Get transported to a new spatial reality in METZ’s official video for “Cellophane” from Strange Peace

Get transported to a new spatial reality in
METZ’s official video for “Cellophane”
from Strange Peace

WATCH: “Cellophane” 
2017 international tour dates to follow album release

Strange Peace is available tomorrow, Friday, September 22nd from Sub Pop Records (Worldwide, ex-Canada) and Royal Mountain Records (in Canada)
METZ have delivered a new video for their debut single “Cellophane.” As described by director Shayne Ehman, the visual depicts a sphere where “consciousness is split, and a world of contrast unfolds. The resulting disembodiment disperses one’s spatial awareness and new kinds of empathy develop. Two become three, and it’s only half the story [watch here].”

As previously shared, NPR Music is streaming METZ’sStrange Peace in its entirety via “First Listen” [link here]
NPR Music’s Jason Heller says of Strange Peace, “Recorded with Shellac's mastermind Steve Albini,Strange Peace is an album that doesn't need to be explicitly political to make a statement about our current chaotic climate. The opening track, "Mess of Wires," gallops out of the gate like a malfunctioning industrial robot, a tangle of mechanical riffs and Edkins' oddly infectious chants. The band's ability to inject melody into the weirdest of places is most striking on "Cellophane." Slightly more laidback than the usual METZ song, it's closer to a garage-rock anthem than a skin-peeling punk rager, and Edkins' refrain of "How will I know? / How will I know?" is designed to lodge itself in the brain of the listener like some insidious implant....cathartic rather than hopeless — an exorcism of nervous energy at a time when it's direly needed.”

METZ resume their international tour schedule in support of Strange Peace tomorrow night, Friday, September 22nd at Detroit’s Princess Riverboat. The tour currently runs through December 16th in Hosuton at Warehouse Live. In the midst of that run, METZ will serve as direct support for Modest Mouse on October 10th and 11th. Additionally, METZ will play shows with Suuns (September 29th-30th), Uniform (October 2nd-8th), Protomartyr (Sept. 22nd and November 2nd-8th), Brian Case (November 9th), Drahla (November 12th-24th), and Cherubs (December 15th). All of their current tour dates follow.

2017 METZ Tour Dates:
Sep. 22 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Princess Riverboat !
Sep. 23 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
Sep. 25 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Sep. 29 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
Sep. 30 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
Oct. 02 - Boston, MA - Sinclair #
Oct. 03 - Philadelphia, PA - The First Unitarian Church #
Oct. 04 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Oct. 05 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
Oct. 06 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel #
Oct. 07 - Hamden, CT - The Ballroom
Oct. 08 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa
Oct. 10 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s **
Oct. 11 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom **
Oct. 18 - Halifax, NS - The Marquee (Halifax Pop Explosion)
Nov. 02 - Prague, Czech Republic - Futurum !
Nov. 03 -  Wroclaw, Poland - Klub Firlej !
Nov. 04 -  Warsaw, Poland - Klub Hydrozagadka !
Nov. 06 - Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu !
Nov. 07 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen !
Nov. 08 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust !
Nov. 09 - Zwolle, Netherlands - Poppodium Hedon  ^
Nov. 10 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kruen (Sonic City Festival)
Nov. 11 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Festival
Nov. 12 - Le Havre, France - Le Tetris %
Nov. 14 - Nimes, France - La Paloma %
Nov. 15 - Bordeaux, France - Theatre Barbey %
Nov. 16 - Toulouse, France - Club Metronum %
Nov. 17 - Barcelona, Spain - La (2) De Apolo %
Nov. 18 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick %
Nov. 20 - Nantes, France - Pole Etudiant %
Nov. 21 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo %
Nov. 22 - London, UK - The Garage %
Nov. 23 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece %
Nov. 24 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club %
Nov. 25 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
Dec. 07 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Dec. 08 - Vancouver, BC - Cobalt
Dec. 09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
Dec. 11 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
Dec. 13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
Dec. 15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk &
Dec. 16 - Houston, TX - Studio @ Warehouse Live

* w/ SUUNS
# w/ Uniform
! w/ Protomartyr
^ w/ Brian Case
% w/ Drahla
& w/ Cherubs
** w// Modest Mouse

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Charlotte Gainsbourg - New Single and Video with Dev Hynes


Dazed & confused Online Takeover and Global Video Premiere
Gainsbourg’s First Studio Album Since 2010, Rest, Out November 17 on Because Music

Charlotte Gainsbourg releases a new single, “Deadly Valentine,” today on Because Music. Taken from her forthcoming album Rest, produced by SebastiAn and out November 17 on Because, “Deadly Valentine” follows the debut single, “Rest,” released to international acclaim earlier this month. Also out today is the “Deadly Valentine” music video, directed by Gainsbourg and featuring Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange)—unveiled as part of a Dazed & Confused online and print takeover. The video, which portrays romantic rites of passage with a dark twist, can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkyIVKbCfG8.

The “Deadly Valentine” video, like “Rest” before it, is part of a series of videos Gainsbourg directed in connection with the album. “Each video came from personal, resonating ideas,” she explains. “This song mixes wedding vows with an offbeat tone. I wanted to express the idea of a lifetime engagement; a couple running to church, from childhood to old age, a lifetime path. I asked my friend Dev Hynes if he would play my partner, and he very graciously agreed. It was fun finding our younger and older selves! For my part, I had all I needed at home (with their consent of course!). I nearly asked my mother, but in the end, didn’t dare…”
“Deadly Valentine” will feature alongside previous single “Rest” on an exclusive Rough Trade 12” EP out September 29. In a Best New Track review, Pitchfork described “Rest” as “a robot-disco banger turned inside out to suit Gainsbourg’s ghostly preoccupations.” In a stunning ten-page feature that hits newsstands this week, Dazed & Confused described the forthcoming album as “a chandelier made of strobe lights.”

Produced by SebastiAn (Frank Ocean, Kavinsky) and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Lorde, David Bowie), Rest is Gainsbourg’s first studio album in seven years. It features collaborations with Sir Paul McCartney, Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo,Connan Mockasin and Owen Pallett (Arcade Fire, Caribou).

The eleven songs on Rest are nothing if not sure-footed, proffering a compelling fusion of gleaming, string-emblazoned modern electro-pop and cinematically textured avant-chanson—their magical music box melodies kissed by bruised, introspective, occasionally disquieting lyrics. The album opens with the nursery rhyme enchantment of “Ring a Ring a Roses,” a hazy mosaic of nostalgic childhood snapshots, and ends with the electro-disco-flavored “Les Oxalis.” In between, there is “Lying with You,” whose busy drums and angular synths frame a lyric about Serge Gainsbourg’s death; the frank, self-examining “I’m a Lie”; and the Giorgio Moroder-esque “Deadly Valentine,” whose lyrics—essentially a string of uncannily delivered wedding vows—play out against a Euro-disco beat and soaring strings.

Sir Paul McCartney penned the song “Songbird in a Cage” for Gainsbourg. “We had a very nice lunch about six-and-a-half years ago,” she recalls. “I told him that if he ever had a song for me it would be a dream come true. A few weeks later he sent this track. It was a demo. I didn’t know what to do with it, because I wanted it to be part of the album. We had to reinvent it. Paul very sweetly came to Electric Lady. He did a bit of piano, some bass, a bit of guitar. It was incredible, just to see him work.”

The aides-de-camp may have played their role on Rest, but it remains undeniably the work of a singular artist. “This time it felt like flying on my own. I knew I needed the right collaborator, and SebastiAn was always there, but all the same, this time the album is really mine.”
Rest is available now for pre-order.

Rest Track Listing
1. Ring A Ring O’ Roses                     
2. Lying with You                                    
3. Kate                                                   
4. Deadly Valentine                         
5. I’m A Lie                                            
6. Rest
7. Sylvia Says

8. Songbird in a Cage
9. Les Traits
10. Les Crocodiles

11. Les Oxalis

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"Sincerely, L. Cohen: A Live Celebration" out today




SINCERELY, L. COHEN: A LIVE CELEBRATION OF LEONARD COHEN is out today -- what would have been Leonard Cohen's 83rd birthday. The live album is available for streaming and download via the Royal Potato Family.

Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died on November 7, 2016, one day before the 2016 Presidential Election, but the world didn't find out for several days after. On January 24, 2017 (shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump and the succeeding Women's March), New York City finally paid tribute to the Poet Prince of Montréal with a concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, featuring dozens of singers, songwriters and musicians, including Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter, Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Amy Helm, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Elvis Perkins, Holly Miranda, Joan As Police Woman, Delicate Steve, and many more. It was an evening the Village Voice called "a loving, thoughtful tribute to Cohen's life in music and poetry." The live album features highlight performances from this nearly three-hour marathon concert, which the Voice also hailed as a "carefully constructed, expertly structured production."
The concert and subsequent album was produced by Cohen fans Jesse Lauter (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Hannah Gold (City Winery Presents), and Josh Kaufman. Kaufman (Guitar - Bob Weir) led the house band, which featured first-rate New York-based musicians including Ray Rizzo (Drums - Yo Yo Ma), Walt Martin (Keys- The Walkmen), Annie Nero (Bass- Craig Finn), Stuart Bogie (Brass & Woodwinds- Arcade Fire), Nick Kinsey (Percussions - Kevin Morby), and Dave Harrington (Guitar- Darkside), punctuated by a backing vocal trio that Cohen would have been proud of-Leslie Mendelson, Cassandra Jenkins, and Jocie Adams.

In the liner notes to this collection, music critic Justin Joffe writes, "Sincerely, L. Cohen: A Live Celebration of Leonard Cohen could have been a solemn affair. But all performers took the celebration part to heart, infusing Cohen's most somber truths with equal parts reverence and reverie. The evening found a mix of New York icons, esteemed singer-songwriters, cult performers, and up-and-comers for a night of Cohen standards, stories and deep cuts." Joffe continues, "Sentimental and scholarly, full of tearful singalongs and heartfelt remembrance, it was an evening Cohen would have appreciated."

The album is available today on all digital streaming and download platforms. A limited-edition double vinyl run of 500 units is available for preorder and will hit stores in time for the holidays. All proceeds from album sales will go to the Preemptive Love Coalition, a non-profit organization that aids children and families affected by terrorism and other crises in the Middle East across the globe. For more information, visit: www.preemptivelove.org.

The vinyl set can be pre-ordered from the following link: http://royalpotatofamily.com/product/sincerely-l-cohen-a-live-celebration/

Complete Tracklisting:
Hallelujah- Delicate Steve
Sisters of Mercy- Leslie Mendelson
Diamonds In The Mine- Osei Essed
I'm Your Man- Holly Miranda, Joan As Police Woman & Invisible Familiars
Chelsea Hotel #2- Josh Ritter
Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye- Amy Helm
Is This What You Wanted- Elvis Perkins
Bird On The Wire- Richard Thompson
Story Of Isaac- Richard Thompson
Beautiful Losers- Lenny Kaye
Memories- Ian O'Neil (Deer Tick)
In My Secret Life- Cassandra Jenkins
Ballad of The Absent Mare- Teddy Thompson
Suzanne- Alana Amram
Famous Blue Raincoat- Lee Ranaldo
So Long, Marianne- Will Sheff & Friends

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Kaki King Debuts "Hababout" via Relix Magazine


Debuts “Hababout” via Relix Magazine

Kaki King Live at Berklee feat. Porta Girevole Chamber Orchestra
Out This Friday 9/22 - Preorder Here

Album Release Party Includes Orchestra Performance October 5 @ Littlefield in NYC

Additional Fall Tour Dates Include Her Latest Multimedia Work, “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body”

Watch + Share “Hababout”

“Kaki King has jaw-dropping technical chops...as lyrical and elegant as anything in the classical guitar repertoire.” - WNYC’s Soundcheck

Days away from the release of Kaki King’s first new album in over two years, the renowned guitarist is debuting another track recorded live at Berklee. “Hababout”, streaming exclusively via Relix, is the only previously unreleased track on the album, written specifically for this live performance. Explains Kaki, “This track was my first time writing something just for woodwinds, trumpet, and guitar...It was written as a kind of lullaby for my daughter who says ‘hababout’ instead of ‘howabout.’”

The full album is available for preorder now, and will be available everywhere this Friday!

Kaki King Live at Berklee, available September 22, was recorded live at the Red Room at Cafe 939 in Boston in April of 2017, and features King performing new arrangements of her solo guitar compositions, reimagined with the addition of strings and woodwinds. King, Tom Hagerman of Devotchka, and Berklee students Takuma Matsui and Shereen Cheong wrote the arrangements specifically for the recording.The Porta Girevole Chamber Orchestra is a 12-piece ensemble composed of Berklee students and faculty, conducted by student Gabriela Sofia Gomez Estevez.

BirnCORE, the Berklee Internet Radio Network's (BIRN) record label, gives students at the college the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of operating an independent record label. Kaki King Live at Berklee is the label's first release to feature Berklee students and faculty collaborating with a visiting artist. King visited campus several times last spring to rehearse with the ensemble, culminating with the live performance and recording.


Kaki is also heading out for a variety of tour dates this fall, many of which will feature her groundbreaking multimedia show, “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body.” Provocative and moving, surprising and beautiful, “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body” uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other, where luminous visions of genesis and death, textures and skins, are cast onto an Ovation Adamas 1581-KK Kaki King Signature 6-String Acoustic guitar customized specifically for this production.

Experience a taste of “The Neck is a Bridge” to the Body HERE

a shockingly gifted, stunningly complex performer who's just slightly out of place in too simple a setting." – LA Times
Watching Kaki King perform is like seeing guitar-playing for the first time... The effect is of sculpting rather than of playing music.” – NY Mag

"bare, powerful, and propulsive." - KUTX Austin

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist Kaki King has released 8 albums over the past 13 years. She has performed on every continent over the course of multiple world tours, and has presented her work in a variety of prestigious arts centers, including the Kennedy Center, MoMA, LACMA and The Met. She has created music for numerous film and TV soundtracks, including “August Rush” and Sean Penn's “Into the Wild”, for which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score.

9/21 - Hopewell, NJ - Hopewell Theater
10/5 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield +
10/12 - Nevada City, CA - Miners Foundry Cultural Center *
10/13 - Eugene, OR - Hult Center for the Performing Arts *
10/14 - Portland, OR - Dolores Winningstad Theatre
10/15 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
10/20 - Berkeley, CA - Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse *
10/21 - Carlsbad, CA - Museum of Making Music *
10/22 - Cottonwood, AZ - Old Town Center for the Arts *
10/24 - Tucson, AZ - Centennial Hall *
11/7 - Crawfordsville, IN - Wabash College *1/20 - Aliso Viejo, CA - Soka Performing Arts Center *3/10 - Atlanta, GA - Robert Fest Center for the Arts *

*  = Performance of “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body”
+  = Album Release Show

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LO MOON Announced as One of NPR Music and VuHaus' Premiere Artists for Slingshot


Lo Moon Opening for Phoenix, Ride, and London Grammar This Fall, As Well As Playing Select Headlining Shows

Photo: Marcus Haney
Los Angeles' Lo Moon have been chosen as one of three very special artists to pioneer the new Slingshot program by NPR Music and VuHausSlingshot is a new collective effort among tastemaking public radio music stations to discover and elevate the most promising up-and-coming artists.  Program directors from VuHaus' public radio music station network selected Lo Moon - as well as Big Thief andJamila Woods - as the inaugural class of Slingshot artists participating in signature studio sessions and live events across the country. The unique content, interview and live event series will kick off this fall.

In tandem with the Slingshot launch, a super awesome 360 degree video of the band's performance of "This Is It" for KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show can be seen HERE.  

Lo Moon will also be returning to the road through the end of the year, with headline shows at Rough Trade in Brooklyn and the Troubadour in Los Angeles, as well as opening for the likes of PhoenixRide, and London Grammar.  All tour dates are below.  

Lo Moon are a Los Angeles-based band - comprised of Matt Lowell (vocals/guitar),Crisanta Baker (bass/keyboards), and Sam Stewart (guitar) - whose sound meets at the intersection of artists like the xx and Talk Talk among others.  With only two songs out in the world - 2016's "Loveless" and 2017's "This Is It" - the band is already becoming one of the most talked-about new artists to emerge from Los Angeles's burgeoning indie scene.  The trio have received early accolades from The New York TimesNPR MusicV MagazineKCRW, the Los Angeles Times, and more.  Having opened for the likes of Phoenix, Glass Animals, The Lemon Twigs, Air, London Grammar, and others, Lo Moon are currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album with producers Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) and Francois Tetaz (Gotye).

Lo Moon tour dates (all dates for 2017):
September 20: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall (w/ RIDE)
September 21: Salt Lake City @ Metro Music Hall (w/ RIDE)
September 23: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (w/ RIDE)
September 24: Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre (w/ RIDE)
September 26: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (w/ RIDE)
September 29: Kansas City, MO @ Town Center Plaza (w/ Andrew McMahon)

October 10: Columbus, OH @ Express Live! (w/ Phoenix)
October 11: Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Detroit (w/ Phoenix)
October 13: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis (w/ Phoenix)
October 14: Buffalo, NY @ HRVST Festival (w/ Phoenix)
October 15: New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall (w/ Phoenix)
October 17: Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo (w/ London Grammar)
October 18: Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy (w/ London Grammar)
October 20: Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo (w/ London Grammar)
October 21: London, UK @ Eventim Apollo (w/ London Grammar)
October 23: Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy (w/ London Grammar)
October 24: Edinburg, UK @ Usher Hall (w/ London Grammar)
October 26: Nottingham, UK @ Rock City (w/ London Grammar)
October 27: Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall (w/ London Grammar)
October 29: Newcastle, UK @ City Hall (w/ London Grammar)
October 30: London, UK @ O2 Brixton Academy (w/ London Grammar)

November 1: Dublin, IE @ Olympia Theatre (w/ London Grammar)
November 2: Belfast, IE @ Waterfront Hall (w/ London Grammar)
November 6: Brooklyn @ Rough Trade (headline)
November 7: Philadelphia @ Boot & Saddle (headline)
November 16: Los Angeles @ The Troubadour (headline)
November 22: Luxembourg @ Rockhal (w/ London Grammar)
November 23: Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live (w/ London Grammar)
November 25: Cologne, DE @ Palladium (w/ London Grammar)
November 26: Berlin, DE @ Velodrom (w/ London Grammar)
November 28: Hamburg, DE @ Mehr! Theatre (w/ London Grammar)
November 30: Zurich, CH @ Halle 622 (w/ London Grammar)

December 8: Stuttgart, DE @ Liederhalle Hegelsaal (w/ London Grammar)
December 9: Munich, DE @ TonHalle (w/ London Grammar)
December 11: Antwerp, BE @ Lotto Arena (w/ London Grammar)
December 12: Antwerp, BE @ Lotto Arena (w/ London Grammar)

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Morrissey Unveils New Single "Spent The Day In Bed," Upcoming Tour

Morrissey Unveils New Single "Spent The Day In Bed," Upcoming Tour

'Low in High School' Out November 17 on BMG
September 20, 2017 - Morrissey has unveiled "Spent The Day In Bed," the debut single from his new studio album 'Low in High School' (out November 17 on Etienne/BMG). A departure from the sound of his canon, the song is driven by electric piano, synthesizers and acoustic guitars which underpin the iconic British singer's intimate call to focus on our own strengths and to "stop watching the news because the news contrives to frighten you, to make you feel small and alone".

Listen to "Spent The Day In Bed" here: https://morrissey.lnk.to/STDIBStPR
Morrissey has also confirmed the artwork from his forthcoming LP as well as the full track listing that seeks to capture the zeitgeist of an ever-changing world while combining his political statements, personal insights and beautiful melodies. 'Low in High School' was recorded at La Fabrique Studios in France and Ennio Morricone's Forum Studios in Rome. The record is produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Frank Zappa, The Strokes, Beck, The White Stripes).
The album will be available on multiple digital and physical formats, including MFiT, MQS, CD, LP, and cassette. Limited vinyl formats and bundles will be available via the Mporium. Options include different colored vinyl with lyrics and sleeve notes in French (blue), Spanish (transparent orange), and Japanese (transparent yellow). The Mporium will also stock a limited edition 7" box set with clear vinyl.
Pre-order 'Low in High School' here: https://morrissey.lnk.to/LiHSPR
In addition to selling out one night at LA's iconic Hollywood Bowl almost instantly with a second show announced, Morrissey will tour in support of 'Low in High School,' where he will perform many of his beloved classics as well as songs from the new album. Cities Morrissey will visit on his tour include: New York, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Detroit, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, St. Louis, Paso Robles, CA, and Portland, OR. Full tour details including dates and venues to come: https://www.facebook.com/Morrissey/app/123966167614127/
Recognized as one of the most influential artists of all time, Morrissey is widely credited as a seminal figure in the emergence of indie rock and Britpop, and his music acts as a rite of passage for all who discover alternative music. His lyrics, at times blunt and fearless, other times vulnerable and poignant, continue to resonate with listeners around the world with their unmatched emotional depth and theatrical, poetic delivery. After The Smiths, Morrissey achieved greater success as a prolific solo artist. All 10 of his solo albums have entered the Top 10 on the UK album charts, including three entries at No. 1. In 2013, Morrissey published his record-breaking autobiography on Penguin Classics, immediately topping the best-seller list with literary reviewers hailing it a masterpiece in writing and prose. Pitchfork called him "one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture," and the UK's Independent declared, "Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime."
On October 20th, a special five LP box set deluxe version of The Smiths' 'The Queen is Dead' will be released to celebrate what is perhaps the band's most iconic album.
'Low in High School' Track List:
  1. My Love, I'd Do Anything for You
  2. I Wish You Lonely
  3. Jacky's Only Happy When She's Up on the Stage
  4. Home Is a Question Mark
  5. Spent the Day in Bed
  6. I Bury the Living
  7. In Your Lap
  8. The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel
  9. All the Young People Must Fall in Love
  10. When You Open Your Legs
  11. Who Will Protect Us from the Police?
  12. Israel
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Ron Gallo's "Put The Kids To Bed" Video Premieres At Billboard, 'HEAVY META' Out Now On New West Records

Photo credit: Tom Bejgrowicz
Ron Gallo has released a new video for “Put The Kids To Bed” from his New West Records debut HEAVY META. Premiering the clip along with an in-depth Q&A, Billboard calls HEAVY META “one of the year's most searing and unfiltered alt-rock albums,” and continues, “...the music on Heavy Meta is often as catchy and cathartic as the lyrics are dark -- and the songs were made to be played live.” Read the full feature and watch the video HERE. Throughout the piece, Gallo details his two-year relationship with a woman who struggled with mental-health and drug-addiction issues during which much of HEAVY META was written. "It was a pretty dark time -- not all of it -- but, god, it was a heavy situation. I was frustrated and pissed off with humanity," Gallo divulged to Billboard. This led to an 11-song set that is drenched in aggression and fuzz with themes ranging from Gallo’s personal ideology on abstaining from drugs and alcohol, self-empowerment, domestication, dead love, not knowing yourself, mental illness and more. The songs often demonstrate this sense of frustration with the human race, balanced by the underlying hopefulness of an idealistic realist. 
The February 2017 release of HEAVY META landed on UNCUT’s "The Best Albums Of 2017: Halftime Report" and saw Gallo join Summer tours with Hurray For The Riff Raff, White Reaper, and Twin Peaks. The “insurgent poet and rock 'n' roll disruptor” (NPR Music) also performed highly anticipated sets throughout the festival season, including this year’s Governor’s Ball and Lollapalooza, which earned him a spot on NYLON’s festival season roundup with the description, “A wordsmith of a writer who just so happens to have a knack for rock and roll." Gallo and his band – rounded out by bassist Joe Bisirri (who also co-produced and mixed the album) and drummer Dylan Sevey – will continue taking HEAVY META on the road this Fall with an appearance at Austin City Limits, an October tour supporting The Black Angels, a set at New Orleans’ Voodoo Fest, and a November run with Seattle-based trio Naked Giants. “I love touring,” Gallo says. “For me, the live show is the most alive and in-the-moment place on Earth. There is no time to overanalyze, and I just let things unfold in some sort of controlled chaos and surrender to what seems right in the present moment.” Please see below for full tour details.
Prior to the album’s release, Vice’s music site Noisey premiered it in its entirety and stated that HEAVY META “is Fun and Dark and Garage and Psychedelic and Nice as Hell.” Read their Q&A with Gallo HERE. NPR Musicpreviously premiered the video for his single “Please Yourself,” which can be seen HERE. On the night of Saturday, November 19th, 2016 Ron, his band, and director Joshua Shoemaker loaded a PA system and bolted their gear to a small wooden stage in the back of a Ford F-150 truck and shot the video in the middle of downtown Nashville’s busiest intersection. Shot entirely in one take, NPR Music stated “In the spoken-word manifesto Gallo delivers before jumping on the truck, he raises an eyebrow at his generation for creating legacies that add up to no more than ‘an impressive collection of digital remarks.’ Gallo’s noisy tricksterism is designed to counter such surface stuff. He succeeded for three-minutes plus on Lower Broadway; this kid, the video portends, can and might do anything.” Additionally, American Songwriter premiered the video for the album track “Kill The Medicine Man,” which can be seen HERE, while Brooklyn Vegan premiered the first video from the record for “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me” HERE.
Ron Gallo HEAVY META Track Listing: 
1. Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me
2. Put The Kids To Bed
3. Kill The Medicine Man
4. Poor Traits Of The Artist
5. Why Do You Have Kids
6. Please Yourself
7. Black Market Eyes
8. Can’t Stand You
9. Started A War
10. Don’t Mind The Lion
11. All The Punks Are Domesticated 
Ron Gallo on tour:
September 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Park Tavern
September 28-30 – Marfa, TX @ Trans Pecos Festival of Love & Music
October 13 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
October 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom*
October 17 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues*
October 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan*
October 20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
October 21 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater*
October 22 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom*
October 23 – Seattle, WA @ The Show Box*
October 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot*
October 26 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre*
October 29 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival
November 11 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In^
November 12 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar^
November 13 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups^
November 14 – Toronto,  @ Horseshoe Tavern^
November 15 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar^
November 16 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow^
November 17 – Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom^
November 18 – Providence, RI @ Fete Lounge^
November 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade^
November 20 – Washington DC,  @ DC9^
November 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church (basement)^
November 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steelø
*with The Black Angels
^with Naked Giants
øwith Spoon

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The Jesus Lizard confirm appearance at Houston's Day For Night Festival in December

Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins

The Jesus Lizard have have announced they will perform for the first time in eight years with an appearance during the Day For Night Festival happening in Houston,TX December 15 - 17.  More information on the festival is available here and tickets are here

"Seminal" and "legendary" are two overused press release words we try to avoid.  But for the uninitiated and for those looking for easy answers, they both accurately describe the Jesus Lizard.  Since their inception in late-80s Austin, the band has been an influence on countless rock bands that followed.  Pitchfork notes, "the Jesus Lizard raised a bar that few bands have reached since...Rarely does a band have each member adding something essential to such a united, ferocious whole."  Live, the Jesus Lizard are matchless - Stereogum have called them "one of the greatest live bands ever" and The New York Times has used the words "extravagantly good" while Rolling Stone speaks of the band's "shattering live performances." Their debut albumHead was released in 1990 by Touch and Go and before they officially broke up in 1999 they had released five more LPs - the final being 1998's Blue.  During that time they toured endlessly and released not only the critically acclaimed studio LPs but also assorted singles, EPs, compilations and a live album.  

2008 saw the band regroup and the following year they toured the world with dates that included a slot at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and All Tomorrow's Parties in the UK and New York.  The Jesus Lizard have not played together live since 2009.   The Jesus Lizard are David Yow (vox), Duane Denison (guitar), David Wm. Sims (bass) and Mac McNeilly (drums).


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William Patrick Corgan Announces Pillbox, A Silent Film Set To Music From Forthcoming Solo Album Ogilala




Los Angeles, CA - September 20, 2017 - GRAMMY® Award winning, acclaimed singer-songwriter and Smashing Pumpkins frontman, William Patrick Corgan today announced Pillbox, a silent film set to music from his highly-anticipated forthcoming Rick Rubin produced solo album Ogilala, due out October 13, 2017 via BMG. Corgan today also shared the film's official trailer which can be seen HERE.

"I thought it was a different approach to listening to an album, to watch it in essence with a related, albeit non-linear, silent movie. Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself," shared Corgan on the film's connection to his new album.

Inspired by a hero's journey, Pillbox was written by Corgan, and directed by Corgan alongside longtime collaborator Linda Strawberry. The film is a Strawberry-Blank Assassin Production and stars: Harry Holmes, Rai Quartley, Anna Steers, Kalpana Pot, Hardeep Manak, Los Angela, Paul Seroka, Amelya Hensley, and Ike Catcher.

Corgan today also announced four intimate screenings of the film in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. Tickets for the screenings will go on sale at this Friday, September 22 at 11:00am PT and will be available HERE. Fans who attend the screenings will receive a limited edition movie poster.

Pillbox Screenings
October 5 - London, UK. Royal Society of Arts *
October 9 - Los Angeles, CA. Los Feliz Theatre +
October 11 - Chicago, IL. Music Box Theatre #
October 12 - New York, NY. Tribeca Screening Room #

*Appearance by Corgan
#Appearances by Corgan and co-director, Linda Strawberry
+Appearances by co-director, Linda Strawberry and select cast members
Corgan announced Ogilala last month and shared its striking first track "Aeronaut", which is available now HERE and in all DSPs. Produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at Shangri La studios in Malibu, Ogilala presents Corgan's distinctive vocals and melodies across a sparse, but rich palette of acoustic guitar, piano, and strings.

The media was quick to praise the sound of "Aeronaut", hailing, "The song itself is unfussy and intimate and, more importantly, Corgan owns the performance with his inimitable voice that few in the '90s would have figured for a romantic lead" (NPR), "'Aeronaut' is stately and bare: an unhurried piano riff outlines both beat and melody, while glinting strings occasionally rise to meet the keening, nasal lead vocal from Corgan" (Rolling Stone), "['Aeronaut'] is dominated by dramatic strings, piano, and, of course, his unmistakable vocals-which still sound pretty great" (Noisey).

Ogilala will be available digitally as well as physically on CD and 180 gram gatefold vinyl. A limited edition opaque blue vinyl will be available directly from Corgan's web store and a limited edition pink vinyl will be available at select indie retailers. The albumis available for pre-order now HERE. Fans who pre-order the album will receive an immediate download of "Aeronaut".

Next month, Corgan will embark on a solo acoustic North American tour that kicks off on October 14th in Brooklyn, NY and wraps up on November 12th in Los Angeles, CA with a four night stint at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. These intimate performances will see Corgan perform songs from Ogilala, as well as a second set which will span works from his earliest days through his years as the frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins and beyond. A complete list of tour dates and ticket information can be found HERE.

William Patrick Corgan North American Tour Dates
October 14- Brooklyn, NY. Murmrr Theatre
October 15- Brooklyn, NY. Murmrr Theatre
October 18- Wilmington, DE. Grand Opera House
October 20- Toronto, ON. Queen Elizabeth Theatre
October 24- Chicago, IL. Athenaeum Theatre
October 25- Chicago, IL. Athenaeum Theatre
October 27- Nashville, TN. CMA Theater
October 29 - Boulder, CO. Boulder Theater
November 1- San Francisco, CA. Herbst Theatre
November 2- San Francisco, CA. Herbst Theatre
November 9- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
November 10- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
November 11- Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
November 12 - Los Angeles, CA. Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
William Patrick Corgan is a singer, songwriter, producer, and frontman of celebrated alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. Formed in Chicago, IL in 1988, the band released their heralded debut album Gish in 1991 and found mainstream success with 1993's 4x multi-platinum Siamese Dream and 1995's 10x multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Following the band's 2000 dissolution, Corgan helmed the alternative rock band Zwan before releasing his debut solo album TheFutureEmbrace and reforming The Smashing Pumpkins in 2005. With over 30 million albums sold, the GRAMMY®, MTV VMA, and American Music Award winning band remains an influential force in alternative rock.
Photo credit: Alpha Pan

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