Posted in MP3 | To Do | music | tour dates on June 4, 2009

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Viva Voce - Octavio (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Holiday Shores - Phones Don't Feud (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Jack Penate - Tonight's Today (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Dark Meat - Freedom Ritual (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Young Republic - The Alchemist (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Young Republic - The Wolf (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Princeton - The Waves (MP3)

Art Brut @ Mercury Lounge (more by Tim Griffin)
Art Brut

Tonight (6/4) is seriously overloaded with show choices. If you have tickets to Art Brut (who were great on Monday and I heard Wednesday night's show was the best yet) and are looking to do something beforehand, you might consider checking out Jack Peñate at Pianos. He was pretty good at Bruar Falls last night, playing a set entirely made up of songs from his new, world-influenced, Everything is New, which I like way more than his debut. A bit of a nutty dancer, but his enthusiasm (and talent) is there. There's video from the show at the bottom of this post.

Holiday Shores
Holiday Shores

And going on before Mr. Peñate are Florida's Holiday Shores, who have been getting a bunch of coverage all of a sudden. Their set tonight is an early one because from Pianos they're rushing up to the SPIN Magazine offices to play a private party there. Their debut LP, Columbus'd The Whim, is out this summer on twosyllable Records. The songs on their MySpace page, all reverb and fuzz and bouncy melodies, sound interesting enough to merit checking them out. (And there's an MP3 at the top of this post that might help make up your mind.) If you miss them tonight, they're also at new Brooklyn venue Shea Stadium on Friday (6/5).

You could potentially have a very busy night ahead of you on the L.E.S.

Other Thursday options: Doves are playing Terminal 5, a venue I still haven't been to. Their new album doesn't really grab me the way their previous records did, but they are a dynamic live band whose widescreen sound goes well with bigger venues like T5.

There's also Spanish Prisoners, Sisters and Knight School at Public Assembly; and The Postelles, pow wow! and Real Estate at Santos. Both good choices.

Viva Voce
Viva Voice

But if I could go to any show tonight (which I can't, unfortunately) I think I'd probably see Portland's Viva Voce at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The until-now husband and wife duo, who made a lot shoegazy pop on their own, recently ballooned to a four-piece for their fifth album, Rose City, which is almost as good as 2006's stellar Get Yr Blood Sucked Out. On record this expanded Viva Voce don't sound that different, but it will be interesting to see how it affects their live show, which was already pretty awesome. Check out the MP3 for current single "Octavio" at the top of the post. The whole bill tonight at MHoW is worthwhile, with Australia's Cut Off Your Hands (Frenchkiss) and James Yuill, who is more entertaining live than you think he's going to be when he walks out on stage.

Dark Meat
Dark Meat

A couple other bands of note are in town this weekend. Athens, Georgia's glitter and confetti-loving collective Dark Meat are playing Cake Shop on Friday (6/5) and Bruar Falls on Saturday (6/6). You may have been on a boat with them and Vivian Girls last fall. If you've never attended a Dark Meat show before, it's a bit like walking into a hippie version of Mardi Gras where Frank Zappa is the Grand Marshall. With so many band members, so much going on, so much shiny detritus in the air, it can either be intoxicating or asphyxiating. But it's never boring. Like all hallucinogenics, if you go into Dark Meat with the right mind, you'll have a good time. Both Cake Shop and Bruar Falls will be 1/3 full just from the band alone so expect hi-jinks and wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on.

The Young Republic
Young republic

And speaking of large masses from the south, also in town this weekend are Nashville's The Young Republic, who are not to be confused with Awesome New Republic, The Most Serene Republic, Savage Republic, Republica, or actual Young Republicans. The six-piece have country, blues and celtic elements into their anthemic sound, which also delves into Tom Waits cabaret territory at times. Unsigned in America, The Young Republic are much popular in the UK where they're on End of the Road Records who also have The Low Anthem and Port O'Brien on their roster. The Young Republic, whose new album Balletesque is due out later this year, play Spike Hill on Friday (6/5) and Pianos on Saturday. Check out two MP3s at the top of this post.


Also on that Pianos bill are L.A. trio Princeton who I caught last year at Cake Shop (during CMJ I think) and who make quite charming baroque pop. The band are actually in town to perform on Friday at Lincoln Center's Pope Auditorium. Why? This press release can explain better than I could:

Princeton, the Los Angeles-based trio, join forces with San Francisco's Stephen Pelton Dance Theater in it was this: it was this: an evening of songs and dances inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group.

Princeton will perform all of the songs from their recent EP Bloomsbury, each lyrically focused upon a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Portraits of Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf and John Maynard Keynes are each presented in a different musical framework with lush orchestral arrangements. The band is comprised of twin brothers Jesse and Matt Kivel and Ben Usen. The band will be joined by 8 additional musicians in recreating their frolicsome, exuberant take on the cast of Bloomsbury characters.

Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, known for known its intimate theatricality and emotional intensity, may be familiar to audiences from previous Woolf conferences. This year the company will perform several new works including the premiere of it was this: it was this: a choreographic study of Woolf's punctuation. Using a single paragraph from To the Lighthouse, the company dances their way from the first word to the last, pausing briefly for every comma, parentheses and semicolon in-between. The company also performs a revised version of The Death of the Moth, first seen at the Plymouth State Conference in 1997.

If that sounds a little high falutin', don't be afraid of the Woolf references, Princeton's pop is pretty easy to swallow, though an appreciation of The Left Banke and Village Green-era Kinks is probably advised. There's an MP3 at the top of this post. And there will be no dancers on stage at the Pianos gig, as far as I know.

That's it for this week. Videos and tour tour dates after the jump....

Jack Peñate - "Every Glance" | Bruar Falls, 6.03.2009

Viva Voce - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 3 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 4 Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York
Jun 5 Iota Club Arlington, Virginia
Jun 6 Musica Akron, Ohio
Jun 7 Southgate House Newport, Kentucky
Jun 9 Firebird St. Louis, Missouri
Jun 10 Record Bar Kansas City, Missouri
Jun 11 Opolis Norman, Oklahoma
Jun 12 Hailey's Denton, Texas
Jun 13 The Mohawk Austin, Texas
Jun 15 Plush Tuscon, Arizona
Jun 16 Rhythm Room Phoenix, Arizona
Jun 17 The Echo Los Angeles, California
Jun 18 Bottom Of The Hill San Francisco, California
Jun 20 Wonder Ballroom Portland, Oregon

Dark Meat - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 4 The Mideast w/ Mt St Helen's Vietnam Band Boston, MA
Jun 5 Cake Shop New York City, NY
Jun 6 Bruar Falls w/ D Charles Speer and the Helix Brooklyn, NY
Jun 7 Kung Fu Neck Tie Philadelphia, PA
Jun 8 Talking Head w/ Vincent Black Shadow Baltimore, MD
Jun 10 The Red and Black Washington, DC
Jun 12 Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar Charlottesville, VA
Jun 13 Local 506 w/ Birds of Avalon Chapel Hill, NC
Jun 27 Hafen 2/ Open Air Festival Offenbach, Germany
Jun 28 Fusion Festival Lärz, Germany

The Young Republic - Black Cab Sessions

The Young Republic - SXSW 2009

The Young Republic - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 5 Spike Hill Brooklyn, New York
Jun 6 Piano's New York, New York
Jun 12 THE BORO Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Jun 16 Edge Hill Studios Cafe with very special openers THE DIXIE DAMES!!! Nashville, Tennessee
Jul 9 WOXY Cincinnati, Ohio
Jul 9 The Green Lantern Lexington, Kentucky
Jul 10 Forecastle Music Fest Louisville, Kentucky
Sep 24 Midpoint Music Festival Cincinnati, Ohio
Dark Meat - 2009 Tour Dates
Jun 4 The Mideast w/ Mt St Helen's Vietnam Band Boston, MA
Jun 5 Cake Shop New York City, NY
Jun 6 Bruar Falls w/ D Charles Speer and the Helix Brooklyn, NY
Jun 7 Kung Fu Neck Tie Philadelphia, PA
Jun 8 Talking Head w/ Vincent Black Shadow Baltimore, MD
Jun 10 The Red and Black Washington, DC
Jun 12 Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar Charlottesville, VA
Jun 13 Local 506 w/ Birds of Avalon Chapel Hill, NC
Jun 27 Hafen 2/ Open Air Festival Offenbach, Germany
Jun 28 Fusion Festival Lärz, Germany

Princeton - 2009 Tour Dates
June 5th Lincoln Center (Pope Auditorium) Virginia Woolf Conference NYC, NY
June 6th Piano's NYC, NY
June 11th El Rey w/ Au Revoir Simone LA, CA
June 12th Velvet Jones w/ Au Revoir Simone, SB, CA
June 17th Slims w/ Ben Kweller SF, CA



Comments (16)

Viva Voce is pretty great live (the duo I mean), and Anita Robinson is a WAILER on the guitar. Seriously great.

I think she was touring with The Shins for a while too (not as a guitarist).

Posted by BBG | June 4, 2009 4:47 PM

why am i disappointed by this column every week? Probably because I'm a jaded asshole. I actually miss the days when you just wrote about Amazing Baby in eeevery post...

Posted by Eric Serpa | June 4, 2009 4:59 PM

I enjoy Bill's pearls of pop wisdom each week. Thanks for the heads up on the Meat at the Cake shop.

Posted by drewo | June 4, 2009 5:02 PM

Set List from Wednesdays Art Brut gig?

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 5:06 PM

There are a lot of 'Republic's' floating around. Perhaps it will be this years answer to 'Young' and 'Lil' in the rap world.

Posted by Evan Scrilla | June 4, 2009 5:12 PM

You seriously not going to mention Gordon Voidwell show/residency at Piano's?...epic fail!

Posted by Avid Music | June 4, 2009 5:16 PM

if the link didn't already make it clear, the auditorium is part of fordham's campus there, not lincoln center proper.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 6:01 PM

Saw the Young Republic in March at SXSW.... fantastic stuff. Really tight grooves, lots of fiddle/violin stuff going on, really energetic performance. Definitely worth checking out.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 7:38 PM

love the young republic and princeton. that show is gonna be great.

Posted by dan | June 4, 2009 7:57 PM

I've just listened to the songs at the top. The current state of indie rock is miserable indeed. Not one interesting musical idea, not one striking instrumental passage or sound, not one truly contagious melody, not one ounce of personality in any of the singers' voices.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2009 11:57 PM

hey "anonymous 11:57pm", get over yourself

Posted by jesse | June 5, 2009 12:41 AM

Gotta say, Viva Voce is incredible. Catching them @ MHOW was the best decision in a long time. Anita, god DAMN. Kevin- amazing musician, lucky man. Great band. can't say enough great things. f'n amazing show, and i don't just hand out compliments like that, for what it's worth.

Posted by John Biz | June 5, 2009 2:01 AM

You will not believe The Young Republic.Original,tight the best musicians I've ever seen Very good Rock and roll I'm there.

Posted by j andrew | June 5, 2009 6:48 AM

Really, 6:48, "best musicians you've ever seen"? As in, better than (off the top of my head, and limited to rock musicians) Mike Watt, Sonic Youth, The Dirty Three, The Bad Seeds, Billy Zoom, Neil Young?

I mean, they sound like good professional players, but please...

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 11:14 AM

cut off your hands are from new zealand, not australia

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 4:13 PM

Young Republicans piss me off.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 6:10 PM

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