News from 8/2023

NEWS : THU, AUG 24, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Ya Tseen Shares “Close the Distance (Mar 66 Remix)”

Today, Ya Tseen shares a bouncy new remix of “Close the Distance” from the group’s 2021 Sub Pop debut, Indian Yard. The song was remixed by indigenous DJ Mar 66. This remix follows the stand-alone cover of the Little Wings song “Look At What The Light Did Now” performed by Ya Tseen ft Samantha Crain, which was originally recorded for season 2, episode 4 of the critically acclaimed FX/Hulu television show Reservation Dogs. 
Ya Tseen frontman Nicholas Galanin shares about this remix: ”Mar 66 is one of the greatest Indigenous DJ & electronic artists from the North, a vital artist I respect and admire. Ya Tseen is thrilled to share this Remix with the world.”
Listen to “Close the Distance (Mar 66 Remix)” HERE.
Ya Tseen has confirmed live festival performances this fall at Áak’w Rock in Juneau-Douglas, Alaska, on September 22nd, Walk the Block on September 30th in Seattle, WA, and Indigenous Futures on November 11th in Washington, DC.
See below for more information.


Fri. Sep. 22 -  Juneau-Douglas, AK - Áak’w Rock  
Sat. Sep. 30 - Seattle, WA -  Walk the Block
Sat. Nov. 11 - Washington, DC - Indigenous Futures

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NEWS : WED, AUG 30, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Lael Neale Portrays An Elementary School Teacher In The Self-Directed Video For New Single, “I’ll Be Your Star”

Lael Neale portrays a frustrated school teacher with talent show aspirations in the droll and self-directed official video for “I’ll Be Your Star,” a new single available now on all DSPs. The new song was recorded during the sessions for Star Eaters Delight, her acclaimed 2023 album released earlier this spring.
“I’ll Be Your Star” was written by Neale and produced and arranged by Guy Blakeslee. It also follows the release of the raw gem “White T-Shirt,” released in June.
Neale says, “Getting to make this video at my beloved elementary school felt like coming full circle. I had my first and only film class there in which I learned the spontaneous and primitive approach to making things that I’m still committed to.”
Lael Neale’s international tour schedule for 2023 in support of Star Eaters Delight, which resumes Wednesday, September 6th in Rotterdam, Netherlands, at Roodkapje and currently runs through Friday, September 29th in Seattle, WA, at The Paramount Theatre. The tour includes headlining European tour dates (through September 16th) and U.S. Pacific Northwest dates with label mate Weyes Blood (September 27th-29th). A list of dates is below, and tickets for these shows are on sale now.
Wed. Sep. 06  - Rotterdam, NL - Roodkapje
Thu. Sep. 07 - Utrecht, NL - Ekko
Fri. Sep. 08 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Upstairs
Sat. Sep. 09 - Asten-Heusden, NL - Misty Fields Festival
Mon. Sep. 11 - Bristol, UK - Crofters Rights
Tue. Sep. 12 - Brighton, UK - The Prince Albert
Wed. Sep. 13 - London, UK - Moth Club
Thu. Sep. 14 - Dublin, IE - The Workman’s Club
Sat. Sep. 16 - Leffinge, BE - Leffingeleuren Festival
Wed. Sep. 27 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater ^
Thu. Sep. 28 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre ^
Fri. Sep. 29 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater ^
The beguiling Star Eaters Delight reveals an expansion of Neale’s sonic collaboration with producer and accompanist Guy Blakeslee and arrives on the heels of her Sub Pop debut Acquainted With Night,  which won international acclaim for its crystalline vocals, clever songwriting, and excellent use of Omnichord to build a world of beautiful reveries.
In April of 2020, Lael moved from Los Angeles back to her family’s farm in rural Virginia. Looking at the world from a distance and getting in tune with her own rhythms, she wrote and recorded steadily for two dreamlike years, driven by a need to make order out of chaos. Forged in isolation, Star Eaters Delight is a vehicle for returning, not just to civilization, but to celebration. She explains: “The unbroken silences on the farm compelled me to break them with sound. This album is louder and more external, calling out to the world.”
Star Eaters Delight was written by Neale, with arrangements and production by Guy Blakeslee. The recordings were made on cassette in Virginia and mastered by Chris Coady in Los Angeles.

Star Eaters Delight is available now from Sub Pop. LP orders from in North America and Mega Mart 2 in UK and Europe, along with select independent retailers in North America, and the UK and Europe, will receive the Loser edition on gold vinyl.
What people are saying about Lael Neale:
“A unique, boldly weird proposition, and one that proudly carries the faint hint of tractor grease. Half of it comes on like cult 70s folk artist Karen Dalton hanging out with the Velvet Underground and Suicide, while the rest offers somewhat more modern balladry, placing her more in the world of Angel Olsen and Cat Power.” - THE GUARDIAN
“Spellbinding” ★★★★★ - SHINDIG!
“There’s something a little haunting about her voice, it helps too that she writes primarily on the Omnichord, which has a little bit of spookiness built into it. But this is kind of an album for Luddites about how to exist in a world that demands too much of your attention and how you can be intentional about the way you move through it. It was recorded on cassette, which I love because it brings a real warmth to it, and a real presence of being in the room, which I think really delivers that message home.” - NPR MUSIC
“…An excellent new album” - STEREOGUM
“Neale has placed her trust in life’s meanders—and in its source—and the result is her best work yet: a golden mean between experimentation and pop, lo-fi and hi-fi, vitality and rest.” - PASTE
“Neale is imaginative, but she’s steeped in songwriting craft and she knows her way round a whopping chorus.” ★★★★ - MOJO
Star Eater’s Delight…was recorded on cassette, and tape hiss acts like a third band member here. She sings of flowers, rivers, seas, and trees; holy water, perfect deaths; bells of time, patience, and the speed of medicine. Carried by words and rhythm, she’s barreling towards something just beyond the horizon.” - AQUARIUM DRUNKARD
“Neale has put together a tight package of an album with no stray notes but one also brimming with a sly multitude of ideas. Kudos to Neale for not playing it safe and simultaneously doing something wholly different than anyone else out there.” 9/10 - UNDER THE RADAR
“This collection of versatile songs acts as a tour of different neighborhoods in the beautifully smeary nocturnal dream world Neale began building on her last album.” ★★★★ - ALL MUSIC
“A collection of songs with the weight and conviction of hymns. Some have a more spare, lo-fi feel, with Neale’s voice accompanied by vintage instruments, including her signature mellotron, but the real centerpiece is the eight-minute “In Verona,” which brings a real sense of urgency to its invocations of Shakespeare.” - BROOKLYN VEGAN
“An elegantly spare showcase of her radiant voice, a tremulous yodel tinged with gospel and country inflections. Bathed in antique analog acoustics, spine-tingling ballads of romantic yearning....” - UNCUT

Lael Neale
“I’ll Be Your Star”

Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : WED, AUG 2, 2023 at 6:00 AM


Today, CHAI — the adored Japanese four-piece composed of identical twins MANA (vocals/keys) and KANA (guitar), drummer YUNA, and bassist/lyricist YUUKI — present their new single/video, “NEO KAWAII, K?,” from their forthcoming self-titled album out September 22nd on Sub Pop. Since the band’s inception in 2011, CHAI has espoused a philosophy they call Neo Kawaii, in reference to the Japanese word for cute, a label typically bestowed upon women who maintain societally prescribed beauty standards. As young women, CHAI felt that any deviation from what culture considered kawaii was discouraged, and so Neo Kawaii emerged as a rallying cry against those oppressive standards. “Neo Kawaii is about reclaiming self-esteem,” MANA says. On the ESG-inspired single “NEO KAWAII, K?” MANA sings: “This is just my body, not a trendy body/ Gonna be loved, baby!/ Just as I am.”

Of “NEO KAWAII, K?,” Mana continues: “Everyone is NEO KAWAII! This is CHAI’s answer, this is a fact in this world! We can finally say what it really means to us♡ Everyone’s a bit weird. Everyone’s different. Everyone’s awkward, almost to a point that it’s hard to relate. But that’s what’s interesting! That’s what makes it beautiful. To everyone who’s pushed around by these notions, we want to tell you this! We, and all of our lives, are NEO KAWAII! NEO KAWAII is not just plain KAWAII (cute)- it’s cool, it’s strong, it’s kind, it’s warm! Don’t get it mixed up♡  Hey! NEO KAWAII people!

NEO KAWAII needs no preparation.  We just want to say that you’re NEO KAWAII too, K? ♡?”


CHAI — unlike previous albums — was written on the road, with the band finding time to record in the days between shows at Stones Throw Studio in LA, Ometusco Sound Machine in Mexico City, and Grand Street in New York. Working in studios with vast collections of gear allowed them to experiment with aesthetics as-yet-unheard on a CHAI album. “It was actually a chill and relaxed process, because we were playing shows every day and were really in the music,” MANA says.

Unlike their acclaimed 2021 album WINK, this self-titled collection of songs finds CHAI returning to their roots, drawing inspiration from their Japanese cultural heritage and the music that raised them. Realizing that message applied to people outside of fans in Japan (who screamed in delight when MANA shouted “NEO KAWAII!” into the mic) made CHAI consider what other facets of their upbringing might resonate with audiences outside of their home country. Each CHAI album borrows aesthetic inspiration from specific musical movements, and on CHAI, the quartet wanted to make direct comparisons to city pop, a Tokyo-born sound popularized in the ‘70s and ‘80s. City pop was a Japanese take on Western lounge music, borrowing from jazz, boogie, funk, and yacht rock to create a sound that straddled two cultures; but for CHAI, city pop was just the music of childhood. 

Of the album, Mana says: “This is CHAI! With our self-titled album CHAI, CHAI declare that we live proudly as Japanese women♡ We hope this album gives everyone a little more confidence in living how they want to live.  That is our ideal. If this album becomes that existence for anyone, that is the right answer in our eyes⭐ Listen, feel. We give you our evolution, inside and out! Now come onnn, NEO-KAWAII BABIES. If you can’t catch up with us, you’ll never feel the NEO KAWAII♡”

This fall, CHAI will bring their acclaimed live set stateside for a North American tour, beginning September 23rd at Flipside Festival and stretching through Chicago, New York, Boston, Washington, DC and more. Full dates, including UK and EU shows, are listed below and tickets are on sale now. 




Sat. Sept. 23 -  Boise, ID @ Flipside Festival

Sun. Sept. 24 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

Mon. Sept. 25 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

Wed. Sept. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

Fri. Sept. 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

Mon. Oct. 2 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

Wed. Oct. 4 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern

Fri. Oct. 6 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

Sun. Oct. 8 - Boston, MA @ Crystal Ballroom

Tue. Oct. 10 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage

Wed. Oct. 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

Fri. Oct. 13 - Mexico City, MEX @ Indie Rocks!

Wed. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Pitchfork Music Festival Berlin

Fri. Nov. 3 – Paris, FR @ Badaboum

Sun. Nov. 5 –Amsterdam, NL @ Tolhuistuin (Paradiso Noord)

Mon. Nov. 6 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Orangerie

Wed. Nov. 8 – Southampton, UK @ Heartbreakers

Thu. Nov. 9 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns

Fri. Nov. 10 – London, UK @ Pitchfork Music Festival

Sun. Nov. 12 – Manchester, UK @ Yes (Pink Room)

Tue. Nov 14 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast

Wed. Nov. 15 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House

Thu. Nov. 16 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade

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NEWS : TUE, AUG 8, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Deeper Shares Official Video for “Fame”

On Friday, September 8, Deeper will release Careful!, its new full-length album worldwide on CD/LP/CS/DSPs through Sub Pop. Careful! was recorded at Palisade Studios in Chicago with help from producer/engineer Dave Vettraino (Makaya McCraven, Lala Lala), and this thirteen-track collection of new songs finds the band reshaping facades, splashing color, and sonically testing their limits.
Following the previously released singles “Sub,” “Build a Bridge,” and “Tele” comes the official video for the new single “Fame.”
Deeper say about the single and video: “‘Fame’ is a sentimental favorite of ours – to us, it’s the sound of ‘Careful!’. It embodies the conversations in your mind after feeling you made a mistake and the thoughts linger in your head afterwards. The lyricism is built on repeated mantras and the instrumentation builds the tension. This is the first song from the record that embodies a more experimental side we’re excited to showcase.”
The band recently performed at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival on July 22nd in Chicago, which the Chicago Sun Times described as a “ …unforgettable triumph…joyous, jagged, infectious and definitely musically memorable.” Deeper has expanded its headline world tour to include a hometown show on Oct. 26th at Thalia Hall in Chicago. North American dates are from September 21st to October 26th, and European and UK shows are from October 31-November 14th.

Thu. Sep. 21 - Indianapolis, IN - Healer  #
Fri. Sep. 22 - Detroit, MI - El Club  #
Sat. Sep. 23 - Toronto, ON - Baby G  #
Sun. Sep. 24 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz  #
Mon. Sep. 25 - Somerville, MA - Crystal Ballroom  #
Wed. Sep. 27 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Made  #
Thu. Sep. 28 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s  #
Fri. Sep. 29 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar  #
Sat. Sep. 30 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook  #
Mon. Oct. 02 - Nashville, TN - Third Man Records #
Tue. Oct. 03 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl  #
Wed. Oct. 04 - New Orleans, LA - Santos  #
Thu. Oct. 05 - Houston, TX - Black Magic  #
Fri. Oct. 06 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (inside) $
Sat. Oct. 07 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger $
Tue. Oct. 10 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar $
Wed. Oct. 11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah $
Fri. Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room $
Sat. Oct. 14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium $
Sun. Oct. 15 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent $
Tue. Oct. 17 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios $
Wed. Oct. 18 - Seattle, WA - Madame Lou’s $
Sat. Oct. 21 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge ^
Sun. Oct. 22 - Denver, CO - Skylark ^
Thu. Oct. 26 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
Tue. Oct. 31 - Berlin, DE - Urban Spree
Wed. Nov. 01 -  Copenhagen, DK - Vega Ideal Bar
Thu. Nov. 02 -  Hamburg, DE - Molotow
Fri, Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Botanique
Sat. Nov. 04. Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Sun. Nov. 05 -  Paris, FR - La Boule Noire
Tue. Nov. 07 - Leeds, UK - Headrow House
Wed. Nov. 08 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
Thu. Nov. 09 - Manchester, UK - Yes
Fri. Nov. 10 -  Bristol, UK - Dareshack
Sat. Nov. 11 - London, UK- Pitchfork Music Festival
Sun. Nov. 12 -  Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Festival
Tue. Nov. 14 - Cologne, DE - Bumann & Sohn
# w/ Godcaster
 $  w/ Mia Joy
^ w/ Worlds Worst

What people have been saying about Deeper:
” ’Sub’ finds Deeper settling into its most polished sound yet, one that’s finally ready for the indie-rock big leagues. But even when the grit that defined its earlier work is toned down a bit, Deeper’s music can’t be stripped of an angsty zeal.”  [“Sub”] NPR
“accurately recalls that stubborn, left-field streak Chicago artists so readily call their own.” - [“Sub”] CLASH
“With a steadfast rhythm guitar swarmed by Television-esque riffs, “Build a Bridge” is a majestic, dark and massive rock song.” - [“Build a Bridge”] PASTE
“Pop melodies drive “Build a Bridge,” but they’re undercut with Deeper’s classic pointed, jittery guitars that make the track at once catchy and a little unnerving.” -  [“Build a Bridge”] CONSEQUENCE

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NEWS : WED, AUG 9, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Weyes Blood Shares New Visual Collage for “Hearts Aglow” - “In Holy Flux Tour” Resumes In October

Weyes Blood is sharing a new video for “Hearts Aglow” from her acclaimed album And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow, out now on Sub Pop.
The “Hearts Aglow” video was directed by tour photographer Neelam Khan Vela and is a visual collage of Weyes Blood’s headlining dates in Europe and North America.
Weyes Blood’s “In Holy Flux Tour” in support of And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow resumes on August 14th supporting The Strokes at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, with a run of headline dates as well as opening shows with Beck & Phoenix, (August 18th-22nd; September 2nd-10th).
Weyes Blood will also play a special hometown headlining show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles with Perfume Genius on October 4th.
On Saturday, October 28th, she’ll begin the “In Holy Flux Tour: The Resurrection,” a run of UK and European shows that will begin in Lisbon, PT at LAV Lisboa ao Vivo and run through Tuesday, November 14th in Nottingham, UK at Rock City.
Weyes Blood will be supported on the “In Holy Flux Tour” headlining dates in the US by Nick Hakim (August 3rd-September 1st and September 12th-14th), Sarah Kinsley (August 15th-16th), and Sub Pop labelmate Lael Neale (September 27th-29th).
In the UK and Europe, Weyes Blood will see support from Vagabon (October 31st-November 15th), Núria Graham (October 28th-30th), and Ichiko Aoba (November 8th and 13th). Please find a current list of tour dates below.
August/October 2023: North America
Beck & Phoenix Support Dates 
“In Holy Flux Tour: Unleashed” US Headline Shows
Aug. 14 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater #
Aug. 15 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up @
Aug. 16 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre @
Fri. Aug. 18 - Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP *
Sun. Aug. 20 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
Mon. Aug. 21 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion *
Tue. Aug. 22 - Austin, TX - Moody Center *
Wed. Aug. 23 - New Orleans, LA - The Joy Theater ^
Fri. Aug. 25 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman ^
Sat. Aug. 26 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant ^
Sun. Aug. 27 - Louisville, KY - Old Forester’s Paristown Hall ^
Tue. Aug. 29 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue ^
Wed. Aug. 30 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall ^
Fri. Sep. 01 - Pittsburgh, PA - Roxian Theatre ^
Sat. Sep. 02 - Detroit, MI - Pine Knob Music Theatre *
Sun. Sep. 03 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage *
Tue. Sep. 05 - Boston, MA - MGM Music Hall at Fenway *
Fri. Sep. 08 - Philadelphia, PA - TD Pavilion at the Mann *
Sat. Sep. 09 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden *
Sun. Sep. 10 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion *
Tue. Sep. 12 - Richmond, VA - The National ^
Wed. Sep. 13 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte ^
Thu. Sep. 14 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre ^
Sat. Sep. 16 - Cincinnati, OH - Homecoming Fest
Wed. Sep. 27 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield !
Thu. Sep. 28 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre !
Fri. Sep. 29 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre !
Wed. Oct. 04 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek %
October/November 2023: UK/Europe
“In Holy Flux Tour: The Resurrection”
Sat. Oct. 28 - Lisbon, PT - LAV Lisboa ao Vivo +
Sun. Oct. 29 - Porto, PT - Hard Club +
Mon. Oct. 30 - Madrid, ES - Sala la Paqui +
Tue. Oct. 31 - Barcelona, ES - Sala Apolo $
Thu. Nov. 02 - Lyon, FR - Le Transbordeur $
Fri. Nov. 03 - Milano, IT - Alcatraz $
Sat, Nov. 04 - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks $
Mon. Nov. 06 - Berlin, DE - Astra Kulturhaus $
Tue. Nov. 07 - Utrecht, NL - Tivoli Vredenburg $
Wed. Nov. 08 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival (Salle Pleyel) $ =
Thu. Nov. 09 - Antwerp, BE - De Roma $
Sat. Nov. 11 - Glasgow, UK - Old Fruitmarket $
Sun. Nov. 12 - Leeds, UK - O2 Academy Leeds $
Mon. Nov. 13 - London, UK - Pitchfork Music Festival (Eventim Apollo) $ =
Tue. Nov. 14 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City $
* w/ Beck + Phoenix
# w/ The Strokes
$ w/ Vagabon
% w/ Perfume Genius
^ w/ Nick Hakim
! w/ Lael Neale
@ w/ Sarah Kinsley
+ w/ Núria Graham
= w/ Ichiko Aoba
For up-to-date information on tour dates and tickets, please visit
Weyes Blood has capitaved audiences with the “In Holy Flux Tour” stops in support for …Hearts Aglow.
MOJO says of her recent Glastonbury set, “Her cosmic Carpenters soundworld, a floating white robe and some typically strangeifying visuals by Adam Curtis for ‘God Turn Me Into A Flower’ make this an early peak of the day.” The Times of London offered this, “A poised mix of chamber pop, psychedelic folk, and hypnotic cabaret…. Summer bride meets sorceress.” Watch her Glastonbury performance of “Andromeda” filmed for BBC Music now.
Her Pitchfork Music Festival set also saw praise from the likes of The Alternative, who say, “The real star of Saturday (and perhaps the whole weekend) was Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering, angelic and aglow in all-white, lit up like she’d been sent from the heavens to rock the absolute life out of us.”
Weyes Blood also recently delivered a stunning performance of “God Turn Me Into A Flower” on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and featured footage from documentarian Curtis.
Weyes Blood’s And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow is available on CD/LP/CS/DSPs from Sub Pop

What people are saying about Weyes Blood’s
And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow:
“A masterpiece.”
“One of the year’s most breathtaking records.”
★★★★★ - NME
“Her voice alone is worth preserving humanity for.”
9/10 - UNCUT
And In the Darkness, Hearts Aglow is intricately put together, with Mering mirroring the sentiments of in head-bending arrangements.”
“One fantastic tune after another.”
“Album of the Week” ★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN
“…Through stark truths and dreamy poetry, brushes against big ideas about our broken world and quiet apocalypses of her own: it’s an ecosystem of intimacy, in its power to redeem and to destroy.”
“Utterly contemporary and original.”
9/10 - LOUD & QUIET
“…A record of remarkable consideration. Magnificently composed.
Feeling like a timeless classic.” 
“...Her grandest, most elegant work to date.”
“An idiosyncratic set of love songs and secular hymns
with lushly orchestral arrangements.”
8.4/10, “Best New Music” - PITCHFORK

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