by Bill Pearis
a version of Amazing Baby
Wednesday (8/20) has so many good NYC show options it's criminal. Top of the list for me is probably Seattle's BOAT at Union Hall, who (as listed in last week's post) played a great show on Sunday at Cake Shop, one of the most fun shows I've been to all year. Add locals My Teenage Stride to the Union Hall bill and I would say it's a can't miss, but... there's also The Muslims at Union Pool; Vivian Girls/BFF at Death by Audio; and week two of Passion Pit's residency at Pianos (to which there are still tickets, so much for my own McGee-esque overblown hyperbole).
If you do go to Pianos, might I suggest you sneak upstairs beforehand to catch Patrick Bower. He fronts one of my favorite local bands, World Without Magic, but has also just completed a solo album, Beach Closed, which will be out in September. His solo band (at least at this show) will feature members of The End of the World, The Art of Shooting and Daylight's for the Birds. You can hear a couple tracks from Beach Closed on Patrick's MySpace and you can download an MP3 above, and watch a video for the song further down this post.
This Friday's Seaport Music Festival show should be a good one -- Grand Archives and Violens. Grand Archives' debut has been a real grower for me, one that I find myself listening to a lot. The CSNY vibe to the music really works, they put on a pretty good live show too and make room for choice covers. I like them more than their Sub Pop labelmates Fleet Foxes, but that's just me. And I'm anxious to catch Violens again, not having seen them play since May. I've worn out their three-song EP, though "Trance-Like Turn" (from a Green Owl Records compilation, video below) is their best song yet.
For those Brooklyn Vegan readers in the UK, Violens are opening for MGMT in November. Also playing those MGMT shows will be Amazing Baby, who remain my favorite new NYC band of 2008. That would be a hard tour to pass up if I lived over there, even though I'd say the headliner is the weakest live band of the three.
Amazing Baby also play this Friday (Aug 22) at Market Hotel where there is apparently open bar (Colt 45) all night long. I've seen them four times now -- each time a slightly different line-up but always good. Speaking of good and free, you should download Amazing Baby's Infinite Fucking Cross EP from their website. There's also an even newer song for download on top of this post. It's the same song they perform live in the video below (where you'll also find tour dates and other videos too).....
(Video: Amazing Baby, "Head Dress" at Union Pool, 8/16/2008)
Amazing Baby - 2008 Tour Dates
AUG 22 - Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NYC (open bar)
AUG 30 - Bowery Ballroom, New York w/ Does It Offend You Yeah
SEPT 15 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn w/ A Place To Bury Strangers
NOV 05 - Leeds Academy *
NOV 06 - Nottingham Rock City *
NOV 07 - Bristol Academy *
NOV 09 - Glasgow Barrowlands *
NOV 10 - Birmingham Academy *
NOV 11 - Manchester Academy *
* w/ MGMT & Violens
Violens - "Trance-Like Turn"
This Saturday: the Bailterspace show at Bowery Ballroom.
Patrick Bower - "See ya When We See Ya" video
Patrick Bower - 2008 Tour Dates
Aug 20 - Pianos New York City, New York
Sep 2 - Black Betty Brooklyn, New York
Sep 27 - Record Release Show! Brooklyn, New York
BOAT at Cake Shop - "Period Backlash Colon"
Boat - 2008 Tour Dates
Aug 20 - Union Hall (w/ Creeping Weeds) Brooklyn, New York
Aug 21 - The Lantern (w/ Creeping Weeds) Blacksburg, Virginia
Aug 22 - Brillobox w/Creeping Weeds Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 23 - Schuba's (w/Creeping Weeds) Chicago, Illinois
Sep 5 - Music Fest NW Portland, OR