Modern English (Photo courtesy Clarion Call)
After having to recently cancel its summer North American 40th anniversary tour — a run that was to also feature a front-to-back performance of its breakthrough 1982 album After the Snow — legendary British band Modern English provides fans with a broadcast performance of the entire album from the Indigo at The 02 on Friday, Sept. 25 at 8:30pm ET in a show specially designated for North America!
James Mercer of The Shins (Photo by Marisa Kula)
The Shins break an extended silence with the viscerally beautiful new song “The Great Divide.” The first official release from the band in over two and a half years, “The Great Divide” is available now via James Mercer’s own label Aural Apothecary and Monotone Records across all digital platforms.
Steve Kilbey (Photo courtesy the artist)
Steve Kilbey releases a new video today for “Sheba Chiba,” a song from his new solo album, Eleven Women, available now on all streaming platforms. A North American CD and vinyl release date will be announced soon.
The Cribs (Photo by Steve Gullick)
The Cribs recently shared new track “I Don’t Know Who I Am” and its accompanying video, taken from their forthcoming eighth album, Night Network, which will be released via Sonic Blew/[PIAS] on Nov. 13.
Devendra Banhart (Photo courtesy the artist)
Devendra Banhart, the acclaimed Los Angeles-based Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter and visual artist, presents songs from his albums What Will We Be and Mala via NoonChorus on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Aimee Mann (Photo by Sheryl Nields)
Academy Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Aimee Mann releases her haunting cover of Leonard Cohen’s ballad “Avalanche.” The song, which is now available for download and/or streaming, appears as the title track for HBO’s acclaimed true-crime docuseries “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.”
OMD (Photo courtesy Tell All Your Friends)
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) recently announced a uniquely special You Me & OMD live show from London’s Indigo at The O2 on Oct. 24 — set to raise money and awareness for their crew, whose livelihoods have been so affected in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Bobby Thompson (Photo courtesy the artist)
Guitarist Bobby Thompson has been keeping the blues alive during these DC-area pandemic days, and he continues to do so with a performance by the Bobby Thompson Trio in an outdoor show at Jammin’ Java on Sunday, Sept. 20.
David Byrne (Photo by Jody Rogac)
Reasons to Be Cheerful, the solutions-based online magazine founded by David Byrne, recently announced We Are Not Divided, a six-week collaborative journalistic exploration of our capacity to overcome division.
We Are Not Divided tells the stories of places and institutions that are succeeding in overcoming division. The multimedia series brings together dozens of written features, infographics, video content and other powerful interactive storytelling to infuse the public dialogue with a perspective that highlights the human capacity for finding ways to move toward each other. We Are Not Divided will also feature a collection of original illustrations hand-drawn by Byrne.
Julie Budet of Yelle (Photo by Jerome Lobato)
France’s YELLE recently revealed the sweltering video for their song “J’Veux Un Chien” (“I Want a Dog”), the third single with a double-entendre.
Wanting a supportive partner (a dog) who respects one’s mind but also fulfills the dirtiest desires (not a dog!). The song is deep, dark and erotic. But yes, playful enough for your little cousin to sing. Brilliant. The music video, directed by Giant, is sophisticated yet simple, precise and powerful like the song.