Monthly Archives: April 2014

Groundbreaking guitarist Cline keeps returning to Philly

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

Since his start in the late 1970s on the Los Angeles creative improvisational music scene, guitarist Nels Cline has moved among avant-garde jazz, noise rock, and crepuscular ambient sound. He may be best known for joining the alt-Americana ensemble Wilco in 2004. But his wide-ranging explorations continue, including Brazilian esoterica and dissonance with the CD Macroscope by the Nels Cline Singers.

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Alt-country rockers Marah, playing #XPNfest, share video for “A Melody of Rain”

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Alt-country rockers Marah are one of the 30+ bands playing WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival this summer at Wiggins Park/Susquehanna Bank Center July 25-27th. The band recently released Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania. The album was inspired by a 1931 book by … Continued

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ArtsBeat: Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics to ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ to Be Auctioned

Source: New York Times » Music

Working manuscripts written by Bob Dylan for “Like a Rolling Stone” and “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” are among the highlights of a rock history auction at Sotheby’s.

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Want To Write For All Things Go?

Source: All Things Go

all things go writers wanted

All Things Go is looking for talented, passionate and, above all, rad writers to join its growing team. Whether your style is short and sweet posts or developing long-form editorial pieces, there’s room here for you.

Requirements
• Must follow emerging music — indie, electronic and beyond.
• Must be able to meet a minimum of two posts per week.
• Must have passion for what we do in the ATG community. All Things Go is more than just a music website — we put on regular shows in DC/NYC and put out singles from emerging artists on our label ...

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Unlocked: Watch City Rain go acoustic and outdoorsy in their Sequence session

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Yesterday, in our review of City Rain‘s Songs From a High School Dance, we talked about how the album saw frontman Ben Runyan finding his voice as a songwriter. A classic way to test that claim out: take away all … Continued

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“A Big House of Many Rooms”: Robert Glasper’s eclectic Black Radio sequel comes to the Tower

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Everyone who’s up for an award says that it’s an honor just be nominated, but that sentiment was a bit more believeable for Robert Glasper, a jazz keyboardist who found himself competing against the higher-profile likes of R. Kelly and … Continued

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The DC Area Deli’s first Baltimore showcase at Gallery 788, May 14th.

Source: The Deli Magazine

We’re proud to announce our first Baltimore showcase! Baltimore friends (and all others!), Gallery 788 is hosting a special night of music on Wednesday, May 14th. Baltimore’s new favorite "ArtRockers," Playground Etiquette, are planning a special set up to match the space. Joining them will be Trabants, an intrumental surf-rock band from LA/Boston, fronted by Baltimore native Eric Penna, touring on their way to Instro Summit in North Carolina. It’s been a long time since he’s played in the city, and we want to throw him the best homecoming party we can. Rounding out the night ...

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Books of The Times: Lisa Robinson’s Rock ’n’ Roll Life in ‘There Goes Gravity’

Source: New York Times » Music

In her memoir, “There Goes Gravity,” Lisa Robinson tries to put her busy life into context as a rare female journalist in rock’s early period.

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The Horrors played House of Vans with Spires (pics, setlist)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Ebru Yildiz; words by Bill Pearis

The Horrors @ House of Vans 4/29/2014
The Horrors
The Horrors

With a new album and an impending appearance at this weekend’s Austin Psych Fest, UK band The Horrors stopped in NYC last night (4/29) to play a free show at House of Vans. Cold, rainy anorak weather and the venue’s warehouse space made for a good setting for The Horrors’ widescreen, if gloomy, rock. As the new Luminious isn’t out till next week (5/6), the band opened with a few older songs: “Mirror’s Image” and “Scarlett Fields” from 2009’s Primary Colours, and ...

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Excel reissuing debut on Southern Lord, playing NYC w/ Strife

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Ian Chainey

Split Image album art
Excel

Venice, California crossover thrashers Excel will be playing a one-off show with fellow SoCal-ians Strife on June 17 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. Tickets are on sale now.

The show is yet another neat development in a flurry of recent activity for Excel, who reformed in 2012 after a 17 year break. Earlier this week, it was announced Southern Lord would repress the outfit’s debut LP, Split Image. Released in 1987, Split Image was a landmark recording in the then-burgeoning Venice scene that counted bands like Suicidal Tendencies, No Mercy, and ...

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Laura Jane Grace in a new reality series on AOL (watch trailer)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Laura Jane Grace

Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) came out as transgender back in 2012 and has since released a new AM! album that often touches on the matter, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and toured extensively in support of it. Now, Laura is getting a reality series on AOL which tells her story, as well as the stories of “other members of the trans community whose experiences are woefully underrepresented and misunderstood in the media.” Check out the trailer video for the series HERE.

Against Me! are about to kick off another tour, this time with Tony Molina ...

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NYC bans e-cigs in public establishments (sorry GWAR)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Ian Chainey

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Today, metal spewers of juices GWAR have announced a collaboration with Mount Baker Vapors to supply the world with GWAR Fluids, a set of custom flavored e-cigarette/vaporizer liquid. Starting May 1, you’ll be able to take a deep pull of Jizmoglobin — “a creamy blueberry blend with notes of nut and custard” — at your favorite New York bar… hold up.

Actually, no. No, you won’t.

In a stroke of bad luck for Mount Baker Vapors, New York City has amended the 2002 Smoke-Free Air Act to ban e-cigarettes from ...

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documentary ‘Jobriath A.D.’ screening in NYC and on-demand

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

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Known as the first openly gay rock star, Jobriath‘s reign was brief, lasting less than two years and two albums. Done in by a over-hyped publicity machine, shunned by the gay community, and dismissed by most critics as all flash, no substance, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business and retreated to the Chelsea Hotel, where he died forgotten in 1983 at the age of 37, one of the earliest casualties of AIDS. However, in the years since his death, new generations of fans have discovered his music through acts as diverse as The Pet Shop Boys, Gary Numan, ...

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We Love Music: Moogfest Pt. 2 (Asheville, NC—4/24/14)

Source: We Love DC » Music

Janelle Monae speaks (Photo courtesy Moogfest)

Janelle Monae speaks (Photo courtesy Moogfest)

Generally speaking, I’m a night owl, and when I travel I revel in my rare opportunities to own the night–even if owlishly.

That said, my capacity for enjoying the day programming offered by Moogfest was admittedly limited. Out of intense curiosity, however, I was able to rise early enough on Thursday, April 24, to catch some of a presentation by Janelle Monae and her collaborators Chuck Lightning and Nate Rocket Wonder.

The session, titled after Monae’s work “The Electric Lady,” took me to the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville’s Pack Place for the ...

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Recap: Future Islands move a sold out crowd @ First Unitarian Church

Source: The Swollen Fox

Future Islands at churchSince when was David Letterman the most influential music taste-maker? By way of his Late Show with David Letterman, he’s always had the ability to help a band’s career, sure. But I don’t believe he has ever had a more positive effect than the role he’s had in Future Islands’ ascension. His enthusiastic reaction to the band’s performance on his show was sent rapidly around the internet, and the hype machine officially went to work on Future Islands. I can’t imagine anyone ever thought a 67-year-old television show host would ever have this much power over music fans (he ...

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Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck

Source: All Things Go

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Chicago rapper Vic Mensa has been building momentum through his collaborations with Chance the Rapper and his well-received INNANETAPE  from last year. His latest track “Down On My Luck” is fast and fun as Mensa breathlessly raps over a bouncy, synth-tinged beat. He never strains, managing to keep the effortless cool of his other offerings even as the speed of his flow ratchets up. There’s also a confident blending of styles between the slightly more dance-influenced beat and Mensa’s soulful delivery. Despite the pessimism of the title, “Down On My Luck” shows Vic Mensa still in the midst of ...

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Sharon Van Etten shares an ominously beautiful new track “Every Time The Sun Comes Up”

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Not many singer-songwriters can do dark and whimsical the way Sharon Van Etten can. With her new track “Every Time The Sun Comes Up”, she rests on a slowly drawn, languid groove that finds her reflecting on what is and … Continued

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Walker & Royce – Doctor Saarloos

Source: Blisspop » DC Music

Walker & Royce are back with a new original entitled “Doctor Saarloos,” which they just dropped today as part of the Pets Records compilation, Friends Will Carry You Home III. The track is a dark and atmospheric tech house groover with a muscular bass line, hypnotic synth line, and industrial feeling percussion. It feels like a well oiled machine guaranteed to get the deepest and darkest floors moving. The compilation is out on May 12, featuring some of the heaviest hitters in the game, among them KiNK, Danny Daze, and label heads Catz’n Dogz.

We’re lucky enough to have ...

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Wolves in the Throne Room detail instrumental ‘Celestite’

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Ian Chainey

Wolves in the Throne Room in Los Angeles, 2012 (more by Adam Murray)
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Olympia, Washington-located Cascadian black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room have scheduled a new release and revealed the running order for their next transmission, Celestite. June 8 is the date for the vocal/drum-less record, billed as a companion to 2011’s Celestial Lineage. Indeed, as Wolves in the Throne Room teased in January, Celestite will explore the melodies and harmonies of previous material sans their distinctive wall of black metal. Per brothers and core members Aaron and Nathan Weaver:

There ...

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