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30 Sep

Before any of you complain about the video quality or any other issues, go visit http://www.globalcitizen.org and learn how you can become a Global Citizen. Next, watch the video. If you don’t enjoy it, too bad. You should’ve been there last night, watched the webcast or on TV or just recorded your own rip. For the rest of you, enjoy what may be the last Foo Fighters concert for a very long time.

30 Sep

Seattle’s Soundgarden have released the highly anticipated first single “Been Away Too Long” off their forthcoming King Animal. The single is now available to purchase and the album is available to pre-order. “Been Away Too Long” is a long-awaited homecoming for fans, a celebration of urban angst and rock. King Animal, the band’s first new studio album in over 15 years, will be released on November 13th, 2012 via Seven Four Entertainment and Republic Records. The band co-produced their sixth studio album with longtime Soundgarden friend and producer Adam Kasper (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Pearl Jam) and the record was mixed by Joe Barresi (The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer).

With two GRAMMY ® award wins, seven overall nominations and over 21 million records sold worldwide, Soundgarden redefined rock music for a whole generation and had a revolutionary impact on the course of musical history. At the dawn of 2010, the band, Chris Cornell, Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd, announced a new beginning. In the last three years since Soundgarden has reunited, they released their first retrospective, Telephantasm, which was certified platinum, their first live album, Live on I-5, penned the end title song, “Live to Rise,” for the feature film The Avengers which went to No.1 on Modern and Active Rock radio, and headlined sold-out shows and festivals around the world. Now, comes the band’s first collection of new songs since the 1990′s. Watch www.soundgardenworld.com for additional details.

30 Sep

Last night, Neil Young with Crazy Horse headlined the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park. When it came time for the band to close the show with Young’s “Kep On Rockin’ In The Free World,” they’d welcome all of the performers from earlier in the night: Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’naan. Watch the video below and head over to globalcitizen.org to find out how you can help support gender equality, primary education, environmental sustainability all throughout the world.

29 Sep

Partisan Records is excited to announce that Deer Tick has confirmed a run of October headlining tour dates. The 9-date tour, in support of the band’s 2011 full-length, Divine Providence, and 2012 EP, Tim, begins on October 13th at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs, NY and culminates with a performance by John McCauley (and friends) at WFUV’s Live at Zankel Hall concert series at Carnegie Hall. The tour includes a jaunt to Canada, which surrounds a performance at Halifax Pop Explosion, in addition to a handful of New England dates. The full list of tour dates is below.

Deer Tick has spent much of the past year on the road, playing both club dates and festivals including Sasquatch Festival, Forecastle Festival, and Newport Folk Festival. The band has played songs off of the critically acclaimed Divine Providence on Late Show with David Letterman and The Conan O’Brien Show. New York Times referred to frontman John McCauley as “growly, funny, slyly insightful,” and Rolling Stone, in their “Best of Rock” list, deemed him as one of “rock’s last true wildmen.” SPIN called Divine Providence “revelatory,” while American Songwriter praised, “If this sounds like a rave, then you read it correctly. Divine Providence, music that the Creator Himself may have sent, is the best, funniest, most detailed, thrilling blast of rock and roll since The Hold Steady’s Boys And Girls In America.”

Tour Dates:
10/13 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Putnam Den
10/14 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
10/15 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
10/16 – St. John, NB – Pepper’s Pub
10/19 – Halifax, NS – Halifax Pop Explosion – Marquee Club
10/20 – Fredericton, NB – The Capital Complex
10/21 – Portland, ME – Empire
10/22 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street Ballroom
10/27 – New York, NY – Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (John McCauley and Friends)

27 Sep

The Joy Formidable are excited to announce that “This Ladder Is Ours,” the first US single from their upcoming album Wolf’s Law, will be released on October 9, after the song headed to radio on Wednesday, September 26. You can stream “This Ladder Is Ours” below:

The Joy Formidable are ready to bring their roaring live shows back to the United States for a number of headlining dates this fall. The intimate tour, where the band will preview songs from the new record, begins on November 08 in New York City at The Bowery Hotel, followed by shows in Brooklyn and Chicago at the 100 person capacity, rarely played Top Note Theater before the band hits the West Coast for shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. For this short tour, the band have booked much smaller venues than they normally would, some of which are non-traditional venues.. With a phenomenal and well deserved live reputation, these shows will be an early chance for fans to hear the new tracks prior to the release of Wolf’s Law in January of 2013. For full itinerary, see dates below.

The band have also been hand-picked to open for Muse across some of their European dates beginning at the end of October, including a two-night stint at London’s O2 Arena.

The band also recently unveiled the music video for “Cholla,” another song from their upcoming full-length LP Wolf’s Law. Check out the video below:

Wolf’s Law is the second album from The Joy Formidable and the follow-up to their breakthrough debut The Big Roar which saw the band praised by the likes of The New York Times, SPIN, and NME as one of the most exciting new UK bands to emerge in 2010. Mixed by Andy Wallace and recorded by the band in Maine, North Wales and London, preview track “Wolf’s Law” and the recently released “Cholla” have already re-established the trio with NME suggesting that this album ‘could well see them become the next big British guitar band’.

Upcoming Tour Dates
10/16 – Montpellier, France @ Park & Suites Arena*
10/18 – Paris, France @ Bercy*
10/20 – Madrid, Spain @ Palacio de Deportes*
10/24 – Glasgow @ SECC*
10/26 – London @ O2 Arena*
10/27 – London @ O2 Arena*
10/30 – Birmingham @ LG Arena*
11/01 – Manchester @ MEN Arena*
11/08 – New York, NY @ School Night at The Bowery Hotel
11/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ “Communion” at Littlefield
11/14 – Chicago, IL @ Top Note Theater
11/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
11/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Preservation Hall West / The Chapel
11/25 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy – EDGE Jingle Bell Concert Series
11/28 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s – WBRU 43rd BIRTHDAY BASH
12/01 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park – 97X Next Big Thing
12/02 – Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park – WXXJ BIG TICKET
12/06 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom – KNRK December to Remember

*Supporting Muse

27 Sep

Punk/folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner is wrapping up his US fall tour this weekend with back to back shows (Saturday 9/29 and Sunday 9/30) at Webster Hall in New York City. Our writer Matt Arena had the chance to speak with Frank recently about the new album, his side project Mongol Horde, headlining Wembley Arena and why he loves America. Read on more below:

How’s the tour going so far?

It’s great, at the moment it’s just a short run, about three and a half weeks, which isn’t very much. And we started in Boston, but I’m speaking to you now from Denver. We’ve had great shows and a great time at Riotfest as well.

You’re recording the new album, right? What was the process like this time around?

The longest amount of time I’ve ever spent working on a record before was 12 days, and this time around we have four weeks. Not to put down any records I’ve made so far but they’ve always been made to accompany the live thing in a way. Not that that’s gonna change completely, but I kinda feel this time around I’ve got the opportunity and resources to spend a bit more time on the album as an album. It’s an interesting process. I’m gonna say, but everybody says this, I’m excited about some of the things, it’s gonna be a good record. I’m really chomping at the bit to get into the studio this time.

Recently you’ve started work on a side project, Mongol Horde, which has a pretty heavy sound. Any chance that will bleed over into your album?

No to any real degree. If anything it makes it less likely in a way because I’m getting that aggression out of my system. The two are pretty separate in my mind, I don’t feel like one effects the other particularly. The album I’m making at the moment, as it is with all the records I’ve made, is just me putting together the best set of songs that I can. I think I’m getting better at songwriting with practice and age. I feel like these songs are better than before.

I’ve noticed you’ve debuted a couple new songs on the tour so far, what goes into the decision making process of which new ones you want to try out?

One of the things over the course of this whole tour that we’re trying to do is cycle through so that everything gets at least one play out. We’re switching it up with that in mind. The art of writing a song is a fine one and playing a new song is always fun for us, it’s always about finding the right song to put in the right place. I always feel like playing a song live tightens it up in a way that a million studio sessions will never succeed in doing. Something about having to present there in front of a live audience makes it pull together. Or fall apart, then we’ve gotta figure out what’s wrong with it.

Does playing them live help you discover any changes in the songs?

Sometimes yeah, there’s little stuff when you play it with that much more adrenaline and you’re trying to forcefully present it to people that suggests new ideas to you. I’m weary of trying to decide which ones try to make the album because I’ve got too many to choose from. I don’t want to edit the album based around the reaction of one audience. I’m not gonna be fussed I play a song one time and it doesn’t go over that well and go “right, fuck that song then.”

Are there any new songs in particular that you’re really excited about?

At one point we had 25 songs on the list and at this point in their careers a lot of bands get tempted by the double album, which I think is pretty much resolutely a bad idea, so I’m not gonna do that. So I’m trying to whittle down. There are definitely more than 12 songs that I really, really love at the moment. So it’s gonna be interesting to see what makes the cut and what doesn’t.

What was it like playing the opening ceremony of the Olympics?

It was cool, it was very surreal, not just days, but for a couple of months. We got a call from Danny Boyle asking us to be involved. It was weird, because he’s a culturally impressive figure and he’s something of a diehard fan of what I do. Which is great, it’s fantastic. The weirdest wasn’t that we were hanging out in a stadium with giant Voldemorts and Rowan Atkinson, but that we got used to that, it wasn’t even a thing anymore and we were just hanging out. It was kind off but in a good way.

You playing on an interesting background, the giant hill with people farming. It looked like a Shire scene out of Lord of the Rings.

It was supposed to be kind of old England. It was kind of odd, we were on a fake hill with a bunch of sheep and horses and stuff. We knew we were playing to tons of people but none of them were directly in front of us. There were either across the stadium or on the other side of the camera. So it’s a weird mixture of being nervous, because you’re playing to millions of people, but then you can’t really see any of them.

Let’s talk about your side project for a moment, Mongol Horde. It’s much heavier and radically different from anything you’ve done; I really dig it.

Thanks. I’ve been wanting to do something like it for a long time, I spent many, many years playing that kind of music and I still listen to it. The drummer I’m playing with in Mongol Horde is one of my oldest friends and we’ve been playing together for many, many years and I kind of just wanted to play with him again. It’s definitely a side project. We did a couple shows in the UK and put out a couple rehearsal demos but I have no idea when we’ll do an album. We will do an album, but it might not be till the end of next year.

Just in looking at a couple videos from those shows, it looks really freeing for you to be playing with that kind of intensity live.

It’s kind of like scratching an itch for me. It’s a side of my personality that’s reflected in what I make. It’s not a major part, but that little, slightly crazy part of me. It is very, very tiring though. After about 30 minutes in those shows I’m completely fucked. I guess I’m not 23 anymore.

What’s your favorite thing about touring the US that’s unique to this country?

I’m just a really big fan of America generally. It’s an endlessly fascinating country. I just really, really love American people, they have the best manners in the world. They tend to be very welcoming and interesting. There tends to be a boring, ill-informed anti-Americanism that pervades Europe, which, I’ll say when I was younger before I got to get around this country I probably indulged in as well, but since coming here I’ve gotten a real taste for what a fantastic place it is to be. I always feel happy when I’m heading back out to the US.

You always make it a point to hang around after shows and meet everyone, which obviously takes a lot of time and effort on your part, and not a lot of bands do it. What makes that so important to you?

I feel like it would be disingenuous not to do that if that’s what people want to do. I get to travel around the world and play music, it’s not a bad place to be. And the reason I get to do that is because come out to shows and buy tickets, shirts, and the rest of it. If people want to spend a minute of their time saying hi, it would be kind of really shitty of me not to do that. Philosophy aside, I’m a gregarious person and I like meeting new people and having a good time hanging out with people.

Do you have trouble doing that in the UK, where you’re a lot bigger? I would imagine it would be rough to stick around the merch table at Wembley Arena after a show.

Yeah, it’s a little more hectic. One of the things about it is that when things are a bit more of a manageable, I guess underground, level generally speaking the people are more connected to it and more respectful. I think one of the things in the UK is that people kind of go crazy in a slightly rehearsed way if you know what I mean. I kinda just wanna grab them and go, “chill out, I’m just another human.” Things have to be a little bit more controlled in the UK or else I’d spend my entire life talking to people after shows.

I think a lot of that comes from the fact that most bands don’t do it, so it’s really cool that you do.
Yeah, I think it demonstrates a point. That’s the main reason I do it really, to show people that I don’t hold myself above them.

How old were you when you played your first show?

Well, it depends how you categorize it. I played at my older sister’s birthday party when I was 13, I’m not sure that counts.

What do you think that 13 year old you would say if he were told that he’d be headlining Wembley Arena and playing opening ceremony for the Olympics?

Well I’m sure I’d be stoked but I’d be worried about saying that. Without sound too much like a Hallmark card, the whole journey is an important thing to me. One of the things I’m proudest about in my career, and if I can be forthright for a minute, is that none of it is handed to me. I’ve worked really hard to get everything and I’m really glad that I did. I wouldn’t have wanted a shortcut through all the shitty years because they were important to me.

(photo credit: Erik Weiss)

To see when Frank’s coming to a city near you, head over to frank-turner.com. You can buy his music on iTunes or XtraMileRecordings.com

27 Sep

LUX is Brian Eno’s first solo album on Warp Records and his first solo album since 2005’s Another Day On Earth. It finds him expanding upon the types of themes and sonic textures that were present on such classic albums as Music For Films, Music For Airports and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks. Eno sees it as a continuation of his ‘Music for Thinking’ project that includes Discreet Music (1975) and Neroli (1993).

LUX is one of Eno’s most ambitious works to date; it is a 76 minute composition in twelve sections that evolved from a work currently housed in the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy. The album is Eno’s third for Warp, following Small Craft on a Milk Sea (with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams) and Drums Between The Bells (with Rick Holland).

Release Information:

LUX tracklist (and track times in brackets):
1. LUX 1 (19:22)
2. LUX 2 (18:14)
3. LUX 3 (19:19)
4. LUX 4 (18:28)

Vinyl (Double 180g LP in gatefold sleeve with 4 x 300x300mm prints and download redemption code card)
CD (CD in gatefold sleeve with 4 x 120x120mm prints)

LUX is released in North America on November 13, 2012 (on CD and Download) and December 11, 2012 (on LP) on Warp Records.

27 Sep

When you head out to see the Lumineers over the next few weeks, you’ll get a chance to see “four west coast weirdos” (self-described) playing before them by the name of Bad Weather California. They’re a fun and energetic punk band who released their LP Sunkissed earlier this year on Akron/Family’s Family Tree Records. Get a taste of the band with a free download of the track “Let It Shine” and get to these shows early to catch the band!

09/27 Tucson, AZ, The Rialto**
09/28 Tempe, AZ, The Marquee**
09/29 San Diego, CA, House of Blues – SOLD OUT**
10/01 Los Angeles, CA, The Henry Fonda – SOLD OUT**
10/02 Los Angeles, CA, The Henry Fonda – SOLD OUT**
10/03 Los Angeles, CA, Harvard & Stone
10/05 Santa Barbara, CA, Lobero – SOLD OUT**
10/06 Eagle Rock, CA, Permanent Records In Store#
10/07 Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory – SOLD OUT**
10/08 Sacramento, CA, Harlow’s – SOLD OUT**
10/09 Sacramento, CA, Harlow’s – SOLD OUT**

**w/ The Lumineers
# Eagle Rock Music Festival w/ Dunes, HOTT MT, Merx, & more

27 Sep

Red Fang have unveiled the new song “Crows In Swine.” Take a listen to it here and buy the track here. The track features menacing guitar riffs and ear shattering drumming, along with the band’s signature drudgy, stoner metal riffs.

Red Fang will be hitting the road this fall headlining shows across the country w/ Black Tusk & Indian Handcrafts supporting them. See the dates below:


10/26 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s !
10/27 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s !
10/28 West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour !
10/30 San Diego, CA – The Casbah !
10/31 Tucson, AZ – Plush !
11/1 El Paso, TX -Tricky Falls !
11/2 Amarillo, TX – 12052 Event Center !
11/4 Houston, TX – Fitzerald’s Downstairs !
11/5 Denton, TX – Rubber Gloves !
11/6 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe !
11/7 Atlanta, GA – Club 529 !
11/8 Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade !
11/9 Richmond, VA – Kingdom !
11/10 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts $
11/11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom $
11/12 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus Bar $
11/13 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East Downstairs $
11/15 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern $
11/16 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick $
11/17 Chicago, IL – Subterranean $
11/19 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater $
11/20 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge $
11/21 Boise, ID – Neurolux $
11/27 Mulhouse, France – Generiq Fest @ La Noumatrouff
11/28 Besancon, France – Generiq Fest @ La Rodia
11/29 Paris, France – Glazart
12/1 Camber Sands, UK – ATP @ Pontins
12/2 Camber Sands, UK – ATP @ Pontins
12/3 London, UK – The Garage
12/4 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
12/5 Glasgow, UK – Ivory Blacks
12/6 Birmingham, UK – HMV Library
12/7 Vosselaar, Belgium – Biebob
12/8 Eindhoven, Netherlands – Speedfest
12/9 Koln, Germany – Essigfabrik
! = w/ Black Tusk & Lord Dying
$ = w/ Black Tusk & Indian Handcrafts

27 Sep

GRAMMY®-winning musician and songwriter Ben Harper has selected his favorite ballads for a career-spanning retrospective titled By My Side, to be released October 16 by Virgin/EMI. The collection, available in CD and digital formats, features 12 of Harper’s most unforgettable songs, including “Forever,” “Diamonds On The Inside,” and “Waiting On An Angel,” and also introduces a new ballad, “Crazy Amazing,” which is exclusive to this release. By My Side also includes a rare studio version of “Not Fire Not Ice,” previously unreleased in the U.S., which until now was available only on the international single for “Ground On Down.”

Harper will headline his first-ever solo acoustic tour this fall, beginning September 26 in Ann Arbor, MI and continuing to several other major cities across North America before heading to New Zealand and Australia. Billed as “An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper,” the tour will include Harper’s first headline performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on October 10. Ever since his acclaimed acoustic performance at the inaugural Bonnaroo Music Festival in 2002, Harper has been besieged by fan requests for this kind of intimate outing. He will perform songs from throughout his career – from his 1994 debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, to his latest album, 2011′s critically acclaimed Give Till It’s Gone.

A musician, songwriter, producer, and activist, Ben Harper has released 10 acclaimed studio albums and three live records since 1994. These albums, combined with an unceasing commitment to international touring, have helped him grow a fan base that now spans several continents. Whether the soul of southern Gospel, ’70s funk, blues, reggae, or straightforward rock and roll, Harper and his trademark Weissenborn guitar continue to stun audiences with incendiary live performances and timeless songwriting. A collaborator by nature, Harper has recorded and performed with a long list of artists including Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Charlie Musselwhite, Tom Morello, Rickie Lee Jones, Taj Mahal, Jack Johnson and Vanessa De Matta. His album with the Blind Boys of Alabama, There Will Be A Light, earned two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.

Ben Harper: By My Side [CD, digital]
1. Forever Welcome To The Cruel World
2. By My Side Fight For Your Mind
3. Gold To Me Fight For Your Mind
4. Diamonds On The Inside Diamonds On The Inside
5. In The Colors Lifeline (with Innocent Criminals)
6. Beloved One Burn To Shine
7. Not Fire Not Ice ** Studio version, previously unreleased in the U.S. **
8. Morning Yearning Both Sides Of The Gun
9. Feel Love Give Till It’s Gone
10. Happy Everafter In Your Eyes Both Sides Of The Gun
11. Waiting On An Angel Welcome To The Cruel World
12. Crazy Amazing ** New song **

Ben Harper: “An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper” Tour
9/26 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater
9/27 Chicago, IL Cadillac Palace Theatre
9/29 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
10/1 Montreal, QC Maison Symphonique de Montreal
10/2 Burlington, VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
10/3 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theater
10/5 Boston, MA Boston Opera House
10/6 Portland, ME State Theatre
10/7 Northampton, MA Calvin Theatre
10/10 New York, NY Carnegie Hall
11/2 Wellington, NZ Michael Fowler Centre
11/3 Wellington, NZ Michael Fowler Centre
11/5 Auckland, NZ ASB Theatre
11/6 Auckland, NZ ASB Theatre
11/8 Canberra, AU Canberra Theatre
11/9 Brisbane, AU Brisbane Convention Centre
11/10 Melbourne, AU The Plenary
11/12 Sydney, AU Sydney Opera House
11/13 Sydney, AU Sydney Opera House
11/14 Sydney, AU Sydney Opera House
11/15 Sydney, AU Sydney Opera House