The Motionless Presentis a forthcoming collection of poetry set to acerbic soundscapes from local artist and activist Moor Mother. Scheduled for a March release ahead of her appearance at Berlin’s CTM Festival, the album follows last year’s breakthrough Fetish Bones. Previewing her new work, Moor Mother’s Camae Ayewa has shared a collaborative track with NYC producer Geng called “This Week.”
Buzz is a fickle thing, especially in the world of indie rock, and few artists are more experienced in its ups and downs than Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. It was over 10 years ago that the band’s debut self-titled album cut so piercingly through the muddled early aughts indie scene, demanding attention like few other debuts. Notoriety, as many bands have found throughout the years, is truly a double-edged sword. Success is certainly rewarding but it also leads to oversimplification, from bloggers and listeners alike, who make their new favorite band into whatever they want them to be, ignoring the artist themselves.
Ounsworth could have easily succumbed to the pressure that arises in the face of such success. He could have doubled down, he could have churned out album after album of fan service and perhaps he would have been more ‘successful’ because of it, but that’s not what make Clap Your Hands Say Yeah the band they are. Even today, the release day of the band’s fifth LP The Tourist, Ounsworth remain steadfast in his individuality. “We didn’t get in this business to acquiesce,” Ounsworth told me during a recent phone interview. Continue reading →
“I did the best I could with carrying on the flame of rhythm & blues and rock & roll”
-Stevie Ray Vaughan
The late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan played a number of blistering electric Fender Stratocasters in his career, but some recently surfaced vintage video from 1983 shows what Stevie Ray could do to an acoustic guitar. It’s a must-see for any SRV fan. Continue reading →
Another day, another new song from Passion Pit. The group has now put out 7 new songs this week with the release of “The Undertow,” which will be featured on their next album, Tremendous Sea of Love. Take a listen below. Continue reading →
Shoegaze is back, baby. As bands like Slowdive resurface alongside Lush and My Bloody Valentine, it was only time before staples Ride get in on the action. The follow-up to 1996’s Tarantula is in the making, and as we get closer and closer to the release, the band continues to tease every die-hard by hitting us this time in the form of “Home Is A Feeling”
At The Drive In shocked a very niche part of the world with a gigantic reunion tour was supposed to take them all across this great country — but derailed shortly after an an insane gig at The Fillmore last June. To pick up where they left off and continue giving their fans multiple heart attacks, the band announced in•ter a•li•a, its first record in 17 years, due out on May 5th via Rise Records. With the announcement, the band also released their first single from the record “Incurably Innocent”.
Ted Leo is joining his millennial counterparts and saying a big fat no to corporate music, announcing a Kickstarter campaign for his new record with his band The Pharmacists. After parting ways with Matador, Leo doesn’t want to stop doing the thing he knows and loves: making music. Continue reading →
NO COMPED VOCALS. NO PITCH CORRECTION. NO GUITARS.
Those three statements dwell within the announcement of The Mountain Goats’ new record Goths, set to be released on May 19th. To hold us over until then, the band released the first single from the album with the Sisters of Mercy callout “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds”.