So Cal Hoedown @ DT Santa Ana 8/6

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Daniel Johnston @ The Orpheum November 2nd

Daniel Johnston has added NYC and Los Angeles dates to his final tour where he’s backed by different artists that he’s influenced, specific to the city, who will also choose the setlist. The NYC show happens October 7 at Town Hall where he’ll be joined by members of Beirut, Gang Gang Dance, Cibo Mato and more TBA.
The LA show happens November 2 at The Orpheum Theatre where he’ll be joined by Mike Watt, Ben Lee, Maria Taylor, Guy Blakeslee and Joey WaronkerTickets for those shows go on sale Friday, August 18: noon Eastern for the NYC show, and 10 AM Pacific for the LA show.
The day before the LA show, Daniel and his same group of backers will perform live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Photo: Angel Ceballos
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Aug. 16 2017, Houston Texas – Members of Dead Cross were temporarily placed in police custody while in Houston on Aug. 15. The band, who just released their eponymous debut album via Ipecac Recordings and are on tour in support of the album, had their gear searched and were restrained during the inspection.

The band members have been advised by legal counsel not to provide further comment on the incident. More information is expected to be made available from authorities following arraignment.

The tour will continue as planned with upcoming dates are listed below.

The SoCal hardcore band features Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer/Suicidal Tendencies), Justin Pearson (Retox/The Locust), Mike Patton (Faith No More/Tomahawk) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival of Dead Deer).

Dead Cross tour dates:

August 16  Austin, TX  Emo’s
August 18  Tucson, AZ  The Rialto Theatre *
August 19  San Diego, CA  The Observatory North Park
August 21  Los Angeles, CA  El Rey Theatre
August 23  Berkeley, CA  The UC Theatre
August 25  Vancouver, BC  Vogue Theatre
August 26  Seattle, WA  The Showbox
August 27  Portland  Wonder Ballroom
August 29  Sacramento, CA  Ace of Spades
September 8  Baltimore, MD  Baltimore Soundstage
September 10  Philadelphia, PA  Union Transfer
September 11  Boston, MA  Royale
September 12  New York, NY  Gramercy Theatre
September 13  Brooklyn, NY  Warsaw
September 15  Detroit, MI  St. Andrew’s Hall
September 16  Chicago, IL  Riot Fest *
September 17  Milwaukee, WI  Turner Hall Ballroom
September 19  Minneapolis, MN  First Avenue
September 20  Lawrence, KS  Liberty Hall
September 23  Denver, CO  Ogden Theatre

* - Secret Chiefs 3 do not perform

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“Dancing and headbanging are truly individualistic expressions of losing oneself fully in appreciation of music—who better to combine these things into a singular vision than someone who’s directed Madonna and Lady Gaga videos–and also happens to have been a member of Bathory?”—Joshua Homme
“The Way You Used To Do,” the recently released first single from Queens Of The Stone Age’s ominously approaching seventh albumVillains, has been realized as a fever dream Satanic dance ritual extravaganza—featuring QOTSA founder and frontman Joshua Homme lighter on his feet and darker in his soul than ever before.
Conceived by Joshua Homme, directed by Jonas Akerlund and produced by Serial Pictures, “The Way You Used To Do,” somehow fit its multiple sets, wardrobe changes and intricate dance routines into one day of shooting August 8th in Los Angeles. Considering potential reactions to the sinister shuffle of “The Way We Used To Do” being translated into a panoramic soul-selling dance trip, Homme says “It’s our way of paying tribute to Cab Calloway and the film Hellzapoppin’. I fully realize that may be a little more than some are open to, and that’s perfectly fine with me. There’s the door. If some of the more close-minded are gently pruned, that just leaves more room on the dance floor for the open-minded ones to get loose. That’s been the spirit of Queens Of The Stone Age and the space we’ve worked to create from day one.”
With recently released second track “The Evil Has Landed” hailed by Rolling Stone as “a sprawling and diabolical new rocker” featuring “Homme singing in a falsetto that sounds both sweet and sinister,”Villains was co-produced by Mark Ronson and will be released August 25th on Matador Records. The album is available now for pre-order at http://smarturl.it/Villains.
The colossal Villains tour begins September 6th with a sold out show in Port Chester NY and will see the Queens playing directly before Foo Fighters and alongside Cage The Elephant, The Kills, Liam Gallagher, Japandroids and more at the massive Cal Jam 17 October 7th at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernadino, CA. Tickets for the headline dates—which feature support from Royal Blood–are available at http://smarturl.it/QOTSALive.
Queens Of The Stone Age is Joshua Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shuman and Jon Theodore.

with Special Guests ROYAL BLOOD (Sept. 6 through Oct. 24 Headline Dates)
9/06/17 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre  *SOLD OUT
9/07/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier
9/09/17 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
9/10/17 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live *SOLD OUT
9/12/17 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! Outdoor Pavilion
9/13/17 – Pittsburgh, PA –  Stage AE (Outdoors)
9/15/17 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater *SOLD OUT
9/16/17 — Chicago, IL — Riot Fest 2017
10/07/17 – San Bernardino, CA — CAL JAM 17
10/09/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex *SOLD OUT
10/10/17 –  Morrison, CO – Red Rocks *SOLD OUT
10/12/17 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody *SOLD OUT
10/13/17  – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads KC *SOLD OUT
10/14/17  – Saint Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
10/15/17  – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom *SOLD OUT
10/17/17  – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
10/18/17  – Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre *SOLD OUT
10/20/17  – Washington, DC – The Anthem *SOLD OUT
10/21/17  – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena *SOLD OUT
10/22/17 – Portland, ME – State Theatre *SOLD OUT
10/24/17 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
11/04/17 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
11/05/17 – Vienna Austria – Stadthalle
11/06/17 – Zurich, Switzerland – Samsung Hall
11/07/17 –  Paris, France – Accorhotels Arena
11/09/17 – Oberhausen, Germany – Konig-Pilsener Arena
11/10/17 – Munich, Germany – Zenith *SOLD OUT
11/11/17 – Berlin, Germany – Velodrom *SOLD OUT
11/12/17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome *SOLD OUT
11/14/17 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Tap1 *SOLD OUT
11/15/17 – Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle
11/16/17 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportspaleis
11/18/17 – London, UK – Wembley Arena
11/19/17 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
11/21/17 – London, UK – The O2 Arena *SOLD OUT
11/23/17 – Edinburgh, UK – Usher Hall *SOLD OUT
11/24/17 – Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena *SOLD OUT

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Watch Shabazz Palaces’ “Shine a Light” official video from Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star + 2017 tour dates begin tonight

Watch Shabazz Palaces’ “Shine a Light” official video from Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines illustrated 32-page book will be available this Friday from Sub Pop and Fantagraphics

2017 tour dates begin tonight in Portland, Oregon
at The Star Theatre
Shabazz Palaces’ defy expectation and convention once again by delivering a wonderfully surreal new video for “Shine a Light” (feat. Thaddillac) from Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star. The new visual, directed by Neil Ferron, tells the story of a half-human/half-goat baby that gets ritualistically sacrificed at a countryside, teenage wedding. The “Shine A Light” video poses the question,  “In these times, what is truly weird?! [watch here].”

Quazarz Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, the group’s third and fourth albums for 2017, are available now on CD / LP / DL / CS worldwide through Sub Pop.

Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines will also be available as a special-edition illustrated album: illustrated by cartoonist Joshua Ray Stephens this full-color, hand-numbered, 32-page book includes a download code for the full album. Joshua Ray Stephens worked directly with Shabazz Palaces to interpret the album track-by-track, creating a cohesive whole that synchronizes music and image. Printed in a large 11” x 17” format, with saddle-stitch binding, this limited-edition art piece further expands the ambitious universe of Quazarz and Shabazz Palaces. The illustrated album version of Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines will be released in collaboration with Fantagraphics Books, this Friday, August 18th.

LP purchases of Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star andQuazarz vs. The Jealous Machines frommegamart.subpop.com, select independent retailers, and at Shabazz Palaces shows, will receive the limited “Loser” edition on colored vinyl ( ...Born on a Gangster Star on aluminum;...Jealous Machines on mashed-up purple) (while supplies last).

Shabazz Palaces have extended their 2017 international tour schedule in support both Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, which resumes this Wednesday, August 16th in Portland, Oregon at The Star Theatre and runs through November 9th-12th at Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Aug. 16 - Portland, OR - The Star Theater*
Aug. 18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
Aug. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theatre*
Aug. 20 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom*
Aug. 21 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow*
Aug. 23 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (Outdoor Stage)*
Aug. 24 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada*
Aug. 25 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon*
Aug. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West*
Aug. 27 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm*
Aug. 28 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle*
Aug. 30 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups*
Aug. 31 - Detroit, MI - El Club*
Sep. 01 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace*
Sep. 02 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount*
Sep. 03 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle*
Sep. 05 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair*
Sep. 06 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw*
Sep. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer*
Sep. 08 - Washington, DC - Black Cat*
Sep. 09 - Baltimore, DC - Ottobar*
Sep. 11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall*
Sep. 14 - Minneapolis, MN - Amsterdam Bar & Hall*
Sep. 16  - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest at Douglas Park
Oct. 06 - Copenhagen, DK - Jazz House
Oct. 07 - Stockholm, SE - Debaser
Oct. 08 - Oslo, NO - Parkteateret
Oct. 09 - Gotheburg, SE - Pustervik
Oct. 11 - Helsinki, FI -  Kuudes Linja
Oct. 13 - Riga, LV - Skaņu Mežs festival
Oct. 17 - Bratislava, SK - A4 Zero Space
Oct. 19 - Ljubljana, SI - Kino Siska
Oct. 20 - Istanbul, TR - Garajstanbul
Oct. 21 - Vienna, AT - Arena
Oct. 22 - Prague, CZ -  Struny Podzimu Festival
Oct. 23 - Berlin, DE - Gretchen
Oct. 24 - Cologne, DE - Yuca
Oct. 26 - Dudingen, CH - Bad Bonn
Oct. 27 - Zurich, CH - Rote Fabrik
Oct. 28 - Geneva, CH - La Graviere
Oct. 30 - Paris, FR - Batofar
Oct. 31 - Lisbon, PT - Lux Fragil
Nov. 01 - Madrid, ES - Taboo
Nov. 02 - Barga, PT - Gnration
Nov. 03 - Dublin, IE - Sugar Club
Nov. 06 -  London, UK - Oval Space
Nov. 07 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
Nov. 08 - Glasgow, UK - Art School
Nov. 09 - Leeds, UK - Belgrave Music Hall
Nov. 10 - Brussels, BE - AB
Nov. 09-12 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who? Festival
*w/ Porter Ray

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NEW YORK - August 16, 2017 - To celebrate the Material Girl's birthday, MADONNA today announced that pre-orders for her REBEL HEART TOUR concert film will start from today. The film of the record-breaking tour will be released by Eagle Vision on September 15, 2017 on digital download, DVD and blu-ray complete with bonus content as well as a live album featuring 22 songs from the Rebel Heart Tour, available on double CD and digital download.  DVD and blu-ray versions come with an audio CD of highlights from the much-heralded tour.   Preorders are available at physical and digitalretailers around the world, and with exclusive merchandise bundles at madonna.com.  Additionally, a live version of "Material Girl" is available today from all digital music services.

The MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR film was recorded around the world and features both live and behind the scenes material, as well as previously unreleased footage culminating with performances at the Sydney Qudos Bank Arena (formerly known as the Allphones Arena) in Australia in March of 2016.  MADONNA:  REBEL HEART TOUR film will also include rare footage from MADONNA:  TEARS OF A CLOWN, the exclusive fanclub show in Melbourne, Australia featuring music, art and mischief.  The show was a celebration of Madonna's return to Australia after 23 years.  MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR was co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.
The tracklist for MADONNA: REBEL HEART TOUR film and live concert album span all decades of the iconic superstar's illustrious career, including songs from her chart-topping Rebel Heart album to classic fan favorites.  A complete tracklist can be found below.

DVD / Blu-ray TracklistingCD Tracklisting
01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro01. Rebel Heart Tour Intro
02. Iconic02. Iconic
03. Bitch I'm Madonna03. Bitch I'm Madonna
04. Burning Up04. Burning Up
05. Holy Water / Vogue05. Holy Water / Vogue
06. Devil Pray06. Devil Pray
07. Messiah (Video Interlude)07. Deeper and Deeper
08. Body Shop08. HeartBreakCity
09. True Blue09. Living For Love
10. Deeper and Deeper10. La Isla Bonita
11. HeartBreakCity11. Rebel Heart
12. Like A Virgin12. Candy Shop
13. S.E.X. (Video Interlude)13. Unapologetic Bitch
14. Living For Love14. Holiday
15. La Isla Bonita
16. Dress You Up / Into The Groove
17. Rebel Heart
18. Illuminati (Video Interlude)
19. Music
20. Candy Shop
21. Material Girl
22. La Vie En Rose
23. Unapologetic Bitch
24. Holiday
01. An Excerpt from "Tears Of A Clown"
02. Like A Prayer

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Tera Melos share video for 'Trash Generator', tour w/ Speedy Ortiz

Tera Melos share video for "Trash Generator"
Tour in Fall w/ Speedy Ortiz supporting

  Watch & Share "Trash Generator" video (YouTube)
  Hear & share "Don't Say I Know" single (NPR) 

"A refreshing step forward for Tera Melos." -- NPR

Tera Melos share the video for the title track to their forthcoming third album Trash Generator today. Watch and share "Trash Generator" -- directed by Behn Fannin, of "Bitchy RestingFace" viral video fame -- via YouTube.

NPR recently premiered lead single "Don't Say I Know" HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.) 

Tera Melos launch an extensive North American headlining tour with Speedy Ortiz supporting in October. Please see current dates below. 

Trash Generator, the trio's third full length, is an astonishing blast of confidence and rejuvenation. It sounds as if the 4-year downtime since their last album has recharged the band with an entirely new sense of purpose. The performances are brilliant and sharp, the songs concise yet intricately detailed, and the album production deftly captures the band's strength as a live unit. Their dalliances with mellower psychedelic phrases on their previous two albums, X'ed Out (2013) and Patagonian Rats(2010) are significantly trimmed and instead utilized as colorations within a swirling maelstrom of righteous aggro punk-jazz abandon. As such, it sounds like Tera Melos has fully metabolized their pop tendencies and found a way they can coexist with the band's iconoclast origins. Tera Melos -- guitarist/vocalist Nick Reinhart, bassist Nathan Latona and drummer John Clardy -- have learned to stop worrying and just be Tera Melos. 

Perhaps to understand Trash Generator, we must look at the situations leading up to it...

"We toured consistently for 19 months after X'ed Out was released in 2013," Latona explains. "We did two full US headliners, four full US support tours, a Japanese tour, a month in Europe, and a run of shows in the UK and Ireland. When we finished, we were pretty exhausted and frustrated." It had seemed that after all of that work, not much had changed for the band. Tera Melos took a short holiday break, which eventually turned into two years as each of them pursued other interests. "I found myself at ease with the idea of not worrying about ticket sales, strategic tours, units moved, likes, clicks, views, and the short-fused moodiness of living in a van with two other people," Latona says. In that downtime, Reinhart remained active in multiple endeavors: contributing guitar to Death GripsThe Powers That B and Bottomless Pit albums + the I.L.Y.'s (Zach Hill and Andy Morin's other band), Big Walnuts Yonder (with Mike WattNels Cline and Greg Saunier), Goblin Cock,Portugal.the man and many others. Latona completed a college degree he'd put off for 11 years. Clardy became and integral faculty member at the School of Rock in Dallas/Ft. Worth, inspiring young musicians with his real-world approach to learning music.

For every touring band there's a subtle pressure -- from fans, industry, promoters, family -- that the band is supposed to be on a constantly rising trajectory of success. Regardless of the group's own potentially esoteric goals, if you're not reaching for the "next level" at every turn, you're supposedly not doing it right. Tera Melos thought long and hard about it, and said, "fuck it." 

"Wth this record it was 100% let's not concern ourselves with what we should be doing at this point in the band's lifespan, and just fully focus on what makes us happy," Reinhart says. "Making a new record seemed like a fun act of defiance," Latona adds. "The odds are against bands like us, but despite all the negativity involved in trying to struggle and survive as an artist, we made Trash Generator because we just wanted to get together, have some fun, and make something that we think is cool." 

The trio decamped to San Diego in late 2016 to record at Singing Serpent Studios with Ben Moore (Hot SnakesPinback). It was their first time recording in a continuous block of time, rather than the piecemeal stealth late night sessions at friends' studios of previous efforts. It gave the band a razor-sharp focus atop of their beholden-to-none attitude. "We stayed in a spare place at Rob Crow's house which had a barracks kind of feel to it," Clardy explains. "We'd come home exhausted each day and fall asleep within an hour. It was very spartan when away from the studio." That mindset clearly informs the direct, in-your-face energy of Trash Generator

Trash Generator will be available everywhere August 25th, 2017 on LP, CD, click, like and download via Sargent HousePre-orders for LP/CD via HelloMerch and download via iTunes.

Oct 13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy 
Oct 14 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's 
Oct 16 Portland, OR @ Holocene 
Oct 17 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey 
Oct 19 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court 
Oct 20 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall 
Oct 21 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown 
Oct 22 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry 
Oct 24 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon 
Oct 25 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird 
Oct 26 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean 
Oct 27 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall's 
Oct 28 Toronto, ON @ The Hard Luck 
Oct 29 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz 
Oct 31 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair 
Nov 01 Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom Outer Space
Nov 02 Brooklyn, NY @ TBA
Nov 03 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry @ Fillmore 
Nov 04 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel 
Nov 05 Carborro, NC @ Cat's Cradle 
Nov 07 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth 
Nov 08 Talahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (FSU) 
Nov 09 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Purgatory 
Nov 10 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa 
Nov 11 Houston, TX @ Secret Group 
Nov 13 Dallas, TX @ Three Links 
Nov 15 Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge 
Nov 16 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah 
Nov 17 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room 
Nov 18 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

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Stream track from new album by ANNA VON HAUSSWOLF collaborator and Sweden's biggest film score composer MATTI BYE

Stream track from new album by ANNA VON HAUSSWOLF collaborator and
Sweden's biggest film score composer MATTI BYE

Matti Bye
This Forgotten Land
Tona Serenad records
3rd November
Vinyl, CD and digital

Stream Absence, taken from This Forgotten Land here

Pre-order This Forgotten Land here

Artwork here

On 3rd November Tona Serenad records present This Forgotten Land by Matti Bye – one of Sweden’s most sought-after film composers, who also gained worldwide praise for his collaborative album with Anna von Hausswolff, Hydra’s Dream.

This Forgotten Land offers a deeply atmospheric, affecting experience, seeped in nostalgia and yet thrillingly contemporary. At its heart lie profoundly emotive, luminous melodies as substantial as the equipment that he uses to capture them, as Bye’s world is definitely an analogue one.

While its instrumental style might be said to share characteristics with the likes of Hauschka and Yann Tiersen, it also, like them, occupies its own unique musical universe, at once elegant and eerie.

Opening track Melt provides a clear indication of what’s to come, with its muffled tones, distant bells and a subdued sense of foreboding.  At other times – such as on Underneath The Silence – one can hear the influence of Debussy, and scattered throughout are hints, too, of Satie and Chopin at their most tranquil. On Absence, the creaking of Bye’s keyboard pedals is intrinsic to the atmosphere of his rippling, Southern European melody, while Into The Haze and Cascading Sun – with Leo Svensson’s haunting musical saw – and Empty Streets / Piano Street reveal his affection for circus music and other archaic styles. Bye speaks fondly of “the strange, romantic mood you get when you hear old merry go rounds, or mechanical instruments in small amusements parks, and abandoned places like Coney Island,” and the strange, incongruous sounds sometimes audible in the background are as essential to his compositions as the flutter of a film projector when watching an old film. In fact, though it’s very distinct, This Forgotten Land succeeds in conjuring up an idiosyncratic ambience whose power is similar to that of another of his great inspirations, Tom Waits’ Swordfishtrombones, albeit long after the greasepaint has been removed and the bars have emptied out.

Though Sweden’s Matti Bye was born in 1966, it sometimes seems as though the renowned musician and film soundtrack composer has spent his entire existence living in a different era. As a child, when he wasn’t passionately consuming literature, poetry, Schubert, Mozart, and avidly practising the piano – which he studied with an old Russian teacher – or dreaming of travelling the world in a horse-drawn caravan, he could be found in his local cinema in front of old black and white Tarzan films. These days, too, if you visit the old garage which doubles as his studio, you’ll find yourself surrounded by antique instruments: lurking alongside his collection of analogue synths are pianos, a celesta, a Mellotron, a Wurlitzer, a harpsichord, a Hammond organ, a Vibraphonette and tubular bells. Both Bye and his latest solo album seem to exist outside of time itself.

Until now, Bye has been best known as one of Sweden’s most prominent film composers, working on scores not only for contemporary but also vintage silent movies. In 2014 he received two of the three nominations for Best Original Music Award at Sweden’s prestigious Guldbaggen: his soundtrack for Faro took the honour (as well as a Nordic Film Music Prize) ahead of his work for The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window And Disappeared. He’s also provided new music for Victor Sjöström’s seminal horror The Phantom Carriage (1921) and The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924), a landmark melodrama starring Greta Garbo. He’s recorded a number of solo works, too, not least 2010’s Drömt and 2013’sBethanien, the latter inspired by a two-year sojourn in Berlin working in Kreuzberg’s cultural centre of the same name, once a hospital of suitably grim repute.  Collaborations with other musicians include the aforementioned Anna Von Hausswolff, and Maailma with cult Finnish songwriter Lau Nau. Another forthcoming project of note is Matti’s score to ‘Superswede’, the biopic of Swedish F1 racing legend Ronnie Peterson, which premieres in Stockholm on Monday August 14th and is on international release from Friday August 18th.

Bye was brought up by his mother, renowned Swedish actress Birgitta Andersson, while his father was Norwegian playwright Anders Bye. “I remember he once said, if you play an instrument you’ll never be alone,” Bye recalls. “That made a big impact on me.” Bye tried learning other instruments – violin, clarinet, contrabass – but it was always the piano to which he returned. “Nothing could compare,” he reminisces. “I wanted to sleep near my old piano. It was like a friend, if not so verbal, but still very communicative.” His professional ‘career’ began early on, but his first experience of providing a full score – when he was invited by his school’s Anarchist Club to accompany a screening of Battleship Potemkin – was less than successful. “The performance was terrifying, because I’d never improvised before,” he says. “But the thing was, even if it was a nightmare, after I’d tried it evoked a grand feeling of freedom! I’d got a taste of something I wanted to explore.”

When he was 20, Stockholm’s celebrated Cinematheque contacted Bye about performing again, and he couldn’t resist the opportunity to improve upon his debut. “Silent film music was like a blank spot on the music map, but I recognised the freedom I’d have as a musician, and the force of the poetry in these forgotten images. To play piano for these films was like a dream. So I started my own ‘university’ in the cinema, improvising directly in front of the film screen, trying new pieces and styles in front of a live audience. The beauty is that you feel the past through these beautiful films,” he says of the style that gradually developed in this environment, “but through the music you can add a new layer of something contemporary too.” As his reputation spread, Bye recognised that, thanks to the diversity of his interests, he’d stumbled on a singularly romantic style. “I started out as a piano improviser,” he says, “and suddenly I realised I was composing, and that I’m a composer.”

By the late 1990s, Bye had progressed from silent films to composing for new ones, including documentaries. His own, parallel recordings, compositions, collaborations and solo concerts followed soon after. “Sometimes material I haven’t used in a film starts to form a record, or I make a record that ends up in a film,” he explains, and there is indeed an obviousfil rouge through all his compositions: the instruments with which he works, often employed in an idiosyncratic manner. “I always search for pianos with a unique character,” he says. “I love to play them in special environments outside, in an abandoned place or a flat somewhere. I try to record the moment. The best pieces I create start with an instrument that has flaws or weaknesses. It’s like exploring the voice of various distinct personalities.”

Three decades on from that revelatory experience at Cinematheque, This Forgotten Land looks set to expand Bye’s reach. Peculiarly otherworldly, serenely haunting, and utterly unforgettable, its melodies linger long after its conclusion, their atmosphere a magical mist that can never quite be apprehended. Out of time, but just in time, it confirms Matti Bye as a vital composer of visionary, cinematic scope. This Forgotten Land will endure, in fact, because it sounds like it’s always been among us.

Live dates:

27 - 28 July: Kalbjärga Film Festival, Sweden info  

16 - 20 August: Berlin Atonal info

27 September: Fasching, Stockholm: "This Forgotten Land" album release concert info

14 October: Drone Festival, Malmö Live Konserthus, Malmö, Switzerland

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NEVER YOUNG @ Constellation Room

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L7: Pretend We're Dead Documentary Released Worldwide October 13

L7: Pretend We're Dead Documentary
Released Worldwide October 13
on VOD and Blu-ray / DVD
L7: Pretend We're Dead: Pre-Order | Official Trailer
Multi-Date Theatrical Film Screening Tour Starts September 1
Coming To Additional Select Markets This Fall

West Coast Live Tour Dates
The L7: Pretend We're Dead documentary, produced by Blue Hats Creative will be released worldwide October 13 on VOD and Blu-ray / DVD. A multi-city theatrical screening tour of the film will kick off on September 1, with over a dozen dates and more to be announced in select markets this Fall. Excitement around L7: Pretend We're Dead has catalyzed a widely anticipated reunion which unleashed their high-octane energy and anthemic chops upon stages worldwide. The band will play a stint of West Coast dates next month with more chances to experience the electrifying onslaught coming soon.

L7: Pretend We're Dead assembles a powerful combination of never-before-seen home video footage, raucous performances,and relevant interviews. It's a real time journey witnessing the rise, fall, and ultimate redemption of the fierce feminist pioneers of American grunge punk, L7. The film offers engrossing insight into the band's 20 year plus her-story and features exclusive interviews with Exene Cervenka (X), Shirley Manson (Garbage), Joan Jett, Brody Dalle (The Distillers), Lydia Lunch, Allison Robertson (The Donnas), Louise Post (Veruca Salt), CSS and more.

Click Image Above To Watch the L7: Pretend We're Dead Official Trailer

"Despite the very long hiatus ... L7 still pack major muscle on stage"

"I like their rebelliousness ...it's about being liberated and calling the shots... I definitely see a lot of us in them... and we're proud of that."
- Joey Ramone

"Songs like Wargasm, Diet Pill and Shitlist fulfill the ancient prophecy of a time when gurls would reinvent punk out of sheer delight in their own power"
- Robert Christgau

"No one rocked harder than feminist grunge punk quartet L7"

"L7 don't defy expectations -- they detonate them."
- Billboard

Film Screening Dates:
9/1: Portland, OR @ Hollywood Theater
9/8: Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
9/8: Chicago, IL @ The Vic/Brew & View
9/8: Santa Ana, CA @ Frida Cinema
9/9: Santa Ana, CA @ Frida Cinema
9/10: Santa Ana, CA @ Frida Cinema
9/12: Long Beach, CA @ Art Theatre
9/14: Boston, MA @ Regent Theater
9/15: Boston, MA @ Regent Theater
9/17: Austin, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse
9/19: Washington DC @ The Black Cat
9/16: Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
9/27: San Francisco, CA @ The Roxie
10/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Nitehawk Cinema

Live Tour Dates:
9/26: Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
9/27: San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
9/30: Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre

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