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Owen Pallett – “The Phone Call”

Canadian art-popper and string wizard released his In Conflict album last year, and lately he’s been offering up assists to people like Titus Andronicus and Majical Cloudz. And now, for the latest offering in this year’s Adult Swim Singles program, he’s moved back to center stage to offer up a new solo single. The new… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 29, 2015 - 10:16 am

New Majical Cloudz Album Are You Alone? Out This Fall

In 2013, the Canadian duo Majical Cloudz released the austere, stunning Impersonator, the album that got them out of DIY spaces and into arenas, opening for Lorde on tour. They’ve been working on a follow-up album for a while, and they just confirmed on Twitter that it will be called Are You Alone? and it’ll… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2015 - 9:19 am

Adult Swim Announces 2015 Singles Series With Danny Brown, Chromatics, Run The Jewels, FlyLo, Sia x SOPHIE, & More

Adult Swim’s annual singles series is back for the sixth time starting next week, and as usual the Cartoon Network offshoot has rounded up an enviable collection of acts to participate. Among the presumed highlights on this year’s schedule are a Danny Brown/Clams Casino collab, SOPHIE remixing Sia, and new tracks from Slayer, Run The… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 5, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Owen Pallett – “The Passions” Video

“The Passions,” a song off of Owen Pallett’s 2013 full-length In Conflict, is a song about forbidden desire and passions falling to ruin. It’s a stunning, spine-chilling piece work that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand-straight if you listen to it alone, without distraction. Now, Pallett has shared a visual… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 28, 2015 - 11:18 am

Hopscotch 2015 Lineup

Hopscotch Music Festival returns for its sixth year in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina this September. This morning the official lineup has been revealed, and since the festival always strives to book a diverse, locally-focused selection of artists, 40 percent of the bill comprises in-state musicians. Headliners for the weekend are Godspeed You! Black Emperor, TV… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 19, 2015 - 10:09 am

Titus Andronicus – “Dimed Out”

There is a new Titus Andronicus song in the world, and it is awesome. “Dimed Out” arrives via Merge Records — signaling a label change from XL Recordings — and it’s will be followed by an album-as-rock-opera called The Most Lamentable Tragedy this July. This thing is exactly the kind of fist-pump howl-along powerhouse I… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2015 - 10:02 am

Owen Pallett – “The Sky Behind The Flag” Video

Owen Pallett’s sophomore solo album under his own name, the gorgeous, meticulous In Conflict, was one of 2014’s best. Today the Canadian musician and Arcade Fire collaborator released a video for one of the album’s tracks, “The Sky Behind The Flag.” Animated videos seem to be something of a thing this year, and this one… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 15, 2015 - 3:09 pm

Owen Pallett – “Infernal Fantasy” Video

Here, more or less, is the plot of Owen Pallett’s new “Infernal Fantasy” video: The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen. Pallett released his In Conflict album earlier this year, and he’s already made videos for “The Riverbed,” “Song For Five & Six,” and the title track. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 1, 2014 - 10:56 am

Owen Pallett – “In Conflict” Video

“You are the total expression of what I have loved or still love in fragments.” Owen Pallet’s video for “In Conflict” opens with a quote, taken from Ned Rorem’s The Paris Diary, written by his admirer Marie-Laure de Noailles to describe her deep affection for the composer. The video proceeds to show us some of… More »

By: James Rettig / November 4, 2014 - 10:04 am

Owen Pallett, Amanda Palmer Weigh In On Jian Ghomeshi Scandal

Over the weekend CBC announced that they’d ended their relationship with longtime broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi, former Moxy Früvous member and longtime pillar of the Canadian indie music scene. The CBC’s statement: “The CBC is saddened to announce its relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has come to an end. This decision was not made without serious deliberatio… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 28, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Tanya Tagaq Wins 2014 Polaris Prize, Says “Fuck PETA”

Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq won this year’s Polaris Music Prize for her album, Animism, beating out Arcade Fire, Drake, and Mac DeMarco. In her acceptance speech, she encouraged people to wear and eat seal and said, “fuck PETA.” This year’s award gala was held in Toronto earlier tonight and featured performances from Mac DeMarco,… More »

By: James Rettig / September 22, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Livestream The 2014 Polaris Prize Ceremony

For the past eight years, the Polaris Music Prize has honored the best Canadian album of the year. It’s accompanied by a gala to announce the winner, and this year the whole event is being livestreamed. Tonight’s performances include short list nominees Mac DeMarco, Owen Pallett, Jessy Lanza, Basia Bulat, Shad, and Tanya Tagaq. The… More »

By: James Rettig / September 22, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Foxes In Fiction – “Ontario Gothic”

Orchid Tapes label head Warren Hildebrand, who records as Foxes In Fiction, is getting set to release a death-haunted new album called Ontario Gothic, and we’ve already posted the early track “Shadow’s Song.” Like that song, the album’s title track features string arrangements from Owen Pallet. It’s a song about a friend of Hildebrand who… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 1, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Polaris Shortlist 2014: Arcade Fire, Mac DeMarco, Drake

The Polaris Music Prize is one of the only music awards that tends to get it right. The award is given out annually to what is deemed by a large voting pool to be the best Canadian album. We already posted the longlist which had a ton of good stuff, but now they’ve narrowed it… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 15, 2014 - 11:52 am

Foxes In Fiction – “Shadow’s Song” (Feat. Owen Pallett)

Foxes In Fiction, aka Orchid Tapes label head Warren Hildebrand, is about to release a new album called Ontario Gothic. The record is about Hildebrand putting his life back together after his brother’s death in 2008. Owen Pallett contributed violin parts to most of the album’s seven tracks, including “Shadow’s Song,” the sighing, shimmering ballad… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 3, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Owen Pallett Explains Why Recent Hits By Ariana Grande, Haim, And Beyoncé Are So Likable

One of the things Owen Pallett mentioned when we spoke with him about his great new In Conflict is that he doesn’t want to make a habit of breaking down the music theory behind pop hits as he did for Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” But it… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 3, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Stream Owen Pallett In Conflict

In the months since Oscar-nominated composer and Arcade Fire utility man Owen Pallett announced the impending release of his latest opus In Conflict, we’ve heard “The Riverbed,” “On A Path,” and “Song For Five & Six” and talked to Pallett poolside at Coachella about the complex ideas swirling through such arresting music. (During that same… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 19, 2014 - 9:57 am

Q&A: Owen Pallett On Getting Personal With In Conflict, The Uselessness Of Music Theory, And How Jordan Catalano Relates To Sun Kil Moon

When Owen Pallett met me poolside at Arcade Fire’s Palm Springs hotel during Coachella’s first weekend, he politely offered me some of his organic sunblock. (Incidentally, the stuff was all over my fingers when Win Butler was suddenly looming over our beach chairs a few moments later, so we bumped elbows rather than shook hands.)… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 22, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Owen Pallett – “Song For Five & Six” Video

The Canadian art-pop auteur and violin virtuoso Owen Pallett will release his new album In Conflict, and “Song For Five & Six,” which rides a wriggling John Carpenter-esque synth oscillation to some unexpected places, is the latest album song that Pallett has shared, after “The Riverbed” and “On A Path.” Director Jeff Scheven’s video for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 22, 2014 - 11:06 am

Daphni & Owen Pallett – “Julia / Tiberius”

Dan Snaith is best known as Caribou, but back in 2012 he dove full force into his DAPHNI moniker and made some incredible club music. Now he’s put together a new single with Owen Pallett featuring two tracks titled “Julia” and “Tiberius.” The former features Daphni’s usual house energy but with Pallett’s violin dancing o… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 14, 2014 - 12:24 pm
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