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Spoon - "Do I Have To Talk You Into It" on "The Tonight Show", Pitchfork Webcast From Brooklyn Steel Wednesday

Spoon performed "Do I Have To Talk You Into It" on Monday evening's telecast of NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon", kicking off a whirlwind week of NYC activity for the band. A two night, sold-out stand at Brooklyn Steel commences tonight with Wednesday's show the subject of a Pitchfork webcast. Spoon will be the featured guests on "CBS This Morning : The Saturday Sessions", December 2, and that very evening they'll be performing at Town Hall for Prairie Home Companion (airing live at 6pm eastern, with a replay on Sunday at noon eastern)

Tuesday, November 28 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)+
Wednesday, November 29 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)+
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
Saturday, March 3 One Big Holiday Punta Cana DR
Thursday, March 15 La Trastienda MVD Montevideo, UY
Friday, March 16 Lollapalooza Argentina Buenos Aires AR
Saturday, March 17 Lollapalooza Chile Santiago CL
Friday, March 23 Lollapalooza Brazil Sao Paulo BR
Monday, June 4 Forbidden Fruit Festival Dublin IE

+ w/ Ron Gallo
& w/ White Reaper

Stream or order 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon online :

Official Site

Yo La Tengo - 2018 North American Dates

(photo by Jacob Blickenstaff)

On the heels of selling out all 8 nights at NYC's Bowery Ballroom for their most-certainly-on-again Hanukkah Residency, Yo La Tengo have confirmed a long list of North American shows below (new gigs in bold). Much like the previously announced European tour, you are free to speculate whether or not these shows may or may not have something or other to do with new recordings that are typically played on turntables, compact disc machinery, car stereos, telephones, etc. Though we shall not confirm or deny anything of the sort, we are powerless (sadly) to stop you from wondering out loud just what's happening.

Tour Dates :

December 12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 16 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 17 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 18 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
December 19 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (Hannukah) - SOLD OUT
March 28 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
March 29 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 30 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
March 31 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix*
April 2 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
April 3 - Boston, MA - Paradise*
April 4 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club*
April 6 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel*
April 7 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
April 8 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson*
April 10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle*
April 12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
April 13 - Nashville, TN - Basement East *
April 14 - Nashville, TN - Basement East*
April 28  Olympia Theatre, Dublin IE
April 29  SWG3, Glasgow UK
April 30 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
May 1 Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK
May 3 - Church Leeds, Leeds UK
May 4 - Royal Festival Hall, London UK
May 6 -  Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
May 7 - Heimathafen, Berlin DE
May 8 - Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE
May 9 - Munchner Kammerspiele, Munich DE
May 11 - Pogon Jedinstvo, Zagreb HR
May 12 - Dom Omladine, Belgrade RS
May 13 -  A38 Ship, Budapest HU
May 15 - Fabrique, Milan IT
May 16 -  Fri-Son, Fribourg CH
May 17 -  Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
May 19 -  Le Cabaret Sauvage, Paris FR
May 20 -  Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
May 31 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 1 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater *
June 2 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 3 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
June 5 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 6 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Theater *
June 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom  *
June 9 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *

* - public tickets on sale Friday, December 1

Yo La Tengo online :
official site

Algiers announce European tour dates for 2018

Despite Algiers being currently on the road, filling venues brimful with their firebrand sound and polemic appetite for change, they're already making plans for next year.

Next year the band will pass across the shadow of the old Iron Curtain, visiting Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Macedonia ontop of a massive seven dates in Germany, and more shows in Italy, Switzerland and France.

Algiers are set to play two dates at the Moth Club in Hackney, London, on the 28th and 29th of November - capping off a hard month of touring across the continent.

Full list of dates below for Europe 2018 - tickets available for all shows at Algiers Official site

Wed, Jan 24th - Strom - Munich, DE
Fri, Jan 26th - Mocvara - Zagreb, HR
Sat, Jan 27th - Pogon Kulture - Rijeka, HR
Mon, Jan 29th - A38 Ship - Budapest, HU
Tue, Jan 30th - B72 - Vienna, AT
Wed, Jan 31st - MENT Festival @ Kino Šiška - Ljubljana, SI
Thu, Feb 1st - Dom Omladine - Belgrade, RS
Fri, Feb 2nd - MKC Youth Culture Centre - Skopje, MK
Sat, Feb 3rd - Live Terminal 1 - Sofia, BG
Fri, Feb 9th - Mylos Club - Thessaloniki, GR
Sat, Feb 10th - Temple - Athens, GR
Wed, Feb 14th - Locomotiv Club - Bologna, IT
Thu, Feb 15th - Palace - St Gallen, CH
Sat, Feb 17th - La Rodia - Besancon, FR
Mon, Feb 19th - L'Aeronef (Club Room) - Lille, FR
Thu, Feb 22nd - Indi(e)stinction Festival @ Frank K - Reutlingen, DE
Fri, Feb 23rd - Artheater - Cologne, DE
Sat, Feb 24th - Brecht Festival - Augsburg, DE
Mon, Feb 26th - Zoom - Frankfurt, DE
Tue, Feb 27th - UT Connewitz - Leipzig, DE
Wed, Feb 28th - Nochtspeicher - Hamburg, DE


Tommy Keene, 1958-2017

Sending our condolences to the family, friends, musical comprades and fans of Tommy Keene, who passed away earlier this week. Tommy was one of the finest songwriters of his generation or any other, a killer guitarist and most importantly, a fantastic guy whose brought wit, humility and joy for life to every encounter. Whether you knew him thru his early membership in Washington DC's The Razz, his solo spell as a WHFS staple in the 1980's, his subsequent recordings for the Dolphin, Geffen and Matador labels, his tenures as a sideman or collaborator to Paul Westerberg, Robert Pollard, Sally Crewe, Adam Schmitt and Velvet Crush, or his more recent series of amazing releases for the Second Motion imprint, you know we're talking about an irreplaceable talent.

Iceage announce May 2018 UK and European dates

Photo by Christian Friedländer

Iceage have stirred, and this morning have announced a batch of dates for May of 2018 in the UK and Europe.

Catch them steering wildly through their punk genre-spanning catalogue and into the next phase of their endless evolution at the following five dates:

Iceage will also be performing at next year's Eurosonic festival in January, and have confirmed a celebratory New Year's Eve show in Detroit at El Club - information can be found here

Friday, May 4th - Privat Club - Berlin, DE
Saturday, May 5th - Bitterzoet - Amsterdam, NL
Sunday, May 6th - La Nuit Botanique - Brussels, BE
Monday, May 7th - Petit Bain - Paris, FR
Tuesday, May 8th - Scala - London, UK

Iceage online:

Official Site
Matador Artist Page


Matador 2017: 'It Can Only Get Worse' - Black Friday sale - 25% off all webstore items

Illustration by Marcellus Hall

In 2017 Matador has released records by Julien Baker, Spoon, Queens of The Stone Age, Algiers, Perfume Genius, Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett, and through True Panther Sounds - King Krule

As we survey the year's smouldering wreckage from the brink, we invite you to celebrate, or forget, with us this holiday season.

Over the Black Friday period we will be offering 25% OFF all items across our US, UK & EU web-stores.

The sale begins at midnight on Wednesday, November 22nd and will run until midnight on Monday, November 27th.

The promotion excludes any item currently up for pre-order, and it's worth noting that some items may not be available on certain international purchases

Follow the link below and use the code on our webstore checkout for 25% off.

Matador Store

Checkout code: GETWORSE 

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