband,Peter Verzilov, the prison ordered guards to take away her drinking water. Shortly after, “on the recommendation of doctors,” Tolokonnikova was moved to the prison’s medical wing to receive treatment.
Last year the people involved with the original CBGBs held a music festival and this year it's coming back again in less than two weeks. The group has organized a free concert in Times Square on 10/12 featuring My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, the Wallflowers, a James Murphy DJ set, and more. It’s not just that one day though; the festival is curating hundreds of events
Just last night I was at tiny Stuart's Opera House in tiny Nelsonville, Ohio, watching Yo La Tengo tear through two sets -- one quiet, one loud, both heavy on material from this year’s exceptional Fade. Frontman Ira Kaplan mentioned a deluxe edition of the album was on its way and that it would include the (exquisite) cover of Times New Viking’s “Move To California” that they performed last night. And what do you know, the details of that reissue arrived the very next morning!
There was a time many winters ago when the sign that a band had made it was to get an appearance on The Simpsons. But that was a long time ago, and now it seems like more and more bands are heading over to Westeros to get some respect. According to EW, Sigur Rós are following their own appearance on The Simpsons with a guest spot on the fourth season of Game Of Thrones, and we don’t just mean a song during the ending credits, though it’s safe to assume they’ll do that too.
Modest Mouse grew up in public, but popular opinion is that they really truly figured it out with 2000's The Moon & Antarctica, creating one of those of albums
that points to some just-out-of-reach understanding of the world. Listening to it, I knew I would eventually understand what Isaac Brock was singing about, but I didn’t yet. There was emotional honesty there, but it was tempered by exhaustion.
Writing about Shocking Pinks last week got me on an emotional honesty kick, though, so I won’t be writing about The Moon & Antarctica, aka Modest Mouse’s “adult” record, and instead am going to write about the much sloppier 1997 record, The Lonesome Crowded West.
Starting in September, the Boise-bred indie rockers will embark on a set of European dates before making their way back to the U.S. in mid-October to continue their extensive circuit. The band kicks things off in Salt Lake City on Oct.