Larry Fitzmaurice

  • Kooks Announce Fall Tour

    Kooks Announce Fall Tour

    Who? Jangly Britpop sensations the Kooks, fronted by reggae-tinged crooner Luke Pritchard. Already a giant smash in their native England, the quartet are quickly gaining traction in the U.S. with their recently released sophomore effort, Konk. What? A 24-date tour, the Kooks' largest outing in the states yet. After a kick-off show at Hamilton College Sept. 4, the quartet will stop through Toronto's Virgin Festival, then hit a bevy of U.S. cities including New York, Washington, DC, Asbury Park, NJ, and Philadelphia before heading down south. After shows in Midwest outposts like St. Louis, Des Moines, and Chicago, the Kooks will wrap with a trip down West Coast from Seattle to Hollywood. More on SPIN.com: >>Artist of the Day: The Kooks >>Review: The Kooks, 'Konk' (Astralwerks) Should I Go? Sure. Although the band has been touring the U.S.

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    Catch the Buzz: Princeton

    Who? They may have an Ivy-bred name, but Eagle Rock, CA's Princeton are more concerned with chamber-pop than condescension. Comprised of brothers Jesse and Matt Kivel, plus longtime pal Ben Usen, Princeton combine the Glaswegian gloom of Tigermilk-era Belle and Sebastian with sublime orchestration and Vampire Weekend's bouncy, lilting rhythmic structures to formulate a sound that will send listeners off to a regal pop Valhalla. Check out the fluttering woodwinds and galloping melody of "Ms. Bentwich." Recommended if you like... Belle and Sebastian, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens. Their Latest: Princeton's second EP, Bloomsbury, dropped July 7 on Striking Peasant. Now Hear This: "Ms. Bentwich" (DOWNLOAD MP3)

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    The Watson Twins

    What? With echoing acoustic guitars and gorgeous harmonies, it's understandable that Los Angeles, CA's the Watson Twins are occasionally tagged as a country act. However, identical twin sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson prove that genres are only skin deep on their debut LP, Fire Songs, out this week on Vanguard. The vocal melody on "How Am I to Be" sways and swaggers like a Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac gem, while "Sky Open Up" recalls Neil Young's stark heartbreak as much as it does the Carter Family's strumming meat and potatoes country. Who? Born and raised in Louisville, KY, the Watsons moved to California in the '90s, where they began writing their own music and performing with local musicians. The Twins collaborated with Rilo Kiley siren Jenny Lewis on her 2006 solo debut, Rabbit Fur Coat, while also self-releasing their first EP, Southern Manners.

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    New Trail of Dead Album Due January '09

    Having recently severed ties with longtime label Interscope, spastic art rockers ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead have joined forces with indie-friendly Justice Records to launch their own label, Richter Scale Records, and are now polishing off the yet-to-be titled follow up to 2006's So Divided for release in January '09. In a statement, singer/guitarist/drummer Conrad Keely said the new partnership will allow the outfit "to seek the creative freedom envisioned by the founding fathers of our great nation, immune from the tyranny of the corporate ogre." Recorded in Austin, TX, the new album was produced by longtime band confidants Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin) and Chris "Frenchie" Smith (Sixteen Deluxe, Smog), and mixed by Chris Coady (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs).

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    Moby Launches Music Video Contest

    Bald-headed beatmaker Moby is calling on fans and aspiring directors to create a music video for "Ooh Yeah," the latest single off his new record Last Night. The creator of the winning clip, selected by Moby himself, will be awarded $10,000 as well as the honor of having their entry used as the tune's official video. For further instructions, including submission details, entrants can visit mobygratis.com. The deadline for all submissions is July 14 at midnight. More on SPIN.com:SXSW '08: MobyAlbum Review: Moby, Last NightMoby, My Morning Jacket Honor Lou ReedArtist of the Day: Moby

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    New Chemical Brothers Collection Out Sept. 2

    Looks like it's time for another one of those block rockin' beats. Electronic lifers Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, known at their day jobs as the Chemical Brothers, will release a double-disc best-of collection entitled Brotherhood Sept. 2 via Astralwerks. The first disc will feature choice cuts from the duo's thirteen-year career, plus a brand new track, "Keep My Composure," featuring a rap from Spank Rock. The second disc will offer ten ultra-rare Electronic Battle Weapon tracks -- named after "the laboratories for the Chems devious musical experiments," explains a statement -- marking the first time the tunes have been widely available. What's more, is that the duo's latest single, "Midnight Madness," a track also derived from the Electronic Battle Weapon sessions, will also be included on disc two. Brotherhood tracklisting: Disc One: 1. "Galvanize" ?2. "Hey Boy Hey Girl" ?3.

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    Available Today: June 24, 2008

    Here's a rundown of what's available online and in record stores this week.

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    New Notwist Video: "Where in This World"

    The arty and vague collide in this unsettling, cinematic music video for German indie rock and lap-pop act the Notwist's "Where in This World," a tune off their new album The Devil, You + Me. With a jarring intro, the track's sparse blips, blops, and distant digi-fuzz is accompanied by a disturbing visual dream sequence, which unfolds into a tale of a backwoods-dwelling man and a woman building a flying machine, evidently in an attempt to escape their rural solitude. "There's no escape from this certain place," Markus Acher sings over softlybubbling beats and orchestral flourishes, as the couple build and rebuild aircrafts to lift off into the skies.

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    Complete Voodoo Music Experience Lineup Unveiled
 


    Officials for the 2008 Voodoo Music Experience have completed the festival's roster, adding Death Cab for Cutie, Dashboard Confessional, Panic at the Disco, Man Man, Cold War Kids, and the Gutter Twins, among others, to a bill featuring previously announced headliners R.E.M., Stone Temple Pilots, and Nine Inch Nails. The festival is set to hit New Orleans' City Park Oct. 24-26. Also taking the stage at show's tenth anniversary installment -- dubbed the Tenth Ritual -- are the likes of DeVotchKa, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Ghostland Observatory, Lupe Fiasco, Tokyo Police Club, Colour Revolt, and Thievery Corporation. Voodoo Music Experience tickets are available now via thetenthritual.com and ticketmaster.com. More on SPIN.com:Review: R.E.M.

  • Dandy Warhols Announce Fall Tour

    Dandy Warhols Announce Fall Tour

    Who? Portland, OR-based retro-rockers the Dandy Warhols, fronted by vocalist/guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor. As you may recall, the quartet were the focus of the 2004 rock documentary DiG!, which chronicled the tumultuous relationship between the Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. The band's latest record, Earth to the Dandy Warhols, hits stores Aug. 19. What? A 16-date U.S. tour set to kick off at Minneapolis, MN's legendary venue First Avenue Sept. 9. From there, the Warhols -- with labelmates the Upsidedown and shoegazers Darker My Love in tow -- will pop into Canada for a pair of dates before hitting major East Coast cities and select Midwest outposts. Taylor-Taylor and the gang celebrate the tour's conclusion with a homecoming show Oct. 5. Should I Go? Sure.

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