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Interpol - New North American / European Shows Announced


Following last week's 'Marauder' launch events in Mexico City, the debut of "The Rover" and a subsequent performance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert", Interpol have confirmed additional worldwide dates in additional to previously announced headlining dates at the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theater and Madison Square Garden.  Ticket links can be found below.

preorder 'Maurauder' from The Interpol Store and obtain a presale code for the newly announced shows below.

stream / download “The Rover”
Preorder 'Maurader' from The Matador Store


Interpol on tour
(new dates in bold, on sale Friday June 15 at 10am local time) :


Monday, June 25th - Arena Wien Open Air - Wien, AU
Tuesday, June 26th - Sexto Nplugged - Sesta Al Reghena, IT
Wednesday, June 26th - INmusic Festival - Zagreb, HR
Sunday, July 1st - TRNSMT Festival - Glasgow, UK
Saturday July 7th - British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London, UK  & (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, July 5th - Roskilde Festival - Roskilde, DK
Thursday, August 23rd - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA @
Friday, August 24th - House Of Vans, Brooklyn  NY
Tuesday, September 11th - Orpheum Theater, Boston MA*
Wednesday, September 12th - Olympic Theater, Montreal QC*
Thursday, September 13th - Rebel, Toronto ONT*

September 14-15 -  Riot Fest, Douglas Park, Chicago IL
Sunday, Septemeber 16 - Royal Oak Theater, Detroit MI*
Monday, September 17 - Express Live, Columbus OH*
Thursday, September 27 - Bomb Factory, Dallas TX*
Friday, September 28 - Bass Concert Hall, Austin TX*
Saturday, September 29 - White Oak Music Hall Lawn, Houston TX*
Monday, October 1 - The Van Buren, Phoenix AZ*

Thursday, October 4th - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA ^
Friday, October 5th - SDSU Open Air Theater, San Diego CA ++
Saturday, October 6th - Greek Theatre - Berkeley CA
Tuesday, November 6th - Akasaka Blitz - Tokyo, JP
Wednesday, November 14th - Royal Albert Hall - London, UK $
Friday, November 16th - 02 Apollo, Manchester UK $
Sunday, November 18th - Olympia Theater, Dublin IE $
Friday, November 23rd - Merhr! Theater, Hamburg DE $

Saturday, November 24th - TAP1 - Copenhagen, DK  $
Sunday, November 25th - Tempodrom, Berlin DE $
Tuesday, November 27th - Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrect NL  $
Wednesday, November 28th - Forest National, Brussels BE $

Thursday, November 29th - La Salle Pleyel - Paris, FR
Saturday, February 16th - Madison Square Garden, NYC NY !

& w/ The Cure
* w/ Sunflower Bean
^ w/ The Kills, Sunflower Bean
++ w/ The Kills
$ w/ Nilüfer Yanya
! w/ Car Seat Headrest, Snail Mail
@ w/ Honduras
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Interpol - "The Rover" (From "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert")



From last night's broadcast of CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert", Interpol performing "The Rover", from the forthcoming 'Marauder' (out August 24)


(Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS )


Stream/preorder 'Marauder'


Stream / download “The Rover”

Interpol on tour (new dates in bold)
Monday, June 25th - Arena Wien Open Air - Wien, AU
Tuesday, June 26th - Sexto Nplugged - Sesta Al Reghena, IT
Wednesday, June 26th - INmusic Festival - Zagreb, HR
Sunday, July 1st - TRNSMT Festival - Glasgow, UK
Saturday July 7th - British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London, UK (with The Cure) (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, July 5th - Roskilde Festival - Roskilde, DK
Friday, August 24th - House Of Vans, Brooklyn, NY
September 14-16, Riot Fest, Douglas Park, Chicago IL
Thursday, October 4th - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA
General On Sale - 10am local time, June 15th
Saturday, October 6th - Greek Theatre - Berkeley CA
General On Sale - 10am local time, June 15th
Tuesday, November 6th - Akasaka Blitz - Tokyo, JP
General On Sale - 10am JST, June 23rd
Wednesday, November 14th - Royal Albert Hall - London, UK
General On Sale - 10am BST, June 15th
Saturday, November 24th - TAP1 - Copenhagen, DK
General On-Sale - 10am CEST, June 15th
Thursday, November 29th - La Salle Pleyel - Paris, FR
General On Sale - 10am CEST, June 15th
Saturday, February 16th - Madison Square Garden, NYC NY *


General On Sale - 10am EST, June 15th

* w/ Car Seat Headrest, Snail Mail

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OUT TODAY: Perfume Genius "Reshaped"



Perfume Genius's Reshaped, an EP of No Shape remixes, is out today. The six new tracks feature takes from King Princess, Blake Mills, Mura Masa, among others. Stream the full EP here.

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)



Perfume Genius will join Belle & Sebastian in performing at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens NY tonight. See his full itinerary, including dates with Florence + The Machine Below.

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)

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Coming August 24 : Interpol - 'Marauder'




(Interpol by Jamie-James Medina)



“Marauder is a facet of myself. That’s the guy that fucks up friendships and does crazy shit. He taught me a lot, but it’s representative of a persona that’s best left in song. In a way, this album is like giving him a name and putting him to bed.” -Paul Banks

Months of speculation come to an end today as details of the new Interpol album can finally be confirmed: One of the most critically acclaimed bands of this generation will release their sixth album, Marauder, August 24th on Matador Records.

As you read this, Interpol is currently revealing all details (Themes! Making-of! Album art! Producer! Visuals!) to a convergence of their most fervent fans and media, live from General Prim 30 in Mexico City via a live-streamed press conference. (Update: see the archived video of Interpol's press conference below)



Marauder’s first single, "The Rover", can be heard HERE, and will be performed live on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" tomorrow night, June 8 (11:35 eastern airtime).

Interpol have also confirmed an initial run of worldwide tour dates, in addition to previously announced appearances at London’s BST Hyde Park with The Cure, Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival, NYC’s House of Vans and Chicago’s Riot Fest. Those that preorder Marauder directly from the Interpol store will get first access to ticket presales for the new shows, which include London's Royal Albert Hall, New York City's Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl. The full list of tour dates can be found below.

Tracklist
1. If You Really Love Nothing
2. The Rover
3. Complications
4. Flight of Fancy
5. Stay in Touch
6. Interlude 1
7. Mountain Child
8. NYSMAW
9. Surveillance
10. Number 10
11. Party's Over
12. Interlude 2
13. It Probably Matters


(photo by Jamie-James Medina)







Special Vinyl Editions
The standard black vinyl edition of Marauder will be available from the Matador Store, Interpol band store, and all good independent music retailers.

The red vinyl edition is only available through the Matador Store or the Interpol band store.

The cream vinyl edition will only be available for purchase through independent retailers.

Preorder Marauder direct from The Interpol Store to get first access to ticket presales.



Stream/preorder 'Marauder'


Preorder 'Maurader' from The Matador Store



Stream / download “The Rover”



Interpol on tour (new dates in bold)
Monday, June 25th - Arena Wien Open Air - Wien, AU
Tuesday, June 26th - Sexto Nplugged - Sesta Al Reghena, IT
Wednesday, June 26th - INmusic Festival - Zagreb, HR
Sunday, July 1st - TRNSMT Festival - Glasgow, UK
Saturday July 7th - British Summer Time, Hyde Park, London, UK (with The Cure) (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, July 5th - Roskilde Festival - Roskilde, DK
Friday, August 24th - House Of Vans, Brooklyn, NY
September 14-16, Riot Fest, Douglas Park, Chicago IL
Thursday, October 4th - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA
General On Sale - 10am local time, June 15th
Saturday, October 6th - Greek Theatre - Berkeley CA
General On Sale - 10am local time, June 15th
Tuesday, November 6th - Akasaka Blitz - Tokyo, JP
General On Sale - 10am JST, June 23rd
Wednesday, November 14th - Royal Albert Hall - London, UK
General On Sale - 10am BST, June 15th
Saturday, November 24th - TAP1 - Copenhagen, DK
General On-Sale - 10am CEST, June 15th
Thursday, November 29th - La Salle Pleyel - Paris, FR
General On Sale - 10am CEST, June 15th
Saturday, February 16th - Madison Square Garden, NYC NY *


General On Sale - 10am EST, June 15th

* w/ Car Seat Headrest, Snail Mail



Interpol has announced plans to perform at Madison Square Garden on February 16th, featuring support from Car Seat Headrest and Snail Mail.

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It finally happened; somebody called the cops on Interpol.

The long arm of the law caught up with Daniel Kessler, Paul Banks, and Sam Fogarino in 2017, as they worked on a new album inside the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ rehearsal space in Manhattan. Even in its infancy, Marauder was shaping up to be a beast; an early practice session was so vigorous, it resulted in Sam hitting the drums so hard that he busted his kick drum. “That rarely happens, even with heavy-hitters,” says Sam.

Eventually, the trio were playing with such force and volume, that a neighbor called the boys in blue on the boys in black, forcing them out of the practice space. “We ruined it for everyone,” reflects Daniel. “It seemed like you’re picking on the wrong rock band,” adds Sam with a laugh. “It’s not like we’re Mastodon. I mean, in certain circles, we’re considered wimps!”

If that was ever the case, the Interpol captured on their sixth album are nothing of the sort. While many fans took time over the last 18 months to read about the band’s vital part in New York City’s early 21st century rock renaissance, or bask in the glory of their hugely successful 15th anniversary tour celebrating the seminal 2002 debut Turn On the Bright Lights, the trio have been quietly (sorry, LOUDLY) working on making sure they’re not just a cultural timepiece for music historians to study. The result is Marauder: an album that sways as well as it seduces, that pounds as well as it pouts, and that batters as well as it broods.

They’ve had some help along the way. For the first time since 2007’s Our Love to Admire, Interpol have opened themselves up to the input of a producer. For two-week spells between December of 2017 to April of 2018, they travelled to upstate New York to work with Dave Fridmann – famed for recording with Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, MGMT, Spoon, Mogwai, and countless more.

The New Yorkers arrived at his remote and frequently snowbound Tarbox Studios with most of Marauder tightly rehearsed and worked out. Fridmann made sure that their meticulous work in crafting a virile and visceral set of songs didn’t get flattened during recording. It was his suggestion to skip the Pro Tools, and record directly two-inch tape. “That meant there was a limitation to the amount of things you could track,” explains Daniel. “You couldn’t add more overdubs because you would have to erase something else. You couldn’t really over-think too much of it.” It’s a decision that allows a leaner and more muscular Interpol to flex throughout the album.

In the run up to writing and recording, Sam found himself immersed in soul drummers such as Al Jackson Jr (Otis Redding’s drummer) and 80’s funk producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. “How can I make shit swing?” was the question Sam repeatedly asked himself, and the answer is in the striding gallop of opener “If You Really Love Nothing,” the embellished skip ‘n’ bounce of “Stay in Touch” and the R&B swagger of closer “It Probably Matters.” Interpol have always been world-beaters at creating a feeling, but Marauder is where the feel is just as crucial.  - Hardeep Phull

Snail Mail - Postcard Contest, New Fall '18 Dates



Snail Mail's debut LP Lush is out in the world this Friday, and the band begins touring today with two dates supporting Belle & Sebastian before playing a sold-out release show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday.

Beginning this week, Snail Mail will be carrying postcards on the road, free for you to grab at your local show. Fill it out with your own message or drawing, send it to the address listed on the postcard, and if Lindsey chooses your card, you'll win a box of her favorite records from the Matador warehouse. If you won't be at an upcoming Snail Mail show (I don't know what kind of tragedy would cause this to happen) but would still like to participate in the contest, the postcards will be included in Lush pre-orders and available at local indie retail stores. Lindsey will pick the winner on July 4th.



Pre-order Lush here.

Adding to an already extensive itinerary, Snail Mail has announced support of Alvvays at upcoming doubleheaders at Brooklyn's Warsaw and Toronto's Danforth Music Hall this Autumn.

Newly Announced Dates, on sale Friday 10am EST
September 27, Warsaw, Brooklyn NY
September 28, Warsaw, Brooklyn NY
December 7, Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
December 8, Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON

Previously Announced Dates, on sale now
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 *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, June 9 Asbury Park Brewing, Asbury Park NJ *SOLD OUT*
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 *SOLD OUT*
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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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"
preorder 'The Switch'
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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