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Slanted! Enchanted! A Pavement Musical

The majesty and mystery of Pavement brought to life on the stage for an abbreviated, unforgettable stand.

a Pavement musical
Workshop Performances

Written and directed by Alex Ross Perry
Songs by Pavement
Arrangements by Keegan Dewitt & Dabney Morris
Choreography by Angela Trimbur
Assistant Choreographer: Tenaya Kelleher
Starring Michael Esper, Zoe Lister-Jones, Kathryn Gallagher

2 performances only
Thursday December 1 - 8pm
Friday December 2 - 2pm

Sheen Center

18 Bleecker St
New York City

Pavement Online
Pavement – official site
Pavement at Bandcamp

black midi x Mdou Moctar: Morgan and Souleymane at Electrical Audio

Purchase / Stream 'Afrique Victime'

Stream / Pre-order 'Niger EP Vol. 1'

Stream / Pre-order 'Niger EP Vol. 2'

Earlier this year, Mdou Moctar’s Souleymane Ibrahim and black midi’s Morgan Simpson  connected for the first time in Chicago at Electrical Audio on the heels of a recent North American tour. After some set-up and impromptu free-styling, Simpson and Ibrahim drummed to songs together from their respective latest albums: “Sugar/Tzu” from black midi’s Hellfire and “Chismiten” from Mdou Moctar’s Afrique Victime. The drummers found immediate musical affinity spending the afternoon sharing rhythms and playing off one another’s personal cadence and pulse. Today marks the premiere of a mini-documentary showcasing this special drum session on the Rough Trade YouTube Channel.

Mdou Moctar on Tour
Saturday, March 11 Golden Plains, Melbourne AU
March 12-13 Womadelaide, Adelaide AU
March 17-18 Womad Festival, New Plymouth NZ

Mdou Moctar Online
Official site

black midi Online

Out Today: Horsegirl - 'Rough Trade Super-Disc'

Photo by Carlos Lowenstein

Horsegirl's 7 track collection of impressionistic demos and outtakes - 'Rough Trade Super-Disc' - is now available to stream and to purchase as limited edition 12" (with etched B-side) exclusively via Rough Trade.

Initially released as an exclusive CD that came with the Rough Trade 'Album of The Month' variant of 'Versions of Modern Performance', the 'Super-Disc' is a collection of demos and outtakes taken from early rehearsals, recorded entirely via phone voice memos. Rough, ready and unadorned, the demos provide a captivating fly-on-the-wall vantage point to the band's music making process.

'Versions of Modern Performance' has been announced as one of Rough Trade's 'Albums of The Year' for 2022. Full editorial list here

stream / purchase 'Rough Trade Super-Disc'

stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

Horsegirl Online:


Spoon - "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" - Now Streaming

Spoon's version of "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)", previously available as a Spotify exclusive, is now available on all streaming services.

stream / download "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)"
stream / purchase 'Lucifer On The Sofa'
stream / purchase 'Lucifer On The Moon'
(both albums available for 25% now thru November 22 at the Matador Store with code AUTOMATON at check out)

Spoon on Tour
Saturday, November 19 Corona Capital Festival, Mexico City MX
Tuesday, December 6 Beacon Theatre, New York NY
Wednesday, December 7 DC101-derland 2022, Washington DC
Thursday, December 8 ALT 104.5's Friendsgiving, Bensalem PA

Spoon Online
Official Site

Out Today : Perfume Genius Live at Electric Lady Spotify Session

stream 'Perfume Genius Live At Electric Lady'

Today, in conjunction with Spotify and Electric Lady Studios, Perfume Genius  releases 'Live at Electric Lady'. The four-track EP features “Whole Life,” “Photograph,” and “On the Floor” - re-imagined versions of tracks off his most recent albums 'Ugly Season' and 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately', as well as a cover of Radiohead’s “4 Minute Warning.”

(photos by Noel McGrath)

As part of the Live at Electric Lady series, participating artists were invited to record their own compositions as well as cover songs by artists connected to the history of the legendary recording studio, resulting in truly unique recordings that showcase each artist’s creativity and musical style. The high-quality live audio recordings are distributed exclusively on Spotify.

“Touring over the last year has been really inspiring after so long away. I am happy to have a document of the new vibrancy and rousing spirit my band brings to the live versions of our most recent albums. "4 Minute Warning" became a favorite of mine during lockdown, something I would sit and sing over and over on the piano in my room. I'm happy to be out of that room now and sharing again." - Mike Hadreas


  1. Whole Life

  2. Photograph

  3. On the Floor

  4. 4 Minute Warning (Radiohead Cover)

purchase / stream 'Ugly Season'
25% off at The Matador Store with code "AUTOMATON" thru November 22

Perfume Genius on Tour
Friday, December 9 Knockdown Center, Queens NY

Perfume Genius Online

Snail Mail - Valentine Fest

(Illustration: Corrinne James)

Stream / Purchase Valentine

For the first time in nearly 5 years, Snail Mail (Lindsey Jordan) will return to her hometown of Baltimore, MD to present Snail Mail’s Valentine Fest. The festival will take place at the famed Ottobar over the course of 5 nights from February 10th through February 14th, 2023. Each night will feature a major special surprise guest in addition to a set from Snail Mail. The festival was originally planned for February of 2022 but had to be postponed due to Jordan’s vocal cord surgery. More info about the festival is available in a new interview for Variety.

On the residency, Jordan shares “I am so excited to announce a special series of shows in Baltimore next year. It's been almost five years since I've played my hometown, so we're playing five nights of shows, leading up to Valentine's Day, with a surprise band (or two) every night, curated by me. We tried to do this last year, but had to cancel for surgery! Feels worth the wait :) I'll see you at the Ottobar :)”

(Photo: Grayson Vaughan)

There will be a limited edition double 10" heart shaped Snail Mail's Valentine Fest edition of her most recent album Valentine, complete with alternate artwork, for sale at the fest.  A limited number of ticket and signed poster bundles will be available for each night.

Snail Mail on Tour, New Dates in Bold On Sale Friday at 10am ET
Wednesday, November 9 191 Toole, Tucson AZ
Friday, November 11 The Aztec Theatre, San Antonio TX # *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, November 12 Bayou Music Center, Houston TX # *SOLD OUT*
Monday, November 14 Coca-Cola Roxy, Atlanta GA #
Wednesday, November 16 Stage AE, Pittsburgh PA #
Thursday, November 17 Town Ballroom, Buffalo NY # *SOLD OUT*
Saturday, November 19 Roadrunner, Boston MA # *SOLD OUT*
Sunday, November 20 Roadrunner, Boston MA #
Monday, November 21 XL Live, Harrisburg PA #
Friday, February 10 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Saturday, February 11 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Sunday, February 12 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Monday, February 13 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Tuesday, February 14 Ottobar, Baltimore MD

Snail Mail Online

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