Recent Posts in music - Page 8
November 23, 2015
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Martin Courtney dropped his terrific solo album Many Moons, last month but didn't officially celebrate till Friday (11/20) with a record release show at new Williamsburg venue National Sawdust. The album was played in full and for the occasion, Courtney and his ace band (which includes Woods' Jarvis Taveniere and Doug Keith of Sharon Van Etten's band) were joined for part of the show by a string section. That certainly made songs like "Foto," "Before We Begin" and "Vestiges" all the more lush and they even brought out a flautist for Many Moons title track. Speaking of many moons, they took that theme literally with the night's chosen covers of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" and Echo & The Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon."
Opening was J.R. Bohannon, who you may know from his project Ancient Ocean or as a member of Torres' band. Here he played with a full band that included The Clean's Hamish Kilgour on drums. Pictures from his set, and more of Martin Courtney's, below...
photo: Deerhunter at Pitchfork Paris 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Deerhunter and Atlas Sound's tour lands them in NYC for sold-out shows on December 8 at Irving Plaza (BV presents) and 12/9 at Warsaw, and now they tacked on a third show. It's a smaller gig, happening December 7 at Rough Trade, and you must be a Jukely member to get in. More info here.
After the Irving show, Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta (aka Moon Diagrams) DJs the afterparty at Elvis Guesthouse (tickets).
Updated dates are listed below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Okkervil River are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their best album Black Sheep Boy with a reissue (due 12/4 via Jagjaguwar) and a tour that has them playing the album in full. They're currently in the midst of a three-night run at NYC's Bowery Ballroom that wraps up tonight (11/23). We caught last night's show.
Will Sheff opened with a few solo acoustic versions of songs that came out before Black Sheep Boy and talked a bit about their early days, and then the rest of the band came out to perform the album front to back. These shows were already going to be special, but it got even more special when Black Sheep Boy era member (and Shearwater frontman) Jonathan Meiburg joined them on "Black" and stayed for the rest of the set. Plus for the next song ("Get Big"), Will's girlfriend and frequent collaborator Beth Wawerna of Bird of Youth joined them on harmonies and stayed for several others too. They played the album exactly the way you'd want to hear it, with all the beauty and raggedy edges it has on record. Nostalgia for this type of thing has been hitting pretty hard lately (or hitting me, at least). Enough time has passed and "indie" has gone through enough changes that I kinda miss the era when that genre was often associated music that's a little folky but rooted in punk's energy, and fleshed out by unconventional (for rock) instrumentation. Black Sheep Boy is certainly a classic of that era, and last night's show had all those elements coming together: pounding drums, Will rambunctiously bringing his sing to a shout, trumpets, violins, mandolins, organs, slide guitar, the works. You could tell the band (and the packed crowd) was having a great time playing these songs, and they sounded as fresh last night as they did ten years ago.
Will & Jonathan
They left the stage after Black Sheep Boy closer "A Glow" and returned for an encore that had them playing the entire Black Sheep Boy Appendix EP, which came out a few months after the album and included material from its sessions. The whole show (which had no opener) lasted just about two hours.
More pictures from Okkervil River at Bowery night 2, below...
photo: Jarvis Cocker @ Rooftop Films 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Jarvis Cocker's BBC 6 music show "Sunday Service" this week included a tribute to Paris which is where he has lived for the last few years. The spoken-word piece, titled "Friday the 13th, 2015," is his response to the November 13 attack. It recounts that night and next two days, and includes a poem titled "I Love You," with music by Serafina Steer (who he's collaborated with before). You can hear it at the 1:00 mark, but the whole show (which features a number of French pop classics as is basically a tribute to Paris), is very good.
Within the piece, a bit of news: Jarvis mentions "listening to some new songs I've recorded."
by Bill Pearis
Swedish duo Club 8 released their new album, Pleasure, last week via Labrador. (Order yours.) It's very much a late night kind of record, synthwave-style disco with the icy coo of singer Karolina Komstedt completing things. The video for single "Skin" also fits this mood perfectly with shots of driving in the city after dark, lonely limos and clubs, and finally back home where things take a suprising turn. That video premieres in this post and you can watch below.
You can also listen to the whole album, even if you don't have a sweet Bang & Olufsen system like Club 8 do in the photo above, via a stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Der Panther recently relocated from Madrid to NYC, and they're also the latest artist to sign to the always-amazing Barcelona festival Primavera Sound's label. Their first release for the label will be the seven-track album Lux on May 18, and we've got the premiere of the video for "Gecko" off that album. It's a low-key, psychedelic electronic pop song and the very trippy video suits it perfectly. Check it out below.
According to the label, "the duo is intent on not appearing in person and during their live acts they perform inside a cube onto which they project images." You can see them do that in their new hometown on Saturday (11/28) at The Gateway (1272 Broadway in Brooklyn) with Gggasmess and Vasco Ispirian. It's a free show and the flyer is below. It's their only date at the moment.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
HEALTH / Pictureplane @ MHOW - 11/21/15
HEALTH brought their tour to NYC over the weekend for two shows in support of this year's great Death Magic. We caught the sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg show on Saturday (11/21), and then they hit LPR last night (11/22).
HEALTH's new album is their catchiest thing to date -- more an industrial synthpop album than anything else -- with the noise elements present but taking a huge backseat. Live that was not the case. HEALTH were seriously abrasive, making the new songs sound like a whole lot more confrontational than they do on record. They were heavy, loud, and had a sensory overload light show to top it off. I know they had some samples going, but I still kind of can't believe how full they sounded as a three piece. I recently talked about seeing Tribulation, and how for an aggressive metal band they actually seemed like they could be on the radio. This was the opposite. With the Death Magic songs, HEALTH are one of the heaviest pop bands around.
Opening was their tourmate Pictureplane, whose new album Technomancer is a great fit with the new HEALTH stuff. I've often found Pictureplane to be one of NYC's more underrated musicians, but I haven't seen him in a while. And the last time I did was nothing like Saturday. Like his old pal Grimes had at the same venue three days earlier, he was joined on stage by two dancers (they're called FLUCT). They were decked out in creepy facepaint, topless for most of the set, and sometimes they tangled their bodies together. He also had projections on the screen behind him that switched from news clips to freaky memes to showing phrases in all caps bold text (like "THIS IS ART, BITCH"). Also like on his new album, his voice is bolder and more upfront than ever before.
More pictures below...
photo: Lilys @ BV CMJ 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lilys have a new video for their song "High Writer at Home" from their classic 1994 album Eccsame the Photon Band, which just got an overdue vinyl repress via Frontier. The video was directed by Stephen "ESPO" Powers and Joey Garfield and incorporates footage from their graffiti art documentary A Love Letter for You. You can watch that below.
Stephen Powers, who used to be known as the street artist ESPO and did the artwork seen on Kurt Vile's Walking on a Pretty Daze, has a new exhibit titled "Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull)" which just opened at Brooklyn Museum:
This site-specific installation by artist Stephen Powers recalls the birth of new public art in Coney Island, and the emergence of a uniquely American and wholly "Coney Island" style of painting. As a longtime admirer of the fading craft of sign painting, Powers has revitalized the tradition of colorful, hand-painted signage and advertisements in an age of digitization. In his work, he uses logotypes that have a superficially commercial look, combining them with his own text to create enigmatic meanings that deliver an emotional punch."Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull)" is at Brooklyn Museum's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery through March 13.
Powers transforms our Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery into an immersive environment filled with paintings and signs created in the visual vernacular of the iconic seaside community.
by Andrew Sacher
Anderson .Paak & TOKiMONSTA
California R&B/soul singer Anderson .Paak (who's all over the new Dr. Dre album and who we profiled here) recently dropped two new songs. One is the '70s-soul/funk-inspired "Am I Wrong," a collaboration with Schoolboy Q, and the other is the danceable "Put It Down," his second collaboration with EDM producer TOKiMONSTA. Stream both below.
Anderson is also heading out on a tour with TOKiMONSTA later this month, and hitting NYC twice in December. They play Bowery Ballroom on 12/2 and Rough Trade on 12/3, both of which also have Two Fresh on the bill. Rough Trade is sold out, but tickets for Bowery are available.
All dates are listed below...
photo: Angel Haze @ House of Vans, 2014 (more by Ryan Muir)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Angel Haze, Stella, Show Tufli @ S.O.B.'s
Angel Haze went a bit more pop on her official debut album Dirty Gold than most people wanted her to, but she got back to her hard-edged roots on her recent mixtape, Back To The Woods.
KRS-One @ S.O.B.'s
It's a good day to just spend your whole night at SOB's. After the Angel Haze show, South Bronx legend KRS-One plays the release party for his new album Now Hear This. Going by the early singles, he's as furious as ever.
Dom Kennedy, Casey Veggies, Jay 305 @ Webster Hall
A third rap option tonight is the solid triple bill of Dom Kennedy, Casey Veggies and Jay 305, who all have new releases out this year (By Dom Kennedy, Live & Grow, and the Inner City Hero mixtape, respectively).
HIYA WAL ÂALAM feat. Olof Dreijer (of The Knife), Amina Hocine, Wolkoff @ Knitting Factory
While The Knife are no more, Olof Dreijer has teamed up with the band HIYA WAL ÂALAM as a member and the producer of their forthcoming album. That's not finished yet, but we can get a taste of what it might sound like tonight.
Wild Nothing, Alex G @ Baby's All Right
Fans of reverby pop will enjoy tonight's double bill of Wild Nothing and Alex G. It's the only US date this year scheduled at the moment for both bands. While Alex G has a brand new album on Domino, it's been a while since we've heard new music from Wild Nothing. Maybe they'll fill us in on what's going on.
Okkervil River @ Bowery Ballroom
Okkervil River's acclaimed album Black Sheep Boy turns 10 this year and the band are celebrating with a tour where they're playing it live in full. This is the final of three nights at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available.
Nik Turner's Hawkwind, Hedersleben, Netherlands, Dinner @ Grand Victory
Sax and flute man Nik Turner was a member of Hawkwind in the '70s and '80s and now fronts his own version of the Spacerock pioneers. His backing band, Hedersleben, gets their own opening set.
Invisible Familiars, Superhuman Happiness @ Manhattan Inn
Having worked with Martha Wainwright, Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon and others, Jared Samuel's own music, as Invisible Familiars, is an appealing hodgepodge of styles that is at once quirky, folky, poppy and danceable. Brooklyn polyrhythmic pop collective Superhuman Happiness open.
The English Beat @ City Winery
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too (and maybe even "She's Having a Baby"), you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
All aboard Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy cavalcade, this week with guests Joe Mande, Claudia Cogan, Shane Torres, Kerry Coddett, Noah Gardenswartz, and Loyiso Gola.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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