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October 13, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Field Music

After four years of working on other things (though often together), Peter and David Brewis are back with a new Field Music album, Commontime, which will be out February 5, 2016 via Memphis Industry. Says David of their return, "As much fun as we might have had on our own or collaborating, we missed just spending time in the studio, the two of us, trying things out and playing together." The first track to be released is a winner, too. "The Noisy Days are Over," one of Peter's, contemplates aging, but in the funky, proggy, poppy way Field Music are so good at, with a great horn chart to boot. You can stream it, and check out the LP's cover art and tracklist, below.

The Brewises will be in North America in the spring for their first Field Music in about as long, playing NYC at Rough Trade on March 26. Tickets for that show will be on sale soon. All dates are listed below.

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October 12, 2015

photos by Tim Griffin

Leon Bridges taping for ACLTV - 10/8/2015
Leon Bridges taping for ACLTV - 10/8/2015

Bridges and his band, which includes our White Denim pals Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, gently kicked things off with "River," a quiet, meditative hymn of desire. Bridges broke that spell immediately afterward, putting down his guitar to shimmy through the jumping "Flowers," a throwback to an earlier era of soul music. "Brown Skin Girl" and "Let You Down" (an as-yet-unreleased song) continued the vibe, conjuring the specter of Cooke without enslaving it. One of his best-known tunes, "Better Man" moved forward to the Stax era, hitting a mid-60s groove. Bridges slowed back down for "In My Arms," a classic R&B slow dancer that would have had all couples in the room in a clinch if we'd had a dance floor. - [ACL]
Texas soul singer Leon Bridges is currently on tour and will play two sold-out shows in NYC next week. He's already announced a return trip, though, as part of his Spring 2016 tour which comes to Beacon Theatre on March 9. Tickets for the Beacon show are on fan presale (password: "cominghome") and AmEx presale right now, and go on sale to the general public Friday noon. All dates are listed below.

Bridges just wrapped up two weekends of the ACL Festival and in between he taped an episode of Austin City Limits' PBS series. Pictures from his ACLTV performance are continue below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Christine and the Queens

France's Christine and the Queens will release their self-titled debut album this week (10/16) via Neon Gold/Because/Atlantic, and the whole thing is streaming now via Hype Machine. It features the single "Paradis Perdus," which is a mashup/cover of fellow French singer Christophe's 1973 song of the same name and Kanye West's "Heartless." It also features "Jonathan" which includes guest vocals from Perfume Genius. Another song has a verse from Pennsylvania rapper Tunji Ige. Like a lot of Christine's Neon Gold labelmates, it's a synthpop record, but it's a bit darker and weirder than the stuff that label's best known for. Pitchfork caught their NYC debut at LPR in April and wrote:

It's been a week of firsts: a debut set at (Le) Poisson Rouge, a performance on VH1, a show at the UN (thus [performing for] Hillary [Clinton]). And she was in California last week--another first. "The East and West Coasts are like two different movies," she says. White flowers float off the trees, fall on our faces. Christine, about to catch a plane back to Paris, is wearing her overstuffed carry-on backpack. I ask if it's not too heavy for a walk. "Oh no," she says quickly, hoisting the bag up on her shoulders. "Keeps me grounded."

Christine is not Christine's real name. She was born Héloïse Letissier, a strange kid in a family of teachers, a creative maniac who spent her afternoons in ballet and her nights writing short stories. ("I was 11," she says, "and my mother would come to me like, 'Did you write this? It's about a murder.'") Her live set, like her minimalist, color-saturated music videos, is dance-heavy. Aided by her intensely charismatic backup dancers Diablo and Nick, Christine punctuates her sweet, off-kilter pop music with a distinct type of movement: a mix of Michael Jackson, fluid contemporary, vogue. She's glad to be dancing again. She gave it up briefly in her late teens, just a few years before the depression that brought her to making music--and before that, into the arms of three drag queens at Madame Jojo's, a now-closed venue in London, where Christine was trying and failing to go to school.

Christine is about to begin a North American tour this month opening for Marina and the Diamonds, which includes sold-out NYC shows at Terminal 5 on November 9 and 10. Right after those shows, she'll play her own NYC show on November 11 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the album stream, below...

Continue reading "Christine and the Queens streaming new album ft. Perfume Genius, playing NYC after tour w/ Marina & the DIamonds"

Tokyo Police Club

Canadian band Tokyo Police Club are popping down to NYC this CMJ week to play a Pandora-presented Taco Bell "Feed The Beat" show at Rough Trade on Wednesday (10/14) with The Kickback. Free tickets are now available though Eventbrite (a ticket system we're guessing Pandora won't be using for much longer).

Tokyo Police Club's only other 2015 date is the San Antonio stop of Texas' traveling Untapped Festival on November 21 with Metric, GZA and more. TPC frontman Dave Monks put out a solo EP early this year.

Sun Kil Moon & Jesu
Sun Kil Moon

Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozelek) and Jesu (Justin Broadrick) recently released "America's Most Wanted Mark Kozelek & John Dillinger" off their upcoming collaborative album, and now they've announced some shows together. Their only dates revealed so far happen in winter of 2016 in Tokyo and Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn show is February 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/16) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/14) at noon.

Mark Kozelek just played a Sun Kil Moon show at NYC's Town Hall on Friday (10/9), and he has other dates (solo and SKM) coming up too. All of those are listed below.

Also, in addition to SKM's 2015 album Universal Themes and the upcoming Jesu collab, Mark has a collaborative spoken word album with Nicolás Pauls coming out October 27 via his own Caldo Verde Records (pre-order). And on top of that, all Caldo Verde purchases are now coming with a copy of Mark Kozelek's new solo EP, Down In The Willow Garden. It features an original song, a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Sick Again," and two versions of the traditional Appalachian murder ballad "Down In The Willow Garden." You can listen to one of those versions and the Zeppelin cover (via Stereogum) below.

Continue reading "Sun Kil Moon announces shows with Jesu ++ more Kozelek releases lined up (dates, song streams)"

photo: Ra Ra Riot in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Ra Ra Riot

The Alexandra Lawn-less Ra Ra Riot haven't released a new album since 2013's Beta Love, but they'll be going on a short Northeast tour in early November.

It kicks off in Philly, ends in Kingston, NY, and hits Brooklyn in between on November 3 at Baby's All Right with local support from PWR BTTM. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below...

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Tav Falco

For folks who prize unspoiled simplicity in rock'n'roll (and especially in rockabilly), Tav Falco's Panther Burns may be the ultimate band. On the early records, his voice drenched in echo, Falco goes through a familiar repertoire of Presley-derived whoops, mutters and coos, while an amateurish backing ensemble that often includes Alex Chilton grinds away laboriously like high-school rockers struggling through their first rehearsal. - [Trouser Press]
Art-damaged rockabilly vet Tav Falco is still on the wild, having released the new album Command Performance back in Feburary. You can stream "Bangkok" from it below. He's also an accomplished photographer, having also just released a book of his work titled An Iconography Of Chance: 99 Photographs Of The Evanescent South and you can check out the cover art below.

Tav's band Panther Burns are about to head out on tour and it's a pretty special lineup this time out featuring Mike Watt and Toby Dammit. The tour kicks off here in Brooklyn on Tuesday (10/13) at Grand Victory. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Tav Falco released a new LP and photo book, touring w/ Mike Watt & Toby Dammit in his band (dates)"

Angel Haze

Rapper Angel Haze released the Back To The Woods mixtape last month, and now she's set to further support it on an international fall/winter tour.

The tour includes a show in her hometown of NYC on November 23 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed, with a stream of the mixtape, below.

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by Bill Pearis

John Grant

John Grant released his third solo album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, last week. Made with producer John Congleton, it continues in the electro-inflected sound, but still with that '70s glam vibe Grant does so well (not to mention his wry, telling lyrics and bravado vocals). It's another great album from Grant and you can stream it via Spotify, and check out the video for "Disappointing" (featuring Tracey Thorn), below.

As mentioned, John Grant is on tour with Villagers, including a CMJ show at Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday (10/17) and tickets are still available. Additionally, John Grant will play the Rough Trade Presents day show on Thursday (10/15) with Ezra Furman, Georgia, Shopping, and Hooton Tennis Club. That show is free and John's on at 5 PM.

All John Grant tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "John Grant released 'Grey Tickles, Black Pressure,' adds free CMJ show w/ Ezra Furman, Georgia & more "

by Bill Pearis

Cool Ghouls

San Francisco paisley throwbacks Cool Ghouls have a new single, "Creature That I Am," that's out next week (10/23) via Dizzybird. This one is especially Byrds-ian and you can stream it below. They've got a new Kelley Stoltz-produced album on the way as well.

Having just wrapped up a string of shows with Shannon & the Clams, Cool Ghouls will be in NYC this week for CMJ, playing three free shows: Alphaville on Wednesday (10/14, 11:15 PM) with Beverly, Warbly Jets, and Samson the Truest; Berlin on Thursday (10/15, 7:30 PM) with Mild High Club, Heaters, Chocolat, Murals, Worthless, and S (free with RSVP), and also Thursday at Palisades for the Burger Records showcase with Michael Rault, Dirty Ghosts, Slim Twig, Modern Vices, Howardian, and Unstoppable Death Machines (more info). They'll then continue their tour, sharing a few dates with Brooklyn's Las Rosas. All dates listed below.

Continue reading "Cool Ghouls releasing new single & LP, on tour now, playing free CMJ shows w/ Beverly, Mild High Club & more "