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VIDEO : Majical Cloudz – “Downtown”

By The Management on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Another Majical Cloudz video directed by Devon Welsh and Neil Corcoran was released this morning.  “Downtown” is the last single from Are You Alone? before the album’s official release on October 16th. There are quite a bit of new tour dates listed below for later this year and early next. Take note and make plans accordingly.

Majical Cloudz on tour :

10/17 – Smiling Buddha, Toronto, ON
10/21 – National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY
10/22 – Halifax Pop Explosion, Halifax, NS
10/23 – Phi Centre, Montreal. QC
11/7 – Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
11/18 – St Johns on Bethnal Green, London, UK
11/20 – L’Archipel, Paris, FR
11/23 – Botanique Rotonde, Brussels, BE
11/25 – Acud Club, Berlin, DE
1/15/16 – The Garrison, Toronto, ON
1/16/16 – TBA, Detroit, MI
1/18/16 – Schubas, Chicago, IL
1/22/16 – Cobalt, Vancouver, BC
1/23/16 – TBA, Seattle, WA
1/24/16 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
1/26/16 – The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
1/29/16 – TBA, Los Angeles, CA

Preorder ‘Are You Alone?’ from The Matador Store, iTunes or Amazon.

Majical Cloudz online :
official site


By Rian on Monday, September 21st, 2015

(Devon Welsh photo by Sarah O’Driscoll)

The title track from the upcoming Majical Cloudz album ‘Are You Alone?’ was released earlier this morning. This is the second song released from the new album, which will be out officially on October 16th.

Majical Cloudz are playing NYC’s Nation Sawdust on October 21. Tickets are available here.

Preorder ‘Are You Alone?’ from The Matador Store, iTunes or Amazon.

Majical Cloudz online :
official site

VIDEO : Majical Cloudz – “Silver Car Crash”

By Gerard on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

(Devon Welsh photo by Sarah O’Driscoll)

Hi! We shot this video in Montreal with Neil Corcoran. We used his camera as well as my friend Kyle’s camera. It’s very home-made, shot quickly.
I mainly believe in videos as an expression of the artist(s) themselves, and this is the video I wanted to make. It’s not flashy or spectacular, but I think it does the mood of the band justice, which is most important to me. In any case, I made it myself so that it feels good to put it out.
- Devon Welsh

Above : Earlier today, the new video for Majical Cloudz’ “Silver Car Crash” (taken from the upcoming ‘Are You Alone’,) premiered via Paper Magazine.

Majical Cloudz are playing NYC’s Nation Sawdust on October 21. Tickets are available here.

Preorder ‘Are You Alone?’ from The Matador Store, iTunes or Amazon.

Majical Cloudz online :
official site

Majical Cloudz – ‘Are You Alone?’ Coming October 16, “Silver Car Crash” Premiere

By The Management on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

(photo by Sarah O’Driscoll)

In 2013, the Canadian musical-performance art project Majical Cloudz released Impersonator via label Matador, garnering global praise as one of the year’s best albums. Since then, principle writer and vocalist Devon Welsh has been fastidiously crafting the band’s second studio album, while simultaneously touring the world with producer Matthew Otto. Today, Majical Cloudz announce their anticipated sophomore LP, ‘Are You Alone?’, arriving in-stores and online around the world on October 16th.

Building off a solidly-laid visual and sonic foundation, the narrative remains – simple yet emotionally forthcoming lyrics showcasing raw vulnerability, backed by sparse instrumentation and minimalist production. Welsh delivers melancholic but melody driven vocals echoing off elemental tones, praising love and friendship, commiserating over heartbreak and sadness. Written and recorded between Montreal and Detroit, it comes as no surprise that Welsh and Otto have created another soulful novella, continuing to contribute to the evolution of sound in pop, indie, and electronic music.

This morning, Majical Cloudz are sharing the first single off of ‘Are You Alone?’, “Silver Car Crash”,

1. Disappeared
2. Control
3. Are You Alone?
4. So Blue
5. Heavy
6. Silver Car Crash
7. Change
8. If You’re Lonely
9. Downtown
10. Easier Said Than Done
11. Game Show
12. Call On Me

Preorder ‘Are You Alone?’ from The Matador Store, iTunes or Amazon.

Majical Cloudz online :
official site

This Weekend At Fun Fun Fun : Iceage, Ted Leo, Majical Cloudz, The New Pornographers, Yo La Tengo

By Gerard on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

The 9th annual edition of Transmission Entertainment’s ridiculously awesome Fun Fun Fun Fest hits Austin’s Auditorium Shores this weekend, and here’s a breakdown of where and when the far-too-well-represented members of the Matador family will be appearing. NONE ARE CONFLICTING WITH KING DIAMOND (and that’s all that really matters).

Tickets for the entire weekend + FFF Nites aftershows are still available here.

Friday, November 7 – Yellow Stage 7:20 PM
Friday, November 7, Cheer Up Charlie’s (Outdoor) 11:00 PM

Friday, November 7, Mohawk, 12:45 AM

- Friday, November, 7 – Holy Mountain (Indoor)12:30 AM
- Saturday, November, 8 – Black Stage 4:05 PM

- Saturday, November, 8 – Orange Stage 5:55 PM

- Sunday, November 9, Orange Stage – 5:55 PM


By Rian on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Below is a thank you note and gift (new song “Your Eyes”) from Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh:

Hi all, Over the last five weeks we have had some of the best experiences we have ever had as a band.

A lot of it still feels unreal. We played 20 shows with Lorde. We met an uncountable number of people at the shows and played for even more. We did it all with a crew of 4 people in a minivan. How did this happen?

We were met with positive and warm receptions at all of these shows. We were never booed or heckled (although if we had been I would have understood). I believe this to be a testament to the curiosity and open-mindedness of Lorde’s audiences. Every single night, we were extremely excited to be there and I think people recognized that and returned the energy.

To everyone who came to these shows and saw us perform, to everyone who we spoke to afterwards: thank you! Your participation made those shows happen and although you probably didn’t come with us in mind, your presence was important to us.

As a thank you we are giving away this song, “Your Eyes”. I originally recorded it in 2011, and when Matt and I started playing shows together as Majical Cloudz this was always part of the set. It’s kind of a relic of the earliest period of our life as a band, so if you are finding out about us for the first time in the wake of our tour with Lorde, this will take you back to the beginning of our music-making days together. We made this new version just before we left on tour, so in one sense it is old and in another sense it is new.

It has been great meeting all of you. We will be touring the USA again soon, and in the meantime we are working on a bunch of new music.


Download “Your Eyes” here:

Majical Cloudz tour with Lorde starts tomorrow

By Robby on Thursday, September 4th, 2014




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) -


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


By Rian on Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Lots going on this weekend and it all kicks off TONIGHT with Kurt Vile and The Violators warming up Governors Ball with the Official Kickoff Party at Brooklyn Bowl. Advance tickets are sold out but there are a limited number of tickets being held at the door starting at… 6pm. That’s in a little more than an hour, get movin’.

Below is a schedule for the rest of the weekend. See you out there.

FRIDAY June 6th

Governors Ball: Kurt Vile and The Violators on Big Apple Stage at 2:15pm

Record Release Show for ‘Glass Boys’ : Fucked Up at Bowery Ballroom at 9:00pm SOLD OUT

Pitchfork Nightcap & Governors Ball Presents: Majical Cloudz - The Studio at Webster Hall starting at 10:00pm. Tickets here.


Governors Ball: Tanlines (True Panther) on Big Apple Stage at 2:15pm

SUNDAY June 8th

Governors Ball: Interpol on Big Apple Stage at 8:00pm (have you heard the news about ‘El Pintor’ yet?)



By Rian on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

This fall Majical Cloudz (not Kurt Vile) will be joining Lorde on tour in North America. Kicking off in Philadelphia on September 9th and wrapping up in San Diego October 10th, Devon and Matthew will be hitting New York, Los Angeles and many cities in between. Remaining summer headline and festival dates and those with Lorde 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
Take “Love Soul” with you and dig in to and/or revisit ‘Impersonator‘ today.



By Rian on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

We have not one, not two but SIX bands on the roster playing at Primavera Sound in Barcelona this weekend. Set times for all below, in CET.

Thursday, May 29th
Glasser 6:35-7:20pm, Pitchfork Stage
Majical Cloudz 8:55-9:45pm Pitchfork Stage
Queens of the Stone Age 11:00pm- 12:05am, Heineken Stage

Friday May 30th
Body/Head 8:45-9:45pm, Auditori Rockdelux Stage
Darkside 1:00-2:00am, Ray Ban Stage
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust 10:25-11:20pm, Vice Stage (streaming live here)

Familiar faces and sounds in the line-up include Spoon, Mogwai, The Mark Eitzel Ordeal and Cold Cave.

In Conversation : Nate Lowman and Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh

By Gerard on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

One of Nate Lowman‘s works, “Orders From Corporate (Randall’s Island)” was auctioned off tonight at NYC’s Skylight Modern Gallery as part of “The Synthesis Sessions 1″, also featuring Majical Cloudz. Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh (above, left) is featured in conversation with Lowman (right) in a video clip viewable at the New York Times’ T Magazine site.

Majical Cloudz – New Shows

By Rian on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

New shows have been announced for Majical Cloudz, including two special events at The Studio at Webster Hall. The first one is this Sunday, May 4th, which will be the book launch from ‘You Can Make Anything Sad’ by Spencer Madsen. There will also be a reading from Das Racist’s Kool A.D. and Mira Gonzalez. Tickets here:

The second show at The Studio at Webster Hall will be on June 6th with Dutch E Germ. The show will be the first of a new series hosted by Pickfork called Nightcap. Nightcap will also have shows in Chicago, Portland (Oregon), Seattle, San Francisco and New Orleans. Read more about the series here. Tickets for the the first Nightcap go on sale Friday, May 2 at 10 am Eastern time. Tickets are $15 and the show is 21+. Doors are at 10pm.

Full list of upcoming shows:

5/4 - Marlin Room at Webster Hall New York, NY
5/29 – Primavera (Main Show)
5/30 – Primavera (Additional Show)
6/6 – Pitchfork Nightcap @ Webster Hall, NY
6/14 – Sonar Festival
7/11 – The Hudson Project, NY
7/19 – TiME Festival, Toronto
7/20 – Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, IL
7/26 – Hillside Festival, Guelph, ON

Listen to Majical Cloudz “Love Soul”

By Robby on Friday, February 14th, 2014

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.

Primavera Sound 2014

By Stuart on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

It’s another mini-Matador fest at Primavera Sound festival this year, as Queens of the Stone Age, DARKSIDE, Body/Head, Lee Ranaldo and The Dust, Majical Cloudz and Glasser all descend upon Barcelona for the weekend of May 29th-31st.  Elsewhere amongst the line-up familiar faces include Spoon, Mogwai and Cold Cave ,with tickets on sale now from

Savage: A New Song (and Music Video) from Majical Cloudz

By Patrick on Friday, December 13th, 2013

Fans will already be familiar with “Savage,” a staple of Majical Cloudz sets over the past year. They have now recorded it in the studio and made a quick music video. Watch it at the link above.

Devon Welsh writes about the song on the video on his tumblr HERE

Lots of interesting Majical Cloudz stuff happening in 2014 so keep your eyes peeled.

Coming 12/3 : A Lower-Than-Low Priced Compilation LP Of Matador 2013 Highlights

By Gerard on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

OK, we missed Black Friday by a few days, but if that means ONE LESS TRAMPLING this holiday shopping season, it was totally worth it.  On December 3, we’re releasing a limited edition, one-time pressing of a $5.99 list LP , ‘It’s Been A Business Doing Pleasure With You‘, featuring 9 songs from (most of) our 2013 releases. In addition to album tracks from Chelsea Light Moving, Majical Cloudz, Body/Head, Lee Ranaldo & The Dust, Iceage and Kurt Vile, there’s a live version of Queens of the Stone Age performing “If I Had A Tail” at the 2013 iTunes Festival (Roundhouse, London),  Savages’ “City’s Full” from last summer’s KEXP session, and Yo La Tengo performing “Before We Run” in those same KEXP studios.

We don’t have any copies for mail order, sadly, but hopefully you’ll find one at your favorite record store after they’re done sweeping up all the broken glass, blood, etc. from Black Friday.  If you prefer, you can order a digital version of the comp. right now at the Matador Store.

Listen to Majical Cloudz’ “Savage”

By Robby on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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


Majical Cloudz reschedule UK and European shows

By Stuart on Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Majical Cloudz have reshuffled their upcoming European tour dates, with a few shows cancelled and others rescheduled slightly.  Newly added dates are in bold, cancelled dates are struck through – refunds are available at point of purchase.

Be sure to check out the new Pitchfork ‘City of Music’ session and Childhood’s End CFCF remix if you haven’t already caught those.

08 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
09 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
10 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
11 – London, UK – Lexington – Quietus Night
12 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
16 – Brussels, BE – Bontanique Rotonde
17 – Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
18 – Berlin, DE – Berghain Kantine
19 – Hamburg, DE – Prinzenbar
21 – Copenhagen, DK – Jazzhouse
22 – Oslo, NO – Blaa
23 – Stockholm, SE – Strand
24 – Helsinki, FI – Kuudes Linja
25 – Norway, Bergen – Ekko (Bergen Electronic Music and Arts Festival)
30 – Rome, IT – Circolo Degli Artisti
31 – Padova, IT – Movement
1 Switzerland, Zurich – Kinski
2 Paris, FR – Pitchfork Festival – Grande HallDe La Villette
3 London, UK – Union Chapel – Illuminations Festival
4 London, UK – The Shacklewell Arms (Sold Out)

Majical Cloudz – City Of Music session with Pitchfork

By Gabe on Monday, September 16th, 2013

We are excited to share a great session clip from Majical Cloudz, shot for Pitchfork’s City Of Music series. The City Of Music guys captured the affable intimacy of an MC gig in the song “This Is Magic”:

MC are still on tour. Devon is writing about it.

Monday 16 – Buffalo, NY – The Tralf Music Hall
Tuesday 17 – Toronto, ON – Wrong Bar

Tuesday 08 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
Wednesday 09 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Thursday 10 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
Friday 11 - London, UK – Lexington – Quietus Night
Saturday 12 – London, UK – Green Door Store
Wednesday 16 – Brussels, BE – Bontanique Rotonde
Thursday 17 – Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
Friday 18 – Berlin, DE – Berghain Kantine
Saturday 19 – Hamburg, DE – Prinzenbar
Monday 21 – Copenhagen, DK – Jazzhouse
Tuesday 22 – Oslo, NO – Blaa
Wednesday 23 – Stockholm, SE – Strand
Thursday 24 – Helsinki, FI – Kuudes Linja
Wednesday 30 – Rome, IT – Circolo Degli Artisti
Thursday 31 – Padova, IT – Movement

Monday 02 – Paris, FR – Pitchfork Festival – Grande HallDe La Villette