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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 Martin Zeller-Jacques

2 Mar 2011


Amid the patriotic pomp and circumstance of the 2011 Superbowl, Marvel Studios unveiled the trailer for their latest blockbusting superheroic outing: Captain America: The First Avenger. Helmed by Joe Johnston, whose directing credit on The Rocketeer (1991) shows that he might just know what to do with this franchise, and starring Chris Evans, rolling the dice as another lycra-clad Marvel icon, Captain America is pitching for summer success with a July 22 release date. Unfortunately for Marvel, this will place it in direct competition with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, and Cowboys and Aliens, released one week on either side. With the market for high-octane, otherworldly special effects so crowded, Cap will have to keep his shield and his wits about him, or it won’t only be the Red Skull giving him a kicking this summer.

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