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Kurt Vile - Tonight On ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live"

Kurt Vile and The Violators appear tonight on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 pm eastern, 10:35 central).   In addition, a previously recorded session Kurt recorded for WXPN's "World Cafe" airs today at 2pm eastern time.

stream / preorder 'Bottle It In'

Kurt Vile & The Violators On Tour

Friday, December 14 Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR *
Saturday, December 15 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA *
Sunday, December 16 Vogue, Vancouver BC *
Wednesday, December 19 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN *
Thursday, December 20 Sylvee, Madison WI *
Friday, December 21 Turner Hall Milwaukee WI *
Saturday, December 22 Rivera Theatre, Chicago IL *
Saturday, December 29 The Met Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA !
Thursday, February 14 Higher Ground, Burlington VT +
Friday, February 15 Mtelus, Montreal QC +
Saturday, February 16 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON + (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, February 17 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Tuesday, February 19 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI +
Wednesday, February 20 Taft Theatre, Cincinnati OH +
Thursday, February 21 The Vogue, Indianapolis IN +
Friday, February 22 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville NY +
Saturday, February 23 Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL +
Sunday, February 24 The Pageant, St. Louis MO +
Tuesday, February 26 The Slowdown, Omaha NE +
Wednesday, February 27 Truman, Kansas City MO +
Thursday, February 28 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO +
Friday, March 1 The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT +
Saturday, March 2 M3F Fest, Phoenix AZ
Sunday, March 3 House of Blues, Las Vegas NV +
Tuesday, March 5 Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ +
Wednesday, March 6 Meow Wolf, Sante Fe NM +
Friday, March 8 Gruene Hall, New Braunfels TX +
Saturday, March 9 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX +
Sunday, March 10 Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA +
Tuesday, March 12 The Beacham, Orlando FL +
Wednesday, March 13 Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale FL +
Friday, March 15 Saturn, Birmingham AL +
Saturday, March 16 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN +
Sunday, March 17 The National, Richmond VA +
Thursday, April 11 Hunter Lounge, Wellington NZ
Saturday, April 13 Powerstation, Auckland NZ
Monday, April 15 Enmore, Sydney AU &
Tuesday, April 16 Unibar, Wollongong AU &
Wednesday, April 17 ANU, Canberra AU &
Thursday, April 18 Bryon Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay AU
Saturday, April 20 Bryon Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay AU
Monday, April 22 The Forum, Melbourne AU &
Friday, April 26 Bendigo Autumn Music Festival, Bendigo AU
Saturday, April 27 The Gov, Adelaide AU &
Sunday, April 28 Rosemount Carpark, Perth AU &

*- with Jessica Pratt
! w/ The Feelies, Snail Mail
+ w/ The Sadies
&  w/ RVG

Kurt Vile Online

Lucy Dacus 2019 Dates

(photo by Elizabeth Weinberg)

After a whirwind 2018 that's included no shortage of year-end accolades for 'Historian', Lucy Dacus embarks on yet another US tour this February (new dates in bold below, tickets on sale Friday, 10am local time).

Friday, February 1st Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC *
Saturday, February 2nd Charleston Pour House, Charleston SC *
Monday, February 4th Saturn, Birmingham AL *
Tuesday, February 5th Proud Larry’s, Oxford MS *
Thursday, February 7th Ruins, Dallas TX *
Friday, February 8th White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX *
Saturday, February 9th Barracuda, Austin TX *
Monday, February 11th Opolis, Norman OK *
Tuesday, February 12th The Bottleneck, Lawrence KS *
Wednesday, February 13th Rose Music Hall, Columbia MO *
Thursday, February 14th Cosmic Charlie’s, Lexington KY *
Friday, February 15th Thalia Hall, Chicago IL ^
Thursday, March 7th Savannah Stopover, Savannah GA
Friday, March 8th Barley’s Tap Room, Knoxville TN &
Saturday, March 9th The Basement East, Nashville TN &
Monday, March 11th The Basement, Columbus OH &
Tuesday, March 12th Ninth Ward, Buffalo NY &
Thursday, March 14th The Haunt, Ithaca NY &
Friday, March 15th Colony, Woodstock NY &
Saturday, March 16th Pearl Street Club, Northampton MA &
Sunday, March 17th SPACE Gallery, Portland ME &
Tuesday, March 19th Columbus Theatre, Providence RI &
Wednesday, March 20th White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ &
Thursday, March 21st Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA &
Friday, March 22nd The Black Cat, Washington DC &

May 3-5 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Friday, May 31 Primavera Festival, Barcelona ES

* w/ Illuminati Hotties
^ w/ Sharon Van Etten
& w/ Mal Blum, Fenne Lily

Stream or buy 'Historian'

Lucy Dacus online:

Official Site

Steve Gunn - "Stonehurst Cowboy", From 'The Unseen In Between'

(Made for Matador Records by The Mitcham Submarine)

Steve Gunn sings about the rhythms of life in terms of landscapes — overpasses, oceans and streets, from the perspective of characters that could step in for him but are likely based on folks he's met along the way. It gives his songwriting a winding quality, enlivened by a dexterous-yet-mindful guitar style that has become Gunn's own.

For the first time in years, there's no band — just Gunn, his guitar and a meditation underscored by a video filmed on the streets of London. "Stonehurst Cowboy" muses on a father who knew how to tell a story, and who doubled as a guide through Gunn's life. Entangled in one of his most indelible guitar melodies, he sings, "Teach us right all those steps / Before there's nothing left, for all those cowboys in the world."- Lars Gotrich, NPR

Earlier today, NPR Music premiered "Stonehurst Cowboy", the second track from Steve Gunn's incredible new album 'The Unseen In Between' (out January 18)

(photo by Clay Benskin)

stream/download "Stonehurst Cowboy"
stream / preorder 'The Unseen In Between'

Steve Gunn on tour (new date in bold)

Thursday, January 3 Crowley Theater (Solo Show), Marfa TX

Thursday, January 31 Great Scott, Boston MA ^
Friday, February 1 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY ^
Saturday, February 2 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA ^
Friday, February 8 The Casbah, San Diego CA ^
Saturday, February 9 Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles CA ^
Sunday, February 10 Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz CA $
Tuesday, February 12 Aladdin Theater, Portland OR $
Wednesday, February 13 Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA $
Saturday, February 16 The Chapel, San Francisco CA #
Tuesday, March 12 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NL
Wednesday, March 13 Paard, Den Haag NL
Thursday, March 14 Vera, Groningen NL
Friday, March 15 Nochtspeicher, Hamberg DE
Saturday, March 16 Radar, Aarhus DK
Monday, March 18 Folken, Stavanger NO
Wednesday, March 20 Revolver, Oslo NO
Thursday, March 21 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE
Friday, March 22 Loppen, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, March 23 Frannz Club, Berlin DE
Sunday, March 24 Archa Theatre, Prague CZ
Monday, March 25 UT Connewitz, Leipzig DE
Tuesday, March 26 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Wednesday, March 27 Arena, Vienna AT
Saturday, March 30 Südpol, Luzern CH
Sunday, March 31 Rotefabrik, Zurich CH
Monday, April 1 Sonic, Lyon FR
Tuesday, April 2 Le Petit Bain, Paris FR
Wednesday, April 3 De Kreun, Kortrijk BE
Friday, April 5 Oslo, London UK
Saturday, April 6 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
Sunday, April 7 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Monday, April 8 Deaf Institute, Manchester UK

^ w/ Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore
$ w/ Meg Baird
# w/ Sachiko Kanenobu

Steve Gunn online :

Iceage - "Broken Hours"


Following “Balm Of Gilead” released earlier in the month, Iceage today unveil a second new single with “Broken Hours.” A five minute epic of doom-laden swing and crashing, spidery riffs that backdrop Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s howling incantation: “Dying figures, they settle in / Broken hours / It lingers on” – it’s another heart-racing transmission from a band at the peak of their craft.

Iceage cap off their 2018 North American touring tomorrow night in Brooklyn with a show at Elsewhere; their biggest ever UK headline show follows in London on December 7th.

stream / download "Broken Hours"
stream/order 'Beyondless'

Iceage on tour (new dates in bold):

Tuesday, November 27 Elsewhere, Brooklyn NY +
Wednesday, December 5 Bi Nuu, Berlin DE
Thursday, December 6 De Kreun, Kortrijik BE
Friday, December 7th Hackney Arts Centre, London UK
Wednesday, January 30 Ment Festival, Ljubljana SI
Friday, March 1st Vega, Copenhagen DK

+ - with A Place To Bury Strangers

Iceage online :

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - New EU dates for June 2019

You may have recently heard about some new Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks dates for Europe, next June. Well here we are informing you again. Thanks, Ebbinghaus.

Tuesday, June 4  - De Casino - St. Niklaas BE
Wednesday, June 5  - Knust,  Hamburg, DE
Friday, June 7  - Debaser,  Stockholm, SE
Tuesday, June 11  - Parkteatret, Oslo, NO
Wednesday, June 12  - Bergenfest,  Bergen, NO
Friday, June 14 - Lille Vega,  Copenhagen, DK
Saturday, June 15 - Traumzeit Festival, Duisberg, DE
Tuesday, June 18 -  De Kreun, Kortrijk, BE
Wednesday, June 19 -  La Gaîté Lyrique,  Paris, FR

Stream / buy 'Sparkle Hard'

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Online

Perfume Genius "Not For Me" + Pitchfork Midwinter Fest

After releasing "Alan (Rework)" via W Records last week, Perfume Genius premiered "Not For Me" today, a cover of Bobby Darin's track, along with a new music video directed by Perfume Genius's Mike Hadreas himself. As with last week's release, profits from the streaming of this track will be donated in full to Immigration Equality, an LGBTQ immigrant rights organization.

Stream "Not For Me" HERE.

Stream/Purchase No Shape HERE.

Perfume Genius has announced his first date of 2019, joining the bill at Pitchfork's Midwinter Festival on the weekend of February 15th. Tickets are on sale now.

Perfume Genius online


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