Below, listen to the B-side of a limited edition white-label single Dirty Projectors released for the band’s January 2013 Carnegie Hall show. Only 250 copies of the Offspring Are Blank 7-inch single were pressed for the occasion. The song has a off-kilter afrobeat groove and sinewy, interweaving guitar lines that are like a funky version of Television’s “See No Evil.” Yesterday Dirty Projectors announced a tour opening for The National, which comes to The Mann on June 7th. Go here for more information about the show.
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Brooklyn four-piece Widowspeak, gearing up for the release of their sophomore record Almanac later this month, are streaming their track “The Dark Age” via Soundcloud. “The Dark Age” follows up Widowspeak’s first single “The Ballad of the Golden Hour” with a definitively more somber turn from the band’s typical luminosity. Singer Molly Hamilton’s haunting vocals cry heartbreak, sweeping over flashy guitar riffs and a catchy, melodic beat. Widowspeak is playing at Kung Fu Necktie January 23rd; go here for information and tickets to the 21+ show, and listen to “The Dark Age” below.
Indie-dance band The Faint, who are currently touring in support of a reissue of 2001′s Danse Macabre (including a stop at The Troc this week), surprised fans with an exclusive tour EP featuring four new songs, their first fresh material since 2008′s Fasciinatiion. Yesterday the band followed it up with an Icky Blossoms remix of the first single from the EP, “Evil Voices,” available for download at Consequence of Sound. Thursday’s all-ages show starts at 8 p.m.; for tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar here.
You can now stream Of Montreal‘s “Dumb Acre” as well as a variety of other unreleased tracks from the band’s Kickstarter page for their forthcoming documentary, Song Dynasties (go here to donate – there’s still two weeks left!). In exchange for donations, the band is circulating previously unreleased singles, including some of their oldest material. You can catch Of Montreal playing with Foxygen and French Horn Rebellion at The Trocadero December 13th. Tickets and information can be found on our concert calendar here. In the meantime, listen to Kevin Barnes get extra hippie on the love-struck “Dumb Acre” below.