Erland & The Carnival Release New Single, Perform on BBC2, And Gear Up For SXSW! Nightingale Out 3/29 On Full Time Hobby/Yep Ro

ERLAND & THE CARNIVAL RELEASE NEW SINGLE, PERFORM ON BBC2, AND GEAR UP FOR SXSW! NIGHTINGALE OUT 3/29 ON FULL TIME HOBBY/YEP ROC.

UK’s Erland & The Carnival are preparing for their second-ever visit stateside, and they’re bringing with them a new single, “Nightingale” – the title track off their forthcoming LP, out March 29th on Full Time Hobby/Yep Roc. A darkly magnificent song that could be taken straight from the soundtrack of some bastard union between The Wicker Man and Blade Runner, “Nightingale” builds in a stunning fashion from sinister dirge to opulent march.

Listen to/share/download “Nightingale” here

In other E&TC news, the band recently performed a stripped-down version of the song for The Review Show on BBC2.

Finally, for those attending SXSW this year, there will be several rare opportunities to catch Erland & The Carnival live in the U.S.! More will likely be announced, but for the time being…

ERLAND & THE CARNIVAL @ SXSW:
Thu. Mar. 17 Brooklyn Vegan Dot Com Day Stage @ Austin Convention Center – 12 PM
Thu. Mar. 17 Yep Roc Music Group Showcase @ Maddie Mae’s – 1 AM
Fri. Mar. 18 Redeye Party @ Dirty Dog – 1:20 PM

Josh Groban Announces Tour Dates and Ticket On-Sale Dates for His 2011 “Straight To You” World Tour

Josh Groban Announces Tour Dates and Ticket On-Sale Dates for His 2011 “Straight To You” World Tour

Tickets Go on Sale March 4th and 5th for Internationally Renowned Singer and Songwriter’s World Tour in Support of Platinum-Selling Album Illuminations

Groban to Guest-Host on Live With Regis & Kelly on March 4th

On Valentine’s Day, Josh Groban thrilled fans by announcing the launch of his 2011 World Tour on NBC’s The Today Show. Now, the multi-platinum recording artist has announced the North American tour dates and ticket on-sale dates for the “Straight To You” Tour, which visits cities across the U.S. and Canada beginning May 12th in New Orleans. In addition to the three dates announced previously (Dallas, Kansas City, MO, and Moline, IL), confirmed dates are listed below, along with ticket on-sale dates. More upcoming dates will be announced soon. For further information, please visit www.joshgroban.com. This is Groban’s first full-scale global arena tour since 2007, when the internationally renowned singer and songwriter hit the road for his hugely successful, sold-out 81-city Awake World Tour.

The “Straight To You” Tour will bring the feel of a theater experience to an arena setting through stage design, lighting, and projection, as well as through the spontaneity and interactivity Groban delighted his fans with during last year’s “Before We Begin” shows, in which he solicited feedback from the audience on which songs should be included in the set-list. As a result, for the “Straight To You” shows, Groban will continue to interact with audiences and perform favorites from his best-selling albums, including his self-titled debut, Closer, and Awake, as well as songs from Illuminations.

Released by 143/Reprise Records on November 15th, Illuminations debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart (Groban’s fourth consecutive Top 5 chart bow), selling 191,337 units in its first week. Entertainment Weekly declared that “Illuminations might be Groban’s handsomest effort yet.” USA Today raved: “Illuminations yields glowing music. Sturdy, deeply personal statements, brimming with poignancy.” The New York Times also praised the album, saying it “showcases Mr. Groban’s songwriting” and “reflects the conviction that gallantry can also be pensive and uncertain.”

Groban recently performed the National Anthem at the 60th Annual NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. He will be a guest-host on Live with Regis & Kelly on March 4th.

Josh Groban’s upcoming “Straight To You” Tour dates are as follows:

05/12 New Orleans, LA

Lakefront Arena

(onsale 3/18, 10 a.m. CDT)
05/14 Houston, TX

Toyota Center Arena

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. CST)
05/16 Dallas, TX

American Airlines Arena

(onsale now)
05/18 San Antonio, TX

AT&T Center

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. CST)
05/20 Tulsa, OK

BOK Center

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. CST)
05/21 Wichita, KS

In Trust BankArena

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. CST)
05/24 Omaha, NE

Qwest Center

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. CST)
05/25 Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center

(onsale now)
05/27 St. Louis, MO

Scottrade Center

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. CST)
05/28 Moline, IL

I Wireless Center

(onsale now)
06/03 Buffalo, NY

HSBC

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. EST)
06/04 Cleveland, OH

Quicken Loans Arena

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. EST)
06/07 Greenville, SC

Bi-Lo Center

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. EST)
06/08 Duluth, GA

Gwinnette Arena

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. EST)
06/10 Charlotte, NC

Time Warner Cable Arena

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. EST)
06/11 Raleigh, NC

RBC Center

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. EST)
06/14 Richmond, VA

Richmond Coliseum

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. EST)
06/15 Hershey, PA

Giant Center

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. EST)
07/08 Minneapolis, MN

Target Center

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. CST)
07/09 Green Bay, WI

Resch Center

(onsale 3/5, 11 a.m. CST)
07/12 Indianapolis, IN

Conseco Fieldhouse

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. EST)
07/13 Chicago, IL

United Center

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. CST)
07/15 Cincinnati, OH

US Bank Arena

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. EST)
07/16 Auburn Hills, MI

The Palace of Auburn Hills

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. EST)
07/18 Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre

(onsale 3/5, 11 a.m. EST)
07/19 London, ON

John LaBatte Centre

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. EST)
07/22 Ottawa, ON

Scotiabank Place Arena

(onsale 3/5, 12 p.m. EST)
07/23 Montreal, QC

Bell Centre

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. EST)
07/26 Boston, MA

TD Garden

(onsale 3/4, 11 a.m. EST)
07/27 Washington, DC

Verizon Center

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. EST)
07/29 Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Arena

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. EST)
07/30 Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Arena

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. EST)
08/02 Newark, NJ

Prudential Center

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. EST)
08/03 Pittsburgh, PA

ConSol Energy Center

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. EST)
08/05 Columbus, OH

Scottenstein Center

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. EST)
08/06 Grand Rapids, MI

VanAndel Arena

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. EST)
08/09 Milwaukee, WI

Bradley Center

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. CST)
08/10 Des Moines, IA

Wells Fargo Arena

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. CST)
08/12 Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

(onsale 3/5, 10 a.m. MST)
08/13 Salt Lake City, UT

Energy Solutions Arena

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. MST)
08/16 San Diego, CA

Viejas Arena

(onsale 3/4, 10 a.m. PST)
08/17 Los Angeles, CA

Staples Center

Alexander Ebert To Release Debut Album Alexander Tomorrow, March 1st

Alexander Ebert To Release Debut Album Alexander Tomorrow, March 1st

Alexander Ebert, lead singer of Los Angeles entourage Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, will be releasing his debut solo album Alexander tomorrow, March 1st via Community Music (Rough Trade will release the album in Europe today). The record will be streaming at www.alexanderebert.com until the album release on Tuesday. The album includes ten brand new songs that Alexander wrote and composed entirely himself. The cover art can be seen above, and the track-list can be found below.

During breaks from touring with the Zeroes over the past year, Alexander began building and recording the pieces that would become the songs for Alexander alone in his bedroom. Before beginning work on this album, all of the music he had worked on had been collaborative, especially with the 10-person Magnetic Zeroes.

There isn’t a single sound on the ten-song album that Alexander didn’t perform himself. Alone in his room, he had his guitar, a Lowery organ he picked up at a St. Vincent’s thrift store in Los Angeles for seventy bucks, a clarinet he used for the bridge on the record’s first single, “Truth,” and a violin he’d found somewhere in Tucson on tour. He had his own voice, his breath, his knees to slap, his fingers to snap and his toes to tap. When he knew that he wanted to use a violin on the bridge of “Glimpses,” he had an urge to call a friend to come play it for him, but then questioned why he wouldn’t try it himself. Says Alexander, “To me, it’s a very humble album with sky’s-the-limit sort of qualities, and so I didn’t really shy away from doing whatever I felt like doing.”

As for the music itself, Alexander explains that some of the inspirations for the “mouth sounds” that you can hear throughout the record were from all-time-favorites of his like the 1970 chart-topping ditty “In The Summertime” by British band Mungo Jerry. He also notes that children’s clapping games like Patty Cake and infectious and optimistic Disney tunes like “Zip A Dee Do Da” served as loose inspirations for him.

Alexander will perform at SXSW in Austin, TX next month, including KCRW’s showcase on Wednesday, March 16th at The Phoenix before returning to the studio to complete work on the upcoming second LP from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, which will be released later this year.

Alexander track listing:

1. Let’s Win!

2. Awake My Body

3. Truth

4. In The Twilight

5. Bad Bad Love

6. Old Friend

7. A Million Years

8. Remember Our Heart

9. Glimpses

10. Let’s Make A Deal To Not Make A Deal

THE BELLE BRIGADE ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR DATES SUPPORTING GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS AND G. LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE

THE BELLE BRIGADE ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR DATES SUPPORTING GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS AND G. LOVE AND SPECIAL SAUCE

LOS ANGELES-BASED SIBLING DUO ARE TOURING IN SUPPORT OF THEIR UPCOMING SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM, DUE APRIL 19TH ON REPRISE RECORDS

“Losers” Is Available From All Digital Retailers Now

Fresh off their well-attended month-long residency at Club Spaceland in Silverlake, Los Angeles band The Belle Brigade, fronted by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, will hit the road for a series of spring U.S. tour dates in support of their upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be released by Reprise Records on April 19th, 2011. The band’s single “Losers” will be available from all digital retailers beginning February 1st.

The duo, backed by their talented band (bassist Keith Karmen, keyboardist Aaron Arntz, electric guitarist Harlan Silverman, and drummer Mike Green), will open four shows for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in February and March, followed by a series of dates opening for G. Love and Special Sauce in April. Please see below for all confirmed dates. The band will also perform at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX, March 16th through the 19th.

Inspired by Barbara and Ethan’s love for Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder, The Belle Brigade’s debut album is chock-full of artfully arranged, freewheeling songs brim with breezy, California melodies and bracing pop harmonies, fueled by the driving rhythms Barbara plays on drums. A longtime fixture on the Los Angeles music scene, Barbara is a sought-after live drummer who toured with Inara George and Jenny Lewis, among others, before she picked up a guitar and formed the band with her singer-songwriter younger brother Ethan two years ago. Raised in a musical family (their father is songwriter/composer Jay Gruska and their maternal grandfather is renowned film composer John Williams), Barbara and Ethan have a strong familial chemistry, which, along with their obvious songwriting gifts, has resulted in one of the most thrilling debut albums of the year.

The Belle Brigade have recently attracted notable critical praise for their live shows, as well as the first two songs released off the album, “Sweet Louise,” (available here), which was a Top Tune on KCRW’s website on January 24th, and “Losers,” which is available as a 7”-vinyl single here. They were also featured as one of the Los Angeles Times’ “Faces to Watch” picks for 2011. Times critic Ann Powers raved: “The Belle Brigade, Barbara Gruska’s band with kid brother Ethan, shows off her big memorable voice and considerable charisma within songs that gleam with hooks and pour over with earnest emotion. … Its misfits anthem ‘Losers’ could be a Top 10 hit.”

Check out video clips for the “Losers” 7”-single here:

The Belle Brigade’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

03/02 Denver, CO Hi-Dive
03/04 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
03/05 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
03/07 Boston, MA Café 939 at Berklee
03/08 Brooklyn, NY The Rock Shop
03/09 New York, NY Irving Plaza*
03/10 New York, NY Irving Plaza*
03/11 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts*
03/12 Washington, DC The Red Place***
03/20 Corpus Christi, TX Texas House Of Rock **
03/23 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room**
03/24 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom**
03/25 Austin, TX Antone’s**
03/26 Houston, TX House Of Blues**
04/07 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater**
04/08 San Diego, CA House of Blues**
04/09 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues**
04/10 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore**
04/13 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s**
04/14 San Louis Obispo, CA SLO Brewing Company**
04/15 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst**
04/16 Stateline, NV Harrah’s Tahoe-South Shore Rm**
04/21 Bend, OR Midtown Ballroom**
04/22 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory**
04/23 Boise, ID Knitting Factory**
04/26 Fargo, ND Fargo Theatre**
04/27 Duluth, MN Clyde Iron Works**
04/28 Madison, WI The Majestic**
04/29 St. Louis, MO The Pageant**
4/30 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue**

*denotes show with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
**denotes show with G. Love and Special Sauce
***denotes show with Telekensis

The 2011 Ecstatic Music Festival, presented by New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall in association with New Amsterdam Records

ECSTATIC MUSIC FESTIVAL AT NYC’S MERKIN CONCERT HALL CONTINUES IN MARCH WITH OWEN PALLETT, SHARA WORDEN, NADIA SIROTA, THOMAS BARTLETT, TIMOTHY ANDRES, CLOGS, BOBBY PREVITE, JOHN MEDESKI & MORE!

The 2011 Ecstatic Music Festival, presented by New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall in association with New Amsterdam Records, is a showcase of collaborative evenings between more than 150 genre-pushing composers, songwriters and performers who represent a new generation of artists combining diverse influences and techniques to explore the crossover of classical and pop music. All concerts include premieres. Concerts during the first two months of the festival featured collaborations by Roomful of Teeth & tUnE-yArDs, Newspeak & Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Buke & Gass & Victoire, Dan Deacon & So Percussion, The Chiara String Quartet and the Music of Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurdsson, Alarm Will Sound & Face the Music, and many more. The distinctly captivating lineup continues in March.

March 2011 Ecstatic Music Festival Schedule:
All shows at 7:30 PM

Thu, 3/3/11 at 7:30 pm
Judd Greenstein (The Yehudim) & Olga Bell (Bell)
Composer and Ecstatic Music Festival curator Judd Greenstein’s new 13-person ensemble, The Yehudim, premieres Sh’lomo, Greenstein’s re-imagining of the King Solomon story. Fronted by singer/keyboardist/
composer Olga Bell along with Greenstein on lead keyboards, The Yehudim includes vocalists from polystylistic octet Roomful of Teeth and the acclaimed percussion quartet Line C3. Krai, the Moscow-born Olga Bell’s collage of recollections and impressions of Russia, reconfigures her acclaimed electro-rock band, Bell, as a set of chamber musicians at the ensemble’s centerpiece.

Sat, 3/5/11 at 7:30 pm
Timothy Andres & Gabriel Kahane: An Evening with Charles Ives
Composer/pianist Timothy Andres and composer/pianist/vocalist Gabriel Kahane explore the legacy of the devotional in concert music through the lens of Charles Ives, offering a musical palimpsest ranging from songs by Ives and Bach chorale transcriptions by Kurtag to new re-workings of chorales and hymns, as well as their own original compositions that speak to the ongoing dialogue between the sacred and profane.

Wed, 3/9/11 at 7:30 pm
Nadia Sirota & Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) with Owen Pallett
The evening will include the world premiere of a new work by Owen Pallett (formerly Final Fantasy) written for violist Nadia Sirota. Sirota will also join Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) to perform new songs by Bartlett and premieres by Nico Muhly and Missy Mazzoli. The two will join Pallett for arrangements of his songs as well.

Sat, 3/12/11 at 7:30 pm
Clogs & Brooklyn Youth Chorus
The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, heralded as “a polished ensemble of miniature professionals” (New York Times), joins the legendary chamber/rock quartet Clogs for an evening of new works by Clogs’ Bryce Dessner (The National) and Padma Newsome.

Wed, 3/16/11 at 7:30 pm
Shara Worden, Sarah Kirkland Snider & yMusic
A Special Presentation of New Sounds® Live with WNYC’s John Schaefer
Composer/vocalist Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) is joined by the diversely talented sextet yMusic for an evening of works by Worden and Sarah Kirkland Snider, “a composer with an enviable knack for crafting moody, strikingly beautiful works” (Time Out New York). The show will include a selection of new and recent works by both composers, including the premiere of an instrumental work by Worden for yMusic, a premiere by Sarah, and selections from the duo’s standout 2010 album, Penelope.

Mon, 3/28/11 at 7:30 pm
So Percussion & Bobby Previte with Zeena Parkins, John Medeski, DJ Olive & Jen Shyu
A Special Presentation of New Sounds® Live with WNYC’s John Schaefer
Composer Bobby Previte, whose ensembles “speak in visionary tongues” (The New Yorker), premieres TERMINALS, Part 1: DEPARTURES – five concertos for the quartet So Percussion and star soloists Zeena Parkins, harp; John Medeski, keyboards; DJ Olive, turntables; vocalist Jen Shyu; and Bobby Previte on drums.

Single tickets: $25; Students with ID (in person sales only): $15
Subscriptions: Tickets are $20 each for 4 or more concerts.
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

Estate of Sky Saxon sues for royalties, record company and publisher refuse to pay anything for 37 years

ESTATE OF SKY SAXON SUES FOR ROYALTIES; RECORD COMPANY AND PUBLISHER REFUSE TO PAY ANYTHING FOR 37 YEARS

SKY SAXON, the singer and songwriter behind the 1960s garage-rock band The Seeds, died in June 2009. However, for most of his career and to the end of his life, he received no royalties at all from his record company or his music publishing company. The reason? According to those companies, Saxon sold his artist’s and producer’s royalties in 1973 for $350, and his music publishing royalties for $250. Despite repeated requests over the years from Saxon, and, recently, his widow, the companies have flatly refused to pay any royalties at all, and the matter is now in litigation in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Saxon signed a record deal in 1965 with GNP Crescendo Record Co., Inc., a Los Angeles-based company that specialized in jazz recordings, run by Gene Norman, a former concert promoter and disc jockey. At that time, he also signed a music publishing deal with Neil Music, Inc., which is a sister company of GNP. The Seeds and Saxon went on to have hits in 1965 and 1966 with “Pushin’ Too Hard,” “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine,” and “Mr. Farmer.”

But for 37 years, since 1973, GNP and Neil Music have stubbornly refused to pay Saxon, or his heirs, any royalties whatsoever. These companies maintain that Saxon signed away all of his royalties, forever, based upon three minor transactions: A $500 payment for “Pushin’ Too Hard” in late 1972, a loan for $250 in mid-1973 (that Saxon did not pay back), for all of Saxon’s other songs, and a loan for $350 from late 1973 (that Saxon also did not pay back), for all of Saxon’s record and producer’s royalties.

The Estate has brought a lawsuit against GNP and Neil Music for rescission of Saxon’s record and publishing deals, and for royalties for the past four years. In response, the companies (which are now run by Neil Norman, son of Gene Norman) have taken the position that the three petty deals from 1972 and 1973 are “buy-outs” of any and all royalties forever. The Estate has asked the court to set aside these three transactions, on the grounds that they are so oppressive and unfair that they should be void, as a matter of public policy, that is, “unconscionable.” “Unconscionable” contracts are deals that are so oppressive and one-sided that they literally “shock the conscience” of the court and of civilized society, or which have no place in the legitimate business world. In that the alleged “buy-outs” fit that description exactly, the Estate has asked the court to set them aside. The Estate has also asked that on account of the 37-year failure of GNP and Neil Music to pay any royalties, that the original 1960s deals be rescinded, and the Estate be given back all of the musical properties.

In recent years, GNP and Neil Music have exploited Saxon’s songs and recordings to a substantial extent. “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine” has recently been used in a commercial for Axe Body Spray. “Pushin’ Too Hard” has been used for numerous film and television projects, as have other songs by The Seeds. The songs have been covered over the years by numerous artists, including The Ramones, Johnny Thunders, Billy Corgan, Garbage, Alex Chilton, Murder City Devils, and Yo La Tengo.

The motion to determine the issue of unconscionability will be heard on March 8, 2011. A legal brief filed by the Estate on February 22, 2011, which gives more information, background, and legal authority, is also available.

Manchester Orchestra Shares First Single and Visual

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA OFFERS DOWNLOAD OF FIRST SINGLE, “SIMPLE MATH,” TODAY AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE MARCH 1 “SIMPLE MATH” VISUAL AND ALBUM ART ALSO REVEALED THIRD ALBUM, SIMPLE MATH, OUT MAY 10

If you’ve been to www.TheManchesterOrchestra.com over the past couple of days, you’ve noticed that the band has been releasing snippets of their new single, “Simple Math,” via a drag and drop virtual puzzle. It has been receiving fantastic feedback and we highly recommend checking it out.

Today, February 28th, the final piece of the puzzle will be revealed, unlocking an embeddable stream of the song. But don’t worry, if you prefer downloads, the band is also offering an instant download of “Simple Math” at www.TheManchesterOrchestra.com/simplemath. The song will be available for digital purchase tomorrow, March 1. And don’t forget, Manchester Orchestra’s third album, Simple Math, will be released May 10 via Columbia/Favorite Gentlemen.

Wait, we’re not done yet!! Manchester Orchestra is also excited to share a brand new visual for their new single, “Simple Math.” Think this is awesome? Wait until you see the official music video! Coming soon, stay tuned.

Morning Teleportation – Expanding Anyway album review

Morning Teleportation – Expanding Anyway

Morning Teleportation, a five piece from Portland, OR, has a handful of different instruments in play on their debut album, Expanding Anyway, the Theremin being one of them. The Theremin is an electronic instrument; the controls are two metal antennas and it’s a no-hands kind of thing that controls oscillators for frequency and volume. The signals are amped up and sent through a loudspeaker. Essentially, it’s an instrument that can be played without being touched, and that basically is the bottom line of Expanding Anyway: Morning Teleportation play without exactly touching you.

Morning Teleportation is, for some reason, being marketed as a psychedelic band but it lacks the dark sounds of true sketch-edge and the hallucinatory weirdness of legit trip music, so to call them psychedelic is a little nonsensical.

Their debut album, Expanding Anyway, is produced by Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock and the latter band’s bright guitar melodies and twanging waves of grimy farm guitar have made their way into the intricate, hyper-active layers of Morning Teleportation’s entire album.

Expanding Anyway is also the title track on the album; it’s psychedelic in the way a teenager tripping on a few grams of mushrooms is psychedelic; merry, unchallenging, and pop-fun. I’d be excited to listen to this band again in a few years, once they’ve moved into their proverbial early 20’s and start experimenting with DMT or something.

The official music video for ‘Expanding Anyway,’ has all of the typical staples found in a psychedelic-lite product in 2011: Painted naked kids running through a field, neon mushrooms, trippy spirals and cute, bizarre animations. Basically being marketed as a psychedelic band in 2011 seems to have nothing to do with actually having some sort of face melting experience caused by tripping out to music that rearranges your brain matter.

The video seems to stand as some sort of microcosmic example of the band’s style: A bit safe, familiar, but generally enjoyable. It’s tame, friendly fodder for the day trippers who dig the unchallengeable middle ground of a mild experience.

Synth and catchy melodies amount to formulaic compositions and slick vocal lines that get tangled in your head a bit; boppy party fun, about as psychedelic as doing too many bong hits in your bedroom at night.
Crystalline stands solid with strong melody lines that stand tall above a bed of worming guitar and sunny, colorful bright rock. And with their lyrics on the title track jauntily exploring the concept of pushing love’s boundaries, it makes for some vapid, happy thought processes that might even border on lackadaisical self-exploration.

Treble Chair washes away the end of the album with an oceanic synth sound, soft, cushy, pixelated peace noise that suits the closedown of the album in a soothing way; it’s probably their most genuine tripped out track, with a looser construct and the power to let you close your eyes and drift off a bit.

The whole thing weaves together well as a whole but doesn’t really strike you right in the heart, and definitely never comes across as thoroughly psychedelic; the hard dosers probably won’t ever associate Morning Teleportation with some sort of hallucinogenic trip; they sound more like Vampire Weekend eating weed cookies and doing a few light bennies. It’s dancey-pop that would probably make for a good live show at a sunny day festival, and when it’s over, you don’t really feel like you’ve just had some psychedelic musical experience; your spirits may be brighter, maybe your friends dug it as pleasant background party music, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t shake the earth or change your life.

Le Tigre Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour (Oscilloscope Laboratories, June 7) The Le Tigre Tour Film Is Finally here!

Le Tigre Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour (Oscilloscope Laboratories, June 7) The Le Tigre Tour Film Is Finally here!

“…hysterically funny, shamelessly political and musically intense…”
— Rolling Stone

Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it will release the highly anticipated film Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour on DVD June 7. The film, which is set to premiere at this year’s SXSW Film and Music Festival, follows electronic feminist icons Le Tigre on the This Island tour across four continents and ten countries. Supported by a community of devoted fans and led by outspoken Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Le Tigre confronts sexism and homophobia in the music industry while tearing up the stage via performance art poetics, no-holds-barred lyrics, punk rock ethos, and whip-smart wit in this edgy and entertaining documentary. Directed by Kerthy Fix (Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields) WHO TOOK THE BOMP? LE TIGRE ON TOUR features never before seen live performances, archival interviews, and revealing backstage footage with these trail-blazing artists.

Le Tigre took over the world with their “electronic feminist punk.” What began as a fun project became one of the most relevant bands of the last decade. Ignoring the constrictions of both the mainstream and the underground, the band has never believed that fun and intelligence couldn’t coexist. They have demystified electronic music, critiqued government policies, and celebrated female and queer artists all while dropping roller-skate jams that make everyone dance. The film is a look into their world and a document of their thrilling multimedia performances.

Don’t miss the film at SXSW and at the MoMA!

3/17: Austin, TX @ State Theatre, Film Screening, 6:15pm
3/19: Austin, TX @ Vimeo Theatre, Film Screening, 2:30pm
4/4: New York, NY @ MoMA, 7 PM

New Collisions Spring Tour Dates – Cancelled

New Collisions Spring Tour Dates Cancelled

Due to illness in the family, the Spring 2011 New Collisions tour will be cancelled. Sarah, Scott, Alex and, Zak send their apologies and would like to make it up to you later this year when they tour in support of their upcoming 7” single and future full length.

The dates affected are as follows:

Thurs, 3/3: The Fire – Philadelphia, PA
Fri, 3/4: Union Hall w/Fast Romantics – Brooklyn, NY
Sat 3/5: Studio@Webster Hall w/Deluka – New York, NY
Wed 3/9: Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT
Fri 3/11: Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
Sat 3/12: Respectable Street – West Palm Beach, FL
Sun 3/13: Brewsters – Jacksonville, FL
Mon 3/14: WorkPlay Theater – Birmingham, Alabama, w/Marcy Playground
Wed 3/16 – Sun 3/20: SXSW – Austin, TX
Mon 3/21: Cicero’s – St. Louis, MO
Tues 3/22: Highlands Taproom – Louisville, KY
Wed 3/23: The Whistler – Chicago, IL
Thurs 3/24: The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
Fri 3/25: Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
Sat 3/26: Frankie’s Inner City – Toledo, OH
Sun 3/27: Bernie’s Distillery – Columbus, OH
Mon 3/28: The Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
Fri 4/1: Valentine’s – Albany, NY
Sat 4/2: Dover Brick House – Dover, NH