NEW YORK, NY (May 31, 2016) — GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist JAMES BLAKE announces the itinerary for his 2016 North American headline tour this fall. He first makes an appearance at Bon Iver’s Eaux Claires in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and then stops in major cities across the country including a night at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City on October 3, and finishes up the tour at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles October 20.
There will be a presale for Songkick followers of James Blake beginning at 10am local time on June 1 HERE with local presales happening on June 2nd. Public tickets go on-sale at 10am local time on Friday, June 3rd HERE. Full tour routing is below.
BLAKE will be on tour supporting the release of his critically acclaimed third full-length offering, The Colour In Anything [Republic Records] which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Electronic/Dance charts. Get it HERE.
He recently premiered the music video for “I Need A Forest Fire” [feat. Bon Iver]. It’s already amassed over 500K views. Watch it HERE.
BLAKE recently headlined two sold out shows at Los Angeles’ Belasco Theatre May 16 and New York’s Webster Hall May 18. Tickets for both shows were sold out in less than a minute.
Among its 17 tracks, the new record features the recently revealed songs “Modern Soul” and “Timeless”— both initially featured on his BBC Radio 1 Residency show. In addition, it includes “I Need a Forest Fire” [feat. Bon Iver] and “Radio Silence”, both of which premiered on BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac show. In addition to the Bon Iver feature, Frank Ocean and Rick Rubin also contributed to The Colour In Anything as co-writer and co-producer, respectively.
BLAKE’s touch can be felt throughout the modern music landscape. He lent his inimitable voice and production to “Forward” on BeyoncĂ©’s chart-dominating #1 blockbuster Lemonade. In addition, he co-wrote the opener “Pray You Catch Me.” Following the release of 2013’s OvergrownBLAKE garnered a “Best New Artist” nomination at the 2014 GRAMMY® Awards, a nod for “British Male Solo Artist” at the 2014 BRIT Awards and won Great Britain’s esteemed “Mercury Prize”. To cap it off BLAKE also took home the Ivor Novello Award for “Best Contemporary Song” for the track Retrograde. He’s graced the stage at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, and countless other festivals as well as performing sold out headline tours.
8/12-13 Eau Claire, WI            Eaux Claires
9/23     Dallas, TX                   House of Blues
9/24     Houston, TX               House of Blues
9/25     Austin, TX                   ACL Live at the Moody Theater
9/27     New Orleans, LA        Orpheum Theatre
9/28     Atlanta, GA                 Tabernacle
9/30     Philadelphia, PA          Electric Factory
10/1     Washington, D.C.        Lincoln Theatre
10/3     New York, NY             Radio City Music Hall
10/4     Boston, MA                 House of Blues
10/5     Montreal, QC              Metropolis
10/7     Toronto, ON                Massey Hall
10/8     Royal Oak, MI             Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/9     Chicago, IL                  Cadillac Palace Theater
10/12   Seattle, WA                 Moore Theatre
10/13   Vancouver, BC            Orpheum Theatre
10/14   Portland, OR               Roseland Theater
10/18   Santa Barbra, CA        Arlington Theatre
10/20   Los Angeles, CA         Hollywood Palladium
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Introducing Savoy Motel on What's Your Rupture: New single + live dates

Introducing Savoy Motel: Sign With What's Your Rupture?

Live Dates Announced: NYC, Chicago and More
Photo: Semi Song

Welcome to Nashville's Savoy Motel - an intensely orchestrated and unique hybrid of glam rock, boogie, soul, power-pop, garage, punk, dance music and showmanship all rolled into one.  

Savoy's whole package opens up their horizons, and yours, to a sound made by four friends tired of witnessing music eat its own tail; with unclouded judgment, creative refinements, and peerless technique, they grab that tail and stick it into a wall socket, putting the cap back on 15+ years of rock revivalism and strident genre adherence. And they make it seem easy.

Savoy Motel are thrilled to announce they've signed to What's Your Rupture? who've recently given us memorable releases from Parquet Courts, Royal Headache, Iceage and more.  After their debut Hot One 7" which Consequence of Sound raved "a style of funky rock that feels somehow detached from the reality of the present, or really any reality at all. It's slick yet shambolic, grooving yet kooky.." and a slew of dates with Black Lips, Savoy hit the road this June playing Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia and more - full list of dates below. 

Today they share new single "Souvenir Shop Rock" which NME claims is "the best guitar-based offering by a new act I've heard all year."

Savoy confess they "use rock and roll as a vehicle to reach and promote the feeling of TOTAL FREEDOM and "are defined more by a feeling than a sound."  The about face in approach is something the members of Savoy Motel had worked up to for years in their earlier projects (Cheap Time, Heavy Cream). They are prepared to change minds.

Stay tuned.

Savoy Motel Live Dates:

June 15: Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
June 16: The Pharmacy - Philadelphia, PA
June 17: Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY *
June 18: Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA #
June 19: Happy Dog - Cleveland, OH
June 20: UFO Factory - Detroit, MI
June 21: The East Room - Chicago, IL
June 22: PK's - Carbondale, IL 

* - w/ Nude Beach and Cheena
# - w/ Gotobeds

Savoy Motel Is:
Jeffrey Novak: bass / vocals
Jessica McFarland: drums / vocals
Mimi Galbierz: guitar / vocals
Dillon Watson: guitar

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Brian Jonestown Massacre come to LA this weekend


27th May 2016  US San Francisco CA- The Independent
28th May 2016 US San Francisco CA- The Independent
29th May 2016  US Los Angeles CA- Teregram Ballroom
30th May 2016  US Los Angeles CA- Teregram Ballroom
31st May 2016 US Los Angeles CA- Teragram Ballroom
1st June 2016 US Phoenix AZ- Crescent Ballroom
2nd June 2016  US San Diego CA- Belly Up

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DIANE COFFEE summer tour 2016


Gearing up for the next leg of our 2016 Summer Tour! 

6/3 Fort Wayne, IN - The Brass Rail
6/4 Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi
6/5 Chicago, IL - Do Division Street Fest
6/11 Cincinnati, OH - The Woodward Theater
6/24 Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie's
6/25 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
6/26 Nashville, TN - The Basement East
6/29 Appleton, WI - Concerts In The Courtyard
6/30 Madison, WI - The East Side Club
7/1 Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
7/9 New York, NY - 4 Knots Music Fest
7/10 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club (Lizard Lounge)
7/22 Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
7/23 Washington, DC - DC9 Nightclub
7/24 Camden, NY - XPoNential Music Festival
7/26 Akron, OH - Musica
8/18 Costa Mesa, CA - The Wayfarer
8/19 San Diego, CA - The Hideout
8/20 Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet's
8/23 Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
8/25 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
8/26 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
8/27 Los Angeles, CA - Getty Museum

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BAT FOR LASHES Releases Video For "Sunday Love"

Releases "Sunday Love" Video - PRESS HERE To Watch
The Bride out July 1st via Parlophone/Warner Bros Records
Bat For Lashes - aka multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Natasha Khan - has released the visually striking and heartfelt clip for new single "Sunday Love," off of her upcoming album, The Bride (out July 1, 2016 via Parlophone/Warner Bros Records). PRESS HERE to watch. This new video continues to expand on The Bride's chilling story, which chronicles a woman whose fiancĂ© is killed in a crash on the way to the church for their wedding. Shot in the Californian desert at night, the film - created and conceived by Khan and co-directed by John DeMenil - shows The Bride frantically searching for her lost love, only to end up devastated and alone.

Written as the soundtrack with a feature length film in mind, The Bride was created and produced by Natasha Khan alongside a host of long-time collaborators and friends including Simone Felice, Dan Carey, Head and Ben Christophers. During its conception, Khan wrote and directed a short film entitled I Do, making its debut at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in NYC in April, the themes of which point to the new album. The Bride was created over the course of 18 months in London, Los Angeles, and Brighton. Finally, last Autumn, Natasha headed to the mountains of Woodstock, NY, where she built a studio into the ground floor of a big old house and lived there for two months, finishing the record with co-producer Simone Felice (Lumineers, Felice Bros). The album was mixed by Head in London and mastered at Metropolis Studios.

Bat For Lashes is set to perform The Bride in its entirety to a sold out crowd at Saint Ann & The Holy Trinity in New York on June 1st. This will conclude her exclusive series of intimate church performances, which have garnered rave reviews - including five stars from The Guardian. See full routing below.

PRESS HERE to watch "In God's House," the first clip off of the record, conceived by Natasha Khan and co-directed by John De Menil.
PRESS HERE to read what Khan tells Pitchfork about The Bride.

The Bride Shows:
6/1                         Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Ann & The Holy Trinity **SOLD OUT**
6/3                         New York, NY @ Governors Ball
6/22-26                 Somerset, UK @ Glastonbury
9/3                         Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End Of The Road Festival
Pre order The Bride:

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The Coathangers play NYC on July 12th as part of their extended 'Nosebleed Weekend' North American tour!

The Coathangers newest album,
Nosebleed Weekend, is out now on
Suicide Squeeze Records
In addition to their run supporting Refused, they're extending their North American tour into July and beyond!

Fans in New York can see them play live on
July 12th at the Bowery Ballroom


Early Praise for Nosebleed Weekend:
“Who knew that even in punk, practice could make perfect?” SPIN

“…the group's best so far!” NPR’s All Songs Considered

Nosebleed Weekend, their newest record out this Friday, solidifies a place in punk history for the band…” Galore

“The Coathangers are mad as hell on Nosebleed Weekend.” The FADER

“On its 13 tracks, the album bristles with edgy energy.” BITCH

“…the trio consistently pushes itself into new territory with every release.” Interview Magazine

“Though they may have lived a decade-long adrenaline rush, The Coathangers’ persistence and motivation is as present as ever on Nosebleed Weekend.” She Shreds

“…it’s a nasty, jagged piece of rockabilly-influenced punk rock, the kind nobody makes often enough anymore.” Stereogum

“Those who doubted their skills in the beginning will get a face full of the Coathangers' sharpest songs to date with Nosebleed Weekend…” Creative Loafing

“…spiky garage rock guitars and a clap-along chorus that bridges the gap between power pop and no wave dissonance.” Consequence of Sound

“…reminiscent of the garage rock sound of 2014’s Suck My Shirt yet slightly rougher, showcasing Stephanie Luke’s raspy vocals.” Brooklyn Vegan

“Much like their Atlanta-scene peers Black Lips, The Coathangers have morphed from their shambolic punk beginnings and expanded their sound to encompass garage and pop.” LA Weekly

Tour Dates:
Thu- May-26    San Francisco, CA    The Fillmore
Fri- May-27    Los Angeles, CA    The Fonda Theatre
Sat- May-28    Pomona, CA    The Glass House
Mon- May-30    Solana Beach, CA    Belly Up
Tue- May-31    Tucson, AZ    Rialto Theatre

Wed- Jun-01    Albuquerque, NM    Sunshine Theater
Fri- Jun-03    Dallas, TX    Trees
Sat- Jun-04    Houston, TX    Free Press Summer Festival
Sun- Jun-05    Austin, TX    Mohawk
Tue- Jun-07    Jacksonville, FL    Mavericks at the Landing
Wed- Jun-08    Fort Lauderdale, FL    Revolution
Thu- Jun-09    Orlando, FL    The Beacham Theatre
Sat- Jun-11    San Juan, PR    Club 77
Fri- Jun-24    Athens, GA    Georgia Theatre - Athfest Club Crawl

Thu- Jul-07    Asheville, NC    Mothlight
Fri- Jul-08    Baltimore, MD    Windup Space
Sat- Jul-09    Washington, DC    Comet Ping Pong
Sun- Jul-10    Philadelphia, PA    Black Box at Underground arts
Tue- Jul-12    New York, NY    Bowery Ballroom
Thu- Jul-14    Boston, MA    ONCE
Fri- Jul-15    Montreal, QC    TRH-Bar
Sat- Jul-16    Toronto, ON    Silver Dollar
Sun- Jul-17    Cleveland, OH    Mahall's
Mon- Jul-18    Detroit, MI    Marble Bar
Tue- Jul-19    St. Louis, MO    Off Broadway
Thu- Jul-21    Minneapolis, MN    7th Street Entry
Fri- Jul-22    Milwaukee, WI    Cactus Club
Sat- Jul-23    Chicago, IL    Beat Kitchen
Mon- Jul-25    Louisville, KY    Zanzabar
Tue- Jul-26    Nashville, TN    12th + Porter

Thu- Aug-25    Seattle, WA    Suicide Squeeze 20th Anniversary @ Neumos
Sat- Aug-27    Portland, OR    Project Pabst

Sept 8-10    Raleigh, NC    Hopscotch Music Festival

5/26-6/9 supporting Refused
6/4 w/ Deadmau5, Modest Mouse, The National, Refused, and more
8/25 w/ Guantanamo Baywatch, Childbirth, and Audacity
8/27 w/ Duran Duran, Ice Cube, Andrew WK + more
9/8-9/10 w/ Beach House, Converge, Erykah Badu, Television and more

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The Raveonettes Share "Scout" Track Via Brooklyn Vegan

 Photo Credit: Amber and Ashlie Chavez


WATCH & SHARE: The Raveonettes - "Scout" (Lyric Video)

"Like the others in this series, “Scout” is different than almost anything Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo have done before. In this case, a rhythm-section-driven song with a very funky muted bass and atmospheric orchestration." - Brooklyn Vegan
The Raveonettes premiere their brand new track "Scout" this week via Brooklyn Vegan The song is the fifth track release from the band's official RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH playlist where the duo will continue to upload a freshly recorded track on the last Friday of every month until December. The 'anti-album' will feature a collection of new tracks that aren't bound by the constraints of the format.  Join the RAVE-SOUND-OF-THE-MONTH and subscribe to the playlist here + listen to the new track and read an exclusive interview with Sune Rose Wagner on Brooklyn Vegan.

The duo also announces an appearance at this year's Reverence Festival in Seattle on June 11th. You can purchase tickets and find more details on the festival here.

The Raveonettes also continue their new Pledge Music Campaign where fans can pledge for the CD and vinyl of the forthcoming new album. Sign up for the Pledge Music Campaign at http://radi.al/TheRaveonettesPledge.
01. The World Is Empty (Without You)
02. Run Mascara Run
03. Excuses
04. Junko Ozawa
05. Scout
Tour Dates
06.11 - Seattle, WA - Reverence Festival


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A personal history of LA Punk
By John Doe w/ Tom DeSavia

  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (April 26, 2016)

I have been looking forward to reading this book. The LA punk scene has been under-represented. Many people were not aware of it until 1981. Most of this multi-faceted book focuses on the golden age of the Masque and the early scene, roughly the years 1976-1981. Hollywood had a glam rock and groupie scene going on in the early part of the 1970s. That soon morphed into the new punk thing when everyone got a leather jacket. In NYC, they had the clubs Max’s Kansas City and CBGBs and a lot of movies and books and documentaries. London had almost too much hype and coverage. London has often been mistaken as the birthplace of punk rock. Los Angeles was always a third city with an equal force of creativity and importance, ahead of San Francisco, Chicago and DC.

Back at the start, LA had the clubs: the Masque, The Whiskey, and The Starwood were all the main locales for the early scene; plus new clubs were opening up all the time. This book pays attention to the Canterbury Hotel, a block away from the Masque, as LA’s dingy answer to the Chelsea Hotel. Most of the scene’s original 100, or “original 200,” it’s not clear who’s card carrying member or not, are people who are no longer with us. For those dozen people or so who are still with us, some have detailed accounts and others have vague memories that seem general. There was a lot of drug and alcohol abuse back then. I am sure some people have blacked out most of the time. I know that I have. 

There is an introduction by Billie Joe Armstrong. He’s not from LA and he came along ten years too late. I guess the editors of this book wanted to include a big name to attract the millenials? It turns out that most of people in this book are not from LA and came out west when they were young adults. A third of the book is written by John Doe, so it becomes X-centric. Some of the best LA bands of the time like The Weirdos, The Screamers, and The Alleycats, are there in the background.

The book starts out slow. The intro by Armstrong and the forward by Tom DeSavia are generic punk outlines. Instead I suggest that the reader only recall the first time they heard The Ramones or The Germs. Because these two sections are general reminiscences by music fans. In the first real chapter John Doe remembers playing The Whisky and recalls his first impression of the Masque. Exene Cervenka doesn’t add much with her vague history report. Where are the personal tales? John Doe returns in the next section with an impressionistic piece about living on Genesee Avenue, and banging Lorna Doom of The Germs.

The first part of the book drags. The best part of the book comes next: there are two long chapters by Jane Wiedlin and Pleasant Gehman. Jane Wiedlin talks about growing up in the valley and going to fashion school. She discovers the LA punk scene and moves into the Canterbury Hotel. She reminds us that the Go-Gos started out as a punk band. They were the only band to achieve success and tour internationally. While most of the others turned to heroin. Orange County punks didn’t kill the original scene, heroin did. And lack of any success outside of the scene.

Pleasant Gehman links the original scene with The Germs and The Gun Club: some of the best bands to come out of it. Her view of the LA scene is the most cinematic. Her story about how her friends went to meet the Sex Pistols on tour in the south to lose their virginity was pretty hilarious. The hardcore scene came in and Pleasant went rockabilly.

John Doe has a few more chapters that fill in the blanks. Chris Morris talks about his experiences with working at a movie theater and Slash Magazine. Tom DeSavia focuses on the photographers of punk, the best ones being Ed Colver and Jenny Lens. Robert Lopez talks about growing up in San Diego and being in a teenage punk band. The focus turns on how east LA punk and Latino punk bands became involved with the original movement.

Of course, Henry Rollins chimes in and was a little late to the LA scene. By this point of the book I notice how few original native Los Angeles people are represented here. Henry Rollins doesn’t really add much color to what has been said better before. But it is interesting that he mentions how he was followed by the police and the FBI. The question remains: was punk seen as a threat by the FBI at the time?

Chris D. speaks about his experiences with Slash Magazine. Mike Watt goes on for a few pages about growing up Pedro. John Doe speaks about what is punk and not punk. Charlotte Coffey writes about not being cool and not very punk, but being in the Go-Gos, which were the only band from the original scene to have any success and play stadiums.

There is a lot of anti-OC sentiment in these pages. Most of this is refuted by Jack Grisham of TSOL. TSOL is still one of the current bands still offering their brand of punk today. While many lament the end of punk around 1982, due to the OC invasion, in reality the OC punk scene had been boiling for years. Sandy West of The Runaways was from Huntington Beach. There were backyard house parties with The Crowd and The Outsiders. There was more of a punk uniformity and gang element post 1981 and that was unfortunate. But it’s a little sad when people in the original scene are still trying top be the king of the high school when they are 25.

Whether punk had died or not, one thing was for sure post-punk had started. There was goth, rockabilly, electronic music, ska, and new wave. Most of the old punks had put their cards in the rockabilly/Americana movement. Dave Alvin of the Blasters addresses much of this in his chapter. Kristine McKenna Mourns the death of the scene artfully in her section. John Doe then wraps in up nicely. It’s a compelling read and a fresh looking back on the complicated scene.

The band X had been in two documentaries. Still LA feels under-represented in punk rock retrospectives. There is always New York and London, and Los Angeles is a strong third city, although you might think it’s an equal to DC, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Some of the LA bands don’t really seem as punk as we would like them to. They would play with The Knack, 20/20, and The Plimsouls at the Starwood, although no one talks about those bands being punk.

Punk music is at heart a folk movement. Anyone can start a band. The bands become more successful and move on to the bigger mainstream stage, like the Go-Gos, or they stop after one album and become a legend, like The Germs. Lack of success, and money, and experiences on the road, force bands to hang it up after a few years. Or you can change your tune, or start a new band.

Punk didn’t die in 1982. It just got predictable and old. Due to lack of support and recognition, many bands turned to drugs. Heroin in the early 1980s killed the scene. The OC kids didn’t ruin the scene. The scene became ugly and violent overall. Those younger kids of the 1980s didn’t relate to society and older bands that were too cool for school. And musicians heading towards 30 and playing for five or ten years didn’t want to be spit on by a 15 year old with nothing to lose. See you at the Go-Gos farewell concert tour. It will be fun.

Review by Alexander Laurence

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Lift to Experience Performs Reunion Shows, 15th Anniversary Reissue On The Way




JUNE 3, 4 & 5  - TEXAS


Photo credit: Breanne Trammell
Josh T. Pearson’s Lift To Experience has unveiled a taste of what to expect from the 15th anniversary release of their seminal double concept album, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads – out in the autumn via Mute.

Listen to an excerpt of “Ground So Soft,” right HERE.

For what will become the definitive re-release of this work of breath-taking ambition and divine inspiration, Lift To Experience returned to the original Texas studio – The Echo Lab in Denton - where their one and only album release was recorded, and have remixed and re-mastered the album.

In the run up to their headline show at the Royal Festival Hall on Friday, June 10 as part of Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival, the legendary cult band comprising Josh T. Pearson, Andy “The Boy” Young, and Josh “The Bear” Browning have announced a series of warm up shows in Texas.

Lift To Experience will perform on June 3 in Tehuacana, June 4 in Austin and June 5 in Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Room.

Josh T. Pearson explains, “Back in the studio neck deep in the heart of Texas where Lift recorded The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, remixing the album the way it should have be mixed originally. It's good to have our balls back after years spent being castrated.  Excited for those who never got to experience the band live to hear a more accurate representation of what we sounded like then.”

Lift To Experience formed in Denton, Texas, at the end of the last millennium. Their rise was fast and their reign was short; following the release of their long-form masterpiece, the band imploded at the peak of their career due to a series of cruel tragedies. In this short time, however, the band achieved high critical acclaim and were so beloved by John Peel, that he invited them to record three Peel sessions in just five months and were included in the Best 125 Peel Sessions of all time.

Listen to “Falling From Cloud 9” (Peel Session) HERE.

After the group disbanded, the legend of their thunderous live shows and sole record has only grown. A cult recording that still possesses a mystical power in an era when such things seem to have fallen away. The purity of Pearson’s vision, and the passion with which the band executed it, still electrifies, still moves. It was, as Pearson says, “a lot of blood, sweat and tears”.

Talking about June’s Royal Festival Hall show, Josh T. Pearson admits, “We’re scared. We want it to be as good as it was. Five years ago I realized, there’s no better bands out there. There might be bands as good – I can think of maybe five of them I’d put up with us – but Lift To Experience was as good as it gets. The three of us didn’t want to be in any other band if it wasn’t as good as that. We’d rather burn that shit to the ground than have it not be pure. We haven’t been in the same room together for some years,” he says cautiously. “But we’d like it to be a celebration.”

3 June – Tehuacana, Texas – Texas Hall - http://transmissionevents.com
4 June – Austin, Texas – Barracuda - http://transmissionevents.com
5 June – Denton, Texas – Rubber Gloves - http://transmissionevents.com
10 June – London, Royal Festival Hall www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/lift-to-experience-96856

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