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May 18, 2017

Grizzly Bear New Album 

Grizzly Bear are bringing us a new album soon! And to peak our excitement, they've just released another single leading up to the album, "Mourning Sound." We've only had to wait five years, but now it looks like Grizzly Bear are ready to give us their 5th studio album on August 18th, 2017. By the way, they've been teasing us for over a year about this album...not nice Grizzly Bear! 

Painted Runes

The name of Grizzly Bear's new album is Painted Runes. Earlier in the month they released a single from the album "Three Rings." The single came paired with a characteristically odd artistic direction. It's got a great melody, with some wonderful drumming -- definitely something to get us hyped for the release of Painted Runes.

"Mourning Sound" 

"Mourning Sound" is the latest, and second single Grizzly Bear sent forth into the world (one giant leap for them, huh?). And you know what? It's been worth the wait. "Mourning Sounds" is simple, clean and well delivered. You can check the track below - it won't disappoint if you've come to know and love their three-part harmony.  

Painted Runes Tracklist

  • Wasted Acres

  • Mourning Sound

  • Four Cypresses

  • Three Rings

  • Losing All Sense

  • Aquarian

  • Cut-Out

  • Glass Hillside

  • Neighbors

  • Systole

  • Sky Took Hold

Grizzly Bear Band

"Mourning Sound" was produced by the band's Chris Taylor. So let's get into who the band members are and what they do:

  • We've got Edward Droste on vocals, guitar, keyboards, omnichord; 

  • Daniel Rossen on vocals, guitar, keyboard and banjo; 

  • Chris Taylor on bass, backing vocals, other instruments and as we said producer;

  • Lastly we've got Christopher Bear taking care of drums & backing vocals. Grizzly Bear Music

Grizzly Bear Tour Dates

This is the band's first tour in four years! Their last tour was for their 2012 album Shields. It looks like they'll be touring for three months this fall/winter. Check out the dates: 

Oct 5 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
Oct 6 Manchester, England - Albert Hall
Oct 8 Glasgow, England - O2 ABC
Oct 9 London, England - O2 Academy Brixton
Oct 12 Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
Oct 13 Utrecht, Netherlands - TivoliVredenburg
Oct 14 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
Oct 16 Paris, France - L'Olympia
Nov 1 Boston, MA - House of Blues
Nov 2 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Nov 3 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Nov 7 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
Nov 9 Knoxville, TN - The Mill & Mine
Nov 12 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater
Nov 14 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
Nov 15 Orlando, FL - House of Blues
Nov 16 Miami, FL - The Fillmore
Nov 18 Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital NOV 18 - NOV 19
Nov 26 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
Nov 27 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall
Nov 28 Park Township, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov 01 St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre
Dec 3 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Dec 7 Vancouver, British Columbia - Orpheum Theatre
Dec 8 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
Dec 9 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Dec 11 San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
Dec 13 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

Ah man, this album has been a long-time coming. We remember when they started working on it, when they began recording, and when they announced it's almost done.

Don't be a stranger, let us know what you think of the new Grizzly Bear. 

Image source: Grizzly Bear Twitter

Grizzly Bear - Mourning Sound

Grizzly Bear - Mourning Sound

Grizzly Bear - Three Rings

Grizzly Bear - Three Rings

Jami Selikow

Jami Selikow

Jul 25, 2017

Updated 7/27/2017: Turns out, Arcade Fire are the kings of trolling. We reached out to Ben & Jerry's and they explained the following: "We're sorry but this is not a Ben & Jerry Flavor and we have no further information."

Arcade Fire, the highly acclaimed indie rock band, are working with the ice cream giants, Ben & Jerry's. It's all listed below. To start though, we'll lead with a wonderfully whimsical clue: "My Body is a Cone." There is a lot going on, we'll also shed light on Arcade Fire's involvement in all things Brooklyn Vegan and Yondr. 

Arcade Fire Ben & Jerry's 

Combine Ben & Jerry's with Arcade Fire? It's a combo that not many could turn down, nor really understand for that matter. The band has recently announced that at the end of August, Arcade Fire ice cream from Ben & Jerry's will be available. Just imagine Ben & Jerry's sweetness sprinkled with Arcade Fire's signature wit.

Arcade Fire ran a poll on Twitter to find a name for their Ben & Jerry's ice cream's flavor (all of this was in honor of National Ice Cream day...of course). 

The options

  • "Arcade Crunch"

  • "Peanut Butler & Kingsberry"

  • "Infinite Chocolate"

  • And the winner:

"My Body is a Cone"

That's right, a big pun on their single "My Body is a Cage," which you can listen to below...and eat a themed ice cream to.

Keep in mind, that these days everything is a meme and everyone is a troll, so it's highly unlikely we'll ever get to taste the flavor that involves 'fudge skeletons' and 'crunchy-bone pieces.' Then again, who knows, they did make cereal for "Creature Comforts," a track off their forthcoming album, Everything Now.

Arcade Fire Brooklyn Vegan 

Arcade Fire have an Everything Now release show taking place on July 27th at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. It'll be live-streamed on Apple Music. There was controversy after Brooklyn Vegan revealed a message detailing a dress code for attendants:  

Our dress code is HIP & TRENDY as if you are going to a concert or night out with friends! The event is standing-room-only so please plan accordingly.
PLEASE DO NOT WEAR shorts, large logos, flip flops, tank tops, crop tops, baseball hats, solid white or red clothing. We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone dressed inappropriately.

Arcade Fire has disputed this, saying that if the 'dress code is "hip and trendy," band members will not be allowed through the door.' Win Butler, the band's frontman, said that the dress code, as well as phones being taken at the door (explained below) must 'be an Apple thing.' 




Included in the pre-show message, was the following notification: 

No cellphones, cameras or recording devices will be allowed at this show. Upon arrival, all phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr pouches that will be unlocked at the end of the show. Guests maintain possession of their phones throughout the night, and if needed, may access their phones at designated Yondr unlocking stations in the lobby.

Yondr is a new development that allows show participants to keep possession of their phone, but removes their ability to use it. As people enter a venue utilizing Yondr, they place their phone in a bag which locks when entering certain zones.

Arcade Fire have hosted a secret show before where phones were taken away at the door, however, they're denying plans to do this at the Everything Now release show. To end off, let's all take a moment to allow Win's wise words to sink in:


Image Source: Arcade Fire Twitter

Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage

Arcade Fire - My Body is a Cage

Dylan Heneck

Dylan Heneck

Jul 27, 2017

What is the Mercury Prize? Well, if you're kind of dumb, like me, then you would have believed it involved science and the elements. Luckily, as an avid Indie Shuffle reader, the truth lies no further than a flicked scroll. 

What Is The Mercury Prize?

If it isn't blatantly obvious already, the Mercury Prize is a music award. Yeah, so? The Mercury Music Prize is annually awarded to the top rated album from Ireland and the United Kingdom. Hold on a second though, this has nothing to do with Brexit.

Receivers of the Mercury Prize include Alt-j, The xx, PJ Harvey, James Blake, Arctic Monkeys and 2016's winner, Skepta, to name a few. No literally, there are tons since the prize dates all the way back to 1992.

This years nominees are listed below and will be selected by a panel of music industry buffs. Personally, the judges that stood out include Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Jessie Ware (Jessie Ware), and Lianne La Havvas (Really? Does it need to be in brackets?).

Kate Tempest: Mercury Prize Nominee

A fan favorite no doubt, Kate Tempest's Let Them Eat Chaos, along with her inspiring live performances, have won her a spot amongst an elite crowd of British artists. Indie Shuffle had the pleasure of missing both of her performances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, so you can imagine that this is a hard article to write.

Thank fuck for NPR's Tiny Desk:


Oh, and Glasto?:


Dinosaur: Mercury Prize Nominee

Dinosaur are total newcomers on Indie Shuffle's radar, which is cool though, we're all about new finds. If you're very into jazz, then this is good route to head down, musically. To be frank, even the Ed Sheeran album is listenable, so I doubt you'll find a bad album in the crop of nominees. That said, Dinosaur are our pick of lesser known artists in the pile.

Did You Just Mention Ed Sheeran?

Why yes, Ed Sheeran's record breaking % is on the list of top releases coming from the isles in 2017. No real surprise there. To have 16 singles in the UK Top 20 definitely warrants some recognition.

Hyundai Mercury Prize Shortlist

Last years panel is still reeling from not giving the Mercury Prize to David Bowie, lets see how they do this year. Here are your nominees:

Alt-J – Relaxer
Blossoms – Blossoms
Dinosaur – Together, As One
Ed Sheeran – %
Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being
J Hus – Common Sense
Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
Sampha – Process
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
The Big Moon – Love in the Fourth Dimension
The xx – I See You

Kate Tempest - Lonely Daze

Kate Tempest - Lonely Daze

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

Alt-J - 3WW

Alt-J - 3WW

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