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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.

Stream IAN SWEET’s Crush Crusher, Out Next Week

THU, OCT 18, 2018

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

IAN SWEET’S Crush Crusher Out Now!

FRI, OCT 26, 2018

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)

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.