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Iceage - "Juan's Basement Live" Session



Following their "Opening Nights" residencies in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo, Iceage's recent session for Pitchfork's "Juan's Basement Live" series can be viewed above. Global touring on behalf of the forthcoming 'Beyondless' kicks off May 5 in Amsterdam (dates below).

preorder / stream 'Beyondless'

Iceage on tour :


Saturday, May 5 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NE
Sunday, May 6 Le Botanique, Bruxelles BE
Monday, May 7 Petit Bain, Paris FR
Tuesday, May 8 Scala, London UK
Thursday, May 10 Nordic Museum, Seattle WA
Wednesday, May 16 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, May 17 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA
Friday, May 18 Union Stage, Washington DC
Saturday, May 19 The Camel, Richmond VA
Sunday, May 20 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Monday, May 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Tuesday, May 22 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Wednesday, May 23 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Thursday, May 24 Santos, New Orleans LA
Friday, May 25 Rockefeller’s, Houston TX
Saturday, May 26 Club Dada, Dallas TX
Sunday, May 27 Barracuda, Austin TX
Tuesday, June 5 The Casbah, San Diego CA *
Wednesday, June 6 The Regent Theater, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, June 7 Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA *
Friday, June 8 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA *
Saturday, June 9 Huichica Music Festival, Sonoma CA
Monday, June 11 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR *
Tuesday, June 12 The Astoria, Vancouver BC*
Thursday, June 14 The Bartlett, Spokane WA *
Friday, June 15 The Rialto, Bozeman MT *
Saturday, June 16 Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT *
Sunday, June 17 Bluebird Theater, Denver CO *
Monday, June 18 Waiting Room, Omaha NE *
Tuesday, June 19 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN *
Wednesday, June 20 Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI *
Friday, June 22 El Club, Detroit MI *
Saturday, June 23 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON *
Sunday, June 24 The 27 Club, Ottawa ON *
Monday, June 25 La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC *
Tuesday, June 26 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH *
Wednesday, June 27 The Sinclair, Boston MA *
Thursday, June 28 Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY *
Thursday, July 12 Bankito festival, Lake Bank HU
Thursday, August 30 Sounddrive Festival, Gdansk PL
Friday, August 31 Off The Radar Festival, Hamburg DE
Monday, September 3 Hare and Hounds, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, September 4 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Thursday, September 6 The Great Eastern, Glasgow UK
Friday, September 7 Workmans Club, Dublin IE
Saturday, September 8 Clwb ifor Bach, Cardiff UK
Sunday, September 9 Gorilla, Manchester UK
Monday, September 10 The Haunt, Brighton UK
Tuesday, September 11 Rotown, Rotterdam NL
Wednesday, September 12 Blue Shell, Cologne DE
Thursday, September 13 Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg DE
Friday, September 14 Leffingeleuren Festival, Leffinge BE
Saturday, September 15 Bi Nuu, Berlin DE
Friday, September 21 Studenterhuset, Alborg DK
Monday, September 24 Tavastia, Helsinki FI
Tuesday, September 25 John Dee, Oslo NO
Wednesday, September 26 Debaser, Stockholm SE
Thursday, September 27 Pustervik, Goteborg SE
Friday, September 28 Kansas City, Odense DK
Friday, October 26 Hard Club, Porto PT
Saturday, October 27 Jameson Urban Routes Festival, Lisbon PT
Sunday, October 28 Sala X, Sevilla ES
Monday, October 29 El Sol, Madrid ES
Tuesday, October 30 Le [2], Barcelona ES
Friday, November 3 Rote Fabrik, Zurich CH



* w/ Mary Lattimore

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Spoon : Ad Rock Remix of "Can I Sit Next To You"



With yet another leg of global touring in support of 'Hot Thoughts' around the corner, Spoon have released Ad Rock's remix of one of the album's standouts, "Can I Sit Next To You".

stream / download "Can I Sit Next To You" (Ad-Rock remix)
order / stream 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon on tour :

Sunday, May 13 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN@
Monday, May 14 Iron City, Birmingham AL@
Wednesday, May 16 The Pageant, St. Louis MO@
Thursday, May 17 The Jones Assembly, Oklahoma OK@
Friday, May 18 Wildflower Arts & Music Festival, Richardson TX
Friday, May 25 Sasquatch Music Festival, George WA
Sunday, June 3rd - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
Monday, June 4 Forbidden Fruit Festival Dublin IE
Wednesday, June 6th - Alhambra - Paris, FR
Thursday, June 7th - Manufaktur - Schorndorf, DE
Friday, June 8th - Funkhaus - Berlin, DE
Saturday, June 9th - Taubchenthal - Leipzig, DE
Monday, June 18 Blue Hills Bank Pavillion, Boston MA *
Tuesday, June 19 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester NY *
Wednesday, June 20 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY *
Friday, June 22 Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA *
Monday, June 25 PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati OH *
Tuesday, June 26 9th Street Summerfest at Blue Note Outdoors, Columbia MO *
Thursday, June 28 Wooly’s, Des Moines IA
Saturday, June 30 Surly Brewery, Minneapolis MN *

@ w/ Walker Lukens
* w/ Grizzly Bear, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

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Via Pitchfork : Stephen Malkmus (Solo) Session, Live from Saint John's Episcopal Rectory



Earlier today, along with an interview conducted by Alex Frank, Pitchfork premiered a six song solo session from Stephen Malkmus recorded at Brooklyn's St. John's Episcopal Rectory (above).

preorder / stream 'Sparkle Hard'

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour :

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
(SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks online

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Coming May 18 : Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - 'Sparkle Hard'





(photo : James Rexroad)

As a few of you sleuths (professional and otherwise) doubtlessly figured out from the earlier tour announcement and debut of "Middle America",there's a new album from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on the way May 18, and it's called 'Sparkle Hard'.  Produced by Chris Funk, the album's prerelease track, "Shiggy" can heard today on all relevant / responsible streaming platforms.
Modesty and plain good manners might prevent them from saying so themselves, but the fact that Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have thrived, rather than simply endured over 17 years and delivered six albums of buzzy, sub-cultural significance, constitutes an impressive legacy. The challenge with album number seven is one that any successful band with integrity faces: how to safeguard that legacy and hold on to their identity without rehashing old ground (unthinkable), and also say something meaningful while (crucially) having fun doing it?

Meeting that issue head on in the run up to The Jicks’ seventh record involved some “navel gazing”, according to singer, songwriter, and guitarist Malkmus and not only in terms of what it means to be releasing music in 2018. If, like him, you’re a voracious consumer of all kinds of culture and feel the need to interact with it, rather than just react, then inevitably “there’s a world that prompts you to put your best foot forward”. With Sparkle Hard Malkmus, Mike Clark (keyboards), Joanna Bolme (bass) and Jake Morris (drums) do exactly that. And they hit the ground running – on air treads.

It’s light ’n’ breezy, head-down heavy, audacious, melancholic and reflective, goodtime and bodacious, and it pulls off the smartest trick: it’s both unmistakeably The Jicks and – due to the streamlining of their trademark tics and turns, plus the introduction of some unexpected flourishes (Auto-Tune! A fiddle! Guest vocalist Kim Gordon! One seven-minute song with an acoustic folk intro!) – The Jicks refashioned. If 2014’s 'Wig Out At Jag Bags' balanced the lengthy prog workouts of 'Pig Lib' with 'Mirror Traffic'’s sparky pop moments, then 'Sparkle Hard' bears less obvious direct relation to what’s come before. It also has turbocharged energy and enthusiasm by the truckload.

Malkmus started writing 'Sparkle Hard' in 2015. He’d upgraded his home-recording equipment and bought some electronic drums and had been working on the Netflix series 'Flaked" (he penned the incidental music and the end theme song). Demos were done in one day in April of 2017 and then in May, The Jicks started recording at a new studio in Portland called Halfling, which is managed by multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk of The Decemberists, who produced the album.

Self-indulgent escapism has never been The Jicks’ bag, but on 'Sparkle Hard', the reality of modern life sits closer to the surface, communication cutting to the chase whether it’s a proto-punk grind or a back-porch country duet doing the talking. A cleaner burn for dark and complex times. - Sharon O'Connell


stream / download "Shiggy"
preorder / stream 'Sparkle Hard'





Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks on tour :

Friday, June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
(SOLD OUT)
Sunday, June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL

Tuesday, June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Thursday, June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH

Friday, June 8 Magic Stick, Detroit MI
Saturday, June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Monday, June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Tuesday, June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Friday, June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Wednesday, June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Thursday, June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Friday, June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY
Saturday, June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH
Tuesday, July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA
Wednesday, July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA
Sunday, July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ
Wednesday, July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX
Thursday, July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX
Friday, July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX
Saturday, July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK
Sunday, July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO
Tuesday, July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
Wednesday, August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Friday, August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC
Saturday, August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
Sunday, August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks online

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VIDEO: Belle and Sebastian - "Poor Boy" + "The Belle and Sebastian Mixtape Maker"



Belle and Sebastian have released a video for "Poor Boy," a track from EP3 of How To Solve Our Human Problems. The video, which features Stuart and company on a normal evening off, is directed by Oscar Sansom & Ciaran Lyons of The Forest of Black.



In conjunction with the release of the new video, the group has also announced "The Belle and Sebastian Mixtape Maker," which allows you to create a sharable Spotify playlist and customized image that replicates the How To Solve Our Human Problems cover.

Belle and Sebastian are currently on tour with Julien Baker in the United Kingdom. They'll be touring North America this June, with support from Snail Mail, Perfume Genius and others.

Upcoming Tour Dates
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 *
Wed-02-May - Australia, Perth - Astor Theatre
Fri-04-May - Australia, St Kilda - Palais Theatre
Sat-05-May - Australia, Sydney - Sydney Opera House
Mon-07-May - Australia, Brisbane Qld - Tivoli
Fri-25-May - UK, Glasgow - Galvanizers Yard
Tue-Jun-05 - Portland, ME - State Theatre**
Wed-Jun-06 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall**
Fri-Jun-08 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium***
Sat-Jun-09 - Washington, DC - The Anthem^
Sun-Jun-10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle^+
Mon-Jun-11 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre^
Sat-Jun-16 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater^
Sun-Jun-17 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory^
Tue-Jun-19 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater+
Wed-Jun-20 - Sundance, UT - Sundance Amphitheater+
Fri-Jun-22 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park+
Mon-Jun-25 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater+
Thu-Jun-28 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre+
Fri-Jun-29 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre+
Sat-Jun-30 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre+

(* - with Julien Baker)
(** - with Snail Mail)
(*** - with Perfume Genius and Frankie Cosmos)
(^ - with Men I Trust)
(+ with Japanese Breakfast)

Belle and Sebastian online:
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New Iceage track 'Take It All' + September UK / EU dates



Photo - Steve Gullick

Today Iceage have birthed us a new track from their forthcoming long player 'Beyondless' - out May 4th. The new track 'Take It All' presents the group at their sidewinding best ripping a pleading and sincere groove out of a skeletal easy march beat.

Buy / stream here

Preorder 'Beyondless'



[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Auufutrb-w&feature=youtu.be[/embed]

There's also news of more tour dates to add to the already extensive mid year run, seeing the band return to Europe for more gigs in September following on from their month and a half long Stateside soujourn through May and June.

One further reminder - the band's 'Opening Nights' residency shows kick off TONIGHT in Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, March 22nd - Kinfolk, Brooklyn NY
Friday, March 23rd - Kinfolk, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, March 24th - Babycastles, Brooklyn NY
Sunday, March 25th - Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, March 29th - Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Friday, March 30th - Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, March 31st - Golddiggers, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, April 3rd - Metro, Kyoto JP
Friday, April 6th - Duo, Tokyo JP
Sunday, April 8th - Vacant, Tokyo JP
Saturday, May 5 - Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NE
Sunday, May 6 - Le Botanique, Bruxelles BE
Monday, May 7 - Petit Bain, Paris FR
Tuesday, May 8 - Scala, London UK
Thursday, May 10 - Nordic Museum, Seattle WA
Wednesday, May 16 - Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
Thursday, May 17 - First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA
Friday, May 18 - Union Stage, Washington DC
Saturday, May 19 - The Camel, Richmond VA
Sunday, May 20 - Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Monday, May 21 - Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN
Tuesday, May 22 - The Earl, Atlanta GA
Wednesday, May 23 - Saturn, Birmingham AL
Thursday, May 24 - Santos, New Orleans LA
Friday, May 25 - Rockefeller’s, Houston TX
Saturday, May 26 - Club Dada, Dallas TX
Sunday, May 27 - Barracuda, Austin TX
Tuesday, June 5 - The Casbah, San Diego CA *
Wednesday, June 6 - The Regent Theater, Los Angeles CA *
Thursday, June 7 - Don Quixote’s International Music Hall, Felton CA *
Friday, June 8 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA *
Saturday, June 9 - Huichica Music Festival, Sonoma CA
Monday, June 11 - Mississippi Studios, Portland OR *
Tuesday, June 12 - The Astoria, Vancouver BC*
Thursday, June 14 - The Bartlett, Spokane WA *
Friday, June 15 - The Rialto, Bozeman MT *
Saturday, June 16 - Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT *
Sunday, June 17 - Bluebird Theater, Denver CO *
Monday, June 18 - Waiting Room, Omaha NE *
Tuesday, June 19 - 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN *
Wednesday, June 20 - Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI *
Friday, June 22 - El Club, Detroit MI *
Saturday, June 23 - Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON *
Sunday, June 24 - The 27 Club, Ottawa ON *
Monday, June 25 - La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC *
Tuesday, June 26 - 3S Artspace, Portsmouth NH *
Wednesday, June 27 - The Sinclair, Boston MA *
Thursday, June 28 - Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY *
Thursday, July 12 - Bankito Festival, Lake Bank HU
Thursday August 30 - Sounddrive Festival, Gdansk PL
Friday August 31 - Off The Radar Festival, Hamburg DE
Monday September 3 - Hare And Hounds, Birmingham UK
Tuesday September 4 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Thursday September 6 - The Great Eastern, Glasgow UK
Friday September 7 - Workmans Club, Dublin IE
Saturday September 8 - Clwb iFor Bach, Cardiff UK
Sunday September 9 - Gorilla, Manchester UK
Monday September 10 - The Haunt, Brighton UK
Tuesday September 11 - Rotown, Rotterdam NL
Wednesday September 12 - Blue Shell, Cologne DE
Thursday September 13 - Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg DE
Friday September 14 - Leffingeleuren Festival, Leffinge BE
Saturday September 15 - Bi Nuu, Berlin DE
Friday September 21 - Studenterhuset, Ålborg DK
Monday September 24 - Tavastia, Helsinki FI
Tuesday September 25 - John Dee, Oslo NO
Wednesday September 26 - Debaser, Stockholm SE
Thursday September 27 - Pustervik, Göteborg SE
Friday September 28 - Kansas City, Odense DK
Friday October 26 - Hard Club, Porto PT
Saturday October 27 - Jameson Urban Routes Festival, Lisbon PT
Sunday October 28 - Sala X, Sevilla ES
Monday October 29 - El Sol, Madrid ES
Tuesday October 30 - Le [2], Barcelona ES
Friday November 3 - Rote Fabrik, Zurich CH

* = with Mary Lattimore

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