• READ – Lee Scratch Perry w/ Subatomic Sound System Tour

    Lee Scratch Perry is coming to your town. LargeUp has partnered with the Dub Champions Festival and Subpac to present the Super Ape Returns to Conquer Tour, which kicks off Oct. 24th. Last time Scratch hit the road in the States, he had a giant, inflatable ape on stage with him. Who knows what surprises this tour holds?
  • READ – St. Vincent’s Masseducation + Tour Dates

    "...the truth is that Clark doesn’t need to show her face on MASSEDUCTION; her vitality is implanted on every note of the collection. For once, the listener doesn’t need help drawing the connection from the artist they hear to the artist they see. Or, maybe, Clark is drawing attention to the fact that this album presents a new side to her.”
  • WATCH – Lawrence Rothman’s ‘Wolves Still Cry’

    Lawrence Rothman has announced his debut album, The Book of Law, due out October 13th. The first song off the album, 'Wolves Still Cry,' begins the journey through Lawrence’s alters and features background vocals by How To Dress Well.
  • Watch – Cold Specks’ “Fool’s Paradise” Live

    Now with her third album, Fool’s Paradise, Cold Speck’s confidence and comfort level in revealing herself to her fans has grown, and we’re richer for it. Not only has her platform amplified — as she openly confronts political issues such as Trump’s travel ban and negative narratives around Somali identity — but her music is also transcending.
  • WATCH – Odesza’s “Across The Room” ft. Leon Bridges

    Odesza released a soul-warming music video for “Across The Room.” Just try not to smile as you watch Leon Bridges shimmy his way through a backyard barbecue. Get cozy and click here to watch.
  • WATCH – An Evening With Stars

    The table was set for a candid and intimate moment with Stars. And in this setting lives the stories, anecdotes, memories and thoughts on their new album and where they are in their careers now.
  • WATCH — Hundred Waters ‘Fingers’ + Tour Dates

    Hundred Water shared a creepy crawly video for their new song, 'Fingers.' In the Allie Avital-directed video, Nicole Miglis sings with spiders, cockroaches, and other insects crawling all over her. Check it out.

Recent News

LISTEN — De Lux’s “875 Dollars”

October 6th, 2017

After De Lux‘s 2014 debut Voyager and 2015 follow-up Generation, the LA duo is gearing for its best and brightest LP, More Disco Songs About Love. The difference between this album and all the rest? Let’s ask the band: “We like to say Voyage was our baby, Generation was our baby all grown up and More Disco Songs About Love thinks growing up sucks and just wants to party smart.” The album’s first track and first single, ‘875 Dollars,’ sets the stage with a pulsing funk bass, lithe synths and the kind of vocal performance that transports you immediately to the dance floor, even if that dance floor is just your living room. Listen below.

via The 405


WATCH — Sneaks’ “Slick Back Hair”

October 5th, 2017

“There are few people in their young twenties who can pull off cool like Eva Moolchan. The D.C.-based artist has only been performing under the moniker Sneaks for a few years, but Moolchan has already axed out her own musical niche with just a synth and a bass. On debut full length It’s a Myth, Sneaks takes queues from the likes of demanding post-punk forces like Delta 5 and Kate Fagan along with deadpanned minimalist Colleen Green. But Moolchan gets weirder than that – she deploys futuristic beats and childlike wordplay on her songs that elevate her to another dimension. When creating the video for “Hair Slick Back,” director Aabid Youssef wanted to draw out and define the qualities that make Sneaks so aloof yet alluring. Youssef spliced up Moolchan’s face and two hands into a black and white triptych that rotates as a boa-clad Moolchan bounces around. The simplicity of the video adds to the taut tension of the songs as Moolchan repeatedly drones, “Hair slicked back cause I can’t relax.” It’s a little anxiety-inducing, a little confusing, but ultimately really fucking cool.” Watch it below.

— via The Le Sigh


LISTEN — Brother Ali and Last word on KEXP

October 5th, 2017

“Minneapolis MC, community activist, and KEXP favorite Brother Ali has been a fixture within the hip-hop community for the past 17 years. He debuted on his long-time label Rhymesayers in the year 2000 with Rites Of Passage, the first of six studio albums that have showcased his deeply personal, socially conscious, and inspiring brand of hip-hop. For this special exclusive mix for Midnight in a Perfect World, he’s joined by Twin Cities DJ, producer, and touring partner Last Word of the Get Cryphy DJ crew. Currently on tour across North America in support of Brother Ali’s new album All This Beauty In This Whole Life, they’ve combined forces to create a mix to bring people together through care and love for one another, all through the power of music.”

— via KEXP


WATCH — Fashawn’s “Proud”

October 3rd, 2017

Fashawn has always been one for spitting knowledge. The Fresno rapper has consistently sought to enlighten since breaking through in 2009, and he continued on his second project under Mass Appeal Records, Manna EP, released in August. For his latest act, ‘Shawn drapes himself in some sleek threads, and reps for black power from the shadows of director Hec’s light tricks.

“What about the life of Marcus Garvey, we all now Martin/ Wouldn’t have your light, if it wasn’t for my darkness,” raps Fashawn melodically, as grey-scale flicks of various black icons, from abolitionists to superstar athletes, flash across the screen. As the video progresses, Fashawn bridges the gap between the aforementioned luminaries and the torch bearers of contemporary black soul, name-dropping Brandy and Keyshia Cole before serenading with his “I’m black and I’m proud… Say it loud, say it loud” chorus.

Proud” follows Fashawn’s “Mother Amerikkka” video, on which the rapper is critical of the nation’s social and political transgressions. Manna EP may be brief, but that just means that there’s no time to waste.”

Watch “Proud” below.

LISTEN — The Weather Station’s ‘The Weather Station’ + Tour Dates

September 28th, 2017

Next Friday sees the release of The Weather Station’s self-produced, self-titled album on Paradise of Bachelors. An emotionally candid statement, it’s an album that shows The Weather Station (aka Toronto’s Tamara Lindeman) declaring her understated feminist politics and reinventing her songcraft from the get-go. Throughout, she frames her prose-poem narratives in bolder musical settings. There are big, buzzing guitars, thrusting drums, horror-movie strings and her keening, Appalachian-tinged vocal melodies, now sung with a new rapid-fire delivery. After sharing three songs: “Thirty,” “Kept It All to Myself,” and most recently, “You and I (on the Other Side of the World),” Lindeman now presents her fourth album in its entirety via NPR Music’s “First Listen.”

Click HERE to listen.

Tour Dates:
Wed. Nov. 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg #
Thu. Nov. 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord #
Sat. Nov. 4 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett #
Sun. Nov. 5 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #
Mon. Nov. 6 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset #
Wed. Nov. 8 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Theatre #
Fri. Nov. 24 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall *
Tue. Nov. 28 – New York, NY @ Rough Trade #
Wed. Nov. 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle #
Thu. Nov. 30 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat’s Cradle #
Sat. Dec. 2 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout #
Wed. Dec. 6 – Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange *
Thu. Dec. 7 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle *
Fri. Dec. 8 – Halifax, NS @ The Carleton *
Sat. Dec. 9 – Sackville, NB @ Thunder & Lightning *
Sun. Dec. 10 – Fredericton, NB @ Yoga Grow *

$ = with Will Stratton
# = with James Elkington
* = with Bernice

READ — Cafe Tacvba in Billboard + Tour Dates

September 27th, 2017

Café Tacvba have cracked the code: Over the course of a 25-year recording career, they have somehow remained thrillingly mutable as other rock bands broke up, burned out, got stale or settled into an old hits routine.

In May, the revered Mexican group released Jei Beibi, their first album as an independent act after a long period of affiliation with Universal Music Mexico. This fall, they’re supporting the record by embarking on their biggest ever tour of the U.S.; for good measure, the band will end the trip with their first ever live collaboration with an orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Billboard spoke with Emmanuel “Meme” del Real, who handles keyboards, among other duties, about Café Tacvba’s new status as an indie act and the challenges of constant reinvention.”

Click HERE to read the full interview at Billboard.

Tour Dates:
9/28 – Miami Beach, FL @ Jackie Gleason Theater
9/29 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
9/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/1 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
10/2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
10/3 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/5 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore *
10/6 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10/9 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre #
10/11-12 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades #
10/13 – Fresno, CA @ Woodward Park Rotary #
10/14 – Primm, NV @ Star Of The Desert Arena
10/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Hall (with Gustavo Dudamel and LA Philharmonic Orchestra)
10/17-18 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park #
10/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
10/21 – Indio, CA @ Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
# Flor De Toloache Opens
* Vicente Garcia Opens

WATCH — Liars’ “Staring At Zero”

September 27th, 2017

LIARS returns with a haunting and tense video for “Staring At Zero,” the latest track to be released from TFCF (Theme From Crying Fountain).

It’s directed by Clemens Habicht, who has previously worked with Clinic, Tame Impala, and others. This sinister video takes us on a short journey through the waterways of the Australian bush. Watch it below.