Archives: April 2018

WATCH — IDLES Live at Breakthru Radio Studio

April 27th, 2018

IDLES is a lightning bolt shooting straight out of Bristol, England, and tearing through the mess of a world we’re all currently suffering through, guiding the masses with a grin and a fist while dancing and shouting and leading a charge for what’s honest and true. If that sounds a bit heavy-handed or perhaps too optimistic, maybe it is, but IDLES isn’t afraid to give the effort 1000%. This quintet makes a huge, permanent impression on any audience, suspecting or otherwise, instantly converting even the most skeptical out there into totally devout supporters with their cathartic post-punk and conviction. The band let it rip in the live room at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn before making their way to Austin for SXSW.

— via Breakthru Radio

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WATCH — Trio Da Kali and Krono Quartet’s “Tita”

April 26th, 2018

Tita was one of a series of songs that emerged around the time of independence in Mali and Guinea, encouraging the youth to follow their hearts, rather than their elders’ wishes. In this version, the leaders of this movement are the griots themselves, who have ‘fallen in love with love’ – even if it leads to malicious gossip and beatings. The word tita and titawati represented the swish of cloth as a couple danced in ballroom style – a true sign of modernity in Mali of the 1950s!

‘Tita’ comes from Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet‘s debut album, ‘Ladilikan‘.

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Watch – ODESZA performs on Conan

April 26th, 2018

ODESZA appeared on Conan last night and performed “Higher Ground” along with an orchestra and Naomi Wild on vocals. Check it out below. It’s sublime.

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WATCH — Sango’s “Khlorine” + Tour Dates

April 19th, 2018

Following the release of his new album In The Comfort Of, Seattle-based producer Sango is back today to share a new video. “Khlorine,” taken from the new project, features Smino and is accompanied by a new visual shot by Russ Fraser, directed by Glassface, and featuring VFX by Glassface and UnkleLuc. The video finds Sango traveling the world, from lush forests to dense urban environments to tropical islands.

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Tour Dates:
5/1 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
5/2 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
5/3 – Miami, FL @ Ground
5/4 – Queens, NY @ Knockdown Center
5/6 – Cambridge, MA @ Paradise
5/8 – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount Theatre
5/10 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
5/11 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
5/12 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
5/13 – Oakland, CA @ Blurry Vision Festival
5/15 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
5/16 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
5/18 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
5/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
5/23 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory N. Park
5/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
5/25 – Bradley, CA @ Lighting in a Bottle Festival
5/26 – Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival

WATCH — Hop Along’s “How Simple” + Tour Dates

April 19th, 2018

“Dance like nobody’s watching” is the mood for “How Simple,” the newest video from Hop Along off their album Bark Your Head Off, Dog. Lead singer Frances Quinlan is kinetic and untethered as she dances with a flashlight amongst the shadows of a darkened home, matching the peppiness and zen spirit of the lyrics. The video, directed by Derrick Belcham, follows Quinlan throughout the home, dancing in glee and wearing her emotions openly, passing by bandmates and eventually ending up in a strobed party amongst other women chanting along to the chorus in intoxicating fashion.”

— via Spin

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Tour Dates:
5/1: Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
5/2: Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts
5/3: Boston, MA @ Royale
5/5: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
5/6: Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
5/7: Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
5/8: Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
5/10: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
5/11: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
5/12: Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
5/14: Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
5/15: Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
5/19: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
5/30: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
6/1: Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
6/2: Montreal, QC @ Le Belmont
6/3: South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
6/5: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
6/6: Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
6/8: Toronto, ON @The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
6/9: Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
6/10: Chicago, IL @ Metro
6/12: Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
6/13: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
6/16: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
6/18: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
6/19: Austin, TX @ Barracuda
6/20:Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
6/22: St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
6/23: Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

Watch — Daniel Avery’s Visual Version of “Song For Alpha”

April 13th, 2018

In celebration of the release of his new album Song For Alpha, Daniel Avery has also brought forth a enveloping visual album to accompany his mind-melting follow-up to 2013’s critically heralded debut, Drone Logic.

The arresting visual components of the Song For Alpha release were created by London-based design house Flat-e. Prior to the album’s release, fans were treated to a preview of the full visual offering via videos for album tracks “Slow Fade” and “Projector.” During the creation of these videos,
Flat-e melded the analog and digital worlds by layering animations of crystalline structures and then manipulating them digitally to make them appear fluid. Watch below.

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Listen — DJ Eclipse and Brownout’s ‘Fear of a Brown Planet’ Mixtape

April 13th, 2018

On the 28th anniversary of Public Enemy‘s seminal 1990 album Fear of a Black Planet, the Austin-based band Brownout (best known for their popular Black Sabbath tribute albums) has decided to pay homage to the rap classic by announcing their own project, Fear of a Brown Planet. The record, which will be out May 25 on Fat Beats, will consist of “heavy psych-funk covers of Public Enemy classics in instrumental form,” according to the group.

To celebrate the project’s impending release, Brownout has teamed with DJ Eclipse for the Fear of a Brown Planet Mixtape, which mixes PE acapellas over Brownout instrumentals.

— via Complex

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