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News of Note: Early lineup announced for Truck America Festival in Big Indian, NY by tjwell01

The Joy Formidable, White Rabbits and Silent League will perform at this year's Truck America Festival in Big Indian, NY

PREVIEW: Truck America’s Website

TRUCK is an festival organization based in the U.K., and they’ve brought their festival to the U.S. in Big Indian, NY at the Full Moon Resort. The lineup is decent too, which includes a few unknowns and some high-risers including The Joy Formidable whom we interviewed and shot while they performed in New York. The festival will take place from April 30 to May 2nd, so just before finals for all Syracuse University students. The trip there would be roughly three hours, but seems like a good time to me. I can vouch that The Joy Formidable are insanely good live, and The White Rabbits are underrated. Tickets are on sale now.

Here’s the full lineup:

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20 Watts Reviews The Silent League’s …But You’ve Always Been the Caretaker by 20watts

The Silent League drop a great new record

PREVIEW: VISIT The Silent League’s Website
WE GIVE IT: 17/20 Watts

With Deserter’s Songs, Mercury Rev almost unwittingly mastered the art behind chamber-grounded art rock over a decade ago. While The Silent League‘s third full-length isn’t quite as precious and not as eclectic as that seminal ’90s classic, as of January, 2010, it’s the closest analogue we have to it. Some of this has to do with the fact that Justin Russo and his brother Jason left Mercury Rev in 2001 to focus their attention on other projects (like The Silent League). More of it is the fact that …But You’ve Always Been the Caretaker might already be one of the year’s best albums.

The range of influences to be heard on this unassumingly pleasant little album stretch from space to the intimate corners of the bedroom. Between the album’s instrumental bookends “Egg Shaped” and “How and Why Our Dads Lost the War,” we hear varying degrees of synths and other assorted electronica, Justin Russo’s vocal croons and sterling instrumentation. Continue reading

The 20.4: Your Essential Guide to Noise Pop by 20watts

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PREVIEW: Download 20 Watts’ NOISE POP MIX on Mediafire

The “noise pop” label was essentially created by music journalists who couldn’t describe what The Jesus and Mary Chain were getting at in the 1980s.  With their pristine pop song structures and messy punk rock aesthetic, the Scottish four-piece took rock in a direction it hadn’t gone before.  And as the current popularity of noisy, feedback-heavy bands like No Age, Japandroids and Vivian Girls suggests, neither fans nor musicians have looked back since.

So what’s the very best in noise pop? 20 Watts’ ERIC VILAS-BOAS has the answer in our fourth 20 installment. Watch for new 20s each Thursday, only on 20 Watts, and check out our previous 20s below!