Friday Music News

photo by Katy McCourt-Basham

  • After a four-year hiatus, Nebraskan dance-rockers The Faint have returned with a sinister new track called “Evil Voices.” The song has the same frenetic feel of previous Faint material and would fit on an album like 2001’s Danse Macabre, which will be reissued this coming Monday. The Faint will also kick off their North American tour tonight, playing Sacramento’s Ace of Spades with Trust and Casket Girls. Spin has the full list of tour dates and a free download of “Evil Voices,” which you can get right here:

  • Danish band Iceage announced on their blog this morning that they’ll be releasing the follow-up to 2011’s New Brigade on Matador (and on Escho in their native Denmark) on February 19. The album’s title and track list are still unknown, but you can catch Iceage on tour in the UK┬álater this month.
  • Pitchfork reports that Turning, a new film by Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, will begin its five-day theatrical run at New York’s IFC Center this evening. The film, which premiered at the DOC NYC festival last weekend, chronicles Hegarty’s 2006 Turning tour with video artist Charles Atlas. Here’s a clip from the film, which includes a performance of “Hope There’s Someone” and an interview with one of the transgendered models who accompanied Hegarty onstage.

  • Nashville’s JEFF the Brotherhood performed “Staring at the Wall,” a track from the duo’s new album, Hypnotic Nights, on Conan last night. The three best things about the performance? Jake Orrall’s hat, the mysterious flautist who appears halfway through the song, and Conan’s reaction. Watch the “killer” clip below.

  • Apparently, breaking up hasn’t deterred R.E.M. from releasing more music videos. Yesterday, the band premiered a new video for “Blue,” a track from their last album Collapse Into Now which features guest vocals from Patti Smith. But Smith isn’t the only famous face (err, voice) you’ll encounter on this hazy tour of Hollywood: that’s Lindsay Lohan being photographed by Terry Richardson at 2:21. And did we mention that James Franco directed the video?

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