Today In Music News: Tues Aug 24

Ra Ra Riot announced a free Toronto show to celebrate the release of their newest album, The Orchard. You can get a chance to win a ticket to the August 30 show at the Mod Club by emailing contests@arts-crafts.ca, or earn a guaranteed seat by buying a copy of the album from Soundscapes, Criminal Records, Rotate This, Sonic Boom and GalleryAC.com.A new partnership between SoundCloud and Creative Commons makes it easier for music fans to find CC-licensed tunes.

Joanna Newsom and her strange voice are hitting the road again in November. She plays about a dozen dates in Europe before hitting a similar number of locations stateside.

Beach House have a new song from their new iTunes Sessions EP up for your streaming pleasure on the ever-popular social music-media site Soundcloud. The EP features old songs re-worked as a three-piece, as well as one new one titled White Moon which you can hear through the link.

Conan O’Brien has debuted a new spoken-word track called And They Call Me Mad? via Third Man Records. It’s only up for 24 hours though, so listen to it while you can.

Need to kill some time at work today? Here’s a list of the fifty best music videos of the 1990s. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was almost twenty years ago, you guys.

Destroyer has a new 12″ EP out in September on MERGE Records, and it looks to be even more of a collaborative effort than usual:

Talking about the release in a press release, Bejar stated: “I’m not responsible for any of the music contained on this EP aside from the vocals, the general chord progression of ‘Archer on the Beach’, and maybe a couple of the sound effects.” Only 1,000 copies of the EP will be made.

Check out a new track from Nathan Laur and the Minotaurs, for free!

Photo by Oliver Lopena, via Creative Commons

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