Posted in music | tour dates on March 11, 2010

by Bill Pearis

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Standard Fare

Standard Fare

It's March Madness, people. New York is very lucky to get a lot of SXSW runnoff and between now (3/11) and Monday (3/15) you can go see loads of great bands from all over the world -- Norway, England, Bushwick -- and they'll probably play longer sets than they will in Austin. So if you're not going to the fest (and most people aren't despite how empty Williamsburg will be next week), here's your chance to experience some of the fun. And if you are going, you can cross some bands off your list early and start getting used to late nights, loud music and cheap beer. If you're not already used to that.

I already talked about Free Energy. And speaking of Philadelphia, that the name of my favorite song on the new album by Sheffield, England's Standard Fare who play tonight at Cake Shop (3/11). It's got one of the better opening lyrical salvos that I've heard in a while: "Global warming is getting me down / It's making the sea between us wider and deeper / Now, I'm not Moses and I don't know how to split up the ocean and drive right on over." The music -- sprightly indie jangle -- suits it perfectly. The album's called The Noyelle Beat (out 3/16) and I highly recommend it, as well as going to see Standard Fare live.

Tonight's show is headlined by Diehard who if you haven't seen yet you should correct that soon. Unabashed lovers of '90s indie (but I wouldn't call them retro), they know their way around stick-in-your-head hooks. A perfect way to warm up for those Pavement reunion gigs. Also playing are Vancouver's low-fi rockers Makeout Videotape and Brooklynites Sally Head.

Wild Nothing

Virgina's Wild Nothing are back in town, playing Market Hotel tonight with Fluffy Lumbers, former Cibo Mato singer Miho Hatori and Blissed Out, and then they open for Woods, Real Estate and Happy Birthday at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (3/12).  I really like their debut album, Gemini, that will be out in May on Captured Tracks. The label just put out Wild Nothing's cover of Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting " as a new 7" that's worth picking up while you wait for the album. If you like early '90s UK shoegaze and twee (Pale Saints, Field Mice are good touchstones) you should definitely check out them out. They haven't quite figured out the live show, but they're getting there and worth showing up early to check out. They'll also play Shea Stadium on Saturday (3/13) and will be back in two weeks to play Glasslands on April 2.

If you're going to the MHoW show on Friday (sold out), do get there early as Happy Birthday are worth seeing too. I caught them a couple weeks ago opening for the Dum Dum Girls and was taken by their mix of Big Star powerpop and Dinosaur Jr. sludge. Their album, due on Sub Pop this Tuesday (3/16), also has some synthy numbers on it too which they eschewed live when I saw them. It's not the most cohesive album, but almost all the songs are good. They'll be at SXSW too.

Woods, meanwhile, just announced that their new album, At Echo Lake, will be out May 11 on Woodsist. Check out the first song released from it, "I Was Gone," at the top of this post. Tracklisting and all tour dates below.

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I feel like it goes without saying that all these bands written about this week will be heading to SXSW, including a bunch from here. Seven (mostly) local bands who are Austin-bound will be playing at Cake Shop on Saturday (3/13) which will serve as a gas money fundraiser for their trip down to Texas. Playing will be: Darlings, Sundelles, Total Slacker,  Big TroublesI'm Turning Into, My Teenage Stride, pus Raleigh, NC's Whatever Brains, and Virgina's Invisible Hand. The $10 door gets split equally between all bands, who each get 20 minute sets. There's additional drink specials if you bring road snacks for the bands.

While I'm here, I should mention that one of my favorite songs of last year was My Teenage Stride's digital single "Creep Academy" which has just been pressed as a real 7" so I urge you to pick that up, as well as any other merch from the other bands that might suit your fancy. Extra gas and food money for the bands.

Fliers, tour dates and a few more daily picks below...

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Thursday (3/11):

Denmark's Choir of Young Believers play tonight at Pianos with excellent locals ARMS/

At Union Pool you can see twangy man choir Neckbeard Telecaster, as well as a solo set from one of the Neckbeards, Austin McCutchen, who'sjust released a very good EP that might have you nostalgic for the days of No Depression.

fyler

Friday (3/12)

If you're not going to Woods at Music Hall or Free Energy at the Knit, you could check out Philadelphia's Drink Up Buttercup at Pianos. Their debut, Born and Thrown on a Hook, is out March 23.

Saturday (3/13)

Casiokids, A Classic Education, Spleen United, Banjo or Freakout and Keepaway play Pianos. That's a good show.

Sunday (3/14)

A whole bunch of Scandinavian bands (Casiokids, Spleen United, Megaphonic Thrift, more) play Littlefield Sunday afternoon. There's also Scandinavian food and drink. Should be fun.

A Classic Education play Bruar falls Sunday night with charming Australian singer-songwriter Darren Hanlon and good new-ish local band Electricians.  Highly recommended.

Standard Fare play Death By Audio.

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That's enough for this weekend. Don't forget about the Brooklyn Vegan pre-SXSW party on Monday (3/15) with Casiokids, The Wave Pictures, Let's Wrestle, Banjo or Freakout and WhoMadeWho (and free PBR from 7-9 and me DJing). (tickets on sale)

SXSW

Woods album info and tour dates below....

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Woods
At Echo Lake
(Woodsist)
Street Date: May 11, 2010
Formats: CD, Vinyl, Digital, Cassette

1.Blood Dries Darker
2.Pick Up
3.Suffering Season
4.Time Fading Lines
5.From the Horn
6.Death Rattles
7.Mornin' Time
8.I Was Gone
9.Get Back
10.Deep
11.Til the Sun Rips

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Woods - 2010 Tour Dates
03/12 - New York, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg ^#
03/13 - Montreal, QC Lambi ^
03/14 - Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern ^
03/15 - Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall ^
03/16 - Lawrence, KS Jackpot Music Hall ^
03/19 - Austin, TX SXSW Other Music Lawn Party @ French Legation Museum
03/19 - Austin, TX SXSW Cheer Up Charlie's AKA Ms. Bea's
03/20 - Austin, TX SXSW Woodsist Showcase @ Red 7
03/22 - Nashville, TN The End ^
03/23 - Bloomington, IN The Bishop ^
03/24 - Cleveland, OH The Spot at Case Western ^
03/25 - Pittsburgh, PA Univ. of Pittsburgh ^
03/26 - Haverford, PA Haverford College ^
03/27 - Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel ^
03/28 - Durham, NC Duke Coffehouse ^
05/13 - New York, NY Abrons Art Center / Joshua Light Festival *

^ = w/ Real Estate
# = w/ Happy Birthday and Wild Nothing
* = w/ MV + EE

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Comments (12)

Wild Nothing: no love for Manhattan?

Posted by drewo | March 11, 2010 10:32 PM

new woods
GET PSYCH(ED)

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2010 11:46 PM

very good, for our fans of the music, we will enjoy the music enjoy the life, let's together.

Posted by terracotta army | March 12, 2010 3:17 AM

My Teenage Stride #1

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2010 10:46 AM

such positive comments on brooklyn vegan !? SALLY HEAD

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2010 1:34 PM

yeah, My Teenage Stride #1.

Posted by kate | March 12, 2010 2:15 PM

wild nothing is RAD. "summer holiday" 7" = killer.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2010 3:05 PM

Guggenheim billed it as a performance piece and it was just an installation. Resultingly, the crowd simply waited for the "show" to start, limiting anyone's ability to freely explore the space (the ground floor was packed with indian-style seaters, and the balconies were lined with people holding onto their spots like grim death.

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Posted by Elkema | January 19, 2011 8:40 PM

Hey ya'll we lost another one.......but I'm glad to have grown up with gangstarr as representatives of this music that has an incredible history.....hip hop is a book that wrote itself and GURU was definetly one of its main characters.....we are all getting older.....and GURU is one of the MCs that added a soundtrack to our lives in the 80's and 90's.......the NAMES,PLACES and FACES come to mind when I hear a GANGSTARR track.........I thank GOD that he allowed GURU to shine in his short time...........REST IN EVERLASTING PEACE GURU

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