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news

Active Bird Community premieres new track via Stereogum

Brooklyn-based Active Bird Community today shared a new track "Somewhere ft. Samia" via Stereogum. ABC's lead guitarist Andrew Wolfson says, "'Somewhere' is a song about escapism. I wrote it during a time in my life when I experienced the most intense effects of alcoholism and depression. I'm happy to say I've been alcohol-free for over a year and I plan to spend the rest of my life that way. I feel extremely lucky to have had Samia breathe new life into this song and help turn it into something of its own." Samia adds, "'Somewhere' is so powerfully sincere. Andrew's voice is heartbreaking and his lyrics are, somehow, ambiguous without leaving anything unsaid. It's an honor to sing on this song and to know this band."

The new collaborative single follows the release of Active Bird Community's latest album Amends, and an extensive North American headlining tour with Samia supporting last fall. The band has also announced their next and biggest headlining hometown show to date at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on March 2nd. They're currently on tour with Charly Bliss. 17 Jan 2019

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Laura Gibson premieres self-directed video for "I Don't Want Your Voice To Move Me"

Laura Gibson premiered her new video for "I Don't Want Your Voice To Move Me," off her acclaimed album Goners, via Brooklyn Vegan. Directed by Gibson herself, the video was shot over two days across her home state of Oregon, from the forest near Portland, to the Alvord Desert in the Southeastern corner of the state.

Gibson has also been named a curator for the Joyful Noise Recordings White Label Series that highlights favorite unknown or under-appreciated artists (other 2019 curators include St Vincent, Julianna Barwick, Circuit des Yeux, Prince Rama, Sondra Lerche, Thurston Moore, Yonatan Gat). She has selected Kele Goodwin's 2010 album, Hymns, which has never been issued on vinyl and will be released via the series next month. Gibson and Goodwin will be performing two special Oregon shows to celebrate the release, on March 21st in Sisters and March 23rd in Portland.

Gibson is currently on the road in support of Goners. 16 Jan 2019

NPR Music premieres full stream of Laura Gibson's "Goners"

Laura Gibson today premiered a full stream of her forthcoming new album Goners via NPR Music's First Listen series, where it can be heard all week leading up to its October 26 release. Listen now here. The album stream follows lead single "Tenderness," which premiered via The FADER ("Rejoice, for Laura Gibson has finally released new music") in late August, and a video for "Domestication" — co-directed by Gibson and Alicia Rose — which premiered earlier this month via NPR Music ("Gibson has grown louder, bolder and occasionally weirder in songs that can thunder ominously. Goners...is her most adventurous yet"). Pre-order Goners now here.

Gibson's tour of major US markets begins next month with a hometown Portland, OR show on November 2. More dates will be announced soon. 18 Oct 2018

Laura Gibson — "Domestication" video premiere via NPR Music

Laura Gibson today premiered her new video for "Domestication" via NPR Music. The cinematic Alicia Rose-directed clip — all pastel hues that belie its uneasy narrative — can also now be seen here. "Domestication" is the second song released early from Gibson's forthcoming new album Goners, following "Tenderness," which debuted via The FADER in late August. Goners will arrive in stores on October 26, 2018; pre-order it now here. 04 Oct 2018

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Barsuk's 20th and Mary's Place

Hundreds of families are outside in the cold and wet in Seattle each night. Mary's Place is an organization that provides safe, inclusive shelter and services to support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness. For our 20th anniversary, Barsuk is committed to raising money to help bring homeless moms, dads, and kids inside to shelter — join us to help our neighbors in need by checking out Mary's Place and using the 'Give Now' button. Thanks for your support! 10 Dec 2018

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Steady Holiday — "Love And Pressure" video

Steady Holiday, the dark pop project of Dre Babinski, released new album Nobody's Watching in August to acclaim from critics who praised its merging of charismatic pop sounds with ominous lyrics reflecting Babinski's anxiety over the world's evils. Babinski is taking Nobody's Watching on the road this fall, and ahead of her tourdates she's released a new video for album track "Love and Pressure." Babinski appears in the video alongside dancer/choreographer Megan Lawson, and says of the concept, "'Love and Pressure' is about feeling isolated from the oversimplified, unproductive advice that's often thrown around. I wanted to have fun with this one and take that theme very literally." The Line of Best Fit premiered the clip today, calling it "utterly brilliant."

Steady Holiday's UK and European tour kicks off this week; she will return to the US for a national tour in November. 02 Oct 2018

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Charly Bliss release "Heaven", on tour with Death Cab for Cutie

Today, NYC's Charly Bliss released a song titled "Heaven," a staple of their live show. "Heaven" is the first song the band has shared since the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Guppy, which landed on year-end best-of lists at Pitchfork, NPR, Stereogum, The FADER, The AV Club, Rolling Stone, Noisey, and more.

Of the song, Eva Hendricks says: "'Heaven' is one of the first songs I wrote after Guppy, and to me it sounds like the ending of one phase of our sound before we knew what was going to come next. We played it live every night of our album release tour and it was really incredible to see the way people reacted to and connected with the song. It's our first love song, and I basically had to force myself to write the lyrics as a songwriting challenge to myself. I think I was always worried that songwriting was something that only existed to me as a coping mechanism, and that once I was happy I wouldn't have anything interesting to say or write about. I'm proud of the sweetness and simplicity of this song, and we're super happy to release it finally!"

Charly Bliss will be on tour with Death Cab For Cutie this fall. All dates can be found here. 19 Sep 2018

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on tour

Active Bird Community

17 JanMadison WI  @ High Noon Saloon

Charly Bliss

17 JanMadison WI  @ High Noon Saloon

Death Cab for Cutie

24 JanDublin IRELAND  @ Olympia Theatre

Laura Gibson

17 JanIowa City IA  @ Mill

Maps & Atlases

22 FebAsheville NC  @ Orange Peel

Nada Surf

16 MarNew York NY  @ Beacon Theatre

recent videos

Laura Gibson
I Don't Want Your Voice To Move Me
from Goners

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May It Always Be

Small Feet
Saying Nothing On The Phone

Small Feet
A Little More Dead In The Nerves

Laura Gibson
Domestication
from Goners

Steady Holiday
Love And Pressure
from Nobody's Watching