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TTNG announces US Tour 

TTNG have just announced a full US tour in support of their upcoming album, Disappointment Island. LITE will be playing direct support on select dates. Then TTNG returns to the UK to play ArcTanGent Festival.

Disappointment Island will be released July 8th. Vinyl and CD pre-orders are available now at their US $ store (ships worldwide) and UK £ store (ships to EU) along with t-shirt bundles.

See a full list of shows below. Tickets and info available HERE.

TTNG LIVE 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 - White Oak Music Hall            
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

* LITE supporting

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

Westword // Chelsea Wolfe & “Hypnos” 

On April 1, Chelsea Wolfe released a seven-inch single for “Hypnos,“ a song that invokes the name of the Greek personification of sleep. It was written as a kind of ode, a love song, that Wolfe says is set in a dark dream. This is the way that Wolfe comes to terms with her own struggles with sleep issues and dreams, sometimes manifested as sleep paralysis. In writing new material, Wolfe revisited older methods of creating her music, which has been described as "drone-metal-art-folk.”

“I started out in music years ago just recording my voice and guitar and life samples on my eight-track, and deep down, I still love the sound of those recordings the best,” Wolfe says. “I think they’re just very intimate in how crude they are, and there’s a lot of one-take stuff there, too. The ‘Hypnos’ demo was a sort of return to that style. I sent it to my friend Steven [Ellison, Flying Lotus], and he was like, 'Just release this version!’ I didn’t really want to redo it, either, but for this album, I made an effort to try and record things hi-fi while still keeping an intimate feeling. I was living in a shitty hotel off the highway for a month in Dallas and spent my days at John Congleton’s studio working on the recordings. The energy of the whole situation lent itself to raw emotions, feeling kind of broken down and giving everything I had to the songs.”

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Tera Melos’ Nick Reinhart featured on Guitar Player Magazine 

If you are wondering whence the next generation of Adrian Belews and Nels Clines will come, wonder no more. As is the case with Belew and Cline, effects are not an adjunct to Nick Reinhart’s playing but an integral part of it. Watching Reinhart dance on his pedals during a Tera Melos performance, you might be reminded of a classic hoofer tapping out complicated rhythms. But be careful, lest the choreography cause you to miss the high level of technical facility that lets him finger complex chords, whip through rapid atonal lines, and tap out figures and riffs on the fretboard—all while handling the lead singing chores.

“I’m really into combining cool sounds and complex ideas with melodic parts,” Reinhart says. “There can be crazy stuff happening with the guitar that perhaps only musically trained people might understand, but then I sneak in a melody that anybody would be able to follow.”

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Pitchfork Reviews Russian Circles’ New Track, ‘Vorel’ 

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There are bands that conjure very specific personal images for me. Even when listening to them becomes habitual—for instance, Explosions in the Sky’s The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place for each and every jog—the music never loses its power. Instead, the sounds gather energy, ingrained and enmeshed in the everyday, like breathing.

Russian CirclesMemorial, their fifth album, released in 2013, is one of those records. As its title suggests, it reflects on death, loss, and remembrance (there is a song called “Burial”). The best songs are melancholic, but also angry—as you often are when you lose a loved one. My friend Kenny died a little less than a year before Memorial was released; he was young and his wife gave birth to their first child a couple weeks after he passed. For me, Memorial became Kenny’s record, one that reminds me of our time together, a friendship that ended way too soon with me trying to hold it together while reading the eulogy at his funeral. It’s not easy listening, but I play it all the time—religion, I guess, for someone who doesn’t have it otherwise.

So it’s been interesting standing back and taking a listen to “Vorel,” a song from Russian Circle’s forthcoming Kurt Ballou-produced sixth album, Guidance. On it, guitarist Mike Sullivan, drummer Dave Turncrantz, and bassist Brian Cook move through their now familiar dynamics—gentle, pensive, clean guitars that eventually bloom into cathartic full-band metal crescendo. But they manage to keep it engaging and even enthralling. The trio’s been together for more than a decade and you can imagine them finishing each other’s sentences. On Guidance, they play with what feels like telepathy.

The cover of the collection features a photo of a man, his face unbroken, being led to an execution with stoic dignity. But there’s nothing stoic about “Vorel”: it kicks and punches and screams without words. It’s hard to know what the song means, and the album is too new to feel connected to anything outside of my headphones. That said, Guidance, in general, features a more bad-ass Russian Circles, a group that seems less elegiac, and more ready to plant their feet solidly on the ground, fighting back bloodied and bruised against each body blow.

Brandon Stosuy for Pitchfork.

Russian Circles New Track Premiere on Rolling Stone 

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Hear Russian Circles’ new song “Vorel,” off the band’s forthcoming sixth album ‘Guidance.“

Over their decade-plus career, Chicago instrumental trio Russian Circles have toured with Tool, collaborated with Chelsea Wolfe and won comparisons to Mogwai, associations that all make sense when you listen to the band’s new album, Guidance, which is due out August 5th. (The record is available for pre-order here now.) Like the music of the aforementioned artists, the album – the group’s sixth – is moody, dense and dynamic, the gripping soundtrack to an un-filmed drama. Above, you can listen to the second track from the LP, and the first to be released, "Vorel.”

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Noisey premieres new TTNG song “A Chase of Sorts”, announces upcoming album Disappointment Island 

The first time I met Henry Tremain it was 2004, the year TTNG formed. Back then, the Oxford-formed “math-rockers” were known as This Town Needs Guns and Henry wasn’t in the band—he was simply answering an ad for a spare room in the house I lived in in Norwich. He was wearing a Braid pin, so I figured he was alright and let him move in. We lived together that year, and he started playing in a local band called Saleontomorrow. I was running a local zine called Backlashat the time, and released the band’s first EP as a cover mount. After a year, I moved to London, and some 12 months later he moved into a spare room that opened up. We spent about five years there, in which time he started playing in a band called Pennines before joining This Town Needs Guns as vocalist, replacing original singer Stuart Smith. Soon after, he moved back to Norwich in order to be able to afford to be the band, and I moved to New York. Since then, the trio—completed by brothers Tim and Chris Collis (guitars and drums, respectively)—have been over to the US a number of times and it’s a sheer joy to see them play to an increasingly devoted fan base. The release of the band’s third full-length, Disappointment Island, seemed like a good excuse to catch up with my old friend and see what’s up and what’s changed for him since he joined the band—besides the band name and the lineup, obviously.

Listen to a song from the album, “A Chase of Sorts”, and read an interview with Henry Tremain HERE.

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BlackBook features Chelsea Wolfe 

photo by Nico Turner

When Chelsea Wolfe writes a record she goes deep. So deep in fact, she reaches a level of personal intimacy and darkness most of us wouldn’t dare to explore, but all know exists. That’s why we have her albums to do the diving for us and bring back the sonic depiction of her findings. On her fifth studio album, Abyss, her most evolved and personal record to date she does just that.

“I wanted to drop deep into my own mind approaching things I hasn’t faced before,” she said. “Sonically, I wanted to reflect the hazy confusion of a dream or the afterlife, the feeling of not knowing whether you’re asleep or awake, and the intensity of the surreal world we live in.”

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RUSSIAN CIRCLES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM & NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 

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Celebrated Chicago post-metal/rock trio Russian Circles are thrilled to announce their highly-anticipated sixth studio album, Guidance, due out August 5th from Sargent House.  This 7-song, 40-minute LP was recorded by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios and showcases Russian Circles at their best and most realized yet in their decade-long career.  Additionally, Russian Circles have announced an extensive North American tour in support of Guidance that spans from August through October and features Cloakroom and label mates Helms Alee on select dates. This tour follows Russian Circles’ June appearances at Levitation Fest Vancouver and Crucial Fest in Salt Lake City, and all shows can be found below with more to be announced soon.

Guidance will be released on CD, LP and digital formats on August 5th from Sargent House.  More news and song premieres coming soon.

FOR SHOW/TICKET DETAILS CLICK HERE.

RUSSIAN CIRCLES - ON TOUR

Jun 16 Vancouver, BC - Levitation Vancouver
Jun 18 Salt Lake City, UT - Crucial Fest ^
Aug 26 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *
Aug 27 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center *
Aug 29 Missoula, MT - Palace Lounge *
Aug 30 Seattle, WA - Neumos *
Aug 31 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
Sep 2 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
Sep 3 Los Angeles, CA - The Teragram Ballroom *
Sep 5 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
Sep 6 Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad *
Sep 7 Englewood, CO - The Gothic Theatre *
Sep 8 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room *
Sep 9 Chicago, IL - Metro *
Sep 25 Detroit, MI - El Club ^
Sep 26 Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace ^
Sep 28 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair ^
Sep 29 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer ^
Sep 30 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw ^
Oct 1 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel ^
Oct 2 Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall ^
Oct 4 Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5 ^
Oct 5 Birmingham, AL - Saturn ^
Oct 6 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon ^
Oct 7 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio ^
Oct 8 Austin, TX - Barracuda ^
Oct 9 Dallas, TX - RBC ^

* w/ Cloakroom
^ w/ Helms Alee

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*top photo by Nicholas Sayers

ESSENTIAL NEW MUSIC: A Dead Forest Index "In All That Drifts From Summit Down" 

A New Zealand-via-London-via-Melbourne sibling duo, A Dead Forest Index highlights both worldliness and dichotomy on its debut LP. Musically, the band hails from the subdued, “post” side of the spectrum with moody ethereality gently lapping at classical and indie elements, but muted grabs are taken from Tibetan chants, aboriginal rhythms and poetic Americana.

The sparse guitar is offset by lush vocals collapsing somewhere between whispered moans, smarty cooed phrasing and gender neutrality. Throw in some tom-drum bombast and a bit more six-string jangle, as on “Ringing Sidereal,” “In Greyness The Water” and “Myth Retraced,” and you have a majestic, almost epic, rollicking. Other tracks, however, are too ensconced in frailty and bare essentials, making “Summit Down” and “Cast Of Lines” little more than background coffee-shop noise steeped in sullen restraint.

Kevin Stewart-Panko for Magnet

Mutoid Man add shows around EU Festival appearances 

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Mutoid Man have just announced shows in Germany and London in addition to their appearances at Roskilde, Brutal Assault, Rock Altitude, Pukkelpop, ArcTanGent, and the newly announced Musica W festivals.

In the United States they will be playing a special $6.66 show in Brooklyn at St. Vitus, as well as Hopscotch Festival in September.

A list of announced shows can be found below. Tickets and info available HERE.

MUTOID MAN LIVE 2016
Jun 06 - Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus (SixPoint Brewery’s $6.66 Show)
Jul 01 - Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Aug 10-13 - Jaroměř, CZ @ Brutal Assault Festival
Aug 12 - Le Locle, CH @ Rock Altitude Festival
Aug 13 - Castellina Marittima, IT @ Musica W Festival
Aug 15 - Stuttgart, DE @ Keller Club
Aug 16 - Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
Aug 17 - Kiewit, BE @ Pukkelpop Festival
Aug 18 - Dortmund, DE @ FZW Club
Aug 19-20 - Bristol, UK @ ArcTanGent Festival
Aug 21 - London, UK @ Boston Music Rooms
Sep 08-10 - Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival

photo by Bradley Aldridge

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