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.


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

Mike Krol to reissue his first two records, I Hate Jazz and Trust Fund, on double vinyl next month

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L.A. crooner and scuzz-rocker extraordinaire Mike Krol is not related to comedian Nick Kroll. Firstly because there’s only one “L” in his last name instead of two, and secondly because he is not related to that person. However, it can be presumed that Mike Krol enjoys humor and has laughed before. Some circumstantial evidence for this conjecture can be found in the titles of his first couple records, which will be re-released under the collective-title Mike Krol Is Never Dead: The First Two Records on Merge Records this July 14. And those two albums’ titles are: I Hate Jazz and Trust Fund. Pretty funny names right?

Hahaha BUT LET’S GET SERIOUS FOR A MOMENT: the long-unavailable I Hate Jazz was originally self-released in 2011. A mere 500 copies were pressed and were “given away to anyone who showed interest (and many who showed none whatsoever).” Trust Fund ensued in 2013; but its 500 copies all sold out on the accompanying tour.

Okay, now back to being lighthearted: this 2-LP collection will also include a selection of demos, outtakes, b-sides, as well as a “fold-out newsprint poster” to pin above your bed. How whimsical! The first 300 pre-orders will also receive a glossy black-and-white headshot signed by the dapper man himself, which you can tape on the ceiling above your bed next to the poster! As if all that wasn’t humorous enough, though, five lucky random “>pre-orders will also include a cartoon drawing of Mike Krol by illustrator and Mike Krol Friend Club member Ben Levin. And let’s face it: nothing’s funnier than a cartoon! NOTHING.

Mike Krol Is Never Dead: The First Two Records complete tracklisting:

01. Natural Disaster
02. Like a Star
03. Fifteen Minutes
04. Heart Attack
05. Seventeen (Age)
06. Grade School Love
07. Red Minivan
08. A Million Times
09. Plague
10. Cease and Desist
11. Modern Furniture
12. Locker
13. Teeth Grinder
14. Straaange
15. California
16. Fourth of July
17. Keith Moon
18. [untitled]
19. Drum Test (Bonus Track)
20. Kelly (Bonus Track)
21. Stacey (Bonus Track)
22. Snow Day (Bonus Track)
23. Natural Disaster (Demo) [Bonus Track]
24. Like a Star (Demo) [Bonus Track]
25. Fifteen Minutes (Demo) [Bonus Track]
26. Heart Attack (Demo) [Bonus Track]
27. Grade School Love (Demo) [Bonus Track]
28. A Million Times (Demo) [Bonus Track]
29.. Fifteen Minutes Instrumental Reprise (Bonus Track)
30. My Country Tis of Thee (Bonus Track)
31. The Tempo (Bonus Track)
32. Plague (Demo) [Bonus Track]
33. Modern Furniture (Demo) [Bonus Track]
34. Locker (Demo) [Bonus Track]
35. Teeth Grinder (Demo) [Bonus Track]
36. Straaange (Demo) [Bonus Track]
37. I Got You (Chelsea) [Bonus Track]
38. [Terre T reviewing I Hate Jazz on WFMU] (Bonus Track)