JUST ANNOUNCED: Russian Circles EU 2016 Tour 

Russian Circles has just announced their upcoming Fall 2016 European Tour that is starting immediately after their US Tour (see ALL dates HERE). Helen Money will be joining them starting in Lithuania for the rest of the tour.

for all show and ticket details, click HERE

Russian Circles EU 2016 all dates with Helen Money supporting starting on Oct 25

Oct 21 Wroclaw, PL @ Firlej*
Oct 22 Gdansk, PL @ B90*
Oct 23 Warsaw, PL @ Hydrozagadka*
Oct 25 Vilnius, LT @ Peleda
Oct 26 Durbe, LV @ Community Hall
Oct 27 Tallin, EE @ Rockstars
Oct 28 Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia
Oct 30 Stockholm, SE @ En Arena
Oct 31 Oslo, NO @ Vulkan Arena
Nov 2 Bergen, NO @ Landmark
Nov 3 Stavanger, NO @ Folken
Nov 5 Athens, GR @ Smoke the Fuzz Fest at Iera Odos
Nov 6 Berlin, DE @ Kesselhaus
Nov 7 Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island
Nov 9 Brno, CZ @ Kabinet Muz
Nov 10 Budapest, HUN @ Durer Kert
Nov 11 Cluj Napoca, RO @ The Shelter
Nov 12 Bucharest, RO @ Control Club
Nov 13 Sofia, BG @ Club Mixtape 5
Nov 14 Skopje, MC @ MKC
Nov 15 Belgrade, SR @ Elektropionir
Nov 17 Zagreb, HR @ Vintage Industrial Bar
Nov 18 Ljubljana, SL @ Orto Klub
Nov 19 Vienna, AT @ Arena
Nov 20 Prague, CZ @ Lucerna Music Bar

*Helen Money not playing

TIDAL Rising // Empty Houses 

Name: Empty Houses
Based In: Detroit, MI
Sounds Like: Fitz & The Tantrums go to Motown

Staggering between modern and classic, Empty Houses is the latest and greatest retro-soul band to emerge from the storied music hub of Motor City. Following the dissolution of Detroit pop-punk act Fireworks, members Adam Mercer and David Mackinder joined forces with singer Ali Shea to solidify the ultimate rock-pop trio. With an array of instrumental abilities and a colorful vocal range, the band brings forth an infectious and charming feel-good vibe anyone can dig. Having released their increasingly-acclaimed debut full-length, Daydream, earlier this summer and we expect they’re headed for big things in the coming year.

(via Tidal)

Chelsea Wolfe // CBC Strombo Session Video 

Chelsea Wolfe recently performed a live session for CBC’s The Strombo Show, and that video is up now. Watch it above for three specially selected songs and Q&As about her album Abyss.

Chelsea Wolfe and her band travel to Europe soon for festival appearances before returning to Los Angeles for FYF Fest and a special performance with The Echo Society. A list of those shows can be found below, tickets and info available HERE.


Aug 10 - Jaromer, CZ @ Brutal Assault Festival
Aug 11 - Goteborg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
Aug 13 - Le Locle, CH @ Rock Altitude Festival
Aug 14 - Castellina Marittima, IT @ MusicaW Festival
Aug 16 - Vienna, AU @ Arena w/King Dude

Aug 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Festival
Aug 31 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo Society: V at Ace Hotel

Invisible Oranges interviews Boris 


Japan’s Boris has been around for decades but it is their album Pink, now 10 years old, that is considered their most seminal work. One of the first bands to combine sludge, shoegaze and ambient tones in a crunchy yet accessible way (why yes, even before Deafheaven came onto the scene), Pink helped usher in a new kind of crossover appreciation in metal fans for minimalistic yet heavy sound. It is no coincidence that 2006 was also the first time Boris toured in North America with Sunn O))).

For the records’ 10th anniversary Boris has released a deluxe edition that includes nine unreleased bonus tracks and the band plans to play the complete album in full this summer when on tour with fellow drone OG’s Earth.

I chatted with bassist/guitarist/lead vocalist Takeshi via email (and Japanese to English translator) about their history, the origination of Pink and this summer’s dates (listed below).

Nine unreleased songs is a pretty significant number! Did all of the bonus tracks come from the same writing/recording session?

Yeah, they are all songs recorded during the same sessions and around the same time frame as the songs on the original release. But at the same time, there is some additional editing and arranging that took place to work it out for the release.

Why have you titled them ‘Forbidden Songs’?

Since 2003 we began touring incessantly, and as we matured and were able to accomplish things faster and also got to see the world, our own awareness steadily changed. Among all of this we released Pink. Amidst the constant touring, at that point it became clear to us exactly what we should be doing.

For the original Pink only songs that had that reality–songs that only we could produce, were chosen. “Forbidden Songs” consists of a lot of material that seemed like it was influenced from “something” or that the influence was too obvious, perhaps. So, because we deemed those songs as not “sounds that only we could produce”, at the time we kind of “sealed” them up. I guess that is the meaning behind it.

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Noisey Next // Empty Houses 

Ali Shea looks at her publicist, who she met for the first time not five minutes ago, and shrugs as she poses for a photo with her band, Empty Houses. “What am I supposed to do with my arm?”

Shea is new to doing photoshoots and interviews. Hell, she’s new to being a musician. The band has only played two shows, and is scheduled to play their third in a couple of hours just a few blocks away in a Brooklyn warehouse. Their debut album is about to be released and she and her two bandmates are excited about the buzz around it. But it’s not the press that’s got them optimistic. It’s a few new fans they’ve picked up.

“My grandma is very excited for ‘the disc,’” Shea tells me.

“Yeah, my parents like this stuff,” adds Adam Mercer, who plays keyboards. “And my grandparents, which is new for me.”

For a decade, Mercer and guitarist David Mackinder played in the pop punk band Fireworks together, and, although they amassed a fairly substantial following in their scene among the types of kids who dig New Found Glory, their music got no love from their respective families.

“My mom hated Fireworks. For ten years, she hated Fireworks,” laughs Mackinder. “Now, she listens to Empty Houses and says, ‘Finally, something with a good beat!’”

Empty Houses’ music has a familiar pop sound to it, like every feel-good hit song since the 1960 smashed into one. No longer reliant on distortion pedals and moshy sing-a-long choruses, Mackinder and Mercer have a new arsenal of instruments—pianos, horns, bells—giving them a more expansive sound. And it’s all tied together by Shea’s classic, powerful voice. It’s a formula that, beyond winning the love of grandparents, seems destined for late night show performances and festival success. But above all, it’s a combination that just makes you feel good. Whatever magic it is that makes a band special, that makes you say, “yup, that’s it,” they’ve got it.

“Ali’s sound offers a wide variety of arrangement ideas, but we never wanted to do anything that took away from her voice,” says Mackinder. “There are a lot of fun tricks in retro music—clever horn lines, or walking bass, or claps—but the emotion you capture vocally is what makes a song pop. It’s what makes you really feel it.”

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Music Radar interviews Dylan Carlson of Earth 

Aside from his work with Washington drone pioneers Earth, Dylan Carlson has a considerable solo canon, too, from soundtracks to sonic explorations outside of the ambient metal framework that he created.

The latest of Carlson’s releases, Falling with a Thousand Stars and Other Wonders From The House of Albion, interprets Scotch-English folk ballads about human/supernatural interaction in the guitarist’s own inimitable style.

Although Carlson’s guitar is the lone instrument throughout, Falling with a Thousand Stars… is as menacing and hypnotic as any of his past full-band work, thanks to the nuanced, driven delivery of the trad-folk melodic themes, not to mention the sonic innovator’s trademark haunting sustain.

With that in mind, we quizzed Dylan on his first guitar, desert island gear and live disasters - and this is what he had to say…

1. What was your first guitar and when did you get it?

“A 1968 Gretsch Streamliner with Super'tron pickups. It was $300 - before the ‘vintage’ madness - from West Seattle Guitars, which is no longer with us. I got it in 1985 or '86.”

2. The building’s burning down – what one guitar do you save?

“It would have to be my Les Paul 'Gary Moore’ model.”

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Boris “Pink (Deluxe Edition)” is out now 

Boris Pink (Deluxe Edition) is out today. The deluxe version comes with custom packaging in both 3xLP and 2xCD formats, as well as “Forbidden Songs”, a full album’s worth of previously unreleased material. Physical copies are available in stores and online (US $ store - ships worldwide, UK £ store - ships EU). The album is also available digitally on iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp.

Boris will be touring North America and playing Pink in its entirety. Earth will join them for all US dates. A full list of dates is below - tickets and info available HERE.

07/22 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
07/23 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
07/25 Dallas, TX @ Trees
07/26 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
07/28 Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum
07/29 Orlando, FL @ The Social
07/30 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
07/31 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
08/01 Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records
08/03 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
08/04 Washington, DC @ 930 Club
08/05 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
08/06 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
08/07 Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space
08/09 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
08/10 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz P.D.B. (no Earth)
08/11 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace (no Earth)
08/12 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
08/13 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
08/14 Chicago, IL @ Metro
08/16 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
08/17 Minneapolis, MN @ Fineline Music Cafe
08/18 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
08/19 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
08/20 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
08/22 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
08/23 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
08/25 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
08/26 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
08/27 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel - Psycho Las Vegas (Boris only)

TTNG’s “Disappointment Island” is out now 


TTNG’s third album, Disappointment Island, is out today. You can find it in LP & CD (US $ - ships worldwide, UK £ - ships to UK/EU) or digital formats (iTunes, Spotify).

TTNG will be touring the US in just a few weeks, kicking off in San Francisco on July 21st. After playing their last show on the US run, the band flies back to the UK for ArcTanGent Festival and a show with toe, Steve Strong, and Yonen in Dublin. All tour dates can be found below - tickets are available HERE.

TTNG Disappointment Island Tour 2016

Jul-21 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Jul-22 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Jul-23 San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
Jul-24 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live #
Jul-26 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Jul-27 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Jul-28 El Paso, TX @ 5points Patio #
Jul-29 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada #
Jul-30 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder #
Jul-31 Houston, TX @ The Raven Tower #
Aug-02 Nashville, TN @ High Watt *
Aug-03 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Purgatory) *
Aug-04 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 *
Aug-05 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
Aug-06 New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall *!
Aug-07 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry *
Aug-09 Boston, MA @ Great Scott * !
Aug-10 Hamden, CT @ The Space !
Aug-11 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose #
Aug-12 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme #
Aug-13 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean #

Aug-18 Bristol, UK @ ArcTanGent Festival
Aug-20 Dublin, IE @ Button Factory w/toe, Steve Strong, Yonen

# MYLETS supporting
* LITE supporting
! GIRAFFES? GIRAFFES! supporting

See what people are saying about the album below - 

“TTNG take their care and sorrow into intelligent orchestrations that embrace complex patterns and don’t take them too far. They let them ride out into this realm of calm and deliberate palettes, making Disappointment Island more fun to be around.” - New Noise Magazine, 4/5

“TTNG has always been one of the few math-rock bands to have an innate sense of melody—something that’s improved after playing with the likes of American Football and rubbed off on tourmates like Tera Melos—and jams like “Coconut Crab” suggest that maybe there’s a benefit to knowing all that music theory.” - A.V. Club

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