News for The Afghan Whigs

NEWS : MON, MAY 1, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The Afghan Whigs Announce ‘In Spades’ North American Tour Dates With Special Guests Har Mar Superstar and Ed Harcourt

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The Afghan Whigs’ spellbinding new album, In Spades is out worldwide this Friday May 5th.

[Photo Credit: Chris Cuffaro]

This morning the band announced a new 28-city tour of North America for this fall which will begin on September 6th in Orlando, FL.  Har Mar Superstar will support on all shows, and tickets go on sale this Friday morning. The tour will include three Canadian shows (Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver) and the band will be playing several markets they haven’t visited in years (Richmond, Birmingham, Kansas City, Houston).
 
The Afghan Whigs will also visit 17 countries overseas this summer in support of the new album including performances at Primavera Sound, Northside Festival and Way Out West.  Ed Harcourt will be supporting on all European headline shows. (Tour dates and ticket links are below.)

As if that weren’t enough good news for a Monday… You can now stream all of In Spades via the good music listeners of Stereogum, right over here.


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.

Led by the singles “Demon In Profile,” “Oriole,” and “Arabian Heights” along with standouts “Copernicus,” and “Toy Automatic,” ’In Spades’ is the follow-up to the band’s internationally acclaimed Do to the Beast.  The album was recorded in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree and written and produced by Greg Dulli.


The early reviews of In Spades have been stellar: 

“Demonic pain experienced in the midnight hours suits both him (Dulli) and his band.  No wonder then that this matches some of their best work.” [4/5 stars] - Q Magazine
 
‘A thrilling impassioned addition to their catalogue.’ [8/10] - UNCUT
 
“Back to their dark, soulful best.” [4/5 stars] – MOJO
 
“Forever raising goosebumps where you didn’t even know you had them.” - [5/5 stars] – Record Collector

 
The Afghan Whigs have released two videos from the album so far: “Demon In Profile,” directed by longtime collaborator Phil Harder[link here] and “Oriole” helmed by erotic art director Amy Nicole Hood [link here].
 
The first show in support of In Spades will take place later this month at a 
sold out Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York on May 23rd. 


The Afghan Whigs North American Tour w/Har Mar Superstar

May 23 - Harlem, NY - The Apollo Theater (Sold Out)
Sep. 06 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Sep. 07 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
Sep. 09 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
Sep. 11 - Richmond, VA - The National
Sep. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Sep. 14 - Boston, MA - Paradise
Sep. 16 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Sep. 18 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount
Sep. 19 - Toronto, ON - Opera House

Sep. 21 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
Sep. 23 - Chicago, IL - Metro
Sep. 24 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
Sep. 26 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews
Sep. 28 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
Sep. 29 - Nashville, TN - Exit IN
Sep. 30 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Oct. 12 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up
Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
Oct. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Oct. 16 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Oct. 17 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Oct. 18 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
Oct. 19 - Salt Lake, UT - Urban Lounge
Oct. 21 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
Oct. 22 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
Oct. 24 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
Oct. 25 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Oct. 26 - Houston, TX - Heights Theater
 
The Afghan Whigs European Tour w/Ed Harcourt
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 - Batschkapp
Jun.14 - Antwerp, BE - Trix (Sold Out)
Jun.15 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique (Sold Out)
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

Aug. 10-12 - Gothenburg, SE - Way Out West Festival
Aug. 13 - Helsinki, FL - Flow Festival
 
For up-to-date info on tickets, please visit theafghanwhigs.com.
 
Read more about The Afghan Whigs In Spades right over here.

Follow The Afghan Whigs everywhere in the known universe via theafghanwhigs.com and Spotify | YouTube | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter .


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, APR 19, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Listen to The Afghan Whigs new track “Arabian Heights,” from forthcoming album ‘In Spades’

2017 tour schedule begins May 23rd with sold-out show at New York’s The Apollo Theatre

“Arabian Heights” is the driving new track from The Afghan Whigs’ forthcoming album, In Spades, which will be out in stores and on the airwaves May 5th. This new song exudes the gutbucket exoticism of Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti writ large, driven by drummer Patrick Keeler’s bravura, tribal cadences. Greg Dulli says of Keeler’s contribution, “Rick [Nelson, who engineered the album] got incredible drum sounds, and what Patrick does on that song is a master class in drumming.” 

In further exciting news, The Afghan Whigs will be performing a sold out show at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY on Tuesday, May 23rd. “We are thrilled to be performing at The Apollo,” Dulli remarked. “So many of my heroes both musical and otherwise have graced the stage there and it will be our honor to do so as well.”
 
The Afghan Whigs have also announced their first set of dates in support of In Spades in Europe.  The band will visit 17 countries this summer including performances at Primavera Sound and Northside Festival.  Ed Harcourt will be supporting on all European headline shows. (See dates below.)


 
In Spades is now available for preorder on CD / 180 gram-LP / CS / DL from Sub Pop over here. The album, led by the single “Demon In Profile” and the aforementioned “Arabian Heights,” alongside standouts “Oriole,” “Copernicus,” and “Toy Automatic,” is the follow-up to 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.
 
LP pre-orders of In Spades 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 Congregationare now also available.


[Photo Credit: Chris Cuffaro]

Treat yourself: watch this video for lead track, “Demon In Profile,” directed by longtime collaborator Phil Harder.


The Afghan Whigs Tour Schedule 
May 23 - Harlem, NY – The Apollo Theater [Sold Out]
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 - Batschkapp
Jun.14 - Antwerp, BE – Trix [Sold Out]
Jun.15 - Brussels, BE - Ancienne Belgique [Sold Out]

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
Aug. 10-12 – Gothenburg, SE – Way Out West Festival
Aug. 13 – Helsinki, FL – Flow Festival


For up-to-date info on tickets, please visit theafghanwhigs.com.
 
More on The Afghan Whigs In Spades here.


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 theafghanwhigs.com.


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.

Tracklisting:
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 theafghanwhigs.com and Spotify | YouTubeFacebook | Instagram | Twitter .



Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : FRI, NOV 6, 2015 at 4:00 AM

Join Us For The 4th Annual ‘SMooCH’ Benefit Show for Children’s Hospital (UPDATED)

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This coming December 5th at Seattle’s Showbox Theatre at The Market, Sub Pop joins forces with KEXP in support of the 4th Annual SMooCH (Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital) Benefit.  


The first two acts on the bill were announced Nov. 6th - The Afghan Whigs and Sir Mix-A-Lot.

JUST ADDED:  Mary Lambert is now on the bill!

This amazing event sells out every year, so don’t sleep!   Get your tickets here: http://www.showboxpresents.com/events/detail/294340.

VIP and GA tickets are still available, and 100% of all proceeds benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund


SMooCH was founded by Pete and Brandy Nordstrom, and contributes to an essential program that fulfills Children’s founding promise to provide care to every infant, child and teen in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho who needs their help — regardless of insurance coverage or financial circumstances. 


If you can’t attend, please consider donating to the cause so families are able to care for their sick child and not worry about whether they’ll have to choose between their child’s health and their financial health.  

Thank for helping us support this great cause!


Posted by Rachel White

NEWS : WED, JAN 7, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Watch The Afghan Whigs’ Video for “The Lottery” + Euro Tour

The Afghan Whigs have delivered a fun, self-directed, GoPro-filmed video for “The Lottery,” one of the standouts from the band’s latest Do to the Beast.  

Greg Dulli says of the visual, “Meet Ryan O’Hara, our monitor engineer and cougar magnet. He wakes up everyday with a smile on his face and something positive to share with you. Every night during the gig he performs a parallel show behind the board and it’s phenomenal to watch. Occasionally, I’ll forget to sing because I’m watching him turn into Bez from Happy Mondays. But that’s rock and roll for you. It keeps you young (see video January 5th).”

The Afghan Whigs’ previously announced European tour begins February 2nd in Dublin, IE at The Academy and ends on February 24th in Tel Aviv, ISR at Barby. For the most up to date information and tickets please visit theafghanwhigs.com.


Tour Dates
Feb. 02 - Dublin, IE - The Academy
Feb. 03 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Room
Feb. 04 - London, UK - Koko
Feb. 06 - Bruges, BE - Magdalenazaal 
Feb. 07 - Brussels, BE - Cirque Royale
Feb. 09 - Paris, FR - Trabendo
Feb. 10 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
Feb. 11 - Hamburg, DE - Gruenspan
Feb. 13 - Prague, CZ - Lucerna Music Bar
Feb. 14 - Krakow, PL - Fabryka
Feb. 15 - Warsaw, PL - Basen
Feb. 18 - Gothenburg, SE - Pustervik
Feb. 19 - Stockholm, SE - Strand
Feb. 21 - Barcelona, ES - Apolo
Feb. 24 - Tel Aviv, IL - Barby



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : TUE, AUG 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Sub Pop is Getting Into the Book Business w/ Release of Danny Bland/Greg Dulli’s ‘I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do

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We’re beside ourselves with glee about publishing I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do, a collection of haiku by celebrated author and musician Danny Bland on September 22nd in Europe and September 23rd in North America. …Awful Things… features photography by Greg Dulli (leader of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight SIngers) and calligraphy by Exene Cervenka (co-founder of the band X) and is a 120-page, full-color, paperback edition.  …Awful Things… originated from work that Bland has posted to his Facebook page, presented here with Dulli’s photographs, some of which appear on his Instagram feed. By capturing these elements in print, ...Awful Things… rescues this material from slipping away downstream in their respective online feeds. Combining the profane and profound, the irreverent and touching, the hilarious and beautiful, …Awful Things… is the perfect hybrid art piece, or complementary physical artifact of these sources.

Musician Dave Alvin, in his foreword to the book writes, “[Danny’s] deeply personal haiku are funny, serious, painful, and fearless. At times shocking, then abruptly, surprisingly tender, his poems constantly question accepted beliefs and attitudes, both society’s and his own. Like the classic blues singers, Danny is able to use a limited form to express the limitless.”

And, our head honcho, Sub Pop president Jonathan Poneman, offers: “What Danny does to dainty haiku would land a lesser man in the hoosegow. Perfect for my attention span.”

I Apologize in Advance for the Awful Things I’m Gonna Do is now available for preorder through the Sub Pop Mega Mart, Amazon and Insound. And, preorders of ...Awful Things… at the Sub Pop Mega Mart will come with a free 6” x 8” print from the book, autographed by both Danny Bland and Greg Dulli (while supplies last).

About Danny Bland:
once a year he still
romanticizes bushmills
and fair-skinned lasses

Bland is the author of the novel In Case We Die (2013, Fantagraphics Books), as well as a longtime musician (former member of Sub Pop bands Cat Butt, Dwarves, Best Kissers in the World) and tour manager. This is his first book of poetry, but please don’t call it that.

About Greg Dulli:
dark prince, bon vivant
or is he just a mistake
you haven’t made, yet


Dulli is the leader of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers. He makes a living exorcising demons (read more at at SubPop).



Posted by Sam Sawyer