It’s been said that strangers are merely best friends that you haven’t met yet, so, allow us to introduce you to Maudlin Strangers, our/your new musical besties. The EP is the solo project of multifaceted musician Jake Hays, who actually plays every instrument on every track AND provides all of the vocals! Oh...did I mention that he is also the son of former Runaways singer Cherie Currie (he played drums on her recent tour,) and actor Robert Hays! Music is in his DNA. The Maudlin Strangers’ new EP is set to be released in a couple of weeks. It’s an eclectic mix of chill rock, with influences ranging from Pink Floyd to The Black Keys, and it is masterful.
The highly anticipated debut album of Dovetail, the 2012 recipients of the John Lennon Songwriting Award, is out today, October 29th. Aptly titled, Mount Karma, the lyrics on the album are mindful of personal journeys traveled by the band mates, which are then paired with complex and inspiring instrumentals. This combination, in tandem with a steadily increasing fan base, positions Dovetail to be one of the next big break-out bands.
May is looking good for all of you NYC concert goers out there. Not only are some big names coming through (M83, Norah Jones, Jack White), but a ton of awesome smaller bands. The end of May also marks THE BEGINNING OF SUMMERSTAGE, which should prove inspiration enough to get through this month at work. So, take a look at the list, pick some shows and start your summer off right! If we forgot anything, leave a comment and we'll put it up!
Japanther/Ritz Riot @ 929 XPO
Teen Daze/Supreme Cuts @ Glasslands
Active Child/Balam Acab @ Mercury Lounge
With all the recent hoopla surrounding Coachella 2012 (specifically, the digital resurrection of Tupac), one begins to ponder what other shenanigans are in store during festival season. Summertime truly is the season of festivals: beer & wine fests, food expos, but most importantly, music fests. There’s Bamboozle, Warped Tour, Lollapalooza, Bonnarooo, Electric Daisy, and a cornocoupia of other niftily named musical celebrations.
The official lineup for this year's Lollapalooza Festival has been announced! Taking place on August 3 - 5 in Grant Park, Chicago, this year's festival is sure to be one for the record books.
Artists include The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, a recently reunited Black Sabbath, Jack White, Florence + the Machine, At the Drive-In, Bassnectar, The Shins, Avicii, Justice, The Weeknd, Sigur Ros, a recently reunited Afgan Whigs, M83, Frank Ocean, Nero, Die Antwoord, Tune-Yards, SBTRKT, The Walkmen, Sharon Van Etten, The War on Drugs, Twin Shadow, Toro y Moi, Wale, Zed's Dead, Childish Gambino and many more! For the full lineup, click here.
Get your tickets here, but hurry up, they'll sell out quick!
The White Stripes have announced that they will no longer be creating music, and will officially break up. The band has been on hiatus since 2008. Their latest album, Icky Thump, was released back in 2007.
Although this is sad news, the band didn't break up due to an ugly, personal dispute or something far more worse. Instead, the band said: "The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue," taken from the post written on the bands official website. "Nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health. It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi have finished their common project called Rome. It took them five years to record the fifteen songs of the record. They tried to get close to the ambiance you have in Western Spaghetti movies.
Ennio Morricone was a major source of inspiration. Jack White and Norah Jones also contributed to this project. Danger Mouse always does great work, this should be good.
1) Theme Of Rome
2) The Rose With The Broken Neck
3) Morning Fog (interlude)
4) Season's Trees
5) Her Hollow Ways (interlude)
6) Roman Blue
7) Two Against One
8) The Gambling Priest
9) The World (interlude)
11) The Matador Has Fallen
12) Morning Fog
13) Problem Queen
14) Her Hollow Ways
15) The World
Everything is right with the world again! Conan O'Brien is back with his new show premiering tonight on TBS!
These past few months have gone by slow ever since the comedian quit NBC's The Tonight Show during the uncomfortable Leno battle. Now its time to welcome back the laughs and perhaps even an insulting comic dog and inappropriate bear with Conan.
Rumor has it that our favorite redhead will be bringing on guests such as Glee's Lea Michele, comic actor Seth Rogan and Jack White as the musical guest for the first show.
More A-list celebrities maybe stopping by for tonight's 11 p.m. premiere, including a mystery guest. We don't care who it is though, just as long as Conan's back.
Psychedelic rockers the Black Angels have, up until now, seemed perpetually stuck in the 1960s. Their druggy brand of atmospheric tunes sounded like something you would listen to while religiously following the Grateful Dead around town, whilst on a pretty serious acid trip.
But with the Texas five-piece’s third full-length album, Phosphene Dream, released on September 14, the Angels have cleared up their musical haze; the full effect is less hangover and more groovy rock-out. Released on the revamped blues label Blue Horizon and recorded in Los Angeles, Dream relocates the Angels from their time trap and plants them a little closer to the present. In fact, the band even recently collaborated with Brit trip- hoppers UNKLE for a song on the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack called "With You in My Head." You can't get any more current than vampires.
Deidre Muro and Paul Hammer of Savoir Adore are refreshingly free of egos. I had the opportunity to let them finish each other's sentences on the first night of their 3-week residency at Cake Shop. We chatted about the creative process, Brooklyn, and just what Paul plans to do when playing shows just isn't enough to keep him awake anymore.
How did you two start writing together? How did you begin collaborating musically?