Monday 4 November 2013

Out This Week - 4th November 2013

Swearin' - Dust In The Coal Sack

The timeline of Philadelphia via Brooklyn fuzz-punks Swearin' is near perfect, with a duo beginning to make demos in 2011 before fleshing out into a full band for 2012's self-titled debut album. A year later they're back with second LP 'Surfing Strange' which contains more grungy yet melodic DIY guitar tunes, one highlight being the single 'Dust In The Coal Sack'.

Swearin's website

Buy the album

Catch them live:

19 Columbus,OH @ Ace of Cups
20 Grand Rapids,MI @ Mulligans Pub
21 Chicago,IL @ Township
22 Omaha,NE @ Sweatshop
23 Denver,CO @ Larimer Lounge
24 SLC, UT @ Kilby
25 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
27 Seattle,WA @ Chop Suey *
29 Vancouver,BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
30 Portland, OR @ Holocene *
2 San Francisco,CA @ Rickshaw Stop *
3 Oakland,CA @ 1234go *
4 Santa Cruz,CA @ Catalyst Atrium *
5 Los Angeles,CA @ the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock *
7 San Diego,CA @ Che Cafe *
8 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunkspace
10 Austin,TX @ the Mohawk
11 Dallas,TX @ Three Links
12 Russellville,AR @ the Cavern (Thurberdome)
13 Nashville, TN @ the Stone Fox
14 Richmond,VA @ Strange Matter
* = with Waxahatchee

Killing Fields Of Ontario - Our Place To Drown

Following recent single 'Cloud'Killing Fields Of Ontario give us their new album 'How The World Ends' this week, and just like the single, album track 'Our Place To Drown' shows a band who've really found their feet and focus, coming up with a wonderful, slow-burning alt-rock song that should, by rights, see their star rise. Or at the very least reel in some rave reviews.

Buy the album from Killing Fields Of Ontario's website

Catch them live:

15th Nov The Underbelly, London
22nd Nov The Wardrobe, Leeds
25th Jan The Finsbury, London

Chains Of Love - Follow Me

Canadian indie/soul/pop masters Chains Of Love continue the slight evolution hinted at by single 'Pretend' earlier this year on 'Follow Me', both of which appear on new EP 'Misery Makers Volume 1' which is out this week. It's another non-stop onslaught of retro stylings and giddy melodies that follows on nicely from their splendid debut.

Chains Of Love's website

Buy the EP

Young Knives - We Could Be Blood

Now based in Oxford, Young Knives are turning into one of indie's great survivors. They formed in 1998, released their debut record in 2002 and then found fame in the spiky guitar-pop scene that hit in the middle of the last decade. They diversify though, and do so without losing their identity, and that's maybe the secret to pensive, epic new single 'We Could Be Blood' from album 'Sick Octave, both out this week.

Young Knives' website

Buy the album

Catch them live:

TUE 05 NOV O2 ABC 2, Glasgow, UK
WED 06 NOV O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
THU 07 NOV Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
FRI 08 NOV O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
SAT 09 NOV The Joiners, Southampton, UK
SUN 10 NOV The Horn, St. Albans, UK
TUE 12 NOV O2 Academy 2 Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
WED 13 NOV O2 Academy 2 Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
THU 14 NOV O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
TUE 19 NOV Sound Control, Manchester, UK
WED 20 NOV The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK
SAT 23 NOV Esquires Bedford, Bedford, UK


Dean Wareham - Emancipated Hearts

It's almost impossible to believe that Dean Wareham has reached his half century. Unlike many stars of alternative music (or music in general) his ideals seem to have remained the same, so this first solo mini-album isn't a slip into middle-aged comfort, it continues in the same vein as former projects Galaxie 500 and Luna, as well as his work with Dean & Britta (often including Sonic Boom). The sound remains similar but no compromise is made and although the style is familiar there's still a clear desire to push forward and experiment. His voice sounds as great as ever, and that guitar still bares his trademark sound, yet there's something hypnotic about 'Emancipated Hearts', possibly the droning strings that loop along with the guitar, joined by sparingly used electronics and other sounds, resplendent with a sing-along "na na na-na" ending. Wareham's spark is as bright here as it's ever been.

Dean Wareham's website

Buy the album

Catch him live:

Nov 12 The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
Nov 14 Largo, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 29 The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
Dec 04 The Ruby Lounge, Manchester, United Kingdom
Dec 05 St Pancras Old Church, London, United Kingdom
Dec 06 St Pancras Old Church, London, United Kingdom
Dec 07 Point Ephémère, Paris, France

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