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Artist of the Week: Vote For Your Favorite!

by Suzy Exposito | 47 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:

Sırma

Sırma’s latest EP titled Instincts is like a relic out of a mythical Mediterranean land that atmospherically weaves Turkish folk instrumentation with the 24-year-old’s hypnotic, reverberating vocals. When the ambient electronic beats come in, you ask whether this 4-track EP is an anachronism or if time and space don’t really matter when you listen to Sırma.

Mere Women

Actually made up of two women and one man, Mere Women transcend the humility of their name, even if it is a tongue-in-cheek jab at the patriarchy. They march to the cleverly syncopated beat of the drums, churn out eerie synth melodies and sign each bar with angular scribbles of guitar. The punky, baroque-flavored uncertainty that colored their 2012 debut, Old Life, is more carefully distilled with a stony discipline in their latest release, Your Town.

Kaleo

With dirt under their fingernails and the northern lights reflecting in their eyes, Iceland’s Kaleo plays the kind of grimy rock that flies in the face of their country’s penchant for all things ambient/ethereal. Sure they cando soft and pretty. (See: To Emma, Forever Ago-worthy track, “All the Pretty Girls.”) But the Mosfellsbær-based quartet is more about guitars riffs of every flavor than cooed choruses. Blues? Check. Country? Oh yeah. Rock? Of course — they’ve got that too.

Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan is that guy that you know you know. Hint: have you ever seen X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Yup, that’s him as James Howlett. He also has one of the most visited YouTube channels in Australia. But despite all his success in the visual world, the 19 year-old now has his claws in a different role — moody electronic singer-songwriter. The South Africa born/Australia-based musician’s debut EP TRXYE will go a long way toward reminding fans that, in addition to appearances on screens large and small, Sivan also possesses some formable pipes.

Mechanimal

If you like your riot-inspired post-punk buried in the underbelly of industrial drone, then pack up your ski mask and black lipstick, because we’re going to Greece. The trio of bearded, beefy men is back with a ferocious and angrier concept album called Secret Science, their second LP out today. It has the melodic, prog soundscape of Mars Volta with and the frenetic, punk energy of Joy Division. They’ve dubbed their specialty brew “drone ‘n’ roll.”


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LA’s Girlpool Announce Tour Dates with Jenny Lewis

by Suzy Exposito | 48 days ago
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Comprised solely of Cleo Tucker on guitar and Harmony Tividad on bass, Los Angeles indie duo Girlpool have caused a stir in the music world with their stripped-down and subversive ballads on love, friendship and sexual politics. Fans of Marine Girls, The Raincoats and ’60s garage groups in general will revel in their upcoming debut self-titled EP. The EP is set for release on November 18th via Wichita Recordings.

Girlpool have also announced the expansion of their fall tour, including some dates with singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley, The Watson Twins). Listen to their latest single, “Blah Blah Blah,” and check out their tour dates below:

TOUR DATES

10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg +
10/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Hazzard Hall $
10/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio $
10/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn $
10/20 – Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Bard College $
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio ^
10/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands Gallery
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
10/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn %
10/28 – Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase #
11/5 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 ~
11/6 – Westbury, NY @ The Space ~
11/7 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre ~
11/8 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre ~
11/14 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope
11/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Bar Bloc
11/16 – Sunderland, UK @ Pop Records (Free In-Store)
11/17 – London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
11/18 – London, UK @ Rough Trade West (Free In-Store)
11/19 – London, UK @ Sebright Arms &
11/23 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
11/24 – Paris, FR @ Cafe Charbon (Free Show)
12/1 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *

~ = w/ Jenny Lewis
+ = w/ Kera and the Lesbians
$ = w/ Slutever
^ = KXLU CMJ Showcase
% = Father/Daughter CMJ Showcase
# = w/ Free Cake For Every Creature and Adult Mom
& = w/ Alex G
* = The Echo residency

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Hatsune Miku (and Friends) Put on a Very Real Show at Magical Mirai

by MTV Iggy | 49 days ago
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Americans already heard a little about Hatsune Miku earlier this year when the digital pop singer opened for Lady Gaga, but they can expect more in October, though just how the digital avatar for the singing-synthesizer software Vocaloid gets portrayed by the media remains to be seen. The first ever US installments of the Hatsune Miku Expo, an event devoted entirely to the aqua-haired character, ending in a live show by the holographic singer, happen on October 11 and 12 in Los Angeles and October 17 and 18 in New York. The biggest happening, though, comes a little earlier, when Miku makes her television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on October 8, reaching a larger audience than ever before.

Considering that news stations Stateside turned Miku’s first concerts in Japan nearly four years ago into a “look at how weird Japan is!” segment, it is totally within the realm of possibility that her appearance on Letterman is going to become a gawked-at event. This premonition made visiting the Magical Mirai concert in Tokyo on September 20, a show devoted solely to Miku and other holographic Vocaloid performers, all the more revealing. Following a show in Osaka several weeks before, the Tokyo leg felt like a totally normal Japanese concert — hundreds of fans crowding outside the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, many lined up to buy merchandise and, once inside, they pumped glow sticks back and forth like they would at most live shows. It felt like a regular, high-profile show.

Rin and Len share the stage at Magical Mirai/Photo courtesy of Crypton Future Media

It wasn’t quite, though. This still was a show focused on non-human performers. There were flesh-and-bone beings on stage in the form of a band and, at the start, two dancers who performed to chaotic brostep. But all attention was on the holographic names, especially Miku, who performed notable Vocaloid songs from an array of well-known producers. She opened Magical Mirai playing guitar, every chord change rendered in great detail on the big screens positioned to the side of the stage. From there, she dashed through all styles of Vocaloid music, touching on hyperactive bleep-bloop pop (“Nijigen Dream Fever”) to ocean-themed ballads.

With a few exceptions — Miku’s ability to change clothes instantly from song to song, her ability to dissolve into the air after a dance — Magical Mirai presented its unreal performers in a very real way. This was especially true up in the nosebleed seats — from near the rafters of Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Miku looked like an average-sized performer dancing around the stage. It felt like an average J-pop concert by a top-tier performer: fans swayed along to the dramatic balladry of “Glow” while Miku sang in front of a stand-alone microphone, and the audience waved their glow sticks in time with Miku’s own fist pumps on “Karakuri Piero.”

The show wasn’t just Miku’s to command; Magical Mirai also made time for other notable Vocaloid characters to take the stage. These included the blonde-haired pair Rin and Len, who led the crowd in various waves during the mid-tempo “Suki Kirai,” who came out later in the evening to help Miku with the livelier “Shake It!” The pink-haired Luka performed the driving “Hello Worker” and also joined Miku for a duet, while one of the few pre-Miku Vocaloid characters, Meiko, came out to sing a lounge-leaning number.

Even though time was carved out for others, the focus was on Miku and her digi-voice. She appeared in 18 of Magical Mirai’s 25 songs, and the highlights of the night were all notable songs performed by her. The dizzying electropop of “Weekender Girl” had the crowd bobbing along to every electric swish, while Miku executed choreography straight from the music video. The mood was far more subdued for the slow-burning “Last Night, Good Night,” the strongest ballad at the concert. Nothing approached the reaction to Miku’s signature song “Tell Your World,” however. That song, with its build up to an electric boom come the chorus, inspired the sold-out crowd to sing along loudly, the one time the fans’ voices matched that of Miku’s.

Like most human-helmed shows, Magical Mirai included an encore, Miku materializing back on stage for three songs, culminating in the fuzzy mid-tempo rock of “39,” a song originally written for her fifth anniversary (she’s now been around for seven years). Time will tell how her forthcoming American time in the late-night spotlight will go, but her recent Tokyo celebration confirmed her place in the J-pop scene: Fans, ranging from toddlers decked out in her wardrobe to older men with their own glow stick routines, regard her not as a novelty, but as a top performer. —Words by Patrick St. Michel

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Win Tickets to See Calle 13 in San Francisco!

by Suzy Exposito | 49 days ago
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We know our Iggy fam likes loves Calle 13. Like, a lot. That’s why we’re offering our Twitter followers a chance to see the iconoclastic hip-hop duo live during their five city US tour. This time, we’re giving away tickets to see Residente and Visitante at The Warfield in San Francisco on Friday, October 10.

To score tickets, all you have to do is follow MTV Iggy on Twitter (unless you are one of the awesome people who already follow us), retweet our tweet about the contest and then tweet your favorite Calle 13 lyric at us. One winner will be chosen at random.

You have from now until 12pm on Thursday, October 9th to win! The winner will be announced shortly after.

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Russian Red Announces US Tour with Babes

by Isabela Raygoza | 50 days ago
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Russian Red’s smoky falsetto and sultry voice is certainly a standout. We were totally smitten by it when we saw her perform songs from Agent Cooper, her latest and third album, back in February.

Now, the lovely Spanish singer-songwriter prepares to return to the US and go on tour with Babes, beginning mid-October in Los Angeles. Along with the tour announcement, she has also released a music video performing ”Casper”. It showcases cool indie rock guitar strums, captivating synths, and that voice! Get pumped up for the tour:

10/15 – Los Angeles, California @ Troubador
10/16 – San Francisco, California @ The Independent
10/17 – Portland, Oregon @ Bunk Bar
10/18 – Eugene, Oregon @ WOW Hall
10/19 – Seattle, Washington @ The Crocodile
10/22 – Minneapolis, Minnesota @ Icehouse
10/23 – Chicago, Illinois @ Schubas Tavern
10/25 – Montreal, Canada @ La Vitrola
10/26 – Boston, Massachusetts @ Church of Boston
10/28 – New York, New York @ The Studio at Webster Hall
10/29 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ World Café
10/30 – Washington DC @ DC9
10/31 – Annapolis, Maryland @ Rams Head on Stage
11/01 – Raleigh, North Carolina @ The Pour House

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NPR Streams No One Is Lost, New Album by Stars

by Suzy Exposito | 51 days ago
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Today NPR premieres No One Is Lost, the seventh album by Canadian indie pop group Stars. Recorded at Montreal’s Mile End Studios, upstairs from the now-defunct discotheque Royal Phoenix, this synth-laden release is by far their most exuberant (and most danceable). Listen to their new album in its entirety here, and check out their North American tour dates below:

STARS ‘No One Is Lost’ Tour Dates:

11/08 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
11/09 – Boston, MA @ Royale
11/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
11/15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
11/16 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
11/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/21 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
11/22 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
11/23 – Buffalo, NY @ The Tralf
02/03 – Kingston, ON @ Grand Theater
02/05 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
02/06 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
02/07 – Ottawa, ON @ NAC
02/11 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
02/12 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth
02/13 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth
02/21 – Winnipeg, ON @ Burton Cummings
02/23 – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian/Odean Event Centre
02/24 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
02/25 – Edmonton, AB @ Winspear
02/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue
02/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue
02/28 – Victoria, BC @ Alix Goolden
03/03 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
03/04 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin
03/05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
03/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda

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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 54 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:

Only Real

Although Only Real sounds like the work of a bunch of dudes getting stoned and making music in their parents’s basement — or maybe in their surfboard-filled garage in Cali — it’s actually the work of Niall Galvin. He’s a 21-year-old ginger who recently told Vice in a shoulders-shrugging kind of way, “Yeah. It’s just me, in my bedroom,” when referring to where he produces music. Alone, he crafts impressively layered hip-hop-meets-indie-pop tracks that boast some serious wordsmithery, if you can make out the lyrics, anyway.

Puer Kim

Singer-songwriter Puer Kim kicked up a slight controversy among the Korean pop community when she released the video for her song “Manyo Maash” earlier this year. Many fans zeroed in on a perceived diss aimed at major labels S.M. Entertainment (Girls’ Generation) and YG Entertainment (Big Bang2NE1) — their initials appeared tattooed on mannequins. Kim’s label denied any malicious intent, but the clip and shadowy song were clearly stabs at the industry as a whole. That’s what makes Kim, who just released her first widely distributed mini-album Purifier, an intriguing presence in the world of K-pop. She’s not afraid to outright poke at it.

Benjamin Booker

Only 25 years young, New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Ben Booker plays blues rock with the finesse of a very old pro. It’s no wonder blues revivalist Jack White invited him on board his recent tour; Ben Booker takes after OG’s like Howlin’ Wolf in his gravelly vocal delivery and R.L. Burnside in his fiery guitar licks. Although it should be said that Ben Booker’s music seems less about the outlaw life romanticized by blues songs of yesteryear, but more about giving nod to the involuntary, beleaguered societal outlaws of today.

Lia Mice

Talk about making the best of a bum situation. Lia Mice was all set to fly to Brooklyn from Paris in October 2012 after wrapping up a European tour. The weather, however, had other plans. Hurricane Sandy was busy pounding the East Coast, and Mice was stranded in France with a canceled flight. Instead of camping out at the airport, she passed the time writing songs at a friend’s house in Lyon. It wasn’t long — like, a week — before she decided to stay in France for good. I Love You is the serendipitous result of this decision to let fate take over.

Mía Maestro

Mía Maestro perfectly combines theatricality and musicality — just check out her “Blue Eyed Sailor” music video for proof. You may recognize her charming, familiar face, but probably not from her fairly new music venture. This Argentinean starlet turned singer has graced the screen for about 14 years, and has been featured in films like Frida and Motorcycle Diaries and the Twilight Saga, where her song “Lloverá” was also featured in the soundtrack. Currently, Mía stars in the hit TV vampire horror drama, FX’s The Strain.

 

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China’s Modern Sky Festival is Coming to NYC October 4-5

by Isabela Raygoza | 54 days ago
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People of New York City: trying to score the last of your outdoor music festivities while the sun still permits? Consider China’s Modern Sky Festival, which arrives at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield this weekend, October 4th and 5th.

The Chinese festival is celebrated for its experimental pop and folk showcases and this is the first time ever that Modern Sky is taking place stateside. Headliners include folk rock legend Cat Power, supergroup and William Onyeabor tribute band, Atomic Bomb!, as well as China’s underground stars like singer-songwriter Deserts Zhang Xuan, rock ‘n’ roll band Second Hand Rose, and Beijing’s indie rockers Queen Sea Big Shark, among many more.

Check out the full lineup and get more deets here. Tickets are $48 for one day; $85 for two days.

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