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10 New Albums to Stream Now: Fall Out Boy, Lanco, First Aid Kit and More Rolling Stone Editors’ Picks

January 19th, 2018 · Guitar

Fall Out Boy, Mania
The shape-shifting quartet’s seventh album is “a re-affirmation of their ability to fuse over-the-top oversharing and Queen-ly operatic stomp with an elastic vision of pop,” writes Jon Dolan. “It’s more proof of why they’re masters at turning meltdowns into jock jams.”
Read Our Review: Fall Out Boy Turn Meltdowns Into Jock Jams on Mania
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Lanco, Hallelujah Nights
Last year’s “Greatest Love Story” hit big on country radio and this Nashville band became even more invested in pushing the genre’s boundaries in unexpected ways on its debut. “You don’t want to be different for being different’s sake, because that feels cheap,” bandleader Brandon Lancaster told Rolling Stone. “But it’s like, ‘Do we like it? Does it give us that feeling inside we’ve all been chasing since we learned how to play instruments?’ If it’s giving us that feeling, let’s do it.” 
Read Our Feature: Greatest Love Story” Band Lanco on Debut Album, Writing “Truck” Songs
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First Aid Kit, Ruins
Klara and Johanna Söderberg’s fourth album has “dreamy grandeur, with touches of pedal steel and Peter Buck’s guitar atmospherics,” writes Will Hermes, “while a damaged romance bleeds across a widescreen America – it’s like a Sergio Leone film starring Lana Del Rey, doubled.”
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First Aid Kit, Swedish Indie-Folkers, Return With R.E.M.’s guitarist
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Dave East, P2
East Harlem-raised, Nas-cosigned MC Dave East brings back the Rotten Apple rap aesthetic with the sequel to last year’s surprise hit Paranoia. “I’ve just been through a lot in 29 years, so I got a lot to talk about,” he told Rolling Stone. “I always tell people, I never get writer’s block because it’s coming straight from my brain, like, real-life experiences. I’m like the news. I’m just reporting it for myself.”
Read Our Feature: Dave East on Prison, Islam, Reviving Nineties-Style Skits
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Devin Dawson, Dark Horse
This YouTube-borne upstart’s debut takes a big-tent approach to country music. Opening track “Dip” takes a page from No Doubt’s reggae-electro-pop book, while “I Don’t Care Who Sees” pairs the California crooner’s twang with bedroom-pop beats.  
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Tune-Yards, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life
The first album in four years from Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner is “determined to conjure kinetic joy while staring down our present cultural fright show,” writes Will Hermes. 
Read Our Review: Tune-Yards Get Intersectional, With Mighty Grooves, on Fourth LP
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The Shins, The Worms Heart
A number of artists, including Lucinda Williams, Tracy Bonham and Tegan Sara, have recorded beloved old albums recently. But James Mercer is the first to do it with his most recent one. He re-imagines each song on 2017′s Heartworms, flipping the running order and, in most cases, roughing up the sound. Heartworms often suggested Brian Wilson teaming up with Hall Oates in a Portland home studio. The Worm’s Heart opens with “The Fear – Flipped,” which sounds like the Velvet Underground, then moves on to the loose reggae of “Half a Million – Flipped” and the excellent “Mindenhall – Flipped,” the latter of which evokes Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Great Balls of Fire” via the Clean’s “Tally Ho.” As always, Mercer’s seemingly bottomless tune-machine talent holds it all together. Jon Dolan
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Laraaji, Vision Songs, Vol. 1
Leave it to the rarity-hunters and eccentricity embracers at Numero Group to find and champion the oddity in this zither-playing ambient icon’s shimmering oeuvre. In the recent explosion of private press new age reissues, it feels like no one has gotten more love than Laraaji – his 1980 Brian Eno-produced debut re-released by Glitterbeat, the longform pieces of 1984′s Celestial Vibrations via Soul Jazz, two cassette box sets via Stones Throw’s Leaving Records and an appearance on Light in the Attic’s scene-defining I Am the Center compilation. However, Vision Songs, originally a self-released cassette issued by the busking musician in 1984, showcases him in singer-songwriter mode. The drones and zither glow are still present, but are joined with a tiny Casio for tunes reminiscent of everything from James Taylor’s tender folkie tunes to Talking Heads’ stiff new wave to the minimal post-punk of bands like Flying Lizards. Christopher R. Weingarten
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Caitlyn Smith, Starfire
Smith, a 31-year-old singer-songwriter who’s written hits for Meghan Trainor and Lady Antebellum among others, steps out on her own with this excellent debut. Smith’s own voice is strikingly potent, easily as big and versatile as any of the Nashville stars she’s worked with. On “St. Paul” she sings about being 17, driving from her native Cannon Falls, Minnesota to her first little big town (“listening to the same three Wilco tracks”) and sneaking drinks at a local punk club, while the acoustic “This Town Is Killing Me” surveys her struggles while trying to make it as an artist, including missing her grandfather’s funeral because she had to tour. The LP ends with “Cheap Date,” a sweet, funny piano come-on about forgoing the scene downtown to order Chinese and make out on a couch: “Think of all the money we’ll save,” she sings. It’s the perspective that comes from living a little before you get your shot. Jon Dolan
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Shopping, The Official Body
Twenty-first century malaise hangs in the background of this British trio’s third album: “Where will I go/to find some peace?” guitarist-vocalist Rachel Aggs wails over skittering guitars on the malcontented “Asking for a Friend,” while the stomping “Discover” underscores Andrew Milk’s petulant assertion “I’m not lonely/I’m fine” with a menacing bassline that hints at below-the-surface tumult. Shopping pairs their stinging critiques of a frosty world with jubilant, taut disco-punk, augmenting their shout-along rallying cries and jumpy guitars with touches of synth bass and programmed drums. Wiry and urgent, The Official Body offers vibrant, chaotic catharsis at an ideal moment. Maura Johnston
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Review: Tune-Yards Get Intersectional, With Mighty Grooves, on Fourth LP

January 19th, 2018 · Guitar

“It’s giving me a heart attack-ack-ack” blurts Merrill Garbus at the start the first Tune-Yards release in nearly four years. What’s “it”? Take your pick – global warming (the funky single “ABC 123″ invokes Elizabeth Kolbert’s tour de force The Sixth Extinction), gender tyrannies (“I don’t wanna be a woman/If it means not being a human” Garbus insists on “Now As Then”), the weight of racial history (she interrogates “the blood in my voice” on “Colonizer”). They’re just some of the triggers on an LP determined to conjure kinetic joy while staring down our present cultural fright show – and which is more potent for it.

longtime collaborator, now official bandmate Nate Brenner abets mighty bass
grooves on the dub march “Home” and the howling post-punk salvo “Free!”
which rejects a word stripped by civic hypocrisy. Per usual, the core remains
Garbus’ beat science, hypnotically looped and stuttered, driven by handclaps,
drumstick clatter and her increasingly varied vocal displays, which are more
processed than usual here – fitting for an age where “truth” itself
comes digitally warped. “I don’t know the language,” she declares in
a rare, barely altered purr on “Coast to Coast,” a resistance anthem
for a divided country where, it seems, “all the words mean fear.” 

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/review-tune-yards-i-can-feel-you-creep-into-my-private-life-w515554

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Review: First Aid Kit, Swedish Indie-Folkers, Return With R.E.M.’s Guitarist

January 19th, 2018 · Guitar

Like Brits did with U.S. punk, Swedes Klara and
Johanna Söderberg repurposed Davis Sisters-style country harmony on their 2012
breakthrough “Emmylou” into a bright new thing, laying into notes
like they were tunnel-boring through glaciers. Producing their fourth set,
folk-rock impressionist Tucker Martine (Neko Case, My Morning Jacket, Sufjan
Stevens, the Decemberists) helps shape a dreamy grandeur, with touches of pedal
steel and Peter Buck’s guitar atmospherics, while a damaged romance bleeds
across a widescreen America – it’s like a Sergio Leone film starring Lana Del
Rey, doubled. At times, the musical ornamentation feels too much. But when
those two voices combine, it all falls away. 

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/review-first-aid-kits-ruins-w515555

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Eagles Settle Lawsuit Over Hotel California Name

January 19th, 2018 · Guitar

The Eagles have settled a lawsuit filed last year to prevent a Mexican hotel from calling itself Hotel California. The hoteliers, Hotel California Baja LLC, withdrew their application for a U.S. trademark, according to Reuters.

The decision to dismiss the suit was mutual. The band had sued the company, which operates the Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur, with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, but both parties agreed to call it off Wednesday. The news services said that the decision coincided the same day that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office accepted the company’s request to abandon its application.

A rep for the Eagles declined to comment to Rolling Stone. Hotel California Baja LLC did not immediately respond to Rolling Stone’s request for comment.

The band had alleged that the company were attempting to mislead hotel patrons into thinking that they had sanctioned the use of the song title by playing the Eagles’ music around its property. Moreover, the Eagles claimed that it was part of a campaign for the hotel to sell merchandise such at T-shirts and posters that was branded “Hotel California.”

In their response, the hoteliers denied wrongdoing. The company said it was unlikely fans would be confused.

The hotel, which is located across the U.S. border about 1,000 miles south of San Diego, had been called Hotel California when it opened in 1950, Reuters reports. Its name changed over the years, but when Canadians John and Debbie Stewart purchased it in 2001, they decided to restore the name.

The band issued the song on their Hotel California album in 1976. According to Don Henley, who wrote the song with Glenn Frey and Don Felder, the tune was intended as commentary about their surroundings. “We were all middle-class kids from the Midwest,” he once said. “‘Hotel California’ was our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles.” 

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/eagles-settle-lawsuit-over-hotel-california-name-w515608

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Hear Tinashe Team With Migos’ Offset on Brash New Song ‘No Drama’

January 18th, 2018 · Guitar

RB singer Tinashe teamed with Migos rapper Offset on the undulant new song, “No Drama.”

The track boasts slinky production from Stargate who ladles on heavy bass swells, light-yet-sinister synths and crisp percussion. Tinashe delivers two verses packed with alluring vocal lines and clever lyrics, including a Mean Girls reference, “I need 60 bad bitches acting like they single/ Yelling, ‘You can’t sit with us,’ throwing up middle fingers.” Offset follows with his characteristic triplet flow, spitting, “Double R Phantom/ She like the way I’m dripping organic/ Got on my wrist the Titanic.”

“No Drama” marks Tinashe’s first new song since her 2017 single, “Flame.” The track is also the first of three new songs Tinashe recently teased on Instagram, with “Me So Bad” and “Faded Love” set to follow.

The singer has been prepping her long-awaited third album, tentatively titled Joyride, though a release date has yet to be announced. Tinashe’s last album, Nightride, arrived in 2016.

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-tinashe-migos-offset-on-brash-new-song-no-drama-w515578

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Tool’s New Album: Everything We Know

January 18th, 2018 · Guitar

A little more than 4,600 days have passed since Tool released their most recent album, 2006′s prog-metal odyssey 10,000 Days. It’s a fact that the band is highly aware of, as they’ve labored on a follow-up and humbly answered questions about the would-be record’s progress during the past 12 years. Now it seems they’re closer than ever to completing the album, with drummer Danny Carey saying emphatically that they’ll “definitely” put out an LP this year. Here, we’ve combed through interviews with Carey, frontman Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones and Justin Chancellor that go back more than a decade to trace the rocky history of what will be Tool’s fifth album (when it finally comes out).

2008: Keenan says the band is working on a new album “right away.”
Almost as soon as 10,000 Days came out, Tool began sending mixed messages about their future. In a 2006 interview with Spin, Maynard Keenan said, “I can see [the end of the band] happening sooner rather than later,” but 12 years later that’s still not the case. Instead, he worked on his side project Puscifer, putting out V Is for Vagina in 2007, and telling Spin again that Tool understand that he has other commitments, including his Merkin Vineyards. Nevertheless, by 2008, he was saying that Tool were getting back to writing. “We’re going to start writing the new Tool record right away,” he told MTV at the time. He also explained the group’s creative process. “We all get in a room, shut out all the extra noises from the other people and what goes on outside the room and just focus on the four of us, where we are that day,” he said. “And then we just start making sounds.”

2010: The band reports it’s working on instrumentals.
Nevertheless, the only recordings by Tool’s members came out on other people’s records. Keenan sang on Jubilee’s “I Don’t Have an Excuse, I Just Need Help” and the Human Experimente’s cover of “21st Century Schizoid Man,” while Jones appeared on Isis’ Wavering Radiant LP, Chancellor played bass on Intronaut’s “Valley of Smoke” and Carey guested on ex-Tool bassist Paul D’Amour’s Feersum Ennjin project. In 2010, Tool’s website (via Metal Sucks) reported that Tool’s instrumentalists were working on new music while Keenan recorded with Puscifer.

2012: The group says it’s almost “more than halfway done” with the record.
The band played a handful of shows in 2010 and 2011, and in 2012, the group’s website reported that progress was still underway on a follow-up to 10,000 Days. “While riding with Danny to Chili John’s yesterday, I heard a lot of new Tool music (sans Maynard),” the group’s webmaster reported (via Metal Insider). “Dare I say that it sounded like … Tool (some of it reminiscent to earlier Tool stuff, with other parts pushing the envelope), and I assume that it will sound even more like Tool once the vocal melodies, etc. have been added.” The entry ended with speculation that the group was “more than halfway” done with the record.

2013: Scooter accidents derail the album.
Progress hit a brick wall in 2013 when two Tool members sustained injuries in two different collisions. “The New Year started off on a bad note as far as writing and arranging sessions for Tool’s next record,” the band’s website reported (via Fuse). “Because of the physical nature of the musical involvement involved, 9 days of jamming were lost.” They reportedly resumed writing on January 21st, though Carey said in 2013 that he was still in a lot of pain after breaking several ribs in his crash. “[The new Tool album will be out] sometime this year,” he said at the time. “That’s all I can say. The sooner the better for us. We’re really excited about it, so I hope the fans will be too.” Nevertheless, Keenan, who issued Puscifer’s Donkey Punch the Night in 2013, told a radio station, “No new disc, not this year” shortly Carey’s comment. “Basically right now it’s a lot of ideas,” he told Spin of the progress for both Tool and A Perfect Circle’s albums. “There’s no actual songs for either project. It’s still kind of noodles in a big basket. Lots of noodles, just no dishes.”

2014: Jones and Carey say lawsuit stymied album progress.
Throughout much of 2013, the band members gave elliptical answers about their progress in the studio. Carey, who put out an album with Volto! that year, contended, “It’ll be early 2014″ when a new album will come out, while Jones said it takes “a little longer” because “we’re just different people [than when we started].” In August, Keenan told Rolling Stone “I can’t write until I hear the sounds … and I haven’t heard the sounds.” In 2014, he said, “I like to release records and write things a little more quickly than [my Tool bandmates] like to write; their process is very analytical.” But it was in an in-depth 2014 interview with Rolling Stone that Jones and Carey explained the holdup. Although they figured they had enough raw musical ideas to fill an album, and one close-to-complete track, they felt too constrained by their business dealings to be creative. When one of Jones’ friends sued Tool over some artwork, the band’s insurance company sued the band over technicalities with the case leading the band to file a countersuit against the insurer. It was time consuming, but the band was still able to finish a 10-minute track. By March 2015, Jones reported that the legal obstacles were now gone.

2015: Keenan reports that the album is progressing “slowly.”
With the soul-crushing lawsuit out of the way, things seemed to be rolling in 2015. In a Facebook update, Keenan – who put out Puscifer’s Money Shot that year – said that he would be able to begin writing “melodies and content ‘soon.’” By his estimation, “Things are progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly.” He added, “I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else, but as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is gold in this sound mine.” Nevertheless by the end of 2015, Keenan was back to giving indirect answers to questions about progress on the record. When Rolling Stone asked if he’d been working on it in October, he replied, “Do I seem like a lazy person to you?”

2015: The band begins playing new song “Descending” live.
The band debuted a snippet of a new song, with a working title of “Descending,” on their 2015 tour that Jones likened to a preview of a larger song. “We have a song that’s probably about 13 or 14 minutes long, so … it’s a shortened, different approach to it,” he told Rolling Stone. “It is a new song. It’s like a vague movie trailer to the real movie.” In the same interview, he said that progress on the album was “wonderful” and that everything was flowing and that Keenan had the music at that point. “I’m just blown away at the stuff that’s coming together,” he said. “I’m excited and can’t wait for it to be done.” But he also added that “done” is a relative term: “My philosophy has always been, ‘It’s not good when it’s done, it’s done when it’s good.’”

2016: The group reports there are still shorter songs that need completing.
Tool’s website reported that the band was still figuring out some of the songs. “At this stage of the writing/arranging process … there are only a couple of ‘shorter’ songs left to complete (?), along with a segue or two or three,” the band’s webmaster reported (via Metal Sucks). “Of course, we need to keep in mind any changes that might be needed to accommodate the vocals, etc., once all of the arrangements are finished.”

2016: Chancellor reports that the band is “deep” into writing.
In an interview with Bass Player, Chancellor reported that the group was still “deep into the writing process.” He said that the group had narrowed things down to groups of ideas. “For the past few months we’ve been working on one of the newer songs fairly exclusively,” he said. “We get the gist of it and find the main themes that make up the skeleton between verses and choruses. Then we explore different ways we can depart from that and come back to it and flip it upside down, and take the time to see what else is there. Everyone knows we take our time. We’re really trying to be responsible with ourselves in trying to discover ideas that haven’t been discovered before. It’s kind of an alchemy, how we experiment.” The triumvirate of Chancellor, Jones and Carey were “playing pretty much nonstop” at the time.

2017: Carey says a new album will come in 2018.
In the middle of everything, Jones revealed on his Instagram that the band recorded “a new version of ‘Opiate,’” the title track of the band’s 1992 debut EP toward the end of 2017. “We wrote a different break down that’s about five minutes longer in the middle of the song,” he wrote. “I believe there are recent live versions of it online.” But by the end of the year, Carey – who recorded a new album with the supergroup Legend of the Seagullmen for a 2018 release – had a Tool album update. The record, he said, would assuredly come out in 2018. “I’m saying definitely,” he told Loudwire. “We’ll probably have it done in the first half [of the year] if things go as planned.” Then in 2018, he told Kerrang! the record was still “a work in progress.” “The cool thing is every time I think I’ve simplified it as much as I can, we’ll give it to Maynard and he’ll do something even more simplified – to the point where practically anyone can sing it,” the drummer said. “It’s simple shit and it’s coming out, man. The tracks are long … too long! Definitely too long for the radio.” (Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who reported on Instagram in December that he’d heard some of the band’s instrumentals, said the music was “epic, majestic, symphonic, brutal, beautiful, tribal, mysterious, deep, sexy and VERY Tool.”) In the meantime, Keenan found himself shooting down an asinine rumor that A Perfect Circle would be using their 2018 Coachella slot to debut new Tool. All he said when asked about the veracity of that rumor, according to Alternative Nation, was, “No.” 

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/tools-new-album-everything-we-know-w515528

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See U2′s Politically Charged Video for ‘Get Out of Your Own Way’

January 18th, 2018 · Guitar

U2 rail against President Trump and the Ku Klux Klan in the new video for “Get Out of Your Own Way.” The animated clip was developed by the Broken Fingaz Crew, an Israeli graffiti collective.

The imagery in the video alternates between images of anguish – a woman crying, a skull enveloped by flames – and direct political references: Ku Klux Klan members march across the screen, torches in hand, while President Trump looks on from the Oval Office. In the background, U2 pair a call to action with shiny, arena-ready post-punk. “Fight back,” Bono instructs. “Don’t take it lyin’ down, you got to bite back.”

Broken Fingaz Crew envisioned the clip as a direct response to many of the headlines in 2017. “2017 for us was the year fascists worldwide felt confident enough to raise their heads again, encouraged by Trump and other world leaders who use people’s fear to build more walls and segregation,” they explained in a statement. “The song is both a personal letter and a clarion cry to the global situation, and in the same way, we’ve combined our psychedelic pop style with political imagery.”

“Get Out of Your Own Way” appeared on Songs of Experience, U2′s 14th studio LP, which came out last December. The band sold 186,000 album-equivalent units opening week, which earned them the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. U2 is the only band to score Number One albums in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. 

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-u2s-charged-video-for-get-out-of-your-own-way-w515584

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Former Ataris Bassist Arrested in Alleged $27 Million Real Estate Scam

January 18th, 2018 · Guitar

A former bassist of the punk group the Ataris was arrested in late December for his role in a $27 million real estate scam.

News of Michael Davenport’s arrest spread this week ahead of the bassist’s scheduled court date Wednesday. Davenport and his partner Cynthia Rawlinson were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, five counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud, the Santa Barbara Independent reports. If convicted, Davenport faces 30 years in prison.

The grand jury charges – filed at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in December – accuse Davenport and his telemarketing firm American Standard of victimizing “over 100,000 people” and defrauding “these individuals out of more than $27,000,000″ from 2009 to 2016.

The charges allege that Davenport, who served as bassist in the Ataris from 1995 to 2004 before co-founding the group Versus the World, oversaw a scheme that offered customers “access to American Standard’s list of houses that were in pre-foreclosure or financial distress” for $199.

However, the listings were allegedly “false and misleading” and often “fictional and/or no houses existed at the locations indicated.” When the customer attempted to have their money refunded, American Standard made it so that it was “virtually impossible to satisfy” requests for refunds.

“For example, American Standard required customers to mail in letters, signed by the owners of five of the houses on the listing, stating that the customers had viewed their houses,” the suit claims. “These letters were very difficult to obtain from homeowners who had not placed their houses on American Standard’s list and were not interested in selling their homes. These letters were impossible to obtain when the addresses on the list did not exist.”

Additionally, when customers complained to their credit card companies, American Standard similarly fought against the “charge-backs.”

According to the Santa Barbara Independent, the FBI raided American Standard’s offices – a Lompoc call center and three Santa Barbara locations – in October 2016 following hundreds of complaints against the company. The grand jury adds that American Standard had allegedly fleeced victims in all 50 states.

$104,000 was seized at the time of Davenport’s arrest at a Little Rock, Arkansas airport in December 2017. His personal bank account yielded another $850,000.

Attempts to reach Davenport were unsuccessful. Davenport, a Santa Barbara-area resident at the time of his arrest, served as bassist for the Ataris for nearly a decade. He performed on the band’s biggest hit, a punk rendition of Don Henley’s “The Boys of Summer,” as well as the 1999 album Blue Skies, Broken Hearts … Next 12 Exits, one of Rolling Stone‘s 50 Greatest Pop-Punk Albums

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Decemberists Preview ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’ LP With New ‘Severed’ Video

January 18th, 2018 · Guitar

The Decemberists have announced their new album, I’ll Be Your Girl. The follow-up to 2015′s What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, their eighth studio LP will be released on March 16th via Capitol.

Having been together for 17 years, Colin Meloy said that the group aimed to get out of its “comfort zone” when approaching the new album, which included working with a new producer (John Congleton) and exploring new sounds. “On the last record there were moments when I thought I was making familiar choices,” Meloy said in a statement. “I tried to be mindful in the songwriting process of challenging myself and being a little more critical. The idea was, how can we be make unfamiliar choices, turn off the light a little and grope around in the dark a little bit?”

While working on the new material, the Decemberists discussed musical references, such as Roxy Music and early glam, and Meloy described the songs as conveying a mood that reflects the times: “exuberant nihilism, an apocalyptic dance party was what we envisioned,” Meloy said.

Those influences can be heard on their synth-tipped new song, “Severed.” On the moody track, the unrelenting synth line serves as an undercurrent for Meloy’s foreboding lyrics. “I alone am the answer/ I alone will make wrongs right,” he sings. “But in order to root out the cancer/ It’s got to be kept from the sunlight.” The accompanying Morgan Gruer-directed video features the band traversing a bleak, animated world. An animated Trump with devil-styled horns makes appearances and the bandmates are seen in black and white.

The Decemberists will embark on a tour following I’ll Be Your Girl‘s release, which kicks off in Pomona, CA at Fox Theater on March 22nd.

I’ll Be Your Girl Track List

1. “Once in My Life”
2. “Cutting Stone”
3. “Severed”
4. “Starwatcher”
5. “Tripping Along”
6. “Your Ghost”
7. “Everything is Awful”
8. “Sucker’s Prayer”
9. “We All Die Young”
10. “Rusalka, Rusalka / The Wild Rushes”
11. “I’ll Be Your Girl”

The Decemberists Tour Dates

March 22 – Pomona, CA @ Fox
March 23 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
March 24 – Tempe AZ @ Innings Festival
April 6 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
April 8 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
April 10 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
April 13-14 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
April 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
April 16 – Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center
April 18 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
April 19 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
April 20 – Richmond, VA @ The National
April 21 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
April 23 – Geneva, NY @ Smith Opera House
April 24 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
April 25 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
May 22 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
May 23 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
May 25 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium
May 26 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
May 27 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
May 28 – Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
May 30 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center
June 2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
June 5 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater
June 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 8 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
June 9 – Shelburne, VT @ The Green Street Music Hall
June 10 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
June 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
June 15 – North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA
June 21 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
June 22-23 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
August 4-5 – Missoula, MT @ Travelers’ Rest

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-decemberists-preview-album-with-new-severed-video-w515569

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Beastie Boys Memoir to Be Released This Year

January 18th, 2018 · Guitar

The long-gestating Beastie Boys memoir is expected to be released this year. In an interview with Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 (via Pitchfork), Mike D announced that the as-yet untitled tome will come out “in the fall of this year.”

The group’s surviving members, Mike D and Ad-Rock, have been working on the memoir since 2013; it was originally slated to be released in 2015. However, Mike D revealed that they’re still working on the book and refining it. “We’re actually going to finish it, and it’s going to come out finally,” he said. “Like many things we embark on, there are many false starts and, honestly, directions we went in that we realized were not the directions we should be going in, but it’s gonna be coming out in the fall of this year.”

Back in 2013, their Random House imprint publisher Spiegel Grau said the pair were “interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience. There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up.”

In the new interview, Mike D did not get too specific on the direction the book has taken, but he did emphasize the importance of showcasing the time period and setting surrounding their formation. “To tell our story, we have to give the cultural history of where we came from,” he explained. “So New York City in the Eighties, you had all this incredible, exciting music, art, film. All of that sort of has to converge to be able to explain. We just had the good fortune of being around all of it, so I think that’s Number One.”

In terms of their writing approach, Mike D said it would not be like a typical music biography. “We’re not writers in a book sense,” he said. 

He also alluded to using different techniques to convey their story. “I think a lot of times when I read a band book or I watch a music documentary, maybe I’m just kind of ADD, I get a little bored,” he confessed. “But actually, I don’t think they do the subject matter justice because it’s kinda surreal what happens in bands’ lives, so you kind of have to use all dimensions to tell the story more accurately.”

“I can say pretty confidently, it will be unlike any other music book,” Mike D concluded.

Article source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/beastie-boys-memoir-to-be-released-this-year-w515571

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