INDIE NEWS REEL

by salvador bosch

Here’s an indie news flash with the top stories from the week thus far. It brings us news from Antony, Animal Collective, The Gorillaz and many more. In honor of Karin Dreijer Andersson (of The Knife), whose solo album Fever Ray was officially released yesterday, I’m going to leave you with a track from The Knife called “Behind The Bushes” off of Deep Cuts. Catch the indie buzz after the jump..

Artist: The Knife
Song: Behind The Bushes

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ANIMAL COLLECTIVE TIX ON SALE AT NOON TODAY

Animal Collective tix for their August 14th show at the Prospect Park Bandshell will go on sale today (3/25) at Noon via Bowery Presents. AC’s Terminal 5 show in May has been sold out for a minute so this will likely go fast. The Bandshell at Prospect park is also one of the better outdoor venues in the city.

ANTONY’S SUMMER PLANS

Having hinted at it earlier in the month, Antony and the Johnsons reported the following message:

Antony and the Johnsons will play a series of unique concerts in collaboration with symphonies across Europe this summer. Presenting a wide array of material including songs from “The Crying Light”, the concerts will feature large format orchestras (36-52 players) presenting arrangements developed by Antony and Nico Muhly and conducted by Rob Moose.  Premiering at the Manchester Festival, Antony has also been commissioned to create a stage environment for  “The Crying Light” inspired by Bauhaus stage lighting design and considering the dreams of crystals inside mountains.

All I can say is that it’s wonderful to have a talented performer so aware of the visual dimensions of art. After seeing Antony’s visual art perspective and now reading that he’s bringing back elements of a Bauhaus stage lighting design for his upcoming shows, It’s hard not to appreciate his artistic commitment. If you’re in Europe this summer check this shit out.

A BUNCH OF SICK ALBUMS GOT RELEASED YESTERDAY

Album release dates are a gray area these days but I loved seeing the list of albums that had drop dates yesterday March 24. Busta Rhymes (Back On My B.S.), Dan Deacon (Bromst), The Decemberists (Hazards Of Love), Fever Ray (self-titled), Royksoop (Junior), and let’s not leave out Slim Thug’s The Boss Of All Bosses. A million other people released albums yesterday but this motley crew stood at to me for some reason so I thought I’d mention. I think that Fever Ray album is pretty fantastic. If you let it breathe and suspend.

NEW GORILLAZ FILM

Get your lighters out, a sick Gorillaz documentary premieres globally on 4/20 this year. Titled Bananaz, Director Ceri Levy directed the project and actually showed the film at the apple store in Soho yesterday. Forever a virtual cartoon band, the film chronicles the group’s movement from 2000-2006 with behind the scenes footage of the first drawings and animations that have become synonymous with the Gorillaz. The film originally premiered at the 58th Berlin Film Festival as well as SxSw.


THE MEAT PUPPETS ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Best known for being a favorite of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, The Meat Puppets have announced a US Spring Tour. The band reunited in 2006 and have plans to release a new album called Sewn Together on May 12th. Their tour begins on the same day in L.A. and passes through NYC’s Mercury Lounge on June 11th and 12th.


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