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by Sarah Zupko

19 Apr 2009


Indie singer-songwriter M. Ward takes a crack at the Buddy Holly classic “Rave On” on his 2009 record Hold Time. Ward’s version is less rock and roll and more ethereal pop and is a totally original and unique take on a well-worn clasic tune. Mike Please directs the video using animation and puppets and She & Him collaborator Deschanel shows up on the background vocals.

TOUR DATES
April 17 Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 18 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
April 19 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
April 20 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
April 22 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
April 23 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
April 24 Milwaukee, WIK @ Pabst Theater
April 25 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
April 26 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
April 27 Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Theatre
April 28 Montreal, QC @ Le National
May 18 Visalia, CA @ Fox Theatre
May 19 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
May 22 Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
May 23 George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
July 23 Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series*
July 27 Athens, GA @40 Watt
July 28 Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
July 30 Washington, DC @ 930 Club
August 1 New York, NY @ Summerstage*
* = free

by Sarah Zupko

15 Apr 2009


As if we aren’t getting hit over the head enough with Twitter hype these days, now artists are debuting music using the ubiquitous micro-blogging system. The Streets is releasing his latest songs to the public via his Twitter account and the first one on tap is “I Love My Phone”, which is perhaps the most appropriate title of a song in his career given his embrace of technology here.

The Streets
“I Love My Phone” [MP3]

UPDATE: And here’s the second of the promised batch, “Trust Me”.

The Streets
“Trust Me” [MP3]

by PopMatters Staff

15 Apr 2009


Chuck Mead, the co-founder of alt-country’s BR549, releases his latest album Journeyman’s Wager on May 12th and features his usual eclectic blend of roots rock sources. “I Wish It Was Friday” has Mead bopping around town on a scooter to a honky-tonkish rockabilly tune. He’s got a packed tour schedule kicking off in May including a stop off at the Minneapolis State Fair in August, which you can check out after the jump.

by PopMatters Staff

15 Apr 2009


David Lynch directed and animated the new Moby video “Shot in the Back of the Head” that Pitchfork TV has premiered. Moby talks about the new album and video on his MySpace page.

by PopMatters Staff

15 Apr 2009


The new King Khan and the Shrines album is streaming in full over at imeem right now.

King Khan and the Shrines
“Land of the Freak” [MP3]
     

TOUR DATES
04-29 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
04-30 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
05-01 Music Hall of Willamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
05-02 Maxwell’s - Hoboken, NJ
05-03 Santos Partyhouse - NYC
05-07 Paradise - Boston, Mass
05-08 Babylon - Ottawa, ON
05-09 La Sasa Rossa - Montreal, PQ
05-12 Phoenix Theatre - Toronto, ON
05-13 Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
05-14 Wexner Center - Columbus, OH
05-15 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
05-16 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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