Monday, 15 April 2013

Out This Week - 15th April 2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Despair



Throughout their thirteen (!) year career, Yeah Yeah Yeahs have become known for hard-hitting pop songs like 'Bang', 'Zero', 'Sacrilege' and so on, but it's often been their more downbeat and emotional tracks that have in fact hit the hardest, with the peerless 'Maps' being the most obvious example. Much is the same with new album 'Mosquito'. You've heard the pop comeback single, now here's the stunning 'Despair'.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' website

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Catch them live:

APR 16 Ventura Theater, Ventura, CA
APR 19 Coachella Indio, CA
MAY 01 O2 Apollo, Manchester, United Kingdom
MAY 02 O2 Academy, Leeds, United Kingdom
MAY 04 Alexandra Palace APT / I'll be Your Mirror, London, United Kingdom
MAY 06 Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
MAY 08 Olympia, Paris, France
MAY 11 Sweetlife Festival / Merriweather Post, Columbia, MD
MAY 12 House of Blues Boston, MA
MAY 17 Great GoogaMooga Festival, Brooklyn, NY
MAY 19 Hangout Music Fest Gulf Shores, AL
JUN 22 Firefly Festival, Dover, DE
JUN 24 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
JUN 28 Kanrocksas, Kansas City, KS
JUL 14 T in the Park, Scotland, United Kingdom
JUL 17 Pardiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
JUL 18 Dour Festival, Dour, Belgium
JUL 20 Latitude Festival, Southwold, United Kingdom
JUL 21 Longitude Festival, Dublin, Ireland





Iron & Wine - Grace for Saints and Ramblers


Samuel Beam's Iron & Wine have been making records just about as long, but opting for a more organic sound, fitting into the alt-country, rock and Americana genres. It must be annoying to be best known for your cover of someone else's song though. So hopefully new album 'Ghost on Ghost' and upbeat current single 'Grace For Saints and Ramblers' will go some way to remedying that.



Iron & Wine's website

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Catch them live:

May 11 Napa Valley Expo, Napa, CA
May 13 Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, Homestead, PA
May 14 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
May 15 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
May 16 Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, VA
May 17 Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
May 18 State Theatre, Portland, ME
May 19 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
May 28 The Barbican, London, United Kingdom
May 29 Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
May 30 Opera House, Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
May 31 The Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Jun 02 Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
Jun 03 Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
Jun 05 Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany





Echopark - Teleportation


The brains behind Echopark is London-based musician Antonio Alia Forte and this week he releases his album 'Trees'. The first single to be taken from the album is 'Teleportation', a bouncy and fun piece of experimental electro-pop that sounds as fresh as a daisy and is a nice antidote to all the '80s nostalgia that the genre has become bogged down in.



Echopark's website

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Houses - Beginnings


Chicago duo Houses release their album 'A Quiet Darkness' this week, and in single 'Beginnings' they've managed to expertly convey sombre feelings and a desperate situation into a stirring and majestic track that seems uneventful at first, but is bursting with power and emotion and just gets better and better with each and every listen.



Houses' website

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Catch them live:

Apr 12 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
Apr 13 Webster Hall, New York, NY
Apr 15 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Apr 16 The Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN
Apr 17 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
May 23 Holoscene, Portland, OR
May 25 Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, Canada
May 29 The Palace Lounge, Missoula, MT
May 30 Neurolux, Boise, ID
May 31 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 05 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
Jun 06 Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI
Jun 07 Metro, Chicago, IL
Jun 08 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
Jun 09 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
Jun 10 Le Belmont, Montreal, Canada
Jun 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
Jun 13 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
Jun 14 Black Cat, Washington, DC
Jun 15 Webster Hall, New York, NY
Jun 16 Strange Matter, Richmond, VA
Jun 19 Hi Ho Lounge, New Orleans, LA  
Jun 20 The Mohawk, Austin, TX
Jun 22 Club Dada, Dallas, TX
Jun 24 The Lowbrow Palae, El Paso, TX  
Jun 25 Club Congress, Tucson, AZ
Jun 26 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
Jun 27 Casbah, San Diego, CA
Jun 28 El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Jun 29 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA





OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE WEEK

Azure Blue - The Road I Know (featuring Julia Vero)


We fell for Swedish artist Azure Blue's single 'The Catcher In The Rye' in quite a big way back in 2011. Its parent album 'Rule Of Thirds' wasn't bad either. Well now Tobias Isaksson returns with the first single from his forthcoming new album 'Beyond the Dreams There's Infinite Doubt'. 'The Road I Know' features guest vocals from Julia Vero and is just the sort of fantasy synth-based dreampop we were hoping for. After The Sound Of Arrows veered in too much of a mainstream direction, Azure Blue is carrying the flag for this sort of musical magic, and judging by this he's returning right on the top of his game.



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