Majical Cloudz tour with Lorde starts tomorrow




Starting tomorrow in Philadelphia’s Mann Center Majical Cloudz’ tour with antipodean pop sensation, Lorde begins. Get there early!


Friday, September, 5 – Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia PA*
Sunday, September, 7 – Artpark, Lewiston NY*
Friday, September, 12 – TD Echo Beach, Toronto ON, Canada*
Sunday, September, 14 –  Pier 97, New York NY*
Monday, September, 15 – United Palace, New York NY*
Tuesday, September, 16 – United Palace New York NY*
Thursday September, 18 – Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC*
Monday, September, 22 – Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville TN*
Tuesday, September, 23 – The LC Pavilion, Columbus OH*
Wednesday, September, 24 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland OH*
Friday, September, 26 – BMO Harris Pavilion, Milwaukee, WI*
Saturday, September, 27 – Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs IA*
Sunday, September, 28 – 1st Bank Center,  Broomfield CO*
Tuesday, September, 30 – The Joint,  Las Vegas NV*
Thursday, October, 2 – Greek Theater – UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA*
Sunday October, 6 – Greek Theater, Los Angeles CA*
Monday, October, 7 – Greek Theater, Los Angeles CA*
Thursday, October, 9 – Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara CA*
Thursday, October, 9 – Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara CA*
Friday, October, 10 – Open Air Theater, San Diego CA*
November, 7 – Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX

* with Lorde

Buy ‘Impersonator’



Childhood’s End –

This Is Magic –

Savage (Live @ Pitchfork Paris) –

Love Soul (Interactive Video) –


Tonight: Ceremony in Brooklyn (FREE)

Ceremony’s tour with Nothing & Iron Lung pushes on, landing in NYC tonight as part of a free bill at The Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Bad Side open. We’ll see you out.

Details on admission here

Friday, July 18, 2014 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Saturday, July 19, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Sunday, July 20, 2014 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Monday, July 21, 2014 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 – Charlotte, NC – Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 – Atlanta, GA – Mammal Gallery
Thursday, July 24, 2014 – Orlando, FL – The Social
Saturday, July 26, 2014 – New Orleans, LA – Mudlark
Sunday, July 27, 2014 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
Monday, July 28, 2014 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
Thursday, July 31, 2014 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Warehouse
Friday, August 01, 2014 – West Hollywood, CA – Roxy Theatre
Saturday, August 02, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop


coming June 17: Lower ‘Seek Warmer Climes’, listen to “Lost Weight, Perfect Skin” now


Following releases on 540, Escho and Blind Prophet, Lower‘s debut album ‘Seek Warmer Climes‘, will see release June 17th on Matador Records (Escho in Denmark, Big Love in Japan). The record sparkles with the harmonic dissonance and high-strung urgency of their underground rock forebears, but Copenhagen’s Lower ­– Adrian Toubro (vocals), Simon Formann (guitar), Kristian Emdal (bass) and Anton Rothstein (drums) – also channel the romance and drama of great singer-songwriters, from late-period Scott Walker to Bryan Ferry. The result is a hugely ambitious and affecting rock album that enters deeply personal and unusual sonic and topical spaces.

You don’t have to dig deep to hear how far Lower’s music sits from the traditional concerns of modern rock music. Toubro’s lyrics are finely wrought emotional dramas that, in their poetic construction and raw honesty of delivery. “Every song on the record deals in some way with personal development, be it emotional or cosmetic,” says Toubro. “How to act in different social contexts, and to acclimatize oneself into a given situation without losing face.”

Listen to the album’s third track, “Lost Weight, Perfect Skin” now

Pre-order ‘Seek Warmer Climes‘ – first pressing of the LP will be available on white vinyl

01. Another Life
02. Daft Persuasion
03. Lost Weight, Perfect Skin
04. Unkempt And Uncaring
05. Expanding Horizons (Dar Es Salaam)
06. Bastard Tactics
07. Soft Option
08. Craver
09. Tradition
10. Arrows

Ahead of release, the band will embark on a string US dates that will fall before the record’s release, as well as dates in the UK with Fucked Up.

Lower Tour Dates:

Thurs. May 1 – Sun. May 4 – SPOT Festival – Aarhus, DK
Fri. May 16 – Sat. May 17 – The Church On York – Los Angeles, CA (with Iceage, Puce Mary, Sexdrome)
Sun. May 18 – Wall Street – Phoenix, AZ
Mon. May 19 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
Tue. May 20 – Holland Project – Reno, NV
Wed. May 21 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA
Thu. May 22 – 1234 Go! – Oakland, CA
Fri. May 23 – Munoz Boxing Gym – Bakersfield, CA
Sat. May 24 – E 7th Street – Los Angeles, CA
Tue. May 27 – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT
Wed. May 28 – Home Sweet Home (Nothing Changes) – New York, NY
Thu. May 29 – Golden Tea House – Philadelphia, CA
Fri. May 30 – Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
Tue. June 10 – Point Ephemere – Paris, FR
Sun. June 15 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK (with Fucked Up)
Mon. June 16 – The Cluny – Newcastle, UK (with Fucked Up)
Tue. June 17 – Belgrave – Leeds, UK (with Fucked Up)
Wed. June 18 – Koko – London, UK (with Fucked Up)

Listen to Majical Cloudz “Love Soul”

Along with “Savage“, “Love Soul” was culled from the sessions from Majical Cloudz’ 2013 essential, ‘Impersonator‘, though, as with “Savage”, “Love Soul” stands alone as vital as any of Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto’s songs. Featured on a stunning new website and in partnership with Spotify, listen to ‘Love Soul’ here.

The website allows the viewer to explore and experience them in an interactive manner, go ahead and download “Love Soul”, along with these original, animated GIFs, directly from the site as part of the full experience.

Take “Love Soul” with you and dig in to and/or revisit ‘Impersonator‘ today.


And, happy Valentine’s day.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have a North American tour

and you’re invited to wig out

Wed Feb 12 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre (with Tyvek)
Fri Feb 14 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s (with Tyvek)
Sat Feb 15 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House (with Tyvek)
Sun Feb 16 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room (with Tyvek)
Tue Feb 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center (with Tyvek)
Wed Feb 19 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (with Tyvek)
Thu Feb 20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (with Disappears)
Fri Feb 21 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch (with Disappears)
Sat Feb 22 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (with Disappears)
Sun Feb 23 – Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus (with Disappears)
Tue Feb 25 – Boston, MA – Paradise (with Disappears)
Wed Feb 26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (with Disappears)
Thu Feb 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Endless Boogie)
Fri Feb 28 – Washington, DC – Black Cat (with Endless Boogie)
Sat March 01 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts (with Endless Boogie)
Mon March 03 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (with Purling Hiss)
Tue March 04 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (with Purling Hiss)
Wed March 05 – Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree (with Purling Hiss)
Thu March 06 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish @ House of Blues (with Purling Hiss)
Fri March 07 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs (with Purling Hiss)
Sun March 09 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (with Purling Hiss)
Sat March 15 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
Thu March 27 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri March 28 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat March 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sun March 30 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 01 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom (with Speedy Ortiz)
Wed April 02 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 05 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat (with Speedy Ortiz)
Mon April 7 – Calgary, AB – Republik (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 8 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 10 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri April 11 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 12 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)

click the venue names for ticket links.

Don’t cha forget, ‘Wig Out At Jag Bags’ is out January 7th

Matador Store Pre-order:
Pre-orders from the Matador store receive pre-order-only “Pick Up The Spare” 7” (single sided 7” on strawberry red vinyl) – while supplies last!

iTunes Pre-order:
Pre-order from iTunes receive a download of “Lariat” instantly, and non-album track “Pick Up The Spare” on release date.


Listen to Majical Cloudz’ “Savage”

Composed around the same time that Devon Welsh wrote Impersonator, “Savage” has been an integral part of Majical Cloudz’ live show for quite some time.

In regards to “Savage”, Devon Welsh of Majical Cloudz notes “I think it’s important to explain a song a little bit, but not too much. The song is written about a specific set of circumstances and experiences, and Matt and I did such-and-such when we recorded it, but ultimately what the song is ‘about’ is less important than how and why it is meaningful for you when you listen to it. Explaining too much about the details of the song is not the point, so I won’t. “Savage” is about a friendship, it’s mysteries and it’s moments of excitement, and the way drugs played into all of it. It’s about letting go of a relationship as it changes and the emotions that go along with that.”

“Savage” is the first new material the duo has released following the release of Impersonator earlier this year.

Buy ‘Impersonator’ here
Twitter: @majicalcloudz


DARKSIDE announce tour dates & played a ten minute version of “Paper Trails”, which you can watch now

On the heels on their sold-out shows in London, Berlin and Brussels, the DARKSIDE announce the “Psychic Tour”; the band’s first headlining North American tour.

DARKSIDE recently previewed their live show with a performance of an extended version of “Paper Trails” for Resident Advisor.

Over the weekend, The NY Times Magazine ran a feature on DARKSIDE, including a behind-the-scenes rehearsal photo, and NPR Weekend Edition aired an interview with Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, calling the album, “scary meets catchy.” Listen to the NPR interview here.

1/14/2014 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre

1/15/2014 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace

1/16/2014 – Detroit, MI – The Magic Stick

1/17/2014 – Chicago, IL – Metro

1/18/2014 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

1/21/2014 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club

1/22/2014 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s

1/23/2014 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

1/24/2014 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore Auditorium

1/25/2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Music Box (Henry Fonda)

1/26/2014 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory

1/28/2014 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

1/30/2014 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada

1/31/2014 – Austin, TX – Emo’s

2/1/2014 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s

2/2/2014 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues – New Orleans

2/3/2014 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

2/5/2014 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

2/6/2014 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

2/7/2014 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

2/8/2014 – New York, NY – Terminal 5


Purchase DARKSIDE Psychic (out now on Other People & Matador Records)

DARKSIDE on the web:


Happy Lee Ranaldo + The Dust, DARKSIDE & Glasser release day

It’s a big day over here at Matador/True Panther HQ as we welcome new albums from Lee Ranaldo And The Dust, DARKSIDE & Glasser into the world.

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust – Last Night On Earth (Matador Records)

“Ranaldo sounds like he’s indeed having the best time of his life.” Tiny Mix Tapes

Get ‘Last Night On Earth’ at the Matador Store,iTunes, Amazon or at your favorite indie retailer. Lee Ranaldo & The Dust kick off a lengthy tour tonight in Hudson, NY – check out the dates here.  Tonight, the band’s session airs on WNYC Soundcheck at 9pm EDT on 93.9FM and


DARKSIDE – Psychic (Other People/Matador)

translucent and dense, electrified and organic, holding a form while constantly being prodded into new shapes.” Pitchfork (9.0 Best New Music)

Get ‘Psychic’ at the Matador Store, iTunes, Amazon and as Rough Trade’s Album of the Month. Don’t miss DARKSIDE at Pitchfork Paris & Mountain Oasis Festival.


Glasser – Interiors (True Panther Sounds)

Interiors is an expansive, fiercely intelligent investigative workClash

Get ‘Interiors’ at the True Panther Store, iTunes, Amazon or at your favorite indie retailer. This week, Glasser kicks off a pre-tour run of shows in LA (10/10), Toronto (10/13) and Brooklyn (10/15, True Panther CMJ showcase). All dates here –  see you out!


Listen to Iceage’s forthcoming covers 7″ & see them on tour

As we type, Iceage are closing out 2013 with worldwide tour dates in support of the year’s essential You’re Nothing LP.  To round out the year Iceage returned to the studio earlier this month to record a covers 7″ to be released on November 19 in partnership with Denmark’s Escho Records.

Entitled To The Comrades, the 7″ contains an incendiary cover of South Africa’s Bahumutsi Drama Group‘s anthem of the same name & a smoldering take on Sinead O’Connor‘s “Jackie”. You can listen to both tracks below & pre-order the vinyl at the Matador Store.


Also, come November 19th. We’ll be releasing a digital-only deluxe version of You’re Nothing featuring the album, these covers and 1 b-side.  Keep an eye on the Matablog for more info on that soon.

Thu. Oct. 3 – Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert
Fri. Oct. 4 – Vienna, AT @ Waves Vienna
Sat. Oct. 5 – Prague, CZ @ Pilot Club
Sun. Oct. 6 – Berlin, DE @ West Germany

Tue. Oct. 8 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium w/ the Videos
Wed. Oct. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ the Videos
Thu. Oct. 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ The Men (Culture Collide Festival)
Sun. Oct. 13 – Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital Music Festival
Tue. Oct. 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron w/ Believer, Law
Wed. Oct. 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron w/ Survival

Thu. Oct. 31 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Fri. Nov. 1 – Toulouse, FR @ Dynamo
Sat. Nov. 2 – Oviedo, ESP @ Whippoorwill
Sun. Nov. 3 – Madrid, ESP @ Charada
Mon. Nov. 4 – Barcelona ESP @ Apolo 2
Tue. Nov. 5 – Milan, IT @ Rocket
Wed. Nov. 6 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
Fri. Nov. 8 – Den Haag, NL @ Rewire Festival
Sat. Nov. 9 – London, UK @ Old Blue Last

Fri. Nov. 22 – Moscow, RUS @ Manifest
Sat. Nov. 23 – St Petersburg, RUS @ Chetvert

DARKSIDE will perform live on Boiler Room tonight + packaging photos!

Tonight, DARKSIDE (Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington) will be performing many of the songs from ‘Psychic’ live for the first time on the rooftop of the practice space where they’ve been brewing up some live magic for the past few months. Boiler Room will be there to capture and live stream the set. Tune in at 6:45 EST at BoilerRoom.TV

As previously mentioned, you can stream Psychic in full now over at Other People and NPR ‘First Listen’ this week.



Pre-order DARKSIDE Psychic (out October 8, 2013 via Other People & Matador Records)

DARKSIDE on the web:


Listen to DARKSIDE’s Psychic in full now

Unless you were one of the lucky 700 or so to get a very early preview of DARKSIDE‘s Psychic in lower Manhattan a month ago, prepare yourself for your first listen of the fortcoming album from Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington.
And frankly, I’m a bit jealous that you’re now about to experience the same exhilarating feeling we all did when we heard this album for the first time. Other People and NPR ‘First Listen’ have the stream. Dig in.

Pre-order DARKSIDE Psychic (out October 8, 2013 via Other People & Matador Records)
iTunes formats.

DARKSIDE on the web:

DARKSIDE premiere “Paper Trails” from ‘Psychic’

This morning, DARKSIDE premiered another track from their forthcoming longplaying debut on Other People & Matador Records, ‘Psychic‘. Listen to “Paper Trails” now, and if you haven’t already, check out “Golden Arrow“. ‘Psychic‘ is out October 8 and is available fore pre-order via the 2xLPCD and the iTunes formats.

DARKSIDE on the web:


photo by Jed DeMoss


DARKSIDE’s debut album ‘Psychic’ is out 10/8 via Other People & Matador

We’re very proud to announce our collaborative release of DARKSIDE‘s debut album ‘Psychic‘ on October 8th via Other People and Matador Records.

DARKSIDE is comprised of electronic producer Nicolas Jaar and guitarist Dave Harrington. They formed the band in 2011 after touring together for several years and experimenting with each others’ sounds. Drawing on their vastly different backgrounds, each musician channels himself through the other, resulting in a progressive hybrid of electronic music and psychedelic rock with an otherworldly depth.

Listen to “Golden Arrow”


download “Golden Arrow” mp3

Psychic‘ is a ritualistic song cycle, exploring rock’s cosmic outer edges through the immersive, body-moving framework of 21st-century house and techno. It follows the band’s acclaimed 2011 ‘DARKSIDE’ EP, as well as their full-album remix of Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’.

The band unveiled ‘Psychic‘ on August 20th, at a last-minute event on the Lower East Side, attracting lines around the block and forcing a second listening to accommodate the crowd. A writer for Pretty Much Amazing wrote, “Feeling fully submerged in what felt like equal parts evening meditation and the best house party ever, it was hard to believe it was only an hour-long event. The first session’s listeners left in peace and with gratitude for the experience and a longing for the release date. Just like that, Darkside made their stamp on this summer.”

October 8, 2013


1. Golden Arrow
2. Sitra
3. Heart
4. Paper Trails
5. The Only Shrine I’ve Seen
6. Freak, Go Home
7. Greek Light
8. Metatron

DARKSIDE on the web:

listen to a new version of Majical Cloudz “Childhood’s End”, remixed by CFCF

Canadian producer CFCF added some trippy gamelan elements to Majical Cloudz’ “Childhood’s End”, which also features newly recorded vocals.”

Catch Majical Cloudz on tour and follow along, as Devon updates daily with summaries of every show along the way.

Tue 8-27 – Los Angeles, CA @  Echo

Wed 8-28 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Sat 8-31 – Austin, TX @ Red 7

Sun 9-1 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

Mon 9-2 – Houston, TX @ FItzgerald’s

Wed 9-4 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

Thu 9-5 – Nashville, TN @ The End

Fri 9-6 – Asheville, NC @ Emerald Lounge

Sat 9-7 – Raleigh, NC @ The Hive (Hopscotch Music Festival)

Mon 9-9 – Washington, DC @ DC9

Tue 9-10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

Wed 9-11 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine

Thu 9-12 – Middletown, CT @ Eclectic House

Fri 9-13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands

Sat 9-14 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

Sun 9-15 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott

Mon 9-16 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf

Tue 9-17 – Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar


photo from the OsheagaFestival flickr

Ted Leo and Aimee Mann’s new band are touring before they go on tour together

Ahead of his aforementioned tour opening for Aimee Mann, Aimee & Ted’s newest venture, The Both will do a handful of special gigs.

The Both

Sat, 9/7 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout – A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party
Mon, 9/9 – Philadelphia, PA – The Boot & Saddle
Wed, 9/11 – New York, NY – The Bell House

Ted Leo

Fri, 9/27 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
Sat, 9/28 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
Sun, 9/29 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Tue, 10/1 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
Wed, 10/2 – Baton Rouge, LA – Manship Theatre at Shaw
Fri, 10/4 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Sat, 10/5 – Franklin, TN – Dolly Chandler Frankly Theatre
Sun, 10/6 – Louisville, KY – The Clifton Center
Tue, 10/8 – Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater
Wed, 10/9 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
Thu, 10/10 – Blacksburg, VA – Lyric Theatre
Fri, 10/11 – Harrisburg, PA – Whitaker Center
Sun, 10/13 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theatre
Tue, 10/15 – Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
Sat, 10/19 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre
Sun, 10/20 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club
Mon, 10/21 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club


photo lifted from MandeePhoto‘s flickr

Chelsea Light Moving fall US dates

Come October, Chelsea Light Moving are back on the road, don’t miss em.

10/27 Carrboro, NC – Local 506 –
10/28 Athens, GA – 40 Watt –
10/30 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree –
10/31 Atlanta, GA – The Earl –
11/1 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder –
Tampa, FL – Orpheum –
11/4 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks –
11/7 Dallas, TX – Trees –
11/8-10 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Festival –]
11/11 Nashville, TN – Exit/In –
11/13 Baltimore – Ottobar –

photo grabbed off auteurian‘s flickr

Iceage add San Francisco, Brooklyn dates to tour

In addition to the aforementioned European dates, Iceage will return to New York for a two-night stand at Brooklyn’s Acheron. These dates follow Iceage’s appearances at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Shop and the Culture Collide & Corona Capital festivals. New dates in bold


8th – Oya – Olso, Norway
10th – Visions Festival, London
15th – La Route Du Rock, Saint Marlo, France
16th – Parades De Coura, Portugal
24th – Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark
28th – Tusindfryd, Ålborg, Denmark
29th – Train, Århus, Denmark
30th – Walker Festival, ungdommenshus middelfart, Denmark


9th –   San Francisco,CA  Rickshaw Stop
10th  –   Los Angeles,CA     the Echo (Culture Collide Festival)
13th  –   Mexico City,Mexico   Corona Capital Music Festival
15th  –      Brooklyn,NY             the Acheron
16th   –    Brooklyn,NY             the Acheron
31st – Pitchfork Paris festival, France

photo lifted without permission from Tom Spray‘s flickr



As King Krule, 18 year old south-east London based singer/producer/songwriter Archy Marshall has quietly and stealthily crafted a reputation for himself as one of the most raw and startling voices of a new generation. With his unexpectedly deep and mournful baritone tracing fissures of disappointment and social disorientation to devastating effect, Marshall has harnessed the inchoate frustration and fury of youth and translated it into a series of brilliant singles released on the likes of True Panther Sounds and Rinse over the past few years.

Now comes 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, his first full-length on True Panther Sounds, and with it, the much anticipated unveiling of the full scope and scale of Marshall’s vision. Over the course of 14 tracks, Marshall’s passions and confusions are rubbed raw and laid bare, the only connective tissue throughout it all being one of searing lyrical clarity paired with a confounding musical deftness which utterly belies his tender years. From the opening clarion call of “Easy, Easy” it is abundantly clear that this is a breathtakingly bold and arresting sonic worldview, as his songs, produced by Marshall along with Rodaidh McDonald (The XX, Savages), open up to become a loose knit meditation on regret and discontent, loss of faith and renewal of hope, and optimism in the face of desperation.

Eschewing much of his previously released material, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon firmly yet soundly rejects any notion of contemporary trends or peers to occupy its very own unique place on the music landscape, oscillating gently between the classic 50′s soul of Gene Vincent and Elvis Presley to the minimal, avant-garde experimentation of Penguin Café Orchestra, to even the electronic smog and dub textures of Marshall’s beloved Rinse FM. This is a record where the nakedly bluesy stomp of the likes of “A Lizard State” and “Easy, Easy” sit effortlessly next to the low-end frequency and shimmering beats of “Neptune Estate” and “Will I Come,” after all. It is reflective as much of Marshall’s own eclectic tastes as it is of the frenetic pulse and rhythm of the city around him, particularly the rapidly changing south-east areas in which he grew up. There is a genuine grittiness and world weariness ingrained here, as exemplified so succinctly when Marshall sings, “Hate…runs through my blood” on the stunning “Out Getting Ribs,” the track which started all the fuss.

All these esoteric textures and fidgety, off-kilter rhythms make perfect sense as an album however, especially when you consider that incredible voice. Whether he is singing ruefully of youthful disaffection and “the heat of my own treason” (“Ceiling”) or spitting out venomous lines like “I’m not going to crack like you cracked…I don’t want to be trapped in the black of your heart” over the jittery “A Lizard State,” its clear that something which marks Marshall out is his stunning ability to turn intense emotional peaks and troughs into spectacular pieces of artful, atmospheric and anthemic balladeering.

Some of the imagery is disturbing to be sure (as on the closer “Bathed in Grey” where he offhandedly murmurs that he “there was blood…found a body in the dark”) but the songs are also imbued with genuine heart as well, as epitomised on his heart rending update of “Out Getting Ribs.” Taken as a whole, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is the sound of a young man growing up – not for nothing is this album being released, unconventionally enough, on a Saturday, which also marks Marshall’s 19th birthday – and attempting to grapple with the realities of the world he inhabits, an unsparing dissection of the social decay that has begun to set in around him – and a fascinating, brutal journey it is too.

King Krule

6 Feet Beneath The Moon
True Panther Sounds *
Aug 24, 2013

1. Easy Easy
2. Border Line
3. Has This Hit?
4. Foreign 2
5. Ceiling
6. Baby Blue
7. Cementality
8. A Lizard State
9. Will I Come
10. Ocean Bed
11. Neptune Estate
12. The Krockadile
13. Out Getting Ribs
14. Bathed in Grey

(*available on XL Recordings ex-North America)

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust – South American dates


Good news! Lee Ranaldo & The Dust will make their way to South America in a few weeks.


Sunday  14  Sanitiago, CLEz OZ
Monday 15  Monteviedo, UY  La Trastienda
Tuesday  16  Buenos Aires,   AR   Teatro Vorteriz
Thursday18  Araraquara, BR   SESC Araquara
Friday19  Pompeia, BR   SESC Pompeia
Saturday  20  Pompeia, BR  SESC Pompeia
Tuesday 23   Pompeia, BR   SESC Pompeia
Wednesday 24   Pompeia, BR   SESC Pompeia
Sunday28   Guelph, ON   Hillside Festival
Tuesday30  Hoboken, NJ    Maxwell’s

photo lifted from PhotoCowbell‘s flickr



The Majical Cloudz video for “Bugs Don’t Buzz” is here

Directed by Gordon Von Steiner & premiered this morning on NPR First Watch, here’s the video for “Bugs Don’t Buzz” from Majical Cloudz’ Impersonator. The video was initially conceived by Devon Welsh, who “wanted the video to be abstract and not narrative-based.” Welsh noted that “the rest of the imagery followed from the original concept of trying to remove humanity from the video’s frame of reference”, resulting in what he hopes “paints a picture that is abstract but clear in its emotional intentions.”

Watch it now.

Later today, Majical Cloudz will participate in a live chat this evening (8pm EDT) with Soundrop. Be sure to visit the Majical Cloudz chat on Soundrop tonight to talk about this video, and really, anything else on your mind.

‘Impersonator’ is available across all formats at the Matador storeiTunes — on sale for a limited time!



Catch Majical Cloudz on tour

07.27.13 – MoMA PS1 – Long Island City, NY !
08.02.13 – Osheaga – Montreal, QC
08.10.13 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
08.12.13 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
08.13.13 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
08.14.13 – Union Sound Hall – Winnipeg, MB
08.15.13 – Amigos Cantina – Saskatoon, SK
08.16.13 – Brixx – Edmonton, AB
08.17.13 – The HiFi Club – Calgary, AB
08.19.13 – Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
08.20.13 – Barboza – Seattle, WA
08.21.13 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
08.23.13 – The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
08.24.13 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
08.26.13 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
08.27.13 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA
08.28.13 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
08.31.13 – Red 7 – Austin, TX
09.02.13 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
09.07.13 – Hopscotch Festival – Raleigh, NC
09.09.13 – DC9 – Washington, DC
09.10.13 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
09.11.13 – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT
09.13.13 – Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY – FRIDAY
09.14.13 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
09.15.13 – Great Scott – Boston, MA

10.08.13 – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK – Tickets
10.09.13 – Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
10.11.13 – Lexington – London, UK
10.12.13 – Green Door Store – Brighton, UK
10.16.13 – Botanique Rotonde – Brussels, BE
10.17.13 – Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
10.18.13 – Berghain Kantine – Berlin, DE
10.19.13 – Prinzenbar – Hamburg, DE
10.21.13 – Jazzhouse – Copenhagen, DK
10.22.13 – Blaa – Oslo, NO



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