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Lucy Dacus North American Tour Dates w/ Sylvan Esso Announced

The one and only Lucy Dacus recently wrapped a tour opening for Hamilton Leithauser this past Saturday and not a beat so much as passed before another batch of tour dates have been announced. See below the row of May dates where Lucy will be opening for Sylvan Esso.

Sunday, May 14 - The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC*
Thursday, May 18 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY*
Saturday, May 20 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA*
Tuesday, May 23 - Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON*
Thursday, May 25 - Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington, VT*
Friday, May 26 - Boston Calling Music Festival, Boston, MA
Saturday, May 27 - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Saturday, June 10 - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
July 14-16 - Forecastle Festival, Louisville, KY

* denotes w/ Sylvan Esso


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Ceremony Announces "Your Life In America" - Los Angeles Residency May 18-20th

Earlier today Ceremony announced an unmissable event to take place over three days in May at The Echo. Full details below:




Including performances by:
Cold Beat
The Coltranes
Leisure World
Sabertooth Zombie
Sex Stains
The World

DJ sets by
Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast)
Rob Moran

A limited number of 3 Day Passes are on sale RIGHT NOW for just $35 and include a silkscreened poster designed by Jeremy Dean. - TICKETS HERE

All Ages.  Thursday & Friday doors at 8pm, Saturday doors at 5pm.

Individual ticket sales and lineup announcements TBD

Pre-order the CD and sea foam green colored LP on the Matador Store:
Ceremony Website:

Spoon - "Can I Sit Next To You" Video Premiere, New US & Germany Dates

(Photo by Zachery Michael)

Earlier today, Apple Music's Beats 1 and Zane Lowe premiered the second track from Spoon's forthcoming album, 'Hot Thoughts', "Can I Sit Next To You" . The accompanying video, directed by directed by Marcel Dzama, can be viewed above.

In addition, a number of U.S. and Germny tour dates have just been added below, with tickets on sale February 24 at 10am.

Stream or preorder 'Hot Thoughts' (digital preorders receive "Can I Sit Next To You" and "Hot Thoughts" instantly)
Stream "Can I Sit Next To You"

Upcoming shows (new dates in bold) :

February 27 - 100 Club, London, United Kingdom
March 6 - The Observatory, Santa Ana CA
March 14 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 15 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 16 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 23rd - Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
March 25th - The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia
April 27– Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
April 28 – The Lyric – Oxford, MS
April 29 – Varsity Theater – Baton Rouge, LA
May 1 – Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
May 2 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
May 3 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
May 5 – Music Farm – Charleston ,SC
May 7 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
May 9 – Mill and Mine – Knoxville, TN
May 11 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH

June 17 - Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
June 18 - Maifeld Derby Festival, Manheim, Germany
June 19 - Technikum, Munich, Germany

June 27 - Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 - The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 - O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 14 - Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 - Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 30 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD **
August 6 - Hollywood Bowl*, Los Angeles CA
September 8 – Belly Up - Aspen, CO
September 9- Mishwaka Amphitheatre – Bellevue, CO

** - with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
* - with Belle and Sebastian

Spoon online:

New UK Summer Tour Dates for Car Seat Headrest

For those who missed out on the cluster of UK tour dates that begin March 23rd in London (notice below with the cascade of SOLD OUT next to each UK date), there is hope. There are five new opportunities to see Car Seat Headrest this year and as you might know by now, they will be going fast so don't miss out.

Tuesday, August 29 - 02 Forum, London UK
Wednesday, August 30 - Ritz, Manchester UK
Thursday, August 31 - Leeds Uni Stylus, Leeds UK
Friday, September 1 - Electric Fields Festival - Thronhill UK
Saturday, September 2 - End Of The Road, Dorset UK

March 10-11 – BUKU Music & Art Project 2017, Fremantle, Australia
Tuesday, March 14 – Paradiso Grote Zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wednesday, March 15 – Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
Thursday, March 16 – Gebäude 9, Cologne, Germany
Friday, March 17 – Musik & Frieden, Berlin, Germany
Saturday, March 18 – Manufaktur, Schorndorf, Germany
Sunday, March 19 – Feierwerk / Kranhalle, Munich, Germany
Monday, March 20 – Mascotte, Zürich, Switzerland
Wednesday, March 22 – Divan de Monde, Paris, France
Thursday, March 23 – Electric Ballroom, London, United Kingdom SOLD OUT
Friday, March 24 – Manchester Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom SOLD OUT
Sunday, March 26 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, United Kingdom SOLD OUT
Monday, March 27 – Academy, Dublin, Ireland SOLD OUT
April 14-26 – Coachella, Indio CA
April 21-23 – Coachella, Indio CA
May 12-14 – Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta GA
Friday, May 26 – Gorge Amphitheatre, George WA
May 26-28 – Boston Calling, Boston MA
May 26-28 – Sasquatch! Music Festival, George WA
Monday, May 29 – Gorge Amphitheatre, George WA
June 2-4 – The Governors Ball Music Festival, New York NY
June 8-11 – Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester TN
Sunday, June 18 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison Co
August 8-12 – Øya Festival, Oslo, Norway

Order ‘Teens Of Denial’ from the following :
The Matador Store (2XLP, CD or digital versions)
Google Play
Car Seat Headrest on Spotify
Car Seat Headrest on Apple Music

Car Seat Headrest online :

Spoon : 'Hot Thoughts' Aura Reader, New Shows In Rooms Enormous + Otherwise

(photo by Zachary Michael)

Coinciding with more new shows being announced (including a February 27 show at London's historic 100 Club and massive co-headlining appearances with Belle and Sebastian at the Hollywood Bowl and Merriweather Post Pavillion), the advance campaign for Spoon's forthcoming 'Hot Thoughts' album (out March 17) takes a turn for the unexpected with the launch of the 'Hot Thoughts' Aura Reader app.

Perhaps you're saying to yourself, "doesn't this sound a bit Peter Lemonmoodring?" and you'd be right. However, we're sure you'll find the experience far more rewarding. When you create a Spoon Spotify playlist, the Aura Reader analyzes that playlist, then creates a individualized version of the 'Hot Thoughts' album cover with different colors in the artwork’s signature watercolor skull, creating a reflection of each fan’s own… (SAFE FOR WORK) Hot Thoughts.

The customized 'Hot Thoughts' skulls can then be used by as avatars on Twitter, Instagram, and various other social media. Because we're ALL ABOUT SKULLS .

the Spoon Hot Thoughts Aura Reader,

Step 1: Log in to Spotify and make a playlist that describes yourself in 10 Spoon songs.

Step 2: Connect your Spotify account to the aura reader so we can analyze your playlist.

Step 3: Share your results on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else you choose.

Upcoming shows :

February 27 - 100 Club, London, United Kingdom
March 6 - The Observatory, Santa Ana CA
March 14 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 15 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 16 - The Main ( SXSW Residency), Austin TX
March 23rd - Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
March 25th - The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia
June 27 - Gorilla, Manchester, United Kingdom
June 28 - The Arts School, Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 30 - O2 Forum, London, United Kingdom
July 7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
July 14 - Forecastle, Louisville, KY
July 15 - Sloss Festival, Birmingham, AL
July 28 - Panorama Festival, New York NY
July 30 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD **
August 6 - Hollywood Bowl*, Los Angeles CA

** - with Belle and Sebastian and Andrew Bird
* - with Belle and Sebastian

Stream or preorder 'Hot Thoughts'

Spoon online:

Belle & Sebastian announce new tour dates

Credit: Søren Solkær

Glasgow's favourite sons and daughters Belle & Sebastian make their triumphant return to North America this Summer, playing a number of fabled venues such as Merriweather Post Pavilion and the Hollywood Bowl along a seven date jaunt.

They will be joined on selected dates by an enviable supporting cast - with Spoon, Julien Baker, Andrew Bird and Ex-Hex all having been confirmed.

The band has been recording new material in their native Glasgow, due to be revealed later in 2017 on Matador Records.  In addition to selections from 2015’s Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance and the rest of the their iconic catalogue, Belle & Sebastian fans can expect a taste of new music on this run of dates.

All tickets (except the Raleigh and LA shows) will go on sale this Friday, February 17th.

Thursday, July 27th - Sony Centre, Toronto, ON *
Saturday, July 29th - Panorama Music and Arts Festival, New York NY
Sunday, July 30th - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD ^
Monday, July 31st - North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC %
Wednesday, August 2nd - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston MA $
Thursday, August 3rd - Mann Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia PA $
Sunday, August 8th - Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA &

* denotes w/ Julien Baker
^ denotes w/ Spoon, Andrew Bird, Ex Hex
% denotes w/ Andrew Bird
$ denotes w/ Andrew Bird, Porches
& denotes w/ Spoon,

Belle & Sebastian online:
Official site

Perfume Genius - Spring/Summer North American Dates

While there's another rather huge bit of news to share in the near future, today we can confirm a number of May and July headlining dates for Perfume Genius, with support from Serpentwithfeet. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Saturday, March 11 - Marfa Myths, Marfa TX%

Wednesday, May 10 - Magic Stick Lounge, Detroit MI*
Thursday, May 11 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club, Toronto ON*
Friday, May 12 - Theatre Fairmount, Montreal, QC*
Saturday, May 13 - Royale, Boston MA*
Monday, May 15 - 9:30 Club, Washington DC*
Tuesday, May 16 - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY*
Thursday, May 18 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*
Friday, May 19 - Cat's Cradle, Carrboro NC*
Saturday, May 20 - Terminal West, Atlanta GA*
Sunday, May 21 - Exit/In, Nashville TN*
Tuesday, May 23 - The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI*
Wednesday, May 24 - Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN*
Thursday, May 25 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL*
Friday June 16-Saturdauy June 17, Eaux Claires Festival, Eaux Claires, WI
Saturday, July 15 - Imperial, Vancouver, BC
Sunday, July 16 - Revolution Hall, Portland OR
Tuesday, July 18 - The Independent, San Francisco CA
Thursday August 31-Sunday, September 3 - End Of The Road Festival, South Wiltshire, United Kingdom

* - w/ Serpentwithfeet
% collaboration with Weyes Blood

Perfume Genius online :
You Tube Channel

Steve Gunn : Two Smiths Covers for Aquarium Drunkard's Laginappe Sessions

Earlier this morning, Aquarium Drunkard premiered a pair of Smiths covers from Steve Gunn, "The Night Has Opened My Eyes" and "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle".  You can stream both here.

Steve's got a solo tour of Europe starting April 3, but he's also taking part in a February 25 benefit for Bruce Langhorne at Brooklyn Music School alongside Alan Licht, Steve Shelley, Dylan Aycock, Loren Mazzacane Connors and many more.  All of the above plus Tom Carter, Susan Alcorn, Lee Ranaldo, Nathan Bowles, Chris Corsano, Tim Rutilli, John Fahey, Daniel Bachman and many more can be heard on Scissor Tail's new 2 CD compilation, 'The Hired Hands : A Tribute To Bruce Langhorne'.

Tour dates :
Monday, April 3 – St John Church, London, UK
Tuesday, April 4 – Louisiana,  Bristol, UK
Wednesday, April 5 – Holy Trinity – Leeds, UK
Thursday, April 6 – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK
Friday, April 7 – Unitarian Church,  Brighton, UK
Saturday, April 8 – Little Waves, Genk, Belgium
Sunday, April 9 – Zonnehuis – Amsterdam, Netherlands  (4pm show)
Monday, April 10 – Doopsgezinde Kerk (church) – Utrecht, Netherlands
Tuesday, April 11 – Les Atelier Claus, Brussels, Belgium
Wednesday, April 12 – Vooruit (Theater Zaal) – Gent, Belgium
Thursday, April 13 – Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France
Friday, April 14 – Le Bourg - Lausanne, Switzerland
Saturday, April 15 – Bad Bonn, Düdingen, Switzerland
Monday, April 17 – Anfiteatro del Venda – Padova, Italy
Tuesday, April 18 – Blackmarket/Unplugged in Monti Series, Rome, Italy
Wednesday, April 19 – St. Edmunds Church, Oslo, Norway
Thursday, April 20 – Tungenes Lighthouse, Randaberg, Norway
Saturday, April 22 – G Livelab, Helsinki, Finland
Sunday, April 23 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tuesday, April 25 – Sidecar, Barcelona, Spain
Wednesday, April 26 – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, Spain
Thursday, April 27 – Moby Dick, Madrid, Spain
Friday, April 28 – El Torgal, Ourense, Spain
Sunday June 11 – The Thing in Spring Festival, Peterborough, NH

purchase and/or stream ‘Eyes On The Lines’ from the following:
The Matador Store
Steve Gunn Store


Steve Gunn online :

official site

Spoon In Sydney, Melbourne

Spoon have announced Sydney and Melbourne shows next month, immediately following the release of the hotly-anticipated 'Hot Thoughts' album.

See below for ticket links:

Thursday, March 23rd - Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Saturday, March 25th - The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Australia

Spoon online:


Lucy Dacus U.S. Tour Starts Today

(courtesy Joey Wharton Photography)

Lucy Dacus and band kick off a couple of weeks of shows in support of Hamilton Leithauser tonight in Cambridge, MA (see below) . There's a number of charities Lucy's raising money for at the merch table throughout the tour ; here's the full list -

2/8: Cambridge- Rosie's Place
2/9: Philadelphia - Books Through Bars
2/10: Millvale - The Women and Girls Foundation
2/11: Columbus - Youth Advocate Services
2/13: Toronto - Concord Refugee Sponsorship Group
2/15: Chicago - Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
2/16: St. Paul- CAIR-Minnesota (CAIR-MN)
2/17: Madison - Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
2/18: Louisville - Family Scholar House
2/19: Nashville - Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp
2/21: Carrboro - Volunteers for Youth
2/22: Washington - Sitar Arts Center
2/23: Brooklyn - Sylvia Rivera Law Project
2/24: Brooklyn - New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
2/25: New YorkC - Islamic Relief USA (

Wednesday, February 8,The Sinclair, Cambridge MA*
Thursday, February 9, Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA* SOLD OUT
Friday, February 10, Mr. Smalls, Milvale PA*
Saturday, February 11, Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH*
Monday, February 13, The Opera House, Toronto ON* SOLD OUT
Wednesday, February 13, 2/15 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL* SOLD OUT
Thursday, February 16  2/16 Turf Club, St. Paul MN*  SOLD OUT
Friday, February 17, High Noon Saloon, Madison WI*
Saturday, February 18, Zanzabar, Louisville KY* SOLD OUT
Sunday, February 19, 3rd & Lindsley Nashville, Nashville TN*
Tuesday, February 21, Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*
Wednesday, February 22, Rock And Roll Hotel, Washington DC* SOLD OUT
Thursday, February 23 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY* SOLD OUT
Friday, February 24 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY* SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 25 The Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan NY* SOLD OUT

May 26-28, Boston Calling, Boston MA
June 8-11, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester TN
July 14-16, The Forecastle, Louisville KY

* - w/ Hamilton Leithauser


Lucy Dacus online


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