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Lucy Dacus - 'Historian', Coming March 2, "Night Shift" Premiere






(photo by Dustin Condren)

On March 2, Matador is releasing the hotly anticipated 2nd album from Richmond, VA's Lucy Dacus, 'Historian', the followup to her unanimously hailed 2016 debut, 'No Burden' that established her as one of modern music's top new voices & songwriters.   The album's first single, "Night Shift", can be heard above.

'Historian' is a remarkably assured 10-track statement of intent that finds Dacus unafraid to take on the big questions — the life-or-death reckonings, and the ones that just feel that way. It's a record full of bracing realizations, tearful declarations and moments of hard-won peace, expressed in lyrics that feel destined for countless yearbook quotes and first tattoos.

Dacus and her band recorded the album in Nashville last March, re-teaming with 'No Burden' producer Collin Pastore, and mixed it a few months later with John Congleton. The sound they created, with substantial input from multi-instrumentalist and live guitarist Jacob Blizard, is far richer and fuller than the debut — an outward flowering of dynamic, living, breathing rock and roll. Dacus' remarkable sense of melody and composition are the driving force throughout, giving 'Historian' the immersive feel of an album made by an artist in full command of her powers, on a new level of truth-telling and melodic grace.

The past year, with its electoral disasters and other assorted heartbreaks, has been a rough one for many of us, Dacus included. She found solace in crafting a thoughtful narrative arc for Historian, writing a concept album about cautious optimism in the face of adversity, with thematic links between songs that reveal themselves on repeat listens — touching on everything from systemic racism to creative burnout to the death of her grandmother. "It starts out dark and ends hopeful, but it gets darker in between; it goes to the deepest, darkest, place and then breaks," she explains. "What I'm trying to say throughout the album is that hope survives, even in the face of the worst stuff."

Global touring in support of 'Historian' kicks off  on release date at Brooklyn's Music Hall Of Williamsburg.  The album is available for preorder now on the format of your choice.

Tracklist :

1. Night Shift
2. Addictions
3. The Shell
4. Nonbeliever
5. Yours & Mine
6. Body To Flame
7. Timefighter
8. Next Of Kin
9. Pillar Of Truth
10. Historians

stream "Night Shift"

preorder 'Historian'

(Pre-orders  from The Matador Store will include ten postcards with individual art by ten different artists. Each postcard is inspired by one of the tracks off of 'Historian')

Tour Dates (on sale Friday, December 15)
Friday, March 2 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, March 7 The Southern, Charlottesville VA
Thursday, March 8 Pour House, Charleston SC
Friday, March 9 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Saturday, March 10 The High Watt, Nashville TN
Monday, March 19 Valley Bar, Phoenix AZ
Tuesday, March 20 Club Congress, Tucson AZ
Wednesday, March 21 The Casbah, San Diego CA
Thursday, March 22 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 23 The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz CA
Saturday, March 24 The Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Monday, March 26 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
Tuesday, March 27 Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
Wednesday, March 28 Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
Friday, March 30 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Saturday, March 31 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Monday, April 2 Reverb Lounge, Omaha NE
Wednesday, April 4 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN
Thursday, April 5 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Friday, April 6 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Saturday, April 7 The HI-FI, Indianapolis IN
Sunday, April 8 The Basement, Columbus OH
Monday, April 9 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, April 11 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Friday, April 13 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, April 14 Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC
Thursday, April 19 Bodega, Nottingham UK
Friday, April 20 The Hug and Pint, Glasgow UK
Saturday, April 21 Gullivers, Manchester UK
Sunday, April 22 Hare and Hounds 2, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, April 24 Louisiana, Bristol UK
Wednesday, April 25 Omeara, London UK
Thursday, April 26 The Hope and Ruin, Brighton UK
Friday, April 27 Espace B, Paris FR
Monday, April 30 Stengade, Copenhagen DK
Tuesday, May 1 Prinzenbar Hamburg DE
Thursday, May 3 Blue Shell, Cologne DE
Friday, May 4 Sugar Factory, Amsterdam NE
Lucy Dacus online :

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Spoon - 2018 European Dates, Pitchfork Live Replay Of 11/29 Brooklyn Steel Show



Earlier today, Spoon confirmed a short run of shows in the UK, France and Germany for next June ; dates in question are in bold below, tickets are on sale Monday. In addition, last Wednesday's sold out show from Brooklyn Steel can now be viewed on demand, courtesy Pitchfork Live.




Tour Dates
:

Friday, December 8 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN
Saturday, December 30 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Sunday, December 31 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, January 12 Showbox Seattle, WA&
Saturday, January 13 McDonald Theater Eugene, OR&
Monday, January 15 Jam Cellars Napa, CA&
Wednesday, January 17 The Masonic San Francisco, CA&
Thursday, January 18 Arlington Theater Santa Barbara, CA&
Saturday January 20 Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, NV&
Saturday, March 3 One Big Holiday Punta Cana DR
Thursday, March 15 La Trastienda MVD Montevideo, UY
Friday, March 16 Lollapalooza Argentina Buenos Aires AR
Saturday, March 17 Lollapalooza Chile Santiago CL
Friday, March 23 Lollapalooza Brazil Sao Paulo BR
Sunday, June 3rd - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
Monday, June 4 Forbidden Fruit Festival Dublin IE
Wednesday, June 6th - Alhambra - Paris, FR
Thursday, June 7th - Manufaktur - Schorndorf, DE
Friday, June 8th - Funkhaus - Berlin, DE
Saturday, June 9th - Taubchenthal - Leipzig, DE


+ w/ Ron Gallo
& w/ White Reaper

Stream or order 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon online :

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Official Site

VIDEO - Belle and Sebastian - "I'll Be Your Pilot", 'How To Solve Our Human Problems', EP1 Out Today







Belle and Sebastian release the first installment of their new triumvirate of EPs today (December 8), 'How To Solve Our Human Problems'. You can stream the five-track EP in full HERE, including recent single “We Were Beautiful.”

Alongside the release, Tidal are presenting a new video for “I'll Be Your Pilot,” the latest single taken from the EP series, as a special, weeklong exclusive. A 60-second trailer of the video is embeddable HERE, and the full version is viewable exclusively on Tidal HERE.

Directed by Michael Sherrington, the gently poetic video corresponds with the signature B&S artwork that accompanies the EPs, with a simple yet moving collage of individuals that echoes the spectrum of human emotion.

9The 3x12" 'How To Solve Our Human Problem' boxset is available with two different purchase options ; you can buy the set as a subscription which will ship an EP to your door each month, starting with the first EP today, the second EP on January 19th and the third EP and box + poster on Febraury 16th.)


OR you can buy the 3x12" boxset as a complete set, which will ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.
Alternatively, you may purchase a CD compilation of the 3 EPs, which will also ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.


The 3 EPs are also available individually, without the boxset and poster, on each of the dates listed above. You can buy EP 1 HERE, EP 2 HERE and EP 3 HERE.

(UK orders
EU orders)

Tour Dates :



Mon – 05-Feb – Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma
Tue – 06-Feb – France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Wed – 07-Feb – France, Paris, Salle Pleyel
Fri – 09-Feb – France, Nantes, Stereolox
Sun – 11-Feb – Luxembourg, Rockhal
Mon – 12-Feb – Switzerland, Zurich, X tra limmathaus
Tue – 13-Feb – Italy, Milan, Fabrique
Wed – 14-Feb – Italy, Bologna, Estragon
Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall
Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre
Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City
Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome
Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy
Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy
Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic
Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St

Belle and Sebastian online:
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WATCH: Tiny Desk: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile



Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile have a lot to celebrate this year: Their LP Lotta Sea Lice has been featured on Best-Of lists from Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, Paste, Uproxx, Noisey, among others so far, and they've traveled North America together with their all-star group The Sea Lice. Today NPR released Courtney & Kurt's Tiny Desk Concert, which sees the duo leave the band behind in favor of a mirrored acoustic performance. The set features highlights from Lotta Sea Lice "Over Everything," "Continental Breakfast," "Blue Cheese," and "Let It Go." Watch the whole thing here:



Order/Stream ‘LOTTA SEA LICE’

KURT VILE ONLINE :

King Krule - Tiny Desk Concert



A couple weeks after delivering The OOZ to the world, King Krule dropped by the All Songs Considered offices in Washington D.C. to perform a stripped version of some of the new material. Several weeks and about 30 sold-out shows across the U.S. and Europe later, the video premieres today. Watch as Archy and the band manage to transform the sunny NPR office into a dingy South London pub with the tracks, "Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver), Lonely Blue, and a combination of "Logos" and "Sublunary."



Purchase The OOZ Here:
http://smarturl.it/theooz

KING KRULE ON TOUR
Wednesday, December 6 Vega, Copenhagen DK *SOLD OUT*
Friday, December 8 Vasateatern, Stockholm SE *SOLD OUT*
Sunday, December 10 Welkweg, Amsterdam NE *SOLD OUT*
Monday, December 11 De Roma, Antwerp BE *SOLD OUT*
Wednesday, December 13 Academy, Dublin IE *SOLD OUT*
Thursday, December 14 Academy 2, Manchester UK *SOLD OUT*
Friday, December 15 SWG3, Glasgow UK *SOLD OUT*

ONLINE
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VIDEO(S) : Spoon - 3 Songs from "CBS This Morning : The Saturday Sessions"



It would be an exaggeration to say Spoon's last week in NYC represented some kind of huge multimedia takeover, but only a slight exaggeration. And if their record label cannot slightly exaggerate things and trumpet such achievements, WE'RE OUT OF A JOB and you certainly wouldn't wish that upon any of us during this holiday season. From Saturday's broadcast of "CBS This Morning", here's Spoon performing at an ungodly hour (OK, it was pre-taped) along with Britt and Rob being interviewed by the program's Anthony Mason.


"Do I Have To Talk You Into It"


"Can I Sit Next To You"


"Hot Thoughts"



Tour Dates
:

Friday, December 1 The Chance Theatre, Poughkeepsee NY
Sunday, December 3 Sherman Theatre, Stroudsberg PA
Tuesday, December 5 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park NY
Wednesday, December 6 Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington VT
Friday, December 8 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN
Saturday, December 30 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Sunday, December 31 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, January 12 Showbox Seattle, WA&
Saturday, January 13 McDonald Theater Eugene, OR&
Monday, January 15 Jam Cellars Napa, CA&
Wednesday, January 17 The Masonic San Francisco, CA&
Thursday, January 18 Arlington Theater Santa Barbara, CA&
Saturday January 20 Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, NV
&
Saturday, March 3 One Big Holiday Punta Cana DR
Thursday, March 15 La Trastienda MVD Montevideo, UY
Friday, March 16 Lollapalooza Argentina Buenos Aires AR
Saturday, March 17 Lollapalooza Chile Santiago CL
Friday, March 23 Lollapalooza Brazil Sao Paulo BR
Monday, June 4 Forbidden Fruit Festival Dublin IE

+ w/ Ron Gallo
& w/ White Reaper

Stream or order 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon online :

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Official Site

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