WATCH// Viet Cong Premiere New Live Video for “Silhouettes” and Announce World Tour

Recently long listed for the 2015 Polaris Award, Viet Cong haven’t stayed still since their critically acclaimed debut self-titled album was released earlier this year. A broken hand couldn’t even stop a commanding and powerful run of SXSW shows and since then Viet Cong have toured extensively, selling out venues around the world and proving time and time again why they are one of the most exciting bands to emerge in 2015.

Today Viet Cong are announcing more dates as part of their endless world tour including stops at Pitchfork Festival, Basilica in upstate New York, WayHome Fest, Green Man, ATP, and many more. They are now adding shows including Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco (at Treasure Island Festival), Le Guess Who in NL and Pop Montreal to that list. All tour dates can be found below.

Additionally, they are announcing a new role – as curators of Sonic City Festival 2015 in De Kreun, Belgium. Taking over the reins after previous curators Liars, Deerhoof, Dälek, SUUNS, Beak> and James Holden, Viet Cong are selecting this year’s lineup – the first wave of which includes Chelsea Wolfe, Metz, Lightning Bolt, Suuns + Jerusalem In My Heart, Protomartyr and Shabazz Palaces.

Since Viet Cong’s release back in January music fans and critics have been hailing the album as one of the most important records in recent years. It’s also been making its way onto various mid year Best Of 2015 lists, Stereogum write “This is a tense record, but all of its unease is pulled taught by Viet Cong’s meticulously-ordered, audacious arrangements. They envelop you.” Spin included the album in their coverage telling us Viet Cong, a krautrock/garage/psych/noise/post-punk amalgam that basically operates under its own ecosystem…. Considering the record’s ambitious, desolate scope, maybe Viet Cong tried to write the last post-punk album – and it would be okay if that turned out to be the case?” Gorilla vs Bear also featured the album at number 19 on favorite albums of 2015 so far and Paste named the track “March Of Progress” as one of the 25 Best Songs of 2015 (So Far) saying “…the track captures everything that makes the band so captivating.”

World Tour Dates (tix and info here:

7.17.15 – Festival D’Ete De Quebec – Quebec, QC

7.19.15 – Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago, IL

7.21.15 – The Woodward Theatre – Cincinnati, OH *

7.22.15 – The Basement – Columbus, OH *

7.23.15 – Studio @ Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY *

7.24.15 – WayHome Music & Arts Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON

7.26.15 – Mo Pop – Detroit, MI

7.31.15 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal QC

8.1.15 – Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR

8.12.15 – John Dee – Oslo, NO

8.13.15 – Way Out West Festival 2015 – Gotenborg, SE

8.14.15 – Haldern Pop – Haldern, DE

8.15.15 – MS Artville Manifest – Hamburg, DE

8.16.15 – La Route Du Rock – St. Malo, FR

8.19.15 – Scala – London, UK

8.20.15 – Krakow Live – Krakow, PL

8.21.15 – Green Man Festival – Brecon Beacons, Wales

8.22.15 – Pukkelpop Festival – Hasselt, BE

8.23.15 – Lowlands Festival – Biddinghuizen, NL

8.25.15 – Exit 07 – Luxemburg, LU

8.27.15 – NoD – Prague, CZ

8.28.15 – A38 – Budapest, HU

8.29.15 – Mocvara Club – Zagreb, CR

8.30.15 – Gala Hala – Ljublijana, SL

8.31.15 – Chelsea – Vienna, AT

9.02.15 – Six D.O.G.S – Athens, GR

9.04.15 – La Batie – Geneva, CH

9.06.15 – Electric Picnic – Dublin, IRL

9.11.15 – Basilica Soundscape – Hudson, NY

9.12.15 – Supercrawl – Hamilton, ON

9.14.15 – Le Cercle – Quebec, QC **

9.15.15 – Capital Bar – Fredericton, NB **

9.16.15 – Gus’ Pub – Halifax, NS **

9.17.15 – SPACE Gallery – Portland, ME **

9.18.15 – Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QC **

9.20.15 – Mansion – Kingston, ON **

9.23.15 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee, IL **

9.24.15 – 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN **

9.27.15 – The Aquarium – Fargo, ND

10.14.15 – Cobalt – Vancouver, BC

10.15.15 – Cobalt – Vancouver, BC

10.16.15 – Neumos – Seattle, WA

10.18.15 – Treasure Island Festival – San Francisco, CA

10.20.15 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

11.06.15 – Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX

11.19.15 – Vera – Gronignen, NE

11.20.15 – Le Guess Who – Utrecht, NE

11.21.15 – Sonic City Festival – Kortrijk, Belgium

11.23.15 – Le Cargo – Caen, FR

11.24.15 – 106 – Rouen, FR

11.25.15 – Ramsgate Music Hall – Ramsgate, UK

11.27.15 – All Tomorrow’s Parties – Pontins, Wales

*w/ Metz + Crosss

** w/ Greys

LISTEN // Black Mountain “S/T (10th Anniversary Edition)” Out Now Worldwide


In 2005, Pitchfork called Black Mountain‘s Self Titled debut “a rollicking, wildly adventurous reconfiguring of 1960s and 70s nostalgia that’s as duty-bound to the present as it is sympathetic to the past,” and 10 years later, the sentiment is the same. We’ve repackaged this influential record with a bonus LP of demos and b-sides, updated album art with silver foil text, a gatefold sleeve, and we have a limited number on grey vinyl.

Grab the 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition in whatever format you desire via SCD Distro, iTunes, Amazon, or your local indie record store.


1. Modern Music (2:45)
2. Don’t Run Our Hearts Around (6:04)
3. Druganaut (3:48)
4. No Satisfaction (3:48)
5. Set Us Free (6:46)
6. No Hits (6:45)
7. Heart Of Snow (8:00)
8. Faulty Times (8:35)
9. Druganaut (Extended Remix) (8:15)
10. Buffalo Swan (9:08)
11. Bicycle Man (3:21)
12. Behind The Fall (3:01)
13. Set Us Free (Demo) (5:56)
14. Black Mountain (Demo) (3:27)
15. No Satisfaction (UK Radio) (4:25)
16. It Wasn’t Arson (4:42)

WATCH // Video Premier for Briana Marela’s “Surrender”

“It doesn’t take much for Briana Marela to conjure a sound that’ll make you see colors.” Flavorwire

[Surrender] manages to evoke both the majesty and the more playful sylvan spirit of each of this record’s sonic homes.”NPR Music’s All Songs Considered

“The first single off the album is an abstract and kinetic love song called ‘Surrender,’ which is built upon a yearning heart, a whorl of strings by Amiina, a pitter-patter of percussion by Samuli Kosminen (of múm), and some lush vocal looping.”The FADER

“Hooking up with Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers, Marela has crafted one of the year’s most enjoyably ethereal efforts with her upcoming full-length, All Around Us, a lovely collection of shuffling ballads and near-choral ambience.”SPIN (Five Artists to Watch in June 2015]
’Surrender,’ the first single from her album, layers up glassy sounds in all sorts of beautiful ways, with multi-tracked vocal shivers and sighs and hiccups filling out the mix as much as any instruments.”Stereogum

Briana Marela’s debut album for Jagjaguwar, All Around Us, centers on the tangible aspects of the emotional spectrum: the warmth of affection; the weightlessness of joy; the grounded, anchored feeling of love. There is an air of transience in her voice that adds to the ethereal nature of her music, the immediacy of her lyrics, and the feelings on which they focus. Spurred by her emotional ties to the Pacific Northwest and to the people she holds close, Marela balances the concrete with the abstract, and the natural with the artificial.

Produced and recorded by Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers in Reykjavic and featuring strings by Amiina, All Around Us feels mysterious at first, but reveals itself to be a record of remarkable honesty, and of direct, deeply felt emotions. This is evident through the debut single “Surrender,” which has garnered praise from the likes of NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered,” The FADER, and Stereogum, while Consequence of Sound and Vulture included it in their best songs of the week columns, and SPIN named Marela “Artist To Watch” for June.

Now, Marela is excited to share a new video for “Surrender.” Directed by experimental filmmaker, Christin Turner, the video depicts Marela shrouded in kaleidoscopic lights and static. “The video for ‘Surrender’ interprets the torrent of emotions associated with falling in love as blips and signals reaching through the darkness, sparking a supernova of light, motion, and beauty,” says Turner.

Briana Marela’s All Around Us is out August 21st and available for pre-order now. She’ll tour North America supporting Jenny Hval this summer. All dates are below.

Briana Marela Tour Dates (buy tix here):
Thu. Aug. 20 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Tue. Aug. 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
Thu. Aug. 27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
Fri. Aug. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Sat. Aug. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
Tue. Sep. 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
Wed. Sep. 2 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Thu. Sep. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Constellation *
Fri. Sep. 4 – Toronto, ON @ Drake *
Sat. Sep. 5 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz *
Sun. Sep. 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
Tue. Sep. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
Wed. Sep. 9 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *
Fri. Sep. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
Mon. Sep. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Wed. Sep. 16 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain *
Thu. Sep. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
Sat. Sep. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Sun. Sep. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *

# w/ Domino Kirke
* w/ Jenny Hval

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LISTEN // Black Mountain “S/T (10th Anniversary Edition)” Now Streaming Via CBC Music With Track-By-Track, Album out 6/23


“Me and Josh and Amber were in a different band with our friend Christoff [Hoffmeister, Jerk With a Bomb], we were touring around and we’d grown from a two-piece to a three-piece to a four-piece within three albums. During the last tour, we were essentially playing the first Black Mountain record. Then we kind of imploded and regrouped. I don’t know, it was weird. Basically, [Jerk] had recording time at the Hive booked and we were going to record and then Christoff got sick so then I used the time, as opposed to throwing it away, to record the first Pink Mountaintops record. And then Christoff left and then me and Josh [Wells] recorded a bunch of the first record at our space, and then Matt [Camirand] joined, and Jeremy [Schmidt] joined and then Amber [Webber] and we finished our first record at the Hive. It was an exciting time. – Black Mountain Founder Stephen McBean

Head over to CBC Music now to hear an exclusive stream of the upcoming 10th Anniversary Edition of Black Mountain. Founder Stephen McBean (also of Pink Mountaintops) gives an exclusive track-by-track analysis of the album. You can check everything out here

Preorder the 10th anniv. edition via Jagjaguwar, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

Black Mountain tour dates, album art & track listing after the jump

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LISTEN // ‘I Don’t Want To Let You Down,’ The New EP from Sharon Van Etten, Out Now Worldwide

Van Etten’s way with a melody, and her remarkable voice, can make these stories seem epic, almost mythical. But they all center on the kind of tough, essential, everyday dilemmas that are the heart of living a satisfying life, the same ones that break your heart the hardest.”
NPR All Songs Considered

I Don’t Want To Let You Down, the new EP from Sharon Van Etten, is now available worldwide. She is also playing her first shows in South America this week.

Buy Tickets Here

06/11/15 Rio de Janeiro, BR – Imperator
06/12/15 Sao Paulo, BR – Cine Jola
06/13/15 Buenos Aires, AR – Niceto Club
06/14/15 Santiago, CL – Sala el Angel

Buy the Album:

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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
I Don't Want to Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
Just Like Blood by Sharon Van Etten

Necessary Evil by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Dani by Briana Marela

Boys Life by Small Black

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