June 22nd, 2020

Bright Eyes confirm release of new album Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was

Posted on 22 Jun 2020 at 10:02am

A lot has changed since Bright Eyes was restarted by Conor Oberst back in January with a shiny new record deal penned and plans in place for reunion tour dates, but the band are now ready to release their first album in a decade this summer.

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Watch Hamilton Leithauser perform Father’s Day themed NPR Tiny Desk concert

Posted on 22 Jun 2020 at 8:56am

Hamilton Leithauser spent Father’s Day with his children performing an at-home NPR Tiny Desk concert.

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Album Review: LA Priest – GENE

Posted on 22 Jun 2020 at 8:03am

History is sometimes a thing you can escape from easily, but Sam Eastgate’s relationship with the past keeps following him around, despite his present.

The man once known as Sam Dust, and more recently LA Priest, is now presenting his second album under the latter’s name, but the legacy of his first band Late Of The Pier remains stubbornly visible in the rear view mirror.

Four school friends barely out of their teens, the group’s Erol Alkan-produced debut and only release, Fantasy Black Channel, was at the time met with some bewilderment, a maverick bookend to the patchy and short lived nu rave movement. Over the last decade however, it’s gained the sort of rabid cache applied to Slint’s uber-cult foundling Spiderland, a constantly maturing reappraisal which could overshadow many a further career.

The first LA Priest album, Inji, had none of LOTP’s mania but plenty of arty discord, for GENE though Eastgate has again shifted his focus, this time from experimental funk and electronica to just experimental everything. Alkan joins him in the chair – the first time the two have worked together since the band split – but perhaps more tellingly the singer spent a year of between-record-downtime building his own drum machine from scratch, the name of which is the name of the album.

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Tiña to release Speedy Wunderground’s first album in November

Posted on 22 Jun 2020 at 6:44am

Since hitting the ground sprinting in 2013 with essential recordings such as the I Go Out duet between Emiliana Torrini and Steve Mason, Speedy Wunderground has grown to become the natural home for much of the best new music to have emerged during the past few years.

It’s taken until now though for the label to put out its first full length album, this not inconsiderable milestone being achieved by south Londoners Tiña.

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Public Enemy release new track State Of The Union (STFU)

Posted on 22 Jun 2020 at 6:04am

Public Enemy have released a new track entitled State Of The Union (STFU), one which keeps Chuck D’s sharpened pen firmly trained on Donald Trump.

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Live Nation’s drive-in concert series, featuring, The Streets, Dizzee Rascal and more, has gone on sale

Posted on 22 Jun 2020 at 5:06am

Tickets for Live Nation’s new concert series Utilita Live From The Drive-In, featuring artists such as The Streets and Dizzee Rascal, have gone on sale today.

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New Zealand musician Aaron Tokona has died

Posted on 22 Jun 2020 at 3:48am

The death of musician Aaron Tokona was announced during the weekend.

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