Sneaks shares “The Way It Goes,” details new album Highway Hypnosis

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Evidenced by its inclusion on the “overlooked albums” year-end lists of multiple reputable institutions, Sneaks’ It’s a Myth certainly flew under the proverbial radar. Even here at TMT, we managed to let it slip by unnoticed — which is shame, because it’s a good album that you should listen to. We cannot, however, change the past. All we can hope to do is not repeat its mistakes, so as to allow future generations to prosper.

Accordingly: hey, there’s a new Sneaks album coming out soon! Highway Hypnosis is set for release in January from Merge Records.

Whereas It’s a Myth was a stark approach to post-punk, incorporating little else than bass, drum machine, and deadpan vocals; Highway Hypnosis seems like it will expand the horizons of the Sneaks sound. Among several others, Robyn, Nirvana, a hacky sack circle, and — most importantly in my mind — Jock Jams are all cited as influences that can be heard in the DNA of Highway Hypnosis.

Listen to the good stuff for yourself by checking out “The Way It Goes,” the new single off of Highway Hypnosis, down below. Also make sure to check out the album’s artwork and tracklisting. Sneaks only have a few tour dates at the moment, but have announced the album’s release show on their home turf of Washington, DC, with more shows expected to come.

Highway Hypnosis is out via Merge Records on January 25, and can be pre-ordered here.


Highway Hypnosis

01. Highway Hypnosis
02. The Way It Goes
03. Ecstasy
04. Suck It Like a Whistle
05. Addis
06. Saiditzoneza
07. Money Don’t Grow on Trees
08. Cinnamon
09. Holy Cow Never Saw a Girl Like Her
10. Beliefs
11. And We’re Off
12. A Lil Close
13. Hong Kong to Amsterdam

“A few tour dates at the moment… with more shows expected to come”

11.01.18 — London, UK – The Islington
11.02.18 — London, UK – Koko*
11.16.18 — Seattle, WA – Freakout Fest
02.03.19 — Washington, DC – Songbyrd

* Goat Girl

No boos but plenty of Hiss! 4CD/LP boxset from Hiss Golden Messenger coming in November on Merge

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Yes, Halloween is approaching with the speed of a (cueing up the tinkling piano sounds…) runaway skeleton, but it’s not an occasion that puts everyone at ease. I dare say that because Halloween is deemed so fun and un-stressful, the expectations placed upon it make the night even more tense. Coming up with a crowd-pleasing costume (sexy nurse, sexy firefighter, sexy SOMETHING!) and answering the doorbell ad nauseum are not the sorts of things that sit right for us shut-ins!

Luckily, there’s relief on the way. The days after that eerie eve are golden, rather than orange, and time can once again be spent on what’s really important: spending time with your favorite Autumn troubadour, MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger.

Taylor is one of the most accomplished yarn spinners working today and is the perfect accompaniment to a post-Hallows anxiety hangover. And the marvelous Merge Records will release Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children, a 4CD/LP boxset from Hiss Golden Messenger, on November 2. Coming a year-and-a-bit on from his last proper record, Hallelujah Anyhow, the timing couldn’t be better to revisit Taylor’s earlier works.

Collecting (remastered) past efforts Bad Debt (2010), Poor Moon, and Haw in one spot (each is being released on their own as well), Devotion… is a perfect Hiss Golden Messenger primer and features full lyrics, new album artwork devised by Taylor and Sam Smith (no, not that fucking Sam Smith), and notes by heavyweight journos John Mulvey (Mojo) and Amanda Petrusich (The New Yorker). The inevitable centerpiece of this boxset, however, is the fourth disc, Virgo Fool, which comprises an 11-song compendium of rarities that is only available as a DL and (physically) as part of this set!

Pre-order the lavish Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children box from your chosen brand here and listen to Virgo Fool’s opener, “Rock Holy”, below. Tracklists and tour dates follow. Hallelujah not Halloweenjah!


Bad Debt tracks:

01. Balthazar’s Song
02. No Lord Is Free
03. Bad Debt
04. O Little Light
05. Straw Man Red Sun River Gold
06. Far Bright Star
07. The Serpent Is Kind (Compared to Man)
08. Call Him Daylight
09. Jesus Shot Me in the Head
10. Super Blue (Two Days Clean)
11. Roll River Roll
12. Drum

Poor Moon tracks:

01. Blue Country Mystic
02. Call Him Daylight
03. Drummer Down
04. Under All the Land
05. Westering
06. Pittsboro Farewell (Two Monarchs)
07. Super Blue (Two Days Clean)
08. Jesus Shot Me in the Head
09. O Little Light
10. A Working Man Can’t Make It No Way
11. Dreamwood
12. Balthazar’s Song

Haw tracks:

01. Red Rose Nantahala
02. Sufferer (Love My Conqueror)
03. I’ve Got a Name for the Newborn Child
04. Hat of Rain
05. Devotion
06. The Serpent Is Kind (Compared to Man)
07. Sweet as John Hurt
08. Cheerwine Easter
09. Hark Maker (Glory Rag)
10. Busted Note
11. What Shall Be (Shall Be Enough)

Virgo Fool tracks:

01. Rock Holy
02. Black Country Woman
03. Joyce & Joel
04. Lion/Lamb
05. Father Sky
06. Issa
07. Back to the River Again
08. Tell Everyone
09. Karen’s Blues
10. The Revenant
11. Hard Promises

Hiss Golden Messenger tour:

09.20.18 – Marfa, TX – Trans-Pecos Festival
09.24.18 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall
09.25.18 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
09.26.18 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Berkeley
09.27.18 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
09.30.18 – Dana Point, CA – Ohana Music and Arts Festival
10.05.18 – Nashville, TN – The Ryman #
11.16.18 – Durham, NC – Carolina Theatre
12.13.18 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
12.14.18 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
12.15.18 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
12.17.18 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
12.18.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
12.19.18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
12.20.18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
12.21.18 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

# John Prine

Watch: The Rock*A*Teens – “Turn and Smile”

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Oh, Rock*A*Teens, you make me feel so old. Was it twenty years ago I saw you open up for Superchunk on whatever tour that was? Probably more like seventeen or eighteen, but still — it was great. I still have the t-shirt I bought. (I’m not kidding — I even mowed the lawn in it this weekend.)

But it’s awesome to have you guys back. And new music too! This Sixth House record on Merge, quite a return to form. You may be a little older, a little grayer, a little heavier (not a jab, because hey, me too), you might not be able to pogo around stage anymore (did you ever?), but you still have what it takes, let me tell you that.

“Turn and Smile” makes me wish all music videos were graphic novelized. You get lost in it, lost in the story, lost in the characters. You guys seem to have a knack for gripping in medias res storytelling. I’ve watched this a bunch of times without getting bored. I guess you could say, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Welcome back. Look me up if you’re through northeastern Florida. We’ll hit a pub.


Titus Andronicus go electric again for new tour dates, share regular-sized mix tape of demos and outtakes

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It’s been well-publicized that Titus Andronicus has had a lot of band members come and go over the years. Expectedly, their touring lineup keeps on changing as well. Most recently, the band went on an “acoustic” tour as a guitar and piano duo, in support of their recent “ballads” album A Productive Cough. But now, the band that didn’t actually break up is getting the band back together for a good, old-fashioned four-piece rock and/or roll “electric” tour!

In celebration of the boys being back in town, Titus Andronicus have shared the third installment of their ongoing regular-sized mix tape series. Officially dubbed, Titus Andronicus Mixtape Volume III : A Reductive Scoff, it collects demos and outtakes from the A Productive Cough recording process.

Once the band wraps up their remaining “acoustic” shows in the UK and Ireland, the tasteful and descriptively named “American Rock Band Tour” will begin in October in New Haven. Support on certain dates comes from a solo Ted Leo, crossing paths with Titus Andronicus as he tours behind his own album, last year’s The Hanged Man.

Check out all of Titus Andronicus’ upcoming tour dates and listen to A Reductive Scoff down below. (A Productive Cough is and has been out now on Merge Records.)

To paraphrase Grand Funk Railroad: “Coming to your town, helping you party it down, it’s an ‘American Rock Band Tour,’ plus like 11 ‘acoustic’ shows, two of which are already sold out.” Man, what a jam! Ahhh. Anywayyyyyy…

Coming to your town:

08.30.18 – Glasgow, UK – CCA ^
08.31.18 – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – Head of Steam ^
09.01.18 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega ^
09.02.18 – Wiltshire, UK – End of the Road Festival ^
09.03.18 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen ^
09.04.18 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall ^
09.06.18 – London, UK – St. Pancras Old Church ^ [SOLD OUT]
09.07.18 – London, UK – St. Pancras Old Church ^ [SOLD OUT]
09.09.18 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
09.10.18 – Derry, IE – Bennigans Bar
09.11.18 – Limerick City, IE – Phamacia
10.12.18 – New Haven, CT – Space Gallery
10.13.18 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
10.14.18 – Buffalo, NY – Asbury Hall
10.15.18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
10.16.18 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
10.17.18 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner
10.18.18 – Bloomington, IL – The Bishop
10.19.18 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge *
10.20.18 – Davenport, IA – Raccoon Motel *
10.22.18 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck *
10.23.18 – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway *
10.24.18 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe
10.25.18 – Nashville, TN – Basement East *
10.26.18 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Hell) *
10.27.18 – Durham, NC – Motorco *
10.28.18 – Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House *
10.30.18 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
11.01.18 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents
11.02.18 – Jersey City, NJ – Monty Hall
11.03.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel

^ “acoustic” show
* Ted Leo solo

Hiss Golden Messenger hisses out ssssomething about sssome sssssssummer tour datesssssssssss

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Year in, year out, M.C. Taylor1 tirelessly spreads hiss golden message.

That’s right: Hiss Golden Messenger has announced a whole mess of tour dates stretching from the beginning of May to the end of August — plus one last date in October.

The prolific indie folk band/project, led by Taylor’s spitfire technical rapping, is keeping the momentum going after the quick turnaround between 2016’s Heart Like a Levee and 2017’s Hallelujah Anyhow.

The golden message is the same no matter who’s declaiming it; and as such, audiences will encounter slightly different configurations of the group depending on where and when they see them. For their European dates, the Messenger will be a duo, and for the August 4 show in Portland (Portland, MAINE, that is!), M.C. Taylor will give a solo performance at One Longfellow Square, which is an annual tradition of his. For the July 26 show at FloydFest in Floyd, Virginia…(well, actually, there’s nothing special about that one, but that date is my birthday!) The rest of the tour stops will be, you know, the usual probably-very-polished full-band shows with all the standard trapping thereof. At various times during the tour, Hiss will be joined by Trampled by Turtles, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Jason Isbell, and John Prine. Peruse the dates below.

1. M.C. Taylor, get it? Seriously though, the dude just sings.

Datessss:

05.04.18 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
05.06.18 – North Charleston, SC – Trondossa Music & Arts Festival
05.08.18 – Boston, MA – House of Blues*
05.09.18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer*
05.11.18 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater*
5.12.18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*
05.13.18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*
05.15.18 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz*
05.17.18 – Asheville, NC – Highland Brewing Company*
05.18.18 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium*
05.20.18 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
06.09.18 – Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
06.21.18 – 06.24.2018, 06.28.2018–07.01.2018 Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest
07.05.18 – 07.08.2018 Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
07.10.18 – Fargo, ND – The Sanctuary^
07.11.18 – Apple Valley, MN – Weesner Amphitheater at Minnesota Zoo^
07.12.18 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads
07.13.18 – Peoria, IL – Monarch Music Hall (formerly Limelight)
07.14.18 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
07.15.18 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage
07.17.18 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at the Heights+
07.18.18 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center+
07.24.18 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap+
07.26.18 – Floyd, VA – FloydFest@
07.28.18 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
07.29.18 – Camden, NJ – XPoNential Music Festival
08.04.18 – Portland, ME – One Longfellow Square (solo performance)
08.25.18 – Amsterdam, NL – Once in a Blue Moon Festival
08.26.18 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
08.27.18 – Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute
08.29.18 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
08.31.18 – Wiltshire, UK – End of the Road Festival
10.05.18 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium#

* Trampled by Turtles
^ St. Paul & the Broken Bones
+ Jason Isbell
# John Prine
@ Austin Gerth’s birthday

Titus Andronicus detail new album A Productive Cough, urge you to get a flu shot before release

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SIIICK! New Jersey’s mightest-rocking punk boys since Glenn Danzig, Titus Andronicus, have just announced their new LP, A Productive Cough! Now, I’m no doctor; but I’m thinking this one’s about to go viral! That’s right: the album is set to infect a record store near you March 2 via Merge Records, which is too soon to administer proper quarantine procedure, so it sounds like you’ll be catching the bug along with the rest of us. Oh no!

No need to worry, though, because I went to WebMD and got the lowdown on this thing: A Productive Cough finds Titus Andronicus (I always preferred King Lear, but whatever…) “setting aside the leadfooted punk anthems of yesteryear in favor of a subtler, more spacious approach that pushes [singer-songwriter Patrick] Stickles’ soul-baring songwriting to the fore, creating a conversational intimacy between artist and audience with which previous +@ efforts had only flirted.” Yeah, you forgot Titus Andronicus went by symbols now, didn’t you!?

Of course, what’s an album announcement without an infectious new single to go along with it? Luckily, Titus Andronicus have the prescription: a video for the new track “Number One (In New York),” aurally ingest-able down below! As a bonus, the video also doubles as a preview of a forthcoming documentary on the making of the album from director Ray Concepcion coming February 26! It’s an epidemic!

If you’d like to hear about symptoms, side-effects, and treatment, the band has helpfully set up a new government-mandated website, a-productive-cough.com, where you can learn more (via interviews, tour info, etc.) on your own time.

If you’d rather bypass all these shit jokes and get right to the good stuff, pre-order A Productive Cough at all your favorite outlets here, and check out the full tracklisting and the band’s current tour itinerary below. In any case, be safe out there: +@ fever is back, and it’s more contagious than ever!


A Productive Cough tracklisting (additional parentheses not included):

01. Number One (In New York)
02. Real Talk
03. Above the Bodega (Local Business)
04. Crass Tattoo
05. (I’m) Like a Rolling Stone
06. Home Alone
07. Mass Transit Madness (Goin’ Loco’)

+0ur d@+3s:

03.07.18 – Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston
03.08.18 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
03.09.18 – Providence, RI – AS220
03.10.18 – Burlington, VT – Arts Riot
03.11.18 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz
03.13.18 – Toronto, ON – Great Hall
03.14.18 – Detroit, MI ­­– El Club
03.15.18 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
03.16.18 – Madison, WI – The Frequency
03.17.18 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
03.18.18 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
03.19.18 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall
03.20.18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
03.22.18 – Boise, ID – Treefort Festival
03.23.18 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
03.24.18 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
03.27.18 – Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery
03.28.18 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
03.29.18 – Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
03.31.18 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater
04.02.18 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
04.03.18 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
04.06.18 – Ft. Worth, TX – Ridglea Room
04.07.18 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
04.08.18 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
04.10.18 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
04.11.18 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
04.12.18 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook
04.13.18 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
04.14.18 – Philadelphia, PA – UArts Black Box
04.15.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Murmrr Ballroom

Watch: Escape-ism – “Walking in the Dark”

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Redefining the rebel creep as if it ever needed to be redefined is our man Ian Svenonius, morphing ever more into Nick Cave (although poor Nick probably wishes he had Ian’s hairline these days). But Ian’s still Ian, and Ian is also now Escape-ism, his new slinky post-punk project that needs absolutely no introduction. Er, uh, ahem: Introduction to Escape-ism is out now on Merge everybody!

“Walking in the Dark” is the introduction to the reintroduction to Introduction, if you get me. Making rock ‘n’ roll faces as if his life probably depends on it (he turns 50 next year, you guys!), Ian rolls by on screen in what video directors Shane McKenzie and Alexandra Cabral call “VHS all-analog new nostalgia.” Yeah, sure, let’s call it nostalgia for all those movie nights routinely thwarted by our family VCR’s shitty tracking. I’ve really been itching to relive those memories [*eyeroll emoji*].

Ah, I don’t mean to be a grump, squinting sour-facedly like ol’ Ian does a lot in this clip. He’s surely got a lot on his mind — he’s a generational spokesperson after all — and we’ve gotta love him for shouldering that load. Still, I should warn you: don’t try to adjust the video tracking on your laptop or smartphone, because you’ll probably break whatever device you’re watching on by digging around for knobs to twist.

Introduction to Escape-ism tracklisting:

1. Walking in the Dark
2. Lonely at the Top
3. Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day
4. Iron Curtain
5. Almost No One (Can Have My Love)
6. They Took the Waves
7. The Stars Get in the Way
8. I Don’t Remember You
9. Crime Wave Rock

H.C. McEntire spurs slight shift in Southern rock paradigm with announcement of debut solo album LIONHEART

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You could scour a thousand different thesauruses in a thousand different languages and probably not find a better word than “lionheart” to describe Mount Moriah front woman H.C. McEntire. “Fearless” might be a decent alternative, but even that would be too meager, too artificial.

As such, it’s fitting that LIONHEART will be used to title the North Carolina native’s debut solo album, which is due out January 26 on Merge Records. At its core, the album is a solemn reflection on McEntire’s experiences as a queer woman growing up in the American South — a region not particularly known for its progressive ideologies on sexual orientation, or for its willing embrace “non-traditional” modes of artistic self-expression.

Mostly an accumulation of demos that McEntire wrote while touring as a member of Angel Olsen’s band, the record consists of songs that, as she puts it, “weren’t right” for Mount Moriah. “In music, there are no rules,” McEntire says of the LIONHEART writing process:

You make your own language. You can be both the Southern rock outlier and the twangy gospel conduit. You can be both the cherubic, honey-tongued innocent and the ardent punk. To get here — to find my lion heart — I had to become them all.

Additionally, the ex-Bellafea rocker has also announced the release of the album’s first single, “A Lamb, A Dove,” a somber, powerful track that reflects as much on McEntire’s own sexuality as it does on her traditional Southern Baptist upbringing. Check out the lyric video of the song below and pre-order Lionheart from Merge if you have any intention of securing a limited edition white vinyl pressing of the sure-to-be-remarkable album.


LIONHEART tracklisting:

01. A Lamb, A Dove
02. Baby’s Got the Blues
03. Yellow Roses
04. Wild Dogs
05. Quartz in the Valley
06. When You Come for Me
07. Red Silo
08. One Great Thunder
09. Dress in the Dark

H.C. McEntire tour dates:

01.26.18 – Nashville, TN – City Winery*
01.28.18 – Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head Onstage*
01.29.18 – New York, NY – City Winery*
01.30.18 – New York, NY – City Winery*
02.02.18 – Chicago, IL – City Winery*
02.03.18 – Chicago, IL – City Winery*

* Justin Townes Earle

Destroyer toots on his MIDI sax and out pops a shiny new music video and a sopping wet string of North American tour dates!

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You guys are never gonna believe this, but: in advance of his newest and 12th-est album under the Destroyer moniker — which, last time I checked, was still entitled Ken and was still due October 20 on Merge (and could still be pre-ordered thusly) — Dan “Curly” Bejar has just un-the-fuck-leashed a new video for the album’s second single “Tinseltown Swimming in Blood.” What a totally kooky and impetuous thing to do, right?

I said: “RIGHT?!?”

Seriously though: the clip for this groovy, new wave-inspired jam was directed by “KC” (a.k.a. Karen Zolo) and configured as “an adaptation of the much-revered classic film La Jetée, which addresses contemporary issues of identity, borders, and race.” Or, in slightly more words than that:

I’d just had a conversation about artist Chris Marker with a friend when I was approached to make a music video for the upcoming Destroyer album. “You have a month.” Okay… I had no idea what the song even sounded like, but the only idea I had was to remake Chris Marker’s La Jetée as faithfully as possible. It’s not just an homage to the great cine-poet; it’s also about the medium of film, about still photography. It would have been a billion times easier and less stressful to shoot it digitally, but it was worth it.

COMPLETELY COINCIDENTALLY, the unveiling of this latest audio/visual gesamptkuntzwerk also coincides seamlessly with Bejar’s announcement of a whole slew-y slew of North American tour dates (and this is on top of the equally slew-y slew of European dates he’d already conjured up for this fall) which are scheduled for early 2018 — provided this crumby continent makes it that far into the future. But don’t take my word for it; check out the insane string of numbers and place names for yourself down below…after you watch the video, of course.

Are you watching it?

Are you??

Dan Bejar’s Path of Ultimate Destroyction:

11.12.17 – Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel
11.13.17 – Aarhus, DK – Voxhall
11.14.17 – Oslo, NO – John Dee
11.15.17 – Stockholm, SE – Fasching
11.16.17 – Copenhagen, DN – Vega
11.16.17 – Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
11.19.17 – Dusseldorf, DE – New Fall Festival
11.21.17 – Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
11.22.17 – Montpellier, FR – Le Rockstore
11.23.17 – San Sebastian, ES – Teatro Victoria Eugenia
11.24.17 – Lisbon, PR – Mexefest
11.25.17 – Madrid, ES – Teatro Barcelo
11.26.17 – Valencia, ES – La Rambleta
11.27.17 – Barcelona, ES – Sala Bikini
11.29.17 – Lille, FR – L’ Aeronef
11.30.17 – Brighton, UK – Patterns
12.01.17 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
12.03.17 – Dublin, IE – Button Factory
12.05.17 – Glasgow, UK – CCA (270)
12.06.17 – Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
12.07.17 – London, UK – Scala
12.08.17 – Paris, FR – Petit Bain
12.09.17 – Amsterdam, NE – Paradiso Noord
12.10.17 – Brussels, BE – Botanique Brussels

01.10.18 – Portland, OR – The Wonder Ballroom
01.11.18 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
01.12.18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
01.13.18 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
01.15.18 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
01.16.18 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
01.17.18 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
01.18.18 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
01.19.18 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
01.20.18 – Chicago, IL – Metro
01.21.18 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
01.22.18 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
01.23.18 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
01.24.18 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
01.26.18 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
01.27.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
01.28.18 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
01.29.18 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
01.30.18 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
01. 31.18 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
02.01.18 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
02.02.18 – St. Louis, MO -Blueberry Hill
02.03.18 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
02.05.18 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
02.06.18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
02.07.18 – Boise, ID – Olympic Venue
02.08.18 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
02.09.18 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom

Wye Oak to whisper sweet nothings in your ear on intimate fall tour, announce limited-edition 7-inch

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This September, Wye Oak are going on tour. “AY, BIG DEAL,” you scoff at the computer screen. “Bands go on tours all da time, who cares? You gonna tell me this tour ‘sposeda be somethin’ special?” Well actually, SIR OR MADAM, this run of dates will be a little more “special” than your basic tour. There will be no paying 170 dollars to stand in a cavernous arena, five thousand feet from the stage, stuck behind the tallest guy in the place who also happens to be wearing a bulky backpack here. No, these Wye Oak dates will be a much classier and far more intimate affair.

The Baltimore-based duo will be hitting up small venues up and down the east-ish coast, trying out brand new material, exchanging friendly banter, and apparently drinking lots of wine, because they’re playing no less than four places called City Winery. The intimate nature probably opens up a lot of room to ask the band deep, personal questions too; like what their favorite season of Fargo has been, who would win in a footrace between Gene Hackman and Sean Connery, or what type of Girl Scout Cookie is best. Just make sure you don’t say anything embarrassing to the band, like, “Ay! What’s yer favorite color?” They’re going to be right there, and that would make the rest of the show awkward and uncomfortable for everyone.

Also happening this September — September 22 to be exact — Wye Oak will release “Spiral” b/w “Wave is Not the Water” as a limited-edition 7-inch via Merge. Both of these songs were previously released in partnership with Adult Swim; “Spiral” during the 2012 Singles Program, and “Wave is Not the Water” as part of the dream-pop compilation LUXE from way back in May. Only…NOW, they’ll be together for the first time…on red vinyl!

You can check out all of Wye Oak’s intimate fall tour dates, and listen to both “Spiral” and “Wave is Not the Water” below. If you like what you hear, pre-order the limited edition 7-inch here. (If you don’t, at least try to show a little decorum and keep your opinions to yourself.)


Upcoming Wye Oak wine tastings:

09.28.17 – Charlotte, NC – Side Stage @ The Neighborhood
09.29.17 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
09.30.17 – Pittsboro, NC – Shakori Hills w/ Sylvan Esso
10.02.17 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
10.03.17 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
10.04.17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
10.05.17 – Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki
10.06.17 – New York, NY – City Winery
10.07.17 – Baltimore, MD – The Ottobar
10.08.17 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met Cafe
10.09.17 – Boston, MA – City Winery