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Belle and Sebastian - Tiny Desk Concert

Earlier today, NPR Music premiered Belle and Sebastian's Tiny Desk Concert, record during the band's most recent North American tour. The group's global touring continues today at Bruges' Cactus Festival (dates below)

stream/purchase the album 'A Bit Of Previous'

Belle and Sebastian on tour :

Friday, July 8 Cactus Festival, Bruges BE
Friday, July 15 Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol UK
Saturday, July 16 Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival, Stirling UK
Sunday, November 13 Great Hall - Student’s Union, Cardiff UK
Monday, November 14 The Roundhouse, London UK
Tuesday, November 15 The Roundhouse, London UK
Thursday, November 17 O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield UK
Friday, November 18 Olympia, Liverpool UK
Saturday, November 19 Hull University Union Asylum, Hull UK
Monday, November 21 Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen UK
Wednesday, November 23 Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
Thursday, November 24 O2 City Hall, Newcastle UK
Friday, November 25 Manchester Academy, Manchester UK
Sunday, November 27 Corn Exchange, Cambridge UK
Monday, November 28 O2 Academy, Birmingham UK
Tuesday, November 29 Guildhall Southampton, Southampton UK
Wednesday, November 30 Brighton Dome, Brighton UK
Sunday, January 8 Le Mem, Rennes FR
Tuesday, January 10 Casino de Paris, Paris FR
Wednesday, January 11 Tivoli Grote Zaal, Utrecht NE
Friday, January 13 den Atelier, Luxembourg City LU
Saturday, January 14 Laeiszhalle, Hamburg DE
Monday, January 16 Tradgarn, Gothenburg SE
Tuesday, January 17 Filadelfia, Stockholm SE
Wednesday, January 18 Sentrum Scene, Oslo NO
Thursday, January 19 Vega, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, January 21 Tempodrom, Berlin DE
Sunday, January 22 Muffathalle, Munich DE
Monday, January 23 X-tra Limmathaus, Zurich CH
Wednesday, January 25 Co-op de Mai, Clermont-Ferrand FR
Thursday, January 26 Fabrique, Milan IT

Belle and Sebastian online:

Official site

Snail Mail - 'Valentine', Out Today, Appearing on "The Late Show WIth Stephen Colbert" Tonight

You know how we and other esteemed labels sometimes refer to an upcoming album as "highly anticipated"? I'm gonna let you in on a little secret -- sometimes they're only mildly anticipated. The only people highly anticipating are the band members, their parents and maybe their creditors. This is a little something we like to call SHOW BUSINESS HYPERBOLE. In this instance, however, we can with great authority pronounce today's official release of the 2nd Snail Mail album, 'Valentine' as highly anticipated. A profusely thank you to everyone who has nagged us to death about it.

Tonight you can catch Snail Mail on an 11:35pm (10:35 central) telecast of the Columbia Broadcasting System's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert". Elsewhere, we have described this as Snail Mail's late night television debut, an unfortunate diss to Carson Daly which was entirely inadvertent on our part. This is not the first time we've had to apologize to a former late night television host while in the process of promoting an appearance on a contemporary program (we were never able to bury the hatchet with Tom Snyder, for instance), and it's too late to say we don't want this to become a habit because we here we are. Anyhow, tune in tonight, it's gonna be great.

At 2pm eastern today, WPLN News' Paige Pfleger will be joined by Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan and Mac DeMarco in a live conversation about 'Valentine' (see above)

stream / purchase 'Valentine'

'Valentine' in-store signings :
Philadelphia - Repo - Fri, Nov 5 at 5pm ET
Baltimore - Sound Garden - Sat, Nov 6 at 2pm ET

Snail Mail On Tour


Saturday, November 27 The National, Richmond VA *
Sunday, November 28 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte NC *
Tuesday, November 30 The Beacham Theater, Orlando FL *
Wednesday, December 1 The Ritz Ybor, Tampa FL *
Friday, December 3 Saturn, Birmingham AL *
Saturday, December 4 The Mill & Mine, Knoxville TN *
Sunday, December 5 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY *
Tuesday, December 7 Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI *
Wednesday, December 8 Majestic Theatre, Madison WI *
Friday, December 10 The Pageant, St. Louis MO *
Saturday, December 11 The Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL *
Sunday, December 12 The Athenaeum Thratre, Columbus OH *
Monday, December 13 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI *
Wednesday, December 15 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale PA *
Thursday, December 16 Toad’s Place, New Haven CT *
Friday, December 17 Fete Music Hall, Providence RI *
Saturday, December 18 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ *
Sunday, December 19 The NorVa, Norfolk VA *
Tuesday, December 21 The Fillmore, Silver Spring MD *

Friday, February 18 Manchester Academy 2, Manchester UK
Sunday, February 20 QMU, Glasgow UK
Tuesday, February 22 SWX, Bristol UK
Wednesday, February 23 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London UK
Friday, February 25 Le Trabendo, Paris FR
Saturday, February 26 Epicerie Moderne, Lyon FR
Sunday, February 27 Locomotiv, Bologna IT
Monday, February 28 Magnolia, Milan IT
Wednesday, March 2 Bogen F, Zurich CH
Thursday, March 3 Ampere, Munich DE
Friday, March 4 Groovestation, Dresden DE
Sunday, March 6 Loppen, Copenhagen DK
Monday, March 7 Oceanen, Gotherburg SE
Tuesday, March 8 Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Thursday, March 10 Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm SE
Saturday, March 12 Columbia Theater, Berlin DE
Sunday, March 13 Knust, Hamburg DE
Monday, March 14 AB Ballroom, Brussels BE
Tuesday, March 15 Gebaude 9, Cologne DE
Wednesday, March 16 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL

Tuesday, April 5 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Wednesday, April 6 Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA #
Thursday, April 7 Kings Theatre, Brooklyn NY #
Friday, April 8 Royale, Boston MA #
Saturday, April 9 Club Soda, Montreal QC #
Monday, April 11 Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto ON #
Tuesday, April 12 Agora Theatre, Cleveland OH #
Thursday, April 14 Riviera Theatre, Chicago IL #
Friday, April 15 First Avenue, Minneapolis MN #
Saturday, April 16 Liberty Hall, Lawrence KS #
Sunday, April 17 Ogden Theater, Denver CO #
Tuesday, April 19 Olympia Film Society, Olympia WA
Wednesday, April 20 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA ^
Thursday, April 21 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC ^
Friday, April 22 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Saturday, April 23 Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR ^
Sunday, April 24 Fox Theater, Oakland CA ^
Wednesday, April 27 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA ^
Thursday, April 28 The Observatory North Park, San Diego CA ^
Friday, April 29 The Nile, Mesa AZ ^
Saturday, April 30 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM ^
Monday, May 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin TX ^
Tuesday, May 3 The Factory Studio, Dallas TX ^
Thursday, May 5 The Masquerade – Heaven Stage, Atlanta GA ^
Friday, May 6 The Orange Peel, Asheville NC ^
Saturday, May 7 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC ^
Sunday, May 8 Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville TN ^

* w/ Spencer, Hotline TNT
# w/ Joy Again
^ w/ The Goon Sax

Snail Mail Online

Mdou Moctar announces 2022 European Tour + NPR Tiny Desk Concert

This morning Mdou Moctar has announced a full list of European tour dates for 2022. Moctar and his band will play almost thirty dates in almost as many days, spanning the entire month of April (and then some).

Full details and ticket links below. Tickets are on sale now

Friday, April 1st Het Bos, Antwerpen [BE]
Saturday, April 2nd AB-club, Brussels [BE]
Sunday, April 3rd Bumann, Köln [DE]
Monday, April 4th Paradiso, Amsterdam [NL]
Tuesday, April 5th Effenaar, Eindhoven [NL]
Wednesday, April 6th, Komedia, Brighton [UK]
Thursday, April 7th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham [UK]
Friday, April 8th The Sugar Club, Dublin [IE]
Saturday, April 9th Ulster Sports Club, Belfast [UK]
Sunday, April 10th Drygate, Glasgow [UK]
Monday, April 11th The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [UK]
Tuesday, April 12th YES, Manchester [UK]
Thursday, April 14th Oslo, London [UK]
Friday, April 15th : La cave aux Poètes, Roubaix/Lille [FR]
Saturday, April 16th Le Hasard Ludique, Paris [FR]
Sunday, April 17th Doornroosje, Nijmegen [NL]
Monday, April 18th Molotow - Hamburg [DE]
Tuesday, April 19th Alice, Copenhagen [DK]
Wednesday, April 20th Nefertiti, Gothenburg [SE]
Thursday, April 21st Blaa, Oslo [NO]
Friday, April 22nd, Fasching, Stockholm [SE]
Saturday, April 23rd Plan B, Malmö [SE]
Sunday, April 24th Frannz Club, Berlin [DE]
Monday, April 25th UT Connewitz, Leipzig [DE]
Tuesday, April 26th Meetfactory, Prague [CZ]
Wednesday, April 27th Kapu, Linz [AU]
Thursday, April 28th Rote Fabrik, Zurich [CH]
Sunday, May 1st De Post, Oostende [BE]

Other Mdou Moctar tour dates:

Thursday, September 2 The Grey Eagle, Asheville NC
Friday, September 3 Bonnaroo, Manchester TN
Saturday, September 4 Terminal West, Atlanta GA
Sunday, September 5 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Tuesday, September 7 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Wednesday, September 8 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA
Friday, September 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
Saturday, September 11 Gateway City Arts, Holyoke MA
Sunday, September 12 The Sinclair, Boston MA
Tuesday, September 14 Thunderbird Café & Music Hall, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, September 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Friday, September 17 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL
Saturday, September 18 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis MN
Monday, September 20 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Tuesday, September 21 Globe Hall, Denver CO
Wednesday, September 22 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT
Thursday, September 23 Treefort Music Festival, Boise ID
Friday, September 24 The Crocodile, Seattle WA
Saturday, September 25 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Sunday, September 26 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Tuesday, September 28 The Chapel, San Francisco CA
Wednesday, September 29 Starline, Oakland CA
Friday, October 1 Desert Daze Pre-Party, Pioneertown CA
Saturday, October 2 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA

Meanwhile, NPR have premiered a new Tiny Desk session from Mdou Moctar. Recorded late in 2020, this new offering melds the gorgeous lilt of tracks like 'Tala Tannam' with the front-footed and scorching title track 'Afrique Victime'. See the full clip below:

Last Friday, Mdou Moctar released the new record 'Afrique Victime' to a chorus of praise:

Purchase or stream 'Afrique Victime' here

Mdou Moctar online
Official site

Kurt Vile - Tiny Desk Concert


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Early today, NPR released Kurt Vile's new Tiny Desk Concert, containing performances of two Bottle It In tracks "Bassackwards" and "Loading Zones," as well as "Peeping Tomboy," from Smoke Ring for My Halo and  covered by Courtney Barnett on their 2017 collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice.

Kurt Vile's 2019 dates kick off on Monday, February 11 in Harrisburg PA before performing on Late Night with Seth Meyers on February 12th.

Kurt Vile & The Violators On Tour

Monday, February 11 Club XL, Harrisburg PA
Thursday, February 14 Higher Ground, Burlington VT +
Friday, February 15 Mtelus, Montreal QC +
Saturday, February 16 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON + (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, February 17 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
Tuesday, February 19 Majestic Theatre, Detroit MI +
Wednesday, February 20 Taft Theatre, Cincinnati OH +
Thursday, February 21 The Vogue, Indianapolis IN +
Friday, February 22 Headliners Music Hall, Louisville NY +
Saturday, February 23 Castle Theatre, Bloomington IL +
Sunday, February 24 The Pageant, St. Louis MO +
Tuesday, February 26 The Slowdown, Omaha NE +
Wednesday, February 27 Truman, Kansas City MO +
Thursday, February 28 Ogden Theatre, Denver CO +
Friday, March 1 The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT +
Saturday, March 2 M3F Fest, Phoenix AZ
Sunday, March 3 House of Blues, Las Vegas NV +
Tuesday, March 5 Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ +
Wednesday, March 6 Meow Wolf, Sante Fe NM +
Friday, March 8 Gruene Hall, New Braunfels TX +
Saturday, March 9 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX +
Sunday, March 10 Civic Theatre, New Orleans LA +
Tuesday, March 12 The Beacham, Orlando FL +
Wednesday, March 13 Revolution Live, Ft. Lauderdale FL +
Friday, March 15 Saturn, Birmingham AL +
Saturday, March 16 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville TN +
Sunday, March 17 The National, Richmond VA +
Thursday, April 11 Hunter Lounge, Wellington NZ
Saturday, April 13 Powerstation, Auckland NZ
Monday, April 15 Enmore, Sydney AU &
Tuesday, April 16 Unibar, Wollongong AU &
Wednesday, April 17 ANU, Canberra AU &
Thursday, April 18 Bryon Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay AU
Saturday, April 20 Bryon Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay AU
Monday, April 22 The Forum, Melbourne AU &
Friday, April 26 Bendigo Autumn Music Festival, Bendigo AU
Saturday, April 27 The Gov, Adelaide AU &
Sunday, April 28 Rosemount Carpark, Perth AU &
Sunday, May 26 All Points East, London UK
Monday, May 27 Aeronef, Lille FR
Tuesday, May 28 Atelier, Luxembourg LU
Thursday, May 30 This Is Not A Love Song, Nimes FR
Friday, May 31 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Sunday, June 2 Best Kept Secret, Hivarenbeek, NE
Monday, June 3 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Tuesday, June 4 Astra, Berlin DE
Thursday, June 6 Sideways Festival, Helsinki FI
Monday, June 10 Mejeriet, Lund SE
Tuesday, June 11 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE
Thursday, June 13 Pipfest, Oslo NO
Friday, June 14 Mablis, Stavanger NO
Saturday, June 15 Bergenhus Festning, Bergen NO
Wednesday, June 19 Klub Proxima, Warsaw PL
Thursday, June 20 Meetfactory, Prague CZ
Friday, June 21 Kolorado Festival, Budapest, HU
Monday, June 24 Inmusic Festival, Zagreb HR
Tuesday, June 25 Magnolia, Milan IT
Wednesday, June 26 Les Docks, Lausanne CH
Friday, June 28 Rock Werchter, Werchter BE

+ w/ The Sadies
& w/ RVG

Kurt Vile Online


Do not underestimate the power of the a Tiny Desk. This morning the latest concert from NPR Music's series premiered and it has Lucy Dacus in the spotlight. Below you can hear "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore", "Direct Address" and "Green Eyes, Red Face" all which happen to be from her debut album No Burden. The album will see a physical release from us on September 9th, but you can download/stream it in full now: (Pre-orders for the Matador store come with a signed poster while supplies last)

FYI: Lucy and her band will be making their network television debut tomorrow morning (7am-9am eastern, 6-8am central, 7-9am pacific time) during CBS This Morning's Saturday Sessions. Watch this space for clips of the performance.

August 4-August 6- Doe Bay Resort and Retreat, Olga, WA
Sunday, August 7 – Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
Monday, August 8 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR ^
Wednesday, August 10 – Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, August 11 – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, August 13 – The Casbah, San Diego, CA
Sunday, August 14- Valley Bar, Phoenix, AZ
Tuesday, August 16 – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, Austin, TX
Wednesday, August 17- Three Links, Dallas, TX
Friday, August 19 – The Basement, Nashville, TN
Saturday, August 20 – The Masquerade – Purgatory, Atlanta, GA
Saturday, September 3 – End of the Road Festival, Salisbury, UK
Tuesday, September 6 – The Old Blue Last, London, UK
September 15 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY$ SOLD OUT
Stember 16 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY$
Tuesday, September 13 – Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD% SOLD OUT
Saturday, September 17 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA$ SOLD OUT
Sunday, September 18 – Bar le Ritz PDB, Montreal, QC$
Monday, September 19- Virgin Mobile Mod Club,Toronto, ON$
Wednesday, September 21 – El Club, Detroit, MI$
Thursday, September 22 – The Pygmalion Festival, Urbana, IL
Saturday, September 24 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH
Sunday, September 25 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, OH$
Tuesday, September 27 – Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI$
Saturday, October 1 – Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, TX
Friday, October 7 - The National, Richmond, VA

^ w/ Julien Baker
% w/ Frightened Rabbit
$ w/ Car Seat Headrest

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VIDEO: Car Seat Headrest's Tiny Desk Concert for NPR

In the latest Tiny Desk Concert, Will Toledo aka Car Seat Headrest had a little help from his friends as well as one of the tiniest drum sets that I've ever seen. Set list includes: "The Drum", "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales" and "Sober To Death". You might notice that one of those songs is new... You also might not notice. Maybe you can't take a hint.


Thursday February 18: ACUD, Berlin (D) TICKETS
Friday February 19: Ideal Bar, Copenhagen (DK) TICKETS
Saturday February 20: Aalhaus, Hamburg (D) TICKETS
Sunday February 21: Botanique, Brussels (B) TICKETS
Tuesday February 23: Dalston Victoria, London (UK) TICKETS
Wednesday February 24: La Mécanique Ondulatoire, Paris (F) TICKETS
Thursday February 25: La Route du Rock Winter, Rennes (F) TICKETS
Friday February 26: Festival Generig @ Zone Art, Besançon (F) TICKETS
Saturday February 27: La Malterie, Lille (F) TICKETS
Sunday February 28: Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL) 7pm show* TICKETS

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