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Watch Phoebe Bridgers’ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, Listen to Her Holiday Cover of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Phoebe BridgersNPR Music Tiny Desk Concert debuted online today, featuring live versions of her songs “Motion Sickness,” “Killer,” and “Demi Moore.” watch it now HERE. All three songs are featured on her debut album Stranger In The Alps, released on September 22nd to sweeping acclaim from outlets including Pitchfork, Billboard, The FADER, Vulture, Stereogum, Bandcamp, Uproxx, W Magazine, and Under The Radar, among many others.

Bridgers also released a holiday cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” last week, which you can listen to at the bottom of this blog post. Bridgers will perform next at a sold out hometown record release show in Los Angeles on December 16th at Lodge Room Highland Park. Earlier this fall, she toured throughout North America with Conor Oberst, The War On Drugs, and Noah Gundersen, and more touring news for 2018 will be announced soon.

Produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska, and mixed by Mike Mogis, the ten haunting and introspective songs on Stranger In The Alps further introduce 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.

Stream and/or Purchase “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” —
https://PhoebeBridgers.lnk.to/christmas

Stream and/or Purchase Stranger In The Alps
https://PhoebeBridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealps

WATCH // New Artist Marlon Williams’ “Strange Things” Video And Tour Dates

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Dead Oceans is delighted to announce New Zealand-born Marlon Williams will be joining its roster and releasing a new album in early 2016. With one of the purest voices in modern music, and the charisma, individuality and superior stage presence to match, the 24-year old singer, songwriter, and performer will radiate boldly alongside a roster that includes The Tallest Man On Earth, Phosphorescent, Ryley Walker, Julianna Barwick, Kevin Morby, Bill Fay, and more. He is bound to be one of the most talked about new artists of 2016.

Marlon Williams grew up in New Zealand signing in the Christchurch cathedral choir before his father, a Maori punk singer, turned him onto country music in his teens. He founded The Unfaithful Ways at 17 with his high school friends and their science teacher, and quickly gained national attention, playing Big Day Out, touring with Justin Townes Earle, and picking up a Critics Choice award nomination at the 2011 New Zealand Music Awards. That same year, Williams met acclaimed country singer Delaney Davidson, and the pair began performing as a duo. Over two years they released three volumes of the series Sad But True: The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting, garnering the New Zealand Country Song and Country Album of the Year Awards in 2013.

Williams began performing the odd solo show in late 2012, and relocated to Melbourne to perform as Marlon Williams in mid-2013. He quickly grew a local cult following, which soon grew into a passionate national fan base. 2014 found Williams playing major festivals and making television appearances leading to sold out tours of Australia and New Zealand before heading into the studio to record his debut solo album. Released in his home continent this past spring, Marlon Williams received widespread acclaim, debuting at #4 on the New Zealand charts, and has received nominations at every major awards in Australia and New Zealand this year. In response to a recent show in Sydney, the Sydney Morning Herald glowed “what a terrific show. Fun and funny, sad and blue, it had flashes of modernity amid vast swathes of history and offered up the promise of a future completely unpredictable and completely watchable.” Now it’s time for Marlon Williams to make his mark on the rest of the world.

To understand the captivating essence of Marlon Williams, watch his powerful performance of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “Portrait of a Man from a performance at the Theatre Royal in Christchurch, and the official video Strange Things,” a harmonically and thematically twisted tune o where the protagonist is driven mad with grief over his lost wife and loneliness. And to best understand what makes Marlon Williams such a compelling performer and songwriter, experience him live at CMJ next month!

Stream/Purchase “Strange Things”:

on Spotify // Apple Music // iTunes

Marlon William Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

Wed. Oct. 1 – Napier, NZ @ St. John’s Cathedral
Fri. Oct. 2 – Tauranga, NZ @ Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Sat. Oct. 3 – Auckland, NZ @ Holy Trinity
Sun. Oct. 4 – Auckland, NZ @ St. Mary’s at Holy Trinity
Mon. Oct. 5 – Wellington, NZ @ Old St. Paul’s
Tue. Oct. 6 – Wellington, NZ @ Old St. Paul’s
Thu. Oct. 8 – Christchurch, NZ @ St. Michael All Angels
Fri. Oct. 9 – Christchurch, NZ @ The Cardboard Cathedral
Sat. Oct. 10 – Dunedin, UK @ Knox Church
Mon. Oct. 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot [School Night]
Tue. Oct. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right [NZ Music Commission, 7pm]
Tue. Oct. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rockwood Stage 2 [Communion, 9pm]
Wed. Oct. 14 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge [CAA, 7pm]
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Pianos [Atypical Beasts, 12:30pm]
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Living Room [School Night, 6:15pm]
Thu. Oct. 15 – New York, NY @ Productive Studios [Sofar, 9:15pm]
Fri. Oct. 16 – New York, NY @ Elvis Guesthouse [Secretly Group Showcase, 8:15pm]
Mon. Oct. 19 – London, UK @ The Lexington
Tue. Oct. 20 – Bristol, UK @ The Gallimaufry
Wed. Oct. 21 – Manchester, UK @ Eagle Inn
Fri. Oct. 23 – Dublin, IE @ Academy 2
Sat. Oct. 24 – Belfast, IE @ McHugh’s Bar
Sun. Oct. 25 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
Mon. Oct. 26 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Wed. Oct. 28 – Paris, FR @ La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Thu. Oct. 29 – Gent, BE @ Trefpunt
Fri. Oct. 30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso – London Calling Festival
Sat. Oct. 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Mojo Jazz Café
Sun. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Gruener Salon
Thu. Nov. 5 – Perth, AU @ Four 5 Nine
Fri. Nov. 6 – Bunbury, AU @ Prince of Wales
Sat. Nov. 7 – Fremantle, AU @ Fly By Night
Sat. Nov. 8 – Dunsborough, AU @ Clancy’s Fish Pub
Thu. Nov. 12 – Maroochydore, AU @ Sol Bar
Fri. Nov. 13 – Currumbin, AU @ Solid Lounge
Sat. Nov. 14 – Brisbane, AU @ Woolly Mammoth
Sun. Nov. 15 – Byron Bay, AU @ Byron Theare
Mon. Nov. 16 – Bellingen, AU @ St Margaret’s Hall
Fri. Nov. 20 – Newcastle, AU @ The Small Ballroom
Sun. Nov. 22 – Milton, New South Wales @ Milton Theatre
Tue. Nov. 24 – Wollongong, New South Wales @ Rad Bar
Sat. Nov. 21 – Sydney, AU @ Oxford Arts Factory
Wed. Nov. 25 – Canberra, AU @ Transit Bar
Fri. Nov. 27 – Melbourne, AU @ Prince Bandroom
Sat. Nov. 28 – Hunter Valley, New South Wales @ A Day on the Green, Hunter Valley NSW #
Sun. Nov. 29 – Mount Cotton, Queensland @ A Day on the Green
Sun. Dec. 6 – Yarra Valley, VIC @ A Day on the Green #
Thu. Dec. 3 – Adelaide, AU @ The Gov
Fri. Dec. 4 – Darwin, AU @ Railway Club
Thu. Dec. 10 – Geelong, VIC @ The Workers Club
Fri. Dec. 11 – Newport, VIC @ The Substation
Sat. Dec. 12 – Barossa Valley, AU @ A Day on the Green #
Sun. Dec. 13 – Kings Park, AU @ A Day on the Green #

# w/ Paul Kelly, Lucinda Williams + Kasey Chambers

LISTEN // Strand of Oaks Announce ‘Heal’ Deluxe Edition

“Some of the best new music we heard in 2014 was sitting right in our own backyard. With his band Strand of Oaks, Philly-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter released a knockout rock ‘n’ roll record called HEAL…this is Strand of Oaks’ most personal record, and it resonates with amplified power, soaring guitar solos and a confessional approach to songwriting.”
NPR, Public Radio’s 10 Breakout Artists of 2014

“…full-on, heart-on-sleeve vision-quest rock in the style of Showalter’s beloved Smashing Pumpkins, with a sprinkle of humility courtesy of the late Jason Molina.”
Grantland, – The Best (a.k.a. My Favorite) Music of 2014

“With its bombastic anthems and touching songwriting, the album is an incredibly revealing statement from a resilient artist.”
The AV Club, – The 20 Best Albums of 2014

“A fierce, heady triumph…this album is one of the true out-of-nowhere delights of 2014. One of its recurring themes is the power of music to get folks out of the tighetest emotional and psychological jams, and HEAL is just the kind of revelatory album to do the trick.”
American Songwriter, – Top 50 Albums of 2014

“This is big, bold rock music, even when it’s quiet.”
Aquarium Drunkard, 2014 Year in Review

Strand of OaksHEAL was released early last summer on Dead Oceans, kicking off a year of big firsts and miles racked up on the odometer. Tim Showalter paid a visit to NPR’s Tiny Desk – and to nearly every state (plus multiple continents) on a non-stop tour. As a result, Showalter’s most personal songs to date were allowed the chance to expand and change shape. That’s where the deluxe version of HEAL comes in – to celebrate this newfound life and share some fan favorites. It’s bookended with two covers, firstly a cover of Ryan Adams“My Wrecking Ball” taped in Showalter’s home of Philadelphia at WXPN, lastly a woozy rendition of The National’s “Pink Rabbits”. Rounding out the mix is a version of “Goshen ’97” from Acoustic Café and a life-affirming rendition of “Shut In” for Hear Ya. Finally, it features an alternate mix of “HEAL” at the hands of producer John Congleton that sounds like Showalter’s heart being dragged through sludge and fed through an amp.

The deluxe edition will be available as a digital-only release on Friday July 17. In addition to a full summer, Strand of Oaks has tacked on a heap of dates for this fall including shows with My Morning Jacket. All dates listed below.

HEAL TRACKLISTING
Goshen ’97
HEAL
Same Emotions
Shut In
Woke Up To The Light
JM
Plymouth
Mirage Year
For Me
Wait For Love

BONUS:
My Wrecking Ball (Live at WXPN)
Goshen ’97 (Live at Acoustic Café)
Shut In (Hear Ya Session)
HEAL (Congleton Mix)
Pink Rabbits

STRAND OF OAKS TOUR DATES: More info here
Thurs. July 23 – Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theatre
Fri. July 24 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival – SOLD OUT
Sat. July 25 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
Mon. July 27 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club &
Tues. July 28 – Spring Green, WI @ Shitty Barn – SOLD OUT
Fri. July 31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Sat. Aug. 1 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle – SOLD OUT
Sun. Aug. 2 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Thurs. Aug. 6 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Fri. Aug. 7 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts
Wed. Aug. 19 – Utrech, NL @ Ekko
Thurs. Aug. 20 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
Thurs. Aug. 20 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Sun. Aug. 23 – Portland, OR @ MusicfestNW
Sat. Sept. 5 – Sun. Sept. 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made In America Festival
Sun. Sept. 13 – St. Louis, MO @ Loufest
Fri. Sept. 18 – Sun. Sept. 20 – Bristol, VA @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
Mon. Sept. 21 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
Tues. Sept. 22 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Fri. Sept. 25 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Thrival Innovation + Music Festival
Sat. Sept. 26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival
Sun. Sept. 27 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
Wed. Sept. 30 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium †
Fri. Oct. 2 – Sun. Oct. 11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
Fri. Oct. 2 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre †
Sat. Oct. 3 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre †
Tues. Oct. 6 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Event Center †
Wed. Oct. 7 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair †
Fri. Oct. 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas †
Sat. Oct. 10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas †
Sun. Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ PARKLIFE Music Festival
Fri. Nov. 20 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre †
Wed. Nov. 25 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre †

& = w/ Ryley Walker
† = w/ My Morning Jacket

TOUR ANNOUNCE // The Tallest Man On Earth Extends Summer Tour, Records WFUV Performance Session At Electric Lady Studios

“You play directly to one person,” he laughs. “Because at most shows there’s a couple there – one who’s a really big fan and one who’s been dragged along and is bored. So I focus on the one that’s bored and try to make them smile or laugh. I look at them for a while. Then I don’t look at them. Then I know there’s a part coming up where I can make eye contact. It’s inspiring to try to connect to people in a different way to how we do normally.”
The Guardian

After playing sold out shows at both Music Hall of Williamsburg and The Beacon Theater in New York, The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Sweden’s Kristian Matsson) recorded an intimate set at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in lower Manhattan for WFUV. The group performed several songs including “Sagres” off of Dark Bird Is Home and “Like The Wheel” from Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird, plus a special first-time performance of “If I Could Only Fly,” a song originally written by Blaze Foley and made famous by Merle Haggard. Coming off of television appearances on Conan and CBS This Morning: Saturday, The Tallest Man’s WFUV performance is yet another captivating moment on a tour that will span the country.

The Tallest Man On Earth Dark Bird Is Home is out now on Dead Oceans. The next North American run includes performances at Forecastle, Eaux Claires Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, and MusicfestNW. All tour dates are below.

Purchase Dark Bird Is Home via Secretly Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, or
your local indie store

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH TOUR DATES
(new dates in bold)
[all dates + tix links: deadoceans.com/tour]
Wed. June 24 – Antwerp, BE @ Openlucht Theater – SOLD OUT
Thu. June 25 – Paris, FR @ Divan Du Monde – SOLD OUT
Sun. June 28 – Stockholm, SE @ Göta Lejon – SOLD OUT
Mon. June 29 – Stockholm, SE @ Göta Lejon – SOLD OUT
Tue. June 30 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller – SOLD OUT
Thu. July 2 – Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik – SOLD OUT
Sat. June 27–Sat. July 4 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Fri. July 17-Sun. July19 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle
Fri. July 17 – Sat. July 18 – Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires Festival
Mon. July 20 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre #
Wed. July 22 – Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall @ Babeville #
Fri. July 24 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Sat. July 25 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Sun. July 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
Wed. July 29 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Thu. July 30 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
Fri. July 31 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theater
Fri. July 31 – Sun. Aug. 2 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza – SOLD OUT
Fri. Aug. 21 — Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Sat. Aug. 22 — Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
Sun. Aug. 23 — Portland, OR @ MusicfestNW
Tue. Aug. 25 — Park City, UT @ Park City Live
Wed. Aug. 26 — Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
Fri. Aug. 28 — Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre
Sat. Aug. 29 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sun. Aug. 30 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Thu. Sep. 3 — Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Fri. Sep. 4 — Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Sat. Sep. 5 — Holland, MI @ Hope College – Knickerbocker Theatre
Mon. Sep. 7 — Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
Tue. Sep. 9 — Wichita, KS @ Orpheum Theatre
Wed. Sep. 10 — Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Fri. Sep. 11 — Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas
Sat. Sep. 12 — Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston
Sun. Sep. 13 — Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody

Sat. Oct. 3 – Oslo, NO @ Opera House ^
Sun. Oct. 4 – Göteborg, SE @ Konserthuset ^
Mon. Oct. 5 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus ^
Tue. Oct. 6 – Umea, SE @ Idun ^
Thu. Oct. 8 – Linköping, SE @ Crusell ^
Fri. Oct. 9 – Falun, SE @ Magasinet ^
Sat. Oct. 10 – Arhus, DK @ Voxhall ^
Mon. Oct. 12 – Cologne, DK @ E-Werk ^
Tue. Oct 13 – Berlin, DE @ Huxley’s ^
Wed. Oct. 14 – Vienna, AT @ Arena ^
Thu. Oct. 15 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz ^
Fri. Oct. 16 – Zürich, CH @ Volkshaus ^
Sat. Oct. 17 – Paris, FR @ La Cigal ^
Mon. Oct. 19 – London, UK @ Roundhouse ^
Tue. Oct. 20 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC ^
Wed. Oct. 21 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street ^
Fri. Oct. 23 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall ^
Sat. Oct. 24 – Bexhill, UK @ De La Warr ^
Sun. Oct. 25 – Brussels, BE @ AB ^
Tue. Oct. 27 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega ^

# with Hiss Golden Messenger
^ with Phil Cook

WATCH // Strand of Oaks’ NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Strand of Oaks’ Tiny Desk Concert is a great example of not only why this series is awesome, but also a testament to Tim Showalter’s songwriting that when he slows his anthemic rockers down, they become beautiful and contemplative. “Goshen ’97” gets special treatment here, and “Plymouth” and “JM” retain their energy and gain new poetic weight from the stripped down approach.

Strand of Oaks will be in your neck of the woods this Summer. Dates are below, tickets are here

06/19/15 Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret Festival
07/23/15 Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theatre
07/24/15 Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival SOLD-OUT
07/25/15 Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
07/27/15 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
07/28/15 Spring Green, WI – Shitty Barn w/ Oedipus Tex
07/31/15 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
08/01/15 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
08/02/15 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08/07/15 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands SOLD-OUT
08/19/15 Utrecht, NL – Ekko
08/20/15 Hasselt, BE – Pukkelpop Festival
08/20/15 Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival
08/21/15 Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival
08/22/15 Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival
08/23/15 Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival
08/23/15 Portland, OR – Music Fest NW
09/12/15 St. Louis, MO – Loufest
09/13/15 St. Louis, MO – Loufest
09/25/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Thrival Innovation + Music
09/26/15 Cincinnati, OH – MIdpoint Music Festival
09/27/15 Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
09/30/15 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium w/ My Morning Jacket
10/02/15 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre w/ My Morning Jacket
10/02/15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/03/15 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre w/ My Morning Jacket
10/03/15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/04/15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/06/15 Boise, ID – Revolution Event Center w/ My Morning Jacket
10/07/15 Magna, UT – The Great Saltair w/ My Morning Jacket
10/09/15 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl w/ My Morning Jacket
10/09/15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/10/15 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl w/ My Morning Jacket
10/10/15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/11/15 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival

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