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The National have unveiled the first single from their new album Trouble Will Find Me, out on May 21st through 4AD. “Demons” is dark, full-bodied and complex in sound and production, featuring frontman Matt Berninger’s understated and gruff vocals singing lyrics about not being able to let go of the past and being afraid of the future. Trouble Will Find Me follows the Brooklyn indie rock band’s 2010 album High Violet. Listen to a stream of “Demons” below (paired with a video of Azar Kazimer creating a chalk drawing of Trouble’s album art) and watch live footage of several more new songs via Consequence of Sound here. Tickets and information for The National’s June 7th show at The Mann Center with Dirty Projectors can be found here.
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.
Brooklyn-via-Cincinnati indie rockers The National will be stopping by The Mann Center on Friday, June 7th. The Non-COMM alums released their much-loved fifth studio album High Violet in 2010 and are still going strong with tours supporting the anthemic record. They will be joined by Dirty Projectors, the experimental rock project of David Longstreth. The Brooklyn outfit released Swing Lo Magellan last summer followed by an appearance at Made In America in Philadelphia (watch a video of them performing “Offspring are Blank” from the festival here). Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m. More information will be available at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen back to The National’s 2010 Non-COMM set here and watch their video for “Bloodbuzz Ohio” below.
This weekend, Jay-Z‘s much-anticipated Made In America festival will fill the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with more than thirty artists playing on three stages in two days. It will be a massive musical melting pot, with everything from hip-hop (Meek Mill) to dubstep (Skrillex) and art-rock (Dirty Projectors) represented. Chances are, you know many of the bands on the bill – Pearl Jam and Run D.M.C. are household names. And even if you don’t realize who sings it, Passion Pit‘s “Take a Walk” has been an inescapable and awesome summer hit. Other performers may be completely new to you (Prince Royce? Afrojack?)…and that’s cool too! Music festivals are about discovery, after all, and we’re here to help you in that process with a crash course in the Made in America lineup. Listen to our Spotify playlist below – it’s got one track from just about every artist on the lineup – and get excited for two days of eclectic sounds eminating from the Parkway!
Local-boy-gone-L.A. Diplo teamed up with former Major Lazer-mate Switch and The Dirty Projector‘s Amber Coffman for his latest single, “Get Free.” The group worked with director SoMe to produce a new music video for the song, which is notable for its low-key vibes and laid-back flutey tones. “Get Free” is featured on Major Lazer’s forthcoming album, Free the Universe, out November 6th on Downtown/Mad Decent. Watch the video for “Get Free” below.
New York-based experimental pop troupe Dirty Projectors just released a new track, “Buckle Up,” that will be released as a tour-only 7″ single. The band will be giving copies away at their shows this summer, and is asking fans to follow it on Twitter, where it will tweet a password an hour before doors for each concert. The band plays Philadelphia on September 1 for the Made in America festival, and you can hear the new song below.
Lucy Stone is a 20-year-old Drexel Music Industry program sophomore who has recorded with Rusted Root, opened for Dirty Projectors and played with numerous Philadelphia area bands since she was 14 years old. Now she and her band are opening for Gold Motel tonight at the North Star Bar where they will be selling a limited number of copies of their new EP, Small Treasures. We recently talked to the local songstress to get the details on how she got into playing music, what is was like cutting her teeth in the Philly music scene as a teenager, her various musical collaborations, recording the new EP, what to expect from her band’s show tonight, and what’s next for Lucy Stone. Continue reading →
In just a few words, Swing Lo Magellan (out today on Domino Records), is an exceptional, brilliant album. From the stark rock mind of David Longstreth, Dirty Projectors‘ seventh studio album brings out uncontrollable energy and fizzing tunes that explore a variety of musical outlets. Opening with monotone humming in “Offspring Are Blank” the song develops into a spring of sweet, delicious “oohs,” followed by something reminiscent of a rock opera. For an experimental band, Dirty Projectors unexpectedly emerge with infectious songs. Their previous album, Bitte Orca showed bits of Eastern influence like the song “No Intention” with mystical finger picking on the acoustic guitar and soft, calm “ahh”s from background singers Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian. It was also subtle and folk-y at times, whereas Swing Lo Magellan is much more of a playful, instrumental record and even crosses into the boundaries of electronic rock. The song, “Just From Chevron” definitely reminds me of Minus the Bear and its bountiful use of electronic bips and beats. Other songs such as “Dance for You” recall the likes of The Beatles with perfect, low-toned harmonies from Longstreth, but with a string section solo in the middle. Each piece on this album is different from the next, which can usually serve as a good or a bad thing. In the case of this album, it evokes a metropolis of love, intrigue, and desperation – a fresh outlook of music in the modern world. You can stream the album for free on the The Guardian and purchase the album here. Dirty Projectors are part of the Made in America Festival from September 1-3 along with Jay-Z, Passion Pit, Skrillex, Pearl Jam, and many others. You can buy your tickets to the festival here.
Take a look at the music video for the first single off the album, “Gun Has No Trigger”. The presence of David, Angel, and Amber emerge as silhouettes with sparks of realistic imagery.