Long considered one of the planet’s most bombastic live acts and foremost purveyors of abrasive melodicism, METZ has spent the majority of their 11-year tenure crisscrossing the globe and bringing their unparalleled energy directly to the people. Determined to connect with their fans and to find a way within the confines of the pandemic to create a live experience as dynamic as their most recent full length, Atlas Vending, METZ took to the stage in October 2020 at the Opera House in Toronto to livestream a performance of Atlas Vending in its entirety. Today the band announced the release of this raw and powerful performance.
Live at the Opera House, recorded by Graham Walsh and mixed by Seth Manchester, is available now on all digital service providers, with bundles at Bandcamp and Sub Pop’s Mega Mart that include the full concert film directed by the band’s longtime video collaborator Scott Cudmore. Also starting today; a pre-order for the limited 1,000 piece pressing on tricolor (Black/White/Oxblood) vinyl which includes a download of the full concert film. The LP can be pre-ordered through megamart.subpop.com, METZ’s merch store, and Bandcamp, and will be available November 5th in select independent retailers in North America. Grab one while supplies last.
To celebrate this release, today METZ have shared the striking live performance video for “Pulse” from the Opera House. The opening song of a set that grabs you, shakes you, and doesn’t let go until the final crushing blow and the feedback subsides, this video, and the full Live at the Opera House album and film, are clear reminders of the unparalleled energy and spirit of METZ live. METZ return to the stages of North America this November and December and will tour Europe & the UK in the spring of 2022.
METZ on the road 2021 Nov. 18 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom Nov. 19 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom Nov. 20 San Francisco, CA - The Independent Nov. 22 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom Nov. 23 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile - Showroom Nov. 24 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Nov. 26 Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar & Stage Nov. 27 Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room Nov. 29 Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Park Theatre Nov. 30 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club Dec. 2 Milwaukee, WI - The Back Room - Colectivo Dec. 3 Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Dec 5 Ottawa ON - Bronson Centre Dec. 6 Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount Dec. 7 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall Dec. 9 Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere: Hall Dec. 10 NY, NY - The Bowery Ballroom Dec. 11 Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry at The Fillmore Dec. 13 Washington, DC - Union Stage Dec. 14 Columbus, OH - A&R Music Bar Dec. 16 Chicago, IL - Metro Dec. 17 Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace (METZ only) Dec. 18 Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace (METZ only)
All shows w/ Preoccupations and FACS except Toronto.
2022 Apr. 01 - Leicester, UK - O2 Academy 2 Apr. 02 - Blackpool, UK - Bootleg Social Apr. 03 - Manchester, UK - YES Apr. 04 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny Apr. 06 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo Apr. 07 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club Apr. 08 - Bristol, UK - Thekla Apr. 09 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store Apr. 10 - London, UK - Scala Apr. 11 - Lille, FR - L’Aeronef Apr. 12 - Antwerp, BE - Trix Apr. 13 - Paris, FR - Petit Bain Apr. 15 - Biarritz, FR - Atabal Apr. 16 - Vigo, ES - La Iguana Apr. 17 - Porto, PT - Hard Club Apr. 18 - Lisbon, PT - LAV Apr. 20 - Madrid, ES - Independence Live Apr. 21 - Barcelona, ES - LA 2 Apr. 22 - Nimes, FR - Paloma Apr. 23 - Dudingen, CH - Bad Bonn Apr. 24 - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks Apr. 25 - Zurich, CH - Bogen F Apr. 27 - Munich, DE - Kranhalle Apr. 28 - Vienna, AT - Arena Wien Apr. 29 - Berlin, DE - Lido May 01 - Rotterdam, NL - Rotown May 03 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen May 04 - Hamburg, DE - Hafenklang May 05 - Groningen, NL - Vera May 06 - Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg May 07 - Cologne, DE - Artheater
All shows w/ Psychic Graveyard
METZ Live at the Opera House
Tracklisting: 1. Pulse 2. Blind Youth Industrial Park 3. The Mirror 4. No Ceiling 5. Hail Taxi 6. Draw Us In 7. Sugar Pill 8. Framed by the Comet’s Tail 9. Parasite 10. A Boat to Drown In 11. Negative Space 12. Wet Blanket
HEY WHAT, the astonishing new Low album, will be released worldwide on CD/LP/CS/DSPs on September 10th, 2021 on Sub Pop Records. On the heels of their previously released singles, “Days Like These”, and “Disappearing” comes the group’s captivating new video for “More.” Directed by Julie Casper Roth, this new video metaphorically explores the Sisyphean task of dismantling structural oppression, through gender biases.
HEY WHAT and its singles “Days Like These” and “Disappearing,” have been earning Low raves from the likes of Beats Per Minute, Brooklyn Vegan, CLASH, DIY, The Guardian, The Line of Best Fit, MOJO, NPR Music, PASTE, Uncut, SPIN, Stereogum, Under the Radar, and more.
The New York Times had this to say, “If Double Negative from 2018 proved that these indie lifers were still finding uncharted frontiers in their spacious sound nearly three decades into their band’s existence, this first taste of their forthcoming album HEY WHAT shows once again that they’re not finished discovering exhilaratingly new ways to sound exactly like themselves.” The Guardian raves, “The apocalyptic feel of 2018’s masterpiece album Double Negative continues the chanted vocal shakes under a hail of static, but its big pure melody endures.” Pitchfork says of “Days Like These,” “The melody dissolves into synth fuzz and soloing, the lyrics evaporate to a single word (“again”), and the white noise softens into a heavenly glow, ascending and sweeping us along for another transformation (“Best New Track”).” Meanwhile, Rolling Stone offered this on “Disappearing,” “It’s simply three-and-a-half minutes of throbbing, unrequited yearning, Low at their very best, and it’s beautiful.”
Low’s international headlining dates in support of HEY WHAT for the US, UK, and EU have been announced. For a full list of shows click here.
What people are saying about Low: “a brilliantly extreme kind of pop record” - Uncut “A fragmented but rousing return” - MOJO “Musically, “Disappearing” echoes “Days Like These” — sonically experimental but just a bit more hopeful than Double Negative, with a tension of hymnlike melodies and guttural distortion.” [“Disappearing”] - Stereogum “Slow-burning, elegant” - NME “Choral harmonies tinged in gospel influences… move through spider-like guitar lines into a vein of distortion.” - CLASH
Low HEY WHAT
Tracklisting: 1. White Horses 2. I Can Wait 3. All Night 4. Disappearing 5. Hey 6. Days Like These 7. There’s a Comma After Still 8. Don’t Walk Away 9. More 10. The Price You Pay (It Must Be Wearing Off)
Today, Monday, August 9th marks the release of Washed Out’s “Sidney’s Lullaby” b/w “Miles’ Lullaby” and Porridge Radio’s cover of Wolf Parade’s “You Are A Runner And I Am My Fathers Son,” available now on all DSPs.
The songs are from their contributions to the Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 6, which continues Sub Pop’s limited-edition, subscription-only 7” vinyl singles. While the vinyl editions are only available to Singles Club subscribers – which you can become via the Sub Pop Mega Mart! – the music can now be heard on all digital music services. If you want the 7”s, hurry up and subscribe, as the 1,000 available subscriptions are nearly sold-out.
For Washed Out’s (aka Ernest Greene) contribution, he recorded two very sweet, ambient lullabies named for his sons, Sidney and Miles. He offers this on the recording, “For me, the process of writing a traditional song (with verses, choruses, etc.) can be a very time-consuming practice. There is always an initial feeling of excitement upon discovering an interesting chord progression or melody, but the nuts and bolts of actually seeing the song through until the end can be quite maddening.
“I love to offset this way of working by improvising short instrumental sketches simply for the fun of creating and I feel like this material often has a purity and spontaneity that is often missing in my more “produced” work.
“Much like every other musician who was forced to stop touring because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I spent a lot of time at home and because of quarantine measures spent more time with my two young children than I ever have before. As any parent can tell you, it is an amazing experience seeing them discover the world around them and their minds are so pure, honest, and open. I thought these two instrumental sketches had a sweetness and playfulness about them that characterized certain aspects of their development during this time. I tried to capture both of their unique spirits but also the tenderness I feel for them as their father.
“Perhaps these songs might come across as too personal or sentimental - like sharing an intimate family photograph with a stranger. However, I hope that listeners might think back to their own childhoods and how it felt to have such an innocent view of the world around you.”
Washed Out recently announced a headlining North American tour for late winter 2022. For up to date information on tickets please visit https://washedout.net/Tour.
Porridge Radio’s cover of “You Are A Runner…,” the Wolf Parade fan favorite, is the A-side to their contribution to Sub Pop Singles Club (and follows the release of their cover of The Shins’ “New Slang,” its B-side, late last month). Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin had this to say, “Sub Pop are a label I’ve loved for a long time, and when they asked if we wanted to release some songs with them this summer, I looked through their back catalog and chose 2 songs to cover that had a big impact on me as a teenager.”
Beginning as Margolin’s sadcore bedroom project, Porridge Radio developed into an idiosyncratic post-punk 4-piece after she moved to Brighton and met her future bandmates. They inelegantly knot together Margolin’s vicious, furious emotional outpourings with beautiful pop melodies. After a series of demos, and the growing legend of their intense live shows, their lofty debut Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers came out via Memorials of Distinction in 2016, documenting struggles with life, love and boredom, and showcases the scrapbook absurdism at Porridge Radio’s core.
The band’s 2020 Secretly Canadian debut, Every Bad, is a culmination of what has been in their head for some time. Every Bad arrived full of grand, sweeping ambition – with vocals so urgent that it often feels like it is moved by compulsion rather than choice, with all the rawness of early Karen O, and influences as disparate as Charli XCX and The Cranberries. After receiving wide critical acclaim across the board, Every Bad was shortlisted as one of the Hyundai Mercury Prize’s albums of 2020.
Porridge Radio’s updated international tour schedule now runs August 2021 through June 2022. Please visit the band’s tour dates page for more info. https://porridgeradio.com/tour
Bob’s Burgers Music Album Vol. 2 features nearly every single musical morsel from seasons 7 through 9, and is a 90-song smorgasbord that features the Belcher family - Bob (H. Jon Benjamin), Linda (John Roberts), Tina (Dan Mintz), Gene (Eugene Mirman), and Louise (Kristen Schaal) - as well as the show’s numerous recurring and special guests. This includes actors, comedians, and musicians Adam Driver, Tiffany Haddish, Jenny Slate, Daveed Diggs, Max Greenfield, Toddrick Hall, Aparna Nancherla, and Matt Berninger (of The National).
The Bob’s Burgers Music Album Vol. 2 will be released on August 20th, 2021 as a 2-CD set, a 3-LP regular version, a 3-LP deluxe limited-edition boxset, double cassette, and on all DSPs.
The limited deluxe edition gift box will come pressed on ketchup, mustard and relish colored vinyl in a book-style jacket with die-cut pages shaped liked burger fixings, a hardbound lyric book with original Bob’s Burgers artwork, a soft bound sheet music book, 2 sheets of colorforms with background scenes, 2 original posters, and more (available while supplies last).
The Bob’s Burgers Music Album Vol. 2 is available to preorder from Sub Pop, select independent retailers in North America, in the U.K. and in Europe.
For fans of the show, enjoying the music of Bob’s Burgers on its own is both an irresistible to-go bag and ultimately a world unto itself. Lose yourself in the strangely epic disco celebration of “Hot Pants Rain Dance”! Sing along with the musical theater gem, “The Wedding Is My Warzone”! Or do whatever you’re gonna do to “Sexy Little Tiger”! But do not miss the Bob’s Burgers Music Album Vol. 2. Fans, your order is up.
About Bento Box Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment (BBE) is an Emmy® award-winning entertainment content and technology company. With studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Toronto, BBE produces animated comedy series for broadcast, cable and digital networks. This includes Bob’s Burgers, the Primetime Emmy®-winning FOX series with 20th Television and creator Loren Bouchard; Comedy Central series Legends of Chamberlain Heights; The Great North, the new series from FOX and 20th Television, among many others. With creative thinking, disruptive content and innovative technology at its core, BBE is dedicated to extending its reach to new audiences through its digital; Sutikki (kids); content rights; and live events, merchandise and brand management business units. BBE can be followed across social media channels @bentoboxent.
Bob’s Burgers The Bob’s Burgers Music Album Vol. 2
1. Not the Forgiving Type 2. That Fortress Is the Worstest (Bakaneko) 3. That Fortress Is the Worstest (Akkoro Kamui) 4. That Fortress Is the Worstest (Mizuchi and Dodomeki) 5. Nobody’s Getting In 6. The Forgiving Type 7. Flu-ouise 8. Beyond the Sea 9. Witchy Witchy 10. Here Comes the Meat Plane 11. The Briefest of Glances 12. You’ve Got the Guts 13. You Can’t Spell Christmas Without Us 14. Watching You From a Distant Place 15. Sky Kiss (Intro) 16. Sky Kiss (Extended) 17. Cat Trainin’ 18. Chunky Blast Offs 19. Dad-chelor Party 20. Tuscaloosa Twister 21. Meat Man 22. Street Life 23. Winthorpe Manor 24. Attention Humans of America 25. General Inzanity Intro 26. Let My People Rock (Part 1) 27. Fortress of Inzanity 28. Let My People Rock (Part 2) 29. Roll a Rock to Rock and Roll 30. Don’t Rock In, Rock Out (Bonus Track) 31. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life 32. Mombo 33. I Sure Would Like a Mom 34. Hot Pants Rain Dance 35. I Want to Take You Higher 36. Sexy Little Tiger 37. Playdates 38. Who’s a Fun Mom on Halloween 39. Bad at Being a Nun (Extended) 40. Give It to Teddy 41. Christmas of My Dreams 42. Teddy’s Bleaken Story 43. The Bleaken 44. Art Song 45. O Christmas Tree 46. The Bleaken Reprise 47. Do You Hear What I Hear? 48. Twinkly Lights 49. Girl Power Jam 50. Ga Ga 51. Makin’ It bHand 52. BFOT on the Kiss Spot 53. See Something Sing Something 54. Sleepovers 55. Best Couple Friends 56. Weasel Weasel 57. Happy Birthday We Forgot 58. Sugar Cookies 59. Bat out of Hell 60. Mommies Are the Best 61. Burobu 62. This Wedding Is My Warzone 63. Napkining 64. Gumboy 65. Friend Zone 66. Hate the Way I Love You 67. No Pants in Space 68. The Right Number of Boys 69. Wheelie Mammoth 70. Quarter Assin 71. Business Monster 72. Trick or Treat, Sticky Sweets 73. None of Your Business 74. Let’s Swap Eyes so We Can Empathize 75. Radar Love 76. Saving the Bird 77. Alone 78. Rollin With Me 79. Doot Doo I Love You 80. Snowballs and Sledding 81. Hey Ange 82. Bruce the Goose 83. Pesto in My Pants 84. Nothing Makes Me Happy 85. Nothing Makes Me Happier 86. How Many Sandwiches Can You Name? 87. Bioluminescence 88. Puppet Battle 89. Regular Fries (Cruel To Be Kind) 90. CAKE
Cartel Madras’s The Serpent & The Tiger, the group’s new, 10-track project, is out now worldwide on all DSPs from Sub Pop, and in Canada from Royal Mountain Records. Today, the duo is also sharing the official video for “LAVENDER NIGHTZ,” directed by Asim Overstands and Vince Raquel.
Cartel Madras says of the video, “In ‘LAVENDER NIGHTZ’ we take you to one night in Tokyo in a playful nod to the many iterations of a Neo Tokyo and the visual stylings of Wong Kar Wai. We have always been creatures of the night and this song takes you through a contemplative, moody freestyle from a moment in our lives.”
The Serpent & The Tiger is the third installment of the Project Goonda trilogy (which includes 2018’s Trapistan and 2019’s Age of the Goonda) and features the highlights “WORKING,” “FEAR & LOATHING,” “DRIFT,” “Dream Girl Concept,” and the aforementioned “LAVENDER NIGHTZ.”
The project also includes guest appearances from Backxwash (on the track “DEEPINTHEJUNGLE”), Dom Dias, Airospace, Tyris White, Jide, and Shiro Jackson, with production by Dias (tracks 1-4), Naphi (track 5), White (tracks 6-8), and Jide (tracks 9-10).
What people are saying about Cartel Madras: “Ultimately, Cartel Madras bring more than enough energy, character and attitude to make The Serpent & the Tiger a must-listen (8/10).” [The Serpent & The Tiger] -Exclaim
“Speedy dulcet pop-rap dominates…On “LAVENDER NIGHTZ “and “DRIFT,” the MCs speed it up, syllables popping like percussion. “DEEPINTHEJUNGLE” (featuring Backxwash) and “CONTRABAND” provide contrast, both anti-love songs, the first located where the wild things are, the second slick R&B.” The Serpent & The Tiger] - The Wire
“With 10 songs and a total time of 26 minutes, it’s a potent if brief example of their energetic hip hop, combining a variety of trap and house beats with their rapid-fire flow and lyrics revolving around self-expression and autonomy.” [The Serpent & The Tiger] -KEXP
“A mix of lush and glossy house beats, smooth and seductive like a snake, and take-no-prisoners rap bars that roar like a tiger.” [The Serpent & The Tiger] -NEXT Magazine
“The Serpent & The Tiger certainly hits hard, but it’s blows are delivered with purpose.” [The Serpent & The Tiger] - Northern Transmissions
“They’ve got an absolutely wicked flow — think M.I.A. meets Cardi B. Hints of traditional Tamil music are sprinkled throughout.” [“Goonda Gold”] - Stereogum
“Cartel Madras are smashing barrier musically and are sure to blow your mind with their uniqueness.” [Age of the Goonda] - CLASH
“Full of raw, powerful, nonchalant energy” [“Goonda Gold”] - Gal-Dem
“Comprising six tracks, the EP possesses layered bass lines pumped with adrenaline, a range of Indian classical instruments weaved in and hooks that stay in your brain for days.” [Age of the Goonda] - NME
“Age of the Goonda provides an electrifying burst of the duo’s live show energy in concentrated form.” - Loud & Quiet
Cartel Madras The Serpent & The Tiger
Tracklisting: 1. FEAR & LOATHING 2. The Green Scare (ft. Airospace) 3. EBOSHI’S NEVADA 4. DRIFT 5. DEEPINTHEJUNGLE (ft. Backxwash) 6. LAVENDER NIGHTZ 7. Dream Girl Concept 8. CONTRABAND 9 WORKING 10. MOON DRILLE (ft. Shiro Jackson)
On the heels of her previously released singles, “Rare to Wake”, “Awaken and Allow “ and “Geist,” Shannon Lay shares the official new video for “A Thread to Find.” Lay wrote this song after walking into an old hotel in Switzerland and being struck by the feeling like she’d been there before, which is a testament to the energy we leave behind and stumble across. She shares about the song:
“ ”A Thread to Find” is about finding pieces of yourself in unfamiliar places. It is about watching the people around you grow and evolve and admiring the chaos and the beauty of discovering new worlds within ourselves. It is recognizing the courage and strength in each other even in the face of great challenge. And it is a reminder for when you get lonely on your journey that we are in this together. You’re on your own but not alone.”
These singles are off her forthcoming long-player Geist, which will be available worldwide on October 8th from Sub Pop.
In addition to the previously announced shows, Lay has confirmed new UK & EU dates. See below for a full list of dates.
Fri. Sep. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - Gold Diggers Sat. Sep. 11- Los Angeles, CA - Bob Baker Marionette Theater Fri. Oct 8 - Long Beach, CA - Living Room Show Sun. Oct. 14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Ebell Theatre Thur. Oct 16 - Sonoma, CA - HUICHICA Festival Fri. Oct 17 - Sonoma, CA - HUICHICA Festival Tue. Oct. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - TV Eye Wed. Oct. 20 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge Mon. Nov. 08- Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus Tue. Nov. 09 - Berlin, DE - Monarch Thu. Nov. 11 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival Fri. Nov. 12 - Paris, FR - Le Consulat Sat. Nov. 13 - Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Festival Mon. Nov. 15 - London, UK -St. Pancras Old Church
What people are saying about Shannon Lay: “It’s impossible to overstate just how beautiful the song is, Lay’s voice woven into transcendent harmonies as her patient but insistent acoustic guitar loops itself into a kind of instrumental mantra. Glistening keys and handclaps play around the edges, shading in new colors without ever disturbing the serenity of repetition. If this is what change sounds like, it’s easy to look forward to whatever’s next on the horizon for Lay.” [“Rare To Wake”] - Stereogum
“Shannon Lay delivers each moment in “Rare to Wake” with deep care and intention. Throughout the song’s five-minute runtime, the Los Angeles songwriter’s voice never appears unaccompanied: It is always layered in harmonies, followed by wordless echoes, or conversing with a sparse ensemble of upright bass, keys, electric guitar, and handclaps. Her lyrics are formed by existential concerns (“Have I always been who I am?”) and quiet affirmations (“I am longing to grow”). While her words slowly outline an imagistic narrative, the real story is in the sound itself—percussion teases a climax that never arrives, the background vocals sometimes overtake the lead, and her central acoustic guitar riff loops with the steady, meditative quality of ambient synths. Like a living painting, each new texture and color shifts the mood.” - [“Rare to Wake”, “Best New Track”] - Pitchfork
”Geist already feels like a special record, emerging from a global struggle with something rich and optimistic, a reminder of the power of creativity and our ability to adapt.” [“Awaken and Allow”/”Geist”] - For The Rabbits
Shannon Lay Geist
1. Rare to Wake 2. A Thread to Find 3. Sure 4. Shores 5. Awaken and Allow 6. Geist 7. Untitled 8. Late Night 9. Times Arrow 10. July