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Dum Dum Girls @ Prospect Park in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Dum Dum Girls have been on tour for pretty much all of 2014, and just played Pitchfork in Chicago last weekend. The ladies will be taking deserved break for the rest of the summer -- only playing a few select festival dates -- but will hit the road again this fall surrounding their appearance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Those dates include a requisite stop in NYC, playing a Devil's Night (or Mischief Night, if you prefer) show at Brooklyn Bowl on October 30. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/25) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

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photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack, Milos Markicevic & Arielle Gordon

Grimes / Kendrick Lamar / Slowdive
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3

The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival wrapped up yesterday (7/20) after two previous days of fun in Chicago's Union Park. It was an especially diverse day with plenty of hip hop (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Isaiah Rashad), flourishes of heavy offerings (Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy), a highly anticipated reunion from Slowdive, plenty of indie rock/pop (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, DIIV, Real Estate, Dum Dum Girls, Speedy Ortiz) and even more. Here's how the Sunday of Pitchfork Fest went down...

By the time I arrived on Sunday, Speedy Ortiz were well into their set on the Blue stage and playing the fan favorite "Taylor Swift." Speedy's recorded material has always oozed personality and attitude, and their live show does as well. Frontwoman Sadie Dupuis comfortably ad libbed lyrics with various shouts and word extensions throughout their set. The band polished off their live-wire performance with a couple of tunes from their Real Hair EP and their new song "Bigger Party." -ZP

Over on the Green stage, Bandcamp sweethearts Mutual Benefit simultaneously opened up the fest's final day with a few of their sweet, melodic tunes. With an entire live band backing frontman Jordan Lee's soft-spoken, almost falsetto vocal range and feather light lyrics. The crowd was surprisingly full for the early afternoon set, and many closer to the band seemed to know every word off of its debut studio album Love's Crushing Diamond. Highlights included a heartfelt rendition of "Golden Wake" and a take on "Advanced Falconry" perfect for warming people up for the rest of the day. -AG

DIIV kicked off the first show on the Red stage yesterday and played for a fairly large early afternoon crowd, beginning their set with a new song called Follow . The band jangly guitar indie pop made for some excellent summer jams. Keeping with that theme, they played a few tracks that showed hints of surf rock, and the lead singer Zachary Cole Smith wore a colorful flamenco looking shirt that Prince might be proud of. -MM

Perfect Pussy
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3

Syracuse rockers Perfect Pussy drew a huge crowd on Sunday, surprising even lead singer Meredith Graves. Their set was short but powerful, not unusual for a band whose last record, 2014's Say Yes To Love, clocks in at around twenty one minutes. After a lengthy sound check, a rarity for the band, they didn't waste time getting into their set. While they sounded excellent, the real highlight of the show was, as always, Graves' fantastic performance as a vocalist and frontwoman. Her theatrical dancing stood in delicious contrast to the pure energy of each song. The crowd barely got a chance to calm down from one pit before another song crashed down, opening up an even bigger floor. Although the band seemed a bit flustered by the crowd and the midday heat, they never let up, quickly running through hits off of their debut album and demo, touching on fan favorites such as "Interference Fits," "Advance Upon The Real," "I," and "II." -AG

Deafheaven
2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3

Next up were Deafheaven on the Green stage. The California crew began their set with the glimmering Sunbather opener "Dream House," and proceeded to match the weather with equal parts soaring shoegaze and metal assault. Lead guitarist Kerry McCoy expertly segued the band into "Irresistible," and then to "Sunbather." That block was followed by their spacey new tune "From The Kettle Unto The Coil," which contains a traditional metal breakdown in the middle. George Clark's guttural shrieks glided effortlessly over the riffage, and he's quite the frontman too, thrashing about the stage. Deafheaven closed their incredibly moving performance with "Unrequited" off of 2011's Roads to Judah. Not all "metal" acts are appropriate for a daytime slot, but Deafheaven were damn near a perfect fit. -ZP

After Deafheaven, I headed over to the blue stage to catch a bit of Isaiah Rashad's set. As one of three TDE rappers of the day (along with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q), Rashad stood out with his southern flow, relaxed vibe, and raspy delivery. He drew a huge crowd, who danced and sang along to "Heavenly Father" and "Menthol" off of this year's Cilvia Demo. You can hear a bit of guys like Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper in Rashad's delivery, and with the amount that the crowd was feeling it, it'll only be a matter of time before he rises up to their level. -ZP

Continuing the hip hop block, next up was Earl Sweatshirt on the red stage. His DJ played a few songs before Earl came out -- Chief Keef's "3Hunna," Tyler the Creator's "Sandwitches," etc. -- and when he finally took the stage, Earl had the crowd sing along to about half of "Don't Stop Believin'" as it played over the PA. When he actually got started, the first song Earl played was "20 Wave," accompanied by Odd Future associate Domo Genesis. Downtempo tunes from Doris hit much harder than I expected them to, and the crowd was hyped on it. He took things to another level by playing the very heavy "Kill" from his debut album Earl. Earl's been touring quite a bit lately and that definitely showed in his live performance -- he's become a showman and has so much control over the audience. Before playing "Molasses," he had the crowd repeat its hook back -- "Ima fuck the freckles off your face, bitch." -ZP

Dum Dum Girls had some minor technical difficulties before starting their set, but once things got going they sounded great. As usual, they were in matching outfits, and played a mix of the old and new. My personal favorite from the set was "Rimbaud Eyes", an excellent single from their recent Too True LP. -MM

One of the most anticipated sets of the day by many was Schoolboy Q's late afternoon performance on the Green stage. The party rapper got things started with his hit "Hands on the Wheel," and then jumped to 2014's Oxymoron for "What They Want" and "Gangsta." He reached back to his debut studio album Setbacks for "Druggys wit Hoes," and the crowd went nuts. Q's a fine addition to any festival, offering hyped-up vibes and heavy beats. -ZP

Craving some shade, I went to check out Jon Hopkins over at the Blue stage. His seemingly dance-focused set was based upon a series of glitchy Immunity tracks, including bits of "We Disappear," "Open Eye Signal," "Breathe This Air," and others. The Blue stage was simultaneously the place for those who wanted to dance and others who'd rather take a seat and nod their heads along. -ZP

I was fortunate to see Majical Cloudz perform as an opener for The Soft Moon a few years ago and it was great seeing how much more confident the duo had become since then. Frontman Devon Welsh sported his never changing plain white tee and black pants and started a few songs with countdowns that the crowd enthusiastically chanted along with. I was hoping Welsh would later join Grimes on stage during her set to play their collaborative "Nightmusic" from Grimes' Visions album, or maybe their recently unearthed demo about an obese cat. Grimes played the former, but Welsh was nowhere in sight. -MM

2014 Pitchfork Festival - Day 3

Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. -AG

After that on the Blue stage it was DJ Spinn, who was initially going to perform with his collaborator DJ Rashad before Rashad's untimely passing, but decided to stay on the festival and perform his own set which Chicago Tribute called "a thrilling display of the "ghetto house" sound that has thrived in the city's South Side neighborhoods for the better part of two decades."

Canadian pop sensation Grimes was the penultimate performer of Pitchfork 2014, an honor she did not take lightly. In addition to running through classics, Grimes treated the crowd to two relatively new songs and one for which she was still working out the lyrics. She had seemingly boundless energy, dancing feverishly throughout her entire set. She seemed to be having the time of her life, playing with multiple synthesizers and vocal reverb to create the image of DJ set. This was clearly a different Grimes than we have seen in the past - she was confident, loud, and ready to party with the audience. Fans went crazy for Grimes classics such as "Circumambient" and "Oblivion," and stayed dancing even for her lesser-known songs, such as "Be a Body." However, the highlight of the set was undoubtedly the last few songs. After premiering a new song on which she had just completed production to a rousing response from the audience, Grimes treated the crowd to "Phone Sex," a Blood Diamonds song on which she is featured. She then broke out her dance floor-ready hit, "Go," to the delight of the audience. It was clear when the drop hit in "Go" that this was a new, supersized Grimes, ready to take the world's dance clubs by storm and become the next EDM sweetheart. Always the performer, she closed out her set with her biggest hit to date, 2012's "Genesis." -AG

Sunday headliner and festival bookend Kendrick Lamar put on a helluva show with his excellent four-piece band behind him. Lamar began to hold court with the good vibes "Money Trees" and very live "Backseat Freestyle" off of good kid, m.A.A.d city. The pro band managed to handle every little nuance contained in Kendrick's beats, and there are plenty of 'em. Unlike most of his peers, Lamar isn't much for cutting songs halfway through. Almost all tunes, with the exception of "The Art of Peer Pressure," were performed in their entirety. Virtually undisputed party song "Swimming Pools (Drank)" came next, followed by the boom bap of "m.A.A.d city." The last tune I heard before splitting was the chilled out "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst." Kendrick provided the perfect ending to the day and the entire festival. -ZP

Day 1 pics are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pics are HERE and HERE. More of day 3 below...

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Shannon & the Clams will be visiting NYC in September, where they'll play three shows: Union Pool on 9/9 with Las Rosas, then Death by Audio on 9/11 (openers TBA), and Palisades on 9/12 with Las Rosas again and more TBA. Tickets for both Union Pool and Palisades are on sale now.

Before that, Shannon & the Clams will be playing the Burger A-Go-Go festival in Santa Ana, CA with Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls, Bleached, The Muffs, Peach Kelli Pop, The Coathangers and lots more. Tickets are on sale. Burger sure does love to throw big shows, like the Burger Boogaloo in Oakland, CA last week. Video of Shannon & the Clams playing that, plus the current line-up for the Burger A-Go-Go, and the list of all of Shannon's dates, below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Dum Dum Girls / Hospitality / TEEN @ Prospect Park 6/21/2014
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Dum Dum Girls headlined a lovely night of free music on the first day of summer (6/21), part of Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell. Dressing a little more conservatively than she has lately, Dee Dee and the rest the band stuck mainly to DDG's most recent album, Too True, but played a few older songs as well, plus their cover of The Smiths' "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" (from the He Gets Me High EP). The band will be spending the rest of 2014 at select festivals, including Pitchfork and Outside Lands. Tour dates are listed, along with Celebrate Brooklyn! setlist and pics from the show are in this post.

It was a nice bill all around. Hospitality are touring off their terrific second album, Trouble, which expanded their sound quite a bit. The added keyboards have extended to the songs off their debut as well, with older numbers getting radically new arrangements. The band will be on a short East Coast tour in July, so catch them if you can. Dates are listed below.

Speaking of expanded sound, TEEN have transformed from an arty, at times Krauty/proggy outfit, to a much more R&B bent on their new album, The Way and Color. If you missed them in Prospect Park, they're on tour most of the summer, including a September run opening for Islands, including Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on September 17 (tickets). They'll also DJ the annual White Party at New Museum on Wednesday (6/25) with Heavenly Beat. That is open to New Museum members only. All tour dates are listed below.

More pics from the Prospect Park show, plus tour dates, below...

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photos by Misha Vladimirskiy

Dum Dum Girls in San Francisco last night - 6/19/2014
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It may feel pasty outside now, and it's going to be be even more "pastie" this Saturday in Brooklyn thanks to the annual Coney Island, pastie-filled Mermaid Parade! Look out for the de Blasios at the beach-side, burlesque extravaganza.

From there, hop on the F to Park Slope because the pastie-loving Dum Dum Girls play what is probably their biggest NYC show yet, a headlining appearance in Prospect Park as part of the free Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series. Hospitality and TEEN round out the all-female-fronted, indie rock bill on the stage where the National just played three nights in a row. This is a great bill of music AND FREE.

That said, Celebrate Brooklyn is a family friendly environment, so we bet that the Dum Dums will go with a more conservative version of their outfits (we love them no matter what they wear). That was not the case at a Goose Island sponsored FADER party last night at Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco though. There, Dee Dee did just the opposite and wore a top that is definitely Not Safe For Instagram. We applaud her bravery. NSFW/NSFI pictures from the show are in this post along with their 14 song setlist (Smiths cover included). More below...

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by Bill Pearis

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Oakland, CA duo Some Ember have been making shadowy synthpop for about two years. Both members sing and Nina Chase's frosty delivery works well with Dylan Travis' more emotive style. After a couple cassette-only releases, the band will drop their proper self-titled debut next week (5/27) via Dream Recordings. This will be the first non-cassette release for the label which is run by the guys in Crocodiles. Stream the entire album ahead of its release in this post.

Speaking of duos and Crocodiles and labels run by them, the debut by Haunted Hearts (aka husband-and-wife Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and Brandon of Crocodiles) will release their debut album, Initiation, next week as well. That's out on Brandon/Dee Dee's label Zoo, though the cassette will be through Dream. You may have already heard "Johnny Jupiter" but you can stream the whole album now via Pitchfork.

Some Ember album stream below...

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The 2014 lineup of Austin festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, happening NOV 7 . 8 & 9 at Auditorium Shores, is here. In the poster above and listed below....

Like FYF Fest, they've got a Blood Brothers reunion show.

This is also Austin's show on the growing Failure reunion tour.

Ditto for emo vets Mineral

So much more greatness listed below....

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St. Vincent in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
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A few of the paid Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park have already been announced, including The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, plus the free Janelle Monae show, and now BRIC has announced the full lineup for the 2014 season.

The full lineup is listed below. Some highlights of the FREE shows include:

Dum Dum Girls, Hospitality and TEEN on June 21.

Warpaint and Yellowbirds on June 26.

Shovels & Rope, Valerie June and Shakey Graves on June 27.

Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Talib Kweli, Glenn Kotche and Aja Monet on July 5.

Deltron 3030 and Nomadic Massive on July 19.

Nickel Creek on July 24.

Kes the Band and Kuenta I Tambu (KiT) on August 2.

St. Vincent and San Fermin on August 9.

All of the above-mentioned shows are FREE, all ages, and open to the public. Most start at 7 or 7:30 PM. Check out the full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

astronaut / Kate Nash / Replacements / Haim / Girl Talk
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At 68, Bryan Ferry is one of the oldest performers at this weekend's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and one of the most debonair. But the former Roxy Music singer and veteran solo artist was one of at least two artists who wore a tuxedo for their performance at the annual festival in Indio Friday night.

The other, a bit surprisingly considering his raucous musical legacy, was Paul Westerberg, 54, the perpetually tousled leader of The Replacments, who reunited last year after a 22-year hiatus to perform three shows (Coachella was the fourth). Yet, while Westerberg was quick to doff his tuxedo jacket, Ferry kept his on, although he undid his tie. Their sartorial style notwithstanding, Ferry and Westerberg have little in common, but both delivered winning performances that represented two very different -- and influential -- chapters in rock history. [UTSanDiego]

We already posted Outkast and Dum Dum Girls. Here are the rest of the pictures from the first dusty day of the first weekend of Coachella 2014 (which is also streaming online). The photos continue, Replacements and Bryan Ferry included, below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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Like Outkast and a lot of other artists, Dum Dum Girls played Coachella on Friday (and will play the festival's second weekend next Friday). Pictures from their weekend-one set are in this post. Bigger versions are on our Facebook page.

Coachella weekend one is streaming on YouTube through Sunday night.

More photos of Dee Dee and band below...

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Outside Lands

Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bill Pearis

Dum Dum Girls @ MHOW 3/26/2013
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Dum Dum Girls' tour with Blouse rolled through NYC, making sold-out stops at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (3/25) and Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (3/26). Pictures from MHOW are in this post. Against a neon blue heart, Dee Dee and the rest of the gang rattled through an hour set drawn from all their records (including this year's Too True), plus their cover of Pale Saints "Sight of You." Setlist is in this post.

Blouse was a well matched opener, their agreeably gloomy pop brightened by psychedelic, oilpaint-esque projections. Their second album, Imperium, has been a grower for me and I was glad to finally get to see them play those songs live. Good set. The night started early with Young Boys whose singer has definitely watched live footage of The Cramps and The Birthday Party. Pics from their sets, and more from Dum Dum Girls, below.

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by Bill Pearis

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Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls and Brandon from Crocodiles are already partners in life, and run label Zoo Music together. It makes sense the two would collaborate musically, too, and now they are, as Haunted Hearts. The pair will release their debut album, Initiation, via Zoo Music on May 27. You can watch the video for first single "Johnny Jupiter" below. While the track doesn't sound exactly like either DDGs or Crocodiles, it's not like Dee Dee and Brandon take a wild leap into reggae or anything (though that might be interesting to hear).

Meanwhile, Dee Dee and the other Dum Dum Girls bring their tour to NYC this week for two sold-out shows with Portland's Blouse opening: tonight (3/25) at Bowery Ballroom and Wednesday (3/26) at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Haunted Hearts album art and tracklist, plus the single stream and video, below...

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The initial Pitchfork Festival lineup was announced last month, and now many new artists have been added, including St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Real Estate, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Cloud Nothings, Hudson Mohawke, Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy, Dum Dum Girls, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Mutual Benefit, Speedy Ortiz, Kelela, the Field, SZA, DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, Hundred Waters, FKA Twigs, Isaiah Rashad, Empress Of and Twin Peaks.

They join previously announced artists Neutral Milk Hotel, Kendrick Lamar, Sun Kil Moon, Slowdive, Grimes, Giorgio Moroder and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated day-by-day lineup below...

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Debbie Harry w/ Dum Dum Girl @ Spotify House (via Transmission)
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Blondie's Deborah Harry just surprised the audience of a Spotify SXSW event by showing up on stage to play "Dreaming" with Dum Dum Girls! Picture proof above.

Blondie, who also play the Rachael Ray day party while they're in Austin, play their official SXSW showcase at Brazos Hall Thursday night (3/12). Not in Austin? You can stream the whole show live courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel...

Smithsonian Channel is sponsoring Blondie's South By Southwest (SXSW) live performance from Yahoo's Brazos Hall on March 13th to support the upcoming world premiere of BLONDIE'S NEW YORK, a one-hour documentary that explores the rise of the legendary band.

Smithsonian Channel Presents Blondie Powered By Yahoo, a rare live performance by the iconic band, will be available to fans across the country via a LIVE stream on Smithsonianchannel.com and on Yahoo Screen and on mobile via the Yahoo Screen app on Thursday, March 13 beginning at approximately 11:45pm CST.

Blondie also recently played 'Super Bowl Boulevard.'

Speaking of Spotify and SXSW, check out our playlist.

by Bill Pearis

stills from "Are You Okay"
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Dum Dum Girls just released the video for "Are You Okay?," the second single from their new album, Too True. This is a little more than just a video though, as it's an 11-minute short film which was written by Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho). Directed by Brewer (who made flashy vids for Purity Ring and Passion Pit), the short features Dee Dee as a woman who has a freakout during a therapy session that doesn't stop when her hour's up. There's some definite Brian De Palma vibes being given off here, and you can watch it below.

Meanwhile, Dum Dum Girls' tour with Blouse starts on the West Coast this weekend and will then invade Austin for SXSW where they are playing 10+ shows. After, they'll head east where they've got two sold-out NYC shows.

All SXSW shows and tour dates are listed, plus the "Are You Okay" video, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Go Forth, Feminist Warriors (MP3)

Go Forth Feminist Warriors

Pitchfork points to this month's Rookie theme song, "Go Forth, Feminist Warriors," which features Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag/Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein, Waxahatchee, Tegan & Sara, Dum Dum Girls, Thao Nguyen, Kimya Dawson, Kate Nash, Ted Leo, Aimee Mann and more. Check it out by downloading it for free above, or streaming it, along with the full list of credits, below...

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photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Dum Dum Girls @ Mercury Lounge, 1/30/2014
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"This has been a chaotic show," Dee Dee confessed near the end of Dum Dum Girls' set at Mercury Lounge last night (1/30). "Which fits the chaotic nature of this album." The band had taped The Late Show with David Letterman earlier in the day (and had flown in from LA right before that), and didn't get a soundcheck. So there was more fiddling with gear and mike checks and some visible nerves, but close your eyes and Dum Dum Girls sounded confident and clear.

This was the record release show for DDG's third album, Too True, which came out this week on Sub Pop. It's their biggest sounding record yet and the band drafted a third guitarist -- the Girls' first "boy" since the ad-hoc version of the band at the Woodist/Captured Tracks fest -- to help fill out the sound. Songs such as the dreamlike "Lost Boys and Girls Club" really benefit from this, much heavier and louder than the recorded version. And on tracks like new LP standout "In the Wake of You" and "Lord Knows" (from their End of Daze EP) the new guy allowed Dee Dee to be more of a frontperson.

My only real complaint with last night's show was, with three albums and a couple EPs under their belt, Dum Dum Girls are now at the point where you may not get to hear all the songs you wanted. "I Will Be" was on the written setlist but I don't recall them playing it, and I would have really liked to have heard Too True's closing track, "Trouble is My Name." But we did get their cover of Pale Saints' "Sight of You" which has gotten bigger and louder since the last time they swung through town. Luckily, Dum Dum Girls will be back when their tour with Blouse hits NYC for two shows in March (tickets are still available). Pictures from Mercury Lounge, as well as setlist and their "Rimbaud Eyes" performance on Letterman, are in this post.

The other two bands on the bill last night were good too. Sapphire Mansions, the newish project from onetime Golden Triangle member Jay Hough, have come along since the last time I saw them. The band, named after a Felt song and definitely cribbing from that '80s era of UK indiepop, now includes Love Is All's James Ausfahrt on bass and My Teenage Stride's Jed Smith on drums, and have started to go beyond their early touchstones. (Their debut LP is pretty good.) Matt Yu filled out the band's sound alternating between arpeggiated guitar parts and combo organ, and The Ladybug Transistor's Gary Olson played trumpet on a couple songs too. I thought they sounded great.

I hadn't seen openers The New Lines since they played with Blouse at 285 Kent a couple years ago. That was not their best night, but I'm pleased to say I thought they were pretty good last night. Theirs is not an easy sound to pull off live -- fragile, baroque/kraut psych not unlike Broadcast or The United States of America -- but with good sound and a solid rhythm section, The New Lines found their groove. If you haven't checked out last year's Fall in Line, you can stream a couple tracks here. And they play Freddy's Bar in Park Slope tonight (1/31).

More pics of all three bands at Mercury Lounge, plus video of DDGs on Letterman, below...

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Slowdive
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One of the coolest festivals in the world, Barcelona's Primavera Sound will hold its 2014 edition from May 29 - 31. Arcade Fire, Pixies and Neutral Milk Hotel were announced as headliners a while back but the fest announced it's headliners today via an online short film. They've outdone themselves this year, as the three day event includes a reunited Slowdive (!), Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The National, Television, Slint, Foals, Warpaint, St. Vincent, Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Metronomy, Queens of the Stone Age, Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Julia Holter, Cloud Nothings , and more.

Full line-up below and tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2014 line-up: Slowdive, Arcade Fire, NMH, Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, QOTSA, and more"

by Bill Pearis

DDGs @ T5, October 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)

Dum Dum Girls' third long-player, Too True, is out next week (1/28) on Sub Pop and if you liked "Lost Boys and Girls Club" and "Rimbaud Eyes" you can now give the whole thing a spin via NPR. While it was made with usual suspects Richard Gottehrer and Ravonettes' Sune Rose Wagner, the new record is defintely a little different for DDGs, with a host of UK influences coloring the band's sound. It's also got "In the Wake of You," the most unabashed pop creation Dee Dee has ever written.

The band -- with new third guitarist who will be the first male Dum Dum Girl (not counting Mike Sniper and Brandon Welchez who played at DDGs live debut at Woodist fest) -- will be in NYC next Thursday (1/30) for a sold-out record release show at Mercury Lounge. They'll then be back when their tour with Blouse stops for two shows: March 25 at Bowery Ballroom and March 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those are still available.

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires (photo by David A. Smith)
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Alabama roots rockers Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, who you may have caught on tour with Alabama Shakes, have announced that they've signed to Sub Pop. No word on their first release for the label yet, but you can stream a couple earlier tracks from the band below. They're also touring with Turf War soon and coming to NYC on February 1 at Shea Stadium. All dates are listed below.

In other Sub Pop news, they're supposed to finally release the new Avi Buffalo album, which has been talked about for a few years now, this year. It will follow their 2010 debut.

As you've probably heard, Sub Pop is also releasing the new Dum Dum Girls album, Too True, on January 27. Since we last spoke, the DDGs have released another song from it, "Rimbaud Eyes," which you can stream below. Their previously announced tour hits NYC on 1/30 at Mercury Lounge (sold out) and 3/25 at Bowery Ballroom and 3/26 at MHOW with Blouse (tickets).

Lyla Foy (fka WALL) at Glasslands in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
Lyla Foy

In other Sub Pop news, London art pop singer Lyla Foy, who used to record as WALL, is now using her own name and has signed to Sub Pop, who will release her debut album, Mirrors the Sky, on March 18. She just released the album's single, "Feather Tongue," which you can stream along with her late 2013 single, "Easy," below.

Another recent Sub Pop signee is UK pop duo THUMPERS, who recently toured the UK with (and covered) CHVRCHES. They'll release their debut album, Galore, on February 11. It features the super catchy single, "Unkinder (A Tougher Love)," which you can stream, along with the LP artwork and tracklist below.

We also just posted that Death Vessel are releasing their new album, Island Intervals, on February 25 via Sub Pop. Listen to two tracks here, including one featuring Jonsi.

And lastly, a video of Sub Pop class of '89 stars Nirvana (who are getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and who are the subject of a new book by Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt) playing one of their last-ever shows just surfaced. It was filmed in LA in 1993 by Dave Markey, who directed 1991: The Year Punk Broke. Check it out below.

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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Dum Dum

Dum Dum Girls' third album, Too True, is out January 28. If you're heard the slinky first single "Lost Boys & Girls Club" you know this record takes the band in new directions. There are still a few typical DDG rockers, but there are also forays into suave Britpop and a few just straight-up killer pop songs, like the bouncy "In the Wake of You." It's a terrific record. Says Dee Dee of the album, "Do you hear Suede? Siouxie? Cold-wave Patti? Madonna? Cure? Velvet and Paisley Undergrounds? Stone Roses? Cuz I did."

The band's NYC record release show at Mercury Lounge on 1/30 is sold out but Dum Dum Girls (now a five-piece live) just announced a full tour starting in March, with two NYC dates: March 25 at Bowery Ballroom and March 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (12/13) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (12/11) at noon. Opening for the whole tour are kindred spirits, Blouse. All dates -- which include a stop in Austin for SXSW -- are listed below.

Meanwhile, Dee Dee also gave us her Top Ten of 2013 which includes records, books, cocktails and more. You can check that out below.

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by Bill Pearis

DDG

Dum Dum Girls have announced details of their third album, Too True, which will be out January 27 via Sub Pop. That's the cover art above. It's will have been a year and a half since the last DDG's release, the excellent End of Daze EP, and part of the reason for the break was to rest up from vocal troubles Dee Dee had been experiencing. As for the direction of the new album, Dee Dee talked with Stereogum recently:

It sounds like the next step from there, at least to my ears. I mean there are a couple of different things on this record. There's a lot more guitar -- textural guitar stuff -- which is why I brought on an additional guitar player for the live show. It kind of ventures into a newer, bigger... I don't know how to describe it. A bigger, rock n' roll sound or something? You know, occasionally. There's a lot more mid-tempo stuff, which I've never really done. I think historically my band is regarded as the band that does like Ramones-y songs and then drowsy ballads or something. I mean obviously that's not what I would say, but that I think there's sort of a middle ground, which is prevalent a lot on this record. I think it has to do with sort of how I changed guitar style when I was writing. I definitely was listening to a lot of big sounding records. So I think that people have noticed an evolution from more 60s rock sounds and now they might hear more English 80s, 90s brit-pop stuff. Not like I wrote down a recipe and figured out how to do it. But you know, whatever flavor you're into hearing ends up coloring the stuff you're doing.
You can stream first single "Lost Boys and Girls Club" below which goes into kinda new sonic territory for DDG and it's video -- produced by H&M clothing stores -- is very Halloweeny. You can check out that below too. As she mentioned there, DDG are now a three-guitar attack, adding a fifth Dum Dum to better bring the new record to life live. As discussed, NYC can catch them on January 30 at Mercury Lounge which will serve as a record release show for Too True. All dates are listed below.

If you need a live fix sooner, Sandy and Jules will be here with SISU, playing a free Brooklyn Night Bazaar show on December 20 with LIZZO and US Girls.

All DDG dates are listed, along with the new single stream, video and Too True tracklist, below.

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