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Watch Julien Baker's National TV Debut

Memphis singer-songwriter Julien Baker just released her second solo album Turn Out The Lights to rave reviews. Watch Baker perform three songs from her new album on "CBS This Morning." Baker plays "Appointments," "Turn Out The Lights" and "Televagelist" as part of the programs "Saturday Sessions."

Turn Out The Lights was released Oct. 27 via Matador. You can watch all three videos below.

Listen to full album via Spotify.

Watch The Video For Gary Clark Jr's Cover Of Come Together

There is a trend in movie and gaming trailers where they take a popular song and reimagine them. The formula is usually keep the original vocals, add a bunch of distorted synths, and finish it out with a punching drum beat. That is why the world now has a synthetic version of The White Stripes anthem "Seven Nation Army" that it does not need. This time, comic giants DC have taken their turn and partnered with blues man Gary Clark Jr. for the film Justice League with a cover of the Beatles classic "Come Together."

For his cover, Clark seems to have broken the mold a little bit and added his touch to the song. There is still an archetypal drum beat and synths, but it will not make you roll your eyes when you listen to it. Clark's trademark octave fuzz guitar riffs are all over this song. "Come Together" grooves along and it makes you want to tap your foot; however, it's biggest sin is the guitar solo. Gary Clark Jr. can shred and build up to the so…

Listen To The Demo Of Sufjan Stevens' John My Beloved

Demos are often a snapshot into the creative process of an artist. The raw, unpolished nature gives the listener a different look at the music they love so much.

Sufjan Stevens shared his demo for the Carrie & Lowell track "John My Beloved." The track is part of a new mixed tape titled The Greatest Mix Tape - Outtakes, Remixes, & Demos from Carrie & Lowell. The mix tape features the extra material from Sufjan Stevens' critically acclaimed 2015 release Carrie & Lowell.

The demo was recorded on Stevens' iPhone with just his voice and an acoustic guitar. While the demo does not hold a candle to the produced product found on the record, the demo version of "John My Beloved" has its own magic to it. The listener gets the feeling that they are sitting on the couch in the corner while Stevens puts the finishing touches on his song.

The Greatest Mix Tape - Outtakes, Remixes, & Demos from Carrie & Lowell is out on Nov. 24 via Asthmatic Kitty.

Beach Slang We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags Review

Beach Slang is known for a few things: heart on their sleeves lyrics, reckless rock music and obnoxiously long titles. So when it was announced in August that the band's newest release was not going to have a guitar on it, fans of the band were interested. What followed was a four song EP titled, We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags. The EP had no new material. Rather, it had two songs from previous albums and two covers.

We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags starts off with "Future Mixtape For Art Kids" from their 2016 release A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings. Hearing the words, "Play it loud/Play it fast/Play me something that will always last" translated well when played on piano; even though, it was a little odd that the imagery of the lyrics did not quite match the music. However, frontman James Alex has mastered the ability to translate his music to whatever he is doing.

My personal favorite song on the EP was the second track, "Bad Art & Weirdo …

New Music Friday 10/20
I sure would like a nap. Instead, here's some albums that came out today.
SUPER SLIMEY - Future x Young Thug
Surprise release from two of trap's biggest stars. Chock full of banger on top of banger. Follow's Thugger's Young Martha EP from last month and Future's Future/HNDRXX double release.

ken - Destroyer

Dan Bejar's twelfth full-length under the Destroyer moniker. Follows 2015's Poison Season and includes "Sky's Grey" and "Tinseltown Swimming in Blood."

In the Beginning: Before the Heavens - Blu & Exile

Third album from the excellent underground duo and their first in seven years. Follows Blu's string of 2016 collab albums with producers such as Nottz and Fate.

Mirror Reaper - Bell Witch

It's just one track, folks. 83 minutes of expansive doom metal.

Losing - Bully

Sophomore record for the Nashville punks and their first for Sub Pop. Features the awesome "Feel the Same."


Debut EP from…

Listen Sleater-Kinney's New Song Here We Come

Seminal riot grrrl act Sleater-Kinney released a new song "Here We Come" as part of the series 7-inches For Planned Parenthood. The series is a collection of songs from artists like Chvrches, The National, Foo Fighters, Bon Iver, and many others to raise money for the organization.

The song, "Here We Come" was recorded during the sessions for their 2015 album No Cities Left Love. The song is full of the punk rock angst that you expect from a Slater-Kinney track. It grooves along like you would believe. With the members of Sleater-Kinney working on their own projects, this song will be your hold over until another album is released.

Listen to "Here We Come" below.

"Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White" Review

Background: Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters) collaborates with pianist Ben Boye (Ty Segall, The Weather Station) and drummer Jim White (Dirty Three). The album will be Kozelek's fourth of the year, following February's monstrous Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood, 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth with Jesu, and June's Yellow Kitchen with Parquet Court bassist Sean Yeaton.

Review: Honestly, it's just another Mark Kozelek album. At this point, that is what any listener familiar with his extensive discography would come to expect. Rambling stream-of-consciousness lyrics about any topic imaginable and fairly low-key instrumentation are hallmarks of Kozelek's last few years. However, his best projects have something that sets them apart. 2015's Benji had its heartbreaking stories and extra personal lyrics. Even Common as Light was blessed with varied instrumentation to break up the sometimes monotonous 130 minutes.
Both Boye and…

Lotta Sea Lice Review

Lotta Sea Lice is the album you did not know you wanted but you definitely now need. When it was announced in August that Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile were releasing an album together, the music world let out a collective shriek of excitement. The collaboration between Barnett, Australia's wittiest songwriter, and Vile, Philadelphia's most relaxed guitarist, came together like a match made in heaven. 
Vile has a distinctive rambling drawl that leads the listener down the rabbit hole. While on the other hand, Barnett's stream of consciousness delivery, while similar in nature, compliments Vile with its clear and conciseness. 
Lotta Sea Lice opens with the song "Over Everything." The song is a good overview of what the next eight songs are going to be like. "Over Everything" was the first song released from the album. It features Barnett and Vile swapping guitar and vocal lines like its no big deal. The lyrics in the middle verses talk about Barnett'…

Watch Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile Perform Blue Cheese And Over Everything

Lotta Sea Lice, the much anticipated album from indie rock icons Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile drops October 13th. Music videos for the songs "Over Everything" and "Continental Breakfast" have been released in the last few months. Radio station KCRW just put out a two videos of the duo playing the songs "Over Everything" and a new song "Blue Cheese" just in time for the release of the album.

Lotta Sea Lice will be out tomorrow via Matador Records.

Listen to a New St. Vincent Song

In advance of this coming Friday's album release for MASSEDUCTION, Annie Clark has shared another new song - "Pills." It includes vocals from Cara Delevigne and Jenny Lewis, saxophone from Kamasi Washington, and production from Top Dawg Entertainment's Sounwave and Jack Antonoff. Listen to it below.

Father John Misty At Third Man Records

Third Man Records is one of the few analog oases in the desert of digital recording. Their Nashville location contains a venue called The Blue Room. The Blue Room is the only live venue in the world that allows artists to cut live performances directly to acetate. The same way they did it at the beginning of music recording.

Father John Misty, real name Josh Tillman,  recently did a set at Third Man Records Blue Room as part of their blue label series. In promotion for the record, Father John Misty has been releasing videos from his solo set. 

Even seasoned entertainers are not exempt the stress that comes from cutting a song live without being able to edit it after the fact. In the video above, Tillman mixes up his song "Ballad Of The Dying" from his 2017 release Pure Comedy with 2015s "I Love You, Honeybear." The cynical bearded folk man was able to play off his mistake in typical Father John Misty fashion. Tillman said, "This isn't Pro Tools asshole.&q…

Listen To Landon Pahl's Musical Debut

Local singer-song writer Landon Pahl released his debut single, "Nobody Says," on October 9th. Pahl sat down to talk about the song on a radio show called Local Juke Joint. Pahl says, "It's ["Nobody Says"] geared towards this generation's view on love." He wrote "Nobody Says" as a commentary on hookup culture.

"Nobody Says" sounds a lot like a song from The Pines. The song has that indie folk/rootsy vibe to it. The guitars are dripping in reverb and delay. It creates a swirling atmosphere that Pahl's baritone vocal cuts through. It's a solid debut from the Landon Pahl. Hopefully, this is the first of many more songs.

Listen to "Nobody Says"

Listen to Landon Pahl's interview on Local Juke Joint.

Calvin Heights At Driftwood Char Bar

Minneapolis indie rockers Calvin Heights played an intense set at Driftwood Char Bar Thursday night. The band is playing shows around the Twin Cities in support of their album Worst Calligraphywhich was released in August of this year.

The noisy atmosphere created on Worst Calligraphy translates to an even better experience in person. The music comes to life when played in front of people. Their set began with frontman Brett Carey sitting on the floor with a bag over his head. He sat rocking back and forth as his guitar fed back into his amplifier. The rest of the band followed suit until they kicked into their first song "3/7". The bag soon came off when the band continued into the next songs.

Taking inspiration from The Pixies, Calvin Heights uses dynamics heavily in their set. The band would be creating as much noise as they could with Brett and fellow guitarist Sam wailing away on their guitars with drummer Jordan Wipf bashing away and then the band would be nearly sile…

New Wolf Parade Video and Reddit AMA

Photo by Tyson Elder
Canadian indie-rockers Wolf Parade just released their first album in seven years, Cry Cry Cry. In promotion of the record, they made a video for the songs "King of Piss and Paper" and "Artificial Life." The 10-minute clip was directed by Brooke Linder. Additionally, the band decided to host an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") on Reddit. Some highlights include the possibility of Spencer Krug going on tour with just a piano and a glass of whiskey, and the revelation that Spencer "is a small child with a small dog on top and another small child on top of the dog." Check out the new video below and the AMA here.

New Music Friday 10/6

Relax and check out some cool new records! Even Marilyn Manson's here! @Pitchfork, fight me.

Wolf Parade - Cry Cry Cry

The Canadian indie rock heroes are back with their first post-reunion LP. If it's anything like the two great singles ("Valley Boy," "You're Dreaming") or any of their previous work, it's sure to be an awesomely angular rock record.

Kelela - Take Me Apart

American R&B singer and member of the Warp family releases her debut album. Includes "LMK" and "Frontline."

Deradoorian - Eternal Recurrence

Singer, multi-instrumentalist, and former Dirty Projector releases a solid, compact EP. Includes the singles "Mountainside" and "Nia in the Dark."

Kele Okereke - Fatherland

Bloc Party singer releases his third solo album. Featuring Corinne Bailey Rae and Olly Alexander.

Ducktails - Jersey Devil

Former Real Estate guitarist Matt Mandanile's sixth album with his psych-pop group.


Watch The Making of Metz's Strange Peace

Strange Peace is the third album from noise punk trio Metz. The album was released on September 22nd of this year and has been receiving good reviews. To accompany the record Sub Pop put out a behind the scenes video of recording of album. The video features members of the band messing around between takes. Not much of the actual recording is shown in the video. However, the video is a cool snapshot into what bands do in the down time during recording sessions.

Fleet Foxes At Palace Theater

Progressive folk giants Fleet Foxes played two sold out shows at The Palace Theater on September 30th and October 1st. The band was touring in support of their return album Crack Up which was released in June of this year.

Ear Coffee sent its two best (and only writers) to cover the second night because we are dedicated to bring you the news (also Robin Pecknold is also bae).

For a venue, the Palace Theater, was the perfect venue for Fleet Foxes. The building itself is super vibey and has a reclaimed look. The front of house engineer knew what he was doing. Both bands that night sounded, for the most part, crystal clear in the PA.

The opening act was a Canadian indie band named Nap Eyes. In true indie rock fashion, there were a great number of Fender offset guitars on stage. The band started precisely at 7:30 that night. Which was a surprise because rock music never starts on time.

The Nap Eyes frontman Nigel Chapman's voice stood out among the instrumentation. It was nasally and…

Tom Petty Dies At 66

Rock 'n' roll icon, Tom Petty died Monday. The Heartbreakers frontman was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night. TMZ reports that Petty suffered full cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the hospital and put on life support.

Petty just finished up a 40th anniversary tour with The Heartbreakers where he played over 50 shows in 24 states. His final concert was Monday, September 25th where he played three sold out shows at the Hollywood Bowl.

Petty's career spanned 13 albums with The Heartbreakers, three solo albums, and a supergroup with Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Bob Dylan titled Traveling Wilburys.

Songs like "American Girl," "Refugee," and "Free Fallin'" put Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers on the map '70s and helped Petty leave a mark on music.

At Least 50 Dead And Over 200 Injured During Las Vegas Country Music Festival

Updated: 11:24 a.m. CST

The Las Vegas Route 91 country music festival came to a tragic end Sunday night after a gun opened fire on attendees. 58 people are confirmed dead with 515 people wounded. A lone gunman, identified as Stephen Paddock by Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, opened fire on the crowd from his 32nd floor room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Swat teams responded quickly to the shots and the suspect was found dead at the scene. Authorities believe he killed himself. Multiple rifles were found in the hotel room and another suspect has been detained.

Watch the briefing from Sheriff Lombardo below.

This shooting is the largest shooting at a concert in modern history.