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LOOK: Red Bull Sound Select Offers Free Record Store Day “Divided” 7” Feat. Four Emerging Artists

By Staff on April 18, 2014

 

LOOK: Red Bull Sound Select Offers Free Record Store Day “Divided” 7” Feat. Four Emerging Artists

Tomorrow is Record Store Day, which is making this Good Friday feel a lot more like Christmas Eve, and we're here to give you a peek under the tree!


The artist development team over at Red Bull Sound Select has compiled Divided 7", a split featuring four promising up-and-comers from around the genre spectrum, and they're giving it away for free along with any purchase you make at participating record stores. You must have been good this year.


Get the skinny on all four artists and hear their 7" contributions after the jump! 

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Owls
Two - POLYVINYL
FILTER Grade: 82%

By Jon Falcone on April 17, 2014

 

Owls

An Owls record really wasn’t expected, some 13 years after the Chicago legends’ debut. Born from the recent spat of reunion shows, in many ways an Owls album is a far sweeter end product than a Cap’n Jazz release, which would drown in expectation. Two rages in discord and arrhythmia; “Ancient Stars Seed” powers through rhythms whilst Tim Kinsella’s vocals fall apart with fidgety boredom. Two is more than a reminder—it’s a fresh thrash of emotion from a supremely talented, if dysfunctional, band.

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Chet Faker
Built on Glass - DOWNTOWN/FUTURE CLASSIC
FILTER Grade: 81%

By Bailey Pennick on April 17, 2014

 

Chet Faker

Within the 12 tracks that make up his full-length debut, Chet Faker is the crooner (“Release Your Problems”), the DJ (“Cigarettes & Loneliness”), the innovator (“No Advice [Airport Version]”) and the best boyfriend you could possibly have (“Talk Is Cheap”). While the different factors might seem like Built on Glass is a broken pile of jagged shards, the album’s enthralling fusion of electronica and soul proves that Faker’s glass foundation is a prism showing his colorful range. 

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Pharrell: Lady Luck

By Laura Studarus; photos by Cass Bird on April 17, 2014

 

Pharrell: Lady Luck

IT MIGHT BE HARD TO BELIEVE, but Pharrell Williams is 41 years old. In both quantity and quality, the musician’s CV reads like someone’s twice his age. There are the production gigs. (Among his credits is work for Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Johnny Marr and Robin Thicke.) There’s time spent as a member of The Neptunes and N.E.R.D. There’s his solo work. Even as a guest musician he has the knack of landing once-in-a-lifetime spots. (Perhaps you’ve heard Daft Punk’s ubiquitous single “Get Lucky”?)


But for all his headline-worthy accomplishments, Pharrell bounds along in conversation with the enthusiasm of a teenager. Each statement, no matter the question, is peppered with mentions of his main interests and delivered with the intensity of a well-crafted pop hook. Life is good. Unique equals special. And ladies? Yeah, he loves ’em.


Pharrell has plenty of reasons to celebrate the fairer sex these days. His sophomore album G I R L is a tribute to the women in his life—wrapped in the soulful grooves, pop hooks and funk-filled swagger of the songs of his youth. A sharp turn away from the bombastic rap of his previous solo album, 2006’s In My Mind, the sunshine-infused song cycle breezes by with such ease that it might be easy to miss all the high profile collaborators. (Timberlake, Kelly Osbourne, Timbaland, Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, JoJo, Alicia Keys, Tori Kelly and Leah LaBelle, to be precise.)


The Guide recently sat down with Pharrell for a closer look at what makes up his sunny disposition. Like one of his catchy singles, the musician moved from topic to topic, filling us in on some of the music, philosophies and women that have inspired his life to date. And like one of his albums, it’s a potent blend.

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LIVE: Beck Gets Comfortable At KCRW’s Apogee Sessions (4/16/14)

By Bailey Pennick; Photos by Larry Hirshowitz on April 17, 2014

 

LIVE: Beck Gets Comfortable At KCRW’s Apogee Sessions (4/16/14)

 

Beck
KCRW's Berkeley Street Sessions at Apogee Studios
Santa Monica, California
April 18, 2014

 

"Wow, they really packed you guys in here like sardines!"

 

It took no time at all for Beck Hansen to start joking with the 200-person audience all shoulder to shoulder within the warm confines of Apogee Studios.

 

"All the tall people in the front? Yeah, that's when you know that this is going to be a real show."

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Jessica Lea Mayfield
Make My Head Sing... - ATO
FILTER Grade: 81%

By Kyle Lemmon on April 17, 2014

 

Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield’s third studio album follows 2011’s Tell Me, which—like several of her earlier efforts—was produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Instead of building off the country-rock grandeur of previous outings, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter goes Auerbach-less and takes a fearless detour into electronic pop and ’90s alternative rock. While the lovelorn energy of Mayfield’s country ballads are often obfuscated by guitar fuzz, the new crunch fits her nicely.

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WATCH: Clear Plastic Masks Put On High Energy Show For Ploom’s “Rethink Music” Nashville Session

By Staff on April 16, 2014

 

 

We've been traveling with our good friends over at Ploom to set up some live sessions with emerging artists in different cities. Recently, we headed down to Nashville and saw how the guys of Clear Plastic Masks "Rethink Music." Check it out above!

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Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
Enter the Slasher House - DOMINO
FILTER Grade: 77%

By Breanna Murphy on April 16, 2014

 

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks

An eerie ode to the supernatural sides of Carpenter and Craven, Animal Collective’s Avey Tare proudly presents his Slasher Flicks, joined by fellow East–West Coast transplants Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors) and Jeremy Hyman (Ponytail, Dan Deacon). A ghostly specter of their new LA neighbor (in name and, sometimes, style and sound) Ariel Pink, fans of Animal Collective may enter the Slasher House and revel in Tare’s fun-sized treats, but others might be too disappointed by the tricks, remaining contented with the Haunted Graffiti next door.

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WATCH: Courtney Barnett Debuts US LP Release With “Anonymous Club”

By Staff on April 16, 2014

 


After garnering plenty of attention in her native Australia, Courtney Barnett’s The Double LP: A Sea of Split Peas was released physically in the US yesterday (on Mom+Pop Records), along with the music video for her track “Anonymous Club.”

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The Afghan Whigs
Do To the Beast - SUB POP
FILTER Grade: 81%

By Adam Pollock on April 16, 2014

 

The Afghan Whigs

Rock-and-roll timelines have turned in on themselves so completely since Little Richard kicked things off in the mid ’50s that it’s sometimes hard to remember what came first: Keith or the riff. That The Afghan Whigs are releasing a new album almost three decades since first forming seems unfathomable, yet here they are, and back on Sub Pop to boot. Longtime fans will relish the return as Greg Dulli’s voice—full of longing, sex and anger—has never sounded better; new listeners will marvel at the drama that was so prevalent in bands from the ’90s, and that can be so lacking now. 

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