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by Eric Allen Been

4 Mar 2011


For the next six weeks, My Morning Jacket will be counting down to their sixth studio album entitled Circuital by releasing six free downloads on their website. The first five will be live songs from the band’s October 2010 residency at New York’s Terminal 5. On April 12th, the sixth and final offering will be a studio track from Circuital

You can download the first song, which is a live performance of “Butch Cassidy” from the MMJ’s 1999 album The Tennessee Fire, via the widget below or through the band’s website. Also below is the band’s confirmed tour dates and a YouTube clip of a live performance of the song entitled “Circuital”. 

 

by J.C. Sciaccotta

3 Mar 2011


To celebrate the release of their latest LP, Little Me Will Start a Storm, Portland’s acclaimed chamber-pop sextet Loch Lomond have delivered a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rumours album cut, “The Chain”. It’s more or less a straight cover, arrangement and all, but a welcome one. The band has a few remaining dates on their Northwest US tour, but plans are currently in the works for a more extensive tour this May.

by John Garratt

3 Mar 2011


Trumpeter Dave Douglas has been taking his progressive jazz combo Keystone all around the country lately, putting on the multi-media program Spark of Being which combines some forceful Douglas originals with Bill Morriso’s film of the same title.

Douglas took time out of his touring schedule one afternoon to address students of the Columbus Jazz Academy, just a few floors above where the performance would take place later that evening. “Compositional Concepts” was the name of the workshop, though nothing actually got “work shopped” in the technical sense. Douglas instead discussed the myriad of variables that go into pulling a new piece of music from thin air. My notes from the session only half make sense to me now:

by Eric Allen Been

2 Mar 2011


After a five-year hiatus, the Strokes are set to drop their fourth studio album Angles later this month, and they just unveiled the video for the LP’s single “Under Cover of Darkness”.

You can check it out, along with a YouTube stream of the Angels track “You’re So Right”, below. 

Angeles comes out via RCA on March 22 in the US and March 21 in the UK.

by Joseph Fisher

2 Mar 2011


I never thought that I’d type Dr. Dre and Axl Rose in the same sentence anymore than you ever thought that you would read them in the same sentence. However, given that Dre’s fabled Detox record has been delayed enough times to be subtitled Chinese Democracy II, the Good Doctor and Rose seem like they might actually have been cut from the same artistic cloth. Don’t believe me? Check out the video for the track “I Need a Doctor” from the (alleged) forthcoming (alleged) album Detox.

Now that you’ve finished watching, click over here. Differences aside, Slash and Dre need to go back to driver’s ed, or something.

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