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by Joseph Fisher

28 Jan 2011


A mere three weeks after announcing a show at Radio City Music Hall, Explosions in the Sky have released details about their forthcoming record, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. The album’s tracklist is available on the band’s website, and their new teaser video is embedded below.

As an unabashed EITS fan, I can’t help but find the album’s title a little troublesome. Is this a farewell record? I suppose only time will tell. In the meantime, we can all marvel at Munaf Rayani’s nasty jumpshot and ponder weather or not he’s gunning for Dirk Nowitzki’s job.

SONG LIST
01 Last Known Surroundings
02 Human Qualities
03 Trembling Hands
04 Be Comfortable, Creature
05 Postcard from 1952
06 Let Me Back In

by Sarah Zupko

27 Jan 2011


Berlin/London/Bristol-based Anika captures the fractured cultural decadence of the Weimar Republic and the musical wandering of the ‘80s post-punk era while miraculously sounding resolutely futuristic. It’s quite the hat trick and her music has been beguiling critics and audiences alike in growing numbers over the past year. This live performance of “I Go to Sleep” beautifully illustrates that simultaneously historic and timeless aesthetic. Anika released her self-titled debut this past December via Stones Throw and had none other than Geoff Barrow of Portishead / Beak> handling the production. She has a number of upcoming DJ gigs that will be happenings, so find your way to one of these listed below.

by Ian Chant

21 Jan 2011


Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds is kicking off 2011 with a brief North American tour behind his latest album, last year’s …and they have escaped the weight of darkness. also provide a chance for Arnalds to show off the new light and visual show that accompanies his performances to a whole new continent in one fell swoop… or at least to 12 cities on a new continent. The tour, which kicks off in Boston on the 24th of January, marks the first round of live appearances in the U.S. by Arnalds in several years. Don’t worry, though – we’re not taking it personally or anything.

Fans can win tickets to each show of his next upcoming of U.S. tours. Just share a link to the show via Facebook and send proof – via a link, screen cap, signed affidavit, etc. – that you did to Arnalds website, where you can, naturally, also find show dates, details on how to win tickets, and videos taking you backstage on the composer’s most recent tour.

Or, you could check out PopMatters interview with him from last summer, here. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.

by Devin Mainville

19 Jan 2011


La Sera has announced the release of a new single off their upcoming debut album. “Devil Hearts Grow Gold” is a “woozy, layered nugget with a smidge of twang” and comes on the heels of the band’s first single “Never Come Around”. The 7” featuring “Devil Hearts Grow Gold” and a cover of “Dedicated to the One I Love” was released on January 18th while the full album will debut on February 15th.

La Sera will be touring with Tennis early this year and have extended their tour to include more dates overseas. Continue reading to see a full list of the dates.

by Devin Mainville

18 Jan 2011


Southern California trio Best Coast have amped up the cuteness in their latest video for “Crazy For You”. Backing up their ‘60s style vibe are the delightful kittens of Icanhascheezburger.com. The website that has developed a cult following lends its cheeky humor to the bands poppy title track of their debut album for an overload of adorable. Fans are encouraged to enter the I Can Has Cheezeburger contest for the opportunity to win tickets for Best Coast’s upcoming tour along with some other “cat-tastic” prize packs.

When not being directed by their fury friends, Best Coast has kept busy with an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and releasing a limited edition Summer Is Forever split 7” with Wavves consisting of previously unreleased tracks. The release comes just as the two bands prepare for their national co-headlining tour which begins January 21 in San Diego.

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