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Protomartyr // photo by Morgen Schuler

  • Detroit’s Protomartyr are returning this fall with Relatives In Descent, their follow-up to 2015’s The Agent Intellect and their debut album for Domino. Today they’ve shared the lead single and video for album opener “A Private Understanding.” Directed by Tony Wolski and Trevor Naud, the video stars 78-year-old Detroit standup comic Marty Smith nonchalantly lip synching the words to an audience of fellow bar patrons. Protomartyr also announced a tour that includes a date in Seattle on October 12th at Chop Suey. [ Pitchfork ]


  • Sadie Dupois of Massachusetts band Speedy Ortiz has announced that guitarist Devin McKnight is leaving the band. In honor of that, they’ve shared the last Speedy Ortiz song to feature McKnight, the previously unreleased “Screen Gem.” McKnight has a new band called Maneka and will be replaced at future Speedy Ortiz shows by Andy Molholt of Laser Background. Proceeds from track sales of “Screen Gem” will go to the criminal justice reform nonprofit CLOSERikers, as per McKnight’s wishes. In a statement, Dupois said, “if you’ve been lucky enough to play in a band with Devin Mcknight, you know you’re a better musician for it. and since i’ve spent so much of my songwriting life actively attempting to rip off devin’s guitar playing (srry dev), i feel very lucky for the years we got to have in him speedy ortiz.” [ Under the Radar ]

  • Katie Crutchfield will release Waxahatchee‘s fourth full-length Out In The Storm this Friday, July 14th. The folks at NPR are doing us a solid by streaming the album in full ahead of time here. Out In The Storm is the first Waxahatchee album that was recorded with a full band, including her twin sister Allison Crutchfield (of Swearin’) and Katie Harkin (Sleater-Kinney touring guitarist). Recorded by Dinosaur Jr./Sonic Youth producer John Agnello, the album spans 10 tracks and tells the story of a volatile relationship. Waxahatchee will be in Seattle on Monday, July 24th at the Neptune Theatre.  [ Stereogum ]
  • As has become the custom on Twin Peaks: The Return, last night’s episode featured well-known musicians at The Roadhouse (now called The Bang Bang Bar) but David Lynch went the extra mile this time by featuring not one, but three musicians. The first was Hudson Mohawke who delivered a performance of a new song called “Human.” During his performance, Sky Ferreira showed up to play a character named Ella, who drank a beer while complaining her recent firing from a burger joint. Au Revoir Simone also performed for a second time on the show, this time playing “A Violent Yet Flammable World” off of 2007’s The Bird of Music. [ Spin ]

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