The actual United State Postal Service is known for sometimes taking its sweet time delivering the mail, but the nine years that stood in between beloved electro-pop duo Postal Service's last concert and the band's return to the stage last night (April 9) in Reno, Nev., seemed to last forever -- even by USPS standards. The Postal Service kicked off their long-awaited comeback tour with a career-spanning set, and you can watch fan-shot footage of the show here.
When Minneapolis chamber-pop outfit Cloud Cult hooked up with local public television show 'MN Original' to film an acoustic version of 'You're the Only Thing In Your Way,' the lead track from their recently released ninth album, 'Love,' they had an unusual location in mind: an antique shop. So they packed up their gear and headed to Architectural Antiques, a store in Northeast Minneapolis, to perform the tune among the stained glass windows, candelabras and other aged artifacts while bathed in the warm glow of numerous vintage chandeliers.
The Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle 'Oblivion' doesn't hit the big screen until April 19, but M83's stellar soundtrack to the film is available for purchase today (April 9) on iTunes and streaming in full below below. A couple of the selections -- 'Starwaves' and the title cut -- had already surfaced, and now, with the remainder of the 17-track disc available, the full scope of this impressive collection of compositions becomes clear.
Bass Drum of Death's self-titled new album features another form of low-end sound source -- bass guitar, that is -- for the very first time. "I don't ever wanna feel stuck, like, 'I can't put bass on this because I didn't do that before,'" BDoD mastermind John Barrett, who left four-stringed instrumentation off his 2011 debut, 'GB City,' says in a press release for the new disc.
New York rockers the Virgins marked the end of lengthy a hiatus last year with the new tune 'Venus In Chains,' and now, they're back with the video for 'Prima Materia,' the first single from their recently released second album, 'Strike Gently.' The disc, which followed the band's debut by five years, dropped last month and will be backed with a U.S. arena tour in May opening for the Killers.
Daft Punk have selected Wee Waa, Australia -- a rural town with a population of 2,400 located about 250 miles from Sydney -- to host the world premiere of their new album, 'Random Access Memories.' Thousands of fans are expected to join locals for the "global album launch party," which will take place outside, among the sheep and cattle of the Western Plains during sunset on the evening of May 17, the band announced today (April 9).
Pop superstars and indie rockers usually go together like oil and water. With their huge egos, massive promotional budgets and focus -- in the minds of many indie rockers, at least -- on style over substance, pop singers can be seen as direct affronts to indie rock's DIY ethic, which values creativity, self-expression and grassroots marketing over everything