Entries tagged with: US Girls
by Bill Pearis
photo: Colin Medley
U.S. Girls have released a video for "Navy & Cream," from last year's terrific Half Free. The song's Nyquil production is matched with an equally hazy visual treatment courtesy filmaker and animator Emily Pelstring who applies a number of old-school video effects treatments. You can watch it below.
Meg Remy will be taking U.S. Girls on the road again this spring, including two NYC shows: Mercury Lounge on May 12 and Baby's All Right on May 13. Tickets for Mercury Lounge and Baby's go on sale soon.
All tour dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis & Amanda Hatfield
photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc. We only have one metal album on our list, but there's a lot more where that came from at our metal sister site Invisible Oranges, who posted individual writer lists over the past few weeks. 2015 birthed excellent newcomers, and gave us crucial returns from artists who have been doing it for decades. This year, BrooklynVegan crowned a #1 pick for album of the year with the rest of our top 50 listed alphabetically. Some of the records have songs you couldn't leave your house without hearing, and others flew pretty under the radar, but we truly love each one.
Read our top 50 below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Kendrick Lamar / Flying Lotus / HEALTH / U.S. Girls
To the great relief of ticket holders, festival organizers, music bloggers and the hip-hop gods themselves, Kendrick lived up to the hype. Giving the rapper a giant stage with perfect weather in a city that loves him might have been equivalent to tossing a nice, fat softball to a man holding a flat-bottom shovel, but he still gets credit for knocking it out of the park.After a successful day 1, Houston's inaugural Day For Night Festival wrapped up on Sunday, December 20. The second and final day had sets from Kendrick Lamar, Holly Herndon, HEALTH, Death Grips, Dan Deacon, Flying Lotus, Nicolas Jaar, U.S. Girls, and more. Pictures continue below...
Introduced by a tight vamp from his four-piece band and a massive screen that read "Never trust a n*gga with cornrows," the braided-up Lamar took the stage with a graceful humility, smiling gently and waving to the sea of people before him. His flow was up to speed beginning with his very first song, the jazzy "For Free?" and a lot of people in the crowd were nailing every word, too. This was it. This was the weekend's headlining act. Fans were going nuts for stuff like "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe," which featured a maniacal guitar solo in the middle, and "Swimming Pools (Drank)," another one from his breakout album, good kid m.A.A.d city. [Houston Press]
TIny Mix Tapes posted their Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015 list today. Like last year, it's certainly a good list for anyone who's tired of seeing the same artists on every list (though it does have Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Future, Bjork, Drake, Joanna Newsom, Carly Rae Jepsen, Grimes and other popular picks). It's the first list I've seen with the Liturgy album, and certainly the only one that has James Ferraro in the top 3. It's also one of just a few with avant-jazz great Matana Roberts and one of few with Grouper's band Helen. It also has Sicko Mobb, who just hours ago put out a new song with Jeremih.
There's a lot of interesting stuff on the list. Read their commentary and intro here and check out the top 50 below...
It's the season for year-end lists, and they just keep rolling in. Now longrunning (and now free) UK weekly NME has joined the party, going with Grimes' Art Angels at #1 on their top 50 albums of 2015 list (she also topped Gorilla vs. Bear' and SPIN's lists). Kendrick Lamar comes in at #2, and those two records are really topping a lot of lists this year. Elsewhere on the list, you can find indie stalwarts like Bjork, Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, Deerhunter, and Sleater-Kinney, pop nods like Future, Lana Del Rey, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen and Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz, and an emphasis on British acts like Foals, The Maccabees, Coldplay, Sleaford Mods, Bill Ryder-Jones, Laura Marling, The Cribs, and of course Blur. For good measure, Ryan Adams comes in at #50 with his Taylor Swift covers album.
Check out the full list below...
Cindy Lee - 'Act of Tenderness'
Gorilla vs Bear has published his Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, writing, "We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site." The list includes Panda Bear, Jamie xx, Grimes, Vince Staples, Leon Bridges, both Beach House albums (Thank Your Lucky Stars is ranked higher), U.S. Girls, Sufjan Stevens, Julia Holter, Young Thug, Toro y Moi, Empress Of, Joanna Newsom, Knxwledge, Molly Nilsson and more. Check out the whole thing below.
The list also includes Cindy Lee, the project that was formed by ex-Women guitarist/singer Patrick Flegel when two of his other bandmates (including his brother Matt) formed Viet Cong. He released the Malenkost tape and the Act of Tenderness album this year, both of which made GvsB's list (#32 and #5, respectively). You can download both for free at Cindy Lee's geocities website. Stream the latter below.
We're happy to announce that BrooklynVegan is part of Spotify's "In Residence" series where we'll not only curate a monthly playlist, but premium users can hear us talk about it too. Head to Spotify HERE now and click "follow" to make sure you never miss an episode.
For our first show, BV editors Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Dave sat down to talk about some of our favorite music of 2015 so far, and other digressions. We taped the show in late July, so keep that in mind if any of it sounds slightly dated. (A segment where Bill bets Dave a million dollars that Lush will never ever reform was cut.)
Anyone can listen, though you will need to be a Spotify Premium subscriber to hear our lovely speaking voices.
Other Spotify In Residence shows/hosts include former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, dance act Jungle, and UK grime artist Big Narstie.
Stay tuned for a brand new BrooklynVegan episode in December. Meanwhile, listen to November's...
photo: U.S. Girls @ River Rocks 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
U.S. Girls has added a few dates to their upcoming fall tour, and moved at least one around. The November 14 show that was to have happened at Mercury Lounge was canceled, and U.S. Girls will now play Babycastles (still 11/14) (137 West 14th St) with Ian Svenonius' new project ESCAPE-ISM, and 999Reversus.
That's one day after U.S. Girls and ESCAPE-ISM's show at Alphaville (11/13) with Rebel Kind. Refunds for Mercury Lounge are available at point of purchase and tickets to Babycastles and Alphaville are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
You don't even need to know the lyrics to get what's going on, heartbreak runs electric through her powerhouse vocal performance. With equally sweeping production, built around a sample of Gloria Ann Taylor's disco cut "Love is a Hurting Thing," it comes off kind off like The Crystals being produced by Massive Attack.The whole album is great, and each song is very much its own beast. Some of it's really minimal, like album opener "Sororal Feelings" and the hazy "Navy & Cream," but other songs like lead single "Damn That Valley" are genuinely danceable. My personal favorite song is also the one that sounds least like the rest of the album, "Sed Knife," which has Meg putting her unique twist on anthemic '70s rock. But the most overwhelming track has to be album closer "Woman's Work." No matter what mode she's in, it's Meg's voice that really makes all of these songs next level.
It's the kind of album you should hear start to finish, and you can do that below via Spotify/Rdio. If you like what you hear, pick up a copy from 4AD.
U.S. Girls just played a short set at NYC's Manderley Bar at McKittrick Hotel this week (here's a pic), and she'll begin a proper tour later this month. The tour includes two more NYC shows in November at Alphaville and Mercury Lounge.
U.S. Girls @ Hudson River Rocks 8/6/2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Meg Remy releases Half Free, her terrific new album as U.S. Girls, on Friday (9/25) via 4AD. She'll start her tour next week, but before that U.S. Girls celebrates Half Free tonight (9/23) at the Manderley Bar at McKittrick Hotel. It's a free show, doors at 10 PM. Flyer below.
Remy will swing through NYC again near the end of her tour for two shows: Alphaville on November 13 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on November 14 (tickets). Updated dates are listed, along with a few track streams from Half Free, below...
by Bill Pearis
Meg Remy will release her new album as U.S. Girls, Half Free, on September 25 and she's just shared the video for new single "Window Shades." The song is maybe the most striking on the LP (which, loaded with great songs, is one of 2015's best) and a stunner of a breakup anthem with Remy vowing, "I won't think about you every time I hear that tune." You don't even need to know the lyrics to get what's going on, heartbreak runs electric through her powerhouse vocal performance. With equally sweeping production, built around a sample of Gloria Ann Taylor's disco cut "Love is a Hurting Thing," it comes off kind off like The Crystals being produced by Massive Attack. The video, which drops her into some 1930s musicals, is pretty great too. Watch it below.
Having played the River Rocks finale in NYC a couple weeks ago, U.S. Girls' fall tour with Ian Svenonius' Escape-Ism winds its way back to NYC for two shows: Alphaville on November 13 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on November 14 (tickets). Updated dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
U.S. Girls / Yuck / EZTV
River Rocks wrapped up its 2015 season on a very lovely Thursday evening with U.S. Girls, UK indie rockers Yuck, and local boys EZTV as the sunset painted the manhattan skyline in hues of pink and lavender. Pictures from the evening are in this post.
Even though they were the middle band, Yuck were clearly the draw of this show, and played a nice, rocking set of favorites from their two albums and a few from the band's third which is, as singer Max Bloom awkwardly/hilariously put it "coming in your face in 2016." It was a fun set. Unfortunately a good chunk of the crowd left after their set, making things a bit sparse for U.S. Girls performance. (As good as U.S. Girls new 4AD-released album, Half Free, is [and it is]... it's not out yet. Not sure why they were on last.) Meg Remy, who basically is U.S. Girls, didn't seem to pay it any mind, though, and with the help of two back up singers belted out songs like the great "Damn That Valley." She's got pipes and charisma.
EZTV, who were only added to the bill the night before, opened the evening with a selection from their Captured Tracks debut. Their brand of janglepop is a lot like the kind that popped up in the late '70s and early '80s in the wake of Big Star, and they do it well. Speaking of the '80s: the band now includes second guitarist Will Cole whose father is Lloyd Cole.
More pics from the final 2015 River Rocks, below...
US Girls (the project of Meg Remy) will play Hudson River Rocks on Thursday (8/6) at Pier 84 with Yuck. As mentioned, that show is free and all-ages. With the new album Half Free due out next month via 4AD, US Girls have announced a lot more tour dates. They'll open for both of The Kills' sold-out shows at Brooklyn's Warsaw in September, and in October they'll be out with Peaches for a few shows.
Then in November they'll be out with Ian Svenonius' new project Escape-Ism and will play two NYC shows: Alphaville on November 13 and Mercury Lounge on November 14. Tickets for Alphaville are on sale now; tickets for Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (8/7) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wedensday (8/5) at noon.
As for Escape-Ism, here's a description of what to expect:
ESCAPE-ISM is a found-sound dream drama. It uses a lot of sound effects records to create a kind of fractured dream narrative, and it's actually inspired by radio programming like sportscasting. Like listening to basketball games, play-by-play radio. It's just inspired by AM radio. Escape-ism is best if you just close your eyes.All tour dates are listed, along with streams of "Damn That Valley" and "Woman's Work" from the new album, below...
by Bill Pearis
Meg Remy has announced details of U.S. Girls' first album for 4AD, titled Half Free and out September 25. She made the album with frequent collaborator Onakabazien and it features contributions from Slim Twig, Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Young Guv), Amanda Crist (Ice Cream) and Tony Price. Following "Damn That Valley," the album's second single is "Woman's Work," an icy dance track warmed by Remy's impassioned vocals. You can check out the video for the song, which Remy directed, below.
U.S. Girls will open for Peaches on West Coast dates this fall. Before that, U.S. Girls will open for Yuck at Hudson River Rocks on August 6. All tour dates are listed below.
photo: Atlas Sound @ Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
NXNE has added a lot more artists to its 2015 edition which happens June 17 - 21 at venues all over Toronto, ON. Additions include Atlas Sound who will play a BrooklynVegan-presented show at Lee's Palace on 6/19 with Foxes in Fiction, Holydrug Couple, Fresh Snow and more TBA. That show is $20 at the door or free with NXNE wristband or badge.
Other artists recently added to this year's NXNE include Warpaint, Mission of Burma, Girl Band, Nick Waterhouse, Casey Veggies, Grooms, Lucius, US Girls, Moon King, Chastity Belt. They join such previously announced artists as The New Pornographers, Angel Olsen, Zola Jesus, Om, Rae Sremmurd, Deafheaven, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Iceage, Real Estate, Sannhet, and Lower Dens. All announced 2015 NXNE showcasing artists are listed below...
photo: Waxahatchee at MHOW earlier this month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The annual free Hudson River Rocks concert series on Pier 84 returns this summer with three shows. On July 9 it's Waxahatchee (who was here earlier this month) and special guests; on July 23 it's Scotland's We Were Promised Jetpacks with Boston's Krill; and on August 6 it's '90s-indie lovers Yuck with new 4AD signee U.S. Girls.
The pier is accessible at West 44th St or West 43 St at 12th Ave, and each show opens at 6 PM with the music starting at 7. Pier 84 is also the location of the (not free) 4Knots Music Festival this year.
by Bill Pearis
US Girls, aka Meg Remy, has signed with 4AD who will release her new album later this year. With the signing announcement comes "Damn the Valley," US Girls' first track for the label, an excellent, dubby collaboration with producer Onakabazien that gets its inspiration and title from Sebastien Junger's War memoir. (It reminds me a little of an old 4AD act who also mixed electronics, dub and girl group elements: Colourbox.) You can check out the official video, which Remy shot in Washington DC, below.
You can catch US Girls live next month, and the short tour wraps up in NYC at Elvis Guesthouse on May 20. That show also features a DJ set from Meg's friend/collaborator Slim Twig and Kris DFA. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
If the DFA Winter Workout isn't enough DFA for you in January, you can catch new signee Slim Twig as well, who will be playing two NYC shows this month as part of a short North American tour, playing Palisades on January 17 and Cake Shop on January 18. In October, DFA reissued his 2012 album, A Hound at the Hem, which is definitely not a typical pick for the label, more avant-garde orchestral pop than four-on-the-floor disco action. (But if you love Bowie's Berlin period, definitely give it a spin.) You can stream the album via Rdio and check out the video for "Hover on a Sliver," below.
Both NYC shows are with U.S. Girls and the 1/17 Palisades date is also with Irish trio Girl Band (one of a few NYC shows they're playing), and Bottoms. Tickets are still available (no advance for Cake Shop).
All Slim Twig dates are listed, along with album / video streams and flyer for the Palisades shows, below...
UPDATE: Girl Band have had to cancel their shows due to problems with U.S. immigration.
Dublin Ireland quartet Girl Band (all-guys, for the record) have been making a racket since 2011 and have released a handful of 7" singles so far, most recently "De Bom Bom" which came out back in September. That song, like a lot of what they do, hits hard with noisy, loud guitars and shouted vocals in the fine punk tradition of McLusky or The Fall. (Or, the shouty punks of your choosing.) Girl Band have just signed with Rough Trade and the fruits of that should bear out in 2015.Bill wrote the above about Girl Band recently, and since then they were announced for this year's Burgerama. Now they've added more US dates happening sooner than that -- a run of three NYC shows in January. The first happens January 14 at Baby's All Right with Big Ups, which is a very cool pairing. Then they play January 15 at Elvis Guesthouse (a new space?) and January 17 at Palisades with Slim Twig, his past tourmate U.S. Girls, and Bottoms. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now. More info on the other two shows TBA.
All Girl Band dates are listed, with a stream of a recent single, below...
Boris @ LPR (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Boris, The Atlas Moth, SubRosa @ Bowery Ballroom
Japanese shapeshifters Boris are makers of sludge metal, J Pop, and several other things that exist in that giant spectrum. Their newest album, Noise, is appropriately named and full of rippers. The Atlas Moth continue to find new ways to keep atmospheric sludge interesting, and SubRosa are makers of quality traditional doom.
Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Mack Wilds, DJ Drama @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Wiz Khalifa is doing his 'Under the Influence of Music' tour again this year, and tonight's the second of two NYC-area dates. He's got 2000s dirty south star Jeezy with him, and the rest of the lineup is made up of young, rising rappers, a few of whom seem like they'll be much bigger this time next year.
Viking Moses, Spenking @ Cake Shop
Viking Moses has been making pretty good contemporary folk for about a decade now, most recently on 2012's The Conquest Night.
U.S. Girls, Ice Cream, Gold Dime @ Glasslands
Meg Remy -- who is U.S. Girls -- makes music that sounds like a '60s radio broadcast that has been beamed into space and refracted upon reentry. It's a rare full-band show, featuring Slim Twig on guitar.
7 Seconds, Iron Chic, The Copyrights, Up For Nothing @ Knitting Factory
7 Seconds are veterans of melodic punk and their live shows are still nuts today. Iron Chic (though with some roots in slightly older oners) are a newer band and they carry the punk torch very well.
Mimicking Birds @ Mercury Lounge
While on tour with Modest Mouse, Portland's Mimicking birds bring their widescreen sound this headlining club show.
Roses, Grand Resort, Chimes, Bueno @ Silent Barn
While veteran actor Abe Vigoda is still with us, the LA group named after him is no more, quietly dissolving a while back. Guitarist Juan Velazquez has formed Roses, a trio who will release their debut EP via Group Tightner on August 5. Roses aren't miles away from what Abe Vigoda did, making dark, danceable post-punk-influenced pop. (They could use a drummer, though.)
Zero Boys, Born Loose @ The Grand Victory
Indianapolis hardcore survivors Zero Boys released a new album this year, Monkey, which simmers with the same heat as Zero Boys' blistering full-length debut, 1981's Vicious Circle, but it comes by way of a different delivery. Where hardcore once raged, the band now play around with a garage-y stomp.
Gingerlys, Chalk and Numbers, pow wow!, The Jeanies @ Union Pool
Indiepop fans will want to hit Union Pool for a night of quality local bands. Gingerlys add a dash of shoegaze; Chalk & Numbers go for a mod'60s sound; and pow wow! jangle like cult icons Felt.
Sundays on The Roof with Daniele Baldelli, Metro Area (DJ Set), Cem G @ Output
It's the second of two outdoor daytime NYC shows this weekend for Italian Cosmic Disco pioneer Daniele Baldelli.
Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.
Classic Album Sundays presents The Grateful Dead 'Workingman's Dead' @ Baby's All Right
Ride the train (high on something, your choice) over to Baby's this afternoon for a Classic Album Sundays edition that features the Dead's folk rock classic, Workingman's Dead.
The Baseball Project @ Asbury Lanes
The high-concept rock band formed by Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows/REM) and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate) released their third album, titled 3rd, back in March. The record, which also features R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Mike Mills plus drummer Linda Pitmon, hits on more stories from America's Pastime, including songs about Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron,Lenny Dykstra, and acid-tripping pitcher Dock Ellis.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.
Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...
by Bill Pearis
Having broken up Sic Alps, Mike Donovan released his first solo album, Wot, which took his typical sludgy blues style and wiped a bit of the mud off it. As he was the only constant member of the band, it's not that different than the last Sic Alps record. Mike just made a video for Wot's opening track, "New Fieldhand Bop," which takes a close look at our dependence on mobile devices. You can check that out below.
Mike also gave us a 2013 Top 10, which is more a chance to shout out inspirational people in his life than a list of records he digs, though some of the folks are indeed musicians -- all in his quintessential type-speak. That is below as well. No word on any North American tour dates -- he was here back in October -- but we're keeping our eyes out.
Video and Top 10 below...
Swearin' at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by PSquared)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is up and running in its new permanent Greenpoint location, offering shopping, food, fun, and free music every Friday and Saturday. There's a few previously discussed upcoming shows, including SISU on Friday (12/20), two Psychic TV shows later in the month, and the Panache weekend (1/10 & 1/11) that includes Mac DeMarco, Imperial Teen, Dot Wiggin Band and more. And since we last spoke, more shows have been announced.
Swearin' co-headline with Cymbals Eat Guitars with strong local support from Low Fat Getting High on January 3, a one-off before their 2014 tour which includes NYC shows at Cake Shop (3/6) and Rough Trade (3/7) (tix).
Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Undergound tribute band The Pizza Underground is there on January 24 opening for French Horn Rebellion (maybe they'll have more than eight minutes of material by then), along with Seasick Mama and Heavenly Beat. And the day after that, the highly entertaining Har Mar Superstar (1/25), who just played Bowery Ballroom (12/17) will headline.
Brooklyn's dark, reverby Crystal Stilts will take over on February 8.
And atmospheric post-rockers Caspian, who recently headlined Bowery Ballroom, will make things a little more epic at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 1.
Other additions were announced too, and you can check out the full current schedule (along with full lineups for each date, if available), below...
APTBS @ Orion Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The Brooklyn Night Bazaar opens in its new permanent Greenpoint location this weekend, with free music performances from Spank Rock and Dope Body on Friday (11/1) and Frankie Rose, Mahogany, Monogold, and Heavenly Beat on Saturday. As mentioned before, it's now open every Friday and Saturday and will be year round.
Since we last posted, the Bazaar has added a few more shows, including The Low Anthem (11/8), Ski Lodge (11/9), A Place to Bury Strangers (11/29, the artisanal earplug vendor will do great business that night), and SISU (12/20).
That's in addition to such already announced performers like Kitty Pryde (11/23), Small Black (12/13) and, what will surely make for a bizarre bazaar, Psychic TV on both 12/27 and 12/28. Full schedule as it stands now is listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Meg Remy is back with a new U.S. Girls EP titled Free Advice Column, which is out Tuesday (9/24). For this one, she collaborated with Canadian hip hop producer Onakabazien to gently twist her warped girl groups sounds into new territory. Mind you the three tracks still sound like a '60s radio broadcast that have been beamed into space and refracted upon reentry, but a more beat-driven focus makes this pretty compelling. The EP also features a Onakabazien track, "Disco 2012," that features Meg's vocal's. You can stream the whole EP which makes its premiere in this post.
U.S. Girls also has shows coming up, including NYC next week at Death by Audio on September 27 with Onakabazien in tow, as well as Spacin' and DJ sets from frequent tourmate Slim Twig and Pete Swanson. Look for her during CMJ too, playing Panache's CMJ showcase at Knitting Factory on October 16 (tickets) with Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Jacco Gardner, Saint Rich, ARP, and Slim Twig; and October 17 at Silent Barn with Slim Twig, Home Comfort, Zacht Automaat, and Gem Trails.
All dates are listed, along with the EP stream and the video for its "28 Days," below...