Tour Dates

At this point of their career, Tennis can just release music and I’m comfortable knowing that it will be yet another enjoyable release from the duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. So many of the other artist that arrived during that golden age of music blogs have either lost a step or faded completely. But not Tennis, they have stayed as consistent as ever, a rare steady hand in a game full of flashes in the pan.

They released their solid new album Yours Conditionally this March via their own label Mutually Detrimental and this month they returned quickly with a new 5-song EP entitled We Can Die Happy.

Below I have shared two very delightful offerings from the EP, the very warm and Tennis-esque cut “Diamond Rings” as well as the sweet and tender “I Miss That Feeling.” Both prove once again that Tennis have no shortage of good tunes, or signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Find both songs posted below along with the bands upcoming winter dates, which include a stop at Brooklyn Steel on January 23.

Tennis Fall/Winter Tour 2018

Nov 24 // San Diego, CA // Music Box •
Nov 25 // Santa Ana, CA // Constellation Room •
Nov 27 // Sacramento, CA // Harlow’s •
Nov 29 // Eugene, OR // Hi-Fi Music Hall •
Nov 30 // Portland, OR // Wonder Ballroom •
Dec 1 // Seattle, WA // Neptune Theater •
Dec 2 // Vancouver, BC // The Cobalt •
Jan 6 // Denver, CO // Ogden Theater
Jan 10 // Omaha, NE // The Waiting Room
Jan 11 // Minneapolis, MN // Fine Line Music Cafe
Jan 12 // Milwaukee, WI // Turner Hall Ballroom
Jan 13 // Chicago, IL // Metro
Jan 15 // Indianapolis, IN // the Hi-Fi
Jan 16 // Detroit, MI // Majestic Theatre
Jan 18 // Toronto, ON // The Mod Club Theatre
Jan 19 // Ithaca, NY // The Haunt
Jan 20 // S. Burlington, VT // Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
Jan 21 // Boston, MA // Royale
Jan 23 // Brooklyn, NY // Brooklyn Steel
Jan 24 // Washington, DC // 9:30 Club
Jan 25 // Philadelphia, PA // Union Transfer
Jan 27 // Carrboro, NC // Cat’s Cradle
Jan 29 // Atlanta, GA // Terminal West
Jan 30 // Nashville, TN // Mercy Lounge
Feb 1 // Dallas, TX // Tree’s
Feb 2 // San Antonio, TX // Paper Tiger
Feb 3 // Austin, TX // Emo’s
• – support by Wild Ones

It’s been three years since Alvvays delighted us with their self-titled debut in 2014 (three years is a lifetime these days). We’ve been itching in anticipation of a new record from the Toronto rockers, and they’ve finally answered our prayers.

Their new album is entitled Antisocialites and will once again be released via Polyvinyl. The album is a brief 33-minutes over 10 tracks, and sees them “dive back into the deep-end of reckless romance and altered dates” and sees them renew “Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage. When describing the album, frontwoman Molly Rankin said: “This record is a fantasy breakup arc and my life nearly imitated art.”
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Grizzly Bear have officially announced the release of their new album Painted Ruins, their fifth, which will be released on August 18 via RCA Records, their first for the label.

In addition to the album announcement, the band has released a brand new track from the album entitled “Mourning Sound,” following “Three Rings,” the first song released from the album.

While “Three Rings” was more of an Ed Droste track, “Mourning Sound” feels like a more shared, collaborative effort being the band, although kicked off by Ed, Daniel Rossen’s vocals are welcomed in a big way during the chorus of “we walk with the mourning sound.” It’s another pretty track from the group, who sure are back in a big, big way.

Stream “Mourning Sound” below, and check out their newly announced two dates, which include two shows at Brooklyn Steel.
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The Last Shadow Puppets

The Last Shadow Puppets are answering a lot of our prayers this year. First with new song “Bad Habits,” then news about their brand new album Everything You’ve Come To Expect (out April via Domino Records), and now we finally have some live tour dates aside from the previously announced festival slots.

The good news is that this small set of live dates incluides a stop into New York for a somewhat intimate performance at Webster Hall. Best of all, this show will be their first U.S. show of the tour (as well as their first show stateside in many years), even ahead of their two showings at both Coachella weekends. Ah, the benefits of living in New York.

One of my biggest regrets was missing all of their previous live performances here, as I was away at school and unable to get down for the shows. I’m glad this will finally be rectified, even if it did take a painful eight years.

See you guys at Webster Hall! Find the full list of tour dates posted below.
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[new]: Sunflower Bean – “Easier Said”

By Will Oliver, January 5th 2016

Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony

Sunflower Bean rang in the new year playing a show with DIIV, no surprise, as the young New York trio are about as hardworking as they come.

Their work ethic has made the release of their debut album Human Ceremony next month (via Fat Possum) one of the most exciting prospects of this new year. We already got a taste last year through first single “Wall Watcher”, and today brings the follow-up single “Easier Said.”

This may be Sunflower Bean’s most grown up trek yet, channeling a California summer-sound that captures the likes of groups like Haim and dare I say, Fleetwood Mac. It’s a lush wonder, indebted to the past, but also looks forward with a sense of hopefulness. They show a calm-sense of restraint and maturity that their more urgent psych-rock dives don’t quite have. It’s great.

Stream “Easier Said” below and find their upcoming tour dates posted below it.
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[music video]: Sunflower Bean – “Wall Watcher”

By Will Oliver, December 15th 2015

Sunflower Bean - Wall Watcher

2016 is right around the corner. As scary as that is, it helps knowing that a few great records are already waiting for us. One of these is Human Ceremony, the debut record from New York trio Sunflower Bean. It will be released on February 5 via Fat Possum Records. Today they shared the music video for the records first single “Wall Watcher,” which premiered via Noisey.

The video was shot with Roger Sargent during a rare day off on tour in London an old buckle factory. The clock concept from the album cover comes into play during the video. It’s well shot, and fits the vibe of the song all too well.

Tickets are still on sale for their homecoming show at Bowery Ballroom on February 25. Find their full list of tour dates posted after the video as well.

Tour Dates:

2/2/16 Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
2/3/16 Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
2/6/16 Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
2/8/16 Copenhagen, DK @ Ideal Bar
2/9/16 Berlin, GR @ Berghain Kantine
2/10/16 Hamburg, GR @ Molotov Bar
2/12/16 Brussels, BE @ Botanique
2/13/16 Lille, GR @ LA Peniche
2/15/16 Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
2/16/16 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
2/18/16 London, UK @ The Dome
2/19/16 Brighton, UK @ Bleach
2/25/16 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
2/26/16 Hanover, NH @ Bones Gate Fraternity
2/27/16 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Club Upstairs
2/28/16 Montreal, QC @ Quasi Des Brumes
3/1/16 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
3/2/16 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café +
3/3/16 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern +
3/4/16 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes +
3/6/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie +
3/10/16 Washington D.C. @ Black Cat *
3/15-3/20/16 Austin, TX @ SXSW 2016
* w/ Mass Gothic
+ w/ Honduras

Springtime Carnivore

Last year Springtime Carnivore, the project of Los Angeles’ Greta Morgan, released her outstanding (self-titled) debut album, which ended up being one of my favorite albums of the year.

She’s still hard at work touring for the record, with a stop here in New York this Friday (7/31) for a performance at Mercury Lounge (tickets are still on sale here). They also just released a great new music video for the lovely album cut “Other Side Of The Boundary.” Directed by Eddie O’Keefe, the video stars different version of Morgan singing along.

Talking about the video with Noisey, Morgan explained the meaning behind the video:

There are borders around every image. Boundaries around each person — and we made them very prominent to represent the wall we all carry around ourselves, which only allows certain people to enter at certain times. The question I’m exploring is when and how can we reach the other side of those divides.

Enjoy the video posted below, along with the rest of Springtime Carnivore’s tour dates.

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[new]: CHVRCHES – “Leave A Trace”

By Will Oliver, July 16th 2015 — with 1 comment

CHVRCHES

Today Glasgow electro-pop trio CHVRCHES announced that their new album is titled Every Open Eye, and will be released on September 25 via Glassnote Records. The group recorded the album last year at their own Alucard Studios in Glasgow, the same place where they made their debut.

They followed that announcement with the release of their brand new single “Leave A Trace.” The group don’t seem to miss a beat from their 2013 breakthrough debut The Bones of What You Believe. It’s a song that sounds triumphant as all hell, with the vocals of frontwoman Lauren Mayberry push to the forefront, ready and able to deliver the punchful choruses that will soon be lodged into your brains. I can already see its placement in crucial movie scenes in the immediate future.

Stream “Leave A Trace” below, and check out some tour dates below. The band also announced they will play a special intimate show at Music Hall of Williamsburg next Thursday, with tickets going on sale tomorrow at noon.
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Stream: Day Wave – Headcase [EP]

By Will Oliver, July 14th 2015 — with 1 comment

Day Wave

Throughout the first half of 2015, Oakland’s Jackson Phillips has kept our attention with his new solo project Day Wave, releasing consistently amazing songs such as “Drag” and “We Try But We Don’t Fit In” that have perfectly captured that timeless summer feeling. Phillips has rounded up these tracks for a nice shiny package that will be released this Friday in the form of his debut EP, Headcase.

He recently released the EP’s closer (and title track) “Headcase,” a melancholiac wonder that leaves your mind in a stunning daze. It rounds out his impressive formative release, proving that Day Wave is one of the brightest up-and-comers in indie rock.

Below you can stream “Headcase” individually, along with the entire EP. If you like what you hear, go and support Day Wave and grab the EP over at iTunes. You can also find upcoming tour dates, which includes opening slots for Blonde Redhead, and a stop at NYC’s Mercury Lounge (tickets are available here).

“Headcase”:

EP Stream:

Day Wave Tour Dates:

8/4/15 San Francisco, CA @ Phoenix Hotel
8/8/15 San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar – Outside Lands Aftershow
8/19/15 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
9/15/15 Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
9/17/15 Vancouver, Canada @ Imperial *
9/19/15 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
9/21/15 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
9/23/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock *
9/24/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar *
* supporting Blonde Redhead

Mac DeMarco – “The Way You’d Love Her”

By Will Oliver, May 13th 2015

Mac DeMarco

The always hard working Mac DeMarco will release his new mini-LP Another One on August 7 via Captured Tracks.

He recently let go of opening track “The Way You’d Love Her,” a track that wastes no time establishing itself into his world which is becoming a genre of its own. It features some trippy guitar effects, with a very Mac solo to boot. It’s a groovy cut, that certainly stays true to the albums promise to have a “bittersweet, romantic sensibility.”

Mac has never let us down, doesn’t look like he plans to start now.

Stream “The Way You’d Love Her” below, and find all of Mac’s upcoming tour dates below.
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