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02 Nov

Let’s get our Friday really going with a new song from Majestico. The brainchild of singer/guitarist Graham Fitzpenn, Majestico, released their new 7″ EP Love Is God last month on Jeffery Drag Records. We’re extremely excited to premiere the track “Bright White Lady” from the EP. A mix of Rolling Stones and the Kings of Leon, “Bright White Lady” will have you swinging your legs around all day long.

Here’s what Fitzpenn had to say about the song “Bright White Lady is about an alien/angel encounter I had after a show. I had just gotten off the stage and a “lady” approached me and took my hand. I looked into her eyes, time slowed, and softness formed around. We talked with our hands still clasped, but it was of relatively little importance because the sounds we made were as if we were under water. Our real communication was telepathic and was about love. Mainly about how much we loved each other. She was the most beautiful creature I have ever seen. She hasn’t come back yet, but I’ll keep waiting. “

Take a listen below and pick up the Love Is God EP here

30 Oct

We hope that all of our friends and readers who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy are safe. Aside from some heavy winds and a bit of debris, we’re A-OK.

Back to the music! If you were with us at CMJ, you surely caught The Dead Ships’s excellent late night set. We’re thrilled today to premiere their rendition of the late Levon Helm’s “When I Go Away.”

The Dead Ships played An L.A. Ramble for Levon benefit last May. The band had such an awesome time at the show that they decided to respectfully put the Dead Spins stamp on a few of Levon’s songs.

Take a listen to “When I Go Away” below (as well as the original later)

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 for additional details.

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

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

20 Sep

Tegan and Sara premiered “Closer,” the lead single off their forthcoming studio album set for a January 2013 release.

“Sara calls CLOSER my ‘let’s get it on’ track” Tegan explains to Rolling Stone. “And although I do imagine that this would be an okay song to make out to, all I intended was to write something sweet that reminded the listener of a time before sex, complicated relationships, drama and heart break. In short, I was writing about my youth. A time when we got CLOSER by linking arms and walking down our school hallway or talked all night on the telephone about every thought or experience we’d ever had. It wasn’t necessarily even about hooking up or admitting your feelings back then. In fact THAT rarely happened. It was the anticipation of something MAYBE happening that was truly exciting and satisfying. We were perpetually getting CLOSER, yet we rarely got physical with one another, if ever. These relationships existed in a state of sexual and physical ambiguity. Is there anything more romantic than that?”

On their new album, Tegan and Sara worked in the studio with Greg Kurstin (The Shins, Lily Allen, Sia), Mike Elizondo (Regina Spektor, Mastodon, Rilo Kiley), and Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Neon Trees, M83, Moving Units). During the new album’s creation, Tegan and Sara brought their fans along for the ride by offering an inside look at the process of recording through Tegan and Sara’s Carpool Confessional, a weekly video show filmed from the back of their car and featuring a wide variety of guests and collaborators.

In addition to a handful of headlining shows and a performance at Austin City Limits, Tegan and Sara have some massive tours coming up with the likes of The Black Keys and The Killers. A full list of tour dates is below.

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Headlining Dates:
Sep 23 – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
Sep 24 – Neptune – Seattle, WA
Sep 25 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
Sep 28 – Cuthbert Amphitheatre – Eugene, OR
Sep 29 – Harmony By The Bay Festival – Mountain View, CA

w/The Black Keys:
Oct 1 – Save Mart Center – Fresno, CA
Oct 2 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara , CA
Oct 4 – Valley View Casino – San Diego, CA
Oct 5 – Staples Center – Los Angeles , CA
Oct 6 – Staples Center – Los Angeles , CA
Oct 8 – Honda Center – Anaheim , CA
Oct 9 – US Air Arena – Phoenix , AZ
Oct 10 – Pan American Center – Las Cruces , NM

Oct 11 – Annette Strauss Square @ AT&T Performing Arts Center – Dallas, TX

Oct 12 – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX
Oct 14 – Corona Capital Festival – Mexico City, Mexico

UK Dates w/The Killers:
Oct 26 – Scottish Exhibition Centre – Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Oct 27 – Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre – Aberdeen, Scotland
Oct 31 – The LG Arena @ The NEC – Birmingham
Nov 1 – The LG Arena @ The NEC – Birmingham
Nov 3 – Capital FM Arena – Nottingham
Nov 4 – Newcastle Metro Arena – Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle
Nov 5 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena – Cardiff
Nov 8 – Motorpoint Arena – Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Nov 9 – Echo Arena – Liverpool, Merseyside
Nov 13 – Manchester Arena – Manchester
Nov 14 – Manchester Arena – Manchester
Nov 16 – O2 Arena – London
Nov 17 – O2 Arena – London

w/The Killers:
Nov 29 – 1st Bank Center – Broomfield, CO
Nov 30 – UCCU Center – Orem, UT
Dec 3 – Pacific Coliseum – Vancouver, BC
Dec 13 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
Dec 14 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Dec 15 – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Dec 17 – Agganis Arena – Boston, MA
Dec 18 – Patriot Center – Fairfax, VA
Dec 20 – EMU Convocation Center – Ypsilanti, MI
Dec 21 – UIC Pavilion – Chicago, IL

18 Sep

On October 22nd, Titus Andronicus will release their third album, Local Business via XL Recordings. The band today has revealed the album cover to Local Business as well as a new song. Check out “In A Big City” below:

“In which the pressures of urban life are addressed, as our narrator wonders if he can remain an individual whilst being a component piece of an entity much greater than himself.”

The band will embark on a lengthy tour, and dates will be announced soon. Titus Andronicus is comprised of: Patrick Stickles (singer/songwriter/guitarist), Eric Harm (drums), Julian Veronesi (bass), Liam Betson (guitar) and Adam Reich (guitar). Titus Andronicus the studious recording project and Titus Andronicus the raucous touring machine are no longer two distinct beings; there is only Titus Andronicus, rock and roll band. While the first two albums were elaborate concoctions, Local Business is of the earth.

10 Sep

Grizzly Bear will preview their new album, ‘Shields’ (9/18, Warp), with a pair of performances this week on WNYC’s Soundcheck today and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday. The band will kick off the return of WNYC’s Soundcheck following its summer hiatus with a live video webstream at at 2pm today. The performance will also be included in the show’s debut broadcast in its new primetime evening slot at 9pm on 9/17 on WNYC 93.9FM.

Beginning today, you can also hear ‘Shields’ in its entirety via NPR’s First Listen: NPR calls the album “gentle and majestically booming.” while Pitchfork praised it as an “explosion of energy” and Filter called it “”easily Grizzly Bear’s most powerful record to date.”

The band will kick off an international tour September 16, including their biggest hometown show yet September 24 at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

24 Aug

Fresh off the release of their new video for “Sleep Alone,” Alex Trimble’s stunning performance at the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and another massive week at Alternative Rock radio, Two Door Cinema Club reveal a full stream of their new record, BEACON, on their website, on Soundcloud (listen below)

The band’s new album BEACON, which was recorded in Los Angeles with acclaimed producer Jacknife Lee (REM, Bloc Party), will be released on September 4th through Glassnote Records. The album will be available to stream up until release.

Two Door Cinema Club has also announced that they will take their live show to 23 cities across North America, kicking off at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, New York City on September 28th and wrapping up at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California on October 28th.

With their debut album Tourist History achieving platinum status in the UK and their native Ireland, and selling over 1 million copies worldwide, Two Door Cinema Club have become one of the biggest breakthrough rock bands of the last two years.

Their incendiary live shows are internationally renowned, resulting in the band selling out headlining tours all over the world including multiple North American tours, pulling in some of the biggest crowds at major US festivals including a breakthrough performance at Coachella. Most recently, Two Door Cinema Club played to an overflowing tent at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival in Tennessee, debuting tracks from their new album, BEACON, to a frenzied crowd.

North American Tour Dates:
9/28 – New York, NY @ Rumsey Playfield
9/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
9/30 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/2 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
10/3 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
10/5 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
10/6 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
10/8 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/9 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
10/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
10/13 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/14 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/16 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
10/20 – Seattle, WA @ City Arts Festival @ Showbox SoDo
10/21 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/23 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
10/26 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
10/ 27 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
10/28 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

22 Aug

Austin punks …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead have announced the follow-up to last year’s Tao of the Dead. Titled Lost Songs, the band’s eighth full-length is out October 23 via Richter Scale/Superball Music. Check out a cut, “Up to Infinity”, which the band has dedicated to Pussy Riot. Frontman Conrad Keely said:

“The music was inspired by the apathy to real world events that has plagued the independent music scene now for over a decade. “Up to Infinity” is about the Syrian civil war. We believe that tyranny and despotism suffered by any people, anywhere, is intolerable and should not be treated as an internal matter, but completely justifies intervention by the international community.”


To support the record, they’re heading out on a fall tour, which includes a stop at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Check out the dates and the video for Tao’s “Summer of All Dead Souls” below.

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Confirmed Fall Tour Dates:

11-04 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11-08 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
11-09 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
11-10 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
11-15 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
11-16 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
11-17 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
11-18 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
11-20 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
11-21 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge