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10 Albums You Should Know Before Going to Coachella

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2015 03:08pm | Post a Comment

10 albums you should hear before going to coachella

Like Tame Impala? Nuts for Drake? Sure, they're great. But a big part of Coachella also has been the chance to see legendary bands reunite and take the stage, as well as long-established artists alongside the newcomers. Here are 10 great albums by reunited or established artists you should know before heading to the desert next weekend.

AC/DC Back in Black

ac/dc back in black lpThe album that started the Brian Johnson era of AC/DC (following the death of lead singer Bon Scott) is their biggest and has many of their best-loved hits, including “You Shook Me All Night Long” and the title track. It’s good to know the rest of the songs, even if you’re not especially sober by the time AC/DC goes on (which is probably how they’re best heard anyway).

 

Ryan Adams Heartbreaker

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Album Picks: Waxahatchee, Toro y Moi, Kelela

Posted by Billy Gil, April 7, 2015 10:32am | Post a Comment

Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp

waxahatchee ivy tripp lpKatie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee project has grown from the home recordings of a promising young singer/songwriter to the full-bodied sound we hear on Ivy Tripp. Over a river of fuzz and organ drone, Crutchfield sings more warmly and confidently than ever on opener “Breathless.” Lyrically she can be oblique on songs like “Poison” (“Your birthday party tongue dripping/You'll summarize/Travel the world ivy tripping”), but the scenes she paints are evocative nonetheless. She pushes her sound further into brightly hued Pavement-style indie rock on tracks like “Under a Rock” and ’80s college rock on “The Dirt” while expanding it with a simple electronic beat and catchy backup vocals on “La Loose.” But some of the most stirring moments on Ivy Tripp are its sparest, as she turns staring at the ceiling midday and turning over love and life choices into Ivy Tripp’s best track, “Stale By Noon,” singing over a simple organ lick. I wasn’t sold when I heard her last album, Cerulean Salt, but Ivy Tripp feels whittled down to perfection. It’s an impressive songwriting showcase for Crutchfield and a significant leap forward.

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Weekly Roundup: Best Coast, LA Font, Moon Honey, Geographer, Upset, Holly Miranda, Ezra Furman

Posted by Billy Gil, April 3, 2015 09:33am | Post a Comment

Best Coast – “Heaven Sent” video

best coastBest Coast’s Bethany Cosentino looks fetching in a rose crown and lace dress in the video she co-directed with Lana Kim for “Heaven Sent,” off the band’s upcoming California Nights, due May 4 on Harvest. Definitely channeling some Paisley Underground vibes with this look and song, like The Bangles filtered through Ride’s amps. The band’s spring/summer tour will hit L.A.’s Wiltern June 27. Watch below via Ray-Ban’s Never Hide Noise.

 

LA Font – “Whisperer”

la fontOn their latest track, Los Angeles power-pop band LA Font sink their teeth into a supple groove before unleashing whirlwind guitars at the song’s climax. You might need a cigarette. It’s on their upcoming Hangtime Vol. 1 EP, which is due April 28, just after the band plays in-store at Amoeba Hollywood April 23, as part of the Converse Rubber Tracks series. Hear it below via Stereogum.

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Show Recap: Death Cab For Cutie at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, April 1, 2015 04:02pm | Post a Comment

death cab for cutieDeath Cab For Cutie closed down the store at Amoeba Hollywood March 31 on the day of the release of their new album, Kintsugi.

Just before the band starts its tour in support of the album—and now without longtime guitarist and producer Chris Walla—the band could’ve been unsure of its footing. But they pretty much crushed it, starting with the album’s thumping opener “No Room in Frame.” “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive” saw the band pick up the energy while still employing moody guitarwork and ghostly effects to good measure.

death cab for cutie kintsugi lpBen Gibbard paused a moment to introduce new band members Dave Depper and Zac Rae (both on keys and guitars) before launching into the three-guitar “Little Wanderer.” It’s easy to forget what a great guitar band Death Cab can be, and honestly, the guitars threatened to overtake Gibbard’s star power on that song. But the song’s catchy chorus brings it all back, and Gibbard still stood center-stage on  “Black Sun,” shaking his head through the song’s biting lyrics amid dusty organ and languid guitarwork.

Death Cab at times could be thought of as more of a solid and enjoyable band than a dynamic one, but they’ve seemingly sought to incorporate more variety to their introverted indie-pop on recent releases as their audience has grown, and live, their skill at juggling different sounds is even more pronounced. On the cowboyish “El Dorado,” Gibbard’s voice rang clearly over a sturdy gallop and wallowing guitars, while “Everything’s a Ceiling” is closer to an ’80s prom ballad and had the crowd clapping along to its stuttering beat and glowing synths.

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Reissue Report: Deluxe Edition of Rolling Stones' 'Sticky Fingers' Coming in May

Posted by Billy Gil, March 31, 2015 05:23pm | Post a Comment

the rolling stones sticky fingers lp reissueTo coincide with its North American tour this Spring, The Rolling Stones will reissue one of its best-loved albums, Sticky Fingers, in a deluxe edition May 26.

Like those recent Led Zeppelin reissues, Sticky Fingers will come in a variety of LP and CD editions, Rolling Stone reports. The deluxe edition will include a version of “Brown Sugar” with Eric Clapton, unreleased versions of “Bitch,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Dead Flowers,” and an acoustic take of “Wild Horses,” plus five live tracks from a performance at London’s Roundhouse in 1971, including “Honky Tonk Women” and “Midnight Rambler.”

The super deluxe edition will include all that and Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!, a 13-track disc of the band’s March 1971 performance in Leeds, plus a 120-page book with new liner notes, previously unpublished photos, a print and postcard set and a cover that updates the original iconic album image with a real working zipper.

The band’s tour starts with a May 24 show at San Diego’s Petco Park. Watch a trailer for the tour below:

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