Bits: Roky Erickson & the Black Angels, Robert Pollard, the Black Keys, the Low Anthem

  • Roky Erickson and the Black Angels: Night of the Vampire is now on Pitchfork’s One Week Only.
  • Paste shares the details on Robert Pollard’s latest batch of releases. Solo album on 1.18, Lifeguards on 2.15 and Mars Classroom on 3.29.
  • The Black Keys returned to the KCRW studios yesterday. You can watch or listen here.
  • If you haven’t yet grabbed the free download of “Ghost Woman Blues” from the forthcoming Low Anthem album, Smart Flesh, you can hear it while watching their beautiful video.

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Bits: Justin Townes Earle, The Walkmen, James Blackshaw, ATP, Roadside Graves, The Black Angles, Kermit Ruffins, Ray Davies

  • NPR’s got it going on in their First Listen feature, with Justin Townes Earle’s Harlem River Blues and the Walkmen’s Lisbon in the rotation right now. Additionally, although it’s a little older now, is the latest from A.A. Bondy-favorite James Blackshaw.
  • Also at NPR, an All Tomorrow’s Parties preview playlist from NTSIB favorite Jim Jarmusch, which includes T-Model Ford, Raekwon and Ohio’s Greenhornes.
  • Muzzle of Bees brings us some special downloads from a lost session Roadside Graves recorded for Aquarium Drunkard.
  • Spinner offers a free download of the Black Angels’ “Telephone”, which has nothing to do with who you’re thinking of, as well as “I Got a Treme Woman” by Kermit Ruffins.
  • There’s a Ray Davies collaboration album in the works, which will reportedly include Frank Black, Bruce Springsteen and the late Alex Chilton, among others. Pitchfork gathered some reports for you.

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