Put your hands up in there! Now put them down and sit quietly. We’ve got the entire “Unplugged” set by Florence + the Machine and a new video from dance-disco-smoke machine enthusiasts Johnny Headband.
But that’s not all! Check out an entire DJ set from James Murphy, get creeped out by Aesop Rock and stream the new Spiritualized album. Damn, it feels good to be a Tuesday…
Florence + the Machine Go “Unplugged”
Florence + the Machine, the Grammy-winning Brit band fronted by Florence Welch, appeared on MTV’s “Unplugged” last Sunday, and you can stream the 12-song set over at MTV.com, either song-by-song or in its entirety.
Welch’s vocals are stunning, whether she’s belting out originals or covering Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness” and June Carter’s “Jackson” (which featured Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme).
The “Unplugged” brand has always been one of our favorites, and we’re glad it’s back.
Disco Video From Johnny Headband
When a band says their album was “recorded in a cabin in the woods of northern Michigan,” as Johnny Headband does, you kind prepare for some Bon Iver-style acoustic serenade.
But the upcoming album from Johnny Headband, “Who Cooks For You,” comes out of leftfield. The band, which includes Keith Thompson of Electric Six, reminds us that even though you’re doing the “recording in a cabin” thing, you can still dance.
Check out the training-for-a-rodeo, smoke-disco barrage of a new video “And Then Again” above. “Who Cooks for You” drops April 17.
James Murphy Live Set from London’s Boiler Room
James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem spun a set last night at the Boiler Room in London, and thanks to our friends over at Red Bull Music Academy Radio, we’ve got the entire 50-minute mix.
Stream Spiritualized’s Powerful “Sweet Heart, Sweet Light”
Spiritualized and their new album, “Sweet Heart, Sweet Light,” are not to be taken lightly.
In 2005, J Spaceman, the group’s primary member, was hit with double pneumonia -- both lungs filed with fluid -- and he nearly died. His long road to recovery continues to inspire his music, and “Sweet Heart, Sweet Light” features dramatic rock ‘n’ roll crescendos and even a rollicking nine-minute long single.
Aesop Rock Previews “Skelethon”
As The Rap-Up reported a couple of weeks ago, Aesop Rock is returning after a five-year absence.
The freakishly articulate rapper will drop his album “Skelethon” on July 10 through Rhymesayers Entertainment. For now you can stream or download the single “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Aesop Rock has also produced a short album preview, though definitely not for the faint of heart. You’ve been warned.
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