Friday Music News

Local Music, Daily Roundups
08/29/2014
KEXP
photo by Nate Watters

Compiled by Britta Plyler and Janice Headley

  • Cold War Kids have announced the October 27 release of their upcoming fifth studio album Hold My Home. This is the band's album and was produced by Matt & Kim producer Lars Volta. They've also shared the album track "First," which features all the elements of a great, classic rock song. [Consequence of Sound]

  • In what's become an annual tradition, Win Butler of Arcade Fire will once again hold a basketball charity match during the Pop Montréal festival. This year, he's assembled a team of Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes, and Butler's brother Will. Lest that line-up seem too wimpy, know they'll also be joined by reigning NBA champ Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs and former NBA Slam Dunk Contest king Brent Barry, along with members of local McGill and Concordia University teams. Proceeds go to benefit DJ Sports Club, a non-profit charity organization that offers programs in sports education for children ages 7-17. [Rolling Stone]

  • Netflix has been killing it with their original programming lately, and have just recently released a new animated series, BoJack Horseman. The cartoon, about a washed-up actor who also happens to be a horse, features the voice talents of Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, and Aaron Paul, AND features an original theme song written and performed by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys. Hear it in the trailer below: [Consequence of Sound]

  • Anyone wanna buy a club? The Stranger reports that beloved Capitol Hill venue Chop Suey is currently up for sale, listed at $99,950. The club's talent buyer Jodi Ecklund tells the local weekly, "The most recent development is that the price was significantly dropped from the original asking price. The issue is the rent on the building is 13k; even with a thriving club like Chop Suey, that is not sustainable. I have heard there are some interested parties and I have been contacted by a few folks for more insight. My number one concern is that if Chop Suey is purchased, I hope it is by someone who values the local music scene." [The Stranger]

  • Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, has shared the video for "King of the Fall" (which is also the name of his upcoming tour with Schoolboy Q). Tesfaye wanders around a city aimlessly while the camera pans to random partygoers and, for some reason, two girls making out. Honestly, his hair is my favorite part of the entire video. [SPIN]

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