Angel Olsen realizes she missed some of the world, announces additional world tour dates

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Though she’s only made her mark on it during this last quarter, Angel Olsen has been having a grrreat 2019.

Her latest album All Mirrors has been released to the much-fabled “widespread acclaim from music critics,” and her hair-game has been looking on point. She’s also been in the midst of a grand world tour, selling out multiple dates along the way.

Seems however, that Olsen had a look down at her route and decided her world tour wasn’t touring enough of the world. As such, Olsen has announced that the tour has been extended with a brand new run of shows throughout the Southeastern United States during the month of April. After all, why should the tour have to end at the end of the tour? Stops include North Charleston’s High Water Festival and a hometown show at Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Also: Alabama. Congrats Alabama! Roll Tide…or War Eagle…or whatever.

Check out all of Angel Olsen’s upcoming tour dates down below. While you should have already listened to it at this point — both while reading this post and just in general — her latest album All Mirrors is out now via Jagjaguwar.

Angel Olsen’s never-ending All Mirrors world tour that nonetheless seems to end in April

11.19.19 – Boston, MA – Royale ^
11.21.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel !
11.22.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel *
11.23.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel ^
12.02.19 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren *
12.03.19 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park *
12.05.19 – Los Angeles, CA – Palace Theater *
12.06.19 – Los Angeles, CA – Palace Theater #
12.07.19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater *
12.09.19 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater PDX *
12.10.19 – Vancouver, British Columbia – The Orpheum Theatre *
12.11.19 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre *
12.13.19 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot *
12.14.19 – Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre *
12.15.19 – Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre *
01.22.20 – Lisbon, Portugal – Capitólio %
01.23.20 – Lisbon, Portugal – Capitólio %
01.24.20 – Porto, Portugal – Hard Club %
01.25.20 – Madrid, Spain – Sala BUT %
01.26.20 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Razzmatazz %
01.28.20 – Geneva, Switzerland – Festival Antigel %
01.29.20 – Munich, Germany – Kammerspiele %
01.30.20 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys Neue Welt %
01.31.20 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega %
02.01.20 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller %
02.03.20 – Stockholm, Sweden – Vasateatern %
02.04.20 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik %
02.05.20 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan %
02.06.20 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso %
02.07.20 – Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma %
02.08.20 – Paris, France – La Cigale %
02.10.20 – Bristol, England – SWX %
02.11.20 – London, England – Eventim Apollo %
02.13.20 – Manchester, England – O2 Ritz Manchester %
02.14.20 – Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland Ballroom %
04.14.20 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre ^*
04.15.20 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre ^*
04.16.20 – Richmond, VA – The National ^*
04.17.20 – Asheville, NC— Thomas Wolfe Auditorium ^*
04.18.20 – North Charleston, SC – High Water Festival*
04.20.20 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre ^*
04.21.20 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn ^*

* = Vagabon
^ = Madi Diaz
! = Zsela
# = Rodrigo Amarante
% = Hand Habits

Bon Iver announce simultaneous i,i listening parties in 61 locations worldwide

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As you already know from a story in which we expressed our bewilderment at Bon Iver’s ample-yet-unconventional use of commas, the Wisconsin experimental folk band is coming out with a new album in less than a month. August 30, to be exact. This Wednesday, however, fans will have an opportunity to catch an early listen to the LP at one of 61 free listening parties held in select locations around the globe.

The events will take place in major metro areas on five continents, from Berlin to Seoul and Sydney to Bogota. The full list can be found at the bottom of this story. During each listening party, a limited edition of Bon Iver flexi discs, with two undisclosed tracks, will be sold.

i,i is going to be the band’s fourth full-length album, and it serves as the “Fall” chapter in a cycle of records that began with 2007’s For Emma, Forever Ago, and that all reference the four seasons. Described in the press release as Bon Iver’s “most expansive, joyful and generous album yet”, it will feature contributions from James Blake, Aaron and Bryce Dessner (of the National), Bruce Hornsby, Velvet Negroni, Moses Sumney, and others.

Listen to the two four singles from i,i that have been released so far, and watch a new mini-documentary about the band below:

i,i listening parties (Wednesday, August 7):

Amsterdam, NE – CONCERTO AMSTERDAM
Arnhem, NE – KROESE ARNHEM
Auckland, NZ – Dingbats Record Joint
Austin, TX – End of an Ear
Austin, TX – Waterloo Records
Barcelona, SP – Disco Revolver
Bergen, NO – Apollo Platebar
Berlin, DE – Dodo Beach
Birmingham, AL – Seasick Records
Bloomington, IN – Landlocked music
Bogota, COL – RPM Records
Bordeaux, FR – Total Heaven
Boston, MA – Newbury Comics
Brighton, UK – Resident
Brisbane, AUS – Jet Black Cat
Bristol, UK – Rough Trade Bristol
Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Brussels, BE – Caroline Brussels
Chicago, IL – Reckless Records
Cologne, DE – Underdog Records
Copenhagen, DE – Beat
Eau Claire, WI – The Local Store
Edinburgh, UK – Assai Records Edinburgh
Freiburg, DE – Flight13
Gothenburg, SE – Bengans
Groningen, NE – PLATO GRONINGEN
Hamburg, DE – Michelle Records
Hasselt, BE – GIGA SWING HASSELT
Indianapolis, IN – LUNA music
Kansas City, MO – Mills Record Company
Lawrence, KS – Love Garden Sounds
Leeds, UK – Jumbo
Lisbon, PT – Flur
Louisville, KY – Guestroom Records
London, UK – Rough Trade East
London, UK – Rough Trade West
Los Angeles, CA – Going Underground
Louvain, BE – BILBO LOUVAIN
Madrid, ES – Bajoelvolcán
Manchester, UK – Piccadilly
Melbourne, AUS – Rocksteady Records
Mexico City, MX – La Roma Records
Minneapolis, MN – Electric Fetus
Munich, DE – Echt Optimal
Nashville, TN – Grimey’s
New York, NY – Turntable Lab
Nijmegen, NL – KROESE NIJMEGEN
Nottingham, UK – Rough Trade Nottingham
Orlando, FL – Park Ave CDs
Oslo, NO – Big Dipper
Paris, FR – Balades Sonores
Paris, FR – Ground Zero
Portland, OR – Jackpot Records
Porto, PT – Tubitek
Seattle, WA – Sonic Boom
Seoul, SK – Hyundai Card Music Library
Sydney, AUS – Red Eye
Tokyo, JP – Tower Records
Totnes, UK – Drift
Utrecht, NE – PLATO UTRECHT
Warsaw, PL – Hałas Vinyl + Coffee

Angel Olsen announces new album, shares video for lead single, starts getting her hairdo in shape for upcoming world tour

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“Unexpected.”

“Vulnerable.”

“Introspective.”

These are just three of the zillion or so words used to describe Angel Olsen’s newly announced forthcoming album All Mirrors by the person(s) earning six-times as much money as me writing these bullshit press releases.

Here’s a few dozen more, though, from Olsen herself:

In every way — from the making of it, to the words, to how I feel moving forward, this record is about owning up to your darkest side, finding the capacity for new love and trusting change even when you feel like a stranger.

All this cool-hand word jazz is, of course, meant to help differentiate All Mirrors from its wildly popular 2016 predecessor My Woman — and thank goodness, too. Because, frankly, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference between all these album covers’ close-up face shots and elaborate hairdos.

There are, of course, lots more words and phrases I could type-out for you about the “process” of making this album — “full production,” “new collaborators,” “more ambitious,” “powerful and surprising,” all that kind of stuff is in there — but fuck that; I know why you’re really here: You just wanna:

A) see the latest and greatest Angel Olsen hairstyle,

B) learn that the album is out October 4 on Jagjaguwar (and can be pre-ordered here),

C) catch the complete listing of WORLD TOUR dates that follows the release, so you can locate Olsen when she comes to your town,

and D) stream that video I promised you back in the headline for All Mirrors’ title track right down here:

Oops. How silly of me. I mean…right down HERE:

All the mirrors:

01. Lark
02. All Mirrors
03. Too Easy
04. New Love Cassette
05. Spring
06. What It Is
07. Impasse
08. Tonight
09. Summer
10. Endgame
11. Chance

All the tour dates:

10.28.19 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom $
10.30.19 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes ^
11.01.19 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre ^
11.04.19 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse ^
11.05.19 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre ^
11.07.19 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s ^
11.08.19 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater ^
11.09.19 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Criterion ^
11.10.19 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada ^
11.12.19 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue ^
11.13.19 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee ^
11.14.19 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre ^
11.16.19 – Toronto, Ontario – Queen Elizabeth Theatre ^
11.18.19 – Montreal, Quebec – MTELUS ^
11.19.19 – Boston, MA – Royale ^
11.22.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel ^
11.23.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel @
12.02.19 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren ^
12.03.19 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park ^
12.05.19 – Los Angeles, CA – Palace Theater ^
12.06.19 – Los Angeles, CA – Palace Theater %
12.07.19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater ^
12.09.19 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater PDX ^
12.10.19 – Vancouver, British Columbia – The Orpheum Theatre ^
12.11.19 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre ^
12.13.19 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot ^
12.14.19 – Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre ^
12.15.19 – Denver, CO – The Gothic Theatre ^
01.23.20 – Lisbon, Portugal – Capitólio
01.24.20 – Porto, Portugal – Hard Club
01.25.20 – Madrid, Spain – Sala BUT
01.26.20 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Razzmatazz
01.28.20 – Geneva, Switzerland – Festival Antigel
01.29.20 – Munich, Germany – Kammerspiele
01.30.20 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys Neue Welt
01.31.20 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
02.01.20 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
02.03.20 – Stockholm, Sweden – Vasateatern
02.04.20 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
02.05.20 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
02.06.20 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
02.07.20 – Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma
02.08.20 – Paris, France – La Cigale
02.10.20 – Bristol, England – SWX
02.11.20 – London, England – Eventim Apollo
02.13.20 – Manchester, England – O2 Ritz Manchester
02.14.20 – Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland Ballroom

* = Vagabon
^ = Madi Diaz
#= Rodrigo Amarante
&= Lean Year

Black Mountain return with new album Destroyer, share second single “Boogie Lover”

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You gotta have significantly-sized cajones to name an album Destroyer. Whether it is in reference to the Dan Bejar-led super-band, Kiss’s billion-selling breakthrough album from 1976, or any number of world-whipping warships throughout history; it’s a heavy word association that damn well better be backed-up in song.

Luckily, there’s no fear of musical floundering when it comes to Vancouver’s Black Mountain and their album titling preferences, whatever the connotation. Named after the single-run 1985 Dodge Destroyer power car, Destroyer is the fifth Black Mountain record, and it’s out May 24 on Jagjaguwar/Dine Alone.

Backed by a bevy of heavy friends both old and new (Jeremy Schmidt, Kliph Scurlock [Flaming Lips], Kid Millions [Oneida], Rachel Fannan [Sleepy Sun], Adam Bulgasem [Dommengang]), Black Mountain are sticking to the lane they know best on Destroyer: hard-driving psych rides — as evidenced by second single, “Boogie Lover.” Never one to give a boring quote, bandleader Stephen McBean says of the track:

Slaying hearts with riffs in search of Geezer wood. This one went into the oven twice as it needed an extra topping. Space doom for lovers. Kliph Scurlock (Flaming Lips) pulled some Kiss outta his cape and Randy Holden came knocking on the front door holding a bridge! Rachel Fannan (Sleepy Sun) baked a cake while Jeremy Schmidt and Tom G. Warrior spaced out on some classic Isaac Hayes. Slow burn in a creaky world.

You’re hardly going to ignore all of that and NOT listen, are you? Shift down to watch the video for “Boogie Lover,” and then scroll further to the tracklist for linkage to the already-released burner, “Future Shade.” Fast lane pre-orders can be had here and here.


Destroyer tracklisting:

01. Future Shade
02. Horns Arising
03. Closer to The Edge
04. High Rise
05. Pretty Little Lazies
06. Boogie Lover
07. Licensed to Drive
08. FD 72

Black Mountain live:

05.09.19 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
05.11.19 – Toronto, ON – Yonge-Dundas Square
05.25.19 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
05.26.19 – Pioneertown, CA – Stoned and Dusted
08.11-19 – Valais, Switzerland – PALP Festival
08.16-18.19 – Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas

Foxygen announce new album Seeing Other People, share video for “Livin’ A Lie”

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Sad news for fans of Foxygen who are also fans of perseverance in general: according to a note from frontman Sam France the band are quitting, well…everything BUT making music!

And to mark the occasion, Foxygen has announced the release of their latest album Seeing Other People, which they describe as “some kind of Yuppie-pop masterpiece” will be released on April 29 by their long time label Jagjaguwar.

Confused? We sure hope so. Here’s France in his own words.

For me Seeing Other People just means goodbye: Goodbye to the drugs, to the partying. Goodbye to my twenties now, Goodbye to my Saint Laurent-model-body. Goodbye to the touring circus – that’s right, no more shows or tours for a while. Goodbye, hopefully, to the anxiety attacks. Goodbye to beating myself up because I didn’t fit into those leather pants anymore. Fuck it. Goodbye to the facilities. And goodbye the leeches in my life. I know a lot of gritty stories about a lot of players in this business but you’ll have to read between the lines.

In more reassuring and tangible proof of the band’s ongoing existence, we are told that Seeing Other People was engineered by Shaun Everett (Alabama Shakes, Kurt Vile, Perfume Genius, etc.) and features the legendary session drummer Jim Keltner (whose played with guys like George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Ry Cooder, and a couple of other guys you might have heard of).

To prove this isn’t all a dream, you can feast your eyes and ears on the video clip for lead single “Livin’ A Lie” down below and pre-order the album right here. No need to pinch yourself or anything.


Seeing Other People tracklisting:

01. Work
02. Mona
03. Seeing Other People
04. Face The Facts
05. Livin’ A Lie
06. The Thing Is
07. News
08. Flag At Half-Mast
09. The Conclusion

Sharon Van Etten reminds herself to announce her new album Remind Me Tomorrow and share its lead single

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Sharon Van Etten hasn’t released an album since 2014’s Are We There, but she’s been plenty busy. Acting, motherhood, film scoring, academia; she was even a musical guest on the revival of that one television show from the 90s. (Northern Exposure, I think it was?) Now, Van Etten is looking to cement her quintuple threat status with her new album, Remind Me Tomorrow, set for release on January 18 via Jagjaguwar.

Written during her scant downtime from the “extra-curriculars” mentioned above, Van Etten says that Remind Me Tomorrow is a record about pursuing your passions. To quote: “I want to be a mom, a singer, an actress, go to school, but yeah, I have a stain on my shirt, oatmeal in my hair and I feel like a mess, but I’m here. Doing it. This record is about pursuing your passions.” See? Just like I said!

Van Etten teamed with producer John Congleton — in addition to a handful of collaborators that includes Heather Woods Broderick and Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart — who helped her to make Remind Me Tomorrow distinct from her usual fare — which is to say, more energetic and upbeat. She also shied away from writing on guitar for the record, setting it apart from anything Van Etten has released previously, something which is immediately apparent upon listening to lead single “Comeback Kid.” Synths, organ, harmonium — if it’s got keys, you can expect to hear it.

Speaking of, hear it for yourself by listening to “Comeback Kid” down below. While there, you can also check out the artwork and full tracklisting for Remind Me Tomorrow, as well as Sharon Van Etten’s upcoming shows. Remind Me Tomorrow is out January 18 via Jagjaguwar, and can be pre-ordered (either today OR tomorrow) right here.

Remind Me Tomorrow tracklisting:

01. I Told You Everything
02. No One’s Easy To Love
03. Memorial Day
04. Comeback Kid
05. Jupiter 4
06. Seventeen
07. Malibu
08. You Shadow
09. Hands
10. Stay

Sharon Van Etten live not at The Roadhouse

10.06.18 — Austin, TX — Austin City Limits Music Festival
10.09.18 — Morrison, CO — Red Rocks w/ The National
10.14.18 — Oakland, CA — Treasure Island Music Festival

Unknown Mortal Orchestra to release surprise instrumental album, IC-01 Hanoi, in October (so you have plenty of time to be surprised)

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Three months is a long time to wait for Old Saint Nick to squeeze his fat ass down yer chim-chim-i-ney, B&E-ing you for your hard-earned cookies and milk in the hopes of receiving some tree-feeding baubles cloaked in gaudy wrap. Thankfully, Ruban Nielson’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra knows no holidays; he brings the jollies throughout the year. Fresh-ish off his latest merry musical, Sex & Food, it has been announced that UMO will be releasing an unexpected early holiday gift in the form of a new full-length instrumental album…in October!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s IC-01 Hanoi is out October 26 on Jagjaguwar and features seven tracks recorded by Nielson, his brother Kody, and frequent collaborator Jacob Portrait (with help from local musician Minh Nguyen and Nielson senior, Chris) while in Hanoi recording tracks for the last UMO platter, Sex & Food. The album is an indulgent (in the best way) exploration of sounds closer to Nielson’s jazz and avant-garde heart.

Listen to “Hanoi 6” below and try not to trip up on the tricky tracklisting below before tiptoeing through the international tour dates. IC-01 Hanoi can be pre-ordered here. Scrooges, sling yer hook elsewhere!


IC-01 Hanoi tracklisting:

01. Hanoi 1
02. Hanoi 2
03. Hanoi 3
04. Hanoi 4
05. Hanoi 5
06. Hanoi 6
07. Hanoi 7

Unknown Mortal Orchestra tour dates:

09.25.18 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Bee
09.26.18 – Jakarta, Indonesia – Empirica
10.04.18 – Guadalajara, Mexico – C3 Stage
10.06.18 – Lomas Atlas, Mexico – Festival Hipnosis, Deportivo Lomas Atlas
10.26.18 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Mon
10.27.18 – Bilbao, Spain – BIME Live
10.29.18 – Porto, Portugal – Hard Club
10.30.18 – Lisbon, Portugal – Aula Magna
11.01.18 – Clermont-Ferrand, France – La Cooperative de Mai
11.02.18 – Antwerp, Belgium – Filter Festival
11.03.18 – Paris, France – Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
11.04.18 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom Frankfurt
11.06.18 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
11.07.18 – Stockholm, Sweden – Kagelbanan
11.08.18 – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
11.09.18 – Bergen, Norawy – Landmark
11.11.18 – Groningen, Netherlands – Oosterpoort
11.13.18 – Vienna, Austria – Flex
11.14.18 – Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
11.15.18 – Vevey, Switzerland – Rocking Chair
11.16.18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
11.17.18 – Leipzig, Germany – Trascentury Update No. 3 Festival
11.19.18 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
11.21.18 – London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
11.22.18 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
11.23.18 – Sheffield, UK -@ The Leadmill
11.25.18 – Dublin, Ireland – The Academy
11.26.18 – Glasgow, UK – SWG3
01.12.19 – Christchurch, New Zealand – Hagley Park
01.14.19 – Queenstown, New Zealeand – John Davies Oval
01.19.19 – Auckland, New Zealand – Western Springs

Music Review: Preoccupations – New Material

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Preoccupations

New Material

[Jagjaguwar; 2018]

Rating: 4/5

The most troubling thing about Preoccupations’ depiction of anxiety and restlessness is the implication that it can happen to anyone. Vocalist Matt Flegel’s sketches of disaffection aren’t a result of urban claustrophobia nor an affliction of youth to be aged out of; they’re indiscriminate, arbitrary heat-seeking missiles with an untraceable origin. “With a sense of urgency and unease/ Second guessing just about everything,” a heavy-lidded Flegel sings on “Anxiety,” the opening song on the band’s 2016 self-titled album. “Recollections of a nightmare,” he continues, “So cryptic and incomprehensible.” Paranoia, fear, and any other auxiliary neuroses are as unyielding as they are inscrutable, according to Flegel.

The band’s music is a reflection of this reality. Drummer Mike Wallace channels the floor tom primitivism of Mo Tucker and Bobby Gillespie while following the contours and jerking pulls of the rest of Preoccupations’ math rock erratics. Likewise, guitar duo Scott Munro and Daniel Christiansen arpeggiate and screech into dizzying post-goth strumming patterns. This assemblage, when grounded by Flegel’s assiduous, grainy basslines, results in a tone poem like an M. C. Escher painting. Preoccupations’ sound is one of hallways turning into hallways, staircases spiraling forever downward.

This new album, composed of eight post-punk dirges (each summated by a monomial track title) and packaged under the noncommittal header New Material, continues Preoccupations’ pattern of documenting psychic unrest with microscopic detail. Founded on the band’s hefty but nervous guitar-bass-drums latticework and festooned with uneasy synthesizers that sound like white noise machines for people who never sleep, the album alternatingly lurches and shudders through scenes of intense maladjustment. Images of dead seas and rotting flowers color album opener “Espionage.” The mantra “To live is to suffer again and again” punctuates the choruses of “Antidote.” This kind of lyrical fodder is Preoccupations’ forte, and New Material works as an excellent signpost of where the group has been and where it’s headed.

New Material closes with the ominous soundscape “Compliance,” an instrumental morass of nebulous synths and other opaque sounds. For some listeners, it will serve as a respite from the barrage of negativity that pervades the record’s other seven cuts. For others, it will sound like the culmination of the band’s nightmare vision, an unnavigable fog perennially expanding. But Preoccupations aren’t here to guide us through this confusion; they themselves are lost in the thick of it.