Archive for January, 2010

The Bravery – Stir The Blood

January 31st, 2010

The Bravery - Stir The Blood

Here We Go Again

The Killers already knew that the whole post-punk/New Wave revival shtick wouldn’t last long, which best explains their drastic switch of styles from Hot Fuss to Sam’s Town. It’s too bad The Bravery never got the memo. In what seems like nothing more than regurgitated funk, the New York City quintet’s third album Stir The Blood takes listeners back to times when The Rapture was cool, even relevant; a pre-indie era when brainless dance rhythms trumped smart rock, layered vocal harmonies, and songs about oxford commas. Read more…

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Dethklok – Dethalbum II

January 30th, 2010


Sophisticated Ridiculousness

Dethalbum II is the second release by fictional metal band Dethklok, from the Adult Swim cartoon comedy show Metalocalypse. Part Spinal Tap and part decent heavy metal band, it’s kind of amazing that Dethklok had a first album, let alone a second one considering that they aren’t even real. But Dethklok’s first album was one of the best-selling metal albums of all time so there is obviously more to this band than just jokes. Read more…

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Big Ears Festival Releases Initial Schedule & Individual Show Tickets!

January 29th, 2010

The Big Ears Festival, taking place in Knoxville, TN over the weekend of March 26-28, has released its initial schedule. Big Ears has also announced a limited number of individual show tickets for many of the artists included in the Festival. Read more…

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Broken Bells Premiere Video for “The High Road”

January 29th, 2010

The Los Angeles band, Broken Bells, have premiered a new video for “The High Road,” the first track off of their full-length, self-titled album. Read more…

By Ashley Campbell Posted in News

Mew – No More Stories / Are Told Today / I’m Sorry / They Washed Away // No More Stories / The World Is Grey / I’m Tired / Let’s Wash Away

January 29th, 2010


Progressive Insurance

Your humble author first saw Mew on one of those corporate-sponsored, throw-any-three-bands-together tours which are all the rage nowadays, as the Danish trio supported their fourth album And the Glass Handed Kites. Immersed in kaleidoscopic projections as swirling as their music, one wondered if this was what it was like to watch a young Pink Floyd figure out how to give it their all. That night may not have been overpowering evidence of Mew’s presence—stealing stage thunder from Kasabian, as they did, is no struggle—but their newest album should provide them with an infusion of fresh interest. Read more…

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Roky Erickson Teams with Okkervil River for New Album

January 28th, 2010

Roky Erickson will return with a new album on April 20 via Anti Records entitled True Love Cast Out All Evil. The album was produced by Will Sheff and features his band, Okkervil River, backing Erickson. Read more…

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The Melvins – Chicken Switch

January 28th, 2010

Melvins - Chicken Switch

Chicken Scratch

The Melvins have been releasing a slurry of punk metal anthems for decades, paying very little attention to commercial trends. This playful arrogance has earned them a band of loyal followers, half of whom this album will annoy. Read more…

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Rifoki – New Project from Steve Aoki and Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo

January 27th, 2010

Steve Aoki and Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo (better known as The Bloody Beetroots) have created a new project that goes back to their hardcore punk roots – Rifoki. Read more…

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Imaad Wasif Announces February Thursday Night Spaceland Residency

January 27th, 2010

Imaad Wasif has announced that he will have three special shows at Spaceland in Los Angeles, CA during the first three Thursdays of February. Each evening, fans will be exposed to different music and a different set of acts. MXDWN received details from Wasif ’s label, Tee Pee Records (a description of the show is included under each date). Read more…

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These New Puritans to release latest album March 2nd

January 27th, 2010

These New Puritans are set to release their latest album, Hidden in the US on March 2, 2010. Already released in the UK, Jan. 18, 2010 and on Jan. 27, 2010 in Japan. Read more…

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