We’re very excited to announce “Deep In The Iris”, the new record from Braids out April 28th. Stream Miniskirt above, and pre order the record below. Vinyl pre-orders come on limited white/green marbled vinyl, and all vinyl orders include 16-page photobook!

Pre Order “Deep In The Iris” here: http://tinyurl.com/kuq95m6

To record their third album, Deep In The Iris, Braids decamped to a series of retreats in the mountains of Arizona, Vermont, and upstate New York. Surrounded by nature in all its warm vitality, the longtime bandmates strove to shed the fabric of their day to day relationships, being bare and vulnerable before one another. What resulted is Deep In The Iris, their strongest record to date – powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human.

Driven by roomy acoustic instrumentation and tasteful electronics, Deep In The Iris is easily Braids’ sunniest and most immediate record. While the icy, airless production of their second album Flourish // Perish suited the songs’ inward gaze, the widescreen warmth and full-bodied punch of Deep In The Iris are the perfect complement to its unflinching lyricism.

Raphaelle Standell has always had a formidable voice but rarely has it sounded as vital, focused, and powerful as it does here. True to the process that birthed it, the record explores a number of heavy subjects, including pornography, abuse, and slutshaming. Standell’s emotional vulnerability becomes a triumphant weapon in its own right: scything through wrongdoing and shame with equal aplomb, and clearing the way for the many others who will find resonance in the bravery of these lyrics. Written from a place of inspiring strength and unblinking lucidity, the lyricism of this record is a cathartic gift.

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TOPS are back with new tour dates in Japan, North America, and Europe (see below). To celebrate the band is also sharing a new and interactive video for “Outside” starring lead singer Jane Penny.

Speaking on the video, director Fantavious Fritz said, “Outside is one of my favourite tracks! It carries such sublime simplicity and unity, like a well-curated collage or painting of sounds. This website came out of a desire to experiment with the internet as a medium and visually portray this idea of collage with video / performance. In ‘Outside’, the internet serves as a canvas for play with colours, shapes and moving kinetic form, allowing for many different viewings of the piece.

Watch: “Outside” (Interactive version)http://fritzmagnets.com/outside.html
Purchase Picture You Staring herehttp://tinyurl.com/pqoh8t9

February 7th | Kanazawa, JP | Artgummi
February 8th | Osaka, JP | Chika Ikkai
February 9th | Hiroshima, JP | 092 Banquet
February 10th | Fukuoka, JP | Utero
February 11th | Kumamoto, JP | Navaro
February 12th | Kobe, JP | Helluva Lounge
February 13th | Kyoto, JP | Metro
February 14th | Tokushima, JP | Crowbar
February 15th | Hamamatsu, JP | Kirchherr
February 16th | Nagoya, JP | KD Japon
February 17th | Tochigi, JP | Hello Dolly
February 18th | Sendai, JP | Space Zero & NeoBrotherz
February 19th | Tokyo, JP | O-Nest
February 20th | Tokyo, JP | Fever (late night party)

February 22nd | Los Angeles, CA | The Echo (All Ages Early Show) – TICKETS
February 23rd | San Fransisco, CA | Brick & Mortar – TICKETS
February 25th | Portland, OR | Mississippi Studios – TICKETS
February 27th | Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore – TICKETS
February 28th | Mexico, DF | Deportivo Lomas Atlas (NRMAL Festival) – TICKETS
March 5th | Minneapolis, MN | Icehouse – TICKETS
March 6th | Chicago, IL | Subterranean – TICKETS
March 7th | Detroit, MI | UFO Factory – TICKETS
March 8th | Toronto, ON | Smiling Buddha – TICKETS
March 9th | Hamilton, ON | Baltimore House – TICKETS
March 11th | Boston, MA | Great Scott – TICKETS
March 12th | Dallas, TX | Three Links (Red Bull Sound Select Dallas: Curated by Gorilla vs Bear) – TICKETS
March 13th | Waltham, MA | Chums
March 14th | Brooklyn, NY | Baby’s All Right (late night) – TICKETS
March 19th | Quebec, QC | Le Cercle – TICKETS
March 20th | Montreal, QC | Le Ritz PDB – TICKETS

May 11th | Birmingham, UK | The Hare & Hounds – TICKETS
May 12th | Bristol, Avon, UK | Start The Bus – TICKETS
May 13th | Manchester, UK | Gullivers – TICKETS
May 14th | London, UK | Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club – TICKETS
May 19th | Luxembourg, LU | De Gudde Wëllen – TICKETS
May 20th | Rotterdam, NL | WORM – TICKETS
May 21st | Hamburg, DE | Aalhaus – TICKETS
May 23rd | Mannheim, DE | Maifield Derby Festival – TICKETS
May 24th | Dortmund, DE | Way Back When Festival – TICKETS
May 26th | Prague, CZ | 007 Club Strahov – TICKETS
May 27th | Leipzig, DE | Goldhorn
May 28th | Berlin, DE | Privat Club – TICKETS
May 30th | Copenhagen, DK | Vega (Ideal Bar) – TICKETS
June 1st | Stockholm, SE | Lilla Hotellbaren (Free Show) – TICKETS
June 3rd | Amsterdam, NL | OT301 – TICKETS

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Blue Hawaii release Agor Edits mixtape

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A note from Blue Hawaii’s Agor:

2014 led Blue Hawaii around the world. Over multiple visits to Russia, China/SE Asia, Mexico, Japan, Europe and the US, it felt like everything was coming up oppositeUntogether, the album we made. Instead of being secluded in a Montreal apartment writing a fragmented break-up record, we were travelling vast distances, rediscovering each other as close friends and tying together radically different cultures. Our music came to reflect that. Live, everything sounded more together and higher energy than the record in an effort to find common ground with all those different audiences. 

It’s the end of the year, so to commemorate the global underground touring we did— to all the people who were interested in coming to and putting on a Blue Hawaii show in Bangkok or Vilnius— we decided to put together a free mixtape of edits —  somewhere between the dreamy record and the banging live show. 

In 2015, Ra will focus on her other band, BRAIDS, who have just completed a beautiful, deeply emotional, new record which I am very excited to see come into the world. I will use what I’ve learnt this year DJing and roaming the earth to produce more music this winter —  planning on releasing material in a similar vein to this mixtape and hitting SXSW this March as DJ Blue Hawaii.. holding down the fort until Ra and I can record another album…   something 4 y’all to look forward to! -
;)  Agor (the boy in Blue Hawaii)

Enjoy! 


You can also download / stream the track individually here.

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TOPS announce their winter 2015 tour

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December 19th | Toronto, ON | Tattoo – TICKETS
December 31st | Los Angeles, CA | Park Plaza – TICKETS
February 23rd | San Fransisco, CA | Brick & Mortar – TICKETS
February 25th | Portland, OR | Mississippi Studios – TICKETS
February 27th | Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore – TICKETS
February 28th | Mexico, DF | Deportivo Lomas Atlas (NRMAL Festival) – TICKETS
March 5th | Minneapolis, MN | Icehouse – TICKETS
March 6th | Chicago, IL | Subterranean – TICKETS
March 7th | Detroit, MI | UFO Factory – TICKETS
March 8th | Toronto, ON | Smiling Buddha – TICKETS
March 9th | Hamilton, ON | Baltimore House – TICKETS
March 12th | Boston, MA | Great Scott – TICKETS
March 14th | Brooklyn, NY | Baby’s All Right (late night) – TICKETS
March 20th | Montreal, QC | Le Ritz PDB – TICKETS

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TOUR DATES

January 31st | Berlin, DE | CTM @ Hebbel Am Ufer
February 1st | Hamburg, DE | Prinzenbar
February 3rd | Stockholm, SE | Scandic Grand Central
February 4th | Olso, NO | Internasjonalen
February 5th | Malmo, SE | Inkunst
February 6th | Copenhagen, DK | FROST @ Dome of Visions
February 7th | Bucarest, RO | Control Club
February 10th | Munich, DE | Kranhalle/ Feierwerk
February 11th | Lausanne, CH | Le Romandie
February 12th | St. Gallen, CH | Palace St. Gallen
February 13th | Luxembourg | Exit07
February 14th | Paris, FR | Espace B
February 15th | Dijon, FR | Generiq Festival
February 17th | London, UK | Sebright Arms
February 19th | Manchester, UK | Gullivers
February 20th | Brighton, UK | Prince Albert
February 21st | Leuven, BE | Artefact at Stuk Arts Centre
February 22nd | Amsterdam, NL | Subbacultcha @ Het Muziekgobouw

Sean Nicholas Savage is gearing up for his last shows of the year (in Montreal tonight!) and has just shared a behind-the-scenes look at his rehearsals last summer with Touchy Mob.

“touchy and me rehearsing for a european tour a few months back,
i hadn’t sung spotted brown in a long time, so i got all charged up when he played the music for me, and we video’d it.
although u can’t see touch, beautiful as he may be;
u can hear him singing a bit, and those synth lines n bass etc.
i wore shades cos i was real blazy that day, n feeling shyyy”

And don’t miss Seanie on these Canadian dates:
November 19th | Montreal, QC | Sala Rossa (M for Montreal)
November 20th | Montreal QC | Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.
November 21st | Hamilton, ON | The Baltimore House
December 11th | Toronto, ON | Lee’s Palace
December 12th | Toronto, ON | The Great Hall (Long Winter)

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TOPS – European Tour Autumn 2014


Don’t miss TOPS on their below European tour dates!

November 20th | Glasgow, UK | Broadcast – TICKETS
November 22nd | Sheffield, UK | Riverside – TICKETS
November 24th | London, UK | Oslo – TICKETS
November 26th | Brighton, UK | Green Door Store – TICKETS
November 27th | Paris, FR | L’espace B – TICKETS
November 28th | Amsterdam, NL | De Nieuwe Anita – TICKETS
November 29th | Essen, DE | Hotel Shanghai – TICKETS
November 30th | Berlin, DE | Monarch (afternoon show)- TICKETS
December 2nd | Dudingen, SW | Bad Bonn – TICKETS
December 3rd | Luzern, SW | Sudpol – TICKETS
December 5th | Milan, IT | Ligeria – TICKETS
December 6th | Bologna, IT | Covo – TICKETS
December 7th | Barcelona, ES | Teatro Latino
December 11th | San Sebastian, ES | Dabadaba
December 13th | Gent, BE | Casa Rosa

Catch them at CMJ this week!

10/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands – 10:00PM

10/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Wythe Hotel DJ Set (Arbutus x Cascine CMJ) – 3:40PM

10/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (Windish CMJ) – 10:15PM

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Arbutus Records @ CMJ!

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We’re gearing up for our showcase with Terrible Records this week at CMJ. Limited edition cassette tape will be available on the night of with songs from the performing bands. Here’s where you’ll want to be this week:

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10/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands – 10:00PM

10/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Wythe Hotel DJ Set (Arbutus x Cascine CMJ) – 3:40PM

10/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (Windish CMJ) – 10:15PM

 

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10/21 – Brooklyn NY – Union Pool (YVYNYL CMJ) – 10:45PM

10/23 – Brooklyn NY – Baby’s All Right (Gorilla vs. Bear CMJ) – 1AM

10/24 – New York, NY – Piano’s Upstairs (Planetary Radio CMJ) – 3:10PM

10/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands (Blue Hawaii support) – 8:15PM

10/24 – New York, NY – Arlene’s Grocery (M for Montreal CMJ) – 11:45PM

10/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery (Porcelain Raft Support) – 8:00PM

10/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Death By Audio (Arbutus x Terrible CMJ) – 9:45PM

10/26 – New York, NY – Babycastles (Cardinal PR CMJ) – 5:45PM

 

TOPS

10/22 – New York NY – The Delancy (SESAC CMJ) – 9PM

10/22 – Brooklyn NY – Shea Stadium – 10:45PM

10/23 – Brooklyn NY – Baby’s All Right (Gorilla vs Bear CMJ) – 11:30PM

10/24 – Brooklyn NY – FADER Fort @ Rubber Tracks – 9:30PM

10/25 – Brooklyn NY – Death By Audio (Arbutus & Terrible Records CMJ) – 10:30pm

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TOPS “Outside” (Video)


Watch TOPS’ beautiful new video for Outside, and don’t miss yr chance to see them on tour (dates below).

Buy their new record Picture You Staring HERE.

October 7th | St. Louis, MO | Demo - TICKETS
October 8th | Nashville, TN | The End - TICKETS
October 9th | Indianpolis, IL | Hi Fi - TICKETS
October 10th | Chicago, IL | Subterranean - TICKETS
October 11th | Detroit, MI | Jumbo’s - TICKETS
October 12th | Ohio, OH | Happy Dog
October 14th | Toronto, ON | Silver Dollar - TICKETS
October 15th | Montreal, QC | Divan Orange - TICKETS 
October 16th | Boston, MA | Church - TICKETS
October 17th | Brooklyn, NY | Baby’s All Right - TICKETS
October 18th | Philadelphia, PN | MilkBoy - TICKETS
October 27th | Washington, DC | DC9 - TICKETS
October 28th | Carrboro, NC | Cat’s Cradle (back room) - TICKETS
October 29th | Atlanta, GA | 529 - TICKETS
October 30th | Birmingham, AL | Syndicate Lounge - TICKETS
October 31st | New Orleans, LA | Circle Bar
November 1st | Huston, TX | Fitzgerald’s Downstairs - TICKETS
November 3rd | Dallas, TX | City Tavern - TICKETS
November 4th | Austin, TX | Mohawk (Inside) - TICKETS
November 5th | El Paso, TX | Lowbrow Palace - TICKETS
November 9th | San Diego, CA | Soda Bar - TICKETS
November 24th | London, UK | Oslo – TICKETS
November 26th | Brighton, UK | Green Door Store – TICKETS
November 28th | Amsterdam, NL | De Nieuwe Anita – TICKETS
November 30th | Berlin, DE | Monarch – TICKETS
December 2nd | Dudingen, SW | Bad Bonn – TICKETS
December 3rd | Luzern, SW | Sudpol – TICKETS
December 5th | Milan, IT | Ligeria – TICKETS
December 6th | Bologna, IT | Covo – TICKETS