We haven't really been covering the build-up towards the Swedish Hultsfredsfestivalen, mainly because we might not be attending, but they've managed to book a very impressive line-up so far, and the announcements keep coming. Today they announced four new acts; two of great interest to me - American folk rockers Dawes (pictured above), whose new album Nothing Is Wrong is one the best of the year, and Swedish psychedelic rock band Dungen. Accompanying them is the act I'm sure most people will be the most excited about - Crystal Castles, and the fourth artist is Swedish hip-hop duo Ison & Fille.
The new bands join an already impressive line-up with a distinct focus on a mix of Britpop, hip-hop, indie rock and electronic music with Odd Future, Morrissey, the Black Lips, Cut Copy, The Tallest Man On Earth, Jay Electronica, The Prodigy, Beach House, Suede and Washed Out being among the bands already announced. Head over to the official website to view the full line-up.
Hultsfredsfestivalen 2011 will take place between July 14 and July 16.
Canadian indie outfit City and Colour are releasing their third album Little Hell on June 7 via Vagrant Records but you can stream the entire album right now, below. Little Hell was recorded with producer Alex Newport (Death Cab For Cutie, At The Drive-In, Frank Turner) in Catherine Northern Studio in Hamilton, Ontario and it's a pleasant mix of folk pop and indie rock. Check out the album below.
Woods' Sun & Shade was originally set for a June 14 release on their own Woodsist label, but they've moved up the release date and it's already out now. Altered Zones is hosting a stream of the entire album and you can listen to it right here too, below.
Here's something a bit out of the ordinary from me: I've been listening to Peaking Lights' new album 936 a lot lately and while this type of neo-psychedelia isn't usually among what I'm listening to 936 has definitely won me over. Check out the new music video for "Amazing & Wonderful" from 936, which is out on Not Not Fun Records right now.
Last week singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff guested Later...with Jools Holland and performed "We Never Win", which I posted about last week, but he also performed "Early Spring Till" but that wasn't included in the original airing. Both tracks are from last year's In Memory Of Loss and "Early Spring Till" is possibly my favourite song from the album, and you can watch the Jools performance below.
I'm having a major Bon Iver week this week, listening to his album For Emma, Forever Ago on repeat. Such a beautiful composed album. Their new, self-titled album Bon Iver, Bon Iver is to be released now June 23 via Jagjaguwar, but it was accidentally up on iTunes the 23rd of May for people to purchase. They removed it quite quickly though.
Anyway, here's the song of the day; Flume, first track from For Emma, Forever Ago. Enjoy!
In early March I posted about the upcoming Centro-matic album Candidate Waltz and the video for "Only In My Double Mind", and you can now download the track for free below, via their Bandcamp page. Candidate Waltz won't be released until June 21 but if you pre-order it now via Undertow you get an mp3 download of the album immediately. Check out the track below, and coming from one who have been listening to the album for a few weeks - it's really good.
Frank Turner's England Keep My Bones has been on my "anticipated"-list for quite some time now and it's finally here. NME premiered the album this morning and you can stream it right here, below, and while I haven't heard it myself yet I have no doubt that it'll be a good one. If you haven't done so yet you can download "Peggy Sang The Blues" here and "I Am Disappeared" here.
The Arctic Monkeys' Suck It And See won't be released until next week but the band premiered it themselves this morning on their website, and you can stream it right here now. Suck It And See is definitely worth your time - the album is excellent and has made me go from casually interested in the band to a fan, and it's their most mature album to date without losing their charm.
Singer-songwriter S. Carey, aka Sean Carey, is perhaps most known as the drummer of Bon Iver, but he's a fine singer-songwriter by himself and his debut album All We Grow was released last year. On Friday May 27 Carey performed in Bellingham, WA and as part of his set he did a cover of The Tallest Man On Earth's "Like The Wheel", and you can view a video of the excellent performance below.
Earlier this week I posted a video of Yuck performing "Get Away" on Later...with Jools Holland, but besides "Get Away" the band also performed "Holing Out" although it wasn't included in the original broadcast. The "Holing Out" performance was aired on Friday and you can watch it below.