3/18/2019

Diane Coffee "Internet Arms" new album and tour 2019




The ever-evolving spectacle that is Diane Coffee -- the gender and genre-bending alter ego of Shaun Fleming -- returns with Internet Arms, a swan dive into a lush, digital glam wonderland.

Fleming’s path to stardom can be traced all the way back to his childhood days as a Disney voice actor, but for the past six years he’s explored the depths of his identity and channeled it outward in the form of the enigmatic and exuberant Diane Coffee.

In 2018, after performing as King Herod in the Lyric Opera’s critically-acclaimed run of Jesus Christ Superstar, Fleming emerged from the recording studio with Internet Arms. Born from the fear and uncertainty of a future in which humankind is both dependent on and poisoned by technology, the album finds Diane Coffee trapped in a digital world, enslaved by AI.

“Did you know the technology exists to take a photo of anyone you know and use it to create… well, let’s call it, ‘adult entertainment’?” Fleming asks. “And did you know that an estimated 70% of all online activity isn’t human? Where does that leave us? We don’t interact with each other anymore because we’re always online. Not to mention we can manifest any version of ourselves at the push of a button when we’re logged in, so when we encounter humans they’re not even real.”

Facing this existential crisis, Fleming’s anxieties became his muse as his writing explored the scenarios of this dystopian future: “It’s a personal study on how I feel about living with constant blurred lines of the self and the projected self.” This notion shaped the sound of Internet Arms as well, compelling Fleming to gravitate toward synths, electronic drums, and other futuristic sounds from the past and present to create his version of a digital landscape, as well as a digital version of himself.

“The songs are what have always dictated the sound. Working in the realm of clean, modern pop production has been an exhilarating change of pace. Diane Coffee now sounds like a digitization of its former self because I also feel trapped in this digital world,” Fleming explains.

This newly cybernated Diane Coffee is masterfully unveiled on album standouts “Not Ready to Go” and “Like a Child Does,” with both songs serving as vulnerable reflections on power and abuse. But whereas the former positions its chorus to soar high above a cityscape constructed of conduits and transistors,  the driving pulse of the latter propels forward like a high-speed race through the surface streets of said city. Elsewhere, Diane Coffee’s sonic boundaries are pushed the furthest on “Lights On,” a massive contemporary pop song that impressively showcases Fleming’s extraordinary vocal range.

As a whole, Internet Arms marks a significant new phase for Fleming, a testimony to the idea that Diane Coffee will endure as a fluid form of expression that continues to defy expectations of sound and genre.  

DIANE COFFEE TOUR DATES04/24 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
04/25 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
05/09 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe #
05/10 - Washington, DC @ DC9 #
05/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's #%
05/14 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #%
05/15 - Boston, MA @ Sonia #%
05/16 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz #%
05/17 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison #%
05/18 - Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx #%
05/31 - Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo
06/01 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
06/02 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown - Front Room
06/05 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
06/06 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
06/07 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
06/08 - Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
06/11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
06/13 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
06/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
06/15 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
06/16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
06/18 - Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
06/20 - Kansas City, MO @ recordBar
06/21 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
06/22 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
06/28 - Davenport, IA @ Racoon Motel
06/29 - Macomb, IL @ Heritage Days
# w/ Active Bird Community
% w/ Jackie Mendoza
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METALLICA & SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY Present S&M2: 20th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT SEPTEMBER 6TH GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION AT THE CHASE CENTER

METALLICA & SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
Present
S&M2: 20th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
SEPTEMBER 6TH GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION AT THE CHASE CENTER
In celebration of the historic grand opening of the Chase Center—the new 18,064-seat arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood—two preeminent musical forces of the Bay Area will join together for the first time in 20 years: On Friday, September 6, Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony will commemorate this most anticipated addition to San Francisco’s cultural landscape by christening the new Chase Center stage with a one-night-only show. The S&M2 concert will also mark the 20th anniversary of Metallica and the SF Symphony’s groundbreaking 1999  S&M (“Symphony & Metallica”) concerts—and its subsequent film and album releases.
Legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas completes the first week of his final season as San Francisco Symphony Music Director with a special appearance, conducting a portion of the show.
The announcement was made earlier today at Chase Center with a press conference with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield, who joined Michael Tilson Thomas from San Francisco Symphony. Warriors Owner and CEO Joe Lacob and Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts joined San Francisco Mayor London Breed for today’s press conference event as well. For a video of today’s press conference, CLICK HERE.
“Bringing together Metallica and San Francisco Symphony 20 years later for our first event at Chase Center is going to be an incredible and unique performance for the Bay Area,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “This announcement is one of many of the must-see acts we’ll have as we continue to add a variety and diversity of shows to Chase Center’s calendar.”
“This is beyond exciting on so many fronts,” said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “The fact that San Francisco is finally getting a much needed world-class arena, the fact that Metallica get to be part of the opening celebration, the fact that we get to revisit S&M 20 years later, and the fact that we get to share the stage not only with the San Francisco Symphony once again, but with the legend himself, MTT, as he kicks off his final year as music director here in San Francisco. This is mind-blowingly awesome… bring it on ASAP!!!”
“The San Francisco Symphony is delighted to be a part of the Chase Center’s opening week, and to perform once again with Metallica to recreate the magic of the historic S&M concerts,” said San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. “I’m happy to join with my friends in Metallica to make this an extraordinary only-in-San Francisco music event.”
The original S&M concerts were performed by Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony conducted by the late Michael Kamen In spring of 1999 at the Berkeley Community Theatre. The S&M album, was released later that year, winning a Best Rock Instrumental Performance GRAMMY for its version of “The Call of Ktulu.” The S&M2 concert will feature the first live performances of these arrangements in 20 years, plus the first ever Metallica/San Francisco Symphony renditions of songs written and released since the original S&M, with new orchestral charts by Bruce Coughlin.
The first presale event begins on Tuesday, March 19 at 9:00 a.m. exclusively for Metallica Fan Club members, with an additional presale event at 12:00 p.m. for Chase cardholders. Additional presale events will be held for Chase Center Membership members on Wednesday, March 20 at 12:00 p.m. and for Warriors Season Ticket Priority Wait List members on Thursday, March 21 at 9:00 a.m. Tickets will be made available to the general public on Friday, March 22 at 10:00 a.m. Fans will be able to purchase tickets by visiting chasecenter.com.

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The Sun Rises on Sophie Auster, "the sound of New York" (la Repubblica)

The Sun Rises on Sophie Auster, "the sound of New York" (la Repubblica)


This month's D la Repubblica Magazine cover girl Sophie Auster, dubbed "the sound of New York," just released a lush new single called "Rising Sun." Amidst a flurry of trumpets and a roiling acoustic guitar riff, Sophie's gentle contralto laments on love lost while looking toward the future. 
Sophie, on the track: "Rising Sun" is about the bitterness of moving on after a failed relationship and the mourning of a feeling once felt. The verses highlight the anguish of being left, but the chorus acknowledges the beauty of once being in love. The songs pushes and pulls between lamenting and indignation, which is very true to how I felt at the time, and how many people feel when suffering from a broken heart. 
Next Time, out April 12th on BMG, is her first record in five years and was produced by legendary Swedish producer Tore Johansson (New Order, Tom Jones, a-Ha). Her world is one replete with fantasy and escapism, a sonic fusion of bluesy folk-pop with cabaret dramatics reminiscent of Lana Del Rey and Sara Bareilles. 
Listen to "Rising Sun" and pre-order Next Time HERE.
Listen to a stunning acoustic version of "Rising Sun" on Mondo Sonoro.

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Dhani Harrison Added To Jeff Lynne's ELO 2019 Summer Tour


DHANI HARRISON ADDED TO JEFF LYNNE'S ELO 2019 SUMMER TOUR
 
THE MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST SINGER  
SONGWRITER WILL OPEN ON ALL DATES
 
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW AT WWW.LIVENATION.COM

(March 18, 2019) - Dhani Harrison will be joining lifelong friend Jeff Lynne for a 20-date North American arena tour this summer as the special guest of Jeff Lynne's ELO. Following the release of his critically acclaimed debut solo album, In//Parallel, Harrison most recently scored HBO's four-part documentary series "The Case Against Adnan Syed," which premiered March 10, alongside Paul Hicks.
 
Harrison's association with Lynne is well documented, with the pair co-producing the posthumous Grammy-Award Winning George Harrison album Brainwashed, but this will be the first time the pair has toured together.
 
The trek, produced by Live Nation, will kick off June 20 in Anaheim, CA and travel across North America to cities like Vancouver, Nashville, Atlanta, Washington DC, Toronto, Philadelphia, Newark, Detroit and Chicago before concluding in Pittsburgh, PA on August 1. Tickets and full details are available now at www.livenation.com.

 
JEFF LYNNE'S ELO 2019 TOUR DATES:

Thu 6/20 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center  
Sat 6/22 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center  
Mon 6/24 - San Jose, CA - SAP Center  
 Wed 6/26 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena  
Fri 6/28 - Tacoma, WA- Tacoma Dome  
Sat 6/29 - Portland, OR - Moda Center  
Wed 7/3 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Fri 7/5 - Atlanta, GA - State Farm Arena
Sun 7/7 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
Tue 7/9 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center  
Thu 7/11 - Washington, D.C. - Capitol One Arena
Sat 7/13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center  
Tue 7/16 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Thu 7/18 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena
Sat 7/20 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena  
Tue 7/23 - Grand Rapids MI - Van Andel Arena
Thu 7/25 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Arena  
Sat 7/27 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Tue 7/30 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena 
Thu 8/1 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
 

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Billie Eilish Collaborates With Takashi Murakami For 'you should see me in a crown' Video

BILLIE EILISH COLLABORATES WITH TAKASHI MURAKAMI ON OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 
‘you should see me in a crown’


WATCH EXCLUSIVELY ON APPLE MUSIC 
 
DEBUT ALBUM WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? OUT MARCH 29 
PRE-ADD NOW

(DARKROOM/INTERSCOPE RECORDS)
 
SOLD OUT WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP 
WORLD TOUR STARTS MAY 29
WATCH
‘you should see me in a crown’


Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish surprised fans today with an official video for her hit song ‘you should see me in a crown.’ The video was created by legendary Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami and is available worldwide via Apple Music now. Watch HERE.

Mutual fans of each other’s work, Eilish and Murakami met in Japan during her tour in 2018. The pair have since collaborated on the cover of GARAGE Magazine’s Spring/Summer issue and have now released this incredible piece of anime, created using special motion capture technology and incorporates Billie’s popular BLOHSH character and apparel as well as Murakami’s iconic Flowers. Murakami reveals: “8 months from start to finish, I sprinted throughout the production process with my animation team striving to realize Billie’s vision in an unprecedented way.” Billie continues.“Murakami is an incredible visionary. It was such an honor to collaborate with him and have our brains and our worlds collide for this video.”

Billie Eilish just completed her SOLD OUT tour across the U.K and Europe and will be making two highly anticipated performances at Coachella Festival next month, before embarking on her SOLD OUT North American tour in May. Starting in San Francisco on May 29, her WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WORLD TOUR commences with American rapper Denzel Curry joining as direct support with the exception of Vancouver, where Billie’s brother Finneas will be opening.

For more details on her upcoming tour dates and ticket information around the world, go to: http://www.billieeilish.com

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
04/13 – Indio, CA – Coachella Festival – SOLD OUT
04/20 – Indio, CA – Coachella Festival – SOLD OUT
05/29 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – SOLD OUT
05/31 - Portland, OR - Moda Center – SOLD OUT
06/01 - Vancouver, BC - PNE Amphitheatre*– SOLD OUT
06/02 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Amphitheater– SOLD OUT
06/04 - Magna, UT – The Great Salt Air – SOLD OUT
06/05 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre– SOLD OUT
06/07 - Kansas City, MO – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena – SOLD OUT
06/08 - Minneapolis, MN - The Armory – SOLD OUT
06/09 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom – SOLD OUT
06/11 - Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage – SOLD OUT
06/12 - Laval, QC - Place Bell – SOLD OUT
06/14 - Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion – SOLD OUT
06/15 - Philadelphia, PA – Metropolitan Opera House – SOLD OUT
06/18 – Pier 17 – New York, NY – SOLD OUT
06/19 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall – SOLD OUT
06/20 - Washington, DC - The Anthem – SOLD OUT
06/21 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater – SOLD OUT
06/23 - Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park – SOLD OUT
07/09 – Shrine Expo Hall – Los Angeles, CA – SOLD OUT
07/10 – Shrine Expo Hall – Los Angeles, CA – SOLD OUT
07/11 - Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre – SOLD OUT
07/13 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – SOLD OUT
*Finneas supporting.

Watch the video for “bury a friend” HERE.

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” IS OUT 3/29
PRE-ADD | PRE-ORDER
PRE-ORDER
 1. !!!!!!!
2. bad guy
3. xanny
4. you should see me in a crown
5. all the good girls go to hell
6. wish you were gay
7. when the party’s over
8. 8
9. my strange addiction
10. bury a friend
11. ilomilo
12. listen before i go
13. i love you
14. goodbye
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Mariee Sioux announces new album "Grief In Exile," shares "Snow Knows White" video

MARIEE SIOUX
Announces New Album Grief In Exile

Out June 7 On Night Bloom Records

Watch The Video For First Single "Snow Knows White"

Photo credit: Aubrey Trinnaman



"Lovely, animal-fantasy Californian folk... Sioux has a great knack for creatively doubling her own vocals, like artfully jumbled currents in an estuary or clouds warping through one another." - THE FADER

"Combining the artful subtlety of Marissa Nadler, the idiosyncratic vocal flourishes of Joanna Newsom and the worldly flair of Devendra Banhart... her music exists in ageless suspension, both pleasantly tranquil and strangely alluring." - SPIN

Mariee Sioux has long been a fixture in the California folk scene, revered for her delicate fingerpicking and mystical songs that reflect her Native American heritage and her upbringing in the Sierra Nevadas, land that resides on occupied Nisenen territory in Northern California. Sioux is a musician's musician, having collaborated with Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star and opened for such greats as Joanna Newsom and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Today, she announces her third record Grief In Exile, due out June 7 on Night Bloom Records. Unlike some of Sioux's more stream-of-consciousness earlier work, this album comes from a more refined and deeply personal space. The songs show how indigenous remembrance, plant medicine, and ceremonial traditions played an important role in Sioux's recovery from alcoholism, depression, and intense heartbreaks.

Sioux premiered a video for the album's exquisite first single "Snow Knows White" viaBrooklyn Vegan, who write, "It's a gorgeous song, one that scratches the same itch as her previous material but also sounds new and refreshing... Mariee makes delicate, tucked-away folk music that recalls cult '60s/'70s artists like Vashti Bunyan, with dream-like elements.The video was filmed in Bolinas, California, also where Sioux wrote the song following a difficult breakup. "I penned this song in a day as if it immediately had to be born to start the transformation process to move on and heal from a very entrenched love affair," says Sioux, "an experience that left me shaken and  grasping to reclaim myself."




Grief In Exile is out June 7 on Night Bloom Records and is available for pre-order HERE.

 
Mariee Sioux - Grief In Exile
June 7, 2019 - Night Bloom Records
1. Black Snakes
2. Baby Wave
3. Goose Song
4. Never Known
5. Grief In Exile
6. Behind The Veil
7. Snow Knows White
8. Coyote With The Flowering Heart
9. Love Like Water
10. My Birds

MORE ON MARIEE SIOUX:

"Abalone shells sage and cedar, tend to the coals that feed imaginations of ether, beat with the arteries that burn with a humble fever, tend to the ones in need of an honorable griever, bend with the corn and weed out the creeping deceiver."

Poetic mysticism and ancestral remembrance have always been deeply embedded in Mariee Sioux's music. There is a transcendent quality in her unique expression that sometimes feels otherworldly. Her ethereal singing aches with haunting sensitivity and the way she poetically weaves dreamlike imagery and the shared human experience together often moves listeners to tears. Over the past decade many people have written to tell her of profound healing experiences the music has supported them through; from births, to loved ones last breaths, moments of peace during drug withdrawals and reconnection to the self during trying times or heartbreak. There seems to be a medicinal quality to her music that is undeniable and sought after in an often destructive and disconnected age.

Coming from mixed races of Polish, Hungarian and Native American heritage she has always been fascinated by her ancestry and has recently become involved in local and national indigenous activism. A highly sensitive person, Mariee was raised in the small gold mining town of Nevada City that resides on occupied Nisenan territory in Northern California. She grew up daydreaming about the old ways of her ancestors and what might have existed on their land, imagery that later found it's way into her songwriting.

In her early years Mariee's father, a mandolin and guitar player, took the family to bluegrass and music festivals where his band often played, exposing her to harmony, fingerpicking and the way music always brought community together. Music started to find a more personal place in her life when she taught herself to play guitar at 18 years old. Soon after she took her Dad's guitar on an isolating and influential trip to Argentina where she traveled alone in the high desert and volunteered with indigenous Mapuche children. This was where the convergence of words, melody and channeling began and is when Mariee wrote her first songs.

During her 20s, seeking relief for from alcoholism and depression, she started to explore the worlds of plant medicine and ceremonial ways to find healing. Throughout this time she was able to reconnect with her health, sense of purpose and the importance of sharing her gift with others. These medicine ways were life changing and continue to be an important part of her path. There is a maturity and deepening sense of self in the nature of Mariee Sioux's recent songwriting. Her third album Grief In Exile feels like a culmination of these profound experiences and strike the listener as much more refined, less stream of consciousness and abstract. This new collection of songs shares stories of deeply intimate and relatable feelings on heartbreak, loss, indigenous prophecy, and the need to welcome grief back into our lives for the health of society.

Mariee Sioux is an artist transmitting medicinal qualities of music for the current times we are in. Her finger picking guitar has been compared to the greats of Nick Drake and Bert Jansch and her music has also been described as hallucinatory with a trance like performance. Her first album Faces in the Rocks is considered a cult classic and garnered attention from such artists as Mazzy Star, and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, with whom she has both collaborated and shared the stage with. She has also opened for Joanna Newsom, Frank Black, Buffy St. Marie, Alela Diane, and Brightblack Morning Light.

Her third album Grief In Exile is due for release in June of 2019 on Night Bloom Records.


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BEASTIE BOYS STORY As Told By Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz

BEASTIE BOYS STORY
As Told By Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz
Directed By Spike Jonze
Live On Stage
Philadelphia & Brooklyn Event Dates Confirmed
Tickets On Sale March 16th
Due to overwhelmingly popular demand, Adam “Adrock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond have confirmed three dates for Beastie Boys Story As Told By Michael Diamond & Adam Horovitz.
The full itinerary is as follows:
April 5: Philadelphia, PA – The Tower Theater
April 8: Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
April 9: Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
Watch the announcement video here:
https://youtu.be/GGwwjGZOzrA
Tickets are one sale to the public—Saturday, March 16th—at 10am local time. More information at BeastieBoys.com and Ticketmaster.com, or visit BeastieBoysBook.com.

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Josefin Öhrn + the Liberation share new single 'Feel The Sun', taken from their third album released April 26th via Rocket Recordings

Josefin Öhrn + the Liberation
 
New single ‘Feel The Sun’ HERE
 
 
Album ‘Sacred Dreams’ released April 26th via Rocket Recordings
 
“Beautifully controlled, understated, subtle but infectious.” The Guardian
 
“The Josefin Öhrn record is ridiculously good.” Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music)
 
“Mesmerising with a flair for motorik groove and creepy pop grandeur” Uncut
 
“An enthralling band” Mojo
 
“Music to shine light into our lives.” Vice
 
 
London-based psychedelic stalwarts Josefin Öhrn + the Liberation will release their third album in April via premiere label Rocket Recordings. Continuing to dive into the deeper waters of experimentation, ‘Sacred Dreams’ is both a musically hefty amalgamation of reverb drenched space-rock and retrocentric electronics, as well as an emotionally cathartic release for the band, marking a new direction and fresh approach.
 
The band have seen a dramatic rise to prominence since the release of their debut EP ‘Diamond Waves in 2014, which initially led to prominent shows in their homeland, a nomination for a Swedish Grammy as best newcomer and a rapturously received appearance at Roskilde.
 
Debut album ‘Horse Dance’ was a razor-sharp collection of songs that married dreamlike radiance with hypnotic rhythmic drive - a realm in which a propulsive ‘60s-tinged pop song could be elevated skyward with krautrock-tinged repetition. Their second album ‘Mirage’ proved an even more captivating journey, with infectious songcraft elucidated by a prismatic experimental glow, and influences as diverse as Kandinsky’s abstract expressions of synaesthesia and the avant-jazz of Moondog coalescing into seductive melody and motorik magnificence - perhaps most potently on the uplifting shimmer of ‘Rushing Through My Mind’.  It was jubilantly received across UK Radio’s BBC6 Music, climaxing in a Lauren Laverne BBC6 Live session and playlist spots, a full European tour with fellow Swedes Goat, appearances at Glastonbury and Blue Dot Festivals and a sold-out UK headline tour. The album also won the band the prestigious 'Composer of the Year’ award at the Manifest Music Awards in Sweden.
 
Since then Josefin and writing partner Fredrik have relocated from Stockholm to London and have created a new Liberation around them - this new band consists of the powerful and intuitive assemblage of musicians; Maki (Go Team), Patrick C Smith (Eskimo Chain), Matt Loft (Lola Colt) and Ben Ellis, who’s worked with both Iggy Pop and Swervedriver. ‘Sacred Dreams’ was largely recorded at Press Play studios (King Krule, Fat White Family, Yves Tumor, Stereolab, High Llamas and many others) run by Andy Ramsay of Stereolab, who also produced and even programmed his non synced drum machines adding a lot of inspiration to the album.
 
‘Scared Dreams’ invites you into the bands own dimensional soundscape, a world built with transcendental guitars, driving grooves and otherworldly, enchanting vocals, altogether seeped in layers of blissfully produced synths. Opener and lead single ‘Feel The Sun’ encapsulates this new direction perfectly before the anthemic ‘I Can Feel It’ makes the bands intentions known. Elsewhere playful 80s electronics sit alongside a shoegaze sensibility effortlessly and amongst the textured flow of the LP emerge pop hooks like the infectiously bluesy ‘Baby Come On’.
Tour dates:
 
23 Apr / Oxford / The Bullingdon
24 Apr / Leeds / The Brudenell Social Club
25 Apr / Manchester / The Deaf Institute
26 Apr / London / Islington Assembly Hall
27 Apr / Bristol / Thekla
30 Apr / Birmingham / Hare & Hounds
01 Mar / Liverpool / Jacaranda
02 Mar / Glasgow / Stereo
03 Mar / Newcastle / The Cluny
05 Mar / Leicester / Handmade Festival
 
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Ex Hex’s It’s Real on NPR First Listen this week

Yes, It’s Real by Ex Hex is very real, and starting today you can hear it from front to back on NPR First Listen ahead of its release on Friday! Mike Katzif of NPR says, “Ex Hex's blasts of rock and roll will always inspire fist-pumping and sing-alongs. But when Timony, Wright and Harris deploy their exuberant music as an entry point to fearlessly reveal more of themselves — trauma and sadness, regrets and anger — It's Real lays a path for working through painful moments and re-empowering one epic riff at a time.”
On It’s Real, Ex Hex’s commitment to larger-than-life riffs and unforgettable hooks remains intact, but the garage-y, post-punk approach that defined 2014’s Rips has grown in scale and ambition. What started as a reaction to the blown-out aesthetic of Rips would test the sonic limits of the power trio and lead the band on a quest for a more immersive and three-dimensional sound. Vocal harmonies are layered ten tracks deep, solos shimmer and modulate atop heaving power chords, and the codas linger and stretch toward new frontiers of sound. On first listen, you might think you’ve unearthed a long-lost LP carved from the space where crunch-minded art rock and glitter-covered hard rock converge, an event horizon at the intersection of towering choruses and swaggering guitars.
It’s Real is being shipped out from the Merge store this week; get your copy on CD, LP, and magenta and blue “rainbow shiner” Peak Vinyl (order before March 22 to receive a free pocket folder while supplies last), and pick up tickets to the Ex Hex show nearest you this spring!

Ex Hex on tour:
Apr 02 Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall*
Apr 03 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer*
Apr 04 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*
Apr 05 Portsmouth, NH – The Press Room*
Apr 06 Montreal, QC – l’Escogriffe*
Apr 07 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern*
Apr 08 Ferndale, MI – Loving Touch*
Apr 10 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall*
Apr 11 Madison, WI – High Noon*
Apr 12 Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club*
Apr 13 Omaha, NE – Reverb*
Apr 15 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre*
Apr 17 Boise, ID – Neurolux^
Apr 18 Portland, OR – Aladdin^
Apr 19 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore^
Apr 20 Seattle, WA – Crocodile^
Apr 23 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall^
Apr 24 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s^
Apr 25 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom^
Apr 26 Tustin, CA – Marty’s on Newport^
Apr 27 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge^
Apr 28 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress^
Apr 30 Austin, TX – Barracuda^
May 01 Dallas, TX – Curtain Club^
May 03 Nashville, TN – Exit/In^
May 04 Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle^
May 05 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle#
May 09 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
May 10 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club%
May 23 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
May 24 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
May 25 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
May 27 Bristol, UK – The Exchange
May 28 London, UK – Village Underground
May 29 Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
May 31 Brussels, BE – Botanique, Witlof Bar
Jun 01 Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret Festival
Jun 03 Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
Jun 04 Zurich, CH – Exil
Jun 05 Cologne, DE – Blue Shell
Jun 06 Hamburg, DE – Molotow
Jun 07 Berlin, DE – Privatclub
* w/ Moaning
^ w/ Feels
# w/ Japanese Breakfast, Eternal Summers
% w/ The Messthetics, Clear Channel


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