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Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010
The Oxford trio gives a nod to the English math rock scene they emerged from by offering up a quick flash of fusion guitar before switching gears and melting together the sunnier sides of indie rock with early African pop sounds.

On Jonquil’s “Get Up”, the Oxford trio gives a nod to the English math rock scene they emerged from by offering up a quick flash of fusion guitar before switching gears and melting together the sunnier sides of indie rock with early African pop sounds. To boot, the polyrhythm/pop combination isn’t a gimmicky affair but an affectionate warm homage to the sounds mined by Paul Simon on his album The Rhythm of the Saints. Once a six-piece outfit, Jonquil is now comprised of Hugo Manuel, Sam Hudson Scott and Robin McDiarmin. You can catch Jonquil’s live show at the dates listed below.


“Get Up” is Jonquil’s lead single for their One Hundred Suns EP, which drops today in the U.S. on Dovecote Records.


TOUR DATES
11/17/10 – The Harley (Sheffield, UK)
11/18/10 – Cardiff Arts Institute (Cardiff, UK)
11/19/10 – Jericho (Oxford, UK)
11/20/10 – Spanky Van Dyke’s (Nottingham, UK)
11/24/10 – CAMP (London, UK)
12/09/10 – The Courtyard (Yorkshire, UK)


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Monday, Nov 15, 2010

Tim Kasher, who has spent the last two decades with Cursive and the Good Life, released his first solo album The Game of Monogamy on October 5th of this year. The album highlights the thematic, lyrical songwriting that has kept Kasher on the radar of music critics since 1997. The Game of Monogamy is equal parts catchy pop, grand orchestral arrangements, and stark instrumentation. The theme that ties these songs together is one of rocky relationships and the dark sides of marriage.


Kasher’s Daytrotter sessions are available at daytrotter.com. This session includes the The Game of Monogamy tracks “Bad, Bad Dreams”, “The Prodigal Husband”, “No Fireworks”, and a cover of David Bowie’s “Soul Love”.


Kasher is in the middle of a national tour supporting the album that will last until December 17, 2010.



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Friday, Nov 12, 2010

OK Go has made a name for themselves with their one-take, live action music videos. These videos, which have included choreographed dances on treadmills (“Here I Go Again”) and with trained dogs (“White Knuckles”), have given OK Go the title of the most downloaded band in history; their clips have been viewed more than 125,000,000 times. Well, the boys are at it again with yet another landmark video for their song, “Last Leaf”. They have left behind the style they revolutionized of the one-take routines and have opted for an animated venture. The band teamed up with Nadeem Mazen and Ali Mohammad, founders of the Serious Business Design, to create a fabulous stop action animation video featuring pieces of toast.  Each second of the video is a sequence of fifteen Samsung NX100 photographs, which OK Go shot with Mazen, Mohammad and a crew of interns.


OK Go will be promoting this innovative new video on the TODAY Show, Thursday November 18th by premiering a video they shot with the hosts of the show. They will also be featured in a special segment about YouTube sensations. The band is also on tour, to support their newest album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, through the fall.



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Monday, Nov 8, 2010

The artist that Rolling Stone magazine named a top ten artist to watch is reminding everyone how he earned that title. Pete Yorn is launching a North American tour that will support his new self titled album. The new album has received rave reviews from publications like Spin who said “From bracing opener ‘Precious Stone’ to the chugging fan appreciation ‘Rock Crowd’ to a heartfelt version of Gram Parsons’ ‘Wheels,’ Yorn emerges with his most purposeful, affecting album yet.” The CD is available now and tickets for his tour go on sale this weekend. The tour kicks off on February 14th in Phoenix, but until then, check out some live Pete Yorn below and on thelivebuzz.com.



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Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010

Brother Ali is back to doing what he does best; making hip-hop music with some substance. His newest album, Us delves into the deep issues of the human condition; the strengths and flaws that make us all human. “Breakin’ Dawn” is the second official video from the album, which was released September 22, 2009. The video is an epic five-minute tale, beautifully drawn by animators Rob Engle, Dave Irion, and Evan Sheldon. You can also find Brother Ali on the “How the Grouch Stole Christmas Tour” with The Grouch, Eligh, and Los Rakas.



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