Tegan and Sara announce The Con X: Covers album

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Tegan and Sara are spending 2017 celebrating the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album, The Con. Last month, they revealed a fall acoustic trek dubbed The Con X: Tour to commemorate the LP. Today, on the exact day the record turns 10, the twins have announced plans to release a tribute album, The Con X: Covers.

The LP will feature 14 different artists covering each of the album’s tracks, which includes “Back in Your Head”, “Nineteen”, “Call It Off”, and of course the title track. Though a full list of participating musicians is still forthcoming, The Con X: Covers is set to drop October 13th via Warner Bros. Net proceeds from sales of the album will go to The Tegan and Sara Foundation to help support their work with LGBTQ girls and women.

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In a statement announcing the effort, Sara wrote,

“When I hear another band or artist cover one of our songs it can be indescribable and pleasantly disorienting – creating hope where there was originally hopelessness or joy where there was only ever regret. A pop song can become a claustrophobic ballad, or an anguished confession might be transformed into a euphoric mantra. In some ways hearing someone else interpret something so familiar is a way to finally be freed from the personal history of the song and to hear it for the first time.”

Find Tegan and Sara’s upcoming tour itinerary below.

Tegan and Sara 2017 Tour Dates:
07/27 – Halifax, NS @ Rebecca Cohn Auditorium *
07/28 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre *
07/29 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom *
07/30 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music and Arts Festival
07/31 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues *
08/02 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater *
08/03 – Chicago, IL @ Park West (Official Lollapalooza Aftershow) ^
08/04 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/05 – Saint John, NB @ Area 506 Festival
08/06 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
08/12 – Regina, SK @ Regina Folk Festival
08/17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
08/18 – Columbus, OH @ Fashion Meets Music Festival
09/09 – San Bernadino, CA @ High and Low Festival
09/15 – Flushing, NY @ The Meadows Music and Arts Festival
10/20 – San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre #
10/21 – Las Vegas, CA @ The Pearl at The Palms #
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel #
10/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic #
10/26 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall #
10/27 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore #
10/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre #
10/30 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium #
10/31 – Edmonton, AB @ Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium #
11/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre #
11/05 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple #
11/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre #
11/09 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre #
11/10 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre #
11/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle #
11/15 – Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre #

* = w/ Japanese Breakfast
^ = w/ FRENSHIP
# = The Con X: Tour Acoustic Show

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Arcade Fire issue strict dress code for album release show

In 2013, Arcade Fire drew the ire of fans for implementing a dress code during their tour in support of Reflektor before assuring them it was “super not mandatory.” Despite the past controversy, Win Butler and co. are back at it again. This time around, they’ve issued a dress code for their intimate Everything Now record release show at Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall on July 27th, and to be honest — save for the “hip and trendy” bit — it’s not too horrible.

The Canadian indie rock group requests attendees refrain from wearing shorts, large logos, flip flops, tank tops, crop tops, baseball hats, or solid white or red clothing. They “reserve the right to deny entry to anyone dressed inappropriately.” In addition, concert goers will have to check phones, smart watches, and recording devices into Yondr pouches during the duration of the show.

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See the full message emailed to ticket winners below:

“PHONE-FREE VIEWING EXPERIENCE:
No cellphones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at this show. Upon arrival, all phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the night, and if needed, may access their phones at designated Yondr unlocking stations in the lobby.

WHAT TO WEAR:
Our dress code is HIP & TRENDY as if you are going to a concert or night out with friends! The event is standing-room-only so please plan accordingly.

PLEASE DO NOT WEAR shorts, large logos, flip flops, tank tops, crop tops, baseball hats, solid white or red clothing. We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone dressed inappropriately.

WHAT TO EXPECT
6:30pm: 1iota Check-in Opens
7:45pm: 1iota Check-in Closes
8:30pm – 9:00pm: Everything Now Live”

It’s completely understandable for Arcade Fire to want a “phone-free viewing experience” so they can engage better with their fans and vice versa. It’s a little rough on the audience to be asked not to wear shorts, flip flops, tank tops, and crop tops in the summer heat, but at least it’s a brief set. Besides, they might clarify it’s “super not mandatory” again.

Everything Now arrives on July 28th via Columbia Records. Following the Brooklyn show, Arcade Fire will kick off a sprawling North American outing before closing out 2017 with a few Latin American dates. At this time, they haven’t issued a dress code for the tour. Find the full itinerary here.

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Justin Bieber cancels North American stadium tour

Justin Bieber has canceled the remainder of his Purpose world tour, including a North American leg of stadium shows featuring Migos and Vic Mensa in support.

According to a statement, the tour was canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances,” but no specific reason was given. Citing a source close to the singer, TMZ reports that Bieber was “just over it.”

Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

Justin Bieber 2017 Tour Dates:
07/29 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium *^
08/05 – Pasadena, CA @ Rose Bowl Stadium #^
08/12 – Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High #^
08/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ US Bank Stadium $^
08/23 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium *^
08/24 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium *^
08/29 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium *^
09/05 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre $^
09/06 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre *^
09/23 – Tokyo, JP @ Ajinomoto Stadium
09/24 – Tokyo, JP @ Ajinomoto Stadium
09/27 – Hong Kong @ AsiaWorld Arena
09/30 – Santa Maria, PH @ Philippine Arena
10/07 – Singapore @ National Stadium

* = w/ Migos
^ = w/ Vic Mensa
# = w/ Kehlani
$ = w/ Martin Garrix

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Sylvan Esso announce new visual EP, perform updated version of “Rewind”: Watch

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This past April, Sylvan Esso dropped their second studio effort, What Now. They’ve since re-recorded a few songs off the album with additional help from some famous musician friends from their home state of North Carolina. These studio sessions have been captured for a new visual EP titled Echo Mountain Sessions, which is due to arrive this Friday, July 28th.

Spanning five tracks, the EP sees Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn accompanied by a big live band comprised of members of The Mountain Goats, Wye Oak, and Hiss Golden Messenger. Musicians from Meath’s and Sanborn’s other bands, Mountain Man and Megafaun, respectively, also contributed. Everything was recorded/filmed in just one day at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, just a few hours west of where Sylvan Esso are based.

“The songs breathe in this totally different way and [are] reflected back at us by our friends in our community,” Sanborn told NPR of this new full-banded approach to their music. “It just reminded me what they were.”

“Yeah, exactly,” added Meath. “We’ve got to get back to the center of the songs that we’d written. Honestly it mostly taught me about the idiosyncratic nature of Nick’s and [my] collaboration. We isolate ourselves in this tiny zone and make these songs. And then when we bring them out to other musicians. A lot of the time is spent explaining the rules of each song, which was actually quite weird.”

As a preview of this forthcoming EP, Sylvan Esso have shared footage from the studio of them performing an updated version of What Now closing track “Rewind”. Check it out below; NPR will debut a new video/song off the EP each day this week.

Echo Mountain Sessions Tracklist:
01. Rewind
02. Die Young
03. The Glow
04. Radio
05. Slack Jaw

Personnel on Echo Mountain Sessions:
Matt Douglas – saxophone, flute
Ryan Gustafson – guitar
Amelia Meath – vocals
Nick Sanborn – bass, keys
Molly Sarle – vocals
Alexandra Sauser-Monnig – vocals
Jenn Wasner – bass, keys
Joe Westerlund – drums

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Coast Modern share new single “Frost”, break down their self-titled debut track by track: Stream

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It’s been about a year and a half since Coast Modern first introduced listeners to their California-bred brand of indie pop. The surfy vibes of tracks like “Animals” and “Comb My Hair” have attracted a fanbase eager for a full-length effort from the band. This week, the Los Angeles duo will finally deliver when they drop their self-titled debut on Friday, July 28th.

Before the album hits stores, however, Coast Modern are serving up one final single. “Frost” is the band’s most stripped-back song to date, leaving behind the psychedelic synth lines of previous singles in favor of some lo-fi acoustic guitar. The soft track caps off the upcoming LP, which is a fitting bit of arrangement; what better way to close out an album of surf pop shiners than a contemplative campfire jam?

Take a listen below.

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In anticipation of Coast Modern, the band’s Luke Atlas and Coleman Trapp took Consequence of Sound through each of the album’s 18 tracks, breaking down their origins and meanings one by one — including “Frost”. Read through the exclusive track-by-track below, and pre-order the record here.

“Going Down”: This is a surf rock opera about not dying. The tempo changes throughout the song, creating a similar experience to getting pummeled by a rogue wave.

“Tiny Umbrella”: It’s easy to slip into a cycle of self-medication after a painful breakup. We romanticized that lifestyle through a thin veil of sarcasm. The beat is bumpin’ and the melody is awoken.

“Guru”: Relationships aren’t easy, especially when your S.O. is an earth angel and you’re a junky lump of person. We wrote this pup in a flash because it’s a topic close to our heats.

“Dive”: This song has a long history. Written four or so years ago, it was revamped to fit on the album. It’s about being young, dumb, and full of fun.

“Pockets Full of No”: This beat is riding that “net art 2.0” wave. The melody is pretty unhinged too… but the topic is as old as rock and roll. Having fun with no money is easier said than done!

“Yemma”: A fire little interlude, all freestyle vibes with some knife to throat drums.

“Run it Up”: Spare no love! It’s a free flowing energy, and the source is right there below your chest plate. Let it out and love will come back to you 10 fold. This song is also about being freely giving with your time and money. Don’t store that mana coz it’ll just go bad.

“Wild Things”: If you love them, let them go. They’re going to leave you eventually anyway. Be it through death or disenchantment, wild things will find their way out of your story. Ease into the rocking chair vibes, and stay a while.

“Hollow Life”: Angst romanticized. You wanna run away? Me too, let’s go. Who wants to face problems when you can hit the road and leave them behind? Indie rock over trap drums. Also, everything is an illusion.

“Groovy”: “Groooooovy.”

“Comb My Hair”: You know when you’re tripping out ya mind and you begin to question the basis of reality? It’s like, all you want is a loved one to tell you, “Hey, it’s gonna be OKAY”. Well this is all that, set to psychedelic rock.

“Honeybee”: We don’t actually remember making this interlude. A timeless echo of an age old story: Boy finds love, boy wakes up to realize it was all a dream.

“Now I’m Cool”: Written from two years in the future, “Now I’m Cool” is a story of the excess of success amidst a California dream sequence.

“Animals”: Every just wonder? Yeah, us too. At one point, instead of a bridge, this track took a Beatles-esque plunge into an all out circus scene. If we made it now we would have left it in.

“Pogs & Slammers“: ‘Member when, when, you would play Pogs and Slammers while waiting to get picked up from school? Well, we take those wholesome childhood moments and paint them red.

“The Way It Was”: At the time we wrote this we were hearing a ton about ayahuasca trips. We tried to capture the primal current of irreversible change that comes potent with these experiences. Stay tuned for the DJ Snake cameo at the end.

“Bugs”: Our magnum opus is an ode to existence, played out in an endless mandala of revolving acts, with the raw simplicity of nature as our hero and villain.

“Frost”: *Single teardrop emoji* Written in one tranced out moment and recorded directly to cassette tape, Frost touches on a myriad of dramatic themes from the divinity of man to the cost of youthful indiscretion. Time marches on blindly and at the same time nothing ever changes.

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