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Julien Baker shares new North American and European tour dates

Photo credit: Nolan Knight

With a new album forthcoming, Julien Baker is embarking on a mammoth world tour later this year.

Starting in October she will play a number of shows Stateside before crossing the pond for a succession of European dates around the already sold out show at London's Union Chapel on November 10th.

December will see her return to America to play 15 more shows, capping off three months of touring.

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
11/14 - 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 - Cannery Ballroom
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 +

+ w/ Half Waif

Julien Baker online:


Perfume Genius Shares Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix of "Wreath" & Announces Dance Video Contest (with support from WeTransfer)

You might be getting the not so subtle hint that "Wreath" is the latest single from No Shape. This past Monday, the band played the song (and many others!) live on Morning Becomes Eclectic. The next night, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, "Wreath" was performed. This morning there's a new take on the song, a remix by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

EVEN FURTHER, Perfume Genius has launched a dance contest for ‘Wreath’, with support from WeTransfer. You are invited to upload a video of you dancing to the song. The prize for this contest is in my opinion better than any prize for a dance contest, ever. Mike Hadreas will reward his favorite dancer by recording a cover of a song of their choice and sending a special package of ‘witchy surprises’. Full details can be found HERE.

WATCH: Perfume Genius Performed "Wreath" & "Just Like Love" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Last Night

Yet again, Perfume Genius lit TV screens on fire, this time while performing "Wreath" and "Just Like Love" for Jimmy Kimmel Live's studio audience. HINT, HINT there will be a couple more Wreath-related things coming out the rest of this week...

In case you missed it, the band did a Morning Becomes Eclectic session yesterday afternoon. Listen to the session here which includes a cover of "Helpless" by Neil Young and an interview with Mike. You never want to miss a new interview with Mike, trust us.

June 13 – Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NE
June 14 – Berghain/Kantine, Berlin DE
Friday, June 16 – Eaux Claires Festival – Eau Claire, WI
Saturday, June 17 – Eaux Claires Festival – Eau Claire, WI
Saturday, July 15 – Imperial – Vancouver, BC
Sunday, July 16 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR SOLD OUT
Tuesday, Jul 18 – The Independent – San Francisco CA SOLD OUT
Wednesday, July 19 – The Independent – San Francisco CA SOLD OUT
Thursday, July 20 – El Rey – Los Angeles CA
Sunday, July 23 – Capitol Hill Block Party – Seattle WA
Thursday August 31-Sunday, September 3 – End Of The Road Festival, South Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Wednesday, September 27 – Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA*
Friday, September 29 – The Forum, Inglewood, CA*
Tuesday, October 3 – Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO*
Wednesday, October 4 – Ascend Ampitheater, Nashville, TN*
Monday, October 9 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO*
Tuesday, October 10- The Saltair, Magna, UT*
Thursday, October 12 – Criterion Theater, Oklahoma City, OK*
Tuesday, October 17 – Coca Cola Roxy, Atlanta, GA*
Thursday, October 19 – Champions Square, New Orleans, LA*
November 2nd – Glasgow School of Art – Glasgow, UK
November 3rd – Gorilla – Manchester, UK
November 5th – The Roundhouse – London, UK
November 6th – The Old Market – Brighton, UK
November 8th – La Gaite Lyrique – Paris, FR
November 9th – Trix – Antwerp, BE
November 13th – Grunspan – Hamburg, DE
November 19th – Festaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, DE
November 22nd – Technikum – Munich, DE
November 23rd – Linecheck Festival – Milan, IT
November 26th – Sala Apolo – Barcelona, ES
November 27th – Joy Eslava – Madrid, ES
November 28th – Rockschool Barbey – Bordeaux, FR
November 29th – Antipode – Rennes, FR

w/ The XX

‘No Shape’ is available at:
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Perfume Genius online:

Algiers - "Cleveland" (Official Video) + New Worldwide Tour Dates

Tomorrow Algiers will begin an extensive North American tour in support of The Underside Of Power. The band have been opening for Depeche Mode in stadiums across Europe the past several weeks, not to mention being spotted in an undisclosed studio location with a disclosed collaborator.

This morning band have just released the official video for album centerpiece "Cleveland" which features the principles of the Black Panthers and was filmed in Staten Island and East new York where Eric Garner and Akai Gurley were murdered by police.

Interlaced with the principles of the Black Panthers’ Ten-Point Program, the video sees frontman and lyricist Franklin James Fisher, who self-directed the video with Marisa Gesualdi and Sam Campbell, between Staten Island and the Pink Houses project in East New York, where Eric Garner and Akai Gurley were killed at the hands of New York City Police Department. The lyrics and title summon Kindra Chapman, Andre Jones, Lennon Lacy, Sandra Bland, Roosevelt Pernell, Keith Warren, Alfred Wright and Tamir Rice, similarly victims of state sanctioned violence, making for a powerful and uncompromising message of resistance and defiance as well as a life-affirming tribute. Fisher also met the family of Eric Garner (photo below) to open a conversation on future support for the community:

"A recurring theme in our music is the idea of injustice and the bitter understanding that obtaining justice in this world is all but impossible--particularly for black and brown people.”
-frontman and lyricist Franklin James Fisher

Please follow the links below for more information and to see how you can help:















7/13 - Vancouver, BC - Cobalt
7/14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
7/15 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
7/17 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club
7/18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
7/21 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel &
7/22 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
7/23 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
7/24 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
9/13 - Albany, NY - The Hollow ^
9/14 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room ^
9/15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit Hall ^
9/16 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop ^
9/18 - Nashville, TN - Mercury Ballroom ^
9/21 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn ^
9/22 - New Orleans, LA - Hi-Ho Lounge ^
9/23 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall ^
9/24 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
9/25 - Austin, TX - Empire Garage ^
9/26 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger ^
9/28 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf ^
9/29 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom ^
9/30 - Santa Barbara, CA - SoHo Club ^
10/1 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
10/15 - Atlanta, GA - Afropunk Festival
11/1 - Eindhoven, NL - Lichting @ Alstadt
11/2 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
11/3 - Bielefeld, DE - NR. Z. P.
11/5 - Dresden, DE - Beatpol
11/6 - Berlin, DE - Lido
11/8 - Poznan, PL - Meskalina
11/9 - Warsaw, PL - NIEBO
11/10 - Wroclaw, PL - Firlej
11/11 - Prague, CZ - Klub 007
11/13 - Turin, IT - Astoria Club
11/14 - Nimes, FR - Paloma
11/15 - Barcelona, ES - Razzmatazz 2
11/16 - Lyon, FR - La Marche Gare
11/17 - Bern, CH - Saint Ghetto Festival
11/18 - Zurich, CH - Bogen F
11/19 - Brussels, BE - Botanique/Witloof Bar
11/20 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
11/22 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
11/23 - Liverpool, UK - Magnet
11/24 - Glasgow, UK - Fred Paton Daycare
11/27 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Community Room
11/29 - London, UK - Moth Club
11/30 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
12/2 - Dublin, IE - Grand Social

^ denotes w/ !!!
& denotes w/ The Kills


A day removed from a fantastic session for KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic", Perfume Genius appears on tonight's episode of the American Broadcasting Company's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (11:35 pm eastern, 10:35 central). Jimmy's other guests this evening are "Game Of Thrones"'s Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau and (game of football's) Peyton Manning.

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Queens of The Stone Age announce new Wembley Arena date

Queens of The Stone Age have announced a second London date for November. Having sold out London's O2 arena off the back of rabid, insatiable demand the band have now gone ahead and released details for their Wembley Arena show - taking place on November 18th. Tickets will be available through the Ticketmaster site.

Tickets will go on general sale at 9am BST, Thursday 13th July, however a pre-sale window will be open only to those who previously pre-ordered the album. This will start a day early, at 9am BST, Tuesday 11th July. This only applies to those who pre-ordered the album, but were unsuccessful in acquiring tickets during the last ticket release.

Full list of tour dates below,

Thursday, July 13 – Logan Campbell, Auckland, New Zealand SOLD OUT
Sunday, July 16 – Convention Centre, Darwin, Australia
Wednesday, July 19 – Hodern Pavilion, Sydney NSW, Australia SOLD OUT
Thursday, July 20 – Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia SOLD OUT
Saturday, July 22, Splendour In The Grass, Tenindewa, Australia SOLD OUT
Friday, July 28 – Fuji Rock Festival, Kinsasa, Japan
Thursday, August 10 – Ventura Theatre, Ventura CA
Saturday, August 12 – Outside Lands, San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, September 6 – Capitol Theatre, Port Chester NY
Thursday, September 7 – Festival Pier, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, September 9 – Moison Amphitheatre (Budweiser Stage), Toronto ON
Sunday, September 10 – 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids MI
Tuesday, September 12 – Express Live! Outdoor Pavilion, Columbus OH
Wednesday, September 13 – Stage AE (Outdoors), Pittsburgh PA
Friday, September 15 – Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH
Saturday, September 16 – Riot Fest, Chicago IL
Monday, October 9 – The Complex, Salt Lake City UT
Tuesday, October 10 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO
Thursday, October 12 – Peabody, St. Louis MO
Friday, October 13 – Crossroads KC, Kansas City MO
Saturday, October 14 – Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Saint Paul MN
Sunday, October 15 – Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee WI
Tuesday, October 17 – Fox Theatre, Detroit MI
Wednesday, October 18 – Old Theatre Centre – Murat Theatre, Indianapolis IN
Saturday, October 21 – Agganis Arena, Boston MA
Sunday, October 22 – State Theatre, Portland ME
Tuesday, October 24, Madison Square Garden, New York NY
Saturday, November 4th – Unipol Arena, Bologna, Italy
Sunday, November 5th – Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
Monday, November 6th – Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland
Tuesday, November 7th – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France
Thursday, November 9th – König-Pilsener-Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
Friday, November 10th – Zenith, Munich, Germany
Saturday November 11th – Velodrom, Berlin, Germany
Sunday, November 12th – Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday, November 14th – TAP1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday, November 15th – Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Thursday, November 16th – Sportspaleis, Antwerp, Belgium
Saturday, November 18th - Wembley SSE Arena, London, UK
Sunday, November 19th – Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
Tuesday, November 21st – The 02, London, UK
Thursday, November 23rd – Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
Friday, November 24th – 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland

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