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


Los Angeles duo, Gliss, is pleased to announce the release of the deluxe edition of their critically acclaimed Langsom Dans. Available on November 19, 2013 on Modern Outsider, the release features exclusive bonus tracks including “Hunting (C-Berg Remix)” and “Drool”. To celebrate the release, the band is debuting the video for “The Sea Tonight.”

Watch “The Sea Tonight” here courtesy of Bullet Magazine.


“Our director, Dylan Bell, wanted to make a video that is a physical representation of one couple's voyage through the different stages of a relationship's decay - numbness, hostility, defensive actions, etc,” explains Victoria Cecilia of Gliss. “The pinnacle of which is the soul's struggle to leave it's physical body. It takes both passion and dedication to lead a relationship from those dark intense moments into moments of beauty, light, and love.”


For the past four years, Follow That Bird was one of the most buzzed about bands from their hometown of Austin, Texas. And considering how many bands are packed into that one city, that ain't faint praise. They were picked by Matador Records to be the lead single on the 2010 Austin-only compilation Casual Victim Pile, and snapped up enough accolades that Bill Callahan picked them to be his openers for a string of dates and ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead ask them to be the opening act on their full tour of the Western US last summer.

After that...everything went a little awry. The band's label folded, taking with it the money to record their debut full-length. But instead of seeing that as a major roadblock, the trio saw it as the perfect chance to forge their own path. With it came a new band name - Mirror Travel - and a chance to further strengthen their belief in the power of the music they were creating together. Or as Tiffanie Lanmon put it, "We had to walk into the desert and do things our way."

The desert Lanmon (drums) is referring to is the one that surrounds Marfa, Texas, where the she, Paul Brinkley (bass/vocals) and Lauren Green (guitar/vocals) decamped for two weeks to record with Gory Smelley (YACHT, Eleanor Friedberger, Grouper) at Marfa Recording Studio. It was just the isolating experience the band needed to bring their album Mexico into the world.

The results? One of the most warmly engaging records you're likely to hear this year. With Smelley's help, Mirror Travel were able to more fully embrace the dreamy garage pop sound that got them to where they are today.

Looked at as a complete package, Mexico is a document of a trio who, as their name change would suggest, are taking themselves more seriously and looking at the road ahead with much more purpose and intent. Like the long drives between tour stops and the seemingly endless desert that helped inspire these songs, you're meant to drink this album in slowly, steadily, and with your eye fixed on the horizon.

Mexico is available in stores now on MP3, CD and clear vinyl!


Sheffield, England quartet The Crookes released their U.S. debut full-length, Hold Fast, today on Modern Outsider. An album teaser was shot by XI Media from the band's recent New York City performances - watch it here. Hold Fast receives a much anticipated and long overdue U.S. release, with three bonus tracks.
Influenced by the optimism of early Beatles with the melancholy of The Smiths, The Crookes tap into 50 years of British pop for their sounds, and 100 years of British social history for their words - four English literature graduates whose music is bound with storytelling and tinged with nostalgia. NYLON UK describe the band as "potential leaders of England's smart, taut NEW POP movement," they personify English charm and eloquent, intelligent songwriting.
The Crookes garnered heaps of praise back home, being tipped by BBC Music's Steve Lamacq as one of the 3 best guitar bands in the UK right now, "Backstreet Lovers" was voted to #24 in the BBC Radio 6Music "Song Of The Year" poll.


Sheffield, England quartet The Crookes have released their latest single, "Bear's Blood" b/w "Dance In Colour" today in North America on Modern Outsider - purchase via iTunes here. You can watch the video for both tracks via BrooklynVegan. The single comes in advance of The Crookes making their New York City debut, September 17 and 19, previewing the U.S. version of Hold Fast, their already acclaimed at home full-length, which will be made available here October 1 on Modern Outsider.

Hear Mirror Travel's Fuzz-Infused Charmer 'Mexico' Via SPIN

Mirror Travel are an Austin, Texas, trio who were once known as Follow That Bird. After some notable successes — supporting Bill Callahan on tour, then opening for ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead last summer — their label folded, robbing them of the money they were promised to record their debut album. Now, Lauren Green (guitar/vocals), Paul Brinkley (bass/vocals), and Tiffanie Lanmon (drums) have a new name and a new record, Mexico, due October 15 via Modern Outsider Records. In advance of the upcoming collection, which was recorded in Marfa with Gory Smelley (YACHT, Eleanor Friedberger, Grouper), the garage-dwelling daydreamers have shared the LP's title track, a fuzzy guitar-groove that defies gravity. Hear it via SPIN Magazine.


The Crookes
CD + Digital

Black Pistol Fire
Hush Or Howl
LP + CD + Digital

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

Mirror Travel

LP + CD + Digital

The Crookes
Hold Fast
LP + CD + Digital

Soft Swells
Lifeboats EP

Black Pistol Fire 04.24.14 - College Station, TX @ Grand Stafford Theater
Soft Swells 05.01.14 - Davis, CA @ Sophia's Thai Kitchen
Mirror Travel 05.02.14 - Austin, TX @ Psych Fest
Soft Swells 05.02.14 - Merced, CA @ The Partisan
Soft Swells 05.03.14 - Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
Soft Swells 05.04.14 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Soft Swells 05.05.14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Mirror Travel 05.06.14 - Marfa, TX @ Padre's
Soft Swells 05.06.14 - San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
Mirror Travel 05.07.14 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Western