In a new TuneInConversation, hip-hop producer Dan The Automator talks about his beginnings, his work with Prince Paul, DJ Shadow, and reuniting with Kool Keith and DJ Qbert for the new Dr. Octagon album. Check it out below.
IDLES are back with another amazing video. This time they’re confronting toxic masculinity.
“Samaritans” came about at a time where I realized through counseling that I spent a lot of my life feeling lonely, even though I had such supportive friends and family around. I learned soon after it was down to a certain performative nature to which I related strength to silence, leading to problems as I ended up confused and angry from bottling up my feelings, which in turn then manifested in violence and self-loathing. I wanted to try and explore that in a song that could illustrate that relationship between masculinity and it’s trail of ugly shame and death.
— via The Fader
Cologne, Germany-based Marius Lauber AKA Roosevelt announced a North American headlining tour that begins in December. Along with the thour announcement he released the first single of his upcoming album, Young Romance, which isset for release on September 28th. Listen to the euphoric, sun-drenched lead single “Under The Sun” below.
12/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
12/06 – Washington, DC @ U Hall
12/07 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
12/09 – Montreal, QC @ Belmont
12/10 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
12/12 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
12/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teregram Ballroom
12/15 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
12/16 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
12/18 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
12/20 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
12/21 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
On her indie rock project Petal, Kiley Lotz writes lyrics with a conversational lilt, deep emotional resonance, and an abstract flair. Songs like “Magic Gone,” the title track from her sophomore album, are devastating because they draw a path to closure that’s not only not a straight line, it’s rarely ever linear.
– via The Fader
“It might come as a surprise for a 1990s-era hip-hop artist and composer to deliver a sultry set of jazz fusion — one that seems better suited for midnight hours in a smoky club than late afternoon in a newsroom office — but keep in mind, the Tiny Desk itself was a surprise at its inception.
After years of produced releases and jam sessions, A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and composer Adrian Younge formed The Midnight Hour in 2018 and released a 20-track album of the same name that bathes fans in an elixir of hip-hop, R&B and jazz.
For the new band’s Tiny Desk, the talented pair of impresarios — Younge stationed behind the keys with an undone satin bow tie and vaguely opaque glasses, Muhammad with a blue pinstriped suit and deep violet Fender guitar — turned their concert into a family affair, leading a six-piece band with interchanging vocalists through a stirring four-song set.”
– via NPR Music
Slothrust, the neo-grunge trio of vocalist/guitarist Leah Wellbaum, bassist Kyle Bann and drummer Will Gorin, are gearing up for the release of their fourth album, The Pact. In addition to writing and recording songs, they had to do some mundane stuff. Like doing their laundry. Too bad we never have enough quarters to pull off the kind of madness Wellbaum gets up to in the clip for their second single, “Double Down.”
— via Alternative Press
The genre-defying ensemble DeVotchKa announced their return today with the new song “Straight Shot” from This Night Falls Forever, their August 24 album release on Concord Records.
“Straight Shot” is the first track on the new album; a rhythmic and urgent opener for the group’s resurgence. “This song is like a moonlit swim through heartbreak, in a sea of ghosts from your past,” DeVotchKa frontman Nick Urata says. “When you realize the old neighborhood may be gone forever, but you can carry it with you through the darkest of days.”
August 23 – New York, NY
September 19 – Vancouver, BC
September 20 – Seattle, WA
September 21 – Portland, OR
September 24 – San Francisco, CA
September 25 – Santa Cruz, CA
September 27 – Anaheim, CA
September 28 – San Diego, CA
September 29 – Los Angeles, CA
September 30 – Phoenix, AZ
October 02 – Santa Fe, NM
October 04 – Chicago, IL
October 05 – St. Louis, MO
October 06 – Kansas City, MO
October 07 – Minneapolis, MN