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Owen Pallett
In Conflict - DOMINO
FILTER Grade: 81%

By Jeffrey Brown on June 18, 2014

 

Owen Pallett

With In Conflict, Owen Pallett continues a move toward more personal and potentially revealing material that began with dropping his Final Fantasy moniker in 2010. From the first track (“I Am Not Afraid”), there is a sense of revealing intimacy—but just as the album’s liner notes are partially obscured, there’s a sense that Pallett’s music will always need to be figured out, leaving the listener to bring their own experiences to the songs. The tension between revelation and ambiguity is echoed in the music, which avoids the easy, straightforward release of pop crescendos in favor of alternating textures and rhythms. It also incorporates more electronic elements without sacrificing the...

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You Should Already Know: Mastodon

By By Troy Sanders, Of Mastodon; Interview by Nevin Martell; Photo by Travis Shinn on June 18, 2014

 

You Should Already Know: Mastodon

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Parquet Courts
Sunbathing Animal - WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE?/MOM+POP
FILTER Grade: 80%

By Nevin Martell on June 18, 2014

 

Parquet Courts

Thank the heavens Parquet Courts aren’t another ’80s-aping band recycling shitty synth melodies that weren’t even good the first time around (Neon Trees, we’re looking at you). Instead, this Brooklyn four-piece turns out charmingly chipper lo-fi tunes that make you feel like it’s the ’90s all over again. The ghosts of Pavement and Sebadoh flit through these pithy songs with free-range abandon. The sauntering “Dear Ramona” wouldn’t have been out of place on Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, while “Always Back in Town” rumbles along like a Bakesale cut. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since the quartet knows how to craft memorable moments—look no further than the punchy pop punk of “Duckin’...

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WATCH: Bootstraps Release Video For “Nothin’ On You Kid”

By Staff on June 18, 2014

 


LA roots rockers Bootstraps are paving their own path when it comes to music videos. The band just released a video for the track “Nothin’ On You Kid,” the second in a series of live videos recorded at Pulse Studios in Los Angeles. This session showcases their evolution into a tight and formidable live act, including spot on vocals from frontman Jordan Beckett and beautiful guitar work.



You can find the track on the band’s self-titled debut record released on Harvest this past February and if you happen to be in the Southland, come see the band’s electrifying live performance at the Troubadour on July 17th. 

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You Should Already Know: Brian Reitzell

By Brian Reitzell, Photo by Todd Cole on June 17, 2014

 

You Should Already Know: Brian Reitzell

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WATCH: Claire Plays “You Walk In Beauty” for #1Mic1Take (FILTER Premiere)

By Staff on June 17, 2014

 

 

German quintet Claire debuted their first EP in September of 2013, and since then they’ve already garnered attention from the likes of Passion Pit and Giorgio Moroder. Their first LP, The Great Escape isn’t out until June 24th (via Astralwerks) but we’ve got the exclusive premiere of their song “You Walk in Beauty,” performed live from the Capitol Records studios.

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White Lung
Deep Fantasy - DOMINO
FILTER Grade: 79%

By Kurt Orzeck on June 17, 2014

 

White Lung

A white-knuckle ride from start to finish, White Lung’s third album might find a place in the annals of indie rock: Rare is the band whose second release lands on esteemed top 10 lists, and rarer still is the band whose third release is even more of a success. With 10 blazing tracks averaging about two minutes each, the Vancouver band’s distinct brand of melodic punk might be too much to take, were it not for Mish Way’s cool command of the mic. Kenneth William’s guitars slither and bite, but it’s the singer’s finesse that establishes a security unbeknownst to most young bands—especially those of the punk-rock ilk. White Lung has drawn comparisons to Sleater-Kinney, no doubt because they...

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WATCH: Midlake Shares “Aurora Gone” Video Featuring Clips from Concert Film (FILTER Premiere)

By Staff on June 17, 2014

 

 

It feels like just yesterday that Texas quintet Midlake released their fourth album, Antiphon, and delivered a savory collection of harmonious melodies. Today, FILTER is thrilled to premiere the band's new video for their song "Aurora Gone," featuring clips from the upcoming concert film Midlake: Live in Denton, TX.

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WATCH: Eels Unveil An Emotionally Charged Video for “Lockdown Hurricane”

By Staff; directed by Andrew Van Baal on June 16, 2014

 

 

Eels' latest album, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, has proven to be an emotionally-charged offering centered around resolved regret. Just as the band's lead, Mark Everett, translated his internal battles into sonic figures for the record, his video for "Lockdown Hurricane," which premiered today on Noisey, does the same.


The video's story is easy enough to follow considering there is no dialogue. The lyrical content, while still poetically vague, acts as a fitting narrative for these two lovers who've found themselves fleeing to a secluded home and altering their appearances to hide from the DEA. There's sex, there's blood and, for only three and a half minutes, it's a tragically sweet tale that gets you rooting for the duo.


The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett is out now via E Works/PIAS.

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WATCH: See The Heartbreaking First Minutes of the New Elliott Smith Documentary “Heaven Adores You”

By Staff on June 16, 2014

 

 

The Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival last month, and while there’s no wide release date yet, the first few minutes of the film are available to watch online. The documentary, directed by Nickolas Rossi, is the first to get permission to actually use Smith’s music, and also features more than a dozen of his previously unreleased songs.


 

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