Landmark Music Festival

The Landmark Music Festival is a new festival that will take place at West Potomac Park in Washington, DC on the weekend of September 26 and 27. The festival will have 40 plus artists over five stages.

The lineup boasts a rock solid lineup that includes: The Strokes, Alt-J, Drake, The War On Drugs, Band Of Horses, Chromeo, CHVRCHES, Ben Howard, The Kills, Twin Shadow, Lord Huron, Albert Hammond Jr., Ex Hex, Houndmouth, Dan Deacon, The Joy Formidable, Daughter, Hiss Golden Messenger, and many more.

Not only will this celebrate some of the biggest names in music playing in one place, but its for a good cause:
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Blur

That’s right, you read that correctly. The legendary Brit rockers Blur are playing a live show in New York. Not only will it be at the very tiny Music Hall of Williamsburg, but it’s a free show put on by Converse Rubber Tracks. The show comes as promotion for their new album The Magic Whip, which was released today.

This is their first show in New York City with the original lineup featuring Graham Coxon since 2000 (they did play shows here without him in 2003). They will play most, if not all, of The Magic Whip, and hopefully save room for some classic tracks.

The free tickets go “on sale” here tomorrow at noon. For more information on the show, head to the official Converse page for the show. Brooklyn’s very own Honduras will open the show (who we just saw open for Sunflower Bean at Baby’s All Right a few weeks ago).

Tickets will be tough to grab, as this is surely going to be one of the hottest shows of the year. Good luck to everyone!

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On Saturday April 19 Doldrums and Moon King played a late night show at Baby’s All Right, both on tour for their newly released albums (they also played Mercury Lounge the night before). Doldrums released The Air Conditioned Nightmare on April 7 via Sub Pop, while Moon King released debut album Secret Life on April 14 via Last Gang Records.

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The close release dates aren’t the only connection shared between the two bands, both which are fronted by a pair of brothers. Airick Woodhead fronts Doldrums, while his brother Daniel fronts Moon King, and also helps play alongside Airick in Doldrums. Their relationship creates a sense of community between the two bands that is most certainly felt as an audience member.

Moon King delivered fully charged and realized rock songs that toyed with psych ideas with a powerful crunch. Daniel hustles across the stage, engaging and always enthusiastic, often sharing or trading lead vocals with guitarist and songwriting partner Maddie Wilde. Their opening set nearly stole the show in its own right, a set worthy enough to come from a headlining band, which Moon King will be doing more of in no time I’m sure.

The last time I caught Doldrums live was last May when they opened for Owen Pallet at Bowery Ballroom. This show at Baby’s went well into the dead of night, but still featured a dedicated crowd of fans ready to get lost in their world of electronic sound.

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In the past I’ve seen Doldrums play as a quartet, but this variation of Doldrums was a three-piece band, consisting of the Woodhead brothers and their drummer, who also played with Moon King. The trio did a fine job of bringing songs from Doldrums two albums to live, vibrant songs that tell stories of nighttime visions gone mad. They delivered strobe-ready dance fusions that toyed with elements of industrial, house, and just about everything else you can imagine. The later the night got, the harder crowd members danced, with early cut “Egypt” remaining a crowd favorite and the standout moment from the night.

The Woodhead brothers certainly have a bright future ahead of them, and if they keep working together in such a way, both of their groups will benefit for it.

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The Drums - Kiss Me Again (RAC Mix)

Summer is well on the way, and we can always use some upbeat and breezy songs to go along with those warm days spent outside with a cold beer by our side. Last year The Drums released their new record Encyclopedia, a record that I wish people spent more time with, as it’s a real grower and takes some time to show itself.

It seems like RAC agrees, as they’ve taken Encyclopedia track “Kiss Me Again” and spruced it up a little bit more to their own liking. He doesn’t change to much about the song, but it’s enough to give it a shiny new look that will be perfect for some summertime listening.

Find the RAC mix posted below, and head to the track’s soundcloud page for a free download.

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On Friday April 17, I finally caught veteran Portland folk-rock group Blitzen Trapper live at City Winery. It wasn’t just any Blitzen Trapper show, but a night dedicated to Neil Young’s Harvest, which the band covered in full in honor of their limited release for Record Store Day this year, which was a recording of their performance covering Harvest at a show in Portland last fall. Thinking about it, what better band to cover Harvest than Blitzen Trapper, who have the alt-country folk rock style down pat for many years. Demand for the shows were so high that there was both an early and late shows, both which sold out comfortably.

There was no opening band to be found, but rather an opening section of the set of Blitzen Trapper songs to warm the crowd up. These were “Black River Killer,” “Taking It Easy Too Long,” “Love The Way You Walk Away,” and “Astronaut.” By then, the crowd was warmed up for Harvest. Lead singer and guitarist Eric Earley took lead vocals on most of the covers, but vocal duties were also shared amongst keyboardist Marty Marquis and drummer Brian Adrian Koch. They did the classics of Harvest plenty of justice, staying faithful while also adding plenty of their own Blitzen Trapper flourishes to give the performance that extra special feeling that it deserved. They finished off the regular set with their own tracks “Big Black Bird” and an epic 10-minute fully extended version of “Thirsty Man,” an astonishing performance that reminded me of how hard these guys can jam out when they want to.

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They returned for a three song encore that started with “Stranger In A Strange Land” a song that Earley blanked on a few times during the performance, as they hadn’t played it in a while. The crowd picked him up on that one, but there was no assistance necessary on “Furr,” other than the natural singalong that came with it. They finished things off with a brand new song called “Rock and Roll” that sent the loud and chatty crowd out into the night, fully satisfied with their cover treatment of one of the best albums of all time, as well as the Blitzen Trapper originals that fit alongside it warmly.

Blitzen Trapper Setlist:

1. Black River Killer
2. Taking It Easy Too Long
3. Love The Way You Walk Away
4. Astronaut
5. Out on the Weekend
6. Harvest
7. A Man Needs A Maid
8. Heart Of Gold
9. Are You Ready For The Country
10. Old Man
11. There’s A World
12. Alabama
13. The Needle And The Damage Done
14. Words (Between the Lines of Age)
15. Big Black Bird
16. Thirsty Man

Encore:

17. Stranger In A Strange Land
18. Furr
19. Rock and Roll (New Song)

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[music video]: HEALTH – “New Coke”

By Will Oliver, April 24th 2015 — with 1 comment Listen Music Video News Stream Video

HEALTH - New Coke

L.A.’s HEALTH haven’t released an album since 2009’s Get Color, making a new album from them long overdue. This makes the announcement of a brand new album exciting. It’s entitled Death Magic, and it will be released on August 7 via Loma Vista Recordings.

With the announcement comes a rather interesting music video for the album’s first single “New Coke.” The song is a mesmerizing display of dark synth’s that start off in Crystal Castles (now former member Alice Glass actually cameos in the video) territory, before coming harder with a bit of a heavy crunch. There’s a lot of slow-motion vomit that is apparently real, album details are shared, and the video ends with a phone number attached to a message that states “if you need to talk.”

According to fans, including a friend, if you call the number the bands very own John Famiglietti (who directed the video) will answer and talk to you. Apparently we can expect a small one-off show in NYC soon and some more proper tour dates this fall that should be announced soon. If you’re brave enough, you can try for yourself. The number is 213-259-3841.

Enjoy the song and music video posted below, along with the Death Magic tracklist.
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I guess you can say that I’m now addicted to seeing Alex G perform live. There’s just something about the Philadelphia-based songwriter that has me captivated and wanting more, no matter how many times I see him live. I certainly couldn’t pass up a chance at seeing him at Baby’s All Right last Wednesday, especially at the best music venue in New York at the moment.

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All Boy:All Girl - Lion

In March, New York septet All Boy/All Girl released a limited edition EP entitled Trophy via Grind Select Records (stream it on bandcamp), full of chamber pop songs that experiment with folk, avant-garde jazz and orchestral indie rock.

One of these songs is called “Lion,” a beautiful song about “a pursuit of greatness, and how that pursuit can be alienating. The lion stands in as a metaphor for the power hungry politician or the greedy wall street banker, who finds that the view from the top is a lonely one.” It’s a haunting track that lingers with you during and long after your listen.

Today we have the honor of premiering their brand new music video for “Lion” with you guys exclusively. Shot in black and white by director Sara Montironi, it’s a wonderful accompaniment for the song, with some of the best cinematography you’ll find from a music video all year.

Enjoy the “Lion” music video. which you can find posted below, along with the band’s upcoming tour dates:

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The Juan MacLean

The Juan Maclean, the duo of John MacLean and LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang released new album In A Dream last year.

The group is in the midst of a New York residency, with three shows at Cameo Gallery that took place last week, and three at Union Pool this week, with the first happening tonight, and two more coming Friday and Saturday. Prior to this residency, the group hadn’t played live for six years.

The band has expanded to a four-piece band to re-produce the songs off the album, and each show is supposed to be different than the last, as they work out the new songs. HEIDEMANN will open Fridays show, and Computer Magic on Saturday.

All three of the remaining shows are sold out, but sometimes Union Pool sells some at the door. So best get there early, or call in advance.

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Mac DeMarco - Another One

Mac DeMarco has had quite a year. With the release of the highly acclaimed Salad Days last year, his popularity surged and seems to have no limit. He’s got no plans to slow down, but instead has announced a brand new mini album called Another One, and will be released on August 7 via Captured Tracks. That’s the album art posted above. The announcement comes almost a year to the day that Salad Days was announced.

The eight-track mini-LP was recorded entirely by himself at his home in Queens somewhere in between his hectic touring schedule. It’s being described as having a “bittersweet, romantic sensibility, haunting and warm” with an overall feeling of “lost love, or perhaps love never found.”

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