Need to hear some wise words from a grown up? We sure do. And we greatly encourage you to watch Sleater-Kinney’s installment of Rookie’s “Ask a Grown Woman” feature. Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker answer a few questions from Rookie’s readers, recorded during a stop on their sold-out spring U.K. trek in support of No Cities To Love.
Sleater-Kinney’s previously announced 2015 tour schedule resumes Saturday, July 18th with a headlining performance at Pitchfork Music Festival, and their next festival appearance will be November 21st-22nd in Mexico City’s Corona Capital Festival.
Then from December 4th-16th, Sleater-Kinney will embark on a Midwestern-East Coast U.S. For the December 12th-16th dates, the group will play five special shows throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, moving from the large to intimate. Venues include Kings Theatre (Dec. 12th), Terminal 5 (Dec. 13th), Irving Plaza (Dec. 14th), Music Hall of Williamsburg (Dec. 15th), and Market Hotel (Dec. 16th).
If you’re into things that are “the best,” Sleater-Kinney’s No Cities To Love is already coming up as one of the best reviewed albums of the year with “Best of 2015 (so far)” notices from the likes of Time, USA Today, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The AV Club, The Guardian, Complex, NME, Stereogum, PASTE, and SPIN. No Cities To Love is available worldwide from Sub Pop.
What are “They” saying about it?
“America’s fiercest punk band….10 songs in 33 minutes, not a dud in the bunch, all surging in uptempo stomp-down-the-door mode. There’s more low-end thud to their sound than before. The whole album crackles with the palpable excitement of three rock lifers in a room, eager to see what happens when they plug in and let it rip.” [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] - Rolling Stone
“The trio still snap and crackle on their first set since 2005. No Cities… might sound chaotic at first, but each element—Corin Tucker’s sweet snarl, Janet Weiss’ rugged beats, Carrie Brownstein’s noisy solos—is exactly in its right place.” [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] - Entertainment Weekly
“…33 minutes of unbridled ferocity” [Best Albums of 2015 (so far)] -Time
Tour Dates Jul. 18 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival [SOLD OUT] Nov. 21 - 22 - Mexico City, MX - Corona Capital Festival Dec. 04 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Dec. 05 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall Dec. 06 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s Dec. 08 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre Dec. 09 - Cleveland, OH - Masonic Auditorium Dec. 10 - Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall at Babeville Dec. 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre Dec. 13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 Dec. 14 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza [SOLD OUT] Dec. 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg [SOLD OUT] Dec. 16 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel [SOLD OUT]
Now available for your eyes and ears: The Helio Sequence’s official video for “Battle Lines”, from their self-titled 6th effort, directed by Robin Washburn and featuring animation from Emanuelle Kabu (“Upward Mobility”).
Robin had this to say about the new video: “Exciting to work with The Helio Sequence again, and felt very lucky to have collaborated with Emanuele Kabu. My particular contribution to the look of the “live” portion of this video involved running the motion vector information through a small set of looping “electric” colors, then blacking out the static background, creating a kind of Tron-like world. Once that was in place we sent it off to Emanuele to dream up whatever he wanted… and I think it all turned out fantastic. A really fun project to be involved in.”
The Helio Sequence is out now on CD/LP/DL worldwide from Sub Pop, and you can spend your hard earned dollars (or your allowance) on it via Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. Everyone who purchases the LP from megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser Edition” on yellow-colored vinyl.
The band’s U.S. west coast tour resumes Saturday, July 11th in Seattle, WA at The Neptune and currently ends October 1st in Spokane, WA at INB Performing Arts Center. Additionally the band have added an appearance at Victoria, BC’s Rifflandia Festival on September 19th.
Tour Dates July 11 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune Jul. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent Jul. 15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Jul. 16 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Jul. 17 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah Jul. 18 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door Aug. 23 - Portland, OR- MusicFestNW Sep. 19 - Victoria, BC - Rifflandia Festival Sep. 30 - Missoula, MT - Adams Event Center* Oct. 01 - Spokane, WA - INB Performing Arts Center* * w/ Death Cab For Cutie
Lyla Foy’s beautiful debut, Mirrors the Sky, was released about a month ago to an awful lot of well deserved critical acclaim, and she’s about to embark on an extensive tour, including a first trip through the good old U. S. of A. Watch this brand new live performance of the album track, “Impossible”, and see Lyla on tour.
Today is only the second day in the entire history of the world that The Postal Service’s now classic debut/only record, Give Up has been released—only the second! Just two days in history dedicated to a release with such notable import? It seems tragically unfair, but such is the way release dates work—upon second thought, I guess that most records only see one release day, and only the very special ones get two. Well, today is one of those special days, a day in which The Postal Service and Sub Pop renew our vows, so to speak. What makes the Give Up: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition special? I’m glad that I presumed you asked. This triple LP/double CD version of the album has 15 bonus tracks, including two brand new Postal Service songs.
*Watch the short documentary about the genesis of The Postal Service from Ben and Jimmy themselves in the player above. *
Apr 09 Grand Sierra Theater, Reno, NV
Apr 10 Mondavi Center, Davis, CA
Apr 12 Madonna Expo Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
Apr 13 Coachella Valley Music & Arts, Indio, CA
Apr 15 Fox Theater (CA), Pomona, CA
Apr 18 Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Apr 19 Chelsea Ballroom , Las Vegas, NV
Apr 20 Coachella Valley Music & Arts, Indio, CA
May 18 Manchester Academy (Academy 1), Manchester, United Kingdom
May 19 Brixton Academy, London, United Kingdom
May 20 Brixton Academy, London, United Kingdom
May 21 Le Trianon, Paris, France
May 23 Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona, Spain
May 27 Sasquatch! Festival, Gorge, WA
May 28 Knitting Factory (ID), Boise, ID
May 29 Salt Air, Magna, UT
May 30 Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
Jun 01 Free Press Summer Fest, Houston, TX
Jun 02 Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Jun 03 Verizon Theater (GP), Grand Prairie, TX
Jun 05 Hard Rock Live (FL), Orlando, FL
Jun 06 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Jun 07 Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh, NC
Jun 08 LC Pavillion, Columbus, OH
Jun 10 Fillmore (MI), Detroit, MI
Jun 11 Air Canada Centre ON, Toronto, Canada
Jun 12 Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA
Jun 14 Barclays Center, New York, NY
Jun 15 Barclays Center, New York, NY
Jun 17 Mann Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Jun 18 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
Jul 16 Rogers Arena, Vancouver , Canada
Jul 17 Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR
Jul 26 The Greek Theatre (Berkeley), Berkeley, CA
Jul 27 The Greek Theatre (Berkeley), Berkeley, CA
Jul 30 Midland Theatre (MO), Kansas City, MO
Jul 31 Midland Theatre (MO), Kansas City, MO
Aug 02 Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul, MN
Aug 03 Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
Vanishing Point, Mudhoney’s latest in a long (and getting longer…), illustrious (and getting illustriouser…) “career” comes out today on Sub Pop Records. This is their ninth full-length record in 25 years, and these guys continue to write, record and perform music with unflagging passion, intensity, incisive humor and real g-d charm. It has always been and continues to be our great good fortune to work with Mudhoney. Happy release day, you guys!
Last night (the night popularly known as “Vanishing Point Eve”), these same Mudhonies played a really entirely excellent and altogether FREE set at Easy Street Records in West Seattle, WA. It was a super fun event and you can read more about it here.