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The MataBlog is edited by Matador Records’ co-moaner Gerard Cosloy and individual entries are the work of whoever’s name is next to them. If you enjoyed something in the MataBlog, thank you very much! If there was something you found particularly troubling, please be advised that a) maybe you should read it again and b) the contents of this blog do not necessarily represent the opinions of Matador Records, Beggars Group, the combined staff of either company, nor the Matador artist roster. Opinions are like friends — hardly anyone has one worth listening to.

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'

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Out Today : Horsegirl - "History Lesson Pt. II"





 



(photo by Carlos Lowenstein)

Horsegirl have made their cover of the Minutemen’s “History Lesson Part 2.” --- previously released as the b-side to the "Billy" 7"  --- available digitally for the first time today. “‘History Lesson Part 2’ has always been a punk manifesto for us,” says Horsegirl. “It was an unusual pick to cover considering the lyrics are so specific to the Minutemen, but we thought there was something appealing too about recording a"History Lesson"; that doesn’t actually give you any history on us."

stream / download "History Lesson Pt. II"

stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

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Horsegirl - KEXP Session





(photo by Carlos Cruz)

This past July in the midst of their first tour to the Pacific Northwest, Horsegirl stopped by Seattle's KEXP and recorded a four song session that's now available to stream/view at your leisure.

"World of Pots and Pans"
"Option 8"
"Ballroom Dance Scene"
"Anti-glory"

stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

Horsegirl On Tour
Sun, October 2 Kings Theater, Brooklyn NY !
Monday, October 17 Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh PA % *SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, October 18 Phoenix Concert Theater, Toronto ON %


! w/ Pavement
% w/ Black Midi

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Horsegirl - "Do You Want Horsegirl or Do You Want The Truth?"



Today, Horsegirl present "Do You Want Horsegirl or Do You Want the Truth?", a visual zine commemorating their Thalia Hall performance alongside other Chicago bands Lifeguard, Friko, and Post Office Winter. Artwork in-step with Horsegirl’s aesthetic is woven with live footage of all four bands. This is a testament to the youth scene in the city, and the powerful bonds amongst Horsegirl and their friends. As Rolling Stone neatly summarizes it, their “album release show feels like a celebration of the Chicago scene they’ve come up in over the past several years.”

stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

Wed. Aug. 10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *^
Sun. Oct. 02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre &
Monday, October 17 Spirit Hall, Pittsburgh PA % *SOLD OUT*
Tuesday, October 18 Phoenix Concert Theater, Toronto ON %

* w/ Dummy
^ w/ Lifeguard
% w/ Black Midi
& supporting Pavement

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Horsegirl - Behind The Songs, Pt. VI



"Homage To Birdnoculars"



"Bllly"

Well, the day we hoped would never come has arrived. We've reached the conclusion of Horsegirl's "Behind The Songs" series in which they discuss the 12 songs on the trio's 'Versions Of Modern Performance'.  We could keep doing these, however it will either require delving into the album's Japan CD bonus tracks or making Gigi, Nora and Penelope write an entirely new album.  The former feels a little gratuitous, the latter entirely within the realm of our working relationship however IT'S WAY TOO EARLY.  You're pretty unreasonable.

stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

Horsegirl on tour :

Fri. Jul. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
Sat. Jul. 23 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
Tue. Jul. 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
Wed. Jul. 27 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
Thu. July 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
Fri. Jul. 30 - Sat. Jul. 31 - Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival
Sat. July 31 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Music Festival
Tue. Aug. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
Wed. Aug. 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
Fri. Aug. 5 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
Sat. Aug. 6 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus *
Sun. Aug. 7 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
Wed. Aug. 10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *^
Sun. Oct. 02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre &

* w/ Dummy
^ w/ Lifeguard
& supporting Pavement

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Horsegirl - "World Of Pots & Pans", "The Guitar Is Dead 3" (Behind The Songs Pt. V)






If for no other reasons than Horsegirl's 'Versions Of Modern Performance' featuring no more than 12 songs, our Behind The Songs feature in which Gigi, Nora and Penelope unpacking the stories and inspirations behind the album's compositions, will eventually come to a conclusion. Perhaps an unceremonious one.

stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

Horsegirl on tour :

Tue. Jul. 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Thu. Jul. 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon *
Fri. Jul. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
Sat. Jul. 23 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
Tue. Jul. 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
Wed. Jul. 27 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
Thu. July 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
Fri. Jul. 30 - Sat. Jul. 31 - Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival
Sat. July 31 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Music Festival
Tue. Aug. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
Wed. Aug. 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
Fri. Aug. 5 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
Sat. Aug. 6 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus *
Sun. Aug. 7 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
Wed. Aug. 10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *^
Sun. Oct. 02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre &

* w/ Dummy
^ w/ Lifeguard
& supporting Pavement

 

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Horsegirl - Behind The Songs, Pt. IV



"Electrolocation"



"Option 8"

OK, here we go again.  More inquisitions, more detailed information about 2 superb tracks from Horsegirl's 'Versions Of Modern Performance'.  Frankly, I'm sick to death of this "Behind The Songs" stuff and next time Horsegirl are in the office, we're gonna do "IN FRONT OF THE SONGS".  It's EASY to explain the inspirations and ideas behind songs that have already been completed. We wanna know about songs they've not written or recorded or even thought of yet.  Look for that series on YouTube, coming soon (or not).

stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

Horsegirl on tour :

Fri. Jul. 15 - Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall *
Sat. Jul. 16 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
Sun. Jul. 17 - Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall *
Tue. Jul. 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Thu. Jul. 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon *
Fri. Jul. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
Sat. Jul. 23 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
Tue. Jul. 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
Wed. Jul. 27 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
Thu. July 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
Fri. Jul. 30 - Sat. Jul. 31 - Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival
Sat. July 31 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Music Festival
Tue. Aug. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
Wed. Aug. 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
Fri. Aug. 5 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
Sat. Aug. 6 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus *
Sun. Aug. 7 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
Wed. Aug. 10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *^
Sun. Oct. 02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre &

* w/ Dummy
^ w/ Lifeguard
& supporting Pavement

 

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Horsegirl - Behind The Songs, Pt. III





We continue to interrogate Horsegirl about the stories behind the stories (hey, we should've called it that) on 'Versions of Modern Performance'. Today, Gigi, Nora and Penelope patiently provide the scoop regarding "Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)" and "The Fall of Horsegirl"


stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

Horsegirl on tour :

Fri. Jul. 15 - Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall *
Sat. Jul. 16 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
Sun. Jul. 17 - Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall *
Tue. Jul. 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Thu. Jul. 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon *
Fri. Jul. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
Sat. Jul. 23 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
Tue. Jul. 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
Wed. Jul. 27 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
Thu. July 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
Fri. Jul. 30 - Sat. Jul. 31 - Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival
Sat. July 31 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Music Festival
Tue. Aug. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
Wed. Aug. 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
Fri. Aug. 5 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
Sat. Aug. 6 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus *
Sun. Aug. 7 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
Wed. Aug. 10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *^
Sun. Oct. 02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre &

* w/ Dummy
^ w/ Lifeguard
& supporting Pavement

 

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Horsegirl - Behind The Songs, Pt. II





We have this habit of making artists-vists-to-the-office sound super exciting but in reality we force them to sit in front of a camera for HOURS discussing their most recent works. It's unlikely Horsegirl will tolerate such impositions when their second Matador album rolls around, so in the meantime, let's enjoy their thoughts regarding 'Versions of Modern Performance''s "Live and Ski" and "Bog Bog 1".

stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

Horsegirl on tour :

Fri. Jul. 15 - Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall *
Sat. Jul. 16 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
Sun. Jul. 17 - Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall *
Tue. Jul. 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Thu. Jul. 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon *
Fri. Jul. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
Sat. Jul. 23 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
Tue. Jul. 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
Wed. Jul. 27 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
Thu. July 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
Fri. Jul. 30 - Sat. Jul. 31 - Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival
Sat. July 31 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Music Festival
Tue. Aug. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
Wed. Aug. 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
Fri. Aug. 5 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
Sat. Aug. 6 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus *
Sun. Aug. 7 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
Wed. Aug. 10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *^
Sun. Oct. 02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre &

* w/ Dummy
^ w/ Lifeguard
& supporting Pavement

 

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Horsegirl - "Anti-glory" and "Beautiful Song" explained






Horsegirl recently took time out of their busy schedule to sit down in our New York offices and answer questions about 2 stand out tracks from "Versions Of Modern Performance', "Anti-glory" and "Beautiful Song". We appreciate their patience --- there's a long list of labelmates who pretend to get lost on the way to the building in order to avoid such things (we fell for the story about soundcheck starting at 10am once already --- a live music expert tells that almost never happens).

stream / purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

Horsegirl on tour :

Fri. Jul. 1 - Denmark, DE @ Roskilde Festival 2022
Sat. Jul. 2 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Upstairs
Fri. Jul. 15 - Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall *
Sat. Jul. 16 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
Sun. Jul. 17 - Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall *
Tue. Jul. 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Thu. Jul. 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon *
Fri. Jul. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
Sat. Jul. 23 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
Tue. Jul. 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
Wed. Jul. 27 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
Thu. July 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
Fri. Jul. 30 - Sat. Jul. 31 - Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival
Sat. July 31 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Music Festival
Tue. Aug. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
Wed. Aug. 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
Fri. Aug. 5 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
Sat. Aug. 6 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus *
Sun. Aug. 7 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
Wed. Aug. 10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
Sun. Oct. 02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre &


* w/ Dummy
& supporting Pavement

 

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Out Today : Horsegirl - 'Versions Of Modern Performance'





(photo by Carlos Lowenstein)

'Versions Of Modern Performance', the debut album from HORSEGIRL is out today on LP, compact disc and available via all streaming platforms. Prior to the start of their first European tour next week, Horsegirl headline an all-ages show at Chicago's Thalia Hall this Sunday (June 5) with support from Friko, Lifeguard and Post Office Winter.

 

(stream/purchase 'Versions Of Modern Performance')

Vinyl / CD Track List

  1. Electrolocation 1
    02. Anti-glory
    03. Beautiful Song
    04. Live and Ski
    05. Bog Bog 2
    06. Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)
    07. The Fall of Horsegirl
    08. Option 8
    09. World of Pots and Pans
    10. The Guitar is Dead 3
    11. Homage to Birdnoculars
    12. Billy


Digital Track List

  1. Anti-glory

  2. Beautiful Song

  3. Live and Ski

  4. Bog Bog 1

  5. Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)

  6. The Fall of Horsegirl

  7. Electrolocation 2

  8. Option 8

  9. World of Pots and Pans

  10. The Guitar Is Dead 3

  11. Homage to Birdnoculars

  12. Billy







    Horsegirl on tour :

    Sun. Jun. 5 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall  (RECORD RELEASE SHOW) ^
    Fri. Jun. 10 - Giessen, DE @ Stadt ohne Meer
    Sun. Jun. 12 - Mannheim, DE @ Maifield Derby
    Thu. Jun. 16 - Antwerp, BE @ Trix Bar
    Fri. Jun. 17 - Paris, FR @ Pop Up Du Label
    Sun. Jun. 19 - London, UK @ Paper Dress Vintage (EARLY SHOW) - SOLD OUT
    Sun. Jun. 19 - London, UK @ Paper Dress Vintage (LATE SHOW) - SOLD OUT
    Tue. Jun. 21 - Manchester, UK @ YES (Basement)
    Wed. Jun. 22 - London, UK @ Bermondsey Social Club - SOLD OUT
    Thu. Jun 23 - London, UK @ The DomeSun. Jun. 26 - Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade Bristol
    Tue. Jun. 28 - Cologne, DE @ Bumann & Sohn
    Wed. Jun. 29 - Berlin, DE @ Monarch
    Fri. Jul. 1 - Denmark, DE @ Roskilde Festival 2022
    Sat. Jul. 2 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Upstairs
    Fri. Jul. 15 - Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall *
    Sat. Jul. 16 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
    Sun. Jul. 17 - Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall *
    Tue. Jul. 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
    Thu. Jul. 21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon *
    Fri. Jul. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
    Sat. Jul. 23 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
    Tue. Jul. 26 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
    Wed. Jul. 27 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
    Thu. July 28 - Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
    Fri. Jul. 30 - Sat. Jul. 31 - Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival
    Sat. July 31 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Music Festival
    Tue. Aug. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
    Wed. Aug. 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
    Fri. Aug. 5 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
    Sat. Aug. 6 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus *
    Sun. Aug. 7 - Cambridge, MA     @ The Sinclair *
    Wed. Aug. 10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
    Sun. Oct. 02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre &

    ^ w/ Lifeguard, Friko, Post Office Winter
    * w/ Dummy
    & supporting Pavement

     

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Pavement - Fall 2022 Tour Support



Supporting acts for Pavement's Fall 2022 tour have been announced today, including performances from 75 Dollar Bill, Annalibera, Circuit des Yeux, Film School, Guerilla Toss, Horsegirl, Kelley Stoltz, Piranha Rama, Steve Gunn, The Goon Sax, and Weak Signal during their North American run. Remaining tickets for Pavement's upcoming dates are below.

Stream / Purchase Circuit des Yeux's -io

Pre-save / Pre-order Horsegirl's Versions of Modern Performance

Stream / Purchase Steve Gunn's Other You

Stream / Purchase The Goon Sax's Mirror II

Stream / Pre-order Pavement's Westing (By Musket And Sextant)

Stream / Pre-order Pavement's Slanted & Enchanted (3oth Anniversary Colored Vinyl)

Stream / Purchase Pavement's Terror Twilight: Farewell Horizontal





















Pavement on Tour
Thursday, June 2 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Friday, June 10 NOS Primavera Sound, Porto PT
Wednesday, September 7 Balboa Theatre, San Diego CA (SOLD OUT) !
Thursday, September 8, Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT) !
Friday, September 9 Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT) !
Saturday, September 10 Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA (SOLD OUT) @
Monday, September 12 The Masonic, San Francisco CA @
Tuesday, September 13 The Masonic, San Francisco CA @
Wednesday, September 14 The Masonic, San Francisco CA #
Friday, September 16 Edgefield Amphitheatre, Troutdale OR #
Saturday, September 17 The Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA (SOLD OUT) #
Monday, September 19 Paramount Theatre, Denver CO $
Tuesday, September 20 Uptown Theater, Kansas City MO $
Wednesday, September 21 The Palace Theatre, St. Paul MN $
Thursday, September 22 Chicago Theatre, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT) %
Friday, September 23, Chicago Theatre, Chicago Theatre IL %
Sat, September 24 Masonic Cathedral Theatre, Detroit MI (SOLD OUT) %
Monday, September 26 Massey Hall, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT) %
Tuesday, September 27, Massey Hall, Toronto ON ^
Wed, September 28 Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston MA (SOLD OUT) ^
Friday, September 30 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT) ^
Saturday, October 1 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT) &
Sunday, October 2 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY (SOLD OUT) *
Monday, October 3, Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY =
Wednesday, October 5 The Met, Philadelphia PA (SOLD OUT) >
Thursday, October 6 Warner Theatre, Washington DC (SOLD OUT) >
Saturday, October 8 The Eastern, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT) +
Sunday, October 9 The Eastern, Atlanta GA (SOLD OUT) +
Monday, October 10, 3Ten At ACL Live, Austin TX (SOLD OUT) +
Tuesday, October 11 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX (SOLD OUT)
Monday, October 17th 02 Academy, Leeds UK
Tuesday, October 18th Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow UK (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday October 19th Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, October 20th 02 Apollo, Manchester UK
Saturday, October 22nd Roundhouse, London UK (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, October 23rd Roundhouse, London UK
Monday, October 24th Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, October 25th Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, October 27th Le Grand Rex, Paris FR
Saturday, October 29th Vega, Copenhagen DK
Sunday, October 30th Sentrum Scene, Oslo NO
Monday, October 31st SE Cirkus, Stockholm SE
Wednesday, November 2nd VoxHall, Aarhus DK
Friday, November 4th Pier 2, Bremen DE
Saturday, November 5th Tempodrom, Berlin DE
Monday, November 7th Cirque Royal, Brussels BE
Tuesday, November 8th Royal Carré Theater, Amsterdam NL
Thursday, November 10th Vicar Street, Dublin IE (SOLD OUT)
Friday, November 11th Vicar Street, Dublin IE (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, February 15 Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo JP
Thursday, February 16 Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo JP
Saturday, February 18 Namba Hatch, Osaka JP

! w/ Film School
@ w/ Kelley Stoltz
# w/ Guerilla Toss
$ w/ Annalibera
% w/ Circuit des Yeux
^ w/ The Goon Sax
& w/ 75 Dollar Bill
* w/ Horsegirl
= w/ Steve Gunn
> w/ Weak Signal
+ w/ Piranha Rama

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Horsegirl - "Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)"







(photo : Cheryl Dunn)

Chicago trio Horsegirl - Nora Cheng (guitar, vocals), Penelope Lowenstein (guitar, vocals), and Gigi Reece (drums) - unveil a new single/video, “Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty),” from their debut album, 'Versions of Modern Performance', out June 3rd on Matador. In-step with a string of incredibly well-received singles, “Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)” is a scuffed up, guitar-driven piece of garage-pop. The tracks’ lyrics brim with alliteration and slanted rhymes, and as the instrumentation rises, the song rides out with a chorus of “oohs.” For the song’s video, Horsegirl and friends, many of whom will play the Horsegirl record release party, were given the reins to Lowenstein’s elementary school where they filmed all day last month. As a band who do everything as a unit, from songwriting to trading vocal duties and swapping instruments to sound and visual art design, this new video captures the essence of this trio’s special bond.

The band elaborates: “The three of us filmed the ‘Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)’ video over one day in Penelope’s elementary school. The video provides a small look into our Chicago youth scene—it includes members of bands like Lifeguard, Friko, Dwaal Troupe, and Post Office Winter all grouped into oddball bands with weird gimmicks. We always have the best time making our videos with our friends in spaces we feel connected to. All of our friends showed up with various assortments of clothing and props, like wooden spoons, a bowling shirt collection, and an accordion. We wanted to harness the strangeness of everything that was brought to us, and wanted to showcase all of the people and bands that mean so much to us.”

(stream/download "Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty")

Pre-order / Pre-save Versions of Modern Performance

Horsegirl on Tour
Sun, May 29 Allston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
Sun, June 5 Thalia Hall (RECORD RELEASE SHOW), Chicago IL ^
Fri, June 10 Staft ohne Meer, Giessen DE
Sun, June 12 Maifield Derby, Mannheim DE
Thu, June 16 Trix Bar, Antwerp BE
Fri, June 17 Pop Up Du Label, Paris FR
Sat, June 18 Grauzone Festival, The Hague NL
Sun, June 19 Paper Dress Vintage (EARLY SHOW), London UK *SOLD OUT*
Sun, June 19 Paper Dress Vintage (LATE SHOW), London UK *SOLD OUT*
Tue, June 21 YES (Basement), Manchester UK
Wed, June 22 Bermondsey Social Club, London UK *SOLD OUT*
Sun, June 26 Rough Trade Bristol, Bristol UK
Tue, June 28 Bumann & Sohn, Cologne DE
Wed, June 29 Monarch, Berlin DE
Fri, July 1 Roskilde Festival 2022, Denmark DE
Sat, July 2 Molotow Upstairs, Hamburg DE
Sun, July 3 Metropolis Festival, Rotterdam NE
Fri, July 15 Wise Hall, Vancouver BC *
Sat, July 16 Neumos, Seattle WA *
Sun, July 17 Polaris Hall, Portland OR *
Tue, July 19 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Thu, July 21 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *
Fri, July 22 The Echo, Los Angeles CA *
Sat, July 23 Constellation Room, Santa Ana CA *
Tue, July 26 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Wed, July 27 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI *
July 28-31 Lollapalooza, Chicago IL
July 30 – 31 Mo Pop Festival, Detroit MI
Tue, August 2 Rumba Café, Columbus OH *
Wed, August 3 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH *
Fri, August 5 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON *
Sat, August 6 Petit Campus, Montreal QC *
Wed, August 10 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY *

^ w/ Lifeguard, Friko, Post Office Winter
* w/ Dummy

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Horsegirl - "World of Pots and Pans" (Live from Electrical Audio)



Horsegirl have shared a new live take on "World of Pots and Pans" recorded at Electrical Audio. The track is taken from the band's debut LP, out June 3, Versions of Modern Performance.

Stream "World of Pots and Pans"

Pre-order / Pre-save Versions of Modern Performance

Video credits:
Director of Photography: Rudy Rubio
Camera Operators: Lucinda Harstrick, Taras Nebesnyy

Horsegirl on Tour
Sun, May 29 Allston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
Sun, June 5 Thalia Hall (RECORD RELEASE SHOW), Chicago IL ^
Thu, June 16 Trix Bar, Antwerp BE
Fri, June 17 Pop Up Du Label, Paris FR
Sun, June 19 Paper Dress Vintage (EARLY SHOW), London UK *SOLD OUT*
Sun, June 19 Paper Dress Vintage (LATE SHOW), London UK *SOLD OUT*
Tue, June 21 YES (Basement), Manchester UK
Wed, June 22 Bermondsey Social Club, London UK *SOLD OUT*
Sun, June 26 Rough Trade Bristol, Bristol UK
Tue, June 28 Bumann & Sohn, Cologne DE
Wed, June 29 Monarch, Berlin DE
Fri, July 1 Roskilde Festival 2022, Denmark DE
Sat, July 2 Molotow Upstairs, Hamburg DE
Fri, July 15 Wise Hall, Vancouver BC *
Sat, July 16 Neumos, Seattle WA *
Sun, July 17 Polaris Hall, Portland OR *
Tue, July 19 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Thu, July 21 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *
Fri, July 22 The Echo, Los Angeles CA *
Sat, July 23 Constellation Room, Santa Ana CA *
Tue, July 26 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Wed, July 27 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI *
July 30 – 31 Mo Pop Festival, Detroit MI
Tue, August 2 Rumba Café, Columbus OH *
Wed, August 3 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH *
Fri, August 5 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON *
Sat, August 6 Petit Campus, Montreal QC *
Wed, August 10 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY *

^ w/ Lifeguard, Friko, Post Office Winter
* w/ Dummy

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New From Horsegirl - "World Of Pots And Pans"



(video by Horsegirl with Marisa Gesualdi and Sabrina Nichols)



(photo by Cheryl Dunn)

Chicago's Horsegirl have had an electric start to 2022 beginning with the announcement of their debut album, 'Versions of Modern Performance', out June 3rd. The trio were dubbed the “champions of SXSW 2022” by NME, and won the Grulke Prize for Developing U.S. Act, before touring the Northeast, including a sold out New York City debut at Market Hotel. Today, they continue on that trajectory with the release of new single and lyric video, “World of Pots and Pans.” Following the propulsive “Anti-glory,” “World of Pots and Pans” has a rough, blown-out pop charm.

The band elaborates: “‘World of Pots and Pans’ is the first love song Horsegirl has ever written—or the closest thing to it. We wrote it in Penelope’s basement while preparing to leave for our first ever tour. The lyrics, inspired by the misinterpretation of a Television Personalities lyric, imagine a (possibly unrequited) romance unfolding through references to Tall Dwarfs, Belle & Sebastian, and The Pastels.

“We made the lyric video in a couple hours. The three of us had a fully formed vision of what it should look like and were able to quickly execute the real-time ‘animation’ in only two takes. It feels special to showcase our creative chemistry, and Nora was able to finally carry out her childhood dreams of making an OK Go (ish) type video.”

stream / download "World Of Pots And Pans"
presave / preorder 'Versions Of Modern Performance'

Horsegirl on Tour (new date in bold)

Wednesday, March 16 Flood Fest, Mohawk, SXSW, Austin TX
Wednesday, March 16, Cheer Up Charlie's, Austin TX
Thursday, March 17, South X San Jose, San Jose Hotel,  SXSW, Austin TX
Thursday, March 17, Gorilla vs. Bear x Luminelle at Seven Grand, SXSW, Austin TX
Saturday, March 19 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, March 20 DC9, Washington DC
Tuesday, March 22 Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY
Sun, May 29 Allston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
Sun, June 5 Thalia Hall (RECORD RELEASE SHOW), Chicago IL ^
Thu, June 16 Trix Bar, Antwerp BE
Fri, June 17 Pop Up Du Label, Paris FR
Sun, June 19 Paper Dress Vintage (EARLY SHOW), London UK
Sun, June 19 Paper Dress Vintage (LATE SHOW), London UK
Tue, June 21 YES (Basement), Manchester UK
Wed, June 22 Bermondsey Social Club, London UK
Sun, June 26 Rough Trade Bristol, Bristol UK
Tue, June 28 Bumann & Sohn, Cologne DE
Wed, June 29 Monarch, Berlin DE
Fri, July 1 Roskilde Festival 2022, Denmark DE
Sat, July 2 Molotow Upstairs, Hamburg DE
Fri, July 15 Wise Hall, Vancouver BC *
Sat, July 16 Neumos, Seattle WA *
Sun, July 17 Polaris Hall, Portland OR *
Tue, July 19 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Thu, July 21 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *
Fri, July 22 The Echo, Los Angeles CA *
Sat, July 23 Constellation Room, Santa Ana CA *
Tue, July 26 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Wed, July 27 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI *
July 30 - 31 Mo Pop Festival, Detroit MI
Tue, August 2 Rumba Café, Columbus OH *
Wed, August 3 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH *
Fri, August 5 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON *
Sat, August 6 Petit Campus, Montreal QC *
Wed, August 10 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY *

^ w/ Lifeguard, Friko, Post Office Winter
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Interpol - Bandcamp Friday



Interpol, who just announced a co-headlining tour alongside Spoon this summer, has added six albums and one EP from their catalog to Bandcamp today as the service waives their revenue share until midnight PT. Other forthcoming, new, and less-than-new music available today includes albums from Horsegirl, Perfume Genius, Pavement, Spoon, Belle and Sebastian, Lucy Dacus, and much, much more.

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Horsegirl - "Billy" 7" Out Today



Horsegirl have released their two song gatefold 7" today including A-side "Billy" and B-side "History Lesson Part 2." by the Minutemen. The cover can be heard only the 7."

Purchase / Stream "Billy"



The trio  also announced this week their debut album Versions of Modern Performance (out June 3) as well as new tour dates throughout Europe and the United States. A full list of upcoming tour dates is below.



Pre-order Versions of Modern Performance / Stream "Anti-glory"

Horsegirl on Tour (new dates in bold)
Wednesday, March 16 Flood Fest, Mohawk, SXSW, Austin TX
Wednesday, March 16, Cheer Up Charlie’s, Austin TX
Thursday, March 17, South X San Jose, San Jose Hotel,  SXSW, Austin TX
Thursday, March 17, Gorilla vs. Bear x Luminelle at Seven Grand, SXSW, Austin TX
Saturday, March 19 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, March 20 DC9, Washington DC
Tuesday, March 22 Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY
Sun, May 29 Allston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
Sun, June 5 Thalia Hall (RECORD RELEASE SHOW), Chicago IL ^
Thu, June 16 Trix Bar, Antwerp BE
Fri, June 17 Pop Up Du Label, Paris FR
Sun, June 19 Paper Dress Vintage (EARLY SHOW), London UK
Sun, June 19 Paper Dress Vintage (LATE SHOW), London UK
Tue, June 21 YES (Basement), Manchester UK
Wed, June 22 Bermondsey Social Club, London UK
Sun, June 26 Rough Trade Bristol, Bristol UK
Tue, June 28 Bumann & Sohn, Cologne DE
Wed, June 29 Monarch, Berlin DE
Fri, July 1 Roskilde Festival 2022, Denmark DE
Sat, July 2 Molotow Upstairs, Hamburg DE
Fri, July 15 Wise Hall, Vancouver BC *
Sat, July 16 Neumos, Seattle WA *
Sun, July 17 Polaris Hall, Portland OR *
Tue, July 19 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Thu, July 21 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *
Fri, July 22 The Echo, Los Angeles CA *
Sat, July 23 Constellation Room, Santa Ana CA *
Tue, July 26 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Wed, July 27 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI *
July 30 – 31 Mo Pop Festival, Detroit MI
Tue, August 2 Rumba Café, Columbus OH *
Wed, August 3 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH *
Fri, August 5 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON *
Sat, August 6 Petit Campus, Montreal QC *


^ w/ Lifeguard, Friko, Post Office Winter
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Coming June 3 - Horsegirl - 'Versions Of Modern Performance'





"Anti-glory" - directed by Erin Vassilopoulos

(stream/download "Anti-glory")
(presave/preorder 'Versions Of Modern Performance')



(photo by Cheryl Dunn)

Horsegirl are best friends. You don’t have to talk to the trio for more than five minutes to feel the warmth and strength of their bond, which crackles through every second of their debut full-length, 'Versions of Modern Performance'. Penelope Lowenstein (guitar, vocals), Nora Cheng (guitar, vocals), and Gigi Reece (drums) do everything collectively, from songwriting to trading vocal duties and swapping instruments to sound and visual art design. “We made [this album] knowing so fully what we were trying to do,” the band says. “We would never pursue something if one person wasn’t feeling good about it. But also, if someone thought something was good, chances are we all thought it was good.”

It’s not just their intra-band friendship that sustains them, either. Reece and Cheng are college freshmen, and Lowenstein a high school senior. They learned to play—and met—through the significant network of Chicago youth arts programs, and they have their own mini-rock underground, complete with zine distros, that they describe as somewhat separate from the “adult shows” that take place at bars and DIY spaces they don’t have access to. They’re exultant about their friends’ talent, noting that any of the bands from that scene could have been (or might still be!) plucked up the way they were. (You can see some of those friends in the sweetly goofy self-produced video for single “Billy;” their scene takes pride in doing their own visual art, both film and album covers.)

'Versions of Modern Performance' was recorded with John Agnello (Kurt Vile, The Breeders, Dinosaur Jr.) at Electrical Audio. “It’s our debut bare-bones album in a Chicago institution with a producer who we feel like really respected what we were trying to do,” the band says. Horsegirl expertly play with texture, shape, and shade across the record, showcasing their fondness for improvisation and experimentation. Opener “Anti-glory” is elastic and bright, while the guitars in instrumental interlude “Bog Bog 1” smear across the song’s canvas like watercolors. “Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)” and “World of Pots and Pans” have rough, blown-out pop charm. “The Fall of Horsegirl” is all sharp edges and dark corners.

One can certainly hear elements of the ‘80s and ‘90s independent music the group loves so deeply and sincerely in their music—the scuzzy melodicism of what used to be called “college rock,” the cool, bubbly space-age sheen of the ‘90s vamps on lounge and noir; the warm, noisy roar of shoegaze; the economical hooks and rhythms of post-punk. There’s even a bit of no wave mixed in for good measure. But as Horsegirl fuses all of this together, it feels not like a pastiche or a hacky retread but something as playful and unique as its predecessors. They’re best understood as part of a continuum, but they’re building something for themselves.

“I think we had conceived of the album as a DIY thing, thinking about playing it live to other kids,” the band says. “In David Byrne’s book, he talks about [how] people write for the space that they think they’re going to—you write it to be played somewhere specific. I think we were thinking of our trio arrangement and being in a lot of basements, not knowing we would have all of these resources to record at Electrical Audio. And so when we went to make the record, it was very important to us to not be too polished.”

With lyrics intentionally impressionistic and open-ended, and a sound that ranges with joy and enthusiasm across a range of styles, knitting them together in fascinating ways, 'Versions of Modern Performance' offers many pathways. It’s a record to get lost in, a record to soundtrack reflective time alone, and a record to put on if you just feel like dancing with your friends around the kitchen.

- Jes Skolnik

Vinyl / CD Track List

  1. Electrolocation 1
    02. Anti-glory
    03. Beautiful Song
    04. Live and Ski
    05. Bog Bog 2
    06. Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)
    07. The Fall of Horsegirl
    08. Option 8
    09. World of Pots and Pans
    10. The Guitar is Dead 3
    11. Homage to Birdnoculars
    12. Billy


Digital Track List

  1. Anti-glory

  2. Beautiful Song

  3. Live and Ski

  4. Bog Bog 1

  5. Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)

  6. The Fall of Horsegirl

  7. Electrolocation 2

  8. Option 8

  9. World of Pots and Pans

  10. The Guitar Is Dead 3

  11. Homage to Birdnoculars

  12. Billy










 

Horsegirl on Tour (new dates in bold)

Wednesday, March 16 Flood Fest, Mohawk, SXSW, Austin TX
Wednesday, March 16, Cheer Up Charlie's, Austin TX
Thursday, March 17, South X San Jose, San Jose Hotel,  SXSW, Austin TX
Thursday, March 17, Gorilla vs. Bear x Luminelle at Seven Grand, SXSW, Austin TX
Saturday, March 19 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, March 20 DC9, Washington DC
Tuesday, March 22 Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY
Sun, May 29 Allston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
Sun, June 5 Thalia Hall (RECORD RELEASE SHOW), Chicago IL ^
Thu, June 16 Trix Bar, Antwerp BE
Fri, June 17 Pop Up Du Label, Paris FR
Sun, June 19 Paper Dress Vintage (EARLY SHOW), London UK
Sun, June 19 Paper Dress Vintage (LATE SHOW), London UK
Tue, June 21 YES (Basement), Manchester UK
Wed, June 22 Bermondsey Social Club, London UK
Sun, June 26 Rough Trade Bristol, Bristol UK
Tue, June 28 Bumann & Sohn, Cologne DE
Wed, June 29 Monarch, Berlin DE
Fri, July 1 Roskilde Festival 2022, Denmark DE
Sat, July 2 Molotow Upstairs, Hamburg DE
Fri, July 15 Wise Hall, Vancouver BC *
Sat, July 16 Neumos, Seattle WA *
Sun, July 17 Polaris Hall, Portland OR *
Tue, July 19 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
Thu, July 21 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA *
Fri, July 22 The Echo, Los Angeles CA *
Sat, July 23 Constellation Room, Santa Ana CA *
Tue, July 26 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN *
Wed, July 27 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI *
July 30 - 31 Mo Pop Festival, Detroit MI
Tue, August 2 Rumba Café, Columbus OH *
Wed, August 3 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH *
Fri, August 5 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON *
Sat, August 6 Petit Campus, Montreal QC *


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* w/ Dummy

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Horsegirl - "Billy" + March 2022 Tour Dates





(photo: Todd Fisher)

Stream "Billy" / Pre-order 7"

Chicago’s Horsegirl, the trio of 17-19 year olds Penelope Lowenstein (she/her), Nora Cheng (she/her), and Gigi Reece (they/them), present “Billy,” their debut single/video via their new label, Matador. In conjunction, they announce a North American tour, during which they’ll make their SXSW debut and play their first show ever in many of these cities. Having only formed in 2019, Horsegirl’s first three singles captured the ears and attention of fans and critics worldwide.



Recorded at Chicago’s Electrical Audio and co-produced by the band and legendary producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile), “Billy” marks a significant evolution for the young band. The “Billy” 7”, out March 25 and available for pre-order today, features a cover of the Minutemen’s “History Lesson Part 2” on the b-side (available only on the 7”). Horsegirl discuss creating the song and video:

There was a period of last year where the three of us spent every day together writing and recording. It was during this time, when we practically lived in Penelope’s basement, that ‘Billy’ was written. Penelope had recently read about Nick Drake's alternate tunings prompting her to detune her guitar, while Nora overlaid a rhythmic vocal line detailing the life of a fictional character, Billy. At the time, we had been listening to a lot of New Zealand underground bands (80’s/90’s Flying Nun). With that scrappiness in mind, we worked the rest of the song out through improvising together, and ‘Billy’ quickly fell into place.

“‘Billy’ is our first release with a label, and it feels particularly special that it is with Matador, whom we have admired since we were young. After a year of hard work, we are very happy to finally share music, especially with those who have uplifted Horsegirl in the last year. We feel so thankful to have been able to record this song with John Agnello, whose work we adore, at Electrical Audio, a Chicago institution. Recording this song was a dream experience for us, and John has become a very trusted mentor.

“We shot the ‘Billy’ music video with our friends on a rainy Chicago day and feel particularly thankful for everyone who danced the twist with us, and those who gave us their apartment, camera equipment, film expertise, and feedback. This video is a love letter to our city and friends. The song is a love letter to past music scenes we wish we could have witnessed. Please listen to ‘Billy’ in your kitchen with a group of good friends and dance along– we can’t wait to share it with you.





Horsegirl on Tour
Wednesday, March 16 SXSW, Austin TX
Thursday, March 17 SXSW, Austin TX
Saturday, March 19 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, March 20 DC9, Washington DC
Tuesday, March 22 Market Hotel, Brooklyn NY

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Horsegirl - On Tour In July




Recent Matador signings Horsegirl will embark on their first US tour (ok, 4 shows) this July  - ticket links below, all dates on sale starting today (Thursday, May 27).

Wednesday, July 7 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Thursday, July 8 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis MN
Friday, July 9 X-Ray Arcade, Milwaukee WI
Saturday, July 10 Schuba’s, Chicago IL *
Sunday, September 11 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago IL

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