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NEWS : FRI, APR 6, 2018 at 8:55 AM


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[Photo: Ruby McShane]

After reading through hundreds upon hundreds of well thought-out and highly inspirational applications, we here at the Terribly Official Sub Pop Records Scholarship Committee have chosen three extraordinarily qualified student winners for our 2018 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship.

Our $7,000 winner this year is Ruby McShane of Lincoln High School in Portland Oregon. Ruby blew us away with her sensational photography, drawings, mixed media card designs, and incredibly caring attitude. Her volunteer work helping refugees feel more acclimated in her community was a true inspiration. In her application essay Ruby showed us an incredible love for music and visual arts as well as an outgoing compassion that set her apart from all of the other applicants. Working to stop the bullying of non-conformists is a cause we here at Sub Pop can definitely get behind and Ruby is all about it. Reed College will be lucky to have Ruby in attendance next year as she brings her great talent, activism and creativity to their campus. 

Yasmin Ettobi of Central Kitsap High in Silverdale, Washington walks away with $5,000 this year for her submission to the Sub Pop Loser Scholarship. As a young writer Yasmin found that writing for the school paper wasn’t quite enough, and turned her efforts to covering music. Yasmin soon began writing album reviews, live show reports and editorial articles for a grip of online publications, all at the age of 17. Passion shines through her writing about music and it is clear to us that Yasmin is going to grow into an incredible journalist, as her music writing skills are already top flight. As a KEXP volunteer, a member of the MoPop youth advisory board, and a  photographer at live shows, Yasmin has already heavily contributed to her local music community and we’re confident she’ll be making many more contributions to the scene as the years go by.

Mia Barnes of Franklin High School in Portland will be receiving $3,000 as a 2018 Sub Pop Loser Scholarship winner. Mia is the most talented illustrator we have seen apply for the Loser Scholarship in many years. Her drawings and paintings are out of this world: alien-like, monstrous, gross, and beautiful. We’d be fools not to mention Mia’s incredible application, which came in the form of a four-page, hand-illustrated comic letting us know exactly why she deserves to be a Loser winner. Mia’s talent for illustration, layout and design is going to grow into something even more special in the years to come. Our scholarship committee could not get enough of Mia’s comic and as soon as we saw her application, we knew she was definitely a Sub Pop Loser. 

This year we had a record number of applicants for the Loser Scholarship, which made this the hardest selection process we’ve ever had. For those losers who didn’t win this year: thank you for applying, we loved your submissions too! You made this decision really tough on us and you’re an incredibly inspiring bunch of people. We’re certain that you will go on to blow us all away with your future accomplishments.

Thanks for playing.

Posted by Andrew Sullivan

NEWS : THU, APR 5, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Listen To Forth Wanderers’ New Track, “Ages Ago” From Their Self-Titled Sub Pop Debut (out April 27th)

On Forth Wanderers’ “Ages Ago,” vocalist Ava Trilling paints the image of a constantly-shifting enigmatic lover. “I wasn’t sure who they were, they changed constantly (hence the metaphor describing the “grey coat” and cutting their hair just to “stay afloat”),” she says. “I wasn’t going to wait any longer to find out.” The “Ages Ago” visual was animated by guitarist Ben Guterl. Listen here, then listen on repeat in the hallowed halls of Spotify or Apple Music.

Earlier this week, NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered” included Forth Wanderers track, “Taste,” in their weekly mix, and offered this: “Forth Wanderers thrives in distance. Singer Ava Trilling writes the lyrics in New York, guitarist Ben Guterl builds the backbone of music in Ohio. “Taste,” in particular, came from diametrically opposed places in their young love lives. Guterl worked through the song’s production to impress his now-girlfriend. Trilling writes, however, that she “was in a difficult place with my relationship at the time.” Still, the distance — emotional and physical — doesn’t undercut the dizzying intimacy of the song [hear here].”

Forth Wanderers Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Forth Wanderers’ previously announced Northeastern U.S. tour runs May 3rd-5th, 2018. Additional live dates to be announced soon.
May 03 - Washington, DC -  Rock & Roll Hotel
May 04 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
May 05 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel

Forth Wanderers, featuring the standouts “Nevermine”, “Not for Me”, and “Ages Ago”, was produced and recorded by Cameron Konner in Philadelphia over 5 days in the summer of 2017. The album will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL through Sub Pop right here.  LP pre-orders through and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on opaque orange vinyl.

[Photo Credit: Julia Leiby]

Following the band’s acclaimed 2015 EP SlopForth Wanderers amplifies the heartfelt sentiments of the band’s earlier works into massive anthems. Ben Guterl and Duke Greene’s guitars have never sounded so sharp, Noah Schifrin and Zach Lorelli’s terse rhythm section is restless, and vocalist-lyricist Ava Trilling seems more self-assured than ever. “We have embraced our roles in the collaboration process,” says Guterl. “Everyone’s gotten better at their instruments and we trust each other more because we know how the machine works.” This spirit soars through Forth Wanderers, resulting in exuberant, profound songs driven by tightly bound melodies and a loving attention to detail (read more here).

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, APR 3, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Watch Beach House’s Stunning New Video For “Dark Spring,” The Third Song Off Their Highly Anticipated 7th Album Titled ‘7’

7 will be available worldwide from Sub Pop, with the exception of Europe and Australia/New Zealand, where the album will be available from Bella Union and Mistletone, respectively

Beach House have delivered an immersive new video for  “Dark Spring,” the opening track from their forthcoming album  7.  Director Zia Anger describes the video as “a very organic thing made with a lot of people (who are also filmmakers), that I love and trust. An anomaly in process.” 

Beach House Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Beach House’s massive worldwide tour in support of 7 begins April 30th in Chattanooga, TN at the Signal and ends October 20th in Dublin, IE at Vicar Street. Newly added shows include: September 27th in Madrid at La Riviera; September 28th in Barcelona at Razzmatazz;  and by popular demand, a second London show on October 17th at Troxy.
Apr. 30 - Chattanooga, TN - The Signal
May 01 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
May 02 - Little Rock, AR - Metroplex Live
May 04 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric
May 05 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
May 07 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
May 08 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
May 11 - Mexico City, MX - Auditorio Blackberry (ALBUM RELEASE SHOW)
May 13 - Mayer, AZ - Form Arcosanti
Jun. 02 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound
Jul. 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre
Jul. 27 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
Jul. 28 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre  [Sold Out]
Jul. 30 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
Jul. 31 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theatre  [Sold Out]
Aug. 02 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Aug. 03 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery [Sold Out]
Aug. 04 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery  [Sold Out]
Aug. 05 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory at North Park  [Sold Out]
Aug. 07 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre  [Sold Out]
Aug. 08 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
Aug. 10 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
Aug. 12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
Aug. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
Aug. 15 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Aug. 17 - St. Paul, MN - The Palace Theatre
Aug. 18 - Chicago, Il - Chicago Theatre
Aug. 19 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
Aug. 20 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre
Aug. 22 - New York, NY - United Palace Theatre
Aug. 23 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre [Sold Out]
Aug. 24 - Boston, MA - House of Blues [Sold Out]
Aug. 25 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
Sep. 25 - Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseu dos Recreios
Sep. 26 - Porto, Portugal - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Sep. 27 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Sep. 28 - Barcelona, ES - Razzmatazz
Sep. 30 - Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne
Oct. 01 - Köln, DE - Gloria
Oct. 02 - Berlin, DE - Huxleys
Oct. 04 - Lund, SE - Mejeriet
Oct. 05 - Gothenburg, SE - Trädgar’n
Oct. 07 - Oslo, NO - Rockefeller Music Hall
Oct. 08 - Stockholm, SE- Münchenbryggeriet
Oct. 09 - Copenhagen, DK - Forum Black Box
Oct. 11 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel
Oct. 12 -  Utrecht, NL - TivoliVredenburg
Oct. 13 - Brussels, BE - AB
Oct. 15 -  Paris, FR - Olympia
Oct. 17 - London, UK - Troxy
Oct. 18 - London, UK - Troxy [Sold Out]
Oct. 19 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall
Oct. 20 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street

7, the group’s 7th full-length record, will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL May 11th, 2018. The new Beach House album will be available worldwide on Sub Pop, except in Europe and Australia/New Zealand, where it will be released by Bella Union and Mistletone.
7 features standouts including the Valentine’s Day ‘18 single “Lemon Glow” [lsten here], along with “Black Car,” “Drunk In LA,” “Dive,” and today, their latest offering, the soaring, captivating “Dark Spring”[listen here]. All of the songs on 7 began in Beach House’s home studio in Baltimore, and were finished at Carriage House in Stamford, CT and Palmetto Studio in Los Angeles.  The album was produced by Beach House and Sonic Boom, and mixed by Alan Moulder.
7 is available for preorder now from Sub PopBella Union (Europe), and Mistletone (Australia / New Zealand). Pre-orders of the LP through and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser Edition on opaque yellow vinyl. A new T-shirt design is also available now.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, APR 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Watch METZ Perform ‘Strange Peace’ Tracks “Mr. Plague,” “Cellophane” and “Mess of Wires” on The Chris Gethard Show

Plus there’s an updated international tour schedule for 2018.

Last week, METZ delivered incredible performances of Strange Peace tracks “Mr. Plague,” “Cellophane” and “Mess of Wires” for The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV (which airs Tuesdays at 11pm/10pm CT).

[Photo Credit: Andrew Bisdale/truTV]

METZ Tour Dates + Ticket Links

METZ have added new dates to their previously announced 2018 international tour schedule.  New Canadian and European headlining and festival dates include: Quebec City at Festival D’ete on July 11th; Leipzig, Germany at UT Connewitz on July 18th;  Berlin, Germany at Cassiopeia on July 19th; August 16th in Wiesbaden, Germany at Schlactof; Reading Festival on August 25th;  Leeds Festival on August 26th; Cardiff, Wales at The Globe on August 27th; and Asten-Heusden, Netherlands for the Misty Fields Festival on August 31st. Sub Pop label mates Moaning, will open a slew of EU shows (select dates).

Apr. 17 - Lisbon, Portugal – MusicBox *
Apr. 18 - Porto, Portugal – Hard Club *
Apr. 19 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord
Apr. 20 - Rotterdam, Netherlands – Motel Mozaique
Apr. 21 - Esch-sur-Alzette, LU - Out of the Crowd Festival
Apr. 23 - Milan, IT - Magnolia *
Apr. 24 - Bologna, IT - Freakout, Bologna *
Apr. 25 - Munich, DE - Strom *
Apr. 26 - Cologne, DE - Gebaude 9 *
Apr. 27 - Belfort, FR - Impetus Festival
Apr. 28 - London, UK - Test Pressing Festival*
Apr. 30 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo *
May 01 - Dublin, IE - Whelan’s
May 02 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen *
May 03 - Ramsgate, UK - Ramsgate Music Hall * [Sold Out]
May 04 - Brussels, BE - Les Nuits Botanique [Sold Out]
May 05 - Leffinge, BE - De Zwerver *
May 23 - Taipei, Taiwan - The Wall
May 25 - Beijing, China - TBC
May 26 - Shanghai, China - TBC
May 29 - Hong Kong, China - TTN Livehouse
May 31 - Manila, Philippines - Mow’s Bar
Jun. 01 - Singapore - Decline
Jun. 02 - Bangkok, Thailand - Norma
Jun. 04 - Tokyo, Japan - Fever
Jun. 05 - Tokyo, Japan - Fever
Jun. 06 - Nagoya, Japan - Tight Rope
Jun. 07 - Osaka, Japan - Conpass
Jul. 11 - Quebec City, QC - Festival D’ete
Jul 18 - Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz,
Jul. 19 - Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia
Jul. 21 - Tromso, Norway - Bukta Festival
Aug. 16 - Wiesbaden, DE - Schlactof
Aug. 25 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
Aug. 26 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
Aug. 27 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe
Aug. 31 - Asten-Heusden, NL - Misty Fields Festival
Sep. 14 - Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (Westward Festival)
* w/ Moaning

Strange Peace is available now on CD / LP / DL / CS worldwide (except in Canada) from Sub Pop right here. In Canada, Strange Peace is available from Royal Mountain Records over here.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, APR 2, 2018 at 12:00 AM



Sub Pop is currently accepting resumes from energetic, responsible, detail-oriented, and dependable candidates for a part-time/weekend/night Sales Clerk position at our new-ish and (let’s not be coy about it…) terribly impressive store at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This guy.

Responsibilities include:

 • Greeting and assisting customers in a friendly manner. 
 • Full compliance with Sea-Tac operation rules and strict TSA regulations and restrictions. 
 • Efficient handling of cash and credit card transactions. 
 • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively. 
 • Availability to work nights, weekends, and holidays. 
 • Assisting in organizing and restocking the store. 
 • Maintaining the general appearance of the store. 
 • Contributing to the team retail effort by accomplishing related tasks as needed. 

Qualified candidates will have: 

 • Previous experience in the retail environment. 
 • Knowledge of the Sub Pop catalog, Pacific Northwest music, the Seattle music community, and the City of Seattle.
 • A friendly and enthusiastic disposition with customers and staff. 
 • Strong and clear communication skills. 
 • A general understanding of retail Point of Sale systems. 
 • Flexibility in schedule and willingness to work early or late hours. 

The Sub Pop Airport Store at Sea-Tac is open unusually long hours, generally 6am - 10pm, and 365 days a year. 

Please send your resume to

Posted by Chris Jacobs

NEWS : THU, MAR 29, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Loma Share Video For “Dark Oscillations” Off Their Self-titled Sub Pop Debut - First Ever Tour Starts Next Week

“… A joint project that heightens each member’s individual strengths and shows off their surprising musical chemistry.” - Pitchfork

“Together they make songs full of mystery and wonder.” – NPR Music

“The band keeps a beautiful juxtaposition between major flourishes and minor dirges while the noise and dissonance never removes itself from the crevices of the songs.” – Under The Radar

[Photo Credit: Bryan C. Parker]

On the verge of their first-ever tour of North American and Europe, Loma have shared a new video for “Dark Oscillations,” off their self-titled debut album, out now on Sub Pop. The black and white video depicts singer Emily Cross sprawled out in bed, anxiously shifting as a sliver of reflected television dances in the background.

The spark that led to Loma’s creation occurred in 2016 during a European tour in which Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski’s project, Cross Record, opened for Jonathan Meiburg’s band, Shearwater. After an especially memorable show in Belgium, Meiburg approached Cross and Duszynski about working together. Two years later, their collaborative project, Loma, has released a debut album, and the trio is embarking on a tour spanning 3 months and 12 countries. The dates include a performance at Botanique, the same venue where the three initially decided to create music together. All tour dates are below.

“Joy” Stream –
“Black Willow” Video –
“Relay Runner” Video –

Loma’s acclaimed, self-titled debut is out today everywhere on Sub Pop. Listen to the album now at Spotify / Apple Music / Bandcamp / YouTube then trade yr dollars for it here or in yr friendly neighborhood record store.

Loma Tour Dates + Ticket Links

Fri. Apr. 6 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

Sat. Apr. 7 – Long Beach, CA @ The Living Room
Sun. Apr. 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg
Wed. Apr. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

Fri. Apr. 13 - Portland, OR @ MS Studios

Sat. Apr. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern

Tue. Apr. 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

Thu. April 19 - Taos, NM @ Taos Mesa Brewing

Sat. Apr. 21 - Austin, TX @ North Door
Thu. April 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Fri. April 27 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
Sat. April 28 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back Room
Tue. May 1 - Charlottesville, NC @ The Southern
Wed. May 2 - Washington, DC @ DC9
Fri. May 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Sat. May 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sun. May 6 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott

Mon. May 7 – Portland, ME @ Apohadion Theater
Tue. May 8 - Montreal, QC @ L’Esco
Wed. May 9 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Thu. May 10 - Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
Fri. May 11 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Fri. May 25 - Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
Sat. May 26 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso (London Calling)
Sun. May 27 - Brussels, BE Rotonde @ Botanique

Tue. May 29 – Paris, FR @ Olympic Cafe
Wed. May 30 - Brighton, UK @ Hope & Ruin
Thu. May 31 - London, UK @ Lexington
Fri. June 1 - Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade

Sat. June 2 – Coventry, UK @ The Coal Vaults
Sun. June 3 - Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
Mon. June 4 - Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Tue. June 5 - Glasgow, UK @ Hug and Pint
Thu. June 7 - Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
Fri. June 8 - Liverpool, UK @ Buyers Club

Sat. June 9 – Oxford, UK @ The Cellar

Tue. June 12 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown

Wed. June 13 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang

Thu. June 14 – Lund, SE @ Mejeriet

Fri. June 15 – Gothenborg, SE @ Pustervik

Sat. June 16 – Copenhagen, DK @ Hotel Cecil

Sun. June 17 – Aarhus, DK @ Radar (DK)

Mon. June 18 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden

Tue. June 19 – Dresden, DE @ Beatpol

Wed. June 20 – Prague, CZ @ Underdog’s Ballroom

Thu. June 21 – Wien, AT @ Arena Vienna

Posted by Rachel White