Friday, March 29, 2013

Justice - Helix (Live)

Today we get our first taste of the upcoming live album, Access All Arenas, from French duo, Justice. Anyone that was fortunate enough to see them last year can tell you Justice worked their new material seamlessly with favorites from their legendary debut.

On Helix, you can hear the trails of Civilization and a tease of Prince's Kiss, before the stuttering groove kicks in. Those of you that pre-order through iTunes will receive an immediate download of On'n'On. The album has a scheduled release date of May, 7, on Ed Banger Records.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Junip - Your Life, Your Call

Junip has released another song from their upcoming album, Junip, due April 23, via Mute. Your Life, Your Call, is a mesmerizing track with as much honesty as anything in their catalog.

The swirling synths and calm vocals don't exactly inspire, but that's the beauty of this track. Any song with a chorus that says; It's Your Life, Your Call/Stand Up or Enjoy Your Fall, is giving you a choice. Will you lay down or dust yourself off?

A large number of pre-order packages are currently available, including a colored vinyl package. Those of you participating in this year's Record Store Day will have a chance to buy the album 3 days early. Following the release of Junip, the band will head out on the road to support the album, including a stop at Lincoln Hall, June 9.

Your Life, Your Call is currently available for free, along with their first single, at the band's Soundcloud page.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

John Mayer Announces First Tour in Three Years

John Mayer took to YouTube last week, with a little help from Google+, to announce his first tour in 3 years. Over the course of an hour, Mayer fielded questions from fans, debuted a new song called Dear Marie, and played a few others from last year's Born & Raised

Although the singer has been cleared by doctors to perform after two surgeries to repair a granuloma in his throat, it was apparent his voice is still on the mend. This would be John's second attempt to perform songs from Born & Raised, after canceling his spring tour last year due to the reoccurring throat issues.

I sure hope he's ready because it looks like his summer is packed with 3 full months of shows across the country. The tour starts in July at Milwaukee's Summerfest and winds down at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl, Oct. 5. Most shows go on sale next weekend, including his Chicago show at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, scheduled for Aug. 9.

You can watch the entire announcement below, recorded last Thursday at The Village Studios.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Phoenix - Entertainment [Video]

I've got give it up to Phoenix. Despite their new album, Bankrupt!, leaking a full 2 months before its scheduled release, the boys are still playing the cards they were dealt. No rush to get the album out sooner, no damage control, just a bizarre video for their new single, Entertainment, that doesn't even feature them.

I'll admit the song has grown on me since its release last month, but the best is yet to come...