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by Jennifer Cooke

5 Apr 2010


Tired of looking at pretty people? Or rather, what movies, television, magazines and most music videos deem “pretty”, until that vacuous definition starts to feed on itself, becoming ever more plastic and generic and surgically enhanced, and we end up with things like Heidi Montag? 

Milwaukee’s the New Loud have made a video for their new song, “Heaven”, which is refreshingly replete with real live people. It recalls Godley and Creme’s 1985 video “Cry”, except without the creepy shape-shifting effects. Isn’t it nice to see some crows feet and thin lips once in a while?

by Arnold Pan

5 Apr 2010


The Hold Steady
Heaven Is Whenever
(Vagrant)
Releasing: 4 May

The Hold Steady have been dropping pre-release tracks from their forthcoming album, Heaven Is Whenever, like they’re going out of style, offering up three new songs as exclusive premieres on various online sites. The album is among the most anticipated of the spring, especially since the band has been trumpeting a change in direction this time around from its thinking man’s bar-rock anthems to something “sonically more diverse”, as guitarist Tad Kubler puts it. Don’t know if any of the three leaked numbers stray too far from the Hold Steady’s consistently winning formula, but we’ll find out soon enough when Heaven Is Whenever comes out in May.

SONG LIST
01 The Sweet Part of the City
02 Soft in the Center
03 The Weekenders
04 The Smidge
05 Rock Problems
06 We Can Get Together
07 Hurricane J
08 Barely Breathing
09 Our Whole Lives
10 A Slight Discomfort

by John Lindstedt

3 Apr 2010


Who knows what possessed someone to make this collection? More importantly, who cares? Without further ado, here is Canadian crooner Michael Bublé being pursued by a
very crafty carnivore.

by Jennifer Cooke

2 Apr 2010


Band of Horses will release the much-anticipated follow-up to 2007’s Cease to Begin on 18 May. The album is called Infinite Arms, and this is the video for the first single, “Compliments”.

TOUR DATES
04/08 – Paris, France @ La Fleche D’or
04/09 – Brussels, Belgium @ Orangerie
04/10 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Motel Mozaique, Schouwburg
04/12 – London, UK @ Koko
04/14 – Koln, Germany @ Kulturkirche
04/16 – Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller
04/17 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Tradgarn
04/18 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
04/23 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater #
04/24 -  Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheater #
04/27 – Gainesville, FL @ Rion Ballroom
04/28 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore
04/29 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
05/01 – New Orleans, LA @ Jazzfest
05/02 – Memphis, TN @ Beale St. Music Festival
05/27 – Davis, CA @ UC Davis Freeborn Hall
05/30 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater %
05/31 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
06/05 – Bangor, IE @ Ward Park $
06/09 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
06/12 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Bellahouston Park $
06/19 – Toronto, ONT @ Olympic Island Concert !!
09/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater

by Arnold Pan

2 Apr 2010


The New Pornographers
Together
(Matador)
Releasing: 4 May

In advance of their new album due in May, the New Pornographers have dropped a few pop chestnuts from Together for your listening pleasure. In the egalitarian spirit for which the indie collective is known, the leaked tracks include “Your Hands (Together)”, a head-bobbing multi-vocalist number, and “The Crash Years”, one of those Neko Case sing-alongs that make you wish she’d make a whole album of pop songs (it’s available for purchase at iTunes). If these two songs are any indication of the album as a whole, it sounds like the New Pornographers have picked up the pace and stepped up their game since 2007’s Challengers.

SONG LIST
01 Moves

02 The Crash Years

03 Your Hands (Together)

04 Silver Jenny Dollar

05 Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk

06 My Shepherd

07 If You Can’t See My Mirrors

08 Up in the Dark

09 Valkyrie in the Roller Disco

10 A Bite Out of My Bed

11 Daughters of Sorrow

12 We End Up Together

Your Hands (Together)
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