Wednesday, June 15

Show Alert: FYF Fest 2011 - 9/3/11

FYF Fest is back this Labor Day Weekend with a new location and a slew of great bands. Previously held at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, this year the festival will happen in Downtown L.A. at 1st and Main, in the streets around City Hall. That should definitely cut down on the dust, and hopefully they figure out the lines and add more vendors.

As for performers, there are the heavy-hitters like Broken Social Scene, Explosions In The Sky, Descendents, Guided By Voices and Death From Above 1979, as well as No Age, Dan Deacon, Four Tet, Yacht, Pink Mountaintops, Twin Sister, among many others.

Tickets on sale for $35 at noon on Friday, June 17.

Tuesday, May 17

Big Black Delta

Jonathan Bates (Mellowdrone/M83 touring guitarist) has a new project called Big Black Delta, named after these. Though rooted in electronica ("snare tones are more important than guitar tones”), there is a lot of diversity to the music. And apparently there are dual drummers live (Mahsa Zargaran and Amy Wood). Check out Bates' studio here and all the free tracks from the BBD site.

IFUCKINGLOVEYOU from Big Black Delta on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 9

News: Free Single from The Republic Tigers

SSM faves The Republic Tigers have a free single from their upcoming EP No Man's Land. The EP will be available on Record Store Day in April, but you can head over to iTunes now to download "Merrymake It With Me." Part of the iTunes SXSW sampler, the track is a fresh batch of sonic goodness with the band's unmistakable blend of guitar, electronics, lyrics and pop. (Listen for the Zaireeka-esque intro.) If you happen to be heading to SXSW, the Tigers hit the Liberty Bar stage at 2:15 p.m. Friday, March 18. But they'll also be a part of the showcase hosted by their label, Chop Shop Records, later that night. They take to the stage at Maggie Mae's Rooftop at midnight (following a performance by Twin Shadow, no less).

Friday, January 14

Mourning Trish Keenan

Horrible news today of the death of Trish Keenan, half of U.K. greats Broadcast. Touching writes-ups abound, including these from NPR's All Song Considered and The Record, Vulture, The Arts Desk, NME and Click Track.