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by Jonathan Kosakow

22 Feb 2012


Within minutes of announcing their 12-date tour of the (mostly western) United States, Explosions in the Sky had to make it a 13-date tour. Their San Francisco date sold out almost instantly, making it more than necessary to play an extra night at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater.

Whether it’s the success of their most recent album, 2011’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care or their apparently earth shattering live show, Explosions may have just turned their name into reality.

Check below for tour dates, and a weirdly hilarious (also hilariously weird) yet touching video, Be Comfortable, Creature.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

21 Feb 2012


British band Blur is all over the news lately. The foursome will reunite for a performance at the 2012 Brit Awards 21 February, after singer/songwriter Damon Albarn appeared over the weekend with guitarist Graham Coxon at the War Child charity concert. There they debuted a new song, “Under the Westway”, a solid, if stripped down, composition. (See video below taken by a overzealous fan below.) 

There was also an announcement that Blur will play the Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert for the London Olympics this summer.  They will appear August 12 in Hyde Park with two other UK acts, ska band the Specials and some semblance of the iconic post-punk group New Order.

by Sachyn Mital

21 Feb 2012


Die Antwoord are in the midst of their 2012 US tour and have just released their second album TEN$ION. Our writer, Kevin Coyle, caught their performance in Philadelphia on February 9th and you’ll find his review in our events section now. Along the way, the band performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and have also released a music video for “I Fink U Freeky”, which we’ve posted below for your viewing pleasure.

Plus we also have a giveaway! To celebrate the release of the zef rap-rave crew Die Antwoord’s sophomore album, TEN$ION, the follow-up to their 2010 debut, $0$, we are giving away (1) copy each of TEN$ION on compact disc and on vinyl. If you aren’t patient, you can purchase TEN$ION over at iTunes right now or have it delivered from Amazon.

by Jessy Krupa

20 Feb 2012


Despite his many talents, George Harrison was arguably the most underrated member of the Beatles. He wrote, played, and sang “Something”, one of the group’s biggest hits, yet many (including Frank Sinatra) erroneously attributed it as a Lennon/McCartney composition. He was also the first Beatle to release a No.1 solo hit single. “My Sweet Lord”, “Got My Mind Set on You”, “Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth” are some of his most well-known songs, but he released even more great music.

Harrison would have been celebrating his 69th birthday this week, so let’s look at seven of his most under-rated songs.

by John Garratt

20 Feb 2012


Guitarist Bryan Ward has a very simple website, so it gets right to the point. The first sentence of his short bio tosses out terms like “folktronica” and “acoustic trance”. The second paragraph begins with this audacious claim: “Part tribal reverie, part ecstatic folk, the sound is unlike anything you’ve ever heard.” The unlike-anything-you’ve-ever-heard tag is an oft used but seldom justified marketing phrase that actually applies to Ward’s music. The track “Lost, Lost”, available for free on his website, is a swirling construction of studio alchemy that gets its tribal kicks from hypnotic repetition.

“Lost, Lost” appears on Bryan Ward’s debut album Bone Anthems, which can be purchased here.

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