STRFKR Adds New Tour Dates


Having already racked up 28 sold-out shows in 2011 (and counting) while touring in support of their latest album, Reptilians, Portland’s own STRFKR have just announced a slew of new North American tour dates with appearances at several summer festivals.

Amidst their numerous tour dates, STRFKR also found time to film a new video for “Julius” with director Jason Miller. Check out the video and a full list of dates down below.

 

STRFKR Tour Dates

Aug 10, 2011 – Soho Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 11, 2011 – El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 12, 2011 – Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, CA
Aug 13, 2011 – Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, CA
Aug 14, 2011 – Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco, CA
Sep 2, 2011 – Electric Owl, Vancouver, Canada
Sep 3, 2011 – Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA
Sep 5, 2011 – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 6, 2011 – Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 7, 2011 – Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
Sep 9, 2011 – 12th & Porter, Nashville, TN
Sep 10, 2011 – The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
Sep 11, 2011 – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Sep 12, 2011 – Black Cat, Washington, DC
Sep 13, 2011 – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Sep 16, 2011 – Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY
Sep 17, 2011 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Sep 18, 2011 – Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA
Sep 19, 2011 – Il Motore, Montreal, QC
Sep 20, 2011 – Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Canada
Sep 21, 2011 – Majestic Theater, Detroit, MI
Sep 23, 2011 – MidPoint Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH
Sep 24, 2011 – Highdive (Pygmalion Music Festival), Champaign, IL
Sep 26, 2011 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
Sep 27, 2011 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
Sep 28, 2011 – Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI
Sep 29, 2011 – The Cave, Northfield, MN
Sep 30, 2011 – The Vault, Sioux Falls, SD

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STRFKR Debut Video for “Julius”

Portland band STRFKR have released their second album, Reptillians, and have just finished an extensive tour across the country.  So what to do?  Well, time to release a video!  (And perform in a few more spots, including San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival.)  Here are the upcoming dates for the quartet:

06/03 – Mexico City, MX – Caradura
06/20 – Pullman, WA – Bell Tower
06/22 – 06/24 – Calgary, AB – Canada Olympic Plaza – Sled Island
06/26 – Spokane, WA – A Club
08/10 – Santa Barbara, CA – Soho Restaurant & Music Club
08/11 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
08/12 – 08/14 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands

And here is the video for the single, “Julius”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKQqefnTsWQ

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.

Polyvinyl Records @ SXSW

Polyvinyl Records Official SXSW Showcase

3/19 – Austin, TX @ The Parish (214 E. 6th)
* 21+ (Wristband / Badges + limited amount of tickets at the door)

* Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=200102483334722

STRFKR (1:00 am)

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (12:00 am)

Asobi Seksu (11:00 pm)

Casiokids (10:00 pm)

Joan of Arc (9:00 pm)

w/ Special Guest – Yip Deceiver (8:00 pm)

Polyvinyl Bands At SXSW

Asobi Seksu
3/16 – Windish Showcase @ ND Studios A (501 N IH-35) – 1 AM
3/17 – Prefix Magazine Party @ ND at 501 Studios (501 N IH-35) – 2 PM
3/18 – My Old KY Blog Party @ Perkerhead’s (402 E. 6th St.) – 6 PM
3/19 – Filter / Dickies Party @ Lustre (97 Rainey St) – 2 PM
3/19 – Polyvinyl Showcase @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) – 11 PM

Casiokids
3/16 – Radio Day Stage @ SXSW Convention Center – 1 PM

3/16 – Moshi Moshi Party @ Beauty Bar – 1 AM
3/18 – Redefine Magazine Party @ House of Commons (2610 Rio Grande St) – 9 PM
3/19 – Torchy’s Party @ Torchy’s Taco Pavilion (1311 S 1st St)
3/19 – Polyvinyl Showcase @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) – 10 PM

Joan of Arc
3/17 – Music 4 U !!! Party @ -The Blue Theatre (916 Springdale)
3/18 – Bearded Ponies Party @ The Grackle (1700 E. 6th St.)
3/19 – New Granada Records Day Party @ The Ghost Room (304 W. 4th St.) 12:45 PM
3/19 – Stem and Leaf Party @ Khabele School (801 Rio Grande.) – 5 PM
3/19 – Polyvinyl Showcase @ Parish (214 E 6th St) – 9 PM

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
3/17 – Twangfest @ Jovita’s (1619 S 1st St) – 12 PM
3/17 – Billions Day Party @ Mohawk – 5:10 PM
3/18 – Music By The Slice @ Home Slice Pizza (1415 S Congress Ave)- 4:40 PM
3/19 – Polyvinyl Showcase @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) – 12 AM

STRFKR
3/16 – My Old Kentucky Blog Party @ Peckerheads – 4:30 PM
3/18 – Friendly Fire Party @ Lipstick 24 – 6 PM
3/18 – Redefine Magazine Party @ House of Commons (2610 Rio Grande St) – 9:30 PM

3/19 – Terrorbird Party @ ND at 501 Studios (501 N IH-35) – 2:30 PM

3/19 – Polyvinyl Showcase @ The Parish (214 E 6th St) – 1 AM

STRFKR to Release Sophomore Album in March


Who knew death could be so danceable? This is the realization gained after learning that badass synth explosion of pop you’ve been dancing to contains a major theme on Starfucker’s second album: death. It seems the joke is on the consumer of Reptilians, to be released on Polyvinyl in March.

“Bury Us Alive” is the single available for download off the new album. It’s light and effervescent musically with a delightful synth line and silky vocals a la The Dandy Warhols who coincidentally share producer Jacob Portrait with Reptilians’. “Death to set me free” is the line that leads into the exhilarating, hyperactive chorus on “Bury Us Alive,” lending itself to a “live life like the next day is your last” spirit.

It’s a good thing after playing with other band names that they stuck with Starfucker, as it’s immensely fun to say and encompasses that glam party chasing lifestyle inherit in their sound.

The Octopus Project Churn Out New Single, “Fugefat”

With an overly-ambitious concept that’s so overly-ambitious that it has to work in some realm, The Octopus Project are set to release Hexadecagon.  To make sense of the name, the group already blew minds at last year’s SXSW by arranging 8 speakers and 8 synchronized video projections into a 16-sided audio/visual carousel.  The project was the result of tireless work to refine home-crafted electronic equipment to configure the 8-channel audio system the album was recorded on.  The album was inspired by minimalist composers Terry Riley and Steve Reich, which is apparent in how structured and articulate the theoretically chaotic new songs are.   Though it starts out sounding like the next iPod or Google commercial, soon 40-plus piano tracks loop together to form a visceral, auditory spaghetti.  Give the track a listen HERE, on headphones preferably, and look out for The Octopus Project on tour with STRFKR on these dates:

09/30 – Shreveport, LA @ The Collective
10/01 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
10/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
10/04 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
10/05 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
10/06 – Washington DC @ DC9
10/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
10/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/09 – New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine*#
10/10 – Cambridge, MA @ TT the Bears
10/11 – Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
10/12 – Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
10/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
10/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
10/15 – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
10/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
10/20 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Great Am. Music Hall
10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
10/24 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
10/25 – Tucson, AZ @ Plush
10/29 – Asheville, NC @ Moogfest *

All shows with Starfucker (except *)
# w/ We Are Scientists, Rewards