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Caroline Rose offers a Track by Track breakdown of her new album, LONER: Stream

Track by Track is a recurring new music feature in which an artist takes us through each song on their latest album.

It’s refreshing to see an album so completely indistinguishable from the artist who created it that their personality is right there on the cover. LONER, the sophomore effort of singer-songwriter Caroline Rose, is truly an expression of both passion and personality, with Rose  writing and arranging every song on the record as well as standing front and center on both its artwork and in its music videos. To just look at the cover image — Rose, glazed over in fitness gear, lighting a pack’s worth of cigarettes — is to grasp the album’s blend of humor, yearning, and sarcasm. In an era of endless, ear-numbing streams, LONER grabs your chin and commands your eyes.

Alongside producer Paul Butler, Rose oscillated between keys, guitar, and bass while also programming the synths and drums and taking on mixing duties. The result is a bold, kaleidoscopic collection that propels Rose far beyond the fetching rockabilly of her debut, 2014’s I Will Not Be Afraid. LONER dabbles in a bit of everything: A rubbery bass line pulses beneath tactile, cabasa-like twists amidst the self-aware sleaze of “Soul No. 5”, plucking violin strings form a sturdy spine for the single’s lament that is “Getting To Me”, and pop-inspired synths snake their way through nearly every corner of the record. “I’d say this album was as much inspired by Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears as it was late-’70s punk,” Rose says in a press release.

LONER is out today, and you can stream the whole thing below via Spotify and/or Apple Music.

To give further insight about LONER, Rose takes us through the LP Track by Track, sharing which song’s her favorite, which one was written entirely on an OP-1, and which one reminds her of “Mambo No. 5” (spoiler: It’s “Soul No. 5”).

“More Of The Same”:
I often think about things like faith and what we choose to put our faith in. When I was a kid I used to put my faith in everything, I believed in everything. I was convinced that magic and Yoda were real. I literally practiced moving things with my brain knowing that one day I would be able to master the skill. When I wrote this song I was channeling that moment of disillusionment when this faith in things, in people, in the world, starts to fade. In the song I liken the feeling to floating around in a vacuum of space, but this is really just a visual for when the magic trick is revealed and suddenly you don’t know what to believe in anymore. When the flaws in people and in things you love are discovered, it’s a growing pain that’s both humbling and disappointing.

I always imagined a sort of demented prom queen character in this song, like a blend between Carrie and Drop Dead Gorgeous. I visualize a lot of my songs, so they sort of end up becoming movies in my head, but obviously they start out from a place of personal experience. I wrote this as if I’m having a conversation with myself, kind of like the angel and devil sitting on my shoulders. I was doubting myself, feeling like I couldn’t be what people were asking of me, that I’d choke under the pressure of it all. As we all know it’s a common stereotype that women can’t handle their emotions in pressure situations, so the song also plays with the conflicting feeling knowing that if I were to choke under pressure I’d just become another stereotype.

Ha! I don’t know how much there is to say about this, it’s not really mysterious in any way, nor is it preachy. I want and need money just as much as anybody else. It’s pretty self-explanatory methinks.

“Jeannie Becomes a Mom”:
This is my favorite song on the record. I wrote the entire thing, hooks and all, on an OP-1, which is an amazing little digital synth you can fit in a backpack. I love playing this tune but I also love the story it tells. It was loosely inspired by a friend who accidentally got pregnant, but I took a lot of creative liberty with it and blended a lot of things I was feeling in my own life. Every so often I’ll have bouts of pretty bad anxiety, where it feels like I’m running out of time. It makes me think about all my goals, that no matter how many dreams I fulfill I’m never going to be able to outrun time or my often rude reality. Jeannie is a little bit of me and a little bit of my friend and a lot bit of everyone attempting to build a dream-life for themselves.

“Getting To Me”:
I remember exactly when and where I wrote this. It was in my little apartment in Vermont I’d painted to look like a hacienda-meets-bizarro-taxidermy-shop. I was extremely lonely at the time. I hadn’t dated in years and really wanted to be with someone. Tinder was not for me but it seemed to be the only way to meet queer people in an predominantly straight place, which felt doubly lonely. I remember walking down the street and seeing couples everywhere. Every time I’d go to a restaurant alone I’d have to watch the waiter take away the place setting across from me. I eventually just started sitting at the counter and found it funny that that’s where all the single people sit. It’s interesting what you notice when you’re alone with your own thoughts.

“To Die Today”:
Thinking about death, to me, helps me fully appreciate life. I’ve heard that a near-death experience is extremely sensory, that it can feel like a warm wash come over you, the relief of leaving your body, or like you’re covered in light. I’d really rather not die any time soon but I would love to experience this. Sometimes it brings me real comfort knowing that all the pain in life is only temporary.

Caroline Rose -- Loner

“Soul No. 5”:
This song has gone through five different versions, hence the “No. 5” (also because it fondly reminds me of “Mambo No. 5”). I wrote the original years ago, but it always bugged me how earnest it was. As my style took shape I found the lyrics just didn’t challenge me anymore, so when we were in the studio my co-producer Paul Butler gave me really good advice. He said, “just take the piss out of it”, which in British means, “have fun with it”. It makes me laugh now. I am not ashamed in the least that it’s a feel-good song.

“Smile! AKA Schizodrift Jam 1 AKA Bikini Intro”:
(haha) What a ridiculous song! This is most definitely poking fun at all the times I’ve been told to smile in my life. I originally had twice as many voices in here but having to listen to them over and over was slowly dragging Paul closer to the brink of insanity. They’re mostly mine and Paul’s pitch-shifted, but he also found a way to record these robot voices from the internet, which were pretty hilarious. Schizodrift is what I call my genre of music and “Schizodrift Jam 1” was this amazing jam I’d recorded of my old band playing together for the first time. This is us recreating the jam sesh.

I love this one so much, it’s my riot grrl feminist surf punk anthem. It’s about so many things, but mostly about being female-identifying in the entertainment industry and the standard we’re supposed to live up to. This one’s best listened to with middle fingers up.

Caroline Rose, photo by Matt Hogan

Caroline Rose, photo by Matt Hogan

Whenever I get anxious or slightly manic the paranoia immediately sets in. I wouldn’t say my music is fettered with paranoia but it definitely makes an appearance more often than not. In this case you’d think I’d be talking about trash talk from other people, but I’m really pointing out the loud chatter in my own head. I am and always have been my own worst enemy, which I think is true for a lot of people out there.

This is as close to a love song as you’ll get on this album. In the most blunt sense it’s about a very visceral jealousy I’d had over an ex who was falling in love with someone new (I like that you can’t really tell if I’m jealous of the man or the woman in the story). It was very painful because I really thought I was over it and had moved on, but when you realize you’re still in love with someone the thought of them being physical with someone else drives you mental. Your imagination starts playing very mean tricks on you.

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Parquet Courts announce new album, Wide Awake!, produced by Danger Mouse

Parquet Courts have announced a new album called Wide Awake!. Due out May 18th via Rough Trade, the full-length follows last year’s collaboration with Daniele Luppi and Karen O, MILANO, and 2016’s Human Performance.

The 13-track effort was produced by Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, who actually initiated the collaboration. The mega-producer’s offer was providential, as the Brooklyn garage rockers were looking for a way to push beyond their comfort zone. “I personally liked the fact that I was writing a record that indebted to punk and funk, and Brian’s a pop producer who’s made some very polished records,” said singer/guitarist A Savage. “I liked that it didn’t make sense.”

Illogical as it may have seemed, the collaboration led to an album that perfectly expressed the band’s current feelings of both ferocity and vulnerability. “In such a hateful era of culture, we stand in opposition to that — and to the nihilism used to cope with that — with ideas of passion and love,” explained guitarist/songwriter Austin Brown.

That anti-nihilistic search for serenity is well represented on the album’s lead single, “Almost Had To Start A Fight / In And Out Of Patience”. The track is a shambolic post-punk revivalist jam that’s held tightly together by Burton’s board work and drummer Max Savage’s taut percussion. “I want I want I want I want/ Not to feel numb about death,” Savage yelps poignantly. “Finding finding finding finding/ Peace is not an easy task/ We need we need we need we need/ To see if there’s any left.”

Take a listen via the lyric video below. Pre-orders for Wide Awake! are available here.

Wide Awake! Artwork:

Parquet Courts -- Wide Awake!

Wide Awake! Tracklist:
01. Total Football
02. Violence
03. Before the Water Gets Too High
04. Mardi Gras Beads
05. Almost Had to Start a Fight/In And Out of Patience
06. Freebird II
07. Normalization
08. Back to Earth
09. Wide Awake
10. NYC Observation
11. Extinction
12. Death Will Bring Change
13. Tenderness

Parquet Courts will support Wide Awake! on their forthcoming tour, including a new batch of summer dates with Goat Girl. Find their complete docket ahead.

Parquet Courts 2018 Tour Dates:
02/22 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Coconut Grove Ballroom *
02/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever ^
02/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever #
04/24 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
04/26 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s – Levitation %
04/27 – Norman, OK @ Norman Music Festival
04/28 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
04/29 – Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre
05/05 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/23 – Boston, MA @ Royale &
05/24 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom &
05/25 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall &
05/26 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount &
05/27 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre &
05/28 – Detroit, MI @ El Club &
05/30 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre &
05/31 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line &
06/01 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada &
06/02 – St Louis, MO @ Ready Room &
06/03 – Nashville, TN @ Basement East &
06/05 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel &
06/06 – Carborro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle &
06/07 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club &
06/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer &
07/04 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
07/05 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
07/06 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
07/08 – Hérouville saint Clair, FR @ Festival Beauregard Festival
07/12 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Festival
07/14 – Beccles, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/15 – Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
07/17 – Duedingen, CH @ Bad Bonn

* = w/ Thurston Moore, Heron Oblivion
^ = w/ Mary Lattimore
# = w/ Anna St. Louis
% = w/ Ty Segall
& = w/ Goat Girl

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Mating Ritual share the Origins of two new songs, “U + Me Will Never Die” and “Splitting in Two”: Stream

Origins is a recurring new music feature in which artists delve into the influences of their latest musical creations.

When Pacific Air went on hiatus in 2014, Ryan Lawhon used the downtime to launch a solo project he baptized Mating Ritual. Following the release of his 2017 debut, How You Gonna Stop It?, Lawhon realized how much he missed working alongside collaborators — specifically, his brother and former bandmate, Taylor. So with Pacific Air still resting, the Lawhons decided to get back together for Mating Ritual’s sophomore effort, the forthcoming Light Myself on Fire.

Due out May 4th via Ryan’s own Smooth Jaws label, Light Myself on Fire features nine tracks that are “darker, grittier” than Mating Ritual’s first effort. The shift comes from a blending of the siblings’ varied musical dispositions as they explore their personal maturation in what Ryan calls a “better-late-than-never coming of age record.”

Lead single “U + Me Will Never Die”, for example, comes in on a deep breath that exhales as a murky disco hip-shaker, an uneasy dance as Ryan wrestles with the fact that so much of his inspiration comes while intoxicated. Thick synths weigh on the good times, a reminder that the best feelings — especially those induced by external substances — are never eternal. The song’s B-side, “Splitting in Two”, is a breakup track befitting its title. Buzzier and heavier, it plays out like someone dragging their finger along a spinning Miike Snow record.

Both tracks are being premiering today along with their respective Origin stories. Listen below and read on to learn how living together and watching High Fidelity impacted the duo’s new music.

“U + Me Will Never Die”:

“‘U + Me’ is about relying on substances for creative inspiration, the feeling of invincibility you get when you don’t have to be in your own mind for a bit. I’m not glorifying drug use nor am I condemning it, I’m just coming to terms with the fact thats it’s become part of my life, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it.” — Ryan Lawhon


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Last summer, my brother and I moved to Mt. Washington, a neighborhood that despite being only 10 minutes from DTLA, feels like a remote community where you can do anything you want. Having never lived together, we took advantage of our lack of neighbors and began writing music late at night, something we’ve never really had the opportunity to do before. It wasn’t a conscious decision, more an inadvertent side effect of drinking too much wine and not being able to fall asleep, but it yielded a shift in our writing where we focused less and relied more on instinct.


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There isn’t anything special about Footsies, with the exception of it being the only bar within walking distance of our house, and the fact that people lose their shit there. DJs are usually on point, drinks are cheap, and depending on the night it’s a pretty diverse crowd. We started many songs on the record (including this one) while walking home after last call, twisting melodies and beats we’d heard earlier and recording till morning in our home studio.

Ken Lazlo — “Tonight”:

I don’t remember when or where I first heard this song, but for some reason it stuck with me this past summer. The more we indulged ourselves in 80’s pop, the more we became obsessed with no hit wonders like this and Ryan Paris’ “Dolce Vita”. Since I was born two years after its release, I’m not burdened with the context of these artists in the way I am with modern artists, especially in the pop landscape which I assume these songs lived. I enjoy it as escapism to a time that I’m sure isn’t much different from the life I’m living now

“Splitting in Two”:

“‘Splitting in Two’ is about dealing with the after math of an intertwined long term relationship. When you have all the same friends, live in the same neighborhood and work together, it’s hard not to be reminded of that person everywhere you go.” — Ryan Lawhon

Darkel — “Be My Friend”:

This song was a turning point for what we listened to in high school. I was into emo and post punk, and Taylor folk, but this song opened us up to the whole French electro movement that was happening. We still use this song as a template for our synth and sound design.

Beyond the Mind’s Eye:

This early CG film (with music by Jan Hammer) might be our most watched movie. Released the year Taylor was born, it’s another one of those things that’s just always been a part of our lives. Essentially a compilation of avant garde music videos, every time we make a down tempo synth song it’s hard for me to imagine any other visual but this film, specifically the butterfly scene.

High Fidelity:

Having never read the book, the film was a defining view of breakups for me growing up. I think it’s important to gain perspective in times of emotional stress. No need to make reactionary moves that might permanently burn bridges. The grass isn’t always greener.

Light Myself on Fire Artwork:

Mating Ritual -- Light Myself on Fire

Light Myself on Fire Tracklist:
01. Light Myself On Fire
02. U + Me Will Never Die
03. Heaven’s Lonely
04. Stop Making Sense
05. Low Light
06. Splitting In Two
07. Monster
08. Lust And Commitment
09. I Know So Much Less Than I Thought I Did

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Dashboard Confessional unveil new album, Crooked Shadows: Stream

Dashboard Confessional have returned with their first album in over eight years, Crooked Shadows. Apple Music and Spotify users can stream it in full below.

The nine-track collection is Dashboard Confessional’s debut release on Fueled By Ramen. It was produced by frontman Chris Carrabba with Jonathan Clark and co-producer Colin Brittain.

(Read: The 30 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018)

“One day off tour I woke up one morning and I walked downstairs and I wrote a song,” Carrabba told The New York Times about the genesis of the album. “It was evident from the first melodic idea that this was a Dashboard song… After all that time I’d begun to wonder if they’d ever come back, and when they came back they came back in rapid succession. The whole thing was a cavalcade and I just surrendered to it.”

During the lead-up to Crooked Shadows, Dashboard Confessional shared two singles, “We Fight” and “Heart Beat Here”.

Crooked Shadows Artwork:

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Crooked Shadows Tracklist:
01. We Fight
02. Catch You
03. About Us
04. Heart Beat Here
05. Belong
06. Crooked Shadows
07. Open My Eyes
08. Be Alright
09. Just What To Say

Crooked Shadows is the follow-up to 2009’s Alter the Ending. Dashboard Confessional will commence their North American trek behind the release on February 21st in Vancouver. They’ll be joined by Philly punk outfit Beach Slang during the US leg of the tour. Check out the complete schedule here, and grab tickets here.

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Fugazi’s Joe Lally and Brendan Canty form The Messthetics, share “Serpent Tongue” from self-titled debut: Listen

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Underneath Fugazi’s chugging and churning guitar riffs sat one of punk rock’s tightest rhythm sections. Now, for the first time since the underground legends went on “hiatus” in 2003, bassist Joe Lally and drummer Brendan Canty are back together in a brand new band.

The musicians have formed a project called The Messthetics with DC guitar player Anthony Pirog. For years, Pirog has been seen as something of a virtuoso in the DC scene, performing mainly in jazz circles but also playing in doomy noise outfits and joining Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin in Skysaw.

As The Messthetics, the power trio make experimental sounds that re-envisions punk as an outlet for the sort of heady riffage found in ’70s rock. Such is the case with their debut single, “Serpent Tongue”. With Canty producing as well as delivering tight precision behind the kit, Pirog demonstrates the sort of fiery dexterity that’s made him such a local favorite. Take a listen below (via NPR).

“Serpent Tongue” comes from The Messthetics’ self-titled debut, due out March 23rd via Dischord Records. The effort was recorded live at Canty’s practice space and features minimal overdubs. Digital pre-orders are here, while physical ones can be purchased here. The album art and tracklist are ahead.

The Messthetics Artwork:

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The Messthetics Tracklist:
01. Mythomania
02. Serpent Tongue
03. Once Upon a Time
04. Quantum Path
05. Your Own World
06. The Inner Ocean
07. Radiation Fog
08. Crowds and Power
09. The Weaver

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Hop Along announce new album, Bark Your Head Off, Dog, share lead single, “How Simple”: Stream

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Philadelphia punk outfit Hop Along are back with a new record, Bark Your Head Off, Dog, their follow-up to 2015’s excellent Painted Shut. It’s due out April 6th via Saddle Creek.

Concerned with themes of power and one’s misguided perceptions of it, the album was born from anxiety regarding the current political and social climate. “I’ve been thinking about that a lot. That I just deferred to men throughout my life,” songwriter Frances Quinlan says in a press statement. “But by thinking you’re powerless, you’re really robbing yourself. I’m at a point in my life where I’m saying instead, ‘Well, what can I do?’”

Self-produced and recorded at The Headroom in Philadelphia by guitarist Joe Reinhart and the studio’s Kyle Pulley, Bark Your Head Off, Dog is said to broaden the band’s instrumental palette with the addition of strings, vocoder, and harmonies from Chrissy Tashijan of Philly punk band Thin Lips.

Accompanying the album announcement is “How Simple”, the LP’s opening song and lead single. As on Painted Shut, Quinlan’s bravura vocals scale over off-kilter guitar lines and rapidly shifting tempos before landing on an infectious shout-along chorus. Of the song’s themes of self-discovery, Quinlan says, “People romanticize the idea of finding themselves, but when they do, at least in my experience, it can be really difficult. You see how you fail others and how others fail you.” Listen to it below.

The LP will be available as a 500-copy limited edition tri-color striped vinyl, which you can pre-order here. See the album’s artwork and tracklist below.

Bark Your Head Off, Dog Artwork:

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Bark Your Head Off, Dog Tracklist:
01. How Simple
02. Somewhere a Judge
03. How You Got Your Limp
04. Not Abel
05. The Fox in Motion
06. One That Suits Me
07. What the Writer Meant
08. Look of Love
09. Prior Things

Hop Along will also be hitting the road this summer for a tour of the U.S. and Canada.

Hop Along 2018 Tour Dates:
05/01 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
05/02 – Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts
05/03 – Boston, MA @ Royale
05/05 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
05/06 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
05/07 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
05/08 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
05/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
05/11 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
05/12 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
05/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
05/15 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
05/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
05/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
06/01 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
06/02 – Montreal, QC @ Le Belmont
06/03 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
06/05 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
06/06 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
06/08 – Toronto, ON @The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
06/09 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
06/10 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
06/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
06/13 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
06/16  Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
06/18 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
06/19 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
06/22 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
06/23 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

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Hot Snakes announce first album in 14 years, Jericho Sirens, share “Six Wave Hold-Down”: Stream

San Diego’s Hot Snakes have announced their first album on Sub Pop, Jericho Sirens. The garage punk outfit’s long awaited follow-up to 2004’s Audit in Progress arrives on March 16th.

The band self-produced and recorded their fourth studio album in Philadelphia and San Diego throughout 2017. “I considered stopping playing guitar on a social media poll after I completely mastered the instrument,” co-founder John Reis said through a press statement. “But so many people kept sending me letters and voicemail messages, asking me at the dry cleaners, or the butcher shop to bring back Hot Snakes.”

(Read: The 10 Most Anticipated Punk Albums of 2018)

“The inspiration would be simple, maybe even kind of straightforward,” he added. “Very early rock ‘n’ roll DNA with lots of rules. I would find some note or rhythm in it that captivated me and I dwelled on it and bent it… A lot of the other Hot Snakes records always had tension and release, but this one is mainly just tension.”

Jericho Sirens is available for pre-order here. Physical releases can be purchased through Sub Pop here, including a limited Loser Edition LP on black vinyl.

As a preview, Hot Snakes have unveiled a new song called “Six Wave Hold-Down”. It was one of the first tracks written for the project and charges forward with reckless abandon. Hear it below.

Jericho Sirens Artwork:

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Jericho Sirens Tracklist:
01. I Need a Doctor
02. Candid Cameras
03. Why Don’t It Sink In?
04. Six Wave Hold-Down
05. Jericho Sirens
06. Death Camp Fantasy
07. Having Another?
08. Death Doula
09. Psychoactive
10. Death of a Sportsman

Hot Snakes will be playing a new string of Midwestern US dates following a previously announced UK tour and hometown release show in San Diego on March 7th. Check out the complete itinerary below.

Hot Snakes 2018 Tour Dates:
01/25 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
01/26 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
01/27 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
01/28 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
01/30 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
01/31 – Cambridge, UK @ The Portland
02/01 – Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mikes
02/02 – London, UK @ The Dome
02/03 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
03/07 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/09 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
03/10 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
03/11 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
03/13 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
03/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill
03/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
03/16 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

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Preoccupations announce new album, New Material, share stormy lead single, “Espionage”: Stream

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Preoccupations, the industrial post-punk outfit formerly known as Viet Cong, will release the follow-up to their 2016 self-titled release on March 23rd. Cheekily called New Material, the Jagjaguwar release is described by frontman Matt Flegel as “an ode to depression.”

“To depression and self-sabotage,” he continues, “and looking inward at yourself with extreme hatred.”

Lead single “Espionage” feels more furious than depressed, however, with Flegel’s frothing vocals crashing over waves of stormy, echoing distortion and thrumming bass. Cleaving through it all is a clean synth trail that should serve as a lifeline for the casual listener. See its eerie, shape-obsessed video above.

Preoccupations started from scratch with the album, noting that “virtually nothing” was written or demoed before the band came together to develop it. As such, they describe it as a collaborative process, one that incorporated producer Justin Meldal-Johnson (M83, Wolf Alice) to mix the rough cuts.

The band will hit the road a few weeks after the album’s release for a world tour that will keep them touring throughout the summer. See the full dates, as well as the album’s artwork and tracklist, below.

New Material Artwork:

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New Material Tracklist:
01. Espionage
02. Decompose
03. Disarray
04. Manipulation
05. Antidote
06. Solace
07. Doubt
08. Compliance

Preoccupations 2018 Tour Dates:
04/14 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
04/18 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
04/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
04/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (Zone One) ^
04/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts *
04/24 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
04/26 – Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar *
04/27 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
04/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
05/01 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret *
05/03 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite *
05/04 – Calgary, AB @ Palomino *
05/05 – Calgary, AB @ Palomino
05/09 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
05/11 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza #
05/12 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater #
05/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop #
05/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo #
05/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
05/22 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
05/23 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/24 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
06/05 – London, UK @ London Underground
06/07 – Berlin, DE @ Musik & Frieden
06/10 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/11 – Paris, France @ Maroquinerie
06/12 – Ramsgate, UK @ RMH
06/13 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
07/03 – Amsterdam, NL @ Sugarfactory
07/04 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

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* = w/ Freak Heat Waves
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Ed Schrader’s Music Beat announce new, Dan Deacon-produced album, Riddles

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Baltimore’s Ed Schrader’s Music Beat are back with their follow-up to 2014’s Party Jail. It’s called Riddles and is the post-punk duo’s debut album on Carpark Records.

For their third LP, Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice teamed with electronic artist Dan Deacon, who produced, arranged and co-wrote the entire release. They spent two years in total pushing their sound into the art-rock and alt-rock genres, pouring out emotions from their recent major life changes. Schrader lost his stepfather, while Rice watched his brother die of a terminal illness, and Deacon’s longest relationship came to an end.

“For me, the album parallels feelings of confronting the past, resolving it, facing the music, and blasting out of it,” Schrader shared through a press statement. “It’s the album our hearts wanted us to make.”

Riddles arrives on March 2nd. Physical pre-orders are currently available here. Some bundles include Ed Schrader’s Music Beans, bags of coffee roasted by ESMB’s resident coffee connoisseur Devlin Rice.

To preview the release, ESMB has shared the propulsive lead single “Dunce” and its cinematic music video. Check it out below.

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Riddles Tracklist:
01. Dunce
02. Seagull
03. Riddles
04. Dizzy Devil
05. Wave To The Water
06. Rust
07. Kid Radium
08. Humbucker Blues
09. Tom
10. Culebra

ESMB will tour North America behind Riddles starting with a hometown Baltimore show on March 1st and continue through mid-April, including several shows at South by Southwest. Check out the complete schedule below.

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat 2018 Tour Dates:
03/01 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
03/03 – Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
03/04 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
03/05 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
03/06 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
03/07 – Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR
03/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery
03/12 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown
03/13 – Dallas, TX @ Transit Bicycle Company
03/14 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
03/15 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
03/16 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
03/17 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
03/18 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
03/19 – Hot Springs, AK @ VOV Fest
03/20 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
03/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/24 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
03/26 – Reno, NV @ Holland Project
03/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
03/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Make Out Room
03/31 – Portland, OR @ The Know
04/04 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records
04/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ Kitty Cat Klub
04/06 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
04/07 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters Rock N Roll Palace
04/08 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
04/10 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
04/11 – Winooski, VT @ Monkey House
04/12 – Providence, RI @ AS220
04/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

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Titus Andronicus announce new album, A Productive Cough, share video for lead single, “Number One (In New York)”: Watch

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Titus Andronicus will return this year with a new album called A Productive Cough. Due out March 2nd via Merge, the seven-track effort is a noted departure from the sprawling rock opera of the band’s last record, 2015’s The Most Lamentable Tragedy.

Recorded at New Paltz, New York’s Marcata Recordings with producer Kevin McMahon, A Productive Cough eschews the “punk rock anthems” of Titus’ past albums to focus on spacious ballads. Singer-songwriter and frontman Patrick Stickles brought in 21 musicians to help with his newly expansive sound, including pianist Rick Steph (Cat Power, Hank Williams Jr.), cellist Jane Scarpantoni (R.E.M., Lou Reed), and Brooklyn singer Megg Farrell. The resulting effort puts the focus on the orchestral flourishes that have long hid in the background of the band’s music.

Which is why despite its lack of chorus, the eight-minute “Number One (In New York” makes for the perfect lead single for the record. The song is one 64-bar verse that builds on the back of swelling piano and saxophone towards a gang-chorus ending surrounded by ringing bells. “Yes, I’ve been everywhere, but everywhere that I’ve been/ I’ve been out of my element, even in my own skin,” goes the outro. “And I can’t begin to think what I’d tell people back home/ So I tell it to the microphone.”

Check out the track via its Ray Concepcion-directed video below.

The video also serves as a trailer of sorts to a 60-minute making-of documentary that will be released February 26th. More clips from the doc will be revealed over the coming weeks at the album’s website, where you can also find an interview with Stickles about what went into the creation of A Productive Cough.

Pre-orders for the album are going on now. In addition to all standard formats, there’s a “Peak Vinyl” limited-edition pressing on marbled blue-gray wax that includes a 7-inch featuring the band’s nine-minute reimagining of Bob Dylan’s “(I’m) Like a Rolling Stone”. The track is only otherwise available on CD or digitally.

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A Productive Cough Tracklist:
01. Number One (In New York)
02. Real Talk
03. Above the Bodega (Local Business)
04. Crass Tattoo
05. (I’m) Like a Rolling Stone
06. Home Alone
07. Mass Transit Madness (Goin’ Loco’)

Stickles will tour behind A Productive Cough, but not with his usual full band. Instead, the shows will feature just him and pianist Alex Molini doing an intimate “acoustic” set. Pile’s Rick Maguire will provide support for the 31-date trek, and you can find the complete schedule below.

Titus Andronicus 2018 Tour Dates:
03/07 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
03/08 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
03/09 – Providence, RI @ AS220
03/10 – Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot
03/11 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
03/13 – Toronto, ON @ Great Hall
03/14 – Detroit, MI ­­@ El Club
03/15 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
03/16 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
03/17 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
03/18 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
03/19 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
03/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
03/22 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Festival
03/23 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
03/24 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/27 – Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery
03/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
03/29 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
03/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
04/02 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
04/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
04/06 – Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Room
04/07 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
04/08 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
04/10 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
04/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
04/12 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
04/13 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel
04/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ UArts Black Box
04/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Ballroom

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