Jonah Matranga of Far and Ian Love of Rival Schools have joined forces for a new project, I Is Another . The duo are set to release their debut, self-titled album on June 24th. Of their coming together, vocalist Matranga says, “ Honestly, we didn’t make this record for any other reason than the love of making records. Ian had some tunes that he could hear my voice on, so he sent them over. We really took our time, just [...]
Jonah Matranga of Far , New End Original , onelinedrawing , Gratitude and Rival Schools' Ian Love have announced their new project together, I is Another . The band is described as " gritty shades of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Cocteau Twins with the vocal intensity of Sunny Day Real Estate and Braid. " Their self-titled debut is due out June 24, 2013 and will be preceded by "Queen of Swords" on May 8th. The album was funded via a fairly modest Kickstarter [...]
There was a ten year gap between Rival Schools debut album, United By Fate (2001) and their second official release, Pedals (2011). That's a bigger gap than was between Quicksand's debut and Rival Schools. That doesn't mean Rival Schools was silent during that time. In 2003, the band recorded a follow-up to United By Fate...but the common problems that plague every band caused the album to
Post-hardcore all-star gang Rival Schools are back with Found , the band's new LP that's out NOW via the band in multiple format incarnations. Except the album isn't exactly new, technically... Following the release of their debut LP in 2003, and after two years of extensive touring, guitarist Ian Love parted ways from the New York post-hardcore outfit Rival Schools. Rival Schools added their longtime friend and musician Chris Taynor to the lineup, and following six months of writing and recording in various studios around New York, bits and pieces [...]
Check out album releases for this week. So what's out this week (April 9th) in terms of music? Well, for this week, expect new album releases from James Blake, Dawes, The Knife, Neon...
>> It's been seven years in the offing, so the fact it has taken us a couple weeks to address it doesn't do justice to the degree of excitement we attach to news that, at very long last, Quentin Stoltzfus will finally release his first record of new music since the demise of his brilliant Philadelphia psych-pop outfit Mazarin . Mr. Stoltzfus' new band is called Light Heat (which we take to be the quotient of White Light/White Heat divided by White... or would that be White squared?), and Domino Records' Ribbon Music imprint will [...]
In 2011, 10 years after debuting with the excellent United By Fate , post-hardcore outfit Rival Schools returned from a hiatus to release Pedals , a solid effort that seemed to comfortably pick up where the Walter Schreifels -fronted band left off a decade prior. But somewhere in between there was a "lost" album - that most mythical concept. Rival Schools have their own version, and what once was lost now is Found (sorry). On April 9, the band will release Found [...]
Swimming In Speakers - initially I thought it was a London Grammar style sound, but if you want to browse their SoundCloud page it's a varied thing. From New York and in their infancy as artists, it's got quite a nice alt. indie electro vibe going on. Next up some homegrown talent from London town. A dance, dub, indie, electro, pop, moohmbaton... every genre artist Stark Dangerous reminds me a little of Robert DeLong who's going out to eager ears at this year's SXSW and being supported by some world class DJ [...]
Stream: Rival Schools - “Indisposable Heroes”
There was once a time – I can vaguely, if somewhat begrudgingly recall – at which I would feel an almost ritualistic compulsion to tune into the vexatious tones of Zane Lowe as he unveiled the Reading and Leeds line ups. In that convoluted way of his, he would spin a seemingly unending yarn of hyperbolic fervour invariably over the top of No One Knows irrespective of, or perhaps even oblivious to, whether Queens of the Stone Age were to be announced or not and, in truth, it worked – it exacerbated the impatience, prior to his excitable babbling of [...]
It's so unfeasibly unheard of for a support act to upstage their supposed superiors of any given gig, though Leah Pritchard's Empty Pools indubitably did so when they played second fiddle to Menomena late on last year . They blew 'em clean out the water then and this morning their forthcoming double-sider – due March 11th on Battle Worldwide Recordings – has gone one better by providing two further wholly immersive experiences. Its prioritised side, Small Talk, proves as impactive now and on record as it did then and live: Pritchard's vocal [...]
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Rival Schools have announced three shows in Australia this September. They released Pedals in 2011.
Toronto, Canada's version of South by Southwest, North by Northeast returns June 11-17th, bringing live music, film screenings, and interactive panels to venues across the city. In regards to the music portion, some 650 bands will perform across 50 stages. The Flaming Lips, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, and Bad Religion headline this year's lineup and they'll be joined by of Montreal, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Men, Purity Ring, Porcelain Raft, Matthew Good, Ceremony, Friends, and Bleached. Also playing are The Death Set, Reigning Sound, Oberhofer, Killer Mike, Action Bronson, Bass Drum of Death, Young Magic, Hollerado, [...]
If you find something you like on this list, download the complimentary MP3 and click the album art, which will take you to the Amazon MP3 page so you can purchase it (some of these albums are $5 or less). 25 // Glassjaw – Coloring Book EP/Our Color Green EP Eight years in the making and completely worth the wait, both the Coloring Book EP and the Our Color Green EP expose the bands reason for generating a dedicated fan base of true post hardcore and [...]
Nachdem ich mir inzwischen so viele verschiedene Jahrescharts von so vielen verschiedenen Menschen angeschaut habe, kann ich sie ehrlich gesagt nicht mehr sehen. Wenn man auf ein Jahr zurückblickt, dann kommen einem doch sowieso eher einzelne Momente in den Sinn - oft wild durcheinanderfliegend und höchstens locker verknüpft durch Assoziationen - als irgendwelche Listen. Aber es macht ja doch immer wieder Spaß, seine eigenen Favoriten gegeneinander abzuwägen und zu ordnen, Ranglisten aufzustellen und umzuschmeißen – auch wenn man an dem Kampf dabei beinahe verzweifelt. Ich hoffe jedenfalls ihr habt noch ein offenes Ohr für die Musik, die mich im vergangenen [...]
Gli ultimi giorni dell'anno sono giorni di classifiche. Questi sono gli album che ho ascoltato di più, sono parecchi perché quando ci son da fare delle scelte non riesco mai a decidermi. Non c'è un ordine, ho aperto la cartella della musica scaricata quest'anno e ho copiato e incollato i nomi dei dischi che son stati la colonna sonora del mio 2011, tutto qui. Come al solito puntando la copertina vengono fuori nome del gruppo, titolo dell'album e cliccandoci sopra si arriva a qualcosa da ascoltare. Divertitevi. [...]
Well, rock fans, it was a really strange year, one in which we personally and professionally -- and, yes, even to a certain extent here on the blog -- accomplished a great many big things. And all the ups and downs -- transcendent live sets on local stages, solitary post-midnight walks across frozen parking lots in the midwest -- had their soundtrack. Below are our picks for the 10 best songs of the year. These, as usual, are largely determined by our raw ITunes playcounts, although we also gave a little more weight to recent releases that would have been [...]
[* We accidentally deleted this post from late December; here it is in all of its glory once more. -- Ed.] Well, rock fans, it was a really strange year, one in which we personally and professionally -- and, yes, even to a certain extent here on the blog -- accomplished a great many big things. And all the ups and downs -- transcendent live sets on local stages, solitary post-midnight walks across frozen parking lots in the midwest -- had their soundtrack. Below are our picks for the 10 best songs of the year. These, [...]
Isaac is a Multimedia Journalist and blogger for the Loughborough Echo. Check out his Music blog Sound Advice and if you are into a bit of football check his blog Goaltastic . Here are Isaac's thoughts on his Top 5 albums of 2011. 40 WINKS - IT’S THE TRIP Subtle, sample-saturated electronica and turntablism of the highest order - it’s a trip worth taking. LITTLE ROY - [...]