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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…


 

MARCH 14
5:45pm
DOWNTOWN BOYS 
Show: Hotel Vegas - Spring Break Boogie! Heaven or Hot
Burrito
Location: Hotel Vegas (1502 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)
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9:00pm
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER 
Show: I OH YOU / Transgressive Records Showcase
Location: 21st Co-Op (707 W 21st St, Austin, TX 78705)
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9:30pm
MARIKA HACKMAN
Show:
Paradyse x Sportsday Showcase
Location:  Pearl Street Co-Op (2000 Pearl St, Austin, TX 78705)
                       
MARCH 15
4:30pm 
DOWNTOWN BOYS
Show: The FADER Fort
Location: Volcom Garden (1209 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78702)
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10:00pm
MARIKA HACKMAN 
Show: BBC Radio 2 SXSW Official Showcase.
Location: Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto Boulevard)
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10:00-10:40pm
PORTER RAY
Show/Location: Swan Dive (615 Red River Street, Austin, TX  78701)
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1:15am
DOWNTOWN BOYS
Show: Ground Control Touring Showcase
Location: The Sidewinder (715 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
 
MARCH 16
12:00pm
DOWNTOWN BOYS 
Show: Pitchfork Day Party
Location: French Legation Museum (802 San Marcos St, Austin, TX 78702)
Time: 12:00pm
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12:15pm
LVL UP
Show: Sound on Sound & Brooklyn Vegan’s Lost Weekend
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St, Austin, TX, 78701)
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2:15pm
LVL UP 
Show: The FADER Fort
Location: Volcom Garden (1209 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78702)
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3:00pm 
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER
Show: Another Planet Showcase
Location: The Sidewinder - Indoor (715 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
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3:30pm
DOWNTOWN BOYS 
Show: Brooklyn Vegan x Sound on Sound Lost Weekend
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
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6:35-7:00pm
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER  
Show: Aussie BBQ Showcase
Location: Brush Square Park (409 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701)
Time:
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9:00pm
MARIKA HACKMAN

Show:Transgressive Records SXSW Showcase
Location: The Blackheart (86 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701)
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11pm
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER  
Show: Paradigm Official Showcase
Location: The Parish (214 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701)
 
MARCH 17
12:00pm
MARIKA HACKMAN
Show: Brooklyn Vegan x Sound on Sound Lost Weekend
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
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12:45pm 
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER
Show: Brooklyn Vegan x Sound on Sound Lost Weekend  
Location: Cheer Up Charlies (900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
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1:30pm
DOWNTOWN BOYS
Show: SXSW Showcase
Location: The Mohawk (912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
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5:35pm
LVL UP  
Show: Austin Oasis 2017
Location: Hole in the Wall (2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705)
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6:00pm
DOWNTOWN BOYS
Show: South By San Jose
Location: Hotel San Jose (1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704)
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10:10-10:45pm
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER 
Show: Panache Bookings Party
Location: Hotel Vegas (1502 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)
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11:00pm 
LVL UP 
Show: Ad Hoc Showcase
Location: Cheer Up Charlie’s (900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701)
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12:35-12:50am
PORTER RAY
Show Kosher Dillz Showcase
Location: Dozen Street (1808 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702)
 
MARCH 18
1:00pm
MARIKA HACKMAN
Show: Space 24 Twenty
Location: Urban Outfitters (2406 Guadalupe Street Austin, TX 78705)
 


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : MON, OCT 24, 2016 at 7:00 AM

LVL UP Announce First UK/EU Tour For Spring 2017

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Following the release of their third LP (and Sub Pop debut) Return to Love, and countless miles logged in North America, New York’s LVL UP just announced news of their first ever live dates on “the other side” of the Atlantic, happening Spring 2017. After an appearance at Austin’s annual SXSW fest, for which they were recently announced, the band will be making their way through Europe, taking in nine different countries in the spring of 2017. (Dates below.) Tickets go on sale at 10am Weds 26th October.


Take an existential trip with LVL UP in their latest video for “The Closing Door” right over here.


UK/EU tour dates:

Mar 28th | The Hug & Pint, Glasgow, UK
Mar 29th | Think Tank, Newcastle, UK
Mar 30th | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK
Mar 31st | Gullivers, Manchester, UK
Apr 1st | JT Soar, Nottingham, UK
Apr 2nd | Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK
Apr 3rd | Clwb ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
Apr 4th | Old Blue Last, London, UK
Apr 5th | Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
Apr 6th | Mechanique Ondulatoire, Paris, FR
Apr 8th | Vera, Groningen, NL
Apr 11th | Lagerhaus, Bremen, DE
Apr 12th | Botanique, Brussels, BE
Apr 13th | Molotow, Hamburg, DE
Apr 14th | Beta, Copenhagen, DK
Apr 15th | Privatclub, Berlin, DE
Apr 17th | B72, Vienna, AU
Apr 18th | Klub Gromka, Ljubljiana, SI
Apr 20th | Gonzo, Zurich, CH
Apr 21st | Pont Rouge, Monthey, CH
Apr 22nd | Le Sonic, Lyon, FR


Follow LVL UP on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bandcamp


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : THU, SEP 22, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Watch LVL UP’s New Video “The Closing Door”; Their Sub Pop Debut ‘Return To Love’ Is Out Tomorrow, 9/23

The Nor’Eastern Lads of LVL UP just shared an official new video for “The Closing Door,” the latest from their highly anticipated third album (and first for Sub Pop) Return To Love. This existential daydream was directed and produced by Rob Kolodny for House of Nod, and first entered the world via NPR Music premiere.

Listen here to the full album stream for Return To Love, which is out TOMORROW, 9/23 in finer record stores the world over, and also here

LVL UP are currently on an expansive US tour that includes a Record Release show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY and dates with Bear vs Shark, Alex G and Eskimeaux. Details are below.






[Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill]


Tour Dates + Ticket Links
9/22 - Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot ~
9/23 - Durham, NH @ University of New Hampshire
9/24 - New York, NY @ Market Hotel %
9/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
9/28 - New Haven, CT @ Bar
9/29 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
9/30 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
10/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Dagger
10/14 - Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge
10/15 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/16 - Olympia, WA @ Track House
10/17 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
10/18 - Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
10/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^
10/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^ 
10/22 - Pomona, CA @ VLHS
10/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex ^
10/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/26 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
10/28 - Bloomington, IN @ The Void
10/29 - Gambier, OH @ Kenyon College
10/30 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
11/1 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt *
11/2 - Birmingham @ The Syndicate Lounge *
11/3 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia *
10/4 - Austin, TX @ TBA
10/5 - San Antonio, TX @ The Paper Tiger
11/6 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
11/8 - Kansas City @ Davey’s Upstairs *
11/9 - Omaha, NE @ Milk Run *
11/10 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency *
11/11 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
11/12 - Lansing, MI @ The Blind Pig *

+ w/ All Dogs
~ w/ Eskimeaux
% Record Release Show w/ Ovlov, Forth Wanderers and Vagabon
^ w/ Bear Vs Shark
* w/ Alex G and Brandon Can’t Dance

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, SEP 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Listen To “Spirit Was” off LVL UP’s Forthcoming ‘Return To Love’ (out 9/23) Plus Tour Dates

We’ve got new music for you from the lads of LVL UP; now hear ”Spirit Was,” the third single from their highly anticipated upcoming third album (aka their Sub Pop debut), Return To Love. “Spirit Was” comes hot on the heels of two previously released singles off Return to Love, both of which are available to surprise and delight your ears: ”Pain” and ”Hidden Driver”.

LVL UP have also expanded their Fall tour which includes a Record Release show at Market Hotel in Brooklyn, NY and dates with Bear vs Shark, Alex G and Eskimeaux. Details are below.


[Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill]

Return To Love is currently available for pre-order; LP pre-orders through Sub Pop Mega Mart and independent retailers near you will receive the limited Loser Edition on Orange Creamsicle Swirl vinyl (while supplies last).

Might we suggest you follow LVL UP on every one of their social channels, namely Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Oh there, I think we just did.


Tour Dates + Ticket Links
9/7 - New Brunswick, NJ @ The Saint
9/8 - Harrisonburg, VA @ Crayola House
9/9 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
9/10 - Raleigh, NC @Hopscotch Festival
9/11 - Washington, DC @ DC9 +
9/20 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
9/21 - Montreal, QC @ Pop Montreal (Bar Le “Ritz” PDB) ~
9/22 - Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot ~
9/23 - Durham, NH @ University of New Hampshire
9/24 - New York, NY @ Market Hotel %
9/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
9/28 - New Haven, CT @ Bar
9/29 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
9/30 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
10/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Dagger
10/14 - Missoula, MT @ Palace Lounge
10/15 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/16 - Olympia, WA @ Track House
10/17 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
10/18 - Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
10/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^
10/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^ 
10/22 - Pomona, CA @ VLHS
10/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex ^
10/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
10/26 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
10/28 - Bloomington, IN @ The Void
10/29 - Gambier, OH @ Kenyon College
10/30 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
11/1 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt *
11/2 - Birmingham @ The Syndicate Lounge *
11/3 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia *
10/4 - Austin, TX @ TBA
10/5 - San Antonio, TX @ The Paper Tiger
11/6 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
11/8 - Kansas City @ Davey’s Upstairs *
11/9 - Omaha, NE @ Milk Run *
11/10 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency *
11/11 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
11/12 - Lansing, MI @ The Blind Pig *

+ w/ All Dogs
~ w/ Eskimeaux
% Record Release Show w/ Ovlov and Vagabon
^ w/ Bear Vs Shark
* w/ Alex G and Brandon Can’t Dance

Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, JUL 13, 2016 at 7:00 AM

LVL UP Signs to SUB PP! New Album ‘Return To Love’ Out September 23

We’re thrilled to announce the signing of Nor’Eastern upstarts LVL UP to what has been best described as a seemingly endless and punishing recording contract. Welcome to the family, fellas! 

Lead-off track ”Pain” is a lo-fi indie rock jammer from their forthcoming Sub Pop debut (LVL UP’s third album), Return To Love. The Mike Ditrio-produced record showcases LVL UP’s ability to write incredibly understated indie-pop classics. Pitchfork says of LVL UP: “Homespun, 1990s-indebted indie pop… A uniquely vulnerable songwriting voice makes LVL UP distinct.” 

The band is based out of New York, and members’ roots run deep into the DIY scene.  (Their Evie Nagy-penned bio is below for your perusal.)

Return To Love is available for pre-order now, and LP pre-orders through Sub Pop Mega Mart and independent retailers near you will receive the limited Loser Edition on orange creamsicle swirl vinyl (while supplies last).

LVL UP have also announced a Fall tour, that includes dates with Bear vs Shark, Alex G and Eskimeaux. Details below.


[photo credit: Shawn Brackbill]

FOLLOW LVL UP ON FACEBOOKTWITTER & INSTAGRAM


More about LVL UP, by Evie Nagy:
“Hidden Driver,” the opening track of LVL UP’s third album and Sub Pop debut Return to Love, never stops moving. What starts with unassuming guitars and vocals adds new lines, depths, and intensity, until its unrestrained, triumphant finish. “God is peeking, softly speaking,” repeats the chorus, working through the relationship between spirituality and creative inspiration, and introducing a band that is always pushing further.

LVL UP – guitarists Mike Caridi and Dave Benton, bassist Nick Corbo, and drummer Greg Rutkin – is a true collaboration, a band that takes the stylistically distinct ideas of four members and brings them together into something new. Caridi, Benton, and Corbo write and sing equally, bringing their work to the group to be fully realized, resulting in an album built on different perspectives but a common drive.

“We have very different inspirations across the board,” says Benton, noting his own admiration for the writer and documentarian Astra Taylor, Corbo’s interest in the mystical and the occult, and Caridi’s attention to personal storytelling. The music itself grows from a shared melodic and experimental sensibility, as well as a nod to iconic influences like Neutral Milk Hotel and Mount Eerie. But each songwriter has a different vision every step of the way, and there isn’t always alignment–it shouldn’t make sense, but in the end it does.

LVL UP was formed in 2011 at SUNY Purchase as a recording project between Caridi, Benton, and their friend Ben Smith, with the original intention of releasing a split cassette with Corbo’s then-solo material. They instead released that album, Space Brothers, as one band, and Rutkin joined shortly afterwards for the group’s first show. Smith left the band for personal reasons just before the release of second album Hoodwink’d, a joint release on Caridi and Benton’s label Double Double Whammy and Exploding in Sound. DDW also put out records from other artists in the tight-knit community that launched the band.

“There’s not really a town associated with the school, so there’s no bar or club that you could go play in easily,” says Corbo. “But there was a student center on campus that was all student run. That was a great place to play, and also take care of a lot of practical issues like a place to put your stuff and a place to practice weekly. It was almost like an incubator situation for us and a lot of other bands – it gave us a little bit of experience and confidence, so it wasn’t as scary when we decided to go on tour for the first time.”

Also part of that university community was Return to Love’s producer Mike Ditrio, who mixed LVL UP’s previous records and “was basically a fifth member of the band,” says Corbo. “He played a huge role in developing the sound, without butting in too much. He also navigated our personal dynamic really nicely.”

That sound is marked by reverb, harmony and tape distortion, with a keen balance of pop and experimentation. From the fast yet flowing lines of “Blur” to the all-consuming wall of guitar in “The Closing Door,” each song pushes and pulls in compelling, unexpected ways. There’s deliberation as well as spontaneity – the latter developed with the help of a song-a-day project, which pushed Caridi and Corbo to write and record full songs in a single day. Some of that material, including “Naked in the River with the Creator,” made it onto the album.

“I ultimately made this half-drone, half-really loud guitar song, because it was an idea I had floating around in my head but never got around to doing until I had to write a song in a day,” says Corbo. “The thing that pulled me through was grasping onto words and images, but instead of pulling from an infinite sea of all the images that you could pull from, it’s easier to constrict yourself a little bit.”




Tour Dates:
9/9 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
9/10 - Raleigh, NC @Hopscotch Festival
9/11 - Washington, DC @ DC9
9/20 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
9/21 - Montreal, QC @ Pop Montreal (Bar Le “Ritz” PDB) ~
9/22 - Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot ~
9/23 - Durham, NH @ University of New Hampshire
9/24 - New York, NY @ Market Hotel %
9/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ Philamoca
9/28 - New Haven, CT @ Bar
9/29 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
9/30 - Kingston, NY @ BSP
10/16 - Olympia, WA @ Track House
10/17 - Seattle, WA @ The Black Lodge
10/18 - Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
10/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^
10/21 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill ^ 
10/22 - Pomona, CA @ VLHS
10/23 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex ^
10/29 - Gambier, OH @ Kenyon College
10/30 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar *
11/1 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt *
11/2 - Birmingham @ The Syndicate Lounge *
11/3 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia *
11/6 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
11/9 - Omaha, NE @ Milk Run *
11/10 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency *
11/11 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
11/12 - Lansing, MI @ The Blind Pig *

~ w/ Eskimeaux
% Record Release Show w/ Ovlov and Vagabon
^ w/ Bear Vs Shark
* w/ Alex G and Brandon Can’t Dance

Ticket links reside here.

Posted by Rachel White