1_Conor Oberst

Last night Conor Oberst brought his Upside Down Mountain tour to New York City for a show at Central Park’s Summerstage. The concert featured an opening set by Dawes, who also would go on to serve as his backing band, as they have been all tour.

The first time I saw Dawes was when I accidentally caught an opening set from them at Bowery Ballroom in 2009. Back then I had no idea who the group were, but I knew that they were bound for big things after their show-stealing performance. Here they are, five years later, and for the most part they were the same band, only more experienced and polished. They’re at the point now where they can turn the microphone towards the crowd who had no trouble carrying the chorus of their anthemic hit “When My Time Comes.” The band captivated the audience, surely doing their job as the opening band.

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Almost a year after the release of Jagwar Ma’s first full length album Howlin’, the general public is finally starting to catch on to the magic that members Gabriel Winterfield, Jono Ma, and Jack Freeman have created. Jagwar Ma has constructed an entire album out of their ability to compose heavily produced synth-pop dance beats, along with psychedelic elements, keeping everyone’s ears and feet wanting more.

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Radio for the Internet Generation

By Jane Brown, July 30th 2014 Editorial


At this very moment, we are raising up a generation of kids that might one day look us in the eye and ask non-ironically, “What’s radio?” In fact, it is surprising that it has not happened sooner. Radio has survived against the odds, and against its own apparent indifference to change. In my generation, the radio was still the touchstone of music culture, and the arbiter of what was hip. Today, I don’t even own a radio not counting the one in my car, and I don’t know anyone who does.

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Today The Tins new EP Young Blame is officially released. It’s a solid 4-song offering that keeps you coming back for more.

The band have allowed us to stream the whole thing from their soundcloud, which you can find embedded below. If you like what you hear, please go support the guys by buying the EP from either Bandcamp, iTunes, or Amazon. The boys self-released this EP themselves, so it all goes back to them.

I saw them play all these new songs live in Brooklyn last week, and it was great. The band are currently on their first national tour, and you can still catch them right now. Find those dates posted after the album stream below.

Tour Dates:

Jul 30 – San Francisco, CA – Monarch
Aug 2 – Seattle, WA – JewelBox Theater
Aug 4 – Vancouver BC – Electric Owl
Aug 5 – Boise ID – The Bouquet
Aug 7 – Denver- Tennyson’s Tap
Aug 8 – Sioux City IA – Vangarde Arts
Aug 9 – La Crosse WI – The Root Note
Aug 10 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
Aug 11 – Nashville, TN – East Room
Aug 12 – Raleigh NC – Slim’s Downtown
Aug 13 – Baltimore MD – Club K
Aug 15 – Burlington, VT – Red Square
Aug 16 – Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston

Escape Music Festival

The Escape Music Festival will kick off its inaugural year this fall when they take over Pier 9 in Brooklyn on October 11 & 12. The festival has revealed Phase One of their lineup (taking one out of Marvel’s playbook!) featuring a lineup that includes Placebo, Yeasayer, The Crystal Method, Ra Ra Riot, STRFKR (DJ Set), Bakermat, Neon Indian (DJ Set), ASTR, Tesla Boy, Basecamo, Marc Mayha, Oscar Aguilera and Follow Me. The festival promises “30 dance music & indie/electro rock acts on two stages over two days and nights.” So there are still plenty of acts to be announced.
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The Drums - Encyclopedia

The Drums will return with new album Encyclopedia on September 22 via Minor Records. The album will mark the first time since the Summertime EP that The Drums have recorded with just Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham.

We already heard first single “Magic Mountain”, and now the band have revealed the album’s tracklist and some insight into the album. Here’s a quote from Jonny about Encyclopedia:

Encyclopedia is full of magic and surprise while maintaining a serious, more weighty tone throughout. We were feeling very angry, confused, and alone when we made this album; and we wanted to be very honest this time around, even if being honest meant making some people uncomfortable. We’ve left the beach for higher ground, always searching for hope.

Based on the new directed heard on “Magic Mountain,” the band are staying true to their hearts and taking the ship wherever it needs to go. Got to respect them for that.

Can’t wait to hear the record. Check out the tracklist below.

1. Magic Mountain
2. I Can’t Pretend
3. I Hope Times Doesn’t Change Him
4. Kiss Me Again
5. Let Me
6. Break My Heart
7. Face Of God
8. U.S. National Park
9. Deep In My Heart
10. Bell Laboratories
11. There Is Nothing Left
12. Wild Geese

Contest: French Style Furs Giveaway

By Will Oliver, July 28th 2014 — with 6 comments Contest Listen Stream

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What happens when Cold War Kids singer Nathan Willet and bassist Matt Maust collide with We Barbarians’ drummer Nathan Warketin? You get a new super-group called French Style Furs.

Earlier this month (July 8), they released their debut album Is Exotic Bait on Frenchkiss Records. To celebrate it’s release we are giving away a special prize pack featuring a bunch of French Style Furs goodies. The pack includes a T-Shirt, a Turn Or Burn matchbook and Is Exotic Bait on CD (photos of them below).

To enter, leave a comment below and I will pick a winner at random at the end of the week.

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1_The Antlers

Last night The Antlers returned home to New York City for a sold out show at Webster Hall that wrapped up their Familiars tour.

Mr. Twin Sister (formerly Twin Sister) opened the show, although I wasn’t able to get there in time for their set (they’ll be playing at Baby’s All Right on October 4 – tickets are available here).

There’s a dreary sadness to The Antlers music, no doubt. But buried beneath the dark layers of emotion are beacons of hopefulness. This isn’t an easy thing to do, but The Antlers make it seem second nature.

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