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Belle and Sebastian - "What Happened To You, Son?"

(photo: Anna Isola Crolla)

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Ahead of the launch of their coast-to-coast North American tour this month, Belle and Sebastian have released a brand new song, ‘What Happened to You, Son?’ Listen HERE.

Stuart Murdoch says on the song:
“‘What Happened to You, Son?’ got pulled rather randomly from the last LP because the LP felt one track too long. Out it came.

The song is about my youth, and the funny hole I fell into in my late teens. I was failing at my university course, failing in almost everything I tried around then. I was obsessed with the music of the time, I used to hang so much on the lyrics and message and feeling of certain bands of the 80s era – it probably wasn’t healthy. 

So although the theme of this song is a little accusatory, the fault is with the beholder. I could have switched off at any time. Instead I let the singers become my penpals and my deities. 

The song tries to address what happens when the pop stars grow up, and change, and go a different way, and seem to betray the stance they held when you loved them the most. 

The song finishes hopefully, however. There’s always a way forward, always a light to guide you if you look closely, if you give up part of yourself, if you let yourself flow and change.”

On the 2nd and 3rd of August, the band will host a brand-new Bowlie event: ‘The Glasgow Weekender’. Held at Glasgow’s SWG3, the two-day concert series will include two headline B&S sets as well as performances by Camera Obscura, The Vaselines, CMAT, and many more. Day tickets are available here.

Full dates for the band’s first state-side dates in nearly two years, including festival and headline stops in New York, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and points between, with support along the way by Haley Heynderickx and The Weather Station, can be found below.

Belle and Sebastian on Tour


North America
Tuesday, April 23 The Eastern, Atlanta GA +
Wednesday, April 24 The National, Richmond VA +
Friday, April 26 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA &
Saturday, April 27 Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA &
Sunday, April 28 M Telus, Montreal QC &
Monday, April 29 History, Toronto ON &
Wednesday, May 1 Paramount Theater, New York NY &
Thursday, May 2 The Anthem, Washington DC &
Friday, May 3 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Detroit MI &
Saturday, May 4 Salt Shed, Chicago IL &
Monday, May 6 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, Kalamazoo MI +
Tuesday, May 7 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee WI +
Wednesday, May 8 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN +
Friday, May 10 The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver CO &
Monday, May 13 The Bellwether, Los Angeles CA &
Tuesday, May 14 The Bellwether, Los Angeles CA &
Wednesday, May 15 The Theater at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles CA +
Thursday, May 16 Fox Theater, Oakland CA &
Saturday, May 18 Revolution Hall, Portland OR &
Sunday, May 19 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA &

May 25 – Madrid, ES @ Tomavistas Festival
May 27 – Merignac, FR @ Le Krakatoa
May 28 – Paris, FR @ Salle Pleyel
June 7 – Berlin, DE @ Admiralspalast
June 8 – Hamburg, DE @ ELBJAZZ 2024
June 9 – Koln, DE @ Gloria-Theater
June 11 – Feyzin, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne Feyzin
June 12 – Nimes, FR @ Paloma - Grande Salle
June 13 – Donostia, ES @ Kursaal
June 15 - Calvià, Spain @ Mallorca Live Festival
June 29 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
June 30 – Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Bostheater
July 2 – Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus
July 3 - Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
July 4 - Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
August 2 – Glasgow, UK @ The Glasgow Weekender
August 3 – Glasgow, UK @ The Glasgow Weekender
August 17 - Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival
August 18 - Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic Festival

w/ + Haley Heynderickx
w/ & The Weather Station

Belle and Sebastian Online
Official site

Mdou Moctar - "Imouhar" Live Outside The School (Agadez, Niger)

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Mdou Moctar has released a live rendition of his brand new song "Imouhar," taken from the forthcoming album 'Funeral for Justice' (out May 3), recorded in Agadez, Niger. Bassist / Producer Mikey Coulton said of the new video:
At the beginning of 2023 we all met up in Agadez, Niger. It was the first time the band was all together in Agadez in years. It felt special. The idea was to set up a bunch of generator shows throughout Agadez in that week and record it all. 'Outside The School' was one of the very first locations we shot. We set up all the gear, plugged in a generator that powered the lights, amps, and recording setup, and handed out a couple Iphones on gimbels to a couple of our friends, Guichene, and Ahmoudou with the one instruction, 'don't hit the stop button'. With no advertisement ahead of time for these shows the kids heard the music, and they came. When they hear Mdou Moctar, they freak out.

The word Imouhar is the Tuareg equivalent to "brother" or "comrade.” It’s a familial way to say “Tuareg people” that expresses a shared bond.

Recorded by : Mikey Coltun & Nelson Antonio Espinal
Mixed and Mastered by : Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets, Pawtucket, RI
Shot by : Mohammed Guichen, Ahmoudou Mohamed
Edited by: Tiff Pritchett

Mdou Moctar on Tour


Sunday, April 14 Coachella, Indio CA
Sunday, April 21 Coachella, Indio CA
Wednesday, June 5 Anchor Rock Club, Atlantic City NJ
Thursday, June 6 The Abbey Bar at ABC, Harrisburg PA
Friday, June 7 Friday Cheers Brown's Island
Saturday, June 8 Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw NC
Sunday, June 9 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Tuesday, June 11 Pour House, Charleston SC
Wednesday, June 12 Saturn, Birmingham AL
Thursday, June 13 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Friday, June 14 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
Saturday, June 15 The Hi-Fi, Indianapolis IN
Tuesday, June 18 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL
Wednesday, June 19 Magic Bag, Detroit MI
Thursday, June 20 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH
Friday, June 21 Asbury Hall, Buffalo NY
Saturday, June 22 Green River Music Festival, Greenfield MA
Sunday, June 23 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
Wednesday, June 26 Warsaw, Brooklyn NY
Thursday, June 27 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Friday, June 28 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Wednesday, July 3 Electric Brixton, London UK
Sunday, July 7 Down The Rabbit Hole, Beuningen NL
Monday, August 19 Festaal Kreuzberg, Berlin DE
Tuesday, August 20 UT Kreuzberg, Leipzig DE
Wednesday, August 21 Ampere, Munich DE
Thursday, August 22 Magnolia Summerstage, Milan IT
Sunday, August 25 Petit Bain, Paris FR
Monday, August 26 OLT Revierenhof, Antwerp BE
Tuesday, August 27 Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
Friday, August 30 End of the Road Festival, Dorset UK
Saturday, August 31 Manchester Psych Fest, Manchester UK
Sunday, September 1 Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham UK
Monday, September 2 Saint Luke's, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, September 3 Boiler Shop, Newcastle UK
Wednesday, September 4 The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK

Mdou Moctar Online
Official site


Spoon - New U.S. Dates This August/Septmber

The following Spoon shows go on general sale this Friday at 10am local time

tickets :

Thursday, August 8 Hayden Homes Amphitheater, Bend OR %
Friday, August 9 Thing Festival, Carnation WA
Saturday, August 10 Knitting Factory, Boise ID *
Sunday, August 11 Canyons Village, Park City UT *
Wednesday, August 14 Red Rocks, Denver CO @
Thursday, August 15 Red Rocks, Denver CO @
Friday, August 16 Belly Up, Aspen CO *
Friday, September 6 Fargo Brewing, Fargo ND #
Tuesday, September 10 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON *
Wednesday, September 11 Bronson Ctr Theater, Ottawa ON *
Friday, September 13 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, Frederickton, NB
Saturday, September 14 Theatre Beanfield, Montreal QC *
Sunday, September 15 Higher Ground, Burlington VT *
Tuesday, September 17 Electric City, Buffalo NY *
Wednesday, September 18 Roxian, Pittsburgh PA *

*w/ A Giant Dog
% w/ St. Vincent
@ w/ The Revivalists
# w/ Phantogram

Spoon Online
Official Site

Kim Gordon - "BYE BYE" on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Last night, Kim Gordon made her solo late night television debut, performing “BYE BYE” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The song comes off of her second solo album, 'The Collective,' which was released to critical acclaim in March. Kim Gordon has also announced another run of tour dates kicking off in Minneapolis on June 7, with stops in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Asheville and more in the US as well as shows and festival plays across Europe and the UK including Paris, London, Munich, Prague, and more.

Kim Gordon on Tour (new dates in bold)
Friday, May 31 De Vooruit, Belgium BE
Friday, June 7 Fine Line, Minneapolis MN
Saturday, June 8 Beyond the Gate @ Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago IL
Sunday, June 9 El Club, Detroit MI
Monday, June 10 Axis Club, Toronto ON (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday, June 12 Basilica Hudson, Hudson NY
Friday, June 14 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Saturday, June 15 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh PA
Monday, June 17 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY
Tuesday, June 18 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Wednesday, June 19 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Friday, June 21 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Saturday, June 22 Out and About Festival, Vienna VA
Tuesday, June 25 Koko, London UK
Wednesday, June 26 O2 Institute2 Birmingham, Birmingham UK
Friday, June 28 Elevate Festival, Graz AZ
Saturday, June 29 Siren's Call 2024, Luxumbourg
Monday, July 1 Muffatwerk, Munich DE
Tuesday, July 2 Meet Factory, Prague CZ
Wednesday, July 3 Open’er Festival, Gydnia PL
Friday, July 5 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde DK
Sunday, July 28 Fuji Rock Festival, Naeba JP

Kim Gordon Online
Official Website

Interpol - Live at Zocálo, Mexico City

Interpol will play the biggest show of their career at Mexico City’s 280,000 capacity main ceremonial square, the Plaza de la Constitución, better known as Zócalo, on Saturday April 20th. The show comes at the request of the Mexican Secretary of Culture, Claudia Curiel de Icaza.

The band stated via Instagram:
Estamos absolutamente electrificados de emoción al anunciar que daremos un concierto gratuito para nuestros fans mexicanos, y de hecho, para fans de todas partes, en el Zócalo en el corazón de la Ciudad de México el sábado 20 de abril de 2024.

¡Es un sueño para nosotros poder actuar en un escenario tan icónico e histórico! Vamos a ponerle ganas, así que vayan o "be square," como dicen.

Más información próximamente.

We are absolutely electric with excitement to announce that we will be playing a free concert for our Mexican fans - and fans from all over for that matter - at the Zócalo in the heart of Mexico City on Saturday April 20, 2024.

It’s a dream for us to be able to perform in such an iconic and historic setting! We are gonna give it some ganas, so be there or be square as they say.

More information to follow soon.

This news follows Interpol's recent announcement that they will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album 'Antics' with dates in the United Kingdom this fall.

Interpol on Tour


Saturday, April 20 Zocálo, Mexico City MX
Friday, May 2 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade - Heaven
Sunday, May 5 Houston, TX Revention Music Center
Monday, May 6 San Antonio, TX Boeing Center at Tech Port
Tuesday, May 7 El Paso, TX El Paso County Coliseum
Wednesday, May 8 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre
Friday, May 10 Las Vegas, NV The Theater, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Saturday, May 11 Pasadena, CA Brookside at the Rose Bowl
Sunday, May 26 Cali, Colombia Orquideorama
Tuesday, May 28 Lima, Peru Costa 21
Friday, May 31 Santiago, Chile Teatro Caupolicán
Sunday, June 2 Buenos Aires, Argentina Luna Park
Wednesday, June 5 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Vivo Rio
Friday, June 7 São Paulo, Brazil Audio Clube
Wednesday, June 19 Mönchengladbach, Germany SparkassenPark
Friday, June 21 Hannover, Germany ZAG Arena
Saturday, June 22 Berlin, Germany Kindl-Bühne Wuhlheide
Monday, June 24 Vienna, Austria Stadthalle Wien
Tuesday, June 25 Gardone Riviera, Italy Anfiteatro del Vittoriale
Friday, June 28 Antwerp, Belgium Middenvijver Linkeroever
Saturday, June 29 Rotterdam, Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy
Friday, November 1 The Halls, Wolverhampton UK
Saturday, November 2 O2 Apollo, Manchester UK
Monday, November 4 Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, November 5 O2 City Hall, Newcastle UK
Thursday, November 7 Beacon, Bristol UK
Friday, November 8 Alexandra Palace, London UK

Interpol Online
Official Site
YouTube Channel

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