Music

It’s August and that means one thing for music lovers: we’re in full swing of outdoor summer concert month. If you’re in the Big Apple, you’ve got your pick of locations and genres to enjoy, but no matter where you find yourself, when the city comes alive with the sound of music, you’re going to need a few essentials to fully enjoy your outdoor concert experience.

Billy Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder, drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino will return to the road this fall for an intimate 12-city U.S. tour that will serve as a warm-up to a big year of touring for the band in 2012. The fall trek launches in Los Angeles on October 5 at the Wiltern Theatre and wraps in Philadelphia on October 22 at the Tower Theater.

Born in Côte d’Ivoire, raised in Mali, now based in Paris, and still only 29, Fatoumata has had a life covering a whole gamut of contemporary African experience: fighting parental opposition to her artistic ambitions and the cultural prejudice faced by women throughout Africa, winning success as an actress in film and theatre, before finding her feet in the medium she was always destined to make her own: music.

Canadian quartet Tokyo Police Club have announced an ambitious and riotous project, recording 10 cover songs from the years 2001-2010 over the course of 10 days. The project will begin at 12pm PST on Tuesday, August 23 at the Red Bull Studio Los Angeles when the band enters the studio to rehearse and record a cover song over the next 10 hours, to be premiered the following morning at, 10am PST by one of seven exclusive media partners starting Wednesday, August 24. The final song will be premiered on Saturday, September 3.

‘Vomit’ is the first taste of Girls forthcoming album ‘Father, Son, Holy Ghost’ which will be released in the UK on 12th September 2011 on Fantasytrashcan / Turnstile.

“Virus” is an original song and new feature of the Biophilia App that explores the relationship between biological virus as part musical instrument, part sonic artwork, and part scientifically informed educational animation.

Earlier this year, New York’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart released “Belong”, their gorgeously yearning, sophomore album, winning plaudits on both sides of the pond (Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Spin in the US, Mojo, Drowned in Sound and Loud and Quiet, among others, in the UK), even appearing on David Letterman to perform first single, “Heart In Your Heartbreak.”

Welding guitars, synths, bass and drums with Air Castles’ brainchild Max Mansson’s unforgettable vocals, the song is equally impressive as it is catchy.

Björk continues to unveil Biophilia, her most interdisciplinary project to date, with today’s release of the Biophilia App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and first two album singles “Cosmogony” and “Crystalline” on the iTunes Store.

Seminal Australian label, Future Classics, announce a brand new 12″ record from Brisbane’s Mitzi called, Vinyl Versions. This will be available exclusively on wax – no digital – and limited to only 350 pressings.

I don’t remember which artist once said that “all of the songs on the radio, have a you in them”, more or less, I believe it was Ani DiFranco who is one of my all-time favorite musician of all time.

For the Artbook collector, this is 136 pages from Eric Canto, presenting unreleased photos of the renowned band Mass Hysteria and an insight into behind the scenes stage performances from the “Flaws” tour.

The Antlers have thus far had one hell of a year. Recent guests alongside Justin Timberlake on the institutional ‘Tonight Show’ in America, as fronted by Jay Leno, the past three months have seen extensive, sold out touring in the UK and US, and their latest album ‘Burst Apart’ being hailed worldwide as one of the finest albums of the year.

The Bangles capture the two crucial elements that created the bond that formed the group: their common love for rock’s golden age and the crystalline sound they quite naturally created.

A genuinely triumphant arrival, the album features ten stunning tracks including forthcoming single ‘Amber Hands’, that reel from glorious carnival-esque euphoria to a sound that occasionally flirts at melancholy and utter despair.

On the heels of a year, with two top ten debuting albums, multiple top 10 singles and three consecutive US tours, David Gray is excited to announce a brand new release, Lost and Found-Live in Dublin 2011, exclusively available on Groupon.

Patricia Hammond is spearheading a renaissance of popular music from 1870-1940, performing with “Albert Ball’s Flying Aces”, a group of WWI Aviators who play an arsenal of antique instruments including sousaphone, spoons, washboard, banjo, clarinet, and a drum-kit found in a junk shop.