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Lucy Dacus U.S. Tour Starts Today

(courtesy Joey Wharton Photography)

Lucy Dacus and band kick off a couple of weeks of shows in support of Hamilton Leithauser tonight in Cambridge, MA (see below) . There's a number of charities Lucy's raising money for at the merch table throughout the tour ; here's the full list -

2/8: Cambridge- Rosie's Place
2/9: Philadelphia - Books Through Bars
2/10: Millvale - The Women and Girls Foundation
2/11: Columbus - Youth Advocate Services
2/13: Toronto - Concord Refugee Sponsorship Group
2/15: Chicago - Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
2/16: St. Paul- CAIR-Minnesota (CAIR-MN)
2/17: Madison - Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
2/18: Louisville - Family Scholar House
2/19: Nashville - Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp
2/21: Carrboro - Volunteers for Youth
2/22: Washington - Sitar Arts Center
2/23: Brooklyn - Sylvia Rivera Law Project
2/24: Brooklyn - New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
2/25: New YorkC - Islamic Relief USA (

Wednesday, February 8,The Sinclair, Cambridge MA*
Thursday, February 9, Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA* SOLD OUT
Friday, February 10, Mr. Smalls, Milvale PA*
Saturday, February 11, Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH*
Monday, February 13, The Opera House, Toronto ON* SOLD OUT
Wednesday, February 13, 2/15 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL* SOLD OUT
Thursday, February 16  2/16 Turf Club, St. Paul MN*  SOLD OUT
Friday, February 17, High Noon Saloon, Madison WI*
Saturday, February 18, Zanzabar, Louisville KY* SOLD OUT
Sunday, February 19, 3rd & Lindsley Nashville, Nashville TN*
Tuesday, February 21, Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*
Wednesday, February 22, Rock And Roll Hotel, Washington DC* SOLD OUT
Thursday, February 23 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY* SOLD OUT
Friday, February 24 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY* SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 25 The Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan NY* SOLD OUT

May 26-28, Boston Calling, Boston MA
June 8-11, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester TN
July 14-16, The Forecastle, Louisville KY

* - w/ Hamilton Leithauser


Lucy Dacus online


Spoon Announce June UK shows

Earlier today,  Spoon confirmed their first UK shows since 2014.  Following the March release of the highly anticipated 'Hot Thoughts', Spoon visit Manchester, Glasgow and London in late June. Tickets  go on sale February 3rd.

27 June – Manchester,  Gorilla
28 June – Glasgow,  The Arts School
30 June – London,  O2 Forum 


Stream "Hot Thoughts" - Spotify
Pre-order "Hot Thoughts" LP - Matador Store

Spoon online :


NEW SESSION: Car Seat Headrest LIVE on KEXP (first performance of the year) + 2017 Tour Dates (SO FAR)

For those of you out there who missed Car Seat Headrest live from KEXP's new Live Room, you're in luck. The full-session is now available for viewing at your leisure. The band are currently in Australia for Laneway, but there are MANY opportunities to see them all over the world this year. Full list of dates below.

Saturday, January 28 – Laneway Festival, Melbourne, Australia
Monday, January 30 – Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Thursday, February 2 – The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood, Australia
Friday, February 3 – Laneway Festival, Adelaide, Australia
Saturday, February 4 – Laneway Festival, Sydney, Australia
Sunday, February 5 – Laneway Festival, Fremantle, Australia
March 10-11 – BUKU Music & Art Project 2017, Fremantle, Australia
Tuesday, March 14 – Paradiso Grote Zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wednesday, March 15 – Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
Thursday, March 16 – Gebäude 9, Cologne, Germany
Friday, March 17 – Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany
Saturday, March 18 – Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany
Sunday, March 19 – Feierwerk / Kranhalle, Munich, Germany
Monday, March 20 – Mascotte, Zürich, Switzerland
Wednesday, March 22 – Divan de Monde, Paris, France
Thursday, March 23 – Electric Ballroom, London, United Kingdom SOLD OUT
Friday, March 24 – Manchester Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom SOLD OUT
Sunday, March 26 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, United Kingdom SOLD OUT
Monday, March 27 – Academy, Dublin, Ireland SOLD OUT
April 14-26 – Coachella, Indio CA
April 21-23 – Coachella, Indio CA
May 12-14 – Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Friday, May 26 – Gorge Amphitheatre, George WA
May 26-28 – Boston Calling, Boston MA
May 26-28 – Sasquatch! Music Festival, George WA
Monday, May 29 – Gorge Amphitheatre, George WA
June 2-4 – The Governors Ball Music Festival, New York NY
June 8-11 – Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester TN
Sunday, June 18 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison Co
August 8-12 – Øya Festival, Oslo, Norway

Order ‘Teens Of Denial’ from the following :
The Matador Store (2XLP, CD or digital versions) 
Car Seat Headrest on Spotify
Car Seat Headrest on Apple Music

Car Seat Headrest online :



Interpol - 'Turn On The Bright Lights' 15th Anniversary European Tour



Interpol have confirmed a series of summer and autumn shows to mark the 15th anniversary of their landmark debut album, 2002's 'Turn On The Bright Lights' ; they'll be playing 'TOTBL' from front to back starting August 9 in Prague. There's no North American dates for this one, but thanks for asking!

Paul Banks, Daniel Kessler and Sam Fogarino are currently working on new material for a new album, tentatively scheduled for release via Matador in 2018.

Wednesday, August 9 - Prague, CZ - Lucerna Music Bar
Thursday, August 10 - Vienna, AT - Arena
Saturday, August 12 - Buftea, RO - Summer Well Festival
Sunday, August 13 - Belgrade, RS - Belgrade Fortress
Tuesday, August 15 - Budapest, HU - Sziget Festival
Wednesday, August 16 - Munich, DE - Muffathalle
Saturday, August 19 - Luxembourg, LU - Den Atelier
Sunday, August 20 - St. Malo, FR - La Route Du Rock
Tuesday, August 22 - Asolo, IT - AMA Music Festival
Wednesday, August 23 - Milan, IT - Carroponte
Friday, August 25 - Zurich, CH - Zurich Open Air Festival
Sunday, August 27 - Copenhagen, DK - The KoncerthusetTuesday, August 29 - Tilburg, NL - 013
Wednesday, August 30 - Groningen, NL - Oosterpoort
Friday, September 1 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace
Sunday, September 3 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall
Tuesday, September 5 - Paris, FR - Le Trianon
Saturday, September 9 - Spain, ES - DCode Festival

Interpol - official site
Interpol - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Interpol YouTube channel


SG-solo-EUCurrently on tour with Lee Ranaldo & Meg Baird stateside, Steve Gunn is never shy to announce even more tour dates. There is a big batch of new shows that were announced this morning across the UK and Europe. All ticket links can be found HERE. Even more shows for this new tour are in the works, so don't fret if you don't see a show close to you below.

Monday, April 3 – St John Church, London, UK
Tuesday, April 4 – Louisiana,  Bristol, UK
Wednesday, April 5 – Holy Trinity – Leeds, UK
Thursday, April 6 – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK
Friday, April 7 – Unitarian Church,  Brighton, UK
Saturday, April 8 – Little Waves, Genk, Belgium
Sunday, April 9 – Zonnehuis – Amsterdam, Netherlands  (4pm show)
Monday, April 10 – Doopsgezinde Kerk (church) – Utrecht, Netherlands
Tuesday, April 11 – Les Atelier Claus, Brussels, Belgium
Wednesday, April 12 – Vooruit (Theater Zaal) – Gent, Belgium
Thursday, April 13 – TBC, Paris, France
Friday, April 14 – Le Bourg - Lausanne, Switzerland
Saturday, April 15 – Bad Bonn, Düdingen, Switzerland
Monday, April 17 – Anfiteatro del Venda – Padova, Italy
Tuesday, April 18 – Blackmarket/Unplugged in Monti Series, Rome, Italy
Wednesday, April 19 – St. Edmunds Church, Oslo, Norway
Thursday, April 20 – Tungenes Lighthouse, Randaberg, Norway
Saturday, April 22 – G Livelab, Helsinki, Finland
Sunday, April 23 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark


Wednesday, January 18 — Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville OH*%
Thursday, January 19 — The Warhol, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, January 20 — Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC*%
Saturday, January 21 — PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA*%
Sunday, January 22 — Park Church Co-op, Brooklyn NY*%

purchase and/or stream ‘Eyes On The Lines’ from the following:
The Matador Store
Steve Gunn Store


Steve Gunn online :

official site

Coming March 17 : Spoon's 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon Skull Web FINAL

Spoon_by_Zackery_Michael_2 new version

(photo by Zackery Michael)

Perhaps it would be unfair to call this the most poorly kept secret in recent memory,  but it's certainly in the top ten.  On March 17, we'll releasing the 9th and latest album from Spoon, 'Hot Thoughts'  in all territories.

’Hot Thoughts’’ is the bravest, most sonically inventive work of Spoon’s career. With all due respect to earlier efforts that have made the quintet both critically acclaimed and a commercial contender, preconceptions about this band are about to be obliterated. That’s not to say ‘Hot Thoughts’ doesn’t have a requisite supply of infectious earworms but there’s a lyrical bent that’s as carnal as it’s crafty, and a newfound sense of sonic exploration that results in the genre-smasher Spoon have flirted with in the past but not fully consummated.

Co-produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann and reunited with Matador (third time’s the charm), with the crackling, incandescent, multi-dimensional backdrop conjured on ‘Hot Thoughts’, the lines between accessible and experimental become non-factors for once and all. It’s pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.

Following a streak of three consecutive Top 10 albums—'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga' (Merge, 2007), 'Transference' (Merge, 2010) and 'They Want My Soul' (Loma Vista, 2014)--Hot 'Thoughts' is nothing short of a masterwork. Within the space of 10 songs, 'Hot Thoughts' creates a musical universe of its own, ranging from the kaleidoscopic opening/title track—available to stream here or as an instant download with all pre-orders --through the gargantuan stomp of “Do I Have To Talk You Into It” and ubiquitous wiry hooks of “Can I Sit Next To You" to the bittersweetness of “I Ain’t The One” and beyond.

Having recently previewed 'Hot Thoughts' material in a surprise hometown warm-up, Spoon has also confirmed a three-night release week SXSW residency for which the band will resurrect the original Austin venue Emo's location, currently referred to as "The Main" on March 14, 15 and 16.  Spoon will select a unique line up each night and will stubbornly be referring to the venue as "Eno's”.

Details on the various vinyl formats can be found below.

Track listing:

1. Hot Thoughts
2. WhisperI'lllistentohearit
3. Do I Have To Talk You Into It
4. First Caress
5. Pink Up
6. Can I Sit Next To You
7. I Ain't The One
8. Tear It Down
9. Shotgun
10. Us


- Standard Edition: Black vinyl, available at all retailers as well as via Matador and Spoon's webstore

Vinyl Record MockUpA white sleeve

Vinyl Record MockUpB

- Limited edition Purple vinyl, exclusive to The Matador Store and Spoon webstores  :

Vinyl Record MockUpA Purple
Vinyl Record MockUpB Purple

Green Vinyl version - Exclusive to Matador and Spoon web store orders only. Two Golden Ticket Green Vinyl versions are hidden within the purple pressing. The lucky recipient will win tickets to the nearest Spoon show upon redemption.

Vinyl Record MockUpA Green
Vinyl Record MockUpB Green

Limited edition Red vinyl, exclusive to all participating independent record stores :

Vinyl Record MockUpA Red

Vinyl Record MockUpB Red

- CD and Digital (mp3/Audiophile)

South By Southwest Residency at The Main a/k/a Eno's:

Tuesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 15
Thursday, March 16

Friday, July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid ES
Friday, July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY

Spoon Online

Spoon - official merch

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