Planetarium is an album from Sufjan Stevens, composer Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner of the National, and drummer James McAlister inspired by the Sun, the Moon, the planets and other celestial bodies of our solar system. Slated to drop on June 9th via 4AD, the album was the product of approximately five years that turned into a long, twisted journey that can be read about in greater detail here. You can listen to the spacey “Saturn” via video below.
Following the announcement of their debut LP, Routines, along with the reveal of “Rules,” the boys from Bloomington, IN, Hoops, are back with another new track “On Top.” The Krauter-penned “cheesy feel-good positive song” comes with a evangelical meets public access tv visual directed by Jake Huber. Additionally, they have announced dates for their first ever headlining tour that will take them all over the States along with the UK. Find the itinerary below along with the video. The album can be pre-ordered on all formats, including that sweet limited edition cotton candy colored vinyl, via their Bandcamp.
5/02 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug and Pint
5/03 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
5/04 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
5/07 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
5/08 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
5/09 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
5/10 – London, UK @ The Lexington
5/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
5/15 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
5/17 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
5/18 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *
5/19 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder *
5/21 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *
5/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
5/23 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
5/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
5/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall *
5/27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
5/28 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
6/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
6/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
6/06 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
6/07 – Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
6/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right ^
6/09 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott ^
6/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle ^
6/12 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien ^
6/13 – Ottawa, ON @ Pressed ^
6/14 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G ^
6/15 – Detroit, MI @ El Club ^
6/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
Mid-last year, Philly band Quiet Life released a great album called Foggy which was produced by Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken. During some downtime in Ft. Collins, Colorado, the band filmed this studio session while rehearsing the album cut “Waitin’ On The G Train.” The video was created by E.Ryan McMackin.
Last months, we posted about the track “Company,” a demo from Hoops’ Drew Auscherman. Today, he shows us his inner late ’80s pop star in the lo-fi video for the track done by Sean Albert. With the video comes the announcement of a tape later this year featuring the song along with most likely another gem “Happy Place.” Keep an eye on his Soundcloud for other tracks to appear on the release.
It’s been a minute since we last heard from Little Dragon, but today the unloaded a new track along with a list of North American tour stops found below. “High” is the name of the song and it comes delivered with a beautifully hazy and mystical visual directed by Ossian Melin. We can’t help in noticing some symbol-era Prince vibes in it. Hopefully, this is the first song from an upcoming new album this year.
4/13/17Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriets
4/14/17Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/16/17San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
4/18/17Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC**
4/21/17Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/22/17Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl^^
4/23/17Scottsdale, AZ @ Live Wire
4/25/17Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater**
4/26/17Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater**
4/27/17Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall**
4/29/17Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
4/30/17St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant**
5/2/17Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall**
5/3/17Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre**
5/4/17Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall**
5/5-7/17Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Beats Festival
7/22/17Squaw Valley, CA @ Wanderlust Festival
7/26/17Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks^^
7/29/17Cooperstown, NY @ Brewery Ommegang^^
7/31/17Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE^^
Toronto artist, singer, producer Lydia Ainsworth shared another offering from her upcoming album, Darling of the Afterglow, out on March 31st via Arbutus Records/Bella Union. “Afterglow” follows the first single “The Road” and just like that song, it comes along with a visual accompaniment conceptualized by Ainsworth with her sister Abby Ainsworth. The song has sort of a baroque electronic pop feel Wiccan aesthetic.
Bernache is the new project and moniker from Quebec producer/singer Emmanuelle Proulx, who also serves as a member of another favorite of ours, Men I Trust (do yourself a favor and listen to their entire catalog at bandcamp, if you are not familiar). The first taste comes in the form of track “Your Name.” Softly-delivered vocals paired with twisting synth-lines melt into a enchanting earworm warranting repeat listens. The slow-motion video, shot by Men I Trust bandmate Dragos Chiriac, only further accentuates the song’s hazy aesthetic. Grab the song for free here.
Baltimore trio Snail Mail, led by Lindsey Jordan, have released a new video for “Thinning,” one of the best tracks from their debut EP, Habit. The new video stars Lindsey and was directed by drummer Shawn Durham. You can purchase Habit from Sister Polygon Records or the band’s Bandcamp.