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Lala Lala Announces First North American Headlining Tour, Shares “Copycat” Video

FRI, NOV 9, 2018

Lala Lala–the Chicago-based project of Lillie West that was recently named one of Stereogum’s Best New Bands of 2018–has released a new video for “Copycat,” off of the critically acclaimed album The Lamb, out now. The track confronts West’s feelings of alienation and boredom: “Some of this album is about being frustrated that everything is always repeating itself,” she explains. “‘Copycat’ in particular is about how everyone talks exactly the same on the Internet and it sometimes feels futile to try and be yourself.” Watch the Lillie West-directed video here.

Lala Lala have also announced their first ever headlining North American tour for early 2019. The band is currently on tour supporting WHY? and has been touring extensively throughout the summer and fall playing shows with Mothers, The Ophelias, Wolf Parade, and LVL UP. See below for a full itinerary of upcoming dates.

11/09 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge #
11/10 - Boise, ID @ Visual Arts Collective #
11/12 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s # SOLD OUT
11/13 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall #
11/14 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall #
11/15 - San Francisco, CA @ GAMH # SOLD OUT
11/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram # SOLD OUT
11/17 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole #
11/19 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk #
11/20 - Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co. #
11/21 - St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room #
11/23 - Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch #^
11/24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall #^
11/25 - Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom #
11/27 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace #
11/28 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair #
11/29 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
11/30 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere # SOLD OUT
12/01 - Washington DC @ U Street Music Hall #
12/03 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry #
12/04 - Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall #
12/05 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West #
12/06 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle #
12/07 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In #
12/08 - Lexington, KY @Cosmic Charlies #
01/17 - Chicago, IL @ Metro +
01/18 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
01/20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo *
01/21 - Rock Island, IL @ Rozz Tox *
01/23 - Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s *
01/24 - Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong *
01/25 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA *
01/26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
01/29 - Montreal, QC @ Casa del Popolo *
01/30 - Toronto, ON @ Baby G *
01/31 - Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx *
02/01 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College *
02/02 - Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College *

# w/ WHY?
+ w/ Snail Mail, Varsity
* w/ Sen Morimoto 

IAN SWEET’S Crush Crusher Out Now!

FRI, OCT 26, 2018

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Today we celebrate the release of IAN SWEET’s excellent new full-length Crush Crusher, the anticipated follow-up to 2016’s debut album Shapeshifter. It is out now worldwide on LP, CD, and  cassette, and available via digital retailers and streaming services. You can purchase your own copy (maybe on eye-popping orange swirl vinyl?) from our Mini Mart or finer record stores across the land. Additionally, the band is currently touring North America in support of Crush Crusher. See below for a full list of dates.

Fri, Oct 26 - Kilby Court, Salt Lake City UT (w/ Young Jesus)
Sat, Oct 27 - The Hi Dive, Denver CO (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Mon, Oct 29 - 7th St Entry, Minneapolis MN (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Tue, Oct 30 - Subterranean, Chicago IL (w/ Young Jesus)
Thu, Nov 1 - The Monarch (CA), Toronto Canada (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Fri, Nov 2 - Mohawk Place, Buffalo NY (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Sat, Nov 3 - Great Scott, Allston MA (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Mon, Nov 5 - The Park Church Co-op, Brooklyn NY (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Tue, Nov 6 - Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Thu, Nov 8 - Pinhook, Durham NC (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Fri, Nov 9 - Mothlight , Asheville NC (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Sat, Nov 10 - Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta GA (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Sun, Nov 11 - Broken Strings Brewery, Orlando FL (Ticket Link)
Mon, Nov 12 - The Wilbury, Tallahassee FL (w/ Young Jesus)
Tue, Nov 13 - Gasa Gasa, New Orleans LA (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Wed, Nov 14 - White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Thu, Nov 15 - Three Links, Dallas TX (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Fri, Nov 16 - The Mohawk, Austin TX (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Mon, Nov 19 - Valley Bar, Phoenix AZ (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Tue, Nov 20 - Soda Bar, San Diego CA (w/ Young Jesus) (Ticket Link)
Wed, Nov 28 - O’Leavers, Omaha NE (w/ Young Jesus)

Stream IAN SWEET’s Crush Crusher, Out Next Week

THU, OCT 18, 2018

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Jilian Medford’s IAN SWEET has shared the album stream for her anticipated new album, Crush Crusher. Consequence of Sound, who premiered the stream today along with a Track By Track breakdown of the album penned by Medford, is saying “Several of the tracks, from ‘Holographic Jesus’ to ‘Borrowed Body’, run emotional and sonic gambits, with moments of simmering vulnerability boiling over into a rush of loud, shoegazing catharsis.” Crush Crusher is available for pre-order now and due out October 26th.



IAN SWEET is kicking off a full US tour with Young Jesus tonight with a record release show at the Lodge Room in Highland Park. All dates below.

10/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room #
10/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill #
10/22 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #
10/24 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern #
10/25 - Boise, ID @ The Olympic #
10/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
10/27 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive #
10/28 - Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers #
10/29 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry #
10/30 - Chicago @ Subterranean #
11/1 - Toronto, ON @ The Monarch #
11/2 - Buffalo @ Mohawk Place #
11/3 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott # ^
11/5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Park Church Co-op # ^
11/6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s # ^
11/7 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage #
11/8 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook #
11/9 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight #
11/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn #
11/11 - Orlando, FL @ 11Eleven Fest
11/12 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury #
11/13 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa #
11/14 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #
11/15 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links #
11/16 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk #
11/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
11/20 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar #

# w/ Young Jesus
^ w/ Sean Henry

Chastity Belt Debut New Website and Premier New Music Video for “It’s Obvious” From Their Acclaimed Third Album

TUE, OCT 16, 2018

Seattle band Chastity Belt returns to the spotlight today with a new music video from director Claire Buss (The Future is 0) for “It’s Obvious,” a beautiful cut from their acclaimed 2017 release I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone. Watch the surreal clip above or on our YouTube channel.  Additionally, today Chastity Belt launched their first-ever official band website, www.chastitybeltmusic.com

Stay tuned for more from Chastity Belt in the near future.

IAN SWEET Shares Third Single from Crush Crusher, “Holographic Jesus”

TUE, OCT 2, 2018

IAN SWEET, the project of LA’s Jilian Medford, has released “Holographic Jesus,” the third and final single from her anticipated new album, Crush CrusherThe song tackles many of the album’s central themes, like the internalized pressure to become a caretaker in close friends’ lives. 

Of the song, Medford says “‘Holographic Jesus’ is a song based around collecting holographic Jesus posters from various Bodegas and dollar stores while living in Brooklyn. I am in no way religious but I hung them up all over my room and was constantly finding the nuances and idiosyncrasies of each one. You could turn your head the slightest and see an entirely different image reflected. I felt connected to that idea. Some people collect ceramic frogs or action figures but I collect holographic Jesus posters. This song is about the things I went through in that room while these posters were so to speak ‘watching over me.’”


Additionally, IAN SWEET has announced a full US tour with Young Jesus and Sean Henry that kicks off in LA this month with a record release show at the Lodge Room in Highland Park. Click here for a full list of dates. Crush Crusher is available for pre-order now and due out October 26th.


Lala Lala’s acclaimed new album The Lamb out now; watch new music video for “Scary Movie”

FRI, SEP 28, 2018

Lala Lala’s new album The Lamb – one of The A.V. Club and Paste’s most anticipated September releases – is out today on LP, CD, digital, and cassette. To celebrate, Lillie West shared a new video for album track “Scary Movie,” which PAPER Mag premiered alongside a feature on the Chicago band. The recently-discovered footage was originally filmed on 16mm by West’s parents before she was born. West re-edited it for the new song, explaining, “‘Scary Movie’ is primarily about perception and the often blurred line between reality and non reality. For the video I wanted to use this 16mm footage my parents took of each other before I was born because although I didn’t exist yet, their experience is in some way a part of me, so watching it is both familiar and disorienting. This is where I came from, but if I view it as memory, I am technically wrong. It feels real and fake at the same time, which is how every day feels sometimes, and is what the song is about.” The Lamb is now available for purchase here and streaming at all DSPs.

Lala Lala will play a hometown record release show tonight at Chicago’s Empty Bottle, and their extensive North American tour then continues with additional dates supporting WHY? and Mothers, including a stop at LA’s Resident on October 12th and a new NYC show at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere on November 30th. Click here for a full list of upcoming shows. 

IAN SWEET shares new music video for “Spit,” Crush Crusher out 10/26

WED, SEP 19, 2018

IAN SWEET, the project of LA’s Jilian Medford, has shared a video for ”Spit,” the latest from her upcoming album Crush Crusher. You can watch the video below or via Noisey, who premiered the video and profiled Medford today. Last month IAN SWEET shared ”Hiding,” the lead single from Crush Crusher, which Pitchfork said “finds the singer/guitarist at her most dissonant, mutating the sound around her to feel like it’s traveled miles to get to her listener,” while The FADER called it “some of her most emotionally intimate creations to date.”

Additionally, IAN SWEET has announced a Fall tour with Young Jesus that includes dates with Sean Henry. See here for a full list of dates and pre-order Crush Crusher today from our Mini Mart. 

Lala Lala shares new track “Dove”

MON, SEP 10, 2018

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Today Lala Lala shares “Dove,” the third song off their new album The Lamb, out September 28th. “‘Dove’ is very plainly about the death of someone I loved a lot and the guilt I had and still have afterwards,” West explains of the plaintive and heartfelt track. “Dove” is out now at all DSPs and available to stream here. The Lamb is available for pre-order in our Mini Mart

The AV Club and PASTE recently highlighted The Lamb as one of their most anticipated September releases, with The AV Club praising Lala Lala’s Lillie West as she “mines all that uncomfortable energy to make a record of purposeful action.” Lala Lala’s extensive North American tour continues this month with shows supporting Mothers. Click here for a full itinerary. 

Lala Lala shares new video for “Water Over Sex” and new fall tour dates with WHY?

TUE, AUG 21, 2018

Lala Lala, the Chicago-based project of Lillie West, today premiered a new stop motion animated video for Water Over Sex. West says the second song off her forthcoming album The Lamb (out September 28th) is about a paranoid feeling “that any good fortune I encountered would be subsequently taken from me to ‘balance the scales.”
 
The video was co-directed by Matthew James-Wilson and Toronto-based illustrator Ginette Lapalme. James-Wilson explains how the video came about, commenting: “I know Ginette from the comics scene in Toronto and, since Lillie is a fan (with her stickers on her guitar case and a few tattoos of her drawings), I wanted to work on an animated music video with her for the new album. We spent a week straight shooting using fabric, photocopies, Ginette’s collection of miniatures and knick-knacks, and stuff we found at 99 cent stores in Chinatown. The video follows a lamb doll (which Ginette made) continually daydreaming about the objects around her while she tries to live a relaxing life. We wanted to sort of indirectly reference the conflict in the song about how your lifestyle changes after you quit drinking. Since we all live in three different cities and couldn’t film Lillie for it, I asked Lillie to send over webcam footage of her singing the song that we could animate over.”

Additionally, Lala Lala has expanded their fall touring plans with new dates opening for WHY? and a headlining show in their native Chicago for record release day. See below for a full list of upcoming performances. 

08/23 - Louisville, KY - Headliners &
08/24 - Nashville, TN - The Basement East &
08/25 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway &
08/26 - Indianapolis, IN - The Hi-Fi &
08/29 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison *
08/30 - Cleveland, OH - Mahall’s *
08/31 - Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theater #
09/19 - Boston, MA - Great Scott %
09/20 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right %
09/21 - Washington, DC - Songbyrd %
09/22 - Raleigh, NC - Kings %
09/24 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt %
09/25 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight %
09/26 - Nashville, TN - The 5 Spot %
09/28 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (Album Release Show)
10/02 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa %
10/03 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall %
10/04 - Austin, TX - Barracuda %
10/05 - Dallas, TX - Curtain Club %
10/06 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger %
10/08 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace %
10/09 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole %
10/10 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar %
10/11 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room %
10/12 - Los Angeles, CA - Resident %
10/13 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord %
11/04 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center #^
11/05 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room #
11/06 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar #
11/08 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater #
11/09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge #
11/10 - Boise, ID - Visual Arts Collective #
11/12 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s #
11/13 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall #
11/14 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall #
11/23 - Detroit, MI - Loving Touch #^
11/24 - Pittsburgh, PA - Sprit Hall #^
11/25 - Hamden, CT - Space Ballroom #
11/27 - Portsmouth, NH - 3S Artspace #
11/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer #
12/03 - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry #
12/05 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West #
12/08 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlies #


& w/ Wolf Parade
# w/ WHY?
* w/ LVL UP
% w/ Mothers
^ w/ The Ophelias

Announcing IAN SWEET’s Crush Crusher, out 10/26 on LP, CD, digital and cassette

TUE, AUG 14, 2018

IAN SWEET, the recording project of Jilian Medford, has announced a new album titled Crush Crusher, with a video for its lead single ”Hiding.” 

Of the song, Medford says “Hiding is a song I wrote for myself to be reminded to never get consumed with anything to the point of forgetting about my own needs. This song is a projection of a sanctuary in which I feel safe and strong in my own desires. It is something I long for, to be confident in the things that make me, me. The song opens with convincing myself that it is ok to hide/shy away from situations when really I should never have to convince myself of anything other than what, just…feels good. This is my admittance to losing and forgetting something to someone else, but demanding to take it back.”
 
Crush Crusher is available for pre-order now and due out October 26th on all formats. 

Additionally, IAN SWEET has announced a Fall tour with Young Jesus that includes dates with Sean Henry. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 17th. See below for a full list of upcoming performances. 

10/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room #
10/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill #
10/22 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #
10/23 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret #
10/24 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern #
10/25 - Boise, ID @ The Olympic #
10/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
10/27 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive #
10/29 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry #
10/30 - Chicago @ Subterranean #
11/1 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake #
11/2 - Buffalo @ Mohawk Place #
11/3 - Boston, MA @ Sonia # ^
11/5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Park Church Co-op # ^
11/6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s # ^
11/7 - Washington, DC @ Union Stage #
11/8 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook #
11/9 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight #
11/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn #
11/11 - Orlando, FL @ 11Eleven Fest
11/12 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury #
11/13 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa #
11/14 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #
11/15 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links #
11/16 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk #
11/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
11/20 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar #

# w/ Young Jesus
^ w/ Sean Henry