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Pain is on the way out now

So I knew it has been a few years since The War on Drugs released an album, but I’m not going to pretend I know what the album was or if it did well or what the singles might have been, because I have no idea. However, I did just stumble upon their latest track called “Pain” and I really liked it. So thank you Google Play Radio for sharing this new release with me, I doubt I would have heard it otherwise. And looks, I liked it enough that I logged in to write about it, when is the last time that happened? Well in all fairness I did just share a video from Ziggy Marley so I guess it hasn’t been that long, but prior to the island music I had written about something music since December!

Onto The War on Drugs…

A Deeper Understanding is the bands fourth album, due for arrival August 25th, via Atlantic Records. This is their first album under the new label, they used to be Secretly Canadian. Eh.

photo credit – Shawn Brackbill
photo credit – Shawn Brackbill

This band is from Philly, which I very much appreciate since that’s only about 40 minutes from me, less if you drive like my brother. They’ve been around over a decade now since 2005. They’re currently touring, obviously, since they are releasing an album. They’ll be in Philly in September, at the Dell Music Center, in case you’re interested. They’ll be heading overseas in November.

I was staring into the light
When I saw you in the distance, I knew that you’d be mine
Am I moving back in time
Just standing still

Listen To The War On Drugs’ “Holding On” –


Listen To The War On Drugs’ “Thinking of a Place” –


A Deeper Understanding Tracklisting:

  1. Up All Night
  2. Pain
  3. Holding On
  4. Strangest Thing
  5. Knocked Down
  6. Nothing To Find
  7. Thinking of a Place
  8. In Chains
  9. Clean Living
  10. You Don’t Have To Go

Pre-order A Deeper Understandinghttps://Atlantic.lnk.to/ADeeperUnderstanding

Hauntingly beautiful, lyrics, voice, strings the whole Laura Stevenson shebang

Laura Stevenson has announced fall tour dates in support of her critically acclaimed album Wheel, honored by The Onion A/V Club as part of the “most notable music of 2013 (so far).” In addition to headline shows, Stevenson will join Cursive’s Tim Kasher on the road for a majority of the September through November run. The two are already well acquainted on account of Kasher, an admirer of her work, inviting Stevenson to sing guest vocals for a track on his new album. Upcoming tour dates below. The Philly date is November 9th at Johnny Brenda’s for my local peeps. I would LOVE to get to this show!

Wheel features strings by Grammy award winning violinist Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony And The Johnsons), brass accompaniment from Kelly Pratt (Beirut, Arcade Fire, David Byrne and St. Vincent), and was produced and mixed by Kevin McMahon (Swans, Titus Andronicus, Frightened Rabbit, Real Estate).

Stevenson was born and raised on Long Island into a family of mariners and music makers. She spent many of her younger days on the sugar barges of NY harbor with her father and uncles, who all made their living on the water, at one time running one of the largest fleets on the Hudson. Meanwhile, her mother’s parents were successful musicians; Harry Simeone, the composer and choral arranger responsible for such works as “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and Margaret McCravy (stage name McCrae), a singer from South Carolina who got her start accompanying her elder siblings “The McCravy Brothers,” a harmonious gospel folk duo, before continuing on her own to record and tour with bandleader Benny Goodman. Armed with her grandfather’s love for modernist dissonance, a genetic predisposition for harmony, and with her sea legs firmly planted in the traditions of American folk singing, Stevenson began creating melodies at a very young age.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

* = w/ Tim Kasher


05 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom w/ The Deer Hunter

06 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom w/ The Deer Hunter

07 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer w/ The Deer Hunter

19 – Amityville, NY – Revolution

20 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes

27 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter (Early Show)

28 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café

29 – Keyser, WV – Clancy’s Irish Pub


01 – Nashville, TN – The End

02 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop

03 – Normal, IL – Firehouse Pizza

04 – Moline, IL – Bier Stube

05 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room *

06 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *

08 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Urban Lounge *

09 – Boise, ID – Neurolux *

10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *

11 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl *

12 – Seattle, WA – Barboza *

15 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop *

16 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place *

17 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room *

18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *

19 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar & Billiards *

21 – San Diego, CA – Casbah *

22 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *

23 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress *

25 – Dallas, TX – Three Links *

26 – Austin, TX – Red 7 *

27 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds *

29 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder *

30 – Orlando, FL – The Social *

31 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest – Rocky’s *


01 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar *

02 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl *

03 – Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade *

04 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall *

05 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel *

06 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House *

07 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *

08 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met *

09 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s *

11 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop *

12 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick *

13 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle *

14 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird *

15 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill *

16 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club *

18 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme

19 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel

20 – Rochester, NY – The Bug Jar

22 – Peekskill, NY – 12 Grapes

Intimate shows throughout December for Mates of State

Mates of State are taking time out of recording the follow up to last year’s mountaintops and hitting the road.  In early December they’ll play a string of east coast dates that will be featuring them as the duo lineup – just Jason and Kori, the organ, drums, their voices and their original gear.  This trip includes an early and late show at New York’s Mercury Lounge and a show in Hartford Connecticut with Ra Ra Riot. For a full itinerary and ticket links, please see below:

Mates of State December Tour Dates

Dec 5 – New Haven, CT – Bar – Free show
Dec 6 – New York @ Mercury Lounge early show
Dec 6 – New York @ Mercury Lounge late show
Dec 7 – Washington, DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel
Dec 9 – Hartford, CT @ Arch Street Dec Tavern w/ Ra Ra Riot 
Dec 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

Dec 13 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Dec 16 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s

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M83’s track ‘Midnight City’ has gone GOLD!

We at scrink.com have been huge fans of M83 for many years and so it is with great happiness that we share this announcement from Mute Records.

Mute is proud to congratulate M83 on their first FIRST RIAA-CERTIFED GOLD SINGLE for “Midnight City” off of their sixth studio release, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Currently, M83 are enjoying their summer with a tour throughout Europe but they will be back in the states starting on August 1st with a show at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory.

For a complete list of tour dates visit ilovem83.com.

Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, NIN, The Mars Volta, Goldfrapp), mixed by Tony Hoffer (Air, The Kooks), and including contributions from Brad Laner (from 90’s band Medicine), Saturdays=Youth vocalist Morgan Kibby,and guest vocalist Zola Jesus, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a double-album journey that takes us to the horizon and introduces us to new landscapes. About awakening, craving, and conquering, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming pushes into new vocal territory for M83. Here we see Gonzalez test out different ways of singing, ranging from a spectral breathy whisper to a howling scream.

“I think it is a reflection of my 30 years of being a human being. It’s a compilation of all my previous music together. It’s a retrospective of myself”, says Gonzalez.

M83 is Los Angeles based French artist Anthony Gonzalez.


Aug 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

Aug 2 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead

Aug 3 – Chicago, IL– Lollapalooza-Grant Park

Aug 4 – Toronto, ONT- Historic Fort York

Aug 5 – Montreal, QUE – Osheaga Festival

Aug 7 – Portland, ME – State Theatre

Aug. 8 – NYC – SummerStage (Sold Out)

Sept. 1-3 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival

Sep. 5 – Edmonton, AB, Canada – Edmonton Event Centre

Sep. 6 – Calgary, AB, Canada – Mac Ewan Ballroom

Sept. 26 – Miami, FL –The Fillmore At Jackie Gleason

Sep. 27 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues Orlando

Sept. 29 – Richmond, VA – The National

Sep. 30 – Norfolk, VA – NorVa

Oct. 2 –NYC– Hammerstein Ballroom

Oct. 3 –NYC – Hammerstein Ballroom

Oct. 9 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues New Orleans

Oct. 10 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

Oct. 11 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom

Oct.12 – Austin, TX– Austin City Limits

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New album & video from Young Hines; upcoming tour

Young Hines and Readymade Records are excited to unveil the music video for “Rainy Day” the lead single off his forthcoming album Give Me My Change, out April 10th. The Georgia born musician was legally named Young after entering this world as the youngest of seven siblings.

In an early nod, American Songwriter writes that “Give Me My Change is brimming with vintage keyboard sounds and a wonderful, warm production.” Young will take his songs and talent on the road this spring as he makes his SXSW debut and supports Brendan Benson on US and European tour dates.

Download & Listen:

Young Hines – “Rainy Day” [mp3]

The video for “Rainy Day” was shot on an iPhone one afternoon a few weeks ago, and edited and completed by the same time the next day. Good music or not I think the video is terrible and could induce motion sickness.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

*= w/ Brendan Benson



13 – 16 – Austin, TX – SXSW



28 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge* (Additional support by The Howling Brothers)



03 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live*

05 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*

10 – San Diego, CA – Casbah*

12 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour*

16 – Paris, France – Noveau Casino*

17 – Barcelona, Spain – Apollo 2*

18 – Madrid, Spain – Moby Dick*

21 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms*

22 – London, UK – Scala*

23 – Manchester, UK – Ruby Luonge*

24 – Dublin, Ireland – The Button Factory*

25 – Glasgow, Scotland – Oran Mor*

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Have you ever participated in CosPlay?

Ok, are you with me or are you wondering what Cosplay is all about? Truth be told, I originally heard the term while reading through a gaming forum. And then I got sucked into all the picture of people in their crazy fandom costume. People get all decked out in costumes of their favorite characters from games they like across console systems. I’m serious.

Say you’re super into Final Fantasy.. well then you’d be like this chick who posted herself as Shiva Nix from Final Fantasy 13 on Gamersbin.com. And what is further impressive is that these people usually make the costumes and handle the makeup and go all out completely on their own. I mean there is tons of time, money and research done on this stuff. This is not child’s play… no. it’s CosPlay. :)

I for one simply love Halloween, but for people into CosPlay they can prepare costumes multiple times each year and their costumes are no joke. They are hardcore costumes that take hours to put on and people will come up to them and have pictures take with them. I’ve done this with my own kids at the Philadelphia Comic Con. When you see something impressive, you want your picture taken with it, even someone you think you would point and laugh at..you don’t laugh, you actually say “Wow, that’s pretty awesome.”

Anonymous or not, what game are you so into that you would create a costume and get decked out if you could?

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From Philly bars to European cafes, you’ll hear Gina Sicilia

Not quite two weeks ago I received an email which told me, “Gina Sicilia has released her new album “Can’t Control Myself”. Oh, ok, good for her, now who is Gina Sicilia? I love her name, by the way.

Turns out she is an up-and-coming blues artist which got me kind of excited, because I don’t often hear about blues artists and especially not female blues artists. After releasing her debut in 2007, JazzReview.com called her, “the best blues singer on the music scene today.”

Gina Sicilia was recently one of a handful of artists handpicked to perform at the B-Town Blues Fest at the Cal State Bakersfield Amphitheater held on September 17, 2011.

Something I find fascinating about her background is that she graduated from Temple with a degree in Journalism. Growing up in Philadelphia, nearby me, she built quite a local fan base before becoming an internationally known blues phenomenon. It was during her sophomore year in college that she began attending the weekly blues jams at Warmdaddy’s in Philadelphia.

Decide for yourself what you think of this sultry Italian songstress, we have, “Addicted,” the first track off her new album for you to download and listen to below. It definitely has me wanting to dim the lights and slip into something a little bit more… well, we’ll leave that to the imagination.


Gina Sicilia – “Addicted” (mp3)