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Premiere: Younghusband Share New Song “Modern Lie”

May 14, 2019

British trio Younghusband are releasing a new album, Swimmers, on June 7 via Opposite Number. Previously they shared its first single and opening track, "Translation," which was one of our Songs of the Week. Now we are pleased to premiere the album's second single, "Modern Lie." It may be a jaunty indie pop song but, as its title suggests, it's about confronting the truth about yourself. It's also a song so nice they recorded it twice. Listen to "Modern Lie" below.

Frontman and songwriter Euan Hinshelwood had this to say about the song: "It's about giving into fallacies, internal and external, without too much resistance. Believing things about yourself and others that just aren't true, like you no longer know where the start or end point of anything is. And then realizing you probably shouldn't take things so seriously all the time, and just be a bit lighter of thought."  

Of recording the song, Hinshelwood says: "We recorded this song twice, at the very beginning of the album session and the very end. So it's the first and last song we recorded for the album. Two very different versions. Which kind of works with the subject matter."

Swimmers is the band's third album, the follow-up to 2015's Dissolver. Hinshelwood set up a studio in a barn in Greenwich, England, which is where Swimmers was recorded.

In a previous press release Hinshelwood had this to say about recording the album: "I didn't play the songs to the guys before. For the majority of the record the band had only heard the songs on the day of recording them. We then went over the top of those bare bones but at the core of it I wanted to get something loose and gritty."

Hinshelwood also had this to say about Swimmers: "There were so many things we liked and disliked about our first two records. We thought we'd try and find a middle ground. I wanted to bring us back to that place between the first and second record but with more confidence in songwriting. Maybe being a bit more extreme - a bit more emotional extremity and openness." 

Read our 2013 interview with Younghusband, as well as our 2015 interview with them.

Younghusband UK Tour Dates:

Friday 14th June - Rough Trade East, London
Saturday 15th June - Soup Kitchen, Manchester

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Versus

Versus Share Video for New Track “Invisible Love”

May 03, 2019

New York City-based indie rock icons Versus have shared another video, this time for their new track "Invisible Love" off of their EP Ex Nihilo out today. 

Ex Nihilo marks the bands' first output since 2010's On the Ones and Threes which came out via Merge. Recently the band had performed at this year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and are slated to perform opening for Ex-Hex on May 9 at Elsewhere Space in Brooklyn. Without revealing too much, the band have also shared that this EP will be preceding "future cryptic releases."

 

Faye Webster

Faye Webster Shares New Track “Right Side of My Neck”

May 02, 2019

Atlanta based singer-songwriter Faye Webster has shared a new track, "Right Side of My Neck" off of her forthcoming debut LP Atlanta Millionaires Club due out May 24 via Secretly Canadian. The track finds the singer-songwriter in a moment of tender reflection, all muted R&B drums and smooth keys embroidered with some lush slide guitar.

In a statement accompanying the release, Webster had this to say: "For me I find that sometimes the best songs come out from the exact moment. This song I didn't think about writing or what I was doing, I was fresh from a feeling and that's when I get some of my most honest and relatable songs."

 

Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon Shares New Track “The Light”

May 02, 2019

Welsh singer/songwriter/guitarist Cate Le Bon is releasing a new album, Reward, on May 24 via Mexican Summer. Now she has shared another song from the album, "The Light." Listen below, followed by Le Bon's upcoming tour dates. 

Previously Le Bon shared Reward's first single, "Daylight Matters," which was one of our Songs of the Week, as well as a video for "Daylight Matters." Then she shared another new song from the album, "Home to You," via a video for the track. Le Bon doesn't feature in the video directed by Phil Collins (no, not that Phil Collins). It was filmed in Lunik IX neighborhood of Košice (Eastern Slovakia), which houses a Roma community who, as a press release states, "due to successive governmental and municipal policies, often live in slums and on isolated, dilapidated estates." "Home to You" was our #1 Song of the Week.

In terms of her solo work, Reward is the follow-up to 2016's Crab Day, although last year she released Hippo Lite, her second album with DRINKS, a collaboration with Tim Presley of White Fence. Le Bon also produced Deerhunter's recent album.

Le Bon spent a year living in isolation in the Lake District in the UK, by day making wood furniture and by night playing piano and writing songs. "There's a strange romanticism to going a little bit crazy and playing the piano to yourself and singing into the night," Le Bon said in a previous press release.

Of the album title, Le Bon said: "People hear the word 'reward' and they think that it's a positive word, and to me it's quite a sinister word in that it depends on the relationship between the giver and the receiver. I feel like it's really indicative of the times we're living in where words are used as slogans, and everything is slowly losing its meaning." 

The album features Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint, H. Hawkline, and Samur Khouja. The latter co-produced Reward with Le Bon.

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 - Seattle, WA @ 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

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Heather Woods Broderick

Heather Woods Broderick Shares “I Try” Video

Apr 19, 2019

Heather Woods Broderick has released a new album, Invitation, today via Western Vinyl. Earlier this week she shared the third and last pre-release single from it, the lush "I Try," via a video for the track. Devin Febbroiello directed the video, which features lots of double exposed images of Broderick singing the song.

Febbroiello had this to say about the video in a press release: "In the video for 'I Try' we enter the waves and echoes of the dream landscape and follow Heather as she journeys through doorways and portals both within and without, trying to make sense of the paradoxical nature of the realm she has entered. With a nod to the twists of a fairy tale and the revelations available to those brave enough to enter the rabbit hole. The video was conceived along the Oregon coast, in studio, and combined with textural footage created with analog special effects techniques by Tracy Maurice." 

Broderick is Sharon Van Etten's longtime collaborator and bandmate and she has also plated in Efterklang and Horse Feathers, among others. Invitation is the follow-up to 2015's Glider.

The Get Up Kids

Watch: The Get Up Kids Share Video for “The Problem is Me”

Apr 03, 2019

Second-wave Emo rockers The Get Up Kids have shared a video for their track "The Problem is Me." The track is the second single off of their first album in eight years, Problems, due out May 10 via Polyvinyl. Check out the video below, followed by the band's upcoming US tour dates.

The Get Up Kids Tour Dates:
05/07 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle #
05/08 - Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo #
05/09 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Zappa #
05/10 - Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island #
05/11 - Munich, Germany @ Backstage #
05/13 - Bologna, Italy @ Locomotiv #
05/14 - Milan, Italy @ Magazzini Generali #
05/16 - Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz #
05/18 - Madrid, Spain @ Independance Club #
05/20 - Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie #
05/21 - Wiesbaden, Germany @ Schlachthof #
05/22 - Berlin, Germany @ SO36 #
05/23 - Cologne, Germany @ Luxor #
05/25 - Leeds, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival North
05/26 - Hatfield, UK @ Slam Dunk Festival South
07/10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi $
07/11 - Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom $
07/12 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn $
07/13 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl $
07/14 - Gainesville, FL @ High Dive $
07/16 - Miami, FL @ The Ground $
07/17 - Orlando, FL @ The Abbey $
07/19 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern $
07/20 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle $
07/21 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle $
07/23 - Richmond, VA @ Broadberry $
07/24 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar $ 
07/25 - New York City, NY @ Bowery Ballroom $
07/26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg $
07/27 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents $
# w/ Muncie Girls
$ w/ Great Grandpa
By Stephen Axeman

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

CHAI

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