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Via NPR First Listen : Stream Car Seat Headrest's 'Teens Of Style'

Car Seat Headrest at Santo's Party House, NYC, 10/14/15 (photo by Anton Corbjin-Bernsen)

In advance of the October 30 release of Car Seat Headrest's 'Teens Of Style', the full album is being streamed via the auspices of NPR's First Listen :

NPR Music's Lars Gottrich opines this collection of CSH songs reworked "captures the compact symphonies bouncing around Will Toledo's brain" ("smart guitar-pop music for loners and weirdos who can't help but overshare their loneliness and weirdness with the world...the 22-year-old is openly self-aware, yet his writing is universal in the way it captures boredom, lovesickness and anxiety"). We're not inclined to argue (and if we were, we'd not have quoted Lars in the first place)

preorder 'Teens Of Style' from the following :

The Matador Store

remaining Car Seat Headrest at CMJ shows :

Thursday, October, 15 - New York, NY - CMJ at Cake Shop (NYC Taper Party)
Thursday, October, 15 - New York, NY - Elvis' Guesthouse (Beggars Radio Party)
Friday, October, 16 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ at Baby’s All Right (Brooklyn Vegan Party)
Friday, October, 16 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ at Rough Trade (Aquarium Drunkard Party)
Saturday, October, 17 - Brooklyn, NY - CMJ at Space 89 (Urban Outfitter Party)
Saturday , October 17 - New York, NY - Pianos (Bowery Presents Party)

November / December tour

Tuesday, November 17 - London UK - Servant Jazz Quarters
Friday, November 20 - Paris, France - Espace B
Saturday, November 21 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival
Friday, November, 27 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry*
Saturday, November, 28 - Madison, WI - The Frequency*
Sunday, November, 29 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
Monday, November, 30 - Detroit, MI - The Loving Touch*
Tuesday, December, 1 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
Wednesday December, 2 - Montreal, QC - Le Ritz
Friday, December, 4 - Cambridge, MA - The Lizard Lounge*
Saturday, December, 5 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right*
Sunday, December, 6 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s*
Monday, December, 7 - Washington, DC - DC9*
Tuesday, December, 8 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter*
Thursday, December, 10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
Friday, December, 11 - Nashville, TN - High Watt*
Saturday, December, 12 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo*

* w/ NE-HI

Car Seat Headrest online :

STREAM : Algiers - 'Algiers', Premiering This Week At NPR First Listen

(photo by Alex DiMora)

Algiers' hotly anticipated self-titled debut is out one week from today (June 1 in the UK and Europe) and via the auspices of NPR First Listen, you can stream the entire album here NPR's Andy Beta opines Algiers' "juxtaposition of noise and soul is invigorating in its own right, but it's in their lyrics that a more potent agitprop message is conveyed". In addition to the North American dates listed below, Algiers will be performing at London's Ace Hotel on June 2.

You can preorder 'Algiers' (available in stores June 1, North America, June 2) direct from the Matador Store on LP, CD or either with a t-shirt bundle, or prefer from one of the digital outlets below :

Google Play

Algiers' North American headlining tour starts June 5 :

June 5 - The Earl, Atlanta GA
June 7 - Black Cat Backstage Washington DC
June 9 - Mercury Lounge, NYC NY
June 10 - Baby's Alright, Brooklyn, NY
June 13 - Silver Dollar Room, Toronto ONT
June 15 - Schubas, Chicago IL
June 16 - Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis MN
June 19 - The Sunset, Seattle WA
June 20 - Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
June 21 - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
June 23 - Bottom Of The Hill, San Francisco CA
June 25 - The Echo, Los Angeles CA

Algiers online ;
official site

Ceremony - 'The L-Shaped Man' Streaming Today, New Shows Announced

In addition to new dates being announced in Montreal, Toronto and Hamden, CT (see below), the new Ceremony album 'The L-Shaped Man' is streaming in full today courtesy of KEXP, one week prior to release.

Friday, May, 22 - 924 Gilman Street, Berkeley CA*%@~
Saturday, May, 23 - Echoplex, Los Angeles CA*<>=
Friday, June, 12 - Cellar Door, Visalia CA^$
Saturday, June, 13 - Legend Records, San Diego CA^#
Sunday, June, 14 - The Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ^#
Monday, June, 15 - Club Congress, Tucson AZ^#
Tuesday, June, 16 - Tricky Falls, El Paso TX^#
Wednesday, June, 17 - Red 7, Austin TX^#+
Thursday, June, 18 - Sons of Hermann, Dallas TX^#+
Friday, June, 19 - Walters, Houston TX^#
Saturday, June, 20 - One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans LA^
Sunday, June, 21 - The Atlantic, Gainsville FL^
Monday, June, 22 - Epic Problem, Tampa FL^
Tuesday, June, 23 - The Social, Orlando FL^
Wednesday, June, 24 - Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta GA^
Thursday, June, 25 - Kings, Raleigh NC^
Friday, June, 26 - Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC &^
Saturday, June, 27 - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA &^
Sunday, June, 28 - Cuisine en Locale, Somerville MA &^
Monday, June, 29 - The Space, Hamden CT &^
Wednesday, July, 1 - Bowery Ballroom, New York NY &^#
Friday, July, 3 - La Sala Rossa, Montreal QC, Canada &^
Saturday, July, 4 - The Garrison, Toronto ON, Canada &^
Sunday, July, 5 - Mohawk Place, Buffalo NY &^
Monday, July, 6 - Now That's Class, Cleveland OH &^
Tuesday, July, 7 - Marble, Detroit MI &^
Wednesday, July, 8 - Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL &^
Thursday, July, 9 - The Frequency, Madison WI &^
Friday, July, 10 - 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN &^
Saturday, July, 11 - Sweatshop Gallery, Omaha NE &^$
Sunday, July, 12 - Moon Room, Denver CO &^$
Monday, July, 13 - Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT &^$
Tuesday, July, 14 - The Shredder, Boise ID &^$
Wednesday, July, 15 - Neumo's, Seattle WA &^$
Thursday, July, 16 - Analog Café, Portland OR &^$
Saturday, August 8 - Visions Festival, London, UK

* w/ Negative Approach
& w/ Pity Sex
^ w/ Tony Molina
# w/ Uniform
$ w/ Creative Adult
+ w/ Radioactivity
% w/ Synthetic I.D
@ w/ Wild Moth
~ w/ Busted Outlook
< w/ Gun Outfit
> w/ Mrs Magician
= w/ DJ Wes Eisold

Pre-order 'The L-Shaped Man' on iTunes ($7.99) and and get instant downloads of "My Life In France", "The Separation" and "The Understanding". Plus iTunes exclusive bonus track "Vivication" and iTunes exclusive pre-order only bonus track, "The Hide". Both bonus tracks will be delivered with the album on May 19 release date.

You can also preorder on Amazon MP3 and receive instant downloads of "The Separation" and "The Understanding" (click on the Amazon MP3 store option in order to receive instant downloads).

Preorder the CD and sea foam green colored LP on the Matador Store:

Also via the Matador Store you can pre-order a special bundle that includes the CD or colored vinyl LP along with a Ceremony T-shirt and/or a 36-page limited edition book of poems by Ceremony vocalist Ross Farrar which parallels lyrics from 'The L-Shaped Man'.



Ahead of it's official release next week on April 7th through True Panther, Shlohmo's "Dark Red" is now available to stream in its entirety over on NYTimes Press Play ---> HERE

Merry Tuesday.



Mar 31 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
Apr 1 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
Apr 2 – Sister – Albuquerque, NM
Apr 3 – Parish – Austin, TX
Apr 4 – Fitz (Upstairs) – Houston, TX
Apr 5 – Trees – Dallas, TX
Apr 6 – Republic – New Orleans, LA
Apr 8 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, D.C.
Apr 9 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
Apr 11 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Apr 12 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Apr 14 – Signal Kitchen – Burlington, VT
Apr 15 – SAT – Montreal, QB
Apr 16 – Hoxton – Toronto, ON
Apr 17 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Apr 18 – Plush – St. Louis, MO
Apr 22 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
Apr 24 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Apr 26 – Branx – Portland, OR
Apri 29 – The Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA
Apr 30 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
May 2 – Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA
May 7 – The Fonda – Los Angeles, CA
May 20 – Music Box – Lisbon, PT
May 21 – Oval Space – London, UK
May 22 – Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
May 23 – Razzmatazz – Barcelona, ES
May 24 – VK – Brussels, BE
May 27 – L’Amalgane – Yverdon-Les-Bains, CH
May 28 – Plaza – Zurich, CH
May 29 – Pratersauna – Vienna, AT
May 30 – We Love Green Festival – Paris, FR
May 31 – Berlin Festival – Berlin, DE
June 01 – Quirinetta Theatre – Rome, IT



Stream : Belle and Sebastian - 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' Album Premiere Via NPR First Listen

(photo by Søren Solkær)

"At times like these," declared The Mail On Sunday's Graeme Thomson, "you realize that if Belle and Sebastian cease to exist they would create a vacuum no other band would be capable of filling." Man, what a horrible thing to contemplate! Last night at midnight, NPR First Listen offered a premiere of the new Belle and Sebastian album, 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance'. NPR's Steve Thompson took a different tact, instead of scaring the daylights out of us, he argues 'Girls In Peacetime', "feels personal, lived-in and universal," ("with 12 songs stretching out for more than an hour, 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' allows Belle And Sebastian's music to shimmer and breathe").

While's there's more tour dates forthcoming, today we can share some photos of the deluxe vinyl box set edition of 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' as well as the 5 badges that come with any orders that come direct from The Matador Store ;

Belle & Sebastian Store (UK)
The Matador Store (North America):
Google Play (U.S. orders only)
Newbury Comics (limited clear vinyl edition)

Tour Dates

Monday January 26 - Laneway Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Wednesday January 28 - The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
Thursday January 29 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sunday February 1 - Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Tuesday February 3 - Astor Theatre, Perth, Australia
Thursday, February 12 - AX Club, Seoul, Korea
Monday, February 16 - Hostess Club Taipei @ Legacy, Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday February 21 - Hostess Club Weekender, Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Monday March 30 -House Of Blues, Boston MA*
Wednesday April 1-Massey Hall, Toronto ONT*
Thursday April 2 - Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI*
Friday April 3 - Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*
Saturday, April 4 - Overture Hall, Madison WI *
Saturday, April 11 - Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Saturday, April 18 - Coachella Festival, Indio CA
Sunday May 3 - St. David's, Cardiff, Wales
Monday May 4 - Colston Hall, Bristol England
Tuesday May 5 - Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
Thursday May 7 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
Friday May 8 - Open, Norwich, England
Sunday May 10 - Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
Monday May 11 - Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Tuesday May 12 - Westminster Central Hall, London (sold out)
Thursday May 14 - Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Friday May 15 - Albert Hall, Manchester, England
Saturday May 16 - City Hall, Newcastle, England
Monday May 18 - Opera House, Buxton, England
Tuesday May 19 - City Hall, Leeds, England
Friday, May 22 - Hydro Arena, Glasgow (with the Scottish Festival Orchestra)
Sunday May 24 - Sound City, Liverpool, England
Wednesday, June 10 - Radio City Music Hall, New York NY
Thursday - Saturday, July 2-4 - ATP Iceland, Keflavik, Iceland

(* -Honeyblood supporting March 30 - April 4)

Belle and Sebastian - official site
'It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career' - official site
Belle and Sebastian - Twitter

Listen in full: The New Pornographers 'Brill Bruisers', First Play on iTunes Radio

(photo : Chris Buck)

At long last, The New Pornographer's highly anticipated new album Brill Bruisers is now streaming in full thanks to First Play on iTunes Radio. The octet of Newman, Collins, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Blaine Thurier, Katheryn Calder, Kurt Dahle and Todd Fancey recorded in Woodstock and Vancouver (with additional portions done in Brooklyn, Austin and Vermont). John Collins and AC Newman produced. The colorful title track and "War On The East Coast" have already been at your beck and call, but now it's time for the rest of Brill Bruisers.

Stream the album in full here (US only):

The album is officially out next Monday, August 25th, worldwide. The band will be back as musical guests on the "Late Show With David Letterman" on Wednesday, September 3rd.

A limited edition multi-colored paint splattered version of the LP is available through the Matador and New Pornographers webstores. Pre-order the limited edition LP and receive a 3D poster and 3D glasses (while supplies last)

iTunes: (pre-order now, get "Brill Bruisers" & "War On The East Coast" instantly)
Amazon: (pre-order now, get "Brill Bruisers" instantly)
Tour dates:

Friday, August, 29 -- Sonic Boom Festival, Edmonton AB, Canada

Saturday, August, 30 -- Sandjam, Halifax NS, Canada

Saturday, September, 6 -- Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI#

Sunday, September, 7 -- Riot Fest, Toronto ON, Canada

Thursday-Sunday, September, 11-14 -- Rifflandia, Victoria BC, Canada

Saturday, September, 20 -- The LC Pavilion, Columbus OH!

Sunday, October, 5 -- The Showbox, Seattle WA*

Monday, October, 6 -- The Showbox, Seattle WA*

Wednesday, October, 8 -- Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR*

Thursday, October, 9 -- Knitting Factory, Boise ID*

Friday, October, 10 -- The Depot, Salt Lake City UT*

Saturday, October, 11 -- Gothic Theatre, Denver CO*

Monday, October, 13 -- The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ*

Tuesday, October, 14 -- Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ*

Wednesday, October, 15 -- Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, Pioneertown CA*

Friday, October, 17 -- The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA*

Saturday, October, 18 -- North Park Theatre, San Diego CA*

Saturday- Sunday, October, 18-19 -- Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco CA*

Tuesday, November, 4 -- Cannery Ballroom, Nashville TN*

Wednesday, November, 5 -- Orange Peel, Asheville NC*

Thursday, November, 6 -- Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta GA*

Friday, November, 7 -- Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA*

Saturday, November, 8 -- Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin TX*

Monday, November, 10 -- The Pageant, St. Louis MO*

Tuesday, November, 11 -- Slowdown, Omaha NE*

Thursday, November, 13 -- Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WI*

Friday, November, 14 -- Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL*

Saturday, November, 15 -- House of Blues, Cleveland OH*

Monday, November, 17 -- Hammerstein Ballroom, New York NY*

Wednesday, November, 19 -- House of Blues, Boston MA*

Thursday, November, 20 -- Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA*

Friday, November, 21 -- 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*

Sunday, November, 23 -- Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*

Monday, December, 1 -- The Deaf Institute, Manchester UK

Tuesday, December, 2 -- O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London UK

Wednesday, December, 3 -- Botanique - Rotunde, Brussels, Belgium

Thursday, December, 4 -- La Maroquinerie, Paris, France

Friday, December, 5 -- Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany

Saturday, December, 6 -- Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Sunday, December, 7 -- Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

* w/ The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

# w/ Perfect Pussy, Pity Sex

^with Iron & Wine, Glass Animals

! with Pickwick, Cool

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