David Bevan

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Manhattan, NY

  • Eddie VEdder / Photo by Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

    Hear Eddie Vedder's Honeyed Charity Track 'Skipping'

    For his contribution to the Every Mother Counts 2012, a charity compilation for the maternal health advocacy campaign of the same name, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder penned "Skipping," a honeyed acoustic ballad that shares both a tone and melodic temperament with previous non-album material like early fan club single "Let Me Sleep (It's Christmas Time)" and 2003's "Man of the Hour." And just as the latter — written for Tim Burton's Big Fish — reflects on the bond shared between a father and son, "Skipping" sounds like it was written with Vedder's daughters in mind. Olivia, 6, even makes a cameo in the song's opening moments. Every Mother Counts will be available for purchase in Starbucks across North America between May 1 and May 29, with one dollar from every purchase going to charity.

  • Royal Headache / Photo by Leah Horikx

    Hear Royal Headache's Full Self-Titled Power-Pop Throwdown

    Next week, What's Your Rupture? will release the self-titled latest from Aussie cyclones (and 5 Best New Artists inductees) Royal Headache. It's a power-pop throwdown that boasts the torque of hardcore and the dulcet tones of soul, all of which you can writhe and shimmy to from end to end below, immediately after an illuminating word from the band: The instrumentation of the album was recorded back in May 2010. We drove down to Melbourne and rented a rehearsal room for two days. [Eddy Current Suppression Ring's] Mikey Young set up the mics and away we went. I think the majority of songs only took 2-3 takes maximum. Everything is pretty much live with only a few guitar overdubs here and there. The vocals were recorded back in Sydney at [Straight Arrows'] Owen Penglis's lounge room. The final mix of the record was undertaken by Mikey Young again.

  • Jack White / Photo by WireImage via American Express Unstaged Concert Series

    Inside Jack White's Scorching 'Unstaged' Show in New York

    "We're all passengers here," 54-year-old actor-filmmaker Gary Oldman said Friday night, preparing to direct Jack White as part of American Express' Unstaged series at New York City's Webster Hall. Oldman, handpicked for the job by the former White Stripes frontman (and fellow eccentric) himself, was seated in a production trailer just outside the theater, facing a pulsating tableau of 13 live camera feeds from inside, each set to broadcast White's every set-list-less whim to millions at 9 p.m. sharp. Though the stage design that evening would not abandon the carefully calibrated, newly adopted powder-blue palette White's employed for the handful of live performances behind his just-released solo debut, Blunderbuss, Oldman hoped to add "classic" visual touches of his own by invoking sequences from Martin Scorcese's The Last Waltz and early '60s footage of Jimi Hendrix.

  • Kwes / Photo: Owen Richards

    See Kwes' Understated 'Bashful' Clip

    It wasn't until this past November that London producer Kwes felt compelled to share his singing voice from a stage, a move the 24-year-old singer-songwriter delayed because he was more comfortable working for other artists. That fact makes "Bashful" a perfect title for the opening track on the xx and Micachu associate's forthcoming meantime EP, an introduction to his velveteen blend of handcrafted, ultra-earnest electronica that's due via Warp. For the Ian Pons Jewell-directed clip below, he finds himself sandwiched between strangers, barely able to open his mouth.

  • Toro Y Moi, 'June 2009' (Carpark Records)

    Batch of early recordings sees box release, finds Chaz Bundick echoing softer, sweeter, far cuddlier Ariel Pink.

  • Light Asylum / Photo by Jeff P. Elstone II

    Hear Light Asylum's Full Self-Titled Debut Album

    It's been just two years since Light Asylum began peppering the web with a near-constant stream of eye-opening, body-warming, dimly lit electronica. In that time, the Brooklyn darkwave duo of Bruno Coviello and Shannon Funchess have cultivated a devout following, one that even includes former LCD Soundsystem frontschlub James Murphy, who once said the idea of being able to produce for them was reason enough to break up his much-missed outfit. The group kept production in-house for their self-titled, debut full-length, however, out next week on Mexican Summer — Coviello's roiling, often industrial production work is still the perfect backdrop for Funchess' magnetic prowl. Hear the album in its entirety below.

  • Public Image Ltd / Photo by Paul Heartfield

    Hear Public Image Ltd.'s Sneering 'Lollipop Opera'

    " 'Lollipop Opera,' " explains Public Image Ltd. ringleader John Lydon, "is basically a beautiful bunch of background noise and music to sum up Britain and all its wonderful ambidextrousness!” And yet, it sounds like so much more. While slivers of guitar and ornery kick drum lock jaws with a titular, megaphoned chorus, Lydon babbles and skips and sneers his way from one end to the other. It's a bit of chaos set to feature prominently on the post-punk legends' Record Store Day EP, One Drop, out Saturday, as well as on their forthcoming (and first in 20 years) full-length, This Is PiL.

  • Moonface

    Moonface, 'With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery' (Jagjaguwar)

    Spencer Krug presents his work directly. Since adopting his Moonface moniker, the ultra-prolific, increasingly nomadic Canadian singer-songwriter (formerly of Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown) has used the titles of his yearly releases more as explicit labels. His 2010 Dreamland EP came with the vivid tagline marimba and shit-drums. Last year, he unveiled Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped. And now, for the project's first proper full-length, the fairly literal With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery. Written and recorded with Finnish krautrock innovators Siinai in Helsinki shortly after the end of Krug's relationship with Sunset Rubdown bandmate Camilla Wynne Ingr (which took that group down with it), the result is indeed both heartbreaking and brave.

  • volcano!

    See volcano!'s Gory 'Pinata' Clip

    For their new Brian Cagle-directed clip, Chicago indie-rock trio volcano! live out a very intense, very adult version of a common fantasy — after much hunting and even more dancing, they elevate their piñata game in ways no grimy kid is capable. "Piñata" is a standout from their forthcoming, Dirty Projectors-stamped full-length of the same name, due this June via the Leaf Label.

  • Simone White

    Hear Simone White's Sidewinding 'What The Devil Brings'

    For her forthcoming, Fol Chen-produced long-player, Silver Silver, Hawaii-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter (and Honest Jon's Revue alumnus!) Simone White switched gears: gone are the whispered, acoustic-based numbers that her early output and in their place sits a set of lush, bedroom R&B backdrops just as engrossing. Hear it below by way of sidewinding album cut "What The Devil Brings." Silver Silver is out May 8 on Honest Jon's.

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