12/15/2017

The Allah-Las @ Sweetwater

















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The Pixies @ Hollywood Palladium













All photos by Liane Chan
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THE SHINS TO RELEASE THE WORM’S HEART ON JANUARY 19, AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FRIDAY, 12/15

THE SHINS TO RELEASE THE WORM’S HEART ON JANUARY 19, AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FRIDAY, 12/15

EXTENSIVE WORLD TOUR CONCLUDED THIS WEEK IN HONOLULU
The Shins will release The Worm’s Heart, a complete rework of their 2017 acclaimed album Heartworms, on Friday, January 19. The announcement was made today by James Mercer via Facebook Live, check it out hereThe Worm’s Heart will be available for pre-order Friday, 12/15 and includes immediate downloads of "Name For You (Flipped)" and "Cherry Hearts (Flipped)" which were released earlier this year. See full tracklisting below.

When James Mercer wrote, produced, and recorded Heartworms, he had this desire for an alternate version, an opposite version. The album’s slow songs would be flipped and re-recorded as fast songs, and vice versa. The reasoning was to showcase the versatility and strength of his songwriting, the result is The Worm’s Heart.

The Shins concluded their extensive world tour Tuesday night in Honolulu, HI. Since March, the band has played over 100 shows. For more information on The Shins, visithttps://theshins.com/.

The Worm’s Heart Tracklisting:
  1. The Fear (Flipped)            
  2. So Now What (Flipped)                 
  3. Heartworms (Flipped)     
  4. Dead Alive (Flipped)        
  5. Half a Million (Flipped)   
  6. Rubber Ballz (Flipped)     
  7. Mildenhall (Flipped)         
  8. Fantasy Island (Flipped)                 
  9. Cherry Hearts (Flipped)                  
  10. Painting a Hole (Flipped)               
  11. Name For You (Flipped)
 
 The Shins

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Billie Eilish Collaborates With Vince Staples For "&burn"

BILLIE EILISH TEAMS UP WITH VINCE STAPLES
 FOR NEW SONG
  “&burn” 
(DARKROOM/INTERSCOPE RECORDS)

WHERES MY MIND 2018 TOUR SOLD-OUT
LISTEN
"&burn" (feat. Vince Staples)
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Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish has released her latest track “&burn” worldwide today. Described as "
a moody slow-burner packed with booming drums, hushed verses, and a killer guest appearance" by The FADER“&burn” was produced by her brother Finneas O’Connell and features American west-coast rapper Vince Staples.  “&burn” is available on all digital platforms from today. Listen HERE.

2017 has seen 15-year-old Billie Eilish rise to international acclaim with the release of her debut EP “dont smile at me” (Darkroom/Interscope Records), sold-out tours across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America, and being touted as Apple’s UP NEXT ArtistVEVO’s 2018 Artist To Watch on dscvr and listed as part of the UK’s BBC’s Sound of 2018 poll.

This month, Billie Eilish also announced her 2018 North American WHERES MY MIND tour, which went on to sell-out in under an hour. Last week, the Los Angeles born artist announced an additional NYC date to her upcoming tour, as well as a venue upgrade in Boston – both have since completely sold out. For a full list of tour dates, see below. For more information, go to: www.billieeilish.com

In other news, Billie Eilish was the special co-host guest on Charli XCX’s Candy Shop Beats1 show last week [listen HERE], also her good friend, Grammy nominated Khalid added fuel to the ever growing and global ‘Billie-mania” by posting a stunning cover of Billie’s “idontwanttobeyouanymore” last week [watch HERE].

Earlier this Fall, Billie Eilish made her live daytime television debut when she stopped by MTV’TRL in New York City to perform a “jaw dropping” rendition of her viral hit, “Ocean Eyes.” Watch it HERE. Eilish also made her late night television debut on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden (watch HERE).



EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
02/14 – Heaven – London, UK - SOLD OUT
02/15 - Annie Mac Presents AMP Sounds @ Jazz Cafe - London, UK - SOLD OUT
02/16 – Petit Bain – Paris, France - SOLD OUT
02/18 – Dude Club – Milan, Italy - SOLD OUT
02/19 – Debaser Strand – Stockholm, Sweden - SOLD OUT
02/20 – Melkweg Oude Zaal – Amsterdam, Netherlands - SOLD OUT
 02/23 – Botanique / Rotonde – Brussels, Belgium - SOLD OUT
02/26 – Lido – Berlin, Germany - SOLD OUT
02/27 – Jungle Club – Cologne, Germany - SOLD OUT
03/01 – By:Larm Festival – Oslo, Norway - SOLD OUT

Tickets: www.billieeilish.com

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
03/07 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA - SOLD OUT
03/08 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco,  CA - SOLD OUT
03/10 – Music Box – San Diego, CA - SOLD OUT
03/11 – The Observatory, CA - SOLD OUT
03/17 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA - SOLD OUT
03/20 – Black Cat – Washington, DC - SOLD OUT
03/21 – Coda – Philadelphia, PA - SOLD OUT
03/23 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY - SOLD OUT
03/24 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA - SOLD OUT
03/26 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY - SOLD OUT
03/27 – Theatre Fairmount – Montreal - SOLD OUT

03/28 – The Mod Club – Toronto - SOLD OUT
03/30 – El Club – Detroit, MI - SOLD OUT
03/31 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL - SOLD OUT
04/03 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN - SOLD OUT
04/04 – The Record Bar – Kansas City, Missouri, MO - SOLD OUT
04/06 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO - SOLD OUT
04/07 – Grand at the Complex – Salt Lake City, UT - SOLD OUT
Tickets: www.billieeilish.com
&burn ft. Vince Staples is out now worldwide.
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Lauren Ruth Ward x American Apparel Artist Spotlight Launches Today, Debut LP Out Feb 9

Lauren Ruth Ward

American Apparel “Meet Lauren Ruth Ward”
Artist Spotlight Launches Today

Debut Album Well Hell Out Feb 9, 2018

(Weekday Records)

LISTEN: “Did I Offend You?” Out Now

photo credit: American Apparel

“A sound that marries the swagger of ‘70s rock with the sensitivity of modern folk.” 
– Consequence of Sound

“Lauren Ruth Ward Is a '70s-Channeling Mix of Janis Joplin and Courtney Barnett”
 LA Weekly

“Lauren Ruth Ward just oozes talent. There’s no denying it.”
 Wonderland
 
West Coast up-and-comer Lauren Ruth Ward will release her debut album,Well Hell, on February 9 on Weekday Records. American Apparel recently spent the day with Lauren, her song writing partner Eduardo, and bandmates Liv and India exploring Silver Lake, wearing American Apparel and shooting photos/video that will be featured on the American Apparel website in their“Meet Lauren” campaign.
 
photo credit: American Apparel

Check Out Lauren Ruth Ward x American Apparel HERE

Save Lauren Ruth Ward’s most recent tracks on Spotify to stay updated on new music and enter to win a $300 American Apparel shopping spree.
 

Hailing from Baltimore, Lauren Ruth Ward migrated her 70s psych-blues swagger to her new home of Los Angeles in 2015. A prolific artist in every medium she touches, Lauren has been a hairstylist for 9 years, while at the same time shifting her creative focus to her music in partnership with her co-writer and guitarist Eduardo Rivera.

The record is a collection of psychedelic breakdowns, full-throttle rock songs exploring sexuality, and airy tracks showcasing Lauren’s arrestingly gritty vocals. “Did I Offend You?” is one of the many standout tracks on the album, demonstrating the duo’s intricate yet playful songwriting and lyrical wit. With each song’s release and live performance, Lauren’s trajectory steadily ascends. Having just finished a west coast tour with Nicole Atkins, she has received accolades from Consequence of SoundIndie Shuffle and Wonderlandas well as an in-depth feature with LA Weekly. Stay tuned for more opportunities to experience her effervescent brand of modern psych-pop in a city near you!

 

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Goon / Alyeska announce January West Coast tour

GOON & ALYESKA ANNOUNCE WEST COAST TOUR

NEW EP FROM GOON HAPPY OMEN OUT NOW

DEBUT EP FROM ALYESKA CRUSH OUT NOW
Experimental fringe rockers Goon and Dream-rock group Alyeska have announced a joint West Coast tour kicking off in San Francisco at Bottom of the Hill on January 3. Full dates below...

TOUR DATES
1/3 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill w/ Snowball ii
1/11- Bellingham, WA @ The Mind Place
1/12- Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
1/13- Portland, OR @ Turn! Turn! Turn! w/ Strange Ranger
2/2- Los Angeles, CA @ SWIMM Presents: Love You Down II at The Echo

* Goon only

ABOUT GOON
"So far, Goon are two for two on crafting extraordinary, individual worlds, but their EPs' shared hallmarks-earworm hooks, heartbroken lyrics, and charmingly homespun production-make up a universe that's distinctly theirs." - LA Record

"Scrappy psych-pop track "Ten Tables" follows the slow, acoustic-driven melodies on the other two singles, "Chaka" and "She," with a slightly quickened pace and heavier layering. The twangy guitar, whooshing harmonies, and reference to childhood memories remind me somewhat of Alex G." - Stereogum

"Rising grunge-gaze heroes Goon have been bringing the scuzz back to LA guitar music for a good year now...the band and its sludgy, sprawling sound has been a relentless presence on stage and playlists alike." - Noisey

RIYL: LVL UP, DEERHUNTER, BIBIO
In October, Goon released their new EP Happy Omen which has gained praise fromNoisey, Stereogum, BBC Radio 6 and even Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear who recently placed the band's single "She" at the top of his Favorite Songs of 2017 playlist on Spotify.
is the follow up to the band's first EP Dusk of Punk which saw the completely independent band break through the indie rock noise, receiving high marks from
"(Absaroka) climbs high through nearly three and half minutes of fuzzy guitar riffs and Reid's reverb-drenched vocals, reaching its peak near the two-minute-mark as a frenetic instrumental bridge explodes through the chorus." - Noisey

"...a heavenly cluster of songs...'Motel State of Mind' is a swirling cyclone of drums and Reid's feathery voice, jolted by an unexpected low-end of guitar fuzz." - Billboard
Alyeska is the brainchild of Montana singer-songwriter Alaska Reid. Blending her influences of Dinosaur Jr., Guided by Voices and Fleetwood Mac, Alyeska is equal parts noisy, guitar driven indie rock and delicate, lyrically driven vocals and compositions.

Earlier this year the band released their first EP Crush which was produced by legendary indie rock producer John Agnello (Waxahatchee, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile.) Crush received critical acclaim from Billboard, Noisey, Stereogum and many more.

Since releasing the Crush EP, the band has gone on to open for Middle Kids, Frankie Cosmos and Blitzen Trapper.


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Dr. Demento Covered In Punk Unveils Classic Batman Adam West's Cover Of Hit Novelty Song "The Thing" In One Of His Final Performances

  

DR. DEMENTO COVERED IN PUNK UNVEILS CLASSIC BATMAN ADAM WEST'S COVER OF HIT NOVELTY SONG "THE THING" IN ONE OF HIS FINAL PERFORMANCES
 
TWO-HOUR DEMENTED PUNK EXTRAVAGANZA FEATURING JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, MISFITS, B52's FRED SCHNEIDER, WILLIAM SHATNER, CLASSIC BATMAN ADAM WEST, "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC AND MORE DUE OUT JANUARY 12, 2018
 

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15, 2017 - Demented Punk today unveiled the late Adam West's cover of "The Thing," originally performed by Phil Harris of the Jack Benny Show. "The Thing" was first released in 1950, where it spent four weeks atop the Billboard Pop charts and eventually became one of the most successful novelty songs of all time. West is famous for his iconic role as Batman in the 1960s TV series of the same name, the voice of reoccurring character "Mayor West" on the animated series "Family Guy," and countless other appearances in TV and film. He contributed one of his final performances to this classic novelty track prior to passing earlier this year. 

"The Thing" appears on Demented Punk's Dr. Demento Covered In Punk which is due for release on January 12, 2018.  The song was produced by John Cafiero and backed by Osaka Popstar's Demented Punk Orchestra, which features drums by Dennis Diken (The Smithereens), bass guitar by Sal Maida (Roxy Music, Milk 'n' Cookies) guitar by Dean Rispler (Dictators, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black), and a full horn section. Cafiero, who produced and curated the entire project, had the following to add about the experience of working with West:
"Adam West was a great guy and a real pleasure to work with-genuinely funny, good-natured and a total professional. It was an honor to have the chance to work with him. When he arrived at the studio, he pulled me aside and said, 'I'm going to give you the greatest gift I can give you... I'm going to sing this song as Mayor West', (his character on 'Family Guy'). I replied and said, in all sincerity...'The greatest gift you can give me is to just be yourself, have fun with it, and perform the song as Adam West.' He was taken aback, and within a few seconds of processing what I had just said, his face lit up, beaming with pride. I truly meant every word. Adam's persona was larger than life, really colorful and vibrant. It was obvious during the session he was genuinely having fun with it, and I think you can hear that permeating throughout the track. He gave an incredible performance. 
This album has the great pleasure of sharing one of Adam West's final performances with the world-and it is truly a fantastic one. He was THE real Batman, and it's a memory I'll treasure."
Dr. Demento Covered In Punk is a special two-hour demented punk extravaganza, structured like one of Demento's original radio shows.  The collection features an eclectic mix of artists from the world of classic and contemporary punk/indie/alt-rock, along with special guest stars from film, TV and more.  "The Thing" is available now as an instant grat track to fans who preorder the physical album HERE and those who preorder it digitally from iTunes.  It can also be previewed HERE.  Original artwork for "The Thing" was created by pop culture artist and enthusiast Neil Camera, known for Topps' Garbage Pail Kids, Wacky Packages and Mars Attacks cards and sticker sets.

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk features over thirty different, never before released, all-new 'punk' cover versions of 'mad music and crazy comedy' songs famously heard on the airwaves of the legendary "Dr Demento Show"- intermixed with 'wild card' tracks showcasing some incredible, newly 'demented' versions of punk-rock classics!  Joined by everyone from the Misfits, Joan Jett, Fred Schneider of the B52s, to "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner (to name just a few).  The Doctor is in...and he's 'Covered in Punk'!!  A full track listing can be found HERE.

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk includes an in-depth booklet with equally entertaining liner notes and personal quotes from the participating artists, a foreword by album producer and Demented Punk founder John Cafiero (Misfits, Ramones, Osaka Popstar), an afterword by Dr. Demento, as well as factoids, photos and an array of dynamic paintings and illustrations created exclusively for the project by a team of visual artists spanning the world of comic books, classic punk rock album covers, Topps trading card series, Mad Magazine and more.  The cover artwork for the album was created by iconic illustrator Drew Friedman whose work has appeared in countless publications from Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine to Rolling Stone and the New Republic and just about everything in between.

Wind up your radio dementites and dementoids-the doctor is in!

 

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Poppy Ackroyd shares enchanting single ‘PAPER’

Poppy Ackroyd shares new single 'Paper' via Self-Titled

Track taken from brand new album 'Resolve' out February 2nd 2018 on 
One Little Indian Records
Link: 
https://soundcloud.com/poppyackroyd/poppy-ackroyd-paper/s-wJ0MS


"Poppy Ackroyd can conjure whole worlds of sound out of the barest essentials.
Stereogum

"It's a beautiful, elongated five minutes or so and Ackroyd makes the whole thing seem completely effortless.”
Line of Best Fit

“It’s great to see the minimal music of pianist Poppy Ackroyd getting some love
London In Stereo

"…a musical talent that straddles both old and new, harnessing the power and range of two very versatile instruments along with innovative use of samples and manipulation through technology. A must for fans of Silvain Chauveau, Dustin O'Halloran and Max Richter.
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“…staggering lovely”
Stereogum

"A composer of real talent, she's able to work in softly advancing measures, tackling each project with real finesse.”
Clash

“Clicking, whirring, and lots of other onomatapoeia-ing goes on as soft piano and somber violin trace an intricate emotional arc.”
Spin

“Talented”
Ransom Note

"Ackroyd paints with sound, revealing strange and complex tonal shifts...”
The Skinny
Today, breath-taking post-classical artist Poppy Ackroyd shares her brand new single ‘Paper’ taken from her first full-length album with One Little Indian Records, Resolve – out early 2018. A classically trained pianist, violinist, producer, and composer, Ackroyd turned heads in the neo-classical world with her previous works Escapement and Feathers, as well as her involvement in Hidden Orchestra (Tru Thoughts).

Having played alongside giants of the genre, Hauschka and Nils Frahm, the unique musician has returned, newly signed to Bjork’s label One Little Indian Records, fresh off the back of a mini-album Sketches, and set to release her brand new self-produced full-length record - her most ambitious and progressive piece of work to date. 


Talking about the new single, Ackroyd said: "'Paper' is the opening track on the album and the most similar in style to my previous work. It features guest instrumentalists; Mike Lesirge on flute and clarinets, and Jo Quail on cello, but 'Paper' is mostly made out of sounds from the violin and piano. The name of the track comes from the paper I laid over the strings while I used fingers and piano hammers to create the percussive sounds that you hear at the start and throughout the track."

In contrast to Ackroyd's previous albums, for which the artist manipulated field recordings, Ackroyd has this time employed guest players on the record, in conjunction with her trademark and unique use of unconventional studio methods. Ackroyd creates percussive textures from traditional classical instruments, and the result is almost the emulation of an entire orchestra, using very few instruments combined with the artist’s incredible production skills.

The ground-breaking track and the new album explores life's constant challenges, and many of the songs are extremely personal to Poppy. In her own words: “Resolve is about the determination to embrace the good things in life whilst dealing with unexpected and challenging difficulties. Finding the light in the dark, facing sadness and loss head on, and developing a growing inner strength.”

Although a keen collaborator outside of her solo work – having created soundtracks for film, dance, physical theatre and radio – this is the first record for which Poppy has written for and employed other players, including Manu Delago (Bjork, Cinematic Orchestra, Anoushka Shankar) playing hang, Mike Lesirge (Bonobo, Andreya Triana) playing clarinets and flute, and Jo Quail on cello.

Through studying contemporary classical piano works and listening to electronic music, Ackroyd quickly developed her signature compositional style on previous albums, using contemporary pianistic ideas whilst also inhabiting the world of sound beyond the keyboard, using extended techniques to 'play' other parts of the instruments as well. The intelligent artist works by recording improvised contemporary classical piano motifs and then rearranging and manipulating these sounds digitally. The result is a fantastic fusion of acoustic and electronic in a post-classical setting.

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Reverberation Radio @ The Chapel









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