Friendly Fires Head Out on Summer Tour

What better way to start this hot Summer season than some fire? Friendly Fires that is. The group have just kicked off a massive tour last week that will see them through to August. They will then pick up again in November as they do a stint in Europe. Until June 11th they will be touring with electronic artist, Wise Blood. Friendly Fires will also be hitting the festival circuit in Europe as well as playing Lollapalooza here. The band is currently supporting their newest release, Pala. Check out the tour dates below!

1 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Varsity Theatre
4 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Venue
5 – Seattle, Wash. @Neumos
6 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
8 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Public Works SF
8 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Independent
10 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Music Box
11 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Teatro Chino De Six Flags
12 – Monterrey, Mexico @ Escenia
18 – Elchenriy & Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany @ Hurricane & Southside Festivals
23 – Oslo, Norway @ Oslo Live Festival
25 – Glastonbury, United Kingdom @ Glastonbury Festival
28 – Magaluf, Spain @ Mallorca Rocks
29 – Ibiza, Spain @ Ibiza Rocks

2 – St. Gallen, Switzerland @ Open Air Festival
8 – Oeiras, Portugal @ Optimus Alive! Festival
9 – Kinross, Scotland @ T In The Park
10 – Punchestown, Ireland @ Oxegen Festival
15 – Benicassim, Spain @ Benicassim Festival
17 – Istanbul, Turkey @ Rock N’ Coke Festival
28 – Sydney, Australia @ Metro Theatre
29 – Melbourne, Australia @ Billboard
31 – Woodford, Australia @ Splendour In The Grass

5-7 *- Chicago, Ill. @ Lollapalooza
7 – New York, N.Y. @ Central Park SummerStage
13 – Osaka, Japan @ Summer Sonic
14 – Tokyo, Japan @ Summer Sonice
18 – Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
26-28 – Reading & Leeds, United Kingdom @ Reading & Leeds Festival

10 – Bristol, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Bristol
11 -Birmingham, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Birmingham
12 – Southhampton, United Kingdom @ Southhampton Guildhall
14 – Nottingham, United Kingdom @ Rock City
15 – Newcastle, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Newcastle
17 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ O2 Apollo Manchester
18 – Glasgow, United Kingdom @ Barrowland
19 – Leeds, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Leeds
21 – Cambridge, United Kingdom @ Corn Exchange
22 – Lincoln, United Kingdom @ The Engine Shed
25-26 – Brixton, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Brixton


Friendly Fires Hit the Road

Photo by Dominic Storer

Friendly Fires have settled on a release date for their sophomore album. Pala will be out May 24th on XL Recordings.

The album will follow the group’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which was released in 2008. Even better, fans don’t have to wait till May to hear a glimpse of the new album. The band just premiered their new single “Live Those Days Tonight” live on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, March 23rd.

If for whatever reason you don’t watch Jimmy Fallon (understandable), the band has considerately made the song available to listen to on the groups website. You can hear it right here.

Although the band is still recovering from the chaos of SXSW, they will set off on tour behind their new album in late May. Their tour schedule looks like this:

5/24 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church

5/25 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

5/26 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

5/27 – Boston, MA – Paradise

5/28 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre

5/30 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre

5/31 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

6/1 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater

6/4 – Vancouver, BC – Venue

6/5 – Seattle, WA – Neumos

6/6 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

6/8 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

6/10 – Los Angeles, CA – Music Box at The Henry Fonda

Miami Horror Announce North American Tour & SXSW Performances

Psych-electronic group Miami Horror have announced their return to North America for a coast-to-coast tour, making stops in Canada, Mexico, and SXSW along the way. The Australian four-piece embarked on a successful freshman tour of the States this past fall behind their debut album, Illumination- now available in the US iTunes store. The original Australian release is also now available as a 2-CD limited edition, which includes a bonus album of Miami Horror hottest tracks, as remixed by the likes of YACHT, Shazam, and Fred Falke.

While Miami Horror initially began as one synthesizer-obsessed producer huddled over a laptop, the group has now become a full, live band, recently playing critically-acclaimed sets at Australia’s biggest festivals, as well as some A-list slots opening for Phoenix, Friendly Fires, La Roux, and Lily Allen.

Complete list of tour dates below:



Mar 6 – The Snow Ball Music Experience – Vail, CO
Mar 9 – Ghostbar – Las Vegas, NV (DJ set)
Mar 10 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
Mar 12 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 13 – 35 Conferette – Denton, TX
Mar 15 – Never Say Never Music & Arts Festival – McAllen, TX
Mar 16-18 – SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar 19 – Caradura – Mexico City, MX
Mar 25 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Mar 26 – U Street Music Hall – Washington DC
Mar 29 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
Apr 1 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Apr 2 – Le Belmont – Montreal, QC

Enter Apache Beat’s Psychedelic World With Their Video For “Another Day”

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After their two successful 7″ releases “Tropics” and “Blood Thrills”,  Apache Beat will finally present their debut album, Last Chants, on October 5th! The album, produced and mixed by Martin Bisi, will be out on Babylon/Beverly Martel Records. If you’ve been following Apache Beat, you’ll surely recognize their previous single “Your Powers are Magic” among the new material but you will also discover a few collaborations with some members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Rapture and Lightspeed Champion.

And speaking of recognizable tunes, Apache Beat just premiered a video for their crowd favorite “Another Day,” which premiered on this week. Directed by Cherise Payne, who has previously worked with Friendly Fires and singer-songwriter Jack Peñate, the video is a succession of trippy, colorful images of eyes, waterfalls, explosions and fireworks that melt and dissolve into one another to create a delightfully psychedelic chaos in which the band appears by transparency. Warning: You may get a bit dizzy.

Watch the video below: