Thursday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • The War on Drugs released a new song today and also announced their follow-up record to 2014’s critically-acclaimed Lost in the Dream. The song is called “Holding On” and feels like it could have easily fit on that last LP, with Adam Granduciel sounding Springsteen-esque without sounding derivative and gives hope that this new album won’t disappoint. The album will be titled A Deeper Understanding and will be released August 25 on Atlantic. Catch The War on Drugs on Monday, October 9th at the Moore Theatre. [ Spin ]
  • The highly-anticipated third album by local darlings Chastity BeltI Used To Spend So Much Time Alone, officially comes out tomorrow and today they’ve shared a video for sort-of title track “Used To Spend.” Director Carley Solether describes the video as a way to explore “the duality of emotions we feel when needing to be completely alone but also feeling the pressures to socialize and have fun with friends.” She continues, “The video is meant to show the juxtaposition of these two emotions by taking us into the band members most intimate and personal places – their bedrooms – and contrasting this with the bustling nascar race.” Chastity Belt are playing the Crocodile tonight at 8 pm with So Pitted. [ Dazed ]
  • There’s been a lot of confusing activity of news from Arcade Fire the past few days, I imagine in an effort to build anticipation for their new album, which has been speculated to be called Infinite Content. In today’s cryptic Arcade Fire news, something is happening on their website. The band tweeted a link this morning to, which redirects to The stream shows a mountainous landscape —
    apparently from Death Valley, California — with a billboard of a mountainous landscape in the middle; a display reading “Everything Now” (which is now showing in various languages); an icon in the top-left corner reading “Live” (or, sometimes, “Lie”); and a rotating “EN” (“Everything Now”) logo, which is always reversed. Some fans around the world reported seeing the scene in daylight at different times. See for yourself here. [ Pitchfork ]

  • Kevin Morby, formerly of Woods and The Babies, is known for having more of a folk sound, which he showed off in the two previously released tracks off his forthcoming album, City Music, “Aboard My Train” and “Come to Me,” but Morby’s taken things in a punkier direction for the latest single “1234” (not to be confused with the Feist song of the same name). To prove his punk cred he even references the Ramones on the final refrain with “Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy / They were all my friends, and they died,” which is also a line in Jim Carroll’s “People Who Died.” Kevin Morby will be in Seattle on Monday, August 21st at the Tractor Tavern. [ Consequence of Sound ]
  • A new clip from Jack White‘s PBS documentary series American Epic, also produced by Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett, has been released and it features White and Elton John performing and recording a new blues song, “Two Fingers of Whiskey,” with John on piano and lead vocals and White on electric guitar and backup vocals. The series focuses on 1920s blues music and is accompanied by a 100-song box set soundtrack, The American Epic Sessions. The series premieres June 6 on PBS. [ Under the Radar ]
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