Jul 23, 2009

True to the title of their first album (2001's Quiet Is the New Loud), things have quieted down considerably for the Norwegian indie pop duo known as Kings of Convenience. It's already been five years since 2004's Riot on an Empty Street but according to a Stereogum report, The Kings have plans for more wooing. More

Jul 22, 2009

Busy rockers Modest Mouse have announced an August 4th release of their newest EP No One’s First and You’re Next. Well, sorta newest EP. More

Jul 22, 2009

You could get Yo La Tengo’s fourteenth LP Popular Songs in stores September 8th. But honestly, why wait? As announced by the Matablog, beginning August 4th, the label’s “Buy Early Get Now” scheme will feature Yo La Tengo—offering fans early and additional content just for buying the CD or LP. Plus they've just announced a tour. More

Jul 22, 2009

In an apparent move to separate himself from his wunderkind past, Conor Oberst announced today that he’ll be retiring the Bright Eyes name after one last disk – due in the early part of 2010. More

Jul 22, 2009

First there was Jigga's new hair do and then "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" (which debuted on Billboard's Hot 100 at No. 24). And now this? According to this Reuters news piece, the psychedelic synth duo MGMT will be one of the many musicians appearing on Jay-Z's upcoming, long-awaited LP, The Blueprint 3. More

Jul 21, 2009

If you were to put your head up to a cement mixer for several hours you might get close to the sound of the industrial-tinged experimental rockers A Place to Bury Strangers. Keep at it and eventally you may burst a blood vessel in your forehead or worse. Strangers' type of glorious din requires such a warning label. So it comes with no surprise that the cacophonous New York trio's sophomore longplayer is entitled Exploding Headout October 6th on Mute. More

Jul 21, 2009

If you're making the trek over to this year's Lollapalooza, you won't have to wonder anymore what co-headliner wll fill your ears with wonderful sounds on Saturday night. As we reported yesterday, The Beastie Boys were scheduled to be apart of the Chicago fest's heavy-hitting August 8th lineup, but Adam Yauch's cancerous throat gland tumor forced the group to cancel all their festival engagements and postpone their new LP. Fortunately, the sure-footed Lolla promoters didn't pull hairs over deciding a suitable stand-in: festival-circuit veterans Yeah Yeah Yeahs! More

Jul 21, 2009

In October of 2007, Sufjan Stevens revealed The BQE, a film and orchestral meditation on New York City's very ugly and very congested Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The artsy soiree, replete with five hula hoopers, strings, woodwinds, horns, and Steven's homemade footage debuted at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival. On October 20th, Asthmatic Kitty Records will release The BQE (October 19th on Rough Trade in the U.K.). More

Jul 21, 2009

Every year since 1992 The Mercury Prize has been awarded to the best album recorded by an artist from either the United Kingdom or Ireland. Last year Elbow won it. This morning 2009's nominees were announced. They include Bat For Lashes, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires, The Invisible, Glasvegas, The Horrors, Kasabian, and others. More