You and I know who JD Samson is, but if you don't know, she is/was a member of Le Tigre. Since 2007, Samson teamed up with ex-Le Tigre bandmember Johanna Fateman on a project called MEN. Since then, the duo merged Samon's other project, Hirsute, adding in Michael O’Neill, Ginger Brooks Takahashi (displaced by Tami Hart), and artist Emily Roysdon.
TIME EP is the latest release from JD Samson & MEN, the pending release date is May 8th… with these known tour dates:
4/27 – Boulder, CO @ Communikey Festival
5/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
5/11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop
5/12 – San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink
5/17 – Honolulu, HI @ Next Door (Acoustic)
5/18 – Honolulu, HI @ Soho
If there is anything you should take away from Scott Lucas & the Married Men, is that Scott Lucas is the singer/guitarist from Chicago's Local H.
Their forthcoming album, Blood Half Moon, will be out June 5th via The End Records (I believe this is the same label that released Danzig's last album).
In support of the album, here is their upcoming tour dates:
06/06 - The Aquarium - Fargo, ND *
06/07 - First Ave - Minneapolis, MN *
06/08 - Majestic Theater - Madison, WI *
06/09 - Metro - Chicago, IL *
06/10 - Magic Bag - Detroit, MI *
06/12 - O'Brien's Pub - Allston, MA
06/13 - Red Palace - Washington, DC
06/14 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
06/16 - North Star Bar - Philadelphia, PA
* Deer Tick + Turbo Fruits
Lara is covering Gentlemen Hall at 7th Street in Minneapolis today (April 18th). The band was the winner of Billboard's Battle of the Bands competition, and was featured in an online Microsoft commercial for their song "Gravity Will Break Our Bones" (duh).
Their current single is called "All Our Love" and you can watch the music video at youtube.com. If you like what you heard, you can download a free EP, When We All Disappear at gentlemenhall.com
Here is what's left of their tour dates:
April 19 - Ames, IA - The Maintenance Shop
April 21 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's Front Room
The Night Was On To Me (demo)
You can't have women without 'men'. Ok, technically this doesn't below here, but I love Team Dresch and the Butchies (see Riot Grrrls), that I wanted to include Kaia Wilson.
Her album, Two Adult Women In Love, will be out May 22nd (Morrissey's birthday) via Jealous Butcher Records. She's currently wrapping up her tour with Amy Ray (who I saw in 2008 with Wilson on guitars).
4/18 - Brighton Music Hall - Cambridge, MA
4/20 - The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ
4/21 - The Casbah - Durham, NC
It's not even May, but already the band, The Men, have played nearly sixty shows in 2012. They are a glutton for punishment, because they have announced their West Coast tour for June.
Their latest release will be called, Todo Muere Vol. 2, coming out April 21st via Sacred Bones Records. This is a special sampler for Record Store Day. You can get a sneak preview of one of their song, "A Minor" via Pitchfork. The song is described as an eight minute "slow-burning jam", however The Men have been known to play anything from hardcore punk to shoegaze to black metal.
Their massive upcoming 2012 tour:
5-16 New York, NY - Webster Hall !
5-30 - Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan's
6-1 - Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Festival
6-2 - London, UK @ Field Day Festival
6-3 - London, UK @ Shacklewell Arms
6-13 Ottawa, ON - Club Saw
6-14 Toronto, ON - The Garrison ^
6-15 West Toronto, ON - Wrongbar [NXNE]
6-16 Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid
6-18 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
6-19 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
6-21 Spokane, WA - Mootsy's
6-22 Seattle, WA - Barboza
6-23 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios $
6-24 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
6-25 Santa Cruz, CA - 105 Pioneer St.
6-26 Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
6-28 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
6-29 El Paso, TX - Lips Lounge
6-30 Austin, TX - Red 7
7-1 Beaumont, TX - Victoria House
7-2 Jackson, MS - Hal & Mals
7-3 Atlanta, GA - 529 %
7-4 Belmont, NC - Haunted Mill
7-5 Washington, DC - DC 9
7-15 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
! w/ Ty Segall, White Fence, The Strange Boys
^ w/ Black Belles, Mac Demarco & more
$ w/ Hurry Up
% w/ Womyn Pryson
OF MONSTERS AND MEN
You might remember that I saw Iceland's Of Monsters and Men last month. Well, Universal Republic released their debut album My Head Is An Animal April 3rd in America, with a different US cover artwork.
They are doing some North American dates below:
May 25 - The Gorge, WA @ Sasquatch
July 29 - Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
August 3-5 Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
Brave Chandeliers' video premier for the track "Madmen" is available now via youtube.com. The song is taken from their album, 11 Escapes, which comes out April 24th.
About the video: the band shot the video during Portland's rush hour traffic and later edited the clips into the music video. The song and video is meant to reflect the rat race that the band was stuck in… and they mean to "escape".