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        Today is officially ‘Houndmouth Day’ in Louisville, as decreed by Mayor Greg Fischer himself. The US four-piece play the Iroquois Amphitheater tonight to open the venue’s 2013 season.

        Help celebrate the day by watching Houndmouth’s official music video for their stomping single ‘On The Road’. The track is taken from the US four-piece’s debut album ‘From The Hills Below The City’, out 3rd June on Rough Trade.

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        Dean Blunt Announces New Album 'Black Metal' + Posts Track '50 Cent' 9 September 2014 in news

        “When you go to the club and every record they’re playing is yours, you try to go left, and I made that mistake…there’s always time fi reason…” – Dean Blunt in conversation with Ninjaman, JA, 2014

        We are very excited to announce that Dean Blunt will release his second studio album ‘Black Metal’ on Rough Trade Records on 3rd/4th November. Vinyl format will be a 2xLP heavy pressing. You can pre-order the album now from Rough Trade or iTunes where you will instantly receive three tracks.

        Listen to ’50 Cent’ from the album here:

        ‘Black Metal’ Tracklisting:
        1. LUSH
        2. 50 CENT
        3. BLOW
        4. 100
        5. HEAVY
        6. MOLLY & AQUAFINA
        7. FOREVER
        8. X
        9. PUNK
        10. COUNTRY
        11. HUSH
        12. MERSH
        13. GRADE

        Upcoming UK/EU Tour Dates:

        9/28 – Bristol, UK @ Off The Page Festival ‘Black Metal A Reading’

        10/3 – Barreiro, PT @ Out.Fest

        10/4 – Madrid, ES @ Villamanuela Festival

        10/18 – Wroclaw, PL @ Avant Art Festival

        11/13 – London, UK @ Electrowerkz

        11/21 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival

        11/22 – Bern, CH @ Saint Ghetto Festival

        11/23 – Kortrijk, BE @...

        SOAK Reveals New Single ‘B a noBody’ And UK Headline Tour 9 September 2014 in news

        We are pleased to welcome 18-year-old Derry-based Bridie Monds-Watson, aka SOAK, to the Rough Trade fold. Check out her first single for us (the follow-up to ‘Blud’, the first release on CHVRCHES’ singles imprint) here:

        ‘B a noBody’ will be released on 3rd November. You can pre-order the track on 7” from Rough Trade Records and digitally from iTunes.

        Catch SOAK live at the following upcoming shows:

        November 5 London St. Giles In The Fields
        November 6 Manchester The Castle
        November 7 Derry Christ Church
        November 8 Dublin The Unitarian Church

        Benjamin Booker Album Out Today 18 August 2014 in benjaminbooker

        Happy album release day Benjamin Booker! You can pick up a copy of his self-titled debut from your friendly local record store or online from Rough Trade or iTunes.

        The press seems to be as taken with the album as we are:

        DIY Magazine – 4/5 – “Starts off where Alabama Shakes’ southern-blues extravaganza finished”

        The Guardian – 4/5 – “Dan Auerbach and co, considered yourselves warned”

        Record Collector – 4/5 – “Stunning… An absolute joy of a debut”

        The Independent – 4/5 – “A wild, wonderful expression of youthful angst and energy”

        NME – 8/10 – “Takes the blueprint honed by his rock’n‘roll forebears and transports them bang into 2014”

        Check out Benjamin’s electrifying performance of album track Have You Seen My Son? here:

        Happy Friday 8 August 2014 in parquetcourts

        Here’s the best Parquet Courts remix we’ve heard (and press shot we’ve seen) in a while:

        Benjamin Booker Releases 'Have You Seen My Son?' Video 21 July 2014 in benjaminbooker

        In the midst of his US tour with Jack White Benjamin Booker has taken the time to post the video for his new single ‘Have You Seen My Son?’:

        The video, starring the 24-year-old from New Orleans, was directed by Rick Alverson and shot in a penitentiary in Virginia, US.

        ‘Have You Seen My Son?’ is taken from Booker’s highly anticipated debut, self-titled album, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) and set for release on Rough Trade on 18th August.

        Benjamin will be delivering his punk fuzz blues across the whole of the UK this Autumn:

        30th August –Electric Picnic – Stradbelly

        31st August – End Of The Road Festival – North Dorset

        2nd September – 100 Club – London

        5th September – Louisiana – Bristol

        6th September – Academy 3 – Birmingham

        8th September – King Tuts – Glasgow

        9th September – Think Tank – Newcastle

        10th September – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds

        11th September – Bodega – Nottingham

        13th September – Ruby Lounge – Manchester

        14th September – Clwb Iforbach – Cardiff

        Benjamin Booker Announces Autumn UK Headline Tour 15 July 2014 in benjaminbooker

        Having gained rave reviews from his blistering sold out first few UK shows earlier this year, Rough Trade’s new signing Benjamin Booker has announced a full headline tour. The 24-year-old from New Orleans will deliver his punk fuzz blues across the country this Autumn:

        30th August –Electric Picnic – Stradbelly
        31st August – End Of The Road Festival – North Dorset
        2nd September – 100 Club – London
        5th September – Louisiana – Bristol
        6th September – Academy 3 – Birmingham
        8th September – King Tuts – Glasgow
        9th September – Think Tank – Newcastle
        10th September – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds
        11th September – Bodega – Nottingham
        13th September – Ruby Lounge – Manchester
        14th September – Clwb Iforbach – Cardiff

        Tickets go on sale this Friday 18th July at 9am.

        Stream Benjamin Booker’s stomping new single ‘Have You Seen My Son’ here:

        ‘Have You Seen My Son?’ is taken from Booker’s highly anticipated debut, self-titled album, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) and out on Rough Trade (ATO Records in the United States) on 18th August.

        Benjamin Booker 'Summer Highways' Playlist 10 July 2014 in benjaminbooker

        Currently on our office stereo is this brilliant Spotify playlist by Benjamin Booker featuring Jackie Shane, Blind Willie Johnson, Otis Redding and other gems that he’s been listening to whilst on tour.

        Enjoy, and don’t forget to follow him on Spotify!

        Stream Parquet Courts' New Single 'Bodies Made Of' 2 July 2014 in parquetcourts

        Attention, Parquet Courts have a new single! Stream the excellent ‘Bodies Made Of’ from their new album ‘Sunbathing Animal’ (out now) here:

        Stream Benjamin Booker's New Single 'Have You Seen My Son?' 2 July 2014 in benjaminbooker

        Take a listen to our new signing, 24-year-old New Orleans based singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker’s, killer next single ‘Have You Seen My Son?’:

        The track is taken from Booker’s highly anticipated debut, self-titled album, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) and out on Rough Trade Records (ATO Records in the United States) on 18th August. Pre-order the album here

        Having played a string of sold out UK dates earlier this year and completed a US tour with Courtney Barnett, Benjamin Booker will be opening for Jack White on his entire US tour this July. He will return the UK for a full headline tour in early September, details of which are coming very soon…

        “Enormously talented” – Classic Rock

        “Tomorrow’s fuzz-boogiest superstar” – Shindig!

        “Soulful and sandpaper-rough…” – The Guardian

        “Ferocious and danceable, and this New Orleans native may have just schooled the rest of us on what’s really cool” – NPR

        “He likes to leave the rough edges intact, bringing to mind the houserockin’ records that Hound Dog Taylor once did for Alligator Records in the ’70s” – American Songwriter

        Rough Trade 'Heatwave' Playlist 23 May 2014 in news

        In celebration of the sun having his hat on and the long weekend ahead we’ve made a new Rough Trade Spotify playlist featuring Jonathan Richman, Canned Heat, Palma Violets and more summer gems… Enjoy!

        Palma Violets Nominated For Ivor Novello Award 24 April 2014 in Palma Violets

        We are very proud to announce that Chilli, Sam, Pete and Will have been nominated for an Ivor Novello award for their track ‘Best Of Friends’! The full list of nominees can be viewed here HERE

        Parquet Courts Release 'Sunbathing Animal' Video 16 April 2014 in parquetcourts

        Parquet Courts are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated follow-up to ‘Light Up Gold’ (2012), ‘Sunbathing Animal’, out 2nd June on Rough Trade Records (3rd June on What’s Your Rupture?/Mom+Pop in the US). Today the band premiere a new video on Noisey by Andy Capper for the title track and first single off ‘Sunbathing Animal’:

        The video stars Frida, singer/guitarist Andrew Savage’s cat. In an interview with Capper Andrew discusses the video and the “studio magic”:

        “Every afternoon [Frida] takes a nap in that spot, but that afternoon she knew she was being observed. So I created a special tea that I found on a cat lady website that was full of herbs that could allegedly make a cat sleepy. You got some valerian root, some poppy seed extract, skullflower caps, chamomile…. I gave that to her and she was kinda being a bit more chill but she was still moving around a bit too much. And I guess we basically made the sofa area of my apartment into a cat paradise in order to get her to perform. We had bird songs playing on the iPhone, the window was open for bird noises...

        Benjamin Booker's Debut Single Out Digitally Today 8 April 2014 in benjaminbooker

        22-year-old New Orleans based singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker, Rough Trade Records’ newest signing, releases his debut single ‘Violent Shiver’ digitally today. You can stream the track on Spotify HERE and buy it from Rough Trade HERE.

        …And here’s a taste of what Booker and drummer Max Norton are like live:

        A 7” of ‘Violent Shiver,’ backed with ‘Spoon Out My Eyeballs,’ will be released on 12th May and is available to pre-order HERE

        Booker’s debut album, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff), will be released this Autumn (full details coming soon!) via Rough Trade (ATO Records in the United States).

        Booker has been hand-picked to open for Jack White on a series of US July dates, and following his first UK headline tour in May will play a series of US dates with Courtney Barnett. He is currently on tour in the US with Hurray For The Riff Raff.

        Benjamin Booker – Upcoming Tour Dates

        4/8 * – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live Upstairs

        4/9 * – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

        4/10 * – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

        5/2 ** –...

        Warpaint Release DOUBLE Video 7 April 2014 in Warpaint

        We are extremely excited to share with you a unique double video for Warpaint’s current single ‘Disco // Very’ and upcoming single ‘Keep It Healthy’ from their current album Warpaint

        The video finds the band collaborating with director Laban Pheidias and well-known LA street skateboarders Justin Eldridge, Patrick Melcher, Kris Markovich, Rob Smith and Victor Zanoni who appear alongside the band throughout the piece.

        Warpaint developed the video concept and asked Laban Pheidias to direct. A former pro skater himself, Pheidias has won awards for his work in television as well as music videos. The band’s bass player Jenny Lee Lindberg explains: “We had a simple idea for two videos which would be tied together by skateboarding and Laban was the perfect person to work with, having done cool work with skate visuals for years and being an amazing skater himself.”

        Pheidias offered up a few thoughts about what the videos mean to him…
        “These Warpaint videos are extra special to me for multiple reasons and not just because the girls are super rad and fun to work with. Having been a professional skateboarder for many years I’ve really been wanting to incorporate skateboarding into a music...

        Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory: A New Sequence 7 April 2014 in Pantha du Prince

        Check out this fascinating mini documentary by Ableton on Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory as they prepared to perform Terry Riley’s “In C” at London’s Barbican Theatre a few months ago, followed by a series of performances of their collaborative album ‘Elements Of Light’:

        Parquet Courts Announce New Album + Stream Title Track 1 April 2014 in parquetcourts

        We are very excited to announce that Parquet Courts will be releasing their new album ‘Sunbathing Animal’ on 2nd June 2014 on Rough Trade Records (3rd June on What’s Your Rupture? / Mom & Pop in the US).

        The album is available to pre-order now from Rough Trade
        (click here) and iTunes (click here) where you will receive a free instant download of the title track (also to be released as a 7” on Record Store Day):

        ‘Sunbathing Animal’ Tracklisting

        1. Bodies
        2. Black and White
        3. Dear Ramona
        4. What Color Is Blood
        5. Vienna II
        6. Always Back In Town
        7. She’s Rollin
        8. Sunbathing Animal
        9. Up All Night
        10. Instant Disassembly
        11. Duckin And Dodgin
        12. Raw Milk
        13. Into The Garden

        Parquet Courts Tour Dates

        Thu. May 22 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar

        Fri. May 23 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir w/ Naomi Pink

        Sat. May 24 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret w/ Naomi Pink

        Sun. May 25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival

        Tue. May 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Independent w/ CCR Headcleaner

        Wed. May 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy

        Thu. May 29 – Austin,...