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Communion launches new show on Xfm

Communion further expands its reach with a new weekly show on Xfm, Communion Presents. Hosted by all-around rad dude Maz Tappuni, the show launches today and takes place Sundays at 10pm. The inaugural episode (which you can hear here) features music by Deap Vally, Frightened Rabbit, The Staves, Public Enemy (obviously), and more. And, as all good radio shows do these days, Communion Presents has its own psychic: Mr. Kev Jones.

In other news, Communion band To Kill a King have released a new video for ‘Cold Skin’, the single from upcoming debut LP Cannibals With Cutlery. I’m not sure I totally ‘get’ the film, but watch it for yourself and analyze away. There’s a bit of a Waiting for Godot-meets-Lord of the Flies vibe, if you ask me.

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Communion Announce ‘Austin to Bostin’ Tour

Even though my SXSW status is still tentative, I’m buying a ticket for Communion’s ‘Austin to Bostin’ tour. They’re getting Ben Howard, the Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Bear’s Den to hop in VW campers and cross the eastern half of the United States–and they’re filming the whole thing. I’m glad Marcus Haney is documenting the tour, but I’d rather catch it live; this stellar lineup makes my SXSW envy hit a new high.

This festival is the place to see up-and-coming bands, and I have no doubt that these four acts are just that. So check out the dates below, and secure your spot at what’s sure to be a fantastic gig. And hopefully I’ll see you in Austin!

March 15-18 Austin, TX SXSW Communion Shows
March 19 Oklahoma City, OK The Blue Door
March 21 Kansas City, MO The Record Bar
March 22 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
March 23 Evanston, IL SPACE
March 24 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
March 27 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
March 28 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
March 29 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge
March 30 Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater
March 31 Boston, MA The Red Room @ Café 939


Bear’s Den, “Pompeii”. (Not gonna lie, I’ve had a thing for Andrew Davie for years.)

Communion’s Bushstock Festival 2011

Taking Communion from BABYSWEET SESSIONS on Vimeo.

Side note: if anyone knows who the featured bands are in this video, please comment or email me!

It’s no secret that I love Communion, the club night turned record label that was founded by Ben Lovett, Kevin Jones, and producer Ian Grimble. 2010 was a big year for the Communion gang, and 2011 is shaping up to be even bigger. The club night has already expanded across the UK and across the pond (to New York and Sydney, Australia), and they’ll be presenting several acts at this year’s SXSW. I am absolutely gutted (see, I can talk like a Brit!) to miss their first one-day festival, Bushstock, being held at four venues in Shepherds Bush on May 7th. The full 30-band lineup has yet to be announced, but the lovely Folk Radio UK has mentioned that Fink, the Staves, and Tom Williams & the Boat are performing. Also on FRUK is the wonderful video about Communion’s history featured above.