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Julien Baker - Live on KEXP + Pitchfork Music Festival Live Stream



Julien Baker is currently touring throughout North America in support of her recent release Turn Out The Lights. In May she performed four tracks from the album at the KEXP studios, which are online today. Julien performs today at Pitchfork Music Festival at 5:15pm CST. Her set (as well as Lucy Dacus's at 2:30pm CST) will be live-streaming from Pitchfork's YouTube Page. 

Buy/Stream Turn Out The Lights HERE

"Turn Out The Lights":


"Appointments":


"Sour Breath":


"Hurt Less":


Upcoming Tour Dates
Friday, July 20 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL &
Saturday, July 21 Surly Brewing Festival Field, Minneapolis MN &
Tuesday, July 24 The Anthem, Washington DC *
Wednesday, July 25 Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn NY *
Thursday, July 26 State Theatre, Portland ME *
Wednesday, August 1 Prescott Park Arts Festival, Portsmouth ME
Friday, August 3 Osheaga Festival, Montreal QC
Saturday, August 4 Garrison Common, Toronto ON
Saturday, August 25 Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park NJ
Wednesday, August 29 C/O Pop Cologne DE
Saturday, September 1 End of The Road Festival Larmer Tree Gardens UK
Monday, September 3 Botanique Brussels BE
Tuesday, September 4 Paradiso Amsterdam NL
Wednesday, September 5 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg DE
Friday, September 7 Hotel Cecil Copenhagen DK
Saturday, September 8 Perfect Sounds Forever Bergen NO
Monday, September 10 Kagelbanan Stockholm SE
Thursday, September 13 UT Connewitz Leipzig DE
Friday, September 14 NOD Prague CZ
Saturday, September 15 Flex Café Vienna AT
Sunday, September 16 Ampere Munich DE
Tuesday, September 18 Ohibo Milan IT
Thursday, September 20 Bad Bonn Dudingen CH
Saturday, September 22 La Maroquinerie Paris FR
Monday, September 24 Manchester Gorilla, Manchester UK
Tuesday, September 25 St. Luke's, Glasgow UK
Thursday, September 27 Vicar Street, Dublin IE
Saturday, September 29 O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London UK

& w/ Lucy Dacus, Courtney Barnett
* w/ Courtney Barnett, Vagabon

Julien Baker Online
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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Live on KEXP



During the first leg of Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' Sparkle Hard tour, the group stopped off at KEXP's Gathering Space in Seattle to play tracks off the new album. Those performances are online now, and The Jicks are back on the road too, performing tonight at Slim's in San Francisco. Before their show, they'll be live-streaming a session at Light Rail Studios at 6pm EST/3pm PST, which you can watch HERE.

Stream / Buy Sparkle Hard Here

Full Performance:


"Shiggy":


"Cast Off":


"Bike Lane":


"Refute":


"Middle America":


Upcoming Tour Dates
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA SOLD OUT
Thursday, July 19 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA SOLD OUT
Friday, July 20 Casbah, San Diego CA SOLD OUT
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25, Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR
Friday, October 5 Greek Theater, Los Angeles CA *
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

* w/ Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Online
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Snail Mail - 2 Japan Shows In October



Snail Mail's first visit to Japan happens this Autumn with a pair of shows in Osaka and Tokyo, October 4 and 6 respectively. Tickets go on sale August 4 at 10 JST.
Thursday, October 4 Umeda Shangri-La, Osaka JP

Saturday, October 6 Shibuya WWW X, Tokyo JP

stream / purchase 'Lush'

Previously announced tour dates :

Tuesday, July 17 ArtsRiot, Burlington VT
Thursday, July 19 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH
Friday, July 20 The Surf Lodge, Montauk NY
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
Saturday, July 28 Wicker Park Festival, Chicago IL
Sunday, July 29 Beachland Tavern, Cleveland OH
Friday, August 17 Green Man Festival, Cardiff UK
Monday, August 20 Antwerp OLT, Antwerp BE
Tuesday, August 21 Paradiso, Amsterdam NE
Wednesday, August 22 Conges Annules, Luxembourg
Thursday, August 23 Bad Bonn, Dudingen CH
Friday, August 24 Zurich Openair 2018, Zurich CH
Tuesday, August 28 Perfect Sounds Forever, Bergen NO
Thursday, August 30 Into The Great Wide Open Festival, Oost-Vlieland, NE
Friday, August 31 Misty Fields Festival, Heusden NL
Saturday, September 1 Golden Leaves Festival, Darmstadt DE
Sunday, September 2 End of the Road Festival, Salisbury UK
Tuesday, September 26 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
Wednesday September 26 Warsaw, Brooklyn NY *
Thursday September 27 Warsaw, Brooklyn NY * (SOLD OUT)
Friday September 28 Warsaw, Brooklyn NY * (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 29 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA *
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
Thursday, December 6 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
December 7Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
December 8Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
Saturday, February 16 Madison Square Garden, New York NY !
* w/ Alvvays

! w/ Interpol, Car Seat Headrest

Snail Mail online:

Out Today : Body/Head - 'The Switch'



(photo : David Black)

The Wire's Stewart Smith opines that "Kim Gordon and Bill Nace's Body/Head is the most compelling project to have emerged from the ashes of Sonic Youth," ("Gordon and Nace have become increasingly interested in texture and space, creating a free psychedelic music that's attuned to the play of shadow and light"), and while we're not encouraging comparison or competition between post-SY endeavors, I think we can all agree that today is a VERY GOOD DAY for The Wire's Stewart Smith, as Body/Head's 3rd Matador album, 'The Switch' is officially available via all finer record shops and digital platforms.



(purchase / stream 'The Switch')

Pitchfork's Marc Masters calls 'The Switch', "as mesmerizing as a hypnotist’s swinging clock," ("no matter how far they stretch, their tones and rhythms always cohere...in Nace and Gordon’s hands, these unchartable sounds combine like well-defined movements in a symphony. Their guitars rhyme as if they were trading chord changes rather than thick swaths of noise,") and as much as we anticipate you'll agree with him 110% upon experiencing the album in your preferred listening environment, we also wholeheartedly encourage you to catch Body/Head on tour starting tonight at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge.


(poster by Charles Burns)

Body/Head live dates :

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 7 Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh NC
Saturday, September 15 Beerland, Austin TX (with USA/Mexico, Exhalants, The Austerity Progam)

* w/ Gunn-Truscinski Duo

Body/Head online :
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VIDEO: Stephen Malkmus "Solid Silk"



Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have been on a tear this year, releasing their new album Sparkle Hard, performing on CBS This Morning, releasing mini-documentaries, and touring across North America. Today, Malkmus and director Brook Linder release an acoustic version of Sparkle Hard track, "Solid Silk."



The Jicks are back on the road beginning next Tuesday in Petaluma, carrying on to a few more sold-out dates in California. See their full itinerary below, including UK/EU dates in October.

BUY/STREAM SPARKLE HARD HERE

Upcoming Tour Dates
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA SOLD OUT
Thursday, July 19 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA SOLD OUT
Friday, July 20 Casbah, San Diego CA SOLD OUT
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25, Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR
Friday, October 5 Greek Theater, Los Angeles CA *
Wednesday, October 17th Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, October 18th SWG3, Glasgow UK
Friday, October 19th Vicar St., Dublin IE
Sunday, October 21st SXW, Bristol UK
Monday, October 22nd The Asylum, Birmingham UK
Wednesday, October 24th Hackney Arts Center, London UK
Thursday, October 25th Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Monday, October 29th Lido, Berlin DE
Tuesday, October 30th Stadtgarten, Cologne DE
Wednesday October 31st Melkweg, Amsterdam NL

* w/ Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Online
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VIDEO : Interpol - "The Rover"


(photo : Jamie-James Medina)



Interpol have released the video for powerhouse new single, “The Rover” taken from their forthcoming Dave Fridmann-produced new album, 'Marauder', out August 24th.

The video was shot on-location in Mexico City in June, during a whirlwind journey where Interpol announced their new album via a live-streamed press conference – only to be unexpectedly interrupted halfway through by a mysterious figure played by Ebon Moss-Bachrach, confusing fans and media alike. Today, the mystery has finally been revealed with the release of the video directed by Gerardo Naranjo ("Narcos", "The Bridge") – giving further context to the elusive cult-like character, ‘The Rover’ himself, blurring the line between documentary and fever dream in a heady montage of psychedelic, hedonistic adventures with his young followers in tow, as they ‘rove’ through the pulsing Distrito Federal.

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



(photo : Jamie-James Medina)

Interpol on tour

Monday, August 13 Teatro De La Ciudad Esperanza Iris, Mexico City MX
Tuesday, August 14 Teatro De La Ciudad Esperanza Iris, Mexico City MX
Thursday, August 23rd - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA @ (SOLD OUT)
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/ Sunflower Bean
^ w/ The Kills, Sunflower Bean
++ w/ The Kills
$ w/ Nilüfer Yanya
! w/ Car Seat Headrest, Snail Mail
@ w/ Honduras
Interpol - official site
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Interpol - YouTube channel

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