News for King Tuff

NEWS : WED, FEB 28, 2018 at 7:00 AM

LISTEN TO KING TUFF’S “RAINDROP BLUE” A NEW SINGLE FROM HIS FORTHCOMING RECORD, ‘THE OTHER’

North American Tour On Sale Now

Today, King Tuff has shared another new song off his forthcoming album, The Other [pre-order here], out April 13th via Sub Pop Records. “Raindrop Blue,” oozing with soulful bass lines and pulsating saxophone melodies, continues Kyle Thomas’s new artistic vision as King Tuff. You’re listening to the song here now via the Emmanuelle Pickett-directed visuals above. Pre-order for the album is available now.

Speaking about “Raindrop Blue,” Thomas lays out its relevance to the greater story of the album and its relationship to the previously-released song ”The Other”:

“…I took the hand of the Other…you fell onto my fingers like velvet to the touch…
Is Raindrop Blue the lost forgotten lover? Is she the Other? Is she the Blue Subaru?
Funny story about that Blue Subaru…




I wrote “The Other” in October 2016. At the time it was a fictional story about losing myself and the quest to find the creative spirit again. I imagined myself driving around in a 1982 blue Subaru Brat, which has been my dream car ever since I was a little kid. I would see them driving around my hometown, Brattleboro, Vermont, and I thought the name Brat had something to do with the town itself. It always seemed like the unicorn of cars; you’d only catch a glimpse of one when you weren’t looking. So I was driving this car around in my song cuz you can do whatever you want inside a song.

A year and a half later and the album was done. I sent it to my good friend Em so she could take a listen. She’s been in school studying dreams and alchemy, and we talked about the dark side of the moon, the flip side of the mirror, the unknowable Other and things in the lyrics which were oddly in line with her studies. She’s always had the most poetically surreal dreams as long as I’ve known her, full of symbols and strange beauty, like she’s tapped into some kinda psychic conduit. She was in Vermont but her dreams had been telling her to go to New Mexico. She needed transportation for when she got there, so she was hunting around on Craigslist to find some dusty old high-desert gem she could zoom around in. The first car that popped up: “1982 Blue Subaru Brat in Albuquerque.” The exact car from my song. She sent me the ad. I immediately booked a flight out there, bought the car, and drove her back to LA in a blaze of romantic glory.
The lyrics in the song had somehow come true.

It felt like whatever this mysterious “Other” was, it seemed like maybe it was on my side. Helping me along. As long as I had faith in it.

So..is Raindrop Blue the Other? or the Subaru? Probably both and probably neither. But one thing is for certain: I love to dance.”

Thomas self-produced the record and brought in Shawn Everett (War On Drugs, Alabama Shakes) to assist with the mixing process.No less hooky than previous records, the new songs ditch the goofy rock-and-roll bacchanalia narratives of earlier records in favor of expansive arrangements, a diversity of instrumentation, and lyrics that straddle the fence between painful ruminations and reconnecting with that part of yourself that feels childlike and creative and not corroded by cynicism. The record features contributions from Ty Segall (drums), Jenny Lewis (vocals), Greta Morgan (vocals), and Mikal Cronin (saxophone).

Thomas views the entire experience of the record as a kind of psychic reset. “I let the songs lead me where they wanted to go, instead of trying to push them into a certain zone. King Tuff was always just supposed to be me. When I started doing this as a teenager, it was whatever I wanted it to be. King Tuff was never supposed to be just one thing. It was supposed to be everything.”

King Tuff Tour Dates + Ticket Links

On top of all this good news, King Tuff has also announced a North American tour beginning May 3rd in San Diego. Cut Worms will open the shows, and all tickets go on sale this Friday, February 9th. Visit www.kingtuff.life for more updates.
King Tuff on tour:
May 3 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *
May 4 - Phoenix, AZ -  Valley Bar *
May 5 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf *
May 7 - Houston, TX - Rockefeller Hall *
May 8 - Austin, TX - Barracuda (outside) *
May 9 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
May 11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
May 12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
May 13 - Nashville TN - The Basement East *
May 14 - Lexington, KY - The Burl *
May 16 - Washington DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
May 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
May 19 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
May 20 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
May 22 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
May 23 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern *
May 24 - Detroit, MI -  El Club *
May 25 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
May 26 - Minneapolis, MN  - Turf Club *
May 29 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall *
May 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
June 1 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
June 2 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club *
June 3 - Portland, OR - Star Theater *
June 5 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
June 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *

* w/ Cut Worms



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, FEB 6, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Watch King Tuff’s “Psycho Star” Video From Forthcoming Album ‘The Other’ (out April 13th) + North American Tour Dates Announced

Last week, Kyle Thomas - aka King Tuff - released his first new song in four years, titled “The Other,” which NPR called a “meditative deliberation and mystic reflection.” Today, he’s excited to share that the song will be also be the lead track on his new album of the same name. The Other will be out on Sub Pop Records this April 13th, and is available for pre-order HERE NOW.


Today you can also hear the official first single from the album, “Psycho Star.” It is a prime representation of King Tuff’s soulful and cosmic new direction. You’re now listen to the song via the Cameron Dutra directed visuals above.

Thomas self-produced the record and brought in Shawn Everett (War On Drugs, Alabama Shakes) to assist with the mixing process. No less hooky than previous records, the new songs ditch the goofy rock-and-roll bacchanalia narratives of earlier records in favor of expansive arrangements, a diversity of instrumentation, and lyrics that straddle the fence between painful ruminations and reconnecting with that part of yourself that feels childlike and creative and not corroded by cynicism.  The record features contributions from Ty Segall (drums), Jenny Lewis (vocals), Greta Morgan (vocals), and Mikal Cronin (saxophone).

Thomas views the entire experience of the record as a kind of psychic reset. “I let the songs lead me where they wanted to go, instead of trying to push them into a certain zone. King Tuff was always just supposed to be me. When I started doing this as a teenager, it was whatever I wanted it to be. King Tuff was never supposed to be just one thing. It was supposed to be everything.”


The Other tracklisting:

  1. The Other

  2. Raindrop Blue

  3. Thru The Cracks

  4. Psycho Star

  5. Infinite Mile

  6. Birds of Paradise

  7. Circuits in the Sand

  8. Ultraviolet

  9. Neverending Sunshine

  10. No Man’s Land


King Tuff on Tour

On top of all this good news, King Tuff has also announced a North American tour beginning May 3rd in San Diego. Cut Worms will open the shows, and all tickets go on sale this Friday, February 9th. Visit www.kingtuff.life for more updates.

May 3 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *

May 4 - Phoenix, AZ -  Valley Bar *

May 5 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf *

May 7 - Houston, TX - Rockefeller Hall *

May 8 - Austin, TX - Barracuda (outside) *

May 9 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *

May 11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *

May 12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *

May 13 - Nashville TN - The Basement East *

May 14 - Lexington, KY - The Burl *

May 16 - Washington DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *

May 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *

May 19 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *

May 20 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *

May 22 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *

May 23 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern *

May 24 - Detroit, MI -  El Club *

May 25 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *

May 26 - Minneapolis, MN  - Turf Club *

May 29 - Denver, CO - Globe Hall *

May 30 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *

June 1 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *

June 2 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club *

June 3 - Portland, OR - Star Theater *

June 5 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *

June 7 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom *

* w/ Cut Worms



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, JAN 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Watch Video For King Tuff’s “The Other” - His First New Song In Four Years

Today, the incomparable King Tuff has released “The Other,” his first new song in 4 years. Proof is right here in the form of a musical video.

You can (and should also) listen to “The Other” via Apple Music and/or Spotify.

“It’s a song about hitting rock bottom. I didn’t even know what I wanted to do anymore, but I still had this urge-this feeling-like there was this possibility of something else I could be doing… and then I just followed that possibility. To me, that’s what songwriting, and art in general, is about. You’re chasing something, there is something out there calling to you and you’re trying to get at it. ‘The Other’ is basically where songs come from. It’s the hidden world. It’s the mystery. It’s the invisible hand that guides you whenever you make something. It’s the thing I had to rediscover-the sort of voice I had to follow-to bring me back to making music again in a way that felt true and good.”

Of the Cameron Dutra-directed video, Kyle Thomas says “it is like the song itself - representing the uphill climb of creativity.”


[Photo Credit: Olivia Bee]

In case you haven’t yet, now would be the perfect time to follow King Tuff everywhere in the known interverse on FacebookTwitter & Instagram.



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, MAR 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM

King Tuff Announces West Coast Solo Shows; Ruth Garbus and Chris Weisman of Happy Birthday to Open

[Photo Credit: Dan Monick]

There is cause for rejoicing! Illustrious rocker King Tuff has announced a short solo West Coast tour with his longtime friends and former-Happy Birthday bandmates Ruth Garbus and Chris Weisman opening with their own solo sets. These dates will find the King showcasing a mix of older and newer material.

King Tuff - aka Kyle Thomas - shared some words about the shows: “I’m excited to announce I will be doing a little solo tour with two of my greatest old friends and favorite musicians Ruth Garbus and Chris Weisman. This is a rare treat because these Vermont genie/geniuses rarely leave their snow holes. I will be performing mostly new songs and the vibe will be magical/rustic/spazzy. Hope to see you there.”


 
May. 12  - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
May 13 - North Fork, CA - King Tuff and Friends at Bandit Town
May 14 - Gundlach Bundschu Winery - The Old Redwood Barn
May 15 -  Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club  
May 17 - Felton, CA - Don Quixote’s
May 19 - Big Sur, CA -  
Hipnic Festival  *
*King Tuff Only



For more information on King Tuff and Happy Birthday click on over to subpop.com/artists/king_tuff, and follow King Tuff everywhere in the socialverse via Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter .


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : TUE, MAR 17, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop vs. SXSW

Sub Pop & Hardly Art at SxSW 2015 / March 15-22:
Danny Bland, Chastity Belt, King Tuff, La Luz, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, METZ, Rat Fist (Randy from No Age), & THEESatisfaction

 
Sub Pop & Hardly Art SXSW Rdio & Beats Playlists
Rdio: http://goo.gl/WvCPgq
Beats: http://goo.gl/a8wlr7

 
Sub Pop & Hardly Art artists Danny Bland, Chastity Belt, King Tuff, La Luz, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, METZ, and THEESatisfaction, along with our friends Rat Fist (feat. Randy from No Age), will appear at the 2015 edition of SXSW. Please find a complete schedule for each artist below.

DANNY BLAND (Sub Pop)
Friday, March 20th
4:00 pm / Book signing @ SXBookstore
Address: Ballroom D Foyer at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
 
5-6pm / SxSW Panel: Books Are the New Vinyl (w/ Chuck D, Marc Gerald, Frank Turner, moderated by Rynda Laurel)
Address: Room 16AB at the Austin Convention Center,  500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
 
CHASTITY BELT (Hardly Art)
Wednesday, March 18th
4:30pm / She Shreds Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (Outside stage)
Address: 900 Red River St.
 
12:00am / 720 Club Patio (SXSW Official Showcase)
Address: 720 Red River St. (8th St Entrance)
 
Thursday, March 19th
2:30pm / Brooklyn Vegan Day Showcase @ Red 7
Address: 
711 Red River St.
 
9:00pm / Gorilla vs Bear Showacse + Hype Hotel
Address: 1100 E. 5th St.
 
Friday, March 20th
1:00pm / Gnar Tapes + Strange Victory Day Party @ Beerland
Address: 711 Red River St.
 
4:00pm / She Shreds + Tom Tom Showcase @ Zen Fit
Address: 2200 E. 7th St.
 
5:30pm / Third Man Records Showcase
Address: Home Slice Pizza - 1415 S. Congress Ave.
 
KING TUFF (Sub Pop)
Wednesday, March 18th
3pm /  Lagunitas Party @ Container Bar
Address: 90 Rainey St.
RSVP http://couchtrippin2015austin.eventbrite.com/
 
Thursday, March 19th
2:00 pm / Consequence of Sound Party @ Hype Hotel
Address: 11 E. 5th St.
 
11 pm / FLOODFest Showcase @ Cedar Street Courtyard  
Address: 208 W. 4th St.
RSVP: http://floodmagazine.com/9084/floodfest/
 
Saturday, March 21st
Midnight / Burgermania @ Hotel Vegas
Address:  1500 E. 6th St.
 
LA LUZ (Hardly Art)
Wednesday, March 18th
11:30am /  Billy Reid + Third Man Records Austin Shindig
Address: 1808 E. Cesar Chavez St.
 
3:30pm / Panache Boat Party (Boat #1)
Address:  208 Barton Springs Rd. on Lady Bird Lake
 
Thursday, March 19th
4:00pm / Austin Psych Fest’s Levitation Party @ Hotel Vegas
Address: 1500 E. 6th St.
 
6:30pm / She Shreds Showcase
Address: 2009 Tillotson Ave.
 
Friday, March 20th
1:00pm / She Shreds + Tom Tom Showcase @ Zen Fit
Address: 2200 E. 7th St.
 
6:15pm / Brixton &Juxtapoz Showcase @ The Buckshot
Address: 422 E. 6th St.
 
10:40pm / Panache Showcase
Address: 1500 E. 6th St.
 
Saturday, March 21st
2:00pm / Burgermania Party @ Hotel Vegas Patio 1 stage
Address: 1500 E. 6th St.
 
5:30pm / Panache RAGER @ Spider House - Patio 1 stage
Address: 2906 Fruth St.
 
LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES  (Sub Pop)
Wednesday, March 18th
4:00pm / Blurt Magazine + Dog Fish Head Ale Party @ The Ginger Man
Address: 301 Lavaca St.
 
11:00pm / PGA Showcase @ Trinity Hall at Old School
Address: 401 E. 6th St. (Upstairs)
 
Thursday, March 19th
3:30pm / Third Man Truck at Antone’s Record Shop
Address: 2928 Guadalupe St.
 
Friday, March 20th
4:45pm / The Midgetmen’s 8th Annual Jumpstart Texas Party @ Sidebar
Address: 602 E. 7th St.
 
LULUC (Sub Pop)
Thursday, March 19th
8:30pm / St. David’s Bethel Hall SXSW Showcase
Address: 301 E. 8th Street
 
Saturday, March 21st
7:30pm /  Doug Sahm Tribute Night  @ The Paramount
Address: 713 N. Congress Ave.
 
Sunday, March 22
8:30pm / Continental Club Gallery
Address: 315 S. Congress Ave.
 
METZ (Sub Pop)

Monday, March 16th
10pm / The Onion AV Club Showcase @ Red 7
Address: 611 E. 7th St.

Wednesday, March 18th
3pm / St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival presents Laneway is for Lovers @ Red 7
Address:  611 E. 7th St.
 
10:00pm / House of Vans SXSW Showcase @ The Mohawk
Address: 912 Red River St..
 
Thursday, March 19th
5:15pm / Brooklyn Vegan Day Showcase @ Red 7
Address: 
611 E. 7th St.

10pm / FLOOD Fest Showcase @ Cedar St. Courtyard
Address: 208 W. 4th St.
 
Friday, March 20th
12:30pm / SPIN SXSW Showcase @ Stubbs
Address: 801 Red River St.
 
5:00pm / Waterloo Records Day Party
Address: 600 N. Lamar Blvd
 
RAT FIST (Randy from NO AGE)
Thursday, March 19th
Midnight / BD Rileys SXSW Showcase
Address: 204 E. 6th St.
 
Friday, March 20th
12:45pm /  BrooklynVegan Day party @Red 7 
Address: 611 E. 7th St.

3pm / The Midgetmen’s 8th Annual Jumpstart Texas Party  @ The SideBar
Address: 602 E. 7th St.

Saturday,  March 21st

1:50pm / The Denver Post+Reverb.com Day Party @ Dirty Dog Bar
Address: 505 E. 6th St.

3:45pm /  Fun Fun Fun Fest Party + House of Vans @ The Mohawk
Address:  912 Red River St.

 
THEESATISFACTION (Sub Pop)
Friday, March 20th
3pm / Break Thru Radio Showcase @ The Liberty
Address: 1618 E. 6th St.
 
9:40pm /  Y’all Or Nothing Showcase @ Rain
Address: 217 W. 4th St.
 
Saturday, March 21st
9:35pm / Okayplayer House Showcase @ Bungalow
Address: 92 Rainey St.
 
10pm / House of Vans Showcase @ Mohawk
Address:  912 Red River St


Posted by Sam Sawyer