Four years after his last solo album, Andy Shauf is back with “The Neon Skyline”. Just like its predecessor “The Party”, it’s (you guessed) another concept album about something that happened over the course of one night. So, of course, feel free to our selection and go listen to the record with the lyrics in front of you. In case you’re not into it, well, we got you covered with one hour and a half of new tracks by U.S. Girls, 070 Shake, Rosalía, Margaret Glaspy, Mitski, Okay Kaya, Waxahatchee, Squirrel Flower, Wye Oak, M. Ward, Bonny Light Horseman, Terry Allen, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, Nathaniel Rateliff, Natural Child, Drive-By Truckers, Watkins Family Hour, Tiña, Wolf Parade, Kiwi jr, and Haha Charade.
Field Music’s new record is an odd but interesting one – a concept album about the after-effects of the First World War (and not about the war itself), worth reading about on the band’s Bandcamp page. It’s a slow first half of January when it comes to album releases, as always, but there are plenty of singles coming out every day. On our second playlist of the year, enjoy new tracks from the likes of The Men, MICH, Wolf Parade, Alan Power, Destroyer, Aoife Nessa Frances, The Shins, Califone , Nathaniel Rateliff, Christopher Paul Stelling, Andy Shauf, Grandaddy, Susanne Sundfør, Kyle McEvoy & Ed Askew, Moses Sumney, Bonny Light Horseman, Frazey Ford, Lilly Hiatt, Frances Quinlan, Anna Burch, Tennis, and The Black Lips.
We’re back from Le Guess Who?, one of the few festivals in Europe where we could choose between four or five quality club nights in various venues or a packed Xylouris White gig post-midnight on a Saturday. We were lucky to get in and witness one of the best concerts of the festival, which doubled as a release show, since the duo composed of Greek singer/laouto player George Xylouris and Dirty Three’s Jim White has just released their fourth album in six years, The Sisypheans. Plus: new tracks by Oiseaux-Tempête, 10 000 Russos, Katie Gately, FKA twigs, SebastiAn, Moor Mother, Vanishing Twin, Gus Seyffert, Wolf Parade, Jeffrey Lewis, Jonathan Wilson, Itasca, Mount Eerie & Julie Doiron, The Delines, Twain, Sea Lion, and The Good Ones.
The fourth volume of Matana Roberts’ “Coin Coin” series on Constellation Records, “Memphis”, is our album of the week. It finds the American composer and saxophonist developing her ethnographic work through spoken word traditionals and blues, punctuated by free jazz bursts that make it an essential listen. Plus: new tracks by Dead Combo, Jaimie Breezy Branch, Yazz Ahmed, Vive la Void, Warmduscher, Comet Gain, Wolf Parade, Peggy Sue, Allah-Las, Jennah Barry, Julien Baker, The National’s Matt Berninger & Phoebe Bridgers, Gus Seyffert, Cass McCombs, John Moreland, Christopher Paul Stelling, Richard Dawson, Lankum, Daniel Martin Moore, and Andre Ethier.
One of the worst nightmares of a music festival – especially one that boasts as one of its highlights the stunning greenery of the park where its grounds are located – is having twelve hours of non-stop rain as its headliner. Saturday, June 9th, the third and last day of a sold-out NOS Primavera Sound, was blessed with a late autumnal weather that might have ruined the day for some, but ultimately enhanced the experience for most. We’re talking about the stoic vast majority of festival goers who endured the most annoying of elements for what it seemed like forever to witness a rare local apparition of the biggest headliner of the circuit, one of the least divisive big acts of the scene, the constant top performer while most big names go through phases.