BRAIDS Streams New LP and Announces More Tour Dates

Canadian foursome BRAIDS have announced their debut LP, Native Speaker, can be streamed online. Here’s the link:!/artist/Braids

They have also adjusted their tour schedule to add more dates and will be playing with a variety of bands.  Tour dates are as follows:

01-21 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
01-22 Quebec, QC – Le Cercle
01-27 Laval, QC – Studio Theatre Maison Des Arts
01-28 Kingston, ON – The Grad Club
01-30 Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
01-31 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
02-01 St. Louis, MO – The Old Rock House
02-02 Norman, OK – Opolis
02-04 Dallas, TX – Club Dada *$
02-05 Austin, TX – The Mohawk *$
02-07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade *$
02-08 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder *$
02-09 West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern *$
02-11 Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel *$
02-12 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory *$
02-13 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie *$
02-16 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge *$
02-17 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *$
02-18 Montreal, Quebec – Il Motore *$
02-19 Toronto, ON – El Mocambo *$
02-21 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner *$
02-22 Urbana, IL – Canopy Club *$
02-23 Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s *$
02-24 Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry *$
02-25 Madison, WI – Der Rathskellar (University of Wisconsin) *$
02-26 Chicago, IL – Subterranean *$
03-01 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey *
03-02 Portland, OR – Holocene *
03-03 Arcata, CA – Jambalaya *$
03-04 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop *
03-05 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *
03-10 Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar %
03-11 San Diego, CA – Casbah %
03-12 Las Vegas, NV – Neon Reverb Festival %
03-14 Santa Fe, NM – Corazon %
03-21 Tempe, AZ – Sail Inn !~
03-26 Kennewick, WA – The Red Room !~
03-28 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret !
04-06 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop !
04-13 Baltimore, MD – Talking Head !

* Baths
$ Star Slinger
% Asobi Seksu
! Toro Y Moi
~ Cloud Nothings

Brahms Premiere New Single, Head On Tour

Brahms have only been an official band for less than a year, they are continuing to make themselves heard in the indie world. Side A of their upcoming 7″ single, “Add It Up,” just premiered as a free download on Stereogum, the same blog which named them one of their “Bands To Watch” in May 2010. “Add It Up” is a strong and dark synth-based dance song with haunting vocals and only promises good things for the band’s debut LP, expected later this year. Get the song HERE.

Meanwhile, the trio left the confines of Brooklyn on January 12th for the next few months to tour the US (and a couple of Canadian cities) alongside Twin shadow and later, Asobi Seksu. Be sure to check if they’re coming anywhere near you.

Here are their upcoming tour dates:

1.14 – Schubas – Chicago, IL (with Twin Shadow)

1.15 – MOTR Pub – Cincinnati, OH (with Twin Shadow)

1.16 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH(with Twin Shadow)

2.22 – Single Release Party At Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY

2.25 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA (with Asobi Seksu)

2.26 – Cas del Popolo – Montreal, QC (with Asobi Seksu)

2.27 – Horseshow Tavern – Toronto, ON(with Asobi Seksu)

2.28 – Empty Bottle – Chicago IL (with Asobi Seksu)

3.1 – 7th Street Entry – Minneaplois, MN (with Asobi Seksu)

3.3 – The Palace Lounge – Missoula, MO (with Asobi Seksu)

3.4 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA (with Asobi Seksu)

3.5 – The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancovuer, BC (with Asobi Seksu)

3.6 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR(with Asobi Seksu)

3.8 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA (with Asobi Seksu)

3.9 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA (with Asobi Seksu)

Asobi Seksu is Laying Down The “Trails” to Greatness

The count is album number four for artist Asobi Seksu.  Fluorescence is available is available to all of North America just one day after the U.K. release on the 14th.  It will be on a variety of formats such as CD, LP, Digital Formats, and for those super-fans a limited edition pink vinyl. So you heard it here there are only 1500 of those puppies get it first.  They are promoting their album with the single “Trails” which is now open for MP3 Download.  This wonderful track will be accompanied by a video at the start of the New Year, can’t wait to see it.

It seems that sometimes the best defense is a good offense.  That is the approach that was taken going into this album. Do the opposite of what you intend and get the best result.  James Hanna puts it this way “This time, our agenda was not to have one at all; to be mellow about the entire process instead of obsessing over everything.”  Personally I don’t think Mellow is the right word.  Maybe strategic chaos.  I know that’s an oxymoron but I have heard the single of the upcoming album myself and it combines illusionary synthesizing with a strong grunge-pop core to set your mind of balance. And just when you think you have a grip on the sound…. BAM! They through in these glorious vocals like a celebration of the comsuming anarchy falling around you…  It’s pretty intense but please don’t take my word for it go download it yourself, who doesn’t like a free experience?


Asobi Seksu Announce Album Release And Supporting Tour

Asobi Seksu have announced a release for their highly anticipated fourth full-length and they’ve revealed a full North American tour in support!

The album Fluorescence will be out February 15th on Polyvinyl Records on CD, LP, and MP3. The first single for the album, “Trails” is already out and you can listen to it right here!

What else to do with new material but to take it on the road, right? Asobi Seksu have announced a full North American tour this winter, with support from Brahms, BRAIDS and Cults! You can check out their new stuff right here:

1/27/2011 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY*
2/17/2011 – Album Release Show at Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
2/25/2011 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA**
2/26/2011 – Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC**
2/27/2011 – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON**
2/28/2011 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL**
3/01/2011 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN**
3/03/2011 – The Badlander – Missoula, MT**
3/04/2011 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA**
3/05/2011 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC**
3/06/2011 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR**
3/08/2011 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA**
3/09/2011 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA**
3/10/2011 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA***
3/11/2011 – Casbah – San Diego, CA***
3/12/2011 – Neon Reverb Festival – Las Vegas, NV***
3/13/2011 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ***
3/14/2011 – Corazon – Santa Fe, NM***
3/22/2011 – The End – Nashville, TN****
3/23/2011 – Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN****
3/24/2011 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA****
3/25/2011 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.****
3/26/2011 – Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia, PA****

*w/ White Lies


***w/ BRAIDS

w/ Cults