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Press Release Round Up: May 25

posted May 26, 2015, 9:13 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup | comment Leave a Comment

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Babes in Toyland

LOS ANGELES, May 26, 2015 – Babes In Toyland, the influential Minneapolis-born trio Mojo Magazine said “delivered some of the most electrifying punk rock of the ‘90s,” have set their first North American tour in nearly two decades, with dates kicking off on Aug. 27 in St. Louis.

Babes in Toyland North American tour dates:

June 21 Minneapolis, MN Rock The Garden Festival
August 27 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
August 28 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
September 1 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
September 3 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
September 4 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
September 5 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival
September 15 Covington, KY Madison Theatre
September 17 New York, NY Irving Plaza
September 19 Montreal, QC Pop Montreal International Music Festival

European tour dates:
May 26 London, UK 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
May 27 Manchester, UK Manchester Gorilla
May 28 Glasgow, UK Oran Mor
May 29 Barcelona, Spain Primavera Sound Festival
June 1 Milan, Italy Lo Fi Club
June 3 Ravenna, Italy Beaches Brew Festival
June 6 Porto, Portugal Primavera Sound Festival

The newly announced tour dates are on-sale this Friday, May 29.

“There’s nothing better than playing music with your friends, traveling the country and all of the experiences that come with that,” said Babes in Toyland drummer Lori Barbero. “I’m one fortunate woman.”

The band returned in February, playing an intimate, sold out show at The Roxy in Los Angeles which Rolling Stone described as “searing” and the LA Weekly said the trio “sounded fierce as ever.” In the months since, Babes in Toyland had offered up only one U.S. date, an eagerly awaited homecoming on June 21 at the Rock The Garden Festival in Minneapolis. The band, who have long been a favorite of European music fans and critics, confirmed a brief European outing earlier this year, with the band overseas now, playing London tonight before heading to the Primavera Sound Festivals in Spain and Portugal.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Kat Bjelland said the first song they practiced after reforming was the beloved “He’s My Thing,” saying “We started laughing just like we did the first time we ever, ever played together. You just have like a muscle memory. But it is weird. You’re like ‘what are my arms doing? What are my hands doing?”

“The first practice was really magical. The music was – bam! – right back,” bass player Maureen Herman explained to Rolling Stone. “We couldn’t even believe it: ‘Holy sh*t, we just f**kin’ kicked the ass out of that song!”

Babes in Toyland came to prominence in the late ‘80s with a raw live show that captured a musical and cultural moment; angry, talented and unfettered by societal norms, there were no costumes, no matching outfits and no harmonies. Babes in Toyland were as punk as their contemporaries, male or female, and made history along the way. Releasing three full-length albums and a number of singles and EPs, the trio influenced a legion of musicians including Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill and Jack-off Jill. Dangerous Minds said, “Kat’s delivery was intense and atonal, with her lyrics referencing fairytales (“Handsome and Gretel”), pain, rage, beauty, betrayal, and abusive parents, not sung with sweet, breathy, unsure vocals, but with a gut-wrenching maenad’s growl.” They were the first of their female contemporaries to sign to a major label (Fontanelle, the band’s sophomore release, arrived in 1992 via Reprise Records) and as a byproduct of their individualism, Kat kick-started the return of baby doll dresses and plastic barrettes. Babes in Toyland graced the covers of Alternative Press, NME and the aforementioned Entertainment Weekly. They played the Reading Festival three times (1991,1993 and 1995), Lollapalooza once (1993) and have been featured in numerous documentaries including 1991: The Year Punk Broke and Not Bad for a Girl. Herman left the band in 1996; Barbero and Bjelland played the final Babes in Toyland show in 2001.



Pioneering goth/electronic/industrial duo Prayers from San Diego formed in 2013 with vocalist Leafar Seyer and producer Dave Parley. Both Mexican immigrants, the two have transformed the sound and look of modern gothic music.  They have created a genre known as SD Kill Wave aka Cholo Goth, which fuses the sounds of new wave with Southern California gang lifestyle.  Prayers pulls from the darkest dance and goth elements to bring their stories of pride and struggle to life.Check out and share the music video for the first single and title track “Young Gods” off of the duo’s forthcoming LP which was produced entirely by Travis Barker (Blink 182, Transplants) and will be released on June 23rd on Barker’s own LaSalle Records.
“The Cholo Goth movement is real, and Prayers are some crazy motherfuckers.” – Noisey”Prayers pulls from darkest dance elements with touches of the Pet Shop Boys and Bowie thrown in to lift the mix. The music draws on heartbreak, alienation, angst, making it perfect for dystopian youth of all races.” – Huffington Post”With genuine personalities and contagious music, it’s no wonder Prayers is one of San Diego’s fastest-rising bands.” – NBC San Diego
“Young Gods” available everywhere June 23. Pre-Order now!
Prayers – “Young Gods” (Official Music Video)
Prayers - "Young Gods" (Official Music Video)
Get to know Prayers in this documentary produced by Vice/Noisey.

Taking Back Sunday

May 28, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA – Taking Back Sunday has announced additional tour summer/fall tour dates today, including a performance at Riot Fest Chicago and a run of shows with support from Citizen and Modern Chemistry in September. Dates are listed below.
Taking Back Sunday is currently on the road in support of their sixth studio album, Happiness Is, which is available now on iTunes from Hopeless Records.
Today’s announcement comes right on the heels of Taking Back Sunday’s recent video premiere for their fan-favorite track “Better Homes And Gardens.” The cinematic video was directed by DJay Brawner (Panic! At The Disco, Refused) of Anthem Films, and features singer Adam Lazzara in heated situation. Watch it now at
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Taking Back Sunday Tour Dates (New Dates In RED):
June 23 – Honolulu, HI – The Republik
June 22 – Cleveland, OH – APMA’s
July 24 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note (Tickets On Sale Friday at 12PM)
July 25 – Kansas City, MO – Buzz Beach Ball
Aug 7 – St. Louis, MO – Friday Night Live!
Sep 6 – Columbus, OH – Fashion Meets Music Festival
Sep 11-13 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest @ Douglas Park
Sep 15 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection (w/Citizen, Modern Chemistry – Tickets On Sale Friday at 12PM)
Sep 16 – Oxford, OH – Brick Street (w/Citizen, Modern Chemistry – Tickets On Sale Friday at 12PM)
Sep 17 – Richmond, VA – The National (w/Citizen, Modern Chemistry – Tickets On Sale Friday at 12PM)
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