Hot Chip | 05/20/15

Image: Why Make Sense

Hot Chip's 'Why Make Sense?' album is out this week. The album features the acclaimed singles "Huarache Lights" and "Need You Now." Watch the videos below.

The new album was recorded in Oxfordshire and London and produced by Hot Chip with Mark Ralph and mixed by the band, David Wrench (FKA Twigs, Caribou) and Jimmy Douglass (Timbaland, Aaliyah). The album features guest appearances from De La Soul’s Posdnuos and Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside ("Love Is The Future"), as well as live instrumentation and backing vocals from touring band members Sarah Jones and Rob Smaughton.

Why Make Sense? is available on all standard formats as well as a special edition available for a limited time only from Domino Mart, featuring a bonus EP, Separate EP, with 4 new tracks recorded during the album sessions. Listen to Burning Up from the Seperate EP below. Due to a unique and bespoke printing technique which has never been used before, the new album Why Make Sense? is available in one of 501 different colours making every cover unique. View the artwork, designed by Nick Relph, here.

See the band live on their upcoming North American tour. All dates are below.

Hot Chip tour dates:
05-25 George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05-26 Portland OR - Roseland Theatre
05-28 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
05-30 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
05-31 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
06-02 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
06-03 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
06-04 Boston, MA- House of Blues
06-05 Washington, DC - Echostage
06-07 New York, NY The Governors Ball Music Festival
07-31 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
07-31 to 08-02 Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08-07 to 08-09 Squamish, BC - Squamish Valley Music Festival
08-09 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
08-11 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre



FFS | 05/20/15

Image: FFS Announce

FFS – the collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks – are pleased to present the first video from their forthcoming self-titled album, out June 9th in the United States. 

The video, which accompanies the single Johnny Delusional, was directed by acclaimed French directors AB/CD/CD who have previously worked on videos for Royal Blood, Lily Allen, Kasabian and The Postal Service.

Talking about the video, the band said:

"The first video for a brand new band sets the tone of how they may be perceived forever and we wanted a video that was mysterious, kinetic, artistic, and, well, made us look good."

The single was recorded at London’s RAK Studios in London during the album sessions and produced by Grammy-award winner John Congleton (St Vincent, David Byrne, Anna Calvi). 

Their self titled debut album is available on CD and download and also as 16 track double vinyl + limited edition double colour vinyl special edition & deluxe CD editions featuring the extra tracks ‘So Many Bridges’, ‘King Of The Song’, ‘Look At Me’ and ‘A Violent Death’.  You can pre-order FFS via DomMart  iTunes and Amazon.

FFS will be touring in Europe this summer. 

The dates are as follows:


16th                               Glasgow                                  Arts School (sold out)

19th                               Montendre                               Free Music Festival

20th                               Ruoms                                      Aluna Festival

22nd                              Zagreb, Jarun                          Inmusic Festival

24th                               Brussels                                     Ancienne Belgique

26th                               Paris                                         Bataclan (sold out)

29th                               London                                                The Troxy          


1st                                 Cologne                                  Gloria

2nd                                Amsterdam                              Melkweg (sold out)

4th                                Dinan                                       Bobital L’Armor A Sons Festival

5th                                Lyon                                         Transbordeur

7th                                Genova                                   Goa Boa Festival

8th                                Zurich                                       Summer Odyssee

10th                               Trencin                                     Pohoda Festival

11th                               Barcelona                                Cruilla Festival

16th                               Catania                                   Zanne Festival

18th                               Lisbon                                      Super Bock Super Rock

19th                               Spain                                       Benicassim Festival 


20th                               Lausanne                                 For Noise Festival

21st                               Hasselt                                     Pukkelpop Festival

24th                               Edinburgh                                Festival Theatre (sold out)

25th                               Manchester                             Albert Hall

22nd                              Biddinghuizen                          Lowlands Festival

28th                               Paris                                         Rock En Seine Festival


3rd                                Treviso                                      Home Festival

5th                                Rovereto                                  We Are Next Festival

10th                               Copenhagen                          Tivoli

12th                               Berlin                                        Lollapalooza




Image: Patrick Watson Places you will go

Patrick Watson’s new album Love Songs for Robots is out today via Domino Records. To celebrate the release, Watson is touring worldwide with additional dates to be announced. See details below.

Love Songs for Robots is receiving early critical acclaim:

“Expansive and intricate…”—NPR Music

“Passionate…as nearly hallucinatory as it is pleasing to the ears.”—The FADER

“…a heady slice of pop.”—MTV Iggy

“Intimate, lush, entrancing...”—NME

 “Watson’s voice exists in that airy, impossible realm that seems
more spiritual than physical in form.”—Stereogum

“Rich and ethereal…”—Consequence of Sound 

Watson recently shared the video for “Places You Will Go,” watch it here. Of the inspiration for the video, Oscar-nominated directors Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski explain, “The video was inspired by watching the band play small shows leading up to the release…The clip is shot in a small Sequoia cabin in Northern Quebec in a single take, from a single perspective. The reward of this very simple concept is a lively, energetic and intimate portrait of Patrick and the band.” 

Love Songs For Robots is available on iTunes. The vinyl edition comes with an additional 7”, featuring a non-album track, and can be along with the CD on the Domino Mart.



Matthew E. White | 05/07/15

Image: Matthew E. White Fresh Blood

Matthew E. White will be touring this summer in support of his recently released sophomore LP ‘Fresh Blood.' These live dates will follow his European headline tour, as well as a winter tour of the US that saw him perform with a 30-piece orchestra at BRIC Arts Media House in Brooklyn. See all the dates below.

Footage from that extraordinary BRIC show is featured on Matthew E. White’s new video for single ‘Feeling Good is Good Enough.’ Watch the video below alongside White and his band performing "Rock and Roll Is Cold" live on the Late Show with David Letterman earlier this year. 

Matthew E. White tour dates:
05-07 Durham,, NC - Cat’s Cradle
05-08 Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
05-10 Shaky Knees Music Fest - Atlanta, GA
07-29 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
07-30 Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
07-31 Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox
08-01 St. Louis, MO - The Luminary Centre For The Arts
08-02 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
08-04 Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Cafe
08-05 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
08-07 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
08-08 Washington, DC - DC9
09-25 to 09-27 Cincinatti, OH - Midpoint Music Festival 



Panda Bear | 05/07/15

Image: Panda Bear by Tonje Thilesen

Panda Bear has shared a new video for Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper track ‘Come To Your Senses’. Watch it below or over at GorillavsBear as Noah Lennox is guest editing the site today. This follows the videos for previous PBVSGR tracks "Mr. Noah," "Boys Latin," and most recently "Tropic of Cancer." Also, listen to the recent remix of "Come To Your Senses" done by PC Music affiliate Danny L Harle below.

Lennox says of the Sam Fleischner-directed video shot in Lisbon where Lennox resides, “Rua da Rosa is the narrow but main street cut through the Bairro Alto neighborhood here in Lisbon. Visitors mainly stock the area during the day but it’s perhaps the principle target for partying Lisbon teenagers Thursday through Sunday nights. The constant shifts make it a particularly fascinating neighbourhood to me. It’s noisy except for Sunday mornings. I’d had an idea for a while to shoot the street for a bit to catch the traffic. When my friend Sam was here shooting a short thing we made for the recent album he was game to give the idea a go.”

Panda Bear is in the US this week for a series of shows and recently announced a three night run at Bowery Ballroom Oct 13-15 as part of this year's CMJ festival. See all the dates below.
05-08 Nashville, TN - Exit In [Buy tickets]
05-09 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel [Buy tickets]
05-10 Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival [Buy tickets]
05-24 Bradley, CA - Lightning in a Bottle Festival [Buy tickets]
05-28 Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound Festival [Buy tickets]
07-17 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival [Buy tickets]
10-13 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [Buy tickets]
10-14 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [Buy tickets]
10-15 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [Buy tickets]


Patrick Watson | 05/05/15

Image: Patrick Watson Places you will go

Patrick Watson has shared the video for Love Songs For Robots highlight Places You Will Go’, available for viewing below. The video was directed by Oscar-nominated team Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, who have the following to say about the video: 

“The video was inspired by watching the band play small shows leading up to the release…The clip is shot in a small Sequoia cabin in Northern Quebec in a single take, from a single perspective. The reward of this very simple concept is a lively, energetic and intimate portrait of Patrick and the band.”

The album is now streaming via NPR's 'First Listen'. Listen to Love Songs For Robots in its entirety HERE.

Love Songs For Robots is out May 12th. The new album was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Pierre Marchand Studio in Montreal. Of the record, some of which was debuted at private concerts in small loft spaces, Watson explains:

“I wanted to make a science fiction R’n’ B meets Vangelis erotica with a zest of folk kind of record.” It was only halfway through writing the record when the artist found himself having, by his own submission, “a bad year” did more personal themes begin to creep in.

“I started thinking about how emotional reactions were more mechanical than we think and the only thing left between us and artificial intelligence is the act of inspiration. Just food for thought.”

To celebrate the release, Watson will embark on a worldwide tour. All dates below. 


May 8            Amsterdam, NL           Melkweg (old room)                                                   SOLD OUT

May 9            Maastricht, NL               Muziekgieterij                                                         Buy Tickets

May 11         London, UK                  Bush Hall                                                             (SOLD OUT)

May 13           Paris, FR                       Café de la Danse                                                    (SOLD OUT)

May 14           Luxembourg, LX             Rockhal                                                                 Buy Tickets

May 15           Berlin, DE                      Gruener Salon                                                        Buy Tickets

May 17           Brussels, BE                  Cirque Royale*                                                       (SOLD OUT)

May 23           Toronto, ON                  CBC Music Festival†                                                Buy Tickets

May 27           Washington, DC             9:30 Club‡                                                             Buy Tickets

May 28           Brooklyn, NY                 Music Hall of Williamsburg‡                                     Buy Tickets

May 30           Boston, MA                    The Sinclair‡                                                          Buy Tickets

May 31           Providence, RI               Colombus Theatre                                                  Buy Tickets

June 2            San Francisco, CA          The Chapel*                                                           (SOLD OUT)

June 4            Los Angeles, CA             Hollywood Forever Cemetery*                                 Buy Tickets

July 5             Trois-Rivières, QC          Festivoix                                                                Buy Tickets

June 6            San Diego, CA                The Casbah                                                            Buy Tickets

July 11          Sherbrooke, QC              Théâtre Granada (Festival Sherblues & Folk)Buy Tickets

July 17           Quebec, QC                   Plaines d’Abraham (FEQ)                                         Buy Tickets

July 23           Calgary,AB                    Calgary Folk Fest                                                    Buy Tickets

 July 31, August 1 &2                         Montreal QC @ Osheaga                                           Buy Tickets 

*with Villagers

†with Bahamas, Coeur de Pirate

‡with The Low Anthem

Love Songs For Robots is available for pre-order on iTunes with an instant download of the title track. The vinyl edition comes with an additional 7”, featuring a non-album track, and can be preordered along with the CD on the Domino Mart.



Ducktails | 05/05/15

Image: Ducktails - St. Catherine artwork

Unfurling out of Los Angeles this July comes St. Catherine, Matt Mondanile’s fifth outing as Ducktails. The new album emerges from the roots of Mondanile's previous work, from the free-form, ambient bedroom experiments of seminal underground release Landscapes (2009), to 2013's eighties pop re-imagination The Flower Lane, but ultimately moves Ducktails on to a more refined, personal and sincere place. 

St. Catherine is a finely-honed collection of baroque pop songs that take the blissful, cascading melodic fretwork that Mondanile has made his signature with both Ducktails and his other band, Real Estate, and applies it to songs of considerable new emotional heft and dynamic range.

Mondanile partially wrote and recorded St. Catherine over the course of 2014 and then finished off recording at the start of 2015. The longest time he has ever spent working on a record, it took place in bedrooms and studios predominantly in east LA and Glendale, but venturing as far as Berlin and New York as Mondanile worked on tracks around heavy periods of Real Estate touring.

Ducktails press photo by Rob Kulisek

Ducktails photo by Rob Kulisek

When Mondanile finally settled back in LA at the start of 2015, it was Rob Schnapf, co-producer of Elliott Smith's classic albums XO and Either/Or, that he turned to in order to help put the finishing touches to St. Catherine. Together, the pair added a new crispness and punch to the record's more upbeat, psychedelic pop tracks (such as James Ferraro-featuring, lolloping lead single "Headbanging In The Mirror", and the soaring "Into The Sky"), that recalls the artful muscularity of Smith's later work, whilst title track, the heavenly "St. Catherine" boasts one of Mondanile's greatest ever lead guitar lines and benefits greatly from Schnapf's warm, rich feel.

St. Catherine limited edition colored vinyl available through Domino Mart

St. Catherine will be available on July 24th on CD, digitally, standard edition LP and on limited edition colored vinyl LP through Domino Mart. St. Catherine is available through Domino Mart here and through iTunes here.


1. The Disney Afternoon 
2. Headbanging In The Mirror 
3. Into The Sky 
4. Heaven’s Room 
5. St. Catherine 
6. The Laughing Woman 
7. Surreal Exposure 
8. Church 
9. Medieval 
10. Krumme Lanke  
11. Reprise   

Ducktails tours North America this summer: 

07-31 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle ^
08-01 Cleveland, OH - Euclid Tavern ^
08-02 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop ^
08-03 Chicago, IL - Schuba’s ^
08-04 Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch ^
08-05 Toronto, ON - Garrison ^
08-06 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Propolo ^
08-07 Boston, MA - Great Scott ^
08-08 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^

^ w/ Itasca



The Kills | 05/04/15

Image: The Kills October 2014 live photo by Dana Yavin

Ahead of their West Coast run this summer, The Kills have expanded their tour to include new shows in Brooklyn and Philadelphia and will play a handful of festivals including the Squamish Valley Arts Festival and Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Canada. 

The band’s most recent album Blood Pressures, was released in 2011. This past year was an eventful one for The Kills, which focused on touring, festivals, as well as their passion for visual art. Jamie Hince opened “Echo Home”, an exhibit of his photographic work at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York.  In addition to Jamie’s Photography, Alison Mosshart’s original painting on paper, canvas and fabric art were included in “Push It”, a 21-person group show devoted to female artists at ArtNowNY in April—some of which featured in the New York Times T Magazine.

Watch the concert length film shot in 2011 at the prestigious L'Olympia Theatre in Paris below.

The Kills are currently in the studio working on their fifth album. Watch this space for more info.

07-25 Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07-27 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
07-28 Pomona, CA - Glass House
07-31 Montreal, QB - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
08-01 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
08-03 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
08-05 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
08-06 Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series (Pioneer Park)
08-08 Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
08-09 Squamish, BC - Squamish Valley Music Festival
09-23 Philadelphia PA - Union Transfer
09-24 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
09-27 Washington, DC - Landmark Festival 



Panda Bear | 05/01/15

Image: Panda Bear by Tonje Thilesen

Panda Bear recently announced a three-night run at New York City's Bowery Ballroom - October 13, 14, & 15 - that falls during the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon. All three shows are on sale today. Find tickets links along with all announced tour dates below. 

Additionally, today we're happy to share a remix of ‘Come To Your Senses’ (available on Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper) by PC Music affiliate artist Danny L Harle. Listen to it below alongside the recently released 'Boys Latin' remix by Andy Stott and purchase via iTunes here. Also, watch a live performance of 'Boys Latin' taken from Panda Bear's recent set at Coachella.

05-08 Nashville, TN - Exit In [Buy tickets]
05-09 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel [Buy tickets]
05-10 Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival [Buy tickets]
05-24 Bradley, CA - Lightning in a Bottle Festival [Buy tickets]
05-28 Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound Festival [Buy tickets]
07-17 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival [Buy tickets]
10-13 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [Buy tickets]
10-14 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [Buy tickets]
10-15 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [Buy tickets]




Image: LA Priest announcement

Inji, released on June 30th, is the debut solo album by Sam Dust, AKA LA PRIEST. Across its ten audaciously imaginative tracks, Inji reasserts Dust as a truly idiosyncratic voice in British music, applying the same frantically eclectic, mischievous and wilfully absurd spirit of his previous band, the beloved Late of the Pier, to ever more nuanced and affecting songwriting and composition. Listen to the single, “Party Zute / Learning To Love”, now.

Recorded over a reclusive period spanning five years following the disbandment of Late of the Pier in which Dust travelled the world, did scientific research, worked on the creation of a number of new inventions and produced several secret musical projects, Inji is a record that has its own logic and exists in its own time zone.

From the obscene space-age stadium rock guitar solo of "Oino", the maddeningly catchy digi-dub single that Dust leaked sample-by-sample on a suitably enigmatic website at the turn of the year (watch the video HERE), to "Learning To Love", the record's gargantuan, eight minute long prog-house centrepiece and "Occasion", a melting martian Prince come-on, Inji confounds and delights in equal measure and at every turn. 

"Lady's In Trouble With The Law" boasts a lithe, sensual soul chorus about getting arrested that feels at once haunted and horny whilst the insectoid instrumental ambience of "Lorry Park", twists and turns and burrows into the brain as creepily as the most classic Aphex Twin material. Elsewhere, "Fabby", another instrumental, juxtaposes a gorgeous, cascading piano figure that'd make Benjamin Britten proud with percussion that sounds like the clashing of two swords and album closer, the bubbling, aquamarine ballad "Mountain" finds Dust contorting his voice into a stratospherically high, androgynous falsetto. 

Throughout all the songs there's a reliance on feeling and intimation as opposed to any one lyrical theme, and although the notion of love, its joys and trials, heaviness and absurdity, can often be glimpsed, it's in a non-linear way that recalls the disruptive, deliberately misleading pop of artists such as David Sylvian, Arthur Russell and David Byrne. So when Dust opines "was I born to love you?" on "Mountain", it's just as likely to be about the titular mountain, or his dog, or the entire world itself, or nothing at all as it is any real object of romantic affection.

If it doesn’t conform it’s because it’s not supposed to.

Inji will be available on CD (WIGCD344), LP with download code (WIGLP344), Deluxe LP with download code (WIGLP344x) & Digital (WIG344D) with an instant grat of ‘Oino’ and ‘Party Zute / Learning To Love’. Pre-order the album through Dom Mart HERE and through iTunes HERE.


Inji Tracklisting:


  1. Occasion  
  2. Lady's In Trouble With The Law  
  3. Gene Washes With New Arm  
  4. Oino  
  5. Party Zute / Learning To Love
  6. Lorry Park  
  7. Night Train  
  8. Fabby  
  9. A Good Sign  
  10. Mountain  

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