Together Pangea Announces North American Tour


Photo credit: Derek Perlman

Los Angeles, CA - June 27, 2017 - LA rock quartet Together Pangea today announced a North American tour in support of their forthcoming album Bulls and Roosters, due out August 25th via Nettwerk. The Bulls and Roosters Tour will kick off on September 14th in San Diego, CA and wrap on October 22nd, and feature support from Tall Juan and  Daddy Issues. Tickets for the tour are available now HERE.

Earlier this month, Stereogum broke news of the release of Bulls and Roosters and premiered a music video for the album's infectious lead single "Better Find Out". Directed by Steele O'Neal, the video can be seen HERE. Lauded as a "vibrant one-minute-forty-second slice of scratchy garage punk" by Consequence of Sound, "Better Find Out" is available to download/stream now HERE.

Co-produced by Together Pangea and longtime collaborator Andrew Schubert, and mixed by Chris Coady (TV On The Radio, Beach House, The Black Lips), Bulls and Roosters was recorded to two-inch tape at Golden Beat studios in Los Angeles and showcases a more matured sound than prior efforts. 
"It's important to never make the same album twice... if there's any ncerted effort from us, that's it. We wanted to try new things and experiment with making music that wasn't so aggressive or fast," said singer/guitarist William Keegan. "Rather than worrying about any expectations, we were like,'Fuck all that. Let's be as honest as we can possibly be.' Sure it's growth, but there's still a brattiness to it."

Bulls and Roosters Tour
September 14 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
September 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
September 16 - Las Vegas, NV @Bunkhouse Saloon
September 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
September 19 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's Bar-B-Q / Indoors
September 20 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links
September 21 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
September 22 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
September 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
September 24 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
September 26 - Nashville, TN @ The End
September 27 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle - Back Room
September 28 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
September 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
September 30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
October 01 - Boston, MA @ Sonia's Nightclub
October 03 - Montreal, QC @ L'Escogriffe
October 04 - Toronto, ON @ The Hard Luck
October 05 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's
October 06 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
October 07 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency
October 08 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
October 10 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
October 11 - Ames, IA @ Iowa State University - The Maintenance Shop 
October 12 - Omaha, NE @ Showdown
October 13 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
October 14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
October 16 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
October 17 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
October 18 - Portland, OR @ Analog Theater
October 20 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's Night Club
October 21 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
October 22 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst - Atrium
*On sale June 28


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THE PYGMALION FESTIVAL September 20-24. 2017 Lineup Includes Animal Collective, SuperDuperKyle, Thundercat, Noname and more





Now in it's 13th year, the organizers of PYGMALION have released the lineup for 2017. The festival will take place September 20 through September 24 in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 30 and can be purchased here

With a lineup featuring a diverse array of indie rock, hip hop, EDM, Americana, jazz, and experimental acts, PYGMALION remains one of the most engaging and progressive events worldwide, relative to the size of its host community.  PYGMALION 2017 is the culmination of five years of expansion into four new components, including TECHLITERATUREFOOD, and a CRAFT FAIR, simply referred to as The Made Fest.

The festival kicks off on the 20th with a PechaKucha presentation that will tap the five components of the event. On Thursday September 21, the festival centers on Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a five-theatre, multi-use facility and learning laboratory. Headlining performances by Julien Baker and Thundercat will be paired with a featured reading by author George Saunders, whose novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, was released earlier this year to world-wide critical acclaim. As is now tradition, these performances will be placed against the backdrop of a building-wide TECH Demo and Human Library, where innovators and engineers will showcase everything from virtual reality to robotics to modern 3-D printing, and fellow humans will tell stories to each other based upon particular subjects and topic matters.

Starting on FridaySeptember 22 and running through SaturdaySeptember 23, PYGMALION returns to the heart of Downtown Champaign, and will combine the Music, Lit, Made, and Food components on one block, with five stages, indoor and out. Featuring nine local restaurants, over forty handmade craft vendors, multiple readings from authors and poets, and headline performances from Animal CollectiveThundercat SuperDuperKyleBadBadNotGoodNoname and more - PYGMALION will take over the center of the city, and serve as a showcase to an event that has arrived at a turning point in its long and illustrious history. The full lineup can be viewed at www.thepygmalionfestival.com.

For the first time in its existence, PYGMALION will be organizing and running a Hackathon on-site at Research Park at UIUC.  The event takes place September 23 and 24 and is being run with support from tech companies located in Champaign-Urbana including Wolfram Research, Deep Silver Volition, and Pixo. The inaugural 24-hour event will challenge coders, designers, engineers, and dreamers to build something that will affect change for social good in the local community. This type of interactive engagement is consistent with PYGMALION's progressive approach to the development of its programming over the course of 13 years.  More information about the scope of the event can be found here.

Support for The Pygmalion Festival comes from a wide range of organizations, businesses, and municipalities, including Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, City of Champaign, Goose Island Brewing Co., City of Urbana, Smile Politely Magazine, Research Park at UIUC, Mailchimp, and Ninth Letter, a literary journal published by University of Illinois Department of English.  

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois is home to the state's land grant, The University of Illinois, one of the largest research universities in the world, and has a prolific history of spawning an array of artists, record labels, industry professionals, and the like.

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Rainer Maria announce Fall 2017 tour dates




“‘Lower Worlds’ rumbles and surges at an even pace, as the vocals of De Marrais and Fischer deliver welcome jolts en route to a furious finish. It’s an ideal comeback vehicle - familiar enough for those who’ve missed the band dearly, but fresh enough to tread new ground.” - NPR Music

“Regrouped for an album due in August, Rainer Maria has released ‘Lower Worlds,’ a steadier but no less insistent song. Guitar and drums bears down relentlessly on a droning riff, hinting at Can, as Caithlin De Marrais and Kaia Fischer sing about ‘love lust and fire,’ working up to shared shouts and an unanswered question: ‘Will you be mine?’”
- The New York Times

“[The] first single is a big, hypnotic, riff-driven ass-kicker called ‘Lower Worlds’... it sounds fucking awesome.” - Stereogum
Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill

Rainer Maria is thrilled to be hitting the road this fall, embarking on their first full tour in over a decade. The band will be playing dates across the US and Canada in support of their highly-anticipated forthcoming album, S/T, which is due out August 18th via Polyvinyl Records. Lead single “Lower Worlds,” the first new music released by the band since 2006, has been receiving praise from the likes of The New York Times, NPR Music, Stereogum, Paste and more. Stay tuned for further releases and announcements. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Stream “Lower Worlds” on NPR Music via YouTube
Pre-Order S/T via Polyvinyl Records

Rainer Maria came up in the idealistic confines of Madison, WI, and the fertile incubator that was the Midwest’s ‘90s indie rock scene. During the summer of 1995, Kaia Fischer, William Kuehn, and Caithlin De Marrais, collectively Rainer Maria, were getting their start as a band. A self-titled EP released in 1996 would be followed by signing to the then nascent Polyvinyl Records and the release of their first full-length albums, Past Worn Searching and Look Now, Look Again.

Those first releases, paired with an ambitious amount of time spent in DIY spaces, basement shows, and rock clubs throughout the US, fostered a dedicated following for the trio while connecting them to other scenes and musicians throughout the country. Rainer Maria, likely without realizing it at the time, were on their way to cementing themselves as an early cornerstone for Polyvinyl, and as ambassadors of the midwest indie rock scene now so revered by later day musicians and fans. In 1999 they moved to New York City, in part to be closer to family and loved ones, but with the added effect of further unconsciously spreading that gospel.

Throughout the first half of the aughts, Rainer Maria would release three more full-length albums. Evolving their sound as they tightened their craft, the band continued to hit the road with opening acts ranging from Ted Leo and Rilo Kiley to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, whom Rainer Maria took out on tour for the then young band’s first string of East Coast dates outside of New York. By 2006, however, Rainer Maria were feeling the strain of having spent life since their late teens as part of the same band. Collectively, they felt a desire to explore other avenues of living, and so, after a few rapturous farewell shows attended by fans from around the world, Rainer Maria hung up their hats.

De Marrais moved out of the City, releasing two well-regarded solo records of intricate, meticulously crafted pop. Kuehn spent time living in Syria and Yemen, studying and playing music with a variety of artists with all sorts of different approaches and ideas. Fischer studied Tibetan language and Tibetan Buddhism at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, a journey that brought her into a traditional-style Tibetan apprenticeship and eventually to living in Asia. (During this time, she also came out as a trans person.)

Over the years that followed, offers for shows would come in every so often, but the band were neither emotionally nor geographically prepared to seriously entertain them. Slowly but surely though, they migrated back to the New York City area, and perhaps more importantly, had moved further along on their own personal journeys. So when the latest offer came in a few years ago, the three got together for dinner to catch up and feel out where they all were both personally and musically. While none of them yet felt the allure of the stage, all three were excited with the idea of writing and recording together again, and so in lieu of any new shows, they began the process of writing the songs that would become S/T.

Guided by their shared history as songwriters, and buoyed by their recent adventures and explorations in music and life as individuals, S/T fits like well worn boots with the spring of new soles. Intuitively written without much post-mortem intellectualization, the album benefits from its origin as an exercise in fun between old friends who didn’t necessarily have the intention of releasing a new record when they started down the path.

The lyrics are full of natural imagery, influenced by the more pastoral setting outside De Marrais’ window—soil and greenery, weather patterns, and other markers of country life. While sonically, S/T retains and even amplifies the core grit and vigor that Rainer Maria has always had as a band. The album also benefits mightily from Kuehn’s hand at production, his first time doing so for a Rainer Maria release. His bandmates implicit trust in him is a guiding force allowing each song to take on its own distinct life without losing a sense of overall cohesion.
Upcoming Tour Dates Below

S/T Album Art
Upcoming Tour Dates:
*w/ Mates of State and Selector Dub Narcotic

13 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
15 - Milwaukee, WI - Colectivo
16 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
17 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
19 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
20 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
21 - Detroit, MI - El Club
22 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
23 - Montreal, QC - Bar Le Ritz PDB
24 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
27 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
28 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
29 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
30 - Hamden, CT - The Space*

05 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
06 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
07 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
25-26 - Ybor City, FL - PRE FEST 5
27-29 - Gainesville, FL - FEST 16

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Palehound NYC Album Release Show Tonight, Reddit AMA 6/30 + Nat'l Tour w/ Waxahatchee

NYC Record Release Show @ Baby’s All Right Tonight
+ National Summer Tour w/ Waxahatchee 
+ New Headlining Dates, Pygmalian Festival,
Dates w/ Jay Som and more

(all tour dates below)

Reddit /r/indieheads AMA This Friday, June 30 @ 1pmEST

Sophomore Album A Place I’ll Always Go 
Out Now via Polyvinyl Record Co.

Purchase A Place I’ll Always Go Stream A Place I’ll Always Go
“Flowing Over” Video | “If You Met Her” Video 


Photo by: Shervin Lainez
“scrappy and buzzy guitar rock, bolstered by Kempner's dexterous riffs … also offers some darker, nuanced shades that evoke the album's themes." NPR

“The 2015 album “Dry Food” marked Ellen Kempner as a bright new talent to watch, with a winning combination of quick guitar instincts and languorous vocals. The group’s latest release, “A Place I’ll Always Go,” is even better.” The New York Times

“A Dazed-Sounding Tribute To The Magic Of Queer Love” The Fader

“There are echoes of earlier bands, with songs that brings to mind Smith Westerns, Beach House, the Strokes, or Wilco... arranged around Kempner’s unique whisper of a voice and way of seeing the world that draws out the moodiness. This undercurrent distinguishes the project, and makes Kempner worth following." Pitchfork

“There's a distinct '90s sound, a channelling of Pavement complete with head-swaying riffs..."
Under The Radar

“guitar licks that build a permanent home in your head.” - New York Magazine’s “The Cut”

Boston’s Palehound recently released the highly anticipated, acclaimed sophomore album, A Place I'll Always Go, on Polyvinyl Record Co.. The band will celebrate with a NYC record release show tonight at Baby’s All Right before hitting the road for a slew of headlining dates followed by a national summer tour with Waxahatchee. Ellen will also do a Reddit /r/indieheads AMA this Friday, June 30 at 1pmEST.

A Place I’ll Always Go is a frank look at love and loss, cushioned by indelible hooks and gently propulsive, fuzzed-out rock. Lead by fierce vocalist and prolific creative force Ellen KempnerA Place I’ll Always Go has a DigBostoncover story feature, and was recently included in Stereogum’s 50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far and Vulture’s Best New Albums. The record has received glowing accolades from The New York TimesPitchforkNY Mag, FADERNPR First ListenNYLONBandcampStereogumRookieELLEPhiladelphia Inquirer, early support from KCRW, KEXP & WXRT, and much more rolling in.

Palehound will celebrate the record’s release in NYC tonight at Baby’s All Right and, following a handful of headlining dates, will kick off a national tour with Waxahatchee in August. Full list of dates HERE or see below.

Palehound National Tour Dates
# = with Waxahatchee

6/27: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (tickets)
6/28: Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (tickets)
7/6: Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s (tickets)
7/7: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (tickets)
7/9: Chicago, IL @ West Fest (tickets)
7/10: Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi (tickets)
7/11: Millvale, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr.Smalls (tickets)
8/04: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada # (tickets)
8/05: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk # (tickets)
8/06: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall # (tickets)
8/07: New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks # (tickets)
8/09: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn # (tickets)
8/10: Athens, GA @ Athens Popfest # (tickets)
8/11: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West # (tickets)
8/13: Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall # (tickets)
8/14: Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records # (tickets)
8/15: Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon # (tickets)
8/16: Detroit, MI @ El Club # (tickets)
8/17: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace # (tickets)
8/18: Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount # (tickets)
8/19: Boston, MA @ Royale # (tickets)
8/21: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club # (tickets)
9/21-23: Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Festival
10/20: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Jay Som (tickets)

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Skating Polly Announce More Dates on X’s 40th Anniversary Tour This Fall

Skating Polly Announce More Dates on 
X’s 40th Anniversary Tour This Fall

New York, NY – June 26th, 2017 – Skating Polly 
are stoked to announce they’ll be joining legendary punk band in September for another leg of their 40th anniversary tour.  The Tacoma, WA based, Oklahoma City, OK born trio first joined X in May directly following the April 28th release of their New Trick EP (feat. Louis Post and Nina Gordan ofVeruca Salt) on El Camino and ahead of their Spring US headline tour.  The Fall tour kicks off on September 6th at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas before hitting the historic First Avenue in Minneapolis, and NYC’s Stage48 - among others.

X lead singer Exene Cervenka and Skating Polly have a rich history together, as Cervenka produced the 2013 album Lost Wonderfuls, after first meeting the band in 2010 during a show in Oklahoma City.  In a recent interview, Cervenka gushed over the band, saying “I met Skating Polly when they were 9 and 14, right before their first record came out.  Now their brother is in the band too — it’s Kelli, Peyton and Kurtis.  They are just amazing and they were amazing when they were little children.  They can play all these different instruments and they are self-taught.  They just live and breathe music.  In addition to being sweet and intelligent people, they are so hardworking.”  It’s safe to say that 7 years later, the bond between the two acts is stronger than ever.

The April release of Skating Polly’s New Trick EP saw the band team up several other influential music makers; as they wrote and recorded the 3 tracks with Louise and Nina of Veruca Salt, while Brad Wood (Smashing PumpkinsLiz PhairSunny Day Real Estate) engineered and produced the set.  
NPR describes the EP as featuring “songs that veer between sweet and catchy and full-throated screams with distorted, chug-a-lug guitar,” while Stereogum says the band embraces “some of the grand, large-scale fuzzy melodicism that’s largely gone extinct from the ’90s.”

Skating Polly will hit the road this fall on the second leg of X’s 40th anniversary tour, following an appearance at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party on July 22nd, an extensive UK & European run with Kate Nash, and a performance at It’s Not Dead Festival in San Bernardino on August 26th where they play alongside The BuzzcocksRancidThe SelecterKevin Seconds and GBH.  The band’s New Trick EP is available now via El Camino on all DSPs and vinyl (which includes a special b-side etching hand-drawn by the band).  All tour dates can be found below, and for up-to-date information, please stay tuned to 

These Female Artists Are Using Music to Get Political

Whether it’s Bob Marley’s rally cry “Get Up Stand Up,” John Lennon’s peace anthem “Imagine,” or Patti Smith’s self-explanatory hit “People Have the Power,” music and politics have always been inextricably linked (just look at a little festival called Woodstock if you don’t believe us). But since the November 2016 presidential election, more and more musicians have been, to quote Marley, getting up, standing up, and...speaking out against Donald Trump and his agenda.

As Kelli Mayo of Oklahoma rockers 
Skating Polly explained, “It’s weird because there are so many political things that I am against right now—terrified of, frankly—so I can’t not speak out.” Others (so many others!) feel the same way. Check out more female music stars using their voices in powerful ways, then add them to your playlist asap. The resistance is only beginning.

Click HERE or on the photo above to check out Skating Polly's
feature in Clover Letter!
 Skating Polly's New Trick EP featuring Louise Post and Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt is out NOW via El Camino Records and can be purchased HERE.

Skating Polly
(^ - w/ Kate Nash, # - w/ Hands Off Gretel, * - w/ X)

July 22nd @ Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle, WA
July 25th @ The Academy in Dublin, UK ^
July 26th @ The Limelight 2 in The Limelight, UK ^
July 27th @ The Moon Club in Cardiff, UK #
July 28th@ Cavern Club in Exeter, UK #
July 29th @ Cookie in Leicester, UK
July 31st @ Broadcast in Glasgow, UK #
August 1st @ Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, UK ^
August 2nd @ Thunderbolt in Bristol, UK #
August 3rd @ Church in Leeds, UK ^
August 4th @ O2 Ritz in Manchester, UK ^
August 5th @ Rock City in Nottingham, UK ^
August 6th @ O2 Academy in Bristol, UK ^
August 8th @ Concorde 2 in Brighton, UK ^
August 9th @ O2 Sheperd’s Bush Empire in London, UK ^
August 10th @ O2 Sheperd’s Bush Empire in London, UK ^
August 11th @ Sebright Arms (VICE) in London, UK
August 12th @ The Prince Albert in Stroud, UK
August 14th @ Der Manheim Kult in Mannheim, DE
August 15th @ K4 in Nurnberg, DE
August 16th @ Zoom in Frankfurt, DE ^
August 17th @ Zakk in Dusseldorf, DE ^
August 18th @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich in Hamburg, DE ^
August 19th @ Festaal in Berlin, DE ^
August 20th @ Monkey’s Music Club in Hamburg, DE
August 21st @ Melkweg in Amsterdam, NL ^
August 26th @ It’s Not Dead Festival in San Bernardino, CA
September 6th @ Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas, NV *
September 8th @ Complex in Salt Lake City, UT *
September 9th @ The Summit in Denver, CO *
September 11th @ The Waiting Room in Omaha, NE *
September 13th @ First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN *
September 14th @ Turner Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI *
September 15th @ Riot Fest in Chicago, IL
September 16th @ El Club in Detroit, MI *
September 17th @ Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY *
September 19th @ Port City Music Hall in Portland, ME *
September 20th @ Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA *
September 21st @ Stage48 in New York, NY *
September 22nd @ Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA *
September 23rd @ State Theater in Falls Church, VA *
September 25th @ Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, PA *
September 26th @ Kent Stage in Kent, OH *
September 27th @ Skully’s Music Diner in Columbus, OH *

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