Marlon Williams Returns With New Song “Vampire Again”

Marlon Williams returns with “Vampire Again,” his first new material since releasing his acclaimed debut album early last year and touring relentlessly around the world, including performances on CONAN, Later…with Jools Holland, opening for Bruce Springsteen and picking up both an ARIA Award nomination and two New Zealand Music Awards.

In creating “Vampire Again,” Williams returned home to Lyttelton, New Zealand to re-engage in the writing process and work again with producer Ben Edwards. Below he discusses the story behind the song. Watch the accompanying video, directed by Williams in collaboration with UK cinematographer Steve Gullick. It’s a tragicomic vignette of a societal outcast – misshapen, uncomfortable, humorous and a little touching.

The germination of this song began in LA last year. It was indeed Halloween again, and I was bored, having spent a week locked away in an Airbnb by the airport trying in vain to write a song. Any song. Nothing came. So Halloween comes around and I figure, “Hey, I’m gonna go out tonight. Alone. Comfortably alone. Comfortably alone to see the LA Opera performing a new score to accompany my fave scary flick Nosferatu at the Ace Hotel. I’m gonna dress as the spindly creep himself. What’s more, I’m gonna get super blazed before I go. And be comfortably alone.”
So, off I go, having spent far too much on a last minute outfit, and step out of the Uber and onto the red carpet with a nauseating air of self-confidence. “This is my night. I am strong. I am human and it is my right to express myself how I see fit.” Turns out I was running late, and when I finally enter the theatre everyone was already seated and the overture had begun. What’s more, no one else was dressed up. Well they were, but in tuxedos and lovely dresses. And there was nowhere for stoned ole spindleboots to sit. So, I hunched and crawled my way down the aisle and sat on the floor like it was the most reasonable thing to do at an opera.
I made it through the whole film and then calmly turned tail, satisfied that I’d had a good time and sure that I’d heard whispers of “bad-ass” as I left the building. I’d like to believe that this was, at least in part, the catalyst for a whole new period in my life and my art. But that’s bullsh*t.
Anyway, here it is, my own demented tale of New Age self-affirmation; “Vampire Again.”

Stream and/or Purchase “Vampire Again”:
https://marlon-williams.lnk.to/vampireagainbl

Following Williams’ recent performances at the Newport Folk Festival and Pickathon, he’ll hit the road throughout the rest of the month supporting City & Colour, before playing headline shows in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto this fall.


Marlon Williams Tour Dates:
Fri. Aug. 11 – Boulder, CO @ Triple A Festival
Sat. Aug 12 – Sun. Aug. 13 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Folk Festival
Tue. Aug. 15 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant #
Wed. Aug. 16 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown #
Fri. Aug. 18 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre #
Sat. Aug. 19 – Bellevue, CO @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre #
Mon. Aug. 21 – Kansas City @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland #
Tue. Aug. 22 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre #
Thu. Aug. 24 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom #
Fri. Aug. 25 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues #
Sat. Aug. 26 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theatre #
Mon. Aug. 28 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues #
Tue. Aug. 29 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s #
Sat. Sep. 2 – Rutbeek, NE @ Tuckerville Festival
Tue. Oct. 24 – London, UK @ Omeara
Wed. Oct. 25 – Paris, France @ Espace B
Thu. Oct. 26 – Berlin, Germany @ FluxBau
Sat. Oct. 28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ London Calling Festival
Mon. Oct. 30 – New York, NY @ Rough Trade
Wed. Nov. 1 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
Thu. Nov. 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
Fri. Nov. 10 – Auckland, NZ @ Point Chev RSA
Sat. Nov. 11 – Welllington, NZ @ San Fran
Sun. Nov. 12 – Christchurch, NZ @ Blue Smoke
Wed. Nov. 15 – Sydney, Australia @ Oxford Art Factory
Thu. Nov. 16 – Melbourne, Australia @ Howler
Fri. Nov. 17 – Mullumbimby, Australia @ Mullumbimby Music Festival

# = with City & Colour

“Channeling Roy Orbison at moments with a good sense of humor great songs and one of the best voices at Newport, New Zealand’s Marlon Williams.” – Bob Boilen

“His songwriting is prolific – he paints songs as characters and remains gender-fluid throughout his nine-song masterpiece. Williams is such a gifted storyteller that there is no telling which tracks are autobiographical and which are fictional.” – Paste

Destroyer Announces New Album ‘ken’, Out October 20th

Pre-order ken:
Destroyer.lnk.to/ken

On October 20, Destroyer returns with ken.


Of his 12th studio album and its enigmatic title, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar offers the following:

Sometime last year, I discovered that the original name for “The Wild Ones” (one of the great English-language ballads of the last 100 years or so) was “Ken.” I had an epiphany, I was physically struck by this information. In an attempt to hold on to this feeling, I decided to lift the original title of that song and use it for my own purposes. It’s unclear to me what that purpose is, or what the connection is. I was not thinking about Suede when making this record. I was thinking about the last few years of the Thatcher era. Those were the years when music first really came at me like a sickness, I had it bad. Maybe “The Wild Ones” speaks to that feeling, probably why Suede made no sense in America. I think “ken” also means “to know.”

ken was produced by Josh Wells of Black Mountain, who has been the drummer in Destroyer since 2012. The album was recorded in its entirety in the jam space/studio space that the group calls The Balloon Factory. However, unlike Poison Season, ken was not recorded as a “band” record, though everyone in the band does make an appearance.

ken will also be available as a Deluxe LP: Pressed on opaque yellow vinyl and includes a bonus 7-inch single on black vinyl that contains solo acoustic versions of the album tracks “A Light Travels Down the Catwalk” and “Stay Lost.” Includes lyric insert.

Destroyer is also happy to share a run of European tour dates this winter. See full run of dates below.


ken Track Listing
1 Sky’s Grey
2 In the Morning
3 Tinseltown Swimming in Blood
4 Cover From the Sun
5 Saw You at the Hospital
6 A Light Travels Down the Catwalk
7 Rome
8 Sometimes In the World
9 Ivory Coast
10 Stay Lost
11 La Regle du Jeu


UK/EU Tour Dates
11/12 – Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel
11/13 – Aarhus, DK – Voxhall
11/14 – Oslo, NO – John Dee
11/15 – Stockholm, SE – Fasching
11/16 – Copenhagen, DN – Vega
11/16 – Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
11/19 – Dusseldorf, DE – New Fall Festival
11/21 – Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
11/22 – Montpellier, FR – Le Rockstore
11/23 – San Sebastian, ES – Teatro Victoria Eugenia
11/25 – Madrid, ES – Teatro Barcelo
11/26 – Valencia, ES – La Rambleta
11/27 – Barcelona, ES – Sala Bikini
11/29 – Lille, FR – L’ Aeronef
11/30 – Brighton, UK – Patterns
12/01 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
12/03 – Dublin, IE – Button Factory
12/05 – Glasgow, UK – CCA (270)
12/06 – Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
12/07 – London, UK – Scala
12/08 – Paris, FR – Petit Bain
12/09 – Amsterdam, NE – Paradiso Noord
12/10 – Brussels, BE – Botanique Brussels

Kane Strang Shares Official Video For New Single, “Silence Overgrown”

Kane Strang has unveiled the official, video for “Silence Overgrown,” off his new album, Two Hearts and No Brain, out now.

Crafted from footage captured by Kane and his bandmates during their US and European tours earlier this year, the video for “Silence Overgrown” offers a glimpse of the tour life across the globe. On his self-made video, Kane says,

“landing in New York ahead of our first overseas shows and walking around that night was hands down the most surreal moment of my life. I never even thought I’d visit America, let alone be there for my music and I’m so glad we managed to capture fragments of that and the rest of this crazy year on camera. This goes out to everyone who has come see us play or let us crash at their houses or bought the album. Thank you!!!”

In addition to the recently announced New Zealand dates, Kane has added a run of Australian shows supporting Ali Barter.


Kane Strang on Tour
19/08 – None Gallery, Dunedin w/ Constance Disappointment and Painted Blind (all ages)
24/08 – The Stomach, Palmerston North w/ Fruit Juice Parade and Carson Taare (solo, all ages)
25/08 – Caroline, Wellington w/ Girlboss and Zero Cool
26/08 – Whammy Bar, Auckland w/ Girlboss, The Beths and Eyes No Eyes
01/09 – The Others Way, Auckland
02/09 – Darkroom, Christchurch w/ Constance Disappointment and Fran
28/09 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney*
29/09 – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle*
01/10 – Transit Bar, Canberra*
02/10 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

*supporting Ali Barter


Purchase Two Hearts and No Brain https://deadoceans.lnk.to/kanestrang

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

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