Posted in To Do | music | tour dates on September 2, 2008

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Army Navy - Saints (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Army Navy - My Thin Sides (MP3)

Army Navy
Army Navy

Not the most action-packed week of shows, at least as far as I'm concerned, but there's always a few worthwhile things to check out. In town this week are LA-via-Seattle band Army Navy, playing shows tonight (9/2) at Mercury Lounge and Thursday (9/4) at Union Pool. These guys mostly mine various eras of Scottish jangle, from the brittle, manic sounds of early-80s Postcard Records (Orange Juice, Joseph K) to the harmony-laden sounds of Teenage Fanclub and Cosmic Rough Riders. This is super-catchy stuff -- their self titled debut (due Oct 14) has spent a lot of time on my stereo this past week. You can download two tunes from the album at the top of this post -- they're both really good.

It was only after listening to -- and liking -- the album did I find out some interesting factoids about the band: Frontman Justin Kennedy spent his Seattle youth in Pinwheel, the "shitty punk band" that also featured Ben Gibbard; When their drummer left to pursue a screenwriting career (he's penning the Peter Berg-directed Dune redux, due in 2010), Attractions drummer Pete Thomas filled in on the stool for the album's recording sessions; and they're featured on the soundtrack to the music-obsessed comedy Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist which you might've seen a thousand commercials for already. And they're playing this week.

Ringo Deathstarr
Ringo Death Star

In competition with Army Navy on Thursday are Austinites Ringo Deathstarr (not to be confused with Atlanta's Gringo Starr), and also draw influence from Scottish indie rock. But in this case it's The Jesus and Mary Chain (circa "Sidewalking") and My Bloody Valentine. We're talking striped-tees-and-sunglasses shoegaze. Are they doing something new? Maybe not. But do they do it well? Definitely. Their show at Cake Shop is their only NYC show so if you're a dreampop fan, this might be a good holdover till MBV for real.

Liam Finn
Liam Finn

I'm not sure there's a whole lot else going on this week that hasn't already been mentioned multiple times. Liam Finn plays Bowery on Thursday and if you've never seen him before I can't recommend it much higher. He's certainly not the only performer to do the loop pedal one-man-band thing, but few do it as well or with better songs. Just wait till he gets on the drums. His album from last year, I'll Be Lightning, is fantastic. Also playing that show (and the rest of of Finn's US 2008 dates) are The Veils whose first record I liked a lot more than their most recent one but frontman Finn Andrews (who, like Liam Finn, has a notable dad, XTC/Shreikback's Barry Andrews) is also an engaging live performer.

And then there's the three free music festivals on Saturday, though it's really hard to compete with the East Village Radio Festival's killer line-up but that's just me.

All tour dates below...

Army Navy 2008 shows
Sep 2 Mercury Lounge -- Manhattan New York, New York
Sep 4 Union Pool -- Brooklyn Brooklyn, New York
Sep 16 Indie 103 + SPIN presents FREE ALL AGES at key club West Hollywood, California

Ringo Deathstarr 2008 Tour Dates
Sep 4 cake shop w/ spindrift New York, New York
Sep 5 Comet Ping Pong Washington DC, Washington DC
Sep 6 WMUC @ University of Maryland w/ The Flying Eyes Baltimore, Maryland
Sep 17 101x Homegrown Live @ Club DeVille w/ Toko Ri Get High & Cry Blood Apache Austin, Texas
Oct 14 Emos w/ A Place to Bury Strangers & Sian Alice Group Austin, Texas
Oct 15 Walter's W/ A Place To Bury Strangers & Sian Alice Group Houston, Texas

Liam Finn 2008 Tour Dates
Sep 4 Bowery Ballroom 18+ New York, New York
Sep 5 World Cafe Live ALL AGES Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 6 Rock and Roll Hotel ALL AGES Washington, Washington DC
Sep 7 Local 506 18+ Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Sep 9 Mercy Lounge 18+ Nashville, Tennessee
Sep 10 Hi Tone 18+ Memphis, Tennessee
Sep 11 Billiken Club, St Louis UNI ALL AGES St Louis, Missouri
Sep 13 Monolith Festival Morrison, Colorado
Sep 16 Santa Fe Brewing Co. ALL AGES Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sep 18 Plush 21+ Tuscon, Arizona
Sep 19 Casbah 21+ San Diego, California
Sep 20 Echoplex 18+ Los Angeles, California
Sep 21 The Beauty Bar 21+ Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 23 Bottom Of The Hill 21+ San Francisco, California
Sep 24 Doug Fir Lounge 21+ Portland, Oregon
Sep 26 Hi Dive 21+ Seattle, Washington
Sep 27 The Biltmore Cabaret 19+ Vancouver, British Columbia
Oct 1 7th St Entry 18+ Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 2 Lakeshore Theater ALL AGES Chicago, Illinois
Oct 3 Grog Shop ALL AGES Cleveland, Ohio
Oct 4 El Mocambo 19+ Toronto, Ontario
Oct 5 La Sala Rossa ALL AGES (pop montreal) Montreal, Quebec
Oct 7 Paradise 16+ Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 8 Space 18+ Portland, Maine
Oct 9 Iron Horse Music Hall ALL AGES Northampton, Maine
Oct 10 Club Hell ALL AGES Providence, Rhode Island



Comments (28)

I want to know what's up with these RIDICULOUS headbands hipsterette, above, and her male and female ilk in WillieB have the urge to wear? Is it supposed to be quirky? Or fashionable? Anything but really fucking lame?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 12:25 PM

i'd totally hit it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 12:35 PM

Don't be so judgemental

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 12:36 PM

she needs to a eat a sandwich..seriously

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 12:48 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 12:51 PM

nah.. she's perfect. I like 'em skinny. she could even lose a couple of pounds. mmmmmm.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 1:02 PM

thats a big ten four on the Hit!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 1:07 PM

Don't be a spaz. She's gorgeous.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 1:14 PM

why is she hiding her freakishly long torso behind the horsey and why are the two other band members trying to ignore it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 1:26 PM

She looks young but hey if there's grass on the field then it's playable.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 1:43 PM

I met these Deathstarr cats at The Tank last Jan. or Feb. (one of those cold months).
Nice folks, by any definition.

This is a good bill w/ Spindrift.

Posted by i want my daddy's records | September 2, 2008 1:48 PM

agreed, 1:14.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 1:50 PM

how tall is that girl? she looks about 7' in that picture. please elaborate.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:04 PM

She'd be the perfect match for that guy from Deerhunter

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:24 PM

i would love to impregnate her.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 2:24 PM

2:24 - especially if she were hiding a dick under that horse.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:13 PM

that guy in the yellow striped shirt kind of looks like bruce mccullouch

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 3:39 PM

Ringo Deathstarr rocks! Can't wait for this show!

Posted by adi | September 2, 2008 4:44 PM

i miss pre-sexist bv.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:35 PM

even the usual digital leering from the douchebags couldn't prevent me from listening to these artists...and i was impressed by all three.

cheers, bill. and BV - more posts like this are encouraged...

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 5:59 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2008 10:06 PM

1. Alex from Ringo Deathstarr does not have Marfan's. I played a show with her this past February, and she's a healthy and nice looking young lady.

WMUC-FM is located at University of Maryland @ College Park, not Baltimore. Because the College Park campus is the flagship campus, everyone' just calls it UMD (Kinda like in Texas, they call UT Austin "Texas").

Go Terps.

Posted by Colonel K | September 2, 2008 10:33 PM

"I played a show with her this past February, and she's a healthy and nice looking young lady."

How tall do you estimate her to be? Is it the case that there's something going on in that picture that makes her look very tall when she's just tall?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 1:01 AM

Appears most of the BV crowd are chronic masturbators intent on someday "hitting" something ... ANYTHING.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 2:44 AM

the guy from Ringo Deathstarr in the yellow/green shirt looks like Wheels from Degrassi High.

Posted by craig | September 3, 2008 3:43 AM

Who the fuck installs a chandelier in the corner of the ceiling?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 12:18 PM

Colonel K, you're absolutely right. She's a normal gal, and a very nice one at that. Hell, all four of 'em are nice folks.

Posted by pilljerk | September 3, 2008 2:54 PM

amen on the chandelier

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2008 6:00 PM

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