6/30/2011

Corridor @ The Echo



CORRIDOR plays at the ECHO tonight, June 30th.
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Happy Birthday Alessi's Ark



Alessi Laurent-Marke finally turns 21 today. You are old now like the rest of us.
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6/29/2011

Glastonbury 2011

Glastonbury was this past weekend. We were not there, but these bands were:



TAME IMPALA



THE KILLS



LITTLE DRAGON



WARPAINT



YUCK



FOSTER THE PEOPLE



JAMES BLAKE



GRUFF RHYS



SEA OF BEES



ESBEN AND THE WITCH



GLASVEGAS



THE HORRORS



All photos by ANGEL CEBALLOS
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Zola Jesus "Conatus"



Zola Jesus announces new album: CONATUS (available Oct 2011)
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6/27/2011

Blonde Redhead WIN TICKETS

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Blonde Redhead will be playing here again in a week at the ECHOPLEX on Friday July 1st. In celebration of all those great albums over the years, we are giving away two pairs of tickets to those amazing LA music lovers out there. All you have to do is send your name or email address and mention Blonde Redhead. 1) Leave a comment below, 2) follow us on twitter, or 3) send an email to PORTINFINITE @ aol.com and we will pick a winner at noon on Friday. Don't just stand around. This is for real. Enter sooner than later. Good luck.


Blonde Redhead Interview 2004

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Anika "No One's There"


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The Black Angels @ Carson Daly



The Black Angels are on Carson Daly tonight, Monday June 27th.
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6/24/2011

The Black Lips @ The Glasshouse

The Black Lips

The Black Lips

Cerebral Ballzy, PERSONAL & THE PIZZAS

@ The Glasshouse, Saturday June 25th 8pm


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Blonde Redhead @ Echoplex

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BLONDE REDHEAD @ Detour Fest 2006

I must have seen Blonde Redhead over ten times. In Boston at Middle East, in NYC at Bowery Ballroom, in SF at Bottom of the Hill, and in LA at the Music Box. So many times and good memories.

Blonde Redhead will be playing here again in a week at the ECHOPLEX on Friday July 1st. In celebration of all those great albums over the years, we are giving away two pairs of tickets to those amazing LA music lovers out there. All you have to do is send your name or email address and mention Blonde Redhead. Leave a comment below, follow us on twitter, or send an email to PORTINFINITE @ aol.com and we will pick a winner at noon on Friday. Enter sooner than later. Good luck.


Blonde Redhead Interview 2004

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Middle Class @ Echoplex

LA RECORD presents TONIGHT

MIDDLE CLASS / KID CONGO and The Pink Monkey Birds /

GRANT HART (founding member of Husker Du) / The Urinals @ Echoplex



Middle Class

A few weeks ago, Frontier Records announced that for their 30th anniversary, they were hosting a show featuring a reunion by Santa Ana hardcore pioneers Middle Class.

The label (which released punk classics such as The Circle Jerks’ Group Sex,” The Adolescents self-titled blue album, and Suicidal Tendencies’ self-titled release) had reissued Middle Class’ seminal 1979 EP, Out of Vogue.

Soon after, members of the band (which broke up in 1982) refused interviews, saying the label was premature in announcing their reunion, as they were only “99.9 percent” sure that they were performing.

But OC punk history was made Friday when the reunion of hardcore originators the Middle Class went from 99.9 happening to 100 percent on as the foursome practiced in an undisclosed location for its first show in nearly three decades.

The Middle Class 2.0 includes original members Jeff Atta (vocals), Mike Atta (guitar) and Mike Patton (bass) and Matt Simon, the group’s second drummer. Original skinsman Bruce Atta-now a college professor-was asked to participate but “couldn’t put in the time,” said brother Mike.
The six-stringing Atta also said the group is hoping to get approximately 15 practices before taking the stage in less than two months. Currently, the band is hoping for a 45-minute retrospective set comprised of songs from its two singles and a few tracks from 1982′s full-length Homeland.

Depending on who you talk to, the band is regarded as either the first or second hardcore band ever (some say it’s Black Flag) thanks to the 1979 EP Out of Vogue, a four-song aural assault that took the Ramones’ penchant for downstrumming and sped it up to then-unheard speeds. This will be their first live show in since then.

For now, the Middle Class reunion (which will also feature The Adolescents, Flyboys, The Pontiac Brothers and Rikk Agnew) is shaping up to be a one-time thing, but Mike Atta said that could-or could not-change. OC Weekly


Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds || Listen || Watch
Anyone who ever played with LA blues punks The Gun Club should be afforded the status of rock’n’roll legend. The fact that Brian Tristan – aka Kid Congo Powers – followed such a feat by playing with both The Cramps and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds means the man is beyond mere mortal categorisation.
This is Powers’ second album with The Pink Monkey Birds, and it sees him returning to his roots with a set of raw and raucous garage rock so primitive that it was actually recorded through the shitty PA of a high school gymnasium somewhere in the Midwest. You can just imagine the scene – a B-movie called something like Hell On Wheels and directed by Roger Corman, with a motley crew of leather-clad juvenile delinquents roaring off on their motorbikes after causing a rumpus at the prom; The Pink Monkey Birds’ ‘Hitchhiking’ is blasting over the top.
But this is not just a collection of straight-up garage nuggets, there are nods to Powers’ Chicano roots with
a cover of Thee Midniters’ spectacularly dumb ‘I Found A Peanut…’ and, courtesy of bassist Kiki Solis and drummer Ron Miller, there’s a real groove here. ‘Funky Fly’ (actually a cover of a track from Bo Diddley’s obscure ‘Black Gladiator’ album) and ‘Black Santa’ sound like The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion circa ‘Orange’, without the added annoyance of someone shouting “blooooze explosion!” every five seconds, while ‘Bobo Boogie’ and ‘Kris Kringle Ju Ju’ strut like The Meters in their prime. In short, on ‘Dracula Boots’ Kid Congo Powers has once again found the juicy jugular of soul-fired, funked-up rock’n’roll. You’d be foolish not to take a bite. NME


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Keren Ann "My Name Is Trouble"



Keren Ann plays at McCabes tonight, Jue 24th, and Luckman Fine Arts tomorrow, June 25th.
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6/23/2011

Black Lips @ Detroit Bar



(Photo: Angel Ceballos)

The Black Lips will be playing Detroit Bar tonight, June 23rd.

Thursday, June 23rd: Black Lips @ Detroit Bar

Friday, June 24th: Black Lips @ The Music Box

Saturday, June 25th: Black Lips @ The Glasshouse


The Black Lips interview 2007
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6/22/2011

Peter Murphy


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The Black Lips: we love LA



(Photo: Angel Ceballos)

You waited and waited and now all the shows are sold out or nearly sold out. You can still go down to the venue and beg for tickets. It is worth it because these will be the most exciting shows of the summer. The Black Lips have secret guests and new songs to unveil. So make sure you catch one of their THREE big shows at Detroit Bar, Glasshouse and Henry Fonda. See you there.

Thursday, June 23rd: Black Lips @ Detroit Bar

Friday, June 24th: Black Lips @ The Music Box

Saturday, June 25th: Black Lips @ The Glasshouse


The Black Lips interview 2007
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6/20/2011

Parenthetical Girls @ The Echo


Parenthetical Girls Return to Los Angeles on July 21st @ The Echo!


photo by Angel Ceballos.

"...a wildly ambitious swirl of hyper-literacy, orchestral grandeur and incredible intimacy"—L.A. Times

Following a lamentable two-year absence, Portland, Oregon's progressive pop powerhouse Parenthetical Girls finally mark their return to Los Angeles on July 21st, at The Echo. The Girls have been busy: the group is currently in the midst of an ambitious experiment—self-releasing our fourth record, Privilege, as a sequential series of 5 extremely limited (500 copies) 12” EPs on our own Slender Means Society label, each hand-numbered in the BLOOD of its members—a project that has attracted a great deal of media curiosity (Pitchfork, Stereogum, L.A. Times, Drowned In Sound, RCRD LBL, etc. have all run stories or features about the series). What's more, lead (((GRRRL))) Zac Pennington was recently recruited as a member of experimental pop titans Xiu Xiu, and Parenthetical Girls themselves have been joined by multi-instrumentalist Paul Alcott, touring member of the group Menomena.

The group will be joined in Los Angeles by hometown heroes Abe Vigoda, Brooklyn's baroque metal group Extra Life (fronted by former Dirty Projector Charlie Looker, who was recently ranked one of NPR's top "100 Composers Under 40"), and a solo set from Dead Science frontman/Xiu Xiu member Sam Mickens.



7/15 Vancouver @ Astoria Bar

7/16 Seattle @ Highline

7/17 Portland @ Holocene (w/Vice Device)

7/19 SF @ Hemlock Tavern

7/20 Oakland @ Lobot Gallery

7/21 LA @ Echo (w/Abe Vigoda)


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6/19/2011

Zola Jesus "Manifest Destiny"


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The Black Lips start a riot



(Photo: Angel Ceballos)

The Black Lips invade LA this week and bring their "flower-punk" to the people. They hope to bring riot-like atmosphere of their albums to the stage. They will be taking no prisoners. So make sure you catch one of their THREE big shows at Detroit Bar, Glasshouse and Henry Fonda. See you there.

Thursday, June 23rd: Black Lips @ Detroit Bar

Friday, June 24th: Black Lips @ The Music Box

Saturday, June 25th: Black Lips @ The Glasshouse


The Black Lips interview 2007
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6/18/2011

Kisses @ Make Music Pasadena



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Kisses perform today at Make Music Pasadena @ 9pm, June 18th.
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Zola Jesus @ Make Music Pasadena



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Zola Jesus headlines Make Music Pasadena tonight @ 10pm, June 18th.
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6/17/2011

Trail of Dead @ Echoplex



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Trail of Dead plays The Echoplex tonight June 17th.
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The Hundred In The Hands @ Satellite



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The Hundred In The Hands plays The Satellite tonight June 17th.
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The Black Lips invade LA



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The Black Lips invade LA and bring their "flower-punk" to the people. It is the flower-punk revolution! I am not sure what flower-punk is, but it sounds unhealthy, yet necessary. So make sure you catch one of their THREE big shows at Detroit Bar, Glasshouse and Henry Fonda. Just the other day they were in Vancouver during the Hockey Riot, so they have stories to tell and songs to play! See you there.

Thursday, June 23rd: Black Lips @ Detroit Bar

Friday, June 24th: Black Lips @ The Music Box

Saturday, June 25th: Black Lips @ The Glasshouse


The Black Lips interview 2007
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6/15/2011

The Hundred in The Hands @ Design For Humanity



The Hundred In The Hands are playing Paramount Studios tonight, June 15th.
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Wildbirds & Peacedrums @ Satellite TONIGHT



Wildbirds & Peacedrums play the Satellite on TONIGHT Wednesday, June 15th
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Ringo Deathstarr @ Glasshouse



Ringo Deathstarr is playing the Glasshouse tonight, June 15th.
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6/14/2011

Trail of the Dead @ Echoplex June 17th





TRAIL OF THE DEAD and RINGO DEATHSTARR at the ECHOPLEX on Friday June 17th. In celebration of all that is great we are giving away two pairs of tickets to those amazing LA music lovers out there. All you have to do is send your name or email address and mention Tail ofthe Dead. Leave a comment below, follow us on twitter, or send an email to PORTINFINITE @ aol.com and we will pick a winner at noon on Friday. Enter sooner than later. Good luck.
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6/12/2011

Brendan Perry Interview


Brendan Perry
Interview by Alexander Laurence


Brendan Perry has been involved in the music world almost 35 years. He was born and raised in East London, but his family moved to Auckland when he was still young. During that time the punk scene in New Zealand took off and Perry joined his first band The Scavengers. After two years they changed their name to The Maching Girls. By 1981, he had met Lisa Gerrard and formed Dead Can Dance and relocated back to London. They ended up on the 4AD label and becoming one of its most successful acts, releasing eight albums from 1984 to 1996. There was an international tour in 2005, which included a sold out night at the Hollywood Bowl. Brendan Perry also has two solo records to his credit: Ete Of The Hunter (1999), and Ark (2010). Brendan Perry has been touring with Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins. Perry still lives in Ireland with his family. I got to talk to him recently about touring, the music scene, and new Dead Can Dance music in 2012.

Brendan Perry and Robin Guthrie will be playing in Los Angeles at the El Rey on Monday, June 13th.

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AL: How is the weather up there in Vancouver?

BP: It’s overcast, but I have been sitting in the venue all day.

AL: How many people are in the band?

BP: Five including myself. I have two keyboard players, bass, drums, and myself on vocals and guitar. Most of the band have been playing with me a while. We must have done sixty gigs since April of last year.

AL: When did you have the idea of touring with Robin Guthrie?

BP: It was an idea by the tour agent in the United States. Robin Guthrie has his own three piece band. They play with films. When I first started thinking about touring the Ark album in the States, we agreed upon a double headlining tour with Robin Guthrie. I have known him for years and it seemed like a no-brainer.

AL: The last time I saw you play was when Dead Can Dance played the Hollywood Bowl in 2005. What have you been doing since that time?

BP: You were at that gig? After we did the Dead Can Dance tour, we had some money to refurbish my home studio at Quivvy Church. I was tweaking and playing around with new gear. There was technical stuff and writing. That process took maybe two or three years.

AL: Do you see yourself as a person who adapts to the new technology or are you an old school person?

BP: I am open to any school really. I have used computer sequencers since they have become commercially available. I used the first Yamahas in 1982. I have embraced all the technology advances. That is self-evident on the album Ark. There is a heavy use of samplers and synthesizers on the album.

AL: Many people in the 1980s used regular recording studios. Now it is possible for everyone to have a home studio.

BP: We have had a home studio for twenty five years. It was just the first three albums that we recorded in someone else’s studio. Once we had enough income, we took the recording budget for the fourth album, The Serpent’s Egg, and invested it in a small studio. Recording technology had improved by leaps and bounds by that time. The smart people built their own studio at that time. The best analogy is the difference between renting and owning a house. Your money is going to go much further if you own your own studio. You will see more rewards. More important, it empowers you, because you can take your time with your own studio.

AL: When you start writing an album like Ark, are you trying to get across ideas, or are you trying to find exciting sounds?

BP: Yeah. Generally music is a stimulant. You play and see what comes through. There is a zeitgeist moment in those few years. I was very into what was happening with the world media and ecological issues. That becomes infused with the music I was making. It becomes amorphous and sponge-like.

AL: Do you like words for their sounds or is there storytelling?

BP: Usually the music comes first. It has shape and lends itself to progressions. Whether it be classic verse, chorus, verse, middle eight, and so on. Once the lyrics come through, the subject matter becomes clearer. The music is shaped around the lyricism and poetry. There is a shift in emphasis in the songwriting process.

AL: You have this dramatic voice. Did that work against you when you were doing the punk band The Scavengers?

BP: My voice has evolved over time. Back in the early days the dramatic voice wasn’t there. It wasn’t part of my sonic arsenal as it were. It was a slow evolution from punk, to post-punk, to alternative music.

AL: I saw this movie about Scott Walker.

BP: I was in the DVD. I was in the extras in the bonus disc. The film fucked up so there’s only the audio. I helped the director Stephen Kijak make acquaintances with various people who were influenced by Scott Walker and you can see that in their work. Unfortunately there were many people in the film who debt to Scott Walker is not apparent to me. .

AL: Were you influenced by Scott Walker and when were you aware of him?

BP: I became aware of him through Julian Cope’s compilation The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker. I heard it in 1980. From that moment on I was hooked. When I was a child I was familiar with the Walker Brothers. They had some dark wonderful songs. They had some stunning songs like “Mrs. Murphy” and “Archangel.”

AL: What about Peter Hammill?

BP: I am not so familiar with Peter Hammill.

AL: When people see you on this tour, you are going to play only songs from Ark?

BP: I will also be playing some new songs that I will be recording in Ireland in the Fall. Hopefully that will be coming out early next year.

AL: There are some people who are very faithful to the music of Dead Can Dance. What do you think of these hardcore fans?

BP: I love them. They are wonderful. They have allowed me and Lisa to fulfill part of our dreams. They have let us focus on music most of our lives. It’s what we love to do.

AL: You were involved with Ivo Watts-Russell and 4AD most of your career. How would descibe that relationship, and how are things different when you deal with a record label today?

BP: We had an unusual relationship with 4AD. It was unusual even with the indie labels of that time. Ivo was like a benign grandparent. It was really up to the bands how much freedom they really wanted. Ivo gave as much freedom possible, and we took most of it. He was a guiding light and he was there for advice. He helped us where we didn’t have any experience. There was a great mutual respect. There was a great ethos. All the bands got along with each other. It was a big family and those were great days in the 1980s and the early 1990s.

AL: Whereas now many of these bands are starting their own labels, and looking for distrobution deals.

BP: Yeah. There is no sense of development. You do one or two albums and if it doesn’t fly, then you are looking elsewhere. There was a dialogue with 4AD that you don’t have with labels today. Labels today are not intimate. Indie labels feel corporate. Whatever they say, they are still based on corporate models but on a smaller scale. And they are dying out. Labels are like white elephants. They are redundant. I think in ten years they won’t exist.

AL: Are you inspired by new bands or are you yourself your best inspiration?

BP: I am not too excited by new groups. I keep hearing hybrids. Some work. Most don’t work. There is a lack of good singers. There is a lack of intelligent lyricism. That is a serious vacuum. I decided about three years ago that while I still have my general health, that I would dedicate ten or fifteen years to doing music again. As long as I have the enrgy, I want to make as much music as I can. This winter I am going to get togetrher with Lisa and do another Dead Can Dance record. We should finish it by summer, and by fall 2012, we should be doing another Dead Can Dance tour. Between that and my own work that should keep me busy for the next decade or so.
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6/11/2011

Alessi's Ark "The Robot" in Boston


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6/10/2011

Wildbirds & Peacedrums @ Satellite



Wildbirds & Peacedrums play the Satellite on Wednesday, June 15th
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6/08/2011

Glasvegas @ Troubadour tonight



Glasvegas and Gliss play the troubadour June 8th. Glasvegas is also on KCRW.
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6/07/2011

Angel Ceballos Photography



Jessica Lea Mayfield



The Greenhornes



Architecture In Helsinki



Crystal Stilts

All photos by Angel Ceballos
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Glasvegas @ Great American SF









Glasvegas is playing SF tonight with GLISS on June 7th.
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6/06/2011

Band of Skulls @ Bootleg tonight



Band of Skulls are playing tonight at bootleg theater, June 6th
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6/04/2011

Nite Jewel @ Del Monte Speakeasy tonight



Nite Jewel show at the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice, CA. 52 Windward Ave right by the beach!! 11 pm tonight June 4th
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Gliss @ Neumos tonight



Gliss plays Neumos (Seattle) with Glasvegas tonight, June 4th.
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6/02/2011

Adventures in Killing the Radio Star



A film by ANGEL CEBALLOS
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6/01/2011

Agnes Obel

Agnes Obel’s New EP, iTunes Live From Paris,
Out Today!

Agnes Touring The U.S. in June!
Dates in NYC, LA, Philadelphia, D.C., San Francisco,
Seattle and Portland!




Listen to Agnes’ Take on Elliott Smith’s
“Between the Bars” HERE!


Appearing on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic
June 3rd!


“It’s a rarity: a new album that…is great from beginning to end.”
- Chris Douridas, KCRW

“Obel's music is as sparse as the snow-swept Scandinavian backcountry, and mostly scored for piano, voice and an occasional cello or harp. Yet it brims with a barely concealed passion that has helped make her quiet riot-in-the-heart album a huge European seller. "
- Time Magazine

“…offers a stark, minimalist palette reminiscent of Cat Power and Joanna Newsom.”
– Details

Danish songwriter/composer Agnes Obel is proud to release her latest EP, iTunes Live from Paris today. Recorded at the iTunes Opera Store in Paris and sold exclusively through Apple, the EP features some of Agnes’ classic tracks from her debut record, Philharmonics, as well as Agnes’ haunting take on Elliott Smith’s “Between The Bars.” Click HERE to hear the track on Soundcloud (feel free to post and share).

Agnes Obel is also preparing for her first full U.S. in June. Agnes’ new tour will feature extensive runs along the east and west coast (see full tour dates below). And to kick off her tour, Agnes will also be performing on KCRW’s signature daily music show, Morning Becomes Eclectic on Friday, June 3rd.

The last year has been a whirlwind for Agnes Obel. Since releasing her debut record, Philharmonics on PIAS America earlier this year, the Danish songstress has turned heads worldwide. Stripped down and centered around her evocative voice, Philharmonics has stood out as a fan and critic favorite. Comparing Agnes to artists like PJ Harvey, Joanna Newson and even Roy Orbison, Agnes has earned praise from a wide range of critics, including Time Magazine, KCRW, Details, Perez Hilton, and NYLON. Anges has also has become something of a phenomenon overseas, going platinum (100.000 albums) in France, double platinum in Denmark, and sold out venues across Europe.

Agnes Obel Tour Dates:
6/4: SANTA MONICA, CA @ ­McCabe's
6/6: HOLLYWOOD, CA @ Hotel Cafe 8pm
6/6: LOS ANGELES, CA @ Bardot - Chris Douridas’ It’s A School Night
6/7: SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Rickshaw
6/9: PORTLAND, OR @ Alberta Rose Theatre
6/10: SEATTLE, WA @ Freemont Abbey Center
6/13: WASHINGTON, DC @ Sixth & I
6/14: NEW YORK, NY @ Joe's Pub
6/15: PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Tin Angel
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