Horse Stories produces limited edition CD, announces NYC tour dates!

Horse Stories announces a limited run of hand crafted CD boxes of November, November
and 2010 NYC shows!

horse stories

Horse Stories – the main band project of
singer, songwriter, composer, producer and writer Toby Burke –
will self release November, November on January 19th,
and announces a special limited edition run of CD boxes of the release and
a special trip to NYC to celebrate.

Learn more about the 100 CD boxes HERE.

UNCUT gives Horse Stories 4 Stars and raves
“very special indeed…like ’68 Dylan”.

Horse Stories Shows
Jan 19 – Rockwood Music Hall – NY, NY
Jan 21 – Pete’s Candy Store – NY, NY

Check out first single “Hummingbird (We’ll Be Okay)” HERE!

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Dead Leaf Echo Release Their first 7″ Vinyl: Half-Truth

Dead Leaf Echo announced that they have their very 1st vinyl release. It will be a 7inch for their new single “Half-Truth.” It will be released on Custom Made Music, home to the likes of Screen Vinyl Image and Ringo Deathstarr. The B-Side is a new unreleased song “Babyeyes”. The 1st 100 copies will be hand-numbered and one of a kind hand-screened covers which come in 3 different colors. Available only in the pre-sale, starting now at Custom Made Music You can preview “Half-Truth” on their website in the audio section.


Download “Half-Truth” HERE

Half-Truth 7″
33 RPM
Side A
Half-Truth – 4:41
Side B
Babyeyes – 3:35

The Dodos Premiere “Longform” Video On Pitchfork TV

The Dodos Premiere “Longform” Video On Pitchfork TV
Perform On Fuel TV’s “Check 1, 2” On 12/2
Time To Die Out Now On Frenchkiss Records


Click Here To View “Longform” On Pitchfork TV

“…quite possibly the most gorgeous Dodos composition to date”

“[Fables] suntanned folk jam is five minutes of Indian summer swaddled in acoustic guitar and marimba”

NPR Song Of The Day:
“…nestled in an ideal middle ground, where familiarity coexists with refreshing rhythmic surprises.”

The Onion:
“…Sampled vocal loops, syncopated plucking and drumming, spiky electric guitar, and vibraphone hits merge into a bright and bristling clatter.”

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Mean Creek wrap up tour with the Whigs, announce even more dates for 2010!

As they wrap up their successful stint with the Whigs,
winners of the Boston Music Awards’ New Act of the Year
Mean Creek announce even more tour dates in 2010!

Mean Creek

Hot on the heels of the release of their second album
The Sky (or the Underground) on Old Flame Records,
this dates will feature old faves and brand new tunes – these are shows not to miss!

Mean Creek Tour Dates
Dec 15 – Pour House – Charleston, SC**
Dec 18 – Middle East – Boston, MA
Dec 31 – Great Scott, Allston, MA
Feb 3 – TT the Bear’s – Boston, MA
Feb 4 – Jerky’s – Providence, RI
Feb 8 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
Feb 9 – Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ
Feb 10 – Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Feb 14 – Eleanor Rigby’s – Jermyn, PA
Feb 15 – the Space – Hamden, CT

**with the Whigs
with Destry (ex-members of Straylight Run & The Format)

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Elizabeth & the Catapult: Christmas with the Jews!!

Christmas with the Jews from Elizabeth & the Catapult on Vimeo.

Local Natives Reveal Cover Art For “Gorilla Manor”

Local Natives Reveal Cover Art For Gorilla Manor
Interview With Pitchfork: Rising
Debut LP Gorilla Manor Out February 16th, 2010
Look Out For Spring 2010 US Tour

local natives

Click HERE To Read Local Natives’ Inteview With Pitchfork

Pitchfork : “Camera Talk” Track Review: “spot-on harmonies, a sharp chorus hook, and swooping strings to
add a pinch of romanticism”

NME : “Poetic songs, which billow, churn and explode into light.”

The Tripwire : “Their harmonic style is indicative of the influence of hazy beach bums of 60s SoCal
and Zombified Brit pop”
Daytrotter : “Local Natives create the kind of feeling – with a musicality so ambitious and daring, but immediately satisfying – that you can only attain if you’re head over heels with the very thought of maximizing all that’s in your heart and soul.”

Brooklyn Vegan (CMJ 2009 live review): “One of the most energetic and buzzed-about bands”

BBC Radio : “reminiscent of Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective and Spinto Band.”

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White Denim Announce More US Tour Dates

White Denim Announce More US Tour Dates
Fits Voted Top 50 Album of 2009 In Both UNCUT And MOJO
Gorilla Vs Bear Lists Fits As #2 Album Of The Year
Fits Out NOW on Downtown Records

White Denim Conflict of Interest 2009 CMJ 1

Click HERE To Watch White Denim’s “I Start To Run”

Gorilla Vs Bear List Fits As #2 Album Of The Year

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Javelin Sign To Luaka Bop / Release The Very Best “Julia” Remix

Javelin Sign To Luaka Bop
Release The Very Best “Julia” (Re-do) Remix
Play Bowery Dec. 11th With Phenonemal Hand Clap Band
Look Out For Debut LP In Early 2010

Mean Creek Wins New Act of the Year at Boston Music Awards!

Last night, Boston faves Mean Creek were nominated for 3 Boston Music Awards

They took home New Act of the Year!!!!

These nominations come right as these Boston faves are about to head out on tour with
Southern ass-kickers the Whigs.

Mean Creek

Hot on the heels of the release of their second album
The Sky (or the Underground) on Old Flame Records,
this tour will feature old faves and brand new tunes – these are shows not to miss!

Mean Creek Tour Dates with the Whigs & the Features
Dec 5 – Rhythm & Brews – Chattanooga, TN
Dec 6 – Farm 255 – Athens, GA**
Dec 8 – Visulite – Charlotte, NC
Dec 10 – Black Cat – Washington, DC
Dec 11 – The Fillmore – NY, NY
Dec 12 – North Star – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 13 – Dante’s – Frostburg, MD**
Dec 14 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
Dec 15 – Pour House – Charleston, SC
Dec 18 – Middle East – Boston, MA**
Dec 31 – Great Scott, Allston, MA**

**without the Whigs

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Nouvelle Vague announce coast-to- coast US Tour starting Jan 22nd!

Beloved French band Nouvelle Vague announce a full run of US dates
Kicking off on Jan 22nd at World Cafe in Philly, these hipshaking dynamos will bring their unstoppable live show
to the West before ending up on Feb 20th in Washington DC
Dates below!


Check out their second single from their album “3” out NOW on Peacefrog Records
Check out the LIVE VIDEO Ca Plane Pour Moi performed by Jenia Lubitch
Listen to the single HERE!

Check out their in depth interview with PRI’s/ BBC’s The World HERE!

YES! That Nouvelle Vague!
The inventive band that takes a song you adore and shows you how to fall in love with it allll over again!
With their sophisticated combination of bossa nova, jazz and sixties pop as they continue to
remaster post punk and new wave nuggets!
“3” differs from its predecessors in the arrangements, songs are inspired by
American country music, roots and bluegrass.

Nouvelle Vague also has an iPhone App
All the news HERE! AND HERE!

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Wakey!Wakey! Release “Brooklyn/Manhattan” Acoustic Digital Only 7″ On Family Tree Records

Wakey!Wakey! Release “Brooklyn/Manhattan” Acoustic Digital Only 7″ On Family Tree Records
Michael Grubb Will Be Performing “Brooklyn” Next Monday At 8 PM On The WB’s One Tree Hill Show
Plays Mercury Lounge This Thursday At 9 PM / Look Out For Sophomore LP In Early 2010
“Brooklyn/Manhattan” Digital Only 7″ Features:
A Side: “Brooklyn”
B Side: “Clinton St. Girl”

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Click Here To Listen To “Clinton St. Girl”

Wakey!Wakey! will be releasing an acoustic version of “Brooklyn” on Monday December 7th, the same day the song will be played on One Tree Hill. The single will contain “Clinton St. Girl” as a B-Side. This song will not appear on the upcoming album in 2010. More news on that soon! The band will debut a few new songs off of the new album.

What: Wakey!Wakey! Single Release Show, w/ Casey Shea

Where: Mercury Lounge (For directions + tix : Click Here )

When: Thursday December 3rd, Casey Shea @ 8.30, W!W! @ 9.30

For Press Inquiries Please Contact

White Rabbits Add More World Tour Dates

White Rabbits Add More World Tour Dates
It’s Frightening Out NOW On tbd Records

white rabbits

Click Here To Watch White Rabbits LIVE On Jimmy Kimmel

Click Here To Listen To White Rabbits On Daytrotter

Rolling Stone :

Pitchfork : “A band with an impressive, distinctive sound.”

NY Times : “An American sound that fortifies its brains with muscle.”

SPIN : “It’s Frightening veers towards no frills rhythms peppered with jarring sonics.”

Paste : “Keep your eyes on these guys. With this new album they may be about to, as it’s said in the parlance, blow the f*ck up.”

Tripwire : “Raucous and unique percussion philosophy…You won’t be disappointed”

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Vulture Whale announce 2010 tour dates, soar at CMJ Radio 200, offer free download for Bamboo You EP!

Alabama faves Vulture Whale announce a run of tour dates in January 2010
on the heels of the release of the Bamboo You EP.

vulture whale

The EP is available in two ways:
Out NOW for FREE on the Vulture Whale Site
and in stores on January 19th through Skybucket Records.

The Bamboo You EP is taking CMJ Radio 200 by storm
coming in #13 most added last week!

God Save Vulture Whale!

January 2010 Vulture Whale Tour Dates
Jan 21 – Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
Jan 22 – White Water Tavern – Little Rock, AK
Jan 23 – Basement – Nashville, TN
Jan 28 – Caledonia – Athens, GA
Jan 29 – Hummingbird – Macon, GA
Jan 30 – Bottletree – Birmingham, AL

Aquarium Drunkard premiered the first track from Bamboo You, “The Pipe” –
Check it out HERE!

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Body Language premieres Work This City (Yes Giantess Rremix) on Under the Radar, Finish Out Tour w/ Zero 7

Brooklyn based Body Language
premieres Work This City (Yes Giantess Remix) on Under The Radar


“….we’ve got an exclusive premiere of Yes Giantess’ re-rub of “Work This City.” BL’s Boston electro pals extend the single past the six-minute mark with a whirring, beeping house beat. The chorus ignites into cut-up overdrive and rests for a spell. Rinse, repeat, bottle up and explode!”-
Under the Radar

Body Language continues their major city opening gig with Zero 7
Remaining dates below

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Girls, Girls, Girls

The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL

Even now that I am of legal age to get into 21+ shows, I am strongly against them.  The true fanbase for the joyful and catchy Dominant Legs, for the TEENAGE Chicago Rockers the Smith Westerns, and for the Pitchfork-adored and critically-acclaimed Girls were nowhere to be found at this show.  400 people packed the Empty Bottle for two nights of sold out shows only sway during the three minutes of the Girls’ hit “Lust For Life.”  Sonically, the show rocked, all three bands were instrumentally tight and impressive.  The show itself was sort of lame, and the stiff aging indie fans felt it was more important to just be there, as opposed to interact with the live music.

The most refreshing part of the show was seeing Smith Westerns’ drummer, Hal James, outside the venue discussing the politics of rock, being 3 years younger than how old you have to be to enter the show, crowds, T-Rex, and – of course – most sincerely, how cool it is to be playing with Girls and a lot of the cool bands that play Chicago.  I so rarely have negative show reactions, and I want to stress that the guys from Girls are awesome, they were super helpful to me before the show, they’re an all-around good band, and are way better than what you’d expect from the biggest buzz band with the most outrageous music video.

The early set was highlighted by “Ghost Mouth” – true to album form with the quivering voice of frontman Christopher Owens – and the slow-paced reflective “Summertime.”  Correct me if I’m wrong, “Big Bad Mean Motherfucker,” with the killer opening “I gotta high school crush on a California girl, oh yeah,” was absent from the set.  Otherwise, all of the songs of their strong debut album, “Album” were hit upon in some order.  “Life In San Francisco,” the b-side to the “Lust For Life” EP was definitely one I was counting on.

Owens’ and the band wasn’t in the chattiest of moods, but before launching into the album-standout “Laura,” he introduced it by saying, “This is a song about a girl named Laura, it’s called Laura.”  His genuine gratitude to the Smith Westerns’ was a cool moment, as he explained how much lamer he was when he was in high school.  Although Owens’ two-song solo encore wasn’t as fun without the full-band (part of which was shared with pretty sweet openers, Dominant Legs), it did make their songs feel more “real,” important, and sent a message that their band might be relevant for the long-run as opposed to blog-buzz-bands like Voxtrot and the Black Kids.  “Darling” was another star-earner in my scribbled notes, and while it was lame that “Lust For Life” was the only song that could wake up the crowd, it did rock – one of the year’s best songs.

For a band without a massive catalog, without boring us with extended guitar solos, incorporating a lot of covers, or having songs that fall into the five-minute category, they certainly play a full and thorough set, and let a pretty satisfied (though annoyingly boring) crowd out after 1:00 AM.

Passion Pit Play POMONA At The Fox Theater On 12.12 & Play Jimmy Kimmel Live December 8th

Passion Pit Play POMONA At The Fox Theater On December 12th
Play Jimmy Kimmel Live December 8th
To Perform On mtvU Woodie Awards Show December 4th
SELL OUT January 8th & 9th At Terminal 5 – 3rd Show Just Added January 10th

New December US Dates : New York, Boston, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco & Pomona, CA

The 6th Annual mtvU WOODIES Tape At The ROSELAND BALLROOM In NYC On WED, NOV. 18TH, And Premiere On MTV, MTV2,

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Voting Is Now Open At :

Click Here To Watch Juan’s Basement LIVE Session On

Click Here To View MTV’s 2009 Breakthrough VMA Nominated “The Reeling

2009 has already been a whirlwind year for Boston’s Passion Pit, but it’s not quite over yet! Having already been nominated for an MTV VMA, for their video “The Reeling”, and winning Best Album from Boston’s WXPN, the accolades will just not stop flowing. They have now been nominated for the 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards for “Breaking Woodie” and will be performing on the show. The boys will then take on Jimmel Kimmel Live on December 8th and continue onto a West Coast tour. All this coming off amazing stops at Lollapalooza, Bonaroo, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Monolith, ACL and Treasure Island Music Festival. Passion Pit are currently on an spellbinding European tour. Stay tuned… This is a band who will be keeping your feet moving well into 2010, with two sold out Terminal 5 shows and one more to go!

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Josh Ottum hits the road w/Rosie Thomas for West Coast dates, Video for “It’s Alright”, Like the Season out NOW on Cheap Lullaby Records

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After years of stockpiling songs in his home studio, Seattle-based musician Josh Ottum had the bright idea to make his debut album a sort of “personal greatest hits.”

Josh will hit the road for a string of West Coast dates with Rosie Thomas!
More dates to come!

“tune-drenched, challenging Americana pop”

Maverick Review- Four Stars
“…what a Beck’s greatest Hits compilation might sound like and you’re
getting really lose. .now put it all into one song.”

Check out the first single “It’s Alright” HERE!
Check out the video for “It’s Alright” HERE!

The “personal greatest hits” album “Like The Season” out
on Cheap Lullaby Records.

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The Cringe at the Conflict of Interest Party in New York City

The Cringe
New York Rebel – New York, NY

John Cusimano – Guitar, Vocals
Roto – Lead guitar
Jonny Matias – Bass
Shawn Pelton – Drums


The Cringe New York Rebel - New York, NY 10-19-2009Just a little bit about the Cringe:

Founded by lead singer and guitarist John Cusimano, the Cringe was formed in 2004 around a collection of songs that John had written. Since their inception they’ve had two albums released: Scratch the Surface (2004) and Tipping Point (2007). Plaything, the latest from the Cringe, should be out in late 2009. The Cringe has been touring nationally for several years and shared the stage with the likes of The Raveonettes, The Stills, The New York Dolls, Billy Gibbons of ZZtop, The Doors with Ian Ashbury, Autovaughn, Trances Arc and More).

Tour Dates!!

Oct 20 2009 9:00P
CMJ Official Showcase – The Delancey New York, New York

Oct 21 2009 8:00P
Amnesty International Showcase – Webster Hall – The Studio New York, New York

Oct 25 2009 11:00P
The Khyber Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nov 4 2009 8:00P
Arlene’s Grocery with The Sketches Nov. Residency New York, New York

Nov 6 2009 9:00P
Trash Bar Brooklyn, New York

Nov 7 2009 8:00P
Kenny’s Castaway New York, New York

Nov 11 2009 8:00P
Arlene’s Grocery with The Sketches Nov. Residency New York, New York

Nov 18 2009 8:00P
Arlene’s Grocery with The Sketches Nov. Residency New York, New York

Photos of the Cringe at the Conflict of Interest Party in New York City:

White Denim Strike a Pose at the Conflict of Interest Party for the CMJ Marathon

White Denim
New York Rebel- New York, NY

Joshua Block – Drums
James Petralli – Vocals, Guitar
Steve Terebecki – Vocals, Bass

White Denim New York Rebel- New York, NY 10-19-2009

Photos and tour dates after the jump…

Tour Dates!

10/24 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
10/31 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
11/02 – Firebird – St Louis, MO
11/03 – Jackpot – Lawrence, KS
11/04 – 400 Bar – Minneapolis, MN
11/05 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
11/06 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
11/07 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
11/09 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
11/10 – Il Motore – Montreal, QC
11/11 – TT the Bears – Cambridge, MA
11/12 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
11/13 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
11/14 – Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
11/16 – The Basement – Nashville, TN
11/17 – The Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
11/18 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
11/19 – The Social – Orlando, FL
11/20 – Cafe Eleven – St Augustine, FL
11/22 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA

Photos of White Denim at the Conflict of Interest Party in New York:

Japandriods at Schubas in Chicago

Schubas – Chicago, IL

Japandriods Schubas

I walked in. The Coathangers were rocking, Balloons on the stage, Troll rested on speaker, Four Gals, Candice’s Birthday, New singer/instrument set-up for every song, Every song = pretty damn good.The show only got better. Coathangers are an Atlanta quartet definitely worth checking out, “Pussywillow” is as awesome as its name, and “Shake Shake” probably tops the five on their MySpace.At 11:36 sharp, Vancouver’s Japandroids played what they called their first “own” show in Chicago (non-Pitchfork, as a headliner), and they were certainly excited about that. They joined the impressive duos that I’ve seen live along with the White Stripes, Fiery Furnaces, Black Keys, and Death From Above 1979.

Japandriods Schubas

They went with the strong “Heart Sweats” as their opener before launching straight into my potential favorite “Sovereignty,” which tweaked its lyrics from “cuz I’m in love with you tonight,” to “cuz I’m in Chicago tonight.” This was fitting because the show was in Chicago. The new song that followed was up to par with a lot of their tunes, it was described as a new song to dance to with easy lyrics that you can learn in 30 seconds, “so there’s no excuse for not singing along.”

“Rockers East Vancouver” sounded better live for sure and was one of their best, and although I prefer Brian’s singer more, David dominates this one.. While Post-Nothing seems to be getting a lot of attention – Pitchfork Best New Music – they do have 10 songs pre- Post-Nothing that are pretty good and will be release as an album in January. Any band that can get away with rhyming “together” and “forever” with “together” as basis for the three-line song is impressive.


The show moved at a pretty quick pace, and while both seemed so happy to be on tour, especially in Chicago, talking was kept pretty minimally, offering a few jokes in between every few songs. They got into some songs they didn’t have time for last time like “Darkness On The Edge of Gastown.” “To Hell With Good Intentions,” the McLusky cover, which served as the last song prior to when they would’ve done their encore, was my favorite concert moment in a long while – both the cover and the song itself is unstoppable.

“No encore. We don’t do that leave and come back bullshit, so here’s the last song. You guys rock,” which I believe came before “I Quit Girls.” Insanely sweet show from an insanely sweet band.

Leah Andreone’s Avalanche: A True Indie Pop Must Have

Leah Andreone

It’s not very uncommon for someone to hand me an album at someone else’s live show. It happened at JD Webb’s show in Solana Beach, CA. His tour management walked up to me and asked me if I could give this album a spin. Thank goodness I opened it and listened because it’s fabulous!! It’s Indie Pop and it has cleansed my musical palate.

The album is Avalanche and her name is Leah Andreone. Avalanche marks Leah’s third album, but this one was released independently (the best way). She was raised in San Diego, CA and currently resides in Los Angeles. In my book Avalanche is a must have in your Indie Pop catalog. Don’t believe me? Check the tracks from the album out here.

The album ranges from the lullaby of “I’m Here” to the bass driven power pop song “Never Stop Trying.” You can see the video here. My favorites are “Never Stop Trying” and “A Poet Should Be Sitting Here.” Both songs are uplifting to say the very least. Never Stop Trying is Leah’s first single off the album. It’s pretty obvious why. It’s a toe tapping song that you will find yourself singing to in the office. Well, I know that’s what happened to me. It’s a very positive song in not so positive times. Thanks Leah! Then “A Poet Should Be Sitting Here” reminds me of Five for Fighting’s “The Riddle.”

The songs on the album are a true indie sound meaning you don’t feel like someone compressed the hell out of the work, and shoved it 2 inches from your ears. Leah is great at striping the songs down with a guitar, piano, or keyboards and then just her voice. You’ll hear the light flurries of the tambourine, but the entire album is a light, catchy, must-have pop album.

This isn’t Andreone’s first time around the block. Andreone’s 1996 debut, Veiled, launched her into the pop cesspool; the single “It’s Alright, It’s Okay” hit the U.S. and European charts, and she toured the country with the Lilith Fair festival. After completing her follow-up, Alchemy, she left from her label, which seems to be the story of many nowadays. She’s played with artists such as Charlie Clouser (Nine Inch Nails), Martha Davis (The Motels), Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo) and Marti Fredrickson (Aerosmith).

I am very anxious to hear her live. I’ve seen videos on YouTube but there is nothing like the live experience. So Leah, please get your Italian butt back on tour!

The Dodos Release “Fables” Video / “Time To Die” Out Now On Frenchkiss Records / US Tour Starts This Week

The Dodos Release “Fables” Video
Time To Die Out Now On Frenchkiss Records
US Tour Starts This Week


Click Here To View Fables On Pitchfork TV

“…quite possibly the most gorgeous Dodos composition to date”

“[Fables] suntanned folk jam is five minutes of Indian summer swaddled in acoustic guitar and marimba”

NPR Song Of The Day:
“”…nestled in an ideal middle ground, where familiarity coexists with refreshing rhythmic surprises.”

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We Have Band Premiere Peter Bjorn & John “It Don’t Move Me” Remix On The Music Slut

We Have Band Premiere Peter Bjorn & John
“It Don’t Move Me” Remix On The Music Sl#t
Announce US Tour Dates / Featured In Spin Magazine ‘London Calling’ Special
Self-Titled EP Out Sept 15th On Itunes Look Out For Debut LP Produced By Gareth Jones

we have a band

Click Here To Hear Peter Bjorn & John “It Don’t Move Me” Remix On The Music Slut

Click Here To Read Spin Magazine’s “London Calling” Feature

Click Here To Download “You Came Out” Remix On RCRD LBL

Click Here To View “You Came Out” On Pitchfork TV

We Have Band Remix Bloc Party On Intimacy Remixed LP

Click Here To View We Have Band Live At The Fader Fort 2009

The Fader TV Releases WHB Acoustic Session

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Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson’s Summer Of Fear Out Digitally Today Via iTunes & Saddle Creek Online Store

Premieres First Single “The Sound” On AOL/SPINNER
Announces US Dates With Bob Mould & CMJ Showcases
CD Out October 20th, Vinyl Out Nov. 24th On Saddle Creek, Full Tracklisting Revealed For CD/Vinyl/Itunes

Miles Benjamin

Click Here To Purchase Summer Of Fear At Saddle Creek Store
Click Here To Listen To “The Sound” AOL/SPINNER World Premiere

Brooklyn Vegan

The Tripwire

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Built To Spill – Vic Theatre, Saturday, September 26, 2009

Built to Spill
The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
9/26/2009built to spill

Built To Spill’s Chicago Saturday gig at the Vic Theatre went about as expected – fifteen songs, some new material, extended guitar solos, knowledgeable fans, and a killer set, all coming together for one really really sweet show.

The dull beginning of the intro that segued into the new (There Is No Enemy) track “Oh Yeah,” did not set the standard for the great set/performance to come; however, the delayed start, their readiness to  jam, and the long gaps from song-to-song did set the pace. It is fair to say that Doug Martsch and the Boise quintet weren’t too concerned with firing through songs one right after the other.

Things certainly became more upbeat with the 1-2-3-4 punch of “In The Morning,” “The Plan,” “Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss,” and “Hindsight,” four songs that showcase Doug’s voice at its strongest, and allow the audience to move around a little beyond a head-bob. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET HEARD “Hindsight,” I fully recommend you do that right away – it has very cool lyrics, and one that definitely belongs in the BTS Catchy folder.

Songs that earned stars next to their listing in my set list were “Fly Around,” “Hindsight” (which sounded pretty slick and a future fixture), “Time Trap,” “Sidewalk,” and the closer “Conventional Wisdom” (which closed for far too long). “Car,” “You Were Right” and “Reasons” were also incredible, but didn’t jump out as much last night as did the aforementioned.
“Wherever You Go” was prefaced with a heartfelt dedication to the brothers and sisters (fighting for the environment). Bear with me, I don’t want to butcher the story, I’ll have facts totally clear tomorrow. “Reasons” and “One Thing” came a bit of a surprise, taking the place of the more predictable (“Distopian Dream Girl,” “Big Dipper,” “Twin Falls,” or “Goin’ Against Your Mind” even). Sadly, only two new tunes…one of which is already been part of the BTS song rotation.
The band went three for three during the encore – “Car,” “You Were Right” and the newest crowd-pleaser, “Conventional Wisdom,” all rocked. The audience seemed like one that had certainly seen the band a couple of times before: many could sing along at any point, and the feeling was cozy, intimate, relaxed, and genuine.
Good job BTS, can’t wait for the forthcoming 7th LP, There Is No Enemy, October 6. Here is the set, courtesy of the forum, and accurate with me:
1. Intro
2. Oh Yeah
3. In The Morning
4. The Plan
5. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
6. Hindsight
7. Wherever You Go
8. Reasons
9. Three Years Ago Today
10. Sidewalk
11. Timetrap
12. One Thing
13. Stab
15. Car
16. You Were Right
17. Conventional Wisdom

Venice is Sinking’s Brand new video for the song ‘Okay’

Here’s a little something to start off your morning right…ok, it’s not coffee but there’s nothing like a great video!

White Rabbits Announce Tour With Suckers, Local Natives, & Glass Ghost

Sophomore LP It’s Frightening Reaches #1 on Amazon MP3

It’s Frightening Out NOW On tbd Records

CLICK HERE For To Watch White Rabbits Perform LIVE On KEXP On Stereogum

Rolling Stone

Pitchfork : “A band with an impressive, distinctive sound.”

NY Times : “An American sound that fortifies its brains with muscle.”

SPIN : “It’s Frightening veers towards no frills rhythms peppered with jarring sonics.”

Paste : “Keep your eyes on these guys. With this new album they may be about to, as it’s said in the parlance, blow the f*ck up.”

Tripwire : “Raucous and unique percussion philosophy…You won’t be disappointed”

Onion A.V. Club : “It’s one thing for a band to smooth out a debut album’s small flaws for the follow-up, and another to leap straight from apprentice to master.”

Filter : “Thanks to their ability to dabble into almost any kind of musical style, their songs are never predictable and get better with each listen.”

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The Bigger Lights Answer Questions From Fans On Buzznet; Catch Them On Tour Now With Hey Monday, This Providence, The Friday Night Boys and Stereo Skyline


The Bigger Lights are currently featured on the home page, answering fan-submitted questions. Check it now at

Catch The Bigger Lights on tour now with Hey Monday, This Providence, The Friday Night Boys and Stereo Skyline.

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Western Vinyl Update: Here We Go Magic and Balmorhea Tours, New J. Tillman album, and more!

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• Balmorhea performed a stellar set this week at the Mohawk in Austin with School of Seven Bells and Black Moth Super Rainbow!
• This month they’ll head out on a US tour with Sub Pop recording artist Tiny Vipers. Detailed date and venue info is available below.
• You can read the Pitchfork reivew of ALL IS WILD ALL IS SILENT here.
• The video for the song “Remembrance” premiered on Pitchfork TV here.
• While on their US tour the band will record their first Daytrotter session!
• In August we will release the Double LPALL IS WILD, ALL IS SILENT REMIXES, featuring remixes by Eluvium, Peter Broderick, Tiny Vipers, Helios, and more.

Jun 17 2009 @ Hailey’s Denton, Texas
Jun 19 2009 @ Huckleberry’s Rock Island, Illinois
Jun 20 2009 @ Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Jun 21 2009 @ Bear’s Bloomington, Indiana
Jun 23 2009 @ First Unitarian Chapel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 24 2009 @ AS220 Providence, Rhode Island
Jun 25 2009 @ TT The Bears Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jun 26 2009 @ Le Poisson Rouge New York, New York
Jun 28 2009 @ Red and Black Washington DC
Jun 30 2009 @ Nightlight Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Jul 1 2009 @ 529 Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 9 2009 @ Cactus Cafe Austin, Texas (with David Wingo of Ola Podrida)

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Elizabeth & the Catapult add US dates w/Greg Laswell, iTunes Next Big Thing, “Taller Children” out June 9th

After select dates on the East Coast, Elizabeth & the Catapult hit the road in July for dates with Greg Laswell
More dates to come!

“Taller Children” out on Verve Forecast on June 9th!

What’s been going on!?
iTunes has chosen Elizabeth & the Catapult for their coveted Next Big Thing promotion.
LIVE performance on WNYC’s Soundcheck on June 24th.
LISTEN to the title single “Taller Children”

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Elizabeth & the Catapult’s “Taller Children” will be in all US retailers on June 9th.
The bands long long awaited debut was recorded in Omaha and produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, M. Ward and Rilo Kiley)
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Art Brut To Release Art Brut Vs. Satan

Latest & Greatest Third LP Out May 12th On Downtown Records, Produced By Black Francis
Look Out For New Single
Alcoholics Unanimous

Art Brut will be releasing its third studio album, Art Brut vs Satan, Out May 12th On Downtown Records

Art Brut will be releasing its third studio album, Art Brut vs Satan, Out May 12th On Downtown Records

“We recorded the album in a punk-as-f@*k two weeks in Salem, Oregon,” explains lead singer Eddie Argos.  “I don’t always enjoy the recording process – all that fiddling with guitars and drum sounds waiting for my turn to ‘sing’.  This time though, we did it just right. We spent a day getting the sound of the instruments perfect, then with all of us in the same room at the same time, with the amazing Black Francis conducting us, we pressed record, jumped around and played our songs. This is how I always thought albums were made and it’s definitely how we’re doing it from now on!”

The first single to be released from the album will be Alcoholics Unanimous, More details to follow …
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Paper Route Blows Minds With New EP

Paper Route
Are We All Forgotten EP

My first glimpse of Paper Route was through their Myspace page which didn’t overly impress me so I moved on. When talking with Howie from Low vs Diamond a few months back (link to interview here), he mentioned they’d be stopping back in Chicago. As it turns out, Paper Route was going to be opening for them. So, I took another look at the Nashville quintet and in my search for more information on the band, I stopped off at their website. HOLY SHIT!

Hit the link for the rest of the review, it’s worth it.

I’ve gotta say, I have never been overly impressed by a bands website…and, I still haven’t because I don’t consider it a website; it’s simply visual extension of their Are We All Forgotten EP, brilliant. The video is the perfect complement to the music; It reflects the swells of the synths and the ebb and flow of the vocals precisely. I haven’t had such a strong reaction to music since I first heard Radiohead back in high school. Keep in mind my reaction to Radiohead was heavily influenced if you catch my drift…

Now I’m spoiled. I can’t imagine listening to this album any other way. I have it ripped to my PC but I still find myself heading to the website for the full effect. Well done Paper Route, well done.

Before you go to the site:

  1. Find your favorite pair of headphones (unless you have a nice set of speakers).
  2. Maximize your browser and mute any programs that make sound.
  3. Make sure flash player is installed.
  4. Finally, get comfortable and click here for a transcending experience.

Here’s the link again:

(only $2.71 at the Amazon MP3 store!)

The Death Set Rocks Congress Theater

The Death Set
Congress Theater – Chicago,IL

The Death Set Congress Theater - Chicago,IL 11/08/2008

Australian punk rockers, The Death Set, seemed to be an unusual pairing for headliner Girl Talk. That is exactly what made them the perfect choice for a supporting act. With Girl Talk mashing up everyone from Elton John to Notorious B.I.G., I’d like to think the fans are open to most kinds of music. Some in-your-face punk rockin’ was just what fans needed before a 2-hour dance party.

While dancing on stage to some Girl Talk, I ran in to lead singer, Johnny Siera. I asked him how he managed to get on tour with Girl Talk. He replied very eloquently in his Aussie accent, “I worked my balls off man.”

The music they played wasn’t quite memorable but their live show most definitely was. Lead singer Johnny Siera packed a whole lot of energy into the short opening set and when he wasn’t running around the stage, he was jumping off the drum kit or climbing the speaker stacks. While I might not remember any of the songs they played, I would definitely go see them in concert again.

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Girl Talk Makes Sweet Sweet Love to a Sold Out Congress Theater

Girl Talk
Congress Theater – Chicago, IL

Girl Talk Congress Theater - Chicago, IL 11/08/2008To cap off my week of really ridiculously good concerts (Kings of Leon, We Are Scientists, The Whigs, and Ghostland Observatory) was the naked DJ himself, Gregg Gillis. Not familiar with that name? Maybe Girl Talk will ring a bell.

Gillis ran onto the sold-out stage of Congress Theater, the biggest show he’s ever played. Starting out in a yellow sweatshirt and some navy sweatpants, he was quickly down to just a pair of boxers shielding our eyes from his cash-and-prizes. It would have been incredibly awkward if Gillis was on stage alone. Thankfully, a small number of fans were allowed on stage with him; not his usual type of show.

Tons more photos and some senseless words after the jump…

Girl Talk Congress Theater - Chicago, IL 11/08/2008For those who are unfamiliar, Gregg Gillis usually gets ‘buck wild’ on stage, in all aspects of the phrase. According to an interview in Filter magazine issue 31, there’s been on-stage sex three times. Whether he’s had sex on stage or he’s watched others, it’s unclear. Either way, I think you get the idea of what a Girl Talk show is like.

Many fans were disappointed to find themselves hindered by a chest-high barrier and a group of security guards acting as though they were protecting Obama himself. The die-hard fans didn’t let anything stand in their way and I saw several people try more than once before finally making it on stage without being grabbed by security. There was even a green man, I mean c’mon guys, isn’t dancing around dressed head to toe in a skin tight lime green spandex suit a free ticket on stage?!

Gillis took several different moments throughout the set to thank the crowd for coming and explain how much the show meant to him. “I’ve been playing shows for eight years and this is by far the biggest fucking show I’ve ever played, thanks for coming out guys” he said at the end of the night as giant balloons were passed around the crowd.

To finish off the night, hundreds of balloons cascaded down from the ceiling popping on contact just before Gillis crowd surfed from the stage all the way back to the sound booth. While the show wou’dve been a bit more kick-ass if everyone was able to frolick around the stage but because the security at Congress are some serious fun-haters, I ended up with some stellar photos and I met some fantastic people in the process.

I don’t think there is any better end to a weekend. Thanks Girl Talk, come back soon!

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