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La Luz go undercover in their new spy video for “I Won’t Hesitate” off their self-titled album available tomorrow October 22nd worldwide from Hardly Art

THU, OCT 21, 2021

In celebration of La Luz’s forthcoming self-titled release out tomorrow, October 22nd via Hardly Art, the group has shared a new official video for their song, “I Won’t Hesitate.” Directed by Nathan Castiel, this undercover spy video is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. You can watch the new video by clicking HERE. 
 
La Luz has announced additional North American dates for Spring 2022. These shows will begin in Philadelphia on March 2nd, with additional shows in Brooklyn, Boston, St. Paul, Madison, Atlanta, and Durham, ending on March 19th in Washington, D.C. These shows are in addition to the previously international headlining dates in the US, UK, and EU that have been announced. See below for a full list of shows. 
 
Fall 2021
Fri. Oct. 29 - Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas (Levitation Fest)
Sat. Nov. 6 - Mexico City, MX - Festival Hipnosis
Thu. Nov. 11 - San Diego, CA - Music Box * 
Sat. Nov. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater * #
Sun, Nov. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
Mon. Nov. 15 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s *
Tue.Nov. 16 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe’s Alley *
Thur. Nov. 18 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
Fri. Nov. 19 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre *
 
Spring 2022
Wed. Mar. 02 - Philadelphia, PA • Johnny Brenda’s ^
Fri. Mar. 03 -  Brooklyn, NY • Elsewhere ^
Sat. Mar. 05 - Boston, MA • Sinclair ^
Mon. Mar. 07 - Toronto, On • Lee’s Palace ^
Tue. Mar. 08 - Detroit, MI • Magic Bag ^
Wed. Mar. 08 - Chicago, IL • Lincoln Hall ^
Fri. Mar. 11- St. Paul, MN •Amsterdam Hall ^
Sat. Mar. 12 - Madison, WI • Memorial Union Der Rathskeller  ^
Mon. Mar. 13 - St. Louis, MO • The Blueberry Hill Duck Room  ^
Tue. Mar. 15 - Nashville, TN • Basement East  ^
Wed. Mar. 16 - Atlanta, GA • Masquerade (Hell) ^
Thu. Mar. 17 - Durham, NC • Cat’s Cradle ^
Fri.  Mar. 18 - Asheville, NC • The Grey Eagle ^
Sat. Mar. 19 Washington, DC • Black Cat ^
 
Fri. Apr. 22 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Sat. Apr. 23 - Dublin, IE - The Grand Social  
Mon. Apr. 25 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
Tue. Apr. 26 - Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall
Wed. Apr. 27 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega
Thur. Apr. 28 - London, UK - Scala
Fri. Apr. 29 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
Sat. Apr. 30 - Brighton, UK - CHALK
Mon. May 02 - Paris, FR - La Boule Noire
Tue. May 03 - Brussels, BE - Grand Salon (le Nuits Botanique)
Wed. May 04 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Upstairs  
Fri. May 06 - Göteborg, SE - Oceanen
Sat. May 07 - Stockholm, SE - Hus 7
Sun. May 08 - Oslo, NO - Krosset
Mon. May 09 - Copenhagen, DK - Hotel Cecil  
Tue. May 11 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow
Wed. May 12 - Berlin, DE - Frannz Club
Thur. May 13 - Schorndorf, DE - Club Manufaktur
Fri. May 14 - Munich, DE - Feierwerk
Sun. May 16 - Luxembourg, LU - Rotondes
Mon. May 17 - Vevey, CH - Rocking Chair    
Tue. May 19 - Barcelona, ES - Upload
Wed. May 20 - Madrid, ES - Tomavistas Festival
Thur. May 21 - San Sebastian, ES - Dabadaba

* w/ Tropa Magica
# w/Adrian Younge (DJ Set)
^ w/Mamalarky 
 
What people are saying about La Luz: 
“La Luz’s new single “In The Country” is an extremely cool piece of spectral, shimmering folk-rock. It’s full of eerie, layered harmonies and reverb-drenched surf-guitar notes, and it absolutely nails its out-of-time pop-psychedelia sound.” [“In The Country”]  Stereogum
 
“La Luz create a vibrant and balmy atmosphere on “In The Country”, with warm guitars and Cleveland’s tender vocal. The fuzzy and chirping electronic additions do indeed sound something like cicadas in the nearby trees – or perhaps something further flung like intercepted alien broadcasts. Either way, La Luz are settling back, pushing aside any obligations, and taking it all in, purely enjoying being “In The Country” – and with this song they invite us to join them in repose and enjoy the summer air.” [“In The Country”] Beats Per Minute 
 
“Known for reverb-heavy guitar licks, a tasteful deployment of dynamics and singular harmonies––a range of emotive “oohs” and “ahhs” that vacillate between haunting melancholy and revelrous mirth––the band (Shana Cleveland-guitar, Lena Simon-bass, Alice Sandahl-keys) has crafted a lush, earthy and undeniably psychedelic collection of songs for La Luz. And the record is also the band’s most personal.” [“Watching Cartoons”] WJCT


La Luz
S/T 
 
Tracklisting:
1. In The Country
2. The Pines
3. Watching Cartoons
4. Oh, Blue
5. Goodbye Ghost
6. Yuba Rot
7. Metal Man
8. Lazy Eyes and Dune
9. Down the Street
10. I Won’t Hesitate
11. Here On Earth
12. Spider House

Hear La Luz’s new track, “Lazy Eyes and Dune” ahead of their new self-titled album, out next Friday

THU, OCT 14, 2021

Early this summer LA’s La Luz announced a much-anticipated fourth album, with the self-titled La Luz set for October 22nd on long-term label Hardly Art. Recorded at Linear Labs Studio in Los Angeles with the help of the eclectic producer Adrian Younge, La Luz fearlessly launch themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy with a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandal. 
 
Following the critically-acclaimed trio of singles “In The Country, “Watching Cartoons,” “The Pines” and “Oh Blue” comes “Lazy Eyes And Dune.” La Luz international headlining dates in support of their self-titled record for the US, UK, and EU have been announced. For a full list of shows click here. 
 
What people are saying about La Luz: 
 
“La Luz’s new single “In The Country” is an extremely cool piece of spectral, shimmering folk-rock. It’s full of eerie, layered harmonies and reverb-drenched surf-guitar notes, and it absolutely nails its out-of-time pop-psychedelia sound.” [“In The Country”]  Stereogum
 
“La Luz create a vibrant and balmy atmosphere on “In The Country”, with warm guitars and Cleveland’s tender vocal. The fuzzy and chirping electronic additions do indeed sound something like cicadas in the nearby trees – or perhaps something further flung like intercepted alien broadcasts. Either way, La Luz are settling back, pushing aside any obligations, and taking it all in, purely enjoying being “In The Country” – and with this song they invite us to join them in repose and enjoy the summer air.” [“In The Country”] Beats Per Minute 
 
“Known for reverb-heavy guitar licks, a tasteful deployment of dynamics and singular harmonies––a range of emotive “oohs” and “ahhs” that vacillate between haunting melancholy and revelrous mirth––the band (Shana Cleveland-guitar, Lena Simon-bass, Alice Sandahl-keys) has crafted a lush, earthy and undeniably psychedelic collection of songs for La Luz. And the record is also the band’s most personal.” [“Watching Cartoons”] WJCT


La Luz
S/T 
 
Tracklisting:
1. In The Country
2. The Pines
3. Watching Cartoons
4. Oh, Blue
5. Goodbye Ghost
6. Yuba Rot
7. Metal Man
8. Lazy Eyes and Dune
9. Down the Street
10. I Won’t Hesitate
11. Here On Earth
12. Spider House

Lala Lala Releases I Want The Door To Open, Out Everywhere on Hardly Art

FRI, OCT 8, 2021

Credit: Photo Credit: Jesse Clark

“Lala Lala’s songs needle and probe: they’re emotional, sure, but they’re also exacting, and that’s why they can feel so visceral.” - The FADER

“Each of the singles in the lead-up have been an absolute thrill… This is some of the best music of the year.” - Paste

“I Want The Door To Open ​​feels like a celebration of community, camaraderie, and world-building, awash in glossy bombast and existential urgency.” - Chicago Reader

Lala Lala, the project of Chicago-based musician Lillie West, has released her new album, I Want The Door To Open, this Friday on Hardly Art. 

Following 2018’s acclaimed The Lamb, West wanted to make something sonically bigger and thematically more outward-looking than anything she’d done before; a record that would be more like a poem or a puzzle box, with sonic and lyrical clues that would allow the listener to, as the title says, open the door to the greater meaning of those struggles. The resulting I Want The Door To Open is a bold exploration of persona and presence from an artist questioning how to be herself fully in a world where the self is in constant negotiation. 

To celebrate the release of I Want The Door To Open, West will play a string of shows, including a release day performance at Chicago’s Thalia Hall this Friday and Los Angeles and New York dates later this month. Following a European run in early 2022, West will return stateside and continue to tour. 

Lala Lala Tour Dates

Fri. Oct. 8 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *

Wed. Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room ^

Wed. Oct. 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg!

Thu. Jan. 27, 2022 - Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso Noord

Fri. Jan. 28, 2022 - Groningen, NE @ Vera

Sat. Jan. 29, 2022 - Brugge, BE @ Cactus at Villa Bota

Sun. Jan. 30, 2022 - Brussels, BE @ Botanique (Rotonde)

Tue. Feb. 1, 2022 - Köln, DE @ Baumann & SOHN

Wed. Feb. 2, 2022 - Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain

Thu. Feb. 3, 2022 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

Sat. Feb. 5, 2022 - Göteborg, SE @ Oceanen

Sun. Feb. 6, 2022 - Oslo, NO @ Internasjonalen

Mon. Feb. 7, 2022 - Stockholm, SE @ Hus 7

Tue. Feb. 8, 2022 - Malmö, SE @ Plan B

Wed. Feb. 9, 2022 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega at Ideal Bar

Fri. Feb. 11, 2022 - Prague, CZ @ Underdogs’

Sat. Feb. 12, 2022 - Schorndorf, DE @ Club Manufaktur

Sun. Feb. 13, 2022 - Freiburg, DE @ Swamp

Mon. Feb. 14, 2022 - Yverdon-les-Bains, CH @ L’Amalgame

Wed. Feb. 16, 2022 - Zürich, CH @ Rote Fabrik

Thu. Feb. 17, 2022 - Annecy, FR @ Festival Hors-Pistes

Fri. Feb. 18, 2022 - Metz, FR @ Aérogare

Sat. Feb. 19, 2022 - Lille, FR @ l’Aéronef

Sun. Feb. 20, 2022 - Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store

Mon. Feb. 21, 2022 - London, UK @ Moth Club

Wed. Feb. 23, 2022 - Leeds, UK @ Hyde Park Book Club

Thu. Feb. 24, 2022 - Glasgow, UK @ Nice N Sleazy

Fri. Feb. 25, 2022 - Manchester, UK @ YES

Sat. Feb. 26, 2022 - Bristol, UK @ Strange Brew

Mon. Feb. 28, 2022 - Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire

Sat. Mar. 12 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

Mon. Mar. 14 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

Tue. Mar. 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Wed. Mar. 16 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux

Fri. Mar. 18 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile (Second Stage)

Sat. Mar. 19 - Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret

Sun. Mar. 20 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Tue. Mar. 22 - Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club

Fri. Mar. 25 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Sat. Mar. 26 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress

Sun. Mar. 27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

Mon. Mar. 28 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

Wed. Mar. 30 - Austin, TX @ The Parish

Thu. Mar. 31 - Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips

Sat. Apr. 2 - Indianapolis, IN @ HI-FI

Sun. Apr. 3 - Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Coffee

Wed. Apr. 13 - Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel

Thu. Apr. 14 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry

Fri. Apr. 15 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

Sat. Apr. 16 - Urbana, IL @ Rose Bowl Tavern

Sun. Apr. 17 - Nashville, TN @ High Watt

Tue. Apr. 19 - Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5

Wed. Apr. 20 - Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

Fri. Apr. 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry

Sat. Apr. 23 - Woodstock, NY @ Colony

Sun. Apr. 24 @ Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Wed. Apr. 27 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

Thu. Apr. 28 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

Fri. Apr. 29 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison

Sat. Apr. 30 - Hamtramck, MI @ Outer Limits Lounge


* = w/ Divino Niño & Kara Jackson

^ = Baths (DJ Set) & Fashion Club

! = Salt Cathedral & Crosslegged 


Lala Lala Releases Mesmerizing New Single/Video, “Utopia Planet” New Album, I Want The Door To Open, Out This Friday on Hardly Art

WED, OCT 6, 2021

Lala Lala, the project of Chicago-based musician Lillie West, will release her new album, I Want The Door To Open, this Friday on Hardly Art. Today, she presents a mesmerizing new video, for new single and album closer, “Utopia Planet.” Amorphous synth elevates West’s surging voice and later, saxophone by Sen Morimoto blooms as a recording of West’s grandmother unfurls across the track. It is the fitting end to the inner labyrinth that West maps on I Want The Door To Open, a musical quest undertaken with the knowledge that the titular door may never open; but it is through falling in love with the quest itself that one may find the closest thing to total freedom, total possibility, and total acceptance available to us. The video, created by Meggie van Zwieten, is in step with the digital aesthetic presented on the album cover. 

“‘Utopia Planet’ was born because my friend Kara Jackson and I challenged each other to write a song about Utopia,” says West. “I tried to imagine a great expanse, abundance, an open door. It’s an invitation to surrender. I used a recording of my grandmother to take you further into another world.”

Following 2018’s acclaimed The Lamb, West wanted to make something sonically bigger and thematically more outward-looking than anything she’d done before; a record that would be more like a poem or a puzzle box, with sonic and lyrical clues that would allow the listener to, as the title says, open the door to the greater meaning of those struggles. The resulting I Want The Door To Open is a bold exploration of persona and presence from an artist questioning how to be herself fully in a world where the self is in constant negotiation. 

To celebrate the release of I Want The Door To Open, West will play a string of shows, including a release day performance at Chicago’s Thalia Hall this Friday and Los Angeles and New York dates later this month. Following a European run in early 2022, West will return stateside and continue to tour. 

Lala Lala Tour Dates

Fri. Oct. 8 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *

Wed. Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room ^

Wed. Oct. 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg!

Thu. Jan. 27, 2022 - Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso Noord

Fri. Jan. 28, 2022 - Groningen, NE @ Vera

Sat. Jan. 29, 2022 - Brugge, BE @ Cactus at Villa Bota

Sun. Jan. 30, 2022 - Brussels, BE @ Botanique (Rotonde)

Tue. Feb. 1, 2022 - Köln, DE @ Baumann & SOHN

Wed. Feb. 2, 2022 - Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain

Thu. Feb. 3, 2022 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

Sat. Feb. 5, 2022 - Göteborg, SE @ Oceanen

Sun. Feb. 6, 2022 - Oslo, NO @ Internasjonalen

Mon. Feb. 7, 2022 - Stockholm, SE @ Hus 7

Tue. Feb. 8, 2022 - Malmö, SE @ Plan B

Wed. Feb. 9, 2022 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega at Ideal Bar

Fri. Feb. 11, 2022 - Prague, CZ @ Underdogs’

Sat. Feb. 12, 2022 - Schorndorf, DE @ Club Manufaktur

Sun. Feb. 13, 2022 - Freiburg, DE @ Swamp

Mon. Feb. 14, 2022 - Yverdon-les-Bains, CH @ L’Amalgame

Wed. Feb. 16, 2022 - Zürich, CH @ Rote Fabrik

Thu. Feb. 17, 2022 - Annecy, FR @ Festival Hors-Pistes

Fri. Feb. 18, 2022 - Metz, FR @ Aérogare

Sat. Feb. 19, 2022 - Lille, FR @ l’Aéronef

Sun. Feb. 20, 2022 - Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store

Mon. Feb. 21, 2022 - London, UK @ Moth Club

Wed. Feb. 23, 2022 - Leeds, UK @ Hyde Park Book Club

Thu. Feb. 24, 2022 - Glasgow, UK @ Nice N Sleazy

Fri. Feb. 25, 2022 - Manchester, UK @ YES

Sat. Feb. 26, 2022 - Bristol, UK @ Strange Brew

Mon. Feb. 28, 2022 - Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire

Sat. Mar. 12 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

Mon. Mar. 14 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

Tue. Mar. 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Wed. Mar. 16 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux

Fri. Mar. 18 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile (Second Stage)

Sat. Mar. 19 - Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret

Sun. Mar. 20 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Tue. Mar. 22 - Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club

Fri. Mar. 25 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Sat. Mar. 26 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress

Sun. Mar. 27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

Mon. Mar. 28 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

Wed. Mar. 30 - Austin, TX @ The Parish

Thu. Mar. 31 - Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips

Sat. Apr. 2 - Indianapolis, IN @ HI-FI

Sun. Apr. 3 - Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Coffee

Wed. Apr. 13 - Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel

Thu. Apr. 14 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry

Fri. Apr. 15 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

Sat. Apr. 16 - Urbana, IL @ Rose Bowl Tavern

Sun. Apr. 17 - Nashville, TN @ High Watt

Tue. Apr. 19 - Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5

Wed. Apr. 20 - Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

Fri. Apr. 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry

Sat. Apr. 23 - Woodstock, NY @ Colony

Sun. Apr. 24 @ Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Wed. Apr. 27 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

Thu. Apr. 28 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

Fri. Apr. 29 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison

Sat. Apr. 30 - Hamtramck, MI @ Outer Limits Lounge

* = w/ Divino Niño & Kara Jackson

^ = Baths (DJ Set) & Fashion Club

! = Salt Cathedral & Crosslegged 

La Luz share a new lyric video for “Oh, Blue” off their self-titled album available October 22nd worldwide from Hardly Art

TUE, SEP 28, 2021

Early this summer LA’s La Luz announced a much-anticipated fourth album, with the self-titled La Luz set for October 22nd on long-term label Hardly Art. Recorded at Linear Labs Studio in Los Angeles with the help of the eclectic producer Adrian Younge, La Luz fearlessly launch themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy with a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandal. 
 
Following the critically-acclaimed trio of singles “In The Country, “Watching Cartoons” and “The Pines” comes a new lyric video for their latest song, “Oh, Blue.” A heartfelt ballad that somehow manages to land between timezones, between genres, into a place of lush melody and a feel that is timeless. The group shares that the song is “a love song from a long distance. About the kind of longing that keeps you in a constant daydream.” The lyric video was directed by the band. You can watch the group’s new video by clicking here.
 La Luz international headlining dates in support of their self-titled record for the US, UK, and EU have been announced. For a full list of shows click here. 
 
What people are saying about La Luz: 
 
“La Luz’s new single “In The Country” is an extremely cool piece of spectral, shimmering folk-rock. It’s full of eerie, layered harmonies and reverb-drenched surf-guitar notes, and it absolutely nails its out-of-time pop-psychedelia sound.” [“In The Country”]  Stereogum
 
“La Luz create a vibrant and balmy atmosphere on “In The Country”, with warm guitars and Cleveland’s tender vocal. The fuzzy and chirping electronic additions do indeed sound something like cicadas in the nearby trees – or perhaps something further flung like intercepted alien broadcasts. Either way, La Luz are settling back, pushing aside any obligations, and taking it all in, purely enjoying being “In The Country” – and with this song they invite us to join them in repose and enjoy the summer air.” [“In The Country”] Beats Per Minute 
 
“Known for reverb-heavy guitar licks, a tasteful deployment of dynamics and singular harmonies––a range of emotive “oohs” and “ahhs” that vacillate between haunting melancholy and revelrous mirth––the band (Shana Cleveland-guitar, Lena Simon-bass, Alice Sandahl-keys) has crafted a lush, earthy and undeniably psychedelic collection of songs for La Luz. And the record is also the band’s most personal.” [“Watching Cartoons”] WJCT


La Luz
S/T 
 
Tracklisting:
1. In The Country
2. The Pines
3. Watching Cartoons
4. Oh, Blue
5. Goodbye Ghost
6. Yuba Rot
7. Metal Man
8. Lazy Eyes and Dune
9. Down the Street
10. I Won’t Hesitate
11. Here On Earth
12. Spider House

Colleen Green’s Cool Available Now worldwide from Hardly Art

FRI, SEP 10, 2021

Credit: Photo credit: Jenna Lemieux

Colleen Green’s Coolwhich features official videos for “I Wanna Be a Dog,” “It’s Nice to Be Nice,” and “Highway,”  along with the track “Someone Else,” is out today, Friday, September 10th on all DSPs from Hardly Art. Due to widespread production delays, the LP/CD/CS formats of the album will now be available on Friday, September 24th and is still available for preorder from Hardly Art. LPs preordered through Hardly Art Mini Martselect independent retailers in North Americathe UK, and EU will receive the vinyl on cool, cloudy smoke vinyl.
 
Cool is Green’s first record since her acclaimed 2015 release I Want To Grow Up. It was produced by Gordon Raphael and Green, mixed by Brendan Eder, and recorded at Southern California studios comp-ny (Glendale), Tenement Yard (North Hollywood), and Cosmic Vinyl (Los Angeles), and was mastered by Frida Claeson Johansson at Svenska Grammofonstudion in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Colleen Green
Cool

 
Tracklisting:
1. Someone Else
2. I Wanna Be a Dog
3. Posi Vibes
4. Highway
5. Natural Chorus
6. You Don’t Exist
7. It’s Nice to Be Nice
8. How Much Should You Love a Husband?
9. I Believe in Love
10. Pressure to Cum

La Luz releases new single, “Metal Man”

THU, SEP 9, 2021

Today, La Luz share a unique visualizer with claymation by Spaghetti Jesus based on art by Darin Shuler titled, “Metal Man” the new single from their forthcoming self-titled album.

La Luz has always been a band with a vision. Their discography is a study in balancing both heavenly and haunting sounds for a lush style of rock music that’s all their own. On their self-titled fourth album, La Luz fearlessly launch themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy with a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandahl.   

To help shape La Luz, the band found a kindred spirit in producer Adrian Younge. Primarily known for working with hip-hop, soul, and jazz acts, Younge saw in La Luz a musical kinship that transcended genre. “We both create music with the same attitude, and that’s what I love about them,” he says. “They are never afraid to be risky and their style is captivating. I don’t work with many bands, but I love taking chances on people that share the same vision. We both love to be ourselves, and it was an honor to work with them.” The album was recorded at Linear Labs Studio in Los Angeles.

La Luz recently announced a 34-date world tour with North American shows in 2021 and European dates following in April and May 2022. See below for a full list of shows. 
 
Fall 2021
Sept. 11 - Sacramento, CA - The Red Museum (RedEx)
Sep. 24 - Dana Point, CA - Ohana Fest
Oct. 29 - Austin, TX -Cheer Up Charlies (Levitation Fest)
Nov. 6 - Mexico City, MX - Festival Hipnosis
Nov. 11 - San Diego, CA - Music Box * 
Nov. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater * 
Nov. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
Nov. 15 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s *
Nov. 16 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe’s Alley *
Nov. 18 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
Nov. 19 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre *

Spring 2022
Apr. 22 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
Apr. 23 - Dublin, IE - The Grand Social  
Apr. 25 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
Apr. 26 - Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall
Apr. 27 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega
Apr. 28 - London, UK - Scala
Apr. 29 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
Apr. 30 - Brighton, UK - CHALK
May 02 - Paris, FR - La Boule Noire
May 03 - Brussels, BE - Grand Salon (le Nuits Botanique)
May 04 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Upstairs  
May 06 - Göteborg, SE - Oceanen
May 07 - Stockholm, SE - Hus 7
May 08 - Oslo, NO - Krosset
May 09 - Copenhagen, DK - Hotel Cecil  
May 11 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow
May 12 - Berlin, DE - Frannz Club
May 13 - Schorndorf, DE - Club Manufaktur
May 14 - Munich, DE - Feierwerk
May 16 - Luxembourg, LU - Rotondes
May 17 - Vevey, CH - Rocking Chair    
May 19 - Barcelona, ES - Upload
May 20 - Madrid, ES - Tomavistas Festival
May 21 - San Sebastian, ES - Dabadaba
 
* w/ Tropa Magica 


La Luz

S/T 

Tracklisting:

1. In the Country

2. The Pines

3. Watching Cartoons

4. Oh, Blue

5. Goodbye Ghost

6. Yuba Rot

7. Metal Man

8. Lazy Eyes and Dune

9. Down the Street

10. I Won’t Hesitate

11. Here on Earth

12. Spider House

Watch Colleen Green’s official video for “Highway” from Cool out on all DSPs this Friday, September 10th worldwide from Hardly Art

WED, SEP 8, 2021

You can now watch Colleen Green’s “Highway”, a new standout from Cool, her forthcoming Hardly Art release, directed by Ben Kettleson.

Green says of the track, “The newest in a long line of my songs that use driving and being in cars as allegory. Living and touring on the west coast for 10 years, I grew to dislike the highway. It represents so many things that I hate about myself and about humanity/society in general. Not having a car for over a decade helped make me a much calmer person. When I’m on the bus or walking, I am stress-free. I don’t have to talk and I don’t have to worry about anything. I love being able to look all around me and notice beautiful, simple things. When people are on the highway, they’re going too fast to notice any kind of beauty, and they have a whole mess of stressors to deal with. Country roads represent freedom and serenity. Something I appreciate about where I’m from and where I’m now living again is that there are many different ways to get to a place. Even though LA is a huge city, there’s pretty much only one way to get anywhere and it’s very confining.” 


Cool, which features official videos for “I Wanna Be a Dog,” “It’s Nice to Be Nice,” and the aforementioned “Highway,”  along with the track “Someone Else,” is out this Friday, September 10th on all DSPs from Hardly Art. Due to widespread production delays, the LP/CD/CS formats of the album will now be available on Friday, September 24th and is still available for preorder from Hardly Art. LPs preordered through Hardly Art Mini Martselect independent retailers in North Americathe UK, and EU will receive the vinyl on cool, cloudy smoke vinyl.


Colleen Green
Cool

 
Tracklisting:
1. Someone Else
2. I Wanna Be a Dog
3. Posi Vibes
4. Highway
5. Natural Chorus
6. You Don’t Exist
7. It’s Nice to Be Nice
8. How Much Should You Love a Husband?
9. I Believe in Love
10. Pressure to Cum

 

Lala Lala Releases New Single, “Prove It,” Alongside Essay by Hanif Abdurraqib

TUE, SEP 7, 2021

Today, Lala Lala, the project of Chicago musician Lillie West, shares “Prove It,” the newest single from her upcoming album, I Want The Door To Open, out October 8th on Hardly Art. Next month, West will perform a string of record release shows before embarking on a UK, European and North American tour in 2022. “Prove It” is contained and polished, with West singing over sparse guitars before the track reaches its percussive climax. “‘Prove It’ is a song about insatiable people and the idea of ‘good’ vs ‘bad,’” says West. “It’s about lack of control. Even though this song is accusatory, I relate to the person I’m talking to. I think sometimes when we criticize other people we’re also talking about ourselves.” Listen to Lala Lala’s “Prove It”

Additionally, Hardly Art presents Open the Door: Find Your Keys and Unlock Total Serenity, an infomercial for the album. Created by Sarah Squirm and Will Duncan, it features testimonials from CHAI, Sasami Ashworth, Camilo Medina (Divino Niño), IAN SWEET, and more. Watch Open the Door: Find Your Keys and Unlock Total Serenity

Following the release of “Color Of The Pool” and “DIVER,” “Prove It” is accompanied by a beautiful essay by renowned poet, essayist, and critic Hanif Abdurraqib:

“What I crave, what I have always craved, is a collection of songs that make me feel like they are surrounding me in preparation for a season. Not a good season or a bad season, but a season that I can identify as both. This, I’m sure, has to do with me being a product of the Midwest. Where, at least for now, there are still distinct and palpable shifts from month to month, almost as markers of time.

“I think it is the amount of voices on I Want The Door To Open that make me feel comforted, encased, prepared for that moment I know so well where the warmth fades and the darkness comes a little earlier and then, abruptly, a lot earlier. And I don’t mean voices as in different people, I simply mean the multitudinous nature of the choir of sound that one voice can offer. Take, for example, the end of ‘Diver,’ a song that swells and swells until it fades, leaving behind only the residue of voices that echo until the song’s exit, fading right into “Photo Photo,” where the same bursts of choir reappear as the song’s spine. 

“I’m saying I like an album that might make me feel less alone, the kind of alone that many of us became acquainted with in newer and sharper ways in the early darkness of the past year, and that some of us might be revisiting in the early darkness of the fall, and the winter, and beyond. I Want The Door To Open is an album that is immense, though not particularly loud. Its volume is in its tenderness, thoughtful arrangements, and elements of surprise, the things that leap out at you when you think you are hearing one song that becomes another song in its final act, a trick this album pulls off alarmingly well, every time. Take, for example, the pulsing heartbeat in ‘Color Of The Pool’ that gives way, right at the last minute, to a fluorescent blooming of horns. “It’s a magic trick, in a way. Making these songs that are not often long in minutes in seconds feel like mini-suites. Like rooms you don’t want to leave. 

“Speaking of a room I don’t want to leave, I firmly believe that I have maybe given up and given in for good. The inside is where I wanna be whenever the fragile ecosystem we’re all tumbling forward in starts to go south again. And if that is going to be the case, then I require albums that are generous enough to make the inside feel like the outside. An album that feels like a gathering, like a warmth creeping in through a window, no matter the weather. An album that feels like a park, bursting with friends and strangers, shouts and laments. I think this is the one for all of my internal and external joys, sadnesses, anxieties, and the small survivals that open up the door to all of the larger survivals to come.”

West co-produced I Want The Door To Open with Yoni Wolf of WHY?. It features contributions from Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, poet Kara Jackson, OHMME, Sen Morimoto, Christian Lee Hutson, Kaina Castillo, Meg Duffy, Will Miller, Gia Margaret, Josiah Wolf, Adam Schatz, and former tourmate Ben Gibbard. 

“Just when we thought we’d arrived at a conclusion, [West] pulls out the rug again: A euphoric sax bursts in (courtesy of Adam Schatz), playing one freaked-out bent note that never wants to be caught, multiplying itself back into inscrutability.” - Pitchfork on “Color of the Pool”

“[‘Color of the Pool’ is] enveloped in effervescent synths and visceral harmonies” - Stereogum

“‘DIVER’ introduces us to I Want The Door To Open in beautiful, memorable fashion.” - PAPER

“Featuring baroque instrumentation and a soaring crescendo, [‘DIVER’ is] a warm introduction to [I Want the Door to Open].” - The FADER

Lala Lala Tour Dates

Fri. Oct. 8 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *

Wed. Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room ^

Wed. Oct. 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg!

Thu. Jan. 27, 2022 - Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso Noord

Fri. Jan. 28, 2022 - Groningen, NE @ Vera

Sat. Jan. 29, 2022 - Brugge, BE @ Cactus at Villa Bota

Sun. Jan. 30, 2022 - Brussels, BE @ Botanique (Rotonde)

Tue. Feb. 1, 2022 - Köln, DE @ Baumann & SOHN

Wed. Feb. 2, 2022 - Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain

Thu. Feb. 3, 2022 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

Sat. Feb. 5, 2022 - Göteborg, SE @ Oceanen

Sun. Feb. 6, 2022 - Oslo, NO @ Internasjonalen

Mon. Feb. 7, 2022 - Stockholm, SE @ Hus 7

Tue. Feb. 8, 2022 - Malmö, SE @ Plan B

Wed. Feb. 9, 2022 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega at Ideal Bar

Fri. Feb. 11, 2022 - Prague, CZ @ Underdogs’

Sat. Feb. 12, 2022 - Schorndorf, DE @ Club Manufaktur

Sun. Feb. 13, 2022 - Freiburg, DE @ Swamp

Mon. Feb. 14, 2022 - Yverdon-les-Bains, CH @ L’Amalgame

Wed. Feb. 16, 2022 - Zürich, CH @ Rote Fabrik

Thu. Feb. 17, 2022 - Annecy, FR @ Festival Hors-Pistes

Fri. Feb. 18, 2022 - Metz, FR @ Aérogare

Sat. Feb. 19, 2022 - Lille, FR @ l’Aéronef

Sun. Feb. 20, 2022 - Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store

Mon. Feb. 21, 2022 - London, UK @ Moth Club

Wed. Feb. 23, 2022 - Leeds, UK @ Hyde Park Book Club

Thu. Feb. 24, 2022 - Glasgow, UK @ Nice N Sleazy

Fri. Feb. 25, 2022 - Manchester, UK @ YES

Sat. Feb. 26, 2022 - Bristol, UK @ Strange Brew

Mon. Feb. 28, 2022 - Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire

Sat. Mar. 12 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

Mon. Mar. 14 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

Tue. Mar. 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

Wed. Mar. 16 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux

Fri. Mar. 18 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile (Second Stage)

Sat. Mar. 19 - Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret

Sun. Mar. 20 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Tue. Mar. 22 - Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club

Fri. Mar. 25 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Sat. Mar. 26 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress

Sun. Mar. 27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

Mon. Mar. 28 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

Wed. Mar. 30 - Austin, TX @ The Parish

Thu. Mar. 31 - Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips

Sat. Apr. 2 - Indianapolis, IN @ HI-FI

Sun. Apr. 3 - Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Coffee

Wed. Apr. 13 - Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel

Thu. Apr. 14 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry

Fri. Apr. 15 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

Sat. Apr. 16 - Urbana, IL @ Rose Bowl Tavern

Sun. Apr. 17 - Nashville, TN @ High Watt

Tue. Apr. 19 - Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5

Wed. Apr. 20 - Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

Fri. Apr. 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry

Sat. Apr. 23 - Woodstock, NY @ Colony

Sun. Apr. 24 @ Washington, DC @ Black Cat

Wed. Apr. 27 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

Thu. Apr. 28 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

Fri. Apr. 29 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison

Sat. Apr. 30 - Hamtramck, MI @ Outer Limits Lounge


* = w/ Unannounced Special Guest & Kara Jackson

^ = Cryogeyser & Fashion Club

! = Salt Cathedral & Crosslegged 

La Luz share the official video for “The Pines” off their forthcoming self-titled album available October 22nd worldwide from Hardly Art

WED, AUG 25, 2021

On October 22nd, Hardly Art will release the self-titled album from La Luz. Recorded at Linear Labs Studio in Los Angeles with the help of Adrian Younge, La Luz fearlessly launch themselves into a new realm of emotional intimacy with a collection of songs steeped in the mysteries of the natural world and the magic of human chemistry that has found manifestation in the musical ESP between guitarist and songwriter Shana Cleveland, bassist Lena Simon, and keyboardist Alice Sandal. On the heels of their previously released singles “In The Country” and “Watching Cartoons” comes a new video for their latest song, “The Pines.” Directed by Hamilton Boyce, this karaoke-inspired romp is set at a neighborhood dive bar, The Pines, and features the band singing, dancing, and… surprise! more singing! You can watch the group’s new video by clicking here.

La Luz international headlining dates in support of their self-titled record for the US, UK, and EU have been announced. For a full list of shows click here. 





What people are saying about La Luz: 

“The song is a rich, expansive bit of spaced-out surf rock with a serene refrain…“ [In The Country] - Rolling Stone 

“La Luz create a vibrant and balmy atmosphere on “In The Country”, with warm guitars and Cleveland’s tender vocal. The fuzzy and chirping electronic additions do indeed sound something like cicadas in the nearby trees – or perhaps something further flung like intercepted alien broadcasts. Either way, La Luz are settling back, pushing aside any obligations, and taking it all in, purely enjoying being “In The Country” – and with this song they invite us to join them in repose and enjoy the summer air.” [“In The Country”] - Beats Per Minute  

“La Luz’s new single “In The Country” is an extremely cool piece of spectral, shimmering folk-rock. It’s full of eerie, layered harmonies and reverb-drenched surf-guitar notes, and it absolutely nails its out-of-time pop-psychedelia sound.” [“In The Country”] -  Stereogum

“Short and snappy, La Luz lean on their psych pop impulses…” [“In The Country”] - CLASH

“Known for reverb-heavy guitar licks, a tasteful deployment of dynamics and singular harmonies––a range of emotive “oohs” and “ahhs” that vacillate between haunting melancholy and revelrous mirth––the band (Shana Cleveland-guitar, Lena Simon-bass, Alice Sandahl-keys) has crafted a lush, earthy and undeniably psychedelic collection of songs for La Luz. And the record is also the band’s most personal.” [“Watching Cartoons”] - WJCT



La Luz

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Tracklisting:

1. In the Country

2. The Pines

3. Watching Cartoons

4. Oh, Blue

5. Goodbye Ghost

6. Yuba Rot

7. Metal Man

8. Lazy Eyes and Dune

9. Down the Street

10. I Won’t Hesitate

11. Here on Earth

12. Spider House