Entries tagged with: Bear in Heaven
After yesterday's confusing, sad news that members of Yellow Dogs were murdered by Raefe Ahkbar, former apparently disgruntled member of Yellow Dogs' "sister band" The Free Keys, the surviving members Koory and Obash have paid tribute to their bandmates, though briefly for now and via social media. On Facebook, they wrote "Thanks every one for all your prayers and condolences. We still can't believe this tragedy . R.I.P Arash Farazmand, Soroush Farazmand , and Ali Eskandarian." They also tweeted "Still in shock, we lost 3 of our brothers, Soroush Farazmand, Arash Farazmand and Ali Eskandarian, Rest In Peace."
Other bands have paid tribute too, like Black Lips, who posted a message yesterday, and Bear In Heaven, who tweeted, "Got the news about The Yellow Dogs at 830am from an old friend. Instantly sad, now feels totally tragic. Unprecedented. :/"
Now, a message has also been posted by The Free Keys, Yellow Dogs' sister band and former band of the shooter. They write, "We are shocked and heartbroken. We lost our family which we spent our lifetime together. Arash and Soroush were my true brothers. Thank you to everyone for the support. I don't know what I can say."
The Free Keys don't mention Ali Eskandarian by name. Ali is also the one that every news story claims is not in the Yellow Dogs, but according to recent interviews and pictures we found yesterday, he was also in the band, at least for a little while, and as recently as March.
Meanwhile, another detail on the shooting emerged that the gunman had 100 rounds of ammo on him. Police were said to have found 81 unfired rounds and some magazines in a guitar case on the roof where the shooter killed himself.
Pictured above is today's NY Post's new cover where the band is pictured with the sensationalist headline, "Fled Iran only to be gunned down in B'klyn." If you were wondering why they left Iran to begin with, you can take a look at the intriguing but sad cable released by WikiLeaks that details the trouble they faced for being a rock band by the Iranian government, which caused them to apply for US visas in 2009.
Watch a video by Yellow Dogs below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lonnie Holley at Music Hall of Williamsburg - 9/17/13
Since 1979, [Lonnie] Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and sound. Holley's sculptures are constructed from found materials in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. Objects, already imbued with cultural and artistic metaphor, are combined into narrative sculptures that commemorate places, people, and events.The above quote is from Dust to Digital, the label that released both music albums from outsider artist Lonnie Holley: 2012's Just Before Music and this year's Keeping a Record of It, which came out earlier this month (9/3). Lonnie's music has slowly started reaching a larger audience, as he's made a fan out of multiple indie musicians. Bear in Heaven named his debut as one of their favorites of 2012, and perhaps most notably, Deerhunter's Bradford Cox has taken an interest in him.
Holley did not start making and performing music in a studio nor does his creative process mirror that of the typical musician. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. In Holley's original art environment, he would construct and deconstruct his visual works, repurposing their elements for new pieces. This often led to the transfer of individual narratives into the new work creating a cumulative composite image that has depth and purpose beyond its original singular meaning. The layers of sound in Holley's music, likewise, are the result of decades of evolving experimentation.
Bradford and Cole Alexander of Black Lips both contributed to the 13+ minute song "From the Other Side of the Pulpit" from Keeping a Record of It, which you can stream, along with another album track "Six Space Shuttles and 144,000 Elephants," below.
Deerhunter have also had him open some of the shows on their tour this year. Back in August, he opened their San Francisco show that also included Animal Collective side project Avey Tare's Slash Flick, and at that show both Bradford Cox and Avey Tare joined Lonnie on stage (video below). He also just opened for Deerhunter in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (9/17), the first of three Deerhunter shows in NYC this week. At that show, Bradford also joined him on drums for one of the songs. Pictures of Lonnie's set at MHOW are in this post.
Lonnie Holley will be heading out on the road again as an opener on Bill Callahan's tour. That tour brings Bill and Lonnie to NYC on October 6 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available. All Lonnie Holley dates are listed, along with more pictures from MHOW, song stream and video, below.
Labor Day is past but it's still technically summer and Union Pool is running its free Summer Thunder series every Saturday through the end of the month. This weekend's show (9/14) is being presented by Secretly Canadian and is a bit of a mystery. Gentlemen Jets headline, and there's also a slot for ".?." We do know that Martin from Brazos will do a solo set (Jessie from Luyas was supposed to play with him, but she had to cancel), and J.Ek from Wye Oak side project Dungeonesse will do a DJ set, as will D.Jane Gherkin, and Bear in Heaven's Adam Wills. The party starts around 2 PM with live bands going on later in the day.
Then on September 21 it's DJ Dog Dick, I.U.D. and DJ Dago with more to be announced. September 28 will be the season finale, that they aren't announcing yet. Stay tuned.
Bear in Heaven at Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (more by Greg Cristman)
Kent Avenue club Glasslands is turning seven this summer and they're throwing a birthday party on July 25 with live sets from Bear in Heaven and Quinn Walker and DJ sets from Lemonade and Aaron of Rewards. It's $5 at the door but you do need to RSVP.
As you may know, Bear in Heaven just wrapped up their tour with Wire, having played Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (7/16). And if you want to see Lemonade play live instead of DJ, they'll be at Mercury Lounge next Saturday (7/27) with Selebrities. That show is free but you need to RSVP via the Thrillcall mobile app.
Glasslands birthday party flyer below.
Photos by Greg Cristman; words by Bill Pearis
Wire @ Bowery Ballroom, 7/16/2013
With a genuinely terrific new album to work from, legendary art-punks Wire brought their tour to Bowery Ballroom last night (8/17). While the sold-out show was heavy with songs from Change Becomes Us, their set had a nice number of classic cuts too, including "Map Ref 41°N 93°W," "Boiling Boy," "Pink Flag" and their dugga-dugga-dugga-ing 1986 single "Drill." Setlist is below.
While Brooklyn's Bear in Heaven may not seem the most obvious tour match, their waves of synths sound isn't miles away from Wire's mid-to-late '80s output. Photos from both bands are in this post.
Chairlift @ Capitale, Feb. 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
As mentioned, Bear in Heaven are playing short film showcase Tropfest which happens in Prospect Park's "Nethermead" on June 22. Since that post, the full line-up was announced: Chairlift, Bear in Heaven, Ghost Beach and People Get Ready will perform, and Neon Indian will DJ. Free tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, Chairlift will play DJ, strangely enough, also in Prospect Park's Nethermead this Friday for GoogaMooga. between Flaming Lips and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Chairlift's Caroline Polachek provided vocals on Ice Choir's track, "Everything is Spoilt by Use" and you can check out the recent video for that song and more tour dates below.
Bear in Heaven @ MHOW, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Born 21 years ago in a cafe ('The Tropicana') in Sydney, Australia, Tropfest is now the world's largest short film festival. It is supported by some of the biggest names in the international film community and has received thousands of submissions for its film festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Tropfest Arabia in Abu Dhabi and elsewhere. Tropfest in Australia attracts a live national audience of more than 150,000 people on a single night with live satellite links to outdoor locations in major cities around the country.Short Film showcase Tropfest comes to NYC for a second year, happening June 22 in Prospect Park's "Nethermead." Tropfest, which will be hosted by Liev Schreiber, is free but you can reserve blanket space in advance. Filmakers can also enter their shorts -- deadline is May 16.
In addition to the films, there will be live music as well. All the performers have not been announced yet, but Bear in Heaven will be headlining. The band are also playing Chicago next month at the Taste of Randolph Street Festival on June 15. Bear in Heaven dates and Tropfest video are below.
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
GOAT @ MHOW, 4/23/2013
The lights went down and I think half the crowd lit up, as Music Hall of Williamsburg instantly reeked of pot. GOAT, Sweden's premier voodoo disco psych band, took the stage for their first-ever North American show and the packed house was primed to get their minds blown. Dressed in robes and tunics and wearing a variety of masks and hoods, the band came out and without a word to the audience started laying down the fuzzed-out, conga-driven grooves. The band were about as stoic as Oasis, but sounded fantastic and were tight as hell. (The Swedes really excel at this type of thing.) Luckily, the two female masked singers made up for it by dancing up a storm. There was also some dude in front of me doing the hippy dance the whole show but I'm trying to forget that.
We got most of last year's World Music, including "Let it Bleed" which featured a skronky guest saxophonist who looked like he just left the Sun Ra's Ark. GOAT also played both sides of their upcoming Sub Pop single. Apart from wishing the show was somewhere smaller and sweatier (like Glasslands where the show was originally supposed to happen), they definitely met my expectations for this show, even if my mind remained intact.
Opening the night was Austin's Holy Wave who definitely in the Brian Jonestown Massacre / Black Angels school of post-VU psych. They were good and their set was definitely aided by the oldschool trippy oil-based visuals from the folks at Drippy Eye Projections. Bear in Heaven kept things weird as between-set DJs.
Both GOAT and Holy Wave will play Austin Psych Fest this weekend. More pictures from last night's MHOW set are below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned before, Sweden's finest retro-psychedelic afrobeat freakout band, Goat, will be making their first trip to North America this spring. Their NYC stop on the tour, April 23 at Glasslands, sold out quick and demand was high so the show has been moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg with Holy Wave opening and a DJ set from Bear in Heaven. Additional tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/30) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
If you haven't heard Goat's album, World Music, yet you can stream it below.
As mentioned previously, Bob Mould will be back in NYC next month for two shows at Bowery Ballroom on February 26 - 27 and tickets are still available. What we didn't know at the time was who was opening the shows, which we now do. Bear in Heaven will open the 2/26 show and Minneapolis trio Now Now will open the 2/27 show. Tickets to both Bowery shows are still available.
Now Now, meanwhile, are also on the road and will hit NYC before the Bob Mould show as part of the Heavy & Light tour that hits Irving Plaza on February 13 and also features Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot), Anthony Raneri, The Lone Bellow and Will Anderson. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All lists of dates below...
Gardens & Villa at Webster Hall in October (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Santa Barbara indie pop crew Gardens & Villa haven't given us an album since their 2011 self titled debut on Secretly Canadian, but they did treat us to some music this year with a cover of "Gypsy" for the the Fleetwood Mac tribute album, Just Tell Me That You Want Me, and a remix of their tourmates Polica's "The Maker" for Polica's remix EP.
We asked the band for a list of their top 10 songs of 2012, and like their own sound, most of the artists they chose lean on the indie pop side of things like Beach House, Ariel Pink, Peaking Lights, Pure Bathing Culture, and others. You can check out their full list below.
Freelance Whales @ Webster Hall, 11/7/2012 (more by Sarah Gainer)
Winsome indie outfit Freelance Whales released their latest album, Diluvia, back in October and were just on NPR's World Cafe for a chat about the album and live session as well. You can stream the whole thing over at NPR. The band are also have a few shows with Hundred Waters coming up including Maxwell's on January 15 (tix), Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 29 (tix). The band were kind enough to give us their Top 10 LPs of 2012, which includes some of their Brooklyn neighbors (Bear in Heaven, Here We Go Magic), their tour-mates Hundred Waters, and year-end list regulars Tame Impala, Purity Ring and Django Django. Check out their full list below.
Bear in Heaven @ MHOW, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Bear in Heaven are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (12/5) and tickets are still available for that show. One dollar from each ticket sold is going towards Hurricane Sandy relief, and 10% of the bar at the band's afterparty at Public Assembly will go to relief as well.
Meanwhile, frontman Jon Philpot was kind enough to send us his Top 10 LPs of 2012 which includes some of his Brooklyn neighbors (Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer) and a few other familiar names to these lists this year (Frank Ocean, Scott Walker) but his number one is new compilation of Italian '70s progressive/spacerock artist Sensations' Fix titled Music Is Painting in the Air. There's some pretty cool synth work on it that you could see being an influence on Bear in Heaven. You can stream the entire Sensations' Fix (all 30 tracks) LP below and check out Philpot's list in full.
Los Angeles' punky, poppy Bleached (Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, formerly of Mika Miko) have just signed to Dead Oceans and the label will release the band's debut album sometime next year. The record was produced by Darker My Love's Rob Barbato and Jennifer Clavin told SPIN that the album will be more than more of what we've heard before:
What we really wanted to do was explore. We've been doing this since we were teenagers and we have a certain sound on our last three seven-inches, but we wanted to show some variety. This new record has songs you'll be familiar with, but there are also things that will be a surprise. It's just really fun.Bleached just wrapped up a tour with Japandroids and have a couple shows in California coming up, including one opening for Ty Segall at the El Rey Theatre in L.A. on December 15.
Speaking of Dead Oceans, some of Bleached's new labelmates have shows coming up. A Place to Bury Strangers will play 285 Kent on Saturday (12/1) as part of a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit with Liturgy, Total Slacker and Royal Baths.
Bear in Heaven play Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 5 with Small Black and Eraas. Tickets are still available and part of the proceeds from that show will go to Sandy relief too, as will part of the bar at the afterparty which happens next door at Public Assembly.
And newish Dead Oceans signee Night Beds, who released their first 7" for the label a couple months ago, have a show coming up at Pianos on December 11 with Snowmine and St. Claire. Tickets are still available.
Bear in Heaven @ MHOW, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
"World of Freakout" is one of the strongest cuts off Bear in Heaven's I Love You, It's Cool which came out earlier this year, with throbbing bass and synths ripe for the dancefloor. The band has handed the track over to Nicolas Jaar's Darkside collaborator Dave Harrington who strips it down a bit, making it more of a sleek night drive kind of track. We've got the premiere of this remix which is streamable below.
As mentioned previously, Bear in Heaven are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 5 with Small Black and Eraas. Tickets are still available but if you'd like to go for free we're also giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below. Bear in Heaven are donating $1 for every ticket sold to Hurricane Sandy relief via Rockaways based Smallwater relief fund.
There's an afterparty for the show happening next door at Public Assembly (doors 11:30 PM) which is free but is also a Smallwater relief fund benefit, and 10% of the bar will go to the fund, so if you go, drink up and order the good stuff. Dave Harrington, Small Black and Bear in Heaven will be DJing.
The Dave Harrington remix of "World of Freakout" is below.
The day when a bill Jeff Mangum on it selling out instantly might be gone, but take note that tickets just went on sale for the 11/15 "People's Bailout, a variety show and telethon to benefit the 99%". The updated lineup is Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Max Silvestri, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, The Yes Men, John Cameron Mitchell, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Climbing Poetree, the Invisible Army of Defaulters, members of Healthcare for the 99%, Occupy Faith, "and many more."
Note: as strange as it may seem now, the LPR show is not a hurricane-related benefit (though Occupy Wall Street is on the case). The Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk & Anders Osborne show at Highline Ballroom on 11/5 is one though. Amy Helm, Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Luther Dickinson (N. Miss Allstars), Bela Fleck and Questlove and more are on the bill so far. Tickets are on sale.
Questlove's DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl last night was also a benefit for the Red Cross. Bear in Heaven and Small Black are DJing a Sandy benefit at Glasslands tonight (11/2).
DOWNLOAD: Eraas - "Briar Path" (Remix) (MP3)
Eraas at Knitting Factory, 10/04/2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Black-clad Brooklynites Eraas are out tour for a few dates with Bear in Heaven, beginning tonight (10/24) at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia and will also play with BiH at the previously-mentioned show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 5 (tickets). Before that, as mentioned, Eraas will play Cameo on November 11 with Dignan Porch (who just played CMJ) and The Young. Tickets to that show are on sale now.
In the midst of all this activity, Eraas have taken a stab at remixing their own track "Briar Path" which brings the drumming -- a major element of their live show -- to the forefront. The remix makes it's premiere right here and is downloadable above. If you want to do a little compare/contrast you can hear the original (and the rest of their album) below, along with a list of all upcoming tour dates.
Bear in Heaven at MHOW in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn's Bear in Heaven have been continuing to tour in support of their 2012 LP, I Love You, It's Cool. They're going on a short run this month surrounding their appearance at Asheville's Moogfest, and in December, the band will play a hometown show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 5 before heading over to the UK for The National-curated ATP (12/7). The MHOW show is with fellow Brooklynites Small Black and Eraas. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/12) at noon.
A list of all Bear in Heaven dates and the video for "Sinful Nature" are below.
Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Moogfest, which is becoming one of the most intriguing US music festivals, is returning to Asheville, NC this year on October 26 and 27. Like in past years, the festival includes some legends like Thomas Dolby and GZA performing Liquid Swords (like he is in NYC and other cities), some of our favorite newcomers like Julia Holter, Trust, and Disclosure, electronic heavy hitters like Orbital, Four Tet, Squarepusher, Richie Hawtin, Mouse on Mars, and Prefuse 73 with Teebs, in addition to a diverse list of other artists like Killer Mike, El-P, The Magnetic Fields, Explosions in the Sky, Primus, Santigold, Divine Fits, Actress, Pantha Du Prince, Bear in Heaven, and more. Tickets for this year's fest go on sale Friday (8/10) at noon. The initial lineup is listed below.
Orbital, who released their new album, Wonky, this year, which featured a track with Zola Jesus, have a few other North American dates this year (still none in NYC though).
For Divine Fits, the new band featuring Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs), and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks), who recently made their live debut in Austin, Moogfest is one of the few shows they've got scheduled this year, including the Chicago show they played last night (8/5) and an upcoming NYC show.
Moogfest 2012 lineup is listed below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Sensory Overload. That is how I'd describe Bear in Heaven's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (5/9) night. There were '80s goth band levels of fog machine and a barrage of cool lights to go with it, both of which matched well to the bombastic space jams Bear in Heaven produce. Those big fat synths the band favors sound great really loud, as do drummer Joe Stickney's Miami Vice-style fills. I wish the new album, I Love You It's Cool, had the drums mixed that loud, it's definitely one of the signatures of BiH's live show.
They played Bowery Ballroom the night before, but the Music Hall show was the final night of the five-week tour promoting I Love You It's Cool, and playing before a neighborhood crowd the band were both punchy and pumped, especially singer John Philpot who was dancing even more than he usually does. The Zambri sisters hopped on stage to dance during "Reflection of You" and then sang -- as they often do at hometown shows -- on "Lovesick Teenagers."
Both openers on the bill made good use of the projection screen. Portland's Blouse had washed-out slow-mo imagery that looked like a Cocteau Twins album cover come to life which suited the band's rainy day dance music. Montreal's Doldrums played in front of what seemed to duped-over videocassettes, which is kind of what their music sounds like too, though the band (now a trio) sound more and more like a cohesive unit and less like the weird dabblings of Eric Asher every day.
More pictures from the show, with Bear in Heaven's setlist, below...
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Bear in Heaven - Sinful Nature (Anika With BestMate Remix) (MP3)
Bear in Heaven at Hotel Vegan party, Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
Just a reminder that Bear in Heaven wrap up their North American tour this week with two hometown shows: tonight (5/8) at Bowery Ballroom and tomorrow (5/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both shows are $15 with two solid openers: synthy Portlanders Blouse and Montreal's Doldrums. After these two shows, Bear in Heaven head to Europe for most of the summer -- all tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Bear in Heaven last played NYC back in early March at Union Pool where they were billed as "Adventure Hippies":
...watching them play last night with waves of roto-toms and giant synth pads washing over us, it struck me what that is: the Miami Vice soundtrack (Jan Hammer, Phil Collins, Yello, Glen Frey, etc) condensed into one band, albeit one that also loves Yes and late '80s/early '90s techno. Which is a really strange combination, but Bear in Heaven make it work, due in part to excellent musicianship and that they clearly love playing. All three members (singer Philpot, bassist/guitarist Adam Wills and drummer Joe Stickney) let the O Face slip when they're in the moment, which, in their case, is endearing.If you haven't seen them live yet in their roto-tom-loving glory, Bear in Heaven did a set for Yours Truly during SXSW (they also played one of our Hotel Vegan parties) and you can watch that below. You can also download a remix of "Sinful Nature" by Anika and Bestmate at the top of this post. And if you haven't heard their new album I Love You It's Cool, you can stream it at Spotify.
Openers Doldrums will tour with Grimes in Europe after their stint with Bear in Heaven wraps up and then head back this way for a string of dates with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, including June 7 at Mercury Lounge and June 8 at Glasslands. Those dates are at the bottom of this post as well.
Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.Check out the full list below...
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.
Frankie Rose & band @ Hotel Vegan (by Amanda Hatfield)
"...it offered the perfect setting for seeing multiple bands within an intimate setting in a short amount of time. Sure it was a long walk down Sixth Street to get there, and it may not have been the most well kempt venue (I'll be honest, it was a shit-hole), but the three stage set-up provided for prime SXSW day party viewing. I had the pleasure of seeing Chelsea Wolfe, Japandroids, Frankie Rose, Deaf Heaven, and Japandroids all within the span of a couple hours. All of these bands were on my list of bands I wanted to see, and thanks to this venue, I was able to cross more bands off my list than past years"One of the stages on Wednesday was dedicated to Chicago bands courtesy of BV Chicago, and one was put together by BBG. It was on the latter that we hosted an afternoon set by Deafheaven who created NY Mag's Nitsuh Abebe's favorite moment of SXSW 2012.
Deafheaven @ Hotel Vegan (by Amanda Hatfield)
More pictures from the entire SXSW Wednesday at Hotel Vegan, below....
As you know, BrooklynVegan is taking over ALL THREE STAGES at connecting Austin venues Hotel Vegas & Volstead for FOUR DAYS STRAIGHT this week, and it's all 100% FREE (no RSVP or badges either). There's a big outdoor stage, and smaller stages inside Hotel Vegas & Volstead. Collectively we're calling the four day long party "Hotel Vegan" (located at 1500 E. 6th St, Austin, TX).
Stage 1 (Hotel Vegas Outside)This is a rare opportunity to see Frankie Rose perform songs from her great new album at SXSW. She made a very last minute decision to come to Austin. Everyone on the third stage is from Chicago! (including The-Drum who is not to be confused with the Drums who we have Thursday.) Come early. Stay all day.
12:00 PM - Devin
12:45 PM - Big Deal
1:30 PM - Pujol
2:15 PM - We are Augustines
2:50 PM - Sun Araw Band (live) + Matthewdavid (DJ Set)
3:45 PM - Frankie Rose
4:30 PM - Japandroids
5:15 PM - Bear in Heaven
Stage 2 (Hotel Vegas Inside) (BBG Stage)
12:10 PM - Freshkills
12:50 PM - White Ring
1:35 PM - The Coathangers
2:20 PM - Razika
3:05 PM - Chelsea Wolfe
3:50 PM - Deafheaven
4:35 PM - Bleached
5:20 PM - Future Of The Left
Stage 3 (Volstead) (BV Chicago stage)
12:00 PM - Minor Characters
12:35 PM - Gypsyblood
01:15 PM - FIELDED
02:00 PM - White Mystery
02:45 PM - Maps & Atlases
03:30 PM - The-Drum
04:15 PM - Flosstradamus
05:00 PM - JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
And in addition to the completely free lineup of 24 bands playing on THREE stages, we will also have complimentary drinks courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery (while supplies laset) and 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
Special thanks to all of our partners and sponsors for making this party possible - including Vox, Blackstar and Korg, our official backline partners. And special thanks to Tim Griffin for making our Hotel Vegan flyer.
by Bill Pearis
"Man it's weird playing new songs," Jon Philpot admitted to a beyond-packed Union Pool last night. "But once you go and download that leaked record you're gonna be all, 'oh I like that one.'"
Billed under the pseudonym Adventure Hippies, this badly-kept "secret show" was Bear in Heaven's first in NYC since finishing their third album, I Love You, It's Cool, which is still a month from release but may have made its way to the internet the day before. If the crowd, many friends of the band, had heard it I don't think it had time to sink in. The new songs still felt fresh and foreign, if still distinctly Bear in Heaven.
And Bear in Heaven definitely have a sound, and watching them play last night with waves of roto-toms and giant synth pads washing over us, it struck me what that is: the Miami Vice soundtrack (Jan Hammer, Phil Collins, Yello, Glen Frey, etc) condensed into one band, albeit one that also loves Yes and late '80s/early '90s techno. Which is a really strange combination, but Bear in Heaven make it work, due in part to excellent musicianship and that they clearly love playing. All three members (singer Philpot, bassist/guitarist Adam Wills and drummer Joe Stickney) let the O Face slip when they're in the moment, which, in their case, is endearing.
The band sounded up to speed with the new material even if the audience wasn't. I Love You, It's Cool has more of an ear to the dance floor than Beast Rest Forth Mouth, and the techno-leaning "World of Freakout" and likely-second-single "Cool Light" really stood out, as did "The Reflection of You," which is the only song off the album we were really familiar with. Bear in Heaven threw us a couple old bones too, "You Do You" and "Lovesick Teenagers" which Philpot joked "that's classic Adventure Hippies there, going way back!"
Bear in Heaven will begin playing under their own name starting Saturday in Hamden, CT, as they make their way to Austin for SXSW, the start of an extensive North American tour that has them playing through March and April, winding up back in NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom on May 8 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 9.
All Bear in Heaven tour dates are below, as is the zoom-crazy, potentially nausea-inducing video for "The Reflection of You" which was directed by John Lee of PFFR/Wonder Showzen/Delocated/Muckafurgason...