Low covered Toto’s “Africa”

I like that A.V Club’s Undercover series is just like watching the best karaoke ever. Give a band an ever-decreasing list of songs to choose from, see what they do with what they’ve got. And Low took Toto’s “Africa” and made it a typically plaintive Low slow jam. One that wouldn’t seem out of place on the band’s most recent C’mon. The band claims “Josh made us do it,” when asked why they picked the song, but the way they play it makes it seem like they’ve been dying to harmonize on that chorus all along.

Low covers Toto

Ticket Giveaway: Princeton at Glasslands Tomorrow Night

Named after the Santa Monica street where they grew up, Los Angeles boys Princeton are currently on tour supporting CSS and Sleigh Bells with their retro-inspired shoegaze. Founding members, and identical twin brothers, Matt and Jesse Kivel (the latter of Kisses fame) brought their newest musical effort to fruition while separated by what we’ve all come to call “the pond” — one brother soaking in the practically eternal sun and rollerskate happy rhythmic bounce of LA, while the other contemplated minimalistic compositions in a far-less sunny London.

They’ll be playing Glasslands with High Highs, NewVillager, and local darling Ivana XL tomorrow night and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give to one lucky reader.

Comment below for your chance to win and grab the newest single, “To The Alps,” from the new album here. And be sure to check out the sunshine smile inducing video after the jump!

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New Yuck Single: “Milkshake”

Keep making ’em Yuck. We’ll keep posting.

Milkshake by Yuck

Looking for New England: Haselore Kohl meets Monarch

She doesn’t want to change the world, she’s just looking for New England…
…and onna stop over in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City, world famous editoress and bun-rock jet-set queen Haselore Kohl last Saturday met up with Monarch on somebun’s roof inna funeral wind zone.

Battles – Ice Cream (Featuring Matias Aguayo)

Despite the tired, American Apparel, barely legal porn aesthetic, we’re loving the new song and video by Battles. Kinda NSFW.

New Mayer Hawthorne: “Mr. Blue Sky”

As a perfect accompaniment to the beautiful spring that has most definitely sprung, and as a preview of his new Impressions EP, MidWestern-turned-West Coast soulster Mayer Hawthorne gives us this cover he made of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Mr. Blue Sky.” The EP will be a compilation of covers that Mr. Hawthorne and his band The County have been playing out as they have toured the hell out of his debut record A Strange Arrangement. He leaked it on his Twitter today with the promise that more info will come tomorrow, but for now we’ve blue skies and “Mr. Blue Sky.” Go here to download it.

Gramma reading Odd Future Tweets

Tyler, The Creator’s hella buzzed Goblin drops tomorrow. Grandmothers everywhere are stoked. (Just kidding, they are probably either A. Horrified, or B. Unaware.) But someone thought it would be funny to see their gramz read off some of Tyler’s tweets. I don’t think this completely softens the blow of the offensiveness of Goblin or the rest of the Odd Future catalogue, but it does continue to make it hard to turn a blind eye to the buzz surrounding them.

Meanwhile, check out this article on The Guardian about Tyler, Lil’ B and the state of hip-hop homophobia.

Music to See and Tickets to Buy This Week: 5/6-5/12

Another week, another exciting excuse to spend your money on a fleeting, aural experience! But hey, at least tickets are cheaper than drugs. Unless you also buy drugs to take before the show…

This week’s post introduces a new feature: WORTH SCALPING, which is a run-down of this week’s sold out shows that are worth arranging to meet a stranger at a specific time, which is convenient to neither party, at a vaguely described landmark in a part of the city you  never go to just to get some pretty crappy seats.

5/6 @ 12 noon: Cold Cave play the Bowery Ballroom on August 6th. Tickets are $18.

5/6 @ 12 noon: Everyone’s favorite innocuous Brooklyn duo, Matt & Kim are at Music Hall of WillyB on May 25th. Tickets are $26.50.

5/6 @ 12 noon: Party like its 2003 with The Kills at Terminal 5 on August 8th. Tickets are $30.

5/6 @ 12 noon: The Northside Fest just added another venue and four shows to this year’s lineup, and the hits just keep on coming. Atlas Sound, Woods, Fiery Furnaces, Mount Eerie and more bring it to Greenpoint’s St. Cecilia’s Church that fateful weekend. Tickets will be available here for the below shows:

June 16: Kranky Records presents Atlas Sound with special guests
June 17: Woods (album release show) with special guests
June 18: Eleanor Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces), Ida, Rebecca Gates (of The Spinanes), Spectre Folk (Pete Nolan of Magik Markers)
June 19: Mount Eerie, Nicholas Krgovich (of No Kids), Wyrd Visions

5/6: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
’s new album is pretty dang enjoyable. Squeeze in with the rest at Webster Hall.

5/7: Yuck are so not. Get it?! They play Bowery Ballroom.

5/10: The IAMDONALD Tour, with Donald Glover (great one-liners on Community or the greatest one-liners on Community?) and something/someone called Childish Gambino, stops at Bowery Ballroom.

5/11-5/15: CSS and Sleighbells are playing a handful of shows around the boroughs, and all of ’em are sold out.

5/11 & 5/12: James Blake is at Bowery Ballroom and Le Poisson Rouge next week. So much blog fodder shall be generated from these shows. So much!

In celebration of their new album, Burst Apart (which is hopefully more of an upper than their last album — which was based on cancer), The Antlers play a FREE show at Knitting Factory Brooklyn at midnight. If you don’t get in, tickets are still avail for their May 19th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

5/6: “The annual Strawberry Festival gathers students, staff and faculty in celebration of … strawberries” and Brooklyn indie pop! Lightning Bolt, Ducktails, Pterodactyl and The So So Glos (another show? Are they the new Drums?) play the free, Washington Square Park fest. Come for indie cred, stay for NYC’s longest strawberry shortcake!

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