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LISTEN – Quantic “You Used To Love Me” feat. Denitia

May 8th, 2019

Enjoy the haunting-yet-groovy new single “You Used To Love Me” (feat. Denitia) from world-renowned British producer Will “Quantic” Holland on Tru Thoughts.

New York-based singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Denitia provides lyrics and vocals, interlacing a mystical bittersweet tale of lost love with Quantic’s quintessential electronic sound.

Listen HERE.

READ – ALASKALASKA Pitchfork Album Review

May 8th, 2019

Pitchfork just published a fantastic review of ALASKALASKA’s new album The Dots:

“Combining jazz fusion, disco rhythms, and high-gloss art rock, The Dots is an ambitious first album boasting attention to detail and a natural gift for pop melody.”

Read the full review HERE.

The Dots is out now on Marathon Artists.

WATCH – Denzel Curry shares new single and video “Ricky”

May 8th, 2019

Denzel Curry shares a new single and music video today for “RICKY” on Loma Vista Recordings, his first official release since his critically-acclaimed breakout album ‘TA13OO’ in 2018.

The new single arrives as Denzel gears up to join Billie Eilish on tour across North America. Denzel will then join the $uicideBoy$ on tour, followed by August festival appearances at Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Outside Lands.

Watch HERE.

IDLES share “Mercedes Marxist” + new fall US tour dates

May 7th, 2019

Ahead of their sold-out US tour launching this week, IDLES have shared a new song – “Mercedes Marxist” – pulled from the sessions for their latest LP ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’ (Partisan Records). In addition, the band has confirmed another run of American dates this fall, playing their biggest venues yet. Dates include an October 17th show at Terminal 5 in NYC and an October 8th show at The Fonda in LA, full routing below. Surfbort and Preoccupations will support. Tickets on sale Fri May 10th at 10am local time.

Frontman Joe Talbot says via Instagram:

“‘Mercedes Marxist’ was a strange beast for us, after ‘Rottweiler,’ it was the first song we wrote for Joy as an Act of Resistance. I was pissed off at what I was and where I was: I was sofa surfing on the weekends and spending the weeks looking after my mum. My life balance was way off and this song reflects just how useless I felt. It was me at my worst and without any buoyancy it became catharsis. It was the last splurge from Brutalism so we admitted it. I like it now.”

“Mercedes Marxist” will be released physically on August 2nd as a 7″, which will include another new song on its b-side, entitled “I Dream Guillotine.”

IDLES were recently profiled by the NY Times and GQ as leaders in a movement of new bands tearing down outdated perceptions of masculinity. Their songs are a full-throated indictment of sexism, racism, Trumpism/Brexit, Nationalism, and toxic masculinity.

Key tracks:
Danny Nedelko

‘Joy’ debuted Top 5 on the UK charts, Top 5 US Heatseekers. Major features with NPR Music, Fader, Noisey, Rolling Stone, Chicago Tribune, lead arts feature in The Guardian, and the cover of DIY Magazine and Crack. They were nominated for Breakthrough act at the Brit Awards, and are playing Glastonbury and Lollapalooza this summer.

NME called their Jools Holland performance last month “history in the making…incomparably brilliant,” comparing it to Arctic Monkeys and Kanye West’s first appearances on the show. Watch that here.

IDLES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2019 (new dates in bold):
05 May 2019 / Raleigh, NC / Kings Barcade* (SOLD OUT)
06 May 2019 / Richmond, VA / The Broadberry*
08 May 2019 / Albany, NY / Jupiter Hall*
10 May 2019 / Brooklyn, NY / Brooklyn Steel* (SOLD OUT)
11 May 2019 / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel* (SOLD OUT)
12 May 2019 / Washington, DC / Rock & Roll Hotel* (SOLD OUT)
14 May 2019 / Cleveland, OH / Beachland Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
16 May 2019 / Kansas City, MO / recordBar* (SOLD OUT)
17 May 2019 / Dallas, TX / The Curtain Club* (SOLD OUT)
18 May 2019 / Austin, TX / Barracuda* (SOLD OUT)
20 May 2019 / Phoenix, AZ / Valley Bar* (SOLD OUT)
21 May 2019 / San Diego, CA / Belly Up* (SOLD OUT)
22 May 2019 / Los Angeles, CA / The Fonda* (SOLD OUT)
24 May 2019 / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall* (SOLD OUT)
25 May 2019 / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall* (SOLD OUT)
27 May 2019 / Portland, OR / Wonder Ballroom* (SOLD OUT)
28 May 2019 / Seattle, WA / Neumo’s* (SOLD OUT)
29 July 2019 / Detroit, MI / El Club#
30 July 2019 / Toronto, ON / Danforth Music Hall#
02 Aug 2019 / Chicago, IL / Lollapalooza
03 Aug 2019 / Minneapolis, MN / First Avenue#
07-06 Oct + 11-13 Oct – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
07 Oct 2019 / San Diego, CA / Observatory North Park^
08 Oct 2019 / Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern^
10 Oct / San Francisco, CA / The Fillmore^
14 Oct / Washington, DC / 930 Club%
15 Oct / Philadelphia, PA / Union Transfer%
16 Oct / Boston, MA / Royale%
17 Oct / New York, NY / Terminal 5%

* w/ Fontaines D.C.
#w/ A Place To Bury Strangers
^w/ Surfbort
%w/ Preoccupations

Erika Wennerstrom Shares Two Townes Van Zandt Covers

May 6th, 2019

Ahead of a run of European tour dates this Spring, Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards) has shared a pair of Townes Van Zandt covers. “Be Here To Love Me” and “I’ll Be Here In The Morning” are lush, affectionate tributes to one of Wennerstrom’s longtime musical heroes, listen below.

Be Here To Love Me
I’ll Be Here in the Morning

Wennerstrom says of the songs:

“Townes Van Zandt’s Music has accompanied me on a many a long drive. I find his voice comforting, and in combination with his writing he is truly unique and exceptional. There is no one like Townes not for lack of trying. I wanted to pay tribute on a couple songs. It was actually very difficult to pick which ones, but with “Be Here To Love Me” I had a vision right away of how to put it together in my own way, and for “I’ll Be Here in the Morning” I just felt very comfortable singing it. We had a lot of fun in the studio making these recordings.  There’s not a lot of frills and production. Sometimes things are just easy and uncomplicated. I’m really proud of how they turned out.”

In addition to the European dates supporting Patty Griffin, Wennerstrom will also support The Avett Brothers at Red Rocks later this summer. Full routing below.

‘Sweet Unknown’ met with career-best reviews, with raves coming from Rolling Stone, Consequence of Sound, Relix, Billboard, Bust + more.

Key Tracks:

“Depending on who you are and how your heart is built, you might know this modus operandi well: it’s easier to be nice to other people than to yourself. If that’s an idea you can relate to, you’ll find something in common with Erika Wennerstrom.”

” Sweet Unknown is driven by Wennerstrom’s vocals, the warm and bluesy instrument fans of Heartless Bastards have grown to love. It’s also highlighted by her notes of inspiration – directed toward herself and her listeners.”

“Heartless Bastards, ride-or-dies, this one’s for you Erika Wennerstrom’s solo debut album infuses everything we love about the band’s smoke-and-grit energy into a record that’s intimate, open-throated, and still rollicking as hell.”

“The solo debut from the leader of Ohio rockers Heartless Bastards is a spacious, starlit collection that showcases her wail over sprawling Americana.”

May 3 – Cork, IR – Cypress*
May 5 – Kilkenny, IR – Kilkenny Roots Festival*
May 7 – Belfast, UK – Black Box*
May 8 – Edinburgh, UK – Assai Records instore (5:30pm)
May 9 – Edinburgh, UK – Queens Hall*
May 11 – London, UK – Queen Elizabeth Hall*
May 12 – Sheffield, UK – Memorial Hall*
May 13 – Gateshead, UK – The Sage (Hall 2)*
May 14 – Milton Keynes, UK – The Stables*
May 15 – Huddersfield, UK – The Parish
May 16 – Leicester, UK – The Musician
May 17 – Rotterdam, NL – Lanteren Vester*
May 18 – Amsterdam, NL – Het Zonnehuis*
May 23 – Austin, TX – Hot Luck Fest at Barracuda
June 12 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz
June 14 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
June 15 – Cincinnati, OH – Fountain Square
June 20 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s
Jun 21 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
June 22 – York, PA – King Street Jam
June 26 – Louisville, KY – WFPK Waterfront
June 27 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi Fi Indy
June 28 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout
June 30 – Davenport, IA – Raccoon Motel
July 3 – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway
July 5 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks^

* supporting Patty Griffin
^ support Avett Brothers

New Music Friday Releases

May 3rd, 2019

Happy New Music Friday!  We’re blessed with four great new albums this week.

Oh Land Family Tree (Tusk or Tooth / AWAL)

Body Type EP2 (Partisan Records)

Alaska Alaska The Dots (Marathon Artists)

Manatee Commune PDA (Bastard Jazz)