NEWS : MON, MAR 13, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Sub Pop vs SXSW 2017: Downtown Boys, Marika Hackman, LVL UP, Porter Ray, and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

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Heading to SXSW 2017? Us too!

Sub Pop recording artists Downtown Boys (Providence, RI), Marika Hackman (London, UK), LVL UP (New York, NY), Porter Ray (Seattle, WA), and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (Melbourne, AU) will all make appearances at the 2017 edition of SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Downtown Boys [artist page] / “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)” [listen]
Marika Hackman [artist page] / “Boyfriend” [watch]
LVL UP [artist page] / “The Closing Door” [watch]
Porter Ray [artist page] / “Past Life” feat. Cashtro & Black [watch]
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever [artist page] / “French Press” [watch]
Links to artists pages, tunes (video or audio) and daily schedule are below…


Show: Hotel Vegas - Spring Break Boogie! Heaven or Hot
Location: Hotel Vegas (1502 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)
Show: I OH YOU / Transgressive Records Showcase
Location: 21st Co-Op (707 W 21st St, Austin, TX 78705)
Paradyse x Sportsday Showcase
Location:  Pearl Street Co-Op (2000 Pearl St, Austin, TX 78705)
Show: The FADER Fort
Location: Volcom Garden (1209 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78702)
Show: BBC Radio 2 SXSW Official Showcase.
Location: Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto Boulevard)
Show/Location: Swan Dive (615 Red River Street, Austin, TX  78701)
Show: Ground Control Touring Showcase
Location: The Sidewinder (715 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
Show: Pitchfork Day Party
Location: French Legation Museum (802 San Marcos St, Austin, TX 78702)
Time: 12:00pm
Show: Sound on Sound & Brooklyn Vegan’s Lost Weekend
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St, Austin, TX, 78701)
Show: The FADER Fort
Location: Volcom Garden (1209 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78702)
Show: Another Planet Showcase
Location: The Sidewinder - Indoor (715 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
Show: Brooklyn Vegan x Sound on Sound Lost Weekend
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
Show: Aussie BBQ Showcase
Location: Brush Square Park (409 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701)

Show:Transgressive Records SXSW Showcase
Location: The Blackheart (86 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701)
Show: Paradigm Official Showcase
Location: The Parish (214 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701)
Show: Brooklyn Vegan x Sound on Sound Lost Weekend
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
Show: Brooklyn Vegan x Sound on Sound Lost Weekend  
Location: Cheer Up Charlies (900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
Show: SXSW Showcase
Location: The Mohawk (912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
Show: Austin Oasis 2017
Location: Hole in the Wall (2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705)
Show: South By San Jose
Location: Hotel San Jose (1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704)
Show: Panache Bookings Party
Location: Hotel Vegas (1502 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)
Show: Ad Hoc Showcase
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
Show Kosher Dillz Showcase
Location: Dozen Street (1808 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702)
Show: Space 24 Twenty
Location: Urban Outfitters (2406 Guadalupe Street Austin, TX 78705)

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, MAR 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Watch Video for Porter Ray’s “Past Life” (feat. Cashtro and Black); Watercolor Is Out March 10th

On the eve of his debut album release on Sub Pop, rising Seattle rapper Porter Ray drops a dream-like video for previously unheard track, Past Life.
Filmed in Porter’s hometown of Seattle, the visual is directed by Patrick O’Brien-Smith.  The bittersweet Past Life - featuring Cashtro and Black - finds Ray reflecting on his eventful teenage years, lost family and friends, highs, lows, misadventures and more.  The rapper’s laid back yet captivating style, vivid lyrical vignettes and powerful storytelling are built around a vulnerability and unflinching honesty.   
Porter Ray signed to Sub Pop after catching the attention of Shabazz Palaces founder and label A&R Ishmael Butler, his debut album Watercolor drops tomorrow AND he plays at SXSW next week.
Porter Ray’s current live dates include multiple appearances at SXSW March 
15th-19th, and Sasquatch Music Festival on May 26th. Additional live dates will be announced soon.

Mar. 15 - Austin, TX - SXSW - Swan Dive Patio
Mar. 19 - Austin, TX - SXSW - Dozen Street - Kosher Dillz Show
May 26 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival


Watercolor is out tomorrow, March 10th, on CD / 2xLP / DL / CASS from Sub Pop right over here and in finer independent record stores the world over.  LP orders through the Sub Pop Mega Mart and independent retailers will receive the limited Loser Edition on translucent vinyl with magenta swirl in North America & Translucent vinyl in Europe, while supplies last.  

Watercolor features original production from B-Roc, Dez Anthony, and 
Kmtk, and was mixed by Erik Blood.  Guest appearances include Cashtro, Nate Jack, Jus Moni and Black Constellation elders Palaceer Lazaro and Fly Guy Dai of Shabazz Palaces.

[Photo Credit: Jay Scroggins]

Follow all things Porter Ray everywhere in the galaxy via Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

What “The People” are saying about Porter Ray:

“A star in the making.” [Watercolor] – Uncut
“A natural storyteller, Ray unleashed a series of vivid mixtape portraits of his locale’s druggy highs and lows that painted him as a new school Nas with the lyrical slickness of Roc Marciano. The street-wise intellect certainly lets his slightly off-pitched voice do most of the heavy lifting over the stuttering spacey synthetics, phased keys and warped Rhodes of B-Roc’s atmospheric production.” [Watercolor, 4/5] – MOJO
“As a rapper, Porter’s storytelling skills drive his lyrical content. He tries to paint pictures, never sounding over excited or too energetic, opting for beats which create unique moods….with his effortlessly smooth tone and considered lyricism, Porter carries himself with striking presence and wisdom.” [Watercolor]  - Crack Magazine
“Ray is Seattle to the bone, continuing the tradition of Sea-Town rappers with malleable flows and unorthodox sounds that bend along with them….The first taste of his album is a posse cut of sorts featuring Shabazz
Palaces, Palaceer, and Castro. They all spit complicated rhyme schemes over a hollowed-out soundscape with dry 808 drums and shimmering, space-age synths reminiscent of THEESatisfaction.” [“Sacred Geometry”] – Stereogum
“Seattle rapper Porter Ray shares another hazy and seductive gem from his debut…“Arithmetic” showcases Porter’s golden voice and effortlessly vivid flow over a dreamy, immersively narcotic beat, elevated by spectral siren calls from the great Stas
Thee Boss (formerly of THEESatisfaction) and anchored by a crucial assist from revered Seattle MC Infinite.” [“Arithmetic”] - Gorilla vs Bear

“On the first track from the Seattle native’s forthcoming Watercolor, Porter leads the song with melodic cadences and descriptive verses. Here, he and his collaborators all highlight the narratives that make up this holy equation.” [“Sacred Geometry”] The FADER

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, MAR 8, 2017 at 7:00 AM

New Album + Video From The Afghan Whigs! The Spellbinding ‘In Spades’ Will Be Out Worldwide on May 5th

Preorder In Spades right here, right now!

Watch video for “Demon In Profile” (directed by longtime Whigs collaborator Phil Harder), and/or listen on Spotify.

European Tour Begins May 26th In Manchester, UK!

We at Sub Pop are supremely thrilled to announce that The Afghan Whigs In Spades, the group’s spellbinding new album, will be available on CD / 180 gram-LP / CS / DL worldwide on May 5th from Sub Pop. The album, led by the single “Demon In Profile,” and standouts “Oriole,” “Copernicus,” “Arabian Heights” and “Toy Automatic,” is the follow-up the band’s internationally acclaimed Do to the Beast.  In Spades, written and produced by Greg Dulli, was recorded in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree.
The album is a searing and soulful rock effort that emphasizes its pop instincts while contrasting with the seductive themes found throughout.  From its evocative cover art to the troubled spirits haunting its halls, In Spades casts a spell that challenges the listener to unpack its dark metaphors and spectral imagery. “It’s a spooky record,” notes Greg Dulli, Afghan Whigs’ songwriter and frontman. “I like that it’s veiled. It’s not a concept album per se, but as I began to assemble it, I saw an arc and followed it. To me it’s about memory – in particular, how quickly life and memory can blur together.”
Earlier today, The Afghan Whigs’ Dulli sat for an interview with BBC 6Music to premiere “Demon In Profile” and discuss In Spades.

[Photo credit: Chris Cuffaro]

The band have also announced their first set of EU dates supporting In Spades.  They’ll visit 14 countries this summer including performances at Primavera Sound and Northside Festival.  Ed Harcourt will be supporting on all headline shows.

May 26 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral
May 27 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
May 28 - Dublin, IE - Academy
May 30 - London, UK - Koko
Jun. 01 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound Festival
Jun. 03 - Bologna, IT - Zona Roveri
Jun. 04 - Zagreb, HR - Tvornica Kulture
Jun. 06 - Warsaw, PL - Palladium
Jun. 07 - Berlin, DE - Kesselhaus
Jun. 09 - Aarhus, DK - Northside Festival
Jun.10 - Oslo, NO - Vulkan
Jun.12 - Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan
Jun.13 - Frankfurt, DE - Batchkapp
Jun.14 - Antwerp, BE - Trix
Jun.15 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique
Aug. 04 - Vienna, AT - WUK
Aug. 05 - Prague, CZ - Lucerna Music Bar
Aug. 06 - Zurich, CH - Mascotte
Aug. 08 - Munich, DE - Backstage Halle
Aug. 09 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso

For up-to-date info on tickets, please visit

In Spades is now available for preorder from Sub Pop, The Afghan Whigs official website, and select independent retailers. LP pre-orders will receive the “Loser” edition on 180-gram, white-chocolate vinyl (while supplies last). A new T-shirt design, along with cassette versions of The Afghan Whigs classic Sub Pop albums Up In It and Congregation, will also be available.

Learn more about The Afghan Whigs In Spades here.

1. Birdland
2. Arabian Heights
3. Demon in Profile
4. Toy Automatic
5. Oriole
6. Copernicus
7. The Spell
8. Light as a Feather
9. I Got Lost
10. Into the Floor

You can (and really should) follow The Afghan Whigs everywhere in the known universe via and Spotify | YouTubeFacebook | Instagram | Twitter .

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, MAR 7, 2017 at 12:00 PM

ICYMI: Watch Father John Misty Perform “Total Entertainment Forever” & “Pure Comedy” on Saturday Night Live

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Father John Misty was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this past weekend (I know, right?!) and performed “Total Entertainment Forever” and the title track from his forthcoming third full-length album, Pure Comedy.  

“Total Entertainment Forever”

“Pure Comedy”

Father John Misty has also added a headlining show on August 25th at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (with Jenny Lewis) to the first round of 2017 North American tour dates in support of Pure Comedy. The previously announced tour dates include Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre (May 5th and 6th), Brooklyn’s King Theatre (May 10th), Chicago Theatre (May 15th), The Paramount in Seattle (May 24th), Vancouver’s Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park (May 26th), and Mexico City’s Metropolitan Theatre (June 7th).  Pre-sales for the Mexico City date begin March 8th at 11am local time through March 9th with tickets on sale to the general public on March 10th at 11am (local time).

Additionally, Father John Misty’s spring & summer international festival schedule includes 6 Music Festival in Glasgow (March 26th), Coachella (April 14th & 21st),  Form Arcosanti in Mayer, AZ (May 13th),  Piknik I Parken in Oslo (June 22nd - June 24th), Fuji Rock (July 28th - July 30th), Montreal’s Osheaga (August 4th - August 6th), and a headlining performance at End of the Road Festival in Dorset, UK (August 31st-September 3rd). Find tour dates + ticket links here.

Pure Comedy will be available on deluxe 2xLP / 2xLP / CD / DL / CS worldwide through Sub Pop and Bella Union. The album’s front/back covers and gatefold feature a gargantuan original piece (his first ever commission of its kind) by Ed Steed (The New Yorker). Preorder the album now through Father John Misty’s Official Store [Australia & rest of world], Sub Pop Mega Mart, and Bella Union.

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, MAR 7, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Arbor Labor Union Self-release ALU Blues via Bandcamp to Benefit Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, And More

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ABOUT ALU’S BLUES  (get it here.)

We wrote the songs because we believe in the transformative power of music. We hope this music encourages you to Keep Chooglin’, Keep Truckin’, Keep on Keepin’ On, beat your pretty feet against the crust of the earth because God knows we are. It’s what we all must do. We’ve seen and been a part of more talks about real Love lately than in all of our lives so far. (There’s a better world coming can’t you see, see, see? ) These are ALU’s BLUES and these songs told us to put on our shoes and go marching. These songs are Blues like the color and green in sound. I want to march with you and sing these songs with you. I don’t know you and maybe if I could see you I could tell you more. I could tell you about the songs but it would never match to what the song says in its own way. Because words fail all alone to describe what words do when combined with song. I could tell you about the song “Choppin’ Block” and tell you to ride shotgun on death’s white horse to the gallows. See everyone there with their heads bowed complacently waiting for their turn. I could tell you about the “Fool’s Blues” and tell you it’s the best I can do to try my best and still blow it big time sometimes. I could tell you about knocking on Woody Guthrie’s grave and asking him to help me write some words and how he came to me as a snake in my mind and all the words came at once one morning…
There are three songs here, dear reader. We hope that you may listen to them well. Lend an ear to ALU’s Blues and we hope to have paid you back in full for all the work you’ve already done. Solidarity forever (hallelujah amen say that again!).

We played and recorded these songs in the house where they once lived. We give them back to you because that’s all we really have to give. We are donating all proceeds of this effort to the greater efforts worldwide. More specifically, ALL PROCEEDS RECEIVED FROM THE PURCHASE OF ALU’S BLUES GOES TO THE FOLLOWING CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE THEY DESERVE IT
The Sierra Club
Elemental Awareness
Planned Parenthood
Georgia Equality

About ALU
ARBOR LABOR UNION is a little bitty band born dancing on top of red Georgia clay. They believe in a simple song with a lot of truth and that is what they play. ALU’s BLUES finds the band stepping into its own shoes. Playing the sounds as they found them, in the trees, on the porches and between the clouds on blue bird days. They believe in the lineage of punk rock freedom folk music ranging from The Almanac Singers to The Minutemen. On this recordingBrian Adams played guitarmonica and sang some harmony. Bo Orr played slide guitarmonica, tamborine and sang a lot, Ryan Evers played the bass fiddle and sang too, Ben Salie played the drums and the tambo. Our new friend George played fiddle while the snakesung a riddle. Recorded on New Year’s Day 2016 by our soul brother and sound shaman Robert Sarabia.

Posted by Rachel White