A Great Big Pile of Leaves are currently in the studio tracking new songs with producer Mike Poorman (Hot Rod Circuit, The Dear Hunter) for a 7" release that will come out this fall. The band is also working on a new full-length to be released later in the year. Tour dates with Mansions and Young Statues begin in early March and can be seen here.
If you're looking for charming tunes with an abundance of cuteness, you can now purchase The Decoration's debut EP, Anywhere Is Home on iTunes. Head over to their Facebook page to hear a new track titled, "Heavy Hearts".
I read this interesting tidbit on Digital Music News about whether music critics really matter. It's so easy to listen to music these days, not many of us treat reviews with a make-or-break attitude. I remember being in like the ninth grade and reading a review in Alternative Press about The Treaty of Paris, then downloading their record on Limewire just because of the review. How much do you still care about a reviewer's opinion? Does it depend on the website? On the specific reviewer?
The Maccabees' new album Given To The Wild is set to be their first ever Number 1 in the official UK chart next week. The album is currently outselling Adele's 21 in the midweek charts, so if you are in the UK and still haven't purchased the record, make sure you do so and help the band out.
Those Mockingbirds have posted pre-orders for the vinyl release of Fa Sol La, which will be out January 31st on Star Beat Music. You can purchase a copy in advance as well at the vinyl release show on January 20th at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ.
Michael Kiwanuka has been announced as the winner of the "BBC Sound of 2012". He beat the likes of Dry The River, Skrillex and Frank Ocean. Head to the replies to watch the video for his latest single "Home Again" then come and discuss his music and forthcoming debut album here.
Red Hot Rebellion has announced details for its self-titled debut full-length, which will be made available on February 7. You can check out the details in the replies, along with the music video for "For the Benefit of Evil." The band is giving away three songs for free here and the preorder for the album is available here.
Montreal musician Grimes has announced her recent signing with UK independent record label 4AD. Subsequently, this has resulted in the artist having to push the release of her upcoming full-length Visions back to a later date of February 21st. In addition to the above, make sure to head to the replies for details on her forthcoming extensive spring tour.