Friday, March 02, 2007


4AD Showcase
Wednesday 14th March 2007
Emo s
603 Red River
Austin, Texas 78701

Blonde Redhead
Blonde Redhead are Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simone and Amadeo Pace. They're the rarest of things : a band whose voice has grown stronger, clearer and more distinctive with every record that they have made. Their ever-expanding and devoted fanbase will be delighted to learn that this performace heralds the arrival of a new album 23 which will be released in April 2007.

Mountain Goats
John Darnielle is one of the most imaginative lyricists of his generation. Since he sat cross-legged with an acoustic guitar in front of a boom box and pressed record for the first time - more than a decade ago - skewed characters, vibrant images and perfectly-framed narratives have flowed in their hundreds. Recent albums The Sunset Treet and Get Lonely have firmly established him as one of the most significant and influential songwriters working in America today.

You would be forgiven for thinking Beirut's unique debut long player The Gulag Orkestar was the work of some old Russian or German veteran, coloured by a love-stricken and war-weathered history. The genius behind Beirut, however, is a 20 year-old man from Albuquerque, New Mexico : Zach Condon. The Gulag Orkestar came from nowhere to be one of the most acclaimed and exciting albums of 2006; this will be the band s first live performance of 2007.

Emma Pollock
Emma Pollock was a member of the wonderful Delgados and a founder of their pioneering Chemikal Underground record label. She s also one of the most bewitching singers and natural songwriters around, Emma has always had fans at 4AD - the idea of a solo album was first floated more than five years ago. And when The Delgados called it a day as a band in 2005, the moment had come. Her radiant debut album will be released later in 2007.

Wolf and Cub
Wolf & Cub hail from a distant place - Adelaide, Australia. Yet word about their adrenalised take on darkly psychedelic, danceable noise is spreading far afield. The band a four piece whose line-up includes two drummers have built up a dedicated live following, expanded by a show-stealing performance at the Big Day Out festival. The band s debut album Vessels is released in April 2007, preceded by the frenetic and addictive single This Mess .

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