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VIDEO : Perfume Genius – “Queen”

By Gerard on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

(photo by Luke Gilford)

“I’ve seen faces of blank terror when I walk by. Sometimes from seemingly strong, macho dudes – somehow my presence confuses and ultimately scares them. There is a strange power to it that I’ve only recently begun to understand and embrace. After many years trying to sort out exactly what they are scared of, most of the time converting the result into personal shame, there are now moments of monstrous pride”. – Mike Hadreas

As mentioned earlier this week, on September 23 Matador will be releasing the 3rd album from Perfume Genius, ‘Too Bright’ (coming September 22 in the UK via Turnstile). Here’s the album’s first video, “Queen”, directed bySSION :

Preorder ‘Too Bright’ from iTunes and receive “Queen” immediately.
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Preorder ‘Too Bright’ from Amazon

Upcoming dates :

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

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

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

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

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

By Gerard on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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

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

“Queen”

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

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

(photography by Luke Gilford)

track listing :

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

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

Upcoming dates :

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

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

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

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

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New Perfume Genius shows

By Stuart on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Perfume Genius adds a flurry of newly confirmed shows this summer, adding to the previously announced UK and European shows for August and September.  Currently touring in Asia (with Cat Power and more!) Mike plays Taipei today with the previously announced Hostess Club Weekender taking place this weekend.

New dates below in bold:

Wed 18 Jun – Hostess Club Taipei, Taipei, Taipei
Sat 21-22 Jun - Hostess Club Weekender – Tokyo, Japan
August 1st – OFF Festival, Katowice, Poland http://off-festival.pl/bilety/
August 2nd – Visions Festival, London, UK http://visionsfestival.com/tickets
August 27 – Feeerieen, Brussels
August 30 – End Of The Road Festival, Wiltshire, UK (http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com/tickets/)
September 1 – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
September 2 – Band on the Wall, Manchester
September 3 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
September 7 – MITO SettembreMusica, Milan

Perfume Genius, Lower and more for Visions Festival 2014

By Stuart on Monday, April 28th, 2014

There’s nothing British people like more than complaining about the weather.  Or when we do finally (hopefully) get a vitamin D boost, spending our time indoors at a summer festival – which is where we’ll be catching the newly announced Lower and Perfume Genius sets on August 2nd in London for Visions Festival 2014, the re-vamped Radfest.

Tickets are on sale now for the multi-venue East London all-dayer: http://visionsfestival.com/tickets.

Also see Perfume Genius at:

June 21-22, 2014 - Hostess Club Weekender – Tokyo, Japan (Tickets)
August 1-3, 2014 – OFF Festival – Katowice, Poland (Tickets)
August 29 – 31, 2014 – End Of The Road Festival – Wiltshire, UK (Tickets)

Hang out with Lower when they play:

Thurs. May 1 – Sun. May 4 – SPOT Festival – Aarhus, DK
Fri. May 16 – Sat. May 17 – The Church On York – Los Angeles, CA (with Iceage, Puce Mary, Sexdrome)
Sun. May 18 – Wall Street – Phoenix, AZ
Mon. May 19 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
Tue. May 20 – Holland Project – Reno, NV
Wed. May 21 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA
Thu. May 22 – 1234 Go! – Oakland, CA
Fri. May 23 – Munoz Boxing Gym – Bakersfield, CA
Sat. May 24 – E 7th Street – Los Angeles, CA
Tue. May 27 – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT
Wed. May 28 – Home Sweet Home (Nothing Changes) – New York, NY
Thu. May 29 – Golden Tea House – Philadelphia, CA
Fri. May 30 – Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
Tue. June 10 – Point Ephemere – Paris, FR (with Merchandise)
Sun. June 15 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK (with Fucked Up)
Mon. June 16 – The Cluny – Newcastle, UK (with Fucked Up)
Tue. June 17 – Belgrave – Leeds, UK (with Fucked Up)
Wed. June 18 – Koko – London, UK (with Fucked Up)

Japan awaits Perfume Genius

By Stuart on Friday, April 11th, 2014

Having aired new material recently at SXSW (“The minimalist and aggressively electronic-driven track was harder, weirder, and darker than anything we’ve heard from him yet. Will Perfume Genius make his Yeezus in 2014? Let us pray.” said Pitchfork ), Mike takes the show on the road for a newly announced Japanese date in addition to the End Of The Road and OFF festivals this August.

The upcoming Perfume Genius shows look like this, with more in the works:
June 21-22, 2014 - Hostess Club Weekender – Tokyo, Japan (Tickets)
August 1-3, 2014 – OFF Festival – Katowice, Poland (Tickets)
August 29 – 31, 2014 – End Of The Road Festival – Wiltshire, UK (Tickets)

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Matador Artists Celebrate To Austin’s Traffic Jams, Poor Cell Reception

By Gerard on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The following is a (nearly) complete list of what our dear friends EMA, Fucked Up, Perfume Genius, Kurt Vile and The Young are doing in Austin, TX this week (on stage, anyway). Please be advised that events marked “*” are considered official SXSW presentations and will likely require a badge, wristband or cover charge for entry (unless you are so incredibly good looking that such requirements are always waived on your behalf). I wish you a very pleasant week in my town of residence and thank you in advance for not parking in front of my fucking driveway.

EMA

Wednesday March 12 Flamingo Cantina, 5pm (Under The Radar)
Thursday, March 13, Mohawk (inside) 4pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans)
Friday March 14, Central Presbyterian Church, 7:20pm* (Pitchfork)
Saturday March 15 Elysium, 11:30pm * (Switched On/Moog)

Fucked Up

Thursday March 13 – Mohawk, 2:15pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans)
Thursday March 13 – Scoot Inn, 4pm (Converse/Thrasher)
Thursday March 13 – French Legation, 6pm (Pitchfork)
Friday March 14 – Empire Control Room, 5:15pm (Blundertown)

Perfume Genius

Thursday March 13 – St. David’s Historic Society, 7:30pm* (Turnstile Music)

Kurt Vile

Wednesday March 12 – Cheer Up Charlie’s, midnight*
Thursday March 13 – Weather Up (1808 East Cesar Chavez), 2:30pm
Thursday March 13 – Clive Bar, 8pm*
Thursday March 13 – Red 7, 12:50am*

The Young

Saturday, March 15 – Yellow Jacket Social Club, 2:30pm
Saturday March 15 – Museum Of Human Achievement (Third Man Records), 4:15pm

Perfume Genius At SXSW

By Gerard on Thursday, February 13th, 2014

March 13 at Austin’s St. David’s Historical Sanctuary will mark a) the first Perfume Genius show of 2014 and b) a chance to hear post-’Put Your Back N 2 It’ material for the first time. Not that we know the evening’s repertoire in advance or anything. The show is presented/programmed by Turnstile Music and will also feature performances from Christopher Owens, Gruff Rhys, Cate Le Bon and others.

We’ll be updating you on other Matador artists’ participation during SXSW shortly, but at the moment it looks as though EMA, Kurt Vile, Fucked Up and The Young will all be playing during the music portion, while Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks and EMA will in town the prior weekend for SXSW Interactive. When we’ve got everyone’s schedules in full, we’ll share the info.

Perfume Genius – “Take Me Home” video debuts with Pitchfork x YouTube, US tour begins

By Gabe on Friday, October 5th, 2012

Today Pitchfork TV brings us a worthy third entry in the most memorable, affecting series of music videos from any album this year (the album in question being Perfume Genius’ exquisite Put Your Back N 2 It, available for purchase).

Directed by Patrick Sher, who has worked with PG before:

Perfume Genius’ headlining tour of North America begins today, and ends in the band’s hometown of Seattle on October 27 with a very special appearance at the Frye Museum. More info on that event from the Frye:

As an artist in the exhibition Mw [Moment Magnitude], Perfume Genius is exhibiting his videos Hood and Learning (Live) and giving an intimate in-gallery performance at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle on September 27, 2012. Mw [Moment Magnitude] is a cross-platform project of twenty-four exceptional Seattle-based artists from a wide range of media including music, dance, visual art, literature, performance, and design. Space in the Frye galleries is very limited; tickets for the concert are free and will be available beginning Tuesday, October 16 at noon PST. The exhibition runs October 13, 2012 to January 20, 2013. For information go to fryemuseum.org/perfumegenius.

North American tour dates:
Friday 05 – Toronto, ON – 918 Bathurst Space
Saturday 06 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Sunday 07 – Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s
Monday 08 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tuesday 09 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Thursday 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Friday 12 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Saturday 13 – Carrboro, NC – The ArtsCenter
Monday 15 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Wednesday 17 – Forth Worth, TX – Fort Worth Modern Art Museum
Thursday 18 – Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church
Saturday 20 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sunday 21 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Monday 22 -San Diego, CA – Irenic
Tuesday 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge At Hollywood
Wednesday 24 – San Francisco, CO – Swedish American Hall
Friday 26 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
Saturday 27 – Seattle, WA – Frye Art Museum

Perfume Genius live on Radio K today

By Hector on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Perfume Genius kicks off his fall tour today in Minneapolis, not just with his show tonight at Fine Line Music Cafe, but with a live instudio performance at the venerable Radio K. The set starts at 4:00PM EDT/3:00PM CDT, and can be listened to in a variety of ways. Those of you who inhabit the Twin Cities can tune in at 100.7FM, 104.5FM, or 770AM, and listeners worldwide can listen in at radiok.org.

Perfume Genius Fall 2012 Tour

(Dusted supports on all dates, except for 10/20 & 10/21 with Bowerbirds)

Tue October 2 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
Wed October 3 – Chicago, IL – Logan Square Auditorium
Fri October 5 – Toronto, ON – 918 Bathurst Space
Sat October 6 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Sun October 7 – Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s
Mon October 8 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tue October 9 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Thu October 11 – Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
Fri October 12 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Sat October 13 – Carrboro, NC – The ArtsCenter
Mon October 15 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Wed October 17 – Fort Worth, TX – Fort Worth Modern Art Museum
Thu October 18 – Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church
Sat October 20 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sun October 21 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Mon October 22 – San Diego, CA – Irenic
Tue October 23 – Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood
Wed October 24 – San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall
Fri October 26 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater

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Perfume Genius – Changes in Upcoming European Tour Schedule

By Josh Turner on Monday, August 20th, 2012

We are very sad to announce that we have to reschedule some Perfume Genius European tour dates.

The current dates are as follows:

AUGUST
28 – Cambridge, Junction (Supporting Grizzly Bear)
29 – Nottingham, Albert Hall, (Supporting Grizzly Bear)
30 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
31 – The Globe, Cardiff

SEPTEMBER

1 – End of the Road Festival, North Dorset
2 – Electric Picnic Festival, Ireland
4 – SWG3, Glasgow
5 – Glee Club, Birmingham
6 – Union Chapel, London
8 – Groningen, Holland Vera Euser
10 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg Rockhal Hussong
11 – Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique De Clippeleir
13 – Paris, Cafe De La Danse

And the following dates are CANCELED:

14 – Kriens, Switzerland, Sudpol Club Galley
15 – Duedingen, Switzerland, Bad Bonn
16 – Vienna, Austria, Flex
17 – Prague, Czech Republic, Meetfactory
18 – Warsaw, Poland, Hydrozagadka
20 – Berlin, Germany, Magnet Linnartz
21 – Hamburg, Germany, Reeperbahn Festival Linnartz
22 – Frankfurt, Germany, Zoom Linnartz
23 – Nuremburg Germany K4 Linnartz

Keep hold of tickets for rescheduling news early next week.