Monday, 13 May 2013

Out This Week - 13th May 2013

Mikal Cronin - Weight

Ty Segall associate and similarly prolific artist (he's also in Okie Dokie, Epsilons, Party Fowl and Moonhearts) Mikal Cronin's new album 'MC II' hits the UK this week and when you're looking for uptempo and catchy guitar-pop to blow the cobwebs away then tracks like 'Weight' with it's bounding optimism and freshness will do just fine.

Mikal Cronin's website

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Catch him live:

May 13 Musikbunker, Aachen, Germany
May 14 Paradiso Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 16 Dome, Tufnell Park, London, UK
May 16 The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
May 18 ACU, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 23 The Casbah, San Diego, CA
May 24 The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
May 25 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
Jun 07 The Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
Jun 10 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
Jun 11 The Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
Jun 17 Great Scott, Allston, MA
Jun 18 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
Jun 20 The Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Jun 22 Emerald Lounge, Asheville, NC
Jun 23 The Earl, East Atlanta, GA
Jun 24 Stone Fox, Nashville, TN
Jun 26 Club Dada, Dallas, TX
Jun 27 Mohawk, Austin, TX
Jun 29 Club Congress, Tucson, AZ
Jul 19 Union Park, Chicago, IL
Aug 08 Alter Reitplatz, Haldern, Germany
Aug 15 Green Man Festival, Powys, UK
Aug 16 Evenemententerrein Walibi World, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
Sep 05 Hopscotch Music Fest, Raleigh, NC

Pure X - Things In My Head

Texan experimenters Pure X release their album 'Crawling Up The Stairs' this week, accompanied by a US tour. Free download single 'Things In My Head' is a little bit spooky and sits somewhere between hazy desert-rock and the more electronic world of trip-hop, but it's a blend that works, resulting in this woozy, twilight-feeling track that doesn't have a hair out of place.

Pure X's website

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Catch them live:

05/14 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
05/15 – Brooklyn, NY – 285 Kent Avenue
05/16 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
05/17 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
05/18 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
05/20 – Oxford, MS – Lamar Lounge
05/21 – New Orleans, LA – Circle Bar
05/23 – Austin, TX – Holy Mountain
05/24 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s (w/ Black Angels)
05/25 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (w/ Black Angels)
05/26 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit (w/ Black Angels)

Royal Canoe - Hold On To The Metal

There are six members in Winnipeg band Royal Canoe and judging by the lead-track from their new EP it shows. There are loads of ideas going on here and it's easy to see why they've been compared to so many different bands. 'Extended Play' is out this week and you can download the full-of-ideas song 'Hold On To The Metal' for free.

Royal Canoe's website

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Catch them live:

May 13 The Castle Hotel, Manchester, United Kingdom
May 14 The Lexington, London, United Kingdom
May 17 Sticky Mike's (Great Escape Festival), Brighton, United Kingdom  
May 18 Blind Tiger (Great Escape Festival), Brighton, United Kingdom  
May 18 Start the Bus, Bristol, United Kingdom
May 21 L'Espace B, Paris, France
May 22 Arena, Vienna, Austria
May 23 Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria  
May 25 The Great Rang Teng Teng, Freiburg, Germany
May 27 Beatpol, Dresden, Germany
May 28 Skt. Peter Frankfurt, Germany
May 29 Lagerhaus Bremen, Germany
May 31 Immergut Festival, Neustrelitz, Germany
Jun 01 Manfield Derby Festival, Mannheim, Germany
Jun 12 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada  
Jun 15 Old Market Square (Wpg Jazz Festival), Winnipeg, Canada
Jun 22 Burning Manitobhala, Boggy Creek, Canada  
Jun 24 TD Mainstage - Bessborough Gardens, Saskatoon, Canada  
Jul 25 Calgary Folk Festival, Calgary, Canada
Jul 26 Calgary Folk Festival, Calgary, Canada
Jul 27 Calgary Folk Festival, Calgary, Canada
Jul 28 Calgary Folk Festival, Calgary, Canada
Oct 22 National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts Ottawa, Canada

Dungeonesse - Nightlight

Dungeonesse is the result of a collaboration between producer John Ehrens and Jen Wasner of Wye Oak, and their self-titled debut is out this week. Part of the plan of the project was to explore different areas of music and try and embrace R&B and pop more than they had done in the past. This was clearly the thinking behind ace electro-pop number 'Nightlight'.

Dungeonesse's website

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Swim Deep - She Changes The Weather

As you're probably aware, the current buzz city in the UK is Birmingham and the whole "B-Town" scene that the press have created. We all know there are good bands from everywhere, but the upshot of these media-manufactured scenes is that they shine a light on the genuine talent from a particular area. And Swim Deep definitely have talent, we spotted that right after we heard previous single 'The Sea', but with 'She Changes The Weather' they've gone one better. This dreamy shoegaze/indie track is a match for anything by their contemporaries Peace who are responsible for one of the albums of the year so far. On this form they've got stiff competition from these guys. A perfect summer tune.

Swim Deep's website

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