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August 28, 2014

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After dabbling in film and coffee, James Murphy has finally gotten back to making music. Sort of. Murphy has teamed up with some big brains at IBM to generate music based on game data from 2014 US Open matches which is happening as we speak out in Forest Hills, Queens. (Did they pick him for his fondness for wearing white?) The project, called The US Open Sessions, uses every point, ace and foot fault to create bleeps and bloops coming out of your speakers. (It's very bleepy and bloopy.) Some 400 hours of it will be generated by the end of things on September 8. It's being generated live, so if you're watching on TV and want a soundtrack to it, here you go. The matches' music is archived as well. For more on this,  a short video of how this all came about can be watched in this post.

In related news, we weren't able to get James to sit on our City Gardens Q&A panel at AMC Loews Village 7 tonight (8/28), but we do hope he comes to watch the documentary about the club he once worked at as a bouncer.

US Open Sessions video below...

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Geoff Rickly w/ United Nations at Saint Vitus on 8/2 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Former Thursday frontman Geoff RIckly has been a busy guy this year, having already put out releases with two bands he's currently singing in, post-hardcore art project United Nations and the synth rock band No Devotion that he formed with the remaining members of Lostprophets (the ones who are not in jail for unspeakable crimes). United Nations recently wrapped up a tour (check out pics from NYC) and now No Devotion will be hitting the road as well.

No Devotion's tour includes multiple dates opening for Neon Trees, but they'll be headlining some smaller shows too, including one in NYC on October 28 at Glasslands. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/29) at 10 AM. No Devotion also just put out a video for "Eyeshadow" from their debut single, which you can watch with the full list of tour dates, below.

Another band that hailed from the same NJ scene as Thursday, and whose debut album was produced by Geoff, My Chemical Romance, has also splintered into various new projects. Frontman Gerard Way has gone solo and is playing shows this year including NYC/NJ on October 20 at Irving Plaza, October 22 at Starland Ballroom and October 23 at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale here for Irving and Starland, and here for Webster. MCR guitarist Frank Iero is now playing as Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration, and they've got some shows as well including NJ on September 6 at Gamechanger with The Scandals, This Good Robot and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All of Frank and Gerard's dates are listed, with the No Devotion video and dates, below...

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Roseland Ballroom shut its gates for good back in April after 56 years on 52nd St. The guts of the club are now being demolished which you can witness six seconds of via a Vine (via Gothamist) below. Do you miss Roseland?

Sad Vine video below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Dubby duo Peaking Lights are back with their third album, Cosmic Logic, which will be out October 7 via Weird World / Domino. Members Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis made the record themselves in LA and it was mixed by DFA's Matt Thornley. Where previous records have been blisfully happy to coast on vibes, Cosmic Logic is a step into more immediate, poppy territory. At least for Peaking Lights. Stream the first single, "Breakdown," below and you can check out an animated version of the album artwork over at their website.

Right before the album's release, Peaking Lights will be in NYC to open for Real Estate at Terminal 5 on October 2. Regal Degal and "very special guest" (and Real Estate video director) Tom Scharpling have also been added to that bill and tickets are still available.

If you're in San Francisco this weekend, Peaking Lights play The Chapel on Saturday (8/31) with Dream Boys. That's their only other date currently on their schedule. Album art, tracklist, "Breakdown" stream and T5 show poster below...

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Biblical
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Toronto heavy psych outfit Biblical have been added as support to the previously discussed Death From Above 1979 tour. Biblical are still backing their 2014 album Monsoon Season. As mentioned, the tour will be stopping in NYC at Terminal 5 on November 28 (tickets) and several other US cities. We've got a pair of tickets to giveaway to both the NYC show and the Chicago show, happening on November 25 at the Riviera.

Contest details, with the list of all tour dates, below...

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Maybe it's the latitude, but Swedish bands seem to excel at making music that is either bright and poppy or very dark. Gothenberg's School (not to be confused with The School or any other similarly named bands) do a good job, though, of being somewhere in between, with ringing guitars racing alongside moody basslines and Alice Botéus strong vocals at the helm. A prime example of this is the band's very likable single "SoLong" which just got the music video treatment courtesy director Niklas Carlborg. You can check it out, along with streams of a few other songs, below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Left & Right

The way they tell it, Philly's Left & Right are just "four regular ass dudes trying to live their fucking lives man." They also happen to make pretty good poppy punk, as you can hear on new single "Age of Independence" off their upcoming album, Five Year Plan, which comes out on September 9 on Infinity Cat's Cassette Series. (The label is owned by JEFF the Brotherhood, the cassette series is curated by Diarrhea Planet's Casey Weissbuch.) The record was produced by Justin Pizzoferrato, whose work with Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Speedy Ortiz and more has made him a pretty trustworthy guy for this kinda stuff. The new song premieres in this post and can be streamed below.

Left & Right were in NYC earlier this month for a show with Sleepies and Kal Marks at Death by Audio (anyone catch that?), and they'll be heading back out on the road tonight (8/28). The tour begins in Montclair, NJ and it hits NYC for a previously-mentioned show on Friday (8/29) at Grand Victory with Such Hounds, Brooklyn indie rockers Dead Stars and Long Island alt-country punks Crow Bait. Tickets for Friday's show are still available.

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

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Dream Ritual

Dream Ritual are planning to release their self-titled debut EP on October 28 via 6131 Records, the label responsible for (among other things) releasing the debut LPs of Touche Amore and Joyce Manor. Dream Ritual take the grunge/emo/shoegaze approach, similar to other newer bands Balance & Composure and Superheaven, which means they sound a bit like Hum too. The EP's new single, "Hamptons," premieres in this post and can be streamed below.

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Dogs on Acid

We first became aware that members of the now-defunct Algernon Cadwallader formed the new band Dogs on Acid back in 2013 when they opened for Joyce Manor. Now we've finally gotten music from the band, whose lineup includes Peter Helmis, Joe Reinhart (also a sometimes-member of Hop Along) and Nick Tazza of Algernon, plus Nate Dionne of the now-defunct Snowing. The band put out a two-song single, "Make It Easy" / "Waiting For You To Come Home," via Ranch which you can download (name your price) at bandcamp and stream in this post. If you're looking for more of Algernon and Snowing's math rock-inflicted emo, you won't find that here. Dogs on Acid instead channel punk-fueled indie rock which is more '90s Merge than '90s Jade Tree. Check out the two songs below.

Another post-Snowing band Slow Warm Death hasn't been very active lately, but members of that band are keeping busy in The Beds and White Pisces. The Beds recently put out an EP of noisy hardcore (also on Ranch), and White Pisces' most recent album came out last year. You can stream both below. SWD aren't done for good though. They've got a Pennsylvania show coming up on September 5 with Literature.

And one list related bit, Hop Along will soon head out on tour with mewithoutYou (playing Catch for Us the Foxes in full) and The Appleseed Cast. That tour hits NYC on October 16 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.

Dogs On Acid, The Beds and White Pisces streams below...

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David Lynch

David Lynch, whose foundation is hosting two benefit shows at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn this fall, meanwhile got involved with the charity of the moment, as you can watch in the video below...

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