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new music: Chelsea Wolfe

singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe says that her new song “American Darkness” is an “expression of freedom and beautiful humans being themselves.” She explains: “It began as a sort of homage to a scene in the Paul Thomas Anderson film Magnolia, where the characters are singing along to the Aimee Mann song “Wise Up,” but I wanted our version to be explored through the lens of The Tarot. I’ve been reading tarot cards for myself for many years, and researching the symbolic expressions of the cards for this video made me want to dive even deeper. To represent that, I played both The Fool and The High Priestess cards in the video, to embody both the beginning of the journey, and the realization that the sacred knowledge I was seeking was inside me all along. We cast friends to play a few other tarot archetypes, and Karlos’ idea was to bring the symbols and signifiers into the contemporary; deconstructed, and made everyday – “the magical and the unexceptional.” I loved that. At the same time, we really wanted to challenge the binary of the traditional tarot cards, and give them more diversity, which is something important that many cool artists and witches are doing. I’m such a fan of Karlos Rene Ayala as a writer, director, documentarian and friend, and have looked forward to making a video with him for a long time.”

Wolfe’s new album, Birth of Violence, will be released on September 13, 2019.

discography: The Grime and the Glow (2010); Apokalypsis (2011); Pain is Beauty (2013); Abyss (2015) and Hiss Spun (2017).

“American Darkness” lyrics:

when you come dead last

in battles long past

intended to rip my heart out

oracle of your secrets

your eye was trained on me

as i stood before you, unbuttoning

kiss me as the bell tolls

swiftly, as the horses ride

won’t you dance

won’t you dance

won’t you dance

won’t you dance

damn my dreams, the tormentors

last night your mouth was on my skin

and the poppies were like fire on the mountain

i took your hand and led you home

all my old ways have started kickin in

and my bad days are comin round again

left here in American darkness

river on fire and sun eclipsed

won’t you dance

won’t you dance

won’t you dance

won’t you dance

(cause i’m comin)

when you come

when you come

when you come

when you come back to me

Chelsea Wolfe Acoustic Tour:

10/18: San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park

10/19: Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

10/21: Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall

10/22: Estes Park, CO – Stanley Hotel

10/24: Chicago, IL – Metro

10/25: Detroit, MI – Senate Theater

10/26: Toronto, ONT – Queen Elizabeth Theatre

10/27: Montreal, QC – Le National

10/29: Boston, MA – Royale

10/31: Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

11/01: New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel

11/03: Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

11/04: Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater

11/05: Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

11/06: Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge

11/08: Dallas, TX – Texas Theatre

11/09: Austin, TX – Levitation

11/10: Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall

11/12: Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf

11/13: Tucson, AZ – Club Congress

11/15: Los Angeles, CA – The Palace Theatre

11/16: San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom

11/18: Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

11/20: Seattle, WA – The Showbox

11/21: Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

 

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new album and tour dates: Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe will release a new album Birth of Violence on September 13, 2019. She’s one of favorite musicians. She writes amazingly beautiful, meaningful, dark and gorgeous songs. She recorded the album in solitude at her home in Northern California. The singer-songwriter said: “I’ve been in a state of constant motion for the past eight years or so; touring, moving, playing new stages, exploring new places and meeting new people-an incredible time of learning and growing as a musician and performer. But after awhile, I was beginning to lose a part of myself. I needed to take some time away from the road to get my head straight, to learn to take better care of myself, and to write and record as much as I can while I have ‘Mercury in my hands,’ as a wise friend put it.”

Catch Chelsea Wolfe on her acoustic tour this fall in support of the album. Dates listed below.

album track listing:
1 – The Mother Road
2 – American Darkness
3 – Birth of Violence
4 – Deranged for Rock & Roll
5 – Be All Things
6 – Erde
7 – When Anger Turns to Honey
8 – Dirt Universe
9 – Little Grave
10 – Preface to a Dream Play
11 – Highway

Chelsea Wolfe Acoustic Tour:

08/31: Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Daydream Festival * (Non Acoustic Set)
10/18: San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
10/19: Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10/21: Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
10/22: Estes Park, CO – Stanley Hotel
10/24: Chicago, IL – Metro
10/25: Detroit, MI – Senate Theater
10/26: Toronto, ONT – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/27: Montreal, QC – Le National
10/29: Boston, MA – Royale
10/31: Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11/01: New York, NY – Brooklyn Steel
11/03: Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/04: Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater
11/05: Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
11/06: Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
11/08: Dallas, TX – Texas Theatre
11/09: Austin, TX – Levitation
11/10: Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/12: Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
11/13: Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
11/15: Los Angeles, CA – The Palace Theatre
11/16: San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
11/18: Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
11/20: Seattle, WA – The Showbox
11/21: Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

* All dates with special guest Ioanna Gika except 8/31

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STEELE PICKS: Best Albums of 2017

I’m not on as many press lists as I used to be, so I do the best I can as the C-list music critic that I am. here’s my list of the best albums of 2017, in modified alphabetical order.

Adna, Closure

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Alvvays, Antisocialites

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Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest

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Chelsea Wolfe, Hiss Spun

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice

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Cults, Offering
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Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up

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Gary Numan, Savage (Songs from a Broken World)

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Juana Molina, Halo

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Lana Del Rey, Lust for Life

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Laura Marling, Semper Femina

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The Mountain Goats, Goths

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The National, Sleep Well Beast

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Real Estate, In Mind

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Ride, Weather Diaries

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Saint Etienne, Home Counties

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Slowdive, Slowdive

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Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm
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Zola Jesus, Okovi

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STEELE PICKS: Best Albums of 2015

Although I’ve ostensibly been a music critic for several decades I’m not on the press lists I used to be so I rely on spotify to find much of my new music. So there are some favorite artists and bands here as well as new discoveries. Music that appeals to me must speak to my heart, soul, mind. The melodies are mostly dark, swirling, moody with unusual arrangements and instrumentation. Sometimes it’s folk or electro-pop. Mostly dark alternative. I favor female vocalists with varied range, strength and style.

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Chelsea Wolfe, Abyss [Sargent House]
–I love Chelsea Wolfe. always and forever. dark, swirling, atmospheric and emotive.

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Beach House, Depression Cherry [Sub Pop]
–a rich, beautiful album that I can [and do] play again and again.

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Chvrches, Every Open Eye [Glassnote]
–electropop. energetic and powerful. one of my favorite bands.

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Lana Del Rey, Honeymoon [Interscope]
–moody gorgeousness

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Sasha Siem, Most of the Boys
–a bit of Bjork, a bit of Florence and the Machine. quite beautiful, swirling and beguiling.

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The Decemberists, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World [Capitol]
–another favorite band that I find both comforting and subversive. extremely talented and inherently beautiful songwriting.

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Lauren Peacock, Euphonia
–what I said in my August review: “combines piano with lush arrangements for memorable, moving melodies. The vocals shimmy and simmer.”

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Torres, Sprinter [PTKF]
–Singer/songwriter Mackenzie Scott possesses maturity and presence beyond her years. beautiful, raw, haunting. echos of PJ Harvey and Amanda Palmer.

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Science and the Beat, Future Blue
–skilled duo of multi-instrumentalists Tasha Katrine and Rob Zilla that create the cool sounds and eclectic arrangements. moody, strong, electro-pop. read the review.

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Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
–powerful, outspoken and rocking

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Waxahatchee, Ivy Tripp [Merge Records]

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Bjork, Vulnicura [One Little Indian Us]
–orchestral arrangements with Bjork’s cool weirdness. a bit slower than other albums and it’s fantastic.

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Wolf Alice, My Love is Cool [RCA]
–heard the single on a British radio station and was hooked.

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Grimes, Art Angels [4AD]
–unusually arranged songs about being weird, being an outcast. angelic vocals. what’s not to appreciate?

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Ellie Goulding, Delirium [Interscope]
–beautiful pop songs

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Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit [MOM & POP MUSIC]
–past, present and future infused with her witty lyrics and alt-pop melodies.

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Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell [Asthmatic Kitty]
–cool soothing folk. open and lovely.

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Furniture Girls, Chaos
–kick ass garage rock. review here.

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Callaghan, A History of Now
–happy, optimistic Americana/ folk/ alt-country mix. when it came out I wrote: “A History of Now will definitely make you feel 10% happier after listening to it.”

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Julia Holter, Have You in my Wilderness
–combines retro with current arrangements. gorgeous vocals.

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Wind Burial, We Used to Be Hunters
–immediately caught my attention as it manages to convey intensity, danger and beauty. review.

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Steele Picks: Top 30 Albums of 2013

–unfortunately I can’t possibly hear every album released. I don’t hear about things. I don’t get access to many until the public does. publicists don’t send me as many albums in advance as I wish.

–here are the the albums this year that moved me, inspired me, made me think.

–they’re in alpha order

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The Avett Brothers–The Magpie and the Dandelion [American]

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Arctic Monkeys—AM [Domino]

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Bleeding Rainbow–Yeah Right [Kanine]

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Camera Obscura–Desire Lines [4AD]

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Chvrches–Bones of What You Believe [Virgin]

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Cults–Static [Columbia]

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Foals–Holy Fire [Warner Music]

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Gliss–Langsom Dans [Modern Outsider]

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Grace & Tony–November [Rock Ridge Music]

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Haim–Days are Gone [Columbia/Sony]

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How to Destroy Angels–Welcome Oblivion [Columbia]

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The Joy Formidable–Wolf’s Law [Atlantic]

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The Julie Ruin– Run Fast EP [TJR]

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Lorde–Pure Heroine [Lava/Republic]

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Lovers–A Friend in the World [Badman Recording Co.]

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Luray–The Wilder

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Laura Marling–Once I Was an Eagle [Ribbon Music]

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MGMT– MGMT [Columbia]

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M.I.A.–Matangi [N.E.E.T./Interscope]

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Mirror Travel–Mexico [Outsider Records]

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My Gold Mask–Leave Me Midnight [Highwheel]

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The National–Trouble Will Find Me [4AD]

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Orbe Orbe–Invisible Kingdoms

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Super Water Sympathy–Hydrogen Child [In Music We Trust]

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Perhapst– Revise Your Maps [Jack Viking Music]

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Throwing Muses–Purgatory/ Paradise

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Frank Turner–Tape Deck Heart [Interscope]

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Violeta Vil–Lapidas y Cocoteros [Young Cubs]

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Waxahatchee–Cerulean Salt [Don Giovanni]

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Chelsea Wolfe–Pain is Beauty [Sargent House]

[all selections by Amy Steele 12/1/2013]

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COOL NEW MUSIC: John Davis; Mirror Travel; Russian Circles; Mas Ysa

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John Davis
[ex-Folk Implosion]

“Masoch”
— beautifully arranged, stark emotional simplicity.

–video filmed at Occupy Wall Street

Spare Parts out October 29 [Shrimper Records]

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Mirror Travel

“Mexico”
–garage band from Austin, Texas with a fuzziness reminiscent of 90s female-fronted bands like Velocity Girl or that dog.

Mexico out October 15, 2013 [Modern Outsider Records]

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Russian Circles

“Memorial” [guest vocals by Chelsea Wolfe]
–drowning in a beautiful pool of warm blood on a sunny day

“Deficit”
–blistering, terror-fueled blitz

Memorial out October 29, 2013 [Sargent House]

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Mas Ysa

“Why”
–sensitive, sweet song with trippy tribal-influenced techno beats

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Women in Music this Weekend

Friday Night:

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ZOLA JESUS (with J.G. Thirlwell featuring the Mivos String Quartet) at the ICA Boston
7:30 PM

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SCREAMING FEMALES
WAXAHATCHEE
Middle East, Cambridge
9 pm

Saturday Night:

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RUSTY BELLE
Lizard Lounge, Cambridge
8pm

Sunday Night:

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CHELSEA WOLFE
The Sinclair, Cambridge
7pm

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