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MP3: Stars Release Their Free “You Guys Are Awesome” EP

By Staff; Photo by Norman Wong on February 6, 2013

 

MP3: Stars Release Their Free “You Guys Are Awesome” EP

 

We can never get too excited about free music and Stars has gifted us with just that! In celebration of their upcoming North American tour, they have released their free EP, You Guys Are Awesome that you can now download for free on Noisetrade.

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Q&A: Talking “Searching For Sugar Man” With Rodriguez and Malik Bendjelloul + Exclusive Clip

By Bailey Pennick; Featured Photo By Hal Wilson, Other Courtesy Of Rodriguez on February 6, 2013

 

Q&A: Talking “Searching For Sugar Man” With Rodriguez and Malik Bendjelloul + Exclusive Clip

 

If you put your love out into the universe, the universe will give it back to you tenfold. This is the underlying trust in the universe—and their art—that ultimately brought Swedish television journalist Malik Bendjelloul and Detroit folk singer Rodriguez together. The result is a collaboration nominated for an Academy Award.

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FILTER 50: Getting To Know: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

By Laura Studarus; photo by Jasmine Safaeian on February 6, 2013

 

FILTER 50: Getting To Know: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

 

Despite a teenage stint as Auckland’s most obvious graffiti artist, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman Ruban Nielson’s goal was never to stand out. “I didn’t get caught, even though I tagged my actual name,” he says, his voice crackling with amusement. “There was this kid who was a tagger and got caught by the police and he had to change his tag. Me and him always had a little beef. So I changed my [tagger] name to ‘Ruban’ just to rub it in.”


Now 32, Nielson is still apt at hiding in plain sight. Slouched in a booth at a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood, he could pass for any other Friday night patron—save for a mysterious, peering eyeball tattooed across his Adam’s apple.


This anonymity hasn’t always existed. Having found success with his previous band The Mint Chicks (which featured his brother Kody, now of Kiwi upstarts Opossom), Nielson discovered that life in the public eye was limiting.


 

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This article is from FILTER Issue 50

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Stalking Gold Fields While They’re On Tour (Courtesy of Gold Fields Instagram)

By Staff; Photos by @Gold_Fields on February 6, 2013

 

Stalking Gold Fields While They’re On Tour (Courtesy of Gold Fields Instagram)

 

With their new album Black Sun due out next month, we'll admit that we've been pretty much stalking Gold Fields and their Instagram (@Gold_Fields) to see what they're up to leading up their album's release on February 26th. It's not our fault though - they're just that great! And on top of that, it's entertaining to see what mischief the 5 guys from Ballarat are up to.

 

Let's just say they definitely gave us a kick when they took a picture of a cop that pulled them over while on tour, and bribed him with a free CD. Brilliant!

 

To keep up with FILTER's mischief, follow us on Instagram @FILTERmagazine!

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MP3: Low Offers Free Download Of “Just Make It Stop”; Announces Bonus Disc With Album Pre-Order

By Staff on February 6, 2013

 

MP3: Low Offers Free Download Of “Just Make It Stop”; Announces Bonus Disc With Album Pre-Order

 

Duluth, Minnesota's indie-rock export, Low, is back with a new album produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy--The Invisible Way--and a major tour on the horizon. Today, the melodic trio announced that fans can download "Just Make It Stop" from the upcoming album for free via Sup Pop's soundcloud!

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Q&A: A Conversation With Darkstar + Video Premiere (FILTER EXCLUSIVE)

By Kendah El-Ali on February 6, 2013

 

Q&A: A Conversation With Darkstar + Video Premiere (FILTER EXCLUSIVE)

 

Known more for its sheep and whipping winds, Yorkshire has rarely been synonymous with English electro-pop. But after their impressive debut, 2010’s North, Darkstar not only defy the unlikely—they may well be on the way to redefining how the two genres intersect. Back with a second album, News From Nowhere, and now signed to Warp, their chilling, yet soothing synthesized sounds inspire a landscape no less sublime than its origins. Beautifully cold, yet oddly warm, vocalist James Buttery’s ethereal wails pierce through manipulated metalliphones in single “Timeaway,” resulting what is both a needed breath of fresh air to pop, yet gorgeously human spin on machine-made music. Its sets the standard for a strangely atmospheric album that inspires northern abandoned factories as readily as it does idylls of a space time largely forgot.

 

FILTER caught up with Darkstar as their album released this week, catching up with Aiden Whalley, James Buttery and James Young in London.

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LISTEN: Yelle Entrances Us With “L’Amour Parfait”

By Staff on February 6, 2013

 

LISTEN: Yelle Entrances Us With “L’Amour Parfait”

 

French electro-pop band, Yelle, released their single "L'Amour Parfait" today, and it already has us swaying to those beats. They are set to release a digital package that includes four remixes of the song on February 12 via Kitsuné.

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Discover The Undiscovered: Herbert Bail

By Staff; Photo by Cameron Jordon on February 6, 2013

 

Discover The Undiscovered: Herbert Bail

 

We’re excited to introduce our featured band of the month: Herbert Bail. The LA-based band, creates musical narratives that are epic tales. Taking the listener on a journey through the dark heart of the American West, emerging with a silver lining of hope and optimism. With members hailing from all over different parts of the US - Herbert Bail acts as a collective identity for a band of schemers and dreamers. Herbert Bail’s first self-titled EP was released in November of 2011, and their first full length album 'The Future's in the Past' released December, 21 2012. In the end, Herbert Bail tells a story. There are no single truths, and we all lead many lives.

 

MP3: “Nobody Knows”

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TOUR WATCH: Akron/Family Launches Tour With Stops At SXSW And Sasquatch

By Staff, Photo by TJ Nelson on February 6, 2013

 

TOUR WATCH: Akron/Family Launches Tour With Stops At SXSW And Sasquatch

 

It's been some time since we've caught up with Akron/Family, but we're happy to see that they'll be on tour this Spring with a stop at Sasquatch Music Festival! They will be joined by M Geddes Gengras to perform synth/percussion duties (as well as an opening solo set) and will also tour shortly with Avi Buffalo. The tour is to promote their upcoming album Sub Verses, out April 30th via Dead Oceans.

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TOUR WATCH: Johnny Marr Announces North American Tour!

By Staff, Photo by Jon Shard on February 5, 2013

 

TOUR WATCH: Johnny Marr Announces North American Tour!

 

After the announcement about Johnny Marr's debut solo album back in November, we eagerly awaited more news from this iconic artist. We were excited to see him on the Coachella line-up and hoped that it was only a matter of time before we saw him on tour. Now, we can happily stop wondering because the axe man released his upcoming North American tour dates in support of his upcoming album, The Messenger, out February 26 via Sire/ADA!

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