Junip and Jose Gonzalez Announce North American Tour

Junip has teamed with Jose Gonzalez to embark on a huge North American tour, including a stop at Bonnaroo.

Junip recently released a new EP, In Every Direction, which was made up of remixes and unreleased tracks. You can hear one of those tracks, “Nackrosdammen” right here!

The band has also released a new video for their song “In Every Direction” which was directed by the band’s drummer, Elias Araya, who took inspiration from his father (Kent Karlsson). Check it out right here, and if you want to catch Junip and Jose Gonzalez on tour, they will be:

4.20 – Toronto, ON – Lees Palace

4.21 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop

4.22 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Blind Pig

4.23 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

4.24 – Evanston, IL – SPACE

4.25 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center

4.28 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

4.29 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room

5.1 – Spokane, WA – The Empyrean

5.2 – Seattle, WA – Neumos

5.3 – Vancouver, BC – The Rio Theatre

5.4 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

5.6 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre

5.7 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar

5.8 – Tucson, AZ – Plush

5.10 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk

5.11 – Houston, TX – Mink

5.12 – New Orleans, LA – Republic

5.14 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall

5.15 – Columbus, OH – Wexner Center

5.16 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

5.17 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle

5.18 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café

5.19 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

5.20 – Wilmington, DE – World Café Live @ The Queen

5.21 – Burlington, VT – HG Showcase Lounge

5.22 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

6.12 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival


Acrylics Announce Tour

Brooklyn duo Acrylics (aka Molly Shea and Jason Klauber) have announced a North American tour with Jose Gonzalez-led Swedish trio Junip. Set to kick off in late April, after Acrylics play a string of dates at SXSW, the tour is meant to promote their debut LP, Lives and Treasure, out this week via Hot Sand/Friendly Fire Recordings. Peep the dates down below.

Acrylics Tour Dates w/ Junip + SXSW
*Fri – 3/18 @ 8pm – SXSW – Nuvola / Prefix & Audible Treats Showcase (105 E. 5th St.)
*Fri – 3/18 @ 3:30pm – SXSW – Lipstick 24 / Friendly Fire Recordings/Lefse/I Guess I’m Floating Day Party
*Sat – 3/19 @ 1:45pm – SXSW – ND/501 Studios / Terrorbird Licensing Day Party
*Sat – 3/19 @ TBA – SXSW – FADO’s – Noise/Racket / Sitcom Serf Party
Wed – 4/20 – Toronto ON – Lees Palace
Thu – 4/21 – Cleveland Heights OH – Grog Shop
Fri – 4/22 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Blind Pig
Sat – 4/23 – Chicago IL – Empty Bottle
Sun – 4/24 – Evanston IL – SPACE
Mon- 4/25 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
Thu – 4/28 – Denver – CO- Larimer Lounge
Fri – 4/29 – Salt Lake City UT – The State Room
Sun – 5/01 – Spokane WA- The Empyrean
Mon- 5/02 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Tue- 5/03 – Vancouver, BC – The Rio Theatre
Wed – 5/04 – Portland, OR -Wonder Ballroom
Fri – 5/06 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Sat- 5/07 – Costa Mesa, CA – Detroit Bar
Sun- 5/08 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
Tue- 5/10 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Wed- 5/11 – Houston, TX – Mink
Thu- 5/12 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
Sat- 5/14 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
Sun – 5/15 – Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
Mon- 5/16 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Tue- 5/17 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
Wed – 5/18 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe
Thurs – 5/19 – New York City, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Sat- 5/21 – South Burlington. VT – HG Showcase Lounge
Sun- 5/22 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

* (Acrylics Only)

The Latest Junip Remix Now Available As Free Download


Junip, the Swedish trio led by singer-songwriter José González, has released “Always (Prefuse 73 Remix)”- now available as a free download on Pitchfork. The original track, off of Junip’s latest album, Fields, receives an electric punch that only beat-mixer Prefuse 73 (Guillermo Scott Herren) could give.

With anxious fans waiting for news from the reclusive group, Junip is happy to announce that the trio will be back on tour in North America this spring, playing select cities across the U. S. and Canada, with a full roster of dates to be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the latest interview with José and Tobias, talking about their music and recording style backstage in Chicago with Tremble Tremble.

BKLYN Yard is Shutting Their Doors

BKYLN Yard, one of New York’s finest places to ever see a show, have just announced that they have officially closed their doors.

The venue, which has been around for about four years, has put on shows with everyone from Dan Deacon to Jose Gonzalez. BKYLN Yard wasd also famous for it’s Sunday Best dance series, the Gowanus Harvest Fest, the BK County Fair, Score! Pop-Up Mega Swap, Parked: Food Truck Festival, as well as more lobster bakes, pig roasts, and BBQs than you can shack a stick at.

Recently putting on a Memorial Day picnic, the venue showed off it’s new renovations including a bocce court and an updated bar. The landlords of BKLYN Yard’s space did not allow them to renegotiate the contract, and told them to hit the road. The chances are you’ll see the venue back in action though, just in another location. It may take some time but we hope to see them back soon.

For more information about BKLYN Yard’s closing, visit their website, HERE.

Like or Like Like: Acid House Kings

The Acid House Kings have been pumping out music for quite some time now, yet few to little praise has been given to them as they remain in the backdrop of indie-rock.

Returning back to the earlier days of retro twee pop, The Acid House Kings turned out cheery tunes that mirrored a pseudo-brady bunch era in the early 90’s. Having formed in 1991, the Kings are recognized as one of the founders of swede pop and could have very well opened up gateways for later swede artists such as Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, The Hives, Jose Gonzalez and many more.

Yet more than a decade later, The Acid House Kings remain in the shadows. Perhaps, the Kings are yet to be accepted by hipsters worldwide because their music surpasses a superficial idea of what indie-rock should be: edgy, hip, and a stray from the normative mainstream sugar pop, above other things.

The Kings’ sound falls in line with that of Camera Obscura and Belle and Sebastian. Yet, don’t let their squeaky-clean image deter you because the indie-rock factor that we all treasure is very much alive in their music.

Sadly, the group has not released any new music since 2005 but the band anticipates a new album release in 2009. To my despair, the time is running out and my anxiety is climbing for new music from the Acid House Kings but I’m still crossing my fingers.

On a happier note, if a band couldn’t be any cooler, the Kings produced their “This Heart Is A Stone” music video in Karaoke form so you can bust out in song right along with the crew. Take a look below.

Here’s the proof, this is definitely a group that you need to have in your music library.

Check out the Acid House Kings HERE

 Recommended tracks:

“Do What You Wanna Do”
“This Heart Is A Stone”
“Sunday Morning”

Watch the Acid House Kings ‘This Heart is a Stone’