Coachella Announces 2012 Lineup

California’s largest music festival, Coachella, has announced the lineup for this year, which, for the first time in its history, will take place over two weekends, April 13-15 and April 20-22.

The festival will see feature the likes of Radiohead, Pulp, Bon Iver, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, M83, the Weeknd, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Jeff Mangum, the Black Keys, Mazzy Star, Azealia Banks, Frank Ocean, Girls, Cat Power, Neon Indian, Justice, Florence and the Machine, Beirut, WU LYF, AraabMuzik, the Shins, Feist, A$AP Rocky, Andrew Bird, Explosions in the Sky, EMA, and much more.

Check out the official poster below:

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First Listen: Van Halen’s New Single,”Tattoo”

What could possibly be the mother of all comebacks, and the news diehard Van Halen fans have been hoping and praying for.

The band is not only announcing the release of a brand new album, ‘A Different Kind of Truth’, but also-wait for it-the first to feature David Lee Roth in more than 15 years!

Yes, you’ve read that right.

The song “Tattoo,” the first single off the album, sees the return of Roth at his absolute finest (er, and we don’t mean just vocally), delivering a gritty brand of blues-rock, filled with raw, sure to amuse tattoo-inspired lyrics, that include the likes of “Elvis on my elbow”, “Swap Meet Sally” and “trampstamp.”

And then there’s the mastery of Eddie Van Halen, who delivers a killer guitar solo, and who has undoubtedly passed some of that genius onto his son, Wolfgang, who’s an amazing bassist and official member of the band.

Despite the long separation, there’s no doubt the band’s chemistry remains very much intact to the delight of its fan base and the song is nothing short of an incredible choice for a first single.

But we’ll stop the chatter for now and let you witness the magic for yourself.

Here’s Van Halen with “Tattoo:”

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Markus Burger’s Music to Headline Germany’s Hottest Late Night Show

Los Angeles-based German musician Markus Burger, has been selected to compose the title theme of what promises to be the hottest nightly ticket on German network TV.

“Gottschalk Live”, scheduled to debut January 23 on Germany’s ARD network (Das Erste), marks the triumphant return of TV legend Thomas Gottschalk to late night variety television.

Gottschalk achieved fame and went on to become a household name in the German-speaking world as the host of the long-running primetime show, “Wetten, das…?”, interviewing the world’s biggest celebrities, from Barack Obama to Lady Gaga and Madonna, to name a few.

Fresh off his European tour, Markus Burger‘s latest project, ‘Accidental Tourists: The L.A. Sessions’, the first of a series inspired by urban areas around the world, and the musicians that live in them, debuts in June 2012, on Challenge Records.

Check out the show’s official trailer and listen to a clip of the theme song:

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Watch: Big Deal’s New Video, “Chair”

 

Big Deal have just announced plans for their live debut in the US in March, performing at SXSW, with two other scheduled live shows in New York and one in Los Angeles.

The band will be performing songs from their debut album Lights Out (out January 24th) on Mute.

For those looking for an edgy, at times hypnotic, yet refreshing sound to add to their  playlist, this lo-fi pop duo, made up of American Kacey Underwood and Brit Alice Costelloe, might just fit the bill.

Their album Lights Out, co-produced by Underwood and Dean Reid, is filled with the sweet, gentle and sparse sounds of lo-fi guitars and emotive lyrics.

If you want a chance to catch Big Deal live, here are their upcoming US tour dates:

3/11–The Glasslands with 2:54–Brooklyn, NY

3/12–The Mercury Lounge with 2:54–New York, NY

3/13–3/18—-SXSW—Austin, TX

3/20–Echo with 2:54–Los Angeles, CA

And here’s the complete tracklist for Lights Out:

01 Distant Neighborhood

02 Chair

03 Cool Like Kurt

04 Swoon

05 Homework

06 Talk

07 With The World At My Feet

08 Locked Up

09 Summer Cold

10 Visions

11 Seraphine

12 Pi

And here’s Big Deal’s video for one of the tracks off their album,”Chair”.

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First Listen: Lykke Li’s “The Lost Sessions, Vol.1”

We’re excited to bring you three, previously unreleased, demo-version tracks off Lykke Li‘s ‘Wounded Rhymes’ album, released earlier this year.

The three-song collection titled, The Lost Sessions Vol. 1, includes the singles “I Follow Rivers”, “Jerome”, and “Youth Knows No Pain”. Check them out below:

“I Follow Rivers”

“Jerome”

“Youth Knows No Pain”

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Watch: Panda Bear’s “You Can Count on Me” (New Video)

Watch this unusual music video from Panda Bear’s single “You Can Count on Me“, off their album ‘Tomboy‘, released earlier this year. The video was directed by Danny Perez, and it features his signature psychedelic visuals for your screensaver pleasure.

We should probably mention that a deluxe reissue of ‘Tomboy’ has been released, consisting of the full album, ‘single’ versions of several tracks, a few unreleased instrumentals and a 16-page booklet, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. The reissue is limited to just 5000 copies.

Here’s “You Can Count on Me”:

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Listen Here: Dave Sitek Remixes Florence and the Machine

Image: The Vinyl Factory

The Vinyl Factory and Island have announced the upcoming 12″ single release of “No Light, No Light”, the latest single off Florence and the Machine‘s album, Ceremonials.

What’s special about this particularly release-slated for January 16– is that the single’s B-side is a remix from none other than TV on the Radio‘s Dave Sitek, and we have a preview of the track and the album cover art put together by the Vinyl Factory here:

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Exclusive! Watch Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny in “Sweet Tooth Bird” (New Video)

A few weeks back, we introduced you to a brilliant emerging artist, Beth Jeans Houghton, and her band, The Hooves of Destiny. Click here for that article.

Like Lady Gaga– and we hope she’ll forgive the repeat comparisons-Beth Jeans Houghton is one to watch, if nothing else, because artistically, she embodies the “whole package”. What do we mean, you ask?

She’s unique in nearly every sense. Visually, she’s unmatched. Vocally, well, the girl can sing. The band’s music- unlike anything we’ve heard in a while. And, as we just discovered, she has a talent for directing.

On that note, we’re excited to bring you Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny‘s most recent video, “Sweet Tooth Bird”, directed by none other than, you guessed it, the lead vocalist herself.

The track is off the band’s upcoming debut album, ‘Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose’, scheduled for release on February 28, on Mute.

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Exclusive! Watch Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” (Official Video)

Several “tease” versions later and Lana Del Rey‘s official video for her latest single, “Born to Die”, has finally been released.

Put simply, the video is a stunning, ultra sensual art piece, which serves as great visual reference for the rather tragic tale told by the song.

Sadly, the video release did not come with the type of fanfare the singer expected. She announced this morning, from Beijing, that she was forced to quickly release the video because it was being leaked from Russia. The statement read:

“Generally, I’m a man of few words, but i will say that this video is the most beautiful thing i’ve ever done.
I hope you like it- this isn’t the time or way i wanted to show you the video but im in Beijing with no access to social media, and the videos been leaked from Russia so someone is posting this for me.”

The official video follows three other previously released versions of the song- the first, a live performance in Glasgow, another as a still photo published on YouTube and the most recent, a live poolside performance at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.

Watch the official version here:

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Artist You Should Know: Boy

Image: Boy on Facebook

Meet Boy!

Only, Boy is actually female-make that two females- a duo made up of two very amazingly talented musicians, Swiss vocalist Valeska Steiner and German bassist, Sonja Glass.

The duo met and studied together some years back in Hamburg, Germany, making an instant musical connection. They spent the next two years writing music, much of it about their own lives and experiences, testing out different concepts until they felt confident they could go into the studio and record an album.

Steiner and Glass then enlisted the production talents of multi-instrumentalist and producer Philipp Steinke, along with none other than Phoenix‘s drummer, Thomas Hedlund, who plays in some of the tracks. The end result is ‘Mutual Friends’, their debut album, already a hit that has landed them at the top of the German charts.

The duo is now playing at clubs-mostly in Germany for now-in support of ‘Mutual Friends’, having already garnered a substantial fan base while receiving wide praise from critics for their melodic brand of indie pop, which they describe as a mix between the music of Phoenix, Feist and Bon Iver.

We’ve heard some of the tracks off ‘Mutual Friends’ and they are impressively strong. The vocals are solid, beautiful and clear. The arrangements are simple,  yet the songs have a great hook.  The lyrics are brilliantly written (lest we not forget their native language is German) and the album flawlessly produced.

As we’re always in search of that next breakthrough act, it is perhaps not surprising then that we’re utterly impressed by the musical talent of these two women (though we’re still warming up to the band name). So much so that it’s probably safe to assume that they will soon be finding fame and fans in a much wider scale-think Europe. No. Make that worldwide.

For now though, we’ll stick to our mission and share them with you, our readers around the world. We would be delighted to hear what you think of Boy.

Here are a couple of our favorite tracks: “Waitress”, an auto-biographical piece about Steiner’s life as a waitress. Listen for that Phoenix influence:

And “Little Numbers”-can you detect Feist?

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