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The Black Ryder @ The Roxy

THE BLACK RYDER are playing at the ROXY tonight, Friday August 29th 2015.

All Vancouver photos by Bev Davies.

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Beach House 'Depression Cherry' Out Now

Beach House’s Depression Cherry:
Out today in North America on Sub Pop 
 Depression Cherry YouTube stream

Depression Cherry also available via Bella Union (Europe) & Mistletone (Australia / New Zealand).

Beach House’s Depression Cherry is now available on CD / LP/ DL from Sub Pop (North America), Bella Union (Europe) and Mistletone (Australia / New Zealand). The album was produced and recorded over the span of two months by the band and Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

The Beach House worldwide tour in support of Depression Cherryresumes Saturday, August 29th in Baltimore, MD with a performance at the sold-out Windjammer Festival at Pier Six Pavilion and end their 2015 dates with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore. Please find a complete list of dates below.

LP and CD versions of Depression Cherry are packaged in a sumptuous red velvet sleeve. All customers who purchase the LP version of Depression Cherry from megamart.subpop.com will receive the special, limited, clear vinyl Loser Edition (while supplies last). Additionally, there is a new T-shirt design, available individually or as part of a bundle with purchase of the new record.Depression Cherry is also available from iTunes and Amazon.

What people are saying about Beach House’s Depression Cherry:
"Reliable, virtually misstep-proof conjurers of a distinct and desirable mood….Beach House works with a simple set of ingredients — a few vintage keyboards, programmed drums, an electric guitar and the drowsily alluring voice of Victoria Legrand — to evoke a specific tone that rarely varies. And yet Depression Cherry, the Baltimore duo's fifth album in the last decade, still feels vibrant and versatile. There's sticking to a formula that works, and then there's teasing out its subtleties in surprising, consistently rewarding ways.” [First Listen] - NPR Music

“It’s another impeccably measured step forward. Their albums might be an ideal soundtrack for daydreaming, but Scally and Legrand seem remarkably clear-headed about their work.” [Best New Music] - Pitchfork

“Weeping spirals of guitar, the futility of life looped in eerie, wordless harmonies, organs, and ‘shooting star slide guitars’ blasting like lightning bolts, beckoned and sent away by Legrand’s androgynous, languid voice. Maybe Legrand writes the lyrics, but Scally senses them, he translates them into softly cooing organ lines, demanding siren burst of guitar, the loss lingering everywhere in soft white noise. All that sorcery is here, again, in full force.” - Stereogum

“For its fifth album, Depression Cherry, the pair decided to de-emphasize percussion, and the pillowy, haunting result is ideal for the encroaching autumn days.” - TIME

“The band’s understanding of their own head-in-the-clouds aesthetic and knowing where to sew in (or cut out) the stitches to keep their sound in a constant, albeit low-key, flux results in much more of a mesmerizing experience than would changing directions entirely.” [A -] AV Club 

“Anyone who doesn't fall for Depression Cherry's hypnotic splendour probably just isn't a Beach House fan, or didn't live with the album long enough. But those who do will recognize this album as the sweeping, grand gesture they've been working up to giving us for the last nine years.” [9/10] - EXCLAIM!

“Beach House’s music isn’t as severe as Beckett, but it does share a similar purity, an ambition to strip art down to the privacy and insularity of a snow globe. Their most obvious ancestors are shy-minded indie bands from the 1980s and ’90s who buried themselves in sound: Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine. But there’s also something Andrew Lloyd Webber about their twinkle and swirl, the naive theatricality of dress-up and pretend. Their deepest root is in old doo-wop ballads, sweet and angelic but steaming underneath, the heat of two teenagers separated by a ruler at a bygone prom. If some bands capture the freedom and joy of youth, Beach House captures its erotic incoherence — the sense of having no clear idea how you feel but feeling it so deeply you might pass out.” Grantland

“Instead of relying mainly on guitars, their songs are built on a foundation of shimmering, droning electric organ. And, where many dream-pop vocalists are angelic, Legrand’s voice is deep, forceful, and oracular.” - The New Yorker

“Guitarist Alex Scally's extravagant melodies bloom slowly over grooves that pulse like waves; singer Victoria Legrand's vocals echo Fleetwood Mac's lush folk rock, Cocteau Twins' surreal dreams and Nico's spooky drama. The Baltimore duo's fifth album sticks to that signature sound, and go figure: A formula that might seem limiting feels instead like it can contain entire worlds.” - Rolling Stone

“On their latest, they go grandiose with weighty tunes that explore love and melancholy. Singer Victoria Legrand has a refreshingly unshowy croon that’s one of the most seductive in pop, and her gorgeous synth drones and guitarist Alex Scally’s effects-laden riffs are exquisite.” [ A-] - Entertainment Weekly

Tour Dates
Aug. 29 - Baltimore, MD - Windjammer @ Pier Six Pavilion #  [Sold Out]
Sep. 17 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall **
Sep. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s **
Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre **
Sep. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre **
Sep. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue [Sold Out] **
Sep. 23 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue **
Sep. 25 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown **
Sep. 26 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall **
Sep. 27 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant **
Sep. 28 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall **
Sep. 29 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom **
Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn **
Oct. 04 - Nashville, TN -  The Ryman Auditorium **
Oct. 06 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre **
Oct. 07 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel **
Oct. 08 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom [Sold Out] **
Oct. 24 - Belfast, UK -  Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 26 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Oct. 27 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB
Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria
Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz
Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo
Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén
Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
** w/ Jessica Pratt
# w/ Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat & more

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Speedy Ortiz shares Cardigans cover + On tour now




Credit: Shervin Lainez

Today, Speedy Ortiz premieres an all new cover of the Cardigans' "Hanging Around" via The Boston Globe in anticipation for their upcoming Boston show on August 30th. The band is excited to be back in their hometown to perform on a boat out of Boston Harbor as part of the Rock and Blues Concert Cruise series. The ship will set sail at 1:00 p.m. for about a three hour cruise that also features Downtown Boys. Tickets to the show are available  here.   

Speaking about the cover, guitarist and lead singer Sadie Dupuis shares, "In December, Speedy played a hometown residency at our beloved hangout spot Great Scott. We tried not to repeat any songs over the course of three shows--four, actually, if you include the one we played in a basement under a fake name. That meant playing at least 40 (!) original songs for our Boston pals, plus a few covers, one of which was this album track from The Cardigans' 1998 release 'Gran Turismo.' The Cardigans make really smart pop music dosed with contradictory textural choices--crunchy guitars, moody electronics, seemingly intentional tape warping. Their hits are pretty well known, and are all great, but I love "Hanging Around" for its detached, spooky lyrics. This song could be about cognitive dissonance, or it could be about some invading body snatchers--maybe both? We stayed pretty true to the original on this one, 'cuz we think the original is so good. Instruments recorded at Studio 52 by Jesse Weiss of Palehound and Grass is Green, with vocals recorded in Jesse's bedroom while staring at his Chavez poster for inspiration." 
Check out Speedy Ortiz' rendition of "Hanging Around" above.  You can also find the new horror/Hausu-inspired video for "Raising The Skate" along with what the press has been saying aboutFoil Deer below and  grab a copy of the album via iTunes  here .
WATCH: "Raising The Skate" -
What The Press Is Saying About Foil Deer:

"Dupuis' diction is, per usual, razor-blade sharp"

"one of the sharper indie rock bands in recent memory" 
" One of  rock's most compelling young voices...With Foil Deer, [Speedy Ortiz]  takes another giant leap" 
"off-kilter, hypercatchy pop-rock"
"effortlessly cool"

About Speedy Ortiz:
Speedy Ortiz said they would get the flowers themselves. What a lark! What a plunge!

When considering Massachusetts' Speedy Ortiz, that line from Virginia Woolf comes to mind. Not only for the obvious echoes to DIY, a form and function that's characterized the band's nascency, but in the proto-feminist undertones driving much of their sophomore album, Foil Deer. "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss," Sadie Dupuis sings on "Raising the Skate," invoking in spirit one half of the Carter-Knowles clan and echoing the other's wordplay. And wordplay makes sense, considering Dupuis-the band's songwriter, guitarist, and frontwoman-spent the band's first few years teaching writing at UMass Amherst. She's drawn to the dense complexity of Pynchon, the dreamlike geometry of Bolaño, the confounded yearning of Plath-all attributes you could easily apply to the band's 2013 debut Major Arcana, which fans and press alike have invested with a sense of purpose and merit uncommon in contemporary guitar rock.

The group, including Mike Falcone on drums, Darl Ferm on bass, and new addition Devin McKnight of Grass is Green on guitar, have spent the last year on an almost endless cross-continental touring jag, tagging along with the likes of T he Breeders, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks , and Thurston Moore.That shift into full-time musicianship brought with it an attendant reordering of priorities when it came to songwriting, and the band members' lives in general. They would get the damn flowers themselves.

Dupuis wrote much of Foil Deer at her mother's home in the Connecticut woods, where the songwriter imposed a self-regulated exile and physical cleansing of sorts, finding that many of the songs came to her while running or swimming alone. "I gave up wasting mental energy on people who didn't have my back," she says. "Listening to our old records, I get the sense I was putting myself in horrible situations just to write sad songs. This music isn't coming from a dark place, and without slipping into self-empowerment jargon, it feels stronger."  Many of the songs deal with a similar sense of starting over, editing out the unnecessary drama. "Boys be sensitive and girls be, be aggressive," she sings on "Mister Difficult."

And while their debut album was recorded on the fly, Speedy Ortiz spent almost a month in the studio on Foil Deer. Falcone's drums are taut, mechanistic; Ferm's bass ranges from the aggressive rattle of an AmRep classic to smoother, hip-hop inspired lines. McKnight, meanwhile, lends spacier, textural riffs to complement Dupuis' wiry, melody-driven guitar style. "The demos for our songs have always had tons of small details and production experimentation, but we never had any money to pay for more than a couple days in the studio, so the songs came out very live-sounding and guitar heavy," Dupuis says. It was recorded and mixed at Brooklyn's Rare Book Room with Nicolas Vernhes (Silver Jews, Enon, Deerhunter), with the record mastered by Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim, Beauty Pill), lending a more polished sound and a pop sensibility that will stand out to existing fans and new converts alike. For all the lyrical complexity and guitar-based excursions Speedy Ortiz have built their reputation on to this point, Foil Deer has a sense of light-footed fun. What's the point of doing things yourself if you're not going to enjoy the trip?

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Chris Cornell's "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart"


LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28, 2015 - "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart" - the debut single from Higher Truth, the forthcoming solo album by multiple Grammy® Award-winning, Golden Globe nominated and acclaimed singer and songwriter Chris Cornell - is the #1 most added song at the Triple A, Active Rock and Mainstream Rock radio formats for the second week in a row.  The multi-format radio play exemplifies the range of Cornell's musical appeal not only as the frontman of one of the biggest and most influential bands in in the world, but also as a solo artist.

Higher Truth will be released on Friday, September 18, 2015 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), and fans can pre-order the deluxe version of the album, which contains four bonus tracks, HERE.  Produced by Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Neil Young),  Higher Truth showcases Cornell's constant evolution as a master songwriter, lyricist and musical craftsman - telling human stories which transcend musical genres.  Inspired by the stark arrangements of musicians like Nick Drake, Daniel Johnston and White Album-era Beatles, Cornell creates a musical universe unlike anything he has done before.

Cornell recently released a lyric video for the song, directed by Josh Graham.  The clip beautifully echoes the sentiment of the song, and in just under two weeks it has racked up nearly a quarter of a million views.  See it  HERE.

In other news, Cornell will kick off the  Higher Truth acoustic tour on September 18th in San Diego, CA at the Balboa Theatre, stopping at famed North American venues like the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Massey Hall in Toronto and more before winding down on November 4th in Phoenix, AZ at the Orpheum Theatre. 

Chris Cornell 2015 Solo-Acoustic Tour Dates:

9/18/15San Diego, CABalboa Theatre
9/20/15Los Angeles, CAWalt Disney Concert Hall
9/21/15San Pedro, CAWarner Grand Theatre
9/23/15Santa Barbara, CAGranada Theatre
9/24/15Santa Rosa, CAWells Fargo Center for the Arts
9/26/15Oakland, CAParamount Theater
9/27/15Modesto, CAGallo Center for the Arts
9/29/15Seattle, WABenaroya Hall
9/30/15Vancouver, BCOrpheum Theatre
10/2/15Denver, COParamount Theatre
10/3/15Salina, KSStifel Theatre for the Performing Arts
10/5/15Minneapolis, MNState Theatre
10/6/15Chicago, ILChicago Theatre
10/8/15Lakewood, OHLakewood Civic Auditorium
10/9/15Toronto, ONMassey Hall
10/11/15Buffalo, NYUniversity at Buffalo Ctr for the Arts
10/12/15New Brunswick, NJState Theatre
10/14/15N. Bethesda, MDStrathmore Music Theatre
10/15/15Philadelphia, PAMerriam Theater
10/17/15Wilkes Barre, PAKirby Center for the Performing Arts
10/18/15New York, NYBeacon Theatre
10/19/15New York, NYBeacon Theatre
10/21/15Boston, MAShubert Theater
10/23/15Wilmington, DEGrand Opera House
10/24/15York, PAStrand Capitol Perf. Arts Ctr
10/26/15Atlanta, GAAtlanta Symphony Hall
10/27/15Nashville, TNRyman Auditorium
10/29/15Miami, FLThe Knight Concert Hall
10/30/15Saint Petersburg, FLMahaffey Theater
11/1/15Dallas, TXThe Majestic Theatre
11/2/15Austin, TXACL Live @ The Moody Theater
11/4/15Phoenix, AZOrpheum Theatre

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Pee-wee Herman premieres Tijuana Panthers claymation video + album out now




photo courtesy of Innovative Leisure  

Today the Tijuana Panthers release their fourth album, POSTER, via Los Angeles-based label Innovative Leisure. To celebrate the release, the Long Beach trio is also sharing a new music video for their single "Set Forth". 

The video was made by a talented Tijuana Panthers fan named Anny Yi of "He Ho Let's Doh"The band, dressed as their alter-egos, go trailing through a forest, meeting various eclectic friends along the way. An original concept by Tijuana Panthers, "Set Forth" is a stop-motion animation video with sets and characters made out of play-doh. Other materials used are craft shrubbery and grass, and acrylic paintings as backgrounds. It took Anny a month and a half to handcraft the sets and characters, then shoot the video and edit it. The nature of the video fits perfectly with the bands nostalgic and introspective fourth album. 

The band on the video and their inspiration behind it: 

"We grew up on Saturdays in the 1980's with our babysitter H.R. Pufnstuf and our good pal Gumby once fell through the tube during the Land of the Lost theme song, but he made it out alright in the end. The Blockheads who followed, though, weren't so lucky. A girl named Penny would visit us in the playhouse...Chad would sit on Chairy, Daniel would wrestle with Randy & I would listen to Cowboy Curtis go on and on about Miss Yvonne. We were homeschooled by Mr. Herman on how to view the world around us and more importantly, how to interact with it. Pee-wee told us to "Set Forth," so we did and into the woods we ran...found our own paths, with our own friendly creatures, and together we keep bopping along down that crazy surrealist bucket. So take a look, take a listen..." 

The band will be playing an album release show at The Regent in Los Angeles on September 4th. For the show the Panthers will be joined by fellow SoCal-based acts The Garden and Adult Books. 

POSTER arrives right on time, to reflect on this summer and summers past. You can now purchase the album on vinyl, CD, and all digital formats via Innovative Leisure. Check out the video for "Set Forth" and full album details below. 

WATCH: "Set Forth" - 
Album Release Show - 
9/4 - The Regent - Los Angeles, CA
w/ The Garden & Adult Books 

"Front Window Down" 

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Foals' New Album What Went Down Out Today




"British band unleashes the beast within on its best album yet 
" - Rolling Stone
"Shaping up to be the great rock savior album of the summer." - Entertainment Weekly
"Foals find an animalistic side with What Went Down" - Wall Street Journal
"This is perfect" - NPR Music
"One of the better and more enduring U.K. buzz bands of the last decade" - SPIN
"Strong stuff by a band getting more and more interesting by the minute." - Yahoo Music

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28, 2015 - Foals' eagerly anticipated new album What Went Down is out today on Warner Music. To purchase the album now, click HERE . U.S. fans will have the chance to celebrate the release of What Went Down at special release day listening parties taking place at cities across the country. See below for a complete list of locations.
Information subject to change - contact stores below for details
Chandler, Arizona | Zia Records
Phoenix [Camelback], Arizona | Zia Records
Phoenix [Thunderbird], Arizona | Zia Records
Tempe, Arizona | Zia Records
Tucson [Oracle], Arizona | Zia Records
Tucson [Speedway], Arizona | Zia Records
Long Beach, California | Fingerprints Music
San Diego, California | M-Theory
San Francisco, California | Amoeba
Orlando, Florida | Park Ave CD *
Atlanta, Georgia | Criminal Records *
Chicago, Illinois | Reckless Records *
Indianapolis, Indiana | Luna Music *
Boston, Massachusetts | Firebrand Saints ^
Kansas City, Missouri | Mills Records Co.
Las Vegas [Sahara], Nevada | Zia Records *
Las Vegas [Eastern], Nevada | Zia Records *
Brooklyn, New York | Baby's All Right ^
Columbus, Ohio | Lost Weekend Records *
Portland, Oregon | Music Millennium
Charleston, South Carolina | Monster Music *
Nashville, Tennessee | Grimey's *
Austin, Texas | Waterloo
Taylorsville, Utah | Graywhale
Seattle, Washington | Sonic Boom
Madison, Wisconsin | Strictly Discs*

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The Weeknd Unleashes 'Beauty Behind The Madness'




NEW YORK (August 28, 2015) – Grammy Award®-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist and alternative R&B trend-setter  THE WEEKND has released his anxiously awaited third full-length album, Beauty Behind The Madness [ XORepublic Records] in stores and through all digital retailers. In an unprecedented fete, THE WEEKND had four of the tracks from the album reach platinum or multi-platinum status prior to release. “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” has been certified 4x platinum, “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” are currently 2x platinum and“Often” is platinum, all as recognized by the RIAA. In another fete prior to release,  Beauty Behind The Madness moved in excess of 1 Million album equivalents worldwide prior to release date. 
Purchase Beauty Behind The Madness HERE 
THE WEEKND tapped a dream team of producers for Beauty Behind The Madness  includingStephan Moccio, with whom he collaborated on the quadruple-platinum “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) Max MartinKanye West, and more. The tracklist also boasts feature appearances from Ed SheeranLana Del Rey and Labrinth
2015 has been a breakout year for THE WEEKND with three tracks also currently sitting in the Top half of the Billboard Hot 100, two of which sit in the Top 5. He is just the third artist to have two songs in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 simultaneously in 2015, and the first male. THE WEEKNDrecently achieved a Billboard first when he claimed the top three slots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs as “Can’t Feel My Face”“The Hills” and “Earned It” hit #1, #2 and #3 respectively.“Can’t Feel My Face” also earned THE WEEKND his first Billboard Hot 100 #1, reaching the pinnacle after holding the #2 spot for three weeks. 
Worldwide, Beauty Behind The Madness has landed at #1 in nearly 50 countries and sits in the Top 5 in over 70. 

This fall, THE WEEKND will support the release of Beauty Behind The Madness with TheMadness Fall Tour. The entire 22-city itinerary can be found below. 
Closing out a monumental release week, THE WEEKND is set to perform at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday August 30 at 9pm ET. 

  1. Real Life
  2. Losers featuring Labrinth
  3. Tell Your Friends
  4. Often
  5. The Hills
  6. Acquainted
  7. Can’t Feel My Face
  8. Shameless
  9. Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)
  10. In The Night
  11. As You Are
  12. Dark Times featuring Ed Sheeran
  13. Prisoner featuring Lana Del Rey
  14. Angel
*All dates, cities and venues below subject to change. 
Tue, Nov. 03, 2015Toronto, ONAir Canada Centre
Fri, Nov. 06, 2015Chicago, ILUnited Center
Sat, Nov. 07, 2015Detroit, MIPalace of Auburn Hills
Wed, Nov. 11, 2015Newark, NJPrudential Center
Thu, Nov. 12, 2015Boston, MADCU Center
Sat, Nov. 14, 2015Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun
Sun, Nov. 15, 2015Washington, DCVerizon Center
Mon, Nov. 16, 2015New York, NYMadison Square Garden
Wed, Nov. 18, 2015Brooklyn, NYBarclays Center
Tue, Nov. 24, 2015Montreal, QCBell Centre
Fri, Nov. 27, 2015Winnipeg, MBMTS Centre
Sun, Nov. 29, 2015Calgary, ABScotiabank Saddledome
Mon, Nov. 30, 2015Edmonton, ABRexall Place
Wed, Dec. 02, 2015Vancouver, BCRogers Arena
Sat, Dec. 05, 2015Oakland, CAOracle Arena
Tue, Dec. 08, 2015Los Angeles, CAThe Forum
Sun, Dec. 13, 2015Houston, TXToyota Center
Tue, Dec. 15, 2015Atlanta, GAPhilips Arena
Thu, Dec. 17, 2015Tampa, FLAmalie Arena
Sat, Dec. 19, 2015Miami, FLAmericanAirlines Arena
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Zola Jesus Reveals Video for "Nail," Announces New Tour Dates



Zola Jesus returns with a visually striking new video for fan-favorite track “Nail,” off critically acclaimed album TAIGA, out now on Mute.  Director and producer Jacqueline Castel explains her fetishistic inspiration, “The video for Nail conceptually explores the dualistic themes of vulnerability and strength, bondage and freedom, death and rebirth in parallel to the lyrical content of the song. Performing within a custom made sensory deprivation bed built by S&M pioneers Kink Engineering, Nika was sealed between sheets of opaque black latex with a high powered shop vac for each take - a physically aggressive and demanding form of restraint that requires breathing through rubber tubing constructed within the bed. Stripped of the superfluities of the flesh, her performance reveals the surreality of the dehumanized form.”

Nika comments, “I am extremely grateful to have joined up once again with my good friend Jacqueline Castel for the ’Nail’ video. We have almost telepathic creative instincts, and together we are like one big arm - pushing to the point of break.”

Jacqueline Castel also directed many of Zola Jesus’ previous videos including, “Night,” “Sea Talk,” “Clay Bodies,” “Seekir” and “Vessel.”  Costume design for the video comes once again from longtime collaborator Jenni Hensler.  Watch the video HERE.

Zola Jesus will release “Nail” as a digital EP featuring previously unreleased track “Circles” andXanopticon’s remix of “Go” on September 18th, via Mute.

New European tour dates have been announced following several US dates in September.  Full list of tour dates below.

9/24 – Madison, WI – Wisconsin Union Theatre - Shannon Hall
9/25 – Urbana, IL – Pygmallion Festival
9/26 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Festival
10/29 – Barcelona, SPAIN – Razz 2 – Razzmatazz Anniversary
10/31 – Madrid, SPAIN – Taboo – 981 Heritage Series
11/1 – Porto, PORTUGAL – Maus Hábitos
11/3 – Lisbon, PORTUGAL – Music Box
11/5 – Athens, GREECE – Fuzz
11/6 – Istanbul, TURKEY – ISKV Cultural Center
11/7 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall – Illuminations Festival
LISTEN: “Compass”.
 WATCH: “Hunger” video.

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