7/26/2016

PKM Book Tour at Ace Hotel DTLA

August 1

Please Kill Me: 20th Anniversary Book Tour with Legs McNeil And Gillian McCain

8:30pm, Free, Upstairs
When Please Kill Me came out in 1996 it was revolutionary, not just because it unabashedly chronicled America's punk movement through first-hand accounts, but because it helped to popularize the oral history style. For the 20th anniversary, Grove Press is issuing a special edition of the book complete with new photos, chapters and an afterword by authors Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain. In celebration, we're honored to host a reading by McNeil and McCain along with a DJ set and afterparty featuring Howie Pyro. 
Never-before-seen photos of Debbie, Dee Dee and the gang, up on the Ace Blog.

RSVP here

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Tele Novella Announce Album 'House of Souls' out 9/23, Release Single "Heavy Balloon", On Tour Now

TELE NOVELLA ANNOUNCE ALBUM  
HOUSE OF SOULS
OUT SEPTEMBER 23 VIA YELLOW YEAR RECORDS

PREMIERE "HEAVY BALLOON" ON NPR ALL SONGS CONSIDERED

US TOUR STARTS THIS WEEK

Austin, TX macabre-pop band Tele Novella have today announced their forthcoming album House of Souls, scheduled to be released September 23rd, 2016 on Yellow Year Records. This will be their first album on the label. The band previously released EPCosmic Dial Tone on LA label Lollipop Records.


NPR All Songs Considered gave us the first taste of the new album, premiering single "Heavy Balloon" this morning and noting, "Inspired by the classic Velvet Underground song "Caroline Says," this track by the Austin-based band Tele Novella is going to make you so happy."

Tele Novella kicked off a tour of the US this week which will see the band making stops inPhoenixSan FranciscoSeattlePortlandLA as well as a hometown show in Austinwith Deerhoof. See below for a full rundown of dates.
Photo Credit: Angel Ceballos

More About Tele Novella:
Tele Novella is an inspired macabre-pop band out of Austin, TX. They are dreamy, they are spooky, and they write real fucking songs. While one may detect the influence of the nocturnal jungles of Os Mutantes or the lapelled, knee-socked smarts of Belle and Sebastian, they have cobbled together a special kind of mineral all their own worth making room on the Table of Elements for. Earnest, yet sinister; Vampy, but sentimental. The precise recipe that goes into this concoction cannot be revealed, but it is a delightful snow globe of warm, colorful darkness.

In 2014, they won a contest for free recording time at Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, WA. This resulted in their first single, "Trouble in Paradise," that was later featured in the ABC television series Pretty Little Liars. Not long after that in 2015, their EP Cosmic Dial Tone was released on Los Angeles label Lollipop Records on the heels of a Wes Anderson tribute compilation (American Laundromat Records), to which they contributed a contagiously glad version of "Stephanie Says" by The Velvet Underground.

Upcoming US Tour Dates:
7.26.16 - Rebel Lounge - Phoenix, AZ
7.27.16 - Wayfarer - Costa Mesa, CA
7.28.16 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
7.29.16 - The Lobby - Merced, CA
7.30.16 - Old Nick's Tavern - Eugene, OR
7.31.16 - Liquor Store - Portland, OR
8.1.16 - The Valley Bar - Tacoma, WA
8.3.16 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
8.4.16 - Richard's Goat - Arcata, CA
8.5.16 - The Uptown - Oakland, CA
8.6.16 - The Hideout - Sacramento, CA
8.7.16 - The UNchurch - Grass Valley, CA
8.8.16 - Resident - Los Angeles, CA
8.9.16 - Hideout - San Diego, CA
8.10.16 - Hotel Congress - Tucson, AZ
8.11.16 - House Show - La Luz, NM
8.12.16 - The Lost Horse - Marfa, TX
8.13.16 - Limelight - San Antonio, TX
8.14.16 - Walter's Downtown - Houston, TX*
8.16.16 - Mohawk - Austin, TX*
8.17.16 - Trees - Dallas, TX*

* = w/ Deerhoof


House of Souls Tracklisting
  1. Sacramento
  2. Carpathia
  3. Waiting on an Answer
  4. Heavy Balloon
  5. Bull Sees Red
  6. Fruits Of Misery
  7. Dead Canary
  8. Even Steven
  9. Tesseract
  10. The Snake that Swallowed the Elephant
  11. Victorian Terrarium



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Har Mar Superstar Announces Best Summer Ever Tour Part Deux

HAR MAR SUPERSTAR ANNOUNCES BEST SUMMER EVER US TOUR: PART DEUX

BEST SUMMER EVER OUT NOW ON CULT RECORDS
WATCH & SHARE: Har Mar Superstar - "It Was Only Dancing (Sex)"
“Noisey f***s with Har Mar because his voice is supple like a 17-year- old's thigh and he is extremely himself at all times.” NOISEY

 "'Best Summer Ever' is a wild genre homage that all fits nicely under the
Har Mar Superstar banner." -
 A.V. Club

"[Har Mar Superstar] is a pop star who defies all traditional pop star rules...His voice explodes like glittery honey over 'Summer‘s' pared-down, synthesized beats." - LA Magazine

"The man who became Har Mar Superstar could be called a party animal, a gossip hound, and, yes, maybe even a joke at times. But you could never call him a slacker.​" Star Tribune
Sean Tillmann has been making records under the name Har Mar Superstar since 1999.  Under the Har Mar moniker Sean has gone through a plethora of phases ranging from fun-loving beats-based music pioneer (he and Peaches shared stages early on) to angry arena crowd opener (public lewdness police records to prove it) to soul music crooner.  His last album Bye Bye 17 opened a lot of peoples’ minds to his songwriting prowess, which has existed since day one of his career.

For years Tillmann was an artist’s artist when The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gossip, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many other legends decided to collaborate and/ or take him on tour.  Different phases of his career brought him fame through the fickle worlds of indie, British pop, LA DJ-dom, and New York night crawling.

Bye Bye 17 was an eye opener to the music world, not that Tillmann wasn’t used to accolades through his former work with Sean Na Na, Gayngs, Neon Neon, and Calvin Krime.  Sean had “arrived as a songwriter”.  After living in LA and NYC for 12 years, Sean moved back to Minneapolis, MN where he is most creative.  With the help of Chris Bierden (Polica, Bye Bye 17), Ryan McMahon (Har Mar, Lizzo), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Adele, Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, Cat Stevens), and Ryan Olson (Polica, Marijuana Deathsquads) Har Mar Superstar’s album “Best Summer Ever” was born.

Best Summer Ever since it’s inception has been imagined as a Greatest Hits of Har Mar Superstar from 1950-1985.  Tillmann was born in 1978.  Wrap your head around that, please.

Best Summer Ever is a slow burner with many ballads, dance-able tracks, and co-writes.  Long-time friend Julian Casablancas (Cult Records founder, The Strokes), Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Erykah Badu, Voidz, Weezer), and Tillmann worked very closely to make the concept happen.  Karen O, Matt Sweeney, and James Levy (Reputante, Lolawolf) all helped write songs on the record.  Bobby Charles wrote “I Hope”.   “Youth Without Love” was a demo written by Julian that was sitting around that Har Mar fell in love with, so they made it for the record.

Look out for Har Mar Superstar, now fronting a six-piece band complete with horns, touring worldwide this year.  The live show has always been a fun, sweat-soaked celebration of joy.  The man was born to rock a stage.  Join the party.

Don’t fake your love.
TOUR DATES

Thurs, Aug 11- Duluth, MN @ Red Herring w/  Tickle Torture & Catsax
Sat, Aug 13- Eau Claire, WI @ Eaux Claires Festival
Sat Aug 20 - Apple Valley, MN @ MN Zoo
Fri, Oct 21 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme*
Sat, Oct 22 – Akron, OH @ Musica*
Sun, Oct 23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*
Mon, Oct 24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts*
Tue, Oct 25 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat*
Wed, Oct 26 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
Thu, Oct 27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café*
Fri, Oct 28 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge*
Sat, Oct 29 – Springfield, MO @ Club at Classic Rock Coffee*
Sun, Oct 30 – Iowa, City IA @ Gabe’s*
Mon, Oct 31- TBA
Tue, Nov 1 – Lincoln, NE @ Vega*
Wed, Nov 2 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater*
Thu, Nov 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro*
Fri, Nov 4 – Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge*
Sat, Nov 5 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile*
Sun, Nov 6 – Portland, OR @ Dantes*
Mon, Nov 7 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel*
Weds, Nov 9- TBA*
Thu, Nov 10 – Ventura, CA @ The Garage*
Fri, Nov 11 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah*
Sat, Nov 12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar & Billiards*
Sun, Nov 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex*
Mon, Nov 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Tue, Nov 15 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Wed, Nov 16 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Thu, Nov 17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Fri, Nov 18 – Austin, TX @ Continental Club
Sat, Nov 19 – Austin, TX @ Continental Club
Sun, Nov 20- TBA
Mon, Nov 21 – Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz Rock n Roll Chicken Shack
Tue, Nov 22 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Thurs, Nov 25- TBA

* = Sweet Spirit are main support

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Lee Scratch Perry "Must Be Free" coming September 23rd

Lee Scratch Perry "Must Be Free" 
coming September 23rd

The dub reggae legend returns to the studio with a wide-ranging narrative 
in collaboration with Spacewave
On "Must Be Free", the Grammy-winning artist, songwriter, and producer doesn't hesitate with his unexpurgated commentary on his spirituality, good and evil, the human condition, and aliens. Featured styles include reggae, dub, dubstep, acid jazz, and electronic music. Special guests include Subatomic Sound System, The Groovematist, and IAmPhloboi.

Perry was one of the pioneers in the development of dub music with his early adoption of effects and remixing to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks. He has worked with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos, Max Romeo and many others.
Perry has over 60 albums to his name, can read minds, once put a curse on the BBC for not playing his records, and was turned into Superman by Haitian zombie drugs. He's the kind of cosmic entity that has inspired everyone from the Beastie Boys, Andrew WK, Animal Collective, to Keith Richards with some of his mystic dub magic.
"Must Be Free" Track Listing
Psycho Dread
Rat Race
House of Sin
Isabel
Jungle Tongue
No Evil
No Sorrow
On Nigeria
Strip Off
Too Much Is Too Much
Therapist
Must Be Free
House of Sin (Remix)

The CD can be ordered now at the MVD Shop or on Amazon.


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First-ever Outlaw Music Festival headlined by Willie Nelson, Neil Young & More

Outlaw Music Festival
WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY, NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL AND SHERYL CROW TO HEADLINE FIRST EVER
OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

THE PAVILION AT MONTAGE MOUNTAIN, SCRANTON PA

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY JULY 29, 2016, 10AM ET AT TICKETMASTER.COM, 800-745-3000, ALL TICKETMASTER LOCATIONS & THE MONTAGE MOUNTAIN BOX OFFICE 
July 26, 2016, Scranton, PA - Willie Nelson & Blackbird Presents are proud to announce the first ever Outlaw Music Festival taking place Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA. This year's festival will feature performances byWillie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lee Ann Womack, and Brothers Osborne. Additional performers and special events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Willie Nelson & Blackbird Presents are thrilled to bring the Outlaw Music Festivals' top tier talent to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. The picturesque setting and wide variety of festival attractions (including local cuisine, beer, and crafts by local artisans) will provide music fans in the region with an unforgettable festival experience.

Artist fan clubs and Citi® card member pre-sales begin Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 10AM, and run through Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 10PM. For complete Citi® card member pre-sale details through Citi's Private Pass® Program, visithttp://citiprivatepass.com.

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, July 29, 2016 10AM atticketmaster.com, by phone 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets, and The Montage Mountain Box Office. VIP packages including great seats, premier parking pass, VIP club access, and exclusive festival merchandise.

Overnight RV parking will open on Saturday, September 17 at 5PM. Festival day parking opens Sunday, September 18 at 10AM. Festival gates open at NOON and music performances begin at 1PM. Visit http://outlawmusicfest.com for more details. 

"We're thrilled to be working with Geoff Gordon and the entire Live Nation team to bring this incredible musical experience to fans in Scranton and its surrounding communities," says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents. 

OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL LINE-UP: Willie Nelson & Family
Neil Young + Promise of the Real Sheryl Crow
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Lee Ann Womack
Brothers Osborne 

FOR COMPLETE FESTIVAL DETAILS VISIT THE OFFICAL WEBSITE:
#outlawmusicfest 

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Banks & Steelz release a "Giant" [video]


A little more than a month out from the release of their collaborative project Anything But Words,Banks & Steelz -a musical collaboration between Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Interpol's Paul Banks - have released the second video from the album, "Giant" directed by Wendy Morgan.


Produced by John Hill and Kid Harpoon (Florence + The Machine), "Giant" premiered on Zane Lowe's Beat 1 program last month and will be used in a trailer for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands video game.  

Anything But Words will be released on August 28th and features appearances by Florence Welchof Florence + The Machine, Kool Keith, and Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface KillahMethod Man, andMasta Killa.   
 
The two began working on music together in 2013. RZA told Rolling Stone at the time that the idea to collaborate with the Interpol front-man sparked after RZA's manager asked him who he wanted to do an album with. "When I met Paul, I recognized the New York energy he has as a music artist," RZA says. "We got to know each other playing chess and vibing out in the studio. Our talents connected in a unique way and we started writing songs. The outcome was something distinctively different from my previous work, yet with another layer of cool." 
 
After kicking off their first show as Banks & Steelz to a sold-out crowd in Los Angeles last week, the pair will hit the road at the end of August for a series of tour and festival dates through October.

Anything But Words tracklisting:
 
  1.  Giant
  2.  Ana Electronic
  3.  Sword In The Stone (Feat. Kool Keith)
  4.  Speedway Sonora
  5.  Wild Season (Feat. Florence Welch)
  6.  Anything but Words
  7.  Conceal
  8.  Love and War (Feat. Ghostface Killah)
  9.  Can't Hardly Feel
  10.  One by One
  11.  Gonna Make It
  12.  Point of View (Feat. Method Man and Masta Killa)
 
Tour dates:
 
Thu 7/21                        West Hollywood, CA     The Roxy
Wed 8/24                      Seattle, WA                   The Crocodile
Thu 8/25                        Portland, OR                 Doug Fir Lounge
Sat 8/27                        San Francisco, CA        The Independent
Sun 8/28                       Los Angeles, CA           FYF Festival
Wed 8/31                      Washington DC             9:30 Club
Thu 9/1                         New York, NY               Bowery Ballroom
Sat 9/3                          Cambridge, MA             The Sinclair
Sun 9/4                         Philadelphia, PA            Made In America Festival
Tue 9/6                         Toronto, Ontario            The Mod Club Theatre
Thu 9/8                         Chicago, IL                   Lincoln Hall
Fri 9/23 - Sun 9/25        Las Vegas, NV              Life Is Beautiful
Tue 9/27                        Boulder, CO                  Fox Theatre
Fri 9/30                         Austin, TX                     Austin City Limits
Fri 10/7                         Austin, TX                     Austin City Limits
Sun 10/9                       Phoenix, AZ                  The Crescent Ballroom
 

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Yann Tiersen Shares New Track, 'EUSA' Album Out September 30

YANN TIERSEN

UNVEILS BRAND NEW TRACK 
“ROC’H AR VUGALE”

EUSA – FIRST SOLO PIANO ALBUM RELEASE 
OUT SEPTEMBER 30 2016


WATCH THE ALBUM TRAILER
PHOTO CREDIT: Christopher Espinosa Fernandez
YANN TIERSEN has announced details of a brand new album, EUSA, out September 30, 2016 via Mute.

The new album, recorded at Abbey Road, is Tiersen’s first ever album of solo piano music, and follows 2014’s album release, ∞ (Infinity).

Watch a short film of Tiersen at Abbey Road recording “Roc’h Ar Vugale” HERE.

Location is important to everything Yann Tiersen does, and here, he has taken his connection with the land one step further. The collection of 10 solo piano pieces forms a musical map of Tiersen’s home island Ushant (“Eusa” in the local Breton language), which is positioned in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall.

Each track was conceived in and named after a location on the island. Initially, tracks were only available as sheet music, with each piano piece accompanied by a photograph of the location and a field recording.  For his album he took things a step further – firstly, Tiersen manipulated his original field recordings to create a subtle drone of the natural noises on the island, then took everything to Studio 1 at Abbey Road and recorded the solo piano.

Between each piece we hear the sounds of the island, and Tiersen’s improvisations that are all titled “Hent.” Hent translates from Breton to English as Path, and with each one Tiersen leads the listener across the island landscape to a new location.

His full immersion into the rustic way of life and his admiration for desolate, sparsely-inhabited landscapes all seem a far cry from the cutesy postcard image of Montmartre and the soundtrack for the film Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001), from which some might best recognize Tiersen. In fact, this album sees a more stripped back production last seen on the collaborative soundtrack for Good Bye Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003) and before that, of course, on his debut, La Valse Des Monstres, originally written for a theatrical adaptation of Tod Browning’s Freaks, and later mined for the Amélie soundtrack.
EUSA artwork
Yann Tiersen recently premiered the compositions on a sold out tour that included two Barbican dates. The Independent described the performance as "innovative, constantly shifting and seeking to build on that landscape he evokes with each note." (4* live review), and The Guardian described Tiersen’s"...devastatingly effective way with a melody" (4* live review).

The 2016 dates continue with two performances at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival on August 21 and 22, with an autumn tour continuing through October.

YANN TIERSEN 2016 TOUR
21 Aug – UK, The Hub, Edinburgh International Festival
22 Aug – UK, The Hub, Edinburgh International Festival
8 Oct – Portugal, Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon
9 Oct – France, La Cite des Congres, Nantes
10 Oct – France, Philharmonie de Paris, Paris
11 Oct – Germany, Gewandhaus, Leipzig
12 Oct – Denmark, Dr Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen, Copenhagen
13 Oct – Germany, Laeiszhalle, Hamburg
14 Oct – Sweden, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Uppsala
15 Oct – Netherlands, Koninklijk Theater Carre, Amsterdam
15 Oct – Netherlands, Koninklijk Theater Carre (Late Show), Amsterdam
17 Oct – Italy, Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome
18 Oct – Switzerland, Tonhalle, Zürich
20 Oct – Austria, Konzerthaus, Vienna

EUSA will be released on CD, vinyl and download on September 30, 2016.

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NOTS share "Inherently Low" - New album 'Cosmetic' on Goner Records Sept 9

   



NEW ALBUM COSMETIC
OUT SEPTEMBER 9 ON GONER RECORDS

Photo: Don Perry
 
Cosmetic fearlessly attacks the rough edges between desire, deceit, appearance and reality. The inevitable immersion in the constant news about the U.S. election was a huge influence for lyricist Natalie Hoffmann.  Nots' strenuous tour schedule and long drives pushed her to continuously write down reactions to life - good, bad and evil - along with the constant and "incredibly horrifying" flow of hate mongering and violence taking place.

"Inherently Low" was difficult for her to write about, Hoffmann explains, "it deals very much with depression and loss. The chorus describes a feeling of being trapped in your current state of mind, so much so that it begins to feed upon itself and falsely make you believe that you always were and always will be that way. I believe that in many ways this feeling is created and perpetrated by a society that is set up to purposefully keep many people low  - undereducated, unable to be healthy, and just generally depressed at the current state of affairs in the world - in order to benefit a select group who hold the strings, and who will do anything to keep control." 
 
 NOTS have arrived at the next level of their attack with a confidence and a music that lays waste to the wasteland without romantic attachment to a thing. Still a wild guitar band, but above and below the guitar, bass and drum pound, Alexandra Eastburn's analog synth blurps melodies and nonsense, teasing squiggles of freedom which defy the false grid of modern life. Cosmetic? Emetic? "Monotone Lust" indeed. With Hoffmann on guitar and vocals, Eastburn on synth, Charlotte Watson beating drums, and Meredith Lones steering a solid path through the chaos on bass, NOTS are neither content with the smug "stare at your shoes" approach of bands from both coasts, nor an Earth-hugging "we need to get back to nature" hippie copout. 

Album Artwork: Natalie Hoffmann


Nots
Cosmetic
Goner Records 
September 9, 2016
Preorder Vinyl | CD | Digital

1 - Blank Reflection
2 - Rat King
3 - Cold Line
4 - New Structures
5 - Cosmetic
6 - No Novelty
8 - Fluorescent Sunset

"epic...every moment...essential" - Stereogum 

"It is not easy to make garage-punk sound vital in 2016-no less when it comes in the very psychedelic shape of a wah'd-out krauty highway jam-but the commitment here hits hard. It's raw and real." - Pitchfork

Cosmetic was recorded with Keith Cooper and Andrew McCalla in Memphis. 
Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering.

NOTS LIVE DATES:

7/30: Acid Kat Fest 4 - St. Louis, MO
8/12: Helter Swelter Fest - New Orleans, LA
9/16- 9/18: Riot Fest - Chicago, IL
9/29: Gonerfest - Memphis, TN
10/1: Project Pabst Atlanta - Atlanta, GA

....more dates TBA.

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Wovenhand premiere first track from forthcoming new album 'Star Treatment'

Wovenhand premiere first track from forthcoming new album via Stereogum 
  
  
Hear & share "Come Brave" (Soundcloud)
 

Wovenhand announce their forthcoming new album Star Treatment today with a premiere of the first track via StereogumStar Treatment will be available on Sargent House worldwide -- excluding Europe, where it will be released by longtime Wovenhand label Glitterhouse Records --  on September 9th. Hear and share "Come Brave" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud). 

The band plays Psycho Las Vegas fest on August 26th before embarking on an extensive European tour with main support from Emma Ruth Rundle, also of the Sargent House family, on all shows except Helsinki and Reeperbahn Fest. Please see complete dates below.

The music of Wovenhand and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist David Eugene Edwards has always had an unparalleled intensity. Edwards' rich, billowing and emotive voice is always the driving force of his music, but it's catapulted by his spellbinding ability to transform instruments that many people might consider mundane relics - be it banjo, accordion, lesser-known folk instruments from around the world, or even an electric guitar - into devices of dark fury and poignant beauty. 

From the apocalyptic revivification of antique Americana of Sixteen Horsepower in the 90s to the threadbare balladry of Wovenhand's early releases, Edwards' music has maintained its celestial heaviness as it evolved. But now in its current incarnation, Wovenhand is a band that fully expands that power with exacting and inventive skill. It's a sound so distinctive and compellingly crushing that even the heaviest of metal bands can't match. 

Wovenhand's current lineup includes guitarist Chuck French, bassist Neil Keener (both of Planes Mistaken For Stars) and drummer Ordy Garrison, now joined by piano/synth player Matthew Smith (Crime & The City Solution). Star Treatment was recorded at Steve Albini's legendary Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Sanford Parker, who also helmed Wovenhand's 2014 album Refractory Obdurate

While Wovenhand ought to be a familiar name to anyone interested in forward-thinking music, the album title Star Treatment isn't a reference to our celebrity culture obsession. Rather, it's a clever reference to concepts of astrolatry, or humanity's enduring interest in the stars of the night sky.

"It's ethereal in its concept," Edwards explains. "There are many layers, as always. I've been paying attention to the stars in the sky and in literature, and it's a theme throughout the album." He adds, "There's more love song style on this in general, which is nice. The idea of what love is and how it's expressed and all these different atmospheres."

Star Treatment kicks off full tilt with the anthemic charge of "Come Brave" - the song's galloping four-on-the-floor drums driving churning swells of droning, chiming guitars and organ as Edwards' soaring voice compels us to rise and join the fray. "The Hired Hand" takes a more Western bent with swaggering guitars awash in reverb and a throbbing bass line before the chorus erupts with massive open guitar chords as Edwards howls, "give up your dead." Further, "Crystal Palace" sounds like Eastern European folk driven through a massive wall of amplifiers while a full gospel choir sings just beneath the gurgling surface of guitars. "Crook and Flail" sounds exotic in its twanging acoustic instruments and tabla/dumbec drum pattern. Elsewhere, "Golden Blossom" is a lush and beautifully unabashed love song, strummed out in a simple, catchy melody that builds to crescendo with the chorus refrain, "only you, my love and your light." Throughout, Wovenhand deftly merge the outer reaches of rock and world folk sounds with increasing urgency and force. 

Star Treatment will be available worldwide excluding Europe on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on September 9th, 2016. 
 
 
WOVENHAND TOUR 2016:
08/26   LAS VEGAS, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Psycho Las Vegas 
09/12   COLOGNE, DE @ Gebäude 9 *
09/13   FRANKFURT, DE @ Zoom *
09/15   BERN, CH @ ISC *
09/16   ZURICH, CH @ Bogen F *
09/17   VIENNA, AT @ Flex *
09/18   BUDAPEST, HU @ A38 *
09/20   SALZBURG, AT @ Rockhouse *
09/21   MUNICH, DE @ Ampere *
09/22   LEIPZIG, DE @ UT Connewitz *
09/23   BERLIN, DE @ Heimathafen *
09/24   HAMBURG, DE - Reeperbahn Festival
09/26   ARHUS, DK @ Train *
09/27   OSLO, NO @ John Dee *
09/29   HELSINKI, FI @ Tavastia
09/30   STOCKHOLM, SE @ Nalen *
10/01    LUND, SE @ Mejeriet *
10/02    COPENHAGEN, DK @ Vega Jr. *
10/04    EINDHOVEN, NL @ Effenaar *
10/05    AMSTERDAM, NL @ Melkweg *
10/06    LEUVEN, BE @ Het Depot *
10/07    GENT, BE @ Handelsbeurs *
10/08    CHARLEROI, BE @ L'Eden *
10/10    LILLE, FR @ L'Aéronef *
10/11    PARIS, FR @ La Maroquinerie *
10/13    ORLEANS, FR @ L'Astrolabe *
10/14    GRENOBLE, FR @ La Belle Electrique *
10/15    FEYZIN, FR @ L'Epicerie Moderne *
10/16    TOULOUSE, FR @ La Rex *
10/18    LONDON, UK @ The Dome *

* w/ Emma Ruth Rundle

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7/25/2016

escape with Corbu's space-age track, "Better Better Off" | debut album, "Crayon Soul" due 8/5

 
 
Corbu stream new track, ‘Better Better Off
Debut album, Crayon Soul due 5th August 2016
via 3 Beat (EU) & Big Picnic (US)
 
 
 
Photo credit: Erika Mugglin & Corbu
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"Corbu's space age pop is a sweet source of escape"

 
 
 
 
 
Ahead of the release of their soaring debut album Crayon Soul, New York’s Corbu are streaming the new single ‘Better Better Off’. A swirling anthem, ‘Better Better Off’ perfectly balances trippy desert rock with glacial stargazing. Corbu’s Crayon Soul is released August 5th via 3Beat (EU) & Big Picnic (US).

The band recently gave an insight into their vivid and fully realised world with the animated video to the track ‘Battles’. The video hints at the narrative that began to unfold as frontman Jonathan Graves was writing the record. Each track tells a different part of the story, taking the listener on a true journey through Corbu’s vibrant imagination. Despite taking inspiration from science fiction and psychedelia, the album also pulls from the band’s real life experiences to create a body of work that is both otherworldly and deeply personal.

Crayon Soul is produced by Corbu and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, The Flaming Lips). It follows two acclaimed EPs, We Are Sound and Everything You Imagine Is Real, which garnered praise from the likes of NYLON, Stereogum, The Guardian, NME and more, as well as capturing the attention of Jessie Ware, who personally requested the band to remix her song ‘You & I (Forever)’.
Crayon Soul is released 5 August 2016 via Big Picnic (US) and 3 Beat (EU).

TOUR DATES:
Aug 1st Philadelphia: Black Box
Aug 2nd Washington DC: DC9
Aug 3rd Pittsburgh: Brillobox
Aug 5th New York: Mercury Lounge - Album release show http://ticketf.ly/28S5Odi
Sept 30th Austin: Austin City Limits Festival
 
 

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