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Watch CBS Sunday Morning's My Morning Jacket Profile

Watch CBS Sunday Morning's My Morning Jacket Profile | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

My Morning Jacket are a big deal, a total festival-crossover band, and your dad probably already likes them. But it's still a bit weird to see a network newsmagazine doing a big piece on them

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Beck - "I Won't Be Long"

Beck - "I Won't Be Long" | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

Beck has lately been working on a new acoustic album, the follow-up to his 2012 sheet music affair Song Reader. But lately, he's debuted a couple of decidedly non-acoustic songs, so who even knows what he’s up to. Last month, he shared a pillowy, synth-heavy new track called “Defriended.” And now he’s announced plans for another single. “I Won’t Be Long” is a similarly soft and luxuriant affair;

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Watch Wilco Cover “Get Lucky”

Watch Wilco Cover “Get Lucky” | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it
This year’s installment of Solid Sound Festival — Wilco’s recurring summer music festival in Massachusetts — began last night. For the first night, Wilco headlined with a set of 27 covers.
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Neko Case - "Man" (Feat. M. Ward)

Neko Case - "Man" (Feat. M. Ward) | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it
Last week, Neko Case announced in a trailer video that she'd soon release a new album and that the album would have the following goofy title: The Worse Things
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Album Stream: Joseph Arthur - The Ballad of Boogie Christ :: Featured Audio :: Paste

Album Stream: Joseph Arthur - The Ballad of Boogie Christ :: Featured Audio :: Paste | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

The Ballad of Boogie Christ will be released on June 11 via Lonely Astronaut Records. Joseph Arthur has been cranking out critically acclaimed material for over a decade and a half, and now the singer-songwriter is back with a bold new venture. The Ballad of Boogie Christ is Arthur’s tenth studio album and represents an experimental new direction for the artist.

“Boogie Christ is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a big production with horns and soul singers; a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens after you find it and lose it,” said Arthur.

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Album: Thundercat, Apocalypse (Brainfeeder)

Album: Thundercat, Apocalypse (Brainfeeder) | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

When it comes to jazzy soul that sounds like the future more than the past, bassist/vocalist Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner) and co-producer Flying Lotus have it nailed. Yet Apocalypse is a strange album (inspired in part by the death of pianist Austin Peralta) with echoes of the Mothers of Invention as well as Daft Punk

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Iron & Wine / Ghost On Ghost

Iron & Wine / Ghost On Ghost | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

Review by Francis D “Ghost on Ghost” Iron & Wine Samuel Beam’s fifth, full-length, studio CD. Started as a low-fi, indie folk artist in 2002, but has worked hard over the years to move and grow within the indie folk-rock genre.

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Album review: Tricky, False Idols (False Idols)

Album review: Tricky, False Idols (False Idols) | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

False Idols is a sterling return to the form of Maxinquaye, full of sinister, infectious grooves of strings and sparse piano lines with his trademark mumble hiding behind the soulful lead vocals of female frontpersons.

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Q&A: Thurston Moore on Chelsea Light Moving, Occupy Wall Street and the Future of Sonic Youth

Q&A: Thurston Moore on Chelsea Light Moving, Occupy Wall Street and the Future of Sonic Youth | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it
Ever since he and his wife and Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon announced their split in late 2011 Thurston Moore has kept his mouth largely shut "I wasn't doing any press whatsoever – I kind of embargoed that" says Moore "Personal issues are not...
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Egypt’s Chaos Stirs Musical Revolution

Egypt’s Chaos Stirs Musical Revolution | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it
Their music predated the revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, but the turmoil since has left Egypt’s huge youth population searching for voices that address issues they care about.    
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A crash course in punk: From the Ramones and the Sex Pistols to Billy Idol and punk pastiche

A crash course in punk: From the Ramones and the Sex Pistols to Billy Idol and punk pastiche | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

TIME LINE

1963: PROTO-PUNK

Punk's progenitors were DIY garage rock bands – like The Kingsmen, whose "Louie Louie" was an early hint of the punk sound

1974: NEW YORK PUNK

The Ramones play first CBGB's gig. Television's Richard Hell pioneers spiky hair and safety-pinned clothes

1974: PUNK ON THE KING'S ROAD

Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood rename their boutique SEX – it is the shop that defines punk fashion

1975: JOHNNY ROTTEN

Regular SEX customer, the young John Lydon, is drafted in to front a McLaren-managed band – the Sex Pistols

1976: ANARCHY IN THE UK

The Sex Pistols play Manchester in June, The Clash debut in Sheffield in July and punk explodes across Britain . . .

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Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste

Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

It’s been five years, three albums, an SNL appearance, countless festival performances and one lawsuit from an unwitting album-cover model since Vampire Weekend dropped its self-titled debut, and still the class thing remains the predominant talking point about the band. Riding hard for the Upper West Side, the group turned its liberal arts degrees into American pop music that appropriated Afropop and songs that sent listeners to look up what the hell a mansard roof or an Oxford comma is. Of course, timing is everything, and if Vampire Weekend’s rise hadn’t coincided with the country’s severe financial faceplant, maybe their boat shoes and Columbia enrollment might not have been so big a deal. But when pensions and retirement plans were disappearing at a tragic rate, these four New Yorkers fronted like the very sons of the upper-class patriarchs who had so recently screwed the country over.

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Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State Turns 10

Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State Turns 10 | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

Before Michigan, Sufjan Stevens was a footnote within a curiosity. In 2003, the Michigan-raised Brooklyn transplant was best known as part of the entourage surrounding Daniel Smith’s off-kilter Christian rock collective Danielson Famile, a group whose costumed insanity presaged the drama club-meets-cheerleading squad shtick that later defined Sufjan’s live show. He’d already released two albums before 2003, but barely anybody heard them. Even those who did encounter 2000’s A Sun Came and 2001’s Enjoy Your Rabbitprobably were not prepared for the exquisite deluge Sufjan released 10 years ago today. His widescreen love letter to his home state was such a momentous leap forward that a decade later he still hasn’t surpassed it — not with the stark spiritual meditation Seven Swans, not with the brilliant but cartoonishly grandiose Illinois, and not with the striking digital freakout The Age Of Adz. Sufjan has produced a wealth of fascinating, deeply affecting (and sometimes deeply affected) music over the years, but none of it beats the record that literally and figuratively put him on the map.

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News : LOOK: Oxfam America’s “Oxfam Summer Jams 2013” Mixtape Features Wilco, Wooden Shjips + More

News : LOOK: Oxfam America’s “Oxfam Summer Jams 2013” Mixtape Features Wilco, Wooden Shjips + More | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it
Just in time for the busy summer festival season, humanitarian organization, Oxfam America, has released its annual Oxfam Summer Jams downloadable album to help raise awareness of their important work here and around the world.  Continue reading at...
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Mark Kozelek & Desertshore - "Mariette" Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Mark Kozelek & Desertshore - "Mariette" Video (Stereogum Premiere) | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

Like so many Kozelek songs, “Mariette” is about a place: in this case, New Orleans — and the clip features many haunting black-and-white still images from and of that city. All the photos were taken by Kozelek between 1999 and 2013, except the one of him and Kirk Douglas from Fallon, which was taken by Kozelek’s longtime publicist (and Go-Betweens bassist) Robert Vickers.The music captures NOLA’s magical, intoxicating essence to even more profound effect. It’s such a great, great song.

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Boards of Canada: Tomorrow's Harvest – review

Boards of Canada: Tomorrow's Harvest – review | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it
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Part treasure hunt, part wild goose chase, Boards of Canada's pre-release campaign for their fourth album has kept certain denizens of the internet usefully occupied for weeks now.
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Brian Eno Talks About Power of Light

Brian Eno Talks About Power of Light | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

Brian Eno recalls one of his earliest experiences with art in a new short film released by the Red Bull Music Academy. Light and Time: The Visual Art of Brian Eno finds the acclaimed producer and soundscape artist talking about another facet of his creativity as he describes working with light. The film, directed by Scott Thrift, examines Eno's method of light and time manipulation in conjunction with his current 77 Million Paintings audio-visual installation which is showing in New York through June 2nd.

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Album: Camera Obscura, Desire Lines (4AD)

Album: Camera Obscura, Desire Lines (4AD) | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

Scottish indie-pop outfit Camera Obscura return after a hiatus of four years, but Desire Lines follows familiar territory.

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Patti Smith: punk poet queen

Patti Smith: punk poet queen | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

She was the angry, androgynous runaway who got chatted up by Allen Ginsberg and had a grand affair with Robert Mapplethorpe. And at 66 Patti Smith shows no sign of mellowing. We spend a gothic afternoon at home with the punk legend Ping!

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Seattle soundtrack: by Kinski

Seattle soundtrack: by Kinski | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

The four members of Seattle rock band Kinski let us in on the perfect soundtrack to their cityMelvins – Revolve Here's a secret. It doesn't always rain in Seattle. Between July and October there's nothing but sun.

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Shockingly Hip White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is a Huge Guided By Voices Fan

Shockingly Hip White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is a Huge Guided By Voices Fan | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

While Jay Carney has hinted at his adoration for the Ohio-based quintet in the past, his conversation with The Post revealed his full-blown addiction to the prolific group. "Bob [Pollard] is in a class of his own" Carney said.

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Album review: The National, Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)

Album review: The National, Trouble Will Find Me (4AD) | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it
Slowly but surely, Brooklyn quintet The National have developed over a decade from modest alt.country beginnings to the point where they can draw 10,000 fans to an Obama rally.
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10 essential Queens of the Stone Age songs: a beginner's guide

10 essential Queens of the Stone Age songs: a beginner's guide | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

Ten tracks to set newcomers on the road to QOTSA fandom. 

The sixth studio album from Queens of the Stone Age, Like Clockwork, is due for release in a few weeks. As a warm up, we asked readers via Twitter and Facebook which songs they'd recommend as an introduction to the band.

We used the responses to put together this playlist of 10 essential tracks. You can listen to all 10 as a YouTube playlist, or you can watch each individual video by clicking on the titles below. We've included a little bit of information on the songs, comments from the people who recommended them, and some links to our Queens of the Stone Age coverage from the last few years.

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Deerhunter: Monomania – review

Deerhunter: Monomania – review | Alternative Rock | Scoop.it

Now his band is on its sixth album, Bradford Cox gets to do what Bradford Cox wants – and we all have to get used to it, says Michael Hann. At this point, complaining about any of Bradford Cox's musical choices seems pointless: he does what he wants, and if you don't like it, you can go and listen to something else. You might as well suggest that oranges are all very well, but they'd be a whole lot better if they were peaches. Nevertheless, six albums intoDeerhunter's career, Bradford Cox's decision to embrace ultra-low fidelity seems perverse. Deerhunter's previous albums, Microcastle andHalcyon Digest, were – if not shiny, per se – bold and bright statements. Monomania, by contrast, sounds like it was recorded in a garden shed. Cox's voice is distorted and roughened throughout: it's paisley pop played through a garage rock-filter. It can be exciting: Leather Jacket II sounds permanently on the brink of falling apart, held together only by its lead guitar line; Dream Captain is disturbed bubblegum, the kind of song that used to crop up at the back end of albums by Kasenetz-Katzbands, after the singles. But it's hard not to yearn for the melodies to be served by a little more clarity.

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