XIU XIU – ‘A Knife In The Sun’ video // UK & EU shows next month

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Following positive reviews for his new record Angel Guts : Red Classroom and ahead of a mammoth European Tour, including a headline show at Birthdays, London – all dates below – Jamie Stewart’s XIU XIU have also unveiled another delightfully weird for ‘A Knife In The Sun’ which can be seen below…

The video was directed by Diego Barrera who said this about the video…

“Barrerra described the video as “two journeys, from darkness to the light of sea (from masculinity to eternal feminity), and the awns of a patriarcal society (The Religion, The Clinic and The Armed Forces), in their path to (masculinization) self-destruction. The Alchemical Androgyne (The Hermafrodite / Rebis), ever present character in my videos, embodies my search in the androgenization rites, in this case a rite performed by indigenous tribes where a man makes a cut in his crotch as a symbol to inhabit in a woman body, to live in the middle of two imposed sexes. A symbolic castration that I present as an invitation to “man” to reflect about his feminity. The other character is basically my way of using the right of rebellion through art, to criticize religión which seek to control the souls, current clinic aims to control the body (based not on health but disease) and The Armed Forces as the top of a pyramid that ends up collapsed.”

XIU XIU will embark on a pretty mammoth UK and European Tour through May…

Tuesday 20 May – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club

Thursday 22 May – LONDON – Birthdays 

And full tour dates below…


Wednesday 30th April – Krems, AU – Donau Festival – Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material


Thursday 1st May – Krems, AU – Donau Festival – Xiu Xiu show + Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material

Friday 2nd May – Krems, AU – Donau Festival – Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material

Saturday 3rd May – Krems, AU – Donau Festival – Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material

Sunday 4th May – Krems, AU – Donau Festival – Jeremy Wade/Monika Grzymala/Xiu Xiu: Dark Material

Monday 5th May – St Gallen, CH – Grabenhalle with The Residents

Wednesday 7th May – Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie

Thursday 8th May – Venezia, IT – Teatro Fondamenta Nuove

Friday 9th May – Udine, IT – Pn Box

Saturday 10th May – Torino, IT – El Barrio

Sunday 11th May – Brescia, IT – A Palazzo Gallery

Monday 12th May – Lyon, FR – Grrnd Zero

Tuesday 13th May – Paris, FR – Petit Bain

Wednesday 14th May – Brest, FR – La Carene

Thursday 15th May – Lille, FR – La Malterie

Friday 16th May – Utrecht, NL, Ekko

Saturday 17th May – Gent, BE, Democrazy @ DOK-Box with White Hinterland

Sunday 18th May – Rotterdam, NL, WORM

Tuesday 20th May – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club Games Room

Thursday 22nd May– London, UK – Xiu Xiu & ATP present “The Reds Of Their Eyes” @ Birthdays with Blood Music

Friday 23rd May – Groningen, NL – Lepel Festival

Saturday 24th May – Copenhagen, DK – Jazzhouse with Circuit Des Yeux

Sunday 25th May – Berlin, DE – Volksbühne with Owen Pallett

Tuesday 27th May – Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel

Friday 30th May – Moscow, RU – PIPL with Psychic TV


Satursday 1st June – St Petersburg – RU – Zal Ojidaniya with Psychic TV

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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BALLET SCHOOL announce May live shows

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Currently putting the finishing touches to their long-awaited debut album, due for release late summer, and following a show-stopping stint at sxsw, BALLET SCHOOL have just announced a week of UK live shows in early May. The band will perform at a number of regional events such as Liverpool Sound City and Glasgow Stag & Dagger before heading to London for headline shows at the Social and Birthdays then moving on to Brighton for apperances at The Great Escape.

Dates/info below.

Friday 2 May – LEEDS – Belgrave Music Hall (Live at Leeds launch party)
Saturday 3 May – LIVERPOOL – Zanzibar (Sound City Festival)
Sunday 4 May – GLASGOW – Glasgow School of Art (Stag & Dagger Festival)
Tuesday 6 May – LONDON – The Social
Wednesday 7 May – LONDON – Birthdays (free entry)
Thursday 8 May – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store (The Great Escape Festival)
Thursday 8 May – BRIGHTON – Coalition (The Great Escape Festival)
Friday 9 May – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store (The Great Escape Festival)

John Grant announces November orchestral tour

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Just over a year since the release of his critically-lauded second album Pale Green Ghosts, and with numerous Best Album of 2013 accolades and a Brit Award nomination to his name, JOHN GRANT has announced news of one of his most exciting ventures yet.

This November will see the former Czars frontman embark upon a seven-date tour accompanied by the Royal Northern Sinfonia in which John’s celebrated catalogue will be reworked and reimagined with a sumptuous orchestral setting, alongside the world premiere of some especially written new songs. John Grant’s creativity, unique songwriting and wonderful vocals combined with thirty four musicians promises a one-off musical experience. The tour will be orchestrated by Fiona Brice who has provided arrangements for the the likes of Roy Harper, Vashti Bunyan, Anna Calvi, Midlake, Placebo, as well as John himself.

As the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia has built a reputation as both fresh-thinking and versatile and has in recent years collaborated with artists as diverse as Pet Shop Boys, Joanna Newsom, Efterklang and Spiritualized. The tour will visit some of the UK’s most prestigious venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Usher Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Sage Gateshead, and is produced and presented by Music Beyond Mainstream (MBM), the UK’s national network of large scale music venues working together to bring audiences something a little bit special.

Dates/info below:

Saturday 22 November – LIVERPOOL – Philharmonic Hall www.liverpoolphil.com
Sunday 23 November – MANCHESTER – Bridgewater Hall www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk
Monday 24 November – BIRMINGHAM – Town Hall www.thsh.co.uk
Tuesday 25 November – BRISTOL – Colston Hall www.colstonhall.org
Friday 28 November – GATESHEAD – The Sage Gateshead www.sagegateshead.com
Saturday 29 November – EDINBURGH – Usher Hall www.usherhall.co.uk
Sunday 30 November – LONDON – Royal Festival Hall www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Horse Thief announce UK shows for May + stream new song ‘Little Dust’

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

With their debut album Fear In Bliss due for release a week on Monday (14th April) and excellent reviews running in the likes of Q, MOJO and Uncut, HORSE THIEF have just announced news of four UK live shows in late May. The Oklahoma-based quintet will kick off with a London show at Oslo accompanied by their labelmates Mt. Royal and The Trouble With Templeton before taking to the road for the Dot To Dot festival which will see them visit Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham. Those dates below…

Thursday 22 May – LONDON – Oslo (Bella Union night with Mt. Royal & The Trouble With Templeton)
Friday 23 MAY – MANCHESTER – Dot to Dot Festival
Saturday 24 May – BRISTOL – Dot to Dot Festival
Sunday 25 May – NOTTINGHAM – Dot to Dot Festival

Horse Thief have just premiered the track “Little Dust” on Stereogum which can he heard below, and have just been the subject of a Guardian new band of the day.

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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Monday, March 31st, 2014

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The Trouble With Templeton // Live UK Dates

Friday, March 28th, 2014

New Bella Union signings THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON have announced a number of UK shows throughout May. The band will first of all appear at The Great Escape festival in Brighton before heading off to Europe for a headline tour. Returning later in the month the Australian quintet will play London a headline show at the Islington and with Mt. Royal and Horse Thief at the Oslo followed by appearances at the Dot To Dot festival which will see them visit Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham.

Upcoming UK live info below:

Thursday 8 May – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store (Communion Showcase @ The Great Escape)
Wednesday 21 May – LONDON – The Islington (Headline show)
Thursday 22 May – LONDON – Oslo (Bella Union night with Horse Thief and Mt. Royal)
Friday 23 MAY – MANCHESTER – Dot to Dot Festival
Saturday 24 May – BRISTOL – Dot to Dot Festival
Sunday 25 May – NOTTINGHAM – Dot to Dot Festival