Monday, 22 April 2013

Out This Week - 22nd April 2013

China Rats - Nip It In The Bud


Leeds quartet China Rats have only been going for two years but already have some tales to tell. Last year they impressed so much at a gig in Spain that the organiser of Benicassim asked them to step in for Bat For Lashes at the last minute. They've been invited back this year. Top quality garage-punk tunes like 'Nip It In The Bud' show exactly why they went down so well.



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China Rats' website

Catch them live:

Apr 19 Night & Day, Manchester, United Kingdom
Apr 26 Late Night Lingerie, Brighton, United Kingdom
May 04 Live at Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
May 18 The Great Escape, Brighton, United Kingdom
May 24 Europavox Festival, Clermont Ferrand, France
Jun 01 Crooked Ways 2013, England, United Kingdom
Jun 11 Oporto, Leeds, United Kingdom
Jul 06 Festival deBeschaving, Utrecht, Netherlands
Jul 18 Benicassim, Benicàssim, Spain Aug 04
YNot Festival, Derbyshire, United Kingdom





Junip - Your Life, Your Call


As we've said before, when Swedish musician Jose Gonzalez gets together with his band Junip the results exceed his solo work. Their new eponymous album is out this week and those three musicians working together pee from a great height over just about any other acoustic guitar-based band out there. Here's the very fine 'Your Life, Your Call'.



Download 'Your Life, Your Call' for free by heading here

Junip's website

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Catch them live:

TUE 30 APR Junip, Rájátszás, Beck Zoli, Szűcs Krisztián, A38, Budapest, Hungary
WED 01 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, Szene Wien, Vienna, Austria
THU 02 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, Plaza, Zürich, Switzerland
FRI 03 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, Karlstorbahnhof, Heidelberg, Germany
SAT 04 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, Kammerspiele Theater Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany
SUN 05 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin, Germany
MON 06 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, Übel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, Germany
TUE 07 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
WED 08 MAY Junip, Low, La Nuit Belge, Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
THU 09 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, Exit07, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
FRI 10, MAY Junip, Barbarossa, Stollwerck, Cologne, Germany
SAT 11 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, The Haunt, Brighton, UK
SUN 12 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK
MON 13 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, Village Underground, London, UK
TUE 4 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, Le Trabendo, Paris, France
WED 29 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, On an On, Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA, US
THU 30 MAY Junip, Barbarossa, On an On, Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA, US
FRI 31 MAY Junip, On an On, Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA, US





No Joy - Lunar Phobia



This lot have been getting talked about a fair bit lately, especially in shoegaze circles. Montreal's No Joy do have that kind of sound but they combine it with pop sensibilities so it's not just fans of noisy guitars that will appreciate their woozy sound. 'Lunar Phobia' is taken from their highly anticipated album 'Wait To Pleasure' which is out this week.

No Joy's website


Buy the album

Catch them live:

Apr 21 The Sinclair, w/ Clinic, Cambridge, MA
Apr 23 The Garrison, w/ Clinic, Toronto, Canada
Apr 24 Lincoln Hall, w/ Clinic, Chicago, IL
Apr 25 Mercy Lounge, w/ Clinic, Nashville, TN
Apr 26 Dan's Silverleaf, w/ Clinic, Denton, TX
Apr 27 Fitgerald’s Downstairs, w/ Clinic, Houston, TX
Apr 28 Austin Psych Fest Austin, TX
Apr 30 Crescent Ballroom, w/ Clinic, Phoenix, AZ
May 01 Troubadour, w/ Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
May 02 Rickshaw Stop, w/ Clinic, San Francisco, CA
May 04 Neumos, w/ Metz, Seattle, WA
May 06 The Urban Lounge, w/ Metz, Salt Lake City, UT
May 07 Hi-Dive, w/ Metz, Denver, CO<
May 09 Grinnell College Gardner Lounge, w/ Metz, Grinnell, IA
May 10 Whole Music Club, w/ Metz, Minneapolis, MN
May 11 The Frequency, w/ Metz, Madison, WI
May 14 KungFu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
May 15 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
May 16 Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
May 17 The Plant Montreal, Canada





Sweet Baboo - Let's Go Swimming Wild

If you're looking for some relaxing sounds for lazy days that don't include either the words "chill" or "wave" then this new single from Sweet Baboo could just do the trick with its laid-back beats, soulful vibes and sporadic brass sections. The man behind the name, and presumably the make-up, is North Wales songwriter who releases his first album 'Ships' very soon.
Sweet Baboo's website
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Catch him live:
22 - Firebug- Leicester 23 - The Lexington – London SOLD OUT 24 - Academy 2 – Oxford 25 - The Prince Albert – Stroud 26 - The Lamplighter – Northampton 27 - Chameleon Arts Centre – Nottingham 28 - Yardbird – Birmingham (Free Entry) 29 - The Basement - York 30 - Telfords Warehouse – Chester MAY 1 - Fruit – Hull 3 - The Doghouse – Halifax 4 - Live at Leeds (Venue T.B.C) – Leeds 5 – Land of Kings Festival (Venue T.B.C) – London 7 - King Tuts – Glasgow 8 - Heartattack & Vine – Newcastle SOLD OUT 9 – Manchester Irish Centre – Manchester 10 – Bowery – Sheffield (Free Entry) 11 - Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff 12 – Instore at Rise Record Shop – Bristol (Free Entry Daytime Gig) 17 - Royal Function Rooms – Rochester 18 – Green Store Door – Great Escape Festival – Brighton


OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE WEEK
The Postelles - Pretend It's Love (feat. Alex Winston)
It's still a source of bewilderment that US indie/alt-rock types The Postelles aren't much bigger than they are. They've been recipients of the OROTW title in the past, as has the excellent Alex Winston who is slowly becoming omnipresent whilst remaining not a particularly big hitter chart-wise, but her day will come. For The Postelles new album '...And It Shook Me' contains this little gem of a tune, 'Pretend It's Love' that should be a huge success but will most probably remain on the fringes where both artists currently lie. But then it's those areas where all the best tunes are anyway, isn't it.



The Postelles' website

Alex Winston's website

Stream the album in full

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Catch them live:

May 20 Soho Restaurant and Music Club, w/ Atlas Genius, Santa Barbara, CA
May 22 Harlow's, w/ Atlas Genius, Sacramento, CA
May 24 Wonder Ballroom, w/ Atlas Genius, Portland, OR
May 26 Venue, w/ Atlas Genius, Vancouver, Canada
May 29 Kilby Court, w/ Atlas Genius, Salt Lake City, UT
May 31 Bluebird Theater, w/ Atlas Genius, Denver, CO
Jun 01 The Black Sheep, w/ Atlas Genius, Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 04 Fine Line Music Cafe, w/ Atlas Genius, Minneapolis, MN
Jun 06 Deluxe at Old National Centre, w/ Atlas Genius, Indianapolis, IN
Jun 07 Newport Music Hall, w/ Atlas Genius, Columbus, OH





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