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September 16, 2014

Manchester Orchestra at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
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Manchester Orchestra put out their grungy new album Cope earlier this year, and they've now followed it with a stripped-down version of all the songs called Hope which is already available on iTunes and will be out physically on November 18 via Loma Vista. They're also going on a stripped-down tour in support of it which brings them to more intimate venues than their last tour, including NYC's The Bell House on December 9, a much smaller place than their Terminal 5 show in May. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Chris Staples opens all dates.

Full list of dates below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Alt rock vet Mark Lanegan will release his new album, Phantom Radio, on October 21 via Flooded Soil/Vagrant. The first single from the record is "Floor Of The Ocean" which might supprise Screaming Trees fans who haven't checked with Mark in a while. It's heavy on synths and drum machines, with a little Peter Hook style bass in there as well. You can stream that below.

Mark will be touring this fall, and he'll play NYC at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall on November 8. Tickets will be on sale for that show soon.

You can also hear Mark on the new Stooges rerecordings that guitarist James Williamson is putting together. All tour dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...

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Clear Channel

It's been almost nine years since Clear Channel spun off Live Nation (who went on to buy Ticketmaster). Now:

Clear Channel on Tuesday refashioned itself as iHeartMedia, accentuating how the lines between online and AM/FM radio are blurring at the country's biggest company on the broadcast dial.

"It's not a company with a bunch of old radio stations and outdoor [billboards] anymore," Chief Executive Bob Pittman said in an interview. "We've transformed, so let's now take a name that matters."

iHeartRadio is Clear Channel's digital arm, a Pandora-like online service that also hosts the digital streams of the company's 840 traditional radio stations like KIIS FM in Los Angeles. Effective Tuesday, CC Media Holdings Inc. became iHeartMedia Inc. The company's over-the-counter stock ticker symbol will also change, effective Wednesday.

Streaming is the industry's most promising segment of growth, but tech-centered outfits like Pandora -- the Web's biggest radio operator -- and on-demand subscription services like Apple's Beats Music and Spotify tend to attract the most attention as they race to dominate the burgeoning sector. By recasting itself as iHeartMedia, Clear Channel not only recognizes the company itself has changed but also believes it will get due credit in the tech community for its gargantuan scope, Pittman said. [CNET]

APTBS @ MHOW, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
A Place to Bury Strangers

Austin Psych Fest is one of the cooler annual conclaves for headtrip rock n' roll, and they're bringing a bit of that flavor to NYC during CMJ for a showcase at Rough Trade on October 25 with A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Spires, The Wytches and The Paperhead. It's a 6 PM start with "special guests to be announced." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Flyer for the show is below.

This is the only current date for A Place To Bury Strangers, though it seems likely that the band will play Death by Audio before it closes, seeing how frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the successful Death by Audio pedal company that's housed in the back of the venue (which will be locating to new digs) and if anybody's the DbA house band, it's APTBS.

Nashville's The Paperhead, meanwhile, just announced they'll be releasing Africa Avenue this fall via Trouble in Mind, their first new music in two years. Bo Ningen will be at CMJ following their tour with Kasabian. White Fence and King Gizzard have other CMJ shows together too.

Moon Duo also play with The Horrors at Stage 48 on October 21 (tickets), though most of their tour together was postponed, and then they'll play with The Kills at Bowery Ballroom on 10/23 (sold out but you can try to get in with a CMJ badge if you're gonna have one).

Flyer for the Psych Fest CMJ showcase below...

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by Ian Chainey

Lightning at the Door album art
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Nashville's psych-rockers All Them Witches are giving their album, Lightning at the Door, a proper release today (9/16). It's a heady brew of swirling tones and heavy blue-eyed blues rock. The tracks also have that bracing spontaneity of crack improvisers. Says singer/bassist Michael Parks, Jr. regarding their approach: "In terms of the music, we're so loose, and that's where the magic comes from. There's no controlling factor. We do exactly what comes naturally. We go in a room without any idea about what will happen, get in the groove, and it works. That's supernatural." You can check out a couple of its tracks below.

All Them Witches are currently on tour with crushing doomers Windhand. This Saturday's (9/20) show at NYC's Saint Vitus with Ilsa and Polygamyst is on the very near horizon. That show is also very nearly sold out according to Saint Vitus's Facebook: "If you want tickets to Windhand, act soon. There are less than 30 left." Tickets are, indeed, available now.

Updated dates are listed, with the song streams, below...

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FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

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Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner, who played with Kevin Devine in the Goddamn Band and Miracle of 86, has sadly passed away. Kevin wrote on Tumblr:

Broken-hearted, shocked.

Mike Skinner of the Goddamn Band & Miracle of 86 passed away this weekend.

Mike played on, toured on, and/or co-produced "Make The Clocks Move", "Split The Country, Split The Street", "Put Your Ghost To Rest" & "Brother's Blood", as well as Miracle's "Every Famous Last Word" & "Last Gasp".

Mike was my friend. He was charismatic, generous, tasteful, singular, brilliant, hilarious; he was a whirlwind, a magnet.

It's impossible to overstate his contribution to the development of Miracle & KD+GDB, but, in short, he made us better, more interesting. More than almost any other person, he encouraged me to push myself, to be confident, to take my talent seriously, because he did.

Mike was dynamic, complex, and beautiful. My life's richer & a lot more more colorful for the 12 years I got to have him in it. He loved to play for you guys and took a lot of pride in the records we made & tours we did.

He leaves a wonderful family. Keep them in your thoughts.

(I think Emily Driskill took this picture a long time ago, at Stubb's in Austin.)

Rest in peace Mike.

Morby

Kevin Morby is set to release his second solo album, Still Life, via Woodsist on October 14. Like his solo debut, the new album was produced by Rob Barbato but sounds a bit more fleshed-out, production wise, than his first. You can check out a video for "All of My Life" which is an homage to country music variety shows of the '60s and '70s and features White Fence's Tim Presley as the host. Watch that and check out another track, "Parade," below.

While Kevin lives in Los Angeles these days, he does tend to make it back to New York pretty often. He'll be here during CMJ, playing the Aquarium Drunkard showcase at Rough Trade on October 24 with Twin Peaks, Modern Vices, and Geronimo Getty. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. He's also playing a free set at Academy Annex on October 25, details TBA.

All dates are listed, along with the video and song streams, below...

Continue reading "Kevin Morby releasing 'Still Life,' made a new video, touring, playing CMJ with Twin Peaks & more (dates, streams)"

Diplo

Diplo has a few dates coming up this year, and he'll be ringing in the new year in a big way when he teams up with Skrillex for a New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden. The show will include solo sets from each producer, plus a set as their collaborative project Jack U. Tickets are currently on AmEx presale with a Live Nation presale beginning Thursday (9/18) at 10 AM and the general on-sale starting Friday (9/19) at noon. All Diplo dates are listed below.

The pair have also premiered the studio version of their collaboration with pop singer Kiesza, "Take Ü There," on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. You can stream that below. Maybe Kiesza will show up on NYE? We know for sure she'll play NYC in October though, for the Downtown Music Festival.

List of dates and song stream below...

Continue reading "Diplo & Skrillex playing MSG on New Year's Eve, released "Take U There" ft. Kiesza (listen + dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Plaids

UK band Plaids are a week away from releasing their self-titled debut LP (September 22) on Barely Regal Records (UK), Art for Blind (UK) and Dingleberry (EU) (pre-order). It will be available through Robotic Empire in the US. Like we've said before, Plaids take on the sounds of the early days of emo when it was first evolving out of hardcore, the kind made in the late '80s by Rites of Spring, Dag Nasty, and other Dischord bands of that era. They do the sound well, as you can hear for yourself by checking out a full stream of the album which premieres in this post.

Listen, with a track-by-track breakdown of the album from the band, below...

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