August 19th, 2022

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett’s Here and There festival is officially underway with the first half of the tour now complete. The first 7 shows featured incredible performances from Lucy Dacus, Snail Mail, Alvvays, They Hate Change, Faye Webster, Bartees Strange, The Beths, Quinn Christpherson, Hana Vu and Caroline Rose. The tour will now head to the West Coast where Barnett will be joined at various points by Arooj Aftab, Bedouine, Chicano Batman, Ethel Cain, Indigo De Souza, Japanese Breakfast, Julia Jacklin, Leith Ross, Sleater-Kinney, Waxahatchee, and Wet Leg. As Paste Magazine put it, “If a festival tour with a rotating lineup of some of the best indie-rock artists out there right now compiled by an excellent artist in her own right sounds like a dream to you, we’re here to inform you that you’re wide awake and it’s happening.” A full city-by-city summary can be found below.

Here and There

To celebrate the incredible coming together of these wonderful artists, Barnett has today released a very rare and limited edition run of 600 cassette tapes where all funds raised will go to the National Network of Abortion Funds and Advocates for Youth.

Earlier this week the demo for Sleater-Kinney’s Complex Female Characters was released. 

#counrtneybarnett #Hereandtherefest 

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August 16th, 2022

The Beths

The Beths present the new single, “Knees Deep,” from their forthcoming album, Expert In A Dying Field, out September 16th on Carpark Records, and announce a 2023 North American headline tour.

Knees Deep” was a last minute addition to the record and features one of Expert In A Dying Field’s best guitar lines, courtesy of guitarist Jonathan Pearce.

Liz Stokes adds: “I’m the kind of person who wants to go swimming, but takes like ten minutes to get all the way into the cold water, slowly and painfully. I hate this about myself, and am kind of envious of people who can just jump straight in the deep end. In a shocking twist, this is also a metaphor?! For how I wish I was the kind of person who was brave and decisive instead of cautious and scared.”

The Beths Tour Dates

(Tickets available at thebeths.com) (new dates in bold)

Tue. Aug. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Here and There Festival, Salt Shed

Thu. Aug. 18 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill

Fri. Aug. 19 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi

Sat. Aug. 20 – Covington, KY (Cincinnati) @ Madison Live

Mon. Aug. 22 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

Tue. Aug. 23 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry

Thu. Aug. 25 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

Fri. Aug. 26 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes

Sat. Aug. 27 – Portland, ME @ Portland House of Music

Sun. Aug. 28 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB

Wed. Aug. 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall

Thu. Sep. 1 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar

Thu. Sep. 15 – Melbourne, AU @ 170 Russell

Fri. Sep. 16 – Sydney, AU @ Metro Theatre

Sat. Sep. 17 – Brisbane, AU @ The Triffid

Tue. Sep. 20 – Adelaide, AU @ The Gov

Wed. Sep. 21 – Perth, AU @ Magnet House

Fri. Sep. 23 – Wellington, NZ @ Opera House

Sat. Sep. 24 – Nelson, NZ @ Theatre Royal

Fri. Sep. 30 – Christchurch, NZ @ James Hay Theatre

Sat. Oct. 1 – Dunedin, NZ @ The Glenroy

Fri. Oct. 7 – Auckland, NZ @ Auckland Town Hall

2023 North American Headlining

Thu. Feb. 16 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

Fri. Feb. 17 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos

Wed. Feb. 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

Fri. Feb. 24 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall

Sun. Feb. 26 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

Tue. Feb. 28 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

Thu. Mar. 2 – New York, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

Fri. Mar. 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

Sat. Mar. 4 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Mon. Mar. 6 –  Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel

Tue. Mar. 7 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade – Heaven

Wed. Mar. 8 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl

Fri. Mar. 10 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn

Sat. Mar. 11 – Dallas, TX @ Tulips

Tue. Mar. 14 – Denver, CO @ Summit

Thu. Mar. 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

Fri. Mar. 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda

Sat. Mar. 18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

#thebeths

 

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August 10th, 2022

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett’s Here and There festival is officially underway with the first shows featuring  the masterful Quinn Christopherson and the always incredible Lucy Dacus. Also joining Barnett at various points on the line-up will be Alvvays, Arooj Aftab, Bartees Strange, Bedouine, Caroline Rose, Chicano Batman, Ethel Cain, Faye Webster, Fred Armisen, Hana Vu, Indigo De Souza, Japanese Breakfast, Julia Jacklin, Leith Ross, Men I Trust, Sleater-Kinney, Snail Mail, The Beths, They Hate Change, Waxahatchee, and Wet Leg. A full city-by-city summary can be found here.

See Courtney live from 2018 here

Here and There Fest

To celebrate the incredible coming together of these wonderful artists, Barnett is releasing a very rare and limited edition run of 1200 cassette tapes where all funds raised will go to the National Network of Abortion Funds and Advocates for Youth. B-Sides can be ordered here.

Courtney Barnett has also released here demo of “If I Don’t Hear From You Tonight” 

Bsides

Here And There: B-Sides, Live Tracks + Demos Tracklisting:

SIDE 1

1 – Julia Jacklin – Vegas Wedding (Demo)

2 – Bedouine – Wasn’t Me (Live)

3 – The Beths – Keep The Distance (Demo)

4 – Faye Webster – Come To Atlanta (Live from Chase Park Transduction)

SIDE 2

5 – Sleater-Kinney – Complex Female Characters (Live)

6 – Courtney Barnett – If I Don’t Hear From You Tonight (Demo)

7 – Caroline Rose – Soma (Demo)

8 – Hana Vu – Maker (Live From The Parking Lot Sessions)

#hereandtherefest #courtneymelba

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July 14th, 2022

The Beths share the new single/video, “Expert In A Dying Field,” from their new album, Expert In A Dying Field, out September 16th on Carpark Records.

“Expert In A Dying Field” introduces the thesis for the record: “How does it feel to be an expert in a dying field? How do you know it’s over when you can’t let go?” Elizabeth Stokes sings. The question hangs in the air: what do you do with how intimately versed you’ve become in a person, once they’re gone from your life? “Love is learned over time ‘till you’re an expert in a dying field.”

“I really do believe that love is learned over time,” explains Stokes. “In the course of knowing a person you accumulate so much information: their favorite movies, how they take their tea, how to make them laugh, how that makes you feel. And when relationships between people change, or end, all that knowledge doesn’t just disappear. The phrase ‘Expert in a Dying Field’ had been floating around my head for a few years, I was glad to finally capture it when writing this tune.”

The Beths Tour Dates

Tickets available from thebeths.com

Sun. Jul. 24 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party

Mon. Jul. 25 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

Fri. Jul. 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Sun. Jul. 31 – Denver, CO @ UMS – The Underground Music Showcase

Tue. Aug. 2 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern

Wed. Aug. 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

Thu. Aug. 4 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo Restaurant & Music Club

Fri. Aug. 5 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music Festival

Sun. Aug. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

Wed. Aug. 10 – Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel

Thu. Aug. 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

Sat. Aug. 13 – North Adams, MA @ Here and There Festival, Mass MoCA

Sun. Aug. 14 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

Mon. Aug. 15 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Bag

Tue. Aug. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Here and There Festival, Salt Shed

Thu. Aug. 18 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill

Fri. Aug. 19 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi

Sat. Aug. 20 – Covington, KY (Cincinnati) @ Madison Live

Mon. Aug. 22 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

Tue. Aug. 23 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry

Thu. Aug. 25 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

Fri. Aug. 26 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes

Sat. Aug. 27 – Portland, ME @ Portland House of Music & Events

Sun. Aug. 28 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB

Wed. Aug. 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall

Thu. Sep. 1 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar

Thu. Sep. 15 – Melbourne, AU @ 170 Russell

Fri. Sep. 16 – Sydney, AU @ Metro Theatre

Sat. Sep. 17 – Brisbane, AU @ The Triffid

Tue. Sep. 20 – Adelaide, AU @ The Gov

Wed. Sep. 21 – Perth, AU @ Magnet House

Fri. Sep. 23 – Wellington, NZ @ Opera House

Sat. Sep. 24 – Nelson, NZ @ Theatre Royal

Fri. Sep. 30 – Christchurch, NZ @ James Hay Theatre

Sat. Oct. 1 – Dunedin, NZ @ The Glenroy

Fri. Oct. 7 – Auckland, NZ @ Auckland Town Hall

#thebeths

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July 10th, 2022

UMS

22nd Annual: The Underground Music Showcase 2022

Denver, CO

July 29-31, 2022

Denver’s Underground Music Showcase (UMS) features over 150 acts from all over the nation. The festival, now in its 22nd year has a number of changes. We’re spotlighting 2 of them, and the artists involved here..

Youth On Record

Youth on Record was founded in 2008 with the mission to designs and implements strengths-based, music-centered programs intended to equip young people from historically under-resourced communities with the skills needed to find success in life by advancing their academic success, increasing their economic opportunities and career skills, and strengthening their community connections and networks. This year Youth on Record took a 49% interest in UMS. As part of that they’ve brought their own signature events to UMS including:

Impact Show July 30, 2022 – New to UMS this year, the Impact Show is part of a festival-wide focus on supporting mental wellness and the prevention of substance misuse among musicians and an anticipated 10,000 festival attendees. The inaugural show will feature the Seratones, A funk-soul-rock band from Louisiana that marries spirituality, protest, Black feminism, and Afrofuturism.

Youth on Record will also have Impact Days preceding UMS on July 27 & 28, 2022 from 12-6 MST at Youth on Record.

A two-day intensive hosted by Youth on Record and open to all musicians and artists participating in the UMS, Impact Days will serve as an industry-focused kick-off for the festival. Artists, music industry and community leaders will provide skill-sharing workshops, networking, professional development, and wellness coaching opportunities to local and emerging artists. Focused on artmaking, Impact, and Economic Opportunity, Impact Days are designed to build the foundation for institutional resources that will serve musicians, artists, and the creative industries for years to come.

Dozens of industry and arts leaders will host panels, workshops and coaching sessions; industry and arts leaders will be paid for their time. During the pilot year, the event is free to all participating artists. Between sessions, participants will be invited to participate in “care” practices including yoga, access to mental health resources, sober bars, and healthy foods.

Black FretBlack Fret is a nationwide membership organization with chapters in Austin, Seattle and now Colorado. Black Fret’s goal is to create a global network of connected communities, all supporting their local music economies. And in the process of creating this network, provide opportunities for our Black Fret bands to travel between cities, playing bigger gigs and being paid for shows they would not have had the opportunity to otherwise.

Recently Black Fret Colorado announced its 2022 Black Fret Awardees. The inaugural Black Fret Awardee artists were nominated by local industry experts and founding members in Colorado. They represent a broad spectrum of musical genres and reflect the depth of Colorado’s remarkable talent. They are:

Alysia Kraft*

Bevin Luna

Big Richard

Claire Heywood

iZCALLi*

Kayla Marque*

N3ptune*

Sickly Hecks

Veronica May

Zoe Berman*

*indicates playing 2022 UMS

 

 

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June 13th, 2022

The Beths

Today, The Beths announce their new album, Expert In A Dying Field, out September 16th on Carpark Records, and share the new single/video, “Silence Is Golden.”

On Expert In A Dying Field, Elizabeth Stokes’ songwriting positions her somewhere between being a novelist and a documentarian. The songs collected here are autobiographical, but they’re also character sketches of relationships – platonic, familial, romantic – and more importantly, their aftermaths. The shapes and ghosts left in absences. The question that hangs in the air: what do you do with how intimately versed you’ve become in a person, once they’re gone from your life?

The Beths Tour Dates

Tickets available from thebeths.com

Sun. Jul. 24 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party

Mon. Jul. 25 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

Fri. Jul. 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Sun. Jul. 31 – Denver, CO @ UMS – The Underground Music Showcase

Tue. Aug. 2 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern

Wed. Aug. 3 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

Thu. Aug. 4 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo Restaurant & Music Club

Fri. Aug. 5 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music Festival

Sun. Aug. 7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

Wed. Aug. 10 – Davenport, IA @ Raccoon Motel

Thu. Aug. 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

Sat. Aug. 13 – North Adams, MA @ Here and There Festival, Mass MoCA

Sun. Aug. 14 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

Mon. Aug. 15 – Detroit, MI @ The Magic Bag

Tue. Aug. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Here and There Festival, Salt Shed

Thu. Aug. 18 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill

Fri. Aug. 19 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi

Sat. Aug. 20 – Covington, KY (Cincinnati) @ Madison Live

Mon. Aug. 22 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall

Tue. Aug. 23 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry

Thu. Aug. 25 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

Fri. Aug. 26 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes

Sat. Aug. 27 – Portland, ME @ Portland House of Music & Events

Sun. Aug. 28 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz

Wed. Aug. 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall

Thu. Sep. 1 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar

#thebeths 

 

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March 24th, 2022

Here and There Fest

Courtney Barnett today announces ‘Here And There,’ a boutique touring festival with a rotating line-up featuring many of the most exciting songwriters in music today. This August and September, Barnett will take the one-day, one-stage festival to 15 locations around North America, each city with an extraordinary and unique line-up.

http://hereandtherefest.com/

Joining Barnett at various points on the line-up will be Alvvays, Arooj Aftab, Bartees Strange, Bedouine, Caroline Rose, Chicano Batman, Ethel Cain, Faye Webster, Fred Armisen, Hana Vu, Indigo De Souza, Japanese Breakfast, Julia Jacklin, Leith Ross, Lido Pimienta, Lucy Dacus, Men I Trust, Quinn Christopherson, Sleater-Kinney, Snail Mail, The Beths, Waxahatchee, and Wet Leg. A full city-by-city summary can be found below.

Barnett says: “When I was a kid I would make mix-tapes and dream up my own festivals, I’d even design the t-shirts and pair up musicians for iconic collaborations. I’d listen to the mix-tape and pretend it was the live recording of a concert, all my favorite artists on stage together. 10 years ago I wrote this lyric: “I got lost somewhere between here and there, I’m not sure what the town was called”. Whether that was meant to be interpreted as a geographical, emotional or philosophical journey, I thought it was the perfect title for my roaming festival.

This concept was something that remained floating in the back of my mind when I started playing music. Here And There feels like a natural culmination of energy after years of touring, and ten years of  working on my label Milk! Records. It’s something I’ve been forever daydreaming about, and part of an always evolving project to share spaces and build new platforms for art and artists that I believe in.

It’s always been important to me to share the stage with people that I admire and artists that inspire me, which is why I’m so excited and grateful to announce this amazing lineup.”

Courtney is thrilled to have The Ally Coalition (TAC) at Here and There. TAC will be partnering with Here And There to provide site-specific programs throughout the tour. Founded in 2013 by Jack Antonoff (Bleachers) and fashion designer Rachel Antonoff, TAC is committed to bettering the lives of LGBTQ youth through tours, campaigns and partnerships, providing support to organizations serving LGBTQ Youth. TAC partners with artists and uses their platforms to raise awareness of the systemic inequalities facing the LGBTQ population and activate prominent members of the creative community and their fan bases to engage with these issues in meaningful and impactful ways. This year, TAC is touring with a range of incredible artists, including Courtney Barnett, Bleachers, Big Thief, Faye Webster, Beach Bunny and Caroline Rose.

Courtney is partnering with Plus1 to donate $1/ticket to TAC and their work supporting LGBTQ Youth across the country.

TOUR DATES:

8/8/2022 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland              

Courtney Barnett

Lucy Dacus

Quinn Christopherson

 

8/9/2022 – St. Louis, MO – The Factory   

Courtney Barnett

Lucy Dacus

Quinn Christopherson

 

8/10/2022 – Cleveland, OH – Agora          

Courtney Barnett

Lucy Dacus

Quinn Christopherson

               

8/12/2022 – Harrisburg, PA – XL Live        

Courtney Barnett

Lucy Dacus

Faye Webster

Caroline Rose

 

8/13/2022 – North Adams, MA – MASS MoCA

Courtney Barnett

Lucy Dacus

Men I Trust

Faye Webster

The Beths

Bartees Strange

Hana Vu

 

8/14/2022 – Syracuse, NY – Beak N Skiff

Courtney Barnett

Snail Mail

Faye Webster

Hana Vu

                               

8/16/2022 – Chicago, IL – Salt Shed

Courtney Barnett

Alvvays

The Beths

                               

8/20/2022 – Portland, OR – Edgefield

Sleater-Kinney

Courtney Barnett

Waxahatchee

Fred Armisen

 

8/21/2022 – Seattle, WA – Marymoore

Courtney Barnett

Sleater-Kinney

Waxahatchee

Fred Armisen

Leith Ross

 

8/23/2022 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theater

Courtney Barnett

Lido Pimienta

                               

8/26/2022 – Stanford, CA – Frost Amphitheater

Courtney Barnett

Japanese Breakfast

Chicano Batman

Julia Jacklin

                                                               

8/28/2022 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s

Courtney Barnett

Indigo De Souza

Ethel Cain

                                               

8/31/2022 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory

Courtney Barnett

Wet Leg

Indigo De Souza

 

9/1/2022 – Austin, TX -ACL Moody

Courtney Barnett

Indigo De Souza

Ethel Cain

                                               

9/3/2022 – Denver, CO  – Mission Ballroom

Japanese Breakfast

Courtney Barnett

Arooj Aftab

Bedouine

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February 1st, 2022

Los Angeles-based, all-female punk band The Linda Lindas have announced their forthcoming album Growing Up. The highly anticipated release is due out digitally on April 8 and on physical formats June 3 via Epitaph Records. Today, the band shares the title track “Growing Up,” written by vocalist/guitarist Lucia. Alongside the track, they release the music video directed by Humberto Leon, co-founder of fashion brand Opening Ceremony and owner of Los Angeles restaurant CHIFA. The video, completely shot on iPhone 13 Pro Max, features custom clothing from Rodarte & Batsheva, and eyewear from Warby Parker.

 

Humberto Leon on directing “Growing Up”:

“Directing my first video for The Linda Lindas was a dream come true because I love the message and voice the girls have, and I am a true fan. I was really inspired by the girl’s love of cats and wanted to take that to the next level and so the video is a conversation about turning points in their lives all being viewed through the gaze of their cats. It creates a narrative of whether the cats want to trade places with the girls or vice-a-versa.This video was extra special because I worked with the girls on designing the outfits with Batsheva, styling the looks with Rodarte and Warby Parker. The entire video was a collaboration between me and the girls. By shooting the video on iPhone 13 Pro Max, it created an intimacy with the video that felt like we were listening in on a day in the life of The Linda Lindas.”

Tomorrow night, The Linda Linda’s will perform on The Late Show With James Corden.

TOUR DATES:

*w/ The Beths

#w/ Jawbreaker

Feb 11 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s *

Apr 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern #

Apr 2 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern #

Apr 3 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern #

Apr 27 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza #

Apr 28 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza #

Apr 29 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza #

Apr 3 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza #

Oct 22-23 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival

#the_linda_lindas

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December 1st, 2021

best-of-2021

Best of 2021 – Last year we missed doing our annual “Best Of.” This year we present it after a year of quarantine albums galore. Tours didn’t start until May but new music was flowing from the start of 2021. 2022 is already aiming to be a busy year. Here are our choices for the Best of 2021.

We’ve evolved from Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion and others of last year to a new crop of artists.

Best Label – Fire Talk Records – Home to Bnny, Mamalarky, Packs and more this boutique label is setting up to be the next Saddle Creek Records.  

Secretly Group @secretlygroup, Saddle Creek Records @saddlecreek, Fire Talk Records @firetalkrecs, Don Giovanni Records @DonGiovanniRecs

Nest New Artist –  “New” is always relative. Georgia Maq has been part of Camp Cope, and Isabella Manfredi was part of The Preatures. Our winner is Ashe who album Ashlyn was hard to put down this year.

Georgia Maq @goldsoundz_, Allison Russell @allisonrussellmusic, S.G. Goodman @s.g.goodman, Ashe @ashemusic, Jillette Johnson @jillettejohnson, Hawxx @hawxxmusic,  Noa Kirel @noakirel, Kill Birds @killbirdsmusic, Killboy @killboy , Sloppy Jane @sloppyjanebandd , Ydegirl @ydegirl, The Linda Lindas @the_linda_lindas, Allison Ponthier @allisonponthier, Isabella Manfredi @isabellamanfredi, Pom Pom Squad  @pompomsquad

Best Local (Colorado) Artist – Local artists can often be touring or even national acts. This category was very competitive with the amount of quarantine albums that came out. Our winner is Companion who mesmerized us in the Spring. They will quickly become a national act.

Companion @companiontheband , Wellington Bullings @wellingtonbullings, Jenny Shawhan @jennyshawhan, The Velveteers @thevelveteers , Grand Alliance @LeGrandAlliance, Bunny Blake @bunnyblakemusic, Ellsworth @ellsworththefolksinger, Stop Motion, Lvdy @lvdy, Lolita  @lolitaworldwide

Best Dance – Dance is also electronic and electro pop. Magdalena Bay & Sofi Tukker are the 800 lb gorillas in this category. Kito is our winner for surprising collaborations.

Magdalena Bay @magdalenabay, Sofi Tukker @sofitukker, Kito @kito

Best Pop – Pop like Indie is often open to interpretation. It is often what dominates at venues. Our winner is Charlotte Cardin whose Phoenix album was one of the best albums this year.

Hana Vu @hanavuuu, Lucy Dacus @lucydacus, Japanese Breakfast @jbrekkie, Baby Queen @queenofthebabies, Charlotte Cardin @charlottecardin, Jess Chalker @jess_chalker_, May-A @mayacumming, Ashe @ashemusic, Girl In Red @girlinred, Angèle @angele_vl, Sloppy Jane @sloppyjanebandd, Nadia Vaeh @nadiavaeh, Olivia Rox @oliviarox, Number One Popstar @numberonepopstar, Bahari @bahari, Noga Erez @nogaerez, Lola Lennox @lolalennex

Best Rock – Rock is often the guitar driven beat that keeps you going. Kill Birds, who have been touring with Foo Fighters are our winner.

Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserpent,  Amyl and the Sniffers @amylandthesniffers, Mattiel @mattielworldwide , Upsahl @upsahlmusicl, Self Esteem @selfesteemselfesteem, Kill Birds @killbirdsmusic, Nadia Sheikh @nadiasheikhmusic, Red Hook @weareredhook, Pom Pom Squad @pompomsquad

Best Indie –  Indie always means both a sound but also a level of development. These are the artists at the small venues touring to survive. We have a diverse selection this year. Bnny is our winner.

Torres @torreslovesyou, The Beths @lizstokedstokes, Bnny @bnnyband, Madi Diaz @madidiaz, Marissa Nadler @marrisa_nadler, Jillette Johnson @jillettejohnson, Siiickbrain @siiickbrain, Sub*t @subtrules, Killboy @killboy, Cumgirl8 @cumgirl8, L’Freaq @lfreaq, Madelline @i.am.madelline, Anna Smyrk @annasmyrk

Best Experimental – There is always a “flinch” moment when you saw experimental. It involves a great deal of risk as personified by our winner Fifi Rong who is working on her dual album set with one album all in English, and one all in Chinese. She is crowdfunding now.

Insect Ark @insectark, Fifi Rong @fifirong, Sasami @sasamiashworth, Irreversible Entanglements @irreversibleentanglements, Haru Nemuri @haru_nemuri

Best Hip Hop – This is the first year that FEMMUSIC has this category. There may be some arguments as to whether all these artists fit it. Coi Leray is the best newcomer in this area. Ray BLK is our winner.

Bia @bia, Tones and I @tonesandi, Doja Cat @dojacat, Sza @sza, Cardi B @iamcardib, Megan Thee Stallion @theestallion, Coi Leray @coileray, Ms Banks @msbanks, Ray BLK @rayblk, Remi Wolf @remiwolf, Tinashe @tinashenow

Best Jazz – We will admit to not hearing as much jazz this year. Laufey is the winner with original interpretations of classics.

Laufey @laufey, Nnenna Freelon @officialnnenna

Best Country – Brandi Carlile is a favorite in this category and will take home more GRAMMYs. Allison Russell wins for being new and original.

Brandi Carlile @brandicarlile, Allison Russell @allisonrussellmusic, Yola @iamyolaofficial, CMAT @cmatbaby, Jackson & Sellers @jacksonsellersmusic, Ingrid Andress @ingridandress

Best Heavy Metal – Infected Rain is a former winner in this category. Jinjer, Halestorm & The Pretty Reckless dominate. The Velveteers are this year’s winner.

Hawxx @hawxxmusic, Edge of Paradise @edgeofparadise, Jinjer @jinjer_official, The Velveteers @thevelveteers, Infected Rain @infectedrain_official, The Pretty Reckless @theprettyreckless, Halestorm @halestormrocks

Best R & B –  This category includes powerhouses like Arlo Parks and Dawn Richard. Alewya is our winner for new and original music this year.

Muni Long @munilong, India Shawn @indiashawn, Dawn Richard @dawnrichard, Alewya @alewya11, Arlo Parks @arloparks, Tkay Maidza @tkaymaidza, Danielia Cotton @danieliacotton, Saleka @saleka

Best Surprise – A “surprise” for us is that unexpected performance when it was not expected. It includes some risky performances such as LVXURI and Big Klit. S.G. Goodman is our hands down winner. We caught her as an opener and she garnered as much reaction as the headliner. She is a blunt, and emotive songwriter.

S.G. Goodman @s.g.goodman, Kiesza @kiesza, LVXURI @mx_lvxuri, Big Klit  @klitoriusmaximus

Best Comeback – This has been a surprisingly competitive category. Whether it’s the return of ABBA after a long time to Adele’s new album. The big surprise this month is Taylor Swift taking the world with the longest song. She is our winner.

Kylie Minogue @kylieminogue, Avril Lavigne @avrillavigne, Deborah Gibson @debbiegibson, Liz Phair @LizPhairOfficial, Taylor Swift @taylorswift , ABBA @ABBA, Adele @adele, Lorde @lorde

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August 11th, 2021

Playing a home show still feels special for The Beths, who began playing shows in 2015 and quickly won over local audiences with a low-key approach that disguised their drive for excellenceThe band announced its first live recording and film, Auckland, New Zealand, 2020, out September 17th on Carpark Records. The announcement also comes on the three-year anniversary of the release of their debut album, Future Me Hates MeAuckland, New Zealand, 2020 showcases the infectious energy The Beths bring to every performance. Native birds, wonkily crafted by the band from tissue paper and wire, festoon the venue’s cavernous ceiling while house plants soften and disguise the imposing pipes of an organ. The presence of the film crew isn’t disguised: much of the camerawork is handheld; full of fast zooms and pans. “Watching the film for the first time brought back all the emotions of 2020 for us. Sports Team have done such an amazing job of capturing the mix of anxiety and simple joy that was touring music in NZ at the time. We are so grateful that it happened and grateful to have it documented with so much love and care,” says lead vocalist/guitarist Elizabeth Stokes.

After building a loyal following through live performances and their 2016 EP Warm Blood, The Beths signed to Carpark Records and released the debut album, Future Me Hates Me, in 2018. Jump Rope Gazers, released in July 2020, was a slower, yearning follow-up that still fizzes and sparks with pop-punk sensibilities.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 has its genesis in an urge to share the now-rare experience of a live show as widely as possible. The accompanying film makes the deep bond Stokes, lead guitarist Jonathan Pearce, bassist Benjamin Sinclair, and drummer Tristan Deck clearer than ever: capturing the in-jokes they share with audiences during on-stage banter, and foregrounding their mutual preoccupations with the game of cricket and New Zealand’s native birds. It’s a collective exhalation, in one of the few countries where live music is still possible. They deliberately include the date and location, because “That’s the sensational part of what we actually did,” says Pearce. In a mid-pandemic world, playing to a heaving, enraptured home crowd feels miraculous.

The band will follow up the release of Auckland, New Zealand, 2020 with a North American headline tour in 2022. “Our last North American tour was in summer of 2019, which feels like a century ago.

There is no way to describe how much we have wanted to be over there playing music. Finally it is happening?! See you soon. xo,” says Liz.

Tour Dates:

Fri. Sept. 17, 2021 – Auckland, NZ @ The Others Way

Tue. Sept. 28, 2021 – Auckland, NZ @ Whammy Bar

Wed. Sept. 29, 2021 – Auckland, NZ @ Whammy Bar

Thu. Sept. 30, 2021 – Auckland, NZ @ Whammy Bar

Fri. Oct. 1, 2021 – Auckland, NZ @ Whammy Bar

Sat. Oct. 2, 2021 – Auckland, NZ @ Whammy Bar

Fri. Oct. 22, 2021 – Tauranga, NZ @ Tauranga Arts Festival

Sat. Oct. 23, 2021 – Hawke’s Bay, NZ @ Labour of Love

Fri. Oct. 29, 2021 – Wellington, NZ @ San Fran

Sat. Oct. 30, 2021 – Wellington, NZ @ College of Creative Arts, Massey University (AA show)

Sun. Oct. 31, 2021 – Nelson, NZ @ Nelson Arts Festival

Thu. Nov. 4 – Sydney, NSW @ Factory Theatre

Fri. Nov. 5 – Brisbane, QLD @  The Zoo

Sat. Nov. 6 – Melbourne, VIC @ The Night Cat

Sat. Dec. 4 – Auckland, NZ @ The Outerfields

Thu. Jan. 20, 2022 – Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat

Fri. Jan. 21, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts

Sat. Jan. 22, 2022 – New York, NY @ Rough Trade (in-store signing)

Sat. Jan. 22, 2022 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Sun. Jan. 23, 2022 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair

Tue. Jan. 25, 2022 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz

Wed. Jan. 26, 2022 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

Fri. Jan. 28, 2022 – Chicago, IL @ Metro

Wed. Feb. 2, 2022 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth

Fri. Feb. 4, 2022 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

Sat. Feb. 5, 2022 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos

Sun. Feb. 6, 2022 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

Tue. Feb. 8, 2022 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

Thu. Feb. 10, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater

Sat. Feb. 12, 2022 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

Tue. Feb. 15, 2022 – Austin, TX @ Parish

Wed. Feb. 16, 2022 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

Fri. Feb. 18, 2022 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Hall)

Sat. Feb. 19, 2022 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

Sun. Mar. 27, 2022 – Southampton, UK @ The Loft

Mon. Mar. 28, 2022 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

Tue. Mar. 29, 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ St Luke’s

Thu. Mar. 31, 2022 – Manchester, UK @ Club Academy

Fri. Apr. 1, 2022 – Bristol, UK @ SWX

Sat. Apr. 2, 2022 – Birmingham, UK @ The Castle and Falcon

Mon. Apr. 4, 2022 – London, UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town

Tue. Apr. 5, 2022 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde II

Thu. Apr. 7, 2022 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephémère

Fri. Apr. 8, 2022 – Lyon, FR @ Le Marché Gare

Sat. Apr. 9, 2022 – Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn

Sun. Apr. 10, 2022 – Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie

Tue. Apr. 12, 2022 – Milan, IT @ Biko

Wed. Apr. 13, 2022 – Munich, DE @ Feierwerk

Fri. Apr. 15, 2022 – Vienna, AT @ B72

Sat. Apr. 16, 2022 – Prague, CZ @ Underdogs’

Mon. Apr. 18, 2022 – Berlin, DE @ Lido

Tue. Apr. 19, 2022 – Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA Ideal Bar

Wed. Apr. 20, 2022 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

Thu. Apr. 21, 2022 – Cologne, DE @ Bumann & Sohn

Fri. Apr. 22, 2022 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique

Sat. Apr. 23, 2022 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

Sun. Apr. 24, 2022 – Esch-sur-Alzette, LU @ Kulturfabrik

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The Beths and Girl Friday at Globe Hall
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July 17, 2019
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