LUCY DACUS SIGNS TO MATADOR RECORDS
Richmond, VA-based songwriter Lucy Dacus is the latest addition to the renowned Matador Records roster.
The 21-year-old’s critically acclaimed debut album, No Burden, which was released earlier this year, is out now digitally, with a re-pressing of CD and LP formats coming on September 9th.
For a behind-the-scenes look at Lucy’s life on the road, which includes recent headlining shows, SXSW, and dates with Daughter, Houndmouth, and Julien Baker, a new video set to “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” can be viewed below.
sigur ros new single ovedur
Sigur Rós’s 24-hour Icelandic, Slow TV happening, Route One, culminated earlier this evening with the release of the band’s first new music since 2013’s ‘Kveikur’ album.
The original, song-form version of Óveður, is accompanied by a new video by Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund, shot in the small town of Grindavík on the Reykjanes peninsular. The video features Icelandic choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir, as well as cameos from the band.
Óveður, which is currently opening the band’s festival appearances, has been streaming live on Icelandic National TV and YouTube in an endless, ‘generative’ version since 9pm last night, as soundtrack to the live broadcast of the 1332km journey the round Iceland’s coastal ring road. At the time of writing around half a million people have tuned in to watch the stream.
Óveður was written and recorded by the band at their Reykjavik studio, and co-produced by the band with Paul Corley.
sigur ros route one
throughout the entire course of tonight and tomorrow sigur rós will be unveiling a 24-hour ‘slow tv’ event live on iceland’s national television – and streaming live globally via youtube – set to a constantly evolving soundtrack based around elements of new song óveður.
starting at tonight’s summer solstice and continuing throughout the longest day of the year, ‘route one’ is a 1332km journey the whole way round iceland’s coastal ring road, broadcasting the trip live in its entirety, via national television channel rúv 2.
“in a day and age of instant gratification and everything moving so fast, we wanted to do the exact opposite,” says sigur rós’s jónsi birgisson. “slow tv is counter-active to the world we live in, in that it happens in real time and real slow.”
driving anti-clockwise round the island, the journey will pass by many of the country’s most notable landmarks, including vatnajökull, europe’s largest ice-sheet; the glacial lagoon, jökulsárlón; as well as the east fjords and the desolate black sands of möðrudalur.
the soundtrack to the journey is being created moment-by-moment via generative music software. the individual musical elements of unreleased song, and current sigur rós festival set opener, óveður, are seeded through the evolving music app bronze, to create a unique ephemeral sonic experience. headphones, external speakers and full-screen viewing are recommended.
Warpaint Confirms Fall Tour Dates
L.A. based Warpaint will embark on a global tour this fall, including dates at The Imperial in Vancouver and The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto.
For tickets and more information, please visit warpaintwarpaint.com. See below for full itinerary.
September 19 Seattle, WA The Showbox
September 20 Vancouver, BC Imperial
September 21 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
September 23 Oakdale, CA Symbiosis Festival
September 24 Long Beach, CA Music Tastes Good
September 25 Las Vegas, NV Life is Beautiful
September 27 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
September 29 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
September 30 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
October 1 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
October 3 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
October 4 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
October 6 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
October 7 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
October 8 New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom
October 9 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
October 12 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
October 13 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre
October 22 Bristol, U.K. Simple Things Festival
October 23 Edinburgh, U.K. Queens Hall
October 24 Manchester, U.K. Albert Hall
October 26 Liverpool, U.K. The Dome
October 27 London, U.K. The Roundhouse
October 29 Paris, France Pitchfork Festival
October 30 Cologne, Germany Live Musik Hall
November 1 Berlin, Germany Astra
November 2 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
November 4 Reykjavik, Iceland Iceland Airwaves – Húrra
ABRA ANNOUNCES NEW EP & SINGLE ON TRUE PANTHER SOUNDS
The songwriter, producer, singer, and occasional rapper today shares her new single, “CRYBABY,” via Soundcloud, which follows a recently released EP teaser video clip titled “COME 4 ME.”
ABRA is an outlier. Moving around with her missionary parents, she was born in New York and raised in South London, before eventually landing in Atlanta. Like her upbringing, ABRA’s music isn’t specific to a place, a time, or a sound. Instead, it’s a blend of influences, informed — but not defined — by its surroundings. Utilizing different components of Miami Freestyle and electro-funk 808’s topped with her own airy R&B-tinged vocals, ABRA’s voice and sounds are familiar, but uniquely contemporary.
Every note on the PRINCESS EP is written, produced, and performed by ABRA – often in the solitude of her bedroom closet. As an introverted youth, she dug into the Internet to find community and inspiration. Then, as now, she found inspiration in unique juxtapositions, as seen in her early acoustic covers of Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, and 2 Chainz that she posted on YouTube. Those videos eventually led her to a new community: Awful Records. The Awful crew — a collective of friends, artists, and collaborators creating their own hypercolor, DIY version of Atlanta’s burgeoning weirdo-rap movement — embraced her fully. Even within the rap-oriented Awful crew she is an iconoclast: for her own productions, she avoids the conventional sounds of Atlanta trap in favor of drums and synthesizers reminiscent of 1980’s pop.
While still featuring on various Awful Records artists’ music, her own music and image is sacrosanct. She conceives her own videos and acts as art director for all packaging and photo shoots. Princess is a portal into her self-contained universe and it shines with a profound confidence. After a year spent alternating between the mania of worldwide touring and self-imposed recording isolation, PRINCESS is a bold new step for an artist who is growing more accomplished every day. Never compromising on her vision or artistic process, she has molded her surroundings into her strict aesthetic and vision. No longer a lone outlier, she is a leader and lightning rod for a world of fellow outsiders. ABRA is a true PRINCESS in a monarchy of her own creation.
1. COME 4 ME
4. BIG BOI feat. Tommy Genesis
5. PULL UP
6. THINKING OF U