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Tuesday, May 6, 2008
by PopMatters Staff

Nate and I met these boys upstairs at the bottom of the hill in San Francisco (think SF’s version of the Troubadour). When we walked in to their “dressing room” (see: room at top of creaking stairs), they were fist deep into their venue supplied vegetarian dinners and cold veggie platter. As we waited for them to finish, Nate and I scouted potential locations around the venue. We happily stumbled upon a well lit but endearingly dingy concrete and chicken wire walkway that looked like the venue’s top secret exit for bands being chased by swarms of hysterical fans. It was here that the trio set up their battery operated casio keyboard, acoustic guitar and tambourine for this inspired rendition of “Badonkadonkey” from their new album Red Yellow and Blue.
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Wednesday, Apr 30, 2008
by PopMatters Staff

The Ting Tings, Katie White (vocals, guitar and bass drum) and Jules De Martino (vocals, drums, electronics), formed as a two-piece during some house parties at Manchester’s Islington Mill, an underground artist collective featuring all manner of creative talent (visual and musical). Their career has taken off with a 2007 appearance at the Glastonbury Festival, bring voted the #3 “Top 10 to Watch in 2008” by the BBC, and just this month with an iPod + iTunes commercial featuring “Shut Up and Let Me Go”.


Called the “most exciting new band in the country” by NME, the Ting Tings are making their way to America this spring with a digital release of their debut record, We Started Nothing, releasing on 20 May 2008. Earning kudos for their charged live performance at SXSW this March from both the New York Times and the New York Post, the British band return to the U.S. and Canada in June for a batch of live shows in major cities. Full tour dates appear below.


In the meantime, PopMatters is proud to present the exclusive debut of the Ting Tings performing “Great DJ” live at the Islington Mill recently in Manchester.


 

The Ting Tings - North American June Tour Itinerary


06/07/08 San Diego, CA—Casbah
06/09/08 Vancouver, BC—Plaza
06/10/08 Seattle, WA—Chop Suey
06/11/08 Portland, OR—Doug Fir
06/12/08 San Francisco, CA—Popscene
06/13/08 Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour
06/14/08 Los Angeles, CA—Zero One
06/16/08 Toronto, ONT—Mod Club
06/18/08 New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom
06/19/08 Boston, MA—Great Scott
06/20/08 Brooklyn, NY—Southpaw
06/21/08 Philadelphia, PA—Popped


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Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008
by PopMatters Staff

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Rat Is Dead [MP3]
     


Robert Forster
Pandanus [MP3]
     


The Long Blondes
Guilt [Video]


Guillemots
Falling Out of Reach [Video]


Black Diamond Heavies
Bidin’ My Time [MP3]
     


Young and Sexy
The Fog [MP3]
     


Sarandon
Welcome [MP3]
     


Mike’s Dollar [MP3]
     



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Monday, Apr 28, 2008
by PopMatters Staff

Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet
Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet, releasing 20 May on Nettwerk Records [Streaming]
Video [Strange]


Flight of the Conchords
Ladies of the World [MP3]
     


Amy LaVere
That Beat (Sun Studio Sessions series) [Video]


Jef Stott
Lamaset (Miami Mix) [MP3]
     


Buy at iTunes Music Store


Sleepercar
Stumble In [MP3]
     


Thalia Zedek Band
Lower Allston [MP3]
     


Eric Avery
All Remote and No Control [MP3]
     



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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008
by PopMatters Staff

Les Savy Fav
Disco Drive (live) [MP3]
     


In These Woods [MP3]
     


Precision Auto (live) [MP3]
     


Reprobates Resume [MP3]
     


Manu Chao
Politik Kills(feat LKJ, remix by Dennis Bovell) [MP3]
     


El Perro del Mar
Glory to the World [MP3]
     


Constantines
Hard Feelings [Video]


Beach House
Gila [Video]


South
Better Things [MP3]
     


Awesome Color
Eyes of Light [MP3]
     


Dan Deacon
Okie Dokie [Video]



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