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current releases

bark187: Hibou / Halve
OUT 26 JUL 2019
  • Inside Illumination
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bark186: Chris Staples / Holy Moly
OUT 28 JUN 2019
  • Holy Moly
bark183: Charly Bliss / Young Enough
  • Capacity
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bark181: Small Feet / With Psychic Powers
  • Let The Guys Down
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bark178: Laura Gibson / Goners
  • Tenderness
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news

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

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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

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

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"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

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

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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

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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

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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

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on tour

Charly Bliss

27 JunLos Angeles CA  @ Lodge Room

Death Cab for Cutie

5 JulMilwaukee WI  @ Summerfest

Laura Gibson

28 JunJoseph OR  @ Music on the River

Hibou

24 JulSeattle WA  @ Chop Suey

Phantogram

19 JulSeattle WA  @ Capitol Hill Block Party

Chris Staples

6 JulSeattle WA  @ Holy Moly Circus

Steady Holiday

29 JunLos Angeles CA  @ Teragram Ballroom

recent videos

Chris Staples
Old Friend
from Holy Moly

Charly Bliss
Young Enough
from Young Enough

Charly Bliss
Hard To Believe
from Young Enough

Nada Surf
Song For Congress