By

Future Perfect: Future Islands Break It Down at the Fillmore

Future Islands | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

This kinda thing doesn’t happen by accident. A band like Baltimore’s Future Islands doesn’t go from under-the-radar to overnight sensation without putting in the legwork. And while frontman Samuel T. Herring does put in a lot of literal leg-work with his wild dance maneuvers on stage, the band’s path to the huge stage at the Fillmore on Monday evening took more than a fair share of emotional lifting, as well. New release The Far Field (out last month on 4AD) plays out less as a breakup record than a forlorn catalog of Herring’s sins.

With a bombastic legacy of hits and smashing live performances to live up to, a down note might not have been what newcoming and long-lived fans were looking for. But seeing is, as they say, believing. For many, the infamous 2014 Letterman performance remains both introduction and centerpiece of the Future Islands brand. But three years removed, many now know the band — and the bombastic frontman — as something more three-dimensional than simply a great showman. While the dance moves perpetually continue to impress, they seem a little bit less pronounced than the twin sold-out shows I saw at Union Transfer in early 2015. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Pick: Future Islands at The Fillmore

future islands
Future Islands | photo via artist’s Facebook

Three years after setting the gif world on fire with their funky dancing, Future Islands have released their fifth LP The Far Field. The Baltimore outfit followed up their 2014 breakthrough with a set of synth pop driven tracks that beg for summer dance parties, so there’s no better way to celebrate the start of the season than the catching them at The Fillmore tonight. Watch “Run” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

Continue reading →

By

Out of Space: Fujiya & Miyagi, Cold Beat and Woods on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Fujiya & Miyagi | Photo by Paul Heartfield, courtesy of the artist

If you can manage to tear yourself away from the new Kendrick album for a few hours tonight, might I recommend spending some time with the Indie Rock Hit Parade? The show starts at 11pm ET on WXPN, which happens to be right after this month’s edition of What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese (another excellent way to spend your evening). On tonight’s two-hour show, we’ll spotlight new releases from UK electro vets Fujiya & Miyagi, whose new EP completes a trilogy which, itself, acts as the band’s sixth full-length. We’ll also hear selections from Chaos By Invitation, the third album from Grass Widow’s Hannah Lew as Cold Beat. Also in the mix are new singles from Woods, Juliana Hatfield and Guided By Voices, so stay alert! Preview some of the new things below…

Continue reading →

By

Everybody Works: Jay Som plays LIVE, new Future Islands, Diet Cig and The New Pornographers on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jay Som | Photo by Cara Robbins, courtesy of the artist

Tonight, the Indie Rock Hit Parade comes to you packed to the ceiling with special stuff for you to enjoy. Listen at 11pm ET tonight on XPN for a full two-hour show that features, right off the bat, a brand new IRHP Live Session with Jay Som! The vehicle for California musician Melina Duterte, the full-band version of Jay Som visited our studio last Friday before their show at Boot & Saddle with The Courtneys. Hear the band play songs from their much-lauded new album, Everybody Works, in the first hour of today’s show.

Also, since this week is such a massive one for new albums, we’ll spotlight a few notable releases in the second hour of tonight’s show. Namely, we’ll dig into the much-anticipated return of Future Islands, the full-length debut from NY punk duo Diet Cig and the latest from perennial favorites The New Pornographers. Preview some of the new tracks below…

Continue reading →

By

Listen to a new Future Islands song, see them at The Fillmore in May

Future Islands | via the band's Facebook page
Future Islands | via the band’s Facebook page

Baltimore synth pop trio Future Islands have just announced The Far Field, the follow-up to their breakout 2014 record Singles. They’ve already announced of slew of tour dates in support, and its debut single, “Ran” is out now. Put on your weird dancing shoes; then, stream the track below.

Future Islands’ sonic growth has always felt gradual and calculated. They’ve been refining their trademark sound since the mid-2000s, and they’re certainly not stopping now. Singles brought their sharpest hooks and production yet, but if “Ran” is any indication, they might just top themselves again with The Far Field. Continue reading →

By

Get jolly, merry, etc. with the Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade!

Sufjan Stevens, holiday style | Photo by Denny Renshaw
Sufjan Stevens | Photo by Denny Renshaw

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Time to celebrate the season with the Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade on XPN! Tune in at 11pm ET (right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that’s decked to the halls with holiday favorites new and old. In fact, a lot of what we’ll be hearing tonight is brand NEW, so be on the lookout for these musical jollies:

Continue reading →

By

Rounding up the best and brightest of Governors Ball 2015

Governors' Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish
Governors Ball | Photo by Rachel Barrish

The annual Governors Ball festival is held at Randall’s Island in New York, wedged in between Upper Manhattan and Queens. The rain trickled down on Friday but that didn’t stop the ticket holders from trekking through to make it over for their favorite acts, most especially Philly’s The Districts who started off the fest Friday afternoon at 12:15. A bit too early for most, one would think, but they ripped through their set with a medium sized but lively crowd cheering along to the words of “Young Blood.” Continue reading →

By

Moves Like Sam Herring: Future Islands gets down at Union Transfer

Future Islands | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
Future Islands | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

If it was 2011, I’d say that Sam Herring has the proverbial “Moves Like Jagger.” But it’s not 2011. It’s 2015. Which is the year after 2014—the year that seemingly everyone and their grandmother woke up to the fact that Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring has the moves like Samuel T. Herring. Saturday night, Herring and the Future Islands crew brought the grooves and moves that hallmark their wild style to Union Transfer, for the first of two very sold out shows. Continue reading →

By

The Key’s Year-End Mania: Skye Leppo’s most heavily rotated albums of 2014

photo courtesy of jessieware.tumblr.com
photo courtesy of jessieware.tumblr.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, contributing writer Skye Leppo shares her most heavily-rotated albums of the year.

While I maintain that my first love is pop music, I was very surprised—and delighted—by a lot of new projects and genres new to me this year. There’s a few albums I would have loved to include (Chet Faker’s electronic Built on Glass was THISCLOSE to making my list, as was LDR’s Ultraviolence). I tried to find common themes in my favorite 2014 releases, but as I sought guidance from my “Year In Music” charts on Spotify I realized this year’s releases pulled me in a lot of different directions without traipsing into too much common territory (although pop music did take the lead of my 39,000 listening minutes at 29%, or approximately 11,310 minutes of pop music). In no particular order, here are my most heavily-rotated albums. Continue reading →

By

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: BADBADNOTGOOD remix Future Islands’ “Seasons (Waiting On You)”

BADBADNOTGOOD | Photo by Connor Olthuis
The Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD have a history of creating some incredible remixes, typically in the world of hip-hop, remixing Black Milk’s “Now Or Never,” Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown’s “Six Degrees,” and Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s “Shame.” Recently they took to re-imagining one of 2014’s best songs, “Seasons (Waiting on You)” by Future Islands. Continue reading →