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Queens of The Stone Age live from London's Maida Vale studios - with Radio One DJ Annie Mac

Last night Queens of The Stone Age helmed an hour long takeover of the Radio One airwaves, riproaring their way through new & old tracks alike live at the holy Maida Vale studios in London.

Josh & Troy sat for a ten minute interview with DJ Annie Mac before unleashing a fully loaded, fully amped up, nine track set to a balcony of forty lucky contest winners.

You can hear the entire set plus the interview here. The interview portion starting at 43:13, the live set begins at 01:11:00.

'Villains' is out now, worldwide, available for purchase or stream at the following outlets

Matador Store
Apple Music

QOTSA Online:

Official Site


Coming October 13 - Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile 'Lotta Sea Lice' ; Video for "Over Everything" Out Now

After some talk, tease and even a tour announcement - we are pleased to share with you ALL the details for Lotta Sea Lice, an album and collaboration between Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett. It will be released on Matador on October 13th (Marathon in Europe, Milk! in Australia & New Zealand). Zane Lowe premiered the first single "Over Everything" his Beats 1 Apple Music Radio show this morning. If you missed it, no worries, listen to the song wherever you stream music and/or watch the video (directed by Danny Cohen) for the song further down.

1. Over Everything
2. Let It Go
3. Fear Is Like A Forest
4. Outta The Woodwork
5. Continental Breakfast
6. On Script
7. Blue Cheese
8. Peepin' Tom
9. Untogether
Here's a bit more about the album...
Lotta Sea Lice is a conversation between friends, documented in raw, unvarnished song, brimming with personal history, crackling with energy and shot through with humor. What started as a loose plan to record a couple songs with no plans for release, turned into this full-length-"because the vibee was so strong," says Kurt. There's an unforced ease to the record, helped by the fact that the pair have been not just friends, but hardcore fans of each other's work for years. They also roped in colleagues such as Mick Turner and Jim White of the Dirty Three, Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint, and Aussie icon Mick Harvey.

The shared chemistry is immediately apparent in the album opener and first single "Over Everything", with dovetailing vocal lines and intricate, shimmering guitar. The lyrics play out as a rambling dialogue as they compare notes about songwriting and inspiration; it was the first song written for this project. The video was directed by Danny Cohen, who shot each on their home turf.
The pair also tackle each other's tracks on the album, with Vile delivering a delicious, souped-up version of "Outta the Woodwork" backed by Barnett herself, and Barnett taking on Vile's "Peepin' Tomboy" completely solo, to spine-tingling result. The overall effect of Lotta Sea Lice is of Barnett and Vile throwing open the doors to their house to listeners - it's their party, but everyone is invited.

*Pre-order the double-door vinyl from Matador and get a poster designed by Jess Rotter. Color in the poster and share on instagram with #CBKV for a chance to win a Courtney & Kurt autographed Fender guitar. (US Only)*

10/11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10/14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (SOLD OUT)
10/15 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
10/18 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
10/20 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/21 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
10/22 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox (SOLD OUT)
10/25 - St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre (SOLD OUT)
10/26 - Chicago, IL - Rockefeller Chapel (SOLD OUT)
10/27 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT)
10/28 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (SOLD OUT)
10/30 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/31 - Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall
11/01 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT)
11/03 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
11/04 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
11/06 - Loew's Jersey Theatre - Jersey City, NJ
11/07 - The Anthem - Washington, DC
11/09 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
11/10 - Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
11/11 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater (SOLD OUT)

OUT TODAY - Queens of the Stone Age 'Villains' (Stream Now on Apple Music, Pick Up at Your Local Indie)

Today's the day, 8.25. You had fair warning. Villains is now out everywhere in the world. Stream the album on Apple Music, pick up at your local indie a very helpful map can be seen HERE), or if you've already pre-ordered the album, keep an eye on your mailman. Your copy is on the way.

There are a couple great new interviews out this week from the likes of Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. It's great to hear from them, but we really only care about what YOU think of the album.  #QOTSAVillains #Villains #opinions

A lot of people said they wanted to meet the band and by some confusion there's now meat involved...

TOUR DATES/SURPRISES (seriously poke around in there)


King Krule is BACK - 'Czech One' Official Video + Massive North American Tour Announcement

There's some extremely exciting news from True Panther out and around the internet today. King Krule is back with an incredible video (directed by Frank Lebon) as well as a huge run of North American tour dates this fall. Bask in the undeniable glow of Czech One... below. (Or should I say above?)

10/21 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10/22 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10/24 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
10/25 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
10/26 - Boston, MA - Paradise
10/28 - Montreal, CAN - Corona Theatre
10/29 - Toronto, CAN - Danforth Music Hall
10/30 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10/31 - Minneapolis, MN - First Line Music Cafe
11/3 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/4 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
11/5 - Vancouver, CAN - Vogue Theatre
11/7 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
11/8 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
11/9 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
11/11 - Long Beach, CA - Tropicalia Festival
Pre-order the 'Czech One' 7" here:



Algiers announce new UK + North American dates - Second night at The Moth Club

Algiers are an industrious band, it's hard to argue against that. Fresh from a tour supporting Depeche Mode in Europe, and only a couple of weeks away from hitting the American highways with !!!, our working class heros have announced four top-up dates to November's UK sprint and a further eight North American shows.

One of the four newly announced UK dates will be a second night at Hackney's Moth Club, with tickets going on sale Tuesday 22nd August 10:00.

U.K - Nov / Dec - On sale Tuesday 22nd August 10:00 GMT

Sunday, Nov 26th - The Hare & Hounds - Birmingham, UK
Tuesday, Nov 28th - The Moth Club - London, UK
Monday, Dec 4th - The Cluny - Newcastle, UK
Tuesday, Dec 5th - Exchange - Bristol, UK

N.A - Oct - On sale Friday August 25th - 10:00 ET

Sunday, Oct 15th - Afropunk Fest - Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, Oct 17th - Motorco Music Hall - Durham, NC
Wednesday, Oct 18th - The Basement - Columbus, OH
Thursday, Oct 19th - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
Friday, Oct 20th - PJ's Lager House - Detroit, MI
Saturday, Oct 21st - Baby G - Toronto, CA
Sunday, Oct 22nd - Bar le Ritz PDB - Montreal, QC
Tuesday, Oct 24th - Sonia's Nightclub - Cambridge, MA
Wednesday, Oct 25th - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT

Order 'The Underside of Power' - here

Algiers online



Coming October 27 : Julien Baker - 'Turn Out The Lights' ; Stream Or Download "Appointments" Today

(photo : Nolan Knight)

Julien Baker will release her highly anticipated second album,'Turn Out The Lights' on October 27th, 2017. An early preview can now be heard in the first single “Appointments”, a viscerally moving track that culminates in a swell of Baker’s voice, guitar, and piano. 'Turn Out The Lights' will arrive nearly two years to the day after her debut LP, 'Sprained Ankle' (originally released by 6131) and is now available for pre-order HERE.

Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Baker’s hometown of Memphis, TN, 'Turn Out The Lights' expands upon the sound and vision of Sprained Ankle while retaining the haunting, confessional songwriting style for which she has become known. Throughout the album, she reflects on experiences of her own and those closest to her, exploring the internal conflicts that wrestle inside us all: how we deal and cope with our struggles, and how it all impacts both ourselves and our relationships of all kinds. The result is a deeply empathetic album that embraces the grays and complex truths of humanity and mental health. Turn Out The Lights was written and produced by Baker, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire, Florence & the Machine).

1. Over
2. Appointments
3. Turn Out the Lights
4. Shadowboxing
5. Sour Breath
6. Televangelist
7. Everything That Helps You Sleep
8. Happy to Be Here
9. Hurt Less
10. Even
11. Claws In Your Back

stream or download "Appointments"
preorder 'Turn Out The Lights'
preorder 'Turn Out The Lights' from The Matador Store on clear, clear with pink and purple splatter or black vinyl editions, with or without a bundled t-shirt (see below) or on compact disc.

Julien Baker on tour :

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 - Marathon Music Works
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 +

* supporting Belle & Sebastian
# supporting Ben Folds
+ Half Waif supports

Julien Baker online


VIDEO : Queens of the Stone Age - "The Way You Used To Do" - Watch Now At Apple Music

(photo by Andreas Neumann)


“Dancing and headbanging are truly individualistic expressions of losing oneself fully in appreciation of music—who better to combine these things into a singular vision than someone who’s directed Madonna and Lady Gaga videos--and also happens to have been a member of Bathory?”—Joshua Homme

“The Way You Used To Do,” the recently released first single from Queens Of The Stone Age’s ominously approaching seventh album 'Villains', has been realized as a fever dream Satanic dance ritual extravaganza—featuring QOTSA founder and frontman Joshua Homme lighter on his feet and darker in his soul than ever before.

Conceived by Homme, directed by Jonas Akerlund and produced by Serial Pictures, “The Way You Used To Do,” somehow fit its multiple sets, wardrobe changes and intricate dance routines into one day of shooting August 8th in Los Angeles. Considering potential reactions to the sinister shuffle of “The Way We Used To Do” being translated into a panoramic soul-selling dance trip, Homme says “It’s our way of paying tribute to Cab Calloway and the film Hellzapoppin’. I fully realize that may be a little more than some are open to, and that’s perfectly fine with me. There’s the door. If some of the more close-minded are gently pruned, that just leaves more room on the dance floor for the open-minded ones to get loose. That’s been the spirit of Queens Of The Stone Age and the space we’ve worked to create from day one.”

'Villains' is co-produced by Mark Ronson and will be released worldwide on August 25th. 





Perfume Genius – Spotify Singles Session Out Now, Fall Tour begins 9/27 in Santa Barbara

For those who have been able to see Perfume Genius live since the release of No Shape, you might find his cover of Mary Margaret O’Hara's "Body's In Trouble" familiar. It has been known to pop up in the set from time to time. Here's what Mike Hadreas has to say about the song he has chosen to cover over and over:

I started covering this song on tour almost immediately after hearing it for the first time. I was so struck by her command and presence even though she weaves in and out of being present. Her vocal is somehow on the rhythm and completely around it, lyrics and chords are repeated throughout but there is no real center. There are brief moments where the music fully connects in a traditional way but after a few listens the most satisfying part is the song's magic formlessness. I wouldn't dare try to mimic or recapture her performance, but I tried to sing in the same wandering, mantra-like way - but taking it somewhere a little more sinister. I've lost count of how many times I use the word "body" in my songs.

My relationship with my own body is confusing and I use music to try and puzzle it out, or as rebellion against needing a form at all. Playing this cover onstage every night I use her lyric to phase in and out of both of those ideas.

The Single Session also includes "Slip Away" which was also recorded live at Spotify's Studio in NYC.


This fall is RIPE with opportunities to see the band. See below dates that include a December residency in NYC as well as a run of shows with The XX.

09/27 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl*
09/29 Inglewood, CA - The Forum*
9/30 Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
10/3 Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre*
10/4 Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheatre*
10/5 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
10/6 - Dallas, TX - South Side music Hall
10/8 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
10/9 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
10/10 Magna, UT - The Saltair*
10/12 Oklahoma City, OK - Criterion Theater*
10/13 - St Louis, MO - The Ready Room
10/17 Atlanta, GA - Coca Cola Roxy*
10/18 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
10/19 New Orleans, LA - Champions Square*
10/21  Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater
11/2 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow School of Art
11/3 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
11/4 - Liverpool, UK - Stanley Theatre
11/5 - London, UK - The Roundhouse
11/6 - Brighton, UK - The Old Market
11/8 - Paris, FR - La Gaite Lyrique
11/9 -  Antwerp, BE - Trix
11/9 - 11/12 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who Festival
11/13 - Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan
11/17 -11/18 - Braga, PT - Gente Sentada
11/19 - Berlin, DE - Festsaal Kreuzberg
11/20 - Cologne, DE - Kulturkirche
11/22 - Munich, DE - Technikum
11/23 - Milan, IT - Linecheck Festival
11/26 - Barcelona, ES - Sala Apolo
11/27 - Madrid, ES - Joy Eslava
11/28 - Bordeaux, FR - Rockschool Barbey
11/29 - Rennes, FR – Antipode
12/10 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
12/11 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
12/12 Brooklyn NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/13 Brooklyn NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg

*With The XX

Car Seat Headrest - "War Is Coming (If You Want It)" - Available Today For Purchase Or Streaming

(photo by Kristy Benjamin)

“This is a song about not murdering people”

Car Seat Headrest's "War Is Coming (If You Want It)" premiered earlier today on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 program. The demo version, “War Is Coming (If You Want It) [March Mix],” is no longer available, having been made available for purchase via Bandcamp for just 24 hours on August 4th, to support their fundraiser for the Transgender Law Center. Proceeds from this new version purchased via Bandcamp will continue to be donated to the TLC.

BUY OR STREAM "War Is Coming (If You Want It)"

Last night I dreamed that you'd murdered some kids
Gone up towards the border where the freaks live
I couldn't tolerate it, yet somehow I did
If it had been on TV I would've changed the channel
And afterwards I lay awake for quite some time
And thought about opinions I'd kept
At 5 in the morning I couldn't tolerate it
How many had died while I slept?

Now is the time to cast Darwin aside
Stop spinning lines that justify the lure of suicide
And reach out your hands
And save someone's life
Because war is coming
If you want it

She's keeping quiet in a season of crime
Walking away as if nothing had changed
From that awful display
People are are strange
If they keep on laughing
Nothing will change

Now is the time to cast the screenplay aside
And try to create some space between the lines
To lift up your voice
And change someone's mind
Because war is coming
If you want it


Wednesday, August 16 – Praia Fluvial Do Taboão, Paredes de Coura Portugal
Thursday, August 17 – Route du Rock, Saint-Malo France
Tuesday, August 21 – Freizeitzentrum West (FZW), Dortmund Germany
Friday, August 25 – Rock En Seine, Saint Cloud France
Saturday, August 26 – Altes Kraftwerk Rummelsburg, Berlin Germany
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
October 7 – Austin City Limits, Austin, TX
Sunday, October 8 – House of Blues, Houston, TX*
Monday, October 9 – House of Blues, Dallas, TX*
Wednesday, October 11 – Aztec Theatre, San Antonio, TX*
October 14 – Austin City Limits, Austin, TX

* - with The Black Angels

'Teens of Denial' is available from the following outlets:

Matador Store
Apple Music

Car Seat Headrest online:

Official Site

LISTEN: Queens of the Stone Age's New Single "The Evil Has Landed" Premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Show This Morning (Alongside Part 2 of His Interview with Josh Homme)

It's roughly 14.5 days until the next Queens of the Stone Age album is officially out in the world. Those who are having trouble with the wait, there's some relief for you today. At last, another piece of Villains. Zane Lowe took to the airwaves on his Beats 1 show this morning to unveil part two of his interview with Josh (see below) as well as play new single "The Evil Has Landed." So what are you waiting for? Listen here:

apple music:
matador store:
google play:
amazon physical:
amazon digital:



Coming October 20 : Spoon - 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga' 2XLP Reissue

On October 20 we'll be marking the 10th anniversary of Spoon's breakthrough 2007 album, 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga' with a double LP reissue including a bonus disc comprising the long out of print / previously available only-on-CD 'Get Nice' EP, both encased in a gatefold jacket with revised art. Matador is releasing the album worldwide save for North America where the reissue is handled by Merge, who brought 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga' into our lives and onto our shelves a decade ago.

Recorded in 2006 in Austin by the band and Mike McCarthy (with the exception of the single, "The Underdog", recorded in LA by Jon Brion), 'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga' was a high water mark critically and commercially for Spoon at the time, though it's been a pretty crazy run/unbeaten streak since, too. Preorder below :

'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga'
Matador Store UK
Matador Store Europe / Rest Of The World

US/Canada via Merge

Track listing :
'Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga'
1. Don't Make Me a Target
2. The Ghost of You Lingers
3. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
4. Don't You Evah
5. Rhthm & Soul
6. Eddie's Ragga
7. The Underdog
8. My Little Japanese Cigarette Case
9. Finer Feelings
10. Black Like Me

'Get Nice' bonus 12-inch

1. I Got Mine
2. Be Still My Servant
3. Leave Your Effects Where They're Easily Seen
4. I Summon You (Cool)
5. Mean Mad Margaret
6. Love Makes You Feel
7. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
8. Tasty Fish
9. Dracula's Cigarette
10. 1975
11. I Can Feel It Fade Like An AM Single
12. Curfew Tolls

Spoon in Europe, 2017

Nov 4, 2017 Utrecht, Netherlands Ekko
Nov 6, 2017 Bristol, UK The Lantern, Colston Hall 2
Nov 7, 2017 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club Tikets
Nov 8, 2017 Glasgow, UK Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
Nov 9, 2017 Dublin, Ireland Whelan’s
Nov 10, 2017 London, UK Union Chapel
Nov 12, 2017 Brussels, Belgium Autumn Falls Festival
Nov 14, 2017 Berlin, Germany Heimathafen Neukölln
Nov 15, 2017 Hamburg, Germany Uebel & Gefährlich
Nov 16, 2017 Düsseldorf, Germany Bachsaal
Nov 17, 2017 Madrid, Spain Sala El Sol
Nov 18, 2017 Braga, Portugal Theatro Circo
Nov 19, 2017 Barcelona, Spain La [2]

Spoon online :

Official Site

Perfume Genius - Four Nights in NYC This December, Watch "Wreath" Dance Contest Submission Trailer

There are now four days to mark in your calendar this December. Perfume Genius has announced a string of dates in Manhattan and Brooklyn to make sure that you're year ends on a high note.

Tickets for all four shows go on sale this Friday, 10am EST.

Sunday, December 10 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Monday, December 11 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Tuesday, December 12 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, December 13 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

In other VERY important Perfume Genius news, here's a visual appetizer to show you all some of the incredible submissions to the "Wreath" dance contest. More to come!


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