Crystal Castles To Record New Single With Robert Smith

As if having a sold-out international tour and a critically lauded new album (II) wasn’t enough Crystal Castles have announced that they will be recording a single with The Cure’s frontman and symphonic guru, Robert Smith.

Not In Love will be released in early December on Fiction Records. The single will also feature a couple B-sides. Early acoustic demos of “Celestica” and “Suffocation” will also be included, which is awesome, even though it kind of defeats the purpose of a “single.”

Check out their video for their newest song off of II , “Baptism.”

As of now, Crystal Castles are over in Europe finishing a sold-out tour. They will be stateside soon enough, and if you want to see them you should go here!

*** Tour Dates***
March 2 San Diego CA House of Blues
March 3 Pomona CA Fox Theatre
March 4 San Francisco CA Warfield Theatre
March 6 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
March 7 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
March 8 Seattle, WA Showbox at the MArket
March 11 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
March 12 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
March 13 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Hall
March 15 Philadelphia, PA Theater of Living Arts
March 16 Washington DC 9:30 Club
March 18 New York, NY Terminal 5
March 19 Boston, MA House of Blues
March 26 Miami, FL Ultra Music Festival
April 2 Toronto, ON Sound Academy

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Top 5 Videos of the Week

Check out our most favorite-favorite-favorite- videos of the week! We’re sharing the lastest from the Corin Tucker Band, Local Natives (Yes we loved the new video so much it’s hitting week 2!), Cloud Nothings, Black Mountain, and the creepy new one from Crystal Castles. Check it out AFTER THE JUMP

Bat for Lashes Release New Video for ‘Sleep Alone’

Lately I’ve been on a huge Bat for Lashes kick. I just can’t seem to get Natasha Kahn’s infectious songs out of my head. Fresh out of the vault, Bat for Lashes has released the third video from ‘Two Suns’ for ‘Sleep Alone’. Kahn is by far making the greatest videos out there today. The small stories within and the overwhelming color palette that sets the perfect tone makes each song more haunting than it already is.

Bat for Lashes was also nominiated today for an MTV Video Music Award (VMA) for the Breakthrough Video catagory up against Chairlift, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Matt and Kim, Cold War Kids, Passion Pit and more. Wow that is some list.

Watch Bat for Lashes ‘Sleep Alone’

Lollapalooza 2009 Lineup Announced

Ah, remember the days when Lollapalooza got, well to say the least really crappy and they toured with the festival and no one cared to see it anymore? Well since Lollapalooza has stationed itself permanently as a festival in Chicago, the quality of bands have been getting better every year. Thus, making me wish that  Lollapalooza actually was a touring venture again. Just reading the lineup for the three day event makes my head want to explode with excitement. The best thing about the show is the wide range of bands.

Here are some of our top picks for each day of the festival:

Friday:  Of Montreal, Kings of Leon, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Crystal Castles, and Kevin Devine.

Saturday: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Chairlift, Langhorne Slim, The Living Things, The Constantines, TV on the Radio, Santongold, Lykke Li and Animal Collective.

Sunday:  Sam Roberts Band, Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, Neko Case, Dan Auerbach, Cold War Kids, Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant, Bat for Lashes, Dan Deacon, Dearhunter, Ra Ra Riot, Silversun Pickups, and Band of Horses.

The festival takes place at Grant Park in Chicago from August 7th to August 9th. Unless a bag of money falls from the sky there is no possible way for us to be there. Sad. Let us know how it goes kids.

Check out all of the details on the festival’s main site HERE

Lollapalooza 2009, We Want to Go There

Lollapalooza’s 2009 lineup has recently been announced, and with 130 bands, it leaves little room to complain. Start saving up now for August’s shows in Chicago which includes such bands as Of Montreal, Kings of Leon, Beastie Boys, Cold War Kids, The Killers, TV on the Radio, Andrew Bird, Vampire Weekend, Decemberists, Neko Case, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Chairlift, Los Campesinos!, Crystal Castles, Santogold and so many more.  This is perhaps the best Lolla lineup we’ve ever seen.

The tickets run about $190 for all 3 days. Pretty sweet deal if you ask us. See you there hopefully!

For more information go to www.lollapalooza.com