Now in its seventh year, the line up for this week / weekend’s Pygmalion Festival is looking pretty spectacular. Taking place in Champaign-Urbana, IL, it’s an indie superstar extravaganza featuring: Explosions In The Sky, Cut Copy, Toro Y Moi, Washed Out, The Dodos, The Hood Internet, Japandroids, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bass Drum Of Death, Gardens & Villa and about a hundred others.
This Week: St. Vincent’s third and most approachable album yet; Girls’ second release is heavy-hearted but even better than their last; Neon Indian expands his 80s crush; Das Racist’s first studio effort is smart, though they can still annoy; Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor and Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. impress as CANT.
This Week: The Rapture return after five years of silence; Bombay Bicycle Club combine albums one and two for the third; Thundercat’s futuristic-jazz-soul (co-produced by Flying Lotus); Sir Paul McCartney re-releases a 2005 hit with Radiohead’s Nigel Godrich at the helm; TV On The Radio’s live EP, recorded one month after the loss of bassist Gerard Smith.
This Week: Hercules & Love Affair rotate artists and sounds; Philly’s The War On Drugs brings American rock appeal; Yellow Ostrich jump from the blogosphere with a quirk and harmony; The Cool Kids When Fish Ride Bicycles finally drops; Jeff Bridges’ self-titled release is further evidence that The Dude abides.