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Interpol - 'Turn On The Bright Lights' 15th Anniversary European Tour

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Interpol have confirmed a series of summer and autumn shows to mark the 15th anniversary of their landmark debut album, 2002's 'Turn On The Bright Lights' ; they'll be playing 'TOTBL' from front to back starting August 9 in Prague. There's no North American dates for this one, but thanks for asking!

Paul Banks, Daniel Kessler and Sam Fogarino are currently working on new material for a new album, tentatively scheduled for release via Matador in 2018.

Wednesday, August 9 - Prague, CZ - Lucerna Music Bar
Thursday, August 10 - Vienna, AT - Arena
Saturday, August 12 - Buftea, RO - Summer Well Festival
Sunday, August 13 - Belgrade, RS - Belgrade Fortress
Tuesday, August 15 - Budapest, HU - Sziget Festival
Wednesday, August 16 - Munich, DE - Muffathalle
Saturday, August 19 - Luxembourg, LU - Den Atelier
Sunday, August 20 - St. Malo, FR - La Route Du Rock
Tuesday, August 22 - Asolo, IT - AMA Music Festival
Wednesday, August 23 - Milan, IT - Carroponte
Friday, August 25 - Zurich, CH - Zurich Open Air Festival
Sunday, August 27 - Copenhagen, DK - The KoncerthusetTuesday, August 29 - Tilburg, NL - 013
Wednesday, August 30 - Groningen, NL - Oosterpoort
Friday, September 1 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace
Sunday, September 3 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall
Tuesday, September 5 - Paris, FR - Le Trianon
Saturday, September 9 - Spain, ES - DCode Festival

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STEVE GUNN UK & EU SOLO TOUR ANNOUNCED

SG-solo-EUCurrently on tour with Lee Ranaldo & Meg Baird stateside, Steve Gunn is never shy to announce even more tour dates. There is a big batch of new shows that were announced this morning across the UK and Europe. All ticket links can be found HERE. Even more shows for this new tour are in the works, so don't fret if you don't see a show close to you below.







NEW UK/EU TOUR DATES 
Monday, April 3 – St John Church, London, UK
Tuesday, April 4 – Louisiana,  Bristol, UK
Wednesday, April 5 – Holy Trinity – Leeds, UK
Thursday, April 6 – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK
Friday, April 7 – Unitarian Church,  Brighton, UK
Saturday, April 8 – Little Waves, Genk, Belgium
Sunday, April 9 – Zonnehuis – Amsterdam, Netherlands  (4pm show)
Monday, April 10 – Doopsgezinde Kerk (church) – Utrecht, Netherlands
Tuesday, April 11 – Les Atelier Claus, Brussels, Belgium
Wednesday, April 12 – Vooruit (Theater Zaal) – Gent, Belgium
Thursday, April 13 – TBC, Paris, France
Friday, April 14 – Le Bourg - Lausanne, Switzerland
Saturday, April 15 – Bad Bonn, Düdingen, Switzerland
Monday, April 17 – Anfiteatro del Venda – Padova, Italy
Tuesday, April 18 – Blackmarket/Unplugged in Monti Series, Rome, Italy
Wednesday, April 19 – St. Edmunds Church, Oslo, Norway
Thursday, April 20 – Tungenes Lighthouse, Randaberg, Norway
Saturday, April 22 – G Livelab, Helsinki, Finland
Sunday, April 23 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark



US TOUR DATES WITH LEE RANALDO & MEG BAIRD

Wednesday, January 18 — Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville OH*%
Thursday, January 19 — The Warhol, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, January 20 — Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC*%
Saturday, January 21 — PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA*%
Sunday, January 22 — Park Church Co-op, Brooklyn NY*%

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Coming March 17 : Spoon's 'Hot Thoughts'

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Perhaps it would be unfair to call this the most poorly kept secret in recent memory,  but it's certainly in the top ten.  On March 17, we'll releasing the 9th and latest album from Spoon, 'Hot Thoughts'  in all territories.

’Hot Thoughts’’ is the bravest, most sonically inventive work of Spoon’s career. With all due respect to earlier efforts that have made the quintet both critically acclaimed and a commercial contender, preconceptions about this band are about to be obliterated. That’s not to say ‘Hot Thoughts’ doesn’t have a requisite supply of infectious earworms but there’s a lyrical bent that’s as carnal as it’s crafty, and a newfound sense of sonic exploration that results in the genre-smasher Spoon have flirted with in the past but not fully consummated.

Co-produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann and reunited with Matador (third time’s the charm), with the crackling, incandescent, multi-dimensional backdrop conjured on ‘Hot Thoughts’, the lines between accessible and experimental become non-factors for once and all. It’s pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.

Following a streak of three consecutive Top 10 albums—'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga' (Merge, 2007), 'Transference' (Merge, 2010) and 'They Want My Soul' (Loma Vista, 2014)--Hot 'Thoughts' is nothing short of a masterwork. Within the space of 10 songs, 'Hot Thoughts' creates a musical universe of its own, ranging from the kaleidoscopic opening/title track—available to stream here or as an instant download with all pre-orders --through the gargantuan stomp of “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” and ubiquitous wiry hooks of “Can I Sit Next To You" to the bittersweetness of “I Ain’t The One” and beyond.

Having recently previewed 'Hot Thoughts' material in a surprise hometown warm-up, Spoon has also confirmed a three-night release week SXSW residency for which the band will resurrect the original Austin venue Emo's location, currently referred to as "The Main" on March 14, 15 and 16.  Spoon will select a unique line up each night and will stubbornly be referring to the venue as "Eno's”.

Details on the various vinyl formats can be found below.

Track listing:

1. Hot Thoughts
2. WhisperI'lllistentohearit
3. Do I Have To Talk You Into It
4. First Caress
5. Pink Up
6. Can I Sit Next To You
7. I Ain't The One
8. Tear It Down
9. Shotgun
10. Us

FORMATS :

- Standard Edition: Black vinyl, available at all retailers as well as via Matador and Spoon's webstore

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- Limited edition Purple vinyl, exclusive to The Matador Store and Spoon webstores  :

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Green Vinyl version - Exclusive to Matador and Spoon web store orders only. Two Golden Ticket Green Vinyl versions are hidden within the purple pressing. The lucky recipient will win tickets to the nearest Spoon show upon redemption.

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Limited edition Red vinyl, exclusive to all participating independent record stores :

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- CD and Digital (mp3/Audiophile)

South By Southwest Residency at The Main a/k/a Eno's:

Tuesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 15
Thursday, March 16

2017 TOUR DATES (SO FAR)
Friday, July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid ES
Friday, July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY

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FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO COCKFIGHT : NEW CHAVEZ EP OUT TODAY

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We can't rightfully call it "decades in the making". After all, the 'Cockfighters' EP has only been at the pressing plant a few months, and said facilities get far too much criticism from laypersons and record company creeps these days, as is. The important thing is that we're on the precipice of rock history as once again, Clay, Matt, Scott and James have convened (albeit briefly) to remind us their collective skill-set is as unbeatable in 2017 as it was, well, whenever you first heard Chavez. The 12" EP is out today and is available for physical purchase, download or streaming.

If you're in NYC, Matt Sweeney and Dave "Ferd" Ferguson will be performing a brief set in the basement of Max Fish at around 8pm. They'll be giving away copies of 'Cockfighters' as well, though not very many. We're not made of free records (and neither are they), though I'm told we're mostly water. This doesn't sound right at all. What's with all the hair and skin?

TRACK LISTING:
1. The Singer Lied
2. Blank In The Blaze
3. The Bully Boys

2017 TOUR DATES:
YOU WISH

Julien Baker - 'Sprained Ankle' re-release, "Funeral Pyre" 7", 2017 Touring

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We're very thrilled to announce the signing of Memphis, TN-based songwriter Julien Baker. The 21-year-old’s widely-acclaimed 2015 debut album, 'Sprained Ankle' (originally released by 6131) is available now digitally, with Matador's LP and CD reissue available in all territories (save for North America and Australia) on March 17. We'll be releasing Julien's next studio album everywhere.

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As premiered earlier this morning via NPR's "All Songs Considered", you can hear the previously unreleased “Funeral Pyre”, the A-side for Baker’s new 7”, out on March 17th on Matador*. Only Baker can make a song with such a darkly macabre title so heartbreakingly gorgeous, with her signature hushed-yet-lofty vocals soaring over a quietly finger-picked melody that crescendos into layered, almost-orchestral beauty. The B-side, “Distant Solar System,” is another unheard song from the 'Sprained Ankle' sessions.

(* - said 7" will be included in the international editions of the 'Sprained Ankle' LP ; however, the single will be available for stand-alone purchase in North America).

(STREAM / PREORDER 'Sprained Ankle')
(STREAM / PREORDER "Funeral Pyre")

After extensive touring in 2015 and 2016, Baker shows no signs of slowing down in 2017. Midwestern US audiences can catch her on a short run of dates this winter, which are followed by a lengthy European tour in the spring. The full list of tour dates can be found below :

01/18 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater w/ Ben Gibbard
01/19 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Ben Gibbard
01/20 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Ben Gibbard
02/17 Davenport, IA @ GAS Feed & Seed Fest
02/18 Champaign, IL @ The Accord w/ Thunder Dreamer
04/22-04/23 N. Charleston, SC @ High Water Festival w/ Avett Brothers, The Shins, Shovels & Rope, Dawes, Lucius, Charles Bradley
05/24 Jena, DE @ Trafo
05/25 Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
05/28 Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
05/29 Munster, DE @ Pension Schmidt
05/30 Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof
05/31 Munich, DE @ Milla
06/05 London, UK @ Bush Hall
06/06 Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
06/09 Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound
06/10 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

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VIDEO : Steve Gunn - "Full Moon Tide"



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Prior to next week's solo tour alongside Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird, The Bluegrass Solution have posed a clip of Steve Gunn performing "Full Moon Tide" at an undisclosed downtown L.A. location.

upcoming dates :

Tuesday, January 10 — Arts at the Armory, Somerville MA*
Wednesday, January 11 — Columbus Theater, Providence RI*
Thursday, January 12 — Winooski Methodist Church, Winooski VT*
Friday, January 13 — PHI Centre, Montreal, QC*
Saturday, January 14 — The Great Hall Toronto ON*
Monday, January 16 — Thalia Hall, Chicago IL*
Tuesday, January 17 — The Cave, Louisville KY*
Wednesday, January 18 — Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville OH*
Friday, January 20 — Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC*
Saturday, January 21 — PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA*

* = w/ Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird

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