Attention Aspiring Music Video Directors!

Do you like Nada Surf? Think you have a good eye for the making of a great music video? Want $3,000? If you answered yes to any of the above, then listen up!

Nada Surf wants you to direct their next music video, and Barsuk Records will award the winning contest entry $3,000.00! The band is looking for a video for “Weightless”, the third single off their current release Lucky. Anyone can enter and give music video directing a shot, whether you’re an aspiring or already established auteur. All you need to do is check out the song via Nada Surf’s MySpace , shoot and edit a video, and upload it to the band’s YouTube group. Hurry, the entry deadline is September 19th, 2008!

More rules and tour dates after the jump. (more…)

Walk On To The Walkmen

TODAY: This is it, your last day to pickup You & Me for a mere $5, all in support of cancer research. If this doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, listen to Pitchfork: “it’s [You & Me] the first that fully commits to their seductive, eminently soused-sounding late night sulk.”

TONIGHT: The Walkmen kick off their 30-date tour with 2 nights in NYC, dates after the jump. Listen to their Daytrotter session to tide yourself over until they make their way to you.

TOMORROW: You & Me is released in stores worldwide (and at full price).

MP3: The Walkmen – In The New Year


Photo Gallery: Mates of State and Takka Takka at Highline Ballroom August 7th

Mates of State and Takka Takka teamed up on August 7th for one killer show at New York’s Highline Ballroom. Both bands are touring behind new releases – Mates’ new album, Re-Arrange Us, hit stores on May 20th, and Takka Takka’s sophomore release, Migration, hit stores on July 29th.

Catch Mates of State on August 20th on NPR’s World Cafe before they wrap things up south of the Mason Dixon. Takka Takka is keeping the show on the road through September with Oxford Collapse. Photos and dates after the jump.


Sam Champion Rocks the Boat

What do you call a boat, the Hudson River, Sam Champion, and waterfalls constructed from scaffolding? No, not a Manhattan weather report gone wrong, but a boat cruise on August 5th with Sam Champion, Apollo Sunshine and Drug Rug!

Sam Champion’s Heavenly Bender is set to drop September 2nd on North Street Records.

MP3: Sam Champion – Be Mine Everyone

More pictures from the cruise after the jump!


Passionate About Passion Pit

Passion Pit is an infectious new band from Boston with a sweet little back-story. Frontman/mastermind/good boyfriend(?) Michael Angelakos originally wrote and recorded four of the six songs on Passion Pit’s upcoming Chunk Of Change EP as a belated Valentine’s Day present for his girlfriend. All together now: “aww!”

But seriously folks, this is no gimmick. Just some damn good songwriting, and one of the most exciting artists signed to Frenchkiss Records since, well, The Dodos. Their songs are spirited, energetic and catchy, proving to be the kinds of earworms that you actually want to hear running through your head when you wake up in the morning (sorry, Leona Lewis, I’m kicking you out of my head). Any given day at Rind HQ you can hear Passion Pit coming out of someone’s speakers, and we are some discriminating listeners! If you don’t want to take our word for it, just ask anyone who saw the band open for Girl Talk, Death Cab For Cutie, or any of the other notable artists they’ve warmed the stage for (and by warming, we mean burning up). They’ve also received quite a bit of love in the online world of late, surely with more to come.

Passion Pit is already one week into a residency at New York’s Pianos, so that means you New Yorkers can still catch them on 8-20 or 8-27! They’re also playing a couple of shows in their hometown of Boston, along with festivals Monolith and Pop Montreal.

Chunk of Change hits all digital retail stores on September 16th, but until then you can check out the band’s Myspace and download one of the tracks that Angelakos didn’t write for his girlfriend right here:

MP3: Passion Pit – Sleepyhead