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OUR LADY Give You All Of Their Music For Free

Our LadySpringfield, IL’s Our Lady are a very peculiar band. In some “music news” sites and even in some reviews, they get lumped into the whole post-emo thing with bands like Brand New and Manchester Orchestra. While we don’t have anything against those mentioned bands, and as a matter of fact we’re big fans of theirs also, Our Lady don’t quite fit in that category or company. Their bio says “post everything” and that may be right but Our Lady have been able to craft their own unique sound in their four years as a band. It’s this almost-impossibility to categorize and really express in words what they sound like that makes them so unique. They’re one of those rare bands that if you’re asked what they’re like, your only response is “you just have to listen to them to understand.”

The band recently released their first full-length LP, II, on Mind Over Matter Records. In a very short review of it on our part, we will just say that it’s great and definitely is one of those albums that deserves as much attention as possible. Our Lady have also released quite a few EPs and 7″ singles so hunt those down as well.

Just in time for the weekend, the band have unrolled a good chunk of their discography, including II, as a free download on their Bandcamp. Click here to head over there and download or at least stream II below.

DEAFHEAVEN Premiere New Song “From the Kettle Onto the Coil”

DeafheavenAs part of the Adult Swim Singles series, Deafheaven have rolled out a new song “From the Kettle Onto the Coil”. The song itself finds the band going further musically from what they have done in Sunbather and yet still maintaining their own unique style of shoegaze-inflected black metal. Or black metal-inflected shoegaze. You can freely choose. Clocking in at 6:36, the song somehow feels very short with all the peaks and valleys of sound and the speed at which pummels you through.

The song will be available for a free download on August 25th at adultswim.com/singles. So head there on 8/25. As for a physical release of the song, we can only hope and wish that it happens at some point.

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highway TV Series Trailer Premiered

Foo FightersA trailer for the much-anticipated HBO short series Sonic Highways has been premiered. The series is the brainchild of Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl as a next step from his Sound City documentary. The series will chronicle the group as they travel to eight different cities in the U.S. and explore their legendary music studios and scenes and collaborate with iconic musicians from each stop for the new Foo Fighters album.

In this new series, Foo Fighters commemorate their 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album.

Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl directs the series, which taps into the musical heritage and cultural fabric of eight cities: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York. The band based themselves at a legendary recording studio integral to the unique history and character of each location.

One song was recorded in each city, and every track features local legends. Even the lyrics were developed in an experimental, unprecedented way: Grohl held off on writing them until the last day of each session, letting himself be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.

Foo Fighters Sonic Highways is, in Grohl’s words, “a love letter to the history of American music.” Each episode delves into the identity of each city — showing how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years and, in turn, how they impacted the cultural fabric of their hometowns. Every artist who appears in the show, regardless of genre or locale, started as an average kid with universal dreams of making music and making it big.

Grohl made his feature film directorial debut in 2013 with the universally acclaimed Grammy-winning Sound City, a celebration of the human element in the creation and recording of music. Foo Fighters have won 11 Grammy Awards, including four for Best Rock Album, more than any other band.

Premiering on the eve of Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways aims to “give back” to the next generation of young musicians. As guitarist and singer Buddy Guy, an interviewee from the Chicago blues scene, explains, “Everything comes from what’s come before.”

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways will premiere on HBO on October 17th at 11pm. You can also already pre-order Sonic Highways directly from the band here.

(The) Melvins: Additional Info on New Album “Hold It In”

King-Buzzo(The) Melvins will be rolling out a new record on October 14th via Ipecac Recordings. The album, titled Hold It In, was recorded by mainstay members Buzz and Dale and joined by Paul Leary and JD Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers. The band has released more details on the tracklisting for the album. Additionally, a track off the album, “Bride of Crankenstein”, will be released by Amphetamine Reptile as a single.

Hold It In track listing
1. Bride of Crankenstein
2.You Can Make Me Wait
3. Brass Cupcake
4. Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit
5. Onions Make the Milk Taste Bad
6. Eyes on You
7. Sesame Street Meat
8. Nine Yards
9. The Bunk Up
10. I Get Along (Hollow Moon)
11. Piss Pisstopherson
12. House of Gasoline

Team Sleep: Return and New Album

Team SleepTeam Sleep are back. The group, led mainly by Deftones‘ Chino Moreno, have announced not only that they’re back but also that they will be entering the studio this Fall to begin work on a new album. The band will record at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, NY and they’re giving a very limited opportunity for fans to participate. Here’s the full-on details from the band:

Please join us as we create our next record in Woodstock, New York. We’ll gather at Applehead studio, near the base of the Catskill mountains to eat, write, play and record. For a long time, business people, logistics, careers, adulthood, families and the House Republicans have thwarted us, but we’ve continued to make music. At the same time, the creative process has become increasingly fragmented and dehumanized. With that in mind, we’re very excited to get together with our dear friends, hang out, play music and have a unique experience in a beautiful place. We’d like you to be there, too. Your participation will be essential to the independent creation and release of the live performance and our forthcoming studio record; we look forward to seeing you.

Chino Moreno
Todd Wilkinson
Crook Molina
Zach Hill
Rick Verret
Chuck X

Participants will receive the following:

-A hooded sweatshirt with a design which will not be sold outside of this event ( please include your size)
-Silk-screened posters hand made by the band and signed
-A CD featuring previously unreleased music
-A listening party to hear new material the band is working on
-A local, gourmet meal with the band provided Sunfrost Farms
-An in-studio experience with question and answer session as the band works on and records new songs
-A live performance featuring new and old songs
-limited run vinyl of the audio from the live recordings
-A digital download of the audio from the live recordings
-A digital download of the video from the event

For additional info and how to participate, head here.

Video: Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

Taylor-Swift-T.S.-1989Tuesday has come and gone and with it, Taylor Swift announced in a live webcast of the release of a new album, 1989, on October 29th. Alongside that announcement, the first single and video was unleashed unto the world. “Shake It Off” finds Swift shedding off completely any glimmers of country music she may have had left on her previous album, RED, and headed forward in full-force into a sound that’s a complete throwback to late 80′s pop music. It’s a jarring shift for many surely, but every artist deserves the chance and right to evolve and grow whichever way in the music they make. “Shake It Off” will surely be one of those songs that will get stuck in your head for days and months to come. The beats and melodies are infectious and will force you to bounce around the room.

The accompanying video is just as bubblegum addicting with a very fun and self-deprecating angle courtesy of Ms. Swift. She has never been afraid to poke fun at herself and the video is evident in this in showing Swift attempting to emulate different dance styles across different genres and failing miserable. And still managing to have a good time throughout.

Enjoy.

XERXES Debut New Song and Announce Album Release Show

XerxesRising avant-garde rock band Xerxes has released a new song today called “Exit 123” from their upcoming record, Collision Blonde, which is due out on October 21st via No Sleep Records. The track is currently streaming at BrooklynVegan.com.

“I cooked at a restaurant in Southern Indiana about 50 hours a week for about a year leading up to the recording of Collision Blonde,” vocalist Calvin Philley tells BrooklynVegan.com. “I got fired during the recording process but that’s a different story. “Exit 123” is the first exit after you cross the bridge over the Ohio River from Louisville to New Albany on I-64 west and the route I took to work. I have severe anxiety about driving and it only gets worse as things pile up in my life with girls, money, work and anything else. Once I just panic attacked all the way to work, thought I was dying and all that. I fantasized about running through the guardrail in my shitty Chevy SUV. That’s it. I got myself fired in April and haven’t been back to Indiana since.”

Additionally, Xerxes and No Sleep Records have announced details of their upcoming CMJ showcase, “No Sleep till CMJ II,” that will serve as the band’s official album release show. Co-presented by BrooklynVegan.com, the FREE showcase will take place at The Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY on October 21st from 6PM till whenever and will feature headliner John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday) along with ‘68, Chris Farren (Fake Problems), Xerxes, The Felix Culpa, Aviator, Run Forever, Rescuer, In Between, Foreign Tongues and Maps For Travelers.

In addition to their CMJ performance, Xerxes will be performing at Subterranean in Chicago, IL on August 26th where the band will be performing Collision Blonde in its entirety. The band will also be doing a session with Audiotree Live on August 27th, which will be broadcast live at http://audiotree.tv/live/ that day. The band will have a few more dates around their CMJ and The Fest performance to announce in the coming weeks.

The World is a Beautiful Place… Announce North American Fall Headlining Tour

The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to DieFrom the ol’ inbox:

Connecticut’s The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die have announced a North American fall headlining tour with support from The Hotelier, Rozwell Kid, and Posture & the Grizzly (all tour dates below). The post-rock emo ensemble burst into the spotlight last year as one of the flagbearers of the much-discussed “emo revival” with the release of their debut full-length Whenever, If Ever on Topshelf Records. The album garnered praise across the internet, with Pitchfork calling the record a “rare debut…Whenever, If Ever fights against fears, societal expectations, preconceptions, and the metaphysical for the greater good of society.” Stereogum praised it “a gorgeously ambitious sprawl of bleeding hearts and far-flung instrumentation.”

The band, which functions more as a collective of musicians, has become known for their original ideas and recently teamed up with Audiotree to release a limited edition live LP of their recording, titled Audiotree Live 3.1.2014 via Broken World Media. The record is limited to 1000 copies and is now available for pre-order.

Tour Dates:
09/11 – Athens, OH – Union Bar & Grill^
09/12 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom#
09/13 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
09/20 – Kitchener, CAN @ KOI Fest
10/17 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt*
10/18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo*
10/19 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar*
10/22 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore*
10/23 – Burlington, VT – Signal Kitchen*
10/25 – Hamden, CT – The Space*
10/26 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery*
10/27 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry*
10/28 – Charlotte, NC – Casbah @ Tremont*
10/29 – Nashville, TN – The End*
10/30 – Atlanta, GA – Purgatory*
11/02 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest*
11/04 – Birmingham, AL – The Forge*
11/05 – Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar*
11/06 – Houston, TX – Walter’s*
11/08 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/10 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room*
11/11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo*
11/12 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction*
11/13 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill*
11/14 – Reno, NV – Holland Project*
11/15 – Portland, OR – Slabtown*
11/16 – Seattle, WA – Vera Project*
11/17 – Boise, ID – The Crux*
11/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court*
11/19 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater*
11/20 – Lawrence, KS – Jackpot*
11/21 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo*
11/23 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme*
11/24 – Akron, OH – Musica*
11/28 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live*
11/29 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs*

^ = w/ You Blew It!
# = w/ Citizen, You Blew It!, Hostage Calm
* = w/ The Hotelier, Rozwell Kid, Posture & the Grizzly

Coheed And Cambria Announce Remastered Reissue of ‘In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3′ 2xLP

CoheedAs was hinted at last week by Coheed and Cambria, it’s officially announced today: a remastered reissue of their second 2xLP In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. The 2xLP, as originally released by Equal Vision Records, has been out of print and much sought-after by fans for a few years now. Now just in time for the band’s run of Neverender tour where they will be performing the album in its entirety, a remastered reissue has been announced and pre-orders are live for y’all.

The reissue is available is three different “formats” and variants:

“Direct To Fan” edition in Grey Marble vinyl that can be pre-ordered now here.

Audiophile 180gram on Black vinyl available at retailers on October 21st.

Limited Neverender edition on Peach Marble available only at the Neverender: IKSSE3 shows.

More info and updates can be found at the band’s official website.

Beach Slang Announces New 7″ on Tiny Engines and Upcoming Dates with Modern Baseball

Beach Slang

From the ol’ inbox:

Tiny Engines is beyond excited to announce the sophomore release from Philadelphia, PA’s Beach Slang. Following quickly on the heels of their breakthrough debut, the band went right back to the studio in late June to record Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, a new 4 song 7″, due out this Fall on Tiny Engines. Official digital release is 9/30/14. Official physical release is 10/28/14.

The band will be hitting the road with Modern Baseball and I Am The Avalanche in September. Those dates are listed below. The band will also be playing The Fest in Gainesville. More October and November tour dates to be announced soon!

Beach Slang have been the talk of the scene this year making a big splash with their powerful debut EP, Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?. A supergroup of sorts, featuring James Snyder of Weston, JP Flexner of Ex-Friends and Ed McNulty, formerly of Nona, currently of Crybaby, Beach Slang’s seamless mix of indie, emo and pop/punk is the perfect punk rock soundtrack.

Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street – Track Listing
1. All Fuzzed Out
2. Dirty Cigarettes
3. American Girls And French Kisses
4. We Are Nothing

Upcoming Shows
SEP 05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 06 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 07 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 08 – Montreal, QC @ Le Petit Olympia w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 09 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 10 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 11 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter w/ Modern Baseball & I Am The Avalanche
SEP 12 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
OCT 31 – NOV 02: Gainesville, FL (The Fest!)