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Exclusive Premiere: Keane “Watch How You Go”

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Keane’s piano-led pop sound makes a welcome return in the group’s fourth album Strangeland. While the band was on break after 2008’s off-beat 80s inspired synth pop album Perfect Symmetry, they’ve now returned to form and honed their original sound. In the past they frequently drew comparisons to Coldplay and Snow Patrol and it was hard to disagree with the assessment. Now the booming choral arrangements and emotionally-charged orchestrations are more confidently their own. On their new album, the band hasn’t veered far from the sound that brought them their early success, but now Keane seems to have found their stride.

The messages telegraphed in Strangeland are simple and sweet. The lyrics delve into love and loyalty, friendship and faith, nostalgia and hope. The songs offer sentiments that everyone can relate to set to brooding beats that everyone can enjoy and soaring vocals sure to inspire even the most hesitant dancer to tap a foot or clap along to the drums. On “Watch How You Go,” the album’s third track, Tom Chaplin’s skill and capability as a vocalist shine, especially when paired with Tim Rice-Oxley’s compositions. While it is one of the slower tracks on the album, the pacing and restraint evident in the song really lets the band shine. When Chaplin’s voice soars into the chorus it’s hard to hold back an emotional response. The track is truly one of the highlights of the album, so needless to say we’re delighted to premiere the video.

Here’s Keane “Watch How You Go”:

In support of their new album, Keane is hitting the road. Here are their U.S. tour dates:

Boston MA 6/12/2012 House of Blues
North Bethesda, MD 6/14/2012 Strathmore Music Theater
New York NY 6/15/2012 Beacon Theatre
Philadelphia PA 6/16/2012 Merriam Theatre
Nashville TN 6/21/2012 Marathon Music Works
Chicago IL 6/22/2012 Vic Theatre
Milwaukee WI 6/23/2012 Pabst Theatre
Denver CO 6/25/2012 Paramount Theatre
Salt Lake CityUT 6/26/2012 Gallivan Center
Los Angeles CA 6/29/2012 Orpheum Theatre
Oakland CA 6/30/2012 Fox Theatre

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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