26
Apr

Watch Warpaint Wow With “Whiteout” on Ellen Show

Warpaint’s critically-acclaimed album Heads Up (released last fall) showed this talented band opening up their indie-rock sound to more pop elements. And it was a match made in heaven that bodes incredibly well for this band’s future. Warpaint is on a roll, having just wowed at Coachella and announcing that they are joining Depeche Mode (beginning in August, including the Santa Barbara Bowl on October 2nd) on the latter’s world tour. And today the band was featured performing their tremendous song Whiteout on the Ellen Show (Degeneres evidently hand-picked the song). Check out Warpaint’s outstanding performance below (filmed last week) and particularly the lovely playing and harmonies. Afterwards, check out a superb vignette of New Song as performed at Coachella.

Heads Up is out now on Rough Trade Records.

25
Apr

Supergroup Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner (The National) and James McAlister To Release “Planetarium” Album–Listen to “Mercury,” “Saturn” and “Jupiter”

Almost exactly one century after British composer Gustav Holst composed and first performed his seminal symphonic piece The Planets, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner (The National), Nico Muhly, and drummer James McAlister will release an album of their own composition, Planetarium (see tracklist at bottom). Coincidence? We think not. One could think of Planetarium (loosely) as the updated, remixed, and extended The Planets, coupled with Steven’s stirring lyrics and vocals added. The ensemble first composed and performed Planetarium for the Brooklyn Academy Of Music in 2013 (watch their outstanding performance of Jupiter at BAM below) and are finally releasing the recorded version on June 9th.

To get a feel, the group today orbited the stirring track Mercury, the last piece on the album (which you can listen to below). They have previously revealed Saturn (listen after Mercury). As beautiful as the compositions are, neither Mercury nor Saturn seem particularly hospitable to humans with darkness aplenty (you know, like most of Stevens’ outstanding output). We can’t wait to dive deeper into this musical solar system.

The group has also announced the following tour dates to perform Planetarium, including at Hollywood Forever Cemetery:

07-10 Paris, France – Philharmonie de Paris
07-18 Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park
07-20 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
07-21 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

Planetarium is out June 9th on 4AD which you can pre-order HERE

Planetariun tracklisting:

01. Neptune
02. Jupiter
03. Halley’s Comet
04. Venus
05. Uranus
06. Mars
07. Black Energy
08. Sun
09. Tides
10. Moon
11. Pluto
12. Kuiper Belt
13. Black Hole
14. Saturn
15. In The Beginning
16. Earth
17. Mercury

23
Apr

Watch Bon Iver Bring Out Jenny Lewis and Bruce Hornsby To Cover Still-Relevant “The End Of The Innocence” and Watch “33 God”

We watched spellbound last Saturday as Bon Iver’s Coachella webcast unspooled in all its glory. What Justin Vernon can do to one’s soul with his overtly oblique songs must be witnessed and heard to be believed (to get a feel, watch the outstanding 33 God from that set last weekend in the second video). Jabberwocky-ish. But with soul for days.

On the second weekend of Coachella Bon Iver brought out a host of special guests last night, including Jenny Lewis and Bruce Hornsby who joined Bon Iver for Hornsby’s co-written The End of the Innocence (made famous by Don Henley and still relevant–see lyrics at very bottom). Watch that performance below. Later Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath helped out on FlumeNao aided on Michicant. and Francis (of Francis and the Lights) sang Francis’s Friends with Vernon. We’ll see if Coachella eventually graces us with video captures of the latter two.

The End of The Innocence:

“Remember when the days were long
And rolled beneath a deep blue sky
Didn’t have a care in the world
With mommy and daddy standin’ by
But “happily ever after” fails
And we’ve been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers dwell on small details
Since daddy had to fly

Oh, but I know a place where we can go
Still untouched by men
Sit and watch the clouds roll by
And the tall grass waves in the wind
You can lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair fall all around me
Offer up your best defense
But this is the end
This is the end of the innocence

O’ beautiful, for spacious skies
But now those skies are threatening
They’re beating plowshares into swords
For this tired old man that we elected king
Armchair warriors often fail
And we’ve been poisoned by these fairy tales
The lawyers clean up all details
Since daddy had to lie

Oh, but I know a place where we can go
And wash away this sin
We’ll sit and watch the clouds roll by
And the tall grass waves in the wind
Just lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair spill all around me
Offer up your best defense
But this is the end
This is the end of the innocenceWho knows how long this will last
Now we’ve come so far, so fast
But, somewhere back there in the dust
That same small town in each of us
I need to remember this
So baby give me just one kiss
And let me take a long last look
Before we say goodbyeJust lay your head back on the ground
And let your hair fall all around me
Offer up your best defense
But this is the end
This is the end of the innocence”

20
Apr

Watch PJ Harvey Bring Her “Community of Hope” to Colbert Show

Deservedly-revered British singer PJ Harvey is on tour in the US in support of last year’s critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated album The Hope Six Demolition Project. Last night Harvey made her first US TV appearance in six years on Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Watch below as Harvey and her roiling big band give a commanding performance of The Community of Hope (lyrics at bottom) off the album. Thought for sure we heard a localized version: “They’re going to put a wall right here.” Oh well. Keep the faith!

Harvey is headed to the West Coast in a few weeks. See all the dates at bottom and get ye there.

Tour Dates:
04/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
04/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Fillmore
04/22 – Richmond, VA @ The National
04/24 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak
04/27 – Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory
04/28 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
04/29 – Houston, TX @ Revention
05/02 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore
05/05 – Seattle, WA @ WAMU
05/07 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
05/09 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
05/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
07/15 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
07/16 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/19 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage
07/21 – Vienna, VA @ WolfTrap
08/03-05 – Luhmühlen, DE @ A Summer’s Tale
08/04-06 – Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival
08/07-08 – Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh Internernational Festival
08/09-16 – Budapest, HR @ Sziget Festival
08/13 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
08/14 – Randers, DK @ Vaerket
08/17 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
08/18 – Saint-Malo, FR @ La Route Du Rock
08/19-20 – Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
08/23 – Barcelona, ES @ Poble Espanyol
08/25 – Turin, IT @ TODAYS Festival
08/26 – Paris, FR @ Rock En Seine

The Community of Hope:

Here’s the Hope Six Demolition Project
stretching down to Benning Road
a well-known pathway of death,
(at least, that’s what I’m told).
Here’s the one sit-down restaurant
in Ward Seven. Nice.
Okay, now this is just drug town,
just zombies, but that’s just life.

The Community of Hope.

Here’s the highway to death and destruction,
South Capitol is its name.
The school looks like a shit hole –
does that look like a nice place?
Here’s the old mental institution
now the Homeland Security base.
Here’s God’s Deliverance Centre,
a deli called M.L.K.

The Community of Hope.

They’re gonna’ put a Walmart here.”

18
Apr

Watch Well-Captured Videos of Radiohead Performing Three Magnificent Songs at Coachella

Despite the much-lamented sound issues that occurred during Radiohead’s headlining set last Friday at Coachella, as always the band triumphed in the end. We could speak (and have spoken) volumes about Radiohead and its exalted heights in music history, but it’s worth noting that this band remains (over 25 years after initially forming) one of the very few bands that refuses to give up and retrench and continues to innovate and renovate as a band. As when they slayed last Tuesday at the comparatively-diminutive Santa Barbara Bowl, the band could be heard  at the height of their powers during the webcast from Coachella. To get a feel for the Coachella and Santa Barbara Bowl sets, watch below three very well-captured videos of the band at Coachella.  Nude is particularly astounding owing to Thom Yorke’s operatic vocals. But Idiotique and Paranoid Android were not performed at the Santa Barbara Bowl, and each warrants repeated viewings (if for no other reason than Ed O’Brien’s superb harmony vocalists and interplay with Yorke, but also the addition of Middle Eastern elements to Idiotique and the band’s confident swagger, inspired guitar of Jonny Greenwood, and Yorke’s flawless vocals to go with O’Brien on Paranoid Android).

Don’t forget to watch (HERE) the webcast of Radiohead’s headlining set at Coachella this Friday night (we assume again at 10:40 pm, but please do double-check).

18
Apr

Watch Spoon Give Ellen “Hot Thoughts”

Ellen DeGeneres has been inviting more and more interesting musical artists to her show (Anderson .Paak, etc.), and this morning she advised her studio audience that she’s “obsessed” (who isn’t??) with Spoon’s song Hot Thoughts, the title track off their “fantastic” new album. Check the inflaming performance of the song below. Wow. Otra vez en fuego (since they flew out after the show to play three dates in Mexico). Minor quibble for Spoon: so you’re in LA to do the Ellen show. How about favoring us with a concert or two while you’re at it? Watch the broadcast this afternoon and/or watch it below.

Go HERE to pick up the new album.

14
Apr

Watch Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples Perform Talking Heads’ “Slippery People”

The magnitude of the Talking Heads oeuvre and talent has only become more obvious over time. Singing volumes, the Heads’ superb discography is repeatedly mined by artists for cover songs to repeated success. Take, for example, the live cover below of Slippery People by the marvelous Mavis Staples and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, at a concert in Chicago in 2014. An official video of the concert has been released and AXS TV will broadcast it this Sunday (April 16). It’s also being released on June 2nd as a CD/DVD by Blackbird Presents.  Regardless, watch Staples, the Arcadians and big band render a rollicking cover of the superb song below.

Viva la Talking Heads! Been a few years since we first caught Talking Heads at the tiny Backdoor club at San Diego State University in September 1978 on the tour behind their first album (and many times after). Never a dull moment.

13
Apr

Check Out Exhaustive Coachella Webcast Schedule This Weekend–See Our Recommended Artists and Set-Times to Watch

Something good has got to come out of it. And here it is. Coachella will webcast a good amount of this weekend’s performances live. Go HERE to watch on YouTube starting tomorrow (Friday) at 3:35 PT. See the schedule (and parenthetical channels) below and note our bolded must-see sets. Other possible viewings are asterisked(*).

Friday, April 14th:
03:35 – Tennis (1)
03:35 – Preservation Hall Jazz Band (2)
03:35 – Klangstof (3)
04:05 – Joseph (3)
04:10 – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (1)
04:25 – Sampha (2)
04:50 – The Lemon Twigs (3)
05:00 – Bonobo (1)*
05:10 – Broods (2)
05:35 – SOHN (3)
05:50 – Mac DeMarco (1)
06:00 – Francis and the Lights (2)
06:50 – Oh Wonder (2)
06:55 – Glass Animals (1)*
07:20 – Big Gigantic (3)
07:40 – Banks (2)
07:45 – Father John Misty (1)
08:10 – Crystal Castles (3)
08:30 – Richie Hawtin (2)
08:45 – Phantogram (1)*
09:00 – Mac Miller (3)
09:30 – Jagwar Ma (2)
09:35 – The xx (1)*
09:55 – Steve Angello (3)
10:20 – DJ Shadow (2)
10:40 – Radiohead (1)
10:55 – Empire of the Sun (3)
11:15 – Capital Cities (2)
11:50 – Dillon Francis (3)*
12:10 – D.R.A.M. (2)*

Saturday, April 15th:
03:35 – Local Natives (1)
03:35 – Arkells (2)
03:35 – Blossoms (3)
03:55 – Kaleo (2)
04:20 – Shura (3)
04:30 – Chicano Batman (1)
04:45 – Car Seat Headrest (2)
05:00 – Banks & Steelz (3)*
05:15 – The Head and the Heart (1)
05:40 – The Atomics (2)
05:45 – Autograf (3)
06:10 – Bastille (1)
06:25 – Roisin Murphy (2)
06:35 – Little Dragon (3)
07:15 – DREAMCAR (2)
07:20 – Two Door Cinema Club (1)*
07:25 – Mura Masa (3)
08:05 – Moderat (2)
08:15 – Gryffin (3)
08:20 – Future (1)
09:05 – Warpaint (2)*
09:10 – Tory Lanez (3)
09:15 – ScHoolboy Q (1)*
09:55 – Tycho (2)*
10:00 – Röyksopp (3)
10:15 – Bon Iver (1)
10:45 – DJ Snake (2)
10:55 – Martin Garrix (3)
11:25 – Lady Gaga (1)
12:00 – Gucci Mane (2)*
12:05 – Classix (3)

Sunday, April 16th:
03:35 – Ezra Furman (1)
03:35 – Grace Mitchell (2)
04:15 – Anna Lunoe (3)
04:25 – Whitney (1)
04:25 – Preoccupations (2)
05:15 – Toots & The Maytals (1)*
05:15 – Goldlink (2)
05:15 – NAO (3)*
06:10 – Grouplove (1)
06:10 – Jack Garratt (2)*
06:55 – Kaytranada (3)
07:00 – Kiiara (2)
07:20 – Future Islands (1)
07:55 – Tove Lo (2)
08:10 – DJ Khaled (3)
08:15 – Porter Robinson & Madeon (1)
08:40 – Hans Zimmer (2)
09:00 – Galantis (3)
09:20 – Lorde (1)*
09:45 – Kehlani (2)
09:45 – Justice (3)
10:25 – Kendrick Lamar (1)
10:30 – New Order (2)
11:05 – Marshmello (3)

12
Apr

Watch Feist’s Spellbinding Video for New Album Title-Track “Pleasure”

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Nobody but Feist can mime air-guitar and cavort in a fun-house mirror and make spellbinding art. Today Feist has released the official video for the title-track of her impending new album Pleasure (out April 28th on Universal), and it is pure pleasure to watch. The talented Mary Rozzi directed the video. Watch below as Feist effortlessly airs out her artistry and at the 1:59 mark rightly turns her ears up for her own heavenly vocals. From there the song gathers strength and resolve, with Feist eventually inciting viewers to clap-along to her/their pleasure. In this video Feist reveals anew why she is one of our most spellbinding live performers.

Those that haven’t purchased tickets for her upcoming tour (dates and tickets HERE–note additional date added at the Palace Theater) are on notice: to miss Feist live is to miss out on immeasurable pleasure. As the song says: “that’s what we’re here for!”

11
Apr

Watch Craig Finn Perform Masterful “Be Honest” From Stellar New Solo Album “We All Want The Same Things”

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On Craig Finn’s outstanding new solo album We All Want The Same Things Finn continues his stellar storytelling ways. But he also opens up his cloak a bit more, providing more personal notes and honest assessments of life in which turmoil is assayed and peace (as much as possible) is meted out. In the current morass, sometimes we just need some honesty and a bit of peace. On We All Want The Same Things Finn has delivered a masterful album on which God is in the details.

To get a better feel, watch below as Finn performs the album’s aching closing song Be Honest on The Current. Once again Finn delivers sheer poetry (full lyrics at bottom) with lines such as: “The lust burns off into handshakes and hugs,” and “If revolution’s really coming then we all need to be well, so maybe it’s best if we both take care of ourselves.” The performance is deft and heart-rending. Bravo!

Do yourselves a favor and buy-into We All Want The Same Things HERE.

Be Honest:

“Her body was an outpost for ideas that didn’t work
A nation failed and broken
Invaded and then burned
And the crumbles and the ashes that settled in her purse
Were the ruins of an empire and the people we once were

We were limping up towards Lake Street and she motioned towards the church
Said the hardest question thing they ask me is “Amanda does it hurt?”
‘Cause it’s not pain, it’s more like pressure on the edges of my eyes
I see scales and bloody feathers when I look into the lights

And my password is “be honest”
And my network is evolved
And I can’t guarantee I’ll pick up every time that you call

Ain’t it spooky when they all go away?
Ain’t it strange when they just disappear?
It really sucks getting sick on the bus
It’s even worse when the teenagers cheer
Ain’t it funny how we all get by?
But not the way that makes us laugh
The lust burns off into handshakes and hugs
In the end it comes down to the cash

I was calling from the carpark when they kicked in the door
They pulled the pistols from the holsters
Put the people on the floor
It’s not the fear, it’s the frustration
Getting sick of being scared
They pulled your princess to her feet
Made a handle from her hair

I was thinking about the progress
How a change is going to come
I was hearing the announcements
I was running from the guns
Desperation fueled the dancers
There’s a sadness in the sex
They lingered over dinners and then ran out on the checkAnd our safeword is still “stop it”
And our style is self involved
And I can’t guarantee I’ll pick up every time that you callAin’t it something how the people switch partners?
Yeah, you just got to wait your turn
It’s really hard getting kicked in the heart
It’s even worse watching big buildings burn
Ain’t it strange how it all fades to black
Just when it starts to feel really nice?
I was banging round your party
Trying to locate all the love and the lightAnd the speed it crested early and then it ran its course
I showered and got ready and started on my chores
It was rushing through my blood
It was coming from my pores
And my heart was charging forward and I threw up off the porchWe were limping up on Lake Street and she motioned towards the church
She said the hardest question ever is “Amanda does it hurt?”
It’s not pain, it’s just a pressure but in some ways that’s much worse
The ruins of an empire and the people we once were

If revolution is really coming then we all need to be well
So maybe it’s just best if we both take care of ourselves.”