Clams Casino

Stream: Clams Casino New Instrumentals Album

Jan 19, 2018

New Jersey producer Clams Casino always crafted beats that echo from a deep well of catharsis, beats that expanded and became their own entities, not canvasses for lyrical impression. In 2016, Clams released his first major label album 32 Levels, replete with guest rappers and vocalists and while some of it worked, you still longed to be swept into the dark world his music conjured without words. Clams has returned to where his music has its greatest impact, today releasing a straight instrumental album, simply titled Instrumentals. Stream it below and get swept. 

Amen Dunes

Watch: Amen Dunes “Miki Dora” Video

Jan 17, 2018

The new Amen Dunes album Freedom will land March 30th on Sacred Bones and it is one of the more anitiipated albums of the new year. The lead single "Miki Dora" just got its video, check it below. It's a welcome return to Damon McMahon's swaggy country delivery over bolstered production. 

Freedom is the first release from Amen Dunes since 2014's softly sparkling Love and involves collaborations from Parker Kindred (Antony & The Johnsons, Jeff Buckley) on drums, Chris Coady (Beach House) as producer, and Delicate Steve on guitars.

Dr. Dog

Listen: Dr. Dog “Listening In”

Jan 15, 2018

Our neo-psychadelic Philly friends Dr. Dog has a new song "Listening In". It's a kick back beauty and a sign of a new album coming. This is good Monday listening. Check it below. 

Reptaliens

Premiere: Reptaliens “Ubik” Video

Jan 11, 2018

Portland, Oregon's Reptaliens is the husband-and-wife duo of Bambi and Cole Browning and the two released their gently grooving debut album FM-2030 to warm reception this past year. Ahead of its major US tour to begin 2018 (dates blow), Under the Radar has the video premiere for the all-too-brief shooting star of album track "Ubik".

The whimsically odd video shows the continuation of their inspirations from cult mentality, transhumanism, conspiracy theories and all things sci-fi. The band had this to offer about their far-out creative process reflecting the otherworldly:

"We were shopping for outfits for our actress to wear during the live show and we found a huge box of hazmat suits. We couldn't' pass them up so we bought them all. Later the idea formed to film a video for Ubik during the upcoming total solar eclipse. The song is written by Bambi from the perspective of Cole. Bambi is dead and cryo-froze; Cole trying to connect with her via vid-screen. As her life in cryo-freeze is running out, Cole ends his life to be reunited with her one last time. Ubik is inspired by the Philip K Dick book with the same title. It seemed fitting that this video be filmed during such an eerie and unreal solar event so we tried to capture some of the mood through superimposed footage in black and white, and of course some fog.."

Adds the video's director Costa Gountanis: "The whole concept fits in with what I usually make which is usually just strange bloody sci-fi culty stuff...Also I feel really lucky to have so many friends down to get weird at a moments notice. The eclipse itself turned out to be way cooler than I thought it would be, I really thought most people coming to Oregon to see it were idiots and still kinda do but kind of get it after the whole experience. We also shot the space pod stuff in my weed tent, It’s always fun being resourceful and I think helps with the creative process. This video was super fun to make and the eclipse was a great thing to experience with really good friends even if it ushered in the end of time."

 

Reptaliens 2018 Tour

 

01/19 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst *

01/20 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom *

01/21 - Reno, NV - Cargo *

01/22 - Chico, CA - Senator Theatre *

01/23 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater *

01/24 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House *

01/25 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House *

01/26 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot *

01/27 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre *

01/28 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep *

01/30 - Albuquerque, NM - El Rey Theatre *

01/31 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls *

02/01 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren *

02/02 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park *

02/03 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *

02/04 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *

02/13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom *

02/14 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall *

02/15 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall *

02/16 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel *

02/17 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *

02/18 - Richmond, VA - The National *

02/20 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live *

02/21 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *

02/22 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *

02/23 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall *

02/24 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *

02/25 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall *

02/26 - Syracuse, NY - Palace Theater *

02/27 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre *

02/28 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall *


* with STRFKR

Son Lux

Watch: Son Lux “Slowly” Video

Jan 09, 2018

Son Lux- -  the LA and NY-based band of Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia, and Ian Chang - is set to drop their new album Brighter Wounds in February. Today they shared the video for "Slowly," its second single. It's a magnetic down-tempo soul bump and because it's Son Lux, the video is strange...in a good way. Check it out below, along with upcoming tour dates. 

From the press release: Lott says the new track likens a lie to a drug: "'Slowly' deals with the ability of untruth to evolve into reality, and then function as a drug. But can a lie be a salve? Must we always bear the burden of believing what is real?"

The video, directed by Alex Cook, follows two caretakers as they sacrificially tend to a small group of patients. Cook says, "The idea for the video was born from the track's unnerving beat and deceptive undertones. The story takes place in an alternate, dystopian time in which people transfer their negative memories to one another through a mysterious machine." 

The follow-up to 2015's exultant and explosive LP Bones, Brighter Wounds finds Son Lux transformed all over again. This fifth album marks another fundamental shift as Lott leaves universal themes behind to write from a personal perspective: while making these songs, he became a father and lost a family member to cancer. Days of "firsts" were also days of "lasts," and the normal fears of first-time parenthood were compounded by a frightening new reality - Lott's son was born shortly after Election Day. These songs draw on all of that: warm reflections of a fading past, the pain of still-present loss, and a mix of anxiety and hope for a future promised to none.

 

 

Son Lux 2018 Tour Dates:
02/12 - Milan, IT - Circolo Magnolia^
02/13 - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks^
02/14 - Zurich, CH - Mascotte^
02/15 - Lyon, FR - Epicerie Moderne^
02/16 - Nantes, FR - Stereolux^ (SOLD OUT)
02/17 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique^
02/18 - Lille, FR - L'Aeronef^
02/19 - Paris, FR - La Cigale^
02/20 - London, UK - Scala^
02/22 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg^
02/23 - Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan^
02/24 - Berlin, DE - Lido^ (SOLD OUT)
02/25 - Cologne, DE - Gebaude 9^
02/26 - Munich, DE - Ampere^
02/27 - Warsaw, PL - Progresja^ (SOLD OUT)
02/28 - Prague, CZ - MeetFactory^
03/01 - Vienna, AT - Arena Wien^
03/02 - Budapest, HU - Dürer Kert^
03/03 - Istanbul, TR - Salon
03/07 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room*
03/08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater*
03/09 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent*
03/12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge*
03/13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos*
03/14 - Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret*
03/21 - Washington, DC - Black Cat**
03/22 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel**
03/23 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry @ The Fillmore**
03/24 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair**
03/26 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount**
03/28 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall**
03/29 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall**
^ supported by Hanna Benn
* supported by Gordi, WILLS
** supported by Sinkane & Hanna Benn

David Byrne

Watch: David Byrne “Everybody’s Coming To My House” Video

Jan 08, 2018

It's always reassuring when David Byrne releases something new. Byrne just announced his new album American Utopia out March 9 on Todomundo/Nonesuch Records. The announcement came during a presentation of “Reasons To Be Cheerful,” an ongoing series curated by Byrne of hopeful writings, photos, music, and lectures. With the announcement also came the release of album track “Everybody’s Coming To My House” and its animated video. The new song was co-written with Brian Eno, featuring contributions from TTY, Happa Isaiah Barr (Onyx Collective), Mercury Prize winner Sampha, and others. An extensive world tour is also on the horizon and some of the dates have been released. Check it all out below. 

Here's some more info of what's brewing from the press release:

American Utopia will be released March 9, 2018, Todomundo/Nonesuch Records, accompanied by a world tour that will bring a choreographed concert that Byrne has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”...American Utopia fits hand-in-hand with Byrne’s vision for his series “Reasons To Be Cheerful,” named for the song by the late Ian Dury. Over the last year, Byrne has been collecting stories, news, ideas, and other items that all either embody or identify examples of things that inspire optimism, such as a tech breakthrough, a musical act, a new idea in urban planning or transportation—something seen, heard, or tasted. Just as the album questions the current state of society while offering solace through song, the content of the series recognizes the darkness and complexity of today while showcasing alternatives to the despair that threatens us.

While David Byrne has collaborated on joint releases with Eno, Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), and most recently St. Vincent over the past decade, American Utopiais Byrne’s first solo album since, 2004’s Grown Backwards, also on Nonesuch.American Utopia morphed during the writing and recording process, beginning with longtime collaborator Eno, and eventually growing to include collaboration with producer Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Sampha, Savages) alongside a diverse cast of creative contributors including Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Jam City, Thomas Bartlett (St. Vincent producer, aka Doveman), Jack Peñate, and others. The album was recorded in New York City at David’s home studio, Reservoir Studios, Oscilloscope, XL Studios, and Crowdspacer Studio and in London at Livingston Studio 1.

Speaking about the album, Byrne said:
Is this meant ironically? Is it a joke? Do I mean this seriously? In what way? Am I referring to the past or the future? Is it personal or political?
These songs don’t describe an imaginary or possibly impossible place but rather attempt to depict the world we live in now. Many of us, I suspect, are not satisfied with that world—the world we have made for ourselves. We look around and we ask ourselves—well, does it have to be like this? Is there another way? These songs are about that looking and that asking.
This album is indirectly about those aspirational impulses. Sometimes to describe is to reveal, to see other possibilities. To ask a question is to begin the process of looking for an answer. To be descriptive is also to be prescriptive, in a way. The act of asking is a big step. The songs are sincere—the title is not ironic. The title refers not to a specific utopia, but rather to our longing, frustration, aspirations, fears, and hopes regarding what could be possible, what else is possible. The description, the discontent and the desire—I have a feeling that is what these songs touch on.
I have no prescriptions or surefire answers, but I sense that I am not the only one looking and asking, wondering and still holding onto some tiny bit of hope, unwilling to succumb entirely to despair or cynicism.
It’s not easy, but music helps. Music is a kind of model—it often tells us or points us toward how we can be.
For the full text, visit publicity.nonesuch.com/davidbyrne.


 

Current American Utopia 2018 Tour Dates. More to Come

3/3/2018 -Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre SOLD OUT
3/4/2018 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts SOLD OUT
3/6/2018 - Buffalo, NY - Center For The Arts SOLD OUT
3/7/2018 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Theatre SOLD OUT
3/9/2018 - Waterbury, CT - Palace Theater SOLD OUT
3/10/2018 - Kingston, NY - Ulster Performing Arts Center SOLD OUT
3/16/2018 - Santiago, CHI - Lollapalooza (Chile)
3/18/2018 - Buenos Aires, ARG - Lollapalooza (Argentina)
3/24/2018 - Sao Paulo, BRA - Lollapalooza (Brazil)
4/7/2018 - Guadalajara, MEX - Sonico Festival
4/14/2018 - Indio, CA - Coachella
4/21/2018 - Indio, CA - Coachella
5/4 - 5/6/2018 - Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees
6/22-23/2018 - Prague, Czech Republic - Metronome Festival
6/25/2018 - Zagreb, Croatia - INmusic Festival
6/30 - 7/1/2018 - Ewijk, Netherlands - Down The Rabbit Hole
6/30 - 7/7/2018 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
7/5/2018 - Gdynia, Poland - Open'er Festival
7/11/2018 - Oeiras, Portugal - Cool Jazz Festival
7/13/2018 - Bilbao, Spain - Bilbao BBK Live Festival
7/13-14/2018 - Barcelona, Spain - Cruilla Barcelona
7/19/2018 - Ravenna, Italy - Ravenna Festival
7/20/2018 - Perugia, Italy - Umbria Jazz Festival
7/21/2018 - Trieste, Italy - Piazza UNita
7/27/2018 - Camden ,NJ - XPoNential Music Festival

The Shins

Listen: The Shins - “Dead Alive” Flipped Version

Jan 04, 2018

An overlooked album of 2017 in some circles was The Shins' Heartworms. So for those of us that slept (I include myself here) James Mercer is throwing it back at us in 2018, with all of the songs flipped into alternate versions, calling it The Worms Heart. The reconfigured album will presumably arrive sometime soon in this new year, as three of its flipped tracks were just made available. This version of "Dead Alive" bests the original. Check it out:  

Wolf Alice

Listen: Wolf Alice “Don’t Delete the Kisses” Charlie XCX / Post Precious Remix

Jan 03, 2018

British Electro-Pop vixen Charlie XCX has teamed with the recently formed duo of the same persuasion, Post Precious, to remix Wolf Alice's "Don't Delete the Kisses", one of the singles from the band's terrific 2017 album Visions Of A Life. The already elevating track sends tingles with the new treatment. Check it out. Charlie XCX released her own acclaimed album, Number 1 Angel, this past year, while Post Precious is the new exciting collaboration between MS MR producer Max Hershenow and solo artist Alex Winston. Nice team up here.