Thursday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • First things first: South by Southwest has announced its initial line-up for 2013! The list, available at SXSW’s website, includes Thurston Moore, Alt-J, Akron/Family, Klaxons, and more. The festival will take place from March 8-17, and we’ll keep you updated as more acts are added to the roster.
  • As we reported yesterday, Cat Power has chosen to postpone her European tour dates until early next year, when her health will hopefully have improved. She wrapped up the North American leg of the tour last night, delivering a fantastic performance of “Cherokee” on Conan. Watch the video here.


  • In the last 48 hours, The Weeknd has given us three new songs AND a new video. BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe premiered the trio of bonus tracks from the forthcoming Trilogy compilation: “Twenty Eight” on Tuesday, “Valerie” yesterday, and “Till Dawn (Here Comes the Sun)” just under an hour ago. (You can listen to all three tracks at this fan site.)¬†Abel Tesfaye also released a new video for “The Zone” last night, which he directed himself. The clip, below, features Drake, a melancholy woman, and the Thursdayballoons.

  • Though the official release date is still set for Monday, Crystal Castles‘ third self-titled album -- or (III), as they’re calling it -- is now streaming on Spotify. I’m still collecting my thoughts, but the first words that come to mind are “stifling” and “forlorn.” Give it a listen, and check the KEXP blog later today for some exclusive photos of Crystal Castles’ performance at Showbox SoDo.
  • Finally, we have a pair of bizarre music videos for you. First up, it’s Tame Impala‘s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” the second single from the band’s new LP, Lonerism. It’s a cartoon candy-stripe acid-trip straight out of the 70s.

  • Scott Walker‘s new video for “Epizootics!” is much less colorful than the Tame Impala video, but still strange (and beautiful) in its own way. Over the course of ten minutes, we see a Hawaiian hula dancer moving in slow motion, a swing-dancing couple stuck on repeat, and rose petals raining down on a pair of white shoes. Walker is one of those rare musicians whose work has become increasingly riskier as he’s aged, so it will be exciting to see what he has in store for us with his latest album, Bish Bosch.

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