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22 May

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announced

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Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced its lineup for the 2012 edition of the festival. Set to headline this year’s lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and Jack White. Three day tickets and single day passes are still on-sale for the festival for the festival set for October 12th through the 14th. Pick them up here while they last.

Check out the full lineup below:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys
Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Iggy & The Stooges, AVICII, BASSNECTAR, The Roots, The Shins, Weezer, Gotye, The Civil Wars, M83, Tegan and Sara, Childish Gambino Two Door Cinema Club, Thievery Corporation, The Afghan Whigs, Crystal Castles, Andrew Bird, Gary Clark Jr., Metric, Band of Skulls, Esperanza Spalding, Alabama Shakes, Delta Spirit, M. Ward, Randy Rogers Band, Die Antwoord, Rufus Wainwright, NEEDTOBREATHE, Big Gigantic, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Steve Earle, The War On Drugs, Umphrey’s McGee, Barrington Levy, Old 97′s Punch Brothers, Bombay Bicycle Club, A-Trak, Trampled by Turtles Patterson Hood, Michael Kiwanuka, Big K.R.I.T., Oberhofer, POLICA, Tennis, Zola Jesus, Stars, Kimbra, Black Lips, Los Campesinos!, Jovanotti, Ben Howard, Ruthie Foster, Freelance Whales, Civil Twilight, The Whigs, Dev, The Lumineers, Bad Books, The Devil Makes Three, Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit Patrick Watson, LP, Caveman, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Father John Misty The Wombats, Dry the River, The Boxer Rebellion, Soul Rebels Brass Band Thundercat, Willis Earl Beal, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Kishi Bashi, Deep Dark Woods, Moon Duo, Kopecky Family Band, River City Extension Quiet Corral, Wheeler Brothers, The Relatives, Space Capone, The Staves Native Run, Nikki Lane, Quiet Company, Infantree, Wild Child, La Vida Bohème The Eastern Sea, The Dunwells, Kenny Vaughan Trio, Justin Jones, Sonámbulo Royal Teeth, Noah Gunderson, The Aaron Ivey Band, The Mighty Sincere Voices G.S.T., Colorfeels, Lera Lynn, Megan McCormick, Shields of Faith, Stapletones, The Baylor Choir, Disciples of Joy, Ralph’s World, Orange Sherbet, Big Don Rocknoceros, Hullabaloo, Jambo, Peter DiStefano & Tor, The School of Rock, The Q Brothers

18 Oct

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart released its self-titled debut album way back at the beginning of 2009. Since then the band has kept its fans satisfied while expanding their pop palette on the excellent Higher Than the Stars EP and this Summer’s shimmering anthem “Say No To Love”.

We’re extremely pleased to report that the band has been recording, mixing, and mastering their much-anticipated sophomore full-length which is slated for a March 2011 release on Slumberland. In November the band will release the first single titled “Heart in Your Heartbreak” from the album with an exclusive B-side. The band launches a limited US tour on Oct. 20 in Boston (including CMJ in New York this week) and will be trying out a few songs from the new record live on these dates.

Stay tuned for more preview updates on this incredible new song as the album’s first offering. A rousing step forward that manages to retain the ebullient charm, wit and pop panache of their best work, we’re kinda crazy excited for you to hear what’s next.


Oct 20 – Paradise Boston, MA *
Oct 21 – Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Vegan CMJ Showcase) *
Oct 22 – Pi Lam Philadelphia, PA *
Nov 4 – The Venu Vancouver, BC +
Nov 5 – The Vera Project Seattle, Washington +
Nov 6 – Holocene Portland, OR + !
Nov 7 – EMU Ballroom Eugene, OR +
Nov 9 – The Independent San Francisco, CA +
Nov 10 – SoHo Santa Barbara, CA+
Nov 11 – The Loft UCSD La Jolla, CA +
Nov 12 – Echoplex Los Angeles, CA +%
Nov 14 – Pomona CA Glasshouse *

! = w/ Glasser
+ = w/ Weekend
% = w/ Sonny and the Sunsets
* = w/ Stars

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10 Aug

Young Galaxy is pleased to announce the release of their latest full-length, Invisible Republic, out now on Paper Bag Records. You can buy the record here. In support of this release (which was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Prize), the band is heading out on a North American tour including dates with Arcade Fire and Cymbals Eat Guitars. To kick off the tour, Young Galaxy was handpicked by Arcade Fire to open the inaugural US show on August 1st in Boston at Bank of America Pavilion. Continuing into the fall, the band will embark on several Canadian dates as main support for Stars.

Young Galaxy has made two tracks available for free download over at RCRD LBL: “Queen Drum,” a “psych-stunner,” and a “hazy, understated refit” from Henning Fürst of The Tough Alliance. You can also check out the video for “Destroyer,” directed by Joe Yarmush, here.

Previously released in Canada, the anticipation for the record to come stateside has had fans buzzing, but the wait is over. The band’s sophomore release builds upon founding duo Stephen Ramsay’s (guitars, vocals) and Catherine McCandless’ (keyboards, vocals) penchant for transforming the mundane into the fantastic – catchy hooks build into epic crescendos, while political and ethical concerns share space with emotional observations.

“Our mandate for this record was: if it doesn’t make you move, it better make you cry,” quips Ramsay. “Even better is making someone cry and dance at the same time. It makes a lot of people uncomfortable, but I like it!”

Invisible Republic is the product of a long musical and personal journey for Ramsay and McCandless, who first burst onto the Canadian music scene in 2007 with their eponymous debut album, which included stunning first single “Swing Your Heartache.” Extensive touring across North America and Europe that saw Young Galaxy play alongside acts like Death Cab For Cutie, and Metric. Ramsay, former Stars guitarist, has also recently added remixes for The Pipettes and CFCF to his accolades.

Recorded in Montreal, Invisible Republic was engineered by Jace Lasek (of the Besnard Lakes) and mixed by Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, Wintersleep).The record has been heralded as one of I Heart Music’s “favourite albums of all time,” and “a well-crafted, sweeping pop record” by The Line of Best Fit.

Light and dark, connection and loneliness, doubt and optimism – Invisible Republic is the sound of our collective hearts beating in tandem, through both good times and bad. They may be a Young Galaxy yet, but they sing out with an ageless wisdom and tunefulness that bears close listening.

08/01 Boston – Bank of America Pavilion*
08/02 Brooklyn – Littlefield
08/03 Philadelphia – Kung Fu Necktie
08/05 Chicago – Schuba’s (Lollapalooza afterparty)^
08/06 Cincinnati – Northside Tavern
08/07 Detroit – Majestic Cafe
08/08 Buffalo – Ninth Ward
08/10 DC – Black Cat Backstage
10/20 Kingston, ON – Sydenham Street United Church#
10/22 London, ON – Music Hall

10/23 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall

10/29 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre

10/31 Edmonton, AB – Winspear Centre

11/03 Kelowna, BC – Community Theatre

11/04 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theatre#

w/ Arcade Fire*
w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars^
w/ Stars#

01 Jul

The Five Ghosts, the new album from celebrated indie rock band STARS, debuted at #62 on the Billboard chart today, marking the first time the Canadian band has entered the chart’s Top 100 in the United States. In Canada, the new album saw further success when it debuted in the Top 10, shattering the band’s previous chart statistics. The album currently holds the #2 spot on the digital chart.

STARS recently announced a month-long run of headlining tour dates in support of The Five Ghosts, beginning September 22nd in Rochester, NY. In addition to the tour, the band will appear at Lollapalooza in Chicago in August as well as several major Canadian music festivals. Full tour dates below.

The new album, which was released June 22nd on Vagrant Records in the US, has already been lauded by SPIN for its “flowing, synth-backed melodies” and NYLON which called it “a solid release with serious mixtape potential.” THE NEW YORK TIMES said that “The music brims with optimism, full of major chords, sparkling synthetic sounds and tireless electronic beats” while FILTER congratulated its “perfectly placed synthesizers” and “haunting vocals,” going on to say that The Five Ghosts “packs the same profundity, rhapsodic charm and orchestration of previous records, but Stars takes it one step further, intensifying their indie-pop wizardry.”

Tour dates for STARS:

9/22 – Rochester, NY — Water Street Music Hall
9/23 – Boston, MA — House of Blues
9/24 – New York, NY — Terminal 5
9/28 – Washington DC — 9:30 Club
9/29 – Washington DC — 9:30 Club
9/30 – Philadelphia, PA — Trocadero
10/1 – Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle
10/2 – Atlanta, GA — Variety Playhouse
10/3 – Louisville, KY — Headliners
10/5 – Nashville, TN — Cannery Ballroom
10/6 – Bloomington, IN — Bluebird
10/7 – Chicago, IL – The Vic
10/8 – Madison, WI – The Barrymore
10/9 – Detroit, MI — Majestic Theater
10/26 – Milwaukee, WI — Turner Hall
10/27 – Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue

29 May

Stars performed “Fixed” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Check it out and pick up the song on iTunes or Amazon MP3 and pre-order the new album The Five Ghosts on CD.

09 Mar

The wait is over and Canada’s most revered indie troop, STARS,return with their fifth full-length album, The Five Ghosts, available June 22. Five Ghosts marks the first release on the band’s new label imprint Soft Revolution Records licensed everywhere around the world except Canada through Vagrant Records.

‘We have never written an album with this much cohesion and unity’ says vocalist Amy Millan , ‘It is the first time we’ve had the luxury of being together in a huge room writing songs off the floor. The Five Ghosts is quintessential STARS.’ The Five Ghosts is the band’s follow-up to their 2007 release, In Our Bedroom After The War and also sees STARS returning to producer Tom McFall, who recorded their breakthrough, Set Yourself On Fire (2005). Recorded in Montreal, The Five Ghosts, in true STARS form, was written by all five members, Amy Millan, Evan Cranley, Torquil Campbell, Patty McGee and Chris Seligman. The album features a special guest appearance by Toronto singer-songwriter and Broken Social Scene member Andrew Whiteman.

The first single from Five Ghosts is the infectiously melodic pop tune “Fixed” featuring Millan on vocals and will be available on iTunes soon.

This summer, STARS will embark on a U.S. tour where they will play The Five Ghosts in it’s entirety, along with fan chosen selections from their catalogue “Take Me To The Riot”, “Ageless Beauty” and “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” Details on dates and tickets will be announced through the band’s web site,

Since 2009, Stars have been managed by Danny Goldberg and Gold Village Entertainment in partnership with Eoin O Leary


1) Dead Hearts
2) Wasted Daylight
3) I Died So I Could Haunt You
4) Fixed
5) We Don’t Want Your Body
6) He Dreams He’s Awake
7) Never Been Good With Change
8. The Passenger
9) The Last Song Ever Written
10) How Much More
11) Winter Bones

- Stars Full-length Discography: Nightsongs (2001), Heart (2003), Set Yourself On Fire (2005), In Our Bedroom After The War (2007).
- Amy and Evan have all spent time as performing & touring members of Toronto indie super-group, Broken Social Scene.
- Amy Millan has released two, full length solo discs: Honey From The Tombs (2006), Masters Of The Burial (2009).
- Torquil Campbell’s solo project is called Dead Child Star and he also performs in the band Memphis, with friend Chris Dumont. Full length Memphis releases: I Dreamed We Fell Apart (2004) – A Little Place In The Wilderness (2006).

For the latest Stars info, check out

29 Sep

Pic Courtesy of Eric Uhlrich

This weekend if you were in Austin, Texas, you either went to a big football game or to the Austin City Limits Festival. A lot of bands played (a lot of them were shit, I won’t bother you with too much of that) but there were still some shiners out there like the Foo Fighters, the Mars Volta, Jenny Lewis, Beck, Vampire Weekend (eh), and The Raconteurs. Austin 360 had full coverage of the event with pics and a review of every day so go there if you wanna know more. Flyleaf was also there and I wanted to say this about Evanescence, I mean Flyleaf. They’re one of these bands that I can’t see anyone really loving. I mean, you may like a song or two but can you get into them? They bore everyone at The Perv. In fact, on Saturday night, The Perv was out driving and a young insecure looking goth type girl was blasting Flyleaf while texting on her Sidekick. The Perv yelled out “Do you really like that shit or do you know someone in the band?” I can’t see anyone ever playing one of their songs unless it was to demonstrate how much they sound like another band. Anyways, enjoy the videos.

Foo Fighters – Best Of You

Foo Fighters – The Pretender

Foo Fighters – My Hero

The Raconteurs – Steady As She Goes

The Raconteurs – Level

The Raconteurs – Keep It Clean

The Raconteurs – Many Shades of Black

The Raconteurs – Rich Kid Blues

The Raconteurs – Old Enough

The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldier

The Raconteurs – Blue Vein

The Raconteurs – Hold Up

The Raconteurs – Consoler of the Lonely

Against Me! with Tegan (without Sara) – Borne on the FM Airwaves of the Heart


MGMT – Kids

MGMT – Weekend Wars

MGMT – Electric Feel

Stars – Take Me To The Riot

Beck – Where It’s At

Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue

Jenny Lewis – Love Hurts (cover)

Jenny Lewis – See Fernando

Jenny Lewis – Carpetbaggers

Beck – Loser

Beck – Girl

Vampire Weekend – M79

Vampire Weekend – Walcott

Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma

Vampire Weekend – The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance

Vampire Weekend – One

Vampire Weekend – A Punk

Vampire Weekend – Bryn

Vampire Weekend – Ladies of Cambridge

Vampire Weekend – Stand Corrected

Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

Vampire Weekend – Campus

Vampire Weekend – Mansard Roof

Vampire Weekend – Oxford Collapse

Vampire Weekend: A-Punk

Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

Mars Volta – Ourosboros

Mars Volta – Goliath Jam