The Horrors debut "So Now You Know" music video, Luminous out May 6


Band will play upcoming shows in NYC, LA and Austin

New album Luminous available May 6 on XL Recordings

Last month The Horrors unveiled "So Now You Know", the lead single from their 'weirder, wilder and more colorful' fourth album Luminous, out May 6th on XL Recordings. The track is an otherworldly widescreen affair with the commanding vocals of Faris Badwan leading the way.

The "So Now You Know" video is a short surreal film about the loneliness of teenage life, and the world we create with our friends at that age.  Filmed on the outskirts of LA in an empty desert town which matches the hazy synths of the track in question, the treatment weaves between multiple protagonists each experiencing a moment of realization about their life, discovering a beauty in the mundane world and expressing this through interpretive dance. Faris also features in the video.

The band will head to the U.S. in April to play the Vans Classic & City Event series on Tuesday, April 29 in Brooklyn at the House of Vans before they make their way to Los Angeles to play a sold-out performance at the annual Britweek Music Sessions at the First Unitarian Church on May 1.  The Horrors will then travel to Austin to make an appearance at Austin Psych Festival. Since returning, the band have brought their new sound to the inaugural 6Music Festival in Manchester, where they headlined Stage 2, and the The Fly awards, where they performed "I See You" with Thurston Moore.

Luminous is available to pre-order now on iTunes, with 'I See You' and 'So Now You Know' both available as an instant grat tracks.  For album advances please contact me at nikkibennett@xlrecordings.com

The Horrors U.S. tour dates:
April 29    House of Vans                 Brooklyn, NY
May 1       First Unitarian Church     Los Angeles, CA
May4-6     Austin Psych Festival      Austin, TX

The Horrors are Faris Badwan (vocals), Joshua Third (guitarist), Tom Furse (keyboards, synthesisers), Rhys Webb (bass) and Joe Spurgeon (drums, percussion).

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White Hinterland Premieres Video On VEVO; Currently On North American Tour

White Hinterland
Photo Credit: Derrick Belcham
White Hinterland has just premiered the video for her song "Baby" on VEVO, the title-track from her acclaimed new album, out now on Dead Oceans. "Baby" is a haunting, yet beautiful video which was directed by Anna Rose Holmer and shot in Casey's hometown in southeastern Massachusetts. Casey notes, "I was drawn to Anna's treatment because she puts a lot of heart into her work, and 'Baby' feels like the most raw and delicate of all the songs on the album ... whatever we did had to be especially personal. I wanted us to shoot it in my hometown because I think it's beautiful here. It feels like a visual love letter to the Scituate that I grew up in."
Holmer goes on to say, "The treatment for the video started with an exploration of weakness as inner demon. I wanted the lyrics of the song to serve as a voiceover of sorts for a more narrative-driven video. My background is in film, so I tend to approach storytelling through that vocabulary."
Casey recently set out on a US tour in support of her Rolling Stone and Pitchfork-approved new album, Baby, continuing to impress audiences with her incredible live performance. After wrapping up her run of North American dates, Casey will play a string of UK shows this May. Full tour schedule is below.

Biography / 

Freedom often begins from terror, and White Hinterland's third album, Baby, addresses the fear that comes along with breaking out of established rituals, or leaving a comfortable place, and striking out into the unknown. Four years after her profile-raising release,Kairos (2010), Casey Dienel aka White Hinterland has taken the gloves off and knuckled down to produce a deep, dark, heady mix of songs. After two and a half years of writing and recording material in Montreal and Portland, OR, Dienel moved back in to her family home in Scituate, MA. There she forged a new aesthetic, spending five months building her own studio, The Glades, in her parents' basement - the same space where she practiced piano and vocal lessons as a child. Determined to helm her new album, Dienel spent months studying production, poring over YouTube tutorials about Protools, mic'ing techniques and other minutiae.
Armed with this self-taught skill and her new studio, Dienel set forth to subvert the existing power structure of male producer as svengali and female artist as figurehead (see: Billy Corgan/Courtney Love, Timbaland/Aaliyah, Phil Spector/The Ronettes). She created her own, new path on Baby, which showcases her as a singer/songwriter/producer who has only become bolder and more resolute over the past three-plus years. Calling in her friends as pinch hitters, Dienel worked acclaimed musicians Sean Carey (Bon Iver, S. Carey), Neal Morgan (Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan), and Cole Kamen-Green (Beyoncé).
On her early records, Dienel projected her fears and fantasies onto imaginary characters, role play, and lush atmospherics. If Kairos was a work of atmosphere, a forty-minute-long reverie without any narrative, thenBaby sits at the opposite end of that spectrum. Baby is about song craft. It is forceful, rooted in the physicality of the voice, percussion and piano, and it is about getting straight to the point, which Dienel does on the very first song. Lead-off track "Wait Until Dark" begins a capella, just Dienel's voice in a reverberant room. That voice is capable of carrying a significant melodic and emotional load, and on Baby's title track it swoops dramatically from an edge-of-cliff howl to her crystalline upper-range, then back down to a soulful growl. By the end of the song, sounding exhausted but ready to push forward, Dienel again drops away the arrangement, leaving just her voice, stripped bare and pushed to the very edges of its significant range, "Say I'll take a sip, but I can't leave a drop," she repeats over and over: "Is this my weakness?" These audacious choices were intentional, she says, "As producer I made the call to scale back the reverb, saw off the synths and seat my voice front and center for the first time. It was not accidental."
The themes explored on Baby are universal but it is Dienel's singular reaction to what life has thrown in front of her that makes the record unique. "I would say the themes of this record to me are personal agency, strength, growth, determination," she posits. "And to get those things is usually fucking terrifying and comes with casualties and loss." Call it Millennial Anxiety, if you like. "White Noise" erupts over alcoholism and abandonment while "Wait Until Dark" and "Sickle No Sword" are paeans to violence and breaches of security. On the unsparing "Dry Mind" mention is made of "No Plan B, no B.A., No Exit." "Live With You" and "Baby" take aim at both the narrator and object of desire. "David" describes the dangerous lotus-eater effect of nostalgia, both a eulogy to the past and a celebration of life even at its most brutal. "No Devotion" asks the question of nature vs. nurture. Do we inherit these behaviors or are they learned over the time? And can we unlearn them?
Baby's production is marked by extremes, and it continually returns to the piano, Dienel's first love. Where her earlier work occasionally showcased a strong Joni Mitchell influence, on new songs like "David" she finds herself in Fiona Apple territory. "Whatever you say, don't say we we're lucky. Whatever you do, don't call it chance," she croons with a mixture of regret and relief. "That's like saying it was an accident when I was running at you with my sharpest knife." Her lifelong love of R&B and gospel also comes to the fore, these resonant styles complement and contrast the sharp dynamic shifts, booming drums, and blasts of brass. Consider "Ring the Bell": her confident vocals buoy the song as it grows larger and more forthright, winding itself up into a maelstrom that feels like the seasick experience of falling head over heels in love. On "Metronome," Baby's centerpiece and most assertive track, she declares, "All day long I'm a boss." She's not asking for someone to serve as a steadying influence, but instead requiring that it's necessary to keep up withher.
Dienel's Baby is both the pop cliché of "Oooh, Baby Baby" and Dienel telling herself to stop being such a baby. It is a word of both endearment and dismissal, repurposed to serve her needs. It's a cathartic embrace of hardship, the crucible which can forge the strongest steel. It is the past three years of her life distilled into song: joy, heartbreak, frustration, longing, disappointment, anger, and loss accumulated, poured out and reborn in this new, unflinching release.

Baby | Tracklisting /

01. Wait Until Dark
02. Dry Mind
03. Ring the Bell
04. David
05. Baby
06. White Noise
07. Metronome
08. No Devotion
09. Sickle No Sword
10. Live With You

Upcoming Tour Dates
04.17.14 - Great Scott - Boston, MA *
04.18.14 - Il Motore - Montreal, QC *
04.19.14 - The Garrison - Toronto, ON *
04.21.14 - The Pike Room at the Crofoot - Pontiac, MI *
04.22.14 - Calvin College - Grand Rapids, MI *
04.23.14 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL *
04.24.14 - Club Garibaldi - Milwaukee, WI *
04.25.14 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN *
04.26.14 - UWEC - Schofield Auditorium - Eau Claire, WI
05.03.14 - Winooski United Methodist Church (Waking Windows Festival) - Winooski, VT
05.09.14 - Digital (The Great Escape Festival) - Brighton, UK
05.10.14 - The Prince Albert (The Great Escape Festival) - Brighton, UK
05.14.14 - Birthdays - London, UK
05.18.14 - Crystal Club - Berlin, DE
05.20.14 - Scandic Grand Central - Stockholm,  SE
05.22.14 - Vega (Ideal Bar) - Copenhagen, DK
05.23.14 - Fonden VoxHall (Atlast) - Aarhus, DK
05.25.14 - Paradiso - Amsterdam,  NE

* supporting S. Carey

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4Knots Music Festival Announces Return To South Street Seaport on July 12th!

The Village Voice's 4th Annual 4Knots Music Festival
Announces Return To South Street Seaport on July 12th

Free, All Ages, Outdoor Festival to Feature 2 Live Music Stages and More From 1-8pm

Webster Hall To Host Official After-Party

Artist Lineup Announcements Coming Soon


Last year's Festival Featured on SPINXXLBusiness Insider and more!
Top 10 Under the Radar Music Festivals in NYC - Complex

11 Best Festivals for New Yorkers - NY Daily News

"The 4Knots Music Festival has been momentous since it started" - The Wall Street Journal

"One of the summer's most anticipated free concerts" - NewYork.com

"[4Knots] could give other daylong festivals, free and paid alike, lessons in weather god supplication as well as 
organization, crowd control and how to do outdoor music right." - Brooklyn Based

New York, NY - April 17, 2014 - The Village Voice announces today its fourth annual 4Knots Music Festival will be held on Saturday, July 12th from 1-8pm at New York City's South Street Seaport, rain or shine. Manhattan's favorite summer music festival will return with over 10 bands hand-picked by the Voice music team. With this year's festival, The Voice continues their 14-year history of curating free, outdoor, all ages live music showcases featuring the most renowned and emerging artists breaking through today's scene.

Also announced today, the Official 4Knots Music Festival After Party will take place at Webster Hall on July 12th, immediatelyfollowing the festival. The lineup for this show and tickets will be available soon.

Due to Pier 17's redevelopment at the South Street Seaport, The Village Voice strengthened their commitment to the Lower Manhattan location by reformatting the festival's footprint to highlight the Seaport's Historic District.

"We value the history and importance of this area to New York City's past, present and future," said Josh Fromson, Publisher of The Village Voice. "By returning to the Seaport, the 4Knots Music Festival is committed to working with local businesses, the downtown community and its visitors to provide an unforgettable free summer music festival for many years to come."

To keep the festival in this area, the 4Knots Music Festival collaborated with the Howard Hughes Corporation, Seaport Museum and the City of New York to make its triumphant return to its home at the Seaport.

"South Street Seaport is thrilled to once again partner with the Village Voice on one of New York's premier entertainment festivals. We look forward to another successful 4Knots voyage at the South Street Seaport." - Lincoln Palsgrove, Marketing Director - Howard Hughes Corporation.

Similar to last year, this year's festival will feature two stages - located on Pier 16, alongside the iconic New York City landmark Peking VIP Ship and near Pier 17 within the See/Change space at Fulton @ Front Street. This will expand this year's festival northwest and onto the iconic cobblestone streets near the former Fulton Market.

Lineup announcements for both the festival and the Webster Hall after-party are set to begin in the coming weeks. The 4Knots Music Festival prides itself on presenting audiences with the best up and coming artists breaking through the scene today. Past performers have included: Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Men, Parquet Courts, Fat Tony, The Black Angels, The Drums, Dan Deacon, Oberhofer, Titus Andronicus, Crocodiles, Nick Waterhouse, Bleached, Archers of Loaf, Delicate Steve, Hospitality, Devin, Eleanor Friedberger, Team Spirit and more at South Street Seaport.

Bud Light is returning as the 4Knots Music Festival presenting sponsor.

Running between every borough of New York City and culminating near the South Street Seaport, the East River runs at a speed of "4 knots", hence the name of the festival at this unique and historic location.

For more information on The 4 Knots Music Festival, please visit: www.villagevoice.com/4Knots
Follow us online for further updates and announcements: www.twitter.com/4knotsfest & www.facebook/4knots.

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Tera Melos premiere video via Brooklyn Vegan, tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan as main support

Tera Melos premiere "Slimed" video via Brooklyn Vegan, tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan as main support

Watch "Slimed" video HERE.

Tera Melos premiere the video for "Slimed" today via Brooklyn Vegan. The clip was directed by Tera Melos vocalist/guitarist Nick Reinhart and culled from the band's recent album X'ed OutWatch video HERE.
Tera Melos hit the road this month as main support to The Dillinger Escape Plan, followed by a handful of headlining dates. In June, the trio returns to Japan for 3 shows with former tourmatesLITEPlease see complete dates below and specific details (tickets, times, etc) HERE

X'ed Out was released April 16th, 2013 on LP, CD and download via Sargent House

04/27  Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Eock Live *
04/28  Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
04/29  Denver, CO @ THe Marquis Theater *
05/01  Dallas, TX @ Trees *
05/02  Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's *
05/03  Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
05/04  Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory *
05/05  Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's Cafe *
05/06  New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks *
05/07  Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
05/09  Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar & Music *
05/10  Hartford, CT @ The Webster Theatre/Webster Underground *
05/11  Pittsburgh, PA @ The Mr. Roboto Project
05/12  Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
05/13  Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
05/17  Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
05/23  Sacramento, CA @ Witch Room
05/24  Fresno, CA @ Golden Parking Lot
06/13  Osaka, Japan @ Shangri-La #
06/14  Nagoya, Japan @ Tokuzo #
06/20  Tokyo, Japan @ Liquidroom #

* w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan
# w/ LITE

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BUST Magazine Debuts Jihae's Stunning Video for "Illusion of You" + Live Date

BUST Debuts Jihae’s Music Video For“Illusion Of You”

Jihae to Perform Private Show on April 23
@ The Standard Village East

“’Illusion of You’ is a passionate, somber address that features Jihae’s polished, fierce vocals mourning the loss of a deceitful lover.” – BUST
Jihae is slinky and spacious and a little weird around the edges” – Pitchfork
A dark dream pop track with a sultry, Lana Del Rey-esque vocal” 
 American Songwriter
“Jihae feels more like something I dreamed up than an actual person...[with] her androgynous voice and deadpan delivery that cuts right through you.” – MTV Iggy

South Korean born, New York by way of Nigeria, Sweden, and UK, the multi-talented Jihae has been pouring her soul into on her upcoming release, Illusion of You (Fall, 2014). Now she has released a passionate music video for the album’s first single “Illusion of You,” on BUST, who raves: “mellow out and get lost in the dreamy, ethereal soundscapes of Jihae’s grayscale world.” (Click here to view and share)
The music video connects seamlessly to the track’s theme, playing with contradictions, illusions and a poetic internal battle between fantasy and reality. Jihae’s face, painted to resemble the yin and the yang, a struggle for power in between darkness and light, shifts and shimmers to trick the eye, creating an ethereal, dreamlike quality to the work. More than just a music video, “Illusion of You” is a work of art.

Jihae’s upcoming album includes a track co-written with Leonard Cohen and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), the latter of whom described Jihae as "Like Bowie whispering secrets to the Velvet Underground.”  Jihae has opened for Sonic YouthLou Reed, and has also collaborated with Michel GondryMarco Brambilla, among many other stellar artists. She is also extremely active with charities and raising awareness for many causes, performing at events for Willie Mae Rock Camp, Acumen, the United Nations,Hillary Clinton's 2012 Hours Against Hate, and others.
Jihae was recently a featured guest at DJ Spooky’s video launch party at La Mema/Culturehub at the Seoul Institute of the Arts.

Don’t Miss Jihae on Weds, April 23

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Mystic Braves play free show at Echoplex on April 21st!

Mystic Braves Premiere Video for "Desert Island" on BULLETT

Announce Echo Residency and National Spring Tour

Sophomore LP Desert Island out April 29

01. Bright Blue Day Haze
02. There's A Pain
03. Coyote Blood
04. Desert Island
05. Valley Rat
06. You Take The Dark Out Of Me
07. I Want You Back
08. Born Without A Heart
09. In The Past
10. Earthshake

It's no wonder why The Zombies asked Mystic Braves to open their L.A. show last year. While the hometown favorites were barely even a blip on their respective parents' radars when Odessey and Oracle was released, the psych-steeped five-piece sounds like they stepped straight out of the '60s. And not in an obvious, someone's-been-studying-their Nuggets-comps-until-the-grooves-give-out sort of way, either. We're talking a richer, fuller plot of references (garage-borne greats like The Electric Prunes, The Chocolate Watchband and The Music Machine) that filter the band's hook-centric purple haze through robust organ rolls, runaway guitar riffs, heat-stroked horns and a rhythm section that can only be described as "restless".
Especially on Desert Island, a scrappy extension of the self-titled debut Mystic Braves dropped in 2013. From the ravenous opening remarks of "Bright Blue Day Haze"—the first song frontman Julian Ducatenzeiler wrote for the outfit, making it their mission statement in more ways than one—right on through the wild-eyed melodies of "Earthshake," the filler-free effort is more aggressive than their last album yet about as immediately accessible as vapor-trailed rock music gets these days. It's sunshine in a bottle, really, which can only be expected from a group with such deep California roots.
"The west coast has it all really—beaches, mountains, deserts, cities, suburbs," explains Ducatenzeiler,  who's rounded out by drummer Cameron Gartung, guitarist Shane Stotsenberg, bassist Tony Malacara and organist/tambourinist Ignacio Gonzalez. "Our sound is merely a byproduct of the environments we grew up in and the experiences we had. We're not trying to deliberately channel '60s music, either; we simply write sensible pop songs from the heart with psychedelic textures and tones. It just comes natural to us."

Tour & Echo Residency
Apr 07 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
Apr 14 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
Apr 21 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
Apr 26 - Desert Daze at Sunset Ranch Oasis
Apr 28 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
Apr 30 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO
May 02 - Turf Club - St Paul, MN
May 03 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
May 05 - Silver Dollar - Toronto, ON
May 06 - Middle East - Cambridge, MA
May 07 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
May 08 - Baby's All Right - Brooklyn, NY
May 09 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
May 10 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
May 11 - Schuba's - Chicago, IL
May 12 - MOTR Pub - Cincinnati, OH
May 14 - Mothlight - Asheville, NC
May 15 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
May 16 - Alabama Music Box - Mobile, AL
May 17 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
May 18 - Mohawk Inside - Austin, TX
May 20 - Plush - Tucson, AZ
May 21 - The Western - Scottsdale, AZ
May 22 - Gold Spike - Las Vegas, NV
May 23 - Downtown Container Park - Las Vegas, NV
May 24 - Freaks for The Festival (Pappy & Harriet's) - Pioneertown, 

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The Growlers @ The Belasco

THE GROWLERS are playing at The Belasco tonight Thursday, April 17th 2014.

Photos: Angel Ceballos

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Outside Lands Announces Single-Day Lineup and Tickets On Sale




April 16, 2014 -- San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands has announced the 2014 single-day lineup. Single-day tickets will go on sale this Thursday at 10am PDT via sfoutsidelands.com. This announcement comes on the heels of the festival's three-day general admission tickets selling out in a record 24 hours. After three consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that
Rolling Stone called "remarkable," and "one of America's best," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 8 - 10, 2014.

Now in its seventh year, Outside Lands has officially emerged to become one of the most revered and prominent festivals in the country. Consistently outstanding live music combined with the exceptional majesty of its Golden Gate Park surroundings and the finest food and drink found at any festival has elevated Outside Lands' stature and cemented its reputation as a highly acclaimed global destination for entertainment lovers everywhere.

The single-day Outside Lands 2014 lineup is below:


Kanye West
Arctic Monkeys
Tegan & Sara
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Kacey Musgraves
Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers
Run the Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike)
Holy Ghost!
Greensky Bluegrass
The Soul Rebels
Bear Hands
Mikal Cronin
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Night Terrors of 1927
RayLand Baxter


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Death Cab For Cutie
Duck Sauce
Capital Cities
Local Natives
John Butler Trio
The Kooks
Deer Tick
Dum Dum Girls
Christopher Owens
Big Freedia
Jagwar Ma
Valerie June
Finish Ticket
The Districts
Trails and Ways


The Killers
The Flaming Lips
Ray LaMontagne
Cut Copy
Ben Howard
Lykke Li
Paolo Nutini
Boys Noize
Jenny Lewis
Gold Panda
Vance Joy
Gardens & Villa
Imelda May
The Brothers Comatose
Courtney Barnett
Jonathan Wilson
Tumbleweed Wanderers


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Tennis': Vogue Video Premiere, Support Sold Out HAIM Tour

 “Tennis have broadened their horizons just the right amount,
adding rock’n’roll muscle and a more purely pop clarity.”Pitchfork 

“Their dreamy, nostalgic pop laps and recedes like waves hitting the shore.”The New York Times

“The group turns up the volume and starts downright rocking.”—TIME

“Alaina Moore’s voice shines: there’s sweetness, toughness, spite.”—Pop Matters
Vogue is premiering the video for “Cured of Youth,” a track from Tennis’ Small Sound EP. Vogue praises the video, which was directed by Scott Laidlaw, for being “a vision of eighties sci-fi replete with a DeLorean and Technicolor renderings of the cosmos.” Watch the video via Vogue HERE and on YouTube HERE. The band is set to embark on a nationwide tour with HAIM in May and headlining both a date in Chicago, and a sold out date in Brooklyn; please see complete dates below.
The band recently wrapped up recording sessions with Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Jim Eno (Spoon) and Richard Swift (The Shins) for their new album, the band’s first full-length release following 2013’s EP Small Sound. “It’s been a really long, arduous quest,” the band told Relix, “as we’ve grown, we are trying to challenge ourselves and transform musically.”
Tennis was born aboard Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley’s nearly seven-month sailing trip. Upon returning home, the duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their shared experience. The result wasCape Dory, an intimate and concise recollection of life on a 30-foot sloop. Moore and Riley followed Cape Dorywith Young and Old, which The New York Times called “striking indie-pop” and The New Yorker described as “winsome as it is ebullient.” The album debuted #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Chart, #1 on CMJ Top 200, where it remained for three weeks in a row and debuted on Soundscan’s “New Artist Chart” at #1, remaining there for nine consecutive weeks. The band performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
May 10                                                       Brooklyn, NY                      Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 11                                                      New York, NY                                               Terminal 5*
May 13                                                        Boston, MA                                         House of Blues*
May 14                                                     Philadelphia, PA                                        Tower Theatre*
May 15                                                        Toronto, ON                                                Kool Haus*
May 17                                                         Chicago, IL                                           Riviera Theater*
May 18                                                         Chicago, IL                                                 Lincoln Hall
May 19                                                    Minneapolis, MN                                          First Avenue*
May 21                                                        Denver, CO                                           Ogden Theatre*
May 22                                                   Salt Lake City, UT                                            The Depot*
May 24                                                      Vancouver, BC                                           Malkin Bowl*

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Little Dragon @ Pappy & Harriets

Little Dragon play out at Pappy & Harriets tonight, Wednesday, April 16th 2014.

Photo Angel Ceballos
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Olga Bell Unveils New Track, Announces Release Show



Olga Bell 

Russian-born, New York-based composer Olga Bell is unveiling a new track entitled "Stavropol Krai" off her forthcoming full length, Kraidue April 29th via New Amsterdam Records (North America) and One Little Indian (UK/EU/Russia/Asia)The track follows the release of "Perm Krai," whichPitchfork premiered, noting that one could listen to the track "like you would peck at a fancy tasting plate, snacking on bright blobs and crunchy bits on a backing of white space," while Chicago Reader praised "Perm Krai," noting "the music alternates between dense and frenetic, airy and meditative, but the arrangements are never less than rigorous." All formats of Krai are available for pre-order directly from New Amsterdam here, including a limited-edition red vinyl 12" LP packaged in double foil-stamped sleeves -- a collaboration with London-based One Little Indian Records.
On Monday, April 28 at Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge, Olga Bell will perform the NYC premiere ofKrai, her 12-person electro-acoustic song cycle about nine frontier territories in Russia. Aaron Arntz (Grizzly Bear), Chris Bear (Grizzly Bear) and Ben Campbell (Build) will open the evening with a trio set.
Listen to "Stavropol Krai" here; read about it below: 
Between Ukraine and Kazakhstan lies some of Russia's most agriculturally productive land, with
Stavropol Krai at its center. In the opening of this piece, the cycle's fourth movement, Olga Bell sings about "wide earth" over calm, sunny notes from Grey McMurray's guitar. This is Krai at its most pastoral, verging on Oklahoma!-like optimism. What follows is very different: a dark, traditional sacred fable about three angels encountering a lost soul that 'walked past' heaven, but didn't come in. "Our heaven is so beautiful," one angel intones, with child-like purity and frankness, "but no-one is there." 
Just after the two-minute mark of "Stavropol Krai," Bell introduces a crisp trap hat that's somehow perfectly at home in the low simmer of shakers, claves, bass grace-notes and a lithe, bird-like synth. A minute later the band vanishes and a lonely rhodes is left repeating the same two-beat phrase like a broken record, or someone in shock. The angels begin to accuse the soul of vanity and greed, their voices rising in an angry mob: "you broke the law... and lost your soul". They repeat this judgement over the last two minutes of the song, singing slowly and deliberately, while the soul desperately recounts the utopian promise of the movement's opening lines. 

More about the album: 

Inspired by the lesser-known corners of Bell's homeland and written entirely in her native Russian, 
Krai is Bell's second LP and first large-scale composition.  Krai (край) is the Russian word for edge, limit, frontier or hinterland. Present-day Russia is divided into a myriad of 'federal subjects', including nine krais. In this capacity the term is a political designation, like 'territory', but for the earliest Russians these places represented both the promise and terror of the vast unknown.

While much has been written about Russia's major cities, Olga Bell's Krai is concerned with the rest of the map: the wilderness, the towns, the inhabitants and their stories. From the Cossack melodies of Krasnodar Krai in the West to the Chukchi drumming of Kamchatka Krai in the Russian Far East, Krai is a journey across the Eurasian landmass in forty minutes.
Born in Moscow and raised in Alaska, Olga Bell is an American composer, producer and performer based in Brooklyn. A prodigious classical pianist as a child and teenager, Bell graduated from the New England Conservatory at age 21 before moving to New York City to pursue electronic composition and songwriting. The past nine years have seen Bell's steady rise from the city's open mics to performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Bell makes original music, remixes and videos under her own name. As half of Nothankyou, Bell makes electronic music with British musician Tom Vek. In 2012 Bell joined Dirty Projectors for the band's Swing Lo Magellan cycle and remains a keyboardist and singer with the band today.

Край / Krai track list: 
1. Краснодарский  Край / Krasnodar Krai
2. Алтайский Край / Altai Krai
3. Пермский  Край / Perm Krai
4. Ставропольский Край / Stavropol Krai
5. Красноярский Край / Krasnoyarsk Krai
6. Приморский Край / Primorsky Krai
7. Забайкальский Край / Zabaikalsky Krai
8. Хабаровский Край / Khabarovsk Krai
9. Камчатский Край / Kamchatka Krai

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