Tuesday Music News

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  • This morning, KEXP premiered the first single, from the forthcoming solo release by Death Cab for Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard. Former Lives will be available via Barsuk on October 16th, but you can pre-order it now and listen to “Teardrop Windows” streaming below or on MP3.

  • Long-running music program Austin City Limits will begin its 38th season this fall, leading off with episodes featuring Radiohead and Bon Iver. Preview clips of both performances (“Morning Mr. Magpie” and “Towers”, respectively) are up and running at ACL’s Vimeo page before the respective episodes air on October 6th and 13th. Other performers with episodes set to air this fall include The Shins, Dr. Dog, The Civil Wars, Punch Brothers, and Dr. Dog.

  • The latest installment of Sigur RosValtari video project may not have Shia LaBeouf letting it all hang out, but it does feature a “meditative journey” into southern Japan. Set to the song “DauĂ°alogn”, the Henry Jun Wah Lee-directed video aligns with a gorgeous, spiritual tone, much like some of the Icelandic quartet’s best music. Watch the clip below and see the rest of the Valtari “mystery films” over at the band’s Vimeo page.
  • Silver Age and I Know What Love Isn’t, the forthcoming full-length efforts from Bob Mould and Jens Lekman, don’t come out in stores until September 4th, but you can stream them online ahead of their release. Jens Lekman’s new disc is streaming over at The Quietus and Bob Mould’s is over at Rolling Stone.
  • Although they have a string of Californian dates set for next month, San Diego’s Pinback won’t tour in earnest behind Information Retrieved, their first album in five years, until November, when they travel across the east coast and midwest. There’s no word on any potential Northwestern dates yet, but you can read the full itinerary over at Consequence of Sound.
  • Ahead of their shows with Refused (including a stop at Showbox SoDo tonight), Sleigh Bells have released a video for their Reign of Terror track “End of the Line”. Co-directed by guitarist Derek Miller, the melancholy clip features clips of the noise-pop duo riding bikes and Alexis Krauss singing in a poorly-lit field. Watch it below and remind yourself of how cool it looks to wear a guitar across your back.

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