Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds add a few more US West Coast shows with support from Sharon Van Etten

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds add a few more US West Coast shows with support from Sharon Van Etten

Hey West Coast! Do you love mustaches, songs about murder, and paying way more than you think you should for stuff? Of course you do! You gave us Seattle! AND Portland! A mustache should be on the Oregon state flag! So, don’t get the vapors or anything, but Nick Cave has just added a few select West Coast dates to his really expensive sold-out US tour this spring. Oh yeah, also Mr. Cave and his Bad Seeds have announced their UK/European autumn tour. And oh yeah, Sharon Van Etten is supporting all the new US dates. Basia Bulat has Vancouver covered. And Mark Lanegan is playing some of the Australia dates.

For those fans just pining to be at the sold-out L.A. date at the Fonda Theatre next week, YouTube’s recently-launched Rockfeedback channel will live stream the whole thing. You can check out a trailer here. Rockfeedback is also partnering with Spotify on the live stream, so people can watch the show there too. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ latest Push the Sky Away (TMT Review) officially drops tomorrow (February 19) and can be previewed online, courtesy of NPR. The tour line-up this time features Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Conway Savage, Jim Sclavunos, Barry Adamson, and Ed Kuepper.

Updated tourdates:

03.02.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Sidney Myer Music Bowl *
03.03.13 - Adelaide, Australia - Thebarton Theatre *
03.06.13 - Perth, Australia - Red Hill Auditorium *
03.08.13 - Brisbane, Australia - Riverstage *
03.09.13 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore *
04.06.13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre #
04.07.13 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre %
04.09.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic %
04.16.13 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theatre
10.26.13 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
10.27.13 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
10.30.13 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
10.31.13 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowland
11.01.13 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall
11.06.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Annex
11.09.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Falconer
11.10.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Sporthalle
11.12.13 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Mitsubishi Electric Halle
11.13.13 - Offenbach, Germany - Stadthalle
11.15.13 - Luxembourg - Rockhal
11.17.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Music Hall
11.18.13 - Antwerp, Belgium - Lotto Arena
11.19.13 - Paris, France - Zenith
11.21.13 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
11.22.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Tipsport Arena
11.25.13 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Hala Tivoli

* Mark Lanegan
# Basia Bulat
% Sharon Van Etten

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Tegan and Sara tour; college bro renounces his misogyny

Darvis, college dude that was like “lesbians – cool, sisters – cool, pop music – cool,” has decided to see Tegan and Sara on their new tour. Darvis was first told about T&S by a raven-haired, tattooed “lame” in the in the rec hall. Darvis has been secretly bench pressing while listening to the T&S backlog, and no he didn’t cry – that’s just sweat, broseph!

Darvis has ordered Heartthrob from Warner Bros. Records. He first watched the video for the first single, “Closer,” after breaking up with his girlfriend of two years and finding out his mom has breast cancer. Bummer, dude! During a Whey Gainer binge, Darvis purchased one ticket to see T&S on their new tour. Jarvis is about to embark on a journey of self-realization, and you can too by attending one of those Tegan and Sara shows listed below.


02.26.13 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
02.28.13 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
03.01.13 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
03.03.13 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre
03.04.13 - Regina, SK - Conexus Arts Centre Theatre
03.06.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03.07.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
03.09.13 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
03.10.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
03.11.13 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
04.14.13 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre

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RIP: Dennis Palmer of The Shaking Ray Levis

From Creative Loafing (Atlanta):

Sad news came yesterday when word spread that Dennis Palmer of the Shaking Ray Levis died Friday night. A life-long resident of Chattanooga, Tenn., Palmer, 55, was dedicated to playing and raising awareness about the possibilities of free, improvised music for both listeners and performers. While playing synthesizer for decades alongside percussionist Bob Stagner, Palmer also worked with a long list of collaborators that includes the Rev. Howard Finster, guitarists Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, and Eugene Chadbourne, the Duplex Planet editor David Greenberger, Borbetomagus, John Zorn, and Col. Bruce Hampton, just to name a few.

Since 1986 the Shaking Ray Levi Society has functioned as a quintessential advocate for the arts in Chattanooga, bringing a diverse array of music to town, including Anthony Braxton, Cat Power, the Olivia Tremor Control, and Laurie Anderson.

Among Palmer’s most recent activity, the Shaking Ray Levis will be featured on a handful of songs on Duet For Theremin & Lap Steel’s forthcoming CD, Collaborations. There’s also a forthcoming David Greenberger and the SRLs CD, titled Tramps That Go Think In the Night, and a collaboration with vocalist Shelley Hirsch. Palmer was also finishing up a solo album titled White Wuf.

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Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and Eugene S. Robinson of Oxbow get busy, name their spawn Sal Mineo, and immediately take it on tour

Xiu Xiu progenitor Jamie Stewart and Oxbow vocalist Eugene S. Robinson have combined their weird and frightening forces to deliver a new album of collaborative music under the name Sal Mineo. Apparently influenced by the deceased actor of the same name, the duo describes their lovechild as “30 second to 3 minute long focused bursts of sonic crime, that plumbs the cooling depths of a pleasure cruised death.” If you dig or can at least wrap your pretty little head around that, Sal Mineo will be out April 23 on Important Records. Just remember: anything these purveyors of the perverse say is “much more about the accretion of failure, cinematic and otherwise” is going to dish out the auditory rough trade. No need to be embarrassed; we’re into that, too.

Stewart and Robinson have already taken their progeny on tour, playing one show a month throughout Europe.

03.02.13 - Brussels, BE - Les Ateliers Claus
04.02.13 - Paris, FR - La Fleche D’Or
05.02.13 - Copenhagen, DK - Huset KBH
06.02.13 - London, UK - Cafe Oto
07.02.13 - Milan, IT - Magnolia
08.02.13 - Rome, IT - Init
09.02.13 - Bologna, IT - Lokomotiv Club

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Acid Mothers Temple take ultimate sightseeing roadtrip with Tjutjuna (thanks Google Maps!)

It’s time again for the annual migration of Japanese psych legends Acid Mothers Temple to our shores. Even though they confusingly named their 2012 tour the “Last Tour,” we already have news of their return. Given the group’s penchant for ever-so-slightly changing their name, the 2012 tour very well could have been the last tour for that particular incarnation of the band. With the crazy number of releases that the AMT machine releases in a given year, it’s difficult to keep track of exactly who or what this year’s Acid Mothers Temple will bring.

And that’s awesome! Even if you’ve seen AMT before, I can guarantee that this tour will vary in some significant fashion from what you saw the last time. They’ll be touring with Tjutjuna, who are following up 2010’s self-titled album with Westerner, a seven-track album due April 30 on Fire Talk (pre-order here). If these groups aren’t coming to your town, try to find them en route; they might very well be persuaded to hang if you’re lucky enough to find them on the road. I don’t know what they’ll be driving, but I’m imagining something akin to the Mystery Machine as integrated into a trippy Cheech and Chong reboot.

Check out the dates and a track from Tjutjuna’s new album below:

04.09.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.10.13 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
04.11.13 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
04.12.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.13.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
04.14.13 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
04.15.13 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
04.16.13 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
04.17.13 - Brooklyn NY - Knitting Factory
04.18.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
04.19.13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
04.20.13 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
04.21.13 - Washington, DC - DC9
04.22.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
04.23.13 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
04.24.13 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
04.25.13 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
04.26.13 - Austin, TX - TBA
04.27.13 - Dallas, TX - TBA
04.28.13 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
04.29.13 - Wichita, KS - Barleycorns
04.30.13 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
05.01.13 - Iowa City, IA - Gabes
05.02.13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
05.03.13 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
05.06.13 - Victoria, BC - TBA
05.07.13 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
05.08.13 - Portland, OR - Star Theatre
05.10.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
05.11.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
05.12.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

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Deerhoof announce classical music performances in NYC and Adelaide; Satomi swanks up her animal heads in preparation

Perennial noise rockers Deerhoof have always exuded a carefree attitude, so think of how antithetical it would be if they announced their future fusion with classical instruments with anything less (initially) confusing than the following video, posted on YouTube last Wednesday:

Bless the publicists whose more general responsibility is to announce things in text form, because otherwise I’d assume Deerhoof were privy to some critical global security information. An army of human-sized, trumpet-playing, dancing roosters, apes, and miscellaneous other animals is going to invade… Adelaide, of all places? Isn’t Australia’s wildlife extravagant enough?

A press release delves deeper: two upcoming performances will feature Deerhoof playing alongside classical musicians. On February 20, the band will join Ensemble Dal Niente at the Ecstatic Music Festival, taking place at Merkin Concert Hall in NYC. There, a scantily-detailed composition from drummer Greg Saunier (entitled Deerhoof Chamber Variation) will be performed by the ensemble, while a new piece from Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter will receive joint actualization from both outfits.

On March 6, in the land of didgeridoos, boomerangs, and species that have the capacity to kill both you and all of your recurring lives (shout-out to the Buddhists), Deerhoof will perform alongside the Adelaide Art Orchestra at the Adelaide Festival in Brisbane — I mean, Adelaide.

As it stands, most humans don’t actually live in NYC or Adelaide, so if you’d like to hear the Merkin Hall show in particular, it’ll be recorded by WQXR’s Q2 Music and uploaded here, as well as for future broadcast on WNYC. Q2 Music will also stream it live, for the immediate experience of flutes, cellos, and pandas.

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