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January 27, 2015

by Andrew Sacher


Torres has been playing new songs live for a while now, and she's finally announced the followup to her excellent 2013 debut LP. It's called Sprinter and will be out on May 5 via her new label home of Partisan Records. PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis produced it and PJ's bassist Ian Oliver backed Torres on the record, as did Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley. Working with PJ Harvey collaborators is a good fit for Torres, who gets a bit of a To Bring You My Love-style howl out on new single "Strange Hellos." Like her recent live shows predicted, the new song dives deeper into the heavier rock vibe that her debut only hinted at. Check it out, with the LP tracklist, below. That's the album artwork above.

Torres also announced a tour which follows her previously discussed Brooklyn Night Bazaar show and SXSW. The BK Bazaar show is this Friday (1/30) and also features Mainland, Heliotropes and Ancient Ocean. Like most BKNB shows, it's free.

All dates are listed, with the tracklist and new song, below...

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As mentioned, Father John Misty is set to release his new album, I Love You Honeybear, on February 10 via Sub Pop. Anyone who has seen him live knows that Josh Tillman (who is FJM) is part comedian, which may explain the press release today where he claims to have launched a new streaming service, Streamline Audio Protocol (SAP):

Hello! As an artist, it has been thrilling to see how a decade or so of increasingly free music on the internet has facilitated a veritable anarchic consumer utopia for fans of sharing, rating, discovering and music. Within the last year or so, I started to ask myself a question: We all know free is great for the fans, but how can we extend this freedom to artists as well? Is there a way to ensure that no one, artist or fan, ever has to spend, or lose, any money on music ever?
He goes on to explain how SAP works:
...popular albums are "sapped" of their performances, original vocal, atmosphere and other distracting affectations so the consumer can decide quickly and efficiently whether they like a musical composition, based strictly on its formal attributes, enough to spend money on it.
The first (last? only?) use of SAP technology is a stream of I Love You Honeybear which, turns the songs into quasi midi/chiptune versions, with rinkydink keyboard lines instead of vocals. You can stream it over at FJM's website.

Father John Misty's tour hits NYC next month for two sold-out shows. He's expanded his tour since the last time we posted and updated dates are listed below.

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photo: Built to Spill at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)

It was already announced that Brand New and Desaparecidos would be playing pre-Coachella shows together, and they've since expanded their itinerary to include an LA show in between the two Coachellas, which excitingly is also with Built to Spill. Brand New have other newly-added Coachella-time dates (with Circa Survive) and Built to Spill are touring on their own around then too. Both BN and BTS also play Shaky Knees Fest. Updated dates are listed below.

Desparecidos have also added an in-between-Coachella LA show with Touche Amore and Joyce Manor, happening ahead of the San Francisco show those three bands play together. Updated lists of their dates below too.

Brand New, Desaparecidos, Built to Spill, Touche Amore and Joyce Manor all play the Sundays of Coachella (with Drake, St. Vincent, Jenny Lewis, OFF! and more). Built to Spill and Joyce Manor also both play Treefort Music Fest.

Lists of dates below...

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Treefort Music Fest returns to various downtown Boise, ID venues from March 25-29 this year, and the lineup includes TV on the Radio, Built to Spill, of Montreal, Joyce Manor, Viet Cong, Cymbals Eat Guitars, !!!, YACHT, Foxygen, Twerps, Matthew E. White, Omar Souleyman, Posse, Delicate Steve, Craft Spells, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Generationals and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full lineup below...

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photo: Purity Ring at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Purity Ring

Purity Ring already announced that their second album, Another Eternity, would be out on March 3 via 4AD, and now they've announced a lengthy world tour in support of it. The tour hits NYC on June 2 at Terminal 5, their largest show here yet. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/30).

All dates are listed, with streams of the album's two singles, below...

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Let's try this again, shall we? Primal Scream were supposed to have toured around an appearance at the 2014 Austin Psych Fest, including Irving Plaza and Warsaw in NYC, which ended up not happening. They're scheduled to play Austin Psych Fest (now re-dubbed Levitation) in May, and have announced a North American tour to go along with it, including the two same NYC venues they were to have played last year: May 20 at Irving Plaza and May 21 at Warsaw. Tickets to Warsaw go on sale Wednesday (1/28) at 10 AM and tickets to Irving Plaza go on sale sale Friday (1/30) at 10 AM with a LiveNation/Music Geeks presale beginning Wednesday at 10 AM (password: MUSICGEEKS). All dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis


Swedish balearic revivalists Studio called it quits in 2012, with Rasmus Hägg and Dan Lissvik going their separate ways. Lissvik has been the more visible of the two, producing albums by Young Galaxy and Taken by Trees, as well as lots of remix work. Dan is getting back into making his own music and is planning a series of 12" singles and EPs, leading up to an album in late 2015. The first of those, Shuvit!, will be out February 10 via Smalltown Supersound. You can stream "Airwalk," which sounds very Studio-like, below....

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Death Cab for Cutie announced a tour with The Antlers yesterday that includes some pretty big venues and none in NYC. However, now they've added a NYC show, and it's a very small one happening TOMORROW: January 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Rather than The Antlers, this one is with Say Hi, who are currently on Death Cab's former home of Barsuk Records. Tickets go on sale at noon today (1/27).

Death Cab's new album, Kintsugi, comes out March 31 via Atlantic. Listen to lead single "Black Sun," with their updated list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Death Cab playing MHOW with Say Hi on Wednesday"

by Bill Pearis


Swedish duo Moonbabies, returned after a long hiatus last year with a new single, and have just announced Wizards on the Beach which is out April 28. It's their first album in seven years, and members Ola Frick and Carina Johansson Frick produced it themselves and will release it via their own Culture Hero label. Like their previous work, the new album mixes classic pop and dance music into Moonbabies' quirky style. Get an early taste via new double single, "24 / Oceankill," which you can stream below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Kath Bloom

Kath Bloom, the cult folk singer who got her start in the '70s and has seen a resurgence in recent years, will release the followup to 2010's Thin Thin Line this year. The new album is called Pass Through Here, and will be out on February 6 via Chapter Music (pre-order), and we've got the premiere of its new single "Let The Music Come" in this post. This follows lead single "Criminal Side," and both have Kath staying true to the kind of authentic folk that made her a beloved cult artist in the first place. It's timeless-sounding stuff, as you can hear for yourself below.

Album artwork, tracklist, and a couple upcoming West Coast dates, also below...

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