Chvrches – “Stay” (Rihanna Cover)

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Chvrches released their third LP, Love Is Dead, a couple weeks ago. During this album cycle, Lauren Mayberry has seemingly taken to covering some songs by a couple Queens Of Pop — last March, she sang Beyoncé’s “XO” and now the band’s released a cover of Rihanna’s “Stay.” (In between that, they More »

Premature Evaluation: Chvrches Love Is Dead

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Chvrches - Love Is DeadSometimes a band emerges just in time to encapsulate a moment in music. Consider this incomplete history of post-Y2K indie rock trends: You want to sum up the early aughts garage rock revival? Cue up the Strokes’ Is This It. The post-punk revival that unfolded soon after? Interpol’s Turn On The Bright Lights functions as … More »

Chvrches Debut 4 Love Is Dead Songs In Toronto

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Chvrches will release their new album Love Is Dead this week. Last night they debuted four of its songs at a show in Toronto at Danforth Music Hall. Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry sang “ii,” “Graffiti,” and “Forever,” and Martin Doherty took over for “God’s Plan” (not the Drake one). We’ve already heard “My Enemy,” … More »

Watch Chvrches’ Dramatic “Miracle” Performance On The Tonight Show

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Chvrches-on-The-Tonight-ShowIn a week and a half, the Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches will release their third album Love Is Dead, which they recorded with the hitmaking American producer Greg Kurstin. A few pre-album singles have come out, and right now, the band seems to be giving the big push to “Miracle,” a song that sounds … More »

Austin City Limits unveils staggering 2018 line-up with ODESZA, Childish Gambino, REZZ, and more

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Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.

Running from October 5–7 and October 12–14, ACL’s expansive 2018 lineup features over 140 live acts, providing a truly cross-genre, mega-festival experience. From Khalid and Shawn Mendez, to Deftones and St. Vincent, and Lily Allen, Børns, and Sylvan Esso in between, the C3 Presents-produced event delivers the full sonic spectrum to satisfy a range of musical tastes. With live performances by Marian Hill, Sophie Tucker, and synth pop rockers CHVRCHES, along with key electronic acts in Justice, Illenium, Rezz, San Holo, and Gryffin, Austin City Limits continues to be at the pinnacle of festival curation.

Tickets are now on sale for both weekends here.

Featured image courtesy of ACL.

CHVRCHES annovnce North American TOVR DATES

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Hey, remember when we told you that CHVRCHES have a new album called Love Is Dead coming out Next month? Remember dat?

Well, it’s still true, but turns out that’s not all the CHVRCHES news out there, as CHVRCHES have announced a North American tour for this fall! These dates come in addition to the band’s already exhaustive list of festival dates that we forgot to tell you about previously, but absolutely totally exist. HALLELUJAH, et cetera, et cetera.

Unfortunately, this is not the tour where CHVRCHES only perform in actual churches. But, the venues do seem to be mostly theaters and theatres, so hey, trending in the right direction!

Check out all of CHVRCHES upcoming tour dates — where they will be performing with a live drummer for the first time! — down below. Love Is Dead is out May 25 via Glassnote, and can be pre-ordered in various formats and chain-inclusive bundles here, via CHVRCHES’ delightful web domain,!


05.26.18 — Swansea, UK — Radio1 Biggest Weekend
05.31.18 — Barcelona, Spain — Primavera
06.03.18 — New York, NY — The Governors Ball
06.08.18 — Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands — Best Kept Secret
06.10.18 — Manchester, UK — Parklife
06.17.18 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
06.22.18 — Nehausen Ob Eck, Germany — Southside Festival
06.22.18 — Scheessel, Germany — Hurricane Festival
06.29.18 — Panensky Tynec, Czech Republic — Aerodrome
06.30.18 — St Gallen, Switzerland — Openair St Gallen
07.06.18 — Werchter, Belgium — Rock Werchter
07.08.18 — Glasgow, UK — TRNSMT Festival
07.11.18 — Linz, Austria — Ahoi The Full Hit of Summer
07.13.18 — Alges, Portugal — NOS Alive
07.15.18 — London, UK — Citadel Festival
07.27.18 — Yuzawa, Japan — Fuji Rock
08.02.18 — Chicago, IL — Lollapalooza
08.03.18 — St Charles, IA — Hinterland Music Festival
08.06.18 — Denver, CO — Ogden Theatre
08.09.18 — Ogden, UT — Ogden Twilight
08.31.18 — Stradbally, Ireland — Electric Picnic
09.20.18 — San Diego, CA — Open Air Theatre
09.26.18 — Portland, OR — Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
09.27.18 — Vancouver, BC — Commodore Ballroom
09.29.18 — Seattle, WA — Paramount Theatre
10.03.18 — St. Paul, MN — Palace Theatre
10.04.18 — Milwaukee, WI — Riverside Theater
10.08.18 — Birmingham, AL — Iron City Birmingham
10.09.18 — Asheville, NC — Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
10.10.18 — Atlanta, GA — The Tabernacle
10.11.18 — New Orleans, LA — The Joy Theater
10.15.18 — Nashville, TN — Ryman Auditorium
10.16.18 — Charlotte, NC — The Fillmore
10.18.18 — Washington, DC — The Anthem
10.20.18 — Boston, MA — Orpheum Theatre

Chvrches – “Miracle” Video

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The single-take, unbroken-shot music video is a sort of magic trick, a way for a director to flex a near-unbelievable level of planning and control. When it works right, it can be stunning. But it’s also a difficult way to tell a story, and so it can be slapdash and awkward. I acted in More »

Chvrches – “Miracle”

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Chvrches’ new album Love Is Dead, the follow-up to 2015’s Every Open Eye, is now a little more than a month away. When they first started teasing the LP, they said it would be “the most pop stuff we’ve done,” and early singles “Get Out,” the Matt Berninger-featuring “My Enemy,” and … More »

Outside Lands reveals The Weeknd, ODESZA, DJ Snake, Jamie xx & more atop 2018 bill

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Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.

Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season  — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest  — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.

The Weeknd is set to perform, where he’s likely to play out his recent slew of new material which features the aid of Nicolas Jaar, Daft Punk‘s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and Gesaffelstein. Both Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson front the bill with performances that will be nothing less than excellent and the lineup also promises a plethora of beloved dance acts. From ODESZA, Chromeo, and Claptone, to DJ Snake, Jamie xx, Tycho, CHVRCHES, James Blake, Gryffin, Lauv, and Whethan, Outside Lands is a music lover’s oeuvre in its late-summer installment.

More information and tickets, which are available starting at 10 a.m. PST April 5, can be found here.


New Music Good Friday: Post Precious! Dragonette! CHVRCHES!

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Notes on this week’s new releases:

  • The whole Post Precious thing is shaping up rather nicely, right?
  • This week, for the third song in a row, CHVRCHES broke the most sacred and some would say only rule of New Music Friday, with Never Say Die appearing yesterday. Yesterday, you may recall, was a Thursday. This may have been adjusted to accommodate Good Friday but the band’s behaviour will not be tolerated in the future.
  • The Digital Farm Animals, Shaun Frank and Dragonette song starts off sounding like an actually-quite-good Chainsmokers song and ends up — obviously, considering the involvement of Dragonette — being amazing.
  • The Hayley Kiyoko album’s out today! It is good!
  • The Kate Nash album’s out today! It’s better than a 2018 Kate Nash album has any right to be!!
  • The Kasey Musgraves album’s out today! It’s… Well, it seems to be going down well; bit fucking boring though let’s be honest!!!
  • Lady Gaga‘s version of Your Song is very ‘Lady Gaga doing Your Song’.
  • Look there’s no easy way to say this but Loleatta Holloway’s Love Sensation gets some sort of ‘treatment’ every couple of years and in 2018 the honour has fallen to Flo Rida, who’s turned it into a sort of happy-rappy Daft Punk song. That description actually makes it sound really good but words, readers, can be deceiving.

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