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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

NEWS : TUE, APR 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The Afghan Whigs, Ladies & Gentleman

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We here at Sub Pop HQ have made a pretty big deal about the fact that it’s been a VERY LONG 16 years since The Afghan Whigs released their last record, 1965, but I think that we should be focusing on just how surprisingly goddamn good Do to the Beast actually turned out to be. I mean, 16 years is a very long time, dust settles, cobwebs form, so Greg Dulli and company had the latitude to cash in on a glorified reunion, but they didn’t. Instead, they turned in ten songs of what would become Do to the Beast, an artistic triumph and my personal favorite ‘Whigs record to date. That’s overcoming some serious adversity (that is to say that time is the greatest adversary).

Well, a decade and a half later, you can once again find The Afghan Whigs in the ‘new release’ bin of your local independent retailer–I couldn’t be more pleased to report that.

Pick up Do to the Beast from Sub Pop, iTunes, Amazon, or wherever fine music is sold.


Posted by Sam Sawyer

NEWS : MON, APR 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Stream The Afghan Whigs’ ‘Do to the Beast’ Now!

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The Afghan Whigs’ first full-length record in 16 years, Do to the Beast, comes out in just one week, and if you can’t wait another week, JUST ONE MORE G-D WEEK, we can completely sympathize. Thankfully, the good folks over at NPR Music have made it so you don’t have to wait another second–16 years is, in fact, long enough. Click HERE, to listen to the Do to the Beast, perhaps The Aghan Whigs best, if not most anticipated, record ever. And, I’d be doing a terrible job if I failed to mention that that’s not the only way to stream ALL of D2TB, if you pre-order the CD, LP, or digital version of the record from Sub Pop, you’ll automatically receive a link to immediately listen to the record.

One more time:

Listen to Do to the Beast via NPR Music’s First Listen here.

Pre-order Do to the Beast on CD/LP/DG here.


Posted by Sam Sawyer