Esben and the Witch to Release Debut Album

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“Not to say they’re in any way a throwback, but the intense fury these three modest humans work up reminds me of ’80s/’90s bands who were desperate to match savvy rock songwriting with scary, theatrical emotion and intensity without turning it into noise punk or cabaret shtick. They walk a line, evoking folklore and fairy tales and witchery, swelling to a climax that’s hypnotic but never quite reveals itself.” SPIN

Dark noise pop Esben and the Witch are set to release their debut album, Violet Cries. Their intense sound has been raved about ever since they released their 3 EP. You can check out their “Warpath” mp3 here, and their new music video for “Marching Song” below.

Alexander Ebert (of the Magnetic Zeros) to Release Debut

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Alexander Ebert, member of the hippie band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, is set to release his debut album called Alexander. But this isnt your typical solo album. Ebert explains “I wanted to be able to build an album basically with my hands, like building a house by myself.”, and that is exactly what he did. This album is completely produced, written and performed by Ebert. He plays all of the instruments in the songs as well as singing them. To make matters even more interesting, Ebert cites childhood songs such as Patty Cake and Disney tunes as sources of inspiration for this record. Make sure to check it out when its released March 1st via Community Music. Peek at the album cover above and the tracklist for Alexander below.

1. Let’s Win!
2. Awake My Body
3. Truth
4. In The Twilight
5. Bad Bad Love
6. Old Friend
7. A Million Years
8. Remember Our Heart
9. Glimpses
10. Let’s Make A Deal To Not Make A Deal

STRFKR to Embark on a Coast to Coast tour

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Starfucker, also known as STRFKR, are about to embark on a nationwide tour to promote their latest record, Reptilia. Their explosive new album is fronted by Bury Us Alive, which you can download for free here. STRFKR are set to play a show in San Francisco the day their sophomore record debuts, later passing SXSW, and touring all over the US of A. The quartet will be playing alongside Casiokids, Brahms and We Have Hooks for Hands. Check out the full tour date list below.

03/08 – San Francisco, CA – Independent *
03/09 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop *
03/11 – W. Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour *
03/12 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar *$
03/13 – Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space *
03/14 – Santa Fe, NM – VFW *
03/15-03/19 – SXSW
03/20 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstairs #
03/22 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree Cafe #
03/23 – Atlanta, GA – The Drunken Unicorn #
03/25 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar #
03/26 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth #
03/27 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits #
03/29 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 #
03/30 – Washington DC – Rock and Roll Hotel #
03/31 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s #
04/01 – Plains, PA – River Street Jazz Cafe #
04/02 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
04/05 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
04/06 – Portland, ME – Space Gallery
04/07 – Ithaca, NY – Delilah’s @ Ithaca College
04/08 – S. Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
04/09 – Rochester, NY – The Bug Jar
04/10 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
04/11 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s
04/12 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
04/14 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
04/15 – Sioux Falls, SD – Orpheum ^
04/16 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
04/17 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
04/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court – Early Show
04/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge – Late Show
04/21 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
04/22 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
04/23 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
04/26 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
04/28 – Portland, OR – Holocene
4/29 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
4/30 Portland, OR – MS Studios

* w/ Unknown Mortal
$ – w/ Brahms
# w/ Casiokids
^ w/ We All Have Hooks For Hands

Darwin Deez Kicks Off USA Tour TONIGHT!


The infectious indie pop act Darwin Deez kicked off his USA tour, and is sure to get everyone up and dancing. If you don’t believe me, check out his video for Radar Detector below, and check out the tour dates as well!

1/19 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/22 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/24 – Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/25 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/26 – Portland, OR @ Holocene (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite (formerly Spaceland)
1/31 – San Diego, CA @ The Loft (UCSD) (w/ Friends)
2/1 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture (w/ Friends)
2/3 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Alternative Lounge (w/ Friends)
2/4 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs (w/ Friends)
2/5 – Denton, TX @ Hailey (w/ Friends)
2/7 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe (w/ Friends)
2/8 – Nashville, TN – The End (w/ Friends)
2/9 – Birmingham, AL – Spring Street Firehouse (w/ Friends)
2/10 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (w/ Friends)
2/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn (w/ Friends)
2/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor (w/ Friends)
2/14 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 (w/ Friends)
2/16 – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar (w/ Friends)
2/17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage (w/ Friends)
2/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Friends)
2/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ Friends)

Smith Westerns hit the road


Chicago-based band Smith Westerns are hitting the road very soon with MGMT, Ducktails, Bass Drum of Death and Yuck. Their new CD, Dye it Blonde, is out January 18th on Fat Possum! Check out the full tour dates below, and check out their music video for “Weekend” below.


January
18 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Glasslands Gallery DB
19 – New York, N.Y. @ Pianos B
28 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The End Y
29 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ Pilot Light Y
30 – Chapel Hill, N.C. @ Local 506 Y
31 – Athens, Ga. @ 40 Watt Club Y

February
1 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Drunken Unicorn Y
3 – Orlando, Fla. @ The Backbooth Y
4 – Tallahassee, Fla. @ Club Downunder Y
6 – Houston, Texas @ Fitzgerald’s Y
7 – Austin, Texas @ Emo’s Y
8 – Dallas, Texas @ The Loft Dallas Y
10 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Rhythm Room Y
11 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Echo Y
12 – Costa Mesa, Calif. @ Detroit Bar Y
13 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Bottom of the Hill Y
15 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
16 – Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret
17 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Crocodile
18 – Boise, Idaho @ The Neurolux
19 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Kilby Court
21 – Denver, Colo. @ Larimer Lounge
23 – Omaha, Neb. @ Waiting Room
24 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Triple Rock Social Club
25 – Madison, Wisc. @ The Frequency
26 – Chicago, Ill. @ The Empty Bottle
28 – Toronto, Ontario @ Horseshoe Tavern

March
1 – Montreal, Quebec @ La Sala Rossa
2 – Boston, Mass. @ Great Scott
4 – Washington, D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel

M = w/ MGMT
D = w/ Ducktails
B = w/ Bass Drum of Death
Y = w/ Yuck

Song Review: Bright Eyes’ “Shell Games”

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“Shell Games” is the new single off Bright Eyes’ new upcoming album titled The People’s Keys. The song starts with Conor Oberst singing the metaphor-filled lyrics with the company of a piano. What seems to be a slow paced melancholic song is broken down by an explosion of synth, piano and drums that play in unison to create a great steady beat. With an almost electro-rock feel to it, “Shell Games” is a mesh of great lyrics and an interesting composition. Check out the song over at Pitchfork, and the new album cover above!