Slowdive Announce ‘Slowdive,’ First New Album In 22 Years, Out May 5th

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UK shoegaze pioneers Slowdive are pleased to announce their self-titled fourth album, out May 5th via Dead Oceans, and the beautifully understated new single, “Sugar For The Pill,” which follows the release of “Star Roving.” Additionally, Slowdive announced a live stream of a surprise show tomorrow, March 29th at London’s The Garage, the venue in which the band played their final London show in their original incarnation in December 1993. The stream will go live at 4:10 pm Eastern here: facebook.com/slowdive.

Slowdive’s stargazing alchemy is set to further entrance the faithful while beguiling a legion of fresh ears. These eight new tracks, simultaneously expansive and the band’s most direct material to date, deftly swerve away from any “trip down memory lane.” They were birthed at the band’s talismanic Oxfordshire haunt, The Courtyard, and mixed at Los Angeles’ famed Sunset Sound by Chris Coady (Beach House). Throughout, the group dynamic was all-important.

“When you’re in a band and you do three records, there’s a continuous flow and a development. For us, that flow re-started with us playing live again and that has continued into the record,” notes principle songwriter Neil Halstead.

The video for “Sugar For The Pill,” product by in/out, takes its inspiration from the Slowdive album artwork, which is itself a still from Harry Smith’s cult classic animation Heaven and Earth Magic – the vast spiritual narrative that has influenced so many artists since it was originally released back in 1957.

Slowdive is Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Christian Savill (guitar), Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals) and Simon Scott (drums, electronics). Their debut album, Just For A Day, was released in 1991 by Creation Records, and was followed by the band’s now revered 1993 album Souvlaki and 1995’s Pygmalion before they disbanded. In the 22 years of their virtual disappearance, compilation albums have been released and the core members of the group have gone on to join other musical endeavors. In 2014, the band announced that they’d reunited and more new music would follow.

Watch Slowdive’s “Sugar For The Pill” video –

Listen to Slowdive’s “Star Roving” –
https://youtu.be/ogCih4OavoY

Slowdive Tour Dates:
Mon. March 27 – Glasgow, UK @ Art School — SOLD OUT
Tue. March 28 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Arts Club — SOLD OUT
Wed. March 29 – London, UK @ The Garage
Thu. March 30 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece — SOLD OUT
Fri. March 31 – The Hague, NL @ Rewire Festival
Sun. April 2 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo — SOLD OUT
Mon. April 3 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal — SOLD OUT
Sun. April 30 – Fort Worth, TX @ Fortress Festival
Tue. May 2 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Wed. May 3 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater # — SOLD OUT
Fri. May 5 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall # — SOLD OUT
Sat. May 6 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia
Sun. May 7 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club # — SOLD OUT
Mon. May 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel # — SOLD OUT
Tue. May 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Wed. May 10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Thu. May 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Sat. May 13 – Santiago, CL @ Fauna Otono
Sun. May 14 – São Paulo, BR @ Balaclava Fest
Fri. June 2 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy
Sat. June 3 – London, UK @ Field Day
Fri. June 16 – Sun. June 18 – Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby
Fri. July 7 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
Fri. July 21 – Sun. July 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
Thu. Aug. 31 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival

Kevin Morby Announces New Album ‘City Music’ Out 6/16, Shares “Come To Me Now”

We’re pleased to announce that City Music, the new album by Kevin Morby, will be released June 16th. Full of listless wanderlust, it’s a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond by a songwriter cast from his own mold. As he puts it: “It is a mix-tape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me.”

His fourth album, City Music works as a counterpart to Morby’s acclaimed 2016 release Singing Saw, an autobiographical set that reflected the solitude and landscape in which it was recorded. Saw was imagined as “an old bookshelf with a young Bob and Joni staring back at me, blank and timeless. They live here, in this left side of my brain, smoking cigarettes and playing acoustic guitars while lying on an unmade bed.”

And now follows City Music, the yang to its yin, the heads to its tails. It is a collection crafted using the other side of its creator’s brain, the jumping off point perhaps best once again encapsulated by an image. “Here, Lou Reed and Patti Smith stare out at the listener,” explains Morby. “Stretched out on a living room floor they are somewhere in mid-70s Manhattan, also smoking cigarettes.” It finds Morby exploring similar themes of solitude, but this time framed by a window of an uptown apartment that looks down upon an international urban landscape “exposed like a giant bleeding wound.”

Today, Kevin shared the first song off the new album, “Come To Me Now.” Organ pipes in as if filling the aforementioned room with warm sunlight, a friendly face returning from a long journey. It should make the ears of anyone familiar with Kevin’s music perk up, as the pump organ heralds in the new record & a sound unlike any other song in Kevin’s songbook.

“The organ you’re hearing on this song is an old pump organ from the 1800s, I wish I could remember the brand – but I don’t. This was my favorite part of recording this album, playing this thing and pumping air into it with the foot pedals, it had such a presence from the moment I entered the studio. For the first few days I think I thought it was just there for looks, that there was no way it still worked, but sure enough it did. Above it hung a framed photo of the original owner of the studios property who died sometime ago. Apparently his ghost still occupies the premises.”Kevin Morby

Listen / Pre-order City Music
https://kevinmorby.lnk.to/citymusic

City Music Tracklisting
1. Come To Me Now
2. Crybaby
3. 1234
4. Aboard My Train
5. Dry Your Eyes
6. Flannery
7. City Music
8. Tin Can
9. Caught In My Eye
10. Night Time
11. Pearly Gates
12. Downtown’s Lights

Kevin Morby Tour Dates
Wed. March 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
Th. March 23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Lecture Hall of Oakland
Fri. March 24 – Toronto, ON @ Longboat Hall
Sat. March 25 – Montréal, QC @ Théâtre Plaza
Sun. March 26 – Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot
Tue. March 28 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
Wed. March 29 – Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space
Thu. March 30 – Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
Fri. March 31 – Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
Sat. April 1 – Carlisle, PA @ The Trellis at Dickinson College
Sun. April 2 – Baltimore, MD @ Creative Alliance
Tue. May 23 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Wed. May 24 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Fri. May 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sat. May 27 – Allston, MA @ Boston Calling
Thu. June 1 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Sat. June 3 – London, UK @ Field Day
Sun. June 4 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Thu. June 8 – Sun. June 11 – Manchester TN @ Bonnaroo
Fri. June 23 – Sun. June 25 – North Adams MA @ Solid Sound Festival
Tue. June 27 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
Wed. June 28 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Sun. July 2 – Berlin, DE @ Quasimodo
Mon. July 3 – Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom
Wed. July 5 – Düdingen, DE @ Bad Bonn
Fri. July 7 – Soliera/Modena, IT @ Artivive
Sun. July 9 – Brugge, BE @ Cactusfestival
Tue. July 11 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
Thu. July 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
Sat. July 15 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
Sun. July 16 – Southwold, UK @ Latitude
Fri. July 28 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival

Califone’s ‘Quicksand/Cradlesnakes’ Deluxe Reissue Out Today

Califone’s second full-length release, 2003’s Quicksand/Cradlesnakes, is re-released today, and we couldn’t be more excited. While all of Tim Rutili’s seminal works helped carve out the canon of indie music, it was with Quicksand/Cradlesnakes that Califone’s sound become more fully-realized. The end result is a rich, texted, and essential album – and we’re so excited to finally have it out today, after years of being unavailable on vinyl. The reissue also includes eight bonus tracks. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do – you’ll find a track list, links to purchase, and Rutili’s tour dates below.

Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Track List:
Side A
1. One
2. Horoscopic.Amputation.Honey
3. Michigan Girls
4. Cat Eats Coyote
5. Your Golden Ass
6. (Red)

Side B
1. Million Dollar Funeral
2. When Leon Spinx Moved Into Town
3. Mean Little Seed
4. Vampiring Again
5. Slower Twin
6. Stepdaughter

Side C
1. When Leon Spinx Moved Into Town (6.18.03 – VPRO Radio, Amsterdam)
2. Slowness (califone + oRSo)
3. Ro (califone + oRSo)
4. Wednesdays (califone + oRSo)

Side D
1. Kissing Cousin Wikkan (9.02 Cicero)
2. Sciabolato
3. The Machines In Your Stomach Have Everything To Do With Your Dreams
4. Cat Eats Coyote (unedited)

Purchase Quicksand/Cradlesnakes Deluxe Reissue:
https://deadoceans.lnk.to/califone

Tim Rutili 2017 Tour Dates
with Tara Jane O’Neil and Rachel Blumberg

Wed., April 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg HIFI Bar
Thu., April 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Hideout
Wed., April 26 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Strand Of Oaks Release Video for “Cry”

Today, Strand Of Oaks premieres the video for “Cry,” the confessional crux of “rock n roll masterpiece” (Salon) Hard Love. Directed by Brody Bernheisel, the video serves as an intimate portrait of Tim Showalter’s relationship with his wife Susan Showalter rife with struggle and laughter, letdowns and reconciliation.

Says Sue: “The idea was to have us just interact naturally, but as the song went on, I got more and more emotional thinking about what we’ve been through, and the fact that the song is really my perspective on everything. I think it does a perfect job capturing our relationship in a pretty unfiltered way, good and bad, laughing and crying. After I saw it, it felt so real and moving that it had to be the video. It just made so much sense…the vulnerability of it all.”

Tim’s response: “Couldnt have said it better myself.”

Hard Love has been deemed “a singular statement that’s among rock’s best of 2017 so far” (Entertainment Weekly). Stereogum says it’s “incredible,” adding that it “channels intimate battles into universal catharsis.” The Philadelphia Inquirer calls Strand Of Oaks “one of the leading lights of the Philadelphia rock renaissance.” Last week it made a strong opening on the Billboard charts, debuting at #5 Heatseekers and Top 10 on the Americana / Folk and Independent Album Charts.

Strand Of Oaks begin their US tour this Friday, including shows in Philadelphia, NYC, Chicago, LA, and more. Dates below.

Purchase Hard Love:
https://strandofoaks.lnk.to/hardlove

Strand of Oaks Tour Dates:
03/10/17 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
03/11/17 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
03/12/17 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
03/14/17 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/15/17 Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
03/16/17 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
03/17/17 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
03/18/17 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
03/19/17 Milwaukee, WI – Colectivo Coffee
03/20/17 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
03/23/17 Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
03/24/17 Seattle, WA – Neumos
03/25/17 Portland, OR – Dante’s
03/27/17 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
03/28/17 Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
03/30/17 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
03/31/17 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
04/01/17 Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
04/02/17 Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
04/03/17 Dallas, TX – Three Links
04/04/17 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Indoor
04/05/17 Houston, TX – House of Blues
04/07/17 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
04/08/17 Tallahassee, FL – Word Of South Festival
04/09/17 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
04/10/17 Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
05/04/17 Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theatre
05/05/17 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater – Middle of the Map Fest
05/06/17 Peoria, IL – Limelight
05/26/17 Allston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
05/27/17 Allston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
05/28/17 Allston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
08/04/17 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
08/05/17 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
08/06/17 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival

Bleached’s ‘Can You Deal?’ EP + New Video for “Can You Deal?” Out Today

Bleached, led by sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, have released the Can You Deal? EP today. Alongside the release they’ve shared a new video directed by Ryan Baxley for the title track, a song which deals with the band’s frustrations with gender bending used to define their music and the reductive habit of referring to them and others as “girl bands.” Jennifer Clavin describes the video,

“When Ryan told us his idea for this video we were excited because it reminded us of a Twilight Zone episode. In this story, our “human band” is viewed as extraterrestrial to the alien world, and we are trying to put an end to the exploitive media station known as “Singular World News.” We loved the idea of taking what this song is about, how being women in music is still viewed as a novelty, to a more dramatic level where we the humans are the aliens in this alternate society.”

Jennifer Clavin is publishing the limited edition “Can You Deal?” Zine, a collection of shared experiences on this subject through essay, visual art, poetry, lyrics and more from artists. For a full list of contributors, visit http://www.canyoudealzine.com/. All net proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood.

Stream Can You Deal? EP in full:
http://spoti.fi/2my11Dp
Purchase Can You Deal? EP:
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bleached EP

Bleached Tour Dates –
Wed. Mar. 15 – Austin, TX @ Lagunitas Bugout (Scoot Inn) SXSW
Wed. Mar. 15 – Austin, TX @ Showtime House (Clive Bar) SXSW
Thu. Mar. 16 – Austin, TX @ House of Vans (Mohawk) SXSW
Thu. Mar. 16 – Austin, TX @ Stubhub (Bangers) SXSW
Thu. Apr. 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Fri. Apr. 7 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues*
Sat. Apr. 8 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues*
Sun. Apr. 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues*
Tue. Apr. 11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
Wed. Apr. 12 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*
Fri. Apr. 14 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom*
Sat. Apr. 15 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore*
Sun. Apr. 16 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox*
Tue. Apr. 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot*
Wed. Apr. 19 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall*
Fri. Apr. 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall*
Sat. Apr. 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line*
Sun. Apr. 23 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues*
Mon. Apr. 24 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Lounge*
Wed. Apr. 26 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe (Old National Center)*
Thu. Apr. 27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s*
Fri. Apr. 28 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues*
Sat. Jul. 29 – New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival

*w/ The Damned

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Sugar For The Pill by Slowdive

Come To Me Now by Kevin Morby

Cry by Strand of Oaks

Can You Deal? by Bleached

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