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The Kooks Announce ‘Junk of the Heart’ and US Tour Dates

UK’s The Kooks will be releasing their new album entitledJunk of the Heart on September 13th via Astralwerks Records. This will be the band’s third full-length album and their first since 2008’s Konk. On July 11th, The Kooks will be debuting the album’s lead single, the title track “Junk of the Heart”. “It’s upbeat; an album to play in the sun” frontman Luke Pritchard says of the 12-song album, “What we really wanted to do was build a proper, full album. Something you can listen to from front to back. We’re an album band and this is a journey you come on with us.”

To support the new release, the band have announced three performances in the United States. The trio of shows will take place during the end of June, directly following a series of shows around the world. The US pre-sale tickets will begin on June 1st (with passwords emailed to email subscribers of The Kooks and Astralwerks Records), while the public on-sale will begin on June 3rd for the New York City and Los Angeles shows and on June 5th for the San Francisco show. Full list of tour dates is included below.

The Kooks 2011 Tour Dates:
06/02 – Hässleholm, SE @ Siesta! Festival
06/03 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock im Park
06/04 – Nürburgring, DE @ Rock am Ring
06/07 – Paris, FR @ La Cigale
06/09 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
06/14 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
06/16 – Istabul, TR @ Rock’N Coke Festival
06/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
06/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Trocadero
06/27 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
08/18 – St. Poeleten, AT @ Frequency Festival
08/19 – Luedinghausen, DE @ Area 4 Festival
08/21 – Grossposesna, DE @ Highfield Festival

Download Chiddy Bang – ‘Peanut Butter And Swelly’ Mixtape

Chidera Anamege and Xaphoon Jones of Chiddy Bang have just released their new mixtape Peanut Butter And Swelly, the newest installment of Chiddy Bang’s sample-filled, witty-rhyming discography. This is a release that will no doubt be played heavily throughout the summer months and is intended to hold over fans until they release their highly-anticipated debut album Breakfast later this year. Just last week, we talked to the duo about their new projects. Swelly!

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For a sample of what’s on the mixtape, check out the first song “Cameras”, which samples Matt and Kim‘s song of the same title, below.

Hellogoodbye Announce Tour

Platinum selling indie-pop band Hellogoodbye has announced a tour to support their album, Would It Kill You?, which was released last winter. They will kick off the tour with a run of shows before this summer’s Warped Tour. Hellogoodbye will begin this weekend in the UK playing with bands Gold Motel and The Dangerous Summer. After the UK they will play a couple shows with MansionsTherapies SonTS & The Past Haunts, and more. There main post-Warped Tour US tour will be played with FencesFake Problems, and A Great Big Pile of Leaves. Read more to see the tour dates.

5/27 Manchester, UK @ Sound Control *
5/28 Leeds, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival North *
5/29 Hatfield, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival South *
5/30 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts *
5/31 Bristol, UK @ 02 Academy 2 *
6/1 London, UK @ Water Rats *
6/2 Birmingham, UK @ HMV Library *
6/18 Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar %
6/19 San Diego, CA @ SOMA !
6/20 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress ^
6/21 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launch Pad ^
6/24 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion – Warped Tour
6/25 Houston, TX @ Sam Houston Race Park – Warped Tour
6/26 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center – Warped Tour
6/29 Las Cruces, NM @ NMSU Practice Field – Warped Tour
6/30 Las Vegas, NV @ Plaza Hotel Parking Lot – Warped Tour
7/1 Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex – Warped Tour
7/2 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater – Warped Tour
7/3 Ventura, CA @ Ventura Country Fairground – Warped Tour
7/6 Bonner Springs, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheater – Warped Tour
7/7 Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center – Warped Tour
7/8 Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park – Warped Tour
7/9 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Warped Tour
7/10 Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park – Warped Tour
7/12 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird **
7/13 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown **
7/14 Knoxville, TX @ Bijou Theatre **
7/15 Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre **
7/16 Louisville, KY @ The Vernon Club **
7/17 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II **
7/18 Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club **
7/19 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews **
7/20 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room **
7/22 Denver, CO @ Underground Music Showcase #
7/23 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex &

* = w/ Gold Motel, The Dangerous Summer
% = w/ TS & The Past Haunts, Atlantic/Pacific
! = w/ Therapies Son, Mansions
^ = w/ Mansions, This Century
** = w/ Fake Problems, Fences, A Great Big Pile of Leaves
# = w/ Black Heart Procession, Ha Ha Tonka and more.
& = w/ A Great Big Pile of Leaves

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Ready Full-Length Debut, Premiere Trailer

Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are currently readying their full-length debut It’s a Corporate World, set to be released on June 7th via Quite Scientific Records. Check out the promotional trailer and tour dates to promote the new album below.

Listen: World’s End Girlfriend – “Teenage Ziggy”

Japanese composer World’s End Girlfriend (the project of Katsuhiko Maeda) has released a brand new track from his forthcoming US debut album Seven Idiots. The song, “Teenage Ziggy”, is featured on the composer’s tenth studio album, which will be released in the United States on Erased Tapes on June 21. His music is hard to classify, but if I had to label it, I’d say “energetic, poppy glitch rock at its best.” Check out the song below and the tracklisting after the break.

Seven Idiots Tracklisting:
1. The Divine Comedy Reverse
2. Les Enfants du Paradis
4. DECALOGUE minus 8
6. Helter Skelter Cha-Cha-Cha
8. Bohemian Purgatory Part.1
9. Bohemian Purgatory Part.2
10. Bohemian Purgatory Part.3
11. Der Spiegel im Spiegel im Spiegel
12. The Offering Inferno
13. unfinished finale shed?

Listen: Chiddy Bang – “When You’ve Got Music (feat. The Knocks)”

With their new mixtape Peanut Butter & Swelly just a few days away from release, Chiddy and Xaphoon of Chiddy Bang have decided to release a new song every day this week. The three new tracks released this week will lead up to the mixtape’s official release this Friday. The first track from the mixtape is titled “When You’ve Got Music” and features producer Xaphoon Jones sampling The Knocks, long-time friends of the rap duo. If you aren’t already excited for the mixtape’s release, this preview should spark some interest. Download and stream are below.

Just a few days ago, we talked to Chiddy and Xaphoon about the release of Peanut Butter & Swelly, as well as the release of their upcoming debut album Breakfast due out later this year via EMI. You can read that interview here.

Fireworks’ Gospel Sample Video

Fireworks, a pop-punk band from Detroit, Michigan, will soon be releasing their new album, Gospel, May 24.Gospel is their second full length album and will be released on Triple Crown Records. Below you can view a video that gives a short sample of each of the tracks of Gospel. You can also order the album from iTunes here.

Watch: Frank Ocean – “Acura Integurl”

Odd Future‘s Frank Ocean has released visuals to “Acura Integurl”, which features the 24 year old singer driving around town in an Acura MSX. $90k seems to be no big deal to Mr. Ocean, now that Def Jam is finally taking him seriously and will be rereleasing his album Nostalgia, Ultra. Check out the music video below.

Stream New Death Cab For Cutie and Cults

Two of this month’s most highly anticipated releases are now available for streaming on NPR’s First Listen series. This week includes full album streams of Death Cab For Cutie‘s Codes and Keys (artwork is featured to the right) and Brooklyn duo Cults‘ self-titled debut album.

Both albums are set for release on May 31. Codes and Keys will be available via Atlantic Records, while Cults will be available via In The Name Of / Columbia Records. Check out the albums and others here and the tracklistings below.

Cults Tracklist:
01. Abducted
02. Go Outside
03. You Know What I Mean
04. Most Wanted
05. Walk At Night
06. Never Heal Myself
07. Oh My God
08. Never Saw The Point
09. Bad Things
10. Bumper
11. Rave On

Codes and Keys Tracklist:
01. Home Is A Fire
02. Codes And Keys
03. Some Boys
04. Doors Unlocked And Open
05. You Are A Tourist
06. Unobstructed Views
07. Monday Morning
08. Portable Television
09. Underneath The Sycamore
10. St “Peter’s Cathedral
11. Stay Young, Go Dancing

Listen: Drake – “Dreams Money Can Buy”

Drake, who is currently working on his sophomore album Take Care, has debuted a brand new song on his blog this morning entitled “Dreams Money Can Buy”. The song samples Jai Paul‘s “BTSTU” and according to Drizzy is simply “A song that I felt the need to share. Not my single. Just a piece of my story. Hear me out though…” Listen or download the track below.