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Shame Release New Single “Concrete”; Debut Album Coming In Early 2018

Shame are: Charlie Steen (vocals); Sean Coyle-Smith (guitar); Eddie Green (guitar); Charlie Forbes (drums); and Josh Finerty (bass)

There’s a certain tingly, effervescent hum that pervades truly solid post-punk. A three-coffees-deep jitter, an anxious buzz. Well today, one of the UK’s most talked about young bands Shame share their new single and video “Concrete”. It’s a bracing jolt of a song, liquid lightning and a rumble of thunder. “Concrete” races forward on a tightly wound post-punk riff, it’s call-and-response vocals capturing the turmoil of schizophrenic internal dialogue of the song’s subject matter.

“It’s about someone who’s trapped in a relationship and they’re being pummelled into surrender,” says singer and lyricist Charlie Steen. “It’s not about a physically abusive relationship – more an emotionally and psychologically draining one. The call-and-response vocals [between Steen and bassist Josh Finerty] is the central figure’s own internal dialogue. They are dealing with two different things that they don’t want to address.”

The band cite The Fall, Parquet Courts, Country Teasers, Television Personalities and Wire among their biggest influences, and the icily claustrophobic sound of “Concrete” sets it in a lineage with Magazine, Joy Division and Siouxsie & The Banshees.

As a lyricist, Steen is a modern flâneur, forensically observing the lives of others around him as they unspool and fracture, with Hubert Selby Jr. and Irvine Welsh his primary literary influences.

“That graphic and harsh style of writing always interested me,” he explains. “It’s not about the shock factor; it’s about the fact they are talking about these things in such great detail without stripping anything back.”

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 and across Europe. Cutting their teeth on the squat-punk scene in the Queen’s Head in Brixton in 2015, where they were taken under the wing of Fat White Family, the white heat of their gigs quickly landed them support slots with Slaves and Warpaint. They were also personally invited by Billy Bragg to play the Left Field stage at Glastonbury this year.

Following two official singles – “The Lick”/”Gold Hole” and “Tasteless” on Fnord Communications as well as the digital-only Theresa May-baiting “Visa Vulture” (described by Steen as “the worst love song ever”) – “Concrete” is the first track to be released as part of their record deal with Dead Oceans.

“We started this band as a joke that went too far,” deadpans Steen. “What we do is quite strange and quite weird, but I get to meet a lot of people and I get to hear a lot of things. I am interested in the surrealism of reality.”

Watch the video for “Concrete” and see Shame’s full list of tour dates below.

Stream and/or Purchase Shame’s “Concrete”: https://shame.lnk.to/Concrete


SHAME TOUR DATES
Saturday, Sep. 30 – Margate, UK @ By The Sea Festival
Mon. Oct. 9 – Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
Tue. Oct. 10 – Leeds, UK @ Lending Room
Wed. Oct. 11 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Thu. Oct. 12 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
Fri. Oct. 13 – Liverpool, UK @ Buyers Club
Sat. Oct. 14 – Dublin, IE @ Workamn’s Club
Wed. Oct. 18 – London, UK @ Scala
Sat. Oct. 21 – Cardiff, UK @ Swn Festival
Tue. Oct. 24 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
Wed. Oct. 25 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
Fri. Oct. 27 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling Festival
Thu. Nov. 2 – Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airwaves Festival
Fri. Nov. 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right 
Sun. Nov. 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA 
Mon. Nov-13 – Washington, DC @ DC9
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

+ with Ought
* with Gurr

Alex Lahey Announces Debut Album, ‘I Love You Like A Brother’, Out October 6th

Born and raised in Melbourne, Alex Lahey initially studied jazz saxophone at university but unimpressed with “learning music in such a regimented way” she switched to an arts degree. Lahey’s debut album, I Love You Like A Brother (out October 6th), drops fresh off the back of Lahey’s breakthrough EP in 2016, B-Grade University. Both releases build on her tenure with cult music collective Animaux which allowed Lahey the musical anarchy she yearned in school – hell, she booked the band their first gig before they’d even prepared a single song.

Today we’re excited to share “Everyday’s The Weekend” along with a fantastic video counterpart. We’ve all felt the ennui of a dead end job, but somehow Lahey makes it feel almost…fun? Enjoy the clip above & stream the single here – alexlahey.lnk.to/weekend.

Brother finds Lahey back in the studio with production partner, and one-half of Holy Holy, Oscar Dawson (Ali Barter, British India). The pair pushed each other to create an intimate sonic experience that comprises scuzzy guitars thrumming over pop melodies, helmed by Lahey’s unfussy but arresting vocals. The album’s songs traverse the everyday themes of family, heartbreak and identity. Lahey tells her stories with character and dry humor – “I’ve figured it out,” she sings in “Awkward Exchange,” “you’re a bit of a dick” – but there are also moments of darkness. In “Taking Care” she muses, “I’ve gained weight and I drink too much, maybe that’s why you don’t love me as much.” The poignant “Backpack” is a tribute to Lahey’s latest relationship, and the unsure start it got off to.

The themes of Alex Lahey’s album might be universal, but it’s the unique approach she takes unpacking them that’s earned her a Best New Track on Pitchfork, glowing press from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Stereogum, NYLON, Noisey, a spot in the Australian radio network triple j’s prestigious Hottest 100 of 2016 & more.

Lahey will bring her tour in support of I Love You Like A Brother stateside this November, kicking off in Boston on Wed. November 15th. A full list of tour dates is below.

Pre-order I Love You Like A Brother now:
https://alexlahey.lnk.to/brother

I Love You Like A Brother Tracklist:

01. Every Day’s The Weekend
02. I Love You Like A Brother
03. Perth Traumatic Stress Disorder
04. I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself
05. Backpack
06. Awkward Exchange
07. I Want U
08. Lotto In Reverse
09. Let’s Call It A Day
10. There’s No Money

Alex Lahey Tour Dates:
Tue. Oct. 26 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Witloonar
Fri. Oct. 27 – Rokerdam, NL @ V11
Mon. Oct. 30 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
Tue. Oct. 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Musikclub
Wed. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Privat Club
Wed. Nov. 3 – Munich, DE @ Kranhalle
Sat. Nov. 4 – Stuttgart, DE @ Keller Klub
Sun. Nov. 5 – Fribourg, DE @ Espace culturel Le Nouveau Monde
Mon. Nov. 6 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Wed. Nov. 8 – London, UK @ Boston Music Room
Tue. Nov. 9 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Fri. Nov. 10 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sat. Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf InsJtute
Sun. Nov. 12 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Wed. Nov. 15 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Thu. Nov. 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri. Nov. 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Sun. Nov. 19 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Wed. Nov. 22 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel – Underground
Fri. Nov. 24 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Sat. Nov. 25th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Wed. Nov. 29 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Thu. Nov. 30 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Sat. Dec. 2 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Sun. Dec. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Tue. Dec. 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Wed. Dec. 6 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Fri. Dec. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sat.Dec. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Mon. Dec. 11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Dec. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Wed. Dec. 13 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Phoebe Bridgers Announces Debut Album ‘Stranger In The Alps’ – Out September 22nd

We are delighted to announce that Phoebe Bridgers will release her debut album Stranger In The Alps on September 22, 2017. The first cut, “Motion Sickness” can be heard via a lyric video – directed by her brother, Jackson Bridgers – now above. “Motion Sickness” follows Bridgers’ early 2017 single “Smoke Signals,” which will also be featured on Stranger In The Alps and is available as an instant grat download with pre-order of the album.

Produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska, the ten haunting and introspective songs on Stranger In The Alps further introduces the 22-year-old Bridgers as a singular voice. There is a delicate balance to her work, a dance between veiled narratives and earnest emotions, between whispers and shouts. Throughout the album, Bridgers contemplates and reflects on personal experiences through her unique lyric writing perspective: there are overt references to lost idols, canonical pop songs and actual incidents, but her stories unfold through specific, evocative imagery sung in her subtle, confessional style. And according to Bridgers, everything you hear has arrived by feeling; her music is what comes when she is at her most honest, without specific intention, and she aims to be in her songs the person she is in the world.

“I wasn’t trying to be too lo-fi, too hi-fi, too self-serious, too disingenuous…I feel pretty confident that I’m finding my voice,” says Bridgers. “I wanted the album to completely represent who I am and these songs are representative of what I set out to do.”

Stranger In The Alps follows Bridgers’ 2015 three-song single “Killer,” produced by Ryan Adams in his L.A. studio and released on Adams’ Pax-Am label. Since early 2016, she’s toured with Julien Baker, Conor Oberst (who also guests on Stranger In The Alps track “Would You Rather”), and Adams, among others.

Bridgers will head back on tour next month with a one-off show supporting Cat Power (solo) at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City, UT on August 17th, before joining up with Conor Oberst again in September. Bridgers is also confirmed to support Noah Gundersen this November. A full list of tour dates is at the bottom of this post.

Pre-order Stranger In The Alps:
https://PhoebeBridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealps


Stranger In The Alps track listing:
1. Smoke Signals
2. Motion Sickness
3. Funeral
4. Demi Moore
5. Scott Street
6. Killer
7. Georgia
8. Chelsea
9. Would You Rather
10. You Missed My Heart
11. Smoke Signals (Reprise)


Phoebe Bridgers tour dates:
Aug. 17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Pioneer Park (Twilight Concert Series)*
Sept. 1 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo**
Sept. 3 Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Aphitheatre
Sept. 5 Billings, MT @ Pub Station Ballroom**
Sept. 7 St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre**
Sept. 8 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre**
Sept. 9 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre**
Sept. 10 Kalamazoo, MI @ State Theatre**
Sept. 12 Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre**
Sept. 13 Toronto, ONT @ Danforth Music Hall**
Sept. 14 Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall at Babeville**
Sept. 15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall**
Sept. 16 Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre**
Sept. 17 Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre**
Nov. 2 Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater#
Nov. 3 Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater#
Nov. 4 Austin, TX @ Barracuda#
Nov. 6 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom#
Nov. 8 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre#
Nov. 9 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall#
Nov. 10 Eugene, OR @ Hi-Fi Music Hall#
Nov. 11 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom#
Nov. 12 Vancouver, BC @ BCImperial#
Nov. 17 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater#
* supporting Cat Power
** supporting Conor Oberst
# supporting Noah Gundersen

Japanese Breakfast’s ‘Soft Sounds From Another Planet’ Out Now Worldwide

We’re elated to say that Soft Sounds From Another PlanetJapanese Breakfast’s second full-length – is out now worldwide. Beamed in from another galaxy (a galaxy of Michelle Zauner’s making in fact), SSFAP traverses a multitude of themes and sounds. Pop the record on your turntable / put your headphones on and you’ll see for yourself. (Disclaimer: The sheer massiveness of the big room production will knock you off your feet.) Fret not – it may be a big, new world but Zauner will be your guide.

Stream and/or Purchase Soft Sounds From Another Planet:
https://japanesebreakfast.lnk.to/softsounds

Japanese Breakfast play a free album release show tomorrow, Sat., July 15th at Union Pool in New York City. Shortly thereafter they’ll open up for Tegan and Sara on a handful of dates with a UK festival stop & US headlining tour following. Be sure to catch them while you can! Dates below.

Watch Japanese Breakfast’s Fantastic Music Videos:
“Machinist” – https://youtu.be/wujw-FH2Itw
“Road Head” – https://youtu.be/cCmLjb-ocPY

Japanese Breakfast Tour Dates
7/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool ~
7/27 – Halifax, NS @ Rebecca Cohn Auditorium ^
7/28 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre ^
7/29 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom ^
7/31 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues ^
8/2 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater ^
9/7 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat +
9/8 – Richmond, VA @ Stranger Matter +
9/9 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch festival +
9/10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory) +
9/11 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub +
9/12 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar +
9/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge +
9/14 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s +
9/15 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda +
9/16 – Dallas, TX @ RBC +
9/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar +
9/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo +
9/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall +
9/22 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club +
9/23 – Eugene, OR @ HiFi +
9/25 – Portland, OR @ Holocene +
9/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret +
9/27 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile +
9/28 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux +
9/29 – Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court +
9/30 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge +
10/2 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Triple Rock +
10/4 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean +
10/5 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop +
10/6 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory +
10/7 – Toronto, ON @ The Garisson +
10/8 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB +
10/11 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair +
10/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg +
10/21 – Bristol, GB @ Simple Things Festival
10/23 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
10/24 – Hamburg, DE @ Hakken
10/25 – Berlin, DE @ Badenhouse
10/26 – Paris, FR @ Pop Up Du Label
10/27 – Gent, BE @ NEST
10/28 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling
11/2 – Brighton, GB @ The Joker
11/3 – Manchester, GB @ Soup Kitchen
11/4 – Edinburgh, GB @ The Mash House
11/5 – Glasgow, GB @ The Hug and Pint
11/6 – Leeds, GB @ Headrow House
11/7 – London, GB @ The Dome Tufnell Park

* w/ (Sandy) Alex G & Cende
~ Free Record Release Show w/ Yohuna (Starts at 2PM)
^ w/ Tegan & Sara
+ w/ Mannequin Pussy & Spirit of the Beehive

Alex Lahey’s ‘B-Grade University’ EP Out Now, Listen to “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me (triple j Like A Version)”

Stream and/or Purchase B-Grade University EP:
https://alexlahey.lnk.to/B-GradeUniversity

Summer didn’t so much as creep this year, it was more of a bull in a china shop. It’s the kind of hot that makes you want to hop in the car, throw down the windows and just get the hell out of town. Luckily for you (and for us), Alex Lahey’s given us the perfect accompaniment for such a summer. Widescreen, anthemic and utterly catchy – we’re talking humidity clinging to the hot pavement sticky – Lahey’s music is damn near essential catharsis. And now you can cop her EP, which she initially released on her own label, on a 12″. Perfect for late night dance parties, or signing into your hairbrush solo. You’ll want this in your cabinet.

Plus today we’re excited to share a version of her killer track “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” recorded on triple J’s Like A Version. Check it out below. While we’re rolling with good news, be sure to keep your eyes peeled on new material coming later this summer. In the meantime you can catch Lahey on tour! All dates at the bottom of the post.

Hear “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me (triple j Like A Version)”:

Alex Lahey Tour Dates:
10/26/17 – Brussels, BE – Botanique Witloofbar
10/27/17 – Rotterdam, NL – V11
10/30/17 – Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
10/31/17 – Hamburg, DE – Molotow Musikclub
11/01/17 – Berlin, DE – Privat Club
11/03/17 – Munich, DE – Kranhalle
11/04/17 – Stuttgart, DE – Keller Klub
11/05/17 – Fribourg, DE – Espace culturel Le Nouveau Monde
11/06/17 – Paris, FR – La Mécanique Ondulatoire
11/08/17 – London, UK – Boston Music Room
11/09/17 – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
11/10/17 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
11/11/17 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
11/12/17 – Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

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