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Little Cub

Watch: Little Cub Share Video for “Millenium People”

Apr 03, 2019

UK synth-pop outfit Little Cub have shared a video for their new track "Millenium People." The track is the group's first release since their 2017 debut Still Life. The song's lyrics deal with Brexit at a time of particular national interest in the subject and the video features the band performing in a neon lit warehouse. Check out the video below.


By Stephen Axeman


Watch: CHAI Share Video for “Curly Adventure”

Mar 26, 2019

Japanese four-piece CHAI released their sophomore album, PUNK, earlier this month via Burger. Now they have shared a video for the album's "Curly Adventure." The band's bassist and primary artistic director YUUKI designed the animated video, which was animated by LA-based artist/animator Sean Solomon. Watch the video below, followed by the band's upcoming tour dates.

CHAI Tour Dates:

Wed. Mar. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Fri. Mar. 29 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
Sat. Mar. 30 - Portland, OR @ Holocene
Fri. July 19 - Sun. July 21 - Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival

Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon Announces New Album, Shares New Song “Daylight Matters”

Mar 20, 2019

Cate Le Bon is back with a new single off of her upcoming album Reward. The album is due out May 24, her first for Mexican Summer and her first solo studio album since 2016's Crab Day. "Daylight Matters" is a a tender chamber pop piece that is "an appreciation of the pleasures of self-pity rather than a straightforward love song." Check out the track, album art, and tracklist followed by upcoming tour dates below.

Previously Le Bon has collaborated with Tim Presley for their project DRINKS which released Hippo Lite last year. She also played the role of producer on this year's new Deerhunter Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?.

Here's some more info from the press release:

It was on a mountainside in Cumbria that the first whispers of Cate Le Bon’s fifth studio album poked their buds above the earth. “There’s a strange romanticism to going a little bit crazy and playing the piano to yourself and singing into the night,” she says, recounting the year living solitarily in the Lakes District of the U.K which gave way to Reward. By day, ever the polymath, Le Bon painstakingly learnt to make solid wood tables, stools and chairs from scratch; by night she looked to a second-hand Meers — the first piano she had ever owned — for company, “windows closed to absolutely everyone”, and accidentally poured her heart out...

Reward’s ten songs were conceived alone at a piano, which remains evident by the feeling of closeness that they convey. Although eventually recorded across America and the UK, and roping in a rollcall of trusted collaborators (including Stella Mozgawa of WarpaintH.Hawkline and Samur Khouja, who co-produced the album with Le Bon), Reward miraculously maintains its sense of privacy and intimacy throughout. This stems directly from Le Bon herself and the inimitable way in which she works, all of which preserves a signature sound despite relatively drastic changes in approach. The result is an album every bit as stylistically varied, surrealistically-inclined and tactile as those in the enduring outsider’s back catalogue, but one that is also intensely introspective,  profound and significantly her most personal to date.

Reward Tracklist

1. Miami
2. Daylight Matters
3. Home To You
4. Mother's Mother's Magazines
5. Here It Comes Again
6. Sad Nudes
7. The Light
8. Magnificent Gestures
9. You Don't Love Me
10. Meet The Man

Cate Le Bon Tour Dates

Sat. May 18 - Wrexham, UK @ Focus Wales Festival
Fri. May 24 - Rouen, FR @ Rush Festival
Sat. May 25 - Toulouse, FR @ Discipline Festival
Sun. May 26 - Madrid, ES @ Independance Club
Mon. May 27 - Donostia, ES @ Dabadaba
Tue. May 28 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
Wed. May 29 - Bordeaux, FR @ iBoat
Fri. May 31 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
Sat. June 1 - Neustrelitz, DE @ Immergut Festival
Sun. June 2 - Berlin, DE @ Kantine Am Berghain
Mon. June 3 - Copenhagen, DK @ Den Grå Hal (w/ Deerhunter)
Tue. June 4 - Aarhus, DK @ Tape
Thu. June 6 - Cologne, DE @ Bumann & SOHN
Fri. June 7 - Brussels, BE @ Les Ateliers Claus
Sat. June 8 - Paris, FR @ Villette Sonique
Mon. June 10 - London, UK @ Village Underground
Sat. June 22 - Calgary, AB @ Sled Island Festival
Tue. June 25 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
Wed. June 26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
Thu. June 27 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Fri. June 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Sat. June 29 - North Adams, MA @ Solid Sound Festival
Sun. June 30 - Somerville, MA @ ONCE Lounge
Fri. July 5 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
Sat. July 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Getty Center
Sun. July 7 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley
Tue. July 9 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Fri. July 12 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Sat. July 13 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile Cafe
Thu. July 18 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (w/ Parquet Courts)
Fri. July 19 - Chicago, IL @ Constellation
Sat. July 20 - Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival
Fri. Aug. 23 - Bethesda, UK @ Neuadd Ogwen
Sat. Aug. 24 - West Lothian, UK @ Jupiter Rising Festival
Sun. Aug. 25 - Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Tue. Aug. 27 - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
Wed. Aug. 28 - Leeds, UK @ Riley Smith Theatre
Thu. Aug. 29 - Cardiff, UK @ Portland House
Sun. Sept. 1 - Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival

By Stephen Axeman

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Listen: M83 “Karl” From Knife + Heart Soundtrack

Mar 07, 2019

M83 has returned with his third feature film soundtrack, Knife + Heart, which will be released digitally tomorrow, March 8, on Mute. Knife + Heart is a French film directed by the brother of M83 frontman Anthony Gonzalez, Yann Gonzalez. The film premiered at the last Cannes Film Festival. The scoring project marks the first time Anthony has reunited with original M83 member Nicolas Fromageau since the group’s first two full-length releases, 2001’s self-titled studio album and 2003’s Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost GhostsKnife + Heart represents the first new collection of original M83 music since 2016’s Junk.

Here's some info from the press release:

Knife + Heart is a noir-tinged erotic slasher that explores the seedy underbelly of Paris in the 1970s. Vanessa Paradis stars as Anne, the producer of third-rate gay pornography who strives to win back the affections of Lois – her editor and erstwhile lover – by shooting her most ambitious film yet. But events take a violent and dark turn when one after another, Anne’s actors fall prey to a masked killer whose bloodlust knows no bounds. Watch the trailer for Knife + Heart here.
Reflecting on the inspiration for Knife + Heart’s soundtrack, Yann Gonzalez says, “We wanted to recapture the Gialli ambiance of the ‘70s, to feel that sinister yet sentimental tone. Anthony and I
are both poetical and even sentimental, in a certain way. We wanted to dive in headlong,
particularly as melancholy and poetry are found in numerous ‘70s horror film soundtracks, from films
by Lucio Fulci to those by Mario Bava. I’m thinking in particular of the harrowing soundtracks of
Don’t Torture a Duckling or Twitch of the Death Nerve.
Commenting on the source material, he adds, “This principle of pleasure came rushing back. I got Anthony to listen to some old soundtracks from straight and gay porn films. He quickly gathered the musical codes and finally, the most beautiful tracks in Knife + Heart – the most pleasurable ones – are probably the ones he recreated for the film’s fake porn movies.”


Knife + Heart Screenings
March 15-21 – New York, NY – The Roxy Cinema Tribeca *
March 15-21 – Brooklyn, NY – Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn *
March 22-28 – Los Angeles, CA – Landmark’s Nuart Theatre +
March 23 – Boston, MA – Boston Underground Film Festival
March 27-April 4 – San Francisco, CA – Alamo Drafthouse Mission *
March 28-29 – Cleveland, OH – Cleveland International Film Festival
March 29 – Boston, MA – WickedQueer
March 29-April 4 – Los Angeles, CA – Arena Cinelounge
March 29-April 4– Yonkers, NY – Alamo Drafthouse
April 3 – Washington, DC – Alamo Drafthouse Woodbridge
April 5-6 – Detroit, MI – Landmark’s Main Art Theatre
April 5-11 – Chicago, IL – Music Box Theatre ^
April 5-11 – Philadelphia, PA – Landmark’s Ritz at The Bourse
April 5-18 – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
April 12-19 – Austin, TX – Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar ^
April 13 – Bethlehem, PA – Frank Banko Alehouse
April 19-25 – Denver, CO – Sie FilmCenter ^
April 19-25 – Phoenix, AZ – FilmBar
April 19-25 – Tucson, AZ – The Loft Cinema
April 23 – Winchester, VA – Alamo Drafthouse Winchester
April 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – PUFF/Reel Q
April 28 – St. Louis, MO – QFest
May 2 – Milwaukee, WI – Union Cinema ^
May 8 – Iowa City, IA – FilmScene
^ 35mm screening April 5-7 at The Music Box Theatre, April 12-14 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, April 19-21 at Sie FilmCenter and May 2 at Union Cinema
* 35mm screening and Q&A with Yann Gonzalez on March 15 at The Roxy, March 16 at Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn and March 27 at Alamo Drafthouse Mission
+ 35mm screening and Q&A with Yann Gonzalez and co-writer Cristiano Mangione on March 22 and 23 at Nuart Theatre

Boy Genius

Watch: Boy Genius KEXP Live Session

Mar 05, 2019

Boy Genius, the project between Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, and Phoebe Bridgers, passed through Avast! Recording Co. for KEXP back in November of last year for an old fashioned tear-jerking session. It was just posted. It's kind of eerie how well these three voices blend together. It comes accross on record for sure but hearing it live...Damn. Love Boy Genius. Cheryl Waters hosts.

Songs: Souvenir, Cowboy Take Me Away (Cover) Me & My Dog, and Ketchum, ID


Sam Evian

Listen: Sam Evian 7” “Cherry Tree b/w Roses”

Mar 04, 2019

Sam Evian, aka Sam Owens, is a brilliant musician, if you didn't know. Case in point - his new 7" Cherry Tree b/w Roses. The former track in particular packs a soulful classic rock wallop.  

Cherry Tree” and “Roses” will be released by Saddle Creek as a limited edition 7” (250 copies). The 7” comes on the heels of Sam’s 2018 sophomore album, You, Forever. 

Here's the background from Sam's bandcamp page:

You, Forever was Sam Evian's first foray into a more soul-baring sensibility. Released in the summer of 2018, the album is a beautiful collection that glows with an intense, slow burn. It was hailed by Pitchfork as a collection of songs that are “gentle and sweet but avoid the most saccharine tendencies of soft rock.” Last fall, Sam released a version of the You, Forever track “Next to You” with vocals by Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino. It lit up playlists. Paste magazine said “The track is a beautiful little diamond of Sunday morning guitars and Marvin Gaye-style bass grooves.” 

Now, two new songs shine a light on the evolution of Sam Evian's music. “Cherry Tree” is a daydream of the first warm hints of spring, which came to Sam as he took in the sun under a cherry tree in New York’s Central Park. It was also the first song that Sam Owens ever released as Sam Evian. It has remained a fan favorite and a staple of the rousing live set. “Tell me life’s a passing cloud,” he urges amid a charming backdrop of lilting guitars, gorgeous piano flourishes, and a swelling harmony-vocal chorus. 

Accompanying “Cherry Tree” is the hazy lament of “Roses,” a new, unreleased song from the You, Forever sessions which offers a lyrically complex but equally reflective outlook as its counterpart. “I'll buy an old conversion, drive it down the great west coast,” Sam sings. “Who knows how far she’ll make it in this world.”

Devendra Banhart

Listen: Rodrigo Amarante “That Old Dream Of Ours” From Devendra Banhart Unreleased Demos Vinyl

Feb 28, 2019

Devendra Banhart's newest release is personal and unexpected, in keeping with his artistic approach. Banhart isn't recording as much anymore and his latest offering is a curaiton of demos from dear friends, including Arthur Russell, Nils Frahm, Vashti Bunyan, King Tuff and more. These never before heard works collected over many years is being released tomorrow and is titled Fragments du Monde Flottant. It will only be released on vinyl, limited to 2000 copies, and each with one of six different colored cardboard packaging and one of six drawings by Devendra. Listen to "That Old Dream Of Ours" by Rodrigo Amarante below.

Says Devendra: “I’ve always loved demos, often much more than the final version. In fact, my favorite John Lennon song is a demo; its called “Friend of Dorothy”. It’s a masterpiece. This is an album of demos. You know who doesn’t like demos? The people who make them - that’s who! Wait , wait…. That’s not true. They do like their demos but they are definitely not gonna let anyone hear them anytime soon. They have big big plans for these songs. Fortunately , I don’t mind being extremely annoying when it comes to bothering/begging my friends to let me hear their demos. Unfortunately , I am not a very good dentist. This album could have been called “Pulling Teeth” if ya know what I’m sayin’….

Now, if i may take a moment to say what kind , generous , and patient the sweet people on this comp are. Thank you forever for enduring all of my emails, phone calls , texts, letters, and astral badgering! I am extremely grateful to you - I love you. I would also like to thank my ol’ pal Cyril Yeterian. He also loves demos and happens to runs the label that put out the record you are now holding, so that worked out nicely. I am also endlessly indebted to Dustin Reid for introducing me to Tom Lee, who allowed us a peek into the priceless vault of Arthur Russell’s demos & release this never before heard work from the great master!
Please enjoy this anthology of intimacy before everyone on it freaks out and doesn’t want you to hear their demos (on the bright side , at least 5 of them will show up at your house and pay you the big bucks to get this back!) This comp has taken years and years to put together. Wow. Has it been that long? Yep.
Love Above All  - Devendra Banhart.” 


Rafiq Bhatia

Listen: Rafiq Bhatia Reworks “Breaking English” feat. Sam Dew

Feb 23, 2019

One of the truly soulful pieces of music from last year was Rafiq Bhatia's title track from his startling album Breaking English. Bhatia reworked the track, bringing in singer Sam Dew. An already divine song gets a further blessing. Listen and let it fill your soul.

Bhatia offers the following analogy for the feeling behind the music: “In August, I lost my grandmother. In Muslim funerals, there is a communal element in laying the deceased to rest. Dozens of mourners (family members, friends, and members of the congregation) all take turns as pallbearers, each shouldering the weight briefly before making room for the next person, singing in unison as the procession continues. It’s a teeming, resonant swarm helping to bear the final burden gently. (‘...a million other lights like me beside me and we’ll return again’)”




3/1 – Boston, MA – Museum of Fine Arts Boston

3/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s

3/7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Andy Warhol Museum

3/8 – Oberlin, OH – The Sco, Oberlin College

3/9 – Toledo, OH – Peristyle Theatre at the Toledo Museum of Art

3/10 – Indianapolis, IN – Newfields: A Place for Nature & The Arts

3/15 – New York, NY – The Kitchen

3/22 – Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival 2019

6/28 - 6/30 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival