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Steve Gunn - West Coast Tour 2018

Steve Gunn has been a touring tour de force this year supporting his recent LP Eyes On The Lines. 2018 shows no signs of Gunn slowing down, as he announces today a string of West Coast tour dates to begin the year. Julie Byrne provides support for all dates, and tickets go on sale Friday (10/13) at 1pm EST/10am PDT.

Ticket links below:
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
Friday, January 12, 2018 - St. James Hall, Vancouver, BC
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Cellar Door, Visalia, CA
Friday, January 19, 2018 - Zebulon, Los Angeles, CA

Steve Gunn Online

King Krule - The Ooz on Vinyl

The Ooz is almost here! King Krule will drop his long awaited second LP this Friday the 13th, accompanied by a sold-out US/EU tour beginning later this month. Check out photos of the record below, a beautifully made gatefold 2xLP, and pre-order your copy here.

King Krule Fall 2017
Sat October 21 Black Cat Washington DC – SOLD OUT
Sun October 22 Union Transfer Philadelphia PA
Tue October 24 Warsaw Brooklyn NY – SOLD OUT
Wed October 25 Warsaw Brooklyn NY SOLD OUT
Thu October 26 Paradise Boston MA – SOLD OUT
Sat October 28 Corona Theatre Montreal QC
Sun October 29 Danforth Music Hall Toronto ON – SOLD OUT
Mon October 30 Metro Chicago IL – SOLD OUT
Tue October 31 Fine Line Music Café Minneapolis MN
Fri November 3 The Showbox Seattle WA
Sat November 4 Wonder Ballroom Portland OR – SOLD OUT
Sun November 5 Vogue Theatre Vancouver BC
Tue November 7 The Fillmore San Francisco CA – SOLD OUT
Wed November 8 Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles CA – SOLD OUT
Thu November 9 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles CA – SOLD OUT
Mon November 20 Marble Factory Bristol UK – SOLD OUT
Tue November 21 Koko London UK – SOLD OUT
Wed November 22 Koko London UK – SOLD OUT
Thu November 23 Stylus Leeds UK – SOLD OUT
Sun November 26 Casino De Paris Paris France
Tue November 28 Magazzini Generali Milan Italy
Wed November 29 L’epicerie Moderne Lyon France
Thu November 30 Rote Fabrik Zurich Switzerland
Fri December 1 Bürgerhaus Stollwerck Cologne Germany
Sun December 3 Uebel & Gefährlich Hamburg Germany
Mon December 4 Astra Berlin Germany
Wed December 6 Vega Copenhagen Denmark – SOLD OUT
Fri December 8 Vasateatern Stockholm Sweden
Sun December 10 Melkweg Amsterdam Holland – SOLD OUT
Mon December 11 De Roma Antwerp Belgium
Wed December 13 Academy Dublin Ireland – SOLD OUT
Thu December 14 Academy 2 Manchester UK – SOLD OUT
Fri December 15 SWG3 Glasgow UK – SOLD OUT


VIDEO : Julien Baker - "Turn Out The Lights"

We're pleased to premiere the 2nd video from Julien Baker's long-awaited 2nd album, the titular track "Turn Out The Lights", directed by Sophia Peer.

'Turn Out The Lights' is out October 27, with Baker's US tour starting tomorrow night in Atlanta.  YUou can hear her appearance on last Saturday night's season premiere edition of "Prairie Home Companion" here.

preorder 'Turn Out The Lights'
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 :

10/12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade +
10/13 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom + (SOLD OUT)
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 +
10/21 - Minneapolis MN - Cedar Cultural Center +
10/22 - Chicago IL - Thalia Hall +
10/24 - Toronto ONT - Opera House +
10/25 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount +
10/27 - New York, NY - Town Hall +
10/28 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre + (SOLD OUT)
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 at Minglewood Hall *
12/02 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall +
12/04 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre +
12/06 - Missoula MT - Top Hat +
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 +

+ Half Waif supports
* - David Bazan supports

Julien Baker online


Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile : KCRW Session Today, Amoeba Hollywood Instore Thursday 'Sea Lice By The Seaside' Webcast Next Monday,

We're a few days away from the release of Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile's hotly anticipated collaboration album, 'Lotta Sea Lice' and as you'd expect, they're an insane amount of activity surrounding this momentous event. After a Sunday afternoon set at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival the duo visit KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic for a live broadcast starting at 11:15am pacific time TODAY. Thursday, there's a free show at Hollywood's Amoeba Records, who've somehow managed to obtain copies of 'Lotta Sea Lice' one day early. And on Monday afternoon, there's a Pitchfork Live webcast taking place from what's said to be Jimmy Page's former Malibu residence (this seems suspicious as we had it good authority he took his holidays in Cliftwood, NJ...or maybe that was Southside Johnny. Hard to remember sometimes)

Wednesday, October 11 – House Of Blues, San Diego, CA
Saturday, October 14 – The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 15 – Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, October 18 – Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
Friday, October 20 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
Saturday, October 21 – Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 22 – The Showbox, Seattle, WA (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, October 25 – Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, October 26 – Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
Friday, October 27 – Rockerfeller Chapel, Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, October 28 – Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 30 – Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
Tuesday, October 31 – Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
Wednesday, November 1 – Beacon Theatre, New York, NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, November 3 – Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
Saturday, November 4 – Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
Monday, November 6 – Loew's Jersey Theatre, Jersey City, NJ
Thursday, November 9 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
Friday, November 10 – McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX
Saturday, November 11 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, TX (SOLD OUT)

Belle and Sebastian - 'How To Solve Our Human Problems' EP's & Box Set, "I'll Be Your Pilot" premiere

Harkening back to their 1997 release of three consecutive EPs ('Dog On Wheels', 'Lazy Line Painter Jane', and '3.. 6.. 9 Seconds Of Light'), Belle and Sebastian will release three new EPs under the umbrella title 'How To Solve Our Human Problems', with the first EP coming out on December 8th, the second on January 19th, and the third on February 16th  (vinyl and digital only).  The EP trilogy will culminate with a compilation CD and a limited vinyl box set containing all three EPs, with the option of a box just for EP3 for those who have already purchased 1 and 2.

Belle and Sebastian has revealed a new song titled "I’ll Be Your Pilot", which can be found on EP2.  The single takes as its subject Stuart Murdoch’s young son: “Having your first kid is a huge event, so I wrapped a lot of things I felt about Denny into the song. Being a dad made me feel a little like the pilot in The Little Prince, hence all the references to the Sahara!”

Just as those three early EPs are a crucial part of the Belle and Sebastian canon, these three new releases aren't merely a detour between albums, but as definitive releases in their own right. 'How To Solve Our Human Problems' is both an era of its own, and part of a long, rich history. 'How To Solve Our Human Problems' is, if you like, Belle and Sebastian Redux.

When Belle and Sebastian felt new music percolating, they decided to break from the working methods of the recent years and instead stay at home, record the tracks as and when, often producing themselves, working with friends and collaborators to see what emerged. Working in Glasgow gave them the freedom to work without the constraints that making an album can impose: they could take their time honing and experimenting.

One thing that has defined Belle and Sebastian has been their relationship with fans, and that’s apparent in the new EPs. For the three sleeves, the group issued a call to fans to come to be photographed by Murdoch at a studio in Belsize Park in North London. Fifty were selected, and all those photographed were also recorded answering the question: “How do you solve your human problems?”

The 3x12" boxset is available with two different purchase options. You can buy the set as a subscription which will ship an EP to your door each month, starting with the first EP on December 8th, the second EP on January 19th and the third EP and box + poster on Febraury 16th.

OR you can buy the 3x12" boxset as a complete set, which will ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.
Alternatively, you may purchase a CD compilation of the 3 EPs, which will also ship to arrive on February 16th, 2018.

The 3 EPs are also available individually, without the boxset and poster, on each of the dates listed above. You can buy EP 1 HERE, EP 2 HERE and EP 3 HERE.

(UK orders
EU orders)

'How To Solve Our Human Problems Part 1'
1. Sweet Dew Lee
2. We Were Beautiful
3. Fickle Season
4. The Girl Doesn’t Get It
5. Everything Is Now

1. Show Me The Sun
2. Same Star
3. I’ll Be Your Pilot
4. Cornflakes
5. A Plague On All Other Boys
1. Poor Boy
2. Everything Is Now (Part Two)
3. Too Many Tears
4. There Is An Everlasting Song
5. Best Friend

Tour Dates :

Mon – 05-Feb – Belgium, Antwerp, De Roma
Tue – 06-Feb – France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Wed – 07-Feb – France, Paris, Salle Pleyel
Fri – 09-Feb – France, Nantes, Stereolox
Sun – 11-Feb – Luxembourg, Rockhal
Mon – 12-Feb – Switzerland, Zurich, X tra limmathaus
Tue – 13-Feb – Italy, Milan, Fabrique
Wed – 14-Feb – Italy, Bologna, Estragon
Fri – 16-Feb – Germany, Munich, Muffathalle
Sat – 17-Feb – Germany, Berlin, Admiralspalast
Sun – 18-Feb – Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Mon – 19-Feb – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Carre
Wed – 21-Feb – Denmark, Copenhagen, DK Studio 1
Thu – 22-Feb – Sweden, Stockholm, Munchen Brewery
Fri – 23-Feb – Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
Sat – 24-Feb – Sweden, Gothenburg, Studios
Tue – 06-Mar – UK, Cornwall Truro Hall
Thu – 08-Mar – Wales, Cardiff, Millenium Centre
Fri – 09-Mar – Wales, Aberystwyth, Arts Centre
Sat – 10-Mar – UK, Nottingham Rock City
Mon – 12-Mar – UK, Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tue – 13-Mar – UK, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu – 15-Mar – UK, Brighton Dome
Fri – 16-Mar – UK, London Troxy
Sat – 17-Mar – UK, London Troxy
Mon – 19-Mar – UK, Liverpool Philharmonic
Tue – 20-Mar – UK, York Opera House
Thu – 22-Mar – UK, Gateshead Sage
Fri – 23-Mar – Scotland, Perth, Concert Hall
Sat – 24-Mar – Scotland, Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Mon – 26-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St
Tue – 27-Mar – Ireland, Dublin, Vicar St

Belle and Sebastian online:
Official site

VIDEO : Spoon - "I Ain't The One" + January West Coast Dates

"I Ain't The One" - directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard

In addition to announcing Western US and Canada dates in January (see below), this morning Spoon release the latest video from album-of-the-year candidate 'Hot Thoughts', the brooding "I Ain't The One", directed & shot in London earlier this year by the directorial team of Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard

Spoon on tour (new dates in bold)

Thursday, October 5 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver CO $
Saturday, October 7 Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin TX
Tuesday, October 10 Aztec Theatre, San Antonio TX*
Wednesday, October 11 Cains Ballroom, Tulsa OK*
Thursday, October 12 House of Blues, Dallas TX*
Friday, October 13 Stubb's, Austin TX
Saturday, Octoebr 14, Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin TX
Tuesday, October 17 House of Blues, New Orleans LA*
Wednesday, October 18 Minglewood Hall, Memphis TN*
Friday, October 20 Music Farm, Columbia SC
Saturday, October 21 Mavericks, Jacksonville FL
Thursday, November 2 Orangerie at Botanique, Brussels BE
Monday, November 6 Concorde 2, Brighton UK
Tuesday, November 7 Invisible Wind Factory Liverpool UK
Wednesday, November 9 The Junction, Cambridge UK
Saturday, November 11 Kaserne, Basel CH
Sunday, November 12 Santeria Social Club, Milano IT
Tuesday, November 14 Sala Apolo, Barcelona, ES
Wednesday, November 15 La Riviera, Madrid, ES
Thursday, November 16 Porto Coliseum, Porto, PT
Friday, November 17 Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon, PT
Tuesday, November 28 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, November 29 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
Friday, December 1 The Chance Theatre, Poughkeepsee NY
Sunday, December 3 Sherman Theatre, Stroudsberg PA
Tuesday, December 5 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park NY
Wednesday, December 6 Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington VT
Friday, December 8 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Indianapolis IN
Saturday, December 30 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Sunday, December 31 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, January 12 Showbox Seattle, WA&
Saturday, January 13 McDonald Theater Eugene, OR&
Monday, January 15 Jam Cellars Napa, CA&
Wednesday, January 17 The Masonic San Francisco, CA&
Thursday, January 18 Arlington Theater Santa Barbara, CA&
Saturday January 20 Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, NV

$ w/ The Shins
* w/ Mondo Cosmo
& w/ White Reaper

Stream or order 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon online :

Official Site

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