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Julien Baker - "Red Door" b/w "Conversation Piece" Now Available Digitally



Previously only available as a Record Store Day exclusive 7", Julien Baker's first new solo recordings in two years, "Red Door" and "Conversation Piece" can now be heard on all streaming services.

A fan-favorite during live shows, “Red Door” is a lush and atmospheric track driven by Baker’s complex fingerpicking and a hint of slide guitar, her voice soaring as she pleads “set me on fire in the middle of the street / bend my knees, paint the concrete / the color of my bloody knuckles / pulling splinters form the chapel door.” A previously unreleased cut begun during the Turn Out the Lights sessions, “Conversation Piece” is a meditation on loneliness, backed by delicate percussion and chiming guitars.

stream / download "Red Door" / "Conversation Piece"

Julien Baker on tour :

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 (sold out)
Sunday, July 7 Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux CH  (with Bon Iver)
Wednesday, July 31, Paramount Theatre, Austin TX (with Lucy Dacus)
Wednesday, August 7 Oya Festival, Oslo NO
August 8-10, Haldern Pop Festival, Haldern DE
August 8-10 Stay Out West 2019, Gothenburg SE
Monday, August 12 Lwl Museum Für Kunst Und Kultur, Münster DE
Tuesday, August 13 Congés Annulés, Luxembourg
Thursday, August 15 Vodafone Paredes de Coura, Paredes de Coura PT

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Coming June 17 : Car Seat Headrest - 'Commit Yourself Completely'



('Commit Yourself Completely' album sleeve photo by Veronica Anderson)



"Fill In The Blank" (Live at Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH)

Car Seat Headrest today announces Commit Yourself Completely – a new nine-track live album that will be released only via digital means June 17th. Culled from performances across the UK, US and France, the nine-track album spans material from 2016’s breakout Teens Of Denial and 2018’s reimagined epic Twin Fantasy – as well as the first officially released recording of longtime live staple ‘Ivy’ by Frank Ocean. A filmed version of the performance of ‘Fill In The Blank’ which appears on the album, recorded in Columbus, Ohio, can be seen now above.

“This is a compilation of songs from shows we played in 2018,” says Will Toledo. “We recorded every show we did that year, and I went through about 50 of them to get the final tracklist for this album. This isn’t necessarily the best possible version of each track, but it’s some of the most fun we’ve had on stage. I particularly remember the show we did in the small French town of Amiens, maybe the smallest show we did that year, and how great it felt to be up in people’s faces with everyone plugging in to the music right away. The recordings we made of the shows came out very clean, so rather than try to artificially recreate how it sounded in the different venues night to night, I tried to give the whole album that in-your-face feeling, like we’re playing the songs right in front of you. When you’re onstage with everything happening at once, you never really know what it sounds like in the room anyways; all you know is how the music is feeling. Hopefully this will give you a sense of what these shows felt like.”

A snapshot of the 7-person lineup featuring members of Naked Giants experienced by crowds worldwide over the last two years, Commit Yourself Completely offers a visceral, loose and ebullient take on these much-loved songs, as well as an an incandescent capstone of a formative touring period as Car Seat Headrest readies his next studio album. Musicians featured on the album are Will Toledo (vocals), Seth Dalby (bass), Ethan Ives (guitar, vocals), Andrew Katz (drums, vocals), Grant Mullen (guitar, vocals) Gianni Aiello (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Henry LaVallee (additional percussion).

[caption id="attachment_34317" align="alignnone" width="537"] Photo by Mikeal Beland[/caption]

Tracklist
1. Cosmic Hero (Live at the Tramshed, Cardiff, Wales)
2. Fill In The Blank (Live at Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH)
3. Drugs With Friends (Live at La Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France)
4. Bodys (Live at La Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France)
5. Cute Thing (Live at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England)
6. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales (Live at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England)
7. Destroyed By Hippie Powers (Live at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR)
8. Ivy (live at the Capitol Theater, Olympia, WA)
9. Beach Life-in-Death (Live at Crossroads, KC, Kansas City, MO)

Car Seat Headrest on tour :

Saturday, June 22nd College Street Music Hall, New Haven CT
Sunday, June 23rd Firefly Festival, Dover DE
Tuesday, June 25th Asbury Hall at Babeville, Buffalo NY
Wednesday, June 26th House of Blues, Cleveland OH
Thursday, June 27th Deluxe at Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN
Friday, June 28th Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN
Saturday, June 29th Bogart’s, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 2nd Wooly’s Des Moines IA
Wednesday, July 3rd The Waiting Room, Omaha NE
Sunday, August 11th Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, August 15 Paredes de Coura Festival, Tábua PT
Saturday. August 17 Green Man Festival, Crickhowell UK
Friday, September 6 Oregon Zoo, Portland OR * (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, September 7 Marymoor, Redmond WA *
Sunday, September 8 Marymoor, Redmond WA *
November 16-17 Corona Capital - Mexico City MX

* with Death Cab For Cutie

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Out Today : Sonic Youth - 'Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008' ; 'The Eternal' 25% Off Sale Thru June 14



Sonic Youth's live LP, 'Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008' is available today on LP and via all streaming services.  In addition, the band's final studio album and lone recording for Matador, 2009's 'The Eternal', is the subject of a 25% off sale now thru June 14 (LP or download).   'The Eternal' or 'Battery Park' orders from the Matador Store (US/UK/EU customers only) receive a Matador Revisionist History slipmat while supplies last.





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Steve Gunn - Autumn US Dates With Dinosaur Jr.


(photo : Clay Benskin)

Steve Gunn will be supporting Dinosaur Jr. on 7 West Coast dates this October including a 3 night stand at San Francisco's Slim's.  Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am pacific time.

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Steve Gunn on tour (new shows in bold) :

Saturday, July 6 Pointu Festival, Corniche des Iles FR
July 11-14 Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg MB %
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 ^
Saturday, August 24 Merleyn, Nijmegen NL
Sunday, August 25 Cabaret Vert Festival, Charleville Mezieres FR
Monday, August 26 Patterns, Brighton UK
Tuesday, August 27 Bodega, Nottingham UK
Wednesday, August 28 Stereo, Glasgow UK
Thursday, August 29 Exchange, Bristol UK
Friday, August 30 End of the Road, Dorset UK
Saturday, August 31 OLT, Antwerp BE *
Sunday, September 1 Sidecar, Barcelona ES
Monday, September 2 Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao ES
Tuesday, September 3 Sala 0, Madrid ES
Wednesday, September 4 ZDB, Lisbon PT
Friday, September 6 Zonnehuis, Amsterdam NL
Saturday, September 7 Misty Fields, Asten-Heusden NL
Sunday, September 8 Brotfabrik, Frankfurt DE
Monday, September 9 Bumann & Sohn, Köln DE
Tuesday, September 10 Lido, Berlin DE
Wednesday, September 11 Trafo, DE
Thursday, September 12 Druckluft, Oberhausen DE
Friday, September 13 Helling, Utrecht NL
Saturday, September 14 Leffingeleuren, Leffing BE
Monday, September 16 Lost Lane, Dublin IE %
Tuesday, September 17 Omeara, London UK %
Thursday, September 19 Kuudes Linja, Helsinki FI %
Monday, September 23 Salon, Istanbul TR %
Wednesday, October 23 Showbox Theater, Seattle WA @%
Thursday, October 24 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC @%
Friday, October 25 Wild Buffalo, Bellingham WA
 @%
Saturday, October 26 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR @%
Monday, October 28 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Tuesday, October 29 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%
Wednesday, October 30 Slim’s, San Francisco CA @%

! w/ Bill MacKay
+ w/ Nace-Truscinski Duo
^ w/ Hand Habits
* w/ John Prine
% indicates solo performance
@ w/ Dinosaur Jr.

Belle and Sebastian - Brooklyn Steel, July 10


Belle and Sebastian have added a NYC show to their summer mini-tour with a Wednesday July 10 date at Brooklyn Steel.  There's a presale tomorrow (Wednesday, June 5) at 10am (code :BELLE2019) and the general sale starts Friday at 10am eastern time.

Stream / purchase 'How To Solve Our Human Problems'

Belle and Sebastian on tour :
Tuesday, July 2 The Leadmill, Sheffield UK (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, July 3 Albert Hall, Manchester UK (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, July 4 O2 Academy, Oxford UK (SOLD OUT)/
Wednesday, July 10, Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, July 11 Sprint Pavilion, Charlottesville VA
Friday, July 12 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, July 13 House of Blues, Boston MA
Monday, July 15 M Telus, Montreal QC
Tuesday, July 16 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Thursday, July 18 The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, July 19 House Of Blues, Cleveland OH
Saturday, July 20, Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL *
Sunday, July 21 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI
Tuesday, July 23 Weesner Family Amphitheater, Minnesota MN
Thursday, July 25 Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary AB
Thursday August 8 The Boaty Weekender, Barcelona ES
November 8-9, Primavera Weekender, Benidorm ES

* performing If You’re Feeling Sinister 

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Lucy Dacus - New North American Dates


Additional Lucy Dacus shows for this fall were just announced this morning. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am local time.

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Lucy Dacus on tour (new dates in bold)

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
Tuesday, July 2 FZW, Dortmund DE
Wednesday, July 3 MarX, Hamburg DE
July 4 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde DK
Saturday, July 6 Chapeau Rouge, Prague CZ
Sunday, July 7 Flex Cafe, Vienna AT
Monday, July 8 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn AT
Saturday, July 27 Newport Folk Festival, Newport RI
Sunday, July 28 Xpnential Music Festival, Camden NJ
Wednesday, July 31, Paramount Theatre, Austin [email protected]
Tuesday, September 10 Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA ##
Wednesday, September 11 Space Ballroom, Hamden, CT ##
Thursday, September 12 3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH ##
Saturday, September 14 Grand Point North Festival, Burlington, VT
Sunday, September 15 Ottawa Cityfolk Festival, Ottawa, ONT
Monday, September 16 L’Astral, Montreal , QC ##
Tuesday, September 17 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ONT ##
Thursday, September 19 El Club, Detroit, MI ##
Friday, September 20 Mr Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA ##
Saturday, September 21 Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Bristol, TN
Wednesday, October 9 Headliner’s, Louisville, KY !
Thursday, October 10 Park West, Chicago, IL !
Friday, October 11 Majestic, Madison, WI !
Saturday, October 12 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN !
Monday, October 14 Slowdown, Omaha, NE !
Wednesday, October 16 The Rialto , Bozeman, MT !
Thursday October 17 Top Hat Lounge, Missoula, MT !
Friday October 18 The Olympic, Boise, ID !
Saturday October 19 The Bartlett, Spokane, WA !
Monday October 21 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver, BC !
Tuesday October 22 Neumo’s, Seattle, WA !
Wednesday October 23 Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR !
Friday October 25 August Hall, San Francisco, CA !
Saturday October 26 Teregram Theater, Los Angeles, CA !
Monday October 28 Belly Up<, San Diego, CA !
Tuesday October 29 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ !
Friday, November 1 Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO !
Monday, November 4 Delmar Hall, St Louis, MO !
Tuesday, November 5 Woodward Theatre, Cincinnati, OH !
Wednesday, November 6 Covenant Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids, MI

+ w/ Mothers


@ w/ Julien Baker
## w/ Quinn Christopherson
! w/ Liza Anne

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