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EMA – New North American Dates

By Gerard on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

EMA’s next batch of North American dates — including several opening for Spoon in larger auditoriums, banquet halls, aircraft hangers, etc. — start Septemer 16 with tickets currently on sale.

If you missed it back in April, Sasha Frere-Jones’ New Yorker profile (“Improv Everywhere ; EMA flirts with chaos”) is now available for reading sans subscription.

Saturday, July, 26 – Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle WA
Sunday, August, 17 – Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland OR
Tuesday, September, 16 – Chicago Theater, Chicago IL*
Wednesday, September, 17 – Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee WI*
Thursday, September, 18 – Orpheum Theatre, Madison WI*
Friday, September, 19 – State Theatre, Minneapolis MN*
Saturday, September, 20 – Pageant, St Louis MO*
Sunday, September, 21 – Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS*
Tuesday, September, 23 – Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK*
Thursday, September, 25 – Bar and Arcade, Springfield MO
Friday, September, 26 – Pygmalion Music Festival, Champaign IL
Saturday, September, 27 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati OH
Monday, September, 29 – Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, September, 30 – Drake Hotel , Toronto ON, Canada
Wednesday, October, 1 – Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, October, 3 – The Space, Hamden CT
Saturday, October, 4 – Boot & Saddle (Red Bull Sound Select), Philadelphia PA
Sunday, October, 5 – Bowery Ballroom, New York NY**
Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR

(* – with Spoon)

The Future’s Void
is out now on CD, Cassette and LP (limited edition lavender vinyl) and available direct from The Matador Store.

VIDEO : The New Pornographers – “War On The East Coast”

By Gerard on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

“We were going for some mid nineties second tier brit pop attitude. In the past, I’ve never really wanted to be in the video. But with this, we wanted to have fun and fully be IN the video.” – Carl Newman

“War On The East Coast” is the first video from the upcoming album by The New Pornographers, ‘Brill Bruisers’ (August 25). As you can see, Carl, Dan Bejar and director Thom Glunt weren’t hesitant to depict the destruction of a major North American city, but I should stress this is not documentary footage. On the pseudo-apocalyptic scale not only do I think this video kicks Michael Bay’s ass (about time, too), but the song’s incredible. Wait ’til you hear the whole album.

A limited edition multi-colored paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Pre-order the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies last)

preorder ‘Brill Bruisers’ from iTunes or Amazon Digital and receive “Brill Bruisers” and “War On The East Coast” today)
preorder ‘Brill Bruisers’ from The New Pornographers Store
Amazon (LP or CD)

Tour Dates
Saturday, July, 19 — Pemberton Music Festival, Pemberton BC  Canada
Friday, August, 8 — Skyline Music Festival, Minneapolis, MN
Friday, August 29 – Sonic Boom Festival, Northlands Park, Edmonton AB Canada
Saturday, September, 6 – Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI
Sunday, September, 7 — Riot Fest, Downsview Park, Toronto ON, Canada
Thursday-Sunday, September, 11-14 - Rifflandia, Victoria BC  Canada
Sunday, October, 5 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Monday, October, 6 — The Showbox, Seattle WA*
Wednesday, October, 8 – Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR*
Thursday, October, 9 — Knitting Factory, Boise ID*
Friday, October, 10 — The Depot, Salt Lake City UT*
Saturday, October, 11 — Gothic Theatre, Denver CO*
Monday, October, 13 – The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ*
Tuesday, October, 14 — Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ*
Wednesday, October, 15 — Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA*
Friday, October, 17 – The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA*
Saturday October, 18 — North Park Theatre, San Diego CA*
Sunday, October 19 — Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA*
Tuesday, November, 4 — Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN*
Wednesday, November, 5 — Orange Peel, Asheville NC*
Thursday, November, 6 – Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA*
Friday, November, 7 – Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA*
Saturday, November, 8 — Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX*
Monday, November, 10 — The Pageant, St. Louis MO*
Tuesday, November, 11 – Slowdown, Omaha NE*
Thursday, November, 13 – Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, November, 14 — Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, November, 15 — House of Blues, Cleveland OH*
Monday, November, 17 – Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY*
Wednesday, November, 19 — House of Blues, Boston MA*
Thursday, November, 20 — Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, November, 21 — 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Sunday, November, 23 — Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*

* – support by The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

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LOWER : New Autumn US & Canadian Dates With Merchandise

By Gerard on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Lower’s second visit to North America this year — and first since the release of ‘Seek Lower Climes’ — kicks off September 23 in Austin and runs through mid-October in Boston. All dates are in support of Tampa’s Merchandise.

(Lower at The Acheron, Brooklyn, May 30, 2014)

Tue. Sept. 23 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
Wed. Sept. 24 – Marfa, TX @ Padres
Thu. Sept. 25 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
Fri. Sept. 26 – Tempe, AZ @ 51 West
Sat. Sept. 27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Sun. Sept. 28 – San Diego, CA @ Kensington Club
Tue. Sept. 30 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
Wed. Oct. 1 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Fri. Oct. 3 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Sat. Oct. 4 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
Sun. Oct. 5 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Wed. Oct. 8 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Thu. Oct. 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Fri. Oct. 10 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Sat. Oct. 11 – St Louis, MO @ The Luminary Center for the Arts
Sun. Oct. 12 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
Tue. Oct. 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wed. Oct. 15 – Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
Thu. Oct. 16 – Ottawa, ON @ House Of Targ
Fri. Oct. 17 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
Sat. Oct. 18 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott

Lower compiled a playlist of stuff they were listening to during the recording of ‘Seek Lower Climes’ ; it’s available for streaming thru Rdio.

‘Seek Lower Climes’ is available on LP, CD and digital formats from The Matador Store
Matador Store.

order ‘Seek Lower Climes’ from iTunes

Coming September 23 : Perfume Genius – “Too Bright”, New Worldwide Dates

By Gerard on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE : On September 23, Matador will be releasing the new album from Perfume Genius, ‘Too Bright’ on LP, CD and digital configurations*. Even for those of us who’ve been previously left wobbly by Mike Hadreas’ songwriting prowess, his 3rd full-length is nothing short of a knockout blow. Bravest record we’ve ever released? It’s absolutely in the top one and a half – GC)

(* – Turnstile Music will be releasing the album in the UK on September 22)


Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, with achingly emotional songs that offered empathy and hope, rather than judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutalized, yet ultimately reclaimed.

‘Too Bright’, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a bold and unpredictably quixotic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since age ten and has just begun to bubble up”. Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s ‘The Dreaming’ or Scott Walker’s ‘Tilt’, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.

(photography by Luke Gilford)

track listing :

i. I Decline
ii. Queen
iii. Fool
iv. No Good
v. My Body
vi. Don’t Let Them In
vii. Grid
viii. Longpig
ix. I’m a Mother
x. Too Bright
xi. All Along

Preorder ‘Too Bright’ from iTunes and receive “Queen” immediately.
Preorder ‘Too Bright’ on LP or CD from The Matador Store
Preorder ‘Too Bright’ from Amazon

Upcoming dates :

1 – OFF Festival, Katowice Poland
2 – Visions Festival, London UK
27 – Feeerieen, Brussels Belgium
28 – Mas Mas, Cardigan UK
30 – End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK

1 – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow UK
2 – Band on the Wall, Manchester UK
3 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate UK
6 – Into The Great Wide Open Festival, Vlieland Netherlands
7 – MITO SettembreMusica, Milan Italy
8 – Circolo degli Artisti, Rome Italy
9 – Locomotiv Club, Bologna  Italy
26 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City UT
27 – Hi Dive – Denver C
29 – Riot Room – Kansas City MO
30 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis MN

1 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago IL
2 – Magic Stick – Detroit MI
4 – Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto ON
6 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston  MA
7 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn NY
8 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia PA
9 – The Hamilton – Washington DC
10 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro NC
11 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta GA
13 – Three Links – Dallas TX
14 – The Parish – Austin TX
16 – Club Congress – Tucson  AZ
17 – Soda Bar – San Diego  CA
19 – Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles CA
21 – The Independent – San Francisco CA
22 – Harlow’s – Sacramento CA
24 – Mississippi Studios – Portland OR
25 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle WA

11 – La Maroquinerie, Paris France
12 – Exile,  Zurich, Switzerland
13 – Le Romandie, Lausanne Switzerland
14 – Depot, Leuven Belgium
16 – Vega, Copenhagen Denmark
17 – Lido, Berlin German
18 – Pret-a-ecouter Festival, Heidelberg Germany
19 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam Holland
21 – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht Holland
23 – Caves, Edinburgh UK
24 – The Wardrobe, Leeds UK
25   – Oobleck, Birmingham UK
26 – The Haunt, Brighton UK
27 – Islington Assembly Hall, London UK

Perfume Genius online :


You Tube Channel

Interpol – New Fall North American Dates

By Gerard on Monday, July 14th, 2014

(photo by Eliot Lee Hazel)

After a number of recent overseas shows including the Glastonbury Festival and ATP Iceland, Interpol have confirmed the following US and Canadian dates in support of the 9/9 release of ‘El Pintor’, kicking off Monday, September 15 in Vancouver. Presale tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am local time in each city (save for Montreal, which will be announced soon) at this site ; remaining tickets are on sale Friday, July 18l.

Mon- 09/15/14 – Vancouver BC – Commodore Ballroom
Tue- 09/16/14 – Seattle WA – Paramount
Wed- 09/17/14 – Portland OR – Crystal Ballroom
Sat- 09/20/14 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
Wed- 09/24/14 – San Diego CA – House of Blues
Fri- 09/26/14 – Salt Lake City UT – The Depot
Sat- 09/27/14 – Denver CO – Ogden
Mon- 09/29/14 – Lawrence KS – Granada
Tue- 09/30/14 – Tulsa OK – Cains
Thur- 10/02/14 – Dallas TX – Southside
Fri- 10/03/14 – Houston TX – House of Blues
Sat- 10/03-Sun 10/5 – Austin TX – Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park (date and time announced this week)
Tue- 10/07/14 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
Thur- 10/09/14 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
Fri – 10/10/14 – Sun – 10/12/14 – Austin TX Austin CIty Limits Festival, Zilker Park (day and set time tba this week)
Thur- 11/06/14 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
Fri- 11/07/14 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
Sat- 11/08/14 – Miami, FL – Fillmore
Mon- 11/10/14 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
Tue- 11/11/14 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Fri- 11/14/14 –Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Mon- 11/17/14 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Tue- 11/18/14 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
Thur- 11/20/14 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
Fri- 11/21/14 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Sat- 11/22/14 – Philadelphia PA – Union Transfer
Mon- 11/24/14 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
Sat- 11/29/14 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

Fri- 07/25/14 – Wooyung Australia – Splendour In The Grass*
Fri- 08/01/14 – Chicago IL – Lollapalooza, Grant Park*
Wed- 08/20/14 – Tempe AZ – The Marquee Theatre*
Thur- 08/21/14 – Las Vegas NV – The Pool- Cosmopolitan*
Sat- 08/23/14 – Los Angeles CA – FYF Fest*

* – previously announced

VIDEO : “All The Rage Back Home”

Preorder from The Matador Store for an exclusive white vinyl version of the LP with alternate art, accompanied by a limited-edition 12”x12” silkscreen print on very fine cardstock (while supplies last)

(Note: exclusive white vinyl LP with alternate art will also be available at your local independent record store)

Preorder on iTunes and receive an exclusive bonus track on release date plus an early download of “All The Rage Back Home” right now.

Preorder ‘El Pintor’ from the Interpol store

Interpol On The Web:
Official Site
Interpol YouTube Channel

VIDEO : Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home”

By Gerard on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Having premiered just a few minutes ago on Radio One’s Zane Lowe program, Triple J and a number of major US radio outlets, here’s the first video from Interpol’s forthcoming ‘El Pintor’, “All The Rage Back Home”, directed by Paul Banks and Sophia Peer.

upcoming US dates :

08/01 – Lollapalooza, Chicago IL (sold out)
08/20 – Marquee Theatre, Tempe AZ
08/21 – The Pool at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas NV
8/23 – FYF Fest, Los Angeles CA
10/3 – Austin City Limits Festival, Austin TX (sold out)
10/10 – Austin City Limits Festival, Austin TX

Preorder from The Matador Store for an exclusive white vinyl version of the LP with alternate art, accompanied by a limited-edition 12”x12” silkscreen print on very fine cardstock (while supplies last)

(Note: exclusive white vinyl LP with alternate art will also be available at your local independent record store)

Preorder on iTunes and receive an exclusive bonus track on release date plus an early download of “All The Rage Back Home” (later today).

Preorder ‘El Pintor’ from the Interpol store

‘El Pintor’ is in stores September 9.

Interpol On The Web:
Official Site
Interpol YouTube Channel


By Rian on Monday, July 7th, 2014

Just announced: Queens of the Stone Age are taking over Halloween Night at The Forum in Los Angeles. This concert-party is the final addition to the globe-pummeling…Like Clockwork tour. The night will include pagan festivities and sideshow attractions such as SuicideGirls and the Blackout Haunted House. The Kills, JD McPherson and Nick Oliveri’s Uncontrollable will support. Fans are also encouraged to vie for the title of King and Queen of Halloween during a costume competition.

Presale begins Wednesday, July 9 with public sale opening Friday, July 11 at 10am PDT. For more information:

2014 WORLD TOUR: tickets here
07/08/14 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
07/09/14 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
07/12/14 – Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center
07/13/14 – Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre
07/14/14 – Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Center
07/16/14 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
07/17/14 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/18/14 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
07/20/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at The Mann Center
08/06/14 – Oslo, Norway – Ukespass Oyafestivalen
08/07-09/14 – Goteberg, Sweden – Way Out West Festival
08/09/14 – Zofingen, Switzerland – Heitere Open Air Zofingen 2014
08/11/14 – Prague, Czech Republic – Forum Karlin
08/12/14 – Budapest, Hungary – Sziget Festival
08/14-16/14 – St. Polten, Austria – Frequency Festival
08/15-17/14 – Grosspoesna, Germany – Highfield Festival
08/16/14 – Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
08/17/14 – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival
08/20/14 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Belsonic
08/22/14 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival
08/23/14 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
08/24/14 – Saint-Cloud, France – Rock En Seine
09/25/14 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Espaco Das Americas
09/27/14 – Porto Alegre, Brazil – Pepsi On Stage
09/30/14 – Montevideo, Uruguay – La Trastienda Club
10/02/14 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Luna Park
10/05/14 – Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
10/07/14 – Bogota, Colombia – Royal Center
10/31/14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

The Young : In Session On WFMU Today, On Tour In September

By Gerard on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

While preparing for the August 26 release of their 3rd album, the riff monstrous ‘Chrome Cactus’, The Young visited NYC last week. In additional to Friday’s show with Endless Boogie and VBA, the quartet guest DJ’d for Newtown Radio’s Mxd Signals, shot a video for “Cry Of Tin” (coming soon) and recorded a session for WFMU‘s “Three Chord Monte” that’s on today at approx. 2pm (stream it at

Shortly after ‘Chrome Cactus’ hits shelves, The Young are back on the road for the following dates :

Fri-Aug-29 Los Angeles CA Los Globos (w/ Milk ‘n’ Cookies and Lamps)
Sat-Aug-30 San Francisco CA Hemlock Tavern
Sun-Aug-31 Oakland CA 1234Go Records (w/ Rat Columns and Violent Change)
Thu-Sep-04 Austin TX Hotel Vegas
Fri-Sep-05 Birmingham AL Bottletree
Sat-Sep-06 Atlanta GA 529
Sun-Sep-07 Durham NC Pinhook
Mon-Sep-08 Asheville NC The Mothlight (with Potty Mouth)
Tue-Sep-09 Washington DC DC9
Wed-Sep-10 Philadelphia PA Boot & Saddle
Thu-Sep-11 Brooklyn NY Glasslands
Fri-Sep-12 New York NY Mercury Lounge
Sat-Sep-13 Boston MA O’Brien’s
Sun-Sep-14 Montreal Vitrola
Mon-Sep-15 Toronto Silver Dollar
Wed-Sep-17 Columbus OH Ace of Cups (with So Cow)
Thu-Sep-18 Chicago IL Empty Bottle
Sat-Sep-20 Dallas TX Foundry Beer Garden (free show) (with Radioactivity)

stream “Metal Flake” here

Pre-order ‘Chrome Cactus’ on LP or CD from The Matador Store
Pre-order ‘Chrome Cactus’ from iTunes

Majical Cloudz : Tim Hecker Remix of “Savage”

By Gerard on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

(photos by Greg Haerling)

A remix of Majical Cloudz’ “Savage” by Tim Hecker premiered yesterday at Billboard ; download it here :

Previously announced dates including a run of enormodome shows supporting Lorde are below :


06/06/14 New York, NY Pitchfork Nightcap at Webster Hall
07/11/14 Saugerties, NY The Hudson Project Festival
07/19/14 Toronto, ON TIME Festival
07/20/14 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Festival
07/26/14 Guelph, ON Hillside Festival


09/05/14 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts
09/07/14 Lewiston, NY Artpark
09/12/14 Toronto, ON TD Echo Beach
09/14/14 New York, NY Pier 97
09/15/14 New York, NY United Palace
09/16/14 New York, NY United Palace
09/18/14 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater
09/22/14 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry House
09/23/14 Columbus, OH The LC Pavilion
09/24/14 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
09/26/14 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Pavilion
09/27/14 Council Bluffs, IA Harrah’s Council Bluffs
09/28/14 Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center
09/30/14 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
10/02/14 Berkeley, CA Greek Theater – UC Berkeley
10/06/14 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater
10/09/14 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
10/10/14 San Diego Open Air Theater

Tonight In Brooklyn : The Young at Union Pool

By Gerard on Friday, June 27th, 2014

Just a reminder that THE YOUNG will be making their first East Coast appearance in eons tonight at Union Pool, playing alongside the formidable Endless Boogie and V.B.A.  Tickets are available here, we’re told there’s a special on Shiner Bock, and provided you don’t ask me if I’ve heard the new Lana Del Rey album, you might get out of the room without a shiner.

(sorry, I didn’t get much sleep last night).

The Young’s 3rd album, ‘Chrome Cactus’ is out August 26 and is available for preorder here.