Mumford & Sons Premier 2nd Single, "The Wolf"

British quartet, Mumford & Sons, have released a second single from their upcoming album Wilder Mind. "The Wolf" brings more rock to the table, adding to the sounds heard in the first single, "Believe". Get pumped for the new album; it comes out May 4th! And let us know what you think of the new track below.

 
 

Lollapalooza Tickets go on sale Tuesday 3/24 at 11:00 ET!

Tickets for Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival go on sale Tuesday, March 24th, at 11:00 ET/10:00 CT. Buy them here! Last year 3 day passes sold out in under an hour, so if you're planning on attending the festival, make sure you get on it fast. This year's lineup hasn't been released yet, but you can bet it'll be great. Hopefully we'll see you in Chicago!

 
 

Of Monsters and Men Premier New Single, Announce Sophomore Album

Of Monsters and Men announced yesterday that their second album Beneath the Skin will be dropping June 9th.  To accompany this announcement, the Icelandic band also announced their world tour schedule, which will take them through North America and Europe. The tour begins in Toronto, ON, May 4th.  Of Monsters and Men will also visit a few festivals this summer, such as Sasquatch in Quincy, Washington and Squamish Valley Music Festival in Squamish, BC.
 
Perhaps the most exciting part of this announcement is the band’s first single off the album was also released. Titled “Crystals,” the single is the first new music we’ve heard from the group since 2011. It has all the classic Of Monsters and Men elements – a wide variety of instruments, floaty folk-pop vocals, and poetic lyrics. Let us know what you think in the comments below! 
 

Kendrick Lamar's album was released overnight, a week early!

To Pimp A Butterfly has been one of 2015's most anticipated albums, and the wait is finally over. Originally it was set to be released next monday, March 23rd, but late last night it was made available on iTunes and Spotify. It seems that mistakes made by Interscope Records caused the early release. First, the third track on the album, "King Kunta", leaked this past weekend. Then, Lamar's rep, Anthony Tiffith, tweeted some expletive tweets last night, directed right at Interscope. Either way, this Monday just got a whole lot better. Take a listen if you haven't yet and let us know what you think below!

Edit: It may no longer be available through iTunes, but you can still stream the new album below!

 
 

Jerry Garcia Tribute Concert, Tickets On Sale Tomorrow!

We’re all counting down the days to the Dead’s three day run at Chicago’s Soldier Field with special guests Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti, and Bruce Hornsby over Fourth of July weekend. Those shows are going to be legendary and I can’t wait for them. But if you can’t make them, you might want to think about this one instead.

On May 14th, the four remaining members of the Dead will be hosting a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Titled Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia, this monumental concert features a laundry list of extremely talented musicians who will be playing Garcia’s music and remembering his legacy. Some special guests will be Widespread Panic, Los Lobos, O.A.R., Trampled by Turtles, and many more. Even better, I’d be willing to bet anything that the three guests for the Chicago performances show up and jam as well.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 13th (tomorrow!) and I’m sure they’re going to sell out fast. The cheapest option is $70 for a ticket; a small price to pay for such a huge lineup. Check out the website here!

New Sufjan Stevens Single From Upcoming Album

Last month Sufjan Stevens, the Detroit native and singer-songwriter, released “No Shade In The Shadow of The Cross”. This was the first single to his upcoming album titled Carrie & Lowell, his first album in five years. Along with this track he released tour dates. Stevens’ previous album, The Age of Adz wandered from his original folk roots with the addition of an electronic touch. However, today he released another single from Carrie & Lowell titled “Should Have Known Better”, and together both singles represent the soft melodies that we heard on Stevens’ 2005 album Illinois and albums prior to that. Use the comment section below to let us know what you think!

 
 

Mumford and Sons Have Gone Electric (and here's their new single)

Last week indie-folk sensation Mumford and Sons announced that they will release their third album on May 4th. Titled Wilder Mind, the full length brings us a new flavor; Mumford and Sons have gone electronic. Summarizing from a number of recent interviews, the quartet didn't want to do a "Babel 2". They wanted to add space to their music and give it more definition by taking away some of the noise. Thanks to producer James Ford (who has worked with British rockers HAIM and Arctic Monkeys) and inspiration from Radiohead and Fleetwood Mac, a new sound has been achieved, and it rocks. It is tough for any band to make a big transition like this, but their lead single, "Believe" (accompanied by an awesome video that takes you on a journey through London), proves that they are up to the task. Let us know what you think about their evolution below!

 
 

New Single and Album Announcement From The Tallest Man on Earth

Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, has announced that his fourth studio album will come out on May 12th. Yesterday we received the first taste of Dark Bird Is Home with the release of lead single "Sagres". Right away you can hear a grander production. His sound has evolved from the simple man and guitar to an orchestral combination of guitar, mandolin, violin, and more. Since his last album, Kristian traveled the globe performing and writing. In fact "Sagres" is named after a remote cliffside village in southern Portugal, one of the many places he traveled to and felt inspired by. The Tallest Man on Earth will be hitting the road again after the album is released, with notable stops at Eaux Claires Music Festival and Forcastle Festival. If your lucky enough to see him, do so, and stay here for any more news about the forthcoming album.

 
 

Palma Violets Premiere New Single, Announce New Album, and are The British Band You Should Follow

Garage rock band Palma Violets have new music on the way. Their sophomore album Danger in the Club will be released May 5th. Since their debut full length album was released in 2013 there hasn't been much from the London based quartet, but finally they return. How did Palma Violets take it to the next level? Record producing legend John Leckie worked with Palma Violets on the new album. Leckie has produced for John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Radiohead, Cake, and more. A resume like that speaks for itself. Along with the album announcement they released the albums title track, "Danger in the Club". It's London rock at it's finest. Check it out below, as well as "Best of Friends", their hit song from 2013.

Passion Pit's New Music and Album Announcement

This week Passion Pit confirmed that their third studio album is done. Kindred will be released on April 21st and contains 10 tracks. Along with the announcement they released 2 singles; "Lifted Up (1985)" and "Where the Sky Hangs". Each of the songs reminds us of the synth-pop sounding Passion Pit we know, yet both are still refreshing and unique. They will definitely be finding stops and music festivals this summer, but in the meantime let us know what you think below!

Florence + The Machine New Album UPDATE!

We said we'd keep you up to date, and here it is. On June 1st Florence + The Machine will release their 3rd studio album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. This past Tuesday they released the album's title track, and today we receive the first official single, "What Kind of Man". This track is fueled by a classic rock-like guitar riff along with Welch's powerful voice. Put it on repeat and get pumped for the weekend.

Tracklist:

01. Ship to Wreck
02. What Kind of Man
03. How Big How Blue How Beautiful
04. Queen of Peace
05. Various Storms & Saints
06. Delilah
07. Long & Lost
08. Caught
09. Third Eye
10. St Jude
11. Mother

New Alabama Shakes

We knew there was new music in the works. Now Alabama Shakes have announced that their sophomore album, Sound & Color, will be released on April 21st. Along with the announcement they released the lead single "Don't Wanna Fight". It's bluesy, energetic, and Brittany Howard's voice continues to mesmerize. Stay tuned for the full album in April, and catch them at some music festivals this summer!

 
 

New Florence + The Machine!

A third album from Florence + The Machine is due out very soon, and there's evidence. Last night, the UK band held a private listening party for friends and previewed the album in full. To make sure the rest of us aren't left out, today they previewed "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful". This new song sure gets us excited to see Florence + The Machine at Governors Ball and Bonnaroo this summer. On top of that, another track titled "What Kind of Man" will soon be released as the album's first official single. We'll keep you up to date with any news on the album, but for now, let us know what you think of the new song!

 
 

New Kendrick Lamar

Following his victories last night (Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for "I") Kendrick Lamar has released another new track titled "The Blacker The Berry". Hopefully this means that a new album is coming soon; everyone is eagerly anticipating a follow up to Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. Let us know what you think of his new single below!

New Modest Mouse Album UPDATE

We recently shared that Modest Mouse's new album, Strangers To Ourselves, would be released March 3rd. That has now been pushed back to March 17th, but after 8 years of no new Modest Mouse, 2 weeks doesn't hurt too much. There is some good news though; Today they debuted "The Best Room", the third single off of the album. We also discovered that the album will consist of 15 songs, and features guest collaborators such as James Mercer (The Shins) and Dann Gallucci (Cold War Kids). If you missed the first two singles, check them out here!

Tracklist:

01. Strangers to Ourselves
02. Lampshades on Fire
03. Shit in Your Cut
04. Pistol (A. Cunanan, Miami, FL. 1996)
05. Ansel
06. The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box
07. Coyotes
08. Pups to Dust
09. Sugar Boats
10. Wicked Campaign
11. Be Brave
12. God is an Indian and You’re an Asshole
13. The Tortoise and the Tourist
14. The Best Room
15. Of Course We Know

Seth Avett (Avett Brothers) and Jessica Lea Mayfield, Tribute to Elliott Smith

We are always ecstatic to learn about new collaborations between musicians and can’t wait to hear what they produce. One album that we can't wait for this year is set for release on March 17th. It was October 10th, 2011 when Seth Avett (of the Avett Brothers) and Jessica Lea Mayfield decided to start this album project, covering and recording a dozen songs originally written and performed by the late Elliott Smith. The duo recently released “Somebody That I Used to Know”, the fourth track on the album. Their tribute album is also being supported by a tour. Check out the new single and get ready for an awesome album. 

TRACK LIST:

1. Between the Bars
2. Baby Britain
3. Fond Farewell
4. Somebody That I Used to Know
5. Let’s Get Lost
6. Twilight
7. Ballad of Big Nothing
8. Angel in the Snow
9. Pitseleh
10. Angeles
11. Roman Candle
12. Memory Lane

New Album From The Decemberists

It's here folks. The Decemberist's 7th studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, was released yesterday. After a long 5 year drought, the wait is over. The 14 track album sticks to the bands indie-rock roots, but takes a more cheerful and more lively sound. It also seems to cover more ground. An album spanning this many tracks can be risky; you don't want to sound monotonous and the same, but it has payed off for The Decemberists. Each song brings something new, and the final product is wonderful. Take a listen, and watch out for them on tour this spring!

New Music Tuesday: Modest Mouse

Album Artwork

It has been 8 years since we got a new album from Modest Mouse, but that will soon change. Their new LP, Strangers to Ourselves, will be their 6th full length record and is due out on March 3rd 2015. Over the last 20 years (hard to believe they have been around since the mid 1990s) Modest Mouse have helped shape the indie rock scene, so you can bet I am excited for something new. Last month they released a single off the album, "Lampshades on Fire", and today they released "Coyotes". Take a listen, and get excited for one of 2015's highly anticipated albums!

 
 
 

Grateful Dead to Reunite and Play 3 Shows for 50th Anniversary

This year marks the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary. To celebrate, they will be playing 3 shows in Chicago from July 3rd-5th! The shows will take place at Soldier Field, the same venue where the Grateful Dead played their final show with late singer Jerry Garcia exactly 20 years ago. Current members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann will be joined by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and pianist Bruce Hornsby, who used to tour with the band during the 80s and 90s. As awesome as this sounds, it is likely that these 3 shows will be the last that the 4 members will play together. It's a bit bittersweet, but something I know I will not miss. Tickets go on sale February 14th, so don't miss out!

 
 

Their last show, 20 years ago.