Lorely Rodríguez, a.k.a. Empress Of, has announced her debut LP, Me. The L.A.-born Honduran-American has been leaving a mark in the Latin electronic pop scene since 2012, having released two EPs before her upcoming long-format debut, out September 11 on Terrible Records. But do not let the album’s title fool you. This is not a despotic ruler’s proclamation in league with Louis XIV’s “L’État c’est Moi!.” Rodríguez decided to baptize her LP thusly since it’s almost a musical diary of her 2014 trips to Valle de Bravo and Montreal; two experiences that clearly inspired her songwriting process.
Have a taste of that in the postcard-heavy video for “Kitty Kat,” the second song from Me that Rodríguez has shared so far, which you can stream here:
Rodríguez will be taking her dreamy-but-vigorous synth pop around the world this fall. Eschewing the ethereal trappings of her previous work for a more visceral style on Me, Rodríguez came up with a sufficiently beat-centric sound to work on the dancefloor while keeping just enough roughness to claim experimental credentials, making this a particularly good time to catch Empress Of live. Check her full tour slate here:
08.13.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
08.21.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo ^
09.06.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Bamboo Bar
09.13.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.16.15 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
09.17.15 - Montreal, QC - Piccolo Rialto
09.18.15 - Toronto, ON - The Drake
09.20.15 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
09.22.15 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
09.25.15 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
09.27.15 - Portland, OR - Holocene
09.29.15 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
10.01.15 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
10.02.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
10.03.15 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
10.05.15 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
10.06.15 - Houston, TX - Rudyards British Pub
10.09.15 - Miami, FL - lll Points Festival
10.10.15 - St. Petersburg, FL - The Bends
10.11.15 - Atlanta, GA - Eyedrum
10.12.15 - Carboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Backroom
10.14.15 - Washington, DC - DC9
10.28.15 - Cambridge, UK - Cambridge Junction#
10.29.15 - London, UK - Roundhouse#
11.01.15 - Antwerp - Trix Club#
11.02.15 - Luxembourg - Den Atelier#
11.04.15 - Cologne, DE - Kulturkirche Köln#
11.05.15 - Prague - Roxy#
11.06.15 - Warsaw - Proxima#
11.08.15 - Stockholm - Debaser Medis#
11.09.15 - Oslo - Rockefeller#
11.10.15 - Copenhagen - Amager Bio#
11.11.15 - Berlin - Berghain#
# Opening for Purity Ring
^ With Lower Dens
Since the release of Cult of Youth’s Final Days last fall, the once-solo project of East Coast DIY punk/industrial/experimental vet Sean Ragon has blossomed into a glorious five piece featuring bassist Jasper McGandy, Christian Kount (electric guitar), Cory Flannigan (drums), and cellist Paige Flash. Fun fact: both McGandy and Kount were members of old-school Sacred Bones band The Hunt.
This fall, they’re headed to Europe, where they’ll be hanging out throughout October. To get a glimpse of what may be in store for the Old World, you can check out a pair of videos from Cult of Youth’s recent KEXP sessions. Behold, good people: Empty Faction and “Roses” (below), both live on KEXP. Tour dates beneath the video.
10.06.15 - Paris, FR - La Machine du Moulin Rouge
10.07.15 - Nantes, FR - Pôle Étudiant
10.08.15 - Bayonne, FR - Le Magneto
10.09 .15 - Madrid, ES - Wurlitzer Ballroom
10.10.15 - Lisbon, PT - Sabotage
10.11.15 - Porto, PT - Cave 45
10.12.15 - Oviedo, ES - Late de Zinc
10.13.15 - Bermeo, ES - Beleza Malandra Ateneo Kulturala
10.14.15 - Barcelona, ES - Rocksound
10.16.15 - Marseille, FR - Poste à Galène
10.17.15 - Athens, GR - Death Disco
10.18.15 - Bologna, IT - Freakout Club
10.19.15 - Zagreb, HR - Klub Attack
10.20.15 - Innsbruck, AT - PMK
10.21.15 - Basel, CH - Hirscheneck
10.22.15 - Brussels, BE - Le Brass
10.23.15 - Amsterdam, NL - Sugar Factory
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com
Walking through an alley near 6th and Main downtown, I came across a homeless man. The H.O.B.O. Man asked if I wanted to come inside his tent to listen to the original soundtrack to the movie Kids, and I politely declined. Then I smelled toast. Because I was having a stroke. Luckily, H.O.B.O. Man was able to perform CPR on me, so I we listened to the Kids soundtrack.
After a long discussion about Sebadoh and Folk Implosion, we talked about all of our favorite Lou Barlow songs. H.O.B.O. Man went on to drop knowledge about Barlow’s upcoming solo album, Brace the Wave, coming out September 4 on Joyful Noise Recordings. He even pulled out his iPhone 7 (those don’t even exist yet!!), to play the album trailer and said “Pre-orders are available with 500 hand-numbered VIP copies on pink and seafoam marbled-vinyl. 100 of the 500 copies will include an original Lou Barlow ‘selfie’ Polaroid.” H.O.B.O. Man then pulled a Polaroid from his sock to reveal… a photo of his dick! I asked H.O.B.O. Man if he knew Lou Barlow personally, and he said, “Yes! Thanks for looking at my dick, and go see Lou play live this September, ya dipshit.”
Brace the Wave tracklist:
08. C & E
09.08.15 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
09.09.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
09.10.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
09.11.15 - Washington, DC - DC9
09.22.15 -San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
09.23.15 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing Co.
09.24.15 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.25.15 - Pioneertown, CA - Desert Stars
09.26.15 - Costa Mesa, CA - Wayfarer
This just in, internet! It seems from the headlines currently swirling around on Ask Jeeves, The Internet’s very own Sufjan Stevens — who recently gave The Internet a brand new album called Carrie & Lowell 100% and completely for free as a paid-download, expensive vinyl, and shiny, useless, money-costing compact disc — is going to step outside The Internet for a little bit to embark on an epic and ambitious and amazing and fabulously R-E-A-L REAL tour of the Europes, the United Stateses, and maybe some other brick and mortar places.
“Whoa, there,” I can hear you saying. “Didn’t he, like, just finish doing that, or some junk?” Well, first of all, you sound kind of stupid and under-confident when you talk, so you should do something to fix that ASAP, okay? Second of all, yeah he did! But according to Ask Jeeves, it didn’t quite “work” the first time? (It was due to something or other about the “space-time-continuum losing its LTE connection” and a “hole in the fabric of the universe erasing Marty McFly from existence” and “Neil DeGrasse Tyson claiming that Pluto is no longer a planet” or something. I don’t know which one, exactly. Turns out Ask Jeeves is not the best search engine.) Either way, though, away he goes. So go see him! OR ELSE.
Hahahaha. Just kidding. Or else nothing! :)
Sufjan Stevens tour:
08.14-17.15 - Lyons, CO - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
08.28-29.15 - Dublin, Ireland - Helix *
08.30.15 - Edinburgh, England - Edinburgh International Festival
08.31.15 - Manchester, England - O2 Apollo Manchester *
09.02-03.15 - London, England - Royal Festival Hall *
09.04.15 - Brighton, England - The Dome *
09.05.15 - Salisbury, United Kingdom - End Of The Road Festival
09.06.15 - Bristol, England - Colston Hall *
09.08-09.15 - Paris, France - Le Grand Rex *
09.10.15 - Brussels, Belgium - Bozar ^
09.12.15 - Oslo, Norway - Oslo Spektrum ^
09.13.15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Gota Lejon ^
09.14.15 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Falconer ^
09.15.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Mehr Theater ^
09.16-17.15 - Berlin, Germany - Admiral Palace ^ / #
09.19.15 - Essen, Germany - Colosseum Theater #
09.20.15 - Geneva, Switzerland - Théâtre du Léman #
09.21.15 - Assago, Italy - Teatro della Luna #
09.23-24.15 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Royal Theatre Carre #/$
09.25.15 - Reims, France - Comidie Theatre $
09.26.15 - Luxembourg City, France - Grand Theatre $
09.27.15 - Lyon, France - Le Radiant $
09.29.15 - Barcelona, Spain - El Forum $
09.30.15 - Madrid, Spain - Teatro Circo Price $
10.24.15 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
10.25.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
10.26.15 - Albuquerque, NM - Popejoy Hall
10.28.15 - Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theatre
10.30.15 - Buffalo, NY - SUNY Buffalo
10.31.15 - Jersey City, NJ - Loews Jersey Theatre
11.01.15 - Baltimore, MD - Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
11.03.15-16.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall
11.04.015 Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
11.05.15 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
11.06.15 - Orlando, FL - Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center
11.07.15 - Miami, FL - Olympia Theatre at Gusman
11.09.15 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Coliseum
11.10.15 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theatre
11.11.15 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
11.12.15 - Louisville, KY - The Kentucky Center
11.13.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Aronoff Center
* Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
^ Mina Tindle
# Basia Bulat
From Everett “Vic” Firth’s Facebook page:
To our dear friends around the world:
We are heartbroken to share the news with you that Vic has passed away.
Vic was an inspiration to all of us. He was a visionary, a mentor, a leader and a friend. He always said he surrounded himself with the best people, but the truth is he brought out the best in all of us. His boundless passion for music and musicians drove every decision he made.
Vic’s spirit and legacy will continue to live at the core of the Vic Firth Company. He will be missed beyond words.
• Vic Firth: http://www.vicfirth.com
Scratcha DVA just announced a serious collaborative 10-inch on Hyperdub. In addition to the Addison Groove-featuring title track, the EP includes a cut with fellow bass-alchemist Mickey Pearce and another with London vocalist Clara La San. Scratcha rounds it out with a solo cut called “Perxoflyf,” which was featured on Ikonika’s FACT mix from last year along with the Mickey Pearce track. The record is available on July 29 in an edition of 150, solely through Hyperdub’s online store — there will be “no repress” — and it looks like you can pre-order, so get on that. There’ll be a digital version out August 28 for the lesser among us.
Meanwhile, the title track has gotten full audio-visual assault treatment on Hyperdub’s YouTube channel. Listen and watch “FULL SCREEN AT HIGH VOLUME” below.
A1. DVA x Addison Groove - Allyallrecords
A2. DVA x Clara La San - Pink 22
B1. DVA x Mickey Pearce - Spoonbender
B2. DVA - Perxoflyf
L.A.-based rockers Gun Outfit have announced their upcoming fourth full-length Dream All Over, out October 16 via Paradise of Bachelors. Inspired by the best (or, depending on how you look at it and what kind of jerk you are, the worst) of Los Angeles — Kenneth Anger, Father Yod, David Lynch (OK, thumbs up), Charlie Manson (OK, universal thumbs down) — the group features singers Carrie Keith (guitar/vocals/slide) and Dylan Sharp (guitar, vocals, banjo, balalaika), rounded out by drummer Daniel Swire and bassist Adam Payne (Residual Echoes).
If you’re a fan of Amps for Christ, Man Is the Bastard, and homemade electric sitars — and who isn’t, am I right? — you’ll be thrilled to learn that Henry Barnes makes an appearance on the album. Facundo Bermudez (Ty Segall, No Age, King Tuff) co-produced and engineered the LP. You can check out the single “Gotta Wanna” below, and if you live in L.A., look forward to a couple live performances in August.
01. Gotta Wanna
02. Legends of My Own
03. Matters to a Head
06. Came to Be
07. Scorpios Vegas
08. Pass On Through
09. In Orbit
10. Blue Hour
11. Worldly Way
12. Only Ever Over
08.15.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory (Berserktown II)
08.28.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo*
PRINCE! That’s right, Prince! After making his presence felt during the Baltimore riots with his Rally 4 Peace concert and dropping two albums simultaneously last year, the ageless purple one will be releasing another full-length, as BBC has reported. Hit & Run (referencing Prince’s many pop-up concerts of late), like last year’s Plectrumelectrum, will feature Prince’s current backing band 3RDEYEGIRL, consisting of Donna Grantis, Ida Nielsen, and Hannah Ford Welton. Welton’s husband, Joshua, has a co-writing credit with Prince. No word on the exact release date yet, but according to the band, it will be “hopefully soon,” definitely this year. Your Mom, Warner Brothers, is releasing it.
In terms of the album’s content, a couple tracks have been detailed. “Hardrocklover,” which Prince recently posted to SoundCloud, turns out to be the album’s first single. “1,000 Hugs and Kisses,” an unreleased song written in the early 90s, will also find release, as will a new, “really industrial sounding” version of “This Could Be Us” from Art Official Age.
So yes, Prince!
THIS DJ IS HAPPENIN’! Kane West storms back from out the house gutter with a follow-up to last year’s PC Music release Western Beats. Titled Expenses Paid, the four-track EP will be released on Tiga’s Turbo Recordings label, which actually makes perfect sense, since Kane West (a.k.a. Gus Lobban of indie-pop act Kero Kero Bonito) made his first solo appearance after winning a Tiga remix contest with this MIDI banger. It’s no wonder he was named “best DJ” by National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, Guitar World, and Family Circle!
We asked some of our favorite writers for their opinions too on Kane West’s music. I didn’t have time to actually read them, but I assume they all say nice things:
“I’m really offended by whatever this is!” - Kurt Woxland, OFFLINE
“Wait, Kane West or Kanye West?” - Brittany Schulenberg, Splice Magazine
“Glamour-heavy vocals float on a synth and krautrock-ready breeze, sounding not unlike Broadcast shot into the stratosphere.” – MTV Iggy
“Fuck you!I think your’e dumb!!1!” - Bentley Taylor, People
Expenses Paid is out August 14 on Turbo Recordings. Tracklist below.
Update: Here is the first track from the EP, which you’ll maybe recognize.
02. Expenses Paid
03. Don’t Stop
04. Recycle Bin
Wanna see Kendrick Lamar, Rustie, Young Thug, Evian Christ, and Charli XCX at Leeds Festival 2015? Of course you do! But first you’ll need tickets, and second you’ll need boots (duh). If you don’t own either, then boy do we have the contest for you. Enter your name, email, and mobile number in this form, and you’ll have a chance to win two tickets to Leeds Festival 2015 and a pair of Hunter wellington boots each (+ bag and care kit), courtesy of Hunter and Mainline Menswear.
And since you’re presumably an aspiring TMT writer, you can also up your chances of winning by telling Mainline Menswear your favorite fest story. That shouldn’t be a problem for you, you crazy festival-goer.
Find the competition page here, and hopefully you and your bestie will find yourselves at Leeds Festival 2015, sporting some brand new kicks.