Stream TRAP THEM’s New “Darker Handcraft” Album

TRAP THEM‘s new album Darker Handcraft, which was recorded with Kurt Ballou (CONVERGE, DISFEAR, BLACK BREATH) at Godcity Studio, drops on March 15th in CD and digital formats (preorder).

Listen to the album in its entirety over at NPR:

The band are touring in support of the album, beginning today, which includes a stop South by Southwest. Go here for tour dates:

PELICAN Join the Southern Lord Roster

Southern Lord Records has announced the signing of Chicago’s PELICAN.  The instrumental rockers are busy recording their first EP for the label at Red Room Studios in Seattle, Washington.  Guitarist, Trevor De Brauw, promises the new material to be heavier, darker, and very riff-oriented.  A special guest (to be announced at a later time), who has been a heavy influence on the band, will make an appearance.

In March, PELICAN, will be touring alongside new label mates, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, which includes a stop at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas at the Southern Lord showcase.  Following their touring adventures, the band will focus on their fourth full-length album.

PELICAN March/April 2009 tour:

3/15/2009 The Picador – Iowa City IA *
3/16/2009 Riot Room – Kansas City, KS *
3/17/2009 The Marquee – Tulsa, OK *
3/18/2009 Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX * plus TRICKY
3/19/2009 Vino’s – Little Rock, AR **
3/20/2009 Elmo’s – Austin, TX @ SXSW Southern Lord Showcase
3/22/2009 Red 7 – Austin, TX **
3/25/2009 The Sets – Tempe, AZ **
3/26/2009 The Casbah – San Diego, CA **
3/27/2009 The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA **
3/28/2009 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA **
3/29/2009 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR **
3/30/2009 Nightlight – Bellingham, WA **
3/31/2009 Neumo’s – Seattle , WA **
4/02/2009 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT **
4/03/2009 The Marquis Theatre – Denver , CO **
4/05/2009 Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL **

Check out PELICAN on MySpace.

Listen to JESU’s Forthcoming Conqueror Album in It’s Entirety

Conqueror, JESU‘s forthcoming new album, has been posted in it’s entirety for previewing at this new website: The album comes out on February 20th in the U.S.

The band will also be kicking off on a North American tour on the same day Conqueror drops. The first show will be an exclusive CD release show, followed by a full scale tour with ISIS, and an appearance at this year’s SXSW. Dates are as follows:

2/20 – Spaceland, Los Angeles CA (CD release show)

with ISIS
2/22 – Casbah, San Diego CA
2/23 – The Clubhouse, Tempe AZ
2/24 – Launchpad, Albuquerque NM

2/26 – Conservatory, Oklahoma City OK
2/27 – Ridglea Theater, Fort Worth TX
2/28 – Emo’s Alternative Lounging, Austin TX
3/1 – Numbers, Houston TX
3/2 – Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge LA
3/3 – Bottletree Lounge, Birmingham AL
3/5 – The Social, Orlando FL
3/8 – 40 Watt Club, Athens GA
3/9 – Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte NC
3/10 – Alley Katz, Richmond VA
3/11 – 930 Club Washington, DC
3/13 – Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA
3/14 – Irving Plaza, New York NY

3/15 – SXSW (Hydra Head showcase)

3/17 – The Middle East, Downstairs Cambridge MA
3/18 – Theatre National, Montreal QC
3/19 – Barrymore’s, Ottawa ON
3/20 – Opera House, Toronto ON
3/21 – St Andrews Hall, Detroit MI
3/22 – Metro, Chicago IL
3/25 – Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis MN
3/26 – The Picador, Iowa City IA
3/27 – Granada Theatre, Lawrence KS
3/28 – Marquis Theater, Denver CO
3/30 – In The Venue, Salt Lake City UT
4/1 – The Big Easy, Boise ID
4/2 – The Big Easy, Spokane WA
4/3 – Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room, Seattle WA
4/4 – Hawthorne Theatre, Portland OR
4/6 – Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco CA
4/8 – Henry Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles CA