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New Music Friday: Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum, Amy LaVere & Will Sexton, and Dream Wife

Mar 13, 2020

By Bella Carles

Michael C. Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lazarus), Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers, Morningwood) and Matt Katz-Bohen (Blondie, Cyndi Lauper) recently joined forces to create their avant-indie trio Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum. Watch the official video for their pulsating dance track, “Come Talk To Me” from their debut EP out April 2 below.

“Come Talk To Me” follows Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum’s hypnotic debut single “Ketamine” which shows a completely different side of the experimental band. Watch the video featuring an intoxicating and somewhat creepy American Horror Story-style dreamscape directed by David MacNutt (MGMT, Wild Nothing).

Hall, Yanowitz and Katz-Bohen decided to form the band after first working together on the set of the Broadway smash-hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Their shared love of pushing art into uncharted territories resulted in adventurous and bold experimental arrangements that incorporate everything from distorted synth rock and ethereal electronics to dreamy folk and R&B – an intoxicating mix that transcends genre.

Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum Debut EP Track Listing:

1. Don’t

2. Vicious

3. Love American Style

4. Ketamine

5. Come Talk To Me

6. Sweet & Low

The band is slated to perform during Desert Daze RE+UNION at Pappy + Harriet’s in Pioneertown, CA on April 17th. Get tickets now at https://desertdaze.org/

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Dream Wife Announce Sophomore Album and share new song/music video “Sports!”

London-based trio Dream Wife – Alice Go, Bella Podpadec and Rakel Mjöll – released their self-titled debut in 2018 to critical acclaim, earning support slots with the likes of GarbageSleigh Bells and The Kills, sold-out international headline shows, secured syncs in shows like Orange is The New Black, all the while using their platform to lift up other womxn and non-binary creatives with empowering messages and their “girls to the front” ethos. Now, the band announces their explosive sophomore album, So When You Gonna…dealing with topics such as abortion, miscarriage, and gender equality, and produced entirely by a non-male team of producer and mixer Marta Salogni (Björk, Holly Herndon, FKA Twigs), engineer Grace Banks (David Wrench, Marika Hackman) and mastering engineer Heba Kadry (Princess Nokia, Alex G, Beach House). While it touches on important themes, there’s also an immediacy, a ‘now or never’ excitement that exists right at the core of this record, that encourages you to stop waiting and start doing. The album title is a play on that central idea. “It’s an invitation, a challenge, a call to action,” says Mjöll. So When You Gonna… will be released on July 3rd via Lucky Number – pre-order HERE.

Photo by: Sarah Piantadosi

To celebrate the album announcement, Dream Wife share the album’s lead single “Sports!” Having played almost 200 shows across 2018, the band forgot how to sit still, and turned to playing sports together while writing the new album. “Sports!” an ode to those moments in which they needed to expel some post-tour energy. It’s an absurd, playful, moreish track, full of colourful guitar flourishes and winking vocal asides. The band self-directed and self-produced the music video as well, and you can read more about it below.

“Sports! sits on multiple levels; of satire and celebration, of nonsense and commonsense, of the body and the mind, of IRL and digital. The video simultaneously plays with and celebrates ‘sports’ through multiple levels of reality and non-reality; exploring the nonsense of sports, toying with the seriousness of competition and the rigidity of rules while also asserting how important it is to be in your body, the joy of being in a team, the purpose in doing something for the sake of doing it, the endorphins and the sweat.

Playing sports is great if that’s for you but there are so many other ways to be physical, to be with your body. For us, more often than not, it’s the rock show. Rock n roll is an extreme sport and we’re a team.”

So When You Gonna… Artwork

Track-list:
1. Sports!
2. Hasta La Vista
3. Homesick
4. Validation
5.Temporary
6. U Do U
7. RH RN
8. Old Flame
9. So When You Gonna…
10. Hold On Me
11. After The Rain

Dream Wife have always been outspoken about holding up other womxn and non-binary people in the creative industries, but these aren’t just words or sentiments. With a gender divide in music production currently estimated at around ninety-five percent male to five percent female, the band have– as they say in “Sports!” –“put their money where their mouth is”. It’s not just about working with a community of people they respect, it’s about encouraging the next generation of creatives, too. Which is why So When You Gonna…is also the name of Dream Wife’s new podcast series. Each episode is a one-on-one interview with a different creative about how exactly they managed to hone their craft, for example So When You Gonna… Get Into Production. “It’s an informative thing to feed back to our fans to be able to see about getting into certain industries. It’s about fostering communities. And it’s a skill share,” explains Go.

“It was amazing to work with this community of womxn on this album who are supporting each other in an industry that is so male-dominated. It was a way of us practicing what we preach. It felt like an honour to be able to deliver this baby with these three amazing midwives,” says Go. Podpadec adds, “What would you call the opposite of gate-keeping? Facilitator? Enabler? It’s all about opening the gates.”

Catch Dream Wife live at one of the tour dates below and get your tickets HERE

Tour dates:
3/28 – Bristol, UK @ Ritual Union
4/3 – Paris, France @ Louis Vuitton Museum
4/23 – Cologne, Germany @ Pop Festival
4/25 – Reading, UK @ Are You Listening
5/1 – Liverpool, UK @ Sound City
5/2 – Edinburgh, UK @ Stag & Dagger
5/3 – Glasgow, UK @ Stag & Dagger
5/3 – Newcastle, UK @ Hit The North13th
5/13 – Dublin, Ireland @ Eastbound at Whelan’s
6/5 – London, UK @ Wide Awake
6/6 – Milton Keynes, UK @ Marshall
7/24 – Topcliffe, UK @ Deer Shed Festival
7/26 – Pikehall, UK @ Y Not Festival

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Amy LaVere with Will Sexton will be heading into the New York/New Jersey area this coming weekend at Mercury Lounge (6 pm showtime), NY,  Skinny Dennis (9 pm showtime), Brooklyn NY, Drew’s House in Ringwood (9 pm showtime) and Danny Clinch’s Transparent Gallery (8 pm showtime) in Asbury Park. The husband-wife duo are currently on tour far from Memphis, their home town. 

Photo by: Todd Wolfson

Amy LaVere and Will Sexton are out supporting double releases: Will Sexton’s first solo album since 2009 tilted Don’t Walk the Darkness, just released on March 6th on Big Legal Mess Records, and Amy LaVere’s newest critically acclaimed album (with Will Sexton) Painting Blue released on Nine Mile Records in August.

Will’s new album is his first solo release since he suffered a debilitating stroke in 2009. Wills professional and personal focus was working with Amy LaVere for the past 10 years on her records, an instrumental time for regaining his writing and playing momentum. Working with Amy LaVere is no small feat. There’s something uniquely fun about Amy LaVere, even when she’s breaking your heart. She is well known among songwriters and critics alike. NPR’s Robert Siegel says she “specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for.” Her growing catalogue of material and steady critical acclaim suggest a welcomed presence on the Americana and indie-folk/punk circuits.

Will Sexton, whose writing credits range from work with Waylon Jennings and Stephen Stills to Joe Ely and Bill Carter, is shaped by the unique diversity of the Austin music scene. Born in San Antonio, his sheer talent placed him on stage with local legends before he’d lived out his first decade. Will and his big brother, Charlie, started playing together at the Continental Club when Will was 9 and Charlie was 11. Will’s credits as producer and songwriter range from collaborations with Waylon Jennings to psychedelic pioneer Roky Erikson to Steve Earle and punk legend Johnny Thunders.  On his newest release, his backing band is the well-known Iguanas, from New Orleans. 

It’s a rough time for artists out on tour amid a national health crisis.  Two House Concerts were just canceled on them and Drew’s House Concert in New Jersey was kind enough to jump in and offer a last-minute date this coming Saturday night.  Amy and Will are excited to be back in the Northeast where they know their Northern friends will be welcoming these Southern comforters.  

LIVE DATES:
Saturday, March 14: Drews House, Ringwood NJ   $20 at the door, BYOB
Sunday, March 15: Mercury Lounge, NY Tickets Postponed

Wednesday, March 18: Skinny Dennis, Brooklyn Tickets at the Door
Thursday, March 19: Danny Clinch Transparent Gallery, Asbury Park NJ RSVP Tickets at the door.

Find Amy LaVere and Will Sexton on their websites

https://www.amylavere.com/ | http://willsexton.com/

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