Acclaimed artist Eleanor Friedberger will release her new album, Rebound, on Frenchkiss Records on May 4, 2018.  The album’s dazzling first song, “In Between Stars,” which Eleanor calls an homage to 80’s dark goth pop, is out now; click HERE to listen to it.  In contrast to her 2016 lauded album New View, which Eleanor arranged and recorded with her touring band, Rebound was recorded mostly by Eleanor alone with assistance from producer Clemens Knieper.  The resulting album is an entirely new sound for Eleanor, exchanging live instrumentation for programmed drums, a Juno synthesizer, and muted guitars, creating a sonic landscape where influences range from Stereolab and Suicide to Lena Platonos and Yellow Magic Orchestra.  

In addition to a new sonic palette, Rebound takes significant inspiration from Eleanor’s time spent in Greece.  Half-Greek herself, Eleanor frequently traveled to Greece to see family, but decided in 2016 to really immerse herself in the culture.  She says:

“I spent most of 2016 on the road, and I needed to keep that momentum going. I had always wanted to spend more time in Greece; take Greek lessons and get to know Athens better while hopefully writing some music. After November 8, 2016 I set that loose plan into motion. While friends back home were suddenly becoming politically activated for the first time, it was exciting to be living in a city where protest marches occur on a weekly, or sometimes daily basis. I assembled a band of Greek musicians, played a few shows, learned a few more Greek words, but didn't get much writing done. It turned out to be more of a reconnaissance mission.

After a month in Athens I asked my friend, the Greek musician Σtella, "What's one thing I have to do before I leave?" After some long and careful consideration she smiled and said, "you have to go to Rebound. It's a time warp; kind of an 80s goth disco where everyone does the chicken dance; you’ll love it... but it's only open on Saturdays after 3:00 AM." Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album. The club was very dark and despite the no smoking signs, like everywhere in Athens, it was very smoky. The "chicken dance" Stella mentioned was a solitary one. I copied the slouchy strut, moving back and forth in line, swinging my arms in time to the music that at first sounded like Joy Division or maybe The Cure, but never revealed itself-- one could only assume it to be knock-off by an unknown Baltic band. It was alienating and exhilarating.”

Rebound is the incredible next step in a lauded, brilliant recording career by one of the most prolific, daring independent artists of our time.  From her days spent in The Fiery Furnaces, creating melodically off-kilter, idiosyncratic mini-epics, to her three acclaimed previous solo albums, Eleanor Friedberger continues to create exactly what we need to hear when we need to hear it.  Always anchored by her plaintive, velvety alto, and Dylan-esque lyrical treatises, Rebound is Eleanor at her very best, and a welcome addition to her rich, celebrated catalogue.

Eleanor will be playing select shows this spring.  The dates are:

  • 2/15/18 New York, NY @ City Vineyard at Pier 26
  • 2/16/18 Boston, MA @ City Winery
  • 2/17/18 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
  • 4/4/18 London, UK @ Moth Club
  • 4/28/18 Kingston, NY @ BSP *
  • 5/1/18 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
  • 5/3/18 Toronto, ON @ The Drake *
  • 5/5/18 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
  • 5/9/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge *
  • *Tickets on sale Feb 16th

Eleanor Friedberger:

Website * Facebook * Instagram * Twitter






"The one band everyone is raving about." - Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1

"Absolutely love" Annie Mac BBC Radio 1

"Impeccable indie newcomers" - Clash

"One of the most exciting bands at the moment" - Wonderland

"If you're stateside, get a head start on these guys, show your friends

and be prepared for when they make it to a city near you." - IndieShuffle

"I've had them in my heart since their debut with Stargazer" - iheartmoosiq

Today sees the UK's ISLAND unveil new single "Ride." Blackbook Magazinepremiered the track and the band told them, "'Ride' really embodies the whole theme of our debut album - the idea of movement and journey was the cornerstone that brought the record together. 'Ride' itself is a song about freedom, adventure and the power that comes with being young."


Led by an emotive, 80s-influenced guitar riff and the impassioned, profound vocal stylings of enigmatic frontman Rollo Doherty, "Ride" epitomizes the simultaneously nostalgic and refreshing sound ISLAND's devoted followers have grown to love. The single is the third track to be revealed off the band's forthcoming debut album Feels Like Air which will be released April 6 via the NYC-based Frenchkiss Records. It continues the band's unstoppable run of successes, including recent single "The Day I Die," which caused a stir late last year amassing over 538k Spotify streams. Previous to that the band shared "Try."  

Having spent 2017 firmly establishing themselves as ones-to-catch on the live circuit and festival tents, ISLAND's captivatingly intense shows have truly built the band's reputation as one of London's most exciting bands. Before they bring their show to North America this Fall (dates to be announced soon!) they have just announced a headline tour for the UK and Europe.  The tour precedes ISLAND's eagerly anticipated performance at Annie Mac's AMPevent on February 22,  2018 alongside Tom Misch and Tom Tripp.

ISLAND is Rollo Doherty (lead vocals), Jack Raeder (Guitarist), James Wolfe (Bassist) and Toby Richards (Drummer).

ISLAND tour dates (more to be confirmed world-wide):


  • 19 - Rotterdam - Motel Mozaique
  • 20 - Berlin - Musik & Frieden
  • 21 - Dresden - Polimagie @ Beatpol & Ostpol
  • 23 -  Heidelberg - Karlstorbahnof
  • 24 - Amsterdam - Paradiso
  • 25 - Urecht - TivoliVredenburg's Club Nine
  • 26 - Hasselt  - Cafe Cafe
  • 27 - Paris - Supersonic
  • 4-  Madrid - Costello
  • 5 - Barcelona - La Nau


  • 12 - Dublin - Whelans
  • 14 - Liverpool - Buyers Club
  • 15 - Glasgow - King Tuts
  • 16 - Newcastle - Cluny 2
  • 17- Manchester - Ruby Lounge
  • 19- Nottingham - Bodega
  • 21 - Bristol - Thekla
  • 22 - Clwb Ifor Back
  • 23 - London - KOKO

Find ISLAND here: 

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 Pre-order Feels Like Air




Strange Names, the latest sensation from Frenchkiss Records (Local Natives, Diet Cig), have released new song "UFO" and announced upcoming album DATA to be released February 23 on the taste-making label. The trio recently transplanted their danceable New Wave Pop from Minneapolis to NYC, perfecting a blend of irresistibly rhythmic retro reminiscent of The B-52s and Talking Heads and the contemporary appeal of pop powerhouses like Phoenix along the way. 

Today's track follows "Into Me," an intoxicating tune released in November and added to reputed Spotify playlists including Fresh Finds and New Indie Mix. Strange Names' debut album Use Your Time Wisely earned the trio nationwide attention and tour slots supporting the likes of Azealia Banks. On the sophomore effort, the band employs a playful sort of lyrical experiment. The result's as mentally and emotionally resonant as it is physically infectious. 

Frontman Liam Benzvi explains: “three figures from a different world taking notes on human normalcy—while it seems trivial, it’s exhilarating for them because they know nothing of it. They’re like a family: clownish, playing games with their subjects of observation. We are playing the roles of these figures, and this is our point of view that hopefully translates when you listen.” More information in the full bio below.


"..they seem to be able to alight on any era or genre – the power-pop perkiness of Supernatural Silence and Only Boy, the early-60s surf-pop harmonies of Overused Phrase, the wannabe John Hughes movie synthpop cuteness of the Neighbourhood – and construct a decent facsimile of it, while giving it their own Strange Names spin. - The Guardian (Best New Band)
"That high-energy, New Wave-pop-sound is definitely infectious." - Brooklyn Magazine
"Layers of synths, spanning the spectrum from heavy and low-frequency to airy and jaunty, are punctuated with slap-happy drums and unexpectedly piercing lyrics... youthful angst through a retro filter." - Stereogum
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For Minneapolis to NYC transplants Strange Names the last three years have been those characterized by upward momentum and discovery, momentum wrought largely from a record deal with Syd Butler’s (of NYC art punks Les Savy Fav) label Frenchkiss, the success of their debut album –2015’s shimmering pop tour-de-force Use Your Time Wisely –and countless time clocked in front of audiences sharpening the strength of their exuberant live performance. Now, preceding the release of their inspired and thematic forthcoming sophomore LP Data (out February 23rd , 2018 on Frenchkiss), it’s clear that this momentum is only primed to build further. 

Use Your Time Wisely established the band—made up of Liam Benzvi, Francis Ximénez and Fletcher Aleckson—as creators and performers of buoyant and masterful pop songs, songs that were relatable in the ubiquity of their subject matter but also in their fine-spun reverence to precursory (and magnificently danceable) New Wave greats like B-52s, Talking Heads and The Fixx. Tracks like “Ricochet”, “Neighborhood” and “I Can’t Control Myself” came to wholly define this spirited, endearingly off-kilter energy and helped bolster their profile. 

On Data these definitive sonic tendencies remain in their purest form, but the soul of the record emerges distinctively amidst a newfound sense of exploration, in both sounds and motif, that bring to light Strange Names’ most daring and realized music to date.

Written and recorded in Brooklyn and self-produced by the band themselves, Data surfaces principally as an album about perspective, boldly conceptualized from the viewpoint of aliens observing human behavior on earth in a methodical, scientific way, quite transparently, collecting “Data”. 

Frontman Liam Benzvi elaborates: “Just for fun, apply this narrative to your listening experience of the record: three figures from a different world taking notes on human normalcy—while it seems trivial, it’s exhilarating for them because they know nothing of it. They’re like a family: clownish, playing games with their subjects of observation. We are playing the roles of these figures, and this is our point of view that hopefully translates when you listen.”

Where their previous record emanated a more sleek and modular sound, Data ushers in a more rambunctious, rock-centered audio-aesthetic. 

 “It sounds like we’re all in a really small room facing each other and playing in an intimate way,“ the band comment. “It sounds very alive.” 

Leading with bouncy opener “UFO”, they establish a driving framework that carries through the entire album. From the surging syncopation of “People to Go” to the infectious space-funk of “Keep Walking Away” to the melodic verve of “Into Me”, they have completely and brilliantly shifted their sonic references to a territory where allusions to Womack & Womack / Island Records heyday take rightful precedence over the silvery synth structures of derivative ‘80s New Wave. 

On “People to Go” the band enlists the vocals of Jorge Socarras, founder and frontman of early ‘80s NYC art rock band Indoor Life as well as a close collaborator of electronic pioneer Patrick Cowley. “It was total magic in the studio to share a mic with him. He said he was a one-take kinda guy and he was” Benzvi recalls. On the track Socarras and Benzvi call and respond to each other with a sweet and robotic dissonance atop raging, droning beats.

After recording, the band spent a week with producer Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, The Drums), who did some final mixing, leaving them with a record that’s assured, inventive and unabashedly fun.

Amidst a grim and staggering cultural political zeitgeist, Data acknowledges the trivialities of human existence with self-aware humor through dissociation and escapism. “It’s about adding an element of discovery to these things that are very mundane and routine for us,” Benzvi adds. It’s apt; mundane themes like relationships woes can seem minuscule in the grand scheme of current affairs, but by implementing the childlike wonder of a completely (and literally) alien third party analyzing them, the narrative becomes compelling and, in Strange Names case, a means by which to thoughtfully and infectiously encapsulate the absurdity and nuance of our reality in 2018 through music.

Strange Names Live:

February 26 | Los Angeles, CA at School Night (Bardot: 1737 Vine St.)













(New York, NY) The Hold Steady has released a new single. “Entitlement Crew” b/w “A Snake In The Shower,” arriving at all DSPs and streaming services via Frenchkiss Records on Friday, December 1st.

“Entitlement Crew” b/w “A Snake In The Shower” is currently available exclusively to members of the official Hold Steady fan community, The Unified Scene. Members who wish to download the single can do so by donating to The K + L Guardian Foundation, a fund set up to benefit the children of Unified Scene founder Mike Van Jura, who died in November 2012.

Recorded this November in Brooklyn, NY, with producer Josh Kaufmann, “Entitlement” b/w “A Snake In The Shower” marks the first new music from The Hold Steady in nearly four years as well as the first studio recording to feature longtime keyboard player Franz Nicolay since 2008’s beloved fourth album, STAY POSITIVE. Additional performers include Stuart Bogie, Michael Leonhart, and Annie Nero.

“Entitlement” b/w “A Snake In The Shower” arrives just as The Hold Steady wrap up “Massive Nights,” a remarkable four-show run at the Brooklyn Bowl celebrating the music, community, and positivity that has defined the band since its very beginning. The sold out shows – each featuring surprise-opening guests – start tonight and conclude Saturday, December 2nd. The Hold Steady cross the Atlantic for a very special pair of shows slated for March 9th and 10th at London’s famed Electric Ballroom. For live updates, please visit theholdsteady.net/shows.

The Hold Steady is: Bobby Drake (drums), Craig Finn (vocals), Tad Kubler (guitar, vocals), Franz Nicolay (keyboards), Galen Polivka (bass), and Steve Selvidge (guitar, vocals).

Welcome To Frenchkiss Records, NEDELLE TORRISI




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In advance of a string of West-Coast dates, Nedelle Torrisi is happy to reveal a new single, "Love to the Limit ."  Rookie has called her music "full of smooth and synth-y grooves" and while this newest track hones in on those sounds, it also marks a leap forward in both her songwriting and production.  Torrisi says of "Love to The Limit," "if someone is fake or half-way about giving you love, whether in a relationship or friendship, then it's not worth your time. You deserve better. So I wrote this Reggaeton type song- 'Love to the limit. Can you give it? If it's not all the way then I can't be in it.'"   


Torrisi has just signed to Frenchkiss Records and today's single marks her first for the label.  She has confirmed select West Coast dates that start with a show on November 28at Los AngelesNo Name.  She kicks off 2018 with a date at The Battery in San Francisco on January 4.  All dates are below with more to be added.

Earlier this year Torrisi teamed with Julia Holter, and Nite Jewel to record their take on Depeche Mode's "Condemnation" which was released via Domino Records. Previous to that she last released music in 2015 by way of the LP Advice From Paradise.

The Los Angeles-based Nedelle Torrisi has been playing music her entire life. And while her early emphasis was on jazz, (she has a degree in jazz music history) her musical career - from her previous solo albums to her work with Cryptacize (her band with Chris Cohen) has always contained more of a 90s-R&B sensibility.  Beyond her own work Torrisi has contributed and played with a number of artists and bands whose ranks include Ariel PinkDev Hynes and Sufjan Stevens.  Nedelle's accomplishments extend to being the "Dear Abby"of the indie rock world by way of  a column called "Advice from Paradise," where she offers song recommendations to accompany her words of advice to those that wrote asking for help.  The New York Times has said Nedelle has " a guileless voice, an instrument of earnest pleasure and petition" and Stereogum has noted her music has "80s synths that imply carefree pop, but Torrisi's gorgeous, layered vocals add depth that the '80s themselves never achieved."  Watch for more news on Nedelle Torrisi in early 2018!

Nedelle Torrisi Tour Dates:

11/28  - Los Angeles, CA- No Name

12/10 - Santa Barbara,CA - Topa Topa Brewery

1/4 - San Francisco, - The Battery

1/13 - Los Angeles, CA - Leiminspace

Find Nedelle Torrisi here:

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Frenchkiss Records  - the indie known for fostering contemporary delights like  Diet Cig  and  Local Natives  - has a new favorite to share. The label's latest sensation -  Strange Names  - releases " Into Me " today. This NYC treasure of a trio delivers deliciously danceable New Wave pop, telling imaginative tales atop wiry melodies and pulsating synths. It's a gift for lovers of anything between The B-52's and Phoenix. Strange Names  will celebrate the single release at  Union Pool  in  NYC  this  Friday, November 10 .

From Minneapolis to Manhattan,  Liam Benzvi ,  Francis Ximenez , and  Fletcher Aleckson  have ignited tastemaking music communities. In 2015, the group released debut album  Use Your Time Wisely to critical delight and toured alongside  Azealia Banks .  Strange Names ' sophomore effort is expected in  early 2018 .


"..they seem to be able to alight on any era or genre – the power-pop perkiness of Supernatural Silence and Only Boy, the early-60s surf-pop harmonies of Overused Phrase, the wannabe John Hughes movie synthpop cuteness of the Neighbourhood – and construct a decent facsimile of it, while giving it their own Strange Names spin. -  The Guardian (Best New Band)

"That high-energy, New Wave-pop-sound is definitely infectious." -  Brookyln Magazine

"Layers of synths, spanning the spectrum from heavy and low-frequency to airy and jaunty, are punctuated with slap-happy drums and unexpectedly piercing lyrics... youthful angst through a retro filter." -  Stereogum


November 10 in Brooklyn, New York at Union Pool

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For more information, please contact:

Maddie Corbin | MaddieC@GrandstandHQ.com




Photo by: Melanie Tjeong

Photo by: Melanie Tjeong

Following the release of their hypnotic new single "Try," the London-based ISLANDtoday announce their debut album  Feels Like Air and their fifth UK headline show at London's KOKO on May 23.  To celebrate this huge headline gig and the news of the release of the album, ISLAND are throwing a special album launch show on November 28 at a secret London location. The first 100 KOKO tickets sold gain exclusive access. 

The news of their debut album and new live date follows the recently revealed video for "Try," which was inspired by the film Ten Meter Board and directed by Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck.  Watch it here:

Stream "Try" here via SoundCloud. 

Speaking about the track, frontman Rollo Doherty noted: "'Try' is a reminder of the fragility of love, and the effort it takes to hold together something that was once easy" The UK's Wonderland call the track "stunning" and further declare it's "an exciting glimpse into one of the most exciting bands at the moment, prepare to fall slightly in love with all of them after hearing this."

Formed over a mutual love for each members' appreciation of diverse musical genres, ISLAND, who just little over a year ago announced their debut EP - Girl, have bit-by-bit built a reputation as one of London's most exciting bands. With over eight million Spotify streams, they have spent the last two years winning over fans on the road, adeptly backed by singles "Dreaming Of" and " Stargazer." The band have gone on to sell out four dates at renowned London venues, leading into a summer festival run that took in the likes of The Great Escape, Citadel, Secret Garden Party and a headline set on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival. 

Their genre-melding, guitar-inflected singles have quickly gained them fans, with spins from Radio 1's Huw Stephens and 6Music, plus support from online tastemakers including i-DThe Line Of Best Fit and DIY. ISLAND's stars continue to align - they now have everything in place to become one of the UK's biggest breakthrough acts.

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Feels Like Air Track listing

1.   Ride

2.   Try

3.   The Day I Die  

4.   Something Perfect 

5.   Interlude

6.   Horizon

7.   Moth

8.   We Can Go Anywhere

9.   God Forgive

10. Feels Like Air

11. Lilyflower 


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Video Premiere: https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/diet-cig-barf-day-video



NY's Diet Cig have today shared the video for "Barf Day," a single off their debut album Swear I'm Good At This.  "Barf Day" premiered via Noisey who say, "Watch as The World's Most Energetic Band™ turns a bummer birthday into a full-on ice cream bash in their video for 'Barf Day' with just a few frozen treats and some minor auto theft. The song is off the band's debut LP, Swear I'm Good at This, one of the most refreshingly fun albums of the year." Watch the video here: 

Since the release of Swear I'm Good At This Diet Cig - a duo of Alex Luciano (guitar and vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums) - have been playing to packed rooms across the US and Canada almost nightly.  Today they add a round of September dates to their itinerary that includes a show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom on September 8.  They were last in the city on release day when they played two sold-out shows at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right.  Of the live show Paste has noted, "between Luciano and drummer Noah Bowman, Diet Cig's music is playful, upbeat and addictive" and AV Club said, "Diet Cig is still one of the most joyously energetic bands you can see, making an early morning schlep across town well worth it."  All dates are listed below and tickets for September shows are on sale this Friday, June 9.   

Swear I'm Good At This was released this Spring via Frenchkiss Records to world-wide critical acclaim. It is the follow up to the infectious, 2015 Over Easy EP that introduced the world to the band's consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back. Swear I'm Good At This accumulates Diet Cig's tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relatable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and badass, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison. Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are.  The LP was produced, engineered and mixed by Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, NY with additional recording at Atomic Sound in New York City.  

"Swear I'm Good At This all adds up to a snapshot of a young songwriter navigating through the yearning and boredom, ambition and insecurity that accumulates along the rocky path from adolescence to adulthood. The power of Diet Cig comes from the way Luciano and Bowman bolster these themes with affirming positivity in the form of delightful, explosive anthems."  NPR

"Fantastic Fuzz-Pop Debut" --   

Rolling Stone -- 4 stars!
"The best pop-punk uses sweetness as a decoy for angst, and Alex Luciano, the frontwoman of Diet Cig, has a piercingly saccharine voice that veers toward extreme sadness as she deploys it."  NY Times

"The delightfully titled 'Barf Day' (embodies) what makes the pair's upcoming debut Swear I'm Good At This so enthralling: the featherweight garage grit, Luciano's subversive sincerity, and bandmate Noah Bowman's fist-pumping percussion...Against all odds, Diet Cig are coming of age on their own terms."" - Stereogum

Vocalist Alex Luciano brings a lighthearted innocence to ('Tummy Ache') singing criticisms of the patriarchy in the most charming way."  Nylon

"Diet Cig's debut album driven by Alex Luciano, is one of the most effeminate, flippant, giggly and cute albums of the year - and that's part of what makes it so f*cking good."  Uproxx

"loud, blunt, and totally fun." Under The Radar

"(Diet Cig) make pop-punk that's simultaneously adorable and fierce...You can expect sing-along jawns that sound just as good at a sweaty Diet Cig show as they do when you're alone in your bedroom"  NY Daily News, "9 Albums Dropping in April You'd Be Foolish Not to Check Out"

"Swear I'm Good At This, is charismatic, balancing rage and rebellion with poppy lightness...Luciano breathes life and space into these traditionally closed-off feelings, and her twee pop voice will have listeners tapping their feet and leaning in for more." - Bust

"Diet Cig's music is playful, upbeat and addictive." - Paste

"infectious indie-rock perfection"  - NY Newsday

Swear I'm Good At This is now available to purchase HERE 

Diet Cig On Tour

June 06 - Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp #

June 07 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge #

June 08 - Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall #

June 09 - Indianapolis, IN @ Musical Family Tree #

June 10 - Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe # 

July 23 - Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party

Sep 07 - Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space *

Sep 08 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #

Sep 09 - Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre *

Sep 10 - Portland, ME @ SPACE

Sep 11 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall *

Sep 12 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt *

Sep 13 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr Smalls *

Sep 14 - Gambier, OH @ Horn Gallery - Kenyon College

Sep 16 - Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge *

Sep 17 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery  *

Sep 23 - Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix

Sep 25 - Paris, FR @ Supersonic

Sep 26 - Antwerp, BE @ Trix VZW

Sep 28 - Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie Rock Clubl

Sep 30 - Osimo, IT @ Loop

Oct 02 - Vienna, AT @ B72

Oct 04 - Munich, DE @ Orange House

Oct 05 - Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine

Oct 06 - Denmark, CP @ Stengade

Oct 07 - Hamburg-St. Pauli, DE @ Molotow

Oct 09 - Köln, DE @ Blue Shell

Oct 10 - Münster, DE @ Gleis 22

Oct 12 - Norwich, UK @ Norwich Arts Centre

Oct 13 - Nottingham, UK @ Rough Trade Nottingham

Oct 14 - Lancashire, UK @ Lancaster Library

Oct 16 - Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen

Oct 17 - Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete's

Oct 18 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast

Oct 19 - Leeds, UK @ Headrow House

Oct 21 - Bristol, UK @ Simple Things Festival

Oct 23 - Cambridge, UK @ Portland Arms

Oct 25 - London, UK @ Moth Club

Oct 26 - Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin

new dates in bold 

# = with SPORTS

* = with Ratboys



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Diet Cig are happy to announce the forthcoming release of their hugely anticipated debut album. Entitled Swear I’m Good At This the album will be released on April 7 via Frenchkiss Records.  Today the band share the first single off the album - the highly infectious “Tummy Ache.”

LISTEN to “Tummy Ache”

Of the single Diet Cig note,"Tummyache is all about unpacking the feeling of approaching punk with radical softness, and the struggle when it's not always read as powerful or cool or whatever enough. It’s the shout into my pillow when what I'm saying isn't being heard, and a big old I FEEL YA to all the femme folks creating space for themselves in a world that wants to keep us quiet."

Swear I’m Good At This is now available to pre-order HERE - it includes an instant grat of “Tummy Ache.”

The band, who are well-known for their energetic and bombastic live shows, will be touring the world in support of Swear I'm Good At This and the first tour is announced today as well.  It kicks off April 5 in New Haven, CT at Bar and concludes May 8 at The Catalyst Atrium in Santa Cruz, CA.  Diet Cig will play two shows in one night at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on April 7 and The Echo in Los Angeles, on May 4. Further, the band will play a handful of pre-release dates including at set at this year's Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco on February 22 and shows during SXSW. The complete list of dates below and tickets go on sale tomorrow, January 13.

Diet Cig is Alex Luciano (guitar and vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums).  The duo have been playing music together ever since Luciano interrupted the set of Bowman's other band for a lighter. New York duo have since released the infectious, 2015 Over Easy EP that introduced consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back.  The New York Times labeled it "a lo-fi whirlwind, with songs cutting to the heart" and NPR said the EP is "cathartic pop-punk with boundless vitality and wide-eyed charm" while Pitchfork chimed in calling it "a collection of brisk, personal pop-punk."

Swear I’m Good At This accumulates Diet Cig’s tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relatable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and badass, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison. Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are.

But there’s also a deeper, more powerful fuck-you among the bangers that see Diet Cig grow into an unstoppable and inspiring force. “I’m not being dramatic, I’ve just fucking had it with the things that you say you think that I should be” spits Luciano on the album’s “Link in Bio;” “I am bigger than the outside shell of my body and if you touch it without asking then you’ll be sorry” she yells on “Maid Of The Mist’. It’s the sound of a band doing things on their own terms.

Swear I’m Good At This was produced, engineered and mixed by Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Co. in New Paltz, NY with additional recording at Atomic Sound in New York City. 


Diet Cig On Tour:

  • Feb 4 - Binghamton, NY @ Binghamton University

  • Feb 22 - San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall (Noise Pop)

  • March 14-19 - Austin, TX @ SXSW

  • April 05 - New Haven, CT @ BAR

  • April 06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle

  • April 07 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right (early show)

  • April 07 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right (late show)

  • April 08 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

  • April 10 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le "Ritz" P.D.B.

  • April 11 - Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel

  • April 12 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar

  • April 13 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel

  • April 14 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5

  • April 15 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle - Backroom

  • April 18 - Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub

  • April 19 - Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery

  • April 20 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (at FSU)

  • April 21 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

  • April 22 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor

  • April 26 - Eugene, OR @ Boreal

  • April 28 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza

  • April 29 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

  • May 01 - Reno, NV @ Holland Project

  • May 04 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

  • May 05 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction

  • May 06 - San Diego, CA @ Che Café (at UC San Diego)

  • May 08 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium


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Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields OST is a collaboration between Michael Angelakos (known best as the lead singer/songwriter/producer of Passion Pit), Brent Katz (formerly of Harlem Shakes), and director Hana Haley. The Video-Album and OST have been produced for AKH Productions and are being released in partnership with Frenchkiss Records, the same label that discovered and released the earliest Passion Pit recordings by Angelakos nearly a decade ago. Both the Video Album and OST are set for release this Friday, December 16 (Frenchkiss Records/ Wishart Music Publishing). Pre-order the album HERE.

Today, the trio has shared the first single and video for “Stained Glass Windows”. Watch it HERE and stream it HERE.

The ambitious idea for a soundtrack and accompanying video album was nearly impossible to finish in time for Christmas, but the three friends needed a fixed deadline like this. Though the project began with Angelakos and Katz years earlier, Haley completed the circle and the video album is her virtuosic directorial-debut, mirroring the familiar yet otherworldly effects of the music. After years of false starts, the two songwriters finally got to see one of their ambitious musical projects become real.

Starting in March of 2016, they shut out the world and put nearly everything in their lives on hold. At first the project was being made for fun, but it would soon evolve into something incredibly personal and representative of their collective growth. Sleep deprivation and the regular routine of writing Christmas songs in the summer heat nearly drove them insane. By the time September came around, pragmatic onlookers could only scratch their chins as the three friends travelled to Buffalo’s Nichols School, Angelakos’s alma mater. This turned out to be the perfect place to film their dreamy World War II Christmas musical.

The three artists gradually saw the confusion of others transform into encouraging enthusiasm, often rivaling their own. With the help of Nichols School, and with only 4 days to shoot, thirty-two children performed roles in a children’s play adaptation of trio's original story of Merry Christmas, Mr Fields. The adaptation yielded a purer take on the project's original idea, with characters gorgeously overwritten by the sharp and fussy Katz, and the majestic and bold score marking a tectonic shift into Angelakos’s inner encyclopedia of musical ideas and abilities. Haley's ornate and compelling visuals are more than additional content: they were created in conjunction with the songs, and both work off each other to create a total experience. The three developed the project's elements together, and wrapped the project only a few days ago.

The foundational genre touchstones of Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields include 1940’s music (“Weather the Storm,” “Christmas in Your Arms,”) and the classicist's take on orchestral musical theater (“Permission to Audition,” “And Never Be Afraid”). You can hear Sparklehorse and Grandaddy in the vocal production, and the album’s low-end was mixed like hip-hop (see: Rodney Jenkins). There is a post-Beatles John Lennon and gooey Beach Boys sort of earnestness to the melodies and lyrics.

In Christmas they found a metaphor, and in the British stiff-upper-lip, they found an inspiring response to terrorism that seeks sanity and unity, not panic and division. They set out to create the most concentrated dosage of Christmas feeling, dreamy, full of wonder, but also crossed with sadness, or, well, like the way they had felt when they were young. They needed it now more than ever. And so do we.

AKH Productions will be donating all of the proceeds to charity, as well as the Nichols School Arts Department.


1.    Overture

2.    Meet Me at Daphne’s

3.    Evergreen

4.    Weather the Storm

5.    Permission to Audition

6.    Footprints in the Snow

7.    December to Remember

8.    O Holy Night

9.    Stained Glass Windows

10.    Answer Me, Harry

11.    And Never Be Afraid

12.    Wake Up, It’s Christmas

13.    Christmas in Your Arms

14.    Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields

15.    Stained Glass Windows (End Credits)