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 lastgangentertainment.com for more info.
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
January 6 via Communion Records.
The band will make their late night television debut on the “Late Show with David Letterman” January 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.
TRACK LISTING FOR THE BALCONY
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN TOUR DATES
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 (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.
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
INANIMATE EXISTENCE: Tech Death Behemoths To Kick Off US Tour With Cannabis Corpse And Mammoth Grinder
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:
12/16/2014 Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN
12/17/2014 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
Simpson 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.
STURGILL SIMPSON TOUR DATES
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
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
416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis
TICKETS: $25 ($22 Walker members) in advance; $30 ($26) day of show
walkerart.org/tickets or 612.375.7600
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
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 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
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.
11/16/14 Birmingham, AL BottleTree