Wampire announces new album, ‘Bazaar’, stream 3 tracks

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Despite their insanely silly band name, Portland’s Wampire managed to sink their teeth into many a people’s hearts last year (including ours). That was thanks in part to their debut album, Curiosity, which saw the duo of Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps deftly blend playful psychedelia with bits of ’70s rock and synth-pop for a joyful yet nuanced sound. They parlayed the album into tours with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Smith Westerns, plus a bevy of festival dates the world over.

Now, Tinder and Phipps are looking toward the future, recruiting a full band for the release of Wampire’s sophomore album, Bazaar, due out October 7th via Polyvinyl. For the nine-track effort, Wampire once again tapped UMO’s Jacob Portrait to serve as producer, spending time recently at The Museum studio in Brooklyn. In a press release, Phipps called his state of mind during the album’s recording sessions as that of a “Kafka-esque insomniac musical novelist”.”

Listen to three tracks below:

In support of Bazaar, Wampire will be on tour this fall. Consult their full schedule below.

Wampire 2014 Tour Dates:
08/22 – Rock Creek, BC @ Ponderosa Arts & Music Festival
09/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
09/20 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre *
09/21 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater *
09/22 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium *
09/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
09/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda *
09/26 – Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse *
09/27 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern *
09/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom *
10/01 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre *

Listen in below (via Stereogum):

Watch New Midlake Video, By Hollywood Indie Fan Jason Lee

A tranquil Jog On a  tree-lined road begins Midlake’s newest promo video, a collaboration between director Eric Noren and actor Jason Lee of Almost Famous and My Name Is Earl fame.

Cut from Lee and Noren’s upcoming documentary about the group in situ in their home town of Denton, Texas, it balances the gritty and romantic, the cornmills with the quaint legobrick Courthouse-on-the-Square. It’s less of a rock promo; more a meditation on an American small town in collision with the new millennium.

It’s also doubles as a pretty nifty ad for Denton’s Portlandia-esque Paschall Bar, in which the group have a sizeable stake.

It’s also a timely reminder of Midlake’s excellent recent album, Antiphon, and the group’s remarkable emergence from the potential disaster of singer and main songwriter Tim Smith’s departure in November 2012.

The documentary – entitled Midlake:  Live in Denton, TX – will premiere in the UK at Glastonbury Festival on Thursday, June 26, 14.00 at the William’s Green venue. Midlake will be performing live at Glastonbury as part of their summer tour of Europe/UK/Australia/North America.

Check out their dates

Pearl Jam’s U.S. Tour Dates

Eddie Vedder - Frontman of Pearl Jam

Eddie Vedder – Frontman of Pearl Jam / Photo Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Pearl Jam have announced a 12-city October U.S. tour, following a summer trek to Europe, that includes their appearance at Austin City Limits Music Festival. Tickets for the shows go on sale May 30th.

Last year, the group put out their 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, which frontman Eddie Vedder kvelled about in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I say this in the least-competitive way possible, but we’re trying to make not just the best Pearl Jam record, but just the best record,” the singer said. “It’s about getting to the next level of communication, or just trying to crack a code into some higher plane of playing music.”

Outside of the world of Pearl Jam, the group’s guitarist Mike McCready wrote an article for Rolling Stone about how Kiss had inspired him growing up, as the makeup-faced hard rockers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Moreover, he revealed that he wasn’t the only member of his band to garner inspiration from the group. “Pearl Jam sit down and have conversations about Kiss all the time on tour,” he wrote. “My band used to do ‘C’Mon and Love Me.’ Matt Cameron played in a Kiss tribute band when he was 14. They got so big around San Diego that they got a cease-and-desist order from Casablanca Records. Jeff Ament used to play ‘She’ in his band Deranged Diction. There’s a Kiss through-line to a lot of the music that came out of Seattle, and it hasn’t been talked about a lot.”

Via Rolling Stone Mag

Pearl Jam U.S. tour dates:
10/1 Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
10/3 St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
10/4 – 10/5 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10/8 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
10/9 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
10/10 – 10/12 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10/14 Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
10/16 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
10/17 Moline, IL – iWireless Center
10/19 St. Paul, NM – Xcel Energy Center
10/20 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bradley Center
10/22 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

Jake Bugg to play London’s Alexandra Palace

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

 
Jake Bugg is to play five UK dates in October, including a major show at London’s Alexandra Palace – O2 Priority Tickets for that concert will be available from 9am on Wednesday May 14.

The shows are some of the largest Bugg has ever played. Following the UK run, the singer-songwriter will be supporting The Black Keys on their October/November tour of arenas in Canada and the USA.

A former US tourmate of Bugg’s, Albert Hammond Jr, recently predicted that Bugg will be a festival headliner one day. “What people see in him is just that he’s a talented guy with a great voice and as he figures himself out, I think that he’ll be able to headline,” said Hammond Jr. “He’s doing great and I don’t even need to say anything.”

Bugg is set to release a new four-track EP titled ‘Messed Up Kids’ on May 12.

Jake Bugg will play:

Cardiff Arena (October 5)
Wolverhampton Civic Hall (October 7)
Liverpool Echo 2 (October 18)
Bridlington Spa (October 20)
London Alexandra Palace (October 21)

The War on Drugs add 2014 U.S. tour dates

War On Drugs

War On Drugs

 

Photo by Ben Kaye

The War on Drugs have announced new U.S. tour dates in continued support of their latest album, Lost in the Dream. The Philly rockers’ ginormous stateside leg begins July 27th at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party and runs through mid-October. Along the way, they’ll be playing a number of festival dates, including Hopscotch and Boston Calling.

The band’s schedule already includes a rather lengthy European jaunt spread throughout the summer and fall, plus appearances at the Primavera Sound, Glastonbury, and Pukkelpop festivals.

Consult the full schedule below. Then, revisit the hilarious video for lead single “Red Eyes”.

(Read: The War on Drugs: Journey Towards Clarity)

The War on Drugs 2914 Tour Dates:
05/15 – Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9
05/16 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefahrlich
05/17 – Malmö, SE @ Mejeriet
05/18 -Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
05/19 -Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik
05/20 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
05/21 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
05/23 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu
05/24 – Utrecht, NL @ LGW
05/25 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
05/26 – Paris, FR @ Fleche D’Or
05/27 – London, UK @ Koko
05/28 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
05/29 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar St
05/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
05/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Roots Picnic
06/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ 50 Kent – Northside Summer Series
06/21 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/22 – Duisburg, DE @ Traumzeit Fest
06/25 – Brighton, UK @ Concord 2
06/25- 06/29 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury
06/28 – Norrköping, SE @ Bråvalla Fest
07/12 – Lisbon, PT @ Optimus Alive
07/15 – Sesto al Reghena, IT @ Sexto ‘N Pluggedn
07/16 – Sestri Levante, IT @ Mojoticbo
07/18 – Tønsberg, NO @ Slottsfjell Festival
07/18- 07/20 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Fest
07/19 – Tromsø, NO @ Bukta Open Air Festival
07/27 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
07/29 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre
08/01-022 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
08/14 – Saint-Malo, FR @ La Route Du Rock
08/14- 08/17 – Powys, UK @ Green Man Festival
08/15 – Kiewit-Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
09/04 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
09/07 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
09/13 – Burlington, VT @ Grant Point North Festival
09/14 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Folk Fest
09/15 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
09/16 -Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
09/17 -Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
09/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Downtown Festival: House of Blues
09/20 -Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
09/21 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
09/22 -Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
09/24 -Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
09/26 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
09/27 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston
09/28 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/01 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
10/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
10/04 – Sacramento, CA @ TBD Festival
10/05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/09 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
10/10 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/11 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
10/12 -St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
10/13 -Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
10/15 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel

DAWES ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES

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Dawes

DAWES TOUR WITH CONOR OBERST

Headed out on tour with the great Conor Oberst this May and June. We’re gonna be opening and backing him up as well. For all info, click HERE

May 8, 2014 – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC
May 9, 2014 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
May 11, 2014 – Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC
May 13, 2014 – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
May 14, 2014 – The Beacham – Orlando, FL
May 17, 2014 – Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN
May 22, 2014 – The Space at Westbury – Westbury, NY
May 23, 2014 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 24, 2014 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 25, 2014 – Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead – Munhall, PA
May 27, 2014 – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH
May 29, 2014 – Metro – Chicago, IL
May 30, 2014 – Metro – Chicago, IL
May 31, 2014 – Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
June 1, 2014 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
June 2, 2014 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
June 4, 2014 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
June 5, 2014 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
June 6, 2014 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
June 7, 2014 – Buster’s – Lexington, KY
July 29, 2014 – SummerStage, Central Park – New York, NY

Listen: The National cover Perfume Genius’ “Learning” + New Tour Dates

Matt Berninger of The National

Matt Berninger of The National

Photo by Jeremy Larson

The National offer baritone and brooding textures on their rendition of Perfume Genius’ “Learning”. The cover acts as the B-side to “I Need My Girl”, the latest single from Trouble Will Find Me.

While the band’s take mostly stays true to the moving, piano-led original — a highlight off Perfume Genius’ 2010 album of the same name — Matt Berninger’s deep bellow seems to add another dimension of previously unexplored sentimentality. It’s dark, heavy, and all the resonant. Check it out below.

The National – Learning (Perfume Genius cover)

Update: The National have also announced new tour dates.

The National 2014 Tour Dates:
02/04 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
02/06 – Adelaide, AU @ Thebarton
02/07 – Sydney, AU @ Opera House Forecourt
02/08 – Sydney, AU @ Opera House Forecourt
02/09 – Melbourne, AU @ Myer Music Bowl
02/11 – Bribane, AU @ Riverstage
02/14 – Perth, AU @ Perth Festival
02/16 – Tokyo, JP @ Hostess Club Weekender
02/18 – Taipei, TW @ Hostess Club Taipei
02/20 – Manila, PH @ Hostess Club Manila
02/22 – Singapore @ Hostess Club Weekender
03/01 – Manchester, UK @ BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
03/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
04/09 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/10 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/11 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center
04/15 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/17 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/21 – Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live #
04/22 – Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live #
04/26 – Berkley, CA @ Greek Theatre %
05/09-11 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/23-25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/01 – Mannheim, DE @ Malfeld Derby
06/02 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
06/04 – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
06/05 – Berlin, DE @ Zitadelle
06/09 – Warsaw, PL @ Amiteatr
06/10 – Leipzig, DE @ Parkbuhne
06/11 – Cologne, DE @ Tanzbrunnen
06/13 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
07/10 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
07/12 – London, UK @ British Summer Time Hyde Park ^
07/14 – Cork, IE @ Live at the Marquee !
07/16 – Galway, IE @ Galway Arts Festival !
07/18 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens !
07/19 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens
07/22 – Ferrara, IT @ Piazza Castello
07/25 – Vasto, IT @ Siren
07/26 – Lucca, IT @ Piazza Napolene
07/29 – Brescia, IT @ Anfiteatro del Vittoriale
07/31 – St. Petserburg, RU @ A2
08/01 – Moscow, RU @ Arena Moscow
08/03 – Kiev, UA @ Stereo Plaza
08/06 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Fest

* = w/ Daughter
# = w/ Warpaint
% = w/ Portugal. the Man
^ = w/ Neil Young
! = w/ PhosphorescentUpdate: The National have also announced new tour dates.

The National 2014 Tour Dates:
02/04 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
02/06 – Adelaide, AU @ Thebarton
02/07 – Sydney, AU @ Opera House Forecourt
02/08 – Sydney, AU @ Opera House Forecourt
02/09 – Melbourne, AU @ Myer Music Bowl
02/11 – Bribane, AU @ Riverstage
02/14 – Perth, AU @ Perth Festival
02/16 – Tokyo, JP @ Hostess Club Weekender
02/18 – Taipei, TW @ Hostess Club Taipei
02/20 – Manila, PH @ Hostess Club Manila
02/22 – Singapore @ Hostess Club Weekender
03/01 – Manchester, UK @ BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
03/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
04/09 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/10 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/11 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall *
04/12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center
04/15 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/17 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre *
04/21 – Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live #
04/22 – Austin, TX @ The Moody Theater at Austin City Limits Live #
04/26 – Berkley, CA @ Greek Theatre %
05/09-11 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/23-25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/01 – Mannheim, DE @ Malfeld Derby
06/02 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
06/04 – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
06/05 – Berlin, DE @ Zitadelle
06/09 – Warsaw, PL @ Amiteatr
06/10 – Leipzig, DE @ Parkbuhne
06/11 – Cologne, DE @ Tanzbrunnen
06/13 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
07/10 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
07/12 – London, UK @ British Summer Time Hyde Park ^
07/14 – Cork, IE @ Live at the Marquee !
07/16 – Galway, IE @ Galway Arts Festival !
07/18 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens !
07/19 – Dublin, IE @ Iveagh Gardens
07/22 – Ferrara, IT @ Piazza Castello
07/25 – Vasto, IT @ Siren
07/26 – Lucca, IT @ Piazza Napolene
07/29 – Brescia, IT @ Anfiteatro del Vittoriale
07/31 – St. Petserburg, RU @ A2
08/01 – Moscow, RU @ Arena Moscow
08/03 – Kiev, UA @ Stereo Plaza
08/06 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Fest

* = w/ Daughter
# = w/ Warpaint
% = w/ Portugal. the Man
^ = w/ Neil Young
! = w/ Phosphorescent