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Mikal Cronin announces new album, MCIII, and shares first track.

Mikal Cronin's MCII was our favorite album of 2013. It's still our go-to for brightening up dreary days or singing along at the top of our lungs as we drive with the windows down. After extensive touring on MCII and as part of Ty Segall's Manipulator band, Mikal Cronin is back with MCIII, due May 5th on Merge Records.

According to the Merge web site, the album is also a deliberate attempt to simply “go big.”

"As he did on his self-titled 2011 debut and 2013’s MCII, Cronin arranged and played nearly all of the record himself, including the tzouras, a traditional Greek string instrument he heard and subsequently bought while on tour in Athens. There’s French horn, saxophone, and trumpet. There are mood-altering crescendos and heartbreaking turns-of-phrase, guitars both gorgeous and pugnacious. No longer satisfied with the sound of “just one string player,” Cronin arranged parts for a full string quartet instead.

The first 500 orders of MCIII on LP in the Merge store will receive the album on clear colored vinyl. A limited amount of the clear colored vinyl run will also be available in independent stores worldwide on release day.

LP includes a coupon for a full download. Cassettes will not include download coupon. Preorders will ship to arrive on or around the release date of May 5, and will include a button while supplies last."

Stream the first new track from MCIII, "Made Up My Mind", below. Pre-order the album here.

Parquet Courts to release Live at Third Man Records album March 3rd

Parquet Courts, whose Sunbathing Animal was one of the top albums of 2014, are getting the Third Man Records treatment. The band cut a live album at the House that Jack Built and it will drop March 3rd. Here's a taste of what to expect. Listen to previews of "Sunbathing Animal" and Vienna II. See the full press release after the jump.

 

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SXSW wristbands are on sale at 10am today!

SXSW Wristbands are on sale today for Austin residents! Per the press release:

sxsw-logoThe South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival is pleased to announce that SXSW Wristbands will be available online at wristbands.sxsw.com beginning at 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, January 22. The SXSW Music Festival takes place Tuesday, March 17 - Sunday, March 22, 2015 on over 100 stages throughout central Austin with over 2000 regional, national and international bands performing.

Wristbands will be put on sale at the price of $169 (including tax) and will sell out quickly. Sales are limited to Austin area residents. All advance sales will be online. Individuals may purchase one wristband for themselves and one for another person whose name must be provided at the time of purchase. Online purchase requires a credit card with a billing zip code in the Austin area. A list of zip codes is available at wristbands.sxsw.com


Some of the announced artists for which we are psyched: Alvvays, Bleachers, Bomba Estéreo, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Courtney Barnett, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Delicate Steve, Dent May, Diarrhea Planet, The Districts, The Dodos, Emmy The Great, Fight Like Apes, Frog Eyes, Grape St., Israel Nash, JEFF the Brotherhood, July Talk, Kelela, King Tuff, La Luz, Marina and the Diamonds, Mew, Milo Greene, Night Terrors of 1927, Palma Violets, PUJOL, Quiet Company, Ramesh, Residual Kid, Rey Pila, Run the Jewels, San Fermin, Son Lux, SORNE, Surfer Blood, Swervedriver, Thee Oh Sees, The Tontons, Turbo Fruits, Twin Peaks, Twin Shadow, Ume, Unlocking the Truth, The Vaccines, Wild Child, Will Butler, and The Wind and The Wave.

 

See the full list of announced artists for 2015.

 

Bonnaroo 2015 lineup is announced! Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + The Machine and more!

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Our favorite music festival, Bonnaroo, announced their 2015 lineup and, as always, they hit it out of the park. Artists with top billing are Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + The Machine, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Slayer and Childish Gambino.


Billy Joel is too often overlooked for his many contributions to the pop music zeitgeist. His set should prove to be a massive sing-a-long in much the same way as Elton John's was last year. Mumford & Sons return from the shortest hiatus ever to finally headline Bonnaroo after being forced to drop out of 'Roo 2013 when bassist, Ted Dwane, was hospitalized due to a blood clot on his brain. Deadmau5 and Bassnectar rep the EDM sphere and are sure to have massive stage productions. We're most excited for Kendrick Lamar, the next great hiphop superstar. His performances on SNL and The Colbert Report have us quivering in anticipation of seeing him live. Robert Plant's new band is amazing and will mix in some Led Zeppelin classics along with their pscyh-rock infused fare. My Morning Jacket and Alabama Shakes are no strangers to Bonnaroo and we'll probably be seeing Jim James and Brittany Howard popping up in other band's sets. Florence Welch has just been getting more epic and amazing with each passing year. We can't wait to see what she has planned for a big stage in a prime slot. Also, SLAYER!!! Fuck yes!!!

As always, it's the undercard that makes a festival. Here are the acts we're most keen to see: Flying Lotus, Caribou, Gary Clark Jr, Run the Jewels, Dawes, Moon Taxi, Sylvan Esso, Against Me!, Bleachers, The Very Best, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shakey Graves, Shabazz Palaces, MØ, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jungle, Benjamin Booker, The Growlers, Courtney Barnett, Rhiannon Giddens, Royal Blood, Woods, Temples, Pokey Lafarge, Strand of Oaks, Brownout Presents Black Sabbath, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Unlocking the Truth.


Bonnaroo is held in Manchester, TN on June 11th-14th.


2015 tickets will go an sale January 17th at noon EST.  http://www.bonnaroo.com/tickets