Friday, March 02, 2007




For those of you (un)lucky enough to be heading off to Texas next month, thought I'd let you know about the Matador happenings this year. No big showcase a la previously, but still plenty to feast your ears on, including several brand new signings to the label and one band so new that they've never even been to the UK, so this is definitely a chance to catch them. Let me know if you're going along and/or if you'd like to see or interview any of these artists.

Recently announced on the Matablog is the signing of Austin-based Shearwater. Their album "Palo Santo" was released last year and will be re-issued with 5 re-recorded songs, unreleased tracks and brand new artwork. They will be playing a few shows at SXSW during a North American Tour. The band will be over in the UK this summer with a new album later in the year.

Whilst Times New Viking will be promoting their recent release on Siltbreaze, "Present the Paisley Reich", the Columbus, Ohio based band have just signed a deal with Matador in anticipation of a brand new full-length at some point down the line. Their photos make them look extremely young but they play the kind of indie-rock that have you feeling nostalgic for Guided By Voices, Pavement and The Clean. Definitely one of the hotly tipped bands for this year, you should definitely try to see them if you can.

The Ponys, fresh off their recent string of successful London shows, will be embarking on a major US tour with no less than four appearances at SXSW (and maybe more). The album "Turn The Lights Out" is released on March 19. Hopefully you've all got copies and are able to cover in some way. They'll be back in May for a UK/Euro tour... Here are some pics from a blistering show at Sonic Cathedral at the Legion last week:

And, last but by no means least, Dead Meadow debut songs from their forthcoming album, which is slated for late summer/early Autumn. Read here for stories of haunted studios and moving from Washington DC to Los Angeles - We'll be seeing them in the UK for Summer festivals.


Shows / parties still being confirmed!!! Most times subject to change!!

THURSDAY, March 15

4:00 pm The Ponys @ Waterloo (in-store performance)
6:00 pm The Ponys
@ Emo's Jr (Oh My Rockness showcase)
7:30 pm Shearwater
@ Central Presbyterian Church

FRIDAY, March 16

2:00 pm The Ponys
@ Emo's (Pitchfork party)
5:00 pm Shearwater
@ The Mohawk (Hot Freaks Party)
7:00 pm Dead Meadow
@ Red Seven (Mess with Texas Party)
8:00 pm Times New Viking @ Time Out NY Showcase

SATURDAY, March 17

2:00 pm The Ponys
@ The Mohawk (Hot Freaks Party)
3:00 pm Times New Viking @ Sound On Sound
6:15 pm Dead Meadow
@ Club DeVille

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