Larry Fitzmaurice

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    New Stills Album Out Aug. 19

    After teasing us with a promising set at this past fall's Pop Montreal festival, Canadian quintet the Stills have finally revealed their much-anticipated third record:Oceans Will Rise, the follow-up to 2006's sophomore set Without Feathers, will flood North America Aug. 19 via the band's new label home, Arts&Crafts. According to vocalist Tim Fletcher, the group felt "a raw energy of inspiration" during the new album's recording efforts that was absent in previous sessions; whether or not it was powerful enough to generate the kind of fire seen in the "Snake-Charming the Masses" music video is yet unconfirmed. Oceans Will Rise tracklisting: 1. "Don't Look Down"2. "Snow In California"3. "Snake-Charming the Masses"4. "Being Here" (Download MP3 - .zip format)5. "Everything I Build"6. "Panic"7. "Eastern Europe"8. "Dinosaurs"9. "I'm With You"10.

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    Jeremy Jay

    What's the Deal?Jonathan Richman once wrote, "So if you liked that, you'll love this."For example, if you like the sweet deadpan melodies of Richman, you'll love the sparse, stately heartache of Angel Town, CA's Jeremy Jay.His excellent debut, A Place Where We Could Go, was released May 20 on K Records and takes equal cues from Richman's solo output ("Hold Me In Your Arms Tonight"), '50s slow dance favorites ("The Living Dolls"), and Hunky Dory-era David Bowie (hidden track "Oh, Bright Young Things"). Jay's tunes are perfect for getting lonely, being together, and everything indefinable in between. Who?

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    New Cut Copy Video: "Hearts on Fire"

    Karen Carpenter, the late drummer/singer of '70s soft-rockers the Carpenters, once sang about how "Rainy Days and Mondays" always got her down. And in the new music video for Cut Copy's latest single, "Hearts on Fire," the Aussies posit just how life would be if these two depressing forces combined and plagued not just the week's stepping stone, but all of its seven days. In the video, the protagonist, a.k.a. Cut Copy's Dan Whitford, attempts the motions of everyday life -- driving around, walking the dog, showering -- as a steady stream of rain follows him (and only him) wherever he goes. The results are both hilarious and sorrowful, as the wet world presented fits the thumping, echo-drenched track. Sad people need to get their groove on, too, ya know. Cut Copy's latest record In Ghost Colours is out now on Modular/Interscope. Cut Copy - Hearts On FireUploaded by modularpeople

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    New Ratatat MP3: "Shiller"

    Ratatat have never favored the complicated; their first two records (2004's self-titled debut and its follow up, 2006's Classics) relied heavily on their tried and true formula of gliding guitar hooks and low-rent beats. Thus, it's not hard to be surprised by this cut from their soon-to-be released third effort, LP3, which represents a noticeable departure in sound. "Shiller" opens with a crashing wave of melodic static before dropping into a dripping, tinkling piano figure. Harpsichords stately enter and spaced-out synths oscillate to give the track a floating, ethereal feel. And as the volume on the main melody gets turned up, so does the atmospherics. It's a shimmering, otherworldly song that wouldn't seem too out of place on the latest record from Matmos -- try stepping to this, kids.LP3 drops July 8 on Beggars XL. More Ratatat on It Happened Last Night: Ratatat in NYC

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    Kooks Set for MySpace Secret Show in Portland

    Those crazy Kooks are at it again.Riding on their recently released sophomore effort, Konk, and a sold-out U.S. tour, The Kooks will be the latest participants in the popular MySpace Secret Show series. The Kooks will play a rare acoustic set in Portland, OR's intimate Backspace venue on May 27 (this coming Tuesday) following their appearance at Washington's Sasquatch! Music and Arts Festival.To get into the show, come to the venue with a printed copy of your MySpace profile that's showing Secret Shows in your Top Friends.

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    Paramore Tour North America on Warped, Festival Circuit

    Paramore's tour plans for this summer are finalized. Hayley Williams and her boisterous boys, who we last saw recieving the Hard Rock Artist of the Year award, kick off a slew of North American summer dates with a performance at Milwaukee's Summerfest on June 30 and will work in two dates opening for John Mayer. And no, we don't quite understand why. After wrapping up a European stint and a handful of Warped Tour appearances, the Riot!-makers will make their way across North America with opening acts Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet, and Paper Trail before ending their sojourn on Aug.

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    New Video: Scarlett Johansson, "Falling Down (Live)"

    Indie-chic actress Scarlett Johansson's dreamily bizarre collection of Tom Waits covers,Anywhere I Lay My Head, falls into record stores this week featuring contributions by David Bowie and TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, among others.To promote the record's release, the starlet-turned-singer took her cover of Waits' "Falling Down," originally featured on 1988's Big Time, to the cozy studios of AOL Sessions and Yahoo!

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    Battles to Join Gnarls Barkley at MySpace Secret Show Anniversary

    MySpace's 150th Secret Show, featuring hip-hop/R&B duo Gnarls Barkley, is officially a little less secret: The commemorative event will take place at New York's Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on June 8, with math rock juggernauts Battles as openers. The concert will be Gnarls' second secret show; their first, in 2006, also marked the superstar team's first United States concert appearance.As with previous Secret Shows, the event is aimed at MySpace members; a printed copy of fans' MySpace profiles with Secret Shows in their Top Friends will serve as admission to the show.

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    The Morning Benders

    What?Do you think the Shins' latest effort was too depressing?Do you wish Dr. Dog albums arrived with a glossier production?Never fear! There's hope, and it comes in the form of Berkeley, CA's the Morning Benders.The indie-pop act's debut full-length, Talking Through Tin Cans, was released this past Tuesday (May 6), and inside its packaging resides eleven jaunty, melodic tunes ideal for summer days and rainy afternoons.

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    Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears

    What's the Deal? Don't let their name spook you: Bryan Scary and the Shredding Tears may be strange fellows, but their music is meant to elicit joy, not terror.On their exquisite second effort, Flight of the Knife, which drops in record stores this week, Scary and his Tears tear through '50s teen pop conventions ("Imitation of the Sky"), stately British pop in the vein of XTC ("Venus Ambassador"), and glammed-out prog rock ("The Purple Rocket") with recklessly organized aplomb. Who?

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