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Death Cab for Cutie announce "The Blue EP"

Death Cab for Cutie has officially announced the release of their upcoming EP, The Blue EP, out September 6. The announcement comes with the release of first track, "Kids in '99", written as a tribute to the three people who lost their lives in the 1999 Bellingham Olympic Pipeline explosion, "a tragedy that really affected me while we were living in Bellingham," in the words of Ben Gibbard, who adds, "After all these years I felt it was worthy of its own folk song."

This past Friday, the band received critical acclaim for "Do You Remember," a track from Chance the Rapper's highly-anticipated new album ("The Big Day") on which they are featured. TIME highlighted the track in their "5 Best Songs of the Week," exclaiming: "On 'Do You Remember,' a laid-back, nostalgic jam, rock band Death Cab for Cutie shows up to set a dreamy, throwback mood." The band recently wrapped the latest leg of their North American headline tour, including performances at iconic venues from New York's Forest Hills to a sold-out show at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The final leg of the tour will include stops in San Diego, Portland, and Redmond, WA as well as highly-anticipated shows at Sonoma Harvest Music Festival and LA's Hollywood Bowl. This past weekend, Death Cab for Cutie performed at the annual Fuji Rock Festival, held at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. 30 Jul 2019

Hibou's "Halve" out now!

Hibou's new album Halve is out today! The project of Seattle's own Peter Michel is a characteristically ethereal record filled with swooning, hazy reflections on loss, love, nostalgia, and joy from a 10,000 foot view.

Watch the mesmerizing new video for "An Hour Of Vision", filmed at local venue Chop Suey. Hibou played a hometown record release show to a full house on Wednesday, and now is off on a tour throughout the US. Check out the list of tour dates here! 26 Jul 2019

Welcome Common Holly

We are thrilled to welcome Common Holly, the one-woman project of Montreal's Brigitte Naggar, to the Barsuk family! Her beautiful new album When I say to you Black Lightning will be out on October 18. A follow-up to her striking 2017 debut Playing House, the new album is "a look outward; an exploration of the ways in which we all experience pain, fear and self-delusion, and how we can learn to confront those feelings with boldness".

A video for the first single "Central Booking" premiered this week at The FADER, who called it "the touching story of a flailing tube man".

Pre-order When I say to you Black Lightning (out October 18) now. 24 Jul 2019

Chris Staples gives us "World On Fire" video

Chris Staples premiered a new video today via CLASH MUSIC. His album, Holy Moly is out tomorrow, June 28. 27 Jun 2019

Hibou announces new album, premieres new single via KEXP

Hibou, the project of Seattle's Peter Michel, is thrilled to announce their new album Halve, out July 26. The band premiered the first single, "Inside Illumination", via KEXP who called the song "as deeply textured as it is deeply personal."

If "Inside Illumination" only slightly quenched your thirst for new Hibou music, never fear! Keep your eye on your favorite streaming services where the band will be releasing one song a week off Halve from now until the record's July 26 release date. Halve is an album full of complex but precisely layered melodies – on which Michel plays every instrument and produced entirely himself. The outcome is a work filled with swooning, hazy reflections on loss, love, nostalgia, and joy from a 10,000 foot view.

The band has also announced a string of US tour dates starting July 24 in their hometown of Seattle. 29 May 2019

Lyric video for Chris Staples "Holy Moly"

Check out the new lyric video for the title track to Chris Staples upcoming album, Holy Moly, which premiered today on American Songwriter. The album is due June 28, but you can pre-order it (and a new t-shirt) now! 16 May 2019

"Young Enough" by Charly Bliss out today

Charly Bliss have released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Young Enough. To celebrate the album, Charly Bliss launched CBTV, a 24-hour streaming channel featuring the band's original reality TV show Ignorance is Bliss, behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Young Enough, a cooking show, never-before-seen home videos, a drunken retelling of the history of Charly Bliss, CBTV's Cribs, and much more.

Charly Bliss are out on tour now — find a full list of dates here, including their recently added dates in Canada with band pals PUP, and a show at New York's Radio City Music Hall supporting CHVRCHES. 10 May 2019

Chris Staples has a new album

Barsuk is excited to share the news: Chris Staples has a new album, called Holy Moly. It'll be out June 28th, but NPR's All Songs Considered premiered the track "Everybody Said" this week (listen here) and you can pre-order the album now on red or blue vinyl! 19 Apr 2019

Charly Bliss share "Hard To Believe" video

Charly Bliss shared a video for "Hard To Believe" today, the latest from their highly anticipated new album, Young Enough. Noisey, who premiered the Henry Kaplan-directed video today is saying "the Brooklyn band's latest preview of their forthcoming sophomore effort might be their best yet." and is calling it "an anthemic, literal kiss-off that features one of the band's most explosive choruses of their catalogue."

While the video is a playful homage to A Perfect Circle's "Judith", of the song Eva Hendricks says: "'Hard To Believe' is a song about being addicted to a bad relationship, and the endless cycle of trying and failing to end one.

"We shot the video on 35mm film over two days with our close friend Henry Kaplan 24 hours after returning from SXSW. Henry did a spectacular job of incorporating each of our personalities into this video, as well as providing a slightly fantastical, but ultimately realistic portrayal of a typical band practice. While we're running songs, each band-member usually has their own inner-monologue running of either things they're distracted by, or things they'd rather be doing. This video feels extremely 'us' and I don't think we could have made it with anyone else."

Young Enough is available for pre-order now and due out May 10. 10 Apr 2019

Listen to Steady Holiday's cover of "Holiday"

Today, Stereogum premiered Steady Holiday's cover of Weezer's "Holiday", calling it "minimal while still retaining its stickiness". Listen here. 05 Apr 2019

Small Feet's "Bad Science" video premieres via Billboard

In anticipation of the upcoming release of With Psychic Powers, the sophomore effort from Swedish artist Small Feet out tomorrow, Billboard is premiering the video for the track "Bad Science."

Small Feet also recently premiered the first single from With Psychic Powers, "Let the Guys Down," via Brooklyn Vegan, as well as the video for the track "Masquerade" via FLOOD. Of the "Masquerade" video, FLOOD notes, "The song's delicate yearnings and shuffled rhythms are visualized through a conceptual music video that mirrors the lyrics' frustrations. The clip takes a profound look at modern mating rituals, often reduced to little more than an exchange of staged photographs."

Small Feet is set to tour Europe throughout the spring in support of the new album. 28 Mar 2019

Nada Surf debut single "Song for Congress"

Nada Surf have shared a video for the stand-alone single "Song for Congress", available now at digital services everywhere. Matthew Caws, front man for the critically acclaimed New York trio, says, "I've written a few political songs over the years but most of them have remained in a desk drawer unfinished – they're hard to write and can feel futile. But when I read about the separation of families at the US-Mexico border, I felt compelled to try again. Like most people learning of the tragic situation there, I was outraged and upset. After calling the offices of my state representatives and leaving messages urging them to take some kind of action, I wished there was something more I could do. A thought occurred to me: what if I could speak directly to a congressperson or senator through a song? I knew that anyone on Capitol Hill actually hearing it was a moonshot, but I also knew that music can travel in unexpected ways and that it was at least worth trying."

Caws has posted more about the process of writing the song, the experience of touring the Capitol building with former House Speaker John Boehner's Deputy Chief of Staff, his "long American roots" (as he refers to in the song) and his thoughts on living through these tumultuous times on the band's social media accounts, which you can read here. 27 Mar 2019