Interpol have confirmed 9 additional headlining dates early next year capped off with the previously announced show at Madison Square Garden on February 16. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am local time.
The rumors are true: boygenius, the band of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus will release their self-titled EP debut on November 9th on Matador. The illustrious trio is comprised of the most exciting and visionary young songwriters in independent rock, whose critically acclaimed albums were all released in the past year (‘Turn Out The Lights’, ‘Stranger In The Alps’, and ‘Historian’, respectively). To celebrate today’s announcement, boygenius has released a captivating triumvirate of new songs titled “Stay Down,”“Me & My Dog,” and “Bite The Hand,” which can be heard HERE.
Baker and Bridgers will hit the road in North America this fall for a co-headline tour, with Dacus opening. Each artist will play her own individual set of tunes, but fans just might be able to hear some boygenius songs along the way – though that’s another rumor we can’t yet confirm. The tour kicks off at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on November 4th, and hits major markets in the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast, culminating at The Wiltern in LA on November 30. The full list of tour dates, as well as each individual artist’s itinerary, can be found below.
It would be the height of exaggeration to say Algiers’ nearly two years on the road in support of ‘The Underside Of Power’ is unprecedented. For instance, Thirty Seconds To Mars hold a Guinness World Record for an 309 show jaunt between 2009 and 2010 which you have to admit is an awful lot of effort simply to avoid people who wanted refunds after renting “Chapter 27” on DVD. But that unfortunate example aside, Algiers’ nearly two years on the road in support of ‘The Underside Of Power’ has firmly solidified their status as one of the most electrifying & provocative live bands on this or any other circuit and if you don’t agree after attending one of these shows, I will personally refund the cost of your ticket*
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Following a seven-week US tour on the heels of the recent release of their new album, Beyondless, Iceage have shared a new video for album stand-out track, “Under The Sun.” The video was filmed in Tokyo during their ‘Opening Nights’ residencies, which was an inter-continental exhibition that saw Iceage collaborating with their favorite visual artists (also staged in NYC and LA).
Directed by XXX, the “Under The Sun” video features the vibrant, eye-catching floral designs of renowned flower sculptor, Azuma Makoto, who handpicked Iceage for his flower-music installation series titled “Crazy Garden x Iceage.” The band’s darkly beautiful and chaotic live performance is an unexpected, yet fitting, foil to the delicate blooms
After a North American co-headline tour with The Black Lips in November, Iceage will return to London for a special performance at the Hackney Arts Centre on December 7th, with Helm and Astrid Sonne opening, and set design by Christian Friedlander. The full list of tour dates can be found below.
To celebrate the release of ‘Marauder’ on August 24th, Interpol have just announced two extremely special, extremely limited shows to take place in the UK during release week.
On Wednesday, August 29th the band will play a special performance in Kingston, in conjunction with Banquet Records. Tickets go on sale at 11:00 BST on Monday, August 6th. Full details are available here
Rough Trade East will host a second performance the following day – Thursday, August 30th. Pre-order ‘Marauder’ now via Rough Trade for entry. Full details available here
Steve Gunn has announced a residency at Brooklyn’s Union Pool across three nights this Fall. Each night features guest performances, including appearances by Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley, Bridget St. John and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Julien Baker is currently touring throughout North America in support of her recent release Turn Out The Lights. In May she performed four tracks from the album at the KEXP studios, which are online today. Julien performs today at Pitchfork Music Festival at 5:15pm CST. Her set (as well as Lucy Dacus’s at 2:30pm CST) will be live-streaming from Pitchfork’s YouTube Page.
During the first leg of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ Sparkle Hard tour, the group stopped off at KEXP’s Gathering Space in Seattle to play tracks off the new album. Those performances are online now, and The Jicks are back on the road too, performing tonight at Slim’s in San Francisco. Before their show, they’ll be live-streaming a session at Light Rail Studios at 6pm EST/3pm PST, which you can watch HERE.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have been on a tear this year, releasing their new album Sparkle Hard, performing on CBS This Morning, releasing mini-documentaries, and touring across North America. Today, Malkmus and director Brook Linder release an acoustic version of Sparkle Hard track, “Solid Silk.”
The Jicks are back on the road beginning next Tuesday in Petaluma, carrying on to a few more sold-out dates in California. See their full itinerary below, including UK/EU dates in October.
(above, Interpol performing “The Rover” at Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival this past Sunday, footage courtesy BBC)
Prior to kicking U.S. dates in support of the forthcoming ‘Marauder’ on August 23 in Philadelphia, Interpol return to Mexico City, home of the album’s June’s launch events, for a pair of shows at Teatro De La Ciudad on August 13 and 14.General on-sale starts this Friday at 11am local time, however those who sign up for Interpol’s mailing list are eligible for a presale that commences tomorrow (July 4) at 11am local time.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks make their long-awaited early morning TV debut tomorrow (June 30) on “CBS This Morning”‘s Saturday Sessions. Check your local listings for precise times, but bear in mind the program is called “CBS This Morning”, not “CBS Roll Out Bed Whenever It’s Convenient Or You Can Stand To Face The Day”.
The title of this short film is a stretch. Car Seat Headrest have had a busy year to say the least (and it’s only half over). In addition to releasing Twin Fantasy, the live band has grown by three (Naked Giants), played on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon they have played a slew of tour dates across North America and Europe and have many more on the horizon.
Back to this short film which is a look inside Will Toledo’s and the now seven-piece band’s world as they get ready for shows around the release of Twin Fantasy.
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Iceage’s current run of North American dates still has more than a week to go and this morning marks the announcement of a November jaunt alongside Atlanta’s Black Lips with support from Brooklyn’s Surfbort.
“Marauder is a facet of myself. That’s the guy that fucks up friendships and does crazy shit. He taught me a lot, but it’s representative of a persona that’s best left in song. In a way, this album is like giving him a name and putting him to bed.” -Paul Banks
Months of speculation come to an end today as details of the new Interpol album can finally be confirmed: One of the most critically acclaimed bands of this generation will release their sixth album, Marauder, August 24th on Matador Records.
As you read this, Interpol is currently revealing all details (Themes! Making-of! Album art! Producer! Visuals!) to a convergence of their most fervent fans and media, live from General Prim 30 in Mexico City via a live-streamed press conference. (Update: see the archived video of Interpol’s press conference below)
Interpol have also confirmed an initial run of worldwide tour dates, in addition to previously announced appearances at London’s BST Hyde Park with The Cure, Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival, NYC’s House of Vans and Chicago’s Riot Fest. Those that preorder Marauder directly from the Interpol store will get first access to ticket presales for the new shows, which include London’s Royal Albert Hall, New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl. The full list of tour dates can be found below.
1. If You Really Love Nothing
2. The Rover
4. Flight of Fancy
5. Stay in Touch
6. Interlude 1
7. Mountain Child
10. Number 10
11. Party’s Over
12. Interlude 2
13. It Probably Matters
(photo by Jamie-James Medina)
Special Vinyl Editions
The standard black vinyl edition of Marauder will be available from the Matador Store, Interpol band store, and all good independent music retailers.
The red vinyl edition is only available through the Matador Store or the Interpol band store.
The cream vinyl edition will only be available for purchase through independent retailers.
It finally happened; somebody called the cops on Interpol.
The long arm of the law caught up with Daniel Kessler, Paul Banks, and Sam Fogarino in 2017, as they worked on a new album inside the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ rehearsal space in Manhattan. Even in its infancy, Marauder was shaping up to be a beast; an early practice session was so vigorous, it resulted in Sam hitting the drums so hard that he busted his kick drum. “That rarely happens, even with heavy-hitters,” says Sam.
Eventually, the trio were playing with such force and volume, that a neighbor called the boys in blue on the boys in black, forcing them out of the practice space. “We ruined it for everyone,” reflects Daniel. “It seemed like you’re picking on the wrong rock band,” adds Sam with a laugh. “It’s not like we’re Mastodon. I mean, in certain circles, we’re considered wimps!”
If that was ever the case, the Interpol captured on their sixth album are nothing of the sort. While many fans took time over the last 18 months to read about the band’s vital part in New York City’s early 21st century rock renaissance, or bask in the glory of their hugely successful 15th anniversary tour celebrating the seminal 2002 debut Turn On the Bright Lights, the trio have been quietly (sorry, LOUDLY) working on making sure they’re not just a cultural timepiece for music historians to study. The result is Marauder: an album that sways as well as it seduces, that pounds as well as it pouts, and that batters as well as it broods.
They’ve had some help along the way. For the first time since 2007’s Our Love to Admire, Interpol have opened themselves up to the input of a producer. For two-week spells between December of 2017 to April of 2018, they travelled to upstate New York to work with Dave Fridmann – famed for recording with Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, MGMT, Spoon, Mogwai, and countless more.
The New Yorkers arrived at his remote and frequently snowbound Tarbox Studios with most of Marauder tightly rehearsed and worked out. Fridmann made sure that their meticulous work in crafting a virile and visceral set of songs didn’t get flattened during recording. It was his suggestion to skip the Pro Tools, and record directly two-inch tape. “That meant there was a limitation to the amount of things you could track,” explains Daniel. “You couldn’t add more overdubs because you would have to erase something else. You couldn’t really over-think too much of it.” It’s a decision that allows a leaner and more muscular Interpol to flex throughout the album.
In the run up to writing and recording, Sam found himself immersed in soul drummers such as Al Jackson Jr (Otis Redding’s drummer) and 80’s funk producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “How can I make shit swing?” was the question Sam repeatedly asked himself, and the answer is in the striding gallop of opener “If You Really Love Nothing,” the embellished skip ‘n’ bounce of “Stay in Touch” and the R&B swagger of closer “It Probably Matters.” Interpol have always been world-beaters at creating a feeling, but Marauder is where the feel is just as crucial. – Hardeep Phull
On July 13, we’re releasing the new album from BODY/HEAD, ‘The Switch’. The duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace recorded their 2nd studio album for Matador last summer in Western Massachusetts with engineer Justin Pizzoferrato and the results are equal parts dizzying & intense. Summer & Autumn U.S. dates are listed below, with several of the shows in question already on sale.
Creative alchemy doesn’t just happen in the studio or in the practice space; so much of it is the product of solo time with one’s instrument, learning how body and wood and electronics fuse, and of subconscious processes as one lives one’s daily life—picking up the ambient noise of the world outside, listening to others’ work, talking through ideas with friends. For Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, time together these days is limited to live performances and recording, so they’ve got to bring all their magic to every encounter. Lucky for us, these are two experimental sorcerers of significant renown.
Their debut album together as Body/Head, ‘Coming Apart’, from 2013, was more of a rock record—heavy, emotional, cathartic, spellwork in shades of black and grey. T’he Switch’ is their second studio full-length, and it finds the duo working with a more subtle palette, refining their ideas and identity. Some of it was sketched out live (if you’ve not had the fortune of seeing them in that natural environment yet, see 2016’s improvisational document ‘No Waves’), but much of it happened purely in the moment. Working in the same studio and with the same producer as ‘Coming Apart’, here Body/Head stretch out, making spacious pieces that build shivering drones, dissonant interplay, Gordon’s manipulated vocals, and scraping, haunting textures into something that feels both delicate and dangerous. Less discrete songs than one composition broken up into thematic movements, a slow-moving narrative that requires as much attention and care from the listener as it did from everyone involved in its creation, it is a record that sticks around after it’s done playing.
This is Nace’s favorite of Gordon’s guitar work; she’s truly come into her own as a guitarist, having built up her confidence through solo shows. The way the duo work together, you’d never know they spend so much time apart; on ‘The Switch’, their vision and focus feel truly unified. If Coming Apart was dark magic, ‘The Switch’ works with light, though it never forgets that these approaches are two sides of the same coin, and that binaries—black/white, near/far, emotion/analysis, body/head—are made to be broken open, and that the truth of things is in the energy between.
Are you a veteran festival goer only now beginning to feel like your time in the trenches is over? You’re a stalwart of the indie stages, but quite frankly mud doesn’t tan.
Say no more, this morning Belle & Sebastian have announced a four day festival cruise around the Mediterranean, sailing to Sardinia from Barcelona and back from August 8th – 12th 2019
The cruise will feature performances across five stages from some of your favourite acts, as well as a specially curated line-up of emerging artists too.
“We have got our hands on quite a large boat, and we’re loading it up with some ace groups for a four-day sail round The Med. Welcome to The Boaty Weekender: our new take on an old classic, The Bowlie Weekender. Join usAugust 8–12, 2019 on the beautiful Norwegian Jade as we depart from Barcelona and make our way to Cagliari, Sardinia to spend some time on dry land with you beautiful groovers.We want to do it right. Let’s have yoga and cocktails and club nights and themed balls and crèches and quizzes and scrabble tournaments – and gigs. Gigs upon gigs from some of our good friends and favourite acts in rock ‘n’ roll across five stages throughout the ship – and instead of stumbling home to a damp tent in a dark field, saunter back to a plush bed in your own stateroom on a luxury liner. – Belle & Sebastian