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photo: Sleater-Kinney at Pitchfok Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)

Sleater-Kinney's tour brings them to NYC in December for FIVE shows, and now the openers for all five have been announced. The first four are with newer female-fronted punk-related bands who likely consider S-K an influence, Torres, Waxahatchee, Perfect Pussy and Charly Bliss, and the last show (and most intimate) is with another veteran musician, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. The full schedule looks like this:

Dec 12: Kings Theatre w/ Torres (tickets)
Dec 13: TERMINAL 5 w/ Waxahatchee (tickets)
Dec 14: Irving Plaza w/ Perfect Pussy (sold out)
Dec 15: Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Charly Bliss (sold out)
Dec 16: Market Hotel w/ Lee Ranaldo (sold out)
Torres also tours with Palehound in 2016, Waxahatchee plays the big Ground Control anniversary show in NYC, and Perfect Pussy (who just played the last-ever live show at Elvis Guesthouse) play the S-K show right in the middle of their December tour.

If you missed it, we just interviewed Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney. Earlier this year, Lee Ranaldo's former Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon interviewed her too. Watch the hour-long video of that below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

"Jennylee was Amazing - if anyone was worried." - m[ike]

"Amazing set tonight @rightonjennylee!
Can't wait for the album to drop in December!!!" - Daniel Grote


Warpaint say they have a new album in the works for 2016, but in the meantime a couple of their members are focusing on solo projects. Theresa Wayman actually has a solo record and a new band BOSS, and Jenny Lee Lindberg went solo as jennylee. Her debut album right on! isn't out until December 11 via Rough Trade, but ahead of that she played a one-off at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right last night (11/4).

Only two singles were released ahead of the show, so we were hearing most of the music for the first time last night. It's not a million miles away from Warpaint, which of course isn't a bad thing at all. Young Magic opened, and among the audience members were Torres and Jenny Lewis. Pictures continue below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Torres @ The Space at Westbury - 10/23/2015

Torres is currently wrapping up a tour with Garbage, which just hit the NYC-area twice. The NYC-based artist already has another show here happening soon after the tour, the Ground Control Touring 15th anniversary (with Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Titus Andronicus, Rainer Maria, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Hop Along, Speedy Ortiz and more), and now she announced her first hometown show of 2016.

It happens January 21 at Bowery Ballroom, Torres' largest ticketed NYC show yet, with well-matched local support from Palehound. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/30) at noon. Update: It's part of a short run Torres and Palehound are doing together. All dates are listed below.

We already posted pictures of Torres with Garbage at Kings Theatre, but we only posted pictures of Garbage's set from the Space at Westbury show (along with our interview with Shirley Manson). Pictures of Torres' set from that are in this post. More, with her list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Torres expands tour, announces Bowery Ballroom show with Palehound (dates & pics from Westbury with Garbage)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Garbage / Torres @ Kings Theatre 10/24/2015
Garbage at Kings Theatre
Torres at Kings Theatre

I'm not sure that I'm very mature, actually. I wish I was. [Laughs.] You know, I think when you do something for long enough, and when you put in the work and all the hours, and you do it for the sake of doing it as opposed for any other sort of external affirmation or praise or attention; when you just simply do something for a long time, you create a basis which you can stand. As an artist that is a good privilege. To create your own solid ground is phenomenal, and I certainly didn't have that in 1995, and it took me a long time to even get to a point where I felt like an artist. I didn't even feel like a musician for a decade, and yet I'd been making music since I was fifteen. I mean, that's really fucked up. [Laughs.] But then eventually I did it long enough, and with that experience comes confidence, and that changes how you relate to music, and how you relate to the world. It becomes a prism through which you can see everything. - [Shirley Manson in BV interview]
After playing The Space at Westbury, Garbage brought their 20th Anniversary tour to Brooklyn on Saturday (10/24) for a show at Kings Theatre. Their tourmate Torres opened the night and more pictures are below.

If you haven't checked out our interview with Garbage's Shirley Manson, read that here.

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photo: Superchunk at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

Booking agency Ground Control Touring turns 15 this year, and they'll be celebrating that anniversary with a seriously stacked NYC show on December 2 at Webster Hall.

The show will take over all three rooms, and include Conor Oberst, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Steve Gunn, Parquet Courts, The Felice Brothers, Rainer Maria, Torres, Titus Andronicus, Beach Fossils, Speedy Ortiz, Hop Along, Porches, Frankie Cosmos and more. Tickets go on sale Friday (10/23) at 10 AM with a presale starting Thursday (10/22) at 10 AM (password = GCT15).

You can catch Parquet Courts, Hop Along and Torres at other upcoming NYC shows too. Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee and Titus Andronicus just played.

Webster Hall show flyer below...

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photos by Rachel Juarez-Carr

Laura Marling w/ Marika Hackman / War on Drugs / Ex Hex / Sleaford Mods / Hinds
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015
End of the Road 2015

The 2015 End of the Road Festival happened September 4 - 6 at Larmer Tree Gardens in Wiltshire, England. The lush, pastoral setting -- it is apparently not uncommon to see a peacock wandering around -- makes for a unique setting, and this year's lineup included The War on Drugs, Laura Marling, Tame Impala, Future Islands, Torres, Ex Hex, Django Django, Natalie Prass, METZ, Saint Etienne, Sleaford Mods, Mac DeMarco, HInds and many more.

Taking advantage of the surroundings was The Piano Stage, somewhat hidden within the woods, which recreated a Victorian-era sitting room with a piano at its center. Artists like Kevin Morby, and East India Youth played unannounced sets, usually only to a handful of people. Rising UK singer-songwriter Marika Hackman played the stage and was joined by Laura Marling for an impromptu cover of Foo Fighters' "Tired of You."

More photos from the 2015 End of the Road Festival below...

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by Daniel Grote


I was lucky enough to make it to Torres' Elvis Guesthouse set after her Terminal 5 show with Speedy Ortiz and Courtney Barnett. I spoke to her after the T5 show and she was excited to be heading to Elvis Guesthouse, but was pretty sure they wouldn't make it at midnight. I got to Elvis around 11:40 and they ended up starting not long after, around 12:25. During her set she said that it felt like playing a band rehearsal because the space was so small. It was an intoxicating show! It's always great to have an opportunity to see one of your favorites in that setting. The setlist, as I remember it (I can't recall specifically when she played 'Cowboy Guilt'), is listed with a few more pictures below.

Torres' show was announced the day of show, just like the Sonny & the Sunsets show was, which is happening tonight (7/23).

Catch Torres, whose last small show was at Mercury Lounge, on tour with Garbage in October. All dates HERE.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Courtney Barnett
Speedy Ortiz

On Tuesday, Courtney Barnett, Sadie of Speedy Ortiz and Torres headed to the LES for an art show (pictures), and last night (7/22) those three acts played a huge sold-out NYC show at Terminal 5. All three were supporting great new albums -- Courtney's Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Speedy's Foil Deer, and Torres' Sprinter -- and all three played rocking sets. Courtney went 10 minutes past Terminal 5's 11 PM curfew, and seemed like she woulda kept on going if allowed, quipping, "I thought New York was the city that never sleeps?" We've got pictures from the show in this post.

After the show, Torres headed to Elvis Guesthouse for a tiny midnight show (pictures). Anyone catch that? She'll play NYC again on her tour with Garbage.

More pictures from T5, with Courtney's setlist, a picture of Speedy's, and a video of Courtney playing "Avant Gardener," below...

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photo: Torres at Courtney Barnett's art show yesterday (more by PSquared)

Tonight (7/22) is the big sold-out Courtney Barnett / Speedy Ortiz / Torres show at Terminal 5 which has been sold out for a while. After that though, Torres will play somewhere way smaller: Elvis Guesthouse at midnight. It's free, and entry is first come, first served.

Torres also tours with Garbage (who will be playing their debut in full) later this year, hitting the NYC-area on 10/23 at The Space at Westbury and 10/24 at Kings Theatre (tickets).

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Torres playing a tiny free NYC show after tonight's T5 show with Courtney Barnett & Speedy Ortiz (updated tour dates)"

photos by P Squared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

Art by Courtney Barnett
Art by Courtney Barnett
Art by Courtney Barnett

In town for tonight's big show at Terminal 5, Courtney Barnett had a showing of her photographs documenting her 2015 tour as well as the artwork from her new album, that happened Tuesday (7/21) at a Lower East Side gallery. The tour photos were of a theme -- hotel bathroom showerheads -- and the artwork, as you may have seen, is all drawings of chairs. You could buy prints of all of these -- the hanging prints all curiously bore the edition number (4/20) -- and proceeds went to benefit the Australian Marine Conservation Society. Like most gallery openings, there was free booze and they also had fortune cookies with Courtney Barnett lyrics in them. Torres and Sadie from Speedy Ortiz, who open tonight's sold-out T5 show, were the night's DJs. Fun time.

Check out more pics from "Art by Courtney Barnett" below...

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Art by Courtney

Fresh off her appearance at this past weekend's Pitchfork Fest, Courtney Barnett is back in NYC for Wednesday night's sold-out show at Terminal 5. Before that, she'll be displaying some of the photographs she's taken on her current tour as well as some of her artwork at a private gallery exhibition TONIGHT in NYC featuring DJ sets by Torres and Speedy Ortiz's DJ SAD13, both of whom are opening for Courtney at T5. Again, this event -- which goes from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM in Manhattan -- is private but if you'd like to go we have a few guest list spots to give away. Enter to win below...

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photos by Carly Hoskins

Torres @ Mercury Lounge - 6/26/15

Writing this, I still get the chills thinking of how TORRES did start her show on Friday, letting everybody indulge in a really long intro to Son, You Are No Island, while burning an inscent, to wave away any bed spirits and set the mood.

Like on her two albums, her live show balances between the quieter, more introspect and the heavier rock numbers: New Skin comes after the softer opener and is being followed by Sprinter and then A Proper Polish Welcome. Fortunately, TORRES is not one of those artists who have a beef with fans snapping photos, asking at any moment icily for "paying attention please and putting the stuff away". In contrary! She's not only okay with the attention she gets, but she even encourages it at times and puts on an extra charming smile or a special rocker guitar "pose". [Glam Glare]

Torres played her second of two headlining NYC shows on her tour in support of this year's great Sprinter at Mercury Lounge on Friday night (6/26). (The first was at Baby's All Right back in May.) It's the last time you'll see her somewhere that small in the NYC-area for a while, as her next shows here are with Courtney Barnett and Speedy Ortiz at Terminal 5 on July 22 (sold out) and with Garbage (who are playing their debut in full) at The Space at Westbury on October 23 and Kings Theater on October 24 (tickets).

The Mercury Lounge show was opened by local ambient musician Ancient Ocean, aka John Bohannon who used to be a member of Torres' live band. Pictures from that show continue below...

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Garbage's great 1995 debut album turns 20 this year, and in celebration of that they'll give it a re-mastered reissue later this summer with remixes and previously unreleased versions of songs from the album. They're also playing it in full on a North American tour dubbed the '20 Years Queer Tour' that goes down this fall with support from Torres (that's a good double bill).

The tour hits the NYC-area for two shows: Long Island on October 23 at The Space at Westbury and Brooklyn on October 24 at Kings Theatre. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (6/12) at noon and 10 AM, respectively, and there are Live Nation/venue presales for the Brooklyn show starting Thursday (6/11) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

Torres will also be here sooner for a show with Courtney Barnett and Speedy Ortiz at Terminal 5 on July 22. Tickets are still available. Watch the video for "Strange Hellos" off her new album, with the list of tour dates and a stream of Garbage, below...

Continue reading "Garbage playing self-titled debut in full on 20th anniversary tour with Torres (dates)"


Tickets for the Courtney Barnett, Speedy Ortiz and Torres show at Terminal 5 go on BrooklynVegan presale today at noon. Password = CBBV.

If you miss out on getting tickets in the BV presale, you'll have another chance in the general on-sale starting Friday (5/1) at noon. Full tour schedules for all three artists are HERE.


by Andrew Sacher

photo: Courtney Barnett at SXSW 2015 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett's tour in support of her great new album will have her in NYC for three sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom in May, and now she's added more dates which will have her back in NYC for a much larger show this summer

Courtney plays Terminal 5 on July 22 and it's a killer triple bill with support from Speedy Ortiz and Torres. TIckets go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon, and there's a BrooklynVegan presale starting Wednesday (4/29) at noon. Check back here Wednesday morning for the presale password. Updated tour dates are listed below.


Speedy Ortiz are on tour now in support of their own great new album, having hit NYC over the weekend for a sold-out Bowery Ballroom show (4/25) with Mitski and Krill. The new songs sound killer live, and they worked nicely against other highlights like "Indoor Soccer" from 2012's Sports EP, "American Horror" from last year's Real Hair EP, and "Swim Fan" from the "Taylor Swift" single.

Torres is currently streaming her upcoming album and has other tour dates including headlining NYC shows in May and June.

Updated dates for all three artists, and a few videos/song streams, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo by Shervin Lainez

Torres is a week away from releasing her sophomore album, Sprinter, on her new label home of Partisan Records, and she's now streaming it in full. It's a diverse record, with PJ Harvey-style rock songs, somber folk-inspired songs, and a short divergence into eccentric pop with "Cowboy Guilt." Check out the whole thing, over at NPR.

Torres has a tour coming up that includes two NYC shows: May 27 at Baby's All Right with Aero Flynn (tickets) and June 26 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). No other bands announced for the Merc show yet.

Watch the video for the title track below...

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photo: Torres at Glasslands in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Like we said earlier this week, Torres just keeps adding NYC shows to her tour schedule. She just played a WNYC Soundcheck session at The Greene Space earlier this week (which you can watch below), and she's now added two more NYC shows for after the new album comes out. She hits Baby's All Right on May 27 with Aero Flynn and almost a month later plays Mercury Lounge on June 26. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now, and tickets for Merc go on sale today (3/6) at noon.

Torres also has a ton of SXSW shows announced. The poster with her current schedule, and list of tour dates, below...

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photo: Torres at The Seaport in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Torres' sophomore album Sprinter comes out May 5 via Partisan, and she's continuing to play shows in her current hometown of NYC ahead of its release. Last week, she opened for Timber Timbre at Bowery Ballroom, and this week she'll play a live WNYC Soundcheck session at The Greene Space on Tuesday (2/3) afternoon (12:30 PM). Admission is free with RSVP.

She was also announced today for Pitchfork SXSW. Updated dates are listed, with the single from her upcoming album, below...

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photo: Torres at The Seaport in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Torres already has a bunch of tour dates scheduled for this May, and is playing SXSW in March, and she's since scheduled a NYC appearance to take place before that. She'll be opening the second of two Timber Timbre shows at Bowery Ballroom on that band's ongoing tour. She plays February 24, and Thus Owls open a day earlier. Tickets for both are still available.

Torres' second album, Sprinter, comes out May 5 via Partisan. Listen to excellent lead single "Strange Hellos," with her updated list of tour dates, below...

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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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photo:::Palma Violets @ Treasure Island Fest (more by Autumn Andel)
Palma Violets

SXSW, which happens March 17-22 in Austin, TX, has announced its third round of 2015 showcasing artists. (Here's round 1 and round 2.) It's a big update, with over 500 new additions, including Amason, Frog Eyes, Palma Violets, Girl Band, Pity Sex, Sheer Mag, Kate Tempest, THEESatisfaction, Viet Cong, Matthew E. White, Best Coast, Dej Loaf, Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane) and loads more.

Full round 3 list below...

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Grunge-folk singer Torres wrapped up a short tour with Strand of Oaks earlier this month that hit NYC on 12/4 at Bowery Ballroom. Anyone catch that? That's a picture of her and Strand of Oaks hanging out the NYC show, above. Her next NYC show is a free one, happening January 30 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with Mainland and Ancient Ocean (aka John Bohannon, who's in Torres' live band). That's her only announced date at the moment.

She also posted a list of her favorite albums of 2014, which (like Strand of Oaks' list) includes her friend/collaborator Sharon Van Etten. (While we're talking about collaborators, both Sharon Van Etten and Strand of Oaks also happen to be J Mascis collaborators.)

Find out who else made her list, and watch a video of Torres & SVE's 2014 single "New Skin," below...

Continue reading "Torres listed her favorite LPs of 2014, playing a free NYC show"

Torres at the Seaport in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Philly folk rockers Strand of Oaks are on tour now and about to headline their largest NYC show yet on Thursday (12/4) at Bowery Ballroom. Since we last spoke, the similarly-minded Torres was added to a few dates including last night's Toronto show (12/1), the upcoming Philly show, and the NYC show. You can still get tickets to both NYC and Philly. Updated dates are listed below.

In other news, Strand of Oaks main man Timothy Showalter just told Philly.com that his favorite albums of 2014 are Sun Kil Moon's Benji, Marissa Nadler's July, Sharon Van Etten's Are We There and Ryan Adams' self-titled, the latter of which includes the song "My Wrecking Ball" that Strand of Oaks recently covered. You can stream that below. Strand of Oaks' own 2014 LP, Heal, was a favorite of his Philly neighbors, Restorations.

Hear Ya also just put out a live session video of Strand of Oaks playing "Shut In" from their new record. You can watch that, with the Ryan Adams cover and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Torres on tour w/ Strand of Oaks, who included Ryan Adams in his top albums of 2014 & covered him (listen)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Torres / High Highs
High Highs

The free Seaport Music Festival continued this past Friday (7/25) at this year's location on Fulton St. at Water St., headlined by Torres and with an opening set by High Highs. Torres, sporting an awesome Angel Olsen shirt with nothing but "UNFUCKTHEWORLD" in large bold font, played only three songs off her self titled debut LP, and otherwise treated the crowd to a set of entirely new songs. Her backing band was also different this time around, and she screamed more than I've ever seen her. New stuff sounded good, and hopefully a set with that much of it means a new album is on the way. High Highs were playing some new stuff too, and their set of kinda-psychedelic indie pop was a nice mix with Torres' grungy alt-folk. Pictures of the show are in this post.

The next Seaport Music Fest show is this Friday (8/1) with Snowmine and The Cakset Girls. More pics of Torres and High Highs below...

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Joanna Gruesome @ BVCMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Joanna Gruesome

The Seaport Music Festival is back for its 13th season though, like 4Knots, somewhat reimagined. With the Pier 17 being redeveloped, the stage will now be on Fulton St. at Water St. with the stage facing East (meaning the audience will be on Fulton from Water down to South St.). We're told the stage is slightly smaller than the one at River Rocks.

More importantly, the Seaport Music Festival is back up to a robust eight Friday evenings from July 11 - August 29. Like the stage, the acts are a little smaller this year. The initial lineup:

Friday, July 11 Protomartyr, Alvvays
Friday, July 18 Calvin Love, Las Rosas
Friday, July 25 Torres, TBA
Friday, August 1 Snowmine, The Casket Girls
Friday, August 8 Black Bananas, Shockwave Riderz
Friday, August 15 Boogarins, Jacco Gardner
Friday, August 22 Dead Gaze, TBA
Friday, August 29 Joanna Gruesome, Big Ups
As always Seaport Music Festival shows are free and open to the public.