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Friday, Mar 27, 2015
The dreamy and evocative piano ballad "Train Song" comes from Lady Lazarus' recently dropped LP, Miracles.

Not long after she finished recording Miracles, her third LP as Lady Lazarus, Melissa Ann Sweat moved to Joshua Tree, located in the California High Desert. The area’s musical legacy is well documented; musicians such as Gram Parsons took quite a liking to the desert’s dry and seemingly mystical environs. For Sweat, the move to Joshua Tree facilitated the enhancing of her already well established artistic profile. As tunes like the lovely “Train Song” evince, Lady Lazarus’ shift from comparatively lo-fi sounds to more potent balladry, due in part to trading out electronic keyboards for a baby grand piano and the addition of strings, French horn, and flute, has proven a boon to her songwriting process.


You can exclusively watch the “Train Song” video below, which adds to the song’s tender piano chords with visuals of Sweat and her partner holding each other close in the desert.


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Friday, Mar 27, 2015
The Chicago prog jam outfit Umphrey's McGee were given 12 hours in the legendary Abbey Road studios. The funky and groovy "Bad Friday" is one of the results of that fruitful time in the studio.

At the start of April, the Chicago progressive rock band Umphrey’s McGee will release The London Session. Normally, when session albums are released, their title is in the plural: The Abbey Road Sessions, for instance. However, in Umphrey’s McGee’s case, the singular case is quite deliberate. These reputable prog-jammers had but 12 hours in Abbey Road, meaning that they had to make the absolute most out of a limited timeframe. Save for the vocal tracks, which had to wait until the band’s return to the states (“They are exceptional and efficient, but they are merely mortal after all,” says the album’s press release), these guys recorded a whole LP’s worth of music in those 12 hours. The London Session marks the ninth Umphrey’s McGee studio outing, and it finds these nimble jam-ready musicians playing as sharply as they’ve ever been.


Below you can stream “Bad Friday”, the first song to be released from The London Session.


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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015
The new LP from this British quartet, Danger in the Club, will be out on 5 May via Rough Trade.

The rambunctious indie rockers of the Palma Violets have announced the release of their new record, Danger in the Club, following a particularly eventful week at the 2015 South by Southwest music festival. After one spirited evening at the Parish venue, the band had to be forcibly removed from the stage for playing past the assigned curfew. For an audio sample of Palma Violets’ take on rock ‘n’ roll, as well as tour dates where you can catch their energetic live show, read more below.


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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015
Run the Jewels take a track from their highly acclaimed Run the Jewels 2 LP and set it to a video that documents the rough reality of police violence in the United States.

Run the Jewels 2 is PopMatters‘s pick for the Best Album of 2014. Of the many highlights off of that riotously fun and culturally incisive LP, “Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)”, now has a music video to accompany it, directed by AG Rojas and starring Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire and Wolf of Wall Street) and Keith Stanfield (Selma and Straight Outta Compton). The video depicts the troubling state of citizen/police relations in the United States, especially following the 2014 tragedies of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice.


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Thursday, Mar 26, 2015
"Lifted Up (1985)" is right and ready to color your next dance party, with a jubilant chorus that's ripe for belting along.




Kindred is out on 21 April via Columbia.


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