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Toro Y Moi shares new single “New Beat” + playing First Unitarian Church in April

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Toro Y Moi released another new track from his upcoming record Underneath The Pine, which drops February 22nd via Carpark Records. “New Beat” kind of has a 70’s disco vibe to it. Pretty different than the first song he released– “Still Sound”. Check out “New Beat” below.

Sidenote: Toro Y Moi will be in Philly on Tuesday, April 12th at the First Unitarian Church. Tickets for the show can be found HERE. (Last time he was here, his show sold out so grab your tickets soon!)


Written by Colin Kerrigan

January 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

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Fleet Foxes: new album, tour(Philly+presale) + MP3

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Seattle band Fleet Foxes have announced their sophomore album titled Helplessness Blues. The record will be released on May 3rd via Sub Pop records. It mixed and co-produced by Phil Ek, who produced their debut album. Right around the release date, they hit the road in support of their newest outing. Grab/listen to a FREE track from the album below.

The band will make a stop in the Philly area on Saturday, May 21st at the Tower Theatre located in Upper Darby. Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday(02/05) and will be found HERE. A presale for the entire tour starts tomorrow at their website.

Fleet Foxes – 2011 Tour Dates
04.30 – The Vogue Theatre / Vancouver, BC
05.01 – Crystal Ballroom / Portland, OR
05.03 – Moore Theatre / Seattle, WA
05.05 – Fox Theater / Oakland, CA
05.06 – Spreckles Theatre / San Diego, CA
05.07 – Hollywood Palladium / Hollywood, CA
05.08 – Rialto Theatre / Tucson, AZ
05.10 – Stubb’s Waller Creek / Austin, TX
05.11 – Palladium Ballroom / Dallas, TX
05.13 – Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, TN
05.14 – The Tabernacle / Atlanta, GA
05.15 – DAR Constitution Hall / Washington, DC
05.17 – Orpheum Theatre / Boston, MA
05.18 – The United Palace Theatre / New York, NY
05.21 – Tower Theatre / Upper Darby, PA
05.25 – Astra / Berlin, Germany
05.26 – Dachau Summer of Music / Munich, Germany
05.30 – Bataclan / Paris, France
05.31 – Hammersmith Apollo / London, UK

Written by Colin Kerrigan

January 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Explosions In The Sky announce new album

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One of my favorite bands, Explosions In The Sky, announced today on their website that they will release their new album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care on April 26th via Temporary Residence Limited. The record was recorded and produced by EITS themselves along with John Congleton on a pecan ranch in West Texas. The band also had this to say about the album, “The music on it feels different than anything else we’ve done before and we’re very excited for you to hear it.” Lets all hope EITS hit the road shortly after the release of the album.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

January 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

YACHT: previewing new album on tour + Philly date

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Portland dance duo YACHT have a new record coming some time this year. It doesn’t have a name nor a release date.. yet. However, the duo plan on taking new songs out on the road for a US tour to test them out a bit. The tour will start out west, make a trip east and end in their home state of Oregon.

Before the tour ends, the band will hit Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 26th at the First Unitarian Church. Tickets for that show are on sale and can be found HERE.

YACHT 2011 US Tour Dates:
04/13/11 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
04/15/11 Indio, CA – Coachella
04/17/11 Marfa, TX – Padre’s
04/19/11 Austin, TX – Emo’s
04/20/11 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
04/22/11 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
04/23/11 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04/25/11 Washington, DC – Black Cat
04/26/11 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
04/27/11 New York, NY – Webster Hall
04/29/11 Providence, RI – The Met Cafe
04/30/11 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
05/01/11 Montreal, QC – Cabaret Du Mile End
05/02/11 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
05/04/11 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
05/05/11 Chicago, IL – Metro
05/06/11 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
05/07/11 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
05/09/11 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
05/10/11 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
05/12/11 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
05/13/11 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
05/14/11 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
05/15/11 Astoria, OR – Fort George Brewery

Written by Colin Kerrigan

January 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm

The Strokes announce “Angles” release date/tracklist + promise US spring tour

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The Strokes have announced the release date of their highly anticipated fourth album titled, Angles. Along with that announcement, they hinted at a spring US tour. We’ll fill you in when they do announce that tour. More details about everything below.

The Strokes announce the release date for their highly anticipated fourth album, Angles, on March 22nd via RCA records in the US, and March 21st via Rough Trade Records in the UK. A new single titled “Under Cover of Darkness,” will be heard on radio starting in February. The complete track-listing for the album can be found below. More details on Angles will be released in the coming weeks, as will details for a Spring US tour.

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.”” via a press release


Angles track listing:

1. Machu Picchu
2. Under Cover of Darkness
3. Two Kinds of Happiness
4. You’re So Right
5. Taken For A Fool
6. Games
7. Call Me Back
8. Gratisfaction
9. Metabolism
10. Life Is Simple In The Moonlight

Written by Colin Kerrigan

January 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

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Darwin Deez releases “Wonky Beats” mixtape for FREE, new album Feb 18th + tour(KFN)

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Darwin Deez released a FREE Willy Wonka sampled rap mixtape yesterday titled Wonky Beats. The mix tape features Das Racist, Chiddy Bang, and more. You can find out how to download it HERE and/or grab a track off it below. Also on the site, you’ll find out details about the Golden Ticket contest.  His debut record, which was already released overseas, gets a US release on February 22nd via Lucky Records.

His tour just started yesterday out west and will continue through the middle of January. He’ll make a stop in Philadelphia on Friday, February 18th at Kung Fu Necktie. Tickets for that show can be found HERE.

DOWNLOAD: Darwin Deez – Where’s The Chocolate(MP3)

Darwin Deez 2011 US Tour Dates

1/25 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/26 – Portland, OR @ Holocene (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite (formerly Spaceland)
1/31 – San Diego, CA @ The Loft (UCSD) (w/ Friends)
2/1 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture (w/ Friends)
2/3 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Alternative Lounge (w/ Friends)
2/4 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs (w/ Friends)
2/5 – Denton, TX @ Hailey (w/ Friends)
2/7 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe (w/ Friends)
2/8 – Nashville, TN – The End (w/ Friends)
2/9 – Birmingham, AL – Spring Street Firehouse (w/ Friends)
2/10 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (w/ Friends)
2/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn (w/ Friends)
2/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor (w/ Friends)
2/14 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 (w/ Friends)
2/16 – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar (w/ Friends)
2/17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage (w/ Friends)
2/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Friends)
2/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ Friends)

Written by Colin Kerrigan

January 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Sharon Van Etten, Julianna Barwick at Johnny Brendas 01/20/2011 (words/photos)

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Last night’s show with Sharon Van Etten and Julianna Barwick was nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately I didn’t catch Strand of Oaks, but from what I heard from conversation, they put on a decent performance as well.

Julianna performed solo, and through the use of a loop and sampler, she was able to craft a beautiful creation of layered harmonies. It was lovely to see the way she performed and how intuitive her ear was for instrumental voice.

Sharon’s set was by far the highlight of 2011 thus far. Playing material from her latest record, Epic, which was recorded here in Philadelphia with Brian McTear, the crowd saw and heard her songs underscoring how truly wonderful her voice is. There is a powerful, instinctive quality about Sharon’s voice that carried through the venue and into the ears and hearts of those present. You could feel the honesty in the music, something you don’t necessarily feel nearly enough. It was a sincerely remarkable and touching show from Sharon and her guests. Photos below

Words and photos by Michael James Murray

Julianna Barwick

Sharon Van Etten

Written by Colin Kerrigan

January 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm