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31 Mar

Michael Franti just premiered the touching video for his new single, “I’ll Be Waiting.” In the video, Franti takes us on an emotional rollercoaster telling the story of the song through a number of perspectives, including a tearful homecoming for a soldier.

Be sure to also check out this video of Franti talking about the meaning behind the song. Fans can pick up “I’ll Be Waiting” featured on Franti’s latest album The Sound of Sunshine on iTunes now!

31 Mar

Radiohead has just released their new album The King of Limbs on CD and Vinyl. The album was initially released as a digital download on February 18th. The King of Limbs is the band’s first new album in over three years.

A free newspaper “The Universal Sigh” was also made available concurrently with the new album release. The newspaper was available all throughout the world for free on Tuesday. You can find out more information about it at theuniversalsigh.com and view it as a pdf here.

Radiohead’s ‘The King of Limbs’ CD and Vinyl is available now at all good record stores everywhere. Pick it up at tbdrecords.com

31 Mar

The Strokes performed “You’re So Right” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Watch it below and pick up the album Angles on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD, Vinyl

30 Mar

If you see Death Cab For Cutie on tour this summer, you should get there early because you’ll catch The Lonely Forest, a promising band from Washington who you’ll love just as much as DCFC. In fact, Death Cab’s guitarist Chris Walla loved the band so much, he signed The Lonely Forest to his label Trans Records. Last night, they played Brighton Music Hall where our photographer Jennifer Murtha (of FromThePhotoPit.com) got some great shots of the band.

30 Mar

Since the 1990s, the Ladybug Transistor has created formalist pop-rock albums with a dreamy, articulate sound that spans decades and genres. Anchored by Gary Olson’s organizing vision and restrained baritone, their music boasts intricate arrangements and soaring melodies that are at once modern and timeless.

This band’s narrative holds a rich history of heartfelt collaboration, tireless devotion, quiet and outspoken romance, new arrivals, unexpected departures, achy break-ups, and unspeakable loss. They have become agile at adjustment.

In 2007, the untimely passing of their beloved drummer San Fadyl left members Olson, Kyle Forester, and Julia Rydholm at an unimaginable loss, struggling with a prevailing sense of “What now?” At a time
where moving forward felt possibly impossible, the band quietly gathered new recruits (Mark Dzula, Eric Farber, Michael O’Neill) and embarked on writing a new album with the memory of San squarely in mind.

The resulting effort is their forthcoming release Clutching Stems—a lush collection of potent refrains and brought-to-one’s-knees ballads. Set to an invigorated soundtrack of wave-pop arrangements, the songs detail stories of humbling heartbreak, profound longing, undoing distress, nagging regret, and coming-of-age awakenings. Olson’s lyrics express an overarching search to find one’s voice in the face of moments that knock the wind and words right out of a

This new line-up has found a distinct voice that honors diverse
influences and the band’s own precedent sound. Clutching Stems assuredly underlines that while love can tear things apart, it can also capably mend them back together once again.

Download “Clutching Stems”

The Ladybug Transistor are:

Gary Olson – vocals

Kyle Forester – keyboards

Julia Rydholm – bass

Michael O’Neill – guitar

Eric Farber – drums

Mark Dzula – guitar

30 Mar

By Jennifer Trainor

With “Listen to Your Love” all over alt rock radio, and Mona buzzing throughout the industry post SXSW, I had pretty big expectations. On everyone’s radar, mags and blogs are all touting Mona as “best new band for 2011″ and “the next Kings of Leon“, and all without a full album release to date (currently scheduled for May 16 in the UK and June 17 in the US). Those are some big promises to deliver on, so when I didn’t walk away from the Met on Monday night (3/28) completely jazzed about these guys, I felt a little sad. I’d been ready to be blown away.

Opening for The Joy Formidable as they tour promoting their latest album offering The Big Roar, puts Mona in an interesting spot as they feel the surge of potential beneath their feet. With more buzz potentially than they band they’re supporting, Nick Brown, band frontman (vocals, guitar) seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder, as though he’s just putting in the time but knows that he and his bandmates – Vincent Gard (drums), Zach Lindsey (bass) and Jordan Young (guitar) – have their sights on bigger things, and like, tomorrow.

On this particular night the odds were unfortunately stacked against them – it was Monday night. They were in a small city of Pawtucket, RI, just on the border of Providence. Not a bad music scene, but not exactly burgeoning either. Based on the size and energy of the crowd, it seemed their buzz hadn’t quite arrived here yet. I typically fall for a new band easily and pretty hard – especially when there’s a little scruff and some skinny black jeans involved. I’m allured by that promise of being able to say “I knew them when”, so for me to walk away not completely loving these guys, I’m wondering – what’d I miss?

Now before I become the only soul on record to be perceived as publicly dissing these boys, let me say it’s not that they didn’t turn in a decent performance. They did. They did everything they had to do. With most of their music unheard in the US, I was thrilled that they treated us to not only their released singles of “Teenager”, “Listen to Your Love”, and “Trouble on the Way”, but also 4 songs new to my ears – “Lines In the Sand”, “Say You Will”, “Pavement” and “Lean into the Fall”. “Lines in the Sand” is the one to watch for. Nick almost totally won me over here, as he passionately and sensitively croons that “it’s cold outside” and “I don’t want you, I don’t need it”. It’s here that they most feel Kings of Leon, but as much as see that, I also get a bit of a Blink-182 vibe from “Teenager”. Let’s face it, either way, not a bad spot to be. As he introduced “Listen to Your Love”, Nick tells us, “We do music because we love it. Hopefully you listen for the same reasons.” Sounds endearing, but the delivery lacked…something.

Fortunately for Mona, the songs don’t lack the necessary jams and hooks that make us want to hear more. No doubt I will buy this album and hopefully see them again and find a connection. So with what looks like a pretty hit-stacked album on the horizon, a couple of memorable chorus’ and a seemingly talented band, what’s missing? I think that this “band from Nashville” just lacks a bit of southern charm. Probably because they’re really from Ohio.

30 Mar

My Morning Jacket have set May 31st as the release date for their album Circuital on ATO Records. This week, the countdown to Circuital presents “It Beats 4 U” from the Z performance at Terminal 5 on October 22nd, 2010. Grab the song here.

Click here to download the countdown’s first song, “Butch Cassidy”, recorded live on October 18th, 2010.

Click here to download the countdown’s second song, “The Way That He Sings”, recorded live on October 19th, 2010.

Click here to download the countdown’s third song, “One Big Holiday”, recorded live on October 21st, 2010.

On April 12th, the countdown ends with a new song from Circuital.

For more info on the upcoming download dates go to the band’s website

30 Mar

My Cousin, The Emperor have returned to NYC after a tour down to SXSW and back with Caitlin Cary’s (Whiskeytown) THE SMALL PONDS. They made plenty of fans on the road, with Knoxville’s Metro Pulse declaring, “My Cousin, The Emperor comes off like a shiny 21st-century update of The Basement Tapes.” The Dallas Observer noticed, “New York’s My Cousin, The Emperor add a bit more of an edge to this interesting bill” and Metromix confirmed, “My Cousin played with the soul of seasoned Nashville session men.”

MCTE just released the single disc, double EP The Subway EPs and will be celebrating with a CD RELEASE SHOW at Southpaw in Brooklyn on Sat, April 9th with a lineup that can’t be topped. The quartet will be bookended by The Loom and Yellowbirds and Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned will open things up, so we suggest you get there early to catch all four throw down.

Sat, April 9 – 9pm
125 Fifth Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
w/ The Loom, Yellowbirds & Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned



30 Mar

Rock band The Strokes recently released fourth studio album, Angles, has debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The band sold over 88,000 copies of Angles in its first week. Angles debuted at #3 in the UK, #4 in Canada, and #1 in Australia. The album is about to enter the top 10 on Billboard’s Modern rock chart as well.

Following the bands recent performances on late night television including Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman, The Strokes will be playing on The Jimmy Fallon Show tonight at 12:30 pm EST.

To top off this extraordinary week for the band, The Strokes will be playing a sold-out concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden this Friday, April 1.

Angles has received lots of praise from critics as well, with Rolling Stone magazine calling it “the best album that [The Strokes] have made since 2001′s Is This It” in their 4 star review. Other critics lauded Angles as a welcome reinvention for the band, with NME noting that “‘Angles’ lives up to its name by coming at you from some very obtuse places indeed.” TIME called Angles “a 10 song exercise in rock precision,” and SPIN magazine proclaiming that Angles “reminds you why they were so irresistible in the first place” in their 8 out of 10 review.

Angles is the band’s first new release since 2006′s First Impressions of Earth and marks the ambition of that album with the immediacy of the band’s earlier albums Is This It (2001) and Room On Fire (2003). In 2010, the band returned to the road, playing and headlining major festivals in the United States and UK, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Lollapalooza, Hurricane Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Rockness, Outside Lands, and Austin City Limits. Time Out Chicago hailed the Lollapalooza performance as “the best set I’ve seen since covering Lollapalooza. Better than Radiohead in 2008. Better than… who headlined last year? …The crowd…was euphoric.”

30 Mar

Pearl Jam have just released expanded and restored editions of their classic 2nd and 3rd studio albums, VS. and Vitalogy. Both albums broke all initial Soundscan records and secured the band’s reputation as a preeminent force in American rock music.

Vs. and Vitalogy are now available in new Expanded Editions (featured three bonus tracks on each) or together in a three-disc Deluxe Edition (featuring Live at the Orpheum Theater, Boston, April 12, 1994) and Limited Edition Collector’s Box Set. Each album will also be released in new commemorative re-mastered vinyl editions on April 12th to coincide with Record Store Day 2011.

This week Sirius/XM’s Pearl Jam station will be featuring VS. and Vitalogy all week long on Sirius channel 17 and XM channel 39. Hear a special episode of “The All Encompassing Trip” with producer Brendan O’Brien Mon 3/28 at 6pm ET. Brendan returns on Wed 3/30 at 6pm ET as a Guest DJ. And hear full concerts from the Vs. and Vitalogy tours, including the 1994 show from Boston’s Orpheum Theater on Tue 3/29 at 8pm ET, plus bonus material from the new re-mastered albums all week long!

For a free 30-day online trial of SiriusXM visit www.siriusxm.com/rockfreepass.