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ANNOUNCE // Califone Celebrates 15th Anniversary of ‘Roomsound’ With Tour & Re-issue

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15 years after its initial release, Califone (namely, Tim Rutili) is very happy to announce the 15th Anniversary re-issue of Roomsound, out later this year. Read the rest of this entry »

TOUR // Julianna Barwick Shares New Tour Dates


“The consistent loveliness of [Barwick’s] approach remains, and both longtime fans and newcomers should be glad to know that’s also true of…Barwick’s upcoming, self-produced ‘Will.’” – Pitchfork

“Will is an irresistibly immersive set piece”  – Uncut (8/10) 

“It’s her best all-round effort to date, explorations becoming confident fact”  – DIY (8/10)

Julianna Barwick is pleased to share new tour dates in support of her critically acclaimed album ‘Will,’ which came out in May via Dead Oceans. Full dates below.

Conceived and self-produced over the past year in a variety of locations, the ominous, compelling ‘Will’ is a departure from 2013’s Alex Somers-produced Nepenthe. If that last record conjured images of gentle, thick fog rolling over desolate mountains, then Will is a late afternoon thunderstorm, a cathartic collision of sharp and soft textures that sounds looming and restorative all at once.

The electric current that runs through the album takes on various shapes of intoxicating instability. Featuring contributions from Thomas Arsenault (Mas Ysa), Dutch cellist Maarten Vos and percussionist, Jamie Ingalls (Chairlift, Tanlines, Beverly), Will is largely a product of ups and downs, a reflection of a life lived somewhere in between transience and standing still. The beguiling, beautifully complicated Will is the result of that curiosity, and proof of Barwick’s irresistibly engaging talent as a composer and vocalist.

Barwick begins her European tour today in Amsterdam and plays London next Wednesday. Autumn dates have been shared today, including Green Man Festival and regional UK shows. 


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Julianna Barwick Tour Dates (UK/EU)

2-Jun– Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso

4-Jun – Berlin, Germany @ Torstrassen Festival

-6-Jun – Paris, France @ Pop Up Du Label

7-Jun – Brussels, Belgium @ La Nuit de Botanique Festival

8-Jun – London, UK @ Pickle Factory


12-Aug – Way Out West Festival, Goteborg (SWE)

16-Aug – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam (NL) – with Julia Holter

19-Aug – GreenMan Festival, Brecon Beacons (UK)

21-Aug – Doune The Rabbit Hole, Port of Medeiron (UK)

22-Aug – Electric Circus, Edinburgh (UK)

23-Aug – Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)

24-Aug – The Lantern, Bristol (UK)

25-Aug – Komedia Studio, Brighton (UK)

27-Aug – Jazzhouse, Copenhagen (UK)

01-Sept – Palac Akropolis, Prague (CZ)

03-Sept – La Bâtie Festival De Geneve, Geneve (CH)

05-Sept – Garage Museum, Moscow (RUSSIA)

LISTEN // Ryley Walker Announces New Album, Shares “The Halfwit In Me”



Ryley Walker is pleased to announce his new album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, coming out August 19th on Dead Oceans. It’s the triumphant follow up to his breakout album, Primrose Green, which earned critical hosannas from the likes of NPR, Village Voice, Uncut, and Mojo and admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker’s life. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley embarked on a British tour.


In November 2015, at the end of a ten-month period which saw Ryley play over 200 shows in support of Primrose Green, Ryley decided that he should probably head home. However you wished to measure it, he was surely due some sort of holiday. Although, a holiday was the last thing on Ryley’s mind – and certainly not a holiday in his adopted hometown. After a year spent on the road, all that Ryley could associate with Chicago was the emotional debris he had left behind.


He went into the studio over the Christmas vacation to record Golden Sings That Have Been Sung whose songs were directly wedded to Ryley’s return to Chicago. Some of his formative musical memories had been shaped by the work of pioneering Chicago acts such as Gastr del Sol and Tortoise. “Jeff Parker was the guitarist with Tortoise, and I used to listen to him a lot,” recalls Ryley, who figured that, for the first time in his career, it might be helpful to enlist the services of a producer. With only one person on his shortlist, once again, all roads led back to Chicago.


Ryley had been a long-time admirer of sometime Wilco multi-instrumentalist LeRoy Bach. Back in 2009, still in his teens, he had frequented the improv nights hosted by Bach at a restaurant/gallery space called Whistler. “For me, it was an incredible opportunity,” recalls Ryley, “…because you would sometimes also have Dan Bitney, the drummer with Tortoise, and I’d get to play with these people. I mean, they were twice my age. I’m sure they thought I was annoying at first, maybe some of them still do, but I kind of looked at them like gurus – and to have these old school Chicago heads taking me in was just amazing.”


For Ryley then, the prospect of having Bach produce his album was something of a no-brainer. “It was everything I wanted it to be,” he enthuses. “I would go to LeRoy’s house every other day with a riff, and we would take it from there.” Perhaps more than any other song on the record, the somnambulant sun-dappled intimacies of opening track and lead single “The Halfwit In Me” most audibly bear the imprint of those Whistler sessions.


Golden Sings That Have Been Sung was made for the dewy magic hour when night and day have yet to meet and, as long as the song is playing, you feel might briefly leave the corporeal world with them. This is the music you might imagine the woodland animals making once the humans have left for the night. This is Ryley Walker’s coming of age.


Pre-order Golden Sings That Have Been Sung:

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The Halfwit In Me

A Choir Apart

Funny Thing She Said

Sullen Mind

I Will Ask You Twice

The Roundabout

The Great And Undecided

Age Old Tale

WATCH // Mitski Shares New “Happy” Video

“Happy” begins with a foreboding skipping not unlike a tape stuck in a player, a washing machine jammed mid-cycle. Mitski’s voice weaves in, a saxophone line wandering through the door behind her. Puberty 2’s proverbial canary in a coal mine, “Happy” warns us of disappointments to come both in sound and lyric. A few weeks after it’s debut, we’re more than pleased to share this single’s carefully crafted video.

Directed by Maegan Houang, who came up with her own completely out of the box narrative, the “Happy” video perfectly captures Mitski’s idea of the exhausting and exhaustive cycle of the fleeting nature of happiness.

Praise for “Happy”

“Mitski resists psychic death by constantly pushing forth into bolder textures, refusing to be meek and sedated even as joy feels compromised . . . every element combines to a powerful, tarnished fanfare that’s neither joyful nor morose, but possessed of a strange confidence that serves as an anchor against slipping into either emotional extreme.” — Pitchfork [Best New Track]

“It’s a song whose changes in tone and shape feel hard to contain, yet its message is ebb-tide: happiness comes, happiness goes.” — The New York Times [The Playlist]

“Between the St. Vincent-esque vibes and pretty melodies, ‘Happy’ makes a case that sometimes disappointment isn’t so bad.” — Entertainment Weekly [A-]

“But although her lyrics find only a weary sense of dejection in the endless cycle between fleeting moments of happiness and the perpetual comedown of living, the song still manages to point towards a reason to keep trudging forward: it sounds so fucking good.”
Stereogum [#1 in The 5 Best Songs of the Week]

Puberty 2 is out June 17th (you can pre-order your copy below!). The following week, Mitski embarks on a North American tour beginning with a run of already sold out shows in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. All of those dates are at the bottom here, just keep scrollin’!

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Mitski Tour Dates:
Mon. June 20 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom * – SOLD OUT
Wed. June 22 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall * – SOLD OUT
Thu. June 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle * – SOLD OUT
Fri. June 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA * – SOLD OUT
Sat. June 25 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
Sun. June 26 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook *
Tue. June 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade: Purgatory *
Wed. June 29 – Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge *
Fri. July 1 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown *
Sat. July 2 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder *
Sun. July 3 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
Tue. July 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge *
Wed. July 6 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room *
Thu. July 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex *
Fri. July 8 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club Ballroom
Sat. July 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *
Mon. July 11 – Portland, OR @ Analog Theater *
Tue. July 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Wed. July 13 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
Fri. July 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
Sat. July 16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Tue. July 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
Wed. July 20 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Fri. July 22 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
Sat. July 23 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz *
Mon. July 25 – Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery *
Wed. July 27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
Tue. Sep. 20 – Dublin, IE @ The Workman’s Club
Thu. Sep. 22 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Sat. Sep. 24 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
Mon. Sep. 26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Tue. Sep. 27 – Frankfurt, DE @ Brotfabrik
Wed. Sep. 28 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
Fri. Sep. 30 – Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
Sat. Oct. 1 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Sun. Oct. 2 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Tue. Oct. 4 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Wed. Oct. 5 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Thu. Oct. 6 – London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park

* w/ Japanese Breakfast and Jay Som

WATCH // Julianna Barwick Shares “Same” Video; ‘Will’ Out Now

Julianna Barwick’s music belongs to a pocket universe. That is to say, it’s other-worldly yet tethered to our current state of time and place. Earthly elements (vocals, keys, etc.) are contorted, folded, layered to dizzying effect. Her new album, Will, makes for a great case study. “Same”, the second single off Will, is our case in point – and now it has a captivating video to boot. Read the rest of this entry »



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