Monday, July 21, 2014

Windhand Announce Summer/Fall Tour Dates

[press release] Richmond psyche-doom practitioners WINDHAND have revealed a three week run of headlining North American fall tour dates. The shows kick off on August 24th in Richmond, VA and include support from psychedelic Nashville outfit, All Them Witches plus Jex Thoth and Ilsa on select dates. The band has also been hand picked as openers for the legendary SLEEP’s sold out show in Philadelphia on August 26th. 2014 has already seen the band traverse North America and Europe with Relapse label-mates Inter Arma and Indian including appearances at SXSW, Maryland Deathfest, and Roadburn. A complete listing of dates is included below.

WINDHAND's latest album Soma, which is out now on Relapse Records and has received praises from NPR, Pitchfork, MetalSucks, Decibel, Spin, Stereogum and many more. Stream Soma via Bandcamp below. The band has been writing new material for their next full-length and will be playing new songs on the road.

Windhand Tour Dates:

Aug 24 Richmond, VA Strange Matter*
Aug 26 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer w/ Sleep [SOLD OUT]
Aug 27 Washington DC Black Cat w/ Disciples of Christ & The Citadel
Sep 04 Baltimore, MD The Ottobar*
Sep 05 Pittsburgh, PA 31st Pub*
Sep 06 Akron, OH Musica*
Sep 07 Columbus, OH The Basement*
Sep 09 Iowa City, IA Gabe's*
Sep 10 Chicago, IL Cobra w/ Jex Thoth*
Sep 11 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock w/ Jex Thoth*
Sep 12 Milwaukee, WI Metal Grill w/ Jex Thoth*
Sep 13 Ferndale, MI Loving Touch*
Sep 14 Toronto, ON Coda*
Sep 16 Ottawa, ON Cafe Dekcuf*
Sep 17 Montreal, QC Petit Campus*
Sep 18 Cambridge, MA Middle East (upstairs) w/ Ilsa*
Sep 19 Providence, RI AS220 w/ Ilsa*
Sep 20 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus w/ Elder & Ilsa*

* w/ All Them Witches

Cherubs Set to Record First New Album in Twenty Years

[press release] Austin, TX cult noise rock heroes, CHERUBS, are set to enter the studio this summer to record their first new material in 20 years. The band will record with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead) at his Austin, TX studio, with an early winter release planned via Brutal Panda Records.

The band released two critically acclaimed, seminal full lengths including 1992's Icing and 1994's Heroin Man, as well as a b-side odds and ends collection Short of Popular in 1996. The records have since gone on to reach a level of legendary status in the noise rock world, with a new wave of bands citing CHERUBS as a major influence on their sound. Heroin Man in particular has been cited by All Music as "one of noise rock's defining moments" and by Insound as "one of the most distorted, red-lined, oddball noise rock records ever made."

Guitarist/vocalist Kevin Whitley had this to say about the band's reformation: "It's a blessing to record another treasure for you people. Why are we still talking about it?"

In addition to the new material, the band have recently made their previous albums available digitally for the first time ever via all major digital outlets such as iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc. Purchase them via iTunes HERE.

To keep up with all upcoming CHERUBS news, be sure to follow them on their official Facebook page (above). Check out Heroin Man in full, below...

Happy Diving Ready Full Length Debut "Big World" for October

[press release] Father/Daughter Records is excited to announce the debut full-length from San Francisco/East Bay's Happy Diving. The label will release Big World on October 21, 2014. The LP will be available for pre-order in August. More album details + song premieres coming soon! Summer tour dates listed below.

Big World follows up the band's self-titled 2013 EP. The EP is available digitally and on cassette from Father/Daughter Records currently.

From the very first listen to Happy Diving it is difficult to digest the band has only been together since 2013. The band's debut full-length was recorded over a whirlwind two days at The Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA, with the help of producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Whirr). Big World sees the band channeling the energy first displayed on their self-titled EP, as well as their deafening and vivacious live shows, into ten concise, sludgy pop songs. We recommend you listen to this album while road tripping across the country, but if you don’t have the time to pack up your cares and get away, Big World fits perfectly into a 30 minute lunch break.

Big World Track Listing:

1. Small World
2. Space Ooze
3. Weird Dream
4. Big World
5. Sad Planet
6. Mikey's Rules
7. Whenever
8. Always Noon
9. Explorer
10. 10

Summer Tour:

JUL 21 - Chico CA @ TBA w/ Wallflower
JUL 22 - Santa Rosa CA @ TBA
JUL 23 - Santa Monica CA @ Almost Holden Collective w/ The Coltranes, Dead Wate
JUL 24 - Corona CA @ Maya's Cafe w/ Karoshi Boy, Red Curtain
JUL 25 - San Diego CA @ The Dawg House
JUL 26 - Phoenix AZ @ Wallstreet w/ Destruction Unit, Gay Kiss, Humiliation
JUL 27 - Los Angeles CA @ El Sereno Skatepark
JUL 31 - Oakland CA @ 1234! Go Records w/ Spraynard

Check out the band's debut EP...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Ukiah Drag Debut "Her Royal Grip" + Announce Full Length Debut for September

[press release] The Ukiah Drag finally hit us with their debut full-length album, In the Reaper’s Quarters - recorded in a secularized Lutheran temple off the banks of the Hudson River and produced by Ben Greenberg (formerly of The Men). Reaper’s Quarters, out September 9th on Wharf Cat Records, is a fine projection of basement rumination finding temptation in the halls of an ex-God - there is no erasure of the Satanic ego as The Drag move onto new spiritual drippings. It’s a hellish maw that chews up tired rock and post punk tropes only to reanimate them in other austere and lonely offices. Hear the first single now via Pitchfork [or below].

The Ukiah Drag are Floridians in New England exile - personnel stem from the Tampa scene – recording and sharing bands with members of Merchandise like Cult Ritual and have previously run with the Ascetic House/Destruction Unit pack, with whom they put out their debut tape and toured with respectively. Most recently, The Drag released their first studio output, Dirt Trip 7”, also recorded by Ben Greenberg and reissued their Jazz Mama is Cryin’ tape (both via Wharf Cat). Moving along – In The Reaper’s Quarters offers pulsating organs that strobe their way through flattening riffs and creep beats; occasionally joined by a sex-crazed baby grand slinking sinfully into the reaper's pit. This is a widow-making full length that marks and culminates every player's previous efforts to a blunt and remorseless T.

The Ukiah Drag is:
ZZ Rameriez
Thomas Conte
Brian “The Sultan” Hennessey
Andrew Eaton

Recommended if you like: The Fall, Jody Reynolds, Link Wray, Stooges, The Damned

The Ukiah Drag - In The Reaper’s Quarters (Wharf Cat Records)
Pre-order HERE

1 – Intro
2 – Her Royal Grip
3 – Ratz Waltz
4 – Final Prayer
5 – Drip of The Fang
6 – Wait and See
7 – Night of Immaculacy

Monday, July 14, 2014

Electric Wizard Debut "I Am Nothing" + Album Details

[brooklynvegan.com] UK doomers Electric Wizard have unveiled the first song from their forthcoming album Time to Die. Titled "I Am Nothing," the track quickly showcases the next guitar tone bands will be working towards emulating. It recalls the bassy onslaught of their classic Dopethrone, while adding all kinds of grit and filth into the growl. The song itself is an 11-minute trudge through the Wizard's patented formula of Hammer Horror-derived ominousness fused to a crawling, biker boogie groove and feedback-soaked psych. Singer/guitarist's pained wails of "I am nothing/you are nothing" complete the track's descent into nihilistic nuttiness.

Time to Die, the band's eighth long-player and first since 2010's Black Masses, is due out on Spinefarm Records on September 30. Said Jus regarding the album's theme, "All of our albums in the past have had a theme -- revenge, drugs, black magick -- and the theme of this one is death. Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult belief in the final sacrifice. We have gone full circle -- it was inevitable, but we had to do it. We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger." While a tour to support the new record hasn't been announced, Electric Wizard will be playing the Euro festival circuit this fall.

All of the dates are listed, along with the "I Am Nothing" stream, below...

Electric Wizard - 2014 Tour Dates:

July 3 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival (Arena Stage)
July 4 - Knebworth Park, UK - Sonisphere (Stage headline)
August 16 - London, UK - Jabberwocky (The Excel Centre)
September 12 - Valada, Portugal - Reverence Valada (headline w/Hawkwind)
October 10 - 12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Desert Fest

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Purling Hiss Announce New Album "Weirdon" for September + Video Teaser

[press release] After they got back from Mars, Purling Hiss went back down to the basement - and they didn't come up again until after they got their Weirdon!

Full-tilt with tunes, aggro riffs, feedback peals, stoned soul-searching, pop turnarounds and magisterial portraits of the go-nowhere lifestyle in abstract, Weirdon is also a new-phase Purling Hiss album, using the songwriting and guitar style of Mike Polizze to come up with a quicksilver sound touched on only briefly on previous records. Replete with handclaps, pounding pianos, tambourines and vocal effects, but steeped in guitar roar, Purling Hiss streamlines up nicely, serving the new songs and directions of Weirdon while still slamming down hard on your ears like they like to do.

If last year's Water On Mars was the Purling Hiss heavy rock album, Weirdon travels into the pop dimension of Purling Hiss, making of their fastest and catchiest songs in the abiding images of punk and psychedelia. Written alone to achieve a contrast with the previous album and return in a sense to the original approach, Weirdon was made with no concept of limitations on what could be performed live. Mike's new songs open up, going all over the place, while still based in their home-cooked blend of catharsis and shredding, both in the guitar playing and the inner life of the album. Full of color and rock and roll, Weirdon is a rainbow of a record; beaming down to the stereos and streets and highways and boomboxes of today, through the unique and still-growing prism of Purling Hiss. Weirdon weirds on via Drag City on September 23rd.

WEIRDON TRACK LISTING:

1. Forcefield of Solitude
2. Sundance Saloon Boogie
3. Learning Slowly
4. Another Silvermoon
5. Reptili-a-genda
6. Where's Sweetboy
7. Aging Faces
8. I Don't Wanna Be A...
9. Airwaves
10. Running Through My Dreams
11. Six Ways To Sunday

Sex Hands Ready Debut Album "Pleh" + Debut "Pivot" Video

[press release] Faux Discx and Negative Space are excited to announce another joint release, from Manchester via Wales' punk heavyweights Sex Hands. The band's debut album Pleh will be released on 28th July on 12" vinyl and digital download. Watch the new video for 'PIVOT' below, directed by Sam Alder and grab a FREE download of the song HERE.

Sex Hands were formed by three childhood friends from the North Wales coast. After relocating to Manchester, Alex, Dylan and Edwin played their first show in 2011 on the Comfortable on a Tightrope stage at SFTOC, Salford. A month later Joe Logan of Waiters was recruited for his sweet bassy licks and amazing posture. From then on the band has been on a rock 'n' roll whirlwind, playing shows with the likes of Trumans Water one night and The Babies the next.

After their previous releases which include a split 7" with Daily Life (on the Icecapades label, which features artwork by Sex Hands' own Alex Humphreys and Manchester artist Lucy Jones) as well as the self released mini album, Season One (Giant Hell), this is Sex Hands proper-real-life-hi-fi-fully-rockin'-full-length record on Faux Discx/Negative Space.

With artwork by Manchester based artist Mike Redmond that compliments the band's rough around the edges, scorched pop rock, PLEH is 13 tracks of non-stop melody mashed fun time hug and roll hits.

Influences include The Clean, Pixies and Weezer. Sex Hands are not a garage pop band, they have never practiced in a garage. They never practice.

Pre-order HERE!

Live Dates:

Tuesday 8th July - Wahlbar, Manchester w/ Los Cripis
Saturday 26th July - Shacklewell Arms, London w/ Dignan Porch, Echo Lake & more

"a joyously DIY sound, scratchy to the core but no less sweet." - Clash

“shouted, brilliant lo-fi” – The Line of Best Fit

Thursday, June 19, 2014

She Keeps Bees Set to Release "Eight Houses" in September + Watch Teaser Video

[press release] She Keeps Bees have shared a video teaser for their new album Eight Houses, out September 16th on Future Gods Records. With Eight Houses, She Keeps Bees have created a beautifully timeless and haunting album. Eight Houses revels in the raw power of subtlety, silence and space, coloring Jessica Larrabee's compositions with lean piano lines, hazy horns and warm organ rolls.

Eight Houses finds She Keeps Bees working with an outside producer, Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors, etc.) for the first time and enlisting guest musicians including Sharon Van Etten and Adam Schatz.

Considering how controlled the chaos is on Eight Houses-a record that's ruptured by riffs and rattled by rhythms without leaping straight off the rails-it's tough to imagine a time when Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant didn't finish each other's sentences, creatively and personally. But that's how She Keeps Bees began: with LaPlant bashing a borrowed kit (including a garbage-picked floor tom) atop a step-ladder and Larrabee directing the dark solo recordings she began soon after moving from Philadelphia to Brooklyn.

"It was trial by fire," says LaPlant of their early rehearsals. "Luckily what she wanted out of me at the time wasn't complicated."

"We grew together slowly," adds Larrabee, "like a tree. It felt powerful with him behind me. Nothing really clicked until I met Andy."

That dynamic became more pronounced with each passing record, peaking with the self-produced songs of Nests and Dig On, the latter of which expanded the pair's minimal sound with bass parts and synths.

"There was definitely a batch of more aggressive songs that got cut from the record," explains LaPlant. "Having a producer was nice in that respect; if things were starting to sound too similar and we didn't hear it, Nicolas wasn't shy about letting us know. We wanted to step outside our comfort zone stylistically, which really gives Jess' songwriting a chance to shine."

It also pushes her dense lyrics to the fore, exploring a wide range of universal emotions (desire, obsession, change) and looking for answers to questions our teachers never addressed, from the blood-splattered war hero status Custer earned during his "last stand" to the forced assimilation of Native Americans on the open roads She Keeps Bees toured for the first time in 2012.

"The reservations left a heartache in me," she explains, "and swarms of questions. I began reading stories. The more I read the history, the more I realized this was a universal story of 'progress': the Western world surrounding indigenous people, taking their natural resources, destroying their sense of self."

And yet there's still a light at the end of the tumultuous tunnel Eight Houses carves over the course of 10 punchy, confident songs. It kicks in as "Raven" collides with its choruses, meeting the human condition head on.

"Let the toxic mimics roll off us all," says Larrabee. "Let the power of your truest self rest in your heart. Draw strength from below your navel-a place where there is no fear. Honor the gravity of the emotion but do not be consumed."

SHE KEEPS BEES - EIGHT HOUSES
FUTURE GODS RECORDS
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

1. Feather Lighter
2. Breezy
3. Owl
4. Both Sides
5. Burning Bowl
6. Radiance
7. Wasichu
8. Greasy Grass
9. Raven
10. Is What It Is

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Quick Notes: The Rentals, Guerilla Toss, EULA, & Greys

*[stereogum.com] In December, we learned that the Rentals, which started out as a Weezer side project back when bassist Matt Sharp was still in the band, were readying their first album in a decade and a half. Other than Sharp, the new lineup of the Rentals is completely different, and it includes Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, as well as Lucius members Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Ozma’s Ryen Slegr, and the Section Quartet’s Lauren Chipman. But today, we get to hear our first taste of the album, and I’m delighted to report that it’s the same sort of mechanized pleasure-overdrive power-pop that the band was making back in the day. Below, check out first single “Thought Of Sound,” as well as the tracklist for comeback album Lost In Alphaville.

TRACKLIST:

01 “It’s Time To Come Home”
02 “Traces Of Our Tears”
03 “Stardust”
04 “1000 Seasons”
05 “Damaris”
06 “Irrational Things”
07 “Thought Of Sound”
08 “Song Of Remembering”
09 “Seven Years”
10 “The Future”
(via Pitchfork)

Lost In Alphaville is out 8/26 on Polyvinyl.



*[stereogum.com] Boston’s Guerilla Toss have always worked a certain funk backbone into their music, but it’s been a foundation to something that is chaotic, noisy, and destructive (watch their recent live video to understand why those are all good things). “367 Equalizer,” however, is surprisingly tight, and finds them locking into one extremely satisfying groove while throwing in every strange noise and scream in their arsenal. The trancelike song is part of Infinity Cat’s recent bi-monthly cassette series, curated by Casey Weissbuch of Diarrhea Planet, which might give the impression of it being a one-off-type thing, but I sincerely hope they’re not done exploring this sound. It’s immediately one of the most satisfying things they’ve recorded. Listen to it below.

Look for the tape from on 7/15 via Infinity Cat Recordings.



*[avclub.com] Fans of shredding ladies like The Coathangers and Screaming Females’ frontwoman Marissa Paternoster should check out EULA, a Brooklyn act fronted by guitarist and singer Alyse Lamb. The band cites Delta 5 and Swans as influences, and is releasing a new 7-inch July 15 on Bloodmoss Records. A.V. Club listeners can check out “Orderly,” one of the tracks from the 7-inch, below. Produced by Martin Bisi, the track is full of aggressive angles and Riot Grrrl references.

Orderly/Meadows is available for pre-order now via Bloodmoss. The band is playing a couple of upcoming gigs, including a June 13 show at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival and a June 19 set at Trans Pecos in Brooklyn.



*[stereogum.com] If Anything, the debut full-length from Toronto post-hardcore band (and former Band To Watch) Greys, is due later this month. We’ve already heard two singles, “Guy Picciotto” and “Use Your Delusion.” Now here’s a third: the sneering, assaultive “Pretty Grim.” Listen to it below.

If Anything is out 6/17 on Carpark.

Alex G Debuts "Black Hair" + Announces Tour Dates

[spin.com] Following a host of bedroom-recorded Bandcamp releases, Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Alex G is poised to release his first proper LP, DSU on June 17. Today, he's released another gnarled little gem from that record called "Black Hair."

Though presumably still recorded on a single microphone duct-taped to his bedroom desk, "Black Hair" (like "Harvey" and DSU as a whole) represents a massive step forward for his weirdo guitar-pop. Reedy vocals compete for space with atonal pricks of feedback, but the whole thing is underpinned by the sooty thump and snap of acoustic guitar and drums that place the whole thing in the realm of dusty early Why? recordings.

Released through Orchid Tapes, Brooklyn's tiny cassette label that could, DSU sold out its first pressing within a matter of hours from its pre-sale announcement. The second run, which you can grab at Orchid Tapes web store, has just a handful of copies left (EIS note: it's sold out) and it's not immediately apparent if they intend to make more soon.

Alex G tour dates:

June 6 - Seattle, WA @ Vera Project *
June 7 - Portland, OR @ Slabtown *
July 6 - Norristown, PA @ Walla Walla Fest
July 19 - Arlington, VA @ CD Cellar ^
July 20 - Charlotte, NC @ Area 15 ^
July 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery ^
July 22 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth ^
July 23 - Tampa, FL @ Mojo Books & Music ^
July 25 - New Orleans, LA @ Beatnik ^
July 26 - Houston, TX @ Walters ^
July 27 - Austin, TX @ Holy Mountains ^
July 28 - For Worth, TX @ 1919 Hemphill ^
July 29 - San Antonio @ TBA ^
July 31 - Mesa, AZ @ 51 West ^
August 1 - San Diego, CA @ The Che Cafe ^
August 2 - Los Angeles @ Orchid Tapes Showcase #5 ^
August 3 - Pomona, CA @ Growing Up is Dumb Fest ^
August 4 - San Jose @ San Jose Rock Shop ^
August 5 - San Fran @ Ricksaw Shop ^
August 7 - Denver @ Marquis Theater ^
August 8 - Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet Studio ^
August 9 - St. Louis, MO @The Demo ^
August 10 - Chicago, IL @ Township ^
August 11 - Cleveland, OH @Mahalls Basement ^
August 12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project ^
August 13 - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Wunderloft ^
August 14 - Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Theatre ^
August 15 - Boston, MA @ Roggies ^
August 16 - New York, NY @ Shea Stadium ^
August 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire ^

* with Special Explosion & Creech
^ with Elvis Depressedly

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Come Party With Us at Baby's All Right on June 15th...

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Princess Reason Released the Stunning New "Stark City" EP

[press release] Gimme Tinnitus has premiered "Stark City," the title track from L.A. lo-fi folk singer-songwriter Princess Reason, and Princess Reason's new "Stark City" EP is out now from New Professor Music on cassette and in digital stores.

"On this new recording, Princess Reason continues to do a bang up job exploring the whispery intersection of rock and roll and folk," Gimme Tinnitus writes.

The "Stark City" EP is available in digital stores worldwide, and on cassette via Princess Reason's Bandcamp page.

In "Stark City," you'll hear the whispery no-fi folk of early Elliott Smith records, the wiry guitars of early Modest Mouse, and thoughtful, meandering lyrics and melodies reminiscent of Stephen Malkmus and David Berman. (One song also name-drops kindred spirit Palehound.)

Princess Reason is Jack Stansbury, who began recording short love songs in 2013 during his last year of school in College Park, Maryland. He named the band Princess Reason after a character in the book "The Phantom Tollbooth." Early on, friends helped him play the songs live at house shows, and small batches of homemade tapes were sold. These tapes contained the first two Princess Reason releases: an EP called "Always Pretty" (named one of the "Best EPs of 2013" by Gold Flake Paint) and a self-titled album – both tapes have since been re-released on In Store Recordings. After the summer of 2013, Jack moved west, and Princess Reason is now based in Los Angeles.

The self-produced "Stark City" EP is now available from New Professor Music. New Professor is the label home to releases from L.A.'s best new alternative bands, including Body Parts, LA Font, Air Life, Gothic Tropic and yOya.

"Sounds like Elliott Smith swimming in the quiet-end of Sparklehorse's most lofi moments." – Drowned in Sound

"Full of little blemishes that, upon first listen, feel like stumbling blocks, right up to the point when you realize that you’re listening to some of your favorite music anyone has made all year." – Gold Flake Paint

Friday, May 30, 2014

Dub Thompson Ready "9 Songs" For June Release

[press release] Take the 101 north out of Los Angeles, and you’ll pass by Agoura Hills, where the core duo of the band Dub Thompson grew up. Whatever you see in that town won’t readily prepare you for the music they wrote while there, but you’re free to look.

“Most everyone who’s in a group who’s our age lives on the Internet,” says guitarist Matt Pulos. “The kinds of things that have shaped our band aren’t anchored to any one time or place.”

Pulos and his bandmate, drummer Evan Laffer, are currently both 19 years old, and are putting that line of thought to the test; their musical influences travel from the Midwestern malaise of Big Black and Pere Ubu, to Kraut pioneers Can and Kraftwerk, while bowing to the British
belligerence of The Fall and This Heat.

Recorded while living with Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado at his rented house in Bloomington, the band had its first taste of a heavy Indiana summer, and all the humidity and insect life that buzzes along with it. “We woke up every day, hard-boiled eggs and stood on a porch,” says Pulos of the experience. Their first collection of songs slyly unties the shoes of genre and convention, shapeshifts mischievously, and tramples on the promises delivered on the name itself.

There are only eight songs on this rangy debut.

Intense blasts of hook-filled noise rock (“Hayward!”), rocksteady marionette stomp (“No Time”), hypnotic bouts of doomy poetics (“Epicondyles”), outlandishly sexy groove rock (Dograces), and a number of other bite-sized forays into parts unknown are made manifest across 9 Songs.

The vibes are strong here. Pulos sings and plays like he’s working out long-standing grudges, pulling the most sinewy tones from an acoustic guitar and ripping huge chunks of demon flesh out of his electric. Laffer matches him step for step on the drums, an exacting presence behind the kit who pushes even the band’s more placid moments into bouts of tension. Together they succeed in animating their musical ideas to startling, almost unnatural life. Reverb units, keyboards, samples and processing gluing everything together, saturated in the August heat and worn in until they sound second nature, it’s like somehow you’ve been listening to these songs forever.

Dub Thompson Tour Dates:

Sun. June 29 - Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock w/ Ought
Mon. June 30 - Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture w/ Ought
Wed. July 2 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links w/ Ought
Thu. July 3 - Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain w/ Ought
Fri. July 4 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa w/ Ought
Sat. July 5 - Nashville, TN @ TBD w/ Ought
Sun. July 6 - Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery w/ Fucked Up, Ought
Mon. July 7 - Durham, NC @ Pinhook w/ Ought
Tue. July 8 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage w/ Ought
Wed. July 9 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle w/ Ought
Fri. July 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right w/ Ought
Sat. July 12 - Boston, MA @ Church w/ Ought
Sun. July 13 - Montreal, QC @ Casa del Popolo w/ Ought
Mon. July 14 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake w/ Ought
Wed. July 16 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop w/ Ought
Thu. July 17 - Chicago, IL @ Burlington w/ Ought
Fri. July 18 - St. Louis @ TBD w/ Ought
Sat. July 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry w/ Ought
Sun. July 20 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room w/ Ought
Mon. July 21 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake w/ Ought
Tue. July 22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ Ought
Wed. July 23 - Boise, ID @ The Crux w/ Ought
Fri. July 25 - Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
Sat. July 26 - Vancouver, BC @ The Columbia
Sun. July 27 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
Tue. July 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Wed. July 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Thu. July 31 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Parquet Courts Streaming "Sunbathing Animal" via NPR

[press release] It's time to let the cat out of the bag. Parquet Courts highly anticipated new album, Sunbathing Animal is almost here (out June 3 on What's Your Rupture/Mom+Pop, June 2 on Rough Trade in UK and EU), and NPR Music and CBC Music have the early goods for you. You can head over to your country's public broadcasting locale of choice for an early sneak peak at an album that will undoubtedly be on countless critics' year-end best-of lists.

Pre-order Sunbathing Animal on CD or LP HERE.

If waiting until June 3 proves too difficult, Parquet Courts have partnered with independent record stores across the US to offer up a super limited edition of Sunbathing Animal, available today with alternative "Albanian Gunsmith" artwork designed by Andrew Savage. Visit sunbathinganimal.com to find a store in your area, and call to check availability.

PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES:

Wed. May 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy
Thu. May 29 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Radioactivity
Mon. June 2 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's w/ Radioactivity
Tue. June 3 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Swearin'
Wed. June 4 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone w/ Protomartyr, True Sons of Thunder
Fri. June 6 - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness w/ Protomartyr
Sat. June 7 - Detroit, MI @ PJ's Lager House w/ Protomartyr, Tyvek
Sun. June 8 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern w/ Protomartyr, Tyvek
Mon. June 9 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore w/ Protomartyr, Tyvek
Tue. June 10 - Boston, MA @ TT the Bears w/ Protomartyr
Wed. June 11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Sugarhill Supper Club w/ Protomartyr, Future Punx, Xerox
Fri. June 21 - Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
Sat. June 22 - Liverpool, UK @ Kazimier
Sun. June 23 - Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Institute
Tue. June 25 - London, UK @ ULU
Wed. June 26 - Oxford, UK @ Oxford Academy 2
Sun. June 29 - Marmande, FR @ Garorock
Sun. July 6 - Rotselaar, BE @ Rock Werchter
Mon. July 7 - Groningen, NE @ Vera Project
Tue. July 8 - Paris, FR @ Le Divan Du Monde
Wed. July 9 - La Rochelle, FR @ La Sirene Club
Thu. July 10 - Bilbao, SP @ Bilbao BBK
Fri. July 11 - Lisbon, PO @ Alive Festival
Sat. July 12 - Russelheim, DE @ Phono Pop
Tue. July 15 - Cologne, DE @ Museum Ludwig
Wed. July 16 - Berlin, DE @ Cassiopaia
Thu. July 17 - Grafenhainichen, DE @ Melt
Fri. July 18 - Dublin, IE @ Longitude Festival
Sun. July 20 - Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
Fri. July 25 - Niigata, JP @ Naeba Ski Resort (Fuji Rock Festival)
Sun. July 27 - Byron Bay, AUS @ Splendour in the Grass
Sat. Aug. 2 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Sun. Aug. 3 - Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon

Helms Alee + Young Widows Streaming Split 12"

[press release] Seattle trio Helms Alee wrapped up their tour with Young Widows this past weekend, and the split 12" exclusively available at shows will soon be available in stores and by download on June 3rd. To preview the release, Noisey is sharing a full stream (or listen below).

Helms Alee make their way back home with a few more shows along the route, including the Crucial Festival in Salt Lake City. Please see all dates below.

The Helms Alee/Young Widows split release on Sargent House features 3 songs from each band, pressed on blue and white sea colored vinyl. The raucous Helms Alee tune "Punchy Stabby" premiered earlier via Pitchfork.

Helms Alee released their latest album Sleepwalking Sailors on Sargent House on February 11th. Listen to the full album HERE.

HELMS ALEE TOUR 2014:

06/04 Portland, OR @ East End
06/06 Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Delux - Crucial Festival
06/08 Boise, ID @ Neurolux (w/ Red Fang & Big Business)
06/10 Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown (w/ Big Business)

Helms Alee / Young Widows Tracklist:

01. Helms Alee - Punchy Stabby
02. Helms Alee - PAN
03. Helms Alee - Gas Giant
04. Young Widows - Field of Zzzz
05. Young Widows - The Wanderer
06. Young Widows - The Waves Came In