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Black Kids New Album Rookie Out Now

Black Kids are finally back, and their new album, Rookie is out. The record, their first release since their 2008 debut album Partie Traumatic, was recorded and co-produced by Andy LeMaster at Chase Park Transduction.

Black Kids are now on their US tour — check out the dates and cities below.

BLACK KIDS TOUR DATES

9/29 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
10/22 – Washington, DC – DC9
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
10/24 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
10/26 – Cambridge, MA – Sonia
10/28 – South Burlington, VT – Showcase Lounge
10/29 – Montreal, Canada – Petit Campus
10/30 – Toronto, Canada – The Garrison

Why did it take the band ten years to record a new album, you ask???
“Much like Odysseus and Co., on our journey to make the ‘difficult second album,’ shit got rough,” singer Reggie Youngblood says. “A few of us heeded the siren call of ‘side projects.’ Tumultuous relationships and periods of Imposter Syndrome also impeded progress. Worst of all, I couldn’t write a chorus. And for a band that worships The Chorus, this was problematic.”

After touring exhaustively in support of Partie Traumatic, Youngblood and his bandmates — bassist Owen Cohen and keyboardists/vocalists Ali Youngblood and Dawn Watley — resettled around the U.S., in Brooklyn, Portland, and Athens, Georgia. Reggie started a power-pop group called Blunt Bangs. Owen released records on Kill Rock Stars under the moniker Gospel Music. Ali and Dawn sang and played and crafted. In late 2015, the four convened in Athens to make “Obligatory Drugs”.

Rookie is more lyrically earnest than its predecessor, and Youngblood notes that the “bratty-ness” is toned down — “but just a lil’ bit,” he says. “Yeah, the themes from our debut are still firmly in place on our sophomore: I love you, but you don’t love me; you love me, but I don’t love you; you’re mean, I’m mean—shall we dance?” Ugh, FINE.

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Video: Milagres – “Jeweled Cave”

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“Album highlight ‘Jeweled Cave’ has a blissful, spectral sound with Milagres fusing dramatic songcraft with almost pastoral synths.” – Clash Magazine

“…combines a David Bowie-like theatricality with a sprawling prog groove.” – SPIN

” …evokes classic, synth-steered modern rock and highlights frontman Kyle Wilson’s hypnotic voice.” – Rolling Stone

Brooklyn indie rock quartet Milagres recently released their sophomore full-length album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars in the US (out now via Memphis Industries in the UK). The follow-up to their 2011 debut Glowing Mouth LP, Violent Light finds the band channeling influences as diverse as Al Green, Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush, and introduces a darker, harder sound for the group.

Violent Light album cut “Jeweled Cave” is a psych-pop number that immediately bursts open with bouncing synths & a driving bassline. Today, the band reveal the striking accompanying video (directed by Mikel Cee), filled with subtle social commentary on gender roles.

Milagres (Kyle Wilson, Fraser McCulloch, Chris Brazee & Paul Payabyab) will make their national network television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly on April 10th, 1:35am ET/12:35am CT on NBC! Additionally, album cut “Perennial Bulb” was handpicked by tastemaker Nic Harcourt for his radio show Connections.

The band are currently on a full US tour in support of the record, including a homecoming celebration at the Bowery Ballroom! Full dates follow below:

North American Tour

3/28: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
3/29: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
4/1: Lincoln, NE @ Vega
4/2: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
4/3: Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
4/4: Kansas City, MO @ Middle of the Map Fest
4/5: St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
4/8: Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR
4/10: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

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New Music: Milagres – “Jeweled Cave”

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Following their critically acclaimed 2011 debut LP, Glowing Mouth, Brooklyn indie rock quartet Milagres have just announced the release of their sophomore full-length album,Violent Light, on February 25th via Kill Rock Stars in the US (2/24 via Memphis Industries in the UK). Channeling influences as diverse as Al Green, Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush, Violent Light finds the band exploring the connection between ancient humanity & the advanced science of the present day.

Milagres fill Violent Light with richness and delicacy. Combining “a David Bowie-like theatricality with a sprawling prog groove.” (SPIN), The Letterbomb” is a fuzzy, funked-up track that launches into a flurry of driving guitars, experiments using vocals as percussion. Psych-pop album cut “Jeweled Cave” immediately bursts open with bouncing synths and a driving bassline setting the stage for Kyle Wilson’s irresistible vocals.

artworks-000067566768-fyxko0-t500x500Listen: Milagres – “Jeweled Cave”

Milagres consists of Kyle Wilson, Fraser McCulloch, Chris Brazee & Paul Payabyab. The follow up to their critically acclaimed 2011 debut album, Milagres latest effort was produced by Fraser McCulloch and applies their unique writing style & self reflection in the modern world. Violent Light introduces a darker, harder sound for the group, ranging across styles from dream pop to funky classic rock.

Milagres on tour!

2/25: Allston, MA @ Great Scott
2/26: New Haven, CT @ BAR
2/27: Washington, DC @ DC9 Nightclub
3/1: Philadelphia, PA @ MilkBoy Philly
3/6: Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
3/12-15: SXSW
3/17: Scottsdale, AZ @ The Western
3/20: Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite
3/21: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
3/23: Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
3/25: Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
3/26: Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
4/2: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

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