Ben Folds Five got back together the other minute, but we’re only rushing to report it because, you know, snuh

Ben Folds Five got back together the other minute, but we're only rushing to report it because, you know, snuh

Back on January 9, the Music-World-that-existed-on-top-of-the pre-SOPA-Internet went and sucked a bunch of fuck because At The Drive-In announced they were getting back together. We didn’t report it until two days later, because, say it with me now, “meh.” On that same day, mythical Swedish hardcore jimmer-jammers Refused announced they were getting back together. We didn’t report that until a flim-flammering four days later because… well, E. Nagurney wasn’t exactly sure why. But let me tell you, E. You were dead-on: it totally was because of “bwuh.”

But now, because (and only because) our supply of funny-sounding grumblewords is running dangerously low and must be carefully rationed from here on out, we’re totally changing our ways and reporting these reunions when they actually happen! So, to that end, Spin has reported that Ben Folds Five, er, have themselves reported that they are officially in the process of working on a new album together! Hooray! Last night, Folds tweeted this charming photo of the trio doing a bunch of blow in the studio, after which he added: “It’s happening fo sho - Day 1 in studio with Robert [Sledge] and Darren [Jessee] through March #NewBenFoldsFiveRecord,” and “Spring release.” There’s no details other than the untitled record’s “fo sho”-ness right now. So, not quite as detailed as the news of those previous two reunions, I guess. But still, the important thing here is that, for once, TMT is right where it belongs: hot on the scoop of yet another candy-ass 90s band that just won’t fucking go away. And so, dear readers, since we’re so ahead of the curve this time, it gives me tremendous pride to be one of the first among us to say… “bleh.”

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Amen Dunes goes on tour for the benefit of your sinning, coal-black soul

Can I get an Amen (Dunes)! I said, can I get an Amen (Dunes)! What this country needs is a little more live psych folk, people! Get up on your feet! The time has come to hit your local music venue and see Amen Dunes live! Praise be!

It’s true, though — the soul can be healed not through daily prayer and regular church-going, but through a rigorous application of quality live music. Take Amen Dunes into your heart by checking them out on their upcoming US tour and see the true path to enlightenment. Unless you live on the West Coast, of course, then you’re just screwed, but you probably already knew that, you heathen.

Damon McMahon and company will be performing hymns from their 2011 release on Sacred Bones, Through Donkey Jaw (TMT Review, also #26 on TMT’s Favorite Albums of 2011), and should not be missed. Your salvation is at stake here, folks.


01.28.12 - Denton, TX - Dan’s Silverleaf #
01.29.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory #
01.30.12 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Saloon #
01.31.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird #
02.01.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall #%
02.02.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme #%
02.04.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace #%
02.05.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo #%
02.10.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Stevens Institute #%
02.11.12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church #%
02.12.12 - Washington, DC - The Red Palace #%
02.13.12 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern #%
02.15.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl w #%
02.16.12 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree #%
02.18.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live #%

# This Will Destroy You
% Mountains

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• Sacred Bones:

Prince Rama announce US tour (try to imagine this headline jazzed up with psychedelic colors and whatnot)

A pair of fairly ordinary people walk down a fairly ordinary street. They’re wearing jeans and leather jackets, maybe scarves and hats too, if the wind happens to blow with the possibility of snow. As the pair turns a corner, the sky deepens to a shade of ultramarine, and the clouds harden and then shatter, raining down in bursts of sequin pieces. Balloon animals sprout from cracks in the sidewalk, then float away. The puzzled pedestrians look at each other, but neither can hear anything the other says, because sounds of rumbling drums and clinking wind chimes reverberate around them. Their scarves transform into pythons and slither away.

Obviously, this isn’t actually how psychedelic duo Prince Rama announced their upcoming US tour in support of Trust Now (TMT Review) — Consequence of Sound spread the word. But. What if. Right?


02.23.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *
03.06.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
03.07.12 - Knoxville, TN - the Pilot Light
03.08.12 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover Festival
03.13-17.12 - Austin, TX - South by Southwest
03.18.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada (Bro Fest 2012)
03.19.12 - Hot Springs, AR - Valley of the Vapors Festival #
03.20.12 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall #
03.21.12 - St. Louis, MO - 2720 Cherokee #
03.22.12 - Chicago, IL - Hideout #
03.23.12 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog #
03.24.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Assemble #
04.27-29.12 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest

* Gary War, DJ set by Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance)
# Psychic Ills

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Mates of State go on a tour of the Northeast, where traveling kitten entertainment is welcomed

Gosh, you know what’s just swell? Kittens. Come to mention it, bunnies are swell, too. And adorable, much like perennially heartwarming indie pop duo Mates of State. Consensus says that if you want to feel like you’re looking at a kitten or a bunny, but you have no kitten or bunny to look at, you should probably listen to Mates of State.

Now, here me out: traveling kitten tour. It’s just like going to any rock ‘n’ roll music show, except instead of some sweaty people, the stage is covered with kittens. You just watch them do their thing for a good hour. Then you go home! It’s a great idea. Science isn’t quite up to snuff yet, though, so we’ll just have to settle for a Mates of State tour. In February, the kitten-and-bunny of indie pop groups will head out on a quick tour of the Northeast. While that’s happening, a video of a kitten and a bunny on YouTube will be approaching 10 million views.


02.16.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
02.17.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
02.18.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
02.20.12 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club
02.21.12 - Virginia Beach, VA - The Jewish Mother
02.22.12 - Durham, NC - Casbah
02.24.12 - New Haven, CT - TBA
02.25.12 - Vestal, NY - Binghamton University

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M. Ward releasing solo album in April. Will I mention his “honeyed croon”?? Find out within!

Oh man, M. Ward. What HAPPENED?

Remember when this dude was awesome? Like, Transfiguration of Vincent-awesome? I mean, even right up through Post-War, I was right there with him; that shit sounded legit. Then he just kinda… got all cartoony on us. Didn’t he?! I mean, 2009’s Hold Time was “meh” if you ask me. And hooking up with Zooey Whatshername to do that cheeky She & Him nonsense and legitimately trying to put good songs into that abysmal Monsters of Folk thing?? Come on, man. Shouldn’t Mac and Laura be getting on the phone with him and being like “dude…”??? What’s up, Mac and Laura??? Oh well, maybe in brighter economic times, they would.

Buy hey, speaking of Mac and Laura, Merge is all set to release Ward’s sixth album, entitled A Wasteland Companion, on April 10, after which he’ll be hitting the road in North America for a while. The album features a whole Kanye-load of guests — eighteen musicians in all, including Deschanel, Mike Mogis, and Steve Shelley(!). It was also recorded in eight studios in and around Portland, Omaha, New York City, Los Angeles, Austin, and Bristol UK, so you know it’s gonna sound awesome. As for the title and any thematic/lyrical significance that you might want to keep in mind when his voice is accosting you in Starbucks this spring, Ward elaborates, “between now and when I made Hold Time there has been a lot of traveling which requires a lot of reckoning with what to leave behind and what to carry — material and otherwise — and thinking about what I want versus what I need, creatively and otherwise. I wanted to get a reflection of that on the album. It was a process of stripping away my security blanket, which is the same four walls I always record in.” See? A lean, taut, solitary, eighteen-player, eight-studio travel album. Makes total sense. Lord, he was born a ramblin’ man, etc.

A Wasteland Companion tracklisting:

01. Clean Slate (For Alex & El Goodo)
02. Primitive Girl
03. Me and My Shadow
04. Sweetheart
05. I Get Ideas
06. The First Time I Ran Away
07. A Wasteland Companion
08. Watch the Show
09. There’s a Key
10. Crawl After You
11. Wild Goose
12. Pure Joy


02.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
04.11.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
04.12.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Cocoanut Grove Ballroom *
04.13.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.14.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - SoHO
04.16.12 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up *
04.17.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
04.18.12 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Orpheum *
04.20.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.05.12 - Portland, ME - State Theatre #
05.06.12 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground #
05.07.12 - New Haven, CT - Toads Place #
05.08.12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues #
05.11.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall #
05.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA -Union Transfer #
05.13.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club #
05.15.12 - Durham, NC - Duke Performances at Page Auditorium #
05.16.12 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre #
05.17.12 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre #
05.22.12 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre #
05.24.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue #

# Lee Ranaldo Band

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The Horrrrrrrrorrrrrrs tour the United States, oblivious to the fact that I’ve added so many more R’s to their name

Hey guys and gals, let’s play a joke on The Horrors! While they’re not looking, let’s throw a million more R’s into their name. The Horrors? Nope! The Horrrrrrrrrorrrrrrrrrrrrrrs? Yep! They’re going to look like idiots when they don’t… realize.. how many… R’s they have… in their name? I have to admit something: I am very bad at pranks. My pranks are pretty much the worst.

Really, I feel like I should apologize to The Horrors, even though they still don’t know that I’ve played a very dumb prank on them. Here’s what I’m going to do for you, Horrors: inform the people reading this story about your upcoming US tour. In April, The Horrors are playing a super-handful (by the way, that’s cool new slang for a handful plus a few more) of dates in America. Two of them will be at Coachella! Two of them will be co-headlining dates with The Black Angels! The rest are dates not at Coachella or with The Black Angels!

P.S. Horrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs.

The Horrors dates:

04.09.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
04.10.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
04.11.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
04.13.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.16.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbos
04.17.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbos
04.20.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella

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