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balms-golden-hairSan Francisco’s Balms kick it into high gear this week, with a sneak preview of “Golden Hair” from their forthcoming EP. Still drawing from their lo-fi roots, they’ve massaged and polished their sound, layering the distortion lower in the mix. The result is brighter and more engaging, sure to win them new converts. Call it “the California sound”, if you like. We call it a keeper.

Jared Padovani (guitar & vocals)
Michael Ascunsion (bass)
John Kolesnikow (drums)

Balms are touring the West Coast now to promote the impending EP release. Catch them on tour:

7/25 The Highline, Seattle w/ Vibragun
7/26 Kenton Club, Portland w/ Black is Bright
7/27 The Honey Hive, San Francisco w/ Tambo Rays, Daikon
8/14 Almost Holden Collective, Santa Monica
8/15 The Dial, Murrietta
8/16 The Smell, Los Angeles w/ The Vivids, Media Jeweler, Minnow
8/19 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, Oakland w/ Wild Moth, Darto

And follow their exploits on Facebook, Bandcamp, and at their website, balmsmusic.com.

MBV (album)

Hot on the heels of My Bloody Valentine’s long-awaited “m b v” release, they’ve announced details of their world tour (to date). No US dates have been made available as yet.

Finally: My Bloody Valentine release new album, mbv, their first in

My Bloody Valentine 2013 Tour Dates:

02/03 – Seoul, KR @ Uniqlo Ax

02/05 – Osaka, JP @ The Hatch

02/06 – Osaka, JP @ The Hatch

02/07 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast

02/07 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast

02/10 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast

02/13 – Taipei, TW @ Ntu Sports Center

02/16 – Melbourne, AU @ ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror Melbourne

02/18 – Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theatre

02/20 – Queensland, AU @ The Tivoli

02/22 – Melbourne, AU @ Palace Theatre

03/08 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy

03/09 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands

03/10 – Manchester, UK @ Apollo

03/12 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo

03/13 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo

05/11-12 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Rocks Music Festival

05/23 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound