Sydney’s Gordi (Sophie Payten) mesmerized us all at CMJ last fall. She writes big, spine-tingling pop that still feels as intimate as a walk deep into the woods with a partner. Her songs keep one foot in traditional songwriting and the other in the future. Gordi’s musical instincts began on the ivories at an early age by virtue of her piano teacher mother. Like so many of her musical heroes, she was later drawn to the earthiness of the steel string – a useful piece of armory to have growing up on a farming property in Canowindra in rural New South Wales. But the craft in her songwriting is found partly in the emotional spectrum that her tracks span – from wistful aching to spirited celebration, her lyrical journeys take us places in our memories and imaginations that belie her 22 years. The candor in Gordi’s songs is matched by a vocal tone that is at once fractured and brimming with richness. Combining vintage vocal layering and earthy guitar textures with delicate modern electronic production, Gordi’s sonic palette is one she can call her own.

Ahead of her forthcoming EP for Jagjaguwar, we’re sharing her off-the-cuff cover of fellow Aussie Courtney Barnett’s “Avant Gardener.” Accompanying her voice with just a piano, Gordi gorgeously slows and stretches the song out, giving one a new appreciation for Barnett’s incredible lyrics. Gordi will be in the Northern Hemisphere in May for a performance at Washington’s Sasquatch! Music Festival



Thu. Apr. 28 – Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli (w/ Of Monsters And Men)

Fri. Apr. 29 – Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli (w/ Of Monsters And Men)

Wed. May 4 – Melbourne, AU @ Palais Theatre (w/ Of Monsters And Men)

Thu. May 5 – Melbourne, AU @ Palais Theatre (w/ Of Monsters And Men)

Sun. May 22 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s (w/ Highasakite)

Mon. May 23 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute (w/ Highasakite)

Tue. May 24 – London, UK @ Village Underground (w/ Highasakite)

Fri. May 27-Mon. May 30 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival

WATCH // Black Mountain Delivers A New Classic, “Mothers Of The Sun,” From Upcoming Album ‘IV’


Quoth Stephen McBean: “Sometimes a riff hangs out in the basement for 10 years before it’s ready to hit the streets.

And with that riff’s long-awaited arrival, we have “Mothers of the Sun,” our first real taste of Black Mountain‘s latest masterpiece IV — and oh boy, what a riff. The searing hesher-metal lead guitar that McBean sits atop the ominous, metronomic synth to start off the epic piece is surely one of his best. Across the song’s spiraling head-funk, the milieu of that glorious riff, the punchy R&B piano, and all-knowing cultic vocals of McBean and Amber Webber reach the dark psychedelic heights of — dare we say?? — “Maggot Brain,” when you realized that Funkadelic was super hip to Sabbath.

In a winking display of double think, directors Justin Gradin and Ben Jacques set a song called “Mothers of the Sun” inside a dingy, darkened cave. There are ceremonial daggers, prisoners bound in chains, inter-dimensional travel, and the whole thing goes down as some sort of Pink Floydian take on Plato’s cave allegory. And there’s a four-armed McBean playing that riff, the glorious riff that’s gonna stick in your head the rest of the week like peanut butter to the roof of your mouth.


The band recently announced a tour of Europe and North America. Don’t miss an opportunity to see one of the true powerhouse rock bands of today.


Order IV now:


(more info and tix here)

3/19/16 – Azores, PT @ Tremor Festival

3/26/16 – Porto, PT @ Hard Club

3/28/16 – Lisbon, PT @ Musicbox

3/31/16 – Madrid, SP @ Sala Arena

4/1/16 – Barcelona, SP @ Bikini

4/2/16 – Bilbao, SP @ Kafe Antzoki

4/4/16 – Turin, IT @ Spazio 211

4/5/16 – Bologna, IT @ Lokomotiv

4/6/16 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F

4/7/16 – Geneva, CH @ PTR Usine

4/8/16 – Paris, FR @ La Fleche D’Or

4/9/16 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2

4/10/16 – Leeds @ Brudenell Social CLub

4/12/16 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom

4/13/16 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique

4/14/16 – Tilburg, NL @ Roadburn Festival

4/15/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg Oud Zaal

4/16/16 – Berlin, DE @ Lido

4/21/16 – Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown

4/22/16 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

4/23/16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir

4/25/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

4/26/16 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

4/27/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

4/28/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

4/29/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

4/29/16 – 5/01/16 – Austin, TX @ Levitation

5/03/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

5/04/16 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad

5/5/16 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep

5/6/16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

5/7/16 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

5/10/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club

5/11/16 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

5/12/16 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

5/13/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

5/14/16 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium

5/15/16 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret

5/17/16 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos

5/18/16 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room

5/19/16 – Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer Market + Stage

5/21/16 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom

SIGNING ANNOUNCE // Welcome Trevor Sensor To The Jagjaguwar Roster And Watch His New Video

Jagjaguwar is pleased to announce Trevor Sensor’s debut EP, Texas Girls and Jesus Christ, out March 25th. The Illinois-born 22-year-old singer/songwriter’s distinctive burr of a voice sounds aged decades beyond his years, and the rest of Sensor’s music follows suit, with timeless-sounding melodies and a sense of songwriting that exudes maturity while still feeling fresh.


An English major with an affinity for writers ranging from Marcel Proust to Dave Eggers, Sensor crafts lyrical atmospheres stuffed with confessional lines that leave a mark and visual allusions that aren’t easily shaken. Sensor wrote the music featured on Texas Girls and Jesus Christ on a borrowed acoustic guitar that he has yet to return, composing songs that sound deeply felt and from a place of truth and honesty.


If I’m trying to do anything, it’s to be sincere,” Sensor says about his songwriting approach. “A Lot of singer/songwriters today are oriented in irony. It’s cooler to be lackadaisical rather than to try to be compelling.


And Sensor’s music, above all else, is compelling: the proclamatory howls that close out the piano-led “Pacing the Cage,” the dark desolation of “Satan’s Man,” and the dynamic blowout of the EP’s title track grab your attention and refuse to let it go.


Watch the video for the debut single, “Texas Girls and Jesus Christ” below. Director, Ryan Ohm said of the video’s concept, “The film idea grew from the edge of town, dimly lit, local bar that Trevor and I had both spent time at – but separately and in different time zones. We wanted to try and recreate our version of these dintinctly odd atmospheres and the unique folks who inhabit them – the guys and gals who aren’t necessarily high on life, but can be when the night grows long.


Preorder the EP and get “Texas Girls and Jesus Christ,” the single, right away

Texas Girls and Jesus Christ Tracklisting:

Texas Girls and Jesus Christ
Swallows Sing Their Song
Satan’s Man
Nothing Is Fair
Pacing the Cage

ALBUM RELEASE // The Besnard Lakes’ ‘A Coliseum Complex Museum’ Is Out Now

Besnard Lakes focus their lush energy on a sunnier, catchier sound. Jace Lasek’s clean falsetto is more alive when paired with high-flying guitars, and alongside the band’s blanketed, nonlinear arrangements, he sounds like he’s studied the Bee Gees and Brian Wilson… they have remastered their trudging density into a pop jubilee.“- Pitchfork

A Coliseum Complex Museum by The Besnard Lakes is out now, worldwide! An immense album with some of their best songs and sounds ever!

Order A Coliseum Complex Museum:
SD Distribution // iTunes // Amazon // Indie record stores

The Besnard Lakes Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

Thu. Mar. 31 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece
Fri. Apr. 1 – Birmingham, UK @ The Hare And Hounds
Sat. Apr. 2 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
Sun. Apr. 3 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug & Pint
Mon. Apr. 4 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Tue. Apr. 5 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
Thu. Apr. 7 – Bruxelles, BE @ Botanique Rotonde
Fri. Apr. 8 – Amsterdam, NL @ Sugar Factory
Sat. Apr. 9 – Paris, FR @ Le Batofar
Sun. Apr. 10 – Koln, DE @ Gebäude 9
Mon. Apr. 11 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
Tue. Apr. 12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Beta
Wed. Apr. 13 – Berlin, DE @ Privat Club
Thu. Apr. 14 – Bezirk-Ottakring, AT @ Chelsea

LISTEN // Unknown Mortal Orchestra Share New Tour Dates And SILICON Rework Of “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”

Today, Unknown Mortal Orchestra is announcing a new slew of tour dates in the US and their first ever shows in South America. Selling out venues across the country, UMO have elevated their live show to new heights, so it’s only fair to give the people what they want, which is The Best Band in the World.


Brothers Ruban and Kody Nielson have been playing, recording and collaborating on music for decades.  From the influences of their jazz musician father and dancer mother, Ruban and Kody have gone on to play in New Zealand’s The Mint Chicks, and at its end in 2010, moved on to separate projects.  Ruban formed Unknown Mortal Orchestra out of Portland, while Kody collaborated with various artists and musicians before his own solo project, SILICON, took shape.  At the end of 2015, as UMO’s Multi-Love and SILICON’s Personal Computer made the rounds, garnering critical acclaim, Ruban and Kody (who played keyboards and drums on UMO’s M-L) took some time to rework tracks from each of their records.  The theme of phones led to Kody working on UMO’s “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone,” changing it from a bouncy, sprite disco track to a sparser song filled with space, treated vocals and isolated drum breaks.  Ruban’s rework of SILICON’s “Cellphone” is turned moody and dark, with a skittering beat and additional vocals.  The limited edition “Phone” 7” will be available on April 1, 2016. Previously, the two shared Ruban’s rework of “Cellphone,” and today, we’re sharing Kody’s rework of “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone.”




Jan. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre * [tickets] – SOLD OUT

Jan. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune * [tickets] – SOLD OUT

Jan. 30 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall * [tickets] – SOLD OUT

Feb. 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore * [tickets] – SOLD OUT

Feb. 2 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory * [tickets]

Feb. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre * [tickets] – SOLD OUT

Feb. 5 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace * [tickets]

Feb. 6 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger * [tickets]

Feb. 7 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s * [tickets]

Feb. 8 – Houston, TX @ Numbers * [tickets]

Feb. 9 – Dallas, TX @ Trees * [tickets]

Feb. 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans * [tickets]

Feb. 12 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn * [tickets]

Feb. 13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In * [tickets]

Feb. 14 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel* [tickets]

Feb. 16 – Richmond, VA @ The National * [tickets]

Feb. 17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club * [tickets]

Feb. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer * [tickets]

Feb. 19 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza * [tickets]

Feb. 20 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza * [tickets]

Apr. 13 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door & [tickets]

Apr. 14 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO Music Club & [tickets]

Apr. 16 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival [tickets]

Apr. 21 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern [tickets]

Apr. 23 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival [tickets]

Apr. 28 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Beco 203 [tickets]

Apr. 29 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Niceto Club [tickets]

Apr. 30 – Santiago, CL @ Sala Omnium

May 7 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre # [tickets]

May 8 – Lincoln, NE @ Vega [tickets] #

May 9 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s # [tickets]

May 10 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall [tickets] #

May 12 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck # [tickets]

May 13 – Memphis, TN @ 1884 [tickets] #

May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival [tickets]

May 17 – Columbus, OH @ Skullys Music Diner [tickets] #

May 18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme [tickets] #

May 19 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre [tickets] #

May 20 – Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium (Dempseys Upstairs) # [tickets]

May 21 – Winnipeg, MB @ WECC [tickets] #

May 23 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina [tickets] #

May 24 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room [tickets] #

May 25 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth [tickets] #

May 27 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival [tickets]

May 29 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling [tickets]

June 17-19 – Aarhus, Denmark @ Northside Festival [tickets]

June 17-19 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret [tickets]

July 1 – Vilanova l La Geltru, Spain @ Vida Festival [tickets]

July 3 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter [tickets]

Sept. 2 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre – UC Berkeley w/ Tame Impala [tickets]

 Sept 3 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre w/ Tame Impala

* w/ Lower Dens supporting

# w/ Whitney

& w/ Vinyl Williams

Texas Girls and Jesus Christ by Trevor Sensor
The Motorway by The Besnard Lakes
Golden Lion by The Besnard Lakes
Boys Life by Small Black
No One Wants It To Happen To You by Small Black
Back At Belle's by Small Black
Words by Sharon Van Etten
Druganaut by Black Mountain
Black Mountain (Demo) by Black Mountain
Surrender by Briana Marela

Mothers of the Sun by Black Mountain

Texas Girls and Jesus Christ by Trevor Sensor

The Plain Moon by Besnard Lakes, The

Necessary Evil by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Black Mountain
CD / 2xLP

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Asheville, NC - Orange Peel  w/ Lower Dens

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