Pillars and Tongues on tour!

Pillars and Tongues hit the road tomorrow to tour the US South, Midwest, and East Coast. (Details Here.) Pillars and Tongues are a remarkable experience live. The lush soulful dreamscapes charted in their performaces, each a fluid braid of improvised and composed lyrical forms, are for many a truly rewarding aural and spiritual experience. The band’s new album, The Pass and Crossings, will be out June 28 via our very own Empty Cellar Records (more soon!).

Get ready for the Show! Listen to Pillars and Tongues live recordings:
Antilog Session live at the 2640 Collective: ((( listen now on Bandcamp )))
Dublab Sprout Session: ((( listen now on dublab )))
Daytrotter session: ((( listen now on Daytrotter )))

Tour Dates:

05-14 Louisville, KY – The Rudyard Kipling
422 W. Oak St., Louisville
w/ Elephant Micah, Joan Shelley

05-15 Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light
106 E. Jackson Ave., Knoxville
w/ Double Muslims

05-16 New Orleans, LA – The Mudlark Theater
1200 Port St., New Orleans
w/ Aurora Nealand, Raphael McGregor, Rising Appalachia

05-17 Austin, TX – Annie St. Arts Collective
811 W. Annie St., Austin
w/ Hotel Brotherhood, Chimney Choir

05-18 San Antonio, TX – La Sala Diaz
517 Stieren St., San Antonio
w/ Hotel Brotherhood

05-20 Marfa, TX – West Texas Utility, presented by Marfa Book Co.
105 S. Highland

05-21 Albuquerque, NM – Kosmos
1715 5th St. NW, Albuquerque
w/ Joseph Angelo, Jeremy Barnes / John Dietrich duo, DJ Caterwaul

05-22 Santa Fe, NM – CCA’s Waxman Gallery, presented by Meow Wolf
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe

05-24 Colorado Springs, CO – TBA

05-25 Boulder, Colorado – Astroland
4415 N. Broadway, Boulder
w/ Sam Cooper, Radical Knitting Circle, Gryph

05-26 Denver, CO – Meadowlark Bar
2701 Larimer St., Denver
w/ Ian Cooke, Clouds and Mountains, Horse Lattitudes

05-27 Lincoln, NE – Cultiva
727 S. 11th St., Lincoln
w/ Woven Symbol, Cool it Action!

05-28 Iowa City, IA – White Lightning Wherehouse
700 S. Dubuque St.
w/ Buoyant Sea, Zodiac

05-30 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago
w/ Ga’an, Axis:sovA, Ancient Ocean

06-01 Columbus, OH – Iuka House
2131 Iuka Ave., Columbus
w/ Time and Temperature, Zac Little (fr. Saint Seneca)

06-02 Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks
4931 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh
w/ Gallina and Mike Tamburo

06-03 Baltimore, MD – 2640
2640 St. Paul St., Baltimore
w/ Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors) and Hiro Kone.

06-04 New York, NY – Cake Shop
153 Ludlow St., New York (LES)
w/ Hiro Kone, Effi Briest

06-05 Biddeford, ME – The Oak and the Ax
140 Main St., Suite 107
w/ Hiro Kone

06-09 Brooklyn, NY – Zebulon
258 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn




Serious show to support serious local causes!


This will be an epic show, and you should go to support SF institutions KUSF and The Eagle Tavern, but don’t take our word for it… Read more at The Bay Bridged and 7×7 Magazine.




Record Store Day! Record Store Day! Record Store Day!


“There’s nothing as glamorous to me as a record store. When I recently played Amoeba in LA, I realised what fantastic memories such a collection of music brings back when you see it all in one place. This is why I’m more than happy to support Record Store Day and I hope that these kinds of stores will be there for us all for many years to come. Cheers!”
– Paul McCartney

“Folks who work here are professors. Don’t replace all the knowers with guessors keep’em open they’re the ears of the town”
– Tom Waits

I spent last week in Mexico City for a cousin’s wedding. I was there with my sister and Frosty from Dublab. We stopped every time we saw a street vendor with a pile of records, hoping to find a long sought-after classic cumbia or nueva canción LP. I felt like one of the dudes at Sublime Frequencies looking for some long-forgotten or geographically isolated musical genius. The morning I left, they were headed to an outdoor market – guided by their local DJ friend – that is a well kept secret amongst record collectors. The last hold-out for used vinyl in Mexico City… a fast-disappearing land of ultimate scores. After that, I have to say that I am incredibly grateful for all of the amazing record stores left in San Francisco and the good ole USofA.

The sad truth is that american record stores are fast-disappearing too. So tomorrow (Record Store Day), or the next day, or whenever… make your way to your local record store and dig, dig, dig and find yourself some long-forgotten genius or pick up a copy of whatever album you are currently digging online. Forget that it is record store day, because any day can be record store day.




Live Videos of The Sandwitches & Pillars and Tongues

A couple weeks before SxSW, The Sandwitches played a show at the Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley where they performed an exclusive acoustic set in the venue’s bathroom for Echolocale. The result is an intimate and beautiful video document featuring selections from Mrs. Jones’ Cookies and Duck, Duck, Goose!. Check out The Sandwitches performing “Summer of Love” below and visit Echolocale for videos of two more radical tunes:

The Sandwitches – “Summer Of Love” from Echolocale on Vimeo.

Meanwhile, Pillars and Tongues stopped by The Cake Shop with Dark Dark Dark after appearing at Iowa’s Mission Creek Festival to perform an entrancing set with a fully realized arrangement of the band (including Jonathan Kaiser of Dark Dark Dark). Watch below an unreleased track, “The Palms to Tell”, off of their forthcoming album The Pass and Crossings on Empty Cellar.

Pillars and Tongues- “Palms to Tell” from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.




April Fool’s: Pillars & Tongues Perform Mission Creek Music Festival


Go to this if you can and watch Pillars & Tongues… and catch Guided by Voices, Thurston Moore + Kim Gordon, and Dan Higgs with Skull Defekts too!

Listen to the KRUI festival playlist featuring Pillars & Tongues