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. Directed by the band’s longtime video collaborator Scott Cudmore, you can now watch this stunning performance on YouTube. Click here to watch.
The film is a reminder of METZ’s intense, life-affirming performances, which they are bringing back to the stages of North America this November and December with longtime friends and equally excellent bands, Preoccupations and FACS. The tour begins November 18th in Phoenix and will close with METZ headlining a two-night stand in Toronto at Lee’s Palace on December 17th-18th. The band will return to Europe and the UK in the spring of 2022.
Live at the Opera House was recorded by Graham Walsh, mixed by Seth Manchester and is available now on all digital service providers. The limited-edition 1,000-piece pressing on tricolor (Black/White/Oxblood) vinyl is practically sold out. If you miss the chance to buy this handsome, collectible LP online, you can and should (FINALLY) go see METZ at one of their upcoming shows where they will have a limited number of these Live at the Opera House LPs for sale.
METZ on the road:
Thu. Nov. 18 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
Fri. Nov. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
Sat. Nov. 20 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Mon. Nov. 22 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Tue. Nov. 23 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern
Wed. Nov. 24 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
Fri. Nov. 26 - Calgary, AB - Commonwealth Bar & Stage
Sat. Nov. 27 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
Mon. Nov. 29 - Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeg Park Theatre
Tue. Nov. 30 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
Thu. Dec. 02 - Milwaukee, WI - The Back Room - Colectivo
Fri. Dec. 03 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art
Sun. Dec. 05 - Ottawa ON - Bronson Centre
Mon. Dec. 06 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
Tue. Dec. 07 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
Thu. Dec. 09 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere: Hall
Fri. Dec. 10 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
Sat. Dec. 11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry at The Fillmore
Once Twice Melody, the first album produced entirely by Beach House, was recorded at Pachyderm studio in Cannon Falls, MN, United Studio in Los Angeles, CA, and Apple Orchard Studios in Baltimore, MD. For the first time, a live string ensemble was used, with arrangements by David Campbell. Once Twice Melody was mostly mixed by Alan Moulder but a few tracks were also mixed by Caesar Edmunds, Trevor Spencer, and Dave Fridmann.
Once Twice Melody features 18 tracks, and in the lead up to the physical release, will be presented in 4 chapters with lyric animations for each song. The first 4-song chapter of Once Twice Melody will be available on all DSPs at midnight Eastern on November 10th. The entire chapter and song release schedule will be as follows:
Chapter 1 on November 10th, 2021 1. Once Twice Melody 2. Superstar 3. Pink Funeral 4. Through Me
Chapter 2 on December 8th, 2021 5. Runaway 6. ESP 7. New Romance 8. Over and Over
Chapter 3 on January 19th, 2022 9. Sunset 10. Only You Know 11. Another Go Around 12. Masquerade 13. Illusion of Forever
Chapter 4 (full album release) on February 18th, 2022 14. Finale 15. The Bells 16. Hurts to Love 17. Many Nights 18. Modern Love Stories
Earlier today, Beach House debuted the first new music from Once Twice Melody with a world premiere of the album’s title track, on SiriusXMU.
Beach House is also announcing headlining tour dates for 2022, which begin on February 18th in Pittsburgh at Stage AE and run through Sunday, July 24th in Washington, DC at Anthem. Tickets will be on sale on Friday, November 19th, 2021 at 10 am (local). To register for artist presale, please visit oncetwicemelodytour.com.
Fri. Feb. 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE Sat. Feb. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre Sun. Feb. 20 - Grand Rapids, MI - GLC Live at 20 Monroe Tue. Feb. 22 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland Wed. Feb. 23 - Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom Fri. Feb. 25 - Madison, WI - The Sylvee Sat. Feb. 26 - St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre Sun. Feb. 27 - Milwaukee, WI - The Riverside Theater Tue. Mar. 01 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Wed. Mar. 02 - Cincinnati, OH - PromoWest Pavilion at OVATION Tue. Mar. 22 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz Wed. Mar. 23 - Atlanta, GA - The Eastern Fri. Mar. 25 - Austin, TX - Moody Amphitheatre at Waterloo Park Sun. Mar. 27 - Dallas, TX - The Factory in Deep Ellum Tue. Mar. 29 - Santa Fe, NM - Lensic Performing Arts Center Wed. Mar. 30 - Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom Fri. Apr. 01 - Missoula, MT - The Wilma Sat. Apr. 02 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Sun. Apr. 03 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre Tue. Apr. 05 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre Wed. Apr. 06 - Portland, OR - The Keller Auditorium Fri. Apr. 08 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley Sat. Apr. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre Sat. May 21 - Dublin, IE - The National Stadium Mon. May 23 - Glasgow - Barrowland Ballroom Tue. May 24 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy Thu. May 26 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton Sat. May 28 - Antwerp, BE - De Roma Mon. May 30 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique Tue. May 31 - Paris, FR - L’Olympia Thu. Jun. 02 - Nimes, FR - Paloma Sat. Jun. 04 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound Festival Tue. Jun. 07 - Cologne, DE - Carlswerk Victoria Wed. Jun. 08 - Berlin, DE - Columbiahalle Thu. Jun. 09 - Copenhagen, DK - Falkoner Centre Fri. Jul. 08 - Richmond, VA - The National Sat. Jul. 09 - Asheville, NC - Rabbit Rabbit Sun. Jul. 10 - Louisville, KY - Old Forester’s Paristown Hall Tue. Jul. 12 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre Wed. Jul. 13 - Chicago, IL - Radius Fri. Jul. 15 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall Sat. Jul. 16 - Montreal, QC - MTELUS Mon. Jul. 18 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall Tue. Jul. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre Wed. Jul. 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre Fri. Jul. 22 - Boston, MA - Roadrunner Sat. Jul. 23 - Philadelphia, PA - The Met Sun. Jul. 24 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
Limited “GOLD” Edition 2xLP in a gold-embossed, hinged box on gold and clear vinyl with full-color booklet and 2 exclusive posters
“SILVER” Edition 2xLP in a silver embossed black sleeve, on classic black vinyl with double-sided exclusive poster
Washed Out’s Ernest Greene says of the remix, “I’ve been a fan of Amtrac’s music for a long time as I’ve been DJing his music for years. I think his songs transcend a lot of other more obvious club music as at their core they are very emotionally resonant. I had a feeling he would reinvent “Hide” in this same way. He took a very insular and personal song and translated it into something that feels much more anthem-like - that is best shared by a large group of people on a dance floor. I can’t wait to play it at my next DJ gig…”
Washed Out’s previously announced headline tour for 2022, will see Greene and longtime band members Dylan Lee and Cameron Gardener, take their incredible live show on the road beginning Monday, January 10th, 2022 in Asheville, NC at the Orange Peel runs through Saturday, February 12th, 2022, closing with a hometown show in Atlanta, GA at the Eastern. The tour will feature support from Ghostly International artists Brijean. For more information on tickets, please visit https://washedout.net/Tour.
Mon. Jan. 10 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel* Tue. Jan. 11 - Nashville, TN - Brooklyn Bowl* Thu. Jan. 13 - Houston, TX - Stereo Live* Fri. Jan. 14 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room* Sat. Jan. 15 - Dallas, TX - The Granada Theatre* Mon. Jan. 17 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren* Tue. Jan. 18 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory* Thu. Jan. 20 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern Theatre* Fri. Jan. 21 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory* Sat. Jan. 22 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom* Mon. Jan. 24 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom* Tue. Jan. 25 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market* Thu. Jan. 27 - Boise, ID - El Korah Shrine* Fri. Jan. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Metro Gallery* Sat. Jan. 29 - Denver, CO - The Gothic Theatre* Mon. Jan. 31 - Minneapolis, MN - USA - Fine Line Music Cafe* Tue. Feb. 01 - Chicago, IL - Metro* Thu. Feb. 03 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall* Fri. Feb. 04 - Montreal, QC - L’Astral* Sat. Feb. 05 - Boston, MA - Paradise* Mon. Feb. 07 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel* Wed. Feb. 09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club* Thu. Feb. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts* Fri. Feb. 11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle* Sat. Feb. 12 - Atlanta GA - The Eastern* * w/ Brijean
The song is the result of a collaboration between Nordstrom and Sub Pop that expands support for local and emerging musicians and the nonprofit community organizations that inspire them and help them thrive.
In its inaugural year, this partnership showcases Seattle-based musician Shaina Shepherd who covers the song “Never Be Another You” by Lee Fields and The Expressions. The song is prominently featured in Nordstrom’s 2021 holiday campaign and can be seen and heard here. Shaina Shepherd is slated to perform this and other songs live on KEXP’s Sessions at 9:30 am on November 22.
Sub Pop CEO, Megan Jasper describes the song, “Shaina’s rendition of this song is perfectly attuned to the season and year, and I think it’s emblematic of what it feels like to be seen and celebrated both for our uniqueness and our connection to others.” Jasper adds, “What a thrill to join forces with Nordstrom to champion the amazing local artists and organizations that lift up our community.”
Nordstrom President and Chief Brand Officer, Pete Nordstrom adds, “We are thrilled with how the song turned out and how it’s the perfect fit for Nordstrom’s Closer To You campaign. Shaina and this group of fantastic Seattle musicians really came together in the spirit of art, and community. Seattle has a very rich musical legacy and we are excited we were able to engage the talent in our own community to give the song an authentic feel. It became a very-Seattle community moment when Megan and the fine folks at Sub Pop decided they wanted to release it as a single.”
Shaina Shepherd describes the project from her perspective, “I am so deeply honored to be part of this project highlighting not only the incredibly supportive and influential Seattle music community but the power of music to inspire togetherness and global impact. Seattle is my home and the Central District is my village. As I have grown and evolved as a person and an artist, it is the commitment of organizers and community activists that have shaped and inspired my art. It feels like a full circle to have my voice contribute to the collaboration between one of Seattle’s most influential companies, Seattle’s most historic record label and a Seattle organization dedicated to retaining the unique cultural landscape that has helped foster my music. This song fully captures the spirit of giving and the power of the human spirit that when activated can help people utilize their own joy to change the world around them.”
Proceeds from the sale of the digital single will benefit Seattle-based Africatown Community Land Trust, a non-profit organization selected by Shaina. The people of Africatown Community Land Trust are working toward community ownership of land in Seattle’s Central District to support the cultural and economic thriving of people who are part of the African diaspora in the Greater Seattle region.
K. Wyking Garrett, President and CEO of Africatown Community Land Trust (ACLT), describes the importance of donations to the organization, “ACLT is working to not only create affordable and livable spaces for Seattle residents but to also maintain space for artists to live and create. We are thrilled that Shaina chose our organization to benefit from the proceeds of her collaboration with Nordstrom and Sup Pop. These funds will go towards further elevating our work to build a future that honors Seattle’s Black cultural legacy.“
Shaina’s cover of “Never Be Another You” came to be when Pete Nordstrom (Nordstrom President and Chief Brand Officer, ) asked Ben London (Executive Director of Black Fret, a non-profit that supports the creation and performance of new music in Seattle and Austin) to assist him in identifying and recording a signature song as part of a Nordstrom sonic branding effort.
London explains, “We were about a year into the pandemic at that point and the music industry was decimated. It was also an incredibly turbulent time on many fronts. Pete was looking ahead to a moment when people could connect and celebrate again and he wanted a song that sounded like how that might feel. After a few months of creative back and forth, the song ‘Never Be Another You’ was selected and I suggested they hire Seattle-based musician Shaina Shepherd – a 2020 Black Fret grant recipient – to cover it.” The song was recorded with a host of other Seattle-area musicians shortly thereafter at ExEx Studio and Avast Recording Co in Seattle.
Pete Nordstrom shared the recording with friend and SmooCH benefit collaborator, Megan Jasper, CEO of Sub Pop Records who suggested they release it as a digital single with proceeds going to a non-profit of Shaina’s choice. The two then worked together to combine their collective resources to shine-a-light on Shaina in support of her musical goals and the project evolved from there.
Shaina Shepherd Bio Shaina is a Seattle-based musician and vocalist whose dynamic range features the raw power of rock, the richness of soul, and the tender introspection of American folk. Shaina grew up around gospel music and not much else. She would watch her mother sing with the church choir and emulate the steady richness of her tone. Her passion for vocal technique led her to both opera and musical theater which she later studied at New York University. After graduation, she was immersed as an administrator in the symphony world where she worked closely with classical musicians before eventually finding her own sound as a singer-songwriter in Seattle. In 2017, Shaina added piano to her repertoire.
Shaina has participated in numerous collaborations over the past year with a host of legendary Seattle icons including Nancy Wilson of Heart, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden + Pearl Jam, and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.
When she’s not performing, Shaina finds fulfillment in her work as a choir director, vocal coach and event producer in the Seattle music scene. She previously served as frontwoman to soul-grunge act BearAxe.
For more information on Shaina Shepherd, follow her at @shainashepherdmusic and sign-up on her website for alerts on performances and new music.
“Pain Without a Touch” is the first new music from Sweeping Promises, after the 2020 release of their astonishing, acclaimed debut album Hunger for a Way Out, and their first release for Sub Pop Records. Sub Pop and Feel It Records (who released Hunger for a Way Out, and shepherded the LP through its nine pressings to date) are partnering on the urgent new single, out digitally today from Feel It in North America and Sub Pop for the rest of the world.
The band, led by Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug with live touring drummer Spenser Gralia, are also sharing new, European tour dates for 2022 which begin May 18th in Antwerp, BE at Het Bos and currently end June 11th in Mannheim, DE at Maifeld Derby.
There are a few US performances preceding the UK/EU tour including Wednesday, February 23rd in Nashville at Third Man Records (Blue Room) and Thursday, February 24th in Bloomington, IN at The Bishop. All headline shows on sale Friday, November 19th at 10 am (local). Full tour dates are as follows…
Wed. Feb. 23 - Nashville, TN - Third Man Records (Blue Room) Thu. Feb. 24 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop Wed. May 18 - Antwerp, BE - Het Bos Thu. May 19 - Liege, BE - KulturA Fri. May 20 - Amsterdam, NL - London Calling Sat. May 21 - Groningen, NL - Vera Tue. May 24 - Brighton, UK - Hope & Ruin Wed. May 25 - Bristol, UK - The Exchange Thu. May 26 - Glasgow, UK - Huge&Pint Fri. May 27 - Leeds, UK - Hyde Park Book Club Sun. May 29 - Manchester, UK - YES (Basement) Mon. May 30 - Birmingham, UK - The Hare and Hounds Tue. May 31 - Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms Wed. Jun. 01 - Lille, FR - La Bulle Café Thu. Jun. 02 - Luxembourg, LX - Rotondes Fri. Jun. 03 - Kreuzlingen, CH - Horst Mon. Jun. 06 - Caen, FR - Portobello Rock Club Tue. Jun. 07 - Paris, FR - Supersonic Thu. Jun. 09 - Cologne, DE - Bumann & Sohn Fri. Jun. 10 - Berlin, DE - Urban Spree Sat. Jun. 11 - Mannheim, DE - Maifeld Derby
NPR Music says of Sweeping Promises’ debut Hunger for a Way Out, “Sometimes the best pop songs stick to the basics: no muss, no fuss. With the Sweeping Promises, they add some fuzz. The same way the Pixies wrote pop songs with a nasty sheen, this Boston post-punk band dirties up earwormy melodies with a lo-fi charm. You can play spot the influence all over this debut: Young Marble Giants here, Kleenex/LiLiPUT there, some B-52s and Blondie for good measure. Lira Mondal has a voice that leaps and bounds with the enthusiasm of a bedroom performance, hairbrush in hand. But mostly you can hear a band dream out loud, and, as the album title suggests, Hunger for a Way Out.”
NME adds, “At a desolate intersection of post-punk and new wave stands Boston-based revivalists Sweeping Promises, with a debut album custom-built for jangly lo-fi apologists with angular discord and indie-pop fizz. Hunger for a Way Out comes into a world in which Debbie Harry is a style icon for the Stranger Things-generation and once-underground Belarusian punks Molchat Doma are on TikTok. There’s a new cross-appeal for this riff-ready rock with eyes in its back, both lo-fi but searingly tight and well-produced, anthemic and experimental.”
More on Sweeping Promises Thirteen years ago, Caufield and Lira began making music in a small town in Arkansas. Over the subsequent decade, having relocated to Boston in 2012, the duo became serial band-starters on the East Coast underground. Their many DIY projects and releases established their thrifty and disciplined songwriting practice, known by few.
Sweeping Promises was born in a disused and reverberant concrete laboratory in Cambridge, MA. Tracked with a self-devised “single-mic technique” and mixed in mono, the band completed their debut Hunger for a Way Out just in time to enter quarantine.
With only a single basement show under their belt, the band received an unexpectedly wide reception, firstly in online punk circles, and eventually stretching beyond. The band owes their circulation to the expert coordination of Sam Richardson, label head of Virginia’s Feel It Records. Sam describes the release: “Angular guitars and sharp synth notes float atop a raw rhythm section, while Lira Mondal’s effervescent vocals truly define Sweeping Promises’ sound.”
As the long-awaited release of Observatory approaches on December 10, 2021 via Sub Pop, the debut album by AEON STATION, Kevin Whelan (one of the main songwriters of iconic indie rock band The Wrens) has offered a third glimpse into the musical world he has created with new single and video“Fade.”
“I wrote this song in part to describe the myriad of emotions I was feeling when making the decision to move to Singapore with my family,” says Kevin. “My wife and I had just bought a house in New Jersey when I was presented with an opportunity from my job to live and work in another country. Once we let go of our fears and embraced the adventure of the unknown, we discovered the experience was better than we could have ever imagined.”
Directed by Laurent Briet (The Strokes “Taken for a Fool”, Beyoncé “1+1”), the dazzling video follows a woman trying to escape her visualized demons. “The song reminds us that we all live with daily fear, disappointment and criticism and it’s up to us to rise above the negative chatter and break through our self-imposed limitations,” he explains. “What the protagonist in the video doesn’t realize is that these negative things… these ‘rocks’… are and will always be around her, no matter how far she runs.” Eventually, she overcomes the anxiety and “learns to love and accept the challenges that will always be around her.”
After roughly 18 years since The Wrens’ Meadowlands (2003) struck the indie rock world with a dizzying wallop, Whelan surprised everyone this Summer with the release of “Queens” which Pitchfork found “thrilling” and Stereogum called “exhilarating.” KEXP crowned it “Song of the Day” saying it’s “so much more than we could’ve expected… a climactic five-minute epic.” The second single “Leaves” was met with equal awe from Brooklyn Vegan (“mournful and cinematic”) and SPIN (“a heart-wrenching ballad of self-enduring trials and defeat”). More than a decade in the making, Observatory shines a bright light on Kevin’s songwriting, receiving help on assorted tracks from his Wrens bandmates Jerry MacDonald (drums) and Greg Whelan (guitar) and producer/guitarist Tom Beaujour.
In SxSW’s initial statement about the 2022 conference on March 11-20, 2022, Aeon Station was highlighted as one of its showcasing artists. In response, Kevin posted a jawdropping selfie on social media with Wrens bandmates Jerry and Greg, building a great deal of anticipation.
Observatory is now available for preorder on CD/LP/DSPs from Sub Pop. LP preorders from megamart.subpop.com.
Tracklisting: 1. Hold On 2. Leaves 3. Fade 4. Everything at Once 5. Move 6. Queens 7. Empty Rooms 8. Air 9. Better Love 10. Alpine Drive