Doldrums Head on Tour With Unknown Mortal Orchestra & Grimes & Bear in Heaven & Blouse


Indie wonder boy Doldrums is gearing up for the tour of the Summer. Sharing the stage with such acts as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Grimes, Bear in Heaven and Blouses, there is no stopping him. For a guy who doesn’t even have his first LP under his belt yet, his rise to success has definitely become an interesting one. Staring in 2010, Doldrums began by posting videos and designing websites by fictional bands under a number of pseudonyms, ‘Doldrums’ being the one that he had settled on. Everything seemed to take off from there as he started to gain attention in Toronto with his performances at Everlasting Super Joy. Alongside his studio and DIY venue that he co-runs with DD/MM/YYYY, he also known for his involvement with flash parties in abandoned spaces. 2010 also saw the release of several of 7″s including a split with DD/MM/YYYY and a VHS mixtape of his own music videos. We are literally at the edge of our seats to hear what Doldrums is up to next, but in the meantime, take a look at the massive tour dates that he has below with some of the hottest names in music right now. Doldrums also just dropped his newest single, “Egypt” on Pitchfork. Take a listen to it HERE.

TOUR DATES

With Bear In Heaven and Blouse
4/26/12 – The Bottletree – Birmingham, AL * ^

4/27/12 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA * ^

4/28/12 – Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC * ^

4/29/12 – Kings Barcade – Raleigh, NC * ^

5/01/12 – Black Cat Backstage – Washington, DC * ^

5/02/12 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA * ^

5/03/12 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA * ^

5/04/12 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC* ^

5/05/12 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON * ^

5/06/12 – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY * ^

5/08/12 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY * ^

5/09/12 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY * ^


* Bear In Heaven

^ Blouse

With Grimes (UK / Europe)
5/11/12 – The Haunt – Brighton, UK
5/11/12 – Great Escape Venue TBA – Brighton, UK
5/15/12 – La Laterie – Strasbourg, FR #
5/16/12 – La Fleche D’or – Paris, FR #
5/20/12 – Exio – Amsterdam, NL #
5/22/12 – Blaa – Oslo, NO #
5/23/12 – Cafetreaten – Stockholm, SE #
5/24/12 – Inkonst – Malmo, SE #
5/25/12 – Berghain – Berlin, GER #
5/26/12 – Ubel & Gefarlich – Hamburg, GER #
5/28/12 – Circulo Degli Artisti – Rome, IT #
5/29/12 – Hanni Bi – Ravenna, IT #
5/30/12 – Astoria – Turin, IT #
6/02/12 – Dot To Dot Festival – Bristol, UK
6/03/12 – Dot To Dot Festival – Nottingham, UK
6/04/12 – Dot To Dot Festival – Manchester, UK

# Grimes

With Unknown Mortal Orchestra
6/07/12 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY !
6/08/12 – Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY !
6/09/12 – Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington, DC !
6/11/12 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA !
6/12/12 – Middle East – Boston, MA !
6/13/12 – Il Motore – Montreal, QC !
6/14/12 – 6/16/12 – NXNE – Toronto, ON
7/06/12 – 7/08/12 – Hopscotch Festival – Raleigh, NC

! Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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The Shins to Release New Record

Its been quite some time since we’ve gotten a new record from The Shins, but they’re back. James Mercer and Co. are on the brink of releasing a new album but things have certainly changed. For one, the band will release the album on Mercer’s own label, Aural Apothecary, having split with their former label Sub Pop.  Mercer also let two of the original members go, keyboardist Marty Crandall and drummer Jesse Sandoval, stating that he wanted to take the band in a new direction. ‘I started to have production ideas that I wanted to do that basically required some other people,’ Mercer recently told Pitchfork.

The guys have been replaced by Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse and Ron Lewis from The Fruit Bats. Man, seems like a rough day to be in The Shins. Though the band is currently doing a few tour dates, the new album still won’t be released until early next year. Mercer describes the new songs as very ‘up tempo’ and less depressing than their other records. I guess some good did come out of this.

Watch one of our favorite videos bv The Shins. ‘Patent Pending’

Stephen Malkmus Talks to Pitchfork about The Jicks’ Future

Though Stephen Malkmus seems in denial that a Pavement reunion will ever happen, at least his future with The Jicks is stable. Malkmus recently did an interview with Pitchfork talking about the near end of the Pavement reissues, The Jicks in general and the dreaded ‘So when is Pavement going to reunite?’ question. 2009 actually marks the 20th year anniversary of Pavement’s first EP, Slay Tracks (1933-1969). Its so hard to believe they started that long ago….though Stephen Malkmus, you’ve never looked so young.

Read Pitchfork’s interview with Stephen Malkmus HERE

Watch one of our all time favorite Malkmus performances, the video for ‘Discretion Grove’, off his first solo record.