Monday 24 March 2014

Out This Week - 24th March 2014

Baby Guru - We Need Some Space

Making good use of analogue-sounding electronics, classic psych-pop and a Beatlesy chorus, 'We Need Some Space' is a little gem of a tune. Baby Guru are a trio who've been around since 2009 and this track is taken from their new third album 'Marginalia'. They state that they're from Pluto, and we'd almost believe them if we hadn't secretly discovered they were actually Greek.

Baby Guru's website

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Catch them live:

Apr 02 Big Band Café, Hérouville St Clair, France

Should - Down A Notch

Another duo who could easily trick you into thinking they were a four or five piece band, Should are from Baltimore, although their music takes clear inspiration from classic British indiepop. New album 'The Great Pretend' is out this week and single 'Down A Notch' is a lovely guitar tune with chiming guitars and a timeless melody that will tick the right boxes for C86 fans everywhere.

Should's website

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The Vickers - I Don't Know What It Is

Although released on reliable Irish imprint Ruby Music, The Vickers hail from Florence in Italy, but you wouldn't think it given their accents on 'I Don't Know What It Is'. Their new album 'Ghosts' is out later this week and includes previous single 'She's Lost', as well as the trippy guitar-pop of this more recent cut. It's a bit like being trapped in a hazy, colourful dreamworld.

The Vickers' website

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Withered Hand - Horseshoe

If you're in the UK then you might be lucky enough to have a copy of 'New Gods', the new album from Edinburgh's Withered Hand already. If not, you can buy it from this week. Single 'Horseshoe' is a cut above most Americana-type alt-rock, with lyrics that are heartbreaking ("please don't put a shadow on her lung... so young") and generally exceptionally well thought-out. Brilliant

Withered Hand's website

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Catch them live:

Apr 17 The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
Apr 18 The Gate Arts & Community Centre, Cardiff, UK
Apr 18 CCA Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
Apr 19 Night & Day Café, Manchester, UK
Jul 25 Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire, UK
Jul 25 Midland Railway Centre, Ripley, UK


Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)

Sometimes it can feel like we're in a world of our own; that the bands we champion should be world-beaters but the rest of the planet doesn't get it. Perhaps they can't see what we can, or perhaps we're just mad and have it all wrong. Some of the best records of recent years have barely been given a look in elsewhere, when they should be hugely acclaimed. Future Islands are now on their fourth album, and they haven't been ignored. They've gained press, have a big fanbase and people have heard of them. Yet they should be bigger. They should be rivalling The National or Arcade Fire for praise and size. Maybe they're just too quirky. 'Cotton Flower' landed at number 16 in out Top 30 tracks of 2012, and the utterly amazing 'Balance' was ten places higher the year before. Admittedly, both of these songs, however brilliant they are, took a few plays to win us over, and this will be due to the individual style of the band. New album 'Singles' is out this week, and finally the press seem to be getting as excited about Future Islands as we have been. With tracks like 'Seasons (Waiting On You)' it's no wonder. Hopefully they'll finally break through. Your turn next, Sad Day For Puppets!

Future Islands' website

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Catch them live:

March 25 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
March 26 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall SOLD OUT
March 27 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
March 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club SOLD OUT
March 29 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
March 31 - Billings, MT @ The Rallyard
April 1 - Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station
April 2 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
April 3 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile SOLD OUT
April 4 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre SOLD OUT
April 5 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge SOLD OUT
April 6 - Eugene, OR @ Cozmic Pizza
April 7 - Arcata, CA @ Humboldt Brews
April 8 - Reno, NV @ The Holland Project
April 9 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
April 10 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel SOLD OUT
April 12 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 15 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room SOLD OUT
April 16 - Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
April 17 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet's SOLD OUT
April 19 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 20 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
April 21 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
April 22 - Marfa, TX @ Padre's
April 23 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
April 24 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links
April 25 - Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz Rock'n'Roll Chicken Shack
April 26 - Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
April 27 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
April 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church SOLD OUT
April 30 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall SOLD OUT
May 1 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club SOLD OUT

May 7 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom SOLD OUT
May 8 - Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
May 10 - Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape
May 11 - Gent, BE @ Vooruit
May 12 - Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
May 13 - Metz, FR @ Les Trinitaires
May 14 - Munster, DE @ Gleis 22
May 16 - Aarhus, DK @ Pop Revo Festival
May 17 - Hannover, DE @ Cafe Glocksee
May 18 - Dresden, DE @ Beatpol
May 19 - Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island
May 20 - Nurnberg, DE @ K4
May 21 - St. Gallen, SUI @ Palace
May 22 - Luzern, SUI @ Sudpol
May 23 - Offenbach, DE @ Hafen 2
May 25 - Koln, DE @ Gebaude 9
May 26 - Munchen, DE @ Feierwerk
May 28 - Wien, AUT @ Flex
May 29 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
May 30 - Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby Festival
May 31 - Neustrelitz, DE @ Immergut Festival
June 3 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
June 4 - Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
June 5 - Liverpool, UK @ The Kazimier
June 7 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
June 8 - London, UK @ Field Day

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