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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.

Metz

Metz

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.”

Dungeonesse

Dungeonesse

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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Chelsea Wolfe Announces Release Date of New Album, Pain Is Beauty

Navigating the landscape of contemporary alternative music can be an exercise in redundancy; true visionaries and boundary-pushers are few and far between. Enter Chelsea Wolfe. To simply call Wolfe unique would be an understatement. Even among her peers in the so-called “drone-metal-art-folk” scene she’s an icon, a stand-alone singer/songwriter whose fully-formed aesthetic and haunting timelessness appear almost without effort.

Originally hailing from Northern California, Wolfe’s formative years were spent tinkering in her country musician father’s home studio, crafting “Casio-based gothy R&B” songs. For years, however, she lacked the confidence to share her creations. However, in 2009, an overseas excursion as part of a nomadic performance troupe ignited her passion for performing and initiated a renewed interest in writing and recording. A year later she emerged with a breathtaking debut album, The Grime & The Glow, immediately establishing herself as the focal point in a wave of new artists intent on blurring the lines between established alt-rock memes. Marrying the gentle intimacy of folk, the atmospheric voodoo of death rock and the bleak, sullen nihilism of black metal, Wolfe’s sound effectively cast a genre all her own: a cavernous rumble, marked by stuttering drums, ethereal synths and a wash of guitar, all very much in the service of one of the most hypnotic, celestial voices in modern music.

Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe

In 2011, Wolfe relocated to Los Angeles and recorded her second album, Apokalypsis, which was subsequently met with critical adoration. In 2012, she signed with L.A.-based Sargent House and released Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, less an “unplugged” digression than an exploration of the sonic possibilities afforded by peeling-back some of what makes her characteristic sound so lush. On the heels of the acoustic album, Wolfe released an EP of covers by the enigmatic anarcho-punk band, Rudimentary Peni, entitled Prayer for the Unborn. This out-of-left-field development served not only to illustrate Wolfe’s artistic solidarity with some of underground music’s most fringe elements but also to underscore her single-minded commitment to her vision and nobody else’s.

Now, in 2013, Chelsea Wolfe is set to unveil her third studio album, Pain is Beauty. A self-described love letter to nature, many of the album’s 12 tracks veer in a decidedly more electronic direction than previous recordings, while at the same time capitalising on Wolfe’s trademark penchant for the morose and otherworldly. As she explains, the album “becomes an exploration of ancestry, how the mythology, landscapes and traditions of our ancestors affect our personalities today.” She continues, “Honesty is what initially drew me to music, and I’ve been more honest and open with myself than ever through these songs. There is peace in truth. There is clarity in solitude. And there is power within simplicity and focus. Love is not always easy. Tormented love is something I understand more than society’s skewed idea of what love should be. Love is indelible, severe, earnest, merciful. To push forward against the odds is to make history”.

Pain is Beauty presents not so much an auditory experience as it does an encompassing atmosphere with which the listener can surround themselves, a soul-stirring link with infinity.

Pain is Beauty
 is released through Sargent House on 
September 2 2013.

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Metz Announce UK Headline Tour Starting in November

Metz are pleased to announce that they will be returning to the UK and Europe for a string of headline shows in November. The band has just wrapped up tours with Mudhoney and the Meat Puppets as well as a stint with Fucked Up and Titus Andronicus. Since their debut self-titled album was released on Sub Pop in October, the band haven’t afforded themselves the luxury of being off the road. Performances at SXSW and Primavera this year have cemented the band’s reputation as not only one of the loudest but also one of the most intense live bands the world has to offer right now.

Metz

Metz

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.

For all November UK headline dates see below. Tickets go on-sale Wednesday 12 June at 10am.

22 November – Deaf Institute, Manchester

23 November – Broadcast, Glasgow

25 November – Brudenell, Leeds

26 November – Start The Bus, Bristol

27 November – The Haunt, Brighton

28 November – Village Underground, London

You can buy Metz’s self-titled debut album directly from Sub Pop and on iTunes.

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City and Colour The Hurry and The Harm – Album Review

City and Colour, AKA acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green, released his highly anticipated new album The Hurry and The Harm on June 3 on Cooking Vinyl.

The Hurry and The Harm is Green’s fourth release as City and Colour and follows 2011’s Little Hell which received widespread critical and commercial praise. The album debuted at number 1 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, number 28 in the U.S., number 2 in Australia and appeared in the top 40 in the U.K. Little Hell went on to be certified RIAA Platinum in Canada and RIAA Gold in Australia.

Widely recognised for his live performances, City and Colour has sold out countless shows worldwide, including sold-out UK headline performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall and two nights at The Roundhouse. He has also performed at Bonnaroo, Coachella, Sasquatch, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, the Newport Folk Festival and Glastonbury Festival.

City and Colour

Dallas Green AKA City and Colour

Recorded at Nashville, Tennessee’s Blackbird Studios during the autumn and winter of 2012, the new album was produced once again by Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, Death Cab for Cutie and The Mars Votla). In addition to Green, the album features Jack Lawrence on bass (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather), Bo Koster on keys (My Morning Jacket), Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple) and James Gadson (Bill Withers, BB King) on drums and Spencer Cullum (Caitlin Rose) on pedal steel.

Of the new album, Green comments: “I don’t have a lot of faith in myself so it is hard for me to have a lot of faith in something I have created. But I’ve never been happier or prouder about something that I have done.” And he should be proud.

Unlike 2008’s album Bring Me Your Love which had a raw sound to it, The Hurry and The Harm has a much cleaner sound. However, Green hasn’t lost the ability to still capture all the emotion and rawness in his songs that make them so easily accessible to audiences. In songs like Of Space and Time, Paradise and Two Coins the old style City and Colour can be heard clearly – the echoing live sound, the natural unstrained vocals and the amazing acoustics. On the other hand, tracks like Commenters and Thirst bring forward City and Colour’s rockier sound.

The lyrics are, as ever, thought provoking and captivating. Green certainly has an unbelievable talent in writing lyrics that you can identify with. He’s not over complicated, he’s not pretentious, he doesn’t use way too many metaphors or vast concepts – he’s concise. He doesn’t know how good he is either which makes this album even more intriguing. The lyrics in The Hurry and The Harm analyse society’s fixation on quite fixes and convenience in every aspect of life; love, work, personal situations, “Everyone wants everything/No matter the cost/We’re longing to live in a dream/But we can’t let go/To all that we think we know/This great escape/Until we give up the ghost/But why are we so worried/More about the hurry/And less about the harm?”

Of Space and Time has such a great feel to it despite its melancholy theme, “I don’t know what drugs to take/To successfully alter the state/That my mind has been in as of late/Something is eating away at my brain/There’s an elephant in the back of the room/And it’s standing in plain view/Everyone can see/That it looks just like me…”

The Lonely Life has lyrics that you will instantly fall in love with, “What if I did not love you/Where would that leave me?/Would I wander through the avenues/Under a pool of misery/Would I be faced down in the gutter/With cheap whiskey on my breath/The lonely life of a writer/Whose words could not pay his debt/Saying please don’t/Please don’t pass me by/I am alive oh can’t you see/That I’ve been blinded completely…” The chorus is bound to go round and round in your head, especially towards the end of the song when the rest of the instruments are stripped back leaving Green’s vocals completely exposed.

Paradise has to be the most familiar track on the record with a lot of the elements heard on 2008’s Bring Me Your Love album seeping through. The echoing vocals, the live sounding acoustic guitar and harmonies all help to reassure the listener that they are still listening to a City and Colour album. It’s one of a few tracks on The Hurry and The Harm that is purely acoustic with only vocals, guitar and soft drums being played. It’s one of the simplest tracks on the album yet probably the most memorable and effective. Similarly, Take Care is solely contains Green’s vocals and acoustic guitar and again works perfectly to be one of the most effective songs on the record. Take Care has a fantastic guitar riff which isn’t far off from sounding like something Nick Drake or Richard Thompson may have invented.

City and Colour Dallas Green

Dallas Green

Thirst is a dark song but not in City and Colour’s normal way. The music itself is more intense with more distortion and echo on the guitar and vocals. It’s not a song easily recognised as belonging to City and Colour. It has a more of a rock sound than an acoustic sound but there are numerous layers to this track that keeps it interesting.

Two Coins is another track where the original raw, acoustic sound so loved by City and Colour fans can be heard. The acoustic guitar blends perfectly with the deeper, distorted notes of the electric guitar. Green’s vocals are innocent and soft. It’s a really emotional track especially where Green sings, “I’ve got wicked thoughts a brewing/Many evils deeds I’ve done/I’m looking for a reason/For a reason not to run/I’ve always been dark/With light somewhere in the distance…” It’s a song about human kind’s quest to find happiness and to remove that darkness and move into the light.

City and Colour has produced a wonderful album in The Hurry and The Harm with their sound still remaining distinctive yet at the same time always feeling fresh. There isn’t a bad track on the record. It’s 100% guaranteed you’ll fall in love with this record from the first note.

City and Colour will celebrate the release of The Hurry and The Harm with a forthcoming European tour that includes a sold-out performance at London’s Bush Hall. The shows will feature a brand new touring band including Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) on bass, Dante Schwebel (Hacienda, Dan Auerbach) on guitar, Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums and Matt Kelly on pedal steel guitar and keys.

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