The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Release New Album Art, Single, And Tour Dates

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New York City indie pop band The Pain of Being Pure at Heart have had a big run lately, releasing a critically acclaimed debut album in 2009, touring the world, and staying in constant rotation on my iPod. This Spring, they launch a massive North American tour with Twin Shadow and plan to release a new record.

To help them with their upcoming album Belong, they’ve enlisted the help of producer Flood (Smashing Pumpkins, U2, PJ Harvey) and mixer Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Ride). The album drops March 29th on Limited Edition Colored vinyl, CD, and download via Slumberland/Collective Sounds.

Stream the new single “Belong” and check out tour dates below!

Tour Dates

03/10 Denton, TX 35 Conferette
03/11 Austin, TX Venue 222 (SXSW Interactive)
03/12 Mexico City Polyforum Siqueiros (Indie O Fest)
03/16 – 03/19 Austin, TX SXSW
03/31 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
04/01 Washington, DC Black Cat *
04/02 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle *
04/04 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club *
04/05 Atlanta, GA The Earl *
04/06 Birmingham, AL Bottletree Cafe *
04/07 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks *
04/08 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s *
04/09 Austin, TX Emo’s *
04/10 Lubbock, TX Jake’s
04/12 Santa Fe, NM Corazon *
04/13 Tucson, AZ Club Congress !
04/15 Indio, CA Coachella
04/18 Visalia, CA The Cellar Door *&
04/19 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall *&
04/21 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge *&
04/22 Seattle, WA The Crocodile *
04/25 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club *
04/26 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall *
04/27 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
04/28 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
04/29 Bloomington, IN Rhino’s *
04/30 Columbus, OH The Basement *
05/02 Milford, CT Daniel Street *
05/03 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club *
05/06 New York, NY Webster Hall *

! w/ Warpaint, Twin Shadow, PVT, Catwalk
* w/ Twin Shadow
& w/ Catwalk

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Architecture In Helsinki Set To Release New Album And Announce Tour

Australian indie pop band Architecture in Helsinki is well-known for their gleeful, avant-garde style and their use of the glockenspiel, clarinet, and other unorthodox instruments. They also haven’t released a new album since 2007, which, if you think about it, was actually a while ago. On May 3rd, the group will drop Moment Bends on Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records.

Recorded over two years, the album purports to be more danceable than previous releases, tapping into popular music and cathartic moments of feeling. Check out their tour dates below!

Tour Dates:

02/19: Wiseman’s Ferry, NSW, AU @ Playground Weekender
02/26: Launceston, TAS, AU @ MS Festival
03/13: Meredith, VIC, AU @ VIC- Great Plains Festival
04/06: Hamburg, DE @ Knust
04/07: Luxembourg, LX @ Rotondes
04/08: Paris, FR @ Gaité Lyrique, Super Mon Amour! Festival
04/09: Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique Festival
04/10: Strasbourg, BE @ Laiterie, Super Mon Amour! Festival
04/12: Manchester, UK @ Academy3
04/13: London, UK @ XOYO
04/14: Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor
04/15: Dublin, UK @ The Button Factory
04/16: Brighton, UK @ Concorde2
04/18: Cologne, DE @ Genaude 9
04/19: Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
04/20: Berlin, DE @ Maria
04/21: Vienna, AT @ Wuk
04/22: Prague, CZ @ Sperm Festival
04/24: Zurich, CH @ Kaseme
04/25: Turin. IT @ Spazio 211
04/26: Milan, IT @ Magnolia
06/01: Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda
06/02: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
06/03: San Francisco, CA @ Slims
06/05: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
06/06: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
06/10: Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity
06/11: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
06/14: Boston, MA @ Paradise
06/16: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
06/17: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
06/18: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
06/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall

The Joy Formidable Announce Tour Dates

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Welsh indie band The Joy Formidable is set to kick off an American tour including a stop at Coachella in April. Known for their loose, anthemic garage sound, the group recorded their new album in Los Angeles this past summer and are now set to release The Big Roar on March 15th via Canvasback/Atlantic Records. Check out the video for “Austere” and tour dates below!

    Tour Dates

3/22 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
3/24 Durham, NC @ Coffeehouse @ Duke Univ.
3/25 Washington DC @ Black Cat
3/26 Albany, NY @ Valentines
3/28 Providence, RI @ The Met
3/29 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
3/30 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
3/31 Princton, NJ @ Terrace Club @ Princeton Univ.
4/1 Harrisburg, PA @ The Abbey
4/2 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
4/4 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
4/5 Chicago , IL @ Lincoln Hall
4/6 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
4/8 Denver, CO @ Larimier Lounge
4/9 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
4/11 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studio
4/12 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
4/14 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
4/16 Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/19 Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
4/20 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
4/22 St Louis, MO @ Luminary Arts Center
4/23 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
4/26 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
4/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
4/29 New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Black Milk Announces North American Tour Dates

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Detroit producer and MC Black Milk is known for his complex, sample-heavy instrumentals and his lyrical, pull-no-punches flow. After releasing 2010’s aptly dubbed Album of the Year, he now embarks on a North American tour. Accompanied by vocalist and keyboardist AB as well as drummer Daru Jones, we’re sure this live backing band will only enhance Black Milk’s stage presence. Check out the video for “Welcome (Gotta Go)” and tour dates below!

Tour Dates

2/09/11 Boston Wonder Bar
2/10/11 New York SOB’S
2/11/11 Pittsburgh Shadow Lounge
2/13/11 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
2/23/11 Seattle Nectar Lounge
2/24/11 Vancouver Fortune Sound Club
2/25/11 San Jose Voodoo Lounge

The Twilight Singers Announce European Tour

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New Orleans natives (REPRESENT) The Twilight Singers are well known throughout the indie world for blending soul, rock, and electronic music into their own distinct style. Spawned in 1997 as a side project of The Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli, they have since released four albums, including 2006’s critically acclaimed Powder Burns. Nearly 5 years later, the group is ready to release a new album and go on tour once again.

Now signed to Sub Pop, Dynamite Steps drops on February 15th, at which point the group will play its first ever in-store concerts, at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles on the 15th and San Francisco on the 17th. From there, the band embarks on a European tour.

Pre-order the album at www.subpop.com and check out the tour dates below!

The Twilight Singers 2011 European Tour
3/18/11            London – Electric Ballroom
3/19/11            Glasgow – Arches
3/20/11            Manchester – Moho Live
3/21/11            Brighton – Komedia Theatre
3/23/11            Cologne – Luxor
3/25/11            Oslo – Parkteatret
3/26/11            Stockholm – Debaser
3/27/11            Copenhagen – Vega Jr
3/28/11            Berlin – Festsaal Kreuzberg
3/30/11            Brussels – Ancienne Belgique
3/31/11            Paris – La Fleche D’Or
4/01/11            Amsterdam – Paradiso
4/02/11            Lucerne – Schuur
4/09/11            Vienna – Meet Factory
4/10/11            Warsaw – Stodola
4/12/11            Helsinki – Tavastia
4/14/11            Thessaloniki – Principal Theater
4/15/11            Athens – Gagarin Club
4/16/11            Tel Aviv – Reading3
4/17/11            Tel Aviv – Reading3

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Set To Release New Album

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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead (Trail of Dead for short) is an indie rock band from Austin, Texas, known for their wild, energetic live performances. They’ve released five solid albums since 1998 and one fantastic album, 2002’s Source Tags & Codes. Their new album, Tao of the Dead, drops on February 8th, and the band will celebrate with a record release show at Littlefield on the same day. Conrad Keeley, the band’s frontman, is also a talented artist whose work not only graces the front of the album but will also be on display at the release show. Check out a clip from a new documentary about Keeley, listen to two of their new songs, and try to win tickets to the Littlefield show at Brooklyn Vegan!