Beach Slang shares cover of The Adverts’ “Bored Teenagers”

Hot on the heels of sophomore full-length, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, Beach Slang returns with the second installment of its covers mixtape series. The five tracks will be available on February 10 via Polyvinyl Records.

The mixtape features five songs originally by The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Adverts, The Modern Lovers, Tommy Keene and The Candyskins. They’ve shared their cover of The Adverts’ “Bored Teenagers”. Listen to the track HERE and pre-order the mixtape HERE.

Tracklisting:

“Bored Teenagers” – The Adverts

“Wembley” – The Candyskins

“Nothing Can Change You” – Tommy Keene

“Sometimes Always” – The Jesus & Mary Chain

“Roadrunner” – The Modern Lovers

Signals Midwest announce tour dates (2017)

Signals Midwest announced upcoming tour dates including a March run of dates with Festival appearances at Push Back Fest in January, Brite Winter Fest in February and Pouzza Fest in May.

Full list of dates below.

JAN 20 – Lakewood, OH @ Push Back Fest (Mahall’s 20 Lanes)

FEB 17 – Elyria, OH @ Blank Slate
FEB 18 – Cleveland, OH @ Brite Winter Fest

MAR 10 – Chicago, IL @ Township
MAR 11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Broke Haus
MAR 12 – Waterloo, IA @ The Wedge
MAR 13 – Omaha, NE @ Milk Run
MAR 14 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Surfside 7
MAR 15 – Denver, CO @ 7th Circle
MAR 16 – Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s
MAR 17 – Lawrence, KS @ TBA
MAR 18 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar

MAY 19-21 – Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest

Pile share “Texas,” ready A Hairshirt of Purpose for Exploding In Sound Records

Boston, MA’s Pile have released “Texas,” the lead single from their upcoming fifth full-length album, A Hairshirt of Purpose. NPR, who premiered the song today, are saying it “the band balances the acrobatic and the annihilating as it shifts between gnarled melodies and heavy thrashing. While Pile’s music often dwells in extremes, even its heaviest moments rarely feel outwardly aggressive. Maguire is inviting listeners inside his head, and it’s loud in there.”

When asked, Pile vocalist/guitarist Rick Maguire said A Hairshirt of Purpose is an album about “the joys of solitude” and “the inescapable selfishness of every action.” Pile balance their ferocious tendencies with moments of beauty, building tension with release never too far behind.

A Hairshirt of Purpose is available for pre-order now and due out March 31 via Exploding In Sound Records.

WHY? share “Proactive Evolution” (featuring mewithoutYou’s Aaron Weiss), tour (2017)

WHY?’s sixth album, Moh Lhean, is due out March 3 via Joyful Noise Recordings. A follow-up to 2012′s Mumps, Etc., it’s the first fully home-recorded WHY? album since the project’s 2003 debut, made mostly in Yoni Wolf’s studio and co-produced by his brother Josiah.

The band gave fans a first taste of the album with opener “This Ole King,” and , they share “Proactive Evolution,” which features mewithoutYou’s Aaron Weiss. The track also samples the doctors who treated Wolf during a severe health scare that he encountered while working on Moh Lhean – an experience that had a strong influence on the album as a whole.

You can stream “Proactive Evolution” on Soundcloud and follow along with Wolf’s lyrics in a lyric video for the track.

WHY? will head out on tour in Spring 2017 — see below for upcoming dates.

WHY? On Tour:
3/16: Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater (tickets)
3/17: Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (tickets)
3/18: Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center (tickets)
3/19: Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge (tickets)
3/21: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater (tickets)
3/22: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge (tickets)
3/23: Boise, ID @ Treefort Fest (tickets)
3/24: Portland, OR @ Revelation Hall (tickets)
3/25: Vancouver, BC @ Venue (tickets)
3/26: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile (tickets)
3/28: Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall (tickets)
3/29: Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre (tickets)
3/30: San Diego, CA @ Irenic (tickets)
3/31: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater (tickets)
4/1: Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole (tickets)
4/2: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom (tickets)
4/4: Dallas, TX @ Trees (tickets)
4/5: Austin, TX @ Mohawk (tickets)
4/6: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon (tickets)
4/7: Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall (tickets)
4/8: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West (tickets)
4/9: Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle (tickets)
4/11: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (tickets)
4/12: Washington, DC @ Black Cat (tickets)
4/13: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer (tickets)
4/14: Boston, MA @ Sinclair (tickets)
4/15: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza (tickets)
4/17: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (tickets)
4/18: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick (tickets)
4/19: Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme (tickets)
4/20: Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop (tickets)
4/21: St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room (tickets)
4/22: Madison, WI @ UW Union South

Minus the Bear ready VOIDS for March release, tour (2017)

Minus the Bear to announced their new album VOIDS, due out March 3. VOIDS is the Seattle band’s sixth full-length album, and first new LP in half a decade. It also marks the band’s return to their original label home, Suicide Squeeze Records, a longtime pillar of the Emerald City’s vaunted indie rock scene.

Fans can hear “Invisible”, the first single off VOIDS, and learn more about the album via an interview with Noisey posted today. Minus the Bear have also announced a 29 date spring tour with support from Beach Slang and Bayonne.  Tickets are on sale this Friday, January 13th at 10 am local time, but a limited VIP pre-sale is available now via vip.minusthebear.com. A full list of dates and tour poster can be found below.

Stream “Invisible” from VOIDS at Noisey via SoundCloud

Pre-Order VOIDS and purchase exclusive Pre-Order bundles

via Suicide Squeeze Records and MinusTheBear.com

All dates with Beach Slang and Bayonne supporting unless otherwise noted.

MARCH

10 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory * (Sand supporting instead of Bayonne)

11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot * (Sand supporting instead of Bayonne)

12 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall * (Sand supporting instead of Bayonne)

14 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

18 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

20 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater

21 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

22 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground

23 – Richmond, VA @ The National

24 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

26 – Boston, MA @ Royale

28 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

30 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

31 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

 

APRIL

01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls

02 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line

05 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

06 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

07 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall

08 – San Antonio, TX @ Maverick Music Festival

10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Belasco Theater

13 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

14 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

15 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Homewrecker announce tour dates (2017)

Homewrecker stage-dives right into 2017 with a slew of live dates with Expire as part of their final tour, slots on Midwest Blood Fest, Modified Ghost Fest, and 71 Grind Fest, shows with Nails, and more.

Homewrecker will record its new album this year with Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, to be released on Good Fight Music.

Latest EP Extinction by Design is out now on Good Fight and represents some of the most thrilling, raw, Slayer-worship in existence today. The Ohio band brings a hardcore punk realness to the table as it dishes out ultra thick death-grooves and whiplash thrash attacks.

Jan 20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Triple Zero

Jan 21 – Gary, IN @ 500 S. Lake St

Jan 28 – Tiffin, OH @ The Viaduct w/ Freedom

Feb 2 – Louisville, KY @ Spinelli’s Downtown - Midwest Blood Fest pre-show

Feb 3 – Louisville, KY @ The Cure Lounge - Midwest Blood Fest

w/ Expire (final tour):

Feb 24 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th St Collective

Feb 25 – Nashville, TN @ The End

Feb 26 – Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks

Feb 27 – Tampa, FL @ Local 662

Feb 28 – Charlotte, NC @ Drunk Horse

Mar 2 – Montclair, NJ @ Meatlocker

Mar 3 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall

Mar 4 – Cambridge, MA @ Cambridge Elks Lodge

Mar 5 – Albany, NY @ Trickshots

Mar 6 – Cleveland, OH @ Foundry

Mar 7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Yacht Club

Mar 8 – Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary

Mar 9 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

Mar 27 – Columbus, OH @ Park St Saloon - w/ Nails, Toxic Holocaust, Gatecreeper

May 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Modified Ghost Fest

May 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Modified Ghost Fest

Jun 2 – Colorado Springs, CO @ 71 Grind Fest

Jun 3 – Colorado Springs, CO @ 71 Grind Fest

Sarah Bethe Nelson readies Oh, Evolution for Burger Records

Sarah Bethe Nelson has a new album called Oh, Evolution coming February 24 on Burger Records, and it’s unbelievable — a big step forward for the label.

Oh, Evolution shows just that — a massive growth from Nelson’s solo debut, Fast Moving Clouds (Burger, 2015). The catchy-yet-artful melodies are still there, but the arrangements are much more muscular and driving.

Her Hope Sandoval breathiness takes center stage, but the surrounding synths and overdriven guitars are welcome additions. Her lyrics are often incisive, streetwise commentary on human behavior — the perfect complement to her rock-solid arrangements.

She got some high praise last time around from The New York Times, Pitchfork and more. She’s lately opened up for the likes of Dwight Twilley, Christopher Owens (Girls), Sonny & The Sunsets and many more, and she’s a super interesting character, a no-bullshit longtime OC bartender.

Wear Your Wounds ro release WYW via Deathwish, Tour (2017)

Wear Your Wounds is the product of years of lo-fi solo recordings by Converge founder Jacob Bannon. On this debut release, WYW (out April 7 on Deathwish), Bannon is joined by guest musicians Kurt Ballou (Converge), Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord, Stomach Earth, Unraveller), Chris Maggio (Sleigh Bells, Trap Them, Coliseum), and Sean Martin (Hatebreed, Cage, Kid Cudi, Twitching Tongues). Together they have created a powerful album that is unlike anything they have ever individually worked on. The album is comprised of ten emotionally heavy songs that call to the slower, more epic leanings of Converge, as well as Bannon’s previous work in Supermachiner. Wear Your Wounds brings to mind the dense multi-layered approach of Swans and early Pink Floyd, while being as vulnerable as influences Sparklehorse, Songs: Ohia, other like minded artists.  

The album’s somber first single, “Goodbye Old Friend,” has premiered on AV Club.  

Wear Your Wounds will debut in a live setting on April 22 at Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands as part of John Dyer Baizley’s curation.  Find more information about this special Roadburn performance here.  Wear Your Wounds live will feature Bannon joined on stage by musicians Mike McKenzie, Chris Maggio, Adam McGrath (Cave In, Zozobra, Nomad Stones), and Sean Martin.  Wear Your Wounds have announced additional European tour dates which can be found below.

Stay tuned for pre-order info to come soon.

WEAR YOUR WOUNDS, ON TOUR:

21.04.17 Switzerland Pratteln @ Z7 w/ Crippled Black Phoenix  

22.04.17 Netherlands Tilburg @ Roadburn Festival  

23.04.17 Germany Karlsruhe @ Dude Fest  

24.04.17 Switzerland Zürich @ Bogen F w/ Chelsea Wolfe  

25.04.17 Germany Nürnberg @ Z-Bau  

26.04.17 Czech Rep Prague @ Futurum w/ Chelsea Wolfe  

27.04.17 Germany Berlin @ Berghain w/ Chelsea Wolfe  

28.04.17 Germany Hannover @ Mephisto  

29.04.17 Germany Köln @ MTC  

30.04.17 UK London @ Desertfest  

Big Surr share “At The Bi-Rite,” ready In Business for release

In the center of landlocked Tennessee there is a basin at the bottom of which sits Nashville, where humidity settles in on the city like a sweatbox and Big Surr dream of beaches. Borne in an Ohio basement and raised below the Mason-Dixon line, this ebullient five piece, led by frontwoman Helen Van, has been cooling the Middle Tennessee region with their special brand of summer bummer fuzz pop for years. In 2010, Big Surr released their Miss You Most EP on RAD FRNDS and, in 2012, their Baked + Bruised 7-inch on Infinity Cat. They quickly became mainstays in the burgeoning Nashville DIY scene and garnered comparisons to the likes of the Jesus and Mary Chain, Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls and Camera Obscura meets Dinosaur Jr.

In the years since, Big Surr has undergone several personnel changes as Van returned to Ohio to pursue a graduate degree and previous members went on to other projects such as Diarrhea Planet and Mitski. Yet Van never disbanded Big Surr, adapting to new locales and circumstances even as she ventured to San Francisco, just hours from the group’s geographical namesake. And when Van did make her prodigal, Odyssean return to Nashville in 2015, she reformed Big Surr with a powerful new lineup featuring some of the best young players in Nashville.

Joining Van on guitar are two hotshot upstarts, Asher Horton (Fox Fun, Sun Seeker) and Josh “SweetBaby” Halper (Western Medication), whose meticulous interplay and bonkers shredding leads Big Surr’s best tunes like the swell of a tidal wave. Meanwhile, Bassist Danny Herrman (No Regrets Coyote) and drummer Cam “Clam” Sarrett (D. Watusi) maintain the steady, rumbling grooves that keep Big Surr upright as Van’s frosty vocals preside over the sugar- and grit-coated proceedings.

Since assuming their latest form, Big Surr have once again become a must-see live act around Nashville. In the winter of 2016, they recorded a fresh batch of tunes live-to-tape at Nashville’s famed The Bomb Shelter with Andrija Tokic. In Business finds Big Surr entering their most formidable phase, switching and cutting between sweet tooth rockers like “Alright” — with its dueling Thin Lizzy guitars — pensive sun-drunk ballads like “Faded” and empowered kiss-off rippers like “At the Bi-Rite.” The 11-track record is mixed, mastered and ready to go. Big Surr ain’t on top of the world yet — but they’re ready to catch a wave.

The band premiered their infectious, beachy single “At the Bi-Rite” at Stereogum, who said, “Nashville rockers Big Surr play bright, beachy power-pop — like Best Coast or Dum Dum Girls, but executed with the Camaro-ready fuzz-rock power that has come to characterize their town’s prominent garage rock exports. My closest reference point for this is Colleen Green’s I Want To Grow Up, which is intensely positive assessment considering that album is the shit.”

In Business will be released March 10, preorder available here.

Austra streams Future Politics, tours (2017)

Austra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, will release their third full length album Future Politics on January 20. The new album is streaming exclusively via NPR First Listen.

Stream Future Politics HERE.

Austra will embark on a North American and European tour in support of Future Politics, commencing in January. See below to find a show near you and get your tickets at http://austramusic.com/

Austra tour dates

January 20 | Mod Club | Toronto, ON #

January 21 | Fairmont Theatre | Montreal, QC #

January 24 | The Sinclair | Boston, MA #

January 26 | Warsaw | Brooklyn, NY #

January 27 | Union Transfer | Philadelphia, PA #

January 28 | Black Cat | Washington, DC #

January 29 | Motorco Music Hall | Durham, NC #

January 31 | Exit/In | Nashville, TN *

February 1 | Terminal West | Atlanta, GA *

February 2 | Gasa Gasa | New Orleans, LA *

February 3 | Trees | Dallas, TX *

February 4 | Mohawk | Austin, TX *

February 5 | Lowbrow Palace | El Paso, TX *

February 7 | Valley Bar | Phoenix, AZ *

February 8 | Casbah | San Diego, CA *

February 9 | El Rey Theater | Los Angeles, CA *

February 11 | Mezzanine | San Francisco, CA *

February 13 | Holocene | Portland, OR *

February 14 | The Crocodile | Seattle, WA *

February 17 | Triple Rock Social Club | Minneapolis, MN *

February 18 | Thalia Hall | Chicago, IL *

February 19 | Magic Stick | Detroit, MI *

March 4 | Paradiso | Amsterdam, Netherlands

March 6 | Uebel & Gefährlich | Hamburg, Germany

March 7 | NIEBO | Warsaw, Poland

March 8 | Astra | Berlin, Germany

March 9 | Muffatwerk (Ampere) | Munich, Germany

March 10 | Conne Island | Leipzig, Germany

March 11 | Posthof | Linz, Austria

March 12 | WUK | Vienna, Austria

March 15 | Biko Club | Milan, Italy

March 16 | Les Docks | Lausanne, Switzerland

March 17 | Dampfzentrale | Bern, Switzerland

March 18 | Gloria Theater | Cologne, Germany

March 21 | Patterns | Brighton, UK

March 22 | Village Underground (Convergence) | London, UK

March 23 | Summerhall | Edinburgh, UK

March 24 | Deaf Institute | Manchester, UK

March 25 | The Button Factory | Dublin, Ireland

# w/ Lafawndah

* w/ The Range