Entries tagged with: Ume
Ume at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
It's that time of year again. In Austin, the first week (well a little more than a week actually) of January is free week, which is a week of mostly local bands playing free shows in local venues. This year, the shows will happen at Beerland, Red 7, The Mohawk, Beauty Ballroom, Stubb's, The Scoot Inn, Holy Mountain, Frank, Swan Dive, Antone's, Flamingo Cantina, Emo's, Lamberts, The Parish, and more.
This year's shows include the first two nights of Shakey Graves' weekly residency at Parish (1/2 & 1/9, though the following three nights are also free), Parquet Courts at Beerland tonight (1/2) (which is part of their tour) with Sweet Talk and others, Dikes of Holland, The Be Helds, Bad Banana, and Church Shoes at Hotel Vegas tonight, Ume, My Jerusalem and more at Emo's on 1/4, Sleep Over, Orthy, Feathers, and more at Holy Mountain on 1/4, Leftover Crack at Beauty Ballroom on 1/5, Riverboat Gamblers at Mohawk on 1/11, Jonathan Toubin at Red 7 on 1/11, and many more. Browse Do512 for more.
Some flyers for the above-mentioned shows below...
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
I've been hounded for the last few weeks to do a 'best of' post for the shows I've been to and the pictures I've taken in 2012. After several false starts, I decided to just walk through chronologically and try and do justice to all of the wonderful shows without missing too much. Frankly I should be concentrating on posting all of the stuff I shot that never made it live instead of this (woops), but that is next on my list.
The pictures aren't meant to be exhaustive or all-inclusive of what was the best (I'm certain I've missed many things; I'm not even touching festival stuff, and I went to BELGIUM!), but here we go. Personally 2012 was quite the roller-coaster, and every show was a wonderful escape. Some of the shots may or may not be my best work - but if it's in here, then the show, band or bands there, venue and everyone else involved were some of my favorites for 2012 (at least up until November). Loved Gary Clark Jr. and Esperanza Spalding too, but since they are recent you'd find them easily enough.
Have at it. Pictures below. Apologies to anyone I've left out.
Savages at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Last month, SXSW revealed its first round of artists for their 2013 festival, which happens from March 12-17, and now they've revealed a second announcement with way more artists. The new announcement includes Allo Darlin', Angel Haze, Audacity, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Blood Diamonds, Bonde Do Role, Deap Vally, Dessa, Eaux, Sky Ferreira, Flatbush Zombies, Foxygen, Girl Unit, Hundred Waters, Hunters, Major Lazer, Ms Mr, Nguzunguzu, Nu Sensae, Palma Violets, Paws, Peace, PS I Love You, Ratking, Rhye, Savages, Shout Out Louds, The Soft Moon, Thee Oh Sees, Toro y Moi, Ume, Wavves, and many more.
Full list below...
photos by Glen Brown
Ume. Fun Fun Fun Fest. Nuff said. More pictures below...
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Billy Corgan @ Stubb's - 9/27/2012
Tea shop owner Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins played a sold-out and completely full Stubb's last night to kick off the American leg of their 'Oceania Tour'. Locals UME opened, and at the end of their set Lauren Larson thanked Billy and SP for making "a dream come true."
SP started off with "Quasar", the first track off of 'Oceania', and played through the entire album (full setlist below). Before jumping into what Billy referred to as "dusty" and classic Pumpkins, they cranked out a solid cover of Bowie's "Space Oddity".
The full performance lasted a little over two-and-a-half hours, including a special multi-song guest appearance by longtime friend and tourmate Jimmy Flemion of The Frogs. They covered T. Rex's "Jeepster" and Jimmy stayed on for "Thirty-Three" as well. Both were dedicated it to Jimmy's brother (and fellow Frog) Dennis who passed away in July.
Check out more pictures of UME and Smashing Pumpkins, along with SP's setlist and upcoming tour dates below..
Anthony Bourdain & Ume @ Hotel Vegan - SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Remember how controversial celebrity chef, author and TV personality Anthony Bourdain was seen all over Austin during SXSW this year including at our own Hotel Vegan where he was checking out Austin band Ume before later going to dinner with them? Well, that Austin/SXSW episode of "No Reservations" that he was filming at the time, will air on the Travel Channel on September 3, 2012. Check out two (very non-vegan) clips from the show, starring Ume and Sleigh Bells (who return to Austin on a tour this October), below...
words by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
Scenes from Fun Fun Fun Lucky Lady Bingo via Adi Anand's Instagrams 7/11/2012
On 7/11 (Happy Slurpee Day!) Fun Fun Fun held their bingo-to-reveal-the-artists event, and while we already knew about Run DMC reuniting and some others, there were quite a few surprises in the massive list of musical acts and comedians announced (Public Image Ltd., Youth of Today, De La Soul, X, Bob Mould, Saul Williams, and Hannibal Burress to name a few).
The headliners (in addition to the aforementioned Run DMC reunion) are an electic-but-looked-forward-to group: Santigold, Refused, and for Comedy David Cross.
Three-day and PIP passes go on sale on Thursday at 10AM CST and will no doubt move fast. Get them here once the clock passes 9:59...
See the full line-up below.
Ume will be gracing the Frontier Bar sound stage on the 4th of July!rock
To celebrate a FREE America, this event is FREE for 21 & Up and $10 for Under 21.
At 4pm sharp on the 4th we will have water rides, complimentary keg, complimentary food, and some fun sh*t for everyone!!
There will be a whole day party as well we will bring back the 32 foot tall 45 long blow up water slide that everyone can't get enough of.
**Bring your trunks and quick change of clothes if you are gonna party in the water**
ROOFTOP FIREWORKS LIGHT SHOW!!
FREE for 21 and up/$10 for Under 21
4pm - The 32ft tall x 45 long blow up water slide opens!
5pm - Complimentary Keg till it runs out
6pm - Complimentary Food till it runs out
7pm - Dj's start spinning & FREE screen printed shirts/posters to first 50 peeps that get em!
730pm - Black Salve
830pm - Well-Dressed Thieves
930pm - Fouled Out
1030pm - Young Girls (Houston, Tx)
1130pm - Grape St. (Ex-Harlem)
1230am - UME
The Drums / Wedding Present (by Tim)
BrooklynVegan's Hotel Vegan, located at Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge, began at noon back on Thursday, 3/15/2012, on three stages in partnership with M For Montreal. One of those stages was the BV Austin stage which you already saw a full set of pictures from. Here are some more from all the stages.
Special thanks to Supercuts who were giving out free haircuts all day and to our official backline providers Vox, Blackstar and Korg, and thank you to ASCAP, and to NadaMoo for supplying free vegan treats, and to Honest Tea for the tea.
Bill talked about a lot of this day,. The full set of pictures, slightly beleated, from the entire SXSW Thursday at Hotel Vegan, below...
Ringo Deathstarr @ Hotel Vegan (by Amanda Hatfield)
"One of my favorite Austin bands, Ringo Deathstarr, do the shoegaze thing better just about any current band. Good and loud!" - Bill PearisThe BV Austin stage was located inside Volstead Lounge at Hotel Vegan on Thursday, 3/15, during SXSW, and though the schedule looked like this: 12:15 Love Inks, 1:00 Feathers, 1:45 Gashcat, 2:30 Ringo Deathstarr, 3:15 Silent Diane, 4:00 The Young, and 5:00 Ume, we actually moved Ume on to the Hotel Vegas inside stage to accomodate more people and a certain TV camera crew for their set. It was still intimate though, or to quote, Anthony Bourdain, it was "A shitload of rawk in a tiny little room!"
Galexy Gehring of Ringo Deathstarr, who PACKED the room at 2:30, was a trooper and played two sets during the day. The first was with Feathers at 1:00. Bill Pearis wrote:
Feathers have barely been together six months but they have clearly spent that time practicing. They have it together and this was one of my favorite sets of the week. Most of their material is of the gothy electro variety, they opened with a Norman Greenbaum-style glammy stomper that I really dug. A lot of instrument switching showcased most of the members of the band.Special thanks to Love Inks for starting the day off so early. A noon slot is never easy, but they handled it with grace. Catch them during the evening hours on April 17 at Mohawk after Chairlift.
Gaschat played a great set of Neutral Milk Hotel-like jams, much like they did later that day at the Sub Pop official SXSW showcase. NPR likes them too, but not their name.
With three stages running at the same time at 'Hotel Vegan', I would miss a band or two, and sadly Silent Diane was one of them, but Tim, Amanda and a SPIN photographer made sure to catch them though. I also missed Silent Diane's set later that night at Neon Indian's label showcase, but hope to see them on their upcoming massive tour.
At 4:00, The Young rocked a BrooklynVegan party for the 2nd day in a row. Their first BV set was the night before at Bar 96. Catch them when they open for Frankie Rose & DIVE (both artists who also played Hotel Vegan) at Red 7 on April 14.
Special thanks to a Sailor Jerry, HobNob Wines, and Honest Tea for providing refreshments. Thanks also to our backline partners Korg, Vox, and Blackstar Amplification for helping make the sound happen.
Check out more pictures from the whole BV Austin portion of the day, below...
photos by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
UME @ Stubb's on 3/10
Way back during SXSW Interactive, Ume, The Ton Tons and others played a show at Stubb's and Tim stopped by to take some pictures. More below....
by Bill Pearis
Half Moon Run
After getting in late Wednesday, Thursday was my first full day in Austin, and maybe the best, music-wise. Daylight hours were spent at the second of our day parties at Hotel Vegas which we dubbed Hotel Vegan. I was running a little late so I missed Iceland's Of Monsters and Men, but we were running late on one of the inside stages, so I got there in time to see Montreal's Half Moon Run (today was the day we teamed up with M For Montreal). Three-part harmonies, intermingling guitar parts, bonus percussion -- it's a little Radiohead by way of '60s folk rock. Their debut album, Dark Eyes, is out next week.
The Volstead Stage at Hotel Vegan was dubbed the BV Austin stage on Thursday with all local bands. Feathers have barely been together six months but they have clearly spent that time practicing. They have it together and this was one of my favorite sets of the week. Most of their material is of the gothy electro variety, they opened with a Norman Greenbaum-style glammy stomper that I really dug. A lot of instrument switching showcased most of the members of the band.
We Are Serenades
Adam Olenius fronts Shout Out Louds and Markus Krunegård of Laakso comprise Swedish superduo We Are Serenades who are a full band live. While both come from indie backgrounds this is full-on commercial pop and ridiculously catchy. Was happy they played their single "Come Home" even if it is a Christmas song.
When not backing Patrick Watson, his band perform under the name Thus:Owls with Swedish singer Erika Angell fronting. They played the inside stage -- the only air-conditioned place in Hotel Vegan on a very humid day -- and held the audience rapt with their understated but drama-filled arrangements.
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Cymbals Eat Guitars, in NYC at least, play much much bigger rooms than the tiny inside stage of Hotel Vegas so it was a treat to see them in tight quarters.
The Velvet Teen
Holy early aughts! Anthemic Californians The Velvet Teen, who I didn't know were still together, packed the inside stage with dedicated fans.
Ringo Deathstarr on the BV Austin stage
One of my favorite Austin bands, Ringo Deathstarr, do the shoegaze thing better just about any current band. Good and loud!
Lot of Swedes today. Radio Department offshoot Korallreven played the main stage and proved a perfect soundtrack to a mid-afternoon chillout session sitting on the grass, drinking a beer.
The Young played our official showcase the night before as well and we like them so much we couldn't not have them on the BV Austin stage too. Straight-up rock and roll done right.
Once known for using a lot of prerecorded backing and making up for it with a lot of entertaining jumping around, The Drums have become a real band since releasing their second album. I miss the crazy tambourine playing of old, but the Drums sounded great.
Famous vegan-hater Anthony Bourdain put aside his prejudices check out Ume with his No Reservations film crew in tow. "A shitload if rawk in a tiny little room!" he Tweeted. Indeed, Tony, indeed. We originally had Ume playing last on the Volstead BV Austin stage but moved them inside the bigger Hotel Vegas room to better accommodate the film crew. We were also running late in there, so they were shoved before The Jealous Sound who ended up going on over an hour after schedule.
The Wedding Present
We didn't get Seamonsters in full like they'd do at the Cake Shop showcase on Friday night, but The Wedding Present definitely pulled out some old favorites for their Hotel Vegan main stage performance, including 1986 single "You Should Always Keep in Touch with Your Friends" which opened their rocking set. Frontman David Gedge, who is 52 but looks at least 15 years younger, throws his all into his guitar. The Wedding Present played a lot of shows during SXSW, don't know how he does it.
After a full day at Hotel Vegan, it was taco time, with a brief stop at Cheer Up Charlies to catch some of Caveman's set. Then the first show of the night: Scottish pop band Spectrals at Swan Dive who, I must admit, were rather lackluster live. I loved Louis Jones' early singles and 2010 EP but there was no energy on stage, save for the bassist who danced around the whole time like he was in a different group. Disappointing.
Over at the Beauty Bar it was SISU aka Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandy Vu's band. They were minus their drummer, who missed his flight or something, but Dum Dum Girls guitarist Jules sat on the drumstool and sang harmonies. Still sounded great in amputated form: glide guitar, ethereal vocals, volume.
Speaking of volume, Australian duo DZ Deathrays were next and the nitro-blues sonic assault blew right through my earplugs. I mean LOUD. How do two people make that much noise?
One of the best things I saw at SXSW. 12-string guitars, Vox bass, bolo ties, nehru collars... Los Angeles' Allah Las are a pristine recreation of '60s West Coast pop with great songs like upcoming single "Tell Me What's on Your Mind." Not pastiche, the real deal.
Wrapping up my Thursday was London band Fiction who were a bit like Wild Beasts if less over-the-top. A lot of Big Rhythms. Not bad, will have to keep an eye on these guys.
live photos in this post by @griffinshot - Tim Griffin
As promised, and now announced on BrooklynVegan, we put together an all-Austin-band BV Austin stage at Hotel Vegan on Thursday (3/15). We couldn't be more excited how the lineup turned out. It looks like this:
BVAUSTIN STAGEAnd the bands look like this:
12:15 Love Inks
2:30 Ringo Deathstarr
3:15 Silent Diane
4:00 The Young
Gashcat (Tim Griffin didn't take this one!)
Hotel Vegan is located at Hotel Vegas & Volstead Lounge at 1500 E. 6th St in Austin, TX. That's the flyer for the whole day Thursday above. The full lineup with set times for all three stages on Thursday is at BrooklynVegan.
The lineup of two of the Wednesday stages is HERE. The rest is coming VERY soon!
In addition to the completely free lineup of 24 bands playing on THREE stages on Thursday, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of HobNob Wines, the official wine parter of our entire week of FREE PARTIES at Hotel Vegan (check out HobNob's Facebook page for free music downloads), and a hosted bar courtesy of Sailor Jerry
oh, and he Young play the BrooklynVegan official showcase on Wednesday at Bar 96 too (the only band to play 2 BV shows this year).
Listen to a track by The Young below...
Andrew WK at WSC (more by BBG)
In addition to holding it down four days in a row at the near-by Hotel Vegas, we are proud to be a part of the 2012 edition of the Thrasher/Converse Deathmatch, a five-day event at Scoot Inn that kicks off on Wednesday (3/14) and terminates on Sunday (3/18). As discussed, BrooklynVegan & Power of the Riff will be in charge of the Friday-day show (on 3/16), which will end at 6PM and be followed with the BrooklynVegan/Power of The Riff/Thrasher official SXSW showcase at the same venue an hour later.
Our Friday night show at Scoot Inn is one of two night shows that are part of the mostly-daytime "Deathmatch. The other night show is a Santos Party House event on Saturday that will feature a headlining appearance from "surprise guest" Willie D of The Geto Boys (!). The rest of the lineup for the Deathmatch, including set times, below....
UME @ OH SNAP! on 2/10
OH SNAP! held a make-up show at the Parish on Friday (2/10), after the 2nd day of the 2012 festival was cut short by an underground fire and subsequent blackout at the end of January. All proceeds from the original show and the makeup one, benefit the Sergio Machado Memorial Scholarship Fund (you can still donate here).
Bang Bang Theodores, Wild Moccasins, Little Lo, Smoke & Feathers and UME (who start their tour with Cursive today in Denver) performed at Friday's show without missing a beat (and the power stayed on!). Pictures of all but Bang Bang Theodores (missed them!) continue below...
Ume in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned, Oh Snap! are hosting a blackout makeup show at the Parish tonight (2/10), and as hoped, Ume are in fact part of the bill. It all looks like this:
8:00-8:45PM The Bang Bang Theodores"FREE FOR ALL TICKETHOLDERS FROM OUR 3-DAY FEST! $5 for non-ticketholders."
9:00-9:45 Wild Moccasins
10:00-10:45 Little Lo
11:00-11:45 Smoke and Feathers
In a couple of days Ume head out on the road with Cursive and then they're opening for the Toadies at Stubb's in April, but not before they play some shows at SXSW.
"Thanks to everyone who came out to the @OHSNAPBenefit. The blackout on 6th St. was a huge bummer. Working on rescheduling... :(" - Ume
Oh Snap! Oh So Dark! (more by Tim Griffin)
As the above tweet implies, Ume were one of the bands that didn't get a chance to play the Oh Snap! festival on Saturday night due to power outage. The band has since also written on Facebook:
Thanks, everyone! We are so bummed we didn't get to play, but the festival organizers and all the bands still made it an awesome weekend! And props to Shakey Graves for the battery powered performance! Yes, we will be at SXSW and then Stubb's Outside April 7th... details coming soon!Though it doesn't say so on Stubb's website yet, we can confirm that Ume are opening for the Toadies that night at Stubb's, as are Boy + Kite. ($25 tickets are on sale).
Meanwhile Oh Snap! have scheduled a makeup show, or I should say "Blackout Party", at The Parish on February 10th. "We had several bands that couldn't play to close out our festival, so we are having another show!" and "Announcing Lineup Very Soon."
Ume don't begin touring with Cursive until February 12th, so maybe they'll be playing the blackout party too. Stay tuned for more info.
Lauren of Ume @ Brooklyn Bowl (more by Chris La Putt)
In case you haven't heard by now, Lauren of Ume wrote and released a song for Esme. The song is called "Gleam" and "100% of all sales will be donated to Esme's family or you can donate directly at forouresmeb.blogspot.com". Read more about it, letter from Lauren included, and listen to the song below.
Ume are heading on tour with Cursive in February, but first: Oh Snap!, the annual fest in "in memory of Sergio Machado, a dear friend and musician who was killed in a car accident in his home country of Mozambique." The money raised goes to the Sergio Machado Memorial Scholarship. Taking place at the Parish and Beale St. Tavern from January 26-28, Ume play the final day at the Parish at midnight. The whole schedule and tickets are at the fest's site. The full lineup is with Ume's Esme song, below...
The press release says it all (well, most of it):
BEAUTY BAR'S HEADING EASTGrupo Fantasma tickets are on sale.
The Beauty Ballroom opens New Years Eve with Grupo Fantasma
After 5 years at its current location on 7th St and Red River, The Beauty Bar brand is expanding to a second location, a 700-capacity venue located at 2015 Riverside, on the SE corner of Royal Crest and Riverside.
Beauty Bar founder Paul Devitt and Frank Hendrix from Emo's are joining forces to bring this exciting new venue to Austin. "Frank approached me this summer about his plans to lease a boarded up nightclub near the new Emo's. A month later he asked me if I'd be interested in partnering up" said Devitt. "We became friends when I opened on 7th Street and Frank has always liked the brand."
The Beauty Ballroom will feature state of the art light and sound, a 500-cap dance floor and 200-cap balcony. This second, new Beauty Bar location promises to be one of Austin's premier live music venues with a focus on booking more national and international touring acts while still offering the lounge feel and Beauty Bar aesthetic that patrons around the country have fallen in love with.
"We are really excited about the new venue on Riverside. From the layout of the building to the live production specs to the signature paint job and decor, we are really putting a lot of thought into this venture and we hope to bring Austin something a little different from the standard music venue experience." - Beauty Bar partner Bart Butler.
December 31, 2011, The Beauty Ballroom makes its grand debut with a special New Years Eve performance from longtime Beauty Bar compatriots and Grammy Award winning artists Grupo Fantasma, along with Maneja Beto and DJ Chorizo Funk. In addition, the show will be filmed and recorded for inclusion in the bands upcoming live CD/DVD release. For more information visit http://thebeautybar.com/austin
What the press release doesn't mention is that Beauty Bar's current location on Red River is, if the rumors are to be believed, closing after SXSW this year. Emo's closes its Red River location even sooner. Emo's Inside will host its last show on 12/30 of this year.
Emo's East, or "the new Emo's" as they call it above, is having a New Year's Eve party with The Black Angels, Wooden Shjips and Ume. Tickets are on sale.