The Pains of Being Pure at Heart take Twin Shadow under their wing on spring tour

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart take Twin Shadow under their wing on spring tour

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are total pros at making it out of the blog buzz world alive, and they even have a new album — Belong, due out in late March on Slumberland — to show for it. Since Twin Shadow are still struggling with their newfound acclaim (and the fact that every band in 2011 is named Twin Something), Pains nicely decided to show them the ropes by taking them out on tour this spring. Aw, what sweethearts!


03.31.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04.01.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
04.02.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
04.04.11 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club *
04.05.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
04.06.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Cafe *
04.07.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
04.08.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s *
04.09.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s *
04.12.11 - Santa Fe, NM - VFW *
04.18.11 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door *&
04.19.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *&
04.20.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *&
04.22.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
04.25.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club *
04.26.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall *
04.27.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.28.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.29.11 - Bloomington, IN - Rhino’s *
04.30.11 - Columbus, OH - The Basement *
05.02.11 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street *
05.03.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
05.06.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *

* Twin Shadow
& Catwalk

• The Pains of Being Pure at Heart:
• Twin Shadow:

Braid reunite for new LP, just in time to confuse everybody everywhere

First things first, let’s lay this out because I think it’s necessary and important:

• Braids — modern dream-pop buzz band from Montreal; recently released their debut full-length Native Speaker.
• Braid — influential mid-90s emo band from Champaign, Illinois; recently released nothing in the past 10 years or so.

If that doesn’t clear things up, maybe this rhyme will: “Band with a plural, dreamy sound mural/Band with a singular, guitars are angular.” Okay? Now that my surely timeless poetry has cleared up this confusion, I can go on to say that Braid plan to end their long silence by releasing a new record on Polyvinyl by the end of the year. The entirety of further information behind this release goes as follow: J. Robbins is producing it and the band doesn’t have plans to tour behind it. Oh, and frontman Bob Nanna told A.V. Club that they made the record because “they thought it would be fun.” A fine reason if there ever was one.

• Braid:
• Polyvinyl:

Wilco leave Nonesuch, form dBpm Records with help from ANTI-, announce 2011 dates

According to what we here in the industry call a “press release,” Wilco have created their own record label, dBpm Records, effectively ending their relationship with Nonesuch. Their new label will see distribution by independent imprint ANTI-, the Epitaph offshoot responsible for releasing albums by Tom Waits, Os Mutantes, Neko Case, and Grinderman.

“This is an idea we’ve discussed for years,” said Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. “We really like doing things ourselves, so having our own label feels pretty natural to me. And, to be working with Anti- — a label that was started by a punk rock guy to sell his own records — seems like a perfect fit for us.”

Wilco clearly have an independent spirit, having created their own festival (Solid Sound) and setup their own Chicago recording studio (Loft), but they can’t seem to fully escape Warner Bros. Not only does it own both Wilco’s original label Reprise and post-Summerteeth label Nonesuch, but as the L.A. TimesPop & Hiss blog points out, it also owns the distribution company Alternative Distribution Alliance, which is responsible for getting those tasty ANTI- releases in stores.

And hey, expect Warner Bros. to distribute yet another Wilco album to a store near you soon: the band is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to Wilco (The Album). It’s what we here in the industry call a “new album.”

Jeff Tweedy solo dates:

03.22.11 - Toronto - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
03.25.11 - Montreal - L’Olympia de Montréal
03.26.11 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
03.28.11 - Madison, WI - Capitol Theater
03.29.11 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall
03.30.11 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre

Wilco dates:

05.02.11 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Performing Arts Center
05.03.11 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
05.05.11 - New Orleans, LA - Jazzfest
05.06.11 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
05.07.11 - Denton, TX - University of N. Texas Auditorium
05.08.11 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom

• Wilco:
• ANTI-:

Oneohtrix Point Never tours with Games tours with Oneohtrix Point Never tours with Games

Swoon! Tiny Mix Tapes heartthrob and altogether synth mastermind Oneohtrix Point Never (a.k.a. Daniel Lopatin) is heading out on tour. Our collective hearts certainly start a-flutterin’ at any mention of Mr. Lopatin doing just about anything, but this tour is something extra special, as it’s actually a double dose of arguably our #1 crush (no comment from the boys in Zs and Animal Collective). Lopatin will be performing as his main gig in support of last year’s thunderous Returnal (TMT Review), but he’ll be joined on most dates by Games, his dance-centric project with Joel Ford. Basically, the crowd for every single one of these shows is just going to look like this, except replace the screaming girls with disheveled bearded guys and the fresh-faced teen with this guy.

Oneohtrix Point Never + Games dates:

04.07.11 - Bristol, UK - Arnolfini
04.08.11 - Den Bosch, Holland - FAQ Festival @ W2
04.09.11 - London, UK - QEH Foyer (Ether Festival)
04.10.11 - Glasgow, UK - Optimo @ Subclub
04.14.11 - Athens, Greece - Bios
05.27-29.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival (ATP Stage)

Oneohtrix Point Never solo dates:

04.11.11 - Brussels, BE - AB (main room)
04.17.11 - Bucharest, Romania - Rokolectiv Festival @ Museum Of Contemporary Art
06.02-05.11 - Austin, TX - Chaos in Tejas

Games solo dates:

03.16-20.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW

• Oneohtrix Point Never:
• Games:

Explosions in the Sky announce new LP, plus tour — take that, Godspeed!

Do you remember way back when, when you’d go to your iTunes and select the genre “Post-Rock/Experimental” to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Explosions in the Sky, and Do Make Say Think in one glorious browsing box? No? (iTunes may still use that category; personally, I got a little tired of iTunes’ genres after John Cage kept getting lumped with Rossini.) These post-rockers/experimental-so-and-sos keep an eye on each other, and Explosions can’t be unaware of Godspeed’s highly anticipated tour coming up. Bands on the Constellation roster are pretty competitive (I’d imagine), especially when up against bands that could be on Constellation but aren’t (Explosions are on Temporary Residence Ltd… and okay, their border is with Mexico, not Canada). We previously announced EITS’ European tourdates, but in order to top Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s renewed activity once and for all, Explosions in the Sky are not only going on tour (with an extra date in New York), they’re releasing a new LP!

Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is the first studio album since All Of a Sudden I Miss Everyone (TMT Review), out in 2007. If you’re feeling indulgent, you can listen to 39 seconds of music from Take Care at the band’s site. The album is out April 26, and while no one is privileged enough to hear a full track, at least we have the tracklisting.

Take Care, Take Care, Take Care tracklisting:

01. Last Known Surroundings
02. Human Qualities
03. Trembling Hands
04. Be Comfortable, Creature
05. Postcard from 1952
06. Let Me Back In


04.06.11 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall *
05.16.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
05.17.11 - Manchester, UK - Academy
05.19.11 - London, UK - Roundhouse
05.20.11 - Paris, France - Bataclan
05.22.11 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
05.23.11 - Koln, Germany - Essigfabrik
05.24.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Anciennce Belgique
05.25.11 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso

* Low, Eluvium

• Explosions in the Sky:
• Temporary Residence Limited:

“Neutral Milk Hotel’s Mangum Plots More Shows,” says Pitchfork

Larry Fitzmaurice used to write for TMT, so I figured it wouldn’t be that big of a deal if we quoted directly from his recent Pitchfork post:

After years of shying away from public appearances, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum has been slowly returning to the spotlight over the past year. Just yesterday, he announced two more shows as part of the Portishead-curated ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey. And according to Mangum’s friend and spokesman Ben Goldberg, head of the Ba Da Bing label, there’s going to be more shows scheduled in the future.

Goldberg sent over a statement today, saying that Mangum is “planning some additional performances to start in the fall of 2011. The goal will be to play more American shows, as well as get over to Europe.” He also mentioned that “I spoke with Jeff and he is quite honored and excited to be playing ATP.” Mangum isn’t the only one who’s excited.

Ah, nice to have you back Larry!! We love you!!

• Ba Da Bing: