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Download a new song by Montreal psych-rockers, Elephant Stone

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The Montreal indie rock band Elephant Stone are releasing their new album, The Three Poisons, on August 26th on Hidden Pony Records. The band was started in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir, one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international music scene. He’s recorded, performed and toured with Beck, the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, and many more.

They band has released two albums and an EP, and with each new release the band garners more fans and greater acclaim for their psychedelicized groove laden “Hindie” rock. The new album, Three Poisons, is their best yet.

Dhir explains the story behind the making of the album:

It all started on January 1st, 2013. I got a call from my brother-in-law; he had found a box of vinyl on his door step and offered to let me take my picks before he dropped them off at the local vinyl shop. He mentioned there was some Echo & The Bunnymen and bunch of stuff he didn’t recognize. Being the vinyl junkie that I am, I headed over.

What I found in that box was beyond anything I could have imagined. Yes, there was Echo’s “Songs to Learn & Sing”, but there was also a 12” single release of the Happy Mondays “Step On” and “Kinky Afro”, Spaceman 3 “Recurring”, The Stone Roses “Waterfall” and “One Love”, New Order’s house masterpiece “Technique”, Ride’s “Today Forever”, and the list went on. I was dumbfounded as to why someone would abandon such treasure. Were they starting off the New Year by purging themselves of their material possessions? Payback from a wounded lover? Divine intervention? Whatever it was, I lucked out and began reacquainting myself with Shaun, Rowetta, J Spaceman, Sonic Boom, Ian, Bernard, Hooky, et al.

Fast forward a year later and the band is in deep, working on the follow-up to our self-titled 2013 release. I don’t think it was just me, but things felt different this time around. The grooves were groovier, the sonics rumbled heavier, and the songs were connecting to something bigger. It wasn’t until Malika Tirolien came in to record her inspired backing vocals for “Knock You From Yr Mountain” and “All Is Burning” that I reflected on that abandoned record collection I inherited and the trip it took me on. In that moment I heard the groove of the Mondays, the darkness of Echo, the jangle of Ride… but what I truly heard and felt coming together in these new batch of songs was—and is—unequivocally the sound of Elephant Stone.

Below, download this psych-groove song from Elephant Stone’s forthcoming release. It’s as good a Primal Scream A-side as you can get. Look for Fall tour dates to be announced soon.

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My Morning Download: “Setting Sun” (and 11 more songs) by Elephant Stone

Elephant-Stone-0672-2-copy-2 Psychedelic rockers Elephant Stone are currently out on tour with The Besnard Lakes. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, you can download a free, 12 song compilation, Acid Killed My Rock’N'Roll: An Introduction to Elephant Stone. The band released their latest self-titled album last February to excellent reviews and have been touring almost non-stop since then. The band, led by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir, brings together 60′s psychedelia rock with well crafted power pop.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shuggie Otis at the Blockley, Jimmy Eat World at the Mann Center, Psychic Teens at Long in the Tooth, Commonwealth Choir at Ortlieb’s, Elephant Stone at Kung Fu Necktie

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Photo by B+ for Mochilla.com

XPN welcomes singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shuggie Otis to The Blockley tonight. Son of the legendary Johnny Otis, he wrote the soong “Strawberry Letter 23,” which became a huge hit for The Brothers Johnson in 1977. His 1974 album Inspiration Information was reissued this year with four previously unreleased tracks, along with a new LP called Wings of Love that features unreleased live and studio tracks spanning over two decades. Below, watch a live performance by Shuggie Otis, and find more information on the show here.

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Elephant Stone announce summer tour, playing Kung Fu Necktie on 8/9

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Montreal’s Elephant Stone are bringing their psychedelic pop on the road next month, stopping at Kung Fu Necktie on August 9th in support of this year’s self-titled effort.  The sunny four-piece has spent the first half of 2013 touring with The Zombies and The Black Angels and playing their kaleidoscopic, mystical songs for audiences at SXSW and the Austin Psych Fest.  Elephant Stone the album follows up 2009′s debut The Seven Seas and meshes sixties overtones with Indian raga influences.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show will be available here.  Watch Elephant Stone’s video for “Heavy Moon” below.

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Revisit Allah-Las’ appearance on World Cafe (playing Union Transfer on 4/7)

ALLCalifornians Allah-Las appeared on NPR’s World Cafe just a few weeks ago, chatting with host David Dye about their beginnings at famed Los Angeles music emporium Amoeba Records and playing a trio of songs from their 2012 self-titled debut, released through LA label Innovative Leisure.  Keeping with the California theme, the laidback, country-tinged album was produced by fellow statesman and World Cafe favorite Nick Waterhouse.  Listen back to Allah-Las’ World Cafe session here and watch a live video of “Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)” from their October 2012 show at Johnny Brenda’s.  Allah-Las return to Philadelphia on Sunday, April 7th for a show at Union Transfer with The Black Angels and Elephant Stone; tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.

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Watch a kaleidoscopic music video from Elephant Stone (playing Union Transfer on 4/7)

Retro-psychedelic popsters Elephant Stone released their self-titled LP this week on Burger Records, and announced a spring tour that brings them to Union Transfer on April 7, opening for The Black Angels and The Allah Las. Along with the  show, the band release a brightly-colored and kaleidoscopic music video for “Setting Sun.” Check it out below, and find out more about the show at the WXPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Guards at Kung Fu Necktie, Elephant Stone at The Fire, Simian Mobile Disco at Making Time, The Coup and Lushlife at Underground Arts

XPN Welcomes emerging indie three-piece Guards to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The New York project is spearheaded by Richie James Follin, frontman for Willowz and a former live guitarist for Cults (which his sister Madeline sings for). The group’s doom-meets-power pop vibe makes their seven-track EP an unexpected dance party staple, which you can pick for free below. Tickets to tonight’s 21+ show are available on our concert calendar here; the performance starts at 7:30.

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Download the psychedelic power pop gem “Loving The Sinner, Hate The Sin” by Elephant Stone (playing The Westmoreland this Saturday, October 20th)

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The Montreal band Elephant Stone is playing The Westmoreland on Saturday, October 20th. They’re doing an East Coast swing, after playing several shows at CMJ. The band was formed in 2009 by singer/sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir and released their debut album, The Seven Seas. With a new album due in February 2013, they’ve got a new two song single out now on Hidden Pony that more than meets our psychedelic power pop expectations. In exchange for your e-mail address below, you can download the A-side, “Loving The Sinner, Hate The Sin.” It’s 3 minutes and nineteen seconds of pure jangly pop bliss. Imagine a song where it’s possible to co-mingle some of the finest moments by Teenage Fanclub, The La’s and XTC and you’ve got an instant classic of the genre. Read an interview with Rishi Dhir here at CMJ.com. And yes, Elephant Stone is the name of a Stone Roses song.