Dinosaur Jr.: “Pierce the Morning Rain” (Stream)

Yesterday, Spin premiered “Pierce the Morning Rain,” a track from the new Dinosaur Jr. album, I Bet on Sky. The LP is out today via Jagjaguwar and, as this lead off track demonstrates (embedded below), it is both shredding and catchy as all get out.


Rangda: “Majnun” (SoundCloud)

Out today on Drag City, Formerly Extinct, the sophomore release from Rangda. Guitarists Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls), Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance), and drummer Chris Corsano (Sunburned Hand of the Man) have enough studio credits between them to earn the designations “formative players” in both the psych rock and no wave arenas.

Below, we’ve included a SoundCloud embed of album track “Majnun.” Its outer sections set up a fulsome, Middle Eastern inflected groove, while the central section includes plenty of crunching guitar riffs leavened with walls of noise.

Friday: Annie Gosfield at Moving Sounds Festival

From tonight until Saturday, the Austrian Cultural Forum sponsored Moving Sounds Festival takes place. Thursday saw the Mivos Quartet perform new works by Carl Bettendorf and Reiko Füting while Christian Meyer and Franz Hackl gave a lecture recital entitled “Schoenberg and the notion of Avant-garde.”

On Friday, composer Annie Gosfield appears in a portrait concert at the Czech Center as part of Moving sounds. It includes the premiere of “Phantom Shakedown”. The piece for piano accompanied by a broken shortwave radio, a cement mixer, and tube noise. It’s one of the pieces on Gosfield’s latest CD, the just released Almost Truths and Open Deceptions (Tzadik). Dynamic and captivating, both the concert and  CD embrace amplified industrial music and distressed chamber works, in a concoction that balances sonic seduction with formidable avant gauntlets.

Annie Gosfield in concert
September 14 and 9 PM
Bohemian National Hall at the Czech Center
321 E. 73rd St.
New York, NY 10021

For more Moving Sounds events on Friday and Saturday, check out the festival’s website here.

Sandro Perri (Video; MP3; Tour Dates)


Toronto musician Sandro Perri is touring later this month and next in support of his 2011 Constellation release Impossible Shapes. Tour dates are below. For your enjoyment, we’ve also included the video to album track “Love and Light” and an MP3 of “Futureactive Kid, Part 1.”



Sandro Perri Tour



MP3: Futureactive Kid, Part 1

27.08.12 Vancouver, BC
Rickshaw Theatre
28.08.12 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern
29.08.12 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
01.09.12 Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest
02.09.12 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Shop
15.09.12 Ottawa, ON Arboretum Festival
17.09.12 Montreal, QC Cabaret Mile End
18.09.12 Burlington, VT BCA Center
19.09.12 Kittery, ME Buoy Gallery
20.09.12 New York, NY Mercury Lounge


Blues Control: “Walking Robin” (Video; Tour Dates)

Queens duo Blues Control begins their US tour tonight (Dates below).

They also have a new video out for the album track “Walking Robin,” from their new LP Valley Tangents (Drag City).

Video by Clémence Hébert.

Blues Control Tour Dates (new dates in bold)

Wed. July 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Gooski’s

Thu. July 26 – Louisville, KY @ The Cat House

Fri. July 27 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout

Sat. July 28 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups

Sun. July 29 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog

Mon. July 30 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar

Tue. July 31 – Toronto, ON @ The Shop at Parts & Labour

Wed. Aug. 1 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore

Thu. Aug. 2 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey House

Fri. Aug. 3 – Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub

Sat. Aug. 4 – Hoboken, NY @ Maxwell’s (with Chain & The Gang)

Sat. Aug. 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kensington Picnic (with Meg Baird)

Sun. Aug. 26 – Emmaus, PA @ Emmaus Farmers’ Market

Sun. Sept. 9 – Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox

Tue. Sept. 11 – Lexington, KY @ Void

Thu. Sept. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ 529

Fri. Sept. 14 – Durham, NC @ Duke University Coffeehouse

Sat. Sept. 15 – Greensboro, NC @ CFBG’s

Monday: Clogs and Loop 2.4.3 at Galapagos

The group that helped to start the indie rock plus classical crossover genre, Clogs, doesn’t often make it out to Brooklyn. But, if Monday’s show at Galapagos is any indication, when they visit the borough, the group goes all out.

In addition to selections from Clogs’ previous studio recordings, the concert features “Shady Gully,” a new group of songs written by Padma Newsome. Those in attendance will also get a sneak preview of “2 Moon Shine,” his forthcoming opera project.

Also on the bill is Clogs member Thomas Kozumplik’s project Loop 2.4.3. I’ve been greatly enjoying their latest full length recording American Dreamland (out now via Music Starts from Silence). Kozumplik, joined by Lorne Watson, have created a percussion heavy and somewhat jaundice eyed view of the American dream, referencing everything from Edgar Allen Poe to Easy Rider to urban blight along the way. While the album’s subject matter could easily become a colossal bummer, Loop 2.4.3 creates supple beats  and several fetching tunes (the radio ready single “So Strong” noteworthy among them) that make even a dystopian post industrial landscape sound like far better a destination than its likely to be!

A small caveat for fans of the National: guitarist Bryce Dessner is not playing the Galapagos show. Ben Cassoria will take over his duties for the evening (no mean substitute!).

Clogs with Loop 2.4.3

Monday, July 16th

at Galapagos (16 Main St, Dumbo, Brooklyn · 718 222 8500)

Doors 7PM, Show 8PM

Tickets: $15 Advance, $20 At Door

Event link: http://galapagosartspace.com/event/clogs-loop-2-4-3-new-american-and-australian-music