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bar italia - New York Residency Update

Following bar italia's announcement of 'Tracey Denim' and their debut shows in North America, the trio have announced two more performances in New York, at Brooklyn's Union Pool and Public Records this June.

Pre-order 'Tracey Denim' / stream "punkt"

bar italia on Tour (new dates in bold)
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
Tuesday, June 13 TV Eye, Queens NY
Wednesday, June 14 Union Pool, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, June 15 Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Saturday, June 17 Public Records, Brooklyn NY
Monday, June 19 El Cid, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, June 21 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, July 11 Village Underground, London UK

bar italia Online
band website


Interpol - 'Interpolations' / "Big Shot City" (Makaya McCraven)

photo by Ebru Yildiz

Makaya McCraven photo by Sulyiman Stokes

Interpol have announced ‘Interpolations’, a project to be released over the coming months, which sees songs from the band’s latest album, ‘The Other Side Of Make-Believe’, reworked by a group of artists encompassing Daniel Avery, Makaya McCraven, Jeff Parker, Jesu and Water From Your Eyes. The first installment of the series is released today, with Makaya McCraven’s interpolation of “Big Shot City”.

(stream / download "Big Shot City" (Makaya McCraven interpolation))

In addition, a mini documentary by photographer and frequent collaborator Atiba Jefferson, "Making 'The Other Side of Make-Believe'" filmed during the band’s recording of 'The Other Side Of Make Believe' in November 2021 in London’s Battery Studio, sees its first wide release today, following its initial debut as part of the Big Shot City album release event in LA.

In a statement on the Interpolations project, the band said:

“We are proud to unveil the ‘Interpolations’ project, a collaborative series wherein 5 talented artists were invited to reimagine tracks from our latest album, 'The Other Side Of Make-Believe' - and the results are truly inspired.

From the Latin drum and bass rhythms applied to “Big Shot City” by Makaya McCraven to the esoteric and propulsive soundscape created by Water From Your Eyes for “Something Changed,” Interpolations is an exotic journey that reframes our songs and joins them to the vision of talented artists we admire.

Daniel Avery completely strips “Greenwich” down to only a few of its component parts - allowing Juliet Seger’s angelic backing vocal to float hypnotically over driving electronic currents.

And the reimaginings of “Passenger” and “Toni” by Jeff Parker and Jesu respectively round out this collection with flare, with recontextualized arrangements underlining and often deepening the emotion, drama and excitement of the originals.

We are so excited that such a great collection of artists were able to connect with our music and we hope these songs connect with you.”

Stream / Purchase The Other Side of Make-Believe

Interpol On Tour
Tickets available at

Thursday, May 18 Pabellon Monterrey MX
Saturday, May 20 Tecate Supremo Festival Juarez MX
Sunday, May 21 Corona Capital, Guadalajara MX
Saturday, May 27 Bearded Theory, Walton Upon Trent UK
Sunday, May 28 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK
Monday, May 29 O2 Leeds Academy, Leeds UK
Tuesday, May 30 O2 Academy Edinburgh, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, June 1 O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol UK
Sunday, June 4 Usina Festival, Luxembourg
Tuesday, June 6 Studio, Krakow PL
Wednesday, June 7 Klub Stodo?a, Warsaw PL
8-10 June Sideways Festival, Helsinki FI
Saturday, June 10 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek NE
Thursday, June 15 Neue Theaterfabrik, Munich DE
Friday, 16 June Lido Sounds, Linz AT
16-18 June Traumzeit Festival, Duisburg DE
16-18 June Maifeld Derby, Mannheim DE
Tuesday, June 20 Arenele Romane, Bucharest RO
Wednesday, June 21 Park Centre Junak, Sofia BG
Friday, June 23 2023 Release Athens, Athens GR
Saturday, June 24 I Days Coca-Cola, Milan IT
Monday, June 26 Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin IT
Wednesday, June 28 Rome Summer Fest, Cavea, Rome IT
Friday June 30 Summer Series at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin IE
Saturday, June 1 Rock Werchter, Rotselaar, Flanders BE
Wednesday, July 5 Days Off, Paris FR
Friday, July 7 Beauregard Festival, Normandy FR
Sunday, July 9 Liverpool Uni Mountford Hall, Liverpool UK
Monday, July 10 Somerset House, London UK SOLD OUT
Tuesday, July 18 Paleo Festival Nyon, Nyon CH
Thursday, July 20 MoM Sport, Budapest HU
Saturday, July 22 Colours of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Monday, July 24 Maximum Uniq, Istanbul, TR
Friday, July 28 2023 Low Festival, Benidorm ES
Friday, August 11 Outside Lands, San Francisco CA
Sunday, August 13 Isleta Amphitheater, Albuquerque NM *
Tuesday, August 15 Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas TX *
Wednesday, August 16 Walmart AMP, Rogers AR *
Thursday, August 17 The Orion Amphitheater, Huntsville AL *
Saturday, August 19 iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach FL *
Sunday, August 20 MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa FL *
Tuesday, August 22 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC, USA *
Thursday, August 24 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ, USA *
Friday, August 25 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH *
Wednesday, August 30 Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh NY *
Thursday, August 31 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow VA *
Saturday, September 2 Budweiser Stage, Toronto ON *
Monday, September 3 Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa ON *
Wednesday, September 6 Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston MI *
Friday, September 8 FirstBank Amphitheater, Franklin TN *
Saturday, September 9 Ruoff Music Center, Noblesville IN *


* with The Smashing Pumpkins

Interpol Online
Official Site
YouTube Channel

Makaya McCraven Online

Daniel Avery Online

Water From Your Eyes Online

Jeff Parker

Jesu Online

Coming May 19 : bar italia - 'Tracey Denim'

"Punkt" (camera : Mario Suardiaz)

photo by Simon Mercer

stream / download "Punkt"
presave / preorder 'Tracey Denim'

bar italia, the London trio of Nina Cristante, Jezmi Tarik Fehmi and Sam Fenton, have announced details of their new album ‘Tracey Denim’, which will be released digitally and on CD May 19th. The album will be available on vinyl September 8.

‘Tracey Denim’ was recorded and produced by bar italia with mixing from Marta Salogni.

bar italia will play a headline UK and European tour in May, including a sold out album release show at London’s ICA on May 25th. The band will also make its US debut in June with dates scheduled in New York and Los Angeles.

‘Tracey Denim’ Tracklist

1. guard
2. Nurse!
3. punkt
4. my kiss era
5.  F.O.B
6. Missus Morality
7.  yes i have eaten so many lemons yes i am so bitte
8. changer
9. Horsey Girl Rider
10. NOCD
11. best in show
12.  Clark
13. harpee
14. Friends
15. maddington

bar italia on Tour (new dates in bold)
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
Tuesday, June 13 TV Eye, Queens NY
Thursday, June 15 Mercury Lounge, New York NY
Monday, June 19 El Cid, Los Angeles CA
Wednesday, June 21 Zebulon, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, July 11 Village Underground, London UK

bar italia Online
band website


Kurt Vile - 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze' 10th Anniversary

(photo: Shawn Brackbill)

Stream / Pre-order limited vinyl for 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze'

In 2023, Kurt Vile is making numbers count. Just last month, Matador Records presented the iconic Philadelphia songwriter with a (vegan) cheesesteak trophy to commemorate the 100-millionth stream of “Pretty Pimpin” on Spotify.  

Today, though, we’d like to draw your attention to another significant KV digit: The 10th anniversary of his fifth full-length and first 2xLP, ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’ (2013).   

To celebrate this milestone, we’ve brought the record back as a blue + yellow vinyl split available via KV and Matador webstores. This limited pressing will also include a reproduction of the “make your own cover” ESPO sticker sheet that accompanied the original 2013 special-edition. A special 'Wakin' shirt designed by ESPO is also available to purchase separately or bundle with an LP on both webstores. A yellow vinyl version of the record will be made available everywhere.  

Where previous albums alternated between gorgeous fingerpicking and heavy guitar workouts, ‘Wakin’ blended the two into dreamy and expansive songs that frequently stretched well out beyond the five-minute mark. 

Back then we said: “It’s a record that would have sounded great 30 years ago, sounds great today, and will still sound great 30 years from now.” Ten years down the line, we’re still confident that ‘Wakin’ will deliver the goods – yesterday, today, and in 2043.

The reissue serves as the latest entry in Matador Records’ Revisionist History series, our ongoing campaign to jog the record-buying (and streaming!) public’s memory about our many catalog items now poised to celebrate a significant anniversary. Matador will mark these anniversaries with new reissues and re-pressings.  So far, the Revisionist History class of 2023 has highlighted Bettie Serveert’s Palomine, Pavement’s Slanted and Enchanted, and Yo La Tengo’s I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One.

(illustration: Jeff Mahannah)

Kurt Vile on Tour
Thursday, May 4 The Venice West, Venice CA
Friday, May 5 Beachlife Festival, Redondo Beach CA
Monday, May 15 Town Hall, New York NY
Sunday, June 11 Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek NE
Monday, June 12 Koko, London UK
Tuesday, June 13 Koko, London UK
Thursday, June 15 SWX, Bristol UK
Friday, June 16 Black Deer Festival, Tunbridge Wells UK
Sunday, June 18 Body & Soul Festival, Clonmellon IE
Monday, June 19 New Century Hall, Manchester UK
Tuesday, June 20 Boiler Shop, Newcastle Upon Tyne UK
Wednesday, June 21 Queens Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, June 22 The Level, Nottingham UK
Friday, June 23 O2 Institute, Birmingham UK
Sunday, June 25 Chalk, Brighton UK
Monday, June 26 Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing FR
Tuesday, June 27 Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg DE
Wednesday, June 28 Muffathalle, Munich DE
Thursday, June 29 Muffathalle, Munich DE
Friday, June 30 Spazio 211 Open Air, Turin IT
Saturday, July 1 Off Tune Festival, Prato IT
Sunday, July 2 Ferrara Comfort Festival, Ferrara IT
Monday, July 3 Kino Siska, Ljubljana SL
Wednesday, July 5 Rote Fabrik, Zürich CH
Friday, July 7 Pointu Festival, Fours FR
Sunday, July 9 Cactus Festival, Brugge BE
Thursday, July 20 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ *
Friday, July 21 Nelsonville Music Festival, Nelsonville OH
Saturday, July 22 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL
Sunday, July 23 The Caverns, Pelham TN *
Monday, July 24 Millennium Park Summer Music Series, Chicago IL ^
Wednesday, July 26 40 Watt Club, Athens GA *
Thursday, July 27 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC *
Friday, July 28 Outlaw Music Festival, Columbia MD +

* w/ Florry
^ w/ Finom
+ Willie Nelson

Kurt Vile Online

Coming June 9 : King Krule - 'Space Heavy'

Video directed by Jocelyn Anquetil

photo by Frank Lebon

stream / download "Seaforth"
presave / preorder 'Space Heavy'

Following a run of sold-out intimate shows as part of his recent SHHH Tour, Archy Marshall announces 'Space Heavy', the fourth studio album under his King Krule alias, due June 9th . Coming 10 years on from his debut album, 'Space Heavy' presents King Krule at his most articulate; using his years of experience to create a dynamic body of work that reveals something new with every listen.

The album’s first single, “Seaforth,” arrives today with an endearing music video directed by visual artist and previous collaborator Jocelyn Anquetil and starring King Krule. The dreamlike, stripped-back melody of “Seaforth” soundtracks a visual that transports us into the sleeping mind of King Krule to be immersed in the adventures of two golden retrievers; a father and his puppy.

Written from 2020 to 2022, between London and Liverpool, 'Space Heavy' took shape over the course of commutes between the two cities where Archy Marshall was splitting his time. Befitting an album quite literally written on the commute between the two places he called home, Archy found himself fascinated by the notion of “the space between” - the space haunted by dreams of love, touching a narrative of lost connection, losing people and situations to the guillotine of the universe. Once written by Archy, the music was developed by frequent collaborator and producer Dilip Harris and long-time band mates Ignacio Salvadores (saxophonist), George Bass (drummer), James Wilson (bass guitarist) and Jack Towell (guitarist).

The result is a 15-track full-length by the musical polymath that inhabits the deepest reaches of the subterranean sonic world that Archy has constructed over the course of his career as King Krule. In it you hear a generational artist stepping into the height of their artistic powers – the auteurism apparent on his debut '6 Feet Beneath The Moon', the shapeshifting sonic palette of 'The OOZ', the primality of 'Man Alive!' and the raw vulnerability expressed on 'You Heat Me Up, You Cool Me Down' all coalesce into a wizened, dynamic body of work that reveals new elements with each listen. In line with Archy’s interest in the space between, it is an album wherein the negative space demands the same attention as the positive space. If one is willing to wade into the mire the reward is rich.

‘Space Heavy’ Tracklist
1. Flimsier
2. Pink Shell
3. Seaforth
4. That Is My Life, That Is Yours
5. Tortoise Of Independency
6. Empty Stomach Space Cadet
7. Flimsy
8. Hamburgerphobia
9. From The Swamp
10. Seagirl
11. Our Vacuum
12. Space Heavy
13. When Vanishing
14. If Only It Was Warmth
15. Wednesday Overcast

Clear vinyl, available at the King Krule / Matador Webstores and at independent record stores

Standard black vinyl, available everywhere

T-shirt, available separately and as a bundle on the King Krule / Matador Webstores

King Krule Online

Water From Your Eyes - "True Life"

"True Life", video by Sabrina Nichols

photo by Eleanor Petry

Out May 26, ‘Everyone’s Crushed’ is the Matador Records debut from Brooklyn duo Water From Your Eyes. Today, watch the animated video for the album’s second single, "True Life," which teams ping-ponging guitar riffs with drop-tuned bass and an unexpected shoutout to Neil Young.
“‘True Life’ is our Neil Young-inspired quasi-nu metal stomp,” explains the band. “It is also intended to be our ‘Short Skirt / Long Jacket.’ The bridge was initially meant to contain lyrics from ‘Cinnamon Girl,’ but Neil Young’s lawyers wouldn’t let us use them. Now they are about how Neil Young wouldn’t let us use his words. The rest of the song deals with life and assorted complications of the material world.”

stream/download "True Life"
presave / preorder 'Everyone's Crushed'

Poster art by Nicole Keiser

Water From Your Eyes on Tour


Wednesday, April 12 Soundwell, Salt Lake City UT #
Thursday, April 13 AREA15, Las Vegas NV #
Saturday, April 15 Coachella, Indio CA
Sunday, April 16 Fremont Theatre, San Luis Obispo CA #
Tuesday, April 18 Cargo Concert Hall, Reno NV #
Wednesday, April 19 Goldfield Trading Post, Roseville CA %
Thursday, April 20 Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz CA %
Saturday, April 22 Coachella, Indio CA
Sunday, April 23 Yucca North, Flagstaff AZ #
Monday, April 24 The Lowbrow Palace, El Paso TX #
Tuesday, April 25 Sister, Albuquerque NM #
Thursday, April 27 The Jones Assembly, Oklahoma City OK #
Friday, April 28 George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville AR #
Saturday, April 29 Black Lodge, Memphis TN #
Monday, May 1 The Vogue, Indianapolis IN #
Tuesday, May 2 Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH #
Thursday, May 4 123 Pleasant Street, Morgantown WV #
Saturday, May 6 The Ramkat, Winston-Salem NC #
Sunday, May 7 Shaky Knees Festival , Atlanta GA
Sunday, May 28 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK ^
Monday, May 29 O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds UK ^
Wednesday, May 31 The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh UK ^
Thursday, June 1 O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol UK ^
Thursday, June 15 Bonk’s Bar, Philadelphia PA
Friday, June 16 Comet Ping Pong, Washington DC
Saturday, June 17 Static Age Records, Asheville NC
Tuesday, June 20 DRKMTTR, Nashville TN
Wednesday, June 21 Whirling Tiger, Louisville KY
Thursday, June 22 Sleeping Village Chicago IL
Saturday, June 24 Sled Island, Calgary AB
Tuesday, June 27 The Baby G, Toronto ON
Saturday, August 12 Way Out West Festival, Gothenberg SE
Friday, August 18 Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuisen NL
Saturday, August 19 Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons UK

# w/ Snail Mail + Dazy
* w/ Dazy
% w/ Snail Mail
^ w/ Interpol

Water From Your Eyes Online

Yo La Tengo - June 2023 North American Dates

photo by Cheryl Dunn

Yo La Tengo continue their relentless touring on behalf of album-of-the-year (career? century?) candidate 'This Stupid World' with 16 additional North American shows this June. If your city is not represented below, that's probably because they just played there or plan to later in the year. Unless your city is a truly dreadful place, in which case there's only so much Yo La Tengo or we can do about it (though we do encourage you to vote in local elections, and/or drive to see Yo La Tengo if it's not too far).

Tickets go on sale at 10am local time this Friday, April 14.

stream / purchase 'This Stupid World'

Yo La Tengo on tour - new dates in bold
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
Friday, June 9 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ
Saturday, June 10 The Atlantis, Washington DC
Sunday, June 11 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Tuesday, June 13 State Theatre, Portland ME
Wednesday, June 14 Tree House Brewing Company (Outdoors), South Deerfield MA
Thursday, June 15 Corona Theatre, Montreal QC
Friday, June 16 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON
Sunday, June 18 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
Monday, June 19 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
Wednesday, June 21 Center For the Arts, Homer NY
Thursday, June 22 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI
Friday, June 23 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe (Outdoor) Kalamazoo MI
Saturday, June 24 Metro Chicago IL
Monday, June 26 Bijou Theatre, Knoxville TN
Tuesday, June 27 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Wednesday, June 28 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA

July 28 – July 30, Fuji Rock Festival, Yuzawa JP

Yo La Tengo online

Official Site

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