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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.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Mar 2011


Sweden’s all-female Those Dancing Days named themselves after a Led Zeppelin song and there’s something of that ferocity present right from the get-go on the group’s new album Daydreams and Nightmares. “Reaching Forward” comes barreling out of the gate as an adrenalin soaked anthem and a statement of purpose for their sophomore record. Those Dancing Days has also fine-tuned their sound as a result of the hard work touring they’ve done over the past few years. Lisa Pyk Wirström says, “all the live touring has really made an impact. When you stand on stage, you really want to max out. Now we have maxed out in the studio as well.” Daydreams and Nightmares is out today via Wichita Recordings.

by Eric Allen Been

1 Mar 2011


Gloom rockers Interpol just wrapped up their North American tour, and they’ve decided to commemorate the outing by releasing a free EP featuring their “touring friends” Matthew Dear and School of Seven Bells. The three-track project consists of Interpol’s “Lights”, Dear’s “Slowdance” and School of Seven Bells’ “Devil Dust”. You can download the EP through the widget below or at www.interpolnyc.com/tourep.

 
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