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VIDEO: Perfume Genius - "Wreath" + Tour Dates

Today Perfume Genius released a video for No Shape track "Wreath". The video features footage from a contest asking fans to submit themselves dancing to the song. The winning entry, from Esperanza Kroger—dancing freely in
the streets of Cholula, Mexico—can be seen here. After teasing other great entries from throughout the week, the video is finally here.



Mike has said the song is partly about feeling betrayed by his physical body and wanting to be freed from it. The album title is taken from the lyrics — "I wanna hover with no shape...I wanna peel off every weight" — and his goal with the contest and video was to encourage the same sense of ecstatic freedom and abandon that he felt in the studio.

Check out the other videos from No Shape: "Slip Away" and "Die 4 U".

Perfume Genius will be on the road throughout this Fall, opening for The xx for several dates and headlining a tour of his own.

September 26 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
September 27 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl*
September 28 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
September 29 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum*
September 30 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
October 3 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre*
October 4 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Ampitheater*
October 5 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
October 6 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
October 8 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
October 9 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
October 10 - Magna, UT - The Saltair*
October 12 - Oklahoma City, OK - Criterion Theater*
October 13 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
October 15 - Miami, FL - Ill Points Festival*
October 16 - Orlando, FL - The Social
October 17 - Atlanta, GA - Coca Cola Roxy*
October 18 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn Birmingham
October 19 - New Orleans, LA - Champions Square*
October 21 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
December 10 - New York NY - Bowery Ballroom
December 11 - New York NY - Bowery Ballroom
December 12 - New York NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 13 - New York NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

* = with The XX

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Algiers - Live on KEXP

Algiers are taking the country by storm this Fall, joining !!! on tour and headlining their own run this October. Catch their formidable live performance in this recent KEXP session, playing four tracks from their 2017 LP The Underside of Power.



ALGIERS ON TOUR NOW:
Mon September 18 Nashville, TN Mercury Ballroom ^
Thu September 21 Birmingham, AL Saturn ^
Fri September 22 New Orleans, LA Hi-Ho Lounge ^
Sat September 23 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall ^
Sun September 24 Dallas, TX Dada ^
Mon September 25 Austin, TX Empire Garage ^
Tue September 26 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger ^
Thu September 28 Santa Fe, NM Meow Wolf ^
Fri September 29 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom ^
Sat September 30 Santa Barbara, CA SoHo Club ^
Sun October 1 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
Sun October 15 Atlanta, GA Afropunk Festival
Tue October 17 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
Wed October 18 Columbus, OH The Basement
Thu October 19 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Fri October 20 Detroit, MI UFO Factory
Sat October 21 Toronto, ON Baby G
Sun October 22 Montreal, QC Bar le Ritz PDB
Tue October 24 Cambridge, MA Sonia's Nightclub
Wed October 25 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground

^ with !!!

Algiers - Amoeba Green Room Session / Fall Tour Dates

Watch Algiers rip through three highlights from their recent LP The Underside of Power on Amoeba's Green Room Sessions. The quartet is currently on tour with !!! and will headline their own run in October.



ALGIERS ON TOUR
Fri September 15 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit Hall ^
Sat September 16 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop ^
Mon September 18 Nashville, TN Mercury Ballroom ^
Thu September 21 Birmingham, AL Saturn ^
Fri September 22 New Orleans, LA Hi-Ho Lounge ^
Sat September 23 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall ^
Sun September 24 Dallas, TX Dada ^
Mon September 25 Austin, TX Empire Garage ^
Tue September 26 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger ^
Thu September 28 Santa Fe, NM Meow Wolf ^
Fri September 29 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom ^
Sat September 30 Santa Barbara, CA SoHo Club ^
Sun October 1 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
Sun October 15 Atlanta, GA Afropunk Festival
Tue October 17 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
Wed October 18 Columbus, OH The Basement
Thu October 19 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Fri October 20 Detroit, MI UFO Factory
Sat October 21 Toronto, ON Baby G
Sun October 22 Montreal, QC Bar le Ritz PDB
Tue October 24 Cambridge, MA Sonia's Nightclub
Wed October 25 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground

^ with !!!

Snail Mail Signs To Matador, Watch Tiny Desk Session


(photo by Bryan Regan)

Brooklyn-via-Baltimore singer /songwriter/guitar prodigy Lindsey Jordan aka Snail Mail is the latest addition to the Matador Records roster.  Snail Mail will release a full-length album in 2018, following Sister Polygon's 2017 12" reissue of the of the introductory cassette, 'Habit'.  Snail Mail’s NPR Tiny Desk concert premiered this morning, and might provide a hint or several why press, musical peers (including but not limited to Waxahatchee, Priests and Girlpool), and yeah, record labels have taken so much interest in a short spell..

(prior praise for 'Habit')





“There’s no grandstanding here, no attempts at hiding how truly confusing it is to be young and feel like the world is simultaneously infinite and hopeless. Perhaps that is why Snail Mail sound so alive despite much tangible optimism: there’s no person behind a curtain, the ugly resides in reality." - Quinn Moreland, Pitchfork

“Jordan has a voice that only comes along every now and then … she is able to fit a universe of emotion into a single turn of phrase without any vocal affectation … whether she’s muttering or shouting, you feel the heartbreak, the frustration, the joy that came with writing these lyrics” -Stereogum


 
"a minimalist swirl of drowsy tempos, unassumingly meticulous guitar parts, and the sort of entry-level existentialism that’s too pure to be pretentious.”  - Patrick D. McDermott, The Fader

Snail Mail on tour:
Wed October 11 The Met Pawtucket, RI *
Thu October 12 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA *
Fri October 13 Montreal, QC *
Sat October 14 Lee's Palace Toronto, ON *
Sun October 15 Loving Touch Ferndale, MI *
Mon October 16 The Bishop Bloomington, IN
Tue October 17 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL *
Wed October 18 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN *
Thu October 19 Reverb Omaha, NE
Fri October 20 Cafe Berlin Columbia, MO
Sat October 21 Exit/In Nashville, TN *
Sun October 22 The Masquerade Purgatory Atlanta, GA *
Tue October 24 9:30 Club Washington, DC *
Wed October 25 Capital Ale House Richmond, VA *
Fri October 27 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA *
Sat October 28 Brooklyn Steel Brooklyn, NY *

* w/ Beach Fossils & Raener

In other Snail Mail news, NPR released a Tiny Desk session featuring two songs you might recognize from Habit ("Slug" and "Thinning") as well as a new song...



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Interpol : 'Turn On The Bright Lights XV' - NEW Shows in NYC (Bowery Ballroom) and Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre)

Two new additions to the 'Turn on the Bright Light Lights XV' tour were announced this afternoon, which both go on sale tomorrow at 1pm EST/10am PST. The band have been making their way around Europe since early August and it's clear from the reception of those shows (The Guardian *****, NME "Magestic," "DIY "a show live few others"), that the band's homecoming in New York, will be special.

Friday, September 22
Bowery Ballroom, New York NY

Thursday, September 28
El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles CA



PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
Saturday, September 23 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium *
Saturday, September 30 – Los Angeles CA – LA State Historic Park *
Tuesday, October 17 & Wednesday, October 18 – Mexico City, MX – Pepsi Center WTC

* with Deerhunter and Battles

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VIDEO : Julien Baker - "Appointments"



Julien Baker - "Appointments" - directed by Sophia Peer
From the album 'Turn Out The Lights', out October 27


“Making the ‘Appointments' video was an incredibly special experience because I got the pleasure of collaborating with artists I admire and to see them apply their creativity and talent to something I made,” says Baker. "I've known Christina McKinney (choreographer), as well as a few of the dancers, since I was a kid. I've always been fascinated with how that art form works in tandem with music; it was amazing to see the vision that Christina had for the song, how she interpreted the sounds as movement, and then to see how Sophia chose to portray and capture it all.

"It felt very full circle to return to Memphis to work on this, I'm so proud of Memphis and wanted to show off the immense artistry that I see there. Not only were Christina and many of the characters in the video friends, but the crew also included many people I have known and worked with for years. All the scenes and locations are also central to Memphis, I think Sophia did such a good job of preserving the intimate feel of the video by shooting it with people/in locations that had significance to me, and I'm so thankful. The most gratifying part of making music is its ability to be shared and belong to more people than myself, and it was very meaningful to make something with and for other people, to take something as personal as this song and invite others in, allow them to contribute their 'thing,' whatever it may be.”
- Julien Baker




(photo by Nolan Knight)

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preorder 'Turn Out The Lights' from The Matador Store LP version with or without a bundled t-shirt or on compact disc.

Julien Baker on tour :

09/20 Chicago, IL @ Amnesty International & Sofar Sounds Give A Home show
09/21 Champaign, IL @ The Pygmalion Festival 2017
10/10 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium #
10/12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade +
10/13 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom +
10/14 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle +
10/15 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater +
10/17 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club +
10/18 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre +
10/20 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre +
10/25 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount +
10/27 - New York, NY - Town Hall +
10/28 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre +
10/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer +
11/03 - The Hague, NL - Crossing Border Festival
11/04 - Utrecht, NL - Ekko
11/06 - Bristol, UK - The Lantern
11/07 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11/08 - Glasgow, UK - CCA
11/09 - Dublin, IE - Whelans
11/10 - London, UK - Union Chapel *SOLD OUT*
11/12 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls
11/13 - Paris, FR - Les Etoiles
11/14 - Berlin, DE - Heimathafen Neukolln
11/15 - Hamburg, DE - Uebel & Gefahrlich
11/16 - Düsseldorf, DE - New Fall Festival
11/17 - Madrid, ES - El Sol
11/18 - Braga, PT - Theatro Circo
11/19 - Barcelona, ES - La De Apolo
11/29 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre*
11/30 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works*
12/01 - Memphis, TN - 1884 Lounge*
12/02 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall +
12/04 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre +
12/07 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett +
12/08 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre +
12/09 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre +
12/10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater +
12/12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore +
12/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Palace Theatre +
12/15 - San Diego, CA - The Irenic +
12/16 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom +
12/18 - Austin, TX - Emo's +
12/19 - Houston, TX - The Heights Theater +
12/20 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater +

# - with Jason Isbell
+ Half Waif supports
* - David Bazan supports


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