Perfect Pussy Interview

Meredith Graves speaks

By Alexander Laurence

In the beginning there was the word, and also noise, punk rock, feminism, misogyny, and attacks on the patriarchy. From this world of injustice comes the band Perfect Pussy from Syracuse, New York, who exploded on the international scene so fast that we were all lining up to see them. After the release of their defiant debut album, Say Yes To Love, and numerous angry American tours, now people in Europe can join in the shouting. Here Meredith Graves talks about the band and their short life, and promises to break up the band before any acceptance into the male dominated culture.

AL: Are there a lot of music venues in Syracuse?

Meredith: Syracuse is a small city. There are about a hundred thousand people here. Most of us grew up here. Most of the venues are DIY. There are a couple of bigger venues. Syracuse University has a few big shows every year. Syracuse has historically had a very strong punk scene. Rochester and Buffalo are pretty close cities.

AL: Your shows are brief.

Meredith: We usually play for 15 or 30 minutes. We are a punk band. That is what we are used to. If you go to a house show and bands play longer than that, people will get bored, because it’s just wanking. In punk, if you can’t do everything you need to do in twenty minutes, you need to reconsider what you are doing as a band. There are some bands who have longer songs. If that is what you do, that is fine. But this is what we do.

AL: There was a show a few weeks ago in Dallas where there was a sexually explicit flyer for the show. What happened?

Meredith: I got upset. We played our full set that night. At the end of our set, Sean and I will continue. We have another project which is electronic noise and performance. We usually play last. So we will make some noise at the end of the set, while the other members are packing up the gear. We had a negative experience with the show. Not the show itself. The venue and the crowd were wonderful. There was some artwork that was created by some by some unknown person. They made a sexually violent flyer without our permission. I still don’t know who created it. People who don’t know our band, and make flyers for our gigs, tend to make sexually graphic flyers. But if you know anything about our band, you would know that our band talks about sexual violence and sexual abuse. We are a feminist band and we were on tour with another band who are all women. Anyone who thought that it was a good idea to make that flyer, wasn’t thinking. Nobody stopped it. It’s hard enough to be women in a scene that is profoundly unfriendly to women. That is not cool. Hardcore is supposed to be different. It is supposed to be a place where people can feel safe, and it never has been. People who are not actively making that change, don’t have a right to participate.

AL: You were touring on the west coast when this school shooting happened in Santa Barbara with Elliot Rodger. What did you think of that?

Meredith: The act was misogynistic. He has a history of violence against women that was ignored by the police. The misogyny involved in the crime is the crux of his mental illness. We do a disservice to women separating misogyny from mental illness. How his mental illness manifested itself was misogyny and absolutely hatred of women. People are unwilling to talk about it. It’s a fact: men’s entitlement to women’s bodies is a source of the majority of violent crime. Women’s stories get erased and the dead are forgotten, and that’s not okay.

AL: On the internet there is a lot of abuse against women.

Meredith: Everyone lives under the threat of crime. Women live under the constant threat of rape. I had this conversation with the band Potty Mouth when we were on tour. Women in music experience a whole other level of threat. When articles come out on the internet about your band, people will write in the comments: “I hope the bitch gets raped.” Men don’t get those comments. I am afraid of walking around in neighborhoods. I am more afraid of drunk dudes at shows.

AL: Female fronted bands are odd for some people. I guess you would see that more in the punk rock era with Siouxsie Sioux and The Slits?

Meredith: There have been women in music as long as there has been music. Because of male domination and the patriarchal culture, we haven’t gotten as much attention. It’s historically more difficult for women to get recognition. Women have been sexualized first, and musicians second.

AL: As far as lyrics go, you like Wire?

Meredith: You can make lyrics out of anything. I admire Wire for their use of language and their literary-ness. It’s beautiful. The concision and industrial nature of their lyrics matches well with the music they were making.

AL: You have a lyric sheet with your CD.

Meredith: There are a few ways to access our band. You can listen to it. You can watch it. You can read it as it goes. People can choose to access it at whatever level they choose.

AL: Do you think Perfect Pussy will do 5 or 10 albums?

Meredith: No. We will probably only do this one. I have been in a few bands. This is the one that got the most attention. Music is really just a hobby for me. I am a seamstress. I alter wedding dresses for a living. I have published my writing on some interesting websites. I help people put out records. I love photography. There are a lot of things that I want to do with my life. I have high hopes. I have done a lot of cool stuff. I have been lucky. This band is cool and interesting, but if there is one thing in 26 years, is there will always be another cool thing.

Unauthorized Flyer

from Ex-Berliner


AL: You were talking about being in the right place at the right time and being lucky? Can you expand on that?

Meredith: I am the kind of person that things just happen to. For instance I went out to lunch with my dad for father’s day a few years ago. It’s a place that I go once a week, and it’s across the street where I work. I was having coffee and I ended up meeting the guy who I ended up getting engaged to. Things happen to me. One day I woke up and I got a call that our band’s demo was on Pitchfork. It happened overnight. We played three shows. It feels like there are secret cameras around waiting for my reaction. I attract really interesting people and I find myself in super insane situations. I feel this constant sense of gratitude being in this band.

AL: In a few interviews you mentioned “Nirvana Goth.” Is that like mopey music?

Meredith: It’s not even mopey. I listen to a lot of mopey ass music. I like depressing and slow music. I think that is fine. When I say “Nirvana Goth” I mean people who are in bands to party, and don’t think about the politics of what they are doing. They just want to use some cool imagery and have no forethought about what they do. It’s a genre dominated by young white men. They do fucked up things because they have never been marginalized. It could be guys who use Native American art in their name, because maybe that will make them more tribal. There is no self editing or thinking in Nirvana Goth. It’s just song about drugs and the beach.

AL: You are touring in Europe for the first time this summer?

Meredith: Yes. It will be our first time as band there. My best friend lives in Berlin and he did some art for us recently. His name is Dru Brennan and he has a show up right now. He is a calligrapher and graffiti artist from LA who lives in Berlin. He’s also a professional photographer and teaches pottery. He hand painted text in the windows in a church in Berlin. He is amazing. He designed a tote bag for us.

AL: If you go to some of these European cities where they don’t speak English as much: do you think will be a problem for the band?

Meredith: Yeah. I am excited to see what happens. I don’t care what people think of this band. If they like or hate it: that’s fine. I hope they engage with it in some way. I am curious to see the results. I am committed to the art we are making. I would feel very uncomfortable being a tourist. The band is a good reason to visit all these other cities. I am looking forward to going to Paris. I studied film in school. I have always been into French culture, and French music, and French films. I am going to take a lot of photos there. We are coming back again in October for a festival. 



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Bonfire Beach US Tour 2014

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Godfather of Punk Poetry John Cooper Clarke Announces East Coast Tour


Today John Cooper Clarke is adored across Europe as an elder statesman of subversive art, and the witty, political poet of the first UK punk movement whose blazing creativity has survived a bumpy ride. His poetry was born in those wild 1970s street-fighting days and Cooper Clarke has not returned to America since then. But here he comes again, the incendiary punk performance poet, actor and social satirist, to delight America with a new download release of a DVD, ‘Live in London.’ Recorded at a legendary concert, it features performance of his sardonic, hilarious and revealing poems, both old and new. He is introducing the new release to America with 6 East Coast U.S. dates.

You may only have heard Cooper Clarke’s dry Mancunian wit on the final moments of the HBO Series, ‘The Sopranos,’ but across Europe, and among Americans in the know, John Cooper Clark is the poetic political voice of several generations. Cooper Clarke is currently enjoying a great renaissance. He arrives fresh from an extensive sell-out tour of the UK and Ireland, showcasing new poems that were as enthusiastically received as his classics. His fervent admirers include fellow artists for whom he has become a cultural touchstone, like British actor Steve Coogan, who said, " I ask people if they've heard of John Cooper Clark and if they say, 'Yes, he's a genius!' I say, Thank you. You've just saved me a lot of time."

It’s been an intriguing journey since his wry social observation, fired off in a smart, staccato rhythm, first got Cooper Clarke called a punk poet. He worked and toured with leading movement voices like the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Elvis Costello, Richard Hell and Joy Division, whose producer, fellow Mancunian Martin Hannett, also of U2 fame, was musical director of Cooper Clarke’s band, the Invisible Girls. Cooper Clarke’s poetic credentials were cemented by tours with the great American Beat poets Allen Ginsburg and Gregory Corso, effectively hailing the younger Mancunian as their successor. 

His first poem came out on an indie label in Manchester, and Cooper Clarke’s late1970s/early 1980s major label recordings are still influential. But most importantly, his work remains relevant. In the past two years, Cooper Clarke has been part of two worldwide # 1 albums. The Arctic Monkeys cover his poem, “I Wanna Be Yours,” on their mega--selling album, “A.M.”; and he stars in “Ill Manors,” the directorial film debut of top UK rapper Plan B (aka Ben Drew.) Their duet, “Pity The Plight” appears in the movie and on the soundtrack.

At home in Britain, Cooper Clarke’s trademark skinny flamingo profile, with its jaunty cockscomb of hair, is more identifiable than ever. The much-loved cultural icon is the subject of a BBC documentary, “Evidently John Cooper Clarke,” and he has been awarded an honorary Arts Doctorate degree from Salford University in his native Manchester. His book of poetry, “Ten Years In An Open-Neck Shirt,” is one of the world’s top-sellers, and Cooper Clarke is currently negotiating its successor.
It’s time to catch up with the ever-challenging, ever-amusing John Cooper Clarke. He blazed a trail in the 1970s that still lights the way – now America gets to see where he’s flaming next.
‘Live In London’ is released on Fulfill Records andis available on iTunes. It is priced at $7.92
These albums are currently available in the US:
The Very Best Of… Word of Mouth
In addition, a major boxset of John Cooper Clarke's best of and rare materials is coming out in February 2015.

Wednesday, September 10Catab LoungeCambridge, MA
Saturday, September 13The Bowery ElectricNew York, NY
Sunday, September 14The Bowery ElectricNew York, NY
Monday, September 15The Bowery ElectricNew York, NY
Monday, September 22The StandardNew York, NY
Tuesday, September 23Café NineNew Haven, CT
Wednesday, September 24Church of BostonBoston, MA

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SMiLE! at HM157 (in Los Angeles)

SMiLE! at HM157 (in Los Angeles)
MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS www.mirandaleerichards.com
PAULA FRAZER (SF, with Jacob Aranda, David Cuetter & Amy Fowler) www.paulafrazer.com
 (SF) www.facebook.com/pages/The-Aerosols/181951325175977

THE SHE'S (SF) theshes.bandcamp.com/
(Installation + Performance)

Host/Record Player Neil Martinson

HM157 is a magical venue at 3110 N. Broadway in Lincoln Heights, CA www.facebook.com/HM157
Doors 8pm Show 9pm $10


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Happy Birthday Anton Newcombe

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Alessi's Ark opens UK dates for Jenny Lewis

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Photo: Angel Ceballos

Alessi's Ark returns to the UK with six shows supporting Jenny Lewis. After a successful summer
tour of Japan, and some Festivals dates, and some other summer shows with the likes of M Ward,
Lyla Foy and Rachel Dadd, she appears on some bigger stages with the American singer. 

Alessi's Ark UK Tour 2014 supporting 2014

Aug 30 Alessi's Ark supporting Jenny Lewis at Glasgow School of Art Glasgow, United Kingdom 
Sep 05 Alessi's Ark supporting Jenny Lewis at Islington Assembly Hall London, United Kingdom 
Sep 06 Alessi's Ark supporting Jenny Lewis at The Lantern, Colston Hall Bristol, United Kingdom 
Sep 11 Alessi's Ark supporting Jenny Lewis at Islington Assembly Hall London, United Kingdom
Sep 12 Alessi's Ark supporting Jenny Lewis at The Ritz Manchester, United Kingdom 
Sep 13 Alessi's Ark solo show at Thames Fest London, United Kingdom 
Sep 13 Alessi's Ark supporting Jenny Lewis at The Library Birmingham, UK
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She Keeps Bees reveal "Radiance", on tour now



Photo Credit: Molly Donahue

"It's glow comes like warm reds and oranges breaking the haze...She Keeps Bees manage deceptively gentle emotional forces." -Consequence of Sound

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Today She Keeps Bees have revealed a new single from their new album, Eight Houses, out September 16th on Future Gods Records.  "Radiance" is another beautifully crafted, powerful song with gentle instrumentation indicative of the stunning timelessness that She Keeps Bees have created with Eight Houses.

Eight Houses finds She Keeps Bees working with an outside producer, Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, The War On Drugs, Dirty Projectors, etc.) for the first time and enlisting guest musicians including Sharon Van Etten and Adam Schatz. 

She Keeps Bees are on tour now, their highly affecting live show is not to be missed! All dates below. 

"Low-key but powerful, trailing wisps of desolation, menace, and regret. Larrabee's moan is a ripple of unease in stale air, occupied only by some keyboard and a drum track." 

"Larrabee's soothing alto murmurs against minimal organ parts and a sparse drumbeat, and the less-is-more effect is powerful." -Stereogum 


Considering how controlled the chaos is on Eight Houses-a record that's ruptured by riffs and rattled by rhythms without leaping straight off the rails-it's tough to imagine a time when Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant didn't finish each other's sentences, creatively and personally. But that's how She Keeps Bees began: with LaPlant bashing a borrowed kit (including a garbage-picked floor tom) atop a step-ladder and Larrabee directing the dark solo recordings she began soon after moving from Philadelphia to Brooklyn.
"It was trial by fire," says LaPlant of their early rehearsals. "Luckily what she wanted out of me at the time wasn't complicated."
"We grew together slowly," adds Larrabee, "like a tree. It felt powerful with him behind me. Nothing really clicked until I met Andy."
That dynamic became more pronounced with each passing record, peaking with the self-produced songs of Nests and Dig On, the latter of which expanded the pair's minimal sound with bass parts and synths. Now joined by an outside producer (Rare Book Room's Nicolas Vernhes) and guest musicians including Sharon Van Etten and Adam Schatz, She Keeps Bees revels in the raw power of subtlety, silence and space, coloring Larrabee's compositions with lean piano lines, hazy horns and warm organ rolls.
"There was definitely a batch of more aggressive songs that got cut from the record," explains LaPlant. "Having a producer was nice in that respect; if things were starting to sound too similar and we didn't hear it, Nicolas wasn't shy about letting us know. We wanted to step outside our comfort zone stylistically, which really gives Jess' songwriting a chance to shine."
It also pushes her dense lyrics to the fore, exploring a wide range of universal emotions (desire, obsession, change) and looking for answers to questions our teachers never addressed, from the blood-splattered war hero status Custer earned during his "last stand" to the forced assimilation of Native Americans on the open roads She Keeps Bees toured for the first time in 2012.
"The reservations left a heartache in me," she explains, "and swarms of questions. I began reading stories. The more I read the history, the more I realized this was a universal story of 'progress': the Western world surrounding indigenous people, taking their natural resources, destroying their sense of self."
And yet there's still a light at the end of the tumultuous tunnel Eight Houses carves over the course of 10 punchy, confident songs. It kicks in as "Raven" collides with its choruses, meeting the human condition head on.
"Let the toxic mimics roll off us all," says Larrabee. "Let the power of your truest self rest in your heart.  Draw strength from below your navel-a place where there is no fear. Honor the gravity of the emotion but do not be consumed." 

8/28 - Spokane, WA @ Jones Radiator
8/29 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
8/30 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre Lounge
9/3 - San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
9/6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
9/7 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
9/8 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room
9/10 - Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
9/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
9/12 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
9/13 - Kansas City, MO @ Czar bar
9/14 - Lincoln, NE @ Duffy's Taver
9/15 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
9/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi
9/17 - Detroit, MI @ PJ's Lager House
9/19 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
9/20 - Athens, OH @ The Union
9/25 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
9/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
9/27 - Washington, DC @ The Lot (Atlantic Plumbing)
11/12 - Bristol, ENG @ The Lantern
11/13 - Manchester, ENG @ Gullivers
11/15 - London, ENG @ The Lexington

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Bonfire Beach To Release New LP, Share "Spit U Out" Video

Announce Fall Tour With The Dandy Warhols

Bonfire Beach LP Out October 14th On Cleopatra Records

Click Here To Pre-Order 'Bonfire Beach' LP

Tour Dates
with Dandy Warhols:
09.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.13 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest & Carnival
09.14 - Indianapolis, IN - Vogue Theater
09.16 - Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag Theatre
09.17 - Newport, KY - Southgate House Revival
09.19 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.20 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.21 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.22 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
09.23 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
09.25 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
09.26 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
09.27 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
09.28 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
09.30 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
10.01 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.02 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10.03 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market

'Bonfire Beach' LP Tracklisting

01. Spit U Out
02. Eclipse
03. Highway 77
04. Paradise Inn
05. Black Tinted Moonlight
06. London Boys
07. Dreams In The Shadows
08. Electric Wave (Bonus)
09. Bells (Bonus)

"Dexy Valentine's Bonfire Beach project drives a wedge between her dreamy work on Magic Wands, 
and her desire for a rumbling motorbike, heroin-chic aesthetic dusty enough to get compared to B.R.M.C." -LA  Weekly

Dexy Valentine is the front woman of Magic Wands & Bonfire Beach.

Magic Wands have garnished great success in music licenses via Zynch, having songs 
featured on Victoria's Secret, Vogue fashion Week, Gucci, Zara, T-mobile, Beauty &
the Beast, Vampire Diaries & the Diablo Cody film "The Power of Few" with 
Christopher Walken & Christen Slater.  Magic Wands have toured & opened for 
The Kills, The Horrors, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Black Keys, The Raconteurs, 
The Breeders, The Wombats and have made appearances at SXSW, Glastonbury 
& Lollapalooza.

Presently Magic Wands are finishing up their second album tilted Stranded 
on Earth the anticipated follow up to their acclaimed debut album Aloha Moon 
that was released late 2012.

Meanwhile Dexy Valentine has delved into a darker sound and embarked on a side 
project called "Bonfire Beach" where she waves her magic wand over the gritty golden 
lights of Hollywood's lost angels to the moonlit seances of the gypsy trodden beachcombers.

Bonfire Beach's debut self tilted album is due out on Cleopatra Records & the band 
will be main support for The Dandy Warhols' fall tour this Sept/Oct. The LA Weekly has 
given praise to Bonfire Beach listing them in "LA's top ten bands to blow up in 2014" as 
well as listing Dexy Valentine at #2 in the top ten rising female fronted bands in
Los Angeles.

Bonfire Beach's debut single/video "Spit U Out" has just been released via Manimal Vinal.

The track has an edgy  punk sound and has been compared to The Gun Club meets 
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Bonfire Beach will be releasing their new self-titled LP 
on October 14th via Cleopatra Records.


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Zola Jesus Reveals "Dangerous Days" Video


OUT OCTOBER 7th, 2014

Still from “Dangerous Days” directed by Tim Saccenti

Nika Danilova’s voice is an elemental, powerful thing.” (Best New Music) – Pitchfork

“Zola Jesus’ most profound, accessible release to date.” – Billboard

“A beautiful electro-pop gem, and the only thing dangerous about it is how freaking addictive it is.” –NYLON

“Elegant synth-pop banger” – Spin

“Danilova has a full-on anthem on her hands with this one.” – Flavorwire
Zola Jesus unleashes an otherworldly video for “Dangerous Days” directed by contemporary visionaryTim Saccenti who has created an awe-inspiring backdrop for this anthemic song.  Saccenti explains, “The song is a pure emotional plea, a future primitive call to arms. To create a moment of light in these dark times was our hope. Eschewing a heavy narrative we let the images of the Earth, filmed in wide screen and mixed with a tense unnatural presence, wash over the viewer while Nika communicates her powerful message.”  Nika describes the video making process, “Working with Tim was effortless. His creative ambition to turn the abstract into a tangible feel is a rare treasure.”   Watch the video for “Dangerous Days,” premiered by Vogue.com here.

Zola Jesus’s TAIGA is due for release October 7th, 2014 on Mute.  First single “Dangerous Days” is now available to stream here, and the album is available to pre-order here.  Nika’s record release tourbegins in San Francisco on October 8th, hitting major US cities, before the UK and Europe. Full list of dates is below, and tickets are on sale now here.  Watch the tour trailer here.

Nika is the 25-year-old behind Zola Jesus’ creative incarnations as sole singer and songwriter.  Influenced by her time in Iceland, Vermont, and British Columbia, TAIGA was written on Vashon Island, WA and conjures all these places while creating a sonic space of its own that each listener can travel to, explore, hide in, and celebrate. Nika tracked and mixed the album in Los Angeles with co-producer Dean Hurley (David Lynch, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse).

At once challenging and accessible, TAIGA is a transition for Zola Jesus. Undeniably branded with what Nika terms a “piercing ambition,” the album is best described by the artist herself: “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals…It’s the most accessible music I’ve ever made, but also the most earnest and passionate. I gave everything for this record, more than ever before.”   
Dangerous Days
Go (Blank Sea)
Long Way Down
It’s Not Over

10/8 – San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s
10/9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey
10/16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10/17 – Washington, DC – Hirshhorn Museum
10/19 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
10/29 – Bristol, England – Colston Hall
10/30 – Leeds, England – Belgrave Music Hall
10/31 – Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo
11/1 – Manchester, England – Manchester Cathedral - Columns
11/4 – Paris, France – Badaboum
11/5 – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie
11/6 St Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
11/7 Geneva, Switzerland – l’Usine
11/8 – Reims, France – La Cartonnerie
11/10 – Köln, Germany – Gebäude 9
11/11 – Berlin, Germany – Berghain
11/12 – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel and Gefährlich
11/13 – Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
11/14 – Brussels, Belgium – La Nuit Botanique
11/15 – Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
11/18 – London, England - KOKO
Listen to “Dangerous Days” here.
Listen to Maps’ Remix of “Dangerous Days” here.
 Watch the Taiga album teaser here.
Watch the tour trailer here.

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Lia Ices Reveals Striking Video For "Higher!" Additional Tour Dates!


Set To Support Phantogram In September & October

Lia Ices is excited to reveal the video for her newest single 'Higher."  The video premiered via Paper who described it saying "('Higher') features kaleidoscopic visions of the artist and her brother as they explore Jamaica."  They went on to describe her upcoming album as "a wide variety of instrumentals, experimentation and people together; it takes the listener from north of New York City to San Francisco and Jamaica with a constant sense of levity, expressed both in the lyrics and lofty sounds."   Paper spoke to Lia about her album and the single - read their full conversation here.
Watch "Higher" (embed code below):
Lia Ices -
Lia Ices - "Higher" (Official Video)

"Higher" was shot in Jamaica by Storm Saulter with additional camera work by Bryan Ling and Andrew Mariani.   Ices herself directed the video.   Lia says, "The making of this album continuously took us out of our familiar world. During our time in jamaica we found a levity and openness we tapped into  - an energy that is at the core of the song, and of this whole album.  We met the Jamaican film maker Storm Saulter and spent a couple days cruising/exploring with him and making this video. We just had fun.  When you can be limitless with your experiences, give into other cultures, sounds, and people, the more you actually feel like yourself."
Stereogum has called "Higher" an "experimental pop number with lots of empty space but plenty going on...this (is a) weird, wonderful song" and
Consequence of Sound labeled it "an ethereal earworm" and continued "the pop number's worth a spot on your 'Songs of Summer' playlist." 
Ices previously announced she will be supporting Phantogram on their fall tour of the U.S.  She has now also confirmed headlining dates in New York (9/17), 
Los Angeles (9/23) and San Francisco (9/24).   Her tour with Phantogram follows these dates.   All shows are listed below.  
Lia Ices will be releasing her new album Ices on September 16 via Jagjaguwar.  The album was co-produced by Benny Sagittarius (the newly formed production team of Lia and her brother Eliot) and Clams Casino.  You can watch an album trailer for Ices here.

Previous to "Higher" Lia Ices released a video for the single "Thousand Eyes"  which you can watch here.   Pretty Much Amazing reviewed the single saying, "'Thousand Eyes' (is an) effortless and lovely weirdo pop tailor-made for summer afternoons and evenings, figuring Lia's otherworldly, Kate Bush-ian vocals front and center over a bubbly guitar line and soaring synth drones."

"(Lia has an) impressively supple voice, which can spiral up into a giddy falsetto and fall crashing to the floor in dolorous rumination within a heartbeat"  
PitchforkLia Ices Fall Tour
9/17 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
9/23 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
9/25 - Popscene@Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
9/28 -- Boulder Theater- Boulder, CO *
9/29 -- Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO *
9/30 -- Sokol Auditorium - Omaha, NE *
10/1 -- Myth - St. Paul, MN *
10/3 - Minglewood Hall - Memphis, TN *
10/4 -- Republic New Orleans - New Orleans, LA *
10/9 - The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
10/10 - College St. Barkade - Springfield, MO
10/11 -- George's Majestic Lounge - Fayetteville, AR *
10/13 - The High Watt - Nashville, TN
10/14 -- The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA *
10/15 -- The Ritz - Raleigh, NC *
10/17 -- Rams Head Live! - Baltimore, MD *
10/18 -- Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA *
10/19 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA *
10/20 -- 9:30 Club - Washington, DC *
10/22 - Church of Boston - Boston, MA

* = supporting Phantogram 

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Honeyblood Release Liz Phair Cover For Rookie Theme Song


Shona McVicar and Stina Tweeddale aka Honeyblood have just debuted this month's Rookie theme song, their take on Liz Phair's "Mesmerizing," which was produced by former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf der Maur. You can listen to the track and read an exclusive interview with the duo below.

Honeyblood released their self-titled debut album last month, receiving praise from critics at Pitchfork, Stereogum, BUST and more. Of the album, the New York Times wrote "Honeyblood is a bracing two piece...that specializes in a refreshing contrast of jangle and derision. They pair the melancholy guitars of early '90s shoe gaze with surf-rock tempo - the result is energetic, peppy hostility."

Honeyblood will play a run of dates in the UK this fall. Watch this space for more news..

Honeyblood  Track Listing /

1. Fall Forever
2. Super Rat
3. (I'd Rather Be) Anywhere But Here
4. Bud
5. Killer Bangs
6. Biro
7. Choker
8. No Spare Key
9. Joey
10. Fortune Cookie
11. All Dragged Up
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"Honeyblood is a bracing two piece...that specializes in a refreshing contrast of jangle and derision. They pair the melancholy guitars of early '90s shoe gaze with surf-rock tempo - the result is energetic, peppy hostility." New York Times

"Rolling drums providing the backbone for toothache-inducing guitars and one hell of a central hook." - Pitchfork

"A blend of blustery vocals and swirling guitars." Noisey

"The self-titled debut from the UK ladies Honeyblood shows off their propensity for making exceptionally well-crafted, indie-pop songs that are simultaneously sweet and sour." - BUST
"...based in Glasgow but sounding like something from a California dream." - FADER
"We fall for Honeyblood, hard." Time Out

"Hazy, wistful sound." - ELLE

"There is so much to adore...There are guitars, which gleam with iridescent beauty. There are vocals, which bubble over with an immediately ingratiating spunk. Most of all, there are lyrics, which pull no punches even amidst all the sweetness." Stereogum

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