Monday, September 21, 2015

Updates soon!

Sorry for falling behind on updating here, I'll fix that soon. Until then, please check the Twitter account (@BRAIDSnews) for all updates.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Leeds, England on Nov. 25th

Another date for the upcoming European tour! Nov. 25th at Headrow House. Tickets on sale here.

'Miniskirt' in Detroit on Aug. 1st

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

'Miniskirt' in Taipei on July 3rd

2 new Interviews

2 new interviews with Austin. One at Ottawa Citizen (which reveals that the band will be doing a headling tour of Europe), and at Apt. 613 (which reveals that the band will be touring North America again early next year, and that they'll be mixing in some of their older material in the upcoming sets, starting with the Autumn tour).

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bristol, England on Nov. 26th

While the band haven't officially announced it yet, they will be playing at The Lantern at Coston Hall in Bristol, England on Nov. 26th.

Los Angeles & El Paso shows added

BRAIDS have added 2 new shows for their North American Autumn Tour: 

Oct. 7th - Los Angeles, CA at the Lyric Theatre (Tickets - Promo code is IRIS)

Oct. 10th - El Paso, TX at Lowbrow Palace (Tickets)

KTRU interview in Houston, TX

Interview backstage at House of Blues in Houston, TX on May 24th, 2015.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Clips & Photos from Detroit

My favorite band and my favorite song ❤️ @braidsmusic

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#braids #BRAIDSband #arbutusrecords #detroit #TheD #livemusic

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Halifax Pop Explosion in October

BRAIDS will be playing the Halifax Pop Explosion on either Oct. 23rd or 24th! Get passes here.

#3 on the DiS Communities' list!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

'Taste' video coming soon!

Day 1 of Taste music video wrapped! @braidsmusic

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The lovely Raphael. #transcendent

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Photos from Hillside Festival (July 26th)

Such a treat to meet Raphael of @braidsmusic yesterday. This two piece couldn't have found a better home ☺ ️

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Photos from Hillside Festival (July 25th)

#Braids at the #IslandStage #HillsideFestival @arbutusrecords @hillsidefestival

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#braids killing it #hillside @ewilson11

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Hillside Hum Q & A

From The Hillside Hum:

Hillside's artistic programmers have always had their eye on emerging talent, especially when artists are still on the rise. One such act that played the fest long before they were tastemaker faves is Montreal-via-Calgary electro-acoustic trio Braids, who bring the pointed lyrics and heady atmospherics of their Polaris Prize-shortlisted Deep In The Iris album to the Island Stage this afternoon.

Recorded in Arizona, Vermont, and upstate New York, Deep In The Iris (the group's third LP) marries singer Raphaelle Standell's arresting vocals with sharp-eyed lyricism that covers some pretty heavy modern territory, including pornography, abuse, and slutshaming (as on the track "Miniskirt").

If that all sounds pretty serious, don't worry – Standell (who's joined by bandmates Austin Tufts and Taylor Smith) clearly has a quirky sense of humour, too, if her responses to the Hum questionnaire are anything to go by...

Have you been to Hillside before?


What do you think sets Hillside apart from other summer festivals?

It’s on an island and is primarily Canadian bands. Also there's a softness to the festival that other festivals do not have. A lot of festivals are dirty and loud – Hillside is like a pillow and grass with a cold cider.

Any artists you're keen to see at Hillside?

Doldrums! Because he is seriously one of the best musicians I’ve ever seen live. His latest album, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, is incredible.

What's your favourite part of playing festivals? Least favourite?

LIKE: I like being taken care of. It’s honestly like a summer camp for adults. 

DISLIKE: Playing in daylight. It’s really hard to see the lights on our controllers.

Are there any songs that have become a 'fan favourite' in your live set, or that you particularly love to play?

Yes – "Blondie". Because we have this crazy ending [to the song] – you'll see...

Favourite festival food?

Exotic fruit platter.

Tell us something interesting about you (either personally or musically) that we might be surprised to know.

U: "Choose a door." 

Me: "I choose door Number 6." 
U: "Are you sure?" 
Me: "Yes, I’m sure." 
U: "But what if there are thousands of snakes behind this door?" 
Me: "Well, I never really thought of that..." 
U: "Well, you should probably consider the possibility of snakes behind that door."
Me: "Then I choose door Number 8." 
U: "Well, how do you know there aren’t 10 horses demanding to be groomed?" 
Me: "Because I’m allergic to horses and I currently don’t have the sniffles." 
U: "That’s a keen awareness." 
Me: "I’m pretty perceptive." 
U: "So you’re allergic to horses?" 
Me: "Yes, terribly so." 
U: "That’s too bad – they have such beautiful coats to pet." 
Me: "I know, I’ve had to learn to observe such beauty from afar." 
U: "Oh." 
Me: "I think I’ve come to love them more because of the distance."

Braids plays the Island Stage on Saturday at 3:55 p.m., and the Alternate SoundSunScapes workshop with Doldrums on the Sun Stage on Sunday at 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

"Something exciting is brewing!"

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Autumn Tour Dates!

More dates for the Autumn tour have been announced!

Sept 17th - Montreal, Canada at Little Burgundy Piccolo Rialto. (Tickets)

Sept. 22nd - Toronto, Canada at Lee's Palace. (Tickets)

Sept. 24th - Chicago, IL at Subterranean. (Tickets)

Sept. 25th - Champaign, IL at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Tickets)

Sept. 26th - St. Paul, MN at Turf Club. (Tickets)

Sept. 27th - Winnipeg, Canada at The Good Will. (Tickets)

Sept. 29th - Calgary, Canada at Commonwealth Bar & Stage. (Tickets)

Sept. 30th - Edmonton, Canada at Denizen Hall. (Tickets)

Oct. 2nd - Vancouver, Canada at The Cobalt. (Tickets)

Oct. 3rd - Seattle, WA at LoFi. (Tickets)

Oct. 4th - Portland, OR at Bunk Bar. (Tickets

Oct. 6th - San Francisco, CA at Bottom of the Hill. (Tickets)

Oct. 8th - San Diego, CA at Soda Bar.  (Tickets)

Oct. 9th - Phoenix, AZ at Valley Bar. (Tickets)

Oct. 12th - Dallas, TX at Club DaDa. (Tickets)

Oct. 13th - Austin, TX at Mohawks. (Tickets)

Oct. 16th -Atlanta, GA at The 529. (Tickets)

Oct. 17th - Raleigh, NC at Kings. (Tickets

Oct. 19th - Washington, DC at DC9. (Tickets)

Oct. 20th - Philadelphia, PA at Boot and Saddle. (Tickets)

Oct. 21st - Boston, MA at Great Scott. (Tickets)

Oct. 22nd - Brooklyn, NY at Baby's All Right. (Tickets)

Bangkok review and photos

Music Weekly has photos and a very nice review of the Bangkok show.