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Shearwater @ Mercury Lounge - 2/6/16

Shearwater released their ambitious, rich-sounding new album Jet Plane and Oxbow last month on Sub Pop and then began a tour in support of it early this month. On Saturday (2/6), it came to NYC for a sold-out show at Mercury Lounge with quirky New York pop singer Jib Kidder. Pictures of that show are in this post.

The tour returns to NYC on March 12 at The Bell House with atmospheric Texas duo Cross Record, who also have a new record out. Tickets for that show are still available.

More pictures below...

Continue reading "Shearwater played their first of two NYC shows at Mercury Lounge with Jib Kidder (pics)"

by Andrew Sacher


Shearwater already released the synthy "Quiet Americans" and the folky "Only Child" off their new album Jet Plane and Oxbow (due 1/22 via Sub Pop), and now the whole thing is here to stream. It's a really full-sounding record, with dense arrangements and a style that's not too easy to place. It's a little folk rock, a little art rock, but not strictly either of those things. Check it out below (via NPR).

The band's tour hits NYC on February 6 at Mercury Lounge with Jib Kidder (sold out) and March 12 at The Bell House with Cross Record (tickets).

Continue reading "Shearwater streaming new LP 'Jet Plane and Oxbow' (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher


After releasing the synthy "Quiet Americans" off their upcoming album Jet Plane and Oxbow, Shearwater have now debuted the gentler, acoustic guitar-led "Only Child." It's real nice sounding, and keeping hopes pretty high for this record. Check it out below. The album comes out January 22 via Sub Pop, and if you pre-order it, you can stream the whole thing right now.

The band's tour hits NYC on February 6 at Mercury Lounge with Jib Kidder (tickets) and March 12 at The Bell House with Cross Record (tickets).

Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiburg recently briefly reunited with his old bandmates in Okkervil River, whose frontman Will Sheff we just interviewed. Will and Jonathan also both wrote David Bowie tributes, which you can read on The Talkhouse.

Continue reading "listen to Shearwater's new song "Only Child""

photo: Shearwater at LPR in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Shearwater will be touring this year, including a previously-mentioned NYC show on February 6 at Mercury Lounge with Jib Kidder. Tickets for that show are still available, but the band have also added a second NYC show for March 12 at The Bell House. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (1/8) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.

Their new album Jet Plane and Oxbow comes out January 22 via Sub Pop, and if you pre-order it you can stream it right now. For everyone else, revisit the single "Quiet Americans" below.

Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiburg last played NYC in November with his old bandmates Okkervil River, whose frontman Will Sheff plays NYC tonight (1/5).

Continue reading "Shearwater expand 2016 tour, add 2nd NYC show (dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Okkervil River

Okkervil River are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their best album Black Sheep Boy with a reissue (due 12/4 via Jagjaguwar) and a tour that has them playing the album in full. They're currently in the midst of a three-night run at NYC's Bowery Ballroom that wraps up tonight (11/23). We caught last night's show.

Will Sheff opened with a few solo acoustic versions of songs that came out before Black Sheep Boy and talked a bit about their early days, and then the rest of the band came out to perform the album front to back. These shows were already going to be special, but it got even more special when Black Sheep Boy era member (and Shearwater frontman) Jonathan Meiburg joined them on "Black" and stayed for the rest of the set. Plus for the next song ("Get Big"), Will's girlfriend and frequent collaborator Beth Wawerna of Bird of Youth joined them on harmonies and stayed for several others too. They played the album exactly the way you'd want to hear it, with all the beauty and raggedy edges it has on record. Nostalgia for this type of thing has been hitting pretty hard lately (or hitting me, at least). Enough time has passed and "indie" has gone through enough changes that I kinda miss the era when that genre was often associated music that's a little folky but rooted in punk's energy, and fleshed out by unconventional (for rock) instrumentation. Black Sheep Boy is certainly a classic of that era, and last night's show had all those elements coming together: pounding drums, Will rambunctiously bringing his sing to a shout, trumpets, violins, mandolins, organs, slide guitar, the works. You could tell the band (and the packed crowd) was having a great time playing these songs, and they sounded as fresh last night as they did ten years ago.

Will & Jonathan
Okkervil River

They left the stage after Black Sheep Boy closer "A Glow" and returned for an encore that had them playing the entire Black Sheep Boy Appendix EP, which came out a few months after the album and included material from its sessions. The whole show (which had no opener) lasted just about two hours.

Last night and Saturday's show were both sold out, but tickets are still available for tonight's show. Shearwater will be touring next year in support of a new album that's coming out in January.

More pictures from Okkervil River at Bowery night 2, below...

Continue reading "Okkervil River's three-night run of 'Black Sheep Boy' at Bowery Ballroom is underway, wrapping up tonight (night 2 pics)"

Jet Plane and Oxbow

Shearwater are back with a new album, Jet Plane and Oxbow, which will be out via Sub Pop on January 22. Frontman Jonathan Meiburg and producer/engineer Reisch (the team behind 2012's Animal Joy and 2014's loose covers/collaborations LP, Fellow Travelers) spent two years working on the record which features contributions from film composer Brian Reitzell (Hannibal), Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner, drummer Cully Symington, Howard Draper, Lucas Oswald, Jesca Hoop, and Abram Shook. You can check out the anthemic, Bowie-esque first single "Quiet Americans" -- and check out the album's tracklist -- below.

Preorders are available now and come with an early access to a stream of the album (released about a month prior to the LP), as well as a podcast featuring demos and a conversation between Meiburg and WNYC's John Schaefer (host of "New Sounds").
The band will be playing a few North American shows right after the album's release, including one in NYC at Mercury Lounge on February 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/23) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/21) at noon. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Shearwater announce 'Jet Plane and Oxbow' LP, share "Quiet Americans," touring (dates, stream)"

photos by Jeff Ryan

Shearwater // Death Vessel at the Empty Bottle on 03.29.2014

At the tail end of March, Shearwater finished off their tour with Death Vessel and Jesca Hoop with a performance at the Empty Bottle. Their headlining set was heaviest on 2012's great Animal Joy, but they also played a fair amount of tunes from Rook, The Golden Archipelago, and other releases. Were you there? If so, what did you think? Pictures from the Empty Bottle are in this post.

More of them, and Shearwater's complete setlist, lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Shearwater, Death Vessel & Jesca Hoop played Empty Bottle (pics, setlist)"

Shearwater @ Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)

Shearwater are currently on tour throughout North America in support of their latest effort Fellow Travelers, with their Sub Pop labelmates Death Vessel and singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop (who has also been joining Shearwater as a band member on this run). That tour comes to a close with a performance at the Empty Bottle this Saturday (3/29). Advance tickets are still available. Prior to the show, Shearwater will also be playing a 3PM in-store at Saki Records. As always, in-stores at Saki are FREE and open to all ages.

All Shearwater dates and a couple of videos lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Shearwater playing an in-store at Saki Records before their Empty Bottle show w/ Death Vessel & Jesca Hoop"

by Andrew Sacher

Death Vessel at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
Death Vessel

Joel Thibodeau's indie folk project Death Vessel hasn't released an album since 2008's Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us, but that will finally change with the release of Island Intervals on February 25 via Sub Pop. He's released two singles from the album thus far, one of which features Sigur Ros singer Jonsi (who Death Vessel toured with in 2010) called "Ilsa Drown." You can stream that one, plus the just-released "Mercury Dime," both of which have the kind of beautiful atmospheres you'd expect from someone who collaborates with Jonsi, below. Album artwork and tracklist below too.

Since we last spoke, Death Vessel has been added to his Sub Pop labelmates Shearwater's upcoming tour which hits NYC on March 22 at The Bell House. Jesca Hoop was added to a number of the dates, including the NYC show, as well. Tickets for that one are still available.

All dates are listed, along with with the streams, LP artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "Death Vessel releasing an LP (featuring Jonsi), touring with Shearwater & Jesca Hoop (dates & streams)"

Xiu Xiu @ Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu just released today NINA, an album of Nina Simone covers, via Graveface Records. You can stream the whole thing below. Jamie Stewart has a more proper Xiu Xiu album coming out in February on Polyvinyl, titled Angel Guts: Red Classroom,  and you can stream the first single, "Stupid In The Dark," below.

Shortly thereafter, Xiu Xiu will be heading on a tour that includes an NYC on March 13 at Knitting FactoryTickets to that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at 10 AM.

Speaking of Xiu Xiu and cover songs, Shearwater recently released a cover of Xiu Xiu's, "I Luv The Valley Oh!" which if you haven't heard yet, you can stream below. Their tour hits NYC at The Bell House on March 22. Tickets to that show are still available.

All Xiu Xiu tour dates are listed, along with song/album streams and music videos, below...

Continue reading "Xiu Xiu released Nina Simone covers album, ready new LP and tour for 2014 (dates, streams)"

Shearwater at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)

As discussed, Austin folk rock collective Shearwater are releasing Fellow Travelers, an album of covers/collaborations with bands they've shared the stage with, later this month (11/26) via Sub Pop. They've since announced that they'll support the record with an international tour in 2014 that comes to NYC on March 22 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/15) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

The band also just put out their video for "I Luv The Valley OH!" from the new album, which is a Xiu Xiu cover. Check that out, along with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Shearwater made a new video, announce 2014 tour (dates)"


Fellow Travelers wasn't supposed to be a full-length record, so I'm a little surprised to admit that it's my favorite Shearwater album so far. Somehow it slipped under the door.

It was meant to be a small thing, maybe a home-recorded EP, to release between Animal Joy and the next full-length (for which we're in the studio right now). But it took on a life of its own. Re-imagining and renovating songs by the bands we've toured with was like leafing through a scrapbook, and brought back the highs and lows of a decade of touring, from dives in Oklahoma and squats in Slovenia to the Fillmore West, the Bataclan, and the MGM Grand (ask me about that one sometime).

-Jonathan Meiburg

The new Shearwater album, Fellow Travelers, is out November 26 on Sub Pop. It's an album of covers by bands Shearwater have shared the stage with, such as Wye Oak, Folk Implosion, Sharon Van Etten (a song they wrote together for Record Store Day), Coldplay, St. Vincent, Clinic and more. Additionally, many of those artists collaborated on these recordings, though not on their own songs. You can stream Shearwater's take on Xiu Xiu's "I Luv the Valley Oh!" below.

No word on any tour dates yet. But for more on the album, you can read the rest of frontman Jonathan Meiburg's notes on the album -- and check out the tracklist -- below.

Continue reading "Shearwater ready collaborative/covers LP with help from Wye Oak, Sharon Van Etten, Clinic & more (stream a track)"

by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher

Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)

We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.

There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?

We've written about the Sacred Bones comp, the Astralwerks comp, Old 97s, Frightened Rabbit, Austra, Sonny & the Sunsets, and Titus Andronicus Check out our new list below...

Continue reading "a guide to Record Store Day 2013"


Tickets for The Weeknd's September 21 show at the Congress Theater go on sale this Saturday (8/18) at 10AM CST.

Tickets for The Soft Pack's October 12 show at Lincoln Hall go on sale today (8/17) at noon.

Tickets for Yakuza's record release show on October 16 at the Empty Bottle go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for Regina Spektor and Old Son's October 17 show at The Chicago Theatre go on sale this Saturday at 10AM CST. A JAM presale will be active from 10AM-10PM today; the password is spegina.

Tickets for Shearwater's October 21 show at the Empty Bottle go on sale today at 10AM.

Tickets for Justice's October 24 show at the Congress Theater go on sale this Saturday at 10AM.

Tickets for Daughter's October 25 show at Schubas go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Ben Gibbard and Advance Base's November 2 show at the Athenaeum Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Misfits' November 5 show at House of Blues go on sale at 10AM today.

Tickets for Matthew Dear and Light Asylum's November 6 show at Lincoln Hall go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Japandroids' November 13 show at Metro go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for Tame Impala and The Amazing's December 13 show at Metro go on sale today at noon.

Presale passes for Tomorrow Never Knows 2013 go on sale today at noon.

Shearwater @ the Vic in May (more by James Richards IV)

Austin's Shearwater have been touring non-stop since their newest record, Animal Joy, hit stores in February via Sub Pop. The group are set to head out on yet another tour in October, supporting Dinosaur Jr. That tour doesn't hit Chicago, but Shearwater have scheduled a one-off show during that run-- at the Empty Bottle on October 21. Judson Claiborne and Daniel Knox will act as main support, and tickets go on sale this Friday (8/17) at 10AM CST.

Speaking of Dinosaur Jr., as we've mentioned many times, they'll be headed to Champaign-Urbana, IL to perform at the 2012 Pygmalion Music Festival on September 29. Festival passes and individual tickets for their show-- with Grizzly Bear, Cloud Nothings, Frankie Rose, and others-- are still available.

All Shearwater/Dinosaur Jr. dates and a video for Animal Joy's "Immaculate" are below...

Continue reading "Shearwater touring w/ Dinosaur Jr., playing a one-off at the Empty Bottle"

Best Coast at Orion Fest, June 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

today in NYC
* Nas @ Rucker Park
* Tori Scott @ Joe's Pub
* Nate Radley @ Barbes
* Spyro Gyra @ Blue Note
* Meat Loaf @ Welmont Theatre
* Seal, Macy Gray @ Beacon Theatre
* Sam Moore and Deva Mahal @ City Winery
* Geri Allen, Laurie Anderson @ The Stone
* Thomas Mapfumo @ World Financial Center
* Black Wing Halo, We Run @ Mercury Lounge
* Jeff LeBlanc, Rhinna LaRocque @ Joe's Pub
* Best Coast, Those Darlins, DIIV @ Terminal 5
* Katie Dill, Selva Oscura, Yung Life @ Cameo Gallery
* Allison Weiss, Mitten, Jack Dolgen @ Mercury Lounge
* Missy Higgins, Butterfly Boucher @ Le Poisson Rouge
* New York Philharmonic @ Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx
* Gym, Deer, Andy Elwell, Pony of Good Tidings @ Cake Shop
* Spirit Animal, The Ludlow Thieves, The Sanctuaries @ Glasslands
* Chi-Lites, Felix Hernandez @ Queensbridge Park Summerstage
* Eye Ra Haze, Gunfire-N-Sodomy, Heroes and Underdogs @ Saint Vitus
* Delta Rae, Aunt Martha, Andy Suzuki & the Method @ Bowery Ballroom
* Upright Citizen's Brigade presents All Stars of Improv @ Central Park Summerstage
* The Moon w/ Gabrielle Bell, Dave Hill, Sean Donnelly, Corn Mo @ Union Pool
* Adrian Belew Power Trio, Stickmen, Consider The Source @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, Kasey Anderson @ Williamsburg Park
* Murder By Death, Corey Chisel and His Wandering Sons, Ha Ha Tonka @ Webster Hall
* Diamond Terrifier, Patrick Higgins, Sleng Teng, Tetryl Red, DJ Dutch E Germ @ Zebulon
* Onra, Dam-Funk (DJ set), Taylor McFerrin, The Doppelgangaz, DJ Sean Rowlands @ Santos Party House

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Tonight's the first show at Williamsburg Park with a not-so-exciting line-up headlined by Counting Crows. Better shows later this week.

Nardwuar recently interviewed Trash Talk and you can watch the obscure factoids and gifts fly below.

Deer Tick were on AV Club video series 'Undercover' to perform Harvey Danger's '90s hit "Flagpole Sitta" which you can watch below.

No Doubt are back with "Settle Down," their first new single in 11 years. Watch the video below.

Check out new videos from Shearwater and Hot Chip below too.

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photos by Chris Graham and Rae Graham

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/Feist
Sasquatch Festival 2012 - Day 4
Sasquatch Festival 2012 - Day 4

Before the release of their 2011 album, "Hysterical," Clap Your Hands Say Yeah had been inactive for three years, but they were as lively as ever on Monday afternoon. Blowing through tracks from all three of their albums, Alec Ounsworth and company charged through a set full of guitar-based indie rock that catered heavily towards their fans. But judging by the crowd's response, even those who were unfamiliar with the band were enticed. After playing Sasquatch! 2006 on a much smaller stage, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's triumphant set had the crowd, well, clapping their hands and saying "yeah!"
Gorge, WA festival Sasquatch wrapped up on May 27 with sets from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Feist, Beck, Spiritualized, SBTRKT, Shabazz Palaces, Ted Leo, Cass McCombs, Damien Jurado, Cloud Cult and more.

Mogwai (who have upcoming shows with Balam Acab) were supposed to play that day but they cancelled last minute and were replaced by Deer Tick who came on to play a set of covers.

Pictures of Day 1 are HERE, Day 2 are HERE and HERE, Day 3 are HERE, and more from Day 4 below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2012 in pics - Day 4 (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Feist, Beck, Spiritualized, SBTRKT, Shabazz Palaces & more)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield


Opening on keys, Meiburg's choice to begin with "Snow Leopard" about brought me out of my seat. As a guy who regularly pontificates, "Shearwater's Rook is in my Top 5 albums of all-time," it was a welcome initiation to a band I was long overdue to see live. Ten of the 18-song set was off Animal Joy. The highlight, for me, was the solo rendition of "Hail, Mary" which I previously thought of as a relatively easy going number, again, much to my dismay, and jubilation, featured a soul thrashing big-rock-finish that left nothing but the dissonant feedback of squawking hens and fluttering feathers. -[Ryan C Zerfas]
In between dates of their tour with St. Vincent, Shearwater fit in an NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 6th with Dawn Landes. Shearwater's trek with St. Vincent soldiers on, with the bands taking a night off from tour today. If you missed them, check out pictures from recent Chicago show at The Vic.

In other Dawn Landes news, she plays "Spring Forward!" at The Green Building in Brooklyn on June 6 with The Jack Grace Band and Diamond Doves. Tickets for the Gowanus Canal Conservancy benefit are on sale. Diamond Doves (aka Elvis Perkins' band minus Elvis) also open for Man Man at Brooklyn Bowl one day earlier, and play (and helped organize) the Levon Helm tribute at Brooklyn Bowl one day before that.

In other Shearwater news, the band have added some European dates, as well as a leg of shows with Husky on the West Coast. A listing of all tour dates and the rest of our LPR pictures and the setlist are below.

Continue reading "Shearwater played LPR (pics, setlist) with Dawn Landes (who's playing the Spring Forward! benefit)"

photos by James Richards IV, words by Claire O'Connor

St. Vincent

In a stark contrast to her last visit to Chicago, Annie Clark of St. Vincent really gave it to her fans and the city. The show was flushed with "silver linings," as Clark put it, and it was a statement that rang true as the night progressed. Complete with storytelling sessions and a strobed-out light show that could put Crystal Castles to shame, this was not only a different Annie than we saw in October, but a whole different show. At the sold-out Vic Theater on Friday night (May 11), 2011's Strange Mercy held court, with peaks and excerpts from 2009's Actor and 2007's Marry Me. As they've been doing for a hot minute, the band also meticulously covered The Pop Group's "She's Beyond Good and Evil," following it up with St. Vincent's newest release and elected stage-dive number, "Krokodil."

Fitted with her standard leather hot pants and "how does she wear those" high heels, backed by keyboardists Toko Yasuda and Daniel Mintseris and drummer Matt Johnson, Clark not only added dimension to songs on her most recent album, Strange Mercy, but equally changed their language. Their set opened with a Mooged-out "Marrow," followed by fan-favorites "Cheerleader," "Chloe in the Afternoon," Actor Out of Work," "Black Rainbow," and "Cruel." Before diving into "Dilettante," Clark described how it is a love story, almost a love/hate note, to New York City. She then said, "New York is just a lesser Chicago, the Chicago of the East Coast." All in attendance liked that a lot (myself included).

Clark broke out a theremin for "Northern Lights" and jumped back and forth between that and her guitar, an eccentrically fantastic effort that was one of the highlights of a show filled with many. As "Krokodil" closed the set, Clark abandoned her guitar, sat on the shoulders of a bouncer, and dove into the crowd arms first singing "sweet krokodil-dil-dil." Covering what seemed like the entire standing floor area, pushed back and forth with a summersault mixed somewhere in there, she never stopped singing. The audience went nuts and it was the perfect way to end the set. The band quickly returned to the stage for the one song encore of "Your Lips Are Red," an extended version they've been playing on tour.

Austin, TX's Shearwater opened the show and we've got pictures of both acts below...

Continue reading "St. Vincent & Shearwater played the Vic (pics/review/setlist)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Shearwater @ Bowery Ballroom

Shearwater completed a tour with Sharon Van Etten over the course of two nights in NYC over the weekend. Pictures from their opening set at Bowery Ballroom on 2/25 are in this post (pictures of Sharon are HERE).

Shearwater is currently on the road for a string of US and European dates, including SXSW (where they'll play a Stereogum party), and a stint with St. Vincent. None of the shows with St. Vincent hit NYC but Shearwater will make a stop here for their own show during the tour at Le Poisson Rouge on May 6. Tickets for that Manhattan show are on sale now.

In other news, you can still stream all of Shearwater's new LP Animal Joy below. Pick up your copy now via Sub Pop.

Pics, dates and stream, below...

Continue reading "Shearwater played shows with Sharon (pics), add their own NYC show during St. Vincent tour (updated dates)"

Bowery photos by Amanda Hatfield, MHOW photos by Anna Webber

Sharon Van Etten & alien balloon @ Bowery Ballroom
Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten's recent round of East Coast dates came to a close over the weekend with a trio of homecoming shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. The first and second shows featured support from Shearwater and went down on 2/24 at MHOW and 2/25 at Bowery; pictures of Sharon from both adorn this post. Sharon's next date was at Bowery Ballroom on the following evening (2/26) with Carter Tanton and Glass Ghost (no pics).

The Saturday show was especially joyous, being that she was back home, it was at her favorite venue Bowery Ballroom (where it once seemed like a big deal that she sold out for just one night), her family was in the house, she was celebrating a birthday, there was a huge balloon alien on stage that was a gift from the Antlers (who were all in the audience), and it was her last date with Shearwater who came out for the encore to play as one big happy band with Sharon and crew. (like they have on other dates of the tour). "Sharon Van Etten melting hearts and faces" I tweeted from the show.

Sharon Van Etten boards a plane later this week for a short string of dates in Europe, but will be back on US soil in time to play two shows at SXSW: the big NPR show at Stubb's with the just-added Fiona Apple and the Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans showcase at Mohawk Patio on 3/15 with Brazos, Gardens & Villa, Bear in Heaven, and The War On Drugs. SVE will also play ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in NJ, Newport Folk Fest, and the Dessner-curated fest at BAM in Brooklyn this year View all of her current tour dates below.

Shearwater pictures and dates HERE. All Sharon tour dates and pictures, below...

Continue reading "Sharon Van Etten played 3 NYC shows (pics), playing SXSW, BAM, ATP, Newport & other dates"


Stereogum writes:

Around midnight on the evening of March 15th, until well after every other bar in town has stopped serving legally intoxicating beverages, the Stereogum crew is throwing an Austin-based party with a bunch of bands we believe in while charging absolutely no money for admission, or legally intoxicating beverages. It’s called RANGE LIFE, and it is for you. If you are 21+, and in Austin the evening of March 15th, and near the very conveniently located intersection of E. 2nd & Trinity.

The night opens with a DJ set from REWARDS (aka Aaron Pfenning, formerly of Chairlift) while you get to know the space, and then Das Racist crew affiliate/spirit animal LAKUTIS will rap, eventually turning over the stage to Brooklyn-based Albini acolytes Mr. Dream. After they bruise up the backline things will get more local, stately, and shirtless, with Jonathan Meiburg and Thor Harris’s Shearwater, whose set will wash into a Balearic-pop and R&B-minded DJ set from Swedish Acéphale duo Korallreven. Up next is Bear In Heaven, who just released a zoom-heavy Wonder Showzen-affiliated video for 2012 superjam “The Reflection Of You” and are about to put out an album called I Love You, It’s Cool, which is a great name for an album. Following that is a set from the young NJ firebrands Screaming Females, who are holding down the latter half of our bill’s Albini quotient with their Steve-produced Ugly LP. We will wrap up the night with the occasionally gothic electronic art-pop BTW Zambri. By this point the sun will be rising, and we’ll all be best friends.

This whole thing kicks off at 11:59PM on March 15th at The PureVolume House (340 E. 2nd St. & Trinity), in Austin, Texas and goes for over four hours. If you are 21+ you are cordially welcome, and invited to drink for free all night. All you have to do is RSVP HERE. Do it!

This is the sequential lineup, with links to many more posts on the artists:

Mr. Dream
Korallreven (DJ Set)
Bear In Heaven
Screaming Females

The full Purevolume House schedule HERE.

Shearwater @ Lincoln Hall on 2/16/2012 (more by Grant MacAllister)

Austin band Shearwater welcomed their eighth LP, Animal Joy, on February 14 via Sub Pop Records. To me, Animal Joy is the full realization of what the band were aiming for on 2010's The Golden Archipelago, keeping the Peter Gabriel-like core intact, but firming it up into an interesting rock record. As we've mentioned a few times, the album is still streaming via NPR and can be purchased via Sub Pop's webstore.

Two days after the record hit stores, Shearwater toured through Chicago with Sharon Van Etten, playing two sold out nights at Lincoln Hall. Some pictures from night one (February 16) are in this post. Head HERE for a full review and all photos from the show.

If you missed Shearwater this time around, don't fret: they've just been added as main support to St. Vincent's spring North American tour. The tour hits the Vic on May 11. Advance tickets are on sale.

All 2012 tour dates, more pictures from Lincoln Hall, and some videos, below..

Continue reading "Shearwater released 'Animal Joy,' played LH w/ Sharon Van Etten (pics); were added to St. Vincent tour (the Vic included)"

photos by Grant MacAllister, words by Zach Pollack

SVE @ Lincoln Hall last night
Sharon Van Etten

Last night (Thursday, February 16), Sharon Van Etten played her first of two Chicago shows on this tour at Lincoln Hall, with support from current tour mates Shearwater.

Shearwater, who just released their eighth LP and debut for Sub Pop Records, Animal Joy, kicked things off with an incredibly powerful set dominated by the album. Like Active Child's Pat Grossi (who recently played Lincoln Hall and will again soon), frontman Jonathan Meiburg sports a full, choirboy-like voice (though not as cinematic) - floating effortlessly over washes of thick guitar and intricate keyboard leads. Sadly, longtime-members Thor Harris and Kim Burke are not a part of Shearwater's touring act this time around, but nevertheless, the five-piece outfit we saw last night seemed comfortable and well-practiced. Purchase Animal Joy via Sub Pop's webstore and stream the LP in its entirety via NPR.

After a long set changeover, Sharon Van Etten and her new band took the stage around 10PM. "How are y'all doing tonight," she asked. The packed crowed roared with excitement. Coming off as she was nervously awaiting our response, the songstress laughed and said, "Oh, thank god!" before launching into "Warsaw" off of her fantastic new LP Tramp. Fan-made video footage was displayed on the projector screen above, providing a nice and unexpected visual element to her live show. Longtime band member Doug Keith played more guitar than ever last night, especially squealing out leads over the appropriately heavy track "Serpants." New live member Heather Broderick, who has been a member of Efterklang, Horse Feathers, Loch Lomond, Laura Gibson's backing band, and more, provided excellent backup vocals while handling some bass/keyboard/guitar duties. As expected, the setlist drew heavily from Tramp. It included the uplifting ballad "Kevin's", showcasing Sharon's full range. Of course it's up for debate how uplifting a song with a line like "you dig your own grave" can be considered, but the track does hold a certain ethereal quality to it.

In-between songs we received hilariously awkward commentary, in only that quirky Sharon-way we've come to be so familiar with, learning of her father Steve's aspirations to tour as an interpretive dancer/merch guy (yikes!), Heather's deep obsession with the arcade game Moon Patrol, and much more. About halfway through their 12-song setlist, the band played an older favorite of mine, "Don't Do It," complete with a cool vocal-looped intro passage. Trading her guitar for an omnichord, the appropriately titled "Magic Chords" came next, whose album version is made dark and stormy by the brooding National frontman Matt Berninger. The group closed out their set with Tramp's "I'm Wrong," which saw Doug furiously attacking his guitar with a violin bow and an overall interesting extended jam.

Returning for a two-song encore, Sharon and co., with Shearwater in tow, tackled a raucous version of the Soft Boys' "I Wanna Destroy You," which she also covered at a show on New Year's Eve along with Ted Leo. Shearwater then exited the stage and the night finished with fan-favorite "Love More."

And they do it again tonight (2/17). Some more pictures and the full setlist from night one of her Lincoln Hall stay, below..

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Veronica Falls @ MHoW earlier on tour (BKLYN) (more by Amanda Hatfield)

today in Chicago
* Lizz Wright @ SPACE
* Veronica Falls @ WBEZ Studios
* Chaperone, Juniper Tar @ The Burlington
* Pictureplane, Triple Six Sound Club @ Berlin
* The Dirty Guv'nahs, David Ramirez @ Schubas
* Ode, Kellen and Me, Jennifer Hall @ Abbey Pub
* Pandava, Drekka, Scott Tuma, Bound @ Township
* Rachele Eve, Ty Maxon, Duck & Goose @ Hideout
* Akbar, Pseudo Slang, Green Wilder @ Double Door
* Fort Knox Five, Intel, Maker, DJ Merk 1 @ Smart Bar
* Sharon Van Etten, Shearwater @ Lincoln Hall (Night 1)
* Panda Riot, Nerves Junior, Tiny Fireflies @ Subterranean
* 12th Planet, Flinch, Nameloc, Subnoxious @ Bottom Lounge
* Veronica Falls, Brilliant Colors, The Halamays @ Empty Bottle
* English Dogs, The Casualties, Toxic Waste, Havok @ Reggie's
* Things To Come, Acidic Tree, The Island Of Misfit Toys @ Beat Kitchen
* Jet W. Lee, The Saturday Giant, Property of Saints, Panoramic & True @ Ultra Lounge

The 10-song Epitonic Saki Session that Hospitality recorded during Tomorrow Never Knows has been posted.

Chelsea Wolfe played Daytrotter. Stream "Benjamin" and "Mer" from the session, below.

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Sharon Van Etten plays her first of two shows @ Lincoln Hall tonight (2/16), with Shearwater.

Veronica Falls play an early-afternoon session at the WBEZ Studios and then headline the Bottle tonight.

Pictureplane heads up CULT.

Dubstep-cat, below (you'll see)..

What else?

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