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Merge Records

Merge Records have become one of the latest labels to join Bandcamp. Unfortunately the whole discography isn't there -- like no Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel or Spoon -- but still this is good news. You can now stream full albums by Superchunk, Seaweed, Ex Hex, Bob Mould, Titus Andronicus, The Mountain Goats, Destroyer, Polvo, Versus and more, and get digital downloads, often for cheaper than iTunes.

Bob Mould, Eric Bachmann, Mount Moriah, Titus Andronicus, The Mountain Goats, and more Merge artists are touring soon.

Stream some great Merge albums below...

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photo: Night Birds at Warsaw in 2015 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Night Birds

NJ's xylophone-fueled punks Crazy & the Brains have a ton of shows coming up in NYC/NJ, as usual. Their NYC shows include Pianos on Friday (1/15) with The Black Clouds, Those Mocking Birds, Dead Stars and Darkwing (tickets); a free show at Pine Box Rock Shop on Saturday (1/16); one at Palisades on January 21 with Larry & the Babes, Bodega Bay and Little Cobweb (tickets); Good Room on January 30 with Philly folk punks Mischief Brew (headlining), The Homewreckers and Out of System Transfer (tickets); a release party for their new video at Le Poisson Rouge on February 6 with comedian Brett Davis (who they've played with before) and High Waisted (tickets); back to Palisades on March 5 with The Roaring 420s, Go!Zilla and The Dirty Blones (tickets); and The Studio at Webster Hall on May 22 with Tim & Eric's David Liebe Hart (tickets).

As for their NJ shows, there's February 13 at Funhouse (the Jersey city venue they run) with Joe Jack Talcum (of Dead Milkmen), American Anymen and Crushed Out; and March 4 at Monty Hall with the killer punk band Night Birds and Dirty Fences (tickets).

Besides all that, CATB play Albany's World Citizen Party House on February 5. You certainly can't say there's no chances to see them!

Speaking of Night Birds, they topped Punk News' Best Albums of 2015 list, which recently came out. The rest of the list includes Hop Along, Protomartyr, Desaparecidos, Downtown Boys, Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females, The Mountain Goats, Beach Slang, The Wonder Years, Sleater-Kinney and more. Check it out here. Night Birds have a few other upcoming shows, which are listed below.

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David Bowie

As The NY Times eerily announced about two hours before today's tragic news, Michael Dorf's annual tribute concert at Carnegie Hall will be for the late, great David Bowie this year. The show happens March 31 with The Roots, The Mountain Goats, Cyndi Lauper, Jakob Dylan, Bettye LaVette, Ann Wilson of Heart, Perry Farrell, and "surprise guests." Bowie's longtime producer Tony Visconti is putting the house band together.

Tickets go on sale today (1/11) at 11 AM, and proceeds benefit Young Audiences New York, Little Kids Rock, Church Street School of Music, the Center for Arts Education, the American Symphony Orchestra and Grammy in the Schools.

Bowie's latest album, Blackstar, came out three days ago, on his 69th birthday.

Read tributes from The Mountain Goats, Questlove of The Roots, and Cyndi Lauper, below...

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photo: The Wonder Years at Webster Hall in October (more by Mimi Hong)
The Wonder Years

We recently named The Wonder Years' No Closer To Heaven one of our favorite albums of the year. Then we asked the band's frontman, Dan Campbell (aka Soupy), to tell us about his. He gave us a top 10 with commentary on each, including cool up-and-comers like Petal (who play NYC tonight, 1/4), big-name rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Drake, quality returns from vets like Desaparecidos, Lucero and The Mountain Goats, and more. Check out the full list below.

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Noise Pop

Noise Pop Festival returns to various San Francisco venues from February 19 to 28, and they've got the quite the lineup so far. Reunited '90s bands American Football and Drive Like Jehu are billed alongside (noise?) pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, current indie rock staples Parquet Courts, rapper Vince Staples, jazz musician Kamasi Washington, long-running wordsmiths Bill Callahan and John Darnielle, promising new artists Mitski and Julien Baker, a collaborative set from Daedelus and Kneebody as Kneedelus, and many more.

Badges are on sale now. Check out the lineup, as it currently stands, below...

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Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats will continue to support this year's Beat the Champ on a 2016 tour in April, which follows some John Darnielle solo performances in February.

The tour brings them back to NYC's City Winery, where they played earlier this year, on April 17, 18 and 19. Tickets for those shows go on sale Thursday (12/10) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a video of The Mountain Goats playing "The Ballad of Bull Ramos" at City Winery earlier this year, below...

Continue reading "Mountain Goats announce 2016 tour, playing 3 nights at NYC's City Winery (dates)"

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello will release a memoir this year, titled Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink and due out October 13 via Penguin (pre-order). Here's more, via Penguin's description:

"Unfaithful Music" describes how Costello's career has somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom.

The memoir, written entirely by Costello himself, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned co-writers and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy.

Elvis will be in NYC to celebrate it on October 13 at Barnes & Noble Union Square and November 10 at BAM, where he'll be in conversation with Rosanne Cash. Tickets for BAM are on sale now. To get in to Barnes & Noble, you have to pick the book from a B&N location. More info here.

Speaking of musicians with book events in NYC, here are a few more. Sleater-Kinney/Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein will celebrate Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl on October 28 at Barne's & Noble Union Square. You have to pick up the book from a B&N location to get in. More info here. S-K are also touring, including five NYC shows in December.

The Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle will be here for a discussion/signing of last year's Wolf In White Van book, which was recently released on paperback. It happens September 1 at Strand, and to get in you have to pick up the book or a $15 gift card from Strand. More info here. He'll also introduce a screening of Pier Paolo Pasolini's Medea on August 31 at Lincoln Center, followed by a book discussion and signing (tickets). Mountain Goats are also touring again later this year. No NYC shows, but all dates are listed here.

New York's St. Joseph's College is hosting a series of "literary presentations and discussions" this fall semester that includes a couple musician-authors. One is the previously discussed appearance by Patti Smith (one of three NYC dates on her book tour), and the other is Throwing Muses' Kirstin Hersh in support of Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt, her book about her friendship and past tours with Vic Chesnutt. That one takes place October 21, and Kristin will be in conversation with author/music journalist Amanda Petrusich (NY Times, Pitchfork, etc). Full schedule and tickets for all shows here.

Punk legend Richard Hell makes an appearance supporting his Massive Pissed Love essay collection on October 14 at Strand. More info here. He'll also be at Book Court on October 27. Details coming soon.

Amanda Palmer, who is about to have a child, is making one more NYC appearance before then at the New York Public Library on Thursday (8/20) at 6 PM. It actually takes place outside the library, it's free, and will include a children's book drive as well as a performance from Amanda. She writes:

PLEASE bring a children's book (or more than one!) to donate to the NYPL's early literacy program. the performance is in part a book-drive to get books to kids (and their parents) who don't have access. please make sure the books are new (they can't accept used books due to mold, etc).

***FOLLOW THE TWITTER & FACEBOOK FEEDS if IT RAINS! we will need to come up with some alternative space***

More info here.

photo: Ides of Gemini at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Ides

Doom trio Ides of Gemini were to have played four NYC shows this week -- three opening for The Mountain Goats (tonight, 4/9, at Webster and 4/11-12 at City Winery) and a headlining show on Friday (4/10) at Saint Vitus. Unfortunately, they've cancelled all four. They write:

Due to Kelly's injury, we will be unable to play the scheduled NYC shows with the the Mountain Goats at Webster Hall (tonight) & the City Winery (Saturday & Sunday) - as well as our scheduled show at Saint Vitus Bar (Friday) with Kosmodemonic & Steve Brodsky. With a few days of rest and a little luck, we're hoping we can rejoin the Mountain Goats tour in Philly on Monday night.
Bummer. Feel better Kelly, and hopefully they'll get back on the road sooner than later.

Tonight's Mountain Goats show at Webster Hall will instead have Emil Amos' band Holy Sons opening. No replacement has been announced for the City Winery shows. All three are sold out.

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photo: Ides of Gemini at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Ides of Gemini

The Mountain Goats are set to tour this year, hitting NYC on April 9 at Webster Hall, and April 11 & 12 at City Winery, all three of which are sold out. Since we last spoke, the metal-loving John Darnielle & co added doom trio Ides of Gemini as an opener on several dates, including all three NYC shows.

You've also got another chance to catch Ides of Gemini in NYC. They play a headlining show while they're here on April 10 at Saint Vitus with local psych metal band Kosmodemonic and Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All IoG dates are listed, with a stream of their 2014 album on Neurot Recordings, Old World New Wave, below.

In related news, Stephen Brodsky's other band Mutoid Man are going on a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges/Party Smasher Inc-presented tour with Dillinger Escape Plan and Primitive Weapons, for which tickets are on presale.

Continue reading "Ides of Gemini opening The Mountain Goats' tour, headlining dates too, including NYC with Stephen Brodsky"

UPDATE: WEBSTER HALL PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

Mtn Goats

The Mountain Goats will release their fifteenth album, Beat the Champ, on April 7 via Merge. Main man John Darnielle says the album is inspired by wrestling. Here's more:

The wrestling songs, several of which, surprise surprise, are really more about death and difficult-to-navigate interior spaces than wrestling -- those will all be let out of their cages on April 7th in North America. The album's called Beat the Champ, and features cover art by Leela Corman; the vinyl will be two LPs at 45 rpm with lyrics printed on the gatefold. Why lyrics now, after a whole career of refusing to print lyrics? I don't know. Instinct. I am especially proud of these ones. They are rather more emotional than you might guess at first blush.

...All copies of the deluxe LP are gold and green vinyl until we run out --- gold for the championship belt, green for the payout LA wrestlers got when they took home the Beat the Champ title. All that glory. All that shine. Nameless bodies in unremembered rooms. Some people might be thinking to themselves, JD, wrestling, I don't know, I've never really been into wrestling, but did I steer you wrong with the Bible album, even though you may not have been super-into the Bible? Fear not. In a world of false promises and hollow gimmicks, please rest assured that the old maxim still holds true, whether scrawled on the back of a claim check or carved into a bench in an abandoned locker room: you can't trust much, but you can trust the Mountain Goats.

John & co. have also announced a tour surrounding their appearance at Atlanta's Shaky Knees Festival. The tour brings the band to NYC on April 9 at Webster Hall and April 11 & 12 at CIty Winery. Tickets for the Webster show go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (1/23) with a BrooklynVegan presale starting at 10 AM on Thursday (1/22). Check back here Thursday morning for the password. Tickets for City Winery should be on sale soon.

UPDATE: WEBSTER HALL PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.

All dates are listed, with a song from the new album, below...

Continue reading "The Mountain Goats announce new album 'Beat the Champ' & 2015 tour (3 NYC shows included, BV presale)"

Shaky Knees

We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...

Continue reading "Shaky Knees Festival 2015 lineup (Strokes, Wilco, Pixies, DFA 1979, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football & more)"

by Jonathan Dick

Owen Pallett

This month will see the follow up to Owen Pallett's Heartland, the 2010 release that saw the artist formerly known as Final Fantasy forming a gorgeous and curiously unnerving collection of songs pairing lush orchestration against lyrical themes of mental isolation and self-doubt. For In Conflict (Domino/Secret City), Pallett's compositions are no less complex but now find the experimental composer giving focus to the benefit of dissonance and the abrasion of sound. For a songwriter whose music and exploration with sound already has the proclivity for expansion in the auditory space, Pallett is at his absolute best within those deliberately muted and subdued moments just before the eruption. Brooklyn Vegan reached out to Pallett to discuss the new record, his recent pop music commentaries, and his thoughts on music criticism in 2014. Owen Pallett is touring with Doldrums this month, two NYC shows included.

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My first question just concerns your relationship with music and where you were when music first found you, Owen. When was that moment for you when you knew that creating music was something you absolutely had to do?

Owen: There's kind of two answers to that. My entire life, it's been me realizing over and over again that I'm much more comfortable working with musical material than I am with verbal information. [Laughs] I just feel much more at home in dealing with sound than with text or with speech, but I certainly from age three or whatever, I was jamming Bach and Pachelbel and in an obsessive way. But the sort of second moment was the real moment when there was the transition from being a music appreciator into being a professional musician, and that happened much later when I was twenty-four, I guess. That's when I was working for a radio program, and I had been offered these tours that I didn't want to do because I was committed to my job working for the radio, and I didn't want to take these tours, but they effectively, when they heard about it, told me to go do it. They were thinking with more clarity than I was about what was best for me, but also it was kind of a vote of confidence in what I was doing having my boss say, "No, take the time off work. You should really go do this tour."

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Continue reading "an interview with Owen Pallet (on songwriting, music press, why he hates Beyonce & Rihanna... JUST KIDDING!) "

Megafaun

We recently mentioned that Megafaun were on a short tour which wraps up in NYC TONIGHT (5/2) at Baby's All Right (tickets) and that SPECIAL GUESTS are promised. We still don't know for sure who the guests at tonight's show will be, but we do know that Bon Iver's Justin Vernon joined them at both of their Durham, NC shows this week, and at the second one The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle and Hiss Golden Messenger's Mike Taylor joined them as well.

On night 2, Justin sang on a cover of Johnny Cash's "Unchained," and then he played guitar as John Darnielle sang on a cover of The Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil." (As you may remember, Megafaun and Justin Vernon are both contributing to The National's Grateful Dead tribute album.) Hiss Golden Messenger did a HGM song, "Mahagony Dread," which will appear on his new album for Merge.

Watch videos of those 3 songs via Indy Week (via Pitchfork), below...

Continue reading "Megafaun covered Grateful Dead w/ John Darnielle, Johnny Cash w/ Justin Vernon in NC; NYC show w/ guests is tonight"

Merge 25

Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and they are planning a year-long celebration the culmination of which will be the Merge Festival which will happen July 23-26 in the label's hometown of Carrboro, NC. Line-up, tickets and other interesting details like those are still TBA, but you can watch a couple teaser videos below. (This will probably be one festival Outkast won't be at, but you never know!) They last celebrated back in 2009 with XX Merge.

Additionally, you can subscribe to Merge's "Or Thousands of Prizes" singles club where you get a new 7" on colored vinyl every month featuring 25 of the label's artists, including Superchunk, Mikal Cronin, Mount Moriah, The Mountain Goats, The Clientele, Destroyer, King Khan & the Shrines, Lambchop, and more. Subscribers will also get a collector's box, t-shirt, a surprise bonus 12" single, new E-book version of The Merge Records Companion and first crack at Merge Fest tickets. You can still buy in.

There's also a Merge 25k road race on March 22 which runs from Chapel Hill to Durham and more fun stuff to be announced. They gave their website a nice redesign too. Looking good at a quarter century, Merge!

Merge Fest teaser videos below...

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Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Phosphorescent

As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.

Hope you acted quick back in January. 3-Day passes and 2-day passes are sold out, as are single day tickets for Saturday and Sunday, but you can still get single day tickets for Friday.

Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).

Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...

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The Mountain Goats in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats's 2012 album, Transcendental Youth is not too far in their rear view mirror, and they'll be continuing to support it in 2013 with the "Tuttlingen Warriors Tour." For it, John Darnielle and fellow Mountain Goat Peter Hughes will be playing a duo, somewhat like what Darnielle and Jon Wurster did at Carnegie Hall in January, and like they used to do earlier in the Mountain Goats' career. The tour is with their friends The Baptist Generals, who are releasing their new album, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart, on May 21 via Sub Pop.

They're also making a point to play cities they haven't been to in a while (or ever) like Hoboken, where they will play Maxwell's on June 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/12) at noon.

All dates are listed, along with a letter from John Darnielle about the tour and a video from the recent Carnegie Hall show, below...

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The Mountain Goats @ Vic Theatre, Chicago, October 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
The Mountain Goats

John Darnielle is an American institution. An inspiration to poets, artists and sundry other human beings both in America and world-wide, Mr. Darnielle is a unique voice in modern word and music. For over twenty years, Mr. Darnielle has struggled on our behalf to come to terms with the base instincts of the human psyche. In literature, there is no man more worthy of recognition through the award of U.S. Poet Laureate than John Darnielle.

So do it, Mr. President. Do it!

Do you think Mountain Goats' John Darnielle would make a good United States Poet Laureate? If so, you can sign the official White House petition, which needs to get 25,000 "signatures" by January 25. (They are at 3,357 as of this posting.) John also contributed a list of "TOP FIVE GENRES OF 2012 IN JOHN DARNIELLE'S KITCHEN" to Pitchfork's end-of-year "Guestlist" feature and those genres are Opera, Heavy Metal, Classical, "Goblin Worship," and "New Age" and you can read his lengthy explanations of each over their way.

The Mountain Goats have a couple NYC shows coming up. The first is on January 15 at Carnegie Hall as part of an event called "John and Hank Green: An Evening of Awesome" which is presented by YouTube sensations Vlogbrothers. The show appears to be sold out but tickets may be available by calling the box office. The show will also be streaming live on the Vlogbrothers' YouTube channel.

UPDATE: The next night (1/16), Darnielle will be performing at Studio-X in SoHo as part of GQ and FSG's Originals Series that also features author Frank Bill and host David Rees. The show is free and you can get tickets here.

A stream of The Mountain Goats' Trancendental Youth is below...

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Laura Stevenson @ MHOW in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson and the Cans have a short run of dates this month which kicks off in NYC for CMJ and then makes its way south, culminating in Gainesville's The Fest. During CMJ the band will play the Deli showcase at The Delancey on October 16 with Blonds, Shakey Graves, XNY, Backwords, Swear and Shake, and more. Then after that, they'll play the Let's Get Messy showcase at The Rock Shop on October 17 with Roomrunner, Archie Powel & The Exports, Twin Tigers, Pretty & Nice, and more. Advance tickets for the Rock Shop show are available and you can also try to get into both of those shows with your CMJ badge.

As mentioned, when the band returns home after their October run, they'll play a local show in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on November 11 with The Shondes, Leda, and ADVAITA. Tickets for that show are still available.

In related news, The Mountain Goats' 2002 LP, Tallahasse, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, and in honor of that, Crooked Neighbor is releasing a tribute album called Tallahasee Turns Ten, out digitally on November 5 and physically in January, 2013. The album features covers by Laura Stevenson, Kimya Dawson, Jeffrey Lewis, Miracles of Modern Science, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Bomb the Music Industry! and others. You can stream Laura Stevenson's take on "No Children," and check out a list of all upcoming LSATC dates below.

Continue reading "Laura Stevenson playing CMJ before The Fest, covered Mountain Goats for 'Tallahassee' tribute LP (dates & stream)"

DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Cry for Judas" (MP3)

The Mountain Goats at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Mountain Goats

As mentioned, The Mountain Goats and Megafaun/Justin Vernon/Sharon Van Etten cohort Matthew E. White are touring together this year in support of both artists' new LPs. That tour hits NYC for the previously discussed shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 14 and Bowery Ballroom on October 15.

Tickets for both of those shows are still available but two more NYC shows have been added, which happen on October 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the newly added shows go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon.

As mentioned, Matthew E. White will also play his own show in NYC on Monday (8/20) at Mercury Lounge, one day before his debut solo album, Big Inner, comes out. Tickets for that show are still available.

If you missed it, you can download "Cry for Judas," the single off of the Mountain Goats new album, Transcendental Youth (due out 10/2 via Merge), above or stream it below.

That stream and a list of updated dates below...

Continue reading "Mountain Goats add 2 more NYC dates to tour w/ Matthew E. White (updated dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Cry for Judas" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - "Little Boxes" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "One of These Days" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White - "Big Love" (MP3)

The Mountain Goats at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats are set to release a new album, Transcendental Youth, on October 2 via Merge. The album's lead single, "Cry for Judas," is a characteristically solid Mountain Goats cut and you can download it above or stream it below. Also below is the album's cover art and tracklist.

The Mountain Goats will be supporting the new album with a fall tour which hits NYC on October 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 15 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.

The Mountain Goats also just covered "Little Boxes" aka the Weeds theme. The cover appeared in episode 5 ("Red in Tooth and Claw") of the show's eighth and final season. You can grab an MP3 of that above or stream it below.

Matthew E White

All dates on the tour, including the two NYC shows, will be supported by Matthew E. White. Matthew is set to release his debut solo LP, Big Inner, on August 21 via Spacebomb/Hometapes. The album features contributions from Phil Cook of Megafaun, who opened the last time Mountain Goats were in NYC, and who Matthew has collaborated with in the past. Other past collaborators of Matthew's include Megafaun friends Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten, who he performed with in his jazz band Fight the Big Bull (video of that below). So far, he's revealed two sweeping cuts from the LP, "One of These Days" and "Big Love." His voice is soulful yet gentle and the arrangements are flourishing but delicate and contained -- and the songs sound promising. You can download those above or stream them below. That's the Big Inner cover art above, and the tracklist is below. Matthew E. White will play his own NYC show one day before the release of his album, August 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon.

All lists of dates, video, streams, cover art and tracklists below...

Continue reading "Mountain Goats and Matthew E. White releasing LPs, touring together (dates & MP3s)"

Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Built to Spill
hopscotch

The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.

(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)

Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...

Continue reading "Hopscotch lineup announced; Jesus & Mary Chain will be in NC in September; John Darnielle to do metal covers set "

Lollapalooza last year (more by Josh Darr)
Lollaplaooza

Lollapalooza celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with some huge names on its just-announced lineup. See it in full below.

The festival has obviously changed over the years. What started out as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction with a 'touring festival' lineup that included the Rollins Band, Nine Inch Nails, Butthole Surfers, and Souxsie & The Banshees, has turned into a one-weekend Chicago festival that Lady Gaga co-headlined last year. As leaked a while ago, Foo Fighters, Muse and Eminem all play this year, as will Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, and My Morning Jacket along with the reunited Cars and the continuing-to-be-reunited Big Audio Dynamite and Death From Above 1979, and a bunch of other bands which may or may not be worth the ticket price depending on how you feel about the headliners and generally seeing bands in big, hot, outdoor crowded parks (Lollapalooza happens in Chicago's Grant Park from August 5th - 7th).

Full 2011 Lineup and a couple of videos (one from 1991, one from 2010), below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - Damn These Vampires (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Mountain Goats - Tyler Lambert's Grave (MP3)

Mountain Goats

John Darnielle's The Mountain Goats will release a new album called 'All Eternals Deck' on March 29 via Merge Records (who also released John's last project "The Extra Lens" in October)...

"As with their last album, The Life of the World To Come, the [Mountain Goats] treated the [All Eternals Deck] recording sessions as commando raids on several studios with a few different producers: four songs at North Carolina's Fidelitorium with John Congleton; one at Q Division in Boston with Brandon Eggleston; four at Brooklyn's Mission Sound with Scott Solter; and four at Mana Recording Studios in Florida, with former Morbid Angel guitarist and current Hate Eternal helmsman Erik Rutan.

Describing the album, Darnielle writes, "If you have ever watched say a 70s occult-scare movie where one of the scenes involves a few people visiting a storefront fortune teller, getting their cards read, and then trying to feel super-hopeful about their predicted outcome when what they're visibly actually feeling is dread, then you have a pretty decent idea of what the album is all about." He elaborates, "Other possible points of reference include 'Burnt Offerings,' 'Go Ask Alice,' and that one scene in The Warriors where they're on the train and the sun's coming up and they're safe but you know the scars are permanent now."" - Merge Records

The tour to support that album will happen in March and April and includes two shows at Bowery Ballroom with the amazing Megafaun (3/28 and 3/29). Tickets for both of those shows are on AmEx presale now, and go on general sale on Friday.

There are two MP3s above. "Tyler Lambert's Grave" is a new song John released for free on the Internet, but it's not on the new album. "Damn These Vampires" is though. The full tracklist, the new album's cover art, and all dates, below...

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Sasquatch

We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....

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Dinner With the Band

IFC is creating a cuisine-oriented programming block to air Tuesday nights.

After a successful six-episode run of "Dinner With the Band" that began in November, Rainbow cabler is ramping up its episode order to 10 and teaming it with "Food Party" as an hourlong block.

"Band" teams chef Sam Mason and an indie band, which performs on the show, at a Brooklyn loft. Conversation ensues about life on the road and the food the musicians eat while touring.... Programming block will air from at 10 p.m. beginning April 27. [Variety]

Ten artists will be appearing on the new season, among them Murder City Devils who will be here taping the show during the trip that also brings them to Nokia Theatre (NYC) and Theatre of Living Arts (Philly). Tickets for those (three) shows are still on sale. The full list of 2010 'Dinner With the Band' artists (which you have a chance to be in the audience for), and a video of Les Savy Fav performing on the preview season, is below...

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