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The Monkees, with original members Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith (RIP Davy Jones), will release their first album in 20 years this year. Depending on how much faith you have in a Monkees album in 2016, that may or may not be interesting, but this part is: Songwriting contributions come from Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben Gibbard, XTC co-leader Andy Partridge, Zach from Rogue Wave, and Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger who also produced it. Nesmith and Tork also wrote one song each for it.
The album also includes some unfinished material from the '60s, including songs co-written with Neil Diamond and Harry Nilsson. Some of the '60s material has the band backed by The Wrecking Crew.
The album is called Good Times and it's due out June 10 via Rhino. You can pre-order it at Amazon. The release doubles as the celebration of the band's 50th anniversary, and they'll also tour this year in support of it.
The complete set of the Monkees TV series also comes out on Blu-ray on April 29. You can pre-order that now too. That's the artwork above.
Listen to a demo of "Good Times" below...
photo: Death Cab @ Beacon Theatre, 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Louisville's Forecastle Fest has added a bunch of new acts to the lineup, including Pokey LaFarge, The Arcs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, AlunaGeorge, White Denim, Hudson Mohawke, Heartless Bastards and more. Tickets for the whole fest, which also includes previously-announced headliners like Death Cab For Cutie, Alabama Shakes, The Avett Brothers and Ryan Adams, are still on sale. Check out the full Forecastle lineup below.
Speaking of the recently-hacked Death Cab for Cutie, the band recently played Mexico's Todos Santos Fest, which is run by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. During their festival-closing set they were joined by Peter and his R.E.M. bandmate Mike Mills for a rendition of the band's 1986 single "Fall on Me." You can check out video of that R.E.M. cover, below.
Death Cab play NYC's Governors Ball in May.
photo: Bob Mould at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Over the weekend, a bunch of indie bands' Facebook pages got hacked, which is why you may have seen New Pornographers, Death Cab For Cutie, Best Coast and others post "8 Reasons Why You Might Consider Leaving Your Pubic Hair Alone." Bob Mould's Facebook was also among those hacked and he vented frustration the only way he knows how -- in song. Watch him perform it below.
After the lineup leak that happened last week, the official 2016 Bonnaroo lineup has been announced, featuring Pearl Jam, Dead & Co, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Ween, Haim, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Big Grams, Father John Misty, and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/22) at noon.
Full 2016 Bonnaroo lineup below...
Last night, the Bonnaroo 2016 lineup briefly leaked on the Bonnaroo app (part of it at least), and it was quickly taken down but not before someone could grab it put it on Reddit. A commenter suggests it's just the first wave, and the artists listed as headliners -- (Grateful) Dead & Co., LCD Soundsystem and Pearl Jam -- are just speculated headliners. (The poster also has misspellings like "Fidler.") The rest is listed in alphabetical order, and includes Big Grams, Blood Orange, Bully, Clutch, Death Cab for Cutie, Dungen, Father John Misty, Jason Isbell, Kamasi Washingotn, Kurt Vile, Lamb of God, Leon Bridges, M83, Mavis Staples, Miguel, Purity Ring, Shamir, Tame Impala, Vince Staples, Waxahatchee, Ween and more.
The lineup will officially be announced on Tuesday, January 19 on an episode of Conan, airing at 11 PM EST on TBS. The fest happens June 9-12 this year in its usual home of Manchester, TN. It's the festival's 15th anniversary, and in honor of that they're introducing some new improvements:
For the first time, Great State Park, home of Bonnaroo, will now feature its own permanent water line, allowing for the installation of more than 400 permanent toilets (38% of the total toilets onsite will be flushable), hundreds of permanent shower stalls (35% of the total shower stalls onsite), and a large number of water filling stations newly installed throughout the site.More improvements for the 2017 festival are being planned too.
Tickets go on sale January 22 at noon EST.
The Governors Ball Music Festival, which happens June 3-5 at Randall's Island Park in NYC, has announced it's 2016 lineup which includes headliners Kanye West, the Strokes, and The Killers, plus Beck, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Eagles of Death Metal, Purity Ring, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Miike Snow, Bloc Party, Miguel, Big Grams, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, De La Soul, Vince Staples, Against Me!, Bat for Lashes, Thundercat, Torres, Bully and more. Full lineup is listed below.
That'll make the second time that both The Strokes and Kanye West headline Governors Ball. Last time Kanye headlined, he debuted about half of his then-still-unreleased Yeezus, and he's got a new album on the way this year too. The Strokes have also said they're in the studio (though a new Strokes album is probably a lot less exciting than a new Kanye album).
Tickets are on sale now.
photo: Pianos Become the Teeth at Webster Hall last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Title Fight and Pianos Become the Teeth are both forward-thinking post-hardcore bands who share a big portion of each other's fanbases, toured together as recently as last year, and are sort of labelmates (PBTT is on Epitaph and TF is on Epitaph's sister label ANTI-). As 2015 comes to a close, both bands have given us lists of their favorite albums of the year.
Title Fight's is from bassist/vocalist Ned Russin, and it's pretty unique. It has their recent tourmate Alex G's album Beach Music, a live on KXLU set from hardcore band Fury (whose EP was on Ned's list last year), a Kelefa Sanneh article from The New Yorker, and more.
PBTT's list is from the whole band (except drummer David Haik, who didn't contribute), with each member offering up two choices and writing some commentary too.
Kentucky's Forecastle Festival released its 2016 lineup today. It features The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Ryan Adams, and Death Cab for Cutie as headliners, along with Dr. Dog, Sylvan Esso, Speedy Ortiz, Nothing, Washed Out, Bully, Alex G, Big Gigantic, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr. and plenty of others. It'll take place from July 15-17 and tickets are currently on sale.
The full lineup is listed below.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."
Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.
Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.
Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.
The Firefly Music Festival will return in 2016 from June 16-19. This year's lineup includes Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, Florence & the Machine, Deadmau5, Disclosure, blink-182, Death Cab for Cutie, Tame Impala, M83, A$AP Rocky, Ludacris, Earth Wind & Fire, Fetty Wap, Flogging Molly, Vince Staples, AlunaGeorge, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Guster, Chairlift, Quilt, Laura Stevenson and more.
Tickets go on sale Friday (11/20) at 11 AM. Full lineup below...
photo: Martin Sexton at Clearwater Festival 2014 (more by Chris LaPutt)
Theatre Within have announced details of their 35th annual John Lennon tribute show. It happens on December 4 at Symphony Space and celebrates Lennon's 75th birthday. (The show also happens four days before the 35th anniversary of his death.) Performers include Bettye LaVette, Joseph Arthur, Martin Sexton, Nicole Atkins, and Richard Shindell, among many others. This year Eve Ensler, the writer of the Vagina Monologues, will receive the John Lennon Real Love Award. Full lineup for the celebration is is below and tickets are on sale now. Proceeds go to fund the John Lennon Real Love Project, "Theatre Within's mobile songwriting program which brings the healing power of John Lennon's music and creative expression to children undergoing long term medical treatment and with special needs."
Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, has a few musical releases coming up. In addition to her involvement in that John Malkovich album, she's also issuing a 7" vinyl release of the previously-released Christmas music she made with The Flaming Lips. Finally, she's shared one of the tracks from the upcoming remixes and covers album Yes, I'm A Witch Too. The track finds Death Cab for Cutie remixing "Forgive Me My Love" to haunting effect. The album is out February 19 via Manimal. Listen below.
In other Lennon-related news, the acoustic guitar used to record "Love Me Do" was auctioned off for an absurd sum of money over the weekend.
"It wasn't The Bait Shop and Seth Cohen wasn't my date but this will do" - @nquinn91
"walking alone in the rain to msg omw to see death cab for cutie ____ emo enough? - @femalecamper
Death Cab for Cutie @ MSG 9/12/2015 (photo via @deathcabforcutie)
"At that point in my life I was 23, I had been to New York once, and it was still this unfathomably large, vast, intimidating place," Gibbard says. "Playing a show to 30 people at the Mercury Lounge felt like playing Madison Square Garden. I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd be showing up in New York City to play a show -- playing Madison Square Garden was something you would say almost as a joke. That would be a joke, to say, 'Our goal is to play Madison Square Garden.' We'd get laughed out of the bar, you know? That wasn't available to indie rock bands."Death Cab For Cutie headlined Madison Square Garden on Saturday night (9/12) with Explosions in the Sky, part of their big venue tour. The band's set included about half of new album Kintsugi and a good mix of other stuff including a lot of Plans, which turned 10 years old two weeks ago. Their encore, appropriately enough, had "Marching Bands of Manhattan." Did you go to the show?
As rising indie acts have transitioned from the fringes of popular culture to being major-label signees and arena tour hopefuls, the underlying goals -- at least for Gibbard and Death Cab -- have remained relatively modest and unchanged. Gibbard jokingly says that the things he wants to be able to buy are the same he wanted when he was 21: records, books, cool stuff.
"When we started this band, and started playing shows and making records, the people we looked up to -- our heroes -- were the bands that you could see would go on tour, and they would play shows at clubs and they'd make enough money that they could kind of make a living at it," says Gibbard. "So the idea of making a living -- even a meager one -- playing music, I've always considered as the goal. That was the seemingly unattainable sweet spot to be in....Everything since then has just been gravy." - [Village Voice]
Check out the setlist and a few more Instagrams, below...
In addition to the Made In America-presented Mary J Blige show that happened last week and the second TBA one-day NYC show, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America festival returns to Philly Labor Day Weekend. It happens September 5-6 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the lineup includes Beyonce, The Weeknd, J Cole, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Future, Duke Dumont, A-Trak, Santigold, Metric, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Vic Mensa, Flatbush Zombies, Creepoid, Superheaven, Hop Along, Waxahatchee, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and the general on-sale starts Monday (6/29) at noon.
Full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photos: Dan Deacon at Baby's All Right in February (more by Drew Gurian) / Death Cab
Death Cab For Cutie returned earlier this year with their eighth album, Kintsugi (their last with guitarist Chris Walla and first with an outside producer). Now, pop weirdo Dan Deacon has given its track "Black Sun" the remix treatment, turning the big-sounding song into something glitchier and more subdued. Maybe this is what a new Postal Service album would sound like? Check it out for yourself -- the song exclusively premieres below.
Dan Dacon has upcoming shows, including one in NYC this Friday (5/22) at Warsaw, which is sold out.
Listen to Dan Deacon's "Black Sun" remix, with the list of Death Cab's tour dates, below...
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...
Death Cab for Cutie are a week away from releasing Kintsugi, their eighth album overall, last with guitarist Chris Walla, and first not produced by Walla (Rich Costey handled production instead). It's due 3/31 via Atlantic, and after revealing a few singles the band have now made the entire album able to stream over at NPR. Check it out.
Death Cab for Cutie have shared another song from their forthcoming Kintsugi. "Little Wanderer" is a midtempo slow-burner and you can stream it, along with another recent single, "The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive," below. The album's out March 31.
by Andrew Sacher
More details have been announced for Built to Spill's upcoming album, Untethered Moon. Their first album in six years and eighth album since 1993 will be out April 21 via Warner Bros, with a slightly early vinyl release dropping on Record Store Day (4/18). It's the band's first album with current drummer Steve Gere and bassist Jason Albertini, and was produced by Doug Martsch himself along with past collaborator Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmiser).
First single "Living Zoo" is out now, and it's got all the left-field guitar heroics and trademark nasal vocals you'd expect from a great Built to Spill song. Check it out below, and get it as an instant download when you pre-order the record. Tracklist and updated tour dates (including recently added shows with Death Cab for Cutie) below too. That's the album artwork above.
UPDATE: Even more tour dates were added, including Brooklyn's Northside Festival.
Death Cab For Cutie premiered the second single from their upcoming eighth album, Kintsugi, over at NME. It's called "No Room In Frame" (they've played it live), and you can listen to it below. As previously mentioned, this is their last album with Chris Walla as a member, and their first with an outside producer (Rich Costey).
photo: Death Cab at Beacon Theatre in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
We already knew that Death Cab for Cutie's next NYC show would be Madison Square Garden, and today they announced that it would happen at MSG on September 12 with killer support from Explosions in the Sky. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/13) at 11 AM with AmEx, local, and Citi presales starting Wednesday (2/11) at 11 AM.
UPDATE: MSG PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Their tour also includes another appearance not far from NYC at Radio 104.5's Birthday show on May 10 at Susquehanna Bank Center with Passion Pit and others. Tickets for that are on sale now too.
In related news, Explosions in the Sky member Mark T. Smith and Eluvium's Matthew Cooper have a new album coming out as Inventions called Maze of Woods on March 17 via Temporary Residence Ltd. You can watch a new video from that below.
Also, Ben Gibbard recently filmed a video of him playing DCFC's new single "Black Sun" acoustic for SiriusXM, and you can watch that below.
UPDATE: The band have now put out a new video for "Black Sun" and added a few more tour dates. Those are listed, with that video, below...
words and photo by Melissa Presti
Death Cab for Cutie have an upcoming tour with The Antlers in support of their forthcoming album Kintsugi, but ahead of all that they squeezed in a last-minute, intimate one-off at NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (1/28) with Say Hi.
The 90 minute set was a showcase of all the Death Cab hits and favorites, and a peek at a few impressive sounding tracks from Kintsugi. "Black Sun", "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive", and "No Room in Frame" (all three of which were debuted in Seattle a week earlier) gave the impression that even for an eighth studio album, Death Cab is still reinventing themselves, this time with more electronic textures and synths in the mix.
Ben Gibbard apologized for the album delay, citing "we had a lot of shit going on" -- perhaps referring to personal relationships, his solo release, his reunion tour with The Postal Service, or most likely the departure of Chris Walla. Ben made the round of introductions between songs, making sure the crowd knew Dave Depper (on guitar/keyboards) and Zac Rae (keyboards) were more than qualified to step in and keep the band's nostalgic sound intact.
Before the night ended, Ben announced the next time they would play in New York would be at Madison Square Garden - encouraging everyone to tell their friends. "Seriously, tell your friends...it's a huge place." Stay tuned for more info on that.
The following night, Death Cab appeared on Letterman to perform "Black Sun." Watch that, plus videos and the setlist from MHOW, below...
Death Cab for Cutie announced a tour with The Antlers yesterday that includes some pretty big venues and none in NYC. However, now they've added a NYC show, and it's a very small one happening TOMORROW: January 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Rather than The Antlers, this one is with Say Hi, who are currently on Death Cab's former home of Barsuk Records. Tickets go on sale at noon today (1/27).
Death Cab's new album, Kintsugi, comes out March 31 via Atlantic. Listen to lead single "Black Sun," with their updated list of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Death Cab at Beacon Theatre in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As discussed, Death Cab for Cutie is releasing their eighth album, Kintsugi, on March 31 via Atlantic -- their last with Chris Walla and first with an outside producer (Rich Costey) -- and they've now premiered its first single, "Black Sun" (one of three songs they recently debuted live). As you'd probably expect if you've heard the last few Death Cab albums, it's much cleaner and bigger sounding stuff than the band's introverted beginnings, and you can especially hear that they brought a big-name producer on board for this one. Listen for yourself, via the lyric video, below.
The band also announced a tour, much of which is with The Antlers, whose Familiars was one of our favorite albums of 2014. Unfortunately no NYC show at the moment. All dates are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Ben Gibbard w/ DCFC in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
At a solo show this past October, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard performed a cover of "Archie, Marry Me" off indie popsters Alvvays' self-titled debut LP on Polyvinyl. He called it his favorite song of 2014, and he's not the only one who loved it. He puts a cool spin on it, kind of making it sound like an older Death Cab song. Check out the professional video, courtesy of KEXP, Starbucks, and STG (via Stereogum), below.
Alvvays will soon head out on tour with The Decemberists, the band fronted by Colin Meloy, who despite what you may think, is a different person than Ben Gibbard. (Coincidentally, we posted an old video of them performing together today.) That tour hits NYC on April 6 at Beacon Theatre, which is sold out. Four days earlier, Alvvays headline their own NYC show at Bowery Ballroom (4/2), which is also sold out. And in June, The Decemberists return to NYC for Governors Ball, which is not sold out.
The Decemberists will release their first new album since 2011 next week (1/20), and you can stream it here. Earlier this week, Death Cab for Cutie announced that their first new album since 2011 will be out this year as well.
Ben Gibbard video below...
Longtime Death Cab for Cutie member/producer Chris Walla recently left the band, but Death Cab are moving forward, and have now announced details for their upcoming eighth album. It's called Kintsugi ("the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, highlighting cracks rather than hiding them"), and will be out on March 31 via Atlantic. As noted previously, though Walla does contribute to the album, it was recorded with Rich Costey (Interpol, Mew, Jane's Addiction), and marks their first time working with an outside producer.
No music has been revealed from it yet, but that's the album artwork above and you can check out the tracklist below...