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Coming June 3 : Steve Gunn – ‘Eyes On The Lines’, “Conditions Wild” video premiere

By The Management on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

(photo by Constance Mensh)

“Conditions Wild” – directed by Brandon Herman

We’re thrilled to announce the release of a new album from guitarist/songwriter Steve Gunn, ‘Eyes On The Lines’, coming June 3rd, worldwide. . Gunn’s music has always embraced expanse and movement, springing from the simple and profound relationship between humans and their environment. ‘Eyes On The Lines’, the follow-up to Gunn’s pastoral and highly acclaimed ‘Way Out Weather’, is his most explicit ode to the blissful uncertainty of adventure yet.

Accompanied by a full band — Nathan Bowles (drums, banjo, organ), Hans Chew (wurlitzer), James Elkington (guitar, lap steel, dobro), Mary Lattimore (harp), Jason Meagher (bass, guitar, flute), Paul Sukeena, Justin Tripp (bass, keyboards), John Truscinski (drums), and (electric, guitar) –– ‘Eyes On The Lines’ presents Gunn embracing his urban surroundings through a series of songs that showcase his extraordinary ability to match inventive hooks to deftly constructed melodies full of personality.

Throughout ‘Eyes On The Lines’, Gunn is more narrator than diarist as he pours real-life moments and real-life people into vibrant and evocative tales. Take debut single, “Conditions Wild,” for example. Directly inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Gunn rambles through strange clouds of roving — interlocking strings, percussion, and vocals join in an irrepressible rush. It’s accompanying, highly-stylized video, directed by Brandon Herman, phenomenally captures the notion of finding comfort in getting lost and embracing the unknown, an important concept to Gunn in his songwriting and playing, and the creation of ‘Eyes On The Lines’ as a whole.

Steve Gunn will be touring extensively all over Europe and North America this year. All confirmed dates are below.

TRACKLISTING
1. Ancient Jules
2. Full Moon Tide
3. The Drop
4. Conditions Wild
5. Nature Driver
6. Heavy Sails
7. Night Wander
8. Park Bench Smile
9. Ark

PRE-ORDER LINKS
The Matador Store
Steve Gunn Store
iTunes
Amazon
Google
Spotify

US TOUR DATES

Friday, April 8 – Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair, NJ
Thursday, June 9 – Northside Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, June 11 – Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
Monday, June 13 – Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA
Tuesday, June 14 – Rudyard’s, Houston, TX
Wednesday, June 15 – The Sidewinder, Austin, TX
Thursday, June 16 – Three Links Deep Ellum, Dallas, TX
Saturday, June 18 – Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
Sunday, June 19 – The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
Monday, June 20 – 7th St Entry, Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday, June 21 – Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI
Thursday, June 23 – Schubas, Chicago, IL
Friday, June 24 – Marble Bar, Detroit, MI
Saturday, June 25 – The Great Hall, Toronto, ON
Wednesday, June 29 – Great Scott, Boston, MA
Thursday, June 30 – Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY
Saturday, July 9 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, July 12 – Kings, Raleigh, NC
Wednesday, July 13 – The Mothlight, Asheville, NC
Thursday, July 14 – Exit/In, Nashville, TN
Friday, July 15 – Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA
Saturday, July 16 – Sloss Music & Arts Festival, Birmingham, AL
Sunday, July 17 – Forecastle, Louisville, KY

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Thursday, April 21 – The Lexington, London, UK
Wednesday, May 18 – Le Batofar, Paris, FR
Thursday, May 19 – Les Nuits Botanique, Brussels, BE
Friday, May 20 – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam, NL
Saturday, May 21 – Kantine am Berghain, Berlin, DE
Sunday, May 22 – Loppen, Copenhagen, DK
Monday, May 23 – Molotow, Hamburg, DE
Tuesday, May 24 – UT Connewitz, Leipzig, DE
Wednesday, May 25 – Manufaktur, Schorndorf, DE
Thursday, May 26 – Sudpol, Kriens, CH
Friday, May 27 – Le Sonic, Lyon, FR
Saturdat, May 28 – Le Phare, Limoges, FR
Sunday, May 29 – Psilocybenea, Hondarribia, ES
Monday, May 30 – gnration, Braga, PT
Tuesday, May 31 – ZDB, Lisboa, PT
Wednesday, June 1 – Berlin Cafe, Madrid, ES
Thursday, June 2 – Loco Club, Valencia, ES
Friday, June 3 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona, ES
Sunday, June 5 – This Is Not A Love Song, Nimes, FR

Steve Gunn online:

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Coming May 20 : Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial

By Gerard on Thursday, March 24th, 2016

“Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales”

(photo by Anna Webber)

On May 20, Matador will be releasing the new Car Seat Headrest 2XLP/CD/digital album, ‘Teens Of Denial’. Though it’s the 13th album to date for Will Toledo, it’s the first CSH album to be recorded in a pro-style recording environment with a full band and acclaimed producer-person (specifically, Steve Fisk). Following the previously leaked “Vincent”, the album’s second single, “Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales” is available today. As Will explains, the song is about “post-party melancholia. Wishing to either be a better person or care less about the whole deal. Going home alone, in poor condition. The ‘killer whales’ bit is inspired by Blackfish, which is a depressing film.”

You have no right to be depressed
You haven’t tried hard enough to like it”

There are two kinds of great lyrics.  The first is the banger/anthem catch phrase: “Normal life is borin’ / but superstardom is close to post-mortem.” The second is more complex (and more rarely found): “Like a bird on a wire / Like a drunk in a midnight choir/I have tried in my way to be free” — with ideas, themes, and personae unfolding over the course of songs, contradicting each other, confronting the listeners’ preconceptions, like Pete Townshend, Morrissey, or Kendrick Lamar. 

Will Toledo, the singer/songwriter/visionary of Car Seat Headrest, is adept at both, having developed them over the course of his eleven college-recorded Bandcamp albums and his retrospective collection last fall, Teens of Style.

“I’m so sick of / (Fill in the blank)” or “It’s more than you bargained for / But it’s a little less than what you paid for” are more than smart, edgy slogans.  Over the course of Teens of Denial’s 11 songs, Will narrates a journey with his mysterious companion/alter-ego Joe that addresses big themes (personal responsibility, existential despair, the nature of identity, the Bible, heaven) and small ones (Air Jordans, cops, whether to have one more beer, why he lost his backpack). 

“Fill in The Blank,” the mission statement of the album, kicks things off — it’s a fist-pumping anthem about feeling lousy in an ill-defined way, the fear of settling into a routine of futility, and not wanting to deal with it.  Although it’s oddly joyful sounding, Toledo considers it the introduction to his angriest record yet. In that vein, “Vincent,” “Hippie Powers,” and “Connect The Dots” are about both fighting to hold your place in the crowd and to hold your drink, as well as DIY college house shows, and having no one to dance with, respectively.  Initially similar, “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” veers off in surprising directions, each piece flush with catchy, irony-free hooks.

At the heart of the album sits the 11:32 ”Ballad of the Costa Concordia,” which has more musical ideas than most whole albums (and at that length, it uses them all).  Horns, keyboards, and elegant instrumental interludes set off art-garage moments; vivid vocal harmonies follow punk frenzy.  The selfish captain of the capsized cruise liner in the Mediterranean in 2013 becomes a metaphor for struggles of the individual in society, as experienced by one hungover young man on the verge of adulthood. 

Teens of Denial refracts Toledo’s particular, personal story of one difficult year through cultural touchstones such as the biography of Frank Sinatra, the evolution of the Me Generation as seen in Mad Men and elsewhere, plus elements of Eastern and Western theology. The whole thing flaunts a kind of conceptual, lyrical, and musical ambition that has been missing from far too much 21st-century music.

“I won’t go down with this shit
I will put my hands up and surrender
There will be no more flags above my door
I have lost, and always will be”

There are two kinds of great lyricists.  The first kind is one you find in books, canonized by time and a lifetime of expression.  The second has it all in front of him.  Meet Will Toledo.  Or at least one version of him.   – Geoffrey Weiss

TRACKLISTING
1. Fill In The Blank
2. Vincent
3. Destroyed By Hippie Powers
4. (Joe Gets Kicked Out Of School For Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn’t A Problem)
5. Just What I Needed/Not Just What I Needed
6. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
7. 1937 State Park
8. Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not An)
9. Cosmic Hero
10. The Ballad of Costa Concordia
11. Connect The Dots (The Saga Of Frank Sinatra)
12, Joe Goes To School

Car Seat Headrest is:
Will Toledo – vocals, guitar, songwriting
Andrew Katz – drums, backing vocals
Ethan Ives – bass (on Teens of Denial), guitar (live), backing vocals
Seth Dalby – bass (live)

Produced by Steve Fisk at his studio in Seattle, July-September 2015.

Preorder ‘Teens Of Denial’ from the following :
The Matador Store
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Amazon
Car Seat Headrest on Spotify
Car Seat Headrest on Apple Music

Car Seat Headrest on tour :

Friday, March 25 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Saturday, March 26 – Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, March 27 – The Cobalt, Vancouver BC
Wednesday, March 30 – The Holland Project, Reno NV
Thursday, March 31 – Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
Friday, April 1 – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, April 3 – The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz CA
Monday, May 23 – Black Cat, Washington DC

Thursday, May 28 - London Calling, Amsterdam (NL)
Friday, May 29 – Big Next, Gent (B)

Monday, May 30 – L’Espace B, Paris
Tuesday, May 31 – Le Sonic, Lyon

Thursday, June 2 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona (ES)
Friday, June 3 – This Is Not A Love Song, Nimes (F)
Saturday, June 4 – Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival, Düdingen (CH)
Monday, June 6 – Beaches Brew, Ravenna (IT)

Friday, June 10 – Paraque de Cidade, Porto, PT
Wednesday, June 8 – Le Saint des Seins, Toulouse
Thursday, June 9 – Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux

Saturday, June 11 – Primavera Sound, Porto (PT)
Tuesday, June 14 – Privatclub, Berlin (D)
Friday, June 17 - Beanpole, Dresden (D)
Saturday, June 18 – Molotow, Hamburg (D)
Monday, June 20 – The Hope, Brighton (UK)
Tuesday, June 21 – 100 Club, London (UK)
Wednesday, June 22 – The Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)
Thursday, June 23 – Broadcast, Glasgow (UK)
Sunday, June 26 – Down The Rabbit Hole, Beuningen (NL)
Tuesday, June 28 – Mejeriet, Lund (SE)
Wednesday, June 29 – Debaser Strand, Stockholm (SE)
Thursday, June 30 – Pustervik , Göteborg (SE)

Saturday, July 16 – Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL
Friday, July 22 – Capital Hill Block Party, Seattle WA
Thursday, July 28 – Eventide Victoria, Victoria BC

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STEVE GUNN EU TOUR DATES (UPDATED)

By Blue on Friday, March 11th, 2016

(photo credit to: Moonloop Photography)

Good news for all Steve Gunn fans (and for everyone else out there who should be) as not only will he be returning to London for a newly announced show this spring, but we can also confirm there is new music on the horizon and there will be a new album out on Matador in May of this year. More EU dates coming soon (UPDATE – those dates are below, in bold). You can sign up to his mailing list here.

2016 TOUR DATES:

Wednesday, March 26 – Three Lobed Recordings Sweet 16 — Raleigh, NC
Thursday, April, 21 – The Lexington — London, UK
Wednesday, May, 18 –  Le Batofar – Paris, FR
Thursday, May 19 –  Les Nuits de Botanique – Brussels, B
Friday, May 20 – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam, NL
Saturday, May 21 –  Kantine am Berghain – Berlin, D
Sunday, May 22 – Loppen – Copenhagen, DK
Monday, May 23 –  Molotow – Hamburg D
Tuesday, May 24 – UT Connewitz – Leipzig D
Wednesday, May 25 – Manufaktur – Schorndorf D
Thursday, May 26 – Südpol – Luzern, CH
Friday, May 27 – Le Sonic – Lyon, FR
Saturday, May 28 – Le Phare — Limoges, FR
Sunday, May 29 – Psilocybenea – Hondarribia, ES
Monday, May 30 – GNRation – Braga, PT
Tuesday, May 31 – ZDB – Lisbon, PT
Wednesday, June 1 – Berlin Café – Madrid, ES
Thursday, June 2 – Loco Club - Valencia, ES
Friday, June 3- Primavera Sound – Barcelona, ES
Sunday, June 5- This Is Not A Love Song – Nimes, FR
Thursday, June 9 – Northside Festival — Brooklyn, NY  

Saturday, June 11- Bonnaroo — Manchester, TN
Saturday, June 16 – Sloss Music & Arts Festival — Birmingham, AL
Sunday, June 17 – Forecastle — Louisville, KY
ONLINE:

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Savages – ‘Adore Life’ Out Today, Contest Winner Announced, Elton John Says Something

By Rian on Friday, January 22nd, 2016

It seems like only yesterday when we announced the upcoming album from Savages, Adore Life.  In case you’re wondering it was October 21st.  Since then, the band have: played shows big and small around the world, put out two videos (“The Answer” and “Adore”) and as of earlier this week – performed songs from the new album on television. Oh, and in case you missed it – a fellow Jimmy Kimmel guest this week, Elton John, proclaimed that he thinks Savages are… Well you have to watch the clip to find out.

Adore Life is out today and can be purchased and/or consumed by any of the following retailers:

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest to fly to London to see the band play London’s 100 Club next week. The winner is Paige Emery and you can follow her journey starting on Monday on our Instagram & Twitter accounts.

STREAM: HÆLOS Soak remix

By Blue on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

 

Listen to Hælos edit of Soak’s “B a noBody” below:

The band release their Matador debut album Full Circle on March 18th of this year.

Preorder ‘Full Circle’ from the following :

The Matador Store
iTunes: (“Oracle” ,”Pray”, “Earth Not Above” and “Dust” all available instantly)
Amazon
Google

HÆLOS live

January 22 San Francisco CA Popscene at Rickshaw Stop
January 26 Los Angeles CA The Roxy
January 27 Seattle WA – Sunset Tavern
March 15-20, Austin TX South By Southwest
March 29 New York NY  Mercury Lounge
March 30 Brooklyn NY , Baby’s Alright
April 15 Indio CA, Coachella
April 22 Indio CA, Coachella

HÆLOS online:

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Majical Cloudz – New DIgital EP, ‘Wait & See’, Tour Commences Tonight

By Gerard on Friday, January 15th, 2016

(photo by Rocco Avalone)

‘Wait & See’, a new, 5-song digital EP from Majical Cloudz is available today via your favorite download and streaming services. Devon Welsh’s thoughts on the subject can be found after the links below :

Spotify
iTunes
Amazon

Hi,
We put together this “EP” of songs that we recorded when we were working on “Are You Alone?”, but which didn’t fit on that album for one reason or another. They aren’t more recent than the songs on AYA — they date from different periods of time, one of them is among the earliest songs written for AYA and others are more recent. Despite the fact that it’s a collection of songs that didn’t make the record, I think there is a feeling that links them all together (which is maybe why they didn’t fit on AYA). We hope you enjoy these songs!

We are going on tour in North America and then in Australia in January and February. These are the only dates we have planned right now, so if you want to see us, definitely try to come out to one of these shows. I know some of them are sold out. We tried to move the show into bigger venues where we could (and we did in Vancouver) but in some cases we couldn’t make it happen. So sorry if the show is sold out and you wanted to come.

She-Devils are going to be supporting us on all our shows in North America, which is really exciting. They are really good, so if you’re coming to the shows make sure to come early enough to see them.

It will be our first time in Australia, and it’s difficult to imagine the next time I will be back there (through music or not) so if you’re in Australia and are into our band, this is the time to see us!
Okay!

Friday, January 15 – The Garrison, Toronto ON (sold out)*
Saturday, January 16 – UFO Factory, Detroit MI *
Monday, January 18 – Schubas, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)*
Tuesday, January 19 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, January 22 – Cobalt, Vancouver BC*
Saturday, January 23 – Barboza, Seattle WA*
Sunday, January 24 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR*
Tuesday, January 25- The Chapel, San Francisco CA *
Friday, January 29 – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles CA *
2/5/16 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Adelaide SA, Australia
Saturday, February, 6 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Brisbane QLD, Australia
Sunday, February, 7 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Sydney NSW, Australia
Monday, February, 8 – Newtown Social Club, Newtown NSW, Australia
Thursday, February, 11 – Forum Theatre, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Friday, February, 12 – The Toff, Melbourne VIC, Australia
Saturday, February, 13 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Footscray VIC, Australia
Sunday, February, 14 – St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Fremantle WA, Australia
Thursday, March, 10 – La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC, Canada

(* – support from She-Devils)

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

Majical Cloudz online :
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Coming March 18 : HÆLOS – ‘Full Circle’

By The Management on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

(photo by Jesse Jenkins)

“Oracle”

On March 18, Matador will be releasing the long-awaited debut album from London trio HÆLOS, ‘Full Circle’. Preorder details can be found below.

Every generation has their own version of the blues, music that captures a sense of melancholia and provides a sonic reflecting pool for young lovers, old souls, and the eternally heartbroken. For their darkly shaded and radiant debut album Full Circle, HAELOS have found their blues where others go to find pure, uncut joy: the dancefloor. 

The London trio’s version of a night out is a million miles away from mirror balls and sweaty bodies, their rippling electronic pop conjuring the exhilarating privacy of a cavernous club’s dark pockets and the introspective comedowns that accompany rainy 5 a.m. cab rides.  ”It’s the music you put on after the club,” Lotti Benardout, who shares vocal duties with her other bandmates, states. ”You can still feel that energy and euphoria, but it might bring you back to reflect on certain moments or memories.” 

The three bandmates decided to collaborate having been working on separate projects. Arthur Delaney and Dom Goldsmith had been working on material under the working title of HÆLOS; Lotti had been writing with Dom who was producing an EP for her at the time. The nocturnal, throbbing “Dust” was the first finished work to come from the trio’s newly formed union; over the course of the following year, the rest of Full Circle’s shadowy sounds came together. “When you don’t know people that well, you can look back at things and retell your story,” Benardout speaks on HAELOS’ ability to mature from relative strangers into a cohesive musical unit. “It’s new again. There’s something quite cathartic about it.” 
 
Catharsis is, indeed, the name of Full Circle’s game, an embodiment of a sound that has been referred to as “dark euphoria”. Throughout the album, HÆLOS reconstruct the firmament of dance sounds past and present to construct an exquisitely elegiac mood that retains a sense of presence as it conveys the pain of emotional distance. Every moment of uneasy reflection is matched by quiet explosions—Delaney’s forceful shouts over yo-yo synths on Full Circle’s title track, Benardout’s layered pleas over Goldsmith’s cascading drum breaks on “Pray,” and the soaring “Separate Lives,” which hollows out drum’n'bass’ propulsive patter to form an atmosphere that’s as gently disruptive as it is emotionally nourishing. Throughout the album’s loudest and most peaceful moments alike, Full Circle retains a pristine intimacy thanks to Goldsmith’s keen ear for behind-the-boards magic; his touch gives the album a hermetic feel that stays with you long after it ends. 

We’re living in a time where the struggle to make human connections is hampered by our inability to unplug, and so Full Circle is a glorious, gorgeous contradiction of sorts: emotional pop that perfectly captures ageless emotional conundrums, featuring music that could only be made in the present day. ”We all have a shared human experience,” opines Delaney, HAELOS’ main lyrical contributor. “As much as we try to run away from feelings with all the distractions around us, they always follow us around. They’re a constant thing that unites us all.” And so Full Circle is the sound of three individuals finding common ground, for themselves and for anyone who’s ever believed that it’s impossible to move your body without listening to your own heart.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Intro/Spectrum
02. Pray
03. Dust
04. Full Circle
05. Earth Not Above
06. Oracle
07. Alone
08. Separate Lives
09. Sacred
10. Cloud Nine
11. Pale

Preorder ‘Full Circle’ from the following :

The Matador Store
iTunes: (“Oracle” ,”Pray”, “Earth Not Above” and “Dust” all available instantly)
Amazon
Google

HÆLOS live

January 15 – Gronigen NE, Eurosonic Festival
January 22 San Francisco CA Popscene at Rickshaw Stop
January 26 Los Angeles CA The Roxy
January 27 Seattle WA – Sunset Tavern
March 15-20, Austin TX South By Southwest
March 29 New York NY Mercury Lounge
March 30 Brooklyn NY , Baby’s Alright
April 15 Indio CA, Coachella
April 22 Indio CA, Coachella

HÆLOS online :

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Coming Soon : the deluxe edition of Spoon’s ‘Gimme Fiction’

By The Management on Monday, November 2nd, 2015


News flash for our friends beyond North America : Spoon’s classic ‘Gimme Fiction’ celebrates its 10th anniversary with a deluxe limited-edition version on 180g double-LP, double-CD, released on Matador in early 2016 (Merge‘s domestic version will be available on December 11, as will Matador’s digital download version). The reissue (released by Merge in 2005 and licensed/simultaneously released by Matador for territories outside of North America) contains the original album newly-remastered by Howie Weinberg from the original tapes, a second disc with 12 previously unreleased demos from the era, a digital download of nine additional bonus tracks, and a full-color book containing photos and an extensive oral history of the making of the album by The A.V. Club’s Sean O’Neal. The deluxe LP package will also include a 24″ x 36″ poster and a digital download of all songs.

(photo by Tom Hines)

‘Gimme Fiction’ dragged the sonic pointillism of Kill the Moonlight further into dub-influenced weirdness as the increasingly confident Spoon went crazy in the studio, experimenting with everything from warped hip-hop samples to horse whinnies. Whatever digging or strange alchemy had to go into it, they only produced more gold.

‘Gimme Fiction’ deserves special recognition as the album where Spoon took creative and stylistic quantum leaps that resulted in classics “I Turn My Camera On,” “The Beast And Dragon Adored,” “My Mathematical Mind,” “I Summon You” and so many more. 10 years later, ‘Gimme Fiction’ gets the deluxe vinyl release it so richly deserves.

Listen to and share the demo version of “Was It You?” and experience the oral history of ‘Gimme Fiction’ via the band’s Tumblr, which includes videos, excerpts, and images from the album’s creation and campaign.

Preorder ‘Gimme Fiction’ on LP or CD
Preorder from iTunes

(* – North American orders via Merge or direct from Spoon )

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Savages – ‘Adore Life’ Coming January 2016 ; “The Answer” Video Premiere

By The Management on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

“The Answer” – directed by Giorgio Testi at Pulse

“We’ve observed our audience all around the world and noticed that something is happening. People want to be pushed to do good, or to be good, or just to feel good. We wanted a very intense video, that felt like banging your head against the wall, focusing on our audience: a portrait of our crowd, an homage to music lovers and the good people who are coming to gigs and shouting their lungs out, or just smiling at the back. We were touched by them every night, and wanted to get their message out there: loud guitar music is still alive and still connects people.” -Savages

(photo by Colin Lane)

Savages’ second album, ‘Adore Life’, was recorded at RAK Studios, London in April 2015. Johnny Hostile was the producer and Richard Woodcraft the engineer. Anders Trentemøller took care of the mixing in Copenhagen. ‘Adore Life’ is out January 22, 2016.

All songs were written and played by Savages – Ayşe Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums), Gemma Thompson (guitar), Jehnny Beth (vocals). Lyrics by Jehnny Beth.

Tracklisting
1. The Answer
2. Evil
3. Sad Person
4. Adore
5. I Need Something New
6. Slowing Down The World
7. When In Love
8. Surrender
9. T.I.W.Y.G.
10. Mechanics

preorder ‘ Adore Life’ from the following with “The Answer” available instantly

The Matador Store
Amazon
iTunes
Google Play
Streaming

Savages online :
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Via NPR First Listen : Stream Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Teens Of Style’

By Gerard on Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Car Seat Headrest at Santo’s Party House, NYC, 10/14/15 (photo by Anton Corbjin-Bernsen)

In advance of the October 30 release of Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Teens Of Style’, the full album is being streamed via the auspices of NPR’s First Listen :

NPR Music’s Lars Gottrich opines this collection of CSH songs reworked “captures the compact symphonies bouncing around Will Toledo’s brain” (“smart guitar-pop music for loners and weirdos who can’t help but overshare their loneliness and weirdness with the world…the 22-year-old is openly self-aware, yet his writing is universal in the way it captures boredom, lovesickness and anxiety”). We’re not inclined to argue (and if we were, we’d not have quoted Lars in the first place)

preorder ‘Teens Of Style’ from the following :

The Matador Store
iTunes
Bandcamp
Amazon
Google

remaining Car Seat Headrest at CMJ shows :

Thursday, October, 15 – New York, NY – CMJ at Cake Shop (NYC Taper Party)
Thursday, October, 15 – New York, NY – Elvis’ Guesthouse (Beggars Radio Party)
Friday, October, 16 – Brooklyn, NY – CMJ at Baby’s All Right (Brooklyn Vegan Party)
Friday, October, 16 – Brooklyn, NY – CMJ at Rough Trade (Aquarium Drunkard Party)
Saturday, October, 17 – Brooklyn, NY – CMJ at Space 89 (Urban Outfitter Party)
Saturday , October 17 – New York, NY – Pianos (Bowery Presents Party)

November / December tour

Tuesday, November 17 – London UK – Servant Jazz Quarters
Friday, November 20 – Paris, France – Espace B
Saturday, November 21 – Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival
Friday, November, 27 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry*
Saturday, November, 28 – Madison, WI – The Frequency*
Sunday, November, 29 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Monday, November, 30 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch*
Tuesday, December, 1 – Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
Wednesday December, 2 – Montreal, QC – Le Ritz
Friday, December, 4 – Cambridge, MA – The Lizard Lounge*
Saturday, December, 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right*
Sunday, December, 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
Monday, December, 7 – Washington, DC – DC9*
Tuesday, December, 8 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter*
Thursday, December, 10 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl*
Friday, December, 11 – Nashville, TN – High Watt*
Saturday, December, 12 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo*

* w/ NE-HI

Car Seat Headrest online :
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Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down… Full Album Stream Premieres Today

By Gerard on Monday, September 21st, 2015

(photo by Marina Chavez)

This morning at 10am, the new Kurt Vile album, ‘b’ieve i’m going down…’ is co-premiering via Philadelphia’s WXPN, New York’s WFUV, Minneapolis’ KCMP and Seattle’s KEXP, along with the streaming player above. Later this week, Kurt will be appearing on TBS’ “Conan” on Thursday night, and performing the following day on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”.

Below are shots of what the triple LP edition of ‘b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…’. Aside from the packaging being equal parts elaborate/awesome, we’re gonna blow our own label trumpet (for a change) about the very high quality of the pressing, as manufacturing by the Czech Republic’s CZ Media. We’re painfully aware there’s been a number of (justifiable) complaints regarding quality control in a number of titles you’ve faithfully purchased of late, but we feel pretty confident you’re gonna be pleased with the results this time. And then there’s the musical contents (for which we bear no responsibility whatsoever and insist you send complaints directly to Kurt and/or Yelp).

Preorder from :
The Matador Store
UK orders
iTunes
Amazon
Kurt’s Store
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Kurt Vile on tour :

Friday October 2 Boston, MA - The Paradise * #
Saturday October 3 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Sunday October 4 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
Wednesday October 7 New York, NY – Webster Hall * #
Thursday October 8 Washington DC – 9:30 Club * #
Friday October 9 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer * #
Saturday October 10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Sunday October 11 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Wednesday October 14 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater %
Friday October 16 San Francisco, CA – Filmore %
Saturday October 17 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom %
Sunday October 18 Seattle, WA – The Showbox %
Wednesday October 21 Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights * #
Friday October 23 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall * #
Saturday October 24 Detroit, MI - St Andrew’s Hall * #
Sunday October 25 Toronoto, ONT – Phoenix Theatre * #

Friday October 30 Paris, FR – Pitchfork Festival

Saturday October 31 Amsterdam, NL – London Calling @ Paradiso *
Sunday November 1 Brussel, Belgium – Autumn Falls @ AB-Box *
Tuesday November 3 Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich *
Wednesday November 4 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
Thursday November 5 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden – Munchenbryggeriet *
Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark – Amerbio *
Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof *
Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany – Gebaeude 9 *
Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 *
Thursday November 12 London, UK – Electric Ballroom*
Friday November 13 Bristol, UK – Motion *
Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR – Vicar Street *
Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK – ABC1 *
Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK – Leeds Uni Stylus *
Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK – The Ritz *
Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH – Sudpol *
Saturday November 21 Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *
Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain –
Penelope *
Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal – Armazem F *
Monday December 28 – Friday January 1 – The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Lorne, Marion Bay + New South Wales, Bryon Bay
Friday January 8 – Sunday January 10 Busselton, Western Australia - Southbound Festival
Sunday January 10 – Tuesday January 12 – Tauranga, New Zealand – McLaren Falls Park Music & Arts Festival
Thursday March 10 – London, UK - Roundhouse

* – with Waxahatchee
# – with Luke Roberts
% – with Cass McCombs and Heron Oblivion

WEBSITE – http://kurtvile.com/
FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/kurtvileofphilly
TWITTER – https://twitter.com/therealkurtvile
INSTAGRAM – https://instagram.com/kurtvile/
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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.

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Coming October 30 : Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Style

By Gerard on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

“Something Soon”, directed by Jason Reid

Earlier this year, Chris Lombardi began bugging the rest of us with Bandcamp links to someone or something called Car Seat Headrest. After getting over the initial shock of Chris circulating Bandcamp links, it was like, HELLO RABBIT HOLE. As it turned, Car Seat Headrest is the adopted moniker of 22 year old Will Toledo, previously of Leesburg, VA, currently ensconced in Seattle, WA. While we’ve been puttering around in record label hell, Will’s banged out no fewer than 11 straight-to-internet albums in the past 5 years and they’re nothing short of amazing. Whatever limited notion we’ve had of bedroom recording / solo / no-fi auteur-isms was pretty much blown to bits by the quality of Will’s songs, if not the staggering stylistic range. That we’re not the only ones thoroughly obsessed with the Car Seat Headrest ouevre is less of a surprise — w/ zero label or rock biz backing, Will’s amassed a substantial, more than slightly fanatical following. We’d have been skeptical, too, had we not heard the stuff!

Fast forward to Autumn, 2015 and we’re releasing Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Teens Of Style’ on October 30, an album featuring revised versions of songs from  ’3′ (2010), ’My Back Is Killing Me Baby’  (2011), and ’Monomania’ (2012). Calling it a primer on Car Seat Headrest doesn’t really do justice to the emotional wallop packed by this album, but since it wouldn’t be technically incorrect, you can go right ahead (provided you specifically reference the emotional wallop).

A new Car Seat Headrest studio album, ‘Teens Of Denial’, follows in early 2016. I’d say we’re losing our minds over this stuff except that could be used as grounds to wrest control of the company away from us, so let’s just leave it at we-couldn’t-be-more-thrilled to introduce you to the world of Will Toledo (unless no introduction is necessary, in which case you already know why we’re making such a big deal about this)

photo by Chona Kasinger

TRACKLISTING:
1. Sunburned Shirts
2. The Drum
3. Something Soon
4. No Passion
5. Times to Die
6. psst, teenagers, take off your clo
7. Strangers
8. Maud Gone
9. Los Borrachos (I Don’t Have Any Hope Left, But the Weather is Nice)
10. Bad Role Models, Old Idols Exhumed (psst, teenagers, put your clothes back o)
11. Oh! Starving

preorder ‘Teens Of Style’ from the following :

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Car Seat Headrest at CMJ

Wednesday, October, 14 – New York, NY – CMJ at Pianos (Kanine / Collide Party)
Wednesday, October, 14 – New York, NY – CMJ at Santo’s Partyhouse (NME Party)
Thursday, October, 15 – New York, NY – CMJ at Cake Shop (NYC Taper Party)
Friday, October, 16 – Brooklyn, NY – CMJ at Baby’s All Right (Brooklyn Vegan Party)
Friday, October, 16 – Brooklyn, NY – CMJ at Rough Trade (Aquarium Drunkard Party)
Saturday, October, 17 – Brooklyn, NY – CMJ at Space 89 (Urban Outfitters Party)

November / December tour

Friday, November, 27 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry*
Saturday, November, 28 – Madison, WI – The Frequency*
Sunday, November, 29 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Monday, November, 30 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch*
Tuesday, December, 1 – Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
Wednesday December, 2 – Montreal, QC – Le Ritz
Friday, December, 4 – Cambridge, MA – The Lizard Lounge*
Saturday, December, 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right*
Sunday, December, 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
Monday, December, 7 – Washington, DC – DC9*
Tuesday, December, 8 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter*
Thursday, December, 10 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl*
Friday, December, 11 – Nashville, TN – High Watt*
Saturday, December, 12 – St. Louis, MO – The Demo*

* w/ NE-HI

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Kurt Vile – ‘b’lieve i’m goin down…’ Trailer

By Gerard on Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The above clip was directed by Danny Perez.

‘b’lieve i’m goin down..’is available on standard CD and double LP. A limited-edition triple LP expanded version, b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…, features 6 bonus tracks. iTunes and Amazon MP3 pre-orders both have an instant grat download of “Pretty Pimpin,” as well as two pre-order-only bonus tracks that disappear on release: “b’lieve i’m goin down” and “bad omens (no faders)”

Preorder from :
The Matador Store: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_down
UK orders
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_downi
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_downa
Kurt’s Store: https://kurtvile.merchtable.com/
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_dwng
Streaming: http://smarturl.it/blieve_im_goin_downs

Friday October 2 Boston, MA - The Paradise * #
Saturday October 3 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Sunday October 4 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
Wednesday October 7 New York, NY – Webster Hall * #
Thursday October 8 Washington DC – 9:30 Club * #
Friday October 9 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer * #
Saturday October 10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Sunday October 11 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Wednesday October 14 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater %
Friday October 16 San Francisco, CA – Filmore %
Saturday October 17 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom %
Sunday October 18 Seattle, WA – The Showbox %
Wednesday October 21 Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights * #
Friday October 23 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall * #
Saturday October 24 Detroit, MI - St Andrew’s Hall * #
Sunday October 25 Toronoto, ONT – Phoenix Theatre * #

Friday October 30 Paris, FR – Pitchfork Festival

Saturday October 31 Amsterdam, NL – London Calling @ Paradiso *
Sunday November 1 Brussel, Belgium – Autumn Falls @ AB-Box *
Tuesday November 3 Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich *
Wednesday November 4 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
Thursday November 5 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden – Munchenbryggeriet *
Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark – Amerbio *
Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof *
Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany – Gebaeude 9 *
Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 *
Thursday November 12 London, UK – Electric Ballroom*
Friday November 13 Bristol, UK – Motion *
Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR – Vicar Street *
Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK – ABC1 *
Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK – Leeds Uni Stylus *
Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK – The Ritz *
Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH – Sudpol *
Saturday November 21 Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *
Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain –
Penelope *
Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal – Armazem F *
Monday December 28 – Friday January 1 – The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Lorne, Marion Bay + New South Wales, Bryon Bay
Friday January 8 – Sunday January 10 Busselton, Western Australia - Southbound Festival
Sunday January 10 – Tuesday January 12 – Tauranga, New Zealand – McLaren Falls Park Music & Arts Festival
Thursday March 10 – London, UK - Roundhouse

* – with Waxahatchee
# – with Luke Roberts
% – with Cass McCombs and Heron Oblivion

WEBSITE – http://kurtvile.com/
FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/kurtvileofphilly
TWITTER – https://twitter.com/therealkurtvile
INSTAGRAM – https://instagram.com/kurtvile/
TUMBLR (NEW) – http://therealkurtvile.tumblr.com/

Yo La Tengo : ‘Stuff Like That There’ Streaming Today via NPR First Listen

By Gerard on Thursday, August 20th, 2015

In advance of the August 28 release date, NPR First Listen is streaming the new Yo La Tengo album, ‘Stuff Like That There’ in full today. Jason Heller hails YLT’s “encyclopedic love of music that transcends genre” (“the album shows, yet again, just how euphorically Yo La Tengo scrawls outside the line”), though it seems his editors cut the line where he compliments Matador Records’ restraint in eschewing some super tired “Straight Outta Hoboken” meme for cheap social media laughs.

One the evening of Friday, August 28, Other Music is hosting a release day party for ‘Stuff Like That There’, with Ira, Georgia and James DJ’ing and signing records. In addition, those who purchase the album will have a chance to win two guest list spots to “Songs Like These Here”: an evening of YLT-themed piano karaoke featuring Joe McGinity, Tuesday, September 8, at Sid Gold’s Request Room in Manhattan

Preorder ‘Stuff Like That There’ on LP or CD from The Matador Store, including bundle with tote + cassingle w/ 2 new unreleased tracks)

Preorder ‘Stuff Like That There’ from the following digital outlets, with “Automatic Doom” and “Deeper Into Movies” available instantly.
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Savages : New Album Trailer

By The Management on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Words written by Phyllis Rose from Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker In Her Time and spoken by Henry Rollins
Footage shot in January 2016 during Savages’ NYC residency

Savages on tour

Thursday, August 20 – Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA
Friday, August 21 – The Sayers Club, Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, August 22 – FYF Fest, LA Historic State Park, Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, August 23 – Casbah, San Diego, CA
Tuesday, August 25 – Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, August 26 – The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA – SOLD OUT
Friday, September 4 – Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland, Netherlands
Friday, September 11 – La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Lausanne, Switzerland
Friday, October 23 – Saturday, October 24 – Simple Things Festival, Bristol, UK

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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”,

TRACKLISTING:
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 :
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Pavement – ‘The Secret History Vol. 1′ Out Today

By Gerard on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

(handiwork of Robin Groves)

Just a reminder that the Pavement rarities comp., ‘The Secret History Vol. 1′ (gloriously depicted here), is out TODAY via Matador in North America and Domino in Europe. Publications including but not limited to Newsweek, New York and Rolling Stone have been awash in coverage for this important title, but I’m pretty sure a confident, iconoclastic person like yourself isn’t swayed by that sort of thing and you were gonna order the 2XLP anyway.

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Now Streaming At NPR First Listen : Pavement’s ‘The Secret History, Vol.1′

By Gerard on Monday, August 3rd, 2015

(photo courtesy The Spiral Stairs Archives)

One week prior to release, ‘The Secret History, Vol. 1′, the Pavement double LP rarities comp. touted in this space previously, is streaming today via NPR Music. NPR’s Jason Heller writes, “these songs have all been floating around for years, either on their original releases, as bonus tracks on reissued albums, or as bootlegs. But bundling them has a purpose, aside from simple commerce: In a recent Pitchfork interview, Malkmus called History “the album that could have been between Slanted And Enchanted and Crooked Rain [the album on which 'Cut Your Hair' appears].” He’s right. There’s a coherence to the chaos of these 30 misfit songs, each one an off-kilter, self-sabotaging gem. By stringing them together, they speak powerfully to the way Pavement celebrated songcraft while gnawing at its foundations. If the ’90s had turned out differently, Pavement could have been as popular as, say, Weezer. Instead, as History proves, they were always destined for something stranger.”    Also, Weezer are/were terrible!  Thanks, Jason!

(Preorder ‘The Secret History, Vol. 1′ from the Matador Store)

(‘The Secret History, Vol. 1′ will be available in Europe via Domino)

HÆLOS: “EARTH NOT ABOVE” EP / LIMITED EDITION VINYL

By Blue on Monday, August 3rd, 2015

(Photo by Dave Ma)

After the digital release of Hælos’ “Earth Not Above” EP back in June, we are pleased to say that you will now be able to physically get your hands on a limited edition 12″ version as of August 14th, which will mark the first of it’s kind for the London trio. You can pre-order from the following links below:

Rough Trade / Piccadilly / Jumbo

Track listing:

A1. Earth Not Above
A2. Cloud Nine
B1. Breathe
B2. Ethyr

You can listen to the EP here.

Over the summer so far the band have been playing at several festivals including Field Day, Secret Garden Party, Latitude and Heartbeats, and will be performing with TV on the Radio at their London Roundhouse shows. Full list of tour dates below.

Saturday, August, 22 –  Dockville Festival, Hamburg, DE
Thursday, August, 30 – Roundhouse, London*
Friday, August, 31 – Roundhouse, London*
Sunday, September, 6 – Festival No.6, North Wales, UK
Thursday, October, 29 – Pitchfork Festival, Paris

*Supporting TV on the Radio

 

Watch this space…

 

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