Monday Music News

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  • R&B party-starters Fitz and the Tantrums have been touring pretty much non-stop since the release of their 2010 debut, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, but this fall, they’ll have a new album, and subsequently, a new reason to relentlessly tour. On October 9th, the band will release their currently-untitled sophomore effort via Dangerbird Records. To celebrate, the band is offering a free, five-track EP for download. You can find that, along with a slew of summer tour dates (including a stop at the Capitol Hill Block Party) on their website.
  • Only 15 months after the release of their excellent LP, Burst Apart, The Antlers are returning with a new release entitled Undersea via ANTI- Records. It’s not clear what exactly Undersea is, but according to a teaser video from the band, it’s coming out on July 24th. Aside from some scattered festival dates and a week-long stint supporting The Shins, there aren’t any dates supporting the release yet, but with those live performances, fans might gain some clarity on what exactly Undersea is.

  • In the last few years, NPR has become one of the premier sources for pre-release streams of albums, and today, three more artists join in on their excellent First Listen series. Hot Chip‘s In Our Heads, The Tallest Man on Earth‘s There’s No Leaving Now, and Bobby Womack‘s The Bravest Man in the Universe (his first album in 18 years), are now available for streaming at NPR, but only until all three records see an official release on June 12th.
  • My Morning Jacket is starting to wind down the tour behind last year’s Circuital, and to finish up their summer run, the Kentucky rockers have added a string of West Coast dates in September, including a stop in Seattle at Marymoor Park on September 7th. Support on this trek comes from Shabazz Palaces, and for one show, Iron and Wine. Additionally, the band is asking for help from their fans to pick the opening song and encore for each of these shows via the “Spontaneous Curation Series”. You can read about that, as well as the rest of their tour dates, at their website.
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