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Shame Announce Debut Album ‘Songs Of Praise’ :: Out January 12th

We’re so happy to announce the debut album from Britain’s most exciting young band, Shame. Songs of Praise is out January 12th, 2018, and the video for new single “One Rizla” is available to watch now.

Shot on a farm in Lancashire, the video sees the young band’s first, moderately successful and entertaining foray into farm-work, with a less than amused patriarch overseeing their work. It’s directly related to the album artwork for Songs of Praise with singer Charlie Steen stating ‘We wanted to turn the album artwork into the video for ‘One Rizla’, highlighting our vulnerability as individuals whilst paying homage to Withnail & I simultaneously.”

The track itself is the first song the band wrote together. “I think that’s reflected in the simplicity of it,” Steen states. A song about embracing insecurity as a strength, he continues, “It’s honest and raw, whilst attempting a stab at number one in the pop charts across the Eastern hemisphere.”

The London five piece have swiftly earned a reputation as one of the most visceral and exhilarating live bands in the UK, their combustible shows being honed through a heavy touring schedule in the UK – including an incredible sold out show at the Scala and a personal invite by Billy Bragg to play the Left Field stage at Glastonbury this year. The band is currently bringing their live show to the East Coast, and recently announced 2018 dates as well.

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Songs Of Praise Tracklisting
1. Dust On Trial
2. Concrete
3. One Rizla
4. The Lick
5. Tasteless
6. Donk
7. Gold Hole
8. Friction
9. Lampoon
10. Angie

Shame Tour Dates (new dates in bold)
Wed. Nov. 15 – New York, NY @ Home Sweet Home
Thu. Nov. 16 – Allston, MA @ The Great Scott
Fri. Nov. 17 – Montreal, QC @ M for Montreal
Sat. Nov. 18 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
Sun. Nov. 19 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
Mon. Nov. 20 – Arden, DE @ Arden Gild Hall +
Fri. Dec. 1 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Sun. Dec. 3 – Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom *
Mon. Dec. 4 – Heidelburg, DE @ Halle O2 *
Wed. Dec. 6 – Köln, DE @ Gebäude 9 *
Thu. Dec. 7 – Munster, DE @ Gleis 22 *
Fri. Dec. 8 – Essen, DE @ Hotel Shanghai *
Sat. Dec. 9 – Dresden, DE @ Groove Station *
Mon. Dec. 11 – Hannover, DE @ Bei Chez Heinz *
Tue. Dec. 12 – Bremen, DE @ Lagerhaus *
Wed. Dec. 13 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust *
Thu. Dec. 14 – Braunschweig, DE @ Eule *
Fri. Dec. 15 – Rostock, DE @ Helgas Stadtpalast *
Sat. Dec. 16 – Berlin @ Festaal Kreuzberg *
Fri. Feb. 2 – Adelaide, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sat. Feb. 3 – Melbourne, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sun. Feb. 4 – Sydney, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sat. Feb. 10 – Brisbane, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sun. Feb. 11 – Perth, AU @ Laneway Festival
Fri. Feb. 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sat. Feb. 17 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Mon. Feb. 19 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Tue. Feb. 20 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Thu. Feb. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Fri. Feb. 23 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Sat. Feb. 24 – Columbus, OH @ Spacebar
Sun. Mar. 11 – Mesa, AZ @ Underground
Mon. Mar. 12 – Fri. Mar. 15 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Sat. Mar. 16 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s &
Sun. Mar. 17 – New Orleans, LA @ Hi-Lo Lounge &
Mon. Mar. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade &
Tue. Mar. 19 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight &
Wed. Mar. 20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle &
Thu. Mar. 21 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar &
Wed. Apr. 4 – Cardiff, UK @ Club Ifor Bach
Thu. Apr. 5 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Fri. Apr. 6 – Liverpool, UK @ Magnet
Sat. Apr. 7 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans
Mon. Apr. 9 – Sheffield, UK @ The Leadmill
Tue. Apr. 10 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Wed. Apr. 11 – Newcastle, UK @ Cluny
Thu. Apr. 12 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Fri. Apr. 13 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
Sat. Apr. 14 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
Mon. Apr. 16 – Leicester, UK @ The Cookie
Tue. Apr. 17 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
Wed. Apr. 18 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Thu. Apr. 19 – Oxford, UK @ The Bullingdon
Fri. Apr. 20 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
Sat. Apr. 21 – Tunbridge Wells, UK @ The Forum
Wed. Apr. 25 – Nijmegan, NL @ Doornroosje
Thu. Apr. 26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
Fri. Apr. 27 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
Mon. Apr. 30 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
Wed. May 2 – Stockholm, SE @ Bar Brooklyn
Thu. May 3 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
Sun. May 6 – Warsaw, PL @ Bardzo Bardzo
Mon. May 7 – Prague, CZ @ Futurum
Tue. May 8 – Vienna, AT @ Chelsea
Fri. May 11 – Zurich, CH @ Dynamo Werk
Sat. May 12 – Bologna, IT @ Covo Club
Mon. May 14 – Barcelona, ES @ Side Car
Tue. May 15 – Madrid, ES @ La Boite
Thu. May 17 – Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbery
Sun. May 20 – Lille, FR @ Aeronef
Tue. May 22 – Brussels, BE @ Rotonde

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Marlon Williams Announces Sophomore LP, ‘Make Way For Love,’ Out February 16th

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Let’s start off your Wednesday with some good news, why don’t we? We’re so over the moon to announce New Zealand’s Marlon Williams will release his sophomore album, Make Way For Love, on February 16th. Known for his effortlessly distinctive voice, Make Way For Love marks Marlon’s exponential growth as a songwriter. Throughout 11 original songs, he explores new musical terrain and reveals himself in an unprecedented way in the wake of a fractured relationship.

In conjunction with today’s album announcement, Marlon announces an international tour and shares the album’s penultimate track, “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore,” a duet with Aldous Harding, recorded via a late-night long distance phone call, plus an accompanying video filmed in New York City.

While Make Way For Love draws on Marlon’s own story, it captures the vagaries of relationships we’ve all been through: the bliss, ache, uncertainty, and bitterness. Like the best breakup records, Make Way For Love doesn’t shy away from heartbreak, but rather stares it in the face, and mines beauty from it. Delicate and bold, tender and searing, it’s a mightily personal new step.

Make Way For Love was recorded with producer Noah Georgeson and his backing band, The Yarra Benders, in North California’s Panoramic Studios after several weeks of pre-production in his native Lyttelton, New Zealand with regular collaborator Ben Edwards. The finished result is an expansive record that moves Marlon several paces from “country” — the genre that’s been affixed to him more than any in recent years — with forays into cinematic strings, reverb, rollicking guitar, and at least one quiet piano ballad.

Currently in the midst of a sold out global preview tour to support his stand alone single, “Vampire Again,” Marlon will take his live show to dozens of cities around the world next year for his largest ever headline tour. All dates are below. Tickets for North America will be on sale Nov. 10th at

Make Way For Love Tracklist:
1. Come To Me
2. What’s Chasing You
3. Beautiful Dress
4. Party Boy
5. Can I Call You
6. Love Is A Terrible Thing
7. I Know A Jeweller
8. I Didn’t Make A Plan
9. The Fire Of Love
10. Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore
11. Make Way For Love

Marlon Williams Tour Dates:
Thu. Nov. 9 – Auckland, NZ @ Point Chev RSA (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Nov. 10 – Auckland, NZ @ Point Chev RSA (SOLD OUT)
Sat. Nov. 11 – Wellington, NZ @ San Fran (SOLD OUT)
Sun. Nov. 12 – Christchurch, NZ @ Blue Smoke (SOLD OUT)
Mon. Nov. 13 – Christchurch, NZ @ Blue Smoke (SOLD OUT)
Wed. Nov. 15 – Sydney, Australia @ Oxford Art Factory (SOLD OUT)
Thu. Nov. 16 – Melbourne, Australia @ Howler (SOLD OUT)
Fri. Nov. 17 – Mullumbimby, Australia @ Mullumbimby Music Festival
Sun. Nov. 19 – Melbourne, Australia @ Howler (SOLD OUT)
Mon. Nov. 20 – Melbourne, Australia @ Howler (SOLD OUT)
Thu. Feb. 22 — Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
Fri. Feb. 23 — Manchester, UK @ Night & Day
Sat. Feb. 24 — Dublin, IE @ Whelans
Mon. Feb. 26 — Glasgow, IE @ King Tuts
Tue. Feb. 27 — Leeds, UK @ Community Room
Wed. Feb. 28 — London, UK @ Scala
Mon. Mar. 5 — Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
Tue. Mar. 6 — Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Thu. Mar. 8 — Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Fri. Mar. 9 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Sat. Mar. 10 — Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
Tue. Mar. 13 – Sat. Mar. 17 — Austin TX @ SXSW
Sun. Mar. 18 — Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Mon. Mar. 19 — Dallas, TX @ Three Links Deep Ellum
Wed. Mar. 21 — Nashville, TN @ High Watt
Fri. Mar. 23 — Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Sat. Mar. 24 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sun. Mar. 25 — Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Tue. Mar. 27 — Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thu. Mar. 29 — Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Sun. Apr. 1 — Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Apr. 3 — San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Wed. Apr. 4 — Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram
Wed. Apr. 11 — Brussels, BE @ AB Club
Thu. Apr. 12 — Cologne, DE @ Yuca
Fri. Apr. 13 — Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
Sat. Apr. 14 — Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache
Sun. Apr. 15 — Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
Tue. Apr. 17 — Oslo, NO @ Cafe Mono
Wed. Apr. 18 — Stockholm, SE @ Kagelbanan
Fri. Apr. 20 — Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
Sat. Apr. 21 — Munich, DE @ Orange House
Sun. Apr. 22 — Vienna, CH @ Chelsea
Tue. Apr. 24 — Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
Wed. Apr. 25 — Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
Thu. Apr. 26 — Besancon, FR @ La Rodia
Fri. Apr. 27 — Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Sat. Apr. 28 — Utrecht, NL @ Ekko

Khruangbin Join Dead Oceans | Announce New Album ‘Con Todo El Mundo’ Out January 26th

After two years of worldwide success, unassuming Texan trio Khruangbin announce their highly anticipated second album, Con Todo El Mundo, out January 26, 2018 on Dead Oceans. Continuing their world music pedigree, the band has expanded their global influences on this record from Thai funk to sounds of Spain and the Middle East, particularly Iran, from the 1960’s, 1970’s and beyond.

Formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums, Khruangbin’s sounds have historically been rooted in the deepest waters of world music. Their 2015 debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, was heavily influenced by 60’s and 70’s Thai cassettes infused with classic soul, dub and psychedelia. This unusual mix created a powerful, hypnotic signature sound that’s entranced listeners around the world.

Their second album, Con Todo El Mundo, takes its name not from a grand global idea, but from a simple one. It’s in part dedicated to bassist Laura Lee’s Mexican-American grandfather, who was a big influence on her life. She says, “My grandpa would always ask me ‘Como me quieres?’ (how much do you love me?) And he’d only ever accept one response: ‘Con todo el mundo’ (with all the world). He created his own world to live in. Khruangbin is the world we’ve created.”

Since the release of The Universe Smiles Upon You, Khruangbin have spent the past two years playing non-stop worldwide. The band’s live history ranges from a European tour with Father John Misty to supporting Tycho on a US tour, a string of festival dates including Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, ACL, Outside Lands, Desert Dazed, SXSW as well as extended headline excursions. In a nod to their travels, Laura and Mark have been presenting a weekly “AirKhruang”DJ set live each Friday on their Facebook page, where the pair play a selection of music by artists from a particular city. They also hold a monthly NTS radio show called “Cabin Pressure”.

The music video for the album’s first single, “Maria Tambien,” tells the story of Iranian women prior to the revolution of 1979, celebrating their creativity, freedom and ability to express themselves, and showing a side of women in the Middle East that often isn’t seen in the Western world.

The women in the video are all part of a large network of artists, singers, dancers and songwriters who have been either exiled or silenced since the revolution. With their new video, Khruangbin hopes to bring these remarkable women back into the spotlight and honor the artistry of silenced women everywhere.

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Con Todo El Mundo Tracklist:

01. Como Me Quieres
02. Lady And Man
03. Maria Tambien
04. August 10
05. Como Te Quiero
06. Shades Of Man
07. Evan Finds The Third Room 08. A Hymn
09. Rules
10. Friday Morning

“This is the rare record that lands on both a conceptual and insEnctual level, and the disparate references feel almost deceiGul in their cohesion: how could this weird idea, which snakes global influences across one another, coalesce so well?” — The New Yorker, on ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’

“That sense of spaciousness, together with the Thai-inflected tunes, means Khruangbin sound like no one else, even as their songs shimmer with echoes of ‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’ by Marvin or Curtis Mayfield’s score for Super Fly.” — The Guardian

Pinegrove Share New Song “Intrepid” & Announce Spring 2018 European Tour + Australian Dates

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Pinegrove are a band in constant motion. Since the release of their 2016 break-out album Cardinal on Run For Cover Records, the Montclair, New Jersey group has toured relentlessly, selling out shows across the world and appearing at festivals such as Newport Folk Festival, Pitchfork, and Panorama. Cardinal won widespread acclaim from NPR, The New York Times, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Paste, SPIN, and a host of other widely regarded publications. Pinegrove have also released a slew of live recordings and compilations to benefit various non-profits, and numerous video diaries documenting their touring and most recently, their recording process for the follow-up to Cardinal.

Currently in the midst of a fall tour that takes them across North America and over to Europe, they are excited to announce a headlining UK/European tour in March of 2018 with special guest Phoebe Bridgers (all tour dates below) and their first ever Australian dates, also in March.

Although more news and details on their forthcoming record will be announced soon, Pinegrove are excited to share a new track with their fans to celebrate wrapping up their summer recording sessions. Those who have seen them live over the past year may recognize “Intrepid”, a languid paean to long-distance relationships and the personal growth that results from them.

“One of the things this album explores is the emotional and creative experience of geometric space,” explains the band’s Evan Stephens Hall. “‘Intrepid’, in particular, considers distance and the outer rim of the magnet’s pull; how the size of the world can bring our personal relationships into focus.”

Needless to say, we’re elated to be working with Pinegrove – and we can’t wait for next spring. Dive in with “Intrepid” below.

“Intrepid” is available now via Dead Oceans (ROW) and Run For Cover (US/CA)

Pinegrove Tour Dates:

Nov 25th, 2017 – Cleveland, OH @ Snowed In*
Nov 26th, 2017 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall* [SOLD OUT]
Nov 27th, 2017 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill* [SOLD OUT]
Nov 28th, 2017 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East* [SOLD OUT]
Nov 29th, 2017 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell)*
Dec 1st, 2017 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth* [SOLD OUT]
Dec 2nd, 2017 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern*
Dec 3rd, 2017 – Richmond, VA @ Capital Ale House* [SOLD OUT]
Dec 5th, 2017 – Washington, DC @ The Black Cat* [SOLD OUT]
Dec 6th, 2017 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza* [SOLD OUT]
Dec 7th, 2017 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza* [SOLD OUT]
Dec 8th, 2017 – Boston, MA @ The Royale* [SOLD OUT]
Dec 9th, 2017 – Hamden, CT @ Ballroom at Outer Space* [SOLD OUT]
Dec 10th, 2017 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer* [SOLD OUT]
Dec 29th, 2017 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Mar 7th, 2018 – Bristol, UK @ The Trinity Centre^
Mar 8th, 2018 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire^
Mar 9th, 2018 – Glasgow, UK @ St Luke’s^
Mar 10th, 2018 – Liverpool, UK @ Arts Club^
Mar 11th, 2018 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2^
Mar 13th, 2018 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord^
Mar 14th, 2018 – Brussels, Belgium @ Orangerie^
Mar 15th, 2018 – Paris, France @ The Olympic Cafe^
Mar 16th, 2018 – Cologne, Germany @ Artheater^
Mar 17th, 2018 – Luzern, Switzerland @ Südpol^
Mar 19th, 2018 – Berlin, Germany @ Musik & Frieden^
Mar 20th, 2018 – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust^
Mar 21st, 2018 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen^
Mar 22nd, 2018 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Obaren^
Mar 23rd, 2018 – Oslo, Norway @ John Dee^
Mar 28th, 2018 – Sydney, Australia @ Oxford Art Factory
Mar 30th, 2018 – Melbourne, Australia @ Corner Hotel

* = w/ Saintseneca & Adult Mom
^ = w/ Phoebe Bridgers

Califone Announce Heron King Blues Deluxe Reissue Out December 8th via Dead Oceans, Share “Electric Fence (Clava Live Version)”

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On December 8th, seminal experimental rock band Califone will release a deluxe reissue of Heron King Blues after years of being unavailable on LP. Inspired by Califone founder Tim Rutili’s strange, recurring dream of a bird-man creature, Heron King Blues was produced by Michael Krassner and originally released in 2004 as the band’s third album.

Primarily improvised in the studio, Heron King Blues started with a broken four string acoustic bass guitar that Rutili pulled out of the instrument room at Clava // Four Deuces Studio in Chicago. Ben Massarella cleansed the doorways, corners, and other dark spaces with burning sage, while Jim Becker, Joe Adamik, and Rutili began to quietly circle the live room in a clockwise motion, a slow incantation in E. Over the course of the afternoon, the participants slowly made their way to their instruments and 15 minutes after the initial note had been cast, Heron King Blues was born.

Writer Amanda Petrusich summed it up simply in her 2004 Pitchfork review of Heron King Blues: “Thus, the serendipity of Califone: the accidental orchestration, the mysterious creaks, the bits of poetry, the eerie omnipresence, the perfect, unnamable noise.”

The deluxe reissue of Heron King Blues is a double album on black vinyl, including previously unreleased live tracks and outtakes. A digital download code for the album (containing 320kbps MP3s) redeemable on release day.

The announcement comes ahead of two special Chicago shows for The Empty Bottle’s 25th Anniversary – a sold out performance on November 22nd and a just-announced second show on November 24th.

A split between Red Red Meat and Califone, these show will feature players from both bands (Tim Rutili, Ben Massarella, Brian Deck, Tim Hurley, Wally Boudway, and Ross Andrews), and a set list culling from both projects’ catalogues. A few new songs will be thrown into the performance, too.

Tickets for The Empty Bottle’s 25th Anniversary Show on November 24th –

Heron King Blues album artwork

Heron King Blues Deluxe Reissue Tracklist
Side A
1 Wingbone
2 Trick Bird
3 Sawtooth Sung A Cheater’s Song
4 Apple

Side B
1 Lion & Bee
2 2 Sisters Drunk On Each Other
3 Heron King Blues

Side C
1 Outro
2 Electric Fence (Clava Live Version)
3 Sawtooth Sung A Cheater’s Song (10.11.03 – KRVX Radio, Austin, TX)
4 The Ocean Was Lungs (Faraway Bells) [0:05:37]

Side D
1 I Walk On Gilded Splinters
2 St. Martha (Clava Live Version)
3 Red (Clava Live Version)



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