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Ethereal shoegaze band BRAIDS has released a new video for the song “Lammicken” on Pitchfork. And it’s awesome. The video has psychedelic visuals that seem to be produced by colorful smoke (or water?) that’s slowly fashioned into Rorschach Test inkblots. Is it a grasshopper? Is it an elephant? Is that a demon? Am I schizophrenic? What does it all mean?! All questions you will ask yourself along the way. It’s possible you’ll freak out a little bit or frustrate yourself trying to figure out what is what while watching, but at least the imagery is pretty and the music delightful.

BRAIDS will be kicking off an extensive US and Canadian tour in the fall, starting in New York, then they go back to Canada, and eventually make their way down the west coast. Pepper Rabbit will be touring alongside them, with the addition of Painted Palms, Blue Hawaii, GOBBLE GOBBLE, and Noveller at select performances.

Word to the wise: Catch BRAIDS at The Echo in September. This group is really picking up steam. Having already received heaps of praise for their album Native Speaker, they also made the short list for the Polaris Music Prize, joining fellow Canadians The Arcade Fire and solidifying their place as a band to watch out for.

BRAIDS Tour Dates:

08/05 – Regina, SK – Regina Folk Festival
09/06 – Mercury Lounge – New York NY *$%
09/07 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia PA *#
09/08 – DC9 – Washington DC *#
09/09 – The Pour House – Raleigh NC w/Japandroids, Disappears, Soft Company
09/10 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta GA *#
09/11 – Bottletree Birmingham  - AL *#
09/12 – The End – Nashville TN *#
09/13 – Empty Bottle – Chicago IL *#
09/14 – Maintenance Shop – Ames IA *#
09/15 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis MN *#
09/16 – The Royal Albert Arms Hotel – Winnipeg MB *#
09/18 – Jale – Saskatoon SK Sea Oleena, Loom
09/20 – The Republik – Calgary AB *#
09/22 – Rifflandia – Victoria BC #
09/23 – Electric Owl – Vancouver BC *^
09/24 – Sunset Tavern – Seattle WA *#
09/25 – Holocene – Portland OR *#
09/27 – Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco CA *#
09/28 – Detroit Bar – Costa Mesa CA *#
09/29 – The Echo – Los Angeles CA *#
09/30 – Sail Inn – Phoenix AZ *#
10/01 – Sol at Santa Fe Brewing Company – Santa Fe NM *#
10/02 – Lowbrow Palace – El Paso TX *#
10/04 – The Mohawk – Austin TX*#
10/05 – Club Dada – Dallas TX *#
10/06 – Firebird – Saint Louis MO *#
10/07 – The Bishop – Bloomington IN *#
10/08 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland OH*#
10/09 –  Magic Stick Lounge – Detroit MI *#
10/10 – Call The Office – London ON #@
10/11 – The Grad Club – Kingston ON #@
10/12 – The Ebar – Guelph ON #@
10/13 – The Casbah – Hamilton ON #@
10/14 – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto ON #
10/15 – Babylon – Ottawa ON #@
10/16 – Le Cercle – Quebec QC #@
10/17 – The Capital Complex – Fredericton NB
10/19 – SPACE – Portland ME #
10/20 – Great Scott – Allston MA #@
10/21 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn NY #$
10/27 – Cabaret Mile End – Montreal QC

* w/ Painted Palms
$ w/ Blue Hawaii
# w/ Pepper Rabbit
@ w/ GOBBLE GOBBLE
% w/ Noveller

For more information on BRAIDS:

Official Site

For more information on Pepper Rabbit:

Official Site