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Listen to Three New Kyle Tracks
California rapper Kyle, best known for his hit "iSpy" ft. Lil Yachty, just dropped three new singles - "Off Of It" ft. Ty Dolla $ign, "Sunshine" ft. Miguel, and "All Mine" ft. MadeinTYO. All three tracks are sugary, light-hearted pop rap. It seems logical to guess that these tracks are intended to promote an as-yet-announced album. Listen below.

New Music Friday 9/29/17

Might as well call it New Music Saturday, eh? Eh? Also Pitchfork stole this column's name, so I am going to sue Ryan Schreiber.

The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Always Foreign

Connecticut indie rock and fourth-wave emo pioneers release their third album. Includes "Dillon and Her Son" and "Marine Tigers." All purchases of the album on Bandcamp will benefit the Immigrant Defense Project until October 5th, so go buy it!

Four Tet - New Energy

Kieran Hebdan's ninth (!) album and first since 2015. Includes "Scientists," "SW9 9SL," and "Planet."

Ben Frost - The Centre Cannot Hold

Fifth album from the Icelandic composer was recorded with Steve Albini over the course of ten days. Described as "an attempt at transcribing a spectrum of glowing ultramarine into sound." Neat.

Ibeyi - Ash

French-Canadian twins release their sophomore album. Follows 2015's self-titled record. Feature …

Watch The New Video From Kurt Vile And Courtney Barnett

Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett are two of the biggest names when it comes to story driven indie rock. When it was announced that they were collaborating on a new album titled Lotta Sea Lice, the indie music world got excited.

The two released their first single "Over Everything" on August 30th. On September 26th the second single "Continental Breakfast" was released. Along with the song, a music video was released. Unlike the video for "Over Everything," the video for "Continental Breakfast" is actually in color.

The video features shots from both Vile and Barnett's personal life. The song is about maintaining their friendship while live a world apart. The final shots in the video are Vile and Barnett speaking to each other over the phone. Kurt Vile is sitting alone at night and Courtney Barnett is sitting alone in the daylight. "Continental Breakfast" sounds similar to the previous single. Barnett and Vile alternate verses and ch…

Listen To New Music From Ty Segall

Ty Segall is known for his massive output of fuzz soaked garage music. His new song "Alta" is no different. Starting off with an electric piano and a whistful vocal from Segall. The song's beginning seems almost uncharacteristic of Segall's work. The tone of the song quickly changes direction as fuzzed out guitars take center stage. "Alta" is full of beautiful melodies while keeping it heavy. "Alta" was recorded in Chicago at the legendary Electrical Audio Studios with Steve Albini.

You can listen to the new single from Ty Segall here.

Listen To The New Track From Michael Cera And Sharon Von Etten

Actor, and music dabbler, Michael Cera released a new track titled "Best I Can". "Best I Can" was recorded for the documentary Dina. Afilm billed as a "real life love story;" the documentary follow a woman named Dina and her fiancé as they go through their relationship.

The song "Best I Can" is part of the films soundtrack that is scored by Michael Cera. The track holds minimal production and has a fragile nature about it. It was recorded with a Juno 4 synthesizer and a drum machine. Sharon Van Etten then lended her vocals to fill out the track.

The music video for "Best I Can" is full of shots from the upcoming film. The project is quirky and awkward. Really it is everything you would expect from Michael Cera.

This song is not Cera's first foray into music. He has played with a number of bands and released the album true that in 2014.

Watch the video for "Best I Can" down below.

Charles Bradly Dies At 68

Soul singer Charles Bradley has died at the age of 68. Born in 1948, Bradley worked odd jobs and sang in bar bands. His career really didn't take off until he released the 2011 debut album No Time For Dreaming under the label DaptoneRecords. Bradley was known for his stage show where you could see his James Brown influence.

Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year, and he was forced to cancel a number of tour dates. Bradley cancelled his fall tour earlier this month when the cancer spread to his liver.

The soul singers wishes that, instead of flowers, people make donations to the All Stars Project and Music Unites.

Watch the performance for the song "The World (Is Going Up In Flames)" from his debut album below.

New Music Friday 9/22/17
Let's a go!
The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful
Hey, remember "Mr. Brightside?" Nope, me neither! Here's a bunch of new songs instead! Can't be worse than Battle Born, right? RIGHT? Just kidding, "Run For Cover" is good.

Chelsea Wolfe - Hiss Spun
Goth rock priestess unleashes her fifth album, produced by Converge's Kurt Ballou. You'll probably get nightmares from the album cover, so make sure to stare at it.

The Clientele - Music for the Age of Miracles
London-based indie pop masters are back with their eighth album and first in seven years. Includes "Lunar Days" and "Everyone You Meet."

The Horrors - V
English rock weirdos release their fifth (shocking!) album. Includes "Machine," "Something to Remember Me By," and "Weighed Down."

Cut Copy - Haiku From Zero
Everybody's favorite blog house band releases their fifth album and first in four years. Includes "Standing in the Middle …

Metz Strange Peace Review

Canadian noise band Metz have a history of releasing punishing, explosive rock 'n' roll music. Their first two albums Metz and II proved that a that three guys can make a huge sound. On their new album, Strange Peace, Metz take the sound they have established and added a few new ingredients.

Their aggressive, almost feral sound, was aided by Steve Albini who recorded the band straight to tape at his recording studio Electrical Audio in Chicago. The trio worked with the legendary engineer help capture their energy by recording the album live to tape.

Strange Peace starts off like any Metz album.  "Mess of Wires" starts the album off on a high note. Drummer Hayden Menzies (angry Dave Grohl as I like to call him) punches the listener in the gut with pummeling drums. Guitarist and frontman Alex Edkins matches Menzies drums with frantic dirty guitar riffs.

For the most part, the first three songs on Strange Peace are your typical Metz songs. They're aggressive and mak…

Panopticon Announces New Double Album

Minnesota black metal band Panopticon have announced a new album, "The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness." It was technically announced back in December 2016 with the release of a limited 7", but now it's here for real! The album will be "a double album, 2 hours of music, lyrically and aesthetically following a concept..." with each side expressing "opposite sides of the same idea." Some of these new songs will be debuted at Roadburn, a Dutch music festival, in 2018. The lineup will include Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Converge, and Ex Eye (featuring Colin Stetson and Greg Fox), and was curated by Converge's own Jacob Bannon. Panopticon's last album was 2015's Autumn Eternal.
Listen to "Sheep in Wolves' Clothing," which will presumably appear on the new record, below.

Zex Dropped From Magic Bullet Records

Punk band Zex has been dropped from their label Magic Bullet Records. Zex gained fame earlier this week when one side of their album Uphill Battle was pressed into the vinyl copies of Beyoncé's Lemonade. Following the new publicity, a number of people came forward with claims that they have been sexually assaulted by guitarist Jo Capitalcide. 
In a statement from Magic Bullet Records, the label cites the boycott of venues, promoters, and record stores because of ongoing allegations against Jo Capitalcide. Magic Bullet Records posted a screen shot of texts between frontwoman Gretchen Steel and label founder Brent Eyestone. 
Eyestone uses the texts between him and Steel to corroborate one of the recent allegations. 
Steel told Pitchfork that all claims against Capitalcide are "absolutely untrue." She said that no warning was given to her before the label announce they were being dropped. 
Magic Bullet Records is offering a full refund to people who bought their records. T…

Watch The War On Drugs Debut A Deeper Understanding Live

Last night, The War On Drugs opened their world tour in the great state of Maine. In their opening set, the band debuted six songs from the new album A Deeper Understanding. The songs "In Chains," "Knocked Down," "Nothing To Find," "You Don’t Have To Go," "Up All Night," and "Clean Living" all got to be played in front of an audience.

 A Deeper Understanding was released via Atlantic on August 25th, and was deemed an instant classic. The War On Drugs will be on tour from now through February 2018. Click here to see those dates. Watch five songs from the show below.

Punk Band Mispressed Into Beyoncé's Lemonade

Beyoncé fans may have gotten a little more (or less)  bang for their buck their vinyl copy of Lemonade. When listeners drop the needle on side A, they found that Canadian punk band Zex came screaming out of their speakers instead of Queen Bey.

The error occurred at the Celebrate Records pressing plant in Germany. Side A of Zex's Uphill Battle was swapped out for side A of Beyoncé's Lemonade. Zex posted a video to their FaceBook page where they "announced" to their fans the impromptu Zex, Beyoncé split.

Zex guitarist Jo Galipeau told Slate, "Some people have been writing to the band offering to sell their copy to us, at exorbitant prices." However, not everyone was upset by the mispressing. Galipeau said people have told him they enjoy the music even though they did not expect it.

The Story Behind Calvin Heights Alone Video

Brett Carey and Jordan Wipf of the band Calvin Heights sat down with Philo T Farnsworth host of the radio show Local Juke Joint. The two, among many things, dove into the process behind their new album Worst Calligraphy. In a teaser clip released on September 18th, Brett and Jordan discuss the mean behind the music for their song "Alone."

The video is striking, intense, and unsettling right from the get go. It depicts Carey in a denim shirt, jeans, and a bag over his head dancing under a spot light. The track itself is from the EP The Possession Of The Deers Feet: Prologue. The EP is a companion to Worst Calligraphy and it has material on it that is heavier and and a little more left of center than material on the album.

Many who watched the video thought Carey was depicting his death. Brett explains in the clip that the images came more about him hiding parts of his body that he doesn't like. He didn't see it as him depicting his death.

Jordan went on to explain th…

Colin Meloy Annouces Work On New Album

Decemberists' frontman Colin Meloy announced on Instagram that he is working on a new record. A picture posted to Meloy's personal Instagram shows a van full of equipment and a caption that says, "Loading in for record 8."

The Decemberists last album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World was released in 2015. The photo prompted excitement from fans who feel that a new record from the band is long over due.

You can see the post below.

Loading in for record 8 A post shared by Colin Meloy (@dullandwitlessboy) on Sep 18, 2017 at 10:08am PDT

The National's Sleep Well Beast Number 1 In The UK

The National have received their first No. 1 record in the UK with their newest album Sleep Well Beast. The band dethroned Ed Sheeran whose album Divide had spent 28 weeks in the UK charts. In the US, Sleep Well Beast came in at number three. This is the third album the band released that made it to number three spot on the Billboard charts.

Watch their 2014 set from the Sydney Opera House below.

Check Out the Video For the New Bjork Song

Photo credit: Santiago Felipe
Bjork has released a video for her recent single, "The Gate." Made with Alessandro Michele, creative director at Gucci, and visual artist Andrew Thomas Huang, the video is classic Bjork - trippy, gorgeous, and purposeful. According to a statement from Huang, "The Gate picks up where 2015's Vulnicura left off...[It is] a declaration of hope sung by a woman refracted and reformed into a luminous whole." "The Gate" is our first taste of Utopia, Bjork's so-called "Tinder record," out in November 2017 via One Little Indian. Check out the video below.

Watch the New Julien Baker Video

Photo credit: Andrea Morales

"FINALLY a brand new video to look at while I cry," reads one of the top comments on Julien Baker's new video for "Appointments." The statement certainly rings true. Check out the video below.
Turn Out the Lights, Baker's sophomore album, is out Oct. 27 via Matador.

Stream the New Godspeed You! Black Emperor Album

Canadian post rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor are releasing their sixth record, Luciferian Towers, next week. They've released two singles for the album thus far - "Undoing A Luciferian Towers" and "Anthem For No State, Pt. III." Fortunately for listeners, they are streaming the album early through NPR. Check it out here.

Luciferian Towers is out September 22 via Constellation Records.

Father John Misty Performs on "Late Night With Seth Meyers"

Photo credit: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images
Everybody's favorite folk asshole Fay Jay Tay (AKA Father John Misty) brought his tour to the "Late Night With Seth Meyers" stage this week, performing Pure Comedy cut "Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution." It's a classic FJM performance, check it out below.

Japandroids Release "North East South West" Video

Photo credit: Tom Spray
Canadian rock heroes (and Wes' favorite band) Japandroids have gifted the world with a new video for the song "North East South West," off of this year's excellent Near to the Wild Heart of Life. While there have only ever been two Japandroids music videos, they both have a very distinct style, consisting primarily of black-and-white shots of tour and live shows. Buy the record and check out tour dates here.

Minnesota Legend Grant Hart Dead At 56

Minnesota native Grant Hart lost his battle with cancer Wednesday night. Hart was an important figure not only in the Minnesota scene but in music scenes across the country.

Grant Hart rose to fame in the 1980s where he played drums in the hardcore punk turned alt rock band Hüsker Dü. The band formed in 1979 when singer and guitarist Bob Mould wandered into Cheapo Records by Macalester college.

Mould heard punk music being blasted from a PA at the door and wandered in. Mould said that he ended up hanging out with Hart because he was the only person in the store. The two struck up a friendship and decided to form a band.

With Mould on guitar and Hart on drums, they enlisted the help of bassist Greg Norton to form Hüsker Dü.

The band bitterly spilt up in 1988; however, with the announcement of a boxset featureing the bands early material, hopes were high that the band would be getting back together.

After the bands split in '88, Hart was the first person to release solo music. He r…

Those Darlins' Front Woman Jessi Zazu Dead At 28

Following a battle with cervical cancer, guitarist and front woman Jessi Zazu has died. Zazu is known for fronting the band Those Darlins which blended country, rock, and garage rock. Those Darlins formed in 2006 and went on to released three albums and one EP over the course of their career. Those Darlins went on hiatus in 2016 after Zazu's diagnosis.

In a post to Those Darlins' Facebook Page, it was said, "She was in the company of those who cared deeply about her and who she cared deeply about."

New Music From Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the only band with a long name that makes you feel oh so bad ass saying, released the new song "Little Thing Gone Wild" from their recently announced album, Wrong Creatures
New material was teased on the bands Instagram on September 12th. This will be the first album released by the band in five years since the 2013 release of Specter at the Feast
The track "Little Thing Gone Wild" shows that BRMC have still got it. Featuring their trademark moody vocals, grooving drums, and bluesy guitars. This track just oozes cool.
Wrong Creatures will be released January 12th 2018 via Abstract Dragon. 
Listen to "Little Thing Gone Wrong" below. 

Listen To Hippo Campus' New EP

Hippo Campus have been busy bees this year. The indie pop act released their debut album Landmark in February. To promote the album, the band was invited to play on the talkshow Conan. The band's momentum did not stop there. Over the summer Hippo Campus played the huge music festivals Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. 
Hippo Campus just released a follow up EP titled Warm Glow. The EP itself is a short and sweet snapshot into the band's sound. Warm Glow is about 13 minutes in length. The first two tracks "baseball" and "traveler" are straight ahead indie rock songs that you can groove along to them with no problem. The third song, the title track, "warm glow" is a bit more complex. They sound like they are doing a pop rock impression of a song by fellow local artist The Pines. "Warm glow" is a slow build. It adds texture after texture to the track before is explodes then fades away in a minute long ambient (in the loosest sense of the word) ou…

Listen To The New Track From Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy

Mavis Staples has been a busy over the last couple of years. She released an album in 2016 title Livin' on a Hight Note, and was featured on songs by Arcade Fire and Benjamin Booker in 2017. The singer-songwriter and activist show no signs of slowing down. Staples announced a new album titled If All I Was Was Black. To keep with her theme of collaboration, Staples is working with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. Along with the albums track list and cover art, the title track from the album, "If All I Was Was Black," was also released.

This is the third album that Tweedy and Staples have worked on together. Many of the songs were written by Jeff Tweedy himself. As you can tell from the title, the album is going to have a political message. When talking about the nature of creating art to make a difference, Tweedy said, "the love I have for Mavis and the desire to be part of some kind of positive change."

If All I Was Was Black will be out November 17th of this year v…

American Dream Reaches Number One

LCD Soundsystem's frontman James Murphy had his dream of gaining a number one album come true with the release of American Dream. A reunion album for the band, American Dream hit number one on the billboard charts over the weekend.

 This is the first album that the band has released to go number one, but not the first time Murphy has attempted to get a number one album. Murphy asked his fans to make 2007's Sound of Silver number one in the charts; however, the album only peaked at 46. The follow up album, This Is Happening, managed to do better and secured a number 10 spot in the charts.

Billboard reports that album sales were boosted by a ticket/album bundle. A full chart of albums, including American Dream, will be posted to Billboard on Tuesday, Sept. 12th.

The National Have Strong Words For Karl Rove

Fuck you, Karl — The National (@TheNational) September 9, 2017
Indie rockers, The National have some strong words for former President George W. Bush's Senior  Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove. The tweet above is over comments made by Rove in a Newsweek  article about The Nation's song "Walk It Back" from their new album Sleep Well Beast which was released on September 8th.

The track uses a quote from a 2004 New York Times article written by Ron Suskind about the Bush presidency. The quote below says,

"People like you are still living in what we call the reality-based community. You believe that  solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality. That's not the way the world really works anymore. We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And  while you are studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and…

New Music Friday 9/9/17
Shut up, I know it's technically Saturday. 
The National - Sleep Well Beast
One of indie rock's most consistent bands is back with their latest collection of somber, contemplative, and excellent tracks. Follows 2013's Trouble Will Find Me and 2016's Day of the Dead compilation. Includes singles "The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness" and "Guilty Party," among others.

Alex Cameron - Forced Witness

Quirky Australian singer-songwriter Alex Cameron presents his sophomore album. His debut came out in 2013, and was re-released in 2016 by Secretly Canadian. Features his duet with Angel Olsen, "Stranger's Kiss," and "Runnin' Outta Luck."

Alvvays - Antisocialites

Canadian indie-poppers release their second album. Includes "In Undertow," "Dreams Tonite," and "Plimsoll Punks." Their last release was 2014's self-titled record.

Charlie Parr - Dog

Duluth's own blues master returns wi…

Robin Pecknold Hints At New Material From Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes frontman, Robin Pecknold, posted a picture of Electric Lady Studios to Instagram with the caption, "Getting out in front of IV." What that means we are not completely sure. Fleet Foxes are still fresh from the release of Fleet Foxes return album Crack-Up in June. Hopefully, that means a fans won't have to wait as long for a new record from Fleet Foxes.

Getting out in front of IV A post shared by Robin Noel Pecknold (@robinpecknold) on Sep 7, 2017 at 10:02am PDT
To accompany the photo, two short videos were post to Instagram. The videos contain samples of Robin's voice singing what appears to be new material.

Watch those video down below.

A post shared by Robin Noel Pecknold (@robinpecknold) on Sep 7, 2017 at 12:37pm PDT
Sunblond A post shared by Robin Noel Pecknold (@robinpecknold) on Sep 7, 2017 at 3:19pm PDT

Radiohead Angered By Judges Decision To Stay Trial Over Stage Collapse

Earlier this week it was announced that trial against Live Nation, Optex Staging & Services, and engineer Domenic Cugliari has been stayed. The trial is over the 2012 stage collapse at Toronto's Downsview Park. Radiohead was just about to take the stage when the collapsed killing 33 year old Scott Johnson, the bands drum tech, and injured three others. After many delays, judge Anna Nelson, moved to stay the trial.

The band was not happy about the judges decision. They posted this statement to their twitter earlier this morning. — Radiohead (@radiohead) September 8, 2017

Watch Charlie Parr's Video For Peaceful Valley

All of us at one point or another has contemplated locking ourselves inside our homes and becoming a recluse. Whether it's because you're tired of having responsibilities or you just hate everyone you know, the idea of locking yourself in a room and listening to your favorite records is kind of nice. Local singer-songwriter Charlie Parr explores that idea in his song "Peaceful Valley." The song is from his new album, Dog, which is going to be released on Friday, September 8th via local label Red House Records.

The video for the "Peaceful Valley" has a childlike quality in its animation style. With a cartoony version of Parr hiding in his house while the neighbors, the IRS, and even the Mormons try to get inside. Animator Jake Huffcutt draws the video in a way that is reminiscent of a child's cartoon.

You can watch the music video below.

St. Vincent Announces New Album "MASSEDUCTION"

Photo by Nedda Asfari
St. Vincent's fifth studio LP finally has a title and release date. It's titled MASSEDUCTION (pronounced "Mass Seduction") and it's out on October 13 via Lome Vista. It follows 2014's Grammy-winning St. Vincent. Listen to new song "Los Ageless" and check out the tracklist below.


1 - Hang On Me
2 - Pills
3 - Masseduction
4 - Sugarboy
5 - Los Ageless
6 - Happy Birthday, Johnny
7 - Savior
8 - New York
9 - Fear the Future
10 - Young Lover
11 - Dancing With a Ghost
12 - Slow Disco
13 - Smoking Section

Tour dates for Fall 2017 can be found here.

Watch St. Vincent's Surreal Interview

Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is releasing a series of videos on her Instagram account. The videos are short clips of the generic interview questions that musicians are usually asked. In a profile done by the New Yorker, it was mentioned that Clark collaborate with Slater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein create the series. Brownstein wrote the questions and then Clark shot a short film around them.

The videos have a similar Day Glo color scheme that you see in the video for her new single "New York." Annie Clark delivers her answers in her characteristic deadpan style. Along with the color scheme, the viewer is met with striking costumes worn by the cast. Clark herself is wearing a see-through latex top and a pink latex skirt. She is also accompanied by three female "crew members" who are wearing assless latex chaps, chestless latex tops, dominatrix hoods, collars, and heels. The short film is very stylized in a way that screams Annie Clar…

Man Dies After Running Into Fire At Burning Man

An unidentified man has died from his injuries after running into the burning effigy at Burning Man. According to the New York Post, "The unidentified party-goer was chased by firefighters as he entered the bonfire in Black Rock City, Nevada at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday." It is not clear, at this time, as to why the man ran into the blaze.

Burning Man is a nine day arts festival that takes place in the temporary city of Black Rock City. The festival's climax is when a giant wooden effigy is burned. In reports of the incident, the man was able to break through the human chain of security surrounding the blaze and evade fire fighters. The unknown festival goer was quickly pulled from the inferno, but he had sustained major burns.