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Moon King Announce Forthcoming Release of New Album Obsession Out In September

Toronto’s Moon King will be issuing their debut European release on September 16 via Tough Love (Girls Names, Weird Dreams, CYMBALS). Entitled Obsession, the record compiles all of the band’s output to date as well as one previously unreleased track and will be available on LP, CD and digital download.

Comprised of Toronto native Daniel Benjamin and collaborator/co-conspirator, Maddy Wilde, the duo have been making music together for most of their lives. As Moon King, the two singers weave dreamlike harmonies over buzz-saw guitars and electronic percussion, their live performances capturing a raw-nerve intensity that verges on ecstatic.

Moon King

Moon King

While they have ties to a handful of other Canadian projects – Majical Cloudz, Grimes, Austra – they more obviously share a sonic affinity with the alien androgyny of Cocteau Twins, mbv and The Breeders. Many of Daniel’s songs appeal to our darker subconscious desires, revelling in the embrace of fear and ego as a means of escape. Daniel also frequently performs with his brother Airick and his group, Doldrums.

Only Child is the first track taken from Obsession and can be heard here.

Obsession is released on 16 September on Tough Love Records.

Moon King tour Europe in September with Born Ruffians which happens to coincide with the release of Obsession. You can catch them live on the following dates:

Sept 18 – The Soup Kitchen, Manchester, w/ Born Ruffians
Sept 19 – Concrete, London w/ Born Ruffians
Sept 20 – Green Store Room, Brighton w/ Born Ruffians
Sept 21 – Incubate Festival, Tilburg
Sept 23 – Video, Ghent
Sept 24 – Birthdays, London
Sept 26 – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
Sept 27 – Gebaude 9, Cologne, w/ Born Ruffians
Sept 28 – Berlin Independent Night, Berlin
Sept 30 – Witoof Bar, Brussels, w/ Born Ruffians
Oct 1 – La Grande Mix, Tourcoing, w/ Born Ruffians
Oct 2 – Trabendo, Paris w/ Born Ruffians
Nov 2 – Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik

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Lonely The Brave Announce Debut London Headline Performance at The Lexington

Having won over audiences at this year’s Download Festival and Hard Rock Calling, Lonely The Brave have announced that they will play their first ever London headline show at The Lexington in October.

Completed by David Jakes’ breath-taking vocals, Lonely The Brave’s unique style of expansive rock continues to capture the hearts of new listeners, converting them into instant fans and simultaneously gathering support from all corners of the music industry. Radio support has come from BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter, Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart and Alice Levine and has been heavily championed by Zane Lowe.

Those who managed to catch the band at the previously mentioned Download Festival or Hard Rock Calling will know that Lonely The Brave’s songs are elevated to unimaginable heights when witnessed in a live environment. The intimate ambience of The Lexington will only enhance this experience making this a truly spectacular event that is not to be missed.

Pre-sale tickets are available from 10am on Thursday 18 July. General sale will start from 10am on Friday 19 July. Tickets can be bought here.

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Metz Release Video for Track, Get Off

Since the October 2012 release of their critically acclaimed debut album, the Toronto-based trio Metz have been touring very nearly non-stop, playing shows across North America and Europe.



And last week Stereogum premiered a new video for album track and previous single Get Off which was directed by fellow Canadian and label mate, Chad VanGaalen. In the words of Stereogum: “It’s gross, nutso Heavy Metal-style animated comic-book surrealism and it tells us of the fate of an alien dolphin-dog creature”.

Metz have announced that they will return to Europe this autumn for a headline tour starting in Luxembourg on November 1 and ending in London, UK on November 28.

Praise for the band comes from both sides of the Atlantic. Pitchfork described the record as, “…29 minutes of pure but artfully rendered chaos,” and the NME have tipped them as revivalists of the scene that Sup Pop created in the early-‘90s. As well as a spread of praise across UK media, the band have also done a BBC Radio 1 live session for Huw Stephens and in March Metz was even the station’s “Record of the Week,” resulting in daytime plays for the band, a rarity in a pop-dominated culture.

Catch Metz live on the following dates:

Jun. 28 – St. Gallen, Switzerland – St. Gallen Festival

Jun. 29 – Helsinki, Finland – Rock the Beach Festival

Jul. 4 – Arendal, Norway – Hove Festival

Jul. 6 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival

Jul. 12 – Toronto, Canada – Downsview Park

Jul. 20 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival

Jul. 26 – Guelph, Canada –  Hillside Festival of Guelph

Aug. 1 – Venlo, Netherlands – Julianapark

Aug. 2 – Liege, Belgium – Micro Festival

Aug. 3 – Katowice, Poland – Off Festival

Aug. 8 – Oslo, Norway –  Oya Natt Festival

Aug. 9 – Rees-Haldern, Germany – Haldern Pop Festival

Aug. 11 – Castelbuono (Palermo- Sicily), Italy –  Ypsigrock Festival

Aug. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – F Yeah Fest

Sep. 26 – Champaign, IL – Pygmalion Festival

Sep. 27 – Cincinnati, OH –  Midpoint Music Festival

Oct. 30 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Iceland Airwaves Festival

Oct. 31 – Reykjavik, Iceland – Iceland Airwaves Festival

Nov. 1 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Den Atelier

Nov. 2 – Brussels, Belgium – Witloofbar

Nov. 3 – Eindhoven, Holland – Hit The City Festival

Nov. 4 – Hamburg, Germany – Hafenklang

Nov. 6 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Beta

Nov. 7 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand

Nov. 8 – Oslo, Norway – John Dee

Nov. 9 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik

Nov. 11 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu

Nov. 12 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka

Nov. 13 – Wroclaw, Poland – Bezsennosc

Nov. 14 – Prague, Czech Republic – 007 Club

Nov. 15 – Wurzburg, Germany – Café Cairo

Nov. 16 – Lausanne, Switzerland – Le Romandie Club

Nov. 17 – Milan, Italy – Lo Fi Club

Nov. 19 – Lyon, France – Marche Gare

Nov. 20 – Paris, France – La Gaite Lyrique

Nov. 22 – Manchester, United Kingdom – Deaf Institute

Nov. 23 – Glasgow, United Kingdom – Broadcast

Nov. 25 – Leeds, United Kingdom – Brudenell Social Club

Nov. 26 – Bristol, United Kingdom – Start the Bus

Nov. 27 – Brighton, United Kingdom – The Haunt

Nov. 28 – London, United Kingdom – Village Underground

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Dungeonesse Premiere Video for Nightlight

Dungeonesse, the project of Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak, Flock of Dimes) and Jon Ehrens (White Life) have premiered their new video for Nightlight with Stereogum. In it, director Ariana Natale imagines a liminal space – a dream world full of magical jellyfish that bloom and glow while Nightlight pulses and trembles along. The video works like a one-way mirror into the ambiguous borderland between conciousness and unconciousness, between reminiscing and being haunted, that echoes the song lyrics Wasner sings, “…if I’m in the light, I believe it that I’m over it/ But when it’s late at night, I can feel it taking over and/ I’m not over it, I’m not, I’m not, I’m not.”



Of the video, Wasner says: “Nightlight is one of the most bittersweet songs on the record for me. It’s about the kind of heartbreak that finds you even once you think you’ve escaped it–the kind that keeps you up at night, agonizing over those little things you can’t forget.

“I had such a great time working with Ariana and her crew–envisioning the bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived fantasy world that exists in the space between waking and sleeping, where dreams and reality overlap and eventually become one.”

Dungeonesse’s self-titled debut album is out now on Secretly Canadian. The band has already garnered praise from a wide variety of outlets. From mainstream newspapers like USA Today and AM New York, to the visual art world with Art Info, to Pitchfork to The FADER and countless others, Dungeonesse have won hearts and minds with their catchy, compelling music.

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No Age Announce Release of First Single From New Album, An Object

C’mon Stimmung is the first single from the new No Age album An Object. Available worldwide this August via Sub Pop, An Object is No Age’s fourth album and the striking follow-up to 2010’s Everything in Between. The band have created an atmospheric, “not-the-video” component for C’mon Stimmung (which can be viewed below).

No Age have scheduled an extensive tour for 2013 in support of An Object, both as preview for the LP and after release date. The band’s touring schedule begins June 19 in Antwerp, BE at Trix and currently ends on October 24 in Vienna, AT at Flex. Highlights include: June 21 in Camber Sands, UK for All Tomorrow’s Parties; July 25 in Santa Monica, CA at the Santa Monica Pier; and a U.S. tour taking place in performance art and alternative show spaces, that runs August 18 – September 25.

No Age

No Age

The band, in addition to performing, recording and producing the album, is in the process of preparing and assembling the entirety of the physical packaging for the album, including jackets, inserts and labels. They are taking on the roll of manufacturer, artist and musician. Check out recent No Age features with Pitchfork (see April 9 Update feature) and SPIN (see June 10 “The Making Of” interview), where they discuss their motivations behind the album and the making of An Object.

Sub Pop will release No Age’s An Object August 19 on CD and LP and through various digital services. The album, led by highlights such as I Won’t Be Your Generator, C’mon, Stimmung, An Impression, and Lock Box was recorded by F. Bermudez and No Age at Gaucho’s Electronics in Los Angeles.

You can catch No Age live on the following dates:

Jun. 19 – Antwerp, BE – Trix

Jun. 20 – London , UK – Corsica Studios

Jun. 21 – Camber, UK – All Tomorrow’s Parties (Camber)

Jun. 23 – Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret Festival

Jun. 24 – Paris, FR – Espace B

Jun. 27 – Copenhagen, DK –  Bakken

Jun. 28 – Oslo, NO – Gut Feeling Festival

Jun. 29 – Bergen, NO – Perfect Sound Festival

Jul. 25 – Santa Monica, CA – Santa Monica Pier

Aug. 18 – Arcata, CA – MexNwoW*

Aug. 19 – Eugene, OR – Cozmic Pizza*

Aug. 20 – Seattle,WA – Washington Hall*

Aug. 21 – Portland, OR – Backspace*

Aug. 22 – Chico, CA – Cafe Coda*

Aug. 23 – Berkeley, CA – Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive*

Aug. 24 – Bolinas, CA – TBA*

Aug. 26 – Reno, NV – The Holland Project

Aug. 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

Aug. 28 – Denver, CO – Rhinoceropolis

Aug. 29 – Kansas City, MO – Folk Center

Aug. 30 – Dallas, TX – Texas Theater

Aug. 31 – Austin, TX – The Museum of Human Achievement

Sep. 01 – New Orleans, LA – The Big Top Three Ring Circus

Sep. 02 – Atlanta, GA – Arts Exchange

Sep. 03 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook

Sep. 04 – Baltimore, MD – Floristree

Sep. 05 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

Sep. 07 – Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA

Sep. 09 – Cincinnati, OH – Contemporary Arts Center

Sep. 15 – Bloomington, IN – Waldron Arts Center

Sep. 18 – Norman, OK – Mainsite Contemporary Arts Center

Sep. 19 – Marfa, TX – Padre’s

Sep. 21 – Albuquerque, NM – Small Engine Gallery

Sep. 25 – Ojai, CA – Ojai Ranch Inn

Oct. 02 – London, UK – Koko

Oct. 03 – Birmingham, UK – The Hare and Hounds

Oct. 05 – Dublin, IE – The Grand Social

Oct. 06 – Limerick, IE – Bourkes

Oct. 08 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo

Oct. 09 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club

Oct. 10 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute

Oct. 12 – Bristol, UK – Simple Things Festival

Oct. 14 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt

Oct. 15 – Amsterdam, NL – Secret Location

Oct. 19 – Bologna, IT – Covo

Oct. 20 – Padova, IT – Movement Padova

Oct. 21 – Rome, IT – Circolo degli Artisti

Oct. 22 – Torino, IT – Astoria

Oct. 24 – Vienna, AT – Flex

* w/ Sun Foot, Devin Gary & Ross

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Virals is the new project from Shaun Hencher who was previously the frontman of Lovvers.

After playing some US dates including SXSW, NYC and LA and twelve months after playing his debut show, Shaun Hencher AKA Virals returned to the UK recently to play Field Day and the Field Day Pre-party at The Shacklewell Arms last weekend. Now after all that excitement, he is taking some time off to work on a full length album. Watch this space.


Virals artwork

To celebrate all of this, Virals are making their new song Wax-Work available for free download. You can download it here.

Wax-Work is a blend of 70s power pop and the classic sound of Feeder. With the vocals sung whispering and softly in the background, the grungy guitar riffs and rock drum beat shine through giving it that very Feeder-esque feel.

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