- PRINCE I wonder if the guitars that aren't in the shape of that symbol thingy have an inferiority complex.
Another week, another Mercury
music section. This week is supersized—there is a LOT going on this week—and the theme is La, La, La, He, He, Hee. (You can Google that if you need to.)
• • •Prince
is coming! Prince is coming. Prince... is coming? Prince is coming! PRINCE. IS. COMING.
• • •The Thermals
have a new album! It's about killing. (Note:
The Thermals did not actually kill anybody during the making of this record. That they told us about.)LISTEN: The Thermals - "The Sunset"
• • •Bat for Lashes
makes spooky music that's just flat-out great. Get ready to be haunted.LISTEN: Bat for Lashes - "All Your Gold"
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Speaking of great, the Veils
—good lord, there are a lot of good shows this week—are exactly that. They're just great great great. And really dreamy, too... ahem, sorry, what were we talking about?LISTEN: The Veils - "Through the Deep, Dark Wood"
• • •Telekinesis
' Michael Lerner joins the ranks of singing drummers including Micky Dolenz, Phil Collins, Don Henley, Andy Sturmer, and that guy from the Barbarians who had a hook for a hand.LISTEN: Telekinesis - "Ghosts and Creatures"
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Filthy gay bear rapper Big Dipper
wants to fist you. (If this teaser doesn't grab you, nothing will.)LISTEN: Big Dipper w/Rica Shay - "Summertime Realness"
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Ryan J. Prado wrote something a teensy bit critical about Tera Melos
a few years back, and the fans called him a piece of "human garbage-shit." Tera Melos have a great new album. So what's Ryan gonna say about them now?LISTEN: Tera Melos - "Tropic Lame"
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You will have noticed this is a ridiculously overstuffed music section, but there is so much
going on this week that we didn't even have room in the paper for one of this week's biggest stories: Sparks
is playing Portland, and if you know Sparks, you are hyperventilating. We have a complete Q&A with Sparks' Russell Mael—read it here
!LISTEN: Sparks - "The Number One Song in Heaven [live]"
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Plus the usual batch of Up & Coming