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WATCH // Unknown Mortal Orchestra Premiers Video For “Necessary Evil” on Adult Swim

If you had your eyes tuned to or their Facebook page, you may have seen a curious animated short film set to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Necessary Evil,” one of the stand-outs from this year’s acclaimed record Multi-Love. Illustrated and directed by Sean Solomon (Lucas Bros. Moving Co.), the video will also air nationally on Adult Swim during their “Toonami” block on Saturday, November 21st!

Solomon said this about his video for “Necessary Evil”:

The video is an abstract love story about two characters whose insecurities and paranoia eventually drive them apart. I tried to show both character’s perspectives using elements from the lyrics. I had a team of amazing animators and friends.

The band is currently on tour in Europe, and will soon head to Australia and a homecoming of sorts in New Zealand, where Ruban Nielson and his brother Kody recently won the country’s most prestigious songwriting award, the APRA Silver Scroll, for co-writing the title track “Multi-Love.” They’re also nominated for four New Zealand Music Awards, including Album and Single of the Year (ceremony on Nov. 19th). They’ll then return to the states for a winter tour with Lower Dens. The whole tour is likely to sell out, so those looking to attend are encouraged to get tickets while they can!

UMO Tour Dates:
(tix and info here)

Nov. 12 – Madrid, ES @ Penelope
Nov. 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Armazem F – SOLD OUT
Nov. 14 – Porto, Portugal @ Hard Club – SOLD OUT
Nov. 16 – Istanbul, TR @ Salon Iksv – SOLD OUT
Nov. 18 – Tel Aviv, IL @ Reading 3
Dec. 3 – Perth, AUS @ Astor Theatre
Dec. 4 – Sydney, AUS @ Metro Theatre – SOLD OUT
Dec. 5 – Berry, AUS @ Fairgrounds Festival
Dec. 6 – Brisbane, AUS @ Triffid
Dec. 8 – Melbourne, AUS @ Corner Hotel – SOLD OUT
Dec. 9 – Melbourne, AUS @ 170 Russell – SOLD OUT
Dec. 11-13 – Meredith, AUS @ Meredith Music Festival
Dec. 12 – Auckland, NZ @ St. James Theatre
Dec. 14 – Wellington, NZ @ Bodega – SOLD OUT
Dec. 15 – Christchurch, NZ @ Allen St
Dec. 16 – Dunedin, NZ @ Chicks Hotel – SOLD OUT
Dec. 17 – Dunedin, NZ @ Chicks Hotel – SOLD OUT
Dec. 18 – Wellington, NZ @ Bodega – SOLD OUT
Jan. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre*
Jan. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune*
Jan. 30 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall*
Feb. 1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
Feb. 2 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory*
Feb. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre*
Feb. 5 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace*
Feb. 6 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger*
Feb. 7 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s*
Feb. 8 – Houston, TX @ Numbers*
Feb. 9 – Dallas, TX @ Trees*
Feb. 11 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic New Orleans*
Feb. 12 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn*
Feb. 13 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In*
Feb. 14 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel*
Feb. 16 – Richmond, VA @ The National*
Feb. 17 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
Feb. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer*
Feb. 19 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza*
Feb. 20 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza*

* w/ Lower Dens supporting

WATCH // New Unknown Mortal Orchestra Video For “Ur Life One Night,” Summer Tour Dates

With a bolstered sound that incorporates funk-infused synths and emotionally charged lyrics, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s third album, Multi-Love, is their strongest to date. Now, the band is proud to share a brand new video for the track “Ur Life One Night” (premiered on Rolling Stone), featuring a vast and kaleidoscopic collection of stories, colors, and visual effects. Director Manoj Leonel Jahson sought out inspiration in Traditional Asian Art through the incorporation of Mughai-era miniature paintings and more. Here is what he had to say about the film:

“When we first spoke with UMO, the idea of creating something abstract yet fun, for their single ‘Ur Life, One Night’ sounded very exciting. I am deeply inspired by the quirky Indian magical-realism from our mythology and wanted to create something rooted but still visually appealing. The music lent a dream-like quality and the lyric pushed us to the motif of the Goddess being pursued, yet always being out of reach.”

After being praised as a standout performance at Bonnaroo and touring all through May and June, UMO return to the road with performances across the U.S. and Europe. Upcoming tour dates include a stops at Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, and FYF festivals. Multi-Love is out now via Jagjaguwar. All tour dates are below:

“The Oregon trio aren’t just for acid-trip casualties anymore. On their third album, they punch up their psychedelic sound with funky grooves and singer Ruban Nielson’s tales of polyamory and alienation in the age of Portlandia.”Entertainment Weekly (“12 Best Albums of 2015 (So Far)”)

“Brighter and more polished than the band’s ever sounded.”Billboard

“Names aren’t named, but the intimacy, awkwardness and emotional nakedness on display might have been hard to take were they not wrapped in the sweetest, catchiest, most impeccably crafted music Unknown Mortal Orchestra has made.”NPR Music

Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s forthcoming third LP, Multi-Love, is Ruban Nielson’s strongest record yet, a sublime mash of psychedelia and R&B that incredibly evokes a Stevie Wonder — that is, if Stevie Wonder was from New Zealand and strongly considered the existence of chemtrails.”The FADER

“Funk has sashayed its way back into the forefront of music, and almost no one is incorporating it better than Unknown Mortal Orchestra.Stereogum

(Info + Tix)
July 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
July 31 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Aug. 1 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Reporter Block Party
Aug. 2 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Aug. 3 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Aug. 5 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Aug. 6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
Aug. 7 to 9 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
Aug. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF
Sep. 8 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
Sep. 10 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand
Sep. 11 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
Sep. 12 – Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA small hall
Sep. 14 – Hamburg, Germany – Ubel & Gefährlich
Sep. 15 – Cologne, Germany – Gebaude 9
Sep. 16 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
Sep. 17 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
Sep. 20 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg Pandora
Sep. 22 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Sep. 23 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sep. 24 – Birmingham, UK – The Library at the Institute
Sep. 25 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz
Sep. 26 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
Sep. 28 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sep. 29 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Sep. 30 – Glasgow, UK – QMU
Oct. 2-4 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
Oct. 9-11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limist Music Festival
Oct. 9 – Oct. 11 – Miami, FL @ III Points Festival
Oct. 29-31 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Nov. 1 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
Nov. 2 – Brussels, BE @ AB Box
Nov. 3 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU @ Kulturfabrik
Nov. 6 – Zurich, CH @ Aktionshalle
Nov. 7 – Ravenna, IT @ Bronson
Nov. 8 – Geneva, CH @ Usine
Nov. 9 – Lyon, FR @ Le Marche Gare
Nov. 11 – Barcelona, ES @ Apolo
Nov. 12 – Madrid, ES @ Penelope
Nov. 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Hard Club
Nov. 16 – Istanbul, TR
Nov. 18 – Tel Aviv, IL @ Reading 3

Purchase Multi-Love here

UMO Online:

WATCH // Viet Cong Shares “Continental Shelf” Video Dir. By David Yoonha Park, New Album Out 1/20/15, On Tour Now

“I wanted the video to feel like a reel of film that was purchased accidentally at a garage sale or found buried under someone’s front porch. It’s meant to be an incomplete picture – like screen tests from a lost movie.”

Director David Yoonha Park

Last month we announced a brand new self-titled album from Calgary-based band Viet Cong (Women members Matt Flegel and Michael Wallace). Today, during a short tour through Europe this week, the band has shared a brand new video for the show-stopping single “Continental Shelf” via Noisey premiere this morning. Directed by David Yoonha Park, you can watch the video above or on YouTube.

Pre-order the new album via SC Distribution [cassette / LP / CD bundles including poster], iTunes [get a download of “Continental Shelf” instantly], Amazon, and your local record store.

[all tix + tour dates:]

11.19.14 – Scala – London, UK *
11.20.14 – AB Club – Brussels, BE *
11.21.14 – Le Guess Who? Festival – Utrecht, NL
11.22.14 – La Mécanique Ondulatoire – Paris, FR
01.28.15 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY **
01.29.15 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
01.30.15 – Bar Le Ritz PDB – Montreal, QC ^
01.31.15 – The Garrison – Toronto, ON
02.05.15 – Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
02.06.15 – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK
02.07.15 – Brudenell Social – Leeds, UK
02.08.15 – Green Door Store – Brighton, UK
02.10.15 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL
02.11.15 – West Germany – Berlin, DE
02.12.15 – Loppen – Copenhagen, DK
02.13.15 – Pokalen – Oslo, NO
02.15.15 – Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
02.16.15 – Rotown – Rotterdam, NL
02.17.15 – De Kreun – Kortrijk, BE
02.28.15 – Nite Owl – Calgary, AB
03.03.15 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
03.05.15 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
03.06.15 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA
03.07.15 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
03.08.15 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
03.11.15 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
03.12.15 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
03.14.15 – Dionysus Club at Oberlin College – Oberlin, OH
03.24.15 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
03.25.15 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
03.27.15 – Barboza – Seattle, WA

* w/ Ought
** w/ Honey, PC Worship
^ w/ PC Worship, Unblonde

WATCH // Watch The Video For Pink Mountaintops “Second Summer Of Love” Directed By Brook Linder

First of all, we would like to congratulate Pink Mountaintops on Get Back being featured on this year’s Polaris Music Prize long list. Secondly, we are VERY excited to present a kick-ass video for “Second Summer Of Love”, off their most recent album Get Back. The new video directed by Brook Linder debuted at Entertainment Weekly today and features a beautiful montage of youthful recklessness including skateboards on fire, bashing mailboxes, and more. Watch the video above or here on YouTube / Vevo.

On the video, director Linder said,
“We started with this insane image: looking at a flaming kick flip from an impossible angle, and worked backwards from there. Much of the focus was just creating a collage of textures grabbed from rolling around with this skate crew in the Midwest. The song is totally Stephen’s anthem for a very particular time and place – we took those images and twisted them out into a montage of youthful energy, the good and the bad.”

If you haven’t already, pick up Get Back via iTunes, SC Distribution, Amazon, and your local record store.

WATCH // Sharon Van Etten Shares “Every Time the Sun Comes Up” Video Dir. By David Kessler Via NPR Music, ‘Are We There’ Out 5/27

Sharon Van Etten‘s new album Are We There is out at the end of the month and today she offers a new visual for recent single “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”. This morning NPR Music premiered the new video directed by David Kessler. Watch it above or on YouTube / Vevo.

Get to know Sharon with a beautiful Pitchfork profile piece by Amanda Petrusich that you can read here.

Pre-order Sharon’s new album out May 27th (26th in Europe) via SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes, and your local record store.

Click read more to see Sharon’s upcoming tour dates.

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