Stream WIRE's New Album Silver/Lead at Noisey; 15th Studio Album Out March 31 via pinkflag

Stream WIRE's New Album Silver/Lead at Noisey
15th Studio Album Out March 31 via pinkflag
West Coast Tour Kicks Off Tonight, DRILL : LA Festival Announced 
Photo Credit: Matias Coral

"With much of their recent material, Wire continues to keep true to themselves in a way that makes old fans stick around, while still freshening up their sound enough to engage new generations with each new decade of music." - Stereogum 

"Silver/Lead, out March 31 is another timely record from a band with an unwavering eye for the present." - Noisey

Wire kick off extensive celebrations for their 40th year as a band in typical forward-thinking prolific form, with a new album. The band's upcoming release, Silver/Lead is due March 31 via the band's pinkflag label. The album is streaming in full at Noisey ahead of Friday's release date. About the album Noisey says, "Silver/Lead, out March 31 is another timely record from a band with an unwavering eye for the present. The angst is still there, but it follows a line drawn by their last three records: 2013's Change Becomes Us, 2015's Wire, and 2016's Nocturnal Koreans. The paranoia doesn't come through frantic ticks; instead it bubbles up in a distorted subterfuge, underpinning Newman's occasionally disturbing deadpan vocal delivery. It's deceptive, too, built around pop hooks, drawing the listener in for long enough to confound them. Here we are, Newman sings on 'Short Elevated Period,' 'in a pivotal moment, in an uncertain future.' It would have made sense 40 years ago, too; but it catches on right now."

Silver/Lead is the 15th studio album from musical pioneers Wire. It arrives on the 40th anniversary of their debut performance. Yet it’s about as far from nostalgia as you could get. This is the sound of a uniquely addictive 21st century psychedelic post-punk
On April 1, 2017, the anniversary of the band’s first gig as the “classic 4 piece” at the Roxy Club. London, WIRE will be giving a headline performance at the Los Angeles edition of the band’s boutique city festival DRILL : LA, a unique festival to mark “40 years of not looking back.” Wire have announced the addition of Mikal Cronin with a string & horn ensemble and Wand to the upcoming DRILL : LA festival taking place March 30 - April 2 at The Echo and Echoplex. Tickets for DRILL : LA are avaialble HERE.
March 30 - April 2 at the Echo & Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA
Bob Mould * Julia Holter * Mikal Cronin + String & Horn Ensemble
* Mild High Club, * Laetitia Sadier * WAND
FITTED (Bob Lee, Graham Lewis, Matthew Simms, Mike Watt)
Part Time Punks * HowardAmb, * Once and Future Band * Youth Code
* Chasms * Alina Bea * Noveller * Immersion * SLOWS
+ the pinkflag guitar orchestra
Since 2013, WIRE  have been curating a series of international city festivals with the name DRILL.  The idea being to bring together the best overview of both classic left field artists and new and emerging cutting edge talent.
There will be several more DRILL : FESTIVALS taking place this spring, each featuring unique line ups.  Details of the festivals will be announced shortly. 
Updated info can be found at www.drillfestival.com
On Silver/Lead, Colin Newman and Matt Simms’ guitar work is alternately jagged and luminous, while bassist Graham Lewis’s ear-catching lyrics are vivid yet oblique. Meanwhile, drummer Robert Grey provides a virtual masterclass in percussive minimalism. But it’s how the various instruments mesh together that really counts. And Newman’s production creates a sonic space in which even the smallest gesture is accorded some recognition.
Highlights include the optimistic dazzle of “Diamonds In Cups,” with its almost T. Rex-style buzz and chug, and the moody swing of “This Time.” Elsewhere on the musical spectrum, there’s the menacing widescreen grandeur of "Playing Harp For The Fishes" and breakneck-paced guitar pop of "Short Elevated Period."
Wire are one of the world’s most ground-breaking bands, their influence acknowledged by bands as diverse as Blur, Sonic Youth, R.E.M. and Savages. But they have never been interested in exploiting past glories. For Wire, there is only ever one possible direction: forwards. So it’s perhaps not surprising that over recent years, they’ve played strings of sold-out shows, achieved career-best record sales, and been cited as a strong influence by yet another generation of bands.
Wire’s last three albums garnered nothing but rave reviews. From 2013’s strangely beautifulChange Becomes Us (“It’s fantastic.” – Pitchfork) to the crackling motorik of 2015’s Wire (“It’s all really well turned, potent and crisp.” – The Guardian), and last year’s punchy mini-album Nocturnal Koreans (“It's a cracker and sounds defiantly modern.” – The Quietus). Consequently, although it may be being released on the band’s 40th anniversary, Silver/Lead is an album which has nothing to do with the past and everything to do with the future. 
Wire Tour Dates 
03.28 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
03.29 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03.30 - Los Angeles, CA - DRILL : LA @ Echo
03.31 - Los Angeles, CA - DRILL : LA @ Echo/Echoplex
04.01 - Los Angeles, CA - DRILL : LA @ Echo/Echoplex
04.03 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims
04.05 - Portland, OR @ Dantes
04.07 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
04.08 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile

Just A Friendly Heads up! Only about 50 Single day tickets remain for day one of Drill Fest headlined by Bob Mould. Also only about 50 3 day passes remain! 

Grab the last few below: 
3 Day Passes: http://bit.ly/DRILLFEST3Day
Day 1: http://bit.ly/DRILLBobMould
Day 2: http://bit.ly/DRILLMikalCronin
Day 3: http://bit.ly/DRILLWire

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vōx Announces New Music Video and Live Project with BOSCO, Rome Fortune, Oyinda in May

vōx Drops New Music Video
 "I Still Care"
Ahead of Debut EP

[+show Announce with BOSCO, Rome Fortune, Oyinda and Banoffee in May 2017]
Experimental LA-based artist vōx announces her new music video for the single "I Still Care" - directed by Natalie Nell - alongside the official announce of her two part church showcase project. You can watch the video HERE.  
"This song for me is about being ok with still being human. It's ok to give a fuck. It's everyone's fantasy to become untouchable, but it feels good to admit I still have feelings. This video is an homage to that empowerment. The power of vulnerability," says vōx

The video sees guest appearances from Rome Fortune and comes in place of the audio single from her forthcoming EP I Was Born - all in time for her curated LA showcase with BOSCO and Banoffee on May 6th, with a NYC show to follow on May 25th with Rome Fortune and Oyinda. See ticket info HERE.

Her vibe - both musically and visually - has been championed by sites such as VICE, Pigeons&Planes, Interview Magazine, NYLON, Consequence of Sound, Noisey and Saint Heron to name a fewThe EP is due early spring with special announcements along the way.

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Miranda Lee Richards: To Release New Album 'Existential Beast' June 16 via Invisible Hands Music; First Single "Lucid I Would Dream" Premieres


Miranda Lee Richards (photo by Angel Ceballos)

MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS will return June 16 with her new album EXISTENTIAL BEAST on Invisible Hands MusicThis beautifully constructed new release is characteristic of the effortless, 70's-influenced, country-tinged psychedelia evident throughout the Los Angeles native's previous work. EXISTENTIAL BEAST was recorded in Los Angeles with producer.Rick Parker, best known for his work with BRMC and features first single "Lucid I Would Dream,"chosen by BBC 6's Lauren Laverne as a "headphone moment."

MIRANDA describes "Lucid I Would Dream" as "a conversation with the subconscious and a study in dream interpretation. I have recurring dreams about being able to breathe underwater, and this apparently, is about being able to master complex emotional realms." Listen to "Lucid I Would Dream" today on YAHOO (here). In May, MIRANDA will perform two Los Angeles shows: May 4 at Alchemical Castle-Hollywood and her album release show on May 31 at the Bootleg Theater (here). Expect more U.S. and U.K. dates to be announced soon.

EXISTENTIAL BEAST is a political album, examining the issues of our time, but with the intent of tackling these tough and often taboo subjects in a poetic and heartfelt manner. The title is also a mash-up of terms, referencing the existential crisis that has in turn arisen. MIRANDA says of EXISTENTIAL BEAST"In essence, we are all still working within those animal urges of fear, competition, survival and sexuality which are deep-seeded and manifesting in varying ways and degrees for different individuals, depending on where they are at. But like it or not, these tendencies have been revealed, within our leaders, our countries and ourselves; it is indeed a pivotal and transformational time and there is much work to be done." 

Born in San Francisco after the summer of love and before the dawn of disco, MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS grew up in an artistic and bohemian environment that has informed her adult life and work. After graduating from San Francisco School Of The Arts, she began to pursue a musical career. She met Kirk Hammett from Metallica who taught her to play Mazzy Star songs on guitar. Her early demos reached Anton Newcombe and she joined his band, the Brian Jonestown MassacreMIRANDA then signed to Virgin Records and released her debut album The Herethereafter, a mix of folk, psychedelia, country and indie pop, and found fans worldwide. 

The critically acclaimed follow-up album Light Of X--the title of which comes from a dream about harnessing beams of light to travel in time--followed in 2009 via Nettwerk Records. In 2016, MIRANDA unveiled Echoes Of The Dreamtime on Invisible Hands Music, which received rave reviews across in the U.K. and U.S., as well as national airplay with MOJO giving the album 4 stars and hailing the first single, "The sublime 'First Light Of Winter' is the moment it all comes together, Richards transcending her influences and, no longer constrained, arriving at psychedelia's higher plane" (1/2016). EXISTENTIAL BEAST is yet another confident and inspiring piece of work from MIRANDA, sure to excite her ever growing fan base. Known for her enchanting live performances, look for MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS to perform the new album in venues across the U.S. and U.K. later this year.


Cover artwork for Miranda Lee Richards' EXISTENTIAL BEAST

Following are the tour dates for MIRANDA LEE RICHARDSExpect more U.S. and U.K. dates to be announced soon.

Los Angeles, CA
The Alchemical Castle (RSVP)
Los Angeles, CA

Record Release Party
Bootleg Theater (Tickets)

Bergen, Norway 
w/Ellie Goulding

San Francisco, CA
Brick & Mortar
Following is the tracklisting for MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS' new album EXISTENTIAL BEAST:

1.    Ashes And Seeds
2.    The Wildwood
3.    Lucid I Would Dream
4.    Golden Gate
5.    Back To The Source
6.    Autumn Sun
7.    Existential Beast
8.    Oh Raven
9.    On The Outside Of Heaven
10. Another World 

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Low announce June 2016 Tour Dates with Japan’s MONO

Low announce June 2016 Tour Dates with Japan’s MONO
Beginning June 12th, Low will embark on a five-date co-headline tour with Japanese instrumental rock band MONO. These dates will bring the bands to intimate venues along the American West Coast. Following these shows, the two artists will also both be playing a handful of Canadian summer festivals.

Jun. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Globe Theater
Jun. 13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Jun. 15 - Portland, OR - Wonderland Ballroom
Jun. 16 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
Jun. 17 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial
Jun. 21 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Music and Arts Festival
Jun. 23 - Saskatoon, SK - SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

The most recent full-length album from Low is their 2015 releaseOnes and Sixes, which was co-produced by the band and engineer BJ Burton at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Ones and Sixes earned Low international acclaim from the likes ofNPR MusicUnder the RadarThe GuardianDIYQMOJOUncut,Minneapolis Star TribuneChicago TribuneCLASHThe Sunday Times, and a cover story interview by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon inMAGNET Magazine (view 
cover / read an excerpt of the story here).

For more information on Low please visit:http://www.subpop.com/artists/low

What people are saying about Low’s Ones and Sixes:
"It's one thing for Low to have made a rewarding career of spare, dramatic, glacially paced music...It's another to make those ingredients sound so incredibly dynamic; to spend 20-plus years making a dozen albums that each
feel distinct, and that each introduce new ideas, twists and ways to wring drama out of the space between notes…Throughout Ones and Sixes, the Minnesota trio somehow gives weight to airiness as comfort and discord orbit each other like a binary star. But every time the portent threatens to become overbearing — just as the mix of prettiness and heaviness tips a little too far out of alignment — Low punctures it with a burst of cleansing aggression or some pristine, exquisite surprise. Anything to keep us off balance.” [“First Listen”] - NPR Music

"One of the most impressive albums of their career" [4/5] – MOJO

"Beautiful desolation....coolly exhilarating"  [4/5] -  Q

“It’s another
subtly heart-rending effort from a band that remains one of the very finest in the world. If you needed a reminder of why Low are an institution then this is it.” [8/10] - Drowned In Sound

“The band's strengths are here in abundance, but they are reimagined, twisted into new shapes and given a visceral intensity that is utterly irresistible.” [9/10] - CLASH

“...Striking a balance between their majestic, slow-moving melancholy and harsher experimental noise.” [4/5] - The Guardian

"Ones And Sixes finds them producing some of their best work in years" - The Quietus

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Fleet Foxes Announce Intimate Pacific Northwest Shows


Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill
Fleet Foxes have announced four special shows at select intimate theaters in the Pacific Northwest May 15-19.  These performances will be the first US shows in six years and include dates at Missoula’s The Wilma, Spokane’s Knitting Factory, Portland’s Crystal Ballroom and a hometown show at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market.  Crack-Up, the band’s long awaited, third album will be released June 16 via Nonesuch Records.  Crack-Up comes six years after the 2011 release of Helplessness Blues and nearly a decade since the band’s 2008 self-titled debut. 

Fleet Foxes released first single, “Third of May / Ōdaigahara,” earlier this month to critical acclaim. Previously announced US, UK, European and Australian tour dates detailed below.

"Third of May / Ōdaigahara” Lyric Video
Fleet Foxes - Third of May / Ōdaigahara (Lyric Video)
“On ‘Third of May / Ōdaigahara,’ Fleet Foxes show that they can open themselves to an expanding world without losing themselves in the process.” - Pitchfork 

"A sprawling, nearly nine-minute track, it features piano, electric twelve-string guitar, string quartet, and, of course, Fleet Foxes’ pristine harmonies." - Consequence of Sound
"The track, in typical Foxes fashion, begins as a warm and inviting acoustic guitar- and piano-driven jaunt before taking a turn into expansive, even psychedelic territory." - Paste
"It sounds like this album is gonna be worth the wait." - Brooklyn Vegan
Pre-order Crack-Up
Images and album art available for download here
Fleet Foxes 2017 International Tour Dates
*Most North American venues will offer ticket buyers the ability to add the new album to their purchase as an LP, CD, or digital pre-order.

May 15 | Missoula, MT at The Wilma - tickets
May 16 | Spokane, WA at Knitting Factory - tickets
May 18 | Portland, OR at Crystal Ballroom - tickets
May 19 | Seattle, WA at The Showbox at the Market - tickets
May 26 | Sydney, Australia at Sydney Opera House
May 27 | Sydney, Australia at Sydney Opera House
May 28 | Sydney, Australia at Sydney Opera House
May 29 | Sydney, Australia at Sydney Opera House
July 1 | Spain, Vilanova i la Geltrú at Vida Festival
July 3 | Italy, Ferrara at Bands Apart
July 7 | Spain, Bilbao at Bilbao BBK Live
July 13 | Ireland, Dublin at The Iveagh Gardens
July 14 | Ireland, Dublin at The Iveagh Gardens (SOLD OUT)
July 16 | United Kingdom, Southwold at Latitude Festival
July 27 | Portland, ME at Thompson's Point
July 28 | Newport, RI at Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)
July 29 | Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion w/ Animal Collective
July 31 | Philadelphia, PA at Mann Center for the Performing Arts w/ Animal Collective
August 1 | Brooklyn, NY at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell (SOLD OUT)
August 2 | Brooklyn, NY at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell
August 4 | Toronto, ON at Massey Hall (SOLD OUT)
August 5 | Toronto, ON at Massey Hall (SOLD OUT)
August 6 | Detroit, MI at The Masonic
September 13 | Vancouver, BC at Malkin Bowl - tickets
September 23 | Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Bowl w/ Beach House
September 27 | Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Beach House

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