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LISTEN – Wye Oak “Fortune” + JOIN Tour

November 12th, 2019

Wye Oak share bombastic new single “Fortune” and 2020 JOIN tour dates. Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack returned to the studio in the summer of 2019, and the result is the most generous and daring material of the duo’s career. The first look into this new music is the searing single “Fortune,” about which Wasner says: “Life is change. Change is loss. This song is about how hard it is to let go, and the feeling of celebrating and mourning it all at once.”

Living in the same city (their adopted home of Durham, NC) for the first time since 2012 has given Wasner and Stack the opportunity to chart a new path, and to re-examine and rework the pre-existing confines of their long-standing musical partnership. In addition to releasing new material, the group is mounting their most ambitious tour yet. Called JOIN, the tour will feature a newly expanded live band performing Wye Oak’s music and songs from Stack and Wasner’s respective solo projects, Joyero and Flock of Dimes, and beyond.

US TOUR
Feb 27 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
Feb 28 Durham, NC – Baldwin Auditorium
Feb 29 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 01 Baltimore, MD – 2640 Space
Mar 03 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Mar 04 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mar 05 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
Mar 20 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Mar 21 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Mar 23 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Mar 24 Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Mar 25 Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

LISTEN – Little Dragon – Tongue Kissing

November 12th, 2019

Little Dragon have shared a new single, ‘Tongue Kissing’ + plus shared news of an intercontinental tour in 2020. On this song, frontwoman Yukimi Nagano in her distinct voice encourages the listener to live life head-on, for better or for worse. “The song is very much about taking brave steps,” Little Dragon write in a statement. “Facing your own demons and tongue kissing with life, not holding back but going all in with all that it entails, every moment in your face.”

Along with the new single, the Swedish dance-pop band have also announced dates for their forthcoming European and North American tours scheduled for 2020. View those dates below.
Last year, Little Dragon signed to Ninja Tune and released their first-ever EP, Lover Chanting.

OUT NOW – Brother Ali + Evidence Album + US Tour

November 5th, 2019

Secrets & Escapes is a compendium of Brother Ali’s time spent with Evidence, over the course of three trips to California. Evidence chopped up records on old-school samplers and ran them through a compressor (2 track) so they couldn’t be re-arranged or mixed. Brother Ali sat with the mic and spit rhymes as they came to him, without writing or organizing them into songs. Ev smoked a lot of weed, Ali prayed extensively, and their influences on each other can be heard in the recordings. Any time they made something that reminded them of what they’ve become known for, they threw it away and started something new. Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and CS Armstrong came through to bless the project with contributions, too. Secrets & Escapes is the result of two friends making rap music for no other reason than because it’s what they love to do. LISTEN HERE!

Brother Ali + Evidence Co-Headlining Tour w/ support from Marlon Craft
11.07 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
11.08 – Fresno CA – Strummers
11.09 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
11.10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
11.12 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
11.13 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
11.15 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
11.16 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge
11.17 – Vancouver, BC (CANADA) – Fortune Sound Club
11.20 – Boise, ID – The Olympic
11.21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
11.22 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
11.23 – Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

Brother Ali Headlining Tour w/ support from Nur-D and DJ Last Word
12.11 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
12.13 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
12.14 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
12.18 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
12.19 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (+ special guest Evidence)
12.20 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

LISTEN – POLIÇA “Driving” + US Tour Dates

November 3rd, 2019

This coming winter, Poliça will release their fourth album When We Stay Alive. It’ll be the Minnesota band’s first project since frontwoman Channy Leaneagh fell off her roof at the top of 2018, an accident that damaged her L1 vertebrae and left her with limited mobility. As a result, the project will magnify her healing process with songs about self reevaluation. The first is “Driving,” a hazy track that works its way from a queasy mirage into a healthy groove. – READ MORE VIA FADER

ICYMI – Haleek Maul “Ceiling Fan”

November 1st, 2019

Born in Brooklyn, New York, 21-year-old rapper, singer and producer Haleek Maul was sent to the tropical island of Barbados at a young age to attend school and be raised outside the chaotic American city. Inspired by the sounds that filled his childhood environment, he began creating music while in high school, and what started off as innocent rhyming and mimicry of his favorite artists became an obsession which led him to pursue production and greater musical exploration.

Check out his first single “Ceiling Fan” below, which was features as one part of EBro’s “Discovered On” feature on his Beats1 show this week!

ON TOUR – Automatic US Tour + Signal OUT NOW

October 28th, 2019

Automatic is Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals). The band first met while immersed in L.A.’s DIY music scene and started jamming together in 2017. Over the past year they have become a mainstay on the L.A. club circuit. Their debut album Signal is out now – vinyl at Stones Throw / Bandcamp. They’re touring Europe in October, and North America with Black Marble in November. Dates below.

US DATES WITH BLACK MARBLE

Nov 7: Austin @ Levitation
Nov 10: Nashville @ The Basement
Nov 12: Columbus @ Ace of Cups
Nov 13: State College, PA @ Webster’s Bookstore Cafe
Nov 14: Oberlin OH @ Dionysus Discotheque
Nov 16: Montréal @ Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B.
Nov 19: Hamden @ Space Ballroom
Nov 20: Philadelphia @ Underground Arts
Nov 21: Baltimore @ Metro Gallery
Nov 22: NYC @ Bowery Ballroom
Nov 24: Washington DC @ Black Cat

WATCH – Girl Ray “Girl” + New Album Via Moshi Moshi

October 28th, 2019

The three members of Girl Ray were all teenagers when they released their enormously promising twee-pop debut album Earl Grey two years ago. But while that album did a great job evoking the glimmering lo-fi sounds of ’80s and ’90s UK indie, the members of Girl Ray are on a whole different wave now. Next month, the band will release Girl, their sophomore LP. And this time around, they’ve been influenced by circa-now centrist pop titans like Ariana Grande and Rihanna, though they still sound very much like themselves.

The band worked with Christine And The Queens/Metronomy producer Ash Workman on the new album, and they’ve also expanded their sonic palette, bringing in synths. You can hear that in first single “Show Me More,” which we posted a few months ago. And you can also hear it in the bright, charming “Girl,” the new album’s opening track.

“Girl” is built from a bright, strutting guitar line, one that sounds a bit like the ’80s new-wave version of reggae. It’s also got lush, pillowy harmonies and dazed, euphoric keyboard sounds all through it. Singer Poppy — they don’t use last names — delivers her lyrics in a voice that weirdly recalls Nico. And somehow, all those things together sound vaguely like HAIM? Check out director Crusoe Weston’s video for “Girl” Above!– READ MORE VIA STEREOGUM