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The War on Drugs Play London in One of Their Biggest Performances To Date

The War On Drugs took control of London’s Electric Ballroom Tuesday night. With a 13-song set plus a romping encore of “It’s Your Destiny” and “Needle in Your Eye #16,” they played to 1000 fine folks in one of their biggest performances to date. Uncut‘s Allan Jones was there to cover and he gives us a intricate play-by-play, saying,”More, and soon, is the response of everyone I speak to on the way out, those of them who aren’t still speechless, anyway.” You can and should read the full show review HERE.

Included in the set was a cover of “A Pagan Palace,” originally done by UK band, The Waterboys. Jones calls to The War On Drugs’ many influences, then writes, “Less commented on perhaps is what they share with The Waterboys. It’s a connection made explicit tonight via a terrific version of ‘A Pagan Place’, with Granduciel’s impassioned vocal whoops appropriately reminiscent of Mike Scott, as they are on reflection elsewhere, punctuating a wild thrashing of acoustic guitars. There are actually only two of them being played, but the giant thrum they make sounds like the entire Red Army is up on stage strumming away with giddy abandon.” Watch The War On Drugs’ “A Pagan Palace” above.

The War On Drugs trek on, playing Bristol tonight and eventually coming back home to continue their tour Stateside. They’ll make a stop at the Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans SXSW 2012 Official Showcase, playing alongside label-mates Gardens & Villa, Nite Jewel, Exitmusic and many more. Check out the full showcase lineup HERE and then pop over to see the rest of the WoD’s full tour HERE.

Taken By Trees Signs To Secretly Canadian

We are pleased to announce that Taken By Trees, the brainchild of renaissance woman Victoria Bergsman, has signed to Secretly Canadian! The former front woman of the Concretes has been hard at work on a new album influenced by a trip to Hawaii and falling in love, which is due out later this year.

Taken by Trees will perform in Los Angeles for the first time in almost two years on Sunday, March 11 at the Bootleg Bar (you can purcahse tickets HERE). The show will serve as a warm-up gig, trying out brand new songs from the forthcoming album before heading to Austin for SXSW. This will be Taken by Trees’ first performance at the SXSW Festival. More details on the new album will follow soon.

Gardens & Villa to Tour this Spring with Four Festival Stops in the Mix

In a matter of days, Gardens & Villa will embark on a North American tour, sharing dates with both The Shins and Fanfarlo. Not only will be you be able to see the boys in various venues across the country, but also at some of the major festivals happening this year. After a stint at the Snowball Music Festival, the boys will head to perform at 35 Denton Festival, SXSW, Coachella, and finally end their tour with Sasquatch!

Holed up in Portland, OR for the last month, Gardens & Villa just finished recording their new EP with label-mate, Richard Swift. “‘I feel like we’re in some kind of Lost Boys hideout,’ says vocalist/guitarist Chris Lynch.” You can read more about their Portland stay in Sunlight through the Blinds: Gardens & Villa Heed Bridgetown’s Beckon. Read the rest of this entry »

Nite Jewel to Tour with Chairlift, New Album out in March

 

Recently signed artist, Nite Jewel, heads out on tour with Chairlift later this spring! After a stint at this year’s upcoming SXSW, Ramona Gonzalez, the one-woman force behind NJ, will meet up with the Brooklyn group to play their first show in Boston. To see a complete list of tour dates, click HERE.

Nite Jewel releases her debut album for Secretly Canadian on March 6th! You can purchase the title track, “One Second of Love,” from iTunes now. Pitchfork named it Best New Track, saying, “Gonzalez’ voice booms over the snappy synth grooves, and a mid-tempo drum beat provides a cool, danceable sway.”

Secretly Canadian & Company at SXSW

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If you’ll be in the Austin, Texas area next week be sure to come visit us at the Secretly Canadian / Jagjaguwar/ Dead Oceans SXSW showcase, where we’ll be partying all night with Little Scream and Suuns among others!

Check out all of our artists’ SXSW schedules after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

AUDIO

Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

VIDEOS

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

COMING SOON

Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

SHOWS TODAY

JJ
Lisbon, PT - Mexefest

Suuns
Tiblisi, GE - Madfest

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