October 16, 2014
by Andrew Sacher
Brazil's Rakta make ripping punk that incorporates the dark sounds of gothy post-punk and also some of the tripped-out atmospheres of psychedelic rock. They put out a self titled EP at the tail-end of 2013 which is well worth checking out. You can download it (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it in full below. They've been in the US on a tour that hit NYC at Nothing Changes late last night (10/15) with Merchandise tourmates Ninos Du Brasil, and they'll be hanging around for another NYC show on Saturday (10/18) at Palisades with Toronto's S.H.I.T., plus Survival and Mommy. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Their only other upcoming show that we're currently aware of is opening one of the LA stops on Iceage's tour. All of their dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...
Couldn't make it in person to any of the PaleyFest events this week? You're in luck because they're all streaming live and archived online. The Wire cast reunion hits at 7:30pm EST tonight, and meanwhile you can already watch the ones with The Walking Dead, Bob's Burgers, Law & Order SVU, Archer, Modern Family and others.
by Andrew Sacher
Noise trio Magik Markers put out a new record last year which was as much of a racket as you'd expect, and now member Elisa Ambrogio is taking almost the exact opposite approach for her debut solo album, The Immoralist, coming out next week (10/21) via Drag City. The new single "Superstitious" is a clean, soft-sounding song and Elisa proves she's very adept at both styles. Watch the video for that song below.
Elisa will be supporting the album on a tour with Emil Amos' (Grails, Om) Holy Sons project, who also put out a new album this year. That tour hits NYC on November 15 at Union Pool. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the video, below...
Cayetana in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
NPR is returning to Le Poisson Rouge on October 22 for their showcase during CMJ this, but this time it's an unofficial show (no badges). They've got an eclectic lineup headlined by R&B singer Elle Varner, and also featuring another R&B singer (and Black Hippy, Big K.R.I.T., Chance the Rapper collaborator) BJ the Chicago Kid, plus singer/songwriter Lia Ices and Philly indie rockers Cayetana. Admission is free with RSVP.
Sam Smith at ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
It was only August of 2013 when it seemed totally normal for Sam Smith to do something like play Mercury Lounge right after appearing on stage with Disclosure in Central Park, and now his debut album has made him possibly bigger than Disclosure. He just announced a tour for 2015 which has him headlining NYC's Madison Square Garden on January 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, October 24 at 10 AM with an AmEx presale starting Monday (10/20) at 10 AM.
Sam will actually appear at MSG sooner than that (but not as a headliner) for Z100's Jingle Ball on December 12 which also has Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, Meghan Trainor, Kiesza, Charli XCX and more. That's sold out (rats!).
All of his dates are listed below...
As mentioned, the Fader Fort is back for CMJ 2014 at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio from October 23 - 25 with Kindness, Weyes Blood, ILoveMakonnen, Foxes in Fiction, TOPS, and more. Full lineup is listed below and RSVP is now open. Note it's 21+ only.
by Andrew Sacher
In 2012, WU LYF singer Ellery James Robert left the band after they had only released one album (2011's Go Tell Fire to the Mountain). The remaining members continued as Los Porcos and Ellery released a solo song last year. Now he's got a new group called LUH. which is him and Ebony Hoorn (it stands for "Lost Under Heaven"), and they've released their first song, "Unites." It sounds pretty similar to what Ellery was doing in WU LYF which is not a bad thing at all. Check out the video below.
by Bill Pearis
Dirty on Purpose
Over the years, Death by Audio has been spiritual home to bands to more than a few bands, whether they've worked for the venue, the pedal shop or have just been part of scene. (It was almost like they lived there.) Some of those bands who have since called it quits are getting back together to say goodbye to DbA on November 1. Headlining the show are '00s-era underappreciated poppy shoegazers Dirty on Purpose who played their last ever show on New Year's Eve 2008. I was a fan and a friend (the first show I saw at DbA was Dirty on Purpose during CMJ 2005 back when they just called it the Sugar Factory), and anxious to see them again. If you've never checked them out, you can stream 2006's Hallelujah Sirens (via Rdio) below.
Also on the bill are Sisters (aka DbA co-runner Matt Conboy and Aaron Pfannebecker who made calamitous pop); San Francisco transplants French Miami (frontman Jay Heiselman now plays in Grooms, Roya and is a busy recording engineer); and Darlings who I was unaware broke up, and and if they did it's been really recent and they didn't tell anybody (we premiered a new song back in July and they just played Knitting Factory two weeks ago). [UPDATE: They didn't break up, but are pals with all the bands.] What, no Coin Under Tongue? The lovefest is $10 at the door. Flyer below.
Speaking of French Miami, next time you're at DbA on the way in or out, there's a box of French Miami's self-titled 2009 album on vinyl. Help yourself to one (it's a good record and you can stream it below).
While on the subject of DbA house bands, A Place to Bury Strangers are surely the venue's official one, as frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the pedal shop out of DbA's backroom. APTBS will play DbA on October 27 with Olympia, WA's Broken Water, plus Gold Dime (ex Talk Normal), and White Suns. That show is $8 at the door, and is just two days after playing Rough Trade (10/25) as part of Austin Psych Fest's CMJ showcase with White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Bo Ningen and more (tickets).
In other DbA news, we mentioned that construction has already begun on the building's transformation into Vice's new megafacility, and DbA suffered a bit on Monday (10/13) when the construction crew sawed open an active water line directly above the main showspace, sending 50+ gallons of water down through the drop ceiling. It was cleaned up by the time of the show that night. But let's not destroy the place before they close (that goes for showgoers too), ok?
Streams and flyers below...
by Andrew Sacher
artwork by Daria Hlazatova
Roger Harvey & the Wild Life, who we recently profiled in our Fest preview, are still prepping their debut album, but in the meantime they've already put out an alternate version of one of its singles, "Lovers Can Be Monsters," and we've now got the premiere of alt versions of two more tracks, "Halloween" and "Three Wolf Moon." The previous single had Roger Harvey filtering Neutral Milk Hotel's instrumentation through The Antlers' delicacy, and "Halloween" is a bit more rocking but it still has that sense of folkiness to the songwriting. The vocals are the biggest draw here though -- he's got a sweet sounding voice, nice melodies, and highly quotable lyrics: "I started drinking like you do when you were 19, when you first move to the city with a fake ID." For "Three Wolf Moon," Roger's in introverted songwriter mode, not unlike something that could've been on Barsuk in the early 2000s, and those NMH-style arrangements reappear on this one.
The "Halloween" b/w "Three Wolf Moon" single will be available exclusively at his shows at The Fest and Pre-Fest. Stream it in full and check out the video for "Halloween" below.
Roger Harvey has three Fest shows on his schedule, including a Pre-Fest show on 10/30 at Crow Bar with Screaming Females, Cheap Girls and more; a Fest show on 10/31 at Boca Fiesta/Palomino with Delay, Gold-Bears, Mannequin Pussy and more; and a solo set at The Midnight on 11/1.
Also, he's featured on Everyone Knows I Play Favorites and Like 10's, the Fest compilation by Bouncing Souls' label Chunksaah Records which also features Ian Graham of Cheap Girls, Tom May of The Menzingers, Mitylion (Ari Katz of Lifetime), Brian McGee of Plow United, Tim Barry and more. That will be available exclusively at The Fest too.
New video and a stream of his previous single, below...