Bears Scheduled To Play New American Music Festival
Cleveland’s indie popsters Bears will play the inaugural edition of the New American Music Festival which will be taking place on August 8th and 9th in Pittsburgh, PA. The full line-up, which was curated by Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis, also includes The Raconteurs, Gnarls Barkley, The Roots, Spoon, The Black Keys, and headliners Bob Dylan & His Band.
Bears will release their first single “Who Knows” on May 20 via IMPOSE Records.
Joan as Police Woman to Release Sophomore Album June 10th
Two years after making waves with her debut solo album Real Life, Joan as Police Woman (nee Joan Wasser) will be releasing a sophomore effort titled To Survive on June 10th via Cheap Lullaby Records.
After years of performing alongside the likes of Lou Reed, Anthony and the Johnsons and Rufus Wainwright, Joan struck out on a solo path – creating Joan as Police Woman and honing a soulful yet edgy sound that immediately grabbed the attention of critics and audiences. Real Life was released in the UK in 2006 and the US in 2007 to rave reviews. To Survive follows in the footsteps of its predecessor with ten new tracks addressing life, love, death, and the current state of American politics.
Joan as Police Woman will be performing at New York City’s Mercury Lounge on Wednesday, May 14th before embarking on an overseas tour throughout the month of June
Meshuggah Totally Own, Creep Everyone Out With New Video
At long last! Everyone’s favorite Swedish tech-metalers, Meshuggah have offered up a sneak peak at the first video from their critically-acclaimed new record obZen. Fittingly, the Killswitch Productions -helmed clip gets a cinematic trailer, and Mike Pecci and Ian McFarland’s eerie horror flick aesthetic creeps through the 30 second teaser. The video stills are exceedingly creepy in a sort of Francis Bacon vs. The Cell sense. Who’s pumped? Keep an eye out for the official worldwide debut of the entire music video very very soon. And in the meantime, check out the trailer here.
Meshuggah are currently on the last few dates of their North American tour with Ministry. Photos of the band’s April 27, 2008 concert at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival at the Palladium in Worcester, MA have hit the net and are appropriately-intense. During the tour drummer Thomas Hakke has been keeping busy, discussing the new record with the press. You can catch video interviews with Hakke at Metal Injection, Boston.tv, Metal Machine, and Sick Drummer.
The Dodos & Dragons Of Zynth to Play The Village Voice’s Siren Fest
Last week The Village Voice announced the initial lineup for their eighth annual Siren Festival, taking place Saturday, July 19th from 12pm-9pm at Coney Island, and boy are we excited! Frenchkiss folksters The Dodos (who you just may have heard about lately) will be sharing the stage with everyone from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks to Beach House to Gigantic Records artists Dragons of Zynth, whose sound has been described by some as “TV on the Radio played backwards“. Check out the full line-up here and we’ll see you there!
Les Savy Fav Prove Out, Actually Are Best Live Band Possible
Brooklyn’s Les Savy Fav finally released a live album last week. It was recorded on New Years Eve/Early, Early, Early New Years Day, which explains the adorably-inappropriate title, After The Balls Drop, and the disproportionate amount of spirited/drunken covers (Pixies, Love, Misfits!). Considering they’ve been around for a bajillion years, and that they’re easily “the best live band in indie rock*,” it’s sort of hard to believe it took this long for Tim Harrington and company to get around to releasing something like this. That said, we’re in agreement with most everybody that it was well worth the wait.
Head over to Pitchfork for an interview with Tim (subjects: The Wiggles, baby boners, Cezanne), or Daytrotter to hear drummer Harrison Haynes read the epic, alcohol-obsessed liner notes from the digital booklet that accompanies purchases of the album at iTunes.
MP3: Sweat Descends
* note: they’re also the best dads in indie rock