I’m still quite torn about the split of Wild Beasts, who were one of the most reliable bands in the indie rock game. But today we get a clearer picture of why the band went their separate ways, with the band’s Hayden Thorpe releasing his debut single, “Diviner” via Domino Records.

It’s comforting to hear the trademark vocals of Thorpe soaring again. It doesn’t stray too far from the sort of contribution that eh would make with the band, a song that is distinctly very much his own but also one that should be an easy transition for fans of the band to make. We can only assume it’s off his eventual debut album due out maybe sometime this year.

For now, you can listen to “Diviner” below, via it’s beautiful music video directed by Crowns & Owls.
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Vampire Weekend will release their long-awaited new album Father of the Bride sometime this spring, which we’ve gotten a taste of with new single “Harmony Hall” and “2021.”

Today the band released the music video for “Harmony Hall,” which was directed Emmett Malloy and stars the band alongside appearances from Jonah Hill (who directed their next music video), producer Ariel Rechshaid, Dev Hynes (of Blood Orange) and Danielle Haim (of Haim), not to mention a snake.

Enjoy the video below.
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It’s incredible to think it’s been six years since we got new music from Vampire Weekend. The band that basically soundtracked my high school and college days has been largely absent in the latter part of this decade but have been teasing a new album since last year.

Today they finally announced that their new album is called Father Of The Bride and will be released sometime this Spring via Columbia Records. Along with the album title announcement came the release of two songs from the album: “Harmony Hall” and “2021,” the first taste of the 18-songs that await for fans on the new LP.

“Harmony Hall” is a song that feels like new ground for the band, a mix of some more jammy elements (and even some Fleetwood Mac) but there’s still plenty of that familiar Vampire Weekend sound there (with the song was written by Ezra Koenig and produced by Koenig and Ariel Rechtshaid, with additional production by former member Rostam Batmanglij and contributions from both Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors and Danielle Haim of Haim) – not to mention a reference to Modern Vampires of the City track “Finger Back.”.

It sounds readymade for listening late night at a major music festival. “2021” is a brief track (at 1 1/2 minutes – written by Koenig & Haruomi Hosono and produced by Rechtshaid & Ezra Koenig and featuring vocals from Jenny Lewis) that feels like a throwback to many generations of the band, invoking a ton of feelings of nostalgia along the way.

It’s clearly a new era of Vampire Weekend with literal changes to the band, as well as more symbolic ones, that paint this as a new part of their chapter as a band. One we’re excited to see unfold and dig our teeth into the rest of Father Of The Bride very soon.

Enjoy listens to both “Harmony Hall” and “2012” below.

“Harmony Hall”


Foals Announce New Album and Release Single “Exits”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2019 — with 1 comment

Earlier today Foals announced that they’re back with not one but two new albums this year entitled Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 & 2 (released via Warner Bros). Part 1 will be released on March 8th with Part 2 coming this Fall. This is the band’s first album in four years (What Went Down in 2015), their longest break between albums so far. It also is their first album without founding member and bassist Walter Gervers, who left the band last year.

So in many ways, this feels like a turning point in the band’s career, which had me very intrigued with what the new material would sound like. With a two-part album on the way, it’s clear this is going to be some of their biggest and most ambitious work to date.
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Imogen Heap has announced her first U.S. tour in nine years, that will come in support of her ‘Mycelia’ tour, which will stop into 9-cities starting at the end of April. The tour will bring her to us in New York on May 8 for a performance at Town Hall.

These dates are comprised of concerts, talks and workshops, launching the Creative Passport, serving to “realizing a vision of the future which sees music makers connected through a verified and decentralized ecosystem, promoting artist-led, fair and sustainable operating practices.”

Most exciting about these dates is it not only features a solo performance by Imogen Heap but also with Guy Sigsworth, a Frou Frou reunion which brings the duo together for the first time since 2003.

You can find the full list of U.S. dates below and head to the Imogen Heap website for more information about presales/on sale dates. We hope to see you at Town Hall on May 8th!

The day we have been waiting nearly half a decade has finally arrived. Arctic Monkeys have officially marked their long-awaited return with the announcement that their sixth album is entitled Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino and will be released on May 11, 2018, by who else but Domino Records.

The album, which was produced by both Arctic Monkeys regular James Ford as well as their very own Alex Turner, was recorded in Los Angeles, Paris and London. The album is 11-tracks long and features some already memorable song titles such as “The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip,” and “The Ultracheese,” the former which already has to be a frontrunner for song of the year. One these for sure: all the song titles could have only come out of the mind of Turner.

The band has also shared a quick but efficient 41-second teaser video for the album. It opens with ever-expanding strings before slowly revealing a sexy guitar groove that surely expands upon the sound that they had forged on AM.

Looks like we have to wait closer to the album’s release to hear our first glimpse of music but the fact that it’s only a month away makes the wait somewhat more bearable.

The album is available to preorder on Limited Silver Vinyl and the full tracklisting can be found posted below along with the album teaser.

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino Tracklist:

1. Star Treatment
2. One Point Perspective
3. American Sports
4. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
5. Golden Trunks
6. Four Out Of Five
7. The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip
8. Science Fiction
9. She Looks Like Fun
10. Batphone
11. The Ultracheese

It’s been three years since Alvvays delighted us with their self-titled debut in 2014 (three years is a lifetime these days). We’ve been itching in anticipation of a new record from the Toronto rockers, and they’ve finally answered our prayers.

Their new album is entitled Antisocialites and will once again be released via Polyvinyl. The album is a brief 33-minutes over 10 tracks, and sees them “dive back into the deep-end of reckless romance and altered dates” and sees them renew “Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage. When describing the album, frontwoman Molly Rankin said: “This record is a fantasy breakup arc and my life nearly imitated art.”
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Grizzly Bear have officially announced the release of their new album Painted Ruins, their fifth, which will be released on August 18 via RCA Records, their first for the label.

In addition to the album announcement, the band has released a brand new track from the album entitled “Mourning Sound,” following “Three Rings,” the first song released from the album.

While “Three Rings” was more of an Ed Droste track, “Mourning Sound” feels like a more shared, collaborative effort being the band, although kicked off by Ed, Daniel Rossen’s vocals are welcomed in a big way during the chorus of “we walk with the mourning sound.” It’s another pretty track from the group, who sure are back in a big, big way.

Stream “Mourning Sound” below, and check out their newly announced two dates, which include two shows at Brooklyn Steel.
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Panorama 2016

After months of speculation, the Panorama Music Festival has finally been announced. It’s taking place on Randall’s Island Park on the weekend of Friday, July 22 though Sunday July 24. The festival was brought together by Goldenvoice, the same company behind Coachella.

The impressive set of headliners includes LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Foals, Alabama Shakes, Run The Jewels, Sia, Blood Orange, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Kurt Vile & The Violators, FKA Twigs, Grace Potter and Silversun Pickups. The rest of the lineup features highlights such as Broken Social Scene, Daughter, Anderson Paak ^& The Free Nationals, Mike D, Schoolboy Q, AlunaGeorge, Flatbush Zombies, The Front Bottoms, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jai Wolf, The Julie Ruin, SZA, Holy Ghost!, Tourist, Ex Hex, Oh Wonder, Madlib, Here We Go Magic, Caveman, Algiers, White Lung and more.

There was once a point where NYC lacked any prominent music festivals, and now we have two. Fans of live music in New York sure aren’t complaining, I know I’m not. I can’t wait to see what Panorama has to offer, and to see return performances from Arcade Fire, The National, and of course, LCD Soundsystem.
Three-day tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday (March 4) at noon.

Harriet Releases Debut Album ‘American Appetite’

By Will Oliver, February 2nd 2016

Harriet - American Appetite

We’re only 33 days into 2016, but we’ve already been graced with some awesome albums. This includes American Appetite, the debut album from Los Angeles band Harriet, a release four years in the making.

You see, I first posted about Harriet late in 2011, after becoming fascinate with their debut single “I Slept With All Your Mothers.” It was included on their debut EP, and had me readily waiting to see what they had up their sleeves for their debut.

Only, aside from founder Alex Casnoff (who formerly played piano with Dawes and Papa) and drummer Henry Kwapis, the lineup kept changing and time went on and the wait for the album continued. This wasn’t a bad thing, as Casnoff and the rest of the group smartly took their time with the release, carefully putting together all the right ingredients and pieces, releasing songs and videos one by one, and signing to the small but impressive roster of Harvest Records. Ultimately this helped them to prepare for the release of American Appetite, doing it their own way.

I got to watch the band grow in real time, so it’s almost hard for me to believe that their album is actually here. But it is indeed a real thing, and as great of a first document of the band as I could’ve hoped. At their core, Harriet is built around the songwriting prowess of Casnoff. But they’re far from folk or an americana rock band, even if those elements are found throughout the 12 songs that make up American Appetite. As the years passed, they evolved as a band, showing an ability to take these songs and add a shiny pop or even dance guise, as evident on “Ten Steps” the unshakeable second track on the album.

All in all, the debut offering from Harriet feels far too polished and readymade to be a debut. They group have managed to do the unthinkable and deliver a first time release that seems like it has come from seasoned veterans. It may have been a long time coming, but American Appetite was well worth the wait, and is proof that Harriet are very much a band to watch in the future. Big things are on the way.

Today they released a brand new video for ““Inheritance,” which serves as a short heist-film with some messages about the music industry that are pretty clear. Check it out via Billboard.

American Appetite is available to purchase right here.

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