The Crookes Return To US This Fall

The Crookes have announced they will be returning to the U.S. in October, their third visit in 2014, in continued support of their new album Soapbox released in April on Modern Outsider.  The tour will kick off October 3 in Las Vegas, before taking part in this year’s TBD Festival in Sacramento October 5, and wraps at the CMJ Music Marathon on October 21.  

The BBC’s Steve Lamacq called The Crookes, “one of the most hardworking and prolific bands of the underground,” and they are well living up to that reputation.

Following a trip to the SXSW Music Conference and Los Angeles in March and a month-long UK & Europe tour in the spring, The Crookes crossed the U.S. in July, performing live on KEXP via New York City and on KUTX in Austin, before closing the tour with packed & sweaty, sold-out performance at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, where they will return on October 9 for Popscene.

Tour Dates:
10.03.14 – Las Vegas, NV - Bunkhouse
10.05.14 – Sacramento, CA - TBD Festival
10.07.14 – Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Atrium
10.09.14 – San Francisco, CA - Brick and Mortar (Popscene)
10.11.14 – Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
10.12.14 – San Diego, CA - Voodoo Room
10.14.14 – Scottsdale, AZ - Electric Ballroom
10.17.14 – Austin, TX - Mohawk
10.18.14 – Dallas, TX - The Foundry
10.21.14 – Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade (CMJ Music Marathon)

Soft Swells Announce Fall US Tour Dates + Remix

Soft Swells are excited to announce they will be hitting the road this September and October for a U.S. Tour in support of their forthcoming sophomore album Floodlights, out September 30 via Modern Outsider Records.  The tour kicks off at Cheer Up Charlie's in Austin, TX on September 26, and will take them to major stops along the way in New York, Nashville, and Chicago before ending at Lofi in Seattle, WA on October 16. The band has also booked a September residency at The Echo in Los Angeles playing every Monday from September 8 to September 22. 
Today, Soft Swells released a new remix for their first single, "Floodlights". The remix, titled "Floodlights (EXROYALE remix)" by NW-based NW-based cosmic electro-pop ensemble, EXROYALE, slows this pop gem down into a thumping, sultry, digitized reimagining. Download the remix on Modern Outsider's MP3 page here

Tour Dates:
09.08.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Residency)
09.15.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Residency)
09.22.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo (Residency)
09.26.14 - Austin, TX - Cheer Up Charlie's
09.27.14 - Houston, TX - Rudyard's
09.28.14 - New Orleans, LA - The Beatnik
09.30.14 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge
10.02.14 - Washington, DC - IOTA
10.03.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery
10.04.14 - New York, NY - Piano's
10.05.14 - Boston, MA - O'Briens
10.07.14 - Columbus, OH - Tree Bar
10.08.14 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
10.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Township
10.10.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
10.13.14 - Denver, CO - Forest Room 5
10.14.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Bar Deluxe
10.15.14 - Boise, ID - Flying M Room
10.16.14 - Seattle, WA - Lofi


Soft Swells are thrilled to announce their sophomore album Floodlights out September 30 on Modern Outsider Records. Floodlights will be available on CD, LP and digital download.

Soft Swells is not only their band name, it's a surfing term used to describe tiny, easy to ride waves that beginners keep an eye out for to help build their skills. Much like moving on from soft swells to bigger waves, Tim Williams, the mastermind behind Soft Swells has been moving towards his own type of bigger moment for years now.  Tim started Soft Swells in an effort to reach new heights, and following the release of their debut full-length Soft Swells in 2012 and their follow-up EP Lifeboats in 2013, the music has gotten more sophisticated and the sound of the band has gotten bigger. Floodlights is the big moment Soft Swells has been seeking and they have grown in every way imaginable. Where once there was just Tim with the help of producer/keyboardist Dave Lynch and a lot of studio magic, there is now a fully formed band.
In an experiment to capture the fun and excitement of their live shows on record, Tim brought a motley group of wildly talented musicians together in the studio to lay down all the tracks.  Most of the record was tracked by producer Dave Lynch (the other Dave Lynch) at ElectricZoo in Eastbourne UK, with Soft Swells' touring bass player and multi-instrumentalist Christopher Pappas at Tim's side, and a guest appearance by resident UK drummer Phil Wilkinson (Jake Bugg, Brian Eno).  As if that wasn't enough, Misty Boyce (Sara Bareilles), Jonathan Visger (Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr) and Soft Swells' touring guitarist Kyle Frederickson all contributed their talents via satellite.
This impressive roster of personnel leaves Soft Swells sounding invigorated, like a whole new band. Drums shake, organs swell, guitars rock and vocals soar. This is no longer a band trying to figure out how to replicate the sound of their albums on stage, because they brought the stage to the studio.

The Crookes Announce Summer US Tour

The Crookes have announced a July tour of the U.S. in support of their new album Soapbox released last month on Modern Outsider and in conjunction with the release of second single, “Don’t Put Your Faith In Me”, on July 1 – you can watch the video for the single here.  The tour kicks off July 8 in Philadelphia and runs through July 24 in San Francisco (complete dates below).  Described by the BBC’s Steve Lamacq as “one of the most hardworking and prolific bands of the underground,” The Crookes wrap up a six-week tour of the UK and Europe, with a hometown celebration in Sheffield next weekend.

Soapbox is the sophomore North American release, third overall, for The Crookes.  Recorded in a church in the northern Italian alps, the remote isolation brought together this band of outsiders even closer, as they laid out their plan of attack.  “The most obvious theme that runs through the entire album is the idea of ‘The Outsider’,” frets guitarist and lyricist Daniel. “As a band that seems to suit us… never invited inside, but never wanting to be. I can empathize more with the madman standing on his soapbox, slowly gaining an audience by speaking with passion and honesty."

Tour Dates:
07/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
07/09 – New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall
07/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
07/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Nether Bar
07/13 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
07/15 – Dallas, TX @ Dada
07/16 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
07/17 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
07/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
07/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Container Pk.
07/20 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
07/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot (School Night)
07/22 – San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room at House of Blues
07/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
07/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop (Popscene)

Mirror Travel Debuts New Video + West Coast Tour

Mirror Travel has unveiled the trippy new video for "Mexico" in advance of their slot at the Austin Psych Fest and subsequent tour around the Western US! The video was directed by Lauren Klotzman. 

Check out the video over at Noisey

You can still stream the entire album at NYLON

Mirror Travel - Tour Dates
05.03.14 – Austin, TX @ Austin Psyche Fest
05.06.14 – Marfa, TX @ Padre’s
05.07.14 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Western
05.08.14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
05.09.14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Origami Vinyl
05.10.14 – San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah
05.12.14 – Portland, OR @ Valentine’s
05.13.14 – Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge
05.14.14 – Boise, ID @ Flying M Room
05.15.14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby’s Court
05.16.14 – Denver, CO @ Lion’s Lair
05.17.14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
05.18.14 – Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s


Sheffield, UK-based romantics, The Crookes, are pleased to announce their upcoming stateside performances culminating at this year’s SXSW Music Festival. This announcement comes on the heels of their upcoming SOAPBOX LP available via Modern Outsider on April 15, 2014. In case you missed it, you can watch video to their first single “Play Dumb” below.

Watch The Video for “Play Dumb” Here.


Tour Dates

03/09 Dallas, TX @ Sofar Sounds

03/09 Dallas, TX @ Nylo Hotel, Las Colinas

03/12 Austin, TX @ Parish Underground

03/13 Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlie’s
03/14 Austin, TX @ El Sapo
03/15 Austin, TX @ Latitude 30

03/23 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo


Austin/Toronto-based straight up rock-and-rollw duo Black Pistol Fire is pleased to announce their Hush or Howl LP. Due out April 1, 2014 on Modern Outsider the collection of eleven tracks is exquisitely packed with a band clearly in their Southern Rock prime. To celebrate the release, Black Pistol Fire are sharing the first single via Interview Magazine.

Their wild and energetic rock-and-roll sound has been described as a mix of classic southern rock and garage punk, garnering comparisons to early Kings of Leon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The White Stripes, and Clutch. It's clear that the band's sound spans many different eras and subgenres, relying on a classic rock and roll sound that has been updated for our modern times.


01 Alabama Coldcock

02 Dimestore Heartthrob

03 Baby Ruthless

04 Your Turn to Cry

05 Hipster Shakes

06 Run Rabbit Run

07 Honeydripper

08 Blue Eye Commotion

09 Hush

10 Show Pony

11 Grease My Wheel

The Crookes Announce Third LP

Today the Sheffield group The Crookes announced the title and release date for their upcoming new record. The band's third LP is officially named SOAPBOX, set for release in Europe/UK on April 14 via Fierce Panda and in North America on April 15 via Modern Outsider. The band will be returning to the USA this year in support of the album, including performances at this year's SXSW Music Festival. More information will be coming soon! In the meantime check out the track listing and a teaser video. 


01. Play Dumb
02. Don't Put Your Faith In Me
03. Echolalia
04. Before The Night Falls
05. Holy Innocents
06. Outsiders
07. When You're Fragile
08. Marcy
09. Howl
10. Soapbox


Los Angeles duo, Gliss, is pleased to announce the release of deluxe edition of their critically acclaimed Langsom Dans. Available today, November 19, 2013 on Modern Outsider, the release features exclusive bonus tracks including “Hunting (C-Berg Remix)” and “Drool”. To celebrate the release, Gliss is streaming “Drool” via the LA Weekly. “The song is about how the world has the potential to destroy itself,” explains Victoria Cecilia, the bands singer and keyboard player.

Listen to "Drool" via LA Weekly

The Black And White Years Premiere "Little One"

Austin-based fantasy quintet The Black and White Years are pleased to announce their latest full-length. Available on January 21, 2014 via Modern Outsider, Strange Figurines, features a collection of ten tracks completing their most compelling work to date. To celebrate the release, the band is making the first single, “Little One” available for free online.

Download "Little One" here via Magnet Magazine. 


Since 2006 — when Scott Butler, Landon Thompson and John Aldridge formed The Black & White Years — their sifter has been shaking beyond the status quo. They’ve released two albums and one EP. Topped radio charts. Shifted directions. Nearly broken up. Added members. Won awards. And now, seven years post, what’s left at the bottom of the sieve are the undeniably solid pieces of a band arriving at a capstone. 

Strange Figurines is that stone. It is the unalloyed chunk that endured best and worst times, youthful decisions, egos, changes, collaborations and maturity, to become an album embodying not just style or substance. But a perfectly mixed cocktail of them both. 

Strange Figurines Track List:

01. Embraces
02. Little One
03. We're Making Friends
04. Just Like Old Times
05. Strange Figurines
06. Newlyweds
07. Cities
08. Insomnia
09. Trigger Finger
10. Matching Sweaters


Soft Swells
LP + CD + Digital

The Crookes
CD + Digital

Black Pistol Fire
Hush Or Howl
LP + CD + Digital

The Black and White Years
Strange Figurines
LP + CD + Digital