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Algiers - Live on KEXP

Algiers are taking the country by storm this Fall, joining !!! on tour and headlining their own run this October. Catch their formidable live performance in this recent KEXP session, playing four tracks from their 2017 LP The Underside of Power.



ALGIERS ON TOUR NOW:
Mon September 18 Nashville, TN Mercury Ballroom ^
Thu September 21 Birmingham, AL Saturn ^
Fri September 22 New Orleans, LA Hi-Ho Lounge ^
Sat September 23 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall ^
Sun September 24 Dallas, TX Dada ^
Mon September 25 Austin, TX Empire Garage ^
Tue September 26 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger ^
Thu September 28 Santa Fe, NM Meow Wolf ^
Fri September 29 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom ^
Sat September 30 Santa Barbara, CA SoHo Club ^
Sun October 1 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
Sun October 15 Atlanta, GA Afropunk Festival
Tue October 17 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
Wed October 18 Columbus, OH The Basement
Thu October 19 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Fri October 20 Detroit, MI UFO Factory
Sat October 21 Toronto, ON Baby G
Sun October 22 Montreal, QC Bar le Ritz PDB
Tue October 24 Cambridge, MA Sonia's Nightclub
Wed October 25 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground

^ with !!!

Algiers - Amoeba Green Room Session / Fall Tour Dates

Watch Algiers rip through three highlights from their recent LP The Underside of Power on Amoeba's Green Room Sessions. The quartet is currently on tour with !!! and will headline their own run in October.



ALGIERS ON TOUR
Fri September 15 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit Hall ^
Sat September 16 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop ^
Mon September 18 Nashville, TN Mercury Ballroom ^
Thu September 21 Birmingham, AL Saturn ^
Fri September 22 New Orleans, LA Hi-Ho Lounge ^
Sat September 23 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall ^
Sun September 24 Dallas, TX Dada ^
Mon September 25 Austin, TX Empire Garage ^
Tue September 26 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger ^
Thu September 28 Santa Fe, NM Meow Wolf ^
Fri September 29 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom ^
Sat September 30 Santa Barbara, CA SoHo Club ^
Sun October 1 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
Sun October 15 Atlanta, GA Afropunk Festival
Tue October 17 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
Wed October 18 Columbus, OH The Basement
Thu October 19 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Fri October 20 Detroit, MI UFO Factory
Sat October 21 Toronto, ON Baby G
Sun October 22 Montreal, QC Bar le Ritz PDB
Tue October 24 Cambridge, MA Sonia's Nightclub
Wed October 25 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground

^ with !!!

Snail Mail Signs To Matador, Watch Tiny Desk Session


(photo by Bryan Regan)

Brooklyn-via-Baltimore singer /songwriter/guitar prodigy Lindsey Jordan aka Snail Mail is the latest addition to the Matador Records roster.  Snail Mail will release a full-length album in 2018, following Sister Polygon's 2017 12" reissue of the of the introductory cassette, 'Habit'.  Snail Mail’s NPR Tiny Desk concert premiered this morning, and might provide a hint or several why press, musical peers (including but not limited to Waxahatchee, Priests and Girlpool), and yeah, record labels have taken so much interest in a short spell..

(prior praise for 'Habit')





“There’s no grandstanding here, no attempts at hiding how truly confusing it is to be young and feel like the world is simultaneously infinite and hopeless. Perhaps that is why Snail Mail sound so alive despite much tangible optimism: there’s no person behind a curtain, the ugly resides in reality." - Quinn Moreland, Pitchfork

“Jordan has a voice that only comes along every now and then … she is able to fit a universe of emotion into a single turn of phrase without any vocal affectation … whether she’s muttering or shouting, you feel the heartbreak, the frustration, the joy that came with writing these lyrics” -Stereogum


 
"a minimalist swirl of drowsy tempos, unassumingly meticulous guitar parts, and the sort of entry-level existentialism that’s too pure to be pretentious.”  - Patrick D. McDermott, The Fader

Snail Mail on tour:
Wed October 11 The Met Pawtucket, RI *
Thu October 12 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA *
Fri October 13 Montreal, QC *
Sat October 14 Lee's Palace Toronto, ON *
Sun October 15 Loving Touch Ferndale, MI *
Mon October 16 The Bishop Bloomington, IN
Tue October 17 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL *
Wed October 18 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN *
Thu October 19 Reverb Omaha, NE
Fri October 20 Cafe Berlin Columbia, MO
Sat October 21 Exit/In Nashville, TN *
Sun October 22 The Masquerade Purgatory Atlanta, GA *
Tue October 24 9:30 Club Washington, DC *
Wed October 25 Capital Ale House Richmond, VA *
Fri October 27 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA *
Sat October 28 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY *

* w/ Beach Fossils & Raener

In other Snail Mail news, NPR released a Tiny Desk session featuring two songs you might recognize from Habit ("Slug" and "Thinning") as well as a new song...



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Interpol : 'Turn On The Bright Lights XV' - NEW Shows in NYC (Bowery Ballroom) and Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre)

Two new additions to the 'Turn on the Bright Light Lights XV' tour were announced this afternoon, which both go on sale tomorrow at 1pm EST/10am PST. The band have been making their way around Europe since early August and it's clear from the reception of those shows (The Guardian *****, NME "Magestic," "DIY "a show live few others"), that the band's homecoming in New York, will be special.

Friday, September 22
Bowery Ballroom, New York NY

Thursday, September 28
El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA



PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
Saturday, September 23 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium *
Saturday, September 30 – Los Angeles CA – LA State Historic Park *
Tuesday, October 17 & Wednesday, October 18 – Mexico City, MX – Pepsi Center WTC

* with Deerhunter and Battles

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VIDEO : Julien Baker - "Appointments"



Julien Baker - "Appointments" - directed by Sophia Peer
From the album 'Turn Out The Lights', out October 27

“Making the ‘Appointments' video was an incredibly special experience because I got the pleasure of collaborating with artists I admire and to see them apply their creativity and talent to something I made,” says Baker. "I've known Christina McKinney (choreographer), as well as a few of the dancers, since I was a kid. I've always been fascinated with how that art form works in tandem with music; it was amazing to see the vision that Christina had for the song, how she interpreted the sounds as movement, and then to see how Sophia chose to portray and capture it all.


"It felt very full circle to return to Memphis to work on this, I'm so proud of Memphis and wanted to show off the immense artistry that I see there. Not only were Christina and many of the characters in the video friends, but the crew also included many people I have known and worked with for years. All the scenes and locations are also central to Memphis, I think Sophia did such a good job of preserving the intimate feel of the video by shooting it with people/in locations that had significance to me, and I'm so thankful. The most gratifying part of making music is its ability to be shared and belong to more people than myself, and it was very meaningful to make something with and for other people, to take something as personal as this song and invite others in, allow them to contribute their 'thing,' whatever it may be.” - Julien Baker



(photo by Nolan Knight)

stream or download "Appointments"
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preorder 'Turn Out The Lights' from The Matador Store LP version with or without a bundled t-shirt or on compact disc.

Julien Baker on tour :

09/20 Chicago, IL @ Amnesty International & Sofar Sounds Give A Home show
09/21 Champaign, IL @ The Pygmalion Festival 2017
10/10 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium #
10/12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade +
10/13 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom +
10/14 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle +
10/15 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater +
10/17 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club +
10/18 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre +
10/20 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre +
10/25 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount +
10/27 - New York, NY - Town Hall +
10/28 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre +
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer +
11/03 - The Hague, NL - Crossing Border Festival
11/04 - Utrecht, NL - Ekko
11/06 - Bristol, UK - The Lantern
11/07 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11/08 - Glasgow, UK - CCA
11/09 - Dublin, IE - Whelans
11/10 - London, UK - Union Chapel *SOLD OUT*
11/12 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls
11/13 - Paris, FR - Les Etoiles
11/14 - Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukolln
11/15 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefahrlich
11/16 - Düsseldorf, DE - New Fall Festival
11/17 - Madrid, ES - El Sol
11/18 - Braga, PT - Theatro Circo
11/19 - Barcelona, ES - La De Apolo
11/29 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre*
11/30 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works*
12/01 - Memphis, TN - 1884 Lounge*
12/02 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall +
12/04 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre +
12/07 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett +
12/08 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre +
12/09 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre +
12/10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater +
12/12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore +
12/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Palace Theatre +
12/15 - San Diego, CA - The Irenic +
12/16 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom +
12/18 - Austin, TX - Emo's +
12/19 - Houston, TX - The Heights Theater +
12/20 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater +

# - with Jason Isbell
+ Half Waif supports
* - David Bazan supports


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Coming October 13: King Krule 'The OOZ' ; Video for "Dum Surfer" Out Now

King Krule's long-awaited album 'The OOZ' will be released October 13th on True Panther Sounds in North America and XL Recordings in Europe. Those who have been particularly anxious for news about this release will be very happy to see some of the details for the release below (including the 19 song-long tracklisting...) Before you get to to that, here's some more info about The OOZ.

"One of the most celebrated figureheads on the independent British scene, Archy Marshall returns with the dense, sprawling The OOZ, the much anticipated follow up to his debut Six Feet Beneath the Moon. Drifting and seeping through the cracks of South London like the album title, King Krule casts an unflinching eye over his kingdom, transforming his observations of all the disorientation and heartbreak of his youth into piercing narratives and poetry that are both startlingly honest and brutally beautiful. With The OOZ, Marshall finally takes the crown as poet laureate for the dazed and confused generation, painting a bleak and sometimes harrowing picture of a rapidly splintering city.

Where Six Feet Beneath the Moon, released in 2013, was a rigorous, rambling excavation of Marshall’s expansive body of work to date, The OOZ snaps into focus quickly and sharply, his modus operandi coming into view almost immediately. Over jazzy curlicues and guitars, the opener “Biscuit Town” sets out its stall irresistibly as Marshall sings about rapidly disintegrating romance and personal dissolution with acute, almost painful detail. These wrenching themes of self-annihilation and fraying relationships seem inextricably linked in Marshall’s eyes – once you lose yourself to someone else, you inevitably wind up losing yourself completely when they leave – and recur in other tracks.

Why’d you leave me? Because of my depression? You used to complete me but I guess I learnt a lesson” he spits on the roiling “Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver),” and, even layered with the warm vocals of Okay Kaya, “Slush Puppy” is an unsparing dissection of a couple with nothing left to give, like a Gainsbourg and Birkin ballad gone toxic. Elsewhere, things only get darker, as Marshall desperately tries to find safe harbor in the city he knows and loves, only to be thwarted constantly, as on “The Cadet Leaps” and previously released single “Czech One.” Not even the synthetic high of chemicals, as shown in “Emergency Blimp” and “A Slide In (New Drugs)” can stanch the suffering.

Although seeming at first abstract, The OOZ as a title proves oddly fitting. There are references littered throughout about its physical manifestation, or as Marshall himself says, “about earwax and snot and bodily fluids and skin and stuff that just comes out of you on a day to day basis.” But it works on a more figurative level too, with The OOZ also representing the unknown depths or horizons the solitary mind can travel to, whether it’s sinking into the deep sea or soaring through the night sky. It may be messy, unwieldy, even unsightly, Marshall seems to say -- but we need The OOZ in order to exist."



ART BY
Jack Marshall

TRACKLISTING
1. Biscuit Town
2. The Locomotive
3. Dum Surfer
4. Slush Puppy
5. Bermondsey Bosom (Left)
6. Logos
7. Sublunary
8. Lonely Blue
9. Cadet Limbo
10. Emergency Blimp
11. Czech One
12. (A Slide In) New Drugs
13. Vidual
14. Bermondsey Bosom (Right)
15. Half Man Half Shark
16. The Cadet Leaps
17. The Ooz
18. Midnight 01(Deep Sea Diver)
19. La Lune



VIDEO BY
Brother Willis

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TOUR DATES

Sat October 21 Black Cat Washington DC - SOLD OUT

Sun October 22 Union Transfer Philadelphia PA 

Tue October 24 Warsaw Brooklyn NY - SOLD OUT

Wed October 25 Warsaw Brooklyn NY - SOLD OUT

Thu October 26 Paradise Boston MA - SOLD OUT

Sat October 28 Corona Theatre Montreal QC

Sun October 29 Danforth Music Hall Toronto ON 

Mon October 30 Metro Chicago IL

Tue October 31 Fine Line Music Café Minneapolis MN 

Fri November 3 The Showbox Seattle WA 

Sat November 4 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR

Sun November 5 Vogue Theatre Vancouver BC 

Tue November 7 The Fillmore San Francisco CA - SOLD OUT

Wed November 8 Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles CA - SOLD OUT

Thu November 9 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles CA - SOLD OUT

Mon November 20 Marble Factory Bristol UK - SOLD OUT

Tue November 21 Koko London UK - SOLD OUT

Wed November 22 Koko London UK - SOLD OUT

Thu November 23 Stylus Leeds UK - SOLD OUT

Sun November 26 Casino De Paris Paris France

Tue November 28 Magazzini Generali Milan Italy 

Wed November 29 L’epicerie Moderne Lyon France

Thu November 30 Rote Fabrik Zurich Switzerland 

Fri December 1 Bürgerhaus Stollwerck Cologne Germany

Sun December 3 Uebel & Gefährlich Hamburg Germany 

Mon December 4 Astra Berlin Germany 

Wed December 6 Vega Copenhagen Denmark 

Fri December 8 Vasateatern Stockholm Sweden 

Sun December 10 Melkweg Amsterdam Holland - SOLD OUT

Mon December 11 De Roma Antwerp Belgium 

Wed December 13 Academy Dublin Ireland - SOLD OUT

Thu December 14 Academy 2 Manchester UK - SOLD OUT

Fri December 15 SWG3 Glasgow UK - SOLD OUT

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