Friday Music News

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  • Grizzly Bear dropped their fifth album, Painted Ruins, today via RCA but before it released they stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform lead single “Mourning Sound.” Ed Droste & Co played the beautiful, mellow song under a halo of red lights while Droste looked relaxed in a striped pullover. Catch all the best in TV performances with our weekly roundup column TV Eye and Grizzly Bear in the flesh on Friday, December 8 at the Moore Theatre. [ Under the Radar ]
  • Gorillaz released their latest album, Humanz, earlier this year and a standout track was the Peven Everett-featuring song “Strobelite.” Now, 2016 Polaris Prize winner Kaytranada has got his hands on the song and turned the upbeat dance jam into a smooth, slow-burning jam. Gorillaz will be in Seattle on Saturday, September 30 to play the Key Arena. [ Stereogum ]
  • Fridays mean plenty of highly-anticipated new releases are finally out for us to consume, but one release today that we did not anticipate was the debut self-titled EP from former Crystal Castles frontwoman Alice Glass. She released the track “Without Love” last week, which alluded to a forthcoming album but we had no idea it would come so soon! The EP was written entirely by Glass, with some additional writing and production by Jupiter Keyes. This fall she’ll go on tour with Marilyn Manson but, unfortunately, there is no Seattle date. [ Pitchfork ]
  • New York indie pop band The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are releasing their fourth full-length The Echo Of Pleasure on September 1 via their self-run label Painbow. Previously they’ve shared the singles “Anymore” and “When I Dance With You” from it and today they’ve put out into the world the third single, “My Only.” Frontman Kip Berman said of the song, “‘My Only’ is a song I started a long time ago, but wasn’t old enough to finish. I still don’t know if I’m old enough but it’s finished…So many young bands sing idly of absolute devotion, and that’s cool. But I am not young anymore. I’m married, with a young daughter and an old Volvo. There’s something about my life now that makes this song feel honest in a way it didn’t before.” KEXP is bringing The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart to the Tractor Tavern on Saturday, September 23 to play with The Courtneys. [ Billboard ]
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