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LCD Soundsystem stopped by the KCRW studio recently in the middle of their “last big tour forever,” according to founder James Murphy.  Everything sounds so fresh and accessible live, without the attention to minutia that exists in the studio of a music producer.  Keyboards sound like they’re actually being played, not programmed, and lyrics are strung out or cut off with each breath. The band starts with the plaintive chords of “All I Want” and plowed through “I Can Change,” “Drunk Girls” and “Pow Pow” from the latest release, This Is Happening, before an interview.

The easy conversation covers everything from growing up to Murphy’s early days in New York City, when indie rock felt like being plunked back in high school.  There is discussion about scoring the movie Greenberg and how creating a film score is so different than crafting tunes. He describes why the songs from This Is Happening are “weirder” to play live and how a record is like a “communication device.”  It’s a good reason to believe this certainly isn’t the last we’ve heard from the man, just maybe songs under this moniker.  The session ends with the party invitation of “All My Friends” off 2007’s Sound of Silver.

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Conor Oberst has finally decided to resurrect his main band Bright Eyes after taking a more than two year break from the project to concentrate on his other groups Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band and Monsters of Folk. Bright Eyes announced yesterday that they will be playing several shows across North America’s East Coast in March and a gig at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall in June. The tour will be in support of the band’s new album The People’s Key, which is set to be released by Saddle Creek on February 15 in the U.S. and February 14 in the UK. Superchunk and Wild Flag have been named as the openers for the New York City shows. The dates are listed below…

While promoting their new album on tour, the Get Up Kids have released a new track off said album. “Pararelevent” off of There Are Rules is now available as a free MP3. The full album will be available on January 25th.

The Get Up Kids have also announced the dates for the second leg of their tour. The new dates start on January 23rd in Orlando, Florida and end on March 13th in Lawrence, Kansas.  Supporting the kids on tour will be Miniature Tigers and Brian Bonz.

 

Elf Power has announced a European tour this winter to support their new album of the same name. The album is a tribute to longtime friend and mentor Vic Chesnutt who took his own life in late 2009. Elf Power and Chesnutt collaborated on an album, Dark Developments in 2008 and toured extensively with him through the years. The friendship that was forged through these partnerships and their loss is firmly felt on Elf Power

Supporting Elf Power across Europe is Madeline Adams, a singer songwriter from Athens, Georgia. Adams, who has been writing her own music since she was 15, has made a name through her poignant lyrics, haunting voice, and unique song writing. She recently released her third full length album, White Flag.

  Elf Power - Stranger in the Window by Deus Ex Machina Publicity

  Madeline - White Flag by Deus Ex Machina Publicity

British postpunk ensemble Wire announced today its first string of North American tour dates (check the stops below). The tour will be in support of the band’s new album Red Bark Tree. The LP will be released on 11 January 2011 on the band’s own label, Pink Flag. Wire’s core lineup—Colin Newman, Graham Lewis and Robert Grey—recorded the new LP without any guests. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.

TOUR DATES 
April 01: Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
April 02: Montreal, QC - Le Cabaret du Mile End
April 03: Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
April 05: Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg,
April 06: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
April 07: Washington DC - Black Cat
April 08: Austin, TX - Mohawk
April 09: Chicago, IL - Metro
April 12: Portland, OR - Dante’s

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