The Last Shadow Puppets

A few weeks ago we finally got new music from The Last Shadow Puppets in the form of single “Bad Habits,” but we were still awaiting official word about a new full-length album, rather impatient after a long eight year wait.

Well tonight our prayers have been answered, as the duo of Alex Turner and Miles Kane have announced that their new album is called Everything You’ve Come To Expect, and will be released on April 1 (not a joke!) via Domino Records. 2016 is shaping up to be some year.

Everything You’ve Come To Expect was recorded last summer at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La studios in Malibu, California, a studio with plenty of history, with previous owners included Bob Dylan and The Band. In addition to the duel threat of Alex Turner and Miles Kane, the album once again featured James Ford (Arctic Monkeys producer and member of Simian Mobile Disco) on drums, Owen Pallet (a frequent contributor of Arcade Fire) handling the string section, as well as the new addition of Zach Dawes (of Mini Mansions) on bass.

According to NME, Turner said that the long wait between albums was because they intended to release a trilogy and “wanted to write the second and third parts before we released the second.” In terms of the sound of the album, Turner suggested a change (not a surprise with the change of direction found on “Bad Habits). He noted how the last album ended up being “just one thing,” along with their fandom of Scott Walker causing the album to have been perceived to be a homage to that sound. He hints a change with the new album, saying “this one, in my head, doesn’t wear its influences on its sleeve as much as the first one did. We were definitely listening to a bit of Isaac Hayes this time, but it was less of a big deal.”

The album is now available to pre-order, with special edition vinyl and CD packages available on a limited first run pressing. The packages include goodies like photo booklets and special 7″ vinyls (one of which is a 7″ of “Bad Habits”, with an exclusive b-side, “The Bourne Identity”), so don’t sleep on this. Once they’re gone they’re gone for good.

You can find the entire 12-song tracklisting posted below, along with the video for “Bad Habits”:

Everything You’ve Come To Expect:

1. Aviation
2. Miracle Aligner
3. Dracula Teeth
4. Everything You’ve Come To Expect
5. The Element Of Surprise
6. Bad Habits
7. Sweet Dreams, TN
8. Used To Be My Girl
9. She Does The Woods
10. Pattern
11. The Dream Synopsis

Those Darlins

Nashville rockers Those Darlins are going on indefinate hiatus, letting their current January tour through the states act as their swan song.

They’ll say goodbye to us in New York on Saturday, January 23, at the always fantastic Baby’s All Right. It will be the last time you get to see the hard-hitting trio of Jessi Zazu, Nikki Kvarnes, and Linwood Regensburg do their thing on stage, so you don’t want to miss out on this. There probably is no next time (though LCD Soundsystem has taught us, you never say never)

Tickets for the performance are still currently for sale, but I wouldn’t wait too much longer. You can find the hiatus note that they posted to their facebook page posted below.

Hello World! We're here to deliver some unfortunate news… Those Darlins will be taking an indefinite hiatus…

Posted by Those Darlins on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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Photo and Article by Dana Pacifico

Eric Prydz is bringing his EPIC 4.0 show to a few select cities this winter and then it will once again go into its metamorphosis period until 5.0 is ready. Lucky for New York, we’ve had the honor of hosting 2.0, 3.0 as well as 3 of the 4.0 show’s dates.

This go around will take place at Terminal 5 and makes me wonder how his setup will actually fit on stage. Visually, it will be interesting to go from the massive MSG to the tiny venue by comparison but at T5 a more intimate experience is certain. With less then a month to go until EPIC 4.0 kicks off, we can look forward to his OPUS release on February 5th. EPIC is one of the most innovative, live electronic music shows and Prydz will keep the core elements (lasers & 3D technology) of the show intact while reconfiguring the performance from the ground up. EPIC 4.0 is sure to be another awe-inspiring musical experience.

Find my coverage from his 3.0 stop at Madison Square Garden posted here.

Day Wave

Jackson Phillips and Day Wave had a great 2015, and the look to keep the momentum going strong with a new EP titled Hard To Read coming out March 4 via Grand Jury Music. It will be packaged along with last year’s Headcase EP to form a great 1-2 combination almost serving as a showcase for their eventual proper full-length.

Based on new single and EP track “Gone,” Phillips is continuing his winning ways. “Gone” taps into some well needed feelings of summer-inspired melancholy and nostalgia. He hasn’t released a full-length album yet, but he already has developed a signature sound that is instantly recognizable as his own.

Enjoy a stream of “Gone” below.

Introducing: LNZNDRF

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2016 Introducing Listen Live Performance Video

LNZNDRF

At first glance LNZNDRF may look like a jumble of letters, but fans of The National and Beirut should immediately take note. It’s the new project of Scott and Bryan Devendorf of The National, and Ben Lanz of Beirut (he also plays with The National live). Together, the trio form LNZNDRF and like Matt Berninger did last year, they look to make a name for themselves in 2016.

The group will release their self-titled debut album via 4AD on February 19. It was recorded over two and a half days at a Cincinnati church, with songs improvised from the old spirit that made them want to make music in the first place,

They’ve given us a preview of what is to come with a set of three live songs from the album (it looks like they’re joined by Beirut’s Aaron Arntz live), and the results are rather stunning. “Beneath The Black Sea” sounds like it could have come from New Order or Joy Division, they dive into dream-laden psych territory that reminds of My Bloody Valentine at times with “Mt. Storm,” and the experimental “King Things” has a experimental world-influence that isn’t easy to pin down to just one idea or genre. It’s safe to say that LNZNDRF isn’t just a one-off solo project, but a fully formed idea ready to take over our minds.

Enjoy all three of the live performances posted below. The album is available to pre-order now, with a limited clear vinyl pressing still available. The band will make their NYC live debut at the Mercury Lounge on Saturday, March 5, with an early and late show.

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R.I.P. David Bowie

By Will Oliver, January 11th 2016 Listen Music Video News Video

Legendary artist David Bowie has passed away, losing an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69. This sad news comes just days after Bowie’s 69th birthday on Friday, which also saw the release of his fantastic new, and now final album, Blackstar.

The shocking news was revealed today through his facebook page:

January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with…

Posted by David Bowie on Sunday, January 10, 2016



In all honestly, there’s not much I can say to truly capture the essence of what Bowie meant to so many people. He wasn’t just one of the greatest musicians of all time, but one of the great visionaries and artists in so many different fields and mediums.

He will truly be missed. Blast Bowie loud and proud today.

R.I.P. David Bowie

[new]: The Last Shadow Puppets – “Bad Habits”

By Will Oliver, January 10th 2016 — with 1 comment Listen Music Video New Stream Video

The Last Shadow Puppets - Bad Habits

This year brings the long-awaited reunion of The Last Shadow Puppets, the glorious team-up between Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and their unofficial 5th member, Miles Kane. Their only release was their 2008 debut The Age of the Understatement, so fans have been eagerly awaiting their return for some time.

They’ve been hinting at a new record for months now, releasing short teaser videos as well as an inclusion on this year’s Coachella lineup. Tonight they took a big step towards the new album with a surprise release of a new song by the name of “Bad Habits.” No one was expecting to hear a new song so soon, let alone late on a Sunday night, but new music from these guys is certainly most welcome.

A few early spins to “Bad Habits” and I wasn’t quite sure how I felt. It seemed more of a Miles Kane solo song with The Last Shadow Puppets orchestrated string-section. It’s a dark and gritty track that digs a little bit deeper under the fingernails, really letting Miles Kane shine. At first I didn’t quite love it as much as I expected, but it seems like with every listen it’s starting to have its way with me. It may be a bit of a future grower that may work a lot better under the context of the rest of the eventual sophomore release. But one things for sure, this one is going to kick a lot of ass live.

Stream “Bad Habits” below with it’s official music video, which was directed by Ben Chappell.

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In 2005, while browsing music blogs, I discovered a bunch of wonderful tracks called “Apocalypso,” “The Zookeeper’s Boy” and “Special.” It turns out they were from a Danish rock group known as Mew, from an album called And the Glass Handed Kites. I instantly fell in love with the group and haven’t looked back since.

Since then, I made it a mission to see the group live, but timing just never quite worked out, and I never got the chance to catch them live.

I finally got my moment with them this year, with the release of their somewhat underappreciated new record + – (released via Play It Again Sam). They stopped into New York for a performance at Webster Hall on October 10 and it was a special night indeed. As if getting to see them wasn’t enough, the show featured an opening set from The Dodos. Safe to say, it was a good night.

Find shots of both Mew and The Dodos posted below.

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1_The Growlers_Irving Plaza

In October The Growlers returned to New York for a two-night stand at Irving Plaza, continuing support for their great 2014 release, Chinese Fountain.

The groups popularity has been steadily on the rise for years now, and the sold out crowd on hand for the October 9 completely ate from their hand proving that the momentum is still going strong. It was an impressive showing, one that has me excited for their new album and eventually more live shows in this new year.

Find some shots from their performance below.

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Governors Ball 2015

It’s that time of year again already, the lineup for this years edition of our hometown festival Governors Ball is here. The festival will return to the comforts of Randall’s Island during the weekend of June 3-5, as usual.

This year sees a bunch of old Governors Ball favorites returning to headline the fest. Returning for the 2016 edition of the festival is Kanye West, The Strokes and Beck. Also joining them this year are The Killers, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Of Monsters and Men, and CHVRCHES.

There’s a lot of great groups and artists rounding out the midcard, such as Two Door Cinema Club, Miike Snow, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Jamie XX, Bloc Party, Gary Clark Jr., Matt and Kim, Purity Ring, Lord Huron, Eagles Of Death Metal, Cold War Kids, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Albert Hammond Jr., Day Wave, Against Me!, Bat For Lashes, FIDLAR, Miuel, Joey BadAss, Thundercat, Torres, Bully, Black Pistol Fire, and Public Access T.V. The lineup does favor “indie rock” this year, with no big EDM headliner this year, which is ok with me (and Ryan Adams).

We have covered the festival for the past four years, and are looking forward to our fifth year back on Randall’s Island taking in some great sights and sounds once again. Summer can’t get here soon enough.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now at the Governors Ball website, and you can find our coverage of last year’s edition of the festival here.

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