Chelsea Wolfe – “Pain is Beauty”

The haunting gloom god, Chelsea Wolfe, will release her new full length, Pain is Beauty Sept. 3rd via Sargent House. The album conjures the dark realm with its brooding melancholia, her ghostly wails and layers of rich sonics.

Purchase the record here and for the time being stream the whole thing here

Chelsea Wolfe – The Warden



Aug 25 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest, LA Historical Park
Sept 01 Tucson, AZ – HOCO Festival
Sept 03 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom *
Sept 04 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad *
Sept 06 Austin, TX – Mohawk *
Sept 07 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *
Sept 08 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks *
Sept 09 Atlanta, GA – The Earl *
Sept 10 Chapel Hill – Local 506 *
Sept 11 Washington DC – Rock and Roll Hotel *
Sept 13 NYC, New York – Bowery Ballroom *
Sept 14 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
Sept 15 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair *
Sept 17 Toronto, ONT – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Sept 19 Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom *
Sept 20 Lexington, KY – Boomslang Festival *
Sept 21 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge *
Sept 22 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center *
Sept 24 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
Sept 25 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge *
Sept 25 Caldwell, ID – The Venue *
Sept 27 Seattle, WA – Barboza *
Sept 28 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *
Sept 30 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall *
Oct 12 Prague, CZ @ Matrix Club #
Oct 13 Linz, AT @ Posthof #
Oct 14 Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv Club #
Oct 15 Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik #
Oct 16 Fribourg, CH @ Fri-son #
Oct 18 Barcelona, ES @ Apolo #
Oct 19 Madrid, ES @ Shoko Live #
Oct 20 Porto, PT @ Amplifest #
Oct 21 Bilbao, ES @ Kafe Antzokia #
Oct 23 Paris, FR @ Divan Du Monde #
Oct 24 Brighton, UK @ The Haunt #
Oct 25 Manchester, UK @ Gorilla #
Oct 26 Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 #
Oct 27 Dublin, IRE @ Button Factory #
Oct 29 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom #
Oct 30 Gent, BE @ Vooruit #
Oct 31 Karlsruhe, DE @ Jubez #
Nov 01 Utrecht, NI @ Tivoli de Helling #
Nov 02 Koln, DE @ Stollwerck #
Nov 03 Hamburg, DE @ Club Logo #
Nov 06 Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia #
Nov 07 Oslo, NO @ Bla #
Nov 08 Gothenburg, SE @ Truckstop Alaska #
Nov 09 Copenhagen, DK @ KB18 #
Nov 10 Berlin, DE @ C- Club #
Nov 16 Los Angeles, CA – Royce Hall w/ Anna Calvi

* with True Widow as support
# with Russian Circles

DecibelCast Vol. 11 “Heart Shaped Rejection”


Last year our February mix, [dB-03] “Love Sick Mixtape” was dedicated to love in all its manifestations. Well, the newest installment of our DecibelCast series focuses on the lovers in the world hurt and downcast. Whether your love has withered away, simply up and left or if distances, physical or metaphorical, keep you separated this mixtape is for you. So if you’re spending Valentines day alone this year sit back, let go and open up to the sounds of Heart Shaped Rejection.

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Coma Cinema – “Hell”

Liz Hodson & Josiah Wolf – “Ain’t No Sunshine”

Emily Wells – “Mamas Gonna Give You Love”

Still Corners – “Hearts of Fools”

Allah-Las – “Vis-A-Vis”

George Maple – “Uphill”

Michael Kiwanuka – “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye (Leonard Cohen cover)”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “So Good At Being In Trouble”

Foxygen – “San Francisco”

Gap Dream – “58th St. Fingers”

Natural Child – “That’s How I Got To Memphis”

Duncan Mcknight – “Highway Diamond”

Cate Le Bon – “Shoeing The Bones”

Nosaj Thing – “Eclipse/Blue ft. Kazu Makino”

Darkstar – “Timeaway”

Millionyoung – “Lovin”

Toro y Moi – “So Many Details”

Bear/Face – “Taste My Sad”

Diamond Messages – “You Were The One”

Chelsea Wolfe – “The Way We Used To”

Yo La Tengo – “Ill Be Around”

Alex Bleeker – “These Days”

Ganglians – “Cryin’ Smoke”

Mina Tindle – “Plein Nord (demo)”

Dignan Porch – “Like It Was Again”

King Tuff – “Swamp Of Love”


Chelsea Wolfe

I’ve been well into what Chelsea Wolfe is doing for a little while now, and I just had the chance last week to scope her out live.

Having done so, it must be said that Wolfe knows how to put on a performance.  Clad in full druid garb—black cloak and hood—she did indeed bring it.  And the audience—a charmingly odd mixture of hipsters, goth kids, metal heads basement-dwelling gamer types and middle aged, balding gay men(???)—ate it up.

The demographic make up of the crowd would seem, at first glance, a little strange. It makes sense, however, in the context of Ms.  Wolfe’s unique sound: a hybrid that has been dubbed doom folk by some, and which includes elements of electronica, drone music and metal, as well as earthy tones of blues and folk. By far the most defining characteristic of the sound however, is Wolfe herself—her ethereal vocals cut through the sludgy grime of the backing band like white-hot light through murky darkness.

The show was at the Rickshaw Stop, which is a smaller venue, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s graduated to the Fillmore by the next time she rolls through town. This woman is going places.

Look out for her Unknown Rooms (forthcoming on Sargent House next month), which is a collection of largely acoustic, “orphaned” material that is markedly different from her previous releases. Also her next proper album is due out sometime in 2013, so watch this space.

“Flatlands” from the forthcoming Unknown Rooms

Here are a couple of tunes from her first two albums, which are much grimier.

“Tracks (Tall Bodies)” from 2011’s Apokalypsis

“Demons” from 2011’s Apokalypsis

“Advices and Vices” from 2010’s The Grime and the Glow

“The Whys” from 2010’s The Grime and the Glow