Interview with Cage the Elephant

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Cage The Elephant recently released their third studio album Melophobia to commercial acclaim. This Kentucky born collective has no doubt found their groove, recently touring with the likes of Muse, and with their single “Come A Little Closer” having enjoyed an extended stay at Top 5 on Alternative Radio. Not long ago we caught up with Lincoln Parish from the band on the telephone to discuss the new album, finding the C.T.E. voice, stories behind key songs on the album, and performing live with David Grohl (sorry Jared – you know we love you). Have a listen to our conversation below and also have a look at the band’s new music video for their hit single “Come A Little Closer”.

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Premiere: Triptides – Set You Free [Video]

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Triptides have their new sophomore LP Predictions at the ready. Noise around the trippy guitar jangle collective from Indiana has been building steadily with recent support from the likes of NME, DIY, Clash, and Rough Trade to name a few. To mark the November 18th release of the album, Triptides are letting loose on a new video for the hooky psychedelia of their single “Set You Free”. We’ve got you set up with the premiere for the video below, and be sure to pick up a copy of the Predictions on 11/18 via Stroll On Records.

*ALSO, we caught up with Triptides for a bit last year. Check out our convo here.

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Rating 8.4

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Rosie Lowe – Right Thing

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The crazy talented Rosie Lowe (whom you may remember from her collaboration w/ Lil’ Silva “No Doubt”. The Kwes/ Dave Okumu produced beautifully plaintive “Right Thing” is the sort of singular, great & challenging material that breakout artists produce. Look for Ms. Lowe’s “Right Thing” EP December 2nd on 37 Adventures.

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Rating 8.2


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Tigercub – Mother


In January this year Brighton trio Tigercub released their debut single “Little Rope”, a particularly satisfying alt guitar-pop piece with lashings of bite. Things have been grunged up somewhat with new track “Mother” and it couldn’t be better. The EP is out on Monday 28th October so in the meantime give this video a whirl and sink back into ’92. Reviewed by Nathan Hetherington

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Rating 8.0234


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Charlotte OC – Colour My Heart

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Manchester-based Charlotte OC calls her music as “spooky gospel” which if you know B3 you know that is a description that is straight up our street. Let the darkly soulful Tim Anderson-produced (Solange, Sia) “Colour My Heart” be your introduction to Ms. OC’s very cool sound.

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Rating 8.5

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Tess Henley – Who Are You

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We are loving the Dice Raw (The Roots)-produced new track from soulstress/songwriter Tess Henley. A bit different look for Ms. Henley from the sunny warm R&B sounds of “Daydreaming” that we featured a little while back, “Who Are You” is that cool, neatly harmonized minor-keyed soul that we go totally nuts for here at B3. Check “Who Are You” below and look for Tess Henley’s High Heels & Sneakers LP out now.

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Rating 8.4

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Yuck – Middle Sea

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The new look Yuck knock another A+ single between the posts w/ the superbly executed romantically detached gazewave of “Middle Sea”. The Yuckers new record is to be titled Glow & Behold and will get a release via Fat Possum on Oct. 1st.

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Rating 8


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Interview with The 1975 in Los Angeles 7/24/13 [Audio]


The 1975 made their Los Angeles debut known last Wednesday night at the world famous Troubadour in West Hollywood. The band were dialed-in that night and performed an inspiring, airtight, confident set; consisting of tracks from the ’75s four EPs (all released within the past year) as well as new material from their forthcoming Mike Crossey co-produced self-titled debut album (due in September via Vagrant/Interscope). Highlights from the night included “Head.Cars.Bending”, “The City”, “Sex” and set closer “You” as well as new album cuts like “Girls” which singer Matt Healy describes as (like much of the album) ‘made to sound like an 80s movie’.

Unbeknownst to the ’75 (or not), the guys are making moments. Whether winning over the likes of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, or turning heads at Glastonbury, The 1975 are poised and ready to take over the world; and they are doing so on their terms first. Prior to the band’s sold-out Troubadour set, we talked with Mr. Healy; discussing everything from the band’s history and philosophy, to their current state of mind and, finally, what fans can expect from their new album. Listen to the interview below and have a look at The 1975’s new video for their forthcoming single “Sex”.

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Premiere: Ginger And The Ghost – Choose your Own Dreamstate (Part 1 – Exiled to Earth) [Video]


Today we unveil the first look at a new video series from visual artists turned musical duo, Ginger And The Ghost. Scored with “The Red Balloon”, from their recent One Type of Dark EP, Part 1 – ‘Exiled to Earth’ from the Choose your Own Dreamstate series sees film maker Nick Maher assist the band in telling a story of the duo being torn from their own world (a world revealed in prior videos for “Wherewolf” and “One Type of Dark”). In the video, Ginger from the band awakens in a trippy “dreamstate”, both alone and lost in a new world inhabited by millions (three to be exact) of fallen souls.

Throughout the remaining videos in the Choose your Own Dreamstate series, the band will unfold the rest of their story about being isolated in a strange land and their trying quest to become reunited. Have a look at Part 1 – ‘Exiled to Earth’ below.

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B3SESSION: X Ambassadors Perform “Unconsolable”

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Brooklyn based X Ambassadors recently stopped by Elias Studios in Santa Monica to perform a few tracks from their new Love Songs Drug Songs EP, and to do an interview with KCRW DJ & Music Supervisor Jason Kramer. This performance of their song “Unconsolable” especially showcases the band’s various stylistic intuitions, from pop to indie and alternative rock. Check out Part 1 of the session below.

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B3SESSION: Everything Everything Perform “Cough Cough”

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During their recent stint through Los Angeles, UK based indie math-pop rockers Everything Everything brought their A+ musicianship and equally impressive melodic songwriting to this live B3SESSION for their track “Cough Cough”, from the excellent new Arc LP. Frontman Jonathan Higgs has explained about “Cough Cough’s” broader meaning “(It’s) about the power of money and the desire to get away from it. It’s also about waking up and seeing the world as an unfair place and then slipping back under the spell of greed… It’s about having no money, and wanting more money, and wanting nothing to do with money at all.” Catch the live session below and be sure to catch Everything Everything when they tour Europe this fall.

Audio mixed and engineered by Pete Min. Special thanks to Jason Kramer.

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Jody Brock – Stormy Weather

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We love Jody Brock. The South West London soul man definitely evocates the power and visceral quality of the best vocalists of that genre’s golden era (e.g. Donny Hathaway, of whom we are certainly picking up a vocal influence) while channeling an immediacy and right-now-ness that pulls at you straight through headphones and grabs at you, demanding, pleading that you need to listen. Check Jody’s excellent brand new “Stormy Weather” single below.

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Rating: 8.3


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