Recent Posts in music - Page 2
July 10, 2014
photos by Chris La Putt
Sky Ferreira / DIIV @ MHOW - 7/9/14
NYC pop singer Sky Ferreira played a hometown benefit for the David Lynch Foundation at last night (7/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which is an intimate location for her at this point, and needless to say, sold out. Sky played most of her 2013 debut album, Night Time, My Time, as well as a few favorites from the Ghost EP like the Dev Hynes/Ariel Rechtshaid collab, "Everything Is Embarrassing." Sky's boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith's band DIIV was added as a last-minute opener, and they played some new stuff (presumably from their upcoming sophomore album) as well as a psychedelic cover of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone." There were a few DJs there for the night too, including Vito Roccoforte of The Rapture. Pictures of the show are in this post.
DIIV also have two sold out headlining shows at MHOW happening tonight (7/10) and Friday (7/11). Both are with LODRO and Regal Degal.
More pictures from last night, plus Sky's setlist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Vancouver-via-Switzerland producer Cyril Hahn signed to PMR last year around the time he dropped his Shy Girls-featuring single "Perfect Form," and he's now prepping a new EP for the label which will presumably feature his two recent singles, "Breaking" (with Javeon) and "Getting There." Both are the kind of bass-heavy pop we've come to expect from PMR, and they can be streamed below.
Cyril will be touring this summer which includes a North American run in August of all outdoor venues. That hits NYC on August 23 on Output's rooftop for a daytime show (doors 2 PM). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with those song streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
Unlike a lot of bands that call NYC/Brooklyn home, duo Jack and Eliza actually grew up here and have been friends since childhood. Now musical partners, Jack and Eliza make winsome pop, at this point just letting their guitars and voices convey their charms. If you liked the early, stripped-down days of Slow Club with a little Beach Boys/Everly Brothers influence, they're pretty appealing. Jack and Eliza will release their debut EP, No Wonders, via Yebo Music later this summer and you can stream "Hold the Line" (not a Toto cover) below.
We've also got the premiere of a brand new song, "Simple Strait," via a live video shot at Brooklyn's Rare Book Room studios. The song might be on their debut full-length which they're working on. Watch that below.
You can also see Jack and Eliza play live. Catch them Friday (7/11) at Rooftop Films at Metrotech Commons that also features a series of "twisted, romantic short films." That event is free and more details are here. They'll also open for Ski Lodge at Glasslands on August 23 with Rumors on the bill as well. Tickets are on sale.
Jack and Eliza have a few other East Coast dates scheduled and all are listed, along with the song stream and video premiere, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sydney producer Isaac Tichauer is a member of the excellent French Express label which is responsible for some of the better names in the current "house revival" (Moon Boots, Chris Malinchak, etc). Isaac's newest single is "Changes," which is less thumping and bass-heavy than some of the other stuff in this realm, but a cool, chilled-out version of it. It's good stuff and can be streamed below.
Isaac also just made a mixtape which features tracks from Leon Vynehall, Moodymann, Jabru, LTMDTW + Jess Boykins and more. That premieres in this post and can be streamed below as well.
He's got some upcoming dates this weekend too, including a show in NYC on Friday (7/11) at Glasslands with FIXED's JDH & Dave P. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He plays DC on Saturday, and then returns to NY on Sunday for upstate festival The Hudson Project with labelmate Moon Boots, Kendrick Lamar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips and more.
All of his dates are listed, with the new mixtape and "Changes" streams, below...
JVM at MHOW in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dublin singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow released his James Blake/Bon Iver-esque sophomore album Post Tropical earlier this year, and will be returning to the US for another tour in support of it this fall. His last tour included a 3-night run in NYC (Bowery Ballroom, Greene Space, MHOW), and this time he'll play just one show (so far at least) on November 10 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, July 18 at noon.
All dates are listed, with a video, below...
The Zombies at Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Baroque pop legends The Zombies have been fairly active as of late, hitting NYC for a 2-night stand at Highline Ballroom in 2012 and a Central Park Summerstage show in 2013, and this August they'll be going on another run of US dates that brings them back to NYC for something slightly more intimate, BB King's on August 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The tour also includes other stops not far from NYC, NJ's Newton Theatre on 8/10 (tickets), Long Island's John Burns Park on 8/13 (free), Westchester's Paramount on 8/15 (tickets), and Long Island's Westhampton Beach PAC on 8/16 (tickets).
All dates are listed, with streams of some of their classic material, below...
by Ian Chainey
Original Trouble singer Eric Wagner will be touring with his new band Blackfinger. The doomish psych rockers will be playing shows in support of their eponymous debut released last January on the Church Within Records. The slate of summer events take on some interesting guests, including Apostle of Solitude for two early dates, trad heavies Argus in Pittsburgh, and killer solo smiths Iron Man in Baltimore. On August 1, Blackfinger will play the Acheron with fellow travelers Beelzefuzz and Kings Destroy (who also just opened for Trouble with Kyle Thomas on vocals at Saint Vitus). Tickets are available now. All dates are listed below.
That Blackfinger is touring is interesting, as Wagner left Trouble in 2008 over touring concerns, so if you haven't caught Wagner's classic warble yet, this is a great opportunity. Along with Blackfinger, Wagner also fronts The Skull -- named after Trouble's second album -- which features two other ex-Trouble members and released a single via Tee Pee Records in April.
All of the dates along with two Blackfinger songs, the Skull's single, and Eric Wagner's great contribution to Dave Grohl's Probbot project, below...
"A lot of journalists, it feels like they want to lure me into being the poster boy, and talk shit about modern country, and I just don't have anything to really offer there," he says. "Because, fortunately, I've never pursued that side of the industry, which means I never had the opportunity to be screwed over or have any of these horror stories that you hear about. So for me to sit and talk about that stuff would be insulting to people who have, and extremely naïve.
"Nothing is really different than it was. It's always been like this," continues Simpson on the cyclical nature of country trends. "I think Tompall Glaser said it best in the Seventies: 'Unless you have a solution or an alternative, shut the fuck up. Because you're just part of the problem.' I just want to write music that pertains to my life as honestly as I can."
"In my opinion, he's as authentic as it gets," says Shooter Jennings of Simpson. Jennings, the son of Waylon Jennings, has been a fan of Simpson's work since his days in the group Sunday Valley and is wowed by the musical similarity to his legendary father -- however unintentional it may be.
"There are so many people who play guitar like my dad, and so many people that imitate that sound, but nobody actually gets it," Jennings says. "Sturgill isn't imitating at all, and he sounds like my favorite era of my dad, the Seventies, when he would sing quieter and more conversational. That's what struck me about Sturgill from Day One. And still does." - [Rolling Stone]
Sturgill Simpson has been getting a lot of acclaim for his new album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, which is a throwback to the '70s style of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. If you haven't checked it out, a couple videos are below and the whole album can be streamed at Rdio.
Simpson just played NYC last night (7/9) at Bowery Ballroom with Pokey LaFarge, and he's currently opening dates for the Zac Brown Band including tonight (7/10) and Friday (7/11) at PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey (tickets). If you'd like to catch him in a more intimate setting, Simpson has just been added to The DuPont Brothers show at Joes Pub on Tuesday (7/15). Tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with videos, below...
by Bill Pearis
did Ferris Bueller really like Cabaret Voltaire, or just their poster?
Industrial pioneers Cabaret Voltaire are back and set to play their first live show in 22 years at the Berlin Atonal Festival on August 23. For this show, Cabaret Voltaire will exist "solely of machines, multi-screen projections and Richard H Kirk." And before you get excited about hearing "Nag Nag Nag" and "Do The Mussolini," do know that this show will feature "exclusively new material and no nostalgia." The Berlin Atonal Festival runs August 20 - 24 and also features Tim Hecker, Donato Dozzi & Nuel, a tribute concert to Steve Reich and lots more. Tickets are on sale.
For those unfamiliar with the Cabaret Voltaire or for those wanting to indulge in some nostalgia, Mute Records just released a new CV compilation titled #7885 (Electropunk To Technopop 1978 - 1985) which handily collects some of the band's best -- and best known -- songs. You can stream it via Rdio below.