Iceage touring Australia and Asia in January

Iceage take their stunning Plowing into the Field of Love album further afield in 2015, touring Australia and Asia for the first time since its release for shows across China, Taiwan and Thailand before hitting Australia for only their second ever trip down under.

Friday January 9 – Yuyintang, Shanghai, China
Saturday January 10 – Club XP, Beijing, China
Wednesday January 14 – The Wall, Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday January 17 – Langsuan Castle, Bangkok, Thailand

Wednesday January 21 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, Australia (Supports: Dead Farmers, M.O.B.)
Thursday January 22 – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, Australia (Supports:  Thee Hugs, Clever, Unpeople)
Friday January 23 – Ding Dong, Melbourne, Australia (Support: The UV Race)
Saturday January 24 – Sugar Mountain, Melbourne, Australia

Savages return to New York

January 2015 sees Savages return to New York for a run of live gigs across the city, showcasing new material written since April 2014 when the band finished their worldwide touring for Silence Yourself and started writing new material for their forthcoming second LP. On writing the new material, the band say:

“We believe in movement initiating sound as well as sound initiating movement. The power of migration to inspire new sonic metamorphosis. The incessant commutation of bodies across the globe resulting in the transformation of art and music”

Monday, January 12 – Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, January 14 – Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Saturday, January 17 – Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY

Tickets go on sale Monday, November 17th.

Leading up to these dates the band play a sold out London show with Bo Ningen next week, performing their 37 minute “Words To The Blind” (out November 17th via Stolen Recordings/Pop Noire) on November 19th at Oval Space.

John Peel – remembered

Today marks 10 years since the passing of John Peel, a man who opened the BBC radio airwaves for bands and artists outside the remit of the stations “regular” programming and opened the minds of thousands listening at home to sounds they otherwise may have never heard. One of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, throughout his 5-decade spanning career he never showed no signs of slowing down and his influence on (the good part) of modern music is immeasurable.

As a small tribute to the many Matador bands who recorded a Peel Session over the years, we’ve compiled a selection of some of the session that made it on to YouTube, (many – including The Fall, Wisdom Of Harry and Pretty Girls Make Graves – haven’t) and there’s a full archive of all the Peel sessions over at the BBC Website:

Featuring: Cat Power, Interpol, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solex, Unsane, Arab Strab, Unwound, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Techno Animal and Boards Of Canada.


Cat Power, solo in Europe

Chan Marshall packs her suitcase again this November for a run of Cat Power solo shows around Europe, starting in Scandinavia.  Tickets for all these shows are on sale now and follow the run of North American dates in October.

Edited: new dates in bold.

Saturday November 1 – VoxHall, Aarhus, Denmark
Sunday November 2 – Koncerthuset Studie 2, Copenhagen, Denmark SOLD OUT
Monday November 3 – Gota Lejon, Stockholm, Sweden
Tuesday November 4 – Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Thursday November 6 – Nosturi – Helsinki, Finland (on sale Sept 18th)
Friday November 7 – DR Koncerthuset Studie 2 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Monday November 10 – Union Chapel, London, UK SOLD OUT
Tuesday November 11 – Union Chapel, London, UK SOLD OUT
Thursday November 13 – L’Auditori, Barcelona, Spain
Saturday November 15 – Cartagena Jazz Festival, Cartagena, Spain (on sale Sept 19th)
Sunday November 16 – La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Tuesday November 18 – Kaufleuten, Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday November 19 – Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
Saturday November 22: Babylon – Istanbul, Turkey
Sunday November 23: Babylon – Istanbul, Turkey

Thurston Moore Band announce UK & European tour

Photo by Phil Sharp

Following The Thurston Moore Band’s (James Sedwards of Nought – guitar, Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine – bass and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth – drums) recent impromptu set at Café Oto in London, England, the group announce their first UK (& European) tour taking place soon after their dates in the US and Canada.

Uncut magazine were in attendance for the band’s first show in London and had this to say about the live performance:

“The album – which is due out in October – is excellent, and these live versions are muscular and digressive. Great songs, and a sense that Moore has found fresh inspiration in N16 with his latest, formidable accomplices.”

Friday, October 31 – BIME Festival, Bilbao Spain
Sunday, November 2 – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Monday, November 3 – Antoniano (seated), Bologna, Italy
Tuesday, November 4 – Komplex Club, Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday, November 5 – Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Friday, November 7 – Islington Assembly Hall, London, UK
Saturday, November 8 – Fleece, Bristol, UK
Sunday, November 9 – Gorilla, Manchester, UK
Tuesday, November 11 – Art School, Glasgow, UK
Wednesday, November 12 – Bodega, Nottingham, UK
Saturday, November 15 – Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
Sunday, November 16 – Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
Tuesday, November 18 – Räucherkammer, Wiesbaden, Germany
Wednesday, November 19 – Ampere, Munich, Germany

Tickets for these dates are on sale now.

Pre-order The Best Day from The Matador Store (autographed posters with the first 100 LP orders), iTunes (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly) and Amazon (receive the song, “The Best Day” instantly).

London: a Jabberwocky update

Following the cancellation of this weekend’s Jabberwocky festival at the 11th hour, bands have been rushing to try and secure last minute shows to replace the failed festival.  For Matador artists, this is how the weekend currently looks, though as we’ve learnt this past week, not all times will be set in stone.

Friday, August 15th

– Iceage @ Apiary Studios, Hackney (w/Helm, Shallow Section). 8pm doors, 10:15 stage time. £10 on the door.

Saturday, August 16th

– Iceage @ The Garage (w/Thee Oh Sees). 7pm doors, 8pm stage time. SOLD OUT.

– Iceage @ The Shaklewell Arms (w/METZ, Kagoule, Clawmarks, Crows, Theo Verney, Skinny Girl, special guests). 10:30pm stage time, free entry… but SOLD OUT (?)

– Kurt Vile & The Violators (w/Nils Frahm) @ Village Underground. Doors 8pm, stage time 11:15pm. SOLD OUT

Monday, August 18th

– Kurt Vile solo (w/special guests) @ Bush Hall. Doors 8pm, stage tbc. Buy tickets here.


DARKSIDE were not able to find a suitable venue for the weekend (but still play Bestival in September). For the latest updates keep an eye on

The New Pornographers, finally touring in Europe again


Today, The New Pornographers announce their first (collective) visit to Europe in almost four years, with news that December sees a week-long run of shows for the live band consisting of A.C. Newman, Blaine Thurier, Dan Bejar, John Collins, Kathryn Calder, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey for the below dates:

Mon 01 – UK, Manchester, The Deaf Institute – Tickets
Tue 02 – UK, London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Tickets
Wed 03 – Belgium, Brussels, Botanique – Rotunde – Tickets
Thu 04 – France, Paris, La Maroquinerie – Tickets
Fri 05 – Germany, Cologne, Gebaude 9 – Tickets
Sat 06 – Netherlands, Nijmegen, Doornroosje – Tickets
Sun 07 – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Melkweg – Tickets

Not content with just that, the band also shared the brand new Brill Bruisers track ‘Dancehall Domine‘ shot live in session with (above) and spoke to them about some of the vocals and arrangements that went in to the recording of the new album, out August 26th.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (featuring Yo La Tengo) at Glastonbury

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This Sunday Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band (featuring Yo La Tengo) are performing at Glastonbury festival, the second collaboration between Yo La Tengo and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band.


The first show took place at New York’s Union Pool last Tuesday (image above) and the next takes place on this Sunday at 6pm on The Park Stage.  People of the UK can watch it in the flesh (wellies recommended), live via the BBC and shortly after we’ll have an online link for those of you living in a country with a better World Cup team (aka – the rest of the world) than England (i.e. – not Spain).

Lower announce UK and European shows


Following a fortnight of triumphant shows around Europe with Fucked Up and the release of their debut full length, Seek Warmer Climes (store link) Lower announce new live dates for July and August, bookended by shows with Chelsea Wolfe, with headline and festival appearances in between.

On sale today, the full run of shows are:

Wed 30 Jul – Magnolia, Milan, Italy (w/ Chelsea Wolfe) – Tickets
Thu 31 Jul – Feierwerk, Munich, Germany (w/ Chelsea Wolfe) – Tickets
Sat 02 Aug – Visions Festival, London, UK – Tickets
Sun 03 Aug – Bermuda Triangle, Brighton, UK – Tickets
Mon 04 Aug – Sunflower, Birmingham, UK
Tue 05 Aug – Broadcast, Glasgow, UK – Tickets
Wed 06 Aug – Castle, Manchester, UK – Tickets
Thu 07 Aug – OYA Festival, Oslo, Norway – Tickets
Sat 09 Aug – La Plage, Paris, France
Sun 10 Aug – Café Glocksee, Hannover, Germany (w/Chelsea Wolfe) – Tickets
Tue 12 Aug – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands (w/Chelsea Wolfe) – Tickets
Wed 13 Aug – Le Brass, Brussels, Belgium (w/Chelsea Wolfe) – Tickets
Fri 29 Aug – Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark[youtube][/youtube]

New Perfume Genius shows

Perfume Genius adds a flurry of newly confirmed shows this summer, adding to the previously announced UK and European shows for August and September.  Currently touring in Asia (with Cat Power and more!) Mike plays Taipei today with the previously announced Hostess Club Weekender taking place this weekend.

New dates below in bold:

Wed 18 Jun – Hostess Club Taipei, Taipei, Taipei
Sat 21-22 Jun – Hostess Club Weekender – Tokyo, Japan
August 1st – OFF Festival, Katowice, Poland
August 2nd – Visions Festival, London, UK
August 27 – Feeerieen, Brussels
August 30 – End Of The Road Festival, Wiltshire, UK (
September 1 – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
September 2 – Band on the Wall, Manchester
September 3 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
September 7 – MITO SettembreMusica, Milan

Joshua Homme, solo in London

Joshua Homme, ringleader of Queens of the Stone Age has added a solo show to the end of the bands upcoming European tour with a solo show at London’s Southbank as part of the meltdown Festival, curated this year by (…Like Clockwork collaborator) James Lavelle on June 16th.

Tickets for the show go on sale this Thursday (15th May) at 10am and are available through the Southbank Centre website.

The Cat Power World Tour, 2014

Chan Marshall’s just about to start a run of UK and European tour dates from May 18th-June 1st, but has also confirmed a host of (air mile boosting) dates across the globe for the rest of the summer and beyond.

# are solo shows
* are full band shows
May 17 – Les Nuits Du Botanique, Brussels, BE – Tickets #
May 18 – Brighton Festival, Brighton, UK – Tickets #
May 26 – Nantes – Stereolux, FR – Tickets #
May 27 – Bordeaux – Krakatoa, FR – Tickets #
May 29 – Toulouse – Bikini, FR – Tickets #
May 30 – This Is Not a Love Song Festival, Nimes – Paloma, FR – Tickets #
May 31 – “We Love Green” Festival, Bagatelle Park – Paris, FR – Tickets #
Jun 01 – Rockhal – Esch Alzette, Tickets #

Jun 14 2014 – Hostess Club Weekender – Singapore, Singapore *
Jun 17 2014 – Hostess Club Manila – Manila, Philippines *
Jun 18 2014 – Hostess Club Taipei – Taipei, Taiwan *
Jun 22 2014 – Hostess Club Weekender – Tokyo, Japan – Tickets *

Jul 15 2014 – Empire Music Hall – Belfast, Northern Ireland Tickets #
Jul 16 2014 – Olympia Theatre – Dublin, Ireland  Tickets #
Jul 18 2014 – Super Bock Super Rock – Oporto, Portugal Tickets *
Jul 19 2014 – Benicassim International Festival – Valencia, Spain Tickets *
Jul 20 2014 – Cavea Auditorium – Rome, Italy Tickets *
Jul 24 2014 – Sud Est Indipendente – Brindisi, Italy *
Jul 26 2014 – Piazza Napoleone – Lucca, Italy (with The National) *


Perfume Genius, Lower and more for Visions Festival 2014

There’s nothing British people like more than complaining about the weather.  Or when we do finally (hopefully) get a vitamin D boost, spending our time indoors at a summer festival – which is where we’ll be catching the newly announced Lower and Perfume Genius sets on August 2nd in London for Visions Festival 2014, the re-vamped Radfest.

Tickets are on sale now for the multi-venue East London all-dayer:

Also see Perfume Genius at:

June 21-22, 2014 – Hostess Club Weekender – Tokyo, Japan (Tickets)
August 1-3, 2014 – OFF Festival – Katowice, Poland (Tickets)
August 29 – 31, 2014 – End Of The Road Festival – Wiltshire, UK (Tickets)

Hang out with Lower when they play:

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 (with Merchandise)
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)

Japan awaits Perfume Genius

Having aired new material recently at SXSW (“The minimalist and aggressively electronic-driven track was harder, weirder, and darker than anything we’ve heard from him yet. Will Perfume Genius make his Yeezus in 2014? Let us pray.” said Pitchfork ), Mike takes the show on the road for a newly announced Japanese date in addition to the End Of The Road and OFF festivals this August.

The upcoming Perfume Genius shows look like this, with more in the works:
June 21-22, 2014 – Hostess Club Weekender – Tokyo, Japan (Tickets)
August 1-3, 2014 – OFF Festival – Katowice, Poland (Tickets)
August 29 – 31, 2014 – End Of The Road Festival – Wiltshire, UK (Tickets)

Cat Power – solo European shows this May

Summers in France are meant to be Nice, right? Well Chan Marshall sure hopes so, as she takes her solo Cat Power show around the country at the end of May, following on from her dates in Brussels and Brighton Festival earlier in the same month. Ticket links for all dates are below, as is the Manhattan video, just as a reminder of Sun‘s excellence.

May 17 – Les Nuits Du Botanique, Brussels, BE – Tickets
May 18 – Brighton Festival, Brighton, UK – Tickets
May 26 – Nantes – Stereolux, FR – Tickets
May 27 – Bordeaux – Krakatoa, FR – Tickets
May 29 – Toulouse – Bikini, FR – Tickets
May 30 – This Is Not a Love Song Festival, Nimes – Paloma, FR – Tickets
May 31 – “We Love Green” Festival, Bagatelle Park – Paris, FR – Tickets

Lee Ranaldo – art show and more European dates announced

Taking his art and his band out the road, Lee Ranaldo’s just announced more dates for his May/June run of dates in Europe, along with news of a solo drawing show entitled “Lost Highways” opening March 30th – May 4th, at the Jan Dhaese Gallery in Gent, Belgium.

Meanwhile, his tour dates with The Dust have been updated  (new in bold below), with their upcoming Scandinavian tour starting next Thursday at Vega in Copenhagen:

April 3rd DK Copenhagen – Vega
April 4th DK Aalborg – 1000Fryd
April 5th NO Oslo – BLÅ
April 6th NO Bergen – Landmark
April 7th NO Stavanger – Folken
April 8th SWE Stockholm – Kägelbanan / Södra Teatern
April 9th FIN Helsinki – Tavastia

May 25th BE Kortrijk – De Kreun
May 26th BE Antwerp – Trix
May 27th FR Paris – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
May 29th FR Nîmes – This is not a love song / Paloma
May 30th SP Barcelona – Primavera Festival
May 31st FR Lyon – Nuits Sonores festival (w/ Disappears, Wooden Shjips)
June 1st IT Padova – Festival / Summer student festival / Je t’aime
June 3rd IT Marina di Ravenna – Beaches Brew Festival
June 4th IT Bolzano – Sudwerk
June 5th DE Schorndorf – Manufaktur
June 6th BE Arlon – L’Entrepot
June 7th PT Porto – Optimo Primavera Porto / Optimo Festival

Kurt Vile adds Euro summer shows

Filling in a few cities on his tour with The Violators this summer (who are missing out on the April solo tour), Kurt has added the below dates in bold to the already announced summer festival shows at ATP Iceland and Green Man Festival (UK):

10/07/14: ATP Festival, Reykjavík, Iceland – Tickets
17/08/14 : Greenman festival – Powys, UK – Tickets
20/08/14 : Rote Fabrik – Zurich, Switzerland – Tickets
22/08/14 : Kafe Antzokia – Bilbao, Spain – Tickets
24/08/14 : Joy – Madrid, Spain – Tickets
25/08/14 : Apolo – Barcelona, Spain – Tickets

Catch Kurt solo at the following European dates:

31st Bad Bonn – Dudingen, Switzerland* – Tickets

1st Gagarin 205 – Athens, Greece * – Tickets
4th Motel Mozaique – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Tickets
5th Hafenklang – Hamburg, Germany * (Tickets on sale 24/1)
6th Hebbel Am Ufer 2 (HAAU) – Berlin, Germany * (Tickets on sale 24/1)
7th Whelans – Dublin, Ireland * – Tickets
9th The Pavillion – Cork, Ireland  *- Tickets
10th Cafe de la Danse – Paris, France * – Tickets
11th Vooruit – Gent, Belgium  * – Tickets
12th St James Piccadilly – London, UK * – SOLD OUT
13th All Saint’s Church – Brighton, UK  * – Tickets
14th Bremen Teater – Copenhagen, Denmark – Tickets
15th Rockefeller – Oslo, Norway – Tickets
16th IKSV – Istanbul, Turkey – Tickets
*Pall Jenkins supports


Thurston Moore, in store (at Flashback Records).

Thurston stopped by one of his favourite London record stores recently, for a set at Flashback Records with James Sedwards, captured by staff at the store at uploaded to their blog.  Fans of the Dance vinyl section, you might want to skip to skip the second video.



Belle and Sebastian win NME’s Outstanding Contribution To Music prize


“We’ve just kept our head down. We’re the Status Quo of indie, we’re still here – maybe that’s the thing. We’re a baroque pop band that came up in the mid-’90s, during Britpop, and we’re still here!”

Says Stuart Murdoch, after the announcement that NME are to award Belle and Sebastian with the Outstanding Contribution To Music award at next week’s 2014 NME awards, taking place at London’s Brixton Academy.  With their recent Q magazine (for their “Spirit Of Independence”) and Sundance Film Festival award for God Help The Girl, they better be adding a layer to that groaning trophy cabinet sooner rather than later.