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    • CHVRCHES to Guest Star in New Archie Comic Book “The Archies”
      Archie and his friends Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Reggie have gotten a lot hipper in recent years, in part thanks to the darker version of their story and characters in Riverdale (and the well-received CW TV adaptation). In October a new comic book series, The Archies, will feature Archie and his friends in a band on tour. 
    • James Murphy Suggests LCD Soundsystem Broke Up to Sell More MSG Tickets, Al Doyle Refutes It
      LCD Soundsystem broke up in 2011, only to reform in 2015 and they are releasing their long-awaited new album, American Dream, on September 1 via Columbia/DFA. Prior to their breakup they performed one final show in April that year at Madison Square Garden. 
    • Shot Caller
      After one reckless error in judgment, a slick Wall Street trader falls headlong into a seedy, prison gang underworld.
    • Luna Share Video for Cover of The Cure’s “Fire in Cairo” Starring Rose McGowan
      Luna are releasing both a new covers album, A Sentimental Education, and an instrumental EP, A Place of Greater Safety, on September 22 via Double Feature. 
    • Watch The War on Drugs Perform on a River Cargo Ship in Philadelphia in the “Pain” Video
      The War on Drugs are releasing a new album, A Deeper Understanding, this Friday via Atlantic, their first for the label (previously they were on Secretly Canadian). Now the band has shared a video for one of the album's five singles, "Pain."
    • The PLAYlist 10: Twilight Struggle
      Who’s up for a harrowingly intense, three-hour-plus Cold War simulation? In this volume of The PLAYlist we’ll be looking at GMT Games’ classic head-to-head wargame Twilight Struggle, which is the most fun you’ll ever have staring down the threat of utter and absolute nuclear obliteration.
    • TCFC
      Liars make pitch-black art-rock that morphs and shifts from album to album, but always retains a core of bitter, urgent darkness. Even 2007's somewhat conventional indie-rock self-titled album and 2012's pretty, Kid A-biting WIXIW feel like examinations of the grimy corners of the soul. 
    • Eight Best Songs of the Week: Julien Baker, The War on Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Wolf Alice, and More
      Charlottesville, Virginia is only just over an hour a way from Under the Radar's headquarters. It's the best local city to see shows in and it's a great little progressive college town that we visit often. So we watched in horror, disbelief, and disgust last weekend as the violent and tragic events in Charlottesville surrounding the white supr […]
    • Join Under the Radar on Patreon to Enter to Win a Vinyl Copy of UNKLE’s New Album
      If you support Under the Radar's Patreon page at the minimum contribution of at least $1.00 a month you get access to our Patreon-only feed featuring exclusive content only available to Patreon supporters. UNKLE have also donated a vinyl copy of their new album, The Road: Part 1, to give away to one lucky Under the Radar Patreon supporter.
    • Soundtracking the Resistance - Fascists in America
      With the President outdoing himself in a bid to appear like a terrible human being, there's only really one thing to talk about this week. Still, read on and you might find a few positive developments outside his Charlottesville debacle.
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    • Introducing... Xenoula August 21, 2017
      New single 'Chief Of Tin' is online now...Xenoula is a startling, daring, highly original talent. Real name Romy Xeno, the artist grew up in South Africa, a country laced with different languages, different cultures. Moving to the UK when she was 16, this shift in perspective altered the way she consumed and constructed art. New single 'Chief […]
    • Listen: Ducktails - 'Light A Candle' August 21, 2017
      It's a breezy, jazz-tinged pop jammer...Ducktails has shared new song 'Light A Candle' - tune in now. Matt Mondanile's new album 'Jersey Devil' is incoming, the songwriter's sixth album under his Ducktails moniker. Out on October 6th, Ducktails has decided to share new teaser 'Light A Candle', and it's a bree […]
    • together PANGEA's 'Kenmore Ave.' Is An Absolute Garage Punk Riot August 21, 2017
      New album 'Bulls And Roosters' incoming...together PANGEA don't let any fat grow on the bones of their songwriting. It's all muscle: garage punk biceps combined with visceral, quadricep riffing, the four-piece strip each track down so tight the veins are popping out. New album 'Bulls And Roosters' arrives on August 25th, and it […]
    • Ruined By Sound: Lapalux Interviewed August 21, 2017
      Stuart Howard on hardware, production, and consciousness...Club culture has always obsessed over the interaction between sound and the body. Lapalux takes this one step further. New album 'Ruinism' - out now on Brainfeeder - picks apart the nature of consciousness, building on the hynagogic reflexes of previous album 'Lustmore' to craft s […]
    • Joker Returns With 'Kapsize 021' EP August 21, 2017
      Check out opening cut 'Mad Night'...Bristol producer Joker is set to release new three-track EP 'Kapsize 021' on September 8th. The new material follows a frenzied period of creativity in the studio, with the beat maker releasing the 'Fantasy' single back in February. New EP 'Kapsize 021' is a tough three tracker, with […]
    • Track Of The Day 21/8 - Rome Is Not A Town August 21, 2017
      'I'm In A Brand'Rome Is Not A Town are a wholly independent phenomenon. Based in Gothenburg, the Swedish quartet have that early 90s alt rock squall, fusing elements of PIXIES, Sonic Youth, L7 into one unruly whole. Debut single 'Stupid' was an epic introduction on its 2015 release, with Rome Is Not A Town set to release a full lengt […]
    • Prince Exhibition Comes To London's O2 Arena August 21, 2017
      My Name Is Prince opens on October 27th...A new exhibition focussing on the life and work of Prince is set to open at London's O2 Arena later this year. The music icon passed away last year, sparking a flood of tributes that stretched from pole to pole. My Name Is Prince honours the Prince legacy, bringing together a number of artefacts from that legend […]
    • Live Report: Ventnor International Festival 2017 August 21, 2017
      Exploring new music on the Isle of Wight...Mention the town of Ventnor in Isle of Wight to non-islanders and they probably won’t have the foggiest idea of where you’re talking about. The locals may proudly hail their Brighton-esque seaside resort as the creative centre of the island, but there’s been little draw for those of us on the mainland. However, all […]
    • Next Wave #791: Photay August 21, 2017
      In Association With Vero True SocialNoise is, of course, everywhere in daily life – from the waterfall of the humble toilet flush to the droning hum of traffic – yet it takes a special ear to notice sound amongst such noise, to recognise its specificity, and to incorporate it into a creative whole. It is clear that Evan Shornstein, aka Photay, possessed such […]
    • Live Report: Appelsap Festival 2017 August 21, 2017
      “Amsterdam, that’s my second home, they ain’t treating man like no tourist...”East Amsterdam’s Flevopark, the venue for this year’s Appelsap festival, is idyllic. Pathways wind round its lakes, each emerging into open spaces that are basking in the summer sun when we arrive. In the 17 years since Holland’s most popular hip-hop party started, it’s grown into […]
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    • Sawdust City Music Festival July 27, 2017
      The inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival takes over Gravenhurst, Ontario this August long weekend. Running from August 4th – 6th the festival features performances from a plethora of talented artists from the area and all over Canada. Whether you want to check out the Muskoka music scene or experience the Jim Cuddy Family Band perform [...] Sawdust City Mus […]
    • Interview: Danko Jones July 21, 2017
      We sat down with John Calabrese, bassist of Danko Jones to talk about the band's impressive 20+ year career, most memorable moments and their newest album Wild Cat.  Interview: Danko Jones by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Kid Koala July 20, 2017
      Kid Koala chats with us about his chaotic party show Vinyl Vaudeville, his new album Music To Draw To: Satellite and working on . Interview: Kid Koala by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • The Lemon Bucket Orkestra July 19, 2017
      A Toronto music staple Lemon Bucket Orkestra had humble origins as buskers in Kensington Market, the band’s ringleader Mark Marczyk spoke to the Chart Attack team about the evolution of LBO and their drive to keep performing live for (and with) their ever-growing audiences. The Lemon Bucket Orkestra by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Mix Master Mike July 17, 2017
      Mix Master Mike put on an epic show in Quebec City on Friday and again in Toronto last night. We chatted with him about his tour with Metallica and his new Virtual Reality work. Interview: Mix Master Mike by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: The Dirty Nil July 14, 2017
      The Dirty Nil played one of their biggest shows in Canada yesterday. We caught up with the band just before the show to talk about opening for The Who, touring and Minimum R&B. Interview: The Dirty Nil by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: A Tribe Called Red July 13, 2017
      A Tribe Called Red played their biggest show in Quebec yesterday at Festival d'été de Québec. We caught up with Bear Witness just prior to the festival to talk about We are the Halluci Nation. Interview: A Tribe Called Red by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • FEQ in 2 Days! July 4, 2017
      Celebrating their 50th year this summer,  Festival d'été de Québec is throwing an epic bash from July 6th to July 16th. FEQ in 2 Days! by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt June 30, 2017
      The unconventional songwriter has been making waves with the release of his fourth album. Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) June 17, 2017
      Wednesday, June 14th at the Horseshoe Tavern: dance-punk at its finest REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

The Falcon’s Nest Weekly Playlist: Week 3 (Artists to Watch in 2015)

Posted by falconi5 on January 19, 2015

playlistsDuring dark days of winter, in beginning of the new year, before the music gets sunny with the weather, and before the mandolins come out for the summer festival circuit, is a perfect time to wrap your ears around some of the new music you will be hearing for the next twelve months. A lot of the big names released new material in 2014 making it a bit more difficult to surface new and exiting artists and bands, but just because you have never heard of them doesn’t mean that the music doesn’t kick a little ass.

leon2If you have never heard of Leon Bridges, best you stop what you are doing right now and write down the time and place that you first heard this Soul Power that could very easily be the love childcurtis3 of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.  His live performance of “River” will bring your ears to attention, and if you are ever are lucky enough to see him perform live in the Dallas area, you will be better person for it.  Staying on the Soul Train until the next station, Curtis Harding puts the Fly in Superfly with his stirring debut album Soul Power. Inspired by the Memphis Horn- Stax singles of the late sixties, this record should set the stage for Neo-Soul stardom for Harding in the near future.

Breaking up the sausage fest on this weeks playlist are two interesting female led Rock acts that are definitely on the rise. Wolf Alice, are a group of North Londoners that combine the harder edge of Lita Ford with a bit of the fun of post Runaways Pat Benatar. This is a ph2harder edged band with that dash of melody that will keep you interested and coming back for more. The Pearl Harts is a Rock Chick Duo that has been on our musical radar for a few weeks now. This harder rocking pair takes White Stripes and Black Keys comparisons and throws them out the window.  In a steel cage match we would take these gals over Haim two out three falls.

Rival State is an Anthem Rock band that is very radio friendly and should be a summer festival staple this year, the jury is still out here, but if they can change things up a bit from song to song they may be ones to watch. Von Hertzen brothers, a band formed by three Finnish brothers named, amazingly enough, Von Hertzen, threaten to break through but never seem to capture that mojo that would get them over the radar instead of languishing just below. Their blend of Classic Rock, Heavy Metal and Progressive Rock might not be for everyone, but for those that want to revisit those days of Rock yore, this may your band.

Thanks to Brisbane, Australia music critic Paul McBride for introducing us to The Ninja’s and their 2014 E.P. Kill ‘Em All.  These blokes have an infectious Indie Rock, Post Punk sound that should get them some serious world-wide acclaim outside of their Aussie borders in very short order.  Make sure you check out Paul McBride’s work on his web site for the music scene of Australia and around the world.

tobiasTobias Jesso Jr. is a pretty fresh face on the music scene, and if piano based singer songwriters are to make a comeback this young lad just might be the one to lead the way. “Hollywood” is anblackberry understated gem that evokes Randy Newman more than Billy Joel or Elton John, but that is never a bad thing. This will be on shuffle on your Itunes playlist once you check it out.  Blackberry Smoke is another one of those bands that have been on the precipice of stardom for a couple of years now, and their new album set to be released early 2015 should push them over the edge.

Finally, with The Bohica’s featuring their rocking Strokes-is, guitar heavy “To Die For, ” Viet Cong and their Delta Blues boogie, along with The Districts “Rocking Chair” 2015 is poised to be another great year in music.


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