Half Moon Run, a band not to be missed – Watch video ‘Full Circle’

Half Moon Run is a talented young band from Ottawa, Ontario and Comox, British Columbia. It was in a practice studio situated in Montreal’s Mile-End district, through the hardships of time constraints and flat-lined bank accounts, that the trio bonded and created their unique sound, fusing together the restless elements of indie, pop and folk with beautiful rhythmic harmonies, delicate guitar lines and a hint of warm electronica.

Armed with solid training and raw talent, they mix and combine their different musical backgrounds. Their complex arrangements, inspired by both classical and modern composers, are particularly striking to hear and see during their live shows. Devon Portielje’s remarkable voice is beautifully backed up by Connor Molander and Dylan Phillips. Phillips often plays drums and keys simultaneously as Molander and Portielje shuffle between guitar, keys, samplers, and percussion folky three-part harmonies hold down moody, psychedelic arrangements and electronic-infused soundscapes.

Half Moon Run – Full Circle (Official Video)

Official video clip of “Full Circle”, first track of Dark Eyes (2012) by Half Moon Run.
Directed by Pierre-Luc Racine (Parce Que Films).

Which Rock Band Needs to Reunite?

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With everyone from the Replacements to Outkast to Neutral Milk Hotel hitting the festival circuit this year, there are increasingly few bands left to reunite. It’s especially true when you discount the Clash, the Doors, the Ramones and other bands that are missing their singer or other key members.

Now we have a question for you: which band do you hope to see reunite next? Feel free to pick a stadium band like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, an indie legend like Uncle Tupelo or an underground act like Fugazi. Pick whichever dormant band you want (The Ramones?), but just make sure they have enough living members to make a reunion feasible. We will, however, accept bands like Guns N’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins or other groups touring without their most beloved lineup.

You can vote here in the comments. See below.

Band To Watch: Bleeding Rainbow

Bleeding Rainbow band members

Bleeding Rainbow band members

Eyes down for Philadelphia neo-shoegaze quartet, as approved by Grohl and Novoselic.

Philadelphia-based Bleeding Rainbow started life as his-and-hers duo Reading Rainbow until the partnership of Sarah Everton and Rob Garcia revised their moniker and expanded to a four-piece on their 2013 LP, Yeah Right. (The story that Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein prompted the name change with a single withering remark may or may not be apocryphal…)

So You Know, a taster from their forthcoming album, Interrupt (out on Kanine Records on February 24), employs their expanded instrumental mass to propel a gauzy three minutes of woozily atmospheric guitar rock that fits the Ride-MBV paradigm snugly, but sidesteps the scuzzier connotations of ’80s UK indie by foregrounding Sarah Everton’s coolly beguiling voice: a cleaner, more modern take on the shoegaze allure of Bilinda Butcher or Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell.

Famous fans of the band include both Dave Grohl and Kris Novoselic, apparently. See if you agree with the Nirvana legends, listen to So You Know here:

 

 

 

Farewell, Gary Grimshaw: Rock Art Legend

Gary Grimshaw by Leni Sinclair

Gary Grimshaw – Photo Leni Sinclair

Tribute to the man whose posters and covers defined the Detroit rock scene.

GARY GRIMSHAW, WHO DIED last week in Detroit’s Receiving Hospital aged 67, was as much of a defining presence on the Detroit rock scene of the ’60s and ’70s as John Sinclair and the MC5 – with whom he’d grown up.

“Grimshaw was the best artist in our neighbourhood,” the 5’s Wayne Kramer told Gary Graff of Michigan’s Morning Sun last week. “We drew hot rod cars and he knew the secret of how to capture chrome, which made him the coolest to a Downriver greaser like me.”

With a mind-bending style that was a grittier, more dystopian cousin of the West Coast poster oeuvre minted by Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse and others – work he had absorbed as a sailor on shore leave in the Bay Area – Grimshaw designed posters for shows by the MC5, The Who, Hendrix, The Yardbirds and Cream, and became synonymous with Detroit’s counterculture Mecca, the Grande Ballroom.

Grimshaw’s MC5 association led to him designing the cover for their incendiary Kick Out The Jams album and serving as Minister Of Art for MC5 manager-provocateur John Sinclair’s stoner-revolutionary White Panther Party. Grimshaw’s work also graced publications including the Ann Arbor Sun, San Francisco Oracle and Creem magazine, for whom he served as Associate Art Editor.

Although plagued with ill health in recent years, his connection with the Detroit rock scene, after a return to the city in 2003, remained umbilical, and Grimshaw designed posters for the Detroit Cobras, The Dirtbombs and The White Stripes.

Grimshaw  was the co-author, with photographer Leni Sinclair, of the 2012 book Detroit Rocks! A Pictorial History Of Motor City Rock And Roll 1965-1975. His art work can be purchased from http://www.garygrimshaw.com/

Arcade Fire Oscar nomination for ‘Her’ – Best Original Score

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Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, the story follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.

2hr 0min‎‎ – Rated R‎‎ – Romance/Drama‎
Director: Spike Jonze – Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams, Samantha Morton

Arcade Fire soundtrack is among the 114 soundtracks that will be eligible for the Best Original Score nomination at the 2014 Academy Awards, as Deadline reports. Making the cut: Arcade Fire’s score for Spike Jonze’s upcoming film Her and M83’s score for Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion.

Her (Trailer Music) Arcade Fire – Supersymmetry

Her – Official Trailer (HD) Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

Karen O and U2 Have Oscar Nominated Songs

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To say this was unexpected is an understatement’ ~ Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman.

When Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O earned her first-ever Oscar nomination for “Moon Song,” the tune she penned for Spike Jonze’s acclaimed film Her. Needless to say, she was shocked. “Holy smokes. I had zero clue! To say this was unexpected is an understatement,” she tells Rolling Stone. “It’s wild because ‘The Moon Song’ was written and recorded in the most humble of circumstances; at my dining room table, a few paces away from the couch I read the script for Her for the first time.”

This isn’t the first time Karen O has collaboration with Jonze — she also wrote the music for his 2009 adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. “The song was 10 years in the making according to Spike and testament to a beautiful friendship and creative chemistry we’ve shared over the years. I hope everyone and their sister, mother, father and uncle goes out to see Spike’s inspired heartfelt film. And thanks Spike for making my very real phobia of ever having to be in a position to give an acceptance speech at a major award show a reality.”

Listen: Karen O – The Moon Song  [Lyrics]

“Ordinary Love” From Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

U2’s “Ordinary Love” is an ode to Nelson Mandela, whom the band worked with in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. Bono relayed that sentiment in accepting this year’s Golden Globe for Best Original Song, adding, “This man turned our life upside down. . . because he didn’t have rage or anger or these things. That’s why you should see this film.” In his four-star Rolling Stone review, senior writer David Fricke added that “Ordinary Love” is about the seeds of dreams, and U2 play it perfectly. Here’s hoping we’re treated to an intimate live rendition at the ceremony.

Listen: U2 – Ordinary Love (From Mandela OST) Lyric Video

NYC Governors Ball Music Festival 2014 – Lineup

Half Moon Run – She Wants to Know (Official Video)

Jun 06– Jun 08, 2014
New York, New York (Randall’s Island Park)
$230.00 (GA); $500.00 (VIP)

Founders Entertainment is proud to announce the dates for the fourth annual Governors Ball Music Festival. The 2014 edition of New York City’s preeminent music event will take place Friday, June 6th through Sunday, June 8th in Randall’s Island Park, and showcase over 80 artists performing during the three-day event.

The lineup

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Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso official

Banks official

Bastille official

Broken Bells official

Cayucas official

Chance the Rapper official

Childish Gambino official

Classixx official

Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley official

Damon Albarn official

Deafheaven official

Diarrhea Planet official

Disclosure official

Drowners official

Earl Sweatshirt official

Empire of the Sun official

Fitz and the Tantrums official

Foster the People official

Frank Turner official

Glitch Mob official

Grimes official

Haerts official

Half Moon Run official [watch video]

Hunter Hunted official

Interpol official

J. Cole official

Jack White official

James Blake official

Janelle Monáe official

Jason Isbell official

Jenny Lewis official

Julian Casablancas official

Kurt Vile official

La Roux official

Lucius official

Neko Case official

OutKast official

Papa official

Phoenix official

Ratking official

RJD2 official

Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) official

SKATERS official

Skrillex official

Sleigh Bells official

Spoon official

Tanlines official

The 1975 official

The Bloody Beetroots official

The Chain Gang of 1974 official

The Glitch Mob official

The Head and the Heart official

The Internet official

The Kills official

The Naked and Famous official

The Strokes official

Tourist official

TV on the Radio official

Tyler the Creator official

Vampire Weekend official

Washed Out official

Wild Belle official