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Smith Westerns announce a string of fall US dates with Sky Ferreira

September 26th 2013

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Very excited to announce that Smith Westerns are heading back out on the road, with a string of co-headline dates alongside longtime friend Sky Ferreira! To celebrate, Smith Westerns will be selling a tour-exclusive “3am Spiritual” 7″, the B-Side of which “3am Spiritual (Basement Recording)” is now available to stream:

Sky Ferreira x Smith Westerns dates, tickets go on sale 09/27.

11/11 – New York, NY – Webster Hall (Tickets)
11/13 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club (Tickets)
11/14 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater (Tickets)
11/15 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church (Tickets)
11/18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (Tickets)
11/20 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick (Tickets)
11/21 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar (Tickets)
11/22 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (Tickets)
11/23 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre (Tickets)

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Critical Consensus: Smith Westerns Mature in Talent and Theme on 3rd LP

July 10th 2013

It’s been a little over two weeks since the release of Smith Westerns’ anticipated junior release, Soft Will. Just like all y’all we’ve been letting the record sink in, basking in its warmth sin critical influence; but now that time has passed enough, it’s time to check up on a few of our favorite blogs and magazines out there. Let’s see what they have to say!

And when you’re done reading, pick up the album, digital on iTunes, physical at Insound. Tour dates after the quotes.

NPR says: Soft Will unleashes a sparkly charm offensive that practically rolls down your car windows for you.”

Blare: “The record signifies maturity and the band dragging every heartstring they can find, but on another, it’s them piecing together sharpened rhythms at an ungodly rate.” (score = 7.7/10)

Fast Forward Weekly: “Any patient listeners looking for a complete LP will discover Smith Westerns have made their best album yet.”

LA Daily News: “This splendid musical world contains stunning melodies, lighter-than-air vocal harmonies and carefully crafted arrangements working together to create tracks of rarefied beauty.”

Magnet: “‘Idol’…sets an early benchmark that turns out to be a new standard.” (score = 9/10)

Pitchfork: “While the band’s outlook has matured, what hasn’t changed on ‘Soft Will’ is Smith Westerns’ ability to turn out instantly like ably guitar and synth-based hooks at a prodigious rate.” (score = 7.9/10)

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“Smith Westerns haven’t only not burned out, they’re a budding institution.”

Relix: “Smith Westerns may have initiated their career as indie darlings, but this record offers something more widely accessible.”

Rolling Stone: “On their third album, they move far away from their garage-rock starting point and construct an expertly lyrical world of yearning and insinuation.” (score = 3/4)

Under the Radar: “Smith Westerns have a knack for capturing ‘drunk clarity’—the sound and feeling of being disoriented, retaining just enough wherewithal to wax philosophical about the moment.”

Tour Dates:

07-21 Nashville, TN – Exit In
07-23 Washington, DC – Black Cat
07-24 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
07-26 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
07-27 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
07-28 Montreal, Quebec – Cabaret Mile End
07-29 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
08-02 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08-05 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
08-06 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
08-07 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
08-09 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
08-10 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
08-11 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
08-12 San Diego, CA – Casbah
08-15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
08-16 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
08-17 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
08-20 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater

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Smith Westerns Release B-Side “Case & Point” (Basement Recording)

July 9th 2013

Sure, Soft Will has only been fresh on the racks for a week or so, but if you’re like us you’ve had that bad boy spinning daily. Thankfully Smith Westerns have anticipated such a situation, waiting a week to offer this stripped down tune— to give us a break from the gloss, basement-recording style. Check out the stream below.

The track is exclusively available at your local indie record store, B-Side to the “Varsity” 7,” available for purchase as of today!

Find one near you: http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues

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Smith Westerns party hardly in ‘Idol’ + US Tour Dates On Sale Now

June 28th 2013

Sometimes a crowd just isn’t enough. Sullen and melancholy Smith Westerns let joints go unsmoked and kisses go unreturned in their new music video for ‘Idol.’ Whatever’s troubling these youthful minds must be hanging pretty heavy, to let a banger like this one slip by.

Tour dates follow.

Tour Dates:

07-21 Nashville, TN – Exit In
07-23 Washington, DC – Black Cat
07-24 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
07-26 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
07-27 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
07-28 Montreal, Quebec – Cabaret Mile End
07-29 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
08-02 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08-05 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
08-06 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
08-07 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
08-09 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
08-10 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
08-11 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
08-12 San Diego, CA – Casbah
08-15 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
08-16 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
08-17 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
08-20 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater

And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Soft Will, Smith Westerns’ brand new full-length, out now!

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Smith Westerns ‘Soft Will’ out now, Reckless Records in-store tonight

June 25th 2013

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Smith Westerns’ brand new album ‘Soft Will’ is out TODAY — hailed by Pitchfork as “cinematic” and “instantly likeable”, by NME as “optimistic” and “nostalgic”, and by us here at Mom+Pop as “really really great” (yes, that’s a direct quote). You can pick up ‘Soft Will’ now through iTunes, the band’s online store, or your local indie record shop.

Here’s a rather heartfelt word from the band themselves:

Today is the day! Its been almost two and half years since we debuted Dye It Blonde or released any material for that matter, and I’m already beyond stoked. If you were to ask us four years ago, when we first released the S/T, that we would still be making music in 2013 we’d probably would’ve laughed. We started writing music as a release from our own youthful obligations and thanks to everyones support its turned into something much greater.

Being in a band and touring is the only thing any of us have ever known and Soft Will reflects the triumphs and failures we’ve experienced throughout our time together. Soft Will, like our other albums, serves as a bookmark to the experiences we’ve lived through up to this point. And just like how each record brings us as a band closer together, I hope that this record let’s you the listener even further into our world.

Thank you so much for the support and enjoy ;)

Love,
Cullen, Cameron, Max, Julien

If you’re Chicago-based, head down to Reckless Records tonight at 6pm where the band will be performing a FREE in-store. Not Chicago-based? You’ll just have to wait until July, when the band will be heading out on a full US tour, dates for which can be found here.

If you haven’t had a chance to hear the record yet, you can stream it in full over on Spotify.

Pick up Smith Westerns ‘Soft Will’ now.

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Smith Westerns ‘Soft Will’ streaming in full on NPR Music.

June 17th 2013

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Grab a first listen of Smith Westerns brand new album ‘Soft Will’ right now!
http://www.npr.org/2013/06/16/191312644/first-listen-smith-westerns-soft-will

Here’s what NPR had to say about it:

Given that Smith Westerns’ first record came out when its members were teenagers, it makes sense that the Chicago band has evolved from a garage-y pop-rock outfit — all shambling T. Rex-isms and impeccable hair — to something sweeter, dreamier, slicker and sunnier. Just in time for the season to begin officially, Soft Will finds Smith Westerns fully perfecting a summery jangle that’s hugely ingratiating.

The follow-up to Smith Westerns’ 2011 breakthrough Dye It Blonde, Soft Will (out June 25) is the sound of weaponized agreeability; a band whose songs are so catchy, even wistful ballads like “White Oath” have a shiny sheen that practically glistens. Given a brisk pace to match, songs like “Idol” and the appropriately titled “Glossed” practically roll the car windows down for you.

Lyrically speaking, it can be hard to parse what an individual Smith Westerns track might be trying to impart at any given moment — a product, in part, of a mix that tends to prioritize clean, chiming guitars over Cullen Omori’s vocals. But that doesn’t cool off Soft Will’s softly sparkly charm offensive for a minute.

‘Soft Will’ is out on 06/25 (next Tuesday!), and is available for pre-order now, with bundles that include a super limited Smith Westerns t-shirt: http://smithwesterns.gomerch.com

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Stream the first installment of our brand new compilation series

June 6th 2013

Remember a few months ago we launched our monthly subscription service, Boombox? Well, since then our subscribers have been hand-delivered digital albums from FIDLAR, Wavves and Polica, have been offered exclusive access to singles from Polica, Beat Club, and Smith Westerns, and have received brand new digital EPs from Neon Indian and Kid Astray before any else has even had a look in… and Boombox is only just getting started.

We have a lot of exciting stuff up our sleeves for the rest of the year, and we wanted to give you guys a taster of everything we’ve been working on (because we feel selfish keeping it all to ourselves). Head over to our Soundcloud player to stream the first installment of what will be a semi-regular compilation series from Mom+Pop, this time featuring singles from Jagwar Ma, Polica, Flume, Neon Indian, Hunters, FIDLAR, Wavves, Kid Astray, Mikhael Paskalev, Beat Club, Animal Kingdom, Smith Westerns, Andrew Bird, and Lucius. Phew!

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