Kane Strang Announces New Album, ‘Two Hearts and No Brain’, Out June 30th

You know that delightful, intoxicating and ultimately stressful feeling of holding onto a particularly delicious secret? Well today we’re free of the burden of secrecy. Kane Strang has announced his new album, Two Hearts and No Brain, out June 30th on Dead Oceans (that’s us!). We’ve had it on high rotation in the office and we’re ecstatic you get a taste of it today. That’s right! Along with the announcement he’s sharing the new single, “My Smile Is Extinct.” It’s the follow up to lead single, “Oh So You’re Off I See,” his first taste of new music since 2016’s Blue Cheese, which was shared ahead of Kane’s first ever North American tour last month.

Recorded in his hometown of Dunedin at the notoriously haunted Chick’s Hotel studio, Kane teamed up with producer Stephen Marr from trip hop group Doprah for Two Hearts and No Brain. The collaborative result is a razor sharp blend of intelligent alt-rock, bearing the signatures of grunge/alt rock swiftly executed with careful, meticulous precision over 11 tracks. Marr’s influence brings a pristine, retro-futuristic sheen which complements Strang’s perfectionist recording style, sharp melody, and verbose lyrical neuroticism. Taking to well-worn subject matter (heartbreak, loneliness, family) with a disarmingly frank scalpel, Strang’s wryly deadpan lines never miss a beat – the results often sardonic, and always captivating.

Two Hearts and No Brain is pure pop genius from start to finish. It’s hard to imagine who else could convincingly fuse fuzzy synths with slide guitar; crunchy chords with chiming vocals in such a kaleidoscopic pop vision. The album’s cover art, featuring a refracted analogue photograph taken of Kane atop of a rocky precipice; echoes the spirit of lean guitar-pop shining through a truly contemporary, innovative lens. His attention to detail shows up the fat slack present in the work of many of Kane’s contemporaries; yet his sound remains emotive and playfully laced with a tongue-in-cheek nostalgia – timelessly old and new in the same breath.

What sets Kane apart from the rafts of DIY indie songwriters is a willingness to push further. Having mastered the lo-fi aesthetic, he’s stretched his already limber songwriting legs and production chops to new unexpected spaces on Two Hearts and No Brain. Kane’s vision of extending his sound far beyond the bedroom promises international touring and releases the world over. With a live show that exhibits his unpredictable and exhilarating command on stage, Kane’s amassed a band of cohorts to execute his vision with arresting impact, sure to charm crowds with his sideways slant of guitar pop.

Pre-order Two Hearts and No Brain:
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Two Hearts and No Brain tracklist:
1. Lagoons
2. Silence Overgrown
3. Not Quite
4. Oh So You’re Off I See
5. See Thru
6. Summertime In Your Lounge
7. My Smile Is Extinct
8. Two Hearts and No Brain
9. It’s Not That Bad
10. Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost)
11. Good Guy


Kane Strang UK/EU Tour Dates:
Sat. May 13 – Zurich, CH @ Stall 6 (Lauter Festival)
Mon. May 15 – Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
Tue. May 16 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Wed. May 17 – London, UK @ The Lexington
Thu. May 18 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
Fri. May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
Fri. May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Mucky Duck (The Great Escape)
Sat. May 20 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
Mon. May 22 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
Tue. May 23 – Paris, FR @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Wed. May 24 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
Thu. May 25 – London, UK @ Greenman Presents Courtyard at Kings X
Sat. May 27 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Upstairs (London Calling)

Kevin Morby Shares Video For New Song “Aboard My Train,” New Album ‘City Music’ Out 6/16

Today Kevin Morby has shared a video for “Aboard My Train,” the new single off his forthcoming album, City Music (out 6/16 on Dead Oceans). Kevin self-directed the video for his new song, “Aboard My Train.”

“I wanted to make a video at home, something sort of lo-fi,” he explains. “I kind of missed the challenge of having to come up with something creative with little to no money.” As for the song, Kevin had this to say: “Doing what I do, people are constantly coming in and out of your life. The moment you think you’ll never see someone again, they reappear and that’s what this song is about starting with my first best friend, Pablo, who lived on my street in Tulsa, and was my first memory of having a best friend.” In the video, Kevin writes the names of many of these people who have made lasting impressions on his life.

Pre-order your copy of City Music
https://kevinmorby.lnk.to/citymusic

Catch Kevin On Tour
Tue. May 23 – Washington DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Wed. May 24 – New York NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Fri. May 26 – Philadelphia PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sat. May 27 – Allston MA @ Boston Calling
Thu. June 1 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Sat. June 3 – London, UK @ Field Day
Sun. June 4 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Thu. June 8 – Sun. June 11 – Manchester TN @ Bonnaroo
Fri. June 23 – Sun. June 25 – North Adams MA @ Solid Sound Festival
Tue. June 27 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
Wed. June 28 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Sun. July 2 – Berlin, DE @ Quasimodo
Mon. July 3 – Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom
Wed. July 5 – Düdingen, DE @ Bad Bonn
Fri. July 7 – Soliera/Modena, IT @ Artivive
Sun. July 9 – Brugge, BE @ Cactusfestival
Tue. July 11 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
Thu. July 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
Sat. July 15 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
Sun. July 16 – Southwold, UK @ Latitude
Fri. July 28 – Newport RI @ Newport Folk Festival

Strand of Oaks Take on ‘Conan’

There are two truths we hold near and dear to our hearts. The first is that Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks is due a Pantene campaign (look at that impeccable mane and tell us we’re wrong). And the second is that “Rest Of It” unquestionably belongs in an arena. It’s the sort of heart-pounding, muscle-car, shot-and-a-beer anthem that deserves to be played as loud as possible, preferably with hundreds (thousands?) of people singing along.

Conan, it seems, would agree. A direct quote from last night’s late night performance, “That’s how it’s done! I love seeing you play.” Strand of Oaks brought the aforementioned rocker, “Rest Of It,” to Conan, somehow avoiding burning down the set. Don’t believe us? Watch it back along with a solo-electric + web-exclusive rendition of “Radio Kids” (below). And don’t miss this killer band on tour! Full list of dates at the bottom.

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Strand of Oaks Tour Dates:
03/30/17 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
03/31/17 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
04/01/17 Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
04/02/17 Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
04/03/17 Dallas, TX – Three Links
04/04/17 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Indoor
04/05/17 Houston, TX – House of Blues
04/07/17 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
04/08/17 Tallahassee, FL – Word Of South Festival
04/09/17 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
04/10/17 Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
05/04/17 Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theatre
05/05/17 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater – Middle of the Map Fest
05/06/17 Peoria, IL – Limelight
05/26/17 Allston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
05/27/17 Allston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
05/28/17 Allston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
07/21/17 Miami Beach, FA – The Fillmore
07/22/17 Saint Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
07/23/17 North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts
07/26/17 Louisville, KY – Louisville Waterfront Park
07/28/17 Philadelphia, PA – XpoNential
07/29/17 Philadelphia, PA – XpoNential
07/30/17 Philadelphia, PA – XpoNential
08/04/17 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
08/05/17 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
08/06/17 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival

Slowdive Announce ‘Slowdive,’ First New Album In 22 Years, Out May 5th

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UK shoegaze pioneers Slowdive are pleased to announce their self-titled fourth album, out May 5th via Dead Oceans, and the beautifully understated new single, “Sugar For The Pill,” which follows the release of “Star Roving.” Additionally, Slowdive announced a live stream of a surprise show tomorrow, March 29th at London’s The Garage, the venue in which the band played their final London show in their original incarnation in December 1993. The stream will go live at 4:10 pm Eastern here: facebook.com/slowdive.

Slowdive’s stargazing alchemy is set to further entrance the faithful while beguiling a legion of fresh ears. These eight new tracks, simultaneously expansive and the band’s most direct material to date, deftly swerve away from any “trip down memory lane.” They were birthed at the band’s talismanic Oxfordshire haunt, The Courtyard, and mixed at Los Angeles’ famed Sunset Sound by Chris Coady (Beach House). Throughout, the group dynamic was all-important.

“When you’re in a band and you do three records, there’s a continuous flow and a development. For us, that flow re-started with us playing live again and that has continued into the record,” notes principle songwriter Neil Halstead.

The video for “Sugar For The Pill,” product by in/out, takes its inspiration from the Slowdive album artwork, which is itself a still from Harry Smith’s cult classic animation Heaven and Earth Magic – the vast spiritual narrative that has influenced so many artists since it was originally released back in 1957.

Slowdive is Neil Halstead (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Christian Savill (guitar), Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (vocals) and Simon Scott (drums, electronics). Their debut album, Just For A Day, was released in 1991 by Creation Records, and was followed by the band’s now revered 1993 album Souvlaki and 1995’s Pygmalion before they disbanded. In the 22 years of their virtual disappearance, compilation albums have been released and the core members of the group have gone on to join other musical endeavors. In 2014, the band announced that they’d reunited and more new music would follow.

Watch Slowdive’s “Sugar For The Pill” video –

Listen to Slowdive’s “Star Roving” –
https://youtu.be/ogCih4OavoY

Slowdive Tour Dates:
Mon. March 27 – Glasgow, UK @ Art School — SOLD OUT
Tue. March 28 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Arts Club — SOLD OUT
Wed. March 29 – London, UK @ The Garage
Thu. March 30 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece — SOLD OUT
Fri. March 31 – The Hague, NL @ Rewire Festival
Sun. April 2 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo — SOLD OUT
Mon. April 3 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal — SOLD OUT
Sun. April 30 – Fort Worth, TX @ Fortress Festival
Tue. May 2 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Wed. May 3 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theater # — SOLD OUT
Fri. May 5 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall # — SOLD OUT
Sat. May 6 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia
Sun. May 7 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club # — SOLD OUT
Mon. May 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel # — SOLD OUT
Tue. May 9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Wed. May 10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Thu. May 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Sat. May 13 – Santiago, CL @ Fauna Otono
Sun. May 14 – São Paulo, BR @ Balaclava Fest
Fri. June 2 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy
Sat. June 3 – London, UK @ Field Day
Fri. June 16 – Sun. June 18 – Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby
Fri. July 7 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
Fri. July 21 – Sun. July 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
Thu. Aug. 31 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival

Kevin Morby Announces New Album ‘City Music’ Out 6/16, Shares “Come To Me Now”

We’re pleased to announce that City Music, the new album by Kevin Morby, will be released June 16th. Full of listless wanderlust, it’s a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond by a songwriter cast from his own mold. As he puts it: “It is a mix-tape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me.”

His fourth album, City Music works as a counterpart to Morby’s acclaimed 2016 release Singing Saw, an autobiographical set that reflected the solitude and landscape in which it was recorded. Saw was imagined as “an old bookshelf with a young Bob and Joni staring back at me, blank and timeless. They live here, in this left side of my brain, smoking cigarettes and playing acoustic guitars while lying on an unmade bed.”

And now follows City Music, the yang to its yin, the heads to its tails. It is a collection crafted using the other side of its creator’s brain, the jumping off point perhaps best once again encapsulated by an image. “Here, Lou Reed and Patti Smith stare out at the listener,” explains Morby. “Stretched out on a living room floor they are somewhere in mid-70s Manhattan, also smoking cigarettes.” It finds Morby exploring similar themes of solitude, but this time framed by a window of an uptown apartment that looks down upon an international urban landscape “exposed like a giant bleeding wound.”

Today, Kevin shared the first song off the new album, “Come To Me Now.” Organ pipes in as if filling the aforementioned room with warm sunlight, a friendly face returning from a long journey. It should make the ears of anyone familiar with Kevin’s music perk up, as the pump organ heralds in the new record & a sound unlike any other song in Kevin’s songbook.

“The organ you’re hearing on this song is an old pump organ from the 1800s, I wish I could remember the brand – but I don’t. This was my favorite part of recording this album, playing this thing and pumping air into it with the foot pedals, it had such a presence from the moment I entered the studio. For the first few days I think I thought it was just there for looks, that there was no way it still worked, but sure enough it did. Above it hung a framed photo of the original owner of the studios property who died sometime ago. Apparently his ghost still occupies the premises.”Kevin Morby

Listen / Pre-order City Music
https://kevinmorby.lnk.to/citymusic

City Music Tracklisting
1. Come To Me Now
2. Crybaby
3. 1234
4. Aboard My Train
5. Dry Your Eyes
6. Flannery
7. City Music
8. Tin Can
9. Caught In My Eye
10. Night Time
11. Pearly Gates
12. Downtown’s Lights

Kevin Morby Tour Dates
Wed. March 22 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
Th. March 23 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Lecture Hall of Oakland
Fri. March 24 – Toronto, ON @ Longboat Hall
Sat. March 25 – Montréal, QC @ Théâtre Plaza
Sun. March 26 – Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot
Tue. March 28 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
Wed. March 29 – Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space
Thu. March 30 – Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
Fri. March 31 – Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
Sat. April 1 – Carlisle, PA @ The Trellis at Dickinson College
Sun. April 2 – Baltimore, MD @ Creative Alliance
Tue. May 23 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
Wed. May 24 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Fri. May 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sat. May 27 – Allston, MA @ Boston Calling
Thu. June 1 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Sat. June 3 – London, UK @ Field Day
Sun. June 4 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Thu. June 8 – Sun. June 11 – Manchester TN @ Bonnaroo
Fri. June 23 – Sun. June 25 – North Adams MA @ Solid Sound Festival
Tue. June 27 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
Wed. June 28 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Sun. July 2 – Berlin, DE @ Quasimodo
Mon. July 3 – Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom
Wed. July 5 – Düdingen, DE @ Bad Bonn
Fri. July 7 – Soliera/Modena, IT @ Artivive
Sun. July 9 – Brugge, BE @ Cactusfestival
Tue. July 11 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
Thu. July 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Super Bock Super Rock
Sat. July 15 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
Sun. July 16 – Southwold, UK @ Latitude
Fri. July 28 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival

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