4/30/2019

Dirty Projectors Announce Summer Co-Headline Tour With Deerhunter & Other Dates

DIRTY PROJECTORS
Announce Summer Co-Headline Tour
With Deerhunter & Other Dates
Photo credit: Jason Frank Rothenberg
Dirty Projectors have announced a slew of upcoming tour dates, including a co-headline tour with Deerhunter set for summer 2019. All dates below; tickets for the co-headline tour go on sale at 10am local time this Friday, May 3rd.
The line-up for the upcoming shows will include Nat Baldwin (bass), Mike Johnson (drums), Felicia Douglass (percussion/vocals), Maia Friedman (guitar/vocals) and Kristin Slipp (keyboards, vocals), with core Projector David Longstreth as bandleader, guitarist, and lead vocalist.
Dirty Projectors’ most recent album, Lamp Lit Prose, was released in 2018.

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Dirty Projectors Tour Dates
May 25 – Hudson, NY @ Hudson Hall – tickets
May 26 – Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom – tickets
May 30-May 31 – Barcelona, SP @ Primavera Sound – tickets
June 1 – Nîmes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song Festival – tickets
June 5 – Peterborough, NH @ The Thing In The Spring % – tickets
July 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium *
July 18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic *
July 19 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater *
July 20 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo *
Sept 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *
Sept 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore *
Sept 8 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
Sept 10 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
Sept 13 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club *
* with Deerhunter
% Dirty Projectors (Solo)

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THE DANDY WARHOLS 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR BEGINS THIS FRIDAY / NEW ALBUM OUT NOW ON DINE ALONE RECORDS

THE DANDY WARHOLS 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR BEGINS MAY 3RD
 
CHECK OUT THE MINDBLOWING TRIPPY JAM OF 'HOLDING ME UP' AT THE CRYSTAL BALLROOM (12/1/18)
 
NEW ALBUM “WHY YOU SO CRAZY” OUT NOW ON DINE ALONE RECORDS
 
 
The Dandy Warhols continue their 25th anniversary celebration beginning this Friday, May 3rd, with select North American dates. “The weirdest thing about it being ‎our 25th anniversary is it doesn't feel like 25 years. Feels like about six. Or five,” muses frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor. Keyboardist/bassist Zia McCabe can’t help but wonder about the complications of building a set list around an entire career as opposed to an individual album; “Oh man, how are we going to fit something from each album into our set? Don’t worry, we’ll figure it out and it will be legendary. Get ready for a massive concussion of rock and roll that’s been a quarter of a century in the making.”
 
Whether you dig them gritty or glittery, their recently-released new album 'Why You So Crazy', delivers on all fronts, careening through classically off-kilter psych-pop (‘Be Alright’), high country-fried Americana (‘Motor City Steel’), and gothic piano-propelled rumbas (‘Forever’). You can expect to hear choice cuts from this album, as well as classics from their stellar back catalog of greatness! 
 
The Dandy Warhols are:
Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Zia McCabe, Peter Holmström, Brent DeBoer
    
25TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE SHOWS:

May 3 Atlanta, GA Masquerade (Shaky Knees Presents)
May 4 Atlanta, GA Shaky Knees
May 6 Washington, D.C. 9.30 Club ** ^^
May 7 Boston, MA Royale ** ^^
May 8 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel ** ^^
May 9 Toronto, ON CMW **
May 11 Chicago, IL Metro **
May 12 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue **
May 14 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre **
May 16 Los Angeles, CA Theatre at the Ace Hotel ** ^^
May 17 San Diego, CA The Observatory at North Park ** ^^
May 18 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore ** ^^
May 24 Napa Valley, CA Bottlerock
 
** w/ Cosmonauts
** ^^ w/ Cosmonauts, The Vacant Lots
 
"...dementedly delightful modern psych classics....enough to make you hope the entire planet isn’t controlled by the dark forces of greed and banality." Flood
 
“A real return to form…..lots of great turns and surprises.” NPR
 
“The veteran Portland four-piece has forged a sharper, more cohesive musical output on their latest album, Why You So Crazy.” Under The Radar
 
"With a robotic, futuristic sound added into their traditional mix of stoned rock soul, the band hypnotizes, washes away your transgressions and just flat out get down." Billboard
 
 

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Mattson 2 premieres new song "Naima's Dream"

MATTSON 2
Premieres New Song "Naima's Dream"

New Album Paradise Out June 7 On Company Records

On Tour Now

Photo credit: Andrew Paynter

"Their crystalline, melodic surf-psych sound conjures up greener pastures and sunny days." - 
KCRW

"Their music is modal, spacious, hypnotic, instrumental, and oozes the laid-back, endless summer vibe of those beach towns south of L.A.... A potpourri of sonic colors and trance-inducing grooves." - Premier Guitar

"Their work blends jazz fusion, psychedelia, and a surprising element of surf music, allowing them to appeal to jazz fans and jam-band hippies alike." - Stereogum

"Telepathic chemistry - effortlessly and mesmerizingly in-sync." - Aquarium Drunkard

Mattson 2, the jazz duo of identical twins Jared and Jonathan Mattson, will release their new album Paradise on June 7 on Company Records, and today they share a new song, the kaleidoscopic instrumental track "Naima's Dream." Brooklyn Vegan, who premiered the song today, writes, "'Naima's Dream'... brings warm, mellow vibes and nods toward Chuck Mangione without using any horns.

Paradise is out June 7 on Company Records and also includes the previously released track "Essence." The album is available for pre-order HERE.

Mattson 2 is currently on a North American tour that includes festival plays at Vermont's Waking Windows, Ohio's Nelsonville Music Festival, and Colorado's Telluride Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Festival, and dates opening for Nick Waterhouse. All dates are below. 

Mattson 2 on Tour
5/03: Waking Windows - Winooski, VT
5/04: Basin Springs Park - Eureka Springs, AR
5/06: 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN *
5/07: The Ivy House - Milwaukee, WI
5/08: Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL *
5/09: Shelter - Detroit, MI *
5/13: Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA *
5/14: Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY *
5/15: American Bar & Grill - Lancaster, PA
5/16: The Foundry - Philadelphia, PA *
5/17: Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC *
5/18: Southern Cafe & Music Hall - Charlottesville, VA *
5/19: Ambrose West - Asheville, NC
5/20: Terminal West - Atlanta, GA *
5/21: One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA *
5/23: Bronze Peacock - Houston, TX *
5/24: The Parish - Austin, TX *
5/25: Dada - Dallas, TX *
6/08-09: Nelsonville Music Festival - Nelsonville, OH
6/14: SFJAZZ Center - San Francisco, CA
6/19: Cellar Door - Visalia, CA
6/20: Belly Up - San Diego, CA
6/21: Lodge Room - Los Angeles, CA
8/09-10: Telluride Jazz Festival - Telluride, CO
* w/ Nick Waterhouse

MORE ON PARADISE:

When things are right, they're right; it's rare that everything falls into place. It's rarer still to capture that feeling on wax, which is what The Mattson 2 have achieved with their latest album, Paradise. It's their second release on Chaz Bear's (fka Chaz Bundick, aka Toro y Moi) Company Records, and first without Bear as a member of the band. The identical twins, Jared (guitars) and Jonathan (drums), have left their trademark virtuosity on display; within the 32-minute runtime they've managed to capture the arc of an entire relationship between two people. You can tell from how warm the guitars sound - we go from emotional equilibrium to longing to happiness to loss. "For years and years you've been on my mind," they sing, and mean it. When the Mattsons sing the line "you're so special, you're so easy" it's easy to forget they're not talking to you.

Even so, it's a record to throw a frisbee to - it's a sylphlike, sylvan thing, meant to be used and enjoyed. "We don't want people to think too hard," they say. "We want to let people in!" That's perhaps because it's the first album they've written and recorded in their home, which is a wooden cabin in the hills of San Diego. You can hear the sun in the keyboards, in the 80s-inflected jazz. The singing is new, too. What it adds up to is a bigger, bolder sound than their previous work; the brothers say they went into it trying out a conceptually new, cohesive sound - a new sonic palette to create from. It's a little bit of summer you can savor all year long.

They've been playing shows for 15 years without any vocals; on Paradise, though, the twins have added their voices to the mix, which adds a welcome new human dimension to the record. "No matter how much someone loved the instrumental set they'd ask if we sang!" Jared said. Even so, the lyrics are meant to be abstract, to conjure a mood. If you listen closely you'll be able to discern what the Mattson brothers are feeling. There's longing, in songs that are about getting what you want and realizing it's not actually the right thing; there's lyrics about not being free, in both the capitalist system and in the creative one. There's a song about a loved one dying from an overdose. There are deep themes here, even if the subjects are treated lightly.

On "Naima's Dream," which opens the album, the Mattsons lock into a buoyant melody; it sounds like the feeling of lying in a park on a carefree, sunny day, watching the dogs chase the people throwing frisbees in the distance. That feeling carries through the rest of the album, too; on "Essence," which describes a relationship in progress. "You're so special, you're so easy," the Mattsons sing over a lush guitar arrangement propelled by a truly grooving bass line.

The range of human experience is vast, and the Mattsons have managed to capture a piece of it in stunning detail. Being alive demands every kind of adjective: difficult, boring, fun, sustaining, affirming, renewing, reviving, strenuous, punishing, arbitrary, unfeeling, inconvenient, and everything in between. The slice that the Mattsons describe in this album is uniformly sweet, but inflected with the knowledge of how quickly things can change, and how, most of the time, it's hard to recognize that they're changing until the metamorphosis is already complete. 


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Watch Julia Shapiro's new video for "A Couple Highs"

JULIA SHAPIRO SHARES MUSIC VIDEO FOR "A COUPLE HIGHS," THE SECOND SINGLE FROM HER SOLO DEBUT PERFECT VERSION OUT JUNE 14th
WATCH: Julia Shapiro - "A Couple Highs"

Perfect Version, the debut solo album  from Chastity Belt singer/guitaristJulia Shapiro, is out June 14th on LP/CD/Digital/Cassette. Today, she's shared a new official music video for "A Couple Highs," directed by Claire Buss. A subtle homage to Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy, the video sees Shapiro and her canine doppelganger explore the quiet beauty within Suburban Seattle malaise. 

Julia recorded virtually every instrument on Perfect Version herself. Read on for more about the turmoil and uncertainty that inspired this deeply personal, intimate album. Advance review copies of Perfect Version are available upon request.

Julia is currently on tour in Australia, and recently opened for Kurt Vile in Castlemaine. See below for a full list of upcoming performances. 


BIO

When Julia Shapiro flew home from a cancelled Chastity Belt tour in April 2018, everything in her life felt out of control. Dealing with health issues, freshly out of a relationship, and in the middle of an existential crisis, she realized halfway through a tour supporting her band’s third album I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone that she was going through too much to continue. “I was really struggling; I was really depressed. I felt like I couldn’t sing or be a person,” Shapiro recalls. “At that point I couldn’t even imagine playing a show again, I was so over it.”

Returning home to a newly empty Seattle one-bedroom apartment, Shapiro had wanted for a long time to learn how to record and mix her own music, and out of the uncertainty of the future of her music career and her health, she began to record the songs that would becomePerfect Version, her solo debut for Hardly Art. What she created in the space of ten songs is an intimate and beautifully self-aware examination of feeling lost in the life you’ve created for yourself. It’s an album of shimmering guitars and layered vocals that feels vast in the emotional depth it conveys and masterful in the way each song is intentionally crafted and recorded.

Throughout the record Shapiro tries on different ways of living, all thematically centered around the idea of what it would be like to be a perfect version of yourself. “How can someone be so blindly confident/I wanna know that trick,” she wonders on “Natural,” the opening track that begins using another person as a mirror and then pans back to a bigger picture: what would it take to really love yourself? The album is peppered with ideas of what self-improvement could look like—whether it’s learning a skill and living out in the woods, going to bed at a reasonable hour, or even more playful, deeply relatable lines like “I should really delete my Instagram.”

Shapiro has a knack for turning simple images into something profound, drawing influence from songwriters like Elliott Smith to capture complicated moods. The everyday act of circling the block trying to find a parking spot becomes a metaphor for trying and feeling like you can’t quite get anything done. “All my problems feel like paper/I can finally rip them up,” she sings on the title track, describing a moment of lightness in hanging out with friends who can find humor in your failure “at least I have my friends to laugh at what I’ve done.”

Over the course of a tumultuous year of trying to find stability amidst depression and surgery, Shapiro ultimately rediscovered the parts of music that she loved through the process. Her perfectionist qualities create an album that shines in tiny lyrical moments and meticulous guitar parts. “When the rest of my life felt out of control, I felt like this was my chance to be in control of everything,” says Shapiro. She plays all the instruments (save for a mouth trumpet solo by Darren Hanlon and guest violin by Annie Truscott) and after recording and mixing the first batch of four songs at the Vault studio with Ian LeSage decided to record the final six tracks alone in her apartment, adding drums in the studio later and learning to mix them with the help of her friend David Hrivnak. Perfect Version is a fully realized vision from a gifted songwriter finding a more intimate voice. “So what comes next?” she questions on the album closer “Empty Cup” which explores the quiet satisfaction of being alone with yourself and creating a blank slate. “A lasting sense of self,” she concludes.

-- Robin Edwards


TOUR DATES

05.02.19 - Aldinga, AU - Cooee Arthouse
05.03.19 - Adelaide, AU - The Golden Wattle
05.04.19 - Broken Hill, AU - The Palace Hotel
05.05.19 - Quorn, AU - Emily's Bistro
05.08.19 - Alice Springs, AU - Epilogue Lounge
05.11.19 - Katherine, AU - Block Gigs
05.12.19 - Darwin, AU - The Railway Club
06.01.19 - Seattle, WA - Inscape Arts Bash
06.27.19 - Seattle, WA - Barboza

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Mini Mansions Release New Single “Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good)”

Mini Mansions Release New Single

U.S. Tour in May

Jon Theodore of Queens of the Stone Age
Drumming in Live Band

New Album Guy Walks Into A Bar…
Out July 26th on Fiction Records
Photo Credit: Brian Tamborello & Lo Nguyen

Following its first play by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 last night, today Mini Mansions, the beloved Los Angeles band comprising members of Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets, release new single “Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good).” Listen here.

Lead singer Michael Shuman says of the track, “Sometimes in life we forget to be ourselves and really let loose. I live my life inspired by two people: Sigmund Freud and Gary Numan. Both adopting the grand idea of the ‘Pleasure Principle’. Our new track “Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good)” is the musical and lyrical marriage of the two greats."

The band recently announced their forthcoming album Guy Walks Into A Bar...which will be released July 26, 2019 on Fiction Records. Pre-order the albumhere.

Mini Mansions will embark on U.S. tour this Spring that will kick off atBrooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 30 and take them to U.S. cities including DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more. All dates can be found below. Tickets can be found on the band’s website.

Mini Mansions are the type of gang whose charm lies in their individual idiosyncrasies. A trio of partners-in-crime, best friends and brothers in all but blood,Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford’s unique personalities are reflected in their third forthcoming album Guy Walks Into A Bar… The album was recorded at Barefoot Studios in Los Angeles in 2018. While all three bandmates are occupied with other gigs (notably Dawes plays in The Last Shadow Puppets, Parkford in Arctic Monkeys and Shuman plays bass in Queens Of The Stone Age, Mini Mansions is their priority. And, for this album, Shuman relinquished his role as drummer for the first time. Drumming come courtesy of his QotSA bandmateJon Theodore.

Guy Walks Into A Bar… is a record that examines the kind of hip-swaying rock'n'roll you’d find on a dive bar jukebox, it sounds happily disaffected by trend, time or place, like the titular joke itself. There are a hundred different kickers to that joke, but this time around the joke's on them. A guy walks into a bar only to face reality. The album has been a labour of love individually and collectively. In terms of the former, the lyrics on the record penned by singer/guitarist Shuman are the most hard-hitting, self-reflective he's ever shared, and all informed by a whirlwind relationship that's since dissipated. His ex-fiancee came into his life after one such night out, and he wrote most of the songs here contained in real time while on the road. As they reveal each stage from beginning to end, the songs change in mood and even specific setting as the relationship itself deteriorated.
 
Co-produced by Shuman and long time collaborator/mixer Cian Riordan, there are some additional familiar voices dotted in with a duet with The Kills’ front woman Alison Mosshart on “Hey Lover” and backing vocals from Z Berg (former singer in The Like) on “Forgot Your Name” and the disco banger, “Living In The Future,” which sounds like Devo by way of ELO.
 
The album’s narrative progresses from reckless antics to the serious trappings of starting to care for a person you've connected with, falling in love, then swiftly and dramatically falling out of it. There's a push-pull between the nocturnal whimsy of being freewheelin' dudes, and a fear of adulthood as the threesome become fully grown men. And, because Mini Mansions are always a good time, the result is both their most heartfelt and their sleekest, most direct and downright poppiest effort to date.

Tickets are now on sale for the below dates and are available on Mini Mansions’ website.

Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates
05/30 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05/31 - Washington, DC - DC9
06/01 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
06/03 - Boston, MA - Middle East
06/04 - Albany, NY - Hollow
06/05 - Toronto, ON, Canada - Velvet Underground
06/06 - Detroit, MI - The Loving Touch
06/07 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06/18 - Sacramento, CA - Holy Diver
06/20 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
06/21 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Biltmore
06/22 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
06/24 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06/26 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
06/27 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
06/28 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram
 
UK Tour Dates
05.04.19 - Live at Leeds - Leeds, UK
05.05.19 - Hit The North - Newcastle, UK
05.06.19 - King Tuts - Glasgow, UK
05.08.19 - Whelans - Dublin, Ireland
05.09.19 - Hare & Hounds - Birmingham, UK
05.11.19 - The Great Escape - Brighton, UK
05.12.19 - The Joiners - Southampton, UK
05.13.19 - The Cavern - Exeter, UK
05.14.19 - Clwb Ifor Bach - Cardiff, UK
05.16.19 - Esquires - Bedford, UK
05.17.19 - The Portland Arms - Cambridge, UK
05.18.19 - The Waterfront Studio - Norwich, UK
05.20.19 - Picturehouse Social - Sheffield, UK
05.21.19 - The Forum - Tunbridge Wells, UK
05.22.19 - Islington Assembly Hall - London, UK
05.23.19 - District - Liverpool, UK

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Kindness Shares New Single "Lost Without" featuring Seinabo Sey

KINDNESS
SHARES "LOST WITHOUT FEAT. SEINABO SEY"
(Photo Credit: Michele Yong)


Following the release in March of their first single in four years - “Cry Everything” ftRobyn - Kindness connects with friend and Swedish star Seinabo Sey for a brand new release: “Lost Without”. Co-written by Kelela and Kindness, Kindness and Seinabo Sey came together in Stockholm to complete work on a song recorded across three continents. The track nods to the disco influences present on Kindness' first LP, World, You Need a Change of Mind, with horn inflections reminiscent of Roy Hargrove's work with D'Angelo, and live strings arranged by Rob Moose.


Having spent Spring on the road as Robyn’s arena quaking warm up DJ, Kindness will embark on a short run of dates with a new live band:

4 June 2019 - Baby’s All Right - New York, NY
6 June 2019 - Zebulon - Los Angeles, CA
11 June 2019 - Le Badaboum - Paris, FR
13 June 2019 - Kantine am Berghain - Berlin, DE
14 June 2019 - Oslo - London, UK

Kindness has remained busy since Otherness, working across several projects: they co-produced five tracks on Solange’s album A Seat at the Table, and contributed production, writing, and vocals to Blood Orange’sFreetown Sound and Negro Swan albums. A sought-after DJ, radio host, writer, collaborator, and lecturer on everything from musical craft and heritage to queerness and history, they’ve spent the last several years performing as a DJ at venues across the world, from Palais de Tokyo to the Guggenheim Museum, hosted their own radio show on Red Bull Radio in 2016 and 2017, lectured at the Boiler Room in New Delhi and moderated Robyn’s Red Bull Music Academy lecture at MOMA in New York. They were recently featured in Solange’s Calvin Klein advertisement, shot by Willy Vanderperre, alongside friends Dev Hynes, Kelela and Caroline Polachek.
“Lost Without feat. Seinabo Sey” Artwork

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Violent Femmes announce new album; share first song

VIOLENT FEMMES CHECK INTO HOTEL LAST RESORT

TITLE TRACK, "HOTEL LAST RESORT," AVAILABLE NOW

GROUNDBREAKING BAND RETURNS WITH 10TH STUDIO ALBUM

LP INCLUDES FEATURED APPEARANCES FROM
PROFESSIONAL
SKATEBOARDER STEFAN JANOSKI
AND LEGENDARY GUITARIST TOM VERLAINE

BAND PARTNERS WITH NIKE AND JANOSKI FOR EXCLUSIVE SHOE

HOTEL LAST RESORT ALBUM ARRIVES ON FRIDAY, JULY 26

LIVESTREAM OF MAY 3 BROOKLYN BOWL LAS VEGAS SHOW
AVAILABLE VIA THE RELIX CHANNEL


The one and only Violent Femmes have unveiled details of their much-anticipated new LP, HOTEL LAST RESORT, that arrives via [PIAS] on Friday, July 26. The plaintive and powerful title track featuring the iconic Television co-founder Tom Verlaine is the first song released from the record and is now available at all DSPs. Rolling Stone premiered the song earlier today.

Bassist Brian Ritchie - who first met Verlaine as a young rock journalist during Television's final tour in 1978 - reached out to the guitarist and received an affirmative response literally within minutes.

"We didn't really give him much instruction," Ritchie says, "but he did exactly what we hoped he'd do. He clearly has an affinity for the song. He must've really clued in on the lyrics and he really interpreted them with a guitar."

"One of the greatest thrills of a long recording career is getting Tom Verlaine to play on one of our songs," singer/guitarist Gordon Gano says. "It's just amazing to hear that sound."
LISTEN TO TITLE TRACK "HOTEL LAST RESORT"
FEATURING TOM VERLAINE
The groundbreaking band's 10th studio album, HOTEL LAST RESORT resides among Violent Femmes' finest work, simultaneously refining and redefining their one-of-a-kind take on American music, mingling front porch folk, post-punk, spiritual jazz, country blues, avant garde improvisation, and golden age rock 'n' roll. Founded and fronted of course by Gano and Ritchie, the group remains as warm, wise and weird as ever before, with such new favorites as "Another Chorus" and "Everlasting You" continuing to mine the vast range of ideas, melodic complexity, and organic sonic craftsmanship that has characterized the band's body of work since their landmark 1983 debut. HOTEL LAST RESORT is available for pre-order now with options to purchase limited edition colored vinyl.

PRE-ORDER HOTEL LAST RESORT 

Always eager to push their music forward, Violent Femmes have expanded their ranks over the past decade-and-a-half , bringing percussionist John Sparrow and multi-instrumentalist Blaise Garza into the fold. Both longtime members of The Horns of Dilemma - the band's ever-evolving cabal of multi-instrumentalist backing musicians - the pair have joined the Femmes on tour and in the studio for the past 14 and 15 years respectively. Sparrow's novel use of a Weber Grill as a rhythm instrument along with the extreme tones of Garza's central instrument, the massive contrabass saxophone, bring a stunning depth to the Femmes' famous sound, imbuing songs like "Paris To Sleep" and "Adam Was A Man" with a striking richness and imaginative edge.

Besides Verlaine, the album includes a featured appearance by pro skateboarder Stefan Janoski - a lifelong Femmes fan who lends vocals to a rambunctious new rendition of the band's classic "I'm Nothing," originally on their 1994 album New Times.

Janoski is also collaborating with the band as part of their newly formed partnership with Nike to create the Zoom Janoski RM "Violent Femmes" - a one-of-a-kind exclusive shoe designed by the legendary skateboarder. The inspiration for the shoe's design comes from the song "I'm Nothing," one of Janoski's favorite Violent Femmes songs, as he has always been inspired by the power of the lyrics.

The words "I'm Nothing" in Janoski's handwriting will be screen printed on the tongue of the shoe, while his artwork will be included on the custom sockliner. Chain stitched on the left shoe will be the word "VIOLENT" and on the right shoe, the word "FEMMES," with a vulc tape mirror applique in Tour Yellow.

Along with Gano's ever-original songbook, HOTEL LAST RESORT features a pair of truly stunning interpretations, including "I'm Not Gonna Cry," originally performed by Greek rock superstars Pyx Lax and now adapted and translated from the original Greek by Gano himself. The LP concludes with the Femmes'  stripped down new arrangement of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," complete with a fresh interpretation of the melody by Gano, as well as an improvised free jazz coda that serves as an ideal encapsulation of both the American spirit and Violent Femmes' own remarkable contribution to the country's musical canon.

"I think it's probably the best one we've made since HALLOWED GROUND," Ritchie says. "Which is a long time. It's just a very focused album, the songs all hold together. It's a classic album, in the sense that people should actually sit down and listen to the whole thing. It's not too long. It's short, it's punchy, it's solid, it's to the point, goes a few different directions but it always comes back to the core approach and then it's over. Hopefully you'll think 'I want to hear that again.'"

HOTEL LAST RESORT was recorded at Denver, CO's Mighty Fine Productions with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show) and GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Ryan Mall. The album's striking cover art features the remarkable "Hotel," a large-scale model situated on the Eastlink motorway outside of Melbourne, created by Canadian-born, Australia-based sculptor/installation artist Callum Morton.

Violent Femmes will celebrate their new album HOTEL LAST RESORT with a typically wide-ranging live schedule that includes headline dates, festival sets, and co-headline tours with both X and Ben Folds. Special VIP tickets are also available for the latter tour, including Reserve Seating, early venue access, a signed tour poster, tote bag, and more. Additional dates - including a North American headline tour - will be announced soon. For complete details and ticket availability, please see www.vfemmes.com/tour.html. The band's Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas show on May 3 will be livestreamed  via The Relix Channel. The show will feature a guest appearance by skateboarder Janoski.

VIOLENT FEMMES ON TOUR 2019

MAY
3 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
4 - Redondo Beach, CA - BeachLife Festival *
5 - San Diego, CA - Humphreys Concerts By The Sea #
7 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren # SOLD OUT
9 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater #
10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues Houston
11 - Arlington, TX - KAABOO Texas #
13 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre  #
14 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom # SOLD OUT
16 - Memphis, TN - Graceland Live #
17 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
18 - Madison, WI - The Sylvee

JULY
28 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena **
29 - Selbyville, DE - The Freeman Stage **
30 - Washington, DC - The Anthem **

AUGUST
1 - New York, NY - Pier 17 **
2 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summer Stage **
3 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion **
4 - East Providence, RI - Bold Point Park **
6 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE **
8 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre **
9 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater **
10 - Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park **
11 - Rochester Hills, MI - Meadow Brook Amphitheatre **
14 - Minneapolis, MN - Surly Brewing Company **
15 - Des Moines, IA - Water Works Park **
16 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre **
17 - Lyons, CO - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival *
23 - Los Angeles, CA  - Hollywood Bowl
24-25 - Port Townsend, WA - THING *

SEPTEMBER
6 - Omaha, NE - Shadow Ridge Music Festival *

* Festival Performance
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** w/Ben Folds


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Violent Femmes' ninth studio album and first full-length collection in nearly two decades, WE CAN DO ANYTHING received rapturous responses upon its 2016 release. "The Wisconsin punk-folk trio's first album in 18 years occasionally summons the warped whimsy of their classic self-titled 1983 debut," raved Rolling Stone, "only updated for ruined teens hitting their fifties."

2 MICS & THE TRUTH: UNPLUGGED & UNHINGED IN AMERICA followed in 2017. The double-LP sees Violent Femmes reinventing their own extraordinary canon with all-new live performances, including rearranged classics, songs played live for the first time, spontaneous requests, and random improvisations.

Violent Femmes are: Gordon Gano: lead vocal, guitar * Brian Ritchie: acoustic bass guitar, baritone guitar, vocal, percussion * John Sparrow: BBQ, snare, tom, percussion, vocal * Blaise Garza: baritone, contrabass and sopranino saxophones, vocal, piano, harmonium, theremin, percussion.

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VIOLENT FEMMES
HOTEL LAST RESORT
[PIAS]
Release Date: Friday, July 26
Another Chorus
I Get What I Want
I'm Nothing (Feat. Stefan Janoski)
Adam Was A Man
Not Ok
Hotel Last Resort (Feat. Tom Verlaine)
Everlasting You
It's All Or Nothing
I'm Not Gonna Cry
This Free Ride
Paris To Sleep
Sleepin' At The Meetin'
God Bless America

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