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Coming July 13 : Body/Head - The Switch






(photo : David Black)

On July 13, we're releasing the new album from BODY/HEAD, 'The Switch'. The duo of Kim Gordon and Bill Nace recorded their 2nd studio album for Matador last summer in Western Massachusetts with engineer Justin Pizzoferrato and the results are equal parts dizzying & intense. Summer & Autumn U.S. dates are listed below, with several of the shows in question already on sale.

stream/download "You Don't Need"
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Creative alchemy doesn’t just happen in the studio or in the practice space; so much of it is the product of solo time with one’s instrument, learning how body and wood and electronics fuse, and of subconscious processes as one lives one’s daily life—picking up the ambient noise of the world outside, listening to others’ work, talking through ideas with friends. For Kim Gordon and Bill Nace, time together these days is limited to live performances and recording, so they’ve got to bring all their magic to every encounter. Lucky for us, these are two experimental sorcerers of significant renown.

Their debut album together as Body/Head, 'Coming Apart', from 2013, was more of a rock record—heavy, emotional, cathartic, spellwork in shades of black and grey. T'he Switch' is their second studio full-length, and it finds the duo working with a more subtle palette, refining their ideas and identity. Some of it was sketched out live (if you’ve not had the fortune of seeing them in that natural environment yet, see 2016’s improvisational document 'No Waves'), but much of it happened purely in the moment. Working in the same studio and with the same producer as 'Coming Apart', here Body/Head stretch out, making spacious pieces that build shivering drones, dissonant interplay, Gordon’s manipulated vocals, and scraping, haunting textures into something that feels both delicate and dangerous. Less discrete songs than one composition broken up into thematic movements, a slow-moving narrative that requires as much attention and care from the listener as it did from everyone involved in its creation, it is a record that sticks around after it’s done playing.

This is Nace’s favorite of Gordon’s guitar work; she’s truly come into her own as a guitarist, having built up her confidence through solo shows. The way the duo work together, you’d never know they spend so much time apart; on 'The Switch', their vision and focus feel truly unified. If Coming Apart was dark magic, 'The Switch' works with light, though it never forgets that these approaches are two sides of the same coin, and that binaries—black/white, near/far, emotion/analysis, body/head—are made to be broken open, and that the truth of things is in the energy between.

-Jes Skolnik, May 2018


Body/Head on tour
:

Thursday, June 21 No Response Festival, Cincinnati OH
Friday, July 13 Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, July 14 The Lab San Francisco CA
Thursday, July 19 Elsewhere, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, July 20 BSP, Kingston NY *
Saturday, July 21 Statehouse, New Haven CT *
Sunday, July 22 The Root Cellar, Greenfield MA *
Tuesday, July 24 Great Scott, Boston MA *
Thursday, July 26 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA *
September 6-8 Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh NC
Saturday, September 15 Beerland, Austin TX

* w/ Gunn-Truscinski Duo

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Perfume Genius - Mura Masa "Slip Away" Remix



Following Perfume Genius's announcement of Reshaped, an EP of six No Shape remixes, and the premiere of King Princess's remix to "Run Me Through," Mura Masa released a remix to "Slip Away" today. Stream the track here.



Reshaped is out next Friday, June 8th, pre-save the EP here.

Perfume Genius also recently extended his Summer and Fall routing to include new dates with Florence + The Machine. Tickets are on sale for those performances tomorrow, the remaining dates listed below are on sale now.

Perfume Genius live :
Friday, June 8 Forest Hills Stadium Forest Hills, NY  w/ Belle & Sebastian
Wednesday, June 13 Mad Cool Festival Madrid, Spain
Thursday, June 14 Nos Alive Festival Lisbon, Portugal
Wednesday, August 8 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara CA w/ Bon Iver
Friday, August 10 Outside Lands Festival San Francisco CA
Friday, October 19 United Center Chicago IL (with Florence & The Machine)
Saturday, October 20 Target Center Minneapolis MN (with Florence & The Machine)

Reshaped
1. Braid (mmph remix)
2. Slip Away (Mura Masa remix)
3. Just Like Love (Jam City remix)
4. Die 4 You (Laurel Halo remix)
5. Every Night (Blake Mills remix)
6. Run Me Through (King Princess remix)

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Belle & Sebastian announce 'The Boaty Weekender'



photo by Gaelle Beri

Are you a veteran festival goer only now beginning to feel like your time in the trenches is over? You're a stalwart of the indie stages, but quite frankly mud doesn't tan.

Say no more, this morning Belle & Sebastian have announced a four day festival cruise around the Mediterranean, sailing to Sardinia from Barcelona and back from August 8th - 12th 2019

The cruise will feature performances across five stages from some of your favourite acts, as well as a specially curated line-up of emerging artists too.
“We have got our hands on quite a large boat, and we’re loading it up with some ace groups for a four-day sail round The Med. Welcome to The Boaty Weekender: our new take on an old classic, The Bowlie Weekender. Join us August 8–12, 2019 on the beautiful Norwegian Jade as we depart from Barcelona and make our way to Cagliari, Sardinia to spend some time on dry land with you beautiful groovers. We want to do it right. Let’s have yoga and cocktails and club nights and themed balls and crèches and quizzes and scrabble tournaments – and gigs. Gigs upon gigs from some of our good friends and favourite acts in rock ‘n’ roll across five stages throughout the ship - and instead of stumbling home to a damp tent in a dark field, saunter back to a plush bed in your own stateroom on a luxury liner. - Belle & Sebastian

For full details and line-up news, check The Boaty Weekender official site.





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Perfume Genius - 'Reshaped' Remix EP







Perfume Genius has announced 'Reshaped', a special remix EP of tracks taken from his Grammy nominated fourth album 'No Shape', which will be released June 8th on Matador. King Princess’s remix of album cut ‘Run Me Through’ is out now, following its premier as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats1 yesterday. It’s a sensuous rework from the rising Brooklyn NYC artist and producer, with an intoxicating dub and trip hop-infused beat underscoring Perfume Genius’ slinky, spellbinding melody.

stream/download King Princess' remix of  "Run Me Through"
stream or purchase 'No Shape'

Featuring contributions from the stellar cast of Mura Masa (‘Slip Away’), Laurel Halo (‘Die 4 You’), Jam City (‘Just Like Love’), King Princess (‘Run Me Through’), mmph (‘Braid’), and No Shape producer Blake Mills (‘Every Night’), 'Reshaped' presents six adventurous takes on the albums vivid sonic world.

Tracklist:

1. Braid (mmph remix)
2. Slip Away (Mura Masa remix)
3. Just Like Love (Jam City remix)
4. Die 4 You (Laurel Halo remix)
5. Every Night (Blake Mills remix)
6. Run Me Through (King Princess remix)

Perfume Genius live :

June 8 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium w/ Belle & Sebastian
June 13 - Madrid, Spain - Mad Cool Festival
June 14 -  Lisbon, Portugal - Passeio Maritimo de Alges
August 8 -  Santa Barbara CA - Santa Barbara Bowl w/ Bon Iver
August 10 -  San Francisco CA - Outside Lands Festival
October 19 - Chicago IL - United Center (with Florence & The Machine)
October 20 - Minneapolis MN - Target Center (with Florence & The Machine)

Perfume Genius online:

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Car Seat Headrest announce UK & EU November dates



Fresh from a headline tour of Europe that saw the band headline a sold-out Roundhouse in London last Wednesday, Car Seat Headrest have announced more European dates for later in the year.

These new dates see the band stepping into some enormous venues - the five thousand capacity O2 Brixton Academy looking particularly scintillating.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 10am GMT, details below

Car Seat Headrest on tour - new dates in bold

Tuesday, May 29 Kantine Cologne, Germany
Wednesday, May 30 Uebel & Gefahrlich Hamburg, Germany
Thursday, May 31 Festsaal Kreuzberg Berlin, Germany
Saturday, June 2, Primavera Sound Barcelona, Spain
Saturday, July 7 80/35 Festival Des Moines, IA
Monday, July 9 Festival d’Ete International De Quebec Quebec City, QC Friday, July 13 The Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
Saturday, July 14 Timber Outdoor Music Festival, Carnation WA
Sunday, July 15 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Tuesday, July 17 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA SOLD OUT
Wednesday, July 18 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
Saturday, July 20 Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 22 Bunkhouse Saloon Las Vegas, CA SOLD OUT
Monday, July 23 191 Toole Tuscon, AZ
Tuesday, July 24 The Van Buren Phoenix, AZ
Friday, July 27 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Saturday, July 28 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO
Monday, July 30 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
Wednesday, September 5 First Avenue Minneapolis MN
Thursday, September 6 Majestic Theatre Madison WI
Friday, September 7 Vic Theatre Chicago IL
Saturday, September 8 Majestic Theatre Detroit MI
Sunday, September 9 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH
Tuesday, September 11 The Danforth Music Hall Toronto ON
Wednesday, September 12 Corona Theatre Montreal, QC
Thursday, September 13 Royale Boston, MA
Friday, September 14 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, September 15 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, September 18 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, September 19 9:30 Club Washington, D.C.
Friday, September 21 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
Saturday, September 22 Orange Peel Asheville NC
Monday, September 24 Variety Playhouse Atlanta GA
Thursday, September 27 Delmar Hall St. Louis, MO
Friday, September 28 Crossroads Kansas City, MO
Saturday, November 3rd La Lune Des Pirates, Amiens FR
Monday, November 5th Tramshed, Cardiff UK
Tuesday, November 6th Rock City, Nottingham UK
Wednesday, November 7th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, November 8th O2 Brixton Academy, London UK
Saturday, November 10 Rolling Stone Weekender Weissenhauser Strand, DE
Sunday, November 11th Pumpehuset, Copenhagen DK
Tuesday, November 13th Vera, Groningen NL
Wednesday, November 14th Tivoli, Utrecht NL
Thursday, November 15th Autumn Falls at Vooruit, Gent BE
Saturday, November 17 Rolling Stone Park Rust, DE

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Snail Mail announces new UK / EU dates for October & November



Off the back of a very warmly received first ever full band headline show in London last week, Snail Mail announces a new batch of European tour dates for later in the year. Tickets are now onsale, full details can be found below.

As if you needed any further incentive to get your hands on the forthcoming debut LP - we're giving away a signed 'Lush' test pressing to one lucky fan who pre-orders the record through our webstore.

Pre-order 'Lush' here

Saturday, May 19th Gold Sounds 2018, Leeds UK
Sunday, May 20th Gullivers, Manchester UK
Monday, May 21st Louisiana, Bristol UK
Wednesday, May 23rd Witloof Bar, Brussels BE
Thursday, May 24th  Vera Groningen NL
Saturday, May 26th London Calling, Amsterdam NL
Tuesday, June 5 State Theater, Portland ME
Wednesday, June 6 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT
Thursday, June 7 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, June 9 Asbury Park Brewing, Asbury Park NJ
Tuesday, June 12 Black Cat, Washington D.C.
Wednesday, June 13 Cattivo, Pittsburgh PA
Thursday, June 14 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON
Friday, June 15 Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 16 Subterranean, Chicago IL
Sunday, June 17 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis MN
Monday, June 18 Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines IA
Wednesday, June 20 Larimer Lounge, Denver CO
Friday, June 22 Funky Taco, Boise ID
Saturday, June 23 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Sunday, June 24 Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
Monday, June 25 Holocene, Portland OR
Wednesday, June 27 Starline Social Club, Oakland CA
Thursday, June 28 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA
Friday, June 29 The Cellar Door, Visalia CA
Saturday, June 30 Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 1 Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, July 3 Pub Rock Live, Scottsdale AZ
Friday, July 6 Three Links, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 7 George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville AR
Monday, July 9 Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, July 10 The Pinhook, Durham NC
Wednesday, July 11 Strange Matter, Richmond VA
Thursday, July 12 Parkway Theatre, Baltimore MD
Saturday, July 14 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, July 15 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Monday, July 16 L’Escogriffe Bar Spectacle, Montreal QC
Tuesday, July 17 ArtsRiot, Burlington VT
Tuesday, July 24 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Wednesday, July 25 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Thursday, July 26 The Bishop, Bloomington IN
Friday, July 27 The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids MI
Sunday, July 29 Beachland Tavern, Cleveland OH
Friday, August 17 Green Man Festival, Cardiff UK
Monday, August 20 Antwerp OLT, Antwerp BE
Wednesday, August 22 Conges Annules, Luxembourg
Thursday, August 23 Bad Bonn, Dudingen CH
Tuesday, August 28 Perfect Sounds Forever, Bergen NO
Friday, August 31 Misty Fields Festival, Heusden NL
Sunday, September 2 End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK
Sunday, October 21st Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
Monday, October 22nd Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Tuesday, October 23rd The Hug & Pint, Glasgow UK
Wednesday, October 24th Now Wave, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 25th The Dome at Tufnell Park, London UK
Monday, October 29th Bodega, Nottingham UK
Tuesday, October 30th Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton UK
Wednesday, October 31st Thekla, Bristol UK
Monday, November 5th Blue Shell, Cologne DE
Tuesday, November 6th Molotow's Sky Bar, Hamburg DE
Wednesday, November 7th Badehaus Szimpla, Berlin DE
Thursday, November 8th-10th Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik IS
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