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Spoon - Canadian / Midwest Tour Announcement



Spoon has announced new Summer 2021 dates in support of their new album, Lucifer On The Sofa. A full list of upcoming shows, including performances with Interpol and The Goon Sax, is below.

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Spoon On Tour, New Dates In Bold On Sale Friday at 10am ET

April 19 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
April 21 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
April 22 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre (SOLD OUT)
April 23 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
April 25 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
April 28 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
April 29 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
May 24 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
May 25 – Salt Lake City, UT- The Complex
May 27 – Bottle Rock Festival, Napa Valley CA
May 28 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
May 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
May 31 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
June 2 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
June 3 – Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
June 4 – Phoenix, AZ –The Van Buren

Thursday, July 7 Town Ballroom, Buffalo NY
Friday, July 8 Empire Live, Albany NY
Saturday, July 9 Festival d'ete de Quebec, Quebec City QC
Monday, July 11 London Music Hall, London ON *
Tuesday, July 12 State Theatre, Kalamazoo MI *
Wednesday, July 13 The Sylvee, Madison WI *
Friday, July 15 Canopy Club, Urbana IL *
Saturday, July 16 Englert Civic Theatre, Iowa City IA *
Monday, July 18 Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg MB
Tuesday, July 19 Conexus Arts Centre, Regina SK
Wednesday, July 20 Coors Centre, Saskatoon SK
Friday, July 22 Midway, Edmonton AB
Saturday, July 23 Calgary Folk Fest, Calgary AB
Monday, July 25 Capital Ballroom, Victoria BC
Tuesday, July 26 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC

Thursday, August 25  Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park NJ %
Friday, August 26 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON #
Saturday, August 27 Thompson’s Point, ­Portland ME %
Sunday, August 28 Bold Point Pavilion, Providence RI %
Tuesday, August 30 KEMBA Live! Outdoor, Columbus OH %
Thursday, September 1 ­­Andrew J. Brady Music Center, Cincinnati OH %
Saturday, September 3 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC %
Sunday, September 4 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN %
Tuesday, September 6 ­Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh PA %
Thursday, September 8 TCU Amphitheater at White River Park, Indianapolis IN %
Friday, September 9 ­Stifel Theatre, St. Louis MO %
Saturday, September 10 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK %
Tuesday, September 13 The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV %
Wednesday, September 14 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles CA %
Friday, September 16 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA %
Saturday, September 17 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR %
Sunday, September 18 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR %

* w/ Bodega
# Metric, Interpol, Spoon
% w/ Interpol, The Goon Sax

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Out Today: Mdou Moctar - "Afrique Refait"



After premiering a new take on "Taliat" by Rey Sapienz feat. MC Dougis last week, Mdou Moctar has released the full remix album Afrique Refait today.  The 13 tracks re-imagined by artists across the African continent build upon all 9 songs from Moctar's 2021 album Afrique Victime. Full tracklist, upcoming Mdou Moctar tour dates, and information on each artist provided by producer/bassist Mikey Coltun is below.

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Purchase / Stream Afrique Victime

Afrique Refait tracklist:

  1. Chismiten (Jay Mitta Remix) – Tanzania

  2. Taliat (Rey Sapienz Remix) ft MC Dougis – Congo

  3. Ya Habibti (Tommy T Remix) – Ethiopia

  4. Tala Tannam (Debmaster Remix) ft MC Yallah – Kenya/Uganda

  5. Untitled (Duma Remix) – Kenya

  6. Asdikte Akal (Yugen Blakrok Remix) ft Kanif The Jhatmaster – South Africa

  7. Layla (Aya Metwalli Remix) – Egypt

  8. Afrique Victime (Kabeaushé Remix) – Kenya

  9. Bismilahi Atagah (Chrisman Remix) – Congo

  10. Chismiten (DJ Diaki Rhythm Remix) – Mali

  11. Chismiten (DJ Diaki Bass Remix) – Mali

  12. Chismiten (DJ Diaki Guitar Remix) – Mali

  13. Chismiten (DJ Diaki Vocal Remix) – Mali




(Mdou Moctar, photo credit: Jamie Kelter Davis)



Jay Mitta (above) who remixed ‘Chismiten’ is one of the pioneers of the Singeli scene in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Like most of the artists picked for these remixes, he is pushing the boundaries of folk music beyond what it started as to something new and untried while remaining true to his roots. When the Nyege Nyege Tapes mixtape came out it was powerful and we got in touch with the label and asked about Jay doing a remix.



Tommy T who remixed ‘Ya Habibti’ is a producer from Ethiopia who lives in DC and I knew from growing up in the DC music scene. We thought he’d do something different from the other remixers and he took a more traditional approach.



MC Yallah is one of my favourite MC/rappers right now. Here she is paired with producer Debmaster to create a powerful in your face remix of the love ballad ‘Tala Tannam.'



Duma is the duo of Lord Spike Heart and Sam Karugu from the grindcore scene in Kenya. It’s some of the most interesting and sonically innovative music coming out of Africa: noise and grindcore with a mix of Kenyan roots and Ugandan music. Their video for (2020 single) ‘Lions Blood’ was super powerful and in your face, and we wanted to work with them.



Yugen Blakrok (photo credit: David Hasse) was recommended to me through a friend I met in Mali years back from South Africa. I was told ‘Yugen is an MC, but she works with great producers and would be amazing!’ This is one of my favorites in the series!



Aya Metwalli who remixed ‘Layla’ is originally from Egypt and is now part of the Lebanese noise scene that should definitely be checked out by more people. There’s an amazing experimental and noise scene in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Palestine. I got to know Aya Metwalli through people in the Beirut noise community where they’re a small but tight-knit and collaborative scene. We knew she would kill it on this remix.”



DJ Diaki (photo credit: Sophie Garcia) is one of the pioneers of Balani music scene in Mali. Balani is a house party that started in the capital Bamako and moved to the outskirts. They bring a soundsystem and blast music loud and people dance, going back to traditional Malian folk parties. I attended one of these parties in Mali in 2012 and was sent some Balani music on my cellphone. There’s a great shop in Bamako called Mali Retro that originally sold cassettes. Nowadays you tell them what you want and they throw it on a flash disc. In 2016 I was given a combination of traditional Balani phone music and newer electronic stuff. The four remixes of ‘Afrique Victime’ focus on different elements of the song separately: bass, guitar, guitar II and vocals.


(Rey Sapienz, photo credit: Sophie Garcia)



(Chrisman, photo credit: Marvin Twesigye)



(Kebeaushé, photo credit: Mo Kanchu)

Rey Sapienz, MC Dougis, Kabeaushe and Chrisman are all artists I was previously unaware of before working on this project. These artists were presented by the amazing Nyege Nyege Tapes label and were all essential in completing the Afrique Victime Remix project. While a lot of the artists previously chosen came from either East, West or North Africa, Rey Sapienz, MC Dougis and Chrisman showcase all the cool shit coming out of Central Africa – The Congo.

Mdou Moctar on Tour
Thursday, April 14th EartH Theatre, London [UK] (SOLD OUT)
Friday, April 15th : La cave aux Poètes, Roubaix/Lille [FR]
Saturday, April 16th Le Hasard Ludique, Paris [FR] (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, April 17th Doornroosje, Nijmegen [NL] (SOLD OUT)
Monday, April 18th Molotow – Hamburg [DE]
Tuesday, April 19th Alice, Copenhagen [DK] (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, April 20th Nefertiti, Gothenburg [SE] (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, April 21st Blaa, Oslo [NO]
Friday, April 22nd, Fasching, Stockholm [SE] (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, April 23rd Plan B, Malmö [SE]
Sunday, April 24th Frannz Club, Berlin [DE]
Monday, April 25th UT Connewitz, Leipzig [DE]
Tuesday, April 26th Meetfactory, Prague [CZ]
Wednesday, April 27th Kapu, Linz [AU]
Thursday, April 28th Rote Fabrik, Zurich [CH]
Sunday, May 1st De Post, Oostende [BE]
Thursday, July 14 Pori Jazz Festival, Pori FI
Saturday, July 16 Bankito Festival, Bank HU
Friday, July 22 Latitude Festival, Southwold UK
Saturday, August 6 Off Festival, Myslowice PL
Wednesday, August 10 Øyafestivalen, Oslo NO
Saturday, August 13 SonicBlast Festival, Ancora PT
Friday, August 19 Green Man Festival, Powys UK
Saturday, August 20 Pukkelpop, Hasselt BE
Friday, August 26 Thing Festival, Port Townsend WA
August 28 – 29, This Ain’t No Picnic, Pasadena CA

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MC Yallah Online
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Duma Online
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Yugen Blakrok Online
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Aya Metwalli Online
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Kabeaushé Online
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DJ Diaki Online
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DARKSIDE - Six Performances Now on Nugs.net



Today, DARKSIDE have made six complete concert recordings available to subscribers of the online music archive nugs.net.

This includes video footage for the band’s 2013 Boiler Room performance and Psychic Live DVD, as well as previously unreleased audio recordings of performances in Phoenix, Turin, Los Angeles, and Istanbul. Find a complete list below.

Boiler Room, Brooklyn, NY - The End Rooftop - Oct 1st, 2013 (Video)
Psychic Live, Stereolux, Nantes - March 14, 2014 (Video)
Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ - Jan 28th, 2014 (Audio)
Teatro Carignano, Turin, Italy - Mar 17th, 2014 (Audio)
FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA - Aug 24th, 2014 (Audio)
KucukCiftlik Park, Istanbul, Turkey - Feb 9th, 2014 (Audio)

stream/download  “Ecdysis!”
purchase / stream ‘Spiral’

DARKSIDE on Tour
September 16-18 Primavera Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA

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Mdou Moctar - "Afrique Refait" + "Taliat" (Rey Sapienz Remix ft. MC Dougis)





(Mdou Moctar, photograph by Jamie Kelter Davis)



(Rey Sapienz, photograph by Sophie Garcia)



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Mdou Moctar’s ‘Afrique Victime’ was one of 2021’s most lauded releases: an innovative alchemy of Tuareg folk, blues and rock, electric guitar pyrotechnics, field recordings and electronics with poetic call-to-arms lyrics about the plight of his homeland of Niger.

Today, in line with their activity supporting and bringing attention to African artists, Moctar Moctar announce ‘Afrique Refait’, a remix collection of songs from ‘Afrique Victime’, released April 19th on Matador. The tracklist features sound-makers at the vanguard of electronic music in Africa, with a view of highlighting different scenes across the continent. Many of the artists are associated with pioneering Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes who were vital to the making of the project.

Moctar’s UK tour culminates tonight with a sold-out show at EartH. Before proceeding to further European and festival dates throughout spring and summer.

Afrique Refait tracklist:

  1. Chismiten (Jay Mitta Remix) – Tanzania

  2. Taliat (Rey Sapienz Remix) ft MC Dougis – Congo

  3. Ya Habibti (Tommy T Remix) – Ethiopia

  4. Tala Tannam (Debmaster Remix) ft MC Yallah – Kenya/Uganda

  5. Untitled (Duma Remix) – Kenya

  6. Asdikte Akal (Yugen Blakrok Remix) ft Kanif The Jhatmaster – South Africa

  7. Layla (Aya Metwalli Remix) – Egypt

  8. Afrique Victime (Kabeaushé Remix) – Kenya

  9. Bismilahi Atagah (Chrisman Remix) – Congo

  10. Chismiten (DJ Diaki Rhythm Remix) – Mali

  11. Chismiten (DJ Diaki Bass Remix) – Mali

  12. Chismiten (DJ Diaki Guitar Remix) – Mali

  13. Chismiten (DJ Diaki Vocal Remix) – Mali


Mdou Moctar on Tour
Thursday, April 14th EartH Theatre, London [UK] (SOLD OUT)
Friday, April 15th : La cave aux Poètes, Roubaix/Lille [FR]
Saturday, April 16th Le Hasard Ludique, Paris [FR] (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, April 17th Doornroosje, Nijmegen [NL] (SOLD OUT)
Monday, April 18th Molotow – Hamburg [DE]
Tuesday, April 19th Alice, Copenhagen [DK] (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, April 20th Nefertiti, Gothenburg [SE] (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, April 21st Blaa, Oslo [NO]
Friday, April 22nd, Fasching, Stockholm [SE] (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, April 23rd Plan B, Malmö [SE]
Sunday, April 24th Frannz Club, Berlin [DE]
Monday, April 25th UT Connewitz, Leipzig [DE]
Tuesday, April 26th Meetfactory, Prague [CZ]
Wednesday, April 27th Kapu, Linz [AU]
Thursday, April 28th Rote Fabrik, Zurich [CH]
Sunday, May 1st De Post, Oostende [BE]
Thursday, July 14 Pori Jazz Festival, Pori FI
Saturday, July 16 Bankito Festival, Bank HU
Friday, July 22 Latitude Festival, Southwold UK
Saturday, August 6 Off Festival, Myslowice PL
Wednesday, August 10 Øyafestivalen, Oslo NO
Saturday, August 13 SonicBlast Festival, Ancora PT
Friday, August 19 Green Man Festival, Powys UK
Saturday, August 20 Pukkelpop, Hasselt BE
Friday, August 26 Thing Festival, Port Townsend WA
August 28 – 29, This Ain’t No Picnic, Pasadena CA

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Belle and Sebastian - "Young and Stupid"


"Young and Stupid"
(Photos compiled by Fiona Morrison, video edited by Sabrina Nichols)



(photo : Hollie Fernando)

stream / download "Young and Stupid"
presave / preorder 'A Bit Of Previous'

Belle and Sebastian have released a new single, “Young and Stupid”, taken from their forthcoming new album 'A Bit Of Previous', out May 6th. The song is accompanied by a lyric video which gets unfettered access into the band members respective family photo albums.

 

Belle and Sebastian on Tour, New Dates in Bold On Sale Friday 10am Local Time
Tuesday, May 24 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC*
Wednesday, May 25 TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park, Indianapolis IN*
Thursday, May 26 The Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Friday, May 27 Palace Theater, Minneapolis MN*
Saturday, May 28 The Admiral, Omaha NE*
Tuesday, May 31 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA+
Wednesday, June 1 Roseland Theater, Portland OR+
Friday, June 3 Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA%
Saturday, June 4 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA%
Sunday, June 5 Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown CA+
Tuesday, June 7 The Van Buren, Phoenix AZ+
Wednesday, June 8 The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company, Santa Fe NM+
Friday, June 10 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK+
Saturday, June 11 Stubb’s Waller Creek, Austin TX#
Monday, June 13 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN#
Tuesday, June 14 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh NC^
Wednesday, June 15 Wolf Trap, Vienna VA^
Thursday, June 16 Central Park Summerstage, New York NY#
Friday, June 17 Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia PA#
Saturday, June 18 Roadrunner, Boston MA#

Friday, July 15 Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol UK
Saturday, July 16 Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival, Stirling UK
Sunday, November 13 Great Hall - Student’s Union, Cardiff UK
Monday, November 14 The Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, November 15 The Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, November 17 O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield UK
Friday, November 18 Olympia, Liverpool UK
Saturday, November 19 Hull University Union Asylum, Hull UK
Monday, November 21 Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen UK
Wednesday, November 23 Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, November 24 O2 City Hall, Newcastle UK
Friday, November 25 Manchester Academy, Manchester UK
Sunday, November 27 Corn Exchange, Cambridge UK
Monday, November 28 O2 Academy, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, November 29 Guildhall Southampton, Southampton UK
Wednesday, November 30 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK

* with Divino Niño
+ with Thee Sacred Souls
% with Tennis and Thee Sacred Souls
# with Los Bitchos
+ with Japanese Breakfast and Los Bitchos

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Interpol - "Something Changed"



"Something Changed"
directed by Van Alpert



photo by Atiba Jefferson



 

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Last week, Interpol premiered “Toni”, the first single from their new album ‘The Other Side Of Make-Believe’, released July 15th on Matador. The song was accompanied by the opening instalment of a two-part film directed by Van Alpert.

Today, Interpol release the second and concluding part, as well as unveil new song "Something Changed".Singer Paul Banks says: “In ‘Something Changed,’ part two of our short film with Van Alpert, reality and reverie converge and our two lead characters find themselves in a kind of dream state - being pursued inexorably by an ominous figure (played by myself.) The lives of the three are intertwined in a nebula of fear, retribution, desire, and defiance. Who will receive their just deserts? Stay tuned and find out.”

Director Van Alpert: “Paul and I like the idea that 'Something Changed' would be like a dream. It’s as if our two main characters wake up from what happened in ‘Toni’ and their lives are irreparably different. They are now on the run from some dark force that is a bit more primal and encroaching.”

Interpol on tour (tickets)

Monday, April 25 The Factory In Deep Ellum, Dallas TX *
Tuesday, April 26 ACL Live At The Moody Theater, Austin TX * (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, April 28 Marquee Theatre, Tempe AZ *
Friday, April 29 Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, San Diego CA * (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, April 30 Greek Theater, Berkeley CA *
Monday, May 2 The Union, Salt Lake City UT *
Tuesday, May 3 Mission Ballroom, Denver CO **
Thursday, May 5 Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN *
Friday, May 6 Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Chicago IL *
Saturday, May 7 The Fillmore, Detroit MI *
Sunday, May 8 Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH *
Tuesday, May 10 The Anthem, Washington DC *
Wednesday, May 11 Roadrunner, Boston MA *
Friday, May 13 The Met, Philadelphia PA *
Saturday, May 14 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY *
Sunday, May 15 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY *
Saturday, May 21 Just Like Heaven Festival, Los Angeles CA ***
Saturday, May 28 Palacio De Los Deportes, Mexico City MX ****
Wednesday, June 8 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES
Thursday, June 9 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Saturday, June 11 Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Sunday, June 12 Templehof Sounds Festival, Berlin DE
Tuesday, June 14 The Roundhouse, London UK
Wednesday, June 15 The Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, June 16 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
Saturday, June 18 Salle Pleyel, Paris FR
Sunday, June 19 Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf NL
Thursday, August 25  Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park NJ^
Friday, August 26 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON #
Saturday, August 27 Thompson’s Point, ­Portland ME^
Sunday, August 28 Bold Point Pavilion, Providence RI^
Tuesday, August 30 KEMBA Live! Outdoor, Columbus OH^
Thursday, September 1 ­­Andrew J. Brady Music Center, Cincinnati OH^
Friday, September 2 The Eastern, Atlanta GA %
Saturday, September 3 Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville NC^
Tuesday, September 6 ­Stage AE Outdoors, Pittsburgh PA^
Thursday, September 8 TCU Amphitheater at White River Park, Indianapolis IN^
Friday, September 9 ­Stifel Theatre, St. Louis MO^
Saturday, September 10 The Criterion, Oklahoma City OK^
Tuesday, September 13 The Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV^
Wednesday, September 14 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles CA^
Friday, September 16 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA^
Saturday, September 17 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR^
Sunday, September 18 Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland OR^

* w/ Tycho and Matthew Dear
** w/ Matthew Dear
*** w/ The Shins, Modest Mouse, M.I.A. and more
**** w/ Dry Cleaning
# Metric, Spoon
^ w/ Spoon, The Goon Sax

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