News for Kiwi Jr

NEWS : WED, AUG 10, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Watch Kiwi Jr.’s “The Sound of Music” Video Directed By Laura-Lynn Petrick – ‘Chopper’ Is Out This Friday

In celebration of Kiwi Jr.’s Chopper, the band’s third album out later this week, you can now watch the official video for “The Sound of Music,” directed by Laura-Lynn Petrick (who has also directed videos for Weyes Blood and Jessica Pratt). The song features backing vocals from Canadian singer Dorothea Pass (U.S. Girls, Jennifer Castle).
 
Jeremy Gaudet says of the song, “Some names are so loaded that I can’t resist inserting them into a song, and Julie Andrews is one. Her name brings up a certain feeling. I didn’t rewatch the movie before writing the song, so it’s from memory, but I knew “So Long Farewell” and “I Have Confidence”. There’s this idea of her marriage falling apart after the success of the movie - she was married young to a production designer. I don’t really know how it all went down, but my version makes for good drama. This is Kiwi Jr at our most melodramatic. The song borders on fanfiction, which is something I usually try to avoid, however this started to get juicy and I had to follow it through.”

Chopper will be available Friday, August 12th worldwide on CD/LP/CS/DSPs through Sub Pop, with the exception of Canada through the band’s Kiwi Club imprint. The album was recorded and produced in Toronto by Sub Pop labelmate Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Operators).
 
Kiwi Jr. resumes touring in support of Chopper on Friday, September 16th in Paris at La Boule Noire. The UK and European jaunt runs through Sunday, September 25th in Amsterdam at Paradiso. Additional live dates to be announced soon.
 
Fri. Sep. 16 -  Paris, FR - La Boule Noire
Sat. Sep. 17 - Orleans, FR - Hop Pop Hop Festival
Sun. Sep. 18 - Lille, FR - L’ Aeronef
Mon. Sep. 19 - London, UK - Victoria Dalston [SOLD OUT]
Tue. Sep. 20 - London, UK  - 100 Club
Wed. Sep. 21 - Brussels, BE - Witloofbar Botanique
Thu. Sep. 22 - Nijmegen, NL - Merelyyn
Fri. Sep 23 - Hamburg, DE - Reeperbahn Festival
Sat. Sep. 24 - Eindhoven, NL - Stoomhuisje
Sun. Sep. 25 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
 
Bandcamp, in its “Album of the Day” review (Aug. 2nd), had this to say about Chopper, “A central force in the jangle pop renaissance, the Toronto quartet helped curate a transcontinental safe space for Flying Nun admirers—the Slumberland crew in Oakland; Jeanines and UV-TV in New York; Young Guv et al. in Toronto…With their vibrant third LP, Kiwi Jr. swing from the jangle tree and tell the story of an underdog up against an indifferent world.”


 
Chopper is still available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders from megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on crystal clear vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, preorders through select independent retailers in the UK and EU will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl (while supplies last).



More on Kiwi Jr.’s Chopper:
Chopper, their third album in as many years, sees the group resetting their posture with ten tracks of surreal summer pop. The sun-drenched synthesisers of opener ‘Unspeakable Things’ showcases this change perfectly. Kiwi Jr. in 2022 are all about the melodies. An overwhelming, keyboard-driven glaze engulfs the band’s signature guitar hooks from the very first second, giving a refreshing, skew-wiff spin on a well-worn sound.” - Loud & Quiet
 
“Penning odes to disregarded robotic arms, inconveniently placed deer corpses, and extras embarrassed by their films, Toronto singer-songwriter and KiwiJr frontman Jeremy Gaudet walks a tightrope between melancholy and whimsy, between sincerity and irony…he strikes atonal balance that’s all the more compelling for being so precarious, as though a wrong note or misplaced lyric might send a song spiralling into facetiousness. Whenever he does lose his footing, the band’s imaginative take on mid-2000s indie rock — all churning guitars and zigzagging synths — steadies this Chopper.” - Uncut
 
“Gaudet’s hyper-absurdist approach to songwriting is both sharper and more abstruse than ever.” [Chopper] - MOJO
 
“…There is a lot to like about these 10 songs, not least the wacky warble of ‘Unspeakable Things,’ which retains a Fountains of Wayne-style pop sensibility, or the slacker-pop swing of ‘Parasite II,’ with its droll nod to Bong Joon-ho’s 2019 film.” [Chopper] - The Irish Times
 
“With every successive album, the Toronto-via-Charlottetown quartet shows off increasingly sophisticated and expansive songwriting skills.” [Chopper] - Northern Transmissions
 
“‘Unspeakable Things’ is a jaunty and synth-happy song, and it takes me right back to the mid-’00s blog-rock days” - Stereogum
 
“A dose of all-out fun…”[“Unspeakable Things”] - CLASH
 
“‘Night Vision’ “a slashing slice of post-punk…it finds them taking a darker turn that may put those annoying Pavement comparisons to rest for good.” - Brooklyn Vegan


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NEWS : TUE, JUL 19, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Watch Kiwi Jr. Play Ping-Pong In “The Extra Sees The Film” Lyric Video

Kiwi Jr. play ping-pong in the new lyric video for “The Extra Sees The Film,” a new highlight from Chopper, the group’s forthcoming new album.
 
Jeremy Gaudet says of the new single, “This song is quite literally a change of pace for us. It’s more chill and a bit darker than previous Kiwi Jr. recordings. It’s a song about whether or not you’re the hero of your own story, or a smaller part of something bigger. It’s bragging that you’re in a movie and inviting all your friends and family, but when it screens, you’re barely an extra in it. A lot of our songs deal with reckoning, this one in particular. It’s what happens after you’ve told your story and the truth comes out later, and everything unravels.”
 
On August 12th, 2022, Kiwi Jr. will release Chopper, their third album, worldwide on CD/LP/CS/DSPs through Sub Pop, with the exception of Canada through the band’s Kiwi Club imprint. The album was recorded and produced in Toronto by Sub Pop labelmate Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Operators).
 
Chopper’s pre-release singles “Night Vision,” and “Unspeakable Things,” have earned Kiwi Jr. early praise for their new direction in sound.
 
Stereogum says “‘Unspeakable Things’ is a jaunty and synth-happy song, and it takes me right back to the mid-’00s blog-rock days,” and CLASH called it a “blaster” that’s “a dose of all-out fun.” Meanwhile, Brooklyn Vegan calls “Night Vision” “a slashing slice of post-punk…it finds them taking a darker turn that may put those annoying Pavement comparisons to rest for good.”
 
Kiwi Jr. resumes touring in support of Chopper this Friday, July 22nd, with a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB. The live dates currently run through Sunday, September 25th in Amsterdam, Netherlands at Paradiso. Sub Pop labelmates Weird Nightmare will also co-headline Kiwi Jr.’s North American shows (through Sunday, July 31st, select dates). Additional live dates to be announced soon.
 
Fri. Jul. 22 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz PDB *
Sat. Jul. 23 - Ottawa, ON - SAW Gallery *
Thu. Jul. 28 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right *
Fri. Jul. 29 - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Dogfish Head Brewing *
Sat. Jul. 30 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd Music House *
Sun. Jul. 31 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
Fri. Sep. 16 -  Paris, FR - La Boule Noire
Sat. Sep. 17 - Orleans, FR - Hop Pop Hop Festival
Sun. Sep. 18 - Lille, FR - L’ Aeronef
Mon. Sep. 19 - London, UK - Victoria Dalston [SOLD OUT]
Tue. Sep. 20 - London, UK  - 100 Club
Wed. Sep. 21 - Brussels, BE - Witloofbar Botanique
Thu. Sep. 22 - Nijmegen, NL - Merelyyn
Fri. Sep 23 - Hamburg, DE - Reeperbahn Festival
Sat. Sep. 24 - Eindhoven, NL - Stoomhuisje
Sun. Sep. 25 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
* w/ Weird Nightmare
 
Chopper is available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders from megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on crystal clear vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, preorders through select independent retailers in the UK and EU will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl (while supplies last).


Kiwi Jr.
Chopper

 
Tracklisting:
1. Unspeakable Things
2. Parasite II
3. Clerical Sleep
4. Night Vision
5. The Extra Sees the Film
6. Contract Killers
7. The Sound of Music
8. Downtown Area Blues
9. Kennedy Curse
10. The Masked Singer

 


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : WED, JUN 22, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Watch Kiwi Jr’s “Unspeakable Things” Official Video

Watch the “make it Heat but starring Vorhees” official video for Kiwi Jr.’s “Unspeakable Things,” directed by Morgan Waters, and a new single and highlight from Chopper, the group’s forthcoming new album.
 
Jeremy Gaudet says of the video, “People are always trying to sign into my email. What do they think they’re gonna find? The public appetite for dirty laundry is wild. Having moved the world online has not helped. Dan Boeckner had the idea to use the Moog sound for the hook, which was originally on guitar, and that sound brings the song into a sort of new-wave territory that was fun and different for us. We kept referencing the vibe of Michael Mann movies when recording the album, and then Morgan heard this and came up with the idea of making the video look like the movie Heat. Somehow TSN’s Jay Onrait, Jonah from Fucked Up, and comedians Tom Henry and Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll were convinced to cameo in it. We also were wearing these hockey masks filming all day next to a busy road getting a lot of car honks and didn’t realize until much later that we filmed on an actual Friday the 13th.”


 


On August 12th, 2022, KIWI JR. will release Chopper, the group’s third album, worldwide on CD/LP/CS/DSPs through Sub Popwith the exception of Canada through the band’s Kiwi Club imprint.  The album, which features the aforementioned “Unspeakable Things,” the previously released “Night Vision,” along with “The Sound of Music” and “The Extra Sees the Film,” was recorded and produced in Toronto by Sub Pop labelmate Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Operators).
 
Chopper is available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders from megamart.subpop.com, select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on crystal clear vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, preorders through select independent retailers in the UK and EU will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl (while supplies last).



Kiwi Jr.’s tour schedule for 2022 in support of Chopper resumes Saturday, June 25th in Toronto, Ontario at Horseshoe Tavern, and runs through Sunday, September 25th in Amsterdam, Netherlands at Paradiso. Sub Pop labelmates Weird Nightmare will also co-headline Kiwi Jr.’s North American shows (July 25th-July 31st, select dates). Additional live dates to be announced soon.
 
Sat. Jun. 25 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
Fri. Jul. 22 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz PDB *
Sat. Jul. 23 - Ottawa, ON - SAW Gallery *
Thu. Jul. 28 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right *
Fri. Jul. 29 - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Dogfish Head Brewing *
Sat. Jul. 30 - Washington, DC - Songbird Music House *
Sun. Jul. 31 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
Fri. Sep. 16 -  Paris, FR - La Boule Noire
Sat. Sep. 17 - Orleans, FR - Hop Pop Hop Festival 
Sun. Sep. 18 - Lille, FR - L’ Aeronef
Mon. Sep. 19 - London, UK - Victoria Dalston [SOLD OUT]
Tue. Sep. 20 - London, UK  - 100 Club 
Wed. Sep. 21 - Brussels, BE - Witloofbar Botanique
Thu. Sep. 22 - Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn
Sat. Sep. 24 - Eindhoven, NL - Stoomhuisje
Sun. Sep. 25 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso 
* w/ Weird Nightmare

What people said about Kiwi Jr.’s 2021 release, Cooler Returns:
“Sustaining momentum near-flawlessly across 13 songs…  Kiwi Jr. have the skills to match their smarts.”  ★★★★ 4 stars - MOJO
 
“Sardonic storytelling and mocking asides…an impatient, slacker-rock imagining of a folk album....some chords ring out with George Harrison glossiness while others are as shaggy and impetuous as The Clean —rarely do hi-fi and lo-fi splendors coexist so harmoniously.” -  Pitchfork
 
Cooler Returns is all hits, a baker’s dozen of ridiculously catchy three-minute pop nuggets that deliver massive sing-along-choruses.” - Brooklyn Vegan
 
“Canadian absurdists’ return is a lyrical delight” - Uncut
 
“This one may have been released in literally the very first week of 2021, but it never strayed far from rotation. A truly jubilant sound echoing The Clean and Orange Juice but with the punch of contemporary indie, and wry and winking vocals that remind what the ‘90s had to offer underground.” [2021 Year In Review] - Aquarium Drunkard
 
“Kiwi Jr. take the jangliest of guitars and dribble enigmatic observations all over them.  Light-hearted and exhilarating enough to make you stop caring and too catchy for its own good.” [15 Best Indie Pop Records of 2021] - PopMatters
 
“Kiwi Jr. hypnotize with their sophomore record. There is incredible efficiency in the brief slices of the Toronto foursome’s peppy pop songcraft–more than half clock in under three minutes–with enticing hooks and odd references.”[40 Best Albums of 2021] - Rock & Roll Globe
 
“Kiwi Jr’s world is the perfect anecdote to the real world in 2020/21.” [2021 Albums of The Year]-  Louder Than War
 
“L’année 2021 ne pouvait mieux commencer qu’avec cet excellent disque a l’entrain communicatif, d’une inspiration jubilatoire, veritable rayon de soleil au cour de l’hiver” [4/5] - Rock & Folk
 
“Les quatre musiciens de Toronto ne changent pas leur formule gagnante et livrent une guitare jangly élégante et efficace.” - Les Inrocks
 
“Ook de referenties zijn dik in orde: the Chills, The Strokes, The Kinks… en de vroege R.E.M. ‘Fonkelende gitaarplaat die refereert aan heden en verleden.”, Best Albums of the Month -  Oor


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : WED, MAY 18, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Kiwi Jr’s Chopper: The Band’s Third Album, Will Be Available Friday, August 12th Worldwide From Sub Pop

Smash cut to Kiwi Jr.’s third album, Chopper, overseen by trusted pilot Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) on storied Sub Pop Records. Turning nocturnal with necks mock turtle, our Local Kiwi Jr. takes neon flight off the digital cliff - like The Monkees starring in Blade Runner; like Michael Mann directs Encino Man. Ten songs with synth shimmer, zen gongs with yard strimmer. The signs along the highway read “LESS BAR, MORE NOIR AHEAD.” Ah, those late summer, Joe Strummer, Home on the Range Rover Blues.
 
There’s a melancholy to all forms of flight, and the view out the Chopper is as hazy as it gets: mission-oriented, both stealth and self-realized. This album is decidedly (yet almost secretly) anti-patio-sunscreen-Beach Boys bachelor cruise sing-a-long. Sure, these songs let a little light through the blinds, but they sting insomnia, corrupt mayors, Kennedy Curses, sex tapes, and deer rifles. Chopper is the bird’s eye view of the big event - a real nighttime character of oil stain, film grain, search light, night flight. It is muscular and fragile; loud yet quiet: both an observer and somehow the observed spectacle itself.
 
What was slack in the slacker phase, got tauter, with lacquer glaze. Slick gloss, rightened wrongs; murdered boss, promoted pawns. With Boeckner transmitting high-voltage shocks upon every reach for a familiar instrument, Kiwi Jr. expands the palette with string machine song, synthesizered oblong, and Dentyne Classic Menthol vocals from area soprano Dorothea Paas (US Girls, Badge Epoch Ensemble) like the missing piece all along.
 
Kiwi Jr. brings the Chopper to a new space, demilitarizing the technology just like flasks, aviators, and cargo shorts. Graceful in the air above, but when the Chopper lands, there’s chaos on the ground.  Kiwi Jr. shout, “Look Out!” When it gets close, it’ll blow the hat right off of your head.
 
Hold onto your hats, Babies.
 
KIWI JR. is Jeremy Gaudet vocals and guitar, Brian Murphy guitar, Mike Walker bass, Brohan Moore drums, and everybody played a little bit of keyboard.
 
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On August 12th, 2022, KIWI JR. will release Chopper, the group’s third album, worldwide on CD/LP/CS/DSPs through Sub Popwith the exception of Canada through the band’s Kiwi Club imprint.  The album, which features the lead single “Night Vision” along with highlights “Unspeakable Things,” “The Sound of Music” and “The Extra Sees the Film,” was recorded and produced in Toronto by Sub Pop labelmate Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Operators).
 
The “Night Vision” video was helmed by returning director Laura-Lynn Petrick (Kiwi Jr.’s “Waiting In Line,” also directed videos by Weyes Blood and Jessica Pratt).
 
Singer/guitarist Jeremy Gaudet offers this, “Before ‘Night Vision’ was 100% written, just the basic idea of it existing as a Kiwi Jr. song inspired us and set the tone for the record. A lot of the images in the lyrics are of teenagers driving around, trying to make plans, sharing the aux, putting their parents’ car in the ditch, etc.  But the idea at the center of the song is that of working up the nerve to make a big decision. Like a boxer getting pumped up before a fight.”
 
Chopper is available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders from megamart.subpop.com, select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on crystal clear vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, preorders through select independent retailers in the UK and EU will receive the limited Loser edition on clear vinyl (while supplies last).

Kiwi Jr.’s tour schedule for 2022 in support of Chopper currently spans Saturday, May 28th in Hamilton, Ontario at Mills Hardware and runs through Sunday, September 25th in Amsterdam, Netherlands at Paradiso. Sub Pop labelmates Weird Nightmare will also co-headline Kiwi Jr.’s North American shows (May 28th-July 31st, select dates). Additional live dates to be announced soon.
 
Sat. May 28 - Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware *
Fri. Jun. 17 - Detroit, MI - Third Man Records *
Sat. Jun. 18 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *
Sat. Jun. 25 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
Fri. Jul. 22 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz PDB *
Sat. Jul. 23 - Ottawa, ON - SAW Gallery *
Thu. Jul. 28 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right *
Fri. Jul. 29 - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Dogfish Head Brewing *
Sat. Jul. 30 - Washington, DC - Songbird Music House *
Sun. Jul. 31 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
Fri. Sep. 16 -  Paris, France - La Boule Noire
Sun. Sep. 18 - Lille, France - L’ Aeronef
Mon. Sep. 19 - London, England - Victoria Dalston [SOLD OUT]
Tue. Sep. 20 - London, England  - 100 Club
Wed. Sep. 21 - Brussels, Belgium - Witloofbar Botanique
Thu. Sep. 22 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merleyn
Sat. Sep. 24 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Stoomhuisje
Sun. Sep. 25 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
* w/ Weird Nightmare


What people said about Kiwi Jr.’s 2021 release, Cooler Returns:
“Sustaining momentum near-flawlessly across 13 songs…  Kiwi Jr. have the skills to match their smarts.”  ★★★★ 4 stars - MOJO
 
“Sardonic storytelling and mocking asides…an impatient, slacker-rock imagining of a folk album....some chords ring out with George Harrison glossiness while others are as shaggy and impetuous as The Clean —rarely do hi-fi and lo-fi splendors coexist so harmoniously.” -  Pitchfork
 
Cooler Returns is all hits, a baker’s dozen of ridiculously catchy three-minute pop nuggets that deliver massive sing-along-choruses.” - Brooklyn Vegan
 
“Canadian absurdists’ return is a lyrical delight” - Uncut
 
“This one may have been released in literally the very first week of 2021, but it never strayed far from rotation. A truly jubilant sound echoing The Clean and Orange Juice but with the punch of contemporary indie, and wry and winking vocals that remind what the ‘90s had to offer underground.” [2021 Year In Review] - Aquarium Drunkard
 
“Kiwi Jr. take the jangliest of guitars and dribble enigmatic observations all over them.  Light-hearted and exhilarating enough to make you stop caring and too catchy for its own good.” [15 Best Indie Pop Records of 2021] - PopMatters
 
“Kiwi Jr. hypnotize with their sophomore record. There is incredible efficiency in the brief slices of the Toronto foursome’s peppy pop songcraft–more than half clock in under three minutes–with enticing hooks and odd references.”[40 Best Albums of 2021] - Rock & Roll Globe
 
“Kiwi Jr’s world is the perfect anecdote to the real world in 2020/21.” [2021 Albums of The Year]-  Louder Than War
 
“L’année 2021 ne pouvait mieux commencer qu’avec cet excellent disque a l’entrain communicatif, d’une inspiration jubilatoire, veritable rayon de soleil au cour de l’hiver” [4/5] - Rock & Folk
 
“Les quatre musiciens de Toronto ne changent pas leur formule gagnante et livrent une guitare jangly élégante et efficace.” - Les Inrocks
 
“Ook de referenties zijn dik in orde: the Chills, The Strokes, The Kinks… en de vroege R.E.M. ‘Fonkelende gitaarplaat die refereert aan heden en verleden.”, Best Albums of the Month -  Oor


Kiwi Jr.
Chopper

 
Tracklisting:
1. Unspeakable Things
2. Parasite II
3. Clerical Sleep
4. Night Vision
5. The Extra Sees the Film
6. Contract Killers
7. The Sound of Music
8. Downtown Area Blues
9. Kennedy Curse
10. The Masked Singer


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : MON, MAR 7, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Sub Pop x SXSW 2022

For the first time in years, it’s that time of year again…We are, of course, referring to the 2022 SxSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. And this year, Sub Pop artists Aeon Station, Naima Bock, Cartel Madras, CHAI, Hannah Jadagu, Kiwi Jr., Pissed Jeans, and Weyes Blood will all appear at the once-again-annual music festival and BBQ buffet. Please find a complete schedule for each artist below.

Aeon Station

THURSDAY, MARCH 17th

5:25 PM / Hipster Robot Showcase @ Side Bar

602 E 7th St., Austin, TX 78701

1:00 AM / SXSW Showcase @ Elysium 

705 Red River St., Austin, TX 78701

FRIDAY, MARCH 18th

1:30 PM / Brooklyn Vegan Showcase @ TBD

6:15 PM / Midgetmen’s Jumpstart 14

602 E 7th St., Austin, TX 78701

10:00 PM / Pellicular Works @ Soundspace Captain Quackenbush’s Coffeehouse

5326 Menchaca Rd., Austin, TX 78745


Naima Bock

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16th

1:00 PM / IFPA (Global Street Farm) @ Idle Hands 

Address: 85 Rainey St

THURSDAY, MARCH 17th

8:00 PM / St. David’s Bethell Hall @ St. David’s Episcolpal Church

301 E 8th St., Austin, TX 78701

FRIDAY, MARCH 18th

11:00 PM / British Underground Happening @ Seller’s Underground

213 W 4th St., Austin, TX 78701


Cartel Madras

THURSDAY, MARCH 17th

11:00  PM / Range Magazine @ Lucille

Address: 77 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

FRIDAY, MARCH 18th

12:00 PM / Billboard Panel Discussion @ Samsung/Galaxy house.

Panel Topic: Three LGBTQ+ acts with experience exploring their musicianship at a young age speak about the evolution of their craft and how that impacted the ways in which they came to celebrate their sexual identities.

10:00 PM / Jaded presents @ 3TEN ACL LIVE

310 W Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin, TX 78701


CHAI

FRIDAY, MARCH 18th

11:00 PM / Jaded presents @ 3TEN ACL LIVE

310 W Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin, TX 78701


Hannah Jadagu 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16th

10:40 PM / SXSW Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlies

900 Red River St., Austin, TX 78701


Kiwi Jr.

THURSDAY, MARCH 17th

5:00 PM / Austin Convention Center - Ballroom A

500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

12:00 AM / ELYSIUM

705 Red River St., Austin TX 78701


FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH

9:00 pm- 9:40 PM/ Aquarium Drunkard @ Lucille

77 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701


Pissed Jeans

SATURDAY, MARCH 19th

5:00 PM / Fiesta Destructo @ Hotel Vegas

1502 E 6th St., Austin, TX 78702


Weyes Blood (solo performance)

THURSDAY, MARCH 17th

TBD / Luck Reunion @ Luck Ranch 

100 Bee Creek Rd., Spicewood, TX 78669


Posted by Abbie Gobeli

NEWS : FRI, JUL 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Kiwi Jr. reveals new Comic Book, KEXP Session & Tour Dates

On the heels of their latest album, Cooler Returns, Kiwi Jr. cooly announces their first series of live dates, kicking off with River & Sky Festival in Sudbury, Ontario on July 17. Fall and Winter dates include support with TUNS, Surfer Blood, Tobin Sprout, Trace Mountains and Nap Eyes, as well as a hometown Toronto headline show at the Horseshoe Tavern on Friday, Oct 15. Want a taste of what to expect at the band’s upcoming live shows? You can watch the group’s performance on famed Seattle radio station KEXP by clicking here. See below for a full list of dates. 
 
Kiwi Jr. has partnered with cartoonist Dmitry Bondarenko on a 24-page booklet of illustrated lyrics, which is available at Bandcamp and on tour. Jeremy Gaudet, Kiwi Jr singer/lyricist says “To see all of the insanity of our lyrics represented visually is wild. There’s stuff I saw in here that surprised even me, and I wrote the damned thing.” For more information on Cooler Returns Comic, visit the group’s merch table or Bandcamp page.




Due to continued uncertainty about international travel restrictions, Kiwi Jr. are unfortunately postponing their September UK & Europe tour dates to February (& September) 2022. Tickets for their London show at Dalston Victoria will be honored on Saturday February 12, 2022. The band will also be supporting fellow Sub Pop artist Chad VanGaalen on several UK dates that week, as well as announcing headline dates in Scandinavia.  More information will be forthcoming at www.KiwiJr.com/live

Tour Dates:

Fri. Jan. 14 - Washington DC, Songbyrd ++ @

Sat. Jan. 22 -  Montreal, Bar le Ritz &

Fri.. Feb. 11 - London, UK - Dalston Victoria

Sun. Feb. 13 - Leeds, UK -  Brudenell Social Club ~ 

Mon. Feb. 14 - Manchester, UK  - Night & Day ~ 

Tues. Feb. 15 - Bristol, UK - Louisiana ~ 

Thur. Feb. 17 -  Copenhagen DK - Ideal Bar 

Fri. Feb. 18 -  Stockholm, SE - ObarenNew tour dates: 

Sat. Jul. 17 -  Sudbury, ONT - River & Sky Festival

Fri. Oct. 1 - Los Angeles, CA - Gold Diggers 

Fri. Oct. 15 - Toronto, Horseshoe Tavern ! 

Thur. Nov. 11 - New Haven, CT -  Cafe Nine % 

Fri. Nov. 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Made % $

Fri. Nov 19 - Columbus OH - Ace Of Cups $

Fri. Dec. 3 - London, ON - Rum Runners *

Sat. Dec. 4 - St. Catharine’s, ON - Warehouse *

Fri. Dec. 17 - Hamilton, ON - Bridgeworks *

Sat. Dec. 18  - Ottawa, ON - Club Saw *

Mon. Dec. 28 - Charlottetown, PEI -  Trailside Music Hall &

Tues. Dec. 29 - Halifax, NS - Seahorse Tavern & 

2022:

Fri. Jan.  7 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe &

Sat. Jan. 8 -  Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s & @

 

Sat. Feb. 19 - Oslo, NO - Blaa

 

! w/ Sahara and Dorothea Paas

% w/ Surfer Blood

$ w/ Tobin Sprout

* w/ TUNS

& w/ Nap Eyes 

++  w/ Trace Mountains 

@ w/ Gladie 

~ w/ Chad VanGaalen

 

 

 
The returns on Kiwi Jr’s Cooler Returns:
“…The accomplished successor to this band’s promising 2019 debut finds Kiwi Jr having their cake and eating it.” - ★★★★ The Observer/TheGuardian
 
“Sustaining momentum near-flawlessly across 13 songs…  Kiwi Jr. have the skills to match their smarts” -  ★★★★ MOJO 
 
“Canadian absurdists’ return is a lyrical delight” - Uncut 
 
“Kiwi Jr. songs unfold like the aisles of a cluttered curio shop, their retro-rock melodies overflowing with non sequiturs and hyper-specific scraps of story.” - The AV Club
 
“The band rattle through a seemingly inexhaustible supply of hooks and melodies” - ★★★★ DIY 
 
“Packed with golden hooks and subtle weirdness” - [8/10] Exclaim
 
“Crammed full of wry, observational wit and pop smarts in taut fashion” - [8/10] CLASH
 
“…still light and agile, basking in the sunlight as their vivid guitar work and straightforward vocals do the talking. They love a good hook as much as they love a charismatic, illuminating one-liner.” - PASTE
 
“The band’s knack for simple but sticky melody is in even clearer view on Cooler Returns.” - ★★★★  All Music
 
[“Cooler Returns” is] “a jangly, indie rock earworm that’ll lodge itself in your brain” - NME 
 
“Shambolic yet catchy songs are loaded with fractured riffs and lyrical non-sequiturs” - Uproxx
 
“Ook de referenties zijn dik in orde: the Chills, The Strokes, The Kinks, Pavement en de vroege R.E.M. ‘Fonkelende gitaarplaat die refereert aan heden en verleden.” - [Best Albums of the Month”] OOR 
 
“…Another mighty fine record.” - Under the Radar
 
“An impressive set of ‘90s-influenced slacker-rock with jangly guitars, rollicking piano and occasional organ, harmonica, and other instrumentation, along with observational, often-sardonic lyrics and an abundance of catchy song hooks. - KEXP 
 
Cooler Returns is all hits, a baker’s dozen of ridiculously catchy three-minute pop nuggets that deliver massive sing-along-choruses…” - Brooklyn Vegan
 
“A bloody good album full of vivid charm” - ★★★★ NARC 
 
“They understand sarcasm, can write clever, funny lyrics and don’t take themselves completely seriously.”  [9/10] - God Is In The TV
 
“Perfect pop-songs” - Louder Than War
 
“Cooler Returns is everything you might expect from a band like Kiwi Jr., and so much more.” - [4/5] Stereoboard 
 
“Angular, catchy as hell, revved up power-pop racket” ★★★★ Shindig
 
“What sets Kiwi Jr. apart from their peers though is their madcap view of the world and Cooler Returns establishes them as a band too confident to conform; a band who have all the skills to match their lyrical smarts” - [8/10] Line Of Best Fit
 
“L’année 2021 ne pouvait mieux commencer qu’avec cet excellent disque a l’entrain communicatif, d’une inspiration jubilatoire, veritable rayon de soleil au cour de l’hiver”- [4/5]  Rock & Folk (France)
 
“Les quatre musiciens de Toronto ne changent pas leur formule gagnante et livrent une guitare jangly élégante et efficace.” - Les Inrocks (France) 
 
“…Timeless, memorable, beautifully crafted pop songs” - Echoes and Dust
 
Cooler Returns is an impressive achievement” - Our Culture
 
“…A jangle-pop delight filled with tight hooks and creative tales” - The Revue


Kiwi Jr.
Cooler Returns

 
Tracklisting
1. Tyler
2. Undecided Voters
3. Maid Marian’s Toast
4. Highlights of 100
5. Only Here for a Haircut
6. Cooler Returns
7. Guilty Party
8. Omaha
9. Domino
10. Nashville Wedding
11. Dodger
12. Norma Jean’s Jacket
13. Waiting in Line

 


Posted by Abbie Gobeli