Monday 17 February 2014

Out This Week - 17th February 2014

NO - Leave The Door Wide Open

On single 'Leave The Door Wide Open', Los Angeles alt-rock band NO pretty much spell out what they do in the simplest of terms. The phrase "we make some noise inside a room and call it art" is really what this whole music malarkey comes down to. Beneath it all though, is the tale of the hardships of love going wrong, all arranged in a way that The National would be proud of. Their album 'El Prado' is out this week.

NO's website

Buy the album

Catch them live:

THU 06 MAR Art Bar, Columbia, SC, US
SAT 08 MAR Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA, US
SUN 09 MAR The Western, Scottsdale, AZ, US
TUE 11 MAR SXSW 2014, Austin, TX, US
WED 12 MAR SXSW 2014, Austin, TX, US
SAT 15 MAR Fitzgerald's, Houston, TX, US
TUE 18 MAR The Masquerade - Purgatory Stage, Atlanta, GA, US
WED 19 MAR Cat's Cradle, Carrboro, NC, US
THU 20 MAR DC9 Nightclub, Washington, DC, US
FRI 21 MAR Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, US
SAT 22 MAR Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, US
SUN 23 MAR The Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA, US
TUE 25 MAR Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON, Canada
THU 27 MAR Schubas, Chicago, IL, US
FRI 28 MAR 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN, US
SAT 29 MAR Union Sound Hall, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
TUE 01 APR The Artery, Edmonton, AB, Canada
WED 02 APR SAIT's the Gateway, Calgary, AB, Canada
THU 03 APR The Habitat, Kelowna, BC, Canada
FRI 04 APR Barboza, Seattle, WA, US
SAT 05 APR Biltmore, Vancouver, BC, Canada
SUN 06 APR Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR, US
SUN 06 JUL Sasquatch! Music Festival 2014, George, WA, US

Woman's Hour - Her Ghost

This just emphasises how ridiculous release dates have become. 'Her Ghost' has been available for download for a while, but this week the full digital single is released, complete with a B-side. Want a physical copy? Well that will be following next month. Hey ho. Anyway, Woman's Hour have crafted an eerie yet up-tempo electro-indie tune here, it's one of the best we've heard from the London group.

Woman's Hour's website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

WED 19 MAR Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, US
FRI 21 MAR Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, US
THU 03 APR Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London, UK
FRI 25 APR Gullivers Bar, Manchester, UK
SAT 26 APR Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield, UK
SUN 27 APR The Bodega Social Club, Nottingham, UK
WED 07 MAY The Louisiana, Bristol, UK
THU 08 MAY The Great Escape 2014, Brighton, UK
THU 17 JUL Farr Festival 2014, Newnham, UK

Painted Palms - Forever

This band are great. If you missed 'Here It Comes' the other day, then pop back and download it. The album's been around for a few weeks but gets its official UK launch this week, and the San Francisco indie/electro/pop bunch have just unveiled a shiny new video for the record's slightly psychedelic title-track and highlight, 'Forever'.

Painted Palms' website

Buy the album

Catch them live:

Feb 28 Slim's, San Francisco, CA
Mar 04 Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles, CA
Mar 05 The Griffin, San Diego, CA
Mar 07 VIVA PHX, Phoenix, AZ
Mar 08 Rialto Theatre (March Radness), Tucson, AZ
Mar 09 KRUX Fest (New Mexico State University), Las Cruces, NM  
Apr 11 SLO Brewing, San Luis Obispo, CA
Apr 16 The Depot (SFSU), San Francisco, CA

Casi Wyn - Grace

We'll apologise for bringing her up, because it's probably not the first Casi Wyn review to do so, but the world is watching Cate Le Bon pretty closely at the moment, and her new material is sounding great, but so is that of this other Welsh songstress. Her song 'Fan Hyn' caught our attention, and the wonderful accent and spacious yet warming 'Grace' has held it.

Casi Wyn's website

'Grace' will be available on the 18th from Blinc Records


The Heartbreaks - Hey, Hey Lover

We've been fans of Morecambe band The Heartbreaks since their early singles, even featuring them highly in our end of year list a while back. From the outside their future seemed uncertain. In another time they'd be huge, and they do have a decent-sized fanbase, but weren't making the headway that a band this good should. So we're delighted they're back with a second album in May, and new single 'Hey, Hey Lover' is one of their best tunes yet. Their image has taken a turn for the paisley/psychedelic/baggy, but their music remains as stately and ambitious as just about any other group out there, and there's more melodrama in this one anthemic beauty than the rest of the year's songs combined. This time, world, take note.

The Heartbreaks' website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

Mar 11 O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Mar 21 Koko, London, United Kingdom

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