Archives: June 2016

WATCH — Danny Brown “When It Rain” + Tour Dates

June 22nd, 2016

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“The best Danny Brown songs have always been haphazard. From his EDM production to his signature squawk, Brown’s been capable of doing anything at anytime. XXX standouts like “Monopoly” were lyrical exercises: a creative expert combining seemingly disparate ideas into powerful imagery and similes. On Old’s, “Kush Coma” and “Dip,” he acknowledged his pain and addiction, but ignored them in favor of abandoning reality for wall-to-wall fun. Still, even when things were going well, he would throw in crushing lines like, “Eyes keep shaking and I can’t stay focused.” As a listener, vigilance was necessary. “When It Rain” is the first we’ve heard from the Detroit rapper since he celebrated and put to rest “The Old Danny Brown” on his 2013 album. He sounds as hyperactive as ever—still with a preternatural ability to make end rhymes so compelling—and newly focused.” — via Pitchfork

Read the rest of the review HERE, or check out the video for “When It Rain” below!

TOUR DATES:
9/14 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living Arts
9/15 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
9/16 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
9/17 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
9/18 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
9/21 Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon
9/22 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
9/23 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
9/24 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
9/25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
9/27 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
9/28 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
10/1 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/2 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
10/4 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
10/5 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/6 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater
10/7 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10/8 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
10/11 San Francisco, CA – Regency
10/12 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
10/14 San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
10/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
10/16 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
10/17 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10/18 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/20 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/21 Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
10/23 Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/25 New Orleans, LA – Republic New Orleans
10/26 Nashville, TN – Exit In
10/27 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/28 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
10/29 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
10/30 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
11/1 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore Silver Springs
11/2 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
11/3 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
11/4 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/5 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop

WATCH — Caravan Palace “Wonderland”

June 21st, 2016

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Parisian seven-piece electronic big band Caravan Palace recently premiering the video for the track “Wonderland” off their critically acclaimed third full-length album, <|°_°|>, out now on Le Plan Recordings. The track is also available as a single, featuring the extended mix of the album track “Mighty (feat. JTFH)” on the b-side.

Watch the video for “Wonderland” below!

WATCH — DJ Shadow & Run The Jewels Perform “Nobody Speak” On Fallon

June 21st, 2016

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“DJ Shadow’s first album in five years,The Mountain Will Fall, features a collaboration with Run the Jewels called “Nobody Speak.” Last night, in advance of the LP’s release date later this month, both acts appeared on The Tonight Show to perform the excellent track. While the veteran beatsmith worked his magic, El-P and Killer Mike promptly tore the house down with their snarling bars. Killer Mike dedicated the performance to the victims of the Orlando Massacre.” — via Consequence Of Sound

Watch the performance below!

LISTEN — Alexis Taylor “I’m Ready”

June 20th, 2016

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“On his third proper solo album, Alexis Taylor puts aside all semblance of pop affectations in favor of something totally sparse and infinitely more vulnerable: a record composed entirely of piano and voice. Recorded at Hackney Road Studios, the aptly-named Piano is not only the most straightforward thing the usually cheeky Hot Chip frontman has ever released, it’s also the most surprisingly personal. Taylor has always had a knack for embedding wistfulness and bittersweet melancholia into pristinely rendered pop songs. With Piano Taylor peels back any kind of artifice, offering a collection of songs that examine mortality, religion, and the creative impulse itself. The album opens with “I’m Ready”—a song that correlates the creative process with a kind of expansive emotional openness. “Don’t you know I’m ready?” sings Taylor. “Don’t you know I’m healthy? Nowhere else I’d rather be/Nothing to protect me/No one to defend me.” The song, which is carried aloft by Taylor’s lovely but unfussy piano playing, speaks to vulnerability at the core of the record. The idea of emotional nakedness as reflected by this sort of stripped back, bare-bones performance style is certainly nothing new, but it’s a conceit that works nicely here, showcasing just how genuinely sweet Taylor’s voice actually is.” — via Pitchfork

Read the rest of the Pitchfork review HERE, and check out “I’m Ready” below!

WATCH — Jean Michel Jarre Talks Collaboration w/ Julia Holter

June 19th, 2016

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“Over his recent releases, Jean-Michel Jarre has collaborated with a vast number of artists spreads over genres, countries and generations. On Electronica Vol. 2: The Heart Of Noise, he linked up with Los Angeles pop-surrealist Julia Holter for the pulsing, beautiful ‘These Creatures’ and now you can learn about the song from both performers’ perspectives. Jarre holds nothing back in his praise of Holter, calling her “a futuristic angel” who is “somewhere between Björk, Kate Bush and Laurie Anderson” while comparing her work to musique concrète.” — via FACT

Watch the mini doc about “These Creatures” below!

LISTEN — The Invisible Look To Africa For VF Mix 50

June 18th, 2016

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“On the cusp of releasing their long-awaited their album Patience, London trio The Invisible have stepped up to deliver a lesson in African music for VF Mix 50. Helmed by frontman and musical polymath Dave Okumu, who recently told us all about his love for Gil Scott-Heron, the 60-minute selection is a loose exploration of music from the continent that has inspired and influenced him, from straight up Nigerian jùjú to a certain German four-piece with a debt to traditional African music.” — via The Vinyl Factory

Check out the mix below!

WATCH — The Big Pink Perform @ KEXP

June 17th, 2016

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In late April, The Big Pink blessed the studios at KEXP with some performances of songs from their latest album. Check out live performances of Hightimes, Decoy, Velvet and Beautiful Criminal below!