DEBUT ALBUM BAD LUCK PARTY TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 6 VIA FRENCHKISS RECORDS; BAND SHARES NEW SINGLE “ENEMIES”

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New Zealand’s Miss June is excited to announce the forthcoming release of their debut album.  Entitled Bad Luck Party, the LP will be released on September 6 via Frenchkiss Records.   Today they share the newest single “Enemies” by way of a video directed by Dylan Pharazyn. He notes, “the track gets at that feeling of instability in a relationship when there’s full on confusion around who your friends are or who you are... reality runs amok.  I started to imagine this full throttle dream sequence in which a young couple bash through a bizarre night. As they find new places, they encounter strangers who at first seem normal become weird and dangerous creep characters… or ENEMIES. I felt like this erratic narrative had a powerful connection with the song - fast  and heavy in a super off-kilter way. Watch Enemies here


Pre-order  Bad Luck Party here

Previous to “Enemies,” Miss June released a double A-sided 7” consisting of “Best Girl” b/w “Twitch.”  The New York Times labeled “Best Girl” a, "...nod back at a pantheon of powerful statements and sounds...but calibrated for 2019 ears craving a clever, irresistible outlet." Consequence of Sound said it is, “a bolstered, anthemic pop-punk jam for the next generation” and in the UK BBC Radio 1 said “a creative forward thinking piece of punk music… this band are brilliant.” Find the 7” HERE


Raised in the embers of punk rock and described as “some unholy union between Sonic Youth and Le Tigre,” the Auckland four piece harness jagged, noisy guitars filtered through the unrivalled stage presence of front-person Annabel Liddel, guitarist Jun Park, bass player Chris Marshall and drummer Tom Leggett.


The band has built a reputation for fierce, formidable and head-spinning live shows which have caught the attention of acts like The Foo Fighters, Shellac, Wolf Alice, Idles and Die! Die! Die!, who have all eagerly harnessed their support on stage.   The band recently made their first trip to the U.S. and played to packed rooms across New York City and in Los Angeles.  The band will be back stateside in the Fall with dates to be announced soon. 


Combining elements of post-punk, no-wave and rock, Miss June hold close their DIY roots while creating a blistering, reckless sound full of melodic hooks and overdriven riffs that are at once immediately recognizable and yet entirely their own.  

Bad Luck Party Tracklisting:   

1. Twitch

2. Best Girl

3. Two Hits

4. Anomaly

5. Orchid 

6. Double Negative 

7. Enemies

8. Aquarium 

9. Scorpio

10. Please Waste My Time

11. Polio

Find Miss June here:

Website ** Instagram ** Facebook

For more information please contact Lisa Gottheil at Grandstand Media 






THE HOLD STEADY’S NEW ALBUM OUT AUGUST 16

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THRASHING THRU THE PASSION PAIRS FIVE BRAND NEW SONGS

ALONGSIDE FIVE DIGITALLY RELEASED BETWEEN 

NOVEMBER 2017 AND MARCH 2019 

FIRST SONG, “DENVER HAIRCUT,” AVAILABLE NOW 

ALBUM PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW

LIVE SCHEDULE INCLUDES WEEKENDS

IN SEATTLE, CHICAGO, NASHVILLE AND BOSTON 

FOURTH ANNUAL “MASSIVE NIGHTS” CELEBRATION SET FOR DECEMBER 4-7

AT NY’S BROOKLYN BOWL

(New York, NY) The Hold Steady are releasing their new album, Thrashing Thru The Passion,via Frenchkiss Records on Friday, August 16. The Hold Steady’s seventh studio album is available now for pre-order. Fans can also receive access to exclusive album bundles, including such extras as limited edition clear vinyl, poster, lithograph and enamel pin set. All pre-orders will come with a free download of the new song, “Denver Haircut,” which is also availablenow at all DSPs.

“’Denver Haircut’ is a story about a guy who has chance meet up that takes him to a few different locations before leaving him alone and cashless in a strange hotel room,” says the band’s lead singer Craig Finn. “Steve Selvidge (guitarist) brought in the music to this song and everyone felt it immediately, it was really fun to play. The story unfolded quickly too. When recording, we remarked that it sounded like it could kick off an album…and so here we are.”

PRE-ORDERTHRASHING THRU THE PASSION

 

LISTENTO “DENVER HAIRCUT” 

Thrashing Thru The Passioncollects five new songs recorded this year alongside five acclaimed ones released digitally between November 2017 and March 2019. The album was recorded at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin. Additional performers include Stuart Bogie, Dave Nelson, Jordan McLean and Michael Leonhart on horns and Annie Nero on backup vocals.

"I’ve been saying for a few years now - since Franz came back- that this six piece lineup of The Hold Steady is the best band we’ve ever been,” says Finn. “The new songs recorded by this version of the band are super exciting to us. It’s been a very fun and creative period for The Hold Steady.”

 

The Hold Steady will celebrate Thrashing Thru The Passionwith “Constructive Summer 2019,” a series of live show weekends across the United States. These weekends take place in Seattle, WA’s The Crocodile (August 15-17), Chicago, IL’s Thalia Hall and Empty Bottle (August 22-24), Nashville, TN’s Basement East (September 5-7), Boston, MA’s The Sinclair (September 12-15), and the fourth annual “Massive Nights” event at NY’s Brooklyn Bowl (December 4-7). For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.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).

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THE HOLD STEADY LIVE SHOWS 2019

 

AUGUST

15-17 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

 

22 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall

23 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle – SOLD OUT

24 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall – SOLD OUT

 

SEPTEMBER

5-7 – Nashville, TN – Basement East

12-15 – Boston, VA – The Sinclair

 

DECEMBER

4-7 - Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl – (December 7 SOLD OUT)

 

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THE HOLD STEADY

THRASHING THRU THE PASSION

(Frenchkiss Records)

Release Date: August 16, 2019

 

TRACKLISTING:

1. Denver Haircut

2. Epaulets

3. You Did Good Kid

4. Traditional Village

5. Blackout Sam

6. Entitlement Crew

7. T-Shirt Tux

8. Star 18

9. The Stove & The Toaster

10. Confusion In The Marketplace

 

# # #

 

CONNECT WITH THE HOLD STEADY:
https://www.theholdsteady.net/

https://www.facebook.com/TheHoldSteady/

https://twitter.com/theholdsteady

https://www.instagram.com/theholdsteady

 

# # #

Press contacts:

Ken Weinstein

weinstein@bighassle.com

 

Michael Eisele

michael@bighassle.com

 

TWEN ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM, SHARE LEAD SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR “DAMSEL” VIA i-D Awestruck out September 20th via Frenchkiss

 

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“Nashville-via-Boston duo Twen grew out of the DIY punk scene. The band have maintained that scrappy sensibility…[on ‘Waste’], lead vocalist Jane Fitzsimmons shouts over an extremely catchy but hard-hitting melody, “I make you wanna be someone. I make you want to waste it, I make you wanna waste some time.” The harmonies kind of remind me of early Tegan And Sara with a fuzzy edge.” - Stereogum

 

"It’s rare to find a band this fully-formed from the start, which is precisely why Twen feels so essential." - Uproxx 

"’Waste’ is an arresting introduction to Twen’s genre-defying sound, blending elements of psych rock and dream pop to make a sunny and energetic mélange, like surf rock a la Sunflower Bean. Theirs is the kind of timeless rock that leaves room for introspection and escapism both, conjuring infectious hooks without ever sacrificing texture." - Paste 

“[‘Waste’ is a’] catchy debut singles” - Brooklyn Vegan 

“TWEN show they are clearly a band to keep an eye on with ‘Waste.’" - Substream


Twen came up in the Boston DIY punk scene, kicking off two straight years of touring in 2017 with nothing but a live EP from the band’s first-ever performance. Now based in Nashville, Twen announce their explosive debut album Awestruck. Featuring their first two studio singles “Waste” and “Holy River” which received praise from the likes of NPR, Stereogum, Paste, Brooklyn Vegan, Uproxx, Under The Radar and more, Awestruck is a time capsule two years in the making and recorded in different locations along the way. Though unabashedly indie rock, Twen’s songs genre-bend from shoe-gaze-sized walls of sound to Beatle-esque call-and-response harmonies, while frontperson Jane Fitzsimmons’ voice weaves through guitarist Ian Jones’ guitar lines with Cocteau Twin’s inspired flair, giving breath of ethereal mysticism across the album. Awestruck will be out on September 20th via Frenchkiss - pre-order HERE.


Today Twen share the album’s massive, sun-drenched lead single “Damsel.” Listen to the song, check out the video and read an interview with the band exclusively on i-D HERE.


Twen is, of course, on the road now in support of White Reaper. The band headlines Union Pool in Brooklyn tonight as well. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets HERE.

 

What’s a touring band without a record? For the past two years, Twen - led by Jane Fitzsimmons and guitarist Ian Jones - has been re-defining what a touring band looks like in an age of homogeneous pop crafted for streaming consumption, touring endlessly and perfecting a raw and mesmerizing live show without a proper release in tow. With DIY at the core of the band’s ethos, the two Twen masterminds have run Airbnbs while touring, played in exchange for skydiving, screen printed self-designed merch items by hand, and booked their own tours.

 

Disregarding music industry order-of-operations, Twen defied the mold through their Twen Live cassette release in 2017. Recorded from their first performance (ever) in a Boston basement, the 5-song EP is their only recorded music prior to their upcoming debut release.

Twen’s years-in-the-making live performance is built upon a classic rock setup of vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. With the foundation of Jones and Fitzsimmons, the band has cycled through rhythm players; often to keep up with their packed schedule. Life on the road is hard to maintain, especially when the only mechanism for spreading your music time-warps to an archaic traveling band.


Despite the band's strange start, promise grows with each step Twen takes. The freedom and chaos brought on by their nomadic roots leaks into their live performance, only to saturate further with time. With touring now defining how a rock band can earn keep in 2019, Twen represents a refreshing antidote in an increasingly digital world. Awestruck serves as their digital flag, a compressed promise of the joyous energy that awaits in their tours and records to come.

Tracklisting

  1. Awestruck

  2. Damsel

  3. Honey Smacks

  4. Long Time

  5. Make Hard

  6. Baptism

  7. Holy River

  8. Waste

  9. Azkaban

  10. Horseblood

Tour dates

6/20: Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool (headline) ^

6/21: Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall*

6/22: Somerville, MA – Once Ballroom

6/23: Baltimore, MD – Ottobar*

6/25: Raleigh, NC – Kings*

6/26: Asheville, NC – The Mothlight*

6/27: Athens, GA – Rooftop@ Georgia Theatre

6/29: Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall*

6/30: Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village

* with White Reaper

^ with special guests Miss June

 

MISS JUNE SIGNS WITH FRENCHKISS RECORDS & REVEALS NEW SINGLE “BEST GIRL”

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The latest export from New Zealand is coming to us by way of Auckland band Miss June.   Described as “some unholy union between Sonic Youth and Le Tigre,” the four piece harness jagged, noisy guitars filtered through the unrivalled stage presence of front-person Annabel Liddel, guitarist Jun Park, bass player Chris Marshall and drummer Tom Leggett.   Today the band share their newest single “Best Girl” which they note, “is an anthem for anyone who has been misled from birth, into battle for a spot that doesn’t exist.”  Listen to the track here via a video directed by Ch’lita Collins and shot in Auckland.   


Purchase/stream “Best Girl” here:  https://orcd.co/mjbestgirl

Miss June have recently signed to NYC’s Frenchkiss Records and on June 10 the label will release a double a-side 7” consisting of today’s single and the previously released “Twitch.”   


The band has built a reputation for fierce, formidable and head-spinning live shows which have caught the attention of acts like The Foo Fighters, Shellac, Wolf Alice, Idles and Die! Die! Die!, who have all eagerly harnessed their support on stage.  Next month will see them bring this party to UK and US for shows in London, New York City and Los Angeles.  All dates are here with more to be confirmed:


6/11 - Old Blue Last - London, UK

6/12 - The Windmill - London, UK

6/15 - Bushstock Festival - London, UK

6/17 - Elsewhere (Zone One) - Brooklyn, NY

6/18 - Berlin - New York City, NY

6/20 - Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY (w/ Twen)

6/21 - La Cita, Los Angeles, CA (Punky Reggae Party)

6/24 - The Avalon - Los Angeles, CA (School Night Party)

Combining elements of post-punk, no-wave and rock, Miss June hold close their DIY roots while creating a blistering, reckless sound full of melodic hooks and overdriven riffs that are at once immediately recognizable and yet entirely their own.  


Early praise for Miss June & “Best Girl”

“A creative forward thinking piece of punk music… this band are brilliant” - BBC Radio 1

Find Miss June here:

Website ** Instagram ** Facebook



For more information please contact Lisa Gottheil at Grandstand Media


TWEN SHARES DEBUT SINGLE, ANNOUNCES SUPPORT TOUR WITH WHITE REAPER + SIGNS TO FRENCHKISS RECORDS

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Nashville by-way-of Boston DIY punk scene band Twen release their massive debut single today, alongside the announcements of signing to Frenchkiss and a support tour with White Reaper. The hard-hitting “Waste” - which showcases the band’s captivating balance between lightness and darkness, where catchy punk and dream pop seamlessly blends with heavy psych-rock undertones - is about fighting the relentless voices of self-doubt that play on loop in your head. Those doubts fall away as lead vocalist Jane Fitzsimmons shouts into the void: “I make you wanna be someone. I make you want to waste it, I make you wanna waste some time.”  Check out the song via Stereogum HERE.


Having released nothing more than a live EP from the band’s debut performance in a Boston basement, Twen - lead by Fitzsimmons and guitarist Ian Jones - has been redefining what an essentially un-streamable band looks like in an increasingly digital world. The band has been on the road non-stop touring for the past two years, perfecting a raw and mesmerizing live show - a feat few bands can muster without a proper release. With DIY at the core of the band’s ethos, the two Twen masterminds have run Airbnbs while touring, played in exchange for skydiving, screen printed self-designed merch items by hand, and booked their own tours. With touring now defining how a rock band can earn keep in 2019, Twen has no problem traveling back in time to pen their debut studio full-length, which will be announced and released later this year.

 

Though unabashedly indie rock, Twen’s songs genre-bend from shoe-gaze-sized walls of sound to Beatle-esque call-and-response vocal harmonies. While Jones’ delicate finger-picking patterns ring through fuzz and distortion, combining folk roots with in-your-face rock; Fitzsimmons’ voice weaves through guitar lines with Cocteau Twin’s inspired flair, giving breath of ethereal mysticism to any club show. The often fragmented and stream-of-consciousness lyrics are intensified by countless infectious melodies that are as timeless as they are simple.


Stay tuned for more news from Twen, including further details on their TBA debut album: https://www.twenband.com

 

Tour dates

6/13: Toledo, OH – Ottawa Tavern*

6/14: Lansing, MI – The Loft*

6/15: Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s*

6/16: Buffalo, NY – Rec Room*

6/18: Lancaster, PA – The Kaleidoscope*

6/19: Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar*

6/21: Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall*

6/23: Baltimore, MD – Ottobar*

6/25: Raleigh, NC – Kings*

6/26: Asheville, NC – The Mothlight*

6/29: Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall*

* with White Reaper

 

For more information on Twen, please contact:

Grandstand Media

Jaclyn Ulman + Nick Javier

jaclynu@grandstandhq.com + nickj@grandstandhq.com

 

 



THE ANTLERS’ HOSPICE TO BE REISSUED ON MARCH 8 VIA FRENCHKISS RECORDS / TRANSGRESSIVE

RELEASE CELEBRATES THE LP’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY

BAND TO PLAY FIRST SHOWS SINCE 2015

The Antlers are excited to announce the forthcoming vinyl reissue of their seminal album Hospice on March 8 via Frenchkiss Records / Transgressive. The reissue will mark a decade since the band first released the album that Robin Hilton @ NPR called "one of the most beautiful and moving works I've heard in a long, long time. Just astonishing." 

To celebrate the reissue, The Antlers will be performing the album in full at a handful of intimate shows in the US and Europe with dates kicking off March 19 in Seattle, WA. They play the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever on March 23 and close out the US leg with two shows at Brooklyn’s First Unitarian Church on March 30 and 31. The dates mark the first the band have played together since 2015.  All dates are listed below. 

The Antlers’ Peter Silberman statesWe’re reissuing the Hospice LP on March 8th, 2019, in honor of its tenth anniversary. It will be newly pressed on double white vinyl, with deluxe artwork and packaging courtesy of the album’s original artist, Zan Goodman. 

We’ll be playing a limited number of acoustic shows to celebrate, too. But it will be a bit different this time as the core band now consists of myself and drummer Michael Lerner— longtime multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci is no longer with the band. 

Though we’ve pared down for the time being, these shows will feature some old friends and guests, and together we’ll perform Hospice in its entirety.

We’re truly looking forward to revisiting these old songs in a new light. 

In their 13 year history The Antlers have released 5 full-length albums. Their most recent was 2014’s Familiars. In 2017 Peter Silberman released his first solo album entitled Impermanenceon Anti- Records/ Transgressive. 

Tickets & pre-order info at www.antlersmusic.com. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, Jan 18 at 10am local time. 

  • March 17 / Seattle, WA / Fremont Abbey Arts Center

  • March 20 / Portland, OR / The Old Church

  • March 22 / San Francisco / Great American Music Hall

  • March 23 / Los Angeles, CA / Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

  • March 26 / Boston, MA / The Sinclair

  • March 27 / Philadelphia, PA / World Café Live

  • March 28 / Washington DC / Miracle Theatre

  • March 30 / Brooklyn, NY / First Unitarian Congregational Society

  • March 31 / Brooklyn, NY / First Unitarian Congregational Society 

  • April 19 / Leeds, UK / Belgrave Music Hall

  • April 20 / Manchester, UK / The Dancehouse Theatre

  • April 21 / Glasgow, UK / St Luke’s

  • April 23 / London, UK / Union Chapel

  • April 25 / Leuven, BE / Het Depot

  • April 26 / Amsterdam, NL / Vondelkerk

  • April 28 / Copenhagen, DK / Hotel Cecil

  • April 30 / Dublin, IE / The Sugar Club

FUTURE GENERATIONS SET TO KICK OFF 2019 ON A U.S. TOUR WITH MAGIC CITY HIPPIES

FUTURE GENERATIONS SET TO KICK OFF 2019 ON A U.S. TOUR WITH

MAGIC CITY HIPPIES

DATES RUN JANUARY 10 THROUGH FEBRUARY 10

ON THE ROAD NOW WITH WILD CHILD

NEW LP LANDSCAPE OUT VIA

FRENCHKISS RECORDS

Since the release of their new album Landscape , Future Generations have spent more time in the tour van than at home. That trend will continue into 2019 as the band have just confirmed a tour of the U.S . as the support for Magic City Hippies . The dates kick off January 10 in Indianapolis and conclude February 10 in New Orleans . Along the way they will play Chicago , Seattle and Los Angeles .

Last night saw the Brooklyn band head out for an East Coast run of dates as the support for Wild Child . That tour hits Brooklyn 's Music Hall Of Williamsburg on December 7 . All Future Generation dates are listed below.

These two support tours are the follow up to a massive North American run Future Generations did around Landscape 's release where they played to packed houses from coast to coast, including a sell-out homecoming at Brooklyn 's Baby's All Right.

Landscape has enjoyed airplay from tastemaker stations such as KCRW , WFUV , WXPNand has been playlisted by Spotify for 5 of the album's tracks. Blackbook has taken note of the band's “lush synths, sumptuous harmonies and infectious hooks” and Ones To Watch note they "display a wealth of hooky melodies, which is immediately accessible for the listener at hand." Of their "Out Loud" single PopMatters said, "it's a hooky, carefree, sophisticated slice of synthpop." They recently shared a video for the album's title track -- watch it here:

The second full-length from Future Generations, Landscape emerged from the kind of playful creativity only possible among the closest collaborators. Five friends who all live together in Brooklyn, Future Generations brought  Landscape  to life by balancing their pop-minded songcraft with bursts of free-form experimentation: recording guitar riffs from the receiving end of a phone call, messing with a vintage synthesizer called the Fun Machine, building percussion tracks by sampling a batch of drum-circle recordings. So while the album’s abundance of hooky melodies makes each song immediately catchy, Landscape unfolds with an intricacy of detail that reveals more nuance and depth with every new listen.

Produced by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Hamilton Leithauser),  Landscape  shows the sophisticated musicality that Future Generations have honed since Gore, Sansevere, and Grossman first crossed paths at Fordham.  

Eddie Gore (vocals, keys, guitar) - Mike Sansevere (synthesizer, guitar, percussion) - Eric Grossman (guitar) Devon Sheridan (bass) - Dylan Wells (percussion)

Future Generations On Tour

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  • 11.28.18 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA *

  • 11.29.18 - Songbirds - Chattanooga, GA *

  • 11.30.18 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC *

  • 12.1.18 - Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD *

  • 12.3.18 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT *

  • 12.4.18 - Royale - Boston, MA *

  • 12.5.18 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA *

  • 12.7.18 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY *

  • 12.9.18 - Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON *

  • 1.10.19 - The Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN ^

  • 1.11.19 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL ^

  • 1.12.19 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN ^

  • 1.13.19 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA ^

  • 1.15.19 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE ^

  • 1.17.19 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO ^

  • 1.18.19 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO ^

  • 1.19.19 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT ^

  • 1.20.19 - The Olympic - Boise, ID ^

  • 1.23.19 - The Rialto - Bozeman, MT ^

  • 1.24.19 - Top Hat - Missoula, MT ^

  • 1.25.19 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA ^

  • 1.26.19 - The Domino Room - Ben, OR ^

  • 1.27.19 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR ^

  • 1.30.1 9 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA ^

  • 2.1.19 - Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA ^

  • 2.2.19 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA ^

  • 2.5.19 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ ^

  • 2.6.19 - The Rock - Tuscon, AZ ^

  • 2.8.19 - Deep Ellum Art Co. - Dallas, TX ^

  • 2.9.19 - Artone's Nightclub - Austin, TX ^

  • 2.10.19 - Parish at House of Blues - New Orleans, LA ^

* w/ Wild Child

^ w/ Magic City Hippies

Landscape Tracklisting:

  1. Stranger

  2. Landscape

  3. Caught Me By Surprise

  4. Suddenly

  5. All The Same

  6. Out Loud

  7. Take Me There

  8. Hurry Home

  9. I Never Knew I Was Lonely

  10. Tear You Down

  11. Incomplete

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “IT’S HARD” + UK Tour Kicks Off

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER PREMIERES VIDEO FOR

“IT’S HARD”

UK Tour KICKS OFF + NEW Remix REVEALED FOR ‘Are We Good’ by Cate Le Bon

Watch The Video For ‘It’s Hard’ Here


Ahead of her UK dates next week in support of current album ‘Rebound’ which will see Eleanor performing with full band.  Eleanor Friedberger premieres both a new video for ‘It’s Hard’ and a special remix of ‘Are We Good’ by Cate Le Bon. 

Video Director Christine Pfister explains the thinking behind the ‘It’s Hard’ video: "For this piece, I thought it would be fun to put real Eleanor in the doll world and doll Eleanor in the real world. “It’s Hard “ is about a Greek nightclub, which is also the namesake of the album, so I wanted to focus on the Eleanors traveling to the nostalgic spot." 

Check out the new remix of ‘Are We Good’ by Cate Le Bon

“ I've admired Cate's work since a friend in LA put on Mug Museum after dinner.  I learned how to play I Think I Knew and later, Love is not Love-- usually botching both in front of audiences-- but always getting a cheer when I mentioned I was a big fan of Cate LeBon.  We met the day after my 40th birthday in Cardiff; she and her friends sang Happy Birthday in Welsh and she gave me a scarf with long, black fringe. 

I've been interested in the idea of remixing my own recordings for years, and thought Rebound was finally my first album that clearly lent itself to the silly notion.  Instead of doing it myself, I thought it would be better to ask a talented friend.  I was hoping for a series of remixes; we'll have to wait and see... “ Eleanor Friedberger

"I didn't know what a remix was, I still don't know what a remix is. I subtracted and added and made it longer." Cate Le Bon

Forthcoming Tour Dates:

  • October 24 - London, UK - Oslo

  • October 25 - Bristol, UK - Exchange

  • October 26 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen

  • October 27 - Lancaster, UK - Loud in the libraries

  • October 29 - Glasgow, UK  - CCA

  • October 30 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete's

  • October 31 - Leeds, UK - Headrow House

  • November 1 - Brighton, UK - Hope & Ruin

  • November 3 - Amsterdam, NL -  Indiestad Festival @ Paradiso Upstair

  • November 6 - Hamburg, DE - Nochtwache

  • November 7 - Berlin, DE - Berghain Kantine

  • November 8 - Schorndorf, DE - Manufaktur

  • November 10 - Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Festival

  • November 11 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who Festival

  • November 15 - Barcelona, SP - Vol

  • November 15 - Barcelona, SP - Vol

  • November 16 - Madrid, SP - Lucy in the Sky Club

  • November 17 - Zaragoza, SP - La Lata de Bombillas

  • November 26 - Athens, GR - Stavros Niarchos Hall (Performing 'Rebound' in full with string quartet)

  • December 14 - Market Hotel, NYC - Eleanor supporting DRINKS (Cate Le Bon side project).

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 Friedberger:

Website * Facebook * Instagram * Twitter



VALLEY MAKER - RHODODENDRON NEW ALBUM OUT TODAY!

VALLEY MAKER - RHODODENDRON

NEW ALBUM OUT TODAY ON FRENCHKISS RECORDS

LISTEN NOW

ON TOUR IN THE U.S. + EUROPE

"Crane's guitar work is as rhythmic and nimble as ever... [his] cracked, yearning vocals explore themes familiar to fans of his work: his wandering faith; the weight of your upbringing; the embrace of life's discoveries." - CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

"Lush, textured folk vocals, spacious sound and melancholy backing vocals. His language might be metaphorical and rhetorical, but his tender voice and indie-rock songwriting are both immensely grounding." - PASTE

"Rolling guitar lines intersect with soft, sighing backing vocals, resulting in something pretty special." - CLASH

"An epic expansiveness is created through the glistening harmonies and twanging guitars." - THE LINE OF BEST FIT

Valley Maker, the folk project of South Carolina-born/Seattle-based songwriter Austin Crane, releases his Frenchkiss Records debut Rhododendron today. Valley Maker's music is a musing and wandering brand of folk, and the album is a collection of ten exquisite tracks inspired by Crane's PhD studies in Human Geography, namely the politics of migration and borders. Crane's songs convey a sense of humanitarianism in today's fraught political climate. The Line of Best Fit writes, "Valley Maker are able to find light and hope within the cracks," and Exclaim says, "Crane moves forward and tries to find brightness in the world." With a cast of collaborators that includes Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi (who contributed instrumentals and produced half of the album's tracks), producer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), Beach House drummer James Barone, and Father John Misty bassist Eli Barone, the sound of Rhododendron runs rich and deep. 

Listen to Rhododendron HERE.

"BEAUTIFUL BIRDS FLYING"

Video directed by Movie Company (Joseph Kolean and Zach Gutierrez)

Valley Maker is currently on an East Coast tour, which will be followed by a full UK and European tour and a run of more U.S. dates in December. Click here for tickets & info all shows.

  • 10/12: Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY

  • 10/13: The Fort - Baltimore, MD

  • 10/14: Neptune's - Raleigh, NC

  • 10/15: The Mothlight - Asheville, NC

  • 10/16: Fond Object - Nashville, TN

  • 10/17: 529 - Atlanta, GA

  • 10/18: New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC

  • 10/19: The Royal American - Charleston, SC

  • 10/27: London Calling @ Paradiso - Amsterdam, NL

  • 10/28: Ramsgate Music Hall - Ramsgate, UK

  • 10/29: Subside - Birmingham, UK

  • 10/30: The Islington - London, UK

  • 11/01: The Cookie - Leicester, UK

  • 11/02: YES - Manchester, UK

  • 11/03: The Old Cinema Launderette - Durham, UK

  • 11/04: The Prince Albert w/ Mt. Joy - Brighton, UK

  • 11/06: Frannz Club w/ Ryley Walker - Berlin, DE

  • 11/07: FZW Indie Night - Dortmund, DE

  • 11/08: Kassette - Dusseldorf, DE

  • 11/09: Autumn Falls @ Bar Mirwaar - Ghent, BE

  • 11/10: Le Guess Who? @ Ekko - Utrecht, NL

  • 11/11: Autumn Falls @ Kavka - Antwerp, BE

  • 12/05: The Biltmore - Vancouver, BC

  • 12/06: Barboza - Seattle, WA

  • 12/09: Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR12/10: Cafe du Nord - San Francisco, CA

  • 12/11: Resident - Los Angeles, CA

  • 12/12: Soda Bar - San Diego, CA12/14: The Hideout - Chicago, IL

  • 12/15: The Back Room @ Colectivo - Milwaukee, WI

  • 12/16: 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN

MORE ON VALLEY MAKER:

On Valley Maker's second full-length album, Rhododendron, songwriter Austin Crane sings about movement - from one kind of belief to another, from place to place, through time. This new record from Crane, a Seattle-based musician and PhD student in Human Geography, reflects both the rootedness and rootlessness that shapes his songwriting on the precipice of his third decade. Like his noted inspirations Jason Molina, Bill Fay, and Gillian Welch before him, he speaks to the strange and transitory ways we mark time through our lives. Years pass and fold in his cosmic American songs.

Crane formed Valley Maker in 2010 with a self-titled collection of songs written for his undergrad thesis project at the University of South Carolina, tracing existential questions around biblical origin narratives, as embedded in his spiritually-infused Southern upbringing. Similar themes shade his vision on Rhododendron, which follows 2015's When I Was A Child. Prophetic and apocalyptic language shapes Crane's lyrics, but his outlook is not bound by dogma. Instead, he uses the metaphors of faith to explore the ineffable and to navigate the intersection of belief, time, place, and the political present. Much of the album was written leading up to the 2016 US presidential election and in the months after as Crane was traveling for his PhD research on migration, borders, and humanitarianism. Tellingly, it grapples with what it means to share space with others as popular political discourses veer towards exclusion.

Named for the common plant which springs up in both Crane's native south and his current home in Washington, Rhododendron speaks to how the places and moments we occupy become reflections of ourselves. In his careful, open-hearted songs, characters move from place to place, traveling through time and over lines on maps, driven to encounter the mysteries of existence and glimpse shared humanity. Though lyrically contemplative, the music floats. Crane's songs retain their folk-based nature - they are the kind of songs that stand on their own with his lone voice and guitar - but they bloom paired with surprising rhythms and arrangements.

The album was recorded between two locales. In Portland, Oregon, Crane teamed with producer/engineer Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi. Longtime friends and schoolmates from the University of South Carolina, Bear and Crane laid the groundwork for the record over four days, playing all instruments in tracking four songs between themselves. The record's remaining songs were tracked in Seattle, Washington with producer/engineer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes). Having worked together on Valley Maker's previous release, Spencer and Crane's Rhododendron sessions aimed for imaginative, groove-oriented arrangements that remain concisely in step with the individual songs' qualities, enlisting drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis) and bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), along with Brandon Camarda on trumpet, and Andrew Swanson on saxophone. Amy Fitchette, a longtime collaborator whose roots with Valley Maker stretch back to the Southeast, provides richly layered vocal harmonies across the album to round out Rhododendron's lush but spacious sound.

From the streamlined indie rock of opener "A Couple Days" to the swirling psychedelia of "Be Born Today," from the soulful horns of "Rise Up" to the ambient touches of closer "River Bend My Mind," the album demonstrates Crane's distilled approach, his solidly built songs blooming with tasteful arrangements and touches. Out October 12, 2018 on Frenchkiss Records, Rhododendron is an album about transition, about leaving, but also arriving, a document of the journeys in-between.

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FUTURE GENERATIONS NEW LP LANDSCAPEOUT TODAY, SEPTEMBER 14

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 IN PHILADELPHIA

LOS ANGELES @ THE ECHO 10/6

BROOKLYN @ BABY'S ALL RIGHT 10/26

Photo Credit: Erez Avissar

Photo Credit: Erez Avissar

CONGRATULATIONS to Future Generations whose new album Landscape (Frenchkiss Records) is released today, September 14.

STREAM LANDSCAPE HERE!

Future Generations will be embarking on a massive tour of North America with dates that kick off September 18 at Philadelphia's Johnny Brenda's. The tour takes them to, among other markets, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and Montreal, QC. The dates conclude with a hometown show at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, NY on October 26. The full tour is listed below and including already-announced summer dates.

Future Generations can be heard on WFUV, KCRW and more. Leading to today's release they have shared 4 singles off the album including "Out Loud" which PopMatters called, "a hooky, carefree, sophisticated slice of synthpop." Before that they shared "Suddenly" which can be heard via Spotify's "IndiePop"(the UKs Clash Magazine said, "Future Generations supply off piste thrills"), the title track (which IndieShuffle labeled 'thrilling" and a "spectacular pop song that's catchy as hell") as well as “All The Same," which was featured on Spotify's New Music Friday playlist (Blackbook Magazine said "with its quirky, jittery rhythms and thoughtfully existential lyrics...the obvious touchstone would be Talking Heads. But the lush synths, sumptuous harmonies and infectious hooks recall everyone from OMD to Ladytron.”

The full bio for Landscape is here:

Future Generations

Landscape

The second full-length from Future Generations, Landscape emerged from the kind of playful creativity only possible among the closest collaborators. Five friends who all live together in Brooklyn, Future Generations brought Landscape to life by balancing their pop-minded songcraft with bursts of free-form experimentation: recording guitar riffs from the receiving end of a phone call, messing with a vintage synthesizer called the Fun Machine, building percussion tracks by sampling a batch of drum-circle recordings. So while the album’s abundance of hooky melodies makes each song immediately catchy, Landscapeunfolds with an intricacy of detail that reveals more nuance and depth with every new listen.

The follow-up to their 2016 self-titled LP, Landscape finds Future Generations matching that sonic exploration with a greater emotional intensity. “The title partly came from ending the first significant relationship of my life, and with the band’s move to Brooklyn, we were all put into this world we’d never experienced—living on our own and navigating the landscape of being in New York City,” the band’s singer Eddie Gore explains.

Produced by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Hamilton Leithauser), Landscape is also the first Future Generations release to feature their full lineup which aside from Gore includes Mike Sansevere (synthesizer, guitar, percussion), Eric Grossman (guitar), Devon Sheridan (bass), and Dylan Wells (percussion) as the latter two joined the band a few years after its’ formation. Throughout the album, the band proves the power of their chemistry in songs like lead single “All the Same,” a track that builds a brilliant tension between its nostalgia-soaked synth lines and lyrics that perfectly channel pre-breakup disillusionment. A bravely honest look at longing for connection—and rejecting the emptiness of one-night stands—“Suddenly” draws inspiration from hip-hop in its sampled beats, an element offset by the song’s shimmering synth and acoustic guitar. That hip-hop influence also informs the hypnotic rhythms of “Out Loud,” while “Landscape” mines its frenzied urgency from the unchecked fury of punk. And on “I Never Knew I Was Lonely,” Future Generations deliver one of the album’s most chilling moments, shifting between stripped-bare vocals and brutal guitar work to beautifully unsettling effect.

From song to song, Landscape shows the sophisticated musicality that Future Generations have honed since Gore, Sansevere, and Grossman first crossed paths at Fordham.  

As a trio, they created an EP that included their breakthrough single “Stars” which helped land them a deal with Frenchkiss Records before they had even finished school.  With the eventual addition of Sheridan (whom Gore invited to join the band while waiting in line at a school dance) and Wells (a lucky Craigslist find), Future Generations felt complete. The band moved in together right after graduating, and soon finished up work on their full-length debut.

Once in Brooklyn, Future Generations quickly settled into post-college life, splitting their time between music and their day jobs. “Some people might think, ‘Don’t you guys get sick of each other?’ But even though we live together and work on music together and tour together, I don’t ever feel like I’ve had too much of anybody,” says Gore. As he notes, the Future Generations home life is always kept colorful by the band members’ varying obsessions. “Eric loves good food, he’s always cooking these very intricate things for us,” says Gore. As for the others, "Devon is always illegally streaming NBA games and Dylan is very talented when it comes to betting on horse races."

Above all, Future Generations are unified by a passion for endless discovery in every element of the artistic process. “Making this album was the most creative time we’d ever experienced together,” says Gore. “I remember after the ninth day of recording, we were all walking to the subway together to go home, and we just stopped and looked at each other like, ‘This is crazy, what’s happening here.’ It was this euphoric experience; the energy in the studio was completely palpable.” In reflecting on their chosen name, Gore points to the band’s mission of transmitting that energy to others. “We’re all very optimistic people who are really grateful to get to do what we love together,” he says. “Our hope is for future generations to also have that—to get to do what they love, and be with who they love. It’s a little idealistic, but I think that’s what really encapsulates the whole spirit of the band.”

Eddie Gore (vocals, keys, guitar) - Mike Sansevere (synthesizer, guitar, percussion) - Eric Grossman (guitar) Devon Sheridan (bass) - Dylan Wells (percussion)

Future Generations on Tour:

9/18 Johnny Brenda's - Philly

9/19 DC9 - Washington DC

9/20 Evening Muse - Charlotte

9/21 The Earl - ATL

9/22 High Watt - Nashville

9/24 Growlers - Memphis

9/26 Gasa Gasa - New Orleans

9/27 Warehouse Live (Green Room) - Houston

9/28 Hotel Vegas - Austin

9/29 Three Links - Dallas

10/2 Rebel Lounge - Phoenix

10/4 Soda Bar - San Diego

10/5 - OC Tavern - San Clemente, CA

10/6 The Echo - Los Angeles

10/7 Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco

10/9 The Holocene - Portland

10/10 Barboza - Seattle

10/12 Kilby Court - Salt Lake City

10/14 - Lost Lake - Denver, CO

10/16 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis

10/17 Ruby - Madison

10/18 Beat Kitchen - Chicago

10/19 Zanzabar - Louisville, KY

10/20 Beachland Tavern - Cleveland

10/21 Baby G - Toronto

10/23 Bar Le Ritz - Montreal

10/24 Middle East - Boston

10/26 Baby’s All Right - New York

All above dates with Zuli

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Landscape Tracklisting:

1.   Stranger

2.   Landscape

3.   Caught Me By Surprise

4.   Suddenly

5.   All The Same

6.   Out Loud

7.   Take Me There

8.   Hurry Home

9.   I Never Knew I Was Lonely

10.   Tear You Down

11.   Incomplete