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NEWS : MON, APR 30, 2012 at 6:08 AM

Next Ambiance/Sub Pop will release Debo Band’s self-titled debut on July 10th, 2012

Debo Band have announced their spring and summer tour schedule in support of their self-titled debut, out July 10th via Next Ambience / Sub Pop. Highlights include June 9 in Manchester, TN at Bonnaroo, June 10 in Toronto, ON at Luminato Festival and June 30 in Cleveland, OH at Solstice Festival at Cleveland’s Museum of Art. Debo Band will also embark on a short northeast US tour Grupo Fantasmo, which kicks-off July 11 in Allston, MA at Brighton Music Hall and wraps up on July 13 in Brooklyn, NY at Bell House. Full list of tour dates are listed below and can also be found on’s tour page.

Debo Band’s live shows at SXSW festival won praise from the likes of SPIN, NPR, Boston Globe, San Francisco Bay Guardian and more. SPIN called their show one of the best of the fest, and said “The Boston-based crew rumbled through Ethiopian wedding songs and mighty, constantly evolving originals. Every hot blast of brass or well-placed outburst of strangled guitar combined to resemble a smartly tweaked, off-kilter version of what you might find in the Ethiopiques series. Tonight it all felt like a celebration: wild, unabashed dancing during every song, and hugging between friends and strangers alike in between.” And NPR raved, “I gushed about this Boston group enough at GlobalFest 2012, but here I’ll just say that even though their music is steeped in 1960s Ethiopian music, to me, they’re a rock band first. That means the beat is hard, the guitar is blistering, the horns are lyrical and you don’t have to understand what is being said to understand the emotions behind the voice. Their appeal is universal.”

For more on Debo Band, please look to their artist page right here on

Debo Band On Tour
May 06 North Adams, MA – Rock the Block
Jun. 09 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester TN
Jun. 10 Toronto, ON – Luminato Festival
Jun. 30 Cleveland, OH – Solstice Festival / The Cleveland Museum of Art ^
Jul. 11 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall (record release show) ^
Jul. 12 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse ^

Jul. 13 Brooklyn, NY – Bell House ^^
Aug. 18 Portland, ME – Space Gallery

^ w/ Gang Gang Dance, Nortec Collective & more
^^ w/ Grupo Fantasma

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : MON, JUL 16, 2012 at 5:27 AM

Niki & The Dove - Tour Dates, Downloads & Videos

Niki & The Dove’s live performance from earlier this summer with YouTube Presents has just been made available on Niki & The Dove’s YouTube channel. Watch them perform Instinct highlights such as “The Fox,” “DJ, Ease My Mind,” “The Drummer,” (and more!) and check out the great band interview with Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak. All these videos can be found now in this Niki & The Dove playlist and will be featured today on YouTube’s Music Page.

Also on the band’s YouTube channel today you’ll find the new fan video for the song “Dance Floor” from Niki & The Dove’s recent mix tape. This video was just made public and as we mentioned, it can be found on the band’s YouTube channel along with a whole host of other great videos. You should probably get over to their channel right away and explore.

We’ve mentioned this before as well, but Niki & The Dove’s forthcoming release, Instinct, is available now over at iTunes and will be available on CD / 2xLP August 7th via Sub Pop. Also worth noting again, though, is that those of you who pre-order Instinct first from (and before August 7th!), will not only receive a limited Niki & The Dove tote bag but completed pre-orders for vinyl LP, will also potentially get the limited, Sub Pop Loser Edition version—a colored-vinyl copy of the record, in this case, it’s on crystal-clear colored-vinyl. Both of these offers are in limited supply, so first come, first serve. In other words, order soon!

Finally, in touring news, Niki & The Dove will embark on their first-ever US tour to support Instinct, and this run of dates will begin and ends in Los Angeles, CA, including a September 2nd appearance in Seattle, WA at Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. We’ve listed the full list of tour dates below.

Niki & The Dove on Tour
Jun 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Northside Fest (@ Glasslands)
Aug 31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Sep 01 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
Sep 02 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
Sep 05 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls +
Sep 07 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre +
Sep 08 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room +
Sep 09 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre +
Sep 11 – Norman, OK – Opolis +
Sep 13 – Dallas, TX – Trees +
Sep 14 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk +
Sep 16 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds +
Sep 17 – McAllen, TX – Cine El Rey +
Sep 18 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree +
Sep 19 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl +
Sep 21 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel +
Sep 23 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Sep 24 – Washington, DC – Black Cat +
Sep 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer +
Sep 27 – New York, NY – Webster Hall +
Sep 29 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Oct 02 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
Oct 03 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Oct 04 – San Francisco, CA – Popscene
Oct 06 – Los Angeles CA – Taix
Oct 07 – Los Angeles, CA – Culture Collide Festival Block Party

+ w/ Twin Shadow

Niki & The Dove : Facebook / Twitter / Sub Pop Artist Page / Website

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : MON, SEP 17, 2012 at 4:20 AM

Download “Wet Blanket” from METZ

METZ have expanded their North American & European fall tour (all dates listed below) in support of their upcoming self-titled, full-length debut, available October 9 in North America & Europe, and October 15 in the UK, on CD, LP, and through digital providers such as Amazon, Itunes, as well as right here at

We’d be remiss if we did not remind you of the fact that if you order this record from, that order will come with a free, limited-edition 7" single with two tracks not found on the album (“Dirty Shirt” b/w “Leave Me Out”). Additionally, if you happen to pre-order METZ from us, (or from a handful of independent record stores) specifically on LP, you will also receive the limited, colored-vinyl Loser Edition of this record. This is one of those limited edition type of deals, so, you know, first come, first serve as far as availability goes.

Sep 20 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore +
Sep 21 – Montreal, QC – Mission Santa Cruz %
Oct 06 – Ottawa, ON – Babylon Night Club
Oct 09 – Hamilton, ON – Baltimore House
Oct 10 – Guelph, ON – eBar $
Oct 11 – London, ON – APK Live $
Oct 12 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern $
Oct 18 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory / Sub Pop CMJ Showcase =
Oct 20 – Brighton, UK – The Hope
Oct 21 – Leeds, UK – The Library
Oct 22 – Glasgow, UK – Art School
Oct 23 – Manchester, UK – Kraak Gallery
Oct 24 – London, UK – Old Blue Blast (Presented by The Quietus)
Oct 25 – Paris, FR – Nouveau Casino
Oct 27 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Oct 29 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Nov 01 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club ^
Nov 02 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Nov 03 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar
Nov 05 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Nov 07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Nov 09 – Costa Mesa, CA – Constellation Room
Nov 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
Nov 12 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Nov 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
Nov 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Nov 17 – Washington, DC – Red Palace
Nov 19 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Nov 20 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
Nov 21 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
Nov 22 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore

+ w/ Hot Snakes
% w/ Merchandise
= w/ Pissed Jeans, King Tuff, Poor Moon, Daughn Gibson, Debo Band
$ w/ Roomrunner
^ w/ Ladyhawk

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

MEDIA : TUE, JUL 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

New Track from The Helio Sequence

The Helio Sequence are set to release their fifth full-length album entitled Negotiations on September 11th, 2012 right here on Sub Pop Records. The album features 11 tracks and is led by the singles, “October” and “Hall of Mirrors”. You can stream “October” as well as get a free download of the track now from the widget above.

If you act early and pre-order Negotiations from, or buy it from select retailers on CD or LP, while supplies last, your order will come with a quadrophonic companion CD called Aces. The band intended Aces to be played simultaneously with Negotiations on two different stereo systems to create an enhanced spatial experience. Perhaps needless to say, but we like this.

There will be more information on this special pre-order offer in the coming weeks, but for those of you who we had at “quadrophonic companion,” the pre-order is available for purchase now at

The Helio Sequence have scheduled a tour in support of Negotiations which will see the band visiting both sides of the Atlantic this fall. The tour begins September 1st in Seattle, WA at Bumbershoot and currently ends on October 13th in Boise, ID at Neurolux. All current tour dates listed below.

The Helio Sequence Negotiations
1. One More Time
2. October
3. Downward Spiral
4. The Measure
5. Hall of Mirrors
6. Harvester of Souls
7. Open Letter
8. When the Shadow Falls
9. Silence on Silence
10. December
11. Negotiations

The Helio Sequence on Tour
Sep 01 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival
Sep 07 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (All Ages)
Sep 20 – London, UK – Hoxton Bar and Grill
Sep 21 – Paris, France – Fleche D’Or
Sep 22 – Hamburg, Germany – Reeperbahn Festival
Sep 24 – Berlin, Germany – Comet (DE)
Sep 25 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Sep 26 – Koln, Germany – Gebaude 9
Sep 27 – Leuven, Belgium – Stuk
Oct 03 – Sacramento, CA – Town House Lounge (21+)
Oct 04 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent (21+)
Oct 05 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour (All Ages)
Oct 06 – San Diego, CA – Irenic (All Ages)
Oct 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom (16+)
Oct 08 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress (All Ages)
Oct 10 – Sante Fe, NM – Santa Fe Sol Live (All Ages)
Oct 11 – Denver, CO – Moe’s (16+)
Oct 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (21+)
Oct 13 – Boise, ID – Neurolux (21+)

The Helio Sequence :: Facebook / Twitter / Sub Pop Artist Page

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

THU, FEB 16, 2012 at 5:31 AM


Today we are happy to announce that Australian band Husky’s Debut Album, Forever So, will be released July 10th on this very record label. We’re also feeling good about the fact that we can share not only a music video from the band, but also a free download and newly confirmed tour dates. Let’s get into it!

Download mp3 “The Woods” here.
Watch “The Woods” video on our YouTube channel.

More about Husky
Husky Gawenda (vox, guitar), Gideon Preiss (keys, vox), Evan Tweedie (bass, vox) and Luke Collins (drums) make up Melbourne, -based Husky. Following the Australian release of their 2011 debut album, Forever So, Husky has decided to take their critically acclaimed music to the rest of the world with a July 10th release date.

“Sub Pop is enamored with the Melbourne quartet, Husky,” says President of Sub Pop Jonathan Poneman. “The band’s strength rests in its infectious, evocative songs and stirring live performances.”

Husky is hitting the international touring circuit throughout February and March. Following national appearances at Laneway Festival, the band will tour alongside German duo BOY throughout Germany and then perform at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Canadian Music Week and in New York City and LA. Complete list of dates below.

About “The Woods” Video
“The Woods” video created by visionary animator Brendan Cook (Gotye, Temper Trap) the video, full of striking images in other-worldly sequences, captures Husky’s lush orchestration and lyrical storytelling in this song of dreams, memories and exploration.

What People Are Saying About Husky
Forever So is breathtaking in its ambition, a shimmering fog of kaleidoscopic storytelling, each a song a Nick Drake-esque fairytale delivered with full indie-orhestration.” **** [Band to Watch] – Rolling Stone

“With indie folks songs that are totally accessible and sweet while for the most part avoiding being predictable or twee, there is certainly enough about Forever So to suggest that everything is in place for Husky to make an impact. Don’t be surprised if 2012 is a big year for this likeable quartet.” – Drum

“A sweet, little gem” – Cream

“This outstanding debut album weaves understated sincerity into wintry introspectiveness forced upon anyone in the city of four-seasons-a-day. Husky’s mid-tempo folk reflects upon the world with genuine originality, too – the songs avoid the more obvious tricks in the composers playbook, leaving ample space for frontman Husky Gawanda’s lyrical confessions.” – Sydney Morning Herald

Click here for a full list of tour dates:

Posted by Bekah Zietz