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by PopMatters Staff

10 Apr 2012


Pulp have thankfully reunited for a big reunion tour that includes a high-profile Coachella performance. So, of course, they are making the late night rounds as well. Catch the Britpop band playing their classic “Common People”, one of the greatest songs of the ‘90s, as well as “Like a Friend”.

 

by Comfort Clinton

9 Apr 2012


Alabama Shakes are having their moment in the sun, one that looks to continue for a good long while, thankfully. Their tale begins in an Athens, Alabama high school when now-vocalist Brittany Howard approached Zac Cockrell, now bassist for the band. They discovered their common tastes, and the two started writing songs together, before long adding guitarist Heath Fogg and drummer Steve Johnson to their line up and forming Alabama Shakes. Having decided on a rock theme inspired by hints of roots rock, soul and country music, the group began playing showcases to great success and was soon signed by ATO Records. They released their first, self-titled EP in September 2011 and Alabama Shakes’ first full length LP, Boys & Girls will drop on April 10th, though the album has been available exclusively on iTunes since April 3rd.

by Comfort Clinton

9 Apr 2012


Thanks to Oscilloscope Laboratories, the legacy of dance-punk band LCD Soundsystem will live on. Known for singles like “Daft Punk is Playing at My House” and “All My Friends”, LCD Soundsystem gave their last performance as a group in February of 2011. They released three albums, LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver, and This Is Happening, which reached it to the Billboard Top 10. Filmmakers Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace document the band’s history in Shut Up and Play the Hits, which made its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and ran an encore presentation at the SXSW Festival.

It was announced last week that Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to the film and intends to screen it in limited nationwide engagements this upcoming summer. Produced by Lucas Ochoa and Thomas Benski of Pulse Pictures, Shut Up and Play the Hits charts LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy’s journey from the band’s explosive farewell performance at Madison Square Garden to the following morning. The band’s history is exceptional in that Murphy made the calculated choice to disband LCD Soundsystem when it was at its prime, ensuring that it would “go out on a high note”. This choice left fans clamoring for more—a desire that Shut Up and Play the Hits is sure to help fulfill.

Below, check out the official trailer for Shut Up and Play the Hits, coming to select theaters this summer, and relive the glory days.

by Comfort Clinton

6 Apr 2012


Brooklyn noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers’ newest LP, titled Worship, out from indie record label Dead Oceans, will hit the scene June 26. The band’s third album will feature songs written, created and overseen in every aspect by the band itself. Bassist Dion Lunadon says, “Every sound on the album is made by us and our tools; tools created by us, used on no other recordings, and purposefully built for this project. This is real. Some of it is the band being in complete control—bending, shaping and building the songs and the sounds. Other parts are the band relinquishing control and letting the songs and sounds take over and produce themselves. We are not trying to reinvent ourselves, but simply push ourselves further in all aspects of our music.” Single “You are the one” is below, and gives fans a sample of what to expect in APTBS’s newest labor of love, Worship

Check out “You are the One” below, and look Worship in stores June 26.

by Comfort Clinton

6 Apr 2012


Long before there was Garage Band, there was the band Garbage. Begun in Madison, Wisconsin in 1994, the alternative rock group has since stormed the globe with popular singles like “Stupid Girl”, “I Think I’m Paranoid” and “Push It”—and four successful albums. The four-person band, vocalist Shirley Manson and musicians Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig, has garnered much critical attention, as well as popularity with fans. They even co-produced and performed the theme song for The World is Not Enough, the 19th film in the James Bond franchise. Now, coming off a prolonged hiatus, Garbage is ready to debut their fifth album, Not Your Kind of People. Though the full album, produced by the band’s own STUNVOLUME label, is not due out until 15 May, here fans are treated to a taste of what they can expect in the band’s highly anticipated new LP.

In their 3 April press conference via Ustream chat, Garbage announced the world premiere of the music video for new single “Blood for Poppies”. The video, below, shot on location in Los Angeles is directed by fashion photographer and filmmaker Matt Irwin, and draws inspiration from great visual artists like Magritte, Maya Deren and Luis Brunel. Shot in black and white, it’s a beautiful compilation of stunning images and visual tricks; recalling touches of old Hollywood glamor while paying tribute to the elegant style of film noir.

Enjoy this artfully directed and crafted video below, and be on the lookout for Not Your Kind of People, as well as for the band’s upcoming spring tour, which begins April 9th in Los Angeles.

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