Music Video Spotlight: The Vaccines

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Instead of jumping back and forth between The Cure/The Vaccines jokes (we have like maybe two), we'll just jump straight into the recently released video for their single "Norgaard" as well as take a look at videos for two of their older hits,  the rock anthem "If You Wanna" and  the moody "Post Break-Up Sex". This English indie rock band formed just in 2010 and put out their freshman album What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? back in March of this year. The three singles in question here are from this album (I would hope that was obvious) and it suggests some great things for their future thanks to the sheer variety of sounds they can pull off.

Jul
15
2011
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The Doobie Brothers "Live at the Greek Theatre 1982" CD & DVD Giveaway

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On June 28th, Eagle Rock Entertainment released The Doobie Brothers "Live at the Greek Theatre 1982" as both a remastered album and as a DVD featuring the taped concert of their "Farewell Tour". The DVD features five bonus songs cut from the original version of the concert's film. Does that excite you? Save for maybe the year 1982, there's not a single thing about the following phrase that isn't pretty damn great: The Doobie Brothers "Live at the Greek Theatre 1982". The Doobie Brothers gave us such hits as "Listen to the Music", "Black Water", "Out on the Streets" and "You Belong to Me". Live albums feature new takes on old classics and prove whether or not a rock group sound great without a soundboard remixing them (which the Doobie Brothers do). The Greek Theatre was the venue for those huge shows that could define the live performance careers of any musician that took the stage. So as I said, save for 1982 there's not much that isn't spectacular about the title of that album. There's nothing wrong with 1982, it's just very "meh".

In honor of The Doobie Brothers, we're giving away 5 combo packs of the CD and DVD of this awesome concert, and to find out how you can win just keep reading.

Jul
13
2011
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Portishead Announce North America Tour for October 2011

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Announcing their first time in 13 years, Portishead will be touring the states and the territories north and south thereof. Kicking it off on October 1st in Asbury Park, New Jersey at the All Tomorrow's Parties presentation, the tour will run for just a month and end in Denver. The talent lineup for the tour includes the regulars Beth Gibbons, Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley along with Jim Barr (bass), Clive Deamer (drums), and John Baggott (keyboards).

If you move fast, you can take advantage of a first-run sale on tickets open from today through Thursday by heading over here. We've included the full list of dates and venues below.

Jul
11
2011
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Pretty Lights Announces Fall 2011 Tour Dates

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Coming off an already full summer tour, Pretty Lights, the stage name for Derek Vincent Smith's electro-hip hop-soul presence, has announced an immediate follow-up with fall tour dates. Pretty Lights is about as close to a full-fledged light show as your likely to get from a concert experience that isn't Daft Punk, but Pretty Lights give them a run for their money.

To give you a general idea of what Pretty Lights is like in concert, here's a piece of their set from Bonnaroo this year.

Jul
06
2011
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Music Video Spotlight: Konnichiwa

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Two-person NYC duo Konnichiwa, comprised of Kaela Noel and D.V. Caputo, have made house-influenced synth pop ever since their serendipitous meeting in an art class. Their mutual love for photography and mixtapes evolved into the creation of music, and today they top lists for up-and-coming acts. We've got two music "videos" from Konnichiwa, the first is actually a preview for the video game Caputo designed around their song "Cryosphere" and the second is their first music video for "Maiden China". There's a clear difference between the two, the latter being much more reflective of their musical genre and letting it inform what they think a music video for that style should look like. Conversely, "Cryosphere" is Caputo embracing one of his loves and designing a 1990s-esque video game to accompany his song (it also fits well with their website which resembles a Geocities page of olde).

Jun
30
2011
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Music Video Spotlight: Vital

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California singer/songwriter Duranta Cook chose the name Vital for his musical persona based on his opinion of the intrinsic and imminent value that he brings to the world of music. Though Vital may be selling himself a bit too high based on that remark, his debut EP released last month is no doubt a unique and pleasurable collection. Each of the five songs on the Vital EP are beautiful, complex tracks that are distinctly different from one another. From smooth electronic aided compositions to whimsical sing alongs, this former amateur hip-hop artist has proven that he can write and perform a varied collection of musical styles and genres.

Jun
22
2011
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Damon Albarn Performs "Apple Carts" from His New Opera

Believe or not, Damon Albarn's opera about alchemist John Dee is truly happening, after teasing us with will-they-won't-they news for a couple of years. The show will debut at Palace Theater in Manchester on July 1st.

A few days ago, Albarn went on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC to preview "Apple Carts," a song from the opera that was originally going to be on Gorillaz's Plastic Beach. But what about legendary comic book writer Alan Moore, whose idea this whole thing was in the first place?

Jun
21
2011
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5th Annual Make Music New York—Today!

It's the first and longest day of Summer and it's not too late to celebrate! If you're in New York, it's Make Music New York day, the annual music festival that brings approximately 1,000 free outdoor concerts to all five burroughs of the city.

Find out if something's going down in your neck of the hood, or venture out to seek some great music.

Jun
21
2011
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Music Video Spotlight: IS TROPICAL

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It's no mystery that a lot of press releases that find their way into my inbox are filled with caps lock laden hyperbole, but there was one particular email that I received earlier this week that caught my attention. The press release in question was adorned by the pretty bold question; "best video of the year so far?" As usual, my curiosity got the best of me and I had to watch the video. After having seen it, I knew that I had to share it with my loyal readers.

Jun
16
2011
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Win Barry Manilow's New Album "15 Minutes"

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Barry Manilow is still going and now he's back with his first original album in a decade which he's titled 15 Minutes, whose title and songs make a strong commentary on the fickle nature of fame. Explaining the album, Barry Manilow described it as:

Fame and success are something we all strive for, and yet when we get it how do we behave? That question jumps out at us daily from magazine covers, TV news and online gossip sites. In my world of entertainment, I’ve watched perfectly decent and talented people achieve the success they’ve been striving for only to crash and burn as their star rises. It happens in every walk of life, not only in the entertainment field; in sports, in politics and in daily life when the assistant manager gets promoted at the grocery store. It’s something that continues to fascinate us, and for me it represented an interesting musical journey to explore.

We've got 3 copies of 15 Minutes to give away, so if you fancy yourself a fan of Manilow you've come to the right place. Winning is easy, just read on to find out how to enter.

Jun
10
2011
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