Today in Music: The Week’s Headlines

Catch Gogol Bordello live on KEXP tomorrow at 5:30 pm!
photo by Kate Sumbler

This weekend, we’ll be posting live from Bumbershoot with pictures, interviews and reviews. If you’re listening at home, be sure to tune in. Here are the set times for our live broadcast:

Saturday Lineup

12:00 St Vincent
1:15 Yungchen Lhamo
2:30 The Gourds
3:45 Bert Jansch
5:30 Gogol Bordello

Sunday Lineup

12:00 Watson Twins
1:15 Menomena
2:30 Iceage Cobra
3:45 Art Brut
5:30 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
6:30 Step Cousins
8:00 Dyme Def

Monday Lineup

12:00 Fleet Foxes
1:15 Andrew Bird
2:30 Tokyo Police Club
3:45 Mocean Worker
5:30 Steve Earle

*Subject to change

If you’re going to be at Bumbershoot, you can still sign up to see most of these events on the Music Lounge. Otherwise, keep checking back as we’ll have constant updates throughout the weekend!


bandofhorses_sm.jpgEveryone’s flipping out about the new Band of Horses song “Is There a Ghost” that leaked this week. The new song, downloadable (still!) on their MySpace page, assures fans that their forthcoming sophomore Sub Pop release, Cease to Begin, will be no slump. Go check it out and listen here on KEXP ’cause we just can’t get enough of Ben Bridwell’s stratospheric falsetto.


Okkervil River appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien earlier this week and performed “Our Life is Not a Movie Or Maybe” from their recently released album, The Stage Names.

Here’s their official video for the song, also released this week:

New album news:

According to The Tripwire, The Futureheads have completed a new album, which they recorded in Spain. Look for new songs streaming on their MySpace page in the near, uh, future.

R.E.M.‘s Mike Mills reveals to Billboard that the band’s next album is set for release in the spring of 2008. Mills says that the legendary Athens group is “two-thirds to three-quarters of the way through” recording but is hesitant to discuss any details about the album’s direction, a tact maintained by all members of the band. Mills says that he and Michael Stipe and Peter Buck “made an agreement we weren’t going to say what it is or not because we don’t want to have expectations out there in any direction. But, of course, you can go on YouTube and listen to some of the Dublin shows and get a pretty good idea of where we’re going.”

Leeds’ iLiKETRAiNS are set to release their debut full-length, Elegies to Lessons Learnt, in October on Beggars Banquet. For now, though, you can check out the video to the first single, “The Deception”:

Devendra Banhart, one of the Sunday night closers at Bumbershoot this year, will soon release Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (September 25). At his website, he’s revealing two songs at a time from the forthcoming album, like this one:

Devendra Banhart – So Long Old Bean (MP3)

Looking to Beat poet Jack Kerouac for inspiration, Death Cab for Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard isn’t going On the Road but rather to Big Sur for inspiration. According to the San Francisco Weekly, the DCFC frontman has decided to retreat to the Big Sur cabin where Kerouac wrote the novel of the same name to develop ideas for the next album. Circulating through his mind, after participating in a documentary about Big Sur produced by Kerouac’s nephew, are the parallels of the musician’s life to the one Kerouac describes. Says Gibbard, “Living this life in the same sorta way that Kerouac lived … you get to hang out at shows and drink and you’re able to not really face reality and adulthood the way most of my friends are.” Read more here.

Here’s one of the new songs Ben Gibbard played earlier in the year at First Avenue in Minneapolis, which may or may not be on the new album, called “Casino Blues”:

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