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Jacuzzi Boys are back! The Miami, FL trio will release their fourth album, Ping Pong, on October 21 and after two albums on Hardly Art, will release this new one on their own label, Mag Mag. The band relocated to the West Coast for an extended period to make the album, holing up in an LA studio where some of the album was written.

The band has also announced a full North American Fall tour – see full dates below.

TOUR DATES:

09/30 St. Augustine, FL Nobby’s Tavern

10/01 Atlanta, GA The Earl

10/02 Birmingham, AL Seasick Records

10/03 Nashville, TN The End

10/04 Charlotte, NC Snug Harbor

10/05 Richmond, VA Strange Matter

10/06 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie

10/07 Brooklyn, NY Baby’s All Right

10/08 Cambridge, MA Middle East Upstairs

10/09 Montreal, QC Brasserie Beaubien

10/10 Toronto, ON Silver Dollar

10/11 Rochester, NY The Bug Jar

10/15 Cleveland, OH Happy Dog

10/16 Chicago, IL Schubas

10/17 Madison, WI The Frequency

10/18 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry

10/20 Seattle, WA Chop Suey

10/22 Vancouver, BC The Cobalt

10/23 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios

10/24 Arcata, CA Richard’s Goat

10/25 Santa Rosa, CA Arlene Francis Center

10/26 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill

10/27 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite

10/28 San Diego, CA Soda Bar

10/30 Tucson, AZ Hotel Congress

10/31 El Paso, TX Lowbrow Palace

11/02 Austin, TX Sidewinder

11/03 Dallas, TX City Tavern

11/04 New Orleans, LA Siberia

11/05 Tallahassee, FL Warhorse Whiskey

11/06 Orlando, FL Will’s Pub

Seems so many are beside themselves with the release of Kathleen Hanna’s new The Julie Ruin album Hit Reset.  If you don’t remember Hanna, just think Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, It’s been three years since  the group’s first album Run Fast so yeah, there should be some excitement (of course this doesn’t include Hanna’s solo album under the name Julie Ruin in 2010.) The new single from The Julie Ruin is “I’m Done,” a more aggressive number with loads of pop sensibilities. The album drops July 8th on Hardly Art.

 

If you haven’t heard by now just know, The Julie Ruin, the band lead by Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) returns with a new album dropping on July 8, 2016  entitled Hit Reset on Hardly Art.  Back in 2014 the group had to cancel its tour due to Hanna’s fight with Lme disease. But now they’re back. The band (Hanna, Kathi Wilcox, Kiki and Herb’s Kenny Mellman, Carmine Covelli, and Sara Landeau) have released a single and lyric video for “I Decide,” which shows the band’s musical growth.

The track-listing for Hit Reset is below:

01 Hit Reset
02 I Decide
03 Be Nice
04 Rather Not
05 Planet You
06 Let Me Go
07 Mr. So and So
08 Record Breaker
09 Hello Trust No One
10 I’m Done
11 Roses More Than Water
12 Time is Up
13 Calverton

Every Monday, Ghettoblaster is looking back to new albums released the previous week.  Below you’ll find several albums released on Friday April 1st that we believe are definitely worth a listen.

 

Elzhi – Lead Poison (GLOW365 LLC)

Detroit rapper Elzhi takes us back in time with his new album, Lead Poison, which is heavily inspired by 90s hip-hop. This makes sense as Elzhi made his start in the late 90s with rap group Slum Village. He’s been recording solo albums for several years now and Lead Poison is one of his finest. The beats are solid loops and the emphasis here is on fantastic lyricism and stellar flows. Overall, it’s a melancholy affair focusing on storytelling rap with occasional turns to the surreal.  Apparently this album was actually released on March 25th but it slipped under the radar and we wanted to cover it anyway.

Tancred – Out of the Garden (Polyvinyl)

From the beginning riff of opener “Bed Case” to the fading guitar distortion of closer “Pretty Girls,” Tancred brings us a hugely enjoyable power pop ride with Out of the Garden. Comparisons to Weezer and The Breeders abound in the best possible way. The choruses are catchy, the music is loud and each song is a joy to listen to.

Tacocat – Lost Time (Hardly Art)

Lost Time is a strange, yet super fun listen. The album opens with a track titled “Dana Katherine Scully,” an ode to the character from The X-Files, and the clever humor never wavers throughout. This is an album that inspires as much head bobbing as it does laughing as the music is very well executed power pop. There are some definite heavy parts, both musically and lyrically, but even in these moments Tacocat’s wonderful sense of wit is present.

Laura Gibson – Empire Builder (City Slang)

Empire Builder is a beautiful singer-songwriter album with pop song structures and occasional shades of country. Laura Gibson alternates largely between pop songs, which contain interesting percussion and perfectly produced string arrangements, and slow burning folk songs with introspective lyrics and country influences. The mix between these two styles makes for an unpredictable and endlessly interesting listen.  She is also featured in the most recent issue of Ghettoblaster, out now!

Other Noteworthy Albums

This week was so full of great albums we couldn’t cover them all!  Below you’ll find other noteworthy albums to check out.

Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing (Bayonet Records)


 

Black Mountain – IV (Jagjaguwar)


 

Mike and the Melvins – Three Men and a Baby (Sub Pop)


 

Autolux – Pussy’s Dead (Columbia)

 

You can stream all twelve tracks of Seattle candy-pop agitators Tacocat’s new album Lost Time.

Fresh from a rapturous reception at SXSW, the band will celebrate Lost Time‘s April 1 release with two back-to-back hometown shows on Thursday, March 31, followed by tours in the U.S. and Europe. See below for a full list of upcoming dates.

03.31.16 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey * (tix)
03.31.16 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey (tix)
04.02.16 – Pullman, WA – Kazzuzapalousa @ WSU
04.03.16 – Missoula, MT – Ole Beck VFW Post 2019 (tix)
04.07.16 – St Paul, MN – Turf Club (tix)
04.08.16 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (tix)
04.09.16 – Detroit, MI – Marble Bar (tix)
04.12.16 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (tix)
04.13.16 – Brooklyn, NY – Palisades (tix) *
04.14.16 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs (tix)
04.15.16 – Philadelphia, PA – Everybody Hits (tix)
04.16.16 – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong (tix)
04.18.16 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matters (tix)
04.19.16 – Durham, NC – Pinhook (tix)
04.20.16 – Atlanta, GA – 529 (tix)
04.21.16 – Nashville, TN – The End (tix)
04.22.16 – St Louis, MO – Billiken Club (tix)
04.24.16 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge (tix)
05.01.16 – Machester, UK – Sounds From the Other City Festival (tix)
05.02.16 – Nottingham, UK – JT Soar (tix)
05.03.16 – Edinburgh, UK – Electric Circus (tix)
05.04.16 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast (tix)
05.05.16 – Cardiff, UK – The Moon Club (tix)
05.06.16 – Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
05.07.16 – London, UK – The Lexington (tix)
05.09.16 – Paris, FR – Le Mecanique Ondulature
05.10.16 – Lyon, FR – Le Periscope
05.11.16 – Luzern, CH – Schüür (tix)
05.12.16 – Geneva, CH – Kalvingrad L’Usine
05.13.16 – Schorndorf, DE – Manufaktur (tix)
05.14.16 – Tilburg, NE – Extase
05.15.16 – Hamburg, DE – Aalhaus (tix)
05.18.16 – Stockholm, SE – Lilla Hotelbarren
05.19.16 – Oslo, NO – Internasjonalen (tix)
05.20.16 – Lund, SE – Mejereit (tix)
05.21.16 – Copenhagen, DK – Huset
05.22.16 – Berlin, DE – Westgermany (tix)
05.23.16 – Gent, BE – Cafe Video (tix)
05.27.16 – 05.30.16 – George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival

* – All-ages

Protomartyr shares its video for the song “Dope Cloud” off of the group’s album The Agent Intellect , directed by Lance Bangs.  Bangs, known for directing music videos for the likes of R.E.M., Pavement, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Arcade Fire, was simply drawn to the song and made the video on his own time and submitted it to the band. The video shows the demise of one of the last phone booths in the country.  Protomartyr is currently on tour and was featured in the latest issue of Ghettoblaster Magazine #42 (see below)

PROTOMARTYR 2016 TOUR DATES (new dates in bold):
Wed. Feb. 17 — Savannah, GA @ The Jinx w/ Spray Paint
Thu. Feb. 18 — Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder w/ Spray Paint
Fri. Feb. 19 — St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater w/ Spray Paint
Sat. Feb. 20 — Miami, FL @ Gramps w/ Spray Paint
Sun. Feb. 21 — Ybor City, FL @ New World Brewery w/ Spray Paint
Tue. Feb. 23 — Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn w/ Spray Paint
Wed. Feb. 24 — New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa w/ Spray Paint
Thu. Feb. 25 — Houston, TX @ Walters Downtown (Bad Ass Weekend IV) w/ Spray Paint
Fri. Feb. 26 — Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder w/ Spray Paint
Sat. Feb. 27 — Dallas, TX @ RBC w/ Spray Paint
Sun. Feb. 28 — Norman, OK @ Opolis Production
Tue. Mar. 1 — Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress w/ Prom Body
Wed. Mar. 2 — San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar w/ Chastity Belt
Thu. Mar. 3 — Los Angeles, CA @ Echo w/ Chastity Belt
Fri. Mar. 4 — San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill w/ Chastity Belt, Violent Change
Sat. Mar. 5 — Sacramento, Ca @ Blue Lamp w/ Chastity Belt, G. Green
Mon. Mar. 7 — Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir Lounge w/ Chastity Belt
Tue. Mar. 8 — Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club w/ Chastity Belt
Fri. Mar. 11 — Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Sat. Mar. 12 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Sun. Mar. 13 — Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Wed. Mar. 16 – Sat. Mar. 19 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
Sat. Mar. 19 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Thu. Mar. 31 — Dublin, IR @ Workman’s Club
Fri. Apr. 1 — Liverpool, UK @ Magnet
Sat. Apr. 2 — Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Sun. Apr. 3 — Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social
Mon. Apr. 4 — London, UK @ 100 Club
Tue. Apr. 5 — Reims, FR @ La Catonnerie
Wed. Apr. 6 — Antwerp, BE @ Het Bos
Thu. Apr. 7 — Groningen, NL @ Vera
Fri. Apr. 8 — Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Sat. Apr. 9 — Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaigue – Rotown
Mon. Apr. 11 — Dusseldorf, DE @ Zakk
Tue. Apr. 12 — Stuttgart, DE @ Club Schocken
Wed. Apr. 13 — Munich, DE @ Oranjehouse
Thu. Apr. 14 — St. Gallen, CH @ Palace
Fri. Apr. 15 — Bologna, IT @ Covo Club
Sat. Apr. 16 — Rome, IT @ Monk
Mon. Apr. 18 — Ljubljana, SI @ Gala Hala
Tue. Apr. 19 — Zagreb, HR @ Culture Factory
Wed. Apr. 20 — Vienne, AT @ Chelsea
Thu. Apr. 21 — Prague, CZ @ Basement Bar
Fri. Apr. 22 – Poznan, PL @ Spring Break FEstival
Sat. Apr. 23 – Berlin, DE @ Nothing Nice To Say
Tue. May 3 – Guelph, ON @ eBar
Wed. May 4 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon Club
Thu. May 5 – Montreal, QC @ Virtola
Sat. May 7 – Winooski, VT @ Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival
Sun. May 8 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Mon. May 9 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
Tue. May 10 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
Sat. May 28 — George, WA @ Sasquatch Fest
Wed. June 1 – Sun. June 5 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Fri. June 3 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song
Thu. June 9 – Sat. June 11 – Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound Porto
Wed. June 22 – Thu. June 23 – Calgary, AB @ Sled Island Festival
Wed. June 29 – Sat. July 2 – Roskilde Festival
Aug. 5-7 — Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon

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Protomartyr’s new record, The Agent Intellect, is coming out on October 9 via Hardly Art. Today, they’re sharing “Dope Cloud,” a new song from the full-length, and as close as the band has ever come to a “radio single.” The almost-anthem deals in a currency of lost ownership and the futility of creature comforts, as Joe Casey’s lyrics paint mental images of a “saltmine racist gang” and a “pizza king” swollen with riches. It’s one of the best songs the band has released to date, showcasing their strength as both songwriters and lyricists, and should continue to make the case for Protomartyr’s place amongst the best rock bands of the day.

Catch the band live:
Fri. Oct. 9 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar w/Deaf Wish, Casual Sweetheart

Sat. Oct. 10 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar w/Spray Paint, Growwing Pains

Sun. Oct. 11 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern w/Dirty Nil, Growwing Pains

Mon. Oct. 12 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDT w/Growwing Pains

Tue. Oct. 13 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs w/Growwing Pains

Sat. Oct. 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery

Sun. Oct. 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s w/Amanda X

Tue.Oct. 20 – Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade w/Amanda X

Wed. Oct. 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/Amanda X

Thu. Oct. 22 – Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox

Fri. Oct. 23 – Bloomington, IN @ Blockhouse w/Amanda X

Sat. Oct. 24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club w/Amanda X

Sun. Oct. 25 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/Amanda X, Negative Scanner

Wed. Oct. 28 – Nantes, FR @ Soy Festival – Stereolux

Thu. Oct. 29 – Lille, FR @ La Peniche

Fri. Oct. 30 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store

Sat. Oct. 31 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

Sun. Nov. 1 – London, UK @ Scala

Mon. Nov. 2 – London, UK @ Dalston Victoria

Tue. Nov. 3 – Bristol, UK @ The Fleece

Wed. Nov. 4 – Manchester, UK @ Sound Control

Thu. Nov. 5 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo

Fri. Nov. 6 – Birmingham @ The Rainbow Cellar

Sat. Nov. 7 – Cardiff, UK @ SWN Fest

Mon. Nov. 9 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique (Rotonde)

Tue. Nov. 10 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof

Wed. Nov. 11 – Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang

Thu. Nov. 12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen

Fri. Nov. 13 – Aarhus, DK @ Radar

Sat. Nov. 14 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Katine

Mon. Nov. 16 – Cologne, DE @ MTC

Tue. Nov. 17 – Strasbourg, FR @ Le Mudd Club

Wed. Nov. 18 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere

Thu. Nov. 19 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown

Fri. Nov. 20 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival

Sat. Nov. 21 – Kortrijk, BE @ Sonic City – De Kreun

METZ’s headlining 2015 world tour on behalf of II resumes July 10 in Montreal, QC at Piccolo Rialto and currently ends November 20th in Utrecht, NL at Le Guess Who? Festival. And now, the band have added October and November UK dates, which run from October 30 in Birmingham at Hare and Hounds through November 5th in Glasgow at Stereo.

Hardly Art recording artists Protomartyr will join METZ as direct support on select dates. Please find a complete list of tour dates below.

Jul. 10 – Montreal, QC – Piccolo Rialto

Jul. 12 – Quebec City, QC –  Imperial De Quebec

Jul. 14 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Blues Fest

Jul. 21 – Cincinnati, OH – The Woodward Theatre

Jul. 22 – Columbus, OH – The Basement

Jul. 23 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place

Jul. 25 – Oro-Medonte, ON – WayHome Music & Arts Festival

Jul. 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club # !

Jul. 29 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret # !

Jul. 30 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina # !

Jul. 31 – Calgary, AB – The Gateway # !

Aug. 01 – Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room # !

Aug. 03 – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre # !

Aug. 04 – Seattle, WA – Neumos # !

Aug. 05 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge # !

Aug. 06 – Salt Lake City, UT – Twilight Concert Series @ Pioneer Park*

Aug. 09 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands

Aug. 11 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge # !

Aug. 13 – Dallas, TX – Trees  # !

Aug. 14 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s  # !

Aug. 15 -Austin, TX – Red 7  # !

Aug. 18 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom #

Aug. 19 – San Diego, CA – Casbah #

Aug. 22  – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest

Sep. 04 – Larmer Tree Gardens, UK –  End of the Road Festival

Sep. 06 – Dublin, IE – Electric Picnic

Sep. 08 – Vienna, AT – Arena

Sep. 09 – Zagreb, HR – Culture Factory (Small Room)

Sep. 10 – Bologna, IT – Freakout Club

Sep. 11 – Rome, IT – INIT

Sep. 12 – Milan, IT – Lo Fi Club

Sep. 14 – Zurich, CH – Kinski Club

Sep. 15 – Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie

Sep.17 – Toulouse, FR – Le Metronum

Sep. 19 – Madrid, ES – Sala Lemon

Sep. 20 – Porto, PT – Amplifest

Sep. 21 – Bilbao, ES – Kafe Antzokia

Sep. 23 – Lyon, FR – Le Transbordeur

Sep. 24 – Relms, FR – Festival Elektricity

Sep. 25 – Dusseldorf, DE – Zakk

Sep. 26 – Hamburg, DE – Reeperbahn Festival

Oct. 16 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser

Oct. 17 – Lund, SE – Mejeriet

Oct. 18 – Oslo, NO – John Dee

Oct. 19 – Aarhus, DK – Atlas ^

Oct. 20 – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen @ Christiana ^

Oct. 22 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje ^

Oct. 23 – Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet ^

Oct. 24 – Zwolle, NL – Let’s Get Lost Festival

Oct. 27 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie ^

Oct. 28 – Lille, FR – L’ Aeronef ^

Oct. 29 – Antwerp, BE – Trix ^

Oct. 30 – Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hounds ^

Oct. 31 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club ** ^

Nov. 01 – London, UK – Scala  **

Nov. 03 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece **

Nov. 04 – Manchester, UK – Sound Control **

Nov. 05 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo **

Nov. 20 – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival

* w/ The Kills ! w/ Big Ups # w/ Dilly Dally ** w/ Protomartyr ^ w/ Crows

Sub Pop and Hardly Art recording artists King Tuff, Dum Dum Girls, La Sera, and Colleen Green takeover Last Call with Carson Daly for a week of performances, airing November 17-20 on NBC at 1:35am ET+PT / 12:35am CT.

Recorded at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, King Tuff, La Sera and Colleen Green all make their late-night debuts on the show. Meanwhile, Dum Dum Girls second episode is culled from their performance at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Schedule of performance and songs performed below.

Mon. Nov. 17th – King Tuff (Live at The El Rey)
“Black Moon Spell”
“Madness”

Tue. Nov. 18th – Colleen Green (Live at The El Rey)
“Pay Attention”
“Only One”

Wed. Nov. 19th – Dum Dum Girls (Live at The Observatory)
“Under These Hands”
“Lost Boys And Girls Club”

Thu. Nov. 20th – Le Sera (Live at The El Rey)
“Losing to the Dark”
“Running Wild”

Wavves, King Tuff and Jacuzzi Boys will be hitting the road together in support of their most recent (and in the case of Jacuzzi Boys, their forthcoming self-titled LP for Hardly Art, September 10).  Here are the dates:

9/23 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater (Wavves only)
9/24 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre (Wavves only)
9/26 Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory (Wavves only)
9/28 Chicago, IL @ Park West
9/29 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/2 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
10/3 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10/5 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10/7 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/8 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/11 Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
10/14 Orange County, CA @ The Observatory
10/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
10/18 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom