SUNFLOWER BEAN Stream Debut Album via Rolling Stone!

PRESS HERE to listen now!
Human Ceremony Out February 5th via Fat Possum
(Credit: Rebekah Campbell)

Early praise for Sunflower Bean + Human Ceremony:
"Three and a half minutes of impossibly jangly guitar bliss and sweet-dreams vocals make ['Easier Said'] the best thing we've heard yet from the New York psychedelic-rock trio..." - Rolling Stone
"The music is both restrained and aggressive...but like a lot of great rock'n'roll, it's also catchy, compelling, and concise." - Pitchfork

"Made up of old souls in photogenic forms, this teenage psychedelic rock trio mixes metal-influenced guitar squall with Arctic New Wave vocals..." - New York Times
"...this band is full of surprises and shifts. There's an exhilarating feeling seeing this band live; I got the impression that they even surprised each other during the performance." - NPR's All Songs Considered
"Another killer track...one of the band's best songs to date." - The FADER
"In a haze of distorted guitars and psych-rock come Sunflower Bean, the Brooklyn trio who make wonderful, reverb-soaked music about things they are too young to even romanticize...['Easier Said'] sparkles and glitters, only a fleeting glimpse of a very promising record. - Stereogum

Sunflower Bean are gearing up to release one of the best debut albums of 2016, and starting today - one week ahead of release - the record is streaming exclusively via RollingStone.comPRESS HERE to listen to Human Ceremony, Sunflower Bean's absolutely brilliant debut LP, now.

PRESS HERE to pre-order Human Ceremony on CD or vinyl, and HERE on iTunes. The album is out on February 5th via Fat Possum.

Sunflower Bean got their start in the DIY New York scene, but the band quickly began to accelerate into one of the foremost up-and-coming bands nationally and overseas. Since the band's inception in 2013, Sunflower Bean have toured U.S. and Europe opening for the likes of DIIV, Best Coast, Wolf AliceThe Vaccines and more, as well as wowed audiences at festivals includingCMJ, SXSW, Beach Goth, and UK's Great Escape. Human Ceremony's forthcoming release and Sunflower Bean's massive upcoming U.S. and EU tour cement the fact that Sunflower Beanhas arrived.   

Drawing inspiration from a vast pool of influences such as Black Sabbath and The CureSunflower Bean refine their sound and take it to the next level on Human Ceremony.  It is a crystalline, bright, sparkling record, tipping its cap to the likes of The Vaselines, The Velvet Underground, The Feelies, and more, loaded with an innate artfulness that belies the band's young age:  all three members are under 21. Written in drummer Jacob Faber's basement in Long Island - where the band got its start back in high school - and recorded in Brooklyn with producer Matt Molnar (Friends), Human Ceremony's 11 tracks came together in just seven days.   Having leapt out of the gate as a formidable live band, Sunflower Bean's incomparable stage energy settles perfectly into the grooves of its finely crafted debut album.  From the cascading guitar riffs in woozy album opener "Human Ceremony," to the surging "Come On," to Cumming's gliding, sky-high harmonies on "Easier Said" and more, on Human CeremonySunflower Bean's spell is cast.

Sunflower Bean are: Jacob Faber [drums], Julia Cumming [vocals/bass], and Nick Kivlen[vocals/guitars].

International Tour Dates (US Dates in BOLD) - PRESS HERE for tickets
2/2/16              Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
2/3/16              Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
2/6/16              Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
2/8/16              Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
2/9/16              Berlin, GR @ Berghain Kantine
2/10/16            Hamburg, GR @ Molotov Bar
2/12/16            Brussels, BE @ Botanique
2/13/16            Lille, GR @ LA Peniche
2/15/16            Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete's
2/16/16            Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
2/18/16            London, UK @ The Dome
2/19/16            Brighton, UK @ Bleach
2/25/16            New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom +
2/26/16            Hanover, NH @ Bones Gate Fraternity +
2/27/16            Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Club Upstairs +
2/28/16            Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange
3/1/16              Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha +
3/2/16              Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café +
3/3/16              Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern +
3/4/16              Lakewood, OH @ Mahall's 20 Lanes +
3/5/16              Ithaca, NY @ Ithaca College Glazer Arena
3/6/16              Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie +
3/10/16            Washington D.C. @ Black Cat *
3/11/16            Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
3/15-3/20/16    Austin, TX @ SXSW 2016
3/24/16            Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
3/25/16            La Jolla, CA @ Che Café
3/26/16            Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
3/27/16            San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
3/29/16            Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
3/30/16            Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
3/31/16            Portland, OR @ Analog Café Lounge
4/1/16              Nampa, ID @ Flying M
4/2/16              Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
4/3/16              Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
4/5/16              Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
4/6/16              Madison, WI @ The Frequency
4/7/16              Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
4/8/16              Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café
4/9/16              Pittsburg, PA @ The Smiling Moose; Upstairs
* w/ Mass Gothic
+ w/ Honduras

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UK singer/songwriter Birdy has revealed the fantastical video for new single “Keeping Your Head Up”.  The enchanting video sees Birdy moving through a mysterious and dreamlike world full of interesting and unusual characters.

Watch Here: http://bit.ly/1nsR8Tf

The new album Beautiful Lies, written by Birdy, will be released on March 25th. Birdy co-produced 6 of the 14 tracks on the album.  Producing credits go to Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys/Adele) and MyRiot (London Grammar) while mixing duties were taken on by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire/Florence and the Machine).

Pre-order the album: iTunes /Amazon
Stream “Keeping Your Heard Up: Spotify

Discussing the album Birdy said; “This is my coming of age record. I’ve learned so much in the last few years and have been able to use the many experiences – good and bad - as inspiration when writing this album. This is the album that I’ve been able to steer most confidently and proudly, from the writing to the production to the artwork. A lot of the album is about finding light in the dark and overcoming the times when we feel completely lost.”

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The Raveonettes Release "This World Is Empty (Without You) Track


The Raveonettes have always strived to do things their own way both creatively and stylistically. 2016 is no different, and Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo are about to release a brand new track entitled ‘This World Is Empty (Without You)’ as part of a series of releases. The band have created an official RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH playlist where they’ll be uploading a freshly recorded track every month from now until the end of the year. They’re breaking with the norm and creating what they’re labelling an 'anti-album'. A collection of songs that aren't bound by the constraints of the format. A 12-month expedition, potentially schizophrenic and disjointed, potentially cohesive and related. How does March 2016 sound?! We have no idea. But it’s a gas. Join us for the Rave-sound-of-the-month and subscribe to the playlist.”

Sune Rose Wagner said of ‘This World Is Empty (Without You)’, “Writing a simple song's super hard and challenging so it took awhile for this one to be just right. The music, the words, the vibe, everything has to be just perfect. It’s one of the only songs I’ve ever written where adding a guitar simply didn’t work, not sure why, just happens I guess. The beat is my take on an 80’s Freestyle beat ala Debbie Deb, and the overall vibe of the song is much darker for sure” The duo’s aim is to capture the moment on record and they’re looking to take music lovers on this journey of personal highs and lows throughout the year with them. The Raveonettes kick it all off today – Friday 29th Jan – and will follow this track up on the last Friday of every month until December, when they’ll deliver the final track of this exciting body of work.

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Just Announced: Beach House, Death Grips, Deerhunter, Savages and more.

On Sale Friday, January 29th at 12:00pm
  • April 13th: Underworld w/ Bob Moses at Fox Theater
  • April 18th: Savages at El Rey Theatre
  • April 19th: Museum of Love w/ Cooper Saver at The Echo
  • April 20th: Deerhunter w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra at Pappy & Harriet's
  • April 20th: Melody's Echo Chamber at Pappy & Harriet's (late)
  • April 20th: Beach House at Warner Grand (San Pedro)
  • April 21st: Ex Hex w/ Sheer Mag at The Echo
  • May 5th & 6th: Explosions in the Sky at Theatre at Ace Hotel
  • May 13th: Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at Theatre at Ace Hotel (Presale happening now; use code CHANGES)

On Sale Friday, February 5th at 12:00pm
  • April 19th: Beach House at Pappy & Harriet's
  • April 20th: Death Grips w/ Savages at Fox Theater Pomona
  • April 21st: Miike Snow w/ Bob Moses at Pappy & Harriet's

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Today Ratatat released a self-directed video for “Supreme,” a song off their latest album Magnifique (out now on XL Recordings).  The duo recently completed a global tour, which included stops in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and India. The video, shot by Evan Mast of Ratatat, includes footage from their transatlantic travel on the tour.

Watch the music video for “Supreme” here: https://youtu.be/ZZlzC1qQH0k

Ratatat’s 5th studio album saw the duo return to their core guitar-driven sound, yet on tracks like “Supreme,” the band experimented with slide guitar as an homage to artists like Santo & Johnny and Peter Drake. Mast explains further, “we wanted to borrow something from those classics sounds, but bring it into the present - to make a song that could’ve existed if that style of music had remained popular and kept evolving up until today. “

RATATAT recently completed a North American tour, shared a video for “Pricks Of Brightness” and made their late TV debut on Last Call with Carson Daly performing “Abrasive” and “Shempi,” Cream On Chrome” and “Pricks Of Brightness” for the show.

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John Foxx - Burning Car is a limited edition (750 copies only) gatefold LP release on John's own Metamatic Records label. 
Catalogue Number : META59LP Release Date : 28 January 2016
Pre-order your copy from Townsend Records...
Each copy is individually numbered and features new artwork created by Jonathan Barnbrook.
Inspired by a rare Japanese six-track mini-album of the same name which included singles and B-Sides from the Metamatic -era that weren't on the original album. This new release expands that concept into a full twelve-track album featuring tracks such as This City, My Face, Mr No, Glimmer and the title track, all mastered and cut for this rare and exclusive release thirty-six years after the January 1980 release of Metamatic. This is the first time that Like A Miracle (Alternative Version) and Young Love have appeared on vinyl.
Side One
01. Film One
02. This City
03. No-One Driving (Single Version)
04. He's A Liquid (Alternative Version)
05. Young Love
06. Like A Miracle (Alternative Version)
Side Two
01. A New Kind Of Man (Alternative Version)
02. Burning Car
03. 20th Century
04. My Face
05. Mr No
06. Glimmer

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iLoveMakonnen (on a Tuesday) Day Wave, Wax Idols, and More Join Metric, American Football, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Mountain Goats, Vince Staples, Neon Indian, DIIV, Bill Callahan, and Kamasi Washington

Badges and Tickets Are Available

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 27, 2016) – Noise Pop Festival, the Bay Area’s premier indie music and arts festival, announces the final music and film lineups for the festival February 19–28 at venues and theaters around the Bay Area. Multiple badge options are available for those who want access to only music or film as well as for those who want to experience everything the festival has to offer. Badges and individual tickets for already announced shows can be purchased at noisepop.com/2016/buy-badges/. Tickets for artists just announced will go on sale this Friday, January 29 at noon PST.

The additional music artists just announced rounding out the Noise Pop lineup includes Atlanta hip-hop artist iLoveMakonnen, who gained widespread notoriety following the Drake remix of his song “Tuesday” and will in fact be playing 1015 Folsom on a Tuesday; Oakland alt-rock outfit on the rise Day Wave (a.k.a. Jackson Phillips); Wax Idols, who released their third album, American Tragic, last fall and will play SF’s intimate Knockout; LA pop duo Puro Instinct; So Pitted; and many more. These new performers join the 2016 roster that spans many genres, including indie, jazz, pop and hip-hop. Among the acts taking the various stages of Noise Pop throughout the ten days of musical discovery and celebration this year are Metric, American Football, Drive Like Jehu (sold out), The Mountain Goats (sold out), Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Indian, DIIV, Parquet Courts (sold out), Vince Staples (2 sold out shows), Bill Callahan (sold out), and Kamasi Washington (2 sold out shows). Badge holders have access to sold out shows. You can check out the full lineup at lineup.noisepop.com/.

This year’s film series lineup also includes several special presentations with guest filmmakers and even some of the films’ subjects being in attendance for post-screening Q&As. Some of the film screening events are followed by live musical performances or are accompanied by a live score. Two of such films are Tokyo Drifter (1966), which will feature a live score by L.A. Takedown, and Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), which will include a live score by Friends of Dean Martinez. All of the films revolve around some musical theme or element.

Several screenings this year are also presented in collaboration with other film festivals, including the initial wave of films announced in partnership with SF IndieFest. This new wave of film titles is no exception. Among them is the US premiere of Yallah! Underground, which is co-presented by 3rd i San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival; the west coast premiere of Live From UB, which is co-presented by CAAMFest; and a screening of Korla: Godfather of Exotica Music, co-presented by the San Francisco Black Film Festival.

Additional film highlights just announced include a west coast premiere of Riot on the Dance Floor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens (co-presented by Thrasher Magazine), the California premiere of Morphine: Journey of Dreams (co-presented by Amoeba Music), the California premiere of Revival: The Sam Bush Story (co-presented by Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival), and a special double feature of Suburbia and The Decline of Western Civilization Part III followed by a Q&A with director Penelope Spheeris. For more information on the film program, check out http://film.noisepop.com/.

​2016 - ​


Double Feature: An Evening with Penelope Spheeris

February 18 at 7 p.m. PST at Alamo Drafthouse
Director: Penelope Spheeris. USA, 1983. 94 min.
The Decline of Western Civilization Part III
February 18 at 9:30 p.m. PST at Alamo Drafthouse
Director: Penelope Spheeris. USA, 1998. 86 min.
Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker

Yard Dogs Road Show
February 19 at 7 p.m. PST at ATA
Director: Flecher Fleudujon and Zebu Recchia. USA, 2016. 98 min.
Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker

Tokyo Drifter
February 19 at 8 p.m. PST at Swedish American Hall
Director: Seijun Suzuki. Japan, 1966. 82 min.
Live score performed by L.A. Takedown

Riot on the Dance Floor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens
February 19 at 9:30 p.m. PST at ATA
Director: Steve Tozzi. USA, 2015. 114 min.
West Coast premiere

We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited
February 20 at 2 p.m. PST at ATA
Director: Antonio D’Ambrosio. USA, 2015. 59 min.
Plays with short film “Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston?”

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King
February 20 at 4 p.m. PST at ATA
Director: Jeanie Finlay. UK, 2015. 86 min.
Bay Area premiere

Morphine: Journey of Dreams
February 20 at 8 p.m. PST at Swedish American Hall
Director: Mark Shuman. US, 2014. 91 min.
California premiere; Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker and band; Live musical performance by Vapors of Morphine to follow

Korla: Godfather of Exotica Music
February 20 at 9:30 p.m. PST at Alamo Drafthouse
Director John Turner. USA, 2015. 78 min.
Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker

Live From UB
February 21 at 4 p.m. PST at ATA
Director Lauren Knapp. Mongolia, 2015. 82 min.
West Coast premiere; Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker

Revival: The Sam Bush Story
February 21 at 6 p.m. PST at Swedish American Hall
Director Wayne Franklin and Kris Wheeler. USA, 2015. 98 min.
California premiere; Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker and subject

No Manifesto: A Film About Manic Street Preachers
February 21 at 9:30 p.m. PST at Alamo Drafthouse
Director: Elizabeth Marcus. UK,2015. 96 min.
California premiere

Yallah! Underground
February 22 at 2 p.m. PST at ATA
Director: Farid Eslam. UK, 2015. 85 min.
US premiere

Music Monday at the Alamo Drafthouse presents: Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same
February 22 at 7 p.m. PST at Alamo Drafthouse
Director: Peter Clifton and Joe Massot. UK, 1976. 137 min.

David Bowie Tribute Party: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
February 22 at 8 p.m. PST at The Independent
Director D.A. Pennebaker. UK, 1973. 90 min.
Screening followed by live musical performance by Everyone Is Bowie with visuals by White Light Prism

Adventures of Prince Achmed
February 23 at 8 p.m. PST at Swedish American Hall
Director Lotte Reiniger. Germany, 1926. 81 min.

Live musical score by Friends of Dean Martinez

Noise Pop Festival General Music badges ($175), Film Series badges ($55), Music + Film Series badges ($215), and Super Fan badges ($375) are all on sale now, as are individual show tickets to all currently announced festival performances. Individual tickets for artists just announced today will go on sale Friday, January 29. An upgrade is also available via a promo code for those who have already purchased a Music badge and would like to change to a Music + Film Series badge.

If you are interested in catching a particular performance but the show is sold out, you can still purchase one of the festival badges, which grant access to all shows, space permitting. The General Music badge does not grant access to the film screenings and events, and the Film Series badge does not grant you access to music shows. Music + Film Series badges, on the other hand, grant you access to both music and film events. While Super Fan Badges guarantee access to all music shows and film screenings with red carpet treatment for the duration of the festival.

All badge options and individual tickets can be purchased at http://noisepop.com/2016/buy-badges/.

Noise Pop Festival’s 2016 artwork was created by artist Kii Arens.

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Established in San Francisco in 1993, Noise Pop is the leading independent music festival in the Bay Area. Over the last 24 years Noise Pop has provided exposure to some of the top emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to widespread acclaim, including The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes and Yoko Ono. In 2006, Noise Pop began expanding the scope and presence of its established brand into year-round events (including the Treasure Island Music Festival) in the Bay Area and beyond that celebrate all forms of independent culture, music, film, art and merchandise to an ever expanding community. Visit www.noisepop.com for more information.     

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