News from 8/2019

NEWS : THU, AUG 1, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Watch Calexico and Iron & Wine’s NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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World Tour is Underway.

[Photo Credit: Shuran Huang/NPR]

NPR Music has released the latest installment of their stellar Tiny Desk Concert Series featuring Calexico and Iron & Wine. The group performed “Father Mountain” and “Midnight Sun” off their critically acclaimed full-length album Years to Burn, as well as “He Lays in the Reins” from 2005’s In the Reins EP.  Watch their performance here.

Calexico and Iron & Wine will also be featured on NPR Music’s World Cafe next week. Their episode will air online on Tuesday, August 6th at 5pm ET. To listen live, fans can check their local station’s Program Schedule for the World Cafe broadcast time HERE. To listen live online, fans can hear the WXPN Philadelphia stream at 2pm ET at by choosing WXPN from the ‘Listen Live’ drop-down at the top of the page.

Calexico and Iron & Wine are currently on an extensive tour of North America, Europe and the UK. Their recent stops included a June 21st performance at ​the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival at Prospect Park. Watch them perform “Father Mountain” at Celebrate Brooklyn! HERE. In addition, the collective recently released Years to Burn Behind the Scenes featuring exclusive interviews with the band and their long friendship and spirit of collaboration.  Watch the short vignette HERE. Full list of tour dates below.

[Photo Credit: Piper Ferguson]

Calexico and Iron & Wine World Tour Dates + Ticket Links

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 ~ [SOLD OUT]

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

Aug. 25 - Port Townsend, WA - The Thing

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 special guest Orville Peck

\ with special guest Natalie Prass

+ with Andrew Bird

# with special guest Adia Victoria

* with special guest Lisa O’Neill 

NEWS : WED, AUG 7, 2019 at 8:55 AM

Awesome Event Alert! “The Eyes Have It,” Orchestrated by Tim Kerr at Seattle’s studio e Gallery, Opening Reception on Aug 10th


All-around amazing human and artist Tim Kerr (he was in the Big Boys and Poison 13, and plays in The Monkeywrench w Mark and Steve from Mudhoney whenever they get it together to do stuff, and has done about a million other things that you can read all about here) has put together an incredible-looking group art show at Seattle’s studio e gallery. It’s called “The Eyes Have It,” and it runs from August 10 to September 14 with an opening reception on Sat., 8/10 from 6pm to 9pm. 

And, YOU should totally go!

The show is described as, “A show of works by an international group of friends, orchestrated by Tim Kerr,” and includes…

Merrilee Challis / Birmingham, AL (SHE WILL BE THERE!)
Karoline Collins / San Francisco, CA (SHE WILL ALSO BE THERE!)
Coulter Fussel / Water Valley, MS
Hi-Dutch / Chiba, Japan
Jim Houser / Philadelphia, PA
Jordin Isip / Brooklyn, NY
Rich Jacobs / Oakland, CA
Mel Kadel / Los Angeles, CA
Jon Langford / Chicago, IL (HE IS IN THE MEKONS!!)
Yusuke Hanai / Kamakura, Japan
Michael Sieben / Austin, TX
Tim Kerr / Austin, TX (HE WILL BE THERE!)

…studio e gallery is at 609 S Brandon Street, in Seattle’s spirited Georgetown neighborhood…

NEWS : FRI, AUG 9, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Marika Hackman’s ‘Any Human Friend,’ Her Powerful, Sexually Charged, and Acclaimed New Album Is Out Today in North and South America Through Sub Pop

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“It’s Marika’s rawness that makes Any Human Friend such an emotive and compelling album” - ★★★★ ½ DIY

Marika Hackman’s internationally acclaimed new album Any Human Friend is out today, Friday, August 9th in North and South America from Sub Pop, and the rest of the world through AMF Recordings.

Stream the album now on YouTubeSpotifyApple Music, and Bandcamp.

The powerful, sexually-charged album, which is led by the highlights “i’m not where you are,” “the one,” “all night,” ”hand solo,” and “blow,” was produced by Hackman and David Wrench (Frank Ocean, the xx, Lets Eat Grandma). She will embark on a headlining North American tour this October and November with support from Hardly Art artists Girl Friday, who will also act as her backing band for the entire tour.

Marika Hackman has also scheduled a Reddit “Indieheads” AMA for Wednesday, August 14th at 12:30 pm PDT/3 pm EDT.

Any Human Friend is now available from Sub Pop. LP purchases through and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on Salmon-colored vinyl (while supplies last).

Marika Hackman Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Aug.15 - Beacon Breacons, UK - Green Man Festival
Sep. 21 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
Sep. 23 - Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor
Sep. 24 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Sep. 25 - Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall
Sep. 26 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Oct. 11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
Oct. 12 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook*
Oct. 13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall*
Oct. 14 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle*
Oct. 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere*
Oct. 18 - Allston, MA - Great Scott*
Oct. 19 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall*
Oct. 20 - Montréal, QC - Bar Le ‘Ritz’ P.D.B.*
Oct. 21 - Toronto, ON- The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern*
Oct. 23 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
Oct. 24 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig*
Oct. 25 - Chicago, IL- Sleeping Village*
Oct. 26 - Milwaukee, WI - Back Room at Colectivo Coffee*
Oct. 28 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry*
Nov. 01 - Seattle, WA - Neumos*
Nov. 04 - Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club*
Nov. 06 - West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre*

*w/ Girl Friday

What “The People” have said about Any Human Friend:

“A treasure trove of zippy guitar hooks, glimmering synths, and lemony vocals.” - (9.3/10) PASTE

“Infectious, assured, and eclectic…, Album of the Week.”  -  Stereogum

“Any Human Friend is all bangers, all the time…there is not a single low point on the album.”  -  ★★★★★ DORK

“Any Human Friend sees Hackman wholly uncensored, and all the better for it.” - ★★★★ Q

“Signals Hackman’s coming of age as an artist with real purpose and star power.” -  ★★★★ The Telegraph

 “Her most universal album yet.” - (8/10) Uncut

“A contender for album of the year.” - (8/10) CLASH

“A quantum leap forward” - (8/10) PopMatters

“Any Human Friend is an explosive body of work.” - (8/10) The Line of Best Fit

“The arrangements are sharper, the choruses bigger…” - (8/10) Loud & Quiet

“A truly excellent, explicit indie-pop album.” -  (8/10) Gigwise 

“The record is unapologetically Marika – with killer songwriting and bonus synths.” - i-D

“Hackman’s innately experimental and intrepid approach to writing is yielding ever richer rewards…, Album of the Week.” - Times of London

NEWS : THU, AUG 8, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Listen To “One Bad Actor” From The New Mudhoney EP ‘Morning in America’

On Sep 20th, Sub Pop will release Morning in America, a new 7-song EP of tracks recorded during the sessions for Mudhoney’s 2018 album, Digital Garbage (“…an astute, politically relevant and commendably fired-up garage punk belter of an LP,” – The Quietus). The tracks include “Let’s Kill Yourself Live Again” (an alternate version of the Digital Garbage stand-out “Kill Yourself Live,” and the bonus track for the Japanese CD version of that album), “One Bad Actor” (a new version of Mudhoney’s track on the limited-edition, and now very sold-out, SPF30 split 7” single w Hot Snakes), album outtakes “Snake Oil Charmer,” “Morning in America” and “Creeps Are Everywhere,” plus “Ensam I Natt” (“So Lonely Tonight,” a Leather Nun cover) and “Vortex of Lies” from a very limited EU tour 7”.

The songs were mixed at Johnny Sangster’s studio Crackle & Pop! The release of this EP coincides with Mudhoney’s fall 2019 US tour – see below for dates. 

Morning in America will only be available on 12” vinyl and through digital services. Pre-orders for this new Mudhoney EP are available from Sub Pop now. And, the limited Loser Edition of Morning in America, on white vinyl marbled with black, is available from and select independent retailers inNorth America, UK, and Europe, while supplies last.

Morning in America 

1.Vortex of Lies
2. Creeps Are Everywhere
3. Ensam I Natt
4. Morning in America
5. Let’s Kill Yourself Live Again
6. Snake Oil Charmer
7. One Bad Actor

[Photo Credit: Niffer Calderwood]

Mudhoney Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Mudhoney will be touring the US following the release of this EP:
Sep. 27 – Sep. 29 - Dana Point, CA - Ohana Festival
Oct. 4 - Jersey City, NJ - White Eagle Hall @ 
Oct. 5 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
Oct. 6 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
Oct. 7 - Richmond, Virginia - The Broadberry  *
Oct. 8 - Pinhook, Durham - NC *
Oct. 9 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West  *
Oct. 10 - Ashville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall *
Oct. 11 - Knoxville, TN - Concourse #
Oct. 12 - Nashville, TN - Basement East $ 
Oct. 14 - St Louis, MO - Off Broadway % 
Oct. 15 - Detroit, MI - El Club  %
Oct. 16 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop %
Oct. 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls  %
Oct. 18 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage %
Oct. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel %
@ w/ Shut Up
* w/ Pissed Jeans
# w/ Pissed Jeans, Kings of the Fucking Sea
$ w/ Porcupine & Kings of the Fucking Sea
% w/ Kid Congo Power + the Pink Monkey Birds

NEWS : MON, AUG 12, 2019 at 6:57 AM

Watch Frankie Cosmos’ New Video for “Wannago” Featuring Comedian Catherine Cohen

Close it Quietly, available worldwide on September 6th via Sub Pop.

On September 6th, Sub Pop will release Frankie Cosmos’ fourth studio album, Close It Quietly. This album is a manifestation of the band’s collaborative spirit: Greta Kline and longtime bandmates Lauren Martin (synth), Luke Pyenson (drums), and Alex Bailey (bass) luxuriated in studio time with Gabe Wax, who engineered and co-produced the record with the band at Brooklyn’s Figure 8 Studios. 
The bands latest video for “Wannago” features comedian Catherine Cohen and was directed by the fine folks at House of Nod. The video is centered around the band’s love for reality baking shows, specifically The Great British Bake Off. “I thought a baking competition theme would translate well to a music video. In some ways I think the lighthearted drama, tension, and release of that format mirrors the ebb and flow of emotions (lyrically and musically) in this song, and so it was kind of a natural fit” says drummer Luke Pyenson. You can watch the video for the song here and also here.

When asked about the song, Kline had this to share “Wannago is an older song that I thought would never come out. Every time we ever tried to arrange it we gave up or lied that we would come back to it later. It felt too hard, and I found some of the lyrics embarrassing. Then Alex encouraged us to give it another shot because he really loved the demo. We ended up all working together to turn this into a song that feels sparkly and distinct; and it’s really fun to play. I’ve accepted the cheesier lyrics as part of the youthful glow of the song, it feels very wide-eyed and is purely about love, distance, and life.”

Frankie Cosmos has announced a World Tour, splitting these shows into three legs. The first leg of dates will begin on September 18 in Boston, MA, and end on Sep. 29 in their hometown of New York City which will include an opening comedy set from “Wannago” video star Catherine Cohen. They will then head overseas beginning on Oct. 8th in Munich, Germany with shows in Prague, Amsterdam, and Paris, ending on Oct. 22nd in London. The final leg of dates will run from Oct 31st - Nov 16th with shows in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Berkeley. See below for a full list of shows.

Close It Quietly is now available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders of the album through and select independent retailers in North America, UK, and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on blue pearlescent (North America) and opaque yellow (UK/EU) while supplies last.

Frankie Cosmos Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Sep. 18 - Boston, MA - Royale
Sep. 19 - Burlington, VT - Arts Riot
Sep. 20 - Montreal, QC - L’Astral
Sep. 21 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
Sep. 22 - Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx
Sep. 23 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Sep. 24 - Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin University
Sep. 25 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
Sep. 26 - Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit Hall
Sep. 27 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
Sep. 28 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
Sep. 29 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Oct. 08 - Munich, DE - Heppel & Ettlich    
Oct. 09 - Vienna, AT - Chelsea 
Oct. 10 - Prague, CZ - Underdogs’
Oct. 11 - Cologne, DE -  MTC
Oct. 12 - Luxembourg, LU - Rotondes 
Oct. 13 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet 
Oct. 14 - Paris, FR - Badaboum 
Oct. 15 - Reims, FR - La Cartonnerie
Oct. 16 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt  
Oct. 17 - Bristol, UK - Exchange 
Oct. 19 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall 
Oct. 20 - Sheffield, UK - Delicious Clam (Sold Out)
Oct. 21 - Manchester,  UK - Night & Day
Oct. 22 - London, UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Oct. 31 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Nov. 01 - Tacoma, WA - Alma Mater
Nov. 02 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
Nov. 03 - Seattle, WA - Laser Dome @ Pacific Science Center (Two Shows)
Nov. 07 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Nov. 08 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Nov. 10 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
Nov. 12 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
Nov. 13 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe
Nov. 15 - Los Angeles, CA - 1720
Nov. 16 - Berkeley, CA - The UC Theatre

NEWS : THU, AUG 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Shannon Lay shares title track “August” via her Sub Pop debut, out worldwide on August 23rd

On August 23rd, Shannon Lay will release her Sub Pop debut entitled August which will be available on CD/LP/DL/CS worldwide on August 23rd. On the title single “August”, Lay shares that “August is a declaration. I will live my life the way I want to live it and only accept the opportunities that bring me joy. Music has become something that feels much bigger than I am. I fully embrace the immensity of it all and will grow with it every day.”

Recorded with her longtime friend, musician Ty Segall at his home studio lay shared that “I believe whoever you record with tends to affect the mood of music and Ty really brought this jovial sense that I hadn’t really explored yet.”  “Once you get rolling with him, he just throws these ideas at the wall. And you’re like, ‘I would never have thought of that!’ I couldn’t have hoped for a better guide and energy to help create this record.” You can listen to her new single “August” by clicking here

Photo credit: Denee Segall

Lay’s long-player August is available for pre-order from Sub Pop. LP pre-orders of the album through and select independent retailers in North America, UK, and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on orange vinyl (North America) and Sun Yellow vinyl (UK/EU) while supplies last. 
As previously reported, Shannon Lay will be a member of Ty Segall’s Freedom Band for his upcoming full album residencies in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, Berlin, and Haarlem (See Pitchfork’s news story April 24th). 
Shannon will be playing an album release show at Pico Union Project on Aug. 24th before embarking on an 18-date North American tour opening for Mikal Cronin. This run will begin on November 8th in Portland at Mississippi Studios and end on December 1st in San Diego at the Casbah. Shannon will continue as a special guest performing with Cronin in Europe beginning on Feb. 10th - 29th. See below for a full list of shows. 
Aug. 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Pico Union Project ***Record Release Show
Oct. 21 - London, UK - Set 
Nov. 6 -  San Francisco, CA - Independent *
Nov. 08 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios*
Nov. 09 - Vancouver, BC - The Fox Cabaret*
Nov. 10 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern*
Nov. 11 - Missoula, MT - Badlander *
Nov. 14 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club*
Nov. 15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
Nov. 16 - Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx*
Nov. 17 - Toronto, Canada - Horseshoe Tavern*
Nov. 18 - Montreal, Canada - Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.*
Nov. 19 - Allston, MA - Great Scott*
Nov. 20 - New York, NY  - Bowery Ballroom*
Nov. 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts*
Nov. 23 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall*
Nov. 24 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall*
Nov. 25 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl*
Nov. 26 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks*
Nov. 27 - Austin, TX - Barracuda*
Nov. 30 - Tucson, AZ - Toole*
Dec. 01 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah*
Feb. 10 - Munich, DE - Milla *
Feb. 11 - Cologne, DE -  Bumann & SOHN *
Feb. 12 - Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain *
Feb. 13 - Aarhus, DK - TAPE *
Feb. 14 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen *
Feb. 15 - Stockholm, SE - Nalen *    
Feb. 17 - Oslo, NO - Ingensteds * 
Feb. 18 - Gothenburg, SE - Oceanen * 
Feb. 19 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow (SkyBar) *
Feb. 20 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet *
Feb. 21 - Brussels, BE - Botanique *
Feb. 22 - Paris, FR - Petit Bain *      
Feb. 24 - Bristol, UK - The Louisiana *
Feb. 26 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen *
Feb. 27 - Glasgow, UK - The Hug & Pint *
Feb. 28 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club *
Feb. 29 - Brighton, UK - The Hope & Ruin *
* w/ Mikal Cronin