Lucy Dacus – “Forever Half Mast”



In honor of Independence Day, Lucy Dacus has released a new single titled “Forever Half Mast,” . The third installment of her 2019 holiday song series, “Forever Half Mast” follows her Valentine’s Day-inspired  “La Vie En Rose” cover and her ode to Mother’s Day and Taurus Season, an original song titled “My Mother & I.” Lucy’s ongoing 2019 singles series will also include tracks tied to Bruce Springsteen’s birthday, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s, with a physical EP coming in the fall.

In “Forever Half Mast,” the twang of a steel guitar compliments Lucy’s gentle strumming and lends a distinctly ‘American’ sound to the song — yet the lyrics convey an attitude towards her home country that is decidedly more ambivalent. Lucy drew inspiration for the song from her experiences touring in Europe, where she was starkly confronted by the complexities of her American identity, and by what it means to be a proud American in these trying times.

In Lucy’s words, “There is a daily dissonance one endures as an American wherein much of our joy is counterweighted by shame, where much of our pride lives in tandem with injustice and suffering. ‘Forever Half Mast’ is about confronting this unavoidable culpability as an American citizen and consumer.  Instead of allowing this guilt to paralyze us, we should try to let it influence us in positive ways.”

stream/download “Forever Half Mast”

Lucy Dacus on tour :
Friday, June 28 Friday Cheers at Brown’s Island, Richmond VA
Tuesday, July 2 FZW, Dortmund DE
Wednesday, July 3 MarX, Hamburg DE
July 4 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde DK
Saturday, July 6 Chapeau Rouge, Prague CZ
Sunday, July 7 Flex Cafe, Vienna AT
Monday, July 8 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn AT
Saturday, July 27 Newport Folk Festival, Newport RI
Sunday, July 28 Xpnential Music Festival, Camden NJ
Wednesday, July 31, Paramount Theatre, Austin [email protected]
Thursday, September 5 Hopscotch Festival, Raleigh NC
Saturday, September 7 Central Park Summerstage, New York NY * (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, September 8 Central Park Summerstage, New York NY *
Tuesday, September 10 Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA ##
Wednesday, September 11 Space Ballroom, Hamden, CT ##
Thursday, September 12 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH ##
Saturday, September 14 Grand Point North Festival, Burlington, VT
Sunday, September 15 Ottawa Cityfolk Festival, Ottawa, ONT
Monday, September 16 L’Astral, Montreal , QC ##
Tuesday, September 17 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ONT ##
Thursday, September 19 El Club, Detroit, MI ##
Friday, September 20 Mr Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA ##
Saturday, September 21 Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Bristol, TN
Wednesday, October 9 Headliner’s, Louisville, KY !
Thursday, October 10 Park West, Chicago, IL !
Friday, October 11 Majestic, Madison, WI !
Saturday, October 12 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN !
Monday, October 14 Slowdown, Omaha, NE !
Wednesday, October 16 The Rialto , Bozeman, MT !
Thursday October 17 Top Hat Lounge, Missoula, MT !
Friday October 18 The Olympic, Boise, ID !
Saturday October 19 The Bartlett, Spokane, WA !
Monday October 21 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver, BC !
Tuesday October 22 Neumo’s, Seattle, WA !
Wednesday October 23 Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR !
Friday October 25 August Hall, San Francisco, CA !
Saturday October 26 Teregram Theater, Los Angeles, CA !
Monday October 28 Belly Up<, San Diego, CA !
Tuesday October 29 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ !
Friday, November 1 Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO !
Monday, November 4 Delmar Hall, St Louis, MO !
Tuesday, November 5 Woodward Theatre, Cincinnati, OH !
Wednesday, November 6 Covenant Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Sunday, November 17 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX

@ w/ Julien Baker
* w/ Mitski
## w/ Quinn Christopherson
! w/ Liza Anne

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Spoon – “No Bullets Spent” ; ‘Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon’ Coming July 26


(photo : Oliver Halfin)

Spoon today unleash their first new song since 2017’s acclaimed ‘Hot Thoughts’. “No Bullets Spent” showcases Spoon in full creative forward momentum, with its staccato rhythms and spooky film-noir guitar. The inimitable vocals of magnetic frontman Britt Daniel kicking off at the first note, Spoon’s signature is stamped on the track immediately while another level is achieved in Daniels’ seemingly infinite hot streak as a songwriter. Blending with the percussion wizardry of Spoon co-founder Jim Eno, the song is propelled from the doors of his own Public Hi Fi studio in Austin, TX and is produced by Mark Rankin. Alex Fischel (keyboard) and Gerardo Larios (guitar) add their own dimension to the band whose recent recording sessions point to, perhaps, a forthcoming new album.

(stream / preorder “No Bullets Spent”)

“No Bullets Spent” joins classics from the Spoon catalog on ‘Everything Hits at Once: The Best of Spoon’, the greatest hits compilation coming out July 26th. “No Bullets Spent” will also be available as a limited edition 7”, with the ‘A Series of Sneaks’ era rarity “Shake It Off” on the B-side.  Limited to a small pressing worldwide, the 7” will be sold exclusively via the Matador and Spoon webstores and on tour with the band this summer.  The album’s tracklist (complaints about what songs are missing
can be directed to the Twitter ether) and Spoon’s full list of summer tour dates can be found below the physical and digital artwork, and the Rob Sheffield-penned bio.

(preorder ‘Everything Hits At Once : The Best Of Spoon’)

How many rock bands from the past 25 years could get away with a greatest-hits album? Spoon stand alone, with a career-spanning retrospective culled from all over their unique songbook. It’s a flawless compilation of their best-known, best-loved tunes, yet it’s still full of
surprises—the only thing you could expect from a band that’s spent their whole career taking people by surprise.

“The idea of doing a best-of came to us a couple times,” Britt Daniel says. “First I wasn’t sure how I felt about it but at some point I remembered that when I got my first Cure record it was ‘Standing on a Beach’. When I got my first New Order record, it was ‘Substance’. That was how I met those bands, and I moved backwards from there but I still listen to those comps. I
love a greatest hits LP when it’s done well. It can be a thing unto itself.”

If you were the betting type in 1996, and you were taking odds on which bands would still be on top of their game in 2019—still thriving, creating, evolving, sitting on top of a catalog so rich it could produce a compilation like this—it’s safe to say you could have bought a house betting a quarter on Spoon. They did not seem the likeliest band to make history. Yet they’ve achieved this by refusing to concede a thing to fashion, refusing to pander, declining to repeat themselves, resisting the impulse to play it safe. When they dropped ‘Kill the Moonlight’ in 2002, it already seemed bizarre this underdog band had turned out to be so freakishly prolific and creative. But Spoon were just getting started. They have kept going their own way, moving past their original blueprint and building something new one album at a time.

When you hear Spoon has a greatest-hits record, you instantly think of your pet favorites. Every fan would assemble a totally different lineup—that’s the beauty of it. They’ve built the kind of ridiculously vast catalog where people love to argue for hours over their favorite highlights. Are you a ‘Girls Can Tell’ diehard or a ‘Transference’ cultist? Do you prefer ‘Gimme
Fiction’ or ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’? ‘Hot Thoughts’? ‘They Want My Soul’?
Certain artists like Al Green, Blondie or Creedence spend years making individual albums that stand up as fully realized works of art—but they spawn a perfect greatest-hits record that makes its own statement. That’s the classic level Spoon are on here. So how did this complex and diverse string of albums boil down to one disc? “Honestly, it was a struggle,”
Daniel says. “I was listening to the old records and jotting down the songs—if you wanna turn the volume up, that’s a good sign. The list really got whittled down, so these are the best. ‘I Summon You’ was never a huge song, wasn’t for the radio, but it had to be on there. It’s one of the best things we’ve done. I wanted to represent ‘Transference’, even though it’s not really a ‘hit’ type of album—‘Got Nuffin’ was the closest thing. It did get to a point where I started feeling like, ‘We gotta represent this album in some way, we’ve gotta represent this change in some way.’ ‘Everything Hits at Once’ was a turning point for us—a minimal new wave soul type of rock song.’”

That’s part of what makes this a classic greatest-hits album—we will keep arguing over the selections for years to come. “It’s a small collection trying to cover a lot of years, but I hope it does what ‘The Singles’ record by the Pretenders or ‘Hot Rocks’ did for me—cover a lot of ground and then if you want to find out more, you can find out more.” It’s a conversation starter, like any great group’s best-of should be.  But it’s also a map to the work of a band that’s still full of surprises—and more yet to come. – Rob Sheffield

Everything Hits At Once Tracklist
01. I Turn My Camera On
02. Do You
03. Don’t You Evah
04. Inside Out
05. The Way We Get By
06. The Underdog
07. Hot Thoughts
08. I Summon You
09. Rent I Pay
10. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
11. Got Nuffin
12. Everything Hits At Once
13. No Bullets Spent

Spoon on tour  :
Thursday, July 11 Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Ridgefield WA
Saturday, July 13 Gorge Amphitheater, George WA
Monday, July 15 Virginia Street Brewhouse, Reno NV *
Tuesday, July 16 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View CA
Wednesday, July 17 FivePoint Amphitheater, Irvine CA
Friday, July 19 Park Theater, Las Vegas NV
Saturday, July 20 North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, Chula Vista CA
Sunday, July 21 Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix AZ
Tuesday, July 23 Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, Denver CO
Friday, July 26 Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin TX
Saturday, July 27 The Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas TX
Sunday, July 28 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston TX
Tuesday, July 30 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, St. Louis MO
Wednesday, July 31 Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, Chicago IL
Friday, August 2 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati OH
Saturday, August 3 DTE Energy Music Theater, Detroit MI
Sunday, August 4 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Indianapolis IN
Sunday, August 11 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON
Monday, August 12 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs NY
Tuesday, August 13 Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien Center NY
Thursday, August 15 Xfinity Center, Mansfield MA
Friday, August 16 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH
Saturday, August 17 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY
Tuesday, August 20 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Wednesday, August 21 BB&T Pavilion, Camden NJ
Thursday, August 22 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
Saturday, August 24 Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek, Raleigh NC
Sunday, August 25 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte NC
Tuesday, August 27 Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Birmingham AL
Thursday, August 29 Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa FL
Friday, August 30 Coral Sky Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach FL

(all dates except 7/15 with Beck and Cage The Elephant)

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Steve Gunn – “Be Still Moon” b/w “Shrunken Heads”

Having released one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2019 in ‘The Unseen In Between’, Brooklyn-based songwriteSteve Gunn today shares two new non-album songs, “Be Still Moon” and “Shrunken Heads.”

Recorded during the sessions that yielded ‘The Unseen In Between’, “Be Still Moon” is a swaying acoustic waltz that showcases Gunn’s melodic fretwork, while “Shrunken Heads” sets a rhythmic call-and-response refrain against kaleidoscopic country guitars. While they didn’t make sense with the distinct ebb and flow of the album, taken on their own, the two tracks are as spellbinding an illustration of Gunn’s arresting songcraft as any.

Stream / download “Be Still Moon” and “Shrunken Heads”

STREAM/BUY The Unseen In Between

Steve Gunn on tour (new dates in bold) :

Thursday, July 4 Sonic Lyon, Lyon FR

Saturday, July 6 Pointu Festival, Corniche des Iles FR
July 11-14 Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg MB %
Wednesday, July 24 Port City Music Hall, Portland ME !
Thursday, July 25 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH !
Saturday, July 27 ArtsRiot, Burlington VT !
Sunday, July 28 Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B., Montreal QC !
Tuesday, July 30 The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, July 31 Club Cafe, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, August 2 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA +
Saturday, August 3 The Bell House Outpost at Industry City, Brooklyn NY ^
Saturday, August 24 Merleyn, Nijmegen NL
Sunday, August 25 Cabaret Vert Festival, Charleville Mezieres FR
Monday, August 26 Patterns, Brighton UK
Tuesday, August 27 Bodega, Nottingham UK
Wednesday, August 28 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Thursday, August 29 Exchange, Bristol UK
Friday, August 30 End of the Road, Dorset UK
Saturday, August 31 OLT, Antwerp BE *
Sunday, September 1 Sidecar, Barcelona ES
Monday, September 2 Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao ES
Tuesday, September 3 Sala 0, Madrid ES
Wednesday, September 4 ZDB, Lisbon PT
Friday, September 6 Zonnehuis, Amsterdam NL
Saturday, September 7 Misty Fields, Asten-Heusden NL
Sunday, September 8 Brotfabrik, Frankfurt DE
Monday, September 9 Bumann & Sohn, Köln DE
Tuesday, September 10 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, September 11 Trafo, DE
Thursday, September 12 Druckluft, Oberhausen DE
Friday, September 13 Helling, Utrecht NL
Saturday, September 14 Leffingeleuren, Leffing BE
Monday, September 16 Lost Lane, Dublin IE %
Tuesday, September 17 Omeara, London UK %
Thursday, September 19 Kuudes Linja, Helsinki FI %
Monday, September 23 Salon, Istanbul TR %
Friday, October 18 Lambert’s, Austin TX %

Sunday, October 20 Duet Jazz (The Bob Dylan Center Presents: An Evening with Steve Gunn, Tulsa OK
Wednesday, October 23 Showbox Theater, Seattle WA @%
Thursday, October 24 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC @%
Friday, October 25 Wild Buffalo, Bellingham WA @%
Saturday, October 26 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR @%
Monday, October 28 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Tuesday, October 29 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Wednesday, October 30 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%

! w/ Bill MacKay
+ w/ Nace-Truscinski Duo
^ w/ Hand Habits
* w/ John Prine
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@ w/ Dinosaur Jr.

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Out Today : Car Seat Headrest – ‘Commit Yourself Completely’


The live Car Seat Headrest album ‘Commit Yourself Completely’ is out today and is available via all (well, most) popular streaming and download options. 


(poster by Alexis Politz)

Tracklist
1. Cosmic Hero (Live at the Tramshed, Cardiff, Wales)
2. Fill In The Blank (Live at Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH)
3. Drugs With Friends (Live at La Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France)
4. Bodys (Live at La Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France)
5. Cute Thing (Live at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England)
6. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (Live at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England)
7. Destroyed By Hippie Powers (Live at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR)
8. Ivy (live at the Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA)
9. Beach Life-in-Death (Live at Crossroads, KC, Kansas City, MO)

Car Seat Headrest on tour :

Saturday, June 22nd College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT
Sunday, June 23rd Firefly Festival, Dover DE
Tuesday, June 25th Asbury Hall at Babeville, Buffalo NY
Wednesday, June 26th House of Blues, Cleveland OH
Thursday, June 27th Deluxe at Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN
Friday, June 28th Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN
Saturday, June 29th Bogart’s, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 2nd Wooly’s Des Moines IA
Wednesday, July 3rd The Waiting Room, Omaha NE
Sunday, August 11th Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, August 15 Paredes de Coura Festival, Tábua PT
Saturday. August 17 Green Man Festival, Crickhowell UK
Friday, September 6 Oregon Zoo, Portland OR * (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 7 Marymoor, Redmond WA *
Sunday, September 8 Marymoor, Redmond WA *
November 16-17 Corona Capital – Mexico City MX

* with Death Cab For Cutie

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Julien Baker – “Red Door” b/w “Conversation Piece” Now Available Digitally

Previously only available as a Record Store Day exclusive 7″, Julien Baker’s first new solo recordings in two years, “Red Door” and “Conversation Piece” can now be heard on all streaming services.

A fan-favorite during live shows, “Red Door” is a lush and atmospheric track driven by Baker’s complex fingerpicking and a hint of slide guitar, her voice soaring as she pleads “set me on fire in the middle of the street / bend my knees, paint the concrete / the color of my bloody knuckles / pulling splinters form the chapel door.” A previously unreleased cut begun during the Turn Out the Lights sessions, “Conversation Piece” is a meditation on loneliness, backed by delicate percussion and chiming guitars.

stream / download “Red Door” / “Conversation Piece”

Julien Baker on tour :

June 19-June 23, Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, Calgary AB
Saturday, June 29 American Family Insurance Amphitheater, Milwaukee WI
Thursday, July 4 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde DK
Friday, July 5 Oetinger Villa, Darmstadt DE (sold out)
Sunday, July 7 Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux CH  (with Bon Iver)
Wednesday, July 31, Paramount Theatre, Austin TX (with Lucy Dacus)
Wednesday, August 7 Oya Festival, Oslo NO
August 8-10, Haldern Pop Festival, Haldern DE
August 8-10 Stay Out West 2019, Gothenburg SE
Monday, August 12 Lwl Museum Für Kunst Und Kultur, Münster DE
Tuesday, August 13 Congés Annulés, Luxembourg
Thursday, August 15 Vodafone Paredes de Coura, Paredes de Coura PT

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Coming June 17 : Car Seat Headrest – ‘Commit Yourself Completely’

(‘Commit Yourself Completely’ album sleeve photo by Veronica Anderson)

“Fill In The Blank” (Live at Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH)

Car Seat Headrest today announces Commit Yourself Completely – a new nine-track live album that will be released only via digital means June 17th. Culled from performances across the UK, US and France, the nine-track album spans material from 2016’s breakout Teens Of Denial and 2018’s reimagined epic Twin Fantasy – as well as the first officially released recording of longtime live staple ‘Ivy’ by Frank Ocean. A filmed version of the performance of ‘Fill In The Blank’ which appears on the album, recorded in Columbus, Ohio, can be seen now above.

“This is a compilation of songs from shows we played in 2018,” says Will Toledo. “We recorded every show we did that year, and I went through about 50 of them to get the final tracklist for this album. This isn’t necessarily the best possible version of each track, but it’s some of the most fun we’ve had on stage. I particularly remember the show we did in the small French town of Amiens, maybe the smallest show we did that year, and how great it felt to be up in people’s faces with everyone plugging in to the music right away. The recordings we made of the shows came out very clean, so rather than try to artificially recreate how it sounded in the different venues night to night, I tried to give the whole album that in-your-face feeling, like we’re playing the songs right in front of you. When you’re onstage with everything happening at once, you never really know what it sounds like in the room anyways; all you know is how the music is feeling. Hopefully this will give you a sense of what these shows felt like.”

A snapshot of the 7-person lineup featuring members of Naked Giants experienced by crowds worldwide over the last two years, Commit Yourself Completely offers a visceral, loose and ebullient take on these much-loved songs, as well as an an incandescent capstone of a formative touring period as Car Seat Headrest readies his next studio album. Musicians featured on the album are Will Toledo (vocals), Seth Dalby (bass), Ethan Ives (guitar, vocals), Andrew Katz (drums, vocals), Grant Mullen (guitar, vocals) Gianni Aiello (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Henry LaVallee (additional percussion).

Photo by Mikeal Beland

Tracklist
1. Cosmic Hero (Live at the Tramshed, Cardiff, Wales)
2. Fill In The Blank (Live at Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH)
3. Drugs With Friends (Live at La Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France)
4. Bodys (Live at La Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France)
5. Cute Thing (Live at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England)
6. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (Live at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England)
7. Destroyed By Hippie Powers (Live at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR)
8. Ivy (live at the Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA)
9. Beach Life-in-Death (Live at Crossroads, KC, Kansas City, MO)

Car Seat Headrest on tour :

Saturday, June 22nd College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT
Sunday, June 23rd Firefly Festival, Dover DE
Tuesday, June 25th Asbury Hall at Babeville, Buffalo NY
Wednesday, June 26th House of Blues, Cleveland OH
Thursday, June 27th Deluxe at Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN
Friday, June 28th Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN
Saturday, June 29th Bogart’s, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 2nd Wooly’s Des Moines IA
Wednesday, July 3rd The Waiting Room, Omaha NE
Sunday, August 11th Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, August 15 Paredes de Coura Festival, Tábua PT
Saturday. August 17 Green Man Festival, Crickhowell UK
Friday, September 6 Oregon Zoo, Portland OR * (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 7 Marymoor, Redmond WA *
Sunday, September 8 Marymoor, Redmond WA *
November 16-17 Corona Capital – Mexico City MX

* with Death Cab For Cutie

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Out Today : INTERPOL – ‘A Fine Mess’


(photo credit : Kalpesh Lathigra)

Interpol today release a new 5 song EP, ‘A Fine Mess’, including the sought-after live favorite “Real Life,” first heard during the band’s ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ 15th anniversary tour in 2017.  Recorded during time spent in upstate New York with Dave Fridmann, the five songs that make up ‘A Fine Mess’ gradually emerged as a body of work with a narrative and flow unto itself. The title track, “Fine Mess,” then received further production from Kaines & Tom A.D. and mixing from Claudius Mittendorfer, who had first worked with Interpol as engineer on ‘Our Love To Admire’. The resulting set is a living, breathing postcard from the band to their fans as they tour the world throughout 2019, and a linear continuation of the visceral and contagious energy set loose with ‘Marauder’.

Echoing its title, the artwork for ‘A Fine Mess’ is illustrated by a series of lost images, recovered from an abandoned police station in Detroit, MI. In a crumbling evidence room – amongst the rubble – an undeveloped roll of film, dated “1-20-96”, featured latent images of a breaking and entering scene, the rooms in chaos.

From the beguiling refrain of the title track, to the soulful topsy-turvy of “No Big Deal,” cathartic chorus of long sought-after live favourite “Real Life,” anthemic swell of “The Weekend,” and angular shades of “Thrones,” ‘A Fine Mess’ is a bracing and distinct entry in Interpol’s oeuvre.

stream / purchase ‘A Fine Mess’
stream / purchase ‘Marauder’

Interpol on tour :

Saturday, May 18 Festival Pulso, Queretaro MX
Saturday, May 25 All Points East Festival, London UL
Thursday, May 30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Saturday, June 1 Heartland Festival Kvaerndrup DK
Sunday, June 2 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek NE
Tuesday, June 4 Palladium, Cologne DE
Wednesday, June 5 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden DE
Friday, June 7 Nos Primavera Sound Festival, Porto PT
Monday, June 10 Adrenaline Stadium, Moscow RS
Wednesday, June 12 Green Theatre, Kyiv UA
Friday, June 21 Southside Festival, Neuhausen CH
Sunday, June 23 Hurricane Festival, Scheessel DE
Tuesday, June 25 02 Academy Leeds, Leeds UK +
Wednesday, June 26 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK +
June 26-30, Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury UK
Sunday, June 30 Garorock, Marmande Nouvelle-Aquitaine FR
Tuesday, July 2 L’Olympia, Paris FR
Thursday, July 4 Les Eurockeennes De Belfort, Belfort FR
Saturday, July 6 Rock Zottegem Festival, Zottegem BE
Sunday, July 7 Beauregard Festival, Caen FR
Friday, August 2 Osheaga Festival, Montreal QC
Saturday, August 3 Area 506 Festival, St. John AB
Sunday, August 4 State Theatre, Portland ME $
Tuesday, August 6 Town Ballroom, Buffalo NY $
Friday, August 9 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland OH $
Saturday, August 10 Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA $
Wednesday, September 4 Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA
Thursday, September 5 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD *
Saturday, September 7 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY *
Monday, September 9 BB&T Pavilion, Philadelphia PA *
Wednesday, September 11 Fraze Pavilion, Kettering OH *
Friday, September 13 Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, Detroit MI *
Saturday, September 14 Ravinia Amphitheater, Chicago IL *
Sunday, September 15 Holland Center, Omaha NE
Tuesday, September 17 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK
Wednesday, September 18 Verizon Theatre, Dallas TX *
Friday, September 20 Frank Erwin Center, Austin TX *
Saturday, September 21 White Oak Outdoor Lawn, Houston TX *
Tuesday, September 24 Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque NM
Saturday, September 28 SaltAir, Salt Lake City UT *
Monday, September 30 Theatre of the Clouds, Portland OR *
Thursday, October 3 Bill Graham Auditorium, San Francisco CA *
Friday, October 4 The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas NV
Saturday, October 5 Five Point Amphitheatre, Irvine CA *
Sunday, October 6 Pechanga Arena, San Diego CA *

+ w/ Pixx
$ w/ Surfbort
* w/ Morrissey

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Snail Mail – New August Dates


(poster : Jesse Feinman)

More August dates have been added to Snail Mail’s August US schedule (shows in bold below) including a second NYC show at the newly reopened Webster Hall on August 1 and a headlining appearance at LA’s Wiltern Theatre on August 22. Pre-sale tickets are available on each venue’s site beginning tomorrow at 10am local time by entering the code LUSH19.

In other Snail Mail news, Lindsey Jordan has been selected to be a Fender Next Artist representing the diverse state of music globally. Her partnership with Fender as a featured artist in their new Player Series campaign is celebrated in the above new video clip as she shares her story and creative journey as a world-class guitarist.


(photo : Matt Sukkar)

Sunday, May 12 FORM Festival, Mayer AZ
Saturday, May 25 Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park NJ $
Sunday, May 26 Boston Calling, Boston MA
Tuesday, May 28, La Maroquinerie, Paris FR %
Friday, May 31 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Saturday, June 1 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek NE
Sunday, June 2 All Points East, London UK
Monday, June 3 Hare and Hounds, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, June 4 Gorilla, Manchester UK
Friday, June 7 Sideways Festival, Helsinki FI
Saturday, June 8 NOS Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Tuesday, June 11 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, June 12 Bergenfest, Bergen NO
Thursday, June 13 Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
Friday, June 14 Botanique Rotonde, Brussels BE
Saturday, June 15 Traumzeit Festival, Duisberg DE
Sunday, June 16 Maifeld Derby, Mannheim DE
Saturday, June 22 Firefly Music Festival, Dover DE
July 11-4 – Winnipeg Folk Fest, Winnipeg, MB
July 15 – First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN*
Wednesday, July 17 The Granada, Lawrence KS *
Thursday, July 18 Off Broadway, St. Louis MO *
Friday, July 19 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI *
Sunday, July 21 – Pitchfork Fest, Chicago IL
Tuesday, July 23 Exit/In, Nashville TN *
Wednesday, July 24 Headliners, Louisville KY *
Thursday, July 25 Skully’s Music Diner, Columbus OH
Friday, July 26 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH *
Saturday, July 27 – MoPop, Detroit, MI
Sunday, July 28 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
Wednesday, July 31 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY**
Thursday, August 1 – Webster Hall, NYC NY **
Saturday, August 10 Way Out West, Gothenburg SE
Friday, August 16 MAHA Music Festival, Omaha NE
Saturday, August 17 Bluebird Theater, Denver CO
Sunday, August 18 Taos Vortex, Taos NM
Tuesday, August 20 Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, August 21 Irenic, San Diego CA
Thursday, August 22 The Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles CA

$ w/ Long Beard
% w/ Soccer Mommy
* w/ Sasami

** w/ Duster, Sasami

Stream / order ‘Lush’

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Lucy Dacus – “My Mother & I”


photo by Elizabeth Weinberg

In honor of both Mother’s Day and Taurus Season, Lucy Dacus has released a new song titled “My Mother and I”, Following her Valentine’s Day cover of “La Vie En Rose,” this is the first original composition of her ongoing 2019 holiday song series, which will also include singles tied to Independence Day, Springsteen’s Birthday, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s.

“My Mother And I” is a lullaby of sorts, about “babies born in the month of May” that are “down to earth” and “see eye to eye” and “dig our feet in,” but at its core, it’s a brutally frank exploration of body image and the emotional form it takes when passed down generationally.

In Lucy’s words: “Being adopted has encouraged me to consider what mothers pass on through blood and body, and what they impart in the way of socialization and context. We — daughters, and all children — easily inherit the shame and fear of our mothers, but also the pride, self-assurance, and lessons of love. This song focuses on body image and the distinction between the body and the soul, which I can hardly claim to have clarity about to this day. I also reflect on traits my mother and I share as Taurean women- how we are steadfast but headstrong, empathetic but grounded, and dedicated to finding and giving reliable love and comfort.”

Stream / Purchase “My Mother & I”
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Lucy Dacus On Tour

Wednesday, April 24th WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesdays, Louisville KY (Free Show)
Saturday, May 4th Visulite Theater, Charlotte NC +
Sunday, May 5th Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Monday, May 6th The Social, Orlando FL +
Tuesday, May 7th The Crowbar, Tampa FL +
Thursday, May 9th One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans LA +
Saturday, May 11th Songbirds North, Chattanooga TN +
Sunday, May 12th The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC +
Friday, May 24 Den Atelier Hollerich, Luxembourg ^
Saturday, May 25 Badehaus, Berlin DE
Monday, May 27 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden DE ^
Tuesday, May 28 Backstage Werk, Munich DE ^
Wednesday, May 29 Alcatraz, Milan IT ^
Friday, May 31 Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona ES
Saturday, June 1 Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek NL
Tuesday, June 4 Boule Noire, Paris FR
Wednesday, June 5 EartH, London UK
Thursday, June 6 Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds UK
Saturday, June 8 Optimus Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Monday, June 10 Bodega, Nottingham UK
Tuesday, June 11 Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh UK
Wednesday, June 12 YES, Manchester UK
Friday, June 14 Mablisfestivalen, Stavanger NO
Saturday, June 15 STHLM Americana, Stockholm SE
Sunday, June 16 Oceanen, Gothenburg SE
Monday, June 17 Plan B, Malmo SE
Wednesday, June 19 De Kreun VZW, Kortrijk BE
Friday, June 28 Friday Cheers at Brown’s Island, Richmond VA
Tuesday, July 2 FZW, Dortmund DE
Wednesday, July 3 MarX, Hamburg DE
July 4 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde DK
Saturday, July 6 Chapeau Rouge, Prague CZ
Sunday, July 7 Flex Cafe, Vienna AT
Monday, July 8 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn AT
Saturday, July 27 Newport Folk Festival, Newport RI
Sunday, July 28 Xpnential Music Festival, Camden NJ

+ w/ Mothers

^ w/ Jawbreaker

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Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus – Austin City Limits TV Taping, Tuesday July 30

Austin City Limits is thrilled to welcome two remarkable artists under the age of 25-years-old.  Lauded singer/songwriter phenoms Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus join us for the first time on July 30 for a taping highlight—a one-of-a-kind co-headline evening with these two accomplished solo artists.

Memphis native Julien Baker’s chilling solo debut, ‘Sprained Ankle’, was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. The album, recorded by a then 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely around Baker’s voice, guitar, and unblinking honesty. Sprained Ankle appeared on year-end lists everywhere from NPR Music to The AV Club to New York Magazine’s Vulture. With 2017’s ‘Turn Out The Lights’, Baker claimed a much bigger stage, but with the same core of breathtaking vulnerability and resilience. From its opening moments — when her chiming, evocative melody is accompanied by swells of strings — Turn Out The Lights throws open the doors to the world without sacrificing the intimacy that has become a hallmark of her songs. The album explores how people live and come to terms with their internal conflict, and the alternately shattering and redemptive ways these struggles play out in relationships. “Turn Out The Lights is beautifully crafted throughout,” noted Spin, “full of the kinds of songs that linger long after they’ve ended.” Under the Radar declared, “Baker is writing faultless songs that will always have a home in our hearts because finding comfort in even the saddest moments means we’re still feeling. And if we’re feeling, there’s hope for us yet.”

2018 was a milestone year for Richmond, VA’s Lucy Dacus.  Her widely celebrated sophomore record, Historian, was met by a cavalcade of critical elation, with NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NBC News, Slate, The Atlantic, Billboard, Paste, Stereogum, and more choosing it as one of the year’s best albums. Dacus’ remarkable sense of melody and composition are the driving force throughout, giving Historian the immersive feel of an album made by an artist in full command of her powers. “This is the album I needed to make,” says Dacus, who views ‘Historian’ as her definitive statement as a songwriter and musician. “Everything after this is a bonus.” She played revelatory sold-out shows at clubs and festivals alike, along with multiple high profile television appearances.  A glance at her worldwide touring schedule in 2019 shows little sign that Dacus is slowing down, and in fact, she will release a series of songs titled 2019 to celebrate.  Recorded in here-and-there studio spurts over the last two years, 2019 will be released later this year as a physical EP on Matador Records, and will be made up of originals and cover songs tied to specific holidays, each of which will drop around their respective date: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day (and Taurus season!), Independence Day, Springsteen’s Birthday, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Want to be part of the audience?  We will post information on how to get free passes a week before the taping. Follow Austin City Limits on Facebook and Twitter for notice of postings. The broadcast episode will air on PBS later this year as part of ACL’s upcoming milestone Season 45.

Stream/Download Julien Baker’s ‘Turn Out The Lights’

Stream/Download Lucy Dacus’ La Vie En Rose

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Julien Baker on Tour

May 29-June 2 Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona ES
May 31-June 2 Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek NE
Sunday, June 2 All Points East, London UK
June 19-June 23, Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, Calgary AB
Saturday, June 29 American Family Insurance Amphitheater, Milwaukee WI
Thursday, July 4 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde DK
Friday, July 5 Oetinger Villa, Darmstadt DE
Wednesday, August 7 Oya Festival, Oslo NO
August 8-10, Haldern Pop Festival, Haldern DE
Monday, August 12 Lwl Museum Für Kunst Und Kultur, Münster DE
Thursday, August 15 Vodafone Paredes de Coura, Paredes de Coura PT

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Wednesday, April 24th WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesdays, Louisville KY (Free Show)
Saturday, May 4th Visulite Theater, Charlotte NC +
Sunday, May 5th Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Monday, May 6th The Social, Orlando FL +
Tuesday, May 7th The Crowbar, Tampa FL +
Thursday, May 9th One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans LA +
Saturday, May 11th Songbirds North, Chattanooga TN +
Sunday, May 12th The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC +
Friday, May 24 Den Atelier Hollerich, Luxembourg ^
Saturday, May 25 Badehaus, Berlin DE
Monday, May 27 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden DE ^
Tuesday, May 28 Backstage Werk, Munich DE ^
Wednesday, May 29 Alcatraz, Milan IT ^
Friday, May 31 Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona ES
Saturday, June 1 Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek NL
Tuesday, June 4 Boule Noire, Paris FR
Wednesday, June 5 EartH, London UK
Thursday, June 6 Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds UK
Saturday, June 8 Optimus Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Monday, June 10 Bodega, Nottingham UK
Tuesday, June 11 Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh UK
Wednesday, June 12 YES, Manchester UK
Friday, June 14 Mablisfestivalen, Stavanger NO
Saturday, June 15 STHLM Americana, Stockholm SE
Sunday, June 16 Oceanen, Gothenburg SE
Monday, June 17 Plan B, Malmo SE
Wednesday, June 19 De Kreun VZW, Kortrijk BE
Friday, June 28 Friday Cheers at Brown’s Island, Richmond VA
June 29-July 6 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde DK

+ w/ Mothers

^ w/ Jawbreaker

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Steve Gunn – “Vagabond” – Tribute to Agnes Varda

Steve Gunn has released a tribute to the late director Agnes Varda who, among many other works, created the film Vagabond after which Gunn named the first single off his new album The Unseen In Between. The director of Gunn’s new music video Naomi Yang had these words to share:

The lyrics tie the song very directly to the imagery in the film so I felt the main challenge in making the video was to honor the film without trying to literally recreate it, and to express the emotional weight of Steve’s song which was all his own.

Formally, Varda’s film is structured around 12 long tracking shots of the main character walking from right to left. There are also a few simple reoccurring props in the film: cigarettes, a painting, a transistor radio. These elements I pulled from the film and used in the video. I decided that by echoing some formal elements from the film we could be secretly give a nod to the film in homage, but it would not depend on you knowing the film to understand the song or the video.

I set the video in Pittsburgh – a place that both Steve and I were essentially strangers. Steve and I wandered the edges for 3 days. The thought was Steve was following in the footsteps of the character from Varda’s film, that perhaps she had left right before he arrived, had just moved on – leaving Steve to find only her traces. And after all, isn’t that not unlike the itinerant life of a musician?

Years ago, when I was in Galaxie 500, we arrived in a club in Europe, and found personal greetings in graffiti to us on the wall of the band room. Friends of ours had played the same club the week before, left us a message and moved on.

And now, sadly, Agnés Varda has passed on. But she has left us with her incredible, soulful, mischievous, political, compassionate body of work to discover, rediscover, and be inspired by.

— Naomi Yang, 2019

Steve Gunn continues on his tour dates in support of The Unseen In Between this week in North America, beginning Thursday in Milwaukee. See a full list of upcoming dates below.

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Steve Gunn On Tour
Thursday, April 18 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, April 19 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL *
Saturday, April 20 Storehouse, Galien MI (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, April 21 Off Broadway, St Louis MO*
Monday, April 22 89th Street, Oklahoma City OK*
Tuesday, April 23 Double Wide, Dallas TX *
Wednesday, April 24 Barracuda, Austin TX*
Friday, April 26 Saturn, Birmingham AL*
Saturday, April 27 40 Watt, Athens GA*
Sunday, April 28 The Earl, Atlanta GA*
Monday, April 29 The Basement, Nashville TN*
Tuesday, April 30 The Mothlight, Asheville NC*
Wednesday, May 1 Cat’s Cradle, Carborro, NC*
Thursday, May 2 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte,NC*
Friday, May 3 Richmond Music Hall, Richmond,VA*
Saturday, May 4 Songbyrd, Washington DC*
Saturday, July 6 Pointu Festival, Corniche des Iles FR
July 11-14 Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg MB (solo performance)
Wednesday, July 24 Port City Music Hall, Portland ME
Thursday, July 25 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH
Saturday, July 27 ArtsRiot, Burlington VT
Sunday, July 28 Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B., Montreal QC
Tuesday, July 30 The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, July 31 Club Cafe, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, August 2 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA
Saturday, August 3 The Bell House Outpost at Industry City, Brooklyn NY ^

* w/ Gun Outfit
^ w/ Hand Habits

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VIDEO : ICEAGE – “Pain Killer”



(photo by Halfdan Venlov)
Marking the start of their North American tour, Iceage have released a new video for ‘Pain Killer’, one of the standout tracks from their critically acclaimed fourth album Beyondless.
 
Hallucinogenic epiphanies filmed between Tijuana, San Diego and LA interspersed with 70’s pulp animation?  Visual cues from Wild At HeartFear And Loathing in Las Vegas, and the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage?  VHS footage featuring a cameo from Sky Ferreira shot in the garage of Lili Hayes?
 
Directed by Mortis Studio with additional animation from Josh Freydkis and featuring lead actors Linda Abud & Sebastian Alvarez, the video for ‘Pain Killer’ truly has it all, and is a potent chaser to the visceral and intoxicating potion of the audio.
 
Iceage’s North American run of dates in support Beyondless kicks off Friday, April 12th in Las Vegas, with Shame and Nadah El Shazly supporting on select dates. A full list of upcoming dates can be found below.

 

Iceage on tourFriday, April 12, Bunkhouse Saloon, Las Vegas, NV
Sunday April 14 – Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Monday, April 15 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA *
Tuesday, April 16, Casbah, San Diego, CA *
Wednesday, April 17 – Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, AZ *
Thursday ,April 18 – Club Congress, Tucson, AZ *
Sunday April 21 – Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Tuesday, April 23 – The New Parish, Oakland, CA *
Thursday, April 25 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
Friday, April 26 – The Vera Project, Seattle, WA
Saturday, April 27 – Distrikt, Victoria, BC
Sunday, April 28 – The Astoria, Vancouver, BC
Tuesday, April 30 – Dicken’s Pub, Calgary, AB +
Wednesday, May 1 – Amigo’s Cantina, Saskatoon, SK +
Thursday, May 2 – Temple, Edmonton, AB +
Saturday, May 4 – The Good Will Social Club, Winnipeg, MB +
Sunday, May 5 – The Aquarium, Fargo, ND +
Monday, May 6 – Turf Club, St. Paul, MN +
Tuesday, May 7 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL +
June 7-8, DMZ Peace Trail Festival, Seoul KR
Tuesday, June 11 WWW, Shibuya JP
Sunday, June 23 Loose Ends 2019 at NDSM, Amsterdam NE
Friday July 5 Electric Fields, Dumfries & Galloway UK

 
* – with Shame

+ with Nadah El Shazly

 

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VIDEO : Steve Gunn – “Chance”, Summer Northeastern Dates

With a triumphant European tour about to conclude and a US tour with Gun Outfit about to commence, Steve Gunn announces a new run of headline North American tour dates this summer. Spanning the Northeast corridor, the tour begins on July 24th in Portland, ME and ends with a hometown show at Brooklyn’s Industry City on August 3rd. The full list of tour dates can be found below and is accompanied by the release of an acoustic video for ‘The Unseen In Between’ standout track, “Chance,” the third in a series of live acoustic videos made by The Mitcham Submarine — this one filmed at London’s Albert Memorial.

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Steve Gunn On Tour  (new dates in bold)

Saturday, April 13 Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY (Solo daytime Record Store Day performance)
Thursday, April 18 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, April 19 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL *
Saturday, April 20 Storehouse, Galien MI (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, April 21 Off Broadway, St Louis MO*
Monday, April 22 89th Street, Oklahoma City OK*
Tuesday, April 23 Double Wide, Dallas TX *
Wednesday, April 24 Barracuda, Austin TX*
Friday, April 26 Saturn, Birmingham AL*
Saturday, April 27 40 Watt, Athens GA*
Sunday, April 28 The Earl, Atlanta GA*
Monday, April 29 The Basement, Nashville TN*
Tuesday, April 30 The Mothlight, Asheville NC*
Wednesday, May 1 Cat’s Cradle, Carborro, NC*
Thursday, May 2 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte,NC*
Friday, May 3 Richmond Music Hall, Richmond,VA*
Saturday, May 4 Songbyrd, Washington DC*
Saturday, July 6 Pointu Festival, Corniche des Iles FR
July 11-14 Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg MB (solo performance)
Wednesday, July 24 Port City Music Hall, Portland ME
Thursday, July 25 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH
Saturday, July 27 ArtsRiot, Burlington VT
Sunday, July 28 Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B., Montreal QC
Tuesday, July 30 The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, July 31 Club Cafe, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, August 2 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA
Saturday, August 3 The Bell House Outpost at Industry City, Brooklyn NY ^

* w/ Gun Outfit
^ w/ Hand Habits

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Coming May 17 : Interpol – A FIne Mess EP

(photo by Kalpesh Lathigra)

Interpol today announce a new EP, ‘A Fine Mess’, which will be released May 17th. The new track “The Weekend,” is available to stream and purchase today.

Recorded during time spent in upstate New York with Dave Fridmann, the five songs that make up ‘A Fine Mess’ gradually emerged as a body of work with a narrative and flow unto itself. The previously released title track, “Fine Mess,” then received further production from Kaines & Tom A.D. and mixing from Claudius Mittendorfer, who had first worked with Interpol as engineer on ‘Our Love To Admire’. The resulting set is a living, breathing postcard from the band to their fans as they tour the world throughout 2019, and a linear continuation of the visceral and contagious energy setloose with ‘Marauder’.

Echoing its title, the artwork for A Fine Mess is illustrated by a series of lost images, recovered from an abandoned police station in Detroit, MI. In a crumbling evidence room – amongst the rubble – an undeveloped roll of film, dated “1-20-96,” featured latent images of a breaking-and-entering scene, the rooms in chaos. From the beguiling refrain of the title track, to the soulful topsy-turvy of “No Big Deal,” cathartic chorus of long sought-after live favorite “Real Life,” anthemic swell of “The Weekend,” and angular shades of ‘Thrones,” A Fine Mess is a bracing and distinct addition to Interpol’s oeuvre.

While supplies last, all pre-orders of the A Fine Mess EP will receive a bonus “All At Once” 7”, available only on vinyl, not on streaming services. This value add is available exclusively on Matador’s webstores worldwide. Orders have the option to bundle the “A Fine Mess” t-shirt, and to purchase the t-shirt separately. This bundle is available only on the US Matador webstore and on Interpol’s online store.

preorder / stream ‘A Fine Mess’
stream / download “The Weekend”
stream / purchase ‘Marauder’

Thursday, March 28 Teatro Vorterix, Buenos Aires AR
March 28-April 2 Asuncionico, Asuncion PY
March 29-March 31 Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires AR
March 29-March 31 Lollapalooza Chile, Santiago CL
April 5-April 7 Lollapalooza Brasil, Sao Paolo BR
April 5-April 7 Festival Estereo, Bogota CO
Tuesday, April 9 Domos Art, Lima PE
Wednesday, May 1 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO #
Thursday, May 2 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City MO %
May 3-May 5 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA @
Saturday, May 25th All Points East Festival, London UL
May 30-June 1 Heartland Festival Kvaerndrup DK
Sunday, June 2 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek NE
Tuesday, June 4 Palladium, Cologne DE
Wednesday, June 5 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden DE
Friday, June 7 Nos Primavera Sound Festival, Porto PT
Monday, June 10 Adrenaline Stadium, Moscow RS
Wednesday, June 12 Green Theatre, Kyiv UA
June 21-June 23 Southside Festival, Neuhausen CH
June 21-June 23 Hurricane Festival, Scheessel DE
Tuesday, June 25 02 Academy Leeds, Leeds UK +
Wednesday, June 26 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK +
June 27-30, Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury UK
Sunday, June 30 Garorock, Marmande Nouvelle-Aquitaine FR
Tuesday, July 2 L’Olympia, Paris FR
Thursday, July 4 Les Eurockeennes De Belfort, Belfort FR
Sunday, July 7 Beauregard Festival, Caen FR
Friday, August 2 Osheaga Festival, Montreal QC

# w/ Car Seat Headrest, Japanese Breakfast, Sunflower Bean
% w/ Foals
@ w/ Lucy Dacus, Liz Phair
+ w/ Pixx

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VIDEO: Stephen Malkmus – “Come Get Me”


Photo by Robbie Augspurger

Ahead of the release of Groove Denied next Friday March 15th, Stephen Malkmus has premiered the track “Come Get Me” and its accompanying lyric video. The new song follows the recent release of “Viktor Borgia” and “Rushing The Acid Frat.” Malkmus’s Groove Denied performances are quickly selling out, see an updated list of dates both solo and with The Jicks below.

Stream / Preorder ‘Groove Denied’

Stephen Malkmus On Tour
Tuesday, April 30 92nd St Y New York NY (In Conversation with Vanity Fair’s Michael Hogan)
Wednesday, May 1 The Great Hall, Toronto ON * # (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, May 2 The Kitchen, New York NY (Early Show/Late Show) *  (SOLD OUT)
Friday, May 3 Arts At The Armory, Somerville MA * # (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, May 4 Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore PA * #
Sunday, May 5 Union Stage, Washington DC * #
Tuesday, May 7 3TEN ACL Live, Austin TX *
Wednesday, May 8 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL * (SOLD OUT)
Friday, May 10 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR * (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, May 11 Columbia City Theater, Seattle WA *
Tuesday, May 14 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA * %
Wednesday, May 15 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA * (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, May 16 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, May 30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Tuesday, June 4 De Casino St. Niklaas BE
Wednesday, June 5 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, June 7 Debaser, Stockholm SE
Tuesday, June 11 Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Wednesday, June 12 Bergenfest, Bergen NO
Friday, June 14 Lille Vega, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, June 15 Traumzeit Festival, Duisberg DE
Tuesday, June 18 De Kreun, Kortrijk BE
Wednesday, June 19 La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris FR +

* denotes Stephen Malkmus solo performance
# denotes support from Elenor Friedberger
% denotes support from Mary Lattimore

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VIDEO : Stephen Malkmus – “Rushing The Acid Frat”

(“Rushing The Acid Frat” – directed by Robert Strange and James Pepper)


(photo by Robbie Augspurger)

Stephen Malkmus had a vision … or so begins the lyrics to “Rushing The Acid Frat,” the newly released single from his forthcoming ‘Groove Denied'(out March 15th). The song title, inspired by Stephen’s memories of a specific student fraternity (think less beer-pong-bros, more “Grateful Dead druggy tie-dye” vibe) at his UVA alma mater, is a “Louie Louie”-style shindig rumpus, which he imagines as the soundtrack to a “Star Wars bar scene in such a frat … it’s kinda 12-bar but gigged with psych lyrics.”

In the  accompanying video (above), created by Robert Strange and James Papper, features an animated Stephen taking a romp through LA’s Koreatown and Hollywood Forever Cemetery, followed by a trip to the moon, and back to a field on Earth (fun fact – it’s Ben Kweller’s ranch in Texas), tinged with  hallucinatory enhancements.

Along with this May’s solo dates, additional shows have been added at NYC’s The Kitchen and the Art Institute Of Chicago (ticket links below).

stream / download “Rushing The Acid Frat”
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Stephen Malkmus on tour (new dates in bold)

Tuesday, April 30 92nd St Y New York NY (In Conversation with Vanity Fair’s Michael Hogan)
Wednesday, May 1 The Great Hall, Toronto ON * #
Thursday, May 2 The Kitchen, New York NY *
Friday, May 3 Arts At The Armory, Somerville MA * # (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, May 4 Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore PA * #
Sunday, May 5 Union Stage, Washington DC * #
Tuesday, May 7 3TEN ACL Live, Austin TX *
Wednesday, May 8 Art Institute of Chicago Fullerton *
Friday, May 10 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR * (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, May 11 Columbia City Theater, Seattle WA *
Tuesday, May 14 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA * %
Wednesday, May 15 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA * (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, May 30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Tuesday, June 4 De Casino St. Niklaas BE
Wednesday, June 5 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, June 7 Debaser, Stockholm SE
Tuesday, June 11 Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Wednesday, June 12 Bergenfest, Bergen NO
Friday, June 14 Lille Vega, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, June 15 Traumzeit Festival, Duisberg DE
Tuesday, June 18 De Kreun, Kortrijk BE
Wednesday, June 19 La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris FR +

* denotes Stephen Malkmus solo performance
# denotes support from Elenor Friedberger
% denotes support from Mary Lattimore

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Matador Revisionist History: Pavement’s ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’

(Illustration: Jeff Mahannah)

Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain is Pavement’s record-of-many transitions. From Louder Than You to Random Falls. From Gary Young to Steve West. From indier-than-thou (Matador) to FAKE INDIE (Matador/Atlantic). But most importantly, it’s the album where Pavement would flex the sort of musical and lyrical range that would later make some of you deeply resent everything else the band members ever did solidify their status as a once-in-a-generation phenomena. Except we’re still here talking about it.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’s 1994 release, and I believe it was George Santayana who said “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Good thing we’ve got a goddamn photographic memory, because there’s some stuff we went thru trying to get radio stations to play “Cut Your Hair” that NO ONE SHOULD EVER BE FORCED TO RELIVE. So let’s focus on the good times and not get bogged down in gloomy stuff like the journalist last week who asked me (seriously) if Billy Corgan or Scott Weiland still bore a grudge over “Range Life”. I’m sure you think my job is super fucking easy but there’s no simple way of answering a question like that without getting the person on the other end of the phone very very angry, so if you’re ever in that situation, I suggest you handle it exactly the way I did (pretend you’re been stung by a wasp).

Stream Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain / Purchase from the US Matador Webstore HERE.

All orders received today through Thursday, February 21st from the U.S. Matador Webstore that include Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain will receive a free MATADOR REVISIONIST HISTORY slip mat and a reproduction of Pavement’s 1994 press photo (credit: Gail Butensky). Random orders will receive a press photo signed by Stephen Malkmus. UPDATE: press photos are now OUT OF STOCK, orders will still receive the slip mat.

Lucy Dacus – ‘2019’ EP ; “La Vie En Rose” Premiere

2018 was a milestone year for Richmond, VA’s Lucy Dacus.  Her widely celebrated sophomore record, ‘Historian’, was met by a chorus of critical acclaim, with NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NBC News, Slate, The Atlantic, Billboard, Paste, Stereogum, and others calling one of the best albums of the year.  Her collaborative EP as 1/3 of boygenius (with Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers) landed on many of those same lists, plus Newsweek, The New Yorker, Esquire, and the New York Times.  She played revelatory sold-out shows at clubs and festivals alike, and made network TV appearances  on “CBS This Morning”, “Late Night with Seth Meyers”, and “Last Call With Carson Daly”.

A cursory glance at her worldwide touring schedule in 2019 (below) shows little sign that Dacus is slowing down, and in fact, she will release a EP titled ‘2019’ to celebrate.  Recorded in here-and-there studio spurts over the last two years, ‘2019 ‘will be released later this year, and will be made up of originals and cover songs tied to specific holidays, each of which will drop around their respective date: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day (and Taurus season!), Independence Day, Springsteen’s Birthday (not an official holiday, though we’re told Chris Christie often took that day off), Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Dacus uses her gift as a songwriter to help understand and cope with the world around her, including making sense of national holidays, often more geared towards social media boasts and manufactured consumerism than authentic celebration.  “What is going on,” she asks herself on these days, retreating from the heightened expectations of holidays to figure out what to make of them and to find her own meaning.  “I’ve collected some songs from trying to answer that question,” she says, and “this EP seems like the right place to put them next to each other.  These songs are self-contained, not indicative of a new direction, just a willingness to do something different and sometimes even out of character.”

stream/download “La Vie En Rose” (Edith Piaf)
stream/purchase ‘Historian’ (25% off sale via the Matador Store thru Valentine’s Day)


Lucy Dacus on tour :

Friday, February 1st Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC * (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, February 2nd Charleston Pour House, Charleston SC *
Monday, February 4th Saturn, Birmingham AL *
Tuesday, February 5th Proud Larry’s, Oxford MS *
Thursday, February 7th Ruins, Dallas TX * (SOLD OUT)
Friday, February 8th White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX *
Saturday, February 9th Barracuda, Austin TX * (SOLD OUT)
Monday, February 11th Opolis, Norman OK *
Tuesday, February 12th The Bottleneck, Lawrence KS *
Wednesday, February 13th Rose Music Hall, Columbia MO *
Thursday, February 14th Cosmic Charlie’s, Lexington KY *
Friday, February 15th Thalia Hall, Chicago IL ^
Thursday, March 7th Savannah Stopover, Savannah GA
Friday, March 8th Barley’s Tap Room, Knoxville TN &
Saturday, March 9th The Basement East, Nashville TN &
Monday, March 11th The Basement, Columbus OH &
Tuesday, March 12th Ninth Ward, Buffalo NY & (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, March 14th The Haunt, Ithaca NY &
Friday, March 15th Colony, Woodstock NY &
Saturday, March 16th Pearl Street Club, Northampton MA &
Sunday, March 17th SPACE Gallery, Portland ME &
Tuesday, March 19th Columbus Theatre, Providence RI &
Wednesday, March 20th White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ &
Thursday, March 21st Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA &
Friday, March 22nd The Black Cat, Washington DC & (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, March 27th Oxford Art Factory, Sydney AU
Thursday, March 28th Black Bear Lodge Brisbane AU
Friday, March 29th Northcote Social Club, Melbourne AU
Saturday, March 30th By The Meadow, Bambra AU
May 3-5 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Friday, May 31 Primavera Festival, Barcelona ES

* w/ Illuminati Hotties
^ w/ Sharon Van Etten
& w/ Mal Blum, Fenne Lily

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Interpol – “Fine Mess”


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Interpol have commenced 2019 with new single titled “Fine Mess,” which is now available to stream and purchase.

“Fine Mess” continues the invigorated creative spirit of 2018’s triumphant ‘Marauder’, presenting Interpol at their most urgent and essential – with Paul Banks’ feverish vocals and haunted lyrics telling of “a sanguine and starry pair, buoyed and dashed alike by their own dreams and appetites” interlocking with Daniel Kessler’s serpentine riffs and Sam Fogarino’s thundering rhythm section, distilled around the seditious refrain: “you and me / make a fine mess.”

Ahead of a busy worldwide tour and festival season with Primavera, NOS Primavera, and Best Kept Secret already announced, “Fine Mess” is further testament to a band at their peak, and the first chapter in what promises to be yet another eventful year for Interpol.

stream / download “Fine Mess”
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Interpol on tour (new dates in bold)

Thursday, May 2nd Arvest Bank Theatre, Kansas City MO

Sunday, May 5th North Charleston PAC, Charleston SC

Tuesday, May 7th Florida Theatre, Jacksonville FL

Wednesday, May 8th Mahaffey Theatre, St Peterburg FL

Friday, May 10th Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theatre, Miami FL

Saturday, May 11th Hard Rock Live, Orlando FL

Previously announced dates:

Thursday, January 31 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver BC
Friday, February 1 Keller Auditorium, Portland OR
Saturday, February 2 The Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
Tuesday, February 5 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN
Thursday, February 7 The Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, February 8 Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, February 9 The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Monday, February 11 Marathon Music Works, Nashville TN
Tuesday, February 12 40 Watt Club, Athens GA  (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, February 14 The Ritz, Raleigh NC
Friday, February 15 The Anthem, Washington DC
Saturday, February 16th – Madison Square Garden, NYC NY !
Thursday, March 28 Teatro Vorterix, Buenos Aires AR
March 28-April 2 Asuncionico, Asuncion PY
March 29-March 31 Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires AR
March 29-March 31 Lollapalooza Chile, Santiago CL
April 5-April 7 Lollapalooza Brasil, Sao Paolo BR
April 5-April 7 Festival Estereo, Bogota CO
Tuesday, April 9 Domos Art, Lima PE
Wednesday, May 1 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO #
May 3-May 5 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA @
Saturday, May 25th All Points East Festival, London UL
May 30-June 1 Heartland Festival Kvaerndrup DK
Sunday, June 2 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek NE
Tuesday, June 4 Palladium, Cologne DE
Wednesday, June 5 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden DE
Friday, June 7 Nos Primavera Sound Festival, Porto PT
Monday, June 10 Adrenaline Stadium, Moscow RS
Wednesday, June 12 Green Theatre, Kyiv UA
June 21-June 23 Southside Festival, Neuhausen CH
June 21-June 23 Hurricane Festival, Scheessel DE
Tuesday, June 25 02 Academy Leeds, Leeds UK
Wednesday, June 26 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK
Sunday, June 30 Garorock, Marmande Nouvelle-Aquitaine FR
Tuesday, July 2 L’Olympia, Paris FR
Thursday, July 4 Les Eurockeennes De Belfort, Belfort FR
Sunday, July 7 Beauregard Festival, Caen FR

! w/ Car Seat Headrest, Snail Mail
# w/ Car Seat Headrest, Sunflower Bean
@ w/ Lucy Dacus, Liz Phair

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Coming March 15 : Stephen Malkmus – ‘Groove Denied’

“Viktor Borgia”, directed by Jan Lankisch.


(photo by Robbie Augspurger)

For once, the rumors are true (some of ’em, anyway). The “rejected” electronic album that Stephen Malkmus has been alluding to over the past year  will see the light of day on March 15th. That said, ‘Groove Denied’ is not a plunge into EDM or glitch-city. In fact, there aren’t any purely instrumental tracks on the album. Every song is precisely that: a song, featuring Malkmus staples like an artfully askew melody and an oblique lyric. ‘Groove Denied’ is Stephen playing hooky from his customary way of going about things, jolting himself out of a comfy routine. As Malkmus commented recently in a recent video interview, “It’s kind of funny to mess with stuff you’re not supposed to mess with.”

The first taste of Stephen’s new groove can be sampled today, with the release of single “Viktor Borgia,” and its accompanying video. The title playfully merges the name of the comedian-pianist and the ruthless dynasty of Italo-Spanish nobles. . “Yes, I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’, the Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982,” says Stephen, adding “and also about how in the New Wave Eighties, these suburban 18-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet – a sanctuary.”

Stephen will embark on a brief solo tour, sans Jicks, in May. The newly announced run of dates can be found below. A full bio, composed by Simon Reynolds can be found as well.

download / stream “Viktor Borgia”
stream / preorder ‘Groove Denied’

When Stephen Malkmus first arrived on the scene in the early Nineties, as frontman and prime creative force in Pavement, the area of music with which he was associated couldn’t really have been further from the techno-rave sounds of the day. Electronic dance music, then as now, was about posthuman precision, inorganic textures, and hyper-digital clarity. Whereas the lo-fi movement in underground rock championed a messthetic of sloppiness, rough edges, and raw warmth – a hundred exquisitely subtle shades of distortion and abrasion. “Imperfect sound forever” was the rallying cry for a micro-generation of slacker-minded dreamers and misfits.

Fast forward to the present and here comes Malkmus with a surprising new project that embraces the very digital tools and procedures he’d have once gone out of his way to avoid. Groove Denied – Stephen’s first solo album without his cohorts the Jicks since 2001 – was made using Ableton’s Live, a software sequencer and “digital audio workstation” that is the preferred tool of discerning techno producers and deejays worldwide. Instead of a human-powered rhythm section of electric bass and drums, Malkmus’s arsenal further includes drum machines, along with a host of plug-in FX and “soft synths” (digital simulations of vintage electronic hardware that inhabit your computer rather than take over your entire living room).

For the first time on record, what you hear here is just Stephen and the Machine(s).

But Groove Denied is not a full-blown plunge into EDM or hiptronica, into the soundworlds of Deadmaus, Villalobos and Skee Mask. In fact, there aren’t any purely instrumental tracks on the album. Every song is precisely that: a song, featuring Malkmus staples like an artfully askew melody and an oblique lyric. But Groove Denied is Stephen playing hooky from his customary way of going about things, jolting himself out of a comfy routine. As Malkmus commented recently in a video interview, “It’s fun to mess with things that you’re not supposed to.”

This departure from the tried-and-tested stems back to earlier in this decade, when Malkmus spent a couple of years living in Berlin and was exposed to the city’s vibrant club scene Back in the Nineties, Stephen had given rave culture a wide berth, in part because of bad personal associations with the drug MDMA (he’d had “a really really bad trip” on Ecstasy in 1987, bizarrely on a visit to New York to see Miles Davis perform). But in Berlin, thanks to a younger deejay friend, Malkmus made forays into the city’s world-famous all-night party scene and became fascinated by techno. “The music can be great… you can zone out, dance, and focus on music – or just get wasted!”

It would not be entirely off-base, or an overly cute rock-historical reference, to describe Groove Denied as Stephen Malkmus’s Low. Although largely recorded in Oregon, the bulk of the album was written while he was living in Berlin. Updating his home studio with Ableton and teaching himself rudimentary Pro Tools, Malkmus “started fucking with effects and loops”. He compares the process of track-construction to the way his kids “used to make these girls on my iPhone – choosing hair colour, dresses, etc. That intuitive swipe and grab thing. Chop and move the waves. Apple computer scroll style of thinking.” It’s a very different way of making music to the feel-oriented way of coming up with chord progressions and rhythm grooves on a guitar alone or jamming with a band. And in fact, electric guitar – while it does feature on Groove Denied – is really “just color for the most part”.

Yet while the methodology behind Groove Denied is absolutely 21st Century, the reference points for the sound-palette hark back to the pre-digital era. “The electronic music side of the album, I wanted it to be sonically pre-Internet,” explains Stephen. “So the EQ-ing is a bit 1970’s, that sloppy DIY sequencing. And the influences are kinda 1981 post punk – actually quite British.” “A Bit Wilder”, one of the stand-out cuts, specifically recalls Cabaret Voltaire, its slack-stringed dank-with-reverb bass a dead ringer for the Stephen Mallinder sound. “Yes, I was thinking the Cabs – and Section 25, whose 1981 album Always Now I think is a serious underdog stoner album. That grey industrial Martin Hannett sound. But also all these cute DIY group that imitated The Cure back then – loners with 4-tracks tape recorders and dreams of “Killing An Arab”.” Malkmus says he was trying to conjure or reinhabit the “fan perspective” on things like Joy Division and the Cure – the sort of “getting it a bit wrong” that unintentionally brings something new into the world.

Groove Denied is frontloaded with this Cold Wave redux sound – a style we’ve never heard from Stephen Malkmus before. Opener “Belziger Faceplant”, for instance, features a most peculiar processed vocal that sounds withered and grotesque, like a deflated wrinkly balloon still lingering on in your house weeks after a party. “I envisioned ‘Belziger Faceplant’ as made by someone off their head after a night out in Friedrichshain,” says Malkmus, referring to a district of the former East Berlin now rife with techno clubs like the legendary Berghain. “Coming back at 5 AM, firing up the laptop in the morning light and trying to make a song, but the instruments are tripping over each other. You can’t even speak because of all the Ketamine or whatever!” Malkmus adds that he’s never tried K but “for some reason I imagine it like that”.

Then there’s “Viktor Borgia,” a title that playfully merges the name of the comedian-pianist and the ruthless dynasty of Italo-Spanish nobles. With its stately melody and the almost-English-accented vocal, the coordinates here are early Human League or even Men Without Hats. “Yes, I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’, the Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982. And also about how in the New Wave Eighties, these suburban 18-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet – a sanctuary.”

“Forget Your Place” features another eerily wobbled vocal a la “Belziger Faceplant” plus dub-style detonations of submarine sonar and nagging bleeps. Frankly, it sounds pretty darn wasted. “Like ‘Belgizer’, this is a pretty solid Ableton-based track – moving waves around, finding a trippy loop and throwing an echo on it,” explains Stephen, adding that “at times it feels almost childish, working with Ableton – like finger painting. But ‘Forget Your Place’ also makes me think about death – don’t ask me why!”

Alongside the early Eighties “minimal synth” and industrial influences, the other main palette of tone-colors audible on Groove Denied is closer both to Stephen’s comfort zone and to what his fans would expect from him: “warped psych,” as he terms it, that avant-garage tradition of dirty guitars and ramshackle grooves, except that in this case, it’s “one person pretending to be a band.” That illusion is pulled off magnificently on loose ‘n’ swinging tunes like “Come Get Me” and “Love the Door,” although the electronic element manifests still with the crisp and prim pitter of drum machine beats and a spume of Moog frothing all over “Door”. Then there’s “Rushing the Acid Frat”, whose title came from Stephen’s memories of a student fraternity at the University of Virginia that, unlike the typical beery bro frathouse, had a “Grateful Dead druggy tie-dye” vibe. Malkmus imagined “Rushing” as a “Louie Louie”-style shindig rumpus to soundtrack a “Star Wars bar scene in such a frat… It’s kinda 12-bar, but gigged with psych lyrics”.

As the album enters the homestretch, it returns to more familiar Malkmusian terrain, with a warmer, grittier sound. “I did frontload Groove Denied with the stuff that signals “80’s/cold,” he says. “That stuff excited me the most – and it sounded braver. If I had another year, it could have been all in that style.” Still, with the second half offering gorgeous tunes like the hazy-lazy ramble “Bossviscerate” and the glittering “Ocean of Revenge” – both graced with his signature style of odd-angled melodic beauty – who’s complaining? Mellow closer “Grown Nothing” feels like Malkmus easing back towards the sound of his recent album with the Jicks, Sparkle Hard. In fact, although it has been released after Sparkle, 70% of Groove Denied was completed before work on the Jicks record. Indeed, Malkmus’s explorations with sound-processing influenced that album, most notably with the unexpected appearance of Auto-Tune on a couple of tracks.

Groove Denied will shake up settled notions of what Malkmus is about and what he’s capable of, repositioning him in the scheme of things. But looking at it from a different angle, his engagement with state-of-art digital tech actually makes perfect sense. After all, Nineties lo-fi – the sound in which he and Pavement were initially vaunted as leaders and pioneers – was nothing if not insistently sonic – it was all about the grain of guitar textures, about gratuitously over-done treatments and ear-grabbing effects. Noise for noise’s sake. It’s just that it was looking to older modes and antiquated technology. From the Big Muff and the Cry Baby Wah pedal through to today’s deliberately distorted deployment of pitch-correction, there’s really an unbroken continuity: the creative misuse of technology, the aestheticization of mistakes and flaws, wrongness-as-rightness.

As Stephen tweeted recently on the subject of Auto-Tune’s omnipresence in contemporary music-making: “We long 4 transformation….and we humans fucking luv tools.”

Simon Reynolds, Jan 2019

(Tour Dates, New Shows sans Jicks In Bold, On Sale Friday Jan 25, 10am Local Time)

Wednesday, January 23 Metro, Chicago IL
Friday, January 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, May 1 The Great Hall, Toronto ON *
Friday, May 3 Arts At The Armory, Somerville MA *
Saturday, May 4 Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore PA *
Sunday, May 5 Union Stage, Washington DC *
Tuesday, May 7 3TEN ACL Live, Austin TX *
Friday, May 10 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR *
Saturday, May 11 Columbia City Theater, Seattle WA *
Tuesday, May 14 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA *
Wednesday, May 15 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, May 30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Tuesday, June 4 De Casino St. Niklaas BE
Wednesday, June 5 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, June 7 Debaser, Stockholm SE
Tuesday, June 11 Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Wednesday, June 12 Bergenfest, Bergen NO
Friday, June 14 Lille Vega, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, June 15 Traumzeit Festival, Duisberg DE
Tuesday, June 18 De Kreun, Kortrijk BE
Wednesday, June 19 La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris FR

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