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Interpol - "Fables"

Today Interpol release ‘Fables,’ the third single from their forthcoming full-length, ‘The Other Side of Make-Believe’, out July 15.

Stream / Download "Fables"

Pre-order "The Other Side of Make-Believe"

“‘Fables’ features one of Daniel’s hottest licks,” comments Paul. “A breezy vocal with optimistic lyrics and a bouncy drum beat evocative of classic R&B with a nod to the golden age of hip hop. It’s a summer jam and a piece of music we are particularly proud of.”

The new track follows the band’s well-received first two singles, ‘Toni’ and ‘Something Changed’- which were accompanied by a stellar two-part film directed by Van Alpert.

Interpol on Tour, New Dates in Bold
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^
Friday, November 4 Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro BR $
Saturday, November 5 Primavera Sound, São Paulo BR $
Tuesday, November 8 Pedreira Paulo Leminski, Curitiba BR
Thursday, November 10 Kilkfest, Asunción PY
Saturday, November 12 Primavera Sound Santiago de Chile, Santiago CL
Sunday, November 13 Primavera Sound Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires AR
Tuesday, November 15 Arena 1, Lima PE $

* 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
$ w/ Arctic Monkeys

Interpol Online
Official Site
YouTube Channel

Horsegirl - "Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)"

(photo : Cheryl Dunn)

Chicago trio Horsegirl - Nora Cheng (guitar, vocals), Penelope Lowenstein (guitar, vocals), and Gigi Reece (drums) - unveil a new single/video, “Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty),” from their debut album, 'Versions of Modern Performance', out June 3rd on Matador. In-step with a string of incredibly well-received singles, “Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)” is a scuffed up, guitar-driven piece of garage-pop. The tracks’ lyrics brim with alliteration and slanted rhymes, and as the instrumentation rises, the song rides out with a chorus of “oohs.” For the song’s video, Horsegirl and friends, many of whom will play the Horsegirl record release party, were given the reins to Lowenstein’s elementary school where they filmed all day last month. As a band who do everything as a unit, from songwriting to trading vocal duties and swapping instruments to sound and visual art design, this new video captures the essence of this trio’s special bond.

The band elaborates: “The three of us filmed the ‘Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)’ video over one day in Penelope’s elementary school. The video provides a small look into our Chicago youth scene—it includes members of bands like Lifeguard, Friko, Dwaal Troupe, and Post Office Winter all grouped into oddball bands with weird gimmicks. We always have the best time making our videos with our friends in spaces we feel connected to. All of our friends showed up with various assortments of clothing and props, like wooden spoons, a bowling shirt collection, and an accordion. We wanted to harness the strangeness of everything that was brought to us, and wanted to showcase all of the people and bands that mean so much to us.”

(stream/download "Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty")

Pre-order / Pre-save Versions of Modern Performance

Horsegirl on Tour
Sun, May 29 Allston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
Sun, June 5 Thalia Hall (RECORD RELEASE SHOW), Chicago IL ^
Fri, June 10 Staft ohne Meer, Giessen DE
Sun, June 12 Maifield Derby, Mannheim DE
Thu, June 16 Trix Bar, Antwerp BE
Fri, June 17 Pop Up Du Label, Paris FR
Sat, June 18 Grauzone Festival, The Hague NL
Sun, June 19 Paper Dress Vintage (EARLY SHOW), London UK *SOLD OUT*
Sun, June 19 Paper Dress Vintage (LATE SHOW), London UK *SOLD OUT*
Tue, June 21 YES (Basement), Manchester UK
Wed, June 22 Bermondsey Social Club, London UK *SOLD OUT*
Sun, June 26 Rough Trade Bristol, Bristol UK
Tue, June 28 Bumann & Sohn, Cologne DE
Wed, June 29 Monarch, Berlin DE
Fri, July 1 Roskilde Festival 2022, Denmark DE
Sat, July 2 Molotow Upstairs, Hamburg DE
Sun, July 3 Metropolis Festival, Rotterdam NE
Fri, July 15 Wise Hall, Vancouver BC *
Sat, July 16 Neumos, Seattle WA *
Sun, July 17 Polaris Hall, Portland OR *
Tue, July 19 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Thu, July 21 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *
Fri, July 22 The Echo, Los Angeles CA *
Sat, July 23 Constellation Room, Santa Ana CA *
Tue, July 26 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Wed, July 27 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI *
July 28-31 Lollapalooza, Chicago IL
July 30 – 31 Mo Pop Festival, Detroit MI
Tue, August 2 Rumba Café, Columbus OH *
Wed, August 3 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH *
Fri, August 5 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON *
Sat, August 6 Petit Campus, Montreal QC *
Wed, August 10 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY *

^ w/ Lifeguard, Friko, Post Office Winter
* w/ Dummy

Horsegirl Online

Snail Mail - "Glory" (From "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon")

This past Friday night, Snail Mail performed "Glory" on NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon".  The studio version can be found on the 2nd Snail Mail album, 'Valentine', currently streaming / selling everywhere.  The updated live schedule for Snail Mail can be found below :

Monday, June 6 Gebäude 9, Cologne DE
Tuesday, June 7 Knust, Hamburg DE
Thursday, June 9 Oceanen, Gothenburg SE
Saturday, June 11 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Monday, June 13 Columbia Theater, Berlin DE
Tuesday, June 14 Groovestation, Dresden DE
Wednesday, June 15 Ampere, Munich DE
Thursday, June 16 Santeria Toscana 31, Milan IT
Saturday, June 18 Bogen F, Zürich CH
Sunday, June 19 Le Trabendo, Paris FR
Tuesday, June 21 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, June 23 The Ritz, Manchester UK
Friday, June 24 QMU, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, June 28 Marble Factory, Bristol UK
Wednesday, June 29 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London UK
Thursday, June 30 Chalk, Brighton UK
Tuesday, July 5 Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FRSnail Mail On Tour
Tickets available at
Monday, June 6 Gebäude 9, Cologne DE
Tuesday, June 7 Knust, Hamburg DE
Thursday, June 9 Oceanen, Gothenburg SE
Saturday, June 11 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Monday, June 13 Columbia Theater, Berlin DE
Tuesday, June 14 Groovestation, Dresden DE
Wednesday, June 15 Ampere, Munich DE
Thursday, June 16 Santeria Toscana 31, Milan IT
Saturday, June 18 Bogen F, Zürich CH
Sunday, June 19 Le Trabendo, Paris FR
Tuesday, June 21 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, June 23 The Ritz, Manchester UK
Friday, June 24 QMU, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, June 28 Marble Factory, Bristol UK
Wednesday, June 29 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London UK
Thursday, June 30 Chalk, Brighton UK
Tuesday, July 5 Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FR
Friday, August 12 Fete Music Hall, Providence RI
Saturday, August 13 Higher Ground, Burlington VT
Tuesday, August 16 Toad’s Place, New Haven CT
Wednesday, August 17 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ
Friday, August 19 The National, Richmond VA
Saturday, August 20, The NorVa, Norfolk VA
Sunday, August 21 Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte NC
Tuesday, August 23 The Beacham Theater, Orlando FL
Wednesday, August 24 The Ritz Ybor, Tampa FL
Friday, August 26 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Saturday, August 27 The Mill & Mine, Knoxville TN
Sunday, August 28 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY
Tuesday, August 30 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL
Wednesday, August 31 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI
Friday, September 2 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
Saturday, September 3 The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Sunday, September 4 The Athenaeum Theatre, Columbus OH
Tuesday, September 6 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI
Wednesday, September 7 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA
Friday, September 9 The Fillmore, Silver Spring MD

stream / purchase 'Valentine'

Snail Mail Online

Circuit des Yeux - 'Live In Chicago'

(photo : Evan Jenkins)


Last fall, Circuit des Yeux (Haley Fohr) was invited to record a 4-song live session at Jamdek studio in Chicago. These recordings capture the music from her 2021 album '-io' at the outset of its transition from studio to stage, including band arrangements of the compositions “Vanishing,” “Dogma,” “Sculpting the Exodus,” and “Stranger.”

Fohr was joined on these performances by the musicians
Whitney Johnson (Matchess), Andrew Scott Young, and Ashley Guerrero.

Matador is releasing these four tracks digitally as 'Live From Chicago', available today for streaming or download.

Circuit des Yeux will be on the road throughout the summer and fall, bringing '-io' to audiences in North America, Europe, and the UK. Find the complete itinerary below.

(stream/purchase 'Live In Chicago')


  1. Vanishing

  2. Dogma

  3. Sculpting the Exodus

  4. Stranger

(stream/purchase  '-io')


Circuit des Yeux on tour (new dates in bold)

Thursday, June 2 Decca, Louisville KY
Friday, June 3 Crosstown Arts, Memphis TN
Saturday, June 4 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Sunday, June 5 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Monday, June 6 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Tuesday, June 7 Greenwood Cemetery (Pioneer Works), Brooklyn NY
Thursday, June 9 Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro VT
Friday, June 10 Centre PHI, Montreal QC
Saturday, June 11 Arts Court, Ottawa ON
Monday, June 13 918 Bathurst (Wavelength Music Series), Toronto ON
Tuesday, June 14 Trinosophes, Detroit MI
Thursday, June 16 Constellation, Chicago IL
Friday, June 17 Constellation, Chicago IL
Tuesday, August 16 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, August 17 The Lab, San Francisco CA
Saturday, August 27 Extramuralhas Festival, Leiria PT
Sunday, August 28 Whisper, Antwerpen BE
Tuesday, August 30 Future Yard, Birkenhead UK
Wednesday, August 31 Summerhall, Edinburgh UK
September 1-4 End of the Road, Lamar Tree Gardens UK
Saturday, September 3 Manchester Psych Fest, Manchester UK
Monday, September 5 National Concert Hall, Dublin IE
Monday, October 3 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Tuesday, October 4 Bla, Oslo NO
Wednesday, October 5 Folk, Götenborg SE
Thursday, October 6 Alice at Valby Kulturhus, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, October 8 Meetfactory, Prague CZ
Monday, October 10 Turbina, Budapest HU
Tuesday, October 11 Volkstheater, Vienna AT
Wednesday, October 12 Linhart Hall at Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana SI
Thursday, October 13 Freakout, Bologna IT
Friday, October 14 Le Ciel, Grenoble FR
Tuesday, October 18 Café Berlin, Madrid ES
Wednesday, October 19 Culturgest, Lisbon PT
Thursday, October 20 Gnration, Braga PT
Friday, October 21 Auditorio de Espinho, Espinho PT

Circuit des Yeux Online


Spoon - CBS Saturday Morning

Stream/Purchase Lucifer On The Sofa

Spoon brought Lucifer On The Sofa to CBS Saturday Morning this past weekend after Friday's performance at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom. Live takes on "Wild," "The Hardest Cut" and They Want My Soul's "Inside Out" are below.

Spoon on Tour
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

Spoon Online
Official Site

Out Today : Belle and Sebastian - 'A Bit Of Previous'

"Talk To Me, Talk To Me" - directed by Freya and Rosalie Salkeld

(photo : Hollie Fernando)

Belle and Sebastian today release their 9th studio album, 'A Bit Of Previous'. Marking the occasion comes new video and single ‘Talk To Me To Me’. The video was written and directed by 15-year-old south London siblings Freya and Rosalie Salkeld.

(stream/purchase 'A Bit Of Previous')

Stuart Murdoch:

“We had a small budget to make the video and were going to make it ourselves, but we ran out of time. So we put out an open call to filmmakers who would be interested in making something for the existing budget, requesting an image encapsulating their idea and a 100-word pitch. The directors’ mother got in touch saying her daughters are fans of the group and keen filmmakers, and they sent in a treatment that we loved. They co-wrote and co-directed it, and got a bunch of their friends involved, and made a fresh and funny take on the song”

Directors Freya and Rosalie:

"When we found out we were going to make Belle and Sebastian’s new music video we were beyond excited. Our idea had come from photos we’d taken of our friends for art projects. Casting mates we’d recently seen in a school drama production was really fun - filming them was even better! The process as a whole was an amazing challenge and we’re so grateful for the opportunity!"

'A Bit Of Previous' is available in four different artwork covers across LP, CD and digital. The independent retail  version of the LP includes a bonus 7" with standalone track "A Bit Of Previous".

'A Bit of Previous' Tracklist
01. Young And Stupid
02. If They're Shooting At You
03. Talk To Me, Talk To Me
04. Reclaim The Night
05. Do It For Your Country
06. Prophets On Hold
07. Unnecessary Drama
08. Come On Home
09. A World Without You
10. Deathbed Of My Dreams
11. Sea Of Sorrow
12. Working Boy In New York City

Belle and Sebastian at Bandcamp.

Belle and Sebastian on Tour

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
Tuesday, January 10 Casino de Paris, Paris FR
Wednesday, January 11 Tivoli Grote Zaal, Utrecht NE
Friday, January 13 den Atelier, Luxembourg City LU
Saturday, January 14 Laeiszhalle, Hamburg DE
Monday, January 16 Tradgarn, Gothenburg SE
Tuesday, January 17 Filadelfia, Stockholm SE
Wednesday, January 18 Sentrum Scene, Oslo NO
Thursday, January 19 Vega, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, January 21 Tempodrom, Berlin DE
Sunday, January 22 Muffathalle, Munich DE
Monday, January 23 X-tra Limmathaus, Zurich CH
Wednesday, January 25 Co-op de Mai, Clermont-Ferrand FR
Thursday, January 26 Fabrique, Milan IT

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

Belle and Sebastian online:

Official site

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