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[on the road] Sleigh Bells

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03-14 Austin, TX – Red Bull Select Party at The Belmonth
03-21 New Orleans, LA – BUKU Festival
04-05 Norman, OK – University of Oklahoma -East Lawn
04-06 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
04-07 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
04-09 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
04-12 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-15 Mexico City, Mexico – El Plaza Condesa
04-19 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-21 Boulder, CO – Fox Theater
04-22 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
04-23 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
04-25 Gambier, OH – Kenyon College – South Quad
04-26 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04-27 Atlanta, GA – Counterpoint Music Festival
04-29 Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
04-30 Charleston, SC – The Music Farm
05-02 Tampa, FL – Big Guava Music Festival
06-06-09 New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
06-13-22 Toronto, Ontario – NXNE Festival
06-19-22 Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival

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Favorite Albums of 2013

#10 – Gliss//Langsom Dans

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♩ Waves
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#9 – Telekinesis//Dormarion

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Ghosts and Creatures
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#8 – Diego Garcia//Paradise

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♩ Dónde Estás
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#7 – Son Lux//Lanterns

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♩ Lost It To Trying
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#6 – Porcelain Raft//Permanent Signal

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♩ Echo
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#5 – CHVRCHES//The Bones of What You Believe

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♩ We Sink
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#4 – Autre Ne Veut//Anxiety

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♩ Play By Play
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#3 – My Bloody Valentine//m b v

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♩ She Found Now
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#2 – Arcade Fire//Reflektor

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♩ Afterlife
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#1 – David Bowie//The Next Day

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♩ Valentine’s Day
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A few more favorites:
#11 – Guards//In Guards We Trust
#12 – Deltron 3030//Event II
#13 – Sleigh Bells//Bitter Rivals
#14 – Surrogate//Post-Heroic
#15 – Kavinsky//Odd Look
#16 – Childish Gambino//because the internet
#17 – Desert Stars//Habit Shackles
#18 – Rhye//Woman
#19 – Youth Lagoon//Wondrous Bughouse
#20 – Disclosure//Settle

 

Stream all of my Favorite Albums of 2013 on Spotify.

Check out my Favorite EPs of 2013 here.

(31) Days of Good: 12.7.13

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“There’s a line in that song that just slays me. It says, “Wisdom’s a gift but you trade it for youth. Age is an honor, but it’s still not the truth.” I just love that. I don’t know where you were when you wrote that line, but good lord.” via Bob Boilen, NPR: All Songs Considered

♩ Vampire Weekend – Step [from Modern Vampires of the City]
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I’ve been gushing about Sleigh Bells since I started this here blog back in 2009. Since then, the NY noise-pop duo have released 3 full-length albums, and i’ve loved them all. Bitter Rivals was released this year (not even a year after 2012’s Reign of Terror) and packed full of the duo’s signature pop hooks and epic guitar riffs I love so much. I’m not sure if Sleigh Bells will ever be able to top their debut album, Treats, but if they keep releasing tracks like “Sugarcane”, I won’t complain one bit.

♩ Sleigh Bells – Sugarcane [from Bitter Rivals]
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The National - Trouble Will Find Me

“’Don’t Swallow the Cap’ (maybe a reference to Tennessee Williams’ unfortunate demise) slowly builds into an anthemic ending, combining lush string arrangements with eery distortion and Bryan Davendorf’s cyclical drum work. It’s an odd melding of styles – Davendorf drums like he’s in Can; the Dessner brothers play delicate, sly melodies; Matt sings with an intimate intensity – but it works, and I’m not sure it ever won’t.” via Pretty Much Amazing

♩ The National – Don’t Swallow the Cap [from Trouble Will Find Me]
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Cults’ self-titled debut was my favorite album of 2011, so needless to say, I was super excited for their sophomore effort. Like Sleigh Bells above, I don’t think Cults will top their debut, but Static did not disappoint one bit. There are a handful of worthwhile tracks, but “We’ve Got It” really showcases the duo’s signature sound of experimental pop and doo-wop vocals.

♩ Cults – We’ve Got It [from Static]
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[new music roundup] 10.8.13

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A few of my favorite new releases this week…

 

Anna Calvi//One Breath

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.//The Speed of Things

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Darkside//Psychic

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Diego Garcia//Paradise

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Glasser//Interiors

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of Montreal//Lousy with Sylvianbriar

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Sleigh Bells//Bitter Rivals

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A few more worth a listen:
Alex Chilton//Electricity By Candlelight: NYC 2/13/97
The Fratellis//We Need Medicine
Parquet Courts//Tally All The Things That You Broke
RJD2//More Is Than Isn’t
St. Lucia//When the Night
Turin Brakes//We Were Here
William Shatner//Ponder the Mystery

More new music at Largehearted Boy