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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 11 hours ago
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Who was your favorite featured artist this week? You have until 11am EST next Friday to cast your vote for the next Artist of the Week! Choose between the following:

Flowers

Twee devotees rejoice: continuing Britain’s legacy of featherweight jangle pop is London’s latest export, Flowers. They have supported acts like The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Young Marble Giants on tour, and made their maiden voyage to the States for NYC’s 2013 Popfest. In their 2014 debut album, Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do, they rise from the noisy, muffled depths of the fuzz pop tradition and come out with a crystal clarity, allowing Rachel Kenedy’s creamy soprano to fully stand out against a no-frills, three-piece setup.

Moreno Veloso

Moreno Veloso’s first album since his Music Typewriter debut thirteen years ago captures the whimsy of an informal gathering of friends who love to make music together and chill — the only difference is that the sonic hangout sessions were recorded in nine studios across Brazil, New York, and Japan and assembled an orbital cast of about 30 musicians.Coisa Boa’s air of familial warmth is so palpable it seems only natural that some of the rehearsals took place while Veloso’s children slumbered peacefully into the night, infusing an ambience of hushed respite in the recording process.

Yael Meyer

Santiago native Yael Meyer also lives up to her hype as a brilliant pop composer. But unlike some of her Chilean comrades whose primary selling points are vintage synth hooks and disco-infused beats, this LA-based singer-songwriter also draws heavily on her folkloric roots. Growing up on Andean folk from her father’s Nueva Canción collection, the quirky musician understands the value of storytelling, and the splendor of nylon guitar strings.

Proviant Audio

Proviant Audio starts with digital creations by Tønsberg, Norway-based producer Mathias Stubø. Even if it stopped there, Drift Days & Disco Nights would still be more fun than just about most nu-disco records. But the party is taken to the next level by Stubø’s eight-piece band, who flesh out cut-and-paste glam tunes with horns, keys, and the funkiest bass riffs of the 1970s. (Who needs robot helmets, right?)

Hookworms

Hailing from Leeds, Hookworms are a band of multiple personalities that compete for attention within every song. The immediate effect comes from experimenting with textures that will make you doubt your senses, and question whether or not you actually heard the catchy track you were just bopping along to. Honestly, it’s a bit puzzling how a catchy hook like the guitar riff in the single “On Leaving” bounces back and forth in the chorus that curiously feeds into long, droning but barely shaped moments.


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Brian Eno Will Release a Rarities Collection this December

by MTV Iggy | 13 hours ago
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Christmas for Brian Eno fans will come early this year. On December 2, the British musician is re-releasing four classic albums: Nerve Net, The Shutov Assembly, Neroli, and The Drop. Recorded between 1992-1997, each release will come packaged as a 2CD set—one featuring the album as it was originally presented, and the second will have completely unreleased material recorded during the same time frame. Nerve Net, Eno’s 1992 album, will be accompanied by My Squelchy Life, which fans refer to as Eno’s “lost record.” Neroli’s bonus material features New Space Music, Eno’s hour-long, ambient drone piece.

Click here to check out the extensive track lists! —Words by Laura Studarus

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Stylo G Wins Best Reggae Act of 2014

by Isabela Raygoza | 2 days ago
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Since Stylo G dropped his insanely infectious, dancehall track “Soundbwoy” last year, we had a feeling this Jamaica-born, UK-based artist would reach groundbreaking heights. Heck, “Soundbwoy” wasn’t just his breakthrough track, it changed the face of Jamaican music. This is why it’s no surprise he’s been dubbed the Best Reggae Act at this year’s MOBO Awards, which happened yesterday. He competed against other brilliant reggae newcomers like Tarrus Riley, Popcaan, Chronixx, and Alkaline.

Stylo G’s newest single “Call Mi A Leader” will be out on November 9th via 3Beat. It honors the legacy of Bob Marley and his legendary song “Could You Be Loved.”

Congrats to Stylo G!

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Listen: CHVRCHES — “Get Away”

by MTV Iggy | 3 days ago
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Drive came out three years ago. It’s impressive that in that short time, likening something to the film’s soundtrack (featuring Johnny Jewel, College, Chromatic, and Electric Youth) has become shorthand for all things dark, electronic, and decidedly moody. (Think: music you’d listen to leaving the club on the long dark road home.)

BBC radio host Zane Lowe has undertaken the strange and wonderful task of tying more bands to that aesthetic with his new project, Radio One Rescores: Drive – Curated By Zane Lowe. The compilation album features new tracks from the likes of Foals, SBTRKT, Baauer, Jon Hopkins, BANKS, and CHVRCHES, who contributed a new track called “Get Away.” The song wouldn’t sound out of place on the Scottish trio’s darkly, ethereal debut album The Bones of What You Believe. So it’s not a stretch to believe that an unnamed stuntman might dig it as well.

For those in the UK, be sure to catch BBC Three’s special screening of Drive on Oct 30. You’ll be able to switch between the classic and revamped scores. —Words by Laura Studarus

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I Almost Died at a Café Tacvba Concert (And I Loved It)

by Isabela Raygoza | 3 days ago
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Being in the front-row, middle of an over-crowded, sold-out Café Tacvba (AKA Cafeta) show is maximum intensity. Their gig at Stage 48 in Hell’s Kitchen, part of their current US tour commemorating 25 years as a band, proved to be both extreme and extraordinary.

The beloved Mexican quartet isn’t a metal or punk band, where one can expect to get bashed, bruised, whiplashed—or worse—from crowd surfers and mosh pits at their shows. However, Café Tacvba is venerated as a multi-genre band that can do justice to death metal, romantic ballads, electropop, and folkloric music like son jarocho, and their musical intensity was more than enough to fuel raging mosh pits throughout the night. Since the band’s inception in 1989, the seminal record that effortlessly captures their versatile prowess is Re (1994), an album whose 20-year anniversary the tour also celebrates. Re also marked the end of the rock en español era and set it on its genre-bending, alternative route.

Photo Credit: Victor Capiz/MTV Iggy

When I arrived at Stage 48 at 7 pm, a half-mile line wrapped around the building, eager to see the iconic Satélite natives. Inside, the audience slowly started sardine packing the main floor and the surrounding balconies. While we waited for the band to start, the DJ held it down, playing Spanish rock classics. The large, cultish crowd shouted along to their favorite tunes, and started to get pumped.

Finally after two hours of waiting, Joselo Rangel, Meme del Real, and Quique Rangel arrived onstage in matching black suits, and frontman Rubén Albarrán clad in an all-red a traditional Mexican version of the guayabera shirt and jeans. He also sported two horn-like buns and a sleek braided ponytail, evoking a Latin diablo. The grinning singer opens up with the jarana-driven song “El Aparato.” Meanwhile, Joselo, Meme, and Quique’s shirts literally brightened up in flashy blue lights, and Rubén’s in a spiral-patterned red. Once they were all on stage announced that the entire album of Re will be performed track by track.

During the energetic ballad “La Ingrata,” Rubén wore a red apron and playfully carried a fake chicken around, as he does in the music video. By the third song, two mosh pits opened up like twin hurricanes, a few people violently surfed the crowd, and bodies completely pushed one another until every square foot of the venue was crammed with people. There was hardly any space to move, and at some points, to breathe as those in the front row were pressed against the photo pit rail by the crowd. Midway through the song, a crowd surfer whacked my head, and another one dove toward a security guard in the photo pit, dropping the burly man to the ground. The security guard lay in pain until he was carried away.

By the time Cafeta got to their heavy metal jam “El Borrego,” ferociously beating their instruments in a repetitive, distorted, and fast-tempo manner, and the crowd turned über-raucous. By the power of mosh, the hyper audience pushed and shoved in all directions, until the entire rail I was pressed against scooted forward about half a foot, causing a few cameramen and security guards to flee the photo pit. I feared for my life. Thankfully, the heartfelt ballad “Esa Noche” came next and the intensity dropped many notches. Thereafter, Rubén addressed the aggressive audience to be respectful of one another, and like faithful devotees, the crowd softened up a bit, except for a fanatic girl behind me who repetitively shrieked, “I fucking love you, Rubén!”

About every other song, Café Tacvba changed into new funky outfits that matched the song’s theme. That night, they were retro spacemen, muscle shirt-wearing miners, Illuminati-like shamans, and, of course, for the encore they came out in their everyday stunning iconic rocker costumes. In between songs, the band spoke against the recent violence and disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. The overzealous crowd was a bit too much for the size of the venue, so I gave up my front row spot before some of their most energetic punk songs played such as “La Pinta” or “El Tlatoani del Barrio.” For their encore the band played fan favorites like “Chilanga Banda,” “Éres,” “Olita del Altamar, “María” and others. Overall, these icons delivered a riveting set filled with nostalgia, showmanship and intensity. The night was definitely a roller coaster ride (a tad scary at one point), but indeed a remarkable experience worth repeating.

Check out our exclusive slideshow from their New York performance here!

Photo Credit: Victor Capiz/MTV Iggy

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PREMIERE: Watch the New Video for Banda de Turistas’ “Delivery de Milagros”

by Isabela Raygoza | 4 days ago
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The Argentinean quintet Banda de Turistas are well known for revitalizing the sound of rock en tu idioma by fusing it with ’60s-inspired psych rock. This time, they sharpen their signature and sophisticated sound with this latest single and video titled “Delivery de Milagros,” from the album Lo Que Más Querés. In this mysterious clip, starring Babasónicos’ frontman Adrián Dárgelos, Banda de Turistas are being chased down the streets of Buenos Aires wearing ski masks. Is their pursuer an assassin? Or are they the killers? Watch to find out.

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Lay Low Resurfaces with New Video, European Tour Dates

by Suzy Exposito | 5 days ago
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Icelandic folk singer-songwriter Lay Low is back in action. Almost a year since the release of her seventh solo release, Talking About the Weather, today she releases the official video for “One Of Those Nights.” Her voice is warm and crisp against layers of gentle, woodsy guitar.

Lay Low will be playing at New York City’s CMJ Music Marathon on October 23 and 24th; followed by the Iceland Airwaves Festival from November 5th-9th. She will also support fellow Icelander Ásgeir on tour through Europe this fall and winter. Check out her tour dates below.

Tour Dates

11/9 – Koncerthuset, Kaupmannahöfn, Denmark
11/10 – Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
11/12 – Kesselhaus KulturBrauerei, Berlin, Germany
11/13 – Gebäude 9, Cologne, Germany
11/24 – Komedia, Brighton, UK
11/25 – The Fleece, Bristol, UK
11/26 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK
11/29 – Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden
11/30 – Stacken (Nalen), Stockholm, Sweden
12/2 – Byscenen, Trondheim, Norway
12/4 – USF Verftet, Bergen, Norway
12/5 – Høvleriet, Haugesund, Norway
12/6 – Folken, Stavanger, Norway
12/7 – Union Scene, Drammen, Norway
12/8 – Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway

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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 7 days ago
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Who was your favorite featured artist this week? You have until 11am EST next Friday to cast your vote for the next Artist of the Week! Choose between the following:

Moelogo

For years the UK has been cultivating its flourishing Afrobeats scene. There’s something about the kind of beats that are inspired by mother Africa that can make it feel like the sun has come out — and God knows the UK can use a little more sunshine in its supremely cloud heavy days. Little surprise, then, that Moelogo is the latest burgeoning star to emerge from London, via Lagos. His upbeat, sunny disposition and accompanying sound seems to be sitting well with gloom-fatigued Londoners and, well, anyone who likes a catchy, well-sung hook and infectious production.

Camilla Sparksss

Barbara Lenhoff is like a punk version of Miranda July who uses her quirkiness for more startling purposes. Her electro project Camilla Sparksss is just one of the Canadian-bred creative’s outputs — she’s also a photographer and a filmmaker. And with every data point in her biography, she seems more legendary and mysterious: she single-handedly built a car, was raised with small brown bear and, a few years go, exhibited a series of images in France that look like faces pressed on a photocopier.

Salt Cathedral

About a year and half ago, Brooklyn-based band Il Abanico changed its name to Salt Cathedral, an homage to the enigmatic underground cathedral built within the tunnels of a salt mine in Zipaquirá, Colombia. Formed by Nicolas Losada and singer Juliana Ronderos, together they create electronic pop music that parallels the mystique of one of the marvels of architecture: it’s labyrinthine, yet atmospheric and highly evocative.

Jakil

Sure, the Edinburgh-born, dance pop mates may look like American Apparel models because they dress in lackadaisical, hipster garb and cultivate a fresh vibe as they jam out, as shown in their latest video and single, “Istanbul.” But don’t be fooled by their cool demeanor. These passionate guys possess a lot of soulfulness, but know what it takes to master an infectious pop ditty.

Nostalghia

Ciscandra Nostalghia gives the impression that she’s supremely intense. Audible quivers, a childlike tone, grating shrieks and a soaring operatic style are among the devices in her vocal canon, and she employs them with both earnest fragility and palpable passion. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call her debut album, Chrysalis, a work of performance art. That it was crafted in the wake of being booted from her traditionally minded parents’ home — her mother is Iranian and her father is Russian — makes a lot of sense. 


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