We have signed the ferocious Toronto-based trio METZ and will release the band’s debut full-length worldwide on October 9th, 2012. The band has created a concise video piece previewing the album, which is ready to be viewed in player embedded above.
METZ will perform two shows at NXNE in Toronto this weekend: June 15th at Wrongbar, and June 16th at the Phoenix. This will be followed by a one-off show on June 22nd in Seattle at Barboza, and a festival performance on August 3rd in Sackville, NB at Sappyfest. METZ will then head out on a week-long tour, beginning August 24th in Chicago, IL at Bottom Lounge and ending September 1st in Brooklyn, NY at Death by Audio. Full tour dates below.
About METZ: As their name suggests, Toronto’s METZ are short, sharp and to the point. They play minimal post-punk with enough of a grasp of melody and dynamics to appeal to the more casual listener.
Having been on the city’s live circuit since relocating from Ottawa in 2009, their chaotic live performances have quickly gained repute as some of the city’s best. And, if a fraction of their on-stage energy translates to their October 2012 debut, a crossover to the precariously fey mainstream indie world is not out of their reach.
Confrontational without being contrived and contorted without being convoluted, METZ are working rapidly outward from a pretty rare niche and are one band whose buzz is certain to induce violent shaking.
What people are saying about METZ:
“METZ have released a few great singles so far…If you dig AmRep, Brainiac, and McLusky and songs that employ that metallic “SHRIIIIIINNG,” you are not going to want to miss these guys." – Brooklyn Vegan
“Apparently there are bands from Canada who have balls. Sharing their name with my favorite baseball team—at least phonetically—Toronto’s METZ bring the raw, early ‘90s hardcore sludge back with a vengeance. Culling from Sub Pop’s early catalog (think Melvins, Dwarves, Bleach era), these Canucks have been spewing the noise to great reception for the better part of two years.” – Impose
“With layers of abstract guitar noise and pummeling drums, songs such as “Negative Space” flailed and thrashed before us before being bludgeoned to a sudden death. Just as suddenly METZ were leaving the stage, leaving us punch-drunk and disoriented in their wake." – BlogTO
Jun 15 – Toronto, ON – Wrongbar +
Jun 16 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix \
Jun 22 – Seattle, WA – Barboza +^
Aug 03 – Sackville, NB – Sappyfest
Aug 24 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge \
Aug 25 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar \
Aug 28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks
Aug 29 – Washington, D.C. – DC9
Aug 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
Aug 31 – New York, NY – Pianos
Sep 01 – Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio
Niki & The Dove will perform at a very special concert event for YouTube Presents on Wednesday, June 13th at 4pm (EST). The performance is in support of the group’s forthcoming debut release, Instinct – available digitally in the US as an iTunes exclusive on June 12, and on CD / 2xLP August 7th right here on Sub Pop Records.
The band is scheduled to perform Instinct highlights such as “The Fox,” “DJ, Ease My Mind,” “The Drummer,” “Tomorrow,” and “Somebody” during their YouTube Presents show and the whole performance will be live streamed on YouTube’s Presents Channel as well as to fans who already subscribe to Niki & The Dove’s YouTube channel (you can subscribe to their channel right here).
This YouTube Presents event is extra special as it comes with the opportunity for Niki & The Dove fans in the New York City area to be able to attend this unique live performance (which will be broadcast live online via YouTube) and watch the live Q+A inteview with the band, moderated by Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak. Fans can not only get a chance to attend the show but are also invited to participate by offering up questions that they might have for the band for the interview portion of the show. Details on how to submit questions and enter to go to the show are provided below.
DETAILS ON HOW TO ATTENDTHESHOW: Fans who will be in the NYC area on the afternoon (4PM EST, specifically) of June 13th should email Sub Pop at firstname.lastname@example.org before Saturday June 9th for their chance to attend the YouTube Presents event. Emails need to have NIKIANDYOUTUBEPRESENTS in the email’s Subject Line to be eligible. Fans who respond early will increase their chance at entry. Those who get a spot to the show will receive a confirmation email by Monday, June 11th which will secure their place in the audience and will provide more information on show as well directions/instructions for entry. This is open to all ages, but everyone who attends must be able to present valid ID upon entry (or, for the kids, be with an adult who can).
DETAILS ON HOW TO GETYOURQUESTIONSANSWERED BY NIKI & THEDOVE:
For those of you with questions for Niki & The Dove, now might just be your best chance to get them answered! The band will be interviewed live by Gawker.com’s Rich Juzwiak after performance and we will be looking to the comments on the band’s Facebook and YouTube page for great questions to add to the interview. Leave your questions in the comment section under this video on the band’s YouTube channel or on their Facebook page and be sure and leave your name so we can call you out if your question is used!
In more Niki & The Dove in NYC news, the band has scheduled two more performances for June 14: A session (and on air performance) at KEXP’s “Cutting Room” studios at 12pm EST and an evening show in Brooklyn, NY at Glasslands Gallery during the Northside Fest.
Catch these performances before Niki & The Dove embark on their first-ever US tour later this summer, in support of Instinct. Their 6-week tour begins August 31st in Los Angeles, CA at The Echo and will wrap up on October 4th, in San Francisco, CA at Popscene. The tour also includes an appearance on September 2nd in Seattle, WA at Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival. From September 5th – 27th, Niki & The Dove will act as act as direct support for 4AD recording artist Twin Shadow’s fall tour. Full tour dates can be found below.
Don’t just take our word for it! More praise for Niki & The Dove:
“…It’s a beautiful, emotive celebration of the power of pop when it’s been made for the love of the art.” – BBC
“They deserve to have the whole word hear these songs. Heck they deserve some sort of Nobel Pop Prize.” [8/10] – NME
“The greatest thing about “Tomorrow” is that even though the end of days may be nigh and this may be the last moment of these lovers’ lives, that cry of intent is delivered like a knockout punch." [Best New Track] – Pitchfork
Niki & The Dove on Tour
Jun 14 Brooklyn, NY – Northside Fest (Glasslands)
Aug 31 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Sep 01 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
Sep 02 Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
Sep 05 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls +
Sep 07 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre +
Sep 08 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room +
Sep 09 Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre +
Sep 11 Norman, OK – Opolis +
Sep 13 Dallas, TX – Trees +
Sep 14 Austin, TX – The Mohawk +
Sep 16 Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds +
Sep 17 McAllen, TX – Cine El Rey +
Sep 18 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree +
Sep 19 Atlanta, GA – The Earl +
Sep 21 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel +
Sep 23 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Sep 24 Washington, DC – Black Cat +
Sep 25 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer +
Sep 27 New York, NY – Webster Hall +
Sep 29 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Oct 02 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
Oct 03 Chicago, IL – Schubas
Oct 04 San Francisco, CA – Popscene
Poor Moon is back and following up their March 2012 EP release of “Illusions” with a self-titled, full-length debut, scheduled for release here on Sub Pop on August 28th, 2012 (and September 3rd in UK/Europe on Bella Union). Poor Moon will be available in CD, LP and digital formats and features the lead single, “Holiday,” which we have made available for download in the player above. Have a listen!
The band is also kicking off their west coast tour this week, playing select dates with Hardly Art band Gold Leaves and performing at Sonoma, CA’s Huichica Music Festival on June 2nd. You’ll find their complete current tour schedule below.
Poor Moon on Tour
May 30 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
May 31 Arcata, CA – Jambalaya ^
Jun 01 San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall ^
Jun 02 Sonoma, CA – Huichica Music Fest
Jun 03 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst ^
Jun 04 Santa Barbara, CA – Soho Restaurant & Music Club ^
Jun 06 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo ^
Jun 07 San Diego, CA – Casbah ^
Jun 10 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Ampitheatre
We have more news today from Australia’s Husky. You’ll find a brand-new introduction video to the band in the player above and we have a free download of “History’s Door” and their video for “The Woods” available here for you now too. Have at it.
Now that you’ve seen and heard a little more from the band, we’re happy to tell you that Husky’s debut album, Forever So, is available as of today via Sub Pop on iTunes,
as is the pre-order option for the album on subpop.com for folks seeking to own Forever So on CD/LP.
Those of you that do pre-order early from subpop.com will also be the likely recipient of the subpop.com pre-order incentive of a Husky Tote Bag and the opportunity to take advantage of specially priced bundle offers of album + t-shirts. This tote bag thing is a while-supplies-last type of deal, so you should probably order now if your tote bag wants are feeling particularly feverish.
While we are dispensing of useful news, it’s definitely worth mentioning that Husky is mere days away from starting their tour with label-mates The Head and the Heart. We’ve taken to the liberty of listing Husky’s full tour schedule below for you, so take a look, they may just be headed to a venue near you.
Really what we’re saying here is that whatever your Huksy or Forever So needs are, we’re guessing that you will find that they can be easily met today.
Husky on Tour
May 31 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV ^
Jun 01 Fillmore, San Francisco, CA ^
Jun 02 Fillmore, San Francisco, CA ^
Jun 04 The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA ^
Jun 05 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ ^
Jun 07 Granada Theater, Dallas, TX ^
Jun 08 Warehouse Live, Houston, TX ^
Jun 09 Stubb’s Waller Creek, Austin, TX ^
Jun 10 Stubb’s Waller Creek, Austin, TX ^
Jun 12 Schubas, Chicago, IL
Jun 14 NXNE, Toronto, Canada
Jun 15 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
Jul 13 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
Jul 14 Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
Jul 15 Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Jul 17 Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
Jul 19 Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
Jul 20 Crocodile, Seattle, WA
Jul 23 Festival Hall, West Melbourne , Australia
Jul 25 Horden Pavilion, Sydney , Australia
Jul 29 Splendour in the Grass Festival, Byron Bay, Australia
If you missed his previously released videos, you can find them all on Sub Pop’s Father John Misty Playlist on Youtube or, perhaps more conveniently if you happen to be reading this, you can also locate them in the handy individual links provided below.
Father John Misty on Tour
May 14 – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
May 15 – Petit Campus, Montreal, Canada
May 16 – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
May 18 – Mercury Lounge, New York City, NY
May 19 – Knitting Factory (BK), Brooklyn, NY
May 20 – Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
May 22 – Masquerade Music Park, Atlanta, GA
May 23 – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA
May 24 – Fitzgeralds (TX), Houston, TX
May 25 – Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas, TX
May 26 – Mohawk, Austin, TX
Jun 02 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Jun 03 – Privatclub, Berlin, Germany
Jun 04 – Ekko, Utrecht, Netherlands
Jun 06 – Shacklewell Arms, London, United Kingdom
Jun 07 – Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
Jun 08 – Fleche D’Or, Paris, France
Jun 10 – No Direction Home Festival, Welbeck Abbey , United Kingdom
Jul 11 – Ottawa Blues Fest, Ottawa, Canada
Jul 20 – Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle, WA
Jul 27 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
Jul 28 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, Australia
Jul 29 – Splendour in the Grass Festival, Byron Bay, Australia
Today we are happy to share with you a brand new video off Shearwater’s Animal Joy for “You As You Were,” (directed by Alix Lambert). You can check out the video located conveniently above or the next time you are looking around Youtube or Vimeo, you’ll be able to find it on Sub Pop’s YouTube and Vimeo channels as well.
Shearwater is also going to heading out on tour starting in May in support of St. Vincent and we have the full list of tour dates copied below for you.
March 28 Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
March 29 Brussels, BE – Botanique
March 30 Brighton, UK – Haunt
March 31 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
April 01 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
April 02 Oxford, UK – The Cellar
April 03 London, UK – Scala
April 04 Tourcoing, FR – Le Grand Mix
April 05 Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
April 06 Düdingen, CH – Bad Bonn
April 07 Annecy, FR – Le Brise Glace
April 08 Gallen, CH – Palace
April 09 Milano, IT – Bloom
April 10 Rome, IT – Circolo Degli Artisti
April 11 Ravenna, IT – Bronson
April 12 Lubijana, SI – Menza pri koritu
April 16 Dresden, DE – GrooveStation
April 17 Hamburg, DE – Prinzenbar
April 18 Berlin, DE – Comet
April 19 Istanbul, TR – Babylon
April 21 Athen, GR – AN Club
May 03 Providence, RI – Lupo’s +
May 05 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom +
May 06 New York City, NY – Le Poisson Rouge +
May 07 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar +
May 08 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall +
May 09 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s +
May 10 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre +
May 11 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre +
May 12 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue +
May 14 Omaha, NE – Slowdown +
May 15 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom +
May 17 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall +
May 18 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree +
May 19 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse +
May 21 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom +
May 22 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre +
May 23 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle +
May 24 Richmond, VA – The National +
May 28 Gorge, WA – Sasquatch! Festival