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Boston Calling Lineup To Include Tegan And Sara, Frank Turner, Brand New, & More

boston callingBoston’s newest festival is returning for its third installment this Memorial Day weekend, and will be taking over the city once more for a three day extravaganza. From May 23-25, acts like Tegan and Sara, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Brand New, and many more will gather to perform inside City Hall Plaza. You can check out the confirmed lineup, along with an announcement video below. Keep an eye out for more details, as the festival promises to announce one more major act to complete an already incredible lineup. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale tomorrow and can be purchased here.

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The Postal Service Reuniting For Coachella

Another music rumor has been laid to rest, as Billboard confirmed early this week that The Postal Service are alive again. Not only will they be releasing a deluxe edition of their only album, Give Up, but multiple sources have confirmed to Billboard that the band is slated to play this year’s Coachella with the possibility for additional dates and festivals.

Though fans may be hopeful that this means new music, it was only this past October that Ben Gibbard told Spinner, “There are no plans to make a second record, I can’t say that enough.”

For a ten year flashback, listen to “Such Great Heights” after the jump. (more…)

The Editorialist: 8 Holiday Covers You Need To Hear

The holidays are a time for friends, family, baked goods, and of course, the release of cover songs from some of your favorite artists past and present. From fun.‘s recent cover of Sleigh Ride all the way back to the days of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, our playlist has a little something for everyone.

Listen to our playlist below and let us know your choices for best holiday cover in the comments.

Holiday Covers We Love from OurStage on 8tracks Radio.

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Is The Postal Service Going To Deliver Another Album Any Time Soon? Don't "Hold Your Breath," Says Gibbard

Has it really been ten years since the release of Give Up, the debut album from electronic duo The Postal Service? Not quite, but it will be in about five months. Wow, I’m getting old.

So when can nostalgics and fans of fey indie rock/electronic music expect a followup from the group comprised of Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello aka Dntel? Probably not for a long time, if ever.

In a recent interview with Spinner, Gibbard stressed that while he enjoyed composing and creating with Tamborello as The Postal Service, the whole electronic music production thing just isn’t his bag, man.

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Anthems of Awesomeness

The Yearbooks

The Byrds, the Zombies, Fountains of Wayne, OK GO ¦ mop-topped power pop has a long history here in the U.S. and overseas. Its combination of hooks, guitars, swagger, and rhythm has proven to be an indelible attractor. So if you’re into power pop, it’s likely you’ll be into The Yearbooks. The Chicago-based band is made up of singer Sars Flannery, guitarists Eric Hehr and Bill Friel, bassist Drew Potenza, and drummer Adam James. Together, they crank out hooky rockers with karate chop guitar riffs and propulsive rhythms. Start your introduction with She Did It With Her Eyes. It’s angular, edgy, and jagged with airy vocals”part Strokes and part Death Cab For Cutie. Season of Love, with its staccato guitars, throbbing bass, and strutting drums, is the sound of being cool. Listen and learn.

Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard Streams Debut Solo Album

Indie rock band Death Cab For Cutie‘s frontman Ben Gibbard has recorded his first official solo album entitled Former Lives. According to Rolling Stone, the singer/songwriter says that hese songs span from the past eight years of his life and that “they’re a side story, not a new chapter.” So don’t worry; Gibbard isn’t leaving Death Cab for a solo career. In fact, “I’m doubtful I’ll have another solo album for another 10 years because the health of Death Cab for Cutie has never been better,” he says. So get your fill on this new folksy album, because you may not have another one like it for quite some time. Click here to stream Former Lives, which is due out on November 12th.

If you like Death Cab For Cutie and/or Ben Gibbard, then you might also like OurStage’s own The Tyler Steele Co.

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Soundtrax: So Long, Sweet Summer

Summer’s over and the air is getting colder. This mix will help you say goodbye to the heat while you get ready for one of our favorite seasons: fall. Like the end of any great summer, these songs are a little bit sad, but perfect for relaxing and watching the leaves change. Enjoy!

Ben Gibbard Releases New Single: "Teardrop Windows"

Death Cab For Cutie singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard has a solo album coming out on October 16th called Former Lives. Head to Hypertrak.com to hear the single “Teardrop Windows.” As one would expect, it sounds pretty much like Death Cab, but with a little more of a folky twang and, in contrast to the title and lyrics, it has a nice upbeat and easy-going feel, which is a good fit for the indie/shoegaze singer.

 

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Ben – Sorry, Benjamin – Gibbard Announces Debut Solo Album 'Former Lives'

Ben Gibbard has been a staple of the indie rock scene for years. He’s a twee everyman. If you were a sensitive kid in high school, there’s a good chance that Death Cab For Cutie, Gibbard’s main musical project, soundtracked some of your most vulnerable moments. He’s also a frequent collaborator with other members of the indie rock cognoscenti. And let’s not forget The Postal Service! Finally, for those of you that are totally not dialed into the world of Rock, he’s also that scruffy chap who was married to Zooey Deschanel for a bit. But for the first time in his career (since he got famous, at least), Ben is stepping out on his own with Former Lives.

The debut album from Gibbard is going to be released through Barsuk Records. Barsuk, the label which first signed Death Cab and has put out releases from the likes of The Dismemberment Plan, Ra Ra Riot, and Mates of State, is indie as all get out. Gibbard is also recording and releasing under his full name, Benjamin Gibbard, for what it’s worth.

Gibbard dropped some hints about what we should expect from Former Lives in an interview with Stereogum, saying that the songs on the record come from a number of different periods of time during his music career. “I think that people will kind of see past the fact that one song has a mariachi band, the next song is acoustic ” it’s all over the map,” says Gibbard. “But I’m really proud of the tunes and how they came together in the studio, and I’d like to hope that that’s enough to carry and justify the record.”

Former Lives is out in the U.S. October 16th with tour dates in the fall to be announced. Visit Gibbard’s offical website for more updates.