By

The Tallest Man on Earth will headline the Tower Theater with a full band

The Tallest Man on Earth | via DeadOceans.com
The Tallest Man on Earth | via DeadOceans.com

Kristian Matsson, otherwise known as The Tallest Man on Earth, has just announced an extensive upcoming tour, in which he will grace the Tower Theater come May 16, a few days after the release of his upcoming album Dark Bird Is Home. This is the latest release since 2012’s There’s No Leaving NowTickets will go on sale on Friday, Feb. 27.

Comparable to the likes of Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens, the Swedish singer-songwriter has given us a taste of the upcoming album with “Sagres,” a notably more involved track than his earlier, acoustic-centric material. Continue reading →

By

Secretly Canadian (The War On Drugs) and Dead Oceans (Sun Airway) among indie labels affected by the Sony Music/PIAS warehouse fire in London

As you’ve probably heard by now, a Sony Music warehouse containing stock from 150 indie labels burned to the ground yesterday during the riots in London. Thankfully, no one was hurt during the incident. (And, when looking at the big picture, it’s nowhere near the top of the list of important issues and concerns brought up by the riots.) However, for many of these labels, the loss of property and damage will prove difficult, if not impossible, to recover from. The long list of labels affected includes Secretly Canadian (which has released albums by Philadelphia’s The War On Drugs and Nightlands) and Dead Oceans (Sun Airway); you can see a full list here.

For their part, the folks at Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans/Jagjaguwar have said in a statement that they “[L]ost significant amounts of stock in this fire. This being said, our primary thoughts and concern are with the Sony warehouse staff and PIAS sales staff whose lives were all massively disrupted by the tragic event, as well as our independent label peers who had a more significant portion of their worldwide stock committed to the Sony DADC / PIAS warehouse… Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian are in the fortunate position of having significant stock holdings dispersed around the world. We’re working very quickly now to shift some of that existing stock to make our records available in the UK and Ireland as soon as possible.”

If you’re interested in helping out any of the indie labels that have been affected, now would be a great time to buy a few tracks directly from the labels’ websites, as doing so will get needed money to the companies faster than buying from iTunes. A donations page has also been set up here.

By

Sun Airway releases new video for “Put The Bike Helmets Days Away”

Sun Airway“Trying not to die is so taxing,” sings Sun Airway‘s Jon Barthmus in the opening moments of “Put The Days Away.” Well, not always, Jon. For example: It wouldn’t take too much effort on the part of that bike-riding friend of yours in the new video for “Put The Days Away” to put on a damn helmet. (We don’t mean to get all disapproving-mom-waves-a-finger on you or anything, but come on—not only is her mind clearly elsewhere as she rides through the streets of Philadelphia at night, but it’s also raining for crying out loud!) Just a thought.

Bicycle safety aside, the video—directed by Klip Collective‘s Ricardo Rivera (who also created the projection videos the band uses during live performances)—is a gorgeous accompaniment to one of our favorite songs on Nocturne Of Exploded Crystal Chandelier, which will be released by Dead Oceans on October 26th. Following a trio of CMJ appearances in late October, Sun Airway will head out on a 19-date tour in support of the album; the Philly duo’s next local appearance is at Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday, November 17th. (Video via Pitchfork)