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Queens of the Stone Age - "Carnavoyuer" / June 15 MIDNIGHT CLUB

video by Julie Bryant

photo by Andreas Neumann

stream / download "Carnavoyeur"

(presave / preorder 'In Times New Roman...')

Still reeling from the ecstatic reaction to the recently released “Emotion Sickness,” a triumphant return that "finds them at their sinister, bar-band-on-acid best” per New York Magazine, Queens of the Stone Age now unveil “Carnavoyeur,” the latest offering from their epic eighth album, 'In Times New Roman…'

In contrast to its predecessor, “Carnavoyeur” finds QOTSA weaving more subtle shades of sinister: Mesmerizing washes of strings cascade atop the band’s trademark rock solid foundation, while Joshua Homme’s mellifluent vocals swaddle the listener with their warm and all too familiar tones of acceptance and resignation: “When there’s nothing I can do, I smile…” While the stunning, honeyed melodies of “Carnavoyeur” are undeniably, well, really pretty, this is still Queens of the Stone Age, and there’s no shortage of viscera-rumbling drums and bass or spine-chilling guitar interplay.

'In Times New Roman…' will be available across all platforms on June 16th via Matador Records. On the eve of release fans are invited to ring in the album’s release at MIDNIGHT CLUB parties taking place at record shops and pubs across 23 countries. The MIDNIGHT CLUB starts at 11pm June 15th and will feature giveaways, exclusive merch including limited edition colored vinyl, and—in a few select locations—signed merchandise and ticket giveaways. MIDNIGHT CLUB will provide the QOTSA faithful with a first chance to hear In Times New Roman… in its entirety, amongst friends, family and of course appropriate levels of bacchanalia.

Midnight Club Participating Record Stores:

Music Millenium, Portland OR
Reckless, Chicago IL
Grimey’s, Nashville TN
Rust and Wax, West Palm Beach, FL
Guestroom, Louisville KY
Tunes, NJ
Lovegarden, Lawrence KS
Repo, Philadelphia PA
Retrofit, Tallahassee FL
Permanent, Los Angeles CA
Rough Trade, New York NY
Euclid NOLA (Redeye), New Orleans
We Got the Beat (Redeye)
Rhino (Redeye)
Ear Candy, Missoula MT
Indy CD & Vinyl Indianapolis (Redeye)

Dodo Beach, Berlin
Flight 13, Freiburg
Musikladen, Salzburg (AT)

Ground Zero, Paris
Tiki Store, Lyon

Concerto Amsterdam
Velvet Leiden
Sounds Tilburg

Bilbo Leuven
Music Mania Ghent

Marilians, Madrid

Disco D’oro, Bologna
Serendeepity, Milano
Fonoteca, Napoli

Bengans, Gothenburg
Bengans, Stockholm

Sound Station, Copenhagen
Moby Disc, Odense

Queens of the Stone Age on Tour
All tickets on sale now.

Friday, June 16 Southside Festival, Neuhausen Ob Eck DE
Saturday, June 17 Pinkpop, Landgraaf NE
Sunday, June 18 Hurricane Festival, Schnee DE
Tuesday, June 20 The Piece Hall, Halifax UK
Thursday, June 22 Dreamland, Margate UK
Friday, June 23 Cardiff Castle, Cardiff UK
Sunday, June 25 Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, UK
Wednesday, June 28 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde DK
Friday, June 30 Open’er Festival, Gdynia PO
Sunday, July 2 Rock Werchter, Werchter BE
Tuesday, July 4 Les Luits de Fourviere, Lyon FR
Wednesday, July 5 Base Recreation Pratgraussals, Albi FR
Friday, July 7 Mad Cool Festival, Madrid ES
Saturday, July 8 NOS Alive, Oeiras PT
Saturday, August 12 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY
Saturday, September 9 The Town 2023, São Paulo BR
Sunday, September 24 Louder Than Life, Louisville KY
Sunday, October 8 Aftershock, Sacramento CA


Lucy Dacus - "Night Shift" (Live) + 'Historian' Red Vinyl Out Today

Stream / Purchase Red 'Historian' LP

Stream / Purchase 'Home Video'

Watch "Night Shift" (Official Video)

The fifth anniversary edition of Lucy Dacus' 'Historian' is out today, featuring the album's original cover artwork and pressed onto limited edition red vinyl. To accompany the release, Dacus has premiered a video of "Night Shift" recorded during the 'Home Video' tour finale at The Wiltern in Los Angeles this past November.

Producers - Brian French, Nick Jacobovich
Director - Kerry Asmussen
Shader - Justin Reid
Audio - Mike Harrison
Camera - Xavier Henslemann, Mark Johnson
Utility - Rocky Romero, Mark Burris
Livestream Producer - Ross McFarlane
Livestream Coordinator - OJ Alcaraz

Lucy Dacus Online

out today : Water From Your Eyes - 'Everyone's Crushed'

photo by Ariel Fisher

stream/purchase 'Everyone's Crushed'

Water From Your Eyes have released their new album and Matador debut ‘Everyone’s Crushed’. Across the record's 9 tracks, Rachel Brown (they/them) and Nate Amos (he/him) find silliness and fatalism dancing in a frantic lockstep, using heart palpitating rhythms and absurdist, deadpan lyrics to convey stories of personal and societal unease. Described by Brown as Water From Your Eyes’ most collaborative record ever, it’s a swollen contusion of an album: experimental pop music that’s pretty and violent, raw and indelible.

They are currently supporting Interpol throughout their UK dates. In June, they’ll embark on a run of east coast headline shows, followed in the fall by a west coast run with Melody’s Echo Chamber. The band are also confirmed for Summerstage in Central Park this July,  Way Out West, Lowlands, and Greenman Festivals across Europe in August, and Pitchfork Festival in London, Paris and Berlin this November. A complete list of upcoming dates can be found below.

Water From Your Eyes on Tour


Sunday, May 28 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK ^
Monday, May 29 O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds UK ^
Wednesday, May 31 The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh UK ^
Thursday, June 1 O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol UK ^
Thursday, June 15 Bonk’s Bar, Philadelphia PA
Friday, June 16 Comet Ping Pong, Washington DC
Saturday, June 17 Static Age Records, Asheville NC
Monday, June 19 CINE, Athens GA #
Tuesday, June 20 DRKMTTR, Nashville TN #
Wednesday, June 21 Whirling Tiger, Louisville KY #
Thursday, June 22 Sleeping Village Chicago IL
Saturday, June 24 Sled Island, Calgary AB
Tuesday, June 27 The Baby G, Toronto ON
Thursday, July 20 Central Park Summerstage, New York NY !
Friday, July 28 Real Love Summer Fest, Teulon MB
Saturday, August 12 Way Out West Festival, Gothenberg SE
Friday, August 18 Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuisen NL
Saturday, August 19 Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons UK
Sunday, August 20 MS Dockville Festival, Hamburg DE
Saturday, September 30 L’Escogriffe Bar Spectacle, Montreal QC
Saturday, October 7 The Crocodile, Seattle WA +
Monday, October 9 Rev Hall, Portland OR +
Wednesday, October 11 The Independent, San Francisco CA +
Friday, November 3 Pitchfork Festival, Berlin DE
Friday, November 10 Pitchfork Festival, Paris FR
Saturday, November 11 Pitchfork Festival, London UK

^ w/ Interpol
# w/ Sword II
! w/ Horsegirl, Lifeguard, Iceage

Water From Your Eyes Online

Butthole Surfers - Classic Catalog TItles Now On Matador

photo by Pat Blashill, 1984

We are pleased to announce that Matador is reissuing a number of key catalog titles by legendary the Butthole Surfers, including the classic albums Psychic…Powerless…Another Man’s Sac, Rembrandt Pussyhorse, Locust Abortion Technician, Hairway to Steven, and piouhgd plus EPs and other material recorded during the band’s strange, grotesque, and ultimately unparalleled first decade. Details about our diabolical physical reissue campaign will be unveiled at a later date (perhaps with great fanfare, perhaps not -- dependeds on whether or how the fan is functioning that week)

stream / download The Butthole Surfers first five albums

'Butthole Surfers 1984-1991 - A Primer' (Playlist)

The Butthole Surfers were formed in 1981 by vocalist Gibby Haynes and guitarist Paul Leary. Drummer King Coffey joined in 1983. Together, they have remained the band’s three constant members across various recording sessions and touring incarnations.

The Butthole Surfers were, unquestionably one of the most beloved, influential, and lights-out insane bands to emerge from the U.S. ’80’s underground and their career is long overdue for critical reassessment and rediscovery (and with that in mind, a feature length documentary about the band is scheduled to premiere in 2024).

‘Psychic… Powerless… Another Man’s Sac’
1. “Concubine" 2:27
2. "Eye of the Chicken" 1:36
3. "Dum Dum" 3:47
4. "Woly Boly" 2:45
5. "Butthole Surfer" 3:02
6. "Lady Sniff" 3:45
7. "Cherub" 6:22
8. "Mexican Caravan" 2:46
9. "Cowboy Bob" 2:55
10. "Gary Floyd" 1:56

‘Rembrandt Pussyhorse’
1. "Creep in the Cellar" 2:05
2. "Sea Ferring" 4:00
3. "American Woman" 5:33
4. "Waiting for Jimmy to Kick" 2:21
5. "Strangers Die Everyday" 3:08
6. "Perry" 3:32
7. "Whirling Hall of Knives" 4:44
8. "Mark Says Alright" 4:08
9. "In the Cellar" 3:18

‘Locust Abortion Technician’
1. "Sweat Loaf" 6:09
2. "Graveyard" 2:27
3. "Pittsburgh to Lebanon" 2:29
4. "Weber" 0:35
5. "HAY" 1:50
6. "Human Cannonball" 3:51
7. "U.S.S.A." 2:14
8. "The O-Men" 3:27
9. "Kuntz" 2:24
10. "Graveyard" 2:45
11. "22 Going on 23" 4:23

‘Hairway To Stephen’
1. "Jimi" 12:38
2. "Ricky" 2:36
3. "I Saw an X-Ray of a Girl Passing Gas" 4:56
4. "John E. Smoke" 6:40
5. "Rocky" 3:45
6. "Julio Iglesias" 3:05
7. "Backass" 6:07
8. "Fast" 1:35

1. "Revolution Part 1" 2:18
2. "Revolution Part 2" 7:28
3. "Lonesome Bulldog" 4:42
4. "Lonesome Bulldog II" 0:39
5. "The Hurdy Gurdy Man" (lyrics and music by Donovan) 3:59
6. "Golden Showers" 3:17
7. "Lonesome Bulldog III" 0:37
8. "Blindman" 3:40
9. "No, I'm Iron Man" 2:25
10. "Something" 2:06
11. "P.S.Y." 12:12
12. "Lonesome Bulldog IV" 0:41

Butthole Surfers online



Algiers - Live on KEXP

Purchase / Stream 'SHOOK'

Today KEXP and Algiers have premiered an in-studio live session featuring four songs from the band's 2023 LP 'SHOOK.' Watch performances of "Irreversible Damage," "Out of Style Tragedy," "Cold World," and "Bite Back" below.

Full Performance:

"Irreversible Damage":

"Out of Style Tragedy":

"Cold World":

"Bite Back":

Out Today : bar italia - 'Tracey Denim'

photo by Simon Mercer

'Tracey Denim', the hotly anticipated new album from London trio bar italia is now streaming everywhere and available on CD at finer record shops or via online retailers (link below).  The LP edition of 'Tracey Denim' will be available in September and can be preordered now (see below).

stream / purchase  'Tracey Denim'

‘Tracey Denim’ Tracklist

1. guard
2. Nurse!
3. punkt
4. my kiss era
5.  F.O.B
6. Missus Morality
7.  yes i have eaten so many lemons yes i am so bitte
8. changer
9. Horsey Girl Rider
10. NOCD
11. best in show
12.  Clark
13. harpee
14. Friends
15. maddington




bar italia on Tour


Saturday, May 20 Cinetol, Amsterdam NE *SOLD OUT*
Monday, May 22 Boule Noire, Paris FR *SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, May 23 Aeronef Club, Lille FR
Wednesday, May 24 Green Door Store, Brighton UK
Thursday, May 25 ICA, London UK *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, June 3 Primavera, Barcelona ES
Sunday, June 4 ZDB, Lisbon PT
Monday, June 5 Primavera, Madrid ES
Tuesday, June 13 TV Eye, Queens NY *SOLD OUT*
Wednesday, June 14 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY *SOLD OUT*
Thursday, June 15 Mercury Lounge, New York NY *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, June 17 Public Records, Brooklyn NY *SOLD OUT*
Monday, June 19 El Cid, Los Angeles CA *SOLD OUT*
Wednesday, June 21 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *SOLD OUT*
Thursday, June 22 Genghis Tron, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, June 24 Gold Diggers, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, July 11 London UK, Village Underground
Saturday, September 23 Seanie Buttons, Cork IE
Sunday, September 24 Workman’s Club, Dublin IE
Tuesday, October 31 YES, Manchester UK
Wednesday, November 1 The Fleece, Bristol UK
Friday, November 3 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Saturday, November 4 Room 2, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, November 7 Village Underground, London UK
Thursday, November 9 Antipode, Rennes FR
Saturday, November 11 Pitchfork Festival, Paris FR
Monday, November 13 Palace, St. Gallen CH
Thursday, November 16 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Saturday, November 18 Molotow Skybar, Hamburg DE
Sunday, November 19 Lido, Berlin DE
Monday, November 20 VEGA, Copenhagen DK
Wednesday, November 22 Tanzhaus West, Frankfurt DE
Thursday, November 23 Rotown, Rotterdam NL
Friday, November 24 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NL
Saturday, November 25 Trix, Antwerp BE
Sunday, November 26 Botanique, Brussels BE
Friday, December 1 Songbyrd, Washington DC
Saturday, December 2 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA
Monday, December 4 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Tuesday, December 5 Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA
Wednesday, December 6 Sala Rossa, Montreal QC
Friday, December 8 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON
Sunday, December 10 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Tuesday, December 12 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Wednesday, December 13 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Friday, December 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Saturday, December 16 Mahall's, Cleveland, OH
Sunday, December 17 Club Café, Pittsburgh PA

bar italia Online
band website


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