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Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010
The Suburbs is available online as a warm-up before live Madison Square Garden concert on YouTube August 5th

NPR’s Exclusive First Listen has opened up the gates for a preview of the highly anticipated third release from Canada’s indie sensation Arcade Fire, released August 3rd. Between that and the opportunity to see the band play live at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, August 5th on their Youtube channel (10 pm EST/7 pm PST), fans have an opportunity to weigh in on the new offering for themselves.


The Suburbs opens with the title track meandering along with images of kids running through yards. It’s a glimpse into frontman Win Butler’s childhood near Houston, Texas, as appropriately enough the band is his vision – with his brother Will and wife Reginé Chassagne beside him to round out a solid group of seven, plus additional musicians as needed. Things pick up by the second track, “Ready to Start” which along with “Empty Room” could be the instant classic “Keep the Car Running” was for their last CD, Neon Bible. The other tracks present a cohesive whole with Win Butler’s distinctive voice riding the instrumental wave behind him, never overpowering and always in synch with the rest of the band. Some surprises include the hard rollicking sound of “Month of May” and the brazen synths of “The Sprawl II”. Mellower moments are presented during the stripped down “Wasted Hours” and the lovely symphonic end piece, “The Suburbs (continued)”. 


If I could pick any time and place to see Arcade Fire it would have been during their early days when they played New York City’s Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, that shrine to early modern dance. The vast space of Madison Square Garden holds little appeal but sitting in front of a computer screen, I’ll gladly submit to the vision of director Terry Gilliam. It’s online community at its best.


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Friday, Jul 30, 2010

Travis frontman Fran Healy is set to release his first solo album, Wreckorder, on October 5th. The first single, “Buttercups”, is now available for streaming on Healy’s website. The new album boasts some impressive guests such as Neko Case who duets with Healy on “Sing Me to Sleep”, as well as Paul McCartney playing bass on “As It Comes”.


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Thursday, Jul 22, 2010

Iowa denizen Joe Price sings and plays old-time, rough-hewn, country blues with a nasty metal slide that makes his gee-tar ring. His guitar playing wife Vicki joins in and sings in a complementary fashion. The duo’s new CD Rain or Shine features lots of downright nasty licks and gut-thumping rhythms. They may not be doing anything that hasn’t been done before, but these musicians bring forth the blues in all its rural beauty. These six songs offer solid proof.






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Thursday, Jul 22, 2010

El Guincho released Alegranza in 2007, garnering many comparisons to Panda Bear’s Person Pitch, also released that year. Now he returns with an EP of South American covers, titled Piratas de Sudamerica. The dense, lo-fi production remains as with previous efforts but his foray into covers now means a more-defined sense of structure on songs originally recorded by Miguel Matamoros and Felix B. Caignet, among others.


The record was recorded by El Guincho (real name: Pablo Díaz-Reixa) in his Barcelona apartment, paying deep homage to the salsa cuts he had grown up listening to with his dad. Piratas de Sudamerica is the first of a series of EPs which will be released on limited edition 12” vinyl concurrently with his main albums. This first EP can currently be listened to in full on Soundcloud.


El Guincho’s second album Pop Negro will be released in the Autumn.



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Monday, Jul 19, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Klaxons
Surfing the Void
(Polydor)
Releasing: 23 August (UK)


British psych rockers offer up their latest album this August in the UK while the US release date remains up in the air. There are already two videos to sample the new music though. Videos and stream after the jump.


SONG LIST
01 Echoes
02 Same Space
03 Surfing the Void
04 Valley of the Calm Trees
05 Venusia
06 Extra Astronomical
07 Twin Flames
08 Flashover
09 Future Memories
10 Cypher Speed


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