Recent Posts in music - Page 7
March 25, 2015
Jefferson Airplane back in the day
Jefferson Starship are currently on their Jefferson Airplane tour, playing full Airplane sets for the band's 50th anniversary (it hit NYC earlier this week, anyone go?). Now another Airplane spinoff, Hot Tuna (aka Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady), are doing something for the anniversary too. They'll play a full Airplane set at Virginia's Lockn' Festival, which happens at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington from September 10-13. They also play an acoustic Hot Tuna set at the fest, and there will be sets from Phil Lesh & Friends, Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Little Feat, Fishbone, Anders Osborne, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Doobie Brothers, Umphrey's McGee, Widespread Panic and more. Tickets are on sale.
Tuna also added a NYC-area show to their tour, happening July 18 at The Capitol Theatre. It's a great double bill, with fellow San Francisco scene band New Riders of the Purple Sage. Tickets go on sale Friday (3/27) at noon. All Hot Tuna dates are listed below.
David Nelson of the New Riders will also be playing as a member of Phil Lesh & Friends at the latter two shows of his four-show fall run at the Capitol Theatre. Those shows happen 10/30, 10/31, 11/6 and 11/7. The full lineups are Stanley Jordan, John Kadlecik, Jason Crosby, and Tony Leone for the October shows; and David Nelson, Barry Sless, Scott Law, Jason Crosby, and John Molo in November.
As you may know, Phil Lesh is taking part in the Grateful Dead 50th anniversary shows in Chicago this July with fellow surviving members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. According to Jambase, there's a rumor that two California shows will be added, set to take place June 27 and 28 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Stay tuned to see if that rumor proves to be true!
Updated list of Hot Tuna dates and a classic Airplane video, below...
Haim waiting on a plane (via @Haimtheband)
Elevators don't really use "elevator music" anymore but you can still hear bland, instrumental muzak when you board or deplane on various airlines. Not so now on American Airlines who, in October 2014, switched to a "surprisingly edgy mix of indie music" like Real Estate, Bon Iver, The xx, and, uh, Haim. It appears to be a welcome change, according to an article in one of American Airlines' employee newsletters:
The decision to change to the lesser-known indie music was a reaction to customers' complaints, which included boredom. Since the switch, complaints about our cabin music have decreased, and compliments have increased, according to a social media analysis.Still, AA's criteria for the edgy mix they play is songs that are "upbeat yet not distracting" and "helps American stand out from the competition and appeals to younger generations." Other artists on their playlist include Lykke Li, Washed Out, Future Islands, Foster the People, Hozier, and Moby.
In related news, Nick Cave wrote his new book on the backs of airline barf bags while flying on tour.
photo: The Movielife at Irving Plaza in February (more by Mimi Hong)
Long Island melodic hardcore band The Movielife are keeping their reunion going, and announced they'll play their hometown-area once again at NJ's iDobi Meltdown Festival, which they curated. It happens June 26 and 27 at Starland Ballroom with one of The Movielife's influences, Lifetime, headlining night 1 and The Movielife headlining night 2. Tickets go on sale soon, and openers TBA.
It's the only Lifetime date announced at the moment. Updated Movielife dates are listed below...
photo: GBH at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Punk veterans GBH have announced a new North American tour for the summer, with Canada and Mexico dates coming soon. The Brits are coming to NYC on June 16 at Gramercy Theatre with Total Chaos. Tickets for that show are available now.
All GBH dates and a full video of the band playing in California last year, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders @ BVSXSW 2015
Australian group Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders just played a bunch of shows at SXSW, including the BrooklynVegan day party on Saturday (3/21). Seeing them live, Jack's bravado-filled voice fits his very tall frame well, and the band rose to the challenge of the noon opening slot well. Pictures from their performance at our show are in this post. If you haven't checked out Jack's album, Playmates, it's the kind of neon-reflected-on-rainy-streets synthnoir that might've fit in on Miami Vice or Less Than Zero. You can stream it below.
The band, which includes talented eccentric Kirin J Callinan, are in NYC now and will play Rough Trade on Thursday (3/26) with former Yellowbirds frontman Sam Cohen and Invisible Familiars. Tickets are still available, but if you'd like to go for free we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details below.
Kirin & Donny in "The Edge" video
Meanwhile, Kirin is playing a free show tonight (3/25) at Baby's All Right. He'll be doing two sets: one solo, and one as a duo with Dreamlanders bassist and solo artist in his own right, Donny Benet and "there may even be a surprise performance from another associated act." Again, it's free and anything with Kirin J Callinan is pretty much guaranteed not to be boring. Is Connan Mockasin in town?
You can watch a video of Kirin and Donny performing "The Edge" (which is something to behold) below. That is from Donny's album, Weekend at Donny's which is more synthy '80s style eclecticism. In addition to Kirin, features guest lead vocals from Jack Ladder, The Preatures' Isabella Manfredi, Crayon Fields singer Geoffrey O'Connor, and other offbeat Australian indie luminaries. You can stream that below too.
Recently reunited indie/emo veterans Kind Of Like Spitting put out their latest effort, a split LP with Warren Franklin and the Founding Fathers, with Topshelf Records last month. Stream the album in full below.
Kind Of Like Spitting's tour with The City On Film and Lee Corey Oswald kicks off tonight (3/25) in Denver and winds its way around the US before closing out in Seattle in April.
We're giving away tickets to the Chicago and NYC shows, which happen at Beat Kitchen on 3/27 and Studio at Webster Hall on 4/1, respectively. NYC is also with Living Room. Contest details below.
KOLS' Ben Barnett is also set to play a solo set with Rocky Votolato and former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone the night after the full band NYC stop at Suburbia on April 2. That show doesn't have any advance tickets, it's $10 at the door.
All Kind Of Like Spitting dates, giveaway details and a stream of the split LP, below...
by Andrew Sacher
All Get Out already put out one song from their upcoming Movement EP (the followup to 2011's The Season LP), and we've now got the premiere of the title track. Like the previous single and their last album, it's personal, passionate rock that really goes for it without ever holding back. Also, part of the melody sounds lifted from "Barbie Girl" (intentionally?) and that works out surprisingly well. Check it out below.
photo: A$AP Rocky in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky told GQ the title of his upcoming album in a new interview. At.Long.Last.A$AP still doesn't have a release date, but we do know that it features Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Juicy J, and Clams Casino, and was executive produced by Danger Mouse and the late A$AP Yams. He also spat a new verse from the album during the photoshoot, and video of that is below. No word if A.L.L.A includes recent singles "Multiply" and "Lord Pretty Flocko Jodye 2", but you can watch the videos for those below too.
Rocky was also announced for Lollapalooza today.
by Andrew Sacher
Norwegian art pop musician and M83/Royksopp collaborator Susanne Sundfor released her sixth album, Ten Love Songs, last month, and it's another diverse collection of hers. If you're unfamiliar, Susanne makes the Zola Jesus/Austra kind of art pop, and like those artists she's unafraid of mixing her arty ambitions with actual pop. Album opener "Darlings" is an atmospheric take on sweeping '90s radio ballads, while "Accelerate" and "Delirious" are pretty danceable. She also dives into ethereal folk with "Silencer," modern classical at the end of "Memorial," and abrasive electronics with album closer "Insects." Check out two tracks below.
All dates are listed below...
by Sean O'Connell
It's safe to say Action Bronson's image has reached a hyperbolic magnitude. From a humble beginning of playground raps and obscure chef references, Action has grown over the past few years into a king-size connoisseur of all things absurd. While his lyrics have morphed from hard-nosed Queens-centric wordplay purism to impossible fantasy, Action's live performances have remained crowd-pleasing spectacles from the jump. The Flushing rapper's on-stage antics have been well documented on social media, and through the marketing maelstrom that Vice has orchestrated since signing Action back in 2012. Whether it be throwing televisions into the crowd or running out of the venue with fans, Action has continuously raised his own bar on noteworthy performances.
Last night's (3/24) show at Terminal 5 featured many of these same stunts, with Bronson throwing packages and stage rushers into the crowd (video of the latter below), unsuccessfully attempting to crowd surf, and finding his way to the bar at the back of the venue. Yet Bronson, who was celebrating the release of his major label debut Mr.Wonderful, seemed to have more interest in slowing things down. Action came out with his entire crew in tow: producers Party Supplies, longtime collaborator Meyhem Lauren, producer Alchemist as DJ, and fan favorite hypeman Big Body Bes. Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg provided a DJ set before Meyhem Lauren warmed the crowd up with a few of his cuts. Action's short set featured almost exclusively tracks off of Mr.Wonderful with the only exception being "Amadu Diablo" from his last mixtape Blue Chips 2.
After an energetic entrance featuring some of his album's well-known singles, Action slowed things down to an almost sluggish pace, singing the chorus to his latest single "Baby Blue" totally out-of-key (to the crowd's amusement). Still, when his genius one-liners weren't being shouted back at him Action seemed less a maturing rapper and more a slightly disinterested veteran, even saying at one point "I'm too old for this". The remainder of the set found Bronson singing on some of the slower Mr. Wonderful tracks taking a cue from Billy Joel and the grandeur of 80s New York. The crossover appeal that can be found on the album was slipshod on the stage. Whether it be the common record release show vanity or the side-effect of a bigger, less intimate venue that Terminal 5 is, Action seems he is finding the balance between his polished bravado and his hungry Queens hip hop roots.
Action Bronson and The Alchemist also both teamed up with Earl Sweatshirt for the new song, "Warlord Leather," which is a bonus track to Bronson's new album, as well as Earl's just-released I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside. Listen to that, with a few more pictures from T5, below...