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NEWS : TUE, SEP 11, 2012 at 4:49 AM

Sub Pop Goes to CMJ : Octrocktober 2012

That’s right folks! Sub Pop is coming to The Big Apple to partake in the College Music Journal musical festivities. We will celebrate this year with a showcase in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn at The Knitting Factory on October 18th. The eclectic lineup for our Octrocktober Celebration is as follows:

Debo Band 8 PM
Daughn Gibson 8:50 PM
Poor Moon 9:40 PM
METZ 10:30 PM
King Tuff 11:20 PM
Pissed Jeans 12:10 AM

*Doors are at 7 PM and this show is 18+ for the first time in years! Young music directors, that means you can finally experience an official Sub Pop showcase. Hooray! Go here to buy tickets.

What people are saying about the bands:

Debo Band:
“The Boston-based band Debo Band gives the psychedelic music heard on the Ethiopiques collections a high-spirited revamp,” -Village Voice (Live review, 2012)

Daughn Gibson:
“All Hell is a subtly clever record that pits one type of music that strongly evokes one era— here, country music— against another, namely this decade’s sample-heavy culture. Gibson does a lot of questioning within that framework, both seriously and tongue-in-cheek. All of that makes for a rewarding record to think about, and to intellectualize, but All Hell wouldn’t be nearly so fun to listen to if it weren’t for Gibson’s ear for melody. His thick baritone breezes confidently over the songs, lassoing hook after hook, redeeming his burnt-out characters through song.” – Pitchfork (Album review of All Hell, 2012)

Poor Moon:
“These songs are gutsier in their arrangements, more surefooted in the songwriting, and more certain of the band’s identity.” – Pitchfork (Album review Poor Moon LP, 2012)

“On their debut, Metz roll up the lurch of post-rock, the jagged flicker of post-punk, and the fist-pump chant-alongs of hardcore, into a concentrated clump of chaos.” – Spin (5 Best New Artists for August, 2012)

King Tuff:
King Tuff finds Thomas leaving the garage for soaring, unbridled pop accessibility— the first track, after all, is called “Anthem”. His drawling hooks are variously dedicated to provoking physical movement or singing bratty lines about breaking the rules, bumming around, not giving a shit, and other charming, unapologetic matters of youth. (Overlooked Records, 2012) – Pitchfork

Pissed Jeans:
“There’s a blunt but effective wit at work here, pressed into the service of misanthropy.” – New York Times

Sub Pop:
“Were not the best, but were pretty good.” – Sub Pop Records

Posted by Sasha Morgan

MEDIA : FRI, AUG 17, 2012 at 3:31 AM

King Tuff, Take Us To The Weekend

King Tuff is gearing up for a massive fall tour in support of his self-titled debut out now on Sub Pop. The tour begins on October 11 in Detroit, MI at the Lager House and ends on November 10 in Grand Rapids, MI at The Pyramid Scheme. Full tour dates listed below.

King Tuff is also sharing a brand new video today, this one for “Alone & Stoned” and it stars King Tuff and friends from Hunx & His Punx, Shannon & The Clams and more. Enjoy.

King Tuff on Tour
Sep 02 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
Oct 11 Detroit, MI – The Larger House %
Oct 12 Toronto, ON – The Garrison %
Oct 13 Montreal QC – II Motore %
Oct 14 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle %
Oct 16 Halifax, NS – Reflection Cabaret
Oct 18 New York, NY – CMJ
Oct 19 New York, NY – CMJ
Oct 20 Providence, RI – AS220 %
Oct 22 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s %$
Oct 23 Washington, DC – Black Cat %$
Oct 24 Durham, NC – Duke Coffeehouse %
Oct 25 Atlanta, GA – The Earl %+
Oct 26 St. Augustine, FL – Nobby’s %
Oct 28 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub %
Oct 30 Tallahassee, FL – Retrofit Records %
Oct 31 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree %!
Nov 01 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks %
Nov 02 Beaumont, TX – Victoria House %
Nov 04 Dallas, TX – Club Dada >
Nov 06 Nashville, TN – Stone Fox^
Nov 07 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub ^
Nov 08 Chicago, IL – Subterranean ^
Nov 09 Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club^
Nov 10 Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme ^

% w/ The Intelligence
$ w/ Poor Moon
+ w/ Mike Watt + the Missingmen
! w/ Man or Astro-man?
> w/ Natural Child
^ w/ Gap Dream

King Tuff – Facebook / Twitter / Sub Pop Artist Page

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

NEWS : TUE, MAY 29, 2012 at 3:22 AM

Happy Record Release Day, King Tuff

King Tuff’s new album, King Tuff, is available for you here.
“Bad Thing” Video directed by C. Thornhill Dewitt.

King Tuff on Tour

May 31 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
Jun 01 Oakland, CA – New Parish
Jun 09 – Brooklyn, NY – 285 Kent +
Jun 10 – New Haven, CT – Intercambrio +
Jun 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s +
Jun 13 – Baltimore, MD – Golden West Cafe +
Jun 14 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwells + ^
Jun 15 – Burlington, VT – Signal Kitchen +
Jun 17 – Easthampton, MA – Flywheel +
Jul 05 – Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar
Jul 06 – Tucson, AZ – Plush +
Jul 07 – Las Cruces, NM – Train Yard
Jul 09 – Austin, TX – Red 7 (Patio) ^
Jul 10 – Dallas, TX – City Tavern ^
Jul 11 – Little Rock, AR – Sticky Fingerz ^
Jul 12 – Nashville, TN – Stone Fox ^
Jul 13 – Bloomington, IN – Russian Recording ^
Jul 14 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Jul 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club xx
Jul 21 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret xx
Jul 22 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party xx
Jul 23 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir xx
Jul 25 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s xx
Jul 26 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill xx
Jul 27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo xx
Jul 28 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar xx
Aug 25 – St Louis, MO – LouFest

+ w/ Habibi
xx w/ fellow Sub Pop artists, Jaill
^ w/ Natural Child

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

TUE, MAR 6, 2012 at 3:41 AM

King Tuff’s new record is called King Tuff.

On May 29 Sub Pop will release the fantastic self-titled second album from King Tuff on CD, LP and all DSPs. The 12-track album features the lead single “Bad Thing,” (which you can download in the widget above) along with standout tracks “Keep On Movin’,” “Alone and Stoned,” and “Baby Just Break.”

King Tuff will hit the road for a short album preview tour in March. He will make multiple appearances at SXSW in Austin, TX, including March 15 at Scoot Inn for the Thrasher/Converse party and March 16 for the Sub Pop label showcase at Red 7. King Tuff will follow up with two California dates: March 23 in San Francisco at Thee Parkside and March 24 in Santa Ana at The Observatory.

Full tour dates and track list below.

About King Tuff:
A more charismatic, enigmatic nomad of a furioso frontman/artist/guitar legend could not be imagined. You can’t make this shit up.

Grinning gold teeth behind blonde shades, in black, skeletal denim, with a studded “KING TUFF” across the shoulders where feral locks fall around his infamous “Sun Medallion.” With an acoustic guitar slung over the shoulder, King Tuff slinks through the abandoned halls of Detroit’s Malcolm X Academy. His baseball hat reads “VERMONT.” It’s the 4th of July… read the full King Tuff bio…

King Tuff
King Tuff

1. Anthem
2. Alone & Stoned
3. Keep On Movin’
4. Unusual World
5. Bad Thing
6. Loser’s Wall
7. Stranger
8. Baby Just Break
9. Stupid Superstar
10. Evergreen
11. Swamp of Love
12. Hit & Run

The word on King Tuff:
“King Tuff drives home a full album of modern classics that evoke all the early pop prime movers, yet it still holds its own personality and creates an overwhelming feeling of excitement that’s virtually impossible to shake.” Was Dead review] – Victim of Time

“Thomas’ vocal delivery feels so young, brash, and snotty. He’s on the prowl for a good time, and his music brings the necessary mood. The verses have a really driving quality to them, and the chorus showcases the perfect amount of release. It’s a stellar piece of garage pop.” [“Wild Desire” track review] – The Needle Drop

“King Tuff is what you put on when it’s supposed to be winter time but you wake up to consistent sixty degree days because it’s the end of the world.” [“Hole In My Head” track review] – Vice

Tour Dates
Mar. 15 — Austin, TX — Scoot Inn / SXSW Thrasher/Converse showcase
Mar. 16 – Austin, TX – The Grand Pool Hall (early)
Mar. 16 — Austin, TX — Red 7 / Sub Pop showcase (outdoor stage)
Mar. 23 — San Francisco, CA — Thee Parkside
Mar. 24 — Santa Ana, CA — The Observatory

Posted by Alissa Gallivan

FRI, FEB 17, 2012 at 2:20 AM

SXSW 2012


Indie Rock Spring Break aka The SXSW Music Festival is right around the corner, and we are thrilled to announce our 2012 showcase lineup, to be held on March 16 at Red 7.

This year’s lineup will feature performances from the likes of Shearwater, Niki & The Dove, Spoek Mathambo, Poor Moon, Father John Misty, THEESatisfaction, King Tuff, Blitzen Trapper, Poor Moon, Debo Band and Husky.

You can now stream tunes from each of the bands we have playing at this
year’s festival by clicking here. We have also included set times for the showcase below.

Stay tuned for a full list of Sub Pop related events & day parties at this year’s festival!

Outdoor Stage:
Blitzen Trapper- 1am
Father John Misty 12am
Shearwater 11pm
King Tuff 10pm
Poor Moon 9pm
Husky 8pm

Indoor Stage:
Niki & The Dove 1am
Spoek Mathambo 12am
Gashcat 10pm
Debo Band 9pm
Special Guest 8pm

Posted by Bekah Zietz