Jacques Greene tends to favour short-form releases over full-lengths, and the Montreal producer will issue the latest in his string of EPs this spring. Phantom Vibrate is due out on April 28 via LuckyMe, and it will be supported with a North American tour. The EP consists of three songs. The lead-off cut is called "No Excuse," and it boasts crunchy beats, swaths of space-y synths and atmospheric R&B vocals. Scroll past the tracklist to stream it below. Also below, see Greene's upcoming tour schedule. It includes a heap of U.S. dates, a couple of brief trips across the pond to...Read More
Metal supergroup Killer Be Killed, which features members of Soulfly, Dillinger Escape Plan and Mastodon, have begun to unfurl more details behind their long-promised debut album. The self-titled set will arrive May 13 through Nuclear Blast. As previously reported, Killer Be Killed features a stacked lineup of Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Greg Puciato (the Dillinger Escape Plan), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Dave Elitch (formerly of the Mars Volta). For their debut, the band took to Los Angeles' Fortress Studio last fall to record with producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Gojira). The...Read More
Danko Jones love to remind fans that they're rockers. The band's 2012 album was called Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue, and now they have named their latest collection Garage Rock! (A Collection of Lost Songs from 1996-1998). It's due out on April 8 through the group's new label home New Damage Records. As the title indicates, the album consists of a batch of lost cuts from the mid-late '90s, from before Danko Jones' proper full-length debut, 2002's Born a Lion. The tracks were recorded in Toronto, New York and Washington, DC. Interestingly, there's a song called...Read More
Toronto music venue El Mocambo has gone up for sale again, with the possibility of redeveloping the property for residential or retail use leaving the future of the long-running concert spot up in the air. The venue, situated at 464 Spadina Ave., is currently listed on the market at $3.95 million, with real estate agents suggesting that while the space could remain a concert spot, it could be converted for other uses. "I'd love to keep it as a music venue, but I think there's other options for it as well," Royal LePage agent Neil Warshafsky told the Toronto Star. ...Read More
The members of Calgary act Lab Coast are among some of their city's most prolific musicians. In addition to their own brand of short and sweet indie pop anthems, members keep busy with bassist Samantha Savage Smith's solo work, the Bug Incision record label and countless other projects. After touring all around the UK and Western Canada, they've finally announced a cross-Canada Lab Coast tour. The run of shows is still being filled in, but the confirmed stops see the band travelling from their native Alberta to the east, concluding the tour in Sackville, NB, on April 17. In...Read More
The rumours are true, and UK pop star Lily Allen has in fact opted to name her new solo album Sheezus. Today, she's revealed the details for the LP. Though the album's name is a nod to Kanye West's 2013 masterpiece Yeezus, that looks to be where the similarities end. While Yeezus had no album art whatsoever, Allen has gone a more traditional route with a photo of herself stooping it with some dogs outside of a fancy mansion. The album includes 11 new songs, including previously released singles "Hard Out Here," "L8 CMMR" and "Air Balloon. It was produced by...Read More
Victoria, BC's Babysitter pretty well spent the bulk of 2013 out on the road in support of their 2012 set Eye. The campaign trail behind the record apparently isn't over yet, though, as after a few months of rest the act are ready to hop back in the van for a Canadian tour. The trip has the Vancouver Island act kicking things off with a hometown show on March 20 and finds the band heading further eastward until the tour closes out mid-April out in Montreal. Along the way, Babysitter will link up with Calgary punk quartet Hag Face for a handful of dates, including a bill at Cowtown...Read More
Autotune-loving rap phenom Future has been putting off his delayed Honest LP for some time, but the album now appears to be nearing completion. Over the weekend, he shared more details about the project. In an annoying move, he revealed the album's cover art via nine separate Instagram posts. Pieced together, the puzzle forms the above image. It's a fairly simple cover, though is still offers some piercing honesty via a striking shot of the artist's eyes. Speaking of being honest, the Honest LP now has an April 22 release date. Since this entire album is about Future...Read More
Neil Young has been talking about launching a high-quality digital music format for a couple of years, and now we've finally got the details of his Pono music player, which will be unveiled with a Kickstarter campaign starting on March 15. A press release [via Computer Audiophile/Pitchfork] notes that the PonoMusic online store will "offer the finest quality, highest-resolution digital music from both major labels and prominent independent labels." Of course, there's also a portable PonoPlayer to house the music. It has 128GB of memory and features an LCD touchscreen...Read More
Frank Ocean has announced that he'll be taking part in a new collaborative single for Converse, but it turns that he has a slightly rocky history when it comes to corporate gigs. Restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has reportedly slapped Ocean with a lawsuit after a planned advertisement went awry. The suit alleges that Ocean agreed to sing a version of the Willy Wonka song "Pure Imagination" in an animated ad for Chiptole. The singer apparently backed out when he saw the final cut of the commercial and discovered that it prominently included a company logo. The initial...Read More
Glaswegian G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Hudson Mohawke and mysterious producer Zomby have the internet abuzz today after engaging in a physical altercation at a London nightclub last night (March 7). While details are scarce, the two allegedly threw down at London's XOYO nightclub last night. Via a series of tweets, some of which have been deleted, the two revealed that some punches were thrown. According to Zomby, he cut open his fist on Mohawke's tooth. The tweets also included a barrage of insults between the two, with Zomby calling HudMo a "Scottish prick" and an "unwashed tramp."...Read More
When LCD Soundsystem broke up, they did so with an enormous farewell show and a subsequent documentary and impending vinyl box set. On the other hand, it looks as if their DFA Records cohorts the Rapture have broken up in a far more low-key manner. Eyebrows were initially raised when Red Bull Music Academy unveiled its impending tribute to William Onyeabor, and the Rapture's frontman Luke Jenner — who is performing at event in May in New York — was listed as "ex-the Rapture." Self-Titled [via Consequence of Sound] then followed up with DFA's Jonathan...Read More
While nothing has been firmly confirmed by either act, it's being hinted at that Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden could be heading out on the road together on a North American tour this summer. The buzz began earlier this week when a link appeared on the Live Nation website advertising the two bands playing Dallas, TX's Gexa Energy Pavilion on August 17. While the show info has since been taken down, the PRP screen-grabbed the concert promoter's reveal. While neither Soundgarden nor Nine Inch Nails have spoken directly about the tour, both acts have since uploaded similar...Read More
The award season may have finally come to a close, but that just means there are now eight more months to prepare for next year's film friendly festivities. To start you on your journey towards cinematic enlightenment, we've taken a look at a few of the features heading towards theatres this week. Check them out below, but don't forget to visit our Recently Reviewed section for reviews of even more new films.
Starting things off is 300: Rise of an Empire, the follow-up to Zack Snyder's critically acclaimed feature based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller. Director Noam Murro takes the reins this time around, bringing out even more blood-spurting action than its predecessor. But how does it stack up next to the original overall? You'll have to click through to know.
After that is Alan Partridge, the North American silver screen debut of the oddball television personality (played by Steve Coogan) that has captivated audiences in the UK for nearly two decades. While more stylistically similar to Hot Fuzz than Die Hard, at times the movie feels too clever for its own good, but even our reviewer argues newcomers to the popular cult character "will finds lots to love" in his latest feature.
Over on the documentary front, filmmaker Mark Mori uncovers the secret life of the pin-up world's preeminent sex symbol in Bettie Page Reveals All, while directorial newcomer Mark Levinson joins in on the hunt for the elusive Higgs-Boson particle in the aptly-titled Particle Fever.
Last but not least, lauded Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda delves into the nature versus nurture debate in Like Father, Like Son, which tells the tale of two families who discover their children had been switched after childbirth. Once again, Kore-Eda skillfully coaxes some charming and emotionally nuanced performances from his actors, but is that enough to keep viewers interested in this low-key drama? Read on to find out.
Bikini Kill started off their reissue campaign in 2012 with a new edition of their self-titled EP, and up next for the riot grrrl icons will be a revamped version of their 1993 Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah split LP with Huggy Bear. The band will put this expanded, remodelled edition of the album out April 15 through their own Bikini Kill Records, Pitchfork reports. Like the OG LP, the Side A features seven Bikini Kill tracks, including "White Boy," "This Is Not a Test" and their classic anthem "Rebel Girl." Side B, meanwhile, no longer contains the tracks contributed to the split by...Read More
When Montreal's Sonic Avenues released their 2012 album Television Youth through Dirtnap Records, they told Exclaim!, "Dirtnap released some of the bands that we listen to every day. It totally validates what we're trying to do." It's only natural, then, that they're sticking with the label for their next full-length. Mistakes is due out on April 15. The album was self-produced by the band in frontman Max Desharnais' apartment, with writing taken seven months and production taking less than three months. According to a press release, it finds the band shedding their...Read More
Iggy Pop is apparently taking some time off from the Stooges, but fans of the band still have something to look forward to thanks to guitarist James Williamson, who is digging up some unreleased Raw Power-era songs for a newly recorded album called Re-Licked. As Rolling Stone reports, the band wrote a batch of songs around the time of 1973's Raw Power, but they broke up and the material was never released. Now, Williamson has recruited the band's bassist Mike Watt, sax player Steve Mackay and touring timekeeper Toby Dammit to finally turn the songs into an...Read More
In case you haven't got it yet, U.S. wrecking crew Full of Hell will once again explain the Rudiments of Mutilation on an upcoming North American trip. The band's upcoming tour schedule finds them back on the road this April. The bulk of the trip, which will have Full of Hell bringing along Toronto-based grinders Column of Heaven and Cleveland's Nyodene D, takes place down in the U.S., but the tour closes out at Toronto's Soybomb on May 3. You'll find all the venue and date details of the trip down below. Full of Hell's tour starts up just a few days after the band release their...Read More
In addition to fronting Sigur Rós and making solo music, Icelandic songwriter Jónsi sometimes collaborates with his partner Alex Somers under the name Jónsi & Alex. The couple's latest project is scoring the upcoming film The Wilderness of James. Written and directed by Michael James Johnson, the 80-minute flick is a coming-of-age drama that stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Virginia Madsen, Isabelle Fuhrman, Evan Ross and Danny DeVito. It was shot in Portland and concerns a boy struggling with the absence of his father as he explores the city. An official synopsis reads, "Through an...Read More