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“Young Girls” go wild in Pins’ latest video

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The “Young Girls” in Pins’ latest video are pretty bad-ass.

The British quartet looking down into the trunk of a car, tossing a bloody bat and burning clothes in a fire speak volumes. But don’t blame the Girls for being diabolical: they were just looking for something to do in Manchester.

Watch the video “Young Girls” via Noisey.

PINS are Faith Vern (vocals/guitar), Anna Donigan (bass), Lois Macdonald (guitar) and Sophie Galpin (drums).

“We’re not trying to be great/We don’t want to be saved,” they sing.

“Young Girls” is one of the brighter, poppier songs on the Pins’ multi-layered record “Wild Nights.” The album shows the band’s maturity, dexterity and ability to cross genres — from punk to pop to rock, to slow-simmering, introspective garage anthems.

“Wild Nights” will be released June 9 on Bella Union.

Pins have also announced a U.S. summer tour:

U.S. Tour Dates

June 13 – New York, NY – Rough Trade

June 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

June 16  – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Shop

June 18 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

June 19 – Seattle, WA – SODO Lounge

June 23  – Denver, CO – Hi-Drive

June 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

June 25 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry

June 26  – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

June 27 – Ferndale, MI  – The Loving Touch

June 29 – Washington, DC – DC9

June 30  – Allston, MA – Great Scott

July 2  – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle

PINS Wild Nights

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It’s about time you got stuck on Pins

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The all-female British punk quartet Pins is now poised to make its mark on the States.

For proof, check out their latest single, “Too Little Too Late” on Youtube. It features some seriously pissed off band members and other women clearly out for blood.

According to Pins:

Writing the ‘Too Little Too Late’ lyrics was very cathartic, they spewed out like hot lava from an angry volcano. It is a middle-finger-to-the-world kind of song and the video mirrors that notion. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!”

Interesting fact: the B-side is their cover of The Misfits’ “Hybrid Moments.”

Pins too little videoTheir abstract style of punk is raw and mysterious, and their sparse, clash-y sound adds a sense of desolation, as on “Little Sting.” The group’s been around since at least 2012, when their EP “LuvU4Lyf” was released.

In short, they’re good at what they do.

Check out the rest of their music on Soundcloud as well, especially that EP’s title track.

Their debut album, “Wild Nights,” on which Mark Ronson lent a hand, is out on Bella Union on June 8.

Wild Nights tracklist:

Baby Bhangs
Young Girls
Curse These Dreams
Oh Lord
Dazed By You
Got It Bad
Too Little Too Late
House of Love
If Only
Molly
Everyone Says

Tour dates:

  • 21 Apr 2015London at The Electric Ballroom
  • 14 May 2015 – 16 May 2015 Brighton at The Great Escape
  • 27 May 2015London at The Lexington

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Listen to “The Airport,” a new song from The Twilight Sad

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Still riding the wave of critical acclaim of “Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave,” The Twilight Sad will be releasing an AA-side vinyl (a 7″ picture disc) of “I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want” in the UK on Feb. 9.

The disc also contains a new song, “The Airport,” which you can hear at The Line Of Best Fit.

North American fans can also get a hold of the picture disc at their upcoming shows in the U.S. and Canada.

Also check out “I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want” on Soundcloud.

“Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave” is out on Fat Cat Records.

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Watch a man try to stay awake in Parkay Quarts’ video “Pretty Machines”

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This guy’s weird mustache: What’s up with that?

The latest video from Parkay Quarts (or Parquet Courts, however you like) for “Pretty Machines” paints a picture of an ordinary day, like any other in one man’s life: Get up, brush teeth, wash dishes, go to bed, repeat. Parkay Quarts manages to blend each of this guy’s already-mundane activities into one long drudgefest.

Besides the overlapping frames that clumsily and jarringly stitch events together: the one weird thing — the off-kilter mustache-y thing he puts on his face every day. What’s up with that?

“Pretty Machines” is from Parkay Quarts’ latest album, “Content Nausea.”

Check out “Pretty Machines” on Youtube, as well as Parquet Courts’ performance on David Letterman.

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Wand releases new song, announces “Golem,” tour dates

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Wand on Thursday announced a follow-up to last year’s “Ganglion Reef,” tour dates and a new song.

The single is called “Self Hypnosis In 3 Days” and it’s definitely rough around the edges, much like some of their gritty psychedelic work on “Ganglion Reef,” blending a bit of surf-rock and post-punk.

According to a press release, Wand’s sound was influenced by bands like Swans, Talking Heads, and Melvins, along with heavy-metal grandfathers Black Sabbath and new-wave/electronic master Gary Numan, “and the weird city of Sacramento.” The press release also states they recorded “Golem” in less than two weeks (12 days, to be exact.)

“Golem” Track list: The Unexplored Map Self Hypnosis in 3 Days Reaper Invert -Melted Rope Cave In – Flesh Tour – Floating Head – Planet Golem – The Drift

“Golem” is out March 17 on In the Red Records.

Wand has tour dates up through mid-April with Ty Segall; Once & Future Band; Walter TV; The Gooch Palms; Death Valley Girls; BABES; and Heaters.

Thu. Jan. 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall + ^

Fri. Mar. 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo # $ %

Sat. Mar. 14 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar # $ %

Sun. Mar. 15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar (Rampage Fest) # $ %

Mon. Mar. 16 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace # $ %

Tue. Mar. 17 – Mar. 21 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

Sun. Mar. 22 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia >

Mon. Mar. 23 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone >

Tue. Mar. 24 – Nashville, TN @ The End >

Wed. Mar. 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl >

Thur. Mar. 26 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook >

Fri. Mar. 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Black Box in Underground Arts >

Sat. Mar. 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right >

Sun. Mar. 29 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

Wed. April 1 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East >

Thur. April 2 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz P.D.B.

Fri. April 3 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall ~

Sat. April 4 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog ~

Sun. April 5 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle ~

Tue. April 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue and 7th Street Entry ~

Thur. April 9 – Missoula, MY @ Stage 112

Sat. April 11 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt

Sun. April 12 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

Tue. April 14 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Arlene Francis Center

Wed. April 15 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

Thu. April 16 – Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer

Wand Self Hypnosis

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Nite Fields release gorgeous track “Prescription”

Nite Fields have released another beautiful love song in the form of “Prescription,” off their debut LP “Depersonalisation.” “Prescription” is among a host of songs the quartet of Danny Venzin, Chris Campion, Liza Harvey and Michael Whitney recorded over four years in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

The lyrics of post-punk bitterness of “Prescription” are wrapped in an intricate, exquisite guitar melody that’s their signature. “You wanna break my stride, you wanna rule the tides, you wanna rip the heart from my insides,” Venzin drolly sings.

The Aussie band’s much-awaited album is out Feb. 3 on felte.

Listen to “Prescription” on Soundcloud. And in case you missed it, check out the previously released “You I Never Knew.”

Nite Fields have plenty of European dates to choose from:
01/22: Petrozavodsk, RU @ Amsterdam Club
01/23: St Petersburg, RU @ More Club
01/24: Moscow, RU @ Powerhouse
01/27: Kharkov, UA @ Akuna Matata
01/29: Kiev, UA @ Closer
01/30: Athens, GR @ Death Disco
01/31: Larissa, GR @ Sto Peripou
02/01: Thessaloniki, GR @ Mavri Tripya
02/04: Skopje, MK @ MKC
02/05: Sofia, BG @ Mixtape 5
02/07: Bucharest, RO @ Question Mark
02/12: Tallinn, EE @ Sinilind
02/13: Tartu, EE @ Genialistide Club
02/14: Riga, LV @ Depo
02/18: Vilnius @ Kablys
02/20: Zurich, CH @ Exil
02/21: Paris, FR @ Espace B
02/23: London, UK @ The Old Blue Last

02/26: Essen, DE @ Goethebunker

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Nots have punk locked up with “We Are Nots”

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Slow songs are overrated. Any band that says they’re punk but then tries to sneak in a “slow” song — imposters. Stick with the real thing.

If you’re looking for that authenticity, that brazen punk, Nots have it.

There’s a bold intensity to the quartet’s latest, “We Are Nots,” — a passion fueled by youth’s abandon and bravery. That lack of fear is what drives young music and ideas, and what keeps real punk music alive.

If you listen to “Dust Red” from the band’s earlier 7”— their sound was even more garage and muffled in its darkness and desolateness. It’s good to hear that with this full-length debut, they’ve been polished up a bit from that extreme lo-fi scuzz-dust.

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With the blazing opener, “Insect Eyes,” they’ve already announced their signature sound, although they sometimes veer off with indie-rock bass melodies as on “Strange Rage.”

Besides strong showings by bassist Madison Farmer and guitarist Natalie Hoffmann, Charlotte Watson’s drumming is delivered machine-gun style, and Alexandra Eastburn’s synth keeps up that creature-feature blackness that gets stuffed into your head with a pneumatic drill.

The bonus on “We Are Nots” is that they’re mostly full-length songs– most are more than 2 minutes. “Reactor” is nearly 4 minutes—eons for a punk song, but no worries—it’s not overdone, just damn fun.

It’s so refreshing to hear four Memphis women blasting up such a hardcore sound from the underground. It’s like a breath of fresh air— heavy, strong, rank air, laden with sex and sweat, that you just can’t get enough of.

 

“We Are Nots” was out Nov. 11 on Goner Records.

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Parkay Quarts is now streaming “Content Nausea”

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Parkay Quarts: Content Nausea

Punk-rock overachievers Parkay Quarts, also known as Parquet Courts, is now streaming their latest, “Content Nausea.”

The album is out Nov. 11 on What’s Your Rupture?, while the worldwide digital release will by Nov. 17 on Rough Trade. Also check out the first single, “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth.”

Parkay Quarts/Parquet Courts have released a slew of tour dates to keep everyone toasty through the winter.

PARQUET COURTS, PARKAY QUARTS, AND PCPC TOUR DATES

Thu. Nov 6 – Washington DC @ DC9 (as Parkay Quarts)

Sat. Nov 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA (as Parkay Quarts)

Thu. Nov 13 – Lille, France @ Le Grand Mix (as Parkay Quarts)

Fri. Nov14 – Paris, France @ La Cigale (as Parkay Quarts)

Sat. Nov 15 – Nantes, France @ Stereolux (as Parkay Quarts)

Mon. Nov 17 – Toulose, France @ Bikini (as Parkay Quarts)

Wed. Nov 19 – Oostende, Belgium @ De Zwerver (as PCPC)

Thu. Nov 20 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique (as Parkay Quarts)

Fri. Nov 21 – Utrecht, Holland @ Le Guess Who (as Parkay Quarts)

Sat. Nov 22 – Amsterdam, Holland @ The Vrankrijk (as PCPC)

Sun. Nov 23 – Utrecht, Holland @ Le Guess Who (as PCPC)

Mon. Nov 24 – Ramsgate, UK @ Ramsgate Music Hall (as PCPC)

Tue. Nov 25 – London, UK @ Electroworkz (as PCPC)

Wed. Nov 26 – Leeds, UK @ Wardrobe (as Parkay Quarts)

Thu. Nov 27 – London, UK @ The Laundry (as Parkay Quarts)

Sat. Nov 29 – Koln, Germany @ Museum Ludwig (as Parkay Quarts)

Sun. Nov 30 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Rote Frabrik (as Parkay Quarts)

Thu. Dec. 11 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (as Parquet Courts)

Sat. Jan. 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar (as Parquet Courts)

Sun. Jan. 25 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern (as Parquet Courts)

Mon. Jan. 26 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings (as Parquet Courts)

Wed. Jan. 28 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt (as Parquet Courts)

Thu. Jan. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl (as Parquet Courts)

Fri. Jan. 30 – Gainseville, FL @ The Wooly (as Parquet Courts)

Sat. Jan. 31 – Tampa, FL @ American Legion Hall (as Parquet Courts)

Mon. Feb. 2 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Down Under (as Parquet Courts)

Tue. Feb. 3 – Pensecola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall (as Parquet Courts)

Wed. Feb. 4 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree (as Parquet Courts)

Thu. Feb. 5 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In (as Parquet Courts)

Fri. Feb. 6 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight (as Parquet Courts)

Sat. Feb. 7 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat (as Parquet Courts)

Sun. Feb. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church (as Parquet Courts)

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Dead Weather is alive! Listen to “Buzzkill(er)” and “It’s Just Too Bad”

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Today Jack White’s (other, other) band, The Dead Weather, officially released the song “Buzzkill(er)” with B-side “It’s Just Too Bad.”

The songs follow the release of “Rough Detective” and “Open Up (That’s Enough)” that were out at the beginning of the year.

Vocalist Alison Mosshart of The Kills brings the grunge on both, sounding like she just surfaced from the inky depths of a Quentin Tarantino film — so it’s definitely worth your time.

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“Buzzkill(er)” was originally released only through Third Man Records’ Vault subscription series, but both songs will be out digitally Nov. 4.

A new album from The Dead Weather is expected in 2015.

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Dub Thompson spins a new wall of sound on “9 Songs”

 

Dub Thompson’s sound is hard to pin down — you could call it clash-rock, noise metal against noise metal, noise rock, 60s flower-power on 21st-century acid– an experimental noise-rock tangle of everything but the kitchen sink. Either way, the duo of Matt Pulos and Evan Laffer have put their own tight spin on psychedelic rock and given “9 Songs” its own “wall of sound,” which proudly drives the album.

The album plows ahead from the start, with an onslaught of sound and punk and acoustic. On “Ash Wednesday,” and throughout the album, guitars are distorted and muffled and vocals are scratched up and bruised, while an overpowering beat keeps it all steady. The sometimes playful “Mono” tries to be suitable for the radio, but thankfully doesn’t go too far in that direction, instead milking a dark guitar melody until a chorus sends you down another wormhole.

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Different percussion forms the groundwork with which “Dograces” grows and ends with a march, then a vintage shopping-mall/playground melody that’s mashed up and deconstructed. It’s like some kind of strange, Clockwork-Orange circus where you don’t know what’s going to pop out next. Unexpected sounds creep out of the woodwork, settle in, then fade as a new sound takes over.

Melodic and strange, “9 Songs” spins you around and leaves you unsettled; it plays with reverb and oddball lyrics (The line “It’s only breakfast” comes to mind), organ and drums, styles and weird sound bites. It’s a whirlwind of sound and we’re just happy to be along for the ride.

“9 Songs” was released June 10 through Dead Oceans.

Listen to “Mono” to “Mono” on Soundcloud and watch “Dograces”  and  “No Time.”

Visit Dub Thompson‘s website or check out their record label, Dead Oceans.

 

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