Tuesday Music News

photo by Ingrid Pop

photo by Ingrid Pop

  • Not to be outdone by fellow shoegazers Ride, Slowdive have announced their first new album in 22 years! The self-titled LP will be out May 5th via Dead Oceans. We’ve already heard the single “Star Roving.” Stream a new track below, titled “Sugar for the Pill.” On Wednesday, the band will perform live from The Garage in London, which will stream worldwide via their Facebook page. That’s 1:10 PM Pacific / 4:10 PM Eastern. [ Spin ]

  • Seattle’s own Fleet Foxes are coming home for a series of intimate concerts before kicking off the rest of their worldwide tour, including a Friday, May 19th performance at Showbox at the Market. Other Northwest dates (in case you’re up for a road trip) include May 15th at Missoula, Montana’s The Wilma; May 16th at Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington; and May 18th at Portland, Oregon’s Crystal Ballroom. The long-awaited third LP Crack-Up will be out June 16th via Nonesuch Records. Re-visit the first single “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” below. [ Consequence of Sound ]

  • To kick off the new venue Brooklyn Steel, LCD Soundsystem have announced a five-night residency from April 6th to 11th (with no show on Sunday, April 9). The club is the latest from the Bowery Presents, the New York promotions organization recently acquired by entertainment company AEG. Back in January, frontman James Murphy mentioned the group are working on a new album, so let’s hope they start working out some new songs during that week. [ Pitchfork ]
  • Not to be confused with BNQT (that’s members of Midlake, with vocalists Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, and Fran Healy of Travis), Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner (of The National), and James McAlister have announced they’re teaming up on a forthcoming album titled Planetarium. The project was sparked years ago when Dutch concert hall Muziekgebouw Eindhoven commissioned Muhly to compose a new piece, and he asked his friends Stevens, Dessner, and McAlister to work on it. In a press release, Stevens explains, “We had recorded all the arrangements and the live parts in a studio after our last performance. So years later when we all kind of settled down, we said, ‘let’s open Pandora’s box.'” Check out the track “Saturn” below. The press releases goes on to describe, “Planetarium unites Stevens’ vocals, McAlister’s beats, Dessner’s guitar performance, and Muhly’s instrumental compositions-part rock odyssey, part electronic experiment, part classical opus…. Conceptually, Planetarium revolves around the cosmic ideas Stevens’ lyrics explore: mythology, astrology, science, astronomy and the intricacies of human consciousness.” Planetarium hits stores on June 9th via 4AD. ( [ Under the Radar ]

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