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Yo La Tengo - Live on KEXP

(photo: Jake Hanson)

Purchase / Stream 'This Stupid World'

Last month, Yo La Tengo recorded a live in-studio performance for KEXP in Seattle as they embarked on their tour in support of 'This Stupid World.' The station has premiered the four-song session today, including "Fallout," "Aselestine," and "This Stupid World," from the brand new LP, as well as "Big Day Coming" from their 1993 album 'Painful.'

Yo La Tengo on Tour
Friday, March 24 Metro, Chicago IL - SOLD OUT
Saturday, March 25 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI - SOLD OUT
Sunday, March 26 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
Monday, April 10 3Olympia, Dublin IE
Wednesday, April 12 New Century Hall, Manchester UK
Thursday, April 13 SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, April 14 The London Palladium, London UK
Sunday, April 16 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE – SOLD OUT
Tuesday, April 18 Paradiso, Amsterdam NE
Wednesday, April 19 LantarenVenster, Rotterdam NE – SOLD OUT
Thursday, April 20 Uebel & Gefaehrlich, Hamburg DE
Friday, April 21 Bremen Teater, Copenhagen DK – SOLD OUT
Sunday, April 23 Gloria Theatre, Cologne DE– SOLD OUT
Monday, April 24 Meetfactory, Prague CZ
Tuesday, April 25 Huxley’s, Berlin DE – SOLD OUT
Thursday, April 27 La Cigale, Paris FR
Saturday, April 29 Sala Apolo, Barcelona ES – SOLD OUT
Sunday, April 30 Warm Up Festival, Murcia ES
Tuesday, May 2 Warner Music The Music Station Pricipe Pio, Madrid ES
Wednesday, May 3 Santana 27 Bilbao ES
Thursday, May 4 Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux FR

Yo La Tengo online

[hate5six] Algiers Presents: Shook Vs. Shook World - Live at National Sawdust (December 15, 2022)

photo by Ebru Yildiz

In December, Algiers performed a special one-off gig at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust. Over two sets, the band debuted material from its new album ‘SHOOK’ alongside many of the guest-artists who appear on the record, including Amani, Big Rube, billy woods, DeForrest Brown Jr., Desde, Dreamcrusher, Elucid, Fatboi Sharif, King Vision Ultra, Latoya Kent, Maassai, Mark Cisneros, and Patrick Shiroishi.

Today you can watch the complete concert film, which was made by Hate5six. It’s a singular document – Algiers’ captured at its most visceral and exploratory in the company of the band’s extended community.

stream / purchase 'Shook'

Algiers at SXSW
Wednesday, March 15
Brooklyn Vegan / Resound presents at Mohawk (1:30pm)
Academy Fight Songs at Mohawk (1:15am)

Thursday, March 16
Stereogum presents at Cheer Up Charlies (12:30pm)
Levitation at Hotel Vegas (7:00pm)

Friday, March 17
In-Store at End of an Ear (2:00pm)
Resound at Parish (5:15pm)

Algiers on tour :

Sunday, March 19 Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ
Monday, March 20 Soda Bar, San Diego CA
Tuesday, March 21 Knitting Factory NOHO, Los Angeles CA
Thursday, March 23 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco CA
Saturday, March 25 Show Bar at Revolution Hall, Portland OR
Sunday, March 26 Madame Lou’s, Seattle WA
Wednesday, March 29 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN
Thursday, March 30 Sleeping Village, Chicago IL
Friday, March 31 Whirling Tiger, Louisville KY
Sunday, April 2 Big Ears Festival, Knoxville TN
Monday, April 3 The Pinhook, Durham NC
Tuesday, April 4 DC9, Washington DC
Wednesday, April 5 PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA
Thursday, April 6 Racket, New York NY
Friday, April 7 Casa del Popolo, Montreal QC
Saturday, April 8 The Garrison, Toronto ON
Wednesday, May 10th Hard Club, Porto Portugal
Friday, May 12th Future Yard Birkenhead UK
Saturday, May 13th In Colour, Leeds UK
Monday, May 15th Mono, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, May 16th Canvas, Manchester UK
Wednesday, May 17th 02 Institute 2, Birmingham UK*
Thursday, May 18th Elsewhere, Margate UK
Friday, May 19th Chalk, Brighton UK
Saturday, May 20th Esquires Bedford UK
Sunday, May 21st 02 Academy 2, Oxford UK*
Monday, May 22nd Fleece, Bristol UK
Tuesday, May 23rd Merleyn, Nijmegen NL
Thursday, May 25th Voxhall, Aarhus DK
Friday, May 26th Loppen, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, May 27th Mejeriet, Lund SE
Sunday, May 28th Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Tuesday, May 30th BLA, Oslo NO

Algiers Online

Algiers, Lifeguard and Spoon at South By Something Something

Admission / capacity / age restrictions are down to the individual venues and promoters.  To quote the Del Fuegos, good luck to all bands (especially these three).


Wednesday, March 15
Brooklyn Vegan / Resound Showcase at Mohawk (1:30pm)

Academy Fight Songs at Mohawk (1:15am)

Thursday, March 16
Stereogum Showcase at Cheer Up Charlies (12:30pm)

Levitation at Hotel Vegas (7:00pm)

Friday, March 17

In-Store at End of an Ear (2:00pm)

Resound at Parish (5:15pm)


Thursday, March 16

Creem at Chess Club (3:50pm)

Friday, March 17

Resound at Parish (2:15pm)

Hipster Robots at Side Bar (4:20pm)

SXSW Official show at Chess Club (8:00pm)

Saturday, March 18

New Now at Tweedy’s Bar (5:30pm)


Thursday, March 16

Luck Reunion (Time TBC)

Out Today: Mdou Moctar - Niger EP Vols. 1 & 2

The Niger EP Vols. 1 & 2 by Mdou Moctar are available today at your preferred record store on limited yellow and green vinyl. The new EP series compiles live and alternate recordings that span Moctar's catalog.

Stream / Purchase Limited Yellow 'Niger EP Vol.1'

Stream / Purchase Limited Green 'Niger EP Vol. 2'

Stream / Purchase 'Afrique Victime'

Mdou Moctar on Tour
Friday, March 10 Theatre Royal, Castlemaine AU
Saturday, March 11 Golden Plains, Melbourne AU
Sunday, March 12 Womadelaide, Adelaide AU
Tuesday, March 14 Sydney Opera House, Sydney AU
Friday, March 17 WOMAD New Zealand, New Plymouth New Zealand
Thursday, April 27 Art Co, Dallas TX
Friday, April 28 Austin Psych Fest
Sunday, April 30 New Orleans Jazz Festival, New Orleans LA
Tuesday, May 2 Intuition Ale Works, Jacksonville FL
Wednesday, May 3 Miami Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach FL
Thursday, May 4 The Social, Orlando FL
Friday, May 5 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA
Saturday, May 6 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Monday, May 15 Electric Ballroom Camden, London UK

Mdou Moctar Online
Official site

bar italia - "Nurse!"

video by Simon Mercer

photo by Simon Mercer

bar italia
, the London trio of Nina Cristante, Jezmi Tarik Fehmi and Sam Fenton, have joined the Matador Records roster.
Stream / download "Nurse!"

The band play a run of UK and European headline shows in May, including the ICA in London on May 25th, and will appear at festivals this summer including Primavera Sound Barcelona & Madrid, Latitude, Midi Festival and End Of The Road. A list of upcoming live dates can be found below.

Over the last couple of years, bar italia have released two albums and an EP on the World Music label, as well as several singles.

bar italia  on Tour
Wednesday, May 10 Kazimier Stockroom, Liverpool UK
Thursday, May 11 Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh UK
Friday, May 12 Hare and Hounds, Birmingham UK
Saturday, May 13 Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield UK
Sunday, May 14 Jericho Tavern, Oxford UK
Tuesday, May 16 Jaki, Cologne DE
Wednesday, May 17 Meetfactory, Prague CZ
Thursday, May 18 Urban Spree, Berlin DE
Saturday, May 20 Cinetol, Amsterdam NE
Monday, May 22 Boule Noire, Paris FR
Tuesday, May 23 Aeronef Club, Lille FR
Wednesday, May 24 Green Door Store, Brighton UK
Thursday, May 25 ICA, London UK
Saturday, June 3 Primavera, Barcelona ES
Sunday, June 4 ZDB, Lisbon PT
Monday, June 5 Primavera, Madrid ES

bar italia Online


Lucy Dacus - "Night Shift" (Official Music Video)

(photo: Phobymo)

Pre-order 'Historian' on limited red vinyl with original artwork

Historian, the cherished sophomore LP from Lucy Dacus celebrates its five year anniversary this month. In conjunction, Dacus unveils the first-ever “Night Shift” music video today, directed by Jane Schoenbrun (We're All Going to the World's Fair) and featuring Dacus, and Jasmin Savoy Brown (Yellowjackets).

The “Night Shift” video premiered last night in New York at Nitehawk Prospect Park, followed by a Q+A with Dacus and Schoenbrun, moderated by E.R. Fightmaster and Liza Anne who both had featured roles in the video, and a screening of We’re All Going To The World’s Fair.

Lucy Dacus Online

Matador Revisionist History Podcast Episode 8: Spoon's Britt Daniel and Interpol's Paul Banks

Stream The Matador Revisionist History Podcast

Stream / Purchase Limited White LP of Spoon's 'Kill The Moonlight'

Stream Interpol's 'The Black EP'

Our core philosophy here at Matador Revisionist History HQ is “What you want, once we’re ready.” And this time, we’re really living up to that.

Last summer, we celebrated the 20th anniversaries of Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights and Spoon’s Kill the Moonlight – two career-defining records that were released on the very same day in August of 2002.

Around that time, front men Paul Banks and Britt Daniel huddled with our host Matt Sweeney and taped an episode of the RH podcast. Seven months later, we’re finally prepared for you to hear it.

Everybody on this episode goes way, way back: Sweeney met Daniel during Spoon’s first tour. He met Banks when Turn on the Bright Lights was released, which is around the time Banks initially met Daniel. They reminisce about NYC’s Luna Lounge, Paul explains the importance of yelling in an Interpol song, and Britt stakes his claim to the cowboy hat from the “Wild” video.

Interpol Online
Official Site
YouTube Channel

Spoon Online
Official Site

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