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Friday, Jan 21, 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.



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Wednesday, Jan 19, 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.



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Tuesday, Jan 18, 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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Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011

Go Satomi’s, go! Filmed in Tokyo and directed by Noriko Oishi, “Super Duper Rescue Heads!” is the first video from Deerhoof’s upcoming release, Deerhoof vs. Evil (out January 25 in the US via Polyvinyl and the day before on ATP in the UK). The video begins relatively low-key, with Satomi buying some snacks before kicking back to watch some tube. Things take a psychedelic left turn from there, however, with a glammed-up Satomi busting out some rad moves in the midst of a projection light show freak-out. Cool.


In other news, the band will begin a tour in support of the record on January 27 in Sacramento, California. Seemingly intent on fighting evil on a global scale, the band will take their act worldwide, paying visits to France and nearly all of Scandinavia before perfoming their Milk Man LP (!) in its entirety at Alexandra Palace in London.



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Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011

Hip-hop instrumentalist RJD2 kicked off 2011 by dropping The Glow Remixes EP, a three-track digital release that can be downloaded for free at the website for his label, RJ’s Electrical Connections.


The EP features various takes on the track “Glow” (from his 2010 album Colossus), along with the original video for the song. Chicago DJ duo Flosstradamus kick off the release, morphing the track into a dancefloor-ready romp. Next in line is fan-selected remix contest winner Paolo Palazzo and capping off the EP id a mid-temp club remix by UK producer Candy Panther.


The tracklisting for the EP and RJD2 upcoming tour dates are listed below.


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