News for The Afghan Whigs

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

NEWS : MON, JUL 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Afghan Whigs’ “Matamoros” Music Video + Tour

You can now watch The Afghan Whigs’ latest video for “Matamoros,” the second single from the band’s critically acclaimed album Do to the Beast. The clip, directed by Phil Harder (“Algiers”), was filmed on location in New York City. The FADER says of the video, “A bunch of commuters were treated to front row seats of a performance by NYC dance crew W.A.F.F.L.E in the new video for reunited rockers The Afghan Whigs. Flipping moves to the math-rocky “Matamoros”…the crew turn the subway into their stage and underscore just how dance-y a song it is (see July 14th premiere).  

The Afghan Whigs are currently concluding a European tour with their UK dates beginning tomorrow night in London with a sold out show at the Electric Ballroom.
 
The band will embark on a massive North American trek beginning on August 26th in Portland, OR at Doug Fir.  The tour concludes on Halloween night in Austin, TX at the Mohawk. Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur will be direct support for most of the tour.
 
The Afghan Whigs will kick off their US tour by performing live on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on August 25th.
 
For the most up to date information and tickets please visit theafghanwhigs.com

Order Do to the Beast from Sub Pop here.

The Afghan Whigs 2014 Tour Dates
Jul. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Jul. 15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
Jul. 17 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral
Jul. 18 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
Jul. 19 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
Jul. 20 – Dublin, IE – Longitude Festival
Aug. 26 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Aug. 27 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Aug. 29 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Aug. 30 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
Aug. 31 - Boise, ID – Knitting Factory*
Sep. 03 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room*
Sep. 05 - Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre*
Sep. 06 - Toronto, ON - Riot Fest Toronto
Sep. 09 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues*
Sep. 10 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall*
Sep. 12 - St. Louis MO - Ready Room*
Sept 12-14 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
Sep. 16 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom*
Sep. 18 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham*
Sep. 19 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage*
Sep. 20 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre*
Sep. 26 - Cincinnati, OH - Mid Point Music Festival*
Sep. 27 - Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre*
Oct. 01 - Washington, DC - 9.30 Club*
Oct. 03 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
Oct. 04 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater**
Oct. 07 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cats Cradle*
Oct. 08 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel*
Oct. 11 - Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue*
Oct. 22 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore*
Oct. 24 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up*
Oct. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre*
Oct. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge*
Oct. 29 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater*
Oct. 31 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk*
* w/ Joseph Arthur
** w/ Charles Bradley



Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : THU, JUN 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Afghan Whigs Perform on Letterman + Tour Dates

The Afghan Whigs took to the stage at The Late Show with David Letterman last night to perform “Matamoros” off of their 2014 comeback Do to the Beast, and judging solely from David Letterman’s reaction, the boys didn’t disappoint (as if they ever do). Anyway, don’t take Dave’s enthusiastic word on the matter, see for yourself. 

The Afghan Whigs are soon embarking on an extensive tour in support of Do to the Beast, their first record in over a decade. Dates and ticketing info below.

Pick up Do to the Beast from SubPop.com here

The Afghan Whigs 2014 Tour Dates
Jun. 28 - Norrkoping, SE - Bravalla Festival
Jun. 29 - Oslo, NO - Rockefeller
Jun. 30 - Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio
Jul. 02 - Berlin, DE - C-Club
Jul. 03 - Gdynia, PL - Open’er Festival
Jul. 04 - Hradec Kralove, CZ - Rock For People
Jul. 05 - Sopron, HU - Volt Festival
Jul. 07 - Milan, IT - Magnolia
Jul. 10 - Novi Sad, SB - Exit Festival
Jul. 11 - Trencin, SK - Pohoda Festival
Jul. 12 - Russelsheim, DE - Phono Pop Festival
Jul. 13 - Bruges, BE - Cactus Festival
Jul. 14 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
Jul. 15 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
Jul. 17 - Manchester, UK - Cathedral
Jul. 18 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
Jul. 19 - Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
Jul. 20 – Dublin, IRE – Longitude Festival
Aug. 26 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Aug. 27 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Aug. 29 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Aug. 30 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival

Aug. 31 - Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Sep. 03 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
Sep. 05 - Montreal, QC - Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
Sep. 06 - Toronto, ON - Riot Fest Toronto
Sep. 09 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Sep. 10 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Sep. 12 - St. Louis MO - Ready Room
Sep. 16 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
Sep. 18 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham
Sep. 19 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Sep. 20 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Sep. 26 - Cincinnati, OH - Mid Point Music Festival
Sep. 27 - Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
Oct. 01 - Washington, DC - 9.30 Club
Oct. 03 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
Oct. 04 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
Oct. 07 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cats Cradle
Oct. 08 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Oct. 11 - Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Oct. 22 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Oct. 24 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
Oct. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre
Oct. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
Oct. 29 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
Oct. 31 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
 


For more information on tickets please visit theafghanwhigs.com



Posted by Sam Sawyer