Shout Out Louds Are Back! Digital EP Up for Sale Now, New Full-Length Up for Pre-Order… All of Which Screams (Shouts) Upcoming Spring Tour

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A nation’s pop music is a lot like a school cafeteria. In Sweden, Jens Lekman and The Tough Alliance/Sincerely Yours dreamy Balearic pop sets sit at different tables (pretty close to each other; they trade lunches sometimes), and the weird electronic set (à la The Knife/Fever Ray) sits with one another. There’s a hierarchy, of course, and the more albums you release, the better your seat tends to look from the outside. With so much hype currently swirling around bands like jj, Air France, and El Perro del Mar, it’s easy to forget about Stockholm-based Shout Out Louds, whose last (sophomore) album, Our Ill Wills (TMT Review), came out in 2007.

Yet they don’t plan to disappear in the lunchroom din. (End metaphor.) Last October, TMT reported that Shout Out Louds are soon to be releasing their third full-length, Work. The album, produced by Phil Ek (of The Shins, Fleet Foxes fame), is slated for release February 23 from Merge Records. It’s available for pre-order now, but the winter is long and lonely, so Shout Out Louds have a couple offerings in the meantime.

Work’s first single, “Fall Hard,” is up for digital download from Merge, with bonus tracks “Fall Hard Pt. 2” and “Can’t Explain.” You can watch the video for this bouncy, bittersweet single (the chorus is “If you fall hard/ I fall harder” …need I say more?) on their website, along with the video for “Walls.” Even better, “Walls” is available as a free mp3 download. Tack!

Naturally, these guys have also added more tourdates for the spring since our original story ran in December. Here is the updated list, including North American dates and concluding this summer with a few festivals:

02.23.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Bengan’s (in-store)
02.24.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Pet Sounds (in-store)
03.01.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.23.10 - Rostock, Germany - MAU
03.24.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich
03.25.10 - Berlin, Germany - Astra Kulturhaus
03.26.10 - Dresden, Germany - Reithalle
03.27.10 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Werk
03.28.10 - Zurich, Switzerland - Mascotte
03.29.10 - Frankfurt, Germany - Mousonturm
03.30.10 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
03.31.10 - Stuttgart, Germany - Waagenhallen
04.01.10 - Salzburg, Austria - Rockhouse
04.02.10 - Vienna, Austria - FM4 (RadioKulturhaus)
04.03.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Lille Vegg
04.14.10 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
04.15.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Brew House
04.16.10 - Malmö, Sweden - KB
04.17.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Kägelbanan
04.19.10 - Paris, France - Scopitone Club
04.20.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
04.26.10 - London, UK - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
05.02.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.03.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
05.05.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
05.06.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
05.07.10 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Music Hall
05.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
05.10.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.11.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
05.14.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
05.15.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
05.16.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
05.18.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
05.20.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
05.21.10 - Los Angeles, El Ray
06.19.10 - Scheeßel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
07.03.10 - Borlänge, Sweden - Peace and Love Festival
07.07-07.09.10 - Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfredsfestivalen
07.15-07.17.10 - Arvika, Sweden - Arvikafestivalen

• Shout Out Louds: http://www.shoutoutlouds.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

[Photo: Christian Coinbergh]

A Place to Bury Strangers Hit the Road with The Big Pink, Damage the Road’s Eardrums

A Place to Bury Strangers, one of New York’s only “noise rock” bands to completely disregard the New York sound for sonics much more European, is not going to Europe. Nope, they’re staying here in America and hitting the road with their friends, The Big Pink, who aren’t from America, but from London. What a mess. Together, they will be doing a full month of dates all across the USA.

Behold, tourdates:

03.09.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
03.10.10 - San Franicisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
03.12.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
03.13.10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
03.14.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03.18.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03.19.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
03.20.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
03.21.10 - Toledo, OH - Frankies
03.22.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
03.23.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
03.24.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
03.26.10 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret JPR
03.27.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
03.28.10 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
03.30.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
03.31.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
04.01.10 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
04.02.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.03.10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
04.04.10 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
04.05.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
04.07.10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
04.08.10 - Austin, TX - The Parish
04.09.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
04.10.10 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
04.11.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
04.12.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.14.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
04.15.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah

• A Place to Bury Strangers: http://www.aplacetoburystrangers.com
• The Big Pink: http://www.musicfromthebigpink.com

Sightings to Give Birth to New LP City of Straw on Brah in April

After nearly a decade of developing their wallow-in-the-mud fallout shelter industrial rock assault, where does a band like Sightings belong if not on their mainstay Load? Well, on Brah apparently — the label helmed by fellow pop/rock-structure boundary-pushers Oneida and subsidiary of indie big boys Jagjaguwar. After taking a noticeable (for some) break from twisting musical composition in a way that threatens music as we know it, Sightings took residency at Brooklyn’s The Ocropolis with Ex-Models/Oneida member Shahin Motia twisting the knobs. What resulted from this is the band’s seventh full-length, City of Straw.

The band claims that this is its most forward, coherent, and frankly best statement to date. Quite a statement, considering the leap in structural progression and sheer awesomeness of 2007’s Through the Panama.

City of Straw comes out on April 12, and it will rock. Because Sightings say so.

Tracklisting:

01. Tar and Pine
02. Jabber Queens
03. City of Straw
04. Saccharine Traps
05. We All Amplify
06. Weshawken
07. Hush
08. Sky Above Mud Below

Wanna get a taste of what kind of holocaust your ears might be in store for? Check out the first track “Tar and Pine” over at the Chocolate Grinder. You can also hold your hands up over your ears at the following venues this spring:

04.16.10 - Providence, RI - ASS200
04.17.10 - Boston, MA - PA’s Lounge
04.19.10 - Montreal, QB - Casa del Popolo
04.20.10 - Toronto, ON - The Boat
04.21.10 - Columbus, OH - Skylab
04.23.10 - Chicago, IL - The Mopery
04.26.10 - Seattle, WA - SS Marie Antoinette
04.28.10 - Portland, OR - Artistry
04.29.10 - Oakland, CA - The Oasis
04.30.10 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
05.01.10 - Sacramento, CA - The Hub
05.02.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Syncspace
05.04.10 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis
05.05.10 - Kansas City, MO - The Foundation
05.06.10 - Louisville, KY - Skull Alley
05.07.10 - Cleveland, OH - Embassy

• Sightings: http://www.myspace.com/sightings
• Brah: http://www.brahrecords.com

MGMT Say Congratulations on April 13

By now, you’ve most likely seen MGMT’s cover art for their new album, Congratulations (due April 13 from Columbia) and decided whether or not you think they’re completely full of shit or just halfway full of shit. Well, once you’ve made up your mind, you can pre-order the album right here on either CD or LP, both of which include a scratch-off front cover with a custom metal coin.

Be sure to also check out MGMT on the festival circuit this summer. Maybe you can trade your custom coin for a sweet decoder ring!

04.17.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
05.02.10 - East Rutherford, NJ - Bamboozle Festival
05.31.10 - George, Washington - Sasquatch Festival

• MGMT: http://www.whoismgmt.com
• Columbia: http://www.columbiarecords.com

Brooding Brethren Unite: The Antlers Tour with The National

There’s going to be a whole lot of pensive stares and five-day-old stubble when The Antlers team up with The National for a week’s worth of tourdates this summer. Before that, The Antlers are embarking on their own US headlining tour with Phantogram opening. You give, and then you take. Beautiful.

Antlers around the US:

04.16.10 - Columbus, OH - The Basement &
04.17.10 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club &
04.18.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon &
04.20.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre &
04.21.10 - Iowa City, IA - The Blue Moose &
04.22.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall &
04.23.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig &
04.28.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah &
04.30.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour &
05.01.10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent &
05.03.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge &
05.04.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret &
05.05.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s &
06.02.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues %
06.03.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues %
06.04.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory %
06.05.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory %
06.06.10 - Washington, DC - Constitution Hall %
06.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall %
06.09.10 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall %
06.16.10 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall %

& Phantogram
% The National

• The Antlers: http://www.myspace.com/theantlers
• The National: http://www.americanmary.com
• Phantogram: http://www.myspace.com/phantogram

[Photo: Ben Ritter]

Dinosaur Jr. Announces Australian Tour, Super Duper Secret Free Show Next Tuesday in LA

When we last reported on Dinosaur Jr., they had announced shows with TMT favorite Kurt Vile. Sorry, we don’t have any additional Dino/Vile shows for you, but Dinosaur Jr. did just announce an Australian tour for March, which has them playing shows surrounding festivals like Golden Plains and Lost Weekend, and finally ending up at the Mosaic Music Festival in Singapore.

Now, you could spend some money to trek your ass to Australia or Singapore, but the cheaper route would see you making your way to The Troubadour in L.A. next Tuesday (2/23) for a special-edition, super-sized, completely free Dinosaur Jr. show. First come, first serve. Doors at 8 PM. Fun all night, etc.

Since I’m rich, I’ll probably just travel to Singapore. Anyone want to come?

02.23.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour (free!)
03.04.10 - Melbourne, AUS - Corner Hotel
03.05.10 - Melbourne, AUS - Corner Hotel
03.06.10 - Meredith, AUS - Meredith Supernatural Auditorium (Golden Plains Festival)
03.07.10 - Brisbane, AUS - Lost Weekend Festival
03.10.10 - Byron Bay, AUS - Great Northern Hotel
03.11.10 - Sydney, AUS - Metro Theatre
03.12.10 - Perth, AUS - Rosemount Hotel
03.13.10 - Adelaide, AUS - Fowlers Live
03.14.10 - Hobart, AUS - Moorilla
03.16.10 - Singapore - Concert Hall (Mosaic Music Festival)

• Dinosaur Jr.: http://www.dinosaurjr.com

[Photo: Gitte Johannessen]

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