Civil Twilight launch remix contest with $1500 prize

South African rock trio Civil Twilight is offering fans/musicians a chance to remix their songs and be featured on their upcoming remix EP. It also doesn’t hurt that $1,500 is up for grabs to the winner(s). Songs for remix are: ”River,” “Highway of Fallen Kings” and “Shape of a Sound.”

For details and to enter the contest, click here.

PHOTO: ‘Arrested Development’ New Script!

They’re not going to make it easy for Arrested Development fans. In what is probably one of several more “teases” to come, EP Ron Howard tweeted a photo of the first script of season four, offering two vague clues about the series’ return.

The first clue comes from the tweet itself: “Very very funny :-) Lots of lines for the narrator too!” Does this mean Howard may be lending his voice again?

Clue No. 2 is in the title: “arrested development: michael.” There had been plans for each episode of the new season to focus on a different character; however, series creator Mitch Hurwitz later suggested those plans had been scrapped. With Michael’s name specified at the top, perhaps plans have changed…again.

Arrested Development will return for Season 4 early 2013 on Netflix.

Frank Ocean performs in L.A., covers Prince

Watch as Earl Sweatshirt joins Frank Ocean on stage in Los Angeles for “Super Rich Kids” — with the audience screaming the lyrics. Ocean also covered Prince’s “When You Were Mine.” Watch them below.

Mumford & Sons’ new album: ‘Babel’

Mumford & Sons will return on September 25 with the follow-up to their smash debut, Sigh No More. The band has announced that their sophomore LP is titled Babel and includes 12 tracks, many of which have been previously performed live.

The band reportedly wrote Babel in just five weeks, but recording lasted a year and a half due to their heavy tour schedule. Markus Dravs, who also helmed Sigh No More, served as producer. The end result is is said to feature “heavier emotions,” but does not stray far from their trademark acoustic sound.

Babel Tracklist:
01. Babel
02. Whispers in the Dark
03. I Will Wait
04. Holland Road
05. Ghosts That We Knew
06. Lover of the Light
07. Lovers’ Eyes
08. Reminder
09. Hopeless Wanderer
10. Broken Crown
11. Below My Feet
12. Not With Haste

Watch the band perform new track “Love of the Light”:

LISTEN: Passion Pit’s New Album ‘Gossamer’

The long-awaited follow-up to Passion Pit’s breakthrough album, 2009’s Manners, is finally here: Gossamer is full of incredible layers of airy synths, crisp snares, and of course, frontman Michael Angelakos’ expressive falsetto.

Stream the album here via NPR.

‘Community’ show runners: We won’t ‘screw it up’

The new show runners of Community had barely taken their seats on the show’s Comic-Con panel on Friday morning before trying to calm the nerves of the show’s dedicated fan base.

“It’s all going to be OK,” new co-show runner David Guarascio assured the crowd. “A couple of months ago we were a lot like you, fans of the show. Now we’re here helping to keep it going. We want to keep it the weird, wonderful gem that it is. And that’s not going to change.”

The show’s fourth season doesn’t begin shooting until later this summer, but it will definitely be under the microscope this fall after the show’s creator and previous show runner, Dan Harmon, was abruptly fired earlier this summer.

“What I’m trying to say is that we’re not going to screw it up,” Port finally conceded.

Win tickets to see Emeli Sande open for Coldplay!

Emeli Sande

Capitol Records is giving fans a chance to see Coldplay & Emeli Sande perform live! Sande is featured in the latest issue of Variance. We discuss her amazing talent and the bright career ahead of her!

Click here for a chance to win tickets!

Florence Welch Loses Voice

Unfortunately, Florence Welch won’t be performing several scheduled shows this week due to losing her voice. As of now, Florence and the Machine is still scheduled to perform July 20 in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Listen: ‘October’ in July, New Track From Helio Sequence

Portland alt-rock duo The Helio Sequence released a new track on Wednesday called “October.” It’s the first track from their upcoming fifth studio album, Negotiations, which is due September 11 via Sub Pop.

(This was originally posted to on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.)

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50 Albums for Less Than 5 Bucks

Amazon has gained a reputation for its dirt-cheap MP3 sales (see some of this week’s effects), so we’ve combed through and highlighted some of this week’s discounts (some of which are FREE) that happen to be reader favorites. Note: Price is accurate at the time of this writing, but Amazon frequently updates prices without notice.

  1. Channel Orange by Frank Ocean ($4.99)
  2. The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monae ($4.99)
  3. My Head is An Animal by Of Monsters and Men ($4.99)
  4. The Lumineers by The Lumineers ($4.99)
  5. Electra Heart by Marina and the Diamonds ($3.99)
  6. The xx by The xx ($3.99)
  7. Break It Yourself by Andrew Bird ($3.99)
  8. Good News For People Who Love Bad News by Modest Mouse ($3.99)
  9. We Are The Tide by Blind Pilot ($3.99)
  10. Passive Me, Aggressive You by The Naked and Famous ($3.99)
  11. Bon Iver by Bon Iver ($3.99)
  12. Mignonette by The Avett Brothers ($3.99)
  13. Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend ($3.99)
  14. Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells ($3.99)
  15. Be The Void by Dr. Dog ($3.99)
  16. Infinite Arms by Band of Horses ($3.99)
  17. Boxer by The National ($3.99)
  18. Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie ($3.99)
  19. Something by Chairlift ($3.99)
  20. Cults by Cults ($3.99)
  21. Strange Mercy by St. Vincent ($3.99)
  22. Metals by Feist ($3.99)
  23. Delta Spirit by Delta Spirit ($3.99)
  24. Robbers & Cowards by Cold War Kids ($3.99)
  25. Harlem River Blues by Justin Townes Earle ($3.99)
  26. Young & Old by Tennis ($3.99)
  27. Burst Apart by The Antlers ($3.99)
  28. Tramp by Sharon Van Etten ($3.99)
  29. I Speak Because I Can by Laura Marling ($3.99)
  30. Oh Land by Oh Land ($3.99)
  31. Milk Famous by White Rabbits ($3.99)
  32. The Bright Lights EP by Gary Clark Jr. ($3.99)
  33. The Valley by Eisley ($3.99)
  34. Continued Silence EP by Imagine Dragons ($3.70)
  35. Saturdays = Youth by M83 ($2.99)
  36. Never Trust A Happy Song by Grouplove ($2.99)
  37. Attack on Memory by Cloud Nothings ($2.99)
  38. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters ($2.99)
  39. Cage the Elephant by Cage the Elephant ($2.99)
  40. The Head And The Heart by The Head And The Heart ($2.99)
  41. Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes ($2.99)
  42. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire ($2.99)
  43. Our Endless Numbered Days by Iron & Wine ($2.99)
  44. Within and Without by Washed Out ($2.99)
  45. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes ($2.99)
  46. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care by Explosions in the Sky ($2.99)
  47. Holy Weather by Civil Twilight ($2.99)
  48. Poison & Wine EP by The Civil Wars ($2.99)
  49. Nightlife by Phantogram ($2.49)
  50. Hometown Glory by Adele ($1.98)

FREE Downloads:

  1. Walk the Moon’s single “Anna Sun”
  2. Cold Specks’ “Blank Maps”
  3. Regina Spektor’s “My Dear Acquaintance [A Happy New Year]”
  4. Ed Sheeran’s “Small Bump”
  5. Metric’s “Gimmie Sympathy”

Passion Pit cancels MORE dates, citing frontman’s “mental health”

Passion Pit is canceling more tour dates as frontman Michael Angelakos continues to “improve his mental health.” The band will still make appearances at the Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and Outside Lands music festivals, but they are rescheduling more shows so that Angelakos can “complete a procedure that week.” The band had previously canceled six other shows earlier this month, citing the same reasons. (Read the band’s statement.)

The band’s latest album, Gossamer, is out now.

See updated schedule below:

08/03 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/05 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
08/07 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater *
08/08 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
08/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series
08/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
08/18 – Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/19 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic
08/21 – Singapore @ Esplanade Concert Hall
08/24-26 – Reading and Leeds, UK @ Reading and Leeds Festival
09/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl #
09/11 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
09/12 – Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Convention Center
09/14 – Arlington, TX @ College Park Center
09/15 – Austin, TX @ The Backyard
09/17 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
09/18 – Knoxville, TN @ Valrium
09/19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
09/29 – Brisbane, AU @ Parklife Festival
09/30 – Sydney, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/01 – Perth, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/06 – Melbourne, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/07 – Adelaide, AU @ Parklife Festival
10/18 – Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo
10/19 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
10/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/22 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/23 – Hollywood, FL @ ArtsPark Ampitheatre
10/26 – Oxford, MS @ The Lyric
10/27 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
10/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
11/02 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oa Music Theatre
11/03 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
11/14 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion

* = w/ Justice

# = w/ Hot Chip

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