The Roots - When The People Cheer

Although they’re Jimmy Fallon’s live band on The Tonight Show 5 days a week, The Roots found time to record a new album . It’s called …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin and it comes out May 13 via Def Jam Recordings.

“When The People Cheer” is the album’s first single and it’s available to stream now. On it, Black Thought provides some thoughtful rhymes over some gentle melodies held together by the persistent percussion of the always strong ?uestlove.

It’s another classic from The Roots, who have no problem finding a way to consistently blow our minds.

Find it posted below.

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Thee Oh Sees - The Drop

Thee Oh Sees new album Drop is coming soon. It will be released on April 19 (Record Store Day) via Caste Face Records. With the release slowly creeping up on us, the band has released a new music video, this time for the title track. We also got one for “The Lens” not long ago.

It’s a trippy one with plenty of psychadelic artwork to lose yourself with. Artist Arthur Carvalho gets the credit.

Find it posted below.

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Walter Martin

The Walkmen’s Walter Martin will release his debut solo album We’re All Young Together on May 13 via Family Jukebox. From what I heard from his intimate live show a few weeks ago, it’s a lovely album.

One of the songs he didn’t play at that show is called “We Like the Zoo (‘Cause We’re Animals Too)” and it features The National’s Matt Berninger on vocals. It’s a fun song, a novelty song, if you will. As Martin himself goes on to describe..

‘We Like the Zoo (‘Cause We’re Animals Too)’ is my tribute to the lost art of the novelty song,” Walter says. “Songs like ‘Poison Ivy” and ‘Yakety Yak’–all those Leiber and Stoller masterpieces–are a big part of my life. I didn’t want to put my name on an album that didn’t have room for that kind of song.

It’s cool to hear Martin team-up with Berninger on the track, whose deep vocals add an interesting aspect on this sort of song. It’s a delight all the way around.

Enjoy it below.

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Warpaint have released a music video for two songs off their new album: “Disco/Very” and “Keep It Healthy.” A good old two for one deal. The first part (“Disco/Very”) features the girls dancing in the street during the daytime while the second part (“Keep It Healthy”) features them hanging out with skaters at night.

Former pro skateboarder Laban Pheidias directed it. Find it below.

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Mac and his mom singing in the crowd

In addition to a sold out show later tonight at Webster Hall, Mac DeMarco celebrated the release of his new album Salad Days last night with a more intimate (but still very sold out) show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn.

The Salad Days material is just as sharp live as it is on record, played with plenty of oomph and honesty with a fair share of the humor that you have to expect from DeMarco. The new songs fit well alongside the older material off of 2, such as “Cooking Up Something Good”, “Ode To Viceroy”, “The Stars Keep On Calling My Name”, and the groovy highlight of the night: “Freaking Out The Neighborhood.” The synth-magic of “Chamber Of Relfection” really shines live, as does the honestly of Salad Days’ first single “Passing Out Pieces.”

The show was a celebration for sure, with many of Mac’s friends and family in attendance. His mom was there, watching the show on the side of the stage, as well as his girlfriend Kiera McNally. Hell, someone even brought a dog to the show who found a way to make a few appearances on stage (the poor guy must have a hard time hearing today). “Still Together” closed out the regular set (as it should) and after the song, as per tradition, Mac surfed through the crowd, from front to back, and then back to front, even finding a way to get a shot bought for him before he was sent back.

The encore featured (gloriously) half-assed “covers” of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” and Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend”, the latter which he sang in the crowd with his mom. It was as goofy as you’d expect from Mac, but also had a sweet sentiment which was moving. The night ended with his mom doing some crowd-surfing of her own, making her son quite proud.

Although at the end of the night, it had to be Miss DeMarco who was proud. Her son rocked the house like a true rock star.

Photos and set list posted below.
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The Honey Trees

The Honey Trees are California duo Becky Filip and Jacob Wick. Today marks the release of their debut album Bright Fire. It’s a big day for them, as the album has been in the works for four years. With just one listen to their music you can immediately tell that they take careful consideration into the making of their music. Especially in this day in age, where everyone is in an arms race to maintain buzz. It’s amazing that a band is still willing to take that much time to release their album

“By The River” is a track off the album and I have the honor or premiering it right here with you today.

Part of it is grand, the other part intimate. The big sweeping strings take you far upwards towards the heavens, while the heart-wrenching vocals of Becky Filip keep you grounded at a more natural beauty. It’s the type of songs that transports you to a special place, where this kind of magic not only exists, but thrives.

Enjoy “By The River” below, and head here to purchase the album if you like what you hear.

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On Saturday night Perfect Pussy played one of their biggest shows yet, a sold out show at Mercury Lounge. The show was clearly an important one to the Syracuse band, as their parents were there in attendance, with many of them watching the entire show on the side as the band viciously tore through their set.

They played at lightning speed, almost just as fast as the crowd was moshing and throwing their bodies into one another. At about 20-minutes it was a blink and you’ll miss it type of show. But the energy that the punk-rockers deliver is unmistakable. It grabs complete control over the audience.

The set ended with bassist Greg Ambler stage diving (more like a spear than a dive) into the crowd, the only proper conclusion to as crazy a performance as they put on. If you were there and came out without any bruises, you missed out.

Green Dreams and Tumul opened things up. Green Dreams are a punk band from Rochester and were enjoyable enough. Tumul meanwhile were more of an experiment than a band. They sounded like a dying alien breathing his last breath in space continuously for 20 minutes. People in the crowd looked miserable and confused while watching, and one guy even chucked his beer at them. It was brutal, one of my least favorite concert experiences possibly ever.

Check out some more photos from Perfect Pussy’s set below.

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After seeing Real Estate play the best show that I’ve seen from them yet at Music Hall of Williamsburg, I went for round two the next night at Webster Hall.

Pure X once again opened, and once again delivered the goods. Such smooth jams, these guys are just all kinds of chill live, bringing in sexy clouds of smoke that just fill up a room.

Real Estate came out and brought it once again. It was cool to see them bring such a different set to the table to the show as they easily could have just repeated the same set from the night before (as many bands would). Not only did the shift around the order, but they also played “Younger Than Yesterday”, “Navigator”, “Wonder Years” and “Kinder Blumen”, the latter two which closed off the 3-song encore (“Green Aisles was the other song). They also played a unreleased song (titled “2 Part” on the setlist) that was recorded during the Atlas sessions but obviously left off. I don’t know if they have ever played it before, but I recorded a video of the performance just in case (find that below).

They commanded the Webster Hall stage with just as much confidence as they brought to Music Hall, proving that the move to bigger stages (such as Terminal 5 in October) will be no problem for them. Real Estate are in their groove.

Find the video of the new song posted below, along with the setlist and some photos.
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Milagres - Bowery

This Thursday Brooklyn’s Milagres headline Bowery Ballroom to celebrate the release of their new album Violent Light. The album came out earlier in the year but this is their homecoming show, a delayed celebration of sorts.

They will be joined by the equally excellent Conveyor, as well as Leisure Cruise. Tickets are still on sale, but we got a pair to give away to one of you guys.

To enter, simply leave a comment below. I’ll pick one at random and they will be notified asap. Good luck!

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