Veronica Falls ‘Buried Alive’ + new London Show

On their sophomore effort “Waiting For Something to Happen”, London foursome Veronica Falls take a major step towards the big leagues, producing a gorgeously poignant and deliciously infectious album which tackles the difficult transition period from the teenage years to adulthood in all its befuddled glory.

Buried Alive” is one of the sparkling pop highlights of the album, one which retains the band’s macabre sense of sly wit (as shown by previous singles such as “Found Love in A Graveyard” and “Beachy Head”) while at the same time marrying it to the band’s effortless way with an infectious hook. It is yet another addition to the band’s indispensable pop cannon, and yet another reason why Veronica Falls are undoubtedly in a league of their own.

In addition, the band have just announced another headline London show, after their upcoming sold out gig at Shoreditch Church in February. They’ll now be playing the Islington Assembly Hall in April, closing out their tour with another unmissable London date.

UPCOMING LIVE DATES:

February

6 – Rough Trade East Instore, London

8 – Shoreditch Church, London (sold out) (w/ La La Vasquez)

14 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich (w/ La La Vasquez)

15 – Brudenell, Leeds

25 – Harley, Sheffield (w/ Fear Of Men)

26 – CCA, Glasgow (w/ Fear Of Men)

27 – Cluny, Newcastle (w/ Fear Of Men)

April

16 – The Fleece, Bristol

17 – Kazimer, Liverpool

18 – Whelans, Dublin

19 – Voodoo, Belfast

20 – Deaf Institute, Manchester

23 – Islington Assembly Hall, London

John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts (No Ceremony /// Remix)

With his London album launch show at Heaven having long since sold-out, JOHN GRANT has just announced news of a second London headline date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in May. Upcoming live info below:

Wednesday 13 March – LONDON – Heaven **(SOLD-OUT!)**

Wednesday 15 May – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£20)

Tickets for Shepherd’s Bush Empire go on-sale on Friday morning. A full UK tour is currently being scheduled and will be announced soon.

No Ceremony have delivered an awesome remix of ‘Pale Green Ghosts’, the album’s title track and new single. The remix is currently being premiered on the Guardian’s website:

LISTEN AT THE GUARDIAN // PALE GREEN GHOSTS (NO CEREMONY REMIX)

Xiu Xiu tour with SWANS

Jamie is off on a solo tour with SWANS, dates below… say hi!

3/14/2013    Brno     Fleda Club
3/15/2013    Krakow     Kwadrat
3/16/2013    Warsaw     Stodola
3/19/2013    Budapest    Akvarium Klub
3/21/2013    Milan  I    Magazzini Generali
3/22.2013    Roma    I    Circolo Degli Artisti
3/23/2013     Verona    I       Interzona
3/25/2013    Basel    CH     Kaserne
3/26/2013    Yverdon-le-Bain CH     L’Amalgame club
3/27/2013    Feyzin    F     L’Epicerie Moderne
3/28/2013    Dijom    F     Le Consortium
3/29/2013    Luxemborg     Central Cultrel Kulturfabrik
3/30/2013    Antwerp    B     Trix Venue
4/01/2013    Birmingham           HMV Institute
4/02/2013     Brighton        Concorde 2
4/04/2013    London       Swans fest
4/05/2013    Leeds      Stylus
4/06/2013    Bristol    The Fleece

Ryan Francesconi & Mirabai Peart // ‘Parallel Flights’ video

Last month Bella Union released Road To Palios, an exquisite cycle of instrumental duets for acoustic guitar and violin by Portland-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Francesconi and his partner Mirabai Peart, and now we are very pleased to share with you the new video for ‘Parallel Flights’.

Here’s what director Matt Kresling had to say about making the video…

“I have an old-fashioned idea about music videos—I think the videos should relate to the music. Some videos seem as if you could swap out the music and no one would be the wiser, but I didn’t want that to be the case with Ryan and Mira’s video. I wanted to make something that was a specific expression of their music. It was a bit tricky, inasmuch as their music is instrumental. So what’s it about, really? How to visually express it? Firstly, I knew they’d taken this trip to Greece together, and guessed it must have been an important trip, because hell, Ryan named the album after it: ‘Road to Palios.’ So it seemed like an obvious choice to make the video some kind of journey to idyllic Palios, probably starting from the urban hell-scape of Portland, Oregon (where he lives).

Second, I tried to draw on what I know about Ryan. We’ve been friends since we were 11-years-old, and I imagine I know stuff about him that isn’t apparent to audiences who only know him as a phenomenal multi-instrumentalist on a distant stage. For example, I know that he’s a funny guy. That doesn’t really come across when he’s shredding on a tambura, but I wanted to get his sense of humor into the video. Also, if you didn’t know, he’s freaky about cycling. So… bikes.”

Road To Palios is out now on Bella Union Records

Beach House // New Year

From Beach House -

Here is a video we made using footage from our recording session at Sonic Ranch Studios, Tornillo, Texas. It’s more of a home video thing, not a music video…….we just thought these moments and the memories they involve fit this song. SUPER SPECIAL thanks to our wonderful assistant engineer for the session Manuel Calderon (the guy with the tequila), who filmed all the time lapses and a lot of the studio footage.