About Erin Donaldson

Erin has been writing for the Silver Tongue since June 2011. She loves all kinds of music and hopes to pursue a career in music journalism. Right now, she is working on a B.A. in Media Studies at UC Berkeley. When she isn't writing or studying, she loves dancing, going to shows, and watching YouTube videos of cats.

Maximo Park – The National Health

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After a three-year hiatus, Maximo Park return with unyielding ambition on The National Health; unfortunately, this does not work in their favor. The band struggles to reclaim the edge and whimsy of A Certain Trigger and, as a consolation, pursues shinier production and loftier lyricism. The finished product is both charming and alienating; it successfully [...]

Sleigh Bells to Appear on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”

The fall premier of “No Reservations” will feature Anthony Bourdain partying with the members of Sleigh Bells in Austin, TX. Bourdain visited the band in their suburban rental home during SXSW and enjoyed what appears to be an impressive backyard barbecue, complete with roasted pig. A preview of the upcoming episode, along with photos that [...]

Drake Confirmed as Co-Producer of Posthumous Aaliyah Album

Earlier this week, we reported that Drake was rumored to produce the upcoming posthumous Aaliyah album. Yesterday, Billboard confirmed that Drake and his producer Noah “40″ Shebib will be co-producing the album and revealed a number of other details regarding the release. Jomo Hankerson, Aaliyah’s cousin and co-head of Blackground Records, told Billboard that the [...]

Listen: Desaparecidos – “MariKKKopa” and “Backsell”

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Last week, we reported that Conor Oberst debuted two new solo tracks. Now, fans can delight in additional new material from Oberst’s recently reunited punk group Desaparecidos. Pitchfork reports that tomorrow the band will release two new singles, titled “MariKKKopa” and “Backsell,” digitally and on 7″ vinyl (available here). Listen to “MariKKKopa” below and stream [...]

Two New Songs from Conor Oberst

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Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst debuted two new songs earlier this week, as part of the setlist for his current solo tour. Today, a fan posted a YouTube video of Oberst performing the new material in Fairfield, CT, calling the songs “You Are Your Moms” and “Kick,” respectively. Both rekindle the rawer, more introspective sound [...]

‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ Six-Disc Re-release Announced

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For the album’s 45th anniversary on Oct. 1, The Velvet Underground & Nico will be re-released as a six-disc deluxe edition. The Velvet Underground’s boundary-pushing debut is a staple for any historically-savvy music library; it features production and artwork by Andy Warhol, as well as vocals by the eery rock and roll seductress Nico. The [...]

The Who Honoring Tickets from a Canceled 1979 Show

If you still have your ticket for The Who’s canceled 1979 show in Providence, RI, you’re in luck! The band’s upcoming tour of their 1973 double album Quadrophenia will finish on Feb. 26 at the same venue where the canceled show would have taken place. Tickets to the 1979 show will be honored. According to [...]

Watch: Hot Chip Perform with ?uestlove on Jimmy Fallon

Click here to watch Hot Chip live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with guest drummer ?uestlove of the Roots. The adorably nerdy electro-pop group take on both their most whimsical and most intricate sound yet, performing the track “Don’t Deny Your Heart” off of their latest album In Our Heads.