February 9, 2016

by Rob Sperry-Fromm


New Orleans sludge royalty Eyehategod and reunited punk vets Bl'ast have released a split 7" via Rise records, which is available now digitally and on vinyl.

While the (ripping) Bl'ast song is new, Eyehategod's side is a song called "The Liar's Psalm" that has been floating around for a few years now. It's, well, an Eyehategod song, which is to say it has riffs and anger for days. The track is produced by a murderer's row that features Billy Anderson, Sanford Parker, and the extremely controversial Phil Anselmo.

Stream the split, via Spotify, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Kyle Forester

You may know Kyle Forester as the affable, often wisecracking keyboardist for The Ladybug Transistor (and it's offshoot O/R/F) and Crystal Stilts. He makes music under his own name, too, having released Forester Sings Stein in 2012 and will release the self-titled Kyle Forester LP on May 20 via Flying Moonlight Records. The first single is the LP's bouyant opening number, "Won't Go Crazy Tonight," that is in the same pop ballpark as Nada Surf. You can stream it below.

You can catch Kyle in NYC this weekend as he'll play Cake Shop on Saturday (2/13) with The Hairs and Glitter. Tickets are on sale and flyer for that show is below.

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Future's upcoming tour with Ty Dolla $ign hits NYC on February 27 at Hammerstein Ballroom for a show that sold out a while ago. If you missed out on getting tickets though, or just want to keep the party going late that night, you're in luck. Future is squeezing in a late-night live show at Stage 48 (2/27) which goes from 11 PM to 4 AM. It's with DJ Bobby Trends, DJ Triple Threat, DJ Spade and Frank Roth. Tickets are on sale now.

This past weekend, Future released his new album EVOL, his second full-length release of 2016. Stream "Low Life" (ft. The Weeknd) off that, with his updated list of tour dates, below...

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photo: The Sonics @ The Bell House 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Sonics

Last year, garge punk progenitors The Sonics released their first new album in nearly 50 years. In 2016 they're going on the first ever full North American tour in their history. Also on the tour will be Barrence Whitfield & The Savages and The Woggles, and dates include a stop at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 4. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/12) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/10) at noon.

All tour dates, which include an appearance at Sled Island in Calgary, are listed below...

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photo: Bon Iver in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner are holding their second annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on August 12-13. The official lineup hasn't been announced yet, but they sent a cassette featuring the artists playing the fest to those who bought early bird tickets.

Most excitingly, the tape includes a new (or at least unreleased) song by Fall Creek Boys Choir, the name of the song that Justin Vernon collaborated on with James Blake in 2011. It also includes an unreleased Bon Iver song from 2009 or 2010 called "Haven, Mass."

Plus, there's a song by Bryce Desssner, So Percussion, Sean Carey and Justin Vernon; one by Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner; and Shabazz Palaces; Bruce Hornsby; My Brightest Diamond; Jon Hopkins; Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld; and more.

Listen to the whole tape below. The untitled Fall Creek Boys Choir song comes in at the one hour, fifteen minute mark.

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by Dominick Mastrangelo

New Swears / Valois / Isaac Vallentin @ Megaphono 2/5/2016
Megaphono 2016 Day 4
Megaphono 2016 Day 4
Megaphono 2016 Day 4
Megaphono 2016 Day 4

Where did the time go? One second we were watching The Acorn perform in a church, the next we found ourselves in an art space across the river in the province of Quebec - the city, Hull - watching the New Swears throw a full-on punk rock show in our faces.

My last day of Megaphono in Ottawa, a cold, pristine winter day, and I finally took some time to check out a bit of the city. A short walk from the Hotel Indigo to Parliament Hill, I wandered along the grounds for a bit taking pictures, before venturing over the still-skaterless canal to Major's Hill Park and up Mackenzie Blvd to the National Gallery of Canada.

The festival part of the day began a few hours later in Gatineau with performances at Zibi, the onetime home of a now abandoned industrial paper mill. A sprawling complex that's slated to be turned into a multi-phase "city within a city" development.

As people mingled in the welcome center, some of us went on the Secret Mill Tour Sound Experience, which quite simply was the most magical experience of the festival. "Catnip for photographers," I said at one point of being allowed to walk around such a massive, abandoned structure and make pictures.

But the magical part was getting to see two very special performances by Isaac Vallentin and Her Harbour who were set up in separate parts of the mill. We reached Vallentin first and crowded around him to hear a couple of songs. He, lit by a half circle of industrial flashlights with a stack of the mill's colorful industrial pipes to his left. His voice reminded me a lot of Bob Schneider with the same knack for heartfelt songwriting.

From there we were led further into the mill, up some stairs and came to Gabrielle Giguere, who goes by the moniker Her Harbour, sitting in a chair on a large concrete circle with paper lanterns encircling her. She sang a couple haunting and beautiful songs accompanied by just an autoharp.

Back inside the welcome center I caught the eager and endearing, synthpop band Valois. A little rough around the edges, you get the feeling in a couple years they'll gel into a solid pop band. After that was francophone singer, Yao, who had one of the most energetic, passionate sets of the festival. A mixture of hip-hop entertainer and R&B crooner with a range of genres including funk, reggae and blues, it was a brilliant set that spread feel-good vibes all around.

Before spending the rest of the night in Hull, I dashed back into Ottawa to catch solid sets by folk troubadours Jack Pine, and Chris Page at Bridgehead Roastery.

And then it was back into Hull and over to Le Gainsbourg to see experimental jazz band Saxsyndrum, a -- yes, you guessed it -- sax and drum duo brimming with processed beats and moody effects running amok. Not entirely my thing but the entire place was packed and loving every second of it.

Saint Clare
Saint Clare

On my way to the closing party I stopped by Le Troquet to see catchy rock-pop outfit, Saint Clare. Seven of them crowded onto a tiny stage they played a blistering set with sweaty barroom bravado.

The final stop of the night and the festival was the art gallery/residency/workshop space AXENÉO7. Michael Rault and his band started things off with an assured set of hooky psych-pop. About midway through his set I encountered some technical difficulties with my gear. And by technical difficulties I mean I managed to leave my hotel without spare batteries for my camera. So, a quick, unexpected roundtrip back to my hotel in Ottawa caused me to miss Darlene Shrugg. But I made it back in time for the start of Scattered Clouds' dark, bruising minimalist rock.

The final band of the night in another part of the gallery was New Swears and this was the most unabashed, punk-rock show of the festival. Confetti, moshing, crowdsurfing, camera strobes going off everywhere... it was mental, it was loud, it was epic. The band was in the crowd, the crowd swayed very close to the stage. It was the perfect way to end the festival. There were DJ sets by U.S. Girls and Slim Twig to take festival revelers deep into the night, but I opted to sign off on a high note with a painfully early flight back to New York looming a few hours away.

Recap and pictures from Megaphono day 1 are HERE, day 2 are HERE., and day 3 are HERE. More pics from day 3 are below...

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photo: Freddie Gibbs at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Freddie Gibbs

Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs is staying prolific, and just dropped a new song today. It's called "Money, Cash, Hoes" and pays some tribute to Jay Z and DMX's 1998 song of the same name, but it's not a remix or anything like his recent Kanye re-interpretation. Listen below.

Gibbs also announced a lengthy tour that hits NYC on April 26 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (2/10) at noon.

All dates are listed below...

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Sled Island

Canadian music festival Sled Island has announced the initial lineup for its 2016 edition. With it comes some wider-reaching news: Robert Pollard is reactivating Guided By Voices and they'll headline the festival. There's also going to be a new GBV record, according to the band's Facebook, where Pollard plays all the instruments. The live shows will be with a new lineup of Guided by Voices as well featuring Bobby Bare Jr. (guitar), Kevin March (drums), Nick Mitchell (guitar), Mark Shue (bass). Pollard last brought the GBV name out of the attic in 2014. (He's got a new solo album too.) Stay tuned.

As for the rest of the initial Sled Island lineup (which is being guest-curated by Peaches), it includes Built to Spill, Deafheaven, Protomartyr, Julia Holter, Psychic TV, The Sonics, Duchess Says (who just played Megaphono in Ottawa) and more. Sled Island happens June 22 - 26 in Calgary, AB and tickets/passes are on sale now.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Andy Hull w/ Manchester Orchestra at Firefly 2015 (more by Dana Distortion)
Manchester Orchestra

Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull is going on another of his solo tours this spring, this time with The Dear Hunter frontman Casey Crescenzo and All Get Out frontman Nathan Hussey. (That last one is an especially well-matched pairing.)

The tour hits NYC on April 6 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (2/11) at noon and the whole tour is on artist presale now. All dates are listed below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Mark Simpson
Endless Mike

The Johnstown, PA collective led by "Endless" Mike Miller, Endless Mike & the Beagle Club, have been going at it for over a decade, and their newest album Saint Paul is due out March 4 via Anti-Flag's A-F Records (pre-order). They make nasally folk punk not far removed from Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Mountain Goats or The Weakerthans, as you can hear on the album's latest single "Winter In Westmont." That song premieres below.

The band is also going on tour, including a Brooklyn show on album release day (3/4) at the soon-to-be-open bar Gold Sounds (44 Wilson Ave). That's with Brook Pridemore, who also celebrate a new album that day, and True Dreams, Teenage Halloween and Kung Fu Crimewave. It's a free show. More info here.

All dates are listed, with the new song, below...

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