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News of Note: The Hold Steady to play The Wescott by tjwell01

The Hold Steady are coming back to Syracuse for an encore.

PREVIEW: The Hold Steady’s MySpace

The Hold Steady are back. The Wescott just announced that the Hold Steady will play there on April 10 along with The Oranges. Tickets are available on Feb. 5.

The Hold Steady played at Syracuse University a couple years ago as part of that year’s Bandersnatch Series, and it turns out Syracuse left quite an impression. Of course, this isn’t exactly the same band, since Franz Nicolay left the band last month after five years. Nevertheless, this band wasn’t bred to disappoint.

Now with this concert set and Sleigh Bells confirmed yesterday, the stage is set for the second week of April to rock hard.

–Jett Wells


News of Note: Sleigh Bells Coming to Syracuse, NY by tjwell01
February 3, 2010, 9:44 am
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Sleigh Bells will play Spark on April 8th, thanks to O,Morning Records

PREVIEW: Sleigh Bells’ MySpace

LISTEN: “Crown on the Ground” by Sleigh Bells

O,Morning Records recruited hot new Brooklyn act, Sleigh Bells, to play at Spark Arts Center on April 8th. The show will cost $8 and is open to all ages.

It was only yesterday that Sleigh Bells announced their Spring tour with Major Lazer and Yeasayer, and it’s remarkable Syracuse University’s indie record label, O,Morning Records, scored a huge show for us. Sleigh Bells blew up late last year at the CMJ Music Festival in New York City, and is a fast rising act sure to make waves.

–Jett Wells

TONIGHT: 20 Watts LAUNCH with Caution Children, the Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band and Mouth’s Cradle! by caitlindewey
October 29, 2009, 11:54 am
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You’ve seen the fliers around campus.  You’ve watched your Facebook feeds grow cluttered with news of the show.  And if you know anyone on the 20 Watts staff, you’ve likely heard lengthy, manic rants about stencils, set times and the exact amount of singles one will need to make change at a $3 show.

We’re going with 100.  Hopefully that pans out.

TONIGHT: Caution Children, the Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band and Mouth’s Cradle play the Jab! Doors at 9!  Music at 9:30!  Caution Children are trekking all the way from Ithaca to play this show, and if you haven’t seen NTMJB or Mouth’s Cradle before, take our word for it — they’re not acts to be missed.

Please, please come out to support SU’s leading voice on music so that we can continue bringing you music news and coverage daily online and in print twice a semester.

And look out for full coverage of the show on 20 Watts this weekend, plus issue 19 on shelves Nov. 2!

News of Note: Lil Wayne’s No Ceilings leaks before Halloween release, Midlake spills on third studio album The Courage of Others, Billy Corgan rants about swine flu, Bonnaroo to put out a live DVD by jluposello

Lil Wayne's No Ceilings mixtape leaked today

Lil’ Wayne’s No Ceilings has leaked four days prior to its scheduled debut of Halloween, reports RS. The mixtape is the most recent release after Weezy pleaded guilty to weapons charges, and includes hints at his pending incarceration like, “T.I., hold your head.” Carter rhymes over tracks like  The-Dream’s “Fancy” and the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling”. Check out the leak courtesy of our friends over at Nah Right.

Midlake has finally released the details regarding their third release, which is apparently set to be titled The Courage of Others, reports Stereogum. The record, which will come to us via Bella Union Records, will feature a sound more reminiscent of, “British folk scene of late 60’s stuff,” says the group. With three years having passed since their last release, we’re expecting quite the album. Stereogum has a look at the track list and a few of the first dates of their 2010 US tour.

Billy Corgan hasn’t released anything worth its salt from the past couple of years, but apparently he’s feeling confident enough to take on the Swine Flu in his blog. In an 800-word rant against the disease and the “propaganda machine” behind it, Corgan explains why he won’t be taking the vaccine, reports Pitchfork. Corgan claims that the disease is man-made, according to “people” whom he has spoken to “as doctors”. He further goes on to boldly proclaim that, “I am willing to question anything: the existence of God, the existence of me or you or Robert Zimmerman.” That’s right, folks, even Bob Dylan.

For those of you who couldn’t make it to this year’s Bonaroo, fear not. On December 15th, the powers behind one of the indie communities most massive festivals will be releasing a DVD of this past year’s show, the aptly named Live From Bonaroo 2009, reports Pitchfork. The DVD will include performances from The Beastie Boys, Bruce Springsteen, Santigold, Passion Pit, and the Decemberists, to name a few.

— John Luposello

News of Note: Michael Buble’s Crazy Love Beats New Moon, Grizzly Bear and Beach House Play Together in L.A., Epitaph Will Re-Release Most of The Blood Brothers Catalogue, and MORE! by jluposello
Michael Buble's record sales skyrocketed past New Moon's this week after an appearance on Oprah

Michael Buble's Crazy Love's record sales skyrocketed past New Moon's this week after an appearance on Oprah

Not even the New Moon crew could use their vampire powers to outdo Michael Buble’s release of Crazy Love, reports Rolling Stone. The crooner appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, causing album sales to skyrocket to over 55% more than during the record’s first week on shelves, outdoing the new Twilight soundtrack by a score of 203,000 to 115,000, respectively, according to the Nielsen SounScan. Oh, the power of Oprah.

Stereogum gives us a look at last night’s Grizzly Bear gig at the Hollywood Palladium in L.A. with some pretty sweet pictures courtesy of Andrew Youssef. Beach House, the opening act, played a few tracks that will appear on their new release, Teen Dream, due out from Sub Pop Records on January 26th.

Seattle’s post-hardcore pioneers The Blood Brothers practiced one of the 2000s’ most unique forms of punk, and after their breakup in 2007, fans were left with little to cling to other than their old Blood Brother’s records. Until now, that is. Epitaph Records is planning to re-release the entire The Blood Brothers‘ catalogue, minus their 2000 debut, This Adultery Is Ripe, reports Pitchfork. Look for it to the reissues, which will come stocked by B-sides, videos and live performance videos, when they drop on November 17.

Canada’s Kid Koala, Dynomite D and Wolfmother’s ex-rhythm section Chris Ross and Myles Heskett make up the psych group Slew. Their debut release, 100%, is set to be reissued by Ninja Tune, the label responsible for the likes of Amon Tobin, Blockhead, Bonobo and The Bug, just to name a few, reports Pitchfork. Look for the turntable-heavy sounds of Slew when the record drops on November 24th.

— John Luposello

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News of Note: Weezer Collaborate with The All-American Rejects, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Release an iTunes Orginals Session, Devendra Banhart Streams New Album What Will Be, Animal Collective Support PETA, and MORE by jluposello
Weezer just finished a collaboration with All American Rejects for upcoming album Raditude

Weezer just finished a collaboration with Nick Wheeler and Tyson Ritter of The All-American Rejects for upcoming album Raditude

Keeping with the collaborative theme of their new album, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has recently finished up a track for Weez’s new album, Raditude, featuring Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler of The All-American Rejects. The song, entitled “Put Me Back Together,” follows Weez’s collaboration with Lil’ Wayne, “Can’t Stop Partying.” Ritter told RS, “I was playing Weezer songs when I was 13 at parties, so now I can die happy.” Look for the track when the album drops on November 3rd.

It’s about time that we got an iTunes Originals session from New York’s garage-punk rockers, Yeah Yeah YeahsPitchfork gives us a look at the details of today’s release, which include studio tracks, interview clips, and unreleased acoustic versions of some of YYY’s most well known tracks. Check it out here.

Devendra Banhart’s seventh release, What Will Be, is set to drop from Warner Bros. Records on October 27th. Both Banhart and Band of Bees’ Paul Butler have dually produced the record, reports Stereogum. He has reportedly reenlisted the band that played behind him on 2007’s Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon: Noah Georgeson, Greg Rogove, Luckey Remington and Rodrigo Amarante. Fans that can’t wait the week for this highly anticipated freak-folk release can stream it now here (you can thank us later).

Staying true to their namesake, Animal Collective has just stepped up with PETA to protest Canada’s aptly named annual “Seal Slaughter.” The slaughter is responsible for the death of thousands of seals annually (60,000 in 2009), and celebrities such as Perez Hilton and the guys from AnCo have begun passionately speaking against the practice, reports Pitchfork. Check out the video, where Geologist eloquently states, “We all really like animals and seals, especially.” We like your enthusiasm, Geo.

Nashville’s indie rockers Kings of Leon will be releasing their most recent concert footage on DVD, reports Pitchfork. The release, entitled Live at the O2 London, England documents a June 2009 show. Look for its release on November 10th and on November 24th in Blu-Ray.

— John Luposello

News of Note: Monsters of Folk at The Greek Theater, Passion Pit Remix Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire Go Orchestral and More! by jluposello
Monsters of Folk

Monsters of Folk played a great set at Greek Theater in L.A.

Indie rock’s Monsters of Folk played a rather monstrous set at the Greek Theater in L.A. this past Sunday, reports RS. The band burned through an impressive 35 songs in less than three hours. The group’s debut full length release dropped about a month ago and was the object of their promotional efforts at the show. The group’s lineup is equally impressive, consisting of My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, She & Him’s M. Ward, and Bright Eyes’ Connor Oberst and Mike Mogis. Their set sampled material from each of the members’ other bands, which alternated with tracks from Monsters’ catalogue.

Stereogum gives us a look at another Passion Pit remix, this time of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll”. While Karen O was busy at work on the soundtrack of Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, Passion Pit turned out a rather dark club rendering of the original, which you can get here.

Arcade Fire’s Richard Peer Parry will be debuting an orchestral piece on October 29th, reports Pitchfork. The piece, entitled “For Heart, Breath, and Orchestra”, will be performed by Parry, Nico Muhly, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Parry has announced that, “During the performance, many of the performers wear stethoscopes which enable them to play in sync with their own heartbeats.”

MGMT’s label has confirmed reports by the San Francisco Examiner regarding the title of their upcoming release, says Pitchfork. Little is known about the record, except its title, which is now confirmed to be Congratulations. The duo is reportedly recording in Malibu with Spaceman 3’s Peter “Sonic Boom” Kember. MGMT has been playing a few of the record’s tracks during their gigs this past summer. Check out the videos here.

— John Luposello

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