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Weekend – ‘End Times’

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Post-punk outfit Weekend have been touring Europe for the past month and have just released some new dates (if you live state-side…details below).

But… if you’re like me and have never had the chance to catch a live show, don’t fret! There’s still some Weekend love to go round in the form of a new EP ‘Red’ which is due this spring/fall (depending on your hemisphere) from Slumberland Records.

‘End Times’ is a stand out track from their 2010 debut album ‘Sports’. The intro of this one immediately calls to mind Joy Division but it quickly gets more melodic. There’s also a video that combines the third and fourth track ‘Monday Morning & Monongah, WV’ from ‘Sports’ into one hypnotic epic…

Weekend Tour Dates – September

03 Brooklyn, NY Glasslands
04 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
06 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
07 Washington, DC DC9
08 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Festival
10 Orlando, FL The Club at Firestone
20 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
22 San Diego, CA The Casbah
23 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
26 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
27 Portland, OR The Holocene

Can’t wait to see what these San Francisans deliver on the new EP. You can pick up Weekend’s ‘Sports’ on double vinyl for $14US, CD for $9US via Slumberland here. More Weekend at Mexican Summer.

True Widow – ‘Skull Eyes’

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Thankyou Texas! Thankyou Jebus! And thankyou Kemado Records for delivering the awe inspiring sound of True Widow. How was that for a lead in? These guys (and girl) deserve every accolade coming to them.

If the weight of this groove doesn’t move you a little please turn off your computer and stick your head in a bucket. The deep dredging guitars heard on Skull Eyes are fantastic combined with the sombre male and female vocal delivery.

Quite possibly my top song of the year (so far). The album is equally brilliant. Get the album ‘As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center Of The Circumference Of The Earth’ (Yup, the album is so epic it needed an epic title) from their blog – www.truewidow.blogspot.com.

Batrider – ‘Piles Of Lies’

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Good news! Batrider have released a new album ‘Piles Of Lies’ and its full of rocking goodness! The title track ‘Piles Of Lies’ feels like its on the verge of collapse the whole way through which is where the charm comes from. The Wellington accent pops out singing ‘not coming back’ or should I say ‘beck’! Love it. Batrider are kindly giving ‘Piles Of Lies‘ away for free.

Visit Batrider.com, Batrider @ Myspace or if you’re really bored… check out the original Bat Rider video game! ‘Piles Of Lies’ out now through Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control Records / Distributed by Inertia.

Plains – ‘Innovator’

Plains

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New Yorkers will get to see Plains live at Popshop next Thursday amidst a heatwave…alas, I’ll be freezing my butt off instead. You can download ‘Innovator’ for free here.

Hear more Plains @ myspace, Bandcamp or visit the Discosoma Records blog here.

Leader Cheetah – ‘Midnight Headlights’

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Adelaide’s Leader Cheetah have been the target of Neil Young comparisons since their debut album ‘The Sunspot Letters’ in 2008. Lead vocalist Daniel Crannitch has always admitted the influence and has an unmistakable vibrato which really comes to fore during live shows. For an alt-country, indie rock band with a love affair for Americana, I can’t think of anyone better than Neil Young to rip off. And it works really, really well!

When ‘The Sunspot Letters’ first got released, it ran my iPod out of more battery power than a whole slew of other releases. Fast forward to 2011 and the dreaded second album mountain has loomed. This month ‘Lotus Skies’ was released and I really didn’t want to be let down. Thankfully ‘Lotus Skies’ is great.

Clearly when Leader Cheetah first recorded their debut they were in ‘studio mode’. Seeing them live after the album was released didn’t exactly feel like what was on record. But now the band have produced an album much more inline with their identity and what they produce naturally on stage. This is a good thing. ‘Midnight Headlights’ is the sprawling opener, offering up a more sophisticated arrangement than we’ve heard before, combining strings into the mix.

You can catch Leader Cheetah touring the east coast til September, details here.

‘Lotus Skies’ @ iTunes from Spunk Records / EMI Australia (thanks LOZ! :))

Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – ‘Girls Of 1000 Dreams’

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These New York city hipster kids are a lot of fun! It’s got a retro thing going on and doesn’t take itself too seriously. The lyrics are undeniably naff on both their records but it fits the straight ahead approach!

‘Girls Of 1000 Dreams’ is from their second record ‘Belong’ which is available now.

You can get the full low down at www.thepainsofbeingpureatheart.com.