Top New Albums:
9. Pallbearer Heartless; Profound Lore Records; Doom Metal; Key Track: Thorns
8. You’ll Never Get To Heaven Images; Yellow K Records; Dream-Pop; Key Track: Images
7. The Jesus And Mary Chain Damage And Joy; Artificial Plastic Records; Shoegaze; Key Track: All Things Pass
6. Mike WiLL Made-It Ransom 2; Ear Drummer Records, Interscope Records; Hip-Hop & Rap; Key Tracks: Perfect Pint (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane, & Rae Sremmurd), Razzle Dazzle (feat. Future)
4. Tonstartssbandht Sorcerer; Mexican Summer Records; Psych-Rock; Key Track: Breathe
Tricot are a four-piece from Kyoto, Japan. They have a new album, 3, coming out on 5/19 via Topshelf (US), Big Scary Monsters (Europe), and Bakurestu (Japan). The premiere track is called “DeDeDe” and is a delicate mix of post and indie rock, similar to that of fellow countrymen emo legends toe.
Syd released her great debut album Fin at the beginning of the year. She just shared an outtake from that album on Soundcloud. The song is funky upbeat number that would’ve been one of the more sunny sounding tracks if it was on Fin.
Portland psych-rock band Moon Duo are releasing their newest album, Occult Architecture Vol. 2, in just over a month on 5/5. They have another single from it out, the seven minute “Sevens”.
Albums Now Streaming:
One of the biggest rap groups in Britain is the Section Boyz (Drake and Skepta even recently showed up to perform with them). Today they dropped a 19-track mixtape Soundcheck which you can download for free on Bandcamp. It’s a more accessible album than most for non-Brits trying to get into grime.
The 15th studio album from British post-punk legends Wire is here. Silver / Lead is available for stream on Noisey and is out 3/31 via Pinkflag.
Videos Worth Watching:
The Shins are having a contest to give away their old touring van. In order to win you must record yourself performing a cover of a track from their most recent album Heartworms. In honor of this contest, the group performed the new single “Name For You” in the van itself.
Stormzy’s debut album Gang Signs & Prayer showed he go hard, but also showed a softer side, in which he proves he can actually sing pretty decently. He put this skill to use again on the BBC’s Live Lounge, covering Frank Ocean’s Blonde track “Godspeed.” Skip to the 11:33 mark.
Anna Wise released The Feminine: Act II in mid-February and it’s best track “Balance In All” now has a video. It follows her along the coast and through the forest of Northern California, singing to the redwoods like she used to do as a child.
Adele capped her world tour in Auckland, New Zealand last night, and maybe her touring career. Last night she said during the concert: “Touring isn’t something I’m good at… Applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable. I don’t know if I will ever tour again. The only reason I’ve toured is you. I’m not sure if touring is my bag.” Adele has always tried to stay out of the spotlight and definitely should be set after her record-breaking sales from 25.
There was a shootout at a deli in Fetty Wap’s hometown of Paterson, NJ over the weekend which seemed to target him. He was uninjured but the shootout was due to someone stealing his “1738” chain and some cash. Today though, longtime rival Raheem Thomas was arrested after he showed off the chain in an Instagram photo. Thomas is part of Muscle Team Entertainment, which warned Fetty Wap to “stay out of Paterson.” More via TMZ.
Phoenix have announced a complete world tour, hopefully in support of a new album. The French quartet had announced a few of them earlier but now we have the full schedule. Whitney, The Lemon Twigs, and Miike Snow will be the opening acts.
05/12 Miami, FL @ Fillmore *
05/13 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues *
05/14 Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/15 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium *
06/02 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore +
06/03 New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball
06/04 Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Festival
06/05 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom +
06/07 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks + %
06/11 San Diego, CA @ 91x Valley View Casino Center
06/13 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater +
06/14 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl +
06/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl +
06/29 Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain @ Vida Festival
06/30 Marmande, France @ Garorock Festival
07/06 Lisbon, Portugal @ NOS Alive
07/07 Bilbao, Spain @ Bilbao BBK Live
07/08 Herouville-St-Clair, France @ Beauregard Festival
07/09 Belfort, France @ Les Eurockeenes Festival
07/13 Aix-les-Bains, France @ Musilac Festival
07/14 Carhaix, France @ Les Vieilles Charrues
07/12-16 Dour, Belgium @ Dour Festival
07/14-16 Berlin, Germany @ Melt! Festival
07/20-22 Wiesen, Austria @ Out of the Woods
07/22 Roma, Italy @ Postepay Rock in Roma
08/11-12 Bali, Indonesia @ Sunny Side Up Festival
08/11-13 Jakarta, Indonesia @ We The Fest
08/15 Manila, Philippines @ Araneta Coliseum
08/18-20 Osaka, Japan @ Summersonic Festival
08/18-20 Tokyo, Japan @ Summersonic Festival
09/02 Dublin, Ireland @ Electric Picnic
09/29 Paris, France @ AccorHotels Area
09/30 London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
* -With Whitney
+ -With The Lemon Twigs
% -With Miike Snow