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Queens of the Stone Age : April 2024 Canadian Dates

Canadian dates on sale this Friday at 10am (see below)
Tickets :


The new Queens of the Stone Age album ‘In Times New Roman…’ is 30% off today only at the Matador store using the code SLAKEYOURTHIRST and at participating record shops (no code necessary). Find more info at

Queens of the Stone Age on tour (new dates in bold) :

Tuesday, December 5 Arizona Financial Theatre, Phoenix AZ **
Wednesday, December 6 Abraham Chavez Theatre, El Paso TX **
Friday, December 8 Moody Center, Austin TX **
Saturday, December 9 713 Music Hall, Houston TX **
Sunday, December 10 The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving TX **
Tuesday, December 12 Revel, Albuquerque NM **
Friday, December 15 Viejas Arena, San Diego CA **
Saturday, December 16 Kia Forum, Los Angeles CA **
Saturday, 10 Feb - Perth Red Hill Auditorium, Australia
Tuesday, 13 Feb - Adelaide The Drive, Australia
Friday 16 Feb - Hobart Mona Lawns, Australia
Sunday, 18 Feb - Torquay Torquay Commons - Lookout, Australia
Monday, 19 Feb - Melbourne Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Australia
Wednesday, 21 Feb - Sydney Hordern Pavilion, Australia
Saturday, 24 Feb - Gold Coast Broadwater Parklands - Lookout, Australia
Sunday, 25 Feb - Brisbane Fortitude Music Hall, Australia
Monday, 26 Feb - Brisbane Fortitude Music Hall, Australia
Thursday, 29 Feb - Auckland Spark Arena, New Zealand
Friday, 1 Mar - Wellington TSB Arena, New Zealand
Sunday, 3 Mar - Christchurch Wolfbrook Arena, New Zealand
Monday, April 1 Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary CA &
Tuesday, April 2 Rogers Place, Edmonton CA &
Wednesday, April 3 Sasktel Centre, Saskatoon CA &
Friday, April 5 Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg CA &
Monday, April 8 Tribune Communities Centre, Oshawa CA &
Tuesday, April 9 Leon’s Centre, Kingston CA &
Wednesday, April 10 Budweiser Gardens, London CA &
Friday, April 12 Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa CA &
Saturday, April 13 Place Bell, Laval CA &
Sunday, April 14 Videotron Centre, Quebec City CA &
Tuesday, April 16 Avenir Centre, Moncton CA &
Wednesday, April 17 Scotiabank Centre, Halifax CA &

& The Chats and Deep Tan
** Spirtualized support


Video : Car Seat Headrest - "Sober To Death" (Live)

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Ahead of the release of new live album 'Faces From The Masquerade' this Friday, December 8th, Car Seat Headrest today share a video of the band performing the song "Sober To Death".

“Another track not originally slated to be a part of this tour – it came up often enough in the polls that it soon got locked in,” says frontman Will Toledo of “Sober To Death,” taken from the album 'Twin Fantasy'. “I think this hushed version gave everyone a welcome chance to breathe. While this video is taken from our performance at the Wiltern in Los Angeles rather than the Brooklyn Steel shows featured in 'Faces From The Masquerade', it captures the same feeling of spontaneity and community that was present throughout the tour.”

The album’s title is a nod to the band’s original tour announcement, which kindly asked audiences to mask up (for obvious reasons) and also invited fans to “accoutre yourself in whatever further costumery you please” for an evening of “music, dancing, and identity loss.” It also alludes to the by now familiar custom-made gas mask worn by frontman Will Toledo at shows, complete with an expressive LED display for eyes. In addition to the group’s four core members - Toledo, guitarist/backing vocalist Ethan Ives, bassist Seth Dalby and drummer Andrew Katz - they were joined on the tour by keyboard player Ben Roth.

Car Seat Headrest Online :
Car Seat Headrest at Matador
official site

Out Today : Water From Your Eyes - 'Crushed By Everyone'

photo by Nikolas Soelter

Out today, 'Crushed By Everyone' is a song-by-song rework of Water From Your Eyes’ critically-adored Matador debut, 'Everyone’s Crushed'.

Curated by band members Rachel Brown and Nate Amos, the album dips heavily into WFYE’s personal rolodex with contributions that map the duo’s rapidly expanding community – friends, tourmates, and peers. It’s the rare “remix” record where everybody has met in person (or at least shared some DMs). Kassie Krut twists the title track up amid tumbling kick drums and snare pops. Nourished by Time croons atop a chopped up and scrambled “True Life.” The record also finds Water From Your Eyes reinterpreting themselves, with Nate dialing Nu Metal grind and microtonal drone into an undeniably epic update on “Barley".

Earlier this month, Water From Your Eyes appeared as a musical guest on The Best Show, performing a five-song set.

In February, the band will be back on the road supporting Squid on a full US tour, performing in a newly-minted quartet lineup featuring live drums. Water From Your Eyes will conclude their Europe tour tonight with a performance at Primavera Weekender. The run has received rave reviews, with Pitchfork writing "If there’s still such a thing as distinctively New York cool, we were witnessing it."

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stream / purchase 'Everyone's Crushed'

'Crushed by Everyone' Tracklist

1. Structure (The Cradle Version)
2. Crushed Barley

3. Out There (The Dare Version)

4. Open (Sword II Version)

5. Everyone’s Crushed (Kassie Krut Version)
6. True Life (Nourished by Time Version)

7. Remember Not My Name (Mandy, Indiana Version)

8. 14 (Jute Gyte Version)

9. Buy My Product (fantasy of a broken heart Version)

Water From Your Eyes on Tour
new dates in bold (tickets)

Friday November 17 Primavera Weekender, Benidorm ES
Friday, February 2 The Parish, Austin TX *
Saturday, February 3 Dada, Dallas TX *
Monday, February 5 Basement East, Nashville TN *
Tuesday, February 6 Terminal West, Atlanta GA *
Thursday, February 8 9:30 Club, Washington DC *
Friday, February 9 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA *
Saturday, February 10 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Wednesday, February 14 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA *
Thursday, February 15 SAT, Montreal QC *
Friday, February 16 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON *
Sunday, February 18 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL *
Monday, February 19 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Friday, February 23 Revolution Hall, Portland OR *
Saturday, February 24 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC *
Sunday, February 25 The Crocodile, Seattle WA *
Tuesday, February 27 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco CA *
Thursday, February 29 The Observatory OC, Santa Ana CA *
Friday, March 1 The Belasco, Los Angeles CA *

* - with Squid

Water From Your Eyes Online

25% off everything (including 'Everyone's Crushed' and 'Crushed By Everyone' at The Matador Store and Bandcamp thru November 26 with code BRAINWASHED.

Belle and Sebastian 2024 North American Tour

photo by Anna Isola Crolla

Belle and Sebastian return to North American next Spring for a 21-show tour alongside supports Haley Heynderickx and The Weather Station. All dates on sale November 17  via

Belle and Sebastian on tour :

Tuesday, April 23 The Eastern, Atlanta GA +
Wednesday, April 24 The National, Richmond VA +
Friday, April 26 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA &
Saturday, April 27 Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA &
Sunday, April 28 M Telus, Montreal QC &
Monday, April 29 History, Toronto ON &
Wednesday, May 1 Paramount Theater, New York NY &
Thursday, May 2 The Anthem, Washington DC &
Friday, May 3 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Detroit MI &
Saturday, May 4 Salt Shed, Chicago IL &
Monday, May 6 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo MI +
Tuesday, May 7 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI +
Wednesday, May 8 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN +
Friday, May 10 The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver CO &
Monday, May 13 The Bellwether, Los Angeles CA &
Tuesday, May 14 The Bellwether, Los Angeles CA &
Wednesday, May 15 The Theater at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA +
Thursday, May 16 Fox Theater, Oakland CA &
Saturday, May 18 Revolution Hall, Portland OR &
Sunday, May 19 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA &

w/ + Haley Heynderickx
w/ & The Weather Station

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stream/purchase 'A Bit Of Previous'

25% off everything except pre-orders now through November 26, including Belle and Sebastian’s ‘Late Developers,’ at the Matador Store / Bandcamp using the code BRAINWASH.

Belle and Sebastian online:

Official site

Now Thru November 26 : 25% Off (Nearly) Everything At The Matador Store

Far be it for us to suggest that you, the valued customer, are in any way susceptible to manipulation. It would be an insult for the label to think you’re so weak-willed that our in-house medium (tbh he’s closer to an xtra large) could somehow dupe you into loading up a virtual shopping cart. So maybe a 25% off discount at the Matador Store with code “BRAINWASH” will do the trick ; offer good from now thru November 26 ; entire in-print catalog included save for preorders.


art : Jeffrey Mahannah

25% off sale

2023 New Releases:

Algiers – ‘Shook’
bar italia – ‘Tracey Denim’
bar italia – ‘The Twits
Belle and Sebastian – ‘Late Developers’
King Krule – ‘Space Heavy’
Lifeguard – ‘Dressed In Trenches’ / ‘Crowd Can Talk’
Queens of the Stone Age – ‘In Times New Roman’
Snail Mail – ‘Valentine (Demos)’
Water From Your Eyes – ‘Everyone’s Crushed’
Yo La Tengo – ‘This Stupid World’

Snail Mail - "Valentine West"

(photo: Skyler Barberio)

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Early next year, Snail Mail will travel to California for Valentine Fest West, a series of two-night stands at LA’s Troubadour and San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. Each evening will feature a slate of friends and special guests, including Cola, Greg Mendez, Narrow Head, The Reds, Pinks and Purples, Softies, Stephen Steinbrink, and Umbrellas. The show will carry on the spirit of the inaugural Valentine Fest, a sold-out five-night hometown residency at Baltimore’s Ottobar that took place last February. Find a complete itinerary below. Both shows at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco are presented as part of Noise Pop 2024.

Last week, Jordan marked the two year anniversary of her critically acclaimed album ‘Valentine’ with the release of the ‘Valentine Demos’ EP. The record gathers four stripped-down recordings of songs from the 2021 album, including “Adore You” (a working title for “Valentine”) and previously unreleased song “Easy Thing.” Listen to “Easy Thing” HERE.

2023 has seen Snail Mail tour North America and Europe and perform at festivals including Coachella, Rock En Seine, Lowlands, Green Man, and All Points East.

Snail Mail on Tour
Monday, December 4 Club Quattro, Osaka Japan
Tuesday, December 5 Club Quattro, Nagoya Japan
Wednesday, December 6 Spotify O-East, Shibuya Japan (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, December 7 WWW X, Shibuya Japan

Valentine Fest West

Monday, February 26 Troubadour, Los Angeles CA
w/ Narrow Head, Umbrellas

Tuesday, February 27 Troubadour, Los Angeles CA
w/ Cola, Greg Mendez

Friday, March 1 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA
w/ Narrow Head, Greg Mendez, Stephen Steinbrink

Saturday, March 2 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA
w/ Cola, The Reds Pinks and Purples, Softies

Snail Mail Online

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