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Interpol – All The Rage Back Home

By Will Oliver, July 26th 2014

Interpol

Interpol’s new album El Pintor will be released on September 9, and first single “All The Rage” got the full Interpol treatment, shot in black and white. Makes sense that singer/frontman Paul Banks co-directed the video with Sophia Peer.

I heard Interpol play the song at Governors Ball and was pretty satisfied with how it turned out. The recorded version lives up to that promise, and then some. It honestly may be one of my favorite Interpol songs of the new era.

Check out the “All The Rage Back Home” video below. I’ve also shared their upcoming U.S. dates for this fall, which includes two nights at Terminal 5 with Hundred Waters.
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Premiere: Fire and the Romance – Rescue

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2014

Fire and the Romance

Fire and the Romance is the project of New York native Dion Roy. Earlier in the year, Roy caught my attention with his larger than life cut “Way Down Below”, and we have since been waiting for more.

With the release date of his debut album Adaptations looming, Dion has shared “Rescue” the very pleasant first single off the record. “Rescue” is an easy on the ears hybrid of electronic sounds and a pop-minded chorus. His gentle vocals are more than welcoming, soaring higher and higher as the song builds towards unstoppable heights.

Adaptations will be released on August 26, and is now available for pre-order. In the meantime, enjoy the exclusive premiere stream of “Rescue”, which I’ve shared below.
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The Healing – Childhood Home

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2014

The Healing - Childhood Home

London four-piece The Healing are gearing up for the release of their debut EP, Childhood Home.

The first single is also the title track, a melancholic and rather lovely ballad that plays around with country elements. There’s a heavy feeling of nostalgia that sits with you as you listen. The power of the song sort of sneaks up on you, but its there.

Stream “Childhood Home” below. You can also stream the entire EP over at their bandcamp page.
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Latimer House – Birdcage Walk

By Will Oliver, July 23rd 2014

Latimer House - Birdcage Walk
I first shared the sounds of Prague-based band Latimer House back in March. Their debut single “This Is Pop” won me over with devilish charm and clear cut melodies.

The group has since returned with a new single called “Birdcage Walk” and its as equally enjoyable as “This Is Pop.” They make finding a feel-good groove seem easy, with pop elements that work into your head like pure earworms.

Enjoy “Birdcage Walk” below.
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Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979

By Will Oliver, July 22nd 2014

Death From Above 1979

It’s still hard to believe that we are actually getting a new album from Death From Above 1979, a totally “pinch me”, “is this really happening” sort of moment. Well, the new album The Physical World is on its way, with a release day set for September 9 (via Last Gang Records/Warner Bros). The band are currently offering exclusive bundle pre-orders, as well as on good old iTunes.

Our first taste of the album comes in the form of first single “Trainwreck 1979″ and its exactly what the doctor ordered. It’s a bit of a different sound from the band, but hey, it’s been a decade. “Trainwreck 1979″ is more pop-infused with a catchy chorus and back-up ooh and aahs. It still hits as hard as any DFA1979 song should.

Damn, it’s good to have these guys back! Stream “Trainwreck 1979″ below.
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Alt-J – Left Hand Free

By Will Oliver, July 22nd 2014

Alt-J

Alt-J’s sophomore album This Is All Yours will be released on September 23 via Canvasback Music. We already heard the Miley Cyrus sampling “Hunger Of The Pine”, which served as our first preview of the album.

The band followed that up with the album’s first official single, a track called “Left Hand Free.” The song is nothing like the band has done to date. It’s apparently a song that the band wrote with the goal of making the “the least Alt-J song ever”, working on a “joke riff” giving it a straight run through. The rest is a sort of 90s Beck sounding track. When you learn that “Left Hand Free” is a song that the song that the band wrote after their label questioned “Hunger Of The Pine” serving as a single, it starts to make sense.

It takes a few listens to really sink into what the band are doing, but once it clicks, it makes a lot more sense. One thing is for sure, This Is All Yours will be one of the more diverse and unpredictable albums of 2014.
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goodbyemotel at The Rock Shop (July 19, 2014)

By Will Oliver, July 20th 2014

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All photos via Anthony Bauer

Many concertgoers don’t have the patience to arrive early for openers, or stick around after they saw the band that they came to see. Sure, we are all busy and sometimes it’s out of our control. But every once and while, you should go out and catch an opener, or stick around a little later to see a new band. Sure, its a risk, but that’s all a part of the fun of discovery. All of the bands that you now know and love had to start somewhere.

Part of my job here is to take those risks on a daily basis, and find those hidden gems that deserve a little extra exposure. Last night, I had one of these rare experiences with an Australian-based band known as goodbyemotel.
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The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt

By Will Oliver, July 20th 2014

From left: Brian Fallon, Alex Levine, Ben Horowitz and Alex Rosamilia of the band Gaslight Anthem in New York.

The Gaslight Anthem seem to be doing something a little different on their soon to be released new album Get Hurt, which comes out on August 19 via Island Records.

While the first single “Rollin’ and Tumblin” was for the most part, a very The Gaslight Anthem song, the new direction that the band promised is found on second single, and title track, “Get Hurt.” It does still have flourishes of The Gaslight Anthem, but it does sound sort of like a mid-tempo synth-ballad that we’ve heard from The Killers. It’s fine and all, but it’s not my favorite piece from the band. Even so, I’m sure the band will be able to find an even bigger audience with this one.

Stream “Get Hurt” below.
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Cat Power and Coldplay – Wish I Was Here

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2014

Wish I Was Here Soundtrack

Just like he did on Garden State, Zach Braff has assembled quite a soundtrack for his new film Wish I Was Here. The film opened in limited cities yesterday, and will see a bigger release next week.

We already heard the new songs that both The Shins and Bon Iver did for the film. But Braff himself said his favorite part of the soundtrack is a collaboration between Coldplay and Cat Power that the artists made after seeing the film. This song is very much Chan Marshall’s show, as she takes a firm hold over the vocals, over a gentle and subdued Coldplay who sound more like their older selves on the song. Martin does come in to help out with some backing vocals towards the end, giving the song the perfect closure.

This wouldn’t be a collaboration that anyone really saw coming, which makes it that much better. NPR premiered the song, and spoke to Braff, who described in detail how exactly the song came to be:

Chris had the idea that it would be sung by a woman. I thought that was a genius idea, because one of the things the film is about is a strong woman (Kate Hudson’s character) becoming the matriarch of her family. When Chris and I were talking, we both kind of simultaneously said, ‘Cat Power.’ I reached out to Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) and she and I met and really clicked. I set her up to watch the film in her apartment. The whole time she was watching she kept texting me all the different parts she was loving. She said yes the instant it was over. Chan Marshall went to Electric Lady studios in NYC and tracked her voice. Chris Martin would later add his harmonies with Coldplay producing the song.

Stream “Wish I Was Here” below.
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The Tins

On July 29 Buffalo three-piece The Tins will release their new EP Young Blame.

I already shared the EP’s first single “They Aren’t Evil” and since I am seeing the band play later tonight, I thought it was an appropriate time to share “Let It Go”, the EP’s second single. It’s another solid offering from the band, who sound as strong and assured as ever. It’s been amazing to see these guys develop over the years, and “Let It Go” is just one bit of proof that these guys should be much bigger than they are.

You can help with that. You can pre-order the EP right now at their bandcamp page and come out to their show in Brooklyn tonight at The Rock Shop. Tickets will be sold at the door.

In the meantime, enjoy “Let It Go” below.
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