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LISTEN // Unknown Mortal Orchestra ‘Multi-Love’ Streaming on NPR ‘First Listen’ and CBC ‘First Play’


Next week marks the release of Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s third and most revolutionary full-length, Multi-Love, out 5/26 on Jagjaguwar. This week, NPR Music is sharing a stream of the record one-week prior to release via their First Listen feature, while, in Canada, CBC First Play is sharing the record with their audience. Also, for those who haven’t come across it yet, Pitchfork published an amazing and revealing look into the life and inspiration of frontman Ruban Nielson; it’s a MUST READ.

UMO just completed a stretch of warm-up shows in the Pacific Northwest in preparation for a six-week tour of Europe and the US, and by all accounts, impressed mightily. The Eugene Weekly said UMO

“proved versatile and adaptive, unafraid of pinning a disco undercarriage to the raw, ethereal fuzz of their live sound. This is a talented band on the upswing, and they compel movement.”

Be sure to catch the band on their upcoming tour, and don’t wait to get tickets, as shows are selling out in advance.



LISTEN // Sharon Van Etten Shares “Just Like Blood”, “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” EP Out June 9th

“Sharon Van Etten could sing the instruction manual for a dishwasher and make it sound like lyrical poetry. Over the course of four full-lengths, her voice has only evolved and grown both bolder and more nuanced. Van Etten plays every word like an instrument, bending one note into the next with a woozy purr that’s sometimes sensual, sometimes heartbreaking but always arresting.”
NPR Music’s “Songs We Love”

Couldn’t agree more. That’s why we’ve been working on Sharon Van Etten’s next project ‘Sharon Sings Your Favorite Instructional Manuals” EP for a while now. In the meantime, check out new track “Just Like Blood” from the upcoming “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” EP, out 6/3 via Jagjaguwar. This second single is as sophisticated and evolved as anything Van Etten has ever created. Listen above or on our SoundCloud page.

“I Don’t Want To Let You Down” EP EP is available now for pre-order. Instant free downloads of “Just Like Blood” and the EP’s title track come with each digital pre-order.

Pre-Order I Don’t Want to Let You Down via SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes, or your local record store.

[All dates/tickets at]
Fri. May 22 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
Mon. May 25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
Sat. June 6 – New York, NY @ The Governors Ball Music Festival
Thu. June 11 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Imperator
Fri. June 12 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Beco 203
Sat. June 13 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Niceto Club
Sun. June 14 – Santiago, Chile @ Ex Oz
Wed. June 24 – Sun. June 28 – Somerset, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
Sun. June 28 – Bialystok, PL @ Halfway Festival

I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP Tracklisting:
1. I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. Just Like Blood
3. I Always Fall Apart
4. Pay My Debts
5. Tell Me [Live]

LISTEN // Angel Olsen Shares New “May As Well” Via NPR Music, BYFFNW Deluxe Out 11/18

“When it came out in February, I told friends that the Angel Olsen album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, was my favorite of the year so far. Now, here in late October, my love for that record has only grown deeper. The songs are sullen at times, on fire at others. All are memorable. It’s one of those perfect records. Now we have more to love from Angel Olsen.”

– Bob Boilen on “May As Well,” NPR Music’s All Songs Considered Blog

The deluxe edition of Angel Olsen‘s critically acclaimed album Burn Your Fire For No Witness is out November 18th on Jagjaguwar. You’ve already heard “All Right Now”, and now NPR Music shares “May As Well”, another new track from the deluxe edition. The digital only release is available

Listen above or here it on our YouTube / Soundcloud.

Pre-order the digital only deluxe via iTunes now.

[All dates / tix:]

Fri. Oct. 31 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
Sat. Nov. 1 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
Sun. Nov. 2 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
Tue. Nov. 4 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
Wed. Nov. 5 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
Thu. Nov. 6 – McAllen, TX @ Cine El Rey
Sat. Nov. 8 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Nites @ The Parish – FREE WITH WRISTBAND
Sun. Nov. 9 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
Tue. Nov. 11 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
Wed. Nov. 12 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Sat. Nov. 29 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall w/ Lionlimb
Mon. Dec. 1 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Kevin Morby
Tue. Dec. 2 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel – SOLO SHOW w/ Meg Baird
Wed. Dec. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silent Movie Theatre (following AO-chosen screening of “Cleo from 5 to 7″) – SOLO SHOW
Thu. Dec. 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre w/ Kevin Morby
Sat. Dec. 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Roulette – SOLO SHOW w/ Jaye Bartell
Mon. Dec. 8 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Lionlimb
Tue. Dec. 9 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Lionlimb

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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WATCH // Watch Volcano Choir’s Live “Comrade” Performance For Pitchfork’s City of Music, On Tour Now

We are excited to share a special Pitchfork City of Music session filmed at the band’s rehearsal space, Tannery Recording Studio, in Milwaukee, directed by Dan Huiting. Watch the video above or here on YouTube.

If you missed it last week, watch All Songs Considered / NPR Music‘s live recording of the band at DC’s 9:30 Club here.

Volcano Choir is in Minneapolis later this week at First Avenue and then Eau Claire before the band’s first ever tour dates in Europe. Also catch Volcano Choir on the West Coast with recently announced shows in January. Click read more below to see all dates and ticket links.

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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
Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Can't Keep Checking My Phone by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Continental Shelf by Viet Cong
Silhouettes by Viet Cong

Dani by Briana Marela

Boys Life by Small Black

Bunker Buster by Viet Cong

Can't Keep Checking My Phone by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Angel Olsen
Portland, OR - Revolution Hall

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