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photo: San Fermin @ 2015 Sweetlife Fest (more by Mimi Hong)
San Fermin @ Sweetlife Fest

Chamber pop ensemble San Fermin are currently on the road with Alt-J but have just added a string of dates at the end of the year with Sam Amidon. The tour wraps up with three shows at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on December 17-19. Only the first of those NYC shows (12/17) is with Sam Amidon, unfortunately. Tickets for all three go on AmEx presale today (9/16) at noon, with the general on-sale startng Friday (9/18) at noon.

Sam Amidon has tour dates in addition to the ones with San Fermin, including a few shows in Ireland and some North American shows with Nels Cline. He's also playing the St. Ann's Warehouse Opening Celebration on October 18 with Aoife O'Donovan and Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman). Tickets are on sale.

Aoife O'Donovan (of Crooked Still and Sometymes Why) is also playing shows as part of her trio with Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz, and she's opening much of Glen Hansard's tour (not the NYC dates though).

All Sam Amidon and San Fermin dates are listed below....

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Lollapalooza 2015

Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.

Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...

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photos by James Richards IV

The Weeknd / The War on Drugs / First Aid Kit @ Lollapalooza 7/31/2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015
Lollapalooza 2015

Nobody saw this coming. Backed by a drummer and a multi-instrumentalist, First Aid Kit pulls off a true surprise and lays into Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with the heaviness in tact. Well before it's over, any illusion of the charming duo using the cover as a novelty-minded attention grab fades away. Indeed, while First Aid Kit could easily rely on the adorability factor, the Swedish sisters don't need it. They're a rare example of an artist that played the opening time slot at a prior Lollapalooza, seized the moment with a breakout set and graduated to a bigger platform. And compared to their 2012 performance here, Johanna and Klara Soderberg display more poise, confidence and maturity. Not to mention a more diversified palette. Each sister possesses a snow-pure voice capable of whipporwill deliveries. But when they connect on harmonies, they hit gorgeous emotional peaks. - [Chicago Tribune]
The 2015 edition of Lollapalooza got underway Friday (7/31) in Chicago's Grant Park with sets from Paul McCartney (who brought out Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard to sing and play guitar on "Get Back"), The Weeknd, The War on Drugs, First Aid Kit, Hot Chip, alt-J, Father John Misty, SZA, Sylvan Esso and more. Pictures from Lollapalooza Day 1 are in this post.

Saturday's Lollapalooza lineup includes Metallica, Death from Above, and Django Django -- all of which you can watch live via Lollapalooza's streaming player which is in this post. Live streaming begins at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern), but they're rebroadcasting Friday's sets as well. Watch below.

If you're going to Lollapalooza, be sure to stop by the Toyota Tent today (8/1) where BrooklynVegan will be hosting performances by Chicago's own Twin Peaks (5 PM Central) and Pell (5:30). We'll have pics from the rest of the weekend too. Meanwhile, check out lots more pics from Lollapalooza Day 1 below.

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A$AP Rocky

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

A$AP Rocky, Vic Mensa, Bodega Bamz, Remy Banks @ Best Buy Theater
It's weird to think A$AP Rocky was once part of the small "cloud rap" movement, as he's now one of our most exciting major label rappers. This year's At.Long.last.A$AP is a departure from the party jams of his last album and dives deeper into psychedelic territory.

The Mekons @ Jalopy Theatre
Much like The Fall, long-running band The Mekons have dabbled in just about every musical genre you can think of in their nearly 40-year existence but they always mainly just sound like themselves. Mekons shows tend to be long and boozy with a very, very devoted fanbase. They're one of the greats.

Iron and Wine & Ben Bridwell @ Webster Hall
Iron & Wine (aka Sam Beam) and Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell put out a covers album earlier this year that tackles a lot of diverse stuff -- Pete Seeger, Spiritualized, Sade, Talking Heads and more. Now they're on the road together playing those covers, and some of their own stuff too.

Dee Dee (of The Dum Dum Girls) @ Moscot LES
Dum Dum Girls' frontperson Dee Dee Penny will perform solo at this free show at MOSCOT's store on Orchard St. Complimentary beer and wine for folks over 21, too. You gotta RSVP.

U2 @ Madison Square Garden
Rock and pop superstars U2's eight-show run at Madison Square Garden continues. As you may have heard, Bono, The Edge and crew have managed to reinvent the stadium spectacle for this tour -- which is just what you'd expect from them (and these ticket prices).

Bostich + Fussible, Wolfgang Flür/MusikSoldat (ex-Kraftwerk) @ Lincoln Center
Part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, the "two founders of Tijuana's audio-visual collective mesh brassy live instrumentation, norteño sounds, and catchy techno dance beats with mesmerizing live-action and projected images in a show the Los Angeles Times calls 'visually stunning, rhythmically dense.'" Free!

EZTV, Nude Beach, Mercury Girls @ Union Pool
EZTV owe a lot to the late-'70s powerpop scene that was equally enthralled by punk's energy and Big Star's beauty; Nude Beach make heartland punk like you might have heard in Minneapolis in 1984; and Montreal band Mercury Girls (featuring Fucked Up drummer Jonah Falco) make dark-hued postpunk.

Tommy Stinson, Simon Doom, Diane Gentile @ Bowery Electric
Bassist in The Replacements and Guns n' Roses (and frontman of Bash n' Pop), Tommy Stinson is in the spotlight tonight.

Little Boots, Prinze George @ Brooklyn Bowl
Master of the Tenori-on, dancepop artist Little Boots just released her third album, Working Girl, and celebrates tonight.

Jill Scott, BJ the Chicago Kid @ Kings Theatre
Neo-soul great Jill Scott has a new album titled Woman coming out this week, and from the singles she's put out it sounds like more of her quality work. This is her second of two NYC shows with solid opener BJ the Chicago Kid.

We Were Promised Jetpacks, Krill @ Pier 84
Melancholic Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks return to NYC in continued support of their third album, last year's Unraveling. Boston's quirky Krill are worth catching too. Part of Hudson River Rocks, this is a free show.

Son Lux, Landlady, Olga Bell @ Rough Trade
Son Lux are continuing to tour in support of this year's art-poppy Bones, and making tonight's show an even better bill is Dirty Projector and solo artist Olga Bell.

Stitches, Main Attrakionz, Buckwheat Groats @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Speaking of the cloud rap movement A$AP Rocky came from, Main Attrakionz came from it too. They never became big stars like him, but they're still making good music like this year's 808s & Dark Grapes III. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows in support of it, and this one's with the "Brick In Yo Face" dude Stiches.

Joell Ortiz, !llmind, Emilio Rojas, Billionaire Buck, Sons of 84 @ The Wick
NYC staple Joell Ortiz returned last week with the new album Human, produced entirely by !llmind. The two of them team up tonight in celebration of that.

Primitive Man, Opium Lord, Opening Bell, The Communion, Mountain God @ Saint Vitus
Denver's Primitive Man pull from sludge, metal, punk and more, defying any individual genre. They've got an EP, a split LP, and a standalone single out this year, so needless to say there's plenty of new music to hear tonight.

Steeleye Span @ BB King's
Steeleye Span hailed from the same British folk scene as Fairport Convention, and they put out at least a few classic albums in the '70s. The only original member is Maddy Prior, though her voice alone is a good enough reason to check out this show.

Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla @ Jones Beach
If you dig hair metal at all, few bands had more hits than Def Leppard (Hysteria had seven singles alone). Weirdly enough, this tour is also with Styx.

Alt-J @ iHeartRadio Theater
Alt-J rose to fame very quickly, and this is a small show for the band who have already headlined MSG. To get in you had to win tickets from iHeartRadio.

CHVRCHES, BAIO @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
CHVRCHES showed their pop dreams from the beginning, but their new single especially sounds made for the radio. Vampire Weekend's Baio has a new album on the way too.

Volahn, Hand of Glory, T.O.M.B., wulfkrieg @ Acheron
This show doubles as the first night of the 'Dissociative Visions' festival, and it's headlined by black metal master Volahn.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.

Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.

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photos by Samantha Saturday except Jack White (courtesy the artist)

Jack White / Run the Jewels / Alt-J / Father John Misty / Tyler, the Creator
Coachella 2015 - Day 2
Coachella 2015 - Day 2
Coachella 2015 - Day 2
Coachella 2015 - Day 2

[Jack] White, wearing his hair slicked back and dressed in a dark pinstripe suit with a handkerchief in his lapel, opened his set with a torrid version of a White Stripes song that contained a locally relevant political statement - "Icky Thump," with its line, "Why don't you kick yourself out, you're an immigrant, too."

White was making his first appearance with his solo band after appearing twice with the White Stripes and once each with his bands, Dead Weather and the Raconteurs. He played a set representative of his musical career with a six-piece band including a violinist that was highlighted on his old-timey, "Hotel Yorba."[The Desert Sun]

Coachella 2015 brought its usual throng of huge acts and party-seeking crowds to Indio last weekend and Day 2 (April 11) hosted an impressive bill. In addition to White, there was Run The Jewels, the return of Ratatat, Bad Religion, Swans, FKA Twigs, Drive Like Jehu, Perfume Genius, Father John Misty, Tyler the Creator, and many more.

Pics of day 1 of Coachella 2015 are here. Pics of day 3 are here. Check out more pics (and a few videos) from Day 2 below....

Continue reading "Coachella Day 2 in pics: Jack White, Run the Jewels, Alt-J, Drive Like Jehu, Father John Misty, FKA Twigs & more"


The 2015 Glastonbury Festival, which sold out in 25 minutes back in October, has announced it's initial lineup. In addition to Lionel Richie, which they confirmed a while back, this year will feature Patti Smith, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine, Pharell Williams, Motorhead, Alabama Shakes, The Fall, Alt-J, Suede, Fat White Family, The Chemical Brothers, GOAT, Caribou, fka twigs, George Clinton, Father John Misty, Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Future Islands and more.

The annual UK festival takes place June 24-28 on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England. All announced Glastonbury 2015 performers are listed below...

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The 2015 Osheaga Festival happens July 31 - August 02 in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year's lineup includes St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Future Islands, Hot Chip, Nas, Father John Misty, Alt-J, The War on Drugs, Weezer and lots more. Festival passes are on sale now and the full Osheaga lineup is listed below...

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Alt-J @ MSG - 3/30/15 (via @ld125)

Seamy guitar distortion starts early and coils in intensity; by the set closer The Gospel of John Hurt, this year's loveliest ballad about chest-bursting aliens, it is marrow-rattling, offset by fills from the slily inventive drummer Thom Green. An encore spin through Bill Withers's Lovely Day is a methodical, proggy deconstruction with arrestingly forlorn crests.

More than anything, the fits of audience singalongs are a marvel to behold. Newman's most hair-raising sexual solicitations ("Turn you inside out and lick you like a crisp packet," "Till morning comes, let's tessellate") are howled back at him by the whole, huge room. It's an oddly inspiring dialogue inside Alt-J's larger victory at the Garden - a night that should ensure there are more stadiums full of misfits in their future. [The Guardian]

Alt-J came to NYC this week for their largest headlining show here yet, selling out Madison Square Garden on Monday (3/30), less than three years after their NYC debut at Mercury Lounge. We got almost all of both of their albums, including their cover of Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" that appears as a hidden track at the end of This Is All Yours. Were you at the show? How was it? Full setlist below.

While they were in NYC, Alt-J also stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to play "Every Other Freckle." And they've since added several more North American dates running through mid-October (nothing else in NYC yet). All dates are listed, with that Fallon video, below.

Opening the MSG show was Phantogram, who also since added more tour dates, including a NYC-area show at Long Island's Paramount on May 29. Tickets for that show are on venue presale now, and go on sale to the general public Friday (4/3) at 10 AM. That's one day before they play the Roots Picnic in Philly.

All Phantogram dates are listed below too...

Continue reading "Alt-J played 'Fallon' & MSG w/ Phantogram (video, setlist ++ updated tour dates for both bands)"


Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.

Full lineup below...

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The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer,  Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.

That fake poster wasn't too far off. Tickets are on sale now....and apparently traveling to Europe hasn't been this affordable for Americans in a long time.

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Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.

Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...

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NPR have posted their Top 50 Albums of 2014, and like it usually is, it's one of the more diverse year-end lists we've seen so far. There's a lot of the indie that shows up on many of these lists (The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, Spoon, Perfume Genius, Angel Olsen, etc), the hip hop (Run the Jewels, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, YG, Isaiah Rashad, etc), the big-name pop (Taylor Swift, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert), the metal (Pallbearer) and plenty of others, as well as classical, jazz, world music, a Latin funk band with an album's worth of Black Sabbath covers, and still more.

Check out their full list in alphabetical order below...

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This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.

UPDATE: Full list of nominations (except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.

UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.

The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.

Continue reading "2015 Grammy Awards nominations (Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, Jack White, Beck, Disclosure, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon & more)"

by Andrew Sacher

Rolling Stone

The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.

Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...

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It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...

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Q Mag

Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...

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Alt-J at LPR earlier this month (more by PSquared)

Alt-J's slightly weirder sophomore album This Is All Yours came out this week, and now they've announced what is by far their largest NYC show yet. They recently played intimate shows here at Le Poisson Rouge and Rough Trade and have a larger sold-out show happening at Beacon Theatre on November 16 on their proper tour, but now that seems intimate too. The UK band have announced they'll be returning in 2015 to headline Madison Square Garden on March 30 with support from Phantogram. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/3) at 10 AM.

Presumably more North American dates happening around then will be announced. All currently known dates are listed below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Alt-J @ Rough Trade - 9/4/14

Alt-J continued the pre-release celebration of their upcoming sophomore album, This Is All Yours, last Thursday (9/4) at Rough Trade after a Le Poisson Rouge show (pics) earlier that week. A set of pictures of the Rough Trade show, including a couple of opening DJ NSR, are in this post.

The band also performed live on Revolt TV this past Monday (9/8), debuting a somber piano-led cut from the new album, "Warm Foothills." You can watch the video of that performance, with more pics from Rough Trade, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography

Alt-J @ LPR - 9/2/14
Alt J
Alt J

Alt-J are currently in NYC celebrating their new album, This Is All Yours (due 9/23 via Canvasback). Having just played Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday (9/2), they'll now be playing another intimate gig here TONIGHT (9/4) at Rough Trade NYC. Doors are at 9 PM and Alt-J go on at 11. Tickets go on sale today at noon. Alt-J's proper tour brings them back to NYC for a show at Beacon Theatre on November 16 (sold out). Updated dates are listed below.

Alt-J's LPR show on Tuesday was an NPR 'First Listen Live' show, which streamed online, has now been archived, and can be watched in full HERE. As the NPR review points out, it was their first show without Gwil Sainsbury (who left the band in January), their first with touring member Cameron Knight, and the first time they played songs from the new album live. They played a good chunk of the new album, but balanced the set well with material from their debut too. Pictures of that show are in this post.

They continue, with the setlist and updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Alt-J played LPR, playing another intimate NYC show at Rough Trade TONIGHT (pics, setlist, updated dates)"


The new Alt-J album is less than a month away (due 9/23 via Canvasback), and though their tour doesn't hit NYC until November 16 at Beacon Theatre (sold out), they'll be here much sooner for an intimate show on September 2 at Le Poisson Rouge at 9 PM. It's one of NPR's 'First Listen Live' shows, which means they'll be playing the new album in full and it will stream at NPR Music's site. You have to RSVP for a chance to get in. Follow NPR Music on Twitter to find out how.

Updated tour dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Alt-J in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

Alt-J already released the Black Keys-y single "Left Hand Free" and the Miley Cyrus-sampling single Hunger of the Pine" from their upcoming sophomore album, This Is All Yours, and they've now put out a third single, "Every Other Freckle." This one sounds a bit "more like Alt-J" than that last one, but it's still pretty different than any particular song we've heard from them yet. Check it out below.

As discussed, Alt-J's tour hits NYC on November 16 at Beacon Theatre, which is sold out. They've also got a west coast run with The Acid who play NYC beforehand.

Alt-J recently put out the "Left Hand Free" video too. Watch that, with the stream of the new single, below...

Continue reading "Alt-J release a third single from their new LP (listen)"

The Acid

The Acid are a trio featuring one Brit (veteran DJ/producer Adam Freeland), one American (math wiz and Abelton expert/instructor Steve Nalepa), and an Australian (singer Ry X). The three, whose combined efforts make super chilled out neo-R&B, just released their debut LP, titled Liminal, via Mute. You can stream the whole thing, plus watch the video for "Fame," below.

The group will be in North America in October, playing NYC's Rough Trade on 10/10. Tickets to that show are on sale Friday (8/15) at noon. After their Rough Trade show, The Acid will open a week's worth of Alt-J shows on the West Coast. When that wraps up, they'd theoretically still have time to hit NYC for CMJ on the way back, though no dates for that have been announced. All known dates are listed, along with streams of the LP, video and a Factory Floor remix of "Fame," below...

Continue reading "The Acid released an LP on Mute, playing NYC before West Coast dates with Alt-J (dates, streams)"

by Andrew Sacher


We already heard the Miley Cyrus-sampling single from Alt-J's sophomore album, This Is All Yours (due 9/23 via Canvasback), and they've now unleashed another track, "Left Hand Free," which (besides Joe Newman's distinct voice) sounds more like Black Keys than Alt-J. You can listen below...

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Lily Allen at Highline Ballroom in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lily Allen

Flaming Lips collaborator and Smiths fan Miley Cyrus is continuing her trend of taking indie-approved pop singers on tour. First it was Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop, and for her next tour she'll take out Sheezus herself, Lily Allen. That tour hits the NYC-area on August 1 at Nassau Coliseum. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Lily also just put out her new video for "URL Badman," which you can watch below.

Meanwhile, Miley was also sampled by Alt-J on "Hunger of the Pine," the first single off their upcoming sophomore album, This Is All Yours (due 9/23 via Canvasback). Her "I'm a female rebel" line from "4X4" is used in the song, as you can hear for yourself by listening below. If you're wondering how Alt-J came to sample Miley, Rolling Stone has some insight:

"It was surreal," laughs keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton [in reference to Miley covering "Fitzpleasure" in London], sipping tea outside Alt-J's management office in East London. "We were like, 'It's us!' but her younger fans didn't really know what was going on. It was a long show and that was just a moment in it, like the bit where she put on a check shirt and sang a Bob Dylan cover. The crowd were like, 'What the fuck's this? I'm a 14-year-old girl, I don't know who Bob Dylan is.'"

Nonetheless, the incident ended up influencing Alt-J's second album, This Is All Yours, due September 22nd. After meeting backstage, an unlikely friendship developed, with Alt-J drummer Thom Green remixing one of Cyrus' songs and Cyrus gifting Unger-Hamilton Flaming Lips albums on iTunes. Now, the English alt-rockers have returned the favor on This Is All Yours' hypnotic lead track, "Hunger of the Pine", which samples Cyrus' "4x4." Cyrus herself helped clear the sample with the other writers and publishers involved.

Alt-J's tour hits NYC on 11/16 at Beacon Theatre (sold out but you can get resale tickets from Ticketmaster).

Stream the new Alt-J single, with the new Lily Allen video and list of Miley/Lily dates, below...

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