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Hades' SELF-TITLED

  • Posted on: 2 September 2014
  • By: Steve Sancho


4 out of 5

The Self-Titled EP from Atlanta based three-piece Hades demonstrates the band's ability to cover multiple genres, observe dynamics, and exhibit a talent for making complex music flow as if it were simple. The EP's first track, “Coast Guard,” is in seven but with the novel way in which the beat is played on the drums, most musician and non-musician listeners alike would never be aware of its odd meter.

The sound of this record goes from Type O Negative to Cave In to Portishead and Massive Attack, using tasteful electronics, odd time signatures, walls of guitar, piano and strings, lush production, and a lot of space where many similar bands would prefer to just fill it with noise and studio trickery. When one has access to electronics there is always the temptation to overdo it and play with all of the toys, but Hades is wise beyond their years.

The arrangement of these songs is very deliberate with no sound or instrument used without reason and like the musicians in a much larger band, everyone has a specific job and accomplishes their musical tasks with restraint. Kudos also go to producer/engineer Nicholas Duke and his ear at Pulse Recording. Everything on this record sounds as it should, from the indie sensibility of the drums to the mixing of Susie Hardie's calm and melancholy vocals. The production of this album is spot on, as are the tones of all the instruments and the use of stereo panning. One can tell that a lot of thought went into the concept and aesthetic of this EP and I only wish it was a full length.

The great thing about this record is that it sounds familiar but you've never heard it before. For music in the genre of electro-pop, and I use that term to describe Hades in its most loose and general definition, there is a danger of crossing the line into the realm of a band like Evanescence but that is avoided completely. It's easy to tell that these musicians had a plan upon entering the studio and they stuck with it. They knew how they wanted this record to sound, and more importantly, how they didn't want it to sound and that is only accomplished with taste and a road-map.

Each of the five tracks follows the last in a logical order; the emotion and dynamics ebbing and flowing with great calculation. If Atlanta's Hades continues their musical trajectory we can only expect more virtuosic and dynamic offerings from them in the future.

Killer Mike & EL-P's Run The Jewels Tour Announced

  • Posted on: 2 September 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery

If you missed their first collaborative album, Run The Jewels, look it up and check it out so you can be as excited about this as those in the know. The album drops October 28, 2014, but a new track will be released via the Adult Swim Singles Series on September 15.

Ratking, one of my favorite hip-hop groups out of Harlem, will be joining them for a handful of dates on this tour. These guys are renown for their wild live shows, evidence being the video below.

If you have to make a choice on which date to hit, the Charlottesville,VA, Carrboro,NC and Atlanta, GA shows feature Ratking in the Southeast. 

10-15 College Station, TX - Hurricane Harry's (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-18 Tulsa, OK - Cain's (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-20 Little Rock, AR - Stickyz
10-21 Memphis, TN - Minglewood (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-22 Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10-23 Birmingham, AL - Iron City (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-24 Columbia, SC - Music Farm (Red Bull Sound Select)
10-25 Charleston, SC - Music Farm
10-31 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *#
11-01 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *#
11-02 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater *#
11-03 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle *#
11-04 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *#
11-06 Dallas, TX - Trees *#
11-07 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11-08 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's *#
11-10 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *#
11-11 La Jolla, CA - Porters Pub *#
11-12 Pomona, CA - Glass House *#
11-14 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine #
11-15 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater *#
11-17 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *#
11-18 Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre *#
11-20 Minneapolis, MN - First Line Music Cafè *#
11-21 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *#
11-22 Chicago, IL - Metro *#
11-25 Detroit, MI - St Andrews Hall *#
11-26 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall *#
11-27 Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda *#
11-28 Boston, MA - Paradise *#
11-29 New York, NY - Stage 48 *#
12-30 Lorne, Australia - Falls Festival
12-31 Marion Bay, Australia - Falls Festival
01-01 Sydney, Australia - Field Day
01-02 Byron Bay, Australia - Falls Festival
01-04 Busselton, Australia - Southbound Festival
01-07 Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre @
01-08 Melbourne, Australia - The Forum @
01-09 Brisbane, Australia - Hi Fi @
01-10 Auckland, New Zealand - Town Hall @

* with Ratking
# with Despot
@ with Joey Bada$$

Recreant's STILL BURN

  • Posted on: 28 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery


3 out of 5

Recreant’ Still Burn is a haunting presentation of guttural, crusty and dark aggressive music. Shrill screams and harmonizing guitars add a gritty texture to the charging rhythm section. The heaviness is amplified by the use of violin in chilling and often quiet breakdowns, giving this album a lot of dynamic. Opening track “The Spectacle”, “Silent Plague, Secret Trauma” and “Community At Convenience” are the albums best tracks. Blast for blast, scream for scream, this aggressive LP from Tampa’s Recreant is top-notch.

You can check their album out on their Bandcamp.

09.04.14 // The Armory // Clearwater, FL
09.05.14 // Uncle Lou’s // Orlando, FL
09.07.14 // Green Light Studios // Augusta, GA
09.08.14 // Foxfield // Columbia, SC
09.09.14 // Makeout Manor // Greenville, SC
09.10.14 // Static-Age Records // Asheville, NC
09.11.14 // New York Pizza // Greensboro, NC
09.12.14 // The Cave // Chapel Hill, NC
09.13.14 // The Cellar Door // Annandale, VA

Blackrune's PAUSTRINE HEGEMON

  • Posted on: 28 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery

3 out of 5

Paustrine Hegemon is a collection of home recordings from Savannah-based noise-rock band Blackrune. This album is a dark, droning, noisy sequence riddled with sparse vocals and guitar sounds with the passion of Icarus. While the recording quality isn’t quite there, their placement of percussion and random ambient sounds makes this a lot more than your typical home recording collection.

My favorite track is “Pompeil,” and we are featuring it on the Workers’ Comp. Vol II mixtape on our Bandcamp. Droning is quite prevalent on this album (even on some of their shorter tracks), but this nearly eight-minute track drones and builds in all the right ways. “Daylight Ritual,” “Persephone’s Lyre” and album closer “Vesuvius II” are some of my favorites, but this whole album is worth a hazy, smoke-filled listen. You can check their album out on their Bandcamp.

Manhattan Short Film Festival Announced

  • Posted on: 26 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery

FESTIVAL SEPT 26-OCT 6

Stereofly attended the Manhattan Short last year for it's showing at Nickelodeon, a film festival that involves crowd voting over six continents in a span of a week for a selection of 10 short films. We had a lot of fun, and each attendee can vote for Best Film and Best Actor. Votes are sent through to Manhattan Short HQ with the winner announced at ManhattanShort.com this year on Monday Oct 6, at 10 a.m.

"This film festival will unite people in all corners of the globe, from Sydney to Mumbai, from Buenos Aires to Kathmandu and Cairo. Venues also include cinemas in 20 cities in the Ukraine, 40 cities in Russia, and 120 Cinemas in 47 States in the USA. In times like these, cross-border events like Manhattan Short that contribute towards greater tolerance and understanding are needed now more than ever," said Nicholas Mason, Manhattan Short Founding Director.

The first Manhattan Short was held in 1998, when 16 short films were shown onto a screen mounted on the side of a truck in Little Italy's Mulberry Street in New York City, and has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon. Manhattan Short is currently the only film festival on the planet that unfolds, simultaneously, in cinemas around the world.

The Manhattan Short interviewed each of the filmmakers. Below is a list of the films with country of origin. Click the title of each of the selected films to read their interview with Manhattan Short.

97 % (Netherlands), On/Off (France), Crime - The Animated Series (USA), La Carnada (Mexico),

On The Bridge ( England), Mend and Make Do (England), Shift(Australia)

The Bravest, The Boldest (USA), The Fall (Norway) Rhino Full Throttle (Germany)

SOUTHEAST THEATER SCHEDULE

09.26.14 // Silverspot Cinema // Naples, FL
09.27.14 // Silverspot Cinema // Naples, FL
09.27.14 // Mos’ Art Theatre // Lake Park, FL
09.28.14 // Silverspot Cinema // Naples, FL
09.29.14 // Nickelodeon // Columbia, SC
09.29.14 // Cobb Village 12 // Leesburg, VA
09.29.14 // The Enzian Theatre // Maitland, FL
09.29.14 // Movies of Delray // Delray  Beach, FL
09.29.14 // Cobb Merrit Square // Merritt Island, FL
10.01.14 // Movies of Lake Worth // Lake Worth, FL
10.02.14 // Motorco // Durham, NC
10.04.14 // Cobb Village 12 // Leesburg, VA
10.04.14 // Cobb Merrit Square // Merritt Island, FL
10.04.14 // Plaza Cinema Cafe 12 // Orlando, FL
10.04.14 // Cobb Downtown 16 // Palm Beach Gardens, FL
10.05.14 // Alamo Drafthouse Cinema // Winchester, VA

The Tills' HOWLIN'

  • Posted on: 25 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery

3.5 out of 5

The Tills are an exciting and fun band to catch live, with a devil-may-care attitude and catchy hooks pulsing through song after song. This Asheville rock n’ roll band are releasing a new EP Howlin' on Phuzz Records, featuring 5 previously untracked songs and a new recording of “Who Wants You,” the first track on the mixtape they released at the beginning of the year.

The album does a great job of capturing the essence of their live energy thanks to Mitch Easter of Fidelitorium Recordings, the man responsible for early REM, Pylon, Pavement and was frontman of Let’s Active.  While a quick listen, I can’t help but keep it in my stereo. “Howlin’” and “Who Wants You” are some of the strongest tracks on the album, but the rhythm section on “I Can’t Afford Myself” make it the most interesting song and powerful EP closer.

The album comes out tomorrow and is available as 7" vinyl or digitally on their Bandcamp. Check them out at Hopscotch if you're going to be there, it's well worth it.

UPCOMING DATES

Sep 04 - Pour House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC (HOPSCOTCH DATE)
Sep 06 - The Hive - Raleigh, NC
Sep 12 - The Mothlight - Asheville, NC
Sep 13 - Snug Harbor - Charlotte, NC
Sep 20 - The Garage - Winston-Salem, NC
Oct 10 - The Whalehead Club - Corolla, NC

Ty Segall's MANIPULATOR

  • Posted on: 25 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery


4.2 out of 5

Ty Segall’s new album Manipulator is nearly an hour of fuzzy, psychedelic pop tunes bearing an impressive amount of production and rhythm.  Surely there will be singles, but this record was made to be consumed as a whole. There are no stand-out tracks on this album per se, and for me this is it’s strength. The quality of tracking, attention to detail and tasteful arrangement makes this record a top contender for album of the year.

For those unfamiliar with the prolific sounds of Ty Segall, a close comparison could be made to The Kinks for it’s quality of content and diversity of sound.  In short, this album is a must-have for the lover of rock & roll. You can check the album out on NPR's First Listen here.  It's available in record stores tomorrow and at Drag City's online store in 2xLP, CD, cassette or digitally here.

Check him out on tour at one of these spots with Wand in the Southeast:

09-04 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
09-05 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
09-06 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack's
09-07 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
09-08 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09-09 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
09-10 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
09-11 Miami, FL - The Stage
09-12 Tampa, FL - Epic Problem
09-13 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
09-14 Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall

Waitress' PEAKED IN HIGH SCHOOL

  • Posted on: 22 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery

3 out of 5

Peaked in High School from Athens band Waitress is a noisy collection, teetering between math rock and punk on the aggressive scale. The raunchy and dynamic “Year of the Bad Spider” starts the EP off, and quickly became my personal favorite. “Hogwash” is menacing. The title track from the EP brings the aggression down a bit before the EP closer “Island Shot” swoops in and delivers a satisfying final jab to the jaw. We are featuring "Year of the Bad Spider" on our Workers' Comp. Vol II available here for free. Stream their album below or on their Bandcamp.

Shovels & Rope's SWIMMIN' TIME

  • Posted on: 20 August 2014
  • By: Greg Slattery

4 out of 5

Swimmin' Time is the long-anticipated follow-up to O' Be Joyful, the critically-acclaimed album from Charleston, SC duo Shovel & Rope. This album is quite different in the realm of production, but radiates the magical connection Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent have been delivering since 2008. Swimmin' Time’s improved production, timbre and length are all favorable qualities, giving the listener something really wonderful to play at any volume.

“The Devil Is All Around,” the song released last month on their Swimmin' Time Primer, kicks things off. While a solid opener, the song “Bridge on Fire” is the first track on the album that really jumps out at me. This is immediately followed by my favorite track on the album entitled “Evil” (which you can stream below). As always, this track features some stellar vocal harmonies, but the raunchy and dark tone of this song is what wins it the blue ribbon for best in show. Runner-up is “Ohio,” a slower and almost equally dark song toward the end of the album.

“Coping Mechanism” is the most fun track on the album, very jaunty and playful like a 50’s Big Bopper number. Closing track “Thresher” is appropriately slow and beautiful, making for a perfect closer for this solid record. You can stream the album on NPR here, and order a copy here.

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