Tuesday Music News

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  • Perhaps one of the year’s most anticipated releases, Coexist, the sophomore effort from the xx, is now streaming at NPR as part of the First Listen series ahead of its September 11th release date. The band played a sold-out show at the Showbox at the Market in July, and will return to Seattle to play the Paramount Theatre on October 6. KEXP will air an exclusive session with the London-trio next Tuesday at noon.
  • Also streaming ahead of its official release this week is St. Vincent and David Byrne‘s collaborative album, Love This Giant. The brass-heavy album was recorded in New Jersey and the pair will perform songs from the album (alongside cuts from their individual catalogs) when the stop in Seattle to headline the City Arts Fest on October 17th at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Listen to Love This Giant over at NPR.

  • Now that Damon Albarn isn’t focused on any Blur-related business, he’s free to resume one of his numerous other projects, and for this month, he’s chosen to curate a train full of musicians deemed the Africa Express. Containing 80 musicians (including Amadou & Mariam, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Temper Trap, Tony Allen, and Nick Zinner, among others), the train will give six scheduled performances, pen new material, and perform pop-up shows along the way. Watch footage from the first stop of the trek over at Consequence of Sound.
  • Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear has been making the promotional rounds ahead of the September 18th release of their forthcoming album Shields, and this morning, the quartet popped into BBC 6 to play “Yet Again” and “Half Gate”, giving the latter its non-concert premiere. Listen to the session over at BBC.
  • Jay-Z curated the inaugural Made In America over the weekend, and although the fest was only two days long, Hova made sure that there were plenty of moments that would be talked about well after Labor Day weekend. Although groundbreaking hip-hop group Run-DMC’s first performance in 13 years was surely a highlight, the weekend’s true peak came when Jay himself came out to do 99 Problems with Sunday headliner Pearl Jam, who played the rarely-aired “W.M.A.” under the iconic rapper’s lines. Watch video of the collaboration below and wonder if we’ll ever see Jeff Ament grin as hard as he did on Sunday night ever again.

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