Shearwater Presents ‘Rook’ – Live – May 5th (NYC) & 29th (Austin)

On Monday, May 5th and Thursday, May 29th, Shearwater will premiere ‘Rook’ in special concerts at the beautiful Florence Gould Concert Hall at Manhattan’s French Institute and The Parish in Austin, Texas. For both events, Shearwater will be joined by a string quartet, woodwinds, trumpets, and a harpist, and will play the new album, ‘Rook’, in its entirely, along with a set of older songs.

We are especially proud to announce that the New York show will begin with a rare solo performance by the legendary Michael Gira (Swans, Angels of Light), and will also feature projections by Kahn & Selesnick, the team behind Rook’s cover art.

Tickets to these events are limited. For New York (May 5), they are available from Ticketmaster, starting Friday, April 11 at 10am, and from Other Music.

Matador is offering tickets to the May 5 show plus a preorder for ‘Rook’ via this link. For $25, you can purchase the CD version of ‘Rook’, along with a ticket to the Florence Gould Hall Show (face value, $15).

Tickets for the Austin show (May 29) are available now from Front Gate.

In addition, a limited 7″ of “Rooks” b/w “The Rainbow” (a previously unreleased Talk Talk cover — not featured on the upcoming ‘Rook’ LP/CD) will be available for purchase at both shows.

Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
Between Park & Madison avenues
New York, NY 10022

Doors at 7pm. Show begins promptly at 7:30pm

“Rooks” (mp3)

Matmos – New US Dates

(Drew and Martin at the Stone, NYC, Feb. ’08, pic taken from ex-atari kid’s flickr page)

7-Seattle, WA @ Triple Door*
10-Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater*
12-SF, CA @ Great American Music Hall*
15-Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre*
18-New York, NY @ LPR (formerly Village Gate on 158 Bleecker St)**
19-New York, NY @ LPR**
21-Toronto, ONT @ THe Music Gallery**
23-Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center**
24-Detroit, MI @ Detroit Institute of Arts**
25-Pittsburgh, PA @ Andy Warhol Museum**
27-Chicago, IL @ Lakeshore Theater**

* – support from Wobbly

**- support from Snacks

Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – US, Columbia & Mexico Shows Updated

* – indicates a new addition since the last time we did this. Appaloosa support 4/11-4/22

4/9 Bellingham WA W. Washington Univ.@ Performing Arts Center*
4/10 Vancouver BC Vogue Theatre
4/11 Seattle WA Showbox SoDo
4/12 Eugene OR McDonald Theater
4/13 Portland OR Roseland
4/15 San Francisco CA Warfield Theater
4/16 San Diego CA 4th & B
4/17 Tempe AZ Marquee Theatre
4/19 Dallas TX Palladium Ballroom
4/20 Austin TX Stubb’s
4/22 Houston TX Warehouse
4/23 Mexico City Mexico Lunario
4/25 Bogota, Columbia Teatro *
5/3 Memphis TN Beale St. Music Festival*
6/14 Manchester TN Bonnaroo Music Festival*
8/10 Jersey City NJ All Points West.Music & Arts Festvial*
9/17 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl * (with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Spiritualized)

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Amoeba San Francisco In-Store!

The three-night free-for-all ends tonight with an Amoeba San Francisco in-store!

Tonight! FREE! All-Ages!
Wednesday, March 5th at 7:00pm

Amoeba Music San Francisco


p.s. did anyone else notice the magazine cover above Stephen’s shoulder and the resemblance between the two? I only noticed because I was zooming in to get a better look at Stephen’s bad-ass glasses.

(photo by Miwa Okumura, shitty crop job by me)

Matador’s Cavalcade Of Stars Set To Invade The Texas Capitol

(Beth and Adam from Times New Viking, using the Bowery Ballroom stage as a mere tune up for Austin’s super swank Soho Lounge. Pic swiped from Rafe Baron’s Flickr page)

I won’t be wearing a “Welcome To Austin : Now Fuck Off” tee next week, mostly because a) I hate slogans and b) there’s too much ketchup on the shirt to wear it in public (again). However, in the interests of keeping you, our close friends, fully informed, we’ve assembled as complete a list as possible of all the events various Matador recording artists are playing next week during the South By Southwest Clusterfuck ™. Please be advised that we’re gonna list the officially sanctioned SXSW events separately from the day parties, after hours bashes, gigs in non-participating clubs, etc., because we don’t wanna mislead anyone. Much like everything good in this world, the below gigs are subject to change. If you can’t get in, there’s undoubtedly something else going that’s not nearly as crowded a few feet away.

OFFICIAL SXSW “Showcases” (like plastic lucite!)

Wednesday, March 13 – Shearwater, Club DeVille, 1am (Brooklyn Vegan party)

Thursday, March 14 – Yo La Tengo, Austin Music Hall, 9:30pm (with My Morning Jacket)
Thursday, March 14 – Jay Reatard, Vice, 302 E. 6th Street 10:30pm
Thursday, March 14 – Times New Viking, Soho Lounge, 217 E. 6th St., 12:30am (Siltbreeze showcase)

Friday, March 15 – Earles & Jensen Present The History Of The Prank Call, Esther’s, 525 E. 6th St., 10:30pm (Super Deluxe showcase)


Wednesday, March 12 – Shearwater, The Mohawk, 4pm (Austinist/Gothamist party)
Wednesday, March 12 – Times New Viking, La Zona Rosa, 10pm (Free Yr Radio/Urban Outfitter party)

Thursday, March 13 – Jay Reatard, French Legation Museum, 5pm (Other Music party)
Thursday, March 13 – Times New Viking, French Legation Museum, 6pm (Other Music party)

Friday, March 14 – Jay Reatard, Emo’s Main Room, 1:30pm (Pitchfork/Windish Booking party)
Friday, March 14 – Yo La Tengo, French Legation Museum, 4pm (Other Music party)
Friday, March 14 – Times New Viking, Emo’s, 4pm (Pitchfork/Windish Booking party)
Friday, March 14 – Jay Reatard, Vice Day Stage, 1106 E. 11th Street, 4pm
Friday, March 14 – Shearwater, French Legation Museum (Other Music party)

Saturday, March 15 – Shearwater, Mess With Texas 2, Waterloo Park, 1:30pm
Saturday, March 15 – Earles & Jensen, Mess With Texas 2, Waterloo Park, 2:30pm
Saturday, March 15 – Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater, Spiderhouse Cafe, 2908 Fruth Street, 3pm
Saturday, Match 15 – Jay Reatard, Mess With Texas 2, Waterloo Park, 5:15pm
Saturday, Match 15 – Times New Viking, Waterloo Records instore, 3pm

(a full list of the official SXSW gigs)

(a nearly full collection of unofficial gigs, parties, etc.)

The Cave Singers: They came. We saw. They ate cake.

Currently spending a lot of time in a blue Transit van trailing Band of Horses around the good and bad parts of Europe, The Cave Singers stopped off in London for a couple of shows and also what can only be described as a 48-hour gastronomic binge. Seriously, those guys are now several kilos heavier. Any longer with us and they might have had to be craned out of the Beggars flat.

Lucky crowds witnessed greatness at Oxford Street’s Metro and West London’s Bush Hall where Pete, Derek and Marty saw fit to air some new tunes along with the favourites from Invitation Songs to a grateful audience.

The band continue their European jaunt with Band of Horses. If you’re in the area, I heartily recommend you go check them out.

All dates with Band of Horses:

04-Mar – Main Vega, Copenhagen (Denmark)
05-Mar – Sticky Fingers, Gothenberg (Sweden)
06-Mar – Debaser Medis, Stockholm (Sweden)
07-Mar – Rockefeller, Oslo (Norway)
08-Mar – Folken, Stavenger (Norway)
10-Mar – Columbia Club, Berlin (Germany)
11-Mar – Mousouturn, Frankfurt (Germany)
12-Mar – Garage, Milan (Italy)
13-Mar – Abart, Zurich (Switzerland)
14-Mar – Le Romandie, Lausanne (Switzerland)
15-Mar – Botanique Orangerie, Brussels (Belgium)

Photo 1: Birthday boy Derek clearly delighted with his Soy-free cake. Taken from The Cave Singers blog.
Photo 2: The band rocking out at Bush Hall. Taken by me after one too many Long Island Ice Teas.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – MySpace Secret Show On Tuesday (Is No Longer A Secret)

Virtual friends of SM & The Jicks received the following missive earlier today :

You will need a wristband to get into the show. Writsbands will be available for pick up at Music Millennium‘s “east” location between 5:00 and 7:00 P.M. on the day of the show.

Music Millennium’s “east” location is at 3158 E Burnside. The telephone number there is (503) 231-8926. They will also have the band’s new album, “Real Emotional Trash,” on sale for $11.99.

ALSO, wristbands will be available at the club at the normal door times. However, THIS SHOW IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVED, so get there early and stay in line.

Dead Meadow – New April/May 2008 Dates


4/15   Hoboken NJ Maxwell’s
4/16   Washington DC   Black Cat
4/17   Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda’s
4/18     Brooklyn NY             Williamsburg Music Hall
4/19     Danbury CT              Heirloom Arts Theatre
4/20       Boston MA               Middle East Downstairs
4/21      Northampton MA  Iron Horse
4/22  Winooski VT     Higher Ground
4/23    Montreal QC     Club Lambi
4/24    Toronto ON              Lee’s Palace
4/25        Buffalo NY              Sound Lab
4/26   Rochester NY            Bug Jar
4/28     Newport KY      Southgate House
4/29    Bloomington IN  Bluebird Nightclub
4/30    Cleveland OH    Beachland Ballroom
5/1     Columbus OH     The Basement
5/2     Detroit  MI     Magic Stick
5/3     Chicago IL      The Abbey               with    Indian  Velcro Lewis
5/5     Madison WI      High Noon Saloon
5/7     Minneapolis MN  7th Street Entry
5/8     Fargo ND                Aquarium
5/9     Sioux City SD           Nutty’s
5/10     Iowa City IA    Picador
5/11    Omaha NE        The Waiting Room
5/12    Lawrence KS             Jackpot
5/13     Denver CO       Larimer Lounge
5/15    Salt Lake City UT       Kilby Court
5/16    Boise ID        Neurolux
5/24    San Francisco CA        Slim’s

Matmos – Two NYC Shows This Saturday

While we’re smack in the middle of planning for the new Matmos LP/CD ‘Supreme Ballon’ (yesterday’s marketing meeting was a doozy — especially the pronounciation debate over “mobile”), Drew and Martin will be in New York this weekend, presenting two shows at The Stone (Avenue C and 2nd Street) on Saturday night at 8 and 10pm.

Matmos will be performing their version of Robert Ashley‘s ‘Perfect Lives’ along with additional material. Tickes are $10 (half price for students between the ages of 13 and 19) and are not available in advance.

The Cave Singers – New North American Dates

In addition to a European jaunt with Band Of Horses that starts tomorrow in Glasgow, The Cave Singers have confirmed the following shows in support of their Plug Award nominated ‘Invitation Songs’ LP/CD. The big rooms are w/ Death Cab, the small rooms, well, without Death Cab.  More summer festivals will be announced soon.

Fri 04/18/08 -Bremerton, WA @ Admiral Theatre*
Sat 04/19/08- Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre*
Mon 04/21/08 -Arcata, CA @ Humboldt State University – Van Duzer Theatre*
Tue 04/22/08 – Davis, CA @ UC Davis – Freeborn Hall*
Wed 04/23/08 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
Sat 04/26/08  – Milwaukee WI @ Mad Planet
Sun 04/27/08 – Chicago IL @ Schubas
Mon 04/28/08 – Cleveland OH @ Grog Shop
Wed 04/30/08 – Toronto ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Thu 05/01/08  – Montreal QC @ Casa Del Popolo
Fri 05/02/08  -Ottawa ON @ Zaphods
Sat 05/03/08  – Portland ME @ Space Gallery
Sun 05/04/08 – Boston MA @ Middle East Upstairs
Mon 05/05/08  Brooklyn NY @ Union Hall
Tue 05/06/08 – New York NY @ Mercury Lounge
Wed 05/07/08 – Philadelphia PA @ North Star
Thu 05/08/08 – Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Fri 05/09/08 – Chapel Hill NC @ Local 506
Sun 05/11/08 – Atlanta GA @ The Earl
Tue 05/13/08 – Baton Rouge LA @ Spanish Moon
Wed 05/14/08 – Houston TX @ Walter’s on Washington
Thu 05/15/08 – Austin TX @ The Mohawk
Sat 05/17/08   – Phoenix AZ @ Modified
Wed 05/21/08 – Los Angeles CA @ The Echo
Thu 05/22/08 – San Francisco CA @ The Independent
Sat 05/24/08 -Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Sat 08/02/08  0 Portland OR @ Pickathon Roots Music Festival

* – supporting Death Cab For Cutie

Newly Confirmed Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues Dates In Portugal, Spain, France and England


(as seen on BBC 2’s “Later…With Jools Holland”)

26 Lisbon Coliseum
28 Porto Coliseum
30 Barcelona Primavera Sound Festival

01 Paris-Olympia
08 London Hammersmith Apollo
09 Bristol-Colston *
10 Birmingham-Academy *
11 Manchester-Academy *

* – tickets go sale Wednesday, 20 February.

You can hear Cat Power on WXPN‘s “World Cafe” this coming March 6 (2pm eastern standard time), preceeded by an appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Thursday, February 28.

Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues, New Confirmed Dates

(Tickets for the North America shows below are on sale tomorrow — we don’t have the presale link yet, but we’ll put it up later today when we do – thanks)

April10-Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
11-Seattle, WA @ Showbox
12-Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
13-Portland, OR @ Roseland
15-San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
16-San Diego, CA @ 4th & B
17-Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
19-Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
20-Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
22-Houston, TX @ Warehouse
23-Mexico City, MEXICO @ Lunario

(tickets for all of the above, Mexico City excepted)

8 – London, Hammersmith Apollo (tickets on sale now)

New Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks US Dates

(Stephen & Joanna, visibly annoyed that someone has ignored a venue edict against air horns.  pic taken from touchmyichi’s Flickr page)

People of Texas, New Mexico, Central California and Western Canada — we have heard your cry.  Or Stephen’s booking agent has. Either way, you’re in for some kinda show.

4/20/08 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa ^
4/21/08 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre ^
4/23/08 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad ^
4/28/08 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s ^
5/3/08 Vancouver, BC Richards on Richards ^

^ – support from The Joggers

As announced earlier, Stephen & The Jicks will also hit the following places and faces starting in mid March ;

3/19/08 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue #
3/20/08 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater #
3/21/08 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre #
3/22/08 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue #
3/23/08 Newport, KY Southgate House #
3/25/08 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge #
3/26/08 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse #
3/28/08 Washington, DC 9:30 Club #
3/29/08 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore at the TLA #
3/31/08 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom #
4/1/08 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom #
4/2/08 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg #
4/3/08 Boston, MA Paradise #
4/4/08 North Adams, MA Mass. Museum of Contemporary Art #

# – support by John Vanderslice

New Jay Reatard U.S. and Australian dates

(pic taken from Jimmybuttons’ Flickr page)

We’ll be releasing details about Jay Reatard‘s first 7″ for Matador very soon. Until then, here’s a bunch of forthcoming shows.

Feb 22 – Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, Illinois
Mar 7 – E Brunswick Club Melbourne
Mar 8 – Club Phoenix Brisbane
Mar 9 – Meredith Golden Plains Festival Meredith
Mar 10 – The Tote Melbourne
Mar 27 – Rialto Theater ** Tucson, Arizona
Mar 28 – Marquee Theater ** Tempe, Arizona
Mar 29 – House of Blues ** San Diego, California
Mar 30 – The Glasshouse ** Pomona, California
Apr 1 – Wiltern Theater ** Los Angeles, California
Apr 2 – Warfield Theater ** San Francisco, California
Apr 4 – Crystal Ballroom ** Portland, Oregon
Apr 5 – The Showbox ** Seattle, Washington
Apr 6 – Commadore Ballroom ** Vancouver, British Columbia
Apr 9 – Ogden Theater ** Denver, Colorado
Apr 11 – First Avenue ** Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 12 – Riviera Theater ** Chicago, Illinois
Apr 13 – The Vogue ** Indianapolis, Indiana
Apr 15 – Royal Oak Theater ** Royal Oak, Michigan
Apr 22 – Europa, Brooklyn, NYC

(** – with The Black Keys)

Jay will be playing multiple times during SXSW and as soon as we know the times/dates (ie. we read them on Brooklyn Vegan), we’ll certainly share the news.

Tickets for the April 22 show at Europa are available here.

The New Pornographers – April North American Dates, On Sale Tomorrow

were one of us not a blessed MySpace pal of The New Pornographers, there’s no telling how late we’d be forwarding the following :

The New Pornographers are pleased to announce their upcoming Spring US tour with special guests Okkervil River!

A limited number of tickets have been held for New Pornographer fans and will be available through an exclusive presale that begins Saturday, February 2nd at 12 PM Local Time! By buying tickets through our presale, you’ll be able to get your tickets before anyone else AND save some money on service charges.

CLICK HERE to buy presale tickets!

Tour Dates:

Apr 9: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Apr 10: Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
Apr 11: Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Apr 12: Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead
Apr 13: Ithaca, NY @ The State Theater of Ithaca
Apr 14: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Apr 16: Richmond, VA @ Toad’s Place
Apr 17: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
Apr 18: Nashville, TN @ The Cannery
Apr 19: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Apr 20: Chicago, IL @ Riviera
Apr 21: Madison, WI @ Orpheum
Apr 22: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom

Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg Solo Tour

We’re pretty close to dropping all sorts of enticing details about the forthcoming Shearwater LP/CD ‘Rook’, but for today at least, we’ll merely let you know Jonathan Meiburg is supporting Bill Callahan in the following hamlets throughout the South and Southwest :

15-Beaumont, TX @ Vortex
16-Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea’s Cafe
17-New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
18-Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo
19-Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
20-Gainsville, FL @ Common Grounds
22-St Augustine, FL @ Cafe Eleven
23-Mt Pleasant, SC @ Village Tavern
24- Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
25-Atlanta, GA @ Red Light Cafe
26-Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
28-Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
29-St Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill

1-Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
2-Tulsa, OK @ Continental Club
4- Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6-Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
7-Tucson, AZ @ Plush
8-El Paso, TX @ Zeppelin’s Underground