Amy Ray, Pounding Pavement This Fall

Hot on the heels of her critically-acclaimed third solo record, Didn’t It Feel Kinder, Atlanta-based folk-punker and one half of the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray has announced a run of October and November dates in support of the album. Joining her on legs of the trek will be the indie-fried boys of Arizona and formidable folkstress Jennifer O’Connor. The tour will pull heavily from her new material, which was put on display early last month at Housing Works in NYC. For a taste of what to expect, head over to Amy Ray TV for live footage from the event, or take a listen to the delicate album-opener “Birds of a Feather” below. All dates after the jump.

MP3: Amy Ray – Birds of a Feather



RCRD LBL unveils Felix Cartal’s take on “Bounce” from MSTRKRFT’s forthcoming, remix-loaded maxi-single, due October 7th via Dim Mak.

If all Felix Cartal did was party I probably wouldn’t be writing about him right now. He would still be sleeping and he wouldn’t be going on tour with MSTRKRFT across America later this month (he’d probably go to the show, though) and his remix of the group’s “Bounce” track featuring Queens rapper N.O.R.E. would not be premiering on this website right now. But it is, so I imagine dude has some serious work ethic.  The Vancouver native has somehow managed to make MSTRKRFT sound more ‘90s ‘ardkore fantastic, think neon UFO parachute pants, the movie Go , strobes, Day-Glo paint, etc. And all it took was some vocal re-edits and Moonlaser synths. For those thirsting for some more classic big-room sounds, this is a journey you want to take.

In other news, the duo recently announced the massive Fist of God Tour, which kicks off on September 26th at Henry Ford Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, and trucks through the states throughout the entire month of October.  Cartal will tag along for the ride. All dates, and Bounce tracklist, after the jump.


Ra Ra Riot: Lots Of Pulp

Ra Ra Riot , the proud parents of one of 2008’s finest records, the critically-adored Rhumb Line , recently took some time out of their extensive touring schedule to answer a few questions from The Rind. Road doggin it, the vanquished V2, and Rolling Stone love are among the many subjects touched on by cellist Allie Lawn.

You guys are notoriously hard touring – like, you never ever stop. Is it tough to be out for long stretches, or are you total road dogs? And as a corollary, what’s the thing you miss most about the place you call home when you’re away?
We are total road dogs. I cant say I have ever heard that term, nor certainly have tagged myself as such, but that sounds just right. When I’m on the road I definitely miss my family so so much. Ironically, my dogs as well. The road dog misses her dogs.

Being based upstate, do you feel sort of set apart from the rest of the New York music scene? If so, does that have its benefits?
Absolutely not. We went to school in Syracuse but we have played the New York City scene so much. On the other hand, I have to say I enjoy being a Syracuse band, it certainly stands out– we aren’t immediately clumped into a scene. What will it be….hardcore? Who knows….

Love the attic videos. How did you guys conceive of those? And is it true you had to knock on doors to find a place to film?
Our friend Taryn Gould (and her friend Emily Kowalczyk) conceived the idea for the attic videos, she’s incredible. We just showed up and played in a hot attic in the ol Cuse. We are so happy with how those turned out. I think it really nailed us on the head– “vibe” wise.


Change We Can Believe In: Passion Pit Release Debut

Boston-based electropop outfit Passion Pit unveils its proper debut, the Chunk of Change EP, this week via Frenchkiss Records. The brainchild of Michael Angelakis, Passion Pit draws from a variety of influences, from the classic pop of Randy Newman to the synth work of Giorgio Moroder. The EP, originally put together as a Valentine’s Day gift for Angelakis’ girlfriend, has been re-mastered and amended to include two bonus tracks, “Better Things” and the dancefloor-pounding blog-fave, “Sleepyhead.” The short-player is currently streaming in its entirety on AOL Spinner .

With a wildly successful Pianos residency in the rearview, Angelakis and his five piece live band will embark on a short run of dates with French pop tart Yelle late next month. But before the stint, the Pit is keeping busy, playing alongside Sunset Rubdown at Mercury Lounge in New York City this Wednesday, throwing a celebratory CD Release Show at Great Scott in Allston, and then taking the stage at Bowery Ballroom in NYC with The French Kicks, before joining labelmates The Dodos at Pop Montreal in Quebec. All dates below the fold.

MP3 : Passion Pit – Sleepyhead