Stories by Kara Manning

Cibo Matto Reunite, Announce Gigs And Plan New Album


Yes, it will be possible to hear "Know Your Chicken" and "Birthday Cake" in their quirky, live splendor again; Cibo Matto, who have been playing some benefit shows for Japan's earthquake victims, are officially reuniting. The duo of Yuko Honda and Miho Hatori have revived their band after a ten-year split and will tour this summer, test driving new material for an upcoming album, their first in 13 years.

TAS In Sesson: Tennis

Tennis, the married duo of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore and drummer James Barone, released their handsome debut Cape Dory earlier this year, a collection of breezy, yare tunes inspired by the couple's eight-month sailing trip along the North Atlantic coastline.  The trio, who play Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival on May 27 and Lollapalooza in August, is already working on a follow-up album, due out in 2012 and likely devoid of sailboat imagery. During a recent visit to New York, Riley, Moore and Barone dropped by Studio A for a chat and played several songs from Cape Dory, including "Marathon," inspired by a harrowing experience at sea.

Audio: Download Bon Iver's "Calgary"

Bon Iver's second, self-titled album, won't be released until that summery solstice of June 21, but the band is tossing a springtime bone at fans, making the single "Calgary" available for download today on their website. Look for the handy widget after the jump.

Video: The Kills Post Blood Pressures Film

Didn't get around to catching The Kills' short documentary on the making of their new album Blood Pressures that aired on IFC? To make things even easier, the movie, aptly titled "Blood Pressures,"  has just been posted to YouTube (and you can check it out after the jump).  Plus, believe or not, The Kills rather incongruously play "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" tonight, May 12. 

Listen: Kate Bush's New Album Streaming On NPR

While some Kate Bush fans might blanch at the idea of the great lady reconfiguring and re-recording some of her ethereal catalog classics, the reclusive singer releases her first album in six years, Director's Cut, on May 16 in the UK and May 23 in the States, a re-examination of songs from Bush's albums The Sensual World and The Red Shoes. Listen to the album streaming now via NPR Music  and see the video for "Deeper Understanding" -  link after the jump.

TAS Interview: PJ Harvey

It would be erroneous to call PJ Harvey's brilliant new album, Let England Shake, a mere collection of anti-war, protest songs. Undoubtedly one of the best albums of Polly Harvey's 20-year career, Let England Shake is a clear-eyed, poetic impression of war, national bellicosity and its aftermath. Every track provokes a strong emotional response without hammering home an overt political message. During her sold-out, two-day Terminal 5 run late last month, Polly Harvey chatted with The Alternate Side about her tireless research of war-weary soldiers and civilians, the evolution of this album and her affection for the autoharp.

Grizzly Bear Reveal Recording Sessions For Next Album

It's been two years since Grizzly Bear released their third album, Veckatimest, but according to a Facebook post on Monday, the Brooklyn band is on their way to recording their next album ... in Texas.

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