July 2012

Album Review: Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

With Swing Lo Magellan, Dave Longstreth and Dirty Projectors have created a pitch-perfect, percussive masterpiece that perfectly toes the line between captivating experimentation and traditional pop music. If you do your Projectors homework,…

David Byrne and St. Vincent Share 2nd Track from Love This Giant

Collaborators St. Vincent and David Byrne have released a second song from their forthcoming album Love This Giant. For those who pre-order the album, you will receive a high quality download of the…

Mountain Goats Announces Tour Dates, Covers Weeds Theme Song

John Darnielle must know exactly how excited (or disappointed) some of his fans (like me) can be with the announcement of a Mountain Goats tour. Darnielle was very careful to write on twitter…

Pop Press International Recap: Northwest Week

Last week we focused at least a couple of posts per day on content from the Pacific Northwest. Below are links to each one of the stories we ran for easy accessibility. In…

Faun Fables Announces Fall Tour

Strange, traditional folk and storytelling duo Faun Fables will hit the road for an extensive tour this fall, taking their whole family along for the ride. Dawn McCarthy, one half of the duo…

The Endless Sour: Sour Notes Tour Kickoff at Red 7

After bringing you several stories leading up to the Sour Notes epic tour kickoff at Red 7, today we have follow-up coverage of the event. As expected, the 14 band show resulted in…

Video: GALPALS – “For Our Sake”

The first video from Austin duo G A L P A L S is as bright and energetic as the band’s relentless pop. Directed by Cassandra Lee Hamilton, the video utilizes vivid color…

Artist Profile: Paul Benson of Motorbikes and Ever Ending Kicks

During my recent trip to the Pacific Northwest and my attendance at the Anacortes Unknown Music Series, I had the privilege of catching a set by Motorbikes, a music project by Paul Benson…

Win a Copy of Love Rock Revolution by Mark Baumgarten

If you head over to our review of of Love Rock Revolution–K Records and the Rise of Independent Music, you’ll quickly learn that we think the book to be an excellent and essential…

Book Review: Love Rock Revolution by Mark Baumgarten

Mark Baumgarten’s new book, Love Rock Revolution—K Records and the Rise of Independent Music, expertly renders one of the most important stories of the early days of independent labels, employing a narrative structure…

Just Doing Our Thing: Talking with Calvin Johnson

If cassette tapes are on the rise again, K Records founder Calvin Johnson is just the guy to provide solid proof. As part of Pop Press International’s Northwest Week, we talked with Calvin…

Video: Taken by Trees – “Dreams”

“Dreams” is the first single from Taken by Trees’ forthcoming album, Other Worlds, out October 2nd on Secretly Canadian. The video was just released and it is equally as beautiful and soothing as…

Fort Union’s Self-Titled Album Out Now, New Songs Streaming

As promised, all this week, we are bringing you content centered around the music of the Pacific Northwest after our recent trip to the area. Seattle/Portland’s Fort Union is an up-and-coming band that…

UTOPiAfest Hosts Official Pre Party

Pop Press International has previously reported about the unique experience of UTOPiAfest, which provides attendees to watch high quality bands in an intimate camping environment. With tickets capped at 1,800 and selling fast,…

Track Review: “Cry for Judas” – Mountain Goats

We previously reported about the Mountain Goats forthcoming LP, Transcendental Youth, which will be released on Merge Records on October 2nd. The first 1,000 who pre-order the album will receive a limited edition…

Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum Talks About Upcoming Tour and Album, Ocean Roar

All this week we’re bringing you coverage from our recent time in the Pacific Northwest. The focus of our trip was attending the first installation of Anacortes Unknown Music Series, organized by Phil…

Bowerbirds Expand Tour, Release New Video

Bowerbirds is a band that appears to be always working on the next thing. We recently wrote about a video and now the band has released another video, this time from their recent performance…

Deerhoof Announces New Album Breakup Song, Preview Now

Experimental rock outfit Deerhoof has announced a new album entitled Breakup Song. Yes, I will admit, when I received the press release I totally panicked. It’s just the name of the album, as…

Caribou’s Dan Snaith to Release Solo Album as Daphni, Shares New Song

Caribou’s Dan Snaith has announced a solo record under the moniker Daphni. “JIAOLONG” (pronounced JOW-long) will be released through Merge Records on October 9th and is predicated on the newfound love of club…

Django Django Announces US Release, Shares Video

Scotland’s Django Django have signed to Ribbon Music to release their self-titled album, which has already been widely praised by critics. To coincide with that news, the group has released a video for…

Dana Falconberry Announces Album, Shares Track

Austin’s Dana Falconberry has been a staple in the music scene for years now. Her shows are captivating, whether they consist of delicate solo sets or performances by an entourage of outstanding musicians….

POP INTL: On The Map – France’s Noir Désir

In France most aspects of alternative culture are still defined as being “rock ‘n’ roll” or “pas rock ‘n’ roll,” an anecdote that tends to make my American friends, who are used to…

Pop Press International Hosts Northwest Week

Greetings, readers! This week we will be featuring a new article each day from the recent time we spent in the Pacific Northwest. Today’s installment, and perhaps the most significant of them all…

Anacortes Unknown Music Series

Home is the unspoken but clear center that holds together the Anacortes Unknown Music Series. Formerly What the Heck Fest, the newest incarnation of the same event is a festival only in the…

Mynabirds Release Video for “Disarm”, Announce New Tour Dates

Following the recent release of the Mynabirds’ album Generals on Saddle Creek, the group has released a video for their song “Disarm.” Visually, the video is a rapid black-and-white montage of shamanistic imagery that…

Album Review: Chain & The Gang – In Cool Blood

Almost 25 years after he helped start Nation of Ulysses, every subsequent project involving singer Ian Svenonius (The Make Up, David Candy, Weird War, etc.) has been consistently defined by his oversized, agitprop-fueled…

Matmos Signs to Thrill Jockey, Announces EP and Full-length

The recent partnership between experimental giants Matmos and Chicago post-rock label Thrill Jockey is an exciting one. The release of their new EP, “The Ganzfeld EP,” will coincide with the 20 year anniversary…

Win Tickets to Beach House and The Walkmen at Stubb’s (9/20/12)

Okay, guys, do we really have to talk you into this one? Beach House recently released one of most incredible records of the year (or the past few) and they’re co-headlining with indie…

Sour Notes Kick Off Tour Tomorrow With Epic Show at Red 7

We told you already about the epic show that will take place at Red 7 tomorrow to celebrate the commencement of Austin favorites the Sour Notes’ national tour. But we couldn’t resist telling…

Black Marble Share Lead Track From Forthcoming Album

Brooklyn’s Black Marble are set to release their debut LP, entitled A Different Arrangement, on Hardly Art Records on October 9th. Preceding the release of that album, the duo has shared a track,…

Divine Fits Announces Three Debut Shows in Members’ Respective Hometowns

We have previously reported about the formation of indie-rock-veteran collaboration Divine Fits, which consists of members of Spoon, New Bomb Turks, and Wolf Parade, as well as the group’s debut single and album….

Tyler, the Creator & Toro Y Moi Collaborate

Tyler, the Creator and Toro Y Moi have collaborated on a track called “Hey You.” Tyler commented via Odd Future’s tumblr: “Unfinished Tune By Tyler And Toro Y Moi That Got Out Somehow…

Bikini Kill Reissue Catalog Through New Label

In honor of Bikini Kill’s 25th anniversary the group has launched Bikini Kill Records, which will reissue old material. The label will first release the band’s self-titled EP (1992) followed by original demo…

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Release “Same Love” In Support of Marriage Equality

In recent months, the discussion about gay rights and homophobia has been intense, particularly in the world of hip hop. In a personal statement, Macklemore is adamantly supportive of Referendum 74, legislation proposed…

UTOPiAfest Finalizes Lineup by Adding Bomba Estereo

Homegrown, true-to-its-roots UTOPiAfest has finalized their stellar lineup this year by adding Columbian electro-rap group Bomba Estereo. The group is added to a lineup that includes Dr. Dog, Ben Kweller, White Denim, Dana…

Stream Laetitia Sadier’s (Stereolab) New Album

Although Stereolab is no more, frontwoman Laetitia Sadier is carrying the torch and has announced her new album Silencio, which will be issued on Drag City on July 24th. A week in advance,…

Bob Dylan’s The Tempest Out in September

The Tempest, a collection of 10 new songs by Bob Dylan, will drop on September 11 via Columbia Records. The Jack Frost-produced album is Dylan’s 35th studio set and is available for pre-order…

POP INTL: On The Map – Nigeria’s Ofege

In the early 70’s some high school students in Lagos, Nigeria formed under the name Ofege to create guitar-solo heavy Afro-psych-rock. Their debut album Try and Love was highly successful in Nigeria but…

Stream Eternal Summers’ Correct Behavior

Eternal Summers’ Correct Behavior is streaming one week before the album’s release date (July 24). Check it out below!

Poor Moon To Open For Beach House

Remember when we told you about Poor Moon’s new album coming out in August? In support of their debut self-titled album, Poor Moon will support label-mates Beach House on their upcoming Fall tour….

The XX Share Single for New Album Coexist

We previously reported about the forthcoming album, Coexist, the sophomore effort by the UK’s The xx. Now, the group has shared the first single, “Angels,” from that album, which is available for streaming…

Passion Pit Cancels Tour Dates, Stream Gossamer

Passion Pit have just announced the cancellation of multiple tour dates. So far only the dates leading up to the group’s appearance at Lollapalooza have been cancelled. Michael Angelakos posted this via the…

Album Review: Mission of Burma – Unsound

Mission of Burma’s recording and performance efforts from the late 1970s and early 1980s have long been an invaluable influence for what has become indie and alternative music.  The band’s decision to get…

The Sour Notes Kickoff Tour with Killer Austin Show

We’ve written before about how industrious the members of Austin’s The Sour Notes are. To commence their upcoming national tour, the group has amassed a phenomenal bill of artists, including Royal Forest and…

Final Day to Buy 5 Tickets and Get 1 Free for UTOPiAfest

Since announcing ticket sales earlier this year, UTOPiAfest has been running specials that makes us nostalgic for buying fireworks for the 4th of July. But today is the FINAL DAY to take advantage…

Fleetwood Mac Reuniting Next Year

I just can’t resist a good piece of Fleetwood Mac-related news, y’all. On CBS’ This Morning, Stevie Nicks announced that Fleetwood Mac will reunite for performances next year, saying “It’s the plan. Because…

Video: Shearwater – “Immaculate”

The video for Shearwater’s “Immaculate” was directed by Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and features a slideshow of quick-moving images: Victorian photographs, people bound and tortured, Jonathan Meiburg having a Photobooth-documented freakout (or…

Imperial Teen Tour

Imperial Teen are heading out on tour in support of their latest effort, Feel the Sound. Watch the video for “Runaway” and see tour dates below. TOUR: Jul 20 Denver, CO – Underground…

Video: Damien Jurado – “Museum of Flight”

Seattle-based filmmaker Tyler Kalberg documented Damien Jurado’s recent five-week tour through Europe. Some of the footage that was collected now serves as a gorgeous video for Jurado’s “Museum of Flight”, a track from…

The Helio Sequence Release Negotiations, “October”

It’s been four years since The Helio Sequence has released new material but come September 11 the duo will drop their fifth full-length album, Negotiations. The shimmery, stripped down “October” is one of…

Track Review: “Close” – Sun Airway

Sun Airway will drop their second full-length, Soft Fall, on October 2 via Dead Oceans. The sweeping, ethereal “Close” is our first peak at the album and we’re getting excited. The track has…

Black Moth Super Rainbow Announce Kickstarter + Cobra Juicy

It seems we’re entering a new era in the music industry- one where musicians are attempting to take more control of their music by self-funding it or having it backed by fans. We…

Fun Fun Fun Fest Announces Full Lineup

Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest has released the highly anticipated lineup for their seventh annual festival, which will be held November 2-4 at Auditorium Shores. FFF has proven itself once again and there…

Deerhoof Announces Tour; Will the Band Play Fun Fun Fun?

Experimental indie-rock outfit Deerhoof has announced an extensive North American tour. With a gap that ends in October and resumes on the 3rd of November in Houston, one day after Fun Fun Fun…

Sharon Van Etten Announces Tour Dates, Appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest

Later tonight, Fun Fun Fun Fest will host an elaborate bingo themed party during which they will reveal the lineup for their 7th annual festival, held this November. However, right now, we can…

New Okkervil River Tour Dates

Okkervil River will play a small string of tour dates this summer and will co-headline the Cultivate Music Festival in Denver, Colorado with Best Coast in October. TOUR: 08/24/12 Baton Rouge, LA- Spanish…

Cody ChesnuTT To Release Album, Previews “That’s Still Mama”

Cody ChesnuTT hasn’t put out a record since 2002 but it seems he’s back. The singer songwriter is attempting to fund a new full-length album, Landing On a Hundred, through Kickstarter. To entice…

Stream Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE

After rushing the release of his eagerly anticipated album channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean has made the release available to stream online. Listen to all 17 tracks here!

Track Review: “Dreams” – Taken By Trees

“Dreams” is the first sneak peek at Victoria Bergsman’s (aka Taken by Trees) long-awaited follow up to 2009’s East of Eden. Other Worlds was written during a period of time the former Concretes…

Fun Fun Fun Fest Will Host Run-DMC Reunion

Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest has leaked that they will be hosting the reunion of classic hip-hop group Run-DMC. More lineup details will follow in the coming days as FFF plans to reveal…

Video: Twin Shadow – “Patient”

The more we see of George Lewis, Jr.’s (Twin Shadow) masterful and complete artistic vision surrounding the release of his outstanding new effort Confess, the deeper in love we fall. We previously brought…

The Mountain Goats Announce New Album Transcendental Youth

I just wrote a few days ago about the Mountain Goats sharing an old demo for reaching the 40k twitter followers milestone. Now, I am thrilled to tell you that my favorite band…

Ty Segall Announces Another New Album

Fresh on the heels of Ty Segall Band’s highly regarded Slaughterhouse, Segall has announced another new album to be issued under his own name on the Drag City label. Twins will be released on…

Dylan LeBlanc Announces New Album, Shares Single

Alabama’s Dylan LeBlanc has announced a followup to 2010’s Pauper’s Field. The album, Cast the Same Old Shadow was recorded in part at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and completed in New Orleans. Fittingly,…

POP INTL: On The Map – Finland’s French Films

Today, On The Map is taking you to the Nordic country of Finland, where French Films has been garnering quite a bit of attention for their exciting mix of surf rock and new…

Sub Pop’s Metz Announce Album Details, Share Single

Following the recent news that noise rock trio Metz signed to Sub Pop, the group has announced details for their forthcoming album. The eponymous debut will be released on Ocotober 9th and will…

Hear a Clip From John Cale’s New Album

John Cale has announced that his new album Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood will be out via Domino Records imprint Double Six Records on October 2nd. A video trailer for the album featuring Cale…

Video: Bill Fay – “Be At Peace With Yourself”

We previously reported about legend Bill Fay’s forthcoming album Life Is People on Dead Oceans. The video for his new song “Be At Peace With Yourself” contains imagery and cinematography as beautiful and uplifting…

Win Tickets to Twin Shadow and Niki and The Dove at Mohawk (9/14/12)

Twin Shadow is the moniker for George Lewis Jr., who has created two incredible new wave pop albums. The most recent of which, Confess, just dropped on July 10th on 4AD, garnering a Pop…

Album Review: Deep Time – Deep Time

One couldn’t begin to talk about Austin’s music scene and not mention the wonderful contributions of Jennifer Moore. I was immediately charmed by her voice when I first heard the now defunct Voxtrot’s…

Houndmouth Announces Self-titled EP Out on Rough Trade

Louisville, Kentucky’s Houndmouth have announced that their self-titled EP will be issued via classic imprint Rough Trade on August 28th. Recorded in their own Indiana studios dubbed “The Green Room,” the EP features…

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Diagnosed with Dementia

My heart is aching upon having just read the news that one of my favorite authors, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is suffering from Dementia and, as a result, can no longer write. His brother…

Album Review: Twin Shadow – Confess

Through all of the promotional material surrounding Confess, the second full-length release by Twin Shadow, it isn’t hard to imagine George Lewis Jr. as a modern day Ponyboy Curtis. Donning a worn-out leather…

Mountain Goats Share Unreleased Demo for Twitter Milestone

The Mountain Goats are my favorite band. So, there’s no way that you’re as excited as I am that in celebration of passing the 40,000 followers mark on Twitter, head goat John Darnielle…

Iggy Pop and Best Coast Collaborate on “Let’s Boot and Rally”

HBO’s True Blood has a history of employing credible songwriters such as Nick Cave and Neko Case who covered the Zombies’ “She’s Not There” last season, and the Eels who wrote an original track…

Track Review: “Under the Westway” – Blur

Blur’s new song “Under the Westway” possesses the dreamy, floating feel that has always made British rock so lush and enticing. Recently, bands have tended to place a still image of the album…

Are We Not Men? Devo Documentary on Kickstarter

Are We Not Men?, a documentary about Devo, has launched a Kickstarter page to raise money for a 2013 Sundance Film Festival release. The Tony Pemberton directed documentary was produced in cooperation with…

Stream Deep Time’s Entire New Album

We were thrilled to see that the folks over at The Onion‘s A.V. Club feel just as we do about Austin’s Deep Time. The duo will release their self-titled album on Hardly Art,…

Tristen, Follow That Bird, and GALPALS at Swan Dive

Exactly 75% (six out of eight) of the people to take the stage at Swan Dive Saturday before last were women—a refreshing statistic that filled me with joy from the moment I first…

Stream Twin Shadow’s Confess

Confess is streaming over at the Urban Outfitter’s website one week before it’s release. Listen here.

Video: Porcelain Raft – “The Way In”

Mauro Remiddi (aka Porcelain Raft) self-directed this video for “The Way In.” In this lo-fi homemade video, Remiddi is seen holding various objects before projections of women. The grainy images match perfectly with…

Christopher Owens leaves Girls

Through a string of Tweets Girls frontman and primary songwriter, Christopher Owens, announced his departure from the band. He said: Dear all, This may come as a surprise to many & has been…

Video: Santigold – “The Keepers”

Santigold has premiered the video for infectious pop anthem “The Keepers” on Noisey. The video features Santigold as “a member of the idyllic 1950s American family sitting down to dinner and smiling as…

Video: Extended Trailer for Dirty Projectors’ Film

It seems that each new day brings a new story about indie-rock’s industrious Dirty Projectors. We previously reported about frontman Dave Longstreth’s upcoming film, “Hi Custodian,” which will act as an extension of…

Dr. Dog Austin City Limits Taping

Dr. Dog’s epic performance for their Austin City Limits taping last week marks a crowning achievement for the band, who have recently released their 7th full-length album, and 2nd for Anti-, Be the…

Video: Spiritualized – “Little Girl”

“Little Girl” is the second single from Spiritualized’s acclaimed Sweet Heart Sweet Light. The Vincent Haycock directed video follows “a young female runaway who steals her dad’s money and motorcycle to escape the…

Dirty Projectors’ Swing Lo Magellan Streaming

The new Dirty Projectors album, Swing Lo Magellan, is streaming at the New York Times 9 days before it’s proper release (July 10 via Domino). If your anticipation is anything like ours, this…

New Joanna Newsom: “The Diver’s Wife”

When Joanna Newsom performed last week with Phillip Glass in San Francisco, she performed a new song called “The Diver’s Wife” which was captured in full by an audience member. You can stream…

Track Review: “Spiral” – Wye Oak

Wye Oak was commissioned to write and record a new song as part of Adult Swim’s 2012 Singles Program. For 12 consecutive weeks a new track will debut every Monday through September and…

Lykke Li Covers Fleetwood Mac “Silver Springs”

In anticipation of Just Tell Me That You Want Me- A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, due August 14 on Starbucks’ Hear Music, Lykke Li’s cover of “Silver Springs” has been released. The song,…

Track Review: “Watch The Corners” – Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr. has just released the first single from their forthcoming album I Bet On Sky. “Watch The Corners” is driving and melodic, with a gnarly J Mascis guitar solo cherry on top….

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