How A 54-Year-Old Chilean Folk Song Became 2021’s Poignant, Persistent Soundtrack

What do a tequila ad, a film about the beginning stages of a woman’s dementia, and the latest Kacey Musgraves album all have in common? Their connectedness is a result of Chilean activist and folk singer Violeta Parra’s “Gracias A La Vida.” Written shortly before Parra died in 1967, the song is an ode to life’s blessings and hardships. It’s been brought to life throughout the decades with covers from Mercedes Sosa, Joan Baez, and even Deerhoof, but seems to have hit a nerve with artists as we approach a third year of the COVID pandemic, popping up repeatedly in unexpected places.
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Deerhoof’s First Show in Two Years Streaming via Bandcamp Live on Dec. 12th

Deerhoof today announced the band’s first show in two years will stream via Bandcamp Live on December 12th at 3pm Eastern/12pm Pacific. Despite releasing four albums since the last time the band was able to be in each other’s presence, this 18-song set marks Deerhoof’s first and only recent concert available to fans worldwide. Filmed with multiple cameras in guitarist Ed Rodriguez’s basement (the recording location of several beloved Deerhoof albums, including La Isla Bonita and Breakup Song), the online show will feature songs from their whole catalog—including some never previously performed live, such as tracks from their latest LP, Actually, You Can—mixed with footage of the band’s joyous in-person reunion in Portland, Oregon. Fans can purchase digital tickets for$5 dollars to RSVP (and watch the performance 48 hours after its debut); the band will join fans for a virtual Q&A after its presentation.
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Kathleen Hanna and Tom Morello sign open letter protesting Amazon palm scanners

Kathleen Hanna and are among a number of musicians protesting new Amazon palm scanners at music venues. The technology, recently implemented “as a form of “convenient” ticketless entry” at a number of US venues including the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, is “an example of biometric data collection, and could turn Red Rocks into the site of ICE raids, police violence, and false arrests,” the letter states.
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Under the Radar Presents: “Why Not Both” Podcast Featuring They Might Be Giants

Welcome to Why Not Both Wednesdays. Every week, in partnership with Why Not Both podcast, we’ll be presenting new podcast episodes that explore how multiple passions inform the inspiring lives of musicians, writers, actors, and creatives. Over the last several decades, They Might Be Giants have done everything from making...

Tom Morello, DIIV, Kathleen Hanna & More Sign Letter Protesting Amazon Palm Scanning At Red Rocks

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with statements from Amazon and Red Rocks spokespeople. Hundreds of musicians have signed an open letter urging Denver’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater to cancel a contract with Amazon for the tech giant’s palm-scanning technology. The letter claims that the “convenient” form of ticketless entry into the venue is a potential Trojan horse for invasive, nefarious actions.

Jaala – Gap Tooth (2021)

On Jaala’s first two albums, 2015’s Hard Hold and 2018’s Joonya Spirit, guitars, drums, bass and vocals ricocheted across the stereo spectrum in a frantic scramble, sharing musical DNA with fellow adventurers such as Deerhoof. The Melbourne band’s sound was all angles and elbows, a jagged web of exciting shapes protecting a tender, wounded core. On their new album Gap Tooth, the bruised soul of songwriter Cosima Jaala is laid bare. Her quartet has become a trio, subbing out second guitar and bass for new member Carolyn Schofield (Fia Fiell) on synths, piano and violin, while drummer Maria Moles remains the band’s fluttering heart. This time around, the guitar and drums’ nervous, shifting gestures are coddled by Schofield’s soundscapes to narcotic…

Party Stains – A Weekly Update from Stronger Than Dirt

Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday,. November 20, 8-10pm) include Bubble Puppy, Elvis Costello and the Attractions,. Chrome, the Fall, Young Marble Giants, Thee Headcoatees, My Bloody. Valentine, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, Deerhoof, lots of new music,. as well as the weekly Dusty...

Claire Cronin, John Dieterich (Deerhoof), and Ezra Buchla Talk Bloodless

Claire Cronin is an LA-based singer-songwriter and poet; John Dieterich is a guitarist in Deerhoof and a producer/mixer. John remotely mixed Claire’s new album Bloodless with the help of Ezra Buchla, Claire’s husband and musical partner, who did most of the recording. To celebrate the album’s release — it’s out today via Orindal Records — the three hopped on the phone to chat about it.

The Triumphant Return of Treefort

They were truly beautiful September days in Boise (idyllic, even!) for the triumphant return of Treefort Fest 2021. We had the pleasure of attending this year and saw, count 'em, 14 (!) bands. And dear reader, would you believe it when we tell you that all 14 bands RULED? It's true!

Kim Gordon, Osees, Guided by Voices to play Treefort 2022

The Treefort Music Fest returns to Boise, Idaho in 2022 on March 23-27. Today, the festival has announced its lineup for next year, including headliners Kim Gordon, Osees and Durand Jones and the Indications. Other artists on the 2022 Treefort lineup include Men I Trust, Guided by Voices, Built to...

Kim Gordon, Guided By Voices, Durand Jones Set to Headline 2022 Treefort Music Fest

The Treefort Music Fest is returning to Boise, Idaho for their 10th year, scheduled for a three-day run of shows March 23-27, 2022. In their biggest lineup to date, Treefort will host performances by Kim Gordon, Deafheaven, Guided By Voices, Men I Trust, bbymutha, Kari Faux, !!!, Deerhoof, Indigo de Souza, Osees, W.I.T.C.H., Built to Spill, Typhoon, Andrea Gibson, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Deradoorian, Geographer, Mercury Rev, and over 200 more acts.

Treefort Announces Incredible Lineup for the Festival's 10th Year

This March, fittingly pretty much right during the two-year anniversary of the pandemic shut down, Treefort Music Fest is returning for its 10th year on March 23-27, 2022 with an absolutely killer lineup. After taking a forced pause in 2020 and then just very recently throwing their 9th iteration in September, Boise’s premier festival has just announced its first wave of artists playing Treefort 10. And with a list of 100+ names on just this first round, they’ve clearly leaned into their motto of “Treefort is for everyone.”

Actually, You Can

Few bands traversing the indie rock circuit are as prolific as Deerhoof: 18 albums over a quarter of a century—including three in the last two years. And no band matches their ability to draw from so many contrasting styles and influences while still creating something that sounds cohesive. On Actually, You Can, they alternate between chaotic math rock and hypnotic alternative, weaving an album that feels equal parts eclectic and spontaneous.