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by John Bergstrom

16 Jun 2011


Duran Duran have had to cancel a number of dates on their tour supporting this year’s All You Need Is Now due to Simon LeBon’s vocal problems.

As sort of a consolation, the band are offering free downloads of their entire May 12 performance in Rome. The nine-song set was performed for a small audience of radio contest winners. It’s a nice mix of classics and standout tracks from the surprisingly strong new album. (via Slicingupeyeballs)

[Listen on Soundcloud]

by John Garratt

16 Jun 2011


In case you missed it earlier this year, saxophonist Chris Speed’s new band Endangered Blood released their exceptional eponymous debut. With Oscar Noriega, Trevor Dunn and Jim Black in tow as well as favorable comparisons to Alas No Axis, the Claudia Quintet and Electric Masada (wow), how could they lose? Ever since Endangered Blood hit the road in promotion for this new album, their spunkiness has been well documented on YouTube. This is an earlier live clip of two Chris Speed originals that would appear on the album, “Elvin Lisbon” and “Iris”, but there really is much more out there of equal quality.

Endangered Blood was released on March 16th on Skirl Records and can be purchased here.

by PopMatters Staff

15 Jun 2011


Bon Iver is set to release his new self-titled album next week and just yesterday he released the new video for album track “Calgary”. The dreamy, etheral video was filmed Andre Durand and Dan Huiting in Justin Vernon’s home state of Wisconsin.

by Timothy Gabriele

15 Jun 2011


From the upcoming album Player Piano on Carpark, Memory Tapes abandon their chillwave roots to go straight for a kind of melancholy synthpop. The accompanying stark black and white video is incredibly pretty, showing a man in his kitchen making tea, practically withering away into nothing.

by PopMatters Staff

15 Jun 2011


This past Friday the former Smiths mainman, Morrissey, stopped by the BBC London studios to play three new tunes for Janice Long’s BBC Radio 2 program. The songs, “Action Is My Middle Name”, “The Kid’s a Looker” and “People Are the Same Everywhere”, will ostensibly appear on the artist’s forthcoming album for which their is no release date set yet. [via TheNJUnderground.com]

Morrissey - Action Is My Middle Name (BBC Session) by TheNJUnderground

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