New Order tour the parks, pavilions, and centers of a certain half of North America this summer

New Order tour the parks, pavilions, and centers of a certain half of North America this summer http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1304/news-13-04-new-order.jpg

Why are some men rich and some men poor? Why are some of us born into, say, the royal family of a small European principality, and some of us into crappy Midwestern suburbs? Why is New Order coming to some American cities and not others? These are the hard questions that we, the living, must face. New Order rocked Coachella last weekend, and they’ll do it again this weekend. Then, they shall rest. But after that, come July, they’ll be zipping back stateside this summer for a few very special dates, including several cities they haven’t been to in years. BUT NOT MINE. NOT MINE. :-(

Anyway, the seminal synth rockers kick off their summer US tour at the lovely and historic Austin Music Hall, before heading out on an eight-date tour that will see the band rock parks, pavilions, and centers across the Eastern US. And Canada! See, they’re going to Montreal to be part of that city’s magical Osheaga festival, and holding it down at Lollapalooza in Chicago, too. Tickets for most dates go on sale toward the end of this week.

Dates:

07.19.13 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
07.21.13 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
07.24.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park
07.26.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts
07.28.13 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
07.31.13 - Boston, MA - Bank Of America Pavilion
08.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
TBD - Montreal, QC - Osheaga

• New Order: http://www.newordernow.net

Julian Lynch saddling up with The Luyas to tour North America in June

Esteemed ethnomusicologist and swell lo-fi bedroom rocker Julian Lynch, PhD, is set to head out on tour this summer with Montreal natives The Luyas. To help bring the unexpectedly expansive sound of Lines (his new album for Underwater Peoples) to life, The Luyas will serve as Lynch’s backing band, while Lynch will sit in with The Luyas during their set. The acts will alternate on a nightly basis to see who gets the sweet spot of not performing last as streams of people leave because, while they’re really enjoying the show, it’s just too damn late to be out on a school night.

The tour logically starts out with Lynch and The Luyas meeting up in Montreal, then the combined crew will snake their way through the Northeast quadrant of the US before wrapping things up in Chicago. It’s only a short drive home from there to Madison, WI for Lynch, while The Luyas, well, they’ve definitely gotten the raw end of this deal in terms of how the shows got mapped out. Maybe they can line up shows in Detroit or Toronto as they weave through the Great Lakes back to Montreal? Whatever fate The Luyas may face post-tour as Lynch happily eats fried cheese curds and sips beer in the sun-drenched streets of Madison in the summer, you’re guaranteed to have a rollicking good time if you catch this double-header live this June. Even on a weeknight.

Dates:

06.04.13 - Montreal, QC - PLANT
06.05.13 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
06.07.13 - Kingston, NY - BSP Lounge
06.09.13 - Manhattan, NY - Mercury Lounge
06.10.13 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
06.11.13 - Washington, DC - Paperhaus
06.12.13 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West
06.13.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent/Northside Fest !
06.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

! Twin Sister, Ava Luna, Lushlife

• Julian Lynch: http://spacemountain.tumblr.com
• Underwater Peoples: http://underwaterpeoples.com

The Mountain Goats will tour as a duo this summer, and it’s about damn time!

Do you remember the last time The Mountain Goats toured as a duo, just John Darnielle and Peter Hughes? I sure don’t, but I’m pretty sure they had to ride across the country in covered wagons and escape from velociraptors and send letters with homing pigeons and they couldn’t even watch TV. How do you reckon they managed to record so many damn albums?

According to Pitchfork, The Mountain Goats will be reliving those weird, rough years this summer, when John and Peter hit the road for a string of all-ages shows. In a characteristically clever blog post, John says he’s been working on a master setlist that will most likely include old favorites, such as “Fall of the Star High School Running Back” (!!!). Last year, The Mountain Goats released Transcendental Youth (TMT Review), and hopefully they’ll bang out some songs from that too.

They’re playing all of these shows with The Baptist Generals, who will be releasing their first album in years on May 21 via Sub Pop, and they’ll all be traveling the country on turbo-magic hovercrafts, because it is the future.

Dates:

05.01.13 - Boone, NC - Appalachian State University
06.03.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.04.13 - York, PA - Strand Capitol Performing Arts
06.05.13 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
06.07.13 - New Haven, CT - Center Church on the Green
06.08.13 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
06.09.13 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom
06.11.13 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
06.12.13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
06.14.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Ballroom
06.15.13 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk Chumley Theatre
06.16.13 - Evanston, IL - Space
06.17.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06.19.13 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
06.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
06.22.13 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
06.23.13 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive
06.24.13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
06.26.13 - Charleston, SC - The Charleston Pourhouse
06.27.13 - West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
06.28.13 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
07.26-28.13 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
09.13-16.13 - Miami, FL - Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival

• The Mountain Goats: http://www.mountain-goats.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

High Wolf tours Europe in search of drug-friendly wolves

So everybody knows that most wolves are straight edge these days, especially American wolves. Which, you know, is totally fine. Do what you want, wolves, that’s what I say. I mean, if you’re going to be rude about it, maybe don’t do what you want, but otherwise, I give wolves my blessing (not like y’all needed it or anything, just sayin’). I am not bummed in the least by the decisions of wolves.

Mysterious psychedelic improv shaman High Wolf, on the other hand, seems to be at least a little bummed about all the wolves wandering around with unnecessary “Xs” on their paws. He’s bummed enough, at least, to do something about it. Namely, he’s touring Europe this spring where, in between shows, he’ll apparently be wandering around the wilderness looking for wolves with which to get high. “All I want to do is make my name a reality, you know?” he says, going on to explain how jealous he is of bands like Fun. who are so totally fun. You might even say, if you were the type to play dangerous games with double negatives, that Fun. are “not not fun.” If you did say that, it would actually be a totally weird coincidence because High Wolf is also apparently not not releasing an album this summer on Not Not Fun. It was reportedly conceived in an attempt to make music that is “not not appealing to wolves,” so good luck with that one!

Tourdates:

05.22.13 - Genoa, Italy - Spazio Targa
05.23.13 - Verona, Italy - Malacarne
05.24.13 - Graz, Austria - Postgarage
05.25.13 - Wien, Austria - Fluc @
05.26.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - TBA
05.27.13 - Milano, Italy - La Cruda
05.28.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Ecurie *
05.30.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - APNews
05.17.13 - Moscow, Russia - Avant Club
05.18.13 - St. Petersburg, Russia - TBA

@ Cruise Family
* Gnod

• High Wolf: http://highwolf.wordpress.com
• Not Not Fun: http://www.notnotfun.com

Implodes announce May tour, reflect on good, bad times from childhood

When I was a child, I went on a field trip to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Part of the field trip involved walking through a glass tunnel, the likes of which was surrounded by water and aquatic creatures. I hated this, because the most noticeable of these aquatic creatures was the stingray, a creature I was deathly afraid of. Not because of any threat a stingray poses, but because of their creepy little underside faces (actually just a mouth). Anyway, while walking through this window and looking straight down at my shoes, my friend remarked that it would be crazy if the tunnel suddenly imploded. I agreed that it would be crazy, but I was still more concerned about stingrays. This is as good a time as any to mention that Chicago heavy drone/post-rock act Implodes are going on tour. In early May, they’ll be playing a quick string of dates centered primarily on the Northeastern United States.

Was that a go-almost-nowhere story only mildly related to the focus of this news article? Perhaps. But perhaps it was also a way to reflect the way Implodes tracks gradually build and hypnotize, even as they seem like they’re not moving to a clear point? Perhaps it was. Nah, it was totally just a story about implosions I remembered as a kid. Still, you can go ahead and check out a video for “Necronomics off their recently-released Kranky album Recurring Dreams below. Go ahead and do that before I regale you with a story about being pushed into a pool’s deep end during my friend’s eighth birthday. I couldn’t swim and it was scary!

Implodes dates:

05.03.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose
05.05.13 - Boston, MA - The Midway
05.06.13 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
05.07.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio
05.08.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
05.09.13 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
05.10.13 - Asheville, NC - Broadways
05.11.13 - Louisville, KY - Cathouse

• Implodes: http://implodes.blogspot.com
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net

By the powers of SPF420 and Fortune500 combined, there is the Fortune 420 vaporwave concert, just a button-click away

What kind of place would a vaporwave festival be held in? Maybe some gleaming, commercial-monstrosity of a space, with faux-foliage attempting to provide a fantasy tropical setting? Perhaps some kind of theoretical, constructed electronic vacuum, plastered with damaged stock images, clip art and GIFs long robbed of their original context? To truly match the atmosphere and flavor of the genre, the best space for the beguiling, almost meta-critical, cultural mimicking/pilfering that is vaporwave might be the average home office. That is, after all, where most of the eye-damaging, brain-petting touchstones of the genre first made contact with our retinas and tympanic membranes.

I have no doubt that this crossed the collective minds of the SPF420 venue when they initially concocted their series of events. What better merging of spaces could there be to experience the digital miasma of vaporwave than the very private space of a home and the very vast and abstract space of a digital venue? This combining of location and music may also explain why these SPF420 events have become so popular; one event, held in March, capped out at 325 viewers. Probably helped that the lineup was damn intense.

For their next drool- and nostalgia-inducing feat of computer invasion, SPF420 is teaming with label Fortune 500 to bring the first in a new SPF420 concert series to many a home computer screen. They’re calling it Fortune 420, and the suitably impressive lineup has been listed below for the browsing pleasure of neophyte and old-hand alike:

ESPRIT 空想:

ショッピングワールドjp (ShoppingWorldJP):

회사AUTO:

WINDOW:

SAINT PEPSI:

The people putting on the whole shebang are so generous that they have also procured the services of Luxury Elite to DJ in between sets. If, in the often anonymous and ever-changing world of vaporwave, there is a royalty, Luxury Elite is at least a Baron. All of this can be yours for the low, low price of logging onto the mystical land of Tinychat on May 1, 10 PM EST. The future is being able to watch Window perform from the comfort of your own home, while you are wearing only underwear, with one hand stuffed down your pants. That future is now.

• SPF420: http://www.facebook.com/spf420fest
• Fortune 500: http://fortune500.bandcamp.com

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