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NME

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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Uncut

We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.

Check out the full list below...

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Emmy the Great

It's been a little while since hearing from UK singer-songwriter Emmy the Great. She spent some time traveling around the world and has now signed with Bella Union who will release her new EP, simply titled S. Says Emmy:

My previous recordings were a reflection of my internal world, but this is a record of me trying to engage with the outside. Over the course of travelling and touring for the last two years I inhabited many cities and landscapes. While I wrote this EP and the album that will follow, everything changed. As I wrote the songs I began to reflect more and more the world that I saw around me, incredibly bright, technologically breathtaking. I am curious about being a person in this world, and I tried to write that into the music.
The lead track on the new EP is "Swimming Pool" which features vocals from Tom Fleming of Wild Beasts. It's a little different than you may remember Emmy sounding, and you can stream and watch the video for that below.

In other news, Emmy has reviewed Iggy Azalea's Reclassified for The Talkhouse.

My relationship with Iggy Azalea begins on a freeway in 2013. Driving myself to a show in a car that has been known to smoke from the engine if put in reverse. Terrified of the consequences of a crash (car disintegrates, head falls off, etc.), I obey the law of not touching my phone while driving, and end up listening to a playlist of her music on loop for two hours.

During this period, I get to know Iggy's legend, best heard in the lyrics of the song "Work," pretty well. Every time "Work" comes around, dancefloor synths pulsing sadly as she speaks her opening lines -- "Walk a mile in these Loubotins/They don't wear these shoes where I'm from" -- I imagine the video with Iggy walking down a dusty red dirt road, alone. After a while, the first minor chord in that opening sequence is enough to make me feel teary. She did it ALL ALONE, I think, FOR A DREAM.

Read the whole thing at The Talkhouse. "Swimming Pool" video and track stream below...

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We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.

While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.

MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list 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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by Andrew Sacher

Wedding Dress

Wedding Dress, whose lineup includes Erin Elders of Maps & Atlases and Bobby Burg of Joan of Arc, are a week away from releasing their debut album, Desperate Glow (due 11/18 via Lovitt Records), and they've now got a non-album track premiering in this post which is a cover of Wild Beasts' single "Devil's Crayon" from their 2008 album, Limbo, Panto. They do the song well and they definitely put their own spin on it. Check it out below.

The band is also currently on tour and will hit NYC TONIGHT (11/13) at Shea Stadium for a show that's headlined by local chamber pop group Friend Roulette and also includes Del Vinicci and Bears. $8 at the door gets you in.

All dates are listed, with a stream of the new Wild Beasts cover and a stream of the newest single from Desperate Glow, below...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Zach Pollack and Milos Markicevic

Neutral Milk Hotel / St. Vincent / Danny Brown @ P4K Fest 7/19/2014
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2

Day 2 of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival featured a headlining set by Neutral Milk Hotel, plus sets from St. Vincent, Wild Beasts, Danny Brown, FKA Twigs, tUnE-yArDs and more. Pictures and field report from Saturday's goings-on are in this post. Here we go...

Day 2 began with an early afternoon set from locals Twin Peaks. Although guitarist/main vocalist Cadien Lake James was confined to a wheelchair due to a recent leg injury, the band still managed to put on the kind of appropriately rowdy performance that they've become known for. James and co. got things started with the Sunken standout "Stand in the Sand," and they also played their great, newish single "Flavor" off of their forthcoming LP Wild Onion. James traded lead vocals with fellow guitarist Clay Frankel and bassist Jack Dolan throughout the set. Before playing their final tune, James seemed to be feeling reflective -- he offered, "This is definitely our high point so far in our... whatever the fuck this is." -ZP

After Twin Peaks, I moved over to the nearby red stage to catch the Chicago debut of Brooklyn-based rapper Ka. Ka was able to hold a sizable crowd with his down-tempo beats and methodical delivery. His slow-moving tunes contain rich lyrical content and are undeniably impactful. Before playing the somber cut "Summer," he spoke about how the season in his Brownsville neighborhood isn't full of bikinis and BBQs, but rather an increased level of violence -- he also acknowledged that we've got a very similar summer landscape here in Chicago. Memorable numbers from his performance include "Our Father" and "Jungle." -ZP

Saturday's P4K-goers were treated not to one, but two Elephant Six Collective bands, both of whom have been touring together. Circulatory System was the first of the two, (the other being the day's headliner Neutral Milk Hotel) playing a solid set of '60s-influenced indie rock under the cool shade of the Blue Stage. Each of the band's members played multiple instruments, casually adding everything from a clarinet to a xylophone, with frontman Will Cullen Hart even contributing some additional drumming. One highlight was an excellent instrumental interlude, a duet between the band's violinist and cellist. The band played some new songs off their most recent release, Mosaics within Mosaics, which was released earlier last month. Fans of Yo La Tengo had a lot to enjoy here. - MM

tUnE-yArDs
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 2

Back over at the Red Stage, Merrill Garbus and the rest of tUnE-yArDs were a few songs into their set and playing "Hey Life" off of their 2014 LP Nikki Nack. In addition to bassist Nate Brenner, two backup vocalists and a percussionist rounded out the band. This allowed for expanded versions of Whokill favorites "Gangsta" and "Bizness." The additional members took a breather during "Powa," providing the room for Garbus and Brenner to experiment a bit. Though the project is now more pop-forward, tUnE-yArDs' funky and jammy backbone was still able to peek through. -ZP

Danny Brown intended to throw a party during his Pitchfork Fest set. The Detroit rapper sprinted back and forth across the stage while performing fan favorites like "Break It (Go)," "Smokin' and Drinkin'," "I Will," "Bruiser Brigade," and "Kush Coma." It was without a doubt the funnest set of the day, and Brown appeared to be having just as much fun as the massive crowd watching him perform. -ZP

Swedish techno minimalist The Field played a largely ambient set to a crowd that was eager to get out of the sun and recharge before the day's headliners played. The set started slow but progressively built up to include a live drummer. Generously borrowing stylistic cues from early Warp Record signees like Aphex Twin, The Field kept things simple and steady, opting for a more IDM approach. The set might have been better suited for a venue with less light, but listeners, myself included, were entranced throughout. - MM

St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) brought her now-choreographed performance to Pitchfork Festival for an evening set on the red stage. The choreography only enhances and doesn't hinder her guitar heroics and pitch perfect vocals. Clark and her band began their set by playing "Rattlesnake" into "Digital Witness" into "Cruel." For "Cheerleader," she mounted her podium-like setup and the song was played slower than usual, reminding me of "We Are The Champions." During "Birth in Reverse" the band left room for a freak-out section, and Clark ended up kneeling on the stage to headbutt her drummer's bass drum. Clark has consistently reinvented what St. Vincent is from album to album, and has now honed the live chops to be able to play to whichever attribute she'd like. -ZP

Headliners for the night were storied indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel whose two '90s album have become massively influential since main man Jeff Mangum dropped out the music world shortly after making 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. That has turned the band into a huge draw for their current reunion tour and his songs still hold power. The fests big projection TV screens were turned off for the performance that showcased favorites from the band's two albums. (Setlist is below.) NYC can expect the same when Neutral Milk Hotel play Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park on Tuesday (7/22) and Wednesday (7/23). Tickets are still available for Tuesday's show.

Pictures from Day 1 of Pitchfork Fest are HERE and HERE and a second set from Day 2 (including FKA Twigs) are HERE and Day 3 are HERE. More of Day 2, including sets from Pusha T, Empress Of, and Wild Beasts, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Wild Beasts / Mutual Benefit @ Pier 84 7/10/2014
Wild Beasts
Mutual Benefit

You couldn't have asked for a nicer evening for the kickoff of this year's Hudson River Park's River Rocks series. A breeze kept things cool as lovely purples and pinks filled the clouds, with two equally cool and lovely bands providing the soundtrack. Mutual Benefit are very much a sunset band, mellow and relaxing with their violin-driven pop. The band's acclaimed Other Music debut came out late last year and the label is set to reissue the band's 2011 Cowboy's Prayer EP in September.

Wild Beasts, meanwhile, are a band for the dark, when things go bump in the night. They seemed a lot more comfortable with the more prominent electronics found on this year's Present Tense than they did when they played MHOW back in March. The four members morph together as one undulating sultry groove machine, with vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming trading vocals and instruments while guitarist Ben Little colors things in and drummer Chris Talbot keeps the beat inventive, heavy on the toms. Both Flemming and Thorpe have songs where they sing lead, but their best songs -- the new "Sweet Spot" and "Devil's Crayon" from their first album -- blur them together.

Some of you may have noticed a guy spinning tunes from the far corner of the stage between bands. That was me. Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit's tour plays Philadelphia tonight (7/11). MB plays NYC again on Halloween. More pictures from Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit at River Rocks below...

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Tomboy
Tomboy

One of our recommended July 4 options in NYC is the semi-secret Destruction Unit show at Silent Barn happening during Ascetic House's long Independence Day Weekend. D Unit are still not billed on the event page ("Lucifers Stoned Disciples" are though) but other artists are including Massachusetts band Tomboy (the other band of Ali from Potty Mouth), Emily Reo, Emily Reo collaborator Cuddle Formation (aka Noah Klein), Arm Candy, Alice (a new band) and Mute Benny. If "Mute Benny" doesn't sound like the name of a band you're familiar with, we don't think it will be too hard to guess who it is. That show starts at 1 PM and is $10 at the door.

The Ascetic House weekend also includes Destruction Unit at The Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday (tickets), Marshtepper and others at Palisades on the Fourth (tickets), Jock Club and others at Bossa Nova Civic Club on 7/6 (free), and "Lucifers Stoned Disciples" at Baby's All Right on 7/7, among others.

Speaking of secret bands and Emily Reo, Emily plays the all-day Exploding In Sound/Impose show at Secret Project Robot on July 12 with Big Ups, Pile, Alex G, Roomrunner, secret band "Muscle Car" and many more the same day as the free 4Knots Festival at South Street Seaport with Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz and more.

Speaking of free shows on piers, the River Rocks series kicks off July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit.

And Alice just played with Mitski on Friday (6/27), who also plays an all-day July 4 show at The Ho_se with Hello Shark, Attic Abasement, Small Wonder, Told Slant, Crying, Old Table, Pill Friends and High Pop.

Mutual Benefit at Mercury Lounge in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mutual Benefit

As you may know, Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit are both playing Pitchfork Music Festival and a free River Rocks show in NYC on July 10 on Pier 84. Since we last spoke, it was announced that those two bands will also be touring together in between those shows. All dates are listed below.

Mutual Benefit also just made a video for "'Let's Play' / Statue of a Man," which was directed by Stefan Grabrowski. You can check that out, with the list of tour dates, below...

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by Bill Pearis

Here We Go Magic @ Baby's All Right, Dec. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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As we just posted, Scottish duo Honeyblood and Saint Rich were added to Teenage Fanclub's River Rocks show on July 24. (This will be TFC's first NYC show in four years.) That's not the only update to the line-ups of the three free River Rocks shows they're doing at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 this summer.

The August 7 show with Temples now has Here We Go Magic and Spires on the bill as well. River Rocks' 2014 kickoff show is July 10 with Wild Beasts and Mutual Benefit. If you show up early that night -- pardon the self-promotion -- I'll be DJing from 6 PM till Mutual Benefit start (around 8 PM).

All River Rocks shows are free, all-ages and open to the public, with gates opening at 6 PM for each one.

Speaking of free Here We Go Magic shows on a Pier, they're playing TONIGHT (5/14) at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park with Gospels and Porcelain Raft. It's the official pre-party for New York Road Runner Five-Borough Series: Brooklyn Half Marathon which happens on Saturday (5/17). Show tonight starts at 8 PM.

Temples @ Coachella last weekend (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Temples

Hudson River Park's River Rocks returns to Pier 84 this summer for three Thursdays of free outdoor shows. The 2014 lineup leans decidedly Anglophilic: Wild Beasts (who were in NYC not that long ago) and Mutual Benefit will play on July 10; then it's Scotland's Teenage Fanclub (on their way to Merge 25, their first NYC show in four years) will play on July 24; and then on August 7 it's UK psych-pop combo Temples. Openers for the second two shows are still TBA. All River Rocks shows are free and all-ages. Doors open at 6 PM.

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Wild Beasts @ MHOW 3/4/2014
Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts are visiting the U.S. currently, playing release shows on either coast for their terrific fourth album, Present Tense. The quartet did an in-store at Other Music on Monday (3/3) and last night (3/4) played a very packed Music Hall of Williamsburg. Pictures and setlist are in this post.

With synthesizers at the forefront on Present Tense, the band's live show took a little rewiring, with two banks of keyboards dividing the stage into thirds, with frontmen Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming splitting their time between bass, guitars and keys. The same was true with lead guitarist Ben Little. The band's very emotive performance style works better with instruments strapped to them than keyboards at this point, but Thorpe and Flemming's voices were in top form and the crowd very into it. In particular, the guy yelling "FUCK YEAH WILD BEASTS" was very, very into it.

Though Present Tense has only been out for a week, folks knew the songs, cheering for "A Simple Beautiful Truth" and the dark n' dubby "Daughters." The biggest cheers still came from Two Dancers tracks such as "Hooting & Howling" and "All the Kings Men," the latter of which was introduced by Fleming as, "Remember the worst sex you ever had, with the worst person you've ever known, in the worst place you've ever been? This is about that."

The Range, who has been getting a lot of choice opening slots lately, kicked off the evening. He'll be playing a bazillion SXSW shows next week, and will tour with Chvrches after that (including their sold-out T5 shows). All upcoming The Range dates, plus pics from his MHOW set and more of Wild Beasts', below...

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Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts fourth album, Present Tense, is out today (2/25) via Domino. While decidedly more synth-heavy than anything they've done before, the record is still very much in the band's lusty, decadent universe. The album's second single, "Sweet Spot," is maybe its best song, with the signature interplay between vocalists Hayden Thorpe and Tom Flemming in full effect. You can stream it below. The band also recently made a mix for FACT which opens with them covering Leonard Cohen's "Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye" and you can stream that below too.

The band will be in the US next week, playing Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 4. That show is sold out, but if you didn't get tickets we've got two pair to give away. Details are below.

Meanwhile, Wild Beasts will be doing an in-store set at Other Music the day before their MHOW show (Monday, 3/3) at 8 PM. That's free and open to the public. Flyer for their NYC appearances, "Sweet Spot" and FACT mix streams, as well as contest details, below...

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P4k

Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago's Union Park from July 18-20 and the lineup was just announced. It includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Beck, Slowdive (their first reunion show in the US so far), Giorgio Morder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor, Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Grimes, Wild Beasts, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Pusha T, The Range, Mas Ysa and more TBA. Tickets are on sale now.

In related news, Pitchfork is teaming up with ATP and Primavera Sound for London's Jabberwocky Festival which includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms and more.

Initial day-by-day Pitchfork Fest lineup below...

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by Bill Pearis

Wild Beasts

UK quartet Wild Beasts are back with their fourth album, Present Tense, which will be out February 25 via Domino. It's been nearly three years since 2011's Smother and the group have had a bit of a rethink for this new one, going in a much synthier direction than we've heard from them before. Made with Brian Eno protege Leo Abrahams, their songs remain sultry and provocative, though, with the delicate interplay of frontmen Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming intact. You can watch the striking video for first single and lead track "Wanderlust" below.

While no full North American tour has been announced, Wild Beasts will be over in early March for shows in NYC and LA. They play Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 4. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (1/8) at noon and will be available to the general public beginning Friday (1/10) at noon.

Shortly after those American shows, Wild Beast will launch a European tour and all dates are listed, along with the Wanderlust video, album artwork and track list, below.

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photos by David Andrako

Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein & the Hives @ Coachella Sunday - 4/22/2012
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 3
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 3

"The second weekend brought record heat. Festival-goers jockeyed for patches of grass around the shaded perimeters. They pounded frozen lemonade at $6 a cup.

"It feels like a different world from last weekend," The Shins frontman James Mercer said. "It was Iceland last week."

While the weather forced some practical fashion choices, Coachella's sartorial influence was noted well beyond Indio. Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne debated Coachella-inspired fashion trends, and the wider cultural significance of the festival, on the E! Channel program, "The Fashion Police."

Osbourne, a Coachella regular, proclaimed, "When you go to Coachella, all the girls are half-naked and 22." Rivers, who joked that she goes to Coachella, too, quipped, "If David Hasselhoff was there, this means officially Coachella is no longer cool."" [MYDesert.com]

How was your Coachella?

After DJing a party on Friday night and headlining with his band Radiohead on Saturday, Thom Yorke kept busy on Sunday by DJing a Rolling Stone pool party with Nigel Godrich, and then showing up as a not-so-surprise, special guest during Modeselektor's Sunday night set in the Mojave tent while Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg headlined the main Coachella stage.

Modeselektor (pre-Thom) @ Coachella Sunday - 4/22/2012
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 3

You saw pictures from Friday and Saturday, all of last week, and of Dre & Snoop from yesterday (Sunday, 4/22/12). Here are the rest from yesterday, Coachella 2012's final day. More below...

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2:54 @ BV-SXSW 2012 @ Bar 96 (more by Tim Griffin)
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2:54 have announced a full tour with Widowspeak that includes the previously mentioned Mercury Lounge show (tickets) and adds a Brooklyn show happening two day earlier at Knitting Factory (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Also below you can listen to a Wild Beasts reworking of 2:54 song "You're Early" which is also the B-side to the song's single which is out next week. More than just a remix, the track features vocals by Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe, in addition to those by 2:54 singer Colette Thurlow. Check that out, along with the new video for the original version of the song, and all tour dates, below...

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Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Radiohead
Coachella

Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...

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Unuct

UK music magazine Uncut weighs on this year's best albums. Like Rough Trade, they give Josh T Pearson serious placement. They put Tinariwen, who appeared on The Colbert Report last night (!) with Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, at #18. Check out their whole list and video from Colbert, below...

Continue reading "Uncut's Top 50 Albums of 2011, video of Tinariwen & Kyp & Tunde on the Colbert Report"

by Bill Pearis

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Big Troubles

Welcome to the first day of Autumn! The air is crisp, it's a pleasure to be outside...which is where you'll be on your way to the many good show options this week. Where to start...

I guess I should mention R.E.M.'s decision to "call it a day." It's the right thing to do... but I sorta wish it'd happened 13 years ago. The post-Bill Berry records had their good songs, but it was never really R.E.M. to me. But their first decade, few bands were as important and influential. Hopefully they continue to make music on their own (Peter Buck's got like four other bands anyway), and cross our fingers that doesn't mean a Micheal Stipe solo album of "standards."

This leads nicely into this week's first real item:  Big Troublesrecord release party tomorrow night (9/22) at Glasslands. Mitch Easter, who produced R.E.M.'s first two albums, was behind the boards for their new album, Romatic Comedy, which is out next week on Slumberland.

Those familiar with Big Troubles' sludgy, shoegazy debut album, Worry, might wonder if it's the same band this time. Working with Let's Active's Mitch Easter (who twiddled knobs on R.E.M.'s first two albums [and Pavement's Brighten the Corners), the band have cleaned up into a sparkling pop band. It's a dramatic transformation, not unlike the one Easter helped make happen with '90s shoegaze band Moose on their debut album, ...XYZ. With crazy catchy song after crazy catchy song, Romantic Comedy is a terrific album. You can download "Misery" at the top of this post.

The rest of the country will get to see them soon, as they're heading out on tour with their Slumberland labelmates The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (who headlined Bowery Ballroom this week) and then later with Real Estate who they play Bowery Ballroom with in November. All 2011 Big Troubles tour dates are at the bottom of this post, along with the video for their single "Sad Girls."

In addition to Big Troubles, their record release party also has  The Ice Choir and Cuffs playing as well, plus Ford & Lopatin on DJ duty.

Cuffs is the new band from former Pants Yell! frontman Andrew Churchman (one of Big Troubles is also in the band). They are at the same time more pure pop than PY! were and also more rockin'. They're good live.

Ice Choir
Ice Choid

The Ice Choir is the new project from Kurt Feldman who plays drums for Pains of Being Pure at Heart and used to front The Depreciation Guild. It's funky synthpop that sounds an awful lot like...Scritti Politti?! It's true. Listen to the songs on Bandcamp and compare with this. I'm very curious to see what The Ice Choir will be like live. Will Kurt wear a while suit with giant shoulder pads? I hope so.

Wild Beasts
Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts are back, playing two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg (Friday 9/23 and Saturday 9/24) with BOBBY opening both shows. The band's third album, Smother, has been a real grower for me and find myself going back to it a lot.  It's definitely a subtler album than Two Dancers  that shows the influence of Talk Talk and The Blue Nile in particular. It's a grower, as they say, and a worthy successor to 2009's best album. Check out "Loop the Loop" at the top of this post and there's a new video for "Bed of Nails" below.

Live, Wild Beasts are truly something to behold,  transcending their records every time (at least every time I've seen them). Sky Larkin's Katie Harkin is back again playing keyboards with the band on this go-round which is an added bonus for some of us. I haven't seen them tour this album yet, so I'm really looking forward to this weekend's shows. All Wild Beasts tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

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So Girls' new album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost debuted at #37 on the Billboard which is pretty impressive -- and also means they'll be playing much bigger places next time they roll through town. Their Bowery Ballroom shows this weekend are sold out, natch, but you can try and squeeze into Other Music tonight (9/21) for their free in-store.

Diehard

What else? '90s-rocking locals Diehard are set to release their debut album, The Times We Didn't Have Fun, next week and it's a ripper, full of big riffs, bigger choruses, oohs and ahhs, and hooks o' plenty. You can download two tracks from the album at the top of this post. You can listen to the whole shebang at their Bandcamp page.

The band are throwing a record release party this Friday (9/23) at Bruar Falls with likeminded pals Radical Dads, Shark? and Thunderclap also playing.

Cave @ Issue Project Room in 2010 (more by Greg Cristman)
Cave

Cave are here this weekend, playing Saturday, September 24 at soon-to-be-closed Live With Animals (with Amen Dunes, K-Holes & PC Worship), and then Sunday, September 25 at Cake Shop. All tour dates are at the bottom of this post.

As I wrote earlier this week, the band's new album  Neverendless finds finds them locking onto a groove and staying with it in the Neu!/Spacemen 3 tradition. You can download the "Adam Roberts" (the album's spaciest cut) at the top of this post and watch the video for the album's chugging, motoroik single, "WUJ," below.

Dive @ Shea Stadium
Dive

And finally, two bands I wrote about last week -- Dive and Heaven's Gate  (MP3s for both above) -- play again together tomorrow night (9/22) at 285 Kent, with Dustin Wong and Prussia. At the time, I hadn't seen either play live but remedied that last Friday at Shea Stadium. Both bands were very good, but different than I was expecting.

Heaven's Gate are much less shoegazy than their old band Sweetbulbs, with more of a blues-punk vibe (think Cramps or maybe JSBE or early YYYs). But their best songs still have some of that melodic swirl to them.

As for Dive, their recordings are very Beach Fossils-y (frontman Cole Smith is in the band). But live, Dive are a motorik dynamo, very Krautrock at times. There's a lot of flying hair, the band are whirling dervishes on stage. I was impressed. Dive are also playing Pianos earlier Thursday night (9PM) if you want to catch them there.

Here are some more picks, by day, not mentioned above:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Cymbals Eat Guitars play Music Hall of Williamsburg. Their new album, Lenses Alien, is more '90s style indie rock guitar heroics, maybe a little more pop than their first. Hooray for Earth and Beige open.

Though if you're a '90s indie rock fan, you might instead be seeing Olivia Tremor Control and The Music Tapes at Le Poisson Rouge. OTC's Dusk at Cubist Castle remains a '90s classic. if you can't make it, NPR will be streaming it online.

Or if the '80s is more your thing, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are at Irving Plaza.

There's also the Hipster Puppies Cassette Release Party at Public Assembly. Music critic and frequent Twitter fighter Chris Weingarten is putting out a mix tape companion to his book which is based on his tumblr. Zs, Dinowalrus, Mountains and Burning Star Core all play sets. More info here.

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photos by Tim Griffin

James Blake / Kanye West
James Blake
Kanye

"Light sprinkles ushered in the first day of the tenth annual Austin City Limits Music (ACL) Festival, but it was a welcome reprieve from the humid heat that has been plaguing the area and the state. Music and festival fans came in droves to see their favorite ACL artists, and rumors swirled throughout the day as to who the main headliner of the evening, Kanye West, would share the stage with..." [Pegasus News]
Kanye, who was playing opposite Coldplay on Friday night, didn't share the stage with anyone except his dancers. Those who have seen or read about any of Kanye's recent shows know what his set at ACL looked like, complete with multiple acts, ballerinas and big backdrops.

Austin City Limits continues today, Saturday (9/17). You can stream it online. More pictures from Friday below...

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BOBBY at MHOW in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
BOBBY

BOBBY, who recently finished up a tour with Mountain Man, are set to play a few shows this September supporting Wild Beasts on their upcoming tour. As mentioned, that tour hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 23 and 24. BOBBY opens both and tickets for both shows are still on sale. All dates are listed below.

BOBBY recently recorded an acoustic version of "Shimmychick" for Sleepover Shows. You can watch that below.

Speaking of Mountain Man, who share members with BOBBY, they recently recorded a live performance of "Holy Father" for Spotify's Summer Jammin' with Ice Cream Man Series on Pitchfork TV. Check out the performance with all dates below...

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The Rosebuds at Prospect Park last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Rosebuds

The Rosebuds, who just opened two incredible shows for Bon Iver in NYC as the last two dates on their tour together, have a few more shows announced that happen later this year. No tour has been announced yet, but we know that they'll be at Hopscotch in North Carolina, Pitchfork Paris and a NYC show on October 12 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday (8/19) at noon.

Pitchfork Paris, taking place October 28th & 29th in France, is being co-curated by Bon Iver and the lineup looks like this so far:

28 OCTOBRE : 16h00 - 5H00
APHEX TWIN + PANTHA DU PRINCE + EROL ALKAN + WILD BEASTS + CUT COPY + WASHED OUT + REAL ESTATE + MONDKOPF + ICEAGE

29 OCTOBRE : 14h00 - 22H00
BON IVER + JENS LEKMAN + STORNOWAY + KATHLEEN EDWARDS + ROSEBUDS

Tickets are on sale.

Kathleen Edwards also plays shows with Bon Iver in September. All Bon Iver & Rosebuds dates, and the video for "Woods" (by Rosebuds) below...

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