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  • La Big Vic

    La Big Vic Soar on Prismatic 'Cold War' Title Track

    The title track from La Big Vic's sophomore album, Cold War, answers its own question. "Are we really here?" sings Emilie Friedlander, a vocalist and violinist who is also a music journalist. Friedlander is joined in the Brooklyn trio by keyboardist Peter Pearson and guitarist Toshio Masuda, who bring with them their own disparate ties: to Pink Floyd, to Japanese pop music. As on previously surfaced Cold War cuts "Ave. B" and "All That Heaven Allows," it all comes to a heady gestalt, luminescent with electronics and sinuous with classical instrumentation. La Big Vic are here, and, as it happens, so is Cold War: The album is out today via Underwater Peoples. 

  • Psy

    If Spotify and Pandora Are the Future, Do Artists Have One?

    The New York Times has seen the future of music, and it doesn't look good for musicians.The music industry, which 10 years ago finally shifted to online sales via iTunes, is now in the midst of another massive change. But the transition to digital streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube brings with it a dramatically different way of paying artists' royalties. The companies that offer streaming services are now multi-billion-dollar concerns. The artists whose music they stream, not so much.As the Times reports, the comparatively teensy amount artists earn from streaming services has caused concern throughout the industry.While the average musician might earn 7 to 10 cents on an iTunes download, artists receive a fraction of a fraction of a cent each time their songs are played on streaming services.

  • Charles Bradley

    Charles Bradley Keeps His Love 'Strictly Reserved for You' on Soul-Steeped Single

    The title of Charles Bradley's upcoming album is Victim of Love, but instead of being hurt by love, he celebrates it on opening track "Strictly Reserved for You." Rather, it's the city and its day-to-day distractions that are getting the 64-year-old singer down on this song, a horn-romancing escape from the humdrum. The album arrives April 2 via Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records, and "Strictly Reserved" shares those label's classic-soul leanings while expanding from the sonic palette of 2011's riveting No Time for Dreaming. He's got his love set aside for you, and also a psych-scorched guitar solo.Victim of Love track list:1. "Strictly Reserved for You"2. "You Put The Flame on It" 3. "Let Love Stand a Chance" 4. "Victim of Love" 5. "Love Bug Blues" 6. "Dusty Blue" 7. "Confusion" 8. "Where Do We Go From Here" 9. "Crying in the Chapel" 10. "Hurricane" 11.

  • Mark Lanegan

    Mark Lanegan Completes Queens of the Stone Age Classic-Lineup Reunion

    The missing piece from Queens of the Stone Age's star-studded lineup of album guests is missing no more.Mark Lanegan will appear on the new QOTSA record, the band has suggested in a Facebook post (via NME). "Lanegan came by," QOTSA wrote. "He didn't say much, but he sang good."Lanagan's previous absence from QOTSA's upcoming, in-the-works sixth album had been glaring. Last November, the heavy rockers revealed Dave Grohl was playing drums on the full-length. Also indicated to be on the LP, one of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013, was former bassist Nick Oliveri. With frontman Josh Homme already on board, all that was missing from the core four-piece behind the band's landmark 2002 Songs for the Deaf was erstwhile Screaming Trees singer Lanegan.Unless QOTSA are just teasing us, that problem has now been solved. Lanegan joins a roster that's already impressively stacked.

  • Wavves 'Afraid of Heights'

    Wavves Go Big on Grave-Digging Bulldozer 'Demons to Lean On'

    "No hope and no future," Nathan Williams sings more than once on "Demon to Lean On" (via Pitchfork), the second song to emerge from fourth Wavves album Afraid of Heights, due out on March 26 via Mom + Pop (see SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013).The line echoes the Sex Pistols' anti-mantra for punk's class of 1977, of course, but it also recalls "No Hope Kids," a scuzzy standout from 2009 sophomore LP Wavvves.

  • MGMT

    MGMT's Out-There Third Album Will Have an Electronic Feel

    There's no turning back for MGMT. The psych-rock duo took a heady left turn on 2010's Congratulations, the follow-up to their glammy breakout album, 2008's Oracular Spectacular. As Rolling Stone reports, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser's long trip only gets stranger on their upcoming third album, which has a tentative June release date.Co-produced with Dave Fridmann (the Flaming Lips), the album reportedly finds the band recording alone at a cabin in Buffalo, New York, rather than working with their live band as they did on the last record. Citing influences like Aphex Twin and house music, they'll work up expansive syntheziser jams and then edit them down.

  • Angel Haze, Cat Power, and Ryan Hemsworth

    Cat Power Goes Cloud-Rap With Angel Haze on Dazzling 'Manhattan' Remix

    After a health scare last year, Chan Marshall is set to perform tomorrow night at Manhattan venue Terminal 5. A perfect day, then, for the Cat Power singer and songwriter to reveal a remix that's doubly indebted to New York City's most storied borough. The newfound electronic pulse of last year's Essential album Sun lends itself well to remixes, as producer Nicolas Jaar's mesmerizing "Cherokee" rework demonstrated.

  • Grizzly Bear's

    Grizzly Bear Bleed for Our Amusement in High-Concept 'Gun-Shy' Video

    Grizzly Bear continue to breathe new inspiration into last year's excellent Shields, this time with a video that imagines where inspiration might come from in the first place. Only last week, the Brooklyn band shared a synth-emblazoned remix of the album's sumptuous, contemplative "Gun-Shy" by Norwegian dance auteur Lindstrøm. Now, as Pitchfork points out, they've unveiled a video that's as ambitious and intricate as the track itself. "This is an invitation for a very rare glimpse of what creative energy could look like on a molecular level," director Kris Moyes (Sia, Beck, Franz Ferdinand) writes in a statement on the band's Tumblr. As first reported last year in New York magazine, the making of the video involved the band's members having their blood drawn, among other anatomical extractions. Are we witnessing creativity? Obviously.

  • Morrissey

    Morrissey Cancels Shows After Being Hospitalized With a Bleeding Ulcer

    Heaven knows several states' Morrissey fans are miserable now. Last June, the former Smiths frontman announced a planned 33-date U.S. tour that included less-traveled destinations such as Clear Lake, Iowa, and Wichita Falls, Texas. Then, in October, he postponed a big chunk of the shows to spend time with his sick mother. Now Moz has rescheduled another set of dates, as Billboard reports.He has a rather unassailable reason. The 53-year-old singer was reportedly hospitalized in Royal Oak, Michigan, for a "suspected bladder infection" that doctors ultimately diagnosed a bleeding ulcer. A spokesperson told Billboard he should recover fully from the ailment, but he's going to have to delay some shows yet again.Morrissey already canceled his Flint, Michigan, show, originally set for January 24, and postponed the two subsequent dates.

  • Kiss nightclub in Brazil

    Brazil Nightclub Fire Kills 233 People After Band's Use of Pyrotechnics

    On Saturday night, in Santa Maria, Brazil, at least 233 people went out to a nightclub for a good time and then never came home. That's the latest death toll from the tragic fire that ripped through this university city's Kiss nightclub. More than 100 people were injured. A band's pyrotechnics set off the blaze around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, according to multiple reports.Now, according to USA Today, Santa Maria police have said they've arrested three people linked to the tragic fire and are looking for a fourth person. Those arrested reportedly include Elissandro Spohr, a co-owner of the club, along with two members of the band playing that night. One of the band's members died in the flames.It's difficult to overstate what an awful scene this must have been.

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