METZ to release "Dirty Shirt"/ "Leave Me Out" digital single

METZ release "Dirty Shirt"/ "Leave Me Out" digital single on December 4!

Pitchfork TV live stream w/ King Tuff on December 19!

New live sessions from Noisevoxx, Slacker Radio & Daytrotter!

Updated tour dates for 2012-13!

Listen to "Dirty Shirt" here.
Watch "Dirty Shirt" trailer here.
On December 4,  Sub Pop will release the digital single for "Dirty Shirt" + "Leave Me Out" by Toronto’s METZThese songs were previously only available as a limited-edition 7" single, and “Dirty Shirt” can now be streamed online via Pitchfork.  Additionally, Pitchfork TV will broadcast a live streaming concert you can view on December 19 (at 12:30pm ET) featuring sets from METZ and label mate King Tuff.  This video piece gives a glimpse of both the figurative a-side of this single and METZ live in Toronto at the record release show for their 2012, self-titled debut album (see news story November 29).

METZ will wrap up their 2012 tour schedule with a show on December 19 in Brooklyn, NY at the Music Hall of Williamsburg with King Tuff.  Then in early 2013, the band will kick off a massive European tour, which begins on January 25 in Athens, GR at Six D.O.G.S. Cultural Center  and currently ends on March 12 in Brussels, BE at Muziekodroom. Please find a full list of tour dates below.
In related news, METZ have three new live sessions that feature versions of "Dirty Shirt" & "Headache" to share at this time: A Noisevoxx "Noisemakers" segment,  which was recorded in conjunction with "Live at Braund Sound" and "Stereospectacular" (watch here);  Slacker Radio (watch here); and  Daytrotter (listen here). The latter two  performances also include album cut "Wasted".   
METZ, led by the singles "Headache" (Mp3) & "Wet Blanket" (official video), is now available worldwide on CD, LP and digitally from Sub Pop. 
What people are saying about METZ:
“In the past ten years, independent bands have inched back toward the musical aggression that was something of a default for the community in the late eighties and early nineties. METZ, a trio from Toronto, have fully revived this confrontational, skilled and energetic approach. The guitarist-vocalist Alex Edkins, the drummer Hayden Menzies, and the bassist Christ Slorach have made one of the year's best albums…” ­– The New Yorker
"METZ songs tend to start with an isolated element-- Hayden Menzies' thundering, hammer-of-the-gods drum salvos, Alex Edkins' solitary guitar screech-- that immediately triggers a ticking time-bomb countdown for the moment when the band erupts in unison. You can see the storm coming from a mile atway, and yet, when Menzies, Edkins, and bassist Chris Slorach launch into the merciless, firestorm battering of "Negative Space" or the wrecking-ball swing of "Knife in the Water", it still startles like a sneak attack." - [8.5 / Best New Music] - Pitchfork
"The Toronto noise-punk trio METZ, on the other hand, were wild-eyed and brutally focused. Playing maelstroms more than songs, they’re like a less unhinged Jesus Lizard, full of coiled ferocity that engulfs you, releases you briefly, then swallows you up again. This year’s Sub Pop debut only hints at their live intensity." ["CMJ's Most Talented 10"] - SPIN.com
"They're pretty much a burst of musical brutality. And seeing them last night at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn was more than an affirmation of that. A trio from Toronto, they'll sit nicely next to your Melvins and Nirvana and maybe even Wire. In other words, their edge is more than attitude and volume and speed." ["CMJ Discoveries: Day 3"] - NPR's All Songs Considered 
Tour Dates
Dec. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg*
Jan. 25 - Athens, GR - Six D.O.G.S. Cultural Center
Jan. 26 - Larissa, GR - Stage Club
Jan. 28 -  Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
Jan. 29 - Glasgow, SF - Broadcast
Jan. 30 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Jan. 31 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
Feb. 01 - London, UK - Birthdays
Feb. 04 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Feb. 05 - Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn
Feb. 06 - Lile, FR - L'aeronef
Feb. 07 - Paris, FR - Point FMR
Feb. 08 - Clermont Ferrand, FR - L Cooperative de Mai
Feb. 09 - Poitiers, FR - Confort Moderne
Feb. 10 - Toulouse, FR - Dynamo
Feb. 12 - Porto, PT - Plano B
Feb. 13 - Lisbon, PT - ZDB
Feb. 14 - Madrid, ES - Siroco
Feb. 15 - Barcelona, ES - La 2 de Nista
Feb. 16 - Saint Malo / Brittany, FR - La Route De La Rocke
Feb. 18 - Zurich, CH - Mascotte
Feb. 19 - Fribourg, CH - Fri-Son
Feb. 20 - Milan, IT - Ligera
Feb. 21 - Rome, IT - Traffic
Feb. 22 - Bologna, IT - Freakout
Feb. 23 - Zagreb, HR - Park (Purgeraj)
Feb. 25 - Vienna, AT - Arena
Feb. 26 - Munich, DE - Orangehouse
Feb. 27 - Nuremburg, DE - K4
Feb. 28 - Leipzig, DE - Nato
Mar. 01 - Hannover, DE - Cafe Glocksee
Mar. 02 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow
Mar. 03 - Berlin, DE - Berghain Kantine
Mar. 04 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega
Mar. 05 - Gothenborg, SE - Pustervik
Mar. 06 - Oslo, NO - Blaa
Mar. 08 - Malmo, SE - Debaser
Mar. 09 - Stockholm, SE - Svenaska Musikklubben
Mar. 10 - Zeewolde, NL - Where The Wild Things Are
Mar. 11 - Brussels, BE - AB Club
Mar. 12 - Hasselt, BE - Muziekodroom
*w/ King Tuff

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Rage Peace channeled by Prince Rama. Photo credit Samantha Casolari. 
Following the recent release of their fantastic Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, Prince Rama are back to share Emeralds member Mark McGuire's "Road Chief Destroyed Soul Mix" of Top Ten single "So Destroyed". The track comes in conjunction with the announcement of a string of December US tour dates, on which the band will embark once they finish up their current European jaunt and a quick stop in Brazil to play Novas Frequencias Fest. Check out Mark McGuire's take on "So Destroyed" along with all upcoming tour dates for the band below.

MP3: "So Destroyed (Mark McGuire's Road Chief Destroyed Soul Mix)" -


11/27 - Vienna - Austria - Arena Vienna
11/30 - Paris - France - L'espace
12/1 - Utrecht - Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Fest
12/4 - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil - Novas Frequencias Fest
12/6 - Miami - Florida - James Hotel ^
12/7 - Miami - Florida - Gussman Center for the Performing Arts +
12/8 - Sarasota, FL @ New College of Florida
12/12 - Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog
12/13 - Healthy or Hungover LIVE  - Detroit, MI @ Salt & Cedar
12/14 - Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
12/15 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
12/16 - Indianapolis, IN @ Big Car Service Center
12/18 - Columbus, OH @ Skylab Gallery
12/19 - Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space
12/20 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
12/21 - Brooklyn, NY @ Venue TBA

^ = w/ Thurston Moore
+ = w/ Chromatics

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Electric Flower Group Premiere New Video "The Electrician" Via Paste Magazine



"The Electrician" : SoundCloud (approved for posting)

See Paste Magazine Video Premiere Here: 

LA-based psych-rockers Electric Flower Group are already mind-blowing on record, but for their new video "The Electrician," they've synched the music with the gonzo 1977 Japanese cult horror film House. EFG's dark, sonically overdriven take on the Walker Brothers' classic "The Electrician," combined with House's lush and insanely bizarre visuals, culminates in an aural and sensory freakout, both of which were personally approved by Scott Walker himself. EFG, comprised of guitarist Imaad Wasif and drummer Josh Garza (Secret Machines) have two EPs under the EFG moniker. 
Along with brief stints in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Lou Barlow's Folk Implosion, Wasif has released three solo albums. He also collaborated and wrote songs with Karen O for the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack. In 2012, EFG were handpicked for opening dates with Dinosaur Jr.

Do yourself a favor and check out the band and video that will soon have everyone talking. 



12.1 Los Angeles, CA @ Down & Out
12.5 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda*

*with Paul Banks

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse To Perform Benefit Concert For Victims Of Hurricane Sandy

For Immediate Release:




November 29, 2012 - (Atlantic City, NJ) - Neil Young & Crazy Horse have announced that they will perform a special benefit concert on December 6th, 2012, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ, with proceeds going to aid victims of Superstorm Sandy. Devastated by the damage and displacement caused by hurricane, Young urged: "Come on down here and join in the relief effort."  
Proceeds will go to the AMERICAN RED CROSS HURRICANE SANDY relief effort.  For more info go to: redcross.org/hurricane-sandy
Tickets for the event, billed as "A Special Evening With Neil Young & Crazy Horse," go on sale Friday, November 30 at 10am at TheBorgata.com or by-phone at 866-900-4TIX (4849) and will be priced at $75 and $150. All seating is general admission. Everest will open the show. Young will be available for a select number of interviews regarding the Hurricane relief.
Crazy Horse, which is Young, Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, and Poncho Sampredo, has been touring North America this in support of its latest album Psychedelic Pill.

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Foxygen "Shuggie" Video

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The Dandy Warhols Premiere Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) Remix Of "Autumn Carnival"

Release Music Video For "Autumn Carnival" On Spinner

Click Here To Watch "Autumn Carnival" On Spinner


Earlier this year, iconic Portland rockers, The Dandy Warhols brought us their 8th studio album This Machine. Recorded at the band's own epic rock clubhouse and entertainment megaplex/studio ‘The Odditorium, UK producer Tchad Blake, well known for his recent work with The Black Keys, mixed the album. The band recorded the album with their longtime engineer - producer Jeremy Sherrer. Taylor-Taylor describes this record as "stripped down, woody and extremely guitar centric."
Famed Science Fiction writer Richard Morgan penned the band’s official Bio for This Machine. It's 4 short stories that do a much better job entertaining than this bullet point list. You can download the bio  here.
Met with enthusiastic reviews, The Dandy Warhols have shot a video for chart topping single Autumn Carnival which was co - authored by Courtney Taylor Taylor and David J of Love and Rockets; the original song lyrics are based on the Ray Bradbury story “Something Wicked This Way Comes”.
A surprising collaboration has formed between the band and Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre resulting in a remix of the stand out track that fans will not want to miss!

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Photo credit: How to destroy angels_
Video: "Ice Age" - http://www.youtube.com/htdavevo
How to destroy angels_ is a collective from Los Angeles composed of Mariqueen Maandig, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Rob Sheridan. An omen EP_ is
 their debut release on Columbia Records and is available now. Today, they are proud to share their video for stand-out track "Ice Age" which was directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless). Watch it here.


Watch: "Keep it together" - 

How to destroy angels_
An omen EP_
(11/13, Columbia Records)

1 Keep it together
2 Ice age
3 On the wing
4 The sleep of reason produces monsters
5 The loop closes
6 Speaking in tongues

Order: An omen EP_ - 
http://store.destroyangels.com/ (Digital including lossless) 

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Chaos Chaos New EP S Out Now

Chaos Chaos New EP S Out Now  
Playing Seattle's Crocodile On December 2
 KEXP Session To Be Broadcast December 3 
 "Chaos Chaos's songs have heavily layered echoing voices and a dreamy texture of synthesized melodies. It's an unusual sound that is catching the music world off guard." - Bust

"S features five songs of the sisters' trademark synth pop sound with a slightly more mature electro-pop edge." - IFC

Chaos Chaos, the new project of Asy and Chloe formerly of the band Smoosh released their new EP, S this fall to critical acclaim. S received praise from Nylon, Bust, IFC, Interview Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Magnet and more. Chaos Chaos recently opened for Tegan and Sara at NYC's Bowery Ballroom and were inspired to record a cover of the band's "Closer."" In December Chaos Chaos will head to the west coast to play at the Crocodile in Seattle on December 2 and perform a KEXP live session on December 3.

The duo's five song EP branches out in different directions stylistically. Chloe says "The EP was influenced by NPR, The Moth, and random radio stations we'd flip through." Asy adds, "The EP is very personal because this is a time in our lives where we've decided to take bigger risks and in order to do that you have to become very vulnerable."

As Smoosh, Asy and Chloe put out three full-length albums. Their debut She Like Electric was released in 2004 when Asy was 12 years old and Chloe was only 10. Over the years the band toured with Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney, Mates Of State, Jimmy Eat World, Cat Power, Nada Surf, The Eels and Sufjan Stevens, among others. The band also performed on Yo Gabba Gabba and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

In 2012, two decided it was time for a change and formed Chaos Chaos.The duo recorded songs on S with producer Nathan Rosenberg at The Doghouse Studios in Brooklyn, except for the track "Winner," which was recorded with Matt Tong of Bloc Party. There are dance, blues and electronic elements on the EP and the songs blend electronic instruments with acoustic piano, drums, a trash drum kit, saxophone, and experimental vocals. The duo launched a Kickstarter project to fund the EP, featuring the trash drum kit used on the EP as well as artwork created by the band. The project succeeded its goal within the first day.

"I think we are having the most fun making this EP because we have never approached music this way before. The whole process feels like an adventure. It will also be very exciting to bring this EP to a live setting (which will involve the Toys R Us Big Piano, a trash drum kit and vocal processors)".

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Nosaj Thing photo by Mikey T
It's been three years since the release of Nosaj Thing's highly acclaimed debut album, Drift (Alpha Pup), which topped countless Best Of Year Lists, but 2013 will mark a new chapter for the 27-year-old producer, musician and DJ from Los Angeles.  With a new album, label and imprint (Timetable) for Innovative LeisureHome marks the first time Nosaj has incorporated guest vocalists.  Having remixed and worked with the likes of The XX, Flying Lotus, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beck & Kendrick Lamar, it was time to incorporate a few collaborations of his own with Toro y Moi and Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead) providing ethereal vocals for two of the tracks on Home. The rest of the album is rounded with Nosaj's signature cinematic soundscapes that explore the space from where Drift left off.

After recently sharing lead single "Eclipse/Blue feat. Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead)," our first taste from Home, Nosaj is back today to share the song's video, created in conjunction with The Creators Project and Tokyo-based artist and programmer Daito Manabe. The video, available below, sees Daito's exquisite, minimal projections perfectly complementing the song's effortless beauty. Head directly to The Creators Project site to learn more about Daito and Nosaj Thing.
VIDEO: "Eclipse/Blue feat. Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead)" -

STREAM: "Eclipse/Blue feat. Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead)" - 

About The Creators Project:

Launched in 2010, The Creators Project is an ongoing global initiative by VICE and Intel dedicated to supporting artists in realizing their creative visions through technology. The project includes an online community and video channel, TheCreatorsProject.com, as well as an official YouTube Channel, youtube.com/thecreatorsproject, a content creation studio, and a global event series.

To date, there are more than 150 Creators involved, hailing mostly from seven countries (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Brazil, South Korea and China) along with other artists from around the world. Participating Creators include such leading artists as Karen O, Hussein Chalayan, Anish Kapoor, Florence and the Machine, United Visual Artists, Feng Mengbo, Mark Ronson, Jonathan Glazer, Mick Rock, Barney Clay and David Bowie

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Midge Ure Announces US Tour for January 2013


Midge Ure Announces US Tour for January 2013
First US Solo Tour in Over 10 Years
Autobiography 'If I Was' out 2013

November 26th, 2012 -  New York, NY - Grammy Winner Midge Ure has announced plans for a solo US tour in January 2013 which will be the first time he performs in the US in a decade.  The tour kicks off in Long Island New York on the 8th of January with the only acoustic show on the trek and winds up on the west coast in LA on January 26th. The last tour Midge did across the US was all acoustic in 2001 - this will also be the first tour with a full band since 1985. Right The Stars will be opening the shows and will also provide backing for Midge Ure

Midge Ure has an impressive back catalogue of his own fronting the groundbreaking electrorock band Ultravox as well as being a member of such noteable bands as Visage and Thin Lizzy in addition to Band Aid where he produced and co wrote the smash charity single 'Do They Know Its Christmas'. He was also one of the principle creators of Live Aid and Live 8 along with Bob Geldof.  Ure has spent most of his career touring the globe most recently with Ultravox who reformed in 2009 as well as some solo shows and the notable role of MD for the Princes Trust at the Royal Albert Hall with a cast of the usual suspects including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Mark King.

Besides preparing for a US tour, Midge has been keeping very busy with the recent release of Ultravox's album entitled Brilliant (their first since 1986), as well as an ebook release of his highly acclaimed Autobiography If I Was due out 2013.  Fans can expect Ure's solo material, perhaps a few Ultravox tunes as well as a few surprises Midhe is also working on his next solo album.

Midge Ure is available for interviews and we have review tickets available. 

Tour Dates:

Jan  08 - Oyster Bay, Long Island - Sagamore Yacht Club (only US acoustic show)
Jan. 09 - New York, NY - Iridium
Jan. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe
Jan. 11 - Stafford Spring, CT - Palace Theatre
Jan. 12 - Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theatre
Jan. 13 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Club                        
Jan. 14 - Toronto, Ontario - Hughs Room
Jan. 15 - Toronto, Ontario - Hughs Room  
Jan. 16 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
Jan. 17 - Detroit, MI - Magic Bag
Jan. 18 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
Jan. 19 - Chicago, IL - Mayne Stage
Jan. 20 - Minneapolis, MN - New Skyway Lounge
Jan. 23 - San Francisco, CA - Red Devil Lounge
Jan. 24 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Coach House (Co-Headline with Bow Wow wow)
Jan. 25 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
Jan. 26 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater (with Sp Guests Bow Wow Wow and Gene Loves Jezebel)

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Shows Will Preview Material From Forthcoming Album No Place For My Dream
On the heels of Femi Kuti’s GRAMMY-nominated most recent album, Africa for Africa, The Los Angeles Times said he “makes something more than music. His [albums] and hugely popular concerts (‘one of the more powerful live shows on Earth,’ according to The Onion) are imbued with the weight of family legacy and Kuti’s own individual intents. It is ‘music as message’ in a way few acts take on these days—protest and admonishment and hope all embedded in Afrobeat exuberance.” U.S. audiences will have the opportunity to experience Kuti’s unique artistry and world-renowned live performance when he and his big band, the Positive Force, tour the country in January 2013. Th e shows will feature music from Kuti’s new studio album, No Place for My Dream, which will be released in 2013 (label and date TBA).

The central aim of No Place for My Dream is getting back to the essence of Afrobeat, the music pioneered by Femi’s legendary father in the late ‘60s. Since beginning his career as a teenager in his father’s band, Femi has struck a delicate balance: carrying the torch, especially the activist dimension, of Afrobeat while developing his own sound. He has been equally committed to protecting, and going beyond, his father’s legacy. He played a key role in celebrating the recent opening of the Kalakuta Museum, which honors his father and his music in Lagos, and was instrumental in bringing the hit Broadway show Fela! there.
Femi recorded No Place for My Dream at the Zarma studio in Paris with the producer Sodi, who produced several Fela albums and has been working with Femi since the latter’s breakthrough, Shoki Shoki, in 1998. Femi just turned 50 in June 2012, and his maturity is audible in the new songs. He is reaching for a new level of musical excellence, and desires, perhaps more than ever, to be the voice of a deprived population. What propels the sound of No Place For My Dream is Femi’s band, the tighter-than-ever Positive Force, which will join him on the tour.
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force U.S. Tour Dates
January 7 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 
Jam Cruise 11
January 13 
Miami, FL 
Grand Central
January 15 
Boulder, CO 
Boulder Theatre
January 17 
Solana Beach, CA 
Belly Up Tavern
January 18 
Los Angeles, CA 
El Rey Theatre
January 19 
San Francisco, CA 
The Fillmore
January 21 
Chicago, IL 
January 23 
Boston, MA 
Paradise Rock Club
January 24 
Philadelphia, PA
World Café Live
January 25 
Washington, D.C. 
9:30 Club
January 26 
New York, NY 
Webster Hall

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Best Records of 2012

Tame Impala

1. Tame Impala "Lonerism"
2. Grimes "Visions"
3. Leonard Cohen "Old Ideas"
4. Cate Le Bon "CYRK"
5. Alabama Shakes "Boys and Girls"
6. Brian Eno "Lux"
7. Crystal Castles "III"
8. Swans "The Seer"
9. Father John Misty "Fear Fun"
10. Scott Walker "Bish Bosch"

Cate Le Bon

Beach House

11. Beak> ">>" > INTERVIEW
12. Hundred Waters "Hundred Waters"
13. Of Monsters and Men "My Head Is An Animal"
14. Beach House "Bloom"
15. Thee Oh Sees "Putrifiers 2"
16. Bat For Lashes "The Haunted Man"
17. White Fence "Vol 1-2 Family Perfume"
18. Frankie Rose "Interstellar"
19. Chairlift "Something"
20. Purity Ring "Shrines"

Bat For Lashes


White Fence

21. DIIV "Oshin"
22. Sharon Van Etten "Tramp"
23. Melody's Echo Chamber "Melody's Echo Chamber"
24. Dead Can Dance "Anastasis" > INTERVIEW
25. Fiona Apple "The Idler Wheel"
26. School of Seven Bells "Ghostory" > INTERVIEW
27. Niki and The Dove "Instinct"
28. Ringo Deathstarr "Mauve" > INTERVIEW
29. First Aid Kit "The Lion's Roar" > INTERVIEW
30. Brian Jonestown Massacre "Aufheben"

Melody's Echo Chamber

School of Seven Bells

Ringo Deathstarr

First Aid Kit

32. Metz "Metz"
33. Opossum "Electric Hawaii"
34. Dark Dark Dark "Who Needs Who"
35. Ultraista "Ultraista"
36. Richard Hawley "Standing At The Sky's Edge"
37. Tennis "Young and Old"
38. Ty Segall "Slaughterhouse"
39. Patti Smith "Banga"
40. Lower Dens "Nootropics"


Lower Dens

41. Wild Nothing "Nocturne"
42. Stealing Sheep "Into The Diamond Sun"
43. Allah Las "Allah Las"
44. Lana Del Rey "Born To Die"
45. Ty Segall & White Fence "Hair"
46. Grizzly Bear "Shields"
47. Chromatics "Kill For Love"
48. Death Grips "The Money Store"
49. Exitmusic "Passage" > INTERVIEW
50. Oberhofer "Time Capsules II"

Wild Nothing



Honorable mention:

Hallock Hill "The Union / A Hem of Evening"
Mynabirds "Generals"
Magic Wands "Aloha Moon"
Screaming Females "Ugly"
Foxygen "Take The Kids Off Broadway" > INTERVIEW


All photos by Angel Ceballos.
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