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September 1, 2015

Stephin Merrit

Having finished up a tour with cellist Sam Davol earlier this summer, Magnetic Fields main man Stephin Merritt will be playing City Winery this fall on November 14. It's a late show (9:15 doors) and you can currently get tickets if you're a VinoFile member or through a BrooklynVegan presale. Use password magneticvegans. This is Merritt's only announced show at the moment.

Stephin Merritt recently composed two "micro-songs" titled "Lo" and "La". They were based on two poems from 101 Two Letter Words, Stephin's homage to the smallest words recognized by Scrabble. Watch videos of hiim and Davol performing them below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Laura Stevenson at 2015 Gigawatts Fest (more by Carly Hoskins)
Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson will follow 2013's Wheel with a new album titled Cocksure on October 30 via Don Giovanni. The first single is the fuzzy rocker "Torch Song," and you can stream that below.

Laura's going on tour opening for Matt Pond PA, which hits NYC on November 21 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Additional support comes from Completions, aka Shawn Alpay of Matt Pond's band. Tickets for Webster are on sale now.

Laura has another NYC show sooner than though, with comedian (and her labelmate) Chris Gethard at Union Hall on September 21. It's one of Chris' "Career Suicide" shows, which offer "an hour of comedy about suicide, depression, alcoholism, and all the other funnest parts of life. Tickets are on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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photo: Beirut at Pemberton Fest 2015 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
Beirut at Pemberton

Beirut's new album, No No No, is out next week (9/11) via 4AD and the band have just announced they'll be performing it live in full at The Bell House on September 10. The show is part of NPR's First Listen Live series and is a free show, though you must RSVP. RSVP goes live on Wednesday (9/2) at noon.

The band's tour starts right after that and includes a much bigger NYC show at Radio City Music Hall on 10/1. Tickets are still available.

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Travi$ Scott

Travi$ Scott releases his new album Rodeo this Friday (9/4), and a new track from that, "Piss On Your Grave," has surfaced. It features frequent collaborator Kanye West, and isn't far from the kind of stuff Travis and Kanye made together on Yeezus. It had been rumored that "Piss On Your Grave" was the name of another Kanye/Paul McCartney collaboration, but no word if Paul is on this. Listen below.

Last week Travis announced a record release show for NYC's Gramercy Theatre on September 9. That since sold out, and now he also added shows on 9/7 and 9/8. 9/7 is sold out too, but tickets for 9/8 are available. He's promising a special guest at the last two shows.

After those shows, Travis opens The Weeknd's tour, which includes more NYC-area shows. Updated dates are listed below.

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King Khan & BBQ Show

The King Khan & BBQ Show recently released a a video for "Illuminations," the currently single from their new album, Bad News Boys. Directed by Stuart Simpson, the video features the boys as the house band in some sort of possibly satanic club, featuring go-go-dancers, bondage gear hellfire and a lot of puppet people. Watch it below.

Their tour will be starting before you know it, playing Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on November 14 with Milk Lines and OCDPP, and they've just added a second show a couple days before at Knitting Factory on November 12 with Milk Lines and The Mystery Lights. Tickets for both shows are available.

Updated tour dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Petal

We recently mentioned that Petal is touring soon and that her debut album for Run for Cover had still yet to be announced, but now the details and first single are finally here. It's called Shame and comes out via RFC on October 23 (pre-order). That's the artwork above and the tracklist and a stream of "Sooner" are below.

Petal is the project of singer Kiley Lotz but her band includes Tigers Jaw's two main members, Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins, and if you liked that band's 2014 LP Charmer, you're almost definitely going to like the new Petal single. A few of the melodic changes feel influenced by that band and it's got similar warm fuzzy guitars (Will Yip also produced both albums), but Petal is definitely its own beast. Kiley's belting chorus could have made for an instant hit when alternative rock bands that aren't the Foo Fighters actually scored hits, and now it sounds like the kind of indie rock that's been buzzing on a smaller level. Like many of their RFC labelmates, it's music that's unafraid of big hooks and open-hearted sincerity. If you like music that makes you feel something, you should give Petal a spin.

Catch them in NYC when their tour with Captain, We're Sinking hits Black Bear Bar on September 12. Tickets for that show are still available.

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mystic-braves

LA psych outfit Mystic Braves, who look and sound like they were just teleported from 1967, will release their new album, Days of Yesteryear, on November 6. The band made the record with current Brian Jonestown Massacre guitarist Rob Campanella who has also twiddled knobs for Beachwood Sparks, Dead Meadow and others. You can get an early taste via the ringing pop of "Great Company" which makes its premiere in this post. Listen below.

Mystic Braves are currently on a West Coast tour and headline Bowery Presents-related new LA venue Teragram Ballroom on Friday (9/4) with No Parents. All tour dates, including a stop at Santa Ana's Beach Goth fest, are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Elle le Fantome

Elle le fantôme (aka Brooklyn resident Tyler Elizabeth) makes spare synthpop, the kind of miniature rainy day symphonies that are both featherlight and gloomy. Her debut album, paint it blacker, is out September 8 via Outside the Circle Records and we're premiering a stream of the whole thing. Pull the shades and take a listen, and check out the video for "sore," below.

There's also a release show happening at Alphaville on September 8 with MPHO, Long Nails and WALL. $8 at the door. Flyer for the release show is below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Shunkan

Last year, we suggested you check out Shunkan, the project of New Zealand-via-LA musician Marina Sakimoto. Marina's since expanded Shunkan into a full band, and they're set to release their first album, The Pink Noise, on November 20 via Art Is Hard. The album's title track is relatively new ground for Shunkan: punkish twee that's not unlike another Art Is Hard-associated band, Joanna Gruesome. Check it out below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Christian Mistress

Christian Mistress will release their new album To Your Death on September 18 via Relapse (pre-order). So far they've released two songs and now we've got the premiere of a third, "Neon." It's classic metal/hard rock that could've come right out of 1980 -- its riffs from Iron Maiden and British Steel and Christine Davis' howling vocals from Crimes of Passion -- but it's too spirited to be merely idol worship. You can and should check it out below.

The band will be on tour soon with another great band who recalls that era of metal, High Spirits, and Savage Master. That tour hits NYC on September 9 at Saint Vitus with Python. Tickets for that show are still available.

They added European dates since we last spoke too. All dates are listed, with the "Neon" song steam and the other two singles, below...

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