Roundup: New Bear in Heaven, Free RHCP EP, Low Hit London Big Time

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New York’s Bear in Heaven release  I Love You, It’s Cool today. It’s the follow up to 2009’s Beast Rest Forth Mouth.

Our Lady Peace release Curve today. It’s the band’s eighth studio album. They’re playing mostly sold-out shows across Canada and in select U.S. cities with support from Vancouver face-melting duo, The Pack a.d.

The Black Keys, The Killers, Jack White and cavalcade of others are set to play the Firefly Festival in Dover , DE over the July 20-22 weekend. Tickets are on sale this Thursday, April 5th.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are offering a free five song live EP featuring: “Give it Away”, “Dani California”, “Look  Around”, “Monarchy of Roses”, and “If you have to ask”. Download at their website.

Good news for fans of LCD Soundsystem. Oscilloscope Laboratories announced yesterday that it has acquired North American rights to Shut Up and Play the Hits, which documents the final days of the band. The film will be released in special one-night-only engagements in theaters nationwide this summer.

Low, the  trio who are masters of atmospheric alt folk, are playing London’s Royal Festival Hall tonight. Wish we were going!

Alabama Shakes blew us away at SXSW. You can stream their debut album Boys and Girls now at NPR.  It’s a sneak peek as it’s officially out April 10th. Check out our review of Alabama Shakes at SXSW.

MGMT debuted their new song “Alien Days” in Bogota Columbia. View away and enjoy.

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.