Free therapy? Virtual pub? BALLEY TV – a new virtual talk show hosted by Joe Talbot of IDLES – is both those things and much more.

Filmed in isolation and with conversations ranging from current events to creating music during quarantine (with the occasional quiz segment/marshmallow eating contest), BALLEY TV launched its pilot episode last month with featured guests Mike Skinner (The Streets) and Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot). Today, they have detailed a slate of future episodes that will be rolled out throughout the summer. Guests will include Jehnny Beth (Savages), Sharon Van Etten, Kenny Beats, as well as other bandmembers and additional friends.

This past Friday, BALLEY TV dropped episode two, featuring Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES) and Hak Baker. Full schedule below, stay tuned for info on additional episodes.

BALLEY TV 2020 Schedule:
Episode 1 –  Mike Skinner (The Streets) & Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot)
Episode 2 –  Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES) & Hak Baker
Episode 3 – Fri July 3 – Arlo Parks & Billy Bragg
Episode 4 – Fri July 17 – Kate Tempest & Kenny Beats
Episode 5 – Fri July 31  – Ishmael Butler & Sharon Van Etten
Episode 6 – Fri August 14 – Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), Jehnny Beth (Savages) & Fern Ford (The Big Moon)

IDLES will release their anticipated third LP – ‘Ultra Mono’ – on September 25th via Partisan Records. Last week the group shared album highlight and thunderous call-to-action “Grounds”. The band’s previous album – ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ – debuted top 5 on the official UK album charts, earning the band instantly legendary performances at Glastonbury, Jools Holland, NPR’s Tiny Desk. They were profiled by the NY Times and PBS NewsHour as part of a group of new bands tearing down outdated perceptions of masculinity.

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