Kurt Vile adds more UK dates; Brits celebrate their good fortune

[photo by Shawn Brackbill]

Rejoice, citizens of Britain, for we’re announcing more Kurt Vile & The Violators shows! Kurt and friends will be back in September for a string of shows with the excellent Woods.


4th : End Of The Road Festival, Dorset

5th : Sound Control, Manchester (+ Woods)

6th : Stereo, Glasgow (+ Woods)

7th : The Fleece, Bristol (+ Woods)

8th : The Scala, London (+ Woods) [TICKET WEBSEE TICKETS]

Let’s not forget the rest of the European tour which looks like this….


8th : King Georg, Koln

9th : Feierwerk, Munich (+ O’Death)

10th : Chelsea Club, Vienna

11th : Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin

12th : Vega (Small Hall), Copenhagen

13th : Voxhall, Aarhus

14th : All Tomorrow’s Parties. Minehead (curated by Animal Collective)

15th : Tivoli, Utrecht

16th : Bitterzoet, Amsterdam

17th : Les Nuits de Botanique (Rotunde), Brussels

18th : Charlatan, Gent

19th : Rough Trade East, London (free in-store, 1pm)

19th : Corsica Studio, London SOLD OUT

20th : Kazimier, Liverpool (Sound City)

21st : Captain’s Rest, Glasgow (Stag and Dagger Festival)

22nd : The Hope, Brighton SOLD OUT

23rd : La Maroquinerie, Paris

24th : L’Abordage, Evreux

25th : Place Saint Michel, Bordeaux

26th : Top of the Folk @ L’antipode, Rennes

28th : Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona

29th : Ghetto, Istanbul


29th : Vega, Groningen

30th : Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg


1st : Roskilde Festival, Roskilde

2nd : Fusion Festival, Lärz

3rd : Metropolis Festival, Rotterdam

If you haven’t already, you can watch the official video for ‘Jesus Fever’ here:



Cold Cave mix for The Quietus

Our good friends at The Quietus have been long-time supporters of Cold Cave and they’ve not been quiet in their admiration (you can see what we mean here, here, here, here and here). So when those aforementioned gentlemen asked Cold Cave card-carrying member Dominick Fernow to compile a mix for the website, the response was never going to be anything other than a resounding affirmative.

Listen to Dom’s startling mix below.

Cold Cave are currently on tour in the UK for a handful of shows, including one at The Lexington in London hosted by none other than The Quietus.

31st – The Stereo, Glasgow [buy tickets]

1st – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester [buy tickets]
2nd – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
4th – Rough Trade East, London (free in-store show)
5th – The Lexington, London (The Quietus presents) [buy tickets]

And if you happen to be in the New York zip code, new album Cherish The Light Years can be picked up a week early from Hospital Productions (the record store run by Dom). Head to their homepage for more information.

Times New Viking in Europe right about now

Adam, Beth and Jared kick off their marathon 40-date European tour tonight. Come out and say hi.

The Times New Viking “Adam Needs A Cap For His Tooth” Tour hits the following cities:

17th – Sound Control, Manchester
18th – Nice ‘n Sleazy, Glasgow
19th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
20th – The Dome, London
21st – Portland Arms, Cambridge
23rd – Charlatan, Gent
24th – Prinzenbar, Hamburg
25th – Loppen, Copenhagen
26th – Debaser, Stockholm
27th – Umea Open Festival, Umea
29th – Mono, Oslo
30th – Parken, Gothenburg
31st – Musikcafeen, Aarhus
2nd – Klub 007 Strahov, Prague
3rd – Le Romandie, Lausanne
4th – B72, Vienna
5th – 59:01:00, Munich
6th – Cairo, Wurzburg
7th – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin
8th – Nato, Leipzig
9th – Glocksee, Hanover
10th – Gleis 22, Munster
11th – Vera, Groningen
12th – OCCII, Amsterdam
13th – Point Ephemere, Paris
15th – Locanda Atlantide, Rome
16th – Covo Club, Bologna
17th – La Casa Milan 139, Milan
20th – Plano B, Porto
21st – ZDB, Lisbon
22nd – Moby Dick, Madrid
23rd – El Tinglado No. 2, Valencia
24th – Nitsa, Barcelona
26th – The Rest Is Noise, London
27th – Arts Centre, Norwich
28th – Masque, Liverpool
29th – Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
30th – Stereo, Glasgow
1st – The Victoria, Birmingham
14th – All Tomorrow’s Parties (Pavement curated)

Photo above taken from Romorosso’s Flickr without permission

Kurt Vile vs Panda Bear

Our very own Kurt Vile will be the opening act for the so-hot-right-now Panda Bear in Europe. Tickets are like gold-dust so be prepared to beg, steal or barter your soul for this.

10th – Cabaret Sauvage, Paris (with Panda Bear)
11th – Heaven, London (with Panda Bear)
12th – Vicar Street, Dublin (with Panda Bear)

(Kurt photo by Shawn Brackbill; Panda photo from muzikid. Photoshop skills by Annette Lee)

Jay Reatard – Pitchfork A>D>D Session

Today sees the launch of Jay Reatard’s scorching four-track/VHS session at Pitchfork.

Stephen and Billy’s last stand, we’re happy to have this one for posterity, but here in the UK we’re also looking forward to checking out the NEW BAND (!!) this week. Find tour dates below the video, and buy Watch Me Fall here.

Tour Dates:

Nov 09 Brussels, BE -Botanique Rotonde
Nov 10 Antwerpen, BE – Bar Mondial
Nov 11 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
Nov 12 Manchester, UK – Roadhouse
Nov 13 London, UK – Underworld
Nov 14 Bristol, UK – Croft
Nov 15 Liverpool, UK – Masque
Nov 16 Dublin, IE – Whelans
Nov 21 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom w/Pixies
Nov 22 Columbus, OH – The Summit w/Black Hollies
Nov 23 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
Nov 24 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom w/Pixies
Nov 25 Northhampton, MA – Iron Horse
Nov 27 Boston, MA – Wang Theatre w/Pixies
Nov 28 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas
Nov 30 Washington, DC – Constitution Hall w/Pixies
Dec 01 Chapel HillC, NC – Local 506
Dec 02 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
Dec 03 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Dec 04 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
Dec 05 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
Dec 07 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
Dec 08 Houston, TX – Walters on Washington
Dec 09 Austin, TX – Emo’s
Dec 10 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
Dec 31 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater

Kurt Vile – Europe beckons

Kurt make this yellow

Kurt photo taken without permission from Make This Yellow’s Flickr

Kurt and his Violators cross the pond this December for a criminally short tour. Blink and you’ll miss them.

10th December – Primavera Club @ Sidecar, Barcelona (Spain)

11th December – Primavera Club @ Wurlitzer, Madrid (Spain)

12th December – State X New Forms Festival, Den Haag (Netherlands)

15th December – Club Uncut @ The Lexington, London (UK)

17th December – Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels (Belgium)

Cold Cave – UK tour

Cold Cave live

Photo courtesy of nikkisneakers’ Flickr

Coming to a British city near you. Don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Thursday 29th – Louisiana, Bristol
Friday 30th – Club Evol @ Korova, Liverpool
Saturday 31st – Playdate @ Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh

Sunday 1st – Optimo, Glasgow
Monday 2nd – Liars Club @ Bodega, Nottingham
Tuesday 3rd – White Heat @ Madame Jo Jo’s, London
Wednesday 4th – Barfly, London
Thursday 5th – The Corner, Manchester
Friday 6th – Moles, Bath
Saturday 7th – Be @ Proud, London

Jay Reatard in Europe this Fall*

Photo above swiped from Ryan Muir’s Flickr without permission – sorry

Jay, Stephen and Billy are coming back – Flying Vs in tow – for twenty-plus dates across Europe with no days off. We admire their work ethic.

28th – Maroquinerie, Paris FR (buy tickets here, here or here)
29th – Luxor, Koln DE (buy tickets here)
30th – 59 to 1, Munich DE (buy tickets here)
31st – Lido (club night), Berlin DE (buy tickets here)
1st – Loppen, Copenhagen DK
2nd – John Dee, Oslo NO (buy tickets here)
3rd – Babel, Malmo SE (buy tickets here)
4th – Logo, Hamburg DE (buy tickets here)
5th – Matrix, Prague CZ (buy tickets here)
6th – B72, Vienna AT (buy tickets here)
7th – Covo, Bologna IT
8th – La Cooperative De Mai, Clermont-Ferrand FR (buy tickets here, here or here)
9th – Botanique Rotunde, Brussels BE (buy tickets here)
10th – Bar Academy, Birmingham UK (buy tickets here or 08444 772 000 / 08712 200 260)
11th – King Tuts, Glasgow UK (buy tickets here or call 08444 999 990
12th – Roadhouse, Manchester UK (buy tickets here or call 08712 200 260 / 01618 321 111)
13th – Underworld, London UK (buy tickets here or call 08712 200 260)
14th – Croft, Bristol UK (buy tickets here or call 08704 444 400)
15th – Masque, Liverpool UK (buy tickets here or call 08448 472 424)
16th – Whelans, Dublin IE (buy tickets here or 0818 719 390)

* Or Autumn if you speak English.

Shearwater – European tour

Kim+Thor double-glocking
Above: Thor and Kim engaging in double-glock(enspiel) warfare at this year’s Primavera Festival

Having Shearwater play on this side of the Atlantic is always a good thing especially if it means the opportunity to hear more new material. Bring your own glockenspiel/double-bass/hand-made instrument.

10th – Vooruit, Ghent BE
11th – End Of The Road Festival, Dorset UK
12th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK (w/ Clinic)
13th – Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester UK
14th – The Luminaire, London UK
15th – Effenaar, Eindhoven NL
16th – Tivoli (De Helling), Utrecht NL

Times New Viking – European Tour

TNV Polaroids

Yes, they’re coming back. Beth, Jared, Adam, we’ve missed you. Judge and I are prepping our livers with milk thistle right now in anticipation.


  • 16th – Buffalo Bar, Cardiff
  • 17th – Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow
  • 18th – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast
  • 19th – Whelans, Dublin
  • 20th – Korova, Liverpool
  • 21st – The Basement, York
  • 22nd – The Corner, Manchester
  • 23rd – Cargo, London
  • 24th – Freebutt, Brighton
  • 26th – Festaal Kreuzberg, Berlin
  • 28th – Paradiso, Amsterdam
  • 30th – St Ex, Bordeaux


  • 2nd – Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
  • 3rd – LA 2, Barcelona

Hear Fucked Up on the radio today…

Tune in to Radio 1’s Rock Show tonight between midnight and 2am (GMT time, so that’s 7pm-9pm if you’re east coast stateside) and hear Fucked Up playing three tracks live for you, the discerning music fan. Go to either 97-99FM or listen via the website here.

If you miss it you can listen again any time for 7 days afterwards on the website.

Matador take over Manchester next Wednesday

Residents of the north, why go to one Matador-related show on Wednesday 19th November when you can go to two?

For one night only, you can see both Fucked Up and Jay Reatard playing in completely separate venues in the beautiful city of Manchester. But never fear dear Northerners, you don’t have to choose one show over the other (which would be as cruel as making you choose between Man City and Man United, I’m sure).

Fucked Up play the Roadhouse at 8pm (there’s a 9pm curfew; it’s an all-ages show) whilst Jay Reatard and company head up the Deaf Institute (oh, the irony) at midnight. There’s even enough time to fit in a Reggae Reggae Chicken Subway between shows. Anyone would have thought we’d planned it.

So in a nutshell, your Wednesday night should look something like this:
8pm-9pm – watch Fucked Up @ The Roadhouse
9.05pm – High-five/back-slap/shake hands with Fucked Up
10pm (approximately) – eat Reggae Reggae Chicken Subway
10.30pm – watch Lovvers @ Deaf Institute
12 midnight – watch Jay Reatard @ Deaf Institute

Fucked Up’s Damian wears clothes in FRONT magazine

Click above and find out exactly why Damian has the best tits to ever go in a magazine. It had me convinced anyway.

Want to dress like your favourite Canadian FRONTman? Follow this link here for cool threads, the likes of which will undoubtedly lead to you hanging out with Charlotte from The Subways in a field in Berkshire, a lifetime ambition I’ve yet to fulfill until now.

Shearwater visit London (about bloody time!), return to Europe in November

(photo above of the Rough Trade East performance where they played Rook from start to finish and I nearly cried like a baby several times)

Having spent 48 hours in the company of the wonderful Shearwater I have learned the following:

1) They are an incredibly nice group of individuals,
2) Jonathan possesses a voice that defies human ability and laws of nature,
3) Tissues are absolutely necessary as losing one’s dignity at a show tends to undermine you in front of friends, esteemed colleagues and complete strangers.

Photos below of the Bush Hall show where the band (and audience) finished up proceedings around the grand piano for a stunning unplugged version of ‘Rook’ swansong The Hunter’s Star:

All photos taken by me. Big thanks to “The Power of Monk” at The Local and Phil Adams at Rough Trade East.

Shearwater return in November for an extensive European tour. Bring a hanky.

7th – Botanique, Brussels (B)
8th – De Nachten, Antwerpen (B)
9th – Tivoli, Utrecht (NL) – w/ Destroyer
10th – Club 106, Paris (F) – w/ Silver Mt Zion
11th – Le Bataclan, Paris (F) – w/ Silver Mt Zion
12th – L’Epicerie Moderne, Feyzin (F)
13th – Palace, St-Gallen (CH)
14th – Le Romandie, Lausanne (CH)
16th – Manufaktur, Schorndorf (D)
17th – Postbahnhof, Berlin (D) – w/ Okkervil River
18th – Beatpol, Dresden (D)
19th – Nachtasyl, Hamburg (D)
20th – Voorhuit, Ghent (B)
21th – Crossing Border, Den Haag (NL)
22th – St Giles in the Fields Church, London (UK)
23rd – Taylor John’s House, Coventry (UK)
24th – Komedia, Brighton (UK)

Jay Reatard performs on Welcome To Our TV Show; makes several north Londoners deaf…

Ever wondered what it would be like having Jay Reatard perform in your living room? Ask Jeremy Warmsley, although you might need to ask him several times before he hears you.


See Jay, Stephen and Billy play on some slightly more spacious stages this Fall (or Autumn, if you speak English):

16 Nov : Green Synergy Festival, Dublin
18 Nov : Barrowlands 2, Glasgow
19 Nov : Deaf Institute, Manchester
20 Nov : The Faversham, Leeds
21 Nov : Korova, Liverpool
22 Nov : Bodega, Nottingham
23 Nov : The Cooler, Bristol
24 Nov : Old Blue Last, London
26 Nov : The Sazerac, London
27 Nov : Banquet Records, London (in-store performance)
28 Nov : Engine Rooms, Brighton

Thanks to Jeremy and Faye for being extremely accommodating. Check out the other Welcome To Our TV Show episodes here.

Shearwater: The UK and Ireland invasion begins this Saturday

(Flyer above for London’s Bush Hall show courtesy of The Local)

Shearwater have finally made it across the Atlantic, more or less in one piece.

The UK and Ireland leg will begin in earnest this weekend with an evening performance at one of the best small festivals around before circumnavigating the good and not-so-good parts of these isles. There’s even time for a free gig at everyone’s favourite London record shop.

Miss them at your peril.

13 Sep : End Of The Road Festival, Dorset
14 Sep : Zodiac, Oxford
15 Sep : Captain’s Rest, Glasgow
16 Sep : The Roadhouse, Manchester
17 Sep : Bush Hall, London
18 Sep : Rough Trade East, London *Free in-store performance @ 7pm*
19 Sep : Whelans, Dublin
20 Sep : Speakeasy, Belfast
21 Sep : Roisin Dubh, Galway