Quick Hits: Matthew Ryan, MGMT, Heavy Metal In Baghdad, Master, Archie Bronson Outfit, Rotten Sound, Forecastle Festival, Devendra Banhart

posted March 17, 2010

Quick Hits: Matthew Ryan, MGMT, Heavy Metal In Baghdad, Master, Archie Bronson Outfit, Rotten Sound, Forecastle Festival, Devendra Banhart
  • Matthew Ryan collaborates with celebrated fine-art photographer Jack Spencer to direct a spare, desolate, rich and beautiful video for "The World Is," from "Dear Lover." Check out the video, which cost only $16 to make.
  • Check out MGMT's website for a free download of "Flash Delirium" from their upcoming release "Congratulations," out April 13th on Columbia Records.
  • Last week, CNN.com published a web-exclusive video from VBS. The featured story "Heavy Metal in Baghdad" highlights Acrassicauda, the only heavy metal rock band from Iraq. The story follows Faisal and Firas, the members of Acrassicuada, through their struggles in Iraq following the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein.
  • Master have unleashed a new track from their upcoming full-length, "The Human Machine." The song is called "Worship The Sun" and it's brought to you by MetalReview.com.
  • Domino Records' Archie Bronson Outfit have a brand new album, "Coconut," coming out on March 23rd. Stream the entire album now on SoundCloud.
  • Rotten Sound has posted two tracks, "Mindkill" and "Missing Link" (Napalm Death), from their forthcoming "Napalm" EP release online now. "Napalm" is set for a March 30th North American release date, April 5th internationally.
  • The Forecastle Festival and Nederlander Entertainment will unveil the initial lineup to the 2010 event at 1:00pm on Wednesday, March 31st. In anticipation, fans can visit the festival's website to enter the "Guess the Headliners" contest and win two Forecastle Festival three-day VIP passes. Clues to the lineup are posted on the site. For a limited time, discounted three-day passes are available for $135.00 via Ticketmaster.com. The password MUSIC allows access to the special price, which is valid through March 31 at 1 p.m. At that time, the price for a three-day pass will increase to $150.00, with single-day passes at $60.00.
  • Check out Devendra Banhart's new video for "Baby." As Spinner puts it: Starting out on a sunny day, the video seems normal enough -- Banhart and his pals, including the Strokes' Fabrizio Moretti and MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden, stroll around, soaking up a few rays. Then, things take a turn for the trippy. Without giving too much away, we'll just say it involves interstellar travel and Wu-Tang Clan's GZA.

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