The Strokes have released their new single “Under Cover of Darkness” today. Even better news – you can download the track for free on their website.
Fading Parade, the fourth album from locals Papercuts (aka Jason Quever), is a little jangly, a lot melancholy, and a good place to start when you want to give old Morrissey a rest. There’s even a bit of Earlimart or The Stars of Track and Field in lead singer Quever’s quavering, whispery vocals.
Get an early listen to Toro Y Moi’s latest album, Underneath the Pine, a followup to his debut last year that made waves on the blogosphere. The new album, set for release on February 22nd, focuses more on live instrumentation, as opposed to more electronic/programmed approach he took on 2010′s Causers of This. Listen to the free stream HERE. He returns to San Francisco after a run of gigs at SXSW for a show at Great American Music Hall on March 24th.
Straight outta Oakland, DJ Enki of the Oakland Faders recently spoke with SF Station’s Christina Li and discussed the Oakland scene, some of his favorite parties, and his technique for making themed mixtapes.
“We pride ourselves on our versatility in both music and presentation, and I feel like being able to claim the Oakland Faders name gives me license to stretch out, to go off the beaten path a bit to try something different, because that’s what people expect from us. That’s a great situation for a DJ to be in.”
Read the entire interview HERE.
Omaha boy wonder Conor Oberst has come pretty far from the days of warbling off-key alone in his bedroom. His seventh (and possibly final) studio album under the moniker Bright Eyes, The People’s Key drops February 15th on Saddle Creek and features guest musicians from Autolux, Now It’s Overhead, Cursive, and The Faint.
With the Super Bowl coming up in just a few days, Wiz Khalifa’s ode to Pittsburgh, “Black and Yellow,” is blowing up, and other game-day songs — many of which are extremely bad — are popping up all over the Internet. Have a look at a roundup of a few of the more (barely) tolerable videos that we found.
(Editor’s Note: In anticipation of Noise Pop 2011, Feb. 22-27, we’re interviewing several local bands on the lineup.)
San Francisco’s own Birds & Batteries are playing the Noise Pop Festival on February 25th at the Rickshaw Stop with The Concretes, Psychic Friend, and Magic Bullets. I caught up with main squeeze Mike Sempert (vox/guitar/synth) and had the opportunity to further explore the band’s signature little bit country, little bit rock ’n’ roll sound, and delved deep into the secrets of how exactly they maintain their fierce facial hair.
“All of the Lights,” one of the hottest tracks on Kanye’s masterfully produced My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy gets the Pretty Lights remix treatment.