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:  http://hypem.com/#!/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

BRAIDS Premiere New Single and Mixtape

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Montreal based band BRAIDS are revving up for their debut album early next year with “Plath Heart”, their new single and a mixtape called Yours Truly. The eclectic band is a quartet of best friends that decided to unite for the power of music, and the result is a playful yet serious study of alternative pop music led by a female voice. You can check out “Plath Heart” here. Their upcoming LP release is called “Native Speaker”, but you can catch them live while BRAIDS tour North America next year.

01-20 Montreal QC – La Sala Rossa RECORD RELEASE PARTY
01-21 Ottawa – Mavericks
01-22 – Quebec, QC – Le Cercle
01-28 Kingston, ON – The Grad Club
01-30 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
02-02 Norman, OK – Opolis
02-04 Dallas, TX – The Nightmare *
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, Ontario – El Mocambo
02-21 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner *
02-22 Urbana, IL – The Canopy *
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 *
03-04 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop *
03-05 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *
03-10 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa, CA***
03-11- Casbah – San Diego, CA***
03-12 – Neon Reverb Festival – Las Vegas, NV***
03-13 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
03-14 Santa Fe, NM – Corazon
* with Baths, Star Slinger
***with Asobi Seksu

Montreal Quartet, the BRAIDS, Gain Critical Acclaim

Led my female vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston, this experimental/folk/trippy pop group is breaking barriers with groundbreaking music. Using intense vocal harmonies and melodies along with pulsing and vibrant yet mello music, BRAIDS creates an almost euphoric dream like listening experience for all the senses.

These four best friends from High School gambled on skipping college, and choose to make music instead. Their hard work paid off as they are now being noticed for their self-released debut, Native Speaker.

They were recently named to Stereogum’s “40 Best New Artists of 2010“, and recorded a “Pop Montreal Session” while at Break Glass Studios. Listen to that session here.

BRAIDS Make Lemonade

It takes a lot for four best friends from Alberta, Canada to convince each other to skip college and move across the country to Montreal. At only eighteen, the music geniuses BRAIDS  released a  self recorded/self produced album known as Native Speaker.

With its single “Lemonade” now debuted on Stereogum, new fans can’t wait for the LP’s release on January 18th. The critics can’t wait either, as Filter magazine described the album as “an amalgam of feminine assertion and unabashed lust.”

Illustrated as brilliant in detail and  luminous structure, none of the songs on Native Speaker ever come in under four minutes and most average about six. Such pattern has not bored listeners, but only seemed to sugarcoat the already radiant sound. Leading up to the release, the band will be playing the following shows. Catch them in your city!

***Tour Dates***

11/17 – M For Montreal  With We Are Wolves  Montreal, QC
11/18 – Cabaret Du Mile End WIth Land Of Talk   Montreal, QC
11/30 – Knitting Factory With The Radio Dept.  Brooklyn, NY
12/1 – Bowery Ballroom With The Radio Dept. New York, NY