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Mdou Moctar - KEXP Session

(photo: Jake Hanson)

Purchase / Stream Afrique Victime

Stream Niger EP Vol. 1

Mdou Moctar has premiered a new session for KEXP, recorded during the band's stay at THING Festival in Port Townsend, WA earlier this year. The four-song set features three songs from last year's LP Afrique Victime preceded by Ilana the Creator's "Takamba."

Set list:
Ya Habibti
Afrique Victime

Lucy Dacus - "Home Again" / "It's Too Late"

photo by Ashley Gellman

"Home Again", live at End Of The Road's Piano State

Lucy Dacus’ third studio album 'Home Video', released last year on Matador, was one of 2021’s most celebrated records and solidified her as “one of the best songwriters of her generation” (Rolling Stone). Today, Dacus returns to honor one of the best songwriters of generations past: Carole King. Originally available exclusively on physical 7” as part of Third Man Records’ Carole King Home Again vault package, out earlier this year, Lucy Dacus’ covers of Tapestry’s “Home Again” and “It’s Too Late” are now available for all to hear. As told to The Guardian, Dacus recounts, “When I listened to 'Tapestry' from my mom’s CD collection, I was young enough that it didn’t register as good or bad – it just defined what music sounded like to me, and it’s still a foundation of how I understand songwriting. She’s clever in the good way – queen of internal rhyme – and I love how her melodies reinforce the tone of the lyrics. She keeps it simple, but that’s what makes it universal.” She adds, “When I was asked to cover a couple of her songs, it was a no brainer. Her work feels like a part of my DNA and I’m grateful for it."

stream / download "Home Again" b/w "It's Too Late"

Stream / Purchase Home Video

Lucy Dacus on tour :

Friday, September 30 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT +
Saturday, October 1 All Things Go Festival, Columbia MD
Monday, October 3 Lincoln Theater, Raleigh NC +
Wednesday, October 5 Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte NC +
Friday, October 7 Beacham Theater, Orlando FL +
Saturday, October 8 North Beach Band Shell, Miami Beach FL +
Monday, October 10 Club Downunder, Tallahassee FL +
Wednesday, October 12 The Civic Theater, New Orleans LA +
Thursday, October 13 Saturn, Birmingham AL +
Friday, November 4 Union Hall, Edmonton AB *
Saturday, November 5 Palace Theater, Calgary AB *
Tuesday, November 8 Vogue Theater, Vancouver BC *
Wednesday, November 9 Moore Theater, Seattle WA *
Friday, November 11 Roseland Theater, Portland OR *
Saturday, November 12 Egyptian Theater, Boise ID *
Sunday, November 13 McDonald Theater, Eugene OR *
Tuesday, November 15 Little Saint, Healdsburg CA *
Thursday, November 17 Fox Theater, Oakland CA *
Friday, November 18 The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA *
Saturday, November 19 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA *

+ w/ Crooks & Nannies
* w/ Haley Heynderickx

Lucy Dacus Online

Mdou Moctar - "D'Addario Extended Play (Sessions)"

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We’re proud to share the first installment of D’Addario Extended Play, where legendary guitarists across genres and generations sit in with your favorite artists of today for a once-in-a-lifetime jam session. Our first episode is led by Niger based band Mdou Moctar, who shares the stage with an all-star lineup featuring Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) Richard Fortus (Guns ’n Roses), Gina Gleason (Baroness), and Marc Ribot. Watch the band play through songs from their 2021 album 'Afrique Victime' with the help of these guitar greats. Full video at and stay tuned for more memorable moments from this performance.

Download / Stream Afrique Refait

Purchase / Stream Afrique Victime

Mdou Moctar online
Official site

Pavements 1933-2022: A Pavement Museum

Stream "Slanted and Enchanted" / Purchase limited 30th Anniversary LP

Stream "Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal" / Purchase 4xLP boxset

On the occasion of its four sold-out concerts at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, the rock band Pavement will unveil an international museum exhibition, Pavements 1933-2022: A Pavement Museum.

With artifacts and archival material spanning the band’s 30+ year history, Pavements 1933-2022: A Pavement Museum features previously unseen imagery, artwork and ephemera, commendations and commemorations, alongside rumored relics of the band's real and imagined history (as well as exclusive merchandise and classic museum souvenirs).

The New York opening begins a global exhibition schedule that ultimately arrives as a permanent archival fixture in the band's hometown of Stockton, California.

Pavements 1933-2022: A Pavement Museum completes a circle for one of the most celebrated and deliberated bands in modern music and helps redefine a secret history performed in plain sight.

Pavements 1933-2022: A Pavement Museum
475 Greenwich St., New York, NY
September 29th through October 2nd

Pavement on Tour
Monday, September 26 Massey Hall, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT) %
Tuesday, September 27, Massey Hall, Toronto ON ^
Wed, September 28 Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston MA (SOLD OUT) ^
Friday, September 30 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT) ^
Saturday, October 1 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT) &
Sunday, October 2 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT) *
Monday, October 3, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY =
Wednesday, October 5 The Met, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT) >
Thursday, October 6 Warner Theatre, Washington DC (SOLD OUT) >
Saturday, October 8 The Eastern, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT) +
Sunday, October 9 The Eastern, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT) +
Monday, October 10, 3Ten At ACL Live, Austin TX (SOLD OUT) +
Tuesday, October 11 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 17th 02 Academy, Leeds UK
Tuesday, October 18th Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow UK (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday October 19th Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, October 20th 02 Apollo, Manchester UK
Saturday, October 22nd Roundhouse, London UK (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 23rd Roundhouse, London UK
Monday, October 24th Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, October 25th Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, October 27th Le Grand Rex, Paris FR
Saturday, October 29th Vega, Copenhagen DK
Sunday, October 30th Sentrum Scene, Oslo NO
Monday, October 31st SE Cirkus, Stockholm SE
Wednesday, November 2nd VoxHall, Aarhus DK
Friday, November 4th Pier 2, Bremen DE
Saturday, November 5th Tempodrom, Berlin DE
Monday, November 7th Cirque Royal, Brussels BE
Tuesday, November 8th Royal Carré Theater, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, November 10th Vicar Street, Dublin IE (SOLD OUT)
Friday, November 11th Vicar Street, Dublin IE (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, February 15 Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo JP
Thursday, February 16 Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo JP
Saturday, February 18 Namba Hatch, Osaka JP
Wednesday, 22 February - Perth Concert Hall | Perth, WA
Friday 24 February - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 25 February - MONA FOMA | Hobart TAS
Tuesday 28 February - Fortitude Music Hall | Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 1 March- Anita’s Theatre | Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 2 March- Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW
Friday 3 March- Palais Theatre | Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4 March- Tent Pole Festival | Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong, VIC

% w/ Circuit des Yeux
^ w/ The Goon Sax
& w/ 75 Dollar Bill
* w/ Horsegirl
= w/ Steve Gunn
> w/ Weak Signal
+ w/ Piranha Rama

Pavement Online
Pavement – official site
Pavement at Bandcamp

Queens of the Stone Age - The LP Reissues

Stream / Pre-order LP reissue editions of Queens of the Stone Age

Stream / Pre-order LP reissue editions of ...Like Clockwork

Stream / Pre-order LP reissue editions of Villains

More than a quarter century since its primal emergence from the Desert, Queens Of The Stone Age has elected to give three of its landmark albums the upscale re-release treatment, including limited edition color vinyl pressings, exclusive new and restored artwork, and more.

First up is the one that started it all: Back in print after a long, long decade, Queens Of The Stone Age’s self-titled 1998 debut album will be resurrected digitally September 22, with a vinyl release date of October 21. Restored to its original track listing and adorned by the long out-of-print original Frank Kozik artwork, the soon to be definitive version of QOTSA’s self-titled ground zero will feature an obi-strip designed by longtime collaborator Boneface and will be available on standard black and limited edition opaque orange vinyl — both available direct from Queens Of The Stone Age, Matador Records, and at discerning independent retailers.

Following on December 9 will be a double shot of Queens Of The Stone Age’s most recent efforts: 2013’s multiple-GRAMMY-nominated, Billboard 200 #1 charting magnum opus …Like Clockwork and 2017’s redefining Villains will both be reincarnated: …Like Clockwork returns newly recut from its original master tapes with alternate artwork and obi-strip from Boneface with a limited opaque aqua vinyl pressing available direct from Queens Of The Stone Age, Matador Records, and a limited opaque red vinyl pressing available at finer independent retailers. Villains is reissued in a special 5th Anniversary package featuring etching, obi-strip, and a brand new poster by Boneface, and as on limited edition leaf-green transparent vinyl available exclusively via Queens Of The Stone Age and/or Matador Records.

Links to each edition available below. And keep your eyes peeled…

Orange LP on the QOTSA/Matador Webstores and at independent record stores.

Standard black LP available everywhere.

Opaque Aqua LP on the QOTSA/Matador Webstores.

Opaque Red LP at independent record stores.

Coke Bottle Clear LP at Concerto Record Store (Holland), JB Hifi (Australia), JPC (Germany), & Disco D'Oro (Italy).

Leaf Green LP on the QOTSA/Matador Webstores.

Opaque white at independent record stores.

Magenta LP at Concerto Record Store (Holland), JB Hifi (Australia), JPC (Germany), & Disco D'Oro (Italy).


Circuit des Yeux - "Double Dare"

Circuit des Yeux's cover of Bauhaus' "Double Dare", previously issued as a Qobuz exclusive, is now available for streaming or download on all streaming services.

stream / download "Double Dare"
stream/purchase  '-io'

(photo by Evan Jenkins)

“‘Double Dare’ is a song filled with immense power. Listening to it helps decimate my fear. My favorite part about the CdY interpretation of ‘Double Dare’ is the way Whitney (Johnson) represents the screeching guitar part with a viola and overdrive pedal. The way the harmonics and feedback bounces and resonates around in THX Spatial Audio feels like being in the eye of a tornado. If ‘Double Dare’ is an anecdote to fear, this cover of ‘Double Dare’ in THX Spatial Audio ups the dosage.” -Haley Fohr

Circuit des Yeux on Tour

Thursday, September 22 Chicago Theater, Chicago IL *
Friday, September 23 Chicago Theater, Chicago IL *
Saturday, September 24 Masonic Temple, Detroit MI *
Monday, September 26 Massey Hall, Toronto ON *
Monday, October 3 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Tuesday, October 4 Blå, Oslo NO
Wednesday, October 5 FOLK, Göthenborg SE
Thursday, October 6 ALICE at Ideal Bar, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, October 8 Meetfactory, Prague CZ
Tuesday, October 11 Volkstheater, Vienna AT
Wednesday, October 12 Linhart Hall Ljubljana SI
Thursday, October 13 Freakout, Bologna IT
Friday, October 14 Le Ciel, Grenoble FR
Tuesday, October 18 Café Berlin, Madrid ES
Wednesday, October 19 Culturgest, Lisbon PT
Thursday, October 20 Gnration, Braga PT
Friday, October 21 Auditorio de Espinho, Espinho PT

* w/ Pavement

Circuit des Yeux Online


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