Fanfarlo – Rooms Filled With Light album review

With the release of Rooms Filled With Light, Fanfarlo sounds like a band starting over again. They seem to have adopted a new identity, switching from the organic, folk sound that characterized Reservoir to an 80’s tinged synth pop reminiscent of acts like Tears for Fears or The Cure. It would be difficult to exhaust the list of comparisons that countless other sources have already drawn: a quick scan of the internet buzz surrounding the album reveals that almost no one can describe the band’s new style without drawing comparisons to other artists. While critics might write off the album as unoriginal for that reason, the real question is: how well does the band use the influence of bands before them to craft their own unique style?

In what could almost be described as an attempt to dazzle any listener unsure of the answer to that question, the first track, “Replicate,” opens with an urgency that advises listeners to brace themselves for the grand statements that follow. The song captures, in a way, the nervous anticipation one might experience during the ascent of a roller coaster. Just as a sense of nervous anticipation gives way to adrenaline once the roller coaster descends, the urgent, anxious tone of “Replicate” gives way to the joyful, fast-paced bass lines of “Deconstruction.”

Indeed, the band clearly did not forget how to build momentum in an album, in part through the careful use of orchestral arrangements. Thankfully, this is one element of their style that the band has not only kept intact, but has improved upon since their debut. Who knows where they would be without Cathy Lucas and Leon Beckenham, who play violin and trumpet, respectively? “Shiny Things,” the album’s best song, would not reach its triumphant climax without Beckenham’s trumpet. And the pensive “Bones” would not be as soul-searching if Lucas hadn’t sewn her tear-jerking violin parts throughout.

While Fanfarlo had quite a daunting task ahead of them to change their sound without alienating their fan-base or earning disdain from critics, they succeed largely due to the elements they retained during the shift. New fans and Reservoir devotees alike will be thrilled by the beautiful songs and joyful crescendos that the band continues to churn out on Rooms Filled With Light.

Die Antwoord: Fresh Take from Cape Town | Die Antwoord Ten$ion album review

Having left Interscope to release Ten$ion under their own label, Zef Recordz, the Cape Town based Zie Antwoord allowed themselves the artistic freedom. The result is a beacon on the horizon for up and coming artists in both the hip hop and world music scene. In the same way that UK’s grime scene celebrated Brixton living matched with intense beats you can’t help but move your head to, Die Antwoord is bringing the new movement known as Zef to the world stage. Glamourising poor but flashy living such as souping up old beater cars, this musical style is certainly not for the faint of heart. For example: Ten$ion is peppered with “Motherfucker”s. Partly inspired by hip hop, but also drum and bass and certainly dubstep, it is perfectly accompanied by the South African accent that Ninja is only too proud to flaunt. Juxtaposed to Ninja’s grating rhymes is the unnerving voice of Yo-Landi Vi$$er, sounding like a gangster baby doll (trust me, that’s a good thing).

And some of these songs… well, they hold up. Highlights include the down and dirty “U Make A Ninja Wanna Fuck”, the duet with harmony “So What”, chronicling the struggle in The Game and juggling a pregnant Visser, and “Baby’s On Fire”… Tell me that last one isn’t destined to be a club anthem. While you’re at it, check out the Interlude, Zefside Zol, and tell me that beat doesn’t remind you of the Whispering Song.

Seriously though, WTF is up with the damn skits? I thought they went out in the 90s. They’re never anything other than awkward at best; Die Antwoord’s are downright creepy. But then, that’s kind of everything about Die Antwoord. From hypersexual lyrics to the aggression in which they are delivered by Ninja (aka Watkin Tudor Jones), and even their famous video for Enter the Ninja; everything is almost artfully designed to make you uncomfortable. Like a haunted house, you’re in it for the full experience, and you can’t help but enjoy the shocks.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Adds 2nd NYC Show * Announces Record Store Day 12” & Detroit Show * Heads to SXSW & Bonnaroo

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will be releasing a special Detroit-themed 12″ for Record Store Day. The EP will feature “We Almost Lost Detroit,” a Gil Scott-Heron cover that also appears on their full length debut It’s A Corporate World, as well as two covers of songs by fellow Detroit artists Madonna and Sixto Rodriguez and three remixes by Detroit-based artists. The 12″ is a limited pressing of 2k standard black vinyl units and will be available for $16.98 exclusively on Record Store Day on 4/21.

We Almost Lost Detroit EP (Record Store Day exclusive 12″)
Side A
We Almost Lost Detroit (album version)
Like A Prayer (Madonna cover)
I Think Of You (Sixto Rodriguez cover)

Side B
We Almost Lost Detroit (Stepdad remix)
Morning Thought (Phantasmagoria remix)
Simple Girl (Chuck Daniels remix)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will play a special hometown show in Detroit at the Majestic Theatre on Record Store Day on 4/21. They also added a pair of headlining shows in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl on 3/31 and Bowery Ballroom on 4/1, and will play a few shows at SXSW in Austin as well as at Bonnaroo this summer. A full list of upcoming tour dates is below.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Tour Dates
3/3 Snowball Music Festival, Vail, CO
3/6 Opolis, Norman, OK
3/7 Juanitas, Little Rock, AR
3/8 Rio Room, Dallas, TX – DJ set
3/9 SXSW, Do512 Party @ The Belmont
3/10 SXSW, private party
3/11 SXSW, private party
3/12 SXSW, Syndicate/Hype Machine Kickoff Party @ Hype Hotel
3/13 SXSW, Warner Music Group showcase
3/30 Nowadays Music Festival, Bethlehem, PA
3/31 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
4/1 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
6/7-10 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN

Walk The Moon Release Anna Sun EP

WALK THE MOON RELEASE ANNA SUN EP CANADIAN TOUR DATES THIS MARCH

TELEVISION PERFORMANCE ON LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON CONFIRMED

“The precocious Ohioans stack melodies upon melodies in new-wave-inflected songs that attack the ear like a starving Mike Tyson.”
Rolling Stone

“Band You Must Know” – New York Post

“…with their swirly pop beats, infectious guitar riffs, and loud, sing-a-long choruses, this Cincinnati foursome is pure unadulterated fun…” Nylon Magazine

Ohio’s WALK THE MOON are bringing their new album, Anna Sun EP, on the road to Canada this March. The EP, released on February 7th through RCA Records, features three tracks, Tightrope, Next In Line and the explosive Anna Sun. The band will kick off their Canadian tour dates in Toronto as support for Young The Giant on March 1st at The Sound Academy. They will also visit Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Vancouver (full details listed below). The EP is available at all digital service providers as well as in physical form at all WALK THE MOON shows.

Early this year WALK THE MOON were busy in the studio finishing up their full length album, which is produced by Ben H. Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective). The album will feature a host of new songs as well as new versions of songs from their independently released 2010 album i want! i want!, including the tracks featured on the Anna Sun EP.

After being featured in a profile piece on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly last spring following their stint at SXSW, WALK THE MOON returned to network television on February 16th when Last Call filmed their live performance at The Wiltern. On April 5th WALK THE MOON will be making their first-ever live performance on late night television when they visit Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Named one of “MTV’s Artists to Watch for 2012,” WALK THE MOON, who will also be playing MTVU’s first ever “Woodies Tour”, have captured the attention of fans and critics alike with their colorful and energetic live performances, as well as the eye catching and whimsical video for Anna Sun which is currently in rotation on MTVU. Check out the official video here. They are currently on the road with Young the Giant on their North American tour and then will tour with Kaiser Chiefs including a stop at SXSW. Later this year they will also be headlining select North American markets.

Launched in Ohio in 2008 by lead singer, songwriter and keyboard player Nicholas Petricca, WALK THE MOON includes Kevin Ray (bass, vocals), Eli Maiman (guitar, vocals) and Sean Waugaman (drums, vocals).

WALK THE MOON WEBSITE
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Date
Venue
Location

Feb 23
Riviera Theatre w/ Young the Giant
Chicago, IL

Feb 24
Madison Theater w/ Young the Giant
Cincinnati, OH

Feb 25
Newport Music Hall w/ Young the Giant
Columbus, OH

Feb 26
Beachland Ballroom w/ Young the Giant
Cleveland, OH

Feb 28
The Majestic w/ Young the Giant
Detroit, MI

Mar 01
Sound Academy w/ Young the Giant
Toronto, Canada

Mar 02
The Bronson Centre w/ Young the Giant
Ottawa, Canada

Mar 03
The Corona w/ Young the Giant
Montreal, Canada

Mar 04
Le Cercle w/ Young the Giant
Quebec, Canada

Mar 06
House of Blues w/ Kaiser Chiefs
Boston, MA

Mar 08
Terminal 5 w/ Kaiser Chiefs
New York, NY

Mar 09
9:30 Club w/ Kaiser Chiefs
Washington, DC

Mar 10
Tabernacle w/ Kaiser Chiefs
Atlanta, GA

Mar 12
House of Blues w/ Kaiser Chiefs
Dallas, TX

Mar 14
House of Blues w/ Kaiser Chiefs
Houston, TX

Mar 19
The Echo w/ Kaiser Chiefs
Los Angeles, CA

Mar 20
The Fillmore w/ Kaiser Chiefs
San Francisco, CA

Mar 22
Crystal Ballroom w/ Kaiser Chiefs
Portland, OR

Mar 23
Showbox at the Market w/ Kaiser Chiefs
Seattle, WA

Mar 24
Commodore Ballroom w/ Kaiser Chiefs
Vancouver, Canada

Metronomy join Coldplay on tour dates

UK group Metronomy are coming stateside this spring and just added more shows in direct support of Coldplay. Listen to the song below off The English Riviera Unreleased Remixes which drops 3/6 on Big Beat/Because, and full tour dates below.

Metronomy – The Look (Two Inch Punch’s Shook Shook Remix):

SPRING TOUR DATES:
3/24 – ULTRA Music Festival
3/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
3/27 – Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
3/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
3/30 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
3/31 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
4/1 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis Theatre
4/2 – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton
4/4 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
4/5 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
4/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
4/15 – Coachella, CA @ Coachella
4/17 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place ***
4/18 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome ***
4/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena ***
4/22 – Coachella, CA @ Coachella
4/24 – Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena ***
4/25 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena ***
4/27 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion ***
4/28 – San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion ***
5/1 – Los Angeles @ Hollywood Bowl ***
5/2 – Los Angeles @ Hollywood Bowl ***
5/4 – Los Angeles @ Hollywood Bowl ***

***w/ Coldplay

Announcing 2012 Pickathon Music Festival, August 3-5 At Pendarvis Farm in Portland, Oregon

ANNOUNCING 2012 PICKATHON MUSIC FESTIVAL, AUGUST 3-5 AT PENDARVIS FARM IN PORTLAND, OREGON! LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT AND TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, MARCH 6TH!

The 2012 Pickathon Music Festival will take place on Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 5, returning to the beautiful Pendarvis Farm near Portland, Oregon for its 14th year. The experience at Pickathon is unique; nowhere else can festivalgoers witness such a diverse mix of world-class artists set in what is commonly considered the most innovative and comfortable festival experience in the world. The three-day event continually breaks new ground in sustainability and strives to accommodate attendees and performers as though they were family. Simply put, Pickathon is the festival for people who don’t like the hassle of festivals!

Watch “Pickathon: A Day at Pickathon” here

World-Class Music:
Pickathon is a music-lover’s paradise, featuring a well-curated 50-band bill where every artist plays at least twice. The festival provides what can only be described as a retreat for performers, with six inspired performance spaces spread throughout the 80 wooded acres of Pendarvis Farm. Past performers include amazing legends and veterans such as Mavis Staples, Will Oldham, Michael Hurley, Bill Callahan, The Heartless Bastards, Iris Dement, and Freakwater, as well as rising contemporaries like The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, Justin Townes Earle, Black Mountain, Frank Fairfield, and more. And just wait until you see what they have in store for this year!

Groundbreaking Sustainability:
In a move unprecedented by any festival anywhere, Pickathon has become the first large-scale event in the United States (the world?) to implement a No Single-Use Philosophy! What does this mean? It means the festival has worked towards eliminating all single-use cups, bottles, dishware, and utensils. See more details of how Pickathon pulled off this amazing advancement in event mentality and execution here: http://www.kleankanteen.com/news/events/pickathon.php

Unmatched Culinary Experience:
A mere 15 minutes from Portland, Oregon, Pickathon recreates the passionate food culture that is unique to the Pacific Northwest region. Food carts, local brewers and vintners, and great coffee will be on hand all weekend long, while menus will be curated by some of the area’s most exciting culinary talents.

Idyllic Festival Grounds:
Tucked away on 80 gorgeous acres of wooded Oregon landscape, Pickathon presents attendees with a perfect festival experience. With ample grounds for camping and miles of terrain for hiking, the festival provides more than enough room to accommodate the 5,500 daily attendees without ever feeling crowded. The six performance spaces spread throughout Pendarvis Farm provide distinctive and stylized environments to take in the music and atmosphere; including the beautiful tension-fabric structure that covers the Mountain View and Fir Meadow Stages, which ranks as one of the largest temporary installations of its kind in the world. Additionally, Pickathon boasts one of the most family-friendly environments of any festival.

Tickets for the 2012 Pickathon Music Festival will go on sale Tuesday, March 6th, with three-day passes starting at $175. The festival is sure to sell out this year, so be sure to get tickets early. Tickets will be available on the festival website

All Tomorrow’s Parties Presents I’ll Be Your Mirror USA 2012 Curated by Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs) & ATP Friday September 21st – Sunday 23rd – Asbury Park, N.J.

All Tomorrow’s Parties Presents I’ll Be Your Mirror USA 2012 Curated by Greg Dulli (The Afghan Whigs) & ATP Friday September 21st – Sunday 23rd – Asbury Park, N.J.

“The wall between fans and fame is mostly stripped away, as is corporate sponsorship. In terms of vibe, it is simply the best music festival there is.” – NPR

THE AFGHAN WHIGS, LOUIS C.K., THE ROOTS,
JOSE GONZALEZ, MARK LANEGAN BAND, DIRTY THREE,
SHARON VAN ETTEN, HOT SNAKES, THE MAKE-UP
& Many More Confirmed!

Tickets To Go On Sale Monday At 10AM EST via www.ATPfestival.com

“It’s a utopian operation; its organisers know the problems with most other
music festivals and try to avoid them on principle.” – New York Times

ATP are very pleased to confirm our return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA with a new I’ll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs (who have reunited after a 13 year hiatus) and curated by their frontman Greg Dulli. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six critically acclaimed albums during their career. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, The Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and ATP is excited to be a part of this long awaited reformation.

We are also very excited to present Grammy Award winner LOUIS C.K. (handpicked by Greg Dulli) who will be making a rare festival appearance, the fantastic THE ROOTS, JOSE GONZALEZ, a show from the reformed THE MAKE-UP and many others, see below for full line-up confirmed so far.

After previous years in upstate New York, ATP moved to the iconic Asbury Park waterfront in 2011 for a hugely successful I’ll Be Your Mirror event co-curated and headlined by Portishead, and we are very happy to return to this very special location in September. The Convention Hall has seen the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Rolling Stones grace its stage and the Paramount Theatre has welcomed stars such as Tony Bennett who often insists on playing a song with all the electrics turned off to demonstrate the amazing acoustics of the room. Once again the ATP experience will be taking over the boardwalk, with the main shows taking place at the Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre, and other events happening at the Berkeley hotel (former home of Johnny Cash).

As well as the live music line-up of 35+ acts across the weekend, Friday will feature a Comedy stage, and we’re very pleased to announce that our friends at The Criterion Collection will return to run the Cinema across the weekend. All three days feature DJs and other activities to be confirmed in the months ahead. Performances take place indoors with great soundsystems, so you have no need to worry about the weather, and Asbury Park is easily accessible via public transport from nearby cities (see below for details).

Today we can start to confirm our fantastic line-up…

Chosen by Greg Dulli:
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
LOUIS C.K.
THE ROOTS
JOSE GONZALEZ
MARK LANEGAN BAND
DIRTY THREE
THE ANTLERS
THE DIRTBOMBS performing Ultraglide In Black
SCRAWL
SHARON VAN ETTEN
EMERALDS
VETIVER
QUINTRON AND MISS PUSSYCAT
CHARLES BRADLEY AND THE EXTRAORDINAIRES
DJ QUESTLOVE
REIGNING SOUND
+ more to be confirmed

Chosen by ATP:
THE MAKE-UP
(reforming for IBYM)
HOT SNAKES
THE MAGIC BAND
AUTOLUX
THEE OH SEES
FACTORY FLOOR
DEATH GRIPS
I BREAK HORSES
+ more to be confirmed

Tickets go on sale this Monday 27 February at 10am EST via ATPfestival.com
3 Day Passes are priced at $199 for the weekend, until March 27 when any remaining tickets will go up to $249.

Pre-sale Mailing List Members for this event will receive a pre-sale link via email in advance of Monday’s on-sale.

A very limited amount of day tickets will also be available for $75 each (Saturday features The Afghan Whigs, Sunday features The Make-Up.)

ACCOMMODATION:

Asbury Park has a wide variety of accommodation options. The Berkeley Hotel where we will host the Cinema and DJs has some rooms available which will go on sale shortly, first to ATP members and then to early Festival ticket purchasers who we will contact after they have booked. A few blocks further down the boardwalk there is the Empress Hotel, or a few blocks further into town, the Ocean Plaza Hotel or The Tides Hotel. There are many many more options in town and the local area, with a large list available on the ATP website.

Bleeding Knees Club – Nothing To Do video

Bleeding Knees Club from Australia just released the first video from their upcoming debut Nothing To Do and it features work from the same animator that did the Simpson’s ‘Treehouse of Horror” epidsode.

Live NYC/LA/SXSW dates below

3/7 Mercury Lounge NYC
3/10 Bootleg Theater Los Angeles
3/12 Bardot Los Angeles
3/14 SXSW Austin
3/16 SXSW 0IAMSOUND showcase Austin
3/17 SXSW Austin

Ólafur Arnalds Releases New Video from ‘Living Rooms Songs’ EP, Scores First Hollywood Film, ‘Another Happy Day’

Ólafur Arnalds Releases New Video from Living Rooms Songs EP

Scores First Hollywood Film, Another Happy Day

“the same patient minimalism…almost regal… The best cuts find Arnalds unafraid to blend genres and mix in the electronic flourishes.”- Pitchfork

“the subtle reverb that washes every note of Living Room Songs provides the environment; the listener truly feels as if they’re sitting in the same room as the performance.” – Tiny Mix Tapes

Watch the “Near Light” video

Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds has released the video for “Near Light,” taken from his Living Room Songs EP, where he created and released one new song per day, for one whole week, recording and filming the whole process live. The video’s animation was done by Hong Kong artist Lam Ho Tak, who won last year’s Adobe Design Achievement Award. Working completely alone, the label didn’t hire the director – he simply felt moved enough to craft a short film. Living Room Songs is out now with Erased Tapes on CD, vinyl, ltd. special edition CD & DVD).

Following this EP will be the release of Arnalds’ first Hollywood film soundtrack and score for Sam Levinson’s ‘Another Happy Day,’ which won Best Screenplay at Sundance, starring Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth, Ellen Barkin, and Ezra Miller among others. The soundtrack will see a worldwide release next week with Erased Tapes.

Stream both albums and read his ‘catching up’ Q&A at Paste to learn more about his approach to writing film scores. Arnalds will be embarking on his ‘Trio Tour 2012’ throughout Europe in March/April and will to return to the US later in the year.

Another Happy Day Soundtrack

1. The Land Of Nod
2. Through The Screen
3. Before The Calm
4. Lynn’s Theme
5. Alice Enters
6. The Wait
7. A Family Stroll
8. Poland
9. Out To Sea
10. Autumn Day
11. Everything Must Change

Ólafur Arnalds European Tour Dates

11th March – Sala Apolo – Barcelona, Spain
12th March – Teatro Lara – Madrid, Spain
14th March – Botanique – Brussels Belgium
15th March – Muziekgebuow – Eindhoven, Netherlands
17th March – Milk Club – Moscow, Russia
19th March – Hipnoza – Katowice, Poland
20th March – Blue Note – Poznan, Poland
21st March – Impart – Wroclaw, Poland
22nd March – Lindenpark, Potsdam, Germany
23rd March – Schauburg, Dresden, Germany
24th March – Centralstation – Darmstadt, Germany
25th March – Palac Akropolis – Prague, Czech Republic
26th March – Stadtsaal – Wien, Austria
28th March – Muffathalle – Munchen, Germany
29th March – Posthof 1- Linz, Austria
31st March – Moods- Zürich, Switzerland
1st April – Auditorium Paganini – Parma, Italy
2nd April – Teatro Rasi -Ravenna, Italy
3rd April – Brancaleone – Rome, Italy

Watch New Video For Beirut’s “Vagabond”

Beirut is pleased to share with you the new video for The Rip Tide’s “Vagabond.” The “Vagabond” video was directed by Sunset Television, who also created the video for “Santa Fe.” This one tells a completely different story. In the words of Sunset Television:

“‘Vagabond’ tells the story of a group of soldiers and sailors flirting with nurses and hard-living local girls at a dance. It was shot at the beautiful Warsaw dancehall in Greenpoint and inspired by the look of Milos Forman movies from the 60’s. There were a couple of live chickens on set who were surprisingly easy to work with and natural onscreen. They also tended to sh*t the moment the camera was on them. With all the smoking, drinking, and advanced pregnancy, the video will probably be banned from MTV, so we hope lots of people enjoy it on the Internet.”

WATCH/SHARE/POST VIDEO FOR BEIRUT’S “VAGABOND”

In addition to performing at Coachella and Sasquatch this spring, Beirut has a couple select East Coast shows on the horizon. More shows to be announced soon.

Beirut tour dates:
Sun. April 15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
Sun. April 22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
Sun. May 27 – George, WA @ Sasquatch
Tue. Aug. 28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
Wed. Aug. 29 – New York, NY @ Rumsey Playfield