Recent Posts in music - Page 8
June 30, 2015
The Village Voice 4 Knots Festival is next Saturday (7/11) at Pier 84 in Hudson River Park, with headliners Super Furry Animals and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. Since our last post, the fest has added Heaven and Surfbort who will be the first two bands of the day. In between will also see performances from Twin Peaks, Mikal Cronin, Screaming Females, Happyness, Meatbodies and Heaters. 4Knots has also released its schedule/set times which you can check out below.
Tickets are still available, and they're offering a special where you can buy four general admission tickets for the price of three. There's also the $50 VIP option that gets you onto the VIP boat with complimentary snacks and three complimentary drinks (not a bad deal).
4Knots Fest schedule, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Rush @ MSG 6/29/2015
Toronto invaded Brooklyn last night (6/29) when Sloan played Rough Trade and the slightly more popular Rush played the slightly larger Madison Square Garden. The MSG show was the NYC stop on their 40th anniversary tour, which they also say is "likely their last major tour of this magnitude." The set spanned their entire career, opening with "The Anarchist" and "Headlong Flight" off their most recent album, 2012's Clockwork Angels, and ending with two off their self-titled 1974 debut, "What You're Doing" and "Working Man." In between we got favorites like "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio," and a run of parts I, II, IV and VII of "2112."
During the intermission, they played a comedy film they made that stars I Love You, Man's big Rush fans Jason Segel and Paul Rudd. Jason, Paul, and others (like Tom Morello) also appeared on screen behind Rush to rap along to "Roll the Bones." (Video of that happening in Austin, below.) They played another comedy bit on screen before the encore, which starred fellow Canadian Eugene Levy as his old "Mel's Rock Pile" bit from SCTV.
More pictures from the MSG show, and the setlist, below...
photos by David Andrako;words by Sadaaf Mamoon
Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park was celebrating more than just a borough last weekend (6/26), with a free screening of Paris Is Burning. The 1990 documentary chronicling Harlem's thriving late-century ball culture via the queer and trans people of color community (QTPOC) was specially scheduled in honor of Pride Week 2015, and made all the more relevant by Friday morning's Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality nationwide.
The event almost didn't happen though, with an early contention between Celebrate Brooklyn promoters and the community for not representing any QTPOC on the lineup. In response to the controversy, Friday night's screening featured an introduction by director Jennie Livingston and documentary subjects Junior LaBeija and Dr. Sol Williams Pendavis. Other cast members Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza and Jose Disla Xtravaganza presented The Houses United Ball: Celebrating Brooklyn, a rowdy, gleeful dance-off of sorts, featuring representatives from historic underground ballroom Houses of LaBeija, Ninja, Mizrahi, Khan, Infinity, Milan, Princess and Xtravaganza, all of which are still alive and well. Vijuan Allure DJ'd to palpable excitement, with event-goers (only slightly more colorful than your average Celebrate Brooklyn crowd) barely able to sit still to watch when the film came along. Pictures from the night are in this post and continue below...
by Bill Pearis
Prince Rama @ the Whitney, 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)
South Street Seaport will be full of music on the Fourth of July, as they'll host the free Festival of Independence offering a wide variety of performers across three stages. Acts include singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston and
indie rock band Elk City (featuring Luna's Sean Eden) on the Fulton Street Stage; Prince Rama and Salt Cathedral on the indoor Fulton Stall Market Stage; and over at the Peck Slip Stage there's Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts and other twangy acts. The Seaport is also a good place to watch the fireworks. Full lineup and schedule below.
UPDATE: Elk City have unfortunately dropped off the bill.
Speaking of the Fulton Stall Market, the permanent indoor space is also host to Little Water Radio which broadcasts live every day from noon - 6 PM. There are shows from Northern Spy and Paper Garden records, and a host of other DJs (including this writer; my show "Past Future Perfect" is on Saturdays 2-4 PM Eastern). The space just opened the Market Bar which serves beer and wine. Little Water Radio is planning more live shows on Fulton Stall Market's stage this summer. Stay tuned.
by Bill Pearis
Meg Remy has announced details of U.S. Girls' first album for 4AD, titled Half Free and out September 25. She made the album with frequent collaborator Onakabazien and it features contributions from Slim Twig, Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Young Guv), Amanda Crist (Ice Cream) and Tony Price. Following "Damn That Valley," the album's second single is "Woman's Work," an icy dance track warmed by Remy's impassioned vocals. You can check out the video for the song, which Remy directed, below.
U.S. Girls will open for Peaches on West Coast dates this fall. Before that, U.S. Girls will open for Yuck at Hudson River Rocks on August 6. All tour dates are listed below.
No Devotion, one of the current bands of former Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly, have finally announced their debut album. It's called Permanence and will be available on September 25 via Geoff's label, Collect Records. It features previous singles "10,000 Summers, "Stay" and "Eyeshadow," plus new song "Death Rattle" which you can preview in the album trailer below. The band was formed by Geoff and members of Lostprophets, but drummer Luke Johnson left the band last year and the album was finished with former Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong.
It was produced by Stuart Richardson and Alex Newport (who's also worked with Bloc Party), and mixed by Thursday (and Flaming Lips) collaborator Dave Fridmann. Pre-orders will be available soon. Check out the tracklist and listen to the singles, below. Artwork above.
Geoff's other band United Nations recently wrapped up a tour with Modern Life Is War, which hit NYC earlier this month.
It's been a while (five years) but Air Waves are back with their second album, Parting Glances, out September 18th on Western Vinyl. Nicole Schneit, who is Air Waves for all intents and purposes, made the album with Woods' Jarvis Taveniere and it features guest appearances from Lower Dens' Jana Hunter, as well as JB Townsend of Crystal Stilts, Becca Kauffman and Felicia Douglas from Ava Luna, and Brian Betancourt from Hospitality. You can check out "Milky Way" from the album, as well as LP artwork and tracklist, below.
photos by Qbertplaya; words by Bill Pearis
Sloan @ Rough Trade 6/29/2015
"OK, here's one from out 'Roll the Bones'..." Chris Murphy started with the Rush jokes pretty early into Sloan's set last night at Rough Trade. Geddy Lee and company were rocking Madison Square Garden while this not-as-famous but also long-running Canadian band were playing the decidedly smaller venue. "I saw Rush not too long ago," Murphy admitted "and it was a lot of 'here's one from our 2011 album' that I'd never heard. Speaking of, here's one from 2011," launching into "Follow the Leader" from The Double Cross.
Sloan have been an amazingly consistent band over the last quarter century, and the crowd were singing along with songs new and old -- "Fading Into Obscurity," from 2006's Never Hear the End of It, probably got the most applause of any song of the night. The tour was technically an extension of last year's Commonwealth tour, and like at Bowery Ballroom in November, this show was divided into two sets. The first opened with drummer Andrew Scott's 17-minute opus "48 Portraits" and focused on the new album, and the second set pulled from the rest of their albums. Jay Ferguson's songs from Commonwealth are especially good and were the highlight of the first set, but whether the crowd had gotten liquored up or the band had relaxed, the second set was more fun. Nothing from One Chord to Another (which is getting a 20th anniversary box set next year), but there were a number of nuggets from Twice Removed (which just got a single-disc vinyl reissue), and a couple tracks I haven't seen them do in a long time ("Rest of My Life" and, I think, "On the Horizon"). The set ended with Smeared's "500 Up."
Setlist, plus more pics from Sloan at Rough Trade, below...
photo: Cannabis Corpse at Bowery Electric in 2010 (more by Suren Karapetyan)
The tour rolls into NYC on September 4 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show aren't on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketweb. All dates are listed, with some videos, below...
Former Unicorns co-frontman Alden Penner releases his new solo EP, Canada In Space, today. You can pick one up here. As mentioned, it features actor/musician Michael Cera, who Alden's been touring with. They were in NYC earlier this month at Knitting Factory on 6/12. Were you there?
In celebration of the release, Alden is releasing the video for EP track "Breathe to Burn." It premieres in this post and can be watched below...