Here’s a song, BFFs, from Beach Day’s forthcoming album, Native Echoes. The album is expected out August 19.
Bill Callahan just released a new video for Javelin Unlanding, a song off last year’s extraordinary album Dream River.
Foxygen has a new album, … And Star Power, coming out in October. Check out this new song, How Can You Really.
Here’s a new single from Purling Hiss. Learning Slowly will appear on the September release Weirdon.
Here’s a new rocker from Cymbals Eat Guitars. Warning will be on the album Lose, which is scheduled for release in late August.
It’s Lollapalooza week, which means some after shows will actually precede the big tilt in Grant Park. If you’re going to see Chvrches at the sold-out Vic show Thursday, check out the opener Panama. The Australian electronic pop band is touring the U.S. for the first time. I recommend it if you like Miike Snow and similar bands.
Danish punks Iceage are working on a new album. Here’s the first hint of what these guys will sound like on their third release. The song, The Lord’s Favorite, is a departure from music on the band’s first two albums. Iceage also plans a show at Empty Bottle in October.
If you’re a fan of 1960s-era psychedelic, you’ll want to check out the latest album from White Fence, the band fronted by LA musician Tim Presley. Out this week, For the Recently Found Innocent is produced by Presley’s buddy and fellow retro-rock lover Ty Segall. Whether you are into very early Pink Floyd, Nuggets or even the Byrds, you’ll likely find something to like in this album.
Check out the song Like That below.
Four years ago, Annie Clark played a moderate-sized crowd at an excellent mid-afternoon Pitchfork fest set. On Saturday night, Clark, aka St. Vincent, put on the most dynamic performance I saw at the three-day music festival. This time Clark was the last act before headliner Neutral Milk Hotel — though she could have closed the evening with her electric performance.
The other highlights this weekend included a fantastic set from Dum Dum Girls (pictured) Sunday afternoon and a searing performance by Sharon Van Etten Friday night. Neneh Cherry sounded great Friday afternoon as she rolled out almost exclusively new material from her highly recommended recent release, Blank Project.
I usually make interesting discoveries visiting the (blue) side stage and this year the list included electronic acts the Haxan Cloak, the Range and the Field.
Elsewhere, Beck and Cloud Nothings played solid sets. Giorgio Moroder’s disco explosion was pretty entertaining as was Danny Brown’s show Saturday. Circulatory System was another good find on the side stage.