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In 2014, Jens Lekman was an artist in crisis. He had spent the year working on a nearly-finished album that "sounded like crap," he had a wicked case of writer's block, and he was starting to doubt that he even should be making music at all.
Watch First Trailer for “Song to Song,” Terrence Malick’s Austin-Set Music Industry Drama
Iconic filmmaker Terrence Malick has been working on Song to Song since 2011. The film is set in the Austin music scene and has been filmed over the years, including during SXSW.
Listen: The Shins - “Mildenhall”
The Shins are releasing a new album, Heartworms, on March 10 via Aural Apothecary/Columbia.
In Dee Mail, Vol. XXVIII – Indie Rock from Stella Nova, Bud Collins Trio, Amery Rey Tuesta, Mahdi Khene, Parker Rose and Jack Mosbacher
We've gotta close out 2016 with one more post, featuring DIY and small label indie bands from across the United States, Canada and Sweden. It's hard to believe this is the XXVIII (28th) posting for the In Dee Mail (aka, in the mail) series.
Best Indie Rock DIY Debuts of 2016, Vol. I – Buttness, Small Culture, Them Coulee Boys, Marvelous Mint, Nervouschain
It’s amazing how quickly everyone gets back to the day-to-day right after the end of the winter holidays. And especially this year – many people want to forget 2016, and some are terrified of what’s to come. But let’s not let go of the past year of our lives too quickly.
Watch Middle Kids Perform “Edge of Town” on “Conan” and Stream Their Debut EP
Middle Kids are a promising new Australian band who are signed to Domino and are releasing their self-titled debut EP via the label this Friday.
Best New Indie Rock Drops, January 2017 – Cloud Nothings, The xx, Japandroids, Half Japanese, Foxygen, Brian Eno, The Flaming Lips, Ty Segall
Follow Indie Rock Cafe for 2017 Best Indie Rock Releases reviews and playlists
DRINKS, The Range, Tim Heidecker, and More Share Songs for “Our First 100 Days” Anti-Trump Project
"Our First 100 Days" is a new anti-President Donald Trump project. The good folks behind the "30 Days, 30 Songs" anti-Trump campaign during the election have teamed up with Secretly Group for "Our First 100 Days."
Arcade Fire Announce European Tour and Festival Dates
Last month Arcade Fire released a brand new song, "I Give You Power," that featured the guest vocals of soul legend and civil rights activist Mavis Staples.
The Temple of I & I
Thievery Corporation, the Washington DC-based duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, has thrived for 20 years so you should already be familiar with their exquisite dub-inspired, downbeat, electronica.
MENT Festival 2017
MENT Festival was shrouded in mystery. That quickly changed.
Listen: San Fermin - “No Promises”
San Fermin are releasing a new album, Belong, on April 7 via Downtown/Interscope.
Rose Elinor Dougall
It's been a minute since we heard from Rose Elinor Dougall.
Jarmusch on “Paterson”
In Jim Jarmusch's new film, Paterson, Adam Driver plays the titular Paterson in the titular town of Paterson, New Jersey.
Steve Halpin (promoter) - Grooving In The Moo- Australian touring regional festival
Watch: Goldfrapp – “Anymore” Video
Goldfrapp, the British duo of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, are releasing a new album, Silver Eye, on March 31 via Mute. Previously the band shared the album's first single, "Anymore." Now the song has a video.
Watch: Springtime Carnivore - “Midnight Room” Video
Springtime Carnivore (aka Greta Morgan) released a new album, Midnight Room, last October via Autumn Tone.
Alex Webster- talks to Music Business Facts on the "business" of Cannibal Corpse.
Ryley Walker, Califone, and Bowerbirds Share Songs for “Our First 100 Days” Anti-Trump Project
"Our First 100 Days" is a new anti-President Donald Trump project.
Tyler Mcloughlan from The Sound Pound talks about songwriters making money from synchronisation licenses.
Watch Glass Animals Cover Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” for Triple J Radio’s “Like A Version”
British four-piece Glass Animals released their sophomore album, How to Be a Human Being, last August via Harvest.
Best Indie Rock Debuts of 2016, Vol. II – Peyote Coyote, Candy Cigarettes, Economy Island, Hiels, and COUNCIL
There were so many under-the-radar indie and DIY debut albums dropped in 2016 that we need to share some more with you before 2016 really becomes a memory.
Under the Radar’s Top 50 TV Shows of 2016
2016 was a fairly brutal year, what with the highly contentious and divisive election, the Brexit vote, and the deaths of various important musical and acting icons, among many other trying things.
Platinum sales pop band "Sheppard" talk about The music Business Facts.
5. Veteran promoter Michael Chugg speaks to Music Business Facts.