Stories by Kara Manning

TAS In Session: The Elected

Although Blake Sennett officially announced the demise of Rilo Kiley on his website in July, he's not written the epitaph for his side project, The Elected, quite yet. Sennett recorded much of The Elected's latest album, Bury Me In My Rings, on his own, but he did recruit both former and new bandmates for some studio work and touring earlier this summer. In addition to a frank discussion about his temporary leave from the music biz with TAS' Alisa Ali, Sennett and his bandmates played several new songs - and added a heartfelt cover of a Tom Petty classic.

My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird Salute The Muppets and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Streaming Now on NPR Music

Two excellent new albums are available for your streaming pleasure right now on NPR Music First Listen series. The first, Muppets: The Green Album, features My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, Weezer and more saluting Jim Henson's crew with covers of Kermit-and-Elmo classics. The second record streaming is Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' Mirror Traffic, out on August 23 on Matador (and August 22 on Domino in the UK).

New Order, A Certain Ratio, More On Factory Records Dance Rarities Double Album

A new double album collection of Factory Records' 12-inch releases and rarities, which includes tracks from New Order, A Certain Ratio, Durutti Column and more legendary bands from the Manchester scene of 1980-1987, will be released this October as FAC.DANCE. Not quite like experiencing the old Factory Records club or The Hacienda with Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus, but close enough.

Listen And Watch: The Naked and Famous On TAS In Session On WNYE 91.5, August 12

New Zealand's The Naked and Famous, who played a strong set this past Sunday at Central Park Summerstage, sandwiched between Friendly Fires and Cults, will play a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 12 and Brooklyn Bowl on August 13. The quintet of tireless road warriors visited The Alternate Side earlier this summer for a live session of songs from their impressive debut Passive Me, Aggressive You. You can listen to that session in its entirety this Friday, August 12, at 11 a.m. on TAS on 91.5 WNYE and streaming on TAS. After the jump, check out videos of their TAS performances of "Young Blood," "Punching In A Dream" and more.

Radiohead Releasing Double Album Of Remixes This Fall

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Radiohead's summertime project of releasing a  series of 12-inch remixes of other artists' takes on tracks from The King of Limbs will expand further with the release of a 19-track double CD/download, due out this October. The collection includes remixes from Caribou, Jamie xx, SBTRKT, Four Tet and more.

Over 100 Independent Record Labels Devastated By Sony/PIAS Warehouse Fire During London Riots

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Over 100 independent record labels - including XL Recordings, Domino, Rough Trade,  Mute, Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans, Buzzin' Fly, Beggars, Sunday Best, 4AD and FatCat -  have learned that a devastating portion of their stock, to be distributed by the PIAS Group, is likely destroyed in Sony DADC warehouse fire in Enfield, set by arsonists and looters during London's ongoing riots.  Plus, how fans can help these indie labels recover their vast financial losses.

Stream Beirut's New Album The Rip Tide on NPR Music

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Beirut's new album The Rip Tide doesn't come out until August 30, but NPR Music is streaming the record now, which includes the previously released "East Harlem" and the gorgeous "Santa Fe." Beirut play New York for two dates at Terminal 5 this September.

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