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We’ve been digging The Color Turning‘s new album, Good Hands Bad Blood. “New Hooligan” was recently featured over at Largehearted Boy, and both POP! Stereo and Devil Has The Best Tuna have posted some kind words!

The Color Turning‘s big tour begins in just a few days. Hey, NYC folks! You can actually see them THREE TIMES.

07.30 • Cake Shop (Early Set – 7:00pm) (New York, NY)
07.30 • Fontana’s (Late Set – 10:00pm) (New York, NY)
07.31 • Best Buy (New York, NY — 23rd St & 6th Ave)
08.06 • The Detroit Bar (Detroit, MI)
08.13 • Verve Lounge (Aptos, CA)
08.15 • Main St. Brewery (Roseville, CA)
08.19 • Johnny B’s (Medford, OR)
08.20 • Black Forest (Eugene, OR)
08.21 • Kelly’s Olympian (Portland, OR)
08.25 • Le Voyeur (Olympia, WA)
08.27 • Studio 7 (Seattle, WA)
08.28 • Richard’s on Richards (Vancouver, BC)
09.02 • The Stork Club (Oakland, CA)
09.04 • Red Devil Lounge (San Francisco, CA)

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys' "Crying Lightning" Video

As you surely know by now, the Arctic Monkeys new album, Humbug
drops in the states on August 24th, and they will also be hitting up a lot of US cities from August to October. But, in the present, they’ve debuted the video for “Crying Lightning”, a rather murky affair with the band performing on a boat. Also, they’ll be performing new track from the new album on a webcast on Thursday, July 30 at 9PM GMT.

The Strange Boys Unplug And Jam In Amsterdam

A great brand new site has popped up recently called Amsterdam Acoustics. The concept is in the name…bands go to Amsterdam, and play in the park. Aside from the fact that this very well could be the greatest concert setting I’ve ever dreamed of, it gives a very unique opportunity to hear some of our favorite jams stripped down to just a few acoustic instruments. Our friends The Strange Boys were recently featured on the site playing their song “MLK’S”

Amsterdam Acoustics – The strange boys : MLK’s from Mokummercials on Vimeo.

The Summer Of Megafaun!

The trio from North Carolina by way of Eau Claire, Wisconsin are clearly making the most out of 2009! It feels like everything these guys have accomplished prior to this years release Gather, Form & Fly, has been in preparation for this summer! From their days as DeYarmond Edison alongside longtime friend* Justin Vernon* (a.k.a. Bon Iver) to their first release Bury The Square in 2007, they’ve only gotten better and better at what they already do best, write amazing songs and tour their hearts out.

Thenew record Gather, Form & Fly on Hometapes has been getting rave reviews across the country (the most recent being an 8.1 in Pitchfork). They are certainly celebrating their success on the road, as they are also on an amazing tour with Bowerbirds (check out pics of their stop to Bowery Ballroom courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan). It doesn’t seem like things are going to slow down for Megafaun, and I bet that’s just fine with them.

Fol Chen On Morning Becomes Eclectic!

At 8:00 am on Monday morning of this week, while everyone else was staggering to the coffee maker for that morning jolt, Fol Chen already had their make up on and instruments strapped and ready to go! Fol Chen were guests on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on July 20th, playing tracks off of their spring release Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made. These Asthmatic Kitty Records rockers brought their A game with awesome tracks like “No Wedding Cake”, “Cable TV” and “Winter, That’s All” Check out their performance here !

The Lovely Feathers: Tour Dates and a New Video!

At this very moment, our pals The Lovely Feathers are heading across Canada! Here are the dates:

07.22 • The Hydeaway (Edmonton, AL)
07.23 • The Palomino Smokehouse (Calgary, AL)
07.25 • CAPE School (Medicine Hat, AL)
07.27 • The Habitat (Kelowna, BC)
07.28 • The Railway Club (Vancouver, BC)
07.30 • The Camble (Nanaimo, BC)
08.01 • Lucky Bar (Victoria, BC)
08.15 • Le Cercle (Quebec City, QC)

Also, here’s their brand new video for “Lowiza”:

Fantasy of the Lot, The Lovely Feathers‘ new album, is set for an August release in the United States.

The Watermarks Are Giving Away Their Entire Record For Free!

Houston’s The Watermarks‘ debut release Thoughts Like Bombs combines their love of rock and electronic music to bring you 7 awesome tracks guaranteed to get you on your feet! As we shared before in our previous post, The Watermarks will be performing alongside some truly terrific acts at this year’s FreePress Summer Fest.

The band’s top priority is to spread their music to as many ears as possible, which is why they have made their entire record available online for download… for free!

Check out The Watermarkswebsite for access to all of Thoughts Like Bombs.

On The Scene! Loney Dear Visits KEXP!

What a year it has been for Loney Dear (a.k.a. Emil Svanängen)! His 2009 release Dear John made it all the way to #7 on the CMJ charts in the Spring. He has been touring alongside Andrew Bird (making a stop to put on an amazing performance at Team Clermont’s SXSW Showcase in March), and has found success pretty much everywhere he’s gone!

This week, Loney Dear dropped by KEXP for an in-studio performance/interview with Cheryl Waters. The whole session is available via NPR by clicking here.

Lonely H Video For "The Singer"

The Lonely H have spent their entire summer on the road, traveling from coast to coast in support of their most recent release through The Control Group, titled Concrete Class!

07.16•The Rocket Club (Asheville, NC)
07.17•V-Club (Huntington, WV)
07.18•Dantes Bar (Frostburg, MD)
07.19•Fennario’s (West Chester, PA)
07.21•Castaways (Ithaca, NY w/The Riverwinds)
07.22•The Dover Brickhouse (Dover, NH)
07.24•Pianos (New York, NY)
07.25•Ralph’s (Worcester, MA)
07.27•The Bug Jar (Rochester, NY)
07.28•The Strutt (Kalamazoo, MI)
07.30•Martyr’s (Chicago, IL)
07.31•Up and Under (Milwaukee, WI)
08.01•Ballyhoos (Merrill, WI)
08.05•Cicero’s (St. Louis, MO)
08.07•The Basement (Nashville, TN)
08.12•Stafford Main Street (Bryan, TX)
08.13•Trophy’s (Austin, TX)
08.14•Rudyard’s (Houston, TX)
08.15•Bill’s Records (4:45 pm) (Dallas, TX)
08.15•The Chat Room (Fort Worth, TX)
08.17•Spaceland (Los Angeles, CA)
08.18•Casbah (San Diego, CA)
08.19•The Hemlock (San Francisco, CA)
08.20•Old Ironsides (Sacramento, CA)
08.21•Cattleman’s (Rouge River, OR)
08.22•Berbati’s (Portland, OR w/Kleveland and NY Rifles)
08.27•Concert on the Dock (Port Townsend, WA 6:00pm)
08.28•The Showbox Market (Seattle, WA w/Floater All Ages)
08.29•The Brick (Roslyn, WA)
09.18•MusicFEST NW – Ash Street Saloon (Portland, OR)

For your enjoyment, we’ve posted the brand new video for their song “The Singer” below..


David Letterman Wilco

Wilco and Feist Perform on David Letterman!

Wilco has been tearing up the late night circuit, appearing on David Letterman last night, with Feist lending her vocal talents to “You and I.” Wilco is also on tour at the moment, hitting up ballparks in the Northeast and then heading off to 10,000 Lakes Festival before going to Europe:

07-17 Portland, ME – Maine State Pier
07-18 Wappingers Falls, NY – Dutchess County Stadium
07-19 Lewiston, NY – Art Park
07-23 Detroit Lakes, MN – 10,000 Lakes Festival

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