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NEWS : WED, SEP 23, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Low’s ‘Ones and Sixes’ : On The Charts and On The Road

Landing firmly (yet gently) at #35 in the U.K. Top 40 official albums and #68 here in the U.S. on SoundScan’s Top Current Albums charts, Low’s new Ones and Sixes has earned the group its highest-ever debut in the U.K., and its second-best showing in the U.S.

Over the airwaves this week, Ones and Sixes is currently # 13 on the CMJ Top 200 chart, and is seeing strong support from NonComm reporters, with confirmed sessions at KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” (November 16th), WXPN’s “World Cafe” (airdate TBD), KCMP’s The Current (view here), KEXP, and more.

Ones and Sixes is also one of the best-reviewed albums of Low’s career (horn toot!) with international acclaim from the likes of NPR Music, Paste, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Boston Globe, Pitchfork, Under the Radar, The Guardian, The Observer, DIY, Q, MOJO, Uncut, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Chicago Tribune, CLASH, The Sunday Times, Dusted, NOW,  and more. And the band are the current cover stars of MAGNET’s September issue, interviewed by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon (view cover / read an excerpt of the story here).

Low’s headlining North American and European tour in support of Ones and Sixes is currently underway, with a show tonight, Wednesday, September 23rd in Boston at Brighton Music Hall, and ends November 21st in Seattle, WA at the Crocodile. When the band returns to the EU on tour in October, they’ll also play their largest headlining date at London’s iconic Roundhouse on October 10th. (see details below)

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May we suggest that you trade your dollars for this intoxicating new record*?  Ones and Sixes is available now from the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp

*Thrilled (and sorry) to report, that the limited “Loser Edition” of the double-LP (yellow vinyl + variant slipcase cover) is sold out on  So we encourage you to (respectfully) stalk your local independent record store for this special edition.  It’s also available from the the band themselves at their upcoming tour dates.

Ones and Sixes, featuring the standouts “No Comprende,” “What Part of Me,” “Lies,” “Gentle,” and “No End,” was co-produced by the band and engineer BJ Burton at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

You might like to know (as we did) what “They” are saying about Low’s Ones and Sixes:

“It’s one thing for Low to have made a rewarding career of spare, dramatic, glacially paced music…It’s another to make those ingredients sound so incredibly dynamic; to spend 20-plus years making a dozen albums that each feel distinct, and that each introduce new ideas, twists and ways to wring drama out of the space between notes…Throughout Ones and Sixes, the Minnesota trio somehow gives weight to airiness as comfort and discord orbit each other like a binary star. But every time the portent threatens to become overbearing — just as the mix of prettiness and heaviness tips a little too far out of alignment — Low punctures it with a burst of cleansing aggression or some pristine, exquisite surprise. Anything to keep us off balance.” [“First Listen”] - NPR Music

“The band’s strengths are here in abundance, but they are reimagined, twisted into new shapes and given a visceral intensity that is utterly irresistible.” [9/10] - CLASH

“…Striking a balance between their majestic, slow-moving melancholy and harsher experimental noise.” [4/5] - The Guardian

“One of the most impressive albums of their career” [4/5] - MOJO

“‘What Part of Me,’ with its upbeat percussion, fuzzy guitar textures and sweet harmonized lyrics about relationship boundaries (‘What part of me don’t you own?’), feels like a sideways response to the post-1989 maximalism of today’s Top 40; “Into You” is a gospel-inflected, subtly sexy slow jam; and “The Innocents” sets accusatory vocals over a crunching electro-industrial beat, all to excellent effect. Elsewhere, on the gentle, pained duet “Lies,” Low remind us they’re still masters of doing a lot with a little.” - Rolling Stone

“Ones and Sixes is all at once beautiful, ugly, tense, warm, inviting and repellent. It’s an emotional and sonic juggling act where even the slightest bum-note would draw attention to itself. As always with Low, the beauty is all about the details” - Pitchfork

‘Ones and Sixes is an ear-pricking listen.’ [Album of the Week] -  The Observer

“Beautiful desolation….coolly exhilarating”  [4/5] -  Q

“Ones and Sixes finds them producing some of their best work in years” - The Quietus

“It’s another subtly heart-rending effort from a band that remains one of the very finest in the world. If you needed a reminder of why Low are an institution then this is it.” [8/10] - Drowned in Sound

“Somehow, with each new release (and they come regularly, every two or three years), Low manage to find new ways of protracting their deceptively beautiful melodies.” [4.5/5] - Music OMH

“Ones and Sixes hinges on tension that courses throughout these 12 songs. The drums land with a thud, as if transferred from modern R&B and hip-hop. They anchor songs that crackle with bits of distortion and chiming guitars that somehow feel disembodied from everything surrounding them. Then, in keeping with a signature Low move, there is the spectral spark created by Parker and Sparhawk singing together; their alchemy is otherworldly and downright intoxicating.” - Boston Globe

“With Ones and Sixes they’ve pulled together many of their disparate sides in a masterful survey of what makes them one of the great rock bands of their era.” - Dusted

“Ones and Sixes sees Low churning out some of their most accessible work, with “What Part of Me” having the potential to be an unlikely hit. As ever, strong stuff in every way.” [4/5] - Record Collector

“Low’s always been good at making records where it sounds like every note and beat contains some degree of pain and hope you’ve felt. So hopefully it’s compelling when this one stands out even more as one of their best.” [8.1 /10] - PASTE

“Low remain as vital as ever” - DIY

“After two decades, a band that could easily feel part of the wallpaper remain hungry to show that you never know what lies beneath” [8/10] - Uncut

“Comfortably ahead of the pop pack” - The Sunday Times

“Masters of transforming emptiness into swelling, sweeping orchestrations of musical and mental noise, Low are truly intense and joyful on their newest exhibition of off-kilter, subterranean pop.” [4/5] - NOW

Tour Dates

Sep. 23 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*
Sep. 24 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg*
Sep. 25 - Hamden, Connecticut – The Ballroom at The Outer Space*
Sep. 26 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
Oct. 07 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral ^
Oct. 08 - Glasgow, UK - Art School =
Oct. 10 - London, UK - Roundhouse ^
Oct. 12 - Koln, DE - Gebaude 9 =
Oct. 13 - Hamburg, DE – Knust =
Oct. 14 - Copenhagen, DK – Vega =
Oct. 15 - Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan =
Oct. 17 - Berlin, DE – Lido =
Oct. 19 - Munich, DE – Ampere =
Oct. 20 - Bologna, IT - Teatro Antoniano =
Oct. 22 - Zaragoza, ES - Las Armas =
Oct. 23 - Barcelona, ES – Bikini =
Oct. 24 - Valencia, ES - Deleste Festival
Oct. 26 - Madrid, ES - Teatro Lara =
Oct. 27 - Santander, ES – Escenario =
Oct. 29 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso ^
Oct. 30 – Tourcoing, FR – Le Grand Mix =
Oct. 31 - Brussels, BE – AB +
Nov. 02 – Paris, FR – Le Divan du Monde =
Nov. 11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
Nov. 12 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge*
Nov. 13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge*
Nov. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex*
Nov. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour*
Nov. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
Nov. 20 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir*
Nov. 21 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile*
Feb. 01 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
* w/ Andy Shauf
^ w/ Two Gallants
+ w/ Chelsea Wolfe
= w/ Mike Noga

For up to date information on tickets please visit

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, SEP 21, 2015 at 12:15 PM

No Fly List: Notes From Sub Pop’s Airport Store (September 2015)

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No Fly List: Notes From the Airport Store (September 2015)

People Are Still Asking Us Who We Are and Why Are We Here

“A Sub Pop store? At the airport?”

This is a common refrain we hear, as the store wraps up its second summer at Sea-Tac Airport. For the percentage of travelers who are familiar with Sub Pop, the idea of having a store (and placing said-store in the airport) is usually met with astonishment and/or incredulousness. 

I’d say this happens for two reasons. The first being that for people of a certain age and/or mindset, Sub Pop is associated with a very specific slacker/grunge/anti-establishment sentiment, and the blatant money-grab of a store in an airport is the final cause célèbre that the label has *shudder* sold-out. 

If there was a specific blueprint laid out 27 years ago, that planned the existence of a store in an airport, I haven’t found it yet. But there is retail precedence for the label, and in my mind, the audacious idea of having a store in the airport is very much in keeping with Sub Pop’s motto of ‘spanning the globe for profit,’ along with a history of garish displays of ego, such as planting our flag on the goddamn Space Needle.

(I’d also say that this mock derision is the least-likely response to seeing the store in-person, behind curiosity, excitement, and blissful ignorance.)

The second reason is that a lot of people treat the airport as a non-place. (If you need time to brush up on the anthropology of super-modernity and non-places, I’ll be here waiting.) Essentially, no one visits the airport willingly; it exists solely to funnel people to their final destination, where they really want to go; airports do not need to reflect history or culture because people only come to the airport in order to leave. 

After being open for 16 months, I’m able to say that we’re slowly changing people’s expectations of what an airport store can do. While we receive our fair share of surprised travelers every day, we also meet people who actively seek out the store. Every day I hear a different story. Yesterday, there was a woman flying from Buenos Aires to Montreal, who specifically chose Seattle as her layover in order to see the store. Last week, a couple told us that they plan on getting married (!!!) in-front of the store one day, before running off (or in this case, flying away) to Mexico. I even see familiar faces and repeat visitors, which at the start of this job, I would not have expected. People from all different corners of the Earth converge on the store, and sometimes, a little piece of Sub Pop goes home with them. If that’s not ‘World Domination,’ I don’t know what is. 

So, as a busy summer draws to a close, I want to say thank you to everyone who visited us, including the avid fans, the suspicious onlookers, and the curious people who had no idea what Sub Pop was until they wandered into the store. We look forward to your next visit, where we will probably try to convince you to buy more things (but in a totally non-pushy way). 

Posted by Jackson Hathorn

NEWS : FRI, SEP 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Sub Pop & Hardly Art Present “Mutual Depreciation” at CMJ (Oct. 15th)

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On October 15th, Sub Pop and Hardly Art will hedge our collective bets and double down for “Mutual Depreciation”: A 2015 CMJ Showcase featuring Protomartyr, S, Mass Gothic, The Gotobeds, Strange Wilds and comedian Jon Benjamin at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY.

This event is open to the public and all ages - with tickets available for $12, both in advance and at the door.  Details:

Sub Pop & Hardly Art Present
Mutual Depreciation : A 2015 CMJ Showcase
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
All Ages / $12 adv/door




Mass Gothic:

The Gotobeds:

Strange Wilds:

UPDATE 10/2/15:  We’re pleased to announce that comedian Jon Benjamin has been added to the “Mutual Depreciation” lineup!

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, SEP 18, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Watch Father John Misty’s New Video for “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment”

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Father John Misty delivers a hilariously meta new video (watch it here) for “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment,” a standout track from his acclaimed album, I Love You, Honeybear

The new visual was helmed by writer-director-producer Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation).

Tillman says of the clip: “This video is partially inspired by the LeBron James quote “It is precisely the superficial differences between people who are otherwise alike that inform the hostilities between them.”  Special thanks to my body double Tyler who I had to kiss no fewer than two dozen times and whose breath I can still smell in my mind’s eye.”

Meanwhile Pearce adds: “It has been an honor to explore the palpable sexual chemistry that exists between Josh Tillman and himself. I hope this video does their enduring love affair justice.”

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Father John Misty has extended his 2015 tour schedule in support of I Love You, Honeybear. The trek will resume tonight, September 18th in Indianapolis, IN at Egyptian Room at Old National Centre and currently ends December 13th in Perth, AU at Disconnect Festival. New tour highlights include:  November 15th in Stockholm, SE at Berns Hotel; November 16th & 17th in Copenhagen, DK for a two-night stand at Vega; And a short tour of New Zealand and Australia December 3rd-13th, which includes a headline performance at the legendary Sydney Opera House on December 8th. Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

On a related note: Father John Misty will also perform on the outdoor stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live! October 14th.

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Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear is currently available on CD / LP / 2xLP / Deluxe 2xLP. You too can purchase it via Father John,  Sub Pop Mega MartiTunesAmazon, and your local purveyor of fine recorded music.  

Tour Dates
Sep. 18 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre #
Sep. 19 - Shakopee, MN - Festival Palomino
Sep. 20 - Madison, WI - Orpheum #
Sep. 21 - Covington, KY - Madison Theatre #
Sep. 23 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavillion **
Sep. 24 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre **
Sep. 25 - Rochester, NY - Anthology **
Sep. 26 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling
Sep. 28 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live **
Sep. 29 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz **
Sep. 30 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre ** [Sold Out]
Oct. 01 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City **
Oct. 03 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
Oct. 05 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom #
Oct. 07 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
Oct. 08 - Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre #
Oct. 09 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall #
Oct. 10 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
Oct. 12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre **
Oct. 14 - Los Angeles, CA - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Outdoor stage)
Oct. 15 - Las Vegas, NV - Pool at the Cosmopolitan **
Oct. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern ** [Sold Out]
Oct. 17 - Los ANgeles, CA - The Wiltern ** [Sold Out]
Oct. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
Oct. 22 - Galway, IE - Roisin Dubh
Oct. 23 - Belfast, UK - Mandela Hall
Oct. 24 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street [Sold Out]
Oct. 26 - Sheffield, UK - Plug  [Sold Out]
Oct. 27 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction [Sold Out]
Oct. 28 - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]
Oct. 29 - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire [Sold Out]
Oct. 31 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
Nov. 01 - Bologna, IT - Locomotiv
Nov. 02 - Munich, DE - Strom
Nov. 03 - Weisbaden, DE - Schlachtof
Nov. 05 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 06 - Wangles, DE - Weissenhauser Strand
Nov. 09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov. 10 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belguique
Nov. 11 - Nantes, FR - Stereolux
Nov. 12 - Lyon, FR - Epicerie Moderne
Nov. 13 - Koln, DE - Luxor
Nov. 15 - Stockholm, SE - Berns Hotel
Nov. 16 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega [Sold Out]
Nov. 17 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega [Sold Out]
Nov. 21- Mexico City, MX - Corona Capital Music Festival
Dec. 03 - Auckland, NZ - St. James Theatre
Dec. 05 - Berry Park, AU - Fairgrounds Festival
Dec. 06 - Brisbane, AU - Max Watt’s
Dec. 08 - Sydney, AU - Sydney Opera House
Dec. 09 - Melbourne, AU - Forum
Dec. 10 - Melbourne, AU - Forum [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 - Geelong, AU - Meredith Music Festival
Dec. 11-13 - Perth, AU - Disconnect Festival
** w/ Mikal Cronin
# w/ Tess & Dave

For information on presales/tickets visit

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, SEP 17, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Beach House begins fall tour in support of Depression Cherry

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The Beach House worldwide tour in support of Depression Cherry begins tonight, Thursday, September 17th in Columbus, OH at Newport Music Hall and their 2015 dates end with a sold-out 3-night stand December 17-19 in San Francisco at The Fillmore. (see dates below)

Experience the soothing sounds of Depression Cherry right now via the album stream, and if this is your initial foray into the magic of Beach House, might we also suggest ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Beach House’ playlist on Spotify, Rdio or YouTube?

Depression Cherry is available now on CD / LP*/ DL from Sub Pop (North America), Bella Union (Europe) and Mistletone (Australia / New Zealand), and virtually through your favorite electronic channels including (but certainly not limited to) iTunes and Amazon

*Sorry (and thankful) to report that the special, limited, clear vinyl Loser Edition LP version of Depression Cherry is now sold-out at  Copies of this collectible version of the album may still be available at your local independent record stores, or from the band directly at shows.

Tour Dates

Sep. 17 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall **
Sep. 18 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s **
Sep. 19 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre **
Sep. 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre **
Sep. 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue [Sold Out] **
Sep. 23 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue **
Sep. 25 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown **
Sep. 26 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall **
Sep. 27 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant **
Sep. 28 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall **
Sep. 29 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom **
Oct. 01 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Oct. 03 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn **
Oct. 04 - Nashville, TN -  The Ryman Auditorium **
Oct. 06 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre **
Oct. 07 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel **
Oct. 08 - Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom [Sold Out] **
Oct. 24 - Belfast, UK -  Mandela Hall
Oct. 25 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
Oct. 26 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
Oct. 27 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
Oct. 29 - Paris, FR - Pitchfork Music Festival
Oct. 30 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
Nov. 02 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Nov. 03 - Brussels, BE - Autumn Falls @ AB
Nov. 04 - Koln, DE - Gloria
Nov. 05 - Luxemborg, LU - Den Atelier
Nov. 07 - Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves
Nov. 10 - Oslo, NO - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 11 - Gothenburg, SE - Tradgarn
Nov. 12 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser Medis
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen DK - Vega
Nov. 14 - Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel K1
Nov. 16 - Berlin, DE - Huxley’s
Nov. 17 - Munich, DE - Freiheiz
Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH - Les Docks
Nov. 20 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo
Nov. 22 - Madrid, ES - La Riviera
Nov. 23 - Lisbon, PT - Armazén
Nov. 24 - Porto, PT - Teatro sa da Bandeira
Dec. 07 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory [Sold Out]
Dec. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre [Sold Out]
Dec. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
Dec. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore [Sold Out]
** w/ Jessica Pratt

For ticket info please visit



Posted by Rachel White