Tomorrow night on July 12 Club It's a Trap! presents the hardcore stylings of Stockholm-based heavies This Gift is a Curse plus local boys Vervain at Debaser Malmö! Be there!
Raw Lidköping crust from members of M:40, The Shocking Odds and Digher. Look for the band's debut EP "Ingen vinner" to be released on July 21 via with a release show alongside M:40 at Stand Matsalar the same day.
Norwegian sludge/doom act Hombre Malo will be hitting the road later this month:
07/27 - Måkeskrik Fest, Kristiansand (NOR)
07/28 - Gaussplatz, Hamburg (GER)
07/29 - Matrix, Prague (CZ) w/Red Fang
07/30 - Plaque, Leipzig (GER)
07/31 - K19, Berlin (GER)
08/01 - tba, Flensburg (GER)
08/02 - tba (DK)
08/03 - Kanalrock Fest, Horten (NOR)
08/04 - Alenfestivalen,Larvik (NOR)
08/05 - Last Train, Oslo (NOR)
reports that Hero Dishonest's most recent album "Dangerous" has finally been licensed for release in the US via later this year (or early next) along with the band's yet-to-be-released album, just in time for their next American tour in the spring. More details when I get 'em.
Swedish teenage pop hype Amanda Mair is heading to the UK in September:
09/02 - Lodestar Festival, Cambridge
09/03 - Sneak Petes, Edinburgh
09/04 - Captains Rest, Glasgow
09/05 - The Castle, Manchester
09/06 - Clash Magazine Night @ The Lexington, London
Bring Me The Fucking Riot...Man have announced that they will play their final show on August 30 at Debaser Slussen.
has announced that they will be releasing the next two albums from Finnish ritual/dark ambient artists Arktau Eos this coming fall, the vinyl-only release "Unworeleds" and the CD "Ioh-Maera". Even better, the band will coming to the US for their debut performance at the Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle on September 15 to be followed by an appearance at the Stella Natura Festival in the Sierra on September 20-23. See you there?
will be doing a new Makabert Fynd 7" with a special limited edition of 50 to go along with the band on their upcoming European tour; dates and details posted here.
Of course this is happening the weekend I leave Sweden: on July 27-28, Börlange will host the new music festival War & Hate which will feature a brutal assortment of metal and power electronics acts such as Brighter Death Now, IRM, Omnizide, Survival Unit and many more. Full details: http://www.warandhate.se/
Check out Jens Lekman's new Marcus Söderlund-directed video for the tune "Erica America". Also, Jens will be tour the states alongside Taken By Trees this fall -- dates here.
I don't usually bother with posting anything Swedish House Mafia-related, but it's worth noting that they will be calling it quits at the end of the year after a final run of live dates: http://www.swedishhousemafia.com/message/
The Washington Post Express offers up a quick preview of the excellent Nordic Jazz Fest taking place in Washington DC this weekend: http://www.expressnightout.com/2012/06/nordic-noise/
Though I know it's not possible to attend for many of us, it is worth noting that a number of the artists appearing will be doing other US dates while they are over here so check local listings.
Refused will swing back through the West Coast in August:
08/22 - Ogden Theater, Denver, CO
08/28 - Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA w/Sleigh Bells
08/29 - Roseland Theater, Portland, OR w/Sleigh Bells
08/31 - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA w/Sleigh Bells
I'll gladly accept an invite to the Seattle or Portland show, should one be forthcoming.
Look for Familjen's brand new single "Vi va dom" to be released on June 18 in combination with an online performance where the price of admission is a pic your recycling receipt -- details here. The new album "Allt på rött" will be released on September 5.
Pitchfork interviews Jens Lekman about his upcoming album "I know what love isn't", his almost-sham marriage and other subjects: http://pitchfork.com/features/update/8857-jens-lekman/
He'll also be touring this fall, here's a few newly announced European dates:
09/19 - Ruby Lounge, Manchester (UK)
09/20 - Hackney Empire, London (UK)
09/21 - The Haunt, Brighton (UK)
09/23 - Gaité Lyrique, Paris (FRA)
09/24 - La Laiterie, Strasbourg (FRA)
09/25 - Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht (NL)
09/26 - Postbahnhof, Berlin (GER)