Stories by Kara Manning

Download Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks' "Senator"

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks release a new album, Mirror Traffic, on August 23 on Matador in the States and August 22 on Domino in the UK. Available now for a free download is the track "Senator" from the Pavement frontman's fifth solo record.

Beirut Is Back With The Rip Tide This August


Following the release of the single "East Harlem" on Monday and a slew of tour dates, Beirut has finally revealed the name of its first album in four years, The Rip Tide, which is due out in late August. Track listing after the jump.

TAS In Session (NYC and Glastonbury Preview): Noah And The Whale

Britain's thoughtful popsters Noah and the Whale are currently swinging through the States, landing at New York's Irving Plaza on June 18, their last gig before heading to the sprawling Glastonbury Festival on June 25, followed by a packed summer of European and UK festivals. They'll also be at Lollapalooza in August. The quartet, led by the soft-spoken, heart-on-his-sleeve singer and songwriter Charlie Fink, recently dropped by The Alternate Side to chat with WFUV's Claudia Marshall and performed four songs from their excellent new album, Last Night On Earth. Plus, check out (and download) the bouncy - dare we say happy? - RAC mix of "Tonight's the Kind of Night" after the jump.

Radiohead To Release The King Of Limbs Remix Series

When Radiohead's The King of Limbs was released earlier this year, fans and music bloggers speculated how cool it would be to hear some of the tracks remixed by other artists. Well, they're getting their wish. Radiohead will be releasing a series of 12-inch vinyl remixes this summer handled by intriguing folks like Caribou and Jacques Greene.

Björk Offers Video Tease Of New Song, "Crystalline"


Björk, who will be in residence at Manchester's International Festival this June and July to premiere her new project Biophilia, teased a track off of the upcoming album today, June 5, via a video snippet. Check out 30 seconds of "Crystalline," played on Björk's car radio, after the jump.

Influential Producer Martin Rushent, Dead At 63


British producer Martin Rushent, one of the most vital influences in UK and American post-punk and pop music, passed away this weekend. In addition to guiding bands like The Human League, The Stranglers, Buzzcocks, Altered Images, XTC, Madness, The Go-Go's and many more, Rushent was also executive producer of the latest album by his son James' band, Does It Offend You, Yeah?.

Kaiser Chiefs Surprise Fans With Release Of New Album Today

Kaiser Chiefs' new release might be called The Future Is Medieval, but the band's decision to suddenly unleash their previously-unannounced, 20-track album today, June 3, via an adventurous digital platform,  is decidedly forward-thinking.

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