Moon King Signs to Last Gang Records, Debut LP Out in 2015, Announce World Tour w/ Alvvays

posted by Vu Nguyen

Photo Credit: Colin Medley
Moon King, the brainchild of Toronto native Daniel Benjamin and collaborator/co-conspirator Maddy Wilde have officially announced their signing to Last Gang Records, home to some of Canada's greatest musical exports including Crystal Castles, Death From Above 1979, Ryan Hemsworth and more. The band will be releasing their highly anticipated debut in 2015 with details of the new LP to be released very soon.... Watch this space.

In more exciting news, they'll be hitting the road with Alvvays as part of their world tour, including a string of Canadian dates and then heading to the UK and Europe. All dates are listed below.


Moon King weave dreamlike harmonies over buzz-saw guitars and electronic percussion, with their live performances capturing a raw-nerve intensity that verges on ecstatic. Their music has been compared to the likes of Cocteau Twins and Broadcast, but their sound remains distinctly unique. Moon King's first EPs, Obsession I and Obsession II, were released on Fucked Up guitarist Mike Haliechuk's label One Big Silence, and re-released in Europe by Tough Love Records in the fall of 2013.


Last Gang Entertainment is a recording, management and publishing company founded in 2003 with offices in Los Angeles, London, Toronto and Montreal. In addition to launching Metric, Death From Above 1979, MSTRKRFT and Crystal Castles, the label has combined successfully with Ryan Hemsworth, Chromeo, The New Pornographers, Purity Ring, Boys Noize and Tiga on varied licensing deals. See for more info.



Tour Dates


Dec 18 - Montreal, QC @ Sala Rosa

Dec 19 - Kingston, ON @ The Grad Club

Dec 20  - Toronto, ON @ the Opera House

Jan 21 - Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute  

Jan 22 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club  

Jan 23 - Newcastle, UK @ Think Tank  

Jan 24 - Glasgow, Scotland @ King Tuts  

Jan 26 - Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega  

Jan 27 - Birmingham @ Hare & Hounds  

Jan 28 - London, UK @ Scala  

Jan 30 - Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy 2  

Jan 31 - Bristol, UK @ Thekla  

Feb 2 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix  

Feb 5 - Oslo, Norway @ John Dee  

Feb 6 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand  

Feb 7 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Beta  

Feb 9 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow exil  

Feb 10 - Berlin, DE @ Kantine Am Berghain  

Feb 12 - Vienna, Austria @ B72  

Feb 13 - Milan, Italy @ Lo Fi  

Feb 14 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Bogen F

Catfish and the Bottlemen receive "Best New Act" award at BBC Music Awards

posted Dec 16, 2014, 10:53 AM by Vu Nguyen

British breakout band Catfish and the Bottlemen have just won the Introducing Award for Best New Act” at this year’s BBC Music Awards. The band performed “Kathleen,” the lead single off their debut LP The Balcony, which met critical acclaim when released earlier this year in the U.K. The album is available stateside on January 6 via Communion Records.

The band will make their late night television debut on the “Late Show with David LettermanJanuary 7 to celebrate the U.S. release. In addition, the album’s single “Kathleen” recently reached #1 on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation and is also charting in the top 40 on Alternative Radio Charts.  

The Balcony was produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele) and includes tracks off the band’s acclaimed EP Kathleen and the Other Three as well as new, never-before recorded songs. The record was released earlier this year in the U.K. and Europe and charted in the top 10 on the official U.K. albums chart.
The release follows a year of extensive touring for the British rockers. They played to massive crowds at over 30 festivals including Reading and Leeds, Latitude, Ibiza Rocks, Austin City Limits, Governors Ball and Life is Beautiful. The band will return stateside to tour throughout the winter. See below for full routing details.

Catfish and the Bottlemen are Van McCann (lead vocals, guitar), Johnny Bond (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass) and Bob Hall (drums). Hailing from North Wales, the band signed to Communion Records in 2013 and made a splash onto the London music scene soon after, playing over 100 shows in 2014 alone.

1. Homesick
2. Kathleen
3. Cocoon
4. Fallout
5. Pacifier
6. Hourglass
7. Business
8. 26
9. Rango
10. Sidewinder
11. Tyrants
February 8                                                  San Diego, CA                                                The Merrow
February 9                                             West Hollywood, CA                                           Troubadour
February 10                                             San Francisco, CA                                      The Independent
February 12                                                 Portland, OR                                       Mississippi Studios
February 13                                                  Seattle, WA                                                         Barboza
February 14                                                Vancouver, BC                                                  Media Bar
February 17                                                  Denver, CO                                            Larimer Lounge
February 19                                              Kansas City, MO                                                Record Bar
February 21                                              Minneapolis, MN                                          7th Street Entry
February 23                                                St. Louis, MO                                                       Firebird
February 24                                                  Chicago, IL                                             Schubas Tavern
February 26                                                Columbus, OH                                             The Basement
February 28                                                   Detroit, MI                                                           Shelter
March 1                                                        Lansing, MI                                                     Mac’s Bar
March 3                                                       Toronto, ON                                                The Garrison
March 4                                                       Montreal, QC                                              Divan Orange
March 5                                                        Boston, MA                                                    Great Scott
March 6                                                    Philadelphia, PA                                                    MilkBoy
March 7                                                        Buffalo, NY                                Studio at Waiting Room
March 9                                                      New York, NY                                        Bowery Ballroom
March 11                                                   Washington, DC                                                           DC9
March 12                                                    Richmond, VA                                                  The Camel
March 14                                                     Nashville, TN                                             The High Watt
March 15                                                      Atlanta, GA                                                            Vinyl

School '94 (FKA School) release debut 'Like You' EP via Cascine

posted Dec 8, 2014, 1:42 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Dec 8, 2014, 1:43 PM ]

Gothenburg four-piece School '94 (formerly School) celebrates the release of their much anticipated debut Like You EP out digitally December 2nd via Cascine (North America / UK) / Luxury (Sweden). The 6-track EP is also available to stream in full above and includes eponymous single "Like You" as well as the infectious single "SoLong", the video for which dropped earlier this fall.

The small coastal city of Gothenburg has long defined freeform Swedish pop, a rich legacy that is both an honour and a barrier for a vibrant new crop of artists who are breaking out and redefining the sound of their city from its very core.

School '94 is at the front of these young projects with their sophisticated, melody-driven material, pulling equally from classic punk and modern pop reference points. The tracks are stripped down, honest and expertly played. High, romantic basslines slip around smart percussion parts and clean guitar notes to provide a backdrop for the muscular vocals of singer, Alice Botéus
Like You EP 

1. Like You
2. Head Over Here
3. Hang Out in Haze
4. Clouds Aside
5. SoLong
6. Easier

INANIMATE EXISTENCE: Tech Death Behemoths To Kick Off US Tour With Cannabis Corpse And Mammoth Grinder

posted Nov 27, 2014, 11:32 PM by Vu Nguyen

California technical death metal behemoths, INANIMATE EXISTENCE, will kick off a three-week bought of US live assaults next week supporting Richmond bongblasters, Cannabis Corpse. The tour will kick off in the Southeast, with the first show in Wilmington, North Carolina on November 28th, and whip counter-clockwise through the country across the Gulf Coast, up through California then eastward through the Midwest and back down the East Coast, coming to a halt in Richmond on December 20th. Additional support will come from Austin-based hardcore/death crossover outfit, Mammoth Grinder.


INANIMATE EXISTENCE will be touring in support of their A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement full-length, released this past Summer via Unique Leader Records. Tracked by Max Zigman (Son Of Aurelius, Smaragos) at Parade Outrageous in Santa Cruz and produced by Zack Ohren (Light This City, All Shall Perish, First Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Warbringer et al) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement finds INANIMATE EXISTENCE elevating their signature, outlandish compositions to an entirely new level of profundity. A conceptual offering centered on Tibetan folk, each movement marvels at its own innovative density as intricate guitar structures coil seamlessly around complex rhythms and venomous vocal assaults as female vocal accents, clarinet, bass flute, harp, bongos and other nuances add to the record's already confounding depth. No Clean Singing crowns, A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement, "...a fascinating effort, a true journey for your ears and mind that's well worth experiencing again and again," Last Rites notes, "INANIMATE EXISTENCE may very well take the crown as the one tech album worth listening to in a calendar year. It's tighter than my old man's wallet... and interesting enough to stand away from a field already crowded beyond breathing capacity," while MetalSucks concurs, "A Never-Ending Cycle... fulfills the face-fuckery I forecast in January, with percussive endurance that grinds like jackhammers." Adds Sputnik Music in a near perfect score, "A Never-Ending Cycle Of Atonement is meta in the sense that it recognizes the never-ending cyclical nature of genre stereotypes - bands that regurgitate and rehash the same material without the slightest incentive of breaking new ground - and INANIMATE EXISTENCE offer penance for their contemporaries; a public display of atonement in a brutal 45-minute package."


INANIMATE EXISTENCE w/ Cannabis Corpse, Mammoth Grinder:
11/28/2014 Ziggy's By The Sea - Wilmington, NC
11/29/2014 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
11/30/2014 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
12/02/2014 Club Dada - Dallas, TX
12/03/2014 Red 7 - Austin, TX
12/04/2014 Limelight - San Antonio, TX
12/06/2014 Club Red - Phoenix, AZ
12/07/2014 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
12/08/2014 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
12/09/2014 Strummers - Fresno, CA
12/10/2014 The Metro - Oakland, CA
12/11/2014 The Garage - Ventura, CA
12/12/2014 The Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
12/13/2014 The Core - Salt Lake City, UT
12/14/2014 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO

12/16/2014 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN

12/17/2014 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
12/18/2014 Ace Of Cups - Columbus, OH
12/19/2014 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
12/20/2014 The Broadberry - Richmond, VA

Sturgill Simpson on tour

posted Nov 23, 2014, 1:51 PM by Vu Nguyen

performed “Turtles All The Way Down” recently on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The performance celebrates Simpson’s new album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, which continues to receive overwhelming acclaim. In support of the release, Simpson and his band—bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Laur Joamets and drummer Miles Miller—will continue their sold-out nationwide tour this fall/winter, including newly announced 2015 headlining dates. See below for complete details.

Already enjoying a break-out 2014, Simpson recently performed on “Conan” and the “Late Show with David Letterman” and was featured on the BBC’s “Later Live with Jools Holland,”“Later…with Jools Holland,” American Public Media’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk Concert.” He was also recently awarded “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards. Of the competitive category, The Wall Street Journal asserted, “The new, impressive young performers put forward for Americana's ‘Emerging Act of the Year’ for 2014 are undoubtedly the strongest set ever nominated in a single year; who they are and what they do should further define the arena…” PBS will broadcast an edited version of the Honors & Awards show as an Austin City Limits special, “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival,” on November 22.

Of Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Rolling Stone heralds, “Sounds Like: Merle Haggard with a stack of books on cosmology and metaphysics,” while Garden & Gun praises, “Metamodern is what country music should sound like.” Moreover, The Washington Post calls him, “Country music’s most exciting new outsider” and The Wall Street Journal describes, “the album salts old-school country, bluegrass and gospel sounds with hints of psychedelia and even electronica—although fans of his authentic-country cred aren’t likely to be disappointed.” Additionally, NPR Music recently premiered his music videos for “The Promise” and “Turtles All The Way Down.”

Produced once again by friend and trusted collaborator Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega, Jamey Johnson), Metamodern Sounds In Country Music was recorded live-to-tape at Nashville’s LCS studio over four days in late 2013. Of the album, Simpson comments, “Myriad worldly offerings—religion, drugs, and more—all claim to be the omnipotent universal truth, but in my experience, love is the only certainty. That’s what this record is about.”

Simpson’s portrait on the album cover was designed by friend and painter Jason Seiler, who is perhaps best known for illustrating Pope Francis for TIME Magazine’s 2013 “Person of the Year” issue in addition to contributing art to publications such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

 November 23                                            Sacramento, CA                                                         Harlow’s
  November 25                                              Portland, OR                  Mississippi Studios (SOLD OUT)
  November 26                                               Seattle, WA                            Tractor Tavern (SOLD OUT)
   November 28                                          Salt Lake City, UT                                           The State Room
  November 29                                               Denver, CO                        Bluebird Theater (SOLD OUT)
  November 30                                               Denver, CO                                                Bluebird Theater
 December 2                                             Kansas City, MO                       Knuckehead’s (SOLD OUT)
  December 4                                             Minneapolis, MN         Fine Line Music Café (SOLD OUT)
December 5                                               Milwaukee, WI                                                    Turner Hall
December 6                                                  Chicago, IL                                Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT)
 December 7                                              Indianapolis, IN                                               Vogue Theatre
  December 30                                                 Austin, TX                 ACL Live at The Moody Theater‡
 January 29                                                  Knoxville, TN                                                 Bijou Theatre
 January 30                                                  Louisville, KY                                        Mercury Ballroom
  January 31                                                 Covington, KY                                           Madison Theater
 February 3                                                 St. Louis, MO                                             Old Rock House
 February 4                                                  Madison, WI                                             Majestic Theatre
 February 5                                                    Detroit, MI                                               The Magic Stick
  February 6                                              Grand Rapids, MI                 The Stache @ The Intersection
  February 11                                               New York, NY                                          Bowery Ballroom
 February 12                                                Brooklyn, NY                       Music Hall of Williamsburg
 February 13                                             Washington, DC                                                     9:30 Club
 February 14                                             Asbury Park, NY                                           The Stone Pony
  February 17                                            Northampton, MA                                                   Pearl Street
  February 18                                          South Burlington, VT                     Higher Ground Ballroom
February 20                                                 Boston, MA                                       Paradise Rock Club
  February 21                                              Philadelphia, PA                         Theatre of the Living Arts
 February 22                                            Charlottesville, VA                                           The Southern
February 24                                               Richmond, VA                                           The Broadberry
 February 27                                                Asheville, NC                                             The Grey Eagle
 February 28                                                Nashville, TN                                              3rd & Lindsley
 March 1                                                      Nashville, TN                                              3rd & Lindsley
 April 24                                                         Indio, CA                                           Stagecoach Festival

‡supporting Willie Nelson

Omar Souleyman Brings Electro-shaabi to Minneapolis

posted Nov 18, 2014, 1:36 PM by Vu Nguyen

“Undoubtedly the best Syrian-folk techno banger you’ll hear this—or any other—year.” —NME
Electro-shaabi anyone? Singing in Arabic and Kurdish, Syrian Omar Souleyman supercharges the sounds of shaabi and dabke—traditional music heard at social gatherings throughout the Middle East—into East meets West electronic dance music bursting with overdriven synthesizer and trance-inducing rhythm. Souleyman’s international acclaim has found a new generation of admirers from around the globe thanks to projects such as his well-received remixes for Björk’s Biophilia and appearances at Bonnaroo and other prominent festivals. His first studio album, Wenu Wenu, was produced by renowned musician Kieran Hebden (Four Tet).  But beyond all the mixing and remashing sounds and traditions, Souleyman is known for his enthralling live performances—a fireball of Middle Eastern passion and excitement that “can compete against any kind of dance music being made right now, and succeed” (Pitchfork).
This all-standing club concert is copresented with The Cedar.
Omar Souleyman Presented by the Walker and the Cedar
Saturday, December 5, 8 pm
The Cedar
416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis

TICKETS: $25 ($22 Walker members) in advance; $30 ($26) day of show or 612.375.7600

Swervedriver announce LP, SXSW appearance + North American tour

posted Nov 18, 2014, 9:56 AM by Vu Nguyen

Seminal UK band Swervedriver today announce that 2015 will see the release of their first full length album since 1998's 99th Dream via Cobraside. To coincide with its release the band will be embarking on a full North American tour which will see them performing at SXSW for the first time in their career. See below for all upcoming Swervedriver tour dates and stay tuned for more info regarding their new album. 


Tour Dates

03/04 San Diego, CA - Casbah

03/05 Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre

03/06 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

03/08 Seattle, WA - Neumo's Crystal Ball

03/09 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

03/12 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club

03/13 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon

03/14 Chicago, IL - TBA

03/15 Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme

03/16 Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theater

03/17 St. Louis, MO - The Duck Room @ Blueberry

03/19 Dallas, TX - Club Dada

03/20-21 Austin, TX - SXSW

03/23 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West

03/24 Durham, NC - Motorco

03/25 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel

03/27 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

03/28 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair

03/29 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

Babes In Toyland Return with Feb. 12 Show at The Roxy (Los Angeles)

posted Nov 17, 2014, 9:11 AM by Vu Nguyen

Babes In Toyland, the trio Entertainment Weekly dubbed “rock’s first major-label feminists,” have reunited their Fontanelle-era line-up and will play their first live show in 18 years on Feb.12 at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

“Second time’s the charm,” said drummer Lori Barbero.

Kat Bjelland, Maureen Herman and Lori Barbero discussed the band’s history and decision to reunite in an interview with Rolling Stone, which will be available tomorrow. In the candid piece, the trio speaks with writer Mark Yarm (author of Everybody Loves our Town: An Oral History of Grunge) about the intervening years, what led to the band’s initial dissolution and their decision to reunite nearly two decades later.

"It was brought to my attention that not only do we have a lot of diehard fans from back in the day, but also a whole new generation of kids--my son Henry included-- that were eager to see us live,” explained singer/guitar player Kat Bjelland. “I felt some kind of obligation for them to see us, too. But mainly, I just missed my girls and the feeling that comes from playing with them--visceral live therapy."

"The first time we played together again," added bass player Maureen Herman, "we weren't sure what it would be like. After knocking the hell out of ‘He's My Thing’ on the first try, we knew this was going to be fun--and it was going to rock like a motherf***er."

The Minneapolis-born band came to prominence in the late ‘80s with a raw live show that captured a musical and cultural moment; angry, talented and unfettered by societal norms, there were no costumes, no matching outfits and no harmonies. Babes in Toyland were as punk as their contemporaries, male or female, and made history along the way.  Releasing three full-length albums and a number of singles and EPs, the trio influenced a legion of musicians including Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill and Jack-off Jill.

Dangerous Minds said, “Kat’s delivery was intense and atonal, with her lyrics referencing fairytales (“Handsome and Gretel”), pain, rage, beauty, betrayal, and abusive parents, not sung with sweet, breathy, unsure vocals, but with a gut-wrenching maenad’s growl.”  They were the first of their female contemporaries to sign to a major label (Fontanelle, the band’s sophomore release, arrived in 1992 via Reprise Records) and as a byproduct of their individualism, Kat kick-started the return of baby doll dresses and plastic barrettes. Babes in Toyland graced the covers of Alternative Press, NME and the aforementioned Entertainment Weekly. They played the Reading Festival three times (1991,1993 and 1995), Lollapalooza once (1993) and have been featured in numerous documentaries including 1991: The Year Punk Broke and Not Bad for a Girl. Herman left the band in 1997; Barbero and Bjelland played the final Babes in Toyland show in 2001.

Tickets for the special evening are on-sale this Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 am pacific.

Gaz Coombes new album Matador and European tour dates.

posted Nov 17, 2014, 8:51 AM by Vu Nguyen

Gaz Coombes’ second solo album – Matador - is due for release on January 26th 2015. The self-produced follow up to 2012’s Here Come The Bombs was recorded in Gaz’s home studio and Courtyard Studios in Oxfordshire. Everything on the record was played by Gaz (except drums on four tracks by Loz Colbert, synths on ‘Buffalo’ by Charly Coombes; backing vocals across the record come from Beverlei Brown and Faith Simpson). The album features the singles ‘Buffalo’ and ’20/20’.

The full tracklisting for Matador is:

1. Buffalo
2. 20/20
3. The English Ruse
4. The Girl Who Fell To Earth
5. Detroit
6. Needle’s Eye
7. Seven Walls
8. Oscillate
9. To The Wire
10. Is It On?
11. Matador

Gaz Coombes tours Europe in February 2015. The dates are:

4th Bristol Fleece

5th Brighton Old Market

6th London Queen Elizabeth Hall

7th Oxford O2 Academy

9th Birmingham Glee Club

10th Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre

11th Manchester Gorilla

13th Hamburg Rock Café

14th Berlin Frannz Club

16th Amsterdam Bitterzoet

17th Brussels Botanique

18th Paris La Maroquiniere

Alvvays on tour

posted Nov 16, 2014, 1:25 PM by Vu Nguyen

are two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes and a love of jingle-jangle.

Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan grew up as next-door neighbours in Cape Breton, lifting fiddles and folk-songs. Heartbreaks of different shades soon entered their lives, as did the music of Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian. Similar noisy melancholy drifted over to Prince Edward Island, finding Alec O'Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac.

Convening in Toronto, the group have been making music since dusk or maybe dawn, when stars were appearing or fading off. As a result, their debut self-titled album is both sun-splashed and twilit -- nine songs concealing drunkenness, defeat and death in tungsten-tinted pop that glitters like sea glass.

With needlepoint melody and verse, Rankin and O'Hanley's songs were recorded at Chad VanGaalen's Yoko Eno studio and mixed by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile).

The resultant album is loud and clear and sure. Flood your ears.

Tour dates:

11/16/14         Birmingham, AL     BottleTree    
11/18/14         New Orleans, LA     Gasa Gasa    
11/19/14         Dallas, TX     City Tavern    
11/20/14         San Antonio, TX     502 Bar    
11/21/14         Austin, TX     Waterloo Records    
11/21/14         Austin, TX     Red 7    
11/23/14         Scottsdale, AZ     Pub Rock    
11/24/14         Las Vegas, NV     Bunkhouse    
11/25/14         San Diego, CA     Soda Bar    
11/26/14         Pomona, CA     Acerogami    
11/28/14         Los Angeles, CA     Echo    
11/29/14         San Francisco, CA     Rickshaw Stop    
12/01/14         Portland, OR     Doug Fir Lounge    
12/02/14         Seattle, WA     Barboza    
12/03/14         Vancouver, BC     Biltmore Cabaret    
12/05/14         Edmonton, AB     The Starlite Room    
12/06/14         Calgary, AB     The Gateway at SAIT    
12/09/14         Saskatoon, SK     Amigos Cantina    
12/10/14         Winnipeg, MB     Park Theatre Cafe    
12/11/14         Saint Paul, MN     Turf Club    
12/12/14         Iowa City, IA     Blue Moose Tap House    
12/13/14         Cleveland, OH     Beachland Ballroom    
12/18/14         Montreal, QC     La Sala Rossa    
12/19/14         Kingston, ON     The Grad Club    
12/20/14         Toronto, ON     Opera House Concert Venue    
01/17/15         Tomorrow Never Knows

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