Pygmalion Festival Announces Dates and Initial Lineup


The Pygmalion Festival (located in the idyllic Midwestern town of Champaign-Urbana, Ill.) recently announced their band lineup for this year’s music extravaganza. Currently the September 21-24 festival will include Japandroids, Toro y Moi, Deerhoof, Viva Voce, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Hood Internet, Mansions on the Moon, Ava Luna, Brass Bed, Adam Arcuragi, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Ivan and Alyosha, The Parsons Red Heads and more with Explosions in the Sky headlining. This year the festival will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the indie label Polyvinyl Records. The all-day outdoor Polyvinyl showcase will feature the artists from the label’s roster including Deerhoof, Japandroids, Xiu Xiu, STRFKR, Owen, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, and Asobi Seksu as well as the long awaited reunion of local heroes Braid. Early Bird Festival passes go on sale Friday May 6, 2011 at 12 p.m. CST and cost $60. The price will be increased to $65 and $70 at later dates. The festival pass guarantees admission into every show at the festival, depending on capacity limitations. Single tickets for every show will be available as well.

Single show tickets for Explosions in the Sky will cost $20 in advance. The Polyvinyl 15 Year Anniversary Party will cost $25 in advance. Both of those shows will go on sale Friday May 13, 2011 at 12 p.m. online and at local Champaign-Urbana outlets.

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NXNE Announces 2011 Line Up

North By Northeast (NXNE) recently announced the second wave of bands for the 17th edition of the festival, taking over Toronto June 13-19, 2011. Now confirmed for the event are Devo, Descendents, Stars, The Pharcyde, Men Without Hats, Digable Planets, Twin Shadow, OFF!, Art Brut, Shad, Land of Talk, Chad VanGaalen, and Cults. They join previously announced acts that include The Dodos, Deerhoof, Hot Water Music, The Bouncing Souls, and Anti-Flag, Dum Dum Girls and others.

All NXNE Festival passes and wristbands are now on sale, available at www.nxne.com. Early-bird pricing for NXNE Priority Passes is available through April 25. And, the complete NXNE Music line-up and schedule, NXNE Film schedule and additional NXNE Interactive programming will be announced over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Deerhoof: Getting Their Hooves Into Everything


If you missed Henry Rollins KCRW broadcast last month where he played the new and much-anticipated Deerhoof release, Deerhoof vs. Evil in its entirety, the self-produced album is now available (for your ascension into awesomeness), as is their pretty picture on the cover of The Wire, with a full interview with the mysterious band on the glossy inside detailing dark secrets and the troubles of being 16 years old—as a band, that is. You can also set your crosshairs for these wild animals on tour in the U.S. and Europe beginning in Sacramento, CA on January 27th.

Tour Dates

feb 01 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (w/ Fingaar Bangaar, Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 02 – Dallas, TX – The Loft (w/ S. Carey, Ben Butler and Mousepad, Yann Teirsen)

feb 03 – Memphis, TN – The Hi Tone (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 04 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 05 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt (w/ tunabunny, Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 06 – Raleigh, NC – King’s (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 07 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad, Chain and the Gang)

feb 08 – Brooklyn, NY – Europa (w/ Buke And Gass, Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 10 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts (w/ Prowler, Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar (w/ Ennui, Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 14 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom (w/ Marco Polio, Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 15 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 16 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 18 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose (w/ The Tanks, Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 19 – Omaha, NB – Waiting Room (w/ Conduits, Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 21 – Denver, CO – The Marquis (w/ Lil’ Slugger, Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 25 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s (w/ Special Explosion, Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 26 – Portland, OR – Holocene (21+ show w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)

feb 26 – Portland, OR – Holocene (6pm ALL AGES show! w/ Neal Morgan)

mar 14 – New York, NY – JapanNYC Festival at Le Poisson Rouge (w/ Ichi)

apr 19 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie

apr 20 – Belfort, FR – Impetus Festival at Le Poudriere

apr 21 – Metz, FR – Les Trinitaires

apr 22 – Lyon, FR – L’Epicerie Moderne

apr 23 – Lausanne, CH – Impetus Festival @ La Romandie

apr 24 – Schorndorf, DE – Manufaktur

apr 26 – Kortrijk, BE – De Kreun

apr 27 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg

apr 28 – Groningen, NL – Vera

apr 30 – Aarhus, DK – Pop Revo Festival at Voxhall

may 01 – Hamburg, DE – Hafenklang

jul 01 – London, UK – Performing Milk Man at Alexandra Palace (w/ The Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin and Dinosaur Jr performing Bug)

Deerhoof Says “Hey I Can”



As part of a unique way to gain exposure for their upcoming album Deerhoof vs. Evil, Deerhoof has been releasing tracks as part of a “Global Album Leak” giving audiences a chance to hear one track at a time each week until the album is officially released on January 25th

Their track-dropping world tour embarked in October with the track “The Merry Barracks” in Chicago and they have since released them in places like Spain, England and as far as Australia.  This week, Deerhoof leaked their next single “Hey I Can” in Japan which was a perfect setting for a song with hints of Asian flair mixed into the positive lyrics of vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki. 

Satomi mentions that she wanted to write a positive song and say “I Can” as many times as she could and that is exactly what she did.  Accompanying her light and energetic voice, the song ranges from an Asian tribal feel with clanging chimes to a modern rock song with deep lying bass lines and thrashing drumbeats and ever changing tempos.  And with Matsuzaki’s mixture of English and Japanese lyrics everything on this song blends together to form a fun and funky treat for your ears.  

Listen to Deerhoof’s latest track here.

You can take your own journey and treat your ears to more delightful sounds of Deerhoof’s latest album here.

Hoofdriver Is As Awesome As Name Implies


Although honestly, a couple of the other combinations sound way cooler. Formed as a 7″ between Deerhoof and Busdriver (MC Regan Farquhar), Hoofdriver features Busdriver recording new lyrics and vocals over the Deerhoof’s song “I Did Crimes For You.”

But really, Hoofdriver is the best one? What about Busdeer? Or Deerbus? Or Deerdriver? The compilation formed when Deerhoof accidently sent Farquhar the wrong instrumental track to sing over. By the time they realized their mistake, Busdriver had already recorded lyrics too awesome to ignore.

The 7″ will be out on a limited 1,000 copy-run in yellow vinyl. Meanwhile, Deerhoof have also released a new track from their two-month CD release party. The song “Must Fight Current” can be found over at www.deerhoofvsevil.com

Another Week, Another Deerhoof Song

Indie-rockers Deerhoof have found a way to stretch out a CD release day into…a couple months.

The band, premiering one song a week until January 25th (when you get the whole CD), released the song “Must Fight Current” today. In addition, the band has given us the details of their upcoming tour which kicks off just after the holidays.

You can check out the newest song from the album right here.

You can see Deerhoof playing more than just one song (hopefully!) at the following. I’ve heard tickets make great stocking stuffers.

dec 05 – Minehead, UK – All Tomorrow’s Parties (Curated by Godspeed You! Black Emperor)
jan 27 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s (w/ Nervous Cop)
jan 28 – San Francisco, CA – Great AMerican Music Hall (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
jan 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 01 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 02 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 03 – Memphis, TN – The Hi Tone (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 04 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 05 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 06 – Raleigh, NC – King’s (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 07 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 08 – Brooklyn, NY – Ridgewood Masonic Temple (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 10 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 14 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 15 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 16 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 17 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 18 – Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 19 – Omaha, NB – Waiting Room (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 21 – Denver, CO – The Marquis (w/ Nervous Cop, Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 25 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)
feb 26 – Portland, OR – Holocene (w/ Ben Butler and Mousepad)
mar 14 – New York, NY – JapanNYC Festival at Le Poisson Rouge (w/ Ichi)
jul 11 – London, UK – Performing Milk Man at Alexandra Palace (w/ The Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin and Dinosaur Jr performing Bug)