WATCH // Mitski Shares New “Happy” Video

“Happy” begins with a foreboding skipping not unlike a tape stuck in a player, a washing machine jammed mid-cycle. Mitski’s voice weaves in, a saxophone line wandering through the door behind her. Puberty 2’s proverbial canary in a coal mine, “Happy” warns us of disappointments to come both in sound and lyric. A few weeks after it’s debut, we’re more than pleased to share this single’s carefully crafted video.

Directed by Maegan Houang, who came up with her own completely out of the box narrative, the “Happy” video perfectly captures Mitski’s idea of the exhausting and exhaustive cycle of the fleeting nature of happiness.

Praise for “Happy”

“Mitski resists psychic death by constantly pushing forth into bolder textures, refusing to be meek and sedated even as joy feels compromised . . . every element combines to a powerful, tarnished fanfare that’s neither joyful nor morose, but possessed of a strange confidence that serves as an anchor against slipping into either emotional extreme.” — Pitchfork [Best New Track]

“It’s a song whose changes in tone and shape feel hard to contain, yet its message is ebb-tide: happiness comes, happiness goes.” — The New York Times [The Playlist]

“Between the St. Vincent-esque vibes and pretty melodies, ‘Happy’ makes a case that sometimes disappointment isn’t so bad.” — Entertainment Weekly [A-]

“But although her lyrics find only a weary sense of dejection in the endless cycle between fleeting moments of happiness and the perpetual comedown of living, the song still manages to point towards a reason to keep trudging forward: it sounds so fucking good.”
Stereogum [#1 in The 5 Best Songs of the Week]

Puberty 2 is out June 17th (you can pre-order your copy below!). The following week, Mitski embarks on a North American tour beginning with a run of already sold out shows in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. All of those dates are at the bottom here, just keep scrollin’!

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Mitski Tour Dates:
Mon. June 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom * – SOLD OUT
Wed. June 22 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall * – SOLD OUT
Thu. June 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle * – SOLD OUT
Fri. June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA * – SOLD OUT
Sat. June 25 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
Sun. June 26 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook *
Tue. June 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade: Purgatory *
Wed. June 29 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge *
Fri. July 1 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown *
Sat. July 2 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder *
Sun. July 3 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
Tue. July 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge *
Wed. July 6 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room *
Thu. July 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex *
Fri. July 8 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club Ballroom
Sat. July 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *
Mon. July 11 – Portland, OR @ Analog Theater *
Tue. July 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Wed. July 13 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
Fri. July 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
Sat. July 16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Tue. July 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
Wed. July 20 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Fri. July 22 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
Sat. July 23 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz *
Mon. July 25 – Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery *
Wed. July 27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
Tue. Sep. 20 – Dublin, IE @ The Workman’s Club
Thu. Sep. 22 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Sat. Sep. 24 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
Mon. Sep. 26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Tue. Sep. 27 – Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik
Wed. Sep. 28 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
Fri. Sep. 30 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
Sat. Oct. 1 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Sun. Oct. 2 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Tue. Oct. 4 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Wed. Oct. 5 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Thu. Oct. 6 – London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park

* w/ Japanese Breakfast and Jay Som

WATCH // Julianna Barwick Shares “Same” Video; ‘Will’ Out Now

Julianna Barwick’s music belongs to a pocket universe. That is to say, it’s other-worldly yet tethered to our current state of time and place. Earthly elements (vocals, keys, etc.) are contorted, folded, layered to dizzying effect. Her new album, Will, makes for a great case study. “Same”, the second single off Will, is our case in point – and now it has a captivating video to boot. Read the rest of this entry »

RELEASE DAY // Julianna Barwick’s ‘Will’ is Out Worldwide Today

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“To listen to the music of Julianna Barwick is to be swept away; to be transported someplace sacred. It’s the sound of yearning, searching and escape.” – NPR Music

“The consistent loveliness of [Barwick’s] approach remains, and both longtime fans and newcomers should be glad to know that’s also true of…Barwick’s upcoming, self-produced Will.” – Pitchfork

“Writing about just one Julianna Barwick track feels like reviewing only one star in the constellation.” –SPIN

Today marks the release of a truly special record from Julianna Barwick, namely her third full-length, Will. Conceived and self-produced over the past year in a variety of locations, Will is a travelogue of sorts – weaving together swaths of inspiration from a desolate house in upstate New York to the Moog Factory in Asheville, North Carolina to Lisbon, Portugal.

An electric current runs throughout the record, sharp and soft textures colliding to cathartic results. Will is a late afternoon thunderstorm – looming and restorative all at once. Featuring contributions from Thomas Arsenault (Mas Ysa), Dutch cellist Maarten Vos and percussionist, Jamie Ingalls (Chairlift, Tanlines, Beverly), Will is largely a product of ups and downs, a reflection of a life lived somewhere in between transience and standing still.

Barwick will tour in support of Will starting this week in Los Angeles. She’s added a new date at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on June 25th. Mas Ysa will support. Full list of dates below.

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Julianna Barwick Tour Dates

05/06/16 Los Angeles, CA – Velaslavasay Panorama (SOLD OUT) **
05/07/16 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel **
05/10/16 Seattle, WA – Fremont Abbey Arts Center **
05/11/16 Portland, OR – The Old Church **
05/15/16 Arcosanti, AZ – FORM Arcosanti
05/21/16 Durham, NC – Moogfest 2016 at First Presbyterian
06/02/16 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
06/04/16 Berlin, DE – Torstrassen Festival
06/06/16 Paris, FR – Carmen
06/07/16 Brussels, BE – La Nuit de Botanique Festival
06/08/16 London, UK – Pickle Factory
06/15/16 Washington, DC – Sixth & I **
06/16/16 Columbus, OH – Double Happiness **
06/17/16 Cincinnati, OH – Ice Cream Factory **
06/18/16 Chicago, IL – Constellation **
06/19/16 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Culture Center **
06/20/16 Madison, WI – The Frequency **
06/22/16 Indianapolis, IN – Tube Factory Artspace **
06/23/16 Detroit, MI – Museum of Contemporary Art **
06/24/16 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe **
06/25/16 New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom **
08/18/16 – 08/21/16 Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival

** – Mas Ysa

LISTEN // Mitski Shares New Single, “Happy”

Here it is, your second slice of Mitski’s gutsy and gorgeous new album, Puberty 2, out June 17th. “Happy” is the forthcoming album’s biting opening track, a song that quickly escalates from intricate electronic pads to rumbling drums and a rare use of horns. Here’s what Mitski had to say about this cut,

“Happiness f**ks you. Once it’s in your hands you try to hold onto it, but the nature of happiness is that it passes through and eventually leaves, and something else – sadness, anger, a low after the high – has to follow. This song is about this exhaustive and exhausting cycle, and how sometimes one would rather not have any of it at all than be constantly thrown about by the waves of these fleeting states.”

So dive into this track head first – put your headphones on, shut out the world for 3:40. It’ll be there when you get back.
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tour dates

06/03/16

Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle  w/ Numerators & Pink Avalanche

08/27/16

Las Vegas, NV - Psycho Las Vegas  w/ Alice Cooper and Sleep

09/09/16

Cartaxo, Portugal - Reverence Valada  w/ Thee Oh Sees, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Damned, Sisters of Mercy & Killing Joke

05/25/16

Evreux, FR - L'Abordage

05/26/16

Metz, France - BAM  w/ Frankie Cosmos

05/27/16

Paris, France - Badaboum

05/28/16

Antwerp, Belgium - Het Bos
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