Much loved and critically acclaimed Los Angeles-based trio MUNA recently announced their signing to Phoebe Bridgers’ label Saddest Factory Records and today are releasing their first new music in over a year. The undeniable new track “Silk Chiffon” is one of the band’s poppier releases and is “a song for kids to have their first gay kiss to,” according to producer and guitarist Naomi McPherson.
It has a special guest feature by Phoebe who also appears in the destined to be iconic video. The video was directed by Ally Pankiw and inspired by the film But I’m A Cheerleader to honor the cult movie that was there for them as kids. Their hope is that queer kids will watch this video, then watch the movie and feel the same. “I think it’s really important for queer people to be our own archivists, and point to these other references that span generations,” Katie Gavin from the band tells us.
MUNA will soon be heading out on a North American tour supporting Phoebe Bridgers, kicking off September 8th. The band have also just announced they will be supporting Kacey Murgraves on her 2022 tour, all dates can be found below.
9/3/21 – Napa, CA @ BottleRock Festival
9/8/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater*
9/10/21 – Evanston, IL @ SPACE (SOLD OUT)
9/11/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Surly Field*
9/12/21 – Madison, WI @ Breese Field*
9/14/21 – Detroit, MI @ Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre*
Always the innovators, when COVID pulled the plug on live music around the world, team Splendour set to work and is now preparing to flick the switch on a world first online experience, unlike anything you’ve seen to date, that will take Splendour in the Grass to audiences around the globe.
Available on mobile, tablet, browser, desktop and VR, Splendour XR combines technology, art and over 50 of your favorite music artists, in a true virtual Splendour in the Grass festival experience rolled out over two days.
Indie rock royalty, critically acclaimed and genre defying singer-songwriters, viral pop sensations, hip-hop heroes and sought after collaborators, pioneering dance producers and artists who push way beyond boundaries into the unknown, will perform across Splendour XR’s stages alongside the hottest Australian acts of the moment.
DAY 1 – KHALID
CHVRCHES. DENZEL CURRY. DUKE DUMONT. TASH SULTANA. MASKED WOLF. RUSS MILLIONS. BAND OF HORSES. LITTLE SIMZ. VIOLENT SOHO. AURORA. PHOEBE BRIDGERS. VERA BLUE. PINK SWEAT$. CLIENT LIAISON. GRIFF. POND. TAYLA PARX. DUNE RATS. METHYL ETHEL. THE CHATS. TRIPLE ONE. CAT & CALMELL. KING STINGRAY. THE SOUTHERN RIVER BAND
DAY 2 – THE KILLERS
CHARLI XCX. VANCE JOY. GRIMES METAVERSE (SUPER BETA). THE AVALANCHES. OF MONSTERS AND MEN. KAYTRANADA. BLACK PUMAS. HOT DUB TIME MACHINE. MILLENNIUM PARADE. THE JUNGLE GIANTS. OCEAN ALLEY. JUNGLE. WHAT SO NOT. KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD. SINÉAD HARNETT. HOLLY HUMBERSTONE. SPACEY JANE. CROOKED COLOURS. AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS. WAFIA. AVIVA. THE SNUTS. BAND-MAID. ZIGGY RAMO. GRETTA RAY.
With single user tickets available from $19.99 for a single day/$34.99 for both days and with a $2.50 discount for Splendour in the Grass existing IRL ticket holders, punters can dive into Splendour XR from the comfort of their couch and watch with family and friends from across the globe or purchase an XR Party Pack and create their own Splendour XR house party.
Splendour XR will include an online medical centre to assist any patrons who are struggling with their mental health in this Covid world. And XR is committed to managing emissions and creating a clean and green platform with a minimal carbon footprint.
“Splendour has always offered patrons a deep programming experience with The Forum, Global Village, Little Splendour and more on offer alongside our favorite artists. We could not be more excited about Splendour XR and the opportunity to take the Splendour goodness online to our existing community and also to new audiences around the globe.” said Splendour in the Grass Co-producers Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco.
Charlie Hickey announces his debut EP with a track with his friend and collaborator Phoebe Bridgers.
“‘Ten Feet Tall’ is sort of a different animal than any other song I’ve written,” Charlie Hickey explains. “I was going to school at the time and was feeling quite alienated in this little world where everybody was instantly partying with their brand new best friends and fun came so naturally. I found solace in Marshall’s studio on the weekends. This was our first proper attempt at writing together and we were writing something really horrible. We were both kind of delirious and Marshall started singing the verse melody for the song as a joke, making fun of what we had been trying to write. But when I heard it, I said to him, “Wait, that’s the song that we’ve been trying to write.” After that, we wrote the rest that night and recorded it the next day. We re-recorded it a few times before going back to what we did that day. I’ve never written or recorded a song like that since, and we weren’t sure it was even gonna come out but when I hear it back, it really serves as a time capsule of a very confusing/depressing but also very fruitful and fun time in my life! “
Hickey’s EP was produced, mixed and engineered by Marshall Vore. It is called Count The Stairs and will be out February 26. The first track off the EP “No Good At Lying” was released last year.
Cyndi Lauper hosts this benefit for True Colors United which works prevent and end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. 100% of the net proceeds of Home for the Holidays goes to support the work of True Colors United to prevent and end this urgent issue.
This year’s lineup includes Billie Eilish, Bette Midler, Brandi Carlile, Brittany Howard, Cher, Dolly Parton, King Princess, Meg Myers, Phoebe Bridgers, Taylor Swift and more.
“It’s been a crazy year, but I am grateful for so many things – my immensely talented and generous friends who keep showing up for us year after year; the technology that is going to make it possible to bring our virtual concert to more people than ever; and all of our partners who help True Colors United do the work that we do. The Home for the Holidays concert is 10 years and over 100 artists in, and has raised over three million dollars, which is beyond what I could have imagined when we began. Most importantly though, we are truly helping LGBTQ young people experiencing homelessness. And to all of the fans who watch, donate, and celebrate with us, you are family. And I thank you.” – Cyndi Lauper
Julien Baker is releasing her 3rd studio album Little Oblivions in February. Today she has the first single “Faith Healer.”
She says, “Put most simply, I think that ‘Faith Healer’ is a song about vices, both the obvious and the more insidious ways that they show up in the human experience. I started writing this song 2 years ago and it began as a very literal examination of addiction. For awhile, I only had the first verse, which is just a really candid confrontation of the cognitive dissonance a person who struggles with substance abuse can feel– the overwhelming evidence that this substance is harming you, and the counterintuitive but very real craving for the relief it provides. When I revisited the song I started thinking about the parallels between the escapism of substance abuse and the other various means of escapism that had occupied a similar, if less easily identifiable, space in my psyche.
“There are so many channels and behaviors that we use to placate discomfort unhealthily which exist outside the formal definition of addiction. I (and so many other people) are willing to believe whomever– a political pundit, a preacher, a drug dealer, an energy healer– when they promise healing, and how that willingness, however genuine, might actually impede healing.”
For the last eight years, Panache has hosted Valentine’s Day concerts across the country to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood. Earlier this year, The Village of Love Benefit Series raised over $40,000 through performances in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Miami. Now, Panache is thrilled to be joining forces with their friends at Like Management and Live.ly to organize Village of Love’s online debut.
This year’s event features Angel Olsen, Brittany Howard, Deep Sea Diver, Phoebe Bridgers, Kathleen Hanna, Margo Price, Soko, Weyes Blood and more. Tickets are only $15.
Since COVID-19 began our local independent music venues have been suffering. In reaction the National Independent Venue Association was born. NIVA has been lobbying congress to get relief money so we don’t lose our independent venues. It has created a coalition of over 3000 member venues across the US in the music, comedy and arts sector.
The festival will be hosted by Reggie Watts and feature performances from 35 artists recorded live from more than 25 independent concert venues across the United States. These artists join YouTube and NIVA to amplify the message of NIVA’s Save Our Stages advocacy efforts and raise funds for its nationwide, need-based grant program to provide relief to these important members of the independent music, comedy and arts community.
The artists in the festival include:
Little Big Town
And many more. Fans can watch the festival on NIVA’s YouTube Channel and on the individual artist’s YouTube Channel. Fans can donate directly to the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund at https://www.nivassoc.org/erf
Phoebe Bridgers has announced her sophomore album Punisher will be out June 19. Today she releases the 2nd track off the album “Kyoto.” Bridgers describes the video
The initial plan for the “Kyoto” video was to shoot in Japan in March 2020. When the trip was canceled – for obvious reasons – the video was completed with green screen in Los Angeles. Says Bridgers of the track, “This song is about impostor syndrome. About being in Japan for the first time, somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, and playing my music to people who want to hear it, feeling like I’m living someone else’s life. I dissociate when bad things happen to me, but also when good things happen. It can feel like I’m performing what I think I’m supposed to be like. I wrote this one as a ballad first, but at that point I was so sick of recording slow songs, it turned into this.”
Bridgers released her debut album Stranger In the Alps in 2017 and is also known for her work with both boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Center. For info visit https://www.phoebefuckingbridgers.com/