News from 4/2019

NEWS : TUE, APR 16, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Minor Poet announces North American tour opening for Australia’s Cub Sport May 8th-June 7th in support of The Good News

Minor Poet is joining Australian band Cub Sport on the group’s headlining tour in support of The Good News, out May 17th worldwide on Sub Pop. These intimate shows will find Minor Poet performing as a three-piece, beginning May 8th in Los Angeles at The Echo and ending June 7th in Phoenix at the Valley Bar. The tour will include stops in San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Brooklyn, Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta, Austin, and Houston.

May 08 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
May 09 - San Diego, CA - Voodoo Room at HOB
May 13 - Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theater
May 14 - Portland, OR - The Old Church
May 18 - Denver, CO - The Marquis Theater
May 20 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
May 22 - Boston, MA - Café 939
May 23 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
May 24 - Montreal, QC - L’Esco
May 25 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Underground
May 28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry at The Fillmore
May 29 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd
May 31 - Atlanta, GA - Purgatory at The Masquerade
Jun. 02 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Indoor
Jun. 03 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
Jun. 05 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
Jun. 07 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar

Minor Poet’s The Good News, which features “Museum District” and  “Tropic of Cancer,” was produced by Andrew Carter and Adrian Olsen (Natalie Prass, Foxygen) at Montrose Recording in Richmond.

The Good News is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart. Preorders of the LP through and select independent retailers in North America, UK, and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on clear with red and blue swirl vinyl (while supplies last).

Posted by Jason Baxter

NEWS : TUE, APR 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Calexico and Iron & Wine Announce Newly Added North American Tour Dates Supporting Forthcoming Album ‘Years to Burn’

Single “Father Mountain” Available To Stream And Album Available for Pre-order Now.

[Photo Credit: Piper Ferguson]

Today, Calexico and Iron & Wine added new shows to the previously announced UK, European and North American dates, including stops in Philadelphia, Austin, Los Angeles and more. See all dates and on sale info below.

Calexico and Iron & Wine recently announced Years to Burn, their first full–length album together, out June 14th via City Slang in the UK/Europe and Sub Pop in the rest of the world. This is their first release since 2005’s critic and fan favorite In The Reins.  Alongside the Years To Burn news, the trio released the lead track “Father Mountain” to great reception.

Listen to “Father Mountain” on YouTubeSpotify or Apple Music

Calexico and Iron & Wine Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Jun. 18 - Saxapahaw, NC - River Ballroom
Jul. 19  - Lisbon, PT - Super Bock Super Rock
Jul. 20 - Arlesheim, CH - Stimmen Festival
Jul. 22 - Milan, IT - La Triennale di Milano
Jul. 23 - Gardone Riviera, IT - Anfiteatro del Vittoriale
Jul. 24 -  Rome, IT - Villa Ada
Jul. 25 - Florence, IT - Cavea del Nuovo Teatro dell
Jul. 26 -  Monforte D’ Alba, IT - Auditorium Horszowski
Jul. 28 - Vienna, AT - Konzerthaus
Jul. 29 - Palma, ES - Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca
Jul. 31 - Hamburg, DE - Stadtpark
Aug. 02 - Cambridge, UK - Cambridge Folk Festival
Aug. 03 - Leuven, BE - M-
idzommer Festival
Aug. 04 - Crozon, FR - Festival Du Bout Du Monde
Aug. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre ~
Aug. 17 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre ~
Aug. 19 - Denver, CO - Denver Botanic Gardens ~
Aug. 21 - Ogden, UT - Twilight Series at Ogden Amphitheater
Aug. 22 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
Aug. 23 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
Aug. 24 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
Sep. 18 - Grand Rapids, MI - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park “Meijer Gardens”
Sep. 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian Theatre
Sep. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Sep. 21 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Bank Pavillion +
Sep. 22 - North Adams, MA - FreshGrass Festival
Sep. 24 - Richmond, VA - The National
Sep. 26 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
Sep. 27 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Sep. 28 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek
Sep. 29 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theater
Sep. 30 - Oklahoma City, OK - Tower Theatre
Oct. 02 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Oct. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 04 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s Concerts
by The Bay
Oct. 06 - Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery
Nov. 05 - Utrecht, NL - TrivoliVrendenburg - Ronda
Nov. 06 -
Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Antwerp, BE - De Roma
Nov. 09 - Berlin, DE - Tempodrom
Nov. 10 - Linz, AT - Posthof
Nov. 11 - Munich, DE - Muffathalle
Nov. 12 -  Budapest, HU - Müpa
Nov. 14 - Mannheim, DE - Musensaal Rosengarten
Nov. 15 -  Cologne, DE - Palladium
Nov. 16 - Paris, FR - La Cigale
Nov. 18 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall *
Nov. 19 - Liverpool, UK - Philharmonic Hall *
Nov. 20 - Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall *
Nov. 21 -
Conventry, UK - Warwick Arts Centre *
Nov. 23 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall *
Nov. 24 - Bexhill-On-Sea, UK – De La Warr Pavillion *
~with special guest Madison Cunningham
+with Andrew Bird
*with special guest Lisa O’Neill
Artist Presales: Wednesday, April 17 - 10 am local –
Thursday, April 18 - 10 pm local
Password: yearstoburn
Local Presales: Thursday, April 18 - 10 am local
General On Sale: Friday, April 19 - 10 am local

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, APR 10, 2019 at 8:55 AM

Watch The Gotobeds Get Maced In Their New Video For “Twin Cities”

Debt Begins at 30, their forthcoming album, out worldwide May 31st on Sub Pop.

On “Twin Cities,” The Gotobeds’ latest single from their upcoming album, Debt Begins at 30, the band taps Tracy Wilson, formerly of Dahlia Seed and currently of Positive No, to share the singing, and the result is a fiery, exuberant pop song. When asked about the Shawn Brackbill-directed video, The Gotobeds frontman Eli Kasan said:

If you’ve ever toured or spent long stretches of time with the same folks you know nerves can fray. We found a way to release that tension by macing each other for the video. Ever seen the Purge? Me neither, but it’s the same idea.

Twin Cities is about two people (the two narrators) having different experiences in the same city, and the video reflects that. Shot entirely on VHS as we’re all old enough to own VCRs, not from Urban Outfitters - take that 90’s nostalgia blowhards!

You can watch the band burn through the song via today’s premiere at CLASH Magazine right here, and listen forever on repeat via Spotify or Apple Music.

The Gotobeds will play an album release show in their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA on May 25th at Babyland with midwest & eastern shows in June & July. See below for a full list of dates.

Debt Begins at 30 is out on LP/CD/Digital and Cassette on Friday, May 31st. The octane is high-test, the engine still has knocks and pings and the battery is overcharged. The Gotobeds - as Pittsburgh as it gets, the folk music of the Steel City - have more tar for us to swallow. Debt Begins at 30 is an old-fashioned blast furnace and the liquid iron flows.

Debt Begins at 30 is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart. Preorders of the LP through, select independent retailers in the U.S. and select European and UK retailers will receive the limited, orange-vinyl Loser Edition while supplies last.

The Gotobeds Tour Dates

The Gotobeds will play an album release show in their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA on May 25th at Babyland with midwest & eastern shows in June & July. 

May 25 - Pittsburgh, PA - Babyland (album release show)
Jun. 20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Babyland *
Jun. 21 - Chicago, IL - Sleeping Village
Jun. 23 - Columbus, IL - Ace of Cups
Jul. 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle 
Jul. 17 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
Jul. 18 - D.C, Washington - Comet Ping Pon
Jul. 19 - Kingston, NY - Tubby’s
Oct. 17 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre ^

* w/ Lithics
^ w/ Mudhoney

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, APR 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM

The 2019 Loser Scholarship Winners!

After reading through great, heaping stacks of wonderfully inspirational applications, we here at the Really Very Official Sub Pop Records Scholarship Committee have chosen three exceptionally qualified student winners for our 2019 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship.

Ester - graduating from David Douglas High School in Portland - is our first place Loser winner this year. We were and are blown away by Ester’s talents and hereby recognize her as more than worthy of the $7,000 scholarship. As a Russian refugee immigrant, Ester and her family faced many hardships, but rather than let these difficulties drag her down, Ester found ways to use challenges in her life as inspiration. An incredible photo realist painter, Ester has earned one of the top student artist awards in the country for her Immigrant Experience art show and “I, America’s Poster Child,” series of paintings. Ester took time to interview her subjects firsthand to identify some of the troubling social constructs that immigrant youth in her community face. Through her art, Ester hopes to raise awareness of the difficult cultural circumstances many immigrant youth deal with and change some of their circumstances for the better. On top of being an incredible painter Ester also does film work, sculpture, and performance art. It is hard to believe Ester didn’t start art classes until high school because she is so incredibly talented! We love that Ester wants to use her ongoing arts education to help impoverished and immigrant artists better their lives and we are glad to be able to help further those goals in some small way. Alright, Ester!

Frankie - graduating from Seattle’s Nova High School - has done 600 volunteer hours at the Vera Project, an all-ages music and arts space in Seattle, as an audio engineer supporting local and national music acts. We loved Frankie’s application describing the mental hurdles she has had to overcome to persevere as a female doing live sound for artists. As a student in the Vera audio design program, Frankie started from the bottom and worked her way up through hard work and dedication. While taking in everything that her mentors at Vera had to teach about sound design and the professional attitude required to work with artists, Frankie was able to gain confidence in her skills as an engineer. As the only female sound engineer in her class, Frankie fought through deeply engrained societal expectations to become a professional, paid sound engineer at the age of 17. How cool is that?! Outside of Vera, Frankie also helped to revive the band program at her high school, which helped to empower many dormant but talented musicians in her orbit. Frankie hopes to further pursue professional audio engineering and wants to set an example that might help to bring other women and femmes into the audio field. Given all of this information, we’re proud to name Frankie our $5,000 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship winner!

Lillian - graduating from St. Helens High School - is the winner of our $3,000 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. Lillian is the first human interested in robotics we’ve had apply for the scholarship and her application was a stunner. Her animation reel, drawings, paintings, the inspiration she drew from her robotics team, and her understanding that being a Loser means, “…having to define your own purpose when none of the preexisting options will fit,” really set Lillian apart from the other applicants. A succinct but very well-written essay with a keen awareness of what it means to be a Sub Pop Loser helped Lillian stand out from the crowd. We are happy to know that someone in St. Helens is an art program recruit, art show curator, has taken every art class possible, is out to create her own path, is inspired by other young artists, and helps artists thrive in her local community. Lillian tells us she’ll be attending OSU as a double major in robotics and art. We are deeply into it, Lillian. Go get ‘em!

And, those are our 2019 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship winners – ta-da! Thanks to everyone who applied, we loved all of your submissions! You’re an incredibly talented, inspiring bunch of people, and these were not easy decisions. We’re certain that you will all go on to blow us away with your future accomplishments.

Posted by Andrew Sullivan