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February 2, 2016

photo: Matmos @ National Sawdust in October (more by Greg Cristman)

Matmos are just about to release Ultimate Care II, their new album that's made entirely from washing machine sounds. They've just released a new video for "Ultimate Care II: Excerpt Three." It is, well, a song made of washing machine sounds, and the video centers heavily on the washing machine theme, as director Max Eilbacher elucidates:

The video echoes this process, separating the machine from its intended domestic position. An animated model of a washing machine is often shown as isolated, orbiting in a screen of black, while undergoing material transformation- it is a visual equivalency to acousmatic sound. The hard, white facade of the machine undergoes a material change, warping, melting, and bending at the inclination of body parts, bodies at work, captured from washing machine pornography. The domestic is work, just as sex is work, all inclusive in the industry of sterility.
You can watch the "Excerpt Three" video below.

Matmos have some shows coming up, including one in NYC at National Sawdust on March 19, for which tickets will be on sale soon. They'll also play Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia. All dates are listed below.

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by Tatiana Tenreyro

photo: Frankie Cosmos @ BVCMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Frankie Cosmos has announced the release of a new album Next Thing, which will be out on April 1 via Bayonet. The first single off the album is "Sinister," where she casually sings about feeling sinister and not being able to be like Arthur Russell and write happy songs. Stream it below.

In support of their new album, they'll be heading on tour with Frankie Cosmos member Gabby Smith's other band, Eskimeaux, in April. They'll be kicking off that tour with two record release parties at Shea Stadium on April 1 & 2 that also have Anna McClellan on the bill. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon.

The rest of the tour dates are listed, along with the tracklist and artwork for Next Thing, below...

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by Bill Pearis

photo: Songhoy Blues @ Koko London, 2015 (more by Rachael Juarez-Carr)
Songhoy Blues

Malian band Songhoy Blues will be heading back to North America this spring for a week of shows in the Midwest and Northeast. The band are exceedingly charismatic performers and if they play near you, definitely try and see them. Dates include NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on April 14. Tickets for the LPR show go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with a "Le Ring - Live" video, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: PUP in Chicago in 2014 (more by Jeff Ryan)
PUP

Canada punks PUP recently announced two NY shows including Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on February 12. That show sold out very quickly, but the band has now added some spring/summer dates, including a return to NYC.

They'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 25, which will be their largest headlining NYC show yet. Tickets for MHOW go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/3) at noon. All dates are listed below.

PUP recently released a new song called "DVP." It's been a staple of their shows for a while, so if you've seen them you already know this one rips. If you don't know it, but you like beer-fueled punk ragers with a singer that sounds like he's at the of his rope, you should check this out. Listen below.

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photo: Fear of Men @ Seaport Music Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fear of Men

UK band Fear of Men are putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to their 2014 debut, Loom. Guitarist Daniel Falvey spoke to DIY Magazine about what's changed this time:

We got a lot more interested in manipulating sounds and building songs with computers, but we had to learn how to combine that with our live performance," says Falvey, who had to work out "how to make guitars sound like strong synthesisers, but with an organic quality that only a guitar could bring. We're very interested in combining those worlds.
Falvey added, "We wanted to write an album that would make the stage shake, and we had to work out how we could sound stronger and get our ideas across in a more concise way."

There's been no music released from the still-untitled album, but Fear of Men will be in the U.S. next month for SXSW, and immediately after they'll stop in NYC to play Rough Trade on March 22. Tickets for the Rough Trade show go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon. It's their only non-SXSW date on this trip. Flyer for the Rough Trade show is below.

Continue reading "Fear of Men ready second LP, playing NYC after SXSW"

(photo via Lady Gaga's Facebook)
David Bowie Lady Gaga

The 2016 Grammy Awards are almost upon us and if you were wondering whether there would be a tribute to the late David Bowie, there will, and it's being performed by... Lady Gaga. Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's 1983 album Let's Dance, will be musical director of the "experiential" piece. From the press release:

Affording audiences a chance to experience Bowie's music once again, the tribute will be a multisensory testament to the icon's incredible artistry and a reflection of his limitless creativity.
Maybe the audience at the awards will get to experience senses beyond sound and vision. Taste? Smell? Lady Gaga was already scheduled to perform at the Grammys but the direction of what she was doing changed with the news of Bowie's death. Adds Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich:
We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She's perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great GRAMMY Moment, but one befitting of David.
Also performing at the Grammys: Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Lionel Richie, and more. The 2016 Grammy Awards will air live on Monday, February 15 at 8 PM EST on CBS.

by Bill Pearis

Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley's Changes is out April 1 via Daptone (pre-order yours) and he's just shared a second song off the LP. "Change for the World" is a impassioned plea for everyone to "change our love." Says Bradley:

This world is in turmoil--guns, violence--people are feeling like they have no way out. Young people don't know which way to turn. This song is about opening up our minds to understand--talk with the young people, hear what they have to say. We've got to change for the better of our souls. We've got to change our love. Get back to the golden rule and people's sense of humanity.
It's another knockout vocal from Bradley and the production on the song puts a dub spin on the signature Daptone soul which works great. It's a terrific song and you can listen below.

Bradley's NYC record release show is coming up -- April 23 at Beacon Theatre -- and tickets are still available. That's also the kickoff of his North American tour. All dates are listed below.

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Roots Picnic 2016

The Roots' annual Roots Picnic returns to Philadelphia's Festival Pier on June 4 this year. The lineup was just announced, and it's great as always. Headliners include Future, Usher (backed by The Roots) and Leon Bridges, and there's also The Roots playing their own set, Blood Orange, R&B singer Kehlani, up-and-coming producer Kaytranada, veteran producer Swizz Beatz, "classic man" Jidenna, soulful French-Cuban duo Ibeyi, Future collaborator Metro Boomin, Atlanta rap trio Migos, soul/rap breakout Anderson .Paak, late '90s/early '00s star DMX and more.

Tickets go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon. Check out the announcement video, starring Broad City's lana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, below.

Luckily, the artists performing won't have to deal with that Philly live music bill.

Continue reading "Roots Picnic 2016 lineup (Future, Usher, Leon Bridges, Migos, Blood Orange, Anderson Paak, Kaytranada, DMX & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Nao at Pitchfork Paris 2015 (more by Rachel Jaurez-Carr)
Nao

London singer Nao has given us two EPs so far, 2014's So Good and last year's February 15. The title track of the first one was with A.K. Paul, Jai Paul's brother who co-wrote and sang on his best-known songs. Another impressive Nao collaborator was Disclosure, whose 2015 album Caracal she sang on. A debut album is promised, featuring recent single "Bad Blood." But first, she's announced a short North American tour with BBC Sound of 2016 longlisted producer Mura Masa, who she's also collaborated with (on the song "Firefly").

The tour hits NYC on May 7 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/5) at noon. All dates are listed, along with music by Nao and Mura Musa, below.

In related news, Mura Masa's Someday Somewhere EP also features UK rapper Jay Prince, who is also touring soon. His dates are mostly overseas, but so far also include Toronto and NYC. The NYC show happens March 12 at Rough Trade. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (2/3) at noon.

Late last year, Jay released the Beautiful Mercy EP which features Allan Kingdom and more. This week he followed it up with his first song of 2016, "Heights." He kind of sounds like a British Kendrick Lamar (actually, he sounds almost exactly like a British Kendrick Lamar). He pulls it off though. Stream his EP and new single, with his list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Nao and Mura Masa touring North America; Jay Prince too (dates and song streams)"

by Bill Pearis

So Pitted

Seattle mutant punks So Pitted are just a couple weeks from releasing their Sub Pop debut, neo. You can check out a couple more songs off the album -- "holding the void" & "the sickness" -- via a new live video that offers a fitting visual accompaniment to the band's melted sound. Of the song "holding the void," its writer, Nathan Rodriguez, told us, "Initially I wrote this song as a reaction to someone else but as more time passes it feels like i myself am the subject. Also, listen to those drums, this is practically a jock jam." The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch below.

So Pitted were in NYC at the end of last year. They don't have any return trips planned just yet, but they will be playing San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival, before a short European tour, followed by an assault on SXSW 2016. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "So Pitted release "holding the void" and "the sickness" from Sub Pop debut in new live video (watch)"