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Battles at Webster Hall (October 20, 2015)

By Will Oliver, February 27th 2016

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On October 20 the always fascinating Battles returned to New York to share new tracks off of last year’s La Di Da Di (released via Warp Records). It was my first time seeing them since catching them briefly from a far at Bonnaroo 2012, but really my first proper time seeing a full show from them since their free Summerstage show in Central park in August 2008. So yeah, it had been a while.

They mixed in a flurry of tracks from throughout their time, still hammering home fine performances of old tracks such as their classic “Atlas,” which is played live with a backing track that took some time to get used to, but by the time the band dug deep into it’s epic jam, I forgot all about it.

Brooklyn’s very own Xenia Rubinos opened the show, showing off her talented mult-faceted sound that sits somewhere between electronic and r&b. She recently singed to Anti- Records, with big things expected coming into the new year.

Find some photos from both Battles and Xenia Rubinos posted below.
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Flaming Lipns Miley Cyrus

Earlier this month Miley Cyrus threw us a curveball with her cover of Arctic Monkeys’ “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”. Now she’s done it again with The Flaming Lips. On Saturday night she performed a cover of their song “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots” live at her show in L.A. at Staples Center. Only this time, she did with a little help from The Flaming Lips themselves.

She was joined by The Flaming Lips’ very own Wayne Coyne & Steven Drozd to perform the track. You know what? Miley’s voice actually fits the song well.

The collaboration isn’t as random as you think. Cyrus apparently had tweeted many times about how much she adored the band, and apparently Coyne tweeted her back as well. It was a special night for many reasons, but it was actually the 30th anniversary of The Lips’ first show.

They actually ended up performing the cover twice. Here’s a video of the first go-around posted below.
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Battles @ Bonnaroo (June 9, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 13th 2012 — with 1 comment

I last saw Battles 4 summers ago at Central Park. That was when Tyondai Braxton was still with them. I was curious as to how the band would sound live without him, but was never really worried. At the core, the band is still the same, they just have no live vocals to work with. They just play the pre-recorded vocals and continue to bend mind with their experimental jams.

Only caught the last tier of their set, but it was a solid set that proved to me that the band is doing just fine as a trio.
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Battles Reveal Gloss Drop Album Art

By Will Oliver, March 22nd 2011

Posted above is the artwork for Battles upcoming new album, Gloss Drop. A week ago I shared with you a radio rip of Ice Cream (Feat. Matias Aguayo)” the first single from the album. There’s now an official rip of the song that you can listen to below:

Ice Cream (Featuring Matias Aguayo) by BATTLES

The album art was designed by the bands very own bassist/guitarist Dave Konopka. You can read more about the artwork, right here.

Gloss Drop will be released June 7th, via Warp.

[new] Battles – Ice Cream (Feat. Matias Aguayo)

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2011 — with 13 comments

It’s been a long wait, but we finally have a new song from Battles. It’s called “Ice Cream” and it features Matias Aguayo on guest vocals. Huw Stephens Zane Lowe played the song on Zane Lower’s BBC Radio 1 show earlier today. It’s a disjointed song that comes together in a fashion that only Battles could conjure up. There’s a lot of funky elements that show Battles development as a band, but at the core, it’s still very much Battles.

It will be included on new album Gloss Drop which is set for a June 6th release via Warp Records.

Listen to the radio rip from Zane’s radio show. It’s pretty great quality considering.

Battles – Ice Cream (Feat. Matias Aguayo) by weallwantsome1

Battles Announce North American Tour Dates

By Will Oliver, March 2nd 2011

A few days ago Battles announced their new album Gloss Drop. Now they have some North American tour dates to share with us. The bands admits that the shows are all at intimate venues, so we need to act quick to get tickets. They play in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on April 27th, and tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. (ET) right here.

It’s a short run of dates that will likely find the band previewing songs from the new album. I hope to see you all there.

Dates are all posted below:

April
26 Boston, US – Brighton Music Hall
27 New York, US – Le Poisson Rouge
29 Toronto, Canada – Horseshoe
30 Chicago, US – Lincoln Hall

May
02 Los Angeles, US – Echo
03 San Francisco, US – Bottom of the Hill
04 Portland, US – Doug Fir
05 Seattle, US – Crocodile

Battles Announce New Album: Gloss Drop

By Will Oliver, February 28th 2011 — with 2 comments

Finally. That’s all I can say to the announcement of Battles new album, Gloss Drop. The long awaited followup to their fantastic debut album Mirrored will drop on June 7th via Warp Records.

It’s their first album as a trio, which means it’s also the first without Tyondai Braxton. However, the band has songs with the likes of Gary Numan (yes, Gary Numan), and Kazu Makino from Blonde Redhead to help out with guest vocals on some songs. Who else can’t wait to hear the Numan featured song: “My Machines”?

I can’t wait to see what these guys are able to do on album two. I trust that they will continue to blow minds.

Check out the tracklist, after the jump:

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Tyondai Braxton Leaves Battles

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2010 — with 1 comment

(photo via P4K)

The world can be a funny place. Yesterday morning my friend Chris decided to put the always excellent “Atlas” by Battles on in my car right before I dropped him off. It was the first time in a while that I had played the song and I made a mental note to give Mirrored my attention this weekend. I went home a few hours later to see that Tyondai Braxton, the singer for Battles, had officially split from the band as of yesterday. Fuck me, right?

The announcement came via a post on the Warp Records Website. Braxton does his own solo work, and apparently it got in the way with Battles plan to record their follow up to Mirrored, as well as tour.

Here is the full message:

“Battles and Tyondai would like to let their fans know they have chosen to follow their own musical paths.

Due to Battles’ ambitions of finishing their second studio album followed by commitments to a full touring schedule in 2011, and Tyondai’s own commitments as a solo artist and his desire not to tour, both Battles and Tyondai have decided to move on without each other.

It is a sad but amicable split.

Battles wishes Tyondai all the best”

So the band has canceled 2 of their upcoming shows they had planned, and will continue working on their new album without a singer. This is a bummer, especially considering I just recently began obsessing over them again. However the band left us with a promising tweet saying that they are excited to play the new songs live, as they are almost done recording the new album.

If you have never heard “Atlas” it’s time for me to enlighten you:





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