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It was a bitter cold evening last night in Upper Darby, where many traveled to see the British indie rock group Alt-J on their headlining tour in support of this year’s This Is All Yours. After the global success of their debut An Awesome Wave, which won the Mercury Prize in 2012, the band start getting the rep as “The next Radiohead.” Last night, they definitely lived up to it.
UK rock trio Alt-J have released a second song from their forthcoming album, This Is All Yours, the bluesy “Left Hand Free.” While this sound is unlike the band’s previous releases, the song practically sweats the soul and colloquialisms of a Southern rock classic with a heavy drum beat. This is Alt-J as you haven’t heard them before; though the distinct vocals are surely Joe Newman, it’ll take a second for fans of the indie group to believe it is in fact the same fellows who recorded polished hits like “Tessellate” and “Breezeblocks” on An Awesome Wave. or even the newer ambient sounding first single from their forthcoming album, “Hunger Of The Pine.”
This new direction heard in “Left Hand Free” has us curious about the rest of the album, which is set to be released September 22nd. The group’s tour hits Philly’s Tower Theater November 14th, and you can find more information on our concert calendar here.
Listen to “Left Hand Free” below.
Moody, experimental British rockers Alt-J are releasing a new album, This Is All Yours on September 22nd, and are playing Friday, November 14th at the Tower Theatre. The trio have released a new song, “Hunger Of The Pine,” that samples the line “I’m a female rebel,” from a Miley Cyrus song, “4 X 4.” “Hunger” starts out slowly, builds, and then holds a mid-tempo groove at an infectious, hypnotic, pulsating simmer. The use of the sample is used sparingly, but effectively, and lead singer Joe Newman sounds as beautiful as ever on the song.
Listen to both songs below.
L.A. based indie alt/rock/pop trio Sir Sly just released the official music video for “Gold,” the title track off of the band’s highly buzzed about Gold EP. The video, which is as suspenseful and anticipatory as the song itself, was fashioned together by award-winning director Ellis Bahl, who also directed Alt-J’s “Breezeblocks” vid. The “Gold” video is dark and eerie, following a suspenseful narrative that adds a whole new dynamic to the track itself, and the two compliment each other perfectly. Sir Sly are currently on tour supporting the Gold EP with a myriad of stops along the East coast, including Philly’s own Boot & Saddle this Sunday, October 27. For a full list of tour dates click here. Watch the video for “Gold” below.
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Last night, UK experimental pop outfit Alt-J played a set to a teeming and enthusiastic crowd at The Electric Factory. The stage was awash in a spectrum of colors as the band worked through its 2012 album An Awesome Wave, along with new track “Warm Foothills” and a cover of College’s “A Real Hero.” Check out photos from the show in the gallery below, and see the setlist after the jump.
English electronic-pop act Alt-J stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Thursday. The band performed “Tesselate” off of their 2012 Mercury Prize-winning debut An Awesome Wave; watch the live video of the downtempo, smoldering track below. Alt-J play the Electric Factory with Lord Huron tomorrow; tickets and information can be found here.
British psych-pop outfit Alt-J have added a Philadelphia date to their fall tour, playing the Electric Factory on September 17th. Since releasing their debut full-length An Awesome Wave last year Alt-J have achieved a swell of success, winning the Mercury Prize and playing to exponentially-increasing crowds (Johnny Brenda’s less than a year ago, Lollapalooza yesterday). They’ll be joined by Lord Huron, the misty-eyed Americana project of Ben Schneider that won over the hearts of XPoNential-goers just a week ago. Tickets and information for the show will be available here. Below, watch Alt-J perform “Matilda” and “Dissolve Me” for La Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows, followed by Lord Huron’s video for “Lonesome Dreams.”
Alt-J played SXSW this past week as part of the NPR Music showcase along with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Waxahatchee, and Cafe Tacuba. Alt-J put on a mesmerizing performance and if you’re not yet convinced about what all the fuss is over the Mercury Award winning UK band, watch their performance below from the concert. You can download the full set here. Alt-J play a sold out show this Thursday night at the TLA.