Monday Music News

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  • Folk rock musician Kevin Morby (of The Babies and Woods) put out City Music in June via Dead Oceans and today he’s shared the video for the song “Downtown’s Lights.” Directed by Hugo Jouxtel of La Blogothéque, the clip features Morby watching himself perform and then wandering the streets of Paris with a bouquet of flowers. “Paris has always shown a lot of love towards my music, and I am very grateful,” says Morby. KEXP is bringing Morby to the Tractor Tavern next week for a two night stint on Sunday, August 20 and Monday, August 21. [ Stereogum ]
  • Hundred Waters recently released a surprise EP Currency and they’re following that up with an LP called Communicating. They’ve previously shared the singles “Particle” and “Blanket Me” and today they’ve got the latest release, “Fingers,” accompanied by a rather unnerving video. Directed by Allie Avital, who previously worked on Hundred Waters’ “Murmurs” video, the clip features vocalist Nicole Miglis fearlessly laying on the floor while slowly being covered by over 12,000 millipedes, spiders, and other bugs. Communicating will be released September 14 via OWSLA and “raises questions of romantic and non-romantic love, self-realization, growing apart, and finding understanding.” [ Under the Radar ]
  • Grizzly Bear are delivering their new album this Friday, August 18 via RCA. Entitled Painted Ruins, it will be their first album since 2012’s Shields. Today they’ve shared a video for the single “Mourning Sound,” a “playful, pastel-drenched commentary on women’s liberation,” according to a press release, which stars Harry Potter actor Clémence Poésy and a group of badass women who dance around a mansion and shoot lasers from different parts of their bodies (also featuring a decent amount of man butt so it could be NSFW). Catch Grizzly Bear when they stop by the Moore Theatre on Friday, December 8. [ Pitchfork ]
  • Last week, The Knife posted some strange teaser videos to their long-defunct Facebook page and the changed their profile picture, leading many to speculate that new music might be on the way. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. It turns out the Swedish electronic duo are releasing a live album, concert movie, and photo book documenting their performance at New York’s Terminal 5 during their 2014 tour supporting Shaking The Habitual, which featured an 11-piece dance troupe. Also unfortunate, it will be difficult to actually acquire this album/movie/book if you live in the UK, USA, Canada, Asia, or South America due to a long running dispute between the band and its label partner in those territories. If you somehow don’t live in any of those territories, it will be released September 1 via Rabid Records. [ SPIN ]
  • Chelsea Wolfe is about to unleash her new album Hiss Spun to the world on September 22 via Sargent House. Ahead of the release, she’s shared the fantastically dark new video for “16 Psyche,” which features guitar work from Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age (who also have a new album, Villains, being released August 25). Directed by Zev Deans, it has the look and feel of classic hard-rock videos from the late ’90s, early 2000’s. Catch Wolfe when she plays the Showbox on Monday, October 30 with Youth Code. [ Stereogum ]
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