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Yo La Tengo - 2021 US Tour Announcement



Yo La Tengo have announced a handful of fall US dates, including shows across the East Coast as well as performances at the Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma, CA and two nights in Portland, OR. The new US dates will come on the heels of the first anniversary of the band’s latest effort, Sleepless Night EP.

Purchase/Stream Sleepless Night

Purchase/Stream We Have Amnesia Sometimes

Yo La Tengo on Tour, Dates in Bold on Sale Tomorrow (Friday)
Friday, September 17 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA
Saturday, September 18 Columbus Theatre, Providence RI
Tuesday, September 21 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, September 22 Arden Gild Hall, Arden DE
Friday, September 24 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ
Saturday, September 25 Woodsist Festival, Accord NY
October 15-16, Huichica Festival, Sonoma CA
Monday, October 18 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Tuesday, October 19 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Wednesday, October 20 Crocodile Showroom, Seattle WA
Tuesday, Nov 16 Bristol, UK @ SWX
Wednesday, Nov 17 Canterbury, UK @ Gulbenkian
Friday, Nov 19 London, UK @ EFG London Jazz Festival at Royal Festival Hall
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Algiers - Fall 2021 USA Dates



After a 17 month live performance shutdown ALGIERS are back in action this September, kicking off a full US tour in Kingston, NY and concluding in Atlanta, GA a month later. The complete itinerary can be found below. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am local time.

Friday, September 10 Tubby's, Kingston NYC
Saturday, September 11 Black Cat, Washington D.C
Sunday, September 12 Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia PA
Tuesday, September 14 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NYC
Wednesday, September 15 Saint Vitus, Brooklyn NYC
Thursday, September 16 Spirit Lodge, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, September 17 Rumba Café, Columbus OH
Saturday, September 18 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Sunday, September 19 Cactus Club, Milwaukee W
Monday, September 20 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN
Thursday, September 23 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Friday, September 24 Polaris, Portland OR
Saturday, September 25, Treefort Music Fest, Boise ID
Monday, September 27 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 29 Pappy & Harriet's, Pioneertown CA
Thursday, September 30 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA
Friday, October 1 Casbah, San Diego CA
Saturday, October 2 Club Congress, Tuscon AZ
Sunday, October 3 Sister, Albuquerque NM
Tuesday, October 5 Empire Control Room, Austin TX
Wednesday, October 6 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Thursday, October 7 Gasa Gasa, New Orleans LA
Saturday, October 9 The Earl, Atlanta GA

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Belle and Sebastian : UK / EU 2022 Dates



Belle and Sebastian have announce new tour dates for 2022. Beginning in January, the band sets off on a sixteen date UK run (their first since 2019) that includes back-to-back shows at The Roundhouse in London.

The group then hits the road again in April, for dates in Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands and Belgium.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday (June 18) at 10:00 BST / 11:00 CET, while a fan pre-sale for the UK shows begins Wednesday (June 16) at 10:00 BST / 11:00 CET.



Tour dates:

UK

Ticket details available here

Monday, January 31st Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen UK
Tuesday, February 1st Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, February 3rd University Union Asylum, Hull UK
Friday, February 4th De Montfort Hall, Leicester UK
Sunday, February 6th Great Hall, Cardiff UK
Monday, February 7th Academy, Manchester UK
Wednesday, February 9th Olympia, Liverpool UK
Thursday, February 10th O2 Guildhall, Southampton UK
Friday, February 11th The Dome, Brighton UK
Sunday, February 13th Corn Exchange, Cambridge UK
Monday, February 14th The Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, February 15th The Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, February 17th O2 Academy, Birmingham UK
Friday, February 18th 02 Academy, Sheffield UK
Saturday, February 19th O2 City Hall, Newcastle UK
Monday, February 21st Concert Hall, Motherwell UK

EU

Monday, April 11th Tonhalle, Munich, DE
Tuesday, April 12th Fabrique, Milan, IT
Wednesday, April 13th Co-op de Mai, Clermont-Ferrand, FR
Thursday, April 14th X-tra Limmathaus, Zurich, CH
Saturday, April 16th Tempodrom, Berlin, DE
Sunday, April 17th Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, DE
Wednesday, April 20th Sentrum Scene, Oslo NO
Thursday, April 21st Tradgarn. Gothenburg, SE
Saturday, April 23rd Filadelfia, Stockholm, SE
Sunday, April 24th Vega, Copenhagen, DE
Tuesday, April 26th Tivoli Grote Zaal, Utrecht, NL
Wednesday, April 27th Casino de Paris, Paris, FR
Friday, April 29th Les Nuits Botanique, Brussels, BE

Belle and Sebastian online:

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Spoon - Summer/Fall 2021 U.S. Tour Announcement



(Photo: Oliver Halfin)

Stream / Purchase Everything Hits At Once: The Best of Spoon

Stream Spoon's covers of Tom Petty's "Breakdown" / "A Face in the Crowd"

Spoon have announced new headlining shows that will bring them back to the stage for the first time since 2019, including dates in the Northeast, Colorado, Iowa and North Dakota. A list of all upcoming Spoon performances, including a recently-announced West Coast run with St. Vincent, is below. Dates in bold below are on sale Friday at 10am local time.



Spoon on Tour
Friday, September 3 Ogden Twilight Series, Ogden UT
Saturday, September 4 Belly Up Aspen, Aspen CO *
Sunday, September 5 Belly Up Aspen, Aspen CO *
Tuesday, September 7 Boulder Theater, Boulder CO *
Thursday, September 9 Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines IA *
Friday, September 10 Fargo Brewing, Fargo ND *
Wednesday, September 22 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles CA @
Thursday, September 23 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA @
Friday, September 24 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA @
Saturday, September 25 Ohana Fest 2021, Dana Point CA
Sunday, October 17 Higher Ground, Burlington VT *
Monday, October 18 State Theatre, Portland ME *
Tuesday, October 19 The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie NY *
Thursday, October 21 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester NY *
Saturday, October 23 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Sunday, October 24 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ *
January 17-22, 2022 Wilco's Sky Blue Sky 2022, Riviera Maya MX

* w/ Nicole Atkins
@ w/ St. Vincent

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Steve Gunn - Northeastern July Tour



After announcing a two week December tour with Jeff Parker last month, Steve Gunn has added a set of dates alongside William Tyler in the Northeast surrounding Newport Folk Festival in July 2021. Dates in bold are on sale this Friday at 10am ET.

Stream/Purchase 'The Unseen In Between'
Stream 'Acoustic Unseen'
Stream 'Livin’ In Between'

Steve Gunn on Tour
Thursday, July 22 The Bell House, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, July 23 Catskill Brewery, Livingston Manor NY *
Saturday, July 24 Backside 405, Burlington VT *
Sunday, July 25 Lions Club, Peaks Island ME *
Monday, July 26 Nova Arts, Keene NH *
Tuesday, July 27 Folk On, Newport RI *
Thursday, July 29 Cafe Nine, New Haven CT *
Thursday, December 2 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL #
Friday, December 3 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN #
Saturday, December 4 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI #
Sunday, December 5 Lakeside Inn, Lakeside MI #
Tuesday, December 7 Third Man, Nashville TN #
Wednesday, December 8 Terminal West, Atlanta GA #
Thursday, December 9 Recover Brands, Charlotte NC #
Friday, December 10 The Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville NC #
Saturday, December 11 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC #
Sunday, December 12 Creative Alliance, Baltimore MD #
Tuesday, December 14 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA #
Wednesday, December 15 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA #
Thursday, December 16 Tubby's, Kingston NY #
Friday, December 17 Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore PA #
Saturday, December 18 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY #

* w/ William Tyler
# w/ Jeff Parker

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Perfume Genius - Fall 2021 North American Tour Announcement



Stream / Purchase Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

Stream IMMEDIATELY Remixes (LP out as part of Record Store Day, June 12)

Perfume Genius aka Mike Hadreas has announced a run of tour dates this year that will see him playing venues in Big Sur, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego and more. He will also play special dates at The Gorge in Washington with Tame Impala and Red Rocks with Death Cab for Cutie. Tickets are on sale this Friday, June 4 at 10am local time and a full rundown of dates can be found below.

Following last year's release of Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, Perfume Genius released IMMEDIATELY Remixes which sees every song on the album remixed in original running sequence by an all-star cast.  In addition to Boy Harsher and A. G. Cook the lineup includes Jaakko Eino Kaleivi, Jim-E Stack, Planningtorock, Jenny Hval, Initial Talk, Boy Harsher, Nídia, Danny L Harle, Westerman, Actress, Koreless and Katie Dey.  The IMMEDIATELY Remixes vinyl is being released on June 12 (Record Store Day).

Perfume Genius on Tour, Dates in Bold On Sale Friday at 10am Local Time
Friday, June 25 Henry Miller Library, Big Sur CA +
Tuesday, September 7 Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City UT +
Wednesday, September 8 Knitting Factory, Boise ID +
Friday, September 10 The Gorge, George WA *
Monday, September 13 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO &
Wednesday, September 15 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ +
Thursday, September 16 Club Congress Outside, Tucson AZ +
Monday, November 1 Music Box, San Diego CA +
Friday, November 12 Revolution Hall, Portland OR +

+ w/ Hand Habits
* w/ Tame Impala
& w/ Death Cab For Cutie

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Horsegirl - On Tour In July




Recent Matador signings Horsegirl will embark on their first US tour (ok, 4 shows) this July  - ticket links below, all dates on sale starting today (Thursday, May 27).

Wednesday, July 7 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Thursday, July 8 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis MN
Friday, July 9 X-Ray Arcade, Milwaukee WI
Saturday, July 10 Schuba’s, Chicago IL *
Sunday, September 11 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL

Horsegirl online

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Mdou Moctar announces 2022 European Tour + NPR Tiny Desk Concert



This morning Mdou Moctar has announced a full list of European tour dates for 2022. Moctar and his band will play almost thirty dates in almost as many days, spanning the entire month of April (and then some).

Full details and ticket links below. Tickets are on sale now

Friday, April 1st Het Bos, Antwerpen [BE]
Saturday, April 2nd AB-club, Brussels [BE]
Sunday, April 3rd Bumann, Köln [DE]
Monday, April 4th Paradiso, Amsterdam [NL]
Tuesday, April 5th Effenaar, Eindhoven [NL]
Wednesday, April 6th, Komedia, Brighton [UK]
Thursday, April 7th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham [UK]
Friday, April 8th The Sugar Club, Dublin [IE]
Saturday, April 9th Ulster Sports Club, Belfast [UK]
Sunday, April 10th Drygate, Glasgow [UK]
Monday, April 11th The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [UK]
Tuesday, April 12th YES, Manchester [UK]
Thursday, April 14th Oslo, London [UK]
Friday, April 15th : La cave aux Poètes, Roubaix/Lille [FR]
Saturday, April 16th Le Hasard Ludique, Paris [FR]
Sunday, April 17th Doornroosje, Nijmegen [NL]
Monday, April 18th Molotow - Hamburg [DE]
Tuesday, April 19th Alice, Copenhagen [DK]
Wednesday, April 20th Nefertiti, Gothenburg [SE]
Thursday, April 21st Blaa, Oslo [NO]
Friday, April 22nd, Fasching, Stockholm [SE]
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]

Other Mdou Moctar tour dates:

Thursday, September 2 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Friday, September 3 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
Saturday, September 4 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September 5 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Tuesday, September 7 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Wednesday, September 8 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Friday, September 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, September 11 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA
Sunday, September 12 The Sinclair, Boston MA
Tuesday, September 14 Thunderbird Café & Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, September 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Friday, September 17 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
Saturday, September 18 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Monday, September 20 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Tuesday, September 21 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Wednesday, September 22 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 23 Treefort Music Festival, Boise ID
Friday, September 24 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Saturday, September 25 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Sunday, September 26 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Tuesday, September 28 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 29 Starline, Oakland CA
Friday, October 1 Desert Daze Pre-Party, Pioneertown CA
Saturday, October 2 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA

Meanwhile, NPR have premiered a new Tiny Desk session from Mdou Moctar. Recorded late in 2020, this new offering melds the gorgeous lilt of tracks like 'Tala Tannam' with the front-footed and scorching title track 'Afrique Victime'. See the full clip below:



Last Friday, Mdou Moctar released the new record 'Afrique Victime' to a chorus of praise:



Purchase or stream 'Afrique Victime' here

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Out Today : Mdou Moctar - 'Afrique Victime'





Today, Mdou Moctar’s sixth album and first for Matador, 'Afrique Victime', finally takes off.

Recorded across four studios and two continents, the album has already drawn universal praise as a powerful rallying call – a melding of guitar pyrotechnics and full-blast noise with poetic meditations on love, inequality, and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.

Moctar and his band have also announced a full U.S. tour, which will begin in September and will include stops at Bonnaroo and the Treefort Music Festival. Find the complete itinerary below

Afrique Victime Tracklist

1. Chismiten
2. Taliat
3. Ya Habibti
4. Tala Tannam
5. Untitled
6. Asdikte Akal
7. Layla
8. Afrique Victime
9. Bismilahi Atagah

 





 

Mdou Moctar On Tour, Tickets On Sale Friday at 10am ET (new dates in bold)

Thursday, September 2 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Friday, September 3 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
Saturday, September 4 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September 5 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Tuesday, September 7 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Wednesday, September 8 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Friday, September 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, September 11 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA
Sunday, September 12 The Sinclair, Boston MA
Tuesday, September 14 Thunderbird Café & Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, September 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Friday, September 17 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
Saturday, September 18 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Monday, September 20 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Tuesday, September 21 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Wednesday, September 22 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 23 Treefort Music Festival, Boise ID
Friday, September 24 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Saturday, September 25 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Sunday, September 26 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Tuesday, September 28 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 29 Starline, Oakland CA
Friday, October 1 Desert Daze Pre-Party, Pioneertown CA
Saturday, October 2 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA

Mdou Moctar online
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Lucy Dacus - "VBS"



(video directed and animated by Marin Leong)



(photo : Ebru Yildiz)

Lucy Dacus presents “VBS,” a new single/video from her forthcoming album, 'Home Video', coming June 25th . Like the previously released “Hot & Heavy” and “Thumbs,” “VBS” starts the way a memoir might - “In the summer of ‘07 I was sure I’d go to heaven, but I was hedging my bets at VBS” - and presents the compassion, humor and honesty of the best autobiographical writing. “VBS” features Dacus on vocals, Jacob Blizard on a slew of electric and acoustic guitars and Jake Finch on drums and organ. The song’s opening melody is contained, feeling as intimate as whisper, before erupting into a wall of reverb and static, and eventually falling away as Dacus carries it out with only her voice. The beautifully animated “VBS” video was made by Dacus’ longtime creative collaborator and 'Home Video' visual director Marin Leong. It perfectly complements the song’s pacing and 'Home Video'’s overall visual presentation .

“VBS means vacation bible school, and I went to tons of them. It's where Christian parents send their kids over the winter, spring, or summer breaks from school to get closer to God, maybe learn some outdoor skills, and bring home useless crafts and totems like fruit of the spirit sand art and purity rings. I wrote the song in the van on the way to Nashville to record Home Video after seeing one of those readerboards outside a church advertising a wholesome church camp for kids. I thought about my first boyfriend, who I met at VBS, the resident bad boy who loved Slayer and weed more than Jesus. I took it upon myself to save him, and make him stop doing drugs (with an exception for snorting nutmeg). God, I was so lame.” - Lucy Dacus

"A lot of the album examines navigation of self and how it evolves, and Lucy and I have often talked about bodies, the part they play in our ideation of self, and both connection and disconnection to them. We arrived at this world where her physical self is being distorted by the landscape that she’s present in, both in a beautiful and slightly uncanny way. One of the reasons I find animation and music compelling is the freedom in world building, the ability to translate story and tone, and synthesize it into a visual landscape using imagery that isn’t necessarily rooted in reality. And although I was treating this video like a diptych or braided essay with the song, rather than an overt visual depiction, I was able to make some subtle but direct references to the lyrics as well, so I’m excited for people to find those." - Marin Leong

stream / download "VBS"

presave/preorder 'Home Video'



At 3pm today (May 19), Dacus and "VBS" director/animator Marin Leong will be taking questions at YouTube.

Lucy Dacus On Tour (New Dates In Bold)

Wednesday, June 23 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO @
Thursday, July 29 Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks !
Friday, July 30 Palladium, Worchester MA !
Saturday, July 31 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY !
Friday, September 10 The National, Richmond VA * - co-headlining with Julien Baker, + Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Saturday, September 11 The National, Richmond VA * - co-headlining with Julien Baker + Bachelor  (SOLD OUT)
Monday, September 13 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC %
Tuesday, September 14 Terminal West, Atlanta GA %
Wednesday, September 15 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN %
Friday, September 17 Trees, Dallas TX %
Saturday, September 18 White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs), Houston TX %
Sunday, September 19 Scoot Inn, Austin TX %
Monday, September 20 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX %
Wednesday, September 22 191 Toole, Tucson AZ %
Friday, September 24 The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA %
Saturday, September 25 The Observatory OC, Santa Ana CA
Monday, September 27 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA %
Thursday, September 30 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC $
Friday, October 1 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR $
Saturday, October 2 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA $
Tuesday, October 5 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT $
Wednesday, October 6 Bluebird Theater, Denver CO $
Friday, October 8 The Englert Theatre, Iowa City IA $
Saturday, October 9 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN $
Monday, October 11 The Vic Theatre, Chicago IL
Tuesday, October 12 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH $
Thursday, October 14 The Opera House, Toronto ON $
Friday, October 15 L’Astral, Montreal QC $
Saturday, October 16 House of Blues, Boston MA $
Monday, October 18 Higher Ground, Burlington VT $
Wednesday, October 20 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA ^
Friday, October 22 9:30 Club, Washington DC $ (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Tuesday, October 26 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY

 

@ w/ Shakey Graves
! w/ Bright Eyes
* w/ Julien Baker, Special Guests
% w/ Bachelor
$ w/ Bartees Strange
^ w/ Shamir

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Yo la Tengo Announce November UK Dates



(Credit: Noah Kalina)

Yo La Tengo have today announced a batch of UK dates for November (their first since 2019).

Hoboken, NJ's finest musical ensemble return for three dates in Bristol, Canterbury and London. Details and ticket links available below. Tickets for each performance go on sale this Friday (May 21st) at 10:00 BST

Tuesday, Nov 16 – Bristol, UK @ SWX 
Wednesday, Nov 17 – Canterbury, UK @ Gulbenkian


Last year the band released a collection of free formed instrumental tracks titled We Have Amnesia Sometimes, recorded over 10 days in late April and early May 2020 during socially distanced sessions at their rehearsal space.


YLT online:


https://yolatengo.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheRealYLT/
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https://www.instagram.com/therealylt/

Mdou Moctar - "Taliat", Autumn US Tour Dates



Directed by Mikey Coltun
Edit & Animation by Sabrina Nichols



(photo : WH Moustapha)

Ahead of the release of his hotly-tipped new album 'Afrique Victime' this Friday, May 21st, Modu Moctar has released a further preview with the hypnotic new song "Taliat"

“Oh poor girl / She gave him her heart and he broke it / I pray to God to never experience unrequited love and the pain of a broken heart” Moctar sings in Tamasheq over lyrical electric guitar runs and ecstatic rhythm.

“Taliat means woman,” Moctar says. “In our community, women are queens, they have a lot of power, that why I use the term taliat to talk about them. A woman in the Tuareg community has to be protected, but she also has to be treated as equal.”

stream/download "Taliat"
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Mdou Moctar On Tour, Tickets On Sale Friday at 10am ET

Friday, September 3 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
Sunday, September 5 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Tuesday, September 7 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Wednesday, September 8 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Friday, September 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, September 11 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA
Sunday, September 12 The Sinclair, Boston MA
Tuesday, September 14 Thunderbird Café & Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, September 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Friday, September 17 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
Saturday, September 18 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Monday, September 20 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Tuesday, September 21 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Wednesday, September 22 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 23 Treefort Music Festival, Boise ID
Friday, September 24 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Saturday, September 25 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Sunday, September 26 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Tuesday, September 28 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 29 Starline, Oakland CA
Friday, October 1 Desert Daze Pre-Party, Pioneertown CA
Saturday, October 2 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA

Mdou Moctar online
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Steve Gunn - December 2021 Dates



(poster art : Mike Zimmerman)

In December, Steve Gunn will embark on a two-week North American co-headline tour with guitarist Jeff Parker .

Both artists will perform solo sets, with the exception of Bowery Ballroom where Gunn will be joined by a band for a portion of the show. The December tour will follow new music from Gunn, which is slated for release later this year.  Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am local time.

On May 30th, Gunn will play a socially distant show in Tivoli, New York at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park as part of their Spring Festival, which will also include performances by Patti Smith and Yo La Tengo. A full list of upcoming tour dates can be found below.

stream/purchase 'The Unseen In Between '
stream 'Acoustic Unseen'
stream 'Livin’ In Between'

Sunday, May 30 Kaatsbaan Spring Festival, Tivoli NY
Thursday, December 2 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL #
Friday, December 3 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN #
Saturday, December 4 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI #
Sunday, December 5 Lakeside Inn, Lakeside MI #
Tuesday, December 7 Third Man, Nashville TN #
Wednesday, December 8 Terminal West, Atlanta GA #
Thursday, December 9 Recover Brands, Charlotte NC #
Friday, December 10 The Grey Eagle Tavern, Asheville NC #
Saturday, December 11 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC #
Sunday, December 12 Creative Alliance, Baltimore MD #
Tuesday, December 14 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA #
Wednesday, December 15 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA #
Thursday, December 16 Tubby's, Kingston NY #
Friday, December 17 Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore PA #
Saturday, December 18 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY #


# w/ Jeff Parker

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Lucy Dacus - 'Home Video' Coming June 25





"Hot & Heavy", Directed by Lucy Dacus & Marin Leong, Co-directed by Jordan Rodericks.



(photo : Ebru Yildiz)

Lucy Dacus's long awaited 3rd album, 'Home Video', is out June 25th, and today releases the lead single/video, “Hot & Heavy,” which she’ll perform tonight on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert". Additionally, she has confirmed a September/October 2021 North American tour (dates below). The follow-up to 2018’s 'Historian 'and her 2016 debut 'No Burden', 'Home Video' was built on Dacus’ interrogation of her coming-of-age years in Richmond, Virginia. Many of the songs start the way a memoir might, and all of them have the compassion, humor, and honesty of the best autobiographical writing. These songs capture that specific moment in time growing up where emotions and relationships start becoming more complex. They capture the joys, the excitement, the confusion, and even the heartbreak of going through the process of discovering who you are and where people fit in your life and where you fit in theirs. Most importantly and mysteriously, this album displays Dacus’s ability to use the personal as portal into the universal.



“I thought I was writing ‘Hot & Heavy’ about an old friend, but I realized along the way that it was just about me outgrowing past versions of myself,” explains Dacus. “So much of life is submitting to change and saying goodbye even if you don't want to. Now whenever I go to places that used to be significant to me, it feels like trespassing the past. I know that the teen version of me wouldn't approve of me now, and that's embarrassing and a little bit heartbreaking, even if I know intellectually that I like my life and who I am.”

The accompanying, self-directed video was shot in the historic Byrd Theatre in Richmond where Dacus often saw movies during her adolescent years.

“I knew I wanted to include some of the home video footage that my dad took of me while I was growing up. I wanted to visualize the moment when you first reflect on your childhood, which I think can also be the moment that childhood is over. For me, I feel like there was a hard switch when I started releasing music, when my identity went from being a personal project to something publicly observed and reflected. I asked my family (shoutout to my grandma) and some of my closest friends to be extras because they're the people that knew me before that switch. I may have dropped out of film school, but I still love making movies and had a really fun time directing this one.”

stream/download "Hot & Heavy"
presave/preorder 'Home Video'

Home Video Tracklist
01. Hot & Heavy
02. Christine
03. First Time
04. VBS
05. Cartwheel
06. Thumbs
07. Going Going Gone
08. Partner in Crime
09. Brando
10. Please Stay
11. Triple Dog Dare












'Home Video' : a Foreword

There are a thousand truisms about home and childhood, none of them true but all of them honest. It’s natural to want to tidy those earliest memories into a story so palatable and simple that you never have to read again. A home video promises to give your memories back with a certificate of fact— but the footage isn’t the feeling. Who is just out of frame? What does the soft focus obscure? How did the recording itself change the scene?

Some scrutinize the past and some never look back and Lucy Dacus, a lifelong writer and close reader, has long been the former sort. “The past doesn’t change,” Dacus said on a video call during that interminable winter of video calls. “Even if a memory is of a time I didn’t feel safe, there’s safety in looking at it, in its stability.”

This new gift from Dacus, 'Home Video', her third album, was built on an interrogation of her coming-of-age years in Richmond, Virginia. Many songs start the way a memoir might—“In the summer of ’07 I was sure I’d go to heaven, but I was hedging my bets at VBS”—and all of them have the compassion, humor, and honesty of the best autobiographical writing. Most importantly and mysteriously, this album displays Dacus’s ability to use the personal as portal into the universal. “I can’t hide behind generalizations or fiction anymore,” Dacus says, though talking about these songs, she admits, makes her ache.

While there’s a nostalgic tint to much of Dacus’s work, the obliquely told stories in past songs are depicted here with greater specificity. "Triple Dog Dare" recounts young, queer love complicated and forbidden by religion. The toxic relationship depicted in "Partner in Crime" is filled with pining, deceit, and meeting curfew. (“My heart’s on my sleeve/ it’s embarrassing/ the pulpy thing, beating.”) "Christine" is an elegiac ballad about a close friend vanishing into an inhibiting relationship.

As is often the case with Dacus, these songs are a study in contrast. In "Hot & Heavy " she sings powerfully about blushing and diffidence, while the song "Thumbs" contains an elegant fantasy about the brutal murder of a close friend’s no-good father. After performing "Thumbs" during the nearly nonstop tours for her first two albums, it quickly became a white whale to Dacus fans, who have been counting the days until its release just as we’ve all awaited the end of this endless quarantine.

While all that touring made Lucy long to re-root in her hometown, her sudden acclaim filled Richmond with funhouse distortions of herself. People she didn’t know were looking at her like they knew her better than she knew herself. Strangers showed up at her front door. “You used to be so sweet,” she sings on the opening track, “now you're a firecracker on a crowded street.” That truism, both true and false—you can’t go home again—seemed to taunt her at the very time she needed home the most.

In August 2019, after a too much touring then a month of silence, it was time to go back to Trace Horse Studio in Nashville—Jacob Blizard, Collin Pastore, and Jake Finch, her loyal friends and collaborators were at her side again. Dacus’s boygenius bandmates, Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker sang a loving chorus on "Please Stay" and "Going Going Gone" while each recorded solo songs during the same session. Dacus’s resulting record—full of arrhythmic heartbeat percussion and backgrounds of water-warped pipe organ— was mixed by Shawn Everett and mastered by Bob Ludwig.

Loyal Dacus listeners may notice that the melodies here are lower and more contained, at times feeling as intimate as a whisper. The vulnerability of these songs, so often about the intense places where different sorts of love meet and warp, required this approach. “When you told me ‘bout your first time, a soccer player at the senior high,” she sings in "Cartwheel", “I felt my body crumple to the floor. Betrayal like I’d never felt before.” Yet in "Partner in Crime", Dacus marries content and form in a strikingly different way, using uncharacteristic autotune in a song about duplicity and soft coercion.

That 'Home Video' arrives at the end of this locked down, fearful era seems as preordained as the messages within. “I don’t necessarily think that I’m supposed to understand the songs just because I made them,” Dacus says into a screen, “I feel like there’s this person who has been in me my whole life and I’m doing my best to represent them.” After more than a year of being homebound, in a time when screens and video calls were sometimes our only form of contact, looking backward was a natural habit for many. If we haven’t learned it already, this album is a gorgeous example of the transformative power of vulnerability. Dacus’s voice, both audible and on the page, has a healer’s power to soothe and ground and reckon.

Catherine Lacey, February 2021, Chicago, IL



Lucy Dacus On Tour
Friday, September 10 The National, Richmond VA * - co-headlining with Julien Baker
Saturday, September 11 The National, Richmond VA * - co-headlining with Julien Baker
Monday, September 13 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC %
Tuesday, September 14 Terminal West, Atlanta GA %
Wednesday, September 15 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN %
Friday, September 17 Trees, Dallas TX %
Saturday, September 18 White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs), Houston TX %
Sunday, September 19 Scoot Inn, Austin TX %
Monday, September 20 Paper Tiger, San Antonio TX %
Wednesday, September 22 191 Toole, Tucson AZ %
Friday, September 24 The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA %
Saturday, September 25 The Observatory OC, Santa Ana CA
Monday, September 27 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA %
Thursday, September 30 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC $
Friday, October 1 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR $
Saturday, October 2 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA $
Tuesday, October 5 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT $
Friday, October 8 The Englert Theatre, Iowa City IA $
Saturday, October 9 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN $
Monday, October 11 The Vic Theatre, Chicago IL
Tuesday, October 12 Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH $
Thursday, October 14 The Opera House, Toronto ON $
Friday, October 15 L’Astral, Montreal QC $
Saturday, October 16 House of Blues, Boston MA $
Monday, October 18 Higher Ground, Burlington VT $
Wednesday, October 20 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA ^
Friday, October 22 9:30 Club, Washington DC $
Monday, October 25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY

* w/ Julien Baker, Special Guests
% w/ Bachelor
$ w/ Bartees Strange
^ w/ Shamir

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Mary Timony - "Live At St. Mark's" Bandcamp Live Stream



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On Thursday, March 4th, Mary Timony will premiere a streamed concert, Live at St. Mark’s. Shot in Washington, D.C. and directed by Brendan Canty, the set is centered around songs from her solo debut, Mountains, reissued in January for the album's 20th anniversary.  Timony is joined throughout the performance by musicians Mark Cisneros, David Christian, Amy Domingues, and Winston Yu.



The concert will stream via Bandcamp Live and will launch at 8 PM EST. Tickets are $10. A new Mountains t-shirt (pictured below) will be available alongside the digital album at the show’s virtual merch table. A replay will remain available for 24 hours for global audiences to view. Tickets available for pre-order HERE.



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Julien Baker - "Staged" Virtual Concert - Thu March 25th



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On Thursday, March 25 Julien Baker will perform her first streamed concert in support of her new album, Little Oblivions.  The show is taking place via STAGED, Audiotree’s virtual concert series.  The fully-produced streaming concert will be broadcast from Nashville’s Analog (at Hutton Hotel), marking the first show from Nashville in the series.

Three screenings will air on March 25 to ensure fans worldwide can tune in during prime time.  Screening times are 8pm AEDT, 7pm GMT, and 9pm EDT.  Tickets start at $15 and are available exclusively at https://audiotree.tv/streams.  Each screening will be available for 24 hours after the completion of the show, on-demand, so fans can watch the show as many times as they'd like.  Special guest Mini Trees will be the support for Julien Baker.

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Stephen Malkmus - "Juliefuckingette" + Rescheduled Spring 2021 Tour Dates



Stephen Malkmus presents “Juliefuckingette,” an A-side-worthy B-side off Traditional Techniques, his album released earlier this year. Additionally, he announces a rescheduled North American tour slated for March and April 2021. As with Traditional Techniques, “Juliefuckingette” is new phase folk music for new phase folks. Malkmus’ wry lyricism unwinds over his 12-string acoustic guitar: “Abolish the fanfiction set // I don’t wanna clean up the logorrhea mess // It’s the last brand standing // You know you wanna kill it but you can’t kill that quite yet.”



Traditional Techniques presents Malkmus as attuned as ever to the rhythms of the ever-evolving lingual slipstream. Informed by a half-century of folk-rock reference points, Malkmus drew from a whole new musical palette for Traditional Techniques--including a variety of Afghani instruments--to support an ache both quizzical and contemporary. Alongside gorgeous folk music, Traditional Techniques presents occasional bursts of flute-laced swagger, straight-up commune rock, and mind-bending fuzz. He’s joined throughout by Matt Sweeney and Chris Funk.

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Stephen Malkmus on Tour
Tuesday, March 2 Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, March 3 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
Thursday, March 4 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Friday, March 5 Headliners, Louisville KY
Saturday, March 6 Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN
Sunday, March 7 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Tuesday, March 9 Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Wednesday, March 10 Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC
Thursday, March 11 The National, Richmond VA
Friday, March 12 Black Cat, Washington DC
Saturday, March 13 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, March 14 Webster Hall, New York NY
Tuesday, March 16 Royale, Boston MA
Wednesday, March 17 Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington VT
Thursday, March 18 L'Astral, Montreal QC
Friday, March 19 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Saturday, March 20 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Sunday, March 21 Majestic Theater, Detroit MI
Friday, April 9 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Saturday, April 10 The Waiting Room, Omaha NE
Sunday, April 11 Granada Theater, Lawrence KS
Monday, April 12 Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa OK
Tuesday, April 13 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Wednesday, April 14 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Friday, April 16 Lowbrow Palace, El Paso TX
Saturday, April 17 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Sunday, April 18 Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach CA
Monday, April 19 El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, April 20 The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
Thursday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
Friday, April 23 Imperial, Vancouver BC
Saturday, April 24 The Showbox, Seattle WA

All shows with openers Qais Essar & the Magik Carpet

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Algiers - EU Tour Dates 2021 + 'Animals (Redux)' Live Version



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Today Algiers announce a batch of rescheduled European tour dates for quarter one of 2021. Nary ones to shy away from hitting the road, the band will be performing twenty seven shows across twenty different territories throughout February and March next year. Tickets go on-sale at 10:00 local times on Friday, July 17th.

Accompanying today's announce, the band have released a live and improvised version of 'Animals' - a track that featured on their second studio record 'The Underside of Power'. 'Animals (Redux)' was performed and recorded in Atlanta last month, and you can watch that new transmogrified take below:





Tour Dates
Monday, February 1st - Knust - Hamburg, DE
Tuesday, February 2nd - Stengade - Copenhagen, DK
Thursday, February 4th - Revolver - Oslo, NO
Friday, February 5th - Nalen Klubb - Stockholm, SE
Saturday, February 6th - Mejeriet - Lund, SE
Tuesday, February 9th - Lido - Berlin, DE
Wednesday, February 10th - Drizzly Grizzly - Gdansk, PO
Saturday, February 13th - Morze club - St. Petersburg, RU
Sunday, February 14th - Shagi Club - Moscow, RU
Wednesday, February 17th - Brugge club - Minsk, BY
Friday, February 19th - Caribbean club - Kiev, UA
Sunday, February 21st - Bandabar - Chisinau, MD
Tuesday, February 23rd - Control Club - Bucharest, RO
Wednesday, February 24th - Terminal 1 - Sofia, BG
Friday, February 26th - ?ightball Club - Thessaloniki, GR
Saturday, February 27th - Temple - Athens, GR
Monday, March 1st - MKC - Skopje, MK
Tuesday, March 2nd - Elektropionir club - Belgrade, RS
Wednesday, March 3rd - Form Space - Cluj, RO
Thursday, March 4th - Dürer Kert - middle room - Budapest, HU
Saturday, March 6th - Nova Cvernovka - Bratislava, SK
Sunday, March 7th - Vintage Industrial - Zagreb, HR
Monday, March 8th - Pogon culture - Rijeka, HR
Tuesday, March 9th - Posthof - Linz, AU
Thursday, March 11th - ISC - Bern, CH
Friday, March 12th - Bogen F - Zurich, CH
Saturday, March 13th - Serraglio - Milan, IT
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Kurt Vile / Cate Le Bon Tour Dates Rescheduled



Due to prevailing global events, the previously announced Kurt Vile / Cate Le Bon US tour scheduled to start this April has been delayed until September. All tickets for the original dates remain good, save for the Austin Paramount Theatre date, as that's been moved to the Scoot Inn on September 18 (see below).

Friday, August 21 Theatre at the Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, August 22 Pappy & Harriets, Pioneertown CA
Sunday, August 23 Fremont Theater, San Luis Obispo CA
Monday, August 24 Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz CA
Tuesday, August 25 Castro Theatre, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, August 26 Mystic Theater, Petaluma CA
Friday, August 28 Aladdin Theatre, Portland OR
Saturday, August 29 Aladdin Theatre, Portland OR
Sunday, August 30 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Tuesday, September 1 Bowery Ballroom, New York  NY
Wednesday, September 2 Royale, Boston MA
Thursday, September 3 Town Hall, New York NY
Friday, September 4 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ
Saturday, September 5 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, September 6 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA
Tuesday, September 8 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Wednesday, September 9 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Thursday, September 10 MOCAD, Detroit MI
Friday, September 11 The Warhol at Carnegie Lecture Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Saturday, September 12 Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville OH
Monday, September 14 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Tuesday, September 15 Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC
Thursday, September 17 Tulips, Ft. Worth TX
Friday, September 18 Scoot Inn, Austin TX

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King Krule - Rescheduled North American / European Tour Dates



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King Krule's postponed North American and EU dates in support of the newly released Man Alive! have been rescheduled for September, October and December 2020. Tickets purchased for the shows' original dates will be honored. More info can be found at respective venues, linked below.
King Krule On Tour
Tuesday, September 15 Showbox Sodo, Seattle WA
Wednesday, September 16 Roseland Theatre, Portland OR
Friday, September 18 Fox Theatre, Oakland CA
Tuesday, September 22 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
Friday, September 25 House of Blues, Dallas TX
Saturday, September 26 Stubbs Waller Creek, Austin TX
Sunday, September 27 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Tuesday, October 13 Barrowland, Glasgow UK
Wednesday, October 14 Olympia, Dublin IE
Thursday, October 15 Albert Hall, Manchester UK
Sunday, October 18 Brixton Academy, London UK
Monday, October 19 Brixton Academy, London UK
Tuesday, December 1 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Wednesday, December 2 Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL
Friday, December 4 Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto ON
Saturday, December 5 Mtelus, Montreal QC
Monday, December 7 House of Blues, Boston MA
Tuesday, December 8 Webster Hall, New York NY
Wednesday, December 9 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY
Friday, December 11 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, December 13 9.30 Club, Washington DC
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