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Kurt Vile - New Spotify Single, More North American Dates





(photo by Samantha Bloom)

A stripped down version of Kurt Vile's "Loading Zones" is available today as part of the Spotify Singles series along with a cover of the Rolling Stones' "No Expectations". There's some massive additions additions to Kurt & The Violators' summer touring run (including a July date in Central Park with Dinosaur Jr. and Cate Le Bon) - check the shows in bold below.

Stream/Download Bottle It In



Kurt Vile & The Violators On Tour

Wednesday, April 17 ANU, Canberra AU &
Thursday, April 18 Bryon Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay AU
Saturday, April 20 Bryon Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay AU
Sunday, April 21 Boogie Festival, Tallarook AU
Monday, April 22 The Forum, Melbourne AU &
Saturday, April 27 The Gov, Adelaide AU &
Sunday, April 28 Rosemount Carpark, Perth AU &
Sunday, May 26 All Points East, London UK
Monday, May 27 Aeronef, Lille FR
Tuesday, May 28 Atelier, Luxembourg LU
Thursday, May 30 This Is Not A Love Song, Nimes FR
Friday, May 31 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Sunday, June 2 Best Kept Secret, Hivarenbeek, NE
Monday, June 3 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Tuesday, June 4 Astra, Berlin DE
Thursday, June 6 Sideways Festival, Helsinki FI
Saturday, June 8 NorthSide, Aarhus DK
Monday, June 10 Mejeriet, Lund SE
Tuesday, June 11 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE
Thursday, June 13 Pipfest, Oslo NO
Friday, June 14 Mablis, Stavanger NO
Saturday, June 15 Bergenhus Festning, Bergen NO
Wednesday, June 19 Klub Proxima, Warsaw PL
Thursday, June 20 Meetfactory, Prague CZ
Friday, June 21 Kolorado Festival, Budapest, HU
Monday, June 24 Inmusic Festival, Zagreb HR
Tuesday, June 25 Magnolia, Milan IT
Wednesday, June 26 Les Docks, Lausanne CH
Friday, June 28 Rock Werchter, Werchter BE
Saturday, June 29 Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury UK
Thursday, July 18 House of Blues, Cleveland OH
Friday, July 19 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo MI

Saturday, July 20 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL
Sunday, July 21 Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, Allison Park PA (Free Show) *
Tuesday, July 23 Ottobar, Baltimore MD *
Thursday, July 25 Central Park SummerStage, New York NY * %
Friday, July 26 College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT ^
Saturday, July 27 Columbus Theatre, Providence RI ^
Sunday, July 28 Pines Theatre, Northampton MA %
Tuesday, July 30 Skyloft, Albany NY
Wednesday, July 31 Town Ballroom, Buffalo NY
Thursday, August 1 Sony Centre, Toronto ON

Friday, August 2 Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, Montreal QC
Saturday, August 3 State Theatre, Portland ME
Sunday, August 4 Prescott Park Arts Festival, Portsmouth NH

Saturday, September 7 Sing Out Loud Festival, St. Augustine FL
Sunday, September 22 Bourbon and Beyond, Louisville KY

& w/ RVG
~ w/ Tropical Fuck Storm
# w/ Julia Shapiro and Lost Animal
$ w/ Jorge Elbrecht
* w/ Cate Le Bon
% w/ Dinosaur Jr.
^ w/ J. Mascis

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Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus - Austin City Limits TV Taping, Tuesday July 30





Austin City Limits is thrilled to welcome two remarkable artists under the age of 25-years-old.  Lauded singer/songwriter phenoms Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus join us for the first time on July 30 for a taping highlight—a one-of-a-kind co-headline evening with these two accomplished solo artists.

Memphis native Julien Baker’s chilling solo debut, 'Sprained Ankle', was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. The album, recorded by a then 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely around Baker’s voice, guitar, and unblinking honesty. Sprained Ankle appeared on year-end lists everywhere from NPR Music to The AV Club to New York Magazine’s Vulture. With 2017’s 'Turn Out The Lights', Baker claimed a much bigger stage, but with the same core of breathtaking vulnerability and resilience. From its opening moments — when her chiming, evocative melody is accompanied by swells of strings — Turn Out The Lights throws open the doors to the world without sacrificing the intimacy that has become a hallmark of her songs. The album explores how people live and come to terms with their internal conflict, and the alternately shattering and redemptive ways these struggles play out in relationships. “Turn Out The Lights is beautifully crafted throughout,” noted Spin, “full of the kinds of songs that linger long after they’ve ended.” Under the Radar declared, “Baker is writing faultless songs that will always have a home in our hearts because finding comfort in even the saddest moments means we're still feeling. And if we're feeling, there's hope for us yet.”



2018 was a milestone year for Richmond, VA’s Lucy Dacus.  Her widely celebrated sophomore record, Historian, was met by a cavalcade of critical elation, with NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NBC News, Slate, The Atlantic, Billboard, Paste, Stereogum, and more choosing it as one of the year’s best albums. Dacus' remarkable sense of melody and composition are the driving force throughout, giving Historian the immersive feel of an album made by an artist in full command of her powers. "This is the album I needed to make," says Dacus, who views 'Historian' as her definitive statement as a songwriter and musician. "Everything after this is a bonus." She played revelatory sold-out shows at clubs and festivals alike, along with multiple high profile television appearances.  A glance at her worldwide touring schedule in 2019 shows little sign that Dacus is slowing down, and in fact, she will release a series of songs titled 2019 to celebrate.  Recorded in here-and-there studio spurts over the last two years, 2019 will be released later this year as a physical EP on Matador Records, and will be made up of originals and cover songs tied to specific holidays, each of which will drop around their respective date: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day (and Taurus season!), Independence Day, Springsteen’s Birthday, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Want to be part of the audience?  We will post information on how to get free passes a week before the taping. Follow Austin City Limits on Facebook and Twitter for notice of postings. The broadcast episode will air on PBS later this year as part of ACL’s upcoming milestone Season 45.


Stream/Download Julien Baker's 'Turn Out The Lights'

Stream/Download Lucy Dacus' La Vie En Rose"

Stream/Purchase Lucy Dacus' Historian

Julien Baker on Tour

May 29-June 2 Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona ES
May 31-June 2 Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek NE
Sunday, June 2 All Points East, London UK
June 19-June 23, Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, Calgary AB
Saturday, June 29 American Family Insurance Amphitheater, Milwaukee WI
Thursday, July 4 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde DK
Friday, July 5 Oetinger Villa, Darmstadt DE
Wednesday, August 7 Oya Festival, Oslo NO
August 8-10, Haldern Pop Festival, Haldern DE
Monday, August 12 Lwl Museum Für Kunst Und Kultur, Münster DE
Thursday, August 15 Vodafone Paredes de Coura, Paredes de Coura PT

Julien Baker Online
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Lucy Dacus On Tour

Wednesday, April 24th WFPK's Waterfront Wednesdays, Louisville KY (Free Show)
Saturday, May 4th Visulite Theater, Charlotte NC +
Sunday, May 5th Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Monday, May 6th The Social, Orlando FL +
Tuesday, May 7th The Crowbar, Tampa FL +
Thursday, May 9th One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans LA +
Saturday, May 11th Songbirds North, Chattanooga TN +
Sunday, May 12th The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC +
Friday, May 24 Den Atelier Hollerich, Luxembourg ^
Saturday, May 25 Badehaus, Berlin DE
Monday, May 27 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden DE ^
Tuesday, May 28 Backstage Werk, Munich DE ^
Wednesday, May 29 Alcatraz, Milan IT ^
Friday, May 31 Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona ES
Saturday, June 1 Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek NL
Tuesday, June 4 Boule Noire, Paris FR
Wednesday, June 5 EartH, London UK
Thursday, June 6 Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds UK
Saturday, June 8 Optimus Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Monday, June 10 Bodega, Nottingham UK
Tuesday, June 11 Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh UK
Wednesday, June 12 YES, Manchester UK
Friday, June 14 Mablisfestivalen, Stavanger NO
Saturday, June 15 STHLM Americana, Stockholm SE
Sunday, June 16 Oceanen, Gothenburg SE
Monday, June 17 Plan B, Malmo SE
Wednesday, June 19 De Kreun VZW, Kortrijk BE
Friday, June 28 Friday Cheers at Brown's Island, Richmond VA
June 29-July 6 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde DK

+ w/ Mothers


^ w/ Jawbreaker

Steve Gunn - "Vagabond" - Tribute to Agnes Varda



Steve Gunn has released a tribute to the late director Agnes Varda who, among many other works, created the film Vagabond after which Gunn named the first single off his new album The Unseen In Between. The director of Gunn's new music video Naomi Yang had these words to share:
The lyrics tie the song very directly to the imagery in the film so I felt the main challenge in making the video was to honor the film without trying to literally recreate it, and to express the emotional weight of Steve’s song which was all his own.

Formally, Varda’s film is structured around 12 long tracking shots of the main character walking from right to left. There are also a few simple reoccurring props in the film: cigarettes, a painting, a transistor radio. These elements I pulled from the film and used in the video. I decided that by echoing some formal elements from the film we could be secretly give a nod to the film in homage, but it would not depend on you knowing the film to understand the song or the video.

I set the video in Pittsburgh – a place that both Steve and I were essentially strangers. Steve and I wandered the edges for 3 days. The thought was Steve was following in the footsteps of the character from Varda’s film, that perhaps she had left right before he arrived, had just moved on – leaving Steve to find only her traces. And after all, isn’t that not unlike the itinerant life of a musician?

Years ago, when I was in Galaxie 500, we arrived in a club in Europe, and found personal greetings in graffiti to us on the wall of the band room. Friends of ours had played the same club the week before, left us a message and moved on.

And now, sadly, Agnés Varda has passed on. But she has left us with her incredible, soulful, mischievous, political, compassionate body of work to discover, rediscover, and be inspired by.

— Naomi Yang, 2019

Steve Gunn continues on his tour dates in support of The Unseen In Between this week in North America, beginning Thursday in Milwaukee. See a full list of upcoming dates below.

STREAM/BUY The Unseen In Between

Steve Gunn On Tour
Thursday, April 18 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, April 19 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL *
Saturday, April 20 Storehouse, Galien MI (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, April 21 Off Broadway, St Louis MO*
Monday, April 22 89th Street, Oklahoma City OK*
Tuesday, April 23 Double Wide, Dallas TX *
Wednesday, April 24 Barracuda, Austin TX*
Friday, April 26 Saturn, Birmingham AL*
Saturday, April 27 40 Watt, Athens GA*
Sunday, April 28 The Earl, Atlanta GA*
Monday, April 29 The Basement, Nashville TN*
Tuesday, April 30 The Mothlight, Asheville NC*
Wednesday, May 1 Cat’s Cradle, Carborro, NC*
Thursday, May 2 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte,NC*
Friday, May 3 Richmond Music Hall, Richmond,VA*
Saturday, May 4 Songbyrd, Washington DC*
Saturday, July 6 Pointu Festival, Corniche des Iles FR
July 11-14 Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg MB (solo performance)
Wednesday, July 24 Port City Music Hall, Portland ME
Thursday, July 25 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH
Saturday, July 27 ArtsRiot, Burlington VT
Sunday, July 28 Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B., Montreal QC
Tuesday, July 30 The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, July 31 Club Cafe, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, August 2 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA
Saturday, August 3 The Bell House Outpost at Industry City, Brooklyn NY ^

* w/ Gun Outfit
^ w/ Hand Habits

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VIDEO : ICEAGE - "Pain Killer"





(photo by Halfdan Venlov)
Marking the start of their North American tour, Iceage have released a new video for ‘Pain Killer’, one of the standout tracks from their critically acclaimed fourth album Beyondless.
 
Hallucinogenic epiphanies filmed between Tijuana, San Diego and LA interspersed with 70’s pulp animation?  Visual cues from Wild At HeartFear And Loathing in Las Vegas, and the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage?  VHS footage featuring a cameo from Sky Ferreira shot in the garage of Lili Hayes?
 
Directed by Mortis Studio with additional animation from Josh Freydkis and featuring lead actors Linda Abud & Sebastian Alvarez, the video for ‘Pain Killer’ truly has it all, and is a potent chaser to the visceral and intoxicating potion of the audio.
 
Iceage’s North American run of dates in support Beyondless kicks off Friday, April 12th in Las Vegas, with Shame and Nadah El Shazly supporting on select dates. A full list of upcoming dates can be found below.

 

Iceage on tourFriday, April 12, Bunkhouse Saloon, Las Vegas, NV
Sunday April 14 - Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Monday, April 15 The Roxy, Los Angeles CA *
Tuesday, April 16, Casbah, San Diego, CA *
Wednesday, April 17 - Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, AZ *
Thursday ,April 18 - Club Congress, Tucson, AZ *
Sunday April 21 - Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Tuesday, April 23 - The New Parish, Oakland, CA *
Thursday, April 25 - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
Friday, April 26 - The Vera Project, Seattle, WA
Saturday, April 27 - Distrikt, Victoria, BC
Sunday, April 28 - The Astoria, Vancouver, BC
Tuesday, April 30 - Dicken's Pub, Calgary, AB +
Wednesday, May 1 - Amigo's Cantina, Saskatoon, SK +
Thursday, May 2 - Temple, Edmonton, AB +
Saturday, May 4 - The Good Will Social Club, Winnipeg, MB +
Sunday, May 5 - The Aquarium, Fargo, ND +
Monday, May 6 - Turf Club, St. Paul, MN +
Tuesday, May 7 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL +
June 7-8, DMZ Peace Trail Festival, Seoul KR
Tuesday, June 11 WWW, Shibuya JP
Sunday, June 23 Loose Ends 2019 at NDSM, Amsterdam NE
Friday July 5 Electric Fields, Dumfries & Galloway UK


 

* - with Shame



+ with Nadah El Shazly

 

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VIDEO : Steve Gunn - "Chance", Summer Northeastern Dates





With a triumphant European tour about to conclude and a US tour with Gun Outfit about to commence, Steve Gunn announces a new run of headline North American tour dates this summer. Spanning the Northeast corridor, the tour begins on July 24th in Portland, ME and ends with a hometown show at Brooklyn’s Industry City on August 3rd. The full list of tour dates can be found below and is accompanied by the release of an acoustic video for 'The Unseen In Between' standout track, “Chance,” the third in a series of live acoustic videos made by The Mitcham Submarine -- this one filmed at London’s Albert Memorial.

stream / purchase 'The Unseen In Between'

Steve Gunn On Tour  (new dates in bold)

Saturday, April 13 Rough Trade, Brooklyn NY (Solo daytime Record Store Day performance)
Thursday, April 18 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI*
Friday, April 19 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL *
Saturday, April 20 Storehouse, Galien MI (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, April 21 Off Broadway, St Louis MO*
Monday, April 22 89th Street, Oklahoma City OK*
Tuesday, April 23 Double Wide, Dallas TX *
Wednesday, April 24 Barracuda, Austin TX*
Friday, April 26 Saturn, Birmingham AL*
Saturday, April 27 40 Watt, Athens GA*
Sunday, April 28 The Earl, Atlanta GA*
Monday, April 29 The Basement, Nashville TN*
Tuesday, April 30 The Mothlight, Asheville NC*
Wednesday, May 1 Cat’s Cradle, Carborro, NC*
Thursday, May 2 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte,NC*
Friday, May 3 Richmond Music Hall, Richmond,VA*
Saturday, May 4 Songbyrd, Washington DC*
Saturday, July 6 Pointu Festival, Corniche des Iles FR
July 11-14 Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg MB (solo performance)
Wednesday, July 24 Port City Music Hall, Portland ME
Thursday, July 25 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH
Saturday, July 27 ArtsRiot, Burlington VT
Sunday, July 28 Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B., Montreal QC
Tuesday, July 30 The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON
Wednesday, July 31 Club Cafe, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, August 2 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA
Saturday, August 3 The Bell House Outpost at Industry City, Brooklyn NY ^

* w/ Gun Outfit
^ w/ Hand Habits

Steve Gunn online :
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Interpol - September US Dates With Morrissey


Interpol
will mark their first anniversary on the road in support of 'Marauder' with a series of large-scale indoor and outdoor September dates alongside Morrissey. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 12 at 10am local time.

Thursday, September 5 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD
Saturday, September 7 Forest Hills Stadium, Queens NY
Monday, September 9 BB&T Pavilion, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, September 11 Fraze Pavilion, Kettering OH
Friday, September 13 Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, Detroit MI
Saturday, September 14 Ravinia Amphitheater, Chicago IL
Wednesday, September 18 Verizon Theatre, Dallas TX
Friday, September 20 Frank Erwin Center, Austin TX
Saturday, September 21 White Oak Outdoor Lawn, Houston TX
Saturday, September 28 SaltAir, Salt Lake City UT
Monday, September 30 Theatre of the Clouds, Portland OR
Thursday, October 3 Bill Graham Auditorium, San Francisco CA
Saturday, October 5 Five Point Amphitheatre, Irvine CA
Sunday, October 6 Pechanga Arena, San Diego CA

preorder / stream 'A Fine Mess'
stream / purchase 'Marauder'

previously announced tour dates

Tuesday, April 9 Domos Art, Lima PE
Wednesday, May 1 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison CO #
Thursday, May 2 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City MO %
May 3-May 5 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA @
Saturday, May 25th All Points East Festival, London UL
May 30-June 1 Heartland Festival Kvaerndrup DK
Sunday, June 2 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek NE
Tuesday, June 4 Palladium, Cologne DE
Wednesday, June 5 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden DE
Friday, June 7 Nos Primavera Sound Festival, Porto PT
Monday, June 10 Adrenaline Stadium, Moscow RS
Wednesday, June 12 Green Theatre, Kyiv UA
June 21-June 23 Southside Festival, Neuhausen CH
June 21-June 23 Hurricane Festival, Scheessel DE
Tuesday, June 25 02 Academy Leeds, Leeds UK +
Wednesday, June 26 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK +
June 27-30, Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury UK
Sunday, June 30 Garorock, Marmande Nouvelle-Aquitaine FR
Tuesday, July 2 L’Olympia, Paris FR
Thursday, July 4 Les Eurockeennes De Belfort, Belfort FR
Sunday, July 7 Beauregard Festival, Caen FR
Friday, August 2 Osheaga Festival, Montreal QC

# w/ Car Seat Headrest, Japanese Breakfast, Sunflower Bean
% w/ Foals
@ w/ Lucy Dacus, Liz Phair
+ w/ Pixx

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