Sufjan Stevens, the National’s Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and drummer James McAlister have shared a new track, “Mercury,” from their forthcoming album Planetarium. Watch the lyric video below via Brooklyn Vegan. It marks the second song the group has released from their space-themed project, which is out June 9 via 4AD, after “Saturn.” The album will feature 17 tracks with titles that reference planets, stars, and more. Stevens is also preparing to release Carrie & Lowell Live, which arrives this Friday via Asthmatic Kitty. The National, meanwhile, will headline Pitchfork Music Festival Paris this year, and curate one day of the three-day festival.
Sun Kil Moon and Jesu are releasing their new album 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth on June 2 via Caldo Verde. The album features Mark Kozelek and Justin Broadrick’s previously released tracks “He’s Bad” (the one where Kozelek declares that he’s “glad” that Michael Jackson died) and “The Greatest Conversation Ever in the History of the Universe” (which is the anti-Trump song where Kozelek sings about “jerking off to Pokémon”). Another song, “Wheat Bread,” is around 17 minutes long. The album is now streaming in its entirety. Listen here.
The stream is accompanied by a conversation between Kozelek and novelist John Connolly. (The 2012 Sun Kil Moon album Among the Leaves was named after an excerpt from one of Connolly’s novels.) Kozelek discusses his collaborations with Broadrick, writing about events that were topical last year, touring less in the coming years, feeling ambivalent about his older work, and the inspirations behind the new songs. When Connolly asked about the autobiographical nature of his songs, Kozelek replied, “I don't feel the need to commit to what is fact or fiction, because it's not what songwriting is about, to me.” Read the entire thing here.
Watch Sun Kil Moon perform “Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes” at Pitchfork Music Festival 2014:
Phoenix have announced their sixth studio album. It’s called Ti Amo, and it’s out June 9 via Glassnote. In a new New York Times article, guitarist Laurent Brancowitz described the vibe of the album as “summer and Italian discos.” Ti Amo was recorded in late 2014 after the release of Bankrupt! in 2013. According to the NYT article, the band holed up in “an old opera house near the Pompidou Center, in the heart of Paris,” installing recording gear in the space to do so. The news follows the band’s announcement of a world tour, which was previewed with a teaser that was soundtracked by new music. Then, they teased a new song called “J-Boy” (which opens the new album) and shared a snippet of new music in a Calvin Klein ad.
Revisit Pitchfork’s 2013 interview with Phoenix.April 14, 2017
Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” is the No. 1 song in America, as Billboard reports. The song initially debuted at the No. 2 spot upon its release, being held off from hitting the top of the charts by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” which he has now replaced. This marks Kendrick’s second appearance at No. 1 (the first being his feature on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”), and his first No. 1 song as a lead artist. All 13 of the others songs on DAMN. have also charted in the Billboard Hot 100 this week, with “DNA.” debuting at No. 4.
DAMN. recently hit the top of the charts, beating out Drake for the best-selling single week of the year for any album. Earlier today, Kung Fu Kenny announced the first tour dates behind the new album, featuring Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. He also recently dropped the Don Cheadle-starring video for “DNA.”
In 2015, Mac DeMarco started a fan club. It’s run by Mac, his mother Agnes, and his manager Michelle Cable. Now, he’s looking to add another person to the team (as Stereogum points out). There’s a new listing on his site for a Fan Club assistant. The requirements are pretty standard (experience with MailChimp, WordPress, and iMovie, as well as “Great attention to detail”), but the application process is a bit more fun. In order to be the Mac Fan Club assistant, you must submit a cover letter, a résumé, and “your dankest Mac meme or Mac related gif.” Check out the listing here.
Mac DeMarco recently performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. His new record, This Old Dog, is out May 5 via Captured Tracks. So far, he’s shared the tracks “This Old Dog,” “My Old Man,” and “On the Level.” He also did “Dreams From Yesterday” and “Moonlight on the River” during a live session on KCRW. Find his upcoming tour dates here.
Read “Mac DeMarco on His Chill New Album, This Old Dog” on the Pitch, and watch Mac DeMarco’s episode of “Over/Under” on Pitchfork.tv:
Radiohead have inspired the name for a new species of ant that was discovered in the Venezuelan Amazon, as Phys.org points out. Ana Ješovnik and Ted R. Schultz from the Smithsonian Institution's Ant Lab discovered three new species of ant, and named one of them Sericomyrmex radioheadi. “We wanted to honor their music,” said Ješovnik. “But more importantly, we wanted to acknowledge the conservation efforts of the band members, especially in raising climate-change awareness.” The new ants are fungus farmers, and relatives of the better-known leaf-cutter ants. Earlier this month, a new species of shrimp was named after Pink Floyd.
DJ Khaled Enlists Chance the Rapper, Justin Bieber, Migos’ Quavo, Lil Wayne for New Song “I’m the One”
DJ Khaled has announced a new song. It’s called “I’m the One,” and it features Justin Bieber, Migos’ Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne. The track is set for release this Friday, April 28. Below, see the fantastic “I’m the One” artwork, featuring Khaled’s son Asahd Tuck Khaled. The new track is set to appear on Khaled’s forthcoming record Grateful. At the press conference announcing the album’s title, Khaled revealed that it is executive produced by his son; Chance accompanied Khaled at the event. Asahd Tuck also appeared on the artwork for Grateful’s “Shining” (featuring Beyoncé and Jay Z). Khaled’s next LP follows 2016’s Major Key.April 24, 2017
Read our interview with Khaled, and watch his episode of Pitchfork.tv’s “Over/Under”:
Gorillaz have shared another new track from their forthcoming record Humanz. It’s called “The Apprentice,” and it features Rag‘n’Bone Man, Zebra Katz, and RAY BLK. The bonus song appears on the deluxe version of the record. Hear it below. “The Apprentice” premiered on MistaJam’s BBC Radio 1 show. Recently, MistaJam hosted the first-ever video interview with Gorillaz’s Murdoc Niccals and 2D. Humanz is due out this Friday, April 28 via Parlophone. Gorillaz briefly premiered the record on their augmented reality app.
Prior to “The Apprentice,” the Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett-created group shared “Hallelujah Money” (with Benjamin Clementine), “Saturnz Barz” (with Popcaan), “Andromeda” (with D.R.A.M.), “Ascension” (with Vince Staples), “Let Me Out” (with Mavis Staples and Pusha T), and “We Got the Power” (with Jehnny Beth of Savages). Find Gorillaz’s upcoming tour dates here.
Read “Gorillaz Saw the Future of Pop Narratives” on the Pitch.
Thurston Moore has announced a new set of tour dates behind his forthcoming album Rock n Roll Consciousness, which is out April 28 via Caroline International. The new dates include shows in Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and more. Moore first announced the tour back in March along with a new song, “Cease Fire.” Check out the full itinerary below. Moore’s last studio album, The Best Day, came out in 2014. So far, he’s shared one song off the new album, “Smoke of Dreams.”
Moore’s tour schedule includes a stop at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. The festival takes place in Chicago’s Union Park from July 14–16. Get tickets here.
05-08 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Imperial
05-09 Seattle, WA - Neumos
05-10 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
05-12 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
05-13 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
05-14 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
05-17 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05-18 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
05-20 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05-27 London, England - Roundhouse
06-12 Glasgow, Scotland - St. Lukes
06-13 Manchester, England - Gorilla
06-14 Bristol, England - The Lantern
06-15 London, England - Scala
06-17 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival
06-20 Hamburg, Germany - Knust
06-21 Cologne, Germany - Stadtgarten
06-26 Lille, France - Aeronef
06-27 Nancy, France - L'Autre Canal
06-28 Zurich, Switzerland - Bogen F
07-01 Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
07-04 Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
07-05 Warsaw, Poland - Proxima
07-07 Trenčín, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07-12 Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
07-14 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07-15 Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
07-17 Toronto, Ontario - The Great Hall
07-18 Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa
07-19 Boston, MA - The Sinclair
07-22 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
07-23 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
Watch Thurston Moore play “Benediction” at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Father John Misty has added additional dates to his tour in support of his album Pure Comedy, After starting the tour in Europe in March and continuing onto the North American leg in April, Josh Tillman has announced new headlining shows in the UK, including a night at the Hammersmith Apollo. The new dates add to an itinerary that includes stops at FORM Arosanti and End of the Road Festival. Check out his full schedule below. Father John Misty recently soundtracked a new ad for Los Angeles’ tourism board and gave a performance at Coachella 2017.
Revisit Pitchfork’s feature, “Here Is the Scandalous Father John Misty Interview You’ve Been Waiting For.”
Father John Misty:
05-05-06 Toronto, Ontario - Royal Alexandra Theatre %
05-10 Brooklyn, NY - Kings Theatre %
05-11 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel !
05-13 Mayer, AZ - FORM Arcosanti Festival
05-15 Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre %
05-24 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre #
05-26 Burnaby, British Columbia - Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
06-07 Mexico City, Mexico - Metropolitan Theatre ***
06-21-25 Somerset, England - Glastonbury
06-22-24 Oslo, Norway - Piknik I Parken Festival
06-23-25 Ewjik, Netherlands - Down the Rabbit Hole Festival
06-27 Lund, Sweden - Merejet !!
06-28 Stockholm, Sweden - Cirkus !!
06-30 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07-21-23 Wooyung, Australia - Splendour in the Grass Festival
07-28-30 Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08-04-06 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga Festival
08-18 Winnipeg, Manitoba - Interstellar Rodeo - The Forks
08-19 Minneapolis, MN - Surly Brewing Festival Field *
08-25 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre **
08-26 Portland, OR - Project Pabst
08-31-09-03 Dorset, England - End of the Road Festival
09-01-03 Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09-13 Boston, MA - Blue Hills Pavilion $
09-14 Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre $
09-15 Philadelphia, PA - Skyline Stage at the Mann $
09-18 Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall ^
09-19 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre ^
09-20 Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre ^
09-22 St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House ^
09-23 Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre ^
09-25 Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium ^
09-26 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium ^
09-27 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle ^
09-29 Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall ^
10-01 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall ^
10-02 Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory ^
10-04 Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre ^
10-05 San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park ^
10-06 San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park ^
10-07 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre $
10-11 Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre ^
10-12 Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl ^
10-13 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre ^
10-14 Pomona, CA - Fox Theater Pomona ^
11-01 Edinburgh, Scotland - Usher Hall
11-02 Glasgow, Scotland - O2 Academy
11-05 Manchester, England - O2 Apollo
11-07 London, England - Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
11-11 Paris, France - Le Trianon ^
11-12 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique ^
11-14 Berlin, Germany - Huxley's ^
11-16 Milan, Italy - Fabrique ^
11-18 Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
11-19 Madrid, Spain - La Riviera ^
11-20 Lisbon, Portugal - Coliseu dos Recreios ^
@ with Tim Heidecker
% with Dams of the West
# with Entrance
^ with Weyes Blood
! with Adam Green
!! with Hamilton Leithauser
$ with Phosphorescent
* with Tennis
** with Jenny Lewis
*** with Adanowsky
Watch Father John Misty perform “Bored in the USA” at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015:
On July 19, Radiohead are set to perform at Park HaYarkon in Tel Aviv, Israel. A number of artists and activists—including Thurston Moore, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Young Fathers, Desmond Tutu, and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters—have now signed an open letter asking Radiohead “to think again” about performing in Israel. In the letter, they write, “by playing in Israel you’ll be playing in a state where, UN rapporteurs say, ‘a system of apartheid has been imposed on the Palestinian people.’” The letter closes, “Please do what artists did in South Africa’s era of oppression: stay away, until apartheid is over.” Read it in full here at the Artists’ Pledge for Palestine’s site. Pitchfork has reached out to Radiohead’s representatives for comment.
In a separate statement attached to the letter, Thurston Moore said: “If any concerned, humanitarian-conscious activists employ a boycott to protest brutal injustice in their country and request artists and scholars to refrain from working and/or being promoted as supportive of the normalization of that country—then I choose NOT to cross that line and suggest to all to not be complicit. It is a small sacrifice in respect to those who struggle in honourable opposition to state-sponsored fascism.”
Moore is among the artists (also including Brian Eno and Waters) who have chosen against performing in Israel due to the country’s continuing conflict with Palestine. Countless have signed the Artists’ Pledge for Palestine, vowing to “support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality,” and “to accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.” Others have joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS)–a campaign aimed against Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
In December, Cirque du Soleil announced that M83’s Anthony Gonzalez would compose and serve as the musical director for a new production called Cirque du Soleil VOLTA. Now, a clip from the show has surfaced, as Stereogum points out. Filmed earlier this month at a press conference for the show ahead of its world premiere, the 24-minute video features a sampling of the acrobatics and BMX action in the new show. Watch it below, along with a teaser trailer for the how, which made its premiere in Montreal on April 20 and will run through July. A YouTube comment from the official Cirque du Soleil account suggests that an official soundtrack release with music from the show is in the works as well.
Read our feature “M83: Nostalgia at the End of the World.”
Tori Amos has announced her next album. It’s called Native Invader, and it arrives September 8 via Decca. It marks Amos’ 15th studio album, and her first since the release of Unrepentant Geraldines in 2014. “The songs on Native Invader are being pushed by the Muses to find different ways of facing unforeseen challenges and in some cases dangerous conflicts,” Amos said in a press release. “The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?”
Amos has also announced a new run of tour dates in Europe behind the new album, featuring a night at Royal Albert Hall in London in October. Check out the list of dates on her site here.
09-06 Cork, Ireland - Opera House
09-07 Dublin, Ireland - Bord Gais
09-09 Gent, Belgium - Capitole
09-10 Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
09-11 Paris, France - Grand Rex
09-13 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Carre
09-14 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
09-16 Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
09-17 Milan, Italy - Arcimboldi
09-18 Geneva, Switzerland - Theatre De Leman
09-20 Linz, Austria - Brucknerhaus
09-21 Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
09-23 Copenhagen, Denmark - DR Concert
09-24 Oslo, Norway - Konzerthaus
09-26 Hamburg, Germany - Laeiszhalle
09-27 Essen, Germany - Colosseum
09-29 Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
09-30 Munich, Germany - Philharmonie
10-01 Vienna, Austria - Konzerthaus
10-04 London, England - Royal Albert Hall
10-05 Manchester, England - Palace Theatre
10-06 Glasgow, Scotland - O2 Academy