Dum Dum Girls: Only in Dreams

Dum Dum Girls

Only in Dreams

Sub Pop CD

US Tour Dates:
Mon, Oct 03, Los Angeles, CA Troubadour $*
Tue, Oct 04, San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall $*
Fri, Oct 07 Portland, OR Doug Fir $*
Sat, Oct 08, Vancouver, BC Electric Owl $*
Sun, Oct 09, Seattle, WA Neumo’s $*
Wed, Oct 12, St. Paul, MN Turf Club $*
Thu, Oct 13, Madison, WI High Noon $*
Fri, Oct 14, Chicago, IL Empty Bottle $*
Sat, Oct 15, Detroit, MI Magic Stick $*
Sun, Oct 16, Toronto, ONT Lee’s Palace $*
Mon, Oct 17, Montreal, QU Il Motore $*
Wed, Oct 19, Boston, MA Paradise $@
Fri, Oct 21, New York, NY Bowery Ballroom $@
Sat, Oct 22, Washington, DC Black Cat $@
Sun, Oct 23, Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer $@
Mon, Oct 24, Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s $@

Europe Dates
Thu, Nov 03, Berlin, Germany Festsaal Kreuzberg
Fri, Nov 04, Cologne, Germany MTC
Sat, Nov 05, Lyon, France Big Tinnitus Festival at Clacson
Tue, Nov 08, Nantes, France Stereolux
Wed, Nov 09, Roubaix, France Le Cave aux Poetes
Thu, Nov 10, Brussels, Belgium Rotande Botanique
Fri, Nov 11, Amsterdam, Netherlands London Calling Festival
Sun, Nov 13, Manchester, UK FAC 251
Mon, Nov 14, Newcastle, UK The Cluny
Tue, Nov 15, Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
Wed, Nov 16, Wrexham, UK Central Station
Thu, Nov 17, London, UK ULU

Low: “Especially Me” (CD, Video, Touring)

Slowcore stalwarts Low have released a new video for “Especially Me.” It’s an album cut from C’Mon, their latest Sub Pop CD. They’re also sharing the track as an MP3 download via the embed below.

Low: C'mon


Recent Low continues to employ the slow tempi, atmospheric arrangements, and sumptuous vocal harmonies that are their musical signatures (as on “Try to Sleep” and “Especially Me”). But there’s an even greater accessibility and even the occasional ambling mid tempo number thrown to raise the BPM quotient, if only slightly (listen to “Witches” and “Hear Everything”). Thus C’mon proves to be that relatively rare record by an established band that retains the group’s initial inspirational spark while still presenting a fresh-sounding approach to the material.






C’mon Tour comes to the West Coast in September, and returns to NYC with Iron and Wine in October. Low will be returning to Europe in November and December, including playing the Jeff Magnum curated ATP Festival in Minehead on December 3rd.

US TOUR DATES
Saturday September 3rd – Masonic Temple – Winona, MN – Tickets
Thursday September 15th – The Rio Theatre – Vancouver, BC – Tickets
Friday September 16th – Neumos – Seattle, WA – Tickets
Saturday September 17th – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – Tickets
Monday September 19th – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA – Tickets
Tuseday September 20th – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA – Tickets
Friday September 23rd – Velour Live Music Gallery – Provo, UT – Tickets
Saturday September 24th – Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO – Tickets
Sunday September 25th – Armstrong Hall – Colorado Springs, CO – Tickets Onsale Saturday 8/23
Wednesday October 12th – Terminal 5 – New York, NY, supporting Iron & Wine – Tickets

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Nov 24 – Autumn Falls Festival @ Cirque Royal – Brussels, Belgium – Tickets
Nov 25 – Le Guess Who Festival @ Tivoli – Utrecht, Holland – Tickets
Nov 26 – Sinkkasten – Frankfurt, Germany – Tickets
Monday November 28 – Magazzini Generali – Milan, Italy – Tickets
Tuesday November 29 – Palace – St. Gallen, Switzerland – Tickets
Wednesday November 30 – Fri-Son – Fribourg, Switzerland – Tickets
Thursday December 1 – L’Epicerie Moderne – Lyon, France – Tickets
Friday December 2 – La Gaité Lyrique – Paris, France – Tickets
Saturday December 3 – ATP Festival – Minehead, UK – Tickets

Washed Out: “Eyes be Closed” (MP3)

As the sweltering days of summer approach, we’ll need a bit of chilltronica. Within Without, Washed Out’s debut LP is out 7/12 on Sub Pop. Earlier today, our friends at Stereogum debuted a teaser track from the LP. You can grab “Eyes be Closed” via the embedded player below.

Washed Out is also on tour (dates below).

Concerts

05/07 – Sagamihara City, Japan @ Lake Sagami
05/28 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Festival
06/25 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
07/02 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
07/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
07/09 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
07/11 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Twilight Singers: Dynamite Steps (review)

Twilight Singers

Dynamite Steps

Sub Pop Records

The Twilight Singers began as a side project for Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs. It’s now his principal endeavor and recently released fifth album. As with previous TS records, Dynamite Steps features Dulli alongside a number of collaborators. Some, such as singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and Screaming Trees’ frontman Mark Lanegan, have been part of the Twilight Singers lineup in the past. Others, such as violinist/vocalist Petra Haden and alt-folk songstress Ani DiFranco, make their first guest appearances here.

And while having a number of collaborators in the mix keeps things vibrant and varied, the overall approach of the Twilight Singers to music-making hasn’t changed tremendously much as a result. Clangorous distorted guitars alternately blend with and serve as foils to layers of vocals, both of the sweetly sung and throatily screamed variety. As in the past, the albums’ songs inhabit a number of demeanors: brooding nocturnal visions, rollicking road songs, and bittersweet, often hard won, ballads.

But growth needn’t always mean wholesale departure. Indeed, Dulli, Lanegan, Arthur, and company seem revitalized by the updated casting, creating a record that sounds eminently more fresh and engaged than many a “post-band” project by other alternative rock stars. And at its best, on the hook heavy “She was Stolen,” the ominous yet estimably groove-buoyed “On the Corner,” and “Get Lucky,” a darkly hued mid-tempo power ballad, Dulli crafts music that both recalls some of his most engaging earlier work while simultaneously casting down a gauntlet to contemporaries half his age.