Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Destroy This Place Debut "Defeated"

[press release] Equal parts your 7" collection from the 90s mixed with elements of early thrash, 70s power-pop, effects-pedal hopping UK shoegaze, and SST-affiliated punk, Detroit's Destroy This Place make loud, catchy, sharp indie rock.

Comprised of dual singing guitarists Ryan Allen (formerly of Frenchkiss Records post-punk maniacs Thunderbirds Are Now!/the one that sounds like Westerberg), John Nelson (late of indie-pop faves New Grenada/the one that sounds like Ozzy), bassist Monday Busque (a Detroit indie vet), and drummer Sean Sommer (who pounded the skins in Allen's post-TAN! punky-pop project Friendly Foes), the band has already made a name for themselves around Detroit with a scorching live show, and a hell of a debut full-length to match - the undeniably hooky Resurrect the Mammoth (released in 2011 on Bellyache Records).

With their new album, simply, fittingly, titled Destroy This Place, the band sought to refine their assets, while adding even more intensity and heaviness to their already pulverizing jams. Captured expertly by Mike Bridavsky (BLK JKS, Rogue Wave, Murder By Death) at Russian Recordings in Bloomington, IN, and mastered in Chicago by none other than Bob Weston (member of Shellac and Mission of Burma, producer and mastering man on too many classic albums to list), what you'll find within Destroy This Place is something in line with the recent resurgence of "guitar rock" (did it ever go away?), but with an even keener sense of melody, intricacy, energy, and real life lyrics, all played by some real-ass dudes. No doubt, these are 11 muscular, pop anthems designed to be cranked.

Destroy This Place comes out May 14th, 2013 on Bellyache Records, with shows to follow.

DESTROY THIS PLACE ON TOUR:

05.17.13 - Detroit, MI @ PJ's Lager House--LP RELEASE SHOW!
05.18.13 - Chicago, IL @ Quencher's
06.26.13 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
06.27.13 - Washington, DC @ DC9
06.29.13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio

"Think Fugazi meets Japandroids, with a double shot of indie-rock." - Popstache

"Ferocious, clatter-kick drums and blurring bass lead the way, while guitars churn out gnarly storms of fuzz." - Metrotimes

Summer People Announce "Burn The Germs" for April

[brooklynvegan.com] There's a sleazy swagger to Summer People's new single, "I Do What I Want," from their forthcoming LP Burn the Germs. Due on April 23, the song shows a seedy-punk-rock, bottom-of-the-barrel attitude, not unlike that of favorites like The Cramps or Nick Cave. Check out the new track below for the first time.

Summer People are playing Albany on Friday (3/1) as part of great college station WCDB's 35th Anniversary Festival with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (who play the sold-out Indie Pop Prom at 285 Kent tomorrow night, 2/28) and Oberhofer. No NYC dates for them, unfortunately, but they're more-or-less local, so keep your eyes peeled. What dates they do have are below.

SUMMER PEOPLE - 2013 TOUR DATES:

March 1st Albany NY @ Valentines (WCDB 35th Anniversary Festival) w/ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Oberhofer, and Barons in the Attic
April 20th, Binghamton NY @ The Beagle Pub (CD release show) w/ Underground River and more TBA
May 9th Fredonia, NY @ BJ's Fest w/ Goldmines and others TBA
May 10th Buffalo, NY @ The Jungle Gym w/ Goldmines and others TBA
May 11th Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar w/ Goldmines and others TBA

The Black Angels Debut "Evil Things"

[press release] Blue Horizon is excited to debut "Evil Things," a new track from The Black Angels. The song, which is available below, is off their upcoming album Indigo Meadow, out April 2nd. RollingStone.com premiered "Evil Things," calling it "a heavy-duty headbanger built around a foreboding guitar riff." The track is available now on iTunes as an instant download with pre-orders HERE.

"Evil Things" focuses on a man and a woman on opposite sides of a conflict who meet on a war-torn battlefield. Frontman Alex Maas elaborated on this concept to Rolling Stone, saying "they come to the realization that, by nature, humans have the capacity to be either evil or benevolent, empathetic and compassionate. They share an obvious mutual concern for the human condition, but don't feel as though they are doing anything to make things better. They ask themselves: 'What am I going to do with the power that I have?' This song asks that question."

The Black Angels' most revelatory collection thus far, Indigo Meadow marks the Austin, Texas-based band's fourth full-length release, following 2010's acclaimed Phosphene Dream. Once again The Black Angels prove themselves the undisputed avatars of contemporary psychedelic rock, simultaneously exalting the genre's kaleidoscopic past as they thrust it ever further into the future.

Now a quartet, the band - with the able support of producer John Congleton (David Byrne & St. Vincent, Clinic, Explosions In The Sky) - have brought new focus to their wide-ranging songcraft, their righteous riffs and dogmatic drones gaining increased power as they fuel a more expansive emotional trajectory. The ominous organ grooves and carpet-bombing beats still resonate with feral rush and napalm fire, but songs like "Love Me Forever" and the bottomless blue title track see more than a little light piercing the Black Angels' notorious heart of darkness.

Founded in 2004, The Black Angels have been the spearhead of the post-millennial psychedelic movement, picking up the mantle of their hometown's long lysergic history and reinvigorating it with progressive political commentary and unrestrained creativity and ambition. Long hailed for their monumental live sets, The Black Angels will celebrate the arrival of Indigo Meadow with a major North American tour, set to get underway April 4th at Athens, GA's Georgia Theatre and then culminating with a May 26th date at San Antonio, TX's appropriately named White Rabbit. Support comes from a stellar line-up of lysergically like-minded artists, including Allah-Las, Elephant Stone, Hanni El Khatib, and Wall of Death (see attached itinerary).

THE BLACK ANGELS Tour Dates:

APRIL

4 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre #
5 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel #
6 Washington, DC Black Cat #
7 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer #
8 New York, NY Webster Hall #
11 Boston, MA Royale #
12 Montreal, QC Le National #
13 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall #
15 Detroit, MI Magic Stick #
16 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom #
17 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall #
19 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre #
20 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Cafe #
21 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room #
22 Lawrence, KS Granada #
26-28 Austin, TX Austin Psych Fest

MAY

2 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon %
3 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre %
5 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge %
7 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue %
8 St. Louis, MO The Firebird %
10 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater %
11 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot %
13 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre %
14 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom %
15 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom %
17 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore %
18 Pomona, CA The Glass House ^
19 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern ^
21 Los Angeles, CA Mayan Theatre ^
22 Tucson, AZ Club Congress ^
24 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's ^
25 Dallas, TX Granada Theater ^
26 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit ^

# w/Allah-Las, Elephant Stone
% w/Hanni El Khatib, Wall of Death
^ w/Wall of Death

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Roomrunner Announce May Release Date for "Ideal Cities"

[pitchfork.com] Roomrunner, the grunge-mining Baltimore quartet led by former Double Dagger drummer Denny Bowen, will follow up 2012's impressive Super Vague EP with a full-length record this year. Ideal Cities, out May 14 via Fan Death, features this hard-hitting cut, "Weird", a honed distillation of the early-90s Seattle dynamics their EP suggested and their strongest track yet. Deftly eschewing much of Vague's blurry fuzz and processed vocals but none of its feedback, noise, or mathy energy, "Weird" packs even more anxious, no-future punch.

Quick Notes: The Men, Fucked Up, JEFF The Brotherhood, Pony Time, Greys, Japandroids

*[consequenceofsound.net] Brooklyn punk outfit The Men‘s latest album, New Moon, is streaming in full at Pitchfork. The 12-track album was recorded in the upstate New York village of Big Indian, chosen for its “technical limitations, 32-hour orbit and predisposal to celestial intervention,” which helped to make this the band’s “most intensely personal” record yet. The album officially hits stores on March 5th via Sacred Bones and pre-orders are ongoing.

*[pitchfork.com] Last time we heard from Canadian warriors Fucked Up was around this time last year, when they let loose the 15-minute single "Year of the Tiger". No sign yet as to the next installment of their ongoing series of Zodiac singles, but here we have a new tune from the band, "21st Century Cling-Ons", part of an already sold-out split with sludge titans Melvins on Amphetamine Reptile. It's almost as if just sharing part of a 12" with Melvins rubbed off on them, as the song shows Fucked Up in a more obtuse, muddier light-- definitely a different look than the guitar heroics on 2011's awesome David Comes to Life.

Stream Fucked Up: "21st Century Cling-Ons" HERE!

*[getbent.fm] JEFF the Brotherhood is constantly on and off the road these days. But the thing about these short tours is they can only hit a handful of cities, so Midwesterners rejoice. It’s your turn.

3/27 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
3/28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
3/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
3/30 – Detroit, MI @ Small’s
3/31 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
4/1 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Ballroom At The Taft
4/3 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean w/ Meat Wave
4/4 – Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
4/5 – Kansas City, MO @ Middle Of The Map Festival

*[pitchfork.com] On their new EP Go Find Your Own (out now via Per Se), Seattle duo Pony Time thrive when they're discharging blasts of tightly controlled snarls. The churning, infectious thrum of "Geordie" finds singer/guitarist Luke Beetham and drummer Stacy Peck invoking the single-minded, light-speed pop of the Undertones and Buzzcocks, as Beetham's vocals slice through his guitar work while Peck's tumbling drum parts makes her seem like she's everywhere at once. The track is a shining example of Pony Time's compositional instincts, as Beetham and Peck prove capable of fashioning a song into a diamond sharp point.



*[stereogum.com] We named Toronto’s Greys a Band To Watch last year on the strength of their damn-near-perfect new EP, Drift. Today, we’ve got a video for “Carjack,” the song that kicks off the EP. Especially when paired with this VHS-warped smashfest, “Carjack” strikes with the kind of controlled chaos that Touch & Go greats like the Jesus Lizard and Brainiac (an especially strong influence here) used to wield. Though there’s still no word on a full-length, you can listen to all of the Drift EP HERE, and check out “Carjack,” below.



*[consequenceofsound.net] Japandroids returned to the boob tube last night with an appearance on Conan, where they mercilessly beat into the Celebration Rock cut, “The Nights of Wine and Roses”. Perhaps they’re still reeling off the excitement of being nominated for top Alternative Album at this year’s Juno Awards… or maybe they just have a good diet. Draw your own conclusions below.

If that’s not enough, catch them on tour — or at every North American festival. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll see them alongside The Gaslight Anthem or Cloud Nothings.

Bleached Debut "Next Stop" Video + More

[press release] Bleached are back with a brand new video for their first single "Next Stop." In typical Bleached fashion the video captures the carefree girls partying with their friends while taking a few motorcycle rides along the way. Nothing could be more fitting to the band's personality as the video reflects the fun, free-spirited and rebellious attitude the girls are known for.

On the heels of three well-received singles comes Ride Your Heart, the bombastic debut album by LA band, Bleached, out April 2 via Dead Oceans. Sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin match their ability to blend a mix of freewheeling '77 punk with vintage sunny Southern California melodic rock and roll; creating blindingly bright hooks and dark heartfelt lyrics about love, loss, and the crazy fun moments in between. That's the goal: the sugary and sour, repurposed by two aggressively harmonic musicians and songwriters.

Raised up deep in the San Fernando Valley, their suburban isolation nurtured the girls creativity, as they started making their own music at a young age. Sneaking into punk shows over the hill in Hollywood, they grew up to become teenaged underground staples at all-ages Downtown DIY venue, The Smell. Eventually signing to Kill Rock Stars and Post Present Medium, their all-girl punk band Mika Miko drew international acclaim, landing slots on tours with No Age, Black Lips, and The Gossip.

Bleached originally formed when the Clavin sisters resolved to continue working with each other upon the break up of Mika Miko. Plans were postponed when the sisters joined other bands. Jennifer relocated to New York and toured extensively. With Jennifer away, Jessie began to play with various bands in LA. But in the fleeting moments they found together back home, the songs that became Bleached's early 7" singles came together. Since Jennifer moved back to her hometown, Bleached now serves as both girls' chief creative outlet.

As a whole, the twelve tracks on Ride Your Heart reveal the many facets of Bleached's music in a delirious vortex of playful harmonies, tangled guitars, and golden noise. Each song brings a new element, while also imbibing the classic moods of bands as varied and iconic in nature as The Ramones and The Cars to The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. From the syncopated backbeat and two-part chorus of "Dead In Your Head,", the rolling riffs and sparkling melodies of "Searching Through The Past" and the pulsating energy and urgency of "Dreaming Without You" and "Outta My Mind", Bleached take you on a sweeping emotional roller coaster that churns and burns.

Ride Your Heart is a thrilling, beating, glorious wall of sound strong enough to withstand its own impact.

BLEACHED TOUR DATES:

3/09/13 @ Lowbrow Palace -El Paso, TX $
3/11/13 @ Cine El Rey, Galax Z Fair II - McAllen, TX*
3/14/13 @ SXSW - Austin, TX
3/15/13 @ SXSW - Austin, TX
3/16/13 @ SXSW - Austin, TX
3/17/13 @ SXSW - Austin, TX
3/22/13 @ The Observatory - Santa Ana, CA**
4/12/13 @ Red 7 - Austin, TX !
4/13/13 @ Club Dada - Dallas, TX !
4/14/13 @ Circle Bar - New Orleans, LA !
4/15/13 @ The Bottletree - Birmingham, AL !
4/16/13 @ The Earl - Atlanta, GA !
4/17/13 @ The Pinhook - Durham, NC !
4/18/13 @ DC9 - Washington DC !
4/19/13 @ Kenyon College - Gambier OH !
4/20/13 @ Haverford College - Philadelphia, PA !
4/20/13 @ The Fire - Philadelphia, PA !
4/21/13 @ TT & the Bear's - Cambridge, MA !
4/23/13 @ Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY !
4/24/13 @ Il Motore - Montreal, QC !
4/25/13 @ The Silver Dollar - Toronto, CA !
4/26/13 @ Metro Times Festival - Detroit, MI
4/27/13 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL #
4/28/13 @ Turf Club - St, Paul, MN ^
4/30/13 @ Ole Beck VFW Post 209 - Missoula, MT ^
5/01/13 @ Chop Suey - Seattle, WA ^
5/02/13 @ Fortune Sound Club - Vancouver, BC ^
5/03/13 @ Star Theatre - Portland, OR ^
5/04/13 @ Blank Club - San Jose, CA ^
5/07/13 @ Casbah - San Diego, CA ^
5/05/13 @ Independent - San Francisco, CA ^
5/08/13 @ Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA ^

$ w/ White Lung
* w/ Cloud Nothings
** w/ Black Lips, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and more
! w/ Hunters
# w/ Hunters & Ex-cops
^ w/ Ex-cops

Beck Discusses "Song Reader" at Exhibition Opening

[filtermagazine.com] "It all really started when someone handed me the sheet music for one of my earlier songs, it might have been on Odelay or something, and I just thought that it was really interesting... and really funny that someone had put my song into sheet music," said Beck Hansen, who sported a navy cardigan and wore one of his now-signature hats, in the middle of a Q&A with McSweeney's Jordan Bass. "Like there were specific marks for my screams!"

Last Thursday night marked the opening of the Beck Song Reader Exhibition at Sonos Studio--an intimate look at the art and inspiration of Hansen's album made entirely of sheet music--and brought together sheet music readers, musicians, Beck fans and the creative types from all around the Southland. Within the tiny gallery/concert venue/interactive space, guests were invited to take a look at the designs, sketches and art of each of Song Reader's 20 individual compositions, as well as take a glance into Hansen's personal collection of vintage sheet music.

While the unbelievably packed opening party seemed like it became a night full of playing "spot the celebrity" (John C. Reilly, Agyness Deyn and Giovanni Ribisi just to get you started), it was in the moments between performances and inside Hansen's incredibly thoughtful Q&A answers that hammered home this project was a labor of love and true talent as opposed to a publicity stunt.

Hansen and Bass discussed the long road that brought Song Reader to fruition as well as what they hope from the future for it as an interactive piece of art. When revealing that the album took almost a decade to complete, Hansen blushed and playfully tried to downplay its significance: "Don't tell them that it's been eight years! That puts way too much pressure on this thing!"

Beyond a few crass questions just trying to get a rise out of the artist (How did you lose your virginity?, When was the last time you took acid?), the Q&A seemed more like a conversation between Hansen and the audience who posed questions about the choice of key for the songs ("I tried to find a key that was good for everyone, but that just doesn't exist, so I guess I did choose a key that was in my range"), as well as his favorite version that he's heard so far (While the jury is still out, the front-runner was a few old men playing bongos).

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE.

Warm Soda Announce Tour Dates

[getbent.fm] Matthew Melton kicks off the release of his debut full length on Castle Face Records for his new band Warm Soda with this extensive US tour. Check out the video for “Busy Lizzy” below.

FEB 28 – SAN FRANCISCO CA – NOISE POP @ BRICK & MORTAR
MAR 1 – PACIFICA CA – WINTERS TAVERN
MAR 6 – LOS ANGELES CA – ORIGAMI RECORDS IN STORE
MAR 7 – LONG BEACH CA – ALEX’S BAR
MAR 8 – TEMPE AZ – RAMPAGE FEST @ SAIL INN
MAR 9 – EL PASO TX – LOWBROW
MAR 10 – AUSTIN TX – BURGER CITY KICK OFF PARTY @ THE GRAND
MAR 13 – AUSTIN TX – BURGER CITY SHOWCASE @ HOTEL VEGAS
MAR 14 – AUSTIN TX – OFFICIAL SXSW SHOWCASE @ THE WHISKEY ROOM
MAR 15 – AUSTIN TX – TEMPORARY INSANITY FEST @ CHERRYWOOD
MAR 16 – AUSTIN TX – BURGER MANIA 2
MAR 17 – AUSTIN TX – BURGER CITY PARTY
MAR 18 – NEW ORLEANS LA – SATURN BAR
MAR 19 – JACKSON MS – MORNINGBELL RECORDS
MAR 20 – TUSCALOOSA AL – EGANS
MAR 21 – OXFORD MS – LAMAR LOUNGE
MAR 23 – NASHVILLE TN – THE STONE FOX
MAR 24 – KNOXVILLE TN – GROUNDSWELL
MAR 25 – RICHMOND VA – STRANGE MATTER
MAR 26 – WASHINGTON DC – THE PINCH
MAR 27 – BALTIMORE MD – OTTOBAR
MAR 28 – NEW YORK CITY NY – CAKE SHOP
MAR 29 – PROVIDENCE RI – FIREHOUSE 13
MAR 30 – ALBANY NY – VALENTINES
MAR 31 – ROCHESTER NY – THE BUG JAR
APR 1 – COLUMBUS OH – CARABAR
APR 2 – INDIANAPOLIS IN – THE WHITE RABBIT
APR 3 – CINCINATI OH – THE COMET
APR 4 – BLOOMINGTON IN – THE BISHOP
APR 5 – KALAMAZOO MI – 411 CLUB
APR 6 – CHICAGO IL – SPACE CLUB
APR 7 – MILWAUKEE WI – LOOKOUT FEST
APR 8 – MADISON WI – GOOD STYLE SHOP
APR 9 – FARGO ND – THE AQUARIUM
APR 11 – MISSOULA MT – TBA
APR 12 – SEATTLE WA – THE COMET
APR 13 – PORTLAND OR – BENDER FEST
APR 14 – ARCATA CA – THE FACEMENT
APR 20 – SAN FRANCISCO CA – BRICK & MORTAR

Clutch & The Sword Announce Tour Dates

[theprp.com] Clutch, The Sword and Lionize will be out on the road together this spring. You can find the dates for that below. Clutch have a March 19th release date slated for their new album “Earth Rocker“.

05/01 Richmond, VA – The National
05/02 New York, NY – Terminal 5
05/03 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
05/04 Portland, ME – State Theatre
05/05 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
05/07 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
05/09 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
05/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
05/11 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
05/12 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
05/14 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
05/15 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
05/17 Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory
05/18 Columbus, OH – Columbus Crew Stadium (‘Rock On The Range‘)
05/19 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
05/21 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hill Ballroom
05/22 Fargo, ND – The Venue
05/23 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
05/24 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma

The Melvins Announce Special London Shows

[press release] Watching the Melvins perform live is always an event to look forward to - but never before has there been news quite this exciting, as today we are beside ourselves with enthusiasm to announce two totally unique Melvins performances in London this May.

Ladies and gentlemen we present an evening with Melvins performing live Lysol & Houdini at London Brixton Electric on Sunday 19 May and playing Bullhead & Stoner Witch at the same venue on Monday 20 May. Two absolutely unmissable shows. Tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 1st March priced at £22.50 (subject to booking fee).

Don't forget that the Melvins return with a 13-track covers album titled Everybody Loves Sausages which is set for an Apr. 29 release in UK/EU via Ipecac Recordings.

"This record will give people a peak into the kind of things that influence us musically," explains Buzz Osborne. "We REALLY like all of these songs along with the bands who actually wrote this stuff because first and foremost we are HUGE music fans."

In a decidedly Melvins approach to a covers album, the band not only selected a unique assortment of songs to cover, ranging from Roxy Music's "In Every Dream Home A Heartache" to Queen's "Best Friend," they also enlisted several friends to take part including Mudhoney's Mark Arm joining them for The Scientists' "Set It On Fire" and Neurosis' Scott Kelly pitching in on a cover of Venom's "Warhead."

While the release is billed as a proper Melvins' album (featuring the line-up of Osborne, Dale Crover, Jared Warren and Coady Willis), there are a handful of songs recorded as the Melvins Lite incarnation of the band (Osborne, Crover and Trevor Dunn): "Female Trouble" (Divine a.k.a. John Waters), "Timothy Leary Lives" (Pop-O-Pies) and "Romance By Tales of Terror" (Tales of Terror).

The complete track listing with original artist and guest player notation:

1. Warhead (Venom; Guest: Scott Kelly of Neurosis)
2. Best Friend (Queen; Guest: Caleb Benjamin of Tweak Bird)
3. Black Betty (Ram Jam)
4. Set It On Fire (The Scientists; Guest: Mark Arm)
5. Station To Station (David Bowie; Guest: JG Thirlwell)
6. Attitude (The Kinks: Guest: Clem Burke of Blondie)
7. Female Trouble (Divine a.k.a. John Waters)
8. Carpe Diem (The Fugs)
9. Timothy Leary Lives (Pop-O-Pies)
10. In Every Dream Home A Heartache (Roxy Music; Guests: Jello Biafra and Kevin Rutmanis)
11. Romance (Tales of Terror)
12. Art School (The Jam; Guest: Tom Hazelmeyer)
13. Heathen Earth (Throbbing Gristle)

Kylesa Ready "Ultraviolet" For May + Debut New Single

[press release] Kylesa is set to release Ultraviolet, one of the most anticipated hard rock releases of the year and the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed album Spiral Shadow, on May 28 via Season of Mist (May 24 in Europe).

"Whereas Spiral Shadow was a warm album suggesting concepts of hope, Ultraviolet is a bit colder and darker," explains songwriter/guitar player Laura Pleasants. "All of our studio albums have their own unique identity and we've always been a band who strives for something different than what current fads suggest. With Ultraviolet, we took a step inward and wrote music that we felt we had to write; this album centers around the multiple themes of loss and you can feel it in the music. Everyone goes through it during their lifetime and this record reflects that experience."

"Unspoken," a new song from the eleven-track album is available now for Season of Mist newsletter subscribers (sign up HERE).

The Savannah-based quintet recorded Ultraviolet at The Jam Room in Columbia, SC with the band's guitar player/songwriter, and sought-after producer, Phillip Cope (Baroness, Black Tusk) once again overseeing production.

Kylesa released a rarities collection in November titled "From The Vaults, Vol. 1," which featured unreleased, new and alternate versions of songs spanning the band's catalogue as well as one new song titled "End Truth." Cope and Pleasants spent over a year going through their archives preparing the release.

The band's most recent studio album, Spiral Shadow, had the highest metal/hard rock entry on the Village Voice's 2010 Pazz & Jop album poll, led Pitchfork to say "Kylesa would be a household name" following the release and landed the band on the cover of Terrorizer as well as album of the month accolades from Metal Hammer, Rock Sound and Visions Magazines. In 2011, Kylesa became the first metal band to perform on Last Call with Carson Daly.

Kylesa will return to the road in May with more details forthcoming.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Quick Notes: The Stooges, Ceremony, Priests, The Bronx, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

*[consequenceofsound.net] Iggy Pop and the Stooges have announced a proper release date behind their recently-completed fifth studio album, Ready to Die. Due out April 30th through Fat Possum Records, the album serves as a proper followup to 1973′s Raw Power, marking the return of guitarist James Williamson, who rejoined The Stooges following guitarist Ron Asheton’s death in ’09. Asheton’s brother Scott plays drums while the legendary Mike Watt lays down the bass.

“My motivation in making any record with the group at this point is no longer personal,” Iggy states in a press release. “It’s just a pig-headed fucking thing I have that a real fucking group when they’re an older group they also make fucking records. They don’t just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money…”

To add excitement, the release goes on to call Ready to Die “a time capsule to 1973″ with “anthems abound.” In anticipation, check out a promotional video featuring Iggy as a human scarecrow below. It’s… weird.



*[filtermagazine.com] Inspired by the Robert Capa photo "Slightly Out Of Focus" (Spanish translation: Ligeramente Desenfocado), Mexico City's Light & Noise creative collective has created a web-series that pushes the boundaries of music videos to the extreme by not giving you a clear picture of your favorite band.

In this installment of Ligeramente Desenfocado, we get to truly listen to the music of California's Ceremony instead of being distracted by the band's looks. Raw and unfiltered music, can you dig it?

Watch the entire video below and feel the freedom of unadulterated visual listening!



*[pitchfork.com] "Radiation", a bold, recent single from the D.C. post-punk trio Priests, offers a modern take on the debilitating waves of energy that have often seeped into song. It sounds like hell, and it should. Frontwoman Katie Alice Greer, who is also in Chain and the Gang, builds an all-caps, near a capella articulation of the anxiety, paranoia, and fear that come with living among the invisible toxins infiltrating life on Earth today, from actual radiation to inbred advertising you can't evade.

Over a small thud of slow, tense-as-fuck percussion and screeching guitarwork, her monologue grows riotous. Greer screams of avoiding television rays but realizes that, today, screens are inescapable, before tearing through all contours of her voice on the savagely monstrous ending of "RAD-I-ATION." Resistance is hard when you can't even see the societal poison you should be fighting, but Priests, earning their religious name, offer a vision of 2013 to believe in.



*[theprp.com] The Bronx have gone where few bands of their ilk have gone before them — Playgirl.com. The group have teamed with the website of the aforementioned publication to debut their “Youth Wasted” music video HERE.

*[consequenceofsound.net] As promised, Yeah Yeah Yeahs unveiled the first taste of Mosquito on BBC Radio 1 this afternoon, premiering the album’s lead single, “Sacrilege”. It’s one spicy little rocker which features a 20-person gospel choir. Needless to say, somebody’s been listening to “Gimme Shelter”. Check out the official audio below.

The trio’s fourth album, Mosquito lands in stores on April 16th via Interscope Records. It was recorded in New York alongside TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, who previously helmed 2009′s It’s Blitz!. LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy also produced a track, which features a guest spot from Dr. Octagon (aka Kool Keith).

Update: The album’s full tracklist has been revealed. As Pitchfork reports, the album will be available for pre-order via iTunes tonight at midnight EST and the deluxe edition will include four bonus tracks.

Iceage Extend Tour Dates Into Summer

[consequenceofsound.net] Danish punk rockers Iceage are on high demand after the release of their Matador Records debut, You’re Nothing. As a result, they’ve expanded their forthcoming North American tour, which will now carry on into June. To their credit, they’ve even tagged fellow post-punk neighbors Lower to accompany them on the early summer leg. Consult the full itinerary below.

02/25 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
02/26 – Liverpool, UK @ Shipping Forecast
02/27 – Sheffield, UK @ Shakespeares
02/28 – London, UK @ Electrowerkz
03/01 – Brighton, UK @ The Albert
03/02 – Nottingham, UK @ Chameleon Arts Café
03/04 – Paris, FR @ Espace B
03/05 – Brussels, BE @ Les Ateliers Claus
03/06 – Eindhoven, NL @ Area 51
03/07 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
03/08 – Munster, DE @ Gleiss 22
03/10 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
03/20 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore !
03/21 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
03/22 – Olympia, WA @ Capital Theater (backstage)
03/23 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
03/24 – Arcata, CA @ Big Tree
03/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop ^$
03/26 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish ^$
03/28 – Bakersfield, CA @ Munoz Gym %
03/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex %
03/31 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah %
04/01 – Tempe, AZ @ Deadhorse Warehouse
04/04 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater ^$
04/05 – Kansas City, MO @ Middle of the Map Festival
04/06 – Grinnel, IA @ Grinnell Collage $
04/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Triple Rock Social Club
04/09 – Madison, WI @ The University of Wisconsin
04/10 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
04/11 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
04/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 6119
04/16 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey House *
04/17 – Boston, MA @ TT the Bears *
04/18 – New Haven, CT @ Lilly’s Pad (Toad’s Place Upstairs) *
04/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
04/20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
05/30-06/02 – Austin, TX @ Chaos in Tejas
06/03 – Houston, TX @ Mango’s &
06/04 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia &
06/05 – Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic &
06/07 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s &
06/08 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar &
06/09 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl &
06/10 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone &
06/11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter &
06/12 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel &
06/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Mall of Williamsburg (Northside Music Festival) &
06/15 – Sun. June 16 – Toronto, ON @ (NXNE) &
06/17 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon &
06/18 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore &

! = w/ Spectres
^ = w/ Merchandise
% = w/ Milk Music
$ = w/ Wet Hair
* = w/ White Lung
& = w/ Lower

Mikal Cronin Announces Tour Dates

[brooklynvegan.com] As mentioned, Mikal Cronin will release his second solo album, MCII, on May 7. The album, which marks his debut on Merge Records, is even more in the pop direction than his 2011 debut album, full of strings, harmonies, and ebullient, catchy pop. If you haven't checked out first single "Shout it Out," you can stream it below.

Mikal, who will be in Austin for SXSW, will launch a North American tour this summer with a New York stop on June 20 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (2/27) at noon with the general on-sale happening on Friday (3/1) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.

Mikal Cronin - 2013 Tour Dates:

Mar 14 - Mar 16 Austin TX SXSW
May 23 San Diego, CA The Casbah
May 24 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
May 25 San Francisco, CA The Rickshaw Stop
June 6 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
June 7 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
June 8 Missoula, MT Old Beck VFW Post 209
June 10 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
June 11 Chicago, IL- Empty Bottle
June 13 - 15 Toronto, ON Silver Dollar (NXNE Festival)
June 16 Montreal, Quebec La Divan Orange
June 17 Boston, MA Great Scott
June 18 Philly, PA Kung Fu Necktie
June 20 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
June 21 Washington DC Comet Ping Pong
June 22 Asheville, NC Emerald Lounge
June 23 Atlanta, GA The Earl
June 24 Nashville, TN The Stone Fox
June 26 Dallas, TX Club Dada
June 27 Austin, TX Mohawk Inside
June 28 Marfa, TX Padre's
June 29 Tucson, AZ Club Congress

How To Destroy Angels Extend Tour Dates

[theprp.com] It turns out that How To Destroy Angels won’t be making their live debut at this years ‘Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival‘. The band have newly confirmed what will mark their first live show, playing the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA on April 10th. Pre-sales will be made available with more details TBA.

As previously reported, the outfit—who feature Nine Inch Nails‘ Trent Reznor—are due to kick off their first-ever tour this spring. Dates for that run can be found below with their new album “Welcome Oblivion” slated to hit store shelves next Tuesday, March 05th.

04/10 Pomona, CA – Fox Theater
04/12 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04/13 Las Vegas, NV – Pearl Theatre
04/17 Monterey, CA – The Golden State Theatre
04/18 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
04/19 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04/21 Denver, CO – Paramount Theater
04/23 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
04/25 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
04/27 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
04/28 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
04/29 New York, NY – The Apollo Theater

Japandroids Announce Tour Dates + Conan Appearance

[press release] Vancouver duo Japandroids are certainly going for the title of "Band That Never Stops" award. Between their album's critically acclaimed release and sold out shows that packed 2012, they are set to continue on into 2013 with even more touring. The band just finished a hugely successful round of dates in Australia, New Zealand and Asia which included the popular St. Jerome's Laneway Festival. Their next run of dates begins at New Orleans' Buku Festival on March 8th, they'll continue their road warrior ways with a UK & European tour with Gaslight Anthem as well as a run of dates in the States with Cloud Nothings. You'll also be able to find them at almost every major festival with appearances at Coachella, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Govenor's Ball and more. See all confirmed tour dates below and stay tuned for additional dates to be announced.

The band will kick all this off with an appearance on Conan today, February 25th (11p ET/ 10p CT). They will be performing their new single "The Nights of Wine and Roses" off of their album Celebration Rock, which topped nearly all year end polls and was recently nominated Alternative Album of the year Canada's Juno Awards.

Japandroids on tour:

3/08 -- New Orleans, LA -- BUKU Music & Art Project
3/09 -- Winter Park, CO -- Snowball Festival
3/15 -- Mexico City, Mexico -- Vive Latino Festival
3/21 -- Bristol, England -- Bristol Academy*
3/22 -- Bristol, England -- Bristol Academy*
3/23 -- Leeds, England -- Leeds Academy*
3/24 -- Glasgow, Scotland -- Glasgow Academy*
3/25 -- Glasgow, Scotland -- Glasgow Academy*
3/27 -- Manchester, England -- Manchester Academy*
3/28 -- Manchester, England -- Manchester Academy*
3/29 -- London, England -- Troxy*
3/30 -- London, England -- Troxy*
4/01 -- Dusseldorf, Germany-- Mitsibishi Hall*
4/03 -- Copenhagen, Denmark -- Store Vega*
4/04 -- Oslo, Norway -- Rockefeller*
4/05 -- Stockholm, Sweden -- Berns*
4/06 -- Gothenburg, Sweden -- Tragarn*
4/12 -- Indio, CA -- Coachella
4/15 -- Santa Barbara, CA -- Velvet Jones^
4/16 -- Oakland, CA -- New Parish^
4/17 -- Oakland, CA -- New Parish^
4/19 -- Indio, CA -- Coachella
4/22 -- Pomono, CA -- Glasshouse^
5/24 -- George, WA -- Sasquatch Festival
6/08 -- New York, NY -- Governors Ball
6/13 -- Manchester, TN -- Bonnaroo
6/22 -- Dover, DE -- Firefly Festival

* with The Gaslight Anthem
^ with Cloud Nothings

Primus Announce Spring 3D Tour Dates

[press release] Primus is excited to announce a spring tour, featuring a 3D-enhanced live musical performance and two sets per evening. This groundbreaking tour will provide a one-of-a-kind psychedelic experience, further enhanced by the fact that every show will also feature Quad Surround Sound. Primus teamed with 3D Live from Burbank, CA to create original 3D content for the tour. Audience members will be given 3D glasses in order to fully experience a visual and audio performance like no other. Additionally, Les Claypool's Duo De Twang will be playing shows on both the East and West Coasts this spring. Full tour dates are below.

Primus' latest album, Green Naugahyde, was produced and engineered by Les Claypool in his personal studio, Rancho Relaxo, in Northern California, and features Claypool, long-time guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane. Lane was in an early lineup of the band, and was also in Sausage, a 1994 reunion of the 1988 Primus lineup. Green Naugahyde is a Primus record with all of the magic and mystery that phrase entails-and while no one can say for sure what the future will hold in store for the band, the most important thing is that the album exists and will inevitably hold its own in the band's impressive cannon of music.

Primus 3D Tour Dates:

3/8 - Buku Music + Art Project - New Orleans, LA
3/11-13 - Auditorio BlackBerry - Mexico City, Mexico ^
5/9 - Bottle Rock Festival - Napa, CA ^
5/10 - Eureka Municipal Auditorium - Eureka, CA
5/12 - Revolution Center - Boise, ID
5/13 - Wilma Theater - Missoula, MT
5/14 - Shrine Auditorium - Billings, MT
5/16 - City Auditorium - Colorado Springs, CO
5/17 - Santa Fe Community Convention - Santa Fe, NM
5/18 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
5/19 - Fox Theater - Pomona, CA
5/21 - Majestic Ventura Theater - Ventura, CA
5/22 - Fox Theater - Bakersfield, CA
5/24 - Cuthbert Amphitheater - Eugene, OR
5/25 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR
5/26 - Sasquatch Music Festival - Quincy, WA
5/28 - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium - Edmonton, AB
5/29 - McEwan Hall - Calgary, AB
5/31 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MB
6/1 - Myth - Maplewood, MN
6/2 - Riviera Theater - Chicago, IL
6/6 - Mountain Jam Festival - Hunter, NY ^
6/7-8 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
6/9 - Niagara River Rocks - North Tonawanda, NY ^

^ Not 3D shows

Les Claypool's Duo De Twang Tour Dates:

3/20 - Terrapin Crossroads - San Rafael, CA
3/22 - The Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
3/23 - Pappy and Harriett's - Pioneertown, CA
3/24 - McDowell Mountain Musicfest - Phoenix, AZ
4/18 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
4/19 - Wanee Music Festival - Live Oak, FL
4/20 - Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
4/22 - Haw River Ballroom - Saxapahaw, NC
4/23 - Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
4/26 - TLA - Philadelphia, PA
4/27 - The Hamilton - Washington, DC
4/28 - The Gramercy - New York, NY

Low Debut "So Blue," Video Contest, + More

[press release] Sub Pop Records is excited to offer another fantastic song from the upcoming Low record, The Invisible Way set for release on March 19. The subtle yet grand "So Blue" is available for download and streaming below. The band will be making a video for the song and they are asking their fans for assistance. The clip will be comprised of fan photos inspired by "So Blue" and submitted through the band's Facebook profile HERE or on Twitter using Twitpic or Instagram. Fans are being asked to make sure to tag @lowtheband and include #lowsoblue on Twitter. Photos need to be submitted by March 12th in order to be considered for inclusion in the video.

On Thursday, March 7 at 7pm, saki, the boutique record store, art gallery and performance space in Chicago, is partnering with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to present Low and The Invisible Way album producer and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy in their "Off the Record" series. At the event, Low will be playing stripped down versions of the new record and, along with Tweedy, participating in a Q&A about the making of The Invisible Way. Low have now confirmed an appearance at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival at MassMoca in North Adams, MA, during the weekend of June 21 - 23.

Low is also offering a special bonus disc with pre-orders of The Invisible Way via subpop.com. Those who pre-order this way will receive an advance album stream of the entire record. Titled The Visible End, the four-song special bonus disc features three demos of album tracks and one instrumental. The tracklisting for The Visible End is:

1. So Blue (So Young)
2. Clarence White (demo)
3. Holy Ghost (demo)
4. Clarence What?

Complete tour dates are below:

3/16 - Toronto, ONT - The Great Hall
3/20 - New York, NY - Society for Ethical Culture *
3/22 - Chicago, IL - Metro +
3/23 - St. Paul, MN - Fitzgerald Theatre x
3/29 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge#
3/30 - Provo, UT - Velour#
4/2 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour#
4/3 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall#
4/5 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios#
4/6 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile#
4/24 - Birmingham, UK - Glee Club
4/25 - Manchester, UK - Central Methodist Hall
4/26 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage Gateshead
4/27 - Glasgow, UK - Classic Grand
4/29 - Bristol, UK - Trinity
4/30 - London, UK - Barbican Centre
5/2 - Copehnhagen, Denmark - Loppen
5/3 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
5/4 - Oslo, Norway - Bla
5/7 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
5/8 - Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal - Nuits Botanique
5/9 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Paradiso De Duif
5/10 - Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
5/11 - Bologna, Italy - Teatro Antoniano
5/13 - Barcelona, Spain - Casino de la Alianca
5/14 - Valencia, Spain - Teatro La Rambleta
5/15 - Zaragoza, Spain - Teatro de las Esquina
5/16 - Madrid, Spain - Joy Eslava
5/17 - Valladolid, Spain - Lava
5/18 - Biarritz, France - Atabal
6/21 - 23 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Fest

* The Wordless Music Series, ACME String Quartet opens
+ WXRT presents, Geoff Farina opens
x The Current Presents An evening with Low, featuring members of Trampled by Turtles
# Thalia Zedek opens

Soundgarden Announce Tour Dates

[press release] Fresh off the first leg of their critically acclaimed sold-out US tour supporting the release of their new record King Animal, Soundgarden have announced a second leg of dates (see below) including festival appearances at Carolina Rebellion and Rock on the Range. Tickets will be available via fan club pre-sale on Tuesday, February 26th.

Tour Dates:

May 3 Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata
May 4 Washington, DC @ DC101 Chili Cookoff – RFK Stadium
May 5 Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion – Rockingham Speedway
May 7 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 8 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 10 Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace
May 11 Indianapolis, IN @ WRZK Mayday Event – Klipsch Music Center
May 12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Outdoors
May 14 West Long Branch, NJ @ The MAC at Monmouth University
May 15 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 17 Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale
May 18 Camden, NJ @ MMR-B-Q – Susquehanna Bank Center
May 19 Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range Festival – Columbus Crew Stadium
May 21 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
May 22 Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
May 24 Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
May 25 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
May 26 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
May 28 Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center

The Lovely Bad Things Announce Tour Dates + More

[press release] Volcom Entertainment and Burger Records is releasing The Lovely Bad Things The Late Great Whatever tomorrow. The Lovely Bad Things are the hyperactive omni-talented and relentlessly hilarious garage-pop band who crowdfunded their way to an encore performance at the world-famous Primavera Sound festival and whose new album was titled during a dream at the suggestion of their spirit guide, who happens to look strangely like Dinosaur Jr drummer Murph.

The Lovely Bad Things are Brayden and brother Camron Ward, Tim Hatch and Lauren Curtius, each a multi-instrumentalist and each devoted to a bottomless knowledge of ridiculous pop culture and comprehensive appreciation for the Pixies, though if you dismantled their songs and their record collections both you'd find Sonic Youth, Modest Mouse, the B-52s, the Wipers and of course Redd Kross, whose sense of humor and sense for a hook the Bad Things have inherited. They mostly come from the city of La Mirada, CA but their true home is the Lovely Bad Pad, a converted suburban garage-converted personally by the band members-that's hosted truly legendary backyard punk shows, up to and including a surprise set by Peter, Bjorn and John.

The Late Great Whatever has not one but two Star Wars references on the tracklist, Bigfoot on the cover, a shout-out to Macho Man Randy Savage and a relentless collection of the strongest songs The Lovely Bad Things have ever done. Produced by Jon Gilbert in the studio built and run by Crystal Antlers' frontman Jonny Bell, this is a record by a band who've developed a telepathic language of their own, with songs that stop and start and turn inside out in ways you just can't play unless you know exactly what everyone else in the studio with you is thinking.

The Lovely Bad Things on tour:

Feb. 26 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Release Show!)
Feb. 27 San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
Feb. 28 Fresno, CA - Tokyo Garden
Mar. 01 Fullerton, CA - Burger Records
Mar. 02 San Diego, CA - Bar Eleven
Mar. 04 Albuqqerque, NM - Low Spirits
Mar. 05 Denver, CO - Hi Dive
Mar. 06 Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall
Mar. 07 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
Mar. 08 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
Mar. 09 Chicago, IL - Ace Bar
Mar. 10 St. Louis, MO - Firebird
Mar. 11 Nashville, TN - Stone Fox
Mar. 15 Austin, TX - Gypsy Den (Blundertown Party - 2:30pm)
Mar. 15 Austin, TX - Vahalla (Official SXSW Showcase)
Mar. 16 Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas (Burger Records Party)
Mar. 16 Austin, TX - The Jackalope (Volcom Party - 5pm)
Mar. 22 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory

Praise for The Lovely Bad Things:

"If Pixies were Los Angeles surf punks instead of Boston smartypantses, they might've sounded a lot like the Lovely Bad Things. The boy-girl vocal exchange that powers this rambunctious quartet's infectious songs is positively Frank and Kim, but the playful humor and slackerly vibes are their own, making the band's music an enticing addition to the conversation." - SPIN

"The band's live energy defines them, with a garage influence comparable to Burger Records graduates King Tuff and Ty Segall and a first single that could be the best cover of the Pixies ever if the Pixies had written the song." - Paste

"If you take the energy of any of the aforementioned acts (Black Keys, Ty Segall and King Tuff), combine it with an optimistic pop charm and a LA-worthy pop culture obsession, you should have a good idea about Lovely Bad Things" - Ad Hoc

Tool Announce Plans For "Opiate" Deluxe Reissue

[press release] TOOL will release a handcrafted, bonus-laden, limited edition package of their original debut EP, Opiate, on Mar. 26 to mark the 21st anniversary of the six-song release.

The anniversary edition is limited to 5,000 copies and features art direction by Adam Jones, illustrations by legendary artist Adi Granov and design packaging by Mackie Osborne, who has collaborated with TOOL on many albums including 10,000 Days, Lateralus and Salival as well as posters and merchandise.

The 5,000 copies will be broken down as 5 x 1,000 runs with each set featuring a variation of the exterior graphics and included bonus items which include a new stereoscopic image for fans to use with their glasses from the 10,000 Days packaging.

The packages will only be available via TOOL's website on Mar. 26 and there will be no pre-orders. A limit of three packages from each of the 5 x 1,000 versions will be in place. More details to be announced soon.

Nine Inch Nails Return This Summer w/ New Line-Up

[pitchfork.com] It's been four years since Nine Inch Nails' "Wave Goodbye" tour heralded the end of an era for Trent Reznor's pioneering project. But since that time, Reznor has maintained that NIN wasn't over forever, just changing focus.

Now, Reznor has announced that Nine Inch Nails will return to action in a big way in 2013. Tours are planned for this summer and fall, all the way into next year. The lineup will include Reznor, Eric Avery of Jane's Addiction, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv, as well as previous NIN collaborators Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin.

Here is the statement from Reznor:

"Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.

I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked - which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.

The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon."

Meanwhile, How to Destroy Angels, Reznor's project with his wife Mariqueen Maandig and longtime collaborators Rob Sheridan and Atticus Ross, will release their debut album Welcome oblivion March 5 on Columbia. Listen to the album in full over at Pitchfork's streaming platform Pitchfork Advance.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Quick Notes: Young Adults, Atoms For Peace + Jack White

*[stereogum.com] Over the past couple of years, there has been a surge of impressive 80s and 90s-inspired guitar-rock and punk bands emerging from Western Massachusetts: Potty Mouth, California X, Speedy Ortiz, Bunny’s A Swine, to name just a few. Now, add to that list Young Adults, a trio based in Northampton and Boston, who just released an excellent new EP aptly titled Born in ’91. The entire EP is a well worth a listen; it makes sense that Young Adults sought help with recording and mixing it from one of New England’s most renowned producers, Justin Pizzoferrato, best known for working with Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth.

Below, check out the EP’s title track, nearly four minutes of expansive, shoegaze-inflicted noise-punk with melodic bass and guitar riffs, plenty of feedback, and an anthemic shout-a-long hook. “Tell me do you really feel like I do? All that matters to me doesn’t phase you,” sings Chris Villon, eventually concluding, “A separation you can’t see / Age is just a technicality.” Villon says the lyrics of the EP deal with “the tension between youth and adulthood and all that it entails,” a sentiment that certainly rings true on this one.

For those in Brooklyn, Young Adults play The Acheron tonight with Psychic Blood, Rat Power, and more. Born in ’91 is out now on limited edition CD, available to order via the band’s Bandcamp.



*[consequenceofsound.net] Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich celebrated the impending release of Atoms For Peace’s Amok with a special DJ set in London last night. However, the performance was more than just clicking play on iTunes. As At Ease reports, Yorke sang throughout the 12-song set, which included material from both Amok and his solo LP, The Eraser. At some points in the show, Yorke even played guitar.

Below, you can watch 30 minutes worth of last night’s performance, starting with “S.A.D.” and ending with “Reverse Running”.

Yorke and Godrich will next perform together in Berlin and New York City before joining us with the rest of Atoms For Peace for full-band performances at three European festivals in July. Amok hits stores February 26th through XL Recordings.



*[pitchfork.com] As shown in Jack White's recent statement on his Record Store Day Ambassador position, his enthusiasm for spreading truth about vinyl knows no bounds. On Thursday, White appeared on the brand new VH1 show "For What It's Worth", discussing the "Triple Decker Record" format he invented in 2010. (The 12" has got a hidden 7" single inside; you must crack the 12" to hear the 7".)

Set at Third Man Records' Nashville headquarters, this was the debut episode of the show, which is hosted by Dell'Abate and Jon Hein (both from "The Howard Stern Show") and explores the value of memorabilia and "the mind of 'The Collector'."

Check out the full episode below:

For What It's Worth
Get More:
Jack White, For What It's Worth

Quick Notes: Celestial Shore, Atoms For Peace + Clutch

*[stereogum.com] The sunny lo-fi Brooklyn math-rock trio Celestial Shore have released a couple of small-circulation EPs, and in April, they’ll release 10x, their debut full-length LP. Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier, who knows a couple of things about this style of music, mixed the album, and Empress Of’s Lorely Rodriguez contributed some vocals. Below, stream “Valerie,” a dazed lurch of an album track.

10x is out 4/23 on Brad Oberhofer’s Local Singles imprint.



*[consequenceofsound.net] Thom Yorke has confirmed the first live performances for Atoms For Peace in support of their debut LP, Amok. The band, which also comprises Nigel Godrich, Flea, Joey Waronker, and Mauro Refosco, will appear at three European music festivals in July, specifically Slovakia’s Pohoda, Germany’s Melt!, and Serbia’s EXIT. The super side-project last performed together in July 2010 at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival.

As previously reported, Yorke and Godrich have also confirmed a trio of DJ shows behind the album in London, Berlin, and New York City.

Amok hits stores February 26th through XL Recordings. Stream it in full below.



*[theprp.com] Clutch have uploaded the below footage of their drummer Jean-Paul Gaster jamming on the drums and cooking some eats, amongst other things. The group will release their new studio album “Earth Rocker” on March 19th through their own Weathermaker Music.

ATP Has No Plans For Further US Festivals

[consequenceofsound.net] Things looked grim for All Tomorrow’s Parties presence in North America when it was revealed the artist-curated “I’ll Be Your Mirror” festival would not be returning to New York City this year. Now ATP founder Barry Hogan has dropped the other shoe, revealing that the festival brand may not find footing on US soil anytime soon.

“The market is quite soft there at the moment. It doesn’t seem to be (firing),” Hogan explained in an interview with Billboard.biz. “I find it to be an uphill struggle.”

Last year, an Afghan Whigs-curated “I’ll Be Your Mirror” event ran into logistical issues, forcing a relocation from Asbury Park, NJ to Manhattan just weeks prior to the festival. According to HitFix, Hogan also liquidated ATP Concerts Ltd., seeking voluntary insolvency and transferring all of its assets to a new company, Willwall Ltd.

Hogan spoke to Billboard.biz from Melbourne, Australia, where ATP held their first AU event since 2009, reportedly to sold out crowds. He said there was a possibility of expanding more into Australia and other areas, but that America is likely out of consideration. “We’re thinking we might just leave America for a while and wait for things to get a little better returning there,” he said. “And to be honest, we’ve done so many events there. There are so many other exciting places in the world to do things than in NYC. I’d rather look at South America and Europe, to be honest. Or more things in Australia.”

So the East Coast loses another festival.

"Baroness Relief" Fund Launched to Help Pay Medical Bills

[consequenceofsound.net] Last August, Atlanta sludge rockers Baroness and members of their road crew were severely injured after their tour bus crashed into a viaduct outside of Bath, England. With the band still recovering and medical bills piling up, several of their friends and family have set up a charity auction via the Baroness Relief fund.

A Facebook page [link above] for the campaign lists a number of exclusive items, including signed vinyl from Kylesa, a snare drum signed by each member of Neurosis, a Line 6 amp from Meshuggah, a beer holster from Red Fang, and the snare drum Brann Dailor used to record Mastodon’s Leviathan. Other bands contributing items include True Widow, Municipal Waste, Earthless, Napalm Death, and many more. While dates for the auction have yet to be announced, the page indicates it should occur within the next few weeks.

The band’s sound engineer Loopy Fiasco and label rep Rennie Jaffe explained their intentions for establishing the fund:

“We set out as friends of the band to do whatever we could to alleviate the band of their medical expenses and loss of income in their time of pain and journey back to being able to play again. All proceeds from this auction will be given directly to the band and crew affected in as transparent way as possible. No one involved with organizing this will or wants to make any money from this event.”

As previously reported, singer/guitarist John Baizley suffered a broken arm and leg, drummer Allen Blickle and bass player Matt Maggioni both endured fractured vertebrae, and guitarist Pete Adams experienced only minor injuries. The driver off the bus, Norman Markus, is facing several charges, including dangerous driving and using a vehicle with defective brakes. He’s due in court April 5th.

Below, watch footage of the band’s first performances since the accident, specifically an acoustic rendition of “Stretchmarker”.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Quick Notes: Tera Melos, Screaming Females, Deftones, No Joy, King Tuff, Jack White, + Grandfather

*[noisey.vice.com] Experimental indie rockers Tera Melos just sent us their hooky new track "Sunburn," and we've had it stuck in our heads for the past hour. These guys are from Northern California, which may explain their liberal meshing of genre and willingness to fool around. You can hear hints of mid-90s Chicago indie, Hella, and HEALTH all over "Sunburn." Their new album X'ed Out will be available everywhere April 16th through the fine folks at Sargent House. Check the stream below and pre-order the record right HERE.



*[consequenceofsound.net] Screaming Females get crafty in their new video for “Poison Arrow” — literally. What starts out like a boring Halloween-themed arts and crafts party circa 1988 quickly turns into something subtly sinister. Director Kate Sweeney has seen far too many episodes of Kids in the Hall, namely because everyone’s in drag and there’s this subversive element that’s both funny and eerie. If it’s too much, just grab some construction paper, fetch a jar of both glitter and glue, and keep your head down with your eyes never leaving those scissors. Okay? Watch below.

“Poison Arrow” is off the band’s latest EP, Chalk Tape.



*[theprp.com] Deftones were in Maida Vale Studios today recording tracks for an upcoming BBC Radio 1 in-studio session. The session will air on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show in the coming weeks with an exact broadcast date pending.

*[pitchfork.com] Blaring and gloriously disorienting, a No Joy song used to sound like standing too close to the sun. On the Montreal four-piece's first two releases (2010's immersive Ghost Blonde and last year's solid Negaverse EP), Jasmine White-Glutz and Laura Lloyd's luminous vocals were pummeled into murmurs and buried beneath a wall of squalling, scorched-earth guitars. But "Lunar Phobia," the first single from their forthcoming sophomore LP (out April 23 on Mexican Summer), has a noticeably cleaner, more hospitable atmosphere. If the song's any indication, this might be the album on which No Joy transcend their influences and escape that pesky "shoegaze" tag once and for all: the song's sighing, sunburst vocals and beat-driven energy sound more like fellow Montreal-ers Blue Hawaii than My Bloody Valentine. Still, it's not a huge departure from the melodic murkiness that made Ghost Blonde enjoyable-- instead, it's the sound of a band recalibrating the levels and carefully repositioning itself to find just the right amount of glow.



*[pitchfork.com] There are King Tuff fans, and there are King Tuff fanatics, the type that will shell out a couple hundred bucks on eBay for his earliest releases, which likely cost less than that to actually record. On April 30, Burger will bring those two closer together with the reissue of Was Dead, previously only available on vinyl. "Sun Medallion" is a typically tuneful and amiable highlight that makes last year's Sub Pop-released self-titled effort sound glossy by comparison. But you can see why people have been following Kyle Thomas in all of his various guises-- the shambling demeanor and fuzz can still cast it as "garage rock" if you insist, though it sounds more focused on an itinerant lifestyle lived outdoors, as Thomas sings about pounding the pavement, braiding his hair, killing time with smokes, and the titular charm that gives him the good luck to keep on movin'.



*[consequenceofsound.net] I still sometimes mistake it for a meaty Subway-esque sandwich, so maybe it’s good that Jack White will be bringing his Triple Decker Record to television. He'll discuss the novelty invention on the first episode of VH1′s For What It’s Worth, a new Antiques Roadshow-type program hosted by Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate and Jon Hein from The Howard Stern Show. If you’ll remember, White created the Triple Decker Record back in 2010 for his band the Dead Weather and their Sea of Cowards single “Blue Blood Blues” — that release was only limited to 300 copies and some have gone for quite the chunk of change.

The Triple Decker Record is like a gift that keeps on giving, a kind of Russian matryoshka doll if you will, as it essentially hides a 7″ inside of a 12″. In order to use and listen to the former, you must “crack open” the latter. And voila! A surprise inside of a surprise. Kind of like the ever-busy and creative White himself. Did you hear about how he’s already working on 20 songs for his next album? Or how he’s the 2013 Record Store Day Ambassador?

Below, check out a preview of that episode (via Antiquiet), filmed at the Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville...

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*A message from Grandfather... "So we made a new album. Here's a stream of a new song, "Organ Thief". Thanks for listening. If you dig it, share the track and spread the word. We'll let you know once we have more info on the album release, tours, etc."

Yo La Tengo Announce More Tour Dates

[consequenceofsound.net] Yo La Tengo are really making the most out of 2013. They’ve already released their new album, Fade, to critical acclaim; performed alongside Fred Armisen on Fallon; confirmed appearances at Wilco’s Solid Sound and Ohio’s Bunbery Fest; and hit the road for a proper supporting tour.

Now, the New Jersey veterans plan to keep the excitement going with even more dates. They’ll head overseas in March, return stateside in April, and remain on the road until July, when they’ll share the stage with Belle and Sebastian.

It should also be noted that in April they’ll perform the entire score of The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller at New York’s The Kitchen and again in June at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival.

Consult the full itinerary below for further proof that it’s not easy being Ira Kaplan.

03/01 – Lisbon, PT @ Aula Magna
03/02 – Porto, PT @ Casa Da Musica
03/04 – Santiago, ES @ Sala Capitol
03/05 – Madrid, ES @ Sala La Riviera
03/06 – Barcelona, ES @ Festival Millenni
03/08 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
03/10 – Milan, IT @ Limelight
03/11 – Frankfurt, DE @ Mousontourm
03/12 – Dusseldorf, DE @ Zakk
03/13 – Berlin, DE @ Volksbuhne
03/15 – Schorndorf, DE@ Manufaktur
03/16 – Brussels, BE @ AB
03/17 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
03/18 – Paris, FR @ Le Bataclan
03/20 – London, UK @ Barbican
03/21 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
03/22 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
03/23 – Dublin, IR @ Vicar Street
04/09 – New York, NY @ The Kitchen *
04/10 – New York, NY @ The Kitchen *
04/26 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric !
04/27 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
04/29 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater
05/01 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
05/02 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
05/03 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
05/04 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
05/06 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
05/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
05/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05/11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05/16 – Portland, OR @ Wonder
05/17 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
05/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
05/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room
05/21 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
05/22 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads
06/21 – North Adams, MA @ Solid Sound Fest *
07/09 – Boston, MA @ Bank Of America Pavilion ^
07/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage at the Mann ^
07/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn! Prospect Park Bandshell ^
07/12 – Washington DC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
07/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE ^
07/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival

* Performing The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller score
! w/ Beach House and Lower Dens
^ w/ Belle & Sebastian

UPDATE: How To Destroy Angels Announce Tour Dates


[theprp.com] The dates and venues are now in for How To Destroy Angels‘ first-ever North American tour and can be found below. The group will be on the road in support of their full-length debut, “Welcome Oblivion“, which is out March 05th on Columbia.

04/12 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04/13 Las Vegas, NV – Pearl Theatre
04/17 Monterey, CA – The Golden State Theatre
04/18 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
04/19 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04/21 Denver, CO – Paramount Theater
04/23 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
04/25 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
04/27 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
04/28 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre
04/29 New York, NY – The Apollo Theater

Ticketing details can be found over HERE. If you missed the news earlier this week, you can stream the aforementioned album from the outfit—who feature Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails HERE.

Double Dagger Ready Final Record "333" + Documentary

A message from Double Dagger...

"Just announced!!! The final Double Dagger record, 333, will be released on Record Store Day, April 20, 2013! 333 is a limited edition release on vinyl and digital only from Thrill Jockey. The record comes packaged with the DVD of If We Shout Loud Enough, the Double Dagger documentary.

About If We Shout Loud Enough:

"If We Shout Loud Enough is an inside look at the Baltimore underground music scene through one of its most pivotal bands, Double Dagger.

This intimate and entertaining portrait follows the band as they complete their final tour and album, tracing the history and growth of the band and of Baltimore's underground music scene. Meet Nolen, a singer who stutters uncontrollably until he picks up the microphone; Bruce, a bassist who can make his battered instrument sound like an entire rock band; Denny, whose drumset regularly collapses under the force of his pummeling; and dozens of the fans, musicians, and artists who have catalyzed the city's music community. Along the way, the band reflects on why Baltimore has become such a vital and diverse creative breeding ground for the ethos of DIY music and art."

If We Shout Loud Enough is filled with extraordinary performance footage from Double Dagger's last tour, much of it shot from amid the sweaty bodies surging around the band. Featuring interviews with: Dan Deacon and members of Wye Oak, Future Islands, Ruiner, Thank You, and many others. Plus: Baltimore music historian Tim Kabara, Bonus Features, and more!"

333 was recorded after Double Dagger's final tour and features all new material, some of which debuted during the final shows and other songs completed during recording.

Also, be sure and check out our new bands: Roomrunner, Peals, and Pure Junk. Roomrunner and Peals both have debut LPs coming out this Spring on Fan Death and Thrill Jockey Records and will be touring soon. You will like it!!!"


Introducing: CREATIVE ADULT

[press release] Hot off the heels of their debut 7”, Dead Air, Creative Adult announce March tour dates and performances at this year’s SXSW. This April, the band will release their follow up EP, Bulls In The Yard, on Run For Cover Records. The album takes the band further down the vibing, manic path of their debut and wanders further into flourishes of contemplative effects – laden post punk. These four writhing bursts are akin to an acid-fueled paranoia grafted together with the spastic energy of garage greats like MC5 and Murder City Devils.

Creative Adult comes from the diverse musical breeding ground of California's North Bay Punk scene. The band surged the scene last year playing shows with Ceremony, Nü Sensae and Lewd Acts alongside their debut 7” Dead Air, which was released on their own Broke Hater Collective. The four song sonic blast careens between the harsh, noisy punk of Scratch Acid and Gang of Four while carrying the brooding emotion of Joy Division's darkest moments. Listen to their latest: Dead Air 7” below.

Creative Adult Tour Dates:

3/7: CYC Center – Fresno, CA
3/8: Dytch Warehouse – Los Angeles, CA
3/9: Che Café – San Diego, CA
3/10: The Nile Theater – Meza, AZ
3/11: The Gasworks – Albuquerque, NM
3/12: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/13: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/14: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/15: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/16: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/17: SXSW – Austin, TX
3/19: The Office – Denver, CO
3/20: The Shred Shed – Salt Lake City, UT
3/21: The Holland Project – Reno, NV

Bulls In The Yard EP Track Listing:

1 – Bulls In The Yard
2 – Consumes Itself
3 – Chemical Glow
4 – Rushing Toward The Cemetery

REVIEW: BIG UPS + FLAGLAND SPLIT 7"

There’s a new noise coming out of Brooklyn these days, a heavy, chaotic, and unrestrained blend of punk, hardcore, indie, noise, and post-punk that sort of vomits in the face of all that’s pleasant. Leading the joyously filthy pack are Big Ups, a quartet who encompass the true spirit of punk, demolishing audiences with an abrasive mixture of intelligent riffs, rhythms, and manic shouts that toe the line between terrifying and oddly charming. Witnessing them live is a must. The quartet quickly become unhinged, delving into the debauchery as a genuine extension of the music they create. There is an ever apparent degree of good humored lunacy to vocalist Joe Galarraga’s spoken/shouted delivery, barking like a maniac one moment and dancing across the stage the next. A party band for those in search of dangerous times, when it’s time to get rowdy and drink one too many… except no substitutes. Big Ups are a punk band, they don’t need to prove themselves, and yet… seeing them live does just that. It establishes them as one of the brightest and most energetic forces in Brooklyn.


It’s not all menace and destruction with these guys though, when you get to know them, they’re actually sweethearts… and like sweethearts are known to do, they got you a Valentine’s Day gift… yes, you. Last week, just in time for everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday, Big Ups released a brand new split 7” together with labelmates and fellow Brooklyn punks, Flagland and it’s a doozy. The limited edition split was released through their own East Coast Basements and Bedrooms (ECB&B) imprint on Valentine’s Day pink vinyl.

Big Ups side begins with the dense and paranoid “Fresh Meat,” a spastic rant of psychotic nature, with an ominous pacing to match. Opening with Carlos Salguero’s enormous bass riff, the tone sets a mood similar to Jaws… only if Jaws was chasing you through the city with a spiked bat. The thick low end provides the perfect accompaniment to Galarraga’s deranged shouting, tearing through the clatter with bloodcurdling intensity. Big Ups understand the importance of dynamics, easing back speed and volume until a near crawl, only to blast into noisier territory thanks to guitarist Amar Lal’s triumphant waves of feedback and Brendan Finn’s stuttering rhythmic stampede. The song’s sludge parts ways as the guys dive headfirst into a blistering post-hardcore crescendo of angular guitars and polyrhythmic beats, one final muscular dirge of punk fury. “Wrong” moves at a more frantic pace as twisting and turning riffs are formed amid sharp distorted punches of guitar and tightly wound claustrophobic rhythms. Galarraga’s vocals take on a melodic near shout as the rapid fire groove warps to a drugged out haze, roaring constantly forward, never looking back at the path already trampled.

Big Ups are getting closer to capturing their live intensity in the studio and once they do, no one is safe. The band recently recorded their full length debut, set for release later this year on an exciting new imprint (details to come). If you’re a fan of Pissed Jeans, Double Dagger, Melvins, or Drive Like Jehu, do yourself a favor and check these guys out. The band will be heading out to SXSW next month, touring their way to Austin. Complete dates below.

Flagland’s side of the split is loose and jangly, but still chock full of aggressive chaotic punk tunes. Where Big Ups turn to skull cracking noise, Flagland are more prone to tongue-in-cheek indie punk, the snotty kind of fun like putting metal in a microwave or shaking an occupied port-a-potty. "Ghost Walk" begins with a minute of harmonized vocals, hand claps, and interspersed shouting, nothing that would suggest instruments are to be found. Just as you drop your guard, a swampy slide guitar and bass drum kick collide creating the best forty second backwoods blues jam you're gonna hear on a New York based punk split this year. I promise. “I Wanna Fuck” is a youthful rant over grungy guitar fuzz that brings to mind early Mudhoney. The song twitches between shouted vocals and discordant melodic lines that waver unapologetically, ending with the fantastic sentiment, “I want to taste every color of your filthy rainbow,” just before imploding. "Get Off The Phone!" begins with another solo a capella vocal, a woozy drunken little rhyme that leads to a furious hardcore meets cowpunk sprint of balled up energy. What will Flagland do next... your guess is as good as ours. All bets are off, and something tells us they prefer it that way.

Just like the cover art says, "Friends Forever". For a friendly good time, go see both of these bands live, seriously.

ORDER THE BIG UPS / FLAGLAND 7" SPLIT HERE.




Big Ups Tour Dates:

Mar 02 - The Studio @ Webster Hall [NYC] w/ Single Mothers, Manners
Mar 05 - Thee Fuckhole [Philly, PA] w/ Cousin Brian, Flagland, Cold Foamers
Mar 06 - The Shit Brick [Pittsburgh, PA] w/ Flagland
Mar 07 - The Funeral Home [Buffalo, NY] w/ So So Glos, Sonorous Gale, Space Wolves, Flagland
Mar 08 - Mahall's 20 Lanes [Cleveland, OH] w/ Flagland, Worship This!, Placeholder, Good Call
Mar 09 - The Empty Bottle [Chicago, IL] w/ Cult of Youth, So So Glos, Lazy
Mar 10 - Murphy's [Memphis, TN] w/ Flagland, Bad Indians, Toxie, Psychic Twins
Mar 14 - Side Bar [Midgetmen's Texas Jumpstart, SXSW] 12pm w/ The Midgetmen, Diarrhea Planet
Mar 15 – The Grackle [Austin, TX, SXSW]
Mar 28 - FUZZ [NYC]
Apr 10 - Shea Stadium [Brooklyn, NY] w/ Tenement, Lame Drivers, Big French